A Strong At-Home Skin Care Routine: The “Marathon” Your Skin Deserves!

Earlier this month we gave you five of our favourite at-home skin care routine tips that will keep your skin healthy and glowing regardless of whether you can come visit us at our physical location here in downtown Calgary or not (after all, despite self-isolation restrictions being lifted we never know if they could be put in place again!)

Our first and second at-home skin care blogs back in May were such a hit that we knew we had to keep the topic going… which is why we’re ending the topic with a “bang” today! Below are six of SkinScience Clinic’s best at-home skin care routine advice, product recommendations, and skin facts that will change the way you think of the “marathon” that is your home skin care regimen!

Emerging Beauty Tip #1: Sip Some Collagen

Since collagen production begins to decline in our early twenties, supplementing it quickly becomes essential for plump, youthful skin. The solution? Rather than turning to topical collagen, whose molecules are too large to properly impact our skin, adding collagen to your diet is the easiest and most consistent way you can supplement your collagen levels.

SkinScience Clinic’s pick? TruMarine Collagen’s portable collagen sticks! TruMarine Collagen is:

·        Gluten-free, caffeine-free, and artificial flavour-free

·        Rich in hydrating electrolytes

·        Packed with 2.5 grams of marine collagen per serving, meaning that it aids in not only youthful skin but lean muscle gain, jet lag recovery, and healthy nerve and muscle function!

…And so much more!

Marie’s favourite ways to take her marine collagen? In hot lemon water or protein shakes!

 Let us know in the comments: what is your favourite way of taking your collagen? We here at SkinScience are always looking to shake up the way we enjoy ours!

Emerging Beauty Tip #2: Embrace The Full Brows Nature Gave You (or Take This Time to Transform Your Sparse Brows!)

If salons are still closed when you’re reading this (and even if they’re not!), take this time to transform your eyebrows into the thick, well-framed beauties you’ve always dreamed of!

Rather than continuing to tweeze, thread, or over-shape, leave eyebrow-grooming to the professionals and give them something to work with by using AnteAGE’s best-selling Overnight BROW Serum; apply 1 – 2 times a day to stimulate even the most over-plucked of hair follicles!

Emerging Beauty Tip #3: Make Vitamin C Serum Your New Best Friend

Complete your daytime at-home skin care routine by incorporating a Vitamin C serum, which will assist in:

·        Fighting off damaging environmental free radicals

·        Reducing inflammation

·        Maximizing the effects of sunscreen

·        Bolstering your collagen levels

If your daytime skin care routine doesn’t include Vitamin C, your skin is missing out! Treat it to either our popular in-clinic 30% Vitamin C Peel or add AliquoteSkin’s Vitamin C-packed Advanced Youth Complex, which works as a powerful brightening agent and anti-aging serum that luminates skin in as little as 14 days.

Emerging Beauty Tip #4: Put Down the Sugar

Calgary, we all want to emerge from COVID-19 as healthier versions of ourselves, right? Right. Which is exactly why putting down the sugar is so crucial for both your overall health and the health of your skin.

 Ingesting sugar triggers, among other things:

·        Glycation (in other words: accelerated aging!)

·        Inflammation

·        Acne

·        Eczema

Sugar scrubs? Ditch those, too! Sugar scrubs can cause micro-tears in the skin, resulting in faster skin aging and increased inflammation. Turn to gentle biodegradable microbeads or naturally-derived acid treatments instead to combat aging rather than aiding in it.

Our top-recommended at-home anti-aging treatment? SkinCeuticals’s A.G.E Interrupter.

Emerging Beauty Tip #5: Turn to Growth Factors for Your Hair Health

We here at SkinScience Clinic are enormous advocates for growth factors: classified as a protein or steroid that regulates cellular processes, growth serums have myriad benefits and are a staple of advanced skin care products. Our latest favourite? AnteAGE’s MD Hair Microneedling Kit.

Specially formulated for slow-growing, thinning, and/or dull hair, the AnteAGE MD Hair Microneedling Kit incorporates cut-edge hair follicle science to yield real results! In fact, stay tuned on our Instagram and Facebook for astonishing before and afters.

Concerned about microneedling at home? We understand! Drop us a line today to learn if you’re a candidate for our in-clinic Growth Factor Scalp Microneedling treatment.

Emerging Beauty Tip #6: AVOID Parabens and Formaldehyde-Releasing Preservatives!

A fact of life is that skin care ingredient labels are sneaky: they use lesser-known terms and tend to sandwich unsightly additions in the middle of the list, hoping you’ll skim over them. (We’re looking at you, fragrance!)

Parabens and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives have been linked to certain cancers (specifically breast cancer) due to their carcinogenic traits.

Parabens are frequently disguised in skin care as Benzylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Methylparaben, and Propylparaben, while formaldehyde-releasing preservatives often go under the names DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl Urea, Quaternium-15,⁠ 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol, 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, and Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate.⁠

In fact, we suggest that you bookmark this blog as a quick reference the next time you’re shopping for skin care online!

We here at SkinScience are proud to carry AND formulate products that are only paraben and formaldehyde-releasing preservative-free.⁠ Why? Because, above caring about your skin’s health, we care about you!

