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Treating the First Signs of Aging

Sun Spots

In our younger years we commonly forget the importance of UV protection and the effects that sun damage has on our skin. Products that have hydroquinone or retinol work best to fade superficial spots within four to eight weeks. Both products will help speed up new cell generation to help skin rebound from the damage quicker. In addition to helping sun spots, products with retinol can help reduce appearance of pores and blemishes. It is important to also include a SPF in your daily routine to prevent further damage.

 

Teeny lines

As skin begins to thin the appearance of fine lines start become more noticeable. Starting to use glycolic acid will rid your skin of dull cells on the skins surface to make fine lines less and less noticeable.

 

Crow’s feet

It is important to invest in a quality pair of sunglasses to prevent squinting your eyes during times of harsh sun. Including a SPF in your daily routine will also help to prevent damage. But if you are already seeing signs of crow’s feet adding retinol eye cream will help to rejuvenate the wrinkled skin.

 

Dullness

As estrogen levels drop skin can start to appear dull due to new cell generation starting to slow down. Exfoliating regularly with glycolic acid will not only make lines less noticeable by will help new cell turnover to reveal youthful and radiant skin. Regular microdermabrasion will also help in maintaining beautiful and fresh looking skin.

 

Benefits of Microneedling

Microneedling stimulates collagen production as well as strengthen the skin. A wand with fine needles on the head is passed over on the skin and creates “micro-injuries” which stimulates the healing process. During the healing process the body creates new cells as well as increases collagen and elastin production. This prevents premature signs of ageing as well as reverses current signs of aging.  This procedure is virtually painless and has many benefits associated with it.

 

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Collagen and elastin are what keeps skin looking youthful and radiant. Microneedling stimulates the natural production of collage and elastin in the skin to make skin look younger with minimal downtime. Microneedling can help tighten loose skin to make skin more radiant than ever.

 

Scar reduction

It has been shown that microneedling can improve and repair visible scars such as acne scars by promoting new healthy cell growth and stimulating collagen growth in the skin.

 

Minimize pores

Although the process of microneedling is putting small “micro-injuries” in the skin, this procedure stimulates the collagen in and around the pores, which will make them more plump and smaller.

 

For more information on microneedling or to make an appointment with on of our expert technicians, contact Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado today.

Why You Should Add a Serum to Your Skin Care Routine

Adding a serum to your daily skin care routine can make a huge difference in the way that your skin looks and feels. The benefits of adding a serum include; even skin tone, reduced fine lines and wrinkles as well as a brighter complexion.

 

No fillers

Those that have sensitive/acne-prone skin can especially benefit from adding a serum to their skin care routine. Serums contain the highest concentration of active ingredients possible without a prescription, being around 70% active ingredients. Serums are designed to help the minerals, peptides and stem cells pass through the outer layer of skin. With minimal filler there is nothing to get in the way of your skin receiving the nutrients.

 

Hydrates skin

Serums active ingredients include many nourishing elements and vitamins. Compared to moisturizers, serums molecules are smaller which allows it to hydrate even the deep layers of your skin. Hydrated skin prevents aging and breakouts, which can be avoided by adding a serum to your skin care routine.

 

 Every serum is different

As everyone skin is different from one another so are serums. There are a variety of serums that combat different skin problems. Using the correct serum for your skin type can be very effective when used correctly. There a serums for normal, sensitive, dull skin and so on. By pairing the correct ingredients to what your skin needs can help you achieve your perfect skin.

 

Saving money

Although serums are on the higher side of the price spectrum, preventing is easier than fixing. Using a good serum that works for you specific skin care needs will prevent you from having to buy products that are doing nothing for. Using an effective serum means that you can remove the ineffective products from your medicine cabinet for a product that does more work for you skin. Plus, when you find your ideal serum, you won’t want to buy any other products.

 

For serum recommendations contact Advanced Aesthetics for a skin care consultation. 

Transitioning Your Winter Skin Care Routine To Spring

Exfoliate

The harsh winter weather cans build-up on your skin leaving dead skin cells and environmental toxin on the skin. To get rid of the dead winter skin it is important to exfoliate followed with moisturizer. If you want quicker results, you can see your aesthetician for a microblading session to completely get rid of all the dead skin and reveal a new smooth layer of skin.

 

Go Lighter

During the winter it important to keep skin hydrated with thick creams. Going into the spring you no longer are combating the harsh weather, switch out your heavy creams for lighter products.

