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Institut Dermed Spa anniversary 30th celebration Institut' DERMed Spa Celebrates its 30th Year in Business!

It has been an incredible 30 years during which Institut' DERMed Spa has developed and evolved into the market-leading award winning skincare facility we are today!
What better way to celebrate this special time in our history than with a fun-filled day of savings.

We look forward to seeing old and new clients at our celebration! So feel free to share and spread the word! 

When: Friday, September 27th, 2019 10 AM - 6 PM

Where: Institut' DERMed Spa Buckhead
3726 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, Ga. 30342

Join us for a Pastries and Prosecco celebration.

Founder of Institut' DERMed, Lyn Ross and her staff will provide complimentary skincare consultations all day! 

Institut' DERMed Spa will host a ONE DAY ONLY SALE to include 30% OFF select Services:

Level 201 Facial Treatments
This signature facial includes a personalized peel selection customized to your skin type and condition. You can really benefit from exfoliating skin cells and accelerating skin cell turnover to give you the results that you are seeking.

A Dermaplaning or Microdermabrasion may be added to increase product penetration and enhance results.

Microneedling Pen
The Dermal Pen creates microscopic channels in the skin, which stimulates your own body to produce new collagen. This collagen boosting treatment improves the resiliency of the skin visibly diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Results for all skin types.

Dermafrac™
A staff favorite, DermaFrac™ is a micro-channeling infusion system that delivers active serums right where your skin needs it. The controlled Dermafrac handpiece uses vacuum to create micro needle channels stimulating a positive natural response by the body to increase collagen and fibroblast activity and providing optimal absorption of a cocktail of peptides, hyaluronic acid, kojic and lactic acid.

Radio Frequency for Skin Tightening
Our RC ® Six Power Basic system is designed to obtain a lifting effect in the short term and ongoing beneficial effects over time. The general revitalization of the tissues through the thermal and electric effects of Radiofrequency on the skin's structure ́has a collagen boosting effect and creates a reduction of expression lines and wrinkles while tightening lax skin.

HydraFacial
Trending now the HydraFacial is the latest in skin resurfacing techniques to gently rejuvenate the skin. HydraFacial uses specially formulated serums and gently exfoliates, eliminates blackheads from the pores, reduces the appearance of fine lines and detoxifies the lymphatic system. Suitable for all skin types!

15% OFF Institut’ DERMed Skincare Products
15% OFF Institut’ DERMed Cosmetic Products

PLUS a Buy 3 Get 1 Free Service in our Series of Treatments Sale!

Pastries and Prosecco will be served all day as Lyn and her staff celebrate and thank you for 30 years of skincare success.

Space is limited so don't delay - Call 404.261.5199 to schedule an appointment today!

Please note: Promotional savings are one day only and not to be combined with any other discount or promotion. 
Series may be purchased on the following treatments only:

Institut' DERMed Level 201 Facial Treatments
Microneedling Dermal Pen Treatments
Dermafrac Treatments
Radio Frequency for Skin Tightening Treatments
HydraFacial Treatments

About Lyn Ross: Master Esthetician, Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is a known expert in the field of professional aesthetics and is the president and founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare™. Lyn's passion for serious skin rejuvenation and quality client care helped her to create a trusted network of cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists and become the go to source for the Who’s Who of Atlanta. Her foundation of knowledge paved the way for the world renowned Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics.

About Institut' DERMed: The Institut’ DERMed brand consists of clinically proven science based formulas created in collaboration with some of the world’s most distinguished chemist’s to support Lyn’s technologically advanced skin care protocols. A true pioneer and leader in professional skincare, Lyn has authored articles in industry journals and consumer magazines on skin health and beauty. She has published two books; “Your Guide to Beautiful Skin at Any Age” and ‘The Ultimate Secrets to Unlimited Referrals”. Dedicated to sharing her extensive knowledge and experience in clinical and medical aesthetics with both licensed skin care specialist’s and Institut’ DERMed clients Lyn is recognized as a supportive mentor traveling around the globe to educate, motivate and raise the standard of aesthetics in the professional skin care industry.

