Category Archives: Cosmetic Dermatology

Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera, aesthetic dermatologist + spiritual advisor


Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.


The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.


Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera is a world renowned, multi-award winning cosmetic dermatologist, dermatologic surgeon, and cosmetic laser expert. He is also the publisher and author of the Amazon bestselling book “Be Youthful”, a practical guide for patients to stay youthful in mind, body and spirit.


Dr. Aguilera is the creator of multiple signature techniques utilizing various dermal fillers and travels the globe to train his colleagues internationally in aesthetic medicine. In additional to his extensive medical knowledge in aesthetic medicine, Dr. Aguilera is highly regarded as a motivational speaker and spiritual advisor, always returning to his passion for people.


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 Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera answers Marie’s 23 Questions


1.       What leadership lessons have you learned?

That if you treat people with kindness, it will always come back to you.


2.       Name one thing on your bucket list.

I don’t need a bucket list because I live my life to the fullest.


3.       Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Everything, whether good or bad, has become a life lesson for me, so no, I don’t have any regrets.


4.       Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

In my own tiki bar making cocktails for people.


5.       When have you felt the most proud?

When I came to the United States.


6.       What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

That I am terrified of cucarachas.


7.       What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

The opportunity to be a father, and of course, my partner, Alejandro.


8.    What is your greatest extravagance?

SHOES! I love shoes.


9.    What do you like most about your appearance?

I like that I’m an ethnic mix which makes me look exotic


10.    Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Celebrating life, soul, family, love and light.


11.    What is your idea of perfect happiness?

That everyone would get along that it would be like a big celebration of life every day. 😊


12.    What is your greatest fear?

Being mediocre.


13.    Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Alexander the Great and Abraham Lincoln.


14.    Which living person do you most admire?

Don Ruiz Miguel, the author of The Four Agreements.


15.    What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

When people gossip.


16.    If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would learn how to say “no” more often.


17.    What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making my dreams of becoming an aesthetic dermatologist a reality.


18.    What is your most treasured possession?

My memories are my most treasured possessions.


19.    Who are your heroes in real life?

Loren Psaltis and my grandmother.


20.    What do you most dislike?

Mean people.


21.    What is your favorite skincare product?

H.A. Intensifier from SkinCeuticals


22.    What excites you about your career?

Having the opportunity to make my patients look and feel better about themselves.


23.    How do you relax after a stressful day?



Changing The Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michael Kassardjian


Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.


The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.


Dr. Michael Kassardjian specializes in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology and is a supporter of humanitarian causes. He has personally traveled extensively to various parts of the world on medical missions to provide aid to individuals who do not have access to healthcare.

Dr. Kassardjian is passionate in the advocacy for early detection of skin cancer and treatment and is dedicated to the importance of maintaining and improving healthy skin, and utilizes various techniques ranging from injectables, peels and cosmetics to meet his patient’s needs. He is always striving for each patient to have a great experience.


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Dr. Kassardjian answers Marie’s 23 Questions 


1.What leadership lessons have you learned?

To include everyone and to work together – you’ll always accomplish more that way.


2. Name one thing on your bucket list?

To do a medical mission to Armenia.


3. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

I hope to be doing what I’m doing today. Helping people in all aspects of their skin. Hopefully I’ll have done more outreach and medical missions by then.


4. When have you felt the most proud?

The first time I saw my son.  


5. What is your greatest extravagance?

Vinyl, scotch and travel.


6. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  

Those are marks of wisdom (when referring to age spots).


7. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Not to worry so much about the future, to live in the moment and to know that things will all work out the way they are meant to be. Actually, I still need this advice…


8. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with my family unplugged from all technology.


9. Which historical figure would you most like to meet?

Nelson Mandela, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Mohammed Ali.


10. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

The price of prescription medications.


11. Where would you most like to live?

I would like to split time between Los Angeles, Barcelona, Montreal and Cannes.  


12. What do you most value in your friends?

The people I can always laugh with, no matter what’s going on.


13. What is your motto?

A great attitude becomes a great mood. A great mood becomes a great day. A great day becomes a great year. A great year becomes a great life.


