So I want to share with you some top ingredients to look for in skin care products that will help EVERYTHING. And one of our products that has all these amazing ingredients in it, Anti Oxidant Infusion Creme. It is AMAZING and it works. I especially LOVE it because I am allergic to everything! And I am NOT allergic to this…happy dance. I don’t know anyone that has tried it and didn’t love it. It is one of those products that when you are getting to the bottom of the jar, you make sure to get another so you don’t run out. Next time I will share with you how I can’t live without Venom, a topical Botox! Ok so here is all the good stuff.
Retinoic Acid (vitamin A) Topical vitamin A is shown to increase cellular turnover, so that dull surface cells are shed more rapidly. It thickens the epidermis, improves skin texture and elasticity and evens out skin tone. Retinoid products help your skin retain collagen, which is lost as we age – and more collagen means fewer wrinkles and dark spots. Retinoid products are derived from vitamin A and are available with a prescription or over the counter. They can dry the skin even as they encourage skin-cell renewal, so it makes sense to use a retinoid product with a moisturizer. Retinoids are well matched with nighttime moisturizers because sunlight can weaken retinoid effects.
Anti-Oxidant Infusion Crème is one of the leading result producing anti-aging cremes available on the market. What sets this crème apart from all others is the proprietary blend of anti-oxidants and anti-aging active ingredients at their highest levels to ensure maximum results. Anti-Aging is definitely a science but it is not a mystery. Yes, you can reverse previous damage that is done by both intrinsic and extrinsic aging.
The aging process is a culmination of many factors. We begin the true aging process in our late twenties so the earlier that you begin to care for your skin the younger you will look in the long run. Signs of aging in the twenties are minimal but when we hit our mid-thirties this is when we truly begin to see the hints of the aging process. The older we get, the rate of speed our bodies re-generate slows down. It produces less moisture, less collagen, and less elastin, which are the simple building blocks of our skin. The good news is we can combat these things by applying clinical products, and always wearing sunblock.
There is a lot happening during the first month of an apprenticeship program. For me, the practitioner, settling into my role for the 10th apprentice in 13 years of owning a salon is testing my juggling skills, lol. You think it would be like riding a bike, but there is always that learning curve when trying to fit it all into an already busy schedule full of clients. I think that is what scares people the most about starting a program in their own salon. But as long as you have had the necessary meetings with the apprentice and they are well aware of this great opportunity that is about to happen, they are ready to roll with it.
We all look for the fountain of youth at some point in our lives. And along the way do our best to take care of our body so we don’t fall apart prematurely. But will we ever find that miracle cream that will keep our complexion looking younger than it is? I have found a few pretty amazing products over the years and today I will share one with you.
People ask me often what I use on my skin because they think I don’t look as old as I am. Who knows why, I have done my fair share of abusing my skin. I do think using great skincare products make a difference. I am not super vain but vain enough to do what it is my control to help my complexion. I always say, “A beautiful complexion begins with prevention and preservation!” You can’t just wait until you look in the mirror one day and think to yourself, “Holly crap I am looking old.” You have to be kind to your skin so you can look in the mirror and think, “I look pretty good for my age.”
I use products from 2 skincare lines, Glotherapeutics and Esthetic Skin Institute. Esthetic Skin Institute uses the highest quality and quantity of active ingredients allowed by law before having to see a dermatologist. My favorite product from Esthetic Skin Institute is Venom. It is a wrinkle anti-dote and topical Botox that can decrease the depth of your wrinkles by 65%. Results can vary and the product should be applied twice a day and the first thing your put on your skin in your skincare routine. The active ingredient in Venom is Syn-ake, a Dipeptide that mimics the paralytic effect of snake venom. It also contains Natriance that will reduce wrinkle depth and length. Liftonin Xpress provides a physical tightening effect which is intense, immediately noticeable and lasts for several hours. And Blue Algae Extract is a natural retinoid alternative without the unwanted side effects.
I have been very happy with what it does for my skin. It is expensive but it works. For 1.25oz the cost is $160 and will last a little over a month, the .65oz is $110. You can make it last longer by using it only on the areas that drive you crazy or only using it in the morning. We have put the products on special this month. You can order from the website and get 20% off. When you order from the website it will take about 10 days to get your products because we might have to order from the manufacturer and then ship them to you.
