Grand Opening & 9th Anniversary

Grand Opening & 9th Anniversary Party
April 21, 2017

Please join us on Friday, April 21st for our Grand Opening & 9th Anniversary Celebration!
Bring your friends and enjoy a tour of our NEW medi-spa and learn more about our latest aesthetic services by attending our LIVE DEMOS starting at 1pm!

11:45am — Doors Open
12:00pm — Grand Opening Ceremony
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Live Demos:

  • 1pm: Micro-Needling
  • 2pm: CoolSculpting & Laser Hair Removal
  • 3pm: 24Karat Gold Facial
  • 4pm: Venus Legacy & Glo Minerals Makeup

Door Prizes, Demos, Tours, Appies, & More!

Our new location is at #101 – 3401 33rd Street, across from Intermezzo! We look forward to seeing you there!

7 Tips for Healthy Skin

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Your skin is a complex organ with many functions–to regulate temperature, to protect inner organs, to keep water in and keep bacteria out. But we often neglect our skin and forget that it needs just a little daily TLC in order to function optimally. Here are a few tips to ensure your skin is getting everything it needs to stay healthy.

  1. Cleanse your skin every night – Taking the time to cleanse your face before hitting the hay is the first step towards good skin health. Night is the optimal time for your skin to repair damage from the day’s pollution, sun and stress. If youwear makeup, it is especially important to remove it at night, but even if you don’t wear makeup, cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser will remove dirt and oil that hasaccumulated throughout the day and allow your skin to repair and replenish overnight. This also gives you the opportunity to apply vitamins and antioxidants that have been depleted by UV light and environmental factors. They need replenishing every day in order maintain skin health.
  2. Sun protection – Sun is the major cause of damage to skin. Reduce your exposure to the sun by seeking shade, covering with clothes and wearing a hat. Sunscreen use is extremely important when exposed to UV rays to prevent sunburn and photo-ageing of the skin. Look for chemical free, paraben free, full spectrum sunblock that also contain antioxidants to replenish while protecting your skin. Sun damage is cumulative and will show up as an increase brown spots, redness, sagging, wrinkles, and not to mention,it increases your risk of skin cancer.
  3. Sleep on your back – This may sound like an odd tip for skin care but sleeping on your back will save your skin from lines and creases that are formed by facial compression whenwe comfortably snuggle into our pillow while sleeping on our side or stomach. Unlike expression wrinkles, vertical wrinkles located above the eyebrows, in the upper eyelid, upper lip, alongside the nose oron the décolleté are all referred to as sleep wrinkles. They first become noticeable as creases in the morning that go away during the day but will become deeper wrinkles as we age. Side sleeping or stomach sleeping is a tough habit to break, but if you are determined to avoid this type of skin wrinkling, try placing a pillow under your knees while sleeping on your back. This is also beneficial to ease any lower back soreness that has settled in throughout the day. You can even place pillows on either side of you to prevent yourself from rolling over during your sleep. Eventually, you will comfortably sleep on your back without the need for extra pillows while reducing the tell-tale signs of aging – wrinkles!
  4. Stay hydrated – Maintaining a balance of water and oil in the skin is a key component to skin health. Skin that is at its optimal balance will function at its best. Dryness, flaking and itching can occur when there is insufficient water in the skin and lack of lipids, or oil, can contribute to a compromised skin barrier. TEWL, or trans-epidermal water loss, occurs when moisture is allowed to escape through the epidermis and evaporate, leaving our skin dry and imbalanced. Applying moisturizer within 3 minutes of bathing or showering will lock in moisture and decrease your TEWL significantly. Moisture loss is a contributing factor to accelerating the aging process and aggravating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Adding a humidifier in the room during the drier months of winter will also increase the moisture in the air preventing water from evaporating from your skin.
  5. Exfoliate – Vigorous, over-exfoliating is a thing of the past but exfoliating isstill beneficial and as long as it is a gentle, micro-exfoliation, it is one of the best ways to keep your skin feeling and looking its best. Exfoliation is the elimination of dead skin cells from the outer-most surface of the skin by either a mechanical or chemical means. A build upof dead skin cells can leave the skin dull, congested, acneic, or rough in texture. Keepingyour skin exfoliated will ensure you have a continuous turnover of skin cells,a proliferation of new skin cells, and smooth, bright, clear skin.Using a night cream that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids, will stimulate skin cells to produce growth factors that are important in the regenerative processes.
  6. No smoking – Our skin cells needs oxygen to thrive and smoking will surely deprive the skin of the necessary oxygen and nutrients it needs to perform at its best. Smoking will limit the blood supply to the skin and accelerate the ageing process, cause wrinkles, dullness, and dehydration. Of course, it is detrimental for your overall health and any way you look at it, smoking is just not attractive.
  7. Use Vitamin A–My list wouldn’t be complete without Vitamin A and those that know me, know I am a firm believer in the topical use of Vitamin A. It’s true we get Vitamin A in our diets, but if we want the best delivery system to our skin, topical application gets it directly where we need it. It is crucial for the normal activity of the skin cell and if your skin has a good storage supply of vitamin A, it can better protect itself from UV light and maintain its barrier defense system. If you are new to using Vitamin A creams, you should start with lower doses then move up to higher doses to reverse damage. It will help clear acne, lighten brown spots, boost collagen, reduce fine lines, smooth texture and improve the overall health of your skin. Now who wouldn’t want that?

