Holiday weekend specials!

All massages get an extra 15 minutes!

Purchase a 60 minute massage and get 75 minutes! Purchase 90 minutes and get 105 minutes! Those extra 15 minutes are H E A V E N L Y- use them for extra attention on the feet, scalp, face, or just to work out extra stubborn knots. Buy for yourself and to give as gifts!  

When booking online please select "extra 15" to your appointment. **Gift certificates expire after 1 year from purchase. Extra 15 valid for purchases of massages from 11/22/16-11/27/16.

All facials get a free Baby Feet!

Purchase any facial service of 60 minutes or longer and receive a free Baby Feet kit! I can apply the treatment during the service or you can take it home with you. The results of Baby Feet are amazing. Powerful, addictive, a little gross, and sooo good!  See my video on the home page :-) 

A $25 value, each kit is free with your facial purchase! Buy for yourself and to give as gifts!  ** Valid 11/22/16- 11/27/16.

A Remedy for Acne Scarring (and much more)

The reason that I first entered into the field of skin care was a lifelong struggle with acne. Beyond the physical discomfort, I deeply understand the emotional toll that constant breakouts take on your mental well-being. It wasn't until my thirties that I finally really got a handle on everything, after working in the field for over ten years. I believe in a balanced approach using chemical peels, targeted light therapy, extractions, a good look at the diet, and a no-bad-thoughts-about-the skin approach. I have a high success rate in getting my beautiful client's skin balanced, and I believe it's from this tiered approach.

A bittersweet realty of acne is you are often left with the reminders of your success. Acne scars are like the ghosts of your hormonal younger years. I brought on micro-needling/micro-channeling last month to treat many skin conditions, scarring at the top of the list. I used to have to suggest deeper laser treatments with profound side effects and downtime to help with scarring. No longer. The photos below show a 22 year-old male before and after 4 treatments.

I am so excited and honored to be offering this treatment at Remedy. If you are a current client, you do not need to book a consultation before your micro-channeling appointment. If you are new to Remedy, let's talk and let me get to know you and your skin a bit first. Book a 30 min consultation or an Alchemy or Clearing facial first and we'll go from there!

Vogue Magazine on the magic of microneedling! XO

Later, Lasers: Why Microneedling Is the Next Big Thing in Skin Care: 

More often than not, the next hot thing in professional skin care tends to be just that: hot. From fractional lasers to radiofrequency devices and nearly every gadget in between, the reigning smoothing-and-tightening workhorses in derms’ offices rely on intensely high temperatures to jump-start wound healing and, thus, collagen production in the skin. But for the great many of us who can’t take the heat—as it flares up conditions like melasma and rosacea and can traumatize skin of color, causing it to darken unevenly—skin specialists are going back to basics. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the numbers for chemical peels are climbing—hello, peel bars—surpassing even those recorded at the peak of their popularity in the ’90s. But it’s a less ubiquitous old-school resurfacing method that’s gaining increasing buzz for those seeking smooth, radiant results without the stinging or flaking: microneedling—a technique that uses a needle-studded wand to drive tiny holes into the skin (potentially down to the dermis) with the goal of spurring collagen growth.

The procedure has been quietly advancing with the times, despite its crude beginnings. “When I first started needling in the ’80s, I was gripping a single 30-gauge needle with a hemostat [clamp] and poking the skin repeatedly to get at fine lines and acne scars—painstaking, but it worked,” says Cheryl Burgess, M.D., a dermatologist in Washington, D.C. The automated stamping pens derms wield today—the Eclipse MicroPen a favorite among them—make for far faster work, of course, and are considerably cheaper than the higher-tech alternative of fractional lasers, which create similar pinpoint channels in the skin. (And not by coincidence: The technology was actually “patterned after the concept of needling,” says Burgess.)

Piercing the skin by any means can open one up to infection, so trust only a reputable derm or medical aesthetician with solid needling experience (and, it goes without saying, sterile tools). While some doctors do microneedling in lieu of laser work—especially for the heat-sensitive set—others perform the two in tandem. Denver dermatologist Joel Cohen, M.D., often uses microneedling as a low-downtime maintenance fix for Fraxel regulars who “want to help their skin stay smooth and taut in between laser sessions,” he says.

Further fueling the resurgent obsession with needling, Cohen notes, is the way it enhances the penetration of whichever hydrating, brightening, or rejuvenating actives are applied post-perforation. Microneedling enthusiast Mashell Tabe, an Albuquerque, New Mexico–based medical aesthetician who tends to Naomi Watts, believes so strongly in the treatment’s power to bolster product absorption, she sends clients home from needling visits with an Environ roller to use nightly along with supercharged serums preapproved by Tabe herself. The roller doesn’t pierce the skin as deeply as pro tools, but rather preserves those microchannels to keep the skin open and receptive to anti-aging nutrients.

“I want to scream it from the rooftops,” she says. “Done regularly, microneedling will make your skin act like it did in your 20s—it’ll be thicker, it’ll glow, it’ll have the most beautiful tone and texture.” And, really, what could be cooler than that?

http://www.vogue.com/13402411/microneedling-skin-care-next-big-thing/
Dermaplaning video and one week skin check-up after micro-needling!