 

Use SPF

SPF is a crucial part of you skin care routine regardless of the season. As the snow clouds start to disappear, it is very important use sunscreen throughout the day to prevent sun damage to your skin.

 

Use eye cream

Springtime means more sun and with more sunlight comes squinting. Even with sunglasses it’s recommended to add an eye cream to your regimen to prevent fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes.

Why You Should Wear Sunscreen Daily

Harmful UV rays

As our ozone is depleting it puts all of us at a higher risk of being affected by harmful UV rays. By applying a SPF daily you are preventing those rays from penetrating your skin and causing damage.

 

Premature Aging

The number one cause of premature aging is UV ray exposure. We all crave youthful looking skin and even tan skin, too much exposure to the sun can cause your skin to age sooner than normal. Using sunscreen everyday will help you keep your skin looking radiant and healthy by preventing fine lines and wrinkles caused by the sun.

 

Lower Skin Cancer Risk

By applying sunscreen everyday early on in life you are lowering your chances of getting skin cancer. It is important to use sunscreen even when it’s cloudy or raining since harmful sunrays can penetrate through clouds.

 

Even Skin Tone

Using sunscreen can help keep your skin tone even as it helps prevent brown spots and discoloration on your skin.

Benefits of Routine Facials

A routine skin care regimen is so important. There is only so much one can do a home, seeing a professional regularly for facials can help you reach you skin goals faster. Below are just a few benefits from getting facials regularly:

 

Reduce scarring

There are specific treatments like chemical peels that aim to even out skin tone and make acne scars less notice able. The more and more you get peels the less noticeable acnes past is.

 

Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

During treatments like dermaplanning the top layer of skin is removed to reveal fresh and evenly textured skin, which makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Regular dermaplanning helps up your skins collagen levels to prevent wrinkles down the line.

 

Radiant skin

When you get a facial and remove all the dead skin on your face all that is left is fresh and smooth skin that makes you appear revitalized.

 

You’ll feel great

Few things in life are as great as getting a facial. Not only are you getting a relaxing treatment but you are also leaving with healthier skin to show off to the world.

 

Want to get glowing? Contact Advanced Aesthetics today to book your next facial!

How to Prevent Wrinkles

Stay Hydrated

By staying hydrated daily, you will be able to prevent fine lines due to dehydration. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside will help keep your skin looking radiant and healthy.

 

Use sunscreen

When you get sunburnt your skin cells are essentially damaged. And continuous damage from UV rays can cause premature aging and even skin cancer. Whenever you are exposed to the sun, it is important to use sunscreen to prevent UV rays from harming your skin.

 

Use anti-aging products with caution

It can be tempting to use anti-aging products at a young age. But sometimes using anti-aging products can clog your pores since they are meant to really moisturize your skin. Also since anti-aging products increase the metabolism of your skin cells, when your skin is young it already has a fast metabolism, which can actually increase breakouts. It is important to use skin care products tailored to your skin type.

 

Use eye cream

Your eyes are the first area where you will notice aging. By keeping your eyes hydrated it will help prevent premature fine lines and wrinkles around that area.

Chemical Peels-What you Need to Know

Chemical peels are one way to achieve young and radiant skin. Essentially a peel removes damaged and hyper-pigmented skin and stimulates collagen production to firm skin. Peels vary from superficial to deep depending on the level and quickness of results you are looking to achieve.

What do peels do?

Peels make your skin smoother, assist in fading brown spots and correcting uneven skin tone and reveal a new fresh layer of skin. Those that use chemical peels to improve the appearance of wrinkles should have them done every 6 to 8 weeks.

Depending on the type of peel you get you can have some varying side effects. With superficial peels you will notice some redness and skin sensitivity with less noticeable results. There might also be a short period of time where you will notice your old layer of skin beginning to flake off. With more intense peels (medium and deep peels) you will notice more intense side effects than the superficial peel. This is due to the fact that peels essentially dissolve the top layer of your skin.

What are the benefits?

Peels are very beneficial to improve your skins function as well as your skin care products function on your skin. By removing your dead skin cells you are stimulating cell development and making it so that there are no dead cells for your skin care products to penetrate through to get to the living ones. There are also certain peels that can help unclog your pores to prevent acne and fade the scars caused post-pimples. 

To learn more or to book contact Advanced Aesthetics for availability.

