Friday, November 27th, 2009...11:48 am

Cordially Invited Guest: Michelle Kelly, La Piele

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We can all use help with our skin at some point, but brides-to-be in particular who want to look radiant on their wedding day are especially in need.  That’s why today’s guest is expert Michelle Kelly, of La Piele in Huntington.

Q:  What is La Piele, and how is it different than other spas on Long Island?
A:  La Piele is an exclusive, private skincare studio that offers advanced skincare services. One of the things that differentiates La Piele from other places is that as the owner, I perform all the services, so all clients experience my expertise directly. I have over 11 years of experience and a B.S in Health and Disease Prevention. In addition, we treat the skin from a holistic perspective.  Your inner health is reflected through your skin.  We create a personal program for you based on what we observe visually in addition to an analysis of your overall health intake.  I give my clients my full attention in an intimate, relaxed setting, with a personal touch.   Each client is treated on an individual basis, where they receive a thorough lifestyle, health and skincare consultation.  From there, we devise a full home care and professional treatment program based on your individual goals, and financial and time commitments.  We can combine several of our treatments to fulfill your treatment goals.  We offer facials alone, or combined with peels or microdermabrasion.

Q:  When brides come to you, what are they generally looking for?
A:  When a new bride comes, they all seem to look for the same things.  The most common concern is the pore size and blackheads, which actually go hand in hand.  Equally important to a bride is the under eye area.  In my experience, most brides I have consulted are concerned with the fine lines around the eyes and the darkness underneath.  It’s no coincidence, because the eyes are the first area to show aging starting as early as the 20’s.  Lastly, most brides strive for a more even complexion.  Basically, they would like to reduce some of the broken capillaries and hyper pigmentation on the skin created as a result of sun exposure.
Q:  What do you recommend for brides, in terms of skin care, before the wedding?
For one, a professional-grade, anti-aging serum consisting of alpha-hydroxy acids, and/or beta hydroxyl acids as well as retinol, which will help improve the overall texture and health of the skin, making it smoother, softer and more even.  I also recommend a non-clogging serum consisting of hyaluronic acid, which helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles and address dehydration on the surface of the skin, as well as serve as humectants to draw water into the skin, keeping it supple and moist.  Lastly, I recommend consulting with a professional esthetician 3-6 months before the wedding in order to have treatments to take it to the next level, and create a beautiful canvas for makeup application the day of the wedding.  Because no person’s skin is the same, a true consultation with your esthetician is key — she may recommend deep pore cleansing facials, or more corrective peels.  It all depends on one’s skin type and condition.

Q:  What are your top three pre-wedding day tips for brides-to-be?

A:  My three pre-wedding tips for the bride-to-be are:

1.  Don’t stress: Stress causes aging.  Take up yoga and meditate to reduce any anxiety.
2.  Eat clean:  Limit sugar, white flour products, alcohol and processed foods.  All of these choices turn to sugar, creating extra body fat and create inflammation in the body which leads to premature aging.
3.  Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily, sleep and take your vitamins. Your skin is a direct reflection of your internal health.  Take good care of your body, and your skin will glow health.

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Thank you, Michelle!