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The Power of Medical Grade Products For Skin Rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri

The Power of Medical Grade Products For Skin Rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri

The Power of Medical Grade Products For Skin Rejuvenation

Let’s face it. Everyone wants to have clear, beautiful, younger looking skin, but we don’t want to break the bank to achieve it. So how can you make the best choice for your skin and your wallet? Should you care about where you get your skincare products? Does it really make a difference?

At Advanced Laser Clinic, we offer three of our favorite game changing, medical grade skin care lines: Environ, SkinCeuticals and Obagi. And there is good reason why we have chosen these skin care products for the home care of our clients: Science!

While department stores and your friends who are independent beauty consultants have skin rejuvenation products that sound appealing and might be wallet-friendly, you may wonder “Do they actually work?”

Let’s discuss the differences between medical-grade skincare products and over-the-counter (OTC) products and why you should care which type you are purchasing for skin rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri.

When it comes to our skin, we try our best to protect it and keep it looking young and fresh. That's why there's an overwhelming amount of skin rejuvenation products on the market.

But because there are so many skincare products out there, it's hard to be sure what works and what doesn't. Is that celebrity-endorsed skin care product really the right product for your skin? Do you have mountains of skin rejuvenation products that have only really given you so-so results?

It's a common experience to be confused about what really works and it's difficult to find reliable information you can trust. The key to finding a skin rejuvenation product that works for you is knowledge. You need to learn about your products. Where they come from. What's in them? And what quality they are.

You Get What You Pay For

When discussing skincare efficacy there are three relevant levels of skincare to consider: over the counter, medical grade, and prescription skincare.

Have you ever used a skin care product from the drugstore and felt like you had to use a lot of it, which causes you to run out more frequently?

The reason you have to use so much and the reason these skin care products are less expensive is because most OTC products only actually contain microscopic amounts of active ingredients and they typically only work on the top layer of the skin.

Medical Grade Skin Rejuvenation Products Are More Powerful

Medical-grade skin care products have a higher concentration of active ingredients (hyaluronic acid, growth factors, peptides, acids, retinol, antioxidants, etc.) and are developed to penetrate deeper levels of the skin as well as help with cell turnover.

When you purchase a medical-grade face moisturizer from Advanced Laser Clinic like our Environ AVST, you are not only getting a quality skin rejuvenation product, but a little also goes a long way. The ingredients are prescription grade and very concentrated.

Medical grade skin care products are made to be a lot more potent. They have been developed and researched to have a sufficient amount of the active ingredient to actually make changes in your skin. A higher amount of the active ingredient usually equates to better-looking skin.

Over-the-counter skin rejuvenation products are designed to sit on the surface of the skin. Medical grade skin care products are designed to penetrate the epidermis and affect deeper layers of the skin.

Medical Grade Skin Rejuvenation Products Are Tightly Regulated

The primary difference between OTC and medical or pharmaceutical-grade skincare products is that one can only be prescribed by a medical professional.

The cosmetic product industry does not have oversight by the FDA which means thorough product or ingredient testing is not required. Even though medical-grade products fall into the cosmetic product category, many companies that manufacture them using extensive research and only use pure ingredients. 99% pure to be exact.

On the other hand, OTC or seemingly medical grade products that you find online or at your local department store, drug store or highly marketed beauty stores do not hold the same standards.

Some cosmetic manufacturers choose to submit their products for FDA approval and create their products according to FDA regulations, but they are not required to do so. They also leave you trying to diagnose yourself and hoping you get the results you want. Not only do these products not have to be tested in a clinical study, they often contain random fillers.

OTC products are generally formulated to work on anyone and everyone, no matter their skin type. Purchasing and using medical grade skin care products allows you to use skin rejuvenation products that are more tailored to your needs and skin type.

Over-the-counter skin care products force you as the customer to self-diagnose your skin and select the skin care product that you think is best. However, when you use a medical-grade skin care product, it is a trained medical professional who examines your skin and prescribes medicine that will adequately address the issue you have.

The difference between an over-the-counter skin care product and a medical-grade skin care product is the same as the difference that exists between a tooth whitening procedure that is sold at the local pharmacy and a teeth whitening procedure that is performed by your dentist. Since your dentist has access to stronger whitening products, the results are going to be better.

The FDA closely regulates medical-grade skin care products. Most of these are marked as pharmaceuticals. By law, they must have 99.9 percent pure active ingredients. Before they can be used by the public, there must be scientific evidence showing that the skin care product is beneficial and that it does what it advertises.

