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Monday, September 26, 2016

SPF - Everything You Need to Know About Sun Care

“How do I choose the right sunscreen? What is an SPF? Which sunscreen safe for my children? Should I use a waterproof sunscreen?” It’s not surprising that many people, including estheticians have questions about sun care products. There is a vast array of sunscreens on the market, and plenty of conflicting information regarding their effectivity, toxicity, and proper mode of application. Since not all sunscreens were created equal, this article will break down the topic of sunscreens easily and completely!

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimates that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. It is estimated that more than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. It is estimated that 144,860 new cases of melanoma, 68,480 noninvasive and 76,380 invasive, will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2016. Exposure to natural and artificial UV light is a risk factor for all types of skin cancer. Avoiding this risk factor alone could prevent more than 3 million cases of skin cancer every year.

Not everyone realizes it, but sunscreen is necessary whenever you’re outdoors. Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater year-round for all skin types. Even on a cloudy day 80% of the sun's ultraviolet rays pass through the clouds. Those who ski or spend time in the mountains during the winter should also be cautious - ultraviolet radiation increases 4% for every 1,000-foot increase in altitude. A great way to limit the risk of sunburn is to get outdoors in the early morning or the late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. Another way to add additional protection is to wear opaque clothing - shirts, hats, shorts and pants, reduce the risk of burning by 27% by shielding your skin from the sun’s UV rays.

First, let’s take a look at the meaning of SPF

Early synthetic sunscreens were first used in 1928, and the first major commercial product was brought to market in 1936 by the founder of L'Oreal, French chemist Eugène Schueller. During the same period, Hamilton Sunscreen came to the Australian market in 1932, developed by chemist H. A. Milton Blake.

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) displayed on the sunscreen label ranges from 2 to as high as 50, and refers to the product's ability to screen or block out the sun's harmful rays. For example, if you use a sunscreen with an SPF 15, you can be in the sun 15 times longer that you can without sunscreen before burning. This may sound like an easy concept, but consumers need to be aware that SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. According to the American Melanoma Foundation, while an SPF of 2 will absorb 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 absorbs 93% and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97%.
High SPF products are made with higher concentrations of sun-filtering chemicals than low SPF sunscreens. Some of these ingredients may pose health risks such as tissue damage and hormone disruption when they are absorbed into the skin, yet they haven’t been proven to significantly reduce skin damage and skin cancer risk better than their low SPF counterparts.

According to the EWG’s Guide for Sunscreens “The FDA has long contended that SPF higher than 50 is “inherently misleading” (FDA 2007). Australian authorities cap SPF values at 30; European and Japanese regulators at 50 (Osterwalder 2009b), and Canada allows a maximum of “50+”. In 2011, the FDA proposed a regulation to prohibit labels higher than SPF 50+, but the agency has not completed work on this rule and put it into force. 

The SPF number on sunscreens only reflects the product's ability to screen UVB rays. At present there is no FDA-approved rating system that measures UVA protection levels.

Sunscreens are made up of a combination of two types of ingredients: those that reflect ultraviolet (UV) rays and those that absorb UV rays. Choose a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen that protects against UVB and UVA radiation. In the past, PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) was one of the original UVB protecting ingredients in sunscreens. and PABA esters only protect against UVB radiation, the sun's burning rays that are the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer. The other types of radiation, UVA radiation, penetrates deeper into the skin and causes premature aging and the formation of wrinkles. UVA screening ingredients include oxybenzone (benzophenone-3), sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) and avobenzone (Parsol 1789).

Physical vs. Chemical

Physical sunscreens contain minerals such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting damaging UV rays away from the skin. 

Zinc oxide is no only incredible at sun protection, but it’s excellent for our skin. Dr. James E. Fulton Jr,M.D. in his book “Acne Rx” writes that zinc helps cut down the inflammatory response of acne. He even recommends 100mg or more daily in as a supplement for Grade III and Grade IV acne sufferers. Zinc also helps reduce the inflammation during rosacea flare-ups. 

