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Reasons to wear SPF Every Day

Why You Should Wear SPF Every Day

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If there’s one anti-ageing tip you should follow religiously, it should be wearing sunscreen every single day. Although sunny vacations may be nice and a trip to the tropics might have you feeling free, it’s important not to forget the dangers of sun damage that can really wreak havoc on your skin and health.

Even on days where there isn’t much visible sun in the sky, it’s still extremely important to make sunscreen a part of your routine and use it daily. 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through even the thickest of clouds, meaning that you may be exposing yourself to the sun when you don’t even expect it.

At Clearview MediSpa, we take skin care seriously and have no shortage of skincare hacks and treatments. If you’re not already convinced, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you need to start wearing sunscreen every day. After all, better safe than sorry!

Reduce your Risk of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a common and prevalent form of cancer in North America. By using sunscreen on your skin daily, you can significantly reduce your risk. Ultimately, this means that sunscreen can improve your quality of life and actually help you live longer and healthier. Skin cancer can be fatal, so do you really want to take that risk?

Adding sunscreen to your daily routine shouldn’t be difficult. You can even mix it in with your foundation or find a nice moisturizing formula to wear underneath your makeup.

Nowadays, with many different sunscreen formulas on the market, it’s never been easier to find something that fits with your skin type and doesn’t leave your skin greasy or with an odd undertone.

In fact, many sunscreens are now formulated with other great skin-smoothing ingredients to leave skin brighter and healthier.

Prevent Skin Sagging and Premature Aging

Sun damage is known to cause wrinkles, sagging and discoloration of the skin. Severely sun-damaged skin is usually leathery in texture and riddled with sunspots.

Since prevention is key, you must wear sunscreen if anti-ageing is important to you, and you want to keep your skin smooth and youthful for as long as possible.

When it comes to skincare and the use of sunscreen, age is not a factor. In fact, the younger you are when you start using sunscreen, the better off your skin will be in the long-run.

Protect your Skin from Harmful Rays

UV rays from the sun are both harmful and abundant. UV is what causes sunburn and the awful pain and peeling that comes with it. While you might laugh off a little sunburn or just think of it as a small nuisance, it really is a sign that your skin cells have been damaged by the sun.

Not only do UV rays cause damage to the skin, but they can suppress the immune system and damage the eyes. This is why wearing sunglasses out in the sun is also important as sunlight exposure can cause vision problems and cataracts.

In order to protect your skin from these harmful rays, use products with an SPF of 30 or higher every day on your face and body as UV rays can even get through clothing.

Keep a Healthy Glow and Complexion

If you want to stay beautiful and glowing throughout your later years, sunscreen is the beauty product you can rely on. Sun damage to the skin can reduce collagen levels, resulting in lifeless and dull-looking skin.

Don’t let yourself be a victim to the sun’s harmful rays. It may not show up now, but you will see the effects of sun damage most prominently years down the road. So, if you want to age gracefully and be glowing at any age- use sunscreen daily!

Other Methods of Sun Protection

When protecting your skin from the sun, sunscreen isn’t the only method you should rely on; hats and cover-ups can provide some protection as well. Sunglasses are also great for protecting the eyes. Look for sunglasses that block out 100% of UV rays and are polarized to help protect from glare.

When considering sun safety and protection, also think of using extra clothing and layers in the sun. Many people even use umbrellas as protection under the sun. While some sun on the skin does feel good, try to stay mostly in shady areas and avoid the sun when possible.

If you do end up getting too much sun in a day, make sure to moisturize your skin and use aloe vera so that your skin stays supple and doesn’t dry out.

Relax in the Sun Without Worry

Wearing sunscreen every day means that you don’t have to worry so much when you’re outdoors and enjoying nature. For many people that have a passion for sports and outdoor activities, sun exposure can be an inevitable part of their lives.

Even if you enjoy travelling and warm weather, you shouldn’t have to be afraid of the sun and stepping outside. With proper sunscreen use, you can relax, knowing that you are going outdoors with the proper protection.

So, go ahead and take a dip in that pool or get your gardening gloves out! Just remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or right after you take a cool swim as sunscreen isn’t typically waterproof.

Ultimately, whether you plan on laying out on a beach sometime soon or you are just concerned with sun safety, it’s time to start whipping out the sunscreen. Remember to be vigilant when you are outside, regardless of the weather conditions.

Even if you think you are safe indoors, being near windows means incidental sun exposure. The sun is the center of our solar system, so it’s extremely hard not to encounter it in some way or another!

For more information on combatting the effects of sun damage or skincare hacks and treatments, please call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

Forma Skin Tightening

Is Forma Skin Tightening Right for Me?

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There’s no doubt that many of us dream of having rejuvenated, youthful-looking skin even in old age. Thanks to Forma Skin Tightening Treatment, that dream can be a reality for most.

Forma is a revolutionary wrinkle treatment that works by stimulating the skin to generate new collagen. Some of the benefits include tighter skin, improved texture and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Who wouldn’t want all of that?

To make things even better, Clearview MediSpa is offering a complimentary Forma wrinkle treatment for a limited time only. We believe in the amazing results of this advanced wrinkle treatment and will be happy to offer a complimentary session to any new or returning customers with no purchase necessary.

