vitamix: making soups, smoothies, sauces and dips is a breeze. you need a high speed blender in your life. vitamix blenders are pricey but they are worth every penny. think of all the money you’ll save once you start making fancy juice bar smoothies at home.
by kerry watson
as you may have heard, we are in the process of working towards 150 yelp reviews by september 17th. if we can meet or exceed this goal the entire sS team will get to see the queen bey herself in concert! but our REAL goal is to spread the word about sS to help more people achieve skinSALVATION.
to help launch us towards our goal, we are offering a free 0.5 oz hydrating cream OR a free 0.5 oz hydrating gel to clients who check in using yelp while in office. if you check in for a treatment monday through friday, you will get both! to do this, you’ll need:
- the yelp app on your phone
- open it up, check in and, if you have time, we’d love it if you could write a short review and make sure to mention your favorite esthetician. (this part is not mandatory to get your free products).
- show the checked-in page to the front desk receptionist
- collect your free products!
if you aren’t planning a trip to sS this month you can still help us get to our goal by writing a short yelp review about your experience in working with sS to treat your skin. make sure to mention your favorite esthetician(s) as well and what you like best about them 🙂
and/or you can write a short 1-2 sentence testimonial about sS that we will post to our website. please let us know if we can use your progress photos (we will blur out prominent features like eyes, lips, etc so that you remain anonymous). these testimonials will also count towards our goal!
by kerry watson
if you read my blog post about gelatin then you won’t be surprised to learn that collagen powder is my new jam. collagen is the main structural protein found in the connective tissue of all animals. with time, our bodies produce less and less of it which plays a big role in how we age. this is part of the reason that we experience more joint pain, slower wound healing, wrinkles, loss of volume and increased laxity of the skin.
by now we all know that bone broth is a super healing food that everyone should be downing by the mason jar. bone broth is made from cooking down animal bones and joints which are loaded with collagen (which later becomes gelatin). most of us don’t have time to make bone broth everyday or even once a week for that matter. earlier this year i learned about taking collagen powder from my bodyworker, tasha berg. i went to see her for an appointment last december and i noticed that she was looking more fabulous than usual. when i asked her what she’s been doing she told me that she is taking collagen powder. her skin was glowing and she looked super well-rested. i decided that i had to try this new fountain of youth supplement. after a couple of months taking 2 tablespoons twice a day i started noticing that my nails were strong and growing fast, my hair wasn’t as frizzy as usual and my skin looked great! it was less red, i needed less makeup to even out the tone and my tiny fine lines became almost nonexistent.
i started thinking, “hey, if this works for me maybe it could help out our sS clients.” i started mentioning it to my clients with textural scarring. i explained that it takes months to see a difference and a few clients were ready to give it a try. we have been keeping track of the progress with photos and one client was nice enough to let us share them. she’s been taking 2 TBSP of this supplement twice a day religiously and switched over to this one a few months ago (both work great, the second one is easier to mix into cold beverages and has less of a taste to it). the first set of photos are from her consultation (her first visit to sS – when she was still breaking out). the second set of photos were taken after she started really clearing up and right when she let us know that she was starting the collagen supplement. the third set of photos was taken three months after that and the results were fantastic. the tone and texture of her skin improved, the redness has diminished and the depth of the textural scarring is more shallow. in addition to taking the collagen powder, this client works with an amazing herbalist named joshua muscat, who in addition to helping regulate several systemic imbalances, worked specific herbs into her daily tonic that help improve collagen production.
there is some question as to whether these results are permanent. after extensive research online, i have seen that most people who have taken collagen supplements for their anti-aging effects felt like the progress was lost after stopping the supplements. we are unclear as to whether or not this will be the same for textual scarring. if we have clients that decide to stop taking it after seeing improvement we will keep you posted on the results.
in addition to its obvious benefits in improving the appearance of textural scarring, collagen powder may improve the results and shorten the healing time after other treatment modalities geared towards improving textural scarring like micro-needling and laser. the possibilities are very exciting. if you decide to try this or this supplement (or a different one) please let us know. if you could take progress photos, we’d love to see them as well.
disclaimer: any reference to outside support (i.e. working with an herbalist and/or bodyworker) are from this client’s and my own personal experiences and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the ideas or recommendations of skinSALVATION.