Will my skin break out after my facial?

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The honest answer is MAYBE!

You may want to blame the annoying post-facial breakout on choosing the wrong type of facial or home care products.  But the truth is there could be a scientific reason for the breakout.

If your new to receiving facials or haven’t had one in quiet some time then there is a chance that you have months or even years of dead skin cells sebum and debris trapped inside your pores.  While facials are great for cleaning out the pores and balancing the barrier of your skin, you have to remember that its also detoxing the skin.

Imagine your facial as a workout for your skin.   When you first start working out, your muscles are sore and your more fatiqued.  But as you continue working out, you build strength and endurance, right? Glowing, healthy skin needs the same dedication and hard work on a consistent  basis to acheive results.

Having the proper home regime and maintance facials is a must!

If your unsure where to start, I am here to help.  Book a facial and lets figure it out together.  http://www.allure-skincare-studio.com

Can you shrink your pore size?



This is probably the something I get ask serveral times a day.  The answer is NO.  Sadly, your pore size is genetically determined.  It’s simply impossible to make your pores physically smaller.  However, there are things you can do to minimize the appearance of your pores. Having and using a proper home care regime and receiving regular maintenance facials which might include fruit enzymes, microderm abrasion , dermafile diamond exfolation, or possibly a salicylic or  glycolic peel are where to begin.

You may notice your pores are more noticeable on certain area of the face,  Generally in your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin; the sebaceous glands are bigger in this area).  Those little dots on the surface of your skin are the openings of hair follicles. Each follicle  contains a sebaceous gland, which produces oil.

When the oil and dead skin cell get trapped in the pore the filament stretch the pore. The loss of collagen as we age can also make the pore appear larger due to the lack of elasticity.

If you want to make the pores appear smaller, you must keep them free of debris. Avoid make up and moisturizers with  petrolatum and mineral oil, both of the ingredients can irritate pores and make them look bigger.  Be sure you washing your face before bed to remove dirt, make up, pollutants and sweat.  A good rule of thumb is to also wash your face before and after working out. You don’t want the sweat carrying your make up and dirt into your pores.

You also want to exfoliate your skin regularly.  This will aid in removing pore clogging dead skin cells.  You want to choose an exfoliant that contains a sloughing agent such as retinol, alpha hydroxy acids or fruit enzymes.  These products may also contain a mechinal exfoliant as well such as micro beads.  If your skin is also prone to breakout, you might want to consider a cleanser or serum containing  salicylic acid instead.  Be sure to always use a SPF of 30 or greater as exfoliating your skin can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and it’s harmful rays!

If your not sure or need assistance determining your specific home care regime or if you feel your skin need some added help, book a facial with me and let’s work together in make you look or feel radient.


The “Old Fashioned Facial”



4C38D587-378A-417C-82F4-03AAACF577AD.jpegEnjoy Responsibly. Enjoy Monthly. The health benefits of this French Oak Smoked Bourbon facial boosts your antioxidant levels to new heights! The cumulative effect of its antioxidant power could help reduce the risk of aging (ok, the effects of aging). French Oak treats both surface skin as well as hair follicles.

X-pressin™ is an advanced technology papain enzyme which gently digests the surface dead, scaly cells that make our skin feel rough.

This superior enzyme provides a gentle alternative to abrasive and irritating exfoliation (especially after Epidermal Leveling or for men just after shaving). This brick-and-mortar facial targets the mortar (corneodesmodomes) and digests the proteins and lipids to release the bricks (corneocytes/cells) to reveal fresh healthy skin.

The Black Pepper Detox Mask has a warm, spicy aroma and increases blood circulation (detoxification) to the skin. The enzyme and mask have a Summer Complex of (1) SymCalmin® , to reduce heat rash, (2) Vitamin C to address dark spots and (3) Dermasyr10™ to manage breakouts.

This  facial is only available for a limited time.  Visit our website for our special offer http://www.allure-skincare-studio.com

Dermafile Diamond Treatment


What is Dermafile?