Read on to discover how Forma skin tightening really works and whether or not it is right for you and your skin concerns.

The Benefits of Forma

Since Forma is a non-invasive skin tightening treatment to lift the face and the neck, this means that crow’s feet, under-eye bags, forehead wrinkles and lines on the neck can all be improved. If you are hoping to improve your skin texture and enjoy smoother skin, Forma is a great choice.

Forma can also be used to treat sun damage, deep wrinkles and even sagging skin due to weight loss. It is safe for all skin types and ages. The treatment contracts the skin and stimulates the production of collagen for an improved, revitalized look that only gets better with time and repeated treatments to maintain your results.

Is Forma right for me?

If you are bothered by your skin’s laxity, Forma Skin Tightening Treatment can be right for you. It is generally best for those with mild to moderate skin looseness on the face and neck who don’t want to go under the knife for treatment.

Depending on the depth of wrinkles and severity of skin laxity, it may take more time and more treatments to reach your optimal results. As Forma is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure, there is no downtime, and it is safe for most people and all skin types.

Your Forma Consultation

If you still aren’t sure if Forma is the right treatment for you, our team of specialists would be happy to offer a complimentary consultation to assess your skin and individual concerns. If there are specific areas that are a problem for you, we can pinpoint these areas during treatment to make sure your session is maximized.

If there is a better treatment that would suit your needs, we can suggest this to you alternatively. This way, you can rest assured that you are getting the best treatment for your skin type and needs.

How does Forma work?

Essentially, Forma uses both radiofrequency energy and heat to contract and lift the problem areas of the skin, stimulating greater collagen production and improving the look of sagging skin and wrinkles. Loose skin is targeted as tightening is one of the main goals of this treatment.

Side Effects of Forma

As mentioned, one advantage of Forma is that it is a treatment with absolutely no downtime. That means you can have the treatment during your lunch break and go back to work without any troubles or issues.

As with any other procedure, you will be given some general steps for aftercare. If you are pregnant or have any medical condition, it would be wise to discuss the treatment with your doctor beforehand to avoid any potential side effects, though there are rarely any.

Results can be immediate but may also appear gradually over the first few weeks after your treatment and depending on your skin type and issues; you may need multiple treatments to get your desired results. The treatment is not painful, and the side effects will be minimal.

If firmer, smoother skin is one of your goals this year, then Forma Skin Tightening Treatment is just what you need for softer, suppler skin. Get the results you’ve been looking for and stop wasting time on ineffective treatments that just don’t work for you.

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

Questions and answers about Forma Skin Treatment

All Your Questions About Forma Skin Treatment, Answered

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These days, everyone wants to look and feel young, beautiful and on top of the world. Luckily, there’s no shortage of ways to achieve this, with various treatments promising excellent results for eliminating the signs of ageing, so you can live out the next decades like a fine wine; ageing with grace. But what’s the best treatment for you?

The fact is, going under the knife is a pretty major decision, and it takes a lot of time to recover and achieve the look you want. But why put yourself through such a gruelling — and expensive — experience when you can look and feel your best with non-invasive treatments?

Forma is the latest non-surgical skin treatment that provides women of all ages beautiful and natural results. Yes, it’s possible to get rid of pesky wrinkles and spots once and for all. Get in on this age-defying treatment now to look — and feel — younger than you’ve ever before.

What is Forma?

Forma treatment is the future of healthier, younger-looking skin. Powered by cutting-edge radiofrequency technology, Forma can tone and tighten the skin in virtually no time, achieving an age-defying lift for wrinkly, sagging skin around the face and the rest of the body. Forma works like a facelift, but without the hassle of invasive surgery.

The best part is, Forma is designed with all skin types in mind, providing reliable results across skin tones and degrees of sagging and wrinkling. With a prescribed number of sessions, you can easily see crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, sagging skin in the neck and jowls, and smile lines disappear for good.

For the rest of the body, this means saying goodbye to flabby arms or bat wings, as well as stretch marks and loose skin in the abdomen, thighs, and knees.

How does Forma Work?

Forma treatments are powered by radiofrequency energy delivered deep into the layers of the skin. Feeling like a gentle heat on the surface — just like getting a massage — Forma stimulates collagen production that slows down ageing by restoring the skin’s natural elasticity. The result is tighter skin that looks and feels younger than ever before, effectively smoothing out wrinkles and lifting sagging areas for good.

In the process, Forma also contributes to smooth and clear skin as spots and pigmentation fade when the skin is able to rebuild with new collagen fibres underneath. The best part is, you can achieve all of these beautiful, lasting results without the hassle of invasive procedures and prolonged recovery times.

How many sessions do I need?

Depending on the degree of your wrinkles and sagging skin, you’ll need a number of treatments to achieve optimal results and erase the signs of ageing. While mild to moderate wrinkles are likely to fade in just a few treatments, severe ones might take more sessions to be effectively erased or eased out.

But not to worry — each session takes less than an hour to complete from start to finish, making healthy, younger-looking skin a breeze to fit into your busy schedule. It’s essentially a lunchtime lift.

What Should I Expect During my Forma Treatment?

