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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The Venus Legacy

April 12, 2019

As we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity. Thanks to the Venus Legacy treatment, you can improve cellulite, tighten your skin, and reduce small areas.

First, about Venus Legacy

Firstly, Venus Legacy is a device that’s designed to reduce cellulite, tighten skin, treat wrinkles, and reduce small spots of excess fat.

With the help of (MP)2 technology, Venus Legacy uses Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PEMF) along with Multi-Polar Radio Frequency (RF) to produce a uniform heat matrix. This, in turn, encourages contraction, collagen production, improved elasticity, and lipolysis. As a result, you can look forward to a firmer, smoother, and more toned body.

How Venus Legacy differs from other contouring treatments

Venus Legacy is a highly advanced technology used for body contouring. The skin tightening and cellulite reducing treatment delivers pain-free, completely safe treatments with exceptional results.

Not only does the treatment involve RF and PEMF, but it also utilizes VariPulse technology, RealTime Thermal feedback, and 4D technology for superior contouring and tightening effects.

How does the treatment work?

Using a combination of the technologies we’ve mentioned, Venus Legacy works to deeply penetrate several layers of the skin, uniformly heating from the inside out. When your tissue temperature is increased, it enhances FGF-2 hormone activity and the triglycerides within your fat cells are broken down while fatty acids are freed from the cells.

In so doing, we can reduce volume. Blood flow to your treated area improves significantly, enhancing your skin’s texture and tone. Oxygen, minerals, and vitamins are carried easier t the cells, while waste materials and toxins are eliminated.

Venus Legacy also provides exceptional skin tightening results. That’s because, during treatment, new blood vessels are formed while dermal fibroblasts are created. These increase elastin and collagen fibers, resulting in firmer, tighter skin and filling in of lines and wrinkles for a smoother, youthful appearance.

What to expect during your treatment

Venus Legacy treatments tend to be relaxing, with some people saying it feels similar to a hot stone massage. The treatment takes around 40 minutes, and for best results, we usually recommend 6 to 10 treatments.

This is a virtually painless treatment with no downtime needed. That means you can quickly achieve cellulite reduction and skin tightening results and get straight back to the hustle and bustle of life.

Venus Legacy for wrinkle reduction and skin tightening

The RF causes a thermal response in tissues, activating your body’s natural response to healing. So, new elastin fibers and collagen are formed, causing your skin to both look and feel firmer.

Venus Legacy for body contouring and cellulite reduction

When your skin’s temperature rises, your body releases stress hormones. The hormones pass through your bloodstream and attach to receptors on the membrane of fat cells within the deepest layer of your skin. Once the stress hormone attaches to the receptor, it activates lipase. In turn, lipase breaks down triglycerides into free fatty acids. These acids exit the fat cells through your bloodstream, reducing fat cells as they do so. The result is a more contoured and smoother shape.

Areas that can be treated

Venus Legacy is designed with four different handpieces to treat different areas of the body. Treatments can work to reduce cellulite and tighten the skin on your face, neck, upper arms, buttock, abdomen, and thighs.

The number of treatments you’ll need is based on the area being treated. For example, most areas of the body require 8 treatments while the neck and face require about 6 treatments.

A safe treatment for all

Venus Legacy is a safe and effective treatment for skin tightening and to reduce wrinkles and fat. It’s also a successful treatment for most people.

If you want a little light or tightening, call the experienced team at ENVY Skin Clinic today to book your Venus Legacy treatment.

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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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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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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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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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Say goodbye to unwanted hair with laser hair removal

 

Laser hair removal has become an increasingly popular way to get rid of unwanted hair.

Laser hair removal can have excellent, long-term results.

So, how does it work?

What exactly is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is a noninvasive way of removing or reducing unwanted hair on your body.

With the number of procedures in the U.S. growing more than 51% since 2000, it’s safe to say that this technique has grown to become one of the most popular treatments in the country.

Laser hair removal is a fantastic option if you have excess body hair and want a way to effectively reduce or remove it, be it from larger or smaller areas of your body.

The procedure

Before your treatment, the area to be treated is cleaned. If it’s a particularly sensitive area, a numbing gel may be used.

When you’re ready, a beam of high-energy light is focused on your target area. The bigger the area, the longer the procedure can take. On average, smaller areas take just a few minutes while bigger areas like the legs can take up to an hour or more.

Popular laser hair removal treatment areas

Laser hair removal can be done in most areas of your body, including:

  • The face.
  • Legs
  • Underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Back
  • Chest

How many sessions?

Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate and for different parts of the body. So, different people and different treatment areas require different amounts of sessions to achieve the desired results. Most people require 6+ treatments depending on the area.

Hair is most responsive in the living phase, called anagen. Hair follicles are not responsive to laser treatment at all stages of the growth cycle.  It’s then that they actively grow and when they have the most pigment or melanin. The more pigment a hair contains, the more light it absorbs and the higher the temperature they can be heated to. Higher temperatures make for better destruction of hair follicles.

Envy Skin Clinic is able treat all skin types from pale white to deeply pigmented dark brown. This is considered all Fitzpatrick skin types.

The benefits

There are plenty of benefits to having laser hair removal, including:

  1. Efficacy

This hair removal method is highly effective, especially if you have dark or fair skin. Many people start to achieve permanent hair loss in just 3 – 7 sessions. Different people have different results, though, and lighter hair usually needs more treatments as it takes more energy to get to the heat needed to destroy the cycle of hair growth.

  1. Precise

Laser hair removal targets the hairs and not the skin. So, it gets the hair right at the root, damaging its ability to continue growing.

  1. Speedy

While appointment times vary depending on the areas you want to be treated, laser hair removal is usually quick and there is minimal pain, as well as no downtime.

  1. No Waiting

With epilating and waxing, you need to wait for the hair to be long enough to be pulled out between treatments. With laser, you can shave within 12 hours of the treatment. In fact, we encourage it!

  1. Affordable

Laser requires a bigger up-front cost, but you can save money in the long term. You can say goodbye to paying for regular waxing and threading and no more replacing razor heads on a regular basis.

  1. Few Side Effects

Unlike other hair removal methods, there are no painful razor burns or ingrown hairs to contend with. There may just be a little skin irritation for a couple of hours after treatment, but it’s very mild.

Is laser hair removal right for you? Book an appointment with the team of expert aestheticians at ENVY Skin Clinic today to find out.

 

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