Peel a little, glow a lot!

Chemical peels sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be! We’ve all seen a chemical peel exaggerated in the media to make the recipient appear like an inflamed, peeling mess who must hide their face for days, Not the case! Peels that require downtime are outdated and unnecessary.  New approaches focus on regular peels that yield results over time, not one aggressive treatment that leaves you unable to face the world.

So, what are some other misconceptions about peels?

Well, you will not necessarily see peeling and flaking after a peel. If your skin is healthy, you may not peel at all, while unhealthy skin may require a few procedures before it visibly exfoliates.

You might hesitate to undergo a peel because your skin is sensitive or dry. You’ll be happy to hear that there are peels formulated especially for sensitive skin! You can get all the great benefits of a peel without worrying about irritating your skin.

You should not expect to see the same results every time you receive a peel. Your skin condition, environmental changes like humidity and temperature, and previous peels will affect the amount of visible exfoliating you see.

Regular chemical peels are the key to getting that jealousy-inducing glow that makes you wonder – does that person do yoga and drink green juice all day? They help your skin regenerate and turn over dead skin cells that are dulling your complexion. They are also great for reducing acne, acne scars, aging, dark spots, and other skin woes!

Still hesitant? We don’t want you to miss out on the clear, bright complexion you can get from a great series of peels. For the month of October, buy a 3 peel or treatment package for $285 ($95 each) and enjoy a complimentary Neck & Décoletté Treatment. Contact Wax Me Boutique to talk to one of our professionals about your specific skin concerns and how different peels would impact you.

Sunless Tanning – Glow Safely

We love the look of a summer glow (and we like to keep it year-round!) but it’s not always safe and easy to maintain it. Even in sunny San Diego, our natural tans fade in the winter – and spending too much time in the sun can be time consuming, sweaty, and ultimately risky for your health. Sunless tanning is a quick, safe alternative that will give you that coveted golden look without the negative side effects of too much sun exposure.

The most obvious benefit of sunless tanning is reduced risk of skin cancer from UV radiation. Both natural sunlight and UV tanning beds have been linked to health risks, so using these to chase the tan you’re after can be detrimental to your health. We all want to spend time at the beach, but hours and hours spent roasting in the sun just for the sake of a tan are not advised – it is hot, exhausting and requires a serious time commitment. It also leads to premature wrinkles, unsightly tan lines, pores clogged with sweat and sunscreen or tanning oil, and enhanced skin imperfections.

In contrast, sunless tanning is quick, easy and safe. It is not linked to long-term health risks like skin cancer. It does not affect the aging process of your skin, will not leave tan lines, and will actually help even your skin tone as it provides some coverage for blemishes and other skin imperfections. UV rays will have the opposite effect, darkening blemishes and causing hyper-pigmentation in some cases.

The best way to get a sunless tan is to visit a professional. At-home products may have inconsistent, streaky results, but a professional spray tan will give you the best result every time. Wax Me Boutique estheticians are highly trained in giving you the perfect, natural-looking glow for your skin. Make an appointment today to see what a difference a few minutes in a spray tan booth can make! We offer a Happy Hour Special of $25 sunless tans every Thursday. Everyone feels more confident, slim and toned when their skin has that healthy, sun-kissed glow.

The “Fire and Ice” Facial by Eminence

The Fire and Ice Facial by Eminence is the hottest new trend in Hollywood skincare – but does it live up to the hype? I put it to the test under the guidance of my trusted esthetician at Wax Me Boutique.

The facial is exactly what it sounds like, a hot treatment followed by a cold treatment. The fire comes from a face mask blended with spices. It gets very warm on your skin, and while I would not say it is uncomfortable, it is certainly a potent mask. It encourages circulation and cell turnover, so once it was removed, my skin was very warm and red. I felt like I was blushing but had no reason to do so. The fire mask was then replaced with the cooling mask, made with ingredients like peppermint, cucumber and tea tree. The cooling mask is very pleasant and soothing, and immediately calms any redness and inflammation that may have resulted from the fire mask. The whole treatment smells amazing and, despite some squirming under the hot mask, was enjoyable.

The real question, however, is the long-term effect of the treatment. Since the treatment, my skin has been clear and glowing – to the point that I cringe at putting on foundation because it dulls my skin in comparison. Part of this effect must of course be from my strict regimen of monthly facials, as a regular facial schedule is the key to great skin. Still, I can’t remember the last time that my skin was not actually improved with some makeup coverage and I actually wanted to show off my bare skin. My ultimate facial goals have always been to feel comfortable in my own skin, with or without makeup, and it seems that the coveted “Fire and Ice” Facial finally got me to that place.