Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event: Brighten Up Your Skin

Are you concerned with sun damage, age spots, or any type of pigmentation?

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara Event

Join us at our March event to start on the path to clear, bright skin by learning about:

  • Innovative medical treatments and packages to reduce unwanted pigmentation
  • Therapeutic home care that can brighten your skin little by little every day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Services/Series/Packages Discounted 20% include:

  • FotoFacial Series
  • FotoPeel Series
  • FotoFacial Genesis Package
  • Chemical Peels (individual or series)

Products Discounted 20% include:

  • Obagi
  • Other Skin Lightening Products

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Event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials.

– Seating Limited –
Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160

Evolutions Event – Brighten Up Your Skin!

Join us at our March event on Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Brighten Up
Spring is Here!

Are you concerned with sun damage, age spots, or any type of pigmentation?

Start on the path to clear, bright skin by learning about:

  • Innovative medical treatments and packages to reduce unwanted pigmentation
  • Therapeutic home care that can brighten your skin little by little every day!

Services/Series/Packages Discounted 20% include:

  • FotoFacial Series
  • FotoPeel SeriesEvolutions Medical & Day Spa Brighten Up Skin Event
  • FotoFacial Genesis Package
  • Chemical Peels (individual or series)

Products Discounted 20% include:

  • Obagi
  • Other Skin Lightening Products

Event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials.

– Seating is Limited – 

Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160

 

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.

Chemical Peels in Santa Barbara: Evolutions Event Recap

Yesterday evening Evolutions Medical Spa hosted an educational event about chemical peels and how beneficial they are for all skin conditions and skin types. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Terry Perkins, the founder and Medical Director of Evolutions, explained and demystified chemical peels. Following is a recap of his presentation:

How Skin Turnover Works

An understanding of skin will lead to a better understanding of how chemical peels work to freshen the skin. Skin cells are created in the basal layer and move upwards. Cells die as they get closer to skin surface and naturally slough off.  Most people in their youth have skin turnover every 28 days or so. That is why young children and young adults usually have glowing, voluminous skin. As we age cell turnover can slow to 40-45 days coupled with the fact that collagen and elastin naturally decrease and we are left with skin that is “relaxed” and saggy.  Chemical peels help expedite the skin turnover process so that new cells can move to the surface for a result of more normal-looking skin.

What Do Chemical Peels Do?

A chemical peel creates a controlled depth injury to outer layers of skin. The injured tissue then exfoliates or peels and new cells replace the exfoliated cells at a faster rate. Collagen and elastin production is increased. There are several different types of peels, from light to deep:

  • Lighter peels affect the epidermis: typically this is the type of peel you will get at a day spa or this is the layer that is affected by micodermabrasion
  • Medium peels affect the papillary dermis: these more aggressive peels are usually done in a doctor’s office or at a medical spa; you may see improvement in lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation
  • Deep peels affect midway in the dermis: chemabrasion is an example of a deep peel and is done at Cosmetic Surgery Center in the operating room.

Deeper peels have more downtime, but more downtime yields better results.

Benefits of a Chemical Peel

  • Peels can lighten, tighten, brighten (more luminosity to the skin)
  • They smooth skin and improve texture and color uniformity
  • Peels can bring out healthier skin; often any precancerous/abnormal skin may peel off
  • Consistent peels can keep your skin younger-looking skin throughout your lifetime
Commonly Asked Questions about Chemical Peels

Do peels hurt?
The stronger and deeper it is, the more likely you will have some discomfort. Deeper peels feel hot because of the acid on the skin. At Evolutions, we have a hand-held cooling device so the patient can direct cool air where it feels hot.

 Will skin peel off?
This depends on what you are doing. Some of the enzyme peels and the Flash Peel will increase cell turnover with no peeling. In general, most peels do cause sloughing, some degree of peeling skin. We don’t recommend you do a peel right before a big event. Plan to do a peel three to four weeks prior to any special occasion.

Where can peels be done?
Virtually any part of the body: face, neck, chest, hands are all treatable.  You don’t need to do the same peel everywhere, for example, a less aggressive peel can be done below the jawline because skin turnover is less fast, while a more aggressive peel can be done on the face.

