customer profile: Melissa Romero

November 19, 2014

This week’s Customer Profile comes from Duluth, Georgia-based aesthetician Melissa Romero of Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center.

Name: Melissa Romero

Business: Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

City and State of Business: Duluth, GA

1. How long have you been a skin health professional?

I have been working in the skin care industry for three years.

2. What are the primary skin types and conditions you treat?

Because I work for a plastic surgeon I see a variety of conditions, but I mostly treat aging skin.

 3. On average, how many patients do you treat each week?

I see about 50 patients in a week.

 4. What is the average age group you treat?

I would say from 16-75 years old.

 5. Why did you become a skin health professional?

I became a skin professional because of my daughter’s experiences. My daughter has dealt with acneic, atopic dermatitis and super sensitive skin! I watched her become self-consciousness of her skin. Because of her suffering, I wanted to help others feel and look their very best!

6. Tell us about a time you improved a patient’s life by addressing their skin concerns.

I have a client who came to see me because she suffered from melasma. She was using Obagi, and had received an Erbium laser procedure and other treatments without any results. After doing a series of four PCA SKIN chemical peels, along with her home regimen of Pigment Gel®; Brightening Therapy® with TrueTone; C-Strength 20% with 5% Vitamin E and Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night; now her hyperpigmentation is 80% gone. She is thrilled with the results and has become one of my best marketing agents!

7. Do you have a favorite modality used in the treatment room?

I have been doing CO2 with PCA SKIN chemical peels, and it is my absolute favorite combination!

8. How are you using PCA SKIN peels with CO2?

I use PCA Peel® with Hydroquinone 15-20 minutes prior to CO2. This works great for reducing the chances of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and assisting in the removal of existing pigmentation, such as age spots.

9. What type of patient would be a candidate for CO2 laser with PCA SKIN peel?

Skin type I-III is a great candidate who also wants to erase years off their skin, improve collagen production and even surface tones. Get rid of years of sun damage and age spots!

10. What makes you a successful skin health professional?

Although I can’t cure every skin care ailment, I upgrade myself constantly with education and experience. This helps me feel more confident with giving my clients the best treatment suited for their needs. There isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all approach when it comes to skin; I adjust the products and routine according to the client’s individual skin type.

11. Why did you choose to partner with PCA SKIN?

I chose PCA SKIN because of the results! We had other professional lines in the practice and I wasn’t seeing the results that I did with PCA. PCA addresses a variety of skin conditions.

12. When did you start treating patients with PCA SKIN daily care products and professional treatments?

I started treating clients 4 months ago with PCA SKIN daily care products.

13. What is your favorite PCA SKIN daily care product and why?

My absolute favorite product is ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum. This treatment serum is formulated with Argireline, to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I tell my clients this is the liquid Botox! Instant gratification.

14. Describe the different types of treatments you perform.

I perform a variety of treatments on a daily basis; anywhere from laser resurfacing to a basic facial. On a less aggressive approach, I love doing a microdermabrasion with Oxygenating Trio®, what a nice combo!

15. What is your favorite PCA SKIN professional treatment and why?

It is hard to choose just one, I love all the peels! Sensi Peel® is a favorite because I have so many clients tell me they can’t have a peel because they have rosacea or sensitive skin. This TCA solution will improve surface texture and brighten the skin while helping to promote an even skin tone. Clients are amazed and very happy to have something that works for their skin.

16. Which PCA SKIN peel is most effective and for what type of skin condition?

PCA Peel® with Hydroquinone is a great treatment for stubborn melasma. I also love to prep the skin with Clarify: Therapeutic Salicylic Acid Mask.

17. What would you say to a newly certified PCA SKIN professional?

PCA SKIN representatives are all very knowledgeable and eager to help you be the best PCA SKIN Certified Professional! I have honestly called from another treatment room while a client is waiting and asked for recommended treatment options. Always listen to what your clients concerns are. Be honest and enjoy.

If you are a PCA Certified Professional interested in being profiled in this series, please email info@pcaskin.com.


customer profile: Kariman Vietzke

November 5, 2014

This week’s Customer Profile comes from Portland, Oregon-based aesthetician Kariman Vietzke of Kariman’s Skin Care.

Name: Kariman Vietzke 

Business: Kariman’s Skin Care

City and State of Business: Portland, OR

1. How long have you been a skin health professional?

2 years.

