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Patients are often surprised to learn that there’s a big difference between moisturizing and hydration. Moisturizing, or moisturization, is the process or act, in which the skin gets hydrated, for example applying your daily serums, and sunscreens.

While hydration directly reflects the water levels in the skin, and helps increase the benefits of the addition

Hyaluronic acid is a natural, “water-loving” substance found in the skin—acting as your body’s natural hydrator. HA holds in moisture, keeping skin healthy, resilient, and supple. With age, the amount of HA in the skin decreases, diminishing your skin’s ability to remain hydrated. Between the ages of 40-50, your skin has already lost more than 50% of the HA it had at age 20!!

Not sure what to do or where to start? Check out a few of our favorites below, or ask any one of our specialists for a complimentary VISIA skin analysis!

HA5 from Skin Medica ($178, 2oz) supports the skin’s ability to replenish its own Hyaluronic Acid (HA) for overall skin health. HA5 has a proprietary mix of five HA forms that smooth the skin, thereby decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The five HA’s work synergistically to provide immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.

Most topical HA products only hydrate the surface of the skin temporarily. HA5 is powered by VITISENSCE™ Technology, a SkinMedica® exclusive technology that harnesses potent antioxidants.

Studies show that AFTER 8 WEEKS OF TWICE DAILY USE, 91% OF PATIENTS AGREED HA5 MADE THEIR SKIN FEEL MORE REFRESHED AND HYDRATED!

HA5 is ideal for all skin types and the perfect complement to an existing regimen designed to prevent and combat many signs of aging.

HYDRA-COOL® SERUM from IS Clinical ($90, 1oz) is formulated to rejuvenate, hydrate, and soothe the skin. This refreshing, powerful, penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. HYDRA-COOL SERUM is designed for all skin types and for all ages, and is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Key Ingredients like Vitamin B5, Mushroom Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, and Centella Asiatica, help to provide the benefits listed below!

BENEFITS:

  • Provides intensive, penetrating hydration,
  • Cools, calms, and soothes dry, irritated skin
  • Provides antioxidant protection
  • Great for blemish-prone or sunburned skin
  • Excellent for use after shaving, for men
  • Excellent for travel (helps replenish the dehydrating effects of air travel)
  • Can combine with any “”active”” treatment product to accommodate acclimation
  • Helps revitalize the appearance of aging and compromised skin
    Paraben-free

HydraPlus Active Fluid from BABOR ($46, 7 ampoules, 1 week regimen) is an active concentrate in an ampoule form to provide a moisture boost for dry or dehydrated skin. It supplies the skin with intensive moisture and instantly lends the complexion a smoother and fresher appearance. A complex of hyaluronic acid and a polymer moisturizer hydrates and protects the skin against natural moisture loss.

Each HydraPlus Active Babor ampoule has same effect on your skin as drinking 8 glasses of water a day! They come in perfect little glass bottles that help retain the integrity of the active ingredients, and are preset in a designated pack of 7 for the week!

The trick with this product is that you do not have to change up your current regimen, you just add this to it for 7 days!!

Looking for more tips, and tricks, follow us on social media @bluemedicalspa for all the latest and greatest in product and promotional info!

Did you know that going to bed with your makeup on can age your skin up to seven
times faster?

While we really have no clue how anyone has come up with the magical ‘seven times’
factor, there may actually be some serious truth behind it.

Most makeup contains artificial colors and other ingredients that may clog the pores.
This can cause damaging chemical reactions in and on top of the skin, and can even
interfere with your hormones. Resulting in congested skin and allergies, and of course contribute to skin aging, it seems it may really be best to thoroughly remove your makeup before bed.

If you really can’t or just won’t, get into this habit, look for makeup companies that offer
more natural and less harmful ingredients.

We LOVE Revision’s Intellishade, color-matching, tinted moisturizer, for its sun protection factor (SPF45), great anti-aging benefits, and fairly decent coverage.

Your skin is your primary defender and protective barrier to the harsh environment we live in. If you don’t help it ‘reset’ on a daily basis to purge any damage and inflammation, your defenses weaken and unwanted changes to your gene patterns occur to compensate.

Leaving makeup on overnight without cleaning your skin leads to greater build-up of damaging agents, which accumulate and accelerate the aging process.

