Retinol by Mindy

This post was inspired by one of my favorite skin care products AND by the number one question I get asked by my clients “what is the best skin care product that will help improve my skin right away?”

The reality for many women is just as they start to see wrinkles on their skin (perhaps around the eyes or on the forehead for example) they still get an occasional pimple. This can be both frustrating and confusing. Yet it isn’t so difficult to find one solution for both skincare issues.

I would like to point out that the skincare phenomena I am writing about here is not adult acne. While adult acne is definitely on the rise, I am referring here to people who are probably in their late 30s, early 40s and are starting to see the emergence of fine lines while still occasionally experiencing breakouts this.

In my opinion what is happening here is simple: you are starting to see fine lines because sun damage from years before is now becoming visible, and you are still experiencing an occasional breakout because of your hormones (especially those related to your period) and/or stress. Just as I see the cause of this skincare issue as fairly straightforward so is, in my opinion, the solution: add a retinol cream to your skincare regime at night, make sure you use sunscreen daily, and use an antioxidant serum/lotion every day. Be sure not to go overboard in order to improve the appearance of your skin. Do not start using anti-acne products meant for teenagers like “grocery store spot treatments”. These products will be much too harsh for pretty much anyone who isn’t a teenager anymore.

Retinol is the ideal skincare ingredient for people experiencing both fine lines and an occasional breakout because it can treat both issues simultaneously. So what is Retinol??

Retinol is a form of vitamin A. Other forms of vitamin A in skincare that you may be familiar with include isotretinoin (better known as Accutane) or retinoic acid (also known as Tretinoin) While these are prescription doses, retinol is the same thing but in a “lower dose”. Retinol does not require a prescription and can give you much of the same results as stronger vitamin A doses without some of the harshness.
Things retinol can help:

– fine lines and wrinkles
– skin roughness and dullness
– skin firmness
– pigmentation from age spots
– acne

Retinoids are skin cell normalizers so that means that they speed up skin cell turn-over which will help clear up breakouts, and retinoids help rebuild collagen so they will minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time. As such adding a retinol product to your skincare regime is the perfect solution for both fine lines and breakouts.

Just keep a few things in mind when using retinoids:

Retinols can be irritating to the skin, and cause dehydration. To reduce the chances of this happening, you should introduce it into your routine slowly (don’t use it every day to begin with), and use extra hydrating moisturisers.

Retinol breaks down with exposure to light and air. Pick a retinol product in an airtight, opaque container to improve its shelf life.

Using retinol with other excellent skin treatments like AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids) and vitamin C can speed up the skin renewal process, fading hyperpigmentation and wrinkles faster.
Retinol, much like AHAs (alpha hydroxyl acids), can make the skin more susceptible to sunburn. Wear extra sunscreen when you use retinol so you don’t completely reverse its beneficial effects!

Lastly, keep in mind that you cannot use Retin-A or retinols when pregnant or nursing.

So how would this anti-aging, anti-acne skincare regime look? I suggest cleansing twice daily with a mild cleanser, applying an antioxidant in the morning (such as a Vitamin C serum/lotion in order to boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen, further prevent the signs of aging, protect your skin from inflammation), and then using a sunscreen with a spf between 30 to 50 (you can also use a separate moisturizer before your sunscreen if you feel your skin needs it). In the evening after cleansing apply a retinol cream followed by a moisturizer.

Pretty simple, right? Come to Clarity and check out some of our favorites! ❤

xoxo, Mindy

Micro Needling by Michelle

Micro needling By Michelle

Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks.

PCIpercutaneous collagen induction) has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed. PCI (percutaneous collagen induction) therapy is now becoming widely used as a treatment for photoaged skin to improve the skin’s appearance and quality, and to improve or even prevent scarring.

It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach.

“Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,”

