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Colorescience Mineral Makeup: 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. The second topic was about Obagi Medical Products and can be read here. Our final topic is about Colorescience mineral makeup. 

What is Colorescience Mineral Makeup?

Colorescience is a sunscreen company with an emphasis on beauty.  The company operates under the motto “We will not compromise health for beauty or beauty for health”.  True to those words, Colorescience makeup is made up of pure minerals – there are no dyes, talcs, alcohols, mineral oils or fragrance in their products.  Colorescience uses titanium and zinc –  natural sunscreens – in their products so they protect against sun damage while also correcting your complexion.


Tip: Many makeup companies these days have introduced a “mineral” line of makeup but most of these only contain a trace amount of minerals.  To test the purity of mineral makeup, pour the powder into a glass of water. Mineral makeup should float on top, without falling through (see image on right).

Four Must-Haves from Colorescience

There are four daily steps that will lead to your most perfect canvas:

1 ) Prep and Prime: The first step to a perfect complexion is to minimize the look of pores and fill in fine lines and wrinkles.  Colorescience PRO offers four SPF 20 face primers to set the stage for seamless makeup application:

  • Skin Brightening Primer: illuminates and improves the look of your skin.  A yellow tint refines redness to deliver a vibrant glow.
  • Wild to Mild Primer: one of the most popular primers – Wild to Mild gives a sheer, sun-kissed look while protecting and soothing to even skin tones.
  • Chocolate Mousse Mattifying Primer: this cocoa-based primer is an excellent choice for oily or shiny complexions and darker skin tones.  It works to hydrate and balance and provides a matte finish.
  • About Face Calming Primer: for sensitive skin, this primer diminishes redness and irritation for a calmer complexion.

2) Colore and Correct: Hide imperfections and achieve an overall even skin tone when you colore and correct with Colorescience PRO foundations and correctors. Blend and layer to achieve maximum correction.

  • Sheer Creme Foundation: this silky foundation is designed for seamless coverage.  Use with a powder for a flawless finish.
  • Loose Mineral Foundation SPF 20: this lightweight, very water resistant powder feels as smooth as a cream, but doesn’t dry the skin.
  • Pressed Mineral Foundation: pressed minerals can provide light to full coverage without the thick look of traditional pressed powder.

3) Set and Refresh: Colorescience PRO setting mists turns minerals into a velvety finish.  They keep minerals in place while adding hydration to your skin.  Use throughout the day to revitalize your look. Three types of mist available: Sunforgettable to be used before, during and after sun exposure, Be Still for all skin types, and Problem Skin setting mist.

4) Protect and Shield: Sunforgettable SPF 30 and 50 are lightweight minerals that block 97% and 98.2% (respectively) of the UV rays. The minerals are translucent and feel barely-there so they can be used on men and children without looking like they have makeup on.  Dr. Terry Perkins, of Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center, recommends using sunscreen year round to keep your skin healthy and youthful. Colorescience Sunforgettable self-dispensing brushes make it easy for men, women, and children to apply, and re-apply, SPF throughout the day.

Tip: Clean the brush two to three times per week.  Spray the brush cleaner on a washcloth and hold brush upright (so the minerals won’t dispense) and swipe back and forth on the washcloth.

Find Colorescience in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spa.  Next time you’re in, ask one of our clinicians to show you how Colorescience can enhance your look!

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Evolutions Medical Spa’s 6th Anniversary Event Recap

thankyouThank 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!


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Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event: Skin Care 101

beautiful skinThis 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

sunscreen-imageSanta 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 “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!
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SPF Lip Gloss from Colorescience Shines and Protects

Spring is upon us, as well as the sun! Even though some days may be spotty here in Santa Barbara, fog does not completely block out harmful UVB rays!


colorescience_lipshineWe hope that after all of our education about sun damage and your skin, that your face is adequately covered with a physical sunblock (some of our favorites include Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Make-Up and TiZo SPF 40) and maybe even a hat, but let’s not forget our lips! Think your lips are protected because you’ve coated them with your favorite lip balm or gloss – think again!


Did you know, according to an article in the Washington Post, that “certain lip balms and glosses can actually increase your chances of developing skin cancer”?! Applying something clear and shiny to your lips, such as a gloss, actually increases light penetration and ups your chances of developing cancer. The article suggests that women who are planning to be outdoors for more than 20 minutes at a time should use a lip sunblock that is SPF 30 or more, ideally, and avoid shiny lipstick unless they have a layer of sun protection underneath. colorescience_lipshine


With that said, at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara, we have a solution for you! Colorescience now has an SPF 35 lip gloss – LIP SHINE SPF 35. This lip gloss is chemical-free, dye free and provides a physical sun block (it is 5% zinc oxide) in four elegant sheer colors.


Keep your lips luscious – and cancer-free! Colorescience Lip Shine SPF 35 in four shades, along with many other Colorescience products, are available at Evolutions. Book a complimentary Colorescience mineral make-up consultation by calling 805.687.0212.

