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.

Exfoliate
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. 

 

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS FOR GREAT SKIN 

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!

Introducing Evolutions Day Spa Santa Barbara

Join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of Evolutions Day Spa – and our new location!

– Wednesday, March 20th, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm! –

evolutions day spa santa barbaraThe combined Evolutions Medical and Day Spa has 15 treatment rooms in our new 6,000 square foot facility. The Day Spa will offer a full range of luxurious treatments including massage, waxing, facials, body treatments (wraps and Vichy shower treatments) and more! The Day Spa amenities include locker rooms for men and women (both with a dry sauna) and a relaxing tea lounge.

Along with previewing the new Day Spa at our Grand Opening event, guests will enjoy:

  • DISCOUNTS on all Products and Pre-Purchased Services (including packages and medical spa services such as Laser Hair Removal, Tattoo Removal, FotoFacials, Dermal Fillers and more)
  • GIFT with Purchase Offers from Glo Mineral Make-up, Clarisonic, Luzern Organic Skin Care, and Obagi
  • RAFFLES throughout the afternoon and evening (over $5000 worth of prizes to be raffled!)
  • Complimentary Mini-Treatments and Chair Massages
  • Interactive Education on Your Skin
  • Live Dysport / Botox Demonstrations

The first 50 guests will receive fantastic Gift Bags!

Don’t miss this GRAND event! 

Evolutions Medical and Day Spa Santa Barbara is now located at 350 Chapala Street, #103, on the corner of Chapala and Gutierrez Streets. Plenty of parking is available in front of the spa and in the city lot on State Street and Gutierrez Streets.

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. 

Evolutions Medical Spa’s 6th Anniversary Event Recap

Thank you to all who attended our event last week to help us celebrate our 6th anniversary! The party was scheduled to begin at 4PM but we had guests lining up well before that so they could be one of the first 50 people to receive a gift bag which was filled with goodies from Revitalash and NuCelle skin care products in addition to loads of product samples from our preferred skin care companies!

Dr. Perkins and the staff at Evolutions mingled with guests throughout the evening and were delighted to watch guests win prizes on the prize wheel, receive complimentary mini-facial treatments and complimentary Colorescience make-up applications, and enjoy appetizers, cupcakes, and drinks. Many representatives from skin care lines were on-hand for interactive skin care education and took pleasure in seeing how their products or treatments have beautified our clientele!

The party continued the rest of the week as the Evolutions’ staff pulled names of winners for the many different gift baskets and called guests to notify them of their winnings on Friday and Saturday.

This year we had over $6,400 worth of items donated from our representatives, from gift sets to syringes of dermal fillers. We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the following companies for their support of the event and the support they give us all year long:

  • AFA Amino Acid Skin Care: comprehensive rejuvenation through powerful exfoliation and moisture retention.
  • Allergan: the maker of BOTOX Cosmetic, the wrinkle-relaxer that  makes a noticeable difference.
  • Clarisonic: Dr. Perkins #1 recommendation for your at-home skin care routine – the Clarisonic Facial Brush.
  • Colorescience: high performance mineral makeup that camouflages skin concerns and protects skin from sun and environmental damage.
  • DNA Health Institute: skin care products that are rich in plant nutrients, essential oils and are environmentally friendly.
  • elure: advanced lightening technology that reduces dark-colored pigment in just 28 days (for most people).
  • Medicis: the company that brings us the dermal fillers – Restylane and Perlane – and Dysport – the anti-wrinkle treatment.
  • Nectifirm: scientifically advanced technology to firm and tighten the neck along with reducing the appearance of fatty tissue and lessening fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Neova: breakthrough skin care that targets photodamaged skin to visibly repair it.
  • Nia24: Niacin-powered skin care therapy to reverse signs of sun damage, improve texture, tone and resilience against future damage.
  • NuCelle: almond-based Mandelic Acid skin care line gently peels away the effects of weather, time and the environment to reveal smooth, clean, radiant skin.
  • Obagi: medical-grade skin care products for all ages and every type of skin.
  • Radiesse: volumizing wrinkle filler that replenishes lost volume and stimulates your own collagen to grow.
  • Revale: skin care products made from CoffeeBerry extract – one of nature’s most potent antioxidants – to protect and nourish as well as restore and revitalize the skin.
  • Revitalash: revolutionary products utilizing the power of peptides and botanicals to help grow eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • VitaMedica: physician formulated nutraceuticals (vitamins and supplements) to support recovery and wellness.
  • White Science: the leading manufacturer of teeth whitening products and patented whitening delivery systems in the U.S.
We’d also like to extend a super, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our clients and friends that have supported us over the years! We look forward to continuing our relationship with you in our new and bigger location (hope to move in late Spring 2012). 

