See Spot Run

Seeing Spots? One of the most common misconceptions about discolored skin is that it will fade away by itself and that no treatment, of any kind, is necessary. Some types of pigmentation, like those caused by acne, can eventually lighten up over time  (time being the operative word as it can take a few months, if not longer before you see a difference). Is this a home care regimen solution? Partially. Addressing pigment is twofold – discoloration needs to be aggressively treated with office treatments and high-powered home care to fully eradicate spots on the surface. Not sure what to get done to see spot run (for good)? We’ve got the answers here.

If You Have Minimal Darkness, Try Microdermabrasion
During microdermabrasion, the uppermost layer of skin is gently removed, providing a smooth luminous, and clear complexion while reducing the appearance hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. We LOVE and use Viora’s Pristine Diamond Tip.

If You Have More Stubborn Spots, Try a Chemical Peel
Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and TCA chemical peels are often recommended to banish discoloration. Chemical peels are powerful at speeding up results and removing deeper pigment. Their potency can be manipulated to suit the type and depth of pigment. However, not every skin color is suitable for a peel, and if you have a history of scarring, you will need to find other options. We cannot get enough of the Glytone Professional Peels. They brighten, lighten, tighten, and address a bevy of skin concerns.

If You Have Discoloration From the Sun, Try Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
A popular choice for targeting sun-induced discoloration, IPL involves light-based energy pulsed onto the skin while simultaneously targeting blood vessels. The light seeks out the discoloration in the skin to lift it up and out, providing you with an exceptionally clear complexion. IPL may cause some flaking and bronzing of the skin for a few days after the treatment.

If You Have Serious Discoloration That Won’t Budge, Try C02 Laser Resurfacing

 

This takes resurfacing to a whole other level. Two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. Each laser vaporizes skin cells damaged at the surface-level, providig a controlled and deep burn to the skin, promoting rejuventation and resurfacing. This skin will take up to two weeks to heal but the results are well worth it. The skin is firmer, healthier, and the complexion and tone are smooth and even.

No matter what course of treatment you go with, it’s important to avoid the sun and shield your skin with sunscreen every day. A broad-spectrum SPF of 15 is perfect in battling the sun’s harmful rays. Avoiding the sun at all costs, though, will be your best bet in addressing those pesky spots of excess pigment. Contact us today to find the best solution for your skin care needs: 262-657-5446.

SPF: Three little letters with huge benefits

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
With 3.5 million cases in over two million people diagnosed annually, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Awareness is the first step in treating and preventing skin cancer.
Be informed. Be proactive. Be protected.

 

You’re a pro when it comes to protecting against sun damage – You’ve got sunscreen on your key chain, in your lip balm, and all over your skin. But you could still have plenty of sun damage left over from your youth (the memories of iodine and baby oil are not distant enough). The accumulation of damage isn’t just skin deep – UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells, resulting in lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and even cancer. But here’s a ray of (UV-free) light: You can reverse the damage. Using SPF daily will stop the process of additional damage and start to reverse, to some extent, what you’ve already accumulated. Additionally, incorporating the following products into your daily regimen will help obliterate the signs of a sun-filled past.

Light the way with Vitamin A

Reduce wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smooth roughness with this power-packed skin supplement. Vitamin A exfoliates, making skin smooth and even-toned; repairs the cellular structure of the epidermis, optimizing your UV protection; and decreases clustering of melanin granules, reducing brown spots or pigmentation.

We Love: mybody’s A TEAM

This dynamic anti-aging and clarifying treatment helps minimize fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes and helps increase new cellular regeneration without typical redness or peeling.

Proven to effectively increase new cellular regeneration

Provides maximum anti-aging effects with minimal to no redness or inflammation

Visible reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and a clearer complexion

“C” clearly now the pigment is gone

Vitamin C is an essential component in the body’s production of collagen and a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin.
As levels of vitamin C in the skin decline with age, replenishing levels directly in the skin can help combat collagen degradation and oxidative stress. Results from clinical trials show that when applied topically, vitamin C promotes collagen formation and mitigates the effects of free radicals, helping to maintain firm and youthful skin.

We Love: mybody’s BRIGHTAMIN-C

This radical lipid-based Vitamin C works more effectively to brighten, lift and tighten while imparting antioxidant protection.

