Top 4 Antioxidants you need in your skin care routine

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Antioxidants, what are they and why do I need them? 

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This is a question that we get a lot here at SkinScience. People come to us to have a better understanding of skin health and a better skincare routine; antioxidants are often something that is missing. This is a very important key to healthy skin and aging gracefully. 

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Of course you have always heard ‘eat your berries, they’re full of antioxidants!’ This is true, as we need them internally, however, topically is equally important for our skin. We would need to eat an incredibly large amount of berries to have the same effect as a topically applied product, to protect our skin. 

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So here it is – antioxidants protect against free radical damage. Free radical damage is when our cells are attacked and can be put under oxidative stress, which plays a role in premature aging of the skin, hyperpigmentation, triggering inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne, as well as skin cancers. As we age there are less antioxidants available, combine that with the constant attack of free radicals and the balance is lost. If a healthy cell is attacked, it will spend half or more of its energy trying to fight off the attacker, instead of functioning properly. This is something we face every day. Our environment is full of pollution and is attacking our skin from the moment we wake up. In short, antioxidants are free radical warriors! 

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For example; have you ever noticed once you slice open an apple it starts to turn brown? This is because of oxidative stress. Now, if you apply lemon juice to the open flesh of the apple, this will stop it from browning. This is because lemon is full of antioxidants. Side note, you would never want to apply lemon juice to the skin; it can actually have a harmful reaction with sun exposure and cause an unsightly and uncomfortable rash! 

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Now that you have a visual for the power of antioxidant protection, let’s apply it to the skin. Here at SkinScience we have a many favorite options for skin-safe antioxidants. 

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VITAMIN C

has been a longtime industry favorite for skin professionals. Along with its antioxidant properties it also brightens and stimulates collagen. L-ASCORBIC ACID has been a leading form of vitamin C for many years. Our favorite products containing L-ascorbic acid are SkinCeuticals CE FERULIC (for normal to dry skin) and SkinCeuticals PHLORETIN CF (for normal to combination, non acne prone skin). They have two options depending on your skin type. That said, not everyone can tolerate L-ascorbic acid well. Not to worry, another fantastic and industry leading form of vitamin C is TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE found in our very own Aliquote Skin ADVANCED YOUTH COMPLEX (for all skin types, even sensitive ones). 

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Some other well-known antioxidants include; 

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GREEN TEA

The active antioxidant in green tea is Polyphenols, not only does it fight free radical damage but is also an anti-inflammatory (helps reduce redness and inflammation) and works against a decrease in collagen breakdown. Our favorite product containing green tea is Aliquote Skin SENSICALM LOTION

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VITAMIN B3 or NIACINAMIDE

has been proven that topical application has many potential skin benefits, including improved skin hydration, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, decreased brown spots, improved skin redness/blotchiness, and better skin elasticity. Our favorite product containing niacinamide is DermaQuest NIACINAMIDE YOUTH SERUM

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RESVERATROL

is naturally found in berries and red wine (no, we can’t only drink our antioxidants). Resveratrol possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Scientific studies suggest that topically applied resveratrol protects against UVB-induced photodamage, pigmentation, and collagen degradation. One of our favorite products containing resveratrol is DermaQuest STEM CELL 3D EYE LIFT and SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE

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Needless to say, no matter what your skin type we have a form of antioxidant protection to suit your needs. 

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PRO TIPS 

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1) You’ll get a better protection by wearing your antioxidant during the day. Think rush hour traffic and all the pollution that you’re sitting in. (we certainly hope you don’t have that same level of pollution where you sleep!) 

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2) Most vitamin C or antioxidant serums work best applied to cleansed skin. Cleanse, tone and then apply your antioxidant — you can layer other serums, creams and SPFs on top. Always layer thinnest to thickest. 

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3) Make sure to finish by applying a mineral sunscreen for added protection (we prefer mineral SPF vs chemical SPF but that is for another post!) 

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Want to know more? Book in for a consult today!

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SkinDNA Contest Rules

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

NO PURCHASE OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

1. SPONSOR: The “SkinDNA Contest Rules” (the “Contest”) is sponsored by SkinScience inc.418 – 1011 Glenmore Trail SW Calgary Alberta Canada T2V 4R6 (the “Sponsor”).

