We popped over to the new SkinSpirit location in Beverly Hills to see what all the buzz about and saw with our own eyes (and faces!) what this pioneer in advanced aesthetic treatments, medical-grade facials, and world class body services, is all about. Turns out – a lot! We will be heading back this May, to report on their signature facial and also a few more micro-tweaks with the incredible NP, Lynn Bartels. More about Lynn later, but she did the most amazing subtle refreshers with Botox and filler. Tiny micro-updates to balance, harmonize and refresh and the work was nothing short of amazing.
SkinSpirit is known for its expertise and exceptional service, with 17 luxurious locations throughout California, Texas, Washington and Utah – it’s the number one provider for Botox and dermal fillers in the U.S.
Their team of practitioners is considered best-in-class practitioners, they use up-to-date scientifically-proven methods, and offer a comprehensive suite of personalized, tailored services
The only way to ever report on anything involving aesthetics and injections is to experience it ourselves. Groomed LA has never and will never, write about anything that goes on or in your face and body, without firsthand trying for ourselves.
Lynn Bartels graduated from the Harbor-UCLA nurse practitioner program, with a dual degree in adult medicine and women’s health, and began her career as a nurse practitioner (NP) in cardio-thoracic surgery. She made the switch to aesthetics 17 years ago and was the first NP brought on board at SkinSpirit.
Today, Lynn treats patients from SkinSpirit’s Beverly Hills, Palo Alto and San Francisco clinics and stays on the cutting edge of new technology and techniques by working hands-on with thousands of patients a year. Recognized as an expert in the field of facial rejuvenation, Lynn specializes in creating custom non-surgical programs that use combination therapy to produce stunning results.
As a clinical expert, she is known for “training the trainers” and serves a national trainer for Allergan’s Medical Institute teaching her skills to residents, physicians and nurses around the country. Additionally, Lynn sits on several prominent medical advisory boards including SkinSpirit’s Medical Advisory Board and Allergan’s Aesthetics Advisory Board. She is a regular featured expert at the top national medical aesthetics conferences annually.
Biologique Recherche is nothing short of revelatory skincare. And the Biologique Recherche facial at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach is the facial for true obsessive skin care groupies.
You may know the cult fave line already. I’m sure you do. Look what Refinery 29 has to say:
“Biologique Recherche’s P50 is now about as recognizable a name as it gets in the world of prestige beauty. It has been called “Jesus in a bottle,” “life-changing,” and “The Best Beauty Product in the World.” It smells like vinegar and the quart of milk you pushed to the back of the fridge and forgot about for three months. Its fans will still tell you it is the single best thing they have ever put on their face.”
I have met with and heard talks given by Dr. Allouche – Co-Owner and Head of Creation (his parents founded the brand) and when I tell you this skincare the top, top, top tier of brands, you’ll add a few more ‘tops’ to that after you’ve been on their very specific routine for a month.
Dijana Marjanovic is the lead esthetician at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach and her knowledge of skin blew me away, during my luxurious facial at this adorable luxury spa in Santa Monica’s classic Shutters. I was ga-ga over the whole nautical vibe.
But this facial – oh my lord – and Dijana. There is nothing like being in the hands of an expert. Biologique Recherche has reigned as one of the most prominent international skincare lines, delivering the highest level of efficacy. Their formulas and treatments work together to rebuild skin and treat specific skin conditions.
I left with glowing skin and a serious regime, check it out:
1.Cleansing CareLait VIP O2 (every morning and evening) To clean your skin and prevent devitalized skins, apply a small amount of Lait VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Lightly massage for emulsification and then remove with damp cotton or rinse off with cold water. Repeat as required for complete removal of any impurities and makeup, then dry with tissue.
2.ExfoliatorLotion P50 PIGM 400 (every morning and evening) To gently exfoliate, purify, clean and regenerate the epidermis, apply a few drops of Lotion P50 PIGM 400 on a cotton pad (damp for the first two weeks only), and gently pat over your face, neck and décolleté. This multifunction lotion is the cornerstone of the Biologique Recherche methodology, it rebalances the pH of the skin for epidermal reconditioning and improves the efficacy of all Biologique Recherche products applied after it. Light redness and tingling sensation is expected if the skin pH is imbalanced – do not stop the use of the lotion, use it on damp cotton and the sensation will decrease after a few days. This product should not be combined with any other exfoliating product.
