The first step to determining how to look after your skin and which products to use is to identify your skin type. Taking a little time to learn your skin’s needs can help you pick the perfect options for a healthier and more radiant complexion.

Everybody’s skin is unique. But there are some common skin types that can help you determine where your skin fits in the most.

Before we get to that, let’s take a look at a few ways to figure out what’s not working for your skin.

  1. Products leaving greasy residue

If this is the case, you may think you have oily skin. The truth is, your moisturizer may be a little too rich for your skin type. The skin can only absorb so much product, so the rest sits on the surface, clogging your pores.

  • Products burn or sting

This is a sign that the product isn’t right for your skin type. These reactions don’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin, the product could simply be incompatible with your skin.

  • Produces make your skin feel dry and tight

This doesn’t always mean you have dehydrated or dry skin. Certain products and ingredients strip the skin of moisture as part of the process.

  • Products leave your skin unbalanced

Stop using the product immediately. Inflammation often results in aging. Even if you’re inducing skin irritation unintentionally, products that leave your skin irritated and unbalanced are just wrong for you.

  • Exfoliating products leave you flaky

If you use exfoliating products but your skin is still flaky and dry, it means you may be overdoing it. Too much exfoliation can harm your skin’s moisture barrier, leaving invisible cracks in the skin for moisture to escape. This makes your skin flaky and dry.

Figuring out your skin type

  1. Normal/Combination Skin

If you have normal/combination skin, you probably have dry cheeks. So, you need a moisturizer that isn’t too heavy but can retain moisture where you need it.

People with normal skin are prone to breakouts around the cheeks, along with a well-moisturized t-zone. Daily, gentle exfoliation is important to keep your skin in balance.

  • Dry Skin

Dry skin can leave your face feeling tight all day long, and you may even notice flaking. This skin type is usually due to environmental factors and genetics. Dehydration is also a big factor. That’s why it’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol.

Daily exfoliation is also key, ideally with non-abrasive and gentle ingredients that promote cell growth without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Without that extra layer of dead skin, your products will absorb more effectively.

  • Oily Skin

Too much oil can leave your pores clogged and congested. The good news is that oily skin often looks more supple and younger. That’s because it is less prone to wrinkling and has more natural moisture.

Daily exfoliation is essential to prevent a buildup of products and clogged pores. A gentle exfoliator can also help to balance the tone and texture of the skin.

People with oilier skin are also prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which means dark spots on your skin once breakouts have healed. Again, exfoliation can help by lightening the dark spots and revealing new cells.

Finding the right products to take better care of your skin

Obagi is a leader in skin health. This physician-dispensed skincare company has listened to your needs and has an exceptional understanding of skincare needs. The brand has designed a variety of skincare products for different skin types, designed to address concerns and leave you look and feeling fresh, healthy, and in control.

Book an appointment with the ENVY Skin Clinic team today to find the perfect Obagi skin care products for your skin type.

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Creating the perfect skincare routine for your skin type and concerns is a daunting task.

Envy Skin Clinic’s Obagi line has created professional and clinical-grade products and skincare lines that incorporate highly targeted treatments. The idea is to have products for the home that works to address your area of concern, taking the guesswork out of finding and combining the right products for your skin’s needs.

The Nu-Derm 6-Step System from Obagi

The 6-step system from Obagi works for many reasons. Most importantly, it is a medical-grade skincare product. It has been designed by professional dermatologists and it contains pharmaceutical quality and prescription-strength ingredients.

Over the counter products do not contain the same percentage of pharmaceutical quality ingredients that Nu-Derm contains.

What does it all mean for your skin?

This means that your skincare products from Obagi are of a much higher quality and simply designed to work better. Obagi’s Nu-Derm system has been designed as a 6-step system to help fight the signs of aging and both renew and rejuvenate your skin. The system contains a combination of products that you should layer on one another for the best results.

Just because Nu Derm is a 6-step system, doesn’t mean you need to use all 6 products to get optimal results. It also means you’re free to mix and match other Obagi products with other high-quality skincare products to get the results you’ve always wanted.

Let’s consider three of the top benefits of Obagi’s Nu Derm system.

  1. Excellent variety of products

Obagi’s Nu-Derm line has been designed to help with acne scars, melasma, freckles, and age spots. Your dermatologist may recommend the entire 6-step system if they thing your skin can benefit from it. The Nu-Derm system includes:

  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Exfoliator
  • Vitamin C serums
  • SPF

When you use the Nu-Derm system, it’s important to work with a professional who knows how to monitor your progress and any reactions you might experience.

