Top 5 Fall Skin Care Products


Fall has arrived, and so have the changes that come along with it.  The mornings are crisp, the trees have started to turn and the days are shorter. This is the perfect time to proactively prep your skin for the upcoming season changes! Here are our top five products for fall:


Dermaquest Hydrafirm Serum

This serum is not cheap; but it is awesome.  It is chock full of plant stem cells, and multiple types of peptides. It is silky smooth to the touch, hydrates deeply without feeling heavy or sticky, and layers beautifully under your favorite moisturizer and or makeup. On top of all that it firms and tightens skin.  Its combination of peptides and plant stem cells strengthen and organize collagen, so you see fewer wrinkles. It is amazing stuff.

Bonus: Peptides and plant stem cells are know to have multiple positive benefits for skin, including brightening and soothing


3D Hydrafirm Serum with Plant Stem Cells


Patchology Flash Masks

When the dry Calgary air sucks the life out of your skin, Patchology offers a five minute in a flash solution.  The Patchology flash masques, are speciality sheet masques, that offer great results in as little as five minutes flat (we are not kidding, we are totally serious). With several varieties for different skin types or concerns, you are able to put some life back into your skin in a flash!

Bonus: Flashmasques are available at a very reasonable price point.


Hydrating Flash Masque


Vivier Radiance Serum

After months of summer fun in the sun, skin can look a little lackluster. Vivier Radiance serum is perfect for bringing the glow back to dulled out summer skin. It’s potent vitamin C base, offers elimination of pesky free radicals and complexion brighteners all at the same time. Perfect for faces that are in need of a little more radiance.

Bonus: This product is oil free


Vivier Radiance Serum


SkinCeuticals Anti-Oxidant Lip Repair

Don’t lose your lips to the dry Calgary climate, protect them from looking and feeling older, with little gem! It is an awesome multi-tasker; it protects against pollution sourced free radicals, while healing dry chapped lips. Helping to create smoother looking, fuller looking, more youthful looking lips!

Bonus: It comes in an airless pump, making it easy to carry in a pocket or bag.


SkinCeuticals Anti-Oxidant Lip Repair


Reversa Micellar Cleansing Water

This delightful, waterless, rinse-less cleanser is on the top of our list all year round.  It leaves skin feeling clean, smooth and refreshed, all with no rinsing!!! It is easy and quick to use, making it an absolute must have for anyone that is having a night that feels extra busy or overwhelming`. A few quick wipes with a saturated cotton pad and voila! Clean, fresh, and ready for the next step!

Bonus: It removes eye make-up too.


Reversa Micellar Cleansing Water



Learn how you can have glowing skin and feel amazing! Call today to book your consultation!


(403) 287-1477







Do You Need an IPL Photofacial?


We get the question a lot “Do I need an IPL?”. Frequently you will hear us respond “No one NEEDS an IPL”, there has never been a reported case of hospitalization due to not having one 😉  The question should be, who can benefit from an IPL and who will love that they did it!  Everyone loves it, but here are some of the general guidelines we use, to help clients determine if this is the right procedure for themselves.


What bothers you?

The first question is always, what do you want to improve?  If the first thing(s) on your list include: uneven skin tone, redness, broken capillaries, brown spots, sun spots or the like, then IPL is a great option for you to consider.  If you aren’t bothered by any of those, then don’t worry about it and move on.


Do you spend a lot of time in the sun?

You golf all summer in Calgary, and travel throughout the winter months to sunny destinations, you try your best to remember sunscreen but you aren’t always consistent…… Then IPL might NOT be the best choice for you.  IPL is safest when clients skin is not tanned. So, if you are a sun bunny, maybe hold off until you have a stretch of time where you won’t be sun kissed.


Do you want natural looking results, that are still noticeable?

If you want to avoid looking “overdone”, “plastic, or “artificial” then IPL is absolutely one of your best options.  IPL Photofacials improve your own skin, without changing it.  You will look just like yourself, only with smoother, with more even skin tone and a brighter firmer overall complexion!


How much downtime can you do?

If you are looking for a no downtime treatment, then that is one more reason to seriously consider a series of IPL Photofacial treatments.  After an IPL, most people report only very mild redness.  Makeup is fine soon after, and will help camouflage dark spots that might be a little more noticeable until they fade 7-10 days after your IPL Photofacial. Most clients return right away to their regularly scheduled activites.


Looking for fast results?

IPL Photofacials offer notable results about 7 days post treatment.  Positive results will continue, but most clients see a notable reduction in brown spots a week after treatment!


Are you pregnant?

Then you will need to wait until you are not pregnant and done breastfeeding (if you choose to breastfeed). There have been no reported negative side effects to a baby in utero, but as in so many things pregnancy related, better safe than sorry!


Are you trying to prevent the signs of aging?

Even if you only have a few sunspots and broken capillaries, an IPL Photofacial might be an ideal choice. IPL not only reduces and eliminates brown spots and unwanted facial capillaries, it STIMULATES COLLAGEN.  I repeat, it stimulates collagen.  It does an amazing job of targeting and stimulating superficial collagen, which will help shrink pores, reduce fine lines, and create firmer looking skin!



If you want to know more about the advantages of having your IPL  Photofacial done at SkinScience, email or call!





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Younger Décolletage in 5 easy steps

It’s easy to forget that the appearance of your décolletage might be giving away your age. We tend to focus on our faces, and unfortunately this important area can be sidelined.  The décolletage is an area that. For the vast majority of us, has lots of sun damage, making it very prone to wrinkling, loss of elasticity, thinning and crepey-ness. There are five easy things you can do to help this area look more youthful!



