Look and Peel Great

You’ll love the way you look and peel with chemical peels. If you haven’t ever indulged and gotten a facial chemical peel you should try one from Bare Envy. It sounds invasive and intimidating but all chemical peels only exfoliate the dead skin cells on your face, which causes the upper dermal layers to simply peel away. There are several chemical peel options and a wide range of benefits. Chemical peels reduce blemishes, skin discoloration including dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines, acne and acne scars, and can reduce pores. Chemical peels can be more effective than microdermabrasion because microdermabrasion does not improve wrinkles and skin discoloration or offer as many benefits as a chemical peel. One added benefit of a chemical peel is that it can remove pre-cancerous growths.

There are three general types of chemical peels: Superficial, Medium, and Deep Peels and they can range anywhere from $120-$3000, although the average is $675. Bare Envy offers a very competitive price by offering Glycolic Acid Chemical Peels at $119 each and we offer a package deal of 3 for $299. The active compounds in a Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel are referred to as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), these ingredients when properly combined can create a formula that exfoliates the upper layers of skin. Glycolic Acid can be produced both synthetically as well as naturally (sugar cane derived), synthetics for Glycolic Acid are favoured as they are able to be easily manipulated and controlled. Used alone Glycolic Acid has a natural ability to achieve skin hydration and moisture retention. Even with a tiny bit of other AHAs your skin can look firmer while skin damage is softened. Often AHAs like Glycolic Acid are used together with Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) like Salicylic Acid. Glycolic Acid is also the quickest acting and is the gold standard of the AHAs because it is the most researched.

There are DIY homemade chemical peels you can try at home. We are going to share our favourite facial peel recipe with you however this is not a “fix” for all skincare issues and there are several DIY homemade peels depending on what your skin requires. You’ll need:

  • 1 Cucumber, remove seeds and puree
  • 1 Tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin
  • Meat Tenderizer (2-3 drops of liquid or ¼ teaspoon of powdered)
  • 1 Pinch of Cinnamon

Place the cucumber puree into a mixing bowl, add in your gelatin and mix a bit to start the gelatin’s dissolution. Then add in the meat tenderizer with the cinnamon and stir well until the gelatin dissolves, you may need to add a little water. You want a workable paste that is not too thick to spread but thick enough it will adhere to your skin. Spread the mixture across your face, avoiding the eyes. Remove the peel after approximately 20 minutes or once it is completely dry. Rinse off any remaining residue and moisturize with a gentle oil-free face lotion. Chemical peels should be done no more than once a month, we do not want to unnecessarily irritate the skin.

 

Warning though, if chemical peels are done at home they can cause irreparable damage to your face, you can experience hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and even scarring. If you are invested in your skin and you are considering a chemical peel to achieve a youthful appearance you probably care about the possible side-effects of a bad chemical peel. Without a professional’s education and information using an at-home chemical peel may leave your skin not properly cared for prior, during or after the procedure. An example of this would be cold sores, a client with a cold sore who tries an at-home chemical peel can spread the cold sore to their entire face. Don’t leave your face to chance, if you want to guarantee the best chemical peel to achieve your desired results visit Bare Envy. Bare Envy is confident in all of our medical skin treatments and we are happy to consult with you regarding your concerns and suggest procedures.

Some important information regarding your Chemical Peel with Bare Envy, avoid acid-based products prior to your chemical peel and following the treatment avoid peeling and exfoliating your face. It is important to use a gentle cleanser with mild soaps and use only a gentle massaging motion. You cannot wipe your face dry either, it must be dried by patting your face. The skin sheds anywhere from 3 up 5 days following the peel, the stronger the peels can begin shedding that unnecessary layer of skin in as little as 48 hours. In those 5 days after your peel when your skin is shedding it’s important to avoid sunlight keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer and protected with sunscreen.

 

TGIF Facials

Ever have a really long week and just want to unwind? Friday is for Facials! Let’s relax and celebrate that skin because doing both will avoid breakouts. We are going to share some of our favorite face recipes! Because let’s face it, it’s Friday, we’re home and tired and don’t want to run out to Sephora or the local drugstore just for a facial treatment when we can get everything we need form home. So, let’s open up the fridge and get our faces glowing again.

