The Secret to Flawless Skin

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-Allyson, Licensed Aesthetician at The Medical Spa at Corbett Cosmetic

What is the secret to flawless skin?

We all want to have healthy, glowing, flawless looking skin. Skin care can seem so complicated and overwhelming with all the products on the market claiming to have the answer. The answer is not so much in the products themselves rather the ingredients in the products. The “secret” to flawless looking skin is not in just 1 product but a complete regimen geared toward your own skin concerns (with compliance, of course). This skin care regimen can be as simple or complex as you would like. The flawless skin regimen looks something like this:

  1. Cleanse twice a day with a makeup removing cleanser
  2. Exfoliate manually and chemically everyday
  3. Hydrate/Moisturize everyday
  4. Use SPF everyday

The specifics of these products can vary with skin type, but we do offer skin care for all skin types at The Medical Spa at Corbett Cosmetic.

Skincare for your 40’s+

 

Women in their 40s and 50s experience particularly dramatic hormonal changes because they are either perimenopausal or menopausal.  Many women experience a dramatic decline in hormones during this stage which can trigger skin changes.

In our office, the skin complaints I hear most from women in this particular age group are dissatisfaction with age spots, uneven skin tone, volume loss, texture changes, dryness and sensitization. All of these skin issues become more prominent in more zones of the face as cell turnover and collagen production slow. We have in office treatments to combat these issues but office treatments are a quick fix.  To protect your investment and achieve healthy glowing skin, these treatments need to be coupled with a comprehensive skincare routine.  It’s time to call on intense ingredients including peptides, growth factors, antioxidant vitamins and Retinol to stimulate collagen production, repair damage, firm and shield – and maintain radiance!

Your ideal regimen:

Step 1: An exfoliating  makeup removing Cleanser AM/PM   (SkinMedica AHA/BHA  Cleanser)                                                      

Step 2: Growth Factor   AM/PM    (SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex)

Step 3: Vitamin C            AM         (SkinMedica Vitamin C&E Complex)

Step 4: Brightening/Dark Spot Corrector   AM/PM   (SkinMedica Lytera)  

Step 5: Retinol   PM    (SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.25 or .05)

Step 6: Hyaluroinc Acid   AM/PM   (SkinMedica HA5)

Step 7: Sunscreen   AM   (SkinMedica Total Defense+Repair SPF 34)

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-Allyson, Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Improve your skin texture with hyaluronic acid

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Not all Hyaluronic Acids are equal.

SkinMedica has introduced a new product that is a rejuvenating hydrator called HA⁵. SkinMedica HA5 is a Hyaluronic Acid which is a natural “water-loving” substance found in the skin that holds in moisture keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple. By the time you are 40-50, you have lost 50% of the HA that you had at age 20.

HA⁵ works differently than other topical HA serums. It delivers both immediate and long-term results, improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture, and overall skin health. Within minutes your skin will look and feel smoother but it is the ONLY HA on the market that is penetrating, builds your own HA and offers EIGHT hours of hydration.

This product is perfenct for someone who wishes to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture and roughness.  HA5 fits nicely into the recommended GRASS skin health regimen.  It should be applied after your growth factor in the morning and after your retinol at night.  It is sold in a 2 oz. bottle.  It is TSA friendly.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

What are age spots?

What are Age Spots?

Age spots are pigmented lesions caused by excess melanin in skin cells resulting from UV exposure. People of any age or race can develop these spots. (That was the bad news.) The good news is that there are several treatment options that can help you achieve that beautiful, even skin tone again. Topical treatments used to bleach, lighten or brighten include Hydroquinone, Lytera, or Chemical Peels.  Another popular option is IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), for skin types I-IV,  which can pull the excess pigment out of the skin for an immediate improvement. We recommend using Lytera with retinol  to protect your investment and results after your IPL treatment.  Regardless of the treatment option you choose, sunscreen should always be applied afterwards and daily.

Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

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Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreens such as Daily Physical Defense by SkinMedica, more commonly referred to as sunblock, contain active mineral ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. These ingredients which naturally give both UVA and UVB protection do not penetrate the skin but sit on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens such as Total Defense and Repair by SkinMedica, which do penetrate the skin, actually absorb or scatter the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens have a tendency to be more irritating to sensitive skin since multiple ingredients are combined to achieve the UVA and UVB coverage. Chemical sunscreens usually rub in easily while Physical Sunscreen can be a little thicker.

So, which one is better?

Physical Sunscreen is the ideal everyday choice, but it’s not waterproof and it must always be applied with your hands. Chemical Sunscreen is better if you are going to be exposed to the sun for extended periods of time because it can be offered in a convenient rub-free, water-resistant aerosol can. The most important point I would like to stress is one must be willing to wear sunscreen daily to protect your skin’s health and your aesthetic investment.                        

Dermal Filler Dos.

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Dermal fillers are used to correct volume loss in the face.  We can use these in cheeks, lips, tear troughs, temples, nasolabial folds, jaw line, ear lobes,chin… almost everywhere really.  When injecting dermal fillers, there are several guidelines I like to share with my patients to help them to achieve their best possible outcome.

First, I like to advise patients how to prepare to receive the injections.  I suggest that you discontinue the use of Aspirin, Fish Oil, and Vitamin E supplements 10 days prior.  This does not mean you can’t have filler if you took Aspirin that day or the night before.  It simply means you may experience some bruising associated with the blood thinning effect of these products.  I would also recommend taking Arnica (homeopathic for bruising) and Bromelain (homeopathic for inflammation) tablets 3 days prior (continue for 7 days after).  Again, if you don’t, it is not a deal breaker.  You just may experience more bruising and swelling.