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of Calgary, Canada, who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the time of entry, with the exception of employees of the Sponsor, its parent, related and affiliated companies, subsidiaries, departments or agencies, franchisees, suppliers, advertising and promotional agencies, contest administrators, and any other parties engaged in the development, production or distribution of Contest materials and those living in the same household.  By participating in this Contest, entrants acknowledge compliance with, and agree to be bound by, these Contest Rules.  Entrants who do not comply with any of the Contest Rules are subject to disqualification by the Sponsor, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

3. CONTEST DATES AND TIMES: The Contest begins on September 18th, 2019 at 07h30amMST and ends on October1st, 2019 at 12h00am MST (the “Contest End Date”) after which time the Contest will be closed and no further entries shall be accepted.

4. HOW TO ENTER: You can enter by liking SkinScience’s Instagram page (@theskinscientist) and/or Facebook page (SkinScienceClinic), tagging a minimum of 1 (one) friend and describing your skin in emojis.  For this Contest receipt of an Internet entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the entry information.  All entries must be complete and are subject to verification by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion.  Limit 10 entries per person .

Any attempt or suspected attempt to use robotic, automatic, programmed, or otherwise, illicit means to enter the Contest, or any other methods not authorized by these Contest Rules, for example, but not limited to, creating multiple accounts, identities, or registrations, all in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, shall be deemed as tampering and may disqualify you from entering, participating and/or winning a prize.  Entries that contain false or incomplete information are void.  Entries that are late, lost, stolen, illegible, contain false information, are damaged, misdirected, mutilated, garbled or incomplete, altered or otherwise irregular or that do not conform with or satisfy any or all of the conditions of the Contest Rules are void.  Entrants grant Sponsor a non-exclusive license to use all entries for any purpose.  No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants.  Proof of transmission (screenshots or captures, etc.) does not constitute proof of entry or receipt of an entry.

5. CONTEST PRIZES: There is a total of one (1) prize available to be won consisting of 1 (one) SkinDNA Genetic Test Kit (approximate retail value is $299).

All winners assume any and all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by entering, participating in this promotion or use or redemption of a prize.  Prizes must be accepted as awarded and have no cash value.  Prizes or any portion thereof cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or special offers.  Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an alternate prize of equal or greater value if an advertised prize is unavailable at time of award.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received before the Contest End Date.

7.  SKILL TESTING QUESTION: Selected Entrants will be required, as a condition to winning a Prize, to correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, the Sponsor’s time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question to be administered during a pre-arranged telephone call.

8. WINNER SELECTION AND CONFIRMATION: On Tuesday October 1st, 2019 at nine/09h00am MST at 418 – 1011 Glenmore Trail SW, Calgary Alberta (“Draw Date”) the Sponsor, or an employee, agent or other representative of the Sponsor, will conduct a random draw from all eligible entries and select the potential winner(s) (the “Selected Entrant(s)”).  The Selected Entrant(s) will be deemed a winner if they meet all of the eligibility criteria set out in these Contest Rules.  If a Selected Entrant does not meet the eligibility criteria, he/she will be disqualified and will not receive a prize and another entrant will be selected by way of a random draw from the remaining eligible entries.  Before being declared a winner, a Selected Entrant will be required to: (i) correctly answer the Sponsor’s skill-testing question; (ii) sign and return the Sponsor’s Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release form; and (iii) comply with all other Contest Rules, all in the sole discretion of Sponsor.

The Selected Entrant will be notified within one (1) business day of the draw and will be contacted via the social media account provided at the time of entry into the Contest, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, and up to three attempts will be made within 36 hours following the draw.  A Selected Entrant that does not or cannot accept the Prize may be forfeited and a new Selected Entrant selected by random draw, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.  The Sponsor’s signed release form must be received by Sponsor no later than October 15, 2019.  Sponsor is not responsible for the failure for any reason whatsoever of a Selected Entrant to receive notification or for the Sponsor to receive a Selected Entrant’s response.

Disputes regarding identity of entrant: If the identity of a Selected Entrant is disputed, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the Authorized Account Holder (the individual assigned to the e-mail address or, if applicable for entry, social media handle associated with the entry).  Each Selected Entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the Authorized Account Holder associated with the selected entry.

9. RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION: The winner must sign the Sponsor’s Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release form to: (i) confirm compliance with the Contest Rules; (ii) agree to accept the prize as awarded; (iii) release, discharge and hold harmless the Sponsor, its departments and agencies, parent, related and affiliated companies, subsidiaries, franchisees, advertising and promotional agencies, counsel, marketing partners, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees, shareholders, successors, sponsors, partners, licensees, subsidiaries, agents, artists, advisors, assignees, and all others associated with the administration, development and execution of the Contest (the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all manner of action, cause of action, claim or demand, loss or injury, use or misuse of a prize or any travel related thereto, and the use of the Entry by the Sponsor, suit, debt, covenant, contract, including legal fees and expenses, whatsoever, including but not limited to, claims based on negligence, breach of contract and fundamental breach, failure of any third party contractor or supplier used in connection with any aspect of the Contest to perform or deliver any goods or services, any act of God or any other event beyond the Released Parties’ control, any dissatisfaction of any kind by a winner with any aspect of the Contest or any prize, liability for physical injury, death, or property damage which the entrants, guests, their heirs, successors or assigns have, might have or could have suffered, by reason of or arising out of the entrant’s participation in the Contest and/or in connection with the acceptance and/or exercise by the entrant of the Prize as awarded; and (iv) indemnify the Released Parties against any loss, damage or expense, including legal fees, that any of the Released Parties may suffer or incur as a result of any non-compliance by an entrant with any of the Contest Rules or participation in the Contest and/or in connection with the acceptance and/or exercise by an entrant of a prize and the use of the Entry by Sponsor.

The Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) incorrect or inaccurate entry information which may affect a person’s ability to participate in the Contest or be awarded a prize, including but not limited to human error, technical malfunctions, lost or delayed entries for any reason, mail failures, omission, or any combination thereof, and entries which fail to fully comply with these Contest Rules; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (iii) lost, incomplete, delayed, mutilated or misdirected entries or Declaration and Release forms; (iv) injury or damage to the entrant’s computer or to any other individual’s computer related to or resulting from participating in, or downloading any material regarding the Contest or accepting a prize; (v) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize, including any travel related thereto and the use of the Entry by Sponsor; (vi) the security or privacy of information transmitted via computer networks or for breaches of privacy due to interference by third party computer “hackers” or otherwise; or (vii) late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify a potential winner.

10. OTHER CONDITIONS:  The Sponsor reserves the right to terminate or amend this Contest at any time and in any way, without prior notice.  Without limiting the foregoing, if, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned for any reason, the Sponsor reserves the right to cancel the Contest and conduct a random draw from all previously received eligible entries received by the Contest End Date.

Publicity and entrant information: By participating in the Contest, entrants consent to the use of their name, address, postal code, telephone number, social media handles, comments and image, whether on videotape, photograph or any other means, for the administration of this Contest or any publicity carried out by the Sponsor, without further notice or compensation.

Law: The Contest is void where prohibited by law and is subject to all applicable Canadian federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and local laws. This Contest shall be governed exclusively by the laws of the province of Alberta, including all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, rights and obligations between entrants and the Sponsor, and procedural provisions, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.  Any dispute shall be adjudicated by the courts sitting in Calgary, Alberta.

Rule amendments: The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to amend or modify these Contest Rules, or modify, cancel or suspend this Contest, without prior notice for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation in the event that any cause beyond the reasonable control of the Sponsor corrupts, or threatens to corrupt, the security or proper administration of the Contest.

Intellectual Property: All intellectual property, including but not limited to trademarks, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, images, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned by the Sponsor.  All rights are reserved.  Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or other intellectual property without the express written consent of the Sponsor is strictly prohibited.  The Sponsor’s marketing or other partners, if any, shall also have access to and rights to reproduce, copy or otherwise use any materials generated by this Contest or any submissions or materials generated by entrants.

© SkinScience inc., 2019.  All Rights Reserved.

Fall Back to Great Skin with Pumpkin!

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Fall back to great skin! Seasonal changes bring different needs to your skin care routine. Whether it is hydration in the winter, deep cleaning for spring, oil control in the summer or brightening in the fall, our changing weather can wreak havoc on your skin. Get your skin Thanksgiving ready this fall with our feature ingredient ~ Pumpkin!

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That’s right, not only do we LOVE the return of the pumpkin-spice latte and pumpkin pie come autumn but that wonderful aromatic ingredient is also beneficial for your skin!

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Pumpkin pulp is a dynamic ingredient that can help control acne and hyperpigmentation. This is something that all but highly sensitized skin types could benefit from. Post summer we tend to feel a bit clogged from all the extra time spent outdoors in the elements. While we tend to be a little more active (and sweaty) in the summer months, taking advantage of that extra time outside exposes us to dust, pollution and free radical damage. Even with a fantastic non-clogging sunscreen we all tend to have that dull, clogged complexion come summers end. This is where Pumpkin can come to our rescue (alongside some other powerful antioxidants and treatments of course) to fight against free radical damage.

