If you’ve been noticing dimpling on your behind, you’re not alone. Up to 90 percent of women experience cellulite at some point in their lives.

What is it, really? Cellulite is the fat cells we find just under the top layer of skin. These fat cells squeeze between bands of collagen, attaching muscles to the skin.

Dermatologists suggest that poor circulation – which is mostly genetic – can make those lumps and bumps look worse. That’s because when your blood flow slows down, the collagen separates, and that means the fat comes up to the surface of the skin. That’s when you get the orange-peel effect.

It’s certainly a confidence bummer.

The good news is that there are several specific exercises that target those lumps. So, if you’re ready to kick cellulite to the curb, here are the moves you need to start doing today.

The high back kick

If you’re tired of covering up your thighs and buttocks with baggy trousers just to try and hide the appearance of cellulite, this is the strength and toning exercise for you. It’s really good for boosting circulation to the lower part of the body, and it’s great for relaxing your lower back.

Here’s what to do:

  • Position yourself all fours, supporting yourself with your knees and forearms
  • Keep your elbows right below your shoulders and your back straight
  • Lift one leg towards the ceiling, slightly bending the knee
  • Lower the leg and repeat 15 times with each leg

High knees

This is another great move for improving blood flow, and it’s low-impact, too.

Stand with your chest tall and feet slightly apart. Alternating legs, bring your knees up to chest height, flexing the working glute at the top of this movement. Try to bring your leg up as high as you can and hold for a second before alternating legs.

Aim to do 3 sets for a total of 2 minutes each.

Lateral goblet lunge

Stand tall with your feet together, pointing forward, and grip a dumbbell by one end, vertically. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Keep your left leg straight and step the right leg as far to the right as possible, bending the knee and lowering your hips as deeply as you safely can. Push off your right foot to return to the starting position. Do 20 on the right leg and then 20 on the left to tone your glutes and thighs and bust that cellulite. Aim to do 2 sets on each side.

Classic lunges

Start by standing tall with your feet hip-distance apart. Take a big step forward or backward, lowering your body, bending both knees as you do. Aim to keep the knees at 90 degrees when bent and your front knee aligned over your front ankle.

Step your feet back together and repeat. You can do all the sets of one leg and then the other, or alternate legs for a walking lunge. Aim for 3 sets of 15 on each side with these classic lunges.

The bridge

This is an effective exercise for your glutes and abductors. It works well to firm up the muscles and reduce cellulite in your thighs and buttocks.

Do this:

  • Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, a little less than hip-distance apart, and knees bent. Keep your hands flat next to you.
  • Tighten your buttocks as much as you can, keep your abs engaged and tight, and lift your pelvis upwards.
  • Hold the position for around 3 or 4 seconds and lower back to the floor.
  • Aim for 3 sets of 15 with the bridge.

Goblet plie squat

Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart and your toes turned out, like a sumo wrestler. Hold a heavy dumbbell vertically by one end using both hands. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Squat down, pushing your knees out to the sides and then return to the starting position. Aim for 2 sets of 20 to really target the thighs and buttocks and tighten up those muscles.

Start busting cellulite today

Exercise is just one way to increase blood flow to your cellulite spots.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer Venus Cellulite Reduction treatments for really target trouble areas.

Book your ENVY treatment today.

 

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Say goodbye to unwanted hair with laser hair removal

 

Laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular way to get rid of unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal can have excellent, long-term results.

So, how does it work?

What exactly is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive way of removing or reducing unwanted hair on your body.

With the number of procedures in the U.S. growing more than 51% since 2000, it’s safe to say that this technique has grown to become one of the most popular treatments in the country.

Laser hair removal is a fantastic option if you have excess body hair and want a way to effectively reduce or remove it, be it from larger or smaller areas of your body.

The procedure

Before your treatment, the area to be treated is cleaned. If it’s a particularly sensitive area, a numbing gel may be used.

When you’re ready, a beam of high-energy light is focused on your target area. The bigger the area, the longer the procedure can take. On average, smaller areas take just a few minutes while bigger areas like the legs can take up to an hour or more.

Popular laser hair removal treatment areas

Laser hair removal can be done in most areas of your body, including:

  • The face.
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Back
  • Chest

How many sessions?

Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and for different parts of the body. So, different people and different treatment areas require different amounts of sessions to achieve the desired results. Most people require 6+ treatments depending on the area.

