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  • A Closer Look at Professional Peels

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    The chemical peel is one of the best anti-aging tools in an aesthetician’s arsenal. Professional peels not only enhance the texture and tone of the skin—they also help the skin to look and act younger over time. During a professional peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove its outer layers. As dead skin is sloughed away via the chemical exfoliation process, new skin cells emerge resulting in a luminous, healthy glow. Peels also help to diminish a host of visible skin imperfections including fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne bumps and even scarring. Light chemical peels typically contain a combination of glycolic, salicylic and beta hydroxy acids to resurface ...

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  • New Year, Healthier Skin

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    This New Year, it’s out with the old, in with the new—new healthy skin habits, that is. Here, some smart skin care practices to commit to in 2013. DON’T SKIMP ON SUNSCREEN Think you only need to slather on the SPF during the summer months? Think again: Our skin needs sun protection 365 days a year, rain or shine. Regular use of broad spectrum sunscreen decreases your skin cancer risk and helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen that causes skin aging. The sun’s rays are just as strong during the winter; in fact, the intensity of UV rays can increase in high altitudes or when reflected off of snow. If you’re hitting the slopes this winter, make sure to apply (and reapply) sunscreen ...

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  • How to Achieve Brighter Skin

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    As a dermatologist who specializes in both cosmetic and general dermatology, I know that glowing, even-toned skin is a primary characteristic associated with youth and beauty. Unfortunately, overall dullness of the skin and irregular discoloration are two of the most common issues we all battle in the quest for brighter, more radiant skin. Sun, or more specifically UV exposure, is the skin’s foremost enemy in maintaining a smooth and even appearance. Damage incurred from UV rays stimulates melanocytes to increase pigment production by promoting the synthesis and transfer of melanin to surrounding skin cells. Over time, this leads to an uneven appearance of skin tone. As melanin continues to ...

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  • An Easy Winter Lip Fix

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

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  • What's New in Cosmetic Dermatology

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    The progression of medical advancements relies on ongoing scientific research. In the field of dermatology, science has come full circle, revisiting the study of basic anatomy and how the face ages. Observing what happens to fat, muscle and bone as the face ages over time allows physicians to treat the face globally, and this concept has spurred breakthroughs in the way we address the signs of aging. For example, a patient may come to my office wanting Botox® injections to treat forehead lines; however, there is generally more happening in the face than a wrinkle or two in the middle of the forehead. I’m fond of describing an aging face by saying that “the bloom is off the rose”—in ...

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  • Healthy Skin Must-Haves

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    My job comes with many benefits, but the one that’s most important to me as an aesthetician is the ability to change the lives of my patients. I have the opportunity to test all different types of treatments and skin care products so that I can find what really works and share that knowledge with my patients. Accordingly, my must-have skin care items are the same tried-and-true products that I recommend to my patients every day. Every face is like a canvas and my goal is to create beautiful artwork. I equate beautiful skin with healthy skin, and this concept really resonates with my patients. And while everyone deserves unique treatment, there are certain ingredients and products that are ...

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  • Understanding Hyperpigmentation

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Whether a result of sun damage, hormonal fluctuations or simply an unwanted reminder of acne past, all types of hyperpigmentation have one thing in common: melanin. The overproduction of melanin causes darkening of the skin known as dyschromia, or hyperpigmentation. In addition to giving skin and hair their natural color, melanin serves an important role as our body's natural sun protectant. When skin is exposed to long-term UV rays, melanocytes are prompted to produce more melanin causing discoloration to develop. That all-too-frequently coveted tan? It’s really a result of the skin trying to protect itself from the sun. Pigmentation can also occur after trauma to the skin in the form of ...

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  • Dare to Bare with Flawless Skin

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    In addition to being your body’s largest organ, the skin is an indicator of your overall health and well being, so it deserves some TLC. Follow these five steps to welcome glowing, flawless skin. BOTTOMS UP Skip the tea and soda and stick with water. Drinking water helps to balance pH levels, remove toxins from the body, and give a youthful look and feel to your complexion. Stay hydrated with at least eight glasses of water a day, and seek out fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like watermelon, cucumber and leafy greens. Here’s a tip: Try drinking a big glass of water right before bed – you’ll be amazed at the difference in your skin when you wake up. OUT WITH THE OLD (SKIN, ...

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  • Start Fresh with SkinMedica Peels

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    We can’t fully reverse the signs of aging, but we can certainly give the skin a fresh start. The best anti-aging procedures offer the benefit of more youthful-looking skin with little downtime, and SkinMedica’s Rejuvenize and Vitalize Peels are no exception, delivering visible results in just one treatment. Formulated to treat Fitzpatrick skin types I - IV, the Rejuvenize Peel™ harnesses the exfoliating power of lactic and salicylic acids to help remove dead skin on the upper layer, revealing brighter, smoother skin underneath. Like the Rejuvenize Peel, the Vitalize Peel® also incorporates retinol solution to enhance exfoliation and target visible skin imperfections. SkinMedica’s Rejuvenize ...

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  • Win the War on Aging with Antioxidants

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by SkinMedica.

    Antioxidants are your body’s go-to defenders in the fight against aging. They team up against disease and counteract the effects of free radicals while combating the aging process. Here’s why I’m their biggest fan: THEY FIGHT AGING FROM THE INSIDE OUT. We can’t feel it when free radicals injure our cells, but when it happens, antioxidants go into defense mode in an effort to stop the chain reaction of damaged cells. Over time, without a strong defense, this cellular breakdown can lead to a number of chronic diseases. Antioxidants help to counteract this process. THEY SUPPORT HEALTHY SKIN. Common skin woes like dull, uneven tone and wrinkles can all be improved with the use of an antioxidant ...

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