Beauty Tips

How To Treat Hyperpigmentation

Posted May 29, 2015 at 1:48 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

how to treat hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation can make you look much older than you actually are. Dark spots caused by genetics, medicine, and environmental factors like the sun are somewhat preventable, but once the damage is done, it’s time to play offense. And that’s where Re comes in!

At Re, we have several treatment options for hyperpigmentation that really work! Our treatments are most effective when one of our talented estheticians create a treatment plan personalized for your specific skincare needs. This often involves a pairing of two of these treatments.

Here are some of the options at Re to treat hyperpigmentation.

1. Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are one of the fastest and most effective ways to treat hyperpigmentation. However, what has caused your dark pigmentation will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for laser treatments. Our BBL laser not only effectively treats hyperpigmentation, but it also treats rosacea, redness and flushing, freckles, sun damage, fine lines, birth marks, port wine stains, burn erythema, poikiloderma, and more. It’s a one-stop cure-all laser! The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the severity of your pigmentation. However, patients average two to five treatments, performed two to four weeks apart. Read more about BBL laser treatments here.

The Super Frecator is another laser option available at Re that can be used to treat hyperpigmentation. In addition, the Super Frecator also treats skin tags, cherry angiomas, fibromas, keratosis, cholesterol deposits, calcium bumps, broken capillaries, and electro epilation. Only an experienced esthetician can tell you which laser (if either) is best for your skin’s needs.

2. Chemical Peels

At Re, we offer a variety of chemical peels for your skin’s needs and we have several we use to treat hyperpigmentation. “Chemical peels” sounds a lot scarier than what they are, which is basically a relaxing facial, targeted toward your skin’s specific needs.The “chemicals” in this peel are all naturally derived. Our talented and experienced estheticians can recommend which peel is best for your skin after evaluating your skin’s current conditions and discussing your goals.

Lightening Lift
This highly effective treatment blends lactic and kojic acids with a cocktail of lightening agents to reduce pigmentation and redness. The powerful peel targets and corrects all forms of pigmentation to leave skin even toned, and illuminated.

Pigmentation Peel
Our exclusive blend of exfoliating agents are combined with powerful anti-oxidants, correcting peptides and plant-derived stem cells to create “perfection” when treating advanced pigmentation, acne and aging conditions.

TCA Orange Peel
A potent TCA, salicylic, and retinol blend that targets severe sun damaged, advanced aging, pigmentation/melasma and acne scarring. This chemical peel promotes collagen synthesis to correct wrinkles and cane scarring. A single application reveals a new you!

VI Peel & Precision Plus
The VI Peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients suitable for all skin types. This peel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain, no skin preparation and little downtime. Why wait weeks or months for results? Enjoy radiant, younger looking skin in about a week with the VI Peel. It will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers, injectables and post procedure.

3. At-home treatments

There are may effective at-home treatments that work even better when coupled with one of the treatments listed above. When you receive any of the treatments previously discussed, your Re service provider will send you home with samples of our favorite topical hyperpigmentation treatments. These products are also available for purchase in full sizes at Re.

Image Skincare offers a variety of products that address hyperpigmentation in their sun damage/pigmentation line. By offering such a large amount of products, your Re esthetician can recommend the specific combination of products that not only address hyperpigmentation, but also take into account your other skincare needs like sensitivity, acne, rosacea, etc. Typically, we recommend a cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, exfoliant, and serum.

Ready to get rid of hyperpigmentation for good? Call us at 704-334-8087 to schedule your appointment!

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The 7 Makeup Brushes You Need

Posted May 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

How many makeup brushes do I need

Have you ever walked into a makeup store and browsed the brushes? There are SO many! But do you really need that many? The number of makeup brushes you actually need depends on the amount of makeup you wear and the variety of looks you rotate through regularly.

In our opinion you really only need seven makeup brushes. These seven makeup brushes should get you through almost any occasion and basic makeup application.