At the start of each session, the medical aesthetician will apply a cool conductive gel that activates the radiofrequency sensors in the Forma machine. This allows radiofrequency energy to reach deep into the layers of the skin, enabling effective delivery to activate collagen production.

Once this is done, the aesthetician will massage the wand over different areas of your face and body, focusing on areas with wrinkles and sagging skin. These include the upper and lower eyelids, cheeks, jowl, and neck. For full-body treatments, these include bat wings in the arms, cellulite and sagging skin in the thighs, and the stomach area.

This process lasts for about 15 minutes on each side of the face, and once all the areas are treated, a cool towel will be placed to wash away the gel and soothe your skin from the heat. You’ll also enjoy cream and sunscreen for added protection as you go about the rest of your day.

It’s normal to see your face flushed for a while and feel warm to the touch, but these should go away completely after a few hours. After that, you’ll feel much calmer, just like after a much-needed pampering massage.

When Can I See Results from my Forma Treatment?

The best part about Forma treatments is that they don’t take long to peel back the layers of your skin and reveal that youthful glow hiding under wrinkles. Unlike invasive procedures that require extended recovery periods to eliminate swelling and stitches to dissolve or be removed, Forma can produce results almost instantly.

A lot of women with mild to moderate wrinkles and sagging skin notice tightened, smoother skin after each Forma treatment.

Plus, with quickly fading redness and a full pampering, coming in for each session does feel like a real treat. With instantly visible results it’s a worthy investment in healthier, younger-looking skin. With each Forma treatment, skin feels soft and smooth, with visibly even complexion, and a natural glow.

It’s time that you finally look and feel your best. Pamper yourself with Forma treatments, and erase the signs of ageing that are keeping your inner youthful glow from radiating.

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

Easy ways to reduce wrinkles for beautiful, younger-looking skin

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Wrinkles for Beautiful, Younger-Looking Skin

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You’re beautiful at any age, but it’s true what they say — it’s hard to look good when you don’t feel good. And who can blame the modern woman, with the demands of a high-powered career, family life, and the signs of ageing that come with the day-to-day stress of living in Toronto?

Unlike eyebags and dark circles that go away with proper rest or can be covered up with a concealer, or acne that responds to a regular skin care regimen, some signs of ageing made worse by stress take a little more than rest, toner, and concealer to get rid of.

Anyone over the age of forty is no stranger to pesky wrinkles, making them look much older than they are and feel on the inside. But that ends now.

While we can’t turn back time to reduce stress and add heaps of sunscreen to your skincare routine in your twenties or even your teens, we can definitely still reduce wrinkles — even if blowing out birthday candles and experiencing other signs of ageing are inevitable.

All it takes is five simple self-care rules, from paying closer attention to your skin to living a better, healthier lifestyle.

Stay Out of the Sun

We know, it’s easier said than done. Everyone needs a healthy dose of vitamin D that comes with sunshine, but there’s no denying the fact that sun damage is the leading cause of wrinkles.

Simply, staying out under the heat of the sun without taking the right precautions makes the sun’s UV rays work double-time on your skin as free radicals form and damage the elastin fibres underneath.

And they won’t just cause wrinkles. You’ll also deal with brown spots, red blotches, and pigmentation, which only add years to your skin. With constant exposure to the sun, it won’t matter what genes you inherited.

If you must stay out, take proper precautions. Wear protective clothing to limit the amount of exposed skin, and if you can, avoid direct exposure when the sun is at its height, such as noon, or any day during summer in Toronto.

If You Must Stay Under the Sun

The cardinal rule of skincare: wear sunscreen. This is a good habit to get into at any age. It’s never too early or too late to start, and your skin will thank you for it.

Aside from preventing painful and damaging sunburn, sunscreen has long-term benefits in terms of shielding skin from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles in the process. And because your skin stays protected even with constant exposure, you’re less likely to develop skin cancer, you’ll stay just as beautiful for longer.

Kick the Habit

The reality is, there’s no shortage of health issues and complications that arise from smoking. But lung damage aside, cigarette smoke is also highly detrimental to the skin, prompting the signs of ageing, like wrinkles, into overdrive.

Various studies show that cigarette smoke releases an enzyme that breaks down the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin, causing ageing — often most visible as wrinkles.

The nicotine in cigarettes can also cause blood vessels on the skin to narrow, which restricts blood flow, and as a result, the delivery of oxygen and essential nutrients like vitamin A. This adds to sagging skin and premature wrinkles.

If you’re still smoking — or are around family and friends who do — there’s no better time than now to kick the habit to reduce wrinkles.

Catch Some Zzz’s

Good, restful sleep is hard to come by, especially for the modern woman in Toronto dealing with a career and a busy social calendar. But it’s hard to take on the world when you don’t look and feel good. And there’s no better antidote to stress and the breakouts, dark circles, or worse – wrinkles – than regularly getting a good night’s rest.

More than feeling better and energized, there’s a science to getting a good night’s sleep and clear, younger-looking skin. According to dermatologists, a lack of sleep causes the body to produce excess cortisol, which is a hormone that’s harmful to skin cells. Cortisol causes them to break down, resulting in any number of imperfections that only add to a tired, sleepless appearance.

