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Friday, 02 February 2018 22:22

Trending Now - Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Trending Now - Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

What it is:

Himalayan salt stone massage is a leading edge technique in the healing massage arts.  Using organically charged, mineral rich salt crystal stones to heal and balance your body’s energy centers and central nervous system the many benefits reported are more restful sleep, reduced inflammation, easing of muscle tension, stress and helping to detoxify your body.  

How it works:

Unlike traditional hot stone massage the minerals of the salt stones are absorbed into the skin as the therapist glides them along.  Also unlike hot stones, the Himalayan Salt Stones may be used hot or cold and are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial.

There are 84 minerals that enrich each salt crystal stone and, when used as an extension of your massage therapist’s hands, combined with a light blend of jojoba oil and clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils they deliver a truly unforgettable massage.  Besides the therapeutic healing effect the stones are also lightly exfoliating, removing dead skin cells and promoting healthy skin.  

What it does:

On a spiritual level this is a treatment that will leave you feeling more energized and centered in your body, mind, and spirit.  The magnetic qualities of the stones help to draw away negative energy and restore balance and inner peace. As with all massage therapy, the benefits of Himalayan salt stone massage are increased when you receive it on a regular basis.

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is available now at Institut' DERMed Spa in Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:24

How to Maintain a Youthful Complexion

The aging process begins when we enter the world and the effects of aging are evident in our bodies throughout our lives. Aging of the skin is mainly due to solar exposure and loss of hormones.  Depending on your age, skin type, genetic makeup, and sun exposure you may have begun to see the effects of skin damage including lines, wrinkles, and age spots. While we are aging daily it is typically individuals over 35 years of age that begin to see these effects of aging reflected in the mirror.

The sun is also a major culprit in the skin-aging process.  Ultraviolet (UV) radiation accounts for 90 percent of the symptoms of premature skin aging, resulting in lines and wrinkles, lentigos (brown freckles), telangiectases (dilated capillaries), acne and dry complexion.


After many years of research, scientists, dermatologists and plastic surgeons have discovered that a variety of natural ingredients and vitamin extracts significantly help slow down and even reverse the signs of aging skin.  Many topical products are now formulated to moisturize and hydrate the skin, lessen fine lines, reduce roughness and pigmentation, and protect the skin from sun damage.
 
If visibly reducing the signs of aging is your main skin concern look for Ingredients in your skin care products such as:

Vitamin A (Retinol) - Topical Vitamin A has been suggested to help build collagen fibers within the skin in addition to its more superficial exfoliating property. This is the basis for its use in minimizing the appearance of fine wrinkle lines. Retin-A was the first popular agent intended for acne treatment, but widely sought as a cosmetic agent to reduce wrinkles.

Vitamin C - Vitamin C or ascorbic acid acts as an antioxidant and is considered vital in wound healing because it aids in stabilizing collagen. When applied topically, vitamin C can reduce fine lines and wrinkles and may lessen the severity of sunburns.

Vitamin E is another antioxidant that has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. When applied topically, vitamin E can improve moisturization, softness and smoothness and also provide modest photo protection.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) - AHAs are designed to smooth fine lines and surface wrinkles, to improve skin texture and tone, unblock and cleanse pores,  improve oily skin or acne, and to improve the skin’s condition in general.

Glycolic Acid - Glycolic acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs) in skin care, plumping cells and reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Glycolic acid is also very effective in the treatment of acne.

Peptides - Peptides are the latest scientific breakthrough in skin rejuvenation. Copper has been found to naturally firm the skin, enhance elasticity, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydroquinone - Repeated exposure to UV radiation from the sun causes premature skin aging. This photo-aging is characterized by wrinkles, mottled pigmentation, dry and rough skin and loss of skin tone. Treatment with topical Hydroquinone, a potent tyrosinase inhibitor, helps to “turn off” melanocyte cell activity.

Chromabright – Is a relatively new patented active molecule for skin brightening without the cytotoxicity of hydroquinone. Photo protective Chromabright is proven to have higher melanogenesis inhibition than Arbutin, MAP, and Kojic Acid and the same depigmenting effect as hydroquinone.

PhytoCellTec™ Symphytum - (Comfrey Stem Cells) commonly known as Gotu Kola, is derived from the roots and leaves of the plant scientifically known as Hydrocotyle Centella asiatica provides for recharging the youthfulness of the skin.

