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The SKN Blog http://www.thesknblog.com Better ways to deal with your skin problems! Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:19:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Katelyn Rousselle Staff Pick! Skin Needling Treatment http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/04/11/katelyn-rousselle-staff-pick-skin-needling-treatment/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/04/11/katelyn-rousselle-staff-pick-skin-needling-treatment/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:19:21 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=840 ]]> The latest and greatest treatment available right now is a process called Medical Skin Needling, a form of Collagen Induction Therapy. It is intended to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve acne scarring as well as reduce the appearance of pigmentation. It is one the newest, easiest and most effective skin treatments available and is a treatment that can be carried out clinically or at home. Skin needling is a non-invasive, non-injectable treatment that targets a diverse range of skin concerns. This procedure uses a roller with microscopic needles between 0.25mm (homecare roller) to 2mm (clinical roller) long. These needles penetrate the upper layers of skin creating tiny dermal injuries to the skin which triggers the body’s natural wound healing response within the skin, producing new collagen and elastin and the release of growth factors in the treatment area. Each consecutive treatment triggers the production and deposition of new collagen and elastin that progressively depresses scars and fine lines, skin becomes firmer, smoother and complexion becomes and looks healthier. The hundreds of tiny dermal injuries produced by the skin rollers also act as micro channels that significantly increase the absorption of topical skin nutrition through the epidermis. When combined with topical nutrition like Vitamins A, C, E and antioxidants, the results are significant!

 

The most exciting feature of Skin Needling is its safety advantages. Skin Needling can be performed safely and effectively on all skin types and colors. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a result of skin trauma) as the melanocytes remain intact, like the dermis, during Skin Needling. There is minimal downtime and discomfort and an almost immediate outcome. Your skin will appear red and feel warm immediately after the treatment and will heal 24-48 hours after the treatment is performed. The skins healing process is continuously happening beneath the surface for several months. This natural healing process is what makes the treatment so effective. This is the major factor when comparing Skin Needling to other invasive procedures like laser resurfacing. Treatments can be performed every 6 weeks, with the use of a home care roller to be used weekly. Before and after photos can be taken prior to your treatment and are a fun way to keep tract of the progress being made along the way to a healthier more rejuvenated skin!

 

Come in for your complimentary Skin Consultation today! www.sknclinic.ca 604.568.6333

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Skin Care in Your 30’s: Everything You Need To Know http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/02/20/skin-care-in-your-30s-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/02/20/skin-care-in-your-30s-everything-you-need-to-know/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:03:25 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=836 ]]> The thirties are a time of many profound life changes and personal growth.  Many woman begin having children, and focusing more on their careers which can be overwhelming leading to an increase in stress.  These factors combined with the natural aging process cause hormonal shifts and fluctuations.  All this will impact the state, and look of the skin.  This is a time when women begin noticing the signs of aging such as crow’s feet, forehead lines and other skin changes.  There can be increased breakouts, often in the form of cystic acne.   The skins ability to repair itself begins to decrease in our thirties.  Also the rate of cell turnover slows down which can cause our skin to lose its vibrancy.  Lastly amongst these hormonal changes women can develop what is called melasma “pregnancy mask”.  This can be very upsetting for many women.  The good news is there are many solutions to help combat the signs of aging ensuring you have healthy, beautiful skin.

Skin care solutions:

Increase and support your skins repair capabilities:  To boost the repair capabilities of your skin we highly recommend adding in an antioxidant and nutrient serum.  This should include a combination of potent antioxidants and nutrients. Some great ingredients to be on the lookout for are vitamin C,  glutathione, superoxide dismutase, COQ10 and GHK copper peptides.

Boost your cell turnover:  Begin using an AHA and Enzyme based products to increase your cell turnover.   Also weekly use with the SKN Spin Dermal roller (www.SKNSpin.com) will break away the dead drab layer revealing fresh, new healthy skin.

Boost the production of collagen and elastin:  Vitamin A in the form retinaldehyde is a potent yet non-irritating form of vitamin A.  It is the mother of all anti-aging ingredients and can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.

Protect your skin on daily basis:   Be sure to wear a zinc based sunblock daily regardless of rain or shine.  The UV rays are damaging even when it is not sunny.

Controlling Melasma:  Begin using a serum containing natural lighteners called tyrosinase inhibitors.  The most effective to date are paper mulberry, arbutin, and vitamin C is also helpful.

 

Treatments to consider:

Customized Medi-Facial:   A customized Medi-Facial will use a blend of enzymes and acid to peel away the top layer of dead skin boosting the cell turnover.  This treatment will also focus on supporting the repair function of the skin providing it with a dose of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential nutrients.  It is a great chance to have extractions, and really detoxify the skin if needed.

