March 17, 2017

Your Moisturizer Needs a Wingman

It's time to talk about everyone's favorite product, Hydrating B5 Gel from SkinCeuticals. It has wingman powers over your usual moisturizer. 

It can be Everything you've Ever Needed

Not wanting to flirt with other moisturizers? Use Hydrating B5 Gel as a stand alone moisturizer. That's right. Just two drops of this miracle potion and you've got yourself a smooth, hydrating moisturizer. For those who feel like other moisturizers leave them looking greasy, this is a great replacement. No grease or shine after using this product!

It can Elevate your Current Moisturizer

Need something to make your usual moisturizer make you look even better? Using Hydrating B5 Gel in conjunction with your current facial moisturizer leaves your skin extra soft, supple, and smooth. The extra hydration will have your skin thanking you. Don't be afraid to mix it with other moisturizers. 

It's Great for Acne

Wanting to get rid of persistent acne? Hydrating B5 Gel is a great moisturizer because it doesn't clog your pores while providing optimal hydrating. Problem solved. 

I love mixing using Hydrating B5 Gel with EltaMD UV Daily in the winter (when my skin is a bit drier) and with EltaMD UV Clear in the summer (when my skin is oilier and doesn't need the extra hydration, but needs an acne fighting boost). Tell us how you are using Hydrating B5 Gel as your skin's wingman!

March 10, 2017

How do Hair Cycles Work?

Ever wonder why you need to wait in-between each laser hair removal appointment? The answer is in the hair cycles. Learn about your hair cycles in this blog post. 

Anagen

Everybody has three different stages of hair growth. The Anagen phase is the active growth phase. This is the phase where laser hair removal is effective. Only 20 percent of hair is active during one Anagen growth phase, hence why multiples treatments are necessary for laser hair removal to be effective for long term results. The phase can last 3-4 months on the body and 5-7 years on the head (this is why you can't grow long, head-type hairs on your arms or legs). 

Catagen

The second phase is the Catagen phase, which is the shedding phase. Laser hair removal is not effective during this phase. This phase usually lasts around three weeks.

Catagen hair phase

Telogen

The last phase is the Telogen phase, or the dormant phase. Up to 80 percent of hair can be in the Telogen phase at any time. Laser hair removal is not effective during this phase. 

Telogen hair phase

Durations in each cycle are highly unique to each person and body area. At Simplicity, your technicians with customize your treatment intervals to target your unique hair cycle duration, so your treatments are happening during the Anagen phase (when laser hair removal is effective). This allows you to have the best results in the shortest amount of time. 

February 13, 2017

Am I Eligible for Laser Hair Removal?

Have you ever wondered if laser hair removal is for you? Or are you already being treated and wondering about preparing for your next appointment? Here is a great table to help you know when you can start your next treatment. 

Procedure/Condition Laser Hair Removal Treatment
 Blonde/gray/red/white hair Light hair clients can expect up to 20% hair reduction, not recommended 
Prolonged sun exposure Wait at least 7 days for treatment
Sunburn Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if still peeling
Self tanners Wait at least 14 days for treatment
Chemical peel Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if still peeling
Tanning bed use Wait at least 7 days for treatment, longer if burned
Anti-aging laser treatments Wait at least 30 days for treatment, longer if still peeling or irritated 
Epilepsy We cannot treat clients with epilepsy
Retin A's/Retinoids/Retinol Wait at least 14 days for treatment, longer if still peeling
Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxyl Wait at least 7 days from last dose
Hyroquinone and Kojic Acid Wait at least 7 days from last dose
Abnormal lesions, moles, or spots We need doctor approval before treatment
Active cold sores We cannot treat clients with active cold sores
Accutane or similar products Wait at least 6 months from last dose
Botox or dermal fillers Wait at least 14 days before and after injection if you are getting treated in the same place as your fillers
Waxing/tweezing/chemical epilation Wait at least 3 weeks since last done
Pregnancy We cannot treat pregnant clients
Radiation/chemotherapy We cannot treat until off radiation for at least 6 months
Autoimmune disease/disorders We can treat clients anytime with these diseases
Pacemakers We need doctor approval before treatment
Tattoos We cannot treat over your tattoo or within one inch of your tattoo on all sides

 If you have any other questions or concerns, you can always call Simplicity and they can help you figure out when you can be treated. 

January 11, 2017

The science of laser hair removal

How does laser hair removal work? Why does it take so long to get the results you want? Why does it matter what type of laser you use?

These are all very common questions for people looking into laser hair removal. In this article, I will explain the why behind each of these questions so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing laser hair removal.

