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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3 Myths About Hair Removal

January 26, 2019

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Many want to be rid of excess hair. There are all those crazy things you hear that put you off proper hair removal techniques. So, we thought we’d take a look at some of the mad myths and debunk them for you while we’re at it.

  1. Your hair grows back thicker when you shave

Consider this. Untouched body hair lies flat, so it feels thin and soft. When you shave, it blunts the ends of the hair which makes it stand up. This is what makes the hair feel thicker, but the actual hair doesn’t change at all.

Hard to imagine? Think about using scissors to cut a plastic straw on a diagonal rather than straight. The straw will look thicker, but it hasn’t changed at all.

  1. Laser treatment is for everyone and will last a lifetime

Laser Hair Removal treatments take 6+ sessions for desired results and can be slightly uncomfortable.  It aims at contrast in pigment and hair color.  As such, hair that has no color at all cannot be treated, such as vellus hair (peach fuzz).

Laser hair removal involves using heat to destroy the hair follicle.  This is to inhibit the growth of hair.  It is important that Laser Hair Removal be performed at a professional skin clinic.

It is worth noting that not every hair that is targeted will disappear.  It depends on your unique hair growth cycle.  This is why the treatments are done on a targeted schedule based on your cycle.

Some people say that the heat from the treatment results in break outs on the skin.  This actually is more commonly caused by dry shaving. It is very unlikely to have break outs following Laser Hair Removal.

  1. Sensitive skin is just fine with hair removal creams

Hair removal creams contain chemicals that dissolve the surface hairs on your skin. Those chemicals are powerful enough to dissolve hair which means they can harm sensitive skins.

In line with this mad myth, never leave hair removal cream on for longer than what the instructions recommend. Even if you have very coarse hair, don’t go over the maximum recommended time or you might just be left with irritated and even burnt skin.

While these myths are certainly crazy, you just can’t beat the effects and professionalism of med-spa hair removal techniques.

If you’re looking for ways to get rid of the excess hair, it’s time to book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic to discuss to best hair removal option for your skin and hair.

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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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Cellulite beyond exercise

December 9, 2018

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If exercise isn’t enough, try other cellulite-busting solutions

 

The skin is made up of multi-layered tissue with connective cords that act similar to a net to keep your muscles, fat, and skin tethered together. When that fat pushes against the connective tissue, you get cellulite.

Cellulite is very common, most often found on the arms, lower stomach, breasts, and thighs. While many people associate cellulite with being overweight, even thin people and those who work out all the time can suffer from dimpling due to cellulite.

Is Exercise Really a Cure for Cellulite?

Believe it or not, not all types of exercise can help with cellulite. In fact, if you work out and still have cellulite, you may need to look at the types of exercises you are doing.

The American Council on Exercise says that people with cellulite ought to perform cardio activities most days of the week coupled with two to three days of resistance-training workouts. So, if you currently only do cardio, you might want to add strength training to your cellulite-busting regime.

The muscles lie underneath the skin. When you replace fat with muscle, you help your body to look more toned and reduce cellulite. Squats, lunges, bicep curls, and abdominal crunches are the types of spot-reduction exercises you can try.

But what if exercise isn’t working for you in your effort to deal with cellulite?

There are other options.

Smoothing the Bumps

Fortunately, there are ways to deal with those the unwanted appearance of dimpling skin, both naturally and with medical treatments.

There are a number of actions you can start doing right now to minimize or eliminate cellulite, such as:

  • Warm water and lemon – drink a glass of warm water with lemon as soon as you wake up to balance your body’s pH, hydrate the lymphatic system, and detoxify. On that note, proper hydration is important to keeping tissues and the lymphatic system clean, so make sure you’re drinking enough water throughout the day.
  • Quit smoking – every puff you take affects the blood supply to the skin, making it thinner and more likely to sag. This makes cellulite more visible, especially in the arms, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Dry brush – dry body brushing improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, reducing cellulite.
  • Get a massage – treat yourself to a vacuum cup and give yourself a massage. This method can be a little sore at first, but it can help to reduce cellulite.
  • Cut the salt – sodium leads to you retaining excess water and making your skin look even more dimply and lumpy.

 

Venus Concept to Treat Cellulite

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer a non-invasive and long-lasting solution in the form of Venus Concept. The treatment is designed to reshape your body and is successful as an alternative, non-surgical solution to liposuction. Not only can it help bust cellulite in problem areas, but it can also help get rid of muffin tops!

The treatment is designed in such a way that it uses several different clinically proven solutions, such as deep tissue heating, suction, and radiofrequency energy to distribute heat to the underlying fat below the skin. The energy pulses and vacuum then work together to contour your curves. Most people require up to 8 sessions, spread out over the course of 8 weeks, but you’ll notice slight improvements within your first few treatments!

Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today to discuss the best treatment for you.

 

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Remember when you were a tween and wanted nothing more than to be 16 or 18? And then, when you hit 16, you wanted to be 21?

Then, somewhere around 30, it all turned around. Suddenly, you’re thrilled if you’re asked for ID and you know you’ve really grown up. But, it’s also around then you might have started to notice even the faintest signs of aging, isn’t it?

Now, you can turn back the years thanks to Venus Viva.

What Exactly is Venus Viva?

Venus Viva uses state-of-the-art technology to resurface your skin with minimal discomfort. Treatments take just 30 minutes and most people require 3 to 4 treatments over a period of months. While most people feel just slight discomfort during the treatment, a topical anesthetic can help eliminate discomfort.

Best of all, Venus Viva’s non-invasive nature means there is hardly any recovery time. You might have a little redness and a mild sunburn sensation right after treatment, this will subsides in a couple of hours.

