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All About Chemical Peels for Beautiful Skin by a Santa Barbara Medical Spa


Let it Peel

Here at Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa we LOVE chemical peels! We like to call them the “Best bang for your buck”. We get very excited when a client or staff member does a peel. It’s kind of an instant transformation and there is something really rewarding about seeing all that damaged skin come off before your eyes and then seeing the fresh, new skin appear, in a short amount of time.

Chemical Peels have been around a long time! Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have been using chemoexfoliation methods, also known as chemical peeling, to rejuvenate skin. The original chemoexfoliant was lactic acid, an active ingredient of sour milk and old wine with tartaric acid as its active ingredient was also used. Today, these historical chemoexfoliants are known to contain alpha hydroxy acids, which are the active ingredients responsible for the skin exfoliation.

Why get a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peeling is used to improve the skin’s appearance by applying a chemical solution to the skin, causing the top damaged layers of skin to separate and peel off. The new skin is smoother, less wrinkled, and may be more even in color. It is helpful for those individuals with facial blemishes, wrinkles, mild scarring (like acne scars) and uneven skin pigmentation (blotchiness, sun spots, age spots or freckles). Also, by removing the outer layers of dead skin cells, peels help enhance penetration (and therefore effectiveness) of moisturizers and treatment products (getting more value from your home skin care!).

Evolutions September Event is about Chemical Peels

Every month we have an educational events at Evolutions – our September Event is Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, and the theme is ‘Chemical Peels’. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, owner of Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara and the Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara, will be doing a presentation on Chemical Peels. Additionally, there will be exclusive discounts just for attendees. Wine and refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle too!

Please call Evolutions Medical Spa at 805.687.0212 to RSVP.

At our monthly educational events you get tons of information in an informal setting and Dr. Perkins and Evolutions staff will be available for Q & A. If you are not able to join us, stay tuned for the next post regarding how chemical peels work, what chemical peels we offer and what sort of results you can expect.

This is a great time of year to get a chemical peel at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara!

And for our September 2009 promotion we are giving our clients 25% off Obagi products when you purchase a peel. This promotion expires September 30, 2009.
So, all the more reason to come see us today!

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Revaleskin Products with CoffeeBerry Extract Reviewed by Evolutions Spa Client

Last month Evolutions hosted a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin Event” (read the recap about it here) and one lucky client won the Revaleskin products basket! After using the products for four weeks, she has volunteered to blog her experience of Revale with us!

Revaleskin products are powerful anti-aging skin care products that are exclusively formulated with CoffeeBerry® extract (coffee berries pictured to the right), a natural super-antioxident. CoffeeBerry® extract boasts one of the highest antioxidant scores ever recorded – rich in polyphenol antioxidants that help fend off the free radicals that cause cell damage and play a part in the aging process.

Evolutions Client’s Review of Revaleskin:

“I was thrilled to win such a valuable basket of products at Evolutions! After winning the basket, I had a consultation with the Revaleskin representative whose knowledge of the product was impressive, and even more so was his belief in the product’s possibilities. We looked at before-and-after pictures of people (some who were smokers) who had used Revaleskin and I was impressed with what I saw. One person’s crows feet (“laugh lines” around the eyes) seemed to have just disappeared from the “before” picture. I was eager to try the product, especially around my tired eyes that always seem a bit puffy and on my “age” or “sun” spots that I have accumulated rather rapidly in the past few years. In my basket I received the Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye Replenishing cream. The products had a very mild fragrance that is not flowery or coffee-smelling. All the creams go on smoothly and soak in without leaving my skin looking slick or oily. The Replenishing Eye cream is impressive – the representative told me I only need to use a very small amount (less than a pea-size) for both eyes. I use the eye cream first thing in the morning and before bed and I have noticed that it absorbs rapidly and I have never had any eye irritation from it. After four weeks, I definitely feel like I see a great difference in my eye area – I feel that they are not puffy and I think that the CoffeeBerry extract is helping to prevent any further wrinkles. I also feel like my skin, in general, looks less blotchy and healthier. Some of my sun spots seem to have faded and I feel like overall they look less prominent. Prone to breaking out with acne from time to time, I was curious to see if the product would have an effect on that. I have to say that I have not broken out in the last four weeks and my theory is that the CoffeeBerry extract – full of antioxidants -promotes a more rapid turnover of my skin cells and that keeps my skin fresh and renewed which means less of a breeding ground for any acne bacteria. Over all, I am really happy with the products and plan to continue using them after my supply runs out! Although I don’t have too many wrinkles – I am interested in keeping my skin as wrinkle-free as possible and I truly believe that Revaleskin products are great to have in my arsenal.

Revaleskin products are a simple 3-step system and contain a daily facial cleanser, a Day Cream with SPF 15 sunscreen and a Night Cream to rejuvenate. Also available are the Intense Recovery Treatment and Replenishing Eye Therapy.

