Recently our own Dr. Clinton was able to take a few days of downtime and decided it was the perfect occasion for her four favorite skin rejuvenating procedures. Today, she shares her secrets to heading into Spring with a radiant, glowing complexion that you will be excited to show off.
Managing breakouts is tough enough as it is, and we often get questions, especially from our male patients, about the best way to shave without causing additional irritation. Acne is an irritation after all, and the last thing we want is for people to unknowingly cause more damage. The steps below are how we advise our patients to shave, from beginning to end, but let us know if you have any questions!
- Most shaving creams contain ingredients that can irritate the skin, so the most basic part of shaving with acne prone skin is to instead use a good, gentle cleanser that is non-medicated and that lathers (SkinMedica Sensitive Skin Cleanser is a great example)
- Using warm water, add about 1 and ½ tsp. of cleanser to your hands to make a good lather on the skin, but when in doubt, add more.
- Always shave immediately after or while in the shower so that the skin is soft and wet.
- Use a 2 blade razor. (1 blade pulls at the hair too much and 3+ blades get too close to the skin causing irritation as well as more risk for ingrown hairs )
- Always shave in the direction that the hair grows. This causes less irritation and inflammation, thus less acne as well as less risk of contributing to ingrown hairs on the face.
- Shaving should be done daily or we recommend that our patients grow a beard. If you have acne-prone skin growing a beard will stop the irritation, inflammation, and ingrown hairs.
- The longer the time between shaves the longer the hair and the more pulling the razor will do, so use scissors for trimming prior to shaving.
- Always use light, gentle strokes. The razor should do the work, not you!
- If you don’t shave but want to maintain facial hair, you can use scissors or an electric razor with a guard as this will decrease pulling at the hair follicles and avoids direct contact of the razor to the skin.
We LOVE Colorescience Sunforgettable SPFs! Here Are 5 Reasons You Should Too…
We’ve heard it before – sunscreen is just one more step you don’t want to worry about… Did you ever think sunscreen may be the most important step to ensure all other skin care products? We guide our patients to correct sun damage by lightening and brightening dark spots, but why bother if you don’t have sunscreen to protect future damage? If that’s not convincing find out the five reasons we believe in Colorescience Sunforgettable® tinted mineral sunscreen:
1. Protection from sun damage
Again, this should be obvious. But Colorescience comes in your choice of SPF 30 or SPF 50 and contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Not all sunscreens can offer you protection from both aging AND burning rays. Colorescience delivers their sunscreen in an all mineral application giving you a soft-focus, tinted finish with ultimate protection.
2. Easy to apply and re-apply
Dr. Clinton advises to always re-apply your sunscreen every 90 minutes. That’s not so easy with a white lotion once you’ve applied makeup, are beach-dining with friends, or watching your child’s soccer game. This is why our patients love Sunforgettable®. The mineral sunscreen brush SPF 30/50 is a self-dispensing powder brush that makes it easy to apply and re-apply throughout the day.
3. Perfect for an active lifestyle
Active lifestyles usually involve being outdoors, sweating, or swimming. Colorescience sunscreen is water-resistant for 80 minutes, offering you the opportunity to lead your active lifestyle in the great outdoors.
4. Works well with makeup
Once you’ve finished applying your makeup you want to keep your skin looking smooth and beautiful! Sunforgettable® allows you the freedom to apply effortless coverage and powerful protection from the sun right on top of your makeup. Try fair, medium, or tan tints in either a shimmer or matte finish.
5. Best option for sensitive skin – and KIDS!
Do you have sensitive skin that breaks out to even “sensitive skin” sunscreen? Colorescience Sunforgettable® has been formulated from the most pure minerals on earth and includes only high quality ingredients, pure mineral formulations, and provides non-comedogenic sun protection to cover even the most sensitive of skin types.
We love Colorescience Sunforgettable® mineral sunscreens for all of these reasons and for everything it’s not:
- No harsh chemicals
- No dyes
- No talc
- No alcohol
- No mineral oil
- No fragrance
June has arrived and we know you’re looking forward to the beach, family festivities, and cookouts. That means it’s time to get your skin summer ready. Your skin conditions can vary greatly with the seasons, and we are here to get you through the humid, hot, and sunny parts of summer so you have healthy, fresh skin.
But how do you get your skin ready for summer? Here are my 8 summer skin care tips…
1. Get a SilkPeel Microdermabrasion. This exfoliates your skin and removes excess oil, build-up, and ruddiness for a fresh, smooth resurfacing. It’s the perfect no-downtime treatment to also smooth the skin on your chest and back so you can wear that new strapless maxi-dress.
