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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Dry skin can be troublesome. Whether it’s brought on by colder months or other factors, nobody wants to live with dry, flaky, skin.

The good news is that there are products on the market to help relieve dry skin and leave you looking and feeling soft, shiny, and nourished.

Whether you’re looking for products for yourself or a few gift ideas for a dry skin sufferer, we’ve put together a list of top tips and effective products from Obagi for you to consider.

Get the environment right

The drier the air is around you is, the drier your skin. To maximize the amount of moisture in the air, we suggest a humidifier. If you’re putting together a dry skin care gift set for someone, consider including a humidifier that they can use in the room where they spend most of their time. Often, this could be the office or the bedroom.

A cool air humidifier helps to increase the air’s moisture levels, helping skin stay hydrated.

Calm the culprits and treat dry or flaky skin

If you or your gift recipient experience scaliness and general dryness, the skin needs help. As dry skin becomes inflamed, the cells lift, and this results in peeling.

Obagi has a range of highly effective hydrate moisturizers. The range is designed to provide your skin with instant and lasting hydration to moisturize and rejuvenate dry skin. The moisturizers are dermatologically tested, non-irritating, and hypoallergenic, making them the perfect dry skin solution.

Use a Serum

If it’s the change of season that causes dry skin, don’t ditch the serums. An alcohol-free, antioxidant serum is a great solution no matter the time of year. Skin is constantly under attack by free radicals, leading to sun spots, collagen breakdown, premature fine lines and wrinkles, and ultra-dry skin.

To prevent damage, you need an effective vitamin C formula you can apply first thing in the morning before using other products. Obagi’s Professional-C Serum 10% is the solution. The serum is packed with 10% L-ascorbic acid, making it a safe and gentle enough serum for dry, sensitive, and even irritated skin. It also works to minimize the signs of premature aging.

For severely dry skin, include a tube of Retinol 1.0%. The product packs a powerful moisturizing and soothing punch with ingredients like Shea Butter, Chamomile, and Jojoba Oil to not only leave skin smoother and softer but to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, too.

A Ready-Made Obagi Kit

Finally, if you’re having difficulty picking out single products for yourself or the dry skin sufferer in your life, consider a ready-made Obagi kit. The brand offers several handy packages to help treat dry skin and keeps signs of aging at bay.

The Nu-Derm System for Normal to Dry Skin has been formulated especially for dry skin to correct signs of aging, dark spots, and flaking. The kit includes a cleanser, toner, Exfoderm, Clear, Obagi Hydrate, Blender, and Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum, making it the perfect defense against dry skin.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today and we’ll help you find the perfect products to treat dry skin.

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If you struggle with acne-prone skin and enlarged clogged pores, you might want to check into the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance skin peel.

This chemical peel is for all skin types and exfoliates your skin, leaving you looking and feeling smoother and softer. The salicylic acid-based peel can be used as a peel on its own or in conjunction with other Obagi skin care products for maximum results.

How blue peel radiance differs from other chemical peels

Other types of alpha-hydroxy chemical peels and even some other superficial skin procedures don’t always let us control the depth of the peel. Where the Blue Peel Radiance differs is that it gives us so much more control on the depth of the skin being treated.

By choosing how many layers to apply to your skin, we can better tailor a chemical process for each person’s individual skin needs. What’s more, the peel offers a lot more flexibility in treating different parts of the body, including legs, arm, back, face, chest, hands, and neck.

What to expect during treatment

One of the best things about the Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is that it gives you an instant glow. When you arrive for your treatment, we’ll cleanse your skin and then apply the peel according to how many coats your skin needs.

The peel stays on your skin for just 12 minutes. Some patients do experience a mild sensation, but it quickly disappears.

For best results, we recommend a Blue Peel Radiance treatment every 4 – 10 weeks.

Blue Peel Radiance is for anyone battling with:

  • Acne
  • Pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores
  • Oily skin
  • Rough skin texture
  • Mild to moderate sun damaged skin

Fast treatment, little downtime

Another major benefit of the Obagi chemical peel is that there’s minimal downtime. After your treatment, your skin will feel a little tight and some areas may be slightly more red and sensitive a day or so. If you do experience some reddening in patches, the skin may flake. This is normal and can be managed with moisturizer.

We don’t recommend having a treatment done before extended sun exposure. A peel treats the top layer of skin, exposing a younger epidermis which is more prone to sun damage and burning.

Improvements quickly

When it comes to Blue Peel Radiance treatments, you’ll find the peel highly effective at treating rough and dull skin. The peel works fast at restoring your natural glow.  The Blue Peel provides, as the name says, instant radiance.  After just one session you’ll notice a dramatic improvement in your skin’s tone and texture.  Optimal results are usually achieved after four to six sessions.

What to expect after a peel

Within about a week, you’ll notice immediate and significant results. You’ll achieve a fast reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size, and even brown spots.

It’s important to maintain a regular skin care regime after your treatment. Aim to wear a chemical-free sunscreen of at least SPF 30.

