Posts Tagged ‘complexion’

Ultherapy

Ultherapy-RejuvenateRx-1Ultherapy  (by UltheraTM) lifts and tightens!

This non-surgical procedure is for the face, neck and décolletage. It stimulates the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten the skin over time. The use of FDA-cleared micro-focused ultrasound technology enables us to see and then treat the deepest support layers of the skin. This approach allows for the same results typically addressed in cosmetic surgery without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

With just one Ultherapy treatment at Rejuvenate Rx the lifting process is initiated. The effect however, will build gradually over the course of two to three months as new, stronger collagen is created. Further improvements can even appear up to twelve months following a single Ultherapy procedure as the collagen-building process continues. Stop by our office in Wandermere West or call us at (509)290-6149 to learn more about Ulthera in Spokane.

 

Dermaplaning at Rejuvenate Rx

Our clients absolutely love dermaplaning!

Dermaplaning is a great way to exfoliate down to newer skin using a fine blade to remove old skin cells.   Although it is a very effective treatment, few people are aware of this technique and fewer practitioners perform it.   Dermaplaning requires medical equipment and specialized training to perform properly.

Despite the skill set needed to perform it, dermaplaning is a very simple, safe and effective treatment.  Nowadays, many medical estheticians and physicians choose dermaplaning as their method of choice for clinical exfoliation.   This technique also allows  superior product penetration when coupled with other medical-grade exfoliation procedures.  As an added bonus say “Good-bye” to facial fuzz and “Hello” to gorgeous makeup.

Want to improve texture, tone, pigmentation, hydration and fine lines all in one treatment?  Dermaplaning is outstanding by itself however at Rejuvenate Rx we use it principally as the first step in our rejuvenating treatment known as the SkinCeuticals MicroPeel.    Come in to try this premier anti-aging corrective skin care treatment (affectionately known as “the peel without any peeling.”) There is no downtime; your skin will not be red or irritated and the results are spectacular.

Consultations are complimentary.  Come in and see us or call (509)290-6149 to find out more.

Summer Skin Tips

Warm temperatures and longer days keep your mood light but acne flares can become an issue in the summertime.

Higher temperatures can increase facial oil production which can lead to clogged pores; contributing to black heads and breakouts.   Sweating also contributes to inflammation which can worsen acne.

A few simple changes to your skin regimen can help control summer skin problems.

1)      Gentle yet diligent–Wash your face with a non-drying foaming or lotion cleanser twice a day.  Avoid harsh soaps and toners which can dry out the superficial skin layers and stimulate more oil production.  You may want to let your cleanser set on your skin for a minute or two prior to rinsing.

2)      Unplug—a quality clay mask a few times a week is great for absorbing oil and clearing pores.

3)      Go lightly or skip—a lighter moisturizer or hydrating gel is usually enough to keep your skin happy.  Many skip moisturizers altogether in the summer.  Drinking plenty of water will help  keep your skin plump and soft.

4)      Protect—Use a gentle facial sunscreen daily.  Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30.  Try a tinted mineral sunscreen.  Mineral sunscreens are great because they reflect UV radiation rather than absorbing the rays and causing heat damage to the skin.

5)      Seek guidance—Come see us at Rejuvenate Rx for a little help if your acne continues to bother.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

–Dr. Gwyn

Happenings at Rejuvenate Rx

Since we, “the new kids in town” opened in June of 2012 we have been growing and garnering recognition as the “place to go” for corrective skincare, injectables and esthetic services in Spokane and the surrounding areas.

We’ve added some services including eyelash extensions and spider vein treatments.  Plus, you’ve been telling your friends about Dr. Gwyn’s skills at BotoxTM, JuvedermTM; and removing age spots and other sun damage with her special treatments.

Now we are entering into another phase of our evolution:  A new location!  We couldn’t be more excited about joining the premiere businesses at the Wandemere Village West (picture Starbucks, Mel’s, Sweet Frostings…) We expect to transition to the new space in mid-May.  We will be expanding our available days, hours and staff once we are in our new home.