Make it a habit to get enough sleep every night, enabling your body to produce more human growth hormone (HGH) to repair the damage to your skin, restoring its elasticity and your youthful glow. With increased elasticity, wrinkles are reduced — and in the process, your energy restored for the day-to-day hustle out and about in Toronto.

Explore Lasting Wrinkle Reduction

With advanced wrinkles and signs of ageing, taking care of yourself requires a little more effort than sleep and sunscreen. It’s time to pamper yourself with a tried and tested treatment.

Enter Forma, the most advanced non-surgical treatment for reducing wrinkles in no time. Designed to target mild to moderate wrinkles and treat advanced ones in the long-term, Forma uses the latest in radiofrequency technology to reduce wrinkles by treating them at their root.

Combined with a trusted skincare regimen and healthy lifestyle choices, Forma effectively reduces wrinkles non-invasively. All it takes is a gentle heat delivered to the deepest layers of the skin that boosts collagen production and rebuilds the elasticity of otherwise loose skin.

Whether you’re dealing with loose skin on your face, tightening skin and reducing wrinkles around the eyelids, jowls, smile lines, and neck, or on the rest of your body, like in the arms, torso, and knees, Forma can treat these effectively, resulting in a younger-looking appearance.

For more easy ways to reduce wrinkles, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

Fractora Treatment For Acne: The Results You Can Achieve

Fractora Treatment For Acne: The Results You Can Achieve

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Cystic acne is a pesky skin condition that people can suffer with for years or even suddenly develop in their later years or through hormonal changes. Not only is the acne itself an issue, the scars and hyperpigmentation that it leaves behind can be troubling.

There are countless products on the market designed to help alleviate the issues that come from acne and promising to give you clear, smooth skin without scars and redness. However, how do we know what truly works for us?

While some of these topical methods can help in the short-term, Fractora is a radiofrequency treatment that works below the skin’s surface to transform skin texture and address areas of concern. It can be used to treat problematic acne as well as the scarring it leaves behind. Since it goes deeper than typical acne treatments, it can make significant changes to the skin with noticeable results.

What is Fractora?

The Fractora acne treatment uses a radiofrequency micro-needling device to create tiny punctures or stamps in the skin to generate collagen production and deposit radio frequency energy and heat. This results in a more youthful, firm appearance with tighter pores and clearer skin. The entire process is non-invasive and non-surgical.

How does Fractora work?

While Fractora is similar to micro-needling treatments, it differs in that it uses radio frequency and sends energy directly into your skin to get better results. It works by stimulating your skin to create more collagen and elastin and to minimize oil glands. This is how it helps to treat acne as acne is primarily caused by overactive oil glands and excess sebum.

With less oil production in the skin, the presence of acne-causing bacteria will also decrease. Fractora is effective even on current, active acne which makes the treatment better than your typical micro-needling session. Benefits include:

  • Significant improvements within 2 weeks
  • Little or no downtime after treatment
  • Safe for all skin tones
  • Treatment can be customized based on skin concerns

Fractora Treatment

Depending on the areas you are treating, the treatment can take 30 minutes to an hour. To help minimize pain, an anesthetic cream will be applied to your skin before treatment. One of our skincare professionals will administer your treatment and if you do feel a lot of pain or discomfort during the treatment, feel free to let our aesthetician know. Typically, due to the nature of the treatment and the use of needles on the skin, pain during treatment is normal.

Aftercare

Right after your Fractora treatment you will notice that your skin may be red, puffy and sensitive. It may even look like a bad sunburn. Please keep in mind that this is normal and results from the treatment can take time. In fact, your complexion may go through a “purging” period where it gets worse before getting better. So please don’t worry or be disappointed if you aren’t seeing results right away.

After treatment, you will have to follow some rules in order to help your skin heal. You may be instructed to wash with a gentle scent-free cleanser, do a saline soak daily and use a non-irritating moisturizer such as Cetaphil.

You might notice that your skin is itchy during the healing period. This is normal and just means that the skin is healing as it should. Even though your skin will be red and inflamed within the first few days it is important not to use ice or try and get rid of the inflammation as that is part of the necessary response to generate results.

To optimize your results, you will want to eat a healthy diet and avoid ingredients that trigger breakouts in acne-prone skin. You will be instructed not to take Advil or Aspirin as these may inhibit proper results. Last but not least, use sunscreen generously and daily to protect your skin and listen to any aftercare instructions given to you by your aesthetician.

Fractora Results

Now that we’ve been through the process, it’s time to get to the fun part: your results. You will begin to see noticeable improvements within a couple weeks. Depending on your individual concerns, you may require additional treatments.

Ideally, a set of 3 treatments within a 4-6-week time frame works best for most people. The reason for this delay is that it takes the skin some time to heal from the treatment and start producing more collagen. As collagen production increases, the results will become more apparent.

Results include a generally more even complexion and texture, less pigmentation and fading of scars or marks. Fractora will also help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and the signs of aging for a firmer, more lifted look.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the results from Fractora acne treatment vary from person to person. It can also vary based on the severity of your acne. Also, the results may not be permanent depending on how your skin reacts. Most people come back for a yearly or occasional touch-up to boost collagen levels once again.

