FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How can I book your spa services?
A: You can book your spa services via phone, email, or online.
Q: What is an (a)esthetician?
A: An aesthetician is properly trained professional, that provides services and advice for your skin. Don't hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience, especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering. Your therapist is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Our members have been validated as meeting their states licensing credentials and/or core training requirements, and agree to follow a code of ethics, which ensures you'll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP also provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you'll receive the most up-to-date therapies available.
Q: What is a facial or skin treatment, and why do I need one?
A: A facial is a professional cleansing, purifying, and beautifying treatment of the skin on the face and neck. Facials are the number one treatment performed by estheticians, and a good way for your therapist to get a good understanding of your skin prior to suggesting more aggressive treatments.Facials are generally very relaxing and soothing. Your esthetician will explain to you what the treatment steps will be. Be sure to communicate with your esthetician during the facial if any product burns, itches, or if you need anything or have any questions. Otherwise, just lie back and enjoy the experience. A facial is necessary as maintenance for your skin. As a car needs an oil change regularly, everyone needs to schedule a facial. Tell your esthetician exactly what you want to get out of your facial, and she/he will be able to recommend a facial to meet your needs.
Q: How can I prepare for a facial?
A: Be sure to allow enough time to fill out a comprehensive intake prior to your treatment. Plan to arrive a little early so you will not feel rushed and can enjoy the entire length of your treatment. Remember that your hair may become damp during the facial, and will usually be held back from your face with a soft wrap or headband, so you may not want to schedule a public appearance right after your facial! There is no need to remove your makeup prior to the appointment, as it will be cleansed off during the facial.
Q: What does a facial consist of generally?
A: 1) Cleanse. We always begin with two cleanses. First-removes any makeup or any environmental debris and a second for a through cleansing of the skin.
2) Skin analysis.
3) Exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means.
4) Massage of the face and neck, to aid in relaxation and stimulate blood and oxygen flow to the skin. 5) Extraction of blackheads and other impurities, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small, sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction). 6) Application of products targeted to your skin type (dry, oily, mixed, sensitive, or mature).
Q: What about home care, do I really need to buy products?
A: Yes, it is in your best interest to purchase the recommended retail. Your esthetician will go over which professional home care products for you to continue the improvement in your skin following your professional treatment. This way, you will be using products that maximize benefits and prolong the effects of your treatment. Your therapist can explain how, when and how much of the products to use. Feel free to call the therapist later, if you have any questions.
Q: What is a peel?
A: At Beautiology we have both gel based and chemical peels. A chemical peel usually is an acid solution that is applied to the skin. It dissolves the outermost layer of skin cells, which then peels off over the following days to reveal the fresher, younger layer below. Peels are very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne; mild scarring, improving skin brightness, and evening skin tone.
Q: Does it burn your skin?
A: A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal. Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes, and are closely watched by the esthetician. A fan may help you stay more comfortable, but it is perfectly normal.
Q: How fast can I go back to work?
A: Depending on what type of peel you receive depends on your down time. Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Our gel based peels are light peels require no down time from work and your normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two, and deep peels can require a week or more of down time to allow the skin to fully heal. Estheticians who are not working in a medical setting perform light to moderate peels only. Deep peels can only be performed by a physician, or under a physicians supervision, for your safety.
Q: What should I do to prepare for a peel?
A: At Beautiology, we require a consultation before any peels. Most skin colors and types can benefit from chemical peels, though it is best to check with your esthetician about which peel might be right for you. If you're taking acne medication, Retin-A or Accutane, talk to your esthetician and/or doctor about stopping the medication before and during treatment to avoid complications. Your esthetician can review any other contraindications with you prior to your treatment to determine if a chemical peel is right for you. Be sure to answer all questions honestly and completely on your consultation form prior to your peel.
Q: What should I expect during the peel?
A: The skin is cleansed and a prep solution will be applied to remove surface oils and allow the peel to penetrate the skin evenly. Any sensitive areas that cannot be treated will be protected with a thin film of petroleum jelly. Your eyes will be covered to protect them. One or more chemical mixtures will be applied, such as glycolic acid (from sugar cane), trichloroacetic acid (similar to bleach), salicylic acid (wintergreengood for acne), lactic acid (from milk), or a combination peel called a Jessners peel. The peel will be applied in 13 layers, depending on the depth of penetration intended. The acids react with the skin to produce a controlled wound, allowing fresh skin to regenerate and emerge. A tingling, burning or hot sensation is normal. Most peels remain on the skin only a few minutes, and are closely watched by the esthetician. A fan may help you stay more comfortable. After some peels, a neutralizing solution is applied to stop the peel. Other peels are self-timed and stop on their own.
Q: How will I be after the peel?