Skin Tyte:  If you are gradually beginning to see your skin lose its firmness and elasticity this is a great treatment option.  It is works on the face, jaw and neck area.  It will not only tighten up the skin but also slow down the aging of the skin when started early.

Chemical Peels:  Great option if you need to freshen up the appearance of the skin and also for those dealing with acne.

Cosmetic Acupuncture:  This works from the inside out and the outside in.  The treatment begins with a traditional acupuncture treatment to balance the internal system and de-stress the body.  The final part of the treatment is the application of tiny dermal needles in the face to tighten and brighten up the overall complexion.  This is a great treatment to begin in your thirties as it will slow down the aging process and keep you feeling balanced.

 

Recommended products:

 Polish by Osmosis:  This is an enzyme mask that can be used once a week to digest away the dead layer of skin.  It contains cranberry enzyme, lactic acid and COQ10.  You will love it!

Vitamin A serum by Osmosis Vitamin A is the most important anti-aging ingredient.  It is a potent stimulator of collagen and elastin and will ensure healthy cell turnover.  Osmosis has a vitamin A serum for all skin needs and concerns.  Do not use vitamin A if you are pregnant or nursing or are currently taking Accutane.

 Replenish by Osmosis – antioxidant serum to support and protect the skin while increasing its repair capabilities.

Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acidin a powder form by Osmosis – Vitamin C will protect and repair the skin from photo-damage.  It is also great for lightening pigmentation and giving the skin a sparkle.  It is always recommended to use it in a powder form and mix it into a serum such as replenish at the time of use.  This keeps it stable and prevents it from oxidizing.

Shelter By Osmosis – this is a zinc based sunblock that will protect the skin while keeping it healthy.  Shelter contains no chemical based sunscreens and will not clog the pores.  Great for all skin types and conditions.

 

Feel free to book a complimentary consult with a SKN Practitioner to learn more about treatments and products.  If you are not from the Vancouver area you can go to www.SKNShop.com and fill out the online skin health assessment and we can help recommend the perfect products for your skin needs and concerns.

 

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Goodbye Sun Damage! http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/02/10/goodbye-sun-damage/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/02/10/goodbye-sun-damage/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 20:49:44 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=829 ]]> Fall has arrived and summer has gone yet our skin will be affected by the UV exposure long after the warm sunny days are over. Now is the time to peel away the sun damage we have collected, and give back the essential nutrition the skin deserves. After all, a sun tanned face is the skins way of indicating that it has experienced damaged and is in need of repair. Casual exposure to the sun has moderate benefits, including the production of Vitamin D by the body; but overexposure to ultraviolet radiation has detrimental health effects for your body and skin. These effects can include increased risk of skin cancer, depressed immune system function, damaged DNA, accelerated aging of the skin and overtime unrepairable skin damage.

In the beginning as skin cells are negatively impacted by the UV rays the damage may not yet be visible to the eye because it is happening at a deeper level. This is the time where preventing this damage from surfacing is essential. If not addressed early on this damage will be seen on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, unhealthy texture, dull complexion and hyperpigmentation.

Below are recommended treatments to help remove, repair and remodel your skin from both the visible signs of sun damage and those that are lurking beneath the surface. It can take years for damage to be visible so beginning a sun repair and protection program is essential.

Peels

A chemical peel is a technique that involves the removal of the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Peels are extremely beneficial for skin that has been damaged by sun exposure. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, marked improvements in the formation of skin tone and complexion are a result. Advancements in chemical peels now include the blending of active natural ingredients with a variety of enzymes and acids which allow peels to be customized to specific skin needs and concerns. These treatments can really transform the look and health of the skin. Peels are customized based on the level of sun damage. It is important to find an experienced practitioner to perform chemical peels that has a thorough understanding of how different chemicals and enzymes work on the skin.

Vitamin A Infusion Peel

The Vitamin A Infusion Peel is a one-of-a-kind peel that repairs and remodels your skin. The Vitamin A Infusion delivers potent calming, antibacterial, lightening, and dermal remodelling ingredients that restore the look and health of the skin. Unlike chemical peels that work from the outside layer in, the Vitamin A infusion peel works from the deepest layer up. The deep layer is called the dermis and this is where the collagen and elastin reside, making it a powerful anti-aging treatment. It is highly recommended for skin that has been exposed to UV damage. It boosts the cell turnover rate resulting in a healthier, more radiant complexion.

Here’s what you can expect from a Vitamin A Infusion Peel:

• Increase fibroblast activity (fibroblast cells are what create collagen and elastin)

• Increase capillary flow to help increase food supply to the dermis and thicken the dermis

• Lift hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage

• Reduce fine lines and improve skin tone and elasticity

• Normalize oil production

This treatment is recommended in a series of 5. With each treatment the duration of the infusion is left on longer, giving the skin more absorption of Vitamin A.

