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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Prep Skin

Summer’s behind us now, but is your skin ready for the dramatic transition into fall?

Your skin is accustomed to the sunny, warm weather of summer, and now it must adapt to cooler, drier air. Fortunately, you can start prepping now to lay the foundation for a seamless transition for glowing, beautiful skin.

10 Ways to Get Your Skin Ready for Fall

  1. Add a serum to your routine

In the summer, a lightweight moisturizer was just fine to stop your skin from drying out. With cooler weather comes drier air. It may be a little too soon to switch to a heavier moisturizer but you can start using a serum like Neocutis’ Hyalis beneath your current moisturizer. This will help shield your skin from pore-clogging creams and creates a moisture-rich barrier to protect you from the change in weather.

  1. Thicken up that moisturizer

As fall starts to close in, ditch the lighter oil-free moisturizer you’ve been using in place for a heavier moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. Consider a cream with ceramides which act like fatty acids that your skin craves more of during colder months.

  1. Protect the thin skin under your eyes

The skin around the eyes is particularly fragile, which means it doesn’t cope well with exposure to cool, dry air. The good news is you can use a moisturizing eye cream like the range of eye products from ELASTIderm to ward off wrinkles and fine lines.

Eye creams have special formulas for exceptional moisture, perfect for protecting your skin this fall.

  1. Start exfoliating now

Have you noticed your skin getting dull and rough during the colder months? This a sign that you need to exfoliate, and you can start right now.

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Those dead skin cells don’t just produce a rough complexion, they also prevent your skin care products from properly penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin.

Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week as we go into the cooler months, but no more, as you don’t want to strip your skin of the moisture it richly needs right now.

  1. Lather up the lotion

Once summer’s humidity starts to disappear, your skin may be left feeling itchy and drier. That’s because there’s less moisture in the air to keep you hydrated.

One of the easiest ways to stop that itching is to hydrate your entire body, not just your face. Moisturizers like the EltaMD moisture-rich body cream contain enzymes that promote a skin barrier to retain moisture while nourishing your dry summer skin.

  1. Hold onto the sunscreen

Don’t throw away your summer sunscreen yet. Just because it’s getting darker and colder outside doesn’t mean your skin isn’t still bashed by damaging UV rays. You don’t need a separate sunscreen if your products already contain an SPF 30 or higher, though.

  1. Your skin is what you eat

Fall can be a busy time of year, making it all too easy to fall off the healthy wagon. Yet, healthy skin comes from within.

Stick to whole foods rich in fatty acids and antioxidants. Opt for oily fishes like salmon and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables such as cauliflower, cucumbers, blueberries, and carrots.

  1. Don’t forget to prep your lips

Many people forget about their lips with their skincare routine, and that means dry, chapped lips come fall and winter. As with the rest of your body, you should exfoliate your lips and then nourish them with a lip balm at least twice a day to hydrate and protect them.

  1. Give your feet some TLC

Just because you’re putting the sandals away doesn’t mean you should forget about your feet until next summer. Keep your feet soft and smooth by remembering to exfoliate regularly and keeping them moisturized with a foot butter or moisture-rich cream.

  1. Invest in hand cream

Hands easily become cracked and dry during the colder months, with some people suffering itchy, dry chilblains, too. Start increasing the number of times you apply hand cream to your hands now for soft, supple digits all fall long.

After protecting your skin from the summer rays, don’t let all that hard work go to waste. With the above tips, you can effortlessly prep your skin for fall.

Need help getting on track? Book a treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

 

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Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser hair removal

Other hair removal procedures entail lengthy prep time as your skin care specialist
numbs the treatment area. LightSheer, however, offers comfortable treatment without the need for topical anesthetic, treatment gel or any other preparation. This reduces laser treatment time by up to 75% and allows your Lumenis LightSheer specialist to comfortably remove unwanted hair in just 15-20 minutes.

LightSheer Duet is equipped with innovative vacuum-assisted technology, which dramatically increases the treatment area size to 22 x 35 mm. This enables your LightSheer specialist to quickly and effectively treat large areas such as your shoulders, back, chest and legs.

LightSheer’s powerful laser is effective for all ages and skin types and is used in thousands of skin care clinics across the world.

Lumenis’ LightSheer Duet offers impressive results for busy people with busy lives. A quick 15-20-minute treatment can be conveniently scheduled into your day, while LightSheer’s large treatment area will help you cut down on appointments. Contact Envy Skin Clinic to try out this brand-new approach to permanent hair reduction!

Tanning: Benefits & Risks

February 26, 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-159191410Warm weather is coming. With parkas and scarves soon making way for short-sleeves and bikinis, a healthy tan can help you feel confident and beautiful in your skin. While everyone wants a sun-kissed glow, too much tanning can lead to wrinkles, sun spots and even skin cancer. From tanning beds to natural sunshine, here are a few benefits and risks to help you achieve your base in a safe and healthy manner.

Tanning Beds

Featuring a higher UVA to UVB ratio than the sun, rays from the fluorescent lightbulbs in tanning beds penetrate deeper into the skin and produce a darker tan. While tanning beds offer a fast and relatively inexpensive bronze throughout the year, they are accompanied by many risks. According to the World Health Organization, artificial UV rays can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles and eye damage.

Natural Sunshine

Although sunbathing is much safer than a tanning bed, overexposure can lead to skin cancer and wrinkles. Use your best judgement and apply SPF protection to avoid getting burned. The biggest side-benefit of natural sunshine is vitamin D. Sunbathe without sunscreen for about 10 minutes each day to get your daily dose.