 

Tuesday, 03 September 2019 16:11

Collagen Rejuvenation Treatments That Work

collagen rejuvenation Institut DermedCollagen rejuvenating treatments are based on the principle that the skin has a natural abilitiy to repair itself whenever it is subjected to any kind of physical damage. Immediately after an injury, such as an abrasion or a burn, our body goes into a healing response; part of that response mechanism is to produce new collagen and elastin fibers.

Collagen is the main protein found in our bones, muscles and tendons. It makes up 75 percent of our skin, forming the scaffold that strenthens our connective tissue. There are several different types of collagen but it is Type I and Type III Collagen in particular that are responsible for the majority of our skin’s regeneration. When the skin is injured Type III Collagen begins the healing process and is followed in the later stages of repair by Type I Collagen, which is stronger and more resilient.

As children, our skin is rich with Type III Collagen. This is why a child's skin is so capable of repairing itself very quickly after any kind of abrasion due to a fall. But as we enter adulthood the production of this Type III Collagen naturally slows down. Instead our Type I Collagen begins to increase. Type I Collagen continues to build until we reach the age of around thirty-five and then it too starts to decrease. This is when true aging begins.  Due to this reduction in collagen our skin becomes thinner and less elastic, pore size increases, facial spider veins and sun damage become more apparent, fine lines begin to appear, wrinkles become deeper and our skin loses its natural youthful radiance. These issues then become steadily worse as time progresses.

Collagen production can, however, be encouraged with what we call a controlled injury. When the face is abraded such as with Microdermabrasion or an exfoliating Acid Peel or treated with Micro-needling, or heated through Radio Frequency, it triggers the body’s normal wound-healing response. It is this normal wound-healing response that the science of these treatments are based on to naturally increase the production of collagen in the skin.

With the presence of new collagen the skin’s condition begins to improve. Over time it will appear plumper and suppler, skin tightens, fine lines and wrinkles appear softer, uneven skin texture is smoothed, and dark spots appear to fade. With each treatment more new collagen is produced and the overall quality of the skin continues to improve.

Although aging is a biological inevitable process it is possible to focus on ‘successful aging’. Maintaining professional results at home will also greatly help to minimize the signs of aging on the skin. Topicals for home skin care maintenance are particularly recommended to not only encourage collagen production but to continue to protect the collagen you still have from degrading further.

Professional treatments with a Facial peel such as the Institut' DERMed Level 201 Retinol+ Peel containing L-Retinol, works to exfoliate the surface of  the skin and promote collagen production. The exfoliation effect of this peel not only removes the dead skin cell layers but will improve the appearance of acneic skin as well. 

The next level up, the Institut' DERMed Micro Lifting Peel contains L-Ascorbic Acid which is essential to collagen production. Collagen cannot be built without vitamin C and its antioxidant properties which make it a vital ingredient for skin health. Studies have shown this to be one of the strongest antioxidants proven to encourage collagen and protect the skin from oxidative stressors. Although not a suncscreen Vitamin C is also recommended for it's antioxidant activity that helps to protect the skin from UV stressors that contribute to the signs of premature aging.

Homecare recommendations to continue maintaining professional treatment results are the Institut' DERMed Vital C Serum formulated with L-Ascorbic Acid and Resveratrol and the Institut' DERMed Vital A Serum formulated with Micro-encapsulated L-Retinol and Glycolic Acid.

Aging may be mathematically inevitable but it is possible to delay the appearance of aging on your skin. Read more about collagen rejuvenation in this months Institut' DERMed Healthy Skin Lifestyle Magazine Issuu: 





Institut dermed blog premature agingUV light can damage our skin, creating hyperpigmentation, wrinkling, abnormal cell development, and lead to skin cancer. Just about everyone has at some point been caught unprepared in the sun. Many of us don't begin to see the visible effects on our skin until one day we look in the mirror and suddenly see discoloration and a growing number of wrinkles. Excessive exposure to sun rays is the most common reason people age prematurely. Aging skin presents as: dehydration, fine lines, volume loss and the appearance of deep wrinkles, as well as skin discoloration. Age spots (solar lentigines) on the skin are directly caused by UV exposure.

