Teen Acne: Break Through Not Out!

Acne can be an issue for many teens and can have multiple triggers. Stress, hormones, sport activities and diet can all be contributing factors in acne breakouts. 40-50 billion people in the US struggle with acne which is a common skin condition mainly caused by clogged pores. Acne begins as a result of dead skin cells which become stuck in the skin pores. When the skin is healthy, cells reach the surface and shed or die naturally, but when excessive oil is being produced, the dead cells become trapped in the pore with bacteria causing inflammation and then pimples.

Poor cleansing habits, abrasive products and poor diet can make this condition worse. Depending on the type and grade of acne, treatments may vary. Acne has 4 grades with grade 1 (mild) to grade 4 (most severe). Grade 1 can be managed with proper products, cleansing and professional treatments. Grade 4 requires prescription topical and/or oral medications to improve.

Important tips to treat and manage teen acne are as follows. Properly cleanse the skin morning and night. If playing sports, cleanse after the activity, making sure to rinse completely and thoroughly. Never use abrasive scrubs especially on active acne which only makes the condition worse. The most important and hardest tip is to not squeeze or touch the face, as this will contribute to more breakouts and possible scarring. If using medication, follow instructions and avoid direct sun exposure.

Seeing a professional skin care specialist, such as those at Paragon Med Spa, for skin care treatments is important! The skin care therapist will educate on proper care of the skin and how to use home care products to treat the skin condition. Professional acne treatments will thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate dead skins. Pores will be safely unclogged (extracted) and products will be applied to reduce further breakouts.

Call (856) 848-1485 to schedule a teen facial for the special rate of $45. You have everything to gain with less acne breakouts and a renewed sense of confidence about your skin!

Protect Your Skin This Winter

As winter temperatures fall and the air gets drier, your skin pays the price. This can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation. What are our best tips to ease your skin through the harsh, dry assaults during this time of year?

Swap your cleanser to a more hydrating cream cleanser such as ZO Hydrating Cleanser. Your skin will love the soothing feel along with the great job it does in washing away debris and makeup. This cleanser provides a silky, clean skin surface and minimizes dryness and irritation.

If you are not using a serum as part of your daily skin care regimen, incorporate one into your skincare routine. This is especially important during the winter months to prevent cellular damage that results in premature aging of the skin. Our #1 recommendation is Skinceuticals C + E Ferulic. This topical antioxidant combination of pure L-ascorbic acid and Vitamin E has an additional ingredient, Ferulic, a plant based antioxidant which boosts the performance of this already powerful combo product.

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Sometimes the thinner, lightweight formula you used during the warmer months doesn’t quite stand up to the increased dryness of winter. Try a richer cream that will protect your skin and give it lasting moisture. Look for one that contains fatty acids and ceramides, which will help skin lock in moisture and maintain its protective barrier. Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore is a perfect choice. Aging, stressed skin is increasingly susceptible to the loss of natural fats in the skin’s surface called lipids which compromises the skin’s protective barriers and inability to self-repair. This product addresses rough texture, dullness, uncomfortable tightness and dehydrated skin.

Don’t forget the delicate eye area which requires intensive treatment all year, but especially during the winter season. SENTE Illumine Eye Cream is clinically proven to diminish dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eye area in as early as 2 weeks.

Although many clients think sunscreen protection is not necessary during the winter months, it is definitely a must to defend already dry skin against further damage. ZO Sunscreen + Primer is a top-seller, along with some of the other Skinceuticals sunscreens that are popular.

In addition to the above skin care products, the skin care experts at Paragon Med Spa recommend monthly spa visits for hydrating facials and treatments. Don’t let your dry skin suffer through the winter. It will be that much harder to correct the damage once Spring is in the air. One of the most popular effective treatment during these cold months is the HYDROfacial, a customized infusion of serum following an exfoliation. This power treatment uses peptides and ceramides to lock in moisture. Paragon is currently offering the HYDROfacial for a limited time at $149.

Out With The Old, In With The New!

paragon med spaThere are exciting things happening at Paragon Med Spa! You may have noticed our new logo. We love that it has been updated to a fresh and current look that depicts the “nature” of hydrated, healthy skin. This is what Paragon Med Spa is all about … transforming your skin to its most optimum state, regardless of age. The skin experts at Paragon will guide you through the plethora of skin care treatments and products on the market today, and they will break down the effectiveness of those products based on science and years of experience in caring for clients’ skin health. Together, we will decide on a care plan for your individual skin condition, your overall commitment to healthy skin and your budget. We hope you love our new logo as much as we do!

Paragon Med Spa Has Just Acquired the ZO® Health, Inc. Skin Care Line!

These transformative products have been developed by Dr. Zein Obagi, a board-certified practicing Dermatologist, world-renowned skincare expert, award-winning inventor, educator and author. He was the first to conceive new skin as a science, and coined the term Science of Skin Health which defined skincare to include creating and maintaining healthy skin. Let Paragon Med Spa serve as your source for education about these new products, and begin to see for yourself the positive results in your skin condition in only a short amount of time. Our official ZO® Skin Health launch occurs on November 7, 6-8PM at Paragon Med Spa. Join us for introduction to the ZO® product line, and enjoy refreshments, raffles and product discount ($10 off first product purchase)!

