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Santa Barbara Medical Spa Event: Brighten Up Your Skin

Are you concerned with sun damage, age spots, or any type of pigmentation?

Evolutions Medical Spa Santa Barbara Event

Join us at our March event to start on the path to clear, bright skin by learning about:

  • Innovative medical treatments and packages to reduce unwanted pigmentation
  • Therapeutic home care that can brighten your skin little by little every day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm

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Services/Series/Packages Discounted 20% include:

  • FotoFacial Series
  • FotoPeel Series
  • FotoFacial Genesis Package
  • Chemical Peels (individual or series)

Products Discounted 20% include:

  • Obagi
  • Other Skin Lightening Products

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Event includes refreshments, a raffle, and exclusive specials.

– Seating Limited –
Call Today to RSVP – 805-695-2160

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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.

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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.


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Obagi Skin Care: Santa Barbara Medical Spa Highlight

At Evolutions Medical Spa in Santa Barbara we believe that the formula for great skin is comprised of a few parts, one of which includes routine medical spa services, such as facials, chemical peels and/or laser treatments, and the other part is having an effective at-home skin care program using products that have a high Obagi in Santa Barbara at Evolutions Medical Spatherapeutic value and an excellent reputation, such as Obagi. Obagi skin care products are popular because of the transformative effects they have and, as a result, they can be found in physicians offices around the globe.

Recently Obagi published a blog post that really resonated with us. They addressed putting your best face forward through the many stages of your life.  Here is an excerpt from their post:

  • Twenties – Time to get serious. This is an exciting time. Graduation. Your first real job. Investment clothing that suits your career. Everything about your life is more adult and maybe it’s time to take a more serious approach to skin care, too, by upgrading from everyday drugstore brands. Healthy skin starts with a plan and that plan begins with protection. Start with Obagi Professional-C Serums™. These Vitamin C serums deliver topical antioxidant benefits to help correct and protect your skin from signs of future damage and aging.
  • Thirties – Make it a habit. This is a nonstop, multitasking, multi-role time of life. You may be too busy to notice the effects of time on your skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to show. A consistent daily skin care routine can be a key contributor to healthy, beautiful skin and helping to minimize future damage. Protect and help prevent your skin from showing the early signs of aging with the Obagi-C® Rx System.
  • Forties and Fifties – Facing new challenges. You have embraced who you’ve become and are comfortable in your own skin. Your goal is to look like the fabulous person you are today. Tackle the inevitable skin concerns that come from age with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system specially formulated to reveal healthy skin. And for those pesky crow’s feet, try the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help improve resilience and increase elasticity of the skin all around your eyes!
  • Sixties and beyond – Shining in your golden years. Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can’t be as beautiful and vibrant now as in your younger years. Even if you’ve been diligent with skin care on your face over the years, you may have neglected the skin on your neck and chest area, which tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. The ELASTIderm® Décolletage System can help diminish the signs of aging and helps to restore healthy skin on your neck and chest. Your overall appearance now matches the grace and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your years.

Of course, no matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life, such as washing your face every night and using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. For a sheer, matte finish sunscreen, try our award-winning Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 for broad-spectrum protection.

Evolutions carries Obagi and other medical-grade skin care products that have been carefully selected by Dr. Perkins to bring you unparalleled home care. On your next visit, ask your clinician to create a customized home care regimen for you or schedule a complimentary skin care consultation by calling us at 805.687.0212.

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Evolutions Medical Spa Event Recap: “Brighten Up” with FotoFacials, Laser Facials, Peels and More

Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins – and founder of Evolutions Medical Spa – never ceases to amaze us with the knowledge he holds about the skin and skin care. Last night he shared with a captive audience how to get on the path to clear, bright skin. Here is the recap from the “Brighten Up” educational event at Evolutions.

What stands in the way of luminous skin? For many of us, it is an issue of pigmentation. Pigmentation, also referred to as age spots, “liver” spots, freckles, is caused by melanin.  Melanin is produced as a protection to the skin in response to sun exposure (a sun “tan” is actually a skin injury), trauma, or inflammation. Melanin can also be influenced by hormones, birth control pills, and pregnancy. Appearance problems occur when melanocytes are over stimulated such as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (from pimples) or melasma, which is a broad patch of pigmentation that can occur in the epidermal or dermal layers of the skin.

