Beauty, Skin Care, Wellness

Skin Care During Pregnancy

In the third installment of our pregnancy series, we’ll be discussing skin care during pregnancy. It can feel like everything is off limits while pregnant: no sushi, no wine, the list goes on! Luckily, this is not the case with skin care and many of the most common products and services are still completely safe during pregnancy.

The Bad

While most things are safe during pregnancy, there are a few ingredients that should be avoided, the largest being Vitamin A derivatives such as retinol and salicylic acid. There is currently a strong link between these products and birth defects, so they should be avoided, even in small doses. Because of this, services like the HydraFacial are not safe during pregnancy, due to their high doses of salicylic acid. Another ingredient to watch out for is Benzoyl Peroxide, commonly found in acne products, which has also been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

The Good

Just because some of the most popular ingredients are not safe during pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t still use effective products. Many women find during pregnancy that hormone fluctuations can cause a myriad of skin issues, from acne to a lack of radiance. Luckily, exfoliating ingredients like lactic acid and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid are 100% safe during pregnancy. The body naturally produces these powerhouse ingredients; therefore they are of no risk to a developing baby. Lactic acid is perfect for removing excess keratin from the skin that can impact the pores and cause breakouts, while hyaluronic acid is a miracle molecule that can absorb 1000 times its weight in moisture, leaving your skin smooth, plump and supple.

There are also many safe professional treatments during pregnancy. The Decléor Aroma Cleanse facial offered here at Designer’s Denn is designed for deep hydration and removing excess debris, resulting in smooth, flawless skin over time. In just one treatment, however, treated skin will feel softer and have a renewed radiance. More medical grade treatments, such as microdermabrasion and the Megapeel are also safe during pregnancy; however, it is very important to communicate with your technician that you are pregnant so they can make sure to use products that are safe for pregnancy during these services. It is also important to note that skin can be slightly more sensitive during pregnancy and so there may be an increased risk for excess redness and reactions, something in which all estheticians at Designer’s Denn are trained. They are happy to find treatments that will only help, not hinder, your skin.

 

Give our front desk a call today to schedule a facial or stop in to check out our amazing selection of pregnancy safe skin care!

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Massage for Expectant Mommies

Today, in part two of our series on pregnancy and beauty services, we’ll be covering body treatments during pregnancy. With all of the aches and pains involved with being an expectant mother, a soothing massage can be the perfect treatment to make you feel like a million bucks. However, many women worry about the safety of these services. Today, we’re here to relieve any worries you may have.

 

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During the first trimester of pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes very rapidly and that rings doubly true for your brand new baby. Because of these rapid and vital growth changes, the first trimester also tends to be the most tumultuous time in a pregnancy. Because of this, we advise against any massage or body treatments before you’ve hit the 12- week mark in your pregnancy.

Second Trimester and Beyond
After the 12-week mark, Designer’s Denn is proud to offer a selection of body therapies perfectly tailored for expectant mothers. Our 60 minute prenatal massage features a full body massage to melt away all of your tension and utilizes our unique prenatal table, featuring a belly hole, so you can comfortably lay face down during any stage of pregnancy.

If a beauty-oriented treatment is more what you’re after, our Natural Motherhood Body Envelopment is exactly what you need! This pampering treatment is ideal for expectant mothers or post pregnancy to regain skin elasticity and to tone the skin. Featuring a calming back massage, a firming and toning aromatic balm and a sculpting body mask, you’ll leave with skin that looks visibly younger and more radiant!

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and we’re here to make finding that perfect gift for that special someone simpler than ever!

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Ultimate Buffing Cloth: This large exfoliating washcloth is perfect for washing hard to reach areas, like the back and makes any body wash super sudsy. As an added bonus, it’s nylon fibers dry quickly creating an anti-microbial surface that would make anyone want to toss their loofah in the trash!

 

janeiredaleJane Iredale Try-Me Kit: Want to introduce someone to the magic of Jane Iredale cosmetics, but not sure where to start? The try-me kit is the perfect solution! All you need to know is the recipient’s skin color and Jane Iredale has done all the rest. This compact kit features color coordinated trial sizes of PurePressed Foundation, blush, three eye shadow shades, and much more!