 

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser hair removal permanently removes hair by destroying the root of the hair follicles. We destroy the follicles by using pulses of light designed to heat the hair follicle to the point that it dies. We use specific wavelengths of light that target pigment, so the skin remains undamaged but the follicle is destroyed. This is why laser is most effective on dark hair.Hair Follicle



Why does it take so long to get results?

It takes roughly 10-12 treatments on average to fully remove the hair from an area, and each area has a treatment interval that falls somewhere between 4-10 weeks depending on the area. Depending on what you're treating, it could take 18-24 months before you get rid of everything.

This is because laser treatments are only effective on hair follicles that are in their active growth cycle. At any given time, roughly 10% of your hair is actually in the growth phase. During the other times, the hair is migrating through the skin before finally shedding completely. It takes a few weeks for each of these phases to pass, and that is why we only treat on specific intervals. You could get treated once a day for 2 months, but you would probably only see results from 1-2 of those treatments.

Why does it matter what type of laser you use?

There are lots of different 'lasers' on the market. Many of these 'lasers' are not actually lasers at all, but rather IPL machines (Intense Pulsed Light). The issue with using an IPL versus a real laser is that the IPL doesn't destroy the follicle, it damages the hair, and can cause temporary shedding and removal, but it can't give you permanent results.


 

Hopefully this article gave you a little more insight into the world of laser hair removal and increased your understanding of exactly how it works.

December 14, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas - December Promos

With the holidays approaching rapidly, it’s hard to figure out what to give everyone. You want to show your appreciation and love, but what can you get that will show all of that? Why not get the gift that keeps on giving? Laser hair removal is the gift that everyone will love. And with some of the greatest deals around, you can be the greatest gift giver, without breaking the bank! These deals won't be around forever, so call today!

Small Area Membership:

  • $7 a month
  • 18 months
  • Any small area: underarms, upper lip, bikini line, chin, etc.
  • Limit one per person

Simple Choice Membership:

  • $79 a month
  • 18 months
  • Any three areas of your choice

Full Body Membership:

  • $99 a month
  • 24 months
  • Unlimited choice of areas to treat

If laser hair removal doesn’t seem like the right choice, we have amazing skin care bundles that everyone will appreciate. These make AMAZING stocking stuffers. These Skinceuticals brand bundles include:

  • Three medical grade products tailored to either anti-aging or hyperpigmentation
  • A relaxing, corrective facial
  • A make-up bag
  • 1 product sample
  • The value ranges from $169-$235 and we are offering $100 off retail!

Last but not least, stick with the old tried and true gift of the season... gift cards! They can be purchased on our website for those last minute gifts ;)

November 01, 2016

How to Prevent Laser Hair Removal Incidents

As far as medical procedures go, laser hair removal is extremely safe. Less than one tenth of one percent of laser hair removal treatments result in an incident. However, because laser hair removal is a medical procedure, sometimes incidents happen. 

There is so much each customer can do to ensure both safe, incident-free treatments as well as amazing results. Here are a couple of tips.

1. Follow the Pre-Treatment Instructions

Pre-treatment instructions aren't just suggestions, they are requirements put in place to help your treatments be as safe as possible. Do not come into your treatment with recent sun exposure, unshaven areas, or if you've recently been on antibiotics. A full list of the pre-treatment instructions can be found here. These instructions are also emailed to you before each appointment. 

2. Follow the Post-Treatment Instructions

Imagine if after a major surgery, your doctor told you it was crucial you avoid heavy physical activity for a week. You would be careful to skip the gym that week, right? It is exactly the same with laser hair removal. Avoid extended UV exposure, working out immediately after treatment, and chemical treatments. A full list of post-treatment instructions can be found here

3. Be Honest with your Laser Technician

We get it, you are busy and sometimes rescheduling your appointment can be difficult on your schedule. You may be tempted to not tell your laser technician about an antibiotic you are taking or recent sun exposure you've had. When you aren't honest with your laser technician, you are putting yourself at risk for an incident. It is not worth the risk. Be honest with your laser technician and they will be happy to reschedule your appointment at your earliest convenience. 

September 23, 2016

Why Fall Is The Best Time To Start Laser Hair Removal

Between boots, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything, fall is the best. If you are considering throwing away your razor for hibernation season and growing a nice furry coat on your legs, think again. You might be bulking up on clothing, but fall is the best time to start laser hair removal.

Starting Now Means You'll Be Ready For Swimsuit Season

If you start now, you will have 9-10 months of treatments done by the time you dust off your trusty bikini for the summer. You might not be completely hair-free, but you'll be over halfway, and definitely have awesome results to show for it. Don't start thinking about swimsuit season in May; start now so you can feel confident and smooth next summer. 

