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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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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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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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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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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Get softer, smoother skin in no time at all with Microdermabrasion

Are you longing to take the next step in skin treatment, but a little concerned about recovery?

Microdermabrasion is the solution. This procedure is excellent for exfoliating skin if you want the benefits of cosmetic treatment without much downtime. It’s the perfect solution for today’s busy people.

What Is Microdermabrasion?

There are several different types of Microdermabrasion.

Traditionally, the crystal system is made up of a pump, connecting tube, a vacuum, and a handpiece. The pump works to create a high-pressure stream on crystals, like aluminum oxide, magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate, and also sodium chloride, which work to exfoliate your skin’s surface. The vacuum then works to remove both those tiny crystals and your dead skin cells.

Another type of Microdermabrasion system consists of a roughened surface, better known as diamond Microdermabrasion. The diamond Microdermabrasion machine does not produce particles. Rather, it’s considered safer for use on areas like the lips and around your eyes. The handpiece creates slower movements around the skin and can be passed over the surface of your skin more times for a deeper treatment.

What to expect after your very first Microdermabrasion treatment?

After your first treatment, your skin will have a red or pink glow, which fades after about a day. The redness may last a little longer after a more aggressive treatment.

What’s more, your skin might feel as though you spent the day in the sun or even some extreme wind. But it’s a sensation that fades fairly quickly.

During your microdermabrasion recovery time, you will notice immediate improvements. However, optimal results are only visible once you have completed the recommended number of treatments.

How often should you get Microdermabrasion?

Overall, your microdermabrasion results will vary depending on your goals and your skin type. We can offer a professional opinion on how many treatments you’ll need for optimal results.

You should leave enough time for your skin to recover in between Microdermabrasion treatments, too, so that your skin can heal effectively. Overtreating the skin with Microdermabrasion treatments by not leaving sufficient time between treatments can do more harm than good, leaving your skin feeling more sensitive than usual.

Typically, we recommend spacing your treatments at least two weeks apart.

Once you have completed the recommended number of sessions for your skin type, you can choose to have touch up sessions once every 1 to 3 months to maintain the full effects of treatment.

How to look after your skin after Microdermabrasion treatments

Of course, you’ll want to maximize your Microdermabrasion results and recovery. That’s why it’s important to carefully follow the post-procedure instructions, such as keeping your new skin properly clean and sufficiently moisturized.

It’s also important to avoid exposing your skin to the sun and wearing any makeup right after your treatment. You need to allow the skin time to heal. If you absolutely cannot avoid exposure to the sun, make sure you don’t step outdoors without an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.

What to expect – The results

One of the biggest benefits of Microdermabrasion is that the results tend to be immediate and totally noticeable. Clogged or enlarged pores, fine lines, complexion issues, and a whole lot of other skin issues can be treated with Microdermabrasion.

What’s more, many patients experience a huge improvement in the tone, texture, and color of the treated areas.

So many amazing Microdermabrasion benefits

According to studies on the benefits of Microdermabrasion, regular treatments don’t just help improve skin irregularities, but also encourage radiant, smoother skin.

With Microdermabrasion treatments, you can look forward to these benefits:

  • Softer fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smoother skin surface
  • Less noticeable acne scars
  • Less skin discoloration
  • Reduces the appearance of pores

Book your Microdermabrasion treatment today

Microdermabrasion offers big results with little downtime. Provided you follow the post-treatment care instructions and give your skin enough time to heal between treatments, you can look forward to looking refreshed, smoother, and brighter!

Book a Microdermabrasion treatment at ENVY Skin Clinic today!

 

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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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Ignore the myths and take good care of your skin

Thanks to the combination of old wives’ tales and the online world of self-diagnoses, there is an abundance of conflicting skin care advice.

Often, it’s not at all accurate.

In fact, some of the so-called advice could be doing your skin more harm than anything.

Below, we debunk 7 of the most common skin myths we regularly come across and offer helpful tips on what to do instead to keep your skin smooth, glowing, and gorgeous.

Myth 1: You should exfoliate your skin at least 2 – 3 times a week

It’s never a good idea to over-exfoliate your skin. The small granules in scrubs are too large to penetrate into your pores. So, they scratch the surface, literally. That makes for thinner skin over time.

Instead, opt for a diligent cleansing routine to remove dead skin cells, surface debris, and makeup for younger, glowing skin.

Lather your cleanser onto a natural sea sponge and massage onto damp skin using circular motions. Remember to rinse well and pat your face dry.

