Skin Type verses Skin Conditions



As an Esthetician I get asked all the time “what type of facial or product is best for me.

Generally the first question I ask is what about your skin would you like to change?  Followed by what their current home care regime is.  Often times many clients are not even sure what products to buy.  This can be very confusing when you standing in the aisle with 100’s of products on the shelves.

First you need to know what your skin type is and secondly what skin condition you wish to treat.  Don’t know they difference?

Hopefully this will help break it down.

Skin Types are defined as the skin you are naturally born with and generally fall into these categories. Your basic skincare needs are affected by the type of skin you have and  will determine your daily facial routine.

Normal: Normal skin is characterize as having a smooth texture with small unnoticeable pores,  There are no visible blemishes, greasy patches or flaky areas.

Dry:  Dry Skin is often the most confusing as many people think their skin is dry when its actually dehydrated.  Dry skin is skincare means the absence of oils in the skin.  It is characterized as dull, tight and with flaky patches. The appearance of the pores will be small and your skin may also have lack of elasticity.

Oily: Oily Skin  is caused by overactive sebaceous glands and increased amount of lipids on the skin surface, Your skin will generally appear overly shiny and greasy.  The pores will also be larger and may also be congested and prone to blackheads.

Combination: Combination skin is the most popular skin type.  With a combination skin type your an share one or more of the other skin types listed. Most people with combination skin will have an oilier t-zone area (forehead nose and  chin) and drier areas on the cheeks and under the eyes.

Sensitive:  Sensitive skin is not really a skin type but rather as skin condition. Most people who claim to be sensitive may frequently experience redness, itching, burning, bumps/hives and/or dryness when the application of a topical skin care products. HOWEVER, those who experience sensitivity should ALWAYS choose products suited to sensitive skin before ANY other skin type or skin condition.

Skin Conditions are very different.  Skin conditions are not genetic and can change at any time. Skin conditions  are caused mainly by external factors and can be found on all the different Skin Types.

The most common  skin conditions are

Acne: consists of persistent break outs usually inflamed and/or red

Aging: loss of elasticity and muscle tone as well as wrinkles

Dehydration : 9 of of 10 people are dehydrated due lack of water in the skin (not lack of oils)  You can be oily and dehydrated at the same time.

Hyperpigmentation:  is characterized as having an uneven distribution of melanin or skin tone.  You can experience this in small patches or widely spread all over the body.

This can be caused by many factor

  • Sun exposure can cause Lentigines also known as Age Spots or Liver Spots.  Your best defense is wearing SPF daily!
  • Hormonal changes ( Melasma is common during pregnancy, with thyroid conditions, and in those whom use birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy.
  • Heredity
  • Acne (hyperpigmentation is caused by acne or some other trauma that causes  inflammation in the skin, it is known as PIH, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.


These and other conditions can be managed with regular visits to your Esthetican and with a commitment to a proper home care regime.  Still unsure of which way to go?  Book yourself an Allure Signature Facial with me and let go over your skin type your skin condition and get you started with proper treatments and protocols.

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FRUIT ENZYME? Which one is good for MY skin?



allregularenzymes_2_notitleFruit enzyme peels are one of the best treatments you can do for your skin. The upper most outer layers of your skin are made up of dead skin cells containing keratin protein. Fruit enzymes work by specifically breaking down the keratin protein,  accelerating the natural skin cell exfoliation process.


Fruit Enzymes can not only exfoliate dead skin cells but with the right enzyme can:

  • Stimulate new cell growth
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Alleviate dryness
  • Reduce redness
  • Retexture flaky, scaly skin
  • Clear the pores
  • Prevent the formation of black heads and acne
  • Minimise pore size.

Here at Allure Skincare Studio we proudly use Skin Script Rx  Fruit Enzyme


Cherry Enzyme

Contains 5% lactic acid, 5% mandelic acid, and 1% arbutin and 1% kojic. Perfect for normal and combination skin. It promotes deep hydration that protects from environmental damage while relieving the surface signs of aging. Arbutin and kojic provide extreme lightening capabilities.

Raspberry Peach Enzyme
For all skin types.  Raspberry contains high levels of polyphenol antioxidant ellagic acid which soothes skin irritations and reduces inflammation, while peach softens and is aromatically relaxing. Hibiscus flower (flower power) and pumpkin add the exfoliating properties to this enzyme.
Passionfruit Enzyme
For skin in need of firming (not for rosacea or sensitive skin).  This Kollaren peptide enzyme is meant to firm the skin. Elastin fibers are responsible for the resiliency and elasticity of the skin; collagen I and III give the dermal tissues its strength, resistance and firmness. Kollaren, with its tissue repair properties helps restore collagen and elastin. Passionfruit is an enzyme, as well as a great antioxidant to give the skin a healthy glow.