Before a medical-grade wrinkle reduction cream can make it to the market, there are multiple studies done showing that it really reduces wrinkles. This is not the case with over-the-counter cosmetics.

Many cosmetic products claiming they are effective for treating skin disease are mislabeled, basically not complying with FDA regulations. Moreover, many have no safety or efficacy studies.

Rob Trow, CEO of DermaConcepts, the exclusive US distributor of Environ Skin Care explains, “If you say you're going to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, that is a medical claim and that product is considered a drug by the FDA. It has to be approved and regulated, and there's a long process to get through.”

“But if you only say that the skincare product will improve the appearance or look of fine lines and wrinkles, then that's not a medical claim, and therefore it's not a prescription product and can be sold without it.”

All drugs must be approved by the FDA, while cosmetics do not need approval, so a few words in a product's description can make an enormous difference for the manufacturer.

“If a product says it will produce collagen and elastin, that's a product that affects the form and function of the body and is a medical claim, and the product should be classified as a drug and go through a very complex and costly approval process,” Mr. Trow says.

“If you look at the ads for skincare, you'll see many ads making those claims, even though they're not allowed to. But most skincare companies qualify the claims with adjectives that talk about ‘the look of, the feel, the appearance of, rather than actually affecting the change.”

The concentrations of certain chemicals and compounds in a product also can determine whether it is a cosmetic or a drug. For example, a product with a 2% concentration of hydroquinone is considered cosmetic, while one with a 4% concentration is considered a prescription drug.

Some medical skincare products with technologies that proved themselves in performance and safety may later move toward implementation in OTC products. These would likely be less concentrated versions, but utilize proven clinical technology. The most famous example of this is retinol.

Some cosmetic companies use airless pumps, because if you let air and light into a product, you destroy its efficacy. Every Environ product we carry is designed with an airless pump, which means the last drop is as effective as the first drop.

At Advanced Laser Clinic, we believe that the biggest difference between OTC and medical grade skin care is not only the amount of active ingredients, but also their level of penetration into the skin.

It is scientifically proven that medical grade skincare products can work their way past the five layers of the surface level of the skin and into the dermis, where collagen, elastin, and new skin cells reside.

Tretinoin (Retin-A) is scientifically proven to increase cell turnover and chemically exfoliate dead skin to reveal plump, new skin faster. All in all, Medical grade skin products are truly more effective.

Which Level of Skin Care is Right For Me?

With all of the different types and categories of skincare, it can be overwhelming or difficult to decide what exactly you should choose for your skin conditions. The easy fix to that is to consult with a trusted professional.

Let Us Simplify Your Skin Care Regimen

Book an appointment with us today and let Shelly, Jill, and Cynthia walk you through flawless skin at a fraction of the time and cost you would have spent purchasing products on your own that aren’t game changers and waste your time. We’ve got you covered.

Choosing The Best Cleansers For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Choosing The Best Cleansers For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Choosing The Best Cleansers For Skin Care

Spring is in full swing and with summer quickly approaching, our schedules will become more hectic as we become more active. At the end of a long day, nothing feels quite as good as cleansing your face. Removing every trace of dirt, sweat, sunscreen, and makeup allows your skin to breathe, repair and renew itself.

Having a spotless surface also helps your other skin care products to penetrate your skin more deeply and perform their tasks more efficiently. As the first step in your skin care ritual, it’s important to nail this part before even thinking about your serums and anti-aging creams. So let's take a moment and consider how choosing the right cleanser for skin care in Springfield Missouri plays an important role in achieving your healthy glow.

With so many cleansing options available, and with each one touting different benefits, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and get swayed by false marketing claims. Knowing the difference between each type allows you to filter your options and makes the hunt for the perfect cleanser a whole lot easier.

At Advanced Laser Clinic we have several fantastic cleanser options for you to choose from.

We recommend potent (yet non-drying) cleansers with a range of bonus perks: anti-aging, toning, and hydrating ingredients are all a major plus.

Gel Cleansers

Gel cleansers are clear and, as their name suggests, have a gel-like consistency. Generally designed for deep cleansing, they are effective at decongesting clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties.

Our treatment rooms use both our Environ Skin EssentiA Low Foam Cleansing Gel and our SkinCeuticals Simply Clean Gel. Both are refining cleansers with a light acid to stimulate enzymatic exfoliation.