Hair is most responsive in the living phase, called anagen. Hair follicles are not responsive to laser treatment at all stages of the growth cycle.  It’s then that they actively grow and when they have the most pigment or melanin. The more pigment a hair contains, the more light it absorbs and the higher the temperature they can be heated to. Higher temperatures make for better destruction of hair follicles.

Envy Skin Clinic is able treat all skin types from pale white to deeply pigmented dark brown. This is considered all Fitzpatrick skin types.

The benefits

There are plenty of benefits to having laser hair removal, including:

  1. Efficacy

This hair removal method is highly effective, especially if you have dark or fair skin. Many people start to achieve permanent hair loss in just 3 – 7 sessions. Different people have different results, though, and lighter hair usually needs more treatments as it takes more energy to get to the heat needed to destroy the cycle of hair growth.

  1. Precise

Laser hair removal targets the hairs and not the skin. So, it gets the hair right at the root, damaging its ability to continue growing.

  1. Speedy

While appointment times vary depending on the areas you want to be treated, laser hair removal is usually quick and there is minimal pain, as well as no downtime.

  1. No Waiting

With epilating and waxing, you need to wait for the hair to be long enough to be pulled out between treatments. With laser, you can shave within 12 hours of the treatment. In fact, we encourage it!

  1. Affordable

Laser requires a bigger up-front cost, but you can save money in the long term. You can say goodbye to paying for regular waxing and threading and no more replacing razor heads on a regular basis.

  1. Few Side Effects

Unlike other hair removal methods, there are no painful razor burns or ingrown hairs to contend with. There may just be a little skin irritation for a couple of hours after treatment, but it’s very mild.

Is laser hair removal right for you? Book an appointment with the team of expert aestheticians at ENVY Skin Clinic today to find out.

 

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Goodbye Sweat

Don’t shy away from the world! There is a solution for excessive underarm sweat

 

Summer might seem like a long way off, but it’s never too soon to start preparing for hotter days. For many people, just the thought of the warmer season brings on anxiety and stress, not to mention the embarrassment of excessive underarm sweating.

In fact, underarm sweating is an uncomfortable problem for many of us. Yet it doesn’t have to be. There is a solution.

miraDry is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates excessive perspiration right at its source, so you can get back to dressing and living with confidence.

Everything you need to know about miraDry

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. miraDry uses microwave technology to target and eliminate odor glands and sweat from your underarm area.

During treatment, a handheld device is used to deliver electromagnetic energy below your skin, targeting your sweat glands. As the device heats up, it destroys your underarm sweat glands, at the same time protecting and cooling your top layer of skin.

Treatments are painless; however, you will receive local anesthesia or lidocaine injections. Most people return to the normal routine right after treatment, and you can even continue exercising a few days later.

Compared to other sweat treatments like hyperhidrosis surgery or even Botox, miraDry is less invasive. It does have a few potential side effects.

What to expect during treatment

The innovative technology uses thermal energy, which has proven to be a good method for treating underarm odor and sweat glands. The process works to destroy hair follicles, reducing hair regrowth.

During treatment, miraDry generates targeted heat where your underarm glands are found, safely eliminating them. Thanks to advanced technology, the system continuously cools your skin during treatment for complete safety and comfort.

Since your treatment begins with local anesthesia being administered to your underarm, there is little to no pain experienced during your treatment. Some patients say they don’t feel anything during their miraDry procedure!

Post treatment

Soreness and swelling may occur in the treatment area, but it usually goes away within a few days. You may also experience an altered sensation in your underarm skin but it does disappear gradually.

How many treatments will you need?

Some people are thrilled with the results they see right after their one-hour miraDry treatment. Most patients benefit from an additional treatment for the best possible results.

What to expect after treatment?

After your treatment, your armpits will be cleaned and iced. You’ll also receive miraDry ice packs to take home. We usually suggest ibuprofen and icing for bruising, swelling, and tenderness.

If you do experience slight tenderness, redness, tingling, itching, or a short-term altered sensation in the underarm area, please don’t panic! All of these side effects disappear within a couple of days or weeks.

You won’t need much downtime after treatment if any, and you can get back to your daily activities immediately. However, you should avoid heavy physical activities like heavy lifting or running for a week post-treatment.

The results

Just one miraDry treatment delivers instant results. You’ll notice a significant reduction in your excessive sweating as soon as your treatment is done. You can always undergo another miraDry session until you are completely satisfied with the results.

