We all want to stay young. For many of us, the quest for longevity is our number one goal. Aging begins at birth and there’s no magic elixir that can stop this natural process.

On the outside, youthfulness measured by your skin’s appearance. We often judge age by a person’s face; sunspots, wrinkles, sagging, and even the lack of plumpness and a rosy complexion age your appearance.

What we can see is just a reflection of what’s going on beneath the skin’s surface. Essentially, the true aging of your skin takes place invisibly.

Understanding skin’s aging requires an understanding of both the visual changes to your complexion and what’s going on at a cellular level.

Aging at a cellular level

As you age, your skin continues to take the abuse of day to day living, like pollution, stress, and UV damage; your cell turnover rate slows down. As a result, new cells take longer to form and reach your skin’s surface. The old cells build up and remain on the surface for longer and that’s often when you start to notice signs of aging, like age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, and an uneven skin tone.

Part of a solution is the Obagi Nu-Derm Advanced Skin Care System that has been specially designed to restore health to damaged skin, while evening out pigmentation problems.

Sun damage is one of the major contributors to the signs of aging, like early wrinkling and uneven pigmentation. Hormonal changes as you age, pregnancy, and contraceptive also result in brown spots and Obagi Nu-Derm can help improve these problems, too.

The Obagi Nu-Derm System

Obagi’s Nu-Derm System uses a combination of prescription and active ingredients, like Hydroquinone 4% and Tretinoin. This combination maximizes penetration to every layer of your skin. The actual dosage and frequency are determined and then monitored according to your lifestyle, needs, and of course, the condition of your skin.

The system triggers a process to increase the cellular turnover of healthy and abundant keratinocytes. This helps push fresh cells to your skin’s surface faster while promoting the exfoliation of old cells.

What’s more, the Nu-Derm System promotes even distribution or melanin, which helps to eliminate age spots and dark patches, while also suppressing the production of melanocyte and preventing hyperpigmentation.

If that’s not enough, the system improves intracellular transcription of keratinocytes to produce uniform, healthy cells, and an improved skin structure. The combination of ingredients works to stimulate fibroblasts, increasing elastin and collagen formation which leads to stronger skin, locking in hydration and improving blood flow.

In short, Nu-Derm from Obagi works to improve the function of your skin at a cellular level.

The benefits of Obagi’s Nu-Derm System

The Nu-Derm system offers a long list of benefits, but at its core, it improves the signs of aging and photodamage, including:

  • Rough skin
  • Age spots
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Redness

Are You A Good Candidate for the Nu-Derm System?

This system is best for candidates who are prepared to commit to a comprehensive skin care regimen. If you experience adult acne, want to eliminate age spots and sun damage, have hyperpigmentation and are concerned about mild to severe photo damage, you’re a good candidate for the Nu-Derm System from Obagi. Candidates with laxity, fine lines and wrinkles also do well with this treatment.

Now you can defy the signs of aging

Skin aging is a natural process. Yet daily exposure to the sun and pollutants contribute to premature aging, causing a slow down in skin cell turnover between old damaged cells and new cells. The Obagi Nu-Derm system has been designed as an anti-aging therapy that penetrates deep below your skin’s surface to transform cellular functions and correct the damage. As a result, you can look forward to younger and healthier looking skin.

Obagi’s Nu-Derm System gives you the opportunity to transform your skin from the inside out and is proven to improve skin functions, leaving you feeling and looking healthier.

Book your Obagi treatment today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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More than 365 million people battle with uncontrollable, excessive sweating. Are you one of them?

While excessive sweating might not seem like a serious medical condition, it’s an issue that can affect your quality of life and confidence.

Excessive underarm sweating is called axillary hyperhidrosis. It refers to sweating as much as five times the amount needed to regulate your body temperature. It happens in the underarm area. It’s annoying, embarrassing, and uncontrollable.

Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of miraDry, a treatment that can put an end to your excessing underarm sweat.

Whether you’re anxious at work, embarrassed in social settings, or just frustrated over having to wear clothing that hides your sweat, too much sweat can have devastating effects on your self-image and emotional well-being.

The long-term effects of excessive underarm sweating

The physical impact of excessive sweating is challenging for many people. It has a negative impact on self-confidence, lifestyle, and overall enjoyment of life. People who experience axillary hyperhidrosis often have to put a great deal of thought into the clothes they wear. From the type and color of the material to the actual design of clothes, any situation becomes a challenge.

If this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to try miraDry.

