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Chemical vs Enzyme Peels

Chemical vs Enzyme Peels, what’s right for you?

Pining for Pineapples: gina anne


A chemical peel exfoliates or peels off dead skin AND living skin cells. PEELS OFF skin. Working beyond the outer layer of skin and into the deeper layer, the dermis. Chemical peels are made of chemical compounds varying from degrees from superficial the (alpha hydroxy acids) to deep peels (trichloroacetic acid & phenol acid). Deep peels can only be done once…think Samantha from Sex & the City. Two to three weeks to heal scaling, swelling, or blisters may occur before the skin starts to rejuvenate again. Smoother, less wrinkles will reveal in the face.

An enzyme peel is a bit gentler on the skin. Enzymes pull away or peels ONLY dead skin cells. Loosens the outer layer of skin on the epidermis and binds to this skin and sloughs off. Enzyme peels are good for all skin types. Depending on sensitivities will depend on the enzyme needed. Enzymes are natural compounds, easier on the skin. There will be no hiding in the dark after an enzyme peel.

Natural enzymes are mostly found in fruits. Pumpkins, bromelain from pineapple, papaya, blueberries, and even japanese mushrooms are enzyme examples.

Chemical peels can be alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acids (sour milk), glycolic acids (sugar cane), malic acids (apples), trichloroacetic acid (vinegar) and salicylic acid (strawberries & wintergreen). Both peels turn over the facial cells improving the overall texture and appearance.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” -Mark Twain


  • Chemical Peels – regenerate healthier, radiant skin. Improves the elasticity and collagen to decrease wrinkles. Evens out hyper pigmentation and sun spots.
  • Enzyme Peels – soften and smooths the skin. Making the skin appear bright, youthful, radiant. Enzyme peels are also great primers for serums to penetrate deeper into the skin seeing positive benefits quicker.

Talk to your facialist or esthetician and decide what is right for you. If you are still at a loss here are some of my at home favorite peels.

  1. Perfectly Posh’s Pineapple Pick-Me-Up exfoliating fruit enzyme face mask Pineapple Pick-Me-Up: Loaded with fruit (pineapple & papaya) enzymes, acai and mangosteen extracts. Goes on clear, leave on for a five minute savasana, breathing sweet, and rinse with warm water, apply your favorite face toner. YES!
  2. DIY facial: Organic pineapples blended up with plain yogurt gently apply to face and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy some fresh water or a glass of wine, then rinse and viola. Use a moisturizer to follow.
  3. Eminence’s Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel Pads. This comes with organic cotton pads, a textured side and smooth for the face.

As an esthetician, my favorite professional peels to give give during a treatment are:

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne






Grapefruit Infused Water

Grapefruit Water: gina anne

Grapefruit Infused Water – Spring Fling!

I came up with this yummy spring fling concoction…grapefruit water, with blood oranges, and mint leaves. Some say fruit infused water is detox water. I say it’s sipping water with fruit dancing around with all the chunks of ice. Sure, you could drink this solely and call it a detox. But, let’s get hydrated. The fruit slowly infuses out into the water adding a hint of sweetness to the mixture. What do you say? Detox water or infused water.

Every spa I have worked at usually puts fruit in the water for an esthetic appeal. Guests love fruit in their water. The pitcher looks pretty, the water is cold, and the fruit is colorful. I was pondering after my ‘hello spring’ post of a light cleanse I could do this weekend. I am not in the mood to do a serious cleanse where I only drink juice for three days. I am in the mood for something easy and light. Hence, I chose grapefruit soaked water.

“I am a grateful…grapefruit!” -Bjork

I also added a blood orange because it looked very appealing at the grocery store. Some mint leaves to throw off my taste buds. And, going back to the esthetic appeal. The green looks springy in my water. Plus, the mint worked as expected, tastes great in the water.

