Esthetician Spotlight: Arlin

Meet Arlin

Arlin is one of our fabulous estheticians here at Crú. Before we reveal her tips, here is a little bit of background about her.

“I have been attracted to the beauty industry and have had a passion for skin care ever since I was a teenager.  Taking care of my skin was always a priority to me; I would research different products and try them out myself.  I started getting a lot of compliments on my skin and people would ask me what I did to make my skin look so awesome.  I loved letting people know what I was doing with my skin and giving them tips on what products to use.  I then realized I would love to do it as a profession!  I wanted to help people look and feel great about their skin.  After all, our skin is the largest organ in our body, it should be our number 1 priority!  Fast forward to now, after school and with 2 years of experience under my belt, I have learned a lot!  I want to make sure people use the right products for their skin type and be knowledgeable about what is and isn’t safe for them.  I love what I do and I love that every client and their skin gives me a unique opportunity to help them feel great.  One of my favorite things in the whole world is getting positive feedback from my clients.  When they are happy, I’m happy!”

I absolutely adore Arlin and I LOVE her facials. I wanted to get some insight about her skin care.  Here are the top questions our readers have about skin care:

What would you consider to be the most important part of your skin care routine?  What are the most essential skin-care procedures for those who don’t have a skin-care routine?

  • “Cleanse every morning and every night.  If you have oily skin, use a foam cleanser.  If you have dry skin, use a creamy/milky cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer with SPF.  Anything less than 50 SPF is basically useless.
  • Exfoliate once a week.
  • Drink lots of water.  Most of my client’s problems are due to lack of water.”

What is a big “NO-NO” when it comes to skin care?

“DO NOT try to pop your pimples at home.  If you do it wrong, (which most of you do) you can cause permanent scarring.  Leave the pimple alone!  Let it shrink on its own.  I promise you it will.  If you are too impatient to let it do its own thing, mix 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda with enough water to create a paste, apply it to the pimple and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  This will get rid of the oils in your skin and allow it to shrink a little.  Don’t have time to sit for 15 minutes?  Grab an ice cube and hold it to your pimple for 3 minutes.”

So if extractions at home aren’t recommended, what should we do about stubborn whiteheads?

“Getting a facial at least once a month will decrease the amount of breakouts you get.  Cleaning out those pores regularly is going to make a big difference.”

Can you really reduce large pores? Or is there no hope?

“Yes, you definitely can.  But, if they have been enlarged for a long period of time, it’s not going to be easy.  You have to be VERY diligent about cleansing twice a day everyday.  Get a cleanser with salicylic acid.  Salicylic acid breaks through the oils on your skin and allows the cleanser to penetrate deep into your pores.  Cleaning out your pores will allow the pore to shrink back to its normal size.  Never go to bed without taking your make-up off first. That will definitely prevent your pores from being able to breathe.  There are also at home peels you can do every other week to give your pores a deep clean. Peels can be a little scary so if you don’t know what you are doing, let the professionals do it.  We offer chemical and organic peels at Cru that are awesome!”

If you want to go above and beyond with skin care, what can you do at home?

Obviously getting a facial once a month is a must if you want to be on top of your skin care game.  Twice a month is even better.  But we (estheticians) aren’t with you every day to do the work for you at home, and there are definitely things you can do at home to get the best results for your skin. Drinking a lot of water is most important because SKIN NEEDS HYDRATION. Another way to hydrate your skin is STEAM!  There are small face steamers you can purchase from a beauty store for $20-$30 or you can go the old fashion way and boil a pot of water, and put your face over it for 15 minutes, 3 times a week.  Moisture will make for happy pores!

I hope her tips were helpful!  I love learning more from the professionals on our team.  There is a reason they get paid to do what they do.  Nothing can replace the experience of a licensed professional.  So, if you have any questions about your skin please, please, please make an appointment with your esthetician and get the right answers!  If you don’t have an esthetician, give us a call! We would love for you to meet with one of ours!

What Your Skin is Telling You

Oxygen Facial

OH. MY. GOSH! I am obsessed! I am truly obsessed with the Oxygen Infusion Facial! If you’ve never tried it, you absolutely need to experience one. A lot of you may not know what it is, (I didn’t know what it was until I saw the machine) so I’ve done a ton of research on it, and I am here to tell you all about it! So the first thing I did was Google it, duh!

The first interesting thing that appeared in my search was from the NY Times and surprisingly from 2006. It’s been around that long! Why is this not a more popular treatment??? I have no idea! Well, here is how the NY Times describes an Oxygen Facial and I couldn’t explain it better myself: “The (Oxygen) facial involves a machine that sprays atomized moisturizers onto the skin using a stream of pressurized oxygen. The treatment is supposed to hydrate skin immediately, making the face appear smoother and plumper. Ms. Peck is referred to as “Madonna’s personal oxygen treatment facialist on the web site”

So this is also known as the Madonna Facial, or at least what the estheticians and I at the spa call it. Have you ever noticed how glowy and plump Madonna’s face looks? Any woman nearing 60 doesn’t look that great by accident. Well luckily, I can tell you by experience that this facial has a lot to do with her radiant skin. I had the privilege of trying out this amazing facial 3 times and I was floored by the results. Let me tell you a little bit about my skin.

My concerns are:

  • Dry skin (which I wasn’t aware of until my [licensed & awesome] esthetician told me my skin was super dry)
  • Blackheads (yuck)
  • Hormonal break outs (why meee)
  • Uneven skin tone (Lately, I only feel comfortable with the look of my skin if I have foundation on)

So after I spoke to my esthetician about all of my concerns, she recommended an Oxygen facial and Microdermabrasion treatment every other week. Microdermabrasion removes the top layer of dead skin cells from your face and reveals the newer, softer skin underneath. I really needed that because of my clogged pores (causing black heads) and dry skin (causing build up of dead skin cells). So here is my before and after!

I couldn’t believe how great my skin started looking and feeling! My skin tone evened out and my breakouts vanished! It’s going to take a little longer for the scarring from my breakouts to go away but my esthetician said if I stick to my facial regime (and do my homework in between) the scarring will go away soon enough. I no longer feel like I have to wear make up every time I go out. I actually love NOT wearing make up so I can show off how awesome my skin looks. So lesson learned: there is A LOT you can do to take your skin to new levels. You just have to be willing to prioritize your skin.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Specials

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Valentine’s Day At Crú Day Spa | Saturday, February 11th – Tuesday, February 14th

Spoil yourself with decadent relaxation at Crú this Valentine’s Day.  We will only be booking Valentine’s Day Spa Packages from
February 11th to February 14th.  Booking is limited, so please call our
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All spa packages will be served with seasonal fruit and champagne in our Double Delight Suite.

Simply Red

  • 60-Minute Crú Classic Massage
  • Sensational Scalp Massage
  • Member $79 I Guest $129
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  • 60-Minute Crú Classic Massage
  • 60-Minute Crú Classic Facial
  • Rejuvenating Sugar Foot Scrub
  • Aromatherapy
  • Member $139 I Guest $189

Cupid’s Arrow

  • 60-Minute Crú Classic Couples Massage
  • Soft Hands Therapy
  • Member $170 I Guest $249

Aphrodite’s Blessing

  • 60-Minute Heavenly Hot Stone Couples Massage
  • Rejuvenating Sugar Foot Scrub
  • Aromatherapy
  • Member $199 I Guest $260

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Bye-Bye Dry, Damaged Summer Skin!

Dry Summer Skin

summer_articleSummer is quickly coming to a close.  No more long days spent in the brutal sun.  As we head into fall, take this opportunity to eliminate the skin damage accrued over the last few months and repair your skin. Check out these results-driven treatments to restore your soft, blemish-free skin.

Chemical peels work below the skin surface to reduce and rid your skin of sun damage. This treatment is a great way to exfoliate the skin and enhance tone and texture. There are various types of chemical peels to choose from depending on your specific concern, such as glycolic peels, TCA peels, Vitamin C peels, and more. Your esthetician can help you select the peel that’s best for your skin.

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive exfoliation treatment that removes dead, damaged surface skin to expose healthy, radiant skin. Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure that firms and tones the skin. It can be tailored to target specific concerns, including sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, wrinkles, and more.

A facials typically includes a consultation, cleansing, toning, exfoliation, custom mask, and hydration. Because these treatments are customized to address individual skin concerns, facials are a prevalent, noninvasive, inexpensive method for repairing summer-damaged skin.

And of course, using the appropriate at-home products is crucial to skin health.  Keep in mind, medical-grade cosmeceuticals are your best option for skincare between treatments.

Want to learn more about your choices for repairing your dry, sun-damaged skin?  Click here to reserve your FREE consultation.