No Makeup. No Photoshop. No Injections.

I bravely took some pictures of my face because I wanted to see how well the serums and grape seed oil I was using was working. I felt like it was working because my skin felt less dry. The best way to really know the truth is with pictures though. They can’t lie…unfortunately.

So I’ve been using 3 serums from Le Mieux (RX Complex, TGF-B Booster, Hyaluronic Acid) and grape seed oil as my nighttime moisturizer. Below is a before and after of my forehead. I had forgotten how bad my skin was due to this harsh, dry, cold winter we have been having in So Cal. I’m very happy that I can make changes with drastic measures. Hopefully people will believe me when I tell them it isn’t as hard as it seems to fix your skin (and not as expensive!).

My secrets…

Skin Scripts, Le Mieux, Grape Seed Oil

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Microdermabrasion is a thing of the past and moving ahead are Dermafiles. They are much more skin-friendly and they allow more control. Plus, since no suction is involved, there will be no worsening of broken capillaries. Microdermabrasion can also be very drying to the skin, even after a very hydrating facial.

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Dermafile™ is a skin polishing and resurfacing tool made of stainless steel and finely crushed diamonds. This file will lightly polish the skin by hand, removing the top layer of dead skin cells, and leaving velvety smooth, fresh, rejuvenated skin. I have total control over the process, allowing varying levels of the epidermis to be safely removed. It is a very effective tool for treating aging and sun damaged skin, scars, acne scarring, pigmentation, stretch marks, fine lines and enlarged and clogged pores. Dermafile™ is the perfect tool for back treatments.

Benefits of Dermafile™ Exfoliation:

  • Helps build collagen and smooth fine lines.
  • Helps remove sun damage and pigmentation.
  • Helps smooth away dead skin cells and rough, bumpy, dry patches of skin on any part of the body.
  • Helps smooth away acne scars and other types of scars.
  • Helps makeup go on smoother.
  • Skin feels silky smooth and clean!
  • Less expensive than Microdermabrasion
  • Dermafile™ is a safe, natural, holistic alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

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Diamond Resurfacing Facial

The treatment not only includes the Dermafile but I will also nourish and hydrate your skin. You will see immediate results but may have some slight flaking (although this is not common). The more treatments you have, the more results you achieve. Great when added with chemical peels.

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2 Beauty Myths

I was reading some beauty myths and I wanted to share them with you. One made me mad, frustrated and confused. The other made me laugh.

1. Putting Vaseline on your face nightly will prevent wrinkles– I agree that this is not true. The part that made me mad, frustrated and confused was what the dermatologist said, “Petroleum jelly is the strongest moisturizer there is because it forces oils into the skin and prevents them from evaporating.”  He needed to elaborate on this. If you have oily skin, this may work for you but what about those of us with dry skin? I don’t have any oil in my skin so this would be absolutely useless on my face. At least the article mentioned the potential for breakouts that Vaseline can cause.

Often, not enough information is given, so people end up doing the wrong things for their skin.

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2. Preparation H deflates puffiness– This made me laugh. Apparently the ingredient in the product that used to help us with this is no longer available in the U.S. version. They reformulated it in 1994! So basically all it will do now is dry out your skin and inflame your skin. Stay away from it!! 🙂

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Seriously. I love Grape Seed Oil!

I have been using grape seed oil on my face, neck, chest and hands consistently for over a month now. My skin has never felt smoother. The effects of this oil are really amazing! I suggest this to all my clients and I hope that they are using it because I know they will see the results just like I am. Plus, you can’t beat the price. Even if you don’t want to use it on your face, it is so great for your body. Neck, chest and hands are often neglected and they are show our age. Apply it everyday!

