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Wednesday, June 21, 2017



First, let me start this Blog off by saying this is a common occurence and I feel it is my responsibility as a Professional Aesthetician to bring to light some of the practices clients take in order to save a little money.
  • Purchasing skin care the Licensed Professional is recommending from cheaper, unauthorized online retailers
  • Getting professional treatments, then using over-the-counter products on newly exfoliated skin
  • Blaming the professional for skin irritations when the client is clearly NOT following the recommendations from the provider
This is not intended to offend anyone, simply educate on proper skin care for the best outcome for the client's skin health.

Okay....I will use my two skin care lines as an example of "Professional Skin Care" - PCA and Epicuren - they will be referred to as PSC.  These PSC lines educate us, your Licensed Skin Care Providers, in the line and how it works in the skin.  We take continuing education classes and have certificates to show that we have the knowledge to make decisions on what is best for the clients skin.  This industry is constantly changing and the ingredients in the products are "active" and designed for changing your skin for a healthy, more youthful appearance.  The shelf life of products is typically one year.  Organic products have a VERY short shelf  life and if it is truly organic, once it is opened, it's shelf life is, at best, one month.  Also, natural, organic products will NOT make change in the's like slapping some mayo on your skin and wondering why you still have hyperpigmentation.....this is where the Licensed, educated professionals come in.  

PSC lines ONLY sell to Licensed Skin Care Providers!  Here is a statement taken directly from PCA's website:

"We are aware that our products are being re-sold on sites like We often receive inquiries in regards to whether this is an authorized retailer of ours. The answer to this question is no.
Like many other beauty brands, PCA SKIN’s products can end up online or on the shelves of unauthorized retailers. We do not guarantee any products purchased through an unauthorized seller, as the product may be expired, diluted, counterfeit and may not be safe to use. These products fall outside of our warranty and we cannot return or replace them.
We have a zero tolerance policy towards unauthorized sellers and take immediate action when they are discovered. As a standard practice, PCA SKIN:
  • does not sell to unauthorized retailers
  • monitors global sales online to identify fraudulent accounts
  • has an internal department that conducts surveillance and investigates fraudulent accounts
  • actively monitors unusual buying patterns
  • immediately shuts down any accounts found to be diverting products to unauthorized selling locations
    in conjunction with a law firm, takes legal action to pursue the closing of unauthorized online stores
If you suspect that a seller is unauthorized, you can report them to us for investigation at" -, PCA...
Whether or not you (client) realize this, it is an insult to your Licensed Skin Care Provider, ME, when I spend the time to educate you on what to use, how to use it and you go elsewhere to save money.  I actually had to change my VIP Membership Contract's wording to make this very clear:
As a VIP Member, the client is REQUIRED to purchase their skin care from me and me ONLY.  I always keep track of what my clients use so we can work TOGETHER to ensure the best possible outcome.  I am performing "Corrective" skin work (chemical peels, enzymes, microneedling etc) which needs certain products to "build" the skin back up properly to enhance what is being done in the treatment room.  When inferior products are used on newly exfoliated skin, the outcome is usually pretty bad!  Red, irritated, bumps....this is NOT Rosacea, it is angry skin - it's angry that your using the wrong products on it.  You will actually save money, and your skin will look gorgeous when working WITH your licensed professional and not trying to "cut corners" and save a buck!
Now, clients who are not on my VIP program can come in and receive regular-priced treatments and use whatever skin care they wish to.  Most clients understand that it is in their best interest to follow the recommendations given to them.  But, unfortunately, not everyone does which is the reason for this BLOG.  The client will actually save money in the long run (instead of having 20 different otc products on your counter)  when following the recommendations simply because as the skin changes, it is necessary to use different products at different times for specific purposes instead of never acheiving the desired results from lack of understanding how the skin truly works. 
I think I've covered what I needed to cover, and I am available to answer questions via contact form on my website:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Are there truly benefits from receiving regular skin care treatments?

The answer is YES!

