Monday, July 30, 2012

Sun Allergy

What Is It?
A sun allergy is an immune system reaction to sunlight, most often, an itchy red rash. The most common locations include the "V" of the neck, the back of the hands, the outside surface of the arms and the lower legs. In rare cases, the skin reaction may be more severe, producing hives or small blisters that may even spread to skin in clothed areas.
Sun allergies are triggered by changes that occur in sun-exposed skin. It is not clear why the body develops this reaction. However, the immune system recognizes some components of the sun-altered skin as "foreign," and the body activates its immune defenses against them. This produces an allergic reaction that takes the form of a rash, tiny blisters or, rarely, some other type of skin eruption.
Sun allergies occur only in certain sensitive people, and in some cases, they can be triggered by only a few brief moments of sun exposure. Scientists do not know exactly why some people develop a sun allergy and others do not. There is evidence, however, that some forms of sun allergy are inherited.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Adult Acne

It's more common than you think

Adult acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives.

Whether you’ve been dealing with acne since high school or just had your first breakout at age 35, these are some of the common causes:
  • A family history: If your mom or dad had severe scarring acne, you’re more likely to inherit the same problem.
  • Withdrawal from the pill: The birth control pill is an excellent treatment for acne, and going off the pill may trigger breakouts.
  • Stress: The stress response causes the release of cortisol, which can increase oil production and block pores.
  • Rich anti-wrinkle products: Using oily creams can also lead to breakouts.
  • Dairy products: Recent research links dairy intake to acne because many milk products contain hormones.
  • Sugary foods: highly processed carbs and sugary drinks and foods—may boost hormones and insulin—which stimulates oil production and clogs pores.
  • Pregnancy: The hormonal changes of pregnancy may aggravate skin problems.
  • Menstruation: Breakouts are common 2-7 days before their menstrual period starts.
  • Smoking
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes: Avoid touching your face.

Treatment for Acne at any age is have a good routine. 

Morning: Cleans, toner and moisturize with a sunblock - not more than SPF 35 (it keeps the skin breathing)
Evening: Cleans, toner and moisturize and spot treat with acne cream (benzoyl peroxide)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Holiday News :

Please note:-  I will be going on vacation with the family-

Monday, August 6 back Thursday, August 9th for later afternoon appointments.

Then off to Barbados with Hubby on Monday, August 13th and back Monday August 20th.

Hope to see you before or after - Enjoy your Summer !!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Whats your Skin Type

There are 6 skin types out there, do you know what yours is? Fill out this questionnaire and it will give you the Fitzpatrick Skin Type Classification you'll need when you have any skin therapy done.

What is the color of your eyes?
Light Blue, Grey or Green
Blue, Grey or Green
Dark Brown
Brownish Black

What is the natural color of your hair?
Sandy Red
Chestnut, Dark Blonde
Dark Brown

What is the color of your skin? (unexposed)
Very pale
Pale with beige tint
Light Brown
Dark Brown

Do you have freckles on sun-exposed areas?

What happens when you stay in the sun too long?
Painful redness, blistering, peeling
Blistering followed by peeling
Burns, sometimes followed by peeling
Rarely burns
Never had burns

To what degree do you turn brown?
Hardly or not at all
Light color tan
Reasonable tan
Tan very easily
Turn dark brown quickly

Do you turn brown several hours after sun exposure?

How does your face respond to the sun?
Very sensitive
Very resistant
Never had a problem

When did you last expose yourself to the sun or tanning beds?
More than 3 months ago
2-3 months ago
1-2 months ago
Less than 1 month ago
Less than 2 weeks ago

Do you expose the area to be treated to the sun?
Hardly Ever

       Total  _______


Fitzpatrick Skin Type

            I (0-7)     II (8-16)     III (17-25)     IV (25-30)     V-VI (over 30)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hair Removal - this is why you need to see me!!

I haven't laughed so much in a long time, so I decided to share this email a client sent me ;-) with you. Enjoy

All hair removal methods have tricked women with their promises of easy, painless removal - The Epilady, scissors, razors, Nair and now ... the wax.

