Healthy Skin Care Habits for the New Year

For most of our Santa Barbara medical and day spa clients, skin care is an on-going “work in progress”. In essence, many people don’t wake up day after day with healthy-looking skin from doing nothing. Instead they “work” for it with regularly scheduled day and medical spa treatments and maintain their results by following a recommended skin care regimen at home. Not surprisingly, there is more to achieving healthy skin than facials and medical-grade products. Developing some of these healthy skin care “habits” will also help boost your glow!

Hands Off
Hands and nails can contaminate your skin. Commit to touching your face as seldom as possible throughout the day.

Eat from the Earth
Colorful vegetables and fruits are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that can repair, enhance, and nourish your skin from the inside out. Greasy or fatty foods tend to upset the natural balance of your body and can cause your skin – and overall health – to deteriorate.

Get Your Rest
“Beauty sleep” is a pretty accurate phrase. While you sleep, your metabolic rate lowers so you are not producing as many skin damaging free radicals. Your skin also focuses on repair (instead of protection as it does during the day) when you are asleep.

Aim to exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times per week. This will encourage cell turnover (which decreases every day that we get older!) and will automatically brighten your complexion.

Use Sun Protection Year Round
Whether rain, clouds, or sunshine is in the forecast, get in the habit of applying (and re-applying after prolonged sun exposure, excess perspiration, or exercising) sun screen to your face, neck, chest, and hands.

Invest in Your Skin Care Routine
If there is one skin cleansing tool to invest in, it is the Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. The Clarisonic is Dr. Perkins’ #1 recommendation for your home care regimen and one of the best ways to maintain or achieve healthy skin. We carry the Clarisonic SMART Profile and the Clarisonic Mia 2.

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At Evolutions we are here to help you with your skin issues and achieve the results you desire. Call us (805-695-2160) to get on the path to healthier skin today! 

Clarisonic Promotion at Evolutions

The Clarisonic SMART Profile device is one of the best ways to maintain or achieve healthy skin. It is Dr. Perkins’ #1 recommendation for your home care regimen and one of our best-selling products at Evolutions.

Most of our clients prefer the Clarisonic SMART Profile brush because it provides head-to-toe sonic and body cleansing. But why is it called “SMART”? (We get asked this a lot.) The SMART technology enables the device to automatically adjust between gentle and deep cleansing for an optimal head-to-toe experience (provided you use a SMART enabled brush head). Here are more features:

  • Four speeds, plus turbo for the body.
  • Auto-adjusts for an even cleanse.
  • Has a brush head replacement indicator to prompt you when it is time to replace the brush head.
  • Has an enhanced battery life for easier usage.
  • Powerful results.
  • 11x better cleansing than hands alone.

If you have been wanting to purchase a Clarisonic device, or replace your older unit, now is the time!

Take advantage of our promotion on the PINK Clarisonic SMART Profile devices (see photo below) and receive $77 in extra value! 

Purchase the Limited Edition SMART Profile (pink color) device for $265, which includes:

  • 2 Brush Heads (Smart Dynamic Facial Brush and Smart Turbo Body Brush)
  • 1 Extra Radiance Brush Head ($27 value!
  • Refining Skin Polish (body scrub)
  • Refreshing Gel (cleanser)

Receive a gift-with-purchase ($50 value!):

  • 1 Cashmere Cleanse Brush Head: A dual layer design to gently massage and increase natural hydration. This brush head can be used with all Clarisonic facial cleansing devices.
  • Nautical Travel Bag: Great to use as a traveling case for your Clarisonic.
Clarisonic Smart Profile plus Gift

Clarisonic SMART Profile in Pink plus Nautical Bag and Cashmere Brush Head

To purchase your Clarisonic SMART Profile device and receive the gift-with-purchase, call us (805-695-2160) or stop by today. 


Clarisonic Profile and Clarisonic Mia2 in Santa Barbara

The Clarisonic skin cleansing brush is Dr. Perkins’ #1 recommendation for your home care regimen. 

