Friday, November 26, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving! I know that we're all inundated with emails right now but I wanted to send out a quick update before the holiday.

My recovery from shoulder surgery is going exceptionally well!  I have an amazing rehab team (Joel & Olive) and I'm right on target to be back in the treatment room in December. Thank you so much to all of you who have been checking in and checking on me, I've been having all the feels from your texts and notes and emails.

Read on for some holiday season reminders, and a special E-Gift Certificate Promotion going on this week only.

I wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday, and I can't wait to see you soon!
With affection & sunscreen,

New Online Gift Certificate Portal
I have a new e-gift certificate portal. Everything will work basically the same, you can still email to your recipient immediately, or on a future date. I still have paper certificates available for purchase (directly through me), but please remember to allow plenty of time for USPS delivery slowdowns during the holiday season.

E-Gift Certificate Promotion!
Enter the code HOLIDAY10 when checking out and receive 10% off your e-gift certificate on all purchases over $100. Offer only valid 11/23-11/28. Shop small and give the gift of great skin this year!

Holiday Season Appointments
It's that time of year! A few reminders for this busy season.

  • Plan ahead! I only have a handful of appointments left in 2021, so book now.
  • If you prebook, please put it on your calendar. Over 90% of my clients pre-book so when clients cancel 2-3 days before their appointment, odds are that appt. sits empty, even though I've turned folks away in the weeks leading up to it.
  • Plan on a little extra time to get your appointment. The city is planning on restricting car access around Union Square. Late arrivals change the starting time of your treatment, but not the ending time out of respect to the next scheduled client.
  • Don't wait to place your online product orders. The USPS delivery slowdowns are real, and combined with the holidays will mean packages may take longer to arrive.
  • Cancellation Policy: I respectfully require 48 hours cancellation notice for all appointments to avoid the full-service charge.
  • Breathe! This year it looks like we'll be back to an almost normal holiday season, so come in and relax and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

It's Peel (& SWiCH) Season!

Happy Fall everyone! Now that we're moving into the cooler months it's the perfect time to focus on skin repair. I've got a little refresher on my facial peel offerings below, as well as an exciting new option for the SWiCH™ treatment, opening up this phenomenal peel alternative to those of you who just couldn't swing the twice-a-month visits. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions about which treatment is right for you.

I'll be out of the office from 10/13 until 10/22. It's my first vacation in 2 years so to say I'm excited is an understatement! Be sure to get any product orders in before noon PST on 10/12 to ensure they go out before I leave. Order online here.

Now the bad news...
It looks like I will be having shoulder surgery on November 8th. (I should be getting confirmation on that date today.) My shoulder issues have been going on for about a year and a half - the process initially slowed down by COVID and then an unfortunate misdiagnosis last year. I will (hopefully) only be out for a few weeks. I will be reaching out to everyone with scheduled appointments in an attempt to get you in before my surgery. After the last year and a half, this is obviously not ideal timing for my small business, but the time has come to get this taken care of. Product orders will still go out, shipping twice a week while I am recovering. Thanks for your patience!

With affection, sunscreen, and (soon) a sling,

Peel Season!
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids are powerful tools in skin resurfacing. They help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, clear clogged pores, lessen the appearance of pigmentation, brighten dull skin, and even out texture. My current fave? The Mandiclear Peel with a Vitamin A accelerator. A great combo of lactic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic acid, and resorcinol.

  • Different formulations and protocols are available to suit different skin types and conditions.
  • Certain peels can be incorporated into a full-length customized facial, while others are standalone services.
  • Specific home care is required for 2-3 weeks prior to certain peels

$75.-$150. single treatment
*Contact me for a required pre-peel consultation. Please note I do not perform standalone chemical peels on first-time clients. Kindly schedule a Customized Facial and we will discuss your options.

No Time To Peel? Flip the SWiCH!
This is an excellent option for those who simply don't have time for any downtime. The SWiCH Dermal Rejuvenation System is a unique alternative to chemical peels that redefines how we treat aging skin. SWiCH takes advantage of the skin's natural repair mechanism to help restore optimal appearance without first damaging the skin. Safely replenish healthy components without inflicting damage. SWiCH on your skin's ability to repair itself from the inside out! Best results are seen with a series and home care but can be a standalone power-facial as well.

