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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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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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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With the right diet and products, you can fight free radicals to keep your skin young and firm

 

 

You might not be able to see it, but your skin is under constant attack by free radicals.

Left alone, those free radicals bounce around, causing damage to collagen and encouraging hyperpigmentation. Stop them, though, and you can help your skin stay smooth and even.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are minute reactive oxygen molecules that cause damage to the skin. In fact, they damage your skin cells, collagen production, and even your DNA.

We produce some free radicals internally as cells turnover, but the rest comes from external influences like pollution and UV rays.

Over time, the effects of free radicals show up in your skin as sagging, roughness, and wrinkles.

Can you fight free radicals?

The good news is that you can fight back against free radicals.

Antioxidants, especially, are vital in your fight against surface skin damage. Antioxidants help neutralize the molecules and in turn prevent them from causing signs of aging.

Your body produces a small number of antioxidants, but you need to try and consume or apply more on a regular basis.

Here are our top tips for fighting back.

  1. Eat an antioxidant rich diet

Antioxidants work to clean up free radicals naturally. You can include antioxidant-rich foods in your diet every day, including:

  • Green tea
  • Grapes and berries
  • Fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids like carrots and squash
  • Dark, leafy green vegetables
  • Cruciferous vegetables such as brussels sprouts and broccoli
  • Fermented foods like kombucha and miso

 

  1. Apply your antioxidants

Many skin care products now contain a healthy dose of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E. Using these products daily can help your skin fight back against free radicals.

Neocutis’ Oxidative Stress is an antioxidant-rich serum, packed with vitamin C to promote regeneration of antioxidants while helping to neutralize free radicals.

  1. Start and end each day with antioxidants

Dermatologists used to recommend only using antioxidants in the morning since you don’t expose your skin as much at night. However, research shows that inflammation from daytime UV damage can continue up to several hours after exposure, which means you need antioxidants in the evening, too.

At night, make use of products that contain coenzyme Q10 and resveratrol. Resveratrol switches on the mechanism your body uses to produce its own antioxidants, preparing your skin for the next day’s fight.

  1. Vitamin C is your friend

Vitamin C is well-known for immunity boosting benefits, but it can also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. You’ll easily get your vitamin C boost from a number of foods, but a number of studies show minimal impact to your skin from consuming more vitamin C. So, the best way to protect your skin is through vitamin C-enriched lotions and creams.

The Obagi-C Rx System contains key ingredients like vitamin C and hydroquinone to help reduce hyperpigmentation and keep your skin looking young, smooth and firm.

  1. Avoid toxins and pollutants

Besides improving your diet and skincare regime, you can also reduce free radical damage by avoiding environmental pollutants in water and reducing chemical exposure in both cosmetic and household products.

You can also:

  • Take steps to reduce stress
  • Avoid overusing antibiotics and medications
  • Get regular exercise
  • Try to normalize your cholesterols and blood sugar levels to prevent blood pressure changes, heart problems, and diabetes.

You can fight back

Your body produces free radicals as byproducts of everyday cellular reactions, like breathing, as well as exposure to pollutants, radiation, stress, a poor diet, and other toxins.

Luckily, antioxidants can help slow down the adverse effects of free radicals and protect you from disease and signs of early aging. Antioxidant sources like leafy greens and vitamin-enriched skincare products are the way to go.

Make sure you’re getting the right antioxidants in the right form to successfully fight free radical damage!

Need help fighting off free radicals? Book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic today for expert advice and the right treatments especially for your skin.

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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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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 2.27.33 PMLooking to try a new skincare product in 2016? Treat yourself to the Obagi-C Rx System for soft, smooth and radiant skin. Featuring the benefits of prescription-strength 4% hydroquinone and Vitamin C, the Obagi-C Rx System reduces the visible signs of skin damage and helps keep your skin looking young and even-toned.

FDA-approved for all skin types, the Obagi-C Rx System’s ingredients can improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and restore balance and clarity to your skin in just six weeks. The skincare product addresses a wide range of skin conditions. These include:

  • Minimal Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Mild to Moderate Uneven Skin Tone
  • Mild to Moderate Discoloration and Age Spots
  • Dry, Normal or Oily Skin

Perfectly safe to apply to your face, hydroquinone is still the gold standard treatment for facial pigmentation due to chronic sun damage. Better than any over-the-counter product for lightening dark spots, add the Obagi-C Rx System into your skincare regimen to rejuvenate your face. Be sure to supplement this treatment by using sunscreen on a daily basis–keep those pesky brown spots off your skin!

A valid prescription is required, so stop by Envy Skin Clinic to see if the Obagi-C Rx System is right for you!

With warmer temperatures and sunny skies just around the corner, now is the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin with Obagi® Blue Peel RADIANCE™. One of the safest chemical peels on the market, Blue Peel RADIANCE™ offers a wide variety of lasting benefits.

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How it Works

The ultimate goal of Blue Peel RADIANCE™ is to lighten pigment spots and reduce fine wrinkles. Performed by professionally-trained skincare specialists, Blue Peel RADIANCE™ exfoliates your dermis and reveals younger, healthier-looking skin one layer at a time. Blue Peel RADIANCE™ will improve the appearance of your skin complexion and texture with an average of just 5-7 days of recovery time.

Results

This chemical peel’s quick and convenient recovery time is coupled with effective and wide-ranging results. Blue Peel RADIANCE™ offers dramatic improvements in the areas of:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Hyperpigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone
  • Skin and Pore Tightening
  • Melasma and Sun Damage
  • Blemishes
  • Acne Scars

Don’t let your wrinkles and blemishes define you. Turn over a new leaf and rejuvenate your life with an Obagi® Blue Peel RADIANCE™ treatment from Envy Skin Clinic!