At our Santa Barbara Medical and Day Spa, we recommend Clarisonic skin cleansing products to our clients who are interested in maintaining (or achieving) healthy skin. We were one of the first retailers in Santa Barbara to offer Clarisonic products (many years ago) and we have watched them evolve. The Clarisonic brush is now “smarter” than ever. If you don’t have a Clarisonic, or if you have an older model, now is the time to purchase your first skin-changing tool or upgrade, and this is why.

The Clarisonic company is adjusting prices on two of their models this month.

At Evolutions, we still have limited inventory of the following models with the older pricing.

Clarisonic SMART Profile ($265) 

  • This brush features 4 speeds + body turbo mode
  • SMART technology auto-adjusts for an even cleanse
  • Brush head replacement notification
  • Includes 2 smart brush heads

We have the Limited Edition Pink SMART Profile also! This added value package includes a complimentary Radiance Brush Head, Refining Skin Polish, and Refreshing Gel Cleanser.

After we sell out of our current inventory, the Clarisonic SMART Profile will be $299. 

Clarisonic Smart Profile in Santa Barbara

Clarisonic Mia2 ($149)

  • This brush features 2 speeds to loosen and remove dirt and oil
  • There is a delicate speed for fragile skin and a universal speed for normal skin
  • Waterproof and rechargeable
  • Includes protective travel case

We are offering the Limited Edition Mia2 that comes with a complimentary Batik Beauty Bag (in blue or coral) and a complimentary Deep Pore Brush Head (pictured below).

After we sell out of current inventory, the Clarisonic Mia2 will be priced at $169. 

Clarisonic Mia2 in Santa Barbara

Please note that the products aren’t changing, just the pricing is!

You can rest assured that you will not be purchasing “last year’s model”.
We have a limited number at the older price, visit us or call in today (805-695-2160) to purchase yours.

Santa Barbara Spa Celebrates Mother’s Day

Santa Barbara Mother's Day Offers from EvolutionsAt Evolutions Medical and Day Spa in Santa Barbara we know and appreciate the value of mothers! Celebrate the wonderful mother in your life this Sunday, May 12th, by treating her to one of our MOTHER’S DAY OFFERS:

  • Purchase a 90 minute massage or 80 minute facial for the price of a 60 minute massage or facial
  • Purchase one Day Spa treatment and receive a second one of equal or lesser value for 50% off (both services must be used on same day)

Give Mom a full Spa Day with a massage and facial OR join her, have one of the treatments for yourself, and spend a relaxing day together.

Our new Santa Barbara Day Spa provides a serene environment where clients can enjoy our tea lounge, a eucalyptus dry sauna, and full shower and locker facilities.

Gift cards are available for the above offers today through Saturday, May 11th. 



Clarisonic-Aria-at-Evolutions-Santa-BarbaraIf you prefer to treat your Mom to a gift that gives her 6 times better cleansing, minimizes the appearance of her pores, reduces oily areas, and leaves her skin feeling and looking smoother, then give her the gift of the Clarisonic Aria Skin Cleansing System (winner of the Allure Best of Beauty Award 2012). The Aria cleansing brush has 3 speeds, and adjustable timer for 1 or 2 minute cleansing time, comes with a sensitive brush head, USB-enabled charger and wall adapter.

Clarisonic Opal at EvolutionsOr give Mom the Clarisonic Opal Infuser to gently, yet effectively, infuse the outer layers of the epidermis with anti-aging serum. Mom’s skin will be hydrated, less puffy, and noticeably firmer with improved skin texture. Clinical studies have shown that daily use of the Opal Infuser can result in reduced appearance and depth of fine lines and wrinkles after 4 weeks, younger-looking and healthier-looking eye area after 8 weeks, and improved firmness and tightness immediately after use.

Evolutions will help you give Mom the gift of great skincare with the following promotions:

  • Purchase the Clarisonic Aria for 20% off 
  • Purchase the Clarisonic Opal Infuser for 20% off and receive a Gift with Purchase – a Lavendar Silk Eye Pillow (while supplies last)
  • Purchase any Clarisonic cleansing brush system and receive a Gift with Purchase – a travel tote for your Clarisonic and a replacement Brush Head (while supplies last)

We  look forward to taking care of those who take care of so many others!
Happy Mother’s Day!

