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Microneedling: How SkinScience Clinic Takes it to the Next Level

While we recently briefed Calgary on the ins and outs of microneedling, we had to follow up to explain why exactly we here at SkinScience Clinic are so passionate about the treatment.

Here at SkinScience, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter approaches to skin: we throw our weight behind science-backed solutions, education, and personalization for each and every client that walks through our door… and with eight years of microneedling experience, we pride ourselves, in true SkinScience-style, in elevating the microneedling experience to being the most effective it can be.

A Refresher on Microneedling

Used to treat common skin complaints such as age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, discolouration, acne scars, and visible signs of aging, microneedling is a minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that dates back to the 1990s. By utilizing thin sterilized needles to puncture the surface layer of your skin to cause minor trauma and, consequently, trigger the “derma”—the deeper layer of skin—to rebuild, microneedling triggers collagen and helps to plump skin while reducing scarring, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea.

Painless, safe for all skin types, and requiring zero downtime, it’s no wonder why microneedling has become one of SkinScience’s most popular treatments here in Calgary.

Why is SkinScience’s Microneedling the Best in Calgary?

We’re glad you asked! Throughout SkinScience’s eight years of microneedling experience (and over 50 years in overall combined skincare experience!), we’ve ensured that our clients here in Calgary receive the most thorough treatments possible.

When experiencing microneedling treatments here at SkinScience, you can expect:

  • A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 75 min for a single treated area, and 75 – 90 min for two treated areas
  • The option of upgrading to Fractora— microneedling combined with radiofrequency in order to more effectively reduce the look of stretch marks, deep acne scars, wrinkles on the face, neck and/or chest, and enlarged pores— for $800 – $999, with a discount for the second area if desired
  •  The use of numbing cream for improved comfort if the DermaPen or Fractora is chosen for administration
  •  The option to boost your microneedling treatment by adding: purified cocktail of regenerative growth factors to your treatment for an additional $100 or 15 – 20 min of LED Red Light Therapy to accelerate skin renewal for an additional $95
  • Aftercare that includes Avene thermal spa water and AnteAGE growth factors
  • Education on the 24 hours post-treatment, which includes recommendations on which activities to avoid and which products to opt for while your skin is healing

Immediate benefits include skin tightening, the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, the plumping of skin, an instantaneous glow, and a decrease in visible scars and colouration. While rough texture and redness is common post-treatment, these side-effects should subside within the first 48 hours, and any minor discomfort will fade within seven days (or earlier, depending on the length of the needles used).

Customizing treatments to each client’s skin goals is so important, which is why we take the extra step and offer science-backed add-ons and post-treatment topicals: since microneedling can boost product absorption by up to 1000%, our topicals are carefully chosen in order to help you surpass your skin goals. Both our optional purified growth factors and our post-treatment AnteAGE MD growth factors are specifically engineered to help your skin retain its renewed firmness and elasticity longer.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Winter is the safest month to have microneedling treatments performed on your skin due to the lower risk of sunburn, so don’t wait until Spring to get your glow on! The ideal duration of microneedling sessions is one every 4 – 6 weeks.

Whether you’re already in love with microneedling or still needing to experience the benefits yourself, book your appointment with us today and let us get you the skin of your dreams.

SkinScience Clinic: Calgary’s Microneedling Experts

Hey Calgary, did you know that we here at SkinScience Clinic have 50+ years of combined experience of skin therapy? That’s right. Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor (and who could blame you?), did you know that eight of those years has been dedicated to microneedling? Even though microneedling is seen as a hot “new” treatment in skin therapy this year– and, as such, as only just hit mainstream consumers– we here at SkinScience have been performing them safely and effectively as part of our advanced skin therapy service for eight years. 

What does that mean? Well, those eight years entail thousands of microneedling treatments safely performed, thousands of clients who have had their skin transformed through our microneedling expertise, and thousands of innovative healing growth factors post-treatment utilized to maximize clients’ outcomes. 

While we could talk until we’re blue in the face about what we do to ensure that your treatment is as effective as humanly possible—which believe me, we can— what we’re here to chat about today is what those years of experience have taught us about microneedling… and, in turn, what we can teach you.

To Start: What Exactly IS Microneedling?

Whether you’ve been a part of the SkinScience family for seven days or seven years, you’ll know this about us: our two founding principles include science and education, and we wield both to help us see our clients achieve their dream skin. That means that, before recommending any product, supplement, or treatment, we dedicate ourselves to educate you on what they are and how they work to benefit you.

