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Bye Bye Breakouts: Acne Awareness Month

June 13, 2024

June is Acne Awareness Month, and this month we’re shining a spotlight on a common yet often misunderstood skin condition that affects millions worldwide. Join us as we raise awareness, share insights, and empower individuals to navigate the journey to clearer, healthier skin.

Acne is a common skin concern that affects people of all ages and skin types, often causing frustration and embarrassment. From hormonal fluctuations to excess sebum production, the causes of acne are diverse and multifaceted. However, with the advancements in medSPA treatments, managing and treating acne has become more accessible and effective than ever before. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the most innovative medSPA solutions for banishing breakouts and achieving clearer, smoother skin.

Understanding Acne: Before diving into treatment options, it’s essential to understand the underlying causes of acne. Acne occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells, leading to the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and cysts. Hormonal changes, genetics, diet, and skincare products can all contribute to the development of acne.

MedSPA Solutions:

  1. BroadBand Light (BBL) Treatment: BroadBand Light (BBL) is a cutting-edge photofacial treatment that harnesses the power of light energy to target acne at its source. By delivering multiple wavelengths of light into the skin, BBL promotes collagen production, reduces inflammation, and eliminates acne-causing bacteria. The BBL Clear treatment specifically targets acne, using a combination of blue, yellow, and infrared light to clear breakouts and promote skin healing.
  2. VI Chemical Peels: VI Chemical Peels are multi-faceted treatments designed to address various triggers and symptoms of acne. The VI Peel Purify is formulated to sweep away dead skin cells, unclog pores, and eliminate acne bacteria, resulting in fewer breakouts and smoother skin texture. For those dealing with acne scars and hyperpigmentation, the VI Peel Purify with Precision Plus offers a comprehensive solution by targeting melanin production and promoting skin renewal.
  3. Hydrafacials: Hydrafacials offer a customizable facial experience that combines exfoliation, extraction, and hydration to address acne and improve overall skin health. By delivering acne treatments directly to the skin, Hydrafacials can effectively target current breakouts, exfoliate at a deeper level, and prevent acne from returning. When combined with other medSPA treatments, Hydrafacials create a foundation for optimal results.

It’s important to note that consistency is key when it comes to treating acne with medSPA solutions. Patients may require multiple sessions spaced over several weeks to achieve optimal results. Additionally, proper skincare maintenance and a healthy lifestyle can help enhance the effectiveness of medSPA treatments and prolong their benefits.

With the advancements in medSPA technology and treatments, managing acne has never been more achievable. Whether you’re dealing with occasional breakouts or persistent acne, there’s a medSPA solution tailored to your needs. By incorporating innovative treatments like BBL, VI Chemical Peels, and Hydrafacials into your skincare routine, you can bid farewell to breakouts and hello to clearer, smoother skin.

Skin, Skin Care, Treatments

4 Skin Types and How to Treat Them

April 9, 2024

When it comes to skincare, one size definitely does not fit all. Your skin type plays a crucial role in determining the products and routines that will work best for you. Whether you have acne-prone, dry, oily, or combination skin, understanding your skin type is the first step towards achieving a radiant complexion. Let’s delve into the characteristics of each skin type and how to care for them effectively.

Acne-Prone Skin:

Acne-prone skin is characterized by frequent breakouts, including blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples. This skin type is often prone to inflammation and can be sensitive to certain skincare ingredients. To manage acne-prone skin effectively, it’s essential to use gentle, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog pores or exacerbate breakouts. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and niacinamide, which can help control acne while soothing inflammation. Consistency is key, so establish a daily skincare routine and stick to it to keep breakouts at bay.

Product Recommendations:

  • Bakuchiol Treatment by milk + honey, This serum-plus-moisturizer hybrid treatment is formulated with bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol. It helps improve the appearance of fine lines, premature aging skin, and skin tone — without the common side effects of retinols (photosensitivity and skin irritation). This powerhouse treatment contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich botanicals, such as black willow bark extract, edelweiss stem cell extract, and bladderwrack, which provide a trifecta of exfoliating, skin-brightening, and skin-softening properties.
  • Clear Deep Cleansing Mask by COSMEDIX, Clear is a clarifying deep cleansing face mask that helps improve skin tone and texture by gently drawing out impurities to help unclog pores for a clearer-looking complexion that glows. Clear is formulated with kaolin clay, salicylic acid and sulfur to help gently exfoliate and trap excess oil and impurities that could potentially clog pores. Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, helps improve skin texture, while soothing natural botanicals help reduce the appearance of redness without leaving skin tight or dry.

