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10 Tips to Get your Skin Back in Shape after Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is over and we all feel stuffed (pun intended), bloated and uncomfortable. Looking in the mirror, it’s not only the larger waistline that is concerning but the dull, blemished & tired complexion staring back at us. Many people get back in the healthy swing of things by doing some form of cleanse, exercise or detox but let’s not forget about our skin’s health!

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Here are some great tips for some common skin aliments that follow holiday over-indulgence. Check out these SOS products to whip your skin back into shape for the ultimate skin detox!

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SKIN DETOX FOR OILY SKIN + BLEMISHES

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All the delicious greasy foods and sweets may have caused extra oiliness and some unwanted blemishes to pop up. Not to worry — we have our best seller spot treatment to come to the rescue!

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Aliquote Skin Nighty Night Spot Treatment

A SkinScience best seller! With the main detoxifying and soothing actives being sulfur, calamine and zinc oxide, it is sure to help clear up and soothe inflammation while aiding in the healing of your skin (and kill that nasty acne bacteria).  Cleanse and dab on to the affected area and go to sleep. This treatment will do all the work while you rest!

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Maybe all that decedent food caused more than just a few blemishes.  Here are some quick DIY fixes. First you will want to resurface and unclog your pores by using some form of smart exfoliation (meaning an AHA or BHA) here are some of our favorites for at-home exfolating treatments;

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Dermaquest Mini Pumpkin Mask

Multitasking pumpkin pulp, mandelic and lactic acids are sure to unclog, resurface and brighten your complexion. A quick pick-me-up in only 5-7 mins, making sure to rinse thoroughly with tepid water.

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Dermaquest DermaClear Pads

Using willow bark-derived salicylic acid, these pads will help remove impurities and excess oils to aid in unclogging your pores. With the cooling properties of tea tree, it will also help soothe inflammation. Just wipe on let absorb and follow with your daily products. Remember when using exfoliating acids it is very important to use your daily SPF!

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Now that you have resurfaced and unclogged your skin, this is the perfect time to use highly concentrated treatments, as they will absorb better into the skin. Masks are more concentrated than daily products to aid in an SOS type of situation, such as a skin detox. Some of our favorite detoxifying & clarifying masks are;

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SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque

Combines natural earth clays with alpha hydroxy acid blend to unclog pores, lift impurities and oils, and exfoliate skin. 

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Dermaquest DermaClear Mask

Specially formulated with salicylic acid, two botanicals extracts, and three cooling plant stem cell extracts, DermaClear Mask soothes and nourishes skin stressed from acne while brightening discoloration and acne scars. A lifeline for targeting multiple acne related concerns, this mask lessons congestion while addressing irritated skin.

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SKIN DETOX FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN

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Maybe blemishes aren’t a concern for you (lucky!). Maybe it was all the wine, beer and coffee that dehydrated your skin to look like a shrivelled raisin. The wine, combined with the cooler weather and indoor heating kicking in, may have left your skin feeling parched, tight and lackluster. This brings us to another major post-holiday concern – dehydration.

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Looking in the mirror seeing all the crepe like fine lines is a tell-tale sign of dehydration. This is when the SKIN IS LACKING WATER not oil. This is commonly mistaken for dryness (lacking oil or lipids) in the skin. Your best bet here is an SOS mask containing high concentration of hyaluronic acid or vitamin B5 (Panthenol).  Our favorite two hydrating masks are safe for all skin types (yes, including acne prone skin). 

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Dermaquest Hydrating Gel Mask

Formulated to hydrate and enhance elasticity, this mask features soothing lilac plant stem cell extract, water-binding hyaluronic acid, anti-aging MDI complex, evening primrose oil and nine botanicals and plant extracts to refresh, restore and protect dehydrated skin. This is a cooling and quenching treatment to replenish essential moisture in any skin type.

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SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Masque

this deeply hydrating masque is enriched with vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to help restore your skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NFM) for a plumped healthy glow.

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2-STEP ILLUMINATING AT-HOME TREATMENT

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Still feeling a bit sluggish from the all the stuffing you ate? Does your skin look as dull and tired as you feel? Let’s wake it up with an at home mini treatment! First resurface all that skin buildup that is making you look like the powdery flour that went in the yummy pumpkin pie, by using a glycolic acid. Our favorite quick pick me up is;

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1) Aliquote Skin Illuminating Peel Pads

With glycolic acid at a low pH , hydrating peptides and botanical extracts, these pads smooth, firm and brighten. No more flour face!

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Follow up with an amazing brightening mask for the luminous glow we all desire!

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2) Dermaquest C Infusion TX Mask

This ultra-nourishing mask is brimming with vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, antioxidants and peptides, creating a silky smooth anti-aging treatment. This lavish mask fades fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with an instant glow and radiant complexion. A SkinScience favourite!

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FIGHT THE ULTIMATE SKIN AGER – INFLAMMATION

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As if blemishes, dehydration and lackluster skin wasn’t enough. Our bellies are bloated and we are puffy all over, including under our eyes. Our skin is inflamed and irritated, triggered by all the inflammatory foods we have treated ourselves to. Inflammation is a pro-aging in all tissues. Meaning, it is the main cause of some major aliments such as; joint pain, cardio vascular disease, gingivitis and acne to name a few. It is also known to accelerate skin aging. Well, time to treat ourselves again with some anti-inflammatory products! For an added boost perform a lymphatic drainage massage for the face and eyes to relieve puffiness. Don’t know how? We do! 

