Product Spotlight: SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment


Product Spotlight: SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment

SKinCeuticals Phyto A+ BrighteningDark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, are a common concern for many individuals. Resulting from an excess production of melanin, a natural pigment created by cells called melanocytes, their frequency can vary from one person to another. So, what can you do to address them? We like the SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment.

The SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is a lightweight moisturizer that targets the causes of skin imperfections and dullness. Key ingredients like azelaic acid (3%), alpha arbutin (2%), and a phyto botanical blend (5.75%) effectively minimize dark spots and hyperpigmentation (while being suitable even for sensitive skin). Clinical studies over 12 weeks showed visible improvements in skin brightness, smoothness, and clarity, along with reduced pore-clogging surface oil.

To recap, the SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is an excellent option to help improve skin tone and texture. If you have concerns with dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, contact Lisa S. Ball, FNP today.


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The Ideal Treatment for Your Scalp

Woman with good hairWhen it comes to skincare, the majority of our focus usually goes to the face, diligently cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing to maintain a healthy glow. But in our quest for flawless skin, there’s one crucial area that often gets overlooked: the scalp. Just as our face needs care and attention, so too does the skin on our scalp. Recognizing this, we adapted the proven effectiveness of the HydraFacial to target scalp health, introducing the HydraScalp exclusively available at our office.

Why the scalp?

The scalp is often subjected to the same environmental pollutants, product buildup, and oil production that can wreak havoc on our face. Considering its role as the base for hair growth, neglecting it can result in a variety of potential issues.

What is the HydraScalp? 

The HydraScalp is a one-of-a-kind treatment that utilizes the HydraFacial to effectively cleanse, stimulate, nourish, and hydrate the scalp.

What are some conditions it can help? 

With the plethora of benefits delivered, it can in turn help with scalp dryness, itchiness, dandruff, and even hair loss.

How often should treatment be done? 

Depending on your scalp, we recommend patients get the treatment once every 3-4 months.

As you can see, scalp health is so important and the HydraScalp is the perfect treatment for just that. Contact Lisa S. Ball, NP today to get a healthier, happier scalp, and unlock the key to luscious, vibrant hair from root to tip.

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SkinCeuticals Newest Eye Cream is a Game Changer

Woman Eye CreamThe skin around the eyes is one of the first places to show signs of aging. Whether it’s dark circles, crow’s feet, or puffiness, tired-looking eyes can be a nuisance. Fortunately, SkinCeuticals has developed a new and innovative eye cream in the A.G.E. Advanced Eye that can help.

Understanding the Importance of Eye Care

Due to the skin being so thin and fragile, the decline in collagen is much more pronounced than other areas. So, it’s important to have an eye cream that is specifically designed for this delicate area.

Why SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye

The right eye cream can make a noticeable difference in minimizing the signs of aging and fatigue. SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye is unlike a lot of other eye creams in that it doesn’t just contain collagen, it encourages the production of it as well. This helps in visibly minimizing fine lines, promoting an overall more youthful appearance. Aside from this, the cream is also formulated to target puffiness and dark circles which leads to brighter, more revitalized eyes.

As you can see, the SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Advanced Eye is a valuable addition to any skincare routine. To learn more about this or any other SkinCeuticals products, contact the skincare experts at Lisa S. Ball, FNP.


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Tips for Healthy Skin Month & Beyond

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November is National Healthy Skin Month – a time to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of your skin and maintaining its overall health. And in doing this, a variety of different skin conditions and issues can be avoided. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Have a skincare routine. Establish and follow a daily skincare regimen that is tailored to your skin type. Essentials include cleansing, moisturizing, and using sunscreen.
  • Skin cancer detection & prevention. Get regular skin cancer examinations (at least once a year) and use sunscreen daily (even on cloudy days).
  • Keep your skin hydrated. Apply a moisturizer after cleansing and drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day).
  • Get plenty of sleep. It is recommended to get 7-9 hours of restful sleep a night to support overall skin health.
  • Eat a nutrient-rich diet. This doesn’t just positively impact your skin but your body as a whole.
  • Avoid smoking. This contributes to premature aging and wrinkling.

Remember, the path to healthy skin begins with commitment and consistency. Incorporate these practices into your routine and your skin will thank you.

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Your Guide to Boo-tiful Skin This Halloween

Woman Halloween MakeupHalloween is a time for spooky decor, fun costumes, and plenty of treats, but it can also wreak havoc on the skin. With costume makeup, creepy masks, and late-night parties, it’s essential to prioritize your skin’s well-being. Below are some ways to do just that.

  • Consider a costume that fits comfortably and provides good airflow. Helps reduce the risk of skin irritation and excessive sweating.
  • Invest in a high-quality, hypoallergenic makeup. This will minimize the risk of irritation, which is especially true if you have sensitive skin. If you’re not sure if it will, try applying a small amount to an area of skin to make sure there isn’t a reaction.
  • Protect your skin from the sun. If you find yourself outside during the daytime and some skin is exposed, make sure to use sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water. Halloween festivities can be exhausting, so drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to dry, flaky skin.
  • Remove makeup at the end of the night. Thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove not only the makeup but any sweat or impurities from the day as well. Leaving the makeup on overnight can clog pores and cause breakouts.
  • Apply a moisturizer after removing makeup. After cleansing, your skin will most likely be dry so moisturizing is very important.
  • Get plenty of rest. Recharge your skin and have it look its best the next day.

Don’t let skin issues haunt your Halloween; a little extra care and attention will help you look spook-tacular!

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October is Eczema Awareness Month

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Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin disease that affects more than 31 million people in the US alone. And with October winding down let us not forget Eczema Awareness Month. This month is the perfect opportunity to highlight the common condition to provide a better understanding of it.

Eczema usually presents as dry, red, and itchy patches on the skin that break out in rashes when scratched. Treatment usually involves avoiding scratching, using moisturizers, cold compresses, and anti-inflammatory creams or ointments. More commonly seen in children, the condition can affect people of all ages. 

Help those who have eczema live their best life. Spreading awareness provides individuals dealing with the condition an opportunity to better manage it. If you or someone you know is affected by eczema, October is a good time to seek out resources and get further education on the condition.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), National Eczema Association

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Ways to Get in a Skin Care Routine

Woman Skin Care RoutineSo, now that school is back in full swing, there’s no better time to establish (or re-establish) a skincare routine. This will not only help you to look your best but to feel it as well.

Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Use a facial cleanser that suits your skin type. Cleansing helps to remove any dirt, oil, and debris from the skin. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
  • Moisturize after cleansing. Regardless of your skin type, moisturizing is essential. It helps the skin maintain hydration and prevents it from becoming too oily.
  • Exfoliate 1-2 times a week. This helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and promote an overall brighter skin complexion.
  • Use an SPF of at least 30 daily. Sunscreen is very important in protecting the skin from harmful UV rays.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration is crucial in helping to maintain the skin’s overall health.
  • Eat a balanced diet (avoiding processed foods). Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are some of the best options for healthy skin.
  • Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep (less than 6 hours) can lead to dull, tired-looking skin and can even worsen some existing skin conditions.
  • Try to manage stress. High cortisol levels can contribute to a variety of skin issues. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are some great ways to combat stress.
  • Avoid touching your face. This can transfer dirt/bacteria to the skin.
  • Change pillowcases regularly. This is another place where dirt and bacteria can collect. Wash/change pillowcases (and sheets) every week.
  • Remove makeup before going to bed. Leaving makeup on overnight can cause the pores in