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Fifth Day of Christmas
Fifth Day of Christmas 150 150 Dr. Kjar & Candessa

On the fifth day of Christmas… We are giving away a Candessa Ultra Brightening Peel! Give your complexion some love, and sit back while the compliments roll in after you’ve had this treatment! To win, head over to our Instagram or Facebook: like, share, and comment on this post for your chance to win!

Fourth Day of Christmas
Fourth Day of Christmas Dr. Kjar & Candessa

On the 4th day of Christmas… Take $150 OFF each Venus Viva treatment! A great treatment to brighten your skin for the holidays, or purchase a package for a more aggressive result after the holidays.

Third Day of Christmas
Third Day of Christmas Dr. Kjar & Candessa

On the third day of Christmas…. Take 15% OFF our Candessa Neck Smoothing Cream! Not sure what to get Mom? Give her the gift of youth! With 20 different skin tighteners, this cream will turn back the clock!

December Specials
December Specials Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Semi-Annual Fall Open House
Semi-Annual Fall Open House Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Come and join us for our Semi-Annual Fall Open House, Wednesday, November 8th. It will be a day full of fun, education and giveaways! We will have our Jane Iredale Makeup Artist joining us from 4-7 to introduce Jane Iredale’s new Fall colors, and answering any and all makeup questions you may have. Then at 6 our aesthetician’s will be teaching a skincare class and answering your questions about products and treatments! We will have refreshments, the best discounts of the year and some HUGE giveaways going on, so stop in and join us!

5 Reasons Why You Should Exfoliate
5 Reasons Why You Should Exfoliate Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Exfoliation is often considered an “added” step when it comes to homecare, beyond the basics like cleansing, toning, moisturizing and SPF. It can often be overlooked or forgotten, since it does require (at least a minimal) time commitment and especially if you do not understand its importance.
Ask any skincare professional and more than likely they will say it’s a critical step not just within a facial treatment but also at home! So, let’s review some of the top reasons why you should exfoliate.

1. EXFOLIATION ENCOURAGES THE CELL REGENERATION PROCESS, REMOVING DULL SURFACE CELLS.

Cell regeneration, often referred to as cell turnover and renewal, refers to the cell’s life cycle, a continuous, natural process that occurs within our skin and body that’s imperative for skin health.
Skin cells are “born” (cell division occurs), in the deepest layer of the epidermis (the base layer) called the Stratum Basale or Stratum Germinativum. The young skin cell, called a keratinocyte, is filled with approximately 80% moisture. It begins its journey upward and travels through the layers of the epidermis until it reaches the uppermost (top) layer, called the Stratum Corneum.
During the transition from the layers below into the Stratum Corneum, the skin cell loses its nucleus and becomes a corneocyte. As a corneocyte, the structure of the skin cell changes. Its moisture content is diminished and it is filled with keratin, making it thicker and harder.
This is a good thing because the skin’s number one job is protection and corneocytes provide the strong barrier and protection we need to help keep the “good” things in- like moisture, which helps prevent water loss, and the “bad” things out- like microorganisms and irritants.
At the end of the skin cell’s journey (life cycle), it is shed in the natural exfoliation process, called desquamation. As older surface cells shed, fresh cells rise to the surface to replace them.
In a perfect world, if this process continued in a timely fashion, there would not necessarily be a major need for us to help it along. But, as we age, this process decelerates.
You may wonder, how long does it take my skin cells to complete this process? Do I really need to use an exfoliant if my skin cells naturally exfoliate on their own? Here’s an average timeline of cell turnover/renewal rates:

  • Children: approximately 2 weeks
  • Teens: approximately 3-4 weeks
  • Adulthood: approximately 30-40+ days (up to age 50) and about 45-90 days (after age 50)

A general way to approximate how long it takes your skin cells to complete this process, is to take your age (in years) and add about a week to that.
Slower cell turnover and renewal rates can lead to dull, lackluster skin with an uneven surface in addition to other skin conditions like breakouts, which we will mention later on. Incorporating exfoliation helps to speed this process along, encouraging new, fresh cells to the surface which leads to a smoother, more radiant complexion.

2. EXFOLIATION BREAKS UP AREAS OF DISCOLORATION FOR BRIGHTER SKIN.

Melanin, created by melanocyte cells, is the natural pigment responsible for the color of our eyes, hair and skin. Melanocyte cells can overproduce melanin in response to stimulation from a number of factors including sun exposure, skin trauma or injury, hormones and medications.
This melanin-producing response creates darkening of the skin due to the over-accumulation or uneven distribution of melanin, often referred to as hyperpigmentation. For instance, the shadow mark left behind after a breakout, called Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, is an example of skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation) that occurs in response to skin trauma/irritation.
Regardless of the cause of hyperpigmentation, sun exposure can exacerbate it. That’s why the top product for anyone with hyperpigmentation concerns is sunscreen. Daily sunscreen will help with a major part of the concern: not stimulating the production of additional melanin.
But, what about the existing areas of hyperpigmentation? That’s where exfoliation comes in. Exfoliation will help to break up areas of discoloration, helping slough away hyperpigmented cells, resulting in brightened skin and a more even complexion.
And, if you use products with brightening ingredients, like a serum, exfoliation will help aid in that product being more effective, see below for more info at reason #4.

