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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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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Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive underarm sweat, it  can leave you embarrassed, flustered, and even spending lots on clothes.

An excellent way to fight the condition is with the superb miraDry treatment. This is a non-invasive therapy and works to permanently remove sweat and odor.  There is also the benefit of underarm hair reduction. The benefit of the treatment is that results are immediate.

miraDry has been cleared by the FDA. Best of all, it can be done in our office and takes less than two hours.

More on the miraDry procedure

These include:

  • Results are usually immediate and permanent after your treatment
  • There is little to no discomfort during and also after your treatment
  • You can achieve results after just one and maximum after two quick treatments
  • Advanced cooling technology helps to protect the surrounding tissue during treatment
  • Treatment is a once-off thing, you don’t need any top-up sessions down the line
  • The elimination of your underarm sweat glands doesn’t undermine your body’s ability to properly cool itself off
  • You can resume non-strenuous activities and works right after your treatment

miraDry results you can look forward to

As you can see, miraDry is a fast and effective way to say goodbye to excessive underarm sweat for good. But there are even more amazing results to be had.

  1. Goodbye to wet marks

Thanks to miraDry’s fast acting and permanent results, you can look forward to a wardrobe for full of favorites that will last a long time.

  • No more deodorant stains

Speaking of wet marks, you’ll no longer have to worry about your favorite t-shirt or black dress sporting chalky white marks as you’ll no longer need to layer on the deodorant.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff

Whether it’s a first date or a big presentation, with no sweat stains, it won’t be as obvious that you’re uncomfortable, nervous or anxious.

  • Clean and fresh all day long

Being sweaty at work all day is uncomfortable and embarrassing. It feels like you’re constantly adjusting to get comfortable. Continuous sweat is also unhealthy and can result in itchy rashes. With miraDry, your underarms will stay clean and fresh.

  • The fun of being carefree

Without having to worry about excessive underarm sweat, you’re free to head off with your colleagues for an after work get-together without looking, or smelling like it’s been a tough, long day.

What you need to know about miraDry

A miraDry procedure can take between 1 and 2 hours. While you’ll enjoy results from your very first session, you may need two treatments spread-out about 3 or 4 months apart for optimal success. But after that, the results are permanent, and you won’t need any touch-up sessions in the future.

miraDry is a fairly painless procedure, too. Some patients do report mild discomfort, but this is alleviated with a local anesthesia in your underarm area.

Immediately after your procedure, you may need ice and over-the-counter pain relievers. You can expect a small amount of localized swelling and pain, but it will subside within a couple of weeks. The good news is that you can return to your exercise routine within just a few short days.

A safe and fast procedure

You should notice a reduction in underarm sweat immediately after your first treatment session. Studies show that sweat is reduced by over 80%. Most patients enjoy permanent results after just 2 sessions, but it can vary depending on the severity of your hyperhidrosis.

miraDry is a safe and non-invasive procedure. While it eliminates your underarm sweat glands, your body is still able to regulate its temperature. After all, you have over four million sweat glands and only 2 percent of those are found under the arms.

Is miraDry the procedure for you?

miraDry is ideal for people who suffer from excessive underarm sweating that causes embarrassing stains. If this sounds like you, it’s time to book your miraDry session!

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

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We all try our best to strike a balance as we age. But with age, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Skin tags, age spots, and wrinkles become more noticeable.

Even if you do everything right, your hands can give away your age.

It’s your hands that do the talking when it comes to giving away your real age. The hands take use and abuse compared to your face. From dryness to discoloration, your hands tell a vivid story.

Here’s what your hands might just be telling other people and what you can do about it.

Too much time in the sun

Sun exposure plays a big role in the aging process. Cumulative exposure over the years can result in thinner skin, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, and brown spots.

Regular sunscreen can protect your hands from sunburn and skin cancer; It helps in protecting your hands from the harsh aging effects of the sun.

It’s easy to forget about the hands when you’re protecting other parts of your body, which leaves them exposed daily to the sun. UV radiation results in a lot of skin changes associated with aging. The key is to not forget about your hands when you’re applying sunscreen. Don’t forget to reply when you wash your hands.

Hands-on hobbies

If you’re a big fan of hobbies that cause calluses, we have solutions for you.

Calluses are hardened bits of skin that appear from repeated friction and pressure. While they’re not usually sore, calluses can be a sign that you’re putting too much pressure on your bare hands and you need to protect your skin better.

While calluses aren’t really a cause for concern, you should treat them as soon as they pop up, or rather work to prevent them completely. The easiest way to do this is to wear gloves and the right protective padding when using anything that necessitates a forceful grip.