Are peels mainly done for aging skin?
Peels can be done for aging skin and there are also peels that can be done to help control acne and slough off the dark pigmentation that some people get after the acne lesion is gone.

Are peels as effective as laser treatments?
Yes, in general. Lasers use light energy to penetrate the skin while chemical peels use acid to reach deeply into the dermis.

Peels Available at Evolutions 

Pumpkin Antioxidant Facial: this pumpkin peel is an enzyme type peel. Pumpkin contains high concentrations of vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene found in any fruit or vegetable. This facial and peel combination exfoliates and draws out impurities while introducing vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients. There is no downtime, no pain, and no peeling. A very relaxing experience.

* NEW! Flash Peel: this peel is a combination of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid that can be customized depending on the client’s skin. It can be a little tingly because of the alpha hydroxy acid. A mask is applied and massaged into the skin which gives the skin added hydration and nourishment. The service is a quick 30 minutes (easily done on your lunch hour). There is little to no peeling and yet the result is clear, rejuvenated skin.

* NEW! Jessner’s Peel: this peel has stood the test of time. Dr. Max Jessner, a dermatologist, came up with this in the early 1900s. He used resorcinol (a cousin to phenol) and mixed it with lactic and salicylic acid to create a peel that is not all that aggressive.  It can be done in multiple layers and as you do more layers, you get a white tinge to the skin, known as “frosting” or “blanching” which means proteins in the skin are starting to denature. It won’t get as deep as the Obagi blue peel because it’s not a strong acid which is why we classify it as a light peel to medium peel. Jessner’s Peel is especially helpful for acneic and/or oily skin. It contains lycopene and red wine (antioxidants for the skin) and is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. Good for all for people of all skin types who want to freshen the skin.

Clay Mask Peel (Advanced Acne Facial): this peel is excellent for people with oily or acne-prone skin. The AFA (amino fruit acids) clay mask works to draw out oils and impurities and offers optimal exfoliation.

Alpha Beta Peel: our most popular peel at evolutions! This peel combines alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids into one powerful peel. We can vary the strength by applying it in 2-4 layers. A great choice for clients who want to see results quickly. Typically skin will begin to peel two to four days after the peel is applied and the skin will peel for approximately two to four days after that.

Obagi Blue Peel: the Obagi peel is our most aggressive peel available. The peel comes from a kit made by the medical grade skincare company Obagi.  The peel is available in concentrations of 15% or 20% TCA. We tend to do 20% so the client gets the best result. It is excellent for pigmentation issues. The Obagi Blue Peel is only available through a physicians office.  Downtime is about seven to ten days total.  Usually the peeling process occurs four to five days post application of the peel.

More Aggressive Options

These peels are only available at Dr. Perkins’ office – Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, just two blocks from Cottage Hospital.  For questions or to schedule a consultation about one of these options, call his office directly 805-563-0000.

Comfort Peel: the Comfort Peel is the strongest peel with 23% TCA. It is similar to blue peel but  has a topical anesthetic in it so the first layer stings a bit but the second layer stings less because of the numbing agent in it.

Phenol Peel: this peel can dramatically take care of sun damage and wrinkles. Dr. Perkins estimates that it can get rid of 95% of wrinkles in one treatment.  The downside is that phenol is toxic to melanocytes so the patient may have permanent lightening of the skin. The Phenol Peel is not commonly done anymore because of the lightening side effect.

Chemabrasion: this procedure combines a medium depth TCA peel (35% augmented TCA that has penetrating agents mixed in) with a light dermabrasion. It is done under anesthetic in the operating room. The downtime is about seven to ten days. Chemabrasion can get rid of 75-80% of wrinkles with one treatment.  Post-op care is like caring for a wound –  wash in the morning and evening; keep covered with ointment. This is also a great treatment for acne scarring.

