What is Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy is an every-day term for the science of photobiomodulation.
It has been proven effective for a wide range of healing and rejuvenating uses including anti-aging, hair loss prevention & regrowth, skin conditions, wound care, pain relief, and much more. It is a 100% natural therapy with zero side effects. And yes, it works.

What red light therapy is depends on who you ask. There are two very different ways to look at it: first, from the viewpoint of Western traditional medicine; and second, from the viewpoint of Eastern, energy medicine.

Red Light Therapy & Western Medicine – Photobiomodulation
Western traditional medicine likes to deal with what we can measure in a lab and prove to the FDA. Once NASA came down with undeniable wound healing results from red light therapy, conventional medicine started paying attention. Over 10 years later, red light therapy has now been thoroughly researched and FDA approved for anti-aging and pain relief, with wound care applications soon to follow.

Western doctors and researchers often call red light therapy by other names such as:

LLLT (low level laser or low level light therapy)
LILT (low intensity light therapy)
photobiostimulation
biostimulation (BIOS)
photobiomodulation
photonic stimulation
photorejuvenation
and others

All of those are red or near infrared light therapy just the same.

Are your products effecting your hormones?

Could the deodorant and personal care products you are currently using be disrupting your hormones? Yes! According, to a recent study released by UC Berkeley.

 

The UC Berkeley study found significant changes in female hormones when they eliminating cosmetics and person care products, which contained specific chemicals. According to the study,

 

“The shampoos, lotions and other personal care products you use can affect the amount of endocrine disrupting chemicals in one’s body”.

 

After removing products containing various chemicals from the research participants’ daily routine, they were able to observe a change in female hormones within as little as 3 days and a remarkable difference within 30 days. More information on this study is available at the following link, http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals/.

 

At Heather Nicole Advanced Integrative Skincare, we are aware of these concerns which is why we choose products that do not contain harmful chemicals.

 

We are advocates of accentuating the skin’s beauty while honoring its ability to detoxify and purify the body. The products we use are plant-based and, whenever possible, organic. For more information please feel free to contact us.

 

Stay Beautiful,

 

Heather

 

For further information on the chemicals in your products, we highly suggest using the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep cosmetics database, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/.

 

My no filter make-up free selfie!

Hello Gorgeous! So many people ask me all the time “Are you wearing makeup?”. I don’t like to wear make up much, or at work, because I want people to see the benefits of the services I offer; So I decided to share my bare naked face with the world.  This does take work, it’s like going to the gym. Having a routine is very important. Skin care at its best should be pure nutrients just like taking vitamins. Many products contain synthetic ingredients which can cause a dull complexion. I use organic Bio-Medical products and High tech equipment, along with top of the line at home tools and treatments. Most of my skin care is done at home, because after a long day of work I can’t even possibly think about giving myself a treatment.  If you want more tips to beautiful skin, Follow my blog, I will be posting more often. Also if you are on Facebook be sure to follow my informative posts on all things related to health and beauty…  Have a beautiful day, Let the light shine within you! ~HN

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The Benefits of Microcurrent

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As we age, our body loses much of its natural electrical energy, much like a battery gradually losing its charge. On a cellular level, this leads to a breakdown of collagen and elastin in our skin, which leads to sagging and unevenness of texture; lines, wrinkles, and folds become the inevitable result. Beneath the skin, the facial muscles become increasingly contracted over years of facial expression and constant gravity, allowing the overall lift of our face to decline.

Microcurrent emits subtle electrical frequencies that mimic the body’s own electrical signals, thereby increasing the amount of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the chemical fuel of human cells) by as much as 500%. Such increased levels of ATP speed cellular metabolism; the result is a detoxification that increases the rate of waste and impurity elimination. Protein synthesis and cellular membrane transport are also increased, as well as the reconstitution of collagen and elastin. The results of these processes can be seen in improved skin tone and coloration, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and the firming of sagging areas of the face and body.