Dead skin cells can build-up anywhere on your body. They serve an important purpose, but unfortunately, they also make crepey skin look worse, wrinkles look deeper and skin overall looking duller and older.  We generally don’t recommend scrubs on the delicate décolletage, especially since crepey-ness is the first sign of collagen and elastin loss (meaning skin wont bounce back from harsh scrubbing), however the Vivier Vitamin C Scrub is AWESOME. It will gently lift away dead skin cells without causing further damage to thin skin AND it gives a dose of plumping hyaluronic acid to help smooth out fine lines!


Avoid: Strong AHA’s or BHA’s as they can be quite overpowering on the décolletage.



We often moisturize our bodies right out of the shower, but sometimes that is not enough.  In the arid environment that is Calgary, we need to actually help retrain our dry skin to KEEP moisture in. When moisturizer is applied, but skin still feels dry (or crepey) adding a layer of skin plumping hyaluronic acid before you moisturize will increase the amount of water your skin holds onto, creating healthier skin with fewer fine line.



The next step is soooo obvious.  Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.  Find one you like, so that you remember to use it, and put it on, every morning.  The AAD (American Association Dermatology) recommends an SPF 30 for daily use. Studies have shown that it’s never too late to start using an SPF daily, so remember, even if you think you are too far gone for an SPF to help, in truth ; it’s never too late!



Serums offer the highest concentration of anti-aging ingredients per ounce. There are a wide a variety of anti-aging serums on the market, the best ones for décolletage tend to focus on rebuilding collagen and elastin as well thickening skin. We recommend the use of peptides to rebuild collagen, growth factors to thicken skin with damaged elastin and something to stop glycation.  You don’t need to use all three, be consistent with always using one of these in the long run and you are sure to be delighted with the results.  Our favorites:


Neocutis: Bio Gel

SkinSceuticals: AGE Interrupter

Dermaquest: Stem Cell Rebuilding Complex

(Check our online store for all three!)


Avoid: Serums or creams containing Retin or Retinoic Acid.  The décolletage frequently responds with rashes and irritation to these ingredients.



The most popular treatment at SkinScience for décolletage is IPL.  It creates a smooth, even, fresher décolletage. At Skinscience we recommend 2 treatments to start, spaced 1 month apart. Results are seen quickly and are long lasting. An IPL treatment will target sun-damage, redness AND stimulates collagen!! The treatment is comfortable, and the results are consistently good!



What are you waiting for!  Call today to find out how you can have a more youthful décolletage! As always we are here to help you create the perfect, customized routine and treatment schedule for YOUR skin!


(403) 287-1477

How to Look Good for Your Age (Really!)

Looking good at any age, is not nearly as hard as people think.  It’s thought of something that is reserved for celebrities, or those living in the public eye.  However, it really is achievable for everyone.  A few well-designed treatments, a good “core” skin care routine and voila! You feel fabulous, refreshed and it shows every time you leave the house.  But how do you get there?


The first step is understanding the way your age is showing.  For pretty much everyone on the planet, it shows in the same few ways, in the same few areas of the body. The top three things people look at when trying to figure out how old you really are:


Face (particularly around the eyes)




Chest (Décolletage)


When aging is starting to become more obvious, we see the most common signs of aging in the areas we spoke of above.  We start to see brown spots, redness, thinning skin, uneven, dull looking skin, fine lines, wrinkles and so on and so forth.


To truly be successful at looking good for your age, you need to target all three areas.  Too often people focus on just one single area.  We’ve all seen that person that has a nice smooth face, but it stops at their jawline, giving an often-unflattering result.


How do you target all three areas simultaneously?


  • Feather your skin care routine for your face around your jawline. Not all facial products are good for use on the neck or décolletage, however you can stop the harsh demarcation line that often occurs by at the very least bending well along the jawline.


  • Use residual product (the little bit left over on your fingertips after blending on your face) on the backs of your hands. It sounds too easy to be true, but it makes a difference.


  • Find a good treatment serum for your chest/décolletage and neck and an SPF you love (if you love it you’ll use it). It will only add 2 extra minutes each morning, but can be so worth it in the long run.


  • IPL IPL IPL! Just in case you didn’t hear it the first three times IPL! Intense Pulsed Light is one of the treatment our patients love, love, love! It gives consistently, amazing results. It creates skin that is smoother, brighter and more even.  We can’t say enough good things about it. So often though, clients don’t realize that this treatment is AMAZING on the chest/décolletage, neck and hands.  When done on all three areas it gives a delightfully uniform anti-aging effect.



IPL at SkinScience

As an award winning cosmetic laser treatment clinic, we have committed to having the most up to date technology on the market.


What does that mean for you? Less treatments.  Most IPL platforms will recommend 3-6 treatments.  With our Lumecca, we can achieve the same results in just 3 (with less than 2% of our clients choosing to have a 4th). A touch up treatment down the road is standard for any platform, and most often isn’t needed for 12-18 months.


SkinScience tip: Ask us about our add on pricing.  We offer “add on pricing” when you are already booked for an IPL treatment.  Example: You are booked for an IPL to your face, and you are interested in doing your neck as well.  Add on pricing offers and price break for doing it on the same day!  This saves our clients about $100 per area they are “adding on” (vs booking and treating that area separately).



What are you waiting for??? Have the skin that you have always wanted! Feel fabulous every time you leave your house, even without makeup! Call us today to find out how to make sure you look good for your age!