 

Microblading-What You Should Know

Tired of taking time every morning to create your perfect brow? Microblading your eyebrows is a semi-permanent way to keep your eyebrows looking bold and beautiful!

What is it?

It’s a type of semi-permanent make-up that is applied with a tool containing small needles. This hand-held tool puts pigment into the skin. The size of these needles depends on the thickness of hair strokes the client wants. This procedure is similar to permanently tattooed make-up but it doesn’t go as deep into the skin. Based on the clients desires and facial structure, the technician creates eyebrows that match them perfectly.

Does it hurt?

Numbing cream is applied to the area before the microblading begins. Most of what patients feel is discomfort rather than pain. Of course, pain is relative so some might experience more discomfort than others.

How long does it take?

The first session will last about two hours. During this session your brow shape and color will be customized to your preference. Your eyebrows will then be numbed using a topical cream and the procedure will begin. There is no downtime after the procedure. The strong color will start to soften out after the first two week; a touch-up can be done after four weeks. Touch-up’s can be done at any point to ensure that the color stays in your skin. Results last upwards of three years, with recommended touch-ups once every six to twelve months.

How much does it cost?

Cost can vary depending on the skill level of the technician, the first session can be upwards of $900.  It is recommended to go to a skilled professional as you will have to live with the results for a long time. 

Interested?

Contact Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado to schedule a consultation to learn how you can get your perfect eyebrows.

 

How Often Should You Get a Facial?

          Everyone wants to pamper themselves with a facial, even though you might want to one a day for the rest of your life. Doing facials too often can cause your skin to dry out and become damaged. There are many benefits to getting facials in moderation.

          Facials help your skin looking as beautiful as possible by removing dead skin that dulls appearance. Your aesthetician will help you understand what your skin needs to look its best and will help you decide what facial is best for your skin type.

          It is recommended that you get a facial once a month. The skin cycle lasts a typical month for new skin cells to surface completely. If once a month is unattainable for you, going at least four times a year can help your skin tremendously.

          If there are months that you cannot make it to your local spa, at-home treatments can be effective in moderation. It is important to make sure you are giving your skin time between each treatment so that you are not irritating it. Cleaning your face daily and using exfoliators and moisturizers can help you stretch your time between facials. 

Gym Bag Essentials

It’s always frustrating when you get to the gym and you notice that you forgot to put something in your gym bag. Make sure you always have the following in your bag so that you’ll never ruin a perfect workout.

 

Water Bottle

It’s very important to stay hydrated. Having a water bottle in your gym bag is an easy way to avoid the germs of water fountains and keep water with you as you move around the gym.

 

Headphones

Who doesn’t love listening to their favorite tunes during their workout? Be sure to keep an extra pair of headphones in your gym bag so that you’ll never miss out on listening to your current jams.

 

Disinfectant

Disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer is a must have to avoid bacteria that can linger on gym equipment. It’s important to wipe your machines before you use them and to clean your hands after you’re finished at the gym.

 

Dry shampoo

Having dry shampoo in your gym bag makes it easy to transition from your workout to your everyday life without the hassle of showing in the communal showers at your gym.

 

Shower shoes

If you are planning to shower at your gym, shower shoes are a must have! To avoid all the bacteria that can cause warts, athletes’ foot, and more, its important to have protection on your feet. An extra pair of flip-flops or sandals will do.

 

Face wash/wipes

After your work out it is important to clean off all the sweat from your face to avoid breakouts.

 

Deodorant

Deodorant is a quick and easy way to freshen up and avoid under arm stink after a workout.

Effects of Aging on Skin

As we age so does the anatomy of our skin, it is one of the most obvious signs of aging. As we increase in age there is also an increase of wrinkles and sagging skin.

 

Skin becomes drier

As we age, our skin doesn’t produce as many oils as a result of decreasing hormone production. A good way to combat this is to add a good moisturizer to your daily regimen. It is also wise when showering or bathing to use warm water rather than hot water, which removes more oils from your skin.

 

Skin Thins

Those that are older sometimes have skin that appears to be translucent. As we get older, skin begins to thin revealing blood vessels that are concealing in younger skin. As your skin thins, it becomes more delicate. This is all due to the fact that as we age the fatty layer of the skin deteriorates. As this fatty layer diminishes it makes your skin more susceptible to breaks and bruising.  Sun exposure is another factor that plays into skin thinning; preliminary measures include adding a SPF to your daily routine to retain more elastin fibers in your skin. This keeps your skin from becoming fragile and losing its elasticity faster.