Clarisonic Products in Santa Barbara Give Glowing Skin

The Clarisonic skin cleansing brush is Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins #1 recommendation for your home care regimen.

Why use the Clarisonic skin cleansing brush? This is the one product that is beneficial for every skin type and skin condition. Although there are many electronic rotating brush products on the market, none of them beat the Clarisonic brush’s patented sonic frequency which consists of 300 movements per second to gently, and thoroughly, cleanse your skin. The inside bristles gently oscillate ten degrees in either direction to move with your skin’s elasticity. Other electronic brushes use a rotary movement that tugs at the skin and cause damage.

Due to the popularity of the Clarisonic product, they have recently made additions to their product line to accommodate different lifestyles and budgets. We carry the following Clarisonic skin products at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara:

Clarisonic Pro

Clarisonic Pro

CLARISONIC PRO FOR FACE & BODY: this is for those who can’t get enough of the Clarisonic! It features 3-speeds to customize cleansing for different parts of the body and comes with 2 brushes: a sensitive brush (for the face) and a body brush. It includes an extension handle to help you comfortably cleanse your back, legs, knees, and feet. A universal charging cradle is included. $225

CLARISONIC ARIA: this is also a 3-speed brush that comes in a sleek high gloss finish (available in white or black) and comes with 2 brushes: a sensitive brush and a deep pore cleansing brush plus a drying stand (which is not a charger). A universal charger is also included. $199

Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic Mia

CLARISONIC MIA: for those who are on-the-go, this brush is perfect! The Mia is a single speed brush that is great for travel and comes in a variety of fun colors (so you can easily find it in your gym bag or luggage!). $119

CLARISONIC OPAL SONIC INFUSION SYSTEM: introducing the newest product from Clarisonic that is designed to apply anti-aging serum better than manual application. The proven technology builds skin’s resilience to prevent future damage around the eyes, lip, brow, and forehead area along with providing instant hydration for smooth and brighter skin. $185

For those who have a Clarisonic, we also have:

Clarisonic Replacement Brush Heads: replacing your brush heads every 3 months is recommended  to maintain the highest level of cleansing. There are a variety of brush heads to accommodate a range of skin types and some Evolutions clients find that they may use a different brush head depending on how their skin is behaving during a specific time of year. $25 each

Clarisonic Body Extension Handle: use this handle to extend your Clarisonic cleansing to the rest of your body. Compatible with the Clarisonic PLUS and PRO brushes only. $25

Keep your family member or friend’s holiday glow alive throughout the year by giving them the gift of a Clarisonic Cleansing System!

Call Evolutions or stop by to peruse all Clarisonic products available. Our staff will be happy to assist you with any product questions.

Don’t forget that Evolutions Medical Spa is at a new location:

350 Chapala Street, Suite 103, on the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez Streets. Parking is easily available around the building.

Contact us at 805-687-0212.




Clarisonic Skincare: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event Recap

Our “Summer Skincare” event provided us with so much information that we have decided to split the recap into three posts – each dedicated to the three topics of the evening – all of which are equally important.  The first topic is about the Clarisonic Skin Care System.

What is the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System?

The Clarisonic skin cleansing system, or popularly known as the “Clarisonic brush”, uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, and thoroughly, cleanse your skin.  It removes six times more makeup and two times more dirt than cleansing with your hands alone.  The inside area of the brush oscillates ten degrees in either direction, moving with the skin’s elasticity, while the outer ring of bristles stay stationary and act as a splash guard.  The movement of the bristles makes this brush unique to all the other electronic skin brushes on the market, which use a rotary movement that tugs at the skin and can cause damage. Use the Clarisonic with any cleanser of your choice as long as it is non-abrasive.

What are the benefits of cleansing with the Clarisonic?

