While immediate effects of the sun are often deceptively pleasant, the long term effects are damaging and have become so commonplace that most people consider them to be natural aging. Premature aging can be seen with an increase in freckles, brown spots, redness and veins, wrinkles, dehydrated and dull skin. In lighter skin, a tan only provides an SPF of about 2, so the increase in melanin from a tan is not really beneficial in protecting the skin which most clients don’t realize. Sun damage is a skin disease caused by the sun, not a condition caused by time. The truth is 80% of photo-damage is done by the age of 18. Melasma is a brown discolouration that can appear on the cheeks, the forehead and upper lip and it is hard to camouflage with most makeup.
No one knows what causes melasma, there is no known cure for it and it can reoccur. Hormones (pregnancy mask), sun exposure and trauma are thought to trigger it. Harsh chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and ablative lasers can cause “trauma” to the area and can actually make melasma worse. We don’t recommend the use of Hydroquinone as it makes the pigmentation worse when one stops using it. However, with proper home care and professional treatments melasma can be dramatically reduced. Home care is extremely important with this condition.
After a skin consultation, we can provide the best treatment plan possible. Pigmentation and Melasma can be improved with a combination of vitamin, nutrients and antioxidant based skin care and professional treatments.
Environ Skin Care and Sunscreen
We use Environ advanced vitamin skin therapy program to create cell health with an increased step up dosage of Vitamin A to normalize the production and distribution of melanin. Our Evenescence range was formulated after extensive research to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. This scientifically advanced combination of ingredients works in perfect synergy and is best used in combination with the Environ Vitamin A moisturisers and a broad spectrum sunscreen to reduce the skin’s exposure to UV light.
IPL – Limelight Facial
IPL also known as Intense Pulse Light or Photofacial helps to improve the appearance of photoaged skin by removing excess light and dark spots, decreasing redness and small vessels. With all the new technologies out there, this tried and true treatment has staying power for rejuvenation as its main targets are redness, pigment and collagen. The treatment offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage. It is ideal for clients that have an active lifestyle and don’t want downtime. This non-invasive treatment uses broad spectrum light to treat the face, neck, chest and hands. The treated pigmentation will become darker over the next few days and will slough off within 7 – 10 days. One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. IPL also stimulates collagen production; it gives an instant boost to the skin, looks more vibrant, radiant and rejuvenated. Client’s skin looks younger and tighter after treatments – no need for expensive fractionated laser treatments with downtime that leaves your skin looking dry, red, and bronzed in appearance for days!
Laser Genesis treatments utilizes non – invasive laser technology and uses light to target the dermis – where collagen is made. It penetrates deep into this layer of the skin to stimulate new collagen production that continues over time. This non-ablative procedure is safe, discreet, and can help to improve pigmentation known as melasma. Melasma is typically deeper pigmentation and that’s why Laser Genesis is a better option to help treat this condition as it is non- invasive and during treatment, the skin is gently warmed. There is no downtime and daily activities may be resumed right away.
Our focus is the penetration of active molecules in the skin which is vastly different than most skin therapists. We use the patented technology specifically designed for Environ skin care treatments. This will take your treatments to the next level. This innovative system helps with the penetration of active vitamins such as A & C and essential growth factors into the skin and provides fast and effective results. It has been used successfully on sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles resulting in a rejuvenated looking skin with a brighter more even skin tone.
This revolutionary approach to peeling achieves incredible results without damaging the skin unlike harsh chemical peels which can make your skin thinner and we need to keep it as thick as we can to protect it from the sun. Low strength Lactic Acid is used to reduce the skin’s PH and triggers the release of growth factors which creates smoother tighter skin. It targets sun damaged, lined skin, uneven skin tone and it boosts hydration. We use a series of light repetitive peels with safe and effective products that help to gently exfoliate the damaged skin cells to reveal a more vibrant skin. Its gentle but effective formulation protects the epidermis, so there is no excessive redness or recovery time.
Micro Needling also known as collagen induction therapy improves and rejuvenates the skin with minimal downtime. By using the latest technology we can create thousands of micro-medical needle columns into the skin. These columns will close rapidly enabling the skin to recover quickly. This process stimulates growth factors that stimulate fibroblasts to produce the highest quality of collagen possible. Combined with skin care rich in vitamins micro needling will give you improvement in both the structure and appearance of your skin.
Home Care Dermaroller
Skin is a barrier. Without the aid of the Dermaroller only a fraction of the active ingredients of your skin care cream can penetrate the surface of your skin. By rolling the Home Care Dermaroller on your skin’s surface you can create micro-channels that drive active vitamins and ingredients deeper into the skin. It can help to shrink pore size, improve skin health, help with hormonal acne, revitalize dull skin and help to exfoliate your skin. It is manufactured in Germany and has 192 micro fine needles that are 0.20 mm in length. You can achieve healthy, radiant and more youthful skin with regular use of your Home Care Dermaroller and Environ skin care!