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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find a list of questions that we frequently answer for our amazing clients! If you have a question not listed, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.

Can I purchase more then one Groupon?
No. Groupons are to promote our business and gain new clients. One Groupon per client.
Can I buy the service at the Groupon price directly from you?
Yes only 1 time ONLY.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring your current skincare regimen to your first appointment so we can look at it and make sure you are using the correct products appropriately. If not, we can design a custom regimen for you. Just Jill Beauty & Wellness believes less is more; you only need 5 highly active products and a great esthetician in your corner. You don’t need 10-20 skincare products.
What should I wear to my facial appointment?
As an esthetician we need your face, neck, and décolletage free from jewelry or clothing to perform a facial service. If you wear a spaghetti tank top you don’t need to take off your top. If not, you have the option to take off your top and wear a smock before getting under the covers. If you want to save us water, skip the smock.
I’m a NEW client and don’t know where to start?
If you don’t know what to do, the best place to start is with the Boot Camp Series and purchase the Just Jill Natural Skincare travel pack. You will come every two week for 6 treatments. We will take before /after pics. The results are amazing!
What is your cancellation policy?
Just Jill Beauty & Wellness kindly asks for a least 24 hours notice when canceling or rescheduling your appointment. A credit card number is needed to hold your reservation. If less than 24 hours notice is given and we are unable to fill your time slot, you will be charged $50 fee. In the event of a no-show or you do not reschedule, your full appointment fee will be charged to your credit card.
Why do I have to secure my appointment with a credit card?
All appointments are required to be booked with a credit card. The card is not charged at all. Only in the event of a no show or cancelation will it be charged according to our policy.
I’m getting married and would like a quote?

Follow these simple steps when booking with us:

  • Request quote via email
  • Secure services by signing the contract and remitting 50% deposit
  • Schedule hair/make-up trial and/ or portrait seasons prior to the wedding
  • Meet your artists in-studio for your trial or portrait applications
  • Book facials / waxing (if applicable with your package)
  • Relax and Enjoy!
  • We will stay in touch until your wedding day arrives.
What is included in my wedding services?
Travel within Austin area, lashes, long-wearing makeup, bride makeup touch-up bag.
Is there a minimum requirement for booking on location?
On-Location minimum Bride + 3 attendants hair/ makeup
How do I prep my hair / face for day of wedding?
Day of wedding prep hair: Come with hair clean and dry. Day old “dirty” hair is preferred

Day of wedding prep makeup: Come with clean moisturized face.

Is there a travel fee outside of Austin?
A travel fee .54 per mile roundtrip applies for services provided outside the metro Austin area, the fee will apply to each artist booked and the fee amount is subject to the location.
What is a peel?
When done right, face peels can work wonders on some of the most frustrating complexion issues, from acne to uneven skin tone. Face peels remove top layers of skin to exfoliate and expedite cell turnover. When new cells are formed, this creates a new layer of skin—one that is fresh and smooth. Face peels can improve skin’s texture, even skin tone, minimize fine lines, and clear up acne by unclogging pores.
When should I Peel?
Although different skin types require different face-peel regimens, in general, a series of three to six peels two to four weeks apart should result in a noticeable difference in skin quality. I also recommend proper home-care regimen with low concentrations of acid, which allow patients to continue treatment at home.
Post-Peel Care?
Don’t use retinols, which can irritate skin post-peel. Do use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Redness should last only a few minutes after your peel. If dryness, irritation, and redness persist longer than that, try using products with hyaluronic acid and arnica, like Anti-Inflammatory Serum from Just Jill Natural Skincare for added moisture and soothing properties.
Can I wear makeup after my service?
Whenever possible we will add a tinted makeup to your moisturizer to finish off your service and provide you some coverage. Directly after an herbal micro, peel, Micro-Needling, and Derma-planing you CAN NOT wear makeup for at least 6-12 hours.
When can I go back in sun after my service?
Just Jill Beauty & Wellness always teaches and practices “SAFE SUN”. For the rest of your life you will need to practice safe sun if you want your skin to stay young and problem free. Directly after an herbal micro, peel, Micro-Needling, and Derma-planing your skin is sensitive and needs time to heal. Limited exposure to direct sun is recommended. No beach, pool, lake, boating, tennis, golf, or fishing for the next few days after.
What does it mean to practice “SAFE SUN”?
Practicing safe sun means you are aware and mindful that the sun is not good for your skin in preventing anti-aging. Wear a big floppy hat whenever possible. Wear big sunglasses to protect the area around your eyes. Even a silk scarf can shield the sunrays. Re-apply your natural moisturizer/ sun protection every HOUR while your in direct sunlight. Applying sun protection 1 time in the beginning of a full day of sun exposure is NOT enough. This is not very hard to do if you think about how many times a year you really spend a huge amount of time out in the sun. In the summer we spend a lot of time at the pool and out door activities. This doesn’t mean not to do outdoor activities. It means to stay protected!
I’m a guy; do I need anti-aging services too?
Do you have skin? YES, you do. All humans with skin need proper maintenance and skincare regimen.
What is MicroNeedling?

