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Revision Finishing Touch

Revision Finishing Touch

Summer is right around the corner! Get your skin glowing and soft with our newest physical exfoliator, Finishing Touch by Revision.  This innovative facial scrub removes dead, dehydrated skin cells for an immediate soft, smooth appearance. Finishing Touch exfoliates skin using Polynesian Volcanic Black Sand and an ultra-fine pumice that is gentle on the skin. Freshwater Silt helps maintain hydration rather than stripping our skin and also helps with the absorption of impurities. Blackheads, be gone! We recommend using Finishing Touch 1-2 times per week. This scrub is a new must have for your skincare routine!

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Have you heard…? SkinSpeaks is now carrying SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel!!!

Hydrating B5 gel is a wonderful compliment to any moisturizer!  Its two main ingredients are hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer present in the skin that attracts and binds to water, and vitamin B5, a natural humectant that boosts your skins repair function.   There are many factors that can deplete moisture from your skin (a.k.a Minnesota weather!), causing it to feel dehydrated and aged. Adding in this moisturizing boost can help your skin to feel hydrated, smooth and supple.  This oil-free moisturizer can also be used solo for the more oily and acne prone skin.  Hydrating B5 gel is compatible with all skin types.  Stop into SkinSpeaks today to see what the buzz is about!!!

Hydrating B5 Gel

The Importance of Year Round Sunscreen

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Are you still using your favorite sunscreen, even for these late winter/early spring months?  Here are a few reasons why it’s important to use sunscreen year around.

There are different types of UV rays, the most common being UVA and UVB. UVA rays are present and the same strength year round, regardless of the season. They penetrate more deeply than UVB rays and cause premature aging and skin damage. UVB rays are the rays that cause skin to redden and burn. They are not as strong during the winter, so that means you most likely won’t get sunburned and you also will have no warning signs when you’ve had too much exposure.  With snow on the ground that increases your exposure because the snow reflects the sun’s rays, which can result in a double dose of exposure.  So  get into a good routine of using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily.  Ask our SkinSpeaks team for a recommendation today!

Acne and Wrinkles?!? Not fair! SkinCeuticals to the Rescue!

We can’t wait for you to try our newest product, SkinCeuticals Blemish+Age Defense.

Do you feel like you’re the only one fighting breakouts and wrinkles at the same time? You are not alone! It is one of the most frustrating battles, not knowing whether to hydrate your skin or spot treat acne breakouts. This is why we can’t wait for you to try our latest and greatest product from SkinCeuticals! This breakthrough product fights both pesky breakouts and the nagging signs of aging. Blemish + Age Defense is an oil free approach to improving the appearance of aging skin and skin prone to breakouts. This amazing product contains a proprietary blend of gentle and effective acids to reduce the formation of acne and clogged pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. Blemish + Age Defense can be used on all skin types, but acne prone, combination, and aging skin will especially love it!

Here are a few comments from some faithful users. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it too!

“I love that it is a two in one product! Anything that works this well and can save time and money being a double treatment, I’m all for it! Acne as well as an anti-aging, you can’t beat it!” –J. C.

“I love how lightweight the product is. It feels so fresh and absorbs quickly. I noticed a difference in my skin within a few days!” –S. M.

“Blemish + Age serum has truly changed my complexion. Since I began using it, I have noticed a dramatic difference. My face is clearer, smoother, and fresher. It is my new all-time favorite product!” -C. C.

As always, call us at 952.435.6565 if you would like information on how to purchase SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense!

Blemish + Age Defense

3 Winter Skincare Mistakes

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Slacking on exfoliation-

Winter is an especially important time to exfoliate. By removing dead skin cells, moisturizers can actually penetrate deeper providing the extra hydration it needs.

Over moisturizing-

Our harsh Minnesota winters can really stress our skin, leaving it feeling super dry.  It’s a common mistake to layer on the moisturizers, but caking on these lotions can increase clogged pores, bumps, and breakouts. After the skin has absorbed all that it can absorb, the rest just sits on the surface of the skin potentially blocking pores.  Making sure you are using the correct moisturizers for your skin type and adding an oil-free serum can give you the extra boost it may need to survive the winter.

Skipping the SPF-

Even though you may not be getting a sunburn or suntan, you are still getting those damaging rays that cause brown spots and aging. Also, snow reflects up to 80% of the UV light from the sun, increasing your risk of damage. Use an SPF of 30 or high every day and reapply often when spending extended amounts of time in the harsh winter air.

Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 1 of 3

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Aging affects us all. But don’t feel left out guys, we are here for you, too! Today is day one of a series of three blogs related to our first ever Men’s Month at SkinSpeaks! We will be focusing on non-invasive, anti-aging treatments that are quick and generally have little to no downtime.

Aging presents itself on the skin as fine lines, wrinkles, redness, brown pigmentation, and dull, rough skin. There are several different treatment options when dealing with aging skin. Skincare products, chemical peels and laser treatments are the most effective options and we will describe each in more detail in the coming blogs. These treatments require a minimal amount of downtime, allowing life to get back to the normal grind in as little as 45 minutes.

