Why You Should Ice Your Skin, By Kirstie Reese, CSLA- SaMo

March 26th, 2015

Icing your skin is the most amazing thing you can do and IT’S FREE!
We recommend taking an ice cube or one of our ice cups (retail for $11.00 on our online store HERE) and moving it around your skin for 20-30 seconds on a clean face. Remember to keep it moving as ice can burn just as heat does.
Beauty benefits of Ice for Skin Tan
  1. Ice preserves your skin. (Just like you’d put meat in a freezer to preserve it.)
  2. Ice helps take down inflammation (red, inflamed, cystic acne) which will help heal acne faster and make acne less painful. (think of how icing helps a sports injury, its does the same thing for your skin.)
  3. Icing is a homeopathic way of exfoliating your skin because it is freezing the top layer of your skin.
  4. Ice helps with product penetration. The best way to explain how this works is to think of your skin as a sponge.  Put soap on a dry sponge- it doesn’t do anything but sit on the surface. Now think of the sponge after you’ve wet the sponge, it become easier for the soap to do its job and seep into the sponge. Its the same concept with your skin and any products your apply to your skin after icing.
An added benefit to icing is it can help with under eye puffiness! I recommend my patients to Ice morning and night after cleansing and before applying products. Our convenient ice cups cover a bigger surface area of the skin and keep your hands from getting too cold when holding the ice!
Kirstie Reese, PME Corrective Skincare SaMo
310-566-0898 Santa Monica
818-981-6130 Encino

What do Acids really do? By Kirstie Reese, CSLA-SaMo

March 21st, 2015

While working in the skin care industry I’ve come across many different people with all skin types looking to achieve the same result: younger-looking, clear skin. Educating my clients is what I love most about my job. What I find interesting is that  everyone knows of “acids” (like Glycolic acid, Retin-A, Salicylic acid, Lactic acid, etc.) but they don’t know what acids actually do for the skin or where they come from. Glycolic is made from fermented sugar cane, Salicylic comes from the willow tree bark, Lactic acid derives from milk and Retin-A comes from Vitamin A.
All acids do the same thing. Simply speaking, they exfoliate. Your skin naturally builds up layers of dead skin and oil.  As we age and the rate of new skin cell production decreases resulting in duller, lackluster skin. Acids detach dead skin cells and enable movement of your skin cells by sluffing off some of those layers.
So whats the deal with the “acid trend” these days? By default acids are “Anti-Aging” because acids are reducing the layers of dead skin, they are also reducing fine lines and wrinkles!
Many clients ask me, “Whats the best acid for my skin?” Well, that depends on each person’s skin and what results they are trying to achieve. My ‘go to’ for a gentler homecare acid is the Max Complexion Correction Pads by Peter Thomas Roth for normal/oily combination skin types. These cotton pads are saturated with 10% Glycolic acid and 2% Salicylic acid based in a light aloe. A consistent cell turnover will give you brighter, more even skin tone.
When your homecare is working, our medical grade peels at Corrective Skincare will be more effective! Win-Win! Call us if you have any questions. 818.981.6130 (Encino) 310-566-0858 (SaMo)

A secret-service menu at Corrective Skincare! By Kirstie Reese

March 9th, 2015

Just like In-N-Out has their secret menu, Corrective Skincare does too! Although back facials are not on our treatment list, it is a great service that we offer. Let me explain the wonderful world of back facials!


Back Facials are for people who suffer from back-acne, a.k.a backne (yes, this is a real thing)! Back Facials are not as common as they should be, because most of us suffer from back-acne at some point in our lives. Just like acne on your face, it’s important to treat the back area because it can scar. The main causes of acne still apply to back-acne which are Hormones, Genetics and Stress but there’s one more and it’s known as Acne Mechanica. Acne Mechanica is defined as acne that is triggered by excessive heat, friction, pressure or rubbing of this skin. This type of acne is commonly found in athletes, teens, soldiers, or those with tight clothing that traps the heat in, like sports bras or workout gear.

An important thing to remember is DO NOT SCRUB your back. The friction from scrubbing the area can make the acne worse and spread the bacteria. Wearing breathable fabrics such as cotton to avoid trapping the heat inside when working out, playing sports, etc is helpful. Of course, this is not always possible so my next suggestion is to shower and cleanse the area right after these activities.

These treatments are one of my favorite things to do! After you’ve changed and laid face-down to expose your back, your CS esthetician will cleanse the area, use a 30% Glycolic acid, do extractions, use a mask specific for your skins needs, moisturize & apply SPF. During the treatment we’ll talk to you about tips to keep your back clear and show you how to cleanse and apply the recommended medication to your back area. Sometimes it’s helpful to have someone else help you reach back there BUT with a little effort this is an achievable solo-task! Trust me, I’ll show you! (Don’t laugh- this brings me back to the elementary school fitness test!)

With a Back Facial treatment at Corrective Skincare, we can help you achieve bikini-worthy clear skin just in time for summer! Call to book an appointment 310.566.0858 (Santa Monica) or 818.981.6130 (Encino). We look forward to seeing you!

Please Note: This blog article is based on a “full treatment” but half treatments and peels for the back acne are also available for existing clients of Corrective Skincare. Please talk to your CS esthetician to find out which treatment is best for you.

