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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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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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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