3.MasksMasque VIP O2 (once to twice a week) To revitalize the skin and brighten the complexion, apply Masque VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Masque Visolastine + (once to twice a week) To durably moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier to protect against dehydration, apply a thin layer of Masque Visolastine + all over your face, neck and décolleté. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask provides a sensation of comfort and softness.
4.SerumsSérum VG Tensil (every morning) To tone and firm the skin, as well as smoothe fine lines and wrinkles, apply a few drops of Sérum VG-Tensil all over your face, neck and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Collagène Natif (every morning, after the Sérum VG Tensil) To hydrate and restore the epidermis, as well as tighten the pores, apply a few drops of Sérum Collagène Natif on clean skin over the whole face, neck, and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Colostrum (every evening) For intense hydration, apply a few drops of Sérum Colostrum all over your face, neck and décolleté, lightly massaging it upwards until it has been entirely absorbed. This intensely moisturizing serum contains milk proteins which enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and improve its elasticity.
5.CreamsCrème Biofixine (every morning) To smooth and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Crème Biofixine all over your face, neck and décolleté. This tensing first wrinkle cream will leave your skin soften and radiant. Crème MSR-H (every evening) To moisturize, firm and fight against signs of aging, apply a hazelnut amount of Crème MSR-H all over your face, neck and décolleté. Slowly massage from bottom to top, from the inside of the face moving outward until the cream is completely absorbed by your skin.
6.Finishing SerumSerum Grand Millésime (every morning and/or evening) To instantly brighten and rejuvenate the complexion, apply a few drops of Sérum Grand Millésime to your face, neck and décolleté, after using your morning cream. This serum is rich in revitalizing, antioxidant agents and Hyaluronic Acid. We would like you to follow the above instructions and your daily regimen as best as you can to ensure the success of this customized skincare program, created according to your skin needs. Yours in great skin, The Biologique Recherche Team.
Now that is a routine! I cannot WAIT.
When I posted my facial experience on my Insta-stories – immediately, all my true top tier skin care groupies wrote me – “But of course! “, “I only use Biologique Recherche!!” , “Duh!!”
I urge you to see Dijana Marjanovic to experience this for yourself.
RESTYLANE LYFT FOR MIDFACE & CHEEK INJECTION VIA CANNULA Restylane Lyft Now Joins Restylane Silk as the Only Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Approved for Use with Cannula1, 2.
We are massive all-time fans of all things Restylane to soften lines and restore facial volume. We age. We lose volume. It’s that simple. The old expression, we need to choose between our asses or faces. I’d like to think to keep both going at full volume.
Forget the days of over-filling faces to look like puffer fish – that aesthetic is our biggest turn off and has never been something we even want to associate with. At Groomed LA, we simply want to share the best tools to make you look as awesome as you feel on the inside. We give you the best tools for inner work and the best for outer to reflect your awesomeness inside – that simple!
I have used fillers in the most delicate ways, to soften under eye circles and add some fullness in areas where the face started to thin out.
Restylane Refyne is FDA-approved for smile lines and now, Restylane® Lyft it is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler approved for use to restore age- related volume loss in the midface and cheek area with a blunt tip cannula.
I worked with The Master Injector,Bernice Cohen, RN, PHN ,BSN, CANS, at AVA MD, as she is the expert trainer in this and tops in the country. It’s always thrilling to work with Bernice as she is such a top level pro in the field, I always learn so much and leave with my mind blown (on top of looking excellent).
Bernice Cohen is a Registered Nurse, nurse injector and laser specialist, as well as a Public Health Nurse with a B.S. degree in Nursing. Having joined the Ava MD practice in March of 2010, she is now a Top Trainer in the US for Galderma Injectables, teaching other doctors and injectors how to use Sculptra, Restylane, Restylane Lyft and Dysport. Born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Burbank, California, Bernice worked as an international model doing runway, print and commercial modeling with Ford and Elite for 15 years before making her transition to dermatology.