Medical Skin Needling

The latest skin treatment available is a called Skin Needling, a form of Collagen Induction Therapy which is intended to improve the overall health of the skin thereby reducing the UV damage. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, improves acne scarring as well as reduces the appearance of pigmentation. It is one the newest, easiest and most effective skin treatments available. Skin needling is a non-invasive, non-injectable treatment that targets a diverse range of skin concerns. The needles penetrate the upper layers of skin creating tiny dermal injuries to the skin which triggers the body’s natural wound healing response within the skin, producing new collagen and elastin and the release of growth factors in the treatment area. Each consecutive treatment triggers the production and deposition of new collagen and elastin that progressively depresses scars and fine lines, skin becomes firmer, smoother and complexion becomes and looks healthier. The most exciting feature of Skin Needling is its safety advantages. Skin Needling can be performed safely and effectively on all skin types and colors. There is no risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a result of skin trauma) as the melanocytes remain intact, like the epidermis, during Skin Needling. There is very minimal downtime and discomfort and an almost immediate outcome.

Home Care Skin Needling

Home care skin needling is a great addition to your daily skin care routine. Home care skin needling with the SKN Spin dermal roller offers many benefits, it acts as an exfoliator removing the dead, drab layer while also preventing congestion that leads to breakouts. It creates hundreds of tiny micro-channels in the skin that significantly increase the absorption of topical nutrients through the epidermis to the dermis where the cells that create collagen and elastin reside. When applying vitamin A (retinaldehyde), vitamin C, antioxidants, and DNA and stem cell serums the results are dramatically enhanced. One of the most exciting benefits is that this micro-injury leads to the release of EGF, epidermal growth factor. The production of natural EGF significantly slows when ultraviolet (UV) light is present, hindering the body’s ability to repair itself. EGF is necessary for age-prevention and age reversal because it supports cell renewal and wound repair. Combining homecare skin needling with a revolutionary product from Osmosis called Stem Factor you can create immense changes to your skin.

Stem Factor contains many growth factors that begin to decline as early as age 25. This is one of the most powerful homecare anti-aging programs in existence. The stem cells used in Stem Factor have been derived from human stem cells making them much more effective than plant based and synthetic stem cells. When we are young we have ample amounts of growth factors in our skin and that is what keeps our skin looking smooth, healthy and youthful but with age, as early as 25, these growth factors begin to decline and overtime this is seen as fine lines, wrinkles, poor skin function and skin conditions.

Home care Support

There are some simple yet very important concepts that should be understood before purchasing home care products. Your skin is made up of cells and these cells are constantly undergoing attacks from the environment and are in need of daily support. Having a skin care routine at home with the necessary vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants will not only support the skin but will also repair the damage related to sun exposure. There is significant research showing that most skin care has a penetration rate of 2% which means 98% of all of the ingredients out there are wasted. The solution is choosing a product line that has a delivery system such as liposomal technology and using the SKN Spin dermal roller. Aside from a delivery system you want safe, natural, and active ingredients that the skin recognizes. Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare is the leader in natural cosmeceuticals and is proven to create profound change in all skin types and concerns.

Important questions to consider when searching for a skin care line are;

What ingredients are being used?

A few key ingredients to look for:

Vitamin A Serum -If there is no vitamin A in your treatment serum than the ability of the product to remodel the skin is extremely limited. You want the vitamin A to be in the form of Retinaldehyde. This is the strongest form of vitamin A but does not cause irritation and peeling like other retinoids, and the skin can store Retinaldehyde unlike Retin A. Vitamin A promotes healthy cell turnover, while working on thickening the dermis and regulation of oil. Your Vitamin A serum should be worn nightly, as sun can degrade the Vitamin A.

Antioxidants

With sun related trauma comes the loss of our protective antioxidants. Most people think the only way to protect the skin is by using a SPF. While SPF is extremely important, just as important are antioxidants. To keep focus on repairing and remodeling the skin it is essential we are using antioxidants on a daily basis. A primary reason cells age is the damage to the DNA cause by free radicals. Free radicals are the primary cause of unwanted pigment. Antioxidants work to reduce the damage caused by free radicals and allow the skin to rebuild itself, resulting in healthier skin. Some potent antioxidants to look for are superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and vitamin C.