By incorporating these easy tips into your skin care regime along with a healthy diet, a good night’s sleep and low stress levels, you are sure to have beautiful, healthy skin to last a lifetime!

What Can I Do About Embarrassing Razor Bumps?

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Lose the razor and get laser! Laser hair removal is quickly becoming the most popular method for hair removal for both men and women. It is a fast, affordable and effective way to remove unwanted hair. But beware….there are many factors that will determine the success of your outcome.

Price alone shouldn’t be your only factor when considering laser hair removal. The type of laser used for your skin type, the settings chosen and how the treatment is performed will determine how complete the depilation will be, how many total treatments you will need, and ultimately, your overall cost.

Lasers work by emitting a beam of light which passes through the skin and is absorbed by the melanin in the hair follicle, damaging the follicle and removing the hair. The need to shave is reduced even after the 1st treatment so razor bumps, ingrown hairs and rashes are no longer a problem. Best results will occur with dark, coarse hair with ideal combinations being black or brown hair and light skin. Newer lasers can now safely treat black hair in people with dark skin although a few more treatments may be required. Treating dark skin with the wrong laser can result in an unsafe treatment or poor results if effective settings are not used.

Technicians with accredited training, skill and experience along with the availability of different laser technologies will be able to give you the most effective treatment while keeping your safety in mind. The success of the hair removal also depends on the fluence (energy) level used, the pulse duration, the length of time between treatments and the number of treatments performed. Hormones will also affect the outcome of laser hair removal. Hair that is hormonally driven can be difficult to treat even with laser and the exact degree of success is difficult to determine from person to person.

Laser hair removal is the chosen method of hair removal for thousands of people. In depth consultations with your technician prior to your treatment will allow you to ask questions regarding pre and post care and feel comfortable and confident with the procedure. Come in and talk to us at North Okanagan Skin & Laser and find out why we are the first choice for safe, successful laser hair removal for many people.

Shedding the Light on Lasers

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Corrective cosmetic procedures can be very overwhelming and confusing given the array of treatments available. Hot lasers, cold lasers, low-level lasers, ablative, non-ablative, down-time, no down- time, minimally invasive, tuck, tighten, lift. What does all this mean? With so many options and a clutter of complex terminology, how does a person decipher one from the other and decide which treatment to invest in? Advertising and marketing campaigns can make it even more confusing for the consumer, and one must look past the fancy name and beautiful model representing the brand and turn to their treatment provider to help clarify and explain the pros and cons, the benefits and risks, and reasonably expected results. The goal of this article is to touch on some of the lasers used in corrective cosmetic treatments to give readers a better understanding of laser technology as it relates to these procedures.

LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. This means that in order for a device to be termed a laser it must be able to generate energy that creates a single wavelength of light. Lasers play an important role and have many uses in the cosmetic industry. Light-based cosmetic treatments are some of the most sought after cosmetic services in the medical beauty industry. Lasers can safely improve the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, scarring and reduce unwanted hair. Laser penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth in the skin, making it a safe and predictable procedure in the right hands. They beauty of lasers is they have the ability to target only the specific area while not harming the rest of the surrounding tissue. Each specific laser wavelength is chosen by its ability to treat different skin concerns. For example a laser that is used to treat brown spots, cannot treat red spots and vice versa.

With cosmetic treatments, the target the laser absorbs into is one of three things: melanin, hemoglobin, or water.

Lasers that are targeting melanin are used to treat age spots, sun damage, brown spots, and the pigment in hair and even tattoos. The lasers used for these types of treatments are the Q-switched ND:YAG, Alexandrite, Diode lasers. The Long Pulsed YAG for hair removal on darker skin is the preferred wavelength to ensure a safe treatment.