A Dermafile is a skin polishing and resurfacing tool made of stainless steel and finely crushed cosmetic diamonds. This tool gives similar result as Microderm Abrasion, the only difference is that this tool doesn’t require suction.  Dermafile is suited  for mature, rosacea, telangiectasia (broken capillaries), and sensitive skin conditions.
 With Dermafile we lightly polishes the skin by hand, resulting in the removable the top layer of dead skin cells. Your skin will feel velvety smooth, refreshed and  rejuvenated.
The Dermafile can enhance the treatments for aging and sun damaged skin, acne scarring, pigmentation, fine lines and help unclogged pores when coupled with with our Skin Script enzymes.dermafile diamond

Gua Sha Jade Stone Facial

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Dr. Ping Zhang is quoted as saying “”Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese treatment that has been touted for its incredible beauty and healing effects, namely in preventing and treating the signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging, dark circles, and for promoting overall skin rejuvenation from the inside out.”

The Gua Sha Facial technique is performed by using a small jade board and a gentle hand.  The skin is massaged, manipulated and stimulated along  specific energy points using a “scraping” motion which helps break up blood stagnation, release toxins, and promote lymphatic drainage.

The appearance of wrinkles, sagging, dark eye circles, puffy eyes, age spots and discolorations are reduced.  We all want a healthy younger looking  radiant complexion, so go online and schedule yourself a Gua Sha Jade Stone Facial here at http://www.allure-skincare-studio.com

P.S.  If you googling images of GUA SHA massage you might be shocked at the red  bruised like streaks on the body.  DO NOT let this alarm you.  Facial Gua Sha is done with a very light handed stroke. It may only cause slight flushing on the skin that usually subsides within 20-30 minutes.




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26055802_10155899650988329_1631117064451828490_nThebroma Cacao (Cocoa) Fruit Powder contains alkaloid theobromine for stimulatory and vasodilating action. Because of this, your client may experience a flush to the skin while the mask is on. This vasodilatory response is a healthy response as it helps flush toxins away from the skin. There are many skin care benefits from cocoa fruit powder. It helps to promote healthy skin tissues, firm and renew new skin cells, and promotes healthy cell development. It also works as an antioxidant and helps to repair any damaged skin, improves blood flow to the skin, helps to improve skin hydration and complexion, and it even absorbs UV light into the skin.

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Skin Script RX Dark Chocolate Mint Mask is the featured mask in this months Special Offers at http://www.allure-skincare-studio.com



Introducing the RevitaPen!  Your Safe Alternative to Microneedling

The Revitapen is a professional grade aesthetic implement using nano-technology. This non-invasive cosmetic tool is designed to reduce the signs of aging by painlessly creating hundreds of thousands of microscopic permeates on the surface of the skin. Thus, creating a pathways in the skin to allow the active ingredients to be driven deep for optimal skin restoration.

Benefits of RevitaPen Treatment

1. Gentle exfoliation
2. Increase Hydration.
3. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
4. Improve texture of skin, diminish scar tissue.
5. Reduce blemishes, inflammation and pigmentation.

Days 1-4 The skin will be tighter, plumper, and more radiant. You may feel some dryness and experience gentle exfoliation.

​Days 5-7 More specific results of the facial will be seen. More evenly toned, firmer skin as well as positive results of your skin concern.
A single session will give you a beautiful result, however if we are dealing with acne scars, chronic acne, sun damage, hyper-pigmentation and deeper lines and wrinkles a series of treatments will be required.

A series of 4 to 6 RevitaPen treatments over a period of two to three months is recommended to achieve the maximum results and benefits.

The Difference RevitaPen Verses Micro-Needling


  • Uses Revolutionary nano technology
  • No numbing cream required
  • Little to no pain
  • Silicon Pyramid Arrays
  • No bleeding or cross contamination
  • No downtime


  • Numbing Cream Needed
  • Often painful for customers
  • Thick steel needles
  • Often cause pin point bleeding and more
  • Long recovery time

There is no down time or recovery time with the RevitaPen Treatment.

