skin care

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.

 

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!

Benefits of Gold-Skin Care

Cleopatra used a gold to keep her skin youthful, glowing and beautiful and she wasn’t wrong to. There are many benefits to using gold in your skin care routine

 

Aging:

Gold increases the elasticity of the skin. It thus reduces wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and marks on the skin, and will make you look younger. It will also prevent your skin from sagging by keeping your skin firm. By using gold in your skin care routine early on in life you will also ensure that your skin won’t show premature signs of aging. Gold reduces dryness, thus preventing fine lines from dehydration.

 

Brighten:

Gold helps improve blood circulation in the skin, which helps your skin gain necessary nutrients to stay healthy. When you use gold in your skin care routine, particles will be absorbed by the skin and will give it a radiant glow.

 

Rejuvenation:

Gold has ions that aid in stimulating cells in your body that activates cell renewal. This helps remove the waste in skin cells only healthy skin is left behind. The use of gold also gives your skin oxygen and reduces a tired appearance.

 

Acne-Fighting:

Gold has been known to have anti-bacterial properties. This helps prevent acne from forming on your skin.

 

 

 

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.

Home Remedies for Spot Treatment

Pesky pimples are not fun to deal with and neither are expensive acnes treatments. Here are some inexpensive and easy at home remedies you can do to treat your pimples from home.

 

Green Tea

You can either place a soaked bag of green tea over the spot for 15 minutes or use a cooled cup of tea as a face wash, this will help inflammation and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin.

 

Aspirin

Dissolve four pills in two tablespoons of water to make a paste and put the paste on your pimple to reduce its inflammation and dry it up. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.

 

Apple cider vinegar

Mix one part water with three parts apple cider vinegar and apply to the pimple with a cotton ball. This can be done multiple times a day if necessary, be sure to use a moisturizer after to avoid dry skin.

 

Aloe

Using pure aloe, use a fingertip or cotton swab to apply directly to the problem area. This reduces the redness and swelling of the pimple, similar to its effects on sunburns.

 

Toothpaste

Using a pure white toothpaste can speed up the healing process of acne. Just a dab of toothpaste on your pimple for a few hours or overnight will help dry it out. Be sure to not make this a go-to treatment as toothpaste is intended for your teeth not your skin.

Dry vs. Dehydrated Skin

Dry and dehydrated skin are two very different skin conditions, despite the fact that they might feel similar. Both skin conditions can make skin feel flaky, itchy, sensitive and or dull. When it comes down to it, dry skin lacks oil where as dehydrated skin lacks water.

 

Dry skin

When your skin doesn’t produce enough oil, your skin becomes dry. Dry skin is a type of skin, which can be genetically determined. For those who have dry skin the best thing to do is add oil.  Creamy, gentle and oil based cleansers are all good options to add more moisture to the skin. Even adding a daily moisturizer to your daily facial routine is a great way for all skin types to keep skin from appearing dry.

 

Dehydrated skin

Skin that is dehydrated is very common; most people have some degree of dehydration. Where dry skin is a type, dehydration is a condition, which means that you can take steps to improve your skins level of dehydration. Dehydration is caused by ones lifestyle, from ones living environment to their diet. Dehydration can affect all skin types, even oily skin. A good way to combat oily skin is to drink plenty of water and ensure that your living conditions are not too dry by adding a humidifier. 

What are HA Fillers?

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Fillers are a way for people to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid is a safe and non-surgical procedure that is injected by a specialist. HA is actually a substance that is found in almost every living thing on this planet. Within the human body, HA lives in connective tissues and brings essential nutrients to skin cells.

 

Hyaluronic acid is extracted and reformulated in order to be an injectable filler, which is now one of the most popular fillers available. HA can also be used to provide relief to aching joints and those who suffer from arthritis pain. Other uses of HA fillers include: acnes scars, crows feet, frown lines, worry lines and many more.

 

When injected HA plumps up underneath wrinkles and fine lines?. As it is already present in the skin, by adding more to the skin it actually fills the space where skin has lost its elasticity. This procedure makes skin appear younger and rejuvenated. HA does this by attracting water molecules towards the skin. Since this type of filler is naturally found in the body, it eventually becomes absorbed into the body. Most that undergo treatment experience little to no downtime and depending on the solution used the results can last from a few months to several years.

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.

Why a Daily Skin Regimen is Important

As the largest organ by cleaning, hydrating and protecting your skin from the elements twice a day, it can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. Below are several reason why a skin care routine is important.

  • All skin types are different

 Some people’s skin doesn’t require as much as others and vice versa. Your skin might need a little more care and that is why a daily routine is so important, to understand what your skin needs from you to look amazing! Consult a specialist to better understand what your skin needs to look its best.

  • Beautiful skin takes time

Every choice you make today will impact your skin years from now. The sooner you start showing your skin some TLC will help you keep wonderful looking skin down the road.

  • Prevention is easier than fixing

Your skill will stay in good condition if you start caring for it early. By taking action now to prevent skin problems, it is actually a lot easier than trying to fix these issues in the future.

  • It can save you money in the long run

By taking action now to prevent issues in the future, you are also saving money by taking care of skin issues that could arise in the future.