How do we get rid of pigmentation? Below are the options that Dr. Perkins outlined for us:

HOME CARE

While Evolutions offers a variety of services that are effective in the treatment of pigmentation problems, Dr. Perkins stressed that it is also important to practice diligent home care to prevent or lighten pigmentation. The #1 recommendation from Dr. Perkins is to wear your sunscreen daily! The fact is that more than half of UV exposure is “incidental” exposure such as sitting near a window, driving in your car, walking outside to chat with your neighbor, you get the picture! UVA actually goes through glass, so you aren’t protected in your car or at your window office.

Evolutions offers a variety of bleaching agents and hydroquinone (which stops the formation of pigment from being formed). Some product recommendations:

  • Obagi Clear and C-Rx Night: a product with hydroquinone as an active ingredient that helps to fade unwanted pigment
  • Revale Illuminating Serum: has the highest potency of antioxidants – good anti-oxidation helps skin repair
  • Nia24: helps skin repair at the DNA level which normalizes pigmentation
  • Retinoids (“Retin A”, “Tretinoin”): help normalize cell differentiation
  • Combination Prescription Products (“Firm and Fade”): offered exclusively at Evolutions that combines Retin-A, hydroquinone, and a low potency steroid (used to calm down inflammation)

In addition to using a brightening/lightening product, you may want to add in a product that encourages cell turnover. Products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids, amino fruit acids, and retinoids are all good choices.

VIBRADERM

Vibraderm is done using abrasive aluminum paddles that provide a gentle abrasion. It is faster than microdermabrasion and does not have a vacuum component (which can cause broken capillaries).  This physical exfoliation is used to treat superficial pigment problems with no downtime. It will improve the penetration of products / peels and is great as a stand alone service or in conjunction with a peel or facial.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS : FOTOFACIAL RF

This “Gold Standard” treatment of pigmentation uses Intense Pulsed Light / Radiofrequency to target pigment and “red” areas. A FotoFacial works deeper than most chemical peels and can significantly improve your skin texture by reducing redness, age spots, sun damage, spider veins, fine lines (although not a treatment for wrinkles) and large pores. We offer the FotoFacial in a series or in combination with other treatments (FotoPeel, FotoPeel Plus, and FotoFacial Genesis Packages), depending on an individual’s needs.

CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels are a “controlled” injury to the skin that causes a deep, even exfoliation. At Evolutions we offer different depths of peels (from light to medium to deep).

  • AFA Peels: the alpha-hydroxy peel is a “light” peel for those who want the benefits of a peels without a large amount of actual peeling. This peel can be done alone or in a series of five (recommended).
  • Alpha Beta Peel: this is the most popular peel at Evolutions. It is a medium-depth physical exfoliation and works well to get rid of superficial sun damage and is a great choice for clients who want to see results in 4-5 days.
  • Obagi Blue Peel: this is the deepest peel offered. It will significantly improve your complexion. You will have firmer, clearer, smoother, healthier skin.

LIGHT-BASED TREATMENTS: Q-SWITCHED LASER

This newest laser is used for our newest service – tattoo removal. It delivers laser energy so rapidly that it breaks up pigment without excessive heating of the surrounding tissue.  Currently we are testing how effectively it can treat stubborn brown pigmentation. Stay tuned at a later date for more information on the Q-Switched Laser!

SUBLATIVE REJUVENATION

This unique fractional resurfacing device uses radiofrequency energy instead of light to safely treat all skin types. Sublative Rejuvenation is used to treat wrinkles, pigment, acne scarring, skin laxity, tone and texture. There is less downtime and discomfort than older fractional laser devises (i.e. the Fraxel) and it can be combined with other light-based treatments (such as the FotoFacial RF or Total Tightening) for customizable treatment options.

CHEMABRASION

This surgical procedure done by Dr. Perkins at Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara (near Cottage Hospital) combines a deep peel with dermabrasion (not microdermabrasion). It treats wrinkles, sun damage, and pigment. You will be very impressed with the results. For more information, contact Cosmetic Surgery Center at 805.563.0000.

CONCLUSION

The best way to treat sun damage is to prevent it by using your sunscreen daily (on your face, neck, and decolletage). When pigment issues arise, there are a number of treatment options available at Evolutions and “at home”. Pigmentation can be treated on all areas of the body.

At Evolutions we always offer a complimentary consultation. If you are interested in one of our medical spa services, or simply looking for a new home care routine, call us at 805.687.0212 to make an appointment (or book online).

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