Hannah Hatcher, global educator for make-up company, Jane Iredale says, “Washing your face before going to sleep is essential in the fight against aging skin. Our makeup can allow free radicals that we are exposed to during everyday life, to cling to our skin. If we do not wash our faces before we go to bed at night, our skin is exposed to free radical damage that can prematurely age the skin as we sleep.”

IS Clinical offers a great cleanser that can be utilized as a make-up remover as well! pH balanced for your best and most effective wash, it targets acne causing bacteria, helps to minimize pores, and deep cleanses without drying out your skin.

Come visit us for a complimentary VISIA skin analysis to see how you fare with within your peers, and if your current skin care and make-up regimen is helping or hurting your future face.

Now that winter is almost over, if you’re anything like me, your skin may be reaching peak dryness. Thanks to cold temperatures, dry indoor heat, and the dehydrating effects of the long, hot showers that warm us up, we’ve been up against a sizable adversary during these winter months.

Winter months and winter skin are very similar…they both make us want to hibernate. We tend to slow down, alleviating the sad reminder that it’s practically dark 16 hours of the day.

Unfortunately, skin care routines slow down as well; when in fact, this should be the time we ramp it up and spend even more time protecting and nourishing our skin. I know, you’re tired!

Luckily for us, the clocks spring-forward this weekend and we can finally see the end of this cold, dank tunnel. Thinking of all the great beach days we will have in the months ahead, all the cute summer outfits we will rock, how we have to buy those trendy sandals and get our toes ready to see the light of day. Let’s just not forget that we need to renew our skin along with our wardrobe!

Below are a few ways you can revive and renew your skin for spring!

EXFOLIATE and HYDRATE, EXFOLIATE and HYDRATE – Did I mention EXFOLIATE and HYDRATE?

By March, you probably feel like your skin has gained 5lbs. We have not been drinking as much water as we should. Let’s be honest, the winter go-to drinks include hot cocoas and red wines, not usually water! Both do us no good when it comes to our hips, AND our skin.
We need to get back in the facial gym and shed those extra layers of skin.

Microdermabrasion and/or Dermaplaning are fantastic options to start your Spring Skin off on the right foot. Both are mechanical exfoliation processes that remove the rough dry other layer of the Epidermis and allow all products, including hydrators and moisturizers to penetrate better and work more efficiently. Adding on an O2 infusion solidifies this treatment and gives your skin the drink of water it so desperately needs. The infusion is pure Hyaluronic Acid which is a moisture binder and plumps skin like a sponge. For your convenience these treatments can be found in the ROYAL BLUE FACIAL ($295)

FIRE AND ICE FACIAL ($150) is another wonderfully restorative and reparative facial treatment. The Fire and Ice Facial is a clinically active treatment system designed to rapidly and safely resurface the skin, reducing fine line and wrinkles, smoothing, softening and encouraging cellular renewal. It is a true work out for your skin!

PS. Remember the Skin around your Eyes is the most vulnerable. You will need to protect and repair this skin at least twice a day. We highly recommend YOUTH EYE COMPLEX ($95) for its combination of antioxidants and hyaluronic acids or TNS EYE REPAIR ($98) for its collagen inducing growth factors and hydrators.

PSS: DRINK A LOT OF WATER

What is the big difference?

Do you go to the dentist and then not brush your teeth twice a day?

Do you go to the gym once a week for only a month and expect to look like Giselle?

Do you sign up for 3 voice lessons and expect to sound like Adele?

No.No.and No.

Although we love the immediate gratification fantasy surrounding the above, we all know achieving these changes takes time, patience, and HOMEWORK.

Same goes for Skincare.  You must do your homework. What you do every day at home is as almost, if not more important, than treatments you have done in-office every few weeks.  The key is to be consistent.  Of course you DO ALSO need the correct products.

I speak with hundreds of patients who buy their skincare from a department store. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, let’s make sure you are a well-informed consumer!

Always remember over-the-counter skincare products may only contain 5% active ingredient.  The USFDA had strict regulations on these products.  These products may not be bad for you and may initially appear to be more cost effective. But, because of the small amount of ingredients that will actually make changes in your skin, you will need to purchase 10x’s the amount to accomplish what a high concentrated RX Strength Cosmeceutical product can in a fraction of the time and cost.  RX strength products are is highly concentrated and because it is ONLY sold to Doctor’s offices, is allowed up to 95% active ingredient.