I am so in love with the results of my micro-needling treatment! I feel like I may become addicted. My skin looks so much more even-toned and "glowy" after just one treatment. I can't wait to offer it to you all in October. Here's a foundation-free photo one week after the treatment: 

A series of at least 6 treatments are suggested and all parts of the body can be treated. The company that I'm working with has some amazing before and afters of stretch marks on the belly from childbirth. I'lI keep you updated!

I also posted a quick video on dermaplaning as it is one of my favorites and I adore the results! Please comment with any questions or comments! XO

Yesterday I had needles in my eyelids, nbd.
5 minutes after the needles in the eyelids. Given what had just happened, the worst thing that I see in this photo is that my lipstick is smudged.

5 minutes after the needles in the eyelids. Given what had just happened, the worst thing that I see in this photo is that my lipstick is smudged.

As someone who has struggled with acne scars left over from some brutal teenage years, mIcro-needling has long been on my radar. I have friends and colleagues who have tried it, with fabulous results, but after seeing someone receive the treatment earlier this year, I lost quite a bit of interest. The poor woman was bloody. She actually had blood dripping down her face. There was no way I was going to put myself through that.

The science though, the science is there. I believe micro-needling is set to take away our reliance on the heavy duty lasers and light machines, and it will do so with none of the downtime and cost associated with laser. We used to believe we had to absolutely torture the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate the fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Not so, says current science. According to the gentleman I spoke to yesterday, we just need to tickle the Dermal-Epidermal junction to stimulate cytokines to send stem cells out for repair and to encourage collagen production. The same results, with less pain. 

For my treatment yesterday, I was prepped with a mild numbing cream. It took about 15 minutes for me numb up, during which time my technician worked the cream into my skin with some deft massage movements. This helped the cream penetrate while helping me relax. I was still thinking of the poor woman I had seen receive the treatment. Turns out, there's different types of micro-needling.

I had nothing to worry about. In just a year, the science and technology has improved so much, that my experience was pretty much blood-free. The needles come down at about 90 per second and are .25 mm long. It feels absolutely bizarre. it's not at all painful, but it's not relaxing. It felt like results. It felt like I'm-gonna-look-better and for that, I'll put up with quite a bit. 

He went over my entire face and neck, paying special attention to places that needed a bit more encouragement, i.e., that looked old or had visible scars. He finished with my eyes. Whoa... the eyes. He had me keep my eyes open while he had the lower lid secure and then treated right up to my lash line. With my eyes open!  Then he treated the upper lid. There were needles right over my eyeballs! Stamping into my skin! That was the part where I had to summon every ounce of Hawaii-learned chill I had in me. Every ounce of vanity too.

The whole treatment took about 45 minutes, start to finish. It wasn't at all painful. It was fascinating above all else. Simply fascinating- and something I am so stinkin' excited about as the future of skincare. I left looking a bit sunburned, and today my skin is more sensitive and a bit more pink than usual. You need to take care post-treatment to keep good products on the skin and bacteria off. As soon as I got home, Daisy ran up and put one dirty puppy paw on my cheek and I thought I was done for. 

As an esthetician, I feel very strongly that your time with me shouldn't just be about relaxation. I want you to walk out of my studio looking good BUT I'll assign you homework (home care and a course of action) to actually change your skin, not just make it look good for the day. This tool is the way to dramatically change the skin. Watch this space for micro-needling to come to Remedy!

 

Self-Care before everything else
 
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I know that we are all so busy. Kids, partners, jobs, making the world a better place... this all takes time, sometimes it feels like it takes all the damn time I've got in a day, in a week, in a year. BUT there's always more time, and it's such a relief once you finally accept it and start enjoying that time. Close the facebook tab, close instagram. Turn off the tv. There's hours right there- hours that are now yours. YOUR TIME- not marketing telling what to buy, how to look, what's cool now, what everyone else is doing. They belong to you. Shutting off those devices just rewarded you big time. I talk to almost every client about how they're practicing self-care. I feel like sometimes we just need someone else to give up permission to put ourselves first. We are good to no one else if we're not good to ourselves.

Here's a little list of my favorite forms of self-care:

1. Pay your body monthly with a massage or facial. You pay your utility bills without a thought, make your body a utility. It has to get paid for all the work it does for you! Having that appointment on your schedule to look forward to all month will do wonders for your soul.

2. Group fitness classes. I love to run, have done it with joy since high school. It's a very solo activity though and I feel it's important to supplement with group fitness activities so that I'm smiling, connecting, and sometimes struggling, with others. My current favorite classes are at BYSE4, down the street from my home. Emma's barre class leaves me sore for days and I love it. www.byse4.com

3. Sleep (or fake it). In my next life I will be a sleeper. This life? It's a struggle and the struggle is real. I do best when I have evening rituals: walk the puppy, shower, turn on the humidifier, spray some Dream Weaver Mist, keep the room cool, read a book. I try and keep a good a attitude about sleep, even if it's elusive. If I haven't slept well, I will still workout, smile at people around me, and just push through. I pretend! Science backs me up on this:  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/study-believing-you-ve-slept-well-even-if-you-havent-improves-performance/283305/

4. Socialize. Being around people, hopefully those who inspire you with ideas and deeds to be better, is the best medicine. When I travel alone, I always sit at the bar to eat and talk to those around me. It's one of my favorite rituals and I've had beautiful discussions with people this way. I also socialize with a bunch of really fun kids through my volunteer work. Kids keep it real.