2. Why are you still shaving? Get laser hair removal and stop worrying about your bikini line, legs, and underarms every time swim suit season starts. You don’t need to shave anymore. You don’t need to wax anymore. After several laser hair removal treatments hair growth will be reduced up to 95%.
3. Botox is virtually painless and takes just about 15 minutes. I use Botox on my patients to soften crow’s feet, reduce expression lines, and give a natural-looking brow lift. At your next appointment, ask us how Botox can also treat wrinkles on your neck and reduce acne flare-ups.
4. Embarrassed by dark spider veins on your legs and arms during the summer months? Zap them away in 15-30 minutes with a laser vein treatment. It may take a couple of treatments, so the sooner you can do the treatment, the better.
5. Wash your face every morning and every night. And do it with your Clarisonic Brush. During the summer it’s especially important to use your Clarisonic as it washes away impurities and pollution from the humid, summer heat. Your products will work better and your skin will thank you for the deep clean!
6. Reevaluate your skin care regimen – especially facial cleanser and moisturizer. Many of my patients need a creamier facial cleanser in the winter and a lighter moisturizer in the summer. Let us help you figure out how to keep your skin glowing with your own customized “skin script”.
7. Wear Sunscreen! Sunscreen is such a vital part of your skin care regimen all year long, every day. It dramatically reduces the signs of aging and your risk of developing skin cancer. It’s especially important in the summer as we are spending more times outside at cookouts, enjoying dinner on the patio, and attending outdoor weddings. We offer different kinds of sunscreens so your skin type and preference will be covered!
8. Have you tried Latisse, yet? What are you waiting for? Imagine going to the pool and not worrying about putting on waterproof mascara… because your own lashes are darker, longer, and fuller.
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We have all been there: finding yourself blindly staring at 23 different options of sunscreen and having no idea which one is best for your skin. Then you end up reaching for one because it’s a prettier bottle than the next! Think again everyone… think again. Not only can Timeless help you decide which sunscreen is best for you, but we also are here to educate the importance of sunscreen all year long.
Take this quiz to find out the best sunscreen for you:
1. When I choose a new facial cleanser, most often I reach for a:
A. Creamy cleanser
B. Gel-like cleanser
C. I like all different kinds
D. I’m too scared to change!
2. In the summer my skin is:
A. Finally not cracking from dryness!
B. I need to blot my shine at least 3 times a day
C. Usually stays the same all year
D. Who knows – it’s different everyday!
3. When choosing a foundation, I like:
C. The latest trend
D. Help! Makeup breaks me out!
4. My skincare routine consists of:
A. Whatever doesn’t dry out my skin
B. Whatever is a one-stop-shop product
C. Whatever is on special
D. Whatever won’t break me out
Tally up your score and see below for your results!
Mostly As – Sounds like your skin is thirsty! And we all know dry skin can lead to a faster aging process. We have the perfect sunscreen for you – one with an anti-aging built in moisturizer: SkinMedica’s TNS Ultimate Daily with SPF 20. Use this every morning to hydrate, prevent, and protect!
Mostly Bs – The verdict is in: you have oily skin. I know it’s hard to imagine applying any kind of product to oily skin, but that’s why easy 100% mineral tinted sunscreen powder is for you. Try our: Colorescience Sunforgettables SPF 30 or 50 for almost any skin tone.
Mostly Cs – Sounds like you have skin that is pretty adaptable to climates, products, and anything new you want to try. For normal/combination skin it’s still important to not just get fashion products, but action products. Make sure your sunscreen is really working to protect against the sun’s damaging & aging rays. We love to recommend: SkinMedica Environmental Defense SPF 30 or 50 and its ultra sheer physical sunscreen provides broad-spectrum defense against UVA/UVB rays.
Mostly Ds – You, my friend, have sensitive skin… but you probably already knew that! We don’t want to put anything irritating on your skin either. Sensitive skin can mean a number of things such as being prone to acne or rosacea, and that’s why for most of our sensitive skin patients we often recommend: LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios SPF 60. Its feathery-light feel has a sheer finish, effective UVA/UVB protection with Cell-Ox Sheild, and not to mention it’s also water-resistant and non-comedogenic.
Still have questions? Give us a call at 614-799-5100 – we are always happy to help you!
What can you expect from a chemical peel?
