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_blogCassandra Lacina-Griffin has been a wonderful part of the East Village Spa team since mid-2013.  She came to the spa from a resort spa in Tama when she moved to Des Moines to get married.  Cassandra provides skin care, manicures, pedicures, and some waxing services to our guests at the spa and is a wealth of information about our products.

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

I have been licensed for over 9 years as an esthetician and nail technician.

What made you decide to pursue a career in skin and nail care?

I have been interested in skin care and products since my teens.  I’ve always had a love for makeup!  I also enjoyed the relaxing environment that a spa provides for clients and me.

What are your favorite services to give and receive?

I love to give facials and also receive them!  I enjoy getting massages as well.

What is your favorite product at the spa?

Derma E’s Very Clear Cleanser is amazing for acne prone skin.

How do you get involved in your community?

I volunteer every Monday morning at Animal Lifeline.  I love helping out and giving the dogs the attention they need and love.

How do you reduce stress?

I do a combination of spending time with my 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats, I try to do some yoga, take a bath, and read.

What is your best skincare advice for clients?

Always wash your face at night and wear sunscreen!

What is your favorite inspirational quote or book?

One of my favorite books is Making Faces by Kevyan Aucoin and I like the quote: “When anxious, uneasy, and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused,” By Rainer Maria Rilke.

What might clients not know about you?

I graduated from Wartburg College with a degree in Communication Studies and an emphasis in Theater.  While at Wartburg, I designed the makeup and hair for the theater.  I enjoy baking and I like to paint, although I don’t make much time for it.  Many already know this, but I love to visit Hawaii!

(Note from Cassie: When we see one of Cassandra’s Tupperware in the break room, it is a good day because it means she has brought us baked goods!)

Why should clients visit YOU?

I aim to provide the most relaxation during my services as well as great skin care tips.