There are many reasons why regular treatments can benefit your skin health in many ways, but not just that, it just feels great for Jewls to pamper you while you relax and improve the health of your skin!  Below is a brief description of the three (3) specific treatments above:

  • CHEMICAL PEELS - There are many variations of skin peels available today!  Light, Medium and Deep peels are available in many blends of acids.  These acids are your friends! (ONLY when applied by a Licensed Professional - if done by yourself or an unlicensed person, serious burns, scarring and dark patches may be an end result!)  I absolutely LOVE giving and receiving regular skin peels!  They tighten, brighten and even out skin tone.  A  peel should be done every month and a recovery treatment done one week post.  I like a Dermaplaning treatment to remove any remaining dead skin and to get that flawless, smooth skin for the follow-up peel treatment.

  • FACIALS - Don't be fooled by previous skin treatments from other facilities.  I use all active products to reveal brightly polished skins.  Enzymes are amazing for exfoliation, hydration and vitamin therapy.  If you dont know what treatment to book first, book "Jewls Signature Facial" and be amazed at your glowing skin when you leave the Day Spa.

  • MICRONEEDLING - Now for those of you who want really extreme results, this is the treatment for YOU!  Don't be afraid of the name.  This treatment is unique to other facilities in that I provide many steps including 20 minutes of cleansing/exfoliation, Microdermasion etc. in the treatment.  There is no pain involved as I use a topical anesthetic.  Chemical Peels may be applied over the MicroNeedling for extreme results OR the skin may be infused with vitamins and Growth Factors for tightening and plumping of the skin.  I actually Microneedle/Peel my skin every single month - I do not get Botox or Fillers - I maintain the integrity of my skin through monthly treatments and Professional Skin Care at home.
Join the VIP Program for regular treatments at a HUGE savings!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Oh NO! I Have Skin Cancer???

Know Your Skin - Have Any Suspicious Spot Biopsied

So a few years ago, I noticed a red spot - it was very hard to see as it blended in with my skin pretty well, however, I noticed it.  It was located on my right, upper decollette (chest).  As some of you may know, I grew up in sunny, SW FL (Naples, FL) and was a sun worshiper.  Yes, the baby oil, the silver bikini - you name it.  I didnt even start properly taking care of my skin until I went to school in AZ for Aesthetics. I was 34.

Some things I learned about sun exposure are:

  • Sun damage shows up in the skin 20 years after initial exposure.
  • We get enough sun exposure just running errands and doing daily activities. (unless you live in a cave or stay indoors all the time).
  • Tanning beds are WORSE for your skin than natural sunlight.
  • OTC (over the counter) sunscreens are inferior to most professional sunscreens and may actually cause further damage to the skin.  It just is NEVER worth it to buy OTC products, PERIOD!
So, the initial spot was "burned" off and I noticed it coming back maybe a year later.  I wasnt really sure if it was the same spot so I wasnt really concerned.  My insurance was changing January 1st, so I wanted to get everything done before the end of the year.  I made my appointment with the dermatologist and told them I wanted this spot biopsied (a client once told me she demanded a biopsy after her dermatologist said "it was nothing" and it turned out to be skin cancer).  Well, long story short, this spot came back as skin cancer "Basal Cell Carcinoma".

It was excised out the next day.  What I would like to make clear is this:
  • The spot was barely noticeable
  • It was pinkish in color (not brown or black)
  • It wasnt really raised (if so, not much)
  • The dermatologist may not notice all these spots - it is your job to know your skin and ask/demand for biopsies 
It is my opinion, that a stronger, healthier skin may help prevent future outbreaks and when you are properly caring for your skin (face and body), you will be more aware of spots, keratosis, etc.

There are some professional spa treatments that will help remove keratosis (superficial bumps/growths) which include Skin/Chemical Peels, Correctives at home and even Body Peels.

Please contact me if you have questions or comments via website SkinCareByJewls.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Ever wonder why it is sooo hard to know who speaks the truth regarding skin care and what your daily skin regimen should be and by whom?