Spa Services:

  • Acne-Targeting Facial, Our acne targeting treatment combines potent, yet gentle products with expert techniques to leave you with a glowing complexion. This service includes a same day peel, light therapy, lymphatic drainage and extractions.

MEDSpa Services:

  • BBL Photofacial, BBL Photofacial is a corrective phototherapy treatment that uses Broadband Light (BBL) to target signs of aging, sun damage, and acne.
  • VI Peel Purify, The VI Peel Purify is a highly effective treatment for acne and addresses a variety of concerns caused by acne symptoms. This unique formula combination increases cellular turnover to open pores and reduce comedones, acne, and balance the skin for fewer breakouts.

 

Dry Skin:

Dry skin lacks moisture and often feels tight, rough, or flaky. This skin type may be prone to redness and irritation, especially in harsh weather conditions. To combat dryness, opt for hydrating skincare products that nourish and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, which attract and retain moisture. Additionally, incorporate a rich moisturizer into your daily routine, and consider using a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home.

Product Recommendations:

  • Intense Hydration by milk + honey, Intense Hydration Cream is just that — an intensely rich, luxurious moisturizer that boosts hydration, restores luminosity, and supports dry, tired skin.
  • Luxe Face Oil by milk + honey, Formulated with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts and natural sources of Vitamin E including Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Baobab Seed Oil, the Luxe Face Oil is designed to boost hydration and brighten the appearance of skin tone, improving the look of skin’s natural elasticity.
  • Hyaluronic Sea Serum by OSEA, This fast-absorbing, concentrated serum smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. OSEA’s newly upgraded formula, powered by two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid, seaweed and snow mushroom, works to restore and maintain optimal moisture levels, keeping your skin hydrated any time of day. Clinically and dermatologist tested.

Spa Services:

  • HydraFacials, Our Signature HydraFacial MD® treatment incorporates hydra-dermabrasion, painless extractions, and an infusion of powerful, nourishing nutrients, enhanced by a neck + décolleté treatment to target dry skin.
  • Upgrade to the Ultimate HydraFacial MD®, and achieve maximum results. This treatment combines hydra-dermabrasion, painless extractions, neck + décolleté treatment, detoxifying lymphatic drainage, and your choice of the Brightening or DermaBuilder treatment. This brilliant treatment finishes with ReGen GF™, our age-defying growth factor serum, leaving your skin radiant and younger-looking.

MEDSpa Services:

  • SKINVIVE, Smooth your skin and boost hydration with SKINVIVE. A Hyaluronic Acid microdroplet injectable designed to give you visible glow for up to 6 months after one treatment.

 

Oily Skin:

Oily skin tends to produce excess sebum, leading to a shiny complexion and enlarged pores. Individuals with oily skin may be more prone to acne and breakouts due to the accumulation of oil and debris in the pores. To manage oily skin, focus on balancing oil production without stripping the skin of its natural oils. Look for lightweight, oil-free products that mattify the skin and regulate sebum production. Ingredients like witch hazel, salicylic acid, and tea tree oil can help control oiliness and minimize the appearance of pores. Incorporating a gentle cleanser and a lightweight moisturizer into your skincare routine can help maintain a healthy balance.

Product Recommendations:

  • Gel Cleanser by milk + honey, The Gel Cleanser is a gel-to-foam face wash that gently, yet thoroughly, removes dirt, excess oil, and impurities, leaving skin soft and moisturized.
  • Oil-free moisturizers

Spa Services:

  • LUX Facial, A customized 75 minute facial, this treatment uses microcurrent technologies. The skin is stimulated to encourage collagen production and elastin production. Your esthetician will customize this service to fit your skin care needs.
  • Express HydraFacial®, This treatment is the foundation of Express HydraFacial®: a non-invasive, multi-step treatment that combines the benefits of hydra-dermabrasion, automated painless extractions, and an infusion of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Experience instant results with no downtime or irritation.

 

Combination Skin:

Combination skin is characterized by a mix of different skin types, with some areas being oily (usually the T-zone) and others being dry or normal. Managing combination skin can be challenging, as you need to address the needs of multiple skin types simultaneously. To care for combination skin effectively, use targeted products that address the specific concerns of each area. Consider using a gentle cleanser, followed by a balancing toner to remove excess oil and impurities without over-drying the skin. Additionally, use lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizers that hydrate dry areas without exacerbating oiliness. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.