Acne can be difficult to deal with and many people go months and years without suitable treatment. This year, don’t let acne get the best of you. Try our Fractora acne treatment for smoother skin and real results.

To learn more about treating acne and Fractora skin treatment, call Clearview MediSpa Toronto at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

What Is The Best Source Of Collagen?

What Is The Best Source Of Collagen?

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We all know collagen as the beauty-boosting protein that is most abundant in our younger years. It is responsible for supple, hydrated skin as well as strong, flexible joints and muscles.

While collagen levels in the body decrease as we get older, there are also ways to stimulate the body to create more collagen of its own. At Clearview MediSpa in Toronto, we offer Forma, a revolutionary skin treatment that targets fine lines and wrinkles by assisting the skin in collagen production and tightening problem areas of the face.

For those that opt for treatments like these in their beauty regime, it is important to also consider lifestyle changes that can help optimize results in the long-term. Below are some of the best sources of collagen that you can add to your diet today. Fighting those dreaded wrinkles and the first signs of aging doesn’t have to be difficult — it can actually be delicious!

Bone Broth

Bone broth has long been recognized as a great way to boost collagen and add nutritious value to your meal. To make bone broth, you must simply simmer the bones — chicken, fish or beef — in water over the stove.

There are many recipes online that add different spices and ingredients to make it more flavourful, but bone broth is as simple as that. Some people choose to make bone broth periodically while others believe it is best if you drink it daily. For the best benefits, you can use organic bone broth or cook only from organically raised farm animals.

Bone broth is a great source of collagen because it comes directly from the bones of animals that contain it. Because you are extracting all the collagen and protein from the bones in a slow simmer, it is considered one of the best sources of collagen you can get.

If you’re still not convinced, here are some of the additional benefits of drinking bone broth:

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Protects the joints and tendons
  • Improves gut health
  • Strengthens hair and nails

Fruits and Veggies

In order to help your body stimulate more collagen, it is important to regularly eat a balanced, healthy diet. Whenever the body produces collagen, it uses amino acids, zinc, copper and vitamin C as well.

To make sure that your body is properly producing collagen you can eat foods that are high in those vitamins and minerals. Some foods that you can eat to boost collagen intake include:

  • Tomatoes, broccoli and leafy greens
  • Citrus fruits like oranges and tangerines
  • Gelatin and protein-rich foods like meat, eggs and fish
  • Nuts and whole grains

Remember that this is single-handedly the best and most surefire way to get more collagen into your body. Maintaining a nutritional, healthy diet filled with colourful fruits and veggies will ensure that your body has what it needs to make collagen. All else that you do will be a supplement to the nutrition and benefits that a good diet can bring.

Collagen Supplements

While supplements surely won’t be your best source of collagen, they can help to make up for what you may not be getting from your diet. If you are going to take a collagen supplement make sure to use hydrolyzed collagen which is easier for your body to absorb.

Hydrolyzed collagen — otherwise known as “collagen peptides” — can usually be found in powder format. You can dissolve it in your drinks or smoothies daily for added benefits.

For topical treatments, there are skin creams on the market that offer synthetic collagen to improve the look of skin texture and wrinkles. There are also advanced collagen boosting treatments that use technology to stimulate collagen production and firming effects.

However, one of the best things you can do to protect your skin from collagen loss and damage is to wear sunscreen on a daily basis. The sun and daily elements such as pollution can be damaging to our skin so it is best to be mindful of these environmental elements and use skincare that will protect us. In this sense, prevention is better than cure.

Now that you know where you should be getting your main source of collagen from, you can work on adding these foods to your diet.

Pills, creams and powders are great enhancers but collagen production really starts with the foods that you eat on a daily basis.

To learn more about the benefits of collagen, call Clearview MediSpa Toronto at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

The Many Benefits of Collagen

The Many Benefits of Collagen

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Nowadays, collagen has become a popular protein in both the beauty and nutrition worlds. But you might ask, why exactly is collagen so important, and what can it do for your body?

Collagen is the most plentiful protein in our bodies as it acts as a connector that holds everything together from tissue and skin right down to our bones. As we age, the production of collagen slows down, which is why many opt to include it as a supplement in their daily lives.

At Clearview MediSpa, we offer collagen-stimulating treatments such as Forma, a revolutionary wrinkle treatment that helps the skin to generate new collagen for a more youthful appearance. Below we’ve gathered some of the best benefits of collagen to show you how useful and vital this key protein is.

Helps Improve Skin

In today’s market, many products and supplements advertise the anti-ageing properties of collagen. As much of our skin is composed of collagen, it plays a significant role in skin’s elasticity, strength, and suppleness.

Collagen is the most abundant when we are young; we can see the effects of ageing as we get older and start producing less collagen. This is why collagen is seen as a prime solution to dehydrated skin and dreaded wrinkles.

In fact, there have been studies observing women of different ages and their reactions to collagen supplements. Older women who take collagen supplements have visible improvements in the texture and elasticity of their skin.

While the information out there is definitely promising, keep in mind that the type of collagen supplement that has provided positive results for participants is hydrolyzed collagen. This type of collagen quickly and effectively absorbs and is used by the body. So, make sure to do your research and read the ingredient labels carefully before committing to anything.

