Author: Jasmine Brinton

How do I….reduce redness?

Skin is temperamental. The tiniest things can set it off. Excess heat, certain product ingredients, allergies, even the foods you eat can send your skin into a tantrum of blotching or flushing—all part of the body’s defense system. Skin responds to damage and irritants by mobilizing immune cells and dilating blood vessels for protection. Whether it’s an occasional issue or a chronic problem like rosacea, we’ve got your guide to the best ingredients for calming your complexion and preventing redness.

Green Tea
Green tea is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic (inhibitor of the growth of blood vessels) properties. It provides UV and environmental protection, calms inflammation, stimulates cell repair, minimizes disruption to the skin barrier and reduces the appearance and formation of blood vessels near the surface of the skin.

If your redness is due to rosacea, it can be a sign that your skin is antioxidant-depleted. Green tea, a potent anti-oxidant agent, can restore balance and give skin greater protection against elements that aggravate the condition (like UV exposure).

Cleanse daily with Green Tea Citrus Cleanser to maintain build and maintain a healthy, calm complexion.

Niacinamide
A prime cause of redness and rosacea is a weak moisture barrier and increased transepidermal water loss. Both contribute to the skin’s irritability and susceptibility to inflammation. A compromised skin barrier to can result in redness even in skin that is normally calm.
Using the Skin Script Ageless Serum helps a lot with moisture retention with it’s hylauraonic acid.

Anti-inflammatory Niacinamide increases the biosynthesis of ceramides, boosts nourishing fatty acid levels in the skin, prevents loss of water content, and stimulates microcirculation in the dermis to bolster the skin barrier and combat redness, irritation, blotchiness, and rosacea.

Niacinamide stars in PCA Rejuvenating Serum or a cocktail of antioxidant and ultra-nourishing ingredients that also includes gently brightening mandelic acid, and rosehip oil making it ideal for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin. Use it to calm, soothe, and prep skin for additional products.

Algae
The high phenolic content in algae gives it powerful anti-oxidant properties while nourishing amino acids and polysaccharides hydrate and thicken the epidermis. It’s also rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, plus micronutrients including iodine, iron, and zinc—all of which are highly beneficial in combating skin damage and strengthening the skin barrier.

Soothe inflamed skin with an Algae Soft Mask. It’s also a great way to relieve stress, another contributor to irritation and inflammation.

Aloe
The extract from the whole leaf aloe barbadensis contains glycoproteins and mucopolysaccharides, which counter inflammation and speed healing.

For redness associated with acne, try PCA Redness Relieft or Skin Script Light Aloe Moisturizer. The intensely soothing blend also includes niacinamide, algae extract, and green tea extract in an oil-free formula to take down redness and inflammation without clogging pores. It’s great as a protective booster on top of serums.

Allantoin
This hydrating skin protectant derived from the comfrey leaves has anti-inflammatory, antipsoriatic, and wound-healing properties making it the perfect moisturizing ingredient for redness relief.

Our lightweight, non-greasy Skin Script Cacteen Moisturizer ($25) combines it with grapeseed oil, oat protein, whole leaf aloe, and zinc peptides for the ultimate soothing moisturizer. Jasmine Skin Care Azulen Mask ($22)

Peptides
These collagen boosting rejuvenators are also potent redness reducers. As cellular communicators, they stimulate collagen production and cell proliferation and also inhibit the pathways for inflammation. PCA Rejuvenating Serum.

Neutralize redness and reactivate skin’s youthful appearance with Ayur Medic Calming Cream or PCA Rebalance – The high-performance formula pairs peptides with gently exfoliating lactic acid and nourishing niacinamide to bolster the skin barrier and combat redness while increasing elasticity and volume.

TIPS FOR REDUCING REDNESS
Avoid hot showers, which will cause flushing and pull moisture from your skin resulting in irritation.

Use a gentle cleanser Skin Script Green Tea Citrus Cleanser ($26.50) for oily or normal skin, Skin Script Pomegranate Cleanser $26.50) for dry or sensitive skin.

Avoid harsh exfoliation. Opt for gentler cell-regenerators like enzymes in your clear skin or ageless routine.

After showering, pat dry and apply serums and moisturizers while skin is still moist.

Always use sunscreen, UV exposure can exacerbate rosacea.

Watch your diet. Spicy foods and alcohol can trigger flushing. Eat antioxidant and anti-inflammatory foods like berries, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, salmon, and nuts to protect cells from environmental aggressors and inflammation.

