Category Archives: Wrinkles

Got Sun Damage? Don’t get mad – get EVEN!


October first rolls in here in Calgary and Fall is pretty much wiped out by winter in a few short moments. As much as we miss the summer warmth, and fresh crispness that is fall, winter means we get to get in to the GOOD treatments so YAY!

Now that summer has faded, you are left remembering how much fun you had every time you look in the mirror. Sun spots, blotchiness and uneven skin are a drag and as much fun as you had getting them, they are no fun now.  However; our new mantra this fall is:


Got sun damage? Don’t get mad – Get EVEN!


The best way to ‘get EVEN’ toned skin? Intense Pulsed Light. IPL is not a new technology, but it is the BEST for creating luminous, even skin tone. It has decades of research behind it and has proven over and over again to create smoother more even toned skin – safely.  

Studies have proven that IPL will:

Reduce brown spots – you can expect an overall reduction in any brown pigmented spot. Some spots like true blue sun spots (Solar Lentigines) can easily be removed. Other brown spots like mild age related spots (mild Seborrheic Keratosis) can be notably lightened with IPL, but not fully removed. To know what you can expect, book a consult.

Reduce Redness – You can have redness in your skin for many different reasons.  Sun damage doesn’t just create brown spots, it also creates red patches or red blotchiness. Other times redness is present because of medical conditions like rosacea, or a medication.  Sun damage related redness can usually be eliminated for good.  Redness for other reasons can usually be managed.

Increase Luminosity – Multiple studies have proven that IPL can increase the “Luminous” effect of individuals skin.  Photo graphic evidence as well as control group testing have shown that post IPL clients have an increase in “luminosity”

Stimulate Collagen – this is one of the lesser appreciated effects of IPL, it stimulates superficial collagen.  This is the collagen then helps skin be smoother and less wrinkled.  One study used a series of punch biopsies before and after IPL to prove this and other control group type tests have supported this conclusion.

Make you happier – ok, ok, this one we CAN’T prove.  What we CAN tell you is that over and over and over again we hear clients tell us that it  great it feels to receive compliments on how great their skin looks, or how much easier their mornings are when they spend less time feeling frustrated by skin tone, or how wonderful it feels when HR at their new job comes to confirm their date of birth because surely they must have written the year mistakenly….. all these are true stories that to us confirm an increase in overall satisfaction with ones appearance.


If your sun damage has got you flustered, remember:

Don’t get mad! Get EVEN – and IPL can do that!

Call today to book your IPL consultation, we can’t wait to coach you through the process!

(403) 287-1477



What Works for Your Friend Might Not Work for You (The Truth About Skin Care Products)


Every day, patients come in and tell us: “Well, I purchased this $250 product at a department store because it worked for my friend. I’ve been using it faithfully for 2 month now, and I’m not sure that I see results.”


Patients need to understand that everybody’s DNA is unique, and so their skin care should be. Nobody will age the same way, at the same rate, with the same symptoms. Aging skin looks differently on different people. Could be fine lines and wrinkles, lack of firmness, lack of elasticity, lack of radiance, brown spots and sun damage, redness, sensitivity, large pores, dark circles…. one person might be presenting one of visible signs of aging (ex: only wrinkles), another person might show 3 signs (ex: wrinkles, large pores and lack of firmness), another person 3 different ones (ex: brown spots, large pores, lack of radiance) and another all of them at once.

Since aging has a strong genetic component (also referred as intrinsic aging), people say that can look at your mom to have a good idea of how you are going to look later in life. It’s partially true, but that’s not enough to explain one’s aging – as the environment and lifestyle also has a strong influence on the long term aging of the skin (also referred as extrinsic aging). And even then, different people will be affected differently by different extrinsic causes.





So why is it that a product would work well for one person, and not at all for the other?

For one, it depends on what the product does, and that comes down to which active ingredient (or blend of ingredients) that is/are included in the cream/lotion/serum. Let’s say that an anti-aging product contains an ingredient like hydroquinone to work on pigmentation and brown spots. One person with brown spots and freckles will be a happy with the results, but if another person is using it as an anti-aging product (as it is labelled) but doesn’t have brown spots to begin with, and wants to work on her wrinkles, hydroquinone is not going to work for her wrinkles because it’s a lightening agent. For that second person to be happy about the results from the cream, it would need to contain ingredients that boost collagen, elastin, glycans, hyaluronic acid to work optimally on improving the appearance of wrinkles.

