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Skin Medica has taken a great skin care product and made it better! This unparalleled anti-aging serum is the first to combine the benefits of the patented growth factor serum, TNS Recovery Complex®, with potent antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients to regenerate your skin.

I have always been a huge fan of Skin Medica TNS products, especially the TNS recovery complex. The TNS products are unique because they are made with human growth factors. TNS stands for Tissue Nutrient Solution, which is a balanced mixture of 110 growth factors that mimic the body’s natural process in a way that can not be replicated with a single growth factor. Unlike other skin products that contain plant growth factors, TNS products contain Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media. TNS was produced from human fibroblast. The TNS recovery complex contains a high level of Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, it is the first ingredient listed on the label at 93.6 % concentration. I don’t know of any other growth factor product that can compete with the TNS Recovery complex. The potent growth factor blend helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and overall tone and texture of skin. TNS recovery complex also strengthens the skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself, as well as improve skin firmness and resiliency.

Skin Medica added APS Corrective Complex to their signature product, TNS Recovery Complex. The two products are not actually mixed together, they are in separate chambers of the same bottle. When the product is pumped out, you will have a line of TNS Recovery Complex next to a line of APS Corrective Complex. The APS Corrective Complex is a potent mixture of antioxidants, peptides and other innovative anti-aging ingredients like Hyaluronic filling spheres. The APS Corrective Complex also contains 2% Alpha-Arbutin to brighten skin and reduce skin discolorations and Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) a muscle inhibitor that works to relax facial muscles.

The Price
The benefits of these revolutionary products don’t exactly come cheep at $260, but keep in mind what you are getting. You are getting two products. The TNS Essential Serum is about $95 more than the TNS Recovery complex, however you are getting an additional skin product. You are also getting the most potent ( 93.6%) human growth factor available in a topical skin care product. This product is about science and actual results not just pretty packaging and expensive marketing. There are plenty of skin care products available that will cost you much more than a pretty penny and will do little more than look nice sitting on your counter.

– 110 Growth Factors
– 3 Peptides
– 7 Antioxidants, including Coenzyme Q10
– 2% Alpha- Arbutin – skin brightener
– Hyaluronic Filling Spheres – immediately fills in lines
– Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) – works to relax facial muscles

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Read MoreSeptember 5, 2011 4:57 pm - Posted by Kristy

I was recently in San Diego, and I stopped by the Old Town marketplace, where I found a unique moistuizer. At first I thought that the Body Stone Candles were only candles, I was surprised to learn that they are actually a natural deep moisturizing lotion with a wick.

You light the wick, like you would a candle and let a small amount melt and pour it into your hands and apply the way you would normally apply lotion. It is not too hot, and is very soothing. It also has a nice light scent. The moisturiser is made of natural ingredients includeing Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Soy Oil, Bee’s Wax, Vitamins A & E, Jojoba, Aloe Vera and pure essential oils. This is great for dry hands, feet, elbows, or any area that needs extra hydration.

The moisturizer is contained inside beautiful hand crafted stoneware with an artisan glaze. The stone ware is designed to allow the product to slowly flow out as you pour it onto the skin. The stone pots can also be refilled, which is environmentally friendly. There are so many color selections, you can easily find something that will match your personal style or home decor. You will want to display your Body Stone Candle as a unique piece of art. It would be perfect next to the kitchen sink, in the bathroom or on the nightstand next to your bed. Body Stone Candles are also a fun and unique gift idea!

Body Stone Candles are good for your skin, environmentally friendly and good for the economy because they are made in America.

You don’t have to travel to California to get a Body Stone Candle, you can view the selection of Stone Candles and purchase them on line.

www.bodystonecandles.com


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Read MoreJuly 26, 2011 9:49 pm - Posted by Kristy

The Clarisonic cleansing brush has been a long time favorite among skin care profesionals, so it is no surprise that the Clarisonic Opal is a new favorite. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System helps you get the most out of your skin care products and improve the skin around your eyes.

A palm-sized sonic infusion device, the Opal is specially designed to help build skin’s resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. By gently tapping the skin around your eye at 125 sonic movements per second, the Opal dispenses a specially formulated Anti-Aging Sea Serum, maximizing absorption in a way that’s not possible with your finger alone.

A blue dye was added to the eye serum to show the enhanced absorption with the Clarisonic Opal.

