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What is Dermaplaning?

Nadia Lam

What is Dermaplaning?

What is Dermaplaning? Dermaplaning is a cosmetic skin resurfacing procedure and a form of manual exfoliation.  It is similar to the Microdermabrasion treatment but without the use of suction or abrasive crystals.   In this procedure the Stratum Corneum of the Epidermis is completely removed using an Aesthetic grade, sterile blade stroked along the skin at a 3 – degree angle.  This method gently “shaves off” dead skin cells with short strokes and also temporarily removes the fine vellus hair (peach fuzz) of the face. The effect is glowing skin with fewer imperfections and a bright and silky smooth, even...


WHAT IS MELASMA

Nadia Lam

WHAT IS MELASMA

Melasma is a very common condition with skin discolouration usually seen in women in the reproductive years, ages 20-50.  The discolouration is a patchy brown, tan or blue grey typically appearing on the upper cheeks, upper lip, forehead and chin and just a little may appear on the arms and neck.  The areas of the body that are more exposed to the sun. This condition is primarily related to daily sun exposure and heat, external hormones such as birth control pills and internal hormonal changes as seen in pregnancy.  Other factors may be hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), family history, race,...


Beauty Through the Ages

Nadia Lam

Beauty Through the Ages

Connective tissue, primarily protein fibres called collagen and elastin which is located in the dermal (second) layer of the skin, plays an important role in how fast we age. Elastin provides elasticity to the skin; the quality of stretch and the ability to return to its natural shape and form while collagen gives the skin its tone and strength.  By not eating the right foods, drinking enough water or exercising damage will begin to happen throughout the body affecting the skin and causing it to sag and lose its natural elasticity.  Wrinkles are now visible as the collagen fibres start...


Chemical Peels: Restore & Refresh

Nadia Lam

Chemical Peels: Restore & Refresh

Autumn is a perfect time to recover from Summer’s environmental aggression and to prep the skin for Winter’s harsher climate.  Damage during Summer can result in cellular build-up on the skin’s surface and needs the dead skin cells to be removed effectively for a much more smoother, healthier appearance. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane.  It is used to dissolve the bond between the cells which helps with the exfoliation of dead skin cells revealing the next layer of the skin, leaving a smoother and healthier-looking complexion.  It also improves the skin’s hydration by enhancing its moisture...


Do you have Sensitive Skin?

Nadia Lam

Do you have Sensitive Skin?

  Most people think they have sensitive skin because they have fair skin that burns easily or that gets scaly or stays red for a long time.  These types of conditions is called photosensitive skin, dry skin and healing skin but it is hard for one to determine whether it’s sensitive or one of these other conditions with lack of knowledge.  It’s this confusion that leads many to purchase products that are not appropriate and further irritation. The most common cause for sensitive skin is there has been damage to the skin barrier.  This means that something has irritated the...