Microneedling (also known as “collagen induction therapy”) is a professional cosmetic treatment that optimizes multiple thin, sterile needles that puncture the surface layer of your skin in order to cause minor trauma. This trauma triggers the “dermis”—the deeper layer of skin— to rebuild collagen and elastin, which, in turn, plumps the skin and targets a variety of skin concerns (including, but not limited to, laxity, scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and rosacea).

Post-treatment, skin feels tightened, acne scars appear faded, discolouration has diminished, and the look of pores has shrunk. Alongside its many benefits, microneedling is also touted for its zero downtime, painlessness, and safety for all skin types.

“I Hear People Talking About Fractora Is That the Same as Microneedling?”

The short answer? Yes and no.

The long answer? Fractora is a radiofrequency microneedling device that combines the puncturing of microneedling with radiofrequency to enhance both methods. Opting to specifically utilize Fractora is perfect for candidates interested in microneedling that suffer from deep acne scars, enlarged pores, stretch marks, lines around the mouth, and/or fine-to-medium wrinkles on the neck.

“So Now That I Have a Better Understanding of What Microneedling Is, What Should I Expect During My Treatment?”

Don’t worry, Calgary: while we can hear the anxiety in this question, we promise that it really is as low-impact as it sounds. At a reputable clinic such as SkinScience, your microneedling experience will follow the lines of:

·        A total prep and treatment time of 60 – 70 min for a single area and 75 – 90 min for two areas

·        If your skincare specialist is using a DermaPen or Fractora, a numbing cream will be applied for improved comfort during the treatment

·        Aftercare that includes treatment-enhancing topicals

·       Education for your first 24 hours after your treatment, which includes avoiding sweating, taking hot showers, and the reminder to keep your skin hydrated, as well as avoid harsh products (including exfoliators and alcohol-based toners)

·        The potential for rough skin texture and redness within the first 48 hours

·        Mild discomfort that ebbs within seven days

How Safe is Microneedling?

The most common areas to treat with microneedling are the face, neck, chest, and abdomen, and, as such, many people hear of the treatment’s benefits and clamour to try it themselves. Can you guess why we can’t recommend that you follow suit?

While microneedling is safe for all skin types, scheduling an appointment with a skincare specialist is vital: only a professional will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for microneedling, as skin conditions such as rosacea and acne can experience flare-ups after microneedling treatments. Microneedling also differs from dermarolling, which is a tool that can be used at home by those who have the know-how—microneedling’s penetrative needles are longer than a dermaroller’s, meaning that microneedling’s superior length is what encourages the skin to rebuild collagen. However, dermarolling at home without proper education can also risk infection. 

Lastly, while microneedling isn’t painful, attempting to do it yourself (or have an untrained aesthetician perform microneedling on your skin) can injure your skin long-term: by not having a professional gauge how deeply they should be penetrating each area of your skin, you can find yourself not only gritting your teeth against discomfort, but also skin that is damaged without the reparative benefits of microneedling done properly.

When done right, however? You’ll be treated to an instantaneous glow, an improvement in overall skin texture, see a reduction in common skin complaints such as age spots, wrinkles, and discolouration, and even a boost in collagen of of up to 400%.

Looking to Book Your Next Microneedling Treatment?

Get in touch today to experience first-hand why we’re Calgary’s leaders on microneedling—and be sure to comment below which microneedling fact surprised you the most!

How To Get Holiday-Ready Skin

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Holiday party season is amongst us!

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Well Calgary, did we even get a fall? The leaves are gone and the bare bones trees and cold blowing snow are the first reminders to get Holiday Party Ready! With the colder and drier weather, our spirits are not the only thing that needs a little brightening; our skin very likely needs a good sparkle too! Let’s look forward to brightening our spirits with all the beautiful decorations, sparkling snow and get party ready skin with a chemical peel for a radiant glow! (Did that rhyme?)

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Did you know that there are different levels of chemical peels? Often people whom are misinformed (thanks Samantha from Sex and the City! Did we just age ourselves!?)  shy away from this type of procedure prior to an event. Now don’t get us wrong, there are definitely some skin conditions that require a more aggressive and deeper peel; leaving the skin raw and peeling, but there are also more superficial peels that leave the skin refined and glowing. This is what we’re talking about for a pre-party treatment. Not only do we have a few that will leave the skin smooth and radiant but with over 18 peels to choose from here at SkinScience, we can customize one for your specific needs even the most sensitive of skin types. 