We are grateful for your friendship and support–and definitely enjoying this ride. Come join in the fun!

 

Loving care for your lash extensions

 

Full, lush eyelashes can be yours in one appointment at Rejuvenate Rx.  Eyelash extensions are individual lashes attached to your own lashes using a special bonding agent.  Once affixed, your extensions will grow along with your natural lash growth cycle.  We put together some tips to make your lash extensions a success.

When setting your appointment: Expect to spend a little over 2 hours for a full set of lashes.  Fill appointments are typically 1 hour in length.

Before your appointment:  Remove your makeup if possible.  If not, we will remove your makeup for you at the time of your appointment.   The lash adhesive works better on lashes that are completely free of any residues or oils.

After your appointment:

1)      After each application, whether a full set or a “fill,” avoid getting your lashes wet for 48 hours.

2)      Avoid saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools and hot tubs for 48 hours.

3)      Avoid “drenching” work outs for 48 hours.

4)      Use eye make-up and removers that are oil-free

5)      Avoid waterproof make-up, especially waterproof mascara.

6)      Wearing less make-up is better for your lash extensions.

7)      Resist urges to pull or tug on your lashes.  If your lashes are crisscrossing, use a lash wand to brush them straight from root to tip. We will provide you with a wand at your appointment.

8)      Keep your extensions beautiful and well-maintained by keeping your lash-fill appointments every 2-3 weeks.

Enjoy your beautiful lashes!  Give us a call at (509)290-6149 if you would like more information.

–Kim Jarrell, LE
Clinical Director at Rejuvenate RxLash Extensions before and after

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Cute cheeks with VolumaTM at Rejuvenate Rx

Wrinkles and age spots aren’t the only problems as we age. There is another large part of the aging equation: Volume loss.  Volume loss in the cheeks causes our faces to flatten which causes the skin on our faces to migrate lower and look saggy.

Before Juvederm Voluma XC and 1 month post-treatment. A total of 3.5 ml was injected into the cheek area.

Enter VolumaTM from Allergan.  VolumaTM is the first and only FDA approved filler to add volume to the cheek area, mainly on the cheek bone.  VolumaTM gives you back lifted, youthful, cute cheeks for up to 2 years.   There is very little, if any recovery time and your results are instant.

We are happy to share with you more information over the phone or in complimentary office consultation.  Give us a call at (509)290-6149.

–Dr. Gwyn

Rejuvenate Rx’s Holiday Open House— we are so thankful for YOU!

You have become our friends and cheerleaders. We are so grateful for your respect and confidence in referring us to your friends and family… these are true gifts.

We are especially excited we’ll get a chance to hang out with you at our open house on Thursday, December 12th from 4-6 pm. AKA, “the gratitude party”. We want to treat you to special deals just for you, swag bags, chair massages, cool demos and groovy prize.  There will be some yummy snacks and champagne (which is always a plus.)

Let’s celebrate a year’s hard work and joy moments, and toast a new year of fabulous, healthy skin.

Can’t wait to see you there!

–Dr. Gwyn, Kim and Chris at Rejuvenate Rx

Are you angry?

Glabellar lines (also called frown lines) are vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows as we get older.  Over time, repeated muscle contraction combined with less skin elasticity results in those lines becoming visible even when we are not frowning.   As we age, muscles may also develop some residual tonicity (incomplete muscle relaxation) that makes the creases visible even when we are “relaxed.”

What to do about it?

Refraining from knitting your eyebrows is one technique for avoiding glabellar creases.  This may work for those of us who are able to employ this strategy.  I tend to knit my brows at the slightest need for concentration (epic fail on that one although I did try.)

Proper skin care, good hydration, sunglasses and healthy lifestyle choices may help decrease the appearance of the lines once they appear however there is no evidence to suggest that they are treatments for glabellar lines in and of themselves.

