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!

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.

A lifetime of radiant skin is within your reach. From acne and dry skin to age spots and wrinkles, the Obagi line of products will rejuvenate your skin and reveal a healthier-looking you! Recommended by dermatologists and other skin care professionals around the world, Obagi products cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, protect and preserve your skin.

Obagi Skincare Products

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

  • Obagi Nu-Derm® System
  • Obagi360™ System
  • CLENZIderm M.D.™ System
  • Gentle Rejuvenation System
  • Obagi-C® Rx System
  • Hydrate Facial Moisturizers
  • Sun Protection Products
  • And More!

With clinically-proven ingredients and quick results, Obagi products penetrate your skin and offer a wide range of benefits. Depending on the product, Obagi can treat:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Discoloration, Hyperpigmentation and Age Spots
  • Rough and Dry Skin
  • Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
  • Acne Breakouts
  • Erythema (Redness)
  • Sallowness (Yellowish Complexion)
  • And More!

Obagi products take advantage of breakthrough technology to establish a foundation of softer and smoother skin. Whether you haven’t had success with other products or you’re looking to step up your skincare game with a prescription treatment, the Obagi line of products can transform your skin and treat your specific needs.

Need more information on the Obagi products we carry and which one is right for your skin? Call Envy Skin Clinic today at 952-983-4588.

dysport-before-and-after-1Turn that frown upside down with the help of Dysport. A prescription injection, Dysport naturally smoothes the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look or movement of your facial expressions.

Dysport’s numbers speak for themselves. Approved in 57 countries, Dysport boasts 25 years of clinical experience around the globe. And 97% of users say they would do it again.

How it Works

Over the course of time, wrinkles are formed by repeated facial movements and muscle contractions. Although wrinkles are more prevalent in the elderly, they commonly develop in younger adults as well.

Dysport injections combat wrinkles and frown lines by reducing specific muscle activity. During a quick 10 to 20-minute procedure, a Dysport specialist will perform an injection into each of five points between and above the eyebrows to temporarily prevent the muscle contractions that lead to frown lines. While certain muscle contractions are targeted, the rest of your face is left to move and express itself naturally.

The Results

Dysport offers quick treatment, immediate results and NO downtime. One short treatment can improve the look of your frown lines for up to four months and most patients see noticeable improvement just two to three days after your Dysport procedure. You can also come back for a repeat treatment for continued results.

Schedule your Dysport treatment at Envy Skin Clinic to freeze your frown lines, not your expressions!

Sculptra AestheticAre you looking for a skin rejuvenation treatment that will last years, not months? Featuring three quick sessions, little downtime and up to two years of impressive results, find out why Sculptra Aesthetic stands out in the vast sea of injectables.

Sculptra is FDA-approved and can rejuvenate the skin around your eyes, lips and other areas of the face that show signs of aging. Via three treatments over the course of a few months, the injectable can restore definition to your face and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and facial folds.

Sculptra Advantages

Sculptra offers a wide range of advantages over other injectables. These include:

  • Results last up to two years, other injectables last for a few months.
  • It is completely biocompatible (it won’t harm your body).
  • It is injected under your skin, not into your skin.
  • Sculptra is placed in a pattern to evenly fill out your face around the target area, not as a “spot” injection.
  • Sculptra is supplied as a microcrystal powder mixed with sterile water, other fillers are supplied in gel form.

Sculptra Treatment

At your appointment, a Sculptra Aesthetic specialist will inject microscopic crystals under your skin to induce a mild inflammatory reaction. This triggers the formation of new collagen. Collagen production increases gradually after your treatment, with Sculptra’s full volume-enhancing results apparent in about four to six weeks.

Sculptra is injected using a very fine-gauge syringe under (not into) your skin–unlike some dermal injectables. Sculptra is placed evenly under a facial defect, which allows for better results than the “spot” placement of other fillers under a wrinkle or line. Immediately after treatment, target areas are massaged for a few minutes to distribute Sculptra evenly.

Sculptra is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for decades in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999 in over 30 countries.

Sculptra Results

There is little to no downtime after receiving Sculptra injections. While there may be some redness and/or swelling, most patients are able to return immediately to their daily schedule. If there are no complications, makeup can be applied several hours after treatment.

With long-lasting results and minimal downtime, Sculptra is a no-brainer. Schedule your Sculptra appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today for a natural, more youthful-looking appearance that can last two years!

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!