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Your Skin While You Sleep

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

We’ve all heard the age-old adage “get your beauty sleep,” but most people don’t realize just how crucial catching Z’s is to achieving a healthy, beautiful complexion.

Your skin doesn’t just sit there as you snore; on the contrary, it’s uber-productive, renewing and repairing skin cells at a speed much swifter than that of the waking hours. Freed from its daytime duties of fending off aggressors such as UV exposure and pollutants, it can focus on providing essential nutrients and oxygen to the skin, removing toxins and regenerating cells at a record pace.

But just because your skin shows superhero-like stamina while you sleep, that doesn’t mean you’re cleared from a nighttime skincare regimen. In fact, your before-bed ritual becomes even more important because of skin’s nocturnal abilities.

Make the most of your eight hours by bringing these skincare tips to bed every night:

Never fall asleep with your “face” on. Your skin shouldn’t have to be “on guard” while you sleep. If you choose to snooze in full makeup, that’s exactly what it will have to do, as free radicals from daytime exposure will cling to unclean skin. The result? A breakdown of collagen (hello wrinkles and premature aging), not to mention bacteria-clogged pores (hello breakouts). And yes, even mascara counts. Lashes can become brittle and fall out if you repeatedly sleep with makeup on, so rely on Control Corrective’s Soothing Chamomile Eye Makeup Remover to ensure a completely clean slate.

Turn up product intensity before your turn down. Since nighttime is where the magic happens for your skin, now is the time to get the most out of your skincare products. Turn to your intensive lineup, such as anti-aging serums, hydrating oils and acne-fighting creams, since they have skin’s undivided attention and the best chance of performing, well – their best. These products are also typically sun-sensitive, due to ingredients like Retinol and AHAs, so the dark sleeping hours are when they can shine.

Differentiate from your a.m. routine with beneficial add-ons. While daytime and nighttime skincare regimens can be similar – both typically incorporate cleansing, toning and moisturizing components based on skin type (see recommended skincare regimens by skin type here) – you get to skip the SPF step at night, leaving room for some beneficial add-ons. Try incorporating your favorite Control Corrective mask twice a week and/or a serum. The Sulfur Calming Mask also works great as an overnight spot treatment, and Retinol C Serum helps support the cell growth process during sleep while also keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. And unless you have oily skin, feel free to swap out your daytime moisturizer for a thicker, more luxurious night cream, such as our Anti-Wrinkle Face & Neck Cream.

Wash when you wake. After following a healthy p.m. skincare regimen, your skin will likely wake up feeling fresh and renewed. However, all the reparative work skin put in in the last eight hours will have left behind secreted toxins and sebum (oil). This can prevent your daytime products from working effectively, so be sure to start each day with a freshly washed face.

Skincare. Sleep. Skincare. Repeat.

What skincare products do you add to your regimen at night?

Addressing Hormonal Acne

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Breakouts. The word alone is enough to make even the bravest face want to hibernate at home until the smoke – or the complexion – clears.

These pesky periods of acne can be caused by a multitude of factors, but if you’re noticing a regular pattern in when they make their unwelcome return, the reason may be hormonal.

While acne is the most common skin condition, affecting all ages, genders and races, hormonal acne is most often specific to women, especially surrounding her period cycle or pregnancy.

So, how do you know if you are dealing with hormonal acne, and more importantly, how do you deal?

Here are some helpful hints to identifying this common skin condition and getting a handle on it:

Cue in on hormonal clues. Before you visit an esthetician, you more than likely can determine if you’re in the hormonal acne club by paying attention to the following skin hints:

  1. Timing of your breakouts. Do you breakout a week before your period, during or even at ovulation? Hormonal acne strikes when hormones are on the rise, so cyclical breakouts can be a big clue-in.
  2. Location of your acne. If your pimples appear beneath the cheekbones, along the jawline or around the mouth, all signs point to hormonal.
  3. Shape, size, sensation, and appearance of your acne. Cramping may not be the only pain you experience around your period; hormonal acne tends to be sensitive to the touch and deeply embedded (cystic), often causing painful pressure beneath the skin’s surface.

