Category Archives: Stretch Marks

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.

Essential Oils and Pregnancy: Which ones are safe, How to use them and Which ones to Avoid

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Disclaimer: SkinScience Clinic has always taken a conservative stand when it comes to pregnancy, breastfeeding and skin care. Essential oils contain powerful actives, and we recommend that you consult with your doctor first, before using any type of essential oils. Clinical studies addressing the safety of essential oils in pregnancy are scarce, due to the ethical problems with testing substances on pregnant women and their fetuses. For this reason, scientific literature primarily relies on history of safe use, recognizing that some pregnant women will be more sensitive to essential oils than others, based on their genetic differences. If you are pregnant or lactating, please consult with your doctor before using any product containing essential oils.

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ARE ESSENTIAL OILS SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?

Many women seek out natural remedies during pregnancy because they want to avoid taking medications or using anything that is toxic on their skin or in their diet. Essential oils (EO) can help with certain pregnancy symptoms, aches, even with severe discomfort in some cases, but some of them shouldn’t be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.  Before you use your favorite essential oil, get informed on which EOs are safe for your little one.

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Essential oils have become a very popular choice with women looking for alternative ways to ease the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy (nausea, morning sickness, muscle aches, back ache, stuffy nose, sleep problems, etc.). The latest report by Value Market Research claims the Global Essential Oil Market was valued $7,200M USD in 2017 and is likely to reach at $12,745.02 MN USD by 2024. 

The EO trend is here to stay, so better get informed – knowledge is power when it comes to EOs!

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WHEN CAN I USE ESSENTIAL OILS?

When it comes to using essential oils during pregnancy:

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Skip the First Trimester Altogether – no EOs

Second + Third Trimester, Breastfeeding – pick your EOs carefully

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Just like EOs’ actives can pass through the layers of skin, some essential oil components may pass into the bloodstream all the way to the placenta (or breastmilk while breastfeeding) where they could affect the growing baby and its development. There is still a lot to learn on how essential oils might impact pregnancy. There is very little scientific data about the specific (cellular and molecular) mechanisms of EOs, so better safe than sorry.

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THE BEST ESSENTIAL OILS FOR PREGNANCY

As long as your pregnancy is going well, the following essential oils are regarded as generally safe by the scientific community when used as recommended, during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters:

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  • Bergamot – Citrus bergamia
  • Cardamom
  • Chamomile – Chamomilla recutita, Chamaemelum nobile
  • Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
  • Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
  • Ginger Root – Zingiber officinale
  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Rose – Rosa damascena
  • Spearmint
  • Sandalwood – Santalum album
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata genuina

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HOW TO USE TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS WHEN PREGNANT

The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists has created guidelines on using essential oils safely when pregnant. They recommend limiting EO use to two most common way of administration: inhalation and topical.

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It is best to AVOID INGESTING essential oils until you are done breastfeeding.

Source: WebMD

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Inhalation

Pregnancy brings on many side effects, and a common one is a heightened sense of smell. You may love some scents and absolutely hate others, so choose an oil that is not only safe, but isn’t overbearing for you. Inhalation using a diffuser can be especially effective for pregnant women suffering from nausea and sleep issues. If you have a diffuser, make sure you’re following safe diffusion guidelines, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE ESSENTIAL OILS + OPTIMAL USES

Essential Oils for nausea and morning sickness:

  • Ginger
  • Cardamom
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint 
  • Lavender

Essential Oils for calmness and to reduce anxiety

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils to Clear Sinuses

  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemon

Essential Oils to reduce Swelling and Water Retention

  • Lavender
  • Ginger
  • Geranium

Essential Oils for Heartburn

  • Peppermint
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger

Essential Oils for Energizing

  • Citrus
  • Grapefruit
  • Mandarin
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Orange

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Topical

Your skin may be even more sensitive when you’re pregnant, so diluting EOs is especially important to avoid irritation. Never apply pure essential oils directly on the skin while pregnant. Use 3-4 drops of essential oil for every ounce (30ml) of your favorite base (oil, lotion or moisturizer). 