Benefits of Grape Seed Oil

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And remember, the smoother your skin is, the better your makeup looks. 🙂

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Never Trust an Esthetician with Long Nails

I am very fortunate to have a mentor that has guided me through my career so far. I have known her for a very long time so when I finally decided to go to school to become an Esthetician, she was very supportive and said she would help me. I remember her telling me years ago that it didn’t really matter what school I went to, it was what I learned after that mattered. A little sad, actually. Why aren’t the schools better? I got lucky and had a great teacher but I know others that didn’t.

I read an article a long time ago that was titled, “8 Secrets Your Esthetician Won’t Tell You.” It always bothered me. In every profession there are people that are dishonest but I felt like that article makes it seem like we are all liars. I pride myself on being truthful with my clients. That was one of the first things my mentor taught me. She said that it’s important to be honest and if I didn’t know something, say that. I could always get the answer later and tell them then.

So I want to go through the list…

  1. We Can Scar Your Face– I’m not going to do that! I am gentle with my extractions and people do not leave my treatment room red or irritated. 
  2. You Can Get the Same Results at Home– That just isn’t true. Yes, home care is extremely important but what I do in the treatment room can’t be done on your own. That is the point of you coming to see me. People always ask me how often they should come in and I am honest about it. I could make a lot more money telling people to come in every month or every 2 weeks but if you don’t have an ongoing problem, that isn’t necessary for you. Of course, if pampering is what you are after, there is no harm in coming often.
  3. You Can Ignore Our Sales Pitches– I do think that the products I retail are great but that doesn’t mean you have to purchase them. Anyone who has come to me, knows that. I offer alternatives all the time. Heck, I even recommend grape seed oil as a nighttime moisturizer. I want your skin to be the best it can be and if you choose to use my products, great! If you don’t, I will still help you find products that will help you.
  4. We Love Popping Pimples, But We Aren’t Taught How to Do It– Definitely not true for me. Not only was I taught in school but my mentor also went into great detail with me. This is why I don’t scar you!
  5. Never Trust a Zitty Esthetician– This can be true to some degree. We all struggle with our skin and sometimes even Estheticians have problems. If it’s an ongoing situation, I would understand the hesitation but otherwise, give them a break. I know that my skin was freaking out for a while when I was trying out a bunch of new products. It can happen.
  6. We Know If You’ve Been Picking– This is definitely true! And I will definitely call you out on it!! Some of you already know that. 🙂
  7. You Don’t Actually Need That Peel or Microdermabrasion– I will always recommend what is best for YOU. No exceptions! For me, it is not about the money, it is about what you need and what will make your skin look best.
  8. You Won’t See Immediate Results– Not true, for the most part. There are some facials that may require more treatments (and continued home care) for you to see results. I want my clients to leave, glowing and I try to make that happen after every facial. That is my goal.
  9. Never Trust an Esthetician with Long Nails– Well, maybe trust is a strong word  but I figured this out on my own while in school. I didn’t understand how anyone could properly do extractions or massage with long nails. That is how you can scar and scratch people! Then, while talking to my mentor one day, she mentioned it. She told me that I should never trust another Esthetician that has long nails. 🙂 She, of course, wasn’t being serious about the word trust either, but she was right about the nails.

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I am thankful for my mentor. She has helped me so much to get me where I am now. “Be better than Betty” is what she always tells me and I strive for that everyday.

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Skin Care Resolutions for 2013

Say this with me…I promise to take care of my skin this year (and forever) so that I can love my skin.

Here are some easy ways to improve your skin in 2013. It might take a few extra minutes a day but it will be worth it when you look younger than all your friends. 😉

1. Moisturize your body after every shower.

2. Wear sunscreen every single day.

3. Wash your face every night and every morning.

4. Wash your face after you workout. If you tend to breakout on your chest and back, then shower immediately after otherwise that sweat will cause more breakouts.

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5. Exfoliate regularly (2-3x week). Adult skin replenishes itself every 28 days (if it’s healthy) so it’s important to get rid of that dead skin in between.