Check out our event pictures on Facebook and while you are there, “Like” us to stay up to the minute on treatment specials, educational events, skin care tips and more! Connect with us on Twitter too!

 

Santa Barbara Skin Care Event at Evolutions Medical Spa Recap

Yesterday evening’s Skin Care 101 Event at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara was packed!

Guests indulged in complimentary Clarisonic and Vibraderm mini-treatments and Colorescience mineral make-up application. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins educated clients on the importance of home skin care including essential steps and the quality of products. Recap follows:

Spa Procedures vs. Home Care: Which is More Important?
The answer may surprise you: both are equally important to achieve a desired result such as healthy, smooth skin that glows.
Routinely participating in spa procedures (facials with extractions, chemical peels, professional exfoliation with Vibraderm) contributes to about 50 – 60% of your desired end result while home care contributes the other 40 – 50% in helping you toward fabulous skin.
The take home message is that consistent use of professional home care products builds upon the work that is done on your skin at the spa.
High Quality Home Care: Pharmaceutical Grade Products vs. Mass Market Skin Care Products

Dr. Perkins highly recommends pharmaceutical grade skin care products because they have higher active ingredients which renders them more powerful. Mass market skin care products have lower active ingredients so that they can be used by a large audience without many problems. In mass market skin care, usually the packaging is half the cost of what you are buying.
The Five Essential Steps of a Comprehensive Skin Care System

Consistently incorporating these steps into your home care regimen is key to obtaining and maintaining your ideal complexion.
  1. Cleanse twice daily. Use the Clarisonic skin care brush when washing your face. The 1 minute sonic cycle gently removes dirt and sebum under your skin, up to 2x more than cleansing with your hands alone.
  2. Exfoliate two times per week. Chemically or physically exfoliating the skin helps to slough off the older skin cells and eventually creates more evenness to the surface of the skin.
  3. Antioxidize three times per week to decrease damage from free radicals that cause aging and possibly the beginning of skin cancer. Applying a topical antioxidant on your skin is much more powerful than taking something orally. For example, topical vitamin C (known as L-Ascorbic Acid) packs 50x more of a punch than would ingesting vitamin C. We are not discouraging you from eating food that is rich in antioxidants rather we encourage you to use a topical antioxidant along with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables! A powerful topical antioxidant moisturizer made by Revale contains CoffeeBerry® – derived from the fruit of the coffee plant – it has one of the highest antioxidant scores recorded. Revale is available at Evolutions.
  4. Retinoids – commonly known as “Retin-A” – are great to use two times per week. You may have heard of Retin A (or “tretinoin) traditionally used for acne. Research has found that retinoids also normalize cell differentiation along with decreasing the plugging of pores and helps to correct DNA damage which may help to keep skin cancer at bay.
  5. Sunscreen – this is the most essential step – and must be used daily, year round! Preferably the use of a physical block sunscreen is best as it deflects the UVA and UVB rays. Physical suncreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. At Evolutions we carry Obagi sun protectors (Skin Protection in SPF 35 and Sun Shield in SPF 50) and TiZo (in various SPFs).
Evolutions Medical Spa carries various medical grade skin care products that Dr. Perkins has hand-picked because of their therapeutic value and high level of satisfaction by clients. We also offer a complimentary skin care consultation by filling out this form or calling for an appointment at 805.687.0212.

Thank You from Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa!

The Evolutions Anniversary Open House on Wednesday evening was truly a celebration!

We would like to extend a great big Thank You to all of our clients and friends who came out to support us and we are excited to Welcome the new customers that stopped by to see what we had to offer!

We knew the event was going to be BIG after receiving over 220 RSVPs and seeing people line up before the 4pm start time so that they could be one of the first 50 attendees who were promised a gift bag full of goodies!

Clients were excited to receive discounts throughout the evening on all of our services including facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, injectables such as Botox and Dsyport, dermal fillers and more! We also had representatives from some of the most popular skincare product lines and companies on hand to educate guests and answer questions from Obagi medical-grade skincare, DNA Health Institute organic skincare, Colorescience make-up, Radiesse wrinkle treatment, VelaShape body contouring, Sunshine Wellness Nutrition Services, Vita Medica Nutraceutical supplements and Dysport, the new anti-wrinkle treatment alternative to Botox.

Guests enjoyed spinning the Prize Wheel, winning valuable prizes such as a Vibraderm Plus or Laser Genesis facial while awaiting their complimentary treatments featuring the Clarisonic skin cleansing system and Vibraderm exfoliation.

The Evolutions event was about commemorating four wonderful years in Santa Barbara and, more importantly, celebrating our clientele who inspires us to offer the best technology and most innovative treatments for skincare in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Perkins, his family, and the wonderful staff at Evolutions thank you for attending and look forward to seeing you throughout 2010!