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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.

What is Dermaplaning?

dermaplaningDermaplaning is an exfoliative procedure that safely and gently shaves the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) and rids the skin of the fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). This procedure is a great alternative for people who cannot receive microdermabrasion or chemical peels. It is most often used  on clients with rough dry skin, superficial hyperpigmentation, mild acne scarring and fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermplaning is a quick procedure with few to no adverse effects. Using a special scalpel and a very delicate touch, the medical esthetician employs light feathering strokes to abrade the surface of the skin while eliminating the fine hair. After dermaplaning, other appropriate treatments can be added such as a chemicals peel if you are not pregnant or a masque specifically tailored to address your skin concern. Many patients are often concerned that fine facial hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not true and is merely an old wives’ tale! The hair will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.

At Paragon Med Spa, a thorough consultation will be performed before any treatment, and options for treatment will be discussed. Rest assured that dermaplaning is safe, quick and effective in treating a wide range of concerns. Try dermaplaning soon!

Eye-Q

anti aging eyesThe saying goes that the eyes are the window to the soul……Why do I feel like my soul is very tired? One of he biggest concerns we hear from clients is how to correct the eye area which is showing signs of aging. The biggest complaints include wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, crow’s feet and droopy lids.

Treating the eye is especially challenging due to the delicate tissue below and above the eye. Fine lines are the most common issue, and clients start to notice these in their 20’s and early 30’s. This is really a preventative stage, and using eye cream is essential. Incorporating eye treatments into your monthly facial routine can help keep the delicate skin hydrated and lines less noticeable.

As one matures, deeper lines and wrinkles become evident, and you may also have dark circles and puffiness. Corrective treatments may be necessary using alpha hydroxyl acids for refining lines and peptides for firming. Dark circles are by far the hardest to treat. Genetics can be a major cause for this issue, however if fatigue and poor circulation is the cause, then stimulation by light drainage massage and diligent use of eye products can help. Products containing vitamin c and niacinamide help to stabilize blood vessels and blood flow.

Puffiness around the eyes can be a very common issue, and allergies can be a contributing factor. Diet and thyroid issues can also be factors. Lymphatic drainage massage can move fluid to help reduce some of the puffiness. Eye products that contain caffeine can also “depuff” the area.

As we age, the skin beneath the brow bone starts to slacken or droop. Botox is a big hit with clients who want a lift. Botox can temporarily lift and open the eye area for an instant eye lift. Botox last about 4 months and results take about 2 full weeks to kick in.   To maintain the benefits of Botox or your skin care treatments at home, eye products are essential and must be used diligently with the use of sunscreen is an absolute must on a daily basis to protect the delicate skin above and below the eye.

Call (856) 848-1485 to talk to a Paragon skin care specialist for anti-aging tips around your eyes.

Why Bother With Sunscreen Every Day?

wear sunscreenSunscreen is the best anti-aging secret to protect the skin from the ravages of ultraviolet radiation. What that simply means is that if you want to prevent wrinkling, age spots, redness, reduced collagen production and most importantly, skin cancer, then sunscreen must be an integral part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth!

The trouble with sunscreen is that it might appear greasy or make you look like Casper the Friendly Ghost. There are plenty of sunscreen choices at Paragon Med Spa that will dispute these myths. Our sunscreens are formulated with zinc oxide in a cosmetically appealing form, providing SPF 30 to SPF 50 protection. Additionally, these products are light-weight, non-irritating, nourishing, moisturizing, and a skin-tone color is available.

Call our skin care specialists today at (856) 848-1485. We love to educate our clients about the best ways to optimize their skin health. Paragon Med Spa is currently offering a full size Skinceuticals sunscreen and a microdermabrasion treatment for $75 (savings value $23).