6. Whatever you do to your face, do to your neck, chest and hands. They are often neglected and will show your age.

7. Wash your makeup brushes. Use a brush cleaner everyday and depending on how often you use your brushes, use baby shampoo to do  a thorough wash 1-2x a month.

8. Find a good skin care routine and stick with it. Your skin needs consistency. (contact me if you need help finding a good routine)

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Best and Worst Cities for Your Skin

Is it possible that where you live is affecting your skin? If you are on the list of the “best cities”, how is your skin? Do you feel that your city deserves to be in the top 10?

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What about the 10 worst cities? Does your city deserve to be there?

I posted this when it first came out but I find it very interesting. I would love to read some feedback on it.

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Partners in Crime…for your skin

TGF-β Booster + Rx Complex Serum are partners in crime to iron out deep wrinkles. This master combination self propels into the skin for dramatic results—skin is left remarkably plumped. These are amazing! I combine them with the Hyaluronic Acid serum and apply every morning. I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin. 🙂

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TGF-β Booster
Unlike any product on the market today, this highly enriched concentrated serum has 85% pharmaceutical grade anti-aging ingredients and human-like growth factors in a Hyaluronic Acid base. It works on the cellular level by stimulating the production of soluble collagen and elastin from human fibroblasts. TGF-β Booster diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a luminous, healthy, youthful glow.
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Rx Complex Serum
As the clinically proven, safe, gentle and highly effective alternative to cosmetic surgery and painful injections, this technological advancement provides a high concentrate of peptides and liposomes to improve skin rejuvenation, naturally. Most effective at reducing expression lines and oxidative DNA damage. Highly recommended for dry and dehydrated skin.

Rx Complex is the perfect match for you! It is an all-in-one anti-aging & brightening serum that combines Vitamin C, MAP (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) system with peptide technology to target your all-around skin care needs in one single application.A serum that rebuilds the collagen layer, significantly reduces deep wrinkles and lines, and combats premature aging with powerful antioxidants.

If you’re interested in purchasing serums, please contact me at: skincarebydevyn@gmail.com
Vita-C Serum and Hyaluronic Acid Serum
also available

My Daily Routine

I get asked a lot what products I use, when I use them and basically what my routine is like everyday. I thought writing it out in this blog would be the best way. I actually use (and love!) the products I retail and use on my clients. Having dry and very sensitive skin, I have had to be pretty careful and selective with what I can put on it. I finally have a great routine and I am seeing the results! That’s the best part, right?

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So, here it is. I keep it simple because I don’t want to spend an hour on my face morning and night.

AM

  • Skin Script Pomegranate Cream Cleanser
  • Skin Script Cucumber Toner
  • Le Mieux RX Complex Serum (this contains Vit-C which is amazing for your skin…it’s the only Vit-C I can use on my skin)
  • Le Mieux TGF-β Booster Serum
  • Le Mieux Hyaluronic Acid Serum (combine all 3 serums and I apply to damp skin)
  • Wait about 30-60 seconds to settle in
  • Skin Script Hydrating Moisturizer
  • Wait about 30-60 seconds to settle in
  • Skin Script SPF

PM

  • Skin Script Pomegranate Cream Cleanser
  • Skin Script Cucumber Toner
  • Grape Seed Oil (I always wash my face at least 15 minutes before bed so the oil has time to settle in)

Some additional things…

  1. Skin Script Glycolic Cleanser (pm) 3x week- I swear my face glows after I use it 🙂
  2. I am currently not using an Eye Cream to see if the serums will be enough for that area. If you are not using these serums though, I highly recommend an eye cream.
  3. When I get out of the shower , I apply the 3 serums to my face neck, chest and hands. Wait about 30-60 seconds to settle in and then apply grape seed oil. Day or night…just depends when I shower.

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If you would like to change your daily routine, please contact me. I would love to help! I offer free consultations. 🙂 Or you can book an amazing facial and start fresh with new skin and new products!

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