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How to Reduce Signs of Aging on Your Neck

How to Reduce Signs of Aging on Your Neck

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It happens to many of us; unexpectedly one day, we start noticing signs of ageing, such as loose skin and wrinkle lines. Not only are these signs of ageing, but they can also be caused by sun damage, weight loss, and genetics. Although ageing can’t be reversed, the signs of ageing can be addressed. Most signs of ageing can be addressed before they worsen and become more severe. If you’re self-conscious about age lines and skin laxity, you can address them early on before the lines become more profound and require surgical solutions instead. Being proactive and taking steps early on will help avoid you having to go under the knife. Forma is a non-surgical option for dealing with signs of ageing and is quick, easy, and convenient. Here are more details on the treatment.

What is Forma?

Forma is a revolutionary wrinkle treatment that uses radiofrequency energy and heat to stimulate collagen in the skin tissues. The heat contracts the skin to achieve tightening, smoothing, and reduction of wrinkles. Forma works safely on all skin types and delivers maximum results. Forma lifts the face and neck explicitly. This includes the forehead, crow’s feet, the brows, and areas like bags under the eyes, while lines on the neck area will be reduced and the neck lifted.

How does Forma work?

During the treatment, radiofrequency energy is used to stimulate the production of new collagen, which is the protein that keeps your skin looking young, and tightens the layers of the skin in the process. The device sustains a temperature between 41°C and 43°C, which encourages the body to produce better collagen and tighten the skin layers. The procedure does not harm or damage your skin. A bonus is that it’s not painful at all and can be described as a warm massage in the affected area.

Benefits of Forma

You will notice immediate improvements in your skin texture, tightness, and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. The treatment accelerates collagen production with the application of a thermal wrinkle treatment and is also safe for all skin types as well. This treatment will give you the confidence to wear sleeveless tops, shorts, and bathing suits again without being self-conscious. Not only is the treatment effective, but it is also painless and non-invasive. You will have a brighter and more evened out tone of skin contour. You won’t need to go through an expensive surgery in order to get results and will have little to no downtime.

When should a person consider treatment?

This procedure is completely safe, which means there is no age limit to this treatment.

This treatment is always advised to be done at an early stage, as it works best on the early signs of ageing. If you have significant signs of ageing and have lost a great deal of elasticity, you may need to combine additional, more invasive treatments.

What should I expect to happen during the procedure?

First, make an appointment with a specialist to consult about the treatment and see if it’s the best option for you. A professional will be able to examine you and tell you how many sessions you may need. Forma encourages natural collagen production, so six weekly or bi-weekly treatments are usually suggested based on your requirements.

What about recovery and side effects?

The good thing about Forma, besides the dramatic results, is that it is a non-invasive procedure and doesn’t cause any bruising or pain. This means that there’s no recovery period required and no downtime. Similarly, there are no side effects, which will allow you to carry on with your normal routine as usual right after treatment. There aren’t any restrictions that you need to follow during the treatment period. After the procedure, you should avoid overexposure to the sun and restrict alcohol consumption and smoking, all of which add to the effects of the ageing process.

You will see the results immediately after treatment with Forma, and its effects are long-lasting. It can increase up to 20% of your collagen production, so its results are significant. Consult a professional to see if you require follow-up sessions since the treatment doesn’t stop the ageing process.

Since Forma is such a convenient procedure, it has become a popular treatment option. Book an appointment today with your specialist to treat your skin and prevent further signs of ageing. It’s never too early to treat early signs of ageing, as the more severe and significant are the number of wrinkles, the harder it will be to treat. To learn more about non-surgical skin tightening, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Skin Tightening

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Non-surgical procedures have become a phenomenon recently, and skin tightening is another procedure that has become available. We all want to look youthful and confident, and many are looking to cosmetic procedures to improve the way they look. Thanks to advanced technology and science, achieving a youthful glow without going under the knife is now possible. Non-surgical skin tightening is quickly gaining popularity as it provides a youthful look with non-invasive procedures. 

FORMA skin tightening are non-surgical procedures that help achieve firmer and more youthful-looking skin. FORMA generates new collagen by using radiofrequency energy and heat, which contracts the skin to achieve tighter and smoother skin. This method offers consistent outcomes while providing safe results. You will have improved texture as well tighter and smoother skin without any surgical processes.

FORMA is a wrinkle treatment specifically to lift the face and neck. This includes the forehead, crow’s feet, the brows, as well as under the eyes. Lines on the neck area will be reduced, and the neck will be lifted. FORMA treatments are for other larger areas of the body like the upper arm area, the knees, inner thighs and the abdomen.

What to Consider 

Before you get the procedure done, there are some things to consider. First, think about the areas that you want to be treated. Many consider non-surgical skin tightening after losing a significant amount of weight. The procedure helps improve the quality of skin without having to go under the knife. The procedure is also fairly quick and will have little to no downtime so you can get back to your busy schedule in no time.