Enlist the help of an esthetician. While self-diagnosis can seem easy (based on the above), it’s always a good idea to see a skincare specialist who can provide a thorough skin evaluation to determine what kind of acne you’re dealing with. From there, she can recommend an appropriate and consistent treatment program, including facials and at-home care.

Try topical treatments. Control Corrective offers several non-invasive products that can help with the treatment and appearance of hormonal acne. Some favorites include:

  1. Acne Spot Treatment Cream. This must-have blemish fighter packs a powerful punch with antiseptic witch hazel, glycolic and salicylic acids and calming Aloe Vera, breaking up the intracellular cement that clogs pores and helping to dissolve blemishes on contact. Added bonus? It also helps smooth acne scars and dark spots.
  2. Sulfur Calming Mask. Absorb excess oil and calm inflamed skin with this creamy, comforting mask that can be applied as a spot treatment for affected areas or left on overnight to reduce inflammation.
  3. O2 Med.  A definite acne “hero product,” this oxygen emulsion moisturizing lotion treats painful pimples beneath the surface of the skin (hello hormonal acne!) without causing dryness or irritation.

Consider The Pill. When acne is hormonal in nature, birth control pills may help. By raising estrogen levels, testosterone effects – which contribute to hormonal breakouts – are lessened, and birth control pills can also slow down oil production. See your doctor to determine if it might be a good fit.

Make lifestyle choices that support treatment. If you want to see the best results from your hormonal acne treatment, make sure your choices outside of the treatment room support this goal. Don’t smoke, eat a healthy, clean diet and practice good hygiene. Avoid touching your face, clean your cell phone regularly and always use fresh towels and pillowcases.

Buh-bye hormonal breakouts!

What treatments/products/habits help you maintain clear skin when hormones are on the rise?

 

 

Secrets of Salicylic Acid

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

If you’ve ever struggled with acne – whether occasional or chronic – chances are you’ve used or perused a product containing salicylic acid. So, just what is this skincare ingredient boasting breakout-banishing properties?We’ve got the 4-1-1 on this commonly-used complexion booster, including why it works, who it works for, and when to use caution:

It’s a “multitasker.”

Salicylic acid is no one-trick pony, as it acts as both a comedolytic and keratolytic agent. In layman’s terms? It not only loosens up congested skin cells to neutralize bacteria within the pores – sending blackheads and whiteheads packing – but it also acts as a powerful exfoliator that helps skin shed dead debris more easily to prevent future breakouts.

It’s best teamed with other exfoliators.

For acne-prone skin, whether oily or dry, the benefit of combining salicylic acid with other exfoliators, such as Glycolic, Lactic and other Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), is that it provides a stronger keratolytic effect often necessary for chronic acne conditions or very oily, “resistant” skin. When these powerful acids team up, it doubles their demolition capability toward pore-clogging intracellular cement. Control’s Acne Spot Treatment, a must-have blemish fighter that sizzles “spots” on contact, contains the dynamic duo of salicylic and glycolic acids, while Control’s Acne Treatment Cream, a medicated moisturizer that maintains hydration, combines 3% salicylic with lactic acid to reduce breakouts and scars.

It’s safe for most every skin type, but not all conditions.

Products containing salicylic acid can be of benefit to all skin types, aside from those that are highly sensitive. However, since it contains the same anti-inflammatory ingredients as aspirin, those allergic to aspirin should steer clear, as well as pregnant women, nursing mothers, those using Accutane and Retin-A, and anyone going through treatment for autoimmune disorders or chemo/radiation. Anyone with sunburned skin should also refrain.

It’s best to start out slow.

Before you opt for the professional salicylic acid peel, start first with a gentle creamy cleanser, like Control’s Salicylic Wash 2%, which deep cleans without over-drying skin. Salicylic acid can sometimes cause mild stinging or irritation, so your new regimen should begin with use every other day the first week, daily the second week, and twice daily thereafter, if needed.

Skincare Resolutions

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A spirit of optimism and determination is in the air as so many of us start January eager to make good on a fresh set of resolutions for the New Year. Whether it’s a personal promise to shed a few pounds or to eat better, these goals provide us an opportunity to bring purposeful focus to areas of our life we sometimes neglect.

This year, think outside of the box and consider the simple improvements you can make in your beauty and skincare routine. Are you guilty of sleeping on a makeup-smudged pillow at night? Is your bathroom cabinet filled with failed drugstore skincare products? Has your “occasional” sunscreen use earned you a few new age spots?

Remember, it’s not just your body that needs to stay tight and healthy – keeping your skin in great shape is just as important to maintaining an attractive appearance in 2015 and beyond.

As you set your resolutions this year, consider making these important – and achievable – goals for your skin:

Befriend the facial mask. How can a facial mask benefit your skin? Oh, let us count the ways. This simple at-home treatment can help hydrate dry skin, calm inflammation and redness, reduce oil and keep complexions looking youthful. Bonus? Masks provide that spa-like, pampering effect – from the comfort of your living room! We recommend indulging at least twice per week for best results. Visit your esthetician to determine which mask is best for your unique skin type. Control offers several, appropriate for normal, dry and sensitive skin.

Exfoliate regularly. Take cleansing to the next level this year by vowing to exfoliate twice a week. Adding this easy step to your skincare routine can bring new life to your complexion, from dredging away the debris that causes acne and a lackluster appearance, to reducing fine lines and dark spots. By getting rid of tired, dead cells, exfoliation speeds up skin renewal so that healthy, vibrant skin can emerge. Another win? Moisturizers, makeup and sunscreen can be better applied and absorbed to your new, clean-slate complexion. And fear not the scratchy scrubs of high school: a gentle product like Control’s Cucumber Bead Cleanser does double duty as a refreshing cleanser and exfoliant without any irritation or abrasion.

Don’t make sunscreen secondary. It’s getting to be a tired line, but recent studies show that one-third of Americans still don’t use sunscreen, and the majority of those who do, are only occasional users. Whether we appeal to your health (nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year!) or your vanity (the sun is the number one culprit for premature aging!), you must get into the habit of wearing sunscreen every day and reapplying often. Not just in summer, not just at the beach. ALWAYS. Sun damage accumulates over time, so when you consider daily trips to the mailbox, driving with the windows down, eating lunch outside and other normal activities, your exposure may be greater than you think.

Find a BEF. Not to be confused with your BFF (although she might soon be), we’re talking about your Best Esthetician Forever. You want to love your doctor, your hair stylist and your manicurist, and you should love and trust your skincare professional, as well. You want someone who can get to know your skin and help you manage it season by season. Getting recommendations from friends is a good place to start, but still do your research. Make sure you find an esthetician who is licensed; keeps a clean and tidy workspace; listens to your concerns; carries the skincare product lines you like; and prescribes homecare.

Add something new to your routine. This is an especially important resolution for those who are reticent to change and always approach skincare the same way. While you don’t want to overhaul what always works for your skin, consider changing things up with the switch in seasons. Just like your wardrobe, your skincare also needs to shift to accommodate climate changes. Consider adding a serum like Control’s Redness Relief to your regular regimen during the winter months to ward off redness and irritation caused by dry, cold conditions; or swap out your usual sunscreen for an oil-free version during the warmer months. Control offers a great greaseless SPF 30 formula that doubles as a lightweight moisturizer.

Let’s resolve to have stunning skin in 2015!

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions?

 

Skincare Gifts to Master the Holiday Glow

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

As the holidays approach, it’s pretty much tradition to spend most days in December seeking out the perfect gifts for loved ones – that is, when you aren’t penciled in for a host of festive fetes.

It’s unfortunate that while this is indeed the season of giving, as well as perhaps the most social (and photographed) time of year, we often fail to “give back” to our skin, neglecting it in the name of late-night parties, stressful shopping experiences and one too many Christmas cocktails.

This year, make room on your wish list for some skincare gifts that will keep your complexion glowing as you navigate the holiday party circuit, reunions with hometown friends and other impressionable moments.

Gift#1: A Stunning Selfie

Sure, the phone angle and filter help, but the secret to the best holiday selfie or photo is luminous skin. The recipe? Exfoliate regularly with Control’s Cucumber Bead Cleanser, a refreshing and gentle scrub that effectively sloughs off dead skin and pore-clogging oils. You’ll see fewer blemishes and your makeup will set better. Additionally, apply Control’s Balancing Thermogel Mask at least twice a week. Ideal for dehydrated winter skin, it serves up a hearty portion of deep-concentrated hydration, along with a soothing, calming effect surely welcome after a long day of holiday shopping.

Gift #2: Blemish Buster

Getting a breakout before a big night out with friends or coworkers is the skin equivalent to receiving a big lump of coal in your stocking. Unfortunately, chilly, dry weather can sometimes create an overproduction of oil in the skin, and indulging in Mom’s famous fudge only stokes the fire. Calm and cool an inflamed complexion by applying a pea-size amount of Control’s sedating Redness Relief Serum – straight from the fridge! You’ll decrease Rudolph-like redness and bring skin back to balance. Also, rely on Control’s oil-absorbing Sulfur Calming Mask to spot-treat congested areas and further chill out a fiery face.

Gift #3: A Pampering Treatment

Sure, it’s hard to shell out extra money on yourself during the spendy-est season of the year, but keep your skin treatments a priority. A facial can help offset holiday indiscretions by not only providing a superior clean, but also stimulating circulation to create an enviable glow. Select a seasonal treatment that can be both enjoyable and beneficial, such as Control’s Instant Holiday Glow, a facial with hints of cinnamon that breathes life back into dull winter skin. If you’re strapped for time and money, consider an express treatment, which will give you all of the results of a regular treatment, minus the spa fluff.

Gift #4: Some Holiday Zzzzzzs

Most of us are on strict budget at holiday time, so luckily one of the best gifts you can give your skin is absolutely free. Sleep is so important this time of year, yet can be hard to come by, due to busy social schedules. Skin rejuvenates overnight, so stick to your bedtime skincare regimen and an appropriate bedtime. And don’t forget to keep a big glass of water on your nightstand to rehydrate throughout the night!

May your skin be merry and bright this season!

What Control products do you rely on to offset the stressful holiday season?

Treatment Room Taboos

Friday, November 21st, 2014

As customers, we’ve all encountered it: the inattentive or rude waiter, the barista sneezing profusely behind the café counter or the pushy saleswoman hungry for commission. Business blunders like these result in unhappy clientele, and in today’s social-media-shareable-society – most certainly a scathing Facebook or Yelp review.

As skincare professionals and beauty business owners, we must remain diligent about providing quality experiences for our customers that meet or exceed standards in cleanliness and professionalism – even behind treatment room doors.

Just like dirty utensils can ruin a restaurant experience, distracting sounds, smells or sights can seriously sour a facial treatment. So even if your reception staff is on point and your salon or spa is located in the hippest shopping center in town, if something unfavorable happens in the treatment room, your business’ reputation is at stake.

In an industry reliant on word-of-mouth endorsements, make sure you (or your estheticians) are avoiding the following “treatment room taboos”:

Cut the chatter. For customers who desire a calm, relaxing treatment experience, having to hear about an esthetician’s divorce or even her Hawaiian vacation, can completely kill the vibe. The client should always be in control of how much conversation takes place, with the esthetician being conscious of social cues. Initial friendly banter can help create a comfortable environment, but don’t ever expect to carry on a conversation during a treatment, unless driven by the client.

Practice pristine hygiene. A client should be blissfully unaware of her esthetician’s life outside the treatment room – from her smoking habits to what she had for lunch. To this end, make sure you keep hands clean and nails manicured (especially since bacteria can hide behind the nails); breath fresh (mints are OK, gum is a no-no); and uniforms crisp to maintain professionalism. Additionally, Control Corrective encourages all estheticians to wear gloves (even if not state-required) to ensure cleanliness, prevent product contamination and ensure a uniform, smooth touch on a client’s face. 

Keep house. Just as an esthetician must present an impeccable appearance, so should her domain. A messy treatment room is unacceptable. Products should be organized and linens should be fresh and clean. Every client should be able to assume they are the first appointment of the day.

Never flee the scene. An esthetician should remain in the room for the duration of the treatment without exception. Even if you’ve just applied a mask, there is no excuse for “taking a quick break.” Your client has paid for those minutes, so use them wisely by enhancing the experience with a shoulder or neck massage, aromatherapy or a paraffin dip. It’s these special touches that can result in a follow-up booking.

Upsell at the appropriate time. Incessant talking during a treatment is frowned upon, and selling is an even worse offense. Talking to your client about at-home care is absolutely necessary, but should always be discussed post-treatment. Most people want to relax and check out during a facial, so upsells at this time will likely be ignored or perhaps angrily rebuffed. Instead, following their treatment, provide clients with an at-home care card detailing product and regimen recommendations.

What treatment room taboos have you witnessed?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giving Thanks for Good Skin

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many worry about an expanding waistline post-feast, yet the aftermath of this traditional holiday binge can also bring some unsavory skin issues.

While roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and “Grandma’s famous stuffing” are most certainly agreeable to our palate, our complexions suffer a serious hangover from this seasonal onslaught of sodium.

Just as your pants may feel a bit tighter the day after Turkey Day, your face may also bear the look of bloat due to salt-induced water retention. Skin can become dry and cracked, or it could break out due to an attempt to correct dehydration with an overproduction of oil. Wherever your skin lands on the spectrum, it certainly doesn’t make for a pretty Christmas card picture.

Here are a few ideas to keep skin from suffering without skipping the best meal of the year:

Pass the dark meat. You may be tempted to opt for white meat due to its lower fat and caloric content, but dark meat is actually a better choice for your skin. The notoriously moist and flavorful part of the bird has a much higher mineral content, and is packed with super skin nutrients such as Zinc (acne fighter), Iron (helps maintain skin health), amino acids (repair and stimulate new skin growth), Vitamin B6 (helps treat and prevent acne), Vitamin B12 (helps repair skin cells) and more.

Spice smart. Salt intake should be closely monitored to avoid skin dehydration and breakouts, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor this Thanksgiving. Spice up your sides with skin-healthy salt alternatives, such as lemon, balsamic vinegar, garlic, curry, or fresh herbs, like dill. Your skin (and perhaps your tummy) will prefer the switch!

Incorporate skin-friendly sides. Sodium-rich mashers and gravy may be a side to avoid for skin’s sake, but there are plenty of other options that will keep your taste buds and your complexion content. Foods rich in beta carotene – sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, squash and kale – can actually give skin a healthy glow. Check out the graphic for more skin-friendly options to incorporate into side dishes.

Stick to your skincare regimen. Late-night holiday parties and alcoholic libations are par for the course this time of year, which make sticking to a steady AM and PM skincare regimen more challenging, but more important than ever. Don’t let a busy social schedule stop you from cleansing, moisturizing and of course removing makeup at night. Counteract Thanksgiving splurges and skin effects felt by the increasingly chilly climate with a sensitive skincare regimen, great for all skin types, detailed here, or create the perfect Christmas card picture complexion with Control Corrective’s At Home Glow Holiday Facial.

Let’s all give thanks for healthy, beautiful skin this year!

What are your favorite skin-safe-yet-savory Thanksgiving eats?

 

Immediate and Long-Term Skincare Results

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In today’s fast-paced world, patience truly is a virtue. We’ve become accustomed to always expecting the immediate – whether it’s a Google search, fast food or overnight shipping. However, not everything in life can be achieved with a few swift keystrokes or a deep fryer. Not surprisingly, skincare is not immune to the pressures of impatient consumers. If you’ve recently found yourself in the drugstore beauty aisle or within the pages of your favorite fashion magazine, you’re no stranger to marketing ploys that promise “clear/younger/perfect skin in minutes.”

While we’d love to say flawless skin can be achieved as fast as your Keurig pours out a perfect cup of coffee, whether it’s in regard to regimen or results, skincare should never be a rush job. That said, when it comes to professional skincare, there is no downside to waiting a little longer to achieve the dramatic results you desire. What many don’t realize is that when you are using high quality, clinical-based skincare products like those from Control Corrective, you receive both immediate and long-term benefits.

Any esthetician will tell you that skincare is a process – but just because it may be unlikely that you’ll appear 15 years younger in a few days, it’s highly probable that your skin will be noticeably more hydrated and luminous in that short time period IF you’re using the right products.

Consider the impressive immediate and long-term results received from these Control products:

Redness Relief Serum

  • Results worth waiting for: Reduced redness and a decrease in future redness
  • Results while you wait: Hydrating and sedating relief from Rosacea or other sources of inflammation. Keep in the fridge, and apply just a pea-size amount as needed to create an on-the-spot, soothing “hydration barrier.

Balancing Thermogel Mask

  • Results worth waiting for: Restoration and balance for skin that is dry, dehydrated or flaky
  •  Results while you wait: Cooling and calming relief for sensitive skin. Keep in the fridge and apply as needed to combat complexion flare-ups common during warmer weather.

Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask

  • Results worth waiting for: Increased hydration and renewed skin texture
  •  Results while you wait: Instant, anti-inflammatory, hydrating relief for thirsty skin. Non-irritating exfoliators enable skin to take in and retain moisture more effectively, giving the complexion a supple, glowing appearance, while dissolving residual dead skin cell buildup. A great pre-party mask!

 Cucumber Bead Cleanser

  • Results worth waiting for: Balanced, smooth skin, reduced of oily problem areas, providing the optimal surface for penetration of other skincare products
  •  Results while you wait: Deep cleaned, exfoliated and refreshed skin. Offering an aromatic, spa-like experience, it doubles as a luxurious body polish and pre-shave facial.

 Hydrant Stabilizer

  • Results worth waiting for: Hydrated skin that can retain moisture more effectively
  •  Results while you wait: Immediate cooling, calming relief for irritated or sensitive skin

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, so give your skin and skincare products the proper time they need to deliver optimal results.

What immediate benefits do you favor most from your Control products?

 

Tricks to Treat Your Skin Well

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Halloween brings plenty of spooky and sugar-filled fun, but masquerading as your favorite villain, superhero or fairy tale character can unfortunately have frightful consequences for your skin. When you swap a beauty counter makeup routine for cheap, over-the-counter pots of faux blood and more, your complexion may get spooked in a big way. Costume or drug store Halloween makeup typically contains inexpensive, artificial ingredients that can clog pores and promise big time breakouts in the days following October 31st. So, how can we enjoy face painting festivities without fearing serious skin setbacks? Control offers the following “tricks” to “treat” your skin well this Halloween:

Prep before you paint. Before you pile on the white face, make sure you prep skin properly with a good moisturizer. Not only will this discourage irritation and other skin reactions by creating a protective barrier between skin and Halloween makeup, it will also keep skin hydrated and help give your “painted face” a more finished final look.

Pick makeup carefully. As noted above, Halloween makeup can be laden with artificial colors, fragrances, waxes, fats, chemicals and oils, all of which can create skin congestion and sometimes even serious reactions. If you can, choose your costume makeup as carefully as you do your everyday beauty products, avoiding harmful ingredients such as paraben preservatives, lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

Pamper post-party. No matter how late into the night your Halloween shenanigans last, it’s more important than ever to follow the cardinal rule of skincare: NEVER go to sleep without removing your makeup! Soothe skin the next morning with a gentle, hydrating mask, such as Control’s Sensitive Skin Enzyme Mask, which will help renew skin texture, and restore skin’s balance by drinking plenty of water. For the ultimate at-home skin pick-me-up, try a “Spoonful of Radiance:”

Step 1: Freeze a metal spoon for a few hours.

Step 2: Cleanse skin, then apply Control’s super-hydrators Cellular Repair Serum and Firming Tri-Peptide Serum to face, neck, and eye area. Use the frozen spoon to massage the product into the skin with gentle pressure and small movements.

Step 3: Apply your favorite Control moisturizer and Collagen Eye Defense. You’ll notice reduced puffiness and an instant glow.

Control Corrective wishes you all a safe and fun Halloween!

Express Treatments

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

While most of us dream of a day away at the spa, complete with indulgent treatments and a welcome unplug from emails and social media, it’s usually just that – a dream. Whether you’re a business traveler, a busy stay-at-home mom or just an average person trying to keep your head above water as the holiday season approaches, chances are you’re feeling good if you make it out of the house without forgetting to put on mascara.

That said, regardless of our busy schedules, estheticians still recommend monthly facials to ensure optimal skin health.

So how do we pencil in time in an already packed schedule?

Take advantage of an express skin treatment! On average, these skin-slash-time-savers last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes (versus 60-90) and still provide fantastic results.

Shorter, cheaper…seem too good to be true? Here are answers to some of your burning questions about express treatments:

Q: Since they’re shorter, do express treatments produce less dramatic results?

A: Absolutely not. With an express treatment, you receive the same skin benefits. In order to shave off time, the esthetician typically skips some of the “spa fluff,” such as cold stones, neck or scalp massage and aromatherapy. While these extras are highly enjoyable, they benefit the experience, not the skin itself, so axing them has no effect on your end result.

Q: What kind of express treatments are offered?

A: Express skin treatments differ from one spa or salon to the next, so inquire about an express menu at your existing establishment. Whether you’re looking for a skin-clearing facial, a peel, an anti-aging treatment or something to calm and soothe sensitive skin, Control Corrective offers an express option. Our six unique treatments include: the 10-Minute Cool Down; Clear Skin Assist; Lunch Time Express Peel; 15-Minute Firming Facial; Express Eye Firm; and the Rapid Hydrating Mini Facial.

Q: Should you always skip full skin treatments and opt for express instead?

A: Not necessarily. Whether you opt for an express or a full treatment is dependent on many things: your budget, your time constraints, your mood and much more. Some people love to spend an entire day at the spa; others dislike a “do nothing” experience and find it a complete waste of time. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, there are benefits to both long and short skin treatments. If you’re planning for a deep peel, or a facial that incorporates LED light or microdermabrasion, it’s probably best to not go the “quickie” route, while the hustle and bustle of the holiday season may lend itself better to brevity.

Q: Where are express treatments offered?

A: Express treatments are typically found anywhere full-length options are available, such as your spa or salon. Don’t fall for the common misconception that size matters – you can get an outstanding facial at even the smallest establishment. Just make sure to do your homework to find a setting that works for you. Check online reviews, get referrals from friends and family, and always make sure the esthetician performing your treatment is licensed. You can even go directly to the Board of Cosmetology to see if she/he is currently active or has any complaints noted.

Q: What express treatment is recommended for fall skin?

A: Your esthetician can recommend the seasonal treatment most appropriate for your skin specifics, but a great one to transition from summer’s drying conditions to winter’s equally dehydrating climate is Control Corrective’s Rapid Hydrating Mini Facial. The 30 minute facial incorporates the deep concentrating and hydrating Balancing Thermogel Mask, as well as the Hydrant Stabilizer (likened to a tall glass of water for thirsty skin), along with other skin hydrators and soothers. It’s a great way to pamper the complexion before the busiest holiday months arrive.

Which Control express treatment would you want to try?


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