Peels are one of the oldest modalities for rejuvenating the skin and they are still the go to solution today for improving the appearance of prematurely aging skin due to excessive sun exposure. Our skin has a natural built-in desquamation (shedding) process. Over a 24-hour period we naturally are going to lose over a million skin cells. One of the factors that disrupt this normal desquamation process is aging. As the tissue ages the desquamation process just slows down. As an individual ages, if they are not performing exfoliation procedures it can take anywhere from 45 to 60 days for that skin cell to fully renew itself.

Peels work with this already pre-programmed process that’s happening every day. New skin cells are given birth in what we call the stratum basale layer of the skin and then go through a process of differentiation, migrating through the dermis up to the epidermis and all the way from the basal layer of the epidermis to the granular layer. Through the peel process we can remove surface dead skin cells and send a signal that those cells need to be replaced. This process of continuous shedding and replacement actually helps to accelerate the rate of desquamation and prevents the metabolic rate of the skin from slowing down as we age. This is how we can have so much effect on undoing the effects of environmental stressors and delaying the signs of aging - just through exfoliation of the epidermis.

Best practice for exfoliation is to start with a superficial level of peel, such as the Institut' DERMed Fundamental Level 101 Brightening Peel, formulated with a combination of L-Lactic Acid and Pearl Powder to accelerate the exfoliation of dead skin cells. This 101 peel can be used in the treatment room and also at home to extend professional results between treatments. After this level of pre-conditioning you can gradually progress in follow up professional treatments to a Level 201 peel such as the Lactic+ Peel or the Glycolic+ Peel.

These peels are Alpha Hydroxy Acid peels that loosen and remove dead skin cell buildup and help to even out skin pigmentation as well as encourage collagen production. The benefit is a glowing firmness that lends a kind of ageless look to your skin.

To truly defend against the signs of too much sun exposure using the right topical ingredients daily to nourish and condition the skin in-between sessions is key. Apply a Vital C (L-Ascorbic Acid) Serum daily, the antioxidant and photo protective properties of ascorbic acid make vitamin C a vital component for skin health that helps to protect the skin while brightening uneven toned areas.

 

Beautiful skin is healthy skin, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, even when it is cloudy outside. Daily application of sunscreen is essential if you are trying to undo hyperpigmentation issues. All it takes is one sun exposure to re-pigment quickly.

Read more about sun exposure and premature aging in our Institut' DERMed Healthy Skin Lifestyle Magazine August Issuu




 

Friday, 26 July 2019 18:58

Nanotechnology in Skincare

nanotechnology iDermed blog "NanoFacial" is a term we have been hearing a lot recently, usually in reference to a treatment modality that utilizes a hand held wand (or pen) oscillating at a calibrated speed to act as an infusion catalyst for skincare ingredients. The purpose of the treatment is to increase efficacy of the products applied during treatment. In brief, the key to how it works is the premise that in breaking down "bulkier" ingredients to a more refined option that will allow for greater permeability. This process is of course not exactly new, iontophoresis, an electric-based delivery of nutrients, was first proposed in the mid 18th century as a method for more in-depth penetration to the skin. Due to the electrical charge, the skin can absorb the ingredients more effectively.

What is exciting today is that nanotechnology is advancing in the formulation of active ingredients themselves, meaning that this greater permeability can also be accomplished without the use of tools and is built in to the product itself. Nanotechnology has been around for some time – in fact the first patent holders in the U.S. date as far back as 1998! It is a very exciting field that is still developing.

Nanotechnology in topical skincare products is defined as a particle that acts as a vehicle to assist the ingredients in product formulations with increased penetration, hopefully leading to greater efficacy of the product. Cosmeceuticals have long been the fastest growing segment in skincare and nanotechnology is now an exciting delivery system for these active ingredients. These "nano-cosmeceuticals" have emerged as the defense frontier in skin rejuvenation with the encapsulation of ingredients that protect and enhance effectiveness.

Nanosomes are a major breakthrough in skincare applications. A Nanosome is tiny and can slip beyond the surface of the skin with minimal resistance. When nutrient rich ingredients are fully absorbed through the skin this nourishment produces more dramatic effects. Nanosomes are used to deliver protectants as well as nutrients such as antioxidants and proteins. Proteins derived from stem cells are one example of nano-cosmeceuticals in skincare. These proteins can now be encapsulated allowing for an uncompromised delivery. Other nanomaterials such as nano-capsules are also a very effective delivery system for ingredients such as retinol.