  • When you look good you feel good

Clear and healthy skin keeps you looking your best and boosts your confidence. You wear your skin everyday so why not make it looks as great as possible.

How to Keep Your Skin From Drying Out in the Cold

Dry skin is a very common issue for the winter time. Here are 7 tips to keep your skin soft and smooth all winter long.

  • Seek a specialist

Going to an esthetician is a great investment. They will be able to analyze your specific skin type, help you troubleshoot your current skin regimen and give advice as to what skincare product you should invest in. You wear your skin everyday so it doesn’t hurt to splurge a little people see everyday.

  • Moisturize

As weather conditions change, so should your skincare routine. During the winter months a oil-based moisturizer is more desirable because it will create a protective layer on the skin and helps to retain the moisture in the winter.

  • Avoid harsh treatments

Treatments like peels, masks and many alcohol based products will strip your skin of useful oils. During the cold, mild cleansers and deep hydrating masks are recommended to keep these oils in place

  • Avoid hot showers/baths

Hot baths feel great in the winter yet strip oils from the skin. Try and lean towards lukewarm water when it comes to cleaning your face and hands as much as possible.

  • Hydrate from the inside out

WATER, WATER, WATER. We’ve all heard it a million times to drink more water but dehydration also affects the skin and by drinking more water you boost your overall health (useful when avoiding winter colds too!).

  • Using a humidifier at home

It’s common to want to crank the heat when it the temperature outside drops. The hot air that is coming out of the heating system is dry. Adding a humidifier to your workspace and home allow more moisture to get in the air and prevent your skin from drying out.

  • Cover up

Layers not only keep you warm in the winter but items like gloves, scarves and hats help to avoid prolonged exposure to cold air as well as help to avoid windburn.

Biopelle Skin Care Line- Now in Your Fort Collins Med Spa!

We are thrilled to announce we now carry the Biopelle skin care line in our medical spa in Old Town Fort Collins, CO. Biopelle is revolutionary because it is a pharmaceutical grade line with stem cells.

Biopelle, Inc. is the aesthetic subsidiary of Ferndale Pharma Group, Inc, which is a worldwide leader in the development and distribution of clinically proven skincare products. Biopelle is committed to helping aestheticians deliver evidence- based, patented technologies that target multiple metabolic pathways to address demanding skin and deliver visible results. Biopelle offers high quality professional products through licenses healthcare providers like us! The solutions these products offer fall into one of two main categories: biopelle (which includes Retriderm Tensage Growth Factor and Tensage Stem Cell with CellPro Technology) and also PRESCRIBEDsolutions which is the only multi-tasking customizable skincare line with boosters.

Tensage Stem Cell (in the biopelle line) features CellPro Technology and a unique and natural ingredient extracted from the eggs of the Cryptomphalus aspera snail. This ingredient is clinically proven to replenish, reinforce, and restore the appearance of youthful skin.

With age, the cells in skin break down and natural stem cells have more difficulty replacing them. Even by carefully avoiding sunlight and other possible sources of skin damage, this is a natural skin aging process that will eventually lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Tensage Stem Cell Cream has CellPro Technology which uses the natural ingredient extracted from the snail eggs in an exclusive and patented process to improve skin’s appearance during the natural aging process.

With twice daily application of Tensage StemCell and Tensage StemCell eye cream, as well as a gentle cleanser and sunscreen, noticeable differences in the following areas can be achieved: forehead- significant reduction of fine lines, undereye area- significant reduction in fine lines, cheeks- significant reduction in inflammation as well as smoother texture and reduced wrinkle depth, nasolabial folds- significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, periorbital area- significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles as well as smoother texture and reduced wrinkle depth, and lower cheek/jowl area- increased elasticity.

Come in today to learn more about the biopelle line!

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!

 

Skin Care in Fort Collins Begins with Sleep Habits

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Do you struggle with bags under your eyes? Too much stress keeping your body wired and unable to relax? Many of us can relate to those two questions. If so, ask yourself, are you getting enough sleep? Enough doesn’t mean a few hours plus caffeine to keep you going. It doesn’t mean going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every day. It means- when you check in with your body, do you feel fully rested? When you wake up, do you feel fully rested? During the day, do you feel fully rested? If the answer is no, then like many Americans, you may be sleep deprived.

Sleep is another key component to overall health, which is a direct contributor to skin health. Take care of your body, and it will help you to feel and look better in the skin you are in. There’s no magic number. The recommended 8 hours may be too little or too much for you. Maybe you work best with a couple of hours at night and a long nap mid-day. Maybe you are completely refueled with just 5 hours. Maybe you need 9 hours a night. Maybe you are a 7 hour sleeper but need an extra couple of hours on more intense workout days. Tune in to your body and give it what it needs. If you are drastically shy on how much sleep your body needs, try gradually increasing your sleep until it becomes more routine. Maybe get to bed 15 minutes earlier for a week or two, then push it back another 15 minutes.

There’s no one right answer for everyone, but sleep is an extremely important time for your body to rest, reset and recover from all of the activities you participate in during the day.

Let’s talk more about how much sleep you should be getting in addition to cosmetic procedures or products, in order to boost your skin health!