 

Skin starts to sag

With age comes sagging skin due to gravity catching up with age as well as thinning skin. As we lose the fatty layer of skin, collagen and elastin, we become more susceptible to sagging skin all over the body. Estrogen is a hormone that helps keep skin tight and as women get older estrogen production decreases. It is important to care for your skin early on in life in order to slow skin sagging. You can also see an injectables specialist who can inject filler into your skin to round out your features. By starting these treatments early you can prevent certain parts of you skin from sagging. With a few weeks of recovery time, having a facelift is another way to tighten your skin.

 

Age spots form

 Later in life you’ll notice patches of pigments in your skin, known as age spots. These age spots appear on the parts of your skin that get the most sunlight, the UV light from the sun increases the production of melanin. Avoiding tanning beds and increased sun light exposure will help protect your skin from the development of age spots.

 

Wrinkles develop

The most common sign of aging are wrinkles. Even starting at the mid-20’s you can begin to see creases that are caused by your daily muscle and skin movement. As we age, more and more winkles appear due to exposure to the sun, dehydration and the thinning of skin.  It is important to start caring for skin at a young age to prevent early signs of aging. Steps include using a good sunscreen, moisturizers and keeping your body hydrated. Botox and fillers can also be used to reduce wrinkles.

What is Derma-planing?

Derma-planing is a form of exfoliation that uses a scalpel to scrape off the top layer of dead skin and fine hairs to expose smooth and brighter looking skin. By removing the layer of dead skin and peach fuzz, you’re removing what keeps oil on your skin and what gives your skin the dull appearance. Derma-planing can be done on various skin types, the only skin type it cannot be done on is those currently experiencing a breakout.

The procedure uses an inch long blade and is completely painless. After prepping and drying the skin your aesthetician will take the blade and scrape your skin in small and quick swipes to exfoliate your skin. The whole process takes about 30 minutes with results that last about 20 days and can be done every three to four weeks. You can also having derma-planing done with other procedures such as chemical peels and laser treatments to maximize the exfoliating benefits.

After derma-planing, your cleansers will be able to work deeper in your skin and helps your makeup go on easier. The benefits of investing in derma-planing include reduced signs of aging, even skin tone and clearer skin. If you want glowing and refreshed skin, pair derma-planing with your next facial or peel treatment at Advanced Aesthetics.

What is an Injectables Specialist?

An Injectables Specialist, also known as an aesthetic nurse, work to improve and enhance a patient's appearance. In the medical spa world, there are RNs that have specialized training in cosmetics procedures. They work to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, shape lips, improving imperfections and more. These nurses perform non-surgical aesthetics enhancement procedures, and are becoming more and more common in the medical spa industry. The procedures that are preformed by an injectables specialist do not involve anesthesia.

In order to become an injectables specialist you do not need to be an aesthetician first, but training is required within the area of skin care and cosmetic procedures on top of being a registered nurse. One of the primary goals of an Injectables Specialist is to improve the patient's perception of themselves and improve psychological health by modifying their body image.

Injectables specialists are available to answer any questions patients might have about procedures available.

Waxing: Before and After Tip

Before Waxing

  • Exfoliate

1 to 2 days before your appointment exfoliate your body to make your skin both soft and to avoid in-grown hairs.

  • Trim

The longer the hair the more painful it is to wax. Trim your hair so that it's between 1.5 and .5 cm, to save yourself from unnecessary pain.

  • Shower

Before you go in for your appointment shower, this opens up your pores. This helps your hairs come out a lot less painfully. 

  • Pain Relief

If you know you have a very low pain tolerance, take an OTC painkiller at least 30-40 minutes before your appointment.

  • Wear Loose Clothing

By wearing loose clothes to your appointment you will help avoid friction to the area afterwards.

After Waxing

What to avoid for the next few days:

  • Tight clothing
  • Friction and excessive perspiration 
  • Hot bath/shower and saunas
  • Spray tans/body lotion/perfume/deodorant on waxed area
  • Sunbathing 

Facials For Men

It is typically thought of for women to be to soul recipients of facials. Despite common belief, men will not lose any masculinity by getting a facial. Skincare is just as important for men as it is women. Men’s skin is actually different than women’s; men have rougher skin, larger pores and even an increased chance of sun damage to their skin.  The following are a few reasons as to why men deserve facials too.

