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Skin Care for Women in Their 40s from a Santa Barbara Medical Spa Skin Expert

womenin40spostMany of our clients at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara are anxious to keep their skin in the best condition that they can. The questions we receive – from women in their 20s to 60s and beyond – have inspired us to invite a skin expert to guest author about skin care tips and concerns for women of all ages. Some posts will be geared towards a certain age group while others will be general beauty tips for all ages to enjoy!

Skin Care Tips for Women in Their 40s

Forties can be considered a time of transition for many. For a large majority of women, this time marks the onset of peri-menopause – the beginning of menopause – and subsequently a decline in the estrogen and progesterone hormones. Unfortunately your fertility is not the only thing that is affected by this change of life. Your collagen, elasatin and other crucial components of your skin’s underlying support system also begin to decline leading to the traditional symptoms of aging: wrinkles and fine lines, age spots and hyperpigmentation, saggy skin and a sallow complexion.

We all wish that we could wave a magic wand to recapture what we had in our youth! Fortunately, in this day and age, there are ways to slow or reverse some of these changes. Following are four suggested skin care tips (and a bonus tip!) to turn back the time:

  • Treat Your Body Well, Inside and Out: We know how important it is to eat our fruits and vegetables, both full of antioxidants, but how realistically do we eat all servings recommended on a daily basis? One very simple solution is to add a glass of professional quality supplements to your daily routine. BioPharma Scientific Superfood Solution supplements are only available through a health professional – find yours in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spa – and are packed with powerful nutrients to keep your skin, and body, healthy. Read about all supplements in a past blog post – we recommend the NanOmega supplement which boosts skin health alongside an assortment of other positive benefits.
  • Hydrate: Yes, drink your water! And hydrate your skin with a quality moisturizer. With a reduced load of hormones, your skin may become dry and dull, so moisturizer is a must. Remember that whatever you rub on your skin is absorbed, so make sure that your moisturizer is a product that functions underneath the skin, as well as above it. Your goal is to combat free radicals – which is the cause of cell damage and aging – so use a product that is formulated with this in mind. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Perkins highly recommends REVALÉSKIN® products because they contain CoffeeBerry® extract which is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, such as chlorogenic acid, condensed proanthocyanidins, quinic acid, and ferulic acid, all of which are key fighters of free radical molecules!
  • Exfoliate: As we age, cell turnover of your skin slows to almost 40 days (whereas it is about every 28 days in younger adults) which means the skin is thicker and/or dryer resulting in dull skin often accompanied by an uneven texture. Exfoliating the skin helps to accelerate cell turnover and allows your skin care products to absorb more effectively. A simple way to exfoliate at home is to use a gentle exfoliant – like the AFA Exfoliating Gel available in three different strengths – that removes dead skin cells with little to no irritation. Periodically a medical-grade chemical peel can compliment your skin care routine along with mechanical exfoliation such as Vibradermabrasion.
  • Lighten, Brighten and Tighten: Hyperpigmentation, sun spots and age spots can be treated in many ways. Often recommended is the Obagi Condition and Enhance System that is a prescription-strength skin care system that treats environmental and sun damage as well as aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. It is also the system recommended for those who are getting the Obagi Blue Peel (the deepest peel) to see optimum results. There are several ways to treat skin laxity including Dr. Perkins’ Total Tightening Treatment which combines two non-invasive skin tightening treatments available today. There are other skin tightening treatments that are available at Evolutions Medical Spa also. A consultation can help further determine which treatment would be best for you.
  • Bonus Tip! Freeze It and Fill It In! We are talking about your wrinkles, of course! Botox and/or Dysport, both FDA-approved for cosmetic use, are a great (temporary) way to smooth forehead wrinkles and crows feet. Our skilled medical aesthetic nurses can inject Botox/Dysport so as to not alter your natural expressions or features. Botox/Dysport treatments typically last 3 to 4 months. Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse, replace the volume lost in our face as we age and can last six months to a year.

