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Monday, June 25, 2012

New information on Osmosis Restore Products

Ben Johnson the creator of the Osmosis Range has once again raised the bar within the Skin Care Industry. Restore Topical and Internal have been available for purchase for over 6 months now and feedback thus far from my clients has been nothing but positive. 
Restore is a revolutionary new neutraceutical that combines modern technology and an ancient Chinese medicinal herb. The result is a remarkable increase in the health and strength of your immune system. When your immune system is strong, it is capable of correcting virtually every disease and imbalance the body may face. Restore removes toxins, reduces inflammation and repairs protein damage thus promoting the healing of every tissue, including the skin.
Restore is designed to improve and strengthen the body and skin for overall wellness. It will assist in treating and preventing disease thus enabling a healthy life. Should you be experiencing any of the below conditions, it is recommended to use Restore daily for:
  • Aging body and skin (all ages)
  • Melasma, Hyperpigmentation, Liver and Age Spots
  • Weak or Suppressed Immune System
  • Disease or Illness
  • Deteriorating Organs or Joints
  • Hyperpigmentation:
I have some excerpts below from Ben Johnson himself on the Osmosis Restore Products.....

So how does Restore Healing Work?
 "Restore™ is the single greatest anti-inflammatory product in the world. What makes it special is that it is the only anti-inflammatory that also repairs the damaged area at the same time. To make that point more clear, here is an example; aspirin is a well-known anti-inflammatory ingredient that specifically interferes with the "inflammation cascade" thereby reducing inflammation. However, in doing so it interferes with the body's healing response resulting in incomplete or delayed healing. Ibuprofen and similar products have the same effect. They are not products that should be taken regularly for this reason. Also, steroids and antibiotics reduce the healing response in the body even though they may reduce inflammation. In contrast, we use willow herb extract and some other plant based ingredients that calm inflammation but allow healing to continue the way the body intended. Restore™ has the unique ability to heal damage and calm inflammation at the same time." Ben Johnson

Restore™ Topical 
"Pigmentation is the main reason why people will use Restore™ Topical. Don't give up hope if your age spots are not responding dramatically after a few months, that simply means the damage was greater than anticipated. We are finding that the larger or darker the spot, the longer it takes to complete the healing process which should make sense since it usually signifies more significant damage. Restore™ can darken an existing spot during the process but that is the molecule's effect on melanin, not a worsening of the problem." 

Restore™ Topical should be applied as a spot treatment several minutes before applying one pump of it with the rest of your regimen. A bottle lasts about a month with this strategy.

Restore™ Topical can also be used as "mother's little helper" as it is amazing for treating scrapes, burns, bites, acne, etc. Apply it directly to the afflicted area for best results." Ben Johnson

 Restore™ Internal 
"One very important thing we have learned is that while we may have an idea of what we want Restore™ to do in our body, it appears to focus its attention on the most pressing health issue. You may or may not be aware of this issue. The reason this is important is because the timeline for your results may vary depending on how much of the active ingredient is being diverted to your body's top priorities. We also know that more is not better because it does not serve you to generate excessive repair in your system. Restore™ is utilized in the first 4 hours after ingestion or application. For this reason, taking higher doses in the AM and PM is not necessarily optimal to make up for a missed mid-day dose. Ideally, with Restore™ Internal, you place 8 drops under the tongue and wait 4 minutes before swallowing three times a day (4-6 drops for children or pets). If you miss your mid-day dose, you simply have missed the opportunity to activate repair for those 4 hours. We have clients who have been on an earlier version of Restore™ for years who report amazing results from just one dose a day, however, depending on your issues, that may or may not be sufficient. We continue to recommend that for the fastest result, three times a day is best. For those of you who have consumed above 8 drops 2-3 times a day, no harm was done. Remember, Restore™ is simply repairing damage and some people may find that 12 drops is where they get the best result. HIV patients and other more significant medical issues may actually need those higher doses, but most of us will not require this." Ben Johnson

Side Effects
"Some of you may find that Restore™ Topical causes you to peel or creates small areas of redness, flaking or "irritation". Again, this is repair in action and we have found that these problems resolve over time. If you get significant peeling, we advise you to use less and increase the quantity slowly." Ben Johnson

"We see a brightening to the skin in 30-60 days. However some of you report little or no benefit has been noticed after 6-8 weeks. For the vast majority of those cases, we ask you to take an inventory of any and all medical or dental concerns to make sure you have not forgotten about an issue that no longer bothers you. A small minority of you may not improve from Restore™, but I must emphasize that it will be a very rare occurrence. Most likely, the issue you are taking it for is not an easy one to resolve and so the process may take a month or two longer than the average person." Ben Johnson

 Happy Skin Days, 
Sarah Wilkinson
Skin Matrix

Monday, June 18, 2012

Does Microdermabrasion Thin Your Skin?

I get asked this question a lot in my Skin Care Consultations.

Does Microdermabrasion Thin Your Skin?