Let Us Know Which of These Tips YOU’LL Be Implementing In Your At-Home Skin Care Routine

And book your consultation today to join the many skin care lovers in Calgary who have used our expert, customized advice to transform their skin!

Home Skin Routine Tips That Will Keep Your Skin Radiant All Summer Long

Happy June, Calgary! We here at SkinScience Clinic can hardly believe it’s summer already; because, when we were in the thick of COVID-19 we talked at length about how to treat your skin right while in self-isolation (more than once!), you may assume that we would now switch back to which services we would recommend now that self-isolation restrictions are easing, right? Wrong!

 Your home skin care routine is the marathon that keeps your skin in-shape and radiant long-term; our SkinScience-approved in-clinic treatments are the “sprints” that take your skin’s condition up one (or ten!) notches. Meaning? Your home skin care routine dictates the state of your skin long-term and, if done right, will drastically improve the results you see from your favourite in-clinic services. 

So, what do we recommend now that self-isolation has forced us to re-evaluate our home skin care routines? Keep reading to hear which at-home skin care routine tips we recommend you continue as we all emerge from our quarantine cocoons!

Emerging Beauty Tip #1: Phase a Retinoid Into Your Nighttime Routine

Touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market, retinoids are Vitamin A-based products that work to combat fine lines, wrinkles, inflammation, and rough texture.

As is always the case when incorporating a new product into your at-home skin care routine, we at SkinScience recommend patch-testing, introducing only one new product at a time, and applying every other night for the first two weeks to trial your skin’s reaction. After all, everyone’s skin is unique— how your loved one’s or coworker’s skin reacted to retinoids may not be how yours will!

“But Marie,” you may be saying, “I just Googled ‘retinoids’ and was bowled over by how many there are to choose from! How do I even know which ones are reputable?” Whether you’re trying retinoids for the first-time or are looking to switch out your existing retinoids for higher-quality products, we highly recommend the DermaQuest Retexture Serum and SkinCeuticals’s retinol family (which come in strengths of 0.3%, 0.5%, and 1%.)

If you’d prefer retinoid results in conjunction with your in-clinic customized peels, the next time you come visit us here at SkinScience ask for a retinoic acid peel add-on! Guests love it for its immediate results.

 Emerging Beauty Tip #2: Toss Away All Those Products (Yes, ESPECIALLY That Toner You’ve Had for Three Years)

A show of hands: who actually cleans out their skin care? If you aren’t already recycling your expired skin care, consider this a hearty slap on the wrist. Skin care (yes, even that product you’ve had forever but swear is still in date!) can cause skin irritation and infection due to containing an influx of bacteria.

SkinScience’s recommendation? Recycle anything and everything that has been opened for over twelve months, and bin every product that you can’t remember the opening date of; finding new (and restocking your old!) skin care is as easy as the click of a button in the age of digital shopping, so jump on our online store today to restock once you’ve cleaned out your skin care collection. Your skin will thank you!

Emerging Beauty Tip #3: Slap On Those Sunglasses, Calgary!

Complaining about crow’s feet, but still wearing sunglasses only occasionally? You know better than that, Calgary!

Consistently wearing sunglasses is essential for long-term eye care, as well as shielding your delicate under eye area from sun damage and excessive squinting. In fact, because the skin around your eyes is so thin, it’s more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles than any other part of our body.

Combat that with Colorescience’s Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF (formulated to visibly improve dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, and fine lines!) or SkinCeuticals’s Physical Eye UV Defense, which maintains a matte finish even through the stickiest pockets of Calgary summers.

Emerging Beauty Tip #4: Fall in Love With a Natural Deodorant

“Trying out natural deodorant in the summer?” I can hear some of you cry. “Marie, you must be joking!”

 We here at SkinScience Clinic get it; really, we do. How many times have we been lured in by the idea of natural deodorants only to be let down by their ineffectiveness? 

However, local Routine Cream Company genuinely live up to their tagline of “Life Changing Deodorants”! The Routine Cream Company touts:

·        Thirteen different scents and five different formulas

·        A 100% vegan formula

·        A baking soda-free formula crafted specially for sensitive skin

·        A unique charcoal-based formula

·        And a free refill program!

If you haven’t made the jump to natural deodorants already, say hello to the Routine Cream Company and bid farewell to chemical-based deodorants forever!

Emerging Beauty Tip #5: Oxygenate Your Skin With a Good Night’s Sleep (“…Wait, What?”) 

We’ve all heard that not getting your beauty sleep has a negative impact on your skin, but did you know that it depletes your skin’s oxygen levels and prevents your skin from rejuvenating itself overnight? Yes, really! 

Prioritize getting your full 8-10 hours and avoid inflammation, premature aging, and puffy eye bags by turning off all devices two hours before hitting the sack and wearing a sleeping mask to avoid light pollution that could impact the depth of your sleep.

A Science-Backed Home Skin Care Routine is Essential, Whether Self-Isolation Restrictions Are in Place Or Not

How has self-isolation made you change your at-home skin care routine for the better, Calgary? Contact us today to set up your very own skin care consultation or book your next appointment, and remember that our Facebook and Instagram inboxes are always open to receive your at-home skin care queries!