Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Makeup That's Good For Your Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 25, 2015 2:01:00 PM

url 4Did you know there is makeup that is actually GOOD for your skin? We're not joking.

At Silk Touch, we love anything and everything to with beauty and healthy skin. Especially when you combine the two. But anyone who wears makeup knows that not all makeup is good for your skin. In fact, some brands can cause a whole slew of skin problems. Which is why we are obsessed with the entire Jane Iredale makeup line – the first line of makeup that actually has skin care benefits. 

Jane Iredale founded the company in 1994. She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.

Jane was inspired to develop a makeup that was good for the skin by her career in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the many kinds of makeup they wore. Her experience in working with women whose careers depended on a clear complexion allowed her to see how skin disorders and sensitivities not only threatened careers, but also destroyed self-confidence.

Jane has always thought of makeup as an essential part of a woman's sense of well-being and she wanted to make that easy to achieve.  That's why her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one, and why every product in the line is multi-functional.  Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.  Products must be easy to apply, as well, so that a woman can be her best in the shortest amount of time.

Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of products for the face, eyes, cheeks and lips. Including special bronzers, BB creams, hydration sprays, makeup starter kits & more.

At Silk Touch we are very selective with the product lines we carry, and we have been nothing short of impressed with the quality of products and color selection from Jane Iredale. This is truly the perfect makeup for any skin type – dry, oily, sensitive and aging.

Interested in learning more about Jane Iredale? Request a makeup consultation by calling 208.939.3110 or stop on by to play around with some samples at our new makeup station located in reception. 

Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Beauty

Are you a candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 29, 2012 11:02:00 AM


Mircrodermabrasion
is a popular treatment and a favorite of our clients here at Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center. But even with so many people raving about their latest micro session, not everyone knows exactly what a microdermabrasion is, how it works, or the numerous ways that micros can improve your skin.

How does Microdermabrasion work?

One of the questions we receive most often is, how exactly does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion works in two ways. It works by gently exfoliating or removing the outside layers (stratum corneum) of the skin. The abrasive action of the wand gently removes the outer surface layers, allowing smoother, fresher skin to be apparent. The second way is that the vacuum action helps to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, increasing the blood supply that provides nutrients needed for skin regeneration. This helps accelerate the skins repair process and stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin thereby improving skin texture and elasticity.

Minute aluminum oxide crystals are delivered in a controlled fashion to the top layer of the skin. The crystals are then vacuumed off, taking away dead skin cells. Some studies report that there is an increased production of collagen in the skin that helps the skin look youthful again. As well helping the face look plump and youthful.

The principle behind Microdermabrasion is the idea that if you remove the stratum corneum, the body interprets this as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This process has many beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, treatment creams and serums are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?

You are a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are a healthy adult who has relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections like: superficial acne scars, brown sun spots, sun damage, large pores, and fine wrinkles, and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people who have, deep scars, active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, warts on the face, active acne, an autoimmune system disorder or unstable diabetes.  Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion.

 

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Microdermabrasion works great for those who want to improve: 

  • Clogged pores including blackheads & whiteheads.

  • Large Pores

  • Rough skin texture

  • Production and growth of healthy new cells

  • Collagen

  • Uneven skin color

  • Sun & Age spots

  • Dull or dry patches.

  • Acne and Acne Scarring

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

What can I expect during a microdermabrasion treatment?

At Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise, Microdermabrasion begins with an application of cleansing gel to your skin. Next, we use a hand-held device to sandblast the aluminum oxide onto your skin. The device also sucks up the dead skin cells at the same time. The wand is waved across your entire face so the skin's texture and color will remain consistent. Finally, a trained staff member will apply a sun blocking cream to your face. This allows you to resume your daily routine right after the treatment.

Most people who undergo microdermabrasion experience little to no discomfort with the treatment. In fact, it can be extremely relaxing!

What can I expect after my treatment?

Expect a little pinkness of the face for a few hours after treatment. This tends to fade quickly.