A: After most peels, the skin will be pink to red, and look shiny and tight. It is vital to apply sunscreen of SFP 30 or greater to the skin for the next 48 hours, minimum. You must also stay out of the sun, as your skin will be very sensitive to UV rays and could be damaged by sun exposure. The skin will begin to flake or peel within 23 days after the treatment, unless you had a lactic acid peel these encourage moisture retention and may not produce any actual peeling. Sun-damaged areas of your skin will appear darker at first then will lighten. This is normal. Deeper peels can produce peeling for a week or more. To assist in removing the flaking skin, an enzyme peel or light microdermabrasion treatment is sometimes scheduled a week or so after the initial peel. For maximum results, a series of peels is usually recommended, and may be necessary for treating challenging issues such as hyper-pigmentation.
Q: Is the after care and home care products necessary for peels?
A: Yes indeed. No doubt about it!! We believe it is crucial to have after care products that at Beautiology we include the kits in our prices to make sure our clients are well prepared. The healing products to use for the week or two following your peel will soothe and nourish your skin, and aid in its recovery. Usually it is best to avoid makeup during this time, to allow the skin to heal and function without interference. However, if you must wear makeup, mineral makeup will not adversely affect the skin.
Q: What is microdermabrasion, and how will I benefit from it?
A: Microdermabrasion is a method of exfoliation that uses a machine to remove dead surface skin cells and initiate cellular turnover. The procedure is noninvasive and requires little preparation. You may remove your makeup and come to the treatment room with a clean face, or allow your skin therapist to remove your makeup for you. The two most common methods are crystal and diamond. The crystal method uses a wand which sprays fine crystals onto the skin, loosening and removing dead skin cells, while simultaneously using vacuum suction to remove the used crystals and dead skin. It has been compared to a mild sandblasting of the skin. The diamond method uses a diamond-tipped wand to sand and resurface the skin, combined with suction to remove the dead skin cells. Both methods stimulate blood circulation and revitalize collagen production, which promotes younger-looking skin. The degree of exfoliation depends on the number of passes, level of crystal spray or coarseness of the diamond wand, the pressure and suction used, and the frequency of treatment.Microdermabrasion can be helpful to treat aging and sun-damaged skin, altered pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, and some types of acne and acne scarring. It is especially effective in treating the under-eye area and crows feet. Results may include improved skin tone, reduced visual appearance of aging, fewer breakouts, diminished appearance of scars, refined skin pores, renewed elasticity, and a healthy glow. Microdermabrasion may be recommended for those with chemical sensitivities and can be used on most skin colors and types, although there are some contraindications.
Q: Do men really get skin treatments?
A: Yes, I see about 2-5 men per month for skin treatments. Mostly because they know how important it is to maintain healthy skin, or for specific skin concerns, such as ingrown hairs, hyperpigmentation (scaring left behind skin damage), dry skin, fine lines, acne etc.
Q: Why should I hire a professional makeup artist?
A: Hiring a professional makeup artist is critical part of your wedding planning!A professional makeup artist understands how many different factors can affect your look. They know what products to use, where to use them and in what intensity to ensure you look good face to face, as well as in your pictures. Education and experience are also key factors. It takes an artful eye to see the beauty and potential in each face. A professional makeup artist is not only trained to apply flawless, enduring makeup, they are also skilled in the art of making you feel at ease in every aspect of the process from detailed wedding day. Hiring a professional makeup artist is one way to guarantee that!
Q: Do you do trials?
A: Yes, trials are usually required for brides. Trials can be held at my studio in Garden City, NY. (Long Island) but if it is more convenient, I can also come to you.
Q: How long does the makeup application take?
A: I tell my brides for a trial, please expect around 1.5 hours to 2 hours. For actual wedding day, I say an hour but I always give us extra time.
Q: Do you travel to clients site?
A: Yes, of course but travel fees will apply.
Q: Can you set up in one place and then travel to another location?
A: Yes, we can do this, but keep in mind that each time that we set up and break down its 15-20 minutes, There is an additional fee for that as well, the fee depends on how far your location A to B is.
Q: How much in advance do you recommend doing the trials?
A: I recommend doing the trial anytime, 2 to 4 months before the wedding. I also like to recommend having your hair trial on the same day to get a more precise look for the big day. Some of my past brides have had their trials done with me and went on to other special events to gain feedback from their friends and family.
Q: How early should I book makeup for my wedding?
A: As soon as possible! We are often booked out 6 months to 1 year in advance, so the sooner you contact and book, the better chance that we will have your date available. We operate on first come, first serve basis and we can only reserve your wedding date with a contract and deposit.
Q: I have sensitive skin. Are your products allergy tested?
A: Yes, all of the products that we use are allergy tested and safe for your skin. If in any case you do breakout or any issues come up, please note that I am a licensed NYS Esthetician and Ive been trained to handle most skin situations under pressure.
Q: What kind of products do you use?
A: I use a variety of products. I am a beauty junkie My kit includes: Makeup For Ever, NARS, MAC, Benefit, Stila, Chantecalle, Bobbi Brown, Face Atelier, Black Opal, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Chanel, YSL, Smashbox, Tarte, Beautycounter and other professional makeup trade brands. The list goes on & on I am 100% invested in making ALL my clients happy, so if theres something you cant live without, I will try my best to make that product work for you. I also use vegan friendly cosmetics.