14. Describe yourself in one word.



15. What excites you about your career?

The variety – I can be removing a skin cancer, a minute later doing Botox, and then seeing a baby. I enjoy having the opportunity to work with great people and to get to know my patients personally.


16. Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

Bond, James Bond.


17. What is your greatest fear?

Not living my life to its fullest.


18. How do you relax after a stressful day?

Playing basketball, boxing or working out or listening to old vinyls.


19. Do you speak any foreign languages?

Armenian and Spanish.


20. How does your background shape your outlook?

I grew up in a big close knit family and played sports all my life. That has helped me work with others and work together. I grew up in a family of very caring people (always volunteering in local hospitals, etc). This helps me care for others and be involved in volunteer work.


21. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologist?

Skin is the largest organ of your body and when you look carefully at it, you can diagnose internal disease, and assess nutrition and lifestyle. It’s a window to the inside. Also the variety as mentioned – medicine, surgery and cosmetics – technology is always evolving.  


22. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing our industry?

People who are not trained in the field properly and doing procedures they are not qualified to do.


23. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Team players – the office works together and everyone is important and needs to come together for an office to be successful.



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Changing the Face of Skin Care ~ An Interview with Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer

Marie’s 23 Questions are designed to raise the profile of experts in the skincare and cosmetic industry.


The skincare field and beauty industry is often known to be superficial; at SkinScience, we want to shine a light on leaders who are authentic and those who bring depth while raising awareness of what they do and who they really are.


Dr. Jason Emer is a board-certified dermatologic surgeon behind some of Beverly Hill’s most defined bodies, impeccable skin, and chiseled facial features. He is an aesthetic visionary that dares to be different.


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Dr. Jason Emer answers Marie’s 23 Questions


  1. Describe yourself in one word.



  1. What does authenticity mean to you?

I’m a younger guy, working in a competitive industry and moved to LA from San Francisco with the goal to start my business and stand out as a successful dermatologist. I’ve been here now for four years, and in October, we will have an 8,000 sq. ft. building and over 30 employees.


This is because of persistence, drive, honesty, attention to detail, but ultimately, I think people come to me because they think I’m authentic. I always say, I’m a mid-west guy in a 90210 zip code. Maybe I don’t fit in here, but that’s perhaps one of the reasons people choose me. Being honest, truthful and caring is how I can stand out and be authentic.


  1. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a foodie and an excellent cook. People often see me either working out or at work; they don’t often see me eating. The two things I post online that get the most attention are my love for dogs (my Docksens), and when I go out to really nice restaurants.


  1. Which living person do you most admire?

Currently I would say it’s The Rock. He’s become super successful and a lot of it is because of his authenticity. He’s always giving back and is appreciative of his success. Persistence and drive got him to where he is now. [When asked in the interview, Dr. Jason Emer admits he has met The Rock.]


The other person would be Sylvester Stallone. He’s ahead of the game in film and cinematography and has always driven forward, despite any setbacks.


“We are in the selfie-era where social media filters and editing tools impact how people perceive each other. In the past, this was magazines airbrushing models. Now, it’s Instagram giving people a false sense of what we look like and providing unrealistic expectations.


When people come to us, we go above and beyond to explain what’s realistic, affordable and practical. It will become much more challenging, but fun at the same time.”


  1. Do you have any regrets in your life, what are they?

Not getting started on my own sooner. When I moved to LA, I joined a practice where my philosophies differed by my forward-thinking and thinking outside the box.


People started to include me in lectures and speaking opportunities, however, I didn’t conform to their conservative ideas. I’m also very forward on social media and in developing new techniques and technologies. Through this realization, I started my own practice.  I’ve been on my own since May; we’ve been escalating the new practice to be one of the most comprehensive cosmetic sites in the world for plastic surgery, dermatology, skincare, aftercare facilities, and anything someone might need in this regard.


  1. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?

Be careful who you confide in. You never know what people’s motives are, even though people say they love you for who you are. If you become more successful, you never know what could happen.


