WHY bar soap isn’t the best option for your face

Hope your summer is off to a beautiful start! Coming to your inbox today to chat about bar soap and why it’s best to not use it on your face!

Your skin typically stays around a pH or 4.5-5.5, and bar soap usually falls around a 9, which is VERY alkaline. What this means for your skin, is that it’s stripping your natural barrier away, leaving you dehydrated and causing irritation and sensitivity.

Many times, people who think they just have sensitive skin can simply change to a professional cleanser and moisturizer that support and repair, rather than strip, and see tremendous improvement, quickly.

If you need help picking a cleanser for your skin, I carry 6 at the spa, so you can find the perfect fit. My current faves are an orange gel cleanser, and an apricot cleansing cream. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to fruit heaven every time you wash your face.

Just a little reminder that I have switched to a landline, and will no longer receive texts. If you have questions, ALWAYS feel free to call me at the number at the top of the newsletter, and I’ll return your call ASAP during business hours.

Do you know the #1 external cause of aging skin?

THANK YOU to everyone who entered the facial giveaway last month! Mary Katherine Venters is the lucky winner! You’ve got a 60 minute facial waiting for you 🙂

Do you know what the #1 external cause of aging is? It’s sun exposure! Sun exposure breaks down the collagen and elastin that keep skin young. Of course lots of factors go into how and why we age, like genes, dietary habits, skincare habits (or lack of), but the best step you can take to slow it all down is to simply wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. Don’t leave your bathroom in the morning without it. Headed to the beach or the lake? Pack a hat AND some sunscreen.

Now this is not always a popular thing to say in the skincare community, but I also believe in living your life. Sometimes embracing the moment lands you with a little extra sun damage on your chest, to remember that awesome vacation with family or friends.

I’m not going to rip you a new one for this. Protect your skin when you can, and go out there a live your best life. Just know that there’s not much I can do in a facial while you have a sunburn.

Little reminder that appointments book up fast these days, approx 3-4 weeks out, so plan ahead as much as you can for scheduling!

Have a beautiful April, and see you soon

~Sarah

Give your skin some love this February

I ALWAYS maintain that if you have a solid professional skincare routine at home, and make regular trips to your esthetician, you can bypass the need for more aggressive treatments like lasers.
NOT saying they don’t have their place, because they absolutely do! But it’s kind of like eating healthy and working out 80% of the time, and bypassing the need to do a crash diet every January that makes you hate your life. It doesn’t make sense to me to never wear sunscreen, never use a retinol, sleep in your makeup, and then go try laser the skincare sins away every October. I mean, if you’d rather do the skincare crash diet, that’s totally up to you, but there are other ways as well.
I specialize in non invasive, little to no down treatments here at Sarah Ashley Aesthetics, such as dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, enzyme peels, chemical peels, microcurrent, etc.
Done on a regular basis, these non invasive treatments can work wonders!
Facials can:
– Clear out clogged pores and remove the dead skin build up that prevents your homecare serums from penetrating deeper into the epidermis.
– Facial massage helps reduce the puffiness that can cause sagging.
– Give you a deeper level of exfoliation that you shouldn’t do at home.
– Infuse deeply hydrating ingredients into the skin to help your face through the winter.
– Lighten dark spots
– Remove peach fuzz
And the list goes on.

Show your skin some love this February and get yourself on the books for a facial 🙂

Spring cleaning your skincare ritual

Hello and happy spring!

It’s time to do some spring cleaning, and be sure to not leave your skincare out. Here are few simple tips for going into a new season!

Toss old products. Most skincare products have a one year expiration date after opening, ESPECIALLY sunscreen, so be sure to use as directed by your esthetician, and get it used up before it expires.

Speaking of sunscreen, now is a good time to find a new one, before lake and beach season starts. Protect the investment you’ve made in your skin over the winter with your skincare treatments, and don’t leave the house without it. I have one I love, that goes on very matte and doesn’t get greasy. It’s available at the spa if you need one!

Be ready to switch over to a lighter moisturizer, as humidity increases.

Antioxidants provide an extra boost of protection from the sun and other environmental factors that age the skin, so consider adding one into your morning skincare ritual.

Finally, book a facial with your esthetician and get your skin professionally exfoliated and hydrated. It will feel amazing after the winter season!

I can milk a goat, and other important things

So the other day, my boyfriend’s mom asked me if I liked goat cheese and it brought back a whole flood of memories! All through my teen years, my family and I lived on 35 acres a little ways outside of Muskogee and we had a MASSIVE organic garden, free range chickens, and yes, milk goats. Usually my brother was the one to take care of them, but on occasion, I had to do it. So if you need a team member in a goat milking contest, I’m your girl. It’s all in the thumbs. Side note – homemade cheese is soooo good!

But, as my acne clients know, cutting out all dairy products for a time can really help your skin. Whey and soy protein especially can be a disaster when you want a clear face, so dairy free is definitely the way to go. I recently found a great acne safe option in Califia Farms, and their almond milk creamer is really amazing! You can find it in most grocery stores 🙂 If you try it, you’ll have to let me know what you think!