3. EXFOLIATION REMOVES DEBRIS FROM FOLLICLES TO KEEP SKIN CLEAR (AKA BREAKOUT-FREE).

As discussed in reason #1 above, skin cells have a life cycle. Upon completion, they shed in order to allow fresh cells to rise to the surface. In addition to aging slowing this process, other factors can hinder the release (shedding) of skin cells.
Some contributors occur naturally, like our own oil production, and others we play a role in, like improper removal of skincare and makeup products. When oil and debris mix with dead skin cells, they can work their way into follicles and become trapped. This can lead to congested skin and acne, including non-inflamed breakouts, called comedones or blackheads, and inflamed breakouts.
If you experience regular breakouts, you should consider giving exfoliation a try. By helping clear debris, excess oil and dead skin cells from follicles and skin’s surface, you may have found the key that unlocks the door to clearer skin.

4. EXFOLIATION HELPS SKINCARE PRODUCTS ABSORB MORE EASILY.

Dull surface cells are thick and can be more dry. Once they shed, products applied will have an easier time penetrating and absorbing. In addition, they will absorb more evenly.
Exfoliation helps you get more out of your products in two ways: first, since products have an easier time penetrating, that helps to increase their effectiveness and since they absorb more evenly, you may end up using less of your products, so you get more uses out of them!

5. AFTER EXFOLIATION, MAKEUP APPLIES SEAMLESSLY, LOOKS MORE NATURAL.

Once dull surface cells shed, the resulting fresh cells that replace them create a smoother, softer, more uniform surface to the skin. Anything you apply on top, like makeup products, will lay more seamlessly and create a more natural-looking finish.
We offer a handful of different exfoliants for each skin type and a variety of skin issues. Ask your aesthetician to go over the best option for you at your next appointment!

What is the Venus Viva? Is it right for me?
What is the Venus Viva? Is it right for me? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

What is the Venus Viva?
The Venus Viva™ is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is suitable for all skin types. The Venus Viva™ operates with the revolutionary NanoFractional Radio Frequency™(RF) and SmartScan™ technology that delivers superior results through selectional dermal heating process, creating only minimal discomfort for enhanced patient comfort. The use of NanoFractional RF™ delivers energy deep in to the dermis generating heat and initiating skin changes, remodeling collagen and causing the tissue to regenerate, thus producing a fresher younger looking skin. Treatments take less than 15 minutes, patients can expect to see smoother, clearer and younger looking skin after one treatment, but full results are seen after a series of three treatments are performed. The shortest downtime is less than 24 hours, but typically no longer than 72 hours. No topical anesthesia is required, but it is offered to all of our patients. We like to keep our patients as comfortable as possible.
What are the treatment benefits?
-Tightens lax skin
-Diminishes visible pores
-Evens out skin tone and texture
-Controls pigmentation lesions
-Diminishes appearance of rosacea
-Reduces fines lines and deep wrinkles
-Decreases visible signs of acne scarring
-Corrects necklace lines on neck and chest for younger looking skin
-Elevates and resurfaces the delicate skin around the eyes
-Long-term collagen stimulation and regeneration for lasting results with minimal maintenance
This month our special is for Buy 2 Venus Viva treatments get one FREE! That is a $550 value! Call in to schedule your appointment today! 
 

August Specials
August Specials Dr. Kjar & Candessa
Is Voluma Right For Me?
Is Voluma Right For Me? Dr. Kjar & Candessa

Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, the cheeks flatten, and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by a natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area.
What is Voluma? 
As you age, the cheeks may flatten and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface, which provides lift and contour to the cheek area. All injections are performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kjar.
What is Voluma Made of? 
The JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers is made fom hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture and softness, and adds volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers is made from a modified form of HA.
Why Does Volume Loss Matter?
Over time, your face changes in many ways. This is part of the normal aging process, but genetics and environmental factors also play a role. You may notice a change in the appearance of your skin, typically in the form of deepening parentheses lines and wrinkles. But what may be less obvious is age-related midface volume loss.
What Are The Signs of Volume Loss?
Your cheeks may flatten, and the skin may begin to sag.
How Long Does Voluma Last?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC provides natural-looking and long-lasting results that last up to 2 years with optimal treatment.
Does It Hurt?
JUVÉDERM® injectable gels labeled with “XC” contain pain-reducing lidocaine to help manage pain or discomfort during the injection. Dr. Kjar will also offer you a local anesthetic or ice to help further minimize discomfort.
When Will I See Results?
You will see results immediately.
Want to Know if Voluma is Right For You?
Dr. Kjar offers complimentary consultations before all injectable appointments.
 