Venus Viva Can Treat Multiple Skin Issues

If you’ve been looking for a non-invasive way to turn back the clock and improve the texture of your skin, or you want to get rid of visible stretch marks, Venus Viva may be your answer.

The non-surgical skin resurfacing treatment aims to improve the overall texture of your skin. During treatment, SmartScan and NanoFractional Radio Frequency are combined to treat and repair damage to the skin.

Just one treatment can significantly reduce signs of:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Scars
  • UV damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Melasma
  • Rosacea

Venus Viva is a highly innovative treatment that can improve an array of conditions that affect your skin’s texture. That’s because this treatment can cover a much larger surface area, treating multiple issues in one session so you walk out feeling, and looking, rejuvenated.

Safe, Effective Treatment

Venus Viva is safe. It’s common for radiofrequency energy to be used in medical procedures and it’s been thoroughly evaluated in a multitude of clinical studies. Before you have treatment, your medical history will be reviewed to determine if you’re in good general health before undergoing the procedure.

Long-Lasting Results to Defy Time

After treatment, your body will begin to produce new collagen and that’s when you’ll start to notice results. The great news is that the results are long-lasting. Take note, though, that while Venus Viva can certainly turn back the years, your natural aging process will continue, so you might require periodic maintenance treatments to keep your skin looking soft, firm, and renewed.

Just after your treatment, you may experience light swelling and moderate redness. But this will stop after a couple of hours to a day. You’ll receive products at your treatment to help keep your skin moisturized. This helps the healing process.

As the treatment area continues to heal, you might be a little itchy. An over-the-counter allergy pill can alleviate the itch. It’s important not to itch, pick, or scratch at the site.

Around 24 – 72 hours after treatment, small crusts will begin to form where the electrode pins made contact with your skin. You may cover them with makeup until they naturally shed.

Your Venus Viva results will continue to develop over the next few months. Each session you have will further reduce signs of wrinkles, large pores, scarring, and textural irregularities.

Instant Results for a Youthful You

Those who have undergone Venus Viva sessions report instant results. You can get straight back to your everyday activities, too. Just be careful to look after the treated area and protect it from mechanical and thermal damage as the skin heals.

You’ll also need to avoid hot baths and massages and keep the area clean to prevent infections. Be sure to use a high SPF sunscreen, too, and ideally avoid sun exposure which can have an adverse effect on your youthful results.

Book Your Venus Viva Session Today

Whether you want to defy aging and remove wrinkles or recapture the skin of your youth, we can help you achieve your goals.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today to learn more about this incredible resurfacing procedure!

 

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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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8 Tips To Soothe Dry Skin

November 4, 2014

Flaky, scaly, itchy — these are the classic signs of dry skin. And who wants to look like a lizard, much less touch dry skin? Slapping on lotion when dry skin gets flaky isn’t enough to kick this skin health problem — you need to take some serious steps to soothe dry skin.

9 Tips to Soothe Dry Skin

8 Dry Skin-Soothers

Try these beauty tips to add moisture and bring dry skin back to life:

  1. Cool down your showers. Very hot water will only dry your skin out more. So when you enjoy a bath or shower, keep the water lukewarm instead of hot. Same goes for when you wash your face.
  2. Moisturize, moisturize. It seems like a no-brainer — if you’ve got dry skin, you need to moisturize. But how and when you apply moisturizer makes a big difference. If you’ve got dry skin, apply a moisturizer to your face and the skin all over your body at least once a day, or twice a day for extremely dry skin. The best time to put it on is when you get out of the shower. You should always pat, not rub, your skin dry so that a little moisture is left on the skin. Apply moisturizer quickly to lock in the moisture from the shower. A soothing oil added to your bath, is also recommended.
  3. Exfoliate your skin. Avoiding exfoliation because you think it’s drying your skin? It’s not. Regular exfoliation is actually great for dry skin. That thick, callused, dead skin that’s covering healthy skin beneath is soaking up all the moisture. So slough it off with an exfoliant, then moisturize.
  4. Be gentle to your skin. If you’ve got dry skin, it’s time to skip those harsh, drying bar soaps and upgrade to something a little more soothing for your skin. Some bar soaps are now made with moisturizers, but even better, are body washes that contain a lot of moisturizers — and always look for products for sensitive skin. If you’re using an anti-aging cream to combat wrinkles, you may want to focus more on moisturizing instead. Anti-aging creams “can perpetuate the dryness,” as they often contain acids and other ingredients that can really dry out the skin. So skip anti-aging in favor of more moisturizing products.
  5. Wear sunscreen. Sunscreen will not only help protect your skin from drying burns and sun damage but also offer moisturizing qualities. Apply sunscreen every day to all areas that see the sun — face, neck, ears. You can even get a moisturizer with built-in sunscreen to get the benefits of two products in one. Just be sure that the sunscreen is rated SPF 15 or higher.
  6. Cover skin in the cold. Extreme outdoor weather can suck the moisture right out of your skin, whether it’s the bitter cold of winter or the dry heat of summer. Use physical barriers in the cold, like masks and gloves, to protect the skin from wind burn. A hot, humid climate won’t dry your skin, but dry, desert-like areas will take a toll. Keep skin well moisturized in dry, hot weather, and try to stay out of the heat whenever you can.
  7. Use a humidifier. When the climate outside is dry, you can escape inside your home, but what if the air in your home is drying, too? Use a humidifier in the room to put moisture back in the air. This is especially helpful in winter if your home has drying central heat.
  8. Cut back on bathing. One good way to preserve moisture in your skin is to cut back a bit on bathing. Don’t bathe every day if you can get away with it.  Instead use a washcloth and gentle soap to wash your face and neck, under your arms, and any other areas where skin touches skin. It’s also a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend in the shower or bath — 10 to 15 minutes max.

Source: Everyday Health