Beauty Advice | Client Tested and Approved Cleansers

By Liliana Aranda, LE, COE, Spatrepreneur of FACES Mobile Spa

It’s that time of year—spring cleaning for your skin and makeup has begun! If you haven’t thought about your Spring Skin routine, there is no better time than today. A few notable products for cleansing have popped onto my radar and they are top performers, priced right and easy to purchase via your favorite Esthetician, in most retail outlets or online.

Le Mieux Phyto Cleanser Line. With two formulas, you can’t go wrong for solving dry, combination or oily skin types. Claim to fame: cleanses and hydrates at the same time.

1. Phyto-Marine Cleansing Lotion: “A unique marine-vegetal formulation purifies as it gently cleanses” but it does double duty to soothe and moisturize skin as well. This cleanser, though creamy and rich, benefits dry and combination-oily skin as well since it is an expert at removing environmental impurities and makeup, even mascara. Phyto-Marine Cleansing lotion soothes and nourishes the epidermal cell layers with a protective barrier than is slowly absorbed—much appreciated by skin that tends to feel tight and dry after washing.

6 oz

2. Phyto-Nutrient Cleansing Gel: A spa guest favorite for Oily skin, this “opulent blend of unique, phytonutrient micro bubbles completely removes all surface impurities and makeup,” while preserving the skin’s moisture balance intact. No tightness, dryness or pinching after washing with the cleanser— all skin types will feel clean and refreshed while enjoying the light effervescence and creaminess once moistened. Voted Best Cleanser of 2013 by Spa Professional.

6 oz

Available from Licensed Skin Care professionals and Spas

TecNiche Savvy Solutions for Sensitive Skin. With a complete line of care for Oncology, Sensitive and Anti-aging concerns, there is a product that will soothe and resolve these common issues. Claim to fame: gently soothes redness and inflammation, ideal for sensitive skin types.

Plantae Foaming Wash: “is not like any other anti-aging, sensitive cleanser available on the market,” utilizing eight soothing botanical ingredients proven to reduce redness, inflammation and environmental stress that takes toll on the skin. Peptide from Moringa Seeds purifies and refuels nutrient-depleted skin with its “extremely high, naturally-occurring antioxidant content.” Canadian Willowherb has a viable, non-steroidal activity, which reduces redness and inflammation, ideal for skin that suffers from chronic irritation. Anti-aging benefits come from the Betula Alba Bark extract, which is responsible for collagen production (to strengthen cells) and encourages supple skin. Very few products can deliver anti-aging and sensitive skin promises, but TecNiche has been able to corner this niche market with a variety of products.


Available from Licensed Skin Care professionals

Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. Universally loved by oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin types. Claim to fame: a one-step facial cleanser for all skin types.

Purity Made Simple: an award-winning cleanser, loved for its triple duty that “gently cleanses, tones and melts away all face and eye makeup” without needing a separate makeup remover. Fans of this product say it works with their electric facial brush and requires no moisturizer afterwards. Those with hypersensitive skin will find TecNiche to be less reactive than Purity, but this cleanser has won over fans worldwide for its Meadowfoam seed oil—a natural oil that lightly hydrates the skin to leave it comfortable, not pulled or tight. My favorite trick: use Purity to clean my makeup brushes, sponges and cosmetic cases.

purity made simple
Available in department stores, Philosophy stores and online

Alba Natural Hawaiian Facial Cleanser. An inexpensive, but effective cleanser for most skin types. Claim to fame: a pore purging pineapple enzyme-based cleanser.

Alba Natural Hawaiian Facial Cleanser says, “Awaken your a-glow-ha” with a refreshed and radiant complexion cleanser that most skin types will enjoy. Exfoliating pineapple and skin-brightening papaya enzymes (Bromelain) dissolve pore-clogging impurities, makeup and dead skin that causes dullness. Soothing Aloe, hibiscus flower and passion flower provide much needed refreshment to soothe and balance oily and combination skin types. Mature skin types like the gentle exfoliating quality that doesn’t involve harsh scrub particles or more aggressive ingredients. Fans of this line claim it “is as you would expect, like pineapples with a bit of a citrus clean following it.” With earth-conscious packaging, “it is light years beyond other brands in attempting to be truly green. Best of all no Sulfates, Parabens, or phthalates” for those with sensitivities and a conscience.

Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme

Alba Botanica

Available in most drugstores, health food stores, and online.