25 Expert Spray-Tanning Tips to Guarantee You'll Never Get a Bad Tan Again!
25 Expert Spray-Tanning Tips to Guarantee You'll Never Get a Bad Tan Again! Dr. Kjar & Candessa

If you’ve ever come out of a spray tan looking like a cheetah, you’re gonna want to read these tips

In theory, spray tans should be our best friends. They try to help us look great in a bikini, they’re better for our health than laying out, and they aim to get us all glowy. But sometimes it feels a lot like spray tans are our enemies rather than allies.
It’s not uncommon to walk away from a spray session a hot, streaky, blotchy, bright-orange mess. And don’t even get us started on how embarrassing it is to have those telltale orange-y palms that look like they’ve been rubbed with dirt. What do we gotta do to get a nice tan without the sun?

For anybody who’s ever felt personally victimized by a spray tan, follow these tips to avoid future disasters.

Top 35 spray-tanning tips

1. Avoid using deodorant before your spray tan appointment as it will provide a barrier to the spray tan’s absorption.
2. Try not to apply moisturizer prior to having a spray tan as it will interrupt the absorption of the spray tan.
3. Where possible, always shave or wax at least 24 hours prior to a spray tan appointment, as hair removal after a spray tan will remove the tan.
4. Try not to get wet for 1–2 hours after a spray tan. So if it is raining the day of your appointment, make sure you bring a large enough umbrella to cover you.
5. When possible, try to wear dark, loose clothing to and from a spray tan appointment to avoid staining lighter-colored clothes.
6. Try to avoid activities that will cause excessive perspiring for 12 hours after a spray tan, even if you are able to wash your tan off after a couple of hours.
7. Try to avoid activities that naturally exfoliate the skin — such as baths and chlorinated pool swimming — for at least 12 hours after your spray tan.
8. If you are going on holidays and will be swimming in a chlorinated pool, use a tan extender like Jergen’s Natural Glow to prolong your tan.
9. Your tan professional will tell you when you can shower depending on the level of color depth and your skin requirements, but when you do shower, avoid using soap and shower only with warm (not hot) water to wash off the excess tan color.
10. Keep your skin as moisturized as possible after your spray tan to increase the longevity of the tan and help you to avoid the tan wearing off in patches due to dry skin.
11. Daily use of a tan extender will extend the longevity of your tan.
12. Exfoliate from head to toe preferably the day prior to a spray tan, paying particular attention to areas such as your knees, elbows and ankles.
13. Moisturize after exfoliation the day prior to a spray tan.
14. Remove all jewelry prior to a spray tan and leave them off for at least 8 hours after.
15. When possible, try to wear thongs home from your spray tan appointment to avoid boots /socks/stockings which may rub off the tan solution.
16. Wear underwear that you don’t mind getting stained.
17. Don’t tint eyebrows the same day you tan — it can interfere with the spray.
18. Avoid spraying perfume or applying moisturizer to your face or body until after you have washed the spray tan off.
19. Avoid excessive hand washing prior to washing spray tan bronzer off. Baby wipes or Wet Ones are a good solution to keep your hands clean.
20. When showering off your spray tan, you may notice the water coloring, but don’t freak out. It’s probably just the bronzer washing off, not your actual tan.
21. After a shower, try to gently pat your skin dry and avoid vigorous rubbing when towel drying.
22. After showering off the spray tan, it may seem that the color has disappeared, but the color will continue to develop and process over a period of 12 hours.
23. A spray tan does not contain SPF! You still need to use a product with SPF on a daily basis to avoid sunburn and skin damage.
24. After your tan try to use shower gels rather than harsh soap bars. Avoid using scrubs for at least 7-10 days.
25. If you are having a spray tan for a special occasion, it is best to be sprayed one to two days before the event to ensure you’re happy with your color.
26. If you’re coming to an appointment after work, bring along some baby wipes or wet towelettes to remove deodorant or moisturizers before your spray tan.
27. When your tan is ready to be removed, the best form of removal is simple — a nice shower and good exfoliation mitts. Remember to moisturize after you’ve removed the tan, though.
28. If you’re planning your spray tan for an event and having a pedicure and/or manicure as well, get your mani/pedi before you have your spray tan.
29. Your face will always be the first area to fade, simply because you wash it more frequently and use of makeup.
30. To prolong your spray tan, try not to use band-aids, pore strips or face masks, as they may remove tan as you rip or wash them off.
31. If you’re going on a vacation to a tropical destination, remember that bug spray can remove or fade your tan if it’s applied directly to your skin. Consider spraying your clothing or a “cloud” of spray that you can walk through instead of applying it directly to the skin.
32. Don’t wing things. Discuss your tan color options with your spray tan professional to get the best results.
33. Inform whoever is spraying you of any dry skin areas, broken or abraded skin, wounds and allergies.
34. Try to make your spray tan appointment for a time that allows you to shower before your appointment.
35. Plan your exercise routine around your spray tan appointment to either exercise and shower before your appointment or wait until your tan has finished processing before exercising.