Titanium dioxide is another physical sunscreen ingredient recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology, and the preferred ingredient recommended by EWG. It is not a chemical sunscreen, and therefore nonreactive for people allergic to chemical sunscreens. This is the preferred ingredient to look for when shopping for children’s’ sunscreen products. Like zinc, it also sits on top of the skin and deflects the sun’s rays. Keep in mind, that although this mineral ingredient offers exceptional protection, it may appear too white and chalky on your ethnic clients with darker skin. Generally, sunscreens with a micronized Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide will not leave the skin too chalky.

Today, since most people are sensitive to PABA, alternative UVB absorbers such as padimate A, padimate O, salicylates and cinnamates are often used in place of PABA. 

Oxybenzone is classified as a "chemical" sunscreen agent. It helps preserve the integrity of other cosmetic ingredients, preventing their deterioration under the sun, so for this reason, oxybenzone is most often used in products in conjunction with other ingredients. Sulisobenzone (benzophenone-4) is approved by the FDA in concentration of 5% and in Canada is approved by Health Canada at concentration of 6%. It works to filter out both UVA and UVB rays. 
In addition to sunscreens, currently, many manufacturers have been adding SPF to foundations and day crèmes. This may be misleading to the consumer, since sunscreens lose their effectivity with time, and even if she had applied the SPF-fortified foundation in the morning, she will need to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day on top of it. Waterproof sunscreens are oil-based, and are highly comedogenic. This means that the pores will be clogged, forming blackheads, comedones, and milia. Often, clients struggle with acne because their sunscreen won’t let heir skin breathe. Since we sweat throughout the day, waterproof sunscreen blocks all pore secretions, causing breakouts. 

Making sure to wear sunblock is crucial, but it also very important to protect the lips. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the lips are highly susceptible to two of the most common skin cancers - basal and squamous cell carcinoma. The lower lip is more prone to cancerous events, and males are 3 to 13 times more likely to develop cancer due to the nature of their occupation, alcohol, and tobacco usage.

In spite of their darker color, lips have almost no melanin, giving them no protection from the sun. This means they rely on products to keep them safe. There are several easy ways to prevent your lips from taking dangerous sun damage. First of all, avoid using lip gloss and high-shine lipsticks. Glosses and lip product with shine have the same effect that the shiny surface of rivers, lakes, and oceans do on a sunny day. Instead of protecting you, these shiny glosses actually increase your chances of sun damage and lip cancer by directing the rays towards your lips instead of away. choose a more matte product like beeswax or paraffin with an SPF of 30. These products have the added benefit of locking moisture into your lips longer and more effectively than thinner products.

Not All Skin Is the Same

Did you know that the darker the skin pigmentation, the higher the skin’s protection is from UV rays? In fact, skin cancer rarely develops in people with highly pigmented skin. Melanocytes (melanin-producing cells located in the stratum basale of the skin's epidermis) are the cells that synthesize melanin through a 4 stage maturation process called melanogenesis. Melanogenesis leads to a long-lasting pigmentation, which is in contrast to the pigmentation that originates from oxidation of already-existing melanin.

All races have the same number of melanocytes (typically, between 1000 and 2000 melanocytes per square millimeter of skin). The difference in skin color between lightly and darkly pigmented individuals is due not to the number (quantity) of melanocytes in their skin, but to the melanocytes' level of activity, and in the size and distribution of melanosomes. Melanosomes of darker, deeply pigmented skin are large, singly dispersed, and packed with melanin. Dark skin, especially that of people of African descent, has the most mature melanosomes. This type of skin has melanosomes in every layer of the epidermis.
Light-skinned people of African descent have a combination of large singly disbusbursed melanosomes and clusters of small melanosomes. Fair skin has small melanosomes, clustered together, mainly in the stratum corneum – in response to the sun’s light.

Darker Skin Types
In deeply pigmented skin, UV is filtered through the Malphigian layer. Darker skin types have a natural SPF of 8 to 13. Approximately 17% of UVA and 7% of UVB rays reach the dermis.

Fair Skin

UV rays are filtered through the stratum corneum. Caucasian skin has a natural SPF of 3.4, and the dermis of this group receives 5 times as much UV light.