2. Why did you become a skin health professional?

I went to school for hair design, but fell in love with skin care therapy

3. Tell us about a time you improved a patient’s life by addressing their skin concerns.

I had a bride in her early 30s come to me with really bad acne and hyper-pigmentation on the forehead. After using good quality products, and with the help of LED light and microdermabrasion, it has faded out and she was a very happy bride.

4. Do you have a favorite modality used in the treatment room?

Yes, microdermabrasion and LED light treatments.

5. What makes you a successful skin health professional?

I love what I do and want to really help anyone with skin problems. With PCA it has been a great success in my studio and that is because PCA really works.

6. Why did you choose to partner with PCA SKIN?

I chose to partner with PCA SKIN because the reviews that I read online are amazing.

7. What is your favorite PCA SKIN daily care product and why?

The Rejuvenating Serum, the Intensive Age Refining Treatment: 0.5% pure retinol night and also Retinol Renewal with RestorAtive Complex are all amazing anti-age serums that my husband and I use daily because we are getting old! Our skin looks amazing. My husband (52) and myself (almost 40) don’t look our ages at all.

8. What is your favorite PCA SKIN professional treatment and why?

Sensi Peel® and the Esthetique Peel made my pores shrink! I love it.

9. What would you say to a newly certified PCA SKIN professional?

This product works, works, works. I just keep reading the PCA book to get to know the peels better on how, why and when to use them.

If you are a PCA Certified Professional interested in being profiled in this series, please email info@pcaskin.com.


how smoking impacts the skin

November 4, 2014

Smoking is one of the most controllable causes of disease and death today. It is also a major contributor to many skin conditions and complications, such as skin discoloration, breakdown of collagen and elastin, deep wrinkling, skin aging, poor wound healing and abnormal skin growths.

Our skin relies on oxygen in order to function properly. Air is pulled into our lungs, travels down to the smallest air sacs in the lungs, and is then carried throughout the body via the tiny and intricate network of capillaries. Without sufficient oxygen, the body and the skin suffer.

Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes vasoconstriction or blood vessel contraction, which limits the actual size of the vessel. Carbon monoxide in cigarettes bonds with oxygen, greatly reducing the amount available to the body. This combination of nicotine and carbon monoxide not only limits the size of the vessel, but also the amount of oxygen flowing through them.

some not so fun facts

  • Just one cigarette restricts blood flow for up to 90 minutes.
  • The body produces more blood vessels to compensate for the oxygen restriction due to smoking.
  • De-oxygenated skin often exhibits a grey or yellow tone.
  • It only takes 15-20 seconds for cigarette smoke to impact each part of the body.
  • Blood circulation is significantly decreased due to the vasoconstrictive nature of nicotine.

The sooner a smoker decides to quit, the sooner the vital organs and the skin start to heal. However, the breakdown of the dermal layers is not easily recovered by simply putting out the cigarette. Rebuilding of collagen, repairing elastin and improving the overall function of the dermis must be instigated.

Regular chemical peels will improve not only the production of collagen, but will also improve the tone and texture of the skin. Daily use of collagen-building topical products is also a vital component to reversing the signs of aging due to smoking. Integrating ingredients like vitamin C during the morning and retinoids at night, along with advanced peptides and epidermal growth factor, will prolong the benefits gained from monthly chemical peels.

The effects of cigarettes reach nearly every organ of the body, including the skin. The sooner a smoker puts down the cigarettes, the sooner the body will begin healing from the damage of the nicotine and various chemicals contained within. The skin, however, typically requires more attention. With monthly chemical peels and a comprehensive collagen-building daily care regimen, the skin can begin the recovery process.


customer profile: Kerry Benjamin

October 22, 2014

This week’s Customer Profile comes from California-based aesthetician Kerry Benjamin of Kerry Benjamin Skincare.

Name: Kerry Benjamin

Business: Kerry Benjamin Skincare

City and State of Business: Los Angeles, CA

1. How long have you been a skin health professional?

3 years

2. Why did you become a skin health professional?

I became a skin health professional because I have struggled my entire life with eczema and have had to manage my skin on a daily basis.