  1. What is your most distinctive characteristic?

Everybody says this, and it’s kind of crazy, but I have large nipples for a man. I’m always told this on social media when I post a picture of myself without a shirt.


  1. What is your motto?

My work philosophy is beauty without boundaries. I love making people happy and being able to fix things they haven’t been able to in the past, or with previous technologies. Sometimes people have tried everything and need to try something new. If all else has failed, I encourage them to visit me as I always try to figure out a solution, no matter what.


  1. What do you like most about your appearance?

My skin. I have really good clear skin and I inherited it from my dad. In fact, people sometimes think my dad is my brother. I never sit in the sun and use a multitude of skin products.


  1. What excites you about your career?

The biggest thing that excites me is that I do transformations and come up with combinations that nobody else does. We are always testing new waters and new boundaries and I’m always on the cusp of something new and cutting edge. It’s an incredibly exciting time where cosmetics are so rapidly changing.


For example, one year it’s the year of the lips (Kylie Jenner), the next year, it’s the year of the butt because of Nicki Minaj, and this year it’s the year of the jaw line because of celebs like Sandra Bullock and J-Lo. We are focused on what’s next to get ahead of the curve. Beauty is always changing and how people might feel about themselves is never going to change. People will want to have treatments done by someone who they can trust and someone who can help them change the way they feel about themselves.


  1. What do you look for in the people you hire?

Loyalty, skill, honesty, education and dedication. Friendship is also important. People want a steady team in this industry.


  1. What is one of your biggest pet peeves?

If someone must be told more than once to do something right. Bad work ethic or people that don’t learn from their mistakes. I have to be on the ball; people come to me when they have had mistakes happen like botched surgeries or burns, and I’m often the one to fix these mistakes. Ultimately my pet peeve is people who are not detail oriented.  


  1. How do you relax after a stressful day?

The gym and working out. I enjoy boxing. I also like getting massages.


  1. In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing this industry?

The expectations are so unrealistic in today’s world. It has to do with the selfie-era and the filter-era where everything is so exaggerated such as a jaw line or smooth skin. Reality is distorted today with social media. Our image of perfection is now unrealistic, in my opinion. We are now doing work on people with higher expectations.


  1. What leadership lessons have you learned?

The biggest thing is to pay people compliments more and always be challenging, but not demeaning.


  1. What is your greatest extravagance?

Cars and watches. Specifically McLaren’s and Aston Martin’s. In terms of watches, my favorites are Hublot and Audemars Piguet (AP).


  1. What is your favorite part about being a dermatologic surgeon?

Seeing the happiness that I can give patients when we see improvements with their treatments. Our treatments are so diverse where we can provide many solutions: fillers, surgery and lasers. We have over 63 devices that can fix scars, tighten skin, remove fat, you name it.


  1. What is your favorite skincare product?

That’s a tough. Right now, I have two. One is called a Liquid Gold Serum by Restorsea, made with fish enzymes, and a silver moisturizer which is an anti-bacterial.


  1. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from, and why was it so special?

My best friend is extremely successful… money is nothing to him because he has so much. He is also the most giving person I have ever met. He gifted me a watch from his father’s collection and told me that all doctors who go to have a lecture must have a nice watch.


  1. When have you felt the most proud?

When we first started construction of the new office two months ago, I went to the site one night at the end of the day and did an Instagram live video.


I looked through the camera on the screen and was talking about the space, all the employees and everything we have accomplished.


I told my friends four years ago that I was moving from San Fran to LA, at the time, I had never been to LA in my life,  I had no idea what it was about, but felt in my heart they need a young vibrant, reputable dermatologist that pushes the limits and challenges everybody.


I came from having nothing. I had a 2003 Saturn Ion. Now I’m changing lives with over 30 employees and over 8,000 square feet. I literally started to cry because of what we accomplished in such a short amount of time.


  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I think the biggest thing is the practice and building a reputation in such a short time period. I have everyone from housewives to acne patients to successful celebrities come in.


People trust me and come to me from all walks of life and I feel very proud that I can quickly determine what someone wants and that I’m caring and honest and I don’t pushing anything on people. I actually don’t think people need anything when it comes to cosmetics; it’s about them. I love technology and if someone can benefit from that, I want to help them.


