Toronto Cosmetic Clinic Skin Care Products
Your at home regimen to skincare is almost as important as the skin care treatments offered at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic (TCC). That is why we want to make sure no matter how far you live that you are able to receive cosmetic products to help keep your skin radiant and youthful!
Not sure what product to order?
Come in for a complimentary consultation or give us a call at 416-221-5554. We will ensure that you are using and treating your skin correctly.
Dark circles around the eyes are common, especially around this time of year when holiday parties and preparations keep us busy. Unfortunately, injectable fillers and other cosmetic surgical treatments can’t really help with raccoon eyes since what causes them is weakened and broken blood vessels visible through the thin skin in the area.
However, while getting enough rest and camouflaging them with a good concealer can help, you may also want to increase your dietary intake of Vitamins K and C. Vitamin K helps to strengthen the blood vessels to prevent them from rupturing and vitamin C is crucial for strong and healthy tissue. So load up your plate with those green leafy vegetables and citrus fruit. You can also check out Skin Tx’s Dark Circle Eye Treatment and VivierSkin™ DarkCircle Diminishing Eye Cream with Vitamin K, both available at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic.
Winter Lip Care
With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about ways to protect your skin from the harsh and cold weather, especially when it comes to the skin on the lips.
The lips have an inability to produce oils that keep the skin soft and supple. Also known as sebum, this oil produced naturally by the body helps protect the skin from damage caused by the cold and arid weather of the winter. With very few sebaceous glands and a very thin stratum corneum, the lips are prone to becoming dry and chapped, which means you need extra protection to prevent this from happening. Keep your lips moist not by licking and biting them, which can actually dry them out faster, but with a balm that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients and features additional SPF protection.
For extra shine and a hint of colour, try gloLiquid lips from glominerals™. Enriched with antioxidants and essential vitamins, you’ll be able to moisturize, protect and beautify your pout all at the same time.
Say Goodbye to Toners
The most important purpose of using a toner after cleansing is to obtain and maintain the natural pH in your skin. But applying the stuff on your face isn’t that important anymore if you’re using the right cleanser.
With the wave of new pH-balanced cleansers on the market today, you can skip using a toner because the cleanser will restore the pH for you. A great tip for those of us who want to expedite their skincare regimen!
Got an oily nose? For those of us with that problematic T-zone, it can be harder to handle in the winter, when the rest of your face is dry. To deal with excessive grease in the chin, nose and forehead area, try using an alcohol-free toner in those problem areas, followed by the application of a good moisturizer to the whole face. The type of moisturizer to use should be one that is in lotion form, since it’s lighter than a cream, and is absolutely oil-free. Also, it’s probably best to avoid washing your face more than twice a day, because it will dry out the already dry parts and irritate the oily parts, triggering more oil production.
Keeping a supply of blotting paper (with powder) and/or applying a mineral based powder that doesn’t clog pores can also help.
Natural Skin Moisturizer
Around this time of year, our skin has a tough time protecting itself from the harsh elements of winter. Dryness, wind and freezing temperatures rob the skin of its natural protective shield, sebum.
Sebum is a natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin. It is a combination of fat and debris…sounds gross, doesn’t it? But this stuff plays a vital role in protecting our skin and hair against damage caused by the environment. Plus, it keeps the skin moist and supple.
But for those of us that don’t have enough of these natural oils, a good moisturizer for the colder months is necessary to keep your skin from drying out, chapping and cracking. Some of us may even need two types of moisturizers: one for the winter and one for the summer. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has an excellent line of moisturizers for all skin types and seasons.
How Much Sunscreen Should I Use?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most of us are applying only 25-50% of the required amount of sunscreen to sufficiently protect our skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation.
Remember – you need at least 1 ounce of sunscreen to be adequately protected. Apply to exposed dry skin 15-30 minutes before you go outside, even if it’s a cloudy day, and use something that provides broad spectrum coverage.
If you’re worried that some may accidentally get wiped off while you’re applying it, try putting it on in layers, allowing the sunscreen to dry in between.