Liposomes are a transdermal delivery system whose previous success is well known for encapsulating active ingredients. This has led to a slew of other nanoparticles that help to increase the penetration of these products into the layers the skin. This is particularly helpful in product formulations for treating conditions such as cellulite, where the best success rate occurs when active ingredients can be delivered to where cellulite forms. Nanoparticles are also being used to protect encapsulated ingredients such as vitamin C, helping to prevent oxidization and the effects of exposure to UVA and UVB light while nourishing the skin at the same time.

The rewards of incorporating nanotechnology into cosmetics are many, in particular helping to safely reinforce those structures between the epidermis and the dermis, improve skin cell respiration, and promote stronger fibroblasts and collagen production. The benefit is restoring a tight, firmness to the skin, providing an ageless look, an improved texture and a more even skin tone as we get older. Now who doesn’t applaud that?

Current examples of nanotechnology applications in Institut' DERMed clinical skin care include:

- Micro encapsulated Retinol - Vital A Serum
- L-Acorbic Acid - Vital C Serum
- Lipsomes - Cellulite Rx
- Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, utilize nanoparticles to block ultraviolet rays. - Brightening Moisturizer
- Apple Stem Cells – Anti-Oxidant Peptide Lifting Serum to help deliver ingredients where they are needed to prevent the appearance of aging of the skin. These proteins are encapsulated in liposome nanoparticles.

Read more about nano technology in skincare in our Institut' DERMed Healthy Skin Lifestyle Magazine July Issuu:

Lyn Ross of Institut Dermed and Rachel Ewald of FCSF Lyn Ross competed in Las Vegas for her chosen charity Foster Cares Support Foundation.

The Skin Games competition is an annual event for licensed skincare professionals to show what results they can achieve by using professional grade product lines, with an aim of helping them to share their knowledge, skills, experience and results with the world.

This year's competition also included a Compassionate Category where entrants competed to win a donation to their chosen charity.


The Skin Games Compassionate Category saw ten finalists compete for the top three monetary prizes to help their chosen charity by bringing awareness through a game changing act of kindness. Lyn Ross, Founder of Institut' DERMed Clinical Skincare entered to highlight Foster Care Support Foundation Prom-A-Palooza Annual Event as well as the bringing attention to the financial needs of the foundation.

For the past seventeen years Foster Care Support Foundation has hosted an annual Prom-A-Palooza event to help teens in Foster Care with everything they need to shine on Prom night. For the past five years Lyn Ross has recruited over sixty Estheticians and makeup artists volunteers through her spa business, Institut' DERMed Clinical Skin Care and Cosmetics, and they have served more than a thousand young ladies at the Prom A Palooza event.

By competing in the Skin Games Compassionate Category Ms Ross won not only some much needed funding for her chosen charity but also helped to bring awareness and inspire other beauty professionals to seek out how they can support young girls in the foster care system in their community.

Taking home an award and a prize donation for the Foster Care Support Foundation Lyn was delighted to present a check for $5000 to Rachel Ewald, Founder of Foster Care Support Foundation.

 

 

 Watch the presentation video

 

About Foster Care Support Foundation
Foster Care Support Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a distribution Center located at 115 Mansell Place, Roswell, GA 30076. Foster Care Support Foundation has been in operation for 18 years and has served over 50,000 children with free clothing, toys, school supplies and safe infant care items throughout every county in Georgia. For sponsorship opportunities and donations please visithttp://www.fostercares.org/


About Lyn Ross
Master Esthetician, Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is a known expert in the field of professional aesthetics and is the president and founder of Institut' DERMed Clinical Skincare™. Lyn Ross is a forerunner in clinical and medical aesthetics opening the first medical spa in the Southeastern United States in 1984. The Institut' DERMed Spa continues to be the premier MedSpa and Laser Center in Atlanta, Georgia celebrating over 30 years in business and voted "Best Of " by Atlanta Magazine and nominated to the Sandy Springs Business Hall of Fame having been voted Best of Sandy Springs for 7 consecutive years. For more information visithttps://www.idermed.com/


About The Skin Games
The Skin Games is an International skincare competition focused on spotlighting the top Estheticians in the world by documenting and showcasing their work. One truly unique category is the Compassionate Category. This Category is designed to bring awareness to the game changing acts of kindness Estheticians are doing and reward them for their work with charities in their local community. For more information visit:https://www.theskingames.com/

 

 

 

You’re Invited to the Institut' DERMed Spa Meet the Expert Event!