Use an ice gel pack on affected areas to constrict blood vessels and reduce the appearance of redness.

Help! I got my brows waxed and the skin lifted…

You go to get your brows done and afterwards it feels like you have a burn and it hurts. The following is a list of activities and things to avoid prior to getting any waxing.

This list includes but is not limited to:

  • Prescription blood thinners
  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Sunburned Skin
  • Prescription Steroids
  • Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
  • Rosacea and very sensitive skin
  • History of fever blisters or cold sores
  • Retinols
  • At home peels
  • Lactic, glycolic or salicylic acid
  • TCA peel
  • Various medications
  • Skin lighteners

After the skin lifting, it is advised to put Neosporin on it. Unfortunately the only thing that will heal it is time. Keep moisturizing it. No exfoliants. The over-layer of skin will grow back in a few days, so you’ll be able to apply makeup over it, but the redness will take a few weeks to fade entirely. It shouldn’t scar. And the redness is not a scar, so don’t use retinol or hydroxy products on it! Avoid direct sun, because waxing is the same as exfoliating (it is removing the dead skin) and can hyper pigment in the sun. So wear a hat, keep it moisturized and don’t worry. The likelihood of permanent scarring is rare.

Have you met my little friend Retinoid? He is kinda a big deal… 5 Reasons why you need to add Retinol to your skin care regimen.

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JASMINE B

If you have ever watched Dr. Oz, you would know that he is a HUGE fan of retinoids. So, what are they? And why do I need them?

RetInoids are one type of Vitamin A. Retinol, Retinoic acid, Retinol Palmitate, and Retinaldehyde are all considered Retinols but have different levels of strength and irritancy. If formulated correctly, products containing Retinoids have many anti-aging, skin-smoothing, skin-tone, and anti-acne benefits.

According to Dr. Oz and most skin care experts, the two most important ingredients your skin care routine should include are Vitamin C and some form of a Retinoid. Vitamin C (which I will go into detail in another post) is a great sun protectant and anti-aging ingredient.

Here is why Mr. Retinoid kicks ass in skin care:

1.  Cellular renewal: Retinoids and for this post, Retinol, is an anti-ager because it helps stimulate cellular turnover. Cellular turnover is the process by which our skin produces new skin cells which travel from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shed off the skin. This is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface.  As we age, our cellular turnover slows down. For example, a baby’s skin is perfectly plump, clear and healthy and that is because they have not been exposed to any free-radicals, UVA/UVB rays, pollution and other toxins. The cells are brand new and constantly reproducing, giving a perfectly moist and clear complexion.

Sadly for our faces, natural skin cell turnover slows as we age. A natural process that takes two weeks for babies takes three to four weeks for teens. Once past our teens, our skin generally renews itself once a month (about every 30 to 40 days) but gets even more sluggish after 50, renewing itself only 45 to 90 days.

Retinol helps increase this process and keep the skin renewal train a’movin.

2. Retinols stimulate collagen and elastin, the building blocks of skin. These vitamin A derivatives have been proven to boost collagen production (reducing wrinkles and preventing fine lines) and encourage new elastin (which keeps skin firm). Need we say more?

3. Retinol lightens pigment by increasing the frequency and quantity of new cells. These retinoid creams or serums reduce brown spots by speeding up the cell activity in the skin which moves the pigment up and out faster. They may also help the pigment making cells to spread the microscopic brown granules (melanin) more evenly, and evening out discoloration and brighten skin tone.

4. Retinol acts as a proactive step against skin cancer by creating new cells and kicking the old, damaged ones to the curb.

5.  Lastly, Retinol also reduces acne outbreaks by preventing dead cells from clogging pores and help unclogging pores (making them look smaller and reducing acne).

So now that you are as madly in love with Retinol as I am, what should you look for in a retinol product? Depending on your skin type and age, a nice blended retinol. Meaning a serum or cream that is boosted by antioxidants and other helpful ingredients, like resorcinol. When in doubt, come in and get a facial and we can create the best plan for your skin care regimen that does not have to break the bank.

Always remember to wear SPF of 30 or higher during the day to avoid hyper-pigmentation, or brown spots and to apply them only at night so that the skin has a chance to rebuild during sleep and so that you can wear your SPF during the day without sensitization.

Come in and let me help you find your perfect Retinol solution so you can enjoy all the benefits of this mighty big shot!

