Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Online Booking Now Available For Facials!

 It's finally here! I've opened up my online booking for facials starting today!

The link is available below and is on my website under "Schedule An Appointment".

All the specifics are below - please be sure to read all the details. Most importantly, waxing and multi-service appointments (e.g. a facial and brow design) must still be booked through me. As always, don't hesitate with any questions.

I have been LOVING being back at work. I'll be fully vaccinated on 4/24. (woohoo!)
If I haven't seen your face yet, I hope to very soon!!
Hope you are safe & healthy,
(virtual) xo,
Jill

To schedule a Customized Facial or a Restorative Facial
Click here to book online.

*Please note that if you book a facial online, you will not be able to add on other services on the day of your visit. Please email, text, or call for these multi-service appointments, to avoid disappointment. :(

Online booking policies

  • A credit card will be required to book online.

  • A 48-hour cancellation notice is required to avoid the full-service charge.

  • Confirmations will be emailed 3 days prior to your appointment.

  • Appointments can be canceled or rescheduled online up to 48 hours prior to your scheduled time.

  • My online schedule will be available up to 60 days ahead of time. 

  • Recurring appointments and series will be booked further out as usual. 

To schedule waxing services, ANY multi-service appointment, series, or peel please email me at jill@jjodar.com or text/call 415-997-8141.

For email, voicemail, or text please be sure to include:

  • The service(s) you are looking to schedule;

  • If you'd like the earliest appointment available; or,

  • A specific date and time you're interested in.

General Booking Information

  •  I answer calls, texts, and emails Tuesday through Saturday during my normal business hours, and always check in between clients.

  • I require a credit card to secure an appointment for all new clients.

  • My last facial appointment of the day is 5:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4:30 pm Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Due to current online booking capabilities, I cannot hold appointment times. I will respond to all inquiries as soon as I can - but please remember that your preferred slot may get booked in between our correspondence or call.

  • If the front door is locked, there is an intercom to gain access to my building. Simply press #83 (or follow the instructions on the screen), and I’ll buzz you in. I make myself available within 15 minutes of appointments, so if you’re earlier than that and I miss you, just try again.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Winter Skin Tips!

 I hope this finds you healthy and coping the best you can!


Although it's gorgeous and 65 degrees as I type this, winter has arrived with a vengeance in the rest of the country. Our winters here are mild, but I still notice some changes in my skin during this season. Read on below for some winter skin tips, wherever you're located.

No service updates as of right now. I'm still only allowed to do mask-on services. So I am available for Brow Design and the aptly named "2020" mask-on facial treatment. (Yes, I know it's 2021, but I am confident I'll be able to take that off my menu sooner rather than later, and I don't want to jinx it.) My online skincare shop is open 24-7, so no need to run out of anything until we can see each other again. I am also still doing virtual product consults if you need to shake up your routine, or need some advice on a new issue.

I completely understand that some of you are not yet comfortable coming in.
When you are, I will be here.

I cannot wait to see you all again!
(virtual) xo,
Jill

Winter Skin Tips
Protect, revive, and repair that vital skin barrier (year-round!) with the tips below:

Cleansing

  • Properly cleansing your skin is vital, but can become challenging for barrier-damaged skin that might need a bit more nourishment. I recommend changing up your cleansing routine to an oil, milk, or lotion, especially if you're currently using a cleansing mousse or foaming wash. Personally, I love using a cleansing oil for my pm cleanse in the winter. And yes, even oily skins can use a non-clogging cleansing oil, and it's great for makeup removal too. Super dry? This cleansing souffle is my go-to product.
Antioxidants
  • Free-radicals are responsible for damaging the lipids in our skin's barrier that protect, and lock in moisture. You constantly hear about the latest and greatest antioxidant, but the truth is, different antioxidants protect against different things, so your best bet is a topical cocktail of multiple antioxidants, as opposed to just one. I'm a huge fan of vitamin C, but it doesn't protect against Lipid Peroxide, which damages the barrier lipids. I combine my vitamin C serum, with an antioxidant complex (18 total!) in the morning to cover all the bases and provide complete protection. Back when we actually traveled, this was also my go-to before any air-travel to prevent barrier damage and dryness that occurs due to the ozone in plane cabins.
Moisturizing
  •  We all know we need to moisturize and hydrate our skin, but looking for barrier-repair ingredients is key. There are many great choices including shea butter, soy phospholipids, ceramides, and tocopheryl linoleate. Including soothing agents like sea whip is also advised, as inflammation leads to all sorts of problems, including poor barrier function. I love this calming creme in the winter, and for those really suffering, this barrier repair masque is fantastic.
  • Certain emulsifiers, when used in too high a percentage in a formula can actually emulsify the skin's lipids, which will later be rinsed away, resulting in that dry, tight feeling. So you might be applying moisturizer, but it is liquifying the lipids in your natural barrier, leaving you feeling tight and dry, so you apply again.... a vicious cycle. If you think this might be happening to you, have your skin therapist check your current product (or send the ingredient label to me). :)
Exfoliate Gently
  • We're learning the lesson that really aggressive treatments, in general, can often do more harm than good in the long term. While exfoliating surface cells can indeed stimulate the skin to repair itself and produce those vital lipids, it's important not to go overboard. A barrier-damaged skin should steer clear of physical abrasive exfoliants that can irritate and create micro-tears on the surface. Instead, try using a gentle resurfacer, with glycolic or lactic acid, get the renewal process going, and stimulate that barrier repair you need.
For The Body
  • Take it easy on the hot showers and long soaks! The same goes for hot tubs and saunas. If your body skin is really dry, just wash the important bits and get out of there. Also, you might want to check that you're not using a body wash with SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), which can be irritating to the skin. Lastly, please stop using soap. It doesn't rinse cleanly. Due to its alkalinity, it can actually leave a film on the skin that impedes the penetration of other products. Moisturize your entire body as soon as you get out of the shower to seal in moisture. You can find some great body options here.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Happy New Year!

 Happy New Year!

We survived 2020.

I know I say it in every email, but to all of you who have supported my business and checked in on me in the last 10 months, I sincerely thank you. This year has been brutal for me and my small business, but I am still here!

I don't remember who said it, but in the past 10 months I have often reminded myself of the quote:

"We're not all in the same boat, we're in the same storm."

During my struggles this year, I still know that I am one of the lucky ones. I am healthy. I have a wonderful partner. I have food and shelter. Unlike many colleagues, I haven't had to close the fantastic business that I have built over the last 22 years. And hey, I just turned 50!! So yeah, gratitude.

As I come upon the 8th week of my second shutdown, I feel optimistic we will be moving in the right direction soon. So please, wear your mask, stay apart & wash your hands so we can see each other soon!!!

A few updates below - stay safe & well!
(virtual) xo,
Jill

Updates

  • Standing Appointments
    For those of you who requested to have your standing appointments booked through 2021 - they will be kept on the books until the week prior (as long as the shutdown continues). That way, once this is lifted you will still have your preferred time & day. If you have questions, please let me know!
  • Backorders
    Some restocks have been a bit of a struggle due to Covid-19. As I type this, there are only 3 items currently on backorder, 2 of which should arrive in the next week. Always feel free to message me if you want me to pull a back-ordered item for you when it arrives.
  • If You're Running Low On Something- Don't Wait To Order 
    Due to currently being out of work, I simply cannot keep as high of an inventory as I would in normal times. So if you're running low, be sure to order as my stock will be more limited than normal. If something you need is out of stock, just let me know you want it and one will be reserved for you.