For me the biggest selling point is that your products will penetrate better when you use them with the Opal, and when you invest in the best skin care products you want to get all you can from them. The Opal Sonic comes with an Anti-Aging Sea Serum, but I also use it with other serums. I find it also works well with Skin Ceutical’s Hydrating B5 Gel and Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel. I think I will also like try it with Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex. I don’t limit my Opal use to around the eyes, I find it works great on the lip line too.

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Read MoreJune 6, 2011 9:35 pm - Posted by Kristy

Achive a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance

Target signs of aging by tightening lax skin including, jowls, neck, sagging under the eyes, droopy brow, and nasolabial folds. ReFirme is a noninvasive procedure that instantly tightens skin with out any discomfort or down time, offering a fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin.

ReFirme is a FDA cleared non-invasive Skin Treatment procedure that enables you to comfortably achieve a more youthful, toned and lifted appearance without enduring down time.

An average treatment takes about an hour. You can see results immediately after your first treatment, however results are accumulative, so a series of treatments are recommended. A series of 5 treatments are recommended, scheduled about 3-4 weeks apart. You can expect results from a single treatment to last up to 6 weeks and after a series of 5 treatments, results last up to 6 months.

ReFirme is an ideal treatment before photo’s or special events.
There is absolutly no down time! After a treatment you look good enough for a night out, in-fact many celebrities will have a skin tightening treatment before they hit the red carpet.

ReFirme can also be used in conjunction with other skin treatments including Fotofacial, Microdermabrasion, The Oxygen Facial and Chemical Peels.

ReFirme™ is a FDA cleared non-invasive skin treatment that uses Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Light energies to precisely heat the dermal tissue within the targeted treatment area. The precise heating ensures a safe, effective, fast treatment with no downtime. Fine wrinkles are reduced, noticeable lifting can be observed on sagging skin and the texture of your skin becomes smoother, more luminous and toned.

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Read MoreMay 26, 2011 8:44 pm - Posted by Kristy

I know that I am supposed to be the “skin guru”, but occasionally I learn something from my clients. Years ago, one of my clients went to Israel. Before she left, she promised she was going to bring me back a little gift. Yay…I love gifts! ( I am blessed with the most amazing clients.) She returned with AHAVA mineral hand cream. She remembered that I am always looking for something to sooth my dry hands. At work I wear latex gloves and I wash my hands several times a day, as a result my hands become very dry and sensitive. I am glad that I has introduced to this line of products because I absolutely love them.

She told me about the Dead Sea and how people travel from all over the world to float in the Dead Sea and coat their bodies in mud from the Dead Sea. It has long been believed that the Dead Sea offers many health and cosmetic benefits due to the high mineral content of the water and salt.
The Dead Sea is at the lowest elevation on earth and has one of highest concentrations of salt water in the world. The high salinity of 33.7% creates an environment in which animals can’t live, which is why it is known as the Dead Sea. The salt content differs from that of the ocean, which is 97% chloride. The Dead Sea salt contents vary, but it is made up of about: 50.8% magnesium chloride, 30.4% sodium chloride, 14.4% calcium chloride, and 4.4% potassium chloride.

Dead Sea Mud


AHAVA also has a full line of products that are made with Dead Sea Mud. The mineral-rich black mud of the Dead Sea shores is scientifically proven to help soothe and repair dry sensitive skin. In addition to the Mineral Hand Cream I am currently also using the Dermud Intensive Foot cream. It is extreamly hydrating, which is great for dry feet. Better yet, you can buy 100% pure Dead Sea Mud for a full body treatment at home.

Dead Sea Salts


Use 100% Dead Sea Salts at home in your bath tub, or try a salt scrub.

Discover the benefits of the Dead Sea with AHAVA.

Try it and let us know what you think.
You can find AHAVA at Nordstroms, ULTA, Beauty Brands and Beauty First.

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Read MoreMay 21, 2011 12:05 pm - Posted by Kristy

Hollywood A-listers love Oxygen facials, fans include… Fergie, Sienna Miller, Heather Locklear, Donatella Versace, Gwen Stefani, Eva Longoria, Justin Timberlake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Katy Perry. It is even rumored that Madonna is such a fan of the Oxygen treatment that she actually has two machines in her home.