Essential Oils to prevent Stretch marks: 

  • Frankincense
  • Rose
  • Chamomile

Essential Oils to promote Sleep: 

  • Lavender 
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang

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ESSENTIAL OILS TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY

Essential oils are highly concentrated, and have various levels of toxicity when not used properly. Don’t assume it’s safe because it’s natural, and be aware that not all essential oil companies test their oils for quality. 

The medical literature reports that some essential oils appear to interfere with hormone behavior in the cells, and scientists suspect that some EOs may work as endocrine disruptors. Some EOs can also interact with medications, or cause an allergic or toxic reaction. Others can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, provoke skin rashes, allergies, racing heart, vomiting, seizure and even contractions. Essential oils can be powerful, so it’s better to be extra-uber-ultra safe than sorry.

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The following ESSENTIAL OILS are believed to be UNSAFE for use during pregnancy:

  • Arnica
  • Basil
  • Birch (sweet)
  • Bitter almond
  • Boldo leaf
  • Broom
  • Buchu
  • Calamus
  • Camphor (brown or yellow)
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove (bud, leaf or stem)
  • Coriander
  • Costus
  • Deertongue
  • Elecampane
  • Fennel
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Jaborandi leaf
  • Juniper berry
  • Melilotus
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Origanum
  • Parsley (large doses)
  • Pennyroyal
  • Pine (dwarf)
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sassafras
  • Savin
  • Savory (summer)
  • Tansy
  • Thyme red (large doses)
  • Tonka
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

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SKINSCIENCE’S GUIDELINES FOR USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Do not use EOs during your the 1st trimester of your pregnancy.
  2. Some EOs can be used during the 2nd and 3rd trimester. 
  3. Never ingest EOs (even diluted) during pregnancy and lactation (breastfeeding)
  4. The best ways to use EOs during pregnancy and lactation is topically and by using a diffuser.
  5. When using a diffuser, only use it for 10-15 minutes at a time, for a maximum of 3 times per day.
  6. When used topically – less is more when it comes to EOs. Always dilute a few drops (3-4) in a carrier oil (30ml of grapeseed, coconut, olive or almond oil).
  7. Avoid using absolutes.
  8. NEVER add essential oils to the birthing pool.
  9. Only use EOs that are approved by your doctor.

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PREGNANCY-SAFE SKIN CARE + ESSENTIAL OILS

Here are a few skin care products (as well as Canadian-made essential oils) that are safe to use during pregnancy (and recommended by Marie):

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Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, where a healthy diet, lifestyle and skin care can contribute to a healthy pregnancy. It’s also a time where we can experience skin changes (unfortunately, not everyone gets that coveted pregnancy glow), including sensitive skin, itchy skin,  stretch marks, increased oiliness and more acne breakouts than usual. That’s normal for most pregnant women, and SkinScience can help you find healthy, non-prescription options to help you out.

Do you have questions about your skin care products? We would be happy to help you find the best skin care routine that is safe for you and your baby!

Our popular 1-hour “Skin Care Consultation” is only a phone call away: 403-287-1477. 

We look forward to meeting you (and your future baby) soon!

Radio Frequency – Tightens More Than Just Your Face

Everyone has at least one area that they wish was tighter and firmer. Some of us have multiple areas we would like to be tighter and firmer. Radio Frequency is awesome, because it tightens and firms pretty much any area of the body. Yes, we are telling the truth, we wouldn’t joke with you about something as awesome as this!

 

HOW

Radio Frequency targets collagen like a drill sergeant on the first day of basic training.  It encourages collagen to get stronger by adding more fibers to each collagen strand. It organizes it by getting it to wind tighter, and lastly, it causes it to contract.

 

When, stronger more organized collagen contracts, it pulls all the layers it’s connected to together resulting in tighter, firmer skin.