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For the month of October we are featuring our spot light product Mini Pumpkin Mask by Dermaquest. With its top ingredients being pumpkin, mandelic and lactic acids, it is sure to resurface, decongest clogged pores and brighten for a smooth and glowing complexion. Not only would this be a fantastic add-on to a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial in a professional setting, but you can purchase this for the benefits of weekly use at home!

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>>> FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE PUMPKIN MASK HERE <<<

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Pro At-Home tips

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Use in the shower for 5-7 minutes. The steam provides a boosting effect to activate the enzymes! 

Be sure to thoroughly remove with tepid water as this mask DOES NOT self-neutralize. 

Do not use with other highly exfoliating products, such as retinol, and other high percentage AHA/ BHA’s (think glycolic and salicylic acids) 

You want to wait at least 5 days in-between at-home resurfacing treatments. 

Follow with a hydrating mask for the added benefits of optimal absorption.

Our favourite? The DermaQuest Hydrating Gel Mask

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What about procedures?

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Products are not the only way that we can fight back against the dulling and clogging effects of summer. In house procedures alongside products would be most beneficial for our skin goals. The most popular treatments come fall are: 

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IPL (intense pulsed light) or PhotoFacial – this is a treatment that is great to treat pigmented and vascular lesions. The benefits are improved appearance of:  age spots (red/brown pigmentations), avscular lesions such as facial capillaries (spider veins), rosacea (redness), freckles, sun damage.

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Dermaplaning – This is a cosmetic procedure that removes the top layers of your skin by using a surgical blade to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and pore size. It is also known as a great party ready procedure as it removes vellus hairs for a smoother makeup application and aides in the better absorption of products for a dewy glow. 

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Chemical Peels – This is when a specific acid such as AHA/ BHA’s or an enzyme is applied to the skin to help reduce various skin concerns such as pigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles and red or dull complexions. With over 18 different types of chemical peels, SkinScience definitely has the answer to every skin type, even the most sensitive. Professional chemical peels can range from light peels with little to no downtime, to deeper peels with downtime of a week in most cases. 

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Depending on your concerns and lifestyle, we can customize a series of exfoliating peels that will complement your prescription products and/or skin care regime to enhance and accelerate results. 

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These treatments alone or combined (for a more accelerated approach) are best for resurfacing, brightening and evening out skin tone. Dermaplaning and Chemical Peels are also a great step to do to before a more advanced treatment such as IPL. Doing this beforehand will help rid the skin of any residual tan that may be left from summer and will better prepare the skin for IPL. 

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Here at SkinScience we have you covered no matter the season. We can customize each treatment to every individual for optimal results. Book in for your consultation today!

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Unlock Your Beauty Code with SkinDNA

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5 Skin-Related DNA Categories

SkinDNA™ examines a Proprietary Combination of 16 genetic markers (SNPs) in 5 categories of skin aging.

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Collagen Breakdown

1. FIRMNESS & ELASTICITY

Are you genetically predisposed to
premature wrinkling?

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Wrinkling and Glycation

2. WRINKLING (GLYCATION)

Glycation affects collagen and elastin and creates accelerated skin aging.

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Sun Damage and Pigmentation

3. SUN DAMAGE & PIGMENTATION

How well can your skin naturally cope under the
strains of the sun?

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Free Radicals and Skin

4. FREE RADICAL DAMAGE

Are you genetically protected against Free Radical vulnerabilities?

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Skin Sensitivity and inflammation

5. SKIN SENSITIVITY

How well are your genes protecting you against
irritation?

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The SkinDNA Process

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COLLECT // Contact SkinScience Clinic to book your 15-min collection appointment. One of our experts will swab the inside of your cheek and send your sample directly to our labs for processing.

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UNLOCK // After the gene analysis of your DNA, your 10-page report will be available at the clinic.

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DISCOVER // Your 30-min discovery meeting with our skin scientist and microbiologist will reveal your exact beauty code – clear recommendations of skin care ingredients you should look for (and avoid), the exact skin procedures you should request (and also avoid) and supplements for healthy skin and to minimize the signs of aging.

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Call SkinScience at 403-287-1477 and let’s get you on your way to the best skin of your life!

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