The Pros and Cons

With surgery, it will take some time for you to recover. You need to factor in time for consultations, time to prepare for procedures, and most importantly, time to recover. Surgery can take a few hours or all day, depending on the type of procedure and how many you are getting done. It can leave you out of commission for a few weeks or even longer. Even when you can go back to your regular schedule, you may need to avoid any strenuous activities for even longer.

With non-surgical skin tightening, the procedure can be done in an office within minutes with minimal discomfort or downtime. There is almost no downtime which allows you to get on with your regular activities in no time. The benefits of this non-surgical procedure are that it is painless and easy. There is minimal discomfort, but some may experience the feeling of warmth on the skin or a feeling of tightness during the treatment. 

Most radiofrequency treatments allow patients to return to their schedules immediately. There is no risk from laser light, so radiofrequency tightening can be done on all skin colours and without posing any risks to the eyes. This means that under-eye areas can be easily treated effectively.

With radiofrequency thermal treatments with FORMA, patients will notice improvements in their skin condition. 

They will experience smoother and tightened skin, improved fine lines and wrinkles, and accelerated collagen production. The results are also long-lasting with little to no downtime. Most importantly, the procedure won’t break the bank! 

With non-surgical treatments, it often requires multiple sessions in order to achieve the best results. It’s important for patients to understand that results will not always be immediate, but the short wait will be worth it once results start to appear. With FORMA, some patients that have minimal issues can see dramatic results with just one treatment. Some might need a few additional treatments over a 6-8 week period to achieve the results they want. Most will see immediate results depending on the area being treated as well as the severity of the area. 

Another benefit of non-surgical skin tightening is that the results are long-lasting when performed properly on the patient. As with all types of procedures, results will vary depending on the individual and the severity of their skin. This is why it is important to find a professional and experienced specialist. The consultation is also very important as you can discuss with your specialist what you want to be done in order to get the results you want. 

Book an appointment today with your specialist to treat your skin and prevent further signs of ageing. It’s never too early to treat early signs of ageing. As the more severe and significant amount of wrinkles there are, the harder it will get to treat. 

To learn more about non-surgical skin tightening, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

8 Easy Wrinkle Treatment Hacks

8 Easy Wrinkle Treatment Hacks

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We all want to keep a youthful glow, and it’s best to start a preventative skincare routine early to prevent wrinkles and fine lines from forming. It can be scary to deal with them when they suddenly do creep up on you, but it’s not necessary to dish out an obscene amount of money on expensive creams or spa treatments. Here are eight natural treatment hacks and home techniques to help your skin look brighter and reduce the signs of wrinkles and acne. 

1. Oils

Oils are a great way to keep your skin moisturized and plump. Coconut oil can prevent the formation of free radicals, which are one of the primary causes of early ageing, as it is rich in antioxidants. It can also help reduce and treat wrinkles that may have already developed because coconut oil is a natural skin-softening moisturizer that contains emollient. 

Massage into your skin each night before bed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep. Olive oil can also be used as a moisturizer because it’s rich in antioxidants, and vitamins A and E, which also help to fight the skin-damaging free radicals. It also works to protect against sun damage and after exposure. Take a dime-sized amount and rub it into your skin twice a day to help moisturize and restore your skin.

2. Sleep

Sleep is always important for overall good health, especially when it comes to wrinkle reduction. Sleep helps you grow body tissue that helps regenerate skin and will also increase your production of cortisol. That means an increase in wrinkles because cortisol slows down the growth needed to get rid of wrinkles. The position you sleep in matters and sleeping on your back is much better for your skin as sleeping on your side or stomach can lead to wrinkles on the face.

3. Aloe Vera

Most people know that aloe vera is a miracle plant. The clear gel inside the plant has wound-healing and soothing effects when applied to the skin. It’s most commonly known for its use as after-sun care cream, thanks to the vitamins and minerals it contains. It’s an inexpensive investment to have an aloe vera plant inside your home or growing in your garden rather than buying the gel. The leaves regrow after they’re cut or removed from the base. Sunburns are one of the quickest ways to damage and wrinkle skin, so applying gel can ease the healing process with its anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Protect yourself from the sun

Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones, and we absorb vitamin D from the sun. However, the same sun that feeds us vitamin D also allows UV rays to harm our skin and increase our wrinkles. Since vitamin D can be found in food and supplements, it’s best to lessen sun exposure to keep skin looking young and smooth.

When you’re in the sun, wear clothes that keep your skin protected or apply sunscreen. Try using a sunscreen with at least SPF 45. Sunglasses are also important since constantly squinting causes those fine wrinkles around the eyes called crow’s feet. Hats are also helpful. Wide-brimmed hats allow the face to stay protected from direct sunlight.

5. Don’t wash too much

It’s important to gently wash makeup and dirt off your face before bed, however, it’s also important not to wash your skin too much. Washing too often, especially with soaps that contain caustic chemicals, dries skin out and strips it of the oil it needs to stay moist and smooth. Even minus the soap, most water coming from the tap still has the ability to dry out skin.

