Psoriasis Awareness

Psoriasis Awareness

What Causes Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a skin immune disease that causes raised, scaly patches to form accompanied with pain and inflammation. These patches normally appear on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back but can appear anywhere on the body.

The human body starts producing new skin cells at the deepest layer of the epidermis. The newly formed skin cells work their way up to the surface where they are fully matured and eventually flake off. The continual shedding of dead skin cells on the surface and skin cell production is an essential cycle to make skin firmer and get rid of fine lines and wrinkles more quickly.

While there are no known causes for psoriasis, research has suggested that it involves having an unbalanced, overactive immune system. Psoriasis occurs when new cell production creates new skin cells every 4-7 days instead of the regular 3-4 week period. As a result, dead skin cells pile up on top of the skin that leads to sensitive raised patches (inflammation) on the skin.

What Are The Negative Effects and Triggers?

Psoriasis is multi-factorial chronic condition where it affects your physical, emotional, and internal health. Psoriasis is a chronic condition  caused by an overactive immune system and environmental triggers; however, it is not contagious.

Plenty of everyday things can act as a trigger, causing psoriasis to appear for the first time. Common psoriasis triggers include: 

  • Stress

  • Skin Injury, such as a cut or bad sunburn

  • Infection, such as strep throat

  • Specific Types of Medication,

  • Cold, Dry Weather

  • Smoking Tobacco

  • Alcohol

Psoriasis can be identified from the following list:

Pain areas: in the joints
Skin: rashes, dryness, fissures, flakiness, peeling, small bump, thickness, or redness
Also common: depression, inflamed tendons, itching, joint stiffness, plaque, or small dents in nails

How can I alleviate the symptoms from Psoriasis?


1. Psoriasis Care Kit!

The Psoriasis Care Kit contains various combinations of scientifically researched ingredients that assists in delivering moisture boosting benefits to your skin to leave it looking healthier and visibly hydrated.

2. Knowing Your Triggers:

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to know about yourself and your body. What kind of foods trigger your psoriasis? Is lack of sleep or stress triggering it? If eating certain foods trigger it, do not eat it. Get more sleep and have a balanced diet. Maintaining a balanced overall healthy lifestyle and avoiding certain triggers is the best way to alleviate the symptoms.

3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids:

The Omega 3 Fatty Acids are widely known to help reduce inflammation. The inflammation causes the raised scaly skin to form from the psoriasis. Omega 3 Fatty Acids are contained in a variety of foods: flax seed oil, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. In many different studies, it had been shown that there is an adequate change of medium to high improvement in the symptoms after taking Omega 3 for long periods of time.

4. Maintain A Healthy Weight

It is very important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid obesity. Obesity is a major factor that can cause the formation of psoriasis and severe the symptoms as well.

The best way to maintain a balanced weight is to…

  • eat a variety of fruits, nuts, and vegetables
  • eat less refined sugar and processed food
  • eat lean meats and healthy proteins
  • exercise consistently

3. Stress-Relieving Activities:

When we are stressed, our bodies enter a fight-or-flight response system and stress hormones are released into the body. The stress hormones causes inflammation to occur which leads to psoriasis. For calming activities, I would recommend:

  • Breathing Exercises and Meditation
  • Taking a Walk Outside in Nature
  • Aromatherapy
  • Taking a Salt Bath
  • Journaling and Writing

Senya Ivanko

Advanced Esthetician

Senya Ivanko is the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa. ​​With years of experience and a continuous desire to bring new techniques and services to her spa, she welcomes questions about her background, training, experience, and passion for technologically advanced customized skin care treatments.

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Ultraviolent Radiation and Our Skin

Ultraviolent Radiation and Our Skin

What is UV?

UV stands for ultraviolet radiation that is part of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is a wave of energy produced by the sun and is invisible to the naked eye.

There are three main forms of UV from the sunlight:




UVA have the longest wavelength while UVC has the shortest wavelength with UVB in the middle. Here is an important note: Shorter wavelengths of any type of radiation release higher amounts of radiation. Therefore, exposure to UVC is quite dangerous because of the high amount of radiation emitted.

While UVB and UVA travel into the atmosphere, all of UVC and some of UVB is absorbed by the ozone layer of the planet. Therefore, we are exposed to UVA rays with small amounts of UVB. 

Too Much UV Exposure…

When we are exposed to the sun without any protection, a sunburn develops on your skin. A sunburn occurs when the amount of UV rays exceeds the natural skin’s protection (melanin protects your skin) against the sun. 

For most people, a sunburn is a regular occurrence that does not pose too many problems. 

While UV makes up a small portion of the sun’s rays, it has visible damaging effects on the skin if necessary precautions are not taken to protect your skin.