PMA Presents: The Product of the Month Project

By Lindsay Skog
PMA Associate Artist + PMA StyleTV Correspondant

When it comes to trying new products I am a glorified junkie. Sometimes we get set in our ways when it comes to our hair and makeup but I love switching things up and trying out new products. The Product of the Month Project is a fun way for me to share my love of products with you as well as my experience with new products.
March Product of the Month!
Paul Mitchell Worked Up *****
Worked Up®
I fell in love almost instantly! While each hairspray has its own special purposes this bad boy has some awesome qualities and stands to be one of my most favorite products to date. 
In a nut shell: This is a light weight working spray that helps keep the memory of your curls while adding shine and bounce. Whether you are creating an updo or trying to keep fly always under control, Worked Up is my go to styling spray! It smells delicious, light and fruity, and it doesn’t cause any crunchy build up in the hair (which is a major plus). I will also use it on day two curls to liven and refresh my ends. I use just a few sprays and some scrunching and I’m out the door! 
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Please comment below on your favorite styling product or let me know if there’s a product you would love to know more about.
In Beauty and Kindness,

BEAUTY ADVICE | What’s My Skin Type and Condition

By Liliana Aranda, L.E., C.O.E.
Owner/Esthetician, Certified in Oncology Esthetics

What is my SKIN TYPE? Do you know if your skin type is dry or simply dehydrated? Are you sensitive too? What about oily or hyper-pigmented? There’s a lot of confusion about skin type and skin condition. Let’s clarify them here.
Your skin type is determined by genetic factors—you are born with your skin type. Skin condition is the state your skin is in—it can be long-term or temporary, it can be treated and it doesn’t necessarily mean you are stuck with it. It’s not too difficult to identify your basic skin type. Here is one way to narrow it down if you aren’t sure or have never been assessed by a professional esthetician or dermatologist. First, wash your face with water only. Allow to air dry for 20-45 minutes. Notice the look, feel, texture and quality of your skin as you examine closely in a mirror.

OILY: Does your face shine back with oil evenly distributed all over your face after washing, even if you don’t put anything on it?

  • Oily Skin characteristics include the overproduction of sebaceous glands (oil glands), excessive shine-back on the skin, a slick feeling of oil, increase or prone to acne or breakouts.

DRY: Does your face feel tight, look and feel textured or flakey after washing your face? Does your skin feel thirsty and parched from within?

  •  Dry Skin characteristics include an underproduction of oil, a tightness from within, flaky appearance, texture and itchiness. This skin type is also prone to wrinkles.

COMBINATION: Does your face feel dry in some places such as the forehead or cheeks, and yet shiny in other places like the nose or chin after washing your face?

  • Combination Skin characteristics include an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry, flaky patches on cheeks. Some pinkness or irritation may be present in the drier areas.

SENSITIVE: Does your face show pink or redness after washing your face or after using hot or cold water? After using perfumed lotions, topical products or basic rubbing of your face, does your skin flush pink or feel irritated? Can you say your skin feels “angry” more often than not?

  • Sensitive Skin characteristics include an increased reaction to common ingredients or fragrances, red and uncomfortable skin, hyper-reactive to products and ingredients.

NORMAL / BALANCED: Does your skin feel hydrated, with no shine or texture or redness after washing your face? Does your skin hold moisture and not show texture or flakiness? Perhaps your skin doesn’t have a reaction to hot or cold water, doesn’t flush pink or feel angry?

  • Normal skin characteristics include even pigmentation, balanced hydration, blemish-free, smooth texture and no adverse reactions to lotions or other topically applied products.

What’s my Skin Condition? Skin Condition is the state your skin is in, which is not your type but the way it acts under normal circumstances. Again, this isn’t a condition you are stuck with because as we age, our skin ages and changes too. And, what we do to our skin as we grow affects how it will behave, as we get older.
Sensitive/Sensitized is the only skin type that is also recognized as a skin condition. The skin’s barrier is compromised, usually caused by overuse of in-office procedures or products that are inappropriate for the skin type. Poor diet, overexposure, general health all affect sensitive skin and/or can aggravate this condition.

  • How it looks: red, inflamed, parched, irritated, chapped, and cracked
  • How it feels: tight, painful, hot, cracked, and angry.

Acneic Skin is a condition—simply known as acne—which is chronic inflammation and overproduction of sebum, resulting in blemishes we know as pimples. Enlarged pores that are often clogged with a waxy material or congested with makeup, dirt and oil are common.

