Large pores. How to shrink them.

1. The most immediate way to reduce the appearance of large pores is through exfoliation. Simply one use of a gentle scrub or leaving a gentle serum on the skin overnight will give instant improvement. Once the skin is exfoliated, it’s important to use a good moisturizer to give the skin hydration so the pores stay plump. Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis will help remove surface dry cells so the opening of the pores are less deep, making them look smaller.

Regular facials are key for true skin analysis, deeper exfoliation, improved blood circulation, extractions if necessary to help with clogged pores and overall relaxation.

Products that provide exfoliation and make pores look smaller are:

Aveda’s radiant skin refiner. This exfoliant is formulated with natural bamboo extract and finely powdered tourmaline that removes dull, dead skin cells, revealing smoother, more radiant facial skin.

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Aveda’s tulasara firm concentrate. This serum helps promote the facial natural production of collagen to lift and firm the skin giving the appearance of less noticeable pores.FREE Aveda tulasāra Concentrate Sample

Dehydration and Exfoliation

Scrub your skin.

This is one of the most important steps in a facial skincare ritual that I am forever amazed so many leave out at Main Street Day Spa.

Aveda has a wonderful skin resurfacing scrub in which bamboo is used to gently but effectively act as a manual exfoliation and is crucial to release the dead cells from the surface. Bamboo is unlike a granular scrub (nut kernels can scratch the skin, which can result in damage and possible infection).

Regular facial exfoliation also allows the incredible nutrients in your skincare products to actually penetrate.

Also extremely important for healthy skin; drink plenty of water throughout the day. I can always tell when a facial client is dehydrated because her make up settles into the pores.

Next subject for January 2018, we’ll look at dry skin verses dehydrated Skin.

How often should I exfoliate?

Exfoliate FacialIt is recommended that you exfoliate your face at least twice a week. But if you have sensitive skin, you can exfoliate once a week, as it might cause some skin irritation. If you live in a warmer climate or you have oily skin, you can exfoliate more than twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells.

For a deeper exfoliation, our Perfecting Plant Peel and Dual Exfoliation Facials combine Aveda’s naturally derived mechanical and biochemical exfoliation methods to retexturize skin, smooth fine lines, refine the look of pores, and restore radiance.

We offer special savings on exfoliating facials when purchased as a series of three or six. Be sure to check our current specials for the most up-to-date information.

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Skincare for Men

Besides having facial hair, there are structural differences between men’s skin and women’s skin. Androgen (testosterone) stimulation causes an increase in skin thickness, which accounts for why a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s. In addition to being thicker, a man’s skin texture is tougher.

We can customize all our facials to address all your skincare concerns.

Our favorite product from the Aveda mens line:

aveda men pure-formance dual action aftershave

2-in-1 moisturizer and aftershave helps shave minutes off your morning. Contains our exclusive phyto-active blend with naturally derived ingredients specifically created to treat men’s skin with soothing power.
• reduce razor burn
• all-day moisturizer even for days you don’t shave
• improves the look of skin tone and texture
• helps controls excess oil
• 97% naturally derived


Dermaplaning, also called “Blading”, is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a surgical blade to gently remove the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. In addition to this lovely treatment, it removes all the vellus hair. #Dermaplaning #facials #exfoliation #Aveda

Main Street Day Spa is now offering this service. It can be a stand alone appointment or combined with the Aveda Perfecting Plant Peel.

A great product for home care after this service is the Aveda Intense Hydrating Masque.

Make your appointment today!

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Botanical Skin Resurfacing vs. Microdermabrasion


• Clinical Results:

• Both reduced fine lines and wrinkles by about 30%
• Both reduced pore size by about 37%
• Botanical Skin Resurfacing provides 52% more radiant skin (35% vs. 23%)
• Botanical Skin Resurfacing provides 65% less redness (14% vs. 40%)

• Consumer perception panel results:

• 4 out of 5 people prefer the results of Botanical Skin Resurfacing over Microdermabrasion
• Most common reason for preference was less redness and irritation

• Botanical Skin Resurfacing Summary:

• Aggressive treatments wound skin and cause inflammation
• Same result as Microdermabrasion with less irritation
• High touch treatments reduce chronic stress

This Aveda Skincare treatment is available for $80

Antiage with Antioxidants


Reducing wrinkles probably have more to do with what you put in your body than what you put on it.
Carotenoids: Best food sources~ Butternut squash, carrots and spinach.
Polyphenols: Best food sources~ Coffee, dark chocolate, red wine and tea.
Vitamin C: Best food sources~ Bell peppers, citrus, red cabbage, and strawberries.

One way to achieve healthy looking skin is to eat the foods listed above and to have our Estheticians treat your skin with our anti-oxidant facial. Everyone should have at the least, four facial cleansings a year.  One after every season.