Cassandra’s Peel Experiences

Today we’re featuring guest blogger, Cassandra Lacina-Griffin, one of our estheticians and Rhonda Allison expert. Cassandra has been enjoying our peels and wanted to share her experiences so far to provide information to people who aren’t sure what to expect in regards to peel services and advice for people who are newer to peels and corrective skin care.  Cassandra also shared a collage of photos to show some of the peeling she’s experienced (above).

From Cassandra:

CassandraI developed adult acne when I was 19 and have struggled to find the right products. I have been under the care of a dermatologist for the past few years treating my acne with a topical cream. I’ve to stop using the cream for some time now because it’s harsh and drying.  While on the cream, I’ve been unable to use many of the corrective Rhonda Allison products. I’m love the Rhonda Allison line and said “that’s it I’m done!” No more prescription cream.

I decided to start doing the RA peel for acne. Chemical peels are great to help clear up acne and refine the pores also to help with scaring or hyper pigmentation. The peel Camille and I chose to use on my skin is a bit intense. There is a strong burning/tingling sensation but it doesn’t last long. I started out slow and I’m working my way into stronger peels.

After receiving several peels, I have realized in my peel process that it is best to take extra time after the appointment. My second peel stung a bit longer than the first but after drinking some water and sitting for 10-15 minutes I was fine. Plan ahead before you book a peel. Your skin will not peel with every application but the deeper the peel  the more your skin will peel. Another thing is that the deeper the peel the longer it takes your skin to peel. So plan ahead so that you don’t have any major events or parties while your skin is peeling.

I have found it beneficial to not wear makeup while my skin is peeling. It just allows me to apply extra recommended soothing creams and the cucumber spritz as needed. The hardest part of the peel process for me is avoiding picking the peeling skin. It is the worst thing you can do after a peel! I know you may want to “help” the peeling along but it is best to just leave it. You may end up peeling to much causing it to be even more tender and red or causing scarring. If you are treating acne with a peel be aware it’s completely normal for the skin to purge. Trust that it will heal up quickly revealing soft, fresh, glowing skin!

EastVillageSpaFacialsIf you’d like to learn more about peels and you already have an esthetician at East Village Spa that you’ve seen in the last two months for a facial, give us a call to schedule a peel.  If you haven’t been in to an esthetician at the spa or it has been over 2 months, book any facial (Wellness, EV Signature, or even our express 30 minute facial) for them to assess your skin and goals to help you determine a peel plan that will be safe and effective for you!

Click here to schedule your next facial online to get more information about our peel services!

Get to Know Cassandra Lacina-Griffin!

Cassandra Lacina-Griffin joined our team in 2013, with over a decade of skincare and nail care experience, Cassandra provides expert skin care, manicures, pedicures, and facial waxing services to her guests.

What are your licenses and how long have you been in this field?

I have my bachelors in communication and theater from Wartburg. I graduated from the nail technology and esthetics programs at La James in Cedar Falls in 2006. Prior to working at East Village Spa, Cassandra worked at Winding Stream Spa in Tama for several years.

What are your specialties?

Hydrafacial, chemical peels, working with people who have acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin, and shellac manicures.

What made you decide to pursue a career in this field?

As a child, I always wanted to play dress up, then came make up and nail polish. As I got older I loved reading about skincare in magazines and in middle school my friends and I polished each others’ nails. I did make up for theater in high school and continued doing make up for the theater department at Wartburg. I always wanted to learn more and try new products so I decided to get a skin care degree.

Describe your treatment style in 3 words:

precise, efficient, and knowledgeable

What are your favorite services to give?

The deluxe Hydrafacial, wellness facial, chemical peels, body scrub

What are your favorite services to receive?

The 75 minute Wellness Massage and the Deluxe Hydrafacial

What is your favorite product at the spa?

Mandelic Arginine Serum from Rhonda Allison for gentle exfoliation and age-defying properties.

What do you do in your free time?

I work part time at Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shop, foster dogs and volunteer for local animal rescues. I love traveling, especially Hawaii. My new favorite sport is stand up paddle boarding!

Why should clients visit YOU?

I have over a decade of skincare and nail care experience and I love helping my clients to find ways to achieve their skin care goals. I also provide an expert, precisely polished Shellac manicure.

What are clients saying about Cassandra?

“Cassandra is hospitable, conversational, and skilled. She’s the whole package.”

“Cassandra has waxed my eyebrows several times and she’s always so professional and does a great job. She’s such a sweet person, is very easy to talk to, and I love seeing her!”

“I hadn’t be in for a year, but Cassandra still remembered me. It was a nice touch.”

Want to schedule a facial, wax, manicure or pedicure with Cassandra?  Click here to book online! If you wish to make a specific request to see Cassandra, please select “Specific Therapist” and her name from the drop down menu.