Revaleskin Night Cream was featured in InStyle Magazines “Best Beauty Buys 2009” highlighting that the “silky formula tackles fine lines and age spots … (and) it sinks in twice as fast as most other night creams”.

Revaleskin is a skin care line available at Evolutions Medical Spa.

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Review of Evolutions Medical Spa Event Featuring DYSPORT

Yesterday Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara held an exciting educational event introducing Dysport – the first real alternative to Botox. On hand was the Dysport representative (left in the picture) who held an informative presentation and question and answer period followed by a live demonstration by Dr. Terry Perkins of a patient receiving Dysport. In addition, attendees who purchased a Dysport treatment at the event received a special discount and one lucky raffle winner won a free treatment!

Key points that we learned about Dysport:

  • It is a form of botulinum toxin type A (and so is Botox)
  • The “onset” time is shorter than Botox, with patients seeing results as early as 24 – 36 hours after treatment
  • Dysport is FDA approved and has been used in Europe since the early 1990s
  • Dysport is measured in units that are different than Botox and it works out to be a better value than Botox
  • Dysport is commonly used to treat wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes and can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Dysport typically lasts three to four months
  • Dysport is injected with a small needle to specific areas – see live demonstration picture below:

Read more about Dsyport and Botox on Evolutions website. A Dysport treatment session usually lasts 30 minutes. Call Evolutions to book your appointment today – 805.687.0212!

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WEDNESDAY: Education at Evolutions Event Featuring DYSPORT – Botox Alternative

This Wednesday, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, will be hosting an evening of Education at Evolutions! Featuring DYSPORT – the first “real” alternative to Botox!

Dysport Education at Evolutions Medical Spa Event
Wednesday July 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Please call to RSVP 687.0212.
Evolutions Medical Spa is located at 1309 State Street in Santa Barbara

Dysport is a highly effective wrinkle treatment and an alternative to Botox, is now FDA approved and available at Evolutions!

At the Dysport education event, you will:
  • Learn all about the first true competitor to Botox
  • Discover the similarities between Dysport and Botox
  • See a live demonstration performed by Dr. Perkins
  • Enter for a chance to win a free Dysport treatment
  • Enjoy a pre-purchase special exclusively for attendees
Event includes refreshments, raffles and a great Special!

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Evolutions Medical Spa Crazy Gorgeous Skin Event Recap and Learn the Basics of a Great Home Care Skin Regimen

On Wedneday Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara hosted an event called Crazy Gorgeous Skin which was dedicated to home care regimens for your skin. We had several representatives on hand for some of the skin care products that we carry such as Revaleskin, DNA, Colorescience and Clarisonic. We had a great turn out and several of our guests won generous raffle prizes! One client won the Revaleskin basket with the Day Cream SPF 15, Night Cream and Replenishing Eye Therapy cream. Revaleskin products are made with the potent CoffeeBerry® extract that is rich in antioxidants to fend off aging and cell damage. Our client was so pleased that she promised us that she would review the product after a few weeks use. Stay tuned for a guest blog post soon!

Did you know that the product lines Evolutions carries are all carefully selected by Dr. Perkins for their excellent reputations, therapeutic value, and high level of client satisfaction? Many of these lines utilize patented technologies and are only able to be sold by physicians. Furthermore, rather than carry entire lines, Dr. Perkins has hand-picked the “best of the best” of each line!
We’d like to share with you the basic building blocks of a great home care regimen:

 

 

CLEANSERS are the first step in any skin care program. It is necessary to clean make-up, dirt, and oil from your skin in order to allow the therapeutic products to have a maximum effect. Poor cleansing can also result in clogged pores.
EXFOLIANTS work by increasing cell turnover. As we age, cell turnover decreases, which can give the skin a “dull” look and/or a rough, uneven color and feel. By helping to remove the outer skin layers, exfoliants “freshen” the skin, as well as allow other therapeutic products to penetrate more effectively. Furthermore, with proper use, exfoliants help the skin to become more hydrated.
ANTIOXIDANTS fight against the free radical injury (environmental chemical compounds that cause skin DNA damage) that is associated with sun damage, skin aging, and skin cancer. Topical application of “active” antioxidants is far more effective than oral ingestion. Consistent use of antioxidant skin care helps repair prior environmental damage as well as decreases future damage.

RETINOIDS help to normalize skin cell growth. They decrease the development of abnormal cells (such as cancer), pigment clumping (brown spots), and the activity of some enzymes that cause skin degradation. They also work to increase collagen and elastic production, which makes the skin look healthier and more youthful.

SUN PROTECTION (UV Protection) is the most basic and important thing you can do for your skin. It is critical to wear a broadband (UVA and UVB) sunscreen every day as the damage UV radiation causes leads to premature aging, abnormal pigmentation, spider veins, and skin cancer. UVB rays cause sunburns and directly damage DNA. UVA rays penetrate more deeply, creating oxidative damage that causes aging and skin sagging. Please note that UVA rays are present even on cloudy days and the majority of sun damage is caused by incidental exposure (not “laying out”). If you do nothing else for your skin, wear a good sunscreen daily!