If you are looking to achieve healthy, great looking skin book your complimentary skin consultation call 604-568-6333 or visit us online at www.SKNClinic.ca

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Dr Johnson’s Corner: Everything You Need to Know About Stem Cells http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/01/19/dr-johnsons-corner-everything-you-need-to-know-about-stem-cells/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2012/01/19/dr-johnsons-corner-everything-you-need-to-know-about-stem-cells/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 18:35:34 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=817 ]]> Stem cells have had a lot of press over the last decade, some good and some bad. Most of the conversations have centered around where they are sourced from (cord blood, fetuses, etc.) but there is no denying that the potential for stem cells to improve the health of human tissue remains high. Stem cells are not always sourced from humans. Animals can also be donors, and more recently plants have been the source of certain stem cells. Beyond where they come from, stem cells are being utilized for the repair and rejuvenation of tissues and organs and are starting to become a major feature in cosmetic medicine.

Osmosis’ StemFactor uses stem cell technology in a different way because we are not using the actual stem cells in a bottle. Instead we use a combination of stem cells (IPS and Mesenchymal) and fibroblast cells that we feed and nourish to stimulate the production of growth factors. Human stem cells and fibroblasts make over 150 different growth factors that are naturally found in your skin. As we get older, the number of growth factors declines which affects new cell formation, skin nutrition and immune repair activity, all of which are critical to keeping our skin young. Osmosis is the only company offering the combination of cells mentioned, giving us the greatest diversity and potency in growth factors through Osmosis’ StemFactor that has liposomal delivery of these rejuvenating growth factors.

Other companies offer individual growth factors made by bacteria that distort healthy skin by over-emphasizing a particular response in the skin. This can lead to increases in cancer cell formation, but more often it simply reduces the skin’s ability to perform effective repair. Many companies are touting plant stem cells as a way to rejuvenate the skin. This does not make physiologic sense. The skin is not going to convert from a foreign plant cell into human tissue of any kind. Animal stem cells and/or DNA from animal sources also suffer the same fate of being considered an intruder more than a savior. The other issue with both animal and plant stem cells is the viability of the material. All cells are very fragile and are unable to withstand the stresses of harvesting, shipping and manufacturing.

StemFactor sets itself apart because it communicates to our cells in the language they understand. The process of gathering the growth factors has been perfected to maximize the stability and penetration while giving the skin the tools it needs in a balanced fashion. You will find its benefits include helping acne, rosacea, aging and hyperpigmentation because it strengthens our skin’s immune system… which improves all skin conditions!

By Dr. Ben Johnson

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Dermal Rolling and the release of the Epidermal Growth Factor http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/10/10/dermal-rolling-and-the-release-of-the-epidermal-growth-factor/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/10/10/dermal-rolling-and-the-release-of-the-epidermal-growth-factor/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:12:03 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=792 ]]> The benefits of using a dermal roller at home are endless.   One of the most significant effects of regular rolling involves what is called the epidermal growth factor.  This growth factor (EGF)acts like a magician to the skin.

Rolling with a 0.25mm and 0.5mm roller: 

First and foremost rolling with a dermal roller is going to increase the penetration of your products by up to 100%.   This increased penetration of your product ingredients and availability of cell nutrients to both layers of the skin is where the magic starts to happen.   You see the outer layer of skin called the epidermis acts as a barrier to protect you preventing harmful substances from getting in to your skin.  The problem with this is that it also prevents essential cell nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and other topical nutrients from penetrating the skin.  Your cells rely on the nutrients in your products to function optimally and create great looking, healthy, well functioning skin.   For example your fibroblast cells, the cells that produce collagen and elastin rely on nutrients and specific vitamins to make collagen and elastin.  These fibroblasts cells are in the second layer of skin called the dermis so for your products to work they must reach the dermis.

The use of a dermal roller creates micro-channels delivering your product ingredients to the epidermis (top layer)and down to the dermis (second layer) thereby stimulating collagen and elastin reducing the appearance and slowing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.  These cell nutrients are also imperative to control acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation and other skin concerns.

Secondly the rolling causes “positive” micro-injury to the keratinocyte cell which promotes the epidermal growth factor and increased cell turnover.   The release of the epidermal growth factor has many benefits to the skin.

What are growth factors?

Growth Factors are naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cell growth and cell proliferation. They are the key factors in skin rejuvenation playing a role in stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin and promoting growth of keratinocytes, fibroblasts and other cells.  Medical studies indicate that Growth Factors are a powerful force in enhancing dynamic and rapid cell activity.

 Key benefits of epidermal growth factor:

  • Send signals to help aged and damaged cells to transform back to younger, more   vibrant young skin cells .
  • Increase the production of  collagen and elastin.
  • Increase Epidermal thickness and strengthen skin elasticity and its structures
  • Repair and reduce fine lines, wrinkles and sagging.