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THURSDAY, MAY 16TH, 10 AM - 7 PM

Where: Institut' DERMed Spa Buckhead
3726 Roswell Rd.
Atlanta, Ga. 30342

When you look in the mirror, do you love your skin? Or do you see: Wrinkles? Dark spots? Acne blemishes? Redness?

If so then come and meet the Founder of the Institut’ DERMed Spa and Clinical Skincare Line, Lyn Ross L.M.E. for a Complimentary 7 Point Skin Analysis and Personal Consultation (value $150). Lyn will guide you to personalized solutions for visibly reducing the signs of aging, discoloration, and blemishes for a flawless complexion.

Master Esthetician, Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is a known expert in the field of professional aesthetics and is the president and founder of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare™. Lyn's passion for serious skin rejuvenation and quality client care helped her to create a trusted network of cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists and become the go to source for the Who’s Who of Atlanta. Her foundation of knowledge paved the way for the world renowned Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics.


The Institut’ DERMed brand consists of clinically proven science based formulas created in collaboration with some of the world’s most distinguished chemist’s to support Lyn’s technologically advanced skin care protocols. A true pioneer and leader in professional skincare, Lyn has authored articles in industry journals and consumer magazines on skin health and beauty. She has published two books; “Your Guide to Beautiful Skin at Any Age” and ‘The Ultimate Secrets to Unlimited Referrals”. Dedicated to sharing her extensive knowledge and experience in clinical and medical aesthetics with both licensed skin care specialist’s and Institut’ DERMed clients Lyn is recognized as a supportive mentor traveling around the globe to educate, motivate and raise the standard of aesthetics in the professional skin care industry.

 

Space is limited so don't delay - Call 404.261.5199 to schedule an appointment today!

 

Special SPA Event Offers on MTE day include:

- An Institut’ DERMed Level 201 Peel Treatment $59 (value $95)
- Customized to your individual needs. Includes:corrective cleansing, enzyme or AHA/BHA peel,corrective serum and hydration.
- Add on a Microdermabrasion for $59 (value $95)
- Add on an IPL Photo Facial $99 (value $199)
- Endermologie 40min $79 (value $110)

One Day only Institut' DERMed Clinical Skincare Products discount of 15% OFF.

PLUS: 
MEET MICHAEL MOORE

bestself michael mooreOwner of Moore For Life and Cosmetic Industry guru for over 30 years, Michael will be available for the launch of Institut' DERMed Custom Blend Cosmetics during our Spa Meet the Expert Event for your personal custom blend make up consultation!

Moore’s career has seen him working with many industry leaders such as Bobbi Brown, Borghese, Chanel, Lancôme, and Nars among others. His client roster included many top actresses, vocal recording artists as well as Royal and political figures.

He has been seen on The Today Show, The Oprah Show, Entertainment tonight, as well as seeing his work has grace the covers of many different magazines worldwide.

Michael developed the concept of Simply Moore Make up Artistry and Skincare Studio that has since garnered National Recognition as being one of the industries leaders and authorities of make-up and skincare.

Moore can be seen weekly on the Emmy award winning TV show “The Everyday show,” and is a regular contributor on the Day Break Show and the Good Day Show. Michael has one mission: to make people feel better about themselves.

Moore For Life is the aspect of really teaching women how to wear makeup
for their lifestyle.

Walks ins are welcome but consultation appointments are advised to avoid disappointment!

#MTE 2019

Friday, 03 May 2019 15:19

The Therapeutic Potential of Peptides

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Peptides are at the heart of efficient age targeting cosmetic products. Peptides have a direct effect on influencing collagen production which correlates to a healthy and youthful appearance with smoother skin and reduced wrinkles.

What is a Peptide?

In simple terms peptides are constructed from various combination chains of amino acids. These amino acid chains occur naturally in the body and serve as the building blocks for protein. One important protein in our skin is collagen. Peptides play a key role in skin health, everything from wound healing to skin regeneration and maintenance.