So, what is all the fuss about? Oxygen infused skin treatments instantly leave the skin plump, firm, hydrated and radiant. Oxygen is an excellent nutrient for collagen and elastin, the body uses its own oxygen supply and other nutrients to increase the strength of the collagen and elastin fibers. When used topically, oxygen treatments can reduce the effects of aging by actually nourishing the skin with essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes all of which are propelled deep into the skin with pressurized pure oxygen. The result is an instant increase in the suppleness and elasticity of the skin.

What skin types benefit from oxygen treatments?
Nearly all skin types can benefit from an oxygen skin treatment regardless of age, gender or ethnicity.Oxygen treatments are especially ideal for smokers and those with acne prone skin and can be used on skin that has been treated with AHA’s, Reitn-A and Acutane.

What to expect with an oxygen skin treatment
A true Oxygen Facial uses actual pure oxygen, compared to other so called “oxygen facials” that use hydrogen peroxide. Although I do not think there is anything wrong with products that use hydrogen peroxide, it is simply a different treatment all together and can not be compared. I would like to mention that products containing hydrogen peroxide are generally not recommended for darker skin types.

A typical oxygen treatment focuses on exfoliation, hydration, and nourishing the skin, however oxygen treatments can be customized to fit needs of each persons skin. Oxygen treatments can be added to enhance the results of other skin treatments like microdermabrasion, Blue Light acne treatment and energy based skin tightening treatments. Oxygen therapy is also a great post-procedure treatment to help calm and sooth skin and promote healing.

Oxygen Facial
The skin is hydrated using a unique process in which specially formulated enzymes and mineral solutions are used to help draw moisture to the skins surface, thus providing skin cells with more nourishment than ever before possible. Oxygen, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals are propelled onto the skin to nourish and revitalize the skin cells. After the treatment, you will notice a “tight” sensation of the skin, and the skin will look and feel moist to the touch.

Oxygen Acne Treatment
Bacteria thrive in an environment deprived of oxygen, when you introduce oxygen into the skin it acts to eliminate bacteria. Oxygen skin treatments also promote skin healing and reduce inflammation. A professional acne treatment system utilizing pure oxygen, along with proven acne-fighting ingredients work to kill acne causing bacteria, promote healing of acne lesions and calm and sooth inflamed skin.

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Read MoreMay 18, 2011 7:13 pm - Posted by Kristy


Hollywood bombshells Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are said to have shaved their face. Shaving offers more benefits than hair removal, it is an excellent form of exfoliation, especially when done professionally. Dermaplaning treatments are popular among Hollywood A-Listers

Dermaplaning also known as epidermal leveling, microplaning or bladeing, is a gentle form of manual exfoliation. A surgical blade is used to gently scrape facial skin removing the outer most layers of dead skin cells as well as fine facial hair, leaving skin completely smooth and baby soft. Exfoliating the skin stimulates the production of new skin and allows for better absorption of topical skin products. Dermaplaning can be done as an independent treatment or used to enhance other treatments such as chemical peels.

Dermaplaning is completely painless in-fact most people say it feels good and there is absolutely no down time. Treatments only take about 30 minuets and regular blading treatments are scheduled about 3-4 weeks apart.

How does the hair grow back?
Despite popular belief, the hair does not grow back thicker. Fine facial hair is known as Vellous hair and when it is shaved, cut or removed it grows back the same way. If there is any dark, coarse facial hair present, I usually recommend laser hair removal. Dermaplaning can be used to remove coarse facial hair, but keep in mind that it will grow back the same way.

What if I have acne?
I don’t recommend dermaplaning for acne skin. Acne begins in the hair follicle and when the hair is removed it can aggravate or stimulate acne breakouts. Microdermabrasion is another form of manual exfoliation, and it is more appropriate for acne prone skin.

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Read MoreApril 28, 2011 12:18 am - Posted by Kristy


Chemical Peel’s can very in depth from very superficial to very deep. Post treatment care for chemical peels is dependent on the type of peel, and condition of the skin. Your skin health professional should give you post treatment instructions that are specific for the type of peel you have had. Some peels are so superficial that they cause little to no peeling, and may not require a big change in your skin care regimen. Having a deeper level chemical peel provides a greater level of correction, however it also can create a greater risk for complications. Most complications can be avoided by strict patient compliance, meaning you should follow your post treatment care instructions exactly as instructed. Deeper peels may also require preconditioning, this especially important for darker skin types. The Obagi Nu-Derm system is ideal for preconditioning skin for resurfacing procedures and chemical peels. Be sure that you have all of the appropriate products needed and do not use any skin care products that have not been approved by your skin health professional.