Besides the increase in ATP, protein synthesis, and cellular membrane transport, clinical studies have consistently shown that Microcurrent causes:
35% increase in blood circulation
40% increase in Gluconeogenesis (production of new glucose)
45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis
50% increase in the length of the elastin fibers
10% increase in collagen thickness in the connective tissue
35% increase in the number of blood vessels
28% increase lymphatic drainage

All of these combinations are key factors in the effectiveness of Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. The body is literally being recharged back to its more youthful electrical state, as though a draining battery were plugged into a charger. With each treatment, ATP levels are stockpiled or stored, which is why Microcurrent Facial Treatment results are cumulative and become better as a series of treatments progresses. Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting will show good results with only one treatment; however such results may last only 48-72 hours in the initial treatment, then 3-4 days as you reach your 4th or 5th treatment. By the 6th or 8th treatment, muscle memory takes over and progress becomes more rapid and longer lasting, until only a booster treatment is needed every 4-6 weeks to maintain the results. This is called “muscle re-education.”

The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.
Compare that to any skin resurfacing procedure which only stimulates collagen by wounding the dermis. Microcurrent does not rely upon wounding, nor does it require a healing process to show results.

The long answer (including clinical studies and technical details): Beautiful Image Facial Sculpting emits Microcurrent, which passes through special wands to manipulate 32 of the 53 muscles of the face by isolating traditional acupuncture points. The direct effect of this is called “muscle re-education.”

Muscle re-education can be accomplished to a limited degree without electrical current, such as in massage therapy; however when done using Microcurrent the results are extraordinary. In technical terms, facial muscles become increasingly contracted over years of facial expression and gravity. Microcurrent recharges those muscles into a shorter state. This widely-accepted concept was coined as the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) by George J. Goodheart Jr., DC, in the late 60’s and is still accepted today.

In 1982, a landmark study performed by Ngok Cheng (now referred to as the Cheng study) found that a delivery of 50 to 500 microamperes of Microcurrent caused an increase in mitochondria, protein synthesis and that the Aminoisobutyric Acid uptake increased dramatically which led to a 30-40% increase in protein synthesis and Gluconeogenesis (biosynthesis of new glucose). The study also found a 300-500% increase in ATP levels (Adenosine triphosphate). ATP molecules, known as the “energy of life”, are the storage and distribution vehicles for energy in the body and drive a number of biological processes such as photosynthesis, muscle contraction, protein synthesis, and membrane transport. ATP increase has been an attributing factor in the use of Microcurrent to speed the healing of wounds and injuries for over 60 years.

The idea that ATP can be stockpiled or stored is the reason why Microcurrent treatment results are cumulative and become better as a series of treatments progresses. The dramatic increase of ATP levels allows muscles to stay in the re-educated positions for longer periods of time. The other attributing factor is an increase in blood circulation. Blood circulation has everything to do with the function, condition, color, and overall health of the skin, as well as underlying tissue.

Emil Y. Chi, PhD, director of the University of Washington ‘s Department of Pathology, performed clinical studies using Microcurrent equipment. He notes, “The fact that this technology works in harmony with the body is evident. Examination of skin tissue treated with Microcurrent showed a 45% increase in the number of elastin fibers in the dermis, and the length of the fibers on average doubled. The collagen thickness in connective tissue increased 10%, and the number of blood vessels increased by 35%. The application of Microcurrent to skin and tissue produced a firmer and tighter feeling on the skin surface.”

Chi’s study further notes a 35% increase in blood circulation in tissue treated with Microcurrent, as well as remarkable Iontophoresis (delivering medication or cosmetic product with electrical current) that allows superior penetration of products into the skin. Other notable results concluded from the study were that redness, irritation and inflammation of surgically traumatized tissue could be decreased significantly, and the build up of hardened collagen that makes up scar tissue was noted to be three to five times less in tissue treated without Microcurrent.

Lymphatic drainage, an often over-looked treatment in aesthetics, has been gaining momentum in recent years. Clinical studies performed using Microcurrent at Hong Kong ‘s Tuen Muen Hospital in 1988 indicated that lymphatic drainage was increased by 28% on post-cancer patients suffering from lymphodema.

If you are interested in a microcurrent service, do not hesitate to email me at heather@heathernicoleskincare.com for more information or to book an appointment.  Services are 30 minutes to an hour long. Packages are also available!

Cheers to H20!

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To make sure your drinking enough water to hydrate your skin and organs do this simple equation.

Multiple your body weight by .66 to give you the ounces you should be drinking each day.
For example: 125lbs x .66 = 80 oz or 10 glasses

This really helps your body flush out toxins and waste promoting clearer healthier skin! Drink up, cheers to H2O!