Using your dermal roller with Stem Factor by Osmosis provides an incredible skin health restoration plan.   Stem factor contains many different growth factors to support, repair, and improve the look and health of your skin.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture: Anti-Aging Through the Ages http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/cosmetic-acupuncture-anit-aging-through-the-ages/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/cosmetic-acupuncture-anit-aging-through-the-ages/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:37:57 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=742 ]]> The anti-aging industry is constantly churning out the latest and greatest treatments to help us regain and preserve our youth. Let’s stop for a moment and think back to the days before technology and advanced skin care… What did the empresses of ancient China use to maintain their youthful appearance and vitality?

The Secrets of Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture combines the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine with specialized facial acupuncture to help you look and feel healthy and beautiful. It is the truest form of anti-aging medicine because it works internally to optimize your health while simultaneously enhancing the appearance of your skin. A practitioner specializing in cosmetic acupuncture uses the “meridians” that either end or begin in the face to stimulate and balance your energy, while also treating the underlying factors that contribute to the aging process.  The results leave your face glowing, with tighter skin and a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Cosmetic acupuncture is also used to reduce or eliminate puffy eyes, dark circles, dehydrated skin, acne, and rosacea. As an added benefit, cosmetic acupuncture can also increase your own natural energy, or “Chi” force, providing you with a complete sense of relaxation and rejuvenation. You can also expect such positive side effects as reduced stress, improved sleep and digestion, and a reduction in menopause symptoms.

Going ‘Under the Needle’

The treatment is customized to each client based on an initial health assessment to determine your internal health. Your practitioner then creates a treatment plan using acupuncture and, if needed, Chinese herbal medicine. You will also be given nutritional recommendations. It is important to remember that your face is a measure of your health; if you are healthy and balanced, this will be reflected in your skin.

During treatment, the insertion of tiny, painless needles stimulates the flow of blood, lymph, and oxygen, which nourishes the skin from the inside out. At the same time, a process called “positive micro-trauma” stimulates the production of collagen, creating even skin tone, a smooth complexion, and a natural, healthy glow.

Cosmetic acupuncture is both preventative and corrective, so you can begin at any age. Beginning these treatments in your late twenties or early thirties can literally slow down the aging process by boosting your collagen and improving the health of your skin and body.  If you are in your forties, fifties, or sixties, these treatments will turn back the hands of time by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in tighter and brighter skin. Be prepared to glow!

The Results are In…

While you can expect a brighter complexion after just one cosmetic acupuncture treatment, ten to twelve treatments are recommended for optimal results. The treatments should be performed twice a week, or no more than one week apart for the first series of treatments.  To maintain the results, it is recommended that you have a treatment every six weeks to keep you looking fresh. Your cosmetic acupuncturist will also educate you on proper skin care using natural but active cosmeceuticals. It is equally important that you feed your skin the same vitamins, minerals, and supplements that you give your internal body. After all, the skin is the largest organ – and the only visible organ – so it needs proper care!

Unlike a treatment such as botox injections, cosmetic acupuncture addresses the entire face. The aim of cosmetic acupuncture is not to eliminate lines and wrinkles immediately, but rather to increase the health of the skin, while tightening and brightening the complexion. Cosmetic acupuncture is a great option for those who are hesitant to undergo botox injections, but also a great option for those who have targeted botox treatments and want to boost the vitality of the rest of the face. Clients have reported a need for less botox injections due to the overall tightening of the skin.

Cosmetic acupuncture continues to gain popularity, and there is evidence that it works. A study published in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture showed that of 300 people who received facial acupuncture, 90 percent saw marked results after their first course of treatment.

One of the most attractive features of cosmetic acupuncture is that there is no downtime; plus, it is covered by most extended health plans. If you are looking to naturally boost the look and health of both your skin and body, than cosmetic acupuncture may be an excellent option for you. But don’t let just anyone touch your face! Do your research as not all practitioners are alike.

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Skin Needling: The Latest in Skin Rejuvenation http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/skin-needling-the-latest-in-skin-rejuvenation/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/skin-needling-the-latest-in-skin-rejuvenation/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:34:21 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=740 ]]> The safest, most effective skin rejuvenation treatment finally comes to Canada.  Clients are excited learn that there are safe alternatives to ablative skin treatments and lasers for the treatment of acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles and many other skin concerns.  Medical Skin needling is a non-invasive, non-injectable skin rejuvenation treatment that targets a diverse range of skin concerns and can be performed on most body parts. This procedure uses a roller with microscopic needles between 0.25mm (homecare roller) to 2.0 mm (clinical roller) long. It is derived from ancient acupuncture techniques and mesotherapy.  As the needles are rolled over the skin, tiny punctures are created within the epidermis and dermis that encourage the skin’s own natural healing response stimulating the production of collagen and elastin and the release of growth factors.  One of the most exciting advantages of this treatment is that it can safely be performed on both darker and lighter skin types.  Plus there is minimal downtime and discomfort and an almost immediate outcome.