 

This tighter, firmer skin now has wrinkles that are now shorter, and less deep than before the treatment and stretchmarks that have become hardly noticeable.

 

Collagen is not a fast responder – it will be a series of treatments, and a few months before you get to see your amazing final results. But Radio Frequency has shown time and again, that it is a great option for those of us wanting tighter, firmer skin.

 

WHERE

We love to treat all areas with Radio Frequency.  Over the years, we have had lots of great results with RF in a lot of areas.  But our favorites are:

 

Lower Face / Jowls– creates contoured jawlines, that are smooth, even and firm

 

Tummy/Abdomens– Restores tautness, reduces stretchmarks and makes belly buttons front and center instead of drooping to the side.

 

Eyes– reduces under eye pouching, shortens crowsfeet, lifts sagging brows.

 

Other areas we like to treat are knees, bum cheeks and necks.

 

There are different types of radio frequency treatments.  We perform Fractora RF and Forma RF.  Depending on what we are treating, we may recommend doing one over the other or sometimes (like with stretch marks) we do both! Layering both always gives phenomenal results.

 

If you are interested in reducing stretchmarks or tightening pretty much any part of you, give us call! We are here to coach you through the process of having tighter, firmer EVERYTHING!

 

(403) 287-1477

 

 

 

 

Tame Your Stretch Marks

Growth can leave scars, the physical growth you experience as a teenager growing into your adult self, the growth that is experienced when creating a new life, the emotional growth that happens through hormonal changes and weight gains. Stretch marks are signs that you have grown – in more ways than one.  Stretch marks (like wrinkles) are something to be proud of! They are proof that you can grow, change, evolve and create.

 

You can love your growth, be proud of the proof, happy with yourself and love the idea of taming you stretch marks all that the same time.  Our new ‘Stretch Mark Tamer’ treatment package is created with you in mind.

 

What:

 

Nothing can get rid of a stretch mark. But our newest treatment addition can reduce them, making them less noticeable.

 

Each treatment cycle consists of three treatments; with one treatment performed each week for three weeks in a row. You receive a Forma Radio Frequency Plus treatment on week one and week two and a Fractora on week three.

 

You have a treatment cycle per month for 3 months in a row – for a total of 3 treatment cycles.

 

How:

 

The Forma Plus Radio Frequency treatment stimulates the production of collagen. It targets your existing collagen, builds and organizes it. Making it stronger and pulling it tighter. The Forma Radio Frequency Plus builds a strong foundation for the Fractora treatment.

 

The Fractora treatment combines the benefits of micro needling and deep radio frequency.  Allowing for the reduction in the rippling of stretch mark, as well as a decrease in the depth of a stretchmark, which makes stretchmarks less noticeable over time.

 

When:

 

Results can start to be seen after your first Fractora and continue building for 12 weeks after the final treatment in your final treatment cycle.

 

Investment:

 

Each treatment cycle is $1299a savings of over $300 vs per treatment cost.

In addition, if you pre-purchase 3 treatment cycles you save an additional 10%!Bringing the total savingsto more than $1200!

 

BONUS: As a special gift for our launch of this very exciting new treatment!

The first several clients to purchase a treatment cycle or series of cycles, will receive a Neocutis BioSerum! Valued at $235!

 

This phenomenal serum is the best growth factor product on the market!  Growth factors multiply cells – and that is exactly what we are trying to do to your collagen! Growth factors have been shown to boost results in treatments that are rebuilding components of your skin, and the Neocutis Bio Serum has the highest concentration of growth factors in any product we have found, ever. So we are very excited to be able to offer this gift to our first “Stretch Mark Tamer” clients so they can create even better results with their treatments!

 

We have limited number available – so don’t delay!

 

 

To book your Complimentary“Stretch Mark Tamer” consultation, call now! We would love to start you on your path to increased confidence!

 

403-287-1477