All About Lisa

We have been unusually lucky at Innovative Aesthetics to have had great luck in our staff hiring process.  Clients and friends alike notice this frequently-we enjoy each others’ company, and have a great time working together.  Lisa Norman, Licensed Esthetician, is no exception to that rule!

After battling hyperpigmentation through her teenage and present years, and seeing friends’ self esteem plummet due to acne struggles, Lisa decided to follow her 2010 nursing degree with her esthetics licence in 2013, joining Innovative in April of this year.   Her service menu includes peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, waxing, Hydrafacial, microdermabrasion, and Signature Facials.  Having this selection of variety ensures that Lisa never gets bored.  “I love treating all skin types.  Just like people, no two skins are alike, and that keeps it both exciting and rewarding”, Lisa explains.

We all have our favorite products and services here, and Lisa is finding hers.  During the summer, she’s partial to the Red Carpet Treatment (a dermaplane plus Hydrafacial, which, by the way, equals AMAZING), and microneedling.  She anticipates finding new preferences as the season changes-and along with it, our skin needs. For products, she loves BioSerum, C-Stem, and Lumiere, but will always strategize to find the perfect combination for each individual.

For Lisa, the power of touch has always been transforming.  This profession has been an emotionally rewarding journey, with the opportunity to help others using the science of skincare, and to develop trusting and lasting relationships.  Through it all, she has loved every moment, and every day looks forward to the future of her career.

Call us, and set up a time to let Lisa work with you to feel your most confident in your own skin!


All About Amy

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll still repeat it.  Our Innovative Aesthetics staff is awesome.  Seriously.  As I’ve been writing these mini bios of our spa ladies, it makes me thankful all over again to be fortunate enough to be surrounded by all this awesomeness.  And guess what else?  It’s time for another one!

This week we’re shining our spotlight on our Amy Reyhons, one of our expert Licensed Estheticians, who helps makes us glow in the best possible way.  Amy has been an esthetician for 15 years, and has been here at Innovative for the past five of those years.  An expert in many of our services, she performs microneedling, BBL, forever young, acne laser, laser hair removal, Halo, facials, dermaplaning, peels, hydrafacial, and microderm.

While Amy loves working with all of her extensive treatments, one of her favorites is microneedling.  We (and especially her clients!) have seen her impressive results using this stimulation of the body’s own growth factors.  Adds Amy, “it helps thicken our dermis and can have some wonderful results on scarring as well.” If you asked her opinion on her favorite products though, you would get two answers-a morning and a night special! At night she recommends applying Bio-Serum, which is wonderful for anti-aging but won’t break you out.  Come morning, you would find her with her trusty Green Tea Antioxidant-it calms redness, is mattifying, and is soothing for the skin.

“I love seeing the changes in people’s skin”, states Amy. “Watching the journey of a year’s time, working with that client, and seeing what we can do with our products and treatments to make the changes that they are looking for in their skin.” Beyond the physical care of the skin, though, her very favorite part of this job is the wonderful relationships that grow with her clients.
In her free time, you can find Amy biking, running, teaching/doing yoga, and spending time with her busy family. Call us to set up a time to come see what Amy can do for you!

All About Madelyn

Last week, we highlighted one of our nurse/estheticians, Beth.  Week 2 in our blog series of getting to know our spa staff brings us to our new ARNP,  Dr. Madelyn Pilcher, who has recently come to our staff as our new medical director.  Her enthusiasm and goals for the future of Innovative Aesthetics have been contagious among us all!

Madelyn has been at Innovative for 6 weeks, but she is already carving out a niche and name for herself, right now focusing on Halo, BBL, laser hair removal, and tattoo removal.  Similar to our clients seeing their own results, Madelyn has been seriously impressed with the results that come from our laser treatments, especially Halo and BBL.  Another favorite?  Our in-house compounded skin brightening cream, which has worked wonders on people who want to lighten dark spots on their faces.

Sitting down with clients and helping them feel at ease during their visit is a strength of Madelyn’s.  While always informative and educational, she prides herself on keeping the atmosphere warm and light-hearted, traits from her dermatology background that she has brought to the aesthetic world.

Coming to Innovative was a step in Madelyn’s life geared to slowing down a bit, and knew that a spa setting would encourage that goal and mentality.  As she’s gotten to know the women on the staff here, she has been impressed with their competence in their chosen treatments, and friendly personalities, noting “they welcomed me with open arms, just like they do all their clients.”

Madelyn is the proud mother of a 2 year old daughter and a 5 pound Yorkie, and like most moms, spends much of her time with them.  When she steps away from the parent role, she enjoys live music, playing volleyball, or simply relaxing over a glass of wine with family and friends.

Make your appointment now to meet Madelyn and see what she can do for you!


All About Beth

If you’re a regular client at Innovative Aesthetics, you probably know your nurse, esthetician, or massage therapist pretty well by now.  We’re a pretty friendly group, and we genuinely enjoy getting to know our visitors.  I thought it would be fun to have a mini-series of profiles of our amazing staff.  Our first post will be getting to further know Beth Pohl, one of our nurse/estheticians.

While Beth has been at Innovative for 2 years, she has been in the aesthetic industry for longer- 13 years as an esthetician and 3 as a nurse.  As Beth puts it, “this industry is my calling-my pain became my passion, truly.” Her battle with acne during her teenage years ensured that the more struggle she went through and more education she received, the more her desire grew to share knowledge and help others so they don’t have to go through the same experience. “At the end of the day, I can say I put a smile on someone’s face and that is the absolute best feeling.”

While all of Beth’s treatments make most of her clients smile, she has a couple of personal faves for different reasons.  One of those are the Hydrafacial-we began offering this service about a year ago, and Beth states “I have seen huge improvements in peoples’ acne, less oil production and all over healthy glow-its a wonderful treatment for every skin type.” On the other end of the spectrum, fillers are her other favorite for the simple fact of the instant gratification you leave the building with.  In no way is Beth limited to these treatments though-come to see her, and you can experience Signature Facials, Hydrafacials, waxing, laser hair removal, BBL, microneedling, and injections.  This variety that makes up each day has become her favorite part of her job here.

When she’s not helping our clients become their most beautiful, Beth loves working on home improvement projects, biking, kayaking, and traveling-and of course, spending time with her husband and furbabies in their Waterloo home. Come find out for yourself why we love Beth!

Planning for Fall

Have you started thinking about fall yet?  To tell you the truth, I haven’t.  I’ve been enjoying the summer, and trying to stretch it out as long as I can.  However, after a day when my sunscreen didn’t work as well as it could, it forced me to start thinking about repair.

It’s interesting how quickly the sun can damage.  While my face didn’t get beet red and hurting, I noticed some pink, and that my normally faint freckles were showing big time-not to mention a change in skin texture.  This is not abnormal for most people, as most of us take a decent amount of outdoor time in the warmer weather.  While we encourage as much sun damage prevention as possible (hello, sunscreen!), we all have times when we slip up in our regime.

While we recommend waiting for end of summer to evaluate and fix our mistakes, it’s nice to have some ideas of what we should start planning for once fall hits.  The first treatment that we get great results with is a Halo laser treatment.  This is good for pigment and texture, and after a series, results are usually highly satisfactory.  Another option is a Skin Brightening Peel.  This is another one that brightens skin tone and fades pigment imperfections.  Both these treatments do require a bit of down time, so not the instant gratification that some other treatments give.  The thing to remember though, is that when we are penetrating deeper into the dermis to work with pigment, we are doing most of the work below the surface, and it takes a bit of time to pull it to the surface of the skin.

Of course, while I love both of the above treatments, and stand completely behind them, it is always a good idea to to ask our experts here before you fully commit.  Get a VISIA evaluation, and see what our professionals here recommend.  It may be a completely different option that turns out would work better for you.

I always find it a good idea to plan and budget for the services that may be in my immediate future.  We all know how once school, or non-summer work hours start, our schedules can go a little haywire.  If you can figure out your post-summer treatments, and get them onto the Innovative Aesthetics books, it will save time and stress once the new season begins.  However, in the meantime, it’s still summer, and I’m planning on enjoying every moment.  My professional recommendation?  Get your sun prevention routine on, and make the most of summer 2018!

New Hero Discount Alert!

Living in a country with freedom of lifestyle, politics, religion, and speech, it can be easy to forget that the whole world doesn’t live this way, nor always endorses the American culture.  Regardless of our own beliefs and politics, the US military is one group of people who are ready to defend the freedoms that we hold dear.

Keeping that in mind, we have decided to begin to offer a discount on those who serve our country.  Anyone military member, active or retired, will receive a 10% discount when they show their military I.D. It’s just a small way Innovative Aesthetics can say thank you!

Spread the word, and let’s fill the spa with heroes!

Saying Thank You by Giving

When we’re younger, we get lots of advice about our future.  Of course, being young, we promptly forget half of it.  Something I have never forgotten though, was my mom telling me to never come to a social gathering empty-handed.  It makes sense.  We’re being hosted, sometimes to great expense and/or effort, and a nice gesture of thanks can really be appreciated.  But I quickly got to the point where my usual bottle of wine or box of chocolates seemed to be a little…tired. Don’t get me wrong, my gifts were always graciously received, and I know I never have a problem being gifted alcohol or sugar! However, wouldn’t it be fun to have some unique little go-to items to bring your hosts?

One of our favorite things to do at Innovative Aesthetics is find fun, useful, and one-of-a-kind items to have for sale in our retail area.  Our criteria is simple-if we wouldn’t buy or want to receive it, we probably won’t stock it.  When we give these as gifts, it’s normal to see the receiver strolling in to purchase said item for them to give someone else-or to replenish their own supply!

Next time you need the perfect gift, keep these in mind:

  • Zents products.  I have written about these beautiful little body products (Find Your Zents!), and we can barely keep them in stock.  These come in a varied price range, so you can fit your budget, and have a mindful and luxurious gift for someone special.
  • Luminara Flameless Candles.  These high quality candles come in different sizes, and be either scented or unscented.  A safe, long-lasting, and no mess option, these can be used inside or outside the house, making it perfect for anything to a holiday party to an outdoor evening event.
  • Amrita essential oils/roll on blends (I’ve written a post with some general essential oil info-Feel Better With SMELL?).  Create your custom scent for your gift recipient, or make it easy and give a few pre-blended roll ons-useful and unique!
  • OMG masks and headbands.  These are not limited to women and girls.  We have been sent pictures of the whole family wearing these masks, and having a blast! How fun would it be to give these as a thank you gift for your vacation hosts, or your nanny?
  • Innovative Aesthetics gift card.  I know, I know, shameless plug.  However, what better way to say thank you than the gift of pampering?  Wouldn’t you love to receive one?

Gifts to say thank you are always a thoughtful idea.  While it may be thought of as an old-fashioned custom, I think of it as another way to spread gratitude and kindness to others.   Let’s continue to teach and continue this mentality, and as with so many other things, let Innovative help you do that!

Taking Years off the Face

Aging is inevitable.  While it comes with experience and hopefully good times, it can be hard to see the physical effects.  You know what I mean, the loss of muscle tone, the thinning of skin that makes the face look a little droopier.  Or the dryness or fat loss that takes away the smooth, plump appearance we took for granted.  Depending on your past sun exposure and smoking, you may have areas of pigment changes and wrinkles.  Oh joy!

Of course, this being Innovative Aesthetics, you didn’t think I was going to leave you hanging, right?  I have discussed the different types of fillers and Botox that we offer here, and what each one is ideal for (No Frozen Faces Here), but maybe now it’s time to pick up the phone and make that appointment for a complimentary consultation where we can evaluate you and your skin, and determine what would benefit you the most.  We have had amazing results in ridding of/reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and plumping up skin where needed.

In addition to our Botox (and other brands) and fillers, we also offer laser-both BBL and Halo, both of which can be extremely helpful with pigment, collagen, texture, and fine line issues.  While these procedures typically take a series of treatments for full results, we have had people tell us they feel like time had been halted on their faces!

We of course have different option with our facials, whether it be our Signature facials, microderms, or Hydrafacials, but to be honest, once you get to the point where you’re considering Botox, fillers, or laser, the facial treatments are best to use as maintenance between the former procedures.  Not only do they feel wonderful, but talk about a refreshing and revitalizing session!

I am all for accepting and embracing each year that passes for us all.  However, part of feeling good inside is making sure that you feel your most beautiful inside AND out.  We love having the privilege of bringing out the beauty that makes you glow.

DIY or Professional?

Like many people, I love Pinterest.  I love scrolling through my feed, pinning recipes, decor ideas, health tips.  As a matter of fact, I love Pinterest so much that I volunteered to run our spa’s Pinterest page (be sure to follow Innovative Aesthetics there!).  One thing that I don’t love, however, is the well-intentioned, but possible risky DIY skin treatment ideas.  Now, once a time, I might have read those tips, and tried some of them, but after working in a professional capacity and getting to know the skin more, I view that in completely different way.

Let’s take a few examples.  One that comes to mind is an at-home teeth whitening “hack”-you take “several” tablespoons (very specific, right?) of baking soda, mix with enough lemon juice to make a paste, and then spread that over your teeth and let sit for a few minutes before rinsing off.  How cheap and easy! And who doesn’t want whiter teeth?  Well…don’t try this one at home, kids.  Lemon juice is acidic.  That means that while this actually might make your teeth a little whiter, it is doing so by wearing away enamel.  As you erode more enamel, it gets thinner and it ceases to mask the yellow of the dentin (the tooth structure under the enamel). Your teeth get yellower and yellower, plus weaker.  Do you want whiter teeth?  Please, do your teeth a favor and go to your dentist, who knows the exact formulas, amounts, and frequency of treatments to use.

Okay, but there are other treatments that won’t harm anyone, right?  Well, yes, of course.  Natural and home remedies have been around since the beginning of humanity.  Obviously some of them work.  However, look at this one-at home microneedling.  Yes, this is a thing.  You can buy a derma-roller, .and go to town on your face at home.  There are also suggestions on topical products to apply to your face after you do so.  The only problem is, the estheticians and nurses at Innovative have had extensive training to do this procedure.  Everything is sterile and your treatment is based on your own personal specific skin type.  By doing this yourself, you may be introducing infectious agents, like bacteria, viruses, and slow-growing microbes-some of these things may not even manifest as problems for a few years, thereby making the issue harder to treat.  Microneedling is an amazing and beneficial service, just stick to the pros with this one-you won’t be disappointed.

How about moisturizers?  I mean, those can get pricey.  Aren’t there any options that I can do without spending a fortune?  I have read that coconut oil is a miracle moisturizer AND even works as a natural sunscreen!  And depending on where you buy it, it can be under $10!  Unfortunately, no.  While coconut oil has some great benefits, using it on the skin isn’t one of them.  Coconut oil is very comedogenic-meaning, it doesn’t penetrate into the pores, it just sits on top of the skin. It can lead to blocked and suffocated pores, breakouts, and since it’s not absorbing, it can actually cause dryness.  Plus, the sunscreen factor?  The SPF is around 4.  It will not absorb UV rays at the right wavelength.  If taking care of your skin with the right safe products is important to you, please don’t hesitate to speak to us at Innovative.  We have options for you that will be worth the few extra bucks you might shell out, AND you know that it’s guaranteed.

Bottom line?  I get it, it’s fun to try treatments at home, save a bit, and know what you’re putting on your body.  However, please believe that professionals know their stuff.  If you truly want to try something you’ve found online or heard about,  ask a licensed skin professional first.  At best, it could be a fun little home treatment to do, even if results are  not dramatic.  However, at worst, some of these ideas can be risky or dangerous, and we want you to be safe.  Never hesitate to talk to an expert.  At Innovative Aesthetics, we’re always there for you!

Scars, Be Gone!

When you struggle with chronic acne, it’s more than a minor skin annoyance.  It can be painful, uncomfortable, and take a huge toll on one’s self esteem.  I have outlined in other blog posts information about acne and possible solutions (Teenage Skin SolutionsAcne Blues), but today I want to talk about a possible after-effect, namely scarring.

I have mentioned before how many people come to Innovative Aesthetics with acne problems.  It’s incredibly rewarding when we see their skin clear up, thanks to our treatments and product/routine recommendations.  Depending on your acne type though, scarring can unfortunately be a lingering reminder.  Basically what happens is that the breakout has penetrated the skin and damaged the underlying tissue.  The good news is is that this is completely treatable.

Understand that scars lie within the dermis-treatments that only treat the top layer, such as facials and microdermabrasion, will not penetrate deep enough to truly improve or eradicate the scar.  Some of our top picks for scarring include:

Microneedling (“Isn’t That the Vampire Facial?”):  This treatment is where we would start.  We use a small “pen” with tiny needles to go over your face and make little tiny punctures.  It uses the body’s natural healing process to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.  In addition to scarring, microneedling also is great for tightening pores, tone, and texture.  The cool part about this is that results keep improving for as many as 9 months!

Skin Brightening Peel (and Skin Brightening Cream): This is a highly effective chemical peel that is wonderful for scars that are more pigment-based in nature, as opposed to pitted or raised areas.  This treatment, in the most simple words, tells the cells that are producing pigment to calm down, thereby not only reducing the marks, but also keeping them from turning into brown spots (or getting darker).  This peel comes with homework-we compound in the office a Skin Brightening Cream for you to take home and use according the aesthetician’s instrutions.

Halo 2: The Halo is a hybrid fractional laser that works by treating both layers of skin using ablative AND non-ablative lasers.  An ablative laser vaporizes aged/scarred tissue with less thermal injury, with mild to moderate levels of morbidity and downtime, while at the same time, the non-ablative laser causes thermal injury and tissue coagulation with lower levels of morbidity.  Sounds like it would be counter-productive, right?  Well, actually, the two processes work together perfectly to maximize the results that you need!

Acne scarring can be an unwanted memory of a painful skin condition. We’re glad your acne is under control, but let us take care of those reminders. We want you to feel your most beautiful.  Give us a call, and see which procedure would work the best for you!