Short and Long-Term Effects of Sun Exposure Without Sun Protection:

1. Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is the discoloration of the skin that shows up as dark spots or patches on the skin. Long periods of sun exposure and sunburns causes hyperpigmentation to manifest. The darker spots on the skin are caused by the excess of melanin production on the skin to protect your skin from harmful environmental triggers, including UV rays. The high melanin production is a result from too much exposure from the harmful UV rays.

2. Premature Aging

Premature Aging occurs when long periods of UV penetration into the skin changes the DNA in your skin. The UVA penetrates at all levels in the skin and  damages several important biological processes of the skin meant to keep it smooth and youthful. The UVB radiates on the outside layer of your skin that damages the DNA that causes photoaging. 

3. Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer is the worst long-term effect where abnormal growth of cells occurs from long periods of exposure from the sun.  Skin cancer may initially appear as an innocent irregular patch on the surface of your skin that may be raised or bleed easily. Eventually, the skin patch will change size and patch to become more noticeable and the cancer will spread into the deeper layers of the skin.

How to Protect Yourself From UV:

The skin is the largest organ in the body that reflects all the biological processes occurring internally inside your body. To have the best protection against UV and their harmful effects, I will provide you with tips and tricks that will help you protect your skin topically and internally to have the best overall protection.

1. Environ Focus Care Radiance+ Range

Environ’s revolutionary 3-step Mela-Smart System is compromised of 4 innovative products that work together to help inhibit the appearance of the effects of the 6 complex steps involved in the formation of hyperpigmentation and other forms. It targets the root causes of skin discolouration dark spots, and uneven skin tone to reveal a more even-toned, radiant skin complexion. 

2. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is excellent for helping reduce the sign of sun damage by boosting the smooth skin collagen to fight signs of UV damage. As a result, it will help with fine lines and wrinkles caused by exposure of the UV. If you are looking for the quickest and best way to minimize your fine lines and wrinkles, I would highly recommend applying Vitamin A topically.

3. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is considered a safe way to prevent the formation of hyperpigmentation from exposure to the sun. It is a powerful antioxidant that reduces the effect of UV radiation on your skin. However, Vitamin C can not replace sunscreen because it does not absorb light of UVA and UVB spectrum! 

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an essential vitamin for protection against harmful UV rays. When Vitamin E is applied topically or taken internally, it provides a layer of protection for the skin against UV and environmental pollution. However, Vitamin E is sensitive to the light and the skin easily absorbs it. If large amounts are applied topically to the skin, it can cause acne breakouts.

5. Clothing

Wearing the right type of clothing that prevents the penetration of the UV rays into your skin is one of the best ways you can protect yourself. Wearing the right type of clothing provides consistent covering and does not require reapplication every six hours.  The best clothes for UV protection are composed of dense material and are loose-fit. For hats, make sure it is a wide brim hat that completely covers your face and protects your neck and shoulders.

Senya Ivanko

Advanced Esthetician

Senya Ivanko is the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa. ​​With years of experience and a continuous desire to bring new techniques and services to her spa, she welcomes questions about her background, training, experience, and passion for technologically advanced customized skin care treatments.

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Acne Awareness

Acne Awareness

What causes acne?

Acne is a skin condition that is caused when the hair follicles and the pores of your skin are blocked by the build up of oil, dead skin, and sweat from your skin.

Each pore of the skin contains a hair follicle and a sebaceous gland. The sebaceous glands are known for creating and secreting sebum (an oily substance fill with fats, or lipids, from the human body). Sebum is released onto the skin for protection and hydration of the skin and hair follicles. The sebum is also responsible for delivery necessary antioxidants for the skin.

Overproduction of sebum or excess buildup of dirt on the skin will clog the pores of the skin. With the bacteria and the oil lingering on the skin, it leads to inflammation in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc.

How can I prevent acne?

Are you battling ongoing issues with your acne prone skin? Adult acne? Imagine clear, clean skin that isn’t dry or irritated from harsh over the counter products. The all new Environ Focus Care Clarity + collection of skincare products will help you achieve your best skin ever. Clear, clean and control congestion and excess oil for glowing healthy skin.

The Environ Focus Care™ Clarity+ Range contains various combinations of scientifically researched ingredients that assist in improving the appearance of breakout-prone skin. This innovative 3-phase system offers a complete skincare solution that is tough on confidence-crushing breakouts but easy on skin.

That is why I create a customized program made just for you. After giving your skin a through analysis, I will recommend an acne treatment plan that I know will help you give visible results and clearer skin. My specialized skincare advice is tailored to your acne skin care concerns and helping you choose the right products for your acne based on your lifestyle and other needs.

1. Clean and change your bedding weekly – especially pillowcases!

I have two important matters that I need to address when it comes to this particular subject. First, it is essential to cleanse your face and do your skin care routine nightly before you go to bed. Nobody would like the dirt from the face collecting on to the pillows that will lead to inflammation of acne.

