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Product Spotlight: A.G.E. Eye Complex by SkinCeuticals

Good Morning, bright eyes!…. or maybe not so much. For many of us, long days, short amounts of sleep and just plain aging can cause our eye area to appear dull, dark and puffy. Thankfully the skincare masters at SkinCeuticals have whipped up this miracle worker to help diminish sallow eyes. Now, that sounds like a bright future ahead!

 

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The signs of intrinsic aging, caused by internal factors such as hormonal shifts and metabolic slowdown, are most evident in the delicate eye area. A.G.E. Eye Complex is a three-dimensional treatment that contains a unique combination of ingredients to dramatically improve dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness caused by intrinsic aging.

  • Proxylane™ reduces wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Blueberry extract helps prevent future wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides reduces the appearance of dark circles and diminishes puffiness and under-eye bags
  • Optical diffusers improve radiance in tired, dull eyes

You can purchase A.G.E. Eye Complex as well as other amazing SkinCeuticals products at Reno Vein Clinic. Not sure what product is right for you? Our resident skincare expert, Joelle Greene can help prescribe the best product for whatever issues your skin may face.

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Skincare Product Spotlight: Nectifirm®

RVC Skincare is proud to offer one of the best skincare brands to our patients, Revision Skincare. Curious about what products might be right for you? We will be doing a product spotlight once a month to showcase these effective skincare solutions. If you have any questions about the products discussed or are interested in a tailored skincare solution, call us at (775) 329-3100

Nectifirm®

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This treatment is formulated specifically for firming the neck and décolletage.96% of patients experienced a firmer neck with Nectifirm®. This best-selling neck cream contains plant extracts, antioxidants and unique biotechnological blends that work cohesively to create a smoother, firmer, younger-looking neck.

  • Helps the skin appear more firm and lifted
  • Reduces the appearance of rough, crepe-like skin
  • Lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles

Who benefits – All skin types.

How to use:

Using upward strokes, gently apply a dime-sized amount onto décolletage, working your way up the neck to the jawline. Use twice daily, morning and evening. Follow with Multi-Protection Broad-Spectrum SPF 50, or Intellishade®(Original or Matte).

Frequently asked questions 

Why do I need a neck cream. Can’t I use my face moisturizer? The neck ages differently than the skin on your face and requires its own unique, topical anti-aging technology. Facial moisturizers will only provide minimal benefits and anti-aging results on the neck.

What ingredients help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the neck? Nectifirm® is formulated with peptides and several potent extracts that help skin appear firmer and smoother. It contains a unique blend of Bamboo, English Pea Extract, Silica and Glucosamine, which has been shown to hydrate and tone the skin.

What are some of the most common signs of aging on the neck? The most common signs of aging on the neck include: slackened skin, crepiness, horizontal necklace lines, turkey neck appearance, platysmal bands, fat accumulation and mottled skin appearance (Poikiloderma).

Key Ingredients

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (Baker’s Yeast), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-6. Helps skin appear more firm and lifted.
  • Algae Extracts. Helps skin retain moisture and elasticity.
  • Ceramide 2. Enhances water retention and reduces skin dryness.
  • Bamboo, Silica, English Pea Extract & Glucosamine. Smooths skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dihydromyricetin (from Wax Myrtle Shrub).Reduces the appearance of rough, crepey skin.
  • Vitamins C & E. Helps skin appear brighter and more even toned.

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Do I have Rosacea? And Is It Treatable?

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Do you notice excessive redness around your nose, cheeks, chin and forehead? Do you constantly feel like you look flushed and can’t seem to cover up the redness, even with makeup? Well, you might be the sufferer of a very common skin disease, rosacea. Rosacea typically appears as little bumps or pimples over red, blotch skin that generally is located in the nose, chin and forehead region. Rosacea can also cause burning and soreness in the sufferers eyes and typically appears in persons over the age of 30. Some people even say that having rosacea keeps them from feeling confident at work or in social situations.

 

What Causes Rosacea?

 

Experts are not exactly sure what causes rosacea to appear. They know that something irritates the skin, but rosacea doesn’t appear to be an infection caused b bacteria, rather a persistent irritation, and seems to run in families. The pattern of redness on a persons face make it easy for a doctor to diagnose rosacea, and most of the time, medical tests are not even needed. The skin disease often flares when something causes the blood vessels to flare-up, causing them to expand, which then causes redness. Some triggers can be exercise, sun and wind exposure, hot weather, stress, spicy foods, alcohol, and hot baths.