With skin needling, collagen and elastin deposition are increased and the result is thicker, firmer, healthier skin. The healing period is short compared to other procedures only 24-28 hours because needling leaves the epidermis(your outermost layer of skin) intact. This procedure is less expensive, less risky, and just as effective if not more than laser treatments and other ablative skin treatments.  Your practitioner will use a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort.

Some of the key benefits include:

  • Stimulate the production of collagen tightening the skin
  • Eliminate or reduce crows feet and lip lines
  • Eliminate or reduce forehead lines and frown lines
  • Assist in the absorption of cosmetic products
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
  • Treat acne scars and chicken pock scars
  • Reduce the appearance of scarring and stretch marks
  • Reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Helps with Rosacea
  • Helps with hair restoration

What makes skin needling such an effective treatment option is a result of what is happening to the skin after it is needled over the next three plus months. Your skin will appear to be visibly healed after 24-48 hours but the healing process is continuously happening beneath the surface for several months.  This natural healing process is what makes the treatment so effective.

The fibroblast cells which are the cells that make collagen and elastin will migrate to the injured site and produce and deposit new extracellular matrix.  The new matrix cross-links and organizes itself and over time, new collagen will:

  • fill in any depressed scars and fine lines and wrinkles that are present
  • break down and reorganize any scar tissue

Home Care Skin Needling combine with Stem Factor:

Home care skin needling is a great addition to your daily skin care routine.  Combining home care skin needling with a revolutionary product from Osmosis called Stem Factor the results are phenomenal.  Stem Factor contains growth factors that have been derived from human stem cells making them much more effective than plant based stem cells.   When we are young we have ample amounts of growth factors in our skin and that is what keeps our skin looking smooth, healthy and youthful but with age these growth factors begin to decline and this is seen as fine lines, wrinkles, poor skin function and skin conditions.  Luckily with the combination of Stem Factor and home care skin needling we can re-build and replenish these vital growth factors.   Great results are seen when performing skin needling in combination with Stem Factor 2-5 times a week.  This is a cost effective way to keep your skin young and healthy.  It is also a great way to support your medical skin needling sessions to ensure you are achieving the best results possible.

Stem Factor contains essential growth factors and when combined with skin needling will:

  1.  Enhances repair of damaged cells
  2. Encourages formation of new cells to make collagen and elastin and improves strength and elasticity of the collagen structure.
  3. Increases the number of macrophage cells which remove scar tissue, strengthen capillary walls.
  4. Increases new blood vessel formation which is important to ensure skin is being fed vital nutrients to function and look its best.
  5. Improves skins ability to fight infections

To book a complimentary skin health consultation visit www.sknclinic.ca or call 604-568-6333

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Top 5 Non-Invasive Ways to Tighten and Brighten Your Skin http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/723/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/06/21/723/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 16:29:02 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=723 ]]> Our skin begins the aging process in our twenties when the skin’s ability to retain water declines and oxygen levels reduce. We see our skin very gradually lose its radiant glow. In our late twenties and early thirties, our skin starts to produce less collagen, which leads to the formation of fine lines, some due to dehydration, and increased pore size. At this age, starting a skincare program to support skin health and reduce the acceleration and signs of aging is very important. Your skin health program should consist of daily skin products and monthly or bi-monthly skin boosting treatments.

Your twenties and early thirties are primarily a time of preventive skincare and what you do during these years can positively or negatively affect the health of your skin and the rate at which it ages. In our forties, skincare is preventive and corrective; this is a time when we notice more dehydration and accentuated appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots. There are effective anti-aging treatments and products that can be used to address existing signs of aging as well as prevent further deterioration.

In our fifties, fine lines and wrinkles can become more prominent and can develop into folds. This is a time when estrogen is decreasing, resulting in reduced elasticity and plumpness of the skin. Your skin tone can become more uneven and jowls can begin to develop.

Luckily, age is not the only determining factor. Lifestyle, nutrition, stress, skincare, sun protection and genetics are key factors that play a role in the speed at which our skin will age. Look for a good quality physical sunscreen that uses zinc oxide and or titanium dioxide and avoid the chemical sunscreens. The sooner we start taking care of our skin the better the results, the healthier and more long-living our skin will be, and the less money will be needed for more invasive procedures down the road. Below are the top five ways to keep your skin looking tight, bright and healthy.

1. Skin Tyte
Skin Tyte is an advanced light energy system that delivers infrared heat to the deeper layer of the skin where the collagen resides. Once the heat is delivered, it contracts existing collagen for a tightening effect, while also stimulating the formation of fibroblasts that will create more collagen. The Skin Tyte treatment is safe for all skin types.
Most individuals require a series of two to six sessions depending on age and collagen loss. The best part is that there is no downtime and you can resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Visible results can be immediate, but your skin will achieve the desired optimal benefits gradually over two to three months, when new collagen has formed. We highly recommend beginning these treatments in your thirties when collagen is gradually declining, because you will obtain maximum results and stop aging in its tracks. Great results are still obtained in your forties and fifties.

