With our bi-annual Peel Party right around the corner, we thought we’d break down one of the most important parts of any peel: post-peel facial care. To help you get the most out of your peel, we asked one of our expert Hill Country Galleria estheticians, Viky, about the do’s and don’ts of post-peel care.
You’ve read about the wonders of HydraFacials, but have you experienced our other transformative skin treatment, Same-Day Peels? While there’s a general misconception that peels will initially leave your skin irritated, our six CosMedix peels are specially formulated to be gentle yet effective.
With our upcoming bi-annual Peel Party on Wednesday, April 5, our Marketing Coordinator, Gina, shares her first peel experience with us and gets the 411 on Same-Day Peels from one of our expert 2nd Street District estheticians.
We’re excited to announce that we now offer the HydraFacial MD® treatment!
What is a HydraFacial MD®?
HydraFacial MD® is an invigorating treatment that delivers long-term skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation.
What are the benefits of getting a HydrFacial MD®?
The HydraFacial MD® resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, including Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. It also removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, non-invasive, non-surgical, and immediately effective.
How often should I get a HydraFacial MD®?
One treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, oily and congested skin.
Is this available at all of your locations?
At the moment, we only offer the HydraFacial MD® treatment at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, and River Oaks spas. To schedule your appointment, please call 512.236.1115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does it hurt?
Absolutely not. This is the most pain-free facial you will ever receive. Extractions are automatic and painless with the use of vortex technology.
Can anyone get a HydraFacial MD®?
The HydraFacial MD® treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial MD® treatment. The esthetician may choose specific treatment serums and/or customize the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult the esthetician for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.
Have a question we haven’t answered? Call us at 512.236.1115 and we’d be happy to help in any way possible.
Our talented milk + honey estheticians and concierge trained with the HydraFacial MD® experts to master the technique and knowledge of this incredible treatment. As of November 1st, the HydraFacial MD® service is now available at our 2nd Street District location.
Valid at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, and South Lamar locations. All day. September 17 only. There will be bubbles and treats, too!
Yeah, we know we’re biased, but… it’s definitely a spa day not to be missed.
Call us at 512.236.1115 or email email@example.com.
Note: A $30 non-refundable deposit is required for reservation.
From sunscreen to daily moisturizer, to a gentle (yet effective) body wash, we’ve got summer skincare on the brain. And rightfully so. With the sunny skies overhead, it’s as important as ever to apply a strong SPF, rinse off thoroughly after a long swim in the lake or the pool, and to hydrate consistently. To reinforce those summer-y feelings, we’ve selected the beauty products we can’t live without come summertime — and quite frankly, neither should you.
CosMedix has a wonderful series of articles available to help take your skin care to the next level. Click here to begin your journey.
Few cosmetic treatments can change the skin’s appearance more dramatically than a professional facial peel. From correcting troublesome conditions, like acne or hyperpigmentation, to simply giving the skin a rejuvenating “lift,” peels exist for a variety of purposes. However, navigating the bloated peel market all alone–and the claims that each product makes–can be a daunting task. If you’re considering a facial peel, the myriad choices available can seem overwhelming without a solid benchmark for comparison. And for most people, that benchmark is the proof that a product performs as promised.
For CosMedix cosmeceuticals, proof is easy to come by. Known worldwide as the answer to a healthy complexion without irritation, CosMedix has backed its product claims with hard evidence for years. And with a proven collection of non-wounding peels for all skin types, you won’t have to scour the earth to find the right treatment for your unique concerns.
For those looking to correct superficial flaws and revitalize the skin, Today’s Peels by CosMedix offer a gentle, no-downtime alternative to harsh chemical peels. Instead of forcing the skin to repair itself with damaging chemicals, CosMedix works with the skin’s own chemistry to encourage healthy exfoliation and renewal. Using chirally correct ingredients–ingredients purified at the molecular level for maximum potency with minimal irritation risk–Today’s Peels require no prior preparation, yet are powerful enough to dramatically diminish the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, oily and acne-prone skin.