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Bumble and Bumble Travel Sizes: What makes a better stocking stuffer than salon quality hair products? We offer many of our much loved Bumble and Bumble products in smaller travel sizes, so you’ll have no problem finding something for everyone! Stop in and our highly trained stylists can help you find exactly what will be perfect for your loved ones. Travel sizes are also available for select Crew, Aveda, Davines and Decléor products!

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Gift Cards: Give the gift of relaxation with a gift card from Designer’s Denn! Gift cards are a great way to allow your loved one to choose exactly what they want. Our always beautiful presentation will also feature a staff selected bath product as an added bonus with any gift card purchase of $100 or more.

 

 

These are just a few of the fabulous gifts you can find in house at Designer’s Denn. Stop in today to browse our shelves and see all we have to offer to cross off that shopping list in no time!

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Fall Foot Care

Autumn is here and temperatures are beginning to fall. As sandals and flip-flops get stored away to make room for boots and moccasins, it’s easy to think of pedicures as a thing of the summertime. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth!

 

Cold Weather Means Dry Skin

The cooler temperatures of fall and winter bring with them dry air that quickly results in dry skin- and feet are no exception! Neglecting your feet can result in a build up of dead skin cells and cracked heels that can take months to repair. Pedicures are one of the best ways to have your feet feeling smooth and supple in no time. Our Signature Pedicure, with its warm paraffin dip for your feet, is our favorite option for dry skin. Don’t have time for the full Signature service? Try a Classic Pedicure with our new Honey Heel Glaze add-on. Both options are available for manicures as well!

Say “No” Ingrown Toenails

You are doing so much more than just relaxing at a pedicure; you are helping to prevent future issues for your feet! Pedicures help keep the nails at a healthy length. Nails that are too long or improperly cut can result in lifting of the nail plate and painful ingrown nails.

Do Something for YOU

You may be thinking, “No one sees my feet in the wintertime anyway.” Maybe not, but you do! Nothing cures the wintertime blues better than seeing a fun, bright color or some nail art on your toes. Now’s the best time to try that color you’ve been looking at or finally experience some nail art that might be out of your comfort zone when everyone sees your toes. You deserve it!

Stay Cozy

Spending time at the spa is a great way to escape the cold during the fall and winter months. Relax with a Warm Stone Pedicure! Our nail technicians use warm stones to enhance your pedicure experience with a light massage. Our more luxurious nail services, such as the Signature Pedicure and Manicure include a warm neck wrap and signature drink options, such as hot cocoa and cider, which are sure to warm you up from the inside out.

Most importantly, pedicures and manicures aren’t just about looking good-they’re about feeling good, something that is for every season. Call our Front Desk staff today to schedule your nail services today!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Facial Worthy of Fall

Fall is here and that means it is officially pumpkin time! To celebrate autumn we are featuring a Pumpkin Spice Facial that’s sure to get you into the season and looking radiant!

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Our Pumpkin Spice seasonal facial features Farmhouse Fresh’s Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin puree. Invigorating for both the skin and the senses, this yogurt based mud mask will improve even the most red and blotchy skin. Enzymes from the pumpkin puree impart instant radiance in the skin and active yogurt cultures help to deep clean pores, making them appear smaller and improving the look of broken capillaries.

Even the oiliest, most congested skin will feel flawless after this facial. And the best part? It just takes 30 minutes, making it perfect for the lunch break pick me-up!

Come in and experience a Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Facial while they last!

Call our Front Desk staff today to book an appointment with one of our talented estheticians.

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Relax into Anti-Aging

 

Experience an anti-aging facial like never before with the Decléor Aroma Expert Anti-Aging facial.

This rejuvenating and relaxing service features a lifting and firming massage and a unique hardening mask, that lifts, firms and refines the pores like no other, as well as a detoxifying Aromapressure massage featuring the innovative Qi Booster technology. Skin is softer, plumper, and more luminous that ever before.