Neocutis stocks a delightfully nourishing and gentle exfoliating range of cleansers.

Myth 2: You don’t need sunscreen when it’s cloudy, rainy or winter

Even if plummeting temperatures keep you wrapped up and indoors, you still need to protect your skin. When it comes to UVB and UVA, there’s no place to hide and no amount of rain, clouds or cold temperatures will protect you. Even sitting indoors by an open window or under fluorescent lighting is enough to do damage to your skin.

Apply a broad-spectrum SPF, like the excellent range from EltaMD, each and every day, regardless of your layers or indoor preferences.

Myth 3: Acne is always caused by not washing your face

This is one of the most popular myths we come across. Here are the facts: for acne to develop, you need a combination of sebum, bacteria, clogged pores, and inflammation.

Sure, not helping your face will make things worse, but it’s not the sole cause of acne.

To prevent acne, follow a regular regime of moisturizing, limiting sun exposure, and wearing too much pore-clogging makeup without thoroughly cleaning it off every day.

Myth 4: You should always use antibacterial soap to keep your skin clean

It’s normal for your skin to have bacteria on it. In fact, it’s close to impossible to keep skin totally free of bacteria for an amount of time. What’s more, experts suggest that using antibacterial soap could result in even more bacteria.

You don’t need to use an antibacterial soap every day. Thorough and consistent washing with regular soap can help prevent the spread of germs and infections.

Myth 5: Your skin type will never change

Your skin actually changes throughout your lifetime. That’s because it’s prone to a host of hormonal, environmental and seasonal changes.

It’s common for women to have a combination skin, such as dry and oily, and adult acne is often a common occurrence.

Keep your skin nourished with the right moisturizer and serum for your skin type. Seek professional advice as your skin changes to ensure you are using the right products at the right time in your life.

Myth 6: You should always use all your products from just one brand

This isn’t exactly a black and white area. If you want to buy your entire skincare routine from one brand, then yes, it’s easy enough to do and the products are usually designed to work together.

When you use one range, you know that you’re going to get just the right amount of SPF, anti-aging, and exfoliation benefits.

But what if your skin is going through a change? What if you buy an entire range only to find it doesn’t suit your skin?

It’s all about finding what works specifically for your skin. So, if you discover the perfect night cream from one brand and a soothing eye cream from another, it’s okay to cherry pick your selection.

Myth 7: Your skin is dry because you’re not drinking enough water

Dry skin is really a manifestation of inflammation that’s not visible to the naked eye.

One of the best ways to counter the causes of dry and flaky skin is internally with a healthy diet and antioxidant-rich supplements. Also, aim to keep baths and showers short and avoid hot water that dries out your skin. Again, avoid over-exfoliating and use gentle cleansers applied to a sea sponge to gently clean your skin.

As you can tell, the common thread is to keep skin protected from the sun and nourished with the right products for your particular skin type.

Ditch the myths and book a consultation at ENVY Skin Clinic to find the perfect regime for your skin.

 

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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!

Looking for an effective laser procedure to fit your busy schedule? Lumenis’ LightSheer Duet will help you save time and money with quick treatments and increased treatment area.

Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser hair removal

Other hair removal procedures entail lengthy prep time as your skin care specialist
numbs the treatment area. LightSheer, however, offers comfortable treatment without the need for topical anesthetic, treatment gel or any other preparation. This reduces laser treatment time by up to 75% and allows your Lumenis LightSheer specialist to comfortably remove unwanted hair in just 15-20 minutes.

LightSheer Duet is equipped with innovative vacuum-assisted technology, which dramatically increases the treatment area size to 22 x 35 mm. This enables your LightSheer specialist to quickly and effectively treat large areas such as your shoulders, back, chest and legs.

LightSheer’s powerful laser is effective for all ages and skin types and is used in thousands of skin care clinics across the world.

Lumenis’ LightSheer Duet offers impressive results for busy people with busy lives. A quick 15-20-minute treatment can be conveniently scheduled into your day, while LightSheer’s large treatment area will help you cut down on appointments. Contact Envy Skin Clinic to try out this brand-new approach to permanent hair reduction!

EltaMD Skincare ProductsFrom gentle cleansers to intense moisturizers and innovative formulas that repair visible signs of aging, EltaMD’s line of skincare products can generate fresh and healthy skin. Whether ypu need a morning and evening facial cleanser or post-laser treatment relief, EltaMD products stimulate the skin and offer a quick and dramatic improvement.