If you use the Clarisonic on a regular basis, once in the morning and once in the evening, you will see many benefits, including:

  • Clearer, smoother skin
  • More product absorption – your cleaner skin will absorb moisturizers, and other facial products, more thoroughly and evenly
  • Less blackheads because it removes dirt and sebum (oil)
  • Minimized appearance of pores

Clarisonic Brush Heads: Which is right for you?

There are five types of brush heads available for the face, and one for the body. The facial brush heads target different skin types:

  • Normal: perfect for normal skin, shaving prep and use on the neck and chest (this is the brush head on the grey plastic base)
  • Sensitive: for sensitive to normal skin types (this is the brush that comes with all Clarisonic units)
  • Delicate: for delicate or extra-sensitive skin (this brush has a light blue plastic base)
  • Deep Pore: use for cleansing on oily skin, large pores, and is gentle enough for daily use
  • Acne: extra-plush with bristle gradation to provide gentle cleansing for sensitive and acne prone skin

Clarisonic Settings for Optimal Cleansing

Depending on the model you buy, the Clarisonic has different speeds, or settings, ranging from a sensitive cleanse to a deeper cleanse.  The Clarisonic Mia (a popular unit for travel that comes with an international charger) has one speed, while the Mia 2 has two speeds.  The Clarisonic PRO has four speeds to meet all skin cleansing needs.

Tips for the Clarisonic

  • We learned last night from the Clarisonic rep a secret that has to be shared! Your brush can do double duty for spot treatment. Pop out the center of the brush, snap it on the Clarisonic and use this smaller brush head for the area between the nose and the cheeks and the nose itself.
  • Clean your brush head with antibacterial soap at least once per week
  • Use a permanent marker to write the date on the back of the brush head and remember to replace the brush every three months
  • For those of you who like to use the Clarisonic on your back, there is a back handle now available that attaches to the Clarisonic Pro

At Evolutions Medical Spa we use the Clarisonic brush as part of our facial services. Dr. Perkins and our staff highly recommend incorporating the Clarisonic cleansing system into you skincare routine to maintain beautiful skin in between facial services.  The Clarisonic system and brush head replacements are available for purchase at Evolutions. 

Skin Care for Women in Their 20s from a Santa Barbara Medical Spa

Our Santa Barbara skin care expert is back – and guest authoring a piece on skin care for women in their 20s.

– Skin Care Tips for Women in Your 20s –
Often the early 20s is a transitional period for many young women. For most this means that their hormones have become more balanced and they see a decrease in acne breakouts (although for some acne continues well into the 20s and beyond – read more about acne management tips from Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins).
Developing a good skin care regimen is important to do in your 20s because it sets the tone (literally and figuratively!) for the future of your skin. Damage to skin could have started as early as childhood (from excessive exposure to sun and/or sunburns) but may not show up until your 30s and beyond so now is the time to begin a regimen to keep your skin healthy and, hopefully, to correct some of the damage and/or, at the very least keep, it at a minimum.
  • Make an investment in your skin. Start using the Clarisonic skin care brush twice daily with a mild cleanser dedicated to your skin type (oily, normal or dry). Toss the benzoyl peroxide-based teenage face wash formulas.
  • Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen that provides a physical sunblock. Obagi or TiZo makes sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide that provides a physical barrier to the sun’s penetrating UVA and UVB rays. The price tag may be more than you are used to, but a little goes a long way. Prevention of sun damage now means less money spent in your future on trying to erase sun damage! Use daily, year round, and reapply after swimming or excessive perspiration.
  • Use a retinoid two to five times per week at night. Retinoids (commonly known as the brand name “Retin-A”) were traditionally prescribed to fight acne. Additional benefits of retinoids have surfaced such as increasing cell turnover, boosting collagen, stabilizing aging cells and helping to reverse photodamage (in the forms of wrinkles and age spots).
  • Use an exfoliating wash or serum three to five times per week to remove dry or dead skin cells, increase cell turnover, decrease clogged pores which leaves your skin with a healthy glow.
  • If your skin is on the oily side, you still need to keep your skin hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer that delivers all the benefits of a regular moisturizer without pore-clogging ingredients. If you’re skin is dry, use a regular moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer at night.
  • And if you are still experience breakouts, consider using a 2% salicyclic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide cream as needed.
There is no better time to start a great skin care regimen than in your 20s. You won’t regret it and you will thank yourself in the years to come!

