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Local Fashion Designer, Brianna Bridge

Valley fashion designer, Brianna Bridge has been a very busy girl, at only 25 she has already developed her own brand and custom clothing line. The rising Valley fashion designer launched her clothing line Bri Bridge in 2008, and last year won Phoenix Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Award. As a hip-hop and jazz dance instructor, Bridge’s style is influenced by dance. The Bri Bridge collection now has it’s first permanent sales rack in the Glendale boutique Pink House.

Inspired by urban, dance, and rock styles, Bri Bridge is fashion for the modern woman making a statement. Bri Bridge specialize in custom design and exclusive pieces – always tailoring to the look you are after. The possibilities are endless.

Love Collection

Bribridge dress
JERSEY KNIT PLUNGE V-NECK TOP WITH BRAIDED WRAP AROUND TIE, LEATHER HEART DETAIL IN BACK. VINTAGE FABRIC CIRCLE SKIRT TO FLATTER ANY SHAPE! THIS DRESS LOOKS GREAT ON A SIZE 2 OR A SIZE 9! CUSTOM PRINTED BEATLES LYRICS AND IMAGERY. ORDER IN DIFFERENT COLORS OR WITH YOUR FAVORITY BAND/MUSICIAN LYRICS AND IMAGES!

Bri Bridge Dress
JERSEY KNIT COTTON DRESS WITH CIRCLE CUT SKIRT, FLATTERING TO ANY SHAPE! STRAPLESS TOP AND STATIN TIE WITH LEATHER HEART DETAIL ON BACK. NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN THIS FABRIC, BUT CUSTOM ORDER THIS DRESS IN YOUR SIZE AND A SPECIFIC COLOR OR COMBINATION!


COTTON T-DRESS WITH TASSLED SKIRT AND HEART CUT DESIGN ON FRONT. LAYER WITH A CONTRAST BANDU TOP OR A TANK TOP! AVAILABLE IN ANY COLOR AND SIZE, BACKLESS OR NOT :)

bri bridge line
STRETCH INTERLOCK PENCIL SKIRT WITH LEATHER HEART AND FEATHER DETAIL. TIE AROUND HIPS AND BEADED HEARTS. AVAIALABLE IN SMALL, MED, LARGE.

PAIRED WITH BRI BRIDGE LOVE TANK TOP

Bri Bridge burn out shirts

NO TWO SHIRTS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME! SEE SOMETHING YOU LIKE? HAVE SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN MIND? ORDER YOUR BRI BRIDGE LONG OR SHORT SLEEVE WITH AN EXCLUSIVE DESIGN, DETAILED TO YOUR PREFERENCE. LOGOS, GRAPHICS, AND VERBIAGE, PIECE-DYED OR SOLID COLORS. RHINESTONES AND STUDS AVAILABLE FOR ADDITIONAL COST.


www.bribridge.com
Shop Bri Bridge Online Store.
You can follow Bri Bridge on facebook, twitter and tumblr.


You can find Bri Bridge Fashion at Pink House Boutique.
www.pinkhousetreasures.com
7009 N. 58th Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301
623 298-4766

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Best Of Both Worlds Az: Exclusive Offer

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic will give you 1/2 off any skin treatment when you bring in your
Bri Bridge or Pink House receipt.
Excludes Fraxel and Obagi Blue Peel / Offer Expires 10/29/10 / Excludes all other offers

Call to schedule with:
Kristy Harris or Stephanie Willis

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
480 421- 1701
5410 N Scottsdale Rd., ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Read MoreSeptember 30, 2010 11:30 pm - Posted by Kristy

Katy Perry's Elmo Shirt

Today’s post brought to you by the number 34 and the letter DD.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Katy Perry’s sexy Elmo Tee shirt becomes a popular fashion item, even if the Sesame Street Fashion Police disapprove of Perry’s fashion sense.

If you haven’t already heard, the Katy Perry / Elmo, “Hot and Cold” video was banned from Sesame Street because of Perry’s sexy outfit. In recognition of the controversy, Katy Perry wore a tight Elmo tee shirt on Saturday Night Live. The ” Bronx Beat” Skit on SNL mocks the Sesame Street Scandal.


Katy Perry on SNL.
Bronx Beat” with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph.
“Come for the boobs, stay for the books, everybody wins!”


Katy Perry, Elmo Video was banned from Sesame Street.

