- $49 for a pumpkin-enzyme facial and an eyebrow wax ($103 value)
A pumpkin-enzyme facial helps keep your face looking youthful thanks to its effects on a key protein—collagen. Check out Groupon’s guide to the invisible foundation of healthy skin:
Collagen: Animals’ Most Common Protein, Hidden Within Our Skin
Youthful-looking skin relies on a key protein known as collagen, which provides the skin with the strength and flexibility to maintain a plump, vigorous appearance. Experts have identified more than 20 unique types of collagen, but the most common form is what makes up the fibrous tissues within our skin, tendons, organs, and bone. The most common protein in the animal kingdom, collagen is produced by nearly every living creature, though the protein is most abundant in mammals, making up anywhere between 25 and 35 percent of the proteins in their entire bodies. The term itself stems from kolla, the Greek word for glue, and it literally translates to "glue producer"—a fitting name, since it practically holds the skin together and keeps the googly eyes from falling off our faces.
While natural collagen fibers have a great tensile strength, time wears on the cells. Every smile places a strain on existing collagen, and the body produces fewer natural fibers as it ages—two factors that together lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Though other mammals must rely on making masks out of coconuts to hide their aging faces, humans can treat sagging skin with topical creams that contain retinoid or retinol to improve cell turnover, stimulate the natural production of collagen through treatments such as microdermabrasion, or use injections of synthetic collagen to fill in for lost cells.
Scottsdale Skin & Makeup Studio
Scottsdale Skin & Makeup Studio is the domain of Jacqueline Fancher, an aesthetician and makeup artist intent on bringing out clients' inner beauty. She has a sparkling list of credentials to her name. Jacqueline's client list, for instance, includes MTV2, Red Bull, Garnier, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, whose concrete she dolled up with a little lipstick. Her makeup has also graced magazine covers. But the true testament to her talent is the number of everyday people who step into the studio.