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SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Mask

Containing botanical extracts, dipeptide and hyaluronic acid this mask hydrates while calming inflamed compromised skin. Instant hydration and cools on contact for restoring comfort.

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Aliquote Skin SensiCalm Lotion

With highly anti-inflammatory ingredient green tea and soothing vitamin E this serum is bound to calm the red puffy appearance of your inflamed, warm skin and cheeks.

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With this knowledge, why only do SOS treatments post-holiday? Keep skin health going all year round. Following a healthy diet and regular intake of water is good for us internally and externally. However, our skin still needs topical products to prevent aggressors such as pollution and our indulgences in decadent foods every now and then. Maybe you suffered from more than one of these post-holiday aliments? Maybe you do year round?

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THE ULTIMATE ANTI-AGING INGREDIENTS = GROWTH FACTORS

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Our absolute favorite all-encompassing anti-aging, clarifying, hydrating, brightening and anti-inflammatory product comes as a duo!

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AnteAGE MD Growth Factors Serum & Accelerator

With the main ingredient being Bone Marrow Derived Growth Factors and Cytokines – the ultimate anti-aging, anti-inflammatory ingredients of the skin care world! Since not all growth factor products are created the same, we have researched and curated the best, purest, most active and safest source of growth factors, for you! Growth factors and cytokines are active on the deepest layers of the skin, while serving the following roles:

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1) The Conductor – Instructing other cells

2) The Worker – Tissue repair and reconstruction

3) The Firefighter – Very anti-inflammatory

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Would like to know more about Growth factors? Stayed tuned for our up-coming blog. 

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All these products are great for your DIY SOS Post-Holiday Detox. If you really over did, book in with us here at SkinScience for a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial & LED Red Light (great for inflammation).

Not sure what to book? Call for an Open Procedure so we can access the damage from over- indulging and bring your skin back to health! ☺

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.

Period.

 

 

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

 

 

Argireline = the ‘Botox in a Bottle’ Peptide #IngredientHighlight

Argireline is a well-known peptide (small chain of amino acids) & is often termed as ‘Botox in a bottle’.
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Argireline is what we would class as a neuropeptide. When we use the muscles in our face for expression, the nerves send a signal to the muscle to contract. When we overuse these muscles we develop more permanent expression lines that can be seen when the face is relaxed.
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Argireline interrupts the signal that is sent from the nerve to the muscle which in turn keeps the muscle in a more relaxed state. The effect of peptides is cumulative. Results are seen as soon as two weeks, with continuous improvement over 12 months.
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Our favorite argireline-based product? (And a best seller at the clinic)
?DermaQuest Peptide Line Corrector? is a combination of 8 different peptides including Matrixyl, Syn-Coll, Sn@ke, Rigin, Eyeliss & Regu Age, Snap-8 & Argireline at a total of 60%. Best applied both morning & night.

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Share the SkinScience Love!

We are very excited about the upcoming year and our #nofilter campaign!  We hope you are too.  We hope you are excited enough to “share” SkinScience with someone you know that might enjoy being a part of the SkinScience family!

As part of our January renewal process, we’ve redesigned our referral program.  As you know, we LOVE referrals.  It is one of our favorite things about what we do.  Knowing that you enjoyed your experiences and results with SkinScience so much, that you shared that with a friend.

On top of that, referrals are the heart of our business.  They are what allow us to continue to do what we love!

As a thank you, for every person you send us, we send you a gift of $25 towards your favorite full service treatment – or – 10% off the product of your choice!

There is no limit to how many you can receive!

So start ‘Sharing the Love’ and have the best year ever with SkinScience (of course, with #nofilter!).

Mikelle, Marie, Nivean and Misean

Introducing “Bright + Glow” ~ SkinScience’s New Treatment Package!

A complexion that is smooth and bright, who doesn’t want that? So many of us desire to be able to wear less makeup, and still look naturally radiant, to have that natural glow.

 

Now, at SkinScience we have a way all of that can be yours!

 

Introducing our newest package of in-clinic treatments, the ‘Bright + Glow’ Skin Package.

 

Marie and I will both tell you that combining different treatments will maximize results. The ‘Bright + Glow’ treatment package allows us to target specific concerns from different angles, optimizing the final result.  This package is a total of 6 treatments, with each treatment being performed once every two weeks.  Alternating between Dermaplaning combined with our custom designed Radiance Peel, and our IPL laser technology (photo rejuvenation).

 

This package was designed using data collected over years that shows having a mid level exfoliating treatment (like a peel or dermaplaning) prior to an IPL treatment increases the efficacy of the IPL by up to 30%!

 

That’s huge! This package is designed for anyone that has sun damage, brown spots, broken capillaries or redness that dulls his or her glow.  It is designed to create skin that is smooth to the touch, more even in tone and texture and bring back the glow that is so often dimmed with the return of fall.  Bonus: many people notice an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles too!

 

Priced at just $999 this saves you over 40%. Money in your pocket and smoother, brighter, happier skin!

 

Call today to book your appointment! You won’t be sorry!

 

 

Your anti-aging experts,

 

Mikelle & Marie

 

PS: For this package only, we are now offering a 3-month payment program! Sign up and pay for your package over 3 months, no interest or fees! Call the clinic for details ~ 403-287-1477