 

What Are The Symptoms?

 

  • A flushed, red face with sensitive, dry skin that may burn or sting.
  • Small bumps and pimples or acne-like breakouts.
  • Skin that gets coarser and thicker, with a bumpy texture.
  • Dry, red irritated eyes.
  • In rare cases, rosacea may cause permanent effects, such as thickening of the skin on your face or loss of vision.

 

How Is It Treated?

 

  • Redness and breakouts can be treated with pills, such as low-dose antibiotics like doxycycline and skin creams that contain medicine.
  • Redness from tiny blood vessels can be treated with lasers.
  • Dry, sensitive skin can be protected with products for sensitive skin.
  • Thickened or bumpy skin on the nose or face can be treated with cosmetic surgery.

 

It is most important to visit your doctor or dermatologist to determine if you suffer from rosacea, and together you can determine your best coarse of treatment.

 

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What Is The Treatment Process For Botox?

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Botox can seem a little intimidating if you don’t know what the actual procedure entails.  Here’s some basic information about how easy the procedure and recovery can be!

 

Before the Treatment

 

  • Schedule a consultation to determine whether you are a candidate for Botox.
  • You will then be asked about your goals to determine where to administer Botox- to do this, you will be asked to move certain facial muscles in your brow area. The location, size and use of the muscles that create furrow beneath your brows can vary among individuals.
  • This is the time to ask any questions you may have about expectations or how long results typically last.
  • It is also important to discuss goals and tailor a plan for what you would like to achieve.

 

The Treatment

 

  • Administering Botox does not require anesthesia. However, if you are uncomfortable, you may have an area numbed with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief.
  • You will receive a few tiny injections of Botox directly into the muscles that cause moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.
  • The entire treatment lasts approximately 10 minutes.

 

After the Treatment

 

  • No downtime is needed- you’re ready to get on with your day after!
  • Your skincare expert will give you specific aftercare instructions.
  • Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness- should they become extremely troublesome, contact a professional (though this is usually not expected).

Overall, Botox is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and downtime! Results that can last from six months to a year which include improved fine lines and softened wrinkles on the face. We know you’ll love your results! To schedule an appointment with Joelle, please call (775) 329-3100.

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Winter Skincare Tips From Head to Toe

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Winter can be the bane of our skin’s existence. We often struggle with cold weather, wind chaffing, and dry skin. While some of us just accept these changes as typical signs of winter, you don’t have to be one of the sufferers! We have tips on how to keep your skin soft, moisturized and hydrated during the winter months.

 

Smooth as you sooth:

Extra-dry skin like on dry upper arms can trigger a flare-up of keratosis pilaris, that annoying rough skin. Try a lotion with salicylic acid to exfoliate dead cells around your hair follicles and reduce the appearance of bumps.

 

Handle with care:

To prevent chapping parched hands, embrace wipe-off, soap-free cleansers and alcohol-free hand sanitizers.  Experts say that they are less drying than washing repeatedly with soap and water. When you do wash, choose a moisturizing soap-free cleanser or a hydrating antibacterial gel, then slather on lotion right away.

 

Glove up:

Anything that creates an occlusive barrier (i.e., traps moisture) on skin helps lotions and creams soak in. So slip on some cotton gloves over lotion to help moisturize parched hands. Even wearing them for an hour can really soften up your skin.

 

Just add honey:

To soften stubborn dry patches on rough elbows and knees, opt for a rich, hydrating scrub. A simple mix of honey and sugar works great!

 

Exfoliate lightly

Pick super-gentle exfoliators if trying to moisturize your chest and back. We like tiny rounded polyethylene microbeads, this will help brighten dull winter skin on your face and body.

 

Treat feet at night:

Before bedtime, gently buff away calluses with a hydrating scrub or pumice stone, and apply a thick, buttery moisturizer while feet are still damp, then wear socks overnight.

