The first step to determining how to look after your skin and which products to use is to identify your skin type. Taking a little time to learn your skin’s needs can help you pick the perfect options for a healthier and more radiant complexion.

Everybody’s skin is unique. But there are some common skin types that can help you determine where your skin fits in the most.

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at a few ways to figure out what’s not working for your skin.

  1. Products leaving greasy residue

If this is the case, you may think you have oily skin. The truth is, your moisturizer may be a little too rich for your skin type. The skin can only absorb so much product, so the rest sits on the surface, clogging your pores.

  • Products burn or sting

This is a sign that the product isn’t right for your skin type. These reactions don’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin, the product could simply be incompatible with your skin.

  • Produces make your skin feel dry and tight

This doesn’t always mean you have dehydrated or dry skin. Certain products and ingredients strip the skin of moisture as part of the process.

  • Products leave your skin unbalanced

Stop using the product immediately. Inflammation often results in aging. Even if you’re inducing skin irritation unintentionally, products that leave your skin irritated and unbalanced are just wrong for you.

  • Exfoliating products leave you flaky

If you use exfoliating products but your skin is still flaky and dry, it means you may be overdoing it. Too much exfoliation can harm your skin’s moisture barrier, leaving invisible cracks in the skin for moisture to escape. This makes your skin flaky and dry.

Figuring out your skin type

  1. Normal/Combination Skin

If you have normal/combination skin, you probably have dry cheeks. So, you need a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy but can retain moisture where you need it.

People with normal skin are prone to breakouts around the cheeks, along with a well-moisturized t-zone. Daily, gentle exfoliation is important to keep your skin in balance.

  • Dry Skin

Dry skin can leave your face feeling tight all day long, and you may even notice flaking. This skin type is usually due to environmental factors and genetics. Dehydration is also a big factor. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol.

Daily exfoliation is also key, ideally with non-abrasive and gentle ingredients that promote cell growth without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Without that extra layer of dead skin, your products will absorb more effectively.

  • Oily Skin

Too much oil can leave your pores clogged and congested. The good news is that oily skin often looks more supple and younger. That’s because it is less prone to wrinkling and has more natural moisture.

Daily exfoliation is essential to prevent a buildup of products and clogged pores. A gentle exfoliator can also help to balance the tone and texture of the skin.

People with oilier skin are also prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which means dark spots on your skin once breakouts have healed. Again, exfoliation can help by lightening the dark spots and revealing new cells.

Finding the right products to take better care of your skin

Obagi is a leader in skin health. This physician-dispensed skincare company has listened to your needs and has an exceptional understanding of skincare needs. The brand has designed a variety of skincare products for different skin types, designed to address concerns and leave you look and feeling fresh, healthy, and in control.

Book an appointment with the ENVY Skin Clinic team today to find the perfect Obagi skin care products for your skin type.

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Creating the perfect skincare routine for your skin type and concerns is a daunting task.

Envy Skin Clinic’s Obagi line has created professional and clinical-grade products and skincare lines that incorporate highly targeted treatments. The idea is to have products for the home that works to address your area of concern, taking the guesswork out of finding and combining the right products for your skin’s needs.

The Nu-Derm 6-Step System from Obagi

The 6-step system from Obagi works for many reasons. Most importantly, it is a medical-grade skincare product. It has been designed by professional dermatologists and it contains pharmaceutical quality and prescription-strength ingredients.

Over the counter products do not contain the same percentage of pharmaceutical quality ingredients that Nu-Derm contains.

What does it all mean for your skin?

This means that your skincare products from Obagi are of a much higher quality and simply designed to work better. Obagi’s Nu-Derm system has been designed as a 6-step system to help fight the signs of aging and both renew and rejuvenate your skin. The system contains a combination of products that you should layer on one another for the best results.

Just because Nu Derm is a 6-step system, doesn’t mean you need to use all 6 products to get optimal results. It also means you’re free to mix and match other Obagi products with other high-quality skincare products to get the results you’ve always wanted.

Let’s consider three of the top benefits of Obagi’s Nu Derm system.

  1. Excellent variety of products

Obagi’s Nu-Derm line has been designed to help with acne scars, melasma, freckles, and age spots. Your dermatologist may recommend the entire 6-step system if they thing your skin can benefit from it. The Nu-Derm system includes:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Exfoliator
  • Vitamin C serums
  • SPF

When you use the Nu-Derm system, it’s important to work with a professional who knows how to monitor your progress and any reactions you might experience.

  • Highly effective treatment

Nu-Derm’s cleanser and blender products contain an ingredient called hydroquinone. This ingredient is considered by dermatologists to be one of the most effective for treating hyperpigmentation.