Microneedling (also known as collagen induction therapy) is a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the skin. A device with fine needles creates tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin. Resulting micro-channels allows the infusion of collagen stimulating products like Hyaluronic Acid. The treatment is suitable for all skin types without the risk of discoloration. Skin needling can be safely performs on all skin colors and types. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation, as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during skin needling. Micro needling does not cause sun sensitivity.

Skin needling (CIT) is effective for concerns such as wrinkles, lines, folds and crows feet. It also refines pore and breaks down pigmentation. Because collagen is produced, scars and stretch marks can also improve from treatments especially indented acne scars.The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin. Your body’s collagen production usually takes about 4-6 weeks, so improvements will continue over this time. Automated microneedling is comfortable and affordable with minimal to no downtime. Microneedling can be used on all skin parts of the body (neck, décolleté, arms, leg) and face.

  • Improves fine lines / wrinkles are softened
  • Skin is thickened, tightened and elasticity is restored
  • Acne scarring reduced
  • Stretch marks are improved
  • Better product penetration
  • Pore size reduction
  • Reduction of hyper-pigmentation
  • Stimulates the skin for self healing
  • Promotes collagen production
    Increase epidermal thickness

To learn more about Micro-needling, click here to ready Jill’s blog article about the process!

Who is NOT a candidate for MicroNeedling?
  • Open wounds, cuts, abrasions, poor wound healing
    radiation on skin in past year
  • Any kind of skin infection, Herpes simplex in the area being treated
  • History of keloid scars, moles, skin tags
  • Pregnant or breast feeding
  • Pacemaker, Cardiovascular disease, anticoagulant medications
  • Epileptic or Diabetes
  • Active acne
  • Chemotherapy, Skin cancer, Sun burn, tattoos
  • Eczema, Psoriasis, or Dermatitis
  • Botox, Dysport, injectable neuromodulators with 48-72 hours
How is the Treatment Administered?
Microneedling procedures are performed in a safe and precise manner with the use of the sterile micro needle heads. The procedure is normally completed within 45-60 minutes depending on the required treatment. The practitioner gently moves the micro pen over your skin to create minuscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen yet they close within less than an hour. It is recommended to use hyaluronic acid serums to hydrate skin during the treatment.
What is the appearance of the skin after the treatment?
After the procedure your skin will be flushed and red in appearance similar to a moderate sunburn. You will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will subside greatly in 1 or 2 hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed.
Is Microneedling safe and are there any side effect or risks?
Microneedling does not involve injections and therefor allergic reactions and side effects are rarely occurring. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime, rapid healing and requires simple aftercare. Side effects experienced with micro needling will usually subside within 24-48 hours. They include erythema, stinging, itching, and tightness of the skin. Proper post care will help to reduce redness, swelling, itching and discomfort and enhance results.
What is MicroNeedling Post Care?

All clients are required to purchase the post care sample pack for $20 to ensure proper recovery post procedure. Care for next 24-48 hours are as follows:

  1. Every 30-60 min post procedure apply cold towels for 5 min followed by anti-inflammatory serum all over face and neck.
  2. Continue with cold towels/ cold water/ ice packs on face for rest of day and evening. Continue applying anti-inflammatory serum every hour as needed for pain and redness.
  3. Avoid wearing makeup for first 12 hours after treatment.
  4. Day 2, wash face and use all samples in sample pack until for the next week or until gone.
  5. Don’t use retinols, which can irritate skin post-peel for 5-7 days.
  6. Do use sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Can Microneedling help Anti-Aging?
Treatments with microneedling can lift, revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. We suggest a series of 4-6 treatments, usually spaced out at 4 week intervals (your aesthetician will decide the best interval period for you).
How quickly are results visible?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are generally seen after 4-8 weeks following procedure and improve further over time. A course of microneedling sessions is recommended to achieve the best results. One of our most popular protocols is to alternate a peel series every 2 weeks with microneedling every 4 weeks. This gives you the most dramatic results. The peel helps with cellular turnover while the microneedling helps with collagen production. The results are dramatic and a complete rejuvenation to the skin.