Product Recommendations:

  • Atmosphere Protection Cream by OSEA, Help your skin face the day. This everyday lightweight moisturizer hydrates while providing barrier protection to skin exposed to environmental pollutants. OSEA’s antioxidant-rich formula is full of seaweed, shea butter and omega-rich oils. Quickly absorbs to a silky finish, ideal under sunscreen or makeup. An OSEA favorite that’s soon to be yours.
  • Charcoal Clay Masque by milk + honey, Activated charcoal and bentonite clay effectively pull impurities from the skin. Organic green tea leaf oil reduces excess sebum and bacteria while organic aloe leaf juice keeps skin hydrated. This refreshing masque helps to minimize the look of redness and inflammation, as well as diminishes the appearance of pores.
  • Multi-tasking serums designed to balance and hydrate without clogging pores

Spa Services:

  • Signature Facial, Our multi-step process is carefully customized to your skin type and skin care needs. Includes cleansing, masques, extractions, toning, and intense moisture.
  • Same-Day Peels, A corrective solution to improve the skin’s texture and health by removing dead and damaged outer layers of skin. Choose from: Blueberry Smoothie Peel, Benefit Peel, Purity Peel, or Blueberry Jessner.

Understanding your skin type is essential for creating an effective skincare routine that addresses your specific needs. Whether you’re battling acne, combating dryness, managing oiliness, or navigating combination skin, there are products and treatments available to help you achieve a healthy, radiant complexion.

Skin Care, Treatments

Elevate Your Skincare Routine with Skinceuticals

April 3, 2024

In the realm of skincare, the quest for radiant, healthy skin is an ongoing journey. As we navigate various products and routines, it’s crucial to find those that deliver results and prioritize skin health.  Skinceuticals – a brand synonymous with cutting-edge skincare formulations backed by scientific research. If you’re eager to elevate your skincare routine to new heights, integrating Skinceuticals products could be the game-changer you’ve been seeking. And we’re thrilled to share the exciting news: Skinceuticals is now available at selected spa locations, including Arboretum, Loren, River Oaks, Clearfork, Culver City, and Brentwood.

With a mission to improve skin health, Skinceuticals products will only elevate your skincare routine. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to incorporate our favorites into your routine:

Cleansing: Start by cleansing your skin with a gentle yet effective cleanser like Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser. This will remove impurities while soothing and calming dry or sensitive skin.

Treatment: Incorporate targeted treatments based on your skin concerns. For anti-aging benefits, try Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, a vitamin C serum that provides advanced environmental protection and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Moisturizing: Hydrate and nourish your skin with a moisturizer like Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2, which replenishes essential lipids and supports the skin’s natural barrier function.

Sun Protection: To shield your skin from harmful UV rays, finish off your routine with broad-spectrum sunscreen, such as Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.

Elevating your skincare routine with Skinceuticals products is a decision backed by science and proven results. By incorporating potent ingredients and advanced technologies, Skinceuticals offers effective solutions for various skin concerns, from aging and discoloration to hydration and protection. If you want to know what products you should incorporate into your skincare routine, schedule a facial with one of our estheticians to help you achieve the healthy, radiant skin you deserve.

Medical Aesthetics

What to Expect From Your Lip Filler Appointment?

January 29, 2024

Lip fillers are not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment; whether patients are looking to refine lip contours, address asymmetry or proportion, restore volume, provide hydration, or just add that extra ‘oomph,’ our array of dermal fillers caters to every need.

So what are dermal fillers…

Let’s start first by understanding what these fillers consist of! Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance already found within our bodies. It plays a vital role as it is a primary component of what gives our skin structure, and is responsible for keeping our skin hydrated and plump! Common hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, like Restylane, Juvederm, and RHA products, are often also infused with lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment. Once injected, patients can expect their results to last for about 6-12 months, depending on the specific product used and the body’s natural metabolic processes.

What to do before and after a lip filler treatment:

Pre Care 

  • Avoid taking any blood thinning medications or supplements, this includes over the counter medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen for at least 7-10 days.

  • Avoid drinking alcohol at least 24 hours before your appointment.

  • Take arnica supplements a few days before your appointment to help minimize your chances of bruising and swelling.

  • Eat a small meal or snack before your appointment.

Post Care

  • Avoid strenuous exercise or extreme heat for at least 24 hours

  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for at least 24-48 hours following treatment

  • Apply ice or a cold compress in 15-minute intervals for the first 12 hours. Always place a thin cloth or towel over the ice to prevent direct contact.

  • Stay hydrated, drink lots of water!

Patients can also expect swelling and bruising following their treatment, this is completely normal and should subside within 1-2 weeks. Final results are also not seen immediately as it takes 2 weeks for dermal fillers to fully settle.