The Voluma Lift by Brooke Anderson

The Voluma Lift
Looking in a mirror right after a voluma treatment I often hear clients say, “That’s exactly what I wanted, I just wasn’t sure how to describe it” or “I look a lot better but I don’t think anyone will be able to tell what I had done.” As we age we lose collagen, fat, even some of some of our bony support which causes our cheeks to descend downward!
Ugh, we get hollowing or sometimes protrusion of the fat pads under the eye, laxity of the muscle and skin in our cheeks contributing to jowling and sagging in our lower face. Not okay.
My philosophy is we can age with a few lines and wrinkles but aging with sagging is not okay. Voluma is the game changer.
Voluma is a injectable gel filler made by Allergan, the makers of Botox. What is an injectable gel? Well, fillers have come a long way in the last decade. Hyluronic acid is already naturally occurring in our skin and joints. HA’s as we call them are simply sugar molecule that hydrate and volumize by holding up to 100x their weight in H2O. Voluma uses the newest vycross technology to cross-link the hyluronic acid for maximum lift and longevity. It’s pretty simple, when we replace the support in the cheeks our tissues lift, they look and move like they did when we were younger. Our facial muscles even act like they did when we were younger. And guess what, it looks natural! With the right technique the treated cheek is tighter, lifted…not bigger. The under eye area is improved as well. Often times it negates the need for filler in the smile lines due the the lift around the mouth. The angle of the jaw and jowling improves.
What can I expect during and after a treatment? I tell my clients they can experience an achy, pressure sensation at the most during treatment and sometimes minor bruising, very little swelling occurs following injection. Avoiding exercise and waiting a few hours to apply makeup is about it for post procedure instructions Almost everyone is a candidate for this treatment. During your medical consultation we can discuss questions and concerns and talk about how we’ll customize your treatment.
With an instant result that lasts over a year, you can see why year its got one of the highest client satisfaction rates in the anti-aging industry. Come talk with us about your Voluma treatment.
No sagging here!!!

Benefits of Vitamin C for the skin by Adrian

Vitamin C isn’t just for keeping the common cold away. There are some great uses for it when used topically for your skin. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is great for anti-aging and brighter skin. It also plays a role in collagen production. It is an anti-oxidant that can help reduce skin damage due to free radicals, thus reducing fine line and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also very effective against both UVA and UVB but does not take the place of your sunscreen.

Vitamin C can benefit any skin type from normal to oily. It is also safe to use on a daily bails for long periods of time. We carry the top skin care lines here at Clarity Skin. Our friendly and knowledgable staff can match you with the best product for your particular skin.

VelaShape III by Emilee

Non-invasive body contouring is something that seems to be growing and becoming ever more popular and Clarity Skin has some of the best technology to offer. One of our favorite body contouring treatments is the VelaShape III.
VelaShape III is a non-invasive body shaping treatment used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The machine combines four different technologies — infrared, bi-polar radio frequency, pulsed vacuum, and massage rollers — to improve skin texture and reduce overall volume of the treated area. The combination of technologies cause deep heating of the connective tissue and an increase in collagen resulting in a localized reduction in skin laxity and volume. The additional mechanical massage of tissue causes an immediate increase in circulation and lymphatic drainage, both essential components for healthy skin structure.
Cellulite is a structural skin change that occurs in most females whether they are thin or overweight. It presents itself as skin dimpling and nodularity that occurs mainly in women and is caused by the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue, leading to a padded or orange peel–like appearance. Cellulite can occur in women of all ages and tends to become more visible with age. Over time, the skin loses its thickness and thereby enhances the visibility of the unsightly cellulite bumps.
The Vela treatment is recommended for normal to overweight patients who suffer from unsightly cellulite. For optimized results it is recommended to do a series of six treatments scheduled one week apart with maintenance of one treatment every 3-4 months. As with all body contouring treatments these patients should also be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation to see if VelaShape III is the right treatment for you!

Voluma face lift

Chemical Peels by Dana

Chemical peels in general are used to exfoliate skin. Peels work by gently dissolving the outer layers of the epidermis. They vary from ingredients used, strength of the peel, and ph of the peel. The term acid sounds a little intimidating, but the acids are derived from natural ingredients. The most common are alpha hydroxy acids. Glycolic acid, which comes from sugar cane, lactic acid (milk), citric (citrus fruit), tartaric (grapes), malic (apples), mandelic (bitter almonds). We also use a beta hydroxy acid, Salicylic acid, which is derived from willow bark.
With these peel ingredients, we can soften fine lines, firm and even out skin tone, reduce skin dullness, hyper pigmentation and help treat conditions like rosacea and acne. After the peel is applied, the outer skin cells are dissolved. Some peels feel itchy or warm, depending on your sensitivity level, and typically are only left on the skin for a few minutes. It takes a few days for those cells to flake off and your skin appears smoother and brighter. Once the peel is applied, your skin cells kick into overdrive to produce new, healthy skin cells. Usually the skin is done “peeling” or flaking after 5-7 days. A series of 3 to 6 chemical peels (depending on the peel) is recommended to achieve optimal results. If you’re looking to smooth out rough texture or brighten dull skin, you may be satisfied with 1 to 3 peels spaced about 2 weeks apart. If you looking to target hyperpigmentation or conditions like acne, you will most likely be satisfied with 6 peels spaced 2 weeks apart. All peels will be enhanced with the proper at home skin care as well. Adding a retinol to your regime will continue your collagen synthesis (skin cell renewal). And Sunscreen is a must! You will have heightened sun sensitivity, and NEED to protect those new skin cells. Consultations are always complimentary at Clarity, come in and chat with us to learn more.

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