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.
Acne Education Month
Acne usually appears in the teenage years, but some people begin to have acne in their 20's or 30's and sometimes Acne is a skin condition that stays for a long time! There are several reasons for acne: an increased production of sebum from sebaceous glands, abnormal increase of cornification in the hair follicle, proliferation of P. acne bacteria, genetic reasons and inflammatory reactions.
There are also several types of Acne - which are classified in grades from 1 to 4:
Whiteheads: stay under the surface of the skin. (Grade 1)
Blackheads: oxidized sebum trapped in the pores. (Grade 1)
Papules: small pink bumps that can be tender. (Grade1-2)
Pustules: red bumps at the bottom with pus on the top.(Grade 3)
Nodules: large painful solid pimples deep in the skin.(Grade 3-4)
Cysts: deep painful pus-filled pimples can cause scars.(Grade 4)
Acne affects approximately 17 million people and is the most dermatologic condition treated by physicians and estheticians within the United States. There are a number of treatments on the market today to treat acne these range from anti-biotics, to facial treatments such as chemical peels, to Laser, and most recently - INTRAcel RF Microneedling. These treatments are effective for treating the symptoms of acne.
In the Spa pore clarifying treatments combined with home care topical products are very effective in diminishing the appearance of acne prone skin. Acne means oil control is a must. The Institut' DERMed Clarifying Infusion Facial is recommended for combination, oily, excessively oily and congested skin types. This clarifying deep pore cleansing facial is designed to reduce the appearance of oily, congested skin with the clarifying ingredients necessary to help achieve a confidently clear complexion.
Long term results can be achieved with a skin care regimen at home containing oil controlling ingredients: a cleansing facial wash containing Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil helps acne prone skin decongest pores and remove oil, and a weekly Clarifying peel formulated with Pumpkin Enzymes and L-Lactic Acid combined with a weekly Clarifying Mask formulated with BioFense Probiotic® and Lichochalcone® will absorb oil and decongest pores ensuring your skin will remain clean and clear. It's important to note that a gentle oil-free moisturizer is important to help restore moisture balance.
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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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Treatment Spotlight: Complexion Perfection Treatments
Perfect for Back to School!
How to Choose the Right Facial for You
With so many treatment options, selecting a facial for your skin can feel like a tricky task. Basic facials are great for most skin types and conditions, dry to oily, and will contain a corrective cleansing and toning, an exfoliation, mask, infusion serum, and moisturizer with product selections customized for your skin. Let’s break down the basic facial menu by skin condition and the results you’re looking for.
Esthetic equipment treatments are causing waves in the skin care industry. Why?
Because a single session gives instant, yes instant, results!
The latest advances in the Clinical skincare market require virtually no downtime and a single session gives instant, yes instant, results! Treatments can be performed in under an hour and as an added bonus, they're just about pain-free.
Some of the hottest non-invasive approaches to skin care are currently available at the Spa, here are our Top 5: