Frequently Asked Questions

Facials   |   Microdermabrasion  |   Chemical Peels   |   Microcurrent   |   Body Wraps   |   Waxing



What does a facial include?
All facials include a double cleanse, mild exfoliation treatment, extractions (if needed), scalp massage, arm and hand massage, finishing mask, treatment serums, and SPF. All facials except the Facial on the Go, Classic Facial and those for which it would be contraindicated also include a face and shoulder massage.

Will I see results with a facial?
All facials will deeply cleanse your skin and remove impurities so you will see an immediate brighter and more clarified complexion. Advanced facials can address redness, fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and pigmentation. For serious concerns and more dramatic results, more targeted treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels may be necessary first and then maintained with facials. The maintenance of your results also depends upon your home care regimen, as well as environmental and health factors.

How often should I get a facial?
This varies by person, but generally speaking, every 4-6 weeks is recommended for skin maintenance.

Which facial is best for me?
If you are unsure which facial would best suit your needs after reading the website facial descriptions, we suggest booking a Classic or European facial. This will be customized based upon your current concerns and future advanced facials can then be recommended.

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What is microdermbrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a manual exfoliation treatment. A diamond cut tip is attached to a wand that is then attached to a vacuum. The wand is gently moved across your face, removing the top layers of dead skin cells. It also assists in the production of collagen and elastin.

What conditions does it address?
Microdermabrasion helps with a variety of skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, mild acne scarring, discoloration, and large pores. Depending upon the extent of your issue, you may need to couple microdermabrasion with other exfoliation techniques such as chemical peels.

Is it painful and what should I expect afterwards?
It should not be painful. It should feel like sandpaper. You should not experience down time. Most people experience some redness, dryness, and perhaps a sunburn or windburn feeling that disappears after a few hours.

How many treatments are required?
This depends upon the person, but typically a series of 6-8 treatments spaced 1-3 weeks apart are required to see significant results. After an initial series, a client may choose to get a maintenance treatment every few months or get another series after a year or two.

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What is a chemical peel?
A chemical peel is also an exfoliation treatment, but rather than manually removing the skin (as in microdermabrasion), it removes skin through a chemical reaction. Peels also assist in the production of collagen and elastin.

Is it painful and what should I expect afterwards?
This is subjective since everyone has a different pain tolerance. But generally speaking, lighter peels are very well tolerated and feel like nothing more than strong tingle. Medium depth peels typically have a stronger tingle with a prickling or stinging sensation for a minute or two, followed by mild heat. Deep peels have a stronger heat and prickling sensation that may last up to 20 minutes.

The actual chemical, pH and number of layers of the peel determines what one should expect afterwards. Light peels have little to no redness and produce very little flaking (some people do not have any flaking at all). Medium peels generally result in 2-3 days of moderate flaking or mild peeling. Deep peels generally result in a darkening of the skin, followed by 5-10 days of significant peeling.

If you have never had a peel, it is recommended to start with a light peel that will have little to no visible peeling.

What conditions do chemical peels address?
Chemical peels address various skin issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, deep lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, large pores, excessive oil production, dullness, sagging skin, and acne scars.

How many treatments are needed?
This again is variable, but generally clients require at least 3 peels to see a noticeable difference. The typical protocol is 5-6 peels with increasing strength with each peel.

What is the difference between microdermabrasion and chemical peels?
Aside from one being mechanical and one being chemical, chemical peels also offer more options. Specific acids are chosen depending upon your concern. It is therefore not only exfoliating but also treating the issue. Chemical peels can also exfoliate much deeper than microdermabrasion, so depending upon the extent of your concern, chemical peels may be required to notice a significant change, or we may combine both microdermabrasion and peels.

Some conditions lend themselves to one treatment over the other while others would benefit equally from either one. If you are considering one of these advanced exfoliation techniques it is best to first schedule a consultation or facial so we can analyze your skin and determine the best course of action.

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What is microcurrent?
Microcurrent, otherwise known as a non-surgical facelift, is a treatment that delivers a mild electrical current to your facial muscles. This temporarily tightens your facial muscles by “exercising” them, thus tightening and lifting the skin. While traditional facial exercises tighten facial muscles, they are can also lead to wrinkles due to the repetitive movements of the skin. Microcurrent allows you to achieve the same effect without moving the facial skin.

What does it treat?
Microcurrent is best used for loss of elasticity or sagging skin.

Is it painful?
Microcurrent is tolerated very well by most people. The machine can also be adjusted for your comfort.

How soon will I see results and do the results last?
You will see results after the first treatment, however like all procedures, maintenance is required to extend the results. For the most long lasting results, it is suggested to get 10-12 treatments, scheduled twice a week. After the initial series, a monthly treatment is necessary to maintain results. One treatment on its own without a prior series will last 1-2 days and results last longer with each additional treatment.

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What type of body wraps do you offer?
We offer two body wraps. One is a traditional compression wrap (Body Contouring Wrap) and the other focuses on cellulite and skin texture (Murad Firm & Tone Body Treatment).

What type of results should I expect?
The Contouring Wrap will temporarily tighten skin. Your skin will feel smooth and hydrated.

The Murad Firm & Tone Body Treatment will lessen the appearance of cellulite and temporarily firms the skin. Your skin will also feel hydrated, smooth and appear brighter. This treatment has a longer lasting effect than the Contouring Wrap and is more akin to a “facial” for your body.

Will I lose weight or body fat?
No! No body wrap will help you lose weight or body fat. Any inch loss from ANY body wrap is extremely temporary and results are only maintained as long as you repeat the treatments. While they feel good and may provide motivation, no body wrap of any kind will help with real weight loss or real inch loss.

How long will results last?
This is highly variable between people and depends on how many treatments you receive, plus how diligent you are with home care. One treatment of the Contouring Body Wrap generally lasts 1-3 days while one treatment of the Murad Firm & Tone Body Treatment generally lasts 4-6 days.

With a series AND home care, results from the Contouring Body Wrap will last approximately 2-3 months and results from the Murad Firm & Tone Treatment will last approximately 4-6 months. After that time a maintenance treatment is recommended every month or another series can be completed.

Which body wrap is best for me?
We recommend the Contouring Wrap for quick pick me up or for a specific event and the Murad Firm & Tone treatment for someone that is looking for improving the texture and overall health of their skin.

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What type of wax do you use?
We use both hard and soft waxes. Hard wax is generally used for sensitive areas such as the face, underarms, and bikini while soft wax is used for larger areas.

How long does my hair need to be?
Please allow at least 2-3 weeks of outgrowth before a wax. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grip. If it is too short, you will not have a completely smooth wax.

How long does it last?
You should be smooth for at least 2-3 weeks. Since hair grows in cycles, it may take 4-6 months of consistent waxing before you achieve the longest results.

How often should I be waxed?
On average, every 4-6 weeks is recommended. Depending upon how quickly your hair grows however, some require waxing every 3 weeks while others can go much longer.

Do you double dip?
No! Double dipping (the practice of dipping the same stick back into the wax pot after it touches a client) is not only unsanitary and an unhealthy practice, but it is against the rules of the California Board of Cosmetology.

The temperature at which the wax is kept is not hot enough to destroy many bacteria and viruses and it is actually the correct temperature for many of them to thrive. Furthermore, many agents can live on a sterile, inanimate object for days. It may take a little longer to wax and cost a little more in supplies, but when it comes to the safety of clients, cutting corners and playing an “odds are” game are not acceptable at Truth Skin Care™.

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