Why a cannula?
The use of a cannula may be associated with less potential damage to blood vessels, and may help minimize patient bruising, help decrease swelling, and allow for minimized downtime.
Natural-looking results, restored volume and fullness to the cheeks.
Created with XpresHAn Technology™, to help smooth moderate lines and provide the right amount of support and flexibility through a range of facial expressions
Integrates with your skin and acts like your body’s own hyaluronic acid
Gives the support you need while allowing a range of facial expressions
Restylane® Lyft is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler approved for use to restore age- related volume loss in the midface and cheek area with a blunt tip cannula.1,2
What is a cannula? What are the benefits of injection with a cannula?
A cannula is a small, thin, flexible, blunt tip needle with a small opening on the side that provides an effective means for injecting HA dermal fillers into the skin.3
The use of a cannula may be associated with less potential damage to blood vessels, and may help minimize patient bruising, help decrease swelling, and allow for minimized downtime.4
Precise implantation of HA fillers is important for patient safety and for achieving the best aesthetic outcome and using a cannula can result in a more precise injection as compared to a needle.
When injecting with a cannula, a single-entry point is used so the cannula can be inserted through the entire midface or cheek area.6 When using a needle, the sharp tip of the needle penetrates through the skin down to the depth in each point where the filler is injected. In contrast to this, a cannula has a blunt tip, and requires only one to two insertion points on either side of the entire injection area.
Here’s what you can expect with Restylane Lyft for midface and cheek injection via cannula:
Bernice made sure to enhance my natural bone structure, not change it. The goal is to leave looking the same only BETTER!
Restored volume and fullness to the cheeks
May be associated with less bruising and decreased swelling compared to injection via needle4
Results proven to last up to 12 months1
Restylane Lyft is the only HA filler with three FDA-approved indications – the midface/cheek area, nasolabial folds, and back of the hands.1,2
For more information about Restylane® visit www.RestylaneUSA.com
Important Safety Information
The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.
Restylane® and Restylane–Lyft® are for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane® and Restylane-L® are also indicated for injection into the lips in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is for deep implantation into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for injection into the subcutaneous plane in the dorsal hand to correct volume deficit in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Silk is for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral wrinkles in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane® Defyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.
Are there any reasons why I should not use products within the Restylane® family? (Contraindications)
To ensure a safe procedure, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. You should not use products within the Restylane family if:
• You have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis)
• You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid
• You are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
Are there other precautions that I should discuss with my doctor?
• Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. The safety of these products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied
• Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane- L are also intended for lip enhancement. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also intended for injection in the dorsal hand to correct volume loss. Treatments in other areas of the face or body have not been evaluated in clinical studies.
• The safety and effectiveness of Restylane® Silk for areas other than the lips and perioral area have not been evaluated in clinical studies.
• Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, particularly thick and stiff scars, or any pigmentation (skin color) disorders. These side effects can occur with hyaluronic acid fillers in general.
• Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment
• Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with these products may be at a higher risk for side effects
• Tell your doctor if you are on any medications to decrease your body’s immune response (immunosuppressive therapy). Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.
• Tell your doctor if you are using any “blood thinners” such as aspirin, warfarin, or any other medications that affect bleeding. Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.
• The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of product in these areas could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
Tell your doctor if you have diseases, injuries, or disabilities of the hand.
What are the possible side effects?
The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site.
One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.
As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
*To report a side effect with any of the Restylane products, please call Galderma Laboratories, L.P at 1- 855-425-8722.
Alas! I searched far and wide to find the best microblade artists in town for you. And here she is: Julia Faria.
Why did it take me two years? Or is it three? Because bad microbladed (is that even a word?!) brows are everywhere! I had clients asking me who to go to – I had nada. Mostly because if I have not tried something, I cannot and will not speak to it. How can I recommend a procedure if I have not personally tried it? You need to do your research into the studio that you’re going to get your brows done to make sure the workers have been properly trained by someone like The Brow Studio (https://thebrowstudiobycc.com/) so they know what they’re doing. If you don’t, you might end up with wonky eyebrows!