Benefits include:

  • Increased cellular turnover & cellular energy for a full 30 days
  • Increased collagen & elastin production
  • Fine lines diminished, firmness & contours improved
  • Skin is radiant & glowing
  • Little to no downtime
  • Home care is essential to your results! Receive 20% off your first purchase of the recommended homecare with the purchase of a series
$225. single treatment
Series of six - $1215.
(The traditional 2-part treatment with or without microcurrent maintenance is still available. See my website for details.)
*An email or phone consultation is required prior to scheduling to ensure this treatment is right for you.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Accutane & Waxing

Bad news. 

You can't get waxed while on Accutane™. Not during your course of treatment, or for 6 months after. Not on your face, or on your body. It can (& will) cause skin lifting. Not a good look to replace those stray brow hairs with a wound that may scab. 👀  Far too often I have had clients who were not informed of this very real side effect of Accutane by their dermatologist. (Also, another reason to go to a reputable skin therapist that will check for contraindications before a waxing appointment.)

The good news? You can still tweeze or get threading done. So the full leg & bikini wax will have to wait, but you can have your skin therapist whip those brows into shape for you.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sensitive & Reactive Skin Quick Tip

Sensitive skin is a pain, sometimes quite literally. Your licensed skin therapist can guide you towards the best product selections for your unique needs (we do have quite an arsenal these days when it comes to soothing it), but here are a couple quick tips that apply to everyone.

First, always patch test your products. When adding something new to your routine, apply a small amount to a small area of your face for 3-5 days. I usually suggest the cheek back where the jaw meets the ear. If something disagrees with your skin, better to have a small silver dollar-sized spot than trying to calm down your whole face right?

Second, resist the urge to add in multiple products at once. I know, we all get excited about a new routine and often want to jump in with both feet. With sensitive or reactive skin, it's important to introduce new products/ingredients slowly, one at a time. If something goes awry, it's much easier to find the culprit. You'll also prevent tossing out something that may have been a good fit if introduced on its own.

Schedule a consultation with your skin therapist, use these 2 tips and you'll be well on your way to "What sensitive skin?" 😊

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

News From August!

I hope this finds you and your family well and navigating this Delta variant the best you can. Based on recent developments, and with respect to the San Francisco mandate regarding other mask-off businesses, I will be requiring proof of vaccination for all services. This is the best way to keep my space as safe as possible for all of you, and for myself. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Read on for a ton of product news below. Please remember I am always available for virtual consults if you need product advice or want to tweak your home care routine.

With affection, sunscreen, and (still) a mask,

Discontinued Products
Many of you already know there have been some packaging changes as the lab I work with struggles to keep products stocked and not on back-order. Unfortunately, the effects of the pandemic are far-reaching and have affected the sourcing of raw materials and ingredients. I have received word that the formulations below will no longer be available. Please understand this is not by choice and out of my control. Some items do still have limited stock available - I’ve noted that and suggested replacements where applicable below. I am very hopeful that some new formulations will be available in 2022.

Orange Cleansing Souffle - no stock available
Suggested replacement - Botanical Cleansing Oil

Avocado Q10 Body Lotion - limited stock still available
Suggested replacement TBA

DetoxPlus Masque - no stock available
Suggested replacement - Firming Detox Masque (New!)

Rapid Repair - limited stock still available
Suggested replacement TBA

New In The Shop
On to some good news! There is (finally) a new mineral sunscreen, lip balm, a new mask, as well as 3 new Beauty Of Hope candles. Click on the links below for more info or to purchase!

Tizo Ultra Zinc SPF 40 (both tinted and non-tinted for all skin tones!)

Tizo Tinted Lip Protection SPF 45

Firming Detox Masque

New Beauty Of Hope candles based on our national parks!
I am loving these new unique scents and am so happy that BOH is thriving and able to continue expanding their offerings.

Redwood - Rich earth, Moss & Cedar
Denali - Cypress, Juniper Berries & Pine
Everglades - Sawgrass, Mint & Clementine