 Improving Peel Results

You can improve the result of your peel by:

  • Doing a home care pre-treatment (recommended for more aggressive peels); the staff at Evolutions can suggest what product(s) to use in the weeks prior to treatment
  • Vibraderm prep: a physical exfoliation that will allow the peel to penetrate evenly and more deeply
  • Stem cell add-on:  from the skincare company DNA, the addition of stem cells helps augment the wound heeling
  • Multiwave LED – light therapy: multiple wavelengths of light speed the wound heeling and may shorten the time that you do not look good
  • Peel series: doing a series of light peels will give you a better result than just doing one; strong peels don’t need to be done in a series but, in some cases, a second follow up peel can be done if the client wants to see even greater results
  • Laser / Light-based treatment combined: we offer the FotoPeel which alternates between Fotofacials and chemical peels.  A great option for sun damage. This series makes people look really good really fast!
  • Ongoing home care / maintenance:  we always encourage our clients to use effective products for ongoing home care; Dr. Perkins has hand picked products from some of the top medical-grade skin care lines to upkeep your skin in between treatments.  We also recommend periodic peels for good maintenance.

Conclusions

Chemical peels are an important component (along with home care and possibly light-based treatments) in improving and maintaining the quality of your skin throughout your life. There are many types of peels for many different purposes. Remember that you don’t need to peel after a peel and all areas of the body can be treated.

To schedule a peel or a complimentary consultation, call us at 805-687-0212. 

 

Obagi 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 was about the Clarisonic Skin Care System and can be read here. Our next topic is about Obagi Medical Products.

What is Obagi about?

Obagi has been around for almost 20 years and is the #1 prescription strength skincare line.  Obagi products transform skin cells to achieve beautiful, healthy skin. Obagi is for everyone – they have skin care lines for all types of skin and skin issues. Most Obagi systems are used from 12 to 18 weeks and afterward a maintenance program is designed to keep the skin looking great.  This post will cover the various Obagi skin care systems.

Obagi Nu-Derm System

An anti-aging therapy that penetrates below the skin’s surface to transform skin cell functions. It is the #1 selling system and is the most aggressive.  Use it for moderate to severe photodamage, heavy melasma, and more severe fine lines and wrinkles.  There are multiple steps involved in the system and it is used morning and evening. The bottles are clearly labelled and a routine is easy to establish.  Tretinoin (Retin-A) has to be added to the system separately (available at Evolutions).  The Nu-Derm system will:

  • Reduce hyperpigmentation (discoloration)
  • Transform rough skin
  • Alleviate sallowness
  • Prevent acne flares
  • Improve skin laxity
  • Diminish fine lines and wrinkles

Obagi C-RX System

This system rejuvenates skin with the use of L-ascorbic acid (an antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals) and prescription strength 4% hydroquinone (a lightening agent to gradually fade brown spots).  It is ideal for mild to moderate photodamage, mild wrinkles, freckles, and fine lines. This is another multi-step system that helps to restore and maintain younger looking skin.

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Products

An eye treatment that actually brings back the lift around your eyes! Most eye creams simply plump the eye area.  This patented eye product helps to restore elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use it under the eye and on the upper eye area as well.  It can be used in combination with other Obagi systems or alone.  It is available in a cream, for those who want more moisture, and a gel, which is lighter and less moisturizing. People see results in as little as two weeks.

Obagi Decolletage System

Similar to ELASTIderm eye cream, this system is designed for the neck and chest, thinner skin areas that often get neglected (less moisturized or overlooked in your sun protection regimen). The Decolletage system fixes the elasticity in the neck and chest and also has a lightening component to help erase sun damage. Generally it is well-tolerated for most skin types and easily absorbed.

Obagi Rosaclear System

This system is ideal for those who have rosacea or redness of the skin.  It also helps reduce the redness of blemishes caused by rosacea. The Rosaclear system is gentle, and non-comedogenic.  It consists of a cleanser, topical gel, hydrating corrector, and a skin balancing sun protection SPF 30.

Obagi CLENZIderm System

The CLENZIderm system is ideal for those who suffer from acne.  It contains a solubilized form of 5% benzoyl peroxide and salicyclic acid to deeply penetrate into the follicle to treat acne at the root, where it starts. It is as effective as a topical prescription.  There are two types of cleansers, depending on skin type, a pore therapy product, cream cleanser, and moisturizer.  Add in a sun protection of at least SPF 30.

Obagi Blue Peel

This chemical peel helps to restore tighter, smoother, clearer, healthier skin.  This peel is the deepest, most aggressive peel available at Evolutions Medical Spa and offers a significant result in a short time period. It is a good peel for those with pigmentation issues.