Try Our New HYDROfacial!

Finally, we can’t say enough about the rave reviews Paragon Med Spa’s clients are offering after experiencing the new HYDROfacial! Your skin care treatment first begins with a thorough cleansing and a microdermabrasion. A customized hydration serum is then infused to the skin layers to provide soothing, moisturizing and non-irritating results. The skin care experts will also promote optimum results of  your treatment by utilizing other infusion serums (brightening, calming, anti-aging) based on your skin’s current condition. The HYDROfacial combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. Treat yourself to a relaxing and therapeutic experience today!

With all of the exciting happenings at Paragon Med Spa, the only thing missing is YOU!

IPL Titan For The Neck

The skin on your neck is thinner and weaker than your facial skin. Most women (and men) notice that the neck drastically changes appearance seemingly in the span of a year, especially in the post -45 years  age range. Preventative measures such as the use of the same skin care products you apply to your face are a good idea, so long as you do it before your neck has dramatically changed appearance.  This is why the skin care experts at Paragon Med Spa always instruct clients to apply facial products from the entire face down to the neck region, including daily physical block sunscreen.

One non-invasive infrared light- based treatment that can improve the appearance of the neck is the TITAN. Beginning in September and for a limited time only, Paragon is offering the TITAN procedure to the neck region ONLY for $350. This offer includes a full size SENTE Neck Firming Cream for daily application at home.

What sets Titan apart from other lasers? Titan utilizes a safe, infrared spectrum of light (IPL) that is delivered to the dermis well below the outer skin’s surface. There is no down time and no external injury to the skin. A person can return to work right after the procedure.

How does the Titan work? The Titan laser works by having the laser’s light react with the water that is within the deeper layers of the skin (dermis). The energy released between the light and the water causes the water within the dermis to heat up. The elevation of the skin’s temperature is only to a favorable temperature to cause immediate collagen contraction.

What areas respond best to the Titan procedure? Patients have been successfully treated on many areas on the body where skin is lax. Loose skin on the abdomen, back of the upper arm, along the jaw line and under the chin, have responded particularly well to the procedure. The face is the most commonly treated area, especially for improving the jaw line and neck laxity. There is a limit to how much the Titan will correct. Those exhibiting severely aged skin with photo-damage and extreme wrinkling would not be considered candidates for the Titan laser procedure.

Who can be treated? Since Titan procedure heats tissue under the skin’s surface, most patients of any skin type can be treated. Men and women ranging between 30 and 60 years of age have been successfully treated. Age is not the most important factor to determine who can be treated with Titan. Realistic expectations are important to maintain. People with mild to moderate loose skin and subtle jowls and neck laxity respond the best to the Titan “subtle lift.” Patients with extreme laxity or more demanding expectations are still better served by traditional means of plastic surgery and face-lifting. Patients who have a great deal of fatty tissue cannot expect to have the skin tightened in the neck or back of the arms.

What happens after treatment with the Titan procedure? Immediately following the treatment, you may notice some redness and mild swelling in the treated area. Both should dissipate within a few hours.

When will the results with the Titan procedure be noticeable? Some patients with minimal degrees of laxity in the face and neck will see results immediately, mainly due to the initial inflammatory response of the treated skin. For most patients with skin laxity, the results are gradual. Patients can expect to see improvements over a three to six month period as new collagen is formed and the skin tightens.

What do treatments feel like with the Titan procedure? The Titan procedure is uncomfortable and it is recommended that a person take Motrin prior to the procedure. With each Titan pulse, you will feel a brief heating sensation. The Titan’s laser light is adjustable, and during the first few pulses of light, the laser is adjusted to an energy level that is well tolerated.

Has the Titan procedure been tested and approved? The Titan has been carefully studied in clinics around the world. In the U.S. it is cleared for topical heating to increase tissue temperatures and collagen contraction in the dermis of the skin.

Skin Care Should Not Take a Summer Vacation

The skin care specialists at Paragon Med Spa frequently hear that our clients plan to “take a break” from professional treatments and stop using their home care products during the summer months. While summer brings beautiful, sunny days and blue skies to enjoy outdoor activities, keeping up protective measures to maintain your skin are essential during the lazy days of summer.

We all know that UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin, and although the sun’s rays may feel sensational, the damage inflicted may not be worth the premature aging, wrinkles, dry skin and age spots that will undoubtedly surface. The best advice that we can give is to encourage you to continue to schedule treatments such as hydrating facials or microdermabrasions during the summer months.  Maintaining clean and hydrated skin, along with simplifying your home care routine will protect and condition your face, neck and decollete’ and alleviate the untoward effects that usually appear after the Summer fades into Fall.

