Yes, I hate to say it, but our blissful warm weather must come to an end very soon the September Equinox will cross the celestial equator and head south again.
It is the time kids head back to school for a new academic year (a little late, but non-the less), and families get back into their routines after well-deserved time off. Of course, it is also when our clients realize that the summer time fun has caused them to be somewhat lax with their skin care. The results of this less than optimal skin care regime, and the one or two sunburns obtained when they did not pay enough attention, is now becoming visible.
No, you are not yet complaining about the dull, lifeless appearance that is left due to the oxidative stress your skin has incurred over these fabulous summer nights in front of campfires after days spent on the ocean or the lake, but we know it will come.
It is a time of year we actually love. As we all start stocking up with scarfs and gloves, and fabulous fall jackets, we want to invite you, our clients, in for a skin review to face where you are at, and decide what we shall we put into your skin wardrobe this fall.
Here are some of our top tips for end of summer skin protection:
- Keep up the protection. Don’t forget to protect from the sun just because it might be getting cooler. Now is the time to be extra vigilant about your sun protection because you want your skin to be ready to start or resume treatments that are high risk and best done in the fall or winter. Treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light and even Laser Hair Removal.
- Anti-Oxidant prime time! Summer brings about oxidative stress because the process of creating pigment forms part of our natural built-in protective system and requires a lot of energy. This leaves us with free radicals. The presence of the red head gene (MRC1C) causes this oxidative stress to create free radicals to a greater extent. Anti-Oxidants help to ‘mop up’ these free radicals that can cause mayhem in the skin, including premature aging. It goes without saying that the cell membranes might be a bit fragile at this stage, and will require strengthening to keep it healthy and viable.
- Combat the dryness. Yes, as the season nears an end, and particularly in skin with diffused redness (a tendency to be red) and lipid dryness, the oxidative stress compounds into lipid peroxidation,that leaves the skin feeling, and sometimes looking, like a leather couch in desperate need of treatment to prevent it from cracking and to bring back elasticity and luster.
- Deal with the Pigmentation. Now everyone notices areas of pigmentation that became more noticeable as they have darkened over summer. Let’s face it, this pigment thing is hard, and frankly anti-aging is easier to achieve than pigment correction. If you are younger, you have half a chance. If you are over 35 years of age, you are looking at skin that has already lost 10-15% of its functioning melanocytes (responsible for this thing called pigment) due to chronological age! Never mind the lifestyle choices made in the journey. On top of that, we don’t have a bottomless pit of these cells that make our pigment. If one gets damaged it cannot be traded for a new model, you have to deal with what you’ve got, and yes, you might end up with a ‘junkyard’ of these ‘rusting’ cells. Despite the odds, we also cannot afford to do nothing as this will only exasperate the problem. Early intervention has the highest chance of a positive outcome, and while it is a challenge, I am living proof that, yes, it is possible!
Services that may benefit you: Medi-Facial, Photorejuvenation (IPL), Dermal Needling.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL: We must mention that it is the season to have your unwanted hair dealt with NOW so you can have worry-free summer in 2015.
Written by: René Serbon
Tags : Skin, Fall, Skin Protection, Dry Skin, Intense Pulsed Light, Laser Hair Removal
Pigmentation a Top Concern
This is the time of the year when our clients come flooding through the door asking for solutions for pigmentation concerns as a few extra hours of UVR exposure is starting to make pigmentation more obvious.
Pigmentation is a top skin concern among clients and is only second to aging. The trouble is that since it is such a complex process it is sometimes more challenging to address than aging is, and some treatment modalities can indeed make the condition worse instead of bringing about the promised improvement.
Last week the Canadian Cancer Society brought out some interesting statistics.
CBC News reported on 28 May 2014 that according to the Canadian Cancer Society (please find a link to this story on our facebook page)
" A single, blistering sunburn before the age of 20 can double a person’s chance of developing melanoma. Research also suggests that people who first start using indoor tanning beds before the age of 65 are also at higher risk.