Evolutions Medical Spa is the longest open-selling Obagi account in the Santa Barbara area.  Obagi products are prescription strength and it is recommended that you use them with physician supervision because they are more aggressive than over-the-counter skin care products.  Evolutions invites you to a complimentary consultation to discuss which Obagi product line will best fit your skincare needs.  To make an appointment, call Evolutions at 805-687-0212.


Obagi Skin Care: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Highlight

At Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara we believe that the formula for great skin is comprised of a few parts, one of which includes routine medical spa services, such as facials, chemical peels and/or laser treatments, and the other part is having an effective at-home skin care program using products that have a high Obagi in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spatherapeutic value and an excellent reputation, such as Obagi. Obagi skin care products are popular because of the transformative effects they have and, as a result, they can be found in physicians offices around the globe.

Recently Obagi published a blog post that really resonated with us. They addressed putting your best face forward through the many stages of your life.  Here is an excerpt from their post:

  • Twenties – Time to get serious. This is an exciting time. Graduation. Your first real job. Investment clothing that suits your career. Everything about your life is more adult and maybe it’s time to take a more serious approach to skin care, too, by upgrading from everyday drugstore brands. Healthy skin starts with a plan and that plan begins with protection. Start with Obagi Professional-C Serums™. These Vitamin C serums deliver topical antioxidant benefits to help correct and protect your skin from signs of future damage and aging.
  • Thirties – Make it a habit. This is a nonstop, multitasking, multi-role time of life. You may be too busy to notice the effects of time on your skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to show. A consistent daily skin care routine can be a key contributor to healthy, beautiful skin and helping to minimize future damage. Protect and help prevent your skin from showing the early signs of aging with the Obagi-C® Rx System.
  • Forties and Fifties – Facing new challenges. You have embraced who you’ve become and are comfortable in your own skin. Your goal is to look like the fabulous person you are today. Tackle the inevitable skin concerns that come from age with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system specially formulated to reveal healthy skin. And for those pesky crow’s feet, try the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help improve resilience and increase elasticity of the skin all around your eyes!
  • Sixties and beyond – Shining in your golden years. Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can’t be as beautiful and vibrant now as in your younger years. Even if you’ve been diligent with skin care on your face over the years, you may have neglected the skin on your neck and chest area, which tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. The ELASTIderm® Décolletage System can help diminish the signs of aging and helps to restore healthy skin on your neck and chest. Your overall appearance now matches the grace and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your years.

Of course, no matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life, such as washing your face every night and using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. For a sheer, matte finish sunscreen, try our award-winning Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 for broad-spectrum protection.

Evolutions carries Obagi and other medical-grade skin care products that have been carefully selected by Dr. Perkins to bring you unparalleled home care. On your next visit, ask your clinician to create a customized home care regimen for you or schedule a complimentary skin care consultation by calling us at 805.687.0212.

Evolutions Medical Spa Event Recap: “Brighten Up” with FotoFacials, Laser Facials, Peels and More

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins – and founder of Evolutions Medical Spa – never ceases to amaze us with the knowledge he holds about the skin and skin care. Last night he shared with a captive audience how to get on the path to clear, bright skin. Here is the recap from the “Brighten Up” educational event at Evolutions.

What stands in the way of luminous skin? For many of us, it is an issue of pigmentation. Pigmentation, also referred to as age spots, “liver” spots, freckles, is caused by melanin.  Melanin is produced as a protection to the skin in response to sun exposure (a sun “tan” is actually a skin injury), trauma, or inflammation. Melanin can also be influenced by hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy. Appearance problems occur when melanocytes are over stimulated such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from pimples) or melasma, which is a broad patch of pigmentation that can occur in the epidermal or dermal layers of the skin.

How do we get rid of pigmentation? Below are the options that Dr. Perkins outlined for us:

HOME CARE

While Evolutions offers a variety of services that are effective in the treatment of pigmentation problems, Dr. Perkins stressed that it is also important to practice diligent home care to prevent or lighten pigmentation. The #1 recommendation from Dr. Perkins is to wear your sunscreen daily! The fact is that more than half of UV exposure is “incidental” exposure such as sitting near a window, driving in your car, walking outside to chat with your neighbor, you get the picture! UVA actually goes through glass, so you aren’t protected in your car or at your window office.