Jasmine Brinton, L.E. 2017

Breaking the myths on acne

1. The primary cause of acne is unknown. However, a combination of 3 factors have been identified as possible causes:

  • overproduction of oil by the skin’s oil glands
  • consistent blockage of the hair follicles by the excess oil which carries the dead skin cells
  • the development of bacteria in the clogged hair follicles.
The most common types of acne is:
  • Whiteheads. These are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.
  • Blackheads. These pimples rise to the skin’s surface and look black. …
  • Papules. These are small pink bumps that can be tender.
  • Pustules. These pimples are red at the bottom and have pus on top.
  • Nodules. …
  • Cysts.

3. Frequent washing of the affected area will not help improve the appearance of acne. However, effective treatment is actually a combination of antibacterial medications to reduce the presence of bacteria and hydrating agents to avoid the skin from drying out.

4.  Apart from the trio of factors mentioned earlier, you are most likely to have acne if:

  • it runs in the family (heredity)
  • you are pregnant or taking birth control pills (hormonal)
  • taking medications which are most likely to disrupt your normal hormone levels
  • you frequently apply greasy makeup or oily skin care products

5. Your acne could get worse if you constantly scrub your skin and use skin-drying products. The more your skin dries, the more your oil glands work to produce oil which could clog pores. Keeping it moisturized can actually counteract the drying effect of acne medications and topicals.

6. It is always best to do a patch test before trying on new makeup products. Everyone’s skin reacts differently thus the need to figure out if a certain product will cause an allergic reaction.

7. The best way to treat acne is to actually prevent the buildup of bacteria from occurring.

8. Consistency is actually the key to treating acne. Most patients actually discontinue treatments if they don’t see immediate results. The recommended length of any acne treatment is at least 8 weeks.

Studies show that adding these three things can greatly help clear up your skin:

1. Eating more green leafy vegetables,

2. Adding Omega’s into your diet

3. Taking a probiotic – keep your gut clean!

Come to Jasmine Skin Care + let us help you achieve healthier, clearer skin! We have many different affordable acne treatments available for you.

A word about PCA Peels

Peels are safe for all skin types, and as a PCA Certified Professional, I am trained to identify what treatment combination is safe for each person’s skin in order for you to reap the greatest benefits.

I specialize in healing rosecea, acne & aging skin. Utilizing PCA & Ayur Medic products, I have seen such amazing changes in my client’s skin. Feel free to come in for a complimentary consultation. Check out my instagram for pictures of results: “sayhitojasmine.”

The Sensei Peel will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation. This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment.

The Ultra Peel is a TCA peel specifically formulated to treat dehydrated, maturing skin. Ultra Peel I is also appropriate for many other skin types, conditions and sensitivities. It will help treat pigment disorders, fine lines and wrinkles, skin damaged skin and acne. This treatment is especially ideal for sensitive skin, as it produces only a mild tingling sensation. Mild to moderate exfoliation will be experienced, depending on the number of layers applied. Overall, the final result will be plump, hydrated and luminous skin.

PCA peel with or without hydroquinone and/or Resorcinol is a 33% acid peel blend of salicylic acid. kojic acid and other ingredients to combat acne, inflammation as well as lighten scarring and hyperpigmentation from sun damage.

All my peels address all skin concerns including:

~Visible aging
~Acne
~Discolorations
~Sensitive skin
-Smoker’s skin

And with every peel, I give a post-treatment kit to combat any flaky, dryness or peeling. The result is smooth, gorgeous skin!

Don’t be concerned with how much you peel. You don’t need to actually peel to experience the benefits of a peel.

PCA peels are medical strength peels that deliver results without “down time.” Remarkably effective, PCA Skin Peels are recommended for skin with sun damage, dull, dehydrated, fine lines, uneven skin tones, excess oil, enlarged pores, acne and minor scars. There are a variety of chemical peels that are used to exfoliate the skin, and each have their own specific purpose in effecting the skin cells and tissue regeneration. All chemical peels are tailored to each individual.

I use several corrective treatments that are customized for every skin type. My lunch time peels is non-invasive and has very little to no down time. My deeper peels are great for achieving maximum skin rejuvenation, however cannot be booked on your first appointment. With any exfoliation you will be more sun sensitive, so be sure to avoid the sun for a week, and always wear your SPF.

A monthly program of light peels will help the effectiveness of your home care products. For optimal results it is recommended to perform peels in series. Come in to see me and let me guide you to the best facial for you and your goals.