New Colorescience Mineral Makeup Starter Kit Now at Evolutions

colorescience 2BkitAt Evolutions Medical Spa our clients often ask us for make-up recommendations. Often they are looking for make-up that provides coverage and has the potential to protect their skin from the strong Santa Barbara sun. We recommend Colorescience mineral make-up because:

  • The loose mineral pigments are purely natural, without additives. No oils, perfumes, talcs or alcohols. They are free of traditional ingredients that can irritate the skin or clog the pores.
  • The minerals are naturally anti-inflammatory and act as an antiseptic on the skin, soothing and keeping the skin clean.
  • The minerals overlay onto the skin and form a protective barrier from the onslaught of environmental pollutants.
  • Now is the perfect time to try Colorescience mineral make-up because they have introduced ColoreScience Starter Kits. These kits contain travel size versions of the four essential steps to an even complexion and flawless skin:

  • Face Primer SPF 20 fills lines and wrinkles while setting the stage for seamless make-up application.
  • Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Sun Protection SPF 30 keeps skin healthy and provides very water resistant UVA and UVB sun protection as it smoothes and mattifies.
  • Mineral Foundation SPF 20 is a powder formula that feels as smooth as cream and does not dry the skin. It can be layered for a flawless finish.
  • Setting Mist keeps your make-up and sun protection in place while hydrating your skin. Use throughout the day to revitalize your look.
  • Bonus! Mini Kabuki Brush provided for use with the Sunforgettable Mineral Powder and Mineral Foundation.
    • The Colorescience Starter Kit is available in different shades to ensure the products perfectly match your skin type. Available now in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spa for $60.

      Schedule a complimentary mineral make-up consultation at Evolutions today – 805-687-0212.


      Colorescience Mineral Make Up Making News!

      colorescienceColorescience Mineral Make Up – available at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara – makes the news again, and again!

      The Mineral Lip Shine (with an SPF of a whopping 35) makes the “Best of the Best” list in New Beauty Magazine 2011. This is what the said:

      Colorescience Mineral Lip Shine works well on its own or over other lip colors, and protects delicate lips with a potent dose of SPF 35. It has a minty scent and is super soft and not the least bit sticky.

      And in other news, the Colorescience Pro Liquid Sealer – which takes any eye makeup and turns it into a waterproof, smudge proof eyeliner – was featured on the CBS Morning Show as a “Life Changing Product”. View the CBS segment here.

      Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara carries Colorescience Mineral Make Up. There will be a Colorescience representative at our Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011, from 4pm – 8pm. Stop by for a complimentary make-up application or to learn about the product line.


      Coloresciene Sunforgettable SPF 50 Portable Brush Makes Sun Coverage Easy!

      Redbook_Oct2010At Evolutions Medical Spa we always encourage everyone to use sun protection on their face and chest, year round. Colorescience mineral make-up makes it so easy to do! Featured in the October 2010 issue of Redbook Magazine under “9 Fabulous Beauty Finds that make a major impact – in a minute or less” (page 52), they proclaim “Dust this translucent powder sunscreen over your makeup for a no-excuses midday application”. colorscience-spf-50-brush


      This lightweight mineral powder is non-irritating and provides UVA and UVB protection with a barely there feel and self-dispensing brush. It doesn’t get any easier!


      Colorescience mineral make up is available at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara. We carry the Sunforgettable Mineral Powder in translucent (SPF 50) and in an array of colors (SPF 30) to match many skin tones. Visit us to peruse all of our Colorescience products!

      Sun Protection in Sunny Santa Barbara with Colorescience Mineral Powder

      colorscience-spf-50-brushEveryday facial sun protection is one of the key ways to keep skin from becoming wrinkled, developing hyperpigmentation and, in general, aging too quickly.


      At Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins hand-picks products that are optimum for a variety of skin types and skin concerns. One of the product lines that we carry is Colorescience Pro – high-performance mineral make-up made from dermatologist recommended formulations that camouflage skin concerns while protecting skin from the sun and the environment.


      As it turns out, Colorescience mineral make-up – specifically the Colorescience Pro Mineral Powder Sunforgettable SPF 50 product – is not only highly recommended by us, but also by other widely read publications!



      • Modern Luxury (Los Angeles), April 2010. Hailed as one of “three stellar sunscreens” with “skin-loving ingredients” with “barely-there shields that are so potent, yet so invisible, you won’t be able to live without (it) in the coming months.”

      With the sun shining brightly and summer only weeks away, people become more diligent about skin protection this time of year. At Evolutions we want to emphasize that sun protection is important all year round. It is never too late to develop a great sun defense for you skin!

      Visit Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara to learn more about the Colorescience line and ask about a complimentary consultation. Evolutions Medical Spa carries Colorescience in Santa Barbara.


      Colorescience Make-Up in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spa

      Colorescience mineral make-up is one of the skincare lines hand-selected by Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins at Evolutions Medical Spa because it is completely free of the dyes, talcs, fillers, mineral oil, perfumes, and other ingredients found in traditional lines. In addition to that, Colorescience gives beautiful results without disrupting healthy skin function.

      With Spring rapidly approaching, which often means stronger sun rays and Health_Mar_2010longer time spent outdoors, it is important to remember your sun protection (although at Evolutions we think it is important to maintain sun protection year round). Colorescience makes it easy to apply, and re-apply, a powerful and portable SPF 30 that is a clear powder. Highlighted in Women’s Health Magazine (March 2010), the Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable is great for any adult skin type – and kids too!

      Here is what Women’s Health Magazine said:


      “Dust your face with a mineral-powder sunscreen to keep oil in check and reboot your SPF. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 30 is a clear powder that provides long-lasting protection and is gentle enough for those with rosacea or eczema.”

      Evolutions Medical Spa carries Colorescience in Santa Barbara. Drop by Evolutions to peruse the Colorescience product line including sun protection products (Sunforgettable) and mineral make-up face products.

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