An oil-control face wash, like our Environ Sebu-Wash, that digs deep to purify pores (ones with tea tree oil are highly effective), and helps regulate oil production without leaving your face feeling dry. A formula that balances pH will also slow the growth of bacteria and help prevent breakouts.

We also carry SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser Gel which decongests the pores with Lipo Hydroxy Acid. Perfect for exfoliation and clarity.

Foam Cleansers

Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as cream or gel and burst into a rich, foamy lather. This type of cleanser removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers.

Our SkinCeuticals Soothing Foam Cleanser is comforting and full of botanicals for calming the skin.

Cream Cleansers

Cream cleansers are usually thick, creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients like botanical oils. They gently cleanse your skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also come in the form of “milk” or “lotion.”

Cleansers with dense, creamy foams and soothing ingredients like aloe vera, willow bark, and witch hazel. Balancing pH is also important, as skin can get dry or irritated when its pH is out of whack.

We carry both Environ Skin EssentiA Mild Cleansing Lotion and Environ Youth EssentiA Hydra-Intense Cleansing Lotion to keep more fragile, sensitive, or dryer skin in check while wiping the slate clean.

Oil Cleansers

Washing your skin with oil may sound like a recipe for breakouts, especially if you have oily skin, but most experts disagree. An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris—including waterproof makeup—without drying your skin because oil attracts oil.

Our Environ Pre-Cleansing Oil is the perfect way, for any skin type to start the cleansing process, in that it starts dissolving all dirt, debris, make-up, and oil so that you can easily sweep away the day.

Clay Cleansers

Clay cleansers, like our Environ Hydrating Clay Masque/Cleanser with Micro-Exfoliaters, are known for their absorbing power and they purify your skin by drawing out excess oil, dirt, and toxins from your pores.

Environ Hydrating Clay Masque also pulls double duty because you can use it to both cleanse and wear it as a mask! Both ways are fantastic at refining the pores and managing excess oil and dead skin cells.

Having trouble determining your skin type? One reason the old skin-care categories don't cut it is that people misdiagnose themselves all the time.

Visit us at Advanced Laser Clinic for expert skin care advice and a personalized treatment plan for every type of skin.

Best Sunscreen Protection For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Best Sunscreen Protection For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Best Sunscreen Protection For Skin Care

By now, you probably already know how important it is to wear broad spectrum sunscreen every day, but did you know that there are two main types of sunscreens to choose between? The two most common types of sunscreen are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that filters out UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb and scatter the sun’s harsh UV rays.

Each option has its own unique pros and cons, and knowing the difference can boost your skin care in Springfield Missouri this summer and beyond. Your future self will thank you.

Advanced Laser Clinic has a wide variety of suncreens for you to choose from, so let’s dive into the pros and cons of each product to determine which is the best fit for your skin care in Springfield Missouri.

Physical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreens are also sometimes called sun blocks. They use mineral-based ingredients, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to block UV rays. Physical sunscreens work by staying on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. Some of our favorites include our beloved Glo Tinted Primer with SPF, Glo Moisturizing Sheer SPF, Physical Fusion 50 and Sheer Physical UV Defense by Skinsceuticals.

Pros of Physical Sunscreens:

  • Offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Safe for use on babies and during pregnancy.
  • You skin is protected from the sun as soon as it’s applied. No need to wait before heading outdoors.
  • Less likely to irritate sensitive skin and better for those prone to heat-activated skin conditions such as rosacea.
  • Longer shelf life.
  • Lasts longer when in direct UV light, but not when wet or sweating.
  • Less likely to be pore-clogging, making it ideal for acne-prone skin.

Cons of Physical Sunscreens:

  • More moisturizing, which can feel heavy on the skin.
  • Difficult to fully blend into the skin. However, newer brands now offer matte and tinted versions, like our GLO Tinted Primer with SPF 30 or our Physical Fusion 50, that have less of a white cast and can give the skin a smooth, even appearance.
  • Can rub off, sweat off and rinse off easily—more frequent application is required.
  • Can appear white or chalky on the skin, especially on darker complexions or in photos.
  • Can feel heavy under makeup or increase perspiration.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens, also sometimes called organic sunscreens, contain chemical compounds that absorb UV rays. These chemical compounds include formulas like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These chemicals change UV rays into heat, which is then released from the skin and scattered.

Chemical sunscreen is a better option if you:

  • Are swimming and need a water-resistant formulation.
  • Play sports or sweat a lot during the day.