  • How it looks: red bumps all over face or confined to certain areas; small bumps to larger, cyst-like protrusions.
  • How it feels: bumpy surface, textured, sometimes dry flakes surrounding bumps, painful, prickly and uneven.

Hyper-pigmented Skin condition is a result of either sun exposure that has turned into sun damage, or from trauma, picking and scratching pimples, resulting in Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), which resembles dark spots. Excess pigment is produced to protect the skin cells, as a response from damage or trauma to the skin. Environmental exposure and internal factors can worsen the condition.

  • How it looks: big freckles with no pattern, various sized brown or reddish-brown spots,    individuals or small groups. PIH-related spots can, when exfoliated properly, peel away and fade in color, leaving behind a spot, which can be lightened.
  • How it feels: flat, textured spots, flakey as they develop, flat as they turn into spots.

Rosacea is a common skin condition in which the person experiences persistent flushing of the face, acne-like lesions on the nose and cheeks, and inflamed and irritated complexion. Environmental factors such as excessive exposure to the elements, intrinsic factors like alcohol and spicy foods will also aggravate this condition.

  • How it looks: like persistent windburn, flushing, redness and acne with inflammation.
  • How it feels: constant heat or swelling to the touch, itching, textured and irritated from within.

Dehydrated skin condition lacks water, and can be associated with Oily, Dry, Sensitive and Combination skin types. When the water-oil is balance is off, skin loses the natural bonds that protect cells, and it results in a thirsty skin that drinks up moisturizer yet still feels parched.

  • How it looks: flaky, sallow, textured, uneven, dull and possibly wrinkled.
  • How it feels: tight, thirsty, flaky, crepe-like texture, never quite satisfied after moisturizing.

Aging Skin, which is a condition that affects us all, is characterized by premature or cumulative natural aging of the skin and body. Skin cells lose collagen and elastin as we grow older, but the signs of aging can also be accelerated by sun damage, diet, overall health, stress and toxins in the environment.

  • How it looks: fine and deep lines appear wrinkled, uneven pigment, dull, dry and rough texture.
  • How it feels: lines offer texture, rough, uneven feel, lax and loose, and skin doesn’t bounce back when tugged.

Once a skin care patient understands these two categories, it’s much easier to identify a resolution plan and see results more quickly. Seeing a skin care professional such as an Esthetician in your area will guide you to reaching your goal of healthier, happier skin and a more balanced complexion.

Next month, we will look at treatment options for all skin conditions.


THE PMA REPORT | 2014 Oscars Beauty

By Camille Goldston
PMA Associate Artist + Celebrity Correspondent

The stars were shining bright at last night’s Oscars, and as I was watching them on the Red Carpet I noticed 3 major beauty trends.

Side Swept Hair
Idina Manzel wore her hair sleek & straight while Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson & Cate Blanchett had a more old Hollywood glamour approach with side swept curls.

  Idina Sandra Kate_Hudson Cate

Deep Lip
Earlier in awards season we saw lots of bright reds & pops of orange but this time around stars like Kerry Washington, Margot Robbie & Khloe Kardashian opted for deep, dark shades of plum & cherry.

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Soft Curled Updo
A few celebs did admit to last minute hair changes due to the rain but Olivia Wilde & Camilla
Alves looked stunning with soft & textured low buns.


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Top Look of the Night
I totally gushed over Maria Menounos, from head to toe she looked right on point! Her modern
take on a braid ( Yes, I admit I love a braid!) to her sultry smokey eye she looked like a Greek
goddess. Kudos Maria!

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Special Note
Adruitha Lee & Robin Mathews won Best Makeup & Hairstyling for their work on Dallas Buyers
Club. Congratulations, ladies!!

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There were many more stars looking gorgeous on the Red Carpet, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of these trends this year with our brides. Who were your favorites from last night? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below who made your Best Oscars Beauty list.

In beauty and kindness,





By Liliana Aranda, L.E., C.O.E.
Owner/Esthetician, Certified in Oncology Esthetics
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Let’s talk about SKIN. Not about showing it, but what makes it require so much care and some of my favorite tips on how to care for it.

• Your Skin is the largest organ in/on the body. Skin is also the last organ to receive any nutrients. What you put ON skin is as important as what you put IN the body. Skin is the gate and the gatekeeper to the rest of the body. If any part of the gate is compromised, good things can escape and bad things can enter, so it’s important to make sure skin is healthy and strong, just like a good, solid fence with a working gate.