Blueberry Enzyme
For normal/combination skin (not rosacea or sensitive skin).  Blueberries contain potent antioxidants for anti-aging. With 1% glycolic and 1% salicylic, this enzyme provides a nice brightening exfoliation that will leave minimized pores and leave the skin feeling very soft.

15% Pumpkin-Orange Enzyme





15% Pumpkin-Orange Enzyme

For resilient skin (not for rosacea or sensitive skin).  Packed with Vitamins A and C, this enzyme will exfoliate and reduce oil while your client enjoys the wonderful smell of pumpkin and orange. A 15% pumpkin concentration, it dissolves dead skin while orange provides a beautiful glow to the skin.

Pomegranate Enzyme
For normal to oily skin with irregular pigmentation.  Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant which also brightens the skin. Contains 11% lactic, 4% alpha-arbutin, and 2% salicylic. Perfect for normal, aging, oily, or acneic skin. It promotes deep hydration, reduces oiliness and lightens the skin from irregular pigmentation.



Lemon Zest Enzyme

For normal to dry skin with irregular pigmentation. Exfoliate and brighten the skin with the antioxidant and brightening benefits of Lemon. 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.

Coconut/Papaya Enzyme
For all skin types.  Coconut and papaya enzymes dissolve dead skin cells revealing healthy soft skin. The small molecular structure of coconut allows for easy absorption through the skin giving it a soft, smooth texture. Ideal for dry, rough and wrinkled skin. Contains only fruit enzymes for a gentle exfoliation for the most sensitive skin.


Orange Zest Enzyme (Seasonal)

The Orange Zest Enzyme is an antioxidant, which brightens the skin with small percentages of lactic and glycolic acids to digest dead skin cells and soften sebum.

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Apple Orchard Enzyme (Seasonal)

The Apple Orchard Enzyme is a mild exfoliant used in a nourishing anti-aging facial. Apples are high in Vitamin C and contain potent antioxidants, as well as naturally-occurring malic acid to assist in exfoliation.


Ginger Enzyme (Seasonal)Benefiting anti-aging, the Ginger Enzyme is formulated with 2% salicylic and 2% mandelic acids to refine pores and brighten and exfoliate the skin.Additionally, the enzyme is formulated with:

  • Ginger
  • Marbleberry
  • Cinnamon and clove

These anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients stimulate microcir­culation and create a warming sensation.


Please check out are monthly specials on the upper right corner of our website

One or more of the fabulous enzymes maybe featured!!

Looking for Skin Perfection?



This revolutionary modernized Jessner’s formula contains powerful anti-oxidants, correcting peptides and plant-derived stem cells to create “perfection” when treating the following skin conditions:

* Advanced cases of aging (Firms)

* Pigmentation (Lightens)

* Acne (Corrects)

The Image Perfection Lift Peel is our most powerful peel.

This triple effect resurfacing treatment delivers the ultimate in the perfection of your skin with a progressive treatment incorporating highly concentrated skin enhancers. And the exclusive blend of salicylic, lactic, resorcinol and retinol in a blend of peptides and plant derived stem cells creates “perfection” in addressing moderate to severe photo damage, deeper lines and wrinkles, as well as pigmentation disordered and acne. One single treatment in an easy 1-2-3 step self-neutralizing process will reveal ageless, glowing skin.

The Perfection Lift Peel results in a substantial amount of peeling and flaking. Days 1 & 2, your skin is tight & shiny. Day 2, your skin begins to turn a reddish brown color, due to pigment lifting. Days 3, 4, & 5, peeling in varying degrees will occur. Day 6, your skin will begin healing.

 Check out our website for special offers on the PERFECTION LIFT now through February 28th, 2017fb_img_1486417073358

What is Holistic Microderm Abrasion?


I  know, I know!!  There are so many modalities and tools used in the skincare industry and it can be confusing when your choosing which service you may be wanting.  Today I wanted to focus on HOLISTIC MICRODERM ABRASION since it is a featured modality our February Special offers.

DermaDisc™  is a holistic alternative to traditional microderm with suction.   DermaDisc™ uses a crushed diamond tip wand with gentle vibration to polish and exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells.  DermaDisc™ leaves your skin smooth, refresh, rejuvenated. DermaDisc™ is very effective for treating sun damaged skin, scars, acne scarring, pigmentation,  and fine lines.

This awesome modality is featured in our Cherry Blossom, Apple Blossom and Orange Blossom Facial Special.  Click the links to purchase any of these special offers this month.