Today, let’s briefly mention the simplest way to start treating aging skin- skincare products. Skincare products include cleansers, moisturizers, antioxidants, SPF, retinoids, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.

Cleansers- proper skincare begins with clean skin. Removing impurities is essential to prepare your skin for other products that applied.

Moisturizers- regulate, strengthen and protect your skin from everyday enemies. They can soothe irritated, dry or red skin.

Antioxidants- prevent brown spots, wrinkles, and the breakdown of skin by fighting free radicals. Vitamin C is the most common antioxidant in skincare, and it helps create collagen, a must for aging skin.

SPF- prevents against skin cancer, uneven pigmentation, wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen.

Retinoids- smoothes skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces brown spots, balances oil production, and creates a youthful glow.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)- dissolves the “gunk” that builds up between your skin cells that prevents products from penetrating. AHA’s are also a natural humectant, helping keep skin hydrated.

It sounds confusing, how do you know where to start? That’s the easy part! Come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our amazing aestheticians, and they will do the hard work for you, recommending only the products you are looking for. Our staff has handpicked a collection of the most efficacious skincare products available and know that expensive does not always mean better. We don’t believe in complicated skincare regimens that are destined to fail, but instead provide a customized approach. So, whether you want to start slow, or get a full treatment regimen right away, give us a call at 952.435.6565!

 

 

Don’t Put Away Your Sunscreen!

Summer may officially be over, but that does not mean it is time to put your sunscreen away. Did you know that you are actually at more risk for sun damage when out shoveling snow then when you are laying on the beach? UVA rays are just as strong during the winter months as they are in the summer. UVB rays are stronger in the summer, however reflection of the rays can cause them to be up to 80% stronger. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays, whereas beach sand reflects only 15%.  Bottom line, do not put that SPF away! It is extremely important to keep using all year long.

SkinSpeaks offers a wide variety of SPF options to help protect your skin ALL year round. Whether you want an SPF that moisturizes, has anti-aging properties, has a tint or just a plain old sunscreen, we have what you need!

 

Retinoids…Why all the buzz?

Retinoids…Why all the buzz?

The word is seen everywhere, from product bottles to television commercials broadcasting this as the latest fountain of youth. But what really is a retinoid, and more importantly, how would this product powerhouse benefit you?

A retinoid (topical Vitamin A) is a prescription form of the commonly used OTC retinol. A retinoid has the ability to help unplug pores, reduce skin discoloration, restore vibrancy to the complexion, balance oil production, and improve the appearance of fine wrinkles. Retinoid creams have also been proven to build collagen within the dermis, helping restore elasticity and further improve fine lines. If you think of a baby’s skin, full and plump with a dewy, fresh appearance, this is essentially the end goal of long term retinoid usage. Retinoids work by reducing the dull, outer layer of dead skin cells-called our statum corneum, and plumps the healthy, living layer of skin underneath, called our basal layer. With continued usage, baby soft skin can be yours!

Consultations are recommended to assist you in picking the perfect retinoid for your skin type. This product can range from mild to wild, and choosing the right one for you is very important! Our consultations are always complimentary and we would be happy to discuss this fountain of youth with you. Call Skin Speaks today to set up your free consultation (952) 435-6565.

My Journey into Cosmetic Skin Care

Working in the beauty industry, including various department stores for about 9 years, I was exposed to an array of skin care lines with endless promises to give me “amazing” skin with their “skin perfecting” creams.

Being someone who has struggled with their own skin issues since my mid -twenties, I was suckered into these promises spending anywhere from $5 on a moisturizer to nearly $200. Come to find nothing was working! At times I felt like my skin was getting worse. I became afraid of trying any skincare to the point where I chose, dare I say…. not wearing a daily moisturizer and sunscreen in fear that it would break me out.

I started working for a med/spa dermatology clinic and was introduced to medical grade skincare; I figured I’d give this skincare thing one last shot. Starting with basic suggestions from our medical estheticians, I started seeing dramatic improvements in my skin within less than a month. I can now proudly say I found something that really works and for the first time in several years I no longer feel insecure about my skin.

Here is my quick break down of what makes medical skincare superior to products that can be purchased over-the-counter at the grocery, pharmacy or department store.

Pharmaceutical grade products are only available through doctor offices. The reason for this is because these products are developed through clinical research with amounts of active ingredients that are much higher than what over-the-counter products are legally able to contain. These clinical ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin (the Dermis to be exact) which equals better results! In conclusion medical grade products are worth investing in. They are higher in quality, safer, and proven to work.

So, whether you are interested in correcting; hyperpigmentation, melasma, fine lines & wrinkles, hydration, sun spots and much more. Skin Speaks provides FREE skin care consultations with one of our experienced medical estheticians that will help customize a skin care regimen that works for you and your needs.