If you already have calluses, the best way to treat them is to soak your hands in warm water. Then, use a pumice stone to gently rub away the dead skin.

If you leave calluses to grow, there’s a chance your skin will become so dry and thick that it will tear. Split calluses are extremely painful.

Instead, seek regular beauty treatments so that your hands tell the world you’re young and fresh instead of a hardcore hobbyist!

Your hands can tell the world volumes. With regular care, you can make sure they tell everyone you’re younger than you are!

Keep your hands rejuvenated with treatments at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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Spider Veins

May 3, 2019

Spider veins, especially, are a common appearance as we age. It’s not a huge cause for concern, and spider veins aren’t necessarily painful, but they can be unsightly confidence killers.

The good news is that you can do something about your spider veins, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal!

What causes spider veins?

There are a number of things that can cause spider veins. Common causes include:

  • Pregnancy – when you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases and causes the veins to enlarge.
  • Age – as we age, so our valves in the veins weaken.
  • Hormones – hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, as well as taking certain progesterone or estrogen medications and birth control pills can result in spider veins.
  • A sedentary lifestyle.
  • A family history of spider veins.
  • Sun exposure – too much time in the sun can lead to spider veins on the nose or cheeks, especially if you’re fair-skinned.
  • Obesity puts extra pressure on your veins.
  • Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time or sitting with your legs crossed too often.

Spider veins are an inflammatory process, so they can be painful. The veins get stretched out and dilated, and that means they send local inflammatory messages to your brain, resulting in pain and swollen legs.

Thanks to laser therapy, you can minimize the appearance of your spider veins.

How laser therapy helps with spider veins

When spider veins are still superficial and relatively small, lasers like ClearScan can be set to precisely target the pigment in your veins. This causes the blood to coagulate, destroying the veins.

It’s a quick and fairly painless movement that feels a little like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Depending on how many veins must be treated and the density of each vein, a session can take anywhere from just 15 minutes up to an hour.

ClearScan

If your spider veins are sore or simply unsightly, it’s time to have them removed. ClearScan can help restore the color and tone of your skin. The laser treatment works to gently eliminate visible vascular structures and broken capillaries from the skin’s most upper surface.

The laser energy heats up those unwanted vessels, making them a whole lot less noticeable, or removing them completely.

Here’s what happens during a treatment

When you arrive for a ClearScan procedure, you’ll receive safety glasses or shields to protect your eyes. Next, laser energy is delivered to the area of the skin that requires treatment.

You might feel a brief hot or warm sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by your spider veins.

How long your treatment will take all depends on the size of the area being treated.

Recovering After ClearScan spider vein laser removal

Healing time depends on the treatment. In most instances, there is no downtime and you can carry on with your day right away. You may experience a little redness after your treatment, but this subsides within a few hours.

Fast-Acting treatment for fast results

Some spider veins disappear immediately with laser treatment, while other destroyed vessels may become lighter or simply less visible in appearance.

The laser treatment works to collapse the unwanted vessels, so over a period of time, your body will naturally re-absorb the vessels, the same way you heal from bruises.

The process can take around several weeks.

You may need several treatments

How many treatments you will need also depends on the severity of your spider veins, and you may require several treatments for success.

Improvement lasts for a number of years at a time, but new veins may develop over time, which means you’ll need to book a touch-up treatment as necessary.

Preventing spider veins

Of course, once you get rid of your spider veins, you’ll want to prevent more developing.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid sitting or standing for longer periods
  • Elevate your legs when you’re resting
  • Avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing around your legs and waist

Spider veins can be sore, and they can certainly knock your confidence. But thanks to ClearScan laser treatments, they can be removed quickly and effortlessly!

Book your ClearScan treatment today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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Forever Young BBL

April 26, 2019

Many people go by the adage that time heals all wounds. Your skin, though, begs to differ. Over time, you start to age, and your complexion becomes more vulnerable to the inevitable factors of aging.

Besides the natural effects of time, pollution, and sun damage all have an impact on the way your skin matures.

Luckily, there are effective treatments on the market to help reduce age and sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and redness to help give you a rejuvenating boost and leave you looking younger.

But which treatment do you choose? With so many on the market, it’s a daunting thought. And now, we’re proud to include Forever Young BBL treatments among other anti-aging technology.

What’s the difference?

Forever Young BBL is the latest technology in light therapy. There’s little to no downtime and you can enjoy amazing long-term benefits.

