When I was in college, my studies weren't entirely focused because something in my gut was guiding me in another direction. My original, pre-Psychology major was Biology with the intention of becoming a Dermatologist! Although, things don't always go quite as planned, but this bump in the road was obviously a blessing in disguise. I knew my love for skin was not going anywhere so after a bit of researching, I was led to the Esthetics program at Florida College of Natural Health. After my thorough appointment, tons of questions, and on-the-spot interview.. I was accepted..without EVER receiving a facial treatment before! Yes, never had a facial in my LIFE. But again, I listed to my intuition and knew this was exactly where I needed to be. Fast-forward almost 9 years later, I have used my training and education and transformed into a unique and special experience for you.
Firstly, what is bringing you to me? First signs of aging? Acne, blackheads, bumpiness? Redness, irritation, flakiness? Needing a hydration or brightening boost? Or just simply, to try something new?
Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions; I'm always here to help! I hope I was able to ease any doubts you may have had, questions you needed answered, and gave you hope for the best facial experience you will have.
"Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly." -Sarah Malin
Mother's Day is about praising those lovely ladies who give love & light to their families. Think about your mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, close friends, and even your pet mommies who need a touch of pampering. A personalized facial treatment will give these women time for themselves, restoring their radiance and boosting their well-being.
Valid through 5/14/17. Cannot be combined with other offers. Gift certificates available.
With our daily lives of constant rushing around and working our tails off, our stress levels are at their highest. With pressure to have a money-making career (which is not always fulfilling), families to provide for, and bills hanging over our heads, we become accustomed to this lifestyle leading to a state of continual stress. Many times, we are unaware of the heightened state and continue to push ourselves, leading to a weakened immune system and impaired epidermal barrier, influencing skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, and premature aging. Let's look at how stress hormones create these skin disorders and how we can reduce stress for a healthy complexion!
Acne and stress go together like peanut butter and jelly. Many of my clients come in with large breakouts, especially around their chin and neck and one of the first things I ask is, "What are your stress levels like?". As we become stressed, our bodies produce the stress hormone called cortisol. As our cortisol levels become elevated, our sebaceous glands are triggered, leading to an increase in oil production blocking the hair follicles, leading to acne. Prolonged stress also depletes our bodies of essential fatty acids which delays wound healing, keeping our skin at a constant state of inflammation.
Sticking with the loss of essential fatty acids, this is extremely important in understanding how sensitivities and inflammation emerge. Our tissues contain chemicals called prostaglandins, which are groups of lipids that assist in repairing damaged skin. When under chronic stress, these lipids become "overworked" and lead to a breakdown of essential fatty acids, causing dryness, rosacea, and general sensitivity. By neglecting the symptoms, our skin becomes more sensitive, leading to dermatitis with an increased reactiveness to skin care products and even hives.
Heightened cortisol levels disrupts the formation of new collagen, creating weaker and more fragile collagen. Our skin loses elasticity and plumpness while losing its capacity to hold onto water, thus making lines and wrinkles form and become more prominent. Our cells need to communicate effectively for proper production and cortisol overtime slows the blood supply, leading to stagnation and dryness.
When you can identify what is causing stress to your body and skin, you can take better care of yourself by taking small steps to diminish effects.
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Spring has sprung! I don't know about you, but I absolutely love the fresh air of spring and the chance for renewing my skin after the chilly days of winter. The dryness of winter leaves our skin's natural moisture content depleted and thirsty for some hydration. Our skin is also used to heavier moisturizers during these months which leaves the skin needing a gentle exfoliation to prepare for the new season.
Emphasizing holistic remedies into your regimen is what will create healthy changes to your skin. By feeding your skin from the inside with nutrient-rich, whole foods, you are ultimately giving your skin a healthy, glowing boost. Your skin mirrors what is imbalanced within your body--a dull, dry, and sallow appearance tells me that you must be lacking hydration and healthy fats. So let's discuss some of my favorite foods for boosting your glow and giving your skin a supple complexion!
1. Avocado is a rich source of nourishing fatty acids and Vitamin E which improves your skin health by replenishing your skin's moisture barrier and and fighting oxidative cellular damage. The buttery texture of this fruit tells you just how abundant the fat is, preserving your precious moisture and boosting your glow.
2. Improve your skin's texture and suppleness with walnuts! Walnuts contain high levels of nourishing Omega-3 fatty acids and copper, increasing your collagen production while hydrating your cells for more youthful skin.
3. Consider swapping your usual pre-made salad dressings for olive oil and a splash of vinegar. Olive oil contains 75% of rich monounsaturated fats and antioxidants which supports your skin's health by boosting free-radical protection and repairing your skin's barrier. This beauty oil is a large part of the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet which doctors are recognizing as the most healthful way to eat!
4. Chia seeds are becoming increasingly popular due to their ability to work wonders on the skin. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants, these little seeds assist in repairing the skin and protect against dangerous pathogens by strengthening your barrier.