Hydroquinone works to inhibit an activity called tyrosinase and ensure it doesn’t convert into melanin – the chemical that causes dark pigment in your skin. While non-prescription creams may legally contain up to 2 percent of hydroquinone, as a medical-grade product, Nu-Derm products contain 4 percent. This is the maximum amount allowed with a prescription when it comes to correcting skin discoloration.

Are you a candidate for Obagi’s system?

The Nu Derm system is perfect for people who have:

  • Rough skin
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Yellowish complexion
  • Erythema (redness)

The system has also been designed to improve early signs of aging, providing a healthier, brighter skin. The system helps to attack a dull complexion, fine lines and wrinkles, and roughness.

Visit a skin care specialist first

We recommend consulting a skin health expert for best results, and to help determine which products from the Nu Derm System will be best for your skin.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

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Why adults suffer from acne

There are a number of reasons for this. Adult-onset acne can occur for many reasons. From family history and fluctuating hormone levels, to stress, certain skincare and hair products, to the side effects of some medications. Navigating adult acne can be daunting. If you’re noticing more frequent breakouts, there’s good news. Besides keeping a regular skin care routine with the right products, you can choose from several effective skincare systems.

Acne can be unpredictable and it can be tricky to get under control. It can become more complicated with age.

Finding a tried and tested system, can really help control your adult acne.

Chemical Peels

Regular chemical peels can help to improve mild to moderate acne. During a treatment session, a chemical peeling agent is applied to your face. The chemicals typically include ingredients like BHAs – a salicylic acid that acts as an anti-inflammatory to break down and exfoliate the outer layer of your skin. There’s also AHAs, which are similar to glycolic acid. This acid reduces inflammation and spots.

Chemical peels are good for treating active acne as well as hyperpigmentation; these are the discolored spots that acne tends to leave behind. They also work well for superficial acne scars. Peels that include glycolic acid can also work to improve acne and pigment changes for people with darker skin.

Lights and Lasers

Multiple treatments of skincare systems that use lights and lasers, such as MicroLaser Peel, ProFractional, and BBL, conducted at repeated intervals can help keep adult acne at bay. Broadband Light (BBL) is an advanced technology that uses pulsed light to improve pigmentation, age spots, veins, broken capillaries, and adult acne. It’s an effective way to restore your youthful appearance.

Say goodbye to adult acne once and for all

Adult acne is more common than you may realize. If you suffer from frequent breakouts, inflammation, and pigmentation, you know that treating your skin is an ongoing process of ups and downs. Some days or months are better than others. You don’t need to continually experiment with different products and treatments.  It’s always best to see an expert.

With professional skincare systems and personalized skincare routine advice, you can kick your acne to the curb and once again enjoy clear, smooth, and youthful-looking skin.

Book a consultation with the experienced team at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

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BroadBand Light (BBL) facial rejuvenation reduces skin damage, shaving years off your appearance. The advanced lasers send light energy through your pigment-containing cells to destroy unwanted pigmentation.

Forever Young BBL has been designed to treat a variety of skin conditions and help fight against the hands of time. Best of all, you can treat every area of the body with BBL.

What happens during treatment?

During your treatment, the Forever Young BBL uses visible spectrum light to improve your complexion. While the treatment improves the appearance of the top layers of your skin, BBL also works below into the dermis to revitalize skin cells. After several treatments, you can expect to see significant age-defying results along with a more even and clearer complexion.

Forever Young BBL is the ideal solution for the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines
  • Sunspots
  • Acne
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Skin tone, elasticity, and firmness

After a recommended amount of treatments, you’ll enjoy younger-looking skin with better tone, texture, and overall firmness.

Fighting the signs of aging with forever young bbl.

Wrinkles, redness, and pigmented blotches – all of which make you appear older – can be improved with BBL treatment.

The machine has been designed to use several filters that target different skin concerns. By using a combination of filters, we can tailor your treatment to suit your skin problems.

The process will restore your skin to its natural, beautiful complexion, making it vibrant and smoother.

  1. BBL helps acne

Often, oral medication is the go-to solution for significant acne. But if you have milder acne or have been left with acne scars that make you look older than you are, BBL can help to settle down active pustules. It does this by calming down inflammation and treating the redness that comes with scarring.

  • BBL helps scarring

Scars can leave skin looking dry and full of fine lines or wrinkles too early on. With BBL, we can settle the redness of scars (including post-surgical scars). With a number of treatments, even pitted scarring can be improved. That’s because BBL encourages new collagen formation, leaving your complexion clearer, smoother, and looking as young as you feel.

  • BBL goes below the surface.