  • Highly effective treatment

Nu-Derm’s cleanser and blender products contain an ingredient called hydroquinone. This ingredient is considered by dermatologists to be one of the most effective for treating hyperpigmentation.

Hydroquinone works to inhibit an activity called tyrosinase and ensure it doesn’t convert into melanin – the chemical that causes dark pigment in your skin. While non-prescription creams may legally contain up to 2 percent of hydroquinone, as a medical-grade product, Nu-Derm products contain 4 percent. This is the maximum amount allowed with a prescription when it comes to correcting skin discoloration.

Are you a candidate for Obagi’s system?

The Nu Derm system is perfect for people who have:

  • Rough skin
  • Age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Yellowish complexion
  • Erythema (redness)

The system has also been designed to improve early signs of aging, providing a healthier, brighter skin. The system helps to attack a dull complexion, fine lines and wrinkles, and roughness.

Visit a skin care specialist first

We recommend consulting a skin health expert for best results, and to help determine which products from the Nu Derm System will be best for your skin.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today.

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BroadBand Light (BBL) facial rejuvenation reduces skin damage, shaving years off your appearance. The advanced lasers send light energy through your pigment-containing cells to destroy unwanted pigmentation.

Forever Young BBL has been designed to treat a variety of skin conditions and help fight against the hands of time. Best of all, you can treat every area of the body with BBL.

What happens during treatment?

During your treatment, the Forever Young BBL uses visible spectrum light to improve your complexion. While the treatment improves the appearance of the top layers of your skin, BBL also works below into the dermis to revitalize skin cells. After several treatments, you can expect to see significant age-defying results along with a more even and clearer complexion.

Forever Young BBL is the ideal solution for the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines
  • Sunspots
  • Acne
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Skin tone, elasticity, and firmness

After a recommended amount of treatments, you’ll enjoy younger-looking skin with better tone, texture, and overall firmness.

Fighting the signs of aging with forever young bbl.

Wrinkles, redness, and pigmented blotches – all of which make you appear older – can be improved with BBL treatment.

The machine has been designed to use several filters that target different skin concerns. By using a combination of filters, we can tailor your treatment to suit your skin problems.

The process will restore your skin to its natural, beautiful complexion, making it vibrant and smoother.

  1. BBL helps acne

Often, oral medication is the go-to solution for significant acne. But if you have milder acne or have been left with acne scars that make you look older than you are, BBL can help to settle down active pustules. It does this by calming down inflammation and treating the redness that comes with scarring.

  • BBL helps scarring

Scars can leave skin looking dry and full of fine lines or wrinkles too early on. With BBL, we can settle the redness of scars (including post-surgical scars). With a number of treatments, even pitted scarring can be improved. That’s because BBL encourages new collagen formation, leaving your complexion clearer, smoother, and looking as young as you feel.

  • BBL goes below the surface.

Not only does BBL repair imperfections that cause early signs of aging on the top layers of your skin, but it also targets those same issues where they usually begin – below your skin’s surface.

Thanks to the cutting-edge technology, BBL’s heat and light energy can penetrate deeper layers of the skin to destroy pigment in cells and help to fade discolorations. In turn, collagen growth is stimulated for a plumper, firmer complexion that decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

After your forever young bbl treatment

After a BBL session, you may experience a little redness and even a sensation somewhat like a mild sunburn, but both usually settle down within a couple of hours.

Freckles, brown stops, and pigmented lesions will get darker during the first 24 hours and then flake off over the following few days, while broken capillaries just disappear.

Your skin will feel a great deal smoother and pores will be much less noticeable.

The new collagen starts forming around a week after treatment and will continue to improve for weeks afterward. Remember to follow our advice and use the recommended products for maximum antiaging results.

Thanks to BBL, you can fight the signs of aging and dramatically improve your complexion to look and feel more youthful.

Book your BBL treatment sessions today with the knowledgeable team at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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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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When it comes to fighting the natural process of aging, we’re always on the lookout for wonder treatments to keep up efforts to look youthful and fresh from head to toe.

When we think that our lives are written on our faces, it’s only natural to want to do a little editing – filling in a few furrows, erasing a couple of fine lines, and evening out a few patchy spots. Thanks to constant advancements in the industry, there are now a whole host of procedures and products to help rejuvenate your skin and eliminate the damage done by sun exposure and the hands of time.