Spa ResortFollowing your treatment, you can maintain your results at home with the Decléor Excellence home care ritual. This nourishing line with Iris, Frankincense, Immortelle and Chamomile essential oils, helps renew density lost due to aging and brings radiance to the skin that is unparalleled! With daily use, skin will continue to improve following your facial, including a reduction in the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sagging of the skin.

 

Call our Front Desk staff today to book your appointment with one of our talented estheticians today!

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Getting the Facts Straight on SPF

It may not feel like it, thanks to cold temperatures and cloudy days, but the Sun’s UV rays are just as damaging in the winter as they are in the summer. This is especially true for those of us that enjoy winter sports and are spending a good chunk of the day outside. Not one of those people? Well, you still need SPF: simply driving in the car, standing by a window, or taking a quick walk down the street exposes you to those harmful rays.

 

The Vitamin D Debate

Many people don’t wear sunscreen because they argue that the average human doesn’t get enough Vitamin D. People from ages 1 to 70 should be getting 600 IU of Vitamin D a day, while those over 70 should step it up to 800 IU a day. While this may differ from many reports you’ve read, the Institute of Medicine found that the majority of Americans are getting the dosage of Vitamin D they need, even while using sunscreen. However, if you are concerned about your vitamin d intake, the skin cancer foundation recommends getting 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure 2-3 times a week. Then, after that allotted time slather on the SPF! If you’re still worried about how much Vitamin D you’re taking in you can always add a Vitamin D supplement into your diet to make-up the difference. There are also plenty of foods that are chock full of Vitamin D such as fatty fish (tuna, mackerel, and salmon,) foods fortified with Vitamin D, cheese, and egg yolks.

 

Why SPF Matters

Today it’s hard to do anything without hearing that scary ‘C’ word: cancer. Skin cancer is a type that doesn’t get quite as much focus, but it should: “there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.” (American Cancer Society, 2015.) While many of these cases are not fatal and can easily be removed, it’s still concerning. Here are just a few more facts regarding skin cancer thanks to the Skin Cancer Foundation:

  • “One in five American’s will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.”
  • Basal Cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, though rarely fatal, can becoming disfiguring.
  • Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, with 1 person dying from it every hour
  • “1 in 50 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma of the skin during their lifetime”
  • “On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.”
  • “More than 419,000 cases of skin cancer in the US each year are linked to indoor tanning…”
  • “More people develop skin cancer because of tanning than develop lung cancer from smoking”
  • “One indoor tanning session increases users’ risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29%”
  • “More than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the Sun.”
  • “People who use sunscreen daily show 24 percent less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily.” (Skin Cancer Facts, 2015.)

 

Types of SPF

The days of greasy, thick white sunscreen are long gone. While there are still many sunscreens that are like this, we now have many other options available for every possible skin type.

  • Chemical Sunscreen: Chemical sunscreens allow the Sun’s rays to enter the skin, which is then converted to heat energy and released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens are great for people who are concerned with their sunscreen giving them a white appearance. Chemical sunscreens are not good for everyone though: because chemical sunscreens generate heat those with extra sensitive skin may find this exacerbates their problems. Chemical sunscreens can also start to create a burning sensation as you sweat. If this type sounds right for you, look for active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate.
  • Physical Sunscreen: Physical sunscreens use minerals, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically block the Sun’s rays from ever entering the skin. This is great because there is very little heating of the skin, making physical sunscreens an ideal match for people with sensitive skin. One thing to watch out for with physical sunscreens is, because they form a physical barrier, they can sometimes impart a white sheen to the face. Also, some formulas can feel a little greasy compared to their chemical counterparts. However, this is quickly fixed by powder SPFs, such as Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF, which comes in both translucent and tanned. This skin cancer foundation recommended product has a sun protection factor of 30 and is even water resistant for up to 40 minutes!

 

Everyone knows a tan looks beautiful, but healthy skin is so much more beautiful. No tan is worth the damaging effects of the Sun, so take charge of your health and apply some SPF today.

 

 

 

 

 

References

American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.       http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@editorial/documents/document/acspc-044552.pdf. Accessed January 9, 2016.

Skin Cancer Facts. (n.d.). Retrieved January 2, 2016, from http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts

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