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Chemical Peel – A chemical peel 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. 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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Today we are going to focus on our most popular surface exfoliating peels to reveal your skin’s sparkle. 

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This is a list of our top 4 pre-party peels from mild to moderate with minimal to no downtime;

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Organic Enzyme Peel – this is an enzyme based peel with pineapple and papaya. Not only does it smell like a tropical holiday but it is also organic. This is our most gentle peel that reduces inflammation, is full of antioxidant protection and gently resurfaces for a radiant glow.

The Signature Facelift – With 30% L-Ascorbic Acid this is great for brightening, inflammation, acne/acne scars, rosacea, antioxidant protection, firming the skin and creating a dewy glow.

C-Infusion Resurfacer – This antioxidant resurfacer brightens and revitalizes resistant skin as it removes layers of sluggish skin cells. Vitamin C, Glycolic and a plethora of plant extracts infuse the skin tissues with antioxidants and hydrating properties to contribute to barrier repair.

Lactic Acid Resurfacer – Ideal for sun damage, melasma and sensitized skin condition like rosacea, this 30% lactic acid resurfacer is active while gentle for an even skin tone. Paired with sodium hyaluronate, this treatment is the ultimate cellular humectant (yay for Calgarians). An unrivaled moisture magnet, crafted to replenish dehydrated, dull skin.

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Any of these amazing chemical peels can be done alone or added to another service. 

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If you would like the ultimate pre-party resurfacing treatment, think about combining a chemical peel with a dermaplaning and LED red light.

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Dermaplaning – Dermaplaning 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; including the peel, for a dewy glow. 

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LED Red Light Therapy – LED red light, the wavelength of 630nm, known as ‘bio-active’ light can increase cellular activity, soothe inflammation and promote collagen. With the benefits of skin rejuvenation, increased skin elasticity, repair to damaged cells, refining pores and firming the skin, this anti-aging and highly anti-inflammatory treatment is a must have to calm more active procedures and inflammatory skin conditions.

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If you want resurfacing with the added benefit of rehydration; think about adding a peel to a Medical Facial.

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Medical Facial – Our medical facial is completely customized to you specific skins needs. We will choose appropriate products from one or all of our four pharmaceutical grade product lines that we carry here at SkinScience. As a finalist for “Best Medical Facial in Canada”, SkinScience is proud to offer the highest quality of professional medical facials. In this 15-step facial treatment, every step is adapted to your skin concerns and each patient has a personalized facial protocol designed for him/her.

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Some of the concerns we address in our medical facials: pigmentation, rosacea, eczema, hydration, radiance, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, skin texture and acne.

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Adding a peel will boost the absorption of these products for an amazing luster to enhance your skins natural sparkle.

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As always, if you are unsure of what treatment would be best for you… give us a call here at SkinScience. It would give us great JOY to help customize a plan to get your skin holiday ready and brighten your spirits! We are always full of MERRIMENT and love nothing more than helping our patients with their skin needs.  Happy Holiday Party Season!

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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!

403-287-1477

You Can Trust Us with Your Face!

We joke day to day at the clinic, that we’ve done this since the Jurassic period ended – and while we haven’t spent quite that long making clients like you have the most amazing skin ever – we have done this for a LOOOOONNG time.

A few calculations later and we can now tell you how long the SkinScience staff have invested in making people glow!

Years: 36

This means that cumulatively the SkinScience staff have done this for LONGER THAN THE INTERNET EXISTED.

Hours: 70,000

An hour is how long it takes to get a Mani/Pedi, complete a yoga class, get a massage. Now imagine doing that 70000 times.

In all that time making people beautiful we have learned just a few things…..

1) No person’s skin is the same as another’s. It sounds like such an easy concept – but so many times we hear from clients that they has a treatment because it was what worked for their friend. Which is often times fine – but truly fabulous results are achieved when a client’s individuality is taken into consideration.

2) That skin care programs designed for your skin – give AMAZING result over time and keep your skin showing the positive results of treatments

3) You need treatments. As amazing as those skin care results can be – nothing beats a few well-timed treatments, designed for your own skin.

We strive to utilize our 70000 hours of experience with every client that walks through our doors. We give each of you that want the benefit of our expertise access to our years of knowledge base. Our years of learning and continued education help you get results that you’ve always wanted!

Call today to book your Consultation!

(403) 287-1477