At Envy Skin Clinic, the EltaMD skincare products we carry include:

  • EltaMD Foaming & Deep Pore Facial Cleansers
  • EltaMD Renew Eye Gel
  • EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex
  • EltaMD AM & PM Facial Moisturizers
  • EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Crème
  • EltaMD Lotion & Moisturizer
  • EltaMD Laser Enzyme Gel & Laser Balm Post-Procedure Healing Ointment

With clinically-proven and long-lasting results, EltaMD products rejuvenate your skin and offer many benefits to your skin. Depending on the product, EltaMD can:

  • Relieve Dry, Flaky and Irritated Skin and Lips
  • Fade Wrinkles, Fine Lines, Under-Eye Puffiness and Dark Circles
  • Improve Skin Tone, Texture and Pore Size
  • Increase Skin Elasticity
  • Protect Minor Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
  • Alleviate Minor to Severe Sunburns and Other Burns
  • Relieve Symptoms of Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis
  • Ease the Itch and Irritation Following Laser Procedures
  • Heal Damaged Skin

With advanced technology and natural ingredients, EltaMD products provide soft and smooth skin for all skin types. Cleanse, moisturize and protect for skin that looks good and feels great! Need more information on the EltaMD products we carry and which one is right for your skin? Call Envy Skin Clinic today at 952-983-4588.

A lifetime of radiant skin is within your reach. From acne and dry skin to age spots and wrinkles, the Obagi line of products will rejuvenate your skin and reveal a healthier-looking you! Recommended by dermatologists and other skin care professionals around the world, Obagi products cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, protect and preserve your skin.

Obagi Skincare Products

At Envy Skin Clinic, the Obagi skincare products we carry include:

  • Obagi Nu-Derm® System
  • Obagi360™ System
  • CLENZIderm M.D.™ System
  • Gentle Rejuvenation System
  • Obagi-C® Rx System
  • Hydrate Facial Moisturizers
  • Sun Protection Products
  • And More!

With clinically-proven ingredients and quick results, Obagi products penetrate your skin and offer a wide range of benefits. Depending on the product, Obagi can treat:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines
  • Discoloration, Hyperpigmentation and Age Spots
  • Rough and Dry Skin
  • Uneven Skin Tone and Texture
  • Acne Breakouts
  • Erythema (Redness)
  • Sallowness (Yellowish Complexion)
  • And More!

Obagi products take advantage of breakthrough technology to establish a foundation of softer and smoother skin. Whether you haven’t had success with other products or you’re looking to step up your skincare game with a prescription treatment, the Obagi line of products can transform your skin and treat your specific needs.

Need more information on the Obagi products we carry and which one is right for your skin? Call Envy Skin Clinic today at 952-983-4588.

dysport-before-and-after-1Turn that frown upside down with the help of Dysport. A prescription injection, Dysport naturally smoothes the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look or movement of your facial expressions.

Dysport’s numbers speak for themselves. Approved in 57 countries, Dysport boasts 25 years of clinical experience around the globe. And 97% of users say they would do it again.

How it Works

Over the course of time, wrinkles are formed by repeated facial movements and muscle contractions. Although wrinkles are more prevalent in the elderly, they commonly develop in younger adults as well.

Dysport injections combat wrinkles and frown lines by reducing specific muscle activity. During a quick 10 to 20-minute procedure, a Dysport specialist will perform an injection into each of five points between and above the eyebrows to temporarily prevent the muscle contractions that lead to frown lines. While certain muscle contractions are targeted, the rest of your face is left to move and express itself naturally.

The Results

Dysport offers quick treatment, immediate results and NO downtime. One short treatment can improve the look of your frown lines for up to four months and most patients see noticeable improvement just two to three days after your Dysport procedure. You can also come back for a repeat treatment for continued results.

Schedule your Dysport treatment at Envy Skin Clinic to freeze your frown lines, not your expressions!

Sculptra AestheticAre you looking for a skin rejuvenation treatment that will last years, not months? Featuring three quick sessions, little downtime and up to two years of impressive results, find out why Sculptra Aesthetic stands out in the vast sea of injectables.

Sculptra is FDA-approved and can rejuvenate the skin around your eyes, lips and other areas of the face that show signs of aging. Via three treatments over the course of a few months, the injectable can restore definition to your face and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and facial folds.