A question that I think needs some clarification, especially for those considering having a microdermabrasion session.

I have been performing Microdermabrasion Treatments for approx 10 years of my 14 years in the Beauty Industry. Firstly I would like to clarify that there is a difference between microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion.
"Dermabrasion" is a surgical procedure that is to be performed only by a Doctor and requires anaesthetic. "Microdermabrasion" is a cosmetic treatment that removes the upper most layers of the epidermis and is to be performed by a trained Skin Care Professional.
For the purposes of this Blog, all references are for Microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion gently removes part of the stratum corneum which makes up part of our epidermis. The Stratum Corneum is the layer of skin that we can feel when we touch our skin. The cells of the Stratum Corneum are dead and much flatter than the other cells that lay deeper within the skin. Our skin naturally sheds every day. We do not see it shed as the cells are microscopic. Part of the evolution of the skin, is that the cells at the bottom of the epidermis will over 14 days migrate to the top of the epidermis and naturally shed off. For total skin renewal, from the deepest layer of the skin to the stratum corneum is approx 28 days.
As we get older, this process slows down and a thickening of the epidermis is noted. When the epidermis is thick you can almost feel it to the touch. The skin will feel rough, it can look dull and grey, and sallow in appearance. Once we remove this build up of dead skin, the skin will take on a lively appearance as we can see the beautiful fresh healthy cells that lay underneath.

So, does Microdermabrasion thin Your Skin?

Well, technically yes it does thin the Stratum Corneum layer, but not the layers that lay underneath the stratum corneum. Only cells that need to be removed are removed. A healthy skin, is a skin that has prompt cell turonover. If someone presents a skin that has a thickened Stratum Corneum, then the best thing in the world for them is a microdermabrasion session. You will notice a difference straight away and it does become very addictive!
Microdermabrasion is a device that we take over the skin that emits crystals that gently abrade the stratum corneum. For the client, the sensation is like sand blasting over the skin. Your Skin Care Professional will adjust the microdermabrasion strength depending how many layers need to be removed for optimal results.
This is where it is important for you to seek a Skin Care Professional who has experience with Microdermabrasion so you get the best results per session. Some skins will require more call removal than others, so a confident Skin Care Professional is a must.

How Many Do you Need?
Upon consultation, if a client has a lot of dead skin to be removed, I suggest weekly sessions for 6 weeks. Thereafter, once a month to maintain. Otherwise anywhere from 2, 3 or 4 weeks apart are also common frequencies as well.

What Are Some Side Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
  • your products will penetrate more effectively. 
  • fantastic for acne, breakouts and problematic skin
  • great pre special occasion as your make up will sit flawlessly on the skin
  • great for men who want a non fluffy treatment with visible results
  • helps with shaving rash for men
  • stimulate your cell circulation and oxygen respiration resulting in healthy functioning skin
  • assists in the removal of blackheads
  • great lunch time treatment only taking 45 minutes with mask, without 25 minutes. 
  • no adverse effects on the skin
What Will My Skin Look Like After Microdermabrasion?
Depending on the depth of the microdermabrasion, you may have little to no redness to a considerable amount of redness. The deeper the treatment, the more flushed you will appear. In saying that, I have treated many skins on a deep setting and they have next to no flushing when they leave. It all depends on the individual skin. 2-3 days later my clients can expect to get a little dryness through to a light peeling. This is generally for there first 1-3 sessions and also if they have not have a microdermabrasion in some months.

Some Post Care Tips: 
  • refrain from using AHA's on the skin for approx 3 days
  • if you are using Vitamin A - ask your Skin Care Professional if you can use the next day
  • avoid swimming for 3 days
  • use and spf daily and do not sun bake or let the face be exposed in the skin for too long. If you have melasma - do not expose to the sun at all for minimum 7 days and wear a sun screen daily
  • exfoliate the skin 3 days post treatment, even if the skin does not feel rough. Microscopically your skin will love you for it!
  • if you experience shedding of the skin at the 2-3 day mark post treatment. Exfoliate the skin gently every day until the skin is smooth and silky. You need to listen to your skin and give it what it wants.
  • use a 100% mineral make up such as Jane Iredale as it will not sink into your pores, nor aggravate the skin.
  • if the skin is pink post, do not exercise for 24 hours, as you will prolong being pink. 
  • for the week post microdermabrasion you have prime oppourtunity to get vital ingredients into the skin. So stick to your prescribed skin care routine as designed by your Professional and watch the skin blossom. 
If you have any questions on Microdermabrasion please email me here.  

I would like to finish this Blog by saying that I LOVE microdermabrasion and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of having it done for the first time. You just cannot compare the results with any other treatment, including home scrubs! It really is in a league of its own and something I believe all skins should get from time to time. If you have had microdermabrasion done and still aren't sure, perhaps seek a new Skin Care Professional who specialises in microdermabrasion.

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Buy from hereHappy Skin Days,

Sarah Wilkinson
Skin Care Professional
Skin Matrix