Lightening and Brightening your skin

Mary Ellen came to me wanting to look her best for her 25th wedding anniversary and vow renewal ceremony.  I start all my facials with a complementary skin consultation before proceeding with treatment.  Her main concerns were her adult breakout, and she also had confused combination skin, which was a result of the product she was using.  Mary Ellen was using the wrong skincare products for her skin, which caused redness, dehydration, and irritation.  The uneven pigmentation made her skin look rougher than it really was.  Mary Ellen also had darkness around the eyes.

The goal for Mary Ellen was to create a smoother, more even toned complexion.  We accomplished this with a series of microphototherapy treatments, combined with a facial, and three chemical peels.  (I have written about the myths and facts associated with chemical peels here.)  Microphototherapy treatments are effective for anti-aging and fine lines, while the peels helped to address Mary Ellen’s large pore size, breakouts, and uneven pigmentation.  To combat Mary Ellen’s adult acne, green light therapy was used, in addition to high-frequency treatment, which shrinks hard cysts.  High-frequency can be included in every facial at wendycityfaces at no additional cost.

To complement the treatments, Mary Ellen added Illuma products from Image to lighten and brighten her skin, and vitamin C products which work to reduce redness and promotes younger looking skin.  Her overall pigmentation and adult acne really improved by her anniversary party.

The initial treatment lasted 12 weeks, and Mary Ellen was thrilled with the progress she made toward lighter, brighter skin.  Improving pigmentation is a long process, and can be achieved with the frequent use of sunscreen, high quality products and regular treatments.  Mary Ellen continues to receive monthly treatments but is thrilled with her brighter and smoother skin.

Mary Ellen Before Treatment
Mary Ellen day of event without makeup (left) and with makeup (right)

Give Wendy a call at 630-404-4779 to discuss your skincare goals and design a treatment to achieve them!

Don’t Skimp on your Skincare

Your face is the only one you’re going to get, make sure you are taking good care of it with quality skincare products.  The skincare industry can be very confusing.  To help make sense of it, you should be talking with a licensed esthetician who can steer you in the right direction based on the condition of your skin. This professional can help develop a regime for you based on your skincare goals .

A licensed esthetician will likely suggest that you stay away from drugstore and cosmetic products and encourage you to try a professional line of skincare.  Products found at your local drugstore are mass-marketed to entice the buyer with impressive claims, however these products are generally made with high chemical, high fat synthetic ingredients that have no real clinical value to them.  The ingredients do not penetrate and often strip your skin of vital oils.  Cosmetic grade skincare offers a small improvement for a hefty price tag.  In many cases, the cosmetic grade product have a single corrective ingredient in a small concentration, such as fruit acid to renew the skin.  The professional skincare counterpart includes a variety of  plant derived ingredients that are balanced to provide results to soften hydrate and smooth your skin.

Skincare from a professional line does not have to be expensive.  In many cases it is more affordable than the less effective cosmetic grade products.  wendycityfaces carries three lines of product that are at varying price points to suit your skincare needs.

My most corrective line is Glo Skin Beauty with plant extracts with anti-aging properties.  I use these products in all my treatments, and my clients have seen awesome results in their skin balance and firmness when using the products at home. I recommend a daily three-step program plus an exfoliate  and eye cream.  This line can accommodate  any skin condition with a large variety of options.

I also have brought in Image Skin care, a new pro line that clients are loving.  The Vitamin C product line has great anti-aging ingredients.  Additionally, the sunblocks are wonderful.  The regimen is simple, and the price point is a little lower than Glo.

Third, I have Réjuvasea, which is an amazing product line of very basic products.  These products have sea plankton that hydrates and cools.  This line is great for very dry red sensitive skin that struggles to find balance. The star product here is the night cream but I use it day and night as well .

During your consult at your first facial, we will sample and find the right blend for you. I guarantee you will see your skin improve and maintain a great balance.


Chemical Peels: Debunking the Myth

When the words “chemical peel” are mentioned, many people immediately imagine the horrors displayed in movies, but the myth of painful raw, red skin needs to be debunked.

The truth is that chemical grade peels are varying strength of fruit acids applied with expert care.  Slight tingling is managed during the treatment, and followed up with calming agents.  The result is a smoother, brighter, lighter complexion with no bleeding.

There are several purposes to peels, which is dependent on your specific needs and skin goals.  A single layer peel can be applied during a facial to help loosen dead cells and clean out clogged pores.  To address deep wrinkles, large pores, pigmentation, sun damage, or acne, a monthly series of three to six peels is usually recommended.  The stronger peels are applied in customized layers.   This process results in one day of tight feeling, slightly flushed skin, followed by the skin shredding dead cells for the next several days.  There is no excessive downtime involved.

Prior to jumping into peels, it is important to have an established treatment and skincare routine for optimum skin health.  Peels are typically part of a part of a 2 to 6 month plan of action, based on individual client needs.

During your consultation, Wendy will help determine the best course of treatment for you to achieve the healthiest skin possible.  Give Wendy a call at 630-404-4779 to get started today!

Problem Skin Transformed

The quest for good skin, or repairing problem skin, comes from a combination of good services and product.

Angie is a great example.  Angie is getting married in August and was very upset about the state of her skin.  She suffered from extremely oily but dehydrated, raw, breakout ridden skin.  She tried to combat this by washing her face numerous times a day, which did little for her already stripped complexion.  Her self-confidence wasn’t helped when she was told by a local plastic surgeon, that in order to improve her look she would need to spend $26,000 on procedures.  I was thrilled to meet with Angie and assure her we could improve her overall skin and look, by her wedding date, for a more reasonable cost!

I devised a customized series of treatments, which consisted of facials, chemical peels, and light therapy, with the goal of improving her texture, calming her breakouts and balancing her oil production.

Twice a week for the first four weeks, Angie was treated to an acne repair treatment including an ultrasound pore cleaning and green light therapy to calm the redness.  In addition to the treatments, we overhauled Angie’s basic home regime with quality products and a manageable treatment schedule.  She also visited Dr. Honore Woodside for some Botox and facial fillers which helped to even out her forehead and bring out her cheekbones, all for a fraction of the cost of unnecessary plastic surgery.

Angie is thrilled to be receiving complements on her new and improved look, and has made it a priority to maintain her balanced, calm skin with a monthly visit to wendycityfaces.  She is overjoyed with the results and cannot wait to meet her groom at the altar in August.

Below are Angie’s before and after photos:

Left: Closeup of very congested, oily skin
Right: Clear, balanced skin with reduced pore size PicStitch2
Left: Prior to treatment with Dr. Honore Woodside
Right: After Botox and fillers to address cheekbones and foreheadPicStitch3

Call Wendy at 630-404-4779 today to start your skin transformation story!