To maximize solar protection, it’s recommended to wear special solar protection clothing from a list of approved fabrics. Fabrics can be made from many types of fibers, including cotton, wool, and nylon. Most fibers naturally absorb some UV radiation. Synthetic fibers such as polyester, lycra, nylon, and acrylic are more protective than bleached cottons, and shiny or lustrous semi-synthetic fabrics like rayon reflect more UV than do matte ones, such as linen, which tend to absorb rather than reflect UV. UPF (ultraviolet protection factor), a concept originally standardized in Australia in 1996, stands for ultraviolet protection factor, which quantifies how effectively a piece of clothing shields against the sun. It is actually possible to choose clothing with UPF on the tag. Whenever there is a UPF label attached, it means the fabric has been tested in a laboratory and consumers can be confident about the listed level of protection. It is based on the content, weight, color, and construction of the fabric, and indicates how much UV can penetrate the fabric. Unlike SPF measurements that traditionally use human sunburn testing, UPF is measured using a laboratory instrument (spectrophotometer or spectroradiometer) and an artificial light source, and then applying a sunburn weighting curve (erythemal action spectrum) across the relevant UV wavelengths.

For instance, a shirt with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach your skin. This would provide excellent sun protection, in contrast to a thin white cotton T-shirt, which has a UPF of about 5, which allows 1/5th of the sun’s UV through — even more when wet. In studies done in Australia, lycra/elastane fabrics were the most likely to have UPFs of 50 or higher, followed by nylon and polyester.

Nutrition and Supplements

As many of us know, UVB rays trigger the synthesis of Vitamin D, otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin. According to recent Harvard University data, an estimated 1 billion people in the US are low in Vitamin D. One study found that Vitamin D deficiency was a contributing factor in recurrent major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns - a form of depression that only occurs during certain times of year. Another study found that vitamin D deficiency was linked with faster growth of breast cancer cells in mice.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause:

· Impaired immune system functioning, which puts you at a higher risk for infection.

· Rickets, a condition that most commonly occurs in children that causes bone softening.

· Insulin resistance, which affects your ability to use insulin to process blood sugar.

· Thin or brittle bones, which increases your risk for osteoporosis.

Research shows that vitamin D plays a very important role in preventing disease and maintaining optimal health. We have about 30,000 genes in our bodies, and vitamin D affects nearly 3,000 of them. Your skin creates same D in response to sunlight as the D you get from an oral supplement, and it’s much safer than tanning! 

The Institute of Medicine has set the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of Vitamin D at 600 IU for everyone under the age of 70, and 800 IU for adults over 70. Many experts believe that's too low, and your physician will most-likely advise 2,000 IU daily, especially if you have low blood levels. 

Consider taking 5,000 IU of Vitamin D daily and adding vitamin D-rich foods to your diet. Vitamin D is present in foods such as fatty fish (mackerel, salmon, tuna, sardines, trout), fish roe, beef, beef liver, cheese, egg yolks, fish liver oils, and mushrooms. Of course, all systems work well for different people, so finding a perfect combination of sunscreen, clothing, supplements and diet changes is key to a healthier lifestyle. 

I hope this article has been informative, and will serve well to guide you and navigate you through a plethora of products. There is always updated data, and new rules and regulations presented by FDA. Keeping up with current events in this amazing industry is the mark of an educated and seasoned professional!

Dasha Saian is the co-founder and current CEO of SAIAN® and has over 17 years of experience in the spa industry. In addition to her Business/Marketing degree, she is a licensed Esthetician, certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, official Ambassador of the Aesthetics International Association (AIA), and certified Family Herbalist. Dasha gives lectures and classes internationally and regularly contributes to global trade publications. She is an expert adviser on natural living, alkaline diet, alternative oncology protocols, and positive body image. 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Herbal Toner Formula is now Available

SAIAN Herbal Toner is light, ‪natural‬ and fragrance-free. It refreshes and soothes the skin with its abundant bouquet of herbs and hyaluronic acid. Our gentle toner is enriched with ‪Sage‬, Witch Hazel, Hops, ‪Calendula‬, ‪Lavender‬, Licorice, Lemon Peel, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Comfrey, and Sage! Soothes damaged, irritated skin. Contains ‪antioxidant‬ and regenerative properties, stimulates cell regeneration in stressed, affected skin. Improves rough and chapped skin. Paraben-free and formulated especially for sensitive skin.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Newest Treatments for the Neck, Chest and Decollete

Estheticians, if you missed my presentation at National Aesthetic Spa Network this past weekend in Colorado, I have it here for you! Neck, Chest and Decollete treatments from A to Z - many of which you will find out about for the first time! Enjoy, and let me know if you learned something new and cool! 

