Category Archives: Hydration

Can’t Kick the Dryness? We Can Fix That!

Autumn is rolling in here in Calgary. The air is fresher in the mornings, fall wardrobes are sneaking into view and your skin feels so incredibly drab!


Shifting weather can wreak havoc on your skin, even more so when the shifts happen quickly – and we live in Alberta where the weather forecast is only accurate for about 5 minutes. Last week you were basking in the glorious B.C. sunshine, enjoying summer vacation, and yesterday you were dealing with a frosty walk in to work!


The results of these **delightful** weather changes is skin that now feels like it just can’t absorb moisture. You apply your moisturizer, but it just can’t get in. It feels like it sitting on top of your face, you apply over and over but nothing. At this point you are starting to feel a bit dull and prune-ish – wrinkles are looking worse, dark spots are more noticeable, and you are really frustrated by constantly feeling dry and tight. Blah!


First – this is normal.  You should know this is a VERY common concern.


Second – you don’t have to struggle! The solution is easy! It takes about 45 min and is an investment of $189


Third – Once you’ve had your treatment, you will wonder why you waited so long!


Our Advanced Dermaplaning is probably our most popular September treatment. Its popular because:


  • No Downtime! You leave looking gloriously bright and fresh,  like your skin can finally breathe
  • Its comfortable, actually it can be downright relaxing. We’d tell you about all the clients that almost have fallen asleep, but we don’t break confidences 😉
  • It gets better after you leave, for the week following you can see a continued improvement in your skin as your products are no longer inhibited by dry, dead skin build up and can therefore work better.
  • Like everything we do, it is customized to what your skin needs. We finish each Advanced Dermaplaning with a customized treatment masque to further eliminate problems associated with dehydrated skin (if you are acne prone, clogged pore extractions are usually performed in place of masque).


Don’t wait! Release the glowing goddess hidden behind all those layers, book your Advanced Dermaplaning today!  Call us at :





Tried, Tested + True >>> Peptides 101 (The Little Molecules That Could)


Peptides – the little molecules that could. 


At SkinScience, we are BIG fans of peptides and we think they are the most important breakthrough in skin care in recent years. Peptides are small chains of amino acids that pack a HUGE punch when it comes to skin health. Depending on their amino acid (?) composition, peptides perform different functions in the skin.

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(with 20 different amino acids to choose from, the combinations are almost endless!!) 


1. ANTI-AGING PEPTIDES // Matrixyl, Argireline help boost skin fibers to smooth fine lines and wrinkles 


2. EXFOLIATING PEPTIDES // Move over St.Ives scrub, there’s a new kid in town – dipeptide 3 norleucine boosts cell exfoliation by competing with the proteins that holds cells together. Sneaky but awesome! 


3. BRIGHTENING PEPTIDES // Bye bye hydroquinone, hello oligopeptide-68! This sophisticated peptides inhibits am important enzyme needed for the production of extra brown pigment – TRP-1 and TRP-2. It’s better at lightening than arbutin and vitaminC combined!!!! 


4. FIRMING PEPTIDES // Hexapeptide-11 is a multitasking peptides that never takes a break! (and works on 5 keys aspects of skin tightening) 


5. HYDRATING PEPTIDES // Acetyl hexapeptide-37 boosts the performance of aquaporin 3 (AQP3) which helps water move through the layers of the epidermis to restore hydration and skin flexibility. 


6. ANTIGLYCATION PEPTIDES // Tetrapeptide-23 reduces advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and is an antioxidant that prevent free radical damage. 


7. STRESS REDUCING PEPTIDES // Acetyl tetrapeptide-22 increases Heat Shock Protein HSP70 levels in the skin, which enhances stress tolerance and prevents cell damage. 


Wow, who knew that such small molecules could do so much!

Here are our most recommended peptide-containing products.


DermaQuest Peptide Line Corrector



DermaQuest SkinBrite Serum

DermaQuest 3D HydraFirm Serum



DermaQuest Peptide Eye Firming Serum


SkinScience’s Favourite Eye Creams

Eyes, the windows to the soul.  Also, the first place to give away that you slept poorly last night, or that you’ve been stressed or sick.  The eye area is so expressive, it shows when you are happy, when you are tearful, or frightened or angry.  All of this means that it often doesn’t hold up as well as you wish it did.  As always, we love to find solutions, solutions with scientific data to back them up.  Here are some of our staff favorite Eye Creams.