Tanning Lotions

Found in drugstores and department stores across the country, the quality of self-tanning lotion varies depending on the brand. While tanning lotion is safe for your skin according to the FDA, it can lead to an uneven tan or orange-looking skin. It can do the trick in a pinch, but tanning lotion is generally a low-cost, DIY option.

Spray Tanning

Spray tans are applied at a salon and feature the same ingredients as self-tanning lotion. Spray tanning is fast, easy and comes with no risk of streaking or an uneven glow. However, they are the most expensive and the chemicals in the spray can be harmful if they are inhaled or get in your eyes.

No matter which method you choose, excessive tanning is bad for your skin. Thinking about getting a MicroLaserPeel or a different skin rejuvenation treatment? Tell your clinician about any self-tanning products you use or the procedure will leave you badly burned!

Juvederm Voluma cheek fillerHave your cheeks seen better days? Whether you’re young or elderly, a loss of volume can sag your cheeks and age your face. If you would like to tighten your face and lift your cheeks without the long recovery time and potential complications of surgery, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the solution for you!

The first and only filler to correct age-related volume loss and poorly-defined cheekbones in the midface for up to two years, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is FDA-approved and effective for adults over the age of 21. Because JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, it can be shaped into the desired contour after injection.

The Procedure

After an application of specially-formulated numbing cream 15-20 minutes before treatment, a JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC specialist will inject gel into your cheeks with very small needles. The actual injection only takes a few minutes and your specialist will complete the procedure by gently massaging your face to ensure the gel is properly distributed across the treatment area. The entire procedure is virtually painless due to the numbing cream and the tiny needles. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is also equipped with lidocaine to enhance patient comfort.

The Results

Results are immediate and can last up to two years! Most patients can resume normal activities right after treatment and any minor side effects (slight bruising and swelling) can be easily concealed with makeup.

Just about anyone with volume loss in their midface or poorly defined cheekbones is a candidate for treatment with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC. Younger patients in their 30s and 40s have better skin elasticity and often notice a more dramatic restoration of their facial volume, while older patients typically need more filler to reach the same level of correction. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can be paired with other facial injections and skin resurfacing treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

If you are looking to roll back the years with a quick and easy procedure on your cheeks that can last up to two years, schedule a JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today!

Looking to smooth those unsightly wrinkles and add fullness to your lips? Try a quick and easy Restylane treatment! FDA-approved for patients over the age of 21, Restylane fills in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. This includes lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth and lines from your mouth to your chin. In addition to smoothing your face, Restylane can be used for lip enhancement.

Restylane, Envy Skin Clinic, Minnesota

Your Procedure

After an application of specially-formulated numbing cream 15-20 minutes before treatment, a Restylane specialist will inject small amounts of crystal clear Restylane gel into your face using tiny needles. The actual injection only takes a few minutes and your specialist will complete the procedure by gently massaging your face to ensure the gel is properly distributed across the treatment area. The entire procedure is virtually painless due to the numbing cream and the small size of the needles.

Restylane is equipped with lidocaine and hyaluronic acid (HA) to enhance patient comfort and shaping into the desired contour after injection. Restylane can treat a wide variety of skin problems, including:

  • Nose-to-Mouth Lines (Nasolabial Fold)
  • Mouth-to-Chin Lines (Melomental Fold)
  • Lines Above the Upper Lip
  • Frown Lines
  • Adding Lip Volume & Definition
  • Restoring Cheek & Cheekbone Volume
  • Wrinkles/Lines Under the Eyes

Your Results

While results are immediate, they are oftentimes even more dramatic after a few days as the Restylane gel settles into its final shape. Depending on your treatment area, Restylane may last up to a year!

To cut down on swelling and bruising, avoid exercise (besides walking) for 24 hours after treatment and take Tylenol instead of Aspirin, Exedrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil.

Restylane can also be combined with other facial injections and skin resurfacing treatments to achieve even better results. What are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today to get rid of those pesky wrinkles and look (and feel) your best!

Looking for a facial peel that delivers the results of an invasive laser treatment without the long weeks of healing time? A MicroLaserPeel could be the perfect solution! The perfect level between microdermabrasion and skin resurfacing surgery, an FDA-approved MicroLaserPeel is a partial to full epidermal peel capable of removing deep-lying wrinkles, scars and other skin conditions.

 
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How it Works

After your treatment area is numbed with topical anesthetic, a MicroLaserPeel specialist will apply the peel to your face, precisely removing the outermost layer of skin. This smoothes the skin’s surface while simultaneously blending pigmented age spots. Effective for both light and dark skin, a MicroLaserPeel can treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Acne Scars and Other Scars
  • Keratosis
  • Age Spots and Other Pigmentation Problems
  • And More!

The MicroLaserPeel is tailored to your particular need and only takes about 30-40 minutes, allowing you to get back to your normal routine. For best results, repeat your MicroLaserPeel procedure 3-5 times, with each treatment spaced 4-8 weeks apart.

The Results

Immediately after your MicroLaserPeel, you will experience significantly smoother, healthier and more vibrant skin. The healing process typically takes 2-4 days. If your MicroLaserPeel is scheduled for a Friday, you will be all set to return to work the following Monday. Immediate symptoms are similar to a sunburn and can be easily treated with ointment and moisturizer and covered up by makeup.

If you are looking for a skin rejuvenation treatment more effective results than microdermabrasion without significant recovery time, sign up for a MicroLaserPeel today!