Q: Do you do hairstyling?
A: Unfortunately, I personally do not. However, I do have a team of great and talented hair stylists I work along with and would be happy to recommend them to you. You may want to look into my network of seasoned professionals for our Bridal Beauty Bootcamp packages as well.
Q: What is airbrush makeup, and is it better than traditional makeup?
A: Airbrush is a makeup application technique that utilizes compressed air through a gun that sprays the foundation or color onto the skin like a mist. It is very lightweight and provides flawless coverage. It covers tattoos, scars, and other skin imperfections you would want to conceal. I have both silicone or water based airbrush products by TEMPTU, KETT and OCC, both waterproof and incredibly long lasting. Personally I wouldn't say either one is better than the next one but its solely based on the clients preference.As a professional makeup artist I enjoy using brushes and applying makeup traditionally either way, nonetheless, I am trained to make you look flawless.
Q: Do you do large wedding parties and provide group discounts?
A: Yes, I can accommodate any size wedding party depending on how many clients and time constraints I would schedule additional artists and stylist.
Q: If I am getting my makeup done so early, will my makeup last throughout the night?
A: Yes! I love when clients write to tell us just how long their makeup lasted. It should NOT move for hours!
Q: Do you stay to touch up my bridal party and I after the ceremony?
A: Yes, I can! I offer this service only per signed agreement. If our schedules permit my artists and/or I can stay on location [An overtime fee may be charged]
Q: Do you do false lashes?
A: Yes, I do. I always recommend wearing false lashes to glam up the eyes for the special day. I have individuals, strip, and extensions. I have natural or synthetic hairs all to enhance your beautiful eyes.
Q: What are Eyelash Extensions?
A: Xtreme Lashes are semi-permanent eyelash extensions are single or multiple strands of faux mink lashes applied to a single natural eyelash, creating a longer, fuller, and darker lash look. Which can be customized specifically for you.
Q: Why should I get Eyelash Extensions versus Individual Lashes?
A: Ideally they are for anyone wanting to enhance their eyes for everyday wear and special occasions. They are great because you can use our specially formulated, compatible mascaras for that extra va-voom. They are weightless, comfortable, water-resistant and easy to maintain, Therefore you can sleep, shower, swim, and spa and worry-free!
Q: Is eyelash extensions safe?
A: Yes, Xtreme Lashes are developed to the highest standards of safety. As a certified Lash Stylist, I have been trained and evaluated to perform this service.
Q: Will my own lashes fall out or become damaged?
A: Your own healthy natural lashes will fall out but will not become damaged unless improperly applied. A licensed and trained lash stylist knows the proper placement and techniques to prevent damage to your eyelashes.
Q: How long is the application and how long do they last?
A: Depending on the number of eyelash extensions applied it may take 90-180 minutes for a full set. Lash retouches are every 2-4 weeks after and may take 45-60 minutes. If you use the recommended products your lashes will last indefinitely. Maintaining a consistent retouch routine, you would only need to retouch up to 28 days.
Q: I've never been waxed before. What is this service?
A: Waxing is the most common method of hair removal in spas today. Hair on any part of the body or face can be waxed. Warm wax is applied to the area and then removed, bringing the hair with it. There are two types of wax: hard and soft. Hard wax, which is easier on delicate skin, is often used on the face, underarms, and bikini area. Soft wax is used on the legs, arms, back, and chest. Waxing reduces hair growth when performed at regular 30-day intervals. Because waxing pulls the hair out by the root, it grows back softer, finer, and thinner. The more you wax, the less hair grows back. Waxing should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin, because it pulls off a couple of layers of skin cells along with the hair. Waxing can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing. Don't wax if you're taking Retin-A, Accutane, or any type of acne prescription.
Q: How do I know when to come in for my next wax appointment?
A: Your esthetician will have you on a schedule. Generally, let the hair grow out to about a half-inch above the skin. If hairs are too short, the wax wont adhere strongly enough to pull them out. Refrain from taking a shower or bath before the treatment. Soaking the hair will soften it, allowing it to break more easily and making waxing less effective. Do not apply lotion to the skin before your waxing session.
Q: I'm allergic to latex; do you use latex gloves for your treatments?
A: We use non-latex gloves for all treatments at Beautiology, so you don't have to worry or make any special requests!
Q: How can I prevent ingrown hairs?
A: We recommend exfoliating daily, cleansing your skin using a exfoliating scrub. If you have existing bumps & ingrown hairs, add a topical treatment to your routine, these products should be used consistently to see the best results. Over time, they can be used to prevent & treat ingrown hairs.
Q: I am getting married/have a big event coming up, when should I get my waxing done
A: At Beautiology we recommend coming in for waxing 3-4 days before your wedding/big event.