SkinReading Blog

“How Long Will My Facial Results Last?”

The facial is over. Your skin has received a deep cleansing, a thorough professional strength peel, and (if it’s a Bioelements facial) a Custom Blended Massage, Power Treatment and Mask that’s designed to target your skin’s exact needs and concerns.  Your complexion is clear, glowing, radiant and younger-looking. Lucky you! So of course you’d want […]


How would you describe a facial?

A while back, we posted a simple fill-in-the-blank question on our Facebook page, and got some great answers. Below is the question, and some of my favorite responses (seriously, a couple of these will make you laugh out loud!) “A facial is _____________.”


What makes a spa facial the best facial?

We’re going to let you in on a secret, so listen up. There are thousands of facials out there. There are “Power Rejuvenation” facials and “Luxury Glow” facials and “Super Vitamin” facials and “Indulge Yourself” facials. They all sound wonderful, right? But what exactly do they do? And, more importantly, how on Earth do you pick […]


The ‘Get Great Skin Series’ – Part 3: The Power of Touch in a Facial

It’s time for part 3 of our ‘Get Great Skin’ series. First, we looked closely at the structure of the skin, so we could help it function at its best. Next, we talked about applying the right amount of products – and how globbing on too much can do more harm than good. Now, it’s […]


You only get one face.

We’re so quick to buy disposable “stuff” in our lives – like the pair of designer shoes that you hobbled around in only once because they hurt your feet, or that sweater you forgot about as soon as you passed another sale, or the dress you swore you’d wear as soon as you lost 5 […]


Time for a facial revolution

I had a ginormous idea recently. Call it a skin care vision. Or reawakening. After years of watching spas continuously add to overcomplicated menus, and watching estheticians learn countless step-by-steps variations to what seemed like a zillion different facials, I visualized a major change. No more endless new treatments designed around every new product. No […]


A look inside the digital skin care mailbag…

Sometimes we feel like we run our own skin care Jeopardy! game show every day. Between our SkinReading blog and our Bioelements Facebook and Twitter pages, we answer some great questions from professionals, students and consumers (without the annoying do do do do Jeopardy! music). Let’s take a look inside the SkinReading digital mailbag… Q: “Can you […]


With facials it’s all “stuff” – hold the “fluff”

How many of you received a gift certificate for a facial or body treatment at a spa over the holiday season?  We hope a lot of you did.  Now, what to redeem it for?  Hmmmm. Here’s a tip:  If you are going to use it to book a facial, go for the “Stuff” not the […]


Speak up before your next facial

Want to get the most out of your next facial? Then start talking to your esthetician before your treatment! Now, I’m not talking about dishing on how Brad is leaving Angelina for Snooki… you need to talk about you – your skin, your concerns and your lifestyle. You may call it TMI, but I call […]


Don’t sedate…stimulate!

When I first learned to perform professional facials more than two decades ago it was with a “hands-off”approach (sounds unbelievable but it’s true.)  We were taught to never let the skin redden…keep it calm and soothed. Don’t rock the boat! Then I met my mentor who taught me just the opposite. “The fountain of youth […]