"Modern Priscilla Aesthetic & Laser Center, LLC"

A Skin Health & Wellness Spa

Think before you tan!

Is the tanning bed calling your name?  Do you have an upcoming vacation, party, family get together, graduation that you’d like to have a little color for?  Most of us feel tempted by the tanning bed at some point during the winter months…but is it worth it?

We attended a very interesting training last week put on by the melanoma foundation of New England. The training entitled “skinny on skin” reiterated the dangers of tanning and how to identify suspicious moles.

Here are some of the facts we learned at the training- facts that we think you all should know as well!

ABCDE’s Of Detecting Suspicious Moles

A- Asymmetry:

Normal moles or freckles are completely symmetrical. If you were to draw a line through a normal spot, you would have two symmetrical halves. In cases of skin cancer, spots will not look the same on both sides.

B- Border:

A mole or spot with blurry and/or jagged edges.

C- Color:

A mole that is more than one hue is suspicious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Normal spots are usually one color. This can include lightening or darkening of the mole.

D- Diameter:

If it is larger than a pencil eraser (about 1/4 inch or 6mm), it needs to be examined by a doctor. This is includes areas that do not have any other abnormalities (color, border, asymmetry).

E- Evolution:

Common, benign moles look the same over time.  Be on the alert when a mole starts to evolve or change in any way.

Melanoma Facts

  • Melanoma rates are increasing faster than nearly all other cancers.
  • Melanoma is a relatively easy disease to prevent.
  • Most melanomas are easy to stop if caught soon enough — all it takes is a yearly skin exam.
  • Melanoma kills one person every hour.
  • Melanoma is the most common cancer among women aged 25-32
  • As many as 10,000 people a year die from melanoma.
  • The New England states have a higher than average rate of melanoma

Tanning Facts

  • The increased risk of melanoma associated with early tanning bed use is 59% for people whose first exposure to artificial UV rays in a tanning bed occurred before age 35 years and that risk increased with the number of tanning bed sessions per year.
  • It is not safe to tan in the sun or in a tanning booth.
  • The more you tan and the younger you start tanning, the more likely it is that you will get melanoma.
  • Using a tanning bed for 20 minutes is equivalent to spending one to three hours a day at the beach with no sun protection at all.
  • Tanning beds put out three to six times the amount of radiation given off by the sun.
  • For most people, 5-10 minutes of unprotected sun 2-3 times a week is enough to help your skin make Vitamin D, which is essential for your health. Getting more sun won’t increase your Vitamin D level, but it will increase your risk of skin cancer. Vitamin D also comes from orange juice, milk, fish, and supplements.


Love the skin you are in! If you really hate being pale, they have come a long way with sunless tanners and spray tans so these are great options!

Some of our favorite sunless tanners are:



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The TRUTH about facials

The TRUTH about facials

When was the last time you received a facial?

6 months ago? A year ago? Never? Most people don’t know the true benefits of receiving regular facials from a professional.  In New England especially, facials are thought of as a luxury, something saved only for special occasions or specific skin issues such as breakouts, dry skin, and dark spots. However, many of these skin conditions could be avoided completely with the proper use of products/treatments both at home and by your skin care professional.

We like to use the analogy that your at-home skin care regimen is like your diet, you need to be consistent with it EVERYDAY in order to see results, and going to your skin care professional to receive facial treatments is like going to the gym. Its the supplement to your diet.  Most of us will never be toned and fit without ever working out, your skin needs that same”workout” in order to receive optimal results as well.

The general consensus is that it is best to get a facial treatment once a month. (As often as you’re financially capable is just fine). The reason for this is that your stratum corneum (the top layer of your skin) renews itself every 28 days. In this time your skin cells are constantly being replicated from the treated cells to replace the old cells. If you give your skin a head start through receiving a facial, they will begin to replicate the now healthier cells and give you an improved complexion.


Rhonda Allison, Facials, Corrective Facials, Before and After Facials, Benefits of Facials, Skin Care, Chemical Peels, Microdermabrasion, Modern Priscilla, York, Kittery, Maine, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, dermatologist, Medical spa, bare minerals, obagi**This is the before and after picture of a woman that has received 5 facial treatments, as well as professional products to use at home on a daily basis**



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Top benefits of receiving regular facials:

1. Facials provide a deeper exfoliation than can be achieved at home. We use enzymes and acids such as pepsin, papain (papaya fruit enzyme), salicylic acid, kojic acid, pyruvic acid, phytic acid, glycolic acid that can’t be purchased for at home use to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating with these products detoxifies, brightens complexion, gets rid of dull dead skin cells, reduces fine lines and sun damage, and kills bacteria to prevent breakouts.

2. Facials cleanse at a much deeper level. Aside from using the Clarisonic there is no real way to deeply cleanse your skin at home. It is similar to receiving a dental cleaning for your skin. Extracting and cleaning out your pores can help maintain clear skin, stop acne formation, and reduce the appearance of pore size.

3. Massaging is great for the skin as it increases blood flow.  By increasing circulation, this oxygenates the blood and encourages the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells. Massaging also helps kick start the lymphatic system to reduce puffiness and promote the movement of fluid that has accumulated under the skin.

Facials WILL NOT  completely transform your skin with one treatment.  After receiving them consistently over time they will improve your skin texture, tone,  and specific conditions greatly. At Modern Priscilla we offer 4 different facials.  These facials will help address acne, dry skin, hyperpigmentation, oily skin, or skin that is in great shape and needs to be maintained over the long term!

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Corrective Facials
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