  • Use moisturizer for 4-6 days after microdermabrasion to avoid excessive peeling.
  • Don't forget to use sunscreen every time you go out (even if it's an overcast day) because microdermabrasion increases photosensitivity.
  • Avoid heavy makeup for a day.

Our clients have had nothing but positive remarks to say about their experience with microdermabrasion

“I enjoy having this treatment done, it leaves my skin feeling smooth with a more even tone, I tend to do microdermabrasions every two weeks to maintain and help treat my skin. We all know as we age our skin starts to look more dull and tired, I feel that with the help of a microderm and my at home products my skin is much more healthy and vibrant. To me this treatment with a light peel is a necessity to my fight against aging.”

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With all the holiday parties coming up, what better way to make an entrance then with beautiful rejuvenated, younger looking skin?  Or show a little love to that special someone and give him or her the gift of younger looking skin. Call us at 208-939-3110 or request an appointment online. We can’t wait to have you in!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Microdermabrasion, Beauty

Waxing vs. Laser Hair Removal - How to Get the Best Results from Both

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 16, 2012 11:09:00 AM

Recently, Allure Magazine ran two articles in their October 2012 issue that caught our attention: How to Get a Perfect Wax and The Truth About Lasers. In the quest for smooth, hairless skin we wanted to share  with you the 4 tips for a perfect wax, as well as Dr. Brian Kerr’s thoughts on The Truth About Lasers.

 4 Tips for the Perfect Wax:

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Let it Grow. Let your hair grow to at least a quarter-inch long.  You will have to wax every 2 to 4 weeks.

Prepare Yourself.  Don’t use retinol products if waxing on your face.  The morning of the appt. you should exfoliate.  

Check the wax.  There are 2 basic waxes -  strip and hard wax.  Strip wax is removed with a piece of fabric and the hard wax can be peeled off.  Hard wax considered by some to be less painful.  

Manage the pain. Take 2 Advil an hour before your appointment.  If the waxing still hurts, ask the technician to do smaller areas. Hydrocortisone cream can help with inflammation and itching.  

 

The Truth About Lasers

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This article stated that “Lasers are only effective where the hair is thick, dark and coarse" – which isn’t the case.

“We have been able to treat many finer haired individuals. Dark hair is a must. Coarse hair? Not so much.  Blondes are out of luck.  Don’t let anyone talk you into laser hair removal if your hair is blond or red.  You will not have great results. “ – Dr. Brian Kerr

However, the article did give some good advice: 

“You’ll typically see at least a 60 percent reduction in four to six sessions, but keep in mind that you’ll need touch ups a year or more to get the hairs that were in a resting state during the initial laser sessions.” - Allure

Overall, Laser Hair Removal can save you a lot of money and time in the long run. Compared to waxing the pain is minimal and you can shave between sessions.  If you get your bikini lasered, you’d better love the shape and style you choose, because there is no going back!

If you are considering laser hair removal, we would love to have you come in for a free consultation. Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise has done thousands of treatments since 1999, giving us an edge over other competitors. We have treated a wide variety of clients, including those with darker skin.

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For the month of November we are offering a great deal on Laser Hair Removal Treatments. Purchase 6 treatments for you first area, get 50% off the second area!

Here are some of the most popular areas we treat with laser hair removal:

  • Bikini

  • Legs

  • Face

  • Neck – ( Men LOVE this)

  • Chest

  • Underarms

  • Back

If you would like to Schedule a Free Consultation to dicuss how laser hair removal can give you the smooth, flawless skin you've always wanted, just give us a call at 208-939-3110. You can schedule your consultation online through the link below.

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Topics: Beauty, Laser Hair Removal

Silk Touch Med Spa: Beauty on the Go! 5 Must Have Beauty Apps!

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Aug 3, 2012 1:51:00 PM

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Some days I feel like I need more beauty help than others. I’m sure most women feel like this, one day I feel confident about my makeup, hair, clothes, etc. and the next day, nothing I do is right and I feel so terrible about how I look that day! On those bad days, I need help with my beauty regiment!