Evolutions Medical Spa is here to assist you in the aging process. Dr. Perkins has hand-picked skin care products that are effective and beneficial in conjunction with the array of Santa Barbara spa services offered including facials, chemical peels, FotoFacials, laser facials, Botox/Dysport, laser hair removal, cellulite reduction with VelaShape and more! For a complimentary consultation, call 805.687.0212.


Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa Open House Event Reminder!

Happy birthday to YOU! Happy birthday to YOU!


Happy birthday dear Evolutions! Happy birthday to YOU!

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Evolutions Medical Spa’s 4th birthday Open House event is all about YOU! Our clients are what this celebration is about! We continuously strive to be the best medical spa to meet Santa Barbara’s skincare needs!

Our celebration is happening THIS Wednesday!
January 27th, 2010, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, at Evolutions Medical Spa.
Don’t miss out!
Here’s how you can plan for our event:

Bring your calendars! Plan ahead for your 2010 treatments, facials, chemical peels and more because ALL treatments, series and products will be discounted! Discounts up to 30% on series, facials, and chemical peels. Product gift with selected purchase items.

Bring your questions! Representatives from some of our favorite products and companies will be there to share the latest and greatest and answer your questions too! Representatives from:

  • Syneron – the leading laser company in medical aesthetics
  • Medicis – the #1 selling dermal filler in the world, along with Perlane and Dysport
  • DNA Health Institute – a completely organic and botantical skincare line which will be featuring complimentary skin rejuvenating cocktails
  • Revaleskin – skincare products that help reverse the signs of aging, made with Coffeeberry extract, the most potent natural antioxidant concentration
  • Vita-Medica (wellness) – a superior-quality nutraceutical supplement line to enhance overall health, wellness and internal skin function
  • Sunshine Wellness (wellness) – a local nutritionist and healthy meal delivery service

Bring your good luck charm! We will have raffles, raffles and more raffles! There will be up to four different ways to earn raffle tickets and over $3000 in raffle items! In addition, we will have our famous Prize Wheel for purchases over $100 and an additional spin for purchase of $500. Slots on prize wheel include: a complimentary Laser Genesis treatment (value $295) and a complimentary Vibraderm Plus (Value: $145)

Prepare to be pampered! Enjoy complimentary Mini-Treatments featuring:

  • Colorescience (premium Mineral Make-up) – have a mini make-up application done with the best in the biz!
  • Mini-Vibraderm – experience a more advanced exfoliating treatment than microderm-abrasion.
  • Clarisonic (skincare) – test out the ultimate in skin cleansing which happens to be Dr. Perkins’ #1 home skincare recommendation!

Prepare to be dazzled! Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins, and founder/Medical Director, of Evolutions will be doing a LIVE demo of Dysport – the new anti-wrinkle alternative to Botox Cosmetic, read Dr. Perkins’ press release about it here.

Prepare to arrive first! Gift bags for the first 50 attendees!

Prepare to enjoy yourself! Dr. Perkins and the Evolutions staff will be on hand for Q&A while you enjoy refreshments and wine.

Help us prepare to see you by kindly RSVP-ing to Evolutions to let us know that we can count you in – 805.687.0212!

See you soon!


Revaleskin Products with CoffeeBerry Extract Reviewed by Evolutions Spa Client

revale logoLast 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 withcoffee berry 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.


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:



skin-careCLEANSERS 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!

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 gorgeous skindiscounts 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.

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

revaleskinFormulated with CoffeeBerry®a natural super-antioxidant ingredient – is what gives Revaleskin products a natural boost in coffeeberryanti-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 <<>


“Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara

In just one week, Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara will be hosting an event that is not to be missed! Our event is dedicated to skin – and we invite all skin types – to come find out how to have Crazy Gorgeous Skin!

“Crazy Gorgeous Skin” Event at Evolutions Medical Spa
Wednesday, June 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30
gorgeous+skinPlease join Dr. Perkins and representatives from top skin care lines* 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.

This is a free event. Refreshments will be served.
* Stay tuned to the Evolutions blog over the next week! In honor of this event we will be posting information each day about the top skin care lines that will be featured at the event. Read up, become informed, and bring all your questions for the skin care representatives.