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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3 Myths About Hair Removal

January 26, 2019

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Many want to be rid of excess hair. There are all those crazy things you hear that put you off proper hair removal techniques. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of the mad myths and debunk them for you while we’re at it.

  1. Your hair grows back thicker when you shave

Consider this. Untouched body hair lies flat, so it feels thin and soft. When you shave, it blunts the ends of the hair which makes it stand up. This is what makes the hair feel thicker, but the actual hair doesn’t change at all.

Hard to imagine? Think about using scissors to cut a plastic straw on a diagonal rather than straight. The straw will look thicker, but it hasn’t changed at all.

  1. Laser treatment is for everyone and will last a lifetime

Laser Hair Removal treatments take 6+ sessions for desired results and can be slightly uncomfortable.  It aims at contrast in pigment and hair color.  As such, hair that has no color at all cannot be treated, such as vellus hair (peach fuzz).

Laser hair removal involves using heat to destroy the hair follicle.  This is to inhibit the growth of hair.  It is important that Laser Hair Removal be performed at a professional skin clinic.

It is worth noting that not every hair that is targeted will disappear.  It depends on your unique hair growth cycle.  This is why the treatments are done on a targeted schedule based on your cycle.

Some people say that the heat from the treatment results in break outs on the skin.  This actually is more commonly caused by dry shaving. It is very unlikely to have break outs following Laser Hair Removal.

  1. Sensitive skin is just fine with hair removal creams

Hair removal creams contain chemicals that dissolve the surface hairs on your skin. Those chemicals are powerful enough to dissolve hair which means they can harm sensitive skins.

In line with this mad myth, never leave hair removal cream on for longer than what the instructions recommend. Even if you have very coarse hair, don’t go over the maximum recommended time or you might just be left with irritated and even burnt skin.

While these myths are certainly crazy, you just can’t beat the effects and professionalism of med-spa hair removal techniques.

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of the excess hair, it’s time to book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic to discuss to best hair removal option for your skin and hair.

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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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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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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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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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