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May 21st

Fall in Love with Your Skin all Over Again

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Do you remember a time when your skin looked flawless?  Or maybe you have a favorite picture of yourself that reminds you of how radiant and youthful you once looked? You would be surprised as to just how resilient the skin is when it receives all the things it needs to look and feel its best.  Whether you have ever had a facial or not there is always something new to learn and experience when it comes to the skin.  Which facial treatment(s) listed below do you think would benefit your skin the most?

If you would like more information or would like to schedule a consultation please contact Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Apr 21st

Skin Care and Makeup Tips and Tricks to Beat the Upcoming Summer Heat

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Permanent Make-Up Can Be Used as a Natural EnhancementPermanent makeup has come a long way!  The artists that perform this highly specialized service now use pigments instead of ink, which makes the color fade resistant (black will not turn green).  They also have the skill and ability to use brush strokes in the eyebrows to simulate real hair instead of filling them in all the way, which doesn’t look natural at all.  Permanent makeup is hypoallergenic and safe; all needles used are for one time use and completely disposable.  This is a great enhancement when it’s too hot for ordinary makeup or you are too busy to put it on.  Whether you decide to get eyeliner on the top and/or bottom lid for a more finished look or maybe a lip liner and/or lip filler for perfectly shaped lips that also have a natural and even hue to them, you will look fabulous.  In the summer heat ordinary makeup tends to fade, run or look very oily and exaggerated.  This is not the case with permanent makeup because it’s there to stay without any fuss or mess; it remains perfect all the time regardless of the weather conditions.  It is also waterproof, which means you can swim, sweat, exercise, wash your face and apply your normal skin care products as usual and still look flawless.  If you play tennis or jog you know that ordinary makeup can be ruined by sweating and even burn if it gets into the eyes.  A lot of athletes have to go without makeup for long periods of time because of this fear, but with permanent makeup you never have to go without it again for any period of time.  Maybe you would like a beauty mark like Cindy Crawford or Marilyn Monroe…anything is possible with permanent makeup.  One other tip for those who have thin or sparse eyelashes; the eyeliner is actually added in the hair line, which makes the lashes appear thicker and fuller immediately.  Permanent makeup is a sensational makeup tip to beat the summer heat…and you will get the benefit of looking fabulous all year around.

Oily Skin seems to get Even Oilier in the Summer HeatThere is no time like the present to evaluate your skin care regiment.  When was the last time you had a facial?  You may have a buildup of dead skin cells that trap the oil beneath the skin and cause the surface to be a little too dry, which then causes the oil glands to produce even more oil.  Once this happens your face can appear to be very greasy and you then have a greater chance of getting enlarged pores and breakouts.  Are you using the best skin care products for your skin for this time of the year?  A lot of people use the same products year round and wonder why they don’t always perform as they should.  It is also common to want to skip using moisturizer in the summertime because the skin already feels “oily enough”.  The type of moisture you get from using moisturizer is water (not oil) and water helps to control oil, but when you skip using moisturizer then you actually get an abundance of unwanted oil from within the skin.  Again, the oil glands are going to produce excess oil to hydrate the surface of your skin if you haven’t used a moisturizer.  The other product that is usually overlooked and underestimated is sun protection.  The minimum requirement is SPF15 and should be used daily in the morning right after applying moisturizer.   You can minimize the oil in your skin this summer by following a simple plan created just for you.

General Tips and Tricks to Beat the Summer Heat- Be sure to drink plenty of water this summer and wear a sun visor or hat of some sort if you plan to be outdoors for long periods of time.  If you are like me and don’t like to leave home without putting on mascara in the mornings then consider trying semi-permanent lash extensions this summer.  They too are water proof and very carefree.  They look great and allow you to wake up every morning ready to start your day without the hassle of applying mascara.  Also, don’t forget that by waxing unwanted hair instead of using a razor is the best way to keep the hair away longer and it is a much cleaner look.  Waxing is great for arms, legs, underarms, stomach, back, bikini, and facial hair as well.

If you would like more information on our permanent makeup services, eyelash extensions, facials, and or waxing services please contact Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223 for a consultation.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Mar 21st

The Skin Care Quiz- What Type of Skin do YOU have?