The treatment leaves you clean, confident, and worry-free. You’ll no longer have to worry about your deodorant failing you every day since you’ll enjoy permanently dry armpits, leaving you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

Expanding your wardrobe

Once you’ve undergone miraDry treatment, you can say goodbye to those wet spots on your clothing. We know how hard it is to cover up excessive underarm sweating or how often you have to throw away clothing due to stains. Just one miraDry treatment could let you wear whatever you want. No more worrying about sweat or odors!

If you’re ready to dress with confidence and say goodbye to excessive sweat, it’s time to book a miraDry treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic!

 

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Get softer, smoother skin in no time at all with Microdermabrasion

Are you longing to take the next step in skin treatment, but a little concerned about recovery?

Microdermabrasion is the solution. This procedure is excellent for exfoliating skin if you want the benefits of cosmetic treatment without much downtime. It’s the perfect solution for today’s busy people.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

There are several different types of Microdermabrasion.

Traditionally, the crystal system is made up of a pump, connecting tube, a vacuum, and a handpiece. The pump works to create a high-pressure stream on crystals, like aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate, and also sodium chloride, which work to exfoliate your skin’s surface. The vacuum then works to remove both those tiny crystals and your dead skin cells.

Another type of Microdermabrasion system consists of a roughened surface, better known as diamond Microdermabrasion. The diamond Microdermabrasion machine does not produce particles. Rather, it’s considered safer for use on areas like the lips and around your eyes. The handpiece creates slower movements around the skin and can be passed over the surface of your skin more times for a deeper treatment.

What to expect after your very first Microdermabrasion treatment?

After your first treatment, your skin will have a red or pink glow, which fades after about a day. The redness may last a little longer after a more aggressive treatment.

What’s more, your skin might feel as though you spent the day in the sun or even some extreme wind. But it’s a sensation that fades fairly quickly.

During your microdermabrasion recovery time, you will notice immediate improvements. However, optimal results are only visible once you have completed the recommended number of treatments.

How often should you get Microdermabrasion?

Overall, your microdermabrasion results will vary depending on your goals and your skin type. We can offer a professional opinion on how many treatments you’ll need for optimal results.

You should leave enough time for your skin to recover in between Microdermabrasion treatments, too, so that your skin can heal effectively. Overtreating the skin with Microdermabrasion treatments by not leaving sufficient time between treatments can do more harm than good, leaving your skin feeling more sensitive than usual.

Typically, we recommend spacing your treatments at least two weeks apart.

Once you have completed the recommended number of sessions for your skin type, you can choose to have touch up sessions once every 1 to 3 months to maintain the full effects of treatment.

How to look after your skin after Microdermabrasion treatments

Of course, you’ll want to maximize your Microdermabrasion results and recovery. That’s why it’s important to carefully follow the post-procedure instructions, such as keeping your new skin properly clean and sufficiently moisturized.

It’s also important to avoid exposing your skin to the sun and wearing any makeup right after your treatment. You need to allow the skin time to heal. If you absolutely cannot avoid exposure to the sun, make sure you don’t step outdoors without an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

What to expect – The results

One of the biggest benefits of Microdermabrasion is that the results tend to be immediate and totally noticeable. Clogged or enlarged pores, fine lines, complexion issues, and a whole lot of other skin issues can be treated with Microdermabrasion.

What’s more, many patients experience a huge improvement in the tone, texture, and color of the treated areas.

So many amazing Microdermabrasion benefits

According to studies on the benefits of Microdermabrasion, regular treatments don’t just help improve skin irregularities, but also encourage radiant, smoother skin.

With Microdermabrasion treatments, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Softer fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoother skin surface
  • Less noticeable acne scars
  • Less skin discoloration
  • Reduces the appearance of pores

Book your Microdermabrasion treatment today

Microdermabrasion offers big results with little downtime. Provided you follow the post-treatment care instructions and give your skin enough time to heal between treatments, you can look forward to looking refreshed, smoother, and brighter!

Book a Microdermabrasion treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today!

 

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Cellulite beyond exercise

December 9, 2018

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If exercise isn’t enough, try other cellulite-busting solutions

 

The skin is made up of multi-layered tissue with connective cords that act similar to a net to keep your muscles, fat, and skin tethered together. When that fat pushes against the connective tissue, you get cellulite.

Cellulite is very common, most often found on the arms, lower stomach, breasts, and thighs. While many people associate cellulite with being overweight, even thin people and those who work out all the time can suffer from dimpling due to cellulite.

