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 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.

Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreens Available at Evolutions

Evolutions Sunscreen Santa BarbaraWe’ve been experiencing Spring-like weather for some time now and our sun exposure is only going to ramp up, most likely until late Fall! At our Santa Barbara Medical & Day Spa, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all sunscreen and that is why we carry a variety of sunscreens. You can feel confident that all of them will give you a high level of protection while you choose the one that best fits your skin’s needs.

Here is more information about our sun protection products:

WEIGHTLESS PROTECTION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 45 by PCA Skin

  • Quick-absorbing with a light finish
  • Lightweight, easily can be worn alone or under makeup
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation
  • Self.com says it is a great pick for those with “combination, oily, or break-out prone skin” (December 2015)

SUN SHIELD MINERAL BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 by Obagi

  • INVISIBLE ZINC technology gives you the protection of zinc without the white finish (dries clear)
  • Br0ad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Lightweight and oil free
  • Non-comedogenic and won’t cause irritation
  • Water-resistant up to 40 minutes
  • Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen

SUN SHIELD MATTE BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 50 by Obagi

  • A lightweight feel that dries in an elegant matte finish
  • Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Use alone or under makeup and other skin care products
  • Non-greasy, PABA-free
  • Fragrance-free

TiZO3 FACIAL MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 40 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals

  • Sun protection that goes on silky with a non-greasy matte finish
  • Free of: chemical sunscreens, preservatives, oils, fragrances, or PABA
  • Contains #1 (Zinc Oxide) and #2 (Titanium Dioxide) rated sunscreen filters
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Photostable: will not break down in sunlight
  • Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic skin treatments (lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facial cosmetic surgery, etc.,)

SOLAR PROTECTION FORMULA SPF 58 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals 

  • Strong sun protection that is lightly tinted that fades to your natural tone
  • Free of: chemical sunscreens, preservatives, oils, fragrances, or PABA
  • Contains #1 (Zinc Oxide) and #2 (Titanium Dioxide) rated sunscreen filters
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Photostable: will not break down in sunlight
  • Water-resistant up to 40 minutes
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic skin treatments (lasers, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facial cosmetic surgery, etc.,)
  • Excellent product for children

LA DEFENSE BROAD SPECTRUM 30 by Luzern

  • 100% natural, mineral-based pigments
  • Broad spectrum UVA-UVB protection
  • Antioxidants help minimize signs of premature aging and the formation of dark spots
  • Brightens skin tone
  • Hydrates for firm, supple skin
  • Non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, animal cruelty-free

Sun Protection for Lips, Nose and Ears
LIPTECT SPF 45 by Fallene Cosmeceuticals

  • LipTect is specifically developed for the thinnest layers of skin on the lips, nose, and ears
  • Combines Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for sun protections; it is free of chemical sunscreens
  • An elegant soothing formula that fades to a natural skin tone

Dr. Perkins hand-selects our skin care products – including sunscreen – based on therapeutic-value, reputation, and high level of client satisfaction so you can rest-assured that these sunscreens will work for you (although don’t forget to reapply after water exposure, excessive sun exposure, or excessive sweating).

If you have questions or would like to purchase any of these sun protection products, stop by today.

Santa Barbara Medical Spa Featured Treatment: Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair

Smooth and youthful-looking skin can be yours with our new and improved medical spa treatment: Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair! Sublative Rejuvenation is one the of the best skin resurfacing procedures available and involves little to no pain and now includes DNA CryoStem Therapy to enhance your results.

Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair is clinically proven for ALL skin types and can effectively treat and improve:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles (mild to moderate)
  • Textural irregularities (such as acne scarring)
  • Sun damage and age spots
  • General tone, texture, and color of skin
  • Skin laxity (face and chest)

How does Sublative Rejuvenation work?
Sublative Skin Resurfacing Santa Barbara Medical SpaSublative Rejuvenation uses Radio Frequency (RF) energy that is applied to the skin to induce a skin “injury” in tiny matrix spots. The skin “injury” is bigger under the surface (like an inverted cone) than on the surface. This helps the skin heal faster. As the skin heals, levels of collagen will be increased and new healthy skin cells are produced.

How does DNA Repair enhance the treatment?
 Adding the DNA serum immediately after the skin resurfacing treatment supercharges the rejuvenation procedure because the CryoStem Therapy serum is packed with collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, DNA, RNA(I), fibroblasts, lipids, antioxidants, vitamins and embryonic bovine stem cells. These building blocks of the skin maximizes skin renewal. The DNA CryoStem Therapy consists of 100% natural, chemical and preservative free formulations.

Is there downtime with this skin resurfacing treatment?
There is no downtime with Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair. Clients may develop tiny scabs (smaller than a pin prick) from the matrix spots that are barely visible and can be covered with makeup. These usually slough off quickly.

Does the treatment hurt?
30 minutes prior to the treatment we apply a physician-strength topical numbing treatment. With the topical numbing, clients report little to no pain.

Santa-Barbara-Sublative-Rejuvenation-Evolutions

How many treatments are recommended and when can I see results?
The total number of treatments depends upon your skin’s condition. Your Evolutions clinician can help determine what is right for you at your complimentary consultation. Typically, clients have 4 treatments, 4 to 6 weeks apart.

Results are noticeable within 1 to 2 weeks after the first treatment and are cumulative, therefore we encourage clients to stay on schedule with their treatments.

How much does Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair cost?
 Price can vary according to the number of total treatments and the areas treated. For the month of January, we are offering an Introductory Special of 25% off Sublative Rejuvenation + DNA Repair Treatment and PackagesThe promotion is good until January 31, 2013 so call today to book your treatment or consultation at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara – 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.


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!