We have an amazing creme featuring THESE newest and most potent ingredients. The new and improved SAIAN® Neck & Chest Lift Creme with Edelweiss Stem Cells™ is specifically formulated to firm and tone sagging skin, and reduce wrinkles in the neck and chin area. Tightens, stimulates cell circulation, removes toxins, melts away fat and inhibits the formation of fat deposits! This creme is based on hyaluronic acid and features the newest and most potent ingredients that counteract gravity and lift sagging jowls, neck and décolleté – Adiposlim, Adipoless, Idealift and Majestem. Incredible results in only a short 3 weeks! You can wear this creme along with the washable and reusable neck bandages. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Supercharge Your Beauty Routine - Almonds 4 Ways for Your Skin Health!

Those who know me well, know I am absolutely obsessed with raw nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and berries! In fact, I always keep pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and a variety of nuts in the house, and pack them in my bag daily for easy work snacks. And don't get me started on airport food - it's just the worst! I'm on an airplane every weekend for work, so eating healthy can be challenging. This is why bringing my own snacks has become a habit, in my book. 
Almonds are one of the most easily accessible type of nuts - you can find raw almonds in any local grocery store, at gas stations, and convenience stores, but don't let that fool you - they are a super-food! Almonds contain Vitamins B2, E, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Manganese, and Copper. Most importantly, a ¼ cup serving contains 49% of your recommended daily allowance of biotin! What's Biotin? Biotin, is also known as B7, is vital for the proper functioning of the nervous system and musculature and in maintaining cellular processes like growth, metabolism and energy. It is frequently referred to as the "beauty vitamin" because of its restoring properties on the skin. When we lack Biotin, our skin is the first to show the signs of deficiency. According to the Dermal Institute, these are the symptoms of B7 deficiency:
  • Red, scaly rash around the nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Thinning hair, sometimes with shedding and loss of pigment (graying hair).
  • Possible depression, fatigue, hallucinations.
  • Tingling sensations in the arms and legs.
  • Muscle cramps after exercise.
  • Possible high cholesterol and heart problems.
  • Cradle cap, a type of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, head and eyebrows. In babies, crusty yellowish-whitish patches appear in these areas and may or may not be itchy.
  • Increased risk for developing other health issues
Sounds like we want to keep healthy, and avoid any skin problems like this, right? I bet you didn't know this, but you can incorporate almonds into both your meals, and your skincare routine. I will show you 4 ways to do this, today! 

1. Incorporate Almonds Into Your Diet
Don't be confused by uneducated people telling you that consuming nuts will make you gain weight. Numerous studies have shown that incorporating unsaturated fats (such as nuts and avocado) actually helps stabilize weight. 

A 28-month study involving 8,865 adult men and women in Spain, found that participants who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than participants who never ate nuts. Among the participants who gained weight, those who never ate nuts gained an average of 424g more than those who ate nuts at least twice a week.

A serving of almonds has 162 calories, 14 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and 6 grams of protein. Remember, one serving of almonds is 23 almonds, which equals 1 ounce, ¼ cup or about 1 handful. Portion control is key. I also highly encourage you to stay away from processed nuts - I, personally, avoid any roasted, salted, flavored nuts at all costs. The best way to eat them is to sprout them. 

Sprouting or soaking nuts removes the outer shell, which contains phytic acid. Phytic acid is a naturally occurring botanical substance, it a strong chelator to the most essential minerals such as zinc, calcium, and iron. Whenever you consume nuts with phytic acid present (with the shell on, essentially), those nutrients will be removed, and not used by your body as they were intended to. When you soak and sprout the almonds, not only will you remove the outer shell, and the physic acid, but you will also increase the amount of active enzymes in the nuts - making it more easily digestible for those who experience stomach issues during digestion.

2. Use An Almond Scrub
Have you heard about microbeads? If not, I'd like to educate you on these little plastic culprits, and make sure you stay away from face and body scrubs which list them as an active ingredient. Microbeads are tiny round plastic beads that are found in some exfoliating products, and they are causing quite a stir in the environmental world. The plastic waste caused by these microbeads, which are not filtered out during sewage treatment, is damaging water ecosystems and killing marine life. 

