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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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