What Is Your Skin Telling You?

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Your skin is an incredibly useful indicator in understanding what is internally happening with your body.  If your skin is acting up in specific areas, then it is a good indication there is a specific area in your body that needs to be looked at with great care.  Take a look at the “face map” to see where you can improve your body’s health!

For more information, either email Heather@heathernicoleskincare.com or book an appointment!

True Results from the PICO Toner

Take a look at the outstanding results and a testimonial from a NeurotriS PICO Toner user.  It’s absolutely amazing the difference in her wellness and confidence!

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Where do I begin in telling you the difference that Microcurrent has made in my life…no more headaches, no more sinus issues, no more pain in my jawline…I can smile and laugh again without my face hurting.! This is just a few things that microcurrent has done for me. Not only has it stopped all of the above it has rejuvenated everything about me. I feel as if I have gotten into a time capsule and return back to 25 years old mentally and physically. Before, microcurrent I had just decided to live with the pain as expense trips to the doctors lead to nothing but dead ends. I started microcurrent feeling like I was 90 going on 50, thinking maybe even if I didn’t feel better at least I could look better…and wow what a surprise that I received. Not only do I look younger, my vision has gotten better and all the ailments that I had prior seem to be a nightmare that I no longer am bothered with. I have gotten my smile back and it has even healed previous nerve damage from a surgery! I am wowed with the Professional Neurotris machine and the Pico Toner gloves, I am experiencing such a difference as I feel as if I have lost years off my age! Results are noticeable during the treatment and immediately afterwards! I look back on photos of myself when I started and my face looked just like I felt…tired and worn out….Now instead of people saying “you look so tired” it’s “Wow…your face looks so beautiful” There are really no words to describe the difference in me….however, it does shows on my face, now I am going to start using the Pico Toner gloves on my body! I just want to personally thank the creator of this machine and gloves…it has made such a major difference in my life…I feel pretty, young and alive again!!!!!!! I would like to shake your hand and say “thank you, thank you and thank you again and again!” …. Sandi Wike

Sandi Wike
Pico Toner Customer

Beauty Call Basics to Healthier Skin

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As a top rated LA based Medical Esthetician, I have over 11 years of experience. I have taken countless classes and worked in Medi Spas, Resort Spas and Plastic surgery centers. With my expansive knowledge in skin care and cutting edge technology I am here to ensure you make the right Beauty Call.

So let’s start with my Beauty Call Basics….

#1. HYDRATE :: The first and most important thing for the health of your skin is H2O. Our skin is our largest organ so it’s important we drink the amount we need for our skin. You can take your body weight and times it by .66 to give you exactly how many ounces you need for your body. This ensures you’re flushing out problem causing toxins and helps keep the skin decongested. If your skin is drinking up your moisturizer, then your’e probably dehydrated from the inside.

#2. EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE, EXFOLIATE!!! ::  We shed thousands of skin cells every day. It’s so important to stimulate and help the renewal process of your skin. The more you exfoliate the faster you generate new skin with less damage. I use DNA Medi Clear Cleansing Pads (Mention this article during your visit, and receive 10% off on DNA Medi Clear!). They are gentle yet very effective for all skin types. For those of you that need beauty on a budget, try using your towel right out of the shower and buff till its slightly pink. If you have breakouts be sure to wash your face right after.

#3. PROTECT ::  Depending on age and skin type, you need to choose products that address your skin’s needs. Vitamin A & C are essential in any skin care regime. A is more healing than E and increases cell turnover for optimal anti aging while C helps to strengthen capillaries, detox free radicals, lighten pigmentation and promote collagen. It also helps to defend against the sun. Don’t forget about SPF! The sun oxides your skin accelerating the aging process & can cause pigmentation that wont show up for years down the road.

Hope this help you understand the basic maintaince of your skin. Stay tuned for all my tips and tricks of the trade.

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Heather Funk is a licensed, insured Esthetician in California & Nevada offering over a decade of experience at luxurious Resort Spas, Medical Spas and Plastic Surgery offices all over southern California. Her profound understanding of cutting edge medical technologies, commitment to organic products, and deeply nourishing touch will leave you positively glowing, wrinkle-free, and transformed. No gimmicks just real skin care.

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