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Knowing the characteristics of your skin is the first step in determining your skin type.  Knowing your skin type can then be very helpful in determining what kinds of products you should use.  We also have to consider the current condition of your skin, which may be a little different from your actual skin type.  This helps us figure out how your skin may be changing for the better or worse based on the season, diet and exercise, stress, hormones, medication, aging, etc.

Check out the most common types of skin types listed below and find out which category your skin seems to fit best-most of the time.

Question:        Do you have uncontrollable breakouts and/or a shiny (oily) face within minutes of cleansing?

Oily/acneic skin:

Characteristics include but are not limited to an overabundance of sebum (oil), it may or may not be blemished but the skin usually has a rougher and/or thicker texture than normal skin and tends to be shiny and have a greasy feel to it.  The pores are usually enlarged and clogged.

Question:        Do you tend to have an oily T-Zone and/or the occasional break out and the rest of your face is generally well balanced?

Normal/oily skin:

Characteristics include but are not limited to properly balanced skin with oily areas such as the t-zone.  There are probably few problems with this type of skin with the exception of an occasional break out and shiny areas.  The pores are usually small to medium but are not very noticeable.

Question:        Does your skin appear healthy, blemish free and supple most of the time?

Normal skin:

Characteristics include but are not limited to slightly moist skin free of blemishes and very well balanced.  The pore size is normal while the skin is very taut and healthy looking and almost never has a break out.

Question:        Does your skin tend to have a few dry patches or flaky areas, while the rest of it seems normal?

Normal /dry skin:

Characteristics include but are not limited to properly balanced skin with the exception of some dry areas (which may vary) that sometimes even flake or peel.  This condition is sometimes seasonal due to cold or windy weather.  The skin is usually lacking some vitality and needs to be exfoliated to remove dead surface cells.  The pore size is usually small and unnoticeable.

Question:        Do you feel like you need several layers of moisturizer to hydrate your skin?

Dry skin:

Characteristics include but are not limited to skin that is lacking oil or moisture (water) or both.  The skin tends to look very dull and it may feel dry and/or rough.  The pore size is usually very small and there may be some skin discoloration present.

Question:        Are you beginning to see brown spots or fine lines or creases in your skin?

Sun damaged/aging:

Characteristic include but are not limited to skin that has been environmentally damaged and has began to prematurely age (photo-aging) or skin that has started to lose the firmness or moisture in the collagen-elastin fibers due to the aging process.  In both cases gravity starts to run its course, fine lines and wrinkles begin to show, possibly ages spots and/or freckling occurs and the skin is usually very dry.

The next step is to call us for a consultation so we can look at your skin under a Wood’s Lamp to evaluate your skin more closely and answer all of your questions.  We will also be glad to customize a skin care management plan just for you, which will help you to better understand how to take care of your skin regardless of your age, ethnicity or skin type. Today is a great day to start making some changes in your skin that will affect how you look tomorrow.

If you would like more to schedule a consultation please contact Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Feb 21st

It’s Time to Achieve and Maintain Healthy Skin

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But first, do you know which category your skin is in?  If your skin is blemish free, even toned, hydrated and smooth then congratulations you should be trying to maintain your healthy skin.  However, if you have a few skin challenges then you should be trying to achieve healthy skin.  Either way read on and find out how to accomplish both with these three very simple steps.

The first step is having a good daily skin care regimen.  A good daily regimen generally consists of; cleansing, prevention, resurface/treat, moisturizing and protecting your face and neck two times daily.  Cleanser removes dirt, debris, impurities, and/or make-up from the pores and allows the skin to breathe and to be more receptive to the other steps in your regimen.  By using a toner immediately following the cleanser, it removes any excess cleanser and brings the skin’s ph balance back to normal right away.  This step is also referred to as the prevention step because it lifts and tightens the skin therefore slowing down the aging process.  The next step is to address the current condition of your skin.  The sole purpose of the resurface and treat step is to give the skin clarity.  These are the products used to correct or repair your skin in order to either clear it up or keep it clear.  Afterwards, a good water based moisturizer is applied to provide hydration from water and not from oil.  Finally, we all need to use at least a SPF15 sun protection on our skin every morning as the final step.  It should contain antioxidants and both UVA and UVB protection so we are protected from the aging and burning rays of the sun.