Treat excessive underarm sweating with miraDry

miraDry is a medical procedure that successfully treats underarm sweat. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that usually results from more than just nerves or too much exercise. Mainly, it’s a malfunction of the underarm sweat glands.

miraDry treatment is FDA-cleared and performed in our office. It’s completely safe and non-invasive and there’s almost no downtime needed. Best of all, you can look forward to immediate improvements in your excessive sweating which means you can carry on with your normal routine with more self-esteem and enjoyment.

Your miraDry experience

We customize every miraDry experience to target the precise areas where your sweat glands are found. First, we’ll mark those areas to ensure the hand-held device is placed in the correct spots.

Next, we apply a local anesthetic to number your underarms. Once it takes effect, we apply the device to each marking. Heat generated by electromagnetic energy works to permanently obliterate your sweat glands. The entire procedure takes about an hour.

Many patients are surprised at how quick it is to eliminate underarm sweat glands. Those glands only make up about 2% of your body’s total amount of sweat glands. This means your body’s natural response to overheating is not affected.

miraDry has been designed to treat underarm sweating only. It’s not cleared to treat any other sweat in your body.

What to expect with miraDry treatment

After just two miraDry treatments, you can look forward to as much as 82% decrease in sweat and odor. The results are usually noticeable right after your treatment and are designed to be permanent. The treatment destroys odor and sweat glands and they will not regenerate in the future.

The benefits of miraDry for underarm sweating

For those of you who suffer from excessive underarm sweating, miraDry offers a myriad of confidence-boosting benefits, including:

  • The knowledge that your clothes are clean and free of sweat stains or heavy antiperspirant marks
  • Fewer ruined t-shirts and tops due to odors and sweat
  • Confidence in your visual appearance which means less stress!
  • The knowledge that body odors won’t offend others when you’re out in public

Keep dry with miraDry

miraDry excessive underarm treatment is a non-invasive technology. It uses energy to target and destroy your underarm sweat glands. Precise amounts of electromagnetic energy are delivered with the help of a handheld device to permanently eliminate those sweat glands through a process called thermolysis.

During your treatment, the surface of your skin is cool and comfortable, and you can say goodbye to underarm sweat glands forever.

It’s important to understand that this treatment only works for excessive underarm sweating. To achieve the best possible results, we usually recommend two miraDry treatments about three months apart. Many patients, though, require just one treatment. After the first treatment, you will notice as much as 80% reduction in underarm sweating.

Now that’s worth getting excited about!

Say goodbye to unpleasant, uncontrollable underarm sweat today. Book your miraDry treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic.

Obagi Sun Shield Tint, SPF 50, Envy Skin ClinicPumped for summer? Balmy breezes and bright blue skies mean it’s time to lay out in the sun and work on your tan. While a healthy dose of fresh air and sunshine is beneficial for body, mind and soul, UV radiation is causing Americans to develop skin cancer at an alarming rate. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which means Envy Skin Clinic is promoting a dynamic duo of Obagi products for ultimate skin protection. Purchase Obagi Professional C Serum this month and receive Obagi Sun Shield Tint SPF 50 ($52 value) for FREE!

Vitamin C’s skincare benefits include:

  • Complements Collagen Synthesis
  • Calms Inflammation
  • Brightens skin
  • Retains Moisture
  • Stabilizes Vitamin E
  • Supports UV-Protective Skin Defenses

Obagi Sun Shield Tint’s skincare benefits include:

  • Protection Against UVA and UVB Wavelengths
  • Protection Against Infrared Rays
  • Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 Protection
  • Chemical and Mineral Sunscreen Ingredients (Zinc Oxide)
  • Hypoallergenic and Dermatologist Tested
  • Sheer and Fragrance-Free

The application of Obagi Professional C Serum and Obagi Sun Shield Tint SPF 50 will prevent wrinkles and sunspots, enhance your natural complexion, and, most importantly, stymie the development of skin cancer. Call Envy Skin Clinic at 952-983-4588 to take advantage of our May promotion!

EltaMD Skincare ProductsFrom gentle cleansers to intense moisturizers and innovative formulas that repair visible signs of aging, EltaMD’s line of skincare products can generate fresh and healthy skin. Whether ypu need a morning and evening facial cleanser or post-laser treatment relief, EltaMD products stimulate the skin and offer a quick and dramatic improvement.