Our first face treatment is a wash, because making your own face wash from home is inexpensive and does not reduce the effectiveness of a good cleanse. Without a clean slate, all the other steps of a home facial won’t be absorbed. Let’s start. You will need to acquire:

  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap
  • ¼ cup brewed organic chamomile
  • ¾ teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • 8 drops essential oils – specific to your skin goals
  • Several drops of Vitamin E oil – optional, but recommended

We chose chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, but this can easily be substituted for distilled water, rose water, or pure aloe vera gel. Do not add the tea until it is absolutely cool. Mix well and place into a bottle.

The second step is exfoliation, and this step is important. By removing the dead skin cells, your face can absorb all the following treatments much better. Exfoliant recipes are plenty, and all are super simple.

  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp of Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Coffee (Optional)

You can use Coconut Oil and Sugar as a face scrub but there is so much you can add. Coffee is known to reduce cellulite, so this can be added for a full body scrub. Be creative and swap out white sugar for brown sugar, coconut oil for olive oil, add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, honey, blueberries, lemon, essential oils, oats, nutmeg, etc.

 

Next step is a rich face mask and it is deliciously effective and totally edible. You will need:

  • ¼ of an Avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Honey
  • Cucumber

Mix together until you have a smooth texture – make sure you do not get any cucumber seeds or skins, just the juices. You can also puree the mixture if you have a blender. Place the mask onto your face when your skin is dry and allow to set for 10 minutes. Wash with warm water, then moisturize as you noramlly would. This mask is excellent because the honey has an antibacterial component but also anti-inflammatory component from the cocoa giving your skin a soothing antioxidant. Lastly, the avocado adds in a hydration factor and the cucumber reduces the redness of the treatment while softening the skin. This face mask is delicious, so try not to taste-test it too much and save it for your face!

We always tone the face next, and there are many ways to make home-made toner as well. We appreciate simplicity and love using Witch Hazel. Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, extracted from the Hamamelis Virginiana Shrub. It has been used for centuries in skin care. Witch Hazel reduces redness, acne, and skin irritation while also locking in moisture. You can mix a ¼ cup of Witch Hazel with a ½ tsp. of Vitamin C powder to maintain your skin’s natural pH level while tightening the skin.

 

The last step is to moisturize. To make a luxurious moisturizer at home follow these simple steps.

  • 1 cup of rose petals
  • Rosewater
  • 2 tbsp of Aloe Vera juice

Take one cup of rose petals and boil them down with a few drops of rose water. Filter out the petals, saving only the liquid remnants and add 2 tbsp. of Aloe Vera juice. Mix well and allow to cool in the fridge. The rose water will aid in dirt removal and add a fresh look to your skin, while the aloe moisturizes and helps clear up acne. By

maintaining a cool temperature, the moisturizer won’t open up your pores, allowing the moisture to be sealed in.

Pampering yourself may require you to take a trip to the health food store and after the makeshift spa night, you still might not achieve the results you wish. This is why Bare Envy offers the glamorous Hollywood Facial (also known as the Carbon Peel or Baby Doll Facial). The Hollywood Facial achieves results that you won’t ever see from DIY facials at home. It is similar to a mild chemical peel, except there is no downtime. A layer of liquid carbon is applied to the skin, which penetrates deep into the pores, similar to a mud or clay mask. As the mask dries it does not tighten or dry out the skin. Finally, instead of rinsing off the mask, Bare Envy uses a patented magnetic laser device to remove it. The laser is highly attracted to the carbon particles and when passed over the area, it destroys the carbon, taking dead skin cells, contaminants and oil with it.

This facial instantly refreshes skin by killing bacteria in the pores, allowing them to shrink and giving your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin. Gentle and thorough, the Hollywood Facial reduces pigment, evens skin tones, reduces or eliminates acne and the scarring it can leave behind, as well as helps with the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Contact Bare Envy to learn more about all of our facial skin treatments today!

New year, new you!

New year, new you!

 

Bare Envy Laser & Massage is going to improve your life, self-esteem and overall confidence. You’re going to feel like you incite envy when you see yourself bare after we are finished perfecting your image!