What are the essential products and treatments we recommend? As mentioned, a good start to ensure healthy skin is to schedule a microdermabrasion every 4 weeks if possible during the summer. Microdermabrasion gently exfoliates the surface of the skin, removing dead cells and stimulating the cell renewal process. Hydration is especially important, and professional masques and products containing hyaluronic acid (to plump the skin) can be applied or even infused with a HYDROfacial wand. Physical block sunscreen is mandatory on a daily basis, and it is especially vital if you will be at the beach. Sunscreen should contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in a minimum concentration of 5%. If the sunscreen you are using does not state the percentage of these ingredients on its container or label, UVA rays, which inflict the most damage (Cancer, Aging), will penetrate the skin. Talk to us at Paragon about professional grade sunscreens that offer the best protection.

During the summer, we also recommend continuing application of your antioxidant after cleansing your face in the morning. Antioxidants, such as Skinceuticals C + E Ferulic serum, are rich in protective qualities and, along with sunscreen, lock down your skin surface to neutralize harmful penetration of UV rays. If you are not sure of the antioxidant that is preferred for your particular skin type, schedule a complimentary consultation at Paragon at which time the skin care experts can provide a match.

We cannot emphasize enough that good skin care must continue during the summer months. Follow our simple advice-schedule professional treatments monthly, apply antioxidant serum layered with physical block sunscreen, and you will come back from summer break looking better than ever! To help you achieve these summer skin care goals, Paragon is offering a series of 4 microdermabrasion treatments to be redeemed May through August 2018 ONLY for $180 (savings value$80). Schedule your pre-paid treatments and dates or call (856) 848-1485 today!

Introducing HydroFacial – The Latest in Skin Care

The buzz is everywhere these days! The HydroFacial®, HydraFacial®, Dermal Infusion®
(to name a few brands) skin care treatments are all the rage! Basically, the principles of these skin care treatments are all the same. By eliminating gap times between exfoliation and serum application, the skin experiences maximum penetration of active ingredients, thereby enhancing serum absorption and retention at a deeper level of the skin.

The multi-step treatment cleanses, exfoliates and extracts dead cells and then rejuvenates the skin by applying a serum infused with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid. The facial treatment is indicated for all skin types and addresses the following concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dark spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Clogged, enlarged pores
  • Mild acne
  • Oily Skin
  • Rough skin texture
  • Dry, dehydrated skin

The treatment is comfortable, and there is no downtime, although some people may experience slight redness and tightness. The skin therapists at Paragon Med Spa are experts in determining whether the treatment is a good choice for those with active rosacea, fragile capillaries or other skin conditions that would contraindicate performing the treatment at the present time.

Spring is the perfect time to experience the HydroFacial at Paragon Med Spa. Months of cold, dry weather have taken a toll on your skin, and the skin needs a deep cleaning (just like your closet!). Following a microdermabrasion, the Hydro Wand® will provide power hydration and peptides to replenish moisture.

For a limited time only, Paragon is offering the HydroFacial for $179. Call (856) 848-1485 today to schedule this new treatment.

Come To Our SENSE-sational Event

Looking for a fun way to chase away the doldrums of Winter? Come to our SENSE-sational Paragon Med Spa Event on Thursday, March 15th, 7PM-9PM where you can browse the latest innovations in skin care, make-up, therapeutic, relaxing essential oils and comfortable workout clothing! Since we are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information about these products and services on a daily basis, the skin care professionals at Paragon have gathered reputable representatives to present information to our clients and new friends in a casual, stress-free setting. At Paragon, we feel a SENSE of responsibility to impart honest evaluation and good SENSE that will give you a SENSE of direction for discovering your best self!

Paragon Med Spa offers exceptional medical grade skin care products and services. Our professional staff understands that clients have many questions and concerns before they commit to an enhanced skin care regimen to combat the aging process. Michele Solari, Skin Care Therapist and Cheryl Hall, RN will explain and offer hands-on demonstrations of many popular treatments such as microdermabrasion, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), laser hair removal and skin tightening. There will also be opportunity to “test” our newest skin care product line called SENTE.

We can all use a pick-me up at this time of year, and with that goal in mind, Paragon has chosen select vendors that fit our high standards of quality to host our event night. These vendors will be present to explain their products and convey their passion about what sets them apart from the rest. There is no obligation to purchase any of these products at this event and no RSVP is required.

  • LimeLight Make Up is beautiful, super- effective and chemical free. This line produces such significant results that women all over the country are switching to LimeLight and not only are they looking better on the outside, they are healthier on the inside as well. It is a family-owned company founded in 1952 to provide professional makeup to the stage and film industry. Now LIMELIGHT is expanding its reach to help women everywhere look their best every day with all natural personalized makeup palettes.
  • Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and tea tree oil to your natural medicine cabinet can fight cold and flu symptoms, relax your body and soothe sore muscles. dōTERRA Essential Oils are gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively.
  • Once you start wearing leggings as pants, there’s no going back! Most of us would wear this most comfortable and elastic legwear just about anywhere, but which pair is best when you actually want to work outDmodas Leggings go from basic to trendy and perfectly shape your body. Made with technologically developed fabrics that absorb water and sweat, these leggings ensure comfort while enhancing your body shape. See the difference for yourself!

We hope you will join us!

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.