Secondly, you need to change change your bedding, especially pillowcases, periodically. While you might be going to bed with a clean face the grease from your hair on your pillow can lead to a breakout as well.

2. Clean everything that touches your face

Regularly clean surfaces that come into contact with your face, which includes make-up brushes, towels, etc. Most importantly, this includes making contact with your hands. Since you come into contact with everyday objects, it is essential for you to wash your hands before you touch your face. Do not touch your face with unclean hands or it can be guaranteed that a breakout will occur!

3. Take a shower right away after exercising

Exercising is essential to living a long and health lifestyle. Whenever one starts exercising, sweat and oils are released to cool the skin’s temperature. However, if the sweat is not removed, it can clog the pores of your skin. As a result, take a shower as soon as you exercise to prevent skin irritation and aggravation.

4. Take a look at your diet

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. An unhealthy body can’t support a healthy skin. Eating a healthy diet while avoiding certain processed foods will have your skin glowing naturally and prevents blemishes from occurring. The main point is that your skin will glow when your body is free from toxins.

5. Reduce stress, increase sleep

When we are stressed, our bodies enter a fight-or-flight response system and stress hormones are released into the body. The hormones cause the skin release more oil on the skin. If we are constantly stressed, it will lead to a buildup of excess oil and will cause a breakout of acne. Try to make lifestyle changes that will include breathing exercises, meditation, daily walks, yoga, and calming activities to cope with stress.  


There is no magical overnight cure for acne. To achieve the best results, it takes a combination of lifestyle changes along with a skin care routine  to see improvements in your skin, but consistency and patience is key for achieving clearer skin!

Senya Ivanko

Advanced Esthetician

Senya Ivanko is the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa. ​​With years of experience and a continuous desire to bring new techniques and services to her spa, she welcomes questions about her background, training, experience, and passion for technologically advanced customized skin care treatments.

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Xenia Skin Care in Johnson City, TN

Introducing Xenia Skin Care in Johnson City, TN

First of all, I’d like to say thank you.  Of all the things out there on the internet, here you are reading my blog.  Pretty cool! So this is my first ever blog post and I thought I’d start at the beginning without assuming you know me or what I’m all about.

Like many of you, the transition into 2021 was a whirlwind for me. I have had many projects that I had to nurture for this year. On the way, an unexpected surprise came along that changed the path I was taking. Sadly I have announced after a successful 8 years in Ohio, Xenia Skin Care has relocated to Johnson City, Tennessee. It is a new exciting time for me to begin a new journey to expand and reach out to more people with my services in the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, Bristol, and Kingsport). However,  I will miss all of my clients and friends that I have made over the years. They all have special place in my heart!

I’ve been a licensed esthetician in the state of Ohio for 12 years.  I went to school at the renowned Aveda Institute, where quality skin care started for me.

Who Am I?

I am the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa in Johnson City, TN. With many years of experience, I have a continuous desire to learn and bring new techniques and services to the spa. My passion and my spa is my purpose of serving YOU! Every time when you enter the spa or give me a call, it is my purpose to serve you the best of the skin care world. I am constantly immersed in industry to learn about new emerging technologies, treatments, facials, and products to ensure that you are getting the best results.

I live with my husband and two daughters in Jonesborough, TN. My family and I enjoy the outdoors and do a variety of activities like hiking, swimming, tennis, etc. I love the beauty of the mountains and the changing seasons that bring different surprises! A spot that I often visit is historical downtown Jonesborough and the local shops that line the cobblestone streets. I enjoy communicating with other people, learning, and experiencing. I have a continuous desire to learn about those around me and help whenever I can.

What Should You Expect?

During the treatment, I approach each client individually, meticulously gathering information that allows me  to formulate a custom skin care treatment regimen. I will also make sure to take the time to teach her clients both short-term and long-term routines that will bring out the most beautiful, refreshed skin possible.

What Kind of Services Do I Offer?

My services in Johnson City, TN include…
1. Customized Facials with Facial Enhancements
2. Microdermabrasion with Organic Grains or Aluminum Oxide Crystals
3. Dermaplaning/Skin Peels
4. Oxygen Infusion
5. Bellanina Facelift Facial
6. Aromatouch Procedure
7. And Even More!

Beautiful Skin at Xenia Skin Care in Johnson City, TN

I offer complimentary consultations at Xenia Skin Care in Johnson City, TN because it is important to me that I understand your concerns and what you are trying to achieve. It is more than a facial. It is the renewal of you!

Xenia Skin Care | Johnson City, TN: 423.999.7999

Senya Ivanko

Advanced Esthetician

Senya Ivanko is the owner and operator of Xenia Skin Care & Spa. ​​With years of experience and a continuous desire to bring new techniques and services to her spa, she welcomes questions about her background, training, experience, and passion for technologically advanced customized skin care treatments.

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