Evolutions offers a variety of bleaching agents and hydroquinone (which stops the formation of pigment from being formed). Some product recommendations:

  • Obagi Clear and C-Rx Night: a product with hydroquinone as an active ingredient that helps to fade unwanted pigment
  • Revale Illuminating Serum: has the highest potency of antioxidants – good anti-oxidation helps skin repair
  • Nia24: helps skin repair at the DNA level which normalizes pigmentation
  • Retinoids (“Retin A”, “Tretinoin”): help normalize cell differentiation
  • Combination Prescription Products (“Firm and Fade”): offered exclusively at Evolutions that combines Retin-A, hydroquinone, and a low potency steroid (used to calm down inflammation)

In addition to using a brightening/lightening product, you may want to add in a product that encourages cell turnover. Products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, amino fruit acids, and retinoids are all good choices.

VIBRADERM

Vibraderm is done using abrasive aluminum paddles that provide a gentle abrasion. It is faster than microdermabrasion and does not have a vacuum component (which can cause broken capillaries).  This physical exfoliation is used to treat superficial pigment problems with no downtime. It will improve the penetration of products / peels and is great as a stand alone service or in conjunction with a peel or facial.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS : FOTOFACIAL RF

This “Gold Standard” treatment of pigmentation uses Intense Pulsed Light / Radiofrequency to target pigment and “red” areas. A FotoFacial works deeper than most chemical peels and can significantly improve your skin texture by reducing redness, age spots, sun damage, spider veins, fine lines (although not a treatment for wrinkles) and large pores. We offer the FotoFacial in a series or in combination with other treatments (FotoPeel, FotoPeel Plus, and FotoFacial Genesis Packages), depending on an individual’s needs.

CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels are a “controlled” injury to the skin that causes a deep, even exfoliation. At Evolutions we offer different depths of peels (from light to medium to deep).

  • AFA Peels: the alpha-hydroxy peel is a “light” peel for those who want the benefits of a peels without a large amount of actual peeling. This peel can be done alone or in a series of five (recommended).
  • Alpha Beta Peel: this is the most popular peel at Evolutions. It is a medium-depth physical exfoliation and works well to get rid of superficial sun damage and is a great choice for clients who want to see results in 4-5 days.
  • Obagi Blue Peel: this is the deepest peel offered. It will significantly improve your complexion. You will have firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier skin.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS: Q-SWITCHED LASER

This newest laser is used for our newest service – tattoo removal. It delivers laser energy so rapidly that it breaks up pigment without excessive heating of the surrounding tissue.  Currently we are testing how effectively it can treat stubborn brown pigmentation. Stay tuned at a later date for more information on the Q-Switched Laser!

SUBLATIVE REJUVENATION

This unique fractional resurfacing device uses radiofrequency energy instead of light to safely treat all skin types. Sublative Rejuvenation is used to treat wrinkles, pigment, acne scarring, skin laxity, tone and texture. There is less downtime and discomfort than older fractional laser devises (i.e. the Fraxel) and it can be combined with other light-based treatments (such as the FotoFacial RF or Total Tightening) for customizable treatment options.

CHEMABRASION

This surgical procedure done by Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara (near Cottage Hospital) combines a deep peel with dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion). It treats wrinkles, sun damage, and pigment. You will be very impressed with the results. For more information, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.

CONCLUSION

The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it by using your sunscreen daily (on your face, neck, and decolletage). When pigment issues arise, there are a number of treatment options available at Evolutions and “at home”. Pigmentation can be treated on all areas of the body.

At Evolutions we always offer a complimentary consultation. If you are interested in one of our medical spa services, or simply looking for a new home care routine, call us at 805.687.0212 to make an appointment (or book online).

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event: Skin Care 101

This Wednesday Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins is hosting an interactive educational event that you won’t want to miss!