Next, I like to give my patients a realistic idea of what to expect.  Many fillers are temporary hyaluronic acids that your body will eventually absorb naturally between 6-12 months.  Initial treatments, may require a ‘touch-up’ in 4-6 months to prolong results and/or increase volume for best results. This also depends on which product and how much product you choose initially.  The initial volume with Sculptra (polylactic acid) will diminish after the first 3-5 days. PLLA particles will then work to stimulate your own collagen to replenish lost volume. It is then important to follow up every 6-8 weeks until you achieve ‘FULL correction’ with this product. I stress that it is common to have swelling, redness, and even bruising after treatment. Following the instructions above and icing the area can help diminish one’s chance of experiencing these undesirable side effects.

Lastly, I recommend that you avoid direct exposure to heat and sunlight, excessive manipulation and rubbing of the treated area(s) for 48 hours, chemical peels and laser treatments immediately after.   Apply ice to the treated area(s) for the first 48 hours as well as Arnica cream and continue taking your Bromelain.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water for the next 5 days as this will help hyaluronic acid to ‘hydrate’.

I welcome my patients to call me if they have any questions post procedure.  This will help me when administering your next treatment.

Beautiful skin starts with an even complexion. Rx – IPL

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If hyperpigmentation is your concern, you are not alone.  1.972 BILLION other people have that same concern. Say goodbye to sun damage, blotchy redness, hyperpigmentation, small facial veins, and more! Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or PhotoFacial uses pulsed light to penetrate the skin. The result is blood vessel constriction, collagen formation, and lifting away brown spots. The procedure is quick and requires no downtime. The best candidates for IPL are people with light, untanned skin. IPL can effectively improve skin texture, eliminate discolorations, reduce pore size, and minimize wrinkles and fine lines.  To keep your results in check, we recommend protecting your investment with SkinMedica’s Lytera for your at-home treatment.  Lytera is applied morning and night and contains a combination of ingredients that effectively reduce the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots in as little as 4 weeks.  It has similar efficacy to 4% hydroquinone but unlike hydroquinone, Lytera can be used continuously where as hydroquinone’s recommended treatment is 3 months on, 3 months off .  IPL treatment in conjunction with Lytera will give you a fantastic result of a glowing, more even complexion.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

Is filler permanent?

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Myth 3: “My filler will last forever, right?”

The honest answer to this question is NO they will not last FOREVER with only ONE treatment. Dermal fillers are fillers that treat volume loss in most areas of the face including lips, nasal labial folds, chin, cheeks, tear troughs, under eyes, jaw line and  temples.  Most hyaluronic acid fillers (Restylane, Perlane, Silk, and Juvederm) will last anywhere from 6-12 months with one treatment. However; if you can tolerate minor maintenance about every 6-8+ months, you can achieve and maintain amazing results that last.   Keep in mind results also depend on which filler you choose, what area we treat, and how much product we use. The most common filler complaints I have encountered are a result of inadequate amount of product being placed.  Perhaps you needed 2 syringes and chose to place only one syringe, you may not achieve your optimal result. For this very reason I am all about consultation and catering to each patient’s needs and what will work best for your lifestyle. Another hyaluronic option is Juvederm Voluma, specifically for cheek volume. With adequate treatment you can expect to see results for up to 2 years. The last option is Sculptra Aesthetic, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This is also a filler used to add volume; however, in a few days the initial volume diminishes, and the PLLA microparticles remain to stimulate your own collagen production. With adequate treatment you can expect to see natural results for 2-5 years. I strongly recommend you consult with your practitioner and ask plenty of questions prior to having a treatment. This will help to eliminate any confusion, and also aid in the selection of type and amount of product that best fits YOU.  :)

Tackle Signs of Aging Eyes

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The answer is YES.  The skin around the eyes is delicate and thin and one of the first areas to show signs of aging.  Eye creams with antioxidants and growth factors can help keep the skin around the eyes hydrated, treat signs of aging, and make your entire complexion appear more youthful. Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream  is a favorite in our Medical Spa as it targets fine lines and dark circles using growth factors to repair fine lines, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and caffeine to treat puffiness/dark circles.  Not only can it be used under the eye, it is also indicated for the eyelids.  Of course prevention of damage is always key, so sunscreen and sunglasses are important as well.  Tackle these premature signs of aging by prevention and treatment for your best result.

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic

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Before and After with use of Neocutis Lumière Eye Cream

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04/14/2015
InStyle April 2015 “Beauty at Any Age”

“Got dark circles?” This article in the April 2015 issue of InStyle magazine recommends adding a cream with caffeine to your eye-illuminating plan for an added boost. Lumière Bio-Restorative Eye Cream (with caffeine) is just the trick for reducing the appearance of under eye darkness!

Protect your investment.

allysonI can not stress enough the importance of using SPF daily. Too many people think that they only need sunscreen when they are “going out in the sun”. All of those people don’t realize that the majority of sun exposure we get is incidental. When you walk out of your house, to your car, or any time (during the day) you are not wearing SPF,  sun damage is happening. Sun damage will occur in the form brown spots, broken blood vessels, wrinkles, fine lines, even skin cancer. If you want to look young for as long as possible, wear SPF daily.  If you are investing in Botox/Dysport , Filler, IPL, Chemical Peels, etc, you must protect your investment and wear sunscreen.  I am currently obsessed with SkinMedica Total Defense and Repair.  It is labeled a “Super Screen” because not only does it protect from UVA/UVB but also from infrared and heat.  It is the currently the only super screen on the market with this capability.  I also love the ZO Oclipse Sunscreen and primer.  It is a physical sunscreen, which means it does not penetrate, it sits on top of the skin.  It is a broad spectrum, SPF 30 that also behaves as a makeup primer.  (love it)

Allyson- Licensed Aesthetician at the MedicalSpa at Corbett Cosmetic