At Envy Skin Clinic, the EltaMD skincare products we carry include:

  • EltaMD Foaming & Deep Pore Facial Cleansers
  • EltaMD Renew Eye Gel
  • EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex
  • EltaMD AM & PM Facial Moisturizers
  • EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Crème
  • EltaMD Lotion & Moisturizer
  • EltaMD Laser Enzyme Gel & Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment

With clinically-proven and long-lasting results, EltaMD products rejuvenate your skin and offer many benefits to your skin. Depending on the product, EltaMD can:

  • Relieve Dry, Flaky and Irritated Skin and Lips
  • Fade Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Under-Eye Puffiness and Dark Circles
  • Improve Skin Tone, Texture and Pore Size
  • Increase Skin Elasticity
  • Protect Minor Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
  • Alleviate Minor to Severe Sunburns and Other Burns
  • Relieve Symptoms of Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis
  • Ease the Itch and Irritation Following Laser Procedures
  • Heal Damaged Skin

With advanced technology and natural ingredients, EltaMD products provide soft and smooth skin for all skin types. Cleanse, moisturize and protect for skin that looks good and feels great! Need more information on the EltaMD products we carry and which one is right for your skin? Call Envy Skin Clinic today at 952-983-4588.

Sweaty armpits stressing you out? From workplace presentations to romantic dates, wet and smelly underarms can threaten to sour your most important occasions—until now. miraDry is the first and only non-invasive treatment to permanently eliminate your underarm sweat and odor glands.

miraDryCleared by the FDA, a miraDry procedure eliminates underarm sweat and helps you feel clean, confident and carefree 24/7. Results have been proven according to a clinical study, with patients experiencing an average of 82% underarm sweat reduction.

How it Works

MiraDry is simple and effective. The system safely and permanently destroys sweat and odor glands in your underarm area, ensuring that your treatment will last forever!

After your treatment area has been marked and numbed, a miraDry specialist will place the handpiece directly to your underarm to apply the procedure. Once the handpiece is in place and activated, you will feel a slight suction as your skin and glands are brought closer to the surface for optimal results.

Finally, miraWave energy is delivered to remove your sweat and odor glands. Throughout the entire process, your skin is soothed and cooled to ensure your treatment is painless and comfortable. Two procedures spaced three months apart are typically recommended to maximize the quality and permanence of your results. Each appointment is quick and convenient, generally lasting for about an hour.

Your Results

MiraDry results are immediate as well as permanent. You should notice a reduction in underarm sweat right after your treatment. In addition to sweat reduction, miraDry helps reduce underarm hair and odor.

Say goodbye to wet marks, body odor and chalky white antiperspirant stains on all your favorite clothes. If your antiperspirant deodorant just isn’t cutting it, try miraDry for a natural, toxin-free lifestyle. From the office to social events to the comfort of your living room, a quick and easy miraDry procedure will give you one less thing to worry about.

So what are you waiting for? Schedule your miraDry appointment today for an underarm treatment that is literally no sweat!

WHAT IS BODYFX?
BodyFX is a new, long lasting, non-invasive
solution to reduce the unsightly appearance
of cellulite leading to improvements in your
body contour. BodyFX will reshape your
body to provide a non-surgical alternative
to liposuction. BodyFX is a perfect solution
to get rid of your mummy tummy or muffin
top.

HOW DOES BODYFX WORK?
BodyFX uses a combination of different
clinically proven modalities including radiofrequency
energy, deep tissue heating and
suction coupled negative pressure. The
radio-frequency energy distributes heat to
the skin and underlying fat, causing the
tissues to heat and contract. The vacuum
and controlled energy pulses then work
synergistically to provide beautiful body
contouring results.

HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED
It is recommended that weekly sessions are
performed over an eight week period.
Gradual improvements in the treatment
area can be seen following the first few
treatments – with the skin’s surface feeling
smoother and softer immediately.

WHAT KIND OF POST PROCEDURE CARE
IS REQUIRED?

There is absolutely no downtime for BodyFX.
It can be a lunch time procedure. Patients will
notice redness and warmth in the treated
area which will subside after a few hours.
This warmth is equivalent to the sensation
felt after a deep tissue massage and will not
prevent anyone from their regular activities.

Envy Skin Clinic, 7270 Forestview Dr N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Come see us any time!

763-494-0050 or scheduling@envyskinclinic.com

New-YearsIt’s time to ring in the New Year!

Here are some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. What are yours?