British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. have tanning bed legislation to help protect young people.
The society expects over 80,000 skin cancer cases in Canada this year — nearly the same number of cases of the top four cancers combined, namely lung, breast, prostate and colorectal."
I find this astonishing especially when you consider that skin cancer is most likely more preventable than other cancers. We will take appropriate dietary and exercise measures in an effort to reduce risks of cancer in general, but forget to simply put on good sunscreen and seek out shade for ourselves and our children.
It brings us as professionals in the skin care industry back to the importance of client education. We use opportunities in summer with these inquiries about pigmentation and other skin color concerns to educate our clients about the importance of protection and emphasize that prevention is the best approach. We are not afraid to say no to certain services if our client has a high risk skin. It is not about the dollar, and we know our clients will invest in us when we put what is in your best interest first, and sometimes that means no, or not now. Instead, you'll be encouraged and recomended to use an appropriate home care regime to start preparing your skin for these potential services later on. Believe me; you will thank us for saying no now.
Dermaviduals® Plant Liposome Concentrate is the go to product when it comes to the prevention of pigmentation. Used in combination with Day Cream or Day Cream Plus your clients will have the ultimate solution in the fight against the formation of new pigment.
Plant Liposome Concentrate can be used in neat application or in a custom blended DMS base cream in which case we recommend that you combine it with Vitamin B Liposome Complex and Vitamin C Liposome Concentrate.
Written by: René Serbon
Wrinkles! - Customers can well do without these, and that is the reason why so many willingly buy every promoted anti-aging skin care product on the market. The aim of these products, however, if they are truly “anti-aging”, should instead be on the effective prevention of the aging process at a cellular level.
Treatment options of cosmetic products have seen considerable progress within the past few years. Many of us cannot believe our eyes when we see how people over 50 present themselves in today's media. At first glance there don't seem to be any more ‘old’ people around, though we are regularly reminded every morning as we gaze into the mirror that the aging process cannot be stopped. But just what exactly is behind these anti-aging products and what can they really achieve?
Just showing off ...?
Most anti-aging products on the market today serve their purpose purely in the sense of the term “cosmetic”, which means “designed for decorative purposes rather than having any real function”. Besides their cover-up effects, the “pigments” in cosmetics can reduce the optical appearance of wrinkles by means of reflecting light and hiding shadow. The added “hyaluronic acid” has a padding effect on the skin, reducing gauntness. Muscle relaxing peptides and exotic extracts make tiny wrinkles disappear, just to mention a few examples of the rapidly developing product groups.
In the true sense of the word, the term “anti-aging” is not appropriate to use in connection with the products mentioned above, as they have no effect on aging itself. To avoid misunderstanding, it should also be emphasized that there is no question about the importance of the mentioned products, as “effect” products. They can improve one’s appearance temporarily. Yet, what about actual anti-aging effects? Where exactly does the lasting effect start? Unfortunately, it is simply impossible to turn back the biological clock and just spirit away every visible effect of time. The crucial point here is to begin with “preventive” measures against the aging processes as early as possible. In this field, significant advances have occurred.
Well-adjusted skin protection
As we all know, protection of the skin is of vital importance in anti-aging. The principal aim here is to protect against sun radiation. But these protective measures are still insufficient for sun-addicted individuals in particular. Also, IR (Infrared Radiation) affects the skin, and there are still no filter substances to prevent this. Besides the use of proper skin care, only common sense can help. In other words, it is highly recommended to stay in the shade as much as possible.
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An effective anti-ageing program includes the preservation of the NMF (moisture balance, protection against radicals) as well as the barrier layers, the protection against sun radiation, and their consequences, the support of regenerative processes as well as the maintenance of the fatty acid balance of the skin. When the above mentioned are in balance the way it should be then premature ageing would be a matter of the past.
The following concept against premature skin aging is based on the theory of corneotherapy. Corneotherapy is a new field of interest within the boundaries of dermatology and cosmetics and aims at a long term stabilization of the skin barrier. A healthy and functioning skin barrier provides complete protection against dehydration, the penetration of germs, allergens, irritants, radicals and radiation. The protection supports a gradual healing of inflammations and other skin problems as the external causative agents are blocked off by an intact skin barrier.
