Kick the Habit This Summer

Looking to achieve a goal this summer, besides finishing the beach read you picked up or mastering the perfect mojito? How about quitting smoking?

We know you’ve heard all about what smoking does to your heart, lungs, and other internal organs,  but what about the largest organ you have–your skin? Your skin relies on the intake of oxygen to function properly. When you smoke, the nicotine and other chemical in cigarettes restricts the blood vessels and severely limits the amount of oxygen available.

This results in:

  • Grey or yellow skin
  • Increased chance of psoriasis. You are between 20% and 60% more likely to have psoriasis depending on how long you smoke.
  • Yellow teeth and tooth loss.
  • Wrinkles and other signs of premature aging.
  • Thinner hair

Also it’s not just your face that turns yellow or grey, your fingers do too. Plus, your skin takes much longer to heal from scrapes and wounds, which in turn leads to more scarring.

If you do decide to quit smoking, your body will immediately begin to heal itself. The amount of time it takes to heal will depend on how long you’ve smoked.

Check out this image to learn more about the healing timeline following your decision to quit smoking:

 

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There are several ways to combat the signs of aging when you quit smoking, including regular chemical peels and facial treatments. We would also recommend using a collagen-building product, like PCA Skin’s Collagen Hydrator to reverse the damage.

If you are interested in scheduling your first treatment or if you have questions about our products, please comment or give us a call at 770-704-5614. We are happy to schedule a consultation to figure out your skin care needs.

What’s New: Marula Oil – Rare Oil Treatment

We have a new conditioning treatment at Practically Perfect, Marula Oil!

The Marula tree, as well as its fruit and seeds has long been utilized by people in South Africa and is one of the great, indigenous trees of the region. Because the tree is drought resistant, it is suited for the climates in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.

In 1972, Eve Palmer and Norah Pitman wrote in Trees of Southern Africa, covering all known indigenous species in the Republic of South Africa, South-West Africa, Botswana, Lesotho & Swaziland that, “It is the oil from the Marula kernel that has come to give the Marula tree its spiritual status. The kernels are so full of oil that a squeeze with the hand can release a rich yield. This healing oil is used as a cosmetic, by Southern African women, and is massaged onto the skin of their face, feet and hands.”

So if your hair has been a little under the weather lately, schedule an appointment for a conditioning treatment today!

 

 

Spotlight On An Esthetician: Madi

This sweet gal is a Jackie of many trades! From skincare to waxing to make-up, she really does it all with a smile on her face and happiness in her heart.

Madi is always willing to jump in and try new things, always eager to learn. That makes her the perfect fit with all of our dreamers and doers. She doesn’t toot her own horn often enough, but if you know her, you know just how great she is.

Check out some of Madi’s work below!

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Skincare Treatments During Pregnancy: What to Know

During pregnancy, your hormones are running rampant and usually they are running all over your face. Breakouts, especially around the chin and hairline, are common during while you are pregnant. You may even break out on your back, chest, and butt.

Although you are restricted in what treatments you can get (alas, no chemical peels), there are some things that we can do to help you get your glow back and they are all super easy:

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Getting Your Brows Tinted: What to Know

Hey there, Meghan here posting for Lisa today and I thought we’d talk about eyebrow tinting. I recently started doing this at the spa and let me tell you that I LOVE the way it looks. Madi, Atiya, Lisa, and Briana all do an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier with my new slightly-darker brows.

I have always had very pale, fine eyebrows. So much so, that one time someone asked me where they were…like they had managed to escape from my forehead. We weren’t friends for a little bit after that. 🙂

But I digress. If you haven’t considered eyebrow tinting or if you have, but haven’t made an appointment yet, here are a few things to know:

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Esthetician

If you haven’t ever been to see an esthetician before, you might have concerns about what actually happens when you are there. Any good service provider should be able to answer your questions, put you at ease, and make you feel great about your results. At Practically Perfect, we want you to feel completely comfortable every step of the way. So we sat down and brainstormed about the questions that we think you should ask us (if you’d like to.)

Of course, a lot of what we have listed here will get talked about during your appointment, but if we don’t hit on a topic or if you need more detail—talk to us. We want to be your skin’s best friend.

So here go the 5 questions you should ask:

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