Lasers that are targeting hemoglobin are for red capillaries, spider veins, port wine stains, and any type of redness within the skin such as rosacea. It will absorb into the blood vessel and transfer into heat, which will coagulate the vessel and allow body to absorb it. There are several types of lasers to treat redness. The lasers of choice for treating blood vessels are Pulsed Dye, Long Pulsed YAG and KTP lasers.

Lasers that are absorbed by water in the cells are used for skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. These lasers target the lower layers in the skin and use their light to heat up the water within the cells to create a micro-injury which stimulates a wound-healing response and collagen production..

If skin texture is your concern, acne scarring, wrinkles and roughness can be treated with resurfacing lasers. There are ablative and non-ablative resurfacing procedures. Ablative will produce more dramatic results but will require some serious recovery time and post-operative care because they remove or “ablate” the upper layers of the skin. This procedure also comes with more associated risk. Non-ablative procedures will produce subtle results, require more treatments but have fewer side effects and minimal downtime as they leave the skin’s surface unharmed and intact. The newer version of resurfacing involves fractional treatments, meaning that hundreds of tiny beams of light or radio frequency enter the skin but leave the surrounding skin untouched and healthy to lessen the downtime and speed up the healing time. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. The result is smoother, more youthful looking skin without the risks associated with ablative treatments.

Other light-based technologies such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or Photorejuvenation are not classified as true laser because this type is a broad band of light made up of many wavelengths within the visible light spectrum. Think in terms of a laser pointer compared to a flashlight. A laser pointer is a concentrated beam of light made up of one single wavelength, whereas a flashlight will produce a broad beam of light with many different wavelengths. IPL is a great option for treating more than one target at a time but it is less specific and may require more treatments to achieve the results that laser can.

There isn’t one particular laser that is the best, despite what you might hear. They all have their purposes. Newer technologies have definitely improved and refined the choices when practitioners are choosing which one best suits their clinic. Which laser is used for each particular skin concern depends on several factors and you and your practitioner should have the conversation around which device will be used and why.

The brand name of the device shouldn’t be as concerning as the particular wavelength chosen. Be sure you fully understand the pre-treatment requirements, the associated risks, expected results, and also your post care responsibilities. A home care regime including recommended skin care and daily sunscreen will ensure you maintain the results and keep your skin nourished and healthy. Lasers are an integral part of cosmetic procedures. Talk to your skin care specialist or doctor to learn more about these treatments and your options.

Feeding the Skin with Vitamin A

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If one were asked what is the best thing you can do to ensure brighter, more youthful looking skin, you might suggest eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, taking vitamins and drinking plenty of water. While all these things are very beneficial for your skin, did you know one of the best ways to care for your skin is through daily topical application of vitamins? Applying topical supplements such as vitamins A, C and E directly to the skin, can make a significant difference in preventing premature ageing and protecting the skin from damage caused by UV rays. Vitamin A is vital for healthy skin and has many benefits. It reduces sun damage and skin ageing, treats acne, reduces wrinkles, improves hydration, fades dark discolorations and promotes faster wound healing. Vitamin A also encourages cells to grow and therefore it thickens the skin much to the contrary belief that it thins the skin. The skin will also become softer as the top layer of old, dead skin cells become exfoliated, flatter and more compact. Wrinkles will be lessened by slowing the breakdown of collagen and stimulating the production of new collagen.

Vitamin A is highly sensitive to UV light and is depleted from our skin with daily exposure to sunlight. Skin that is deficient in Vitamin A tends to age faster and shows more signs of sun damage. Simply applying daily applications of Vitamin A to our skin will replenish the Vitamin A that is lost every time we go out into sunlight. This theory should be put into place at a very young age. We must not wait until we visibly see the signs of sun damage or ageing to start applying vitamins to our skin. The skin functions are the same in our younger years as it is in our adult life and while we can’t prevent the depletion of vitamin A from our skin, we can easily replenish it each and every day with topical creams. It takes several days before diet alone can restore the normal levels whereas Vitamin A cream applied topically, can restore levels within hours. The quick degrading from light and air also makes it necessary to look for creams that are packaged in an airless pump rather than jars which can allow light and air in.

Vitamin A comes in many forms and not all are easy for the skin to accept. When the skin is depleted of Vitamin A you must slowly adapt your skin to using it, so the form we choose to apply becomes an important factor.

Prescription strength vitamin A is retinoic acid, also known as Tretinoin. It is very active and acidic, so much that many people have a hard time complying to the recommended dosage because it can make the skin quite irritated with redness and peeling. The skin will eventually adapt but it may take several weeks and unfortunately many people stop using it before that it subsides.