A chemical peel can seem daunting at first. Samantha, anyone? We often hear questions from patients which include, “Will it burn? How much downtime will I have? Will I look crazy? How much skin peeling will I see?”
First it helps to understand how a chemical peel works. Peels use a solution to exfoliate the skin, smoothing the texture of the skin by removing the damaged outer layers. Once the outer layers have been removed, a process that takes one to seven days, your rejuvenated glowing skin is revealed.
What are the benefits of a chemical peel?
Chemical peels are an effective skin treatment for many skin issues, including everything from smoothing fine lines and wrinkles to treating acne, brown spots and pores. Receiving a treatment is simpler than you expect and could be the best gift you give your skin all year. The benefits of a chemical peel are huge, and the women at Timeless Skin Solutions are here to walk you through every phase.
After one chemical peel, most patients notice an immediate improvement in skin’s texture. Generally, results are cumulative so maximum benefits are seen with a series of chemical peels.
Day by Day Chemical Peel Process
One week before your chemical peel.
During the seven days leading up to your treatment, you should avoid any skin irritants as well as tanning, waxing, tweezing or use of depilatory creams. Because some patients can experience mild itching or stinging be sure to have Benadryl or Zantac and aspirin or Tylenol available at home.
The 10 minute peel application.
The treatment will begin with a Timeless Skin Solutions provider washing your face before applying a topical solution in layers. This peel application takes ten minutes or less. After the solution is applied, many patients experience a mild stinging sensation that quickly subsides. Your face may feel tight and appear red however most patients have no problem returning to work the same day.
The week following your chemical peel: day by day.
Here’s what you can expect the week after the treatment, your skin will change each day. Here’s what you can expect
- Day 1
Your skin will feel tight and may appear sunburned, continuing to redden as the day continues. Benadryl, Zantac, aspirin or Tylenol can help with any mild itching or burning that might occur as the peel penetrates deeper into the skin.
- Day 2
Your skin will continue to feel very tight while the top layers of skin are dehydrating. By the end of the day you may experience some skin flaking, usually starting between the eyes and around the mouth and nose. It’s very important not to peel the skin manually and to only cleanse with cool or tepid water.
- Day 3
Your skin will flake, peel and feel pretty tight today, but make sure not to pick! You may begin using a gentle cleanser, such as Skin Medica’s Sensitive Skin Cleanser or Facial Cleanser as well as a strong hydrating cream, such as Skin Medica’s Dermal Repair, Dermaquest Antioxidant Soothing Serum or Ceramide cream. Do not use SPF or retinoids, retinol, acids, astringents or Vitamin C.
- Day 4
While the majority of skin peeling takes place between days three and four, don’t be alarmed if you continue to experience peeling. Continue with cleansing and moisturizing. It’s normal if some areas have completely peeled while other areas may not have peeled at all.
- Day 5-6
On day six may still have tender skin. You can exfoliate with a gentle scrub, such as Skin Medica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, to remove any remaining peeling skin. You should continue to avoid sun exposure for two weeks, but you can begin to wear SPF.
- Day 7
On day seven, come see us at Timeless Skin Solutions for a SilkPeel treatment to remove the remaining flaking skin. Ease back into your skin care products and be sure to wear sunscreen at all times.
The following week you may resume waxing, tweezing or depilatory creams. You will notice your skin is pink for about one more week. And by day six or seven, you should see a new youthful glow. After just one chemical peel, most patients notice an immediate improvement in skin’s texture.
It’s that simple.
In the time it takes for you to have a lunch date, you could be on your way to a younger looking and more radiant you.
For a complete list of treatment instructions, please read here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the incredible benefits of a chemical peel or SilkPeel treatment, please contact us at 614-799-5100 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.
What is the Maintenance Plan? Our Maintenance Plan offers an outline for your skincare routine on a monthly basis. This plan includes: (2) IPL treatments, (2) Laser Genesis/IPL treatments, (6) SilkPeels, and (2) chemical peels. These treatments last you for an entire year, are performed once a month, and offer a savings discount by paying for the package upfront.
Is the Maintenance Plan right for me? The great thing about the Maintenance Plan is that it is for everyone. The Maintenance Plan is not a rigid series of procedures. It is a framework to allow us to treat patients with the procedures they need for an on-going and evolving basis. We do not take a cookie-cutter approach, but rather a customized treatment plan that gives us the flexibility to treat each patients’ needs and concerns within a given sequence and time frame to achieve their optimal outcome.
For example, one of the treatments featured in our Maintenance Plan is the medical-grade microdermabrasion treatment called a SilkPeel. A SilkPeel has a wide range of diamond shaped treatment bits (attachments) and topically-infused solutions to treat everything from the toughest skin to the most fragile. Chemical peels lie on a spectrum of mild-strong, which means you can have no downtime to several days of downtime. And IPL & Laser Genesis treatments can be adjusted to treat a variety of skin types and ethnic backgrounds while targeting a full range of concerns such as hyperpigmentation, facial redness, pore size and fine lines.
The Maintenance Plan is an excellent resource that keeps everyone on track – from the patient trying to correct problematic skin to the patient that is wanting to maintain the results they have already achieved – this is truly a plan for everyone!
Watch here as our patient Tawnya describes how this annual skincare plan works for her
Do you want to improve your skin texture and tone immediately? Allow your products to perform to their full potential? Instantly make your skin cleaner and clearer? Of course you do! And Dr. Clinton is going to reveal her secret and tell you how! It’s by using her very own must-have: the Clarisonic Pro Brush.
Why is it a must-have?
How does the Clarisonic Pro Brush immediately improve the condition of all skin types? First the basics: The Clarisonic Pro Brush is a special tool that allows you to cleanse your skin effectively and efficiently. It begins by gently cleansing and exfoliating the surface of your skin with an oscillating brush head. This special brush head moves at a sonic frequency of 300 movements per second, and that action alone is what allows dirt, oil, and makeup to gently loosen and be removed effectively. The brush head oscillates in a 10-2 o’clock motion, and is able to be customized based on your skin type and tolerance.
There are different models of Clarisonic brushes, but Dr. Clinton chooses to exclusively carry the Clarisonic Pro because it has the highest amount of speed settings (4), and has the largest oscillation range. If you’re going to invest in this product, Timeless believes you should invest in the best one possible. We choose to carry simply the best!
How does it work?
Alongside the 4 different speed settings, you have your option of which interchangeable brush head is best suited for your skin. The staff at Timeless will help you choose which one is best for you. You will be able to choose from one of the following: Delicate, Sensitive, Normal, Deep Pore, or Body. Any one of these brush heads will fit the Clarisonic Pro Brush. With the change of the season you should change your brush head, as it is recommended that brush heads be replaced once every 3 months. The Brush even does all the thinking for you in a one-minute timed cleanse with a series of assistant beeps. You begin with 20 seconds on the forehead, then 20 seconds on the chin & nose area, and finish with 10 seconds on each cheek.
The real benefits?
60% better absorption of your skincare products.
6x deeper and better cleanse.
More effective than using fingertips alone, but more gentle than a washcloth.
Sensitive enough for all skin types and tones.
Skin is left feeling younger and smoother.
Use it morning and/or night.
Reduces excess oil, dry skin, and blemishes.
Reduces the visible appearance of pores.
Reduces the visible appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.
Tips & Tricks:
Full face of makeup? Gently wash face with fingertips to remove excess makeup, and then use the Clarisonic Pro to completely cleanse the face.
Perfect for men: the cleaner the skin, the closer the shave, the less skin irritation.
Gentle enough to use under the eye area.
Change your brush head once every three months.
Able to use any face wash (or body wash for body brush).
Charge usually lasts for 48+ hours, but recommended to charge every night.
Able to use at sink or in shower (yes, it can get wet!).
Comes with a 2-year warranty.
Not only do we recommend the Clarisonic Pro Brush to our patients, but we even use it ourselves!
As Gail Hogan recently said when she was talking to Dr. Carol Clinton, “Living through acne can be tough enough.”
But scars left over from break outs are a bit of a double-whammy.
“People can be so self-conscious of this,” she said.
Clinton said there ARE options.
“It can really have a large impact on people. One of the things that happens with acne is you can get deep pock marking.
“You also can just get discoloration and it can still look like you have a break out because the skin is either reddish or brown,” said Clinton.
Two or Three in One
“There are things you can do at home and things we can do at the office.
“The nicest thing is these treatments are both” the scar treatment and preventing further break outs, Clinton said.
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Products to Take Home
Alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy products as well as Retin-A treatments can help with both acne and acne scarring as well.
“Nobody should ever feel helpless,” Clinton said.
“We have so many things to help acne (and scarring) that if just one thing was the way to go then nobody would have to suffer with it.
“We really have to work with an individual’s skin.”
Learn more about what will work for you by requesting an appointment.