Sculptra Advantages

Sculptra offers a wide range of advantages over other injectables. These include:

  • Results last up to two years, other injectables last for a few months.
  • It is completely biocompatible (it won’t harm your body).
  • It is injected under your skin, not into your skin.
  • Sculptra is placed in a pattern to evenly fill out your face around the target area, not as a “spot” injection.
  • Sculptra is supplied as a microcrystal powder mixed with sterile water, other fillers are supplied in gel form.

Sculptra Treatment

At your appointment, a Sculptra Aesthetic specialist will inject microscopic crystals under your skin to induce a mild inflammatory reaction. This triggers the formation of new collagen. Collagen production increases gradually after your treatment, with Sculptra’s full volume-enhancing results apparent in about four to six weeks.

Sculptra is injected using a very fine-gauge syringe under (not into) your skin–unlike some dermal injectables. Sculptra is placed evenly under a facial defect, which allows for better results than the “spot” placement of other fillers under a wrinkle or line. Immediately after treatment, target areas are massaged for a few minutes to distribute Sculptra evenly.

Sculptra is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used for decades in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999 in over 30 countries.

Sculptra Results

There is little to no downtime after receiving Sculptra injections. While there may be some redness and/or swelling, most patients are able to return immediately to their daily schedule. If there are no complications, makeup can be applied several hours after treatment.

With long-lasting results and minimal downtime, Sculptra is a no-brainer. Schedule your Sculptra appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today for a natural, more youthful-looking appearance that can last two years!

Juvederm Voluma cheek fillerHave your cheeks seen better days? Whether you’re young or elderly, a loss of volume can sag your cheeks and age your face. If you would like to tighten your face and lift your cheeks without the long recovery time and potential complications of surgery, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the solution for you!

The first and only filler to correct age-related volume loss and poorly-defined cheekbones in the midface for up to two years, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is FDA-approved and effective for adults over the age of 21. Because JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, it can be shaped into the desired contour after injection.

The Procedure

After an application of specially-formulated numbing cream 15-20 minutes before treatment, a JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC specialist will inject gel into your cheeks with very small needles. The actual injection only takes a few minutes and your specialist will complete the procedure by gently massaging your face to ensure the gel is properly distributed across the treatment area. The entire procedure is virtually painless due to the numbing cream and the tiny needles. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is also equipped with lidocaine to enhance patient comfort.

The Results

Results are immediate and can last up to two years! Most patients can resume normal activities right after treatment and any minor side effects (slight bruising and swelling) can be easily concealed with makeup.

Just about anyone with volume loss in their midface or poorly defined cheekbones is a candidate for treatment with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC. Younger patients in their 30s and 40s have better skin elasticity and often notice a more dramatic restoration of their facial volume, while older patients typically need more filler to reach the same level of correction. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can be paired with other facial injections and skin resurfacing treatments to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.

If you are looking to roll back the years with a quick and easy procedure on your cheeks that can last up to two years, schedule a JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today!

Looking to smooth those unsightly wrinkles and add fullness to your lips? Try a quick and easy Restylane treatment! FDA-approved for patients over the age of 21, Restylane fills in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. This includes lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth and lines from your mouth to your chin. In addition to smoothing your face, Restylane can be used for lip enhancement.

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Your Procedure

After an application of specially-formulated numbing cream 15-20 minutes before treatment, a Restylane specialist will inject small amounts of crystal clear Restylane gel into your face using tiny needles. The actual injection only takes a few minutes and your specialist will complete the procedure by gently massaging your face to ensure the gel is properly distributed across the treatment area. The entire procedure is virtually painless due to the numbing cream and the small size of the needles.

Restylane is equipped with lidocaine and hyaluronic acid (HA) to enhance patient comfort and shaping into the desired contour after injection. Restylane can treat a wide variety of skin problems, including:

  • Nose-to-Mouth Lines (Nasolabial Fold)
  • Mouth-to-Chin Lines (Melomental Fold)
  • Lines Above the Upper Lip
  • Frown Lines
  • Adding Lip Volume & Definition
  • Restoring Cheek & Cheekbone Volume
  • Wrinkles/Lines Under the Eyes

Your Results

While results are immediate, they are oftentimes even more dramatic after a few days as the Restylane gel settles into its final shape. Depending on your treatment area, Restylane may last up to a year!

To cut down on swelling and bruising, avoid exercise (besides walking) for 24 hours after treatment and take Tylenol instead of Aspirin, Exedrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil.

Restylane can also be combined with other facial injections and skin resurfacing treatments to achieve even better results. What are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment at Envy Skin Clinic today to get rid of those pesky wrinkles and look (and feel) your best!