The best thing about this water is cutting up the fruit and smelling the citrus aromas, the mint is yummy as well. Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants which fights free radicals. High in lycopene and fights cancer cells. The aroma of grapefruit increases dopamine levels in the brain which makes us feel happy, cheery, sweet. Perfect way to reenergize this first week of spring.

Grab your favorite pitcher fill it half way with ice. Cut up the grapefruit and blood oranges in half, don’t forget to take a deep breathe. Inhale the sweetness & exhale breathing sweet. 😉 Then, slice a couple of citrus wheels. Cut the wheels in four pieces like a pie. I only used 1/2 of a grapefruit & 1/2 of a blood orange. Place in the pitcher. Pinch off some mint leaves toss those in for added bonus. Fill with purified water. Place in fridge. Wait about a half hour to allow the infusion process to dance on. Fill up a tall glass of water & enjoy your grapefruit infused spring fling water concoction. Cheers!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

My Favorite Grapefruit Products: 

  • Perfectly Posh’s Oh Snap, Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme Oh Snap, BFYHC
  • Perfectly Posh’s Don’t Be Bitter, Baby – BFYHC Don’t Be Bitter, Baby
  • Yon-ka’s Pamplemousse Moisturizer
  • Eminence’s Balancing Masque Pomelo Cheek Treatment.

The Vitamin C – Craze

Oranges: gina anne

The Vitamin C – Craze, What’s it all About?

I always imagine lots of oranges when I hear the word vitamin C. Drinking a big glass of freshly squeezed oranges is how I imagine intaking a healthy dose of this lovely vitamin.

First off, what is vitamin C and where does it come from. Vitamin C is a nutrient which is good for our health and well being. Vitamin C comes from the land of fruits. Some fruits and vegetables have higher vitamin C content than the citrus family. Peppers, dark leafy greens, strawberries, kiwis, brussel sprouts and papayas to name a few.

Second, why is vitamin C good for my skin. Vitamin C repairs tissues. When applied to the face vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which fights free radicals. Vitamin C repairs and regenerates the skin. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots. Also, helping with collagen synthesis.

“Mimosas are a good source of vitamin C” -unknown

Third, how can you add vitamin C to your day. Vitamin C can be added into the diet. Make daily smoothies, drink hand squeezed juices, eat more salads. Be creative with your diet, have fun. Smile. Breathe Sweet. Yum!

Lastly, vitamin C is very popular in skin care products. When I first became an esthetician products with vitamin C became the craze. Everyone seemed to use it. Vitamin C is probably one of the most popular questions I get in the spa, during my facial treatments.

A lot of products contain vitamin C. The best way to see results in the face would be to use a serum with vitamin C. Serums penetrate a little deeper into the skin than a moisturizer will. But, your diet is going to be the BEST way to gain the benefits of receiving vitamin C. So go grab yourself an orange, take a deep breath, breathe sweet & enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

Favorite products with Vitamin C: Yon-ka pamplemousse (grapefruit), Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C+ Infusion.

Favorite Vitamin C Smoothie: 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 kiwi, handful of strawberries, 3 peeled cuties, some spinach, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice from a fresh grapefruit. Blend in blender. Pour in a fun glass, cheers!


Skin Care 101 for Everyone

Skin Care: gina anne

Cleanse – Tone – Moisturize…OH MY!

Cleanse, tone, moisturize…oh my. Yes, it’s that easy; learning a home skin care routine is pretty simple and important. All you need is a wee bit of time, consistency, and some knowledge. Sooo…what is skin care 101 for everyone? I’ll teach you.

Starting with the basics; taking care of your beautiful face. Yes, you & your beautiful face! This is one thing I wish I had learnt growing up, maybe in high school or health class…How to Take Care of Your Skin – 101. & your beautiful face.

It wasn’t until I was 24, from my friend & colleague Oki, an esthetician, who taught me the importance of skin care, a skin care routine and how to eat sushi, but that’s another post. 😉

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel.

Then, we take care of our skin. Read more