The second step is using the appropriate products for your skin.  Using the right product can make all the difference.   I always recommend using holistic, all natural products that do not have any artificial fragrance or preservatives.   It is sometimes very difficult to determine what products your skin needs because of hormonal changes, age management concerns, sun damage, stress/anxiety levels and use of medication.  It certainly does not help that there are hundreds, if not thousands of skin care products marketed every day that only add  to the confusion of deciding what is best to use.  Think of it in this way from now on- there are only two types of products are on the market; the kind that you can select at your own discretion and the kind that has to be selected for you by a licensed skin care professional.  The products that you have access to will almost never have a high enough percentage of any active ingredient to help you get the results you want.  In order to save time and money it is best to get a recommendation from your Aesthetician about which products are best for your skin after a thorough skin analysis.

The third and final step is receiving professional skin care treatments as recommended by an Aesthetician.  An Asthetician is a skin care specialist which whom is licensed to practice noninvasive skin care treatments, that is, working only on the surface of the skin.  An Asthetician not only provides effective skin care treatments, usually referred to as facials, but he/she is also able to make recommendations on what products will be most beneficial to your skin.   Whether you are trying to maintain or achieve healthy skin, professional treatments will help you accomplish this goal.  Regardless as to which category you are in the one thing we all have in common is the fact that our skin cells die and move to the surface of our skin each month.  Once these dead skin cells surface they must be removed quickly so they do not clog the pores and cause problems like; black heads, break-outs, enlarged pores, hyper-pigmentation (uneven skin tone) or excessive oil.  On the other end of the spectrum, depending on the season and the type of skin you have to begin with it may be that you experience; dry, flaky, peeling skin that is very dull and devitalized looking.  Again, these problems only get worse as time goes on and the dead skin cells build month after month without ever removing them professionally.   We have to be sure that the cells are removed evenly, properly and consistently in order to achieve or maintain healthy skin.  Once you understand this then you know that a facial is not a luxury, it is indeed a necessity for everyone who would like to grow older very gracefully and look his/her best for as long as possible.

If you would like more information about how to look younger longer or would like to schedule a consultation please contact Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Jan 21st

More Skincare and Make-Up Tips & Tricks

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Have you ever wondered how when someone changes from an ordinary status to a celebrity status their appearance changes dramatically as well and all of a sudden they look absolutely fabulous all the time!  Here are more of some of those tips and tricks that are used to make that possible.  Remember, the goal is perfection…but since no one is perfect, there are a few things that can be done to at least make it appear that way.

Make-Up can be used to transform ones face.  This is a major component to achieving what would appear to be perfection.  Contouring and highlighting is essential.  When contouring the face you are simply minimizing imperfections, which mean that you are darkening specific features with a foundation or powder that is at least 2 to 3 shades darker than your natural complexion.  Once all the contouring has been done then it’s time to accentuate the positive features by adding highlights, which is usually a foundation or powder that is 2 to 3 shades lighter than your natural complexion.  For example, a wide nose can be contoured on each side from top to bottom and then highlighted down the center from top to bottom to make it appear much more slender.  For someone who doesn’t have beautiful high cheek bones, they can be created in an instance by contouring just below the cheek bone and highlighting just above it, while using your favorite blush directly on the cheek bone itself.  The same trick can be used to give the eyes a more seductive, sexy look or to simply give them some depth and appeal.  Contouring is so effective it can even be used to give anyone the appearance of a perfect oval shaped face if they don’t already have one.

Hair Removal is a must for all women and sometimes even men! Yes, even men need to do a little hair removal to have a well groomed appearance and I don’t mean just the typical shaving areas.  Whether you are a model, an actor, musician, comedian or “Joe the Plumber” nose and ear hairs need to be trimmed, eyebrows should not meet in the middle (known as the infamous unibrow) and they should not be bushy, out of control and un-kept looking.  Hair on a man’s body is much more acceptable than on a woman’s body… within reason; it’s a good idea to get the back hair waxed if it’s so long it covers the back completely and looks like it could be braided when it’s wet!

