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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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Mommy Makeover: How Body Contouring Can Help You Get Your Body Back

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It can be hard to lose weight post-pregnancy, and this can take a toll on our physical and mental states.

Here are some tips to shed the pounds and get back to your old body.

1. Don’t go on a diet. The more you restrict yourself of certain foods, the easier it might be to binge on those foods and gain even more weight. Listen to your body and eat when you are hungry and stick to healthy foods. The weight loss should occur naturally. Make sure you don’t eat less than 1,800 calories a day as your body needs the fuel.

2. Superfoods are foods full of nutrients and don’t contain a lot of calories and fat. Moms need a lot of nutrients especially post pregnancy. One thing that women should eat more of is fish, like salmon, sardines, and tuna. Fish contain an essential omega-3 fatty acid called DHA that is imperative for brain function and the nervous system. Calcium-rich foods like milk and yogurt are important as they support strong and healthy bones. Foods high in protein and fiber like chicken and beans are also superfoods that you should keep in your diet.

3. Breastfeeding can help you lose weight as it burns up to 300 calories a day. This is something to consider if you need a little help.

4. Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will keep you full and prevents you from overeating. It can also speed up your metabolism and increase fat loss.

5. Engage in both cardio and strength training. You don’t have to sign up for a gym membership, just taking a walk or using light weights at home should be enough. Exercise really helps with stress and depression as well and can prevent emotional eating.

6. Get a good night’s rest. Having a newborn can really mess with your sleeping schedule; however, being sleep deprived can hinder your weight loss efforts. It puts stress on the body and can lead to lack of exercise and increased eating. Try and take as many naps as you can and sleep when your baby sleeps.

If diet and exercise aren’t enough to lose the weight and you need a little help, there are always options. VelaShape and Zerona are two new innovative body contouring procedures that will help you get your figure back.

VelaShape

VelaShape uses radio frequency, infrared light, vacuum suction, and mechanical massage. It is the only FDA cleared body contouring device that helps contour, shape, and slim the body safely while reducing cellulite and firming the skin.

The infrared light and radiofrequency energies heat dermal and hypodermal tissue in the areas that need help. The heat helps reduce cellulite by boosting fat cell metabolism and reduces the number and size of fat cells. The mechanical massage rollers increase circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage and eliminating fat cell byproducts and toxins while gently kneading the targeted area.

The vacuum suction technology reduces the appearance of cellulite by stretching fibrous bands in the epidermis to smooth out dimples The outcome of these high-tech applications is a significant reduction in body circumference and cellulite, creating smoother and firmer skin.

VelaShape sessions are usually between 20 and 40 minutes. You might experience mild bruising and redness, but this usually goes away after a few days. In rare instances, scabbing or blistering can occur in people with very loose skin. Most people notice result like tighter and firmer skin after one treatment. After six treatments, people notice a reduction in cellulite and inches in the treated areas.

VelaShape has been scientifically proven to give results. Most people experience a reduction of three inches in the targeted areas after just four treatments. Some patients say their cellulite was reduced by up to 63%, while another clinical study showed that 85% of patients lost three inches from their thighs.

Zerona

Zerona uses cold laser technology that emulsifies fat. The low laser stimulation releases the cellular contents of fat cells. Once the fat contents are released, they are absorbed by the body’s lymphatic system. This method safely removes excess fat from the patient’s waist, hips, and thighs.

The Zerona procedure causes fat cells to reduce in size, resulting in a loss of inches all over the body. The treatment is approximately 40 minutes, is pain-free, and comes with no adverse post-procedural side effects. Most patients experience an average loss of 3.64 inches on their waist, hips, and thighs in just a few weeks.

Patients have to go through six treatments every other day for two weeks. They cannot go without a treatment for more than 72 hours or the fat cells may reuptake some of the fat. Patients must also stick to a strict diet and exercise routine and refrain from drinking caffeine and alcohol, as they could make the treatment less effective. By following a healthy diet and exercise program, patients can have long-term results.

What’s most important is keeping a healthy lifestyle. If you need help shedding that post-pregnancy baby fat, then definitely look into fat grafting and research which method is best for you.

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

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13 Amazing Skin Care Hacks That Will Change Your Skincare Routine

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Having a proper skincare routine is important when it comes to keeping your skin clear and radiant. We have some hacks that will save you time and money in the pursuit for clear skin. Here are 13 skincare hacks that will change your skincare routine:

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural ingredient that you can incorporate into your skincare routine to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It boosts your skin’s elasticity and firmness. To use it as a mask, mix in ½ tsp of turmeric powder, 1 egg white, and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Mix and apply to face and neck. Once dry, wash off with warm water.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural ingredient that has been a holy grail product for many over the years. It can be used on the hair or face and it has antifungal, antibacterial, and moisturizing properties. Use it as a hair mask or for treating acne by melting coconut oil and tea tree oil together and applying it to the face.

3. Essential oils

Essential oils can be beneficial in many ways. Each one has its own unique properties that help with different skin issues. Argan oil contains vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which make it a good moisturizer for hair skin and nails. Grape seed oil is beneficial for those with acne prone skin. It contains linoleic acid and has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil naturally kills bacteria and fights infections. It helps with acne, nail fungus, dandruff, and insect bites.

4. Eating clean

Having a clean diet is important as what you eat not only reflects on the inside but also on the outside. Eat foods that contain fatty acids, whole grains, Vitamin B6, and fruits. Foods containing water will help keep your skin hydrated and help you reach your daily water intake goal.

5. Reduce scarring

Combine lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and apply to scars, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. These ingredients mixed together are a powerful combination that combats almost any skin imperfection.

6. Treat acne by having a proper skincare routine

Having a proper skincare routine and sticking to it is important to have clear skin. Cleanse, exfoliate, masks, toner, serum, eye cream, moisturize, and acne treatments are all steps you should incorporate into your skincare regime in order to have radiant and clear skin.

7. Homemade acne mask

Mix together lemon juice and an egg white and apply to your face. Once it is dry, rinse off with warm water. Do this once a week and you should see visible results. This masks reduces oils and helps with acne scars.

8. DIY coffee face mask

Take 1 tbsp of coffee powder and 1 tbsp of honey and mix it all together. Apply to the skin and gently massage in circular motions and let it sit for 20 minutes. This mask is great for radiant skin as it is full of antioxidants and is a great way to wake your senses up.

9. Remove acne overnight

Mix together toothpaste, lemon juice, and an aspirin and apply on the pimple overnight. In the morning the pimple should be gone!

10. Carbonated water

Use carbonated water next time you wash your face, as it helps to tighten pores and draws out dirt and impurities. The carbonated water absorbs into pores and the waste in the pores are pulled out.

11. Dry brushing

A dry body brush has natural bristles and should be used when your skin is dry. The best time is before you shower. The brush buffs away dead skin cells and is great at boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage. It helps in reducing toxins in the body. Brush each part of your body towards the heart as brushing away from the heart puts pressure on the veins.

12. Rosewater

Use rose water to set your makeup or reduce acne. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation and redness. It helps with acne, eczema, and dermatitis.  You can use it as a body mist, pillow mist, and even to clean your underarms.

13. Vitamins

Vitamins are not only good for your overall health, but they are also good for your skin. The vitamins supply your skin with nutrients that are needed to function better.

Vitamin A helps to eliminate wrinkles and speeds up the production of collagen. It also helps eliminate dark spots and rejuvenates skin cells.

Vitamin B1 has powering antioxidants that reduce free radical production in the body. It fights against signs of aging and reduces age spots.

Vitamin C helps to tone up the blood vessels of the circulatory system and helps generate collagen.

Vitamin D prevents premature aging and helps keep skin in good condition.

Vitamin E protects the skin from harmful UV rays and provides skin with a smooth appearance. It also has anti-aging properties.

So there you have it! Thirteen skin hacks that are sure to step up your game when it comes to your skincare routine.

To learn more, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

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Purifying Benefits of Charcoal Skincare

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Charcoal has become a popular addition to skincare and beauty products in the recent years. It’s been known to have many health and beauty benefits, and food grade charcoal can be ingested to help detoxify the body.

Despite the dark appearance of charcoal, it can help whiten teeth as well. But what about adding it to your skin and hair? Some might be hesitant to use the substance due to the dark appearance of the powder, but charcoal has proven to produce amazing results.

The toxins from your body stick to the activated charcoal, and since it’s all natural, it won’t add any chemicals to your hair and skin. Charcoal makes a good deep cleanser and exfoliant to remove any unwanted toxins and dirt from your body. Here are ways activated charcoal can help your skin:

Deep Cleansing

Charcoal can be found in several different cleansers at the drugstore. It has become a key ingredient in many deep cleansing face washes and masks. The charcoal soaks up oil and dirt, leaving you with a beautifully cleansed face.

Some cleansers use higher concentrations of charcoal. These should be used once or twice a week, as you don’t want your skin to be stripped of its natural oils and moisture. You should also take a look at the other ingredients in the face wash, as some are better suited for different skin types. Choose the products that best suit your personal needs.

No More Oily Skin!

Oily skin is a problem many of us face. Using activated charcoal can help reduce the amount of oils produced by drawing them out from beneath the surface of your skin. You can use either a cleanser or mask that contains charcoal and your skin should be more matte in no time.

Only use these products once or twice a week, as you don’t want your skin to dry out. People with dry skin can use a weaker formula for deep cleansing and exfoliation and use it less frequently than someone with oily skin.

Treating Acne

Activated charcoal in soap form can provide gentle exfoliation and pull out excess oils and toxins beneath the skin, and may help reduce your breakouts. You can even use it directly on the pimple as a spot treatment. Depending on how severe your acne is, charcoal might be a beneficial addition to your skincare routine.

Smaller Pores

When our pores are clogged, it creates texture and unevenness that is visible on our skin. Every day, our skin comes in contact with toxins and pollution that can increase aging and clog our pores. Using activated charcoal on our face can help pull the dirt and toxins out, creating a smoother appearance. Using a scrub will help exfoliate and remove excess dirt as well and provides a deep cleanse.

Soothe and Heal

Not only does charcoal help you achieve clear skin, it can also be used to soothe and heal bites, cuts, and irritations. Take some activated charcoal powder and slowly add water to make a paste. You can put this paste on cuts, insect bites, stings, scrapes, and minor infections and it will help speed up the healing time. The paste will absorb venom and bacteria from the injury site and bring down swelling and pain.

Reduce Toxins in your Hair

Not only can you use charcoal on your skin, but it can also be used in your hair. Similar to how it works on your skin, using an activated charcoal shampoo will draw out dirt and oil from your hair and wash it away. Charcoal is gentle and won’t disrupt your hairs natural moisture levels.

Add Volume!

Charcoal in shampoo not only reduces dirt and oil, but it can also add volume to your hair. Regular shampoos only remove surface dirt and are not as deep cleansing as ones that contain charcoal. When our hair is dirty, it can be weighed down. Regular shampoo may not be enough to get all the oils out, but shampoos containing charcoal will deep cleanse your hair and won’t leave a residue, allowing it to be lighter and voluminous.

Soothe Scalp Conditions

Many people suffer from dandruff, redness, or oily and itchy scalps. Using a scalp treatment with activated charcoal or adding it to your shampoo can relieve irritating scalp conditions. The same way it works on your skin, charcoal will pull out toxins and dirt from your hair follicles and you will see a noticeable difference.

Activated charcoal can be found in many products at the drugstore. This super ingredient can deep cleanse and purify your skin and hair quickly and efficiently. If you suffer from skin and hair conditions, you should definitely give activated charcoal a try.

To learn more, call Clearview MediSpa at 647-792-0980 or contact us here.

Do You Need Retinol in Your Skincare Routine?

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It’s inevitable that everyone will age over time. Creams and serums will promise to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but it’s not always guaranteed to deliver results. Doctors and dermatologists have known retinol to reduces wrinkles and lighten scars; however, it does come in different forms and delivers different effects.

Do You Need Retinol In Your Skincare Routine

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of retinoid derived from vitamin A. It’s normally used in skin care as it has been known to give your skin a healthy glow. As you age, your skin cells stop turning over and eventually pile up. Retinol has been known to encourage cell turnover at a normal rate. It minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, improves texture, and diminishes hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Retinol is sometimes added to acne products as it can clear blocked pores, allowing your skin to breathe and preventing future breakouts.

Different Kinds of Retinol

There is not just a single type of retinol. It can come in various doses and strengths and can deliver different results. Over-the-counter retinol is a weaker version of tretinoin, while prescribed retinol, also known as Retin-A or tretinoin, is much stronger.

Prescribed retinol is typically used for severe acne, or if you want to see quick anti-aging results. This form of retinol can be found in smaller doses in drugstore skin care products. Tretinoin can treat fine lines, skin discolouration, texture, enlarged pores, and stimulates blood flow and collagen production.

It’s recommended to start off on a gentle amount before using the strong stuff as it can cause redness, dryness, and discomfort. Some skincare products mix caffeine or peptides and other ingredients that boost the effectiveness of retinol. Although the results may not be as quick, over-the-counter retinol is milder on the skin. It’s like tretinoin but is milder and more tolerable for most people.

It’s important to start out slow before increasing the amount, as all retinol works the same. Some may take a little longer than others but will deliver the same results. It’s safer to start out with a low dose in a drugstore product and slowly increase the dosage over time. Start off with using the retinol every two to three nights and increase the usage until your skin can tolerate it every night.

It’s best to use retinol at night before bed, as it increases your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Ensure that you always wear sunscreen as well; as without it, it can cause sunspots. There are retinols specifically made for oily or sensitive skin, and it’s best to match your skin type to get the best results. Always avoid the eye area and corners of the mouth and nose, as retinol can build up in these areas and cause flaky and cracked skin.

When used correctly and cautiously, retinol can deliver amazing results. It’s important to wait at least 10 minutes after washing or exfoliating to use retinol, as your skin is more sensitive immediately after cleansing

When Not to Use Retinol

When your skin becomes red, dry, and flaky, it’s not accustomed to retinol or you’ve used too much of it. If your skin becomes angry, it’s best not to use it for a few days until your skin calms down. Once your skin feels better, you can restart on a very small amount and slowly build up your tolerance again.

If you’re using acne medication, it’s best not to mix it with retinol. Although retinol is sometimes incorporated into acne cleansers and treatments, mixing the two without understanding the proper doses and types can cause severe irritation. Salicylic acid, glycolic acids, and alpha hydroxy acids are the types of acne medications you don’t want to mix with retinol. Instead of the clear and glowing skin you were hoping for, mixing the two chemicals can cause redness and even burning in some cases.

Do not use retinol if you are planning to get waxed. Because of the cell turnover rate that retinol provides, your skin is not as thick as it used to be. The retinol removes several layers of skin and becomes fragile and sensitive. Stop using retinol at least a week before any facial waxing or else the wax could take your skin off.

Although you should be careful when using retinol, the results can be amazing. It can smooth and even out your skin in just a few weeks if used properly. It is important to use the right formulations and reputable brands to ensure the best results!

For more information about how to improve the look of your skin, call Clearview MediSpa at 1-866-765-9171 or contact us here.

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