A neuromodulator such as Botoxtm is far and away the best treatment for glabellar creases.   These medications block nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions and allow the muscles to relax.  The overlying skin is then able to smooth out; improving or eliminating those glabellar creases.   A typical treatment with Botoxtm  for the glabellar area is 20 units for women and 30 units for men; but remember that the amount of Botoxtm  needed to achieve the desired result varies from person to person.

You should also know that Botoxtm  takes 3 days to take effect and 14 days before the full effect is reached;  therefore, you should always return to your injector after two weeks to determine if your results are optimal or if a little more medication is needed.   Once you are optimally treated, the effects of Botoxtm will generally last from 3-5 months, depending on how actively you contract your muscles and other factors such as exercise and metabolism.  You can plan for treatment 3-4 times a year as a guide.

“I have never met anyone who’s had Botoxtm  done well who didn’t want to do it again.”

–Dr. Gwyn  @ Rejuvenate Rx—your prescription for healthy skin

 

Ah autumn! (And Acne?)

Crisp air, warm fireplaces, beautiful foliage, acne breakouts……Yes, fall is the season of acne flares.  The cooler, drier weather pulls moisture from the surface of the skin.  Oils become a little more viscous and sluggish when moving up through the pores.  The result is more dead skin cells on the surface and more plugged pores below; not a good combination for those of us who are prone to acne.

I would like to share some tips for curbing the willingness of our skin to misbehave in the cooler weather.

#1—Don’t over-dry your skin.  I know the tendency is to use harsher, drying acne formulations when our skin is breaking out.  But don’t!  This only increases the amount of dry skin cells on the surface.  Your skin senses dehydration and produces even more oil which promotes bacterial activity.  Use low foaming or even lotion cleansers.

#2–Exfoliate but don’t traumatize your skin.  Use smooth, round exfoliating beads rather than sharp, ground seed pods (like apricot shells.)  Use salicylic-acid products to promote gentle cell by cell exfoliation without over-drying your skin.  Now would also be the time to get a professional facial that includes a mild chemical peel.

#3—Moisturize your skin.   Use a light moisturizing lotion for daytime and a heavier, more emollient moisturizer at night.  Apply the moisturizer after cleaning your face while the skin is still damp to seal in precious moisture.  I prefer to skip the moisturizers that have alpha-hydroxy acids in them; instead I prefer to use cleansers that have salicylic or alpha-hydroxy acids (that are then rinsed off.)

#4—Spot treat with formulations that contain salicylic acid rather than benzoyl peroxide.  Salicylic acid penetrates the spot without over-drying your skin the way BP can.

If you are still struggling with unresolved complexion issues please give us a call (509)290-6149 for other treatments, including prescription solutions.  Consultations are always complimentary.  At Rejuvenate Rx we love working with you to clear up acne and promote beautiful healthy skin.

Enjoy every season!

–Dr. Gwyn

Chemical Peels, the Unsung Heroes in Skin Rejuvenation

They may have fallen off the radar screens among those sexy sounding laser procedures for skin anti-aging techniques;   but the simple truth behind the power of chemical peels is “They work.”

Chemical Peels have been clinically shown to build collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin.  The dermis is the layer of skin that “plumps from within.”  Chemical Peels also cause rapid exfoliation of millions of layers of dead skin cells and speed cellular turnover—hence the radiance and glowing complexion.  Over time, chemical peels are your best ally against hyperpigmentation and blotchiness, especially when specifically formulated with anti-pigmentation ingredients.   Acne is another condition that benefits greatly from clinical chemical peels.

An even nicer truth about certain chemical peels such as SkinCeuticals MicroPeels TM is that they leave your skin smooth, hydrated and glowing.  There is no down time.  There is no redness or flaking.

Last, but not least:  The cost of a series of MicroPeels is much less than a single laser treatment and certainly less than a series of laser treatments.

If you would like to know more about our anti-aging treatments at Rejuvenate Rx, please call us at (509)290-6149.  –Dr. Gwyn