So you can decide what is best for you and your complexion. I highly recommend the Venom and other products from Esthetic Skin Institute. Browse our site to see what other products you can add to your skincare routine to minimize your aging process.
Generating new skin cells is the answer for diminishing lines and wrinkles
Aging isn’t that bad, but looking old sucks! I know, it happens to everyone, but no one likes it! People are always looking for a way to improve the appearance of these lines and wrinkles. Applying some kind of cream or serum to the skin seems to help for the superficial stuff. But what about when the lines start moving and getting deeper! Maybe we consider getting a peel, laser treatment or even something a little more invasive like Botox or some kind of inject able. Maybe we even fantasize about getting a facelift someday when we just can’t take it anymore. But should we really just wait for it to get so bad we can’t take it?
I want to explain a little in layman’s terms why the skin on our face gets older looking in the first place. There are layers in the skin that skin cells move up through until they reach the surface of our face. They are produced in the basal layer every 3 weeks when we are young and in our 20’s. The surface layer sheds every three weeks and is replaced by the underlying layer on a regular basis. Replacing the surface layer that often results in great looking skin! When we are in our 30’s it takes about 5 weeks for the basal layer to reach the surface. So the surface layer is older and shows subtle signs of aging. When we are in our 40’s it takes about 6 weeks for the skin to regenerate and each decade it slows down more and more. When the skin cell regeneration slows down so does the production of collagen and elastin, the two things responsible for the tightness and thickness of our skin. So in addition to the skin on the surface being older and not being replaced as often it starts to droop a little and feel thinner.
So how do we get our skin to start regenerating faster like it used to? In order to regenerate, the cell needs a certain amount of energy. The total energy of the cell can be estimated chemically from the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) available. This molecule is the basic energy source of all cell activities, including protein synthesis such as Collagen and Elastin and the synthesis of DNA. ATP also serves a direct vital function in the active transport mechanism known as the sodium pump that is responsible for the movement of sodium, potassium, and calcium across the cell’s membranes. When the pump is not functioning, cellular metabolic waste builds up in toxic concentrations while the cell is starving. Several studies have shown that a Perfector treatment significantly increases ATP up to 500%. Allowing the cells to regenerate like they were 20 years old again. So what is a Perfector treatment and where can you get it you ask?
The Perfector is an amazing piece of technology used to turn back time. It is a high tech computer with software that has eight programs. Three programs enhance cell regeneration and muscle toning. These programs build, lift and firm tissue. Two are high frequency lymphatic drainage programs to treat Rosacea and provide instant reduction of pigmentation problems. And three others that help heal the skin. The Perfector uses a signal to communicate with the cells in the basal layer to make them think they are 20 years old again! This communication unlocks a number of biological processes such as increasing collagen, elastin, cell proliferation, blood circulation and regeneration of new tissue. It builds new tissue, lifts sagging muscles and gives you younger looking skin. Wrinkles fade, acne heals, discoloration and scars diminish. Perfector’s non-abrasive skin resurfacing process detoxifies and deep cleanses the skin from dead cells and impurities without thinning the skin as microdermabrasion and laser can eventually do. It is the perfect solution for aging skin without having to resort to other more expensive and invasive procedures. We are so sure you will be amazed by this treatment that we offer a free mini session just so you can see the results for yourself. Results are dramatic in just one treatment. And because the body has actually created new skin cells it isn’t a treatment that wears off. If you only have one treatment, the results don’t just go away. You will age like you normally would from that point forward.
The Perfector is truly the best alternative to plastic surgery. There is no downtime, redness or pain. It is able to reconstruct the muscle tissue to strengthen and tone loose and slack skin, giving a firmer appearance to the face. It stimulates and speeds up the rate at which the body produces its own muscle protein and adenosine triphosphate synthesis (ATP) to reduce the aging effects on muscle tissue. It is able to stimulate and speed up the rate at which the skin produces its own connective tissue fibers, collagen and elastin, so increasing the supportive framework of the dermis.
If you want to turn back the hand of time to see the younger you in the mirror again, you should have a few of these treatments. We guarantee it works and guarantee you will be pleased with the results. Call today to make your appointment for a free mini session and to take advantage of our special linked to this article. Regular priced session is $135, you can get three sessions for $300 when you mention reading this article. We look forward to hearing from you, 734-944-9363.