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Cleaning Makeup Brushes to Keep Your Skin Clear

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Ladies, many of us wear makeup.  Some of us use our hands to apply it (which should always be clean to prevent the spread of bacteria to your face from your hands), while others rely on makeup brushes or sponges. One of the most important things to prevent blemished skin that is often overlooked, is regularly cleaning your makeup brushes. Leaving old makeup on them and then reusing them without cleaning creates a breeding ground for bacteria. It also can transfer bacteria back into your makeup.

 

 

Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. You wash your face, your body and your clothing; you should most definitely be adding washing your makeup brushes and sponges into the mix. Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. The first step is picking up a brush cleaner and spritzing after each use, you can find products at Sephora and Target for this. Once a week you should give your brushes a nice deep clean (note that brushes will need a few hours to dry after deep cleaning, so it’s best to clean them after you’ve applied makeup for the day).

 

Here is what you’ll need to properly clean your brushes and sponges:

 

  • A shallow bowl
  • Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
  • Your sink
  • A lint free cloth

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out the residual makeup. Try to focus o the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where the bristles are glued in, excess exposure to water over time can cause the bristles to loosen
  2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and quirt a tiny amount of shampoo into it. Gentle swirl your brush tip in the water, you can also swirl the brush tip in the palm of your (clean) hand and work up a lather
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the water runs clear from the brush
  4. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry

 

And there you have it! A cleaner brush, means a cleaner face! And BONUS! Cleaning your brushes also helps your make-up brushes last longer too!

 

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Product Spotlight: Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion

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Looking for a daily antioxidant that offers protection and brightens the skin? Well, look no further! Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Joelle Greene, RN recommends the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion. It’s great for all skin types and is a wonderful way to protect your skin from dryness this winter.

These Vitamin C lotions are formulated with the newest, highly stabilized form of Vitamin C for healthy, radiant skin. The 30% formula contains one of the strongest concentrations of Vitamin C available.

  • Contains THD Ascorbate, a very powerful form of Vitamin C
  • Brightens dull skin
  • Provides a full line-up of antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Includes the latest stabilization and delivery technologies
  • Moisturizes and conditions skin with naturally derived Squalane

Who benefits – All skin types.

To purchase the Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion or to see the entire Revision Skincare Collection, visit Reno Vein Clinic!

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Skincare Tips The EXPERT Recommends

We asked our aesthetic nurse specialist, Joelle Greene RN, to share quick tips to health skin.

  1. Pour on the protection. Fill the hollow of your palm (about ½ teaspoon) with broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and coat your face, neck and ears- daily.
  2. Look sun-kissed. Tinting your face with a tinted moisturizer or foundation gives the appearance of youthful skin. Using the sun to actually tint your face however is a big no-no.
  3. Eat a skin-saving breakfast. The first meal of the day is really the most important. Eating a food high in essential fatty acids, such as almonds, helps kick start the skin. It also helps stop inflammation, sagging, fine lines, and blotchiness.
  4. Zen your skin. If anyone experiences stress, they will appreciate this. High levels of stress and tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. Controlling stress is easier said than done though, to help calm your skin, take 10 minutes to apply a facemask and relax in bed.
  5. Pair your products. Knowing that certain ingredients, like sunscreen and antioxidants work harmoniously together in the morning, and retinols and peptides are a great nighttime team will allow you to take full advantage of a product’s properties.
  6. Wear your veggies (and eat them too!) Frozen peas or gel ice packs help soothe itchy, irritated eyes. To reduce swelling and irritation on your face, placing frozen peas or corn over irritated areas is better than an ice pack because it forms to the contours of your face.

 

These tips will have you on your way to fresher, more beautiful skin, if you are looking for a more advanced treatment to your skin, contact Joelle for a complementary consultation!

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Summer To Fall Transition For Your Skin

Now that summer has officially ended, we find ourselves wearing warmer clothing, enjoying Starbucks seasonal drinks (who doesn’t love a Pumpkin Spice Latte in fall?), and changing our routines from summer to autumn. While wearing minimal makeup, such as tinted moisturizers, worked in summer, when fall hits we find our faces needing just a little more moisture and maybe even a little more coverage. To combat that problem, make sure you are picking a morning and night moisturizer that leaves your skin soft and well hydrated. It is also important to still wear SPF during the day, even though the weather isn’t as warm. The sun is still out and can cause damage to the sensitive skin on your face. A BB cream is great to use during the day as well. It provides light coverage as well as the moisture your skin is craving.