1. Concealer Brush:

To get really great coverage on blemishes and flaws, you need to invest in a concealer brush. If you are trying to cover up acne, than a concealer brush is even more important because you need to avoid touching your face (with your own fingers) as much as possible.

2. Foundation Brush

For smooth flawless coverage, a foundation brush (and a great foundation, BB cream, or CC cream) is your best bet! Fingers just don’t blend as well as a great foundation brush. So to avoid streaks and splotchy coverage, invest in this brush.

3. Powder Brush

This is (and the next one) is the one almost everyone owns. But some people try to skip powder if they have a matte finish foundation. This is sometimes okay, but there are other times when powder + a powder brush is your best friend — like when you need your makeup to last. Powder is great at sealing your makeup and making it long-lasting. And there’s no better way to apply it than a powder brush.

4. Blush Brush

Blush is amazing a highlighting and defining cheekbones. And the perfect blush brush is the perfect way to apply it.

5. Brow Brush

Even those of you with the best brows still need a brow brush to tame them from time to time. You’ll be amazed at the results of a little brow brush. Apply a tiny bit of hair product before using the brow brush to tame brows that will stay in place all day.

6. Eyeshadow Brush (Lid)

When applying eyeshadow to the lid, it’s important that you use an eyeshadow brush that is flat, with a rounded tip.

7. Domed Eyeshadow Brush (Crease)

To get an exact application for the crease of your eye, choose a domed eyeshadow brush.

An extra:

8. Eyeliner brush

While this brush isn’t “necessary” we will love the way it makes eyes look.  A lot of people use eyeliner in pencil or rollerball form. But we will love using dark eyeshadow and an eyeliner brush to line eyes. You can purchase eyeliner brushes that are more exact (think pointier end and short bristles) or those that give a smudgier look (think longer bristles with a slightly rounder tip). Investing in an eyeliner brush gives you the choice of using any of your eyeshadow colors as eyeliners.

Beauty Tips

How to prevent hyperpigmentation

Posted May 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is dark spots on your skin caused from the sun, aging, horomones (especially from pregnancy). It also goes by several names: sun spots, age spots, melasma, pregnancy mask, lentigines, and chloasma. Hyperpigmentation is no fun and unfortunately preys on those of us with darker skin tones (think olive to rich brown), but virtually anyone can suffer from it, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure.

Do you have freckles now that you didn’t have when you were younger? Those aren’t freckles. That’s hyperpigmentation caused by overexposure to the sun.

There is prevention and there is treatment and today, we are going to teach you how to be proactive in protecting your skin. Here are 5 tips to prevent hyperpigmentation from further darkening your skin.

1. Protect your skin from the sun

This is the most important advice we can share with you, not only to prevent hyperpigmentation but almost all skin issues.

• Wear at least 30 SPF sunscreen and apply every hour and a half. We suggest physical (not chemical) sunscreen, otherwise known as mineral sunscreen.
• Wear a hat.
• Sit under an umbrella or in the shade.
• Wear large sunglasses to protect the skin around your eyes.
• Avoid the sun from 10 am to 4 pm when it typically is at its brightest and can do the most harm.

2. Use products with a pigment blocker.

There are a lot of products out there that can treat hyperpigmentation, but to further prevent dark spots, you need to invest in products that will stop pigmentation in its track. We love the line of prevention products available through Image Skincare. You’ll see on their website that users of these products have seen a dramatic reduction in hyperpigmentation. But what we also love is that these products prevent further pigmentation from occurring.

3. Get your birth control right.

While there is no way to prevent the hormone surges that happen during pregnancy, you do have some control over hormone changes caused from certain types of birth control. If you are experiencing hyperpigmentation, talk to your doctor about trying another type of pregnancy prevention. If you start a new birth control, be vigilant about checking your skin for changes. There are a lot of options out there (including non-hormonal birth control) and every birth control affects every woman differently. So don’t be afraid to get experimental under your doctor’s care.