Today, we’re healthier and more active than ever before, so it’s only natural that you want to stay looking as young as you feel. The good news is that you can now achieve youthful results with skin rejuvenation solutions.

The Antiaging Treatments

  1. Tissue fillers

Injecting soft tissue fillers under the skin adds height to sagging cheekbones, diminishes signs of acne scars, improves the jawline, and restores fullness to hollow eyes and cheeks. Fillers are also an excellent solution if you want to fill in fine vertical lines, plump up those deep nasolabial folds that run from outside your nostrils to the corners of your mouth, and even re-sculpt and add volume to your lips.

  •  Botulinum injections

Botulinum toxin injections include Dysport, and Botox. The injections don’t require any downtime. Botox injections are effective when it comes to temporarily smoothing fine lines on your brow, face, and neck.

  • Chemical peels

Chemical peels are fantastic for treating age spots, discoloration, wrinkles, and superficial scarring. A peel is an acid solution of either trichloroacetic, salicylic or glycolic acid. The peel is applied to your skin and promptly gets to work dissolving skin cells and getting rid of your skin’s top layers. The effects tend to vary depending on how deeply the peel penetrates your skin, and that’s all determined by the strength of the solution.

  • Laser skin therapy

If you’re looking for effective ways to improve your skin’s tone, texture, and tightness, you’ll want to consider laser therapy. The lasers can remove moderate to deep lines and wrinkles while targeting specific cells in distinct layers of the skin. This means lasers can also treat conditions like spider veins, pigmented birthmarks, and port-wine stains.

Lasers can also erase acne pits and a host of other scars. There are different kinds of laser therapy treatments available, so it’s best to consult with a professional to determine the best treatment for your skin rejuvenation needs.

Book your skin rejuvenation sessions today with the team at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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Different environmental factors have different effects on your skin. Some materials, for example, can cause the tissue to break down or a build-up of fluids in your skin. Others, like tar and oil, can clog your pores, resulting in folliculitis and acne.

Other factors can lead to pigmentation changes, burns, and bacterial infections. Exposure to insulation and other building materials, and even aerosols can result in dry skin and irritation.

Then there are physical factors like the sun, cold, and heat that can call cause their own damage if you don’t look after your skin. So, if you’re not a fan of heat, you might want to avoid it. Exposing your skin to hot and humid environments can lead to irritation. When you sweat, perspiration gets trapped in the sun and results in heat rashes, blisters, and clogged pores.

On the other end of the scale, cold environments and low humidity cause dandruff, dry skin, and sometimes even frostbite.

Dry environment for healthy skin

Even if you only ever traveled a couple of hours from home, you’ve probably noticed changes in your skin. Dry desert heat, for instance, may have cleared up your acne, or you experienced a major breakout in a humid climate.

For most people, the skin adapts to the environment they live in. But it doesn’t mean your complexion is radiant and clear – that often requires regular treatments and use of products to achieve glowing, healthy skin.

It depends on your skin type

Here’s something to think about, though; there isn’t a universally ideal environment for your skin. It all depends on your skin type. For instance, if you suffer from eczema or dry skin, your skin is more likely to do well in humid conditions, which helps the skin lock in moisture.

On the other hand, if you suffer from an oily complexion, the perfect environment for you is a dry one. After just a few days in a dry area, people with oily skin notice fewer breakouts. Many even report that their skin feels “normal” and they’re able to use moisturizer more regularly.

People with sensitive skin should stay away from polluted environments since fumes and smog agitate the skin.

If you are a rosacea sufferer, stay away from sunny conditions. The UV light and heat cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to inflammation and redness.

How about Hawaii?

Honolulu boasts an average of 278 days of sun every year. Yet, this city is the perfect environment for your skin. The pollution levels are exceptionally low and there are zero high-ozone days. What’s more, Hawaii’s humid environment can benefit dry skin.

There’s no one size fits all solution

There’s no perfect environment for perfect skin, which is why it’s important to determine your skin type and adjust to the climate you live in. Everybody can benefit from using a humidifier indoors. When you run heaters or air conditioners, the ambient humidity inside is low, and that means your skin dries out. Using a humidifier can create a better balance in your environment and in your skin.