Pros of Chemical Sunscreens:

  • Thinner and spreads on the skin like a lotion, making it ideal for daily use.
  • Less is needed to protect the skin because there is no risk of spaces between the sunscreen molecules after application.
  • Easier to use with other products like peptides and enzymes, giving you skincare boost in a single product.

Cons of Chemical Sunscreens:

  • Comes with an increased risk of irritation and stinging both on parts it comes in contact with, including skin and eyes.
  • Many ingredients are required to create both UVA and UVB protection and higher SPFs, which create additional opportunities for irritation and discomfort.
  • Only becomes effective approximately 20 minutes after application.
  • Associated with an increased chance of redness for rosacea-prone skin types because it changes UV rays into heat which can exacerbate flushing.
  • Can clog pores and increase breakouts on acne prone skin.

Regardless of which sunscreen you choose: Glo Tinted, Glo Moisturizing, Physical Fusion 50, or Sheer Physical 50, it is important to make it part of your daily skin care routine. Regular application of sunscreen can reduce your chances of skin cancer while also prolonging the development of wrinkles and sun spots.

Let Shelly, Jill, or Cynthia at Advanced Laser Clinic help you choose the best sunscreen for your skin and protect your largest asset this summer.

OxyGeneo Treatments Are Super Facials in Springfield Missouri

OxyGeneo Treatments Are Super Facials in Springfield Missouri

OxyGeneo Treatments Are Super Facials

Using the power of oxygen, OxyGeneo facials are an innovative treatment that delivers younger looking skin. The OxyGeneo technology combines exfoliation with oxygenation. This combination optimizes the absorption of nutrients for a visible improvement in your skin.

Three Steps for Younger, Fresher, Vibrant Skin

OxyGeneo facials provide amazing skin rejuvenation results by delivering intense nourishment through three key steps.

Oxygenation: Using a nutrient-rich gel and gentle massage a natural physiological process is sparked, bringing a surge of oxygen to the skin’s surface.

Exfoliation: The removal of dead skin cells improves overall skin texture and reveals fresher, brighter skin.

Nourishment: Active ingredients are absorbed into the skin for a revitalized appearance.

The OxyGeneo Advantage

Why choose an OxyGeneo treatment over others? First, it’s important to consult with our skin care experts to determine the best treatment for your needs and desired outcomes. OxyGeneo is a gentle, effective treatment option for all skin types.

Where some facial treatments may cause irritation, especially on sensitive skin, OxyGeneo is much gentler and safe for all skin types. This is because the OxyGeneo process does not use vacuum suction that could cause skin damage, and it exfoliates on wet skin, making that process much more pleasant and less irritating to the skin.

Importantly, the OxyGeneo treatment is also highly hygienic, minimizing concerns of infection or post-treatment breakouts.

This is Not One Size Fits All

 No matter your skin type or desired outcome, OxyGeneo treatments can be tailored to your needs. When you consult with your skin care provider, they will customize your treatment based on your desired outcome. OxyGeneo treatments can be customized for skin illumination, rejuvenation, or balance.

Illuminate: Using Kojic Acid and Vitamin C, you’ll see a more unified skin tone and improved pigmentation in your skin. This treatment also moisturizes and nourishes your skin using fruit extract. You’ll see brighter skin right away.

Rejuvenate: Reduce fine lines and wrinkles and revive your skin’s beauty. Using red algae and retinol, this treatment is designed to encourage collagen production, which ultimately helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The result is brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Balance: Improve the texture and appearance of your skin. This facial utilizes bamboo charcoal and camu-camu extract to detoxify skin. This is an especially good option for oily skin or those prone to acne-breakouts because it works to purify and soothe the skin.

OxyGeneo Results

When your OxyGeneo facial is complete, you will see immediate results and they will be more noticeable and longer lasting than other facials. Some benefits you can expect to see after your OxyGeneo facial include: plumper skin, more hydrated skin, brighter skin, smaller pores, reduced hyperpigmentation, and improved skin texture. Over time, regular OxyGeneo facials can lead to improved elasticity, reduced acne, and reduced age spots.

This month at Advanced Laser Clinic, book your OxyGeneo Facial with Cynthia and save $10. Call us today at 417-883-5400 to book your free consultation or to book your OxyGeneo facial with Cynthia.

