Shaken, not Stirred!

March 20, 2017

Those who have been coming to me for, need I say, decades, know my intense preference for serums. As a living organism, the skin can absorb a cornucopia of diverse ingredients with the right combination of serums.

You’ve heard me say this, “The lighter the weight (of a product), the quicker the absorption, the elimination of evaporation and the deeper the penetration.” Add to that, “fast acting with visible results,” and you’ll understand why your own protocol I designed for your personal skin care regimen is laden with serums.

But for those who want to cut down maintenance time, layering serums poses a dilemma. I’m here to tell you that not only can serums be blended and applied as one, but that it can be very advantageous to do so! By this I mean that certain serum formulas act as catalysts for one another!

To go into this would be a thesis so I’m just going to tell you some of my favorite blends:

For Delicate Skin with aging concerns: Mirror Mirror Serum with White Caviar Serum

For Normal to Oily Skin with pigmentation concerns: Cocktail Dress Serum with I’m A Perfectionist Serum

For “Sleepy Skin” that needs to wake up and start performing: Vitamin Luxe Serum with My Daily Vitamin Serum.

For Skin prone to breakouts: Divine Intervention Serum with My Best Selfie Serum.

For Dehydrated Skin: 24 Serum with Answered Prayer Serum.

These are just a few mixtures of the top of my head. There are limitless possibilities with the diversity of my Bryant Rushing Skin Care.

Continue reading...

The Most Profound Learning Experience of my Career

February 4, 2017


What is Retinol?  Is it Essential to a Skin Care Regimen? How Do I use it?

If I could list the most monumental moment in my career it was meeting the co-developers of Retin-A™, Dr. Albert Kligman and Dr. James Fulton in 1988. After our conversation, I felt a pivotal turning point for esthetic medicine was happening and I had the good fortune to be right in the middle of it. Consequently I was the only practicing esthetician in town encouraging her clients to use this vitamin A powerhouse. Others were not only discouraging their clients but even posting notices on their doors refusing Retin A™ users. In taking this brave step forward, I prepared myself for the most profound learning experience of my career: Working with retinized skin.

Others were not only discouraging their clients

but even posting notices on their doors refusing Retin A™ users!

To say I am a fan of retinol is an understatement. No anti-aging home protocol is complete without this Vitamin A Acid. From the prescription variety we have the first generation products which included retinol, retinal, tretinoin (retinoid acid), isotretinoin and alitretinoin. Second generation formulas are etretinate and metabolite acitretin. Third generation is comprised of adapalene, bexarotene and tazarotene. From the cosmeceutical corner we have retinol, retinol propionate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde and retinol esters.

To say I am a fan of retinol is an understatement.

But there’s a huge caveat to using Retinol and it can best be described like this: The more powerful the ingredient, the more spectacular the result, the longer the downtime, the greater the riskConsequently it is not uncommon for me to see clients who have overstepped their retinol usage and suffer the consequences of extreme dehydration and compromised skin barrier in the form of severe irritation or even dermatitis. Even long time retinol users can suffer these side effects if daily monitoring is not used.


I prepared myself for the most profound learning experience of my career: Working with retinized skin.

So how to reap the benefits of retinol and avoid the possibility of extreme dehydration, irritation and dermatitis? Moderation is the key. To jump with both feet into retinol use without extreme caution is to end up giving it up altogether. So how can it be done?

First time users should also incorporate retinol slowly.

This is where 911, my Go To Creme comes in. Mixing some 911 with the Retinol allows the skin to reap the benefits of this vitamin A and avoid the side effects. First time users should also incorporate retinol slowly. Say, one night a week for one month. Then two times a week (split apart) for one month. And so on, taking seven months for the skin to be fully integrated with retinol.

This is where 911, my Go To Creme comes in.

Check back to your newsletter for the Once A Year 20% Off Sale on My Daily Vitamin Serum and Satin Slip Creme, both deeply infused with concentrations of Retinol.


Continue reading...

What are Peptides Anyway? Are They Essential to a Skin Care Regimen?

January 11, 2017

Peptides are tiny protein fragments. They are amino acids that improve cell to cell communication. Think of them as movie directors, capable of telling the skin to improve its vital functions. These include metabolism, immune response, digestion, melanocyte production, respiration, sensitivity to pain, reproduction, behavior and electrolyte levels. In fact, without peptides, skin doesn’t remain intact and the result is loss of firmness, appearance of wrinkles, texture changes, and skin that doesn’t bounce back as it once did.