The Types of UV Rays
Just because it’s the winter, doesn't mean you can put away that sunblock. The UV rays of the sun anytime of the year are harmful and it’s one of the main contributors to premature aging, leading to those wrinkles and lines most of us would rather do without.
There are two main types of UV rays we should be concerned about: UV-A and UV-B. UV-A is responsible for weakening collagen over time. These rays have an ability to penetrate the skin deeply so that they can do their damage. The rays of UV-B are shorter, but because of this, they easily cause the skin to burn.
There is one more type of UV ray: UV-C. Fortunately, we’re protected from most of this type of UV ray due to the ozone layer. While the other types of rays are also partially filtered by the ozone layer, a good sunblock is absolutely necessary to provide that extra protection.
But if you've already got wrinkles and would like to explore ways to get rid of them through treatments like PhotoFacial, contact us!
How to Maximize The Use of Your Skincare Products
If you spend the money to purchase great skin care products, you could be throwing your money away if you are not using them correctly.
To reap the benefits of active ingredients you can follow these steps:
- Use lukewarm water to cleanse your face with, as this opens up your pores and increases the surface area for absorption
- Exfoliate in the morning, not in the evening. Overnight our skin repairs itself, so the morning presents the best time to slough off dead skin. Think of dead skin as a barrier. It is important to exfoliate 2-3 times per week.
- Apply products to freshly washed skin (morning and night). Skin that has just been cleansed acts like a sponge, absorbing whatever you put on it. You want the skin to be slightly damp, not wet.
- Apply your night cream at least 10 minutes before you go to bed. You want cream on your face, not on your pillow!
- Apply eye cream starting from the nose and working outwards. Never rub or stretch the skin under your eye, as it is very fragile. You want to dab the cream along the orbital bone.
- Use the most “potent” products that contain the most active ingredients at night. When you sleep skin cells are hard at work repairing themselves and can make the most of anti-aging ingredients.
Exfoliation is vital to remove that dirt suffocating the top layers of your skin. It helps remove dead skin cells and cleanse the pores.
However, if you’ve got particularly dry and sensitive skin, you may want to stay away from grainy scrubs that contain roughly ground particles of things like nutshells. The grains in these products, sold on the shelf of any drugstore, can actually create tiny cuts in the skin when you use them.
There are many products available that don’t have harsh grains. Look for exfoliation products that contain microbeads, such as VivierSkin’s Cream Facial Scrub or gentle glycolic acid based washes, which remove impurities without anything that “scrubs”.
Difference Between Prescription Retinol & OTC Vitamin A Forms
There are so many products that contain some sort of Vitamin A derivative. In treating your skin you want to make sure that you are choosing the correct form for your skin concerns. Here is a brief overview of 2 main forms, Retinoic Acid and Retinol.
The most common form of Vitamin A is Retinoic Acid which is typically found in prescription strength formulations. Thus it is a synthetic, “chemical” form of Vitamin A. It is a large molecule therefore it is not small enough to pass through into the dermis and is trapped in the stratum corneum (top layer of your skin). Because of this, the skin is constantly being exfoliated. This is perfect for those who have severely oily skin with acne as it will dry the skin to prevent future breakouts.
Retinol has been praised recently for being the hottest anti-aging ingredient. While retinol and retinoic acid are very similar in composition they have vastly different effects on the skin. Retinol is a much smaller, pure, and stable molecule so it is able to penetrate deep into the dermal junction (within the dermis) to stimulate fibrolasts. Therefore it will help to thicken the epidermis and nourish the skin from within to improve skin's elasticity, tone and reduce fine lines.
Depending on the strength of the Retinol or Retinoic acid, along with the health of your skin will determine the type of reaction that will see. In most cases flakiness and redness do occur. To see results you have to push through it, your skin will get worse before it can get better!
A night of hard partying and you’re ready to roll into bed – without taking off your makeup.
Don’t do it!
Even the highest quality makeup can impede, to a certain extent, the skin’s ability to breathe. This might not be such a problem while you’re awake, but while you sleep at night, it is. Your body performs natural physiological processes that are essential to maintaining healthy skin. Part of the rejuvenation process involves keeping your skin exposed as much as possible to the oxygen around you. Plus, you pass up the chance to exfoliate and spot treat any problems you already have, clogging and enlarging your pores.