Try OxyGeneo For Next Level Anti Aging Facial in Springfield Missouri

Try OxyGeneo For Next Level Anti Aging Facial in Springfield Missouri

Try OxyGeneo For Next Level Anti Aging Facial

Oxygen is not just a key component of life. It’s also vital to healthy, younger-looking, beautiful skin. Indeed, Oxygen Facials emerged in the early 2000’s as a popular treatment for anti-aging and skin brightening. And while oxygen facials remain popular, OxyGeneo is a new concept that takes the oxygen facial to an entirely new level for an anti aging facial in Springfield Missouri.

Oxygen vs. OxyGeneo

Standard oxygen facials work by pushing oxygen into your skin. This can sometimes lead to redness and sensitivity, which is not ideal. OxyGeneo works differently, it spurs oxygenation from the inside out.

In more scientific terms, an OxyGeneo treatment triggers the Bohr Effect, which refers to changes in blood pH that then trigger an oxygen release to the surface of the skin. The result of this is increased blood flow, younger, healthier looking skin.

The OxyGeneo Super Facial

Before your facial begins, our esthetician will select the best OxyGeneo treatment for your skin and desired outcome—there are a few types—Geneo Revive Red Algae, Geneo Illuminate Vitamin C, and the brand new Geneo Balance Charcoal.

The Revive Red Algae facial treats signs of aging, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens dull skin. The Illuminate Vitamin facial helps unify skin tone, improve pigmentation, and rejuvenates the skin.

The latest OxyGeneo facial treatment is designed for oily skin. This Balance Charcoal facial purifies and soothes oily skin, which helps improve your overall skin texture and appearance. Each of these treatment options include antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins in addition to their outcome-specific ingredients dedicated to making your skin look its best.

No matter the specific treatment option you select, the OxyGeneo Facial is comprised of three steps, giving you the exfoliation benefits of microdermabrasion, deep facial rejuvenation, and revitalization.

Step 1: Exfoliation

Similar to a gentle microdermabrasion, the OxyGeneo exfoliation removes the top layer of dead skin cells. This layer can prevent the absorption of all the good stuff—like nutrients and antioxidants—and is an essential part of the OxyGeneo anti aging facial.

Step 2: Skin Rejuvenation

Also called dermal infusion, this step infuses your skin with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants. This is a gentle, relaxing massage using the OxyGeneo device and massage tip to go over all areas of your skin.

Step 3: Ultrasound for Deep Penetration

To ensure that all of the active ingredients in your treatment are well and truly absorbed into your skin, the OxyGeneo treatment is finished with the use of a gentle ultrasound to ensure deep penetration of antioxidants, peptides, and vitamins in all areas of your face.

OxyGeneo Results

When your OxyGeneo facial is complete, you will see immediate results. And these results go beyond surface level. Because the OxyGeneo process works to harness your body’s own natural mechanisms for revitalization, your results will be more noticeable and longer lasting than traditional or oxygen facials. Some benefits you can expect to see after your OxyGeneo facial include: plumper skin, more hydrated skin, brighter skin, smaller pores, reduced hyperpigmentation, and improved skin texture.

Over time, regular OxyGeneo facials can lead to improved elasticity, reduced acne, and age spots. Perhaps the best part of these Super Facials is that they are great for all skin types and sensitivity levels. It’s a non-irritating, extremely hydrating facial.

This month at Advanced Laser Clinic, book your OxyGeneo Facial with Cynthia and save $10. Call us today at 417-883-5400 to book your free consultation or to book your OxyGeneo facial with Cynthia.

Reduce Acne, Fine Lines and Wrinkles in Springfield Missouri with LightStim®

Reduce Acne, Fine Lines and Wrinkles in Springfield Missouri with LightStim

Reduce Acne, Fine Lines and Wrinkles with LightStim®

Developed by NASA and backed by clinical studies, LED light therapy—specifically LightStim®—could be a serious game changer for you.

LED, or Light Emitting Diode, light utilizes colored lights to penetrate your skin at varying wavelengths. To our skin, light is energy. That energy is used by our bodies to regenerate cells, produce useful substances like collagen and elastin, boost circulation, and speed up tissue repair.

LED lights release this energy as photons, which emit different wavelengths corresponding to different colors. With the help of these wavelengths, LightStim® treatments can reduce signs of aging using red light or treat acne with blue light.

How Does LightStim® Work?

Using the LightStim® Pro Panel, red or blue light is directed at your skin for up to 30 minutes. During this time the light penetrates your skin tissue to stimulate the basic energy processes in the cell’s mitochondria. This is important because this is what speeds up the rate of cell reproduction.