Remember once they are purchased they can be used at your convenience and will not expire.


Tri Polar RF Skin Firming Treatment



FDA Approved For Non-Surgical Face-Lifts!

Time and gravity, along with sun exposure and other environmental and lifestyle factors contribute to one of the most obvious signs of aging: lax, sagging skin. This results in lined skin, deeper wrinkles, and undefined facial contours. Tri-Polar Radio Frequency uses heat to stimulate fibroblasts (the cells that produce collagen) and reorganize collagen and elastin resulting in firmer, denser skin and re-sculpted contours. The treatment is completely non-invasive and comfortable.

This treatment painlessly delivers focused and optimal radio-frequency (RF) energy to the skin surface and to subcutaneous fat layers. Controlled energy is delivered via electrodes and limited to the treatment area. This focused delivery results in immediate visible results.
RF or Radio frequency electromagnetic energy is safe, non-invasive and a pain-free way to tighten skin that may have lost some of it’s elasticity around the forehead, eyes, cheeks,  jaw line, mouth and under the chin and neck.

It is also an effective way to tighten skin on the body such as post birth tummy, or where someone has lost a few pounds in weight.For improved results it is recommended to undergo a series of treatments.

Radio Frequency or RF is an excellent alternative to surgery in some cases.
RF skin tightening treatment offers an easy, comfortable, and non surgical way to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, enlarged pore size and generally improve the tone and texture of the skin. Radio frequency is great for those who are looking for subtle improvements but not yet ready for a surgical face-lift or want to avoid surgery completely.

The Benefits of Radio Frequency are:

  • Lifted brow, cheeks, and jaw line
  • Improved skin quality
  • Reduction in double chin and full cheeks
  • Tighter, more defined facial contours
  • Diminished fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooth, lifted neck


Frequently Asked Questions

What is RF or radio frequency?
Radio frequency or RF skin tightening treatment is an innovative therapy that uses radio frequency electromagnetic waves (energy waves in the range of about 3 kHz to 300 GHz) to stimulate collagen development deep within the dermal layers of the skin. Radio frequency re-structures and contracts existing collagen and stimulates fresh collagen production to give noticeable yet natural results. Clients benefit from a healthier, smoother and more youthful looking skin.

The use of electrical currents and other energy wave forms for medical purposes has been documented for over 100 years. Technology has come a long way in that time, especially in recent years though the basic principles are the same. Non ablative radio frequency energy is the newest addition to the treatment options available for skin tightening, cellulite and fat reduction. It is now possible to deliver RF energy to the deep dermal and sub-dermal layers of the skin, whilst protecting the epidermis (outer layer of the skin). Heating the dermal and sub dermal layers of the skin causes microscopic changes to the tissues and collagen contraction, with subsequent collagen remodeling over the months that follow.

The unique combination of processes involved in RF skin tightening provides both an immediate uplifting effect, followed by further longer term skin tightening, restructuring and rejuvenating benefits.

Radio frequency also gives deep, controlled heating of the fatty layers under the skin, which means that superficial fatty deposits can be broken down and drained through the lymphatic system, reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Types of Radio Frequency treatments

Monopolar RF (also called Unipolar): This refers to the treatment device having one electrode or pole. It works on the uppermost layers of the skin.
Bipolar: Refers to a treatment device that has two electrodes or poles. This penetrates to deeper levels of the skin.
Tri-Polar: Combination of mono and bipolar. Works on both upper layers and deeper layers of the skin

Tri-polar combines the effects of both mono and bi-polar radio frequency in a single treatment, which produces better pain free results. By delivering RF energy deep into dermal tissues, the heating action causes deep collagen structures within the skin to immediately tighten. Over time, new collagen is produced by the body to further tighten the skin.

Is radio frequency RF skin tightening safe?
Radio frequency has a proven track record and has been shown to be safe. It has been used in neurosurgery, dermatology, cardiology, and ENT for more than 70 years! The treatment is relaxing and pain-free.

How many treatments will I need?
It may be recommended to have a session of radio frequency skin tightening twice weekly with an average of 6 – 12 sessions in a treatment program, or a session once every 7-10 days, with an average of 8 sessions in a program. But this will all depend on the individual’s needs.

Can anyone have radio frequency RF skin tightening treatments?
Usually yes, though there are some contraindications. Clients with electrical devices such as: pacemakers, heart valves are ineligible for RF therapy. Those with metal implants or artificial metal joints in the treatment area are also ineligible. The RF energy may interfere with some of these devices and/or heat up the metal implants. There are other health conditions, pregnancy, nursing that are contraindicated