Lash Conditioners.

November 15, 2009

Here is another obvious post…the world of eyelash growth stimulators. These products have been a blessing and a curse to us at The Lash Spa. We have sold hundreds over the last 3 1/2 years. The challenge has been keeping up with the rapidly changing formulas. 

Here’s a brief history on how it all got started… Glaucoma patients using Lumigan by Allergan were reporting a significant increase in eyelash growth. Jan Marini Skin Research was the first to isolate the active ingredient and formulate a retail product.  Jan had an amazzzing product in Age Intervention Eyelash. I must say that hands down, out of them all, this has been my absolute fave. Applicator was great, delivered AWESOME results, heard very few complaints from clients about eye irritation. Revitalash had a popular product, too. Lashes were growing like Spring grass everywhere. Then Allergan came along with a law suit, claiming patent infringement. Jan volunteered to remove the active ingredient. She took her product off of the market claiming they were out of the eyelash growth business. When she took it off of the market, we switched over to Revitalash, who had been ordered to remove the active ingredient, as with all of the other competitors.  There went the unreal results, becoming inconsistent from client to client. Jan came back, stating she had conducted new research and developed a superior product. Results were disappointing to us. Then she changed it again, changing the name and the packaging. Now she has Marini Lash. My opinion, I still have witnessed inconsistent results. For the client who lets her lash extensions go, I would recommend this product. I just don’t think it works as great with the extensions as her first one. For the lash extension client, at the moment there is only one choice: Latisse by Allergan. They got in with the FDA and now have cornered the market. Now you need a prescription from your doctor to get freakishly long lashes.

Lashes are growing like Spring grass again, however we have heard many complaints about this product. First and foremost, they did not come up with a great application process. The disposable brushes that come with the drops are thick, rough and coarse. Common Client Comment: It must have been a man who thought that one up. My clients are savvy in the lash world, having used the various products on the market. My thought, why could they have not teamed up with JMSR to create the mac daddy of all lash products? Combine the 2 great technologies and BAM you have the best product on the planet. I guess corporate greed does not work like that, huh??? In my experienced opinion, the Latisse is a little too strong. We have heard this from many clients. Will we stop using this product that bothers different people in different ways? No way, not for now…life is always better with long lashes.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Vitamin C…a necessity

September 27, 2009

My addiction…Vitamin C. Applied topically or taken internally, I crave it. I was enlightened with its miraculous skin care properties back in my 20’s. I have a gorgeous Italian friend who has regularly visited her awesomely talented esthetician for the last 12 years. Yes, my friend has great genes working for her, but I have known her since the age of 12 and her skin has not changed much. She has preserved her skin with Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is necessary for our bodies to produce collagen.  As we age, collagen begins to break down and cross link creating what looks like lasagna noodles under the skin. Free radicals and time are the culprit here. Every stressful encounter, every sun ray you are exposed to, every alcoholic beverage you consume, every cigarette you smoke or inhale second hand, is going to knock your skin cells out of balance. Our bodies can do amazing things when nourished properly. When the naughty, negatively charged free radical comes knocking at your door, you need to be armed with a positively charged antioxidant. Vitamin C is my choice. Not only will it neutralize the negative energies attacking your cells, it’s also going to assist your body to produce collagen. Double bam!

How much is enough? Here’s the controversy. The good news–your body consumes what it needs, then eliminates the rest. Unlike minerals, which can be stored and cause damage to some organs, you can’t OD on Vitamin C. Great news for the addict, huh??? Back to the question of what’s enough. What makes sense to me is that it’s an individualized amount. The stress junkie’s body is probably going to consume more than the Zen girl’s. Internally, I consume 1000 mg’s at different times of the day. If I am tired, I will kick it up that day. We don’t know when we encounter the latest germ-monkey virus, they are invisible. I want to be armed, big time.

Topically applied, is another story. As an esthetician, I insist this is a necessary part of anyones regimen. When taken orally, over 70% is consumed by our internal organs.  Recall Scurvy??? That happened when those poor souls sailing the High Seas did not have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, which are packed with this vital nutrient. Our heart, lung, kidney, liver, etc… tissue is comprised of collagen. That’s not leaving much for our largest, most exposed organ–the SKIN.

The most important factor in Vitamin C skin care products…stability. If it’s not a stabilized form, then it’s efficacy will not be so great. At The Lash Spa we sell Jan Marini Skin Research. Jan has amazingly effective skin care products. No, they are not organic or all natural, but you will experience awesome changes in your skin. I LOVEEE her C-ESTA line. Tightens, brightens and tones the skin. The 2 C-ESTA eye creams are the BOMB, combined or used individually. The gel cleanser is a hands down favorite, too. Jan worked with Dr. Pericone, he is a Master in this field, as well.

Poor man’s concoction??? I get my Te Karanga Organic Coconut Oil and Vitamin C crystals, mix them together in the palm of my hands and massage it into my facial skin. How much you ask??? The best consistency I found was when I put 1/4 tsp. crystals into an ounce of coconut oil. Loved the consistency, but this experiment created an awful odor when left in my cabinet. Which led my mind to the stability of it. Probably not great. Fresh is best any ways, right? So now I usually do about a tablespoon of oil with about  1/16 tsp. of crystals. You will come up with a scrub type mixture. Massage it in, including your neck.  Feel the burn, but not too much. If it feels too grainy, add some more oil.  How excercised your skin is, in the areas of exfoliation, will dictate how long you leave it on. I prefer to sleep with it on.  Beginner’s: wash it off after about 20 minutes. Then massage on more pure coconut oil. Your skin will glow when powered with this immunity booster, my love: Vitamin C.

Peace from the Lash Lady.