Skin Care for Women in Their 30s from a Santa Barbara Medical Spa Skin Expert

A message from Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins:

In between treatments at Evolutions Medical Spa, we stress the importance of skin care and developing an at-home skin care routine to maintain your skin. By doing this, your medical spa procedures are more effective and your overall skin health is boosted.

Our guest author, a Santa Barbara skin care expert, will be addressing skin care for women in their 30s in the article below. This is when many of our clients really begin to “take notice” of their skin, the products they are (and aren’t!) using and start to focus on how to keep their skin beautiful for the rest of their adult lives.

– Skin Care Tips for Women in their 30s –

As women enter their 30s, they begin to be more conscientious of their skin care routine, perhaps because this is when sun damage, skin laxity and environmental damage to the the skin begins to show. For most women in their 20s, the skin cell turnover is still rapid (every28 days) which means their skin is constantly replenishing and repairing and the result is healthy, volume-filled, glowing skin. As women transition into their 30s, some begin to see their skin quality diminish as skin cell turnover slows (to as much as every 40 days!).
The good news is that we can keep the skin young and address environmental damage by developing a skin care routine that is appropriate for a women in her 30s. These skin care tips will keep your skin in your 20s while you move into your 30s.
  • Are you washing your face or are you cleansing? Many people speed through the cleansing routine but do not realize that this step sets the foundation for your skin. If you want products (make up, moisturizer, sunscreen, retinoid cream) to penetrate evenly and effectively, then you may want to take a closer look at your morning and night time face washing routine. One of the products that I highly recommend to invest in (also the #1 recommendation of Evolutions Medical Spa and Dr. Perkins) is the Clarisonic face brush. In a short period of time, this facial brush removes six times more make up and two times more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. In addition to that, the sonic frequency stimulates the skin, encouraging collagen production (another plus for more mature skin). The Clarisonic can be used with any cleanser: if you have oily or combo skin, use a gel or foaming cleanser and if you have normal or dry skin, use a mild cream cleanser.
  • Make an effort to prevent further sun damage. Use a daily broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or more. Even better, use a sunBLOCK that physically blocks the rays such as titanium dioxide, micronized zinc oxide or iron oxide. These reflect the UV radiation instead of chemical sunscreens that absorb UV. Sunscreen is not for just after your shower and under your make up! If you are going outdoors for a run in the morning or evening, dropping your kids at school or heading to the gym, put sunscreen on first thing in the morning after your facial cleansing – and reapply after a shower, a sweaty workout, swimming, etc., The skin on the face is delicate and needs to be protected at all times! Sun damage leads to hyperpigmentation (think “liver spots”) and wrinkles – essentially it “ages” the skin, and that can happen rapidly.
  • Treat your skin inside and out – Antioxidize! Kudos to you if you are eating your fill of antioxidants such as berries and other foods, and even better if you use a moisturizer packed with antioxidants. This way you are treating the skin from the inside and the outside! There are some amazing skin care products that are a long way from our Grandmother’s “Ponds” cream. A few favorites are: Revaleskin which features CoffeeBerry extract – a super antioxidant, the Obagi-C RX System, with 10% L-ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C, whose effectiveness against wrinkles and fine lines is backed by a fair amount of scientific evidence, and AFA skin care products that utilize a technology based on the acidification of amino acids that make up the skin’s natural moisture system and results in effective rejuvenation.
  • Retin A (Tretinoin) is not just for acne. Consider using a tretinoin cream two to three times per week. Derived from Vitamin A, it penetrates the skin and helps to repair sun damage as well as effectively easing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing skin cell turnover rate and boosting the synthesis of collagen. Tretinoin is available by prescription from a physician.

