skin health

Facials For Men

It is typically thought of for women to be to soul recipients of facials. Despite common belief, men will not lose any masculinity by getting a facial. Skincare is just as important for men as it is women. Men’s skin is actually different than women’s; men have rougher skin, larger pores and even an increased chance of sun damage to their skin.  The following are a few reasons as to why men deserve facials too.

  • Oil Production

Men generally produce more oil than women; oil clogs pores that can lead to pimples and blackheads. Estheticians at Advanced Aesthetics are trained to understand what your skin type needs in order for it to be as healthy as possible

  • Target Rough Skin

All the time spent outside, causes a lot of damage to skin, ranging from blackheads to dead skin. During your facial at Advanced Aesthetics, your esthetician will work to remove as many imperfections. This results in smooth skin and an even smoother shave!

  • Professional Recommendations

Estheticians jobs are to understand what your skin needs in order for it to be its absolute healthiest. Your skin will be evaluated and post-facial your esthetician can help you better understand how to care for you skin and even give product recommendations.

Large Pore Reduction at Fort Collins Medi Spa


Do you suffer from large pores? You are not alone! As we age, the elasticity of our younger skin is reduced, making our pores appear larger! The good news is there are two options to reduce the appearance of your pores.

You don’t have to hide behind makeup any longer. We can help you gain more confidence and radiate your beauty from the inside out! Confidence is one of the sexiest things in the world, no matter your age or gender. Let us help you gain the knowledge and products and services to help you look and feel your best!

The first option is to exfoliate. You can do this with a facial scrub that you use at home, and we can also do this for you at Advanced Aesthetics in Old Town. We offer several services that exfoliate your skin, including facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion! Exfoliation works by making the pores less deep and therefore appearing smaller. It is important to remember to moisturize after exfoliating to help the pores stay plumped up. Moisturizing on a regular basis will help with smaller looking pores, as well.

The second option is a longer term and more effective one- use a product with retinol in it. Retinol can help the skin become smoother and minimize the appearance of pores. There are numerous products containing retinol, and we would be happy to make recommendations that are best suited to your skin.

With the right treatment and products, plus armed with the right knowledge, you can definitely reduce the appearance of large pores. Contact us today for a free consultation about which of our products and services would be best for minimizing your pores and work best for your routine, budget, and lifestyle!

Your Pillow & Skin Care in Fort Collins, CO

You spend a lot of time with your pillow. Think about how that time could be affecting your skin health! There are several ways in which pillows can interact with the appearance of your skin.

If you have under eye puffiness, try elevating your head with two pillows to reduce fluid retention. Also, avoid using any greasy facial creams before bed as they can contribute to fluid retention, too!

If you have sallow, tired looking skin, try sleeping on a thin pillow with very little elevation. This will help re-balance the blood flow back to your face (since you are upright most of the day) and help stimulate circulation to the face.

If you have deep wrinkles that run from the nostril to the corner of your mouth, try sleeping on your back to prevent squishing your cheeks. Although these lines come naturally with age, less cheek squishing can help keep them from getting worse.

If you have deep horizontal wrinkles on your neck, try sleeping with a thin pillow with very little elevation to avoid unnecessary creasing. This applies to day time hours too- try to keep your head looking straight forward.

If you have chest wrinkles just above your breasts, try sleeping on your back. These can occur due to side sleeping. There are also various pillows and tools available for sale to assist with prevention of chest wrinkles.

I also recommend cleaning your face before bed to remove makeup and dirt and oil. Since oil from your face and hair can accumulate on your pillow case, you should also try to wash your pillow case frequently.

Don’t forget, I can also give you tips for maintaining your skin health during a consultation or any facial services! Take care of your skin so that you can look and feel your most radiant!

Microdermabrasion in Fort Collins

What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a facial process in which a diamond-tipped wand is passed over the skin, effectively scraping away dead cells on the surface. The machine also has a vacuum that will remove them as well as stimulate blood flow to the area. This technique is essentially an exfoliation and skin rejuvenation procedure that leaves skin looking softer and brighter. It stimulates collagen growth and reveals healthy new skin that looks and feels smoother.

Other benefits include: rejuvenating sun damaged skin, easing age spots, improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, making other cosmetic procedures more effective (like chemical peels or topical products), help makeup look smoother, improving acne scars, and  shrinking pores. Who doesn’t want that?!

Microdermabrasion is also painless and works quickly! It is effective on all skin types and colors, making subtle changes with no skin color change or scarring. Skin is temporarily pink after microdermabrasion, but fully recovers within 24 hours. No anesthetics or surgery are required! There is no recovery time needed, and you will want to use moisturizer and sunscreen and avoid certain types of makeup for 24 hours after the procedure. The procedure allows moisturizers to be better absorbed into your skin as well. You will want to avoid sun exposure for several days after the procedure also.