At this point in Groomed LA’s ten year tenure, I rarely actively seek providers. We are flooded with invitations to experience the latest and greatest in beauty, aesthetics, healing, etc. But the the micoblade artists I had been pitched didn’t feel right to me. They looked terribly painted on, overly dark and fake looking. ICK! Thanks to Instagram, (yup, the gram) I found Julia on my own. Her work looked incredible. Natural, understated, and a little ‘fluffy’ so to speak. I reached out and enter the most adorable, gorgeous talented creature. Miss Julia.
I headed to her stunning studio on Rodeo (that gorgeous complex – oh the views!) and was greeted by this Brazilian goddess. It was love at first sight. Her whole vibe is real, natural and less is more. She looked at my brows and said we could do a little something-something. The goal was to fill in the spottier areas, not re-create a fake brow line that wasn’t already naturally there. She took her pencil and sketched in what she saw would be the perfect brow frame. She was correct. It was perfect. Mind you, I never have penciled in my brows. Ever. I always think dark, heavier brows made me look manly. Julia proved me totally wrong. The way she lightly filled in where hair was missing, simply gave my brows and face the perfect framing.
We booked a session and in one quick hour, my first pass was done. I AM OBSESSED. Easy as heck, painless and relaxing. The first few days I was extra dark (of course I miss that now, as it fades a bit) until I go back for my next pass in a few weeks. This is now a no-brainer. I will for sure do this every two years. It’s a face game changer. Paired with gorgeous lashes from Patricia of Bijou Beauty and I am good to go – make up free – my fave.
Julia developed her unique technique that no one else is doing. If you are looking for The One, Julia is it.
This was the day after and my brows look a bit painted in and heavier. In a few days they started to peel to reveal soft, natural brows.
The Rodeo Collection
421 North Rodeo Drive, Suite T-13 (2nd floor), Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Ph: +1 559 558 7992
First of all, excuse the very peachy photos! My bedroom is basically a big peach (walls, curtains, all of it!) and I took these first thing in the morning.
So, what ya see is zero makeup and possibly sleep in my eyes. However – a couple of things to note! First I want to fill you in on an AMAZING lip enhancement that Jennifer Hollander of AuraSpa performed on me a few days ago. It’s called Arque Derma ( you may recall I featured this technique developed by master injector and trainer Leslie Fletcher of Torrance’s Injectability Clinic).
I arrived to Jenn’s office wanting to do something about my lip lines above my lips (“smoker’s lines”) and also for some general plumping. She took a look at me and said “we are doing Arque Derma on you”. The thing about this approach to plumping is it is not about stuffing filler in your lips and making you look like you have filler in your lips. It takes into account the entire chin to lip to nose area. So, Jenn wasn’t just filling in my lips, but rather using Restylane Refyne to restore an overall more youthful area, in total.
Pronounced ‘ARC DERMA,’ ArqueDerma® in Latin literally means ‘to inject the skin’. The name ArqueDerma® imparts a seamless mix of the artistic, ‘Arque’ (classical architecture – arches, buttresses, corbels), and medical science, ‘Derma’.
I have never seen my lips look so natural and fresh. I am NOT into the filler looking aesthetic, obviously. And if you are like me, then you strive for looking incredibly natural. This is the exact way to approach your lips if you are new to lip filler, or have been getting cheesy over-plumped lips. I actually really DO want them to be full and juicy and told Jenn I want a bit more. She said we do it in stages, never over-fill and we HAVE to look at my face and do what will look RIGHT. The profile needs to be seamless, no protruding upper lip. And that’s what this approach achieves. I could not be more thrilled!!!
As you know, I am full on in love with Jenn’s work and everything going on at AuraSpa. It is just getting better and better and is reveals all its new treatments.
Please see Jenn and tell her we sent ya!
(424) 303-5800 RoxSan Medical Building 465 N Roxbury Dr., Suite 755, Beverly Hills, CA 90210