In addition to your in-office LightStim® session, we offer the at-home device for purchase. It’s important to continue your LightStim® treatment at home on a daily basis in order to see results. Clinical trials have shown that daily use of the LightStim® device for 3 minutes per area results in a significant lessening of fine lines and wrinkles.

Red or Blue LED Light?

In determining which color of LED light is right for your skin, it’s important to identify both the current state of your skin and your ultimate goal.

Is anti-aging your primary concern? If so, you’ll want red light. Red light stimulates collagen and this helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Red light also helps reduce inflammation and redness, shrinks the appearance of pores, and accelerates skin repair. Red light LED treatment can also be used to treat Rosacea.

Are you suffering from acne flareups? If so, blue will be the right light for you. Blue light kills bacteria, specifically the acne-causing Propionibacterium. It also helps reduce oil production and prevent future breakouts.

While red and blue are the most popular types of LED light therapy, Infrared LED LightStim® therapy can be used to relieve pain. The infrared light works to increase circulation as well as the body’s temperature for temporary relief of minor joint and muscle pain, minor arthritic pain, and muscle spasms.

Is LightStim® Safe?

The short answer is: Yes.

LightStim® devices have been cleared by the FDA. LED light therapy in general has been shown in multiple clinical trials to be effective and safe. LED lights contain no UV light (the skin-cancer causing kind of light). No serious side effects to using LED light therapy have been identified. What’s more, this is proving an effective alternative for people who can’t use harsh acne treatments or who don’t want to undergo invasive or semi-invasive anti-aging procedures.

What Will my LightStim® Results Be?

Everyone’s skin is different, so results will vary from individual to individual. But, generally speaking, with in-office treatments and continued at-home therapy with the LightStim® home therapy device, you can expect to start seeing lasting results in about 2 months. LightStim® and LED light therapy does not provide instantaneous results, rather it is designed as an ongoing treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of LightStim® or schedule an appointment for a LightStim® treatment in Springfield, Missouri, give us a call at (417) 883-5400.

Benefits of Derma Roller For Micro Needling in Springfield Missouri

Benefits of Derma Roller For Micro Needling in Springfield Missouri

Benefits of Using A Derma Roller For Micro Needling

While a derma roller might look a little intimidating, it’s actually quite helpful and not painful when used properly. There are many benefits when you follow a consistent derma rolling regimen, which is why it’s one of the hottest skin-health practices today.

Derma Rolling is also known as collagen induction therapy, or CIT. A derma roller is a handheld roller-device with microneedles. Home rollers range in length from .2 to .5mm. You simply roll the device over your skin to create tiny punctures which trigger skin repair, leading to the creation of new collagen.

Collagen is the part of the connective tissue that helps in firmness, strength, suppleness, and elasticity in skin. Therefore, the short-term wounding of the skin triggers the production of a protein that will actually, in turn, strengthen the skin to a healthier level than before.

Derma rolling benefits aren’t just gained in the skin needling and resulting repair of the skin. It is also capable of exposing deeper layers of your skin to the benefits of various products, leading to greater effectiveness. Using a home derma roller can increase product uptake from 10% to up to 70%. Whether you suffer from dry skin, weak skin, scarring or aged-looking skin, it’s hard to imagine a skin ailment that you can’t improve via derma rolling.

Originally, this technique was exclusive to dermatologists, but now that there are at-home versions, it’s important to know exactly how it works. Some of the top benefits of derma rolling include:

Fights Premature Aging

An effective treatment for wrinkles, derma rolling has the capability to prevent and treat premature aging of the skin via triggering of collagen and elastin growth. It thickens, repairs, strengthens and increases the elasticity of skin. Pair this with our Environ Frown Serum for maximum absorption into those fine lines.

Treats Hyperpigmentation

A condition in which parts of the skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin, hyperpigmentation is highly noticeable and can make those suffering from it feel self-conscious and insecure. Luckily for those of us unfortunate enough to be dealing with hyperpigmentation, there is derma rolling. By helping to shed the topmost layer of skin that produces melanocyte, derma rolling can diminish the effects of, and help lighten hyperpigmentation. A perfect pairing for this would be our Environ Mela-Fade Serum System.

Reduces Pore Size

Clogged and large pores are not only unattractive, they can lead to great problems such as an increasingly acne-damaged layer of skin, blackheads, oily skin, and more. Often located on the nose and around the cheeks, derma rolling can help to reduce the size of enlarged pores by, again, producing collagen, as well as by thickening the epidermis. Using Environ’s A, C, E oil is a great compliment to this.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of using a derma roller at home or schedule an appointment for micro needling in Springfield Missouri, give us a call at (417) 883-5400.

