We have a some wonderful options for our customers when it comes to gifts. Gift buying can be frustrating, especially because many of us have plenty of "stuff", or don't really know what stuff to buy!
In these cases, we'd recommend a Gift Certificate.
In our experience, people LOVE to receive facials as gifts.
Maybe it's because giving to oneself can be more challenging...or maybe it just feels that much better when the pampering comes from a loved one. An experiential gift creates a wonderful memory.
Either way, we have beautiful, elegant Gift Certificates that you can purchase at any denomination, or as a specified treatment.
(Gift Certificates are good for 6 months from the date of purchase)
The Aveda Institute was my first choice for esthetician school. I'd discovered Aveda products in my twenties and was inspired by the ideals of Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher.
When I attended school, Aveda had been purchased by Estee Lauder. I'd read online that the formulations had changed and in an effort to remove fillers from the products, the botanicals became more harsh on the skin. As it turned out, the products did not agree with me at all. In fact, in my class, 8o% of us had some kind of negative reaction to the products.
After a month of theory, we progressed to hands-on treatments and I had my first adverse reaction. My skin was irritated with a raised rash:
Another concern was the way our laundry was done. The machines were stuffed to full capacity and we were instructed only to use the express cycle. This resulted in poor water circulation, with both detergent and bleach being added to the short cycle. All of these factors were part of the problem. More than one of us commented on the strong bleach smell as the hot towels were lowered to our faces.
Three weeks later, I had a more severe reaction to the products:
After my first rash, none of the administrators in the school would look at me, lest they acknowledge something was tremendously amiss. After a week of being ignored, I went to the Director, who simply said, "You have sensitive, reactive skin." No doubt, fear of litigation played a large part in how I was being handled. My classmates and teacher complained about how the laundry was being done. When it was our turn to wash the towels, I would lessen the loads in size and the quantity of detergent used.
At this point, I was bringing my own products to class everyday. I also purchased my own towels that I took home and laundered myself. With these modifications, my skin began to improve. Three months later, my skin was back to normal and I decided to try one more of the Aveda skin care lines to see if my skin could handle it. Once again, I had a negative reaction. As soon as the cleanser was applied to my skin, I felt it burning and asked my classmate to take it off. After just 30 seconds on my skin, the damage was done:
When I started school, I didn't have sensitive skin. My skin became sensitive from the debilitating effects of using harsh products combined with poorly cleaned linens. Sensitive skin isn't something that we are powerless to change. Our skin is alive and able to be strengthened and made more resilient.
Many of us are using products that have ingredients that cause irritation and inflammation. I was using DNA Health Institute 100% organic products prior to school and brought them to class with me to help rebalance my skin. It's essential to be discerning about what we put on our skin. It took time to rebuild my acid mantle and skin barrier function. Another powerful component has been Collagen Induction Therapy (Dermal Needling) to thicken both my epidermal and dermal skin layers.
Product selection is crucial to healthy skin. Santa Fe Skin uses DNA Health Institute, Rhonda Allison & Naturopathica products. If you've suffered from sensitive skin, it is not a life sentence. With proper care and a synergistic approach to building and rejuvenating the skin, you can achieve the complexion you've been seeking.
A new client came in recently for help with her acne. Regardless of age, acne can be quite troublesome to deal with. There are conflicting views on how to treat problematic skin in allopathic & holistic circles. Many who seek solutions are bounced between disparate advice and treatments.
I've had great success helping my clients achieve clearer skin. Rhonda Allison & Naturopathica products have produced the most compelling changes toward clarity that I have seen. This particular client even surpassed my expectations after just one 90 minute corrective facial treatment.
My approach to clearing acne incorporates several key aspects–
- A Customized Treatment Plan based on your specific condition.
- Proper home care using the most effective products for your skin
- Exploration & education of external factors that may be contributing to break-outs.
- Supplements that assist the skin in healing & which foods to lessen or avoid dietarily.
- Commitment of the client to applying recommendations.
Call to schedule a free consultation.
Santa Fe Skin carries both Naturopathica & Rhonda Allison products.
Photo note: The before pictures (on left) were taken on January 30, 2015 in the treatment room. The after pictures (on right) were taken outdoors on March 07, 2015. This accounts for the difference in temperature between the two. Photos are presented unaltered in any way.
All photos © Suzanne Kessler, used with client's permission.
Before photo on left- Client came in with underlying inflammation/infection. After properly prepping the skin, extractions were done with very little pressure needed.
Before photo on left- Inflammation at the dermal level spreads infection, creating more pustules and cystic acne. Notice the improvements as the blemishes heal.
What a difference in just 7 days!
To schedule an appointment or purchase product, call Suzanne Kessler at (505) 699-0789.
Let's live in a world that is cruelty-free to animals. We will get there one person at a time.
We can all elevate our consciousness and demonstrate kindness & compassion by doing an inventory of the products in our home. There is simply no need for companies to involve or harm animals in the making of their products, as evidenced by the thousands of brands who don't.
PETA provides a free shopping guide that is invaluable when making decisions about which companies to support with your purchases. You can sign up for the newsletter by clicking the button below:
If you don't want to sign up for the guide, you can search the PETA database online. Another powerful action you can take is to let companies know you will no longer use their brand until they revise their practices.
These are our two beloveds, Toby & Oliver.
"I DON'T WEAR SUNSCREEN"
I hear this all the time. Protestations about the hassle of wearing sunscreen are common when discussing skincare with my clients. Yet, sunscreen has improved measurably in the last few years. Organic, mineral based sunscreens don't smell noxious and they provide great moisturizing benefits while they protect your skin.
This video shows the sun damage we can't see, the sun damage making its way to the surface as time marches on–
Hopefully, that got your attention. Consider the fact that 90% of skin damage comes from the sun. If you live in Santa Fe and you aren't wearing sunscreen, perhaps it's time to update your perspective.
Santa Fe Skin carries two lines of sunscreen in two strengths. Please call 505-699-0789 to place your order.
LAVENDER PROTECTIVE CREAM SPF 30
A hydrating cream with micronized Zinc Oxide to help guard the skin from UVA/UVB damage. Lavender calms irritation and soothes the senses while Macadamia Seed Oil conditions the skin. Enhanced daily broad spectrum protection from sun damage, for healthier, younger-looking skin.
LAVENDER PROTECTIVE MOISTURIZER SPF 17
A nourishing moisturizer with micronized Zinc Oxide to help guard the skin from UVA/UVB damage. Turmeric Root helps prevent sun spots while fragrant Lavender calms irritation and soothes the senses.
RHONDA ALLISON'S DAYTIME DEFENSE SPF30
A broad-spectrum sunscreen for all skin types. Using Zinc Oxide to provide a natural sun barrier, this pure and clean formulation protects the skin while providing antimicrobial, antioxidant, and soothing, healing support.
RHONDA ALLISON'S eZINC PROTECTION CREAM
The Zinc Oxide complex in this formula creates a highly protective topical, giving skin much needed protection from the elements without leaving the skin white or pasty. A light, anti-aging moisturizing cream that may be used day and night, eZinc provides strong antioxidant benefits and soothing, healing support. Provides a natural SPF18 - is not waterproof.