A small group of parents complained that Perry was popping out of her dress while performing with Elmo. I watched the video with my 3 year old, and he loved it. I wouldn’t say that she is “popping” out of her dress, how ever she is a little jiggly when she runs. My 3 year old didn’t even notice, he was most interested with Elmo. I don’t think Elmo was prepared for all of this controversy. I personally am not offended by the video, in fact I think this type of puppet show might be an incentive for dad’s to spend extra time with the kids. As a mother of two boys, a teenager and a toddler, I can tell you this was a hit with both of them ( for different reasons).

sexy puppets
This isn’t the first time puppets were involved in a sexy scandal. A bus add for the production of Broadway hit and Tony-winning Avenue Q, a naughty puppet show/musical hybrid was banned in Colorado.

LIfe is to short, we need to find a way to laugh at wardrobe malfunctions and puppet scandals.

Q: Why can’t Miss Piggy count to 70?
puppet scandle
A: Cuz every time she gets to 69 she gets a frog in her throat.

puppet
Laugh Today
A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that the teller’s name is Patricia Whack. So he says, “Ms. Whack, I’d like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long holiday” Patti looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow. The frog says $30,000. The teller asks his name and the frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s OK, he knows the bank manager. Patti explains that $30,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall. Bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patti explains that she’ll have to consult with the manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says: “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000. And he wants to use this as collateral.” She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what the heck is this?” The bank manager looks back at her and says:”It’s a knick knack, Patti Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone !”

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Read MoreSeptember 29, 2010 3:30 am - Posted by Kristy

True religions

Looking for the PERFECT jeans

Scottsdale Jean Company features the largest selection you’ll find anywhere for men and women and they are constantly introducing new brands. Scottsdale Jean Company carries over 100 of the hottest designer brands and has trained fit specialists that will assist you in finding the perfect fit and style for your body type. I was also impressed to see that the giant 10,000 square foot retail space has a children’s play area, so if you’re shopping with children, they can entertain themselves. Any parent that has attempted to shop with children will appreciate the opportunity to shop in peace.

Just a sample of what you will find …………..

skinny jeans, miss me
Scottsdale Jean Company, Miss Me jeans
Miss me jeans, silver pocket
Miss Me
Womens Skinny Jean MK21 Wash
5-Pocket with Chain Embellishment

921 jeans
921 jeans
921 jeans
1921
Womens Bootcut Jean RVRS Fit in Alanis Wash
Silver Hardware on Flap Pocket with Light Blue Stitching

921 alanis wash jean
921 alanis wash jeans
921 alanis wash jeans
1921
Womens Bootcut Jean SRUK Fit in Sheryl Wash
Clean no Distressing

7 jeans
7 jeans
7 jeans
7 For All Mankind
High Waist Womens Straight Leg Jean in Midnight Wash

hudson jeans
hudson jeans
hudson jeans
Hudson
Womens Jegging Cargo Linus Fit in Holywell Black Wash

true religion jeans
hudson jeans
true religion jeans
True Religion
Womens Cargo Pant Super Skinny Krista Fit in Buckeye Dark Wash

J jeans
J brand
J brand
J Brand
Super Fine 12″ Corduroy Womens Straight in Vintage Bark (Tan)

Scottsdale Jean Company logo
Shop online or at the North Scottsdale location.
Northsight Crossing Center
14747 N. Northsight Blvd. #106
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Telephone: (480) 905-9300
www.scottsdalejc.com
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Read More 1:07 am - Posted by Kristy

Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week is almost here!

October 7th – 9th at the Scottsdale W.
Don’t miss the celebrity FASHIONABLY PINK show, benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Get Tickets

Phoenix Fashion Week is the leading fashion industry event in Arizona. Bridging national and international designers with premier retailers and prestige fashion media, Phoenix Fashion Week’s mission is to take Arizona’s fashion industry to a national level.

The W Scottsdale logo
6th Annual Phoenix Fashion Week at the Scootsdale W.
W Scottsdale
7277 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
United States
Phone: (480) 970-2100
Fax: (480) 970-2105

Phoenix Fashion Week host year round events.
www.phoenixfashionweek.com
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Read MoreSeptember 28, 2010 10:45 pm - Posted by Kristy

Jane Iredale Is The Skin Care Makeup


Jane Iredale mineral makeup is recommended by plastic surgeons, dermatologists and estheticians.