2. Vitamin A Infusion Peel
The Vitamin A Infusion Peel is a one-of-a-kind peel that repairs and remodels your skin. It works at a deeper layer where the collagen and elastin reside, making it a powerful anti-aging treatment, but it is also great for acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation. It boosts the cell turnover rate resulting in a healthier, more youthful complexion. It is extremely safe and tolerated by all skin types. We see mild to moderate exfoliation two to three days after the peel, which usually lasts for another two to three days. The peel is gentle but the results are significant!
Here’s what you can expect from a Vitamin A Infusion Peel:
• Increase fibroblast activity (fibroblast cells are what create collagen and elastin)
• Increase capillary flow to help increase food supply to the dermis and thicken the dermis
• Calm acne and rosacea symptoms
• Lift hyperpigmentation
• Reduce fine lines and improve skin tone and elasticity
• Normalize oil production
3. Chemical and Enzyme Peels
A chemical peel is a technique that involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions and the aging face. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin and hydration. You’ll also see reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes, more balanced oil production and an overall healthier skin appearance.
Some exciting advancements in chemical peels now include the blending of active natural ingredients with a variety of enzymes and acids which allows peels to be customized to specific skin needs and concerns. These treatments can really transform the look and health of the skin. They range from very mild peeling to deeper peeling depending on your preference and skin’s needs. Lactic acid is a beautiful peel that will polish and brighten up the skin by removing the dead layer on top. An added benefit is that there is no downtime or peeling.

4. Skin Needling and Needle Dermabrasion
Skin needling (roller) and needle dermabrasion (tattoo gun) are non-invasive, non- injectable skin rejuvenation treatments that target a diverse range of skin concerns. This procedure uses a roller with microscopic needles or an inkless tattoo gun to target specific lines, wrinkles or scars, cellulite, and stretch marks. It is derived from ancient acupuncture techniques and has minimal risk and long-term results. As the needles are rolled over the skin, tiny punctures are created within the epidermis and dermis that encourage the skin’s own natural healing response. There is minimal downtime and discomfort; the treatment is carried out using topical numbing cream.
Home treatment rollers are also available for use on a weekly basis. These have much shorter needles which only microscopically break the surface of the skin. When used with your regular skin care routine, this will assist with absorption of your serums. The homecare roller will also help break up the dead layer of your skin; the exfoliating effect helps prevent congestion from dead skin build-up and promotes vibrant skin.
Clinical skin needling and needle dermabrasion are used to:
• Stimulate the production of collagen
• Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage
• Treat acne scars and chicken pock scars
• Reduce the appearance of scarring, stretch marks
• Reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
4. Cosmetic Acupuncture
Cosmetic acupuncture is the ultimate anti-aging treatment because it balances our internal systems while simultaneously boosting the health and appearance of the skin. It is a non-surgical procedure that will help rejuvenate and revitalize your whole body. It will improve blood and energy circulation, nourish your skin and increase collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dull skin.

5. Medi-Facials
A medi-facial is a results-driven treatment that uses concentrated clinical grade, natural ingredients that replenish and repair the skin. These ingredients include enzymes, acids, and vitamins, plus potent antioxidants. Medi-facials are great for all skin types and skin conditions because they are custom blended at the time of treatment. The infusion of nutrients, acids, and enzymes results in a deep cleaning and nutrient-rich feeding of the skin, and finally a smooth polishing, leaving skin looking refreshed, radiant and healthy.

Book a complimentary consultation today to learn more about these treatments and get started on a skin health program. Healthy skin is great looking, long-living skin. www.sknclinic.ca

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Is your sunscreen protecting your skin or harming your skin? Physical Sunscreen vs. Chemical Sunscreen http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/05/30/is-your-sunscreen-protecting-your-skin-or-harming-your-skin-physical-sunscreen-vs-chemical-sunscreen/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/05/30/is-your-sunscreen-protecting-your-skin-or-harming-your-skin-physical-sunscreen-vs-chemical-sunscreen/#comments Mon, 30 May 2011 16:31:09 +0000 Amanda Beisel http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=725 ]]> Do you know what is really happening to our skin when it is hit by UVA and UVB rays?  This article will help you understand why it is so important that you are using a physical sunscreen if you want complete protection.

