Looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ to perk up your skincare routine? Learn about the local expert who can get you glowing.
From facials and waxes, to microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, Embody Skin Care, located at 228 Mill Street in Milford, has something refreshing and rejuvenating for all skin types.
Heather Buckles, an Advanced Esthetician, opened her spa in March 2017, and says she uses a method unique to her by working with her clients one-on-one, to get a feel for their skincare needs and concerns, and to find a facial that will work best for them. “In order to solve someone’s skin challenges, it’s necessary to take the time to delve deep into what the root cause of the problem is,” explains Buckles. “I only learn that root cause- which changes- by doing a thorough consultation every time I work with them. It’s necessary for me to ask them the tough questions about their lifestyle, diet, stress levels and degree of commitment to home care skin routines. In order to get people to open up to me about what really concerns them about their skin, or many times what embarrasses them about their skin, I have to build a certain level of trust. That trust comes from taking the time to really listen to my clients and provide education.”
With being in the skincare business, Buckles says she sees a lot of different skin problems, each of which are personal to the client. While it’s not just anti-aging serums, or calming facials Buckles works with, she says the most common skin care concerns are hyper-pigmentation from sun damage, acne, and dehydrated skin.
“Out of the three skin challenges,” says Buckles. “Sun damage is the number one offender. Clients with mature skin often ask me what the one ‘miracle’ product is that I would recommend for them to invest in. My answer is always the same, the daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a minimum of SPF 30. The sun’s UV rays- even when it’s cloudy- account for 80 percent of skin’s wrinkles and aging. If a client tells me they don’t have the time, or can’t afford an involved at home skin care routine, I suggest one product – sun screen. It’s well worth the investment and will save them time and money in the long run. It’s much easier and cost effective to prevent sun damage than it is to correct it.”
Since Buckles works with her clients to target their personal skin care needs, she offers a complimentary 15-minute skin analysis to every client to see what they are concerned about, what they want to fix, and she can give them suggestions on how to do so. “My consultation begins with me filling out a complete medical history with each client,” says Buckles. “It’s important for me to have a complete medical history because there are so many conditions, medications, and allergies that on the surface, don’t seem like they would affect the skin or treatment, but in fact do. I also talk to them about their skin concerns, and what they hope to accomplish long and short term.”
Buckles says she likes to find out what their current skin care routine is, and what they are willing to commit to at home. “Some clients enjoy the ritual of a skin care routine with many steps others tell me it’s hard for them to get themselves to take their makeup off at night. I appreciate their honesty because the last thing I want to do is send a client home with five products that never get used,” she laughs.
The second part of Buckles’ consultation begins with an initial examination of the skin using a magnifying lamp. “I then use a Woods Lamp for further examination of the skin. A Wood’s Lamp shines ultraviolet light onto the skin. Skin conditions, and some skin diseases, will fluoresce a specific color,” she explains. “For example, light purple signifies dehydration, while orange signifies oily skin. It can also show bacterial and fungal infections. I discuss my findings with my client, and if the treatment we previously agreed on still makes sense based on my findings, we will proceed with the treatment. If it doesn’t, I will make recommendations based on the client’s needs.”
Sometimes, clients know what they are looking for from Buckles when they walk into Embody. When this happens, a skin analysis isn’t necessary, and Buckles can get right into working with the client for a facial, microdermabrasion, or dermaplaning. “I perform Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion, which is when dead skin cells are exfoliated and vacuumed off the face with a machine that uses tips that are covered in diamonds,” explains Buckles. “The diamond tips and the strong suction, make it possible to achieve a deep exfoliation.
By using different suction levels, it also increases blood flow to the skin, and helps produce collagen. It is an excellent treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, acne and acne scars, uneven skin tone, and hyper-pigmentation. Best results are seen when this treatment is performed in a series, and is suitable for most skin types.”
While Microdermabrasion sounds like a one-stop shop for any skincare needs, Buckles also offers dermaplaning, which is another deep exfoliation treatment. “Dermaplaning is a controlled scraping of the skin using a sterile, surgical blade to remove keratinized cells, and villus-fine- hair,” says Buckles. “It is also highly effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, while leaving the skin soft, supple and vibrant. One of my client’s favorite benefit of this treatment is how beautiful their makeup looks after removing all the fine hair. My clients claim this treatment is “highly addictive.”
Even with all the deep exfoliating packages Buckles offers, she says most of her clients stick to what they know, and book an anti-aging facial. “The most popular service that new clients schedule is the Anti-Aging Facial,” says Buckles. “Once we discuss what they want to accomplish in their initial consultation, often they choose a different treatment such as dermaplaning, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion. It really depends on what the client is looking for – relaxation, dramatic results, or both.”
Until April 30, Buckles is offering Microdermabrasion for $50, a 50 percent discount, to get clients familiar with it, and what it does for the skin. Buckles is also offering dermaplanning at a discount for $35, which originally runs for &75. If you’re looking for a full facial, Buckles offers her most popular Anti-Aging facial for $85, as well as her acne facial for $85.
To learn more about Embody Skin Care, or to book an appointment with Buckles, visit http://embodyskincare.com/.