Retinol is the alcohol form of vitamin A and can cause skin irritation as well, but less than retinoic acid. It is the “buzz” word these days in the cosmetic industry and is found in the latest night creams of many big, brand name companies. The problem with these creams is the amount of Retinol that is actually in them, which may not be enough to produce the results most people are expecting.

Retinyl acetate and retinyl palmitate are other forms of vitamin A. They are much less irritating to the skin and will be converted into retinoic acid in the cells and will give the same results as without the irritation.

Vitamin A should be used every day and we should start at a young age. The higher the dose the better the results, but you must slowly work up to the higher amounts to avoid adverse reactions. Start at a mild level and gradually increase the amounts as your skin becomes acclimatised to it. Seek guidance from your skin care professional who can analyse your skin and advise you what form is best for your skin type. Start incorporating daily topical applications of Vitamin A to your skin and watch your skin become healthier, softer and more radiant. Many of us eat healthy, exercise, take vitamins and do what we can to ensure our inner self is nurtured, but what about our bodies largest organ – our skin? Did you know the best way to take care of your skin is through daily topical application of vitamins? We must “feed” our skin daily the vitamins and antioxidants it requires through topical applications and protect it from damaging UV rays in order to give it the chance it deserves. No matter what your age, your skin will benefit from applying vitamins.

What is Permanent Makeup?

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Permanent makeup is a wonderful concept that can accentuate and define your eyes, brows and lips. Wake up looking fresh, exercise without losing your brows and cry at the movies without your eyeliner running! Imagine looking your best all day, every day! Permanent makeup is quickly becoming a very popular procedure many women are taking advantage of. It can be a great enhancement if you are allergic to cosmetics, have sparse or light eyebrows, feel washed out without makeup, have a vision problem and a difficult time applying makeup or just want to minimize your daily makeup routine!

Also known as cosmetic tattooing or micro pigmentation, permanent makeup is designed to benefit anyone who wishes to add a natural enhancement to their appearance without the use of traditional makeup. It is a means of implanting natural pigments into the skin with a small, sterile, disposable needle to create a long lasting cosmetic effect. The pigments used are made specifically for cosmetic tattooing and are developed with the highest quality ingredients. We adhere to strict sterilization procedures at North Okanagan Skin & Laser and have your safety as our top priority. Beautiful brows with the perfect arch can be created, lip liner or full lipstick can enhance the shape and fullness of your lips and eyeliner will define your eyes and lashes.

We have many “Before & After” photos available for you to look at in the clinic and welcome you to come in and let us answer any questions you may have! In depth consultations are performed prior to the procedures so you can be confident that this is the procedure for you. Summer is here, now is a great time to book your permanent makeup with North Okanagan Skin & Laser.

A Healthy Workout for Your Skin

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Don’t let the thought of needles scare you away from this new, skin-reviving procedure. Skin needling is a safe and effective alternative to lasers, and can refresh and renew tired winter skin.

When most people think of health and wellness rarely do they think about their skin. Yet our skin is our largest organ and has many functions. It forms a protective barrier over the body’s surface which keeps germs and bacteria out and keeps water in. It regulates body temperature and allows us the sensation of touch, heat, cold and pain. The synthesis of Vitamin D also occurs in our skin.

When our skin is healthy it will maintain a balance and can better protect us from UV radiation. When it is free from blemishes, redness and pigmentation, we tend to feel healthier, more vibrant and we enjoy increased self-confidence.
It seems then, that we should include our skin in our health and wellness program and keep it as healthy as the rest of our body. One of the newest, safest and easiest ways to achieve healthier skin is by skin needling.

What is Skin Needling?

With a lot of cosmetic hype focusing on laser treatments, which are indeed very effective at treating certain skin concerns, there is a natural alternative which is proving to be as effective as, and safer than lasers. Skin needling, also termed micro needling or dermal rolling, is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). It involves a technique that uses a specialized device with fine, sharp, sterile needles which are rolled over the skin creating little channels. This causes micro-injuries to the skin, which in turn stimulates the body’s natural wound healing response. The formation of new cells occurs and the fibroblasts are activated to create new collagen and elastin which plumps the skin and reverses the visible signs of aging. Micro needling is proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles; stimulate collagen production; tighten the skin; reduce acne scarring; stretch marks and pigmentation, as well as aid in the effectiveness of topical vitamins and creams.