Skin Care 101
At this event you will learn how you can keep your skin healthy and glowing year round through beneficial medical-grade home care products.
  • Dr. Perkins will give a short presentation on the importance of good home care for your skin and the five essential components of any complete home care regimen.
  • Enjoy complimentary Colorescience Pro mineral make-up applications.
  • Try a mini-treatment with the Clarisonic facial brush and see for yourself why this is Dr. Perkins #1 home care recommendation.
  • Discover the power of medical-grade home care with Obagi Medical Products.
  • Experience a Vibraderm mini-treatment – a superior exfoliation treatment that is gentle, yet effective.
Refreshments, raffles and prize wheel spins!
Event Details:
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 pm
1309 State Street, Santa Barbara
Please RSVP to Evolutions at 805.687.0212 today!

In The News: FDA to Enforce Stricter Labeling for Sunscreens

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins (and owner of Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara) always reinforces the very important role that sun protection plays whenever people ask him how to prevent wrinkles (or prevent further wrinkles). Being regimented about your sun protection – which includes using a sunscreen that blocks out both UVA and UVB rays and reapplying it after excessive exposure to the sun, swimming or sweating, and using additional protection (such as hats or sun-protective clothing with SPF) – will not only help to prevent wrinkles, premature aging, and hyperpigmentation (darker spots on the skin) but also plays a great role in the prevention of skin cancer.

Dr. Perkins is not alone in advocating that people be diligent about sun protection. In fact, in the news this morning, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now taking a more active role in how well a sunscreen product protects users against ultraviolet A rays (UVA). UVB rays make people burn, whereas UVA rays penetrate deeper, which can be more damaging in the long run.

According to an article on ABC.com “World News with Diane Sawyer”, the FDA will begin to enforce more rigid standards on the manufacturers of sunscreens. Those that promote a “broad spectrum” claim (meaning they protect against UVA and UVB rays) “will have to show that the amount of UVA protection proportionally increases as the SPF level increases” and “the product will also need to be SPF 15 or higher”. Additionally, “sunscreens will have to include a drug facts box on the back of the bottle”, they no longer will be identified as “sun block” because this implication is inaccurate, and they can no longer claim the product offers more than two hours of protection or “claim the product as water-proof or sweat-proof without indicating the length of time it can provide full protection”.

The article also included input from Dr. Mark Abdelmalek, chief of dermatology and ABC News medical contributor who was quoted as saying that “zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are physical sunscreens which are already known to reliably protect against UVA and UVB rays”.

The sun protection products available at Evolutions – such TIZO SPF 40 made up of titanium, iron, and zinc oxides, Obagi sun protection products, and Colorescience Sunforgettable mineral make-up sun protection – are what we would consider sunBLOCKS because the ingredients physically block the UVA and UVB rays, as corroborated by Dr. Abdelmalek.

On a side note, in a segment on Good Morning America, they covered notable sunscreens and, making news again(!), was Colorescience’s Sunforgettable SPF 50 translucent powder. They remarked that the ease of the built-in brush makes this the best “touch-up powder” that can be used anywhere, without a mirror. We agree!
Stop by our Santa Barbara medical spa to purchase effective sun protection products or learn more about them. It’s never too late to make sun protection a habit for life!

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Promotes Sun Protection by Obagi

Sunny Santa Barbara skies and long days at the beach are a perfect recipe for sun damage resulting in hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and, at worst, skin cancer IF you are not protecting your skin from the strong rays of the sun.

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins consistently advocates sun protection as a crucial step to preventing environmental and sun damage, which can appear years, or decades, after accumulated sun exposure.

With a long weekend rapidly approaching, we recommend covering yourself with an effective sunscreen. One of our favorites is Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50. Obagi’s Sun Shield combines high UVB absorption and dynamic UVA blockage with 10.5% zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that is non-whitening, PABA-free, fragrance-free and has an elegant, matte finish.

Being mindful of your sun protection will allow you to enjoy yourself during the summer and year round. In the meantime, keep this general sun protection tips in mind (courtesy of Obagi Medical Products):

– Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside.

– Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, and after swimming and sweating.

– When outside, cover up! Wide brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses recommended.

– Do not burn. As few as five sunburns doubles your risk for skin cancer.
Obagi’s Nu-Derm Sun Shield, and other sun protection products, are available at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara. Check out the Evolutions’ Facebook page for special offers on sun protectors!