While ingesting collagen has seen benefits, there are also ways to stimulate your body to generate more collagen. At Clearview MediSpa, we use Forma, a wrinkle treatment that uses the latest technologies, radiofrequency energy, and heat to tighten and smooth the skin, all while generating new collagen.

The benefits of this treatment include a reduction of fine lines and deep wrinkles, lifting and tightening of problematic areas and continuous improvements as treatments progress.

Additionally, treatments are non-invasive, require no downtime and minimal discomfort. Our specialists are dedicated to addressing your concerns and making sure that you are comfortable.

Strengthens Nails

Another major benefit of collagen is that it can help you grow and strengthen your weak, brittle nails. Do you ever wish that you could skip those trips to the nail salon and rock natural, beautiful nails? Or that your nails could grow a little bit past your fingertips before breaking or chipping completely?

If this sounds like you, then collagen could very well be your solution. Studies have reported that collagen can help grow nails and keep them from breaking. So if you’re in the market for beautiful natural nails — and who isn’t — then a little collagen in your routine might be just the solution for you.

Relieves Back Pain and Joint Pain

As we get older, it’s no secret that our bodies develop aches and pains in places that were otherwise running smoothly. Some of us even develop joint pain or arthritis in certain areas. The effects of collagen on joint and back pain have been studied, and while more research is needed to make a definitive conclusion, it has shown promise as a natural pain reliever.

This would make sense, as collagen is an integral protein in our connective tissue that supports our joints and helps them move properly. If we were to lose or damage vital connective tissue, it could easily result in joint pain and even loss of movement.

Promotes a Healthy Heart

Ultimately, the use of collagen promotes heart health by helping to lower cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease and plaque buildup in the arteries. This is especially important as we age and become more susceptible to these issues with decreased collagen production.

Depending on your diet, age, and genetics, you may be more at risk for heart disease, which makes it all the more important to start living a healthy lifestyle right now. Don’t wait until it’s too late, feed your body with nutritious food, exercise regularly, get outside and don’t be afraid to throw a little collagen in the mix while you’re at it!

Collagen-Rich Foods

While many choose to use supplements to enhance and up their collagen intake, there are many natural sources of collagen that are readily available and quite tasty. Fish such as salmon and tuna or vegetables like tomatoes, spinach or garlic all help your body to generate more collagen.

Eggs, peanuts, and berries are also nutritious collagen boosting foods. The most popular and well-known collagen booster is bone broth, a soup made from the brewed bones and tissue of cows or chicken. This has long been a natural anti-ageing remedy that many swear by. Some even suggest drinking bone broth daily to keep a youthful, wrinkle-free appearance.

Now that we’ve outlined many of the benefits of using collagen in your daily routine, we hope you can find a way to incorporate more of this healthy protein into your diet. At Clearview MediSpa in Toronto, we’re more than happy to help you upgrade your collagen use for firmer, younger-looking skin.

To learn more about collagen and its benefits, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

What Is Microneedling and Why You Need It Now!

What Is Microneedling and Why You Need It Now!

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Microneedling is fast becoming a trendy procedure for people of all ages. It works by driving the skin to heal itself through controlled micro-needles that puncture the epidermis.

Read on to discover the benefits of this popular procedure and how it works. If you book now, you’ll be glowing in time for all of your holiday parties.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a simple and effective treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, scars and ageing skin. For those who are looking to improve their skin texture and treat problem areas, this is a professional procedure that does just that. Quite simply, the treatment works by prompting the skin to repair itself by creating minor skin injuries through punctures of the skin with the micro-needling tool.

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Naturally, the skin then works to fill these microscopic punctures with collagen, resulting in a more youthful, firm, and hydrated look. Microneedling has recently become more popular as it is minimally-invasive, straight-forward and stimulates the skin to produce more collagen and elastin naturally.

Microneedling Benefits

The benefits of micro-needling are numerous as it targets scars, wrinkles and the signs of ageing. Dry winter skin is often especially dehydrated and in need of a collagen boost.

After your micro-needling treatment, you will not see results right away as your skin may be sensitive, with swelling and redness. After a couple of days, these initial side effects will subside, and in the next few weeks following the treatment, you should see visible results.

Multiple sessions are often recommended to get the desired results. However, you should generally see improvements in your complexion, such as a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles as well as a hydrated, youthful appearance.

Preparing for Your Treatment

In order to prepare for your micro-needling session, there are some precautions that you should take. It is best to discuss these with your specialist during your consultation. Make sure to do your research beforehand as there are risks associated with the procedure, such as infections or reactions.

It is important to relay any necessary medical information and any medications or products that you are using to your specialist. Choose someone who is a licensed professional and has the right expertise in a clean, safe environment.

You may be asked to discontinue using certain products a couple of weeks before the treatment or to avoid waxing and lasers. You may also be advised to stay clear of alcohol or any anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil beforehand as these can interfere with the treatment process.

On the day of your treatment, make sure your skin is free from any products or makeup as your specialist will need to work on a clean base.

The Treatment Experience

One of the reasons that micro-needling is so popular is because it is safe, minimally invasive, and can be done on typically sensitive areas such as around the eyes and lips. Different sized needles are used to penetrate specific areas of the skin and address various issues.