•  Skin sheds its cells once every 14 – 84 days*
Our Cell Renewal Factor (turnover rate) changes as we age:

Babies – 14 days
Teenagers – 21 – 28 days
20s through 40s – 28 – 42 days
50 and up – 42 – 84 days

Depending on age, metabolism and external conditions, you can speed up the process by exfoliating the outermost layer either mechanically (with scrubs, microdermabrasion treatments, lasers, and the like) or chemically (with enzymes, peels or masks). A healthy diet rich in anti-oxidants (the things that keep cells from “rusting” and becoming damaged) will give cells the opportunity to perform at their optimum level. Each cell has a life cycle, so when it dies, the new skin cells are eager to come to the surface and shine! When skin cells are sluggish and don’t “turn over” as rapidly, they build up, clog pores, cause “Chicken Skin” condition called Keratosis Pilaris, and give your complexion a dull, dry or flaky appearance.

• What affects the skin is both internal (intrinsic) and external (extrinsic). Stress, genetics, diet, sun exposure, skin care products, sleep, mental state, activity and medications affect the skin immediately and for up to 30 days after. Knowing what you put in your body and on your skin will help you control everything from allergies to aging. Knowing what ingredients are applied topically and ingested and what they do is so important. It can also be confusing and overwhelming but we’ll help you navigate through the sea of information on this post.

My Favorite Tips for Skin Care
These easy to follow tips will help break bad habits to reveal better skin within 28-30 days if you do them correctly. We’ll reveal new tips throughout our journey to healthy skin, but for now, try these on for size.

Rub a Dub-Dub. Wash you face twice daily, every day. If you forget to wash your makeup off, store makeup remover sheets in your nightstand so that you never forget to take off any residue that could asphyxiate skin and cause acne, congested pores, premature aging and sallow skin tone. Skin releases oil in about 20 minutes, so if you go 24 hours between washings, think about how much bacteria and oil builds up on the surface of your face in that time. Treat your skin as if you were bathing a baby—light pressure and gentler motions are best!

Wipe On. Wipe Off. Avoid sleeping with your makeup—especially waterproof mascara—on. My easy tip: wash your face as soon as you get home in the evening (if you aren’t going out) and follow your skin care routine so that you don’t forget later. Olive Oil is a great makeup remover that doubles as a hydrating cleansing oil. Use a heated eyelash curler instead of a clamp curler to avoid breaking lashes and give your eyes a more lifted appearance. More lift, less need for mascara or heavier makeup.

Skin Food. If your diet is incomplete in nutrients, consider taking good multivitamins at night to help repair and recharge your skin. My favorites are Calcium with Vitamin D, Biotin and Folic Acid, Iron and Vitamin C. A healthy, well-rounded diet is best, but for those like myself with food allergies, supplements are a boost, not a replacement for a nutrient-rich diet.

Go Pro. Get professional treatments based on your condition. For acne and severe sun damage, I recommend professional facials every 2 to 3 weeks for 3 months, then stepping down to once every 3 weeks. For those with mild to moderate aging issues and hyperpigmentation that is mild to moderate, every 4 weeks is sufficient. For hypersensitive skin and those receiving Oncology treatments, I prefer to see them every 4 to 6 weeks or 3 days after Chemo or Radiation treatments to help alleviate irritated or sensitized skin. For men, same rules apply, but men should not shave before their facial treatments as shaving opens pores and makes skin more sensitive to products, especially gel-based cleansers.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road. The road to healthy skin is paved for you after the appointment, but ultimately the client is responsible for the upkeep. Often, the non-compliant client will come back months later and ask, “Why is my skin looking bad?” And when asked further, they reveal that they went back to their old products that don’t work, they continued to smoke, fell into a fast food diet, don’t exercise, don’t take in water, or failed to check ingredient labeling. My clients are encouraged to follow their personalized Home Care Program I create for them so their professional results last well after their spa service. I research these items to make sure that your skin becomes happy and healthy—and when compliant, the client will be too!

Your skin is a living, breathing, active organ that needs nourishment, plenty of protection, and professional treatment. When cared for properly, it will operate beautifully and optimally. When left to fend for itself, problems arise and skin underperforms and underwhelms. Take charge of your skin health now to prevent problems later and see the results sooner.

 Next Month: What Is My Skin Type and What’s My Condition?

 Also… explore these links:

*Cell Turnover Rate

*Keratosis Pilaris

*Intrinsic versus Extrinsic Factors in Aging

*Oncology Esthetics