White Caviar 30 ml $99

Five peptides in White Caviar are biomimetic, that is molecularly identical to human placenta. These peptides have the remarkable ability to promote, support, and prompt the skin to function as it did in its youth. These improvements are visually noticeable as regeneration is increased, strength is regained, hyaluronan synthesis is promoted, and collagen produced. Two of the peptides are neuropeptides, capable of reducing the tension in the complexion that leads to wrinkles. No, it doesn’t replace Botox™ but it does assist its function.

To further support the skin’s efforts to rejuvenate itself, two oligo peptides provide essential nutritional support bringing the skin back to its natural state of youthful balance. These oligo elements are nutrient-rich trace elements. Their essential function to this formula is to act as a catalyst to speed up, stimulate, and protect, while providing sensory stimulation to skin cells, resulting in firmer, smoother skin.

Some skin care companies would have you believe that peptides are the age defying miracle of the decade, that everything that’s gone before them is obsolete. This is most definitely not true!

The Fabulous Five Ingredients

The essential program to slow down and reverse the signs of aging consists of of retinol (My Daily Vitamin, Biopelle Retriderm, Retinol’s A et al), an AHA (Mirror Mirror, Cocktail Dress or My Favorite Stilettos), An antioxidant of which Vitamin C is king (Vitamin Luxe) or ubiquinone (Coming Soon), Peptides (Believe It and White Caviar) and Vitamin B3, Niacinamide (Stagelights and Paula’s Choice, Niacinamide Serum). Other top ingredients include hyaluronic acid, melanocyte (brown spots) lighteners, lipids and other accessory ingredients of which there are endless. These can round out the primary program to assist the important Fabulous Five or be activated to be better than they are by the same important five ingredients.

A client said to me today, “There are so many products out there it impossible to choose which ones are best.” I replied that there are a lot of products but only a few major ingredients that pull the weight for all of them: Retinol, AHA’s, Anti-oxidants, Peptides and Niacinamide.

Continue reading...


January 6, 2017

LED Light Treatment Therapy comes to
Bryant Rushing
New Advancements in 2017!

Thirty minutes of LED Light Therapy with the state of the art Celluma screen activates and accelerates collagen production, improving the various visible signs of aging. In fact, LED light therapy landed a spot at the top of Shape’s list of the “10 High-Tech Beauty Products Worth Every Penny.”

My Celumma modality is the only LED Phototherapy available utilizing the three wavelengths, Blue, Red and Near-Infrared. Why is this important?

These specific wavelengths are well researched and scientifically proven to produce therapeutic benefits. Blue penetrates through the epidermis and is known to kill P.acnes bacteria. Red penetrates into the dermal layer and has been shown to enhance collagen and elastin production through photo-biostimulation of fibroblasts. Near-infrared penetrates deepest and increases micro-circulation (tissue repair), decreases inflammation and attenuates pain.

With the first treatment skin is restored to glowing, healthy-looking skin.

Continued use will reduce age spots, ease depth of lines and wrinkles and increase elasticity and firmness. In fact, LED treatments effects all aspects of sun damage including overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries.

At $2.00 a minute, the Celluma LED treatment is a beauty bargain. Purchase a series of six thirty minute treatments for the price of five for $300. Add 15 minute mini treatment to your regular Facial Treatment for only $30.00

In fact, adding 15 minutes of the the Celluma light therapy at the end of your Microneedling CIT treatment reduces likelihood of bruising and shorten healing time and amplifies the anti-aging results! At the end of Dermaplaning it helps restore the skin’s natural barrier to produce a rich vibrant glow.

How does LLLT (low level light therapy) with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) benefit the skin?

Celluma LED Light Therapy by BioPhotas

is a safe, effective and convenient way to achieve a healthy, youthful glow in a natural, non-toxic, non-invasive manner. Results are accumulative with many clients noting positive changes within days of their first treatment.

The basic premise of LED Skin Therapy

is that different colours trigger different reactions beneath the epidermis and penetrate the skin at varying depths for effective, photographic results that accumulate over time. The 30 minute treatment can be used for the face, throat, décolleté or hands.

The Celluma LED has won the following awards:



Continue reading...

Seriously, You Have Been Brainwashed

August 24, 2016

Summer can be a most frustrating season as an esthetician. This is the time of year when I regularly hear, “I just want a little color on my face, body, legs, whatever.”