What’s more, whether you have dry skin or are prone to oily pores, it’s a good idea to seek out treatments targeted to your skin type that will help lock in nourishment and moisture, treat problem areas, and keep signs of aging – like fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation – at bay.

Book your personalized skin care treatments today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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We all try our best to strike a balance as we age. But with age, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Skin tags, age spots, and wrinkles become more noticeable.

Even if you do everything right, your hands can give away your age.

It’s your hands that do the talking when it comes to giving away your real age. The hands take use and abuse compared to your face. From dryness to discoloration, your hands tell a vivid story.

Here’s what your hands might just be telling other people and what you can do about it.

Too much time in the sun

Sun exposure plays a big role in the aging process. Cumulative exposure over the years can result in thinner skin, wrinkles, irregular pigmentation, and brown spots.

Regular sunscreen can protect your hands from sunburn and skin cancer; It helps in protecting your hands from the harsh aging effects of the sun.

It’s easy to forget about the hands when you’re protecting other parts of your body, which leaves them exposed daily to the sun. UV radiation results in a lot of skin changes associated with aging. The key is to not forget about your hands when you’re applying sunscreen. Don’t forget to reply when you wash your hands.

Hands-on hobbies

If you’re a big fan of hobbies that cause calluses, we have solutions for you.

Calluses are hardened bits of skin that appear from repeated friction and pressure. While they’re not usually sore, calluses can be a sign that you’re putting too much pressure on your bare hands and you need to protect your skin better.

While calluses aren’t really a cause for concern, you should treat them as soon as they pop up, or rather work to prevent them completely. The easiest way to do this is to wear gloves and the right protective padding when using anything that necessitates a forceful grip.

If you already have calluses, the best way to treat them is to soak your hands in warm water. Then, use a pumice stone to gently rub away the dead skin.

If you leave calluses to grow, there’s a chance your skin will become so dry and thick that it will tear. Split calluses are extremely painful.

Instead, seek regular beauty treatments so that your hands tell the world you’re young and fresh instead of a hardcore hobbyist!

Your hands can tell the world volumes. With regular care, you can make sure they tell everyone you’re younger than you are!

Keep your hands rejuvenated with treatments at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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Spider Veins

May 3, 2019

Spider veins, especially, are a common appearance as we age. It’s not a huge cause for concern, and spider veins aren’t necessarily painful, but they can be unsightly confidence killers.

The good news is that you can do something about your spider veins, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal!

What causes spider veins?

There are a number of things that can cause spider veins. Common causes include:

  • Pregnancy – when you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases and causes the veins to enlarge.
  • Age – as we age, so our valves in the veins weaken.
  • Hormones – hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, as well as taking certain progesterone or estrogen medications and birth control pills can result in spider veins.
  • A sedentary lifestyle.
  • A family history of spider veins.
  • Sun exposure – too much time in the sun can lead to spider veins on the nose or cheeks, especially if you’re fair-skinned.
  • Obesity puts extra pressure on your veins.
  • Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time or sitting with your legs crossed too often.

Spider veins are an inflammatory process, so they can be painful. The veins get stretched out and dilated, and that means they send local inflammatory messages to your brain, resulting in pain and swollen legs.

Thanks to laser therapy, you can minimize the appearance of your spider veins.

How laser therapy helps with spider veins

When spider veins are still superficial and relatively small, lasers like ClearScan can be set to precisely target the pigment in your veins. This causes the blood to coagulate, destroying the veins.

It’s a quick and fairly painless movement that feels a little like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Depending on how many veins must be treated and the density of each vein, a session can take anywhere from just 15 minutes up to an hour.

ClearScan

If your spider veins are sore or simply unsightly, it’s time to have them removed. ClearScan can help restore the color and tone of your skin. The laser treatment works to gently eliminate visible vascular structures and broken capillaries from the skin’s most upper surface.

The laser energy heats up those unwanted vessels, making them a whole lot less noticeable, or removing them completely.

Here’s what happens during a treatment

When you arrive for a ClearScan procedure, you’ll receive safety glasses or shields to protect your eyes. Next, laser energy is delivered to the area of the skin that requires treatment.

You might feel a brief hot or warm sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by your spider veins.

How long your treatment will take all depends on the size of the area being treated.

Recovering After ClearScan spider vein laser removal

Healing time depends on the treatment. In most instances, there is no downtime and you can carry on with your day right away. You may experience a little redness after your treatment, but this subsides within a few hours.

