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Leah Chavie’s Acne Spot Treatment featured in Tajmeeli.com, a leading media outlet for Arabic speaking women. Read the feature here.
It has been a brutal winter and it’s time to shed and shake it all off. With warmer temperatures right around the corner we need to adjust our hygiene and routines!
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is affected by our diet, hormones, genetics and lifestyle. Every day our skin changes based on the above factors and when we throw in weather, climate changes, lack of sleep, traveling, variable water pH, and STRESS our skin reacts and responds accordingly.
It’s important to be in tune with your body and understand and recognize what your body needs.
I use my LC Dual Action Toner from head to toe when I get out of the shower everyday to balance and restore my skins PH to maintain its natural hydration. Next, I layer on a serum such as LC Vita C spray or LC Lilac Plant Stem Cell Serum followed by coconut oil.
Tips for Transitioning Seasons :
It is important to recognize what your body needs and wants on a daily basis, it’s the only skin you have. Bottom line protect and prevent!
“Why do you do so much stuff to your face?” “You don’t need that.” “I think you are fine just the way you are.” “Why did you do another procedure?”
People always ask me questions like this. Sometimes it can feel like a compliment and other times I feel judged or misunderstood. I try not to get too caught up in what others think and use these situations as a chance to explain who I am and why I doing the things I do.
My experience with plastic surgery and facial reconstruction started by necessity not vanity…
At a young age I had major plastic surgery after an incident at a family reunion baseball game. A baseball to the face destroyed my nose, adenoids and also left me needing to get my tonsils taken out. Five surgeries later resulted in removing cartilage from my rib to rebuilding my nose as well as reconstructive surgery to rebuild my teeth, gums and lips.
Throughout my experiences I have learned so much about the body and it’s amazing power to heal. I love educating myself on new procedures and treatments and often times the best way for me to understand them is to try them on myself. I don’t do stuff to my face because I am unhappy with how I look or because i’m striving to be perfect. I just like too. It’s my THING!! I’m a beauty junkie! My skin is my sin.
I love trying new things!
When you do something everyday you get used to it. It becomes routine. It is important that I get out of my comfort zone and try new things. Understanding how my clients feel helps me to serve them better. There is a huge element of trust and vulnerability when you get a procedure done. It is important that I get services done so I do not loose touch with the client experience.
My most recent procedure…Threading
Six weeks ago I got threading at Renew U Medispa by Christopher. The procedure does the following: strings go under your skin, connect to the collagen and yank everything up and rejuvenate new cells.
My Physician:Christopher Rosenbarger
PA-C , Physician Certified …His Thread of Choice: Les Encres (they are the closest to the ones available in Europe and South Korea)
This company makes three types, most only make PDO threads.
PDO (POLYDIOXANONE) are used for pull and lift. PLLA (POLY L LACTIC ACID) is used to create volumePCL (POLYCAPROLACTONE) used to create callogen.
The principal of threads…
An experienced provider can use the different types of threads and different chemical structures to improve a variety of issues not resolved in a natural way with fillers or neuromodulators.
Simply put, Christopher was amazing and his customer service was outstanding. His calmness and expertise helped ease my anxiety and pain. He explained the procedure every step of the way. It was a detailed and delicate which made me feel safe and comfortable.
Recovery time wasn’t easy but it got better every day. I am so thankful I did this procedure, mostly because I now know first hand how it works. I am thrilled with the results and feel like the youthful glow is coming from the inside out. I made it through. I dealt with the pain. Just like hard times in life… we get through them and come out better than ever. Everything we get through makes us stronger.
In my opinion, you can’t be a beauty expert if you don’t do the treatments.
Two Weeks Before The Wedding:
I recommend a back facial, body scrub , and Infrared body wrap.
Week Of The Wedding:
I recommend two Infrared body wraps , stem cell treatment and red light therapy for 2-3 days before a custom spray tan.
Night Before The Wedding:
I recommend an epsom salt bath and a hydrating sheet mask.
Using a jade roller and anti puff eye patches are also important!
What to pack in the honeymoon suite:
Week of the wedding:
I recommend 2 infrared body wrap treatments, stem cell therapy and oxygen to give him that perfect glow.
Night before the wedding:
I recommend a hydrating sheet mask and a lip treatment product.
How does vein therapy work ?
The laser delivers a pulse of energy which causes the vein to coagulate (this means turn into a solid.) This action eventually destroys the vessel which is reabsorbed into the body and blood flow and finally directed to deeper veins below the skin’s surface where it should be located.
Who is the candidate for laser vein therapy?
The laser can treat any skin color. It can treat spider veins, blue reticular veins, and small facial veins. Varicose vein’s are not treatable with this method, they require injections.
What about blood blisters and port wine stains?
Blood blisters or hemangiomas respond very well to the treatment.
How many treatments do you typically need?
Often one or two treatments are sufficient, however, the number of treatments varies depending on the color and the size of the vessel.
Do the treatments hurt?
A stinging sensation occurs as the pulse of energy is delivered , there is no numbing needed but we usually cool the area after it is treated. You can apply aloe or ice cool after the treatment.
What happens after the treatment?
Post treatment you could experience redness, bruising, swelling and potentially blistering. The end results are amazing but every person is different as to how they heal.
Are there any restrictions after the treatment?If we are treating leg veins we recommend no activity for 24 hours and always use sunscreen on exposed areas.
When will I see results?
Most patients find that the veins show significant improvement within 2 to 6 weeks of the treatment . It does take time for things to heal and patience.
Do you know what *eye* know ?
Eyelashes consist of 10% water 90% proteins, keratin and melanin which give our lashes color .
We have between 150-200 individual hairs on the top and 75-100 on the bottom lash, which protect the eyes from debris.
When did mascara originate ?
1913 a French chemist named Rimmel developed it by using coal dust and a Vaseline type jelly.
Do you know what is in your mascara?
We are putting this cosmetic so close to our precious eyes that it’s important to know and understand what you are using. What you put on your body is as important as what you put in it.
Harmful ingredients in most popular mascaras:
I took 5 of the top brands that makeup artists prefer and found that most of the popular/trendy brands all contain the above harmful ingredients!
The point is you read what you put in your body shouldn’t you research what you are using on your body. Minerals and clean products especially important around the delicate eye area
Clean Mascara Alternative?
Jane Iredale mascara and their lash conditioner are my one of favorites , they contain wheat proteins and are much safer for the eye.
Bridal Boot Camp Packages
Pt. I: Everyone’s Skin is Different
Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies and it is affected by many different factors – diet, hormones, genetics, lifestyle, etc. Therefore, everyone’s skin needs something different. Some people have permanent discoloration and scarring that they need treated, some people have constant acne and breakouts, the list goes on and on.
The first step to finding the right treatment is identifying the skin issues that you want to fix. From here, we can lay a treatment plan according to the time frame that you have available. We suggest beginning to prep your skin either 6 months, 3 months or 1.5 months before your big day depending on what kind of treatments you are looking to get done and how many you will need for desired results.
Pt. II: Pre-Wedding Treatments by Leah Chavie
We can break up treatments into a few different categories:
Anti-Aging + Acne
Often times, skin imperfections lie deep below the surface. It may be hyperpigmentation or sun damage from long ago or scars left from acne and blemishes. These types of issues are indeed fixable, but they often take a series of treatments. Here are several treatments for these deeper skin flaws:
Note: These treatments can be performed on any area of the body. For brides, depending on dress style, this is a great options to treat skin imperfections on your neck, chest, arms and back.
Peels + Facials
If you are looking for a less intense, more topically focused skincare solution, facial and peels are an extremely effective choice. Peels work to strip away dead skin cells and increasing cell turnover, giving you refreshed, new skin. Facials are great for moisturizing, replumping and brightening up your complexion.
Body + Wellness
Every bride wants to look her best for her wedding day. Many people adapt a new workout routine or diet which are effective and healthy solutions. Introducing detoxification treatments into your routine helps to rid your body of any toxin build up and truly makes you feel amazing.
Pt. III: Your At Home Skin Regimen
Treatments and facials are a necessary part of your skincare regimen, however, your daily skincare routine plays a big role in what your skin looks like and how it heals. There are four steps that everyone should include in their skin routine:
Cleanse: Cleansing your skin should be a part of your everyday skincare routine. Clean your pores of debris and prevent buildup to decrease the chances of breakouts.
Tone: Toners soothe, nourish and hydrate the skin while restoring the PH Balance. Your skin’s PH (potential hydrogen) is a measure of how much acid is present in the skin.
Treat/Correct/Prevent: This is the step in your skincare regimen where you heal your skin imperfections with specific treatments. If you are unsure of what treatment would work best for your skin issue or your skin type, schedule a consultation! This way you can have a guided plan of treatments for your skin.
Hydrate and Protect: Hydration and protection are crucial to maintaining clear, glowing skin. Make sure you have a good moisturizer and SPF!
Pt. IV: DIY
What does IPL stand for?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and is also often referred to as a “photo facial.” It’s a light based therapy that targets pigmentation both brown (sun damage) and redness (flushing of the skin).
Where can IPL treatments be performed:
IPL can be performed on the entire body.
How often should you get IPL Treatments?
This treatment is best in a series, usually done 2 weeks apart for the best results.
How does IPL work?
The light therapy targets the pigment of damaged cells . We pulse the light/heat all over desired areas to create an superficial injury to the surface and help regenerate the cells. After treatment, the skin pigment can appear darker initially because the effects of the light/heat . This is a good thing as it will usually look worse before it looks better.
How long before you see results?
Sometimes the pigment can look like a scab or coffee grounds on the skin before it falls off or fades. This process can take a week or so to happen before the skin looks brighter, tighter and smoother.
When is the best time to have IPL treatments?
Winter and spring are both great times of year to try this treatment as we are not getting exposure to a strong UVA/UVB rays .