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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You’ve likely heard of chemical peels. Perhaps you’ve been putting off getting one. Maybe you’re really keen but aren’t sure if they’re for you.

Chemical peels can be of varying intensities and are designed to treat a multitude of skin issues.

Essentially, a chemical peel resurfaces your skin. Treatments are adjusted to suit your unique needs and ensure the very best results. Each chemical peel is designed to exfoliate the top layers of your skin.

Your needs along with skin sensitivity determine just how many layers are removed during a peel treatment. The time it takes to see results depends on the intensity of your chemical peel.

  1. Acne and scars

Chemical peels dive deep into your skin’s layers to unclog pores, at the same time skimming the surface to get rid of blackheads and post-pimple scars.

The acid used in the peel lingers in your pores. This is a good thing as it keeps the pores clear over time. If you suffer from acne or left-over acne scars, a chemical peel could be the answer. There’s little to no downtime involved. It’s also suitable for all skin colors.

  • Smoother, softer skin

There are several types of chemical peels, ranging from superficial to medium in depth. There’s little recovery time and there are minimal chances of side effects. Peels are safe to use on all types of skin and afterward, you will enjoy rejuvenated, younger-looking skin. In fact, a chemical peel visibly improves your glow and tone of your skin, increasing hydration and suppleness. Peels can be used on the face, neck, hands, and chest.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

A lighter chemical peel can dramatically improve your skin’s tone and texture. In turn, this works to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At first, results tend to be somewhat subtle but become more noticeable with repeated treatments.

It’s advised that you avoid sun exposure after a chemical peel until new skin covers the treated area completely.

  • Melasma

We know there’s no permanent cure for those sun-triggered dark patches that are the result of hormonal surges – the kind caused by the Pill and pregnancy. However, chemical peels offer a possible solution to help with Melasma.

  • A host of other improvements

Besides the above mentioned skin improvements, chemical peels offer a range of benefits for several common skin complaints, including:

  • Aging skin
  • Scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Crow’s feet
  • Sagging skin
  • Sun damaged skin

The main benefits of having a chemical peel

No matter what kind of skin condition you want to improve, chemical peels offer some incredible benefits. Following a medium or deep peel, for instance, you can look forward to visible facial skin tightening.

What’s more, regular chemical peels help you say goodbye to pigmentation and age spots. Not to mention a dramatic decrease in forehead furrows and wrinkles around the cheeks and mouth.

Medium and deep chemical peels, especially, work well for wrinkles around the mouth. These areas can even be treated on their own with even less recovery time.

Are you a chemical peel candidate?

While a chemical peel may be suitable for all skin types, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says some people may not be good candidates, including those who have:

  • A history of abnormal scarring
  • Pale freckled skin and red hair
  • Abnormal pigmentation
  • Used acne treatments in the last year

The best way to find out if you’re a chemical peel candidate is to speak to a professional at ENVY Skin Clinic.

Book an appointment 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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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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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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