  1. Name one thing on your bucket list 

To visit both Fiji and Bali without having to be on my cell phone. Also, I think to have my own private jet one day.


  1. Where do you hope to be 15 years from now?

My idea is to be the next motivational speaker, similar to Tony Robbins, but to focus on helping other people who want to build their own businesses and become successful in this industry.

I want to have a trusted global brand where I teach practices and philosophies for the best skincare, aftercare, surgery, and the best in marketing in cosmetics and doctors.






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Interviews with Marie

SPF 105, Worth it or Waste of Money?

We have all been there, in the drug store, milling about in front of the rack of sunscreen, deciding between the SPF 30 and SPF 3 million.  The SPF 30 is one you’ve always used before, it has a nice texture….. but surely if the 30 is good, the bottle with the higher number MUST be better. Right?


No, not necessarily. As much as we would love to tell you that you should just get the bigger numbered bottle, it’s not that easy. Stick with us, and we will explain;


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

An SPF in theory, is designed to multiply your body’s own natural sun protection by the number on the bottle.  If it’s a day with a high UV index, a person can start to burn in 7 minutes (yes, that quickly). An SPF of 30 will potentially extend that to just over 3 hours (7 x 30 = 210 minutes).  There are other variables to consider. Example: things like exposure to water and sweat will remove some of the SPF, reducing the length of time you are protected.


Health Canada and FDA approved sunscreens with and SPF of 30 will screen 97% of UVA and UBV rays you are exposed to for the 210 minutes we talk about above.

There were a few years there where everyone (many dermatologist included) where on the bigger is better bandwagon for sunscreens. It was an easy trap to get caught up in.  But then Health Canada noticed and interesting trend: people where burning.


Why were people getting sunburned while wearing SPF 105?  Many consumers know how SPF’s are designed to function, so using the same UV index as we used above, an SPF of 105 in theory should get you an additional 8 hours in the sun without needing to re-apply. The problem is here is twofold. Chemical sunscreens are not active in your skin for that many hours before they destabilize and stop working, and mineral sunblock which is not absorbed into the skin, is going to rub off, sweat off, shed off with natural skin cell turnover, etc etc. In short, they don’t last as many hours as the consumer thinks that they will.


What will an SPF 105 get you?

It will get you an additional 1%, as SPF of 50 or higher will screen 97-98% of UVA and UVB you are exposed to.


New Health Canada regulations were passed to protect consumers re SPF.  Health Canada determined that ultra-high SPF numbers, were misleading to people as ALL sunscreens should be re-applied every 2-3 hours to be effective. Health Canada put forth that SPFs of higher than 50 gave a false sense of security that resulted in more dangerous sun exposure. As such you will now see that there are SPFs of 50, and 50+, but no higher. You will also see that “Waterproof” labelling has been changed to the more accurate “Water Resistant”, as well as a few other minor changes that make SPF labeling more accurate. SkinScience is quite happy with these new guidelines! It makes for safer, more protected people!



The Golden Rules of Sunscreen

(pun intended!)


  • Pick a product you like! This is the absolute most important rule! If you don’t like it, you won’t wear it, SO YOU HAVE TO LIKE IT!!!! Oh, and make it at least an SPF 30.
  • Re-apply, every 2-3 hours. Sunscreens need 30 minutes from when they are applied to when they start working so re-application before the first application wears off is important!
  • Apply lots! At one time. You need to use enough product that you are working it in, not just skimming it across your skin. The biggest mistake made, is not applying enough.


When it comes down to it, if what you like is the highest number product, then go for it! But don’t break the bank on big numbers thinking they are better, because that is not always the case!


Want your sunscreen questions answered? Book your consultation (or follow up consultation) today and we will walk you through how it works, why it’s important and how to find the right product for you!