Benefits of Jane Iredale Mineral Foundation
– Can be used after cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser treatments.
– Has a natural SPF 20 ( UVA/ UVB physical block), that is non-irritating and can be used after procedures when
other sunscreens may cause irritation or are not recommended.
– Water resistant, won’t crease or smear even during the most strenuous exercise.
– Anti-inflammatory and Anti-microbial, making it ideal for acne, rosacea, and post procedure skin.
– No Talc, most powder is 50% – 80% talc. Talc is a cheep filler that will exaggerate peeling or further dry skin after cosmetic procedures.
– No oils, chemical, fillers, preservatives or FD&C dyes
– Natural & Organic : Paraben-free, PETA, 100% Natural
jane iredale cruelty free cosmetic/ PETA

Why Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale brand of minerals is highly pigmented and are micro-pulverized. Other mineral make-up brands are milled on average of 3x, compared to Jane Iredale minerals that are micro-pulverized 11x and then sifted thru a silk screen. This allows for more coverage while using less product, as well as eliminating the need to buff or “work in” minerals. Jane Iredale also has a huge selection of color choices, including global shades for ethnic skin.

Pure Mineral Makeup vs. Mineral Based
The growing popularity of mineral makeup, encouraged a second generation of mineral based cosmetics, however, drugstore and discount mineral makeup products usually aren’t “pure” minerals. Simply adding minerals to a cosmetic does not create the same benefit of a true mineral makeup. The top two ingredients should be Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, as they are the basis for a great mineral makeup. Mineral “based” cosmetics may also contain ingredients such as talc or preservatives, that are contraindicated to some cosmetic procedures.

Jane Iredale pressed
PurePressed® Base SPF 20 Light Beige
The look is sheer and semi-matte. The feel is weightless. Pressed mineral powder is fast, easy
and mess free.

UVA/UVB SPF 20 broad-spectrum sun protection
A foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one
Very water-resistant and highly pigmented
Applies evenly and easily, providing long-lasting, gorgeous coverage
Light diffusing properties make skin look flawless, healthy and younger
May be applied wet or dry to complement any look
Great for shading, highlighting, contouring and lining

Jane Iredale Handi brush

Handi Brush
A hand-tied goat hair brush for Jane Iredale PurePressed Base.
Ultra-soft and high-quality
Applies PurePressed Base with flawless ease
Hand-tied goat hairs pick up the perfect amount of product and distribute it simply and evenly

Jane Iredale , loose powder
Amazing Base® SPF 20 Light Beige
An incredible loose mineral foundation with UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sun protection. The look is creamy and luminous. The feel is like silk.

Provides exceptional coverage of any distraction including redness and brown spots
Ideal for those who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea
UVA/UVB SPF 20 gives broad-spectrum sun protection
Very water-resistant formula

jane iredale brush for loose powder
Chisel Powder Brush
Applies Amazing Base ( loose powder) like no other brush.
Hand-tied from goat hair

Jane iredale flock sponge
Flocked Sponge
A sponge with a nap that glides across the skin. Applies and blends minerals.
Non-Latex
Washable and will last forever
Use to take off any excess minerals or to add more minerals where needed for camouflage
When using minerals wet, use flocked sponge and D20 spray.

jane iredale D2o hydration spray
D2O™ Hydration Spray
This facial spritz resists evaporation and helps to hydrate and plump the cells. Also containing ingredients that calm the skin and fight free radicals, D2O is a must for post-laser or after any kind of peel! Some makeup artists believe that D2O is the quintessential last step in applying our makeup. It sets the minerals in seconds.

Celebrities that use Jane Iredale include:
Renée Zellweger
Nicole Kidman
Julianne Moore
Meg Ryan
Victoria Beckham
Halle Berry
Uma Thurman
Diane Deborah Messing
Megan Mullally
Angela Bassett
Ivana Trump
Melissa Gilbert
Lee Ann Womack
Bonnie Hunt
Exclusive Mineral Makeup for the Screen Actors Guild Awards Presenters Only.
Exclusive Makeup for “As The World Turns” cast.
Exclusive Mineral Makeup for “Organic Odyssey 2003.”

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Mineral makeup always looks better when you use the proper tools and technique.
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic carries Jane Iredale Products. Call and schedule an appointment, to be color matched for Jane Iredale mineral foundation.
480 421-1701
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Read More 12:42 am - Posted by Kristy

skin medica, three girls

Skin Medica’s Vitalize Peel has been a popular skin treatment for many years, however you may not be familar with Skin Medica’s newer Illuminize and Rejuvenize Peels.
SkinMedica Rejuvenize Peel™ launched in October 2009.