Fast-Acting treatment for fast results

Some spider veins disappear immediately with laser treatment, while other destroyed vessels may become lighter or simply less visible in appearance.

The laser treatment works to collapse the unwanted vessels, so over a period of time, your body will naturally re-absorb the vessels, the same way you heal from bruises.

The process can take around several weeks.

You may need several treatments

How many treatments you will need also depends on the severity of your spider veins, and you may require several treatments for success.

Improvement lasts for a number of years at a time, but new veins may develop over time, which means you’ll need to book a touch-up treatment as necessary.

Preventing spider veins

Of course, once you get rid of your spider veins, you’ll want to prevent more developing.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid sitting or standing for longer periods
  • Elevate your legs when you’re resting
  • Avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing around your legs and waist

Spider veins can be sore, and they can certainly knock your confidence. But thanks to ClearScan laser treatments, they can be removed quickly and effortlessly!

Book your ClearScan 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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Dry skin can be troublesome. Whether it’s brought on by colder months or other factors, nobody wants to live with dry, flaky, skin.

The good news is that there are products on the market to help relieve dry skin and leave you looking and feeling soft, shiny, and nourished.

Whether you’re looking for products for yourself or a few gift ideas for a dry skin sufferer, we’ve put together a list of top tips and effective products from Obagi for you to consider.

Get the environment right

The drier the air is around you is, the drier your skin. To maximize the amount of moisture in the air, we suggest a humidifier. If you’re putting together a dry skin care gift set for someone, consider including a humidifier that they can use in the room where they spend most of their time. Often, this could be the office or the bedroom.

A cool air humidifier helps to increase the air’s moisture levels, helping skin stay hydrated.

Calm the culprits and treat dry or flaky skin

If you or your gift recipient experience scaliness and general dryness, the skin needs help. As dry skin becomes inflamed, the cells lift, and this results in peeling.

Obagi has a range of highly effective hydrate moisturizers. The range is designed to provide your skin with instant and lasting hydration to moisturize and rejuvenate dry skin. The moisturizers are dermatologically tested, non-irritating, and hypoallergenic, making them the perfect dry skin solution.

Use a Serum

If it’s the change of season that causes dry skin, don’t ditch the serums. An alcohol-free, antioxidant serum is a great solution no matter the time of year. Skin is constantly under attack by free radicals, leading to sun spots, collagen breakdown, premature fine lines and wrinkles, and ultra-dry skin.

To prevent damage, you need an effective vitamin C formula you can apply first thing in the morning before using other products. Obagi’s Professional-C Serum 10% is the solution. The serum is packed with 10% L-ascorbic acid, making it a safe and gentle enough serum for dry, sensitive, and even irritated skin. It also works to minimize the signs of premature aging.

For severely dry skin, include a tube of Retinol 1.0%. The product packs a powerful moisturizing and soothing punch with ingredients like Shea Butter, Chamomile, and Jojoba Oil to not only leave skin smoother and softer but to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, too.

A Ready-Made Obagi Kit

Finally, if you’re having difficulty picking out single products for yourself or the dry skin sufferer in your life, consider a ready-made Obagi kit. The brand offers several handy packages to help treat dry skin and keeps signs of aging at bay.

The Nu-Derm System for Normal to Dry Skin has been formulated especially for dry skin to correct signs of aging, dark spots, and flaking. The kit includes a cleanser, toner, Exfoderm, Clear, Obagi Hydrate, Blender, and Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum, making it the perfect defense against dry skin.

Book an appointment at ENVY Skin Clinic today and we’ll help you find the perfect products to treat dry skin.

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Age spots, blemishes, and sun damage are the first indications of your age. Years of unprotected sun exposure, lack of a skin regiment, along with the natural process of aging, can leave the skin looking unhealthy and wrinkled.

Know that there is help at hand! Forever Young BBL is a photo facial treatment that’s proven effective when it comes to treating signs of aging. There’s no surgery, no downtime, with minimal discomfort involved.

BBL aims to treat the most common signs of aging and sun damage. What sets this non-ablative laser treatment apart is that it treats the underlying layers of your skin, where most signs of aging occur.

How Forever Young BBL works                                                          

BBL treatment is completely non-invasive. It’s designed to deliver a targeted broadband light to not just the surface layers of your skin, but the deeper layers, too. We can adjust the strength of the treatment based on the extent and depth of your fine lines and wrinkles to achieve the desired results.