6. Vitamin C

Our bodies don’t store Vitamin C, which means that we have to make sure we are getting enough each day. A great way to do that is to consume foods that are high in vitamin C, like pineapple and citrus.

Collagen is known to be great for skin and nails. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, so we must have it in our bodies to have skin that is pliable and avoid wrinkles. As you age, the amount of vitamin C in your skin reduces. By replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels through an oral supplement or exfoliating with topical vitamin C every morning, you can repair sun damage, such as discoloration and fine lines. Sometimes vitamin C can cause dryness or flaking, which can be treated with a daily moisturizer right after applying vitamin C.

7. Get an eyetest

Squinting, either due to poor eyesight or exposure to the sun, causes wrinkles. Those crow’s feet grow deeper every time our eyes make the repetitive motion of squinting. Plus, squinting involves more than just our eye muscles, so it increases wrinkles all over the face. If you need them, buy a pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses and wear them when you’re instructed to. Prescription sunglasses are also a must have since they will keep squinting at bay.

8. Beware of makeup

When shopping for products, choose products that don’t contain alcohol to dry out your skin. Also, be careful of where you place makeup since concealer or base used to cover wrinkles may actually make them look deeper.

For more tips on how to avoid wrinkles, call Clearview MediSpa at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Beauty Trends in 2019

Beauty Trends in 2019

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Beauty trends are always changing and it’s easier than ever before to get procedures that can change your appearance without having to get surgery. Everything from smoothing wrinkles to slimming hips, beauty trends are always evolving and advancing. With technology advancing and the increased awareness through social media, the stigma around getting procedures done to alter your features is slowly fading away. Social media has made it easier for individuals to see and understand the world of medical aesthetics and allowing those interested in procedures to research and look into the different types of treatments that are available. The idea of plastic surgery used to be criticized on social media, but has since changed, as feeds are now filled with before and after photos. There has been a spike in the popularity of cosmetic treatments and here are a few trends on the rise for 2019.

Preventative Injections

Wrinkle-smoothing injections like Botox and fillers have become extremely popular, and are the most common non-invasive cosmetic treatment on the rise. They have become a huge trend in the medical-aesthetics field currently and they are only getting more advanced and popular. Many people are looking for short and minimally-invasive treatments with low-downtime that will make them look refreshed almost instantly. The age of patients seeking injectables is getting younger and younger, especially now that people are interested in the preventable benefits. It’s more beneficial to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging rather than treating them once they have already happened. Once wrinkles start appearing and have settled in, it can be difficult to get rid of them.

Botox and Xeomin are two of the most popular preventative injectables. They both work in similar ways to temporarily freeze the facial muscles and treat the lines formed from repetitive facial movements like squinting and smiling. Xeomin is a very purified form of botulinum toxin, meaning that the body is less likely to develop tolerance to it over time. Be aware that results do vary based on the patient and the severity of their wrinkles. Consider booking a consultation if you start to see wrinkles appear.

Evolution of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers have always been a popular beauty trend (yes, even before Kylie Jenner became famous), and have been steadily on the rise. In 2019, patients are now more interested in naturally-contoured lips rather than full on glam. When it comes to achieving natural-looking results, nothing does the trick quite like Juvéderm Volbella XC, a hyaluronic acid-based injectable that subtly plumps lips while also softening the appearance of marionette lines. It produces softer results without the tell-tale signs of lip fillers.

Doctors now prefer to gradually build up to the desired effect with appropriately spaced out sessions rather than injecting a large dose all at once. Treatments can last up to 12 months if done correctly, but it’s important to keep in mind that the results will vary by patient.

Body Contouring

Non-invasive procedures to eliminate fat and tighten the skin are gaining popularity. Emsculpt has become a popular method in the field of body contouring. While a variety of treatments target fat cells, Emsculpt also helps to define muscle tone. It contours through the elimination of fat and circumferential reduction, compared to current body shaping techniques that fail to address muscles.

The treatment utilizes highly-focused electromagnetic energy to trigger supra-maximal contractions. It is approximately 20,000 muscle contractions during a half-hour session. Emsculpt allows muscles to contract in a way that’s not possible through exercise. The contractions result in a rapid metabolic reaction in cells to strengthen and build muscle, while also breaking down fat. There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure, which makes it extremely popular. The ability to stimulate your muscles and burn fat without breaking a sweat is definitely appealing, although you may just feel a bit sore, the way you would after an intense workout. Emsculpt is approved for use on the abdomen and buttocks and is best suited for individuals with a lower BMI. It is more ideal for those who want to improve muscle definition and fat-reduction in hard-to-target areas.

