Posts Tagged ‘sun damage’

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.

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!

 

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

Exfoliation Exposed

We are always eager to increase the turnover and sloughing of dull skin cells that are sitting on our skin’s surface.  There are right ways and wrong ways to attempt to do this.

Mechanical exfoliants such as scrubs and exfoliating “gadgets” can provide exfoliation, however if the superficial skin cells are too adherent to the surface, you will end up disrupting the skin’s barrier, leading to moisture loss and further exacerbation of your rough or dry skin condition. Worse, if you use scrubs made of shells, seeds or other “non-smooth” substances you add scratches and abrasions to the mix of already unhappy skin.

Your best bet is to seek consultation with a skin care specialist who can evaluate your skin type and condition to develop a program of clinical and home-based skin care solutions.  Give us a call if you would like to know more. 

–Dr. Gwyn @ Rejuvenate Rx 509-290-6149

Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection

Interesting article on how foods can help protect our skin from sun damage—Dr. Gwyn

Skin of Color

Skin of Color – A tasty twist on sun protection

May 17, 2013

By: NAISSAN WESLEY, M.D., Skin & Allergy News Digital Network

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In an effort to improve sun protection and curb skin cancer, dermatologists are doing a better job of educating patients of all skin types about the consequences of UV damage. Sunscreen manufacturers also continue to develop more elegant formulations of both chemical and physical blockers that do not leave a whitish hue on darker skin.

But what about some other, lesser-known innovative ways we can protect ourselves without looking chalky?

Just in time for summer, here’s some food for thought.

Strawberries, as well as other darker-colored berries, are known to contain polyphenols that are antioxidants. Researchers in Italy and Spain tested a strawberry extract on cultured human fibroblasts to see whether there was a photoprotective effect. They added strawberry extract in different concentrations (0.05, 0.25, and 0.5 mg/mL) to all but the control group. They then exposed the samples to a dose of UV light “equivalent to 90 minutes of midday summer sun in the French Riviera,” said lead investigator Maurizio Battino. Strawberry extract, especially at a concentration of 0.5 mg/mL, provided UVA protection, and not only boosted cell survival and viability, but also minimized DNA damage, compared with the effects on control cells (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2012;60:2322-70). Perhaps there will be topical sunscreens that contain strawberry extract in the future.

Other foods high in antioxidants that have been considered to have potential sun-protective benefits include bell peppers (red, yellow, green) and yellow squash (high in carotenoids); tomatoes and watermelon (high in lycopene); dark berries such as blueberries, acai, blackberries, and cranberries (rich in anthocyanin); turmeric root (curcumin); pomegranate (ellagic acid); green and black tea (catechins); dark cocoa (flavenols); green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale (xanthophylls, oxygenated carotenoids); and fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, and sardines (omega-3 fatty acids).

Of course, just because certain foods have protective benefits does not mean we can advise patients to eat some fruits and veggies and then go lie in the sun sans sunscreen. These foods are not a replacement for the more common methods of sun protection, but they certainly contribute to overall health and, by extension, to healthy skin of all types.

This column, “Skin of Color,” appears regularly in Skin & Allergy News, a publication of Frontline Medical Communications. Dr. Wesley practices dermatology in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scan the QR code to read this column online at skinandallergynews.com.

What Lies Beneath…

It’s time to work on correcting your accumulated sun damage! If you correct the sun damage now, you will not only improve the appearance of your skin but you also lessen the chances of needing skin-cancer surgery later! SkinCeuticals’ program of advanced home-care products, professional treatments and clinical procedures reverse the damage to your skin caused by sun exposure. –Dr. Gwyn

 

 

The Destructive Duo: Blemishes and Aging

Many of us suffered through acne during our teen years with reassurances that the acne would “only be for a few more years.”   “It’ll go away soon dear,” was the advice we heard from our parents, family members and even our doctors.

For some of us, those reassuring words were true.  For others of us…..not so much.   For some reason we continue to be plagued with the acne scourge well past our teens, twenties and even into our thirties, forties and fifties.   Somewhere in our thirties and forties onward we also have to pay more attention to sun damage and other skin changes associated with aging.

SkinCeuticals Blemish and Age Defense serum is a novel acne treatment that pairs blemish therapy/prevention with the benefits of anti-aging properties.  The formulation has been shown to reduce sebum production, decrease the growth of P.acnes bacteria, minimize hyperpigmentation and fight inflammation.  It also promotes efficient and uniform exfoliation of dead skin cells, and thus keeps pores clear and complexion bright.  In fact, in a recent head-to- head study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology in June 2012 Blemish and Age Defense out performed a popular prescription acne therapy.  Blemish and Age Defense  is a great therapy for teenagers as well; after all, it’s never too early to prevent skin damage!

For more information, call us or visit our website at Rejuvenate-Rx.com   –Dr. Gwyn