Who: Leanne

What: Dermaquest 3D Stem Cell Eye Lift

“I love the light and creamy texture, and the way my eyes feel a little more firm after application.  I find it also seems to lighten the darkness under my eyes”

Why: This product contains plant stem cells that brighten skin while strengthening collagen.  The multi-peptide complex tightens and firms skin while the anti-oxidants repair previous damage and prevent further cell degredation.


Who: Misean

What: Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream

“I LOVE the Neocutis eye cream.  I like the texture, it absorbs well and leaves my skin looking and feeling healthy and hydrated. I can wear it under makeup and it’s the only eye cream I’ve used where I can see a noticeable difference in fine lines”

Why: Neocutis has the purest form of PSP on the market, they also have the most in-depth clinic data to support their product (compared to other growth factor containing brands), and we’ve seen it work.  PSP (Processed Skincell Proteins) contain growth factors. When growth factors are applied to skin, the cells there are able to multiply.  More cells result in thicker skin, which means fewer wrinkles, more collagen, and more firmness etc.


Who: Mikelle

What: Dermaquest C-Infusion Eye Cream

“The C-Infusion Eye Cream is perfect for me because it hydrates my sensitive skin without causing the white under eye bumps (milia) I sometimes get from heavier products.  It has helped brighten a freckle under my eye that was bugging me for the longest time.”

Why: The C-Infusion Eye Cream contains Hyaluronic Acid, which helps train your skin to retain water.  The vitamin c helps prevent free radical damage and brighten skin.


Who: Marie

What: Neocutis Bio-Gel

“This is not technically an eye cream, but I love it around the eye area.  I tend to get milia around my eyes with heavy products, so this serum is awesome for me because it gives all the benefits of the PSP, in a lightweight hydrating base.”

Why: Neocutis studies showing thickening of the skin and an increase in collagen with use of their proprietary PSP (containing growth factors) are awesome.  Thicker skin under the eyes means brighter, tighter, firmer eyes.


Who: Nivian

What: Dermaquest C-Infusion Eye Cream

“It works wonders for those nights I’m not able to get a full night’s sleep.  It helps with the puffiness in the morning and reduces the dullness under my eyes”

Why: Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant and skin brightener! The peptide blend improves the luster of skin under the eye which helps dark circles look better.



To find your perfect eye product, give us a call to book your consultation (or follow up consultation!).  We’d love to help perk up your eyes!


(403) 287-1477



Post Party Skin Fix

The party last night was a blast! The food was delicious, the music was amazing and the cocktails were delightfully tasty. But now the night is over, it’s the next day and looking back at you in the mirror is a person with skin that looks like it partied last night like it was 1999.  You’ve got work to get to, life to get on with….. how do you fix this? Like always, we have got ya’ covered!  Here is our 5 step post party skin fix – you might be feeling the night before, but there is no need to look like you are!



Step One:  Just Add Water

Mix 1 part Gatorade and 2 parts water, and drink it. Hydration drinks are chock full of sugar and sodium, diluting them gives you water you need, with a hydration boost so you absorb it better, without the extra calories, and puffing up side effects that sometimes happen when you drink hydration drinks straight.


Step two: Retrain to Retain (aka retrain your skin to retain water)

After cleansing your face in the shower (using a gentle microfiber cloth to buff away the leftovers from the night before) once out, while your skin is still damp liberally apply (and we mean liberally, don’t skimp!) a dose of Hydrating B5 Gel. This will help your skin hold onto water, water that was whisked away the night before by the last two (or three) cocktails consumed 😉


Step three: Spritz and Spray Away

Avene Thermal Spring Water. Repeat. Over and over as often as you want.  This product will not only feel amazing on puffy, tired skin, it will help reduce post party redness and inflammation.  The best part? You literally cannot overdo it, so keep up the spritzing all day long.


Step four: Hydrate

Moisturize. Your temptation will be to find your heaviest moisturizer, but stick with a light weight moisturizer like the Dermaquest Essential Moisturizer so that you can re-apply steps 2-4 a few times throughout the day if needed.


Step five: Apply a Bit of Faux Glow

Go easy on the makeup. All you need is touch of highlighter, a sheer warm pink lipstick, and a swipe of water proof mascara. This simple application will brighten your complexion and withstand re-application of your B5 Gel and your Avene Thermal Spring Water throughout the day.  Heavy makeup applications on skin that has not recovered yet will only highlight the lack of luster in your skin and make you look worse.