In order to achieve the best outcome, patients are encouraged to schedule a minimum of four half-hour treatments, no more than two to three days apart. This can cost you anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 in total. It’s important to continue a healthy lifestyle to maintain results. With any weight loss or strength training program, you can gain fat back or lose muscle tone if you don’t keep a healthy lifestyle or continue training.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Nine Things to Know Before You Get Dermal Fillers

Nine Things to Know Before You Get Dermal Fillers

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Botox has become popular in the past few years as the injectable botulinum toxin temporarily eliminates wrinkles by freezing muscles in the face. The popular aesthetic procedure has become well known for its excellent and fast results with minimal downtime. If the injectables are done properly, the side effects are nearly non-existent. With all of that, there are still a lot of questions that you would need to be answered before considering getting the procedure. Here is what you need to know before getting botox.

1. Know where your injectables are coming from

Ensure that your doctor is an official vendor for any kind of substance you are having injected, including neurotoxins and fillers such as Botox, Vistabel, Bocouture, Xeoxin, Azzalure, and Dysport. To reduce the risk of getting an expired, contaminated, or potentially dangerous product, some manufacturers’ websites offer a tool to search by zip code for every licensed physician who has obtained their product legally.

2. You get what you pay for

Make sure that you are investing in good products, especially if it is being injected into your body. If the price is questionably low for Botox or filler, it might be that the product is diluted. Another possibility, if you are in the United States, is that your doctor purchased the product from a supplier in a country where government price controls keep pharmaceutical prices substantially lower than those in the U.S. You also risk the chance of unauthorized suppliers compromising the effectiveness and safety of injectables by not storing them at the proper temperature or even offering counterfeit products. You’re usually better off with a doctor who bases his or her fee on how many units of product are used, rather than how many different zones of the face are injected.

3. Blood-thinning meds aren’t the only thing to avoid pre-injection

Most people that have experience with Botox and fillers know to avoid anticoagulants such as aspirin and ibuprofen before treatment. It’s a risk, as those types of drugs hinder blood clotting and increase the risk of bruising should the needle nick a blood vessel. Also, avoid fish oil, multivitamins, green tea, cinnamon, ginger, and red wine a full week before treatment, as some antioxidants can increase the fragility of blood vessels and prevent clotting.

4. A consultation is crucial

Having a consultation before getting the procedure done is important. The doctor performing the injection should have you smile and frown and raise your eyebrows, as they should be carefully evaluating to see how different areas of your face naturally move. You want to look refreshed, as putting injections in the wrong places can make you look expressionless. You should also have a thorough health assessment done prior to getting injections, as certain antibiotics can increase the potency of neurotoxins. Antibiotics, specifically in the aminoglycoside category like gentamicin, can increase the potency of neurotoxins. To avoid any risks, put off any treatments while being treated for antibiotics.

5. Bruises can be undone

There is always a risk that injections could potentially hit a vessel, which can cause blood to pool beneath the skin and cause bruising. Neurotoxins typically require finer needles and are placed more superficially than fillers, but there is still a risk. Some dermatology practices offer a next-day complementary vascular laser treatment, which breaks down pooled blood and can help diminish bruises within 24 hours. If bruising is a concern for you, be sure to ask your doctor whether they offer the service.

6. Not all fillers are created equal

Avoid silicone, as it is the one filler that has the most complications. It is not FDA approved to fill wrinkles in the face. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers are malleable and can be absorbed by the body, and will eventually break down over time. Silicone is a synthetic material that can’t be metabolized and can harden over time, which can lead to unevenness and bulges. It is also permanent and will not look the same over time.

7. Be prepared

For several hours after your shots, you will want to avoid doing certain things. Be prepared to avoid putting on makeup, washing your hair, exercising, lying down, or messing with the injected zones, as these activities can cause the toxin to spread to muscles or weaken the injection. It is also advised that you do not fly for several hours after receiving Botox, as the change in cabin pressure could potentially cause the spread of the toxin to other muscles that you do not want to be affected. Prepare for little movement for the next few days.

8. Side effects

Botox given between the brows can cause a temporary sensation of dizziness or headache. This is usually caused by slight swelling in the area from the fluid injected, and should fade away within 10 to 15 minutes.

9. Best results

Preventative Botox is a term used when treating younger patients like those in their twenties or early thirties for expression lines that are visible at rest and during movement. Starting early will prevent the worsening of wrinkles and can sometimes reverse the first peek of lines and wrinkles.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

Tips to Protect Your Skin This Summer

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It only takes about 15 minutes for ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun to cause skin damage. Prolonged exposure and damage can lead to various forms of skin cancer, but, luckily, most of which are preventable. It’s not only the sun that is skin-damaging; tanning beds, smoking, and an unhealthy diet can all have ill effects on your skin.

It’s important to know how to take care of your skin, especially when exposed to the sun. Here are nine tips to protect your skin this summer!

1. Try and avoid the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is the time when the sun is most intense and produces the highest levels of heat for the day. If you can’t avoid being outside during these hours, use an umbrella, a tree, or another type of shelter to seek shade. Also, use protective clothing like hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen even when in the shade.