Beauty Is Skin Deep

Let’s face it. After the holidays our skin does not exactly have that refreshing glow that we want for spring and summer. It could be from that extra slice of fruitcake or that extra glass of wine causing breakout and inflammation of the skin. This is because what we eat and drink can have a huge effect on our skin and complexion. Let’s explore some mitigation for our skin:

  • You can start by reducing your intake of refined sugars and grains. This would mean cutting back on bread, crackers, cereals or desserts made with white flour, any pasta made with white flour, white rice, and rice noodles. Not to mention soda pops, juice, and other sugar-sweetened beverages even if they have sweeteners like cane sugar, maple syrup, honey or agave. The bloodstream absorbs the sugars and quickly increases blood sugar levels which then raises insulin levels, making the androgen hormones overactive. This overactivity contributes to acne development and produces sebum production. It has also been found that low-glycemic diets are associated with reduced sebum and oil production.
  • Dairy products can also lead to breakouts and inflammation, especially if you are lactose intolerant. Ice cream, milk, and cheese consumption have been linked to acne flareups. This could be from the hormones or other molecules that are found in milk. Milk is also known to increase insulin levels. Switching to nut-based milk or oat milk can help reduce the negative effects.
  • Fast foods and anything saturated with grease is important to avoid because they can also cause inflammation. However, there is some debate on whether or not there is a direct cause and effect relationship between bad skin and greasy, fast foods. Often these items are laden with milk products, refined sugars and saturated in oils. Since acne and breakouts are caused by excess oil and sebum production, it makes sense not to contribute additional oil into our diets.
  • Omega-6 fatty acids are another element to steer clear of. Instead, try omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 can be found in vegetable oils, including corn, evening primrose seed, safflower, and soybean oils. Avoiding processed foods will reduce your Omega-6 fatty acid intake as well.
  • Another treat to avoid is chocolate. Not only does it contain milk, but also refined and processed sugars. There has been an ongoing debate whether chocolate does or does not cause acne and breakouts, but from what we have learned from sugars and milk, it is best to avoid sugar-filled chocolates (like milk chocolates) in order to get the skin you are looking for.

We get it, eating clean is challenging, takes a huge amount of willpower and the results are not instant. Indulging in a spa treatment may be that instant gratification you are seeking, and it is a great treat to reward yourself for eating cleaner. One easy way to have an at-home spa day is to give yourself a DIY facial!

  • Start by cleansing your skin, removing any makeup and removing the foundation off your face. Warm water helps to open the pores and remove the dirt from your skin, but hot water will dry your skin out, so be mindful of the temperature. Cream cleansers are the most hydrating, but if you wear a lot of makeup, you might want to use a gel cleanser, a makeup remover, or coconut/jojoba oil instead.
  • Exfoliation is next and should only be done weekly or at most every 3 days to get rid of all those pesky dead skin cells. The best part about this step is that you do not need a fancy cleaner. You can simply use a small amount of baking soda and water to cleanse.
  • The next step is to steam your face; boil a pot of water, remove from heat and hover a safe distance above. An alternative is to place a warm washcloth on your face. Some skin types may not respond as positively to steaming, so if you have rosacea, eczema or dry skin, skip this step.
  • A mask is next. Your skin-type will determine your mask type so if you have dry skin, try using a clay-mask. Oily skin should use a cream-based mask. If you do not have a mask readily available, just open the fridge and make one! Our favorite is the oatmeal mask; Place1/3 cup of oatmeal into 1/5 cup of boiling water and wait until it settles and cools. Add in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white. Apply a thin layer to your face and time yourself for 15 minutes then rinse, using cool water to help close the pores.
  • You can then tone the skin. This step closes the pores and sets the skin for the final step of moisturizer. Whether you buy toner or make your own, pat it on, never rub it into your skin because we do not want to irritate your face. Moisturizers require some careful thought. If you are worried about breakouts and/or redness, look for oil-free face lotion. Keep in mind that this step is the most important, so ensure you do not skip it.

Acquiring lovely skin is quite the process. If you are not achieving the results you want as quickly as you want, come visit Bare Envy. We have a wide range of services that are great for reducing skin imperfections. Here are the best for breakouts:

  • Hollywood Facial: Also known as the Carbon Peel or Baby Doll Facial, this amazing service combines exfoliation and toning. The facial reduces pore size and heals acne while destroying excess oil. It is highly recommended for those who have oily skin, blackheads, dull skin and large pores.
  • Clear Lift Skin Resurfacing Treatments: Intended for all skin types, this treatment is a reliable and effective way of correcting skin’s imperfections. This laser skin resurfacing can treat acne scars and restore skin health for a more youthful and radiant glow.