Women on the other hand should have little to no hair anywhere on her entire body.  Excessive facial hair is never attractive.  This is one of the first things that need to go when trying to achieve that polished celebrity look or if you just want to look your best and it’s also something that will change your overall look the quickest (for the better).  Body hair on a woman is also unattractive.  Women should not have hair on the chest, stomach, back, buttocks, under the armpits or on the legs and it should be very neat in the bikini area.  For anyone that has excessive arm hair it can either be bleached or waxed to minimize the appearance.  Hair removal not only looks good but it also feels good to have soft, clear skin that is properly moisturized.

Skin Scents

Another quick, easy tip for pulling off the polished look is having a light, pleasant body scent.  Although this tip is not visible to the eye it’s noticeable to anyone that comes near you.  Body sprays and lotions are a great way to add to a polished appearance.  It’s like seeing a dish that not only looks good but has also has an irresistible aroma.  Don’t underestimate the power of smell.

If you would like more information on how you can look your best please contact us at Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223 for a consultation.  In the next Issue of Our Town I will give you some tips on how to decrease the oil that the summer heat brings out in our skin.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Dec 21st

Tips & Tricks – the “Facial Trio”

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Have you ever wondered how when someone changes from an ordinary status to a celebrity status their appearance changes dramatically as well and all of a sudden they look absolutely fabulous all the time!  I’ll tell you some of the tips and tricks that are used to make that possible.  The goal is perfection…but since no one is perfect, there are a few things that can be done to at least make it appear that way.

Eyebrows can be sculpted, colored (or bleached), and even the use of brow gel will help to achieve very sexy, polished, well groomed eyebrows. If they still need a bit of an enhancement brow pencil or shader can be used to fill in, reshape or to give the brows a fuller look.  When this is done properly the brows will look flawless and yet still very natural.

Eyelashes are the feature to accentuate along with flawless eyebrows.  They can be made to look longer, fuller and thicker in a variety of ways.  Almost any mascara can be used to give the lashes more volume.  Mascara should be put on each lash from root to tip on both the top and bottom lashes.  Use three coats to get the most dramatic effect but be sure to comb the lashes after each coat to ensure there are not any “clumps” and that the lashes stay separated. Artificial lashes can be applied to the top lashes and will usually last about 24 hours.  When wearing artificial lashes mascara needs only to be applied to the bottom lashes.  The same rule applies when wearing Individual Lashes, which last a little longer than artificial lashes, usually up to 10-14 days.  They also have a little more of a natural appearance, the application time takes longer and this is not something you can do yourself.  The most natural, long lasting, undetectable of all eyelash enhancements are the semi permanent Xtreme Lashes otherwise known as eyelash extensions.  The application time is the longest of all previously mentioned but they also last the longest, up to 3 months!

Lips are another focal point of the face and also conclude what I call the “facial trio”- because when the eyebrows are flawless and the eyelashes are long, thick and full and the lips are detailed this creates perfect facial balance.  The lips are detailed with lip liner.  Whether you choose a lip liner that is an exact match to your favorite lip gloss/lipstick or you decide to accentuate them even more so with a lip liner that is in contrast, maybe a shade or two darker than the lipstick, this little detail will make a big difference.  When using a lip liner we can reshape or define our lips to make them appear perfectly shaped.  Most people have a either a larger top or bottom lip and with lip liner they can be made to look even.  Lip liner can also be used to create a “cupids bow” if you don’t have much of one (the dip in the middle of your top lip).  Lip liner also helps to prevent your lip color from “bleeding” because it forms a border around the lips.

If you don’t wear makeup and prefer the natural look you can still benefit from the “facial trio” enhancements; sculpted eyebrows, long, thick, fuller eyelashes and perfectly shaped lips.  If you are a makeup person and would like to learn more about highlighting and contouring your cheeks, nose and eyes for a more dramatic appearance then call Unique Face Options on 678.344.3223 for a make-up consultation and make-over.  You can even bring your own make-up to learn how to use it properly.   We can help you with the “facial trio” so that you look your very best, and of course it’s important to achieve and maintain healthy skin so you have a beautiful back drop for the other enhancements. In the next Issue of Our Town I will reveal more tips and tricks!

Q:         Do you provide permanent make-up?