Generally, needles used to treat the top layer of the skin start at 0.1mm and can increase in size up to 3mm. The longer needles are typically used to treat more severe scarring and deep wrinkles.

The micro-needling process itself can last up to an hour, depending on what area needs to be treated. You may feel a scratching sensation during the procedure, depending on your sensitivity level, the area being treated, and the length of the needle used.

If your specialist is using a longer needle, then there could be bleeding and irritation. Most deep treatments with the longer needles utilize a numbing cream beforehand to help with discomfort.

After-Care

As your skin will be sensitive and susceptible to damage coming out of treatment, you must take care to protect it from the elements. This means avoiding exposure to the sun or tanning beds and wearing sunscreen daily.

You may also opt to forgo make up the first few days after treatment as it can clog your pores and generate buildup. Some specialists also recommend avoiding exercising or strenuous activity for a couple of days after treatment.

Keep in mind that your skin is in healing mode and therefore needs careful attention. Certain products or tools such as cleansing brushes or exfoliating scrubs can aggravate the skin further during this sensitive time.

To learn more about micro-needling and other anti-ageing skin treatments, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

Eight Facts You Didn’t Know About Wrinkles

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Wrinkles. They are the bane of your existence, giving away your age, or worse, making you look far older than you are. There are millions of products on the market that promise to reduce wrinkles. However, even though you can slather on the face creams and stay out of the sun to try to avoid the inevitable, one way or another, the wrinkles will appear. But how much do you know about wrinkles, and can you actually get rid of them? Here, we take an honest look at eight facts most people don’t know about wrinkles.

1. Pricey cream myth

Skin creams are often referred to as “hope in a bottle” by in-the-know skincare professionals. Why? Because they are advertised with the promise of erasing the lines of time, providing you with more youthful skin. The truth is that the creams will do little to improve the common issues with ageing skin, including those annoying wrinkles and sagging skin. Although you might see modest results, you will not be turning back the hands of time with anti-ageing creams, no matter how much you pay for them. Instead, you need proven wrinkle treatments to help defy the signs of ageing.

2. Diet counts

If staying thin and healthy isn’t enough to keep you focused on eating well, a British study might help change your mind. They found that sugar produces cell molecules that age skin. The proteins attacked by advanced glycation end products, including that very important collagen and elastin, which keeps your skin full and firm. When it is damaged, it leaves behind saggy skin and wrinkles, not to mention a duller complexion. In fact, the damage doesn’t end there. The molecules also affect your antioxidants, so you become more susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun.
It’s also about the healthy choices you make. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals all aid in helping you age well. Foods rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and E reduce photoaging caused by sun exposure. As well, Vitamin C reduces wrinkles and dry skin related to ageing.

3. Not just genetics

You’ve probably heard the saying that a man should look at his girlfriend’s mom if he wants to see how she’ll age. That’s because genetics can have a strong impact on how and when you age. However, there are other factors at play. For example, a study found that although twins are “genetically programmed” to age similarly, lifestyle can greatly change the outcome of how each twin will age. This includes smoking, sun exposure, weight, depression, and stress levels, which can all contribute to early aging.

4. Sun exposure

Although you might love having that youthful sun-kissed glow in the summer, the risks of sun damage will age you more quickly. The Environmental Protection Agency says that up to 90% of the damage caused to ageing skin is due to exposure to the sun. Using sun protection makes it 25% less likely that the sun will increase ageing. The earlier you begin using sunscreen, the better it is for your complexion. And never underestimate its importance all year round. Although the sun might not appear as often in the winter and fall, if you will be participating in outdoor activities for longer lengths of time, sunscreen is always a must.

5. Drinking water

Water sure has its good points. It has zero calories so that it can aid in weight loss. It keeps you hydrated when you are active. But can it actually reduce the signs of ageing? Although many supermodels and actresses chug the clear liquid to help keep their youthful appearance, there’s no real proof it does help reduce wrinkles or keep skin plump. Dermatologists do say water can assist in helping maintain elasticity, but it really won’t wash those wrinkles away. Still, it’s worth switching to water as your drink of choice to reduce the amount of damaging sugary beverages.

6. Sleeping on your back

Controlling the position you sleep in can be a challenge. If you prefer sleeping face down or on your side, you’ll tend to wind up in this position at some point in the night. However, if you can try to sleep on your back more often, you might help keep wrinkles at bay. Sleeping face down on your pillow can cause permanent wrinkling, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Avoid side and stomach sleeping to keep your youthful appearance.

7. Silk pillowcases

Many beauty experts have advised using silk pillowcases as they are more gentle on your hair. However, silk is also helpful for your skin. According to dermatologists, silk fibres assist in maintaining moisture on your face while you sleep, which means you can wake up with smoother skin.

8. Wrinkles can’t be removed

While this is true, the appearance of wrinkles can undoubtedly be reduced. There are many cosmetic skin treatments available that will significantly reduce wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. Many skin treatments help stimulate collagen production, while also removing layers of dead skin that can make your skin appear older. As well, wrinkle-smoothing treatments such as fillers can plump skin to make wrinkles appear less defined.

If you would like more information about the anti-ageing treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss your unique skin needs and find the perfect solution for you.