Cost: Pricing varies based on the type of dermal filler used, and can range from $675-$875/per syringe. Our medical providers will conduct a personalized assessment to determine the most suitable product based on their patient’s individualized goals and needs.

This month enjoy 15% off (1) syringe of any 1ml Juvederm or Restylane collection of dermal fillers. Use code LipLove15 when booking.

Products, Skin

New In: OSEA Vitamin C Probiotic Polish

July 26, 2017

 

Achieve a soft, glowing complexion with the new Vitamin C Probiotic Polish ($108) from OSEA. This gentle exfoliant brightens your skin and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Here are the five key ingredients: 

  • Pomegranate Extract removes surface build up, reduces the appearance of blemishes, and protects against environmental aggressors like pollution.
  • Ground Bamboo and Rice powder extracts gently exfoliate dull, dry skin.
  • Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, helps brighten and even out skin tone.
  • Plant-derived probiotics help smooth out the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of blemishes and redness.

How Do I Use This Product?

The Vitamin C Probiotic Polish is gentle enough for most skin types with the exception of super-sensitive skin. Those with sensitive skin should mix this product with OSEA Ocean Cleansing Milk for a more gentle formulation.

How to use: First, dispense 3/4 tablespoon of powder into your hand and add in a couple drops of water. Rub the powder-and-water mixture into your hands until the consistency changes from a powder to a creamy paste. Once it’s in paste form, apply it to your face in a circular motion. Make sure to avoid contact with your eyes.  Next, massage the paste into your skin for a minute; then rinse with warm water. For best results, use it at night, two to three times a week.

 

 

OSEA Vitamin C Probiotic Polish is available at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, South Lamar, and River Oaks locations.

Skin, Skin Care

What One Esthetician Uses in Her Day-to-Night Skincare Routine

July 20, 2017

Before and after her days in the spa, 2nd Street District esthetician, Jessica, takes care to practice what she preaches. As in — she takes her morning and evening skincare routines very seriously. We asked Jessica to share her Holy Grail products and processes with us in the hopes that you, too, will be inspired to kick up your skincare game a notch or two.

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Products, Skin

Get Rid of Neck Wrinkles With CosMedix Illuminate & Lift

July 19, 2017

While the skin on your face is delicate, there’s one part of your body that’s even more so: your neck and décollete. The skin on this area of your body is thinner and contains less natural oils than the skin on your face. Combined with sun damage, the skin on those areas can wrinkle and develop age spots faster than any other part of your body. That’s where the new CosMedix Illuminate & Lift Treatmen($70) comes in.

This neck and décollete treatment contains super ingredient, Edelweiss stem cell extract, which helps to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and firms loose, sagging skin. In an independent study of Edelweiss stem cell extract, people saw up to a 56 percent decrease in sagging skin on their neck in only three weeks and a 10 percent decrease in wrinkle depth in just six weeks.

 

 

          The Best Way To Apply CosMedix Illuminate & Lift

After cleansing your face and neck, apply a small amount onto your hand. Place that amount on your décollete using upward strokes and gently massage the cream into your skin up to your jawline. For best results, use twice a day.

 

CosMedix Illuminate & Lift Treatment is available at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, South Lamar, and River Oaks locations.

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Products, Promotions and Celebrations

Meet the Limited-Edition CosMedix Remedy Oil {Plus, a June Special!}

May 30, 2017

Rich in omega acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E, CosMedix Remedy Oil heals, moisturizes, and protects your skin. It’s made with safflower, Italian grape seed, avocado, and pomegranate seed oils to hydrate your skin from head-to-toe and is gentle enough for all skin types.

  • Safflower oil infuses linoleic fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties into the skin, helping to improve texture, redness, and irritation. 
  • Italian grape seed oil provides deep hydration to the skin. This lightweight oil rejuvenates damaged skin cells, giving you a more youthful and even-toned complexion.
  • Avocado oil is an essential ingredient for calming irritated skin. It contains a multitude of vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins, which help to increase collagen production and protect the skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Pomegranate seed oil contains the ultimate free-radical fighting ingredient: Omega 5. Omega 5 helps to heal your skin and minimizes signs of aging.

Traditionally, the CosMedix Remedy Oil is used exclusively in our treatment rooms. But, for a limited time, we’re offering this product as a special gift to you.

During the month of June, purchase $125+ in CosMedix products at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, River Oaks, or South Lamar locations and receive a complimentary CosMedix Remedy Oil ($40 value). While supplies last.

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