Hexam Cleanser Life Hacks

At SkinScience, we Loooovvee our Hexam cleanser.  This lovely cleanser is one of our best sellers.  With its ability to banish acne causing bacteria while reducing inflammation without stripping skin, it’s not a surprise we love it so much.  In addition, it also happens to be gentle enough for sensitive skin, including rosacea prone skin. It has earned its status as a best seller for good reason.


Over the years, we have learned a few tricks, shortcuts and life enhancing tips specific to Hexam cleanser, and we are excited to share them with you!



Anti-Microbial Makeup Brush Cleaner

Concerned that your makeup brushes are harbouring acne causing bacteria?  Perhaps, they have lost their effectiveness? Hexam cleanser makes an marvellously effective makeup brush cleaner.

How you ask?

It’s easy! Simply wet your brushes under lukewarm running tap water, add 1 pump of Hexam cleanser to your palm and gently massage the wet brush into the Hexam cleanser working up a nice lather, adding water as needed.  Rinse clean, reshape and leave to air dry. Voila! Bacteria free makeup brush that will work like new!


Beauty Blender Build-up Buster

Anyone that owns a Beauty Blender knows they area a fabulous tool for beautiful makeup application.  They will also tell you removing the makeup buildup out of them is AWFUL.  Enter Hexam Cleanser……

How? Here’s how.

The next time you shower, take your Beauty Blender AND your Hexam Cleanser into the shower with you.  (I know, I know, this sounds weird, but hear me out) The steam in the shower helps break up the build-up of makeup in the blender.  Fully saturate your Beauty Blender with warm water. Add two to three pumps of Hexam cleanser directly to your Beauty Blender, squeeze to active the cleanser and work it deep into the Beauty Blender.  Now, let it sit off to the side in the steam while you wash your hair or shave your legs etc.  Once you are done your in-shower grooming, pick it back up and work the cleanser through the sponge a few more times, now while holding it under the running water continue to work the cleanser through, while rinsing out the cleanser.  This may take a few minutes. Once you see only clean water coming out when you squeeze, you are done!  If you haven’t been cleaning your Beauty Blender regularly, you may need to repeat the whole process again.


Winter Eczema Be Gone

Winter arrives in Calgary and so many of us are unfortunately welcoming dry, itchy patches of eczema.  Often these spots or patches do not respond well to traditional body washes and soaps. Hexam cleanser to the rescue!  Regular use in the shower can even help eczema heal faster! (When used in conjunction with appropriate eczema moisturizer applied after showering of course)


Nicest Shaving Cream Ever

Hexam cleanser also makes a perfect leg shaving cream for sensitive skin.  It provides glide, as well as a much-needed anti-inflammatory boost that sensitive skin needs!


Simply pump one or two pumps into your hands, emulsifying together and apply to area to be shaved, then shave. Easy peasy!


Delicate Cleanser

(**Ahem** Bikini Area**Ahem**)

All women know that their external “delicate areas” should not be exposed to heavily perfumed or harsh cleansers, and finding the right cleanser for this purpose can be a challenge.  So many on the market designed for this area are created with irritating perfumes or harsh chemicals (and frankly, who wants to smell like cheap imitation perfume down there anyway!).  Once more, Hexam cleanser to the rescue.  Cleansers should never be used internally of course (best to think of it as a self-cleaning oven!) but we have found Hexam cleanser to be a gentle and effective external cleanser for our “delicate” zone.


Post C-Section Cleanser

We are NOT physicians, and we do not make medical recommendations or diagnose. Sometimes though, we have great experiences we LOVE to share.  This one is one of these.


One of our long-standing staff had an emergency c-section.  After having two close friends deal with painful infections in post caesarean incision sites, she decided to use the Hexam cleanser to clean the area directly around her incision (this was compliant with the instructions she was given at the hospital).  Upon 4-day review, the surgeon was impressed at how well it was healing.  She of course explained the Hexam to her Dr, who at that point gave approval for direct application of the emulsified cleanser to the healing incision, and she was able to avoid anything even close to an infection.  Now, obviously, this is one person’s story, and you our dear reader should of course always discuss your medical needs with your doctors. We share, because it is one more reason we LOVE Hexam cleanser and all the ways it makes our lives better!


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