3. Tell us about a time you improved a patient’s life by addressing their skin concerns.

A client had spent the last 10 years of her life maintaining her breakouts. They “ruled” her world and made her depressed. She told me she had tried everything and nothing worked — every treatment, every medication, every skin line under the sun, and she was still dealing with a very serious breakout when she came to see me.

We did a series of Stacked Skincare treatments every 2 weeks, and after 3 months her skin was 100% clear.

She says she is now “free”! She feels great, now her confidence has been restored and is no longer wearing any makeup.

4. Do you have a favorite modality used in the treatment room? 

I developed Stacked Skincare where I stack various modalities for optimal results. The modalities I use are SilkPeel® Microdermabrasion, PCA SKIN® Peels, dermaplaning and microneedling.

5. What makes you a successful skin health professional?

What makes me successful is my professionalism, my unique treatments and the fact that I truly care about the results for each of my clients. I am always available for my clients via text, call, email, anytime with any questions and I get back to them as soon as I can. They know they can rely on me and I’ve built a solid relationship of trust with them.

6. Why did you choose to partner with PCA SKIN?

PCA SKIN has the best products that truly do transform skin, and world-class customer service.

7. What is your favorite PCA SKIN daily care product and why?

Both the Intensive Clarity Treatment® and the Intensive Age Refining Treatment®.  They are highly effective at treating acne, PIH, UV damage and fine lines.

8. What is your favorite PCA SKIN professional treatment and why?

All of the PCA SKIN peels are my favorite. Especially when stacked with other modalities, the results are quick, effective and with little to no downtime for my clients.

9. What would you say to a newly certified PCA SKIN professional?

I would say you’ve picked one of the top product lines to partner with; highly effective professional treatments that are safe for all skin types and affordable home care products that produce amazing results! Review their online education, there’s tons of great information. And don’t hesitate to call and ask questions; there is always a friendly, knowledgeable person on the other end of the phone happy to help answer any question.

If you are a PCA Certified Professional interested in being profiled in this series, please email info@pcaskin.com.


all eyes on Ideal Complex – anti-aging eye products from PCA SKIN

October 14, 2014

At the end of September 2014, PCA SKIN launched two breakthrough anti-aging eye products to rave reviews right out of the gates. Ideal Complex: Revitalizing Eye Gel and Ideal Complex: Restorative Eye Cream both boast impressive results within a week of twice daily use. For those new to these products, read on for more information about both.

These superior eye products contain an outstanding panel of key ingredients that:

  • strengthen the delicate eye area skin.
  • provide the benefits of retinol without irritation.
  • visibly lift the sagging eyelid while reducing crow’s feet, dark circles and under-eye puffiness.

These hypoallergenic anti-aging eye products both have cosmetically elegant textures, the gel with a light, silky texture; the cream with a slightly thicker, more luxurious feel. Patients using both formulations experience firming and lifting of the skin around the entire eye area, including the eyelid, in as little as six days.

Aside from texture, the only difference between Ideal Complex: Revitalizing Eye Gel and Ideal Complex: Restorative Eye Cream are the optical diffusers within the cream, leaving a brightened appearance directly upon application.

A little goes a long way with both of these next generation eye products – just a small dab on your fingertip for each eye is all you need in the morning and evening to achieve youthful results.

Ideal Complex: Revitalizing Eye Gel and Ideal Complex: Restorative Eye Cream are indicated for those with visible signs of aging around the eye area, including upper eyelid sagging, fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

For more information, please visit pcaskin.com/idealcomplex. For a referral to a clinician near you, please call PCA SKIN at 877.PCA.SKIN [722.7546].


how diet affects your skin

October 10, 2014

What you put in your body is just as important as the creams, cleansers and corrective products you apply to it. You can invest in luxurious ointments and miracle creams, but if your diet is lacking, your skin will be, too. So what should you be eating to achieve peak skin performance? Read on and find nutrient- and antioxidant-packed superfoods that will make your body’s biggest organ look radiant and healthy.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Eat Your Vegetables 

Eating vegetables throughout the day is an essential part of achieving glowing skin. For starters, the water content in vegetables ensures your complexion stays hydrated. Additionally, vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that help protect, repair and soothe skin, including the following.

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A. Retinol, a treatment often utilized by dermatologists in several forms (tretinoin is the prescribed form, while retinol is over-the-counter), is simply a high-dosage version of vitamin A that treats acne, wrinkles and many other skin conditions. Get your vitamin A naturally by making carrots a part of your weekly diet.

