Do you invest a fair amount of time taking care of your skin? It should be one of your best assets. If not, it’s time to up the ante and get your skin feeling softer, more supple, and superb – just like a baby’s.

Here are our 8 top tips to get your skin as soft as silk.

  1. Hop on the dry-brushing bandwagon

Dry brushing makes skin ultra-silky, but the perks don’t stop there. Dry brushing also increases circulation, leaving you feeling invigorated.

Best of all, it’s really easy to do. Ideally, you should dry brush on dry skin with a natural bristle brush, large head, and long handle. Before you take a shower, start brushing at your feet. Gently whisk your brush up your body in long movements. Use light pressure and you only need to do a couple of strokes per area. Then shower like you normally would.

Most dry brushing fans advocate brushing in the morning for a refreshing boost. Dry brush for around two minutes a day and within just a week you’re sure to notice softer and smoother skin.

  1. Steam your face

A regular trip for facials or microdermabrasion can help encourage circulation and plump up the fat cells. But sometimes we just don’t have the time to get to the salon.

You can create your own steam facial bath at home by adding a couple drops of essential oils like orange, lavender, eucalyptus or clove in a glass bowl. Then pour hot water into the bowl and lean over, using a towel to cover your head.

Take slow, rhythmical breaths and enjoy the sensation of the warm water and oils opening up your pores. Follow your steam with an ultra-hydrating moisturizer like Obagi’s facial moisturizer to lock in hydration and keep skin glowing and smooth.

Make facial steams part of your weekly skin care routine for super-soft skin.

  1. Don’t forget your lips

When our lips are dry or chapped, we tend to lick them, and this only leads to more dryness. Keep your lips constantly coated with a moisturizing lip balm, preferably one with SPF of at least 30 that act as barriers against the elements.  Try EltaMD’s UV Lip balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31

If your lips are chapped, layer a moisturizer underneath your lip balm for ultimate hydration and soft lips.

  1. Always prep before shaving

Using a shaving cream isn’t something many of us do if we’re in a rush. But skipping it can lead to bumpy, red, and irritated skin. Today’s shaving gels are very effective and they help the razor glide smoothly over your skin, keeping it as smooth as a baby’s!

  1. Hydrate

Aim to keep your skin hydrated from within by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day. While it may sound simple enough, things like caffeine and air conditioning dehydrate us, leaving the skin looking and feeling thirsty. As a result, your skin looks dry, flaky, and even can become prone to acne.

  1. For soft feet

The thick skin on the soles of your feet is the driest part of your body, and the pressure from walking and standing all day means it’s prone to cracking.

To keep your feet as soft as a baby’s, soak them in warm water for a few minutes and then treat them to a moisturizing foot cream that contains urea.

  1. Protect your skin from the elements

The skin is like a magnet. It absorbs everything. When you head outdoors, pollution, dirt, and grime clog your pores. So, keep your body protected by wearing a good quality sunscreen, like EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44.  Also, try to keep your skin covered as much as you can. Little tips like these help delay the onset of aging, wrinkles, and dark spots, and help to keep your skin soft and supple.

  1. De-stress whenever you can

Try as we might to avoid them, unhealthy habits and stress have a big effect on your skin. If you’re not getting enough sleep or you’re crash dieting, for instance, you get a surge of hormones or cortisol. This leads to inflammation and can worsen skin conditions.

If you need to unwind, try meditation, remember to take short and regular breaks during the workday, and learn how to just breathe when you’re feeling the pressure.

Start using these 8 tips today and you’ll achieve baby soft skin once more!

Book a relaxing skin care treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

 

 

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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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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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Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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Crystal MicrodermabrasionIs the frigid air making your face feel rough and dry? Get an instant facelift with a quick and non-invasive crystal microdermabrasion procedure! Offering immediate results of a softer and smoother complexion, crystal microdermabrasion was originally developed in Europe and is now the most popular type of microdermabrasion treatment available in the United States.

The Procedure

Aluminum oxide crystals are sprayed over target areas on your face by a microdermabrasion specialist. The crystals exfoliate your skin using heat, force and friction, while the machine’s vacuum system sucks away dirt, dead skin cells and used crystals from your face.

Convenient and virtually painless, crystal microdermabrasion treatments can be performed during your lunch hour! Appointments take only 30­-60 minutes.

While crystal microdermabrasion recovery is nearly nonexistent, results are immediate. Although the treated skin may be pink for an hour or two after treatment, there is zero risk of peeling. You can even apply makeup right after a treatment to conceal any visible signs of the procedure.

The Results

After the crystal microdermabrasion treatment gives your face a good scrub, the healing process brings thicker, smoother, more elastic skin. The treatment will not only make your face feel fresh and healthy, it also effectively fades and removes a variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Age Spots
  • Mild Acne
  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Other Blemishes

It is important to apply moisturizing cream after your procedure, as microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from your skin.

The Verdict

Crystal microdermabrasion is simple and effective for all skin types and colors. If you are looking for a quick, non-invasive procedure that will help your face look and feel refreshed and rejuvenated, crystal microdermabrasion is the treatment for you!