While the Blue Peel Radiance treatment is relatively gentle, your skin may start to peel within 2 or 3 days and should be completely healed in about 7 to 10 days.

Things  to know about before and after your treatment:

  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun, which can delay healing and reverse the benefits of your peel.
  • Keep protecting your skin from the sun to maintain the peel’s benefits.
  • Stay away from alpha and beta-hydroxyl acid products, facial products containing fragrances and even retinol for at least 3 days after your treatment.
  • Be gentle with your skin. Avoid exfoliating, even if your skin is mildly dry or flaking for a few days after the treatment. Let your dead skin naturally slough off and use a dry towel to gently remove it.

If you want to diminish the signs of aging, reduce clogged and large pores, and restore a natural glow, it’s time to consider a Blue Peel Radiance treatment.

Book your peel at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

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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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With the right diet and products, you can fight free radicals to keep your skin young and firm

 

 

You might not be able to see it, but your skin is under constant attack by free radicals.

Left alone, those free radicals bounce around, causing damage to collagen and encouraging hyperpigmentation. Stop them, though, and you can help your skin stay smooth and even.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are minute reactive oxygen molecules that cause damage to the skin. In fact, they damage your skin cells, collagen production, and even your DNA.

We produce some free radicals internally as cells turnover, but the rest comes from external influences like pollution and UV rays.

Over time, the effects of free radicals show up in your skin as sagging, roughness, and wrinkles.

Can you fight free radicals?

The good news is that you can fight back against free radicals.

Antioxidants, especially, are vital in your fight against surface skin damage. Antioxidants help neutralize the molecules and in turn prevent them from causing signs of aging.

Your body produces a small number of antioxidants, but you need to try and consume or apply more on a regular basis.

Here are our top tips for fighting back.

  1. Eat an antioxidant rich diet

Antioxidants work to clean up free radicals naturally. You can include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day, including:

  • Green tea
  • Grapes and berries
  • Fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids like carrots and squash
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Fermented foods like kombucha and miso

 

  1. Apply your antioxidants

Many skin care products now contain a healthy dose of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Using these products daily can help your skin fight back against free radicals.

Neocutis’ Oxidative Stress is an antioxidant-rich serum, packed with vitamin C to promote regeneration of antioxidants while helping to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Start and end each day with antioxidants

Dermatologists used to recommend only using antioxidants in the morning since you don’t expose your skin as much at night. However, research shows that inflammation from daytime UV damage can continue up to several hours after exposure, which means you need antioxidants in the evening, too.

At night, make use of products that contain coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol. Resveratrol switches on the mechanism your body uses to produce its own antioxidants, preparing your skin for the next day’s fight.

  1. Vitamin C is your friend

Vitamin C is well-known for immunity boosting benefits, but it can also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. You’ll easily get your vitamin C boost from a number of foods, but a number of studies show minimal impact to your skin from consuming more vitamin C. So, the best way to protect your skin is through vitamin C-enriched lotions and creams.

The Obagi-C Rx System contains key ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep your skin looking young, smooth and firm.

  1. Avoid toxins and pollutants

Besides improving your diet and skincare regime, you can also reduce free radical damage by avoiding environmental pollutants in water and reducing chemical exposure in both cosmetic and household products.

You can also:

  • Take steps to reduce stress
  • Avoid overusing antibiotics and medications
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try to normalize your cholesterols and blood sugar levels to prevent blood pressure changes, heart problems, and diabetes.

You can fight back

Your body produces free radicals as byproducts of everyday cellular reactions, like breathing, as well as exposure to pollutants, radiation, stress, a poor diet, and other toxins.

Luckily, antioxidants can help slow down the adverse effects of free radicals and protect you from disease and signs of early aging. Antioxidant sources like leafy greens and vitamin-enriched skincare products are the way to go.

Make sure you’re getting the right antioxidants in the right form to successfully fight free radical damage!

Need help fighting off free radicals? Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today for expert advice and the right treatments especially 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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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.27.33 PMLooking to try a new skincare product in 2016? Treat yourself to the Obagi-C Rx System for soft, smooth and radiant skin. Featuring the benefits of prescription-strength 4% hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the Obagi-C Rx System reduces the visible signs of skin damage and helps keep your skin looking young and even-toned.

FDA-approved for all skin types, the Obagi-C Rx System’s ingredients can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and restore balance and clarity to your skin in just six weeks. The skincare product addresses a wide range of skin conditions. These include:

  • Minimal Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild to Moderate Uneven Skin Tone
  • Mild to Moderate Discoloration and Age Spots
  • Dry, Normal or Oily Skin

Perfectly safe to apply to your face, hydroquinone is still the gold standard treatment for facial pigmentation due to chronic sun damage. Better than any over-the-counter product for lightening dark spots, add the Obagi-C Rx System into your skincare regimen to rejuvenate your face. Be sure to supplement this treatment by using sunscreen on a daily basis–keep those pesky brown spots off your skin!

A valid prescription is required, so stop by Envy Skin Clinic to see if the Obagi-C Rx System is right for you!