Not only does BBL repair imperfections that cause early signs of aging on the top layers of your skin, but it also targets those same issues where they usually begin – below your skin’s surface.

Thanks to the cutting-edge technology, BBL’s heat and light energy can penetrate deeper layers of the skin to destroy pigment in cells and help to fade discolorations. In turn, collagen growth is stimulated for a plumper, firmer complexion that decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

After your forever young bbl treatment

After a BBL session, you may experience a little redness and even a sensation somewhat like a mild sunburn, but both usually settle down within a couple of hours.

Freckles, brown stops, and pigmented lesions will get darker during the first 24 hours and then flake off over the following few days, while broken capillaries just disappear.

Your skin will feel a great deal smoother and pores will be much less noticeable.

The new collagen starts forming around a week after treatment and will continue to improve for weeks afterward. Remember to follow our advice and use the recommended products for maximum antiaging results.

Thanks to BBL, you can fight the signs of aging and dramatically improve your complexion to look and feel more youthful.

Book your BBL treatment sessions today with the knowledgeable team at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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We all want to stay young. For many of us, the quest for longevity is our number one goal. Aging begins at birth and there’s no magic elixir that can stop this natural process.

On the outside, youthfulness measured by your skin’s appearance. We often judge age by a person’s face; sunspots, wrinkles, sagging, and even the lack of plumpness and a rosy complexion age your appearance.

What we can see is just a reflection of what’s going on beneath the skin’s surface. Essentially, the true aging of your skin takes place invisibly.

Understanding skin’s aging requires an understanding of both the visual changes to your complexion and what’s going on at a cellular level.

Aging at a cellular level

As you age, your skin continues to take the abuse of day to day living, like pollution, stress, and UV damage; your cell turnover rate slows down. As a result, new cells take longer to form and reach your skin’s surface. The old cells build up and remain on the surface for longer and that’s often when you start to notice signs of aging, like age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and an uneven skin tone.

Part of a solution is the Obagi Nu-Derm Advanced Skin Care System that has been specially designed to restore health to damaged skin, while evening out pigmentation problems.

Sun damage is one of the major contributors to the signs of aging, like early wrinkling and uneven pigmentation. Hormonal changes as you age, pregnancy, and contraceptive also result in brown spots and Obagi Nu-Derm can help improve these problems, too.

The Obagi Nu-Derm System

Obagi’s Nu-Derm System uses a combination of prescription and active ingredients, like Hydroquinone 4% and Tretinoin. This combination maximizes penetration to every layer of your skin. The actual dosage and frequency are determined and then monitored according to your lifestyle, needs, and of course, the condition of your skin.

The system triggers a process to increase the cellular turnover of healthy and abundant keratinocytes. This helps push fresh cells to your skin’s surface faster while promoting the exfoliation of old cells.

What’s more, the Nu-Derm System promotes even distribution or melanin, which helps to eliminate age spots and dark patches, while also suppressing the production of melanocyte and preventing hyperpigmentation.

If that’s not enough, the system improves intracellular transcription of keratinocytes to produce uniform, healthy cells, and an improved skin structure. The combination of ingredients works to stimulate fibroblasts, increasing elastin and collagen formation which leads to stronger skin, locking in hydration and improving blood flow.

In short, Nu-Derm from Obagi works to improve the function of your skin at a cellular level.

The benefits of Obagi’s Nu-Derm System

The Nu-Derm system offers a long list of benefits, but at its core, it improves the signs of aging and photodamage, including:

  • Rough skin
  • Age spots
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Redness

Are You A Good Candidate for the Nu-Derm System?

This system is best for candidates who are prepared to commit to a comprehensive skin care regimen. If you experience adult acne, want to eliminate age spots and sun damage, have hyperpigmentation and are concerned about mild to severe photo damage, you’re a good candidate for the Nu-Derm System from Obagi. Candidates with laxity, fine lines and wrinkles also do well with this treatment.

Now you can defy the signs of aging

Skin aging is a natural process. Yet daily exposure to the sun and pollutants contribute to premature aging, causing a slow down in skin cell turnover between old damaged cells and new cells. The Obagi Nu-Derm system has been designed as an anti-aging therapy that penetrates deep below your skin’s surface to transform cellular functions and correct the damage. As a result, you can look forward to younger and healthier looking skin.

Obagi’s Nu-Derm System gives you the opportunity to transform your skin from the inside out and is proven to improve skin functions, leaving you feeling and looking healthier.

Book your Obagi treatment today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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When it comes to fighting the natural process of aging, we’re always on the lookout for wonder treatments to keep up efforts to look youthful and fresh from head to toe.