In 2014, microdermabrasion was the #5 medical aesthetic procedure performed! Unlike chemical peels and laser skin treatments, microdermabrasion does not penetrate beneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin).

Have you been trying to cover up facial insecurities with makeup? Not ready for a procedure that requires recovery time? Time to get clearer skin and feel more confident! Microdermabrasion is a safe, effective, and non-invasive procedure that is virtually risk free! You, too, can have a soft, smooth, gently exfoliated and polished face. Contact us today to talk more about how microdermabrasion can clear your face right up!

Spa Fort Collins and Stress

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We know that stress is a killer. When you are stressed out cortisol surges through your body sending it into a fight or flight mode. It can have devastating effects on your internal organs, cause weight gain and even high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.

Have you ever thought about the effects of stress on your skin? The skin is the largest organ in the body and one of its primary functions is to eliminate toxins. When you are stressed out that is going to show up on your skin.

It might manifest in deep wrinkles or frown lines. Perhaps it will come out in rosacea, acne or dry flaky skin. It could cause discoloration if your hormones are out of balance. Deep pockets, puffiness and darkness under the eyes that make you look chronically tired.  

When you’re stressed out your skin is going to reflect that. One of the reasons that I went into aesthetics is because I know how detrimental stress can be to your life and your skin.

I also know that a spa treatment can have a very healing and medicinal effect on your stress levels and your skin.

When you relax on my table my intention is to bring you to a deep state of relaxation that is almost like meditation. You might experience rest and relaxation for the first time in a long time. We treat your skin with nourishing plant-based products, but even better than that is we treat you to a stress reducing, pampering experience that will make you feel happier for days.   

Are you looking for a Fort Collins Dermatologist?


If your skin is in medical crisis a Fort Collins Dermatologist might be exactly what you need.

Then again, in my practice I have so many clients who have been disappointed by their results after going on a Western medicine dermatology plan. They come to me because their skin needs additional nourishing and treatment that a dermatologist can’t offer.

Why is this true?

For one thing, an aesthetician has different training and different goals for a person’s skin. The dermatologist often doesn’t recommend changes that address the core problem. For instance, he or she might not be properly educated on which foods might trigger inflammation. He or she might not be offering products and services that are effective for new collagen growth, which will make the skin look younger and healthier.

Often a dermatologist resorts to hormones as a first step in treatment. While this can be an effective treatment, it can also be a devastating one. Hormones can cause discoloration in skin tone, even the dreaded melasma, which is extremely difficult to treat. It can cause further inflammation and even liver disfunction as a person might fall into estrogen dominance.

Another quick go-to for dermatologists are antibiotics. Some patients respond very well to this treatment, but while the dermatologist might tell you it’s temporary, the patient gets a new and more extreme flare up when they go off the medication. Long term antibiotic use is terrible for your gastrointestinal system, your liver and your immune system. People who over-use antibiotics can develop antibiotic resistance which can be devastating if they get a serious illness.

The paradigm for treatment of the skin is very different for a dermatologist and an aesthetician. An aesthetician’s focus is on long term care for the skin so that you have an efficient regimen for a healthy glow, which is maintained through the most natural and gentle products available.

Come see me for a free skin analysis.

Fort Collins Spa; Natural Healthy Skin

The skin is the largest organ of your entire body. Many don’t know this but the skin is one of the body’s ways of naturally eliminating toxins. What comes in must come out somehow. Sweat is an example of natural elimination. Acne too is a natural elimination of bacteria, hormones, pollutants and oils.

Make up can enhance your skin’s natural beauty when used appropriately. Still, it can also hinder the health of your skin of used too liberally. It can also make your skin look a hundred times worse if you use the wrong products or color. It can increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. It can cast an off-putting tone on your complexion. Unhealthy toxins from the makeup’s ingredients can seep into your pores causing further irritation.

Fundamentally, make up is not a “cover up” that you want to rely on. Healthy, nourished, clean and balanced skin will bring out your natural beauty and enhance your finest qualities.

When patients come to me I do a complete skin analysis and what I’m looking for is to treat your whole body. I see your skin as symptomatic of your overall health. Rosacea, acne and some kinds of discoloration point to hormonal problems and inflammation. Flaky dry skin can point to dehydration.

We discuss what kinds of lifestyle changes you can make, in addition to what kind of Fort Collins spa treatments will be most beneficial to restoring the balance and glow to your skin.

These are 100% customized to what is going on with you. There is no one fix that is universal to all skin types. We then work out a treatment plan which will bring your skin back to a natural healthy glow. This might be a laser treatment or a chemical peel mask or a specialized product for daily use.

Don’t hide behind makeup. Your skin will always tell the truth. Schedule an appointment or consultation and be proactive about restoring your skin and your whole self to health.