A:           We are going to provide permanent make-up services beginning this summer.  This is yet another great way to enhance the eyebrows, the eyes and the lips- the facial trio.  It also creates some special effects by adding moles in just the right place. Permanent makeup is also very useful in covering imperfections, etc.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Nov 21st

Let’s Eliminate those Acne Break Outs

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There is no cure for acne.  Once we realize that fact then we can concentrate on managing break outs so we can have the appearance of healthy, clear skin.  If acne has been a problem for you since you were a teenager then you have been dealing with it for a long time and may have given up working on a solution.  If you were fortunate enough to get through your teens without one pimple but then all of a sudden, as an adult you were taken by surprise by frequent breakouts then you too are probably very frustrated.    You may even have a teenager that is suffering now from ongoing breakouts that look and feel very uncomfortable.  You need to know that there is hope and although not a cure, a way to manage acne and clear it up.  There are many causes of acne; usually a teenager experiences hormonal changes (puberty), sometimes a poor choice of foods can cause flare ups (fried food, sugar, etc.) and then also not having a structured, effective daily skin care regimen can also add to the problem.  Adults that suffer from acne almost always experience this as a symptom of high levels of ongoing stress; some types of medication can cause a flare up, bacteria, a build-up of dead skin cells, and also facial hair removal that irritates the skin.  Both teenagers and adults may also be victims of heredity; it may just run in the family.

If you know that your skin is acne prone then it is a good idea to be proactive and follow a structured regimen that will decrease your chances of having break outs.  A structured regimen includes; diet, vitamins, water and LEDproper skin care. Find out what your “triggers” are, meaning what do you eat that triggers a breakout?  Is it fried food, caffeine, sugar, highly acidic juices and/or fruits?  Pay attention to when you break out the most and instead of eliminating that particular item(s) from your diet, try drinking plenty of water afterwards and diluting it in your system.  Do you take a multi vitamin that will supplement what you are not getting in your daily diet?  If you are not eating between 7-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day then you will want to take a multi vitamin.  Are you getting a facial at least one time per month (or more for severe acne) to get rid of the dead skin cell build up and bacteria that acne thrives on?  You should also have a daily skin care regimen (recommended by your aesthetician) that allows you to maintain your skin between professional treatments.  Working with your own skin twice daily (AM & PM) is the best way to manage your skin at home to help keep it clear.    There are many levels of severity of and different types of acne and each person has to be evaluated individually.  At Unique Face Options we provide consultations so please call today and let’s work together to clear up any unwanted acne before the summer time heat causes it to become worse.

In the next issue of Our Town Magazine we will explore some of the latest trends in skin care and makeup.  If you want to know what some of the celebrities do to look fabulous all the time, I’ll tell you all the tricks and tips in the next issue of SKIN SENSE CORNER.

Q:        My 30 year old daughter has had acne breakouts since she was a teenager but since she became pregnant in her late twenties it is now even worse.  We think her prenatal vitamins may be making her situation worse, which she began taking before and continued after the birth of her child.  Is it possible that something in the vitamins are causing an increase in her flare-ups?

A:        A prenatal vitamin has enough vitamins in them for two people, so yes I do believe that it is very possible that she may be experiencing a side effect from taking them.  However, during pregnancy there are also hormonal issues that play a part in sometimes decreasing flare-ups and in her case (and others) increasing flare-ups.  She may want to check with her doctor to see if she can begin using a multi vitamin in its place to see if it makes a difference.  Also, she would benefit from getting a facial to clear away the dead skin cells and also using recommended products that will treat her acne on a daily basis.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Oct 21st

What Your Skin Really Needs During this Season?