It may be impossible to stop the aging process, but with the knowledge of effective ingredients and products, it is now possible to look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.

Friday, 01 December 2017 22:20

How Collagen Rejuvenation Treatments Work

Collagen 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 a cut, burn or an abrasion our body goes into a healing response and 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 two types in particular, Type I and Type III Collagen, 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 wound 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 soft and supple, enabling it to repair very quickly when injured. As we enter adulthood production of Type III Collagen slows and the production of Type I Collagen begins to increase. Type I Collagen continues to build until we reach the age of around thirty-five and then starts to decrease.

This is when true aging begins. Existing collagen degrades and the formation of new collagen decreases.  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 stimulated with what we call a controlled injury.  When the face is cut, for example, Type I and Type III Collagen are released to repair the wound. This is the body’s normal wound-healing response.  It is this normal wound-healing response that treatments such as Micro-Needling, RadioFrequency, IPL and Clinical Peels 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.  It becomes plumper and suppler, wrinkles and scars diminish,  skin tightens,  uneven skin texture is smoothed, pore size appears smaller, and blemishes fade. With each treatment more new collagen is produced and the overall quality of the skin continues to improve.  

What are the after effects?

Topicals for home skin care maintenance are recommended to extend results and of course to continue to protect the collagen you have.

Vital A Serum contains L-Retinol that helps to promote collagen production and slow down the loss of elastin in skin tissue. The exfoliation effect of Vital A Serum also removes the dead skin cell layers and improves acne as well.

Vital C Serum (ascorbic acid) is essential for the synthesis of collagen.  In fact collagen cannot be built without vitamin C and its antioxidant properties make it a vital ingredient for skin health.  Studies have shown that maximal absorption in the skin is achieved with a 20% vitamin C solution. Although not a suncscreen Vitamin C is also recommended for it's antioxidant activity that limits the damage caused by UV exposure.

Sunscreen.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 22:21

Moisturizing strategies for Fall and Winter

Under normal conditions ideal hydration of the skin is maintained when the surface of the skin contains 20% water and the lower layers of the epidermis contain 70%. This ensures lubrication and protection of the natural moisture barrier of the skin. We call this the Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF).

The NMF is composed of water-soluble substances that attract water to the skin and help to retain water as well, keeping the hydration of the skin balanced. When this normal moisture balance of the skin is disrupted, particularly during seasonal changes, the quantity of the NMF diminishes leading to dehydrated skin cells and an uncomfortable complexion.

In the winter when the humidity is the air is low, water evaporates through the skin leading to dehydration. Dehydrated skin cells not only accelerate aging but also increase the sensitivity of the skin as well.  Just as you would layer your body with clothing to protect it when you go outside in cold weather, it's important to "dress" your skin as well. Think of your moisturizer like an overcoat that protects the skin from being exposed to the dehydrating elements.

Moisturizing ingredients such as Tea Extracts contain potent anti-oxidants in high concentrations for the ultimate in skin protection;  Sunflower, Olive Squalene and Soy Bean Oil are very effective added ingredients for slowing the evaporation of water contained in the skin and helping to lubricate and protect the moisture barrier of the skin; Spin Trap proteins help to prevent the natural oxidation that can occur and also help to prevent the water loss that is a side effect of natural aging.

Oily skin can also lack hydration in the winter months leading to an overproduction of sebum. Keeping the sebum and the hydration just right can be a balancing act but failing to do so can actually create an overproduction of sebum. Look for a light weight, deep cell hydrating cream that will help to maintain the moisture balance in the tissues and signal the brain to stop sending too much sebum to the surface of the skin. Ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil are antibacterial and Glycosaminoglycan's (water-binding polysaccharides) support collagen production; Sodium Hyaluronate will help to bind water to the skin’s cells. For people with excessively oily skin conditions look for Pythic Acid (a natural plant antioxidant from bran), grapefruit peel oil and Ascorbic Acid that all work together help acneic skin conditions while  healing and moisturizing.

Changing seasons are a great time to visit your esthetician and have your skin analyzed and your moisturizing routine reviewed and adjusted for best results for your skin type.
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:16

Undo the Effects of Too Much Summer Fun



Summer fun and sun can take a toll on your skin but the right products and treatments can work wonders to counter balance the effects of too many UVA/UVB light rays.

Sun exposure can result in hyperpigmentation, patchy skin color or a blotchy complexion. Now is the perfect time of year to help pigmentation problems caused bye by sun damage with a regimen of professional peels.

Natural peeling agents (AHA's and BHA's, such as those contained in the Institut' DERMed Micro Lifting Peel) can help to slough off damaged skin cells and encourage an environment for new skin cells. Ingredients such as Ascorbic Acid -  a vitamin C designed to prevent skin discoloration and assist with boosting collagen production; Malic Acid -a alpha hydroxy acid that is naturally found in fruits such as apples and works as an exfoliant on the skin; Papain Enzymes - fruit enzymes from papaya, that are gentle yet effective exfoliants; and Salicylic acid that helps to shed the outer layer of dead skin cells as well as dissolve the oil that clogs pores. All of these ingredients also brighten and even the skin tone and texture.

Fall is the season for professional skin peels and you can continue your path to healthy skin at home with skin-brightening serums—Vital C Serum: a high potency L-ascorbic acid serum or Chromabright Serum: an alternative to hydroquinone fromulated with Chromanyl Palmitate to help fade dark discoloration.

Monday, 21 August 2017 20:15

Mobile Beauty is the Latest Trend

Whether it's because you want to try before you buy or buy before you fly product kits in smaller sizes are a trend that is here to stay. Women are more mobile than ever placing smaller travel-size items in high demand.

Skin care products are becoming more conveniently sized because women want convenience when they are on the move. Favorite products in both large and small sizes mean one can be kept at home and one packed for travel so skin care regimens can be adhered to regardless of where you are spending the night.

On the go product favorites in smaller sizes for a purse, a vacation or work travel have fueled the trend but savvy consumers are also less willing to buy a larger size without trying a product first. Smaller versions of an unknown product are a safe bet when it comes to trying new things and less of an investment.

Institut DERMed top-selling travel-size treatment kits include everything you need for a complete treatment in a kit. Cleanse with the corrective Cleanser (2oz size); balance  with the correctiveToner (2oz); transform with a corrective Serum, Moisturize with an antioxidant complex; and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a Peel for a refined, youthful complexion.

Kits come in 4 categories covering any skin condition: Renewing for aging to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles; Brightening to even the skin tone for a revitalized, luminous complexion; Clarifying to help reduce the appearance of oily skin for a clean, clear complexion; Soothing to balance and calm sensitive skin.
Thursday, 06 July 2017 20:13

Summer Acne

Institut Dermed Summer Acne Acne breakouts occur when there is an excess of of dirt and oil clogging the pores. Clogged pores promote the proliferation of the bacteria responsible for pimples and  pustules. Summer heat and humidity can intensify oil production and things can get out of control quickly. We've got the perfect summer resolutions to help keep your acne prone skin clear of breakouts.

Topical serums such as Glycolic Serum formulated with Glycolic Acid - an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from fermented rhubarb and Sodium PCA - a non-comedogenic natural humectant and effective moisture-binding agent that preserves the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of the skin or our Totarol Serum formulated with Totarol Extract - derived from the Totara Tree in New Zealand, used as a gentle alternative to benzoyl peroxide and Tea Tree Oil - also known as melaleuca help to control excess oil.  

An at home Spa treatment once a week of a Clarifying Peel formulated with Pumpkin Enzymes and L-Lactic Acid helps to exfoliate and decongest clogged pores. Follow with a Clarifying Mask formulated with Bio-Fense Probiatic® and Lichochalcone® to absorb oil and decongest pores, and your skin will remain clean and clear.

Don't forget it's very important to protect your skin from UV damage so apply sunblock daily, an application formulated with zinc oxide won't clog your pores.


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Monday, 19 June 2017 19:44

Glycolic & Your Skin

Powerhouse ingredients like Glycolic are a great addition to your skin care regimen. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane and is part of a group of acids that are extracted from natural sources. Glycolic acid is one of the most popular AHA’s and is commonly used as an exfoliant to remove the build-up of dead skin cells. It works by dissolving the oil that holds dead skin cells on the skin’s surface.

Glycolic acid is the most useful AHA for cosmetic treatments because of its small molecular structure that allows for greater penetration in the skin. Spa treatments with glycolic work to refine your skins texture. Glycolic accelerates exfoliation and helps to stimulate the skin cell renewal process. By shedding dead skin cells and speeding up the regeneration of new, fresh skin cells, pores will be decongested, uneven skin tone brightened and the skin will appear more firm. 

For smooth skin on the body, a body wash formulated with glycolic acid will clarify and soften the skin. A formulation such as the Institut' DERMed Enhancing Glycolic Body Wash includes shea butter in the ingredient deck to nourish and increase skin softness. After showering applying a glycolic lotion helps to reduce dry, patchy areas and small bumps on the body.  

The Enhancing Glycolic body Wash is actually a mild body peel that the client can give to themselves at home. It helps rejuvenate the skin by encouraging the shedding of old and damaged, surface skin cells. It helps reduce the appearance of acne conditions on the chest and the back. It improves skin tone and helps to reduce the appearance of dark skin spots.  The Enhancing Glycolic Body Lotion contains Apricot kernel oil, a very light and gentle oil used in creams and lotions to balance, nourish, rehydrate and lubricate the skin. It’s rich in gamma linoleic acid and vitamin A and E, which soothe the skin and help to slow the signs of aging. This combination of ingredients means that dead skin cells are gently removed from dry skin and the right level of moisture is maintained.

You may experience a rosy flush or feel a slight tingle after using these products and that's perfectly normal. Glycolic products and treatments can have amazing benefits for your skin, consult with your esthetician on the best skin care ingredients for your skin type and condition.
Monday, 13 March 2017 18:48

Skin Hydration

Strengthening your skin’s ability to retain moisture is the key to youthful looking skin.  Understanding your skin's natural moisture level is understanding that it can fluctuate depending on your skin type and the kind of environmental exposures your skin is exposed to. 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.

There's no doubt that the more hydrated your skin is, the more youthful it will look and the better it will feel. Certain ingredients in your skin care products are powerhouse moisture retention aids. If skin dehydration is an issue for you (or you want to help prevent the dehydration that can come with aging skin) look for these ingredients in your product choices:

Hyaluronic Acid and Green Tea Extracts in your cleanser will help to prevent dehydration.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Shea butter increases cellular hydration & moisture retention.

A skin care regimen containing these key ingredients will very effectively boost the moisture levels in your skin.

For a simple and quick fix focus on layering a serum with a moisturizer to create beautifully nourished skin.

Institut’ DERMed Spa is first in Atlanta with the INTRAcel Fractional RF Microneedling, FRM™ treatment.

The INTRAcel Fractional RadioFrequency Microneedling, FRM™ is the latest technology for skin tightening.

 INTRAcel uses fractional radio frequency combined with insulated micro-needles to treat wrinkles, sagging jawlines, neck laxity, crow’s feet, acne scars, various skin irregularities, photo aging and the reduction of stretch marks.

institutdermed intracel machineINTRAcel uniquely treats the exact area required through specially designed insulated micro-needles that deliver the RF energy specifically where it is needed without causing any damage to the epidermis. The RadioFrequency energy transmitted stimulates the fibroblasts resulting in the production of new collagen. The treatment is suitable for all skin types and skin tones.

Founder of Institut' DERMed, Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is very excited about the addition of the INTRAcel RF technology to the Institut' DERMed Spa treatment menu.  "I have done much research in the arena of MicroNeedling and Radio Frequency and to have a modality that combines both and has demonstrated such visible results is really exciting", Ross said. "We can select and combine the ideal energy needed to achieve the best results to address the skin care needs of our clientele. It's really remarkable".

INTRAcel combines three effective treatments: Mono-pola and, Bi-polar radio frequency energy and micro-needling. It uses insulated needle electrodes to deliver RF energy below the skin. The spacing of the needles means that healthy skin is preserved which facilitates rapid healing and growth of new tissue.

You can treat the face, neck, décolleté and other parts of the body.  Immediate results are experienced from the INTRAcel treatment with a visible tightening and lifting continuing over time as more collagen is produced.


INTRAcel is effective for treating:

Fine lines and wrinkles
Loss of elasticity
Poor skin tone and texture
Enlarged pores
Acne scars
Skin laxity

What does the treatment involve?
You may experience a prickling sensation as the machine head is passed over the skin.  A topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to treatment for added comfort. During the treatment radio frequency heat energy is delivered into the upper middle layers of the skin stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. What this means for you is firmer, thicker, rejuvenated skin without the downtime associated with other more invasive treatments.

How long does it take?
30 to 45 minutes.

Best results are achieved with a series of 3 treatments. Results usually peak 6 months after your final treatment and can last for up to 2 years. 

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