Skin needling can be thought of as “fitness for your skin”. When we exercise our body, we cause it stress which triggers the body to recover through repairing and rebuilding. Similarly, tiny tears to our muscle fibers during weight training also stimulate a recovery process. When we feed our muscles the nutrients they need, they grow bigger and stronger. This is how the skin responds to the micro-injuries caused when we use the roller. The injury to the skin triggers a healing response and the release of growth factors. When you apply the correct vitamins and serums to feed the skin after rolling, the skin becomes smoother, firmer and healthier and the results are long-lasting. Much like exercise, you won’t see the results overnight. It takes regular, consistent workouts to see and feel the benefits of your exercise program. It also takes time for your skin to remodel and renew to the point where you can see a difference in scarring and wrinkles. Your skin will look brighter and fresher because of the exfoliation process that occurs with each session, but it will take three-four months to see and measure differences in the firming and smoothing of your skin.

Dermal rolling is simple, safe and affordable. Men and women can improve the health of their skin by incorporating the skin needling technique. It can be used on the face, neck, chest and most other areas of the body. It is safe to use on any skin type and color, although it is not recommended to use on active acne, open skin lesions, skin cancer or moles.

The Procedure

The rollers used in skin needling come in different lengths. Medical rollers are 1mm to 2mm in length and require a topical numbing cream to be applied to the skin prior to clinical treatments. Cosmetic rollers are .2mm to .5mm, do not require topical numbing cream and can be done in the convenience of your own home to support clinic treatments. They are easy to use and painless. With proper instruction and guidance from your skin care professional and used in conjunction with the correct topical creams and serums, you can obtain a noticeable improvement in the health and appearance of your skin.
Many types of dermal rollers are sold but will differ greatly in quality. One that is medical grade, FDA approved, and sterilized in a sealed package will be the safest. The needles will stay sharp through months of use with high quality rollers. The cleaning method should be explained clearly as well as the proper technique, frequency and duration of use to ensure you get the most out of your rolling.

Incorporating skin needling into your health and wellness program is a natural, easy and effective way to ensure you are giving your skin the “workout” it needs to maintain good health and a youthful glow.

How Do I Choose the Right Sunscreen?

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There are many different sunscreens to choose from these days and it can be some what confusing.  Here are few key things you should take into consideration when buying your next sunscreen.  Look for one that is broad-spectrum or full-spectrum, meaning that it protects against both UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are shorter wave lengths that only penetrate the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. They can burn your skin and are responsible for what we all know as a sunburn. UVA rays penetrate deeply into the skin and manifest as increased pigmentation, ie. a tan. These longer rays are responsible for wrinkles and age spots and can destroy cells essential to healthy skin.  Too much exposure to both types of rays increase your risk of skin cancer. Therefore, a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays is optimal.  There should be physical filters such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which deflect sun rays as well as chemical filters that absorb harmful rays. Formulas that are oil free, paraben free, fragrance free, water resistant and have hydrating properties are safest for children (6 months and older) and best suited for adults.

Be sure to have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15.  Many dermatologists recommend using an SPF of at least 30. This is a measurement of how well the sunscreen deflects UVB rays. There is currently no measure of UVA absorption. It is important to know that a higher SPF factor does not necessarily ensure that you can stay out in the sun longer without reapplying. It simply means you have a little more protection if you have applied an adequate amount. All sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating or towelling off. The adequate amount to apply is 1 oz. per adult and to apply 30 minutes before heading out in the sun.  A good sunscreen should also contain some antioxidants such as vitamins C & E, which neutralize free radicals and help to prevent sun damage.

Ultimately, the sunscreen you choose will depend greatly upon your lifestyle and skin type. Other factors to bear in mind to reduce your risk of too much sun exposure are to seek shade during the hottest times of the day (generally this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), wear protective clothing, sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat. At North Okanagan Skin & Laser we have a great selection of sunscreens to choose from and a consultation with one of our professionals will help make your decision quick and trouble-free.

What Can I Do to Improve My Skin?

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In addition to the many skin care treatments available today – chemical peels, microdermabrasion, IPL and lasers – add another intriguing option: dermal rolling. An alternative to laser treatments, this option is simple, safe, effective, natural and affordable.

Dermal rolling contributes to skin health by using essential topical nutrients to improve acne, rosacea, pigment and wrinkles. By creating tiny openings in the top layer of the skin, up to 80 % more nutrients can penetrate to the layers where they are most needed. This at-home option, is convenient and very effective.

For those who would like faster results, the next step up is Medical Rolling. This does not rely on increased nourishment alone to get results, but also on the natural healing process that occurs from micro-injuries to the skin. This in-office treatment is a natural way of promoting new collagen and elastin and may be the preferred treatment for those not good candidates for laser or those wanting to stay with the most natural treatments available. It can make a tremendous improvement in overall skin health when combined with the correct skin care products. It is truly an exciting and effective alternative. Call for your personal consultation today.