4. Ask questions when you are given a new prescription.

Some medicines that aren’t hormone-related can cause hyperpigmentation. So the next time your doctor gets out his pad, ask about side effects. There may be a drug alternative or if the drug is to be taken only temporarily, avoiding the sun until you stop using the drug is an easy solution.

5. Check out your parent’s skin.

Hyperpigmentation is often hereditary, so if your mom or dad has a lot of dark spots on their face, you will need to be very cautious about preventing hyperpigmentation. Don’t forget to check out your mom’s skin when she isn’t wearing makeup.

 

Beauty Tips

3 Quick Fixes For Split Ends That Really Work

Posted May 20, 2015 at 2:13 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

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We’ve all been there. You’re one week away from your regularly scheduled trim and you already have split ends. What’s a guy or girl to do? Most stylists won’t be able to fit you in early, even if they really really want to.  And what if you have a big event coming up like a wedding, a party, a reunion?

Don’t worry. The Beauty Blog has got you covered. Here are 10 quick fixes for split ends that will get you to your next appointment with your favorite stylist at Re!

1. Use a repair serum. 

We like Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry (available at Re).

This serum-in-creme elixir for dry or damaged hair helps seal split ends and protects against heat, breakage and UV damage, too. Proven to help repair hair with every blow dry and keep styles looking soft, smooth and healthy for up to 3 days.

We also love Melu Serum by Davines (available at Re).

Formulated for long or damaged hair with a tendency to form split ends. The serum has a double function: it repairs split ends in-depth with a filler effect, leaving the hair soft and hydrated, and, at the same time, it hinders their formation

2. Style hair into an up-do. 

Usually, it’s the top layer of hair that is more damaged because it is the hair we style, tease, and abuse. So try these easy half up-dos to hide split ends. Or try these messy up-dos, which are anything but stuffy.

3. Indulge in some healthy fats. 

Good fats are good for your hair not only in your diet, but also when used directly on your hair. Massage mashed avocado or coconut oil into the tips of your hair and allow to set for 15 minutes to an hour. Heat will intensify the results of the coconut oil. Try pulling your hair into a bun and taking a hot bath or shower. The steam will do the trick! Rinse thoroughly and you can get away without a hair cut for a few more days. Repeat as needed until your appointment.

Beauty Tips

Get The Most From Your Next Facial

Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

Get The Most From Your Next Facial

Before

1. Don’t exfoliate at least 4 days before your facial. 

Exfoliating your skin can make it extra sensitive. In fact, if your skin is currently irritated, you should reschedule your facial for another time. This includes chemical exfoliants like retinols.

2. Male clients should shave the morning of their facial. 

To get the most of your facial, your face needs to be exposed. Facial hair will prevent your entire face from being treated.

3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine can dehydrate your skin and alcohol can cause irritate broken capillaries or exacerbate rosacea.

4. Arrive early 

Allow time to pass off your keys to our valet, check in with our concierge, and relax before your appointment starts. It’s important to not be late because your appointment should feel relaxed, not rushed.

5. Come as you are

Some of our clients come to their appointment sans makeup, first thing in the morning and some come from work. No matter how you’re dressed or whether or not you’re wearing makeup, you’re ready for a facial. We’ll provide a robe to make you feel relaxed and comfortable and your esthetician is happy to remove your makeup before she begins her work.

During

6. Be completely upfront about any skin issues you have. 

2. Explain your expectations for your facial.
Are you just there to relax? Rehydrate? Treat aging or a specific skin issue? Tell your esthetician!

7. Pick your esthetician’s brain (if you want).

A facial is a great time to get advice on skin products and skin care. However, if you are having a facial to relax, by all means, drift off to sleep and do nothing but enjoy your facial.

After

8. Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated will maximize the benefits of your facial. Drinking plenty of water is always a good idea!

9. Avoid exfoliation for at least 3 days. 

Usually, the process of a facial includes a deep exfoliation process so any additional exfoliants will be excessive and possibly even harmful to your skin.

 

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