Sunny Days Are A Thing Of The Past

Whether you are mourning the passing of summer or are itching to break out your stash of trendy scarves, you can celebrate your season-long hiatus from the sun. Sun exposure and laser hair removal don't mix well, so you can spend the fall and winter getting laser hair removal treatments without constantly worrying about accidentally getting tan or burned. 

Winter Clothes Hide Hair Growth

Once you start laser hair removal, your hair growths back in patchier and patchier. If these patches of hair bother you during the laser hair removal process, you can easily hide it behind cute sweaters and long pants.

 

September 13, 2016

No Hair Zone - Laser Hair Removal for Athletes

Fall sport season has arrived! As athletes begin training, they are busier than ever. From the practices to the games, sports are time consuming. For sports such as swimming, dancing, cycling, gymnastics, and body building, being hair free is a necessity. But where's the time to shave? 

We've all had it happen; life gets crazy and we have so much to do that we forget to shave. We show up to practice, not realizing our error until it's too late. Sports uniforms can be revealing, leaving your mistake hard to hide. It's embarrassing, it's uncomfortable, and it's the last thing you want to worry about it. 

Body hair removal in sports is more than just for the visual impact. Not having body hair can make you more aerodynamic and help athletes achieve a faster personal time. Several studies have proved this, especially in cycling and swimming.

Laser hair removal is the perfect solution for athletes who want to spend more time training and less time shaving. After just 18 months of treatments, most clients are hair free and never have to worry about shaving before practice again. It will shave off valuable time so athletes can spend time doing what they are passionate about. 

 

September 09, 2016

5 reasons that college is the best time to get laser

College is the time to experiment and find yourself. It's a time when all of the rules go out the window, and you get to start making your own decisions. One of the best decisions you can make during your formative years is to start getting laser hair removal.

Here's a list of our top 5 reasons to get started in college:

You don't have gray hair... Yet.

Laser hair removal technology has come a long way over the last couple of years, but we are still unable to treat grey hair. Most people think that they won't ever go grey, but studies show that most women start growing grey hair in their early 30's. That makes college the ideal time to get this taken care of, before you can't anymore.

You're dating around.

College is the time when you're most likely to be seen with the least amount of clothes. Because of this, the perfect time to get laser is during the time when the largest number of people will appreciate it.

You don't have time to shave, you don't have money to wax.

College is a crazy time. You've got to juggle classes, jobs, homework, and some semblance of a social life all at once. Because of this, it's hard to find the time and energy to shave all of the different areas of your body. And waxing is just way too expensive on a college budget. Luckily, laser hair removal has actually become more affordable than waxing, faster than shaving, and on top of all of that, it's permanent.

It's the time to flaunt.

You're young, you're hot, and you want the world to know it. Like I said, college is the time when the most people will see you with the least amount of clothes. Make the most of this time by getting laser so that you don't have to worry about the possibility of missing a spot or cutting yourself. 

You get more value the earlier you start.

Since laser hair removal is permanent, the earlier you start, the more value it has for you. If you get rid of all of your hair when you're 20, you get to enjoy not having to shave for roughly the next 60 years. That is an amazing investment if you ask me.

 

So there are our top reasons to get started in college. If that didn't convince you though, you can get 15% off your total purchase on our website by using the code STUDENT.

August 25, 2016

At Home Laser Hair Removal - Does it Work?

You've probably seen the commercials offering permanent hair removal at home. We get a lot of questions on how at-home devices work and how they compare to laser hair removal in a clinic, so here is a breakdown!

at home laser hair removal comparison

All at-home laser hair removal devices are different. Some use pulses of light (think like a weak version of an IPL) to encourage the hair to fall out. However, these can be easy to accidentally burn yourself with. Others use radio frequency waves to "shock" the hair follicle. This is an attempt to crystalize the follicle, making hair growth difficult. 

Some devices want you to have your hair grown out for your at-home treatments, similar to waxing. This means you'll need to grow your hair out in between treatments, plus there is often an unpleasant burnt hair smell. 

Another little known fact about these devices is that they are incredibly time consuming. It takes longer than shaving and most people have to treat themselves multiple times a week. For people to see the results they are hoping for, it can take up to five years just to thin out the hair.  

The last thing to consider is that many of these devices are not FDA approved. When considering at home last hair removal, be careful to read the reviews for the device (many people are unsatisfied with their lack of results). Also, make sure you do a price comparison. These devices range from $300-$600. 

For peace of mind, go to a trusted laser hair removal clinic that uses a proper laser for the best results, professional treatments, and an overall better experience. 

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