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

Microdermabrasion: Get Your Skin Winter Ready

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Your skin is exposed to a lot throughout the summer months. By the time fall rolls around, it starts to look pretty dull. The winter brings on more dryness causing your skin to lose its natural glow. Microdermabrasion is the perfect treatment to get your skin winter ready as it reveals healthier skin below the dull surface that summer has left behind. This non-invasive treatment provides an affordable solution with fewer side effects than costly plastic surgery. Instead, you will see dramatic effects that leave your skin looking and feeling beautiful.

Undoing Summer Skin Damage

The sun is good for us, providing much needed Vitamin D. However, too much sun exposure is very damaging to the skin. Without proper protection, your skin is vulnerable to sunburn, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. The more you expose your skin to the sun and its UV rays, the more damage you are causing and the higher your risk for skin cancer.

Let’s not forget how the summer sun also leads to the early appearance of wrinkles. Sun damage accelerates the ageing process of your skin, which means the healthy collagen your skin produces can be damaged. This weakens the elastic tissue that helps keep your skin stay firm and youthful. The more damage from exposure to UV rays, the more your skin loses its normal shape, plumpness, and firmness, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging. Last, but by no means least, the sun also increases irregular colouring on your skin, causing age and sunspots. Your skin appears uneven, which can make you look much older.

Winter Skin

On top of the damage of the summer sun, as winter arrives, it is common to have itchy, tight, dry skin. Winters are drier, which can lead to flaky, dull skin. While moisturizing and hydrating winter skin can help, it does little to remove the dead skin cell buildup. The best way to improve the appearance of your skin during winter is to exfoliate to get rid of flakiness. Not only do you remove that dry and flaky skin, but you also create a more welcoming surface to absorb the much-needed moisturizer to keep skin soft and smooth.

Why winter?

So, we’ve established that as winter approaches, your skin needs the care to help it recover from the damage of the summer sun, the environment, and another year of ageing! We’ve also reviewed the importance of exfoliation for winter skincare. Microdermabrasion is ideal for helping remove the damaged outer layer of dry skin that makes your skin appear dull.

Winter is ideal for cosmetic treatments such as microdermabrasion because the treatment increases photosensitivity. During the winter months, there is less sun exposure, so there is no risk of hyperpigmentation following treatment. Hyperpigmentation is caused when you have more melanin, which is responsible for your skin tone. This can leave areas of your skin darker than others, creating an uneven appearance. It can also slow down recovery time following treatment.

And let’s not forget, as the holidays approach, winter becomes very social. You’ll want to have a refreshed and more radiant appearance for all of those social gatherings.

What is microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, which stimulates your natural response to rejuvenate new cells and produce collagen. Because it is non-invasive, it is a popular procedure for ridding the skin of its dull appearance. Using a “facial wand,” the procedure offers a super exfoliation process that takes less than an hour.

The wand blows tiny crystals against your skin, “abrading” the “stratum corneum,” the dull top layer of your skin. As the crystals blast away dead cells, a gentle vacuum removes the cells, leaving behind a fresh new layer of healthy skin.

Why microdermabrasion?

Although there are many cosmetic treatments available to rejuvenate your complexion, microdermabrasion is quick and painless with no downtime required. It not only works for dull, ageing, or sun-damaged skin but is also very effective in reducing the appearance of light scarring as well as controlling acne. Treatments are customized to suit the needs of your skin type and skin challenges. It can be repeated every month or so to help your skin recondition itself with new cells and collagen.

Microdermabrasion Recovery

The term recovery might sound a bit extreme when it comes to microdermabrasion. The procedure won’t cause issues or pain following treatment. However, there can be redness, sensitivity, and itchiness. The redness is much like sunburn, and only lasts about 48 hours. That’s one of the main reasons winter is perfect for treatment, as you will not need to worry about irritation from sun exposure.

To help your skin recover, you can use these tips:

  • Remove dead skin cells with a wet cloth and rehydrating toner following your treatment.
  • When your skin has completely dried, apply a rich moisturizer.
  • To avoid peeling, moisturize for 4–6 days after the treatment.
  • Use sunscreen when you go out, even if it is cold and overcast.
  • Stay out of the sun for at least a week following treatment to avoid hyperpigmentation.
  • Drink water and eat lots of fruit and fresh vegetables to stay hydrated.
  • Never scratch or pick at skin following treatment.
  • Do not use cosmetic or skin products with harsh chemicals for at least a week.
  • Do not rub the area.
  • Do not tan or use tanning treatments for at least a week.
  • If you feel tenderness or burning, you can apply a cold compress to your skin or use an anti-inflammatory cream.

Microdermabrasion provides an affordable, highly effective cosmetic treatment to breathe new life into your dull, summer weary complexion. You will have minimal recovery time, as it is non-invasive. You can continue to book monthly treatments to keep your skin looking more youthful and to help maintain your natural, more youthful glow.

If you would like more information about the winter skin treatments we recommend, call our Clearview Medispa team at 416-445-2639. We can schedule a consultation to discuss microdermabrasion and see if it is right for you.

Clearview MediSpa offers convenient and confidential financing for your procedure. Contact the office today for more information, to book a consultation, or if you have any other questions about the treatment. Book an Appointment