It is recommended to use Just Jill Natural Skincare products at home for both pre and post treatment. This will encourage better results and faster healing. Home care is just as important as spa treatments if not more so. Your commitment to the proper home care and spa treatments is what makes the difference in your skin.

What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning, or Epidermal Leveling or blading, is a safe and effective exfoliation. Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of the skin cells and fine vellus (peach fuzz).
How is Dermaplaning performed?
Dermaplaning is safely performed using a #10 sterile, surgical blade. The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along degreased skin. The practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area skin taut at all times.
Is Dermaplaning safe?
This treatment, when practitioner is professionally trained, is safe. There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.
Won’t the hairs on the face grow back thicker?
No. It is physiologically impossible for your villus hair to grow back thicker. There are two types of hair that grows on our bodies. Villus (peach fuzz) and terminal (thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic areas, eyebrows, legs, mustache and beard for men). Villus hair when cut or removed will grow back the same. The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
Dermaplaning is performed on the face only.
How often can Dermaplaning be performed?
Dermaplaning can be performed every 3-4 weeks. Dermaplaning removes 2-3 weeks of dead skin cells. We want the skin to complete it’s normal cycle of approximately 30 days.
What is MicroCurrent?
The microcurrent facial involves the application of low-level, wave form-shaped electrical impulses through dual tipped probes in combination with a water-based conductive gel. When applied to the skin, the gentle electrical current rehabilitates the underlying muscles and improves circulation, texture, tone, and fine lines. Regular use of microcurrent will continue to provide muscle strength and restore freshness to the appearance. The technology works internally on the muscle fiber and tissue for visible, external results – it’s like taking your face to the gym!

A Brief History Of Microcurrent Therapy

In 1980, Thomas W. Wing. D.C., N.D., LAc., a fifth generation Chinese Doctor is credited with introducing a microcurrent instrument which was found to be beneficial in the treatment of muscles. Originally approved by the FDA as a muscle stimulator, it also found new life in the Cosmetology industry for cellular rejuvenation, facial toning and wrinkle reduction.

Microcurrent techniques have been proven successful in treating a variety of medical conditions including Bell’s Palsy. Bell’s Palsy is facial paralysis and usually effects one side of the face only. The cause is unknown, but inflammation of one of the facial nerves results in muscle paralysis to one side of the face. This usually recovers over a period of months, but on occasions can be permanent.

Electrical currents have been incorporated into facial machines for many years. The research and development conducted to assist the “baby boomers” in maintaining a youthful appearance has promoted their evolution to the highly efficient apparatuses we have at our disposal today. Understandably, there is a great deal of interest around the muscle enhancement abilities of microcurrent. Microcurrent facial devices are used to help re-educate the underlying muscles, giving better tone to the face. The result is a firmer facial tone, diminished lines and overall improvement in texture.

What Are The Benefits Of Microcurrent?

Microcurrent facial toning treatment delivers a variety of benefits to patients who wish to maintain a more youthful looking appearance and is an extremely safe and gentle non-invasive alternative to dramatic plastic surgery procedures, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Collagen and Botox injections and other invasive treatments. The results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and will not just “happen” over night. Although microcurrent facial treatment has been known to produce an immediate and temporary rejuvenating effect, continued daily application will provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results!

  • Improves facial and neck muscle tone
  • Lifts jowls and eyebrows
    Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Evens out skin tone and smoothes texture
  • Improves facial circulation
  • Aids in skin exfoliation
  • Encourages lymphatic drainage
  • Increases product penetration
  • Acts as a sun damage treatment
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Enhances the body’s natural collagen and elastin production
  • Re-hydrates skin
  • Increase cellular metabolism (ATP)
    Tightens enlarged pores
Are Microcurrent Facial Treatments Safe?

Cosmetic microcurrent treatment is considered a safe and gentle therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation however the following precautions should always be taken:

  • Do not use if you are pregnant
  • Do not use if you have a cardiac pacemaker or history of heart disease
  • Do not use if you have been diagnosed with cancer or tumors
  • Do not use if you have implanted defibrillators/stimulators or other devices

How Microcurrent Stimulation Produces ATP

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) molecules are the storage and distribution vehicles for energy in the body. The breakdown of ATP into ADP yields energy. It is the cleaving of the phosphate bond that yields the energy.