One of the amazing things about this treatment is that it is proven to change the expression of genes that are associated with increased longevity. In other words, with regular use, BBL can help turn back the clock on your face.

When you schedule a consultation, we’ll take you through the treatment process. BBL involves using light energy to treat a whole range of skin conditions and signs of sun damage and aging.

We use the light energy to heat up your upper layers of skin. Your skin then gently absorbs the heat to stimulate collagen growth along with the growth of new skin cells. The results are smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and healthier skin.

More BBL Benefits

Forever Young BBL can treat so much more than just fine lines and wrinkles, including:

  1. Age spots

Age spots aren’t cute when they give away your age or, worse, make you look older than you are. Age spots show on the skin as rounded, flat patches of black or brown skin. BBL is a powerful treatment that will zap those spots, penetrating deep into the layers of your skin for beautiful results.

  • Sun damage

The sun emits ultraviolet light that can damage your skin. Over time, this results in wrinkles and dark spots. Forever Young BBL treatments can help reverse sun damage and erase early signs of aging. The treatment can also tackle spots and redness caused by the sun to keep you looking fresh and young.

  • Blemishes

Nobody wants unsightly facial blemishes. BBL treatments will penetrate the skin as much as necessary to get rid of them. BBL offers dramatic results, too, leaving you with a smoother appearance.

You are a Photo Facial candidate

Both men and women seek out non-invasive treatments to achieve a smoother, clear complexion and to improve skin firmness, pigmentation, and elasticity. Thanks to advanced Forever Young BBL technology, treatments can now be customized to suit your skin type, which means most people are candidates for treatment.

Forever Young BBL is a safe and effective way to achieve healthier, younger looking skin. We recommend 3 to 5 treatments initially 4-6 weeks apart 1-2 annually for optimal results.

Book your Forever Young BBL treatments today at ENVY Skin Clinic and start your journey to healthier looking skin.

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What if we told you there is a treatment that can slow down aging? There is, and it’s called Forever Young BBL. The treatment is designed to delay signs of aging and leave you feeling and looking rejuvenated.

What exactly is Forever Young BBL technology?

Forever Young BBL makes use of broad spectrum light technology. Treatments are designed to offer noticeable improvements to your complexion on the outer layers while also working deep below the dermis to rejuvenate old skin cells right at the molecular level.

Forever Young BBL is able to treat almost any area on your body, including your face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.. After your recommended series of treatments, you should notice significant age-defying results and a more even complexion.

It’s time to try this light-based skin rejuvenation treatment.

So, what exactly can this amazing technology treat? A whole range of skin and aging issues, such as:

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Skin texture problems, including large pores, deep lines, and wrinkles
  • Sun-damaged skin, including red and brown spots
  • Unwanted hair loss
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Facial veins

Amazing BBL treatment benefits

There are plenty of incredible benefits to be gained from regular treatments. These include:

  • Long-lasting results
  • You can carry on with your daily activities right after a treatment session
  • Treatment is incredibly fast. It takes just 12 – 15 minutes to treat your entire face
  • Outcomes are more predictable thanks to controlled, advanced precision
  • An effective and safe treatment for active acne on people of all ages
  • Controlled precision makes for a safer treatment, with each skin condition getting its own corresponding wavelength

How Forever Young BBL technology works

BBL technology delivers a light energy that gently heats up your upper layers of skin. As the heat is absorbed by the targeted areas, it stimulates the skin cells, encouraging new collagen generation. This then helps restore the skin to its natural beauty, making it smoother and blending its natural tones, leaving you looking refreshed and younger.

The photothermal energy targets and eliminates many signs of aging, like fine vessels that cause redness.

Post-Treatment recovery

After treatment, you may look flushed, but this resolves within a couple of hours. If you’re targeting pigmented skin, the treated area can darken, and flake off over about 1 to 2 weeks. On the whole, though, there is no recovery or downtime period needed after a treatment.

Keeping up appearances

Forever Young BBL is a revolutionary treatment that works on the concept of light energy being sent deep into the skin to boost the body’s natural ability to fight signs of aging. The result is skin that visibly looks younger year after year.

This treatment isn’t just for those who have experienced sun damage over the years, the rejuvenation benefits help keep skin looking young, too.

Visit ENVY Skin Clinic today and reap the Forever Young BBL benefits for yourself!

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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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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