There are dozens of new beauty apps to help with our “bad” beauty days, whether it is a “bad” hair day, “bad” makeup day, or anything else. I've searched “top” beauty lists online, pulled the top five beauty apps from all of them, and listed them here, just for you. Amazingly, the top five is a broad variety of app types: nail polish, spas, makeup, and hair, but if you do not find what you want here, go to iTunes for iPhone users or just look up “beauty apps” in your favorite search engine and see what pops up

 

When you can't make it over to Silk Touch Med Spa for some rejuvination, try these 5 apps for some pampering fun:

1. OPI – (Free) iPhone

Do you still try on nail polish shades at the counter to see which one is just right? Then you are going to love this app! No longer do you have to mess with sampling colors and removing polish…The OPI Studio App is here to save the day! Simply adjust the skin tone and nail length to appear as your own hands and you can virtually try on all the hottest OPI shades! No trial and error or buyers remorse involved!


2. SpaFinder
- (Free) iPhone


Want to locate a spa in your area or an area you are traveling to? Then, once you do, do you want to know what specials are going on at those spas? Or what treatments and services each spa offers? And, after finding out all what special and service you want to order, you can book it through this app! How handy is that? It’s so easy that your relaxing has already begun….


3. Sephora To Go – (Free) iPhone

This app allows you to shop for Sephora products through it, as well as read reviews, find out the latest launches, watch tutorial videos and try on OPI nail polish. You can also make lists and it can serve as an in-store tool by scanning products to give you information, related videos and product ratings.


4. Lancôme Make-Up
- (Free) iPhone

Lancôme’s app dispenses product information and news, video tutorials, makeup advice from Lancôme’s make-up artist (who has some application tips on YouTube, as well), a virtual module for creating looks and a lash diagnostic (that helps you pick the perfect mascara).


5. InStyle Hairstyle Try-On (Free) iPhone

Have you ever wondered what you would look like with a different hairstyle but were too afraid to cut your hair or grow it out? Now you don’t have to! Simply load your picture into the app and try on as many different hairstyles as you like! You will see instantly what you look like with that haircut, whether it is short, long, red, blue or blonde… The styles are updated every two weeks and there are cuts ranging from low maintenance to wedding hair.

 

 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Beauty

Spring DIY Skin Care and Beauty Treatments

Posted by Shannon Morgan on May 4, 2012 11:08:00 AM

Spring is known for a lot of things – warmer days, blooming flowers, cute pastel colors. But spring also brings ingredients that are perfect for making your own DIY skincare and beauty products. We’ve compiled four of our favorite DIY skincare and beauty treatments that are cheap, easy and effective. So grab your girls for a spontaneous girl’s night and give these a try!

Mayonnaise-Baby Oil Dry Skin Treatment

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons real mayonnaise 

1 teaspoon baby oil

Directions:

Combine both ingredients.

Smooth onto face, neck, rough elbows and knees or anywhere else you feel might benefit from it. Leave for 20 minutes.

Rinse off thoroughly with tepid water

Honey-Avocado Invigorating and Revitalizing Hair Treatment (www.dailygreen.com)

Ingredients:

1 medium avocado — peeled and stoned 

2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

Mash together the ingredients in a small bowl. 

Massage into hair.

Leave for 20-30 minutes. 

Wash hair as usual.

Carrot Butter Milk Squash (www.totalbeauty.com)

For oily skin types, spring is when nature brings the rabbits' BFF and your skin's cure -- the vitamin A laden carrot. 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of fresh carrot juice

2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk 

Directions:

Mix the juice and buttermilk until you get a smooth paste.

Then, spread the mixture over your clean skin and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove by rinsing with lukewarm water and gently pat your face dry with a fluffy towel.

Green Tea Face Scrub 

We have posted this video before, but we can't get enough of this scrub. Give it a try!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Beauty