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As the seasons change and the weather becomes more frigid our skin has special needs and therefore requires special attention.  Our skin tends to dry out and become devitalized looking and sometimes even flaky and begins to peel or have dry patches.  One of the first things we can do to resolve this problem is to make sure all the dead skin cells are properly and thoroughly removed from the skin, which means a good facial is in order.   Once the dead skin cells are removed then it is time to put as much hydration into the skin as possible.  The skin will be so much more receptive to the hydration once the dead skin cells are removed.  The live, healthy cells that are uncovered benefit immensely from the facial treatment.  It doesn’t matter how oily or dry your skin is, everyone can benefit from moisture that comes from water and/or oxygen.  The moisture can come from one of many hydrating facials such as the amazing Oxygen Treatments; Classic Oxygen, Cucumber & Parsley or the Chocolate Oxygen Blast.  The Paraffin Facial is another favorite along with the famous Four-Layer Seaweed Facial treatment.  If your skin requires a deeper exfoliation, then an alpha hydroxyl acid fruit peel may be another option.  By the way, this is an ideal time to get facial peels because of the decrease in UVB rays during this time of year.  Also, the skin will not just require topical hydration it will also require that we continue drinking plenty of water.  We tend to drink less water during the colder months than we do in the summer time when the weather is much warmer.  However, it is the colder temperatures that tend to dry our skin along with the heat that we use to warm our homes so it is an especially good time to drink water.  Also, let’s not forget to continue wearing our sun protection every morning.  Even when you do not see the sun shining brightly we are still exposed to its rays.  Finally, last but not least, our lips become more chapped and dry during the winter season so be sure to include a lip rescue treatment with your next facial appointment and always keep your lips protected and hydrated daily.

In the next issue of Our Town Magazine we will look at the causes and treatments for both adult and teenage acne.  Springtime is such a beautiful time of the year because the flowers begin to bloom.  The warm spring temperatures unfortunately also bring on an increase of break outs for people with acne prone skin.

Q:        My 16 year old son has always had very bad acne.  Lately, we noticed less acne break outs but a lot of dryness and flaking.  How do we address the dryness without aggravating the acne?

A:         He is experiencing topical dehydration.  His pores are still producing oil but there are bacteria present, causing breakouts and if his pores are clogged then the oil does not usually reach the surface of the skin to properly hydrate it.  His skin would need a good, but gentle exfoliation.  It may also be that he is not drinking enough water, using the appropriate products for his skin or a combination of these things that would cause him to be topically dehydrated.  Please schedule him for an appointment with an aesthetician so he may get the hands on help he needs to improve the condition of his skin.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Sep 21st

WHAT IS A FACIAL?

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The True Definition of a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial

By Lisa C. Porter

A great facial begins with a licensed and experienced aesthetician and a belief that the key to beautiful skin is consistency, commitment and clinical products.  There are many different types of facial treatments so what I will describe is the most basic deep pore cleansing facial so that you will have an idea of what to expect during a facial treatment.

LEDA facial is a whole lot more than just having your face washed.  It is a deep pore-cleansing procedure.  During a facial your skin should be cleansed, toned, analyzed, exfoliated, massaged, steamed, extracted (if necessary), and treated with the appropriate masque and moisturizer.  An individual skin care plan based on the condition of your skin, either to maintain or get it to a healthier condition, should also be developed.  Recommendations on skin care and the most appropriate products for simple and effective home care use should also be discussed.

Massage techniques should be used to apply each product and treatment during the facial.  The massage portion of your facial will usually not only include your face but also your neck and upper body.

The big misconception is that a facial is just for relaxation purposes.  The truth is a facial has so many benefits that it is necessary for an individual with normal healthy skin to have a facial at least twice a month.

There are many benefits of a facial.  These include but are not limited to:

•     nourishing the skin and all its structures, by stimulating blood circulation;

•     bringing blood (carrying oxygen which is essential to cell growth) to the cells and carrying away waste products and carbon dioxide, thereby helping to cleanse the skin of impurities;

•     making the skin softer and more pliable; and

•     toning muscles and retarding aging of the skin.

A facial does feel good however the most important thing to remember is that a facial is good for you.  Taking care of the skin should start at an early age, because once the skin has been neglected, it is more difficult to improve its appearance or undo the damage that has been done by neglect.  So when you think of what a facial really is, necessity should come to mind rather than luxury.  Remember, the first thing people see when they look at you is your face.

Q:        My wife is 58 and has developed as she calls it, “fine lines and age spots” on the side of her face.  I think she still looks great and love her dearly but know that these imperfections are a concern to her.  My question, would something like micro dermabrasion be an effective treatment?

A:           There is not necessarily ONE thing (product or treatment) that I can recommend, but rather there is a combination of things that she can do that will reduce or eliminate the fine lines and ages spots.

1.)    Have a good daily regimen that consists of; cleansing, prevention, resurfacing/treating, moisturizing and sun protection.