A 2013 research at the University of Wisconsin-Superior showed that there were 1,500 to 1.7 million plastic particles per square mile in the Great Lakes! Not only are the beads damaging to fish, they are also bad for your face - microbeads can cause eye irritation, and promote rosacea and couperose. It’s no wonder that Illinois was the first state to ban the use of microbeads in June of 2014, and I sincerely hope all other states will quickly follow.
Instead of using these plastic beads, I suggest natural options like scrubs with ground up almonds, seeds and stone pits from apricots/peaches, crushed walnut husks, oats, coffee grinds, salt, and sugar. I especially recommend sugar for those dealing with eczema since it’s non irritating on broken skin, and sea salt for psoriasis sufferers, but not more than once a week. All other scrubs can be used 3 times a week, but not more - our skin needs adequate time to amass dry dead cells, and you definitely don’t want to over-exfoliate!

3. Use Almond Oil as A Body Moisturizer
Did you know that different vegetable oils rank differently against each other when it comes to how much they clog the pores? Oils rank from 0-5, a 0 being least comedogenic, and 5 as most comedogenic. ("Comedogenic" means tending to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin.) Almond oil is an amazing 2 (moderately low) while Coconut oil is a high 4, rendering it a bad choice for skincare. Almond oil can be used as a hair moisturizer, a body moisturizer, and a wonderful massage oil.

4. Use Almond Milk as An Activator For Powder Masks
Who says you can't play with your food? I love the idea of incorporating almonds in every step of the beauty routine. Almond milk is gentle and soothing on the skin, which makes it a perfect activator for  powder enzyme masks. Simply mix the powder with a bit of warm almond milk, and apply to the face for 7-10 minutes. The result is a bright, supple completion! Using this mask helps to pull out oils, exfoliate, and reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, cellulite and even stretch marks. It's perfect for blemished skin, blackheads and even cystic acne, and excellent for soothing skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, and acne.
Did you like these cool suggestions? I had a blast putting these ideas on paper for you, and I hope I inspired you to start something healthy today! Read more about almonds here and check out for nutritious snack ideas that include almonds!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Herbal Toner for 2016!

SAIAN just upgraded the formula of the Herbal Toner, and it is better than ever! This pure formula is excellent for all skin types, and is the perfect addition to your daily skincare routine. 
SAIAN New Herbal Toner is light, natural and fragrance-free. It refreshes and soothes the skin with its abundant bouquet of herbs and hyaluronic acid. Our gentle toner is enriched with Sage, Witch Hazel, Hops, Calendula, Lavender, Licorice, Lemon Peel, Horsetail, Burdock Root, Yarrow, Comfrey, and Sage! 
  • Soothes damaged, irritated skin
  • Contains antioxidant and regenerative properties
  • stimulates cell regeneration in stressed, affected skin
  • Improves rough and chapped skin
  • Paraben-free and formulated especially for sensitive skin

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fact or Fiction: Exfoliating Every Day is Bad for your Skin

Many women tend to over-exfoliate the skin, in hopes of sloughing off dead skin, and thus achieving a fresh and renewed complexion. This is a misconception, since our skin is a very efficient organ, and doesn’t require exfoliation more than 2-3 times per week. In fact, exfoliating as often as daily, can strip the skin of its natural oils, which may cause break-outs.

What is cell turnover, and what are the average rates at which our body replaces skin cells? Cell turnover is the process by which our skin makes new skin cells, traveling from the lowest layer of the epidermis to the top layer and then shedding off. This process is what keeps dead cells from building up on the skin’s surface. Skin cells live about 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, skin cell turnover slows with age, so exfoliation is useful, but daily exfoliation is excessive. 

According to Milady’s Standard, Fundamentals For Estheticians below are the average rates of cell turnover by age group:

Babies: 14 Days
Teenagers: 21-28 Days
Middle Age Persons: 28-42 Days
Those 50 and Older: 42-84 Days

Sometimes clients are surprised that they still get acne, even though they exfoliate daily, what they don’t realize, is that the skin is compensating for the loss of oils, and is overproducing sebum. 