-I will improve my fitness
-I will spend more time with family
-I will lose weight
-I will quit smoking
-I will enjoy life more
-I will get out of debt
-I will learn something new

Winter is the perfect time to think about MicroLaser Peel.

See our December Newsletter here!

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Water for Skin

November 19, 2012

Not only is water a good weight loss tool because it is a natural way for your body to cleanse itself. Water also leads to younger looking skin. The older you get, the less moisture your skin retains which is why it wrinkles. The more water you drink, the more firm your skin will be.

Water, Water, Water. It has been recommended that we need eight ounces of water eight times a day, but scientists have casted doubt on that according to a study published in American Journal of Physiology by Valtin, you should only need to drink when you’re thirsty. The rest of the water your body needs should come from foods. Lettuce, for example, is 95% water. Broccoli is 91% water and yogurt is 85% water.

“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.”
– Szent

Why Smile?

November 16, 2012

Why Smile?

I smile when I am around positive people. I smile when you stop by to let me know how your journey is going.  I smile when I have a positive effect on one’s life, I smile when I hear laughter. I smile when other people are happy. I smile to  kickstart my day with a positive step!

Mark Stibich, Ph.D. gives us his…

Top 10 Reasons To Smile

Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness.

1. Smiling makes us attractive-
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood-Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling is Contagious-When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress-Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure– When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

6. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System-Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin– Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful-Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.

9. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger-The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive-Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.

You have plenty of reasons to smile! Smile…it just could improve your life drastically!

“Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.”

Why do you smile?

The summer is over and the cold and dry season is here in MN. When it comes to cold weather, freezing winds and drastic changes in temperatures, more skin protection and prevention against the elements is needed.

Symptoms of the cold weather include drying, flaky, itchy skin. Or even  an increase in acne as the skin loses moisture it can overcompensate by making more oil to protect the top layer.

The four most important things to remember for good skin care are:

Protection– bundle up! Protect against the wind and elements!

Cleanser– the type of cleanser during the winter, should be a gentler, milder formula to not strip off too much skin.

Moisturize – a good moisturizer is really important, you’re looking for hydration, not oil.

Sunscreen– wear sunscreen, the sun rays are just as harsh in the winter!

Other tips:

Eating specific foods

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Check out Lena Svenson from KDWB at Envy Skin Clinic and learn about Laser Hair Removal in this exclusive video!

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What is Skin Tightening?

“This exciting new technology is perfect for those who wish to tighten and firm up their skin, with virtually no down-time. We use a pulsed infrared light source to heat deep dermal tissue, while sparing the epidermis through continuous cooling. The result is collagen stimulation that leads to younger looking and tighter skin. There is minimal discomfort and minimal redness. In some cases, tighter skin can be seen after just one treatment, although a package of 5 treatments is recommended for best results.”

See our Crowd Cut special on Skin Tightening for only $99 at http://www.crowdcut.com/minneapolis-stpaul/

Micro Laser Peel before and after

What is a MicroLaserPeel?
It is an intra-epidermal laser peel that precisely ablates the outermost layers of the skin. The procedure is individually tailored to the nature of the condition to be corrected. Skin conditions such as: wrinkles, scars, acne scars, keratoses, or pigmentary problems have been very successfully treated with a MicroLaserPeel…

How is the MicroLaserPeel different from Microdermabrasion?
Generally, microdermabrasion only removes the stratum corneum (10 microns). The MicroLaserPeel is a partial- to-full epidermal peel (20-50 microns) and is performed with topical anesthetic. Because this procedure ablates deeper into the epidermis, it is the perfect step between microdermabrasion and full skin resurfacing…

Read more at envyskinclinic.com/microlaser.php

Thanks to everyone!

May 19, 2011

Thank you to everyone who purchased one of our packages on the Living Social special!

If you still need to make an appointment, please give us a call.  Remember, the voucher can be redeemed at both of our locations.

952.983.4588 for Eden Prairie

651.282.0595 for our Mendota Heights

Envy Skin Clinic

May 17, 2011

Check out our Living Social Deal at:

http://livingsocial.com/deals/33489-microdermabrasion-or-laser-hair-removal

A. Microdermabrasion	

B. Laser Hair Removal: Underarms or French Bikini 
(3 Sessions)	

C. Laser Hair Removal: Full Legs, Chest, Back or 
Brazilian Bikini (3 Sessions)	

D. Laser Hair Removal: Chin, Upper Lip, Sideburns, 
Front or Back of Neck, Feet, or Bikini Line (3 Sessions)