2. Use sunscreen when outdoors. Higher SPF numbers indicate increased protection. We recommend using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Use sunscreen even on cloudy or cool days, as damage from the sun’s rays can still occur. After swimming or when sweating, re-apply every two hours. Check the expiration date, as shelf life is typically three years, and less if it has been stored in high temperatures. When sunscreen has expired, there is basically no protection from the harmful UV rays. It can also be beneficial to incorporate a facial sunscreen every day, rain or shine, so your skin will always be protected.

3. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Proper, protective sunglasses help prevent damage to the sensitive skin around your eyes, as well as cataracts. When we don’t have sunglasses to protect our eyes, we automatically squint to protect ourselves from the bright and intense rays of light. This stresses the skin around our eyes and can cause premature wrinkles and crow’s feet.

4. Invest in proper headgear. A wide-brimmed hat can protect your face, ears, and neck. If wearing a baseball cap, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and ears, as well as wear protective clothing that covers exposed areas.

5. Be aware of medications that increase your sensitivity to the sun. Common antihistamines, such as Benadryl; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin or ibuprofen; certain antibiotics, including Bactrim or Tetracycline; antidepressants; antipsychotics; and some oral diabetic medications can make you more sensitive to sunlight. Be sure to check with your pharmacist regarding your medication’s side effects.

6. Protect youngsters. Children younger than six months should not use sunscreen, but it is important that they are protected from the sun’s rays with protective clothing and shade. Children six months or older can and should have sunscreen applied regularly.

7. Perform regular skin checks. It might seem like a tedious task, but always be on the lookout for any changes to moles, freckles, or birthmarks. Additionally, monitor for any new skin changes that have occurred. Use a mirror to evaluate hard-to-see areas and have regular skin evaluations by your healthcare provider or dermatologist.

8. Avoid using tanning beds. Tanning beds increase the risk for skin cancer, including melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Tanning beds produce harmful UVA and UVB rays, and there is also no proven evidence that using tanning beds to obtain a base tan decreases your risk of sunburn. Beyond that, tanning beds increase the chance of developing cataracts and ocular melanoma.

9. Make healthy lifestyle choices. The choices we make in life can often be shown through our skin. To maintain healthy skin, refrain from smoking as it damages collagen and elastin in our skin. Avoid using products with harsh chemicals; instead, use mild soaps and daily moisturizers and treat your skin gently. Try and limit your hot showers, as this can strip essential oils from your skin. Pat down your skin after bathing to retain its moisture. Don’t forget to eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain. Most importantly, don’t forget to hydrate! Drinking more water will definitely reflect through the health of your skin. It’s also important to engage in stress-reducing activity and get a full night’s sleep.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

Seven Spring Skin Care Tips

Seven Spring Skin Care Tips

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It’s finally springtime and your skin is still recovering from the harsh conditions of the winter months. Exposure to harsh weather conditions like strong winds and subzero temperatures can cause skin conditions such as frostbite, irritation, inflammation, and dry skin. Here are a few tips to ensure your skin is glowing this spring!

Repair Damaged Skin

Start with collagen repair! During the winter months, your skin is exposed to freezing temperatures and harsh winds, which can cause cracked skin and damage to collagen. Consult your dermatologist or medical esthetician to find out which skin repair and rejuvenation treatments will work best for you.

Cleanse Often

When the temperatures start warming up, your body naturally starts to produce more sweat. From the months of March through May, your skin constantly replenishes natural oils, so experts suggest cleansing your skin twice a day. Washing once in the morning will help remove dirt and bacteria, and washing in the evening will remove makeup, particles, and pollution that can build up throughout the day.

Exfoliate

Remember to exfoliate your skin twice a week. The exfoliating process helps unclog pores, rejuvenates your skin making it brighter, as well as allowing your moisturizers and skin care products to penetrate more deeply. Exfoliating will also help with tight or flaking skin, as it can alleviate some of the common symptoms. If the issues persist, consider seeing your dermatologist, as this might be a sign of an underlying condition.

Change Your Diet

If your skin is acting up, you might want to think about what your diet and eating habits have been like, as they have a direct impact on your skin health. You can switch up your diet in the springtime to incorporate more fruits and vegetables that are in season. Spring provides us with wholesome fruits and vegetables like berries, oranges, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and more! Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables you eat can fuel collagen, improve skin elasticity, and lighten your skin. Make sure you are getting enough vitamins when considering revamping your diet.

  • Vitamin A: Improves wrinkles and brown spots and can be found in oranges, carrots, cantaloupes, leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy foods. In addition, Vitamin A is a retinoid, which is common in over-the-counter treatments for acne and other skin conditions.
  • Selenium: This mineral helps protect skin from cancer, age lines, and dry skin. Selenium is found in foods such as Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, red snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, salmon, cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta.
  • Vitamin C: This can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays while repairing collagen and elastin. Vitamin C is found in red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papayas, kiwis, broccoli, greens, and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin E: This is an antioxidant, which helps prevent cell damage caused by the sun’s harmful rays.