Clients with dry, sensitive, thin skin will benefit greatly if they reduce their exfoliation to 1-2 times per week, since the oils on our ski keep it moist and supple. Over-exfoliating will dry out their complexion, and make wrinkles more prominent. In addition to this, they may experience couperose, exacerbated rosacea and increased sun-sensitivity. 

For clients with dry skin, it’s recommended to exfoliate 1-2 times per week, and 2-3 times per week for those with oily skin. No one way of exfoliation is perfect for all skin types, so I would like to mention many possible alternatives in this article, in hopes to inspire you to select from all the possible options.

To make things as simple as possible - there are 2 types of exfoliators - physical and chemical. Everything that is used to mechanically slough off the dead skin is referred to as “physical exfoliation”. This includes methods such as a scrub, microdermabrasion, and a rotating sonic brush to scrape off the dead skin cells with friction. This is a very easy way to refresh the skin, and it appeals to both men and women. 

“Chemical exfoliation” refers to acids, peels and enzymes. Enzymes are a wonderful way to safely exfoliate the skin without breaking capillaries, and causing irritation. An enzymatic exfoliation is a good natural way to clean out the pores, get rid of excess oils, slough off the dry and dead skin for a healthy cell turnover. Fruit enzymes, such as Bromelain (from pineapple) and Papain (from papaya) eat away at the oils and dry skin, to expose a refreshed, clear complexion. Enzyme masks are generally more gentle and more safe than acids, and don’t thin the skin like Retin-A. Using these masks 2-3 times a week is plenty, and steaming them helps pull out impurities furthermore. 

Clients with these conditions should avoid peels and over-exfoliation: 
  • Acne/ Cystic Acne 
  • Couperose 
  • Rosacea 
  • Elderly Clientele 
  • Tan or Sunburned / Using Tanning Bed 
  • Hypopigmentation Sufferers 
  • Type V and VI on the Fitzpatrick Scale

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Changing Face of Today's Spa and Skincare Industry

The skincare and beauty world is constantly evolving, and sometimes it's hard to keep up with what's new. I like to have my hand on the pulse of the industry, and I will tell you what's going on! So, what has been the bigest change to the spa industry over the last two decades?

I have been in the spa industry for over 15 years, and I have seen skin care trends come and go. I am very happy to see a departure from heavily fragranced and colored products, and more interest in natural, fragrance-free and color-free formulas. The ornate packaging that was the mark of elite beauty products is now on its way out, and more simplistic, clean, and eco-friendly packaging is now in style. Consumers and spa owners are now very aware of all the extra paper and plastic waste that unnecessary boxes and decorative bottles produce, and are now turning towards simple glass bottles and cleaner lines. I love this, because Saian Skincare has been in-line with this philosophy since 2007.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Collagen Treatment for the Neck, Chest and Décolleté

Northern California estheticians, I am debuting a brand new treatment at the Face & Body Northern California sponsored by Skin Inc. magazine! Collagen Treatment for Neck, Chest and Décolleté - Sunday, August 21 9:00–10:30am at the San Jose Convention Center. 
This treatment lifts and firms a sagging neck, brightens and moisturizes the chest and décolleté, reduces a crepey chest appearance, and tightens the skin with collagen and a portable multifunctional machine. A certificate is provided - you will have a lot of fun, and learn a new treatment that will wow your clientele! Hope to see you all there, beautiful ladies! See the full class schedule HERE!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dandelion and Your Health

For those of you who are familiar with my mom, Margarita Saian's classes, dandelion will ring a bell right away. This was my mother's favorite tea - she praised it, and said it was a cure-all - even for hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a yellow flower that we all remember making crowns out of in the summer. Dandelions have very small flowers collected together into a composite flower head. Each single flower in a head is called a floret. Once the flower head turns white, you can blow on it, and the little florets fly away!

There are two parts to the dandelion: the root and the leaves, and both parts have their own use. Both help regulate parts of the digestive system, but the root is best for liver problems while the leaf is best for issues related to the kidneys. Dandelion plants are edible in their entirety - the leaves contain abundant vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, C, and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese. To make the leaves more palatable, they are often blanched or sauteed to remove bitterness. The leaves can also be consumed raw in salads, or juiced! One of my favorite juice recipes contains dandelion greens. You can find it HERE.

