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Santa Barbara Skin Care Event at Evolutions Medical Spa Recap

Yesterday evening’s Skin Care 101 Event at Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara was packed!

Guests indulged in complimentary Clarisonic and Vibraderm mini-treatments and Colorescience mineral make-up application. Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins educated clients on the importance of home skin care including essential steps and the quality of products. Recap follows:


Spa Procedures vs. Home Care: Which is More Important?
The answer may surprise you: both are equally important to achieve a desired result such as healthy, smooth skin that glows.
Routinely participating in spa procedures (facials with extractions, chemical peels, professional exfoliation with Vibraderm) contributes to about 50 – 60% of your desired end result while home care contributes the other 40 – 50% in helping you toward fabulous skin.
The take home message is that consistent use of professional home care products builds upon the work that is done on your skin at the spa.
High Quality Home Care: Pharmaceutical Grade Products vs. Mass Market Skin Care Products
Dr. Perkins highly recommends pharmaceutical grade skin care products because they have higher active ingredients which renders them more powerful. Mass market skin care products have lower active ingredients so that they can be used by a large audience without many problems. In mass market skin care, usually the packaging is half the cost of what you are buying.
The Five Essential Steps of a Comprehensive Skin Care System
Consistently incorporating these steps into your home care regimen is key to obtaining and maintaining your ideal complexion.
  1. Cleanse twice daily. Use the Clarisonic skin care brush when washing your face. The 1 minute sonic cycle gently removes dirt and sebum under your skin, up to 2x more than cleansing with your hands alone.
  2. Exfoliate two times per week. Chemically or physically exfoliating the skin helps to slough off the older skin cells and eventually creates more evenness to the surface of the skin.
  3. Antioxidize three times per week to decrease damage from free radicals that cause aging and possibly the beginning of skin cancer. Applying a topical antioxidant on your skin is much more powerful than taking something orally. For example, topical vitamin C (known as L-Ascorbic Acid) packs 50x more of a punch than would ingesting vitamin C. We are not discouraging you from eating food that is rich in antioxidants rather we encourage you to use a topical antioxidant along with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables! A powerful topical antioxidant moisturizer made by Revale contains CoffeeBerry® – derived from the fruit of the coffee plant – it has one of the highest antioxidant scores recorded. Revale is available at Evolutions.
  4. Retinoids – commonly known as “Retin-A” – are great to use two times per week. You may have heard of Retin A (or “tretinoin) traditionally used for acne. Research has found that retinoids also normalize cell differentiation along with decreasing the plugging of pores and helps to correct DNA damage which may help to keep skin cancer at bay.
  5. Sunscreen – this is the most essential step – and must be used daily, year round! Preferably the use of a physical block sunscreen is best as it deflects the UVA and UVB rays. Physical suncreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. At Evolutions we carry Obagi sun protectors (Skin Protection in SPF 35 and Sun Shield in SPF 50) and TiZo (in various SPFs).
Evolutions Medical Spa carries various medical grade skin care products that Dr. Perkins has hand-picked because of their therapeutic value and high level of satisfaction by clients. We also offer a complimentary skin care consultation by filling out this form or calling for an appointment at 805.687.0212.

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.


Evolutions Medical Spa’s February Special: Triple Treat!

At Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara, February is the time to treat yourself to the Triple Treat package!

Good in February only, purchase a Triple Treat package for only $250 (a $370 value!!)! The package includes:

pampering facialEvolutions Medical Spa’s Signature Facial: one of our most popular treatments, is an ideal blend of medical technology and deep relaxation. It includes all the elements of the Rejuvenating Facial plus a blissful paraffin treatment, a Mini Vibraderm, and a high-tech Multiwave LED session for added relaxation and improved results.

SpaWhite Express Teeth Whitening: SpaWhite is the newest, safest, and most effective teeth whitening system available outside of a dental office. You can now have a whiter smile in only 15 minutes with little to no sensitivity!

NuCelle Cleanser: A gentle wash to help combat surface bacteria and irritations without drying or irritating the skin. Works immediately to dissolve makeup and surface pollution. Formulated free of oils and soaps. Good for all skin types.

Visit Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara to purchase your Triple Treat Package today! Offer expires February, 28, 2010.


Thank You from Santa Barbara’s Evolutions Medical Spa!

The Evolutions Anniversary Open House on Wednesday evening was truly a celebration!

We would like to extend a great big Thank You to all of our clients and friends who came out to support us and we are excited to Welcome the new customers that stopped by to see what we had to offer!


We knew the event was going to be BIG after receiving over 220 RSVPs and seeing people line up before the 4pm start time so that they could be one of the first 50 attendees who were promised a gift bag full of goodies!


Clients were excited to receive discounts throughout the evening on all of our services including facials, chemical peels, laser hair removal, injectables such as Botox and Dsyport, dermal fillers and more! We also had representatives from some of the most popular skincare product lines and companies on hand to educate guests and answer questions from Obagi medical-grade skincare, DNA Health Institute organic skincare, Colorescience make-up, Radiesse wrinkle treatment, VelaShape body contouring, Sunshine Wellness Nutrition Services, Vita Medica Nutraceutical supplements and Dysport, the new anti-wrinkle treatment alternative to Botox.

balloonGuests enjoyed spinning the Prize Wheel, winning valuable prizes such as a Vibraderm Plus or Laser Genesis facial while awaiting their complimentary treatments featuring the Clarisonic skin cleansing system and Vibraderm exfoliation.

The Evolutions event was about commemorating four wonderful years in Santa Barbara and, more importantly, celebrating our clientele who inspires us to offer the best technology and most innovative treatments for skincare in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Perkins, his family, and the wonderful staff at Evolutions thank you for attending and look forward to seeing you throughout 2010!