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DISCLAIMER: The “Clinical Study” that is described below involves products that are NOT available at SkinScience Clinic. The purpose of this study was to see if the client’s routine was working for her skin and still generating visible skin improvement. Names have been changed to respect privacy.

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From time to time, clients come in for their initial 1-hour consultation, wondering if the products they have been using are still working for them. This represents a legitimate concern, since many skin care products in the market come at a premium price, and 99% of the people who sell them to you do not track improvement (or lack thereof) through consistent and reproducible computer-based photo analysis. 

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Think about it:

❌ Drugstores don’t track. ❌ 

❌  Department stores don’t track. ❌

❌  Specialty stores like Sephora, Holt Renfrew, and Ulta don’t track.  ❌

❌  Spas and medical spas usually don’t track. ❌

(with a few exceptions that actually track before AND after results) 

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So how do you know if the products you spend your hard-earned money on actually work for you and give you visible improvement? 

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One of the best ways to do it is to do before and after pictures with a Visia Skin Analysis Platform, a system that qualitatively and quantitively tracks skin firmness, texture, pores, congestion, diffuse redness, inflammation, broken capillaries, luminosity, hydration, acne, acne scars, visible brown spots and underlying sun damage. At the same time, it is important to control as many of the variables as possible to ensure unbiased, positive treatment outcomes and visible results. 

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I’ve been using the VISIA Skin Analysis System for over 12 years, and have personally performed over 5,000 skin consultations and followups. When the products and procedures are carefully chosen, we can be confident that the after pictures will yield positive results 97% of the time.

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Claire’s Story

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Back in June 2018, Claire came in to SkinScience for her initial skin consultation. She had been using the same products from a very high end french brand for many years (a brand known for the cult following of its toner and NOT available at SkinScience) and while her skin seemed well hydrated, she wondered if the products were still working for her. Moreover, the products came at a premium price, so she wanted to make sure that her investment was worth it. 

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She was also getting bi-monthly facials (at the spa she bought her products from), and her therapist used products from the same line during the treatments. 

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For the record, Claire is in her 50s, menopausal, with no history of cosmetic injectables, no current prescription medications and overall in good health.

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Claire’s Skin Care Routine Before Her Consultation 

(products + brand not available at our clinic)

AM // PM

Milk Cleanser ($70) // Milk Cleanser ($70)

Cult-Following Toner ($84) // Cult-Following Toner ($84)

“Matrix” Serum ($150) // Anti-glycation Serum ($153)

“Hydrating” Serum ($178) // “First Milk” Serum ($125)

Yam + Soy Cream ($320) // Yam + Soy Cream ($320)

SPF25 // “Newborn Biofilm” Masque ($190)

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Total Investment in current (June 2018) skin care routine: $1,270

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Since the client had a LOT of each product left, we decided to keep her current routine as is, with the EXCEPTION of replacing the AM Moisturizer to yet another product she had recently purchased from that same brand, but had not started yet: a $800 moisturizer, that claimed to be the “ultimate anti-aging product and latest breakthrough in the skin care industry”

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Updated investment (June 2018): $1,270 + $800 = $2,070 

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Claire’s “New” Routine After Her Consultation 

(products + brand not available at our clinic)

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AM // PM

Milk Cleanser ($70) // Milk Cleanser ($70)

Cult-Following Toner ($84) // Cult-Following Toner ($84)

“Matrix” Serum ($150) // Anti-glycation Serum ($153)

“Hydrating” Serum ($178) // “First Milk” Serum ($125)

Ultimate Unbelievable Cream ($800) // Yam + Soy Cream ($320)

SPF25 // “Newborn Biofilm” Masque ($190)

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We took pictures at baseline of the left, centre and right side of her face and used the VISIA Skin Analysis System to track the following:

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  • skin firmness
  • texture
  • pore size
  • pore congestion
  • diffuse redness
  • inflammation
  • broken capillaries
  • luminosity
  • hydration
  • acne
  • acne scars
  • visible brown spots
  • underlying sun damage 

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We booked a 3-month follow up, and made sure that the client did not have any other treatment nor procedure during the 3-month “clinical trial” period, not to influence the outcome of the study and to be able to know if the current routine (including the new $800 product) was still generating an improvement in skin quality. The client was not planning on traveling to sunny destinations until her follow up. 

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Results

Claire came back to the office on October 10, 2018 for her followup consultation. After a skin cleansing using Reversa Micellar Water, we proceeded to do before and afters using the Visia Skin Analysis Platform. 

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Here are our findings:

  • No improvement in skin firmness 
  • No improvement in fine lines and wrinkles // worsening of crows’ feet area
  • No improvement in diffuse redness and inflammation
  • No improvement in telangiectasias (broken capillaries)
  • No improvement in visible brown spots
  • No improvement in underlying sun damage
  • No improvement in congestion and pore size
  • No improvement in skin luminosity

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Here are some of the before and after pictures of Claire’s “Clinical Trial”

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Needless to say, Claire was very disappointed that she had spent so much time, energy and money into a full skin care routine that cost her over $2,000 (every 4-6 months) and didn’t work.

Marie designed a new skin care plan for her, that included multitasking, science-based skin care products and a treatment plan that included IPL, Advanced Facials and Microneedling. For a fraction of the price.

We are happy to report that Claire (and Marie) are already seeing significant results in Claire’s skin (face, neck and chest) – more pictures to come!

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Moral of the Story

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Get professional help when choosing skin care products.

Make sure the active ingredients included in your routine will address the specific skin qualities you wish to improve. 

Get professional to help you choose the RIGHT FORM of active ingredients, as well as the OPTIMAL CONCENTRATION for your skin type and sensitivity. 

Get a VISIA skin analysis before starting your new routine to track improvement over time.

Choose a medical spa that will not only track at the initial consultation, but also at 3-month or 6-month intervals to ensure your prodcuts and procedures are working for you and keep on improving your skin.

Remember that sometimes less is more, and that multitasking products are the best way to create a synergy between ingredients to deliver optimal and predictable results.

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Need help to figure out if your products and procedures are working? Contact us at 403-287-1477 and let’s book your customized, 1-hour skin consultation!

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