Save Your Neck This Winter

When clients present for their initial skin consult at Paragon, one area of the body that women over 40 frequently cite as a chief complaint is the neck. This delicate skin is often overlooked in one’s daily cosmetic regimen, however it is one of the primary areas in which we begin to see the wear and tear of normal aging and environmental assaults. The skin on the neck is thin, and it does not have much structural support. Additionally, we seldom protect it from sun exposure because we often neglect to think about it until it’s too late. Gravity and muscle loss start to take a toll on this fragile area as we approach our 40’s. There are surgical treatments that can remove excess wrinkled skin and fat, but before considering drastic measures, one should  incorporate the neck area into our skin care regime. Neck firming creams with low dose retinol and hyaluronic acids can keep thin, dehydrated skin looking younger.

In addition to adding protective and repairing skin care products to the neck, other non- surgical options are also available. Paragon provides Titan, a non surgical Intense pulsed light (IPL) tightening treatment that works well on the neck area to regenerate collagen. Non ablative lasers and radio frequency are other methods. IPL can help with discoloration and texture.  Injectables are also a great option (with temporary results).  With any of these treatments, skin care is essential!

Even with medical grade skin care products and sunscreen application daily to treat this delicate area, gravity and aging are inevitable. The skin care specialists at Paragon are always on the look out for effective products that will treat the neck and decollete’ and provide effective, visible results. The SENTE skin care line does just that! SENTE Neck Firming Cream contains a low dose retinol as well as a new patented ingredient called HSA which is only found in SENTE products.

For a limited time only, Paragon is offering a full size SENTE Neck Firming Cream ($79 value) and a microdermabrasion treatment for $125. Call (856) 848-1485 for further details.

Introducing SENTE Skincare Products Launch

Fall is a time for renewal. As the temperatures become cooler and the leaves begin to fall, we can feel the need for change! It is a time to nourish and take care of ourselves for the busy season ahead. With cooler temperatures, our skin becomes dry, and all of the summer damage begins to show at the skin’s surface. Exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion can remove the dull, dry skin and allow moisture to penetrate deep for extra hydration. Skin care routines should definitely change as we settle into the fall and winter seasons. Adding a richer moisturizing treatment to your nightly routine will help cells renew and plump fine lines and wrinkles.

Treatments to incorporate at this time in addition to microdermabrasion are peels alone or added to a microderm treatment to target resistant sun damage, deeper lines and uneven pigmentation. Hydrating treatments using antioxidants and hyaluronic acid will boost moisture and improve the health of dry, dehydrated skin.

A great way to keep skin looking younger and vibrant during this time of year is by maintaining your professional skin treatments every 4-6 weeks. By doing so, you will promote cell turnover, keeping skin hydrated and healthy. With regular exfoliation, your lines will appear finer, skin tone and texture will be improve and wrinkles will be less noticeable.

This is the perfect time to introduce the SENTE line of skincare products. SENTE products include an ingredient called Heparan Sulfate Analog which is revolutionary in treating four major signs of skin aging: sagginess, wrinkles, dehydration and uneven pigmentation. This unique ingredient is produced as a small molecule that penetrates the skin and remains biologically active to produce new collagen. Paragon is offering the SENTE product line at 10% off for one day only at a special launch event!

Learn more about Sente at an educational event at Paragon Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7-9 PM.

An RSVP is required! Please call (856) 848-1485 or click here to RSVP to this event on our Facebook page.

Bring a friend and receive a complimentary microdermabrasion treatment at a later date!

Lash and Brow Services

Lash and Brow Services are the hottest trend in the spa industry right now! Just look at Instagram or Pinterest and you will see before and after pictures of beautiful lashes and perfectly sculpted brows. Services such as lash tinting can darken light lashes to create a look as if you were wearing mascara. Especially on blond lashes, the look is very dramatic! Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up with your lashes defined and noticeable? If your brows are light or starting to thin, ask one of our estheticians to perform a brow sculpt with tint. Our brow specialists can shape your brow and apply semi -permanent tint to accentuate the shape and fill in those areas that are thinning to create a fuller looking brow.