Wash Your Sheets

It sounds simple enough, but if your sheets are not washed often, your bed can be harmful to your skin. Research shows that 4 to 17 different species of fungus can grow on your old and synthetic pillows. Pillows also contain sweat, dead skin cells, dandruff, and oil, all of which can clog pores and create skin conditions. It is recommended that you wash your sheets and pillows once a week to ensure your skin stays clean, clear, and healthy.

Acne Treatments

Consult with your dermatologist to determine which acne treatment will work best for you. Whether it’s blackheads, whiteheads, pus-filled pimples, or cysts, treatment options for mild to chronic acne include topical acne treatments, oral medications, laser treatments, and chemical peels. A consultation with your dermatologist will allow you to select treatment options that work best for your condition. It’s also beneficial to get a facial once every month in addition to your acne treatments. This will provide your skin with the tender love and care it deserves when going through harsh acne treatments.

Reduce Makeup to Reduce Clogged Pores

In the springtime, our skin produces more oil and we sweat more, which can make our makeup transferable and can lead to the overapplication of makeup. Consider swapping your liquid foundations for a lighter mineral powder foundation. Mineral powder foundations consist of natural hypoallergenic ingredients and have an easy application. Powder-based products will help you achieve that matte and flawless look that will last all day. Avoid applying heavy makeup this spring and opt for a lighter option. This will also mean fewer breakouts.

Clearview MediSpa, located in Toronto, provides state-of-the-art services to enhance your appearance and restore the confidence you may have lost along the way. We provide everything from wrinkle treatments to facials, peels, and more. To learn more about Clearview MediSpa, give us a call at 416-445-2639 or contact us here.

The Forma Magic: Making Mature Skin Look Younger Than Ever

The Forma Magic: Making Mature Skin Look Younger Than Ever

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You’re beautiful at any age, but it’s hard to feel that way on some days. Past a certain age, the skin changes, causing a loss of laxity and sagging as well as wrinkles and fine lines. They say life starts at 40 but for women dealing with these inevitable signs of ageing, it can feel like quite the opposite.

The good news is, there’s no shortage of anti-ageing treatments; from multi-step skincare routines all the way to cosmetic surgery, women all over Toronto can definitely find the perfect treatment for their needs. But what if there was an anti-ageing treatment that’s just right in the middle of these two options? Enter the Forma skin treatment. Using cutting-edge technology, Forma applies radiofrequency energy to the most common problem areas riddled with wrinkles and sagging skin, resulting in a perfect lift and toned appearance — but without the surgery.

Ready to roll back the years to look and feel your best again? Find out why the train stops here with Forma skin treatment:

What is Forma?

Forma is the latest non-invasive skin treatment to debut that uses radiofrequency to improve the elasticity of the skin and promote collagen production. The result is healthy, younger-looking skin in no virtually no time!

In the past, laser skin treatments weren’t suited for all skin types, but not anymore. Forma is designed to treat all skin types, meaning it is both safe and effective no matter the skin tone.

Total Body Rejuvenation

When we think of anti-ageing, it’s common to focus on crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and fine lines, but there are more signs on the rest of the body. In fact, wrinkles and loose skin are also common on the arms, known as “bat wings”, abdomen, and knees. The regular Forma treatment targets the forehead, upper eyelids, lower eyelids, smile lines, jowls, and neck, while the Pro version takes care of the entire body. The result is tight skin and a toned appearance all over.

The Science Behind Forma

There’s a reason why the Forma skin treatment is revolutionary: it’s all in the technology. Each Forma skin treatment delivers radio frequency and heat deep in the layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen as this depletes over time, causing loose and sagging skin. The gentle heat causes the layers of the skin to contract and tighten loose skin. The result is a toned, younger-looking appearance from your twenties and thirties that didn’t seem possible until now.

Because the Forma uses radio frequency and heat to treat the signs of ageing, it’s a completely non-invasive procedure with virtually no downtime. While it’s normal to see slight redness in treated areas, this easily subsides within a few hours. In just 6 weekly sessions, you can already observe great changes in your skin as fine lines quickly ease up; plus, if skin laxity or sagging skin is only mild, you may even achieve the refreshed and youthful appearance you desire in fewer treatments.

Is Forma skin treatment right for me?

Whether you’re tired of following a multi-step skincare routine and feel like you’re getting nowhere with this tedious treatment, or you’re unsure about undergoing extensive and invasive cosmetic treatments, it’s time to consider the benefits of Forma. But is it right for you?

Forma is the perfect anti-ageing skin treatment for people dealing with various skin problems, such as texture irregularities, uneven skin tone, and most importantly, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Forma works to target these issues using radio frequency and gentle heat in order to tighten skin, improve its appearance, and give your entire body a much-needed lift and toning. The result is smooth, tightened skin that better highlights the natural contours of your body. Forma can be used to treat wrinkles and loose, sagging skin in the arms, abdomen, and legs — making it a perfect addition to Forma treatments on the facial area, and giving you younger-looking skin and a beautiful glow all over your body.

