Glossary of Terms


Two terms exist to describe the field of professional skin care – aesthetics and esthetics, the only difference being that “aesthetics is used in British English while “esthetics” is used in American English. Aesthetics/esthetics is a philosophical study that deals with the nature and appreciation of art, beauty and taste. Its connection to professional skin care is the application of knowledge, machines and ingredients to improve the beauty of your complexion, body, hands and feet. Assisting you in becoming your personal best. If your skin is perfect and feet like petals? Then you need protection for your asset to make it last, and you need to know how to care for it at home so you’re not accidentally sucking all the moisture out of it. I can help you out of the cycle of acne, roll back time with age-reversing treatments, or whatever is most important to you. My goal is to meet you where you are and help you get to where you want to go.

High Frequency Machine (Tesla)

This machine uses argon gas in a glass electrode to create a tiny lightening storm on its surface This tiny storm kills bacteria, reducing swelling and redness. I use this after every facial that involves any extractions. This leaves you ready to go to lunch without looking like you’ve had extractions. Also this machines stimulates collagen, elastin and also oxygenates the skin cells.

Galvanic Machine

The galvanic works to pull ingredients deep into the epidermis for optimal hydration and nourishment. Using positive and negative polls to cause the healing, repairing ingredients to reach the cells needing nourishment the most. Diminishes wrinkles and fine lines through deep hydration of the skin.

Micro-current Machine

Used to stimulate the muscles in your face and neck that have begun to lose their tonicity. Effectively releases tight and tension filled muscles and stimulates muscle cells to build and tone. Creates a soft, relaxed expression that is youthful.

Derma-planing Machine

This machine is great for exfoliation! And it uses only distilled water to do the work. Remove two to three weeks of dead skin cells in one treatment. Great for sensitive skin and anyone struggling with clogged pores.


The steamer is used to keep the enzymes working and to prepare the skin for any extractions. I position it so that it is not hot or uncomfortable. Enjoy a little added aromatherapy if you wish.


An ingredient in a product that causes blackheads by blocking pores of the skin. The pore is clogged by the ingredient hyper drying the skin cells and creating a plug. The trapped oil dilates the pore and then turns black from oxidation. Blackheads are a symptom of an ingredient. I can assist you in identifying the ingredient in your skin care routine that is creating the blackheads. You can live blackhead free with a few simple ingredients.


Ingredients that do not dry the skin or clog the pores. The natural oil your skin produces is the most nutritious and most beneficial. Using non-comedogenic ingredients allow your oil to join the layer of lipids on your skin surface and not be trapped below. This is very valuable in extinguishing acne, blackheads and fine lines/wrinkles. I use Pevonia Botanica, an all-natural, plant-based, non-comedogenic skin care line.


A professional skin care service to enhance your complexion and appearance. Each facial begins with a cleanse and an enzyme exfoliating peel. Then I give you feedback during your skin analysis of what I see and what steps need to be taken. If needed, I then do any extractions followed by a high-frequency treatment. Each facial treatment includes serum, mask and care cream. I will utilize different ingredients and machines to give you the luminous, fresh complexion you want and also help you with home care tips to keep your skin clear.

Body Wraps

Body wraps address the skin on your body. Different goals direct the selection of the body wrap best for you. Is your skin dry? Do you have cellulite you wish to smooth? A good detox in order? I have a wrap for each condition that will leave your skin beautiful, rejuvenating and glowing.

Faux Tan

This is the name given to tans created with ingredients applied to the skin and not from the sun. A faux tan application can follow a body scrub for a sun-kissed look. The product used at home can gradually deepen and darken the tan. This a great way to look amazing and at the same time protect your youth from the sun.

Body Scrub

Spring into the warm weather with a full-body scrub. Remove all those dead, dry skin cells that have built up over the winter and reveal dewy fresh skin. Great treatment before a wrap and essential before a faux tan.

Happy Feet

Happy feet are what you have at the end of your time with me! Your treatment begins with an aromatherapy foot soak, scrub and then a yummy massage with hydrating oils and creams. Hot towels and paraffin incorporated into your treatment to bring you ultimate relaxation. Leave with fresh, pretty feet.

Happy Hands

A treatment I provide that exfoliates your hands and provides deep healing and hydration. Great for anyone that washes their hands often. Use of hot towels, paraffin, serum and hydrating creams and masks leave your hands petal soft. Add to any facial for the ultimate spa treatment!

Vitamin C

The antioxidant properties of vitamin c aids your skin’s natural regeneration process. It neutralizes free radicals that break down your collagen and elastin fibers. This makes it an incredibly effective tool in anti-aging, age-reversal, and even protection of youthful skin. I use vitamin c in every facial. You will see the difference!

Vitamin E

This vitamin give support to your immune system, cell function and health. It is also an antioxidant that combats the effects of free radicals produced by our environment and the things we ingest (food, water, medications, etc.). Vitamin e assist the skin in healing damage from the UV rays of the sun.

Vitamin D

This healing vitamin boosts elasticity, protects and rejuvenates. Vitamin d aids in skin cell growth and repair. It is a powerful antioxidant and helps the skin destroy the free radicals that can cause premature aging.

Vitamin A

This vitamin slows the signs of aging by healing the UV damage and encouraging healthy skin cell production. Vitamin a protects against infection, evens the skin tone, and smooths wrinkles.

Vitamin B

A must-have vitamin in the treatment of rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, hyper pigmentation, sun-damaged, aging and dry skin. An antioxidant with super powers to assist in natural collagen synthesis.


An anti-aging treatment for the diminished look of fine line and wrinkles. It also evens out the complexion and adds firmness. It boosts the amount of collagen your body makes and plumps out the skin. Enjoy my micro-retinol facial to reveal a younger more hydrated you!


This ingredient is part of my Luminous C and Sea facial. Seaweed is highly nutritious and full of humectants. The amino acids in seaweed plumps your skin and smooths out fine lines.


These ingredients hydrate the skin by powerfully attracting water molecules to them. Humectants are hygroscopic substances that form hydrogen bonds with water molecules. This bonding draws water into the lower cells of the epidermis.

Hyaluronic Acid

Is a humectant that sits on top of the skin creating a hydration cushion. Hyaluronic acid provides a superior capacity for binding water and boosting hydration.

Hygroscopic Substance

Is a substance that attracts and binds water creating a film that protects the skin from moisture evaporation

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Suzanne Snyder


35 Sixth Street, Dover, NH 03820