The reason the leaves and the root are excellent for the kidneys, is because their chief function is as a diuretic. They flush the kidneys of toxins, and alleviate swelling. In high enough doses, the leaves produce a similar effect to that of common prescription diuretics like Lasix. Dandelion leaves may also reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections in women.

When used to alleviate bloating, dandelion root tea has been shown have a significant effect on water content in the body because of its diuretic properties. It also has shown to lower blood sugar levels and reduce high cholesterol. 

The Institute of Agricultural Medicine in Poland tested therapeutic herbs for kynurenic acid (an amino acid for digestive system support and bile production), and the highest concentration of this compound was found in dandelion.  Dandelion helps to stimulate bile production and bile transport toxins out of the body, so evidence shows it supports the body’s natural immune response. 

Dandelion tea enhances detoxification, by stimulating urination and by replacing the potassium lost in that process.  It helps to receive bloating, constipation and diarrhea, and regulates water retention in the body. If you don't like the taste of the tea, try adding a slice of lemon, some honey or stevia to it. The roasted dandelion roots have a nutty flavor, and make a delicious, healthy tea! Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Selecting a Receptionist for your Spa or Salon

As the first person your customers communicate with – on the phone and upon entering the spa, the receptionist needs to make a good first impression. A great receptionist is someone on the front lines who has a professional appearance and attitude. Not many people know this, but I have spent 8 years out of my 17 years of industry experience as a spa receptionist. I know exactly what it takes to select a great receptionist, and will give you some pointers on what to look for as you go through the interview process.

First thing to look for in a qualified spa receptionist is a tidy, put together appearance. Your spa or salon is a place of beauty, health and tranquility, so having a receptionist with chipped nails, or messy oily hair will create disharmony in the overall image of your business. By any means, your employees don’t have to look like supermodels, but excellent hygiene is a must! A tidy and put-together person will also be wonderful at organizing the desk, and keeping the work area clean and manageable. This type of employee will never write an important phone message on a post-it in a pile of papers.

During the interview, you can role-play with the candidate, and him or her take down a message. Look for legible handwriting, correct spelling, and take notice of the tone of voice. A good phone presence is a crucial skill. You can trust that an empathetic person will be a wonderful listener who can accommodate your clients’ requests, and will help work out any slipups that may occur, such as double-booking, or other issues. It is important to choose a team player who shows enthusiasm in discovering the spa’s treatments and products. A good receptionist will ask many questions to get better acquainted with the different types of facials, and massages, and will try treatments to know how they feel. First-hand experience with treatments and products is the best way to passionately talk about them, and suggest them to clients.  

A very important quality in a front-desk person is the ability to multi-task without feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or frustrated. A candidate who is well-versed in a multitude of computer programs and apps is an asset to your organization. Not only will this receptionist quickly acquaint him/herself with your spa booking software, but he or she will be able to manage multiple tasks with ease. Someone who is technologically savvy is wonderful at implementing the newest apps and programs to help take the clutter out of, what may seem to be confusing, tasks.

Look for candidates with a humble and agreeable personality. A person who easily takes directions, and can handle constructive criticism will be a breeze to work with for both you and your clients. Look for someone with great integrity who can show initiative and improvise, and avoid those who will walk past a candy wrapper on the floor, and use the excuse “that’s not part of my job description” to justify not tossing it into the trash can.

These simple tips are what I believe will help you select the right person for your front desk. I have worked as a receptionist at the same spa for 8 years, prior to joining my mother to start our own skin care brand.  My previous employer, co-workers, clients and I still keep in touch, because that job was my passion and my priority. I never brought in negativity, and I always made everyone I worked with feel loved and well taken care of.  The most important attributes to look for are integrity and a good nature, and the rest of the technicalities can be learned in time!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Best Natural Bruising Creme

Take a look at this dramatic result just after 3 days of using our vitamin K and Arnica bruising creme! SAIAN® Vital K Creme is the most-effective paraben-free topical creme which works wonders on postoperative bruising following cosmetic surgery or injections, micro-needling, rosacea, dark circles, and hyperpigmentation. 

Bruising and dark spots are the appearance of blood which has been released from the tiny capillaries of the battered area into the tissue under the skin. Over time the color eventually fades as the blood is absorbed back into the body and away from the surface. 