2.)    Make sure they are clinically/medically based products so they contain ingredients that will even out the pigment and smooth the skin on a daily basis.  (The regiment must be customized specifically for her)

3.)    She should also get professional facial treatments from an Aesthetician on a consistent basis.  The Microdermabrasion Peel is probably one of the most effective non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments available. Depending on how severe the damage is will determine how many treatments she will need.  For most people, a series of 6 treatments will make a significant difference.

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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Aug 21st

Are you caring for your skin the way you should? PART III (Finale)

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Let’s start with the very basics and find out.  I have a three-step plan that will help anyone achieve or maintain healthy skin for a lifetime. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity or gender you are, if you have skin read further and learn how you can keep your skin younger and healthier looking, longer.  In the November issue we said the first step is having a good daily skin care regimen; cleanse, prevent, resurface/treat, moisturize and protect the skin.  In the December issue we went over the second step, which is using the appropriate products for your skin.

The third and final step is receiving professional skin care treatments as recommended by an Aesthetician.  An Asthetician is a skin care specialist which whom is licensed to practice noninvasive skin care treatments, LEDthat is, working only on the surface of the skin.  An Asthetician not only provides effective skin care treatments, usually referred to as facials, but he/she is also able to make recommendations on what products will be most beneficial to your skin.   Everyone is in one of two categories when it comes to the condition of the skin; you are either trying to maintain healthy skin or you are trying to achieve it.  Either way, professional treatments will help you.  Regardless as to why you get a facial the one thing we all have in common is the fact that we all go through a cycle every month where our skin cells die and move to the surface of our skin.  Once these dead skin cells surface they must be removed quickly so they do not clog the pores and cause problems like; black heads, break-outs, enlarged pores, hyper-pigmentation (uneven skin tone) or excessive oil.  On the other end of the spectrum, depending on the season and what type of skin you have to begin with it may be that you experience problems like; dry, flaky, peeling skin that is very dull and devitalized looking.  Again, these problems only get worse as time goes on and you continue to go through the cycle month after month without ever removing the dead skin cells.   About 90% of the dust found within our homes consists of dead skin cells so we know there are billions of microscopic cells that shed daily from our entire bodies.  We have to be sure that the cells are evenly, properly and consistently shed from our bodies, especially our face and neck in order to achieve or maintain healthy skin.  An Aesthetician will be able to remove all the dead skin cells and uncover the live, healthy cells that will be more receptive to the great products that you are using at home.  Most people think that getting a facial is a luxury so therefore it is optional.  By understanding a little more about how the skin cells turnover each month and how the build- up of those dead skin cells can really damage the skin and diminish our appearance, we can be more proactive in caring for our skin.  Once you understand this then you know that a facial is not a luxury, it is indeed a necessity for everyone who would like to grow older very gracefully and look his/her best for as long as possible.

Are you ready for your professional treatment?  Effective professional skin care starts with a deep pore-cleansing facial.  There are many different types of facials so be sure to look for SKIN SENSE in the next issue of Our Town Magazine to find out; What is a Facial? The true definition of a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial

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How often should I get a facial treatment?

Everyone should get a facial a minimum of at least one time per month in order to remove the dead skin cells that surface.  I always suggest that even a normal, healthy skin person get a facial two times per month to stay ahead of hormonal changes, seasonal changes, stress and age management and also to be more proactive than reactive overall.  Each time you get a facial  the skin is being resurfaced, which is great because this means your skin’s texture and appearance is being enhanced greatly.  It will feel much smoother; look more even-toned, vibrant, hydrated and refreshed.  I call it “red carpet ready!”   Let your Aesthetician make the call on  how often you specifically should get a facial because in some instances, depending on the issues/challenges, you may need to go weekly or every 10 days until you can progress to bi-weekly.  Thank you for your question!

If you have questions about your skin JUST ASK LISA by e-mailing lisa@uniquefaceoptions.com

Lisa Clinkscale Porter is a 5-Star Aesthetician named by Skin Inc. Magazine and owns Unique Face Options- the corrective skin care boutique.  She is also the author of Every Woman’s Guide to Looking & Feeling Sexy from Head to Toe- Skin care and personal hygiene tips you never knew to ask but definitely need to know. 

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