Peptide cosmeceutical preparations fall into three major categories: carrier peptides, signal peptides, and neurotransmitter peptides. The first peptides in this arena were labeled carrier peptides as they were introduced into the pharmaceutical world to assist in enhancing wound healing. The first commercialized carrier peptide delivered copper, necessary for wound healing, into the wounded tissue. Later this peptide was adapted and commercialized in facial cosmeceuticals to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Signal peptides are designed to create a biologic response. The first commercialized signal peptide was palmitoyl pentapeptide known commercially as Matrixyl. This is still one of the most widely used peptides in facial cosmeceuticals. Matrixyl appears to down-regulate the production of collagenase thereby increasing dermal collagen.

Neurotransmitter peptides were developed to attempt to act in a way that is similar to botulinum toxin. Acetyl hexapeptide-3 is the most widely commercialized neurotransmitter peptide of this type and is thought to help induce muscle relaxation thereby softening the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

There are many types of peptides but for skin care the most exciting are collagen stimulating peptides. Matrixyl (palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3) found in the Institut' DERMed Enhancing Eye Cream Complex, is a peptide known to have a specific effect on collagen synthesis and skin repair. Because of this it qualifies for use as a long-term age targeting ingredient. Also incorporated into the formula is Eyeliss™ a patented peptide, that helps to reduce puffiness and bags under the eyes, and Haloxyl™ matrix-derived peptides often used in cosmetic fillers like Restylane to smooth out wrinkles. These powerhouse peptides reinforce firmness, tone the eye area and lessen the appearance of under eye dark circles.

Almost as popular as Matrixyl are the copper peptides. Copper peptides are shown to help reduce redness and irritation. The Institut' DERMed Bio Derm Nutri Gel (professional use only) is formulated with copper peptides; it is the most researched peptide in the market today for improving the skin's capacity to heal.

Palmitoyl Oligopeptide –{ a string of up to 20 amino acids} is a relatively new addition to the list of peptides currently in use in skin care. Some experts believe that the chains of amino acids communicate with the skin's collagen and boost its production, which is a major factor in achieving smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Institut' DERMed Enhancing Hydra Lip Serum is formulated with Palmitoyl Oligopeptide which helps to make it a lip line enhancing powerhouse.

Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate found in the Institut' DERMed Lactic+ Peel is an encapsulated peptide that helps to break the bonds between dead cells at the surface of the skin, so it speeds up the rate of skin cell renewal.

One of the newest collagen stimulating Peptides is called Pro-Coll One. The Institut' DERMed Anti-Oxidant Lifting Peptide Serum is formulated with this powerful peptide that appears to have a targeted efficacy on collagen synthesis.

Neutrazen™ (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8) is a multifunctional active that calms and soothes the skin. The Institut' DERMed Soothing Mask is formulated with this Tripeptide to soothe the skin. Perhaps one of the most incredible benefits of this ingredient is its ability to return the complexion to a more resilient state which helps to build a higher sensitivity threshold in sensitive skin.

All peptides exist in limited amounts in nature so research and lab re-production is an on-going exciting field as the market for peptides continues to grow steadily. The development of specific and targeted uses of these potent ingredients to guard against disease and illness is also projected to increase. In the lab new peptides are being discovered all the time along with more enhanced delivery systems.

 

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More and more we are becoming aware of the impact of environmental pollutants and the affect they can have on the vital functions of the skin. This can lead to many issues, the most noticeable being wrinkles, dehydration and hyperpigmentation that create the dark spots typically associated with advancing age, and dehydration that can set the stage for acne and other skin breakouts.

It is often assumed that skin pollutants are only a problem in large cities with high smog levels, but all of us are exposed to pollutants that are damaging to the skin on a regular basis. Perhaps the most common environmental stressor on the skin is the sun. UV, UVA and IR rays can all damage skin cells. Even when the sun is not shining you can be surrounded by invisible rays. Invisible atomspheric pollutants are present at all hours of the day. Because you can't see them you don't even know when you are being exposed to them. Exhaust fumes are a good example of this type of pollutant. Then there's dust, smoke, debris, pollen and other microscopic material that all travel through the air around us. Even at home you might be exposed to pollutants. Spray pesticides linger in the air for a long time as do most household cleaning sprays.