Making sure to have anti-glycation and anti-MMPs ingredients would surely be an added bonus, as they work indirectly on the skin’s fiber content. If a third person, showing signs of aging like wrinkles AND brown spots, was using that anti-aging hydroquinone-based product, she would be PARTIALLY happy with the results because that cream would work on evenness of the skin, but she wouldn’t be happy when it comes to wrinkle improvement.


I personally have found that a lot of people use anti-aging products that are not targeted towards their particular symptoms of aging.


A product can be labeled “anti-aging” because it contain Matrixyl 3000 (a well-known anti-aging peptide that boosts collagen) but if your wrinkles are caused by glycation, free radicals, inflammation and lack of elasticity, you will not see results from using a Matrixyl-based cream.

Since it is difficult to define the intrinsic causes of aging without a DNA-based test, and that the skin care industry is starting to understand that not all wrinkles are created equal, we see more and more multitasking products. In my experience, these so called “multitasking” products usually address 1-2 maybe 3 aspects of skin aging, but never all.

Another aspect to consider in a product’s activity on the skin is how it is formulated. An important aspect of skin care formulation is the pH (or hydrogen potential) – an indicator of the acidity or alkalinity of a product. It is based on a scale from 1-14, 1 being very acid, 7 being neutral pH and 14 being very alkaline. The pH of a product is important for the activity on the skin of certain active ingredients, such as glycolic acid for example.

Thirdly, it is common knowledge that different people can get very different results with the same product. Experts usually explain this fact by variations in individual body chemistry. Sometimes it is indeed true. However, quite often the truth is far simpler. Different people often get different results because they apply skin care products differently.


Generally, the following optimal conditions apply:

1. CLEANSE: Before applying skin care products, make sure your skin is properly cleansed. The best time to apply skin care products is after you are fresh out of a warm shower or bath because not only is your skin clean but it is also thoroughly moist and should better absorb whatever you apply to it.


2. EXFOLIATE: The uppermost layer of the skin, called stratum corneum, is composed mostly of dry, dead cells. If this layer becomes too thick, as in aged or poorly maintained skin, active ingredients of a skin care product have trouble penetrating deeply enough to have an effect. The skin needs to be well exfoliated to be able to absorb active ingredients better.


3. DAMPEN SKIN: Moist, hydrated skin absorbs active ingredients better because active ingredients can penetrate better when they are dissolved.


4. SHORT FIRM STROKES: Use short, firm strokes to apply skin care products (it is best to use the middle finger). Do not stretch the skin. Do not rub. After applying, gently tap the area with your fingers for half a minute.


Finally, your lifestyle (or how well you control the aspects of potential extrinsic aging). You can use the best products for wrinkles and brown spots, if you continue smoking, lounging in the sun, not using sun protection, not staying hydrated and eating high glycemic foods, you will not see optimal results from your skin care cream and procedures.




Got questions on how to best address the specific symptoms YOU see in the mirror? Looking for the best products and procedures for YOU, and stop wasting money on products that don’t work?

Your 1-hour personalized consultation awaits. We look forward to seeing you soon.  403-287-1477



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


Our Number One (Science Proven) Treatment

Science is literally in our name. It is crucial part of who we are, what we create for patients and how we work.  We use science to back up every recommendation we make.  We only offer treatments that have studies to back them up, that have years of review and analysis – and scientific proof that it works.


New trends can be great! New things are fun to try, however, when it comes to treatments, there are many that have been around for a long time.  You see them over and over again, and there is reason: they work.


Treatments that have withstood the test of time, stick around because the results that are achieved  are worth what clients invest.

(emotionally, financially, socially)


At SkinScience our number one treatment performed is a chemical peel. With over 7,000 peels performed we are experts in this area.