When I hear this from clients I sigh. A really loud sigh. A sigh so loud they comment, asking if I am ok. This is what the sigh is all about:  There is no such thing as a little color!  All “color” is the skin’s desperate attempt to protect itself from the bombardment of UV radiation! You might as well say, “I like a little skin cancer.  Not enough to kill me, mind you, just enough to maim me.  Perhaps a scar across my nose or a missing earlobe or a cute 4 inch gouge out of my leg!”

Those cute little freckles have clumped together into large age spots.

You could say I am obsessed about sun exposure. Or you might think that I exaggerate. I can assure you, I do not. If you believe you look better with “a little color” I have some news for you: You Have Been Brainwashed!

People who think they look better with color probably also think it’s cute when their children get freckles across their nose. Flash forward twenty, thirty years. That little color has turned into thin, leathery skin sporting wrinkles and sagging necks. Those cute little freckles have clumped together into large age spots or were perhaps replaced by a scar or two  where  skin cancers were discovered.

If my website accomplishes only one thing, getting you out of the sun and deprogrammed from thinking tans are beautiful, then I have succeeded. Perhaps you’ll even embrace  your naturally beautiful skin color and be  freed from the bondage of fashion that can kill you.

Protect your beauty. Protect your life.

Be Safe.  Wear Sunscreen.  Put on Sunglasses and a Hat.  Cover Up.  Wear gloves, your hands will give away your age before your face does.  Use self-tanners.  Be a smart girl, not a dumb girl.  Plan now to get old.  You will.  Don’t you want to be beautiful then as well?  Just think things through to their logical conclusion.  Protect your beauty.  Protect your life.

(First published 06/17/13)

Continue reading...

Fluorescent Light Risky To Health

August 21, 2016

Traditional incandescent bulbs, in use for over a hundred years, are gradually being replaced by the new low-energy fluorescent bulbs. Using a significant 30 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, these compact flourescents are being promoted by green-minded organizations, the United States government as well as some mega retailers such as Walmart and Home Depot. The emphatic selling point countering the initial higher cost is the overall money-saving featues. Great Britain as well as other countries are banning the use of the traditional light bulbs by the year 2012. In the U.S., laws passed by Congress demand that all light bulbs be 25 percent to 35 percent more efficient by 2014, citing $40 billion in savings between 2012 and 3040, and the need for 14 fewer coal-fired power plants.

However, some physicians are legitimately worried about the new energy efficent bulbs. In addition to the concerns over mercury pollution , Dr. Robert Sarkany, photodermatologist at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, St. Thomas Hospital in London says he is treating patients who have skin rashes due to exposure to the low-light fluourescent bulbs.

Still other doctors are concerned that the new bulbs could even cause skin cancer. According to Dr. Colin Holdon, president of the Bristish Association of Dermatologist, “It is important that patients with photosensitive skin eruptions are allowed to use lights that don’t exacerbate their condition. Photosensitive eruptions range from disabling eczema-like reactions, to light sensitivities that can ultimately lead to skin cancer.” Those suffering from lupus, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis are at greatest risk. British charities also said that the light from low-energy light bulbs also triggers migraines and epilepsy.

Article Source:

(First published 01/29/11)

Continue reading...

THE Anti-Aging Ingredient!

August 19, 2016

There are dozens of remarkable skincare ingredients having multiple benefits for skin, but Retinol stands out as the Star. Why? Because unbiased, clinical evidence supports Retinol’s amazing benefits.  Just for starters, how about an ingredient that can simultaneously stimulate collagen production, reduce wrinkle depth, fade unsightly hyperpigmentation, clear breakouts, build elastin and just for giggles, function as a powerful anti-oxidant, interrupting free-radical damage, the primary cause of premature aging.  WOW!

What is Retinol?

How is it related to Retin-A?

Retinol is a non-prescription type of Retinoic Acid. Prescription Retinoic Acid is available by generic and brand names such as Tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, MicroGel), Adapalene (Differin), Tazarotene (Tazorac) and a few others.

Retinol is molecularly once removed from Retin-A. Retinol is converted into trans-Retinoic Acid as it is absorbed by the skin. This one extra step means that the skin has time to assimilate the action of it gradually. Consequently, it is kinder and more user friendly than Retin-A. Think of it as whispering to the complexion. Conversely, Retinoic Acid, delivered directly to the complexion yells at the skin: “BAM! There’s your Retinoic Acid, now deal with it!”

Bottom line: Retinol used in cosmetics and cosmeceuticals has the same ability to radically stop and reverse the aging process and is available without a prescription.  It is the single most important ingredient to have in your anti-aging arsenal and used appropriately to the skin type, everyone can tolerate it.

(First published 03/19/16)

Continue reading...