During Your Forma Skin Treatment

Unlike other skin treatments, Forma requires virtually no preparation. To start, your consultation at a clinic will determine how many treatments you need in order to ease the signs of ageing and restore younger-looking skin. The number of treatments required will depend on the degree of laxity in your skin, as well as the pronouncements of other irregularities, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and stretch marks.

Before starting your Forma skin treatment, a cool conductive gel will be applied to the area being treated. This allows safe and effective contact between the Forma device and your skin, and ensures optimal delivery of radio frequency and heat to the deepest layers of aged skin in the arms, thighs, back, and abdomen. It’s normal to feel a hot sensation on the treated area as radio frequency and heat are applied and work to tighten skin and give you that much-needed lift, but this is perfectly safe and not at all uncomfortable.

This process takes about 15 minutes for every part of the treated area, and afterwards, a cool towel will be placed on it to wash away the gel and cool the skin. Cream and sunscreen may also be applied to protect the area as you step out and lock in the skin tightening and lifting effects of each treatment.

Countless patients are happy and satisfied after every Forma skin treatment. That’s because the gentle heat is refreshing and relaxing, just like getting a massage — but looking years younger once your sessions are completed. If you’re looking to speed up the process and get the best results possible, it’s important to know that Forma is perfectly safe to combine with other skin treatments, such as Botox, fillers, laser treatments, and facials. Just make sure to run these by your doctor, so they can plan out your treatments accordingly.

For more information about Forma skin-rejuvenation treatments, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

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Telltale Signs of Aging and How You Can Beat Them

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Everyone ages differently. Some of us can look ten years younger than we really are, and some of us might get some premature wrinkles. Regardless of where your skin is at, it’s never a bad time to start taking care of it. Here are some measures you can take to slow down and prevent the process of aging.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

The sun is one of the leading causes of premature aging. It’s crucially important to protect your skin from the sun, as it can lead to sun spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. You should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Try Not to Drink or Smoke Too Much

Smoking and drinking drastically speed up the aging process. Smoking is not only bad for the skin, but it’s also bad for our teeth and nails, all causing you to look older than you really are. The nicotine in cigarettes prevents your skin from getting oxygen, leading to dullness in colour and a lack of elasticity, causing wrinkles. Some wrinkles can even appear in smokers as young as 20!

Alcohol can cause puffiness and is extremely dehydrating. Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin looking youthful and firm. Alcohol will also reduce your vitamin A levels, which is essential for the production of collagen and the key to looking youthful!

Get Your Beauty Sleep!

There is a reason why it’s called beauty sleep. We all need to sleep in order for our bodies to go into repair mode. Most of our restorative functions happen around 1 AM, while we are deep in slumber, which is why it is so important that we sleep early and get enough of it. It has been proven that most people need six to eight hours of sleep, but if you can sleep even more than that, go for it!

Reduce Your Stress

Sometimes managing our stress can be difficult, but it’s important to be aware of when we become stressed both physically and mentally and take steps to reduce it. When we’re stressed, our bodies release hormones as it goes into “fight or flight” mode, which leads to an increase in inflammation that can age us significantly. Stress can take a toll on the skin barrier, causing water loss and reducing the skin barriers ability to repair itself. We can’t break away from stress completely, but there are techniques we can do that will help manage our stress better.  Meditation, yoga, and exercising are all forms of de-stressing.

Start Your Skincare Routine!

It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. Our skin is the largest organ we have, and it’s also the most delicate. Having a proper skincare routine is vital to keeping our skin youthful and hydrated.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are good for us both internally and externally.  Topical vitamin C, ferulic acid, and coffee extract are all antioxidants that can prevent the damage of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules made naturally from our bodies and from environmental factors like pollution, UV radiation, and smoking. They are a hidden cause of aging that many don’t know of.

Without preventative measures, free radicals can damage collagen, elastin fibres, and even DNA. Dietary forms of antioxidants are berries, green tea, tomatoes, garlic, and red grapes. Incorporate them into your diet for even further prevention of premature aging.

Facial Massages

Facial massages can mimic the results of a facelift. It can reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow. You can either go get one done professionally or do a DIY facial at home. Facial massages can boost circulation by pushing blood through the blood vessels, and movement allows new blood to enter while moving toxins and impurities away. This can keep your skin looking youthful and fresh.

Exfoliation

As we get older, our cell turnover rate slows down and our dead skin cells do not shed as easily. Slight exfoliation is good for our skin, as it promotes fresh and glowy skin rather than an uneven skin tone. Whether it be a gentle chemical exfoliant like lactic acid or a facial scrub, both are sure to give your skin the gentle push it needs. Even a face cloth with a cleanser will do the trick.