  • Oil Production

Men generally produce more oil than women; oil clogs pores that can lead to pimples and blackheads. Estheticians at Advanced Aesthetics are trained to understand what your skin type needs in order for it to be as healthy as possible

  • Target Rough Skin

All the time spent outside, causes a lot of damage to skin, ranging from blackheads to dead skin. During your facial at Advanced Aesthetics, your esthetician will work to remove as many imperfections. This results in smooth skin and an even smoother shave!

  • Professional Recommendations

Estheticians jobs are to understand what your skin needs in order for it to be its absolute healthiest. Your skin will be evaluated and post-facial your esthetician can help you better understand how to care for you skin and even give product recommendations.

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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Read Part 1 of this post here.

There is a big difference between different skin conditions, something that professional estheticians are trained to recognize, and MLM representatives may not be. For instance, dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks water. Proper skin analysis can determine which, if either, if the case for you, and recommend appropriate treatment. Regarding acne- there are differences between pustular, cystic, and comedonal acne. The type determines the treatment, and the wrong kind of treatment could make existing acne much worse and even cause permanent scarring or discoloration. As licensed professionals, we can assess acne and determine whether chemical or physical exfoliation is appropriate, and how to hydrate and moisturize without causing further clogging. We also know the difference between sensitive, reactive, rosacea, and couperous skin and can make recommendations for treatment. We know specific ingredients and how they affect sensitive skin.

Pregnant women’s skin also requires specific attention. Certain ingredients like peppermint, sage, or salicylic acid are dangerous for pregnant women. Melasma also requires training and knowledge, that as licensed aestheticians, we possess and can share with our clients.

Being an effective skin care specialist also requires a knowledge of contraindications and ingredient allergies, especially with reactive skin. One example that may not be taught to MLM representatives, but that licensed professionals know, is that an aspirin allergy contraindicates salicylic acid.

Some MLM product lines may contain the same ingredients at the same strength of drug store skin care products, but with higher price tags. Professional skin care products, such as the skin care line Lira that we sell, are made from much higher quality ingredients at higher concentrations. The companies that create professional skin care lines want these products to be used and recommended correctly- thus they are only sold to licensed professionals to prevent misuse and adverse reactions.

If you are considering joining or purchasing from an MLM skin care company, do some research first. Talk with a representative to ask exactly how the product works and what it does to the cells of the skin. Be wary if they are not able to answer your question in their own words. If you are a representative and you have a real passion for skin care, consider pursuing an esthetician license which will give you valuable knowledge on the skin and help you to better serve your clients.

If you are looking for a treatment or product for your skin, let us make a recommendation for you! Contact us today!

 

Multilevel Marketing Skincare- Pros and Cons, Part 1; Fort Collins Spa

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While the appeal of at home products and devices for skin care, such as laser hair removal devices or microneedling devices can be very appealing, there are definitely some risks involved, too. The lower price tag and convenience of doing the procedure on your own in the comfort of your home is very attractive. But is it worth the risk?

There are many multilevel marketing platforms out there- you’ve probably heard of Avon, Mary Kay, and It Works, just to name a few. Typically, to become a partner, representative, or distributor for a skin care company, no skin care training is required or giving. Company training typically involves sales and business training. Not every company is the same and not every representative is the same. There are definitely some dedicated, educated, and licensed sales people out there, but they are a minority.

Another concern with MLM is the potential for fake before and after photos. Before and after photos can be very convincing when you are considering a skin care product. However, there are many tricks that may be used such as makeup, lighting, Photoshop and camera tricks. Be wary!

One of the more concerning aspects of MLM is accurate analysis. Licensed professionals, like our team at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, spend a long time in school studying the health, physiology, diseases, and care of hair, skin and nails. Passing a State Board exam and practical is required. Many states require continued education to maintain this license. Unfortunately, many MLM skin care lines are very one size fits all. Representatives are generally given very basic information on different skin types, relying on the client to know what skin type they have. Many conditions and diseases that affect the skin may not be recognizable by the representative.

Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on being the most educated team of skin care professionals in Northern Colorado! We strive to get every relevant certification related to our work, and we truly value your wellness and skin health. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss your specific skin type and product and treatment options to help with your skin care concerns.