SkinCare for Winter
Just as you swap your wardrobe for the season, your skincare routine must change as well. The cold can be very damaging to our skin, however it is the constant change in temperature (from artificial inside heat to the frigid wind) that make it hard for our skin to adapt.
Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your skin shines even when the sun is not…
Change your cleanser - If you currently use a gel based cleanser (which can be great for the summer months), switch to a cream based wash, so not as much oil is stripped from your skin.
Thicken your moisturizer - a richer cream, will provide moisture and protection from epidermal water loss
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate - dry skin tends to stand out, exfoliating will allow your moisturizer to bind to your skin and allow for more moisture retention
Hands - your hands have fewer oil glands than your face, plus they are exposed to water more often, so they become dry very quickly. Make sure to use a thick, protective moisturizer and exfoliate often. TCC carries excellent hand care products by ZO Skin Health, Oraser Overnight Recovery & Oraser Microderm Hand Renewal.
The one thing you should not change is your use of an SPF. Don’t let your sunscreen collect dust over the winter, the sun still shines, so make sure to place a layer of minimum SPF 30 on your face and any skin that is exposed.
Read Your Skin Care Ingredient List
As a consumer you should always know what you are purchasing especially when it comes to products that are placed on your face. Reading the back of a jar can be quite confusing. There are a plethora of ingredients usually listed on skin care products that have long complicated scientific names.
There are several key ingredients to look out for, that you do not want to be seen on the label.
- Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate- this is a detergent that is commonly seen in cleansers as it creates that foaming action that soaps have. Many consumers tend to like the feel of shampoos and soaps that lather up, as they think it makes them feel more clean. SLS can be rather drying and irritating to the skin and eyes.
- Parabens- These are used to increase the shelf life of products by preserving other ingredients. They are known to have hormone disrupting properties in the body. Also listed under Methylparaben, Propylparaben, IIsoparaben, Butylparaben.
- Petrolatum & Petroleum- also named under “mineral oil” or paraffin or this is a very cheap ingredient that manufactures use to help retain moisture with-in the skin. It is comedogenic and can interfere with the bodies’ natural oil production. It is banned in some European countries as it is branded a carcinogen.
While it is hard to purchase a skin care product (or any product that we use on our body- toothpaste, shampoo, moisturizer, etc.) that does not have any of the above listed ingredients, you can at least look for products that do not list all 3. As consumers are becoming increasingly aware of what goes in and on their bodies, manufacturers are following suit.
Remember that Health Canada and the FDA require that label ingredients are listed in the order of highest concentrations – meaning that the highest level of ingredients are listed first. So with that in mind, if you do see SLS, parabens or petrolatum on the label, the further down the list it is, the better for you!
Quick SunCare Facts
Since the weather around Toronto has been absolutely wonderful this past week, everyone seems to be soaking up every ray they can of sun…as we all know that Canadian weather changes as quickly as a green light. We thought it may be helpful to include some sun protectant facts for the upcoming summer months.
Sunscreen or Sunblock??
Sunblock has physical ‘block’ ingredients, most common are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. This is what gives the product an opaque or white-ish looking colour– just like the same as when your mom used to load sunblock onto your nose! A sunblock sits on top of the skin and scatters light (acts as a mirror on your skin) to block entry of UV rays into the skin. A sunscreen on the other hand soaks into your skin and absorbs the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays before they damage the skin. Sunscreens are less visible on the skin and are designed to protect against UVA, UVB, or both. They do allow some radiation through and therefore do need to be reapplied every few hours.
UVA & UVB
Ultraviolet A rays make up most of the sun’s natural light. They can penetrate deep into the skin, causing wrinkles and aging. The ‘A’ in UVA is for Ageing.
Ultraviolet B rays are the main cause of sunburns. They are nearly 1000 times stronger than UVA rays. The ‘B’ in UVB is for Burning.
