© 2009 Darlene McDowell  C.Ht  CPLC  GSP

Owner, The Gua Sha Facial Co.

 Darlene McDowell Credentials:

ASFA Academy (Aesthetic Spa Facial Academy, Beverly Hills, CA)

IVS Training Academy Facial (Professional Technique, Facial

Assessment, Acupressure Technique, Gua Sha Technique)

Certification  Specialized Training  Ultrasound Cavitation (Cavi Lipo)

Certification  Specialized Laser Lipo 

IVS Training Academy Gua Sha  (TCM, IASTM Graston Method)  

IVS Training Academy Acupressure for Pain Relief

AHA Certification Hypnosis for Pain Management

Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy         

Fowler Wainwright International Masters Life Coaching                      AHA Certification Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator

Union 472, OPEIU, AFL-CIO, CLC

Darlene McDowell has worked with Actors, Entertainers, Music Artists and Athletes. She was an agent and Life Coach 20+ years as a franchised agent with the Screen Actors Guild & the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

Classic Facials 

My Classic Facials are all specialized in custom skin care to suit each individuals needs  From corrective to maintenance to relaxation.  I offer a range of  classic facials, depending on your individual skin care goals.  With each Classic Facial I add a valuable High Frequency treatment  ( See below:  for the benefits of High Frequency. )  

I have listed below the most popular facial masks, but I have many more that may be suitable for your specific need.

To book a Classic Facial (you may make the choice of your facial / mask at your appointment)

Click here >    CLASSIC FACIAL 

#1    PUMPKIN ENZYME 

The Pumpkin Enzyme Facial is my most popular classic facial.

Pumpkin has a variety of components making it beneficial for skin! Many of the reasons why pumpkin is good to eat also make it good for topical use. Let’s take a look at the top ingredients in pumpkin.

 

Carotenoids

The orange color of pumpkins is due to it’s high amount of carotenoids, specifically alpha-carotene and beta-carotene.  Carotenoids are so nourishing!

Vitamins

Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamins. 

Vitamin C is really great for your skin. They also contain good concentrations of vitamin A and E. Pumpkin also contains various B vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and folate. B vitamins play an important role in skincare!

Minerals

The list of minerals found in pumpkin is extensive. There are so many beneficial minerals. The most important ones found in pumpkin are copper, zinc, and potassium. All of these are fantastic for your skin!

Enzymes

Pumpkin is full of amazing natural fruit enzymes that do so many great things for your skin. Fruit enzymes are very popular for skincare products because they really transform your skin.

WHAT PUMPKIN DOES FOR SKIN

All of these components make pumpkin so versatile for skincare!

Brightens Skin

I love pumpkin for skin because it really brightens skin texture! The vitamins it contains do a great job of brightening dark spots, pigmentation, and dullness. Pumpkin enzymes also contribute to it’s amazing brightening ability by helping with cell turnover. It also removes dead skin cells which immediately brightens dull skin.

Acne

Zinc is fantastic for acne, and pumpkin is such a good source of zinc. Pumpkin soothes acne and prevents it too.

Pore Shrinking

Like above, zinc is really good for acne, but also pores. Since pumpkin also contains B vitamins like niacin, it does wonders for your pores. Especially shrinking them!

Dry Skin

Pumpkin is good for dry skin! All the vitamins and minerals help nourish really dry skin without causing irritation.

Irritated Skin

Pumpkin is a great anti-inflammatory, so it can treat irritation on the skin. It’s also good for swelling and redness!

#2  VITAMIN  C 

Vitamin C Facials are a popular part of the beauty regimen. Facials relax, rejuvenate and improve the quality of skin. Facials also enhance blood circulation, thus providing an instant glow to the skin. Vitamin C facials reverse the effects of sun damage, prevent acne, and help tighten pores. They also help boost the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.

Vitamin C also known as L-ascorbic acid is vital to the generation of collagen in the skin. Collagen, a protein, has powerful anti-ageing properties and is the single most important compound responsible for firm and youthful skin. The lack of vitamin C in the body prevents the collagen to function with optimum efficiency. The result is less firm and wrinkled skin.

  • Powerful Antioxidant: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights harmful free radicals. Free radicals damage the skin's firmness and vitality. Pollution, cigarette smoke, herbicides, and the normal aging process produce free radicals in the body. The strong anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C combat and prevent its damaging effects.

  • Sun Damage: Vitamin C also helps reverse the damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays .These ultraviolet rays are responsible for skin cancer.

#3 GREEN TEA FACIAL

Benefits of Green Tea for Skin

  1. Drinking and applying green tea fights skin cancer by promoting DNA repair. Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG that fights DNA damage from UV rays to prevent skin cancer. That means it’s also a potent anti-aging ingredient that combats signs of aging when ingested or applied topically.

  2. We love green tea for its anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to its high content of polyphenols called catechins. The catechins in green tea reduce irritation, redness, and swelling.  A Green Tea Facial  is a pampering way to enjoy the benefits of green tea for skin. It’s an intensely hydrating face mask that absorbs into your skin for reduced redness and soothed skin.

  3. Green tea is powerful antibacterial agent for treating acne and unclogging pores. Polyphenols in green tea damage bacterial membranes and fight against infection, meaning that it’s a useful tool for treating bacterial growth that causes acne. It helps kill systemic bacterial inflammation for smoother, toned skin.

  4. Green tea is chocked full of Vitamin B2 and Vitamin E, both essential for skin health maintenance. B2 plays an essential role in maintaining collagen levels for youthful skin structure and firmness. Vitamin E supports new skin cell growth and also acts an intense hydrator for soft and nourished skin.

  5. Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle for treating puffy eyes and dark circles.

What is a High Frequency Treatment?

High Frequency is a popular skincare technique that is used to treat a variety of

conditions, including acne management, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles

and puffy or dark eyes.

To fully understand the concept of high frequency, it is helpful to learn about

the science behind its creation and the benefits it has when used on your skin.

THE BACKGROUND

High frequency, also known as the Tesla high frequency current, was first developed in the late 1800s by renowned scientist Nikola Tesla. While it can be used in various ways, before the invention of "modern" antibiotics, it was largely used for medical purposes, such as the treatment of strep throat and other infections. Today, however, it is widely used by prestigious spas and professional salons as an important component of many skincare treatment regimens, procedures and programs. Its many benefits include treating acne, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, dark under eye circles, cellulite and, in some cases, thinning hair.  

THE SCIENCE

All high frequency facial machines function by using a glass high frequency electrode to treat various contours of the face and body. When applied to the surface of the skin, a mild electrical current passes through the neon, or argon gas filled glass electrode, causing it to emit a subtle glow and buzzing noise. Depending on the inert gas that they are filled with, the electrodes produce either a neon red/orange or violet/blue light. Traditionally, acne prone skin is treated with violet and aging skin is treated with red, however, recent studies show that both are effective regardless of the skincare concern.

During the high frequency treatment, enriched oxygen molecules are produced that create an anti-bacterial action and a "natural" thermal tissue warming. This reaction helps your blood vessels push away toxins, while the cells in your skin are enriched with nutrients and hydrating volume. This in turn creates an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal that supports increased levels of collagen and elastin. The skin is left feeling instantly energized and noticeably softer after just one treatment.

High frequency has proven to be effective on almost any skin lesion from acne and burns, to waxing procedures and cold sores. High frequency facials are considered to be a safe, gentle and therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation, quickly healing and restoring your skin’s health.