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Facials

Customized Facial- 1 Hour- $90.00

This treatment includes steam, double cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, analysis, mask, serum/moisturizer, UV protection, and a décolleté, neck, and shoulder massage.

 

Pore Purifying Facial- 1.25 Hours- $115.00

Designed to banish blemishes and clarify pores, this facial includes deep cleansing, extra extraction time, steam, exfoliation, analysis, mask, serum/moisturizer, UV protection, and a décolleté, neck, and shoulder massage. *For a more intense refining treatment, an add-on of a chemical peel is recommended. We can discuss your goals to create a treatment plan to achieve the best results customized for you. See upgrades below.

 

Maintenance Facial- ½ Hour- $65.00

To get that glow on the go, this treatment includes steam, double cleansing, exfoliation, analysis, serum/moisturizer, and UV protection. Light extractions are included if needed.

 

Microdermabrasion Maintenance Facial- ½ Hour- $105.00

Diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatment to resurface skin and improve the appearance of acne scarring, large pores, fine lines, dull skin, dry patches, and sun and age spots. You will receive double cleansing, analysis, microdermabrasion, serum/moisturizer, and UV protection.

 

Rejuvenating Peel Facial- ½ Hour- $95.00

Chemical and enzyme peels appropriate for skin type and goals will improve the appearance of fine lines, clogged pores and acne, sun damage, fine lines, and age spots. Includes double cleansing, analysis, peel, serum/moisturizer, and UV protection. Pumpkin Enzyme or Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel for $100.00, Jessner for $130.00.

 

Luzern Laboratories Age Defying Facial Package- 1.5 Hours- $195.00

The ultimate facial renewal and hydration treatment! This package includes steam, double cleansing, your choice of a Pumpkin Enzyme or Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel, facial massage, extractions, analysis, lip and eye rescue treatments, hand hydration treatment, mask, serums, moisturizer, UV protection, and a décolleté, neck, and shoulder massage.

 

Luzern Laboratories PURE Collagen Firming Facial- 1.25 Hours- $170.00

The PURE Collagen Mask starts off as a velvety sheet, a network of native collagen fibers which resembles the human skin structure. Three forms of collagen are united to create the structure- native, insoluble collagen fibers; native, soluble collagen molecules; and skin-identical collagen peptides. The mask is activated once placed onto the skin. The benefits include immediate soothing of irritated skin, noticeable smoothening and firming, intense hydration, and a significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Though benefits are remarkable with one application, they increase beautifully with a continuation of treatments. This refreshing, firming facial includes steam, double cleansing, exfoliation, lip and eye rescue treatments, facial massage, analysis, extractions, mask, serum/moisturizer, and a neck, chest, and décolleté massage. *Amplify the benefits by upgrading your treatment with added microdermabrasion or a peel. See “Facial Upgrades” below. *The Luzern Laboratories PURE Collagen Mask is also available as an upgrade to any other facial of your choice for $100.00.

 

Back Renewal Treatment- 45 minutes- $80.00

Perfect for special events and brides or those in need of decongesting the pores, this treatment includes deep cleansing with a salicylic or enzyme cleanser, steam, exfoliation, analysis, extractions if needed, clay mask, and serum/moisturizer.

 

Facial Upgrades

Luzern Laboratories Exclusive Facial Upgrade for $25.00

 

Luzern Laboratories PURE Collagen Mask for $100.00

 

Luzern Laboratories Hydra-Enzyme Mask for $10.00

 

Luzern Laboratories Pure Oxygen Radiance Mask for $15.00

 

Luzern Laboratories Lip Rescue Treatment for $12.00

 

Luzern Laboratories Eye Rescue Treatment for $15.00

 

15 Minutes of Extractions for $25.00

 

Hand Hydration Treatment for $10.00

 

Microdermabrasion

  • Face for $40.00
  • Neck, Chest, and Décolleté for $50.00
  • Hands and Forearms for $30.00
  • Lower Abdomen for $40.00
  • Upper Arms for $40.00
  • Buttocks for $60.00
  • Thighs for $60.00
  • Back and Shoulders for $75.00
 

Chemical and Enzyme Peels

For face

  • Salicylic, Glycolic, or Lactic for $35.00
  • Green Power Rebuilder for $50.00
  • Retinol for $50.00
  • Pumpkin Enzyme for $40.00
  • Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel for $40.00
  • Jessner for $70.00
*Any peel can be used in conjunction with microdermabrasion for increased results.
 

