Category Archives: Skin Care Habits

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 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!

 

 

Winter Skin

Winter skin! What can we do about this?

Winter is in full swing and many of us are feeling the bitter changes in our skin! Colder air and harsh winds can increase skin sensitivity and leave us feeling tight, dry, and flaky. It is our goal to help you avoid the winter skin blues that affects so many of us!

•Adjust your skincare products as needed

Making the appropriate changes in your skincare routine to accommodate our dry weather can save your skin!

– Something as simple as switching from a foaming cleanser to a creamy cleanser can make a difference in the tightness of our skin.

– Eliminate any toner that contains alcohol, which can strip and pull much the needed moisture from our skin.

– Finding an antioxidant serum that contains Vitamin E can be a huge help! Our favorite hydrating antioxidant serum is CE Peptides by Viver Skin. Not only will your skin be getting a huge anti-aging boost from an antioxidant and peptide complex, your skin will feel dewy and soft from the added hydration of the Vitamin E. It’s a winter skin must have!

• Don’t skip exfoliation

Exfoliation is necessary when it comes to healthy skin and that doesn’t change in the winter! Using heavy moisturizers and oils will not be able to properly hydrate the skin when there is a layer of dry flaky skin at the surface. The Skin Speaks staff favorite is the Knutek Microdermabrasion scrub. This scrub is gentle, yet aggressive and will leave your skin feeling freshly polished after just one use!

• Don’t forget the lips!

Our lips are affected by the dry winter air just like the rest of the face. Keep them soft by locking moisture in them with a good lip product! Here at Skin Speaks Spa, we love Aquaphor and Cortibalm lip repair. Aquaphor is a healing emollient free of color and scent and gives the lips a nice glossy finish! Cortibalm, for severely dry and chapped lips, is a chapstick style product that contains 1% hydrocortisone. This helps calm inflammation and heal the already damaged skin while also preventing new damage from occurring. It’s time to stock up!

Bad Skin Care Habits to Stop TODAY!

Bad Skincare Habits to Stop TODAY!

We all know the obvious skincare wrecking balls…sun exposure, cigarettes, alcohol…etc, but what about the ones we do on a regular basis that affect the appearance of our skin without being so obvious? Are any of these bad habits getting in the way of your beautiful skin?

1. Ignoring anti-aging products until they are “needed”

Preventative skincare is much more important than people give it credit! It is easier to avoid the damage, than it is to repair it once the damage is done. Beginning a good skincare routine at a young age sets the groundwork for healthy skin at all stages. Start now and you can stave off deep lines and wrinkles before they begin!

2. No more picking!

Consider your face a “hands free zone”. Picking at a blemish can aggravate the area and cause scarring and/or hyperpigmentation. Typically a pimple will only stick around for 2-5 days but picking at the skin can cause irritation and lengthen the time of healing considerably. Topical products, such as benzoyl peroxide, can also help reduce redness and speed healing time.

3. Forgetting to cleanse your skin before hitting the pillow.

This is a common skincare no-no, but it bears repeating. Sleeping in our make-up and wear and tear from the day allows all of the oil and grime to settle into our pores. This will make our pores appear larger prevent our skin from naturally exfoliating. Cleanse your skin before hitting the sheets and wake up with smooth, refreshed skin!

4. Don’t forget your neck!

Although we notice the signs of aging on our face first, we can’t forget to protect and treat our neck and chest area. The same anti-aging cocktail that works wonders for the face can do the same for our neck and chest. In addition to using SPF and skincare product in these areas, laser treatments are also highly effective in treating sun damaged and aging skin anywhere on the body.

5. Don’t give up on your products too soon!

Although many magic potions promise to deliver results overnight, real results will take a minimum of four to six weeks. Active ingredients need adequate time and repeated exposure to penetrate and treat the skin effectively. We miss out on the long term benefits by stopping prematurely. Good things come to those who wait!