Skin Medica’s Vitalize Peel In The Press
vitalize peel, press
vitalize peel, in press

Level of Skin Medica Chemical Peels
Illumenize Peel, Very Superfical with little to no peeling
Vitalize Peel, Superficial with 2-3 days peeling
Rejuvenize Peel, Superficial with 2-5 days peeling

Rejuvenize Peel
Rejuvenize Peel™ is a blend of Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Resorcinol, Panthenol and Isoceteth-20 with the addition of .3% Retinoic Acid. Deeper than SkinMedica Vitalize Peel®, Rejuvenize Peel™ produces a moderate amount of peeling for 2-5 days, and can be repeated every 4-6 weeks.

Rejuvenize Peel is an advanced formulation of peeling agents, with a built-in anti-irritant and penetration enhancer that provides controlled exfoliation of the uppermost damaged layers of the skin to reveal fresher and healthier skin. Provides predictable results with minimal down time.

Effective for use on skin with sun damage, melasma, pigmentary changes and acne scarring
Noticeable improvement with just one peel
Recommended for Skin types I-VI
Well tolerated with minimal “down time”
Isoceteth-20, creates more uniform peeling while controlling penetration of salicylic acid, and reduceing skin irritation associated with the stronger chemical peels without diminishing peeling effect

CLINICAL STUDY:
A recent clinical study of female subjects, aged 23-62 years, with mild to moderate facial photoaging, melasma, hyperpigmentation, or mild acne receiving three consecutive peels (once every four weeks) discovered the following results:

80% felt it improved evenness of skin tone and appearance of age spots and pigmentation
85% felt it made skin look healthier and more youthful
90% felt it improved smoothness of skin
90% felt it improved overall condition of skin

Vitalize Peel
Blend of Salicyclic Acid, Resorcinol, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Isoceteth-20 and Retinoic acid.

Vitalize Peel helps fight the effects of time, sun damage, and environmental assaults. This powerful yet non-damaging peel can take years off aging skin.
Vitalize peel, before and after, acne
vitalize peel, before and after

Addresses various skin conditions, such as acne, pigmentation abnormalities, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, and photodamage
Effective (achieve visible improvement after one treatment, significant results after a series of treatments)

Can be customized for the treatment of each specific condition
May be performed on Skin types I- VI
Little or no or down time
Peeling solution combined with Retinoic acid creates more exfoliation than other chemical peels same depth
Well tolerated (minimum or no burning)

Illuminize Peel

This non-invasive very superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation.

Increase skin glow and radiance
Tightens the skin and restores a more youthful appearance
Improves clarity, color and skin texture
Patients achieve enhancement of skin appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort
Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel
May be performed on Skin types I- VI
Little or no visible peeling

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, logo

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers all of the Skin Medica Peels as well as Skin Medica products.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701
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Read MoreSeptember 23, 2010 7:37 pm - Posted by Kristy

superficial chemical peel

Very Superficial

Penetrates to Stratum Corneum, Peeling is complete in 0-3 days. Very superficial peels can usually be done as often as once a week. This type of “peel”, generally produces little to no peeling and is ideal for anyone that can’t afford any downtime.

Vivte glycolic peel

VIVITÉ® Glycolic Chemical Facial Peel is a buffered 70% glycolic compound. This is a very superficial peel, with little to no visible peeling. Its advanced formulation helps improve overall skin clarity and smoothness and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This peel is also ideal for
mild – moderate acne.

Dermaplane

MICRO PEEL/AHA
The mildest of peels that corrects minor problems such as rough or dry skin and sun damage. A gentle, three step exfoliation rehy- drates below the skin’s surface to stimulate collagen production. This treatment begins with (dermaplaneing) gently scraping the skin with a surgical blade to exfoliate skin and remove hair. After dermaplaning the skin, a light AHA peel is applied. This is a very superficial peel with little to no peeling. Ideal for most skin types, not recommended for skin with active acne.

PCA peel

Sensi Peel® Exfoliating Treatment
This gentle TCA solution is formulated primarily for ethnic skin, and other extremely sensitive skin types. Sensi Peel® will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration). This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-acne and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for helping calm rosacea, as redness and inflammation can subside substantially after treatment. This peel creates very mild peeling.

Key Ingredients
Lactic Acid
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
Azelaic
Kojic Acid
Arbutin

superficial peels

Illuminize Peel

This non-invasive very superficial chemical peel utilizes a novel approach to chemical peeling with a newer generation of alpha-hydroxy acids (mandelic acid and malic acid) in combination with phytic acid and commonly used peeling agents (salicylic acid and resorcinol) to maximize skin rejuvenating effects with low irritation.