YOU WILL GET A BETTER RESULT in a SHORTER AMOUNT OF TIME.

Talk about Immediate gratification, huh?

WHERE do my products come from?

Don’t feel product shamed if you aren’t using RX strength products, but be aware that there are 3 main Skin Care and Beauty companies that manufacture and distribute 95% of what you see in local drugstores like CVS and Walgreens, as well as high-end luxury department stores like Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus.  In essence, they have cornered every demographic on the market with one product or another. These Companies are Loreal’, Shiseido and Estee Lauder.

 

Loreal Companies include: Lancôme, YSL, Giorgio Armani, Biotherm, Cacharel, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf, Ralph Lauren, Kiehl’s, The Body Shop, Shu Uemura, Stella McCartney, Clarisonic

 

Shisiedo Includes: Aupres,  Ayura, Bare Escentuals, Za, Shiseido Professional Hair, ISO Hair, Joico, NARS Cosmetics, Qiora, Revital, Senscience, Shiseido, Serge Lutens, UNO, UV White, Zotos International

Estee Lauder includes:  AERIN, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Darphin, Estée Lauder, GLAMGLOW, GoodSkin Labs, La Mer, Lab Series, M∙A∙C,Origins, Osiao, Prescriptives, Smashbox

WHY should I care?

Whether you decide to Department Store Skincare is best for you or uprade to RX strength products, be sure to always AVOID all the following ingredients as they are pretty toxic to both you and the environment.  Remember up to 60% of what you place on your skin care can possibly be absorbed into your body.

About 70-80% of all Skin and Body Care products contain at least one of the following:

 

BHA (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE) AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN) -Found in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other types of cosmetics, BHA and BHT are classified as possible carcinogens. Long-term exposure to these ingredients has been linked to liver, thyroid, and kidney problems.

COAL TAR DYES- On ingredients lists, these will show up as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number. P-phenylenediamine is a coal tar dye found in hair dyes, while CI (or Color Index) numbers are used to identify coal tar dyes in a variety of pigmented cosmetics like lipstick. Derived from petroleum and composed of many different chemicals, coal tar dyes are recognized as a human carcinogen and have been linked to brain damage.

DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)-This ingredient helps make cosmetic products creamy or sudsy and can be found in products like facial cleansers, shampoos, soaps and moisturizers. In the short term, DEA can cause moderate skin and eye irritation, while sustained exposure has been linked to liver, skin, and thyroid cancers.

DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)-Dibutyl phthalate is a plasticizer commonly used to prevent nail polish from becoming brittle. Consistent use of DBP has been linked to hormonal disruptions and developmental defects in fetuses, as well as liver and kidney failure.

FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES-Look for ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of a variety of cosmetics and they work by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde – a known human carcinogen.

PARABENS-An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain parabens, making them the most widely used preservative in makeup and skincare products. The ingredient has been linked to hormonal disruptions, breast cancer, increased skin aging, and DNA damage.

PEG COMPOUNDS-Common in cream-based cosmetics, PEG compounds are used as thickeners, solvents and moisture-carriers. Depending on how they are manufactured, these ingredients can get contaminated with carcinogenic substances like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Even when not contaminated, PEG compounds have been shown to cause skin irritation.

PETROLATUM-Petrolatum is a petroleum jelly that is used in hair products to add shine and in lip balms, lip sticks, and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. The ingredient is often contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a known carcinogen, and can cause skin irritation and allergies in smaller doses.

SILOXANES-Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”, which are found most commonly in hair products and deodorants. Many of these ingredients have been found to impair fertility and cause hormonal disruptions.

SLS (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)-This foaming agent can be found in cosmetics like cleansers, bubble bath, and shampoo. Many commercial varieties are contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane – known carcinogens.

TRICLOSAN-This ingredient is found in antibacterial cosmetics like deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers. The ingredient is said to cause skin and eye irritations in the short run, and conditions like antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruptions with sustained use.

Displaying image003.jpgWith all these blogs about do’s and don’ts and what’s better than what, how do you ever really know what’s best for YOU?