Keep Your Skin on

One of the most important things to remember after a chemical peel is to avoid picking, scrubbing or assisting the peel in any way. Treat the skin like you are trying to keep it on. The old dead skin that is about to peel off acts as a protective barrier. If you have caused the skin to peel off prematurely you are at increased risk for complications, including hyper-pigmentation. If you have assisted or accidentally removed the peeling skin prematurely, contact your skin health professional immediately. You may be instructed to apply an occlusive such as Aquaphore to the area’s that have peeled off. You may also need to use hydroquinone and/or tretinoin after the peeling process is complete to prevent or correct complications.

[ Chemical Peel: Do’s and Don’ts ]

Gentle Cleanser

Beginning the day of the peel until peeling is complete you will need to use a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubs, exfoliants and any acne cleansers unless otherwise instructed. This is also not the time to use cleansing brushes such as the Clarisonic, you should cleanse the skin gently.


I prefer Obagi Gentle Cleanser after most chemical and laser peels.


Cetaphil gentle cleanser is another option, and you can buy this product at most drug stores.

Moisturizer and Topical Hydrocortisone Cream

Use a gentle moisturizer 2 – 4 times a day.
Be careful that you do not use a moisturizer that contains exfoliants or irritating ingreadiants after your peel. If you have had a medium to deep peel, you may also be instructed to use a topical Hydrocortisone cream. It is important that you do not over use Hydrocortisone creams, as extended use can inhibit healing. Check with your Esthetician or Doctor before using any products after a peel.

post peel instructions
Obagi’s Tolereen has a 0.5% Hydrocortisone cream, and can be applied before moisturizer or mixed with in with the moisturiser.


Obagi Action is appropriate after most peels and is generaly my first choice.


Skin Medica’s Ceratopic Replenishing cream is ultra hydrating and can be used after most peels.

Sun Protection


After a chemical peel your skin is more vulnerable to Ultra Violet Rays. You should avoid sun exposure as much as you can, hats and sunglasses are helpful. Depending on the depth of the peel, you may be instructed to avoid sunscreen until the skin has completed the peeling phase. You will find that your skin is sensitive to chemical sunscreens, so look for a physical sunblock that contains zinc oxide. A pure mineral makeup such as Jane Iredale, contains a Titanium Dioxide 14% and Zinc Oxide 3% and can be used immediately after chemical peels, when other sunscreens may not be appropriate. Keep in mind that the depth of your peel will determine when you can start to use sunblock.

Anti viral

post peel
Herpes simplex infection can occur on the face after skin resurfacing procedures, including chemical peels. A viral outbreak is more common with deeper procedures. You may be prescribed an antiviral medication such as Zovirax to help prevent breakouts. If you do have a history of cold sores or any herpes breakout be sure to mention this to your Esthetician or Doctor before your peel. Many skin professionals prefer to treat all patients with antiviral agents regardless of a positive history. Don’t be insulted or embarrassed if you are prescribed an antiviral medication, it is often standard protocol. It is important to understand that some people may carry the virus, even if they have never had an outbreak.

Antibiotics

antibiotics, post peel procedures
It is not unusual to see milia or small acne breakouts after deep resurfacing procedures, including deep chemical peels. There are chemical peels, such as Skin Medica’s Vitalize peel that are appropriate for treating skin with active acne. Deep chemical peels should be put off until acne is under control, without any active breakouts. Topical antibiotics can not be used immediately after a chemical peel, so if you have a recent history, you may be prescribed an oral antibiotic.

Domeboro Astringent Soaks

post peel, domeboro
Domeboro Astringent solution is an over the counter product that can be found at most drug store. Domeboro Astringent Solution, when applied as a wet dressing or compress, cools and cleanses irritated skin and soothes inflammation. Domeboro contains Aluminum acetate which helps to reduce itching, stinging, and inflammation. Domeboro powder can be mixed with water, the solution is then applied topically as cold compresses to the treated area. I usually recommend using sterile gauze dipped in the solution and gently press onto the treated area for about 5-10 minuets, twice a day. The skin should first be cleansed with a gentle cleanser, after treating skin with the compress solution you can apply an appropriate moisturizer and Hydrocortisone.

