Archive for April 2011
April 5th, 2011
Great skin is always in style, but on spring catwalks, shows like Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Rag & Bone presented complexions so perfect they looked as if they'd been Photoshopped. Makeup artist Gucci Westman, global artistic director for Revlon, describes the look as "cyberskin." "It's definitely our generation's statement: skin that is overly luminous and glowing," she says. But while supermodels may come by their flawless faces naturally, for most of us it takes a little work. Here, the experts give the play-by-play for achieving complexion perfection.
READY, SET, GLOW: The first rule of bright club: Don't rely on makeup to do all the heavy lifting. Adding products with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid or retinol (a topical, over-the-counter form of vitamin A) to your beauty regimen can bring radiance to your skin, says Dr. Mark Lupin, a dermatologist and owner/medical director of Cosmedica Laser Centre in Victoria, B.C. "Hyaluronic acid, which is also found naturally in our skin between the [fibers of] collagen, is very hydrating," says Dr. Lupin. He suggests using it in gel form, along with a product that has 0.5 to one percent retinol, which exfoliates and "not only helps with thin skin, pores and wrinkles, but also provides a bit of a glow." Glycolic acid, available in creams, toners and even cleansers, also brightens by gently sloughing off dead skin cells. Steer clear if you have sensitive skin, however, as it can be irritating. And unlike hyaluronic acid, you must use it separately from retinol, as applying both at the same time reduces their effectiveness.
April 1st, 2011
Thermage® CPT: skin tightening revolutionized. Victoria BC patients are flocking to learn how this new Thermage® procedure is so effectively firming skin. Enjoy the powerful effects of Thermage® CPT for superior facial and body contouring and skin tightening without downtime or recovery.
In Victoria BC, Thermage® CPT is commonly used to raise heavy brows, lift falling eyelids and lax skin and recontour the chin and jawline. A favourable alternative to facelifts, Thermage® produces a noticeable improvement to skin without any of the inherent risks of surgery. In addition, Thermage® CPT body treatments are quickly gaining popularity. If you are bothered by lax skin on the arms, abdomen, buttocks or thighs, Thermage® CPT will also restore a tauter and more youthful body by firming and stimulating new collagen production.
Results of Thermage® CPT treatments are noticeable and long lasting having been evaluated in a number of peer reviewed studies. Patients can expect natural improvement over a 3-6 month period as new collagen is formed. With integrated vibration, treatment sensation is well tolerated alleviating the need for analgesics; thanks to these latest advancements, Thermage® CPT is now conveniently available as a walk-in, walk-out procedure.
Thermage® CPT utilizes pulsed radiofrequency energy to penetrate beyond the dermis and into fatty layers, effectively stimulating collagen and remodeling skin. Immediately post treatment, patients may notice subtle improvements to overall tone but full effect will realize over 3-6 months as renewed elasticity and tighter, smoother skin.
Speak with Victoria’s skin tightening experts at Cosmedica. We are pleased to offer professional consultations and tailored treatment plans suitable to individual needs and lifestyle. We hope to see you soon. Please contact us or request a consultation online.