Be sure to know what your skin can tolerate. Some can handle daily exfoliation while others can only do it once a week or they will get very irritated and red. Don’t over exfoliate as this can cause aging as well, rather than preventing it.

Don’t Just Moisturize Your Face

Many say that your neck is the area that first shows signs of aging and is the most neglected. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck and your chest as the skin there is very delicate. These areas are usually the areas where wrinkles occur first and can make a woman’s age obvious. Apply both sunscreen and anti-aging products for optimal protection against signs of aging.

It’s important to take care of our skin in the earlier ages before signs of aging occur. Prevention is key to keeping youthful and beautiful skin. Beginning preventative skin care measures now will guarantee younger looking skin and you’ll be thankful later!

 

To learn more about these anti-aging methods call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

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How to Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally

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Cellulite is something many women struggle with and can cause self esteem and self image issues. It’s something that 80-90 percent of women struggle with, while men do not. Cellulite appears as small divots or bumps in certain areas, and although it’s not harmful to your health, some women hate the fact that they have it.

So, What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is not just on the surface of your skin like many think. Cellulite is pockets of fat that have sunken between bands of tissue under your skin called septae. The reason men don’t often get cellulite is because they have stronger bands that criss-cross under the skin and keeps the fat in place more effectively, while women have more flexible vertical septae.

Despite contrary belief, it’s not just overweight women who get cellulite. Both thin and heavy women are prone to cellulite. Although if you are heavier, you are more susceptible to cellulite, but even thinner women will have fat between their muscles and skin.

Losing weight might help the appearance of cellulite, but it can also make it worse. Those losing a significant amount of weight, can have saggy skin, which will make the divots more prominent. Cellulite can also be caused by genes, as your genes help determine how you store fat and the appearance of it. Treating cellulite also isn’t easy. Many have marketed that liposuction is a treatment for cellulite but removing fat with this method can make the appearance of your skin even worse than before.

There are ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite easily and effectively at home. Here are 8 ways to get rid of cellulite naturally.

Dry Brushing

Although this method is not scientifically proven, many have first hand experience that dry brushing is a natural way to reduce cellulite. Dry brushing can be done once or twice a day when your skin is dry. The best time to do so is before showering and ensure that your brush is also dry. It might sound odd, but it feels great and encourages blood and lymph flow in the body. It opens up the pores on your skin, allowing more oxygen flow as well.

Using a brush that has natural stiff bristles rather then synthetic bristles will give you  optimal benefits. One with a detachable long handle will also be useful to reach hard places. Only brush towards your heart, as brushing away can cause stress on your veins. Don’t brush too hard as your skin should be stimulated but not irritated. Dry brushing will not only remove dry skin, but will also promote cell renewal, blood flow, and tighter skin.

Myofascial Massage

Cellulite is thought to be formed in a layer of connective tissue below the skin called the superficial fascia that contains fat cells. It is fibrous and factors like inactivity, injuries, and improper exercise can cause scar tissue in the fascia which contributes to bumpy divots on the skin. The fascia can become thicker, coarse, and less flexible, causing it to adhere to underlying structures that it would normally glide over.

Myofascial massage or myofascial release done by a professional can smooth the layer of connective tissue and can even help with certain types of muscle and joint problems related to the imbalances in the fascia. Using a deep tissue foam roller can be beneficial as well for those who don’t have access to a regular massage.

Coffee Scrubs

Coffee has an invigorating and tightening effect on the skin. Create a coffee scrub by mixing ¼ cup of coffee grounds, 3 tbs of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Use this scrub to massage into the affected areas, as it stimulates blood and lymph flow. Massage into the skin with slight pressure, 2-3 times a week. There should be visible results within a couple of weeks.

Omega-3s

Consuming the wrong kinds of fats can lead to an imbalance of the fatty acids that are required for smooth skin and tissue. Omega-3s have been thought to reduce cellulite over time. Regardless if it works or not, omega-3s are beneficial for many other functions in the body and can give you glowy skin so you have nothing to lose by trying it out.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are one of the most effective ways to work on your hips, thighs, buttocks, and stomach areas. It increases blood flow to these areas to remove cellulite and is proven to build muscle and burn fat, both of which help reduce cellulite.

Hydrate!

The most important thing the body needs is water. Without water, we become dehydrated, causing our skin to be dull, dry, and lacking elasticity. Being hydrated can smooth out the skins texture, reducing the look of cellulite. Try to get your required daily intake of water or eat foods high in water content like cucumbers, melons, and leafy greens. These foods are full of water and low fat, also helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Although cellulite is not something that we can get rid of permanently, we can take steps to improving the appearance of it. It is also nothing to be too stressed about as many women have it! To learn more about improving the appearance of cellulite contact Clearview MediSpa today.

References:

https://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/get-rid-of-cellulite/

https://wellnessmama.com/8608/natural-cellulite-remedies/

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