Wholistic Skin Care Artist

Amber Volpe was inspired to become an aesthetician by those who helped her overcome her own skin problems. She carried that healing philosophy into Wholistic Beauty Skin Care. Amber brings an empathetic and intuitive nature to her work, and the customized facial I received at her Stony Brook location easily joined my short list of favorites. Amber carefully researched skincare lines before selecting Ilike Organic Skin Care. While I was very impressed with these products, I was more impressed with the artist. And make no mistake, the woman is an artist.

While Amber agreed with me that facials are important to skincare because we never seem to be able to cleanse as deeply ourselves, she added that it’s also important because we cannot relax as fully as when someone else does the work.

After assessing my skin, she double cleansed, first with Lemon Cleansing Milk and then with Rose Petal Cleansing Milk. This is when I noticed the “Amber difference.” She continued, exfoliating with her unique massage technique and followed with a toner. Next, she applied an alpha-hydroxy peel with a paprika stimulating gel, along with exfoliators for the eyes and lips (both areas ignored in most facials). While that set on my face, she massaged my arms, hands, legs, and feet with Jasmine Rose Beauty Oil from another line, Maile from Hawaii (where Amber lived for six years), then wrapped both my hands and feet in plastic and heated mittens and booties. Sigh.

While my hands and feet were warming and softening, she removed the peel and massaged my face with Saponaria Linaria hydrating and calming massage cream. Amber’s style, combined with her healing energy, made this one of the best parts of the facial.

After extractions and toner, she applied Calendula Oil, over which went gauze strips and then the Magnetic Skin Therapy mask. This product aids in regenerating skin cells and improves blood and lymphatic circulation. She remembered my eyes and lips again, applying Carrot Mask and Paprika Stimulating Gel, respectively.

Finally, she soothed on serums, a phytoestrogen moisturizer and Tomato Suntan gel, adding St. John’s Wort contour cream on my eyes and lemon lime lip balm on my lips.

I cannot recommend Amber and Wholistic Beauty Skin Care more highly! If you are serious about improving your skin, she will advise you on a whole regime, including diet. She also has a location in Northport if Stony Brook is too far east for you! http://WholisticBeautySkinCare.com.

toni munna

Toni Munna is a native Long Islander who is always on the lookout for products that fulfill their promise to firm, hydrate, slim, soothe, de-wrinkle, plump, relax, de-stress, and just generally make you look and feel better. She a firm believer that wellness enhances beauty and has been testing beauty products and reviewing spas for you since the fall of 2006. You can reach her with questions at toni@lipulse.com.