Redness may be apparent for a short time due to increased circulation, products used during treatments but would subside within few hours.

This is a non-invasive procedure uses a unique surgical sphere-shaped tips that creates micro-channels in the skin allowing Osmosis active ingredients to be driven deep for optimal skin restoration.


Who is not a candidate for RevitaPen Facials?

Nursing or pregnant women
People with un-diagnosed lesions or skin infections
Recent herpes outbreaks
Severe rosacea
Scars less than 6 months old
Severe solar keratosis
Psoriasis, and people who are diabetic or have other auto-immune system disorders.


Why your skin needs you to SLEEP.


“Beauty Sleep” isn’t just used as a marketing term!!

Having a regular sleeping pattern is the best way to make a noticeable difference to your skin.  When you fall into a REM Sleep (3rd and 4th stages of sleep) your skin goes into repair mode and produces cells and hormones that help boost collagen production.

Sleep increases the sleep hormone melatonin.  Getting a restorative nights sleep can help accelerate the growth of fibroblasts cells, which in turn produce new collagen and elastin. Melatonin also protects skin by acting as a powerful antioxidant to fight off free radical such as damaging UV rays and pollutants.

Also while your sleeping, the production of the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Cortisol can cause many skin issues, from thinning skin, discoloration, dryness, acne as well as redness. We all know that when we are stressed out to the max  it really affects appearance of our skin.

Need a Facial Nap?  Book your facial now at http://www.allure-skincare-studio.com

Ingredient Spotlight: Mandelic Acid


Mandelic Acid is a large molecular weight alpha hydroxy acid(AHA) with antibacterial properties and is derived from bitter almonds.

Mandelic acid  works by accelerating cellular turnover, the ridding of dead skin cells, and increasing collagen production  Removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin will aid in strengthening of the collagen within our skin and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin texture.

Who doesn’t want healthier, firmer and more glowing skin?

 Skin Script RX Blackberry Enzyme Contains 5% mandelic acid as well as hibiscus flower (a gentle alternative to AHAs), fig and pineapple enzymes.

Perfect for normal and combination skin.

Check out our special offer on the Blackberry Vanilla Bean Facial coming soon the May at





Ingredient Spot Light LEMON ZEST



Exfoliate and brighten the skin with the antioxidant and brightening benefits of Lemon. Lemons are easily available and this citric fruit is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Phosphorus and Carbohydrates. Lemon juice is naturally rich with fruit acids and natural sugars. Lemon juice contains several beneficial nutrients, which helps to improve the health of the skin. The natural acids of lemon gently remove dead skin cells and lighten age spots and clears facial discolorations.

Our Lemon Zest enzyme contains 8% arbutin, 6% lactic acid, 3% glycolic acid, and 2% kojic. Perfect for normal and dry skin. It promotes deep hydration that protects from environmental damage while relieving the surface signs of aging. Arbutin and kojic provide extreme lightening capabilities.

This amazing enzyme is featured in our

Strawberry Lemonade Facial

The citrusy, tart lemon enzyme is the lemonade aspect of your facial. Lemon is a great brightener for the skin. The Strawberry Spearmint Mask will create the strawberry aspect of your facial; it contains kaolin clay to help absorb excess oil for pore refinement. It will be a great anti-aging, brightening facial. Lemon and mint are detoxifying. Antioxidants feed our cell membranes so they are permeable and allow nutrition to flow in and cellular waste to flow out.


Lemon Creme Facial

Put your “fresh” face forward with this citrusy sweet facial! Indulge your complexion with the brightening effects of lemon and the nourishing properties of goji berries and yogurt. Natural lighteners and a boost of antioxidants give this facial the lightening and brightening capabilities to leave your skin refreshed and radiant.