This energy is utilized in almost all energy related cellular reactions. In addition to being integral to the function of virtually every cell in our body, we may also look at ATP function by categories of activity. Such essential functions include: 1) muscle contraction; 2) protein biosynthesis; 3) nerve transmission; and 4) active transport across cell membranes.

In muscle contraction, the process occurs as such: each muscle spindle is composed of muscle fibers. Inside the muscle fibers are many muscle fibrils. These muscle fibrils are suspended in a fluid matrix called sarcoplasm. Suspended in the sarcoplasm are thousands and thousands of mitochondria, which contain large amounts of ATP.

It is ATP that energizes the muscle contraction process by the ATPase activity of the exposed myosin head. When ATP is exposed to the myosin head, it is cleaved and energy is released. It should be noted that along with ATP, magnesium is very necessary in ATP energy releasing reactions. Before ATP can become “active ATP,” magnesium must bind between the second and third phosphate. Clinically, magnesium deficiency may be related to such conditions as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Synthesis of almost any chemical compound requires energy. That energy is ATP, which is critically important to the biosynthesis of proteins, phospholipids, purines, pyrimidines and hundreds (if not thousands) of other substances. We will take ATP involvement in protein synthesis as a case in point: a single protein may be composed of many thousands of amino acids. It takes the breakdown of four high- energy phosphate bonds to link two amino acids together.

Maximally, two ATP could serve as energy to join two amino acids together, so if our protein is composed of 10,000 amino acids, it may take 20,000 ATP to form just this one protein. It should also be noted that the amino acids themselves utilize ATP indirectly as they are first co-transported into the cells.

ATP is necessary for nerve transmission. Nerve transmission entails the release of nerve transmitter substance from the presynaptic terminal into the synaptic cleft, which simply put is a space between one nerve and another. The nerve transmitter substance spans the cleft and attaches to the receptor of the other cell. The nerve transmitter substance must be constantly formed anew in the presynaptic terminal for future release; the energy for this formation is supplied by ATP. There are many mitochondria in the presynaptic terminal to form and store the ATP for this process. The formation of ATP will be discussed later in relation to the stimulatory effects of microcurrent.

At the post-synaptic terminal, the next nerve cell down the line, it is through active transport of sodium, potassium and calcium that concentration differences across the nerve cell membrane cause nerve firing and propagation of nerve signals to travel to the next presynaptic terminal. These concentration gradients could not be accomplished without ATPase active transport across nerve cell membranes.

Active transport is brought about by the energy release of ATP in the breakdown of its phosphate bonds (see Figure 1 for ATP chemical structure and energy releasing breakdown).

Active transport is a means of getting molecules across the cell membrane, either into or out of the cell, against a concentration gradient. That concentration gradient may be electrical or a pressure gradient. Sodium, potassium, calcium, glucose, amino acids and many other compounds are transported this way.

To summarize, ATP is the energy currency for our bodies. In reality, virtually every cytological, histological and physiological process is ATP-mediated, which makes ATP clinically important. While our bodies in theory can produce all the ATP we need, the fact is that it doesn’t. Microcurrent stimulation between 200-800 microamps is a way of supercharging the tissue with ATP, which will reside there until needed. By this means, much of the research that shows a 200% increase inhealing rate can be explained as it applies to hundreds of conditions. In a clinical sense, any healing process takes a great deal of ATP and may be accelerated through a means of increasing ATP in the tissue. Microcurrent stimulation accomplishes this by increasing ATP in the tissue by up to 400%.

Discussion

Microcurrent stimulation to the body causes radically increased production of ATP levels. This allows the body to perform whatever healing process it has undertaken in an accelerated fashion. It may even allow one to get over the proverbial “hump” that was unachievable, due to insufficient ATP concentrations to perform the changes needed.

ATP is the dynamic reservoir of energy in our body. Glucose serves as a more long-term reservoir but in itself does relatively little to fuel the body. Glucose is first converted to ATP. ATP is the storage and distribution vehicle for energy. From the moment an ATP molecule is produced, it is typically consumed within one minute.

The turnover rate for ATP is very high. However, the body does have a vast capacity to store ATP. One can build ATP reserves. This is one reason that, unlike other forms of electric therapy such as interferential, or higher amperage TENS and galvanic, microcurrent stands unique in that it has a cumulative effect, rather than a diminishing effect. Other electric stimulation devices decrease ATP levels.