To halt the expansion and deepening of unsightly discoloration, we use Phytonadione (Vitamin K). This is the body's natural blood coagulating agent which stops the spread of blood from seeping further. Individuals with low levels of Vitamin K will often experience wider and darker bruises, taking excessively long periods of time to recover because is not enough Vitamin K in their systems to prevent this from occurring. Not only is this creme perfect for post-surgical and injection-site bruising, but also ideal for micro-needling, cuperose, rosacea, and dark under-eye circles.

Why Choose a Natural Skin Care Line?

Since our skin in the largest organ of our body, our pores readily absorb artificial fragrances, dyes, and petrochemicals in personal care products. Years of continuous use of fragranced toiletries can cause allergic reactions, especially for nail techs and hairdressers. Natural skin care lines use botanical extracts to fragrance their products, and proudly omit harmful and irritating additives, making them the ideal choice for those who have an adverse reaction to perfumes and dyes.

Monday, April 4, 2016

The Best Post-Microneedling Products on the Market

1. Before beginning the treatment, make sure you have your SAIAN Pure Hyaluronic Acid Spray and SAIAN Cryo-Globes in the refrigerator. The finishing cooling touch is very important at the end of this treatment.

2. Cleanse the face with SAIAN Replenishing Cleanser. This milky cleanser’s gentle and natural formula removes surface impurities and all traces of make-up, leaving skin moisturized and supple. Aloe vera and chamomile are hydrating, softening, calming, as well as anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory. This product is perfect for sensitive skin.

3. Apply numbing cream to treatment area and leave on for 30 minutes. Remove numbing cream thoroughly.

4. Apply antiseptic wipe to treatment area.

5. Apply 1/2 SAIAN Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule to the entire treatment area. The rest of the ampoule will be used later in the treatment.

6. Begin treatment by dividing the face into five parts: forehead, left and right cheeks, nose, upper lip and chin.

7. Apply a few drops of SAIAN Hyaluronic Acid Ampoule to the treatment area.

8. Perform microneedling according to your device’s manufacturer’s instructions. Work on all 5 sections in the same manner until the entire face has been treated. After treating each section, wipe any bleeding.

9. After the entire face has been treated, take the SAIAN Pure Hyaluronic Acid Spray out of the refrigerator, and spray the face with SAIAN Pure Hyaluronic Acid Spray. This product serves as an activator for the collagen mask, as well as a light, oil-free hydrator. 

10. Cover the face with SAIAN Pure Pure Collagen Mask. Fold the mask in half over the client’s face, mark and cut the mask around the nose area. Apply the dry collagen mask immediately over the face quickly and spray with more SAIAN Pure Hyaluronic Acid Spray, molding gently to the face and neck with sponges. Leave mask on the face for no less than 20 minutes. Remove the mask.

11. Apply SAIAN Vital K Creme to the entire face. This creme provides a powerful dose of Vitamin K to repair the damaged area, supplying the patient’s skin with the means to halt the flow of bruising and pause discoloration. To maximize and quicken the recovery process, we use Arnica. This natural herb, rich with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties is a highly efficient vasodilator of blood capillaries. Arnica drastically increases the fade back time, by escalating the recession of blood away from the damaged capillaries and back into the body. This helps return the skin to a flush and even color in a fraction of the time it would usually take after it has been traumatized by physical impact. Applying SAIAN Vital K Creme to the area significantly reduces the swelling and dark patch, and brings the color back to normal, as well as moves blood through the damaged capillaries for reduced discomfort and pain.

12. Spray with SAIAN Sunscreen Mist. This is an oil-free light sunscreen spray. Chemical sunblocks are never recommended after invasive treatments, and this light Titanium dioxide based sunscreen is the perfect alternative.

13. Roll over the entire area with SAIAN Cryo Globes.

Friday, March 25, 2016

SAIAN Academy in Sweden Welcomes You!

Welcome to SAIAN Academy in Sweden! Train to become a master ‪Esthetician‬ in a friendly and safe environment! We have small class sizes to give our students personalized attention. Contact SAIAN Natural Clinical Skincare Europe for more information, and follow them on Facebook for upcoming class and trade show dates in Europe.

We are currently enrolling students in our skincare, nail, and bodywork classes in Sweden at SAIAN Academy! Small, personalized classes, basic and advanced techniques, friendly environment, safe, non-toxic and natural products