For body

  • Neck, Chest and Décolleté for $60.00
  • ($70.00 for Pumpkin Enzyme or Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel)
    • Back and Shoulders for $70.00
    • ($80.00 for Pumpkin Enzyme or Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel)

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My name is Merritt Knize, and I am a Licensed Esthetician who has supported some of our top spas in the Austin area for the past several years. My passion for skin care started in elementary school when my friend’s mother introduced me to my first mask and facial steaming. Before I knew it, I was steaming my face at home and making my own masks from recipes I found in magazines and ingredients in my parents’ kitchen. By the time I was in junior high school, sleepovers meant at-home facials for my friends.

 

My hunger for increasing knowledge of proper skin care, product ingredients, and treatments resulted in me obtaining my esthetics license in 2011. I have continuously and eagerly increased my knowledge and skills in esthetics, which has been conveyed through my high quality treatments and has won me many glowing reviews.

 

It is important to make each and every client feel comfortable with any service I provide. My passion and pride for my work, and the importance of each individual I care for, is apparent through my treatments. I do not provide any services I am not passionate about, and that is important for anyone being treated by me.

 

My clients not only leave a service with renewed, healthy, happy skin, but they have knowledge and tools to better care for themselves and their skin in between treatments. I invite you to come see why so many people count on me for their skin care and hair removal needs. I look forward to meeting you!

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Hair Removal

Hair should be between ¼” and ½” in length for effective removal. If your hair is longer, it is recommended to trim prior to your appointment. The best time to wax or sugar is when the hair has had three to four weeks to grow in.

 

After hair removal, try to avoid sun exposure and excessive sweating to lessen the chances of bacterial infection.

 

For Brazilian and bikini waxes, please schedule your appointment at least a couple days before or after your cycle, as it can be more painful close to or during your cycle.

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Peels Defined

Salicylic Acid

Used to treat acne, blackheads, excessive oil production, and pigmentation, this peel combines 20% salicylic acid, retinol, peptides, and antioxidants. Salicylic acid is a derivative of aspirin, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. The beauty of this is that salicylic acid is not only safe for use on most clients with sensitive skin and even rosacea, but it has been known to calm these conditions with continued use. This makes salicylic acid a wonderful component of any skin care routine for those who struggle with a combination of acne, blackheads, and sensitivity. *Note: Clients allergic to aspirin should not use salicylic acid.

 

Glycolic Acid

Widely known for its ability to treat fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture, rough patches, pigmentation, and overall age concerns of the skin, this peel combines 30% glycolic acid with 5% lactic acid, retinol, peptides, malic and citric acids to enhance treatment, and green tea and acai berry extracts as antioxidants.

 

Lactic Acid

This peel hydrates and corrects sun-damaged and unevenly pigmented skin. It combines 50% lactic acid with salicylic and mandelic acids, plus polypeptides and antioxidants, working beautifully together to brighten and hydrate skin and leave it with a healthy glow. This peel is excellent for layering to increase penetration of other peels, and to increase the hydration necessary for optimal skin health and vibrancy.

 

Retinol

This treatment resurfaces skin beautifully on its own, and it provides a beneficial boost to other peels for more advanced results. Retinol corrects photo-damage, acne, uneven pigmentation, and other signs of aging. This peel also contains gold and silver minerals to rejuvenate and heal tired and inflamed skin.

 

Green Power Rebuilder

This unique herbal exfoliant tightens and brightens skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, while correcting uneven pigmentation and acne scarring. It also improves skin’s elasticity. The treatment contains a blend of Spongia Officinalis for exfoliation, Stinging Nettle to stimulate circulation, and herbs and plant stem cells for their cell repair and antioxidant benefits. This peel is proof of the magic of nature!

 

Pumpkin Enzyme

Good for all skin types, and safe for diabetic and pregnant clients, this peel is an alternative to acid peels and is gentle, yet effective. It is designed to remove dead surface cells, dissolve sebum deposits, brighten skin, reduce hyperpigmentation and leave the skin with a fresher, softer, more vibrant appearance.