Best of all, it’s the only device that’s shown to actually change the expression of the genes associated with aging. With regular treatments, you can achieve smoother, clearers, and younger looking skin. There’s no denying that Forever Young BBL is a revolutionary and gentle anti-aging treatment that offers proven results to fight the effects of aging.

It has been confirmed that treating aged skin with BroadBand Light (BBL) dramatically improves the appearance of aging skin. Forever Young BBL can reduce or altogether eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of aging.

Expert technology for a lasting difference

So, what really makes Forever Young BBL different from other anti-aging technology? The secret lies in the expert technology. BBL technology differs in that it goes beyond repairing damaged skin and actually makes changes at the molecular level to rejuvenate your skin cells.

What’s more, thanks to the first-class technology, BBL treatments are considerably shorter than other types of treatments. You can have your full face treated in a matter of 15 minutes.

As for which areas can be treated with Forever Young BBL, any area can be treated, with people popularly opting to treat their face, neck, chest, shoulders, and the back of their hands. Also, treatment plans are personalized based on your skin and what you want to achieve. This means that the number of treatments you’ll need will depend on your goals and your skin’s needs, but typically 3 – 6 treatments can be down four weeks apart.

More about a forever young bbl treatment

When your treatment starts, your skin will feel warm as it absorbs the light. You may feel a very light rubber band snapping sensation. You will experience slight redness right after your session, but this goes away within just a few hours. Your treated skin will feel smoother and refreshed shortly after. Best of all, you’ll start noticing results from your very first session, with pores shrinking and fine lines smoothing out.

Recovery and results

There’s pretty much no downtime with Forever Young BBL. Typically, you can return to work and apply your makeup straight after your session. Full results of your treatment should be noticeable after about a month.

Before your sessions you will need to avoid sun exposure, but this is something you should be doing to avoid the effects of aging on your skin, anyway!

Try forever young BBL today

If you’re looking for an fast-acting, and long-lasting way to minimize and even reduce the signs of aging, it’s time to try Forever Young BBL and say goodbye to fine lines, wrinkles, large pores, sun spots, and a host of other natural aging occurrences.

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

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Are you prone to hyperpigmentation?

What exactly is pigmentation?

Pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, refers to dark patches of your skin. They can be big or small patches.

It’s is generally not a harmful concern. Hyperpigmentation may leave your skin looking unsightly or uneven.

Our skin gets its color from melanocytes – cells that produce pigments. These melanocytes produce melanin and that’s what gives your skin its color. If the melanocytes become damaged, or pushed into overdrive, they start producing more melanin, causing dark patches of skin.

What really causes hyperpigmentation?

The culprits vary from environmental factors, to lifestyle, and even hormonal changes.

Acne can cause dark spots once the acne clears. Other culprits include injuries to skin and age spots. Age spots often occur from sun damage due to sun exposure and insufficient sun protection. They are small, dark patches usually found on your face, hands and other parts of the body frequently exposed to the sun.

When hormonal changes are the cause of hyperpigmentation, it’s called chloasma or melasma. The spots look similar to age spots but are usually larger areas of darker skin that appear more often due to hormonal fluctuations. For instance, pregnancy can lead to melanin overproduction, causing what some women call the mask of pregnancy. Also, women on birth control pills may develop hyperpigmentation since their bodies also undergo similar hormonal changes.

Obagi Nu-Derm is here to help

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation and want to control your skin’s pigment, it’s time to try Nu-Derm from Obagi.

The system has been designed to transform your skin’s appearance. With regular use, Nu-Derm can reduce dark spots to reveal healthier and younger-looking skin. This product is perfect for people who suffer from rough skin, age spots, and yellow or reddish complexions as well as hyperpigmentation.

Best of all, you can add the entire kit to your skincare regimen.

How to avoid hyperpigmentation

Besides a careful skincare regimen with Obagi’s Nu-Derm, there are a few things you can do to avoid hyperpigmentation and avoid or lessen the harmful impact of UV light and skin damage.

  1. Always apply sunscreen

Freckles, age spots and other areas of hyperpigmentation are all created and increased by UV light. While you might look and feel healthier with a golden tan, there’s really no such thing as a safe tan. Any change to the color of your skin may result in skin damage. You can avoid activating that melanin production system by using sunscreen every day.

If you’re looking for bronzed glow, use a self-tanner.

  • Use Brightening Actives

If you are prone to breakouts, you should use a brightening active the moment a breakout develops. Aim to use it before hyperpigmentation sets in and you might just avoid darker patches of skin.

What brightening actives so is inhibit the production of melanin.

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to discuss your skincare needs.

 

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