Come To Our Environ Extravaganza For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Come To Our Environ Extravaganza For Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Come To Our Environ Extravaganza For Skin Care

Fed up with your skincare routine, but not sure what to try next? We’ve all been there. You go through countless products, but you’re still not getting the results you want. Unfortunately, the skin care market is incredibly saturated with not-so-great products, making it easy to spend hundreds of dollars on products that may not work for your skin type.

That’s why it’s so important to treat skin care as a medical issue. It’s also why we’re hosting a medical skincare extravaganza event on Thursday, October 24. Stop by our office any time between 6 and 8 p.m. to learn more about the benefits of medical skincare and sample some of our favorite Environ products, especially their Vitamin A-rich product line, which is highly beneficial as we approach the chilly season.

The Products

At our October 24 event, we’ll be highlighting Environ’s product line, which is packed with Vitamin A. We’re especially fond of Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System, which works by slowly introducing Vitamin A into the skin. This system also uses the ester form of Vitamin A, which is a lot gentler than two popular Vitamin A derivatives: retinol and tretinoin.

While these derivatives are formulated to deliver the maximum amount of vitamins, peptides and other beneficial ingredients into the skin, they can initially cause skin irritation in some users. Using the ester form of the vitamin helps maintain the integrity of the epidermis, allowing users’ skin to adjust to increased levels of Vitamin A without causing any harsh side effects. Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System includes five phases, helping to gradually normalize users’ skin functions while promoting hydration and youthfulness.

The Benefits of Vitamin A

Vitamin A benefits skin in three basic ways:

  • Promotes cell production to protect skin against unwelcome invaders
  • Acts as a barrier to prevent free radicals from breaking down collagen
  • Encourages the production of fibroblasts, which are cells that build up the deepest core of your skin

Still not convinced that you need a Vitamin A-based skincare product? The truth is that we see countless clients who are suffering from Vitamin A deficiency. Signs of a Vitamin A deficiency usually include dry, rough skin that’s slow to heal, as well as uneven skin texture and a sallow appearance. Overall, Vitamin A deficiency can greatly worsen the effects of premature aging.

The Event

Ready to see what Environ products can do for your skin? Swing by our Environ Extravaganza for skin care in Springfield Missouri on Thursday, October 24 to learn more about the ways medical skincare and a customized at-home regimen can transform your skin. We’re serving wine and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m. with a brief education segment from 7 to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

If you're interested in taking your skincare routine to the next level, call Advanced Laser Clinic at 417-883-5400 or swing by our event on Thursday, October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and see what Environ and Vitamin A can do for your skin. We look forward to meeting you!

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System For Skin Rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System For Skin Rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System For Skin Rejuvenation

It’s true what they say about too much of a good thing. While there are lots of highly effective skincare products on the market, it is possible to overload your skin with too many vitamins – particularly if you’re prone to breakouts or dryness.

That’s why we’re so fond of Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System. This system works by slowly introducing Vitamin A into the skin, maintaining the integrity of the epidermis and allowing users’ skin to adjust to increased levels of vitamins without enduring any harsh side effects.

Why Vitamin A?

We see countless clients who are suffering from Vitamin A deficiency. Signs of Vitamin A deficiency usually include dry, rough skin that’s slow to heal, as well as uneven skin texture and a sallow appearance. This can greatly worsen the effects of premature aging. Vitamin A benefits skin in three basic ways:

  • Promotes cell production to protect skin against unwelcome invaders
  • Acts as a barrier to prevent free radicals from breaking down collagen
  • Encourages the production of fibroblasts, which are cells that build up the deepest core of your skin

You’re probably familiar with the two most common Vitamin A derivatives used in skincare: retinol and tretinoin. These derivatives are formulated to deliver the maximum amount of vitamins, peptides and other beneficial ingredients into the skin.

However, they can initially cause skin irritation in some users, especially those with sensitive skin. That’s why it’s crucial to start with a gradual system.

Why Use a Gradual System?

Popular Vitamin A delivery systems are typically acidic, which can be hard for many skin types to tolerate. This can often lead to side effects like redness and peeling, preventing users from enjoying the benefits of Vitamin A.

A gradual system like Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System uses the vitamin’s ester form – a fatty form that’s much easier for skin to absorb – to reduce any side effects.