Tinting services last 2-3 weeks and can last longer if maintained on a regular schedule. These services are a reasonable way to look like you have make- up on and will save you time daily. Never trust these services to just anyone. Quality products and professionally trained estheticians are educated on safe methods to apply these ingredients and services so close to your eyes. Lash and Brow services can be added on to any skin care treatment at Paragon Med Spa and only take 15 minutes.

Call (856) 848-1485 to schedule your lash and brow service! You will be pleased with these beauty enhancements.

It’s Bridal Season: Begin Early to Seek a Gorgeous Glow!

Whether you are attending a wedding in the near future or planning for your own big day, everyone wants to look perfect for this once in a lifetime (hopefully!) special event. For some, it means finding the perfect dress and spending countless hours on Pinterest admiring beautiful hair styles and make-up. Why not enhance your skin condition and whip it into tip-top wedding day shape?

It is not going to work if you start addressing your skin care needs the week prior to your wedding. The same applies to mothers-of-the-bride or groom. Good skin takes work, and the implementation of a corrective regimen should begin at least 6 months to a year prior to the wedding date. At Paragon Med Spa, the work begins with offering a complimentary skin consultation with our estheticians. Cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing, along with wearing sunscreen are the basics. Professional treatments such as facials or microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliation) can provide more intensive correction that will be long-lasting. Usually these treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart, and as your skin condition improves, additional treatments such as peels that vary in strength and targeted correction are customized to your needs. Specific products are recommended to help you achieve success as you implement your home care regimen.

For more mature skin or for skin that is acne prone, there is nothing more effective than prescription strength Retin-A or Tretinoin. Although each day seems to bring a new “must have” miracle skin care ingredient, Retin A is the most effective application for increasing skin turnover, unclogging congested pores, boosting collagen and fading hyperpigmentation. There is an adjustment period while your skin is introduced to Retin A in which redness and flaking as well as a possible uptick in acne breakouts occurs. The skin care professionals at Paragon will help you through this period by exfoliating and hydrating your skin. We will work within your budget, your goals and your particular skin type to transform your skin to its optimal state.

If skin redness or rosacea is a concern, there are many treatments and products available to improve and control this pesky skin condition. Redness or broken capillaries can be treated with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) at set intervals, and these treatments are surprisingly budget friendly at Paragon Med Spa. When executed well, these treatments, coupled with hydrating facials, are key to minimizing inflammation and improving your appearance.

Mothers of the bride or groom and even brides and wedding parties themselves are interested in cosmetic injectables such as Botox or fillers to correct lines and wrinkles prior to the wedding event. Note it is not advisable to have these treatments within 1 month of the wedding, as some clients will experience bruising and discoloration at the injection site. Your esthetician and physician will advise the best time to schedule these treatments, so that you will look your best.

Beautiful skin is absolutely the best accessory any day of the year, but on your wedding day, it is so important. Getting your skin in shape is often overlooked, and there is only so much a photographer can do. Are you ready to begin your bridal beauty transformation journey?  Paragon Med Spa is here to help.

The Power of Peptides

Peptides are mini proteins that pack a punch in skin care products. To understand how peptides help our skin stay youthful looking, it is important to discuss collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition. It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth. You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue.

When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors, including sunlight, it is not fully replaced. As a result, smooth, young skin slowly becomes thinner and wrinkled over time. As collagen deteriorates, it produces certain peptides. These peptides send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more. When skin care peptides are applied topically, your skin “thinks” that it’s a collagen break down product and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimize wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen.

Peptides are like anti-aging keys that unlock skin cell surface receptors to open communication to help skin rejuvenate and repair itself.  Peptides are less irritating than other anti-aging ingredients, so they are easier to use for sensitive pre or post menopausal skin types.  With peptides creating such a buzz in the industry, they are constantly being research and developed into new and exciting ways!

Add a peptide infused product to your daily routine to support collagen production. Paragon is currently offering a skin renewal facial and a full size Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3, a tri-peptide take home product that targets moisture loss, firming and pigmentation issues all for $135. Hurry! Offer expires 3/31/17.