Combining antioxidant blueberry extract with stimulating L-lactic acid and blue corn meal, Blueberry Smoothie is a powerful yet gentle exfoliating peel and scrub. An exceptional blemish treatment, this light peel effectively corrects an assortment of superficial skin concerns, from sun damage to multiple degrees of discoloration. So impressive are its results that Blueberry Smoothie is among CosMedix’s top-selling professional treatments.
Designed to even out the top layers of the skin, Pomegranate Peel infuses the skin with powerful antioxidants while stimulating collagen to smooth over rough skin and correct uneven texture and tone. Combining 15 percent L-lactic acid–a chirally correct alpha hydroxyl acid derived from milk–with some of nature’s most effective free radical fighters, including red wine resveratrol, pomegranate seed oil and astaxanthin–a marine carotenoid 500 times more potent than vitamin E–Pomegranate Peel is remarkably gentle catalyst for change.
Benefit Peel truly is a peel for all skin types. Utilizing encapsulated retinol, this stimulating antioxidant peel is especially effective at neutralizing hyperpigmented, problem and prematurely aged skin types. In fact, in recent clinical testing, 91 percent of Benefit Peel recipients reported brighter skin, more uniform tone and less apparent wrinkles in just six weeks.
A unique blend of five chirally correct acids, Purity Peel is the answer to oily and acne-prone skin. Made with 10 percent encapsulated retinol and over four percent salicylic acid and L-TCA complex, this maximum strength clarifying peel effectively exfoliates problem skin, unclogs pores and eliminates toxins and impurities with amazing results. In clinical testing, over 95 percent reported clearer skin and fewer and less severe breakouts in just four weeks.
Get physical in the fight against sun damage. We care about you and your skin’s health. As the weather warms up and we spend more time outside, we want you to be protected against the sun’s harmful rays. Here is what your favorite Spa Partisans use:
These CosMedix products are available at milk + honey and our online store.
Hydrate + (Daily Moisturizer SPF 17)
This light, daily antioxidant moisturizer hydrates the skin while helping to protect it from sun exposure. With an advanced zinc oxide and natural antioxidant formula, Hydrate + provides exceptional UV protection without irritating synthetic chemicals.This light, daily antioxidant moisturizer hydrates the skin while helping to protect it from sun exposure. With an advanced zinc oxide and natural antioxidant formula, Hydrate + provides exceptional UV protection without irritating synthetic chemicals.
Serious Protection (SPF 28 Sunscreen)
Whereas most conventional sunscreens only protect against surface, sun-burning UVB light, Serious Protection’s guard extends to deeper skin layers vulnerable to photoaging. Containing a non-irritating, chemical-free, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide formula, this broad spectrum solution effectively shields against both UVA and UVB light to keep skin naturally safe.
Reflect (SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen)
Reflect offers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection in a non-irritating, oil-free formula. Combining micronized titanium dioxide—nature’s own sunscreen—with two skin-specific antioxidants, Reflect provides lightweight UV protection on the go – perfect to throw in your gym bag.
Sun Smart Skin from the Esthetician’s Point of View
By Victoria Wigg, LME CosMedix
Through the ages, having a sun tan has gone from being undesirable to being a show of status. However, as we better understand the damage caused to our DNA from overexposure to ultraviolet light, we recognize the danger behind the beauty of sun-bronzed skin.
Every time we step into the sun, we battle three different waves of ultraviolet light—UVA, UVB and UVC. While UVB is the wave responsible for tanned skin and sunburns, all three, in excess, damage the skin. This damage can range from premature wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and the breakdown of elasticity to DNA damage and even skin cancer. While the effects sometimes take years to show up, many experts believe the majority of damage occurs in the first twenty years of life. Fortunately, by utilizing proven ingredients daily, you can help prevent and reverse many of the signs of trauma.