When used correctly chemical peels can improve so many skin concerns:



Sun Spots


Acne Scarring


Dry Skin

Uneven Skin Tone

Fine Lines




Chemical peels have been around for ages. The first publications where modern dermatology noted improvement to sun spots with chemical peel solutions were written in 1871 (by British Dermatology pioneer Tillbury Fox). Today we still use a Jessner Peel Solution (for melasma, acne and acne scarring, wrinkles etc) which was first studied in 1882 (by German physician Dr. G.P. Unna) and popularized in the mid 1900’s by Dermatologist Max Jessner, which is when it picked up its now name.  The same ratio of the same 3 ingredients initially studied, is still used over 130 later!


Why? Because the results of these treatments rock! Since their conception and creation, there have been a multitude of studies that show that chemical peels work to rejuvenate the skin.  Modern technology now allows for advanced measuring of positive results – it is no longer just observations – things like how much collagen is produced can be measured down to a fraction of a millimeter (total thickness) so the initial observations of over 130 years ago have now been proven by modern science.


Modern chemical peels sometimes include awesome “bonus” ingredients.  Things that boost results and reduce downtime. Ingredients like peptides (for Collagen), enzymes, anti-oxidants and more. The amazing benefits of years of science, with modern variations for even better results!


If you are interested in finding out why chemical peels have withstood the test of time, we would love to coach you through the process of finding the right peel for your skin!  Call today to book your peel or consultation!


(403) 287-1477






Banish Forehead Wrinkles with SkinScience’s Favorite Forehead Treatments


Forehead wrinkles, they make you look sad, angry, grumpy and tired.  We don’t know a single person who wants to look any of those things.  Like most of us, you want to feel that what you see in the mirror matches the happiness, joy, liveliness and positivity you feel on the inside.

Having been there ourselves and walked many of our wonderful clients through the process over our many years, we have narrowed it down to our favorites.



Botox (Or as we love to joke: “Vitamin B”)

Nothing beats Botox, Xeomin, or Dysport. Basically, nothing works as well as neuromodulators for frown lines, but that doesn’t sound as fun. Neuromodulators are awesome, and the best choice for frowny foreheads.  The lines on your forehead or between the brows are there because you frown, squint or make some other unhappy sounding expression.  Any treatment that doesn’t target this, is not nearly as effective. Botox (or Xeomin or Dysport) has one of the highest client happiness rates after treatment and is the number one cosmetic procedure in North America. Oh, and did I mention that SkinScience has an amazing physician injector? Yeah, we do.



Fractora is our amazing radio frequency and micro-needling treatment for collagen building.  To read about it and what is does, click here.  The combination of radiofrequency and micro-needling give the most collagen stimulation possible.  The collagen that is produced, helps to smooth the texture of your skin including shrinking fine lines and wrinkles.  It’s definitely our second choice for frown lines.  Best case scenario – for maximum results, you do three Fractora treatments, and finish it off with a bit of Xeomin from our very thorough and very talented physician injector, Dr. Amane.


Stem Cell 3D Complex & Hydrafirm Serum

Sometimes treatments like nuromodulators or Fractora are not an option. If this is the case using a daily product regime that will target some of the multiple reasons that wrinkles are forming, helps refine your skin and reduce wrinkle depth and length. This line is safe for sensitive skin and contains no ingredients that cause irritation or that are known to be problematic during pregnancy. We LOVE this line and the results we see in your skin when you use it. To check out the Serum click here to check out the Complex click here


Retinoic Acid Peel

Another SkinScience favorite, and for good reason.  This peel gives noticeable results in the first treatment. With a series of treatments, results  get better and are longer lasting.  Retinoic Acid does amazing things for your skin.  It is one of the most studied ingredients, and its efficacy has been proven time and again.  It has been shown to refine skin, stimulate collagen, reverse visible sun spots, shrink sebaceous glands and increase cell turnover rate. It is an awesome treatment.


Best Case Scenario

Best results are always seen we combine multiple treatment therapies. When you are able to have more than one type of treatment, we can really knock it out of the park with amazing results. Results that are sure to leave you feeling like what you see in the mirror matches what you feel.


To find out which approach or combination of treatments is best for you, give us a call to book your consult. We love helping people though their de-aging journeys!