Here’s our newest tidbit from our In-House Masters:

Blue’s Rejuvapen Micro-needling is just what you need to keep you going, keep you looking fresh, and with little to no downtime, no one ever needs to know. (Although, we never mind if you tell your friends.J)

Using an electric handheld device, 9 very-fine needles that create thousands of micro-channels within the skin stimulate what we like to call a “wound healing response.” This is turn creates the stimulation of collagen, alleviating the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles, even stretch marks!!

The pen gives a light tingling, or “prickly” sensation and although it doesn’t feel amazing, it is not painful either. You may see a temporary reddening for up to 24-48 hours post treatment and/or it may also create a sensation similar to a mild sunburn. There are few reasons that Micro-needling could elicit any unfortunate side effects. Even pinpoint bleeding that can occur with a deeper treatment, usually only leaves redness and mild inflammation for 2-4 days max!

When working hand in hand with a provider that knows YOUR skin’s needs and wants, you can feel rest assured that a treatment of this magnitude is done with care and expertise.

As you would imagine, the speed at which you will get visible results depends upon what you are trying to treat along with how far your body has to remodel the collagen in the area in question.

An individualized at home regimen is ALWAYS prescribed by our specialists and recommended for your particular need(s). We’ll follow-up with you a few days after, as well, to be sure you’re on the track to success.

 

Sure, okay. There’s been a long time consideration when it came to Ultherapy. With constant advancements in medical cosmetics and technology, staying at the top of the game isn’t as easy as it sounds. Well recognized, competing companies, always try to tell you why their machines are bigger, better and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. In walks Ulthera, “See the beauty of sound,” they say. Advanced ultrasound wave technology so good, that literally, might as well have blown our socks off. As we researched its results, I have to be honest; I rolled my eyes more than a few times. I am a natural-born skeptic and results seemed too good to be true, on so many levels. The pictures I saw must have been ‘retouched’ and the testimonials most definitely were skewed. How could so many differently aged individuals ALL get some type of result?? I am 100% sure this is why I, personally, was chosen to be the model for this Ultherapy treatment. I didn’t have extreme expectations and went into the treatment with an open mind, hoping to be proven wrong. (And boy was I!)

So, there I was, ready to go. The RN went over the entire Do’s and Dont’s, what it would feel like, and after effects.

There were a few options when it came to preparation. I could take some Advil at home before arriving (I took 4, as previously directed. I’m a trooper, but I’m still delicate), or they offered an in-house cocktail of RX strength pain relievers and muscle/nerve relaxers. My preparation for the treatment was really easy. Once on the table in the room with the nurses, the Ultherapy began. I have a high tolerance for pain, so at first, I wasn’t affected by the strange sensation of the ultrasound waves. They traveled, what felt like, through my skin and all the way down to the muscle. There were some areas on my face that felt, shall we say, ‘spicy,’ around the jaw-line, cheek bones and temples. I probably should have followed their suggestion for a stronger pain-killer or at the very least, the Xanax. I am skeptical AND stubborn.

Now that there was no going back, I asked again about what to expect after the treatment. They had mentioned minimal discomfort but that NO ONE would be able to visibly see that I’d had anything done. Would I need to hide under a huge hat? NO. Would I need to cancel my dinner plans? NOPE. Do I need to use a series of only their products to see results? NO! Sure, okay, amazing, but almost unbelievable.

Once the treatment was over, I felt an immediate warming of my face. There was an obvious sensation under my skin. Something was happening! At this point, I needed reassurance that my no pain, no gain theory wasn’t all for nothing. My face and neck felt super sensitive, but not to the touch. Deep under the skins surface, I knew something magical was occurring. I could feel the deep ‘bruising,’ that I had read about. However, there was, in fact, absolutely no sign of Ultherapy on my skin. I was able to apply my make-up immediately after and go right back to work.

For the first month after the treatment, I could see my face changing. I had immediate tissue contraction; these jowls (inherited from my father), were slowly disappearing. I’d looked like I’d recently had Botox in my forehead and around my eyes, when in-fact it had been months.

I had slight tingling, numbness and an over-all firming/tightening particularly in my neck and cheek area. There were times when I had thought maybe it’s stopped working, and just then a zinger or two would remind me that I have a ways to go.