Anti-Aging Tips, By Kirstie Reese

March 3rd, 2015

When it comes to “Anti-Aging”, age is just a number! Whether you are in your 20’s and looking to prevent the signs of aging or in your 40’s+ and trying to reverse the signs of aging these tips apply to you.

  1. Icing– After you’ve cleansed your skin, take an ice cube and roll it around your skin in a circular motion for about 20-30 seconds. Do NOT stop and hold the ice in one area because it can burn just like heat can. Icing helps preserve your skin, helps with inflammation (for the occasional zit), it’s a homeopathic way of exfoliation and it helps with product penetration! Added BONUS: icing helps reduce under eye dark circles and puffiness!
  2. Regular Facials– Facial treatments done consistently help to exfoliate dead skin, which prevents and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Facials also stimulate blood flow to the surface of your skin boosting collagen and elastin production, stimulating cell rejuvenation. Professional extractions will reduce clogged pores and breakouts as well preventing future possible scarring- if you’re one to pick at your acne.
  3. Topical Acids– Using Acids such as Retin-A/Vitamin-A in your home-care routine will help to exfoliate the skin (which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) and produces new skin cells. This will also help to maintain your professional facial treatment results and promote a brighter appearance! *Speak with your Corrective Skincare Esthetician or Dermatologist to see if this product is right for you.
  4. Pillow Talk-(No, not that kind. I’m literally talking about your pillow! Ha.) Sleeping on your back has been an anti-aging not-so-secret-secret for years! When you sleep on your sides with your cheek pressed against your pillow, over time it creates deeper nasolabial folds (the smile lines around your mouth).
  5. Treat Your Hands & Neck– Two dead giveaways of your age are your hands and neck! Treat your hands with an enzyme, chemical exfoliant, or manual scrub which will exfoliate any dead skin and allow for better product penetration at least once a week. Use a hydrating moisturizer daily and don’t forget to wear SPF & RE-APPLY! Driving is Southern California and sitting in traffic on a sunny day does more damage to your skin than you realize! A not-so-silly tip: wear protective clothing such as gloves when driving if you can’t to put on SPF. *Two gold stars for those of you who do both!* As for your neck, it’s an extension of your face which means you should be cleansing your skin, gently exfoliating (because the skin is thinner and more sensitive than your face) and bringing your hydrating facial moisturizer all the way down onto your neck. A lot of (smart) women use their eye cream in the neck area for the purpose of “firming” as well.
  6. SPF 30+– Let’s face it, you knew I was going to talk about it because if you follow me, you know what a HUGE fan I am! Not only do you need to wear SPF 30+ daily, but you also NEED to reapply it at least every 2 hours. I hear the “I’m at work all day.” “I’m just walking to my car.” “My makeup has SPF in it.” or “SPF breaks me out” all the time. There is NO EXCUSE. Unless you’re a vampire working from home in your windowless house where you never step outside, being at work all day is not an excuse. You have to step out of your car after you drive to work to enter the building and and because of this, you are exposed to the UV rays. It’s great if you’re make-up has SPF in it but no SPF will give you all day protection so you still need to reapply your SPF every two hours. I recommend Peter Thomas Roth’s mineral powder SPF 30 which is a physical SPF that starts working right away.
  7. Vitamin C– “Wear your vitamins!” is a popular saying among the Esthetician community. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that should be applied during the day to help fight free-radicals known to contribute to aging. Your skin will only absorb 15% of the Vitamin C you put on your skin. So if you are using 100% Vitamin C, your skin is absorbing 15% of that 100%. I see a lot of Vitamin C products that state they have “15-30% Vit. C” so then you’re only getting 15% of 30%? I’d rather use the 100% Vit.C because it has a higher concentration, thank you very much!
  8. Eye Area– The skin around your eye’s is VERY delicate and the eyelids are the thinnest skin on your ENTIRE body! Treat this area gently. Don’t scrub the eye make-up off. Instead, use a gentle circular motion and pat the area dry. Excessive rubbing and pulling can results in fine lines and wrinkles. A great tip by Suzanne Tarakjian at our Encino location: “When applying your favorite eye cream, use your ring finger because it exerts the least amount of pressure. Apply from the outer corner of your eye, inwards towards the bridge of your nose.”
  9. Hydration– Last but not least is hydration! You can never have too much (water) in your body and on your skin. Take your weight and divide it in half- the number you get is how many ounces of water you should be drinking daily! Example: 120 lbs/ 2= 60 oz of water which is about 4 bottles of water. Keep in mind that if you drink coffee/soda/sugary drinks or eat a lot of salt, your water intake should increase. Also, consider adding Omega-3’s to your diet with helps with inflammation and adds hydration to your body from the inside-out! Jen Kramer usually recommends using Flax seed oil in the morning in a small shot of apple juice (because it makes it taste better). Invest in a Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer because it attracts 1000x it’s weight in water, making it one of the most moisturizing compounds in the world!  Hyaluronic moisturizer is can also be used on you neck and your delicate eye area. Corrective Skincare’s Hyaluronic Moisturizer is great for acne prone clients too, because it doesn’t break you out!

I hope you enjoyed these tips! If you have any tips of your own tips to add- leave a comment! We’d LOVE to hear from you!

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