 

Chardonnay Grape AHA Peel

Composed of lactic acid, malic acid, grape ferment, hyaluronic acid, algae, and panthenol, this peel reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revitalizes skin texture, evens skin tone, and restores radiance.


*Especially lovely when combined with microdermabrasion to enhance delivery to skin cells.
 

Jessner

This is an aggressive peel used to treat advanced aging, photo-damage, pigmentation, mild to severe acne, and to revise scarring, re-texturize thickened or oily skin, and improve the appearance of large pores. It contains 14% lactic acid, 14% salicylic acid, and 14% resorcinol, cell repair agents, the wound healing properties of colloidal silver and gold, and green tea as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent. This particular peel can be layered for increased results. You might see a white cast to the skin, known as “frosting”, but this will dissipate within a few hours. You can expect 3-7 days of flaking or peeling with this treatment, to be followed by visibly clear, smooth, vibrant skin.


*Certain clients appreciate the effects of layering their peel treatments. While this is not ideal for everyone, those who are addressing a combination of acne, blackheads, skin discoloration, aging, fine lines and wrinkles, and/or uneven texture see wonderful results with this process. If this is your first time to have a peel treatment I will not do any layering. I need to see the results of one peel before doing a more aggressive treatment. If you are a candidate for layering peels, we will discuss your options and choose the peels that best suit your skin type, condition(s), and goals.
 

What to expect following a peel treatment:

  • Days 1 to 3 – Tight, dry skin with moderate redness and sensitivity
  • Days 2 to 5 – Areas of darkened skin (this is the old skin in preparation to peel)
  • Days 3 to 7 – Peeling or slight flaking lasting 2 to 5 days
*This is not necessarily the case for all clients, but they are general guidelines so that you know what is normal for the skin.
 
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Post-Resurfacing Care

  1. Do not exfoliate the skin for 48 hours following your microdermabrasion or peel treatment. This includes scrubs, any cleansers or serums containing salicylic, glycolic, or other resurfacing and treatment acids, cleansing brushes, enzyme masks, or rubbing the skin with a washcloth.

  2. Use a gentle, non-treatment cleanser. I can offer recommendations. It is good to keep a gentle cleanser in your skin care arsenal for more sensitive days, and for all post-resurfacing treatments.

  3. Wear a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater every day and minimize sun exposure. This, of course, is important every day, but even more important after a skin resurfacing treatment. Your vibrant, smooth, newer skin will thank you for shielding it from the damaging effects of the sun, and following this in your daily care regimen will be visibly rewarding.

  4. Do not peel or pick at the skin. I know it can be tempting, but it only serves to potentially damage the skin and prolong the healing process. Your skin must go through this process to achieve and reveal the best results.

  5. While it seems logical to moisturize the skin when it is possibly feeling tight and dry, over-moisturizing will block the natural flaking process and could potentially clog the pores. Let the skin breathe as much as possible. You only need a hydrating serum or a standard layer of moisturizer, plus a sunscreen for daytime.
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Policies

Services are by appointment only. Please email me your name, phone number, and what days and times are preferable. Services are provided at my studio in East Austin.

 

Series Purchase for Resurfacing Treatments - While every microdermabrasion and peel treatment offers immediate and incredible results, a series of 6 treatments is optimal. If you purchase 5 treatments in advance, you will receive your 6th treatment free of charge. This includes purchasing 5 facials plus 5 microdermabrasion or peel upgrades, or purchasing 5 treatments of the Microdermabrasion Maintenance Facial or the Rejuvenating Peel Facial.

 

Credit and debit cards are accepted, cash is preferred.

 

Cancellation policy - 48-hour advance notice is requested to cancel an appointment so that I have an opportunity to schedule someone else at that time. I realize that unanticipated events can occur, and I offer a one-time forgiveness policy if you contact me as soon as possible to inform me that you will not be able to receive your treatment. In the event of a “no show”, I will require payment of the missed appointment prior to doing treatment at the next scheduled appointment.

 

Late arrivals - If you arrive late for your appointment, your session might be shortened in order for me to be on time for any appointment following yours. Depending on the time of arrival, I will determine if there is enough available time to fulfill the treatment. Payment for the full session is due regardless of the length of the service.

Use the form below to send me an email. Please allow 24 hours for a response.

Thank you for your interest!

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.

By Phone:  512.514.5767

 

Or By Email:  contact@merrittknize.com