Cosmetics

Generally, cosmetics such as foundation, concealer and powder are not recommended after resurfacing procedures and chemical peels. There are some mineral cosmetics that can be used immediately post procedure. It is important to know that not all mineral makeup is created equal, many are simply mineral based. Jane Iredale is an excellent mineral makeup, that is safe to use after cosmetic procedures and provides SPF protection. Jane Iredale is also antimicrobial and anti inflammatory, offering several benefits after a chemical peel.

[ Chemical Peels 101: A lesson in skin anatomy, chemical peel levels, and peeling agents ]

Deep Chemical Peels

If you have a deep chemical peel, such as a 30% – 35% TCA peel, Standard or Designed Obagi Blue Peel, you will be instructed to follow additional instructions. Avoid “cracking” by keeping the skin moist and minimizing facial expressions. You can use Aquaphor in the corners of the mouth. Aquaphor can be used if the skin becomes tight or over areas that cracking may have occurred. When you shower, do not let the water strike you in the face. You will also need to sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated. If you have a deep chemical peel, it is important to make follow up appointments with your skin care professional and address any concerns immediately.

After the peeling phase

The first stage of a peel is the peeling stage, this is complete when the skin is no longer peeling and reepithelialization has occurred. After the skin has completed peeling, you may begin a skin care regimen. Again, if you have had a superficial peel you will most likely continue with your normal skin care regimen. If you have had a deeper peel, the next stage is when dermal changes begin. You may be instructed to use products like Hydroquinone, tretinoin and a good sunblock. You should avoid exfoiliating treatments and products for about 6 weeks, depending on the depth of the peel.

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Read MoreMarch 28, 2011 8:49 pm - Posted by Kristy

Master Injecter

shapiro plastic surgery, master injecter, pat foley
Pat Foley-Naumentz, R.N. Nurse and Soft Tissue Injectable Specialist at Shapiro Plastic Surgery.

Pat Foley-Naumetz is very respected by industry professionals, and her artistic eye and gentle hand has earned her the reputation as Arizona’s best injector. As a registered nurse, born and educated in Arizona, Pat has been in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last 30 years.

Pat is an instructor for Aesthetic Advancements Inc. and Alga-Medic, which is Allergan’s Consortium of Research and Education Programs, she travels throughout the United States teaching expertise and safety principles in soft tissue filler and Botox® injection techniques to doctors, nurses and nurse practicioners.

[ Botox injections are not used to plump lips]

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Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701
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Read MoreJanuary 21, 2011 11:01 pm - Posted by Kristy

body wash, shower

If you are like me, you probably love all the perfumed body products, like the products from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Work. The fragrances are so lovely, especially when you layer the shower gel, lotion and body spray. Unfourtunatly, if you have dry skin, you may need to trade your favorite fragranced shower gel for a body wash better suited for dry skin.

When you are looking for a body wash for dry skin, look at the ingredients listed on the back label. Ingredients are listed from the greatest to least amount contained in the product. If the first two ingredients are water and sodium laurel sulfate, then that is what makes up most of your product. Sulfates are used in many cleansers and shampoos, they are detergents and help products to foam up. Unfortunately, they can dry the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the skins surface. However, products that use sulfates in combination with conditioning agents and emollients will help to prevent the skin from becoming too stripped. If you have dry skin, choose a body wash that has an emollient or moisturizer as the second and/or third ingredient. Look for ingredients like petrolatum, cocoa butter, jojoba butter, and natural oils. Most Cleansers will have some sulfates, the trick is to find a shower gel that has sulfates lower on the list of ingrediants. There are products that have sulfates as the third or fourth ingrediant.

olay body wash, dry skin
Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons
I like Olay Body Wash Plus Ribbons jojoba butter. Jojoba butter is a nice moisturizer and although it is half way through the list of ingredients, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are in the top three ingredients before any sulfates.

shower gel
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti Aging Body Wash
Water,Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are the top three ingredients before any sulfates. Olay Total effects contains niacinamide which helps to prevent skin from losing water, and also helps to stimulate circulation in the skin. Studies have shown that it also improves the appearance of wrinkles, skin discolorations and reduces redness and improves skin elasticity.


Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Natural oils and emollients, to help replenish skin’s natural moisture. It’s lightly fragranced, soap free, dye-free and hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin

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Read MoreDecember 15, 2010 12:50 pm - Posted by Kristy