Beauty Blog

Hydroquinone and Your Skin

Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa


Long words can be scary! Putting that long word on your face without knowing how it works? Even scarier. Hydroquinone is a prescribed cream used to lighten dark skin pigments; we use the word lighten instead of bleach because instinctually our minds go to a jug of Clorox. Yikes! Hydroquinone is a naturally occurring substance found in grains and fruits. Hydroquinone prevents melanocyte over production to diminish the appearance of brown spots.

Dark Pigmentation

What do we mean by dark pigments? Brown spots (age spots), freckles, hyperpigmentation, also know as melasma. Melasma is, according to the American Academy of Dermatology melasma is a common skin condition that causes gray-brown patches on the face. Our skin cells that cause these darker spots are known as melanocytes, when we go in the sun these cells give us our skin to tan in the Summer.  Melanocytes are more active in people with darker skin tones making them more prone to melasma. The forehead, chin, cheeks, upper lip area, nose, and along the jaw line according to Dermnetnz  are common places for melasma to take place. Use the following link to gain a better understanding of the different types of melasma.

Suggested Products

Last month Obagi arrived at the salon. Woot woot! The Nu-Derm system a 6-step daily regimen and  Sun Shield (a new sunscreen). Step 3 Clear and step 5 Blender contain hydroquinone, the system as a whole will last for 4-5 months depending on the user. Our Obagi representative suggests using Aquaphor or Vaseline on the corners of your lips and eyes to prevent the peeling of these sensitive areas of our skin.  Come and speak with one of our PA’s to figure out if the Nu-Derm system (or certain parts) would work for you. Hydroquinone is a prescription only topical treatment for brown spots.  Cutting corners could lead to the worsening of your melasma.




Healthy Living

Berry Delicious Muffins

Posted October 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

Looking for an easy to make, quick, HEALTHY treat for those “I don’t have time” moments? Well, we are here to help you out with a recipe for your new favorite blueberry muffins! Not only are they delish, but they are also good for you. Packed with a ton of vitamin C they’ll help you pass up that yearly winter cold. Low in sugar which means, low in calories which means, you don’t have to feel bad about not making breakfast, or not having time to make snacks for after school (or eating two instead of one).











PreHeat Oven to 400 Degrees 


1 Cup of Orange Juice (I go for extra pulp, but it’s up to you)

1 Cup of Oatmeal

In a Separate Bowl: 

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Oil

1/2 Cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce

1 Cup of Sugar ( here’s the deal, I use 1/2 and they are still sweet so it is up to you!)

Add Oatmeal/OJ mixture

3 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour

3 Teaspoons of Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

2 Cups of Blueberries (I’ve also tried with raspberries and a berry mix both are YUM!)

Cook for 18-22 minutes depending on your oven








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Color-Full Fall Trends

Posted September 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa

What color to do for the Fall season? Here are some trends that are going to be big!

Soft Jet Black

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While jet-black hair can often look unforgiving on some skin tones and hair textures; a more muted and soft jet black is wearable and natural looking on any skin tone. Soft jet black has both lowlights and highlights throughout causing a more dimensional look and therefore causes a less harsh look than its jet-black counterpart.


The Roots

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The dark rooted trend is continuing over from these past few seasons. Where instead of maintaining your root touch-up appointments you let your hair grow and fade out an inch or two. Don’t get us wrong this has to be done properly- often clients have to have their hair faded from the root a little so the contrast isn’t too stark.



Au Naturel Reds

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This autumn, go for a more natural looking red in comparison to the past few seasons of vibrant berry looking reds. You want people to wonder if it is your natural hair color or not. Think more along the lines of Emma Stone in “Easy A,” or Sophie Turner as she plays Sansa Stark in “Game of Thrones.”


Hit the Waves Blonde

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fall-promotionsI know what you are all thinking warm blonde in the cool autumn temperatures- CRAZY? Nope! The Summer blonde looks are here to stay, at least for now. Keep your blonde soft and warm, to dazzle through those chilly days to come.

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Hydration Station (not just water)

Posted September 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa


The heat gets the best of us, especially those of us that don’t enjoy chugging water (hey, it’s not for everyone). Listed are some fruits and veggies that can help with the hydration process.


Cucumbers are 96% water and also packed with vitamin K and iron. Plus they aren’t just for salads- try dipping them in hummus as an alternative.





images-3 Celery is another water filled friend ringing in at 95% water and they are also high in potassium (a good alternate if your not a fan of b-a-n–a-n-a-s). Make it fun by filling it up with almond or sunflower butter, which will fill you up as you hydrate.




Iceberg letuce is on the same playing field as images-2cucumbers with 96% composition. However, that’s mainly it- there aren’t a ton of nutrients like with spinach or romaine. You can easily make them fun, by using them to serve other food you have made, like chicken lettuce wraps. Delish!




images-10Strawberries come in at 92% water composition; this sweet fruit can be added to your water as well so you can munch throughout the day. High in vitamin C they are an immune booster too.

imgres-1Watermelon, doesn’t it just remind you of sweet Summertime? Watermelon hits us with a make-up of 92% water. You can make regular water fun by adding a few pieces to your glass, or juice it for what it’s worth and drink it solo!




imgres-2Tomatoes! no, ketchup does NOT count, they are composed of 94% water and a ton of vitamin C. Like the cucumber you can dip them in hummus, add them to a salad, or eat them solo like an apple.

These are just a few of the powerful fruits and veggies can make staying hydrated easier. Don’t be shy, drop the cup (most of the time) and chow down on your H2O.

Beauty Tips

From A to Zinc

Posted June 28, 2016 at 6:56 pm By Re Salon & Med Spa


Let the sunshine in… but beat the harmful rays with some top-notch sunscreen so the only reason your grin (not grimace) is because your skin is protected!

Recently, at the beach, I thought I was doing everything right! Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before I went in the sun, reapplying every hour or so, sitting in the shade during the sun’s peaking hours… to no avail. I returned home with what I thought was heat rash, because how could it possibly be anything else when I had been so diligent about the application of sunscreen?

Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before I went in the sun- check!

Reapplying every hour or so- check!

Sitting in the shade during the sun’s peaking hours- check!

But to no avail. I returned home with what I thought was heat rash, because how could it possibly be anything else when I had been so diligent about the application of sunscreen? NOPE. Turns out I had something way worse- SUN POISONING.

But how you ask? The type of sunscreen I was using.

I asked my Dr. which kind of sunscreen he finds works best. He told me he only uses mineral-based sunscreen and that it should ALWAYS have the word zinc included in the listed ingredients. He suggested two lines for me to try: Badger, and The Honest Company’s “Honest Sunscreen.”

But wait! He warned me to be wary of non-mineral based sunscreens due to the increasing amount studies showing that the chemically produced UV blockers are causing hormone fluctuations and a relation with new skin sensitivities. The worst of which according to EWG is oxybenzone, which mimics estrogen production, alters sperm production and causes endometriosis in women. YIKES! Check the labels ladies & gents!

I don’t know about y’all but I am going mineral from here on out, ZINC ME UP!For other great mineral-based sunscreens to try EWG for ratings from 1-10.

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