Sunscreen is a critical part of skin protection. There are certain factors to look for when choosing a sunscreen. For instance, is the active ingredient mineral or chemical-based? Common chemical forms include avobenzone (parsol 1789), octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, ecamule (Mexoryl SX), homosalate, Padimate A and Padimate O. In contrast, there are only two mineral sunscreens approved by the FDA—titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays, while mineral sunscreens reflect them away from the skin. For this reason, many skin professionals today recommend the mineral form, which is also available in certain mineral makeup.
When it comes to combating the signs of damage, antioxidants are essential. UV overexposure often creates free radical cascades where highly unstable molecules with unpaired electrons tax the body. Antioxidants help relieve this stress by sacrificing an electron to neutralize the free radical threat. Look for tetrahydrocurcumonoids, oat glucan, D-alpha tocopherol, tocomin, astaxanthin, gluconolactone, and my favorite, L-superoxide dismutase, when comparing products. Other reparative ingredients to consider include aminoguanidine, aloe vera, copper complex and niacinamide.
Restorative treatments, like exfoliating facials, chemical peels, intense pulsed light and laser treatments, work to correct past damage. Effective corrective ingredients include vitamin A, lactic acid, malic acid, tartaric acid, azelaic acid, arbutin, L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), cassia beta glycan and epidermal growth factors.
Despite the effectiveness of today’s treatments, it is still much easier to protect the skin than to reverse the signs of damage. Using proper sunscreen, avoiding the sun at the highest point of the day—11 a.m. to 3 p.m.—wearing a large brim hat and using an umbrella are sensible ways to enjoy the sunshine and soak up a little vitamin D without reaping all of the negative benefits of UV exposure. For existing sun damage, see a licensed skin professional for a complete analysis of your skin and recommendations on how to correct it.
Annette is one of our fantastic Estheticians at milk + honey 2nd Street District. Here is her article, A Focus on Your Skin.
Your skin is an important part of your everyday beauty. Beauty that isn’t just skin deep, but helps rejuvenate not only the body but the soul.
There are many immediate benefits that you can gain from after your facial besides the beautiful, freshly exfoliated, glowing new skin. The relaxation you get from the luxurious massaging of the hands, arms and shoulders is also good for lymph drainage, circulation of blood flow, and easing of muscle tension. The best part of receiving a facial at milk + honey is that you get it all: beautiful, soft, dewy, glowing skin and extreme relaxation.
After an in-depth consultation, the milk + honey Esthetics professionals will custom build you a facial to achieve the results you are looking for. But what happens after your facial? We go back to our hectic lives, normal routines and rituals. We might keep with our new skin regimen for a few weeks and then find ourselves slipping into our old ways. It’s human nature, but we should strive to be better. The way to constantly help your skin is by reminding yourself to follow through. Form new habits and pave your way to happy, healthy skin: wash your face morning and night, make standing appointments for facials, drink water, moisturize, don’t pick!
By letting your Esthetician know what kind of time you want to devote to your skin care regimen, and what your goals are, we will be able to give you the best service imaginable, to exceed your expectations, and to alleviate the stresses of your everyday life. Use the facial to get yourself in a better routine of using products to help your skin health, such as serums, scrubs and weekly masks.
Your skin is important, and so are you. No one deserves glowing skin more than you do.
Weather isn’t the only thing that changes during the winter. Your skin can go into hibernation if you’re not careful. When warm weather is replaced with colder, drier air, your skin’s moisture levels often drop. Artificial heat in our homes, cars, and work can leave skin dehydrated. Those of us who use CosMedix are well aware that it is an incredibly active line that often penetrates your skin even better when it’s dry. A small adjustment in your skin care regimen is all that may be needed to protect your skin through the winter months. Make an appointment with your favorite Esthetician for a consultation to winterize your skin!
Particularly dry skin? The easiest way to stay hydrated this winter is Emulsion from CosMedix. Emulsion Intense Hydrator provides a soothing blend of nature’s perfect moisturizers – jojoba oil and shea butter – in a unique liquid crystal formulation that will infuse your skin with intense moisture.