My night began as any other normal weeknight. Fix dinner, watch the grand kids come and go. I then had the thought that would ring painfully in my mind for the next few hours:
"Maybe I should get the waxing kit from the medicine cabinet."

So I headed to the site of my demise -- the bathroom.

It was one of those "cold wax" kits. No melting a clump of hot wax, you just rub the strips together in your hands, they get warm and you peel them apart and press them on to you leg (or wherever else) and you pull the hair right off. No muss, no fuss. How hard can it be?

I mean, I'm not a genius, but I am mechanically inclined enough to figure this out. (YA THINK!?!) So I pull one of the thin strips out. Its two strips facing each other, stuck together.

Instead of rubbing them together, my genius kicks in so I get out a hair dryer and heat it to 1000 degrees. ("Cold wax"...right!)

I lay the strip across my thigh. Hold the skin around it tight and pull.

It works! Okay, so its wasn't the best feeling, but it wasn't too bad. I can do this!
Hair removal no longer eludes me!

I am She-rah, fighter of all wayward body hair and maker of smooth skin extraordinaire!

With my next wax strip I move north. After checking on the family, I sneak back into the bathroom for the ultimate hair fighting championship.

I drop my granny panties and place one foot on the toilet.

Using the same procedure, I apply the wax strip across the right side of my bikini line, covering the right half of my hoo-ha and stretching down to the inside of my butt cheek (it was a long strip)

I inhale deeply and brace myself ..... RRRRIIIIPPPP!!!!

I'm blind!!!! Blinded from pain !!! ----- OH MY GAWD!!!!!

Vision returning, I notice that I've only managed to pull off half the strip.


Another deep breath and RIPP! Everything is spinning and spotted.

I think I may pass out .... I must stay conscious.... I must stay conscious.

Do I hear crashing drums??? Breath, breath... Okay, back to normal.
I want to see my trophy- a wax covered strip, the one that have caused me so much pain, with my hairy pelt sticking to it. I want to revel in the glory that is my triumph over body hair.

I hold up the strip! There's no hair on it.
Where is the hair???


Slowly I ease my head down, foot still perched on the toilet, I see the hair. The hair that should be on the strip... it's not.  I touch.. I am touching wax.

I run my fingers over the most sensitive part of my body, which is now covered in cold wax and mated hair.
Then I make the next BIG mistake.... remember my foot is still propped upon the toilet? So I put my food down. Sealed shut!  From from my crotch to my butt is sealed shut. !!

I penguin walk around the bathroom trying to figure out what to do and think to myself,
"Please don't let me get the urge to poop"... !
What can I do to melt the wax? Hot water!! Hot water melts wax!! I'll run the hottest water I can stand in the bathtub get in, immerse the wax-covered bits and the wax should melt and I can gently wipe it off, right????

WRONG!!! *

I get in the tub - the water is slightly hotter than that used to torture prisoners of war, or sterilize surgical equipment - I sit.
Now, the only thing worse than having your nether regions glued together, is having them glued to the bottom of the tub.... in scalding hot water.

Which by the way, does not melt cold wax.

So, now I'm stuck to the bottom of the tub as though I had cemented myself to the porcelain!!

God bless the Telus man who had convinced me a few months ago to have a phone put in the bathroom !!!!

I call my friend, thinking surely she has waxed before and has some secret of how to get me undone. It's a very good conversation starter.

"So, my butt and hoo-ha are glued together on the bottom of the tub!"

There is a slight pause. She doesn't know any secret tricks for removal, but she does try and hide her laughter from me.

She wants to know exactly where the wax is located, "Are we talking cheeks or hoo-ha?"

She's laughing out loud by now.... I can hear her.

I give her the rundown and she suggests I call the number on the side of the box.

YEAH !!!! Right !!! I should be the joke of someone else's night.