The shorter UVB rays do the majority of damage in the top layer of our skin called the epidermis and the longer UVA rays do the majority of damage in the second layer of our skin the dermis.  The dermis is where all our collagen and structural elements reside.   When energy of these small particles of light strike our skin (where the light wave stops), the energy released alters the chemistry of that component of the skin and damages it.  This is the initial damage.  These chemical changes also produce free radicals and these radicals continue on to cause additional damage (secondary damage) to other skin components.  When you are in the sun unprotected you are going to experience  double levels of damage; the initial energy damage and the secondary free radical damage.

In time this repetitive photo-damage and free radical damage will break down collagen it will become dysfunctional.  Your pigment cells called melanocytes become dysfunctional and produce volumes of pigment that result in age spots and other forms of pigment.  The fibroblast cells which create our collage also become dysfunctional and do not produce new collagen.  Our macrophage cells which are responsible for  the immune function of our skin will fail and our skin protection will be compromised

It is estimated that 90% of sun damage is the result of unplanned or casual sun exposures when people may not have active photo-protection.  This can include riding in a car,  or just going for a short walk with their dog without wearing proper sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens protect the skin by absorbing the light particles.   When this energy is absorbed, the molecules of the sunscreen are destroyed, rather than a skin component but this still results in chemical reactions and generates free radicals.  The same type of secondary free radical damage that unprotected sun exposure produces.  Subsequently chemical sunscreens are not the most complete or effective form of sun protection. They prevent a larger degree of the initial sun damage but allow secondary free radical damage, which adds to the speed of the skin ageing process.

Physical sunscreens on the other hand such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide work by reflecting the photons of light up and out of the skin so there is no absorption of energy.  There is no chemical reaction and no free radicals are produced.  Unlike chemical screens, the physical screen type of protection produces no free radicals and no secondary skin damage.

A physical sunscreen is a critical part of anti-aging and skin health program.   Look for products that contain micronized zinc for full spectrum protection.   The best sunscreen we have found to date is Shelter by Osmosis Pur Medical it contains micronized zinc oxide plus a blend of skin nourishing moisturizers.  There are absolutely no chemicals present in this sunscreen.   Titanum dioxide is found in mineral makeup and our mineral makeup of choice is Youngblood because it is milled 16 times to allow for sheer coverage of camoflouge coverage when needed.   You can learn more about these two proudcts and purchase them at www.sknshop.com

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The Magic of Minerals http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/03/28/the-magic-of-minerals/ http://www.thesknblog.com/2011/03/28/the-magic-of-minerals/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:25:24 +0000 Catherine Nordman http://www.thesknblog.com/?p=712 ]]> Mineral make up is quickly becoming the preferred natural alternative to traditional cosmetics. The loose natural mineral foundation by Youngblood is the most diverse mineral makeup on the market. The finely milled powder provides a natural, weightless finish on the skin without any glitter or shimmer. The line has a great selection of skin tones for easy colour matching.

The pink, yellow and neutral hue options are customizable to match any skin undertone. All powder formulations contain titanium dioxide for long lasting UVA/UVB protection (SPF 15+). All Youngblood products are talc, paraben, artificial fragrance, dye and cruelty free. The special oil free formula makes it non–comedogenic (won’t clog pores) and an excellent option for oily, acneic, congested, and sensitive skin types. The powder is anti-inflammatory so it does have a healing and protective effect on the skin. The natural vegan formula is ideal for coverage after an IPL, acid or enzyme treatment because it won’t irritate the skin or affect the results of your professional treatment.

The combination of natural and mineral ingredients gives it amazing long wearing, waterproof, and adhering abilities. An added bonus is the clean, modern packaging and good price point. In order to get the most lightweight, silky coverage simply tap a small amount into the lid and select the appropriate brush size. Dip the tip of the brush into the powder, tap off the excess, and gently buff the powder into the skin using circular movements. Blend evenly over the face and jaw line to ensure gradual coverage to the neck. A small kabuki or powder brush will provide moderate to full coverage. A large kabuki or ultimate foundation brush that is more dense will give you full coverage. The powder foundation is very versatile and can easily be used to spot treat and conceal with a concealer brush, clean sponge or fingertip.

Be sure to cleanse your make up brushes every 2 weeks with a mild shampoo or professional brush cleaner to prevent powder, skin and bacteria buildup. Once you have an even, flawless palette to work with, you can add a splash of colour with blush or a light sun-kissed shimmer with bronzer.

TIPS:

  • Apply a light weight moisturizer to clean, dry skin prior to application
  • For the most even coverage make sure all serums, moisturizers and sun protection lotions have absorbed into the skin; blot with a tissue if needed
  • Mix a small amount of mineral foundation into your moisturizer to create a custom tinted lotion
  • For Rosacea, acne lesions, pigmentation and vascular issues the powder can be layered for added coverage
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