It goes without saying that this seemingly basic principle cannot solve every potential skin problem. However, the studies prove that the long term effects in the skin after a treatment with appropriate skin caring substances can be compared with, topically active pharmaceuticals - without any side effects. Hence, it is obvious to adopt a healthy daily skin care routine, with appropriate products, then the prevention of premature skin aging or anti-aging is the outcome of that daily care.
The following should take place to prevent the premature ageing of the skin:
1. Skin protection –on a daily basis
2. Supportive skin regeneration –through correct skin care
3. Individual treatment of skin problems – because problems become compounded when left untreated.
4. Typical anti-aging actives –ideally custom blended into your daily moisturizer.
5. Skin diagnosis - a precondition for treatment - to ensure that early intervention occurs
6. Treatment procedures – to address concerns that are already visible
At Penticton Laser and Skin Clinic, we are asked, on a daily basis to help our clients overcome this concern. The dry climatic atmosphere makes it harder to achieve but, luckily, we have phenomenal products and procedures to help you fight the ageing process. While aging is a normal part of life, it does bring concern when the onset of this is premature.
The answer lies in our clinic. We use skin care that contains no preservatives, emulsifiers, fragrances, colorants, mineral oils, or silicones. Therefore, it does not interfere with the skin’s natural barrier. Additionally, the products include everything needed including essential fatty acids to provide skin protection and support the skin regeneration. We can target specific problems and concerns by adding actives based on your unique needs by making up your custom blended moisturizer with everything needed in one bottle. We do advanced skin analysis for those who want to learn how to look after their skin the best way possible. Treatment procedures can have you look good and feel great today with facials to maintain a healthy skin and corrective treatments for immediate results includes, Botox, Fillers, Photorejuventation treatments. And winter is the time to deal with unwanted hair through Laser Hair Removal too.
To find out more, call us for your complimentary consultation today! 250-490-8590
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There are “12 essential nutrients” your cells need to make the collagen that shapes and supports your skin. Many of you may only have about 50% of these in your “anti-aging” collection. Another interesting fact is that the cells (fibroblasts) that make collagen only do so when they are “awake”, so to speak. So how do we wake them up? They basically need to be “injured” in some way to trigger the healing process that makes more collagen.
To achieve this, various treatments are offered today such as Chemical Peels, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), Thermage (radio frequency energy used to heat the deeper layers of the skin) and Laser (the latest being Fraxel and Afirm: thousands of minute columns of light interspaced so that not all tissue is affected, hence faster recovery time from the resulting thermal damage.) Unfortunately, many of these technologies are being used as “stand alone” treatments for certain symptoms, such as brown spots, without considering the underlying causes.
A new option for awakening fibroblasts is “Dermal Rolling” (skin needling). This simple treatment also allows topically applied nutrients through the skin in large quantities and is safe for all skin types. It will even out skin tone, decrease scarring, improve wrinkles and tighten skin. New studies in Germany reveal that “Dermal Rolling” causes massive surges in growth factors to promote normal collagen, as opposed to “scar” collagen which some treatments cause. When used in conjunction with your 12 essential nutrients contained within the right skin care regime the possibilities are very exciting.
Dermal rolling can be done at home, and thus you have one of the best treatment programs at your fingertips. This simple tool also allows more nutrients into the skin. Take control, and make the healing powers ‘within’ work for you to help you look your best.
For best results in whatever path you choose in the fight against ageing, it is highly encouraged to have a proper skin analysis done that comprises of both a home care ritual and a plan for your options in treatment modalities. Treatment results are shown to last longer when supported by using skin care that contains the correct nutrients to maintain skin health. Ask a professional to design a skin care “plan of attack” for designed for your individual needs. (This may include Dermal Rolling, IPL, Theramage, Botox, Juvederm, and of course proper skin care)