While we go through various solutions, I resort to trying to scrape the wax off with a razor.  Nothing feels better than to have your girlie goodies covered in hot wax, glued shut, stuck to the tub in super hot water and then dry-shave the sticky wax off!!
By now the brain is not working, dignity has taken a major hike and I'm pretty sure I'm going to need Post-Traumatic Stress counseling for this event.

My friend is still talking with me when I finally see my saving grace.... the lotion they give you to remove the excess wax.
What do I really have to lose at this point? I rub some on the OH MY GOD!!!
The scream probably woke the family and scared the dickens out of my friend.

It's sooo painful, but I really don't care. IT WORKS!
I get a hearty congratulations from my friend and she hangs up.

I successfully remove the remainder of the wax and then notice to my grief and despair.... THE HAIR IS STILL THERE.... ALL OF IT!

So I recklessly shave it off.  Heck, I'm numb by now. Nothing hurts.  I could have amputated my own leg at this point.

Next week I'm going to try hair colour...... how bad can that turn out????

Monday, May 28, 2012


Being a Licences Aesthetician and Laser Technician the following services are available to you.
Pedicures and Manicures,
All waxing services,
Lash and Brow Tinting,
Ultra-Violet light treatments (helps kill bacteria and reduce inflammation) used in facials and waxing

Laser Hair Removal,
Pigmentation and Vascular Treatments (will explain in detail below),
Skin Tightening - I found it helps in reducing the appearance of strech marks and cellulite.
Chronic muscular pain therapy

Pigmentation: Regardless of the cause, pigmented lesions are simply spots on the skin where there is a higher concentration of melanin. Some lesions are flat, other are raised. In most cases, pigmented lesions are merely a cosmetic concern.

Vascular:  What causes spider and varicose veins are heredity, aging, pregnancy, hormonal changes and obesity.  Spider veins are those small red, blue or purple blood vessels that appear most on the face and thighs. In some cases, capillaries in the face, inflame due to sever tempratures, stress and alcohol and a symptom to these may (although not confirmed) causes Rosacea.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Understanding Hair Removal

To understand how removal of unwanted hair works,  you need to understand hair growth and how to get the best results.  

The growth cycle of a hair follicle consists of 3 stages:
1. Anagen - Growing Stage
2. Catagen  - Resting Stage 
3. Telogen - Shedding Stage

For the IPL Laser to work thoroughly it is best when the hair follicle is in an Anagen or growing state (this is when the hair is attached to its blood supply). In other words its when the hair is in its most healthiest  and darkest stage.  

Hair Growth Cycle
Intervals between Laser treatments can be anything from 4 to 10 weeks depending on the area and the time it grows back. This differs from person to person, however treatments should NOT be done sooner than 4 weeks for best results.

I would love to hear from you, please share you laser, wax or electrolisys experience. Or if you have a question please send them to me too and I will be happy to answer them for you.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Acne Free Skin for Grad

Introducing UV Treatment to all Grad students:

Prepare your skin before the big day arrives with this mini facial which includes; a cleanse, exfoliation, extractions, UV Treatment and moisturizer for $20.00

What is a UV Treatment?
Using Ultra Violet Light on the skin causes oxidation this:
1.  Kills the bacteria that causes pimples and acne, and
2. Soothes the skin from inflammation due to the acne and irritation.

Give me a call at 604 466-5323

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mother Day

What are you doing for your mother this mother's Day?

Answer the question above by adding a comment below, then follow this blog (through Google or Networkblog) to Win an Express Facial by Anita at Obri Day Spa.

Just remember - you or your mother will need to live in or around Maple Ridge, Canada

The winner will be announced Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Good luck

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Special Limited Offer

Phone for your Free Consultation this month of April and May and book any Laser or IPL services and  pay no HST on the already discounted introductory pricing.
This offer is for a limited time so don't delay.

Contact Anita at 604 466 5323 today

To receive an additonal free gift, follow this blog to win. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Laser Services

1. Vascular and Pigmentation Treatments:
Treatment of benign vascular (spider veins and rosasea) and pigmented lesions including dyschromia (age and sun spots), hyper pigmentation (dark spots left by acne scares)  melasma (darkness of skin due to pregnancy) and ephelides (freckles).
Treatment intervals 3 weeks.