While SPF 15 used to be the ‘bare’ minimum that should be applied to the face, Health Canada now recommends an SPF 30. Anything above an SPF 30, does not have that much more of a protecting factor against the sun’s rays. SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays. After SPF 30, the protecting factor starts to titer off. So while many companies are now coming up with SPF 70 and SPF 100…don’t be fooled…there is hardly a big difference in protecting your skin from the sun.
Make sure to do skin checks regularly to check for any irregular moles. “Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ontarians: about 1 in 7 will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. Melanoma is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths, and is one of the most common cancers occurring in adolescents and young adults aged 15–29.”
Your skin is the largest organ you have…so make sure to keep it protected!
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has many options for sunscreens and sunblocks. If the damage from the sun has already been done, and you are starting to see its signs, PhotoFacial, medlight therapy, microdermabrasion and/or chemical peels will be able to help reduce any pigmentation.
Pores are the pathways for natural oils and hair to reach the surface of the skin in order to provide protection and moisture. Without them, our skin would be dry, brittle and easily damaged. But if you have oily skin, sun damaged skin, or acne, your pores may appear larger, ruining your complexion.
If you want to minimize the size of those potholes, it’s time you practice the three R’s: remove, reduce and restore.
Remove the gross stuff that’s clogging those pores by cleansing and exfoliating according to your skin type. Follow a regimen that isn't too harsh or too weak.
For oily skin, reduce the amount of oiliness by using the right type of moisturizer. Reduce the number of products you put on that you don’t wash off immediately, like makeup. These can contribute to clogged and irritated pores.
Restore that youthful complexion by following a healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables. This will help your skin from the inside.
Tips to “Shrink” the Appearance of Your Pores
You can’t shrink the pores you were born with, but you can make them look less visible by doing a few things.
- Exfoliate. This is absolutely necessary to keep your pores free of the gunk that accumulates through the day and in the night – whether it be makeup, dirt, or the toxins released from perspiration. Don’t exfoliate too often though. Most experts say about 2 – 3x a week is sufficient. Anymore and you may damage your skin or strip its natural oils.
- Use a cleanser that’s appropriate for your skin. Ditch the harsh soap you use for your hands and body and get some stuff that’s specially designed for your face. Make sure it’s suitable for your skin type (oily, dry, or combination). You may also want to steer clear of cleansers that contain perfumes, since it can cause an allergic reaction.
- Unfortunately, if you've got oily skin, you’ll probably have larger pores too. A double whammy, but it is possible to control both with a proper skin care regimen that involves alcohol and oil free products.
- Stay out of the sun. This can’t be stressed enough. Sun damage tends to thicken cells, which surround each pore causing a rim-like effect. This effect highlights their presence, making it more obvious. Sun damage can also weaken the skin, making the skin lose its elasticity and thus, dilating the pores (much like what aging does). Use a sunblock and don’t forget to reapply every couple hours.
High Five to Ageless Hands
Wave Goodbye to hands that can tell your true age!
Many concentrate on their face to help keep the secret of their true age. It is a known fact that the hands and décolleté (neck and chest area) of a women is where their true age lies. So why not try and fool everyone!?
As you get older, your hands lose volume, fat and elasticity. This in turns makes the skin thinner, so the underlying veins and wrinkles become more prominent. Google “Madonna’s hands” and you will see what we mean! Pigment also appears, such as sun spots. If you think about it, our hands are constantly exposed to the sun in all seasons. We rarely put sunscreen on our hands, and if we do, it gets washed off!
No to worry though! Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has all the correct treatments to turn back the clock!
To get started, laser vein removal treatments will help remove unsightly spider veins.
Then series of PhotoFacial treatments will lift up pigmented lesions from the skin.
To add more hydration and even out the tone to the skin, a SilkPeel will certainly do the trick!
To remove dead skin cells, reduce pigmentation and the incidence of fine lines and wrinkles, ZO® Skin Health’s hand line is a great addition to your nightly skincare regime.
When you are outside it is critical to remember to apply sunscreen not only to your face but to the hands too. Try a waterproof sunblock.
Some other keys points to remember:
- Keep your hands moisturized
- Wear gloves when you are cleaning (or working with harsh chemicals)
- Keep hands out of continuous hot water
Just remember do onto your hands as you would to your face!