We did not write the following article. Hydropeptide wrote this regarding silicones since they use them in their products. We are copying and pasting the info below because we feel there are misconceptions about silicone in skincare. Personally, we love silicone. It gives a smooth feeling of elegance to a product, doesn't clog your skin and helps your skin's own natural ability to heal.
See what Hydropeptide has to say:
"In the world of skincare, products that claim to include only natural ingredients have seen a huge uptick in popularity. Conversely, products that include ingredients like silicone have often been called out and demonized as damaging, even dangerous for skin.
“I’ve heard from the esthetic community that silicones form a barrier over your skin that can lead to a host of negative outcomes like trapping sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells,” says Jessica McLaughlin, HydroPeptide esthetician. “Many think it increases acne breakouts or prevents moisture from reaching your skin.”
Despite these claims, skincare chemists and dermatologists have argued that silicone is a prime example of a non-naturally derived ingredient that can have major benefits to the skin.
Silicone in many cases has been proven to be extremely beneficial for many skin types, assisting in the absorption of other beneficial ingredients as well as preventing moisture loss.
“One big misconception with silicones is that they will clog your pores,” says Dr. Neal Kitchen, Chief Geneticist and COO of HydroPeptide. “This just isn’t true. Silicones sit on the surface of your skin and protect it without entering or building up in pores.”
The silicone-free movement began in the haircare industry. “Silicone got a bad name when consumers felt their hair weighed down by the silicones in 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioners,” says Erin Larson, head of education at HydroPeptide. “The bad reputation has incorrectly carried over into skincare products.”
Are there any skin types that can’t use this non-natural ingredient? “In general,” says Larson, “all skin types can use silicones without any complications. In fact, they are so safe, doctors rely heavily on silicones to use as skin dressings for wounds and dermal repair.”
Some of our favorite HydroPeptide products that include silicone are the HydroLock Sleep Mask and Face Lift Moisturizer. Both products use silicone to glide smoothly onto the skin without pulling, and to protect the skin from hydration loss."
As we enter into the Holiday Season, we want to tell you what is up and coming.
We are once again offering dermaplaning, this will become a permanent part of our menu of services.
Dermaplaning has been around for over 20 years but has recently risen again in popularity in Orlando and other areas of the country. Jolie and I are both trained in dermaplaning and did it quite frequently when we were working in the medical field. Jolie worked for a medical spa and I worked for several plastic surgeons and a dermatologist.
It is a relatively quick procedure with very few side effects and best of all we offer in a soothing environment that makes getting a clinical service a lot more fun!
Let us explain the steps to this treatment:
Holding your skin taut, we use something called a butter blade to make feather like strokes across the skin. With a light touch we remove the peach fuzz (vellus hair) from your face. Extractions may or may not be included. We prepare an enzyme or chemical peel to apply directly after the dermaplaning. Upon removal we apply ampoules and serums, or a collagen soaked masque rich in vitamins, minerals, stem cells, or peptides.
This gentle physical exfoliation gives your face a smooth look and feel. The peach fuzz trap excess skin cells which contribute to oil and dirt building up in your pores. By removing this you also have increased penetration and absorption of active ingredients applied post procedure.
Dermaplaning can be combined with many other facial procedures. Unlike many other skincare facilities, we always include a mini facial, extractions (if we are doing this as an acne treatment), peel (enzyme or acid depending on skin condition) and a masque with our "Smooth as Silk" treatment.
Dermafiling can be added on to some of our other treatments such such as oxygen infusion, micro current, and LED,
There is little to no downtime and it is safe for pregnant women since it involves shaving the top layer of the epidermis (We omit the peel directly after) Your makeup will glide on beautifully and it is perfect in a series building up to a special event.
There are some contraindications and we are listing them below:
Contraindications: Allergies to metals, hypersensitive skin, rosacea, some autoimmune diseases, really inflamed cystic acne or skin with lesions and bumps. You cannot have this procedure if you have any active cold sores, open lesions, rashes, or blisters on the skin. You may not have this treatment if you are using blood thinning medications, Accutane or something similar in nature. You may not have this treatment if you are sunburned or recovering from a sunburn.
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The cost of looking beautiful? $125
A modified 30 minute version of this is: $85 (perfect if you are on a budget and just really want the treatment. It includes dermaplaning and application of serums, moisturizer, and SPF.