Moreover, these devices cannot even be thought of in the realms of ATP generation. It has been shown that any stimulation over 1,000 microamps causes plateauing and then reduction in ATP. Microcurrent therapy, which is used from one to usually 600 uA clinically, is the modality of choice for increased tissue healing. Research and clinical trials have shown that with microcurrent stimulation, there is a 40-50% reduction in healing time of ulcers and sprain/strains; fractures heal faster and stronger; and that even bad scarring (keloid scars) remodel to become a healthier, stronger scar. Other ATP related microcurrent stimulatory effects include decreased inflammation, edema and swelling, and increased physical endurance in sports.

Clinically, microcurrent stimulation is not at all limited to its effects of increased ATP production in its capacity as a treatment modality, but its effects to reduce injury healing time in half are truly dramatic. The mechanism for increased ATP production from microcurrent electric stimulation can be explained. In the following text, its mechanism, from the grosser external application down to the molecular level, is revealed.

A microcurrent instrument delivers a direct current (DC), and so the nature of its electrical flow is the same. Figure 2 is a representation of a typical circuit in which electrons flow from the cathode to the anode, while current, in the form of negative ions, flows from the anode to the cathode. The negative ions can be thought of as an offset to the electrons which flow the other way. This comprises the circuit.

Of more clinical relevance is what takes place at the anode and the cathode rather than the circuit itself. Around the cathode, which is negative, is an environment of negative hydroxyl ions (OH-). This is caused by electron interaction with water molecules at the cathode, hydrolyzing the water molecules into hydrogen and hydroxyl molecules. The same reaction takes place at the anode; however, because the anode is positive in polarity, protons (hydrogen ions) form the environment around the anode.

In the instantaneous moment, both hydrogen and hydroxyl ions are forms around both pad electrodes. However, over time, the ionic environment becomes hydrogen around the anode electrode and hydroxyl around the cathode electrode. Because it is hydrogen that leads to the creation of ATP, it then follows that as a residual effect after the microcurrent stimulator is turned off, ATP production continues at the site.

Meanwhile, at the negative electrode, ATP production ceases immediately at the turning off of the stimulation because there is no residual hydrogen cloud in the area. Protons (H+) produce a very powerful effect here. Looking at Figure 2, we see that the protons diffuse to an area of less protons, namely from the anode side towards the cathode side. As the protons (H+) migrate through the tissue, they cause increased formation of ATP.

This ATP formation can be explained through the chemosmotic theory of Mitchell. This theory explains how mitochondria form ATP by familiar processes such as the electron transport chain and Krebs cycle. In Mitchell’s theory, we see that ionized hydrogen (protons) trigger the electron transport chain by combining with NADH to form NADH+, as well as FAD to form FADH2 and other mediators. The net effect of each cycle of the electron transport chain is the introduction of six hydrogen ions inbetween the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes.

At this point, hydrogen ATPase is activated by the high intramembrane content of hydrogen and activates ATP production. This is accomplished by the addition of a phosphate group to ADP to form ATP (see Figure 1, except note that the process will basically run in reverse to form ATP). This process is known as oxidative phosphorylation. The ATP is at this point transferred out of the mitochondria into the cytoplasm of the cell where it is stored until utilization.

Conclusion and After thoughts

ATP can be produced by the body by many means other than those mentioned above. However, it is a very dynamic energy source, and at the site of injury or at a site of overuse and microinjury, ATP supplies can become diminished.

Microcurrent therapy offers a unique and wonderful answer to tissue healing. Clinically, microcurrent therapy is also a therapy of choice for hyperacute injuries in that it produces little if any sensation. It should also be remembered or known that in addition to its uniqueness, microcurrent therapy shares many of the qualities of other electric therapies: namely for application in pain control, muscle relaxation and nerve re-education. It also stands somewhat unique in its ability to increase vascular permeability and in its use as a means of electroacupuncture. MENS microcurrent instruments have the ability to detect the bioelectric state of the human body, and have proven a standard of technical excellence unsurpassed in clinical modality.

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What is my post peel, post micro-needling, post derma-planing, instructions?

All clients are required to purchase the post care sample pack for $20 to ensure proper recovery post procedure. Care for next 24-48 hours are as follows:

  1. Every 30-60 min post procedure apply cold towels for 5 min followed by anti-inflammatory serum all over face and neck.
  2. Continue with cold towels/ cold water/ ice packs on face for rest of day and evening. Continue applying anti-inflammatory serum every hour as needed for pain and redness.
  3. Avoid wearing makeup for first 12 hours after treatment.
  4. Day 2, wash face and use all samples in sample pack until gone for next 3-6 days.
  5. Don’t use retinols, which can irritate skin post-peel for 5-7 days.
  6. Do use sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

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