5. It's strawberry season so stock up on these pretties for glowing skin! Strawberries contain over 75% water and are an incredible source of skin-boosting antioxidants that protect you from free radicals that destroy collagen and steal oxygen from healthy cells. Rich in Vitamin C, strawberries will keep your skin firm and discourages the formation of lines and wrinkles.
6. Sweet potatoes are an often under-looked root vegetable for skin hydration but, in fact, these tubers contain an abundance of Vitamin A. Vitamin A assists in repairing tissue damage, preventing fine lines and smoothing roughness, all of which are symptoms of dry skin.
7. Eat your broccoli! Being 90% water, this nutritional powerhouse plumps skin by hydrating from the inside out. With high levels of Vitamin C & E, broccoli stimulates collagen production and protects your cells against aging, while boosting your protective properties against UV damage.
8. Coconut oil! You were waiting for this one, right? Coconut oil taken internally nourishes and heals the body as it contains anti-inflammatory fatty acids, Caprylic and Lauric. These healthy fats treat skin conditions such as dryness, eczema, and dermatitis by balancing out candida and fungal sources.
With water as my favorite and easiest source of hydration, you can ultimately heal and nourish your skin with a healthy diet rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. Use this guide as a start to boosting your hydration to reveal glow-y, beautiful skin!
It's Pure Skincare by Elizabeth's 1st birthday! This year has been an incredible adventure as you have placed your trust in me to create beautiful changes within your skin. Throughout this year, I have met my goal of helping you love yourself and now, I want to give you the chance to nominate a special person to win an hour of serenity!
Valued at $75, this hour of serenity includes a personalized facial treatment with an additional advanced skin analysis and consultation.
To enter, just email, call, text, or message me via social media with the special person's information. We all deserve a little light and love in our lives so I encourage you to nominate yourself, too! There is no limit to who you nominate, so think about those loved ones who need a bit of TLC! I will choose the winner on Tuesday, February 28th!
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Each day should be filled with romance with your sweetheart but Valentine's Day is the chance to go above and beyond. Spoil your darling this year with the Beloved Bliss Package!
Gift certificates available. Valid through February 14th, 2017. Cannot be combined with other offers. Book online!
There's been a surge of wellness and self-care practices in 2016, yay! With our lives being as busy as ever, it's important to take the time to provide for ourselves and we are now just realizing this. If we go without fulfilling our own needs, we eventually breakdown, mind and body, and even soul. We need to continue to stay strong and healthy in order to provide for our families, be a supportive sibling, the advice-giving friend, the loving partner, and to be the best version of ourselves.
I feel beyond blessed what 2016 was for me but yes, I did have days where I was feeling down and mostly because, I never said "no". "No" is a one word answer which does not need explanation. Allow yourself to drop the guilt and feel that freedom as you say "no" and say "yes" to your own needs. Self-care does not have to be expensive or extravagent, as the the most effective things are the small yet important ones that make you feel good. Whether it's snuggling up with your favorite blanket and a good book, lighting a heavenly candle and taking a warm bath, watching your favorite movie with a good cup of tea, going for a walk and breathing in the fresh air, or treating yourself to a nuturing facial treatment, there are endless ways to fulfill your happiness.
Set goals for yourself and keep them for only you to know about. Keep a planner or journal and write down your goals and let those be your guide to self-care. We are visual beings and seeing our goals written down keeps us aware of what we need to do to maintain our happiness.
Our bodies and minds are who we are and if we aren't nurtured, we begin to feel the effects. We need to take the time to heal, repair, and rejuvenate ourselves and YOU are the only can who can provide it! You deserve it and you are allowed to take the time to breath and restore yourself.
I consider what I do a gift. I am able to give to you what you cannot give yourself which is just liberating. Next time you come in for your treatment with me, take in the scents, the sound of the music, the softness of the blankets, my warming touch, and fall into complete bliss.
Happy 2017! Let's start together on your path to self-care!
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You've just had your heavenly facial so how do you keep your skin feeling and looking just as you've stepped out of the spa? Here's how you can enhance your facial results and avoid any discomfort following your treatment:
Be the shining star of your Christmas gatherings with the Holiday Glow Peel! This beautiful treatment blends the CosMedix Pomegranate Peel, Defy Exfoliating Cream, and Pure Vitamin C Crystals to infuse nutrients deep within your skin with brightening, smoothing, and firming antioxidants. Just $85, the Holiday Glow Peel gently resurfaces revealing vibrant, youthful skin!
Available until 1/1/2017. Call or book online! Gift certificates available.
Think about those loved ones who need a touch of comfort and a boost in their well-being. Do you need an hour of luxury and renewal, too? This is the perfect way to escape the holiday frenzy and become enveloped with what makes you feel whole.
Throughout the holiday season, give the gift of radiant skin with 2 Customized CosMedix Facials for $100! Either treat two special people or yourself and a loved one together!
Purchase by 12/24/2016. Saving of $50! Gift certificates available. May be used at different times. Not valid with other promotions and discounts.