Here is one before photo. You can pick any line on her face and see that it is better in the after photo. You can also see her eyelid is lifted. This was just one visit.
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Salon sanitation is imperative in all salon services. But the one service people worry about the most is having a pedicure. We have all heard horror stories from friends or read about one online. A terrible experience that started with a little voice in their head that told them to turn and leave. But they didn’t and in retrospect, they should have listened to their instinct.
You should always make sure the salon you choose to have your pedicure in follows proper sanitation and sterilization guides set by the State of Michigan. Don’t be afraid to ask how often they clean their tub and what germicide they use to do it. You should also ask if the tub has pipes or tubes the water is circulated through to create the bubbles. These tubs have a much greater risk of bacteria being stored in them and should be avoided. If it isn’t avoidable make sure they run a sterilization agent through the pipes at least once a week.
The goal from our salon’s perspective is 100% patron protection and to guarantee there is no transfer of any communicable virus or bacteria during the pedicure service. Here at Voila Salon & Spa we want you to know we guarantee our standards are above and beyond Michigan’s requirements. (Which are placing washed equipment in a container holding a chemical sanitizing agent. Acceptable agents are those registered for use in interstate commerce by the USDA. Sharp edged tools mush be wiped with a 70% alcohol solution.) We insure that all implements are either single use or sterilized in between every client, not just sanitized. We use 99% alcohol on surfaces and Citricide II to clean the tub in between each client. This chemical sterilizer kills all bacteria and even kills the AIDS virus. Our pedicure tub is pipeless so there is no risk of bacteria being trapped anywhere in the equipment.
So with all this information we hope you know your health and safety is just as important to us as a beautiful pedicure experience. And we hope to see you and your friends soon. Voila Salon & Spa, 151 Keveling Drive, Saline, MI (734) 944-9363.
It is always good to remind people of terms and definitions commonly used in the beauty industry. These definitions are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Sanitation – to wash with soap and water to remove dirt and debris and to reduce the levels of microorganisms to a safe, acceptable level. Before implements or equipment can be disinfected, they must first be sanitized.
Disinfection – the use of a chemical procedure that eliminates virtually all recognized pathogenic microorganisms but not necessarily all microbial forms. (Microorganisms are living organisms, good and bad, that are invisible to the naked eye.) All implements and equipment used on clients must be disinfected before use.
Sterilization – the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all microbial life, including highly resistant bacterial endospores. (Endospores are thick walled bodies formed within the vegetative cells of certain bacteria. They are able to withstand adverse environmental conditions for prolonged periods.)
How to Make Wine/Letter Wedding Box DIY
Wood Supplies Needed:
Kreg Jig pocket hole device
Framing Saw or Miter Saw
Benzomatic Blow Torch
3/4″ wood drill bit
1″ Finishing nails
1 1/4″ wood screws
weathered grey stain
clear satin polyurethane
lock and hasp
2- 14.5″ (1×8) front and back
2- 11″ (1×8) sides
4-8.5″ (2×2) legs
2-14.5″ (1×2) bottom front/back brace
2-11″ (1×2) bottom side braces
1- 12 3/8″ (1×8) divider
4- 5 3/4″ x ripped strips divider holder
1- 4″ (1×2) wine bottle top holder
1- 10″ (1×2) wine bottle bottom holder
1- 16″x12″ plywood bottom
4- 17.5″ (1×4) top slats
2-10″ (1×2) top slat brackets
2-14.5″ plywood straps top
2-7 7/8″ plywood straps front
2- 3/4″ plywood straps frond edge
(sand all your cut pieces before assembling them)
Step 1: Assemble Box Body
Tools needed: Kreg Jig, clamps, drill, 4- 8.5″ (2×2), 2- 14.5″ (1×8), 2- 11″ (1×8), 16 1 1/4″ screws, square, sander
- Clamp your Kreg Jig to your workbench, set jig to 7/8″ depth.
- Clam scrap wood to workbench so you can screw boards into 8.5″ legs.
- Mark 1 3/4″ from sides of boards and drill holes in boards on both ends.
- Place leg against clamped wood on bench, align side board flush to end and attach with screws.