When we think that our lives are written on our faces, it’s only natural to want to do a little editing – filling in a few furrows, erasing a couple of fine lines, and evening out a few patchy spots. Thanks to constant advancements in the industry, there are now a whole host of procedures and products to help rejuvenate your skin and eliminate the damage done by sun exposure and the hands of time.

Today, we’re healthier and more active than ever before, so it’s only natural that you want to stay looking as young as you feel. The good news is that you can now achieve youthful results with skin rejuvenation solutions.

The Antiaging Treatments

  1. Tissue fillers

Injecting soft tissue fillers under the skin adds height to sagging cheekbones, diminishes signs of acne scars, improves the jawline, and restores fullness to hollow eyes and cheeks. Fillers are also an excellent solution if you want to fill in fine vertical lines, plump up those deep nasolabial folds that run from outside your nostrils to the corners of your mouth, and even re-sculpt and add volume to your lips.

  •  Botulinum injections

Botulinum toxin injections include Dysport, and Botox. The injections don’t require any downtime. Botox injections are effective when it comes to temporarily smoothing fine lines on your brow, face, and neck.

  • Chemical peels

Chemical peels are fantastic for treating age spots, discoloration, wrinkles, and superficial scarring. A peel is an acid solution of either trichloroacetic, salicylic or glycolic acid. The peel is applied to your skin and promptly gets to work dissolving skin cells and getting rid of your skin’s top layers. The effects tend to vary depending on how deeply the peel penetrates your skin, and that’s all determined by the strength of the solution.

  • Laser skin therapy

If you’re looking for effective ways to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and tightness, you’ll want to consider laser therapy. The lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles while targeting specific cells in distinct layers of the skin. This means lasers can also treat conditions like spider veins, pigmented birthmarks, and port-wine stains.

Lasers can also erase acne pits and a host of other scars. There are different kinds of laser therapy treatments available, so it’s best to consult with a professional to determine the best treatment for your skin rejuvenation needs.

Book your skin rejuvenation sessions today with the team at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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Different environmental factors have different effects on your skin. Some materials, for example, can cause the tissue to break down or a build-up of fluids in your skin. Others, like tar and oil, can clog your pores, resulting in folliculitis and acne.

Other factors can lead to pigmentation changes, burns, and bacterial infections. Exposure to insulation and other building materials, and even aerosols can result in dry skin and irritation.

Then there are physical factors like the sun, cold, and heat that can call cause their own damage if you don’t look after your skin. So, if you’re not a fan of heat, you might want to avoid it. Exposing your skin to hot and humid environments can lead to irritation. When you sweat, perspiration gets trapped in the sun and results in heat rashes, blisters, and clogged pores.

On the other end of the scale, cold environments and low humidity cause dandruff, dry skin, and sometimes even frostbite.

Dry environment for healthy skin

Even if you only ever traveled a couple of hours from home, you’ve probably noticed changes in your skin. Dry desert heat, for instance, may have cleared up your acne, or you experienced a major breakout in a humid climate.

For most people, the skin adapts to the environment they live in. But it doesn’t mean your complexion is radiant and clear – that often requires regular treatments and use of products to achieve glowing, healthy skin.

It depends on your skin type

Here’s something to think about, though; there isn’t a universally ideal environment for your skin. It all depends on your skin type. For instance, if you suffer from eczema or dry skin, your skin is more likely to do well in humid conditions, which helps the skin lock in moisture.

On the other hand, if you suffer from an oily complexion, the perfect environment for you is a dry one. After just a few days in a dry area, people with oily skin notice fewer breakouts. Many even report that their skin feels “normal” and they’re able to use moisturizer more regularly.

People with sensitive skin should stay away from polluted environments since fumes and smog agitate the skin.

If you are a rosacea sufferer, stay away from sunny conditions. The UV light and heat cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to inflammation and redness.

How about Hawaii?

Honolulu boasts an average of 278 days of sun every year. Yet, this city is the perfect environment for your skin. The pollution levels are exceptionally low and there are zero high-ozone days. What’s more, Hawaii’s humid environment can benefit dry skin.

There’s no one size fits all solution

There’s no perfect environment for perfect skin, which is why it’s important to determine your skin type and adjust to the climate you live in. Everybody can benefit from using a humidifier indoors. When you run heaters or air conditioners, the ambient humidity inside is low, and that means your skin dries out. Using a humidifier can create a better balance in your environment and in your skin.

What’s more, whether you have dry skin or are prone to oily pores, it’s a good idea to seek out treatments targeted to your skin type that will help lock in nourishment and moisture, treat problem areas, and keep signs of aging – like fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation – at bay.

Book your personalized skin care treatments today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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