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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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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3 Myths About Hair Removal

January 26, 2019

myths

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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If you’ve been noticing dimpling on your behind, you’re not alone. Up to 90 percent of women experience cellulite at some point in their lives.

What is it, really? Cellulite is the fat cells we find just under the top layer of skin. These fat cells squeeze between bands of collagen, attaching muscles to the skin.

Dermatologists suggest that poor circulation – which is mostly genetic – can make those lumps and bumps look worse. That’s because when your blood flow slows down, the collagen separates, and that means the fat comes up to the surface of the skin. That’s when you get the orange-peel effect.

It’s certainly a confidence bummer.

The good news is that there are several specific exercises that target those lumps. So, if you’re ready to kick cellulite to the curb, here are the moves you need to start doing today.

The high back kick

If you’re tired of covering up your thighs and buttocks with baggy trousers just to try and hide the appearance of cellulite, this is the strength and toning exercise for you. It’s really good for boosting circulation to the lower part of the body, and it’s great for relaxing your lower back.

Here’s what to do:

  • Position yourself all fours, supporting yourself with your knees and forearms
  • Keep your elbows right below your shoulders and your back straight
  • Lift one leg towards the ceiling, slightly bending the knee
  • Lower the leg and repeat 15 times with each leg

High knees

This is another great move for improving blood flow, and it’s low-impact, too.

Stand with your chest tall and feet slightly apart. Alternating legs, bring your knees up to chest height, flexing the working glute at the top of this movement. Try to bring your leg up as high as you can and hold for a second before alternating legs.

Aim to do 3 sets for a total of 2 minutes each.

Lateral goblet lunge

Stand tall with your feet together, pointing forward, and grip a dumbbell by one end, vertically. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Keep your left leg straight and step the right leg as far to the right as possible, bending the knee and lowering your hips as deeply as you safely can. Push off your right foot to return to the starting position. Do 20 on the right leg and then 20 on the left to tone your glutes and thighs and bust that cellulite. Aim to do 2 sets on each side.

Classic lunges

Start by standing tall with your feet hip-distance apart. Take a big step forward or backward, lowering your body, bending both knees as you do. Aim to keep the knees at 90 degrees when bent and your front knee aligned over your front ankle.

Step your feet back together and repeat. You can do all the sets of one leg and then the other, or alternate legs for a walking lunge. Aim for 3 sets of 15 on each side with these classic lunges.

The bridge

This is an effective exercise for your glutes and abductors. It works well to firm up the muscles and reduce cellulite in your thighs and buttocks.

Do this:

  • Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, a little less than hip-distance apart, and knees bent. Keep your hands flat next to you.
  • Tighten your buttocks as much as you can, keep your abs engaged and tight, and lift your pelvis upwards.
  • Hold the position for around 3 or 4 seconds and lower back to the floor.
  • Aim for 3 sets of 15 with the bridge.

Goblet plie squat

Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart and your toes turned out, like a sumo wrestler. Hold a heavy dumbbell vertically by one end using both hands. Keep your hands at chest height with your elbows bent by your sides.

Squat down, pushing your knees out to the sides and then return to the starting position. Aim for 2 sets of 20 to really target the thighs and buttocks and tighten up those muscles.

Start busting cellulite today

Exercise is just one way to increase blood flow to your cellulite spots.

At ENVY Skin Clinic, we offer Venus Cellulite Reduction treatments for really target trouble areas.

Book your ENVY treatment today.

 

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Say goodbye to unwanted hair with laser hair removal

 

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

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

So, how does it work?

What exactly is laser hair removal?

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

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

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

The procedure

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

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

Popular laser hair removal treatment areas

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

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

How many sessions?

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

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

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

The benefits

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

  1. Efficacy

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

  1. Precise

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

  1. Speedy

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

  1. No Waiting

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

  1. Affordable

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

  1. Few Side Effects

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

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

 

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Goodbye Sweat

Don’t shy away from the world! There is a solution for excessive underarm sweat

 

Summer might seem like a long way off, but it’s never too soon to start preparing for hotter days. For many people, just the thought of the warmer season brings on anxiety and stress, not to mention the embarrassment of excessive underarm sweating.

In fact, underarm sweating is an uncomfortable problem for many of us. Yet it doesn’t have to be. There is a solution.

miraDry is a non-invasive procedure that eliminates excessive perspiration right at its source, so you can get back to dressing and living with confidence.

Everything you need to know about miraDry

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. miraDry uses microwave technology to target and eliminate odor glands and sweat from your underarm area.

During treatment, a handheld device is used to deliver electromagnetic energy below your skin, targeting your sweat glands. As the device heats up, it destroys your underarm sweat glands, at the same time protecting and cooling your top layer of skin.

Treatments are painless; however, you will receive local anesthesia or lidocaine injections. Most people return to the normal routine right after treatment, and you can even continue exercising a few days later.

Compared to other sweat treatments like hyperhidrosis surgery or even Botox, miraDry is less invasive. It does have a few potential side effects.

What to expect during treatment

The innovative technology uses thermal energy, which has proven to be a good method for treating underarm odor and sweat glands. The process works to destroy hair follicles, reducing hair regrowth.

During treatment, miraDry generates targeted heat where your underarm glands are found, safely eliminating them. Thanks to advanced technology, the system continuously cools your skin during treatment for complete safety and comfort.

Since your treatment begins with local anesthesia being administered to your underarm, there is little to no pain experienced during your treatment. Some patients say they don’t feel anything during their miraDry procedure!

Post treatment

Soreness and swelling may occur in the treatment area, but it usually goes away within a few days. You may also experience an altered sensation in your underarm skin but it does disappear gradually.

How many treatments will you need?

Some people are thrilled with the results they see right after their one-hour miraDry treatment. Most patients benefit from an additional treatment for the best possible results.

What to expect after treatment?

After your treatment, your armpits will be cleaned and iced. You’ll also receive miraDry ice packs to take home. We usually suggest ibuprofen and icing for bruising, swelling, and tenderness.

If you do experience slight tenderness, redness, tingling, itching, or a short-term altered sensation in the underarm area, please don’t panic! All of these side effects disappear within a couple of days or weeks.

You won’t need much downtime after treatment if any, and you can get back to your daily activities immediately. However, you should avoid heavy physical activities like heavy lifting or running for a week post-treatment.

The results

Just one miraDry treatment delivers instant results. You’ll notice a significant reduction in your excessive sweating as soon as your treatment is done. You can always undergo another miraDry session until you are completely satisfied with the results.

The treatment leaves you clean, confident, and worry-free. You’ll no longer have to worry about your deodorant failing you every day since you’ll enjoy permanently dry armpits, leaving you feeling fresh and clean all day long.

Expanding your wardrobe

Once you’ve undergone miraDry treatment, you can say goodbye to those wet spots on your clothing. We know how hard it is to cover up excessive underarm sweating or how often you have to throw away clothing due to stains. Just one miraDry treatment could let you wear whatever you want. No more worrying about sweat or odors!

If you’re ready to dress with confidence and say goodbye to excessive sweat, it’s time to book a miraDry treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic!

 

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