I have so many NEW things coming soon to the studio that I’m jazzed about, keep in touch with me on my Instagram page! Hope to see you soon!

How to Pick Your Facial

One of the most common questions I get here at my studio in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is “what facial should I schedule?” I know I get overwhelmed when I have too many choices. When you’re not super familiar with something, how are you supposed to know what you need? I’ve designed my facial menu to make it SUPER easy to pick what you want. Big, long, complicated spa menus just aren’t my thing.

*This is for my facial menu only, so with other spas you still might want to call to learn the ropes*

I’ve broken it down into 3 levels. Each level can be customized to whatever YOUR skin needs that day. I have so much cool stuff to help get you the beautiful skin you want and deserve. We can do dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, enzyme peels, special active blends and masks, etc. All you need to choose is how much time you want to spend with me, and then you can relax and let me customize a plan and take care of you!

~The Red Carpet~ My longest and most luxurious facial! This one is approx. 90 minutes, and covers everything. Deep cleanse, custom exfoliation, microcurrent if needed, lovely masks and serums. You get to change into a spa robe and listen to bird/flute music, and it includes a hydrating hand treatment and lots of shoulder massage and essential oils that smell delicious. When I was coming up with this one, I tried it out on a friend and she was snoring at the end of her appointment, so I think it was a success 😉

~The Signature~ At 60 minutes, this is an abbreviated version of the Red Carpet facial. You still change into a robe and get the bird/flute music and shoulder massage, deep cleanse, custom exfoliation and mask.

~The Lunchtime~ At 45 minutes, for the lady on the go. You don’t change for this facial, I just tuck a drape into your collar and we spend targeted time on your face. Deep cleanse, exfoliation (usually microdermabrasion or dermaplaning), mask, serum, sun protection. Due to the time, no massage is included, but it’s still a relaxing break for busy ladies, AND you leave with beautiful glowy skin.

So your choice is simple – 90 minutes with massage, 60 minutes with massage, or a 45 minute express facial 🙂

Book it now right here.

Microcurrent – Turn Back That Clock!

Something we’ve been chatting about recently at your appointments has been the topic of aging gracefully. So many of us creeping up to our 30’s are starting to notice some fine lines around the eyes, maybe on the forehead. We don’t like it, but we’re not ready for injections yet. I may never be. While I’m sure it’s amazing for many people, it’s just not the path I personally choose to take at this time. So I’ve been on the hunt for a non-invasive, holistic skincare option to share with you, and I’m happy to say I finally took the plunge and invested in something that I knew would provide phenomenal results for you – microcurrent training.

Okay, so what IS microcurrent?

You’ve probably heard it referred to as a “natural facelift”, “pilates for your face”, “facial toning”, etc. It’s a very low voltage electrical current that mirrors your body’s own electrical current, giving your face a workout and boosting your collagen production, circulation, and your ATP production. There’s zero down time here. Fine lines are smoothed, your jaw line will look tighter, your eyes will be brighter, and you will have a gorgeous glow. Celebs like to do microcurrent before red carpet events to look their very best! Oprah and Kate Winslet love it, so I’m pretty sure you will too 😉

You’ll notice a difference after one treatment, but since the results are cumulative I do recommend a series of 6 to see your best results. Appointment times can run from 75-90 minutes, just depending on what we’re doing that day.

My friend was kind enough to let me do a before and after on her, you can see how lifted her brow is after just ONE facial!

If you know this is something you need in your life, give me call at 918.869.7714. I’d love to chat with you about my limited time introductory package!

See you soon,

Sarah

How to Clear Your Acne

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4 month progress with acne

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4 month progress with acne

 I became a certified acne specialist with the Face Reality Acne Clinic, over the summer, and learned a LOT about acne. I’m so excited to be bringing this option to Fort Smith, Arkansas! Acne is something I struggled with personally for years, and I really have a heart for those who are dealing with it. Especially adults. I mean, we were supposed to grow out of this after high school, right?

 Chances are, you battle this yourself, or you at least know someone who does. Maybe you’re tried everything under the sun, and your skin is still dry and irritated and the pimples still won’t go away. You don’t have to live with that. Thankfully, there are simple solutions!

So what goes into starting in on my acne program? Here’s what you can expect:

  • You can schedule a consult online at sarahmcdaniel.com/booking. After filling out your intake form, we’ll go over things like when your acne started, what kind of breakouts you have, what products you’re currently using on your skin, etc.
  • We’ll do a sensitivity test to gauge what your skin can handle, and then we’ll map out a customized homecare routine and facial treatment plan. Using the right products in the right way is very important for clearing your skin. Most people come in every few weeks for a professional strength treatment also. It usually takes about 3-6 months to clear up.
  • If you decide this is a program you want to go forward with, we can get started that day with a chemical peel, and the cost of the consult is applied to your first treatment. This first appointment takes about an hour, and I check in with you weekly to monitor progress and make changes as needed.

I’m so so happy with the beautiful results my clients are having right now!

Schedule your consult at sarahmcdaniel.com/booking

**results may vary**