Author Archives: jeannie@juvessentials.com

Do you offer numbing for your paramedical tattooing procedures?

Always! Proper preparation of the skin is a must for all procedures and this includes the numbing step. Ample topical numbing solution (4-5% lidocaine) is used prior to any procedure and is usually sufficient for most people. However, for the particularly sensitive, it may be helpful to take Tylenol or acetaminophen ahead of the procedure. […]

JuvEssentials’ online scheduling platform is now Booksy

Dear Valued Clients, I recently learned that Genbook, the online scheduling platform I’ve been using for well over a decade, has been acquired by Booksy, which is a much larger company with a worldwide presence in over 40 countries. (Sounds like they must be doing something right.) So even though I’m brand new to Booksy, […]

My credit card was canceled/expired/deactivated. What will happen to the refund of my deposit?

Regardless of what happens to your credit card, banks typically always allow refunds to process because the card issuer and bank account remains the same. (Sometimes the bank may take up to 3 business days to process the refund so you may not see it in your account immediately.) So if your card was canceled […]

What can I use to fade the redness left after a tattoo removal procedure?

After a successful non-laser tattoo removal procedure, the affected skin may still be somewhat reddish or pink while all or much of the ink is at least gone. This is a normal response after disrupting the skin’s epidermis which may heal with some superficial scabbing. Underneath the scabs (which act like a temporary, self-timing Band-aid) […]

Is there any scabbing with microblading tattoo removal?

A successful non-laser tattoo removal procedure will have the ink expel from the skin not only during the office procedure but also continue over the course of the next 3 days. You can then expect to see it accumulate into a hardened crust on the surface of the skin which eventually disengages similar to a […]

San Francisco’s vaccination perks

Thanks to the delta variant leading Covid’s latest surge these last few months, indoor masking is a requirement again which means that all clients are required to come in wearing a face mask which can only be removed when receiving an under-the-mask procedure. So if you’re getting a procedure in which the mask doesn’t need […]

Toxic chemicals found in many cosmetics

According to a report recently published by WebMD, a new study found high fluorine levels from a sampling of 231 cosmetic products purchased in the U.S. and Canada from retailers such as Ulta Beauty, Sephora, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Three-quarters of waterproof mascara samples contained high fluorine concentrations, as did nearly two-thirds of […]

SF now in “orange tier” and soon moving to “yellow”

Even with the presence of more contagious variants amid a 4th surge happening in other parts of the world, California is preparing to retire its color-coded tiered reopening plan as vaccination rates improve and coronavirus cases continue to drop, according to state officials. San Francisco is even poised to move into the yellow tier by […]

Lips can be tattooed again

As of Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, San Francisco is allowed to resume most businesses and activities that are allowed by the State of California following the City’s assignment by the State to the Red Tier. This includes personal services that require mask removal so long as required safety protocols are followed (“the service is provided […]

Experts “don’t fully know” what happens to the ink during laser tattoo removal

During a recent virtual course on laser and aesthetic skin therapy, dermatologist Omar A. Ibrahimi, MD, PhD, said doctors “don’t really know what’s in a lot of these ink residues” when they are targeted by various laser tattoo removal machines. “We know they’re getting mobilized and some of it’s going into the lymphatics. What’s happening […]

Businesses are allowed to reopen (again)

From the San Francisco Office of Small Business: Today, Mayor London Breed and Director of Public Health Dr. Grant Colfax announced that San Francisco will resume some businesses and activities starting January 28 in light of the State lifting its regional stay at home order today. This includes indoor and outdoor personal services, including hair […]

Latest Shelter-in-Place Order Effective Dec 6th, 2020

Without any data to show that Covid is spread through one-on-one personal services, San Francisco County has once again issued a shelter-in-place order shutting down all businesses that offer personal services regardless of the safety protocols in place through at least January 4th, 2021. So it is with deep regret and sincere apologies that any […]

Reopening on September 14th, 2020

So happy to announce that JuvEssentials can finally reopen as of September 14th. Thank you so much for your patience and please bear with us as we navigate under strict new safety and limited capacity protocols. Masks are now mandatory at all times for the technician and whenever possible for the client. The treatment rooms […]

How body art establishments and other personal service businesses are affected by the Coronavirus

On March 20, 2020, San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, which oversees body art establishments and practitioners who perform any kind of cosmetic tattooing – including permanent makeup, semi-permanent makeup and microblading, sent out an email informing us that “the Health Order from San Francisco’s Health Officer . . . . states that all SF […]

Understanding the key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing

Understanding the key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing The growing popularity of microblading has lent to some confusion about the difference between that and eyebrow tattooing. Although the process may look similar from the outside, there are key differences between microblading and eyebrow tattooing. In recent years, eyebrow tattooing has all but pushed aside […]

What is the difference between DIY and professional microneedling?

Microneedling is fast becoming one of the most popular treatments in the cosmetic industry. This collagen-boosting therapy uses a device called a microneedling machine that punctures the skin with controlled wounding. The microscopic injuries stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin and the formation of new tissue. This can reduce the appearance of old scars, […]

Is Microblading Your Eyebrows Safe?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that full eyebrows have been in vogue for quite a while. This is great news for millennials who have grown up in the haze of Instagram and YouTube tutorials that teach you how to lovingly tend those brows. But if you came up through the 90s […]

Semi-Permanent Eyeliner

Strategically applied eyeliner can really lift the eyes and make them pop, but some people  may lack the steadiness, expertise and time to apply it properly. Some clients complain that they simply don’t have the ability to do their eyeliner well, or that their eyes are sensitive or allergic to makeup.  Semi-permanent top eyeliner is […]

Natural Permanent Lip Color

Big lips are in, and though the current trend might be responsible for the explosion in people who want to perk up their pout, many will be surprised to learn that natural permanent lip color has been doing the rounds in the beauty world for a few decades now. However, the modern advances in pigments […]