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Besides our Beloved Retin-A, How Should we REALLY be Taking Care of our Skin?


^Isn’t Shannin cute?
I HAVE COME TO AN AGE WHERE I REALIZE THE DAMAGE OF MY YOUTH HAS SPRUNG ALL OVER MY FACE LIKE A SCARLET LETTER TO A WHORE. I see dark circles under my eyes, the literal baggage of a divorce that had I simply bought a land rover and kept my mouth shut, would have cost me less money and had better performance.  There is nothing youthful feeling about the solar system of acne that has sprung forth from the oil slick of what the nice people around me like to call a ‘glow.’  One should be able to tell where their face stops and their lip gloss starts.  Though I grew up in the polar opposite of the sunshine state my face is sprinkled with what apparently hormones and age illuminate as dark spots and freckles.  I am 39.

In my early twenties I was promiscuous, finding myself laying on random tables monthly, trying to find anyone who may fill the void, but to no avail.  I still wandered aimlessly, stripped of my youthful self confidence and optimism.


Then, like any love story, she walked into my life when I least expected.  Having finally given up the search I was finally found.  I do not exaggerate when I say that upon meeting her a faint light encompassed her body, the subtle glow of an angel.  It probably was the reflection of the sun off the window at Starbucks, but I often tend to over exaggerate to make my points.  Words like ‘dermaplane’ ‘microderm’ and the like sprung forth from her mouth like a poem from a lover. I was already deeply infatuated with the idea of her, now I just had be allowed into her lair for the delivery of the much anticipated happy ending.

Shannin far surpassed what little expectation I had, having been around the block a time or two. After the recommended product regimen my dark circles have been erased from my face, I wake up in the morning and no longer frighten my pit bull. Having used the recommended acne products my face was void of pustules in literally 3 days. And the facial peel – oy vey! I have yet to do the recommended more advanced treatments, but this girl, I am telling you, can do no wrong.

I asked what the advantage of being an aesthetician in a doctor’s office is…..from Shannin: ‘Being an Aesthetician in a plastic surgeons office means I have access to medical grade product which delivers results. I get to see more results than just delivering “fluff”. I do get the opportunity to learn more about “medical treatments” that maybe an everyday spa can’t offer.
Some refer to aestheticians in the medical field as “medical aesthetican’s” but as of yet, that type of training isn’t available. We get our (medical) education within the practice under the Doctors supervision.
My schooling for aesthetics was a 1200hr program which gives me the title “Master Aesthetician”. It is extensive and covers more ground, fully preparing me for that option to work with a physician. The Masters program isn’t offered in every state, yet.
The only procedures I can do are the treatments the Doctor allows and falls within the states guidelines.”

The Spa at Waldorf Center 9775 SW Wilshire St. Portland, OR 97225

by Shannin Lowe

When I leave the dentist’s office, I’ve been given a free Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste.  When I leave the pediatricians office I receive free diapers and formula.  OBGYN’s office hands out samples of birth control.  But when I see my dermatologist, I leave with a sample of Cetaphil face wash.  Does everyone get the same face wash?

First of all, why are samples being thrown at us regardless of tolerance, type and addressing our skin concerns? We should all be treated accordingly.  All of us have different skin types.  Some aging, some with hyperpigmentation, dry, oily, etc. Not everyone should be using Cetaphil on a daily basis. But we do, because our doctor told us to and we believe her.  So then why are there still concerns within those same users? Cetaphil is a very neutral cleanser. It’s benign.

be·nign  adj.

1. Showing gentleness and mildness.

2. Having little or no detrimental effect; harmless: a chemical additive that is environmentally benign.

Only would it be o.k. when in adjunct to a treatment prescribed for the specific skin disease.  I feel that if you are going to take the time to cleanse your skin, why not make it count? Using active ingredients will only benefit your skin or skins condition.
Cetaphil is great when the skin has been compromised due to a sunburn, eczema, after a bad reaction or while undergoing a specific treatment at your dermatologists office. But using it daily when you have concerns with aging, hyperpigmentation, acne and so on, would be totally pointless.  It will do nothing for your skin.
So come on now, let’s cleanse with integrity!

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