Is Exercise Really a Cure for Cellulite?

Believe it or not, not all types of exercise can help with cellulite. In fact, if you work out and still have cellulite, you may need to look at the types of exercises you are doing.

The American Council on Exercise says that people with cellulite ought to perform cardio activities most days of the week coupled with two to three days of resistance-training workouts. So, if you currently only do cardio, you might want to add strength training to your cellulite-busting regime.

The muscles lie underneath the skin. When you replace fat with muscle, you help your body to look more toned and reduce cellulite. Squats, lunges, bicep curls, and abdominal crunches are the types of spot-reduction exercises you can try.

But what if exercise isn’t working for you in your effort to deal with cellulite?

There are other options.

Smoothing the Bumps

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with those the unwanted appearance of dimpling skin, both naturally and with medical treatments.

There are a number of actions you can start doing right now to minimize or eliminate cellulite, such as:

  • Warm water and lemon – drink a glass of warm water with lemon as soon as you wake up to balance your body’s pH, hydrate the lymphatic system, and detoxify. On that note, proper hydration is important to keeping tissues and the lymphatic system clean, so make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
  • Quit smoking – every puff you take affects the blood supply to the skin, making it thinner and more likely to sag. This makes cellulite more visible, especially in the arms, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Dry brush – dry body brushing improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing cellulite.
  • Get a massage – treat yourself to a vacuum cup and give yourself a massage. This method can be a little sore at first, but it can help to reduce cellulite.
  • Cut the salt – sodium leads to you retaining excess water and making your skin look even more dimply and lumpy.

 

Venus Concept to Treat Cellulite

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer a non-invasive and long-lasting solution in the form of Venus Concept. The treatment is designed to reshape your body and is successful as an alternative, non-surgical solution to liposuction. Not only can it help bust cellulite in problem areas, but it can also help get rid of muffin tops!

The treatment is designed in such a way that it uses several different clinically proven solutions, such as deep tissue heating, suction, and radiofrequency energy to distribute heat to the underlying fat below the skin. The energy pulses and vacuum then work together to contour your curves. Most people require up to 8 sessions, spread out over the course of 8 weeks, but you’ll notice slight improvements within your first few treatments!

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today to discuss the best treatment for you.

 

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Remember when you were a tween and wanted nothing more than to be 16 or 18? And then, when you hit 16, you wanted to be 21?

Then, somewhere around 30, it all turned around. Suddenly, you’re thrilled if you’re asked for ID and you know you’ve really grown up. But, it’s also around then you might have started to notice even the faintest signs of aging, isn’t it?

Now, you can turn back the years thanks to Venus Viva.

What Exactly is Venus Viva?

Venus Viva uses state-of-the-art technology to resurface your skin with minimal discomfort. Treatments take just 30 minutes and most people require 3 to 4 treatments over a period of months. While most people feel just slight discomfort during the treatment, a topical anesthetic can help eliminate discomfort.

Best of all, Venus Viva’s non-invasive nature means there is hardly any recovery time. You might have a little redness and a mild sunburn sensation right after treatment, this will subsides in a couple of hours.

Venus Viva Can Treat Multiple Skin Issues

If you’ve been looking for a non-invasive way to turn back the clock and improve the texture of your skin, or you want to get rid of visible stretch marks, Venus Viva may be your answer.

The non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment aims to improve the overall texture of your skin. During treatment, SmartScan and NanoFractional Radio Frequency are combined to treat and repair damage to the skin.

Just one treatment can significantly reduce signs of:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Scars
  • UV damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea

Venus Viva is a highly innovative treatment that can improve an array of conditions that affect your skin’s texture. That’s because this treatment can cover a much larger surface area, treating multiple issues in one session so you walk out feeling, and looking, rejuvenated.

Safe, Effective Treatment

Venus Viva is safe. It’s common for radiofrequency energy to be used in medical procedures and it’s been thoroughly evaluated in a multitude of clinical studies. Before you have treatment, your medical history will be reviewed to determine if you’re in good general health before undergoing the procedure.

Long-Lasting Results to Defy Time

After treatment, your body will begin to produce new collagen and that’s when you’ll start to notice results. The great news is that the results are long-lasting. Take note, though, that while Venus Viva can certainly turn back the years, your natural aging process will continue, so you might require periodic maintenance treatments to keep your skin looking soft, firm, and renewed.