Once you have survived the first 12 hours post party, your skin is ready to return to its regular daily routine. Returning to your routine will help get your skin back on track.  If you’re still feeling a little dull post-holiday season, give us a call to book a dermaplaning to reset your skin and return yourself to your glowing glory!

(403) 287-1477



5 Ways to Get Your Christmas Glow (At Home!)

Nothing can compare to the fabulously glowing skin results you can get with an in-clinic treatment. There are times though, that life takes over and as much as you desperately want to get in for a treatment, there are too many other priorities. You still want to look your best for your holiday parties and family visits, so what do you do? Here are our top five pre-party at home treatments:



Quickest Fix: For when you have only 10 minutes!


Product(s) needed: Patchology Flash Sheet Masque of your choosing.


Treatment: Apply your choice of Patchology Flash Masque to clean skin.  Let sit for 5-20 and remove, massaging in any remaining serum from the masque. If desired, finish with your favorite lightweight moisturizer.


With options that include Hydrating, Firming, Exfoliating, Detoxifying* (*Smart Mud for acne) and more, the Patchology Flash Masques work in as fast as 5 Min!  At only $11 per masque, you can use one for every holiday party you are going to. Patchology also has amazing lip and eye gels, so you can look refreshed and awake with the smoothest, most naturally full lips!


Brightening Vitamin C Blast: Perfect for dull looking, dehydrated skin


Products needed: Dermaquest C-Infusion Cleanser, Vivier Vitamin C Scrub, Dermaquest C-Infusion Masque (This is enough product for 20+ at home treatments)


Treatment:  Dampen your face with warm water and massage in a dime sized amount of the C-Infusion Cleanser, rinse. Massage in a cherry sized amount of the Vivier Vitamin C Scrub for 2-3 minutes.  Wrap your face in towel saturated (then wrung out) with warm water, let sit for 2 min, then use towel to gently remove scrub.  While face is still damp, layer the Dermaquest C-Infusion Masque 1-2mm thick over the entire face, let sit for 10 min and remove with warm water and a soft cloth.  Finish with your favorite serum and moisturizer.


Two Day Tone Up: When you can start the night before. Great for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles.


Products Needed: Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Masque, Patchology Night Time Eye Gels, Dermaquest Hydrating B5 Gel, SkinCeuticals B5 Masque.


Treatment: Apply to clean skin, a thin layer of the Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Masque, avoiding the eye area.  Leave on for 5-15 minutes. Remove with warm water and soft cloth. Once masque is removed apply the Dermaquest Hydrating B5 Gel to the entire face, following with Patchology Night Eye gels, these will sit for 5-20 minutes. Once removed, gently massage in any remaining serum left over from the gels.  You are now ready to apply 1-2 mm of the B5 Masque to the face.  Once it has absorbed mostly, go to bed, sleeping in the masque. In the morning remove with a gentle cleanser, re-applying the Hydrating B5 Serum and finishing with your favorite moisturizer.



Breakout Banisher: Perfect for Acne prone skin with mild inflammation.


Products: SkinCeuticals Clairifying Clay Masque, SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, Dermaquest Essential Moisture


Treatment: On clean skin apply a thin layer of the SkinCeutical Clarifying Masque, let sit for 10-20 minutes (closer to 20 min for skin that is very oily).  Remove with soft cloth and warm water.  Immediately after removing, apply 2mm thick layer of SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, let sit for 20 min. Remove with warm water and a soft cloth.  Finish with Dermaquest Essential Moisturizer.


Products: Dermaquest Algae Polishing Scrub, Vivier Kine C, Vivier Ultra Replenishing Hydrating Masque.


Treatment: After cleansing, massage Dermaquest Algae Polishing Scrub gently into damp skin for 3 minutes. Remove with warm water. Blot skin dry with a soft cloth, apply 3-4 drops of the Vivier Kine C Serum.  Once absorbed, apply an even layer of the Vivier Ultra Replenishing Hydrating Masque, massaging in as much as will absorb, and still leaving 1-2 mm on the skin. This can sit for 20-30 minutes.  Remove with soft cloth, dampened with warm water.  If desired, finish with your favorite moisturizer.  For maximum dewiness, you can sleep in the Vivier Ultra Hydrating Masque the night before.



For advice on which of these at home treatments is best for you, give us a call or pop by the clinic.  All of the products listed can be purchased in our online store, so you can really get party ready without needing to leave your house!



(403) 287-1477