As we get older our skin cell turnover starts to slow dramatically and our collagen and elastin naturally starts to break down, add some skin stress and our complexion very quickly takes on a dull and tired look. These conditions also give way, seemingly out of nowhere, to skin irratations and other sensitive reactions.

So how do we stop the damage from happening and start to reverse what's already been done to our skin?

A protective barrier for your skin helps to tackle domestic, atmospheric and UV source stressors and helps to prevent them from wreaking too much havoc on your skin. The lipid layer of your skin is designed to keep moisture in and keep irritants out so when it comes to your skin, how hydrated or dehydrated your skin is and looks depends on holding on to that moisture as much as possible.

Strengthening your skin’s ability to retain moisture is key. Certain ingredients in your skin care products are powerhouse moisture retention aids.

Look for these ingredients in your product choices:

Hyaluronic Acid and Green Tea Extracts in your cleanser will help to prevent dehydration (Renewing Cleanser).

PhytoCellTec™ Symphytum (comfrey stem cells) and Phytic Acid add deep cell hydration that plumps the cells helping to make them look and act lifted and younger. (Instant Radiance Serum)

Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and Spin Trap proteins help to prevent the water loss that is a side effect of natural aging. (Renewing Moisturizer)

For oily skin Sodium Hyaluronate helps to bind water to the skin’s cells. This ingredient in a moisturizing formulation is like giving oily skin a big drink of water, not oil. (Clarifying Moisturizer)

For people with excessively oily skin conditions that need the benefits of acne fighting ingredients as well as hydration a combination of Pythic Acid, grapefruit peel oil and Ascorbic Acid combined in a serum will hydrate without feeling like you're adding oil on oil. (Clarifying Matte Fluid)

Rose hip seed oil is a powerful anti-aging tool. It quickly absorbs into the skin replenishing moisture and creates a protective barrier on the skin to help prevent dehydration. (The Enhancing Neck & Décolleté Cream)

Lactic acid is a naturally occurring humectant for the skin helping to keep skin hydrated. As you can imagine body lotion containing this ingredient create a soft, smooth texture you'll love. (The Enhancing Lactic Hand and Body Lotion)

Shea butter increases cellular hydration & moisture retention. (The Enhancing Protective Cream)

A skin care regimen containing these key ingredients will very effectively boost the moisture levels in your skin. For days when a simple and quick fix is needed try layering on a serum under a moisturizer for double the protection to create beautifully nourished skin.

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As the anti-aging market continues to flourish staying knowledgeable about active ingredients is more important than ever. But despite all the newest discoveries in topical skincare one of the main power players in clinical studies remains Vitamin A derivatives Retinoids and Retinols). 

First studied in 1943 as a treatment for acne, Retinoic Acid suddenly found itself in the spotlight for other benefits - namely its effectiveness in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical Vitamin A has also been shown to help build collagen fibers within the skin in addition to a superficial exfoliation, which is why it is such a groundbreaking anti-aging ingredient in skin care.

A Retinoid varies in its chemical structure from a retinol. Retinoids can only be prescribed by a doctor and can be very tough on your skin. Retinol however, can be included in over-the-counter fromulations and is mainly found in serums and moisturizers. Anyone prone to dryness or sensitivity may not tolerate a retinoid very well but achieve great results in a much more gentle way with a retinol.There are many benefits of retinol and anyone who is serious about anti-aging, whether it be preventative or restorative, should have retinol in their anti-aging routine. Working together with an esthetician to achieve your skin goals with a professional grade Retinol peel treatment as well as maintaining your results at home with a nightly topical application of retinol will bring you the best results.

Although this ingredient has long been known for its benefits what continues to improve in cosmetic formulations are the delivery systems used to transport the active cosmeceutical in the skin to where you need it to be. The Institut' Dermed Vital A serum is formuated with micro encapsulated retinol- this micro-encapsulation is a nano-delivery system shell capsule that stabilizes the retinol and makes it more absorbable into the skin.  Diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promoting collagen production is not all this all star ingredient does either: additional benefits include lifting dark spots and softening rough patches of skin. We recommend using the Vital A serum every other day at first and then gradually working up to nightly applications. Over time, you will see some great results not only for diiminshing the signs of aging but also for discoloration and uneven skin tone, leaving your skin looking brighter, younger, and more alive.