Best Skin Care Ingredient Of 2016

As the year continues to wind down, what has been the best ingredient in new skin care regimes? It is called niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very effective skin-restoring ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Among these benefits are the ability to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines, dullness, and a weakened skin surface. Niacinamide reduces damage caused by environmental attack, and the best news is that it is stable in the presence of heat and light. This means that it can be applied both day and night. Niacinamide breaks down pigment in skin and is indicated to reduce hyperpigmentation. Because it does not irritate the skin, it is also effective to reduce inflammation such as rosacea and acne. Niacinamide stimulates cells to produce more collagen which helps with skin firmness and plumping of fine lines. This is truly one of the “best of the best” ingredients available in skin care products in 2016.

Skinceuticals offers Metacell Renewal B3, a comprehensive emulsion which is formulated with niacinamide, a tri-peptide concentrate, and pure glycerin in an advanced patent-pending delivery system for proven penetration in skin. Learn more about this product which is effective for all skin types at Paragon Med Spa, and reclaim the sands of time.

Glow for the Holidays!

Phase into the holiday glow with younger, brighter skin this holiday season with the Obagi Nu-Derm Transformation Skin care System! Obagi is the leading, clinically-tested FDA approved prescription strength skin care system that combines the powerhouse topical creams called tretinoin and hydroquinone. Most other products only work on the surface of the skin, but Obagi Nu-Derm products work together to ensure deep penetration of active ingredients. The Obagi Nu-Derm sytem will reduce wrinkles and brown spots, smooth rough uneven skin, increase collagen production and reduce pigmentation resulting in smooth, clear transformed skin that looks younger and healthier!

Many clients are reluctant to commit to the Obagi Nu-Derm skin transformation system for a variety of reasons. Often, Paragon clients state, “It takes too much time to apply the products every day and night” or “It’s too expensive.” Yes, it is true that Obagi is an investment for your skin, and it does require commitment for the best results.

Paragon has a perfect solution to address your concerns. We are now offering a better and less costly way to help you slowly adjust to the Obagi Nu-Derm system along with offering complimentary treatments and education hat will result in skin transformation over the next 3 months. Our skin care specialists will help you to see how easy it really is!

Phase 1 will consist of a baseline microdermabrasion treatment to exfoliate the skin and promote cell turnover. You will also receive the following full size home care products: Obagi Cleanser of choice based on your skin type, Obagi Toner and Obagi Sun Shield Sunscreen. You will start phase 1 with the essentials to good skin health. Remove makeup and impurities by cleansing skin properly and balance with toner. Protect skin every day by applying sunshield SPF to protect from everyday sun damage (regardless of the season!).

Phase 1 cost is $200

After using Phase 1 for a month, you will come in for another complimentary microdermabrasion  treatment, and we will evaluate your skin for the next phase. The Phase 2 transformation will include full size take come “active” products: Clear, Blender and prescription strength Tretinoin. The active products are the arsenal for transforming your skin. The use of topical Hydroquinone and Tretinoin will penetrate deep into the skin to reverse signs of aging, lighten pigmentation and resurface fine lines and wrinkles. In 8-9 weeks, your skin will look brighter and younger!

Phase 2 cost is $200

We will even provide a final complimentary microdermabrasion treatment one month after using Phase 2 products.

The Oabgi Nu-Derm system can retail for $542.00 including prescription Tretinoin. What better time to commit to transforming your skin today! This offer will expire 11/15, so be sure to schedule your Phase 1 appointment today by calling (856) 848-1485!

Do Chemical Peels Improve Aging Skin?

Before we talk about chemical peels and their effects on aging skin, let’s briefly review the aging process. Aging is a two- part process that involves intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Intrinsic aging is that which happens naturally and is inherent. It is determined by our genetic makeup. By the time we reach our mid 20’s, the aging process is well on its way. Collagen production has slowed, and cell turner over takes 50 days to process rather than the usual 28 days it took in our earlier youth! The result is that the skin surface can become dull and lifeless.

Extrinsic aging is a combination of environmental factors and lifestyle choices, such as alcohol consumption, diet and sun exposure. 85% of visible aging is due to extrinsic factors. Knowing this can help us to fight that process!