 

Fall is also an important time to be sure you are still drinking a lot of water. Drinking water helps hydrate your body from within, giving you the “glow” you are always reading about. Facials and peels are also helpful in fall. Removing dead skin is essential to keeping pores unclogged and the texture of your skin even. Creating a routine of washing your face, moisturizing, applying any serums, and drinking lots of water is very important. Exfoliating 1 to 2 times a week will give you the extra boost in radiant skin.

 

While it is tempting to eat all the candy and yummy holiday comfort food, restrain as much as you can. Eating heavy foods and candy can lead to unwanted breakouts, as well as add too much sugar and salt to your diet. Eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water aid in your skin care routine. What you put into your body often times shows in your face- eating unhealthy foods, drinking too much alcohol and not getting enough sleep will make you look tired and sallow. This can be especially punctuated in fall with drier weather and your fading summer glow. Changing up your daily routine accordingly will leave your skin looking and feeling amazing.

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The Effects of Stress on Your Skin

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The word stress usually conjures up a situation where you are anxious, nervous, and under strain. But you need some stress in your life to help you function at your best. Manageable levels of stress give you a zest for life, release your creativity, and generate excitement by challenging you to stretch your abilities. It is stress overload that can lead to health problems, which all too often show in the skin.

 

If you’re trying to do too much in too little time, you’re functioning in permanent overdrive. And that is where the difficulties lie. When you are in a stressful situation, certain physical changes occur that are designed to improve your performance. These effects are caused by the release of the “fight or flight” hormones adrenalin, noradrenalin, and cortisol, which prime your body for action.

 

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.

 

Stress causes your heart rate to increased, the blood vessels in your skin to constrict, and it causes you to breathe faster and shallower.

 

Once the immediate pressure is removed, your body returns to a normal state. But if your body is constantly being readied for action without having time to recuperate, there can be detrimental effects on your health.

 

Short-term signs of stress overload are fatigue, sleeping difficulties, irritability, and memory lapses.

 

In time, you may find yourself getting more coughs and colds than usual because your immune system isn’t functioning at its peak.

 

Headaches or migraines, backaches, palpitations, asthma, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and indigestion are other well-known symptoms.

 

You may lose your sense of humor, become uninterested in sex, and develop nervous twitches. And eventually you may feel that you can’t continue any more.

 

To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

 

Stress And Your Skin

 

The many physical changes associated with long-term stress can have intense effects on your skin.

 

The hormones released when you are under stress cause blood vessels to constrict, leading to poor circulation. And this decreased blood supply to the skin can leave it feeling dry, flaky, and prone to irritation.

 

In periods of stress your breathing alters, becoming quicker and more shallow. This reduces the amount of oxygen carried in your bloodstream, which in turn diminishes the oxygen supply to your skin. If the stress is long­lasting, you may find that your skin becomes pasty or gray, it lacks glow, and you have tension lines around the forehead, eyes, and mouth.

 

Many skin complaints, such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes- though not initially caused by stress- can worsen when you are under pressure. And some people find that they break out in spots when they are stressed.

 

Cut back on caffeine, which can increase feelings of anxiety. Water is better for your skin.

 

Coping With Stress

 

Although it’s impossible to remove all the stress from your life, there are techniques to stop life from getting on top of you and help you cope more effectively.

 

Make time for yourself. Just taking an hour a day to have a bath, read a book, or go for a walk can reduce your stress levels. Choose something undemanding- it should be a pleasure, not a chore.

 

Practice time management. If you’re trying to do too much, lower your expectations of yourself.

 

Learn to say no. If it’s not necessary, don’t do it.

 

Pay attention to your diet. Include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat, high-fiber foods to make sure you get a full complement of nutrients.

 

Get enough sleep- but not too much, because this can make you feel sluggish in the morning.

 

Exercise can help clear your head, eliminate some of the buildup of stress hormones and release endorphins- the body’s “feel good” hormones. It can also improve your circulation, which will benefit your skin.

 

Learn a relaxation technique. Try deep-breathing exercises, visualization, meditation, or a form of yoga that involves special breathing techniques.

 

Have a massage to relax tense muscles.

 

A professional stress management course or counseling can give you a chance to talk about what’s troubling you and help you work out better ways of handling the demands in your life.

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