Keep in mind that retinols will increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight so always wear a sunscreen daily.

Interested in a Retinol Peel and take home Vital A Serum? Check out this Spa Deal available during the month of March.

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There's no doubt that a facelift will achieve dramatic results, but not everyone wants to undergo surgery, and not everyone can afford the cost. But there are lots of other skin tightening options available today - from the gradual to the dramatic, with less downtime and a lower price point. Non-invasive skin tightening treatments are called non-invasive because they leave the surface of your skin unharmed. They work by inducing a wound response that triggers collagen production and remodeling over time.

Let's take a look at some of the more effective skin tightening options currently available:

Radiofrequency
Radiofrequency heats the skin tissue beneath the epidermis. A visible tightening effect can be seen right away and collagen production continues over time. Most clients report seeing best results in about 3 months - this is after a series of 6 to 10 treatments.

Radiofrequency with Microneedling
Fractional RF, such as the INTRAcel works by providing RF energy via microneedles exactly where it is needed to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose skin. This allows you to see results faster — usually in about 1 month. Best results are seen after a series of 3 treatments and results last longer - up to a year. There is no downtime. INTRAcel can be used on all skin types, it is also an excellent modality for treating acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks and photoaging.

Laser treatment
Cosmetic lasers can send heat deep into the skin without wounding the top layer of your skin. These lasers are non-ablative lasers that work deeper in the skin without removing or otherwise damaging the top layers and create a superficial tightening because the heat produced encourages collagen production. Treatment is usually recommended as a series of 3 to 6 procedures (depending on your skin condition) approximately 3 or 4 weeks apart. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes and there is no downtime.


Laser Resurfacing

This is a more intensive procedure with an ablative laser such as a CO2 laser, that actually vaporizes the top layers of damaged skin. This kind of Laser resurfacing does require some downtime. Usually 7 to 10 days. This type of laser treatment is very effective for tightening loose skin. It can also diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots on the skin, such as age spots.

Infrared
Infrared treatments utilize a pulsed broadband infrared source to heat deeper layers of the skin without compromising the surface of the skin. This heating activates fibroblasts signaling new collagen production and creating a tightening effect over time. Best results are usually seen after three to five treatments and continue to improve for up to 6 months.

Ultrasound
This is another modality that uses energy to deliver heat deep into the skin simulating a wound effect - which in turn can boost collagen production. Ultrasound is noninvasive but some side effects of treatment can include swelling, redness, soreness, bruising, and numbness. These effects are usually short-term. Ultrasound energy results can be seen after 1 treatment, and most people see a modest visible tightening after about 3 months.

Chemical Peels
A chemical peel such as the Institut' DERMed Supreme Lifting Peel (a TCA -Trichloroacetic Acid Peel) usually requires 5 to 7 days of downtime with peeling skin depending on the peel depth. TCA peels do tighten skin as well as even out skin color, remove sun damaged skin cells and soften fine lines and wrinkles.There are a variety of chemical peel depths, based on the concentration of the peel. A superficial peel will affect the epidermal layer only. A medium-depth peel will affect the epidermis and the upper dermis, and a deep chemical peel will go as deep as the dermis. Most chemical peels impact the surface layer of the skin, the epidermis, so results will vary depending on the individual skin type and condition.

OTC skin firming Serums and Moisturizers
There are a lot of over the counter products out there that promising a myriad of skin tightening results. Realistically you will see a change if a product contains a retinoid, such as retinol, (Institut' DERMed Vital A Serum, and Institut' DERMed Renewing Moisturizer) which can help your body make more collagen. Keep in mind that topical ingredients for skin-firming have subtle (but visible) results for diminishing the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles. Topical skincare products work best when used as an at home maintenance treatment that continues to support the professional treatment results.

Check out these and more Institut' DERMed Spa treatments here: Spa Treatments or call Institut' DERMed Spa in Atlanta at 404-261-5199 for a complimentary consultation.

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