One way to address aging skin, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is to restore skin luster and brightness by treating the skin with chemical peels. Chemical peels can improve overall dullness, texture and the tone or color of the skin. A light chemical peel can speed cell turnover and brighten a dull complexion. Other medium to deep peels can target hyper-pigmentation caused by sun damage, refine lines, wrinkles and treat acne prone skin.

Peels may be administered from a weekly to monthly basis depending on skin type, strength of peel and unique goals of the client. Two common acids found in peels are glycolic and salicylic. Glycolic acids treat an array of concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles uneven tone and texture, while salicylic acids help treat acne prone skin by targeting deep within the pore to prevent further breakouts and even out pigmentation caused by acne lesions.

For mid to deeper peels, there are a variety of acids that are used. Citric, lactic, azelaic, and mandelic acids are just a few ingredients in chemical peels. Skin care therapists frequently combine ingredients to get the best results for a specific outcome. Deep peels are usually more aggressive and use ingredients such as Trichloroacetic acid and Phenol acid for more advanced skin issues, and these types of peels require increased down time to allow the skin to heal.

There are many types of peels that can be used for various skin conditions, however the consultation you have with your therapist will help to determine the best course of action for you. Always answer questions honestly so that your therapist can give you the safest and most efficient treatment for your skin conditions and concerns. Although it is impossible to stop the hands of time, chemical peels available at Paragon Med Spa can improve aging skin.

A Day at the Beach

uv rays skin damageWith summer in full swing, many people will be flooding to the beaches to relax by the ocean. Although the sun’s rays on your skin trigger the release of endorphins to brighten your mood, those same UV rays can cause serious damage as they deliver potent energy into the skin.

Within 30 minutes, the melanocytes or pigment producing cells are beginning to self-destruct. The immune system sends in a brigade to help, and your blood vessels expand causing inflammation.  Even if you applied sunscreen, the melanocytes are still producing a substance called melanin. Melanin causes the skin to tan, acting as a self-defense shield to prevent further damage. If you are fair-skinned, this process quickly progresses to inflammation and sunburn or even blisters if the skin is unprotected. If you are not wearing sunglasses, the damaging UV rays can even affect your lenses and corneas.

As the lazy day goes on, you might decide to take a dip in the ocean. Soon, the natural oils in your skin are stripped off by the salt water along with your sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays give your hair that beachy look, but those same rays are damaging keratin, the protein that keeps your hair strong and shiny. The UV rays zap collagen and elastin, the firm connective tissue which promotes healthy, youthful skin. (Over time, the skin begins to sag, loses its elasticity and wrinkles appear).

The following day, your blood vessels may still be dilated, and in some cases, you might experience painful sunburn. Since your immune system is suppressed, and if you are prone to cold sores, they are likely to appear at this time.

What’s the bottom line?  How can you enjoy a day at the beach safely?

Wear sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.  If you’re wearing SPF 30, it means you can stay out 30 times longer with sunscreen than without. Imagine that your skin normally begins to burn after 10 minutes of full sun without any protection. A sunscreen with 30 SPF provides 30 times the protection of no sunscreen, or in this case, 300 minutes (5 hours). You should purchase sunscreen that is broad spectrum and contains micronized zinc and titanium dioxide which are physical blocks that protect against UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays). Be sure to reapply liberally and often, especially if you go into the water.

Avoid being in the sun in the middle of the day. You’re going to get maximum exposure to the sun between 10 am and 4 pm. If you are out during this time of day, try to find a shady spot or pack an umbrella, and wear sunscreen.

Wearing protective clothing is very important. Now it is easier to find fashionable sun shirts and rash guards. The more clothes you wear, the more your skin is protected. Wear light colored clothing rather than dark colors which absorb more UV light and heat. Be sure to also wear a hat and sunglasses.

Treat sunburn. Apply a soothing agent such as aloe, and moisturize you skin often. Feeling feverish, cold, or confused are signs of a severe form of sunburn. If this happens, immediately seek medical attention.

Tanning beds are not safe. Enough said.

Remember, you CAN enjoy your day at the beach and have a good time. You just want to do it in a way to protect yourself from the damage caused by the sun.