Just after your treatment, you may experience light swelling and moderate redness. But this will stop after a couple of hours to a day. You’ll receive products at your treatment to help keep your skin moisturized. This helps the healing process.

As the treatment area continues to heal, you might be a little itchy. An over-the-counter allergy pill can alleviate the itch. It’s important not to itch, pick, or scratch at the site.

Around 24 – 72 hours after treatment, small crusts will begin to form where the electrode pins made contact with your skin. You may cover them with makeup until they naturally shed.

Your Venus Viva results will continue to develop over the next few months. Each session you have will further reduce signs of wrinkles, large pores, scarring, and textural irregularities.

Instant Results for a Youthful You

Those who have undergone Venus Viva sessions report instant results. You can get straight back to your everyday activities, too. Just be careful to look after the treated area and protect it from mechanical and thermal damage as the skin heals.

You’ll also need to avoid hot baths and massages and keep the area clean to prevent infections. Be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen, too, and ideally avoid sun exposure which can have an adverse effect on your youthful results.

Book Your Venus Viva Session Today

Whether you want to defy aging and remove wrinkles or recapture the skin of your youth, we can help you achieve your goals.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today to learn more about this incredible resurfacing procedure!

 

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You can beat acne scars!

 

If you suffer from acne or have in the past, the thought of living blemish-free has probably led you to a medicine cabinet filled with creams and medications. These treatments may offer powerful results, but they also have possible side effects.

For those of you looking for alternatives to deal with acne scars, there are a few clever solutions worth considering.

Different Types of Acne Scars

Before we get into the ways to deal with scars, it’s worth noting that there are several different types. Some go away over time and others may be permanent.

  1. Skin Discoloration

Sometimes, healed scars can leave your skin looking discolored. You may have heard these scars called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The skin discoloration can remain visible even months after acne lesions have healed.

  1. Macules

Macules are red, flat spots found where acne lesions used to be. They can last several weeks and then eventually fade.

  1. Loss of Tissue

Acne scars caused by a loss of tissue are common. They go by many names including ice pick scars, soft scars, follicle macular atrophy, depressed fibrotic scars or even atrophic macules. These scars look sunken, kind of like pits.

  1. Tissue Scars

Some kinds of acne may leave scars that look like raised growths of tissue. These are either called hypertrophic scars or keloids and are caused by excess collagen production in the skin.

Now that you know there are a few different types of scars, let’s take a look at ways to deal with them.

How to Deal with Acne Scars

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer with amazing healing properties. To help get rid of your scars, scoop around a quarter of a teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil into the palm of your hand. Let it melt and then use your fingertips to massage the oil onto the scarred skin, leaving it to soak in.

You don’t need to wash the oil off since the essential fatty acids and vitamins will continue working and improving the health of your skin as long as it’s on your skin.

If the oil feels a little too heavy for your liking, try leaving it on for at least half an hour and then use an all-natural cleaner to remove it.

  1. Rose Hip Seed Oil

When it comes to naturally healthy skin treatments, rose hip seed oil is in a class all of its own. For optimum health benefits, make sure you use organic cold-pressed oil. You can apply the treatment once or twice a day to reap all the essential fatty acid benefits along with the advantages of trans-retinoic acid.

  1. Venus Viva

Venus Viva™ is a non-surgical solution for skin resurfacing that corrects signs of skin damage and improves the appearance of acne scars and other scars, stretch marks, rosacea, enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, and uneven skin texture and pigmentation..

  1. Microdermabrasion

This is a much less intensive treatment compared to dermarolling. During your treatment, a spray of tiny crystals is used to remove surface skin. The good news is that there is no downtime and with several treatments, you can treat those annoying scars.

  1. Gentle Exfoliating Products

Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin. It can also help minimize the appearance of red spots and acne scars. Removing dead skin is important since it can clog your pores and lead to the return of your acne.

Here are a few tips for exfoliating:

  • Before using any products, talk to your dermatologist to determine the right treatment for your skin type.
  • A soft microdermabrasion cloth works well for exfoliation. The microfibers suck the oil and dirt from your pores without added rubbing or pressure.
  • If you have dry, sensitive skin, limit exfoliating to no more than twice a week. If your skin is oily, you can exfoliate once a day.
  • Once you’ve rinsed with a cleanser, dry your face well and gently massage your preferred exfoliator onto your face for three to five minutes before rinsing.

Acne scars can knock your confidence, we know. But there are plenty of ways to deal with them, depending on the types of scars you have.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the best solution for your skin.

 

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