Depending on your skin type and condition, these might also be important:

 

MOISTURIZERS help skin appear smoother and younger by hydrating cells. This reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, makes the skin recover faster from environmental stressors, and decreases water loss through the skin.
SKIN TYPE SPECIFIC PRODUCTS. Depending on your skin type and condition (i.e., acne prone, mature, dry, etc), specific products may provide additional benefit.

 

 

Building a great home care regimen can be confusing and intimidating! Evolutions is happy to help you! Call us (687.0212) to schedule a complimentary consultation!
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THIS WEDNESDAY: “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event at Evolutions Medical Spa

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

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

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

Evolutions Medical Spa. 1309 State Street, Santa Barbara.
Wednesday, June 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30
This is a free event. Refreshments will be served. Please call to RSVP 687.0212.
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Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event: Featured Product Nia24

On Wednesday, June 17th, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is hosting a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” event. Representatives from top skin care lines will be on hand to discuss a comprehensive home care regimen. Over the next few days, the Evolutions blog will be highlighting products that can become part of your home care skin regimen.

 

NIA24 Skin Therapy

Nia24 – Niacin-powered skin therapy – is based on 25+ years of biomedical research. A patented Niacin molecule is the main ingredient in Nia24 where it helps to stimulate DNA repair and build the skin barrier from the inside out. Nia24 is popular among celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Renee Zellweger, Debra Messing and Marcia Cross – all known for their gorgeous, flawless skin.

 

Come to Evolutions Crazy Gorgeous Skin event for a chance to win a gift basket from Nia24! Nia24 skin therapy also available at Evolutions and on our eStore.

 

>> Read more about the Crazy Gorgeous Skin Care event here <<
Don’t forget to RSVP to Evolutions Medical Spa at 687.0212!
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Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event: Featured Product Colorescience

On Wednesday, June 17th, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is hosting a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” event. Representatives from top skin care lines will be on hand to discuss a comprehensive home care regimen. Over the next few days, the Evolutions blog will be highlighting products that can become part of your home care skin regimen.

Colorescience: Colors, Protects, Corrects

Mineral color skin care products by Colorescience blends the line between color and science. Protect and color your skin with Colorescience’s convenient foundation all-in-one application. Easy to use and carry in your purse – the Colorescience corrector brush (pictured left) conceals problem areas of the skin, provides color, is SPF 20 and very water resistant.

Recently seen in InStyle magazine as a Hot Find and mentioned by actress Cameron Diaz in the June issue of OK! magazine as the make-up that she uses whenever she is on a photo shoot. This is Cameron Diaz’s fifth mention of Colorescience! Apparently she likes it as much as we do.

Come in to Evolutions for a Colorescience consultation – we will help you find the Colorescience that best suits you! Also available at Evolutions’ eStore.

>> Read more about the Crazy Gorgeous Skin Care event here <<
Don’t forget to RSVP to Evolutions Medical Spa at 687.0212!

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Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event: Featured Product Revaleskin

On Wednesday, June 17th, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is hosting a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” event. Representatives from top skin care lines will be on hand to discuss a comprehensive home care regimen. Over the next few days, the Evolutions blog will be highlighting products that can become part of your home care skin regimen.

Revaleskin Skin Care Products

Formulated with CoffeeBerry®a natural super-antioxidant ingredient – is what gives Revaleskin products a natural boost in anti-aging products. CoffeeBerry® is rich in polyphenol antioxidants that help fend off free radicals which cause cell damage and lead to signs of aging. Revaleskin night cream was recenlty featured in InStyle magazine’s Best Beauty Buys of 2009 as a formula that “tackles fine lines and age spots” plus “sinks in twice as fast as most other night creams”.

Review Revaleskin at the Crazy Gorgeous Skin event – available for purchase at Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara or online at Evolutions’ eStore.

>> Read more about the Crazy Gorgeous Skin Care event here <<>

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Santa Barbara Evolutions Medical Spa “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event: Featured Product Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

On Wednesday, June 17th, Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara is hosting a “Crazy Gorgeous Skin” event. Representatives from top skin care lines will be on hand to discuss a comprehensive home care regimen. Over the next few days, the Evolutions blog will be highlighting products that can become part of your home care skin regimen.

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush

InStyle magazine features this as one of the Best Beauty Buys 2009! This brush, developed by the company that makes the Sonicare toothbrush, is gentle to use two times per day and is proven to be two times more effective than cleansing your face by hand. After using the Clarisonic skin care brush for two months, people reported:

    • softer skin

 

    • decreased pore size

 

    • more effective cleaning

 

  • healthier looking skin

The brush is waterproof (try it in the shower!) and can be used up to seven days without charging (personally tried – taken on vacation with me without the charger!). Available for purchase at Evolutions Medical Spa or at our eStore.

>> Read more about the Crazy Gorgeous Skin Care event here <<
Don’t forget to RSVP to Evolutions Medical Spa at 687.0212!
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