2.  Super Hair Removal:
Indicated for the removal of unwanted hair and to effect stable long-term or permanent hair reduction.
Treatment intervals 6-8 weeks.

3.  Skin Tightening and Temporary pain relief:
This laser provides topical heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for the temporary relief of minor muscle pain, and joint pain and stiffness, the temporary relief of minor joint pain associated with arthritis.
The temporary increase in local circulation where applied, skin tightening through deep thermal heating and the relaxation of muscles. This may also help with muscles spasms, minor sprains and strains and minor muscular back pain.
Treatment intervals 2 weeks.

All treatments are excluded to anyone who has had prolonged sun exposure or artificial tanning (including spray tanning) during the last 48 hrs. As well as anyone who is expecting to have prolonged sun exposure during the upcoming month.

You will be expected to complete the following forms:
1. Medical History.
2. Consent Form (Waiver)
3. Skin Assessment.
A skin test my be preformed.
Expect consults to take 15 to 30 minutes.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ulta Violet Light and it benefits

UV Treatment is administered to a specific, localized area of the skin via a FDA cleared device. Targeted phototherapy is only administered to the affected skin, not the entire body, thus sparing healthy skin from UV rays  With targeted phototherapy only being administered to the affected area of skin, more intense dosages of light can be administered, allowing skin conditions to be repaired in less time. 


Three percent of the population suffer from psoriasis, and UVB phototherapy has been shown to effectively treat the disease. A feature of psoriasis is localized inflammation mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. Light therapy for skin conditions like psoriasis use UV-A or UV-B (280–315 nm wavelength) light waves. UV-A, combined with psoralen, a drug taken orally, is known as PUVA treatment.

Acne vulgaris

Sunlight was long known to improve acne, and this was thought to be due to antibacterial and other effects of the ultraviolet spectrum which cannot be used as a long-term treatment due to the likelihood of skin damage.
It was found that some of the visible violet light present in sunlight (in the range 415–430 nm) activates a porphyrin in Propionibacterium acnes which damages and ultimately kills the bacteria by releasing singlet oxygen.

UV Treatments cannot be administered to clients that are pregnant or have a pacemaker, as electro energy waves flows through the light and may cause harm.
I use the UV treatment after waxing to relieve redness due to inflammation and in facials to kill bacteria that causes acne.

This treatment in non evasive and safe, used by myself, a certified and Licences Aesthetician.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Today Anita Aesthetics and Laser Clinic is officially open and would like to thank my family, friends and client if making this possible. It was a difficult decision to leave Temptations Salon and Spa, but in order for me to be successful, I had no choice. I like to thank Temptation's management and staff for making the last four years fun, will miss working with you all.

I would like to invite you to follow my blog in order to keep in touch.
Their is three ways to do it:
1. By email;
2. Networkblog (Facebook); and
3. Google+
All options are found to the right of this post, its just a click away.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Greetings New World

Dear Clients, Friends and Family

I would like to Welcome everyone to a new chapter in my life. This is where I say goodbye to Temptations Salon and Spa and hello new beginnings. I am introducing a new Laser Clinic and Spa here in Maple Ridge and will be running out of Obri Day Spa, located at 103-23015 Dewdney Trunk Road.

A big THANK YOU to all the ladies at Temptations Salon and Spa for all the support and understanding when times were difficult as well as for all the good and fun times we had together.
Now, I'm moving forward and seek my own path in new technologies and products, I hope your support and understanding will be ongoing.

I am proud and excited to introduce Laser hair removal,  Laser Vascular and Pigmentation Treatment due to age and sun damage, as well as Skin Tightening with Alma Lasers newest IPL technology known as the Harmony Lite. I would like to invite you into my new world of Laser rejuvenation and timeless skin technologies.

Would love you to join me here again for upcoming specials and discounts.