Step 2: Assemble Box Body
Tools needed: Hammer, 1″ finish nails, 2-14.5″ (1×2), 2- 11″ (1×2), square
- Attach the brace pieces to the bottom of the box in between the legs, make sure they are flush with the sides of the box so they are not hanging over. Use your square.
Step 3: Attach the Bottom of the Box
Tools needed: 16″x12″ plywood, brad nails, hammer, jig saw
- Mark edges of the board to cut out 1/2″ squares off each corner.
- Tack board to braces in the bottom of the box.
Step 4: Assemble Box Top
Tools needed: 4- 17 1/2″ (1×4) slats, 2- 10″ (1×2) brace boards, 16- 1 1/4″ screws, square, sander, drill, hinges
- Use two clamps and line up boards and clamp together.
- Lay your bracket 3 1/2″ from side and 2 1/2″ from top. Screw into each slat to secure.
- Attach the lid with the hinges.
Step 5: Add Straps to Box Top
Tools needed: Wood glue, brad nails, 2- 14 1/4″ ripped straps
- Attach straps directly above the brackets of the lid and clamp to top of lid. Use brad nails to nail into bracket.
- Attach the strap pieces to the front of the lid and to the front of the box.
Step 6: Customize Aging and Stain
Tools needed: blow torch, stain color of your choice
- Make your piece unique by distressing it with a blow torch before you stain it.
Step 7: Bottle Neck and Bottom Holder
Tools needed: 3/4″ Wood drill bit, piece of wood for bottle neck holder, jig saw, clamps, felt, scissors, Elmer’s glue
- Drill a hole in the 4″ (1×2) close to the edge. Use a jig saw to remove the thin pieces of wood off the edge. You can use a file to smooth edges and sand a bit, but it will be covered in felt so don’t worry about it that much. You will need to clamp down the wood piece.
- Mark shape and slits for glass stems. Clamp 10″ (1×2) to edge of workbench and use jig saw to cut out shapes. File or sand rough edges.
- Attach a 3/4″ strip of felt with Elmer’s glue to the wood pieces.
- Bottom box felt 16″x12″ and notch out 1/2″ square from each corner of felt. Use putty knife to spread the glue evenly. Lay felt down and press into place. Smooth bottom with hands to make sure it is attached well.
Step 8: Attach Bottle Holder
Tools needed: An assistant and brad nails, finish nail, hammer
- Attach the top neck holder in the back right corner with finish nail.
- Attach the bottom bottle holder to he front right edge 5/8″ away from the front of the box, room for the glass bottoms to sit in. Use brad nails and tack hammer. You will need an assistant to put pressure on the piece of wood . Hang the bottom of the box over the edge of the work bench. Find spot where you will hit the wood and tack nails in to hold piece of wood in place.
Step 9: Attach Divider Piece
Tools needed: Brad nails, hammer, small ripped strips, divider piece
- Insert the divider so that it touches the end of the bottom bottle holder. Apply glue to the wood strip and insert it in the box next to the board to hold it into place. Remove the board and tack into place with brad nails. Repeat for all four strips to create a groove for the board to slide in and out of.
Step 10: Attach the Handles and Hasp
Tools needed: Handles, Hasp, screws, drill, square, level, small clamp, small drill bit, measuring tape
- Find the center of box and center of handle, make small marks and align 1 1/4″ from top edge of box. Use clamps to hold handle in place and use level to adjust placement, make pilot hold with small drill bit then screw into place.
- Find the center of the lid and center of hasp. Hold in place and make pilot holes with drill bit. Attach with screws make sure the attachment hands perpendicular to the box and not crooked. Mark where to attach the other piece, close lid to make sure it is properly aligned.
Step 11: Attach safety strap
Tools needed: Upholstery tacks, leather rope
- I didn’t want the lid to fall back too far. So I attached a safety strap.
Step 12: Time to Personalize!
Print out of name, pencil, paint brush, paint
- I made this for wedding gift. I printed their last name on the printer and made sure it would fit on the box.
- Color the backside of the paper with pencil and place on the box right side up. Trace the name and the name will transfer onto the box.
- Carefully paint in the lines. This was the most nerve wracking because I got all this way and was terrified I was going to mess up the final step!