It also allows your skin to adjust to higher and higher levels of vitamins, preventing discomfort. Compliance with the Step-Up System ensures that users enjoy the benefits of the vitamins without unwanted side effects.

How the System Works

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System includes five phases. The initial phase provides fairly low levels of Vitamin A, and the highest level, known as Ultra, provides much higher levels. Compliance with the system helps users to gradually normalize their skin functions, hydrate the skin and reduce the effects of premature aging.

The Steps

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System features five different moisturizers. Users typically use between two or three containers of each product before stepping up the next level:

  1. Start with the lowest level of the system, known as Debut. This moisturizer introduces small amounts of vitamins and antioxidants. Use between two and three containers of the Debut level before moving on to Level 2.
  2. Level 3 of the system introduces peptides, which help to brighten and tighten skin. Use between two and three containers of the Debut level before moving on to Level 4.
  3. Level 5 offers maximum benefits, delivering prescription levels of vitamin A.
  4. If you lapse while using the system, you’ll need to restart at a lower level. If you’ve lapsed for longer than a year, you’ll likely need to start at the bottom level again while your skin gets readjusted.

Environ’s Vitamin Step-Up System is a fantastic vitamin delivery system with skin rejuvenation in Springfield Missouri for most skin types. If you have questions about Environ’s Step-Up System, call Advanced Laser Clinic at 417-883-5400 to schedule a consultation with our experts. We look forward to meeting you!

Get Glowing With Back-to-School Specials on Skin Care in Springfield Missouri

Our August 2019 Special on Microdermabrasion in Springfield Missouri

Get Glowing With Back-to-School Specials on Skin Care

Ready or not, back-to-school season is just around the corner. Maybe you’re the one heading back for another year of reading, writing, and arithmetic – or maybe you’re helping your teenager prep for their first year of high school. Either way, you know that great skin can have a major impact on your confidence, especially as you enter a new year with new classmates, new teachers and new goals to pursue.

That’s why we’re offering discounts on three great back-to-school treatments for skin care in Springfield Missouri throughout the month of August: facials, acne peels, and microdermabrasion. Let’s get glowing!

Facials

New to the skincare game? A facial can be a great way to slough off summer sun damage and start the new school year with a fresh face. Facials are gentle, painless procedures, involving a deep pore cleansing session and an invigorating facial massage and steam bath. We end each facial with a serious dose of vitamin A, which helps combat breakouts, dryness and dull skin.

After a facial, your skin will feel plumper, more hydrated and clearer – just in time for the new school year. Facials don’t require much downtime. You may experience slight redness after the treatment, but that should fade within 24 hours. Did someone say picture day?

Acne Peel Treatments

If you’re prone to breakouts, you know they can make it hard to put your best face forward. A chemical peel is one way to help treat and prevent breakouts before the start of the new school year. During a chemical peel, we’ll apply a mild acid to the skin, which helps restore and rejuvenate the skin’s surface.

The acid used in chemical peels helps your skin turn over dead skin cells more effectively, creating a fresh appearance and reducing the impact of acne. Over time, repeated chemical peels can greatly reduce the appearance of acne and acne scars, especially deeper, more cystic blemishes. Although chemical peels might sound intimidating, they’re actually one of our mildest treatments.

Microdermabrasion Treatments

If you struggle with cystic acne or acne scarring, microdermabrasion can be a great way to freshen up your skin this year. Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical exfoliating procedure that helps reduce scarring in the skin by applying a spray of microcrystals to your skin’s outermost layer. The crystals clear the dead skin cells, revealing the healthy-looking skin underneath.

Microdermabrasion treatments also encourage the production of new skin cells, helping to replace the scarred portions of your skin. However, if you’re struggling with deep acne scars, microdermabrasion may not be the best fit for you. Our experts can help recommend another treatment if that’s the case.

The best part? Like facials and chemical peels, microdermabrasion treatments are non-invasive, offering nearly immediate results with little to no side effects or downtime. That means you can schedule your treatment just a few days before heading back to school. You’ll be glowing by the time that first bell rings.

New school year, new you! Put your best face forward with Advanced Laser Clinic’s back-to-school skincare specials this August. Not sure which treatment you should schedule? Our experts can work with you to determine which treatments would be best for your specific skin type and skincare woes. We can also work with you to establish an ongoing treatment plan for more serious skin woes.

If you want to learn more about chemical peels, facials or microdermabrasion, come pay us a visit at Advanced Laser Clinic. Give us a call at 417-883-5400 to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.

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