Regnerates healthy collagen for maximum resilience

Reduces wrinkles and other signs of photodamage

Fights free radical damage more efficiently

Protect and Serve

To use SPF is a no brainer – we know, you have it on your key chain, in your lip balm, in spray form, balm form, and lotion form. But do you have it in an all-in-one magical product that also adapts to your skin color and helps hydrate and tone the skin? We didn’t think so.

We love: Revision Skincare’s Intellishadde

Outsmart the signs of aging® with this award-winning tinted moisturizer that gives skin a touch of sheer, healthy color. Formulated with a blend of three peptides and broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection, it’s the smart way to care for your skin. Whether you perform a dewy, hydrated finish or more of a matte effect, they have options for you.

94% of clinical study participants experienced smoother, brighter, more even-toned skin*

Moisturizes and blends naturally with the color of your skin

Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Provides broad-spectrum UV protection

Fights photodamage which causes premature aging

Love the skin you’re in. Contact us for my information and for your complimentary consultation: 262-657-5446

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Practice Safe Sun: The FYI on SPF

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Have you made the acquaintance of SPF for year-round protection?

Well, let us introduce you…..

What is SPF?

The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) displayed on sunscreen labels ranges anywhere from as low as 2 to as high as 100 and refers to the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s harmful rays.

Here’s how it works: If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer – about five hours. Consumers need to be aware that SPF protection does not increase proportionally with an increased SPF number. While an SPF of 2 will block 50% of ultraviolet radiation, an SPF of 15 blocks 93% and an SPF of 30 block 95%.

Make SPF Your BFF

The Foundation of Healthy Skin

  • Dermatologists strongly recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 – SPF 30 year-round for all skin types.
  • The sun’s rays know no bounds – SPF is imperative every day of every season. If you’re shades and blinds are open, you’re exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Daytime activities of driving, running errands, walking the dog, etc… expose you to the sun. Even the cloudiest days aren’t enough to protect you from the sun. Apply SPF daily to every area that is exposed.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure so it can effectively protect you against the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Make sure to protect more than your face! Apply to your ears, neck, decollete, hands – any and every area that is exposed to the sun.
  • Always apply before your makeup and after your moisturizer.
  • Generally speaking, if you are in the sun for a prolonged (more than 20 minutes) amount of time, re-apply your SPF every hour to ensure maximum protection.
  • Waterproof? Not really…. SPF can only withstand so much perspiration, clhorine, fresh water and salt water, so reapply these types of sunscreens every hour as well.
  • Be sure to cover often-missed spots: lips, ears, around eyes, neck, scalp if hair is thinning, hands, and feet.
  • Choose a PABA free broad-spectrum (providing proportional protection against UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen.

The SPF Alphabet

UVA, UVB, and the ABCDEs

  • UVA (Aging Rays – those rays that penetrate deeper into the skin and are the culprits in premature aging and wrinkling of the skin) and UVB (Burning Rays – the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers.) are both equally harmful to the skin.
  • By damaging the skin’s cellular DNA, excessive UV radiation produces genetic mutations that can lead to skin cancer.
  • Many experts believe that, especially for fair-skinned people, UV radiation also frequently plays a key role in melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, which kills more than 8,000 Americans each year.
  • Tanning beds expose you to 100x more UVA rays than the sun.
  • Your risk of melanoma increases by 75% when you use tanning beds before the age of 35.
  • Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer shifted indoor tanning devices to the highest cancer risk category: “carcinogenic to humans.” They were formerly classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
  • Tanning can be addictive. For some people, UV radiation can have a druglike effect; they feel dependent on it and can experience withdrawal symptoms.
  • Not only are tanning-bed users more vulnerable to melanoma, they’re also 2½ times more likely to be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and 1½ times more susceptible to basal cell carcinoma.
  • Look for the ABCDEs of melanoma, and if you see one or more, make an appointment with a physician immediately.

A

Asymmetric:  If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will not match.

B

Border:  The borders of an early melanoma tend to be uneven. The edges may be scalloped or notched.

C

Color:  Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color.

D

Diameter:  Melanomas usually are larger in diameter than the size of the eraser on your pencil (1/4 inch or 6 mm), but they may sometimes be smaller when first detected.

 E

Evolving:  Any change – in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting – points to danger.

Radiant, healthy skin can be yours by employing these practices into your daily regimen. We think this is the beginning pf beautiful friendship.