Category Archives: Skin

Don’t forget about the neck and chest!

When thinking of skincare products and treatments, we tend to focus our thoughts on our face. Of course, we want to have glowing skin on our face, however we need to make sure that our face matches our neck and chest.

When applying sunscreen, make sure that you apply the product down the neck and also on your chest. The neck and chest are some of the first areas to show visible signs of aging, develop laxity and discoloration, all of which give away our age. Being sure to protect those areas will avoid those pesky spots and wrinkles from popping up.

But what if the damage is already done?

That is where treatments come in to play! The neck and chest are wonderful areas to treat using the latest laser technology. Whether it’s skin tightening for the neck area, skin resurfacing for wrinkles and fine lines, or needing to even out skin tone by removing unsightly brown spots, we have your answer.

Most treatments require little to no downtime and results can be achieved in one to two treatments. Consultations are always complimentary. We would love to sit down and create a personalized treatment plan to make sure all of your goals will be met.

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IPL Chest

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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.

Children and Dry Skin

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Now that school is back in session and winter is here, do you notice your children’s hands becoming dry and irritated?  Here are a few helpful ideas to get them through the ‘dry skin’ school season.

* Make sure they put their gloves or mittens on before they go outside. Going from heated buildings, buses, cars, etc. to cold air can cause exposed skin to lose its natural moisture more quickly.

* Remind them to thoroughly rinse and dry their hands after washing. The soaps that schools use are often anti-bacterial and harsh on their sensitive skin. Leaving excess soap and water on their hands can cause them to become dry and chaffed.

 * Use a good moisturizer after each washing (when possible) and before bed. Giving their busy hands an extra dose of emollient in the dry months will help prevent dry, cracked and irritated skin.

 * With teachers permission, tuck a travel size moisturizer into their backpack or coat pocket to keep in their desk to use at school.

 *For areas of cracked, chaffing skin use an alcohol free moisturizer or healing ointment. This will help to eliminate stinging and give relief to those sensitive areas.

 As always, if their hands and/or skin are extremely bad with patches of dry, itching, bleeding areas, this could be a sign of a skin condition other than dry winter skin. Seek advice from your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 Happy Winter!

Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore! Part 2 of 3

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Day 2 of our “Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore!” blog series addresses a second anti-aging treatment method- Chemical Peels.

Chemical peels can be a great quick fix for many reasons. They provide a quick and thorough exfoliation in just a few short days. Skin will appear rejuvenated and refreshed with little to no downtime.

At SkinSpeaks, we offer two different chemical peel options; the Vitalize Peel and the Rejuvenize Peel, both by SkinMedica. Both peels will smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and roughness. You will see noticeable results after just one peel, however we do recommend a series of peels to get optimal results. Whether you have mild to moderate damage, or moderate to severe damage, we have the peel that is right for you.

As always, call 952.435.6565 to request a complimentary consultation!

 

Warts

Warts are common growths that can develop on practically any part of the body, but especially on the hands and feet. Because they are caused by a virus, they can be spread to other areas of the body or to other people via shaking hands or walking barefoot in an area that someone else with a wart has stepped.

In some cases the body will eliminate warts without any treatment. In other cases, however, this does not happen and the wart(s) continues to grow, spread, and in some cases become painful. Luckily, several treatment options are available. Small and new warts sometimes resolve with a single treatment while many warts require multiple treatments.

Dry Skin? Or Something More Serious

Patients often come into our office seeking help with severely dry patches of skin that just won’t go away – especially this time of year. These thick, red often asymptomatic or slightly itchy areas with silvery flaking skin is what tips us off to the diagnosis of psoriasis.

Psoriasis happens when the body generates too much inflammation that results in faster skin growth than skin shedding (hence the thickened skin).
Psoriasis is not curable but thankfully has several very effective medications ranging from topical medicated creams/ointments, to light therapy, pills, or injectable medications. Choice of the treatment will depend on location, size of the rash, and whether or not the patient has associated joint stiffness/discomfort.

This brings us to the next point: Psoriasis is NOT just a skin disease. It has the potential to affect every part of the body including the heart and joints. Psoriatic arthritis (characterized by morning stiffness that improves throughout the day) develops in about 30% of people with skin psoriasis regardless of severity, and warrants more aggressive treatment.

Psoriasis can often be diagnosed by close examination by a trained eye, but sometimes requires a biopsy (a small sample of skin) to confirm the diagnosis since several other skin conditions can mimic psoriasis.

If you notice any new “dry patches”, this may be more than just dry skin. To be evaluated by any one of our eight dermatology specialists, please call our office at 763-321-8700.