Monday, January 30, 2012

Tammy Young Talks about Anti-Aging Treatments

Tammy Young Talks about Anti-Aging Treatments
Compu-lift and Microdermabrasion/Aging Skin

What treatments do you have for aging skin – fine facial lines and sagging?

We have two treatments available for aging skin:  Microdermabrasion for fine lines and Compu-lift for sagging.  However, Microdermabrasion is not just for facial lines – it can be beneficial for acne sufferers.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion is an abrasive, rapid exfoliation that sands off 3 layers of dead or damaged skin.  It reveals a smoother, undamaged layer of skin underneath.  It’s safe, painless, and you see immediate results.

How does it work?

The machine has two tubes, one that the fine crystals flow through that exfoliates, and then another tube that suctions off the dead skin cells.  The treatment takes about 20-30 minutes.  The process of eliminating dead and damaged skin stimulates collagen production, which is essential for healthy, glowing skin.

After Microdermabrasion treatments, is there any follow-up that clients need to do?

We recommend that you don’t touch your face or wear makeup for the rest of the day.  That’s the only follow-up that clients need to do.  This treatment has no side effects. 

For aging skin, what are the benefits of Microdermabrasion? 

There are several benefits.  First of all, because it exfoliates about 33% of damaged skin from the face, it helps eliminate fine lines.  Aging skin tends to look uneven, with darker “age spots” that are caused by hormones, medications or a number of reasons.  Microdermabrasion eliminates the damaged skin buildup and can lighten dark spots.  It can also help smooth out any scars a client may have.  Finally, it helps makeup go on smoother.

What are the benefits of Microdermabrasion for acne? 

The crystals we use absorb oil.  Because it exfoliates dead and damaged skin, it helps to reveal healthier skin.  As mentioned previously, it also helps smooth out acne scars.

For aging skin, how often do you recommend Microdermabrasion and how long does it last?

For clients over 40, we recommend once every two weeks for a six-week period.  The benefits last for about a year.  For those over 50, we recommend these treatment sessions twice a year for best results.

What is Compu-lift?

As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and facial muscles get lazy, which is compounded by gravity.  Besides developing jowls, the sagging is also most obvious around the eyes.  Compu-lift is a non-surgical treatment that stimulates the muscles deep down to wake them up to do their job to help lift, tone and support the facial skin.

How does Compu-lift work?

The machine has two prongs that sends small positive and negative electric currents to the muscles to wake them up and lift the muscles.  It’s painless and essentially exercises the facial muscles and tones them up.   The treatment takes about 45 minutes, is painless, and there are no side effects.

How often do you recommend Compu-lift treatments?

I tell clients that it’s a lot like working out at the gym – it’s a commitment that if you do it regularly, you see results. We recommend twice a week for six weeks, then once a month for maintenance.  Many clients start this in their 40s, but it’s never too early or late to start these treatments. 

Do you see immediate results after Compu-lift treatments?

Yes.  In fact I like to do one side of a client’s face first, then let them look in the mirror to see the difference.  Some clients with a special occasion or party will do three treatments in one week to lift and tone their skin for their event.  However, this doesn’t last, because it really takes a regular commitment over a period of time, as I mentioned before.

Is there any follow-up care after having a Compu-lift treatment?


Do clients ever have Compu-lift and Microdermabrasion at the same time?

Yes, many clients like to combine both at the same time.  Both treatments take about an hour when done together. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Great Advice about Facials

Ask the Expert
Tammy Young give some great advice about facials.

People have always associated facials as a “special treat” for relaxing and getting their skin cleaned and moisturized.  Has that changed?

There is still that special treat factor, but because of improved products, research, methods and equipment, it’s become much more than that.  It’s a way of uniquely addressing problem skin.  For many clients, it is the foundation for continuing skin care, whether it’s remedying problem skin or maintaining healthy skin – it’s more mainstream than in the past.

What is the biggest misconception about having a facial?

One size fits all is the biggest misconception about facials – it’s the way things were done in the past.  Regardless of your age, each person’s skin is unique with its own set of characteristics and issues.  Continuing scientific research and discoveries that lead to improved products and methods enable us to tailor a skin care program that it unique to each client to address issues head-on.

Walk me through the process you go through when a client books a facial.

I’ll use our Signature Facial as an example.  I start with an extensive consultation with the client to learn about allergies, skin reactions or other conditions that they have experienced in the past.  I look at the client’s skin under a lighted magnifying glass to identify any problems that may not be even immediately noticeable to the client or the naked eye.  I then create a facial or a program to address the specific needs of that particular client, using appropriate products and methods unique to their skin. 

So a client may be thinking one kind of facial and they get another type of facial?

It happens a lot, which I discuss with the client during the consultation.  For example, a client may have originally come in wanting a smoothing, anti-aging treatment, but the client has some blemishes.  An anti-aging procedure at that time would be too heavy to do and would tend to aggravate blemishes.  It would not be the best use of the client’s time or money.  For this client, I would recommend a unique treatment that would first deal with the blemishes.   Once that has cleared up, we can then move on to other types of treatments that are appropriate to that client. 

I see multitudes of products available at the drug and department stores – cleansers, masks, moisturizers, and a variety of other products that may cost a little or a lot.  People can create their own facials at home.  Do they work as well and what are the benefits of having professional facials? 

A professional facial offers clients products, services and tools that are either not available at home or you’re unable to do at home.  Take facial cleansing for example:  your skin is like a sponge.  No matter how well you cleanse your face at home, there is still a gradual buildup of makeup over time.  As experienced professionals, we have access to products that are stronger and/or with ingredients that are not available over the counter.  Coupled with our experience and specific tools, the results of at-home products are not as good.  Professional facials offer the best results possible for the money. 

What is the biggest mistake that clients make? 

It is using the same daily skin care regime that a client used, say, in their 20s.  We all know skin changes and ages – what worked in your 20s may not work in your 30s and 40s.  Because your skin care program hasn’t been updated, the products you’re using may be wrong now and can actually be the cause of skin sensitivities.  I recommend for anyone who hasn’t updated their daily skin care regime to do so, using age-appropriate cleansers, moisturizers and masks.  Clients in their 40s, or earlier, definitely need to add a good eye cream.  The skin is naturally very thin around the eye and is the first place you see age-related skin problems.

Every skin care article I read says sunscreen is a must.  Do you agree?

Yes, most definitely.  There was a product trend where moisturizers were combined with sunscreen – an all-in-one product.  However, they found that people have reactions to various sunscreen ingredients, so the products now tend to be again offered separately.  Sunscreen is here to stay year-round for overall skin care.  A very good liquid foundation (but not powder) usually serves as a total sunblock. 

What are the different categories of facials you offer?

The Signature facial lasts an hour and 15 minutes and is more of a spa experience:  skin consultation with specific facial services for that client’s needs, with some perks like a heated table, a comfortable wrap, and a scalp, hand or foot massage.  Our Clinical facial offers skin care only - the same as the Signature but without the additional perks.  The Petite facial, which we call our lunchtime facial, is a 20-30 minute facial using appropriate cleansing, exfoliation and moisturizing.  We also offer the Petite during our Spa Parties. 

You also offer a Rosacea facial.  How is this different from your other facials?

Rosacea is a skin condition where the skin is inflamed and may be itchy or painful.  It usually is accompanied by enlarged blood vessels that give the skin a red, ruddy appearance.  Flare-ups are most common among very fair-skinned people of European descent, but can occur in anyone.  These flare-ups can be brought on or aggravated by spicy foods, fruity alcohol such red wine or tequila, hot tubs, cold weather or a number of factors. 

Our Rosacea facial is very gentle. We use no scrubs or acids.  All products and methods we use on our Rosacea clients have anti-inflammatory properties designed to soothe and help take the redness out. 

Finally, what is your secret skin care tip to do at home?

It’s not such a secret, because I tell all my clients this:  Cleanse your face only at night.  You do not need to cleanse again the next morning because it washes away needed natural oils – a splash of water will do each morning.