5. Eat real food. What is it that MIchael Pollan said? "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." http://michaelpollan.com/reviews/how-to-eat/

And take a probiotic and Vit D every day :-)

XO

 

 
Reformulated Sanitas Vitamin C Serum

I adore Vitamin C in topical skin care. It brightens, reduces inflammation, helps clear up breakouts and hyper-pigmentation AND is one of our best protectants against the brutal Colorado sun. The newly reformulated and repackaged Vitamin C Serum from Sanitas has added levels of Vitamin D to help with skin renewal and has all Vitamin A removed so it's 100% pregnancy-safe. Two drops every morning, massage into the skin with love, and follow with moisturizer and sunscreen. Now you're set to radiantly face the day. Purchase online under Products and Gifts or come on in and say hi and purchase in person! XO

Flash Sale- 60 for 60!

For the next week, all services booked from 3pm-7pm are only $60 for 60 minutes! Come escape the afternoon heat and unwind after the work day in our beautiful new City Park location. Self-care is the best care! XO

ends July 22 - hurry!

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Returning July 6th

Remedy will be closed for the next two weeks as Tim and I go on vacation to celebrate his 40th. He's getting a fancy new tattoo for his birthday and I get to see Beyonce and Massive Attack for my unbirthday! Love you all, book online while I'm away, and see you in July! XOXO

http://www.remedyskindenver.com/book-online/

Babyfeet now in stock! Get ready for summer.
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Spring has arrived in Denver and finally (finally!) we are able to wear open-toe shoes instead of snow boots. I support everyone in the self-care industry, but I have to say that the latest addition to Remedy will make you visit your nail salon less and less often.

Introducing Babyfoot.

The treatment comes from Japan and is at the same time disgusting and glorious. Babyfoot consists of disposable booties that you wear for one hour. Remove, rinse your feet, and then wait about 2 days. Your feet will start to peel (and peel and peel and peel) for about 5 days. Once the initial shedding is over, sometimes Babyfoot comes back to surprise you and your feet may peel a little more. As the dead, rough skin leaves your feet, you’ll start to see the hint of pink peeking through. By 7-10 days out, your feet will be reborn.

 

I’ve done the treatment twice in the past year. One hour in the booties takes care of 6 months of running, hiking, dance, walking through Denver in sandals, and all matter of general foot unattractiveness.

 

Babyfeet, FTW.

 

*Available to take home for $25 or add on to any facial or massage for $20

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching! The gift of a massage or facial or gift basket of yummy products is perfect. Purchase online and I'll take care of the rest! XO

If you book online, please make a note that you are purchasing for Mother's Day and I will have an extra treat for Mom.

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Hyaluronic FTW

I believe that Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most effective and important ingredients in skincare today. In every single facial that I perform, I add in Hyaluronic in some form to give the skin that much more hydration, glow, and lift. The Remedy Signature involves smart exfoliation and the most sophisticated delivery of Hyaluronic to the skin that I have come across in my years as an esthetician. Hyaluronic has the ability to hold 1000x its weight in water. You can imagine what that can do to lift cheeks and plump lips!

In this article, The New York Times does a good job of breaking down the virtues of this wonder ingredient.

Bio-available, lifting, hydrating, collagen-boosting, and an ingredient that our bodies absolutely recognize and love.

 

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I love you

Much is made of Valentine's Day- expectations can be very high. First, let me state that all my amazing clients are my Valentine this year. I want each one of you to have the happiest heart, healthiest body, and most peaceful mind. I think self-care ranks high on the list of things that help us achieve that trifecta, and I am here to help. Much love to all and here's to a month full of health and happiness!!

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Micro-bead Ban passes!

President Obama signed the Micro-bead Free Waters Act into law on December 28th, which bans the manufacture of microbeads starting in 2017, with a total ban on all sales by 2019. Why is this important? As I discussed in August 2015, micro-beads menace our oceans, waterways, and lakes. The tiny particles found in personal care items like toothpaste, body wash, and facial exfoliators wash off of us and into our water sources. The tiny plastic particles absorb toxins, hormones, and other nasties. Small aquatic life forms then consume the beads and then all those nasties are then entered into the food chain. Into you.

The Huffington Post reports of a study out of the Oregon State University found that eight billion micro-beads are sent into aquatic environments each day in the U.S.

Eight billion.

If you happen to own products that contain micro-beads (look for "polyethylene" or "polypropylene" in the ingredient deck), please take my advice from last year. Don't open it. Don't use it. Keep it sealed up.

Please bring any products that you're unsure of into Remedy and I'll take a look and dispose of them properly for you if need be. Thank you for supporting mindful beauty and this wondrous beautiful blue plant! #skinsorcery

XO