Broccoli

High in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, broccoli is truly a skincare superfood. Vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against unwanted UV radiation. Furthermore, the nutrients in broccoli help to produce collagen, which keeps skin youthful and prevents wrinkles. If those benefits don’t convince you, broccoli is also high in fiber, so you’ll stay full and be less likely to binge on less nutritious alternatives.

Tomatoes

Lycopene–the red carotene pigment that gives tomatoes their color–fights sun damage and free radicals. Cooked tomatoes boast the most benefit, as antioxidants are released during this process.

Other Commonsense Skincare Tips

As previously mentioned, water is essential to a healthy body and healthy skin. Staying hydrated helps your organs function properly, flushes out toxins and plumps your skin, giving you a youthful appearance. If you find drinking eight glasses of water a day to be boring, you can swap out a few cups for green tea, also hydrating and rich in antioxidants as well, such as epigallocatechin gallate.

Too much sugar can spike insulin and cause inflammation, which can lead to breakouts and more noticeable wrinkles. If you love fruit, try to consume it in the morning or early afternoon in order to give your body plenty of time to process the sugar before bedtime.

Remember, alcohol contains a ton of sugar, too! Drink responsibly and in moderation.

What are your beauty secrets? Leave them in the comments below!

 

This post was authored by Cassie Brewer.


customer profile: Lynne Beaulieu

October 8, 2014

This week’s Customer Profile comes from Rhode Island-based aesthetician Lynne Beaulieu of Simply Skin.

Name: Lynne Beaulieu

Business: Simply Skin

City and State of Business: Barrington, RI

1. How long have you been a skin health professional?

I have been a skin health professional for 10 years.

2. Why did you become a skin health professional?

I knew in my early teens that I wanted to be an aesthetician. I believe my love for skincare came from my Nana, who is 103, and my dad. I did facial masks at a very young age and was always the family “extractor”. Unfortunately, when I graduated high school there were no aesthetic programs in my state and I chose another career path. The love of skin care never went away and, at 40 years old, I went back to school and fulfilled my lifelong dream of being an aesthetician. I opened Simply Skin a year after I graduated.

3. Tell us about a time you improved a patient’s life by addressing their skin concerns.

I personally suffered with cystic acne and have a soft spot for those who have, too. A new client came to me with concerns of uneven, rough, dull skin left behind from acne. She was getting married and wanted glowing skin. We did a treatment series with Ultra Peel® I and got her on a home regimen which transformed her skin. She wrote me a beautiful letter thanking me.

4. Do you have a favorite modality used in the treatment room?

High frequency is my favorite modality used in the treatment room. I love my high frequency machine and so do my clients! They will call me when they have breakouts and say, ‘Can you do that zappy thing on me?’ It’s older, tried and true technology that can really make a difference in acne patients, and calms the skin beautifully after extractions.

5. What makes you a successful skin health professional?

I’m passionate about my clients achieving their personal best when it comes to their skin. I pride myself on treating every client who walks through my door as an individual and give them 100% of my attention. Every appointment with me should be a positive experience with positive results. Over the years, many clients have told me that they love that I’m so meticulous.

6. Why did you choose to partner with PCA SKIN?

It was a client who introduced me to PCA SKIN. She raved about the Ultra Peel® I and convinced me to try one. Well, I did and I was blown away by the results. My skin looked better than ever. At that point I was hooked and will be a lifelong partner with PCA SKIN.

7. What is your favorite PCA SKIN daily care product and why?

Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is my favorite daily care product. Protecting your skin daily from the sun is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin healthy and looking young. Not only does this product protect, it hydrates without feeling heavy and gives your skin a healthy glow.

8. What is your favorite PCA SKIN professional treatment and why?

Ultra Peel® I is my absolute favorite treatment on my menu! It has transformed the skin and lives of so many of my clients. Personally, I think my skin looks better at 50 than at 40 because of this amazing treatment. As an aesthetician, it is so gratifying to see the results that these treatments leave behind.

9. What would you say to a newly certified PCA SKIN professional?

You couldn’t have picked a better, results-driven product line or better customer service. Continue your education so you then continue to educate your clients and enjoy the positive changes you will see in their skin.

If you are a PCA Certified Professional interested in being profiled in this series, please email info@pcaskin.com.