Often times a reputable medical spa can customize a skin care program that encompasses some, or all, of the above products that are suitable for your skin type. There are also medically non-invasive procedures that you can do from time to time at a medical spa, or with a cosmetic surgeon, to boost your at-home skin care. Some examples follow:

  • Go ahead! Treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial. Facials are good for you. They relax your mind and body and, most importantly, provide a thorough cleansing and exfoliation for your skin. With freshly exfoliated (and sometimes, extracted) skin, your at-home skin products will sink in more, working effectively and evenly.
  • Go deeper! Explore peels and/or FotoFacials. Chemical peels come in different varieties (light, medium, or deep) to address different skin issues such as hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Peels offer great results with a minimal amount of down time. A medical spa under the supervision of a physician, will offer medical-grade peels (stronger) than a peel available at a “day spa”. Chemical peels deeply exfoliate and stimulate collagen and elastin production improving your complexion and leaving you with firmer, younger skin. FotoFacials significantly improve texture and appearance by reducing sun damage, redness, fine lines and large pores.
  • Get exfoliated! By a professional. Exfoliating face wash works to a certain degree, but not as significantly as a professional exfoliation. Microdermabrasion, once a very popular exfoliating treatment, is now being replaced by a superior exfoliating method called Vibradermabrasion. The suction in microdermabrasion can result in broken capillaries, whereas Vibraderm has no suction, is pleasant and fast. Abrasive paddles vibrate at a rapid rate to exfoliate your skin and stimulate collagen production.
  • Iron out your wrinkles! Consider anti-wrinkle treatments of Botox or Dysport to relax facial wrinkles. The development of frown lines between the eyebrows or wrinkles on the forehead can rapidly age a person. Botox and Dysport temporarily relax the muscles that contract, stopping the wrinkle and leaving you with a smooth, wrinkle-free forehead. If administered properly by a highly-trained clinician, you will look natural, relaxed, just as you did in your 20s!

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara can assist you in looking your best! Skin care consultations available, as well as rejuvenating facials, chemical peels, FotoFacials, Vibraderm treatments, Botox, Dysport, medical-grade skin care products and more! For questions, or a complimentary consultation, call 805.687.0212.

Santa Barbara Clarisonic Users – Refresh Your Skincare Regimen in 2010 with a New Clarisonic Brush Head

Last year many of Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa customers added the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing system to their home skincare regimen. It was voted as one of the Best Beauty Buys in 2009 by InStyle Magazine and made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in 2007 and here’s why (this is especially for those of you who haven’t added it to your skincare regimen!) – the Clarisonic Cleansing System cleans twice as effectively than manual cleansing, in just 60 seconds per day, and offers more benefits than just clean skin such as:

  • Improves skin tone
  • Reduces appearance of pore size
  • Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

The Clarisonic brush is a mini-massage for your face that is gentle enough to use twice per day. Santa Barbara Clarisonic users have found that using the Clarisonic Cleansing System, in addition to a great home care regimen, keeps skin refreshed, clean and healthy-looking.

Keep up your commitment to your skin in 2010 by using your Clarisonic brush daily. Changing your Clarisonic brush head every 3-4 months is recommended and there are three types available at Evolutions online store (or at Evolutions Spa) for every skin type:

  • Normal: For normal skin, shaving prep, and for use on the décolleté and body.
  • Sensitive: For sensitive to normal skin types.
  • Delicate: An ultra-soft brush for delicate or extra-sensitive skin.

Find the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System and brush head replacements in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medial Spa or at the Evolutions online store.

THIS WEDNESDAY: “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event at Evolutions Medical Spa

Reminder from Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbarathis Wednesday, June 17th – is our “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event!

Please join Dr. Perkins and representatives from top skin care lines such as Clarisonic, Revaleskin, Colorescience and Nia24, for an open house event, to learn the importance of a comprehensive home care regimen.

Mini treatments & make-up application available complimentary. Raffles and Exclusive discounts just for attendees.

Evolutions Medical Spa. 1309 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Wednesday, June 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30
This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. Please call to RSVP 687.0212.