Well, lets get a few things cleared up first.  There are many quality Professional Skin Care Lines out there.....LET ME STRESS PROFESSIONAL!  To get the most out of your skin care, save money AND get the best results, it is best to find a local Aesthetician in your area who specializes in one or two lines and is continuing education and learning advanced techniques about the particular skin care lines, how they effectively treat each unique skin type, may treat in-spa through regular facials/peels and can prescribe/offer retail for home to advance the treatments for optimal results. sum up healthy skin in a nutshell is this....."BREAK IT DOWN AND BUILD IT BACK UP".....This is is simple as it gets - Exfoliate (break it down) and Re-Build (Peptide Serums)... just alternatiing treatments/facials as the skin reacts and adjusts to the topicals being applied.

So, think of it this way - An old wooden deck needs some needs to be sanded, buffed, stained to re-beautify the wood.

The skin is that wooden deck - sand it down with physical/chemical exfoliation - through using a facial brush, scrubs etc. for physical and retinols, salicylics, glycolics etc. for your chemical exfoliants at home.  At the Spa, get regular peels and facials to keep your skin in tip top shape!!!

The staining of the deck (skin) are all your topicals - follow your Aesthetician's guidelines for proper applications.


  • Prescription Retinol & Topicals - many cases aren't necessary and there are updated/improved ingredients that provide amazing result without the irritation but with all of the benefits! (and less expensive)..... INTENSIVE BRIGHTENING TREATMENT
  • Using multiple products from various makers and overstripping the skin - using too many correctives without "building" the skin back up - You MUST BREAK IT DOWN AND BRING IT BACK!
  • Please don't argue with your Aesthetician.....hopefully she/he is educated in their particular lines and really does care and know what is best for your skin and adjusts the products as the skin reacts and keeps the process going.
Lastly, Aesthetician etiquette.....try not to mention Avon, Arbonne, Cetaphil, ProActive.....this is like a quick jab in the side to most of us....over the counter products and skin care marketed on the T.V. are not near enough quality to apply to your skin.  The money is spent on advertising/rent etc.....not ingredients, education, research and improving the industry.




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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jewls' Exclusive Micro Needling Facial

Jewls' Exclusive Skin-Micro Needling Facial



There are many establishments performing Micro-Needling treatments - The way the treatment is done and with what process and machine can make all the difference in the world!

This particular process does NOT use a micro-roller!  This is a machine that has a cartridge specifically designed for the skin and can be manipulated at different depths for different areas of the skin.  A thorough cleansing process takes place prior to the more clinical process of the treatment.

Jewls spends 20 minutes cleansing and exfoliating every client's skin prior to performing whichever skin treatment her client is receiving.  This is especially important because this makes whatever treatment done more effective because there is less "dead" skin for the treatment to try and get through making each and every treatment deeper and effective.

With the Micro-Needling treatment, the client and Jewls discuss how much change and downtime the client would like to achieve.  There can be as little as one day downtime (if that) or several days.  It all depends on what the desired outcome is to be.

For example, I have done a Micro-Needling Facial on myself and spot needled deeply two areas of main concern for laxity on either below side of my chin.  I then applied an exfoliating Retinol treatment in which now I have two substantial scabs that will take about 3 - 4 days to heal.  This actually will plump up and refine pores naturally (without injections).

Post care for this treatment is PCA cleanser of choice, Soothing Dermal Repair Mist (Epicuren), Total Strength Serum (PCA) & Rejuvenating Serum (PCA - both of which have Epidermal Growth Factor), and of course,  either PCA or Epicuren SPF.


Please note, I am 45 here and still do NOT use any botox, fillers etc of any kind!

So, quick trips to the store for a couple days.....Yes, I deal with the scabbing too - not just my clients:)

I choose to do this treatment every two months, as I sometimes forget to take care of myself like I should and this is the best, most dramatic way to improve skin quickly with little to no downtime!