Tag Archives: anti-aging

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!

Those Pesky Lip Lines

The lines around your mouth & your lips??

We have been exploring how Botox can soften unwanted lines and wrinkles, and YES you guessed it! Botox can be used to soften the lines around your mouth – for some people it even adds a subtle pop of volume to your lips by relaxing your orbicularis oris (the muscle around your mouth).

You are probably thinking, “really?!” YES, really. We use a small amount of Botox, it is a few precise injections, and you get beautiful, natural results.

Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Volbella, and Restylane can also be used – either alone or in combination with Botox to treat your vertical lip lines and to enhance your lips. When we sit down together to discuss your goals we will formulate a customized plan that is right for you!

We look forward to discussing Botox, dermal fillers, and your skin care goals with you! To schedule, call 952-435-6565 and our knowledgeable staff will help you. See you soon!

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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

Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #3

In our third and final post for “Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different?” we are going to look at two other types of dermal fillers, Calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic-acid-based fillers.

Calcium hydroxylapatite (such as Radiesse) and poly-L-lactic-acid-based fillers (such as Sculptra) stimulate your own body to reproduce collagen to re-volumize your face.  Partial results from these types of fillers are visible right away, however what makes these fillers different than hyaluronic acid fillers is that they continue to work beneath the skin after you leave the office.  The creation of new collagen will continue over several weeks, and results are generally longer lasting, 1 year or more for Radiesse and 2 or more years for Sculptra.

These fillers can be used to treat a variety of concerns, from deeper lines around the mouth to volume loss in the cheeks and hollows in temples.  Results vary, depending on which filler is used to help you to reach your goal.

When you are ready to schedule a complimentary consult with one of our highly sklled and trained injection specialists, please call 952.435.6565.  They will answer all of your questions and help you customize a plan that you are comfortable with, no pressure, no questionable sales tactics, just open and honest conversation about you and your goals.

 

Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #2

There are several types of dermal fillers and each is used for different purposes.  In our second post on our series about Botox and dermal fillers, we are going to look at hyaluronic acid based fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found naturally in your body.  These dermal fillers are injected into the skin in order to smooth out lines, to fill in creases, or to add volume giving you a softer, more youthful look. Results are instant and can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

These types of fillers are extremely versatile.  They can be used to create volume in thin lips, minimize the appearance of fine lines and even deeper wrinkles around the lips and mouth, add volume to cheeks, help correct under eye hollows, and more.  In general, help create a more refreshed and youthful you!

While Botox relaxes over active muscles, dermal fillers soften lines and folds at rest and can add volume to areas that are get depleted as we age.  Although they provide different results, Botox and dermal fillers can be used alone or in conjunction with each other to enhance your natural beauty.

Interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists? Call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC are excited to work with you to customize the plan that is right for you!

Results from hyaluronic acid fillers

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

Jaime Serbus 02.03.16 (1) BEFORE CROPPED

Jaime Serbus 05.10.16 (3) AFTER CROPPPED

 

Catherine Vandermyde 12.17.15 (2) BEFORE CROPPED

Catherine Vandermyde 01.14.16 (1) AFTER CROPPED

 

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Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #1

Unless you are well versed in the world of cosmetic injections, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding the use of the words Botox and dermal fillers. In this series of three blogs, we will look at the differences between the them and talk about the purposes of each.

Botox and dermal fillers are both popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures that are performed in the office with little to no down time that can help men and women to look younger, more relaxed and refreshed.

Let’s look at Botox first, then we will get into dermal fillers in upcoming posts.

Botox is a purified protein called Botulinum Toxin Type A that temporarily relaxes over-active muscles.  It is carefully injected into specific muscles of the face and neck to temporarily block the communication between the nerve and muscle.  It does this by preventing the release of acetylcholine at the neuro-muscular junction.  Once the muscle is relaxed, the appearance of creases and wrinkles is greatly improved. Continued treatments can actually help prevent further creasing which gives a more youthful appearance.  Botox results last an average of 3-4 months giving you a more relaxed, refreshed look.

Botox most commonly treats surface lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, brow, upper lip, chin and nose.

As always, if you have more questions about Botox or are interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists, call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC would be happy to sit down with you and answer all your questions, as well as work with you to customize the plan that is right for you.

Examples of Botox treatment results- 

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

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

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For the final day of this “Skincare and Laser Treatments for Men- Not Just For the Ladies Anymore!” blog series, we will focus on laser technologies which will deliver the quickest and best results, for whatever condition you are wanting to treat. Whether your concern is brown spots, red spots, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars or just an aged appearance, there is a laser treatment for you.

VBeam- Pulsed Dye Laser: Sun damage not only presents itself in the form of brown pigment on the skin, it can also present itself as redness. Broken blood vessels around the nose and cheeks are a common issue for many men. This can be an easy and quick fix! VBeam laser directly targets blood vessels, causing them to noticeably shrink, even after the first treatment. Little to no downtime and a quick office visit it all it takes! Depending on the severity of the vessels, the number of treatments varies person to person, but typically ranging from 2-4 treatments.

IPL- Intense Pulse Light: IPL laser can gently treat the stubborn and bothersome brown spots that sneak up on us over the years! All of our beloved outdoor activities, golfing, boating, biking…create years of wear and tear on the skin presenting itself as splotchy brown spots. Brown spots on the skin can be quickly and effectively treated in as little as one treatment. There is minimal downtime, meaning returning to day to day life immediately post treatment.

Fraxel- Fractionated Resurfacing Laser: The big kahuna! Fraxel is an all-encompassing laser treatment used to treat signs of general aging. Texture, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots, and all over skin tone is improved with one to two treatments. With just a few days of healing, your skin will have an all over refreshed and renewed look as well as a softened texture. One of our male clientele favorites!

Contact us at 952.435.6565 anytime you have a question regarding which treatment is right for you!

 

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!

 

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!