Increase skin glow and radiance
Tightens the skin and restores a more youthful appearance
Improves clarity, color and skin texture
Patients achieve enhancement of skin appearance with minimal downtime and discomfort
Appropriate for first-time chemical peel patients or patients looking for a gentle, very superficial peel
May be performed on Skin types I- VI
Little or no visible peeling

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic, logo

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers a wide variety of peels at all depths.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701
www.shapiroplastic surgery.com

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Read MoreSeptember 22, 2010 2:22 pm - Posted by Kristy

chemical peel, skin

Don’t attempt to do a chemical peel yourself.
If done incorrectly Chemical Peels can cause hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and scars. You can find just about anything on the internet these days, however just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. I can go to Home Depot and buy a bag of cement, that doesn’t make me qualified to pave your driveway.

home chemical peel, 50% TCA

[ Read: Chemical Peels 101: A lesson in skin anatomy, chemical peel levels, and peeling agents ]

Do go to an experienced skin professional with a successful reputation.
Be sure that the Esthetician or Physician is experienced with the type of peel you are having, and with your specific skin type.

Do precondition your skin.
If you are having a medium or deep peel, you should precondition in advance. Preconditioning usually involves using Tretinoin (Retin-A) and hydroquinone. The Obagi Nu-Derm system is ideal for preconditioning skin for a treatment. Start taking antiviral medications a few days before medium – deep peels, skin trauma can cause herpe blisters on face and lips (cold sores).

Don’t have a chemical peel if..
Don’t have a chemical peel if you are pregnant or on Accutane. Don’t have medium or deep peels on skin with active acne. Superficial peels are generally recommended when treating skin with acne.

Don’t exfoliate.
Don’t have exfoliating treatments or use exfoliating products until the recommended time, based on the depth of your peel. With medium and deep peels, you should wait at least 6 weeks before exfoliating.

Do follow post treatment instructions.
Use a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil, and a mild moisturizer. A hydrocortisone cream and antiseptic compresses may also be recommended. Aquaphor ointment can be used around areas like the mouth to prevent cracking from medium and deep peels. With medium and deep peels you should use a hydroquinone 4% or higher, after peeling has been completed. You may also be instructed to use tretinoin (Retin-A). Post treatment care varies depending on level of peel.

Don’t assist peeling.
Don’t pick, pull or prematurely remove peeling skin. Removing skin prematurely can cause complications including hyper and hypo pigmentation. Removing skin prematurely will also put you at increased risk for infection.

Do wait for skin to peel off on it’s own.
Treat the skin almost as if you are trying to keep the peeling skin on.

Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or concerns.
If you are unclear about your post treatment instructions, or are concerned about your reactions contact your Esthetician.

Do avoid cracking and trauma.
Minimize making facial expressions, sleep on your back and avoid letting the shower hit you in the face.

Don’t expose your skin to heat or UV rays.
Avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercise until peeling is complete.

Do use a mineral powder with SPF.
Most cosmetics are contraindicated to cosmetic procedures, however mineral makeup can be used immediately after most cosmetic procedure. Mineral makeup such Jane Iredale has SPF protection and it is not irritating. Jane Iredale doesn’t contain talc, that can increase skin dryness.

Don’t forget to follow up with skin care professional
Your Esthetician can recommend products and follow up treatments to help enhance and maintain results. If you suspect any complications, contact your Esthetician immediately.

Do have realistic expectations.
If you are having a superficial or medium depth peel, do not expect the same results as a deep peel. Even a deep peel can not replace a facelift, if that’s what you need. It is the patients responsibility to follow post treatment instructions, non compliant patients can expect complications. Expect to peel!

Superficial Peel
superficial peel

Superficial-Medium Peel
peel

Medium Depth Peel
medium depth peel

Deep Peel
deep peel

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Paradise Valley Skin Klinic offers chemical peels of all levels.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701
www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com

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Read MoreSeptember 20, 2010 7:59 pm - Posted by Kristy

Chemical Peel, Sex in the City
Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha, has a chemical peel in a memorable episode of Sex in The City. Unfortunate timing left her with a dark and peeling face the day of Carries Launch Party. It looks as if she had a medium – deep peel. If she were better informed she could have timed her peel so that she looked as gorgeous as usual for her event or just opted for a more superficial peel. Now in her mid-fifty’s, Kim Cattrall looks amazing, I would not be surprised if she has chemical peels to maintain her skin.

Action and Benefits of Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling is used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, more even in color, peels can also be used to improve acne. Chemical peels can be performed at different depths, depending on the layer of correction desired. Deeper peels will cause the skin to peel for a longer period of time and provide more improvements in the skin. There are also a variety of acids and peeling agents that can be used alone or together, depending on skin conditions to be treated.

Chemical exfoliation and peels involve using destructive chemical agents to create a controlled wound.
All peels (whether they are chemical or laser) create a mild burn. They improve skin by the wound healing process, new tissue is created and damaged tissue is quickly replaced. Chemical peels stimulate the fibroblasts wound healing activity, the proliferation of fibroblast activity increases collagen and elastin. The depth of the wound determines the amount and intensity of healing. The body’s response to the burn is what yields the results, a deeper peel will result in more correction.

The terms exfoliation and chemical peel are often used interchangeably, however superficial peels are technically exfoliation not a true peel. True chemical peels are generally performed under medical supervision, and penetrate into the papillary dermis.

Chemical exfoliation and peels are a way to speed up the natural migration process of skin cells. When the bonds between cells are dissolved and epidermal cells begin to shed more rapidly. The shedding skin cells send signals for more cell division, which in turn forces keratinocytes to the top of the stratum corneum. This process helps treat acne, fade skin discoloration and leave the skin with a fresh new layer of skin on the surface.

*Dark skin types are more prone to complications such as hyperpigmentation and should go to a professional that is experienced in treating dark skin.

[ Read: Chemical Peel Do’s and Don’ts ]

Skin Layers

layers of the skin

Layers of skin, chemical peel

Epidermis (Epidermal layers)
Stratum corneum horny layer
Stratum lucidum horny layer – only present on palms of hands, soles of feet
Stratum granulosum horny layer
Stratum spinosum basal layer
Stratum mucosum basal layer
Stratum germinativum / basal layer
Dermis ( Dermal layers)
Papillary dermis
Immediate reticular dermis
upper reticular dermis
mid dermis
lower reticular dermis
Hypodermis/Subcutaneous Tissue
Adipose Tissue ( fatty tissue)

Epidermis
The epidermis is completely cellular, meaning it is in a constant cycle of producing new cells while older dead skin cells are pushed to the surface to exfoliate or slough off. The epidermis is made up of keratinocytes, lymphocytes, melanocytes, Langerhans cells and Merkel cells. Approximately 80% -90% of the cells in the epidermis are keratinocytes, with all others interspersed among them.

Dermis
The dermis is a layer of connective tissue, composed mainly of collagen fibers as well as about 5% elastin. The Dermis is subdivided into the superficial papillary dermis and the reticular dermis. The papillary dermis is a thin layer of connective tissue fibers, the reticular dermis is thicker and contains collagen and elastin fibers.

Collagen constitutes 75% of dry skin weight, giving the skin volume. Fibroblast cells lie among collagen fibers and are known to synthesize (produce) collagen. Fully mature collagen fibers have a low turnover rate. Elastin fibers maintain tension in the skin and provide elasticity ( snap back after being stretched). Metabolic turnover for elastin fibers are very slow and only make up about 2% – 4% of dermal volume. Damage or alterations to the elastin fibers network cause skin to become loose, saggy and wrinkled. Fibroblasts are responsible for producing collagen, elastic fibers, and the ground substance of the dermis. Fibroblasts also control the turnover of connective tissue, unfortunately with age they become smaller and less active.

Understanding the depth of a chemical peel

With chemical peels, the depth is determined by the agent used, concentration of agent, and time applied. {click to view photo’s of peeling}

Very Superficial
Penetrates to Stratum Corneum, Peeling is complete in 0-3 days. Very superficial peels can usually be done as often as once a week. This type of “peel”, generally produces little to no peeling and is ideal for anyone that can’t afford any downtime.

[ Chemical Peels: Superficial Peels Create Little To No Peeling ]

Superficial
Penetrates between the stratum granulsome and stratum germinativum basal layer of epidermis. Peeling is complete in 3-7 days, superficial peels can usually be repeated in 4 weeks. Ideal for most skin types including acne prone skin. This is the most common form of chemical peel performed by estheticians. There isn’t any true “down time” with superficial peels, only what is referred to as “social down time”. You can generally continue normal activities including work, however superficial peels should be done a week before any special events. You can expect to be slightly red or bronzed and have a few days of superficial peeling. On day 1 and 2 skin is slightly red or bronzed, skin starts to peel around day 3 and continues to peel for 2-3 days, may have minimal areas of superficial peeling on day 7. You may be red or pink first few days after peel.

Medium
Penetrates papillary dermis, performed under medical supervision. Peeling is completed in 7-8 days, medium depth peels can be repeated as soon as 6-8 weeks, however it isn’t usually necessary. Peeling skin will be darker and thicker with medium peels vs. superficial peels. Skin will start to darken on day 2 or 3, slight peeling around mouth on day 3, skin will continue to peel until day 7 or 8, starting around mucus membrane ( eyes, nose , mouth) and the forehead usually peels last. Toward end of peel you may just have slight peeling in the hairline. Often times you look okay the first 2 days and last 2 days, it is day 3- 6 that look bad. Exfoliating products and treatment need to be avoided for at least six weeks after a medium depth peel. You can start to see complications at this level, skin should be precondition before peel, especially for darker skin types. Should not be performed on skin with active acne. Follow post treatment instructions to avoid complications. Treats: skin discolorations, epidermal melasma, skin roughness, large pores, fine lines. If peel is medium – deep you may see improvement in stretchable scars and wrinkles. The “Standard Obgai Blue Peel” is a medium depth peel.

Deep
Penatrates to Intermediate Reticular Dermis (IRD). Peeling is completed in 8-10 days. Must be performed under medical supervision. Skin should be preconditioned in advance, and skin should not have any active acne. Following proper post treatment care is important, to prevent complications. This level of peel can be done with phenol, however TCA and lasers have largely replaced phenol peels. This treats: lines, wrinkles, deep melasma, and some scars, The” Designed Blue Peel” is a deep peel. With deep peels the skin will start to darken very quickly and may not start peeling until day 4 or 5, peeling skin will look very dark and thick almost like a thin scab. It is important that you do not assist the peel by picking or pulling skin off, loose peeling skin should be cut of with small sterile scissors to prevent inadvertently removing skin prematurely.

Very Deep
Penetrates upper to mid reticular dermis. Peeling takes up to 3 weeks.
Special training is required, done by a physician. Lasers have largely replaced very deep peels.

Acids and Chemical Peeling Agents

Chemical peels use several types of acid solutions to improve and smooth the texture of skin. Acids come in different strengths and can be used individually, combined or layered. A variety of acid compounds can be used. There are many branded peels, however an experienced esthetician can also create custom peels.

CO2 (cryogen therapy)
Cryotherapy, also called Co2 slush or acne slush, has been used in dermatology for over a quarter of a century. Co2 slush is created at the time of treatment, liquid Co2 is made into a “snow” ball and wrapped in gauze or cheese cloth and then dipped into acetone. The “slush” is the lightly swiped over the treated areas. Cryogenic “slush” can cause mild exfoliation and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities. Cryogen therapy is added to some superficial peels at the end of treatment
Also known as: Dry ice treatment, acetone slush and slush peel

Glycolic acid
AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), AHA’s are water soluable. Glycolic acid is formulated from sugar cane, and has the smallest AHA molecule, giving it great penetration ability and softening ability. Glycolic acid works by loosening up the horny layer and exfoliating the superficial top layer, also stimulates collagen growth. Needs to be neutralized to stop action, and can cause irritation.

Lactic Acid
AHA, derived from sour milk and bilberries, mild action, often used in conjunction with other acids.

Malic Acid
AHA, derived from apples, mildly invasive peel It can open up the pores, allow the pores to expel their sebum and reduce acne.

Tartaric Acid
AHA, derived from grapes, mildly invasive, similar benefits to other AHA’s

Salicylic acid
BHA (beta hydroxy acid), derived from wintergreen and birch bark. Differs from AHA’s, because it is oil soluble and penetrates the lipid plug in a congested follicle. Salicylic acid is also less irritating than glycolic acid and doesn’t alter skin barrier properties. Has antimicrobial properties.

Retinoic Acid
derived from retinoids; which is denatured vitamin A. It is chemically similar to Retin-A. It is a deeper peel than the Beta Acid peel and is used to remove scars as well as wrinkles and pigmentation problems. It is usually performed in conjunction with other acids to a cause peeling at a deeper level.

Resorcinol
A dihydroxy phenol produced from resins. Used externally resorcinol is an antiseptic and disinfectant, and is used in ointments in the treatment of chronic skin diseases such as psoriasis, and eczema. Resorcinol has been used as a peeling agent as far back as 1800 in strengths up to 30%, the problem with high concentrations of resorcinol is it’s corrosive ability and tenancy to depigment. Currently it is used at low concentrations in chemical peel compounds such as Jessner’s Peels.

TCA (Trichloroacetic acid)
TCA is a chemical cauterant, an agent that coagulates skin proteins. TCA can be used in different strengths and has the ability to penetrate past the papillary dermis and should be used with caution. TCA in concentrations less than 25% can be used in superficial peels. Medium depth peels are achieved with 30-40% TCA, and 50% TCA should only be used by a physician to achieve a deep peel and has greater chance for complication. TCA is used in the Obagi Blu Peels.

Phenol
Phenol is a very strong and toxic chemical, phenol peels require general anesthetic and heart monitoring. Lasers and TCA have largely replaced deep phenol peels, however low concentrations are often added to superficial and medium depth peels.

The Medical Estheticians at Shapiro Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic are experienced with chemical peels at all levels.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation.
480 421-1701
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burns from laser treatment

Cosmetic Laser Warning!

What you need to know before choosing to do a cosmetic procedure.
On one complaint website, there were 1,437 complaints regarding laser treatments and over 600 for one specific laser center. If you decide to go to a discount laser center because you are looking for a low cost, you are taking a gamble. Some clinics hire inexperienced, even unqualified technicians to do treatment and rarely have a Doctor on site. A clinic may have a “medical director” on staff whom acts as a medical director for several locations. A med spa with a medical director on staff does not mean it is the medical practice of that person and the medical director may never actually be in the clinic. I have even heard of cases where the “medical directer” was in another state. Med Spas often set sales quota’s for employees, so technicians are pressured to rush treatments. I call this type of practice ” turn em’ & burn em’ “. I don’t blame the technicians, it’s just a poor way to do business. These types of laser centers usually have a very high employee turn over rate and many unhappy customers.

Increasing popularity for Laser, IPL and RF treatments has lead to an increase of treatment complications. A poorly done laser treatment can lead to burns, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, ocular injury, scars and a simple lack of results. Most complications are preventable and all are manageable. The increase in complications is primarily due to lack of training, experience, and medical supervision. It is important to know that it is not just the technology, it is also the technique that determines the result of a treatment. Cosmetic and laser treatments can be complicated and are best done by an experienced technician. Laser and IPL treatments all come with some inherent risk, which you should understand and except before you consent to treatment. Burns and other side effects can result even when treatment is performed by the best and most experienced laser technicians.

With all the new products and technology available today it is easy to be confused, when choosing a treatment. Laser, IPL, LED, Infrared, Radiofrequency and fractional resurfacing are all energy based technologies and each have different indications. A knowledgeable esthetician / laser technician can educate you on energy based treatments in addition to other treatment options. In some cases a chemical peel, Botox, or a cosmetic filler may be a better option than laser. A consultation with an experienced esthetician can help you to make an educated decision on treatment.

It’s easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.

Patients play an active role in their treatment.
Tanning is a contraindication to most laser and IPL treatments, it is the patients responsibility to use proper protection from UV rays and inform technician of any possible sun exposure. Follow all pre and post treatment instructions, including keeping skin cool. Patients that are noncompliant may be responsible for treatment complications. Anyone with dark skin is at increased risk for complications, and should look for an experienced technician that specialize in treating dark skin.

When choosing to do a cosmetic procedure always look for someone who is experienced with proper training and a successful reputation. Do not base decisions regarding laser treatments, solely on price. A poorly done treatment will cost you more in the long run. Laser clinics should not operate the same as a tanning salon or health club. Laser treatments are serious and should be treated as such.

Are they telling you what you want to hear?
Regardless of the technology, laser hair removal usually requires a minimum of 12 treatments on the face and 8 treatments on non-facial areas. In most cases periodic treatments are needed to maintain results. Laser technicians that tell you that you will only need 5 treatments are not necessarily lying to you intentionally, this is often what they are told by the companies that manufacture lasers. Same applies to claims of safely treating tan skin or effectively treating light hair, although it may be possible don’t count on it.

Questions to ask:
Are you a licensed esthetician and certified laser technician in this state?
Is there a Doctor on location?
How long have you been doing laser treatments?
How long have you been in this clinic?
Have you treated my skin type before?

If you have been burned
Most complications are manageable, and can often be completely resolved. Treatment protocol will depend on severity of burn. In some cases the “burns” are not as severe as they look. If it is just superficial redness with speckles of dark, you may even get a nice result. Unfortunately some burns may need medical attention and can lead to scarring. If you have been burned, return to the laser clinic immediately for follow up care. Proper treatment of the skin post treatment can make all the difference.

Don’t Panic
Marks from IPL, laser burns
The marks in the above photo appear to be from an IPL treatment, however I would not say this is anything to be alarmed about. The marks may look bad, however with appropriate home care she may even have a nice result.

Laser and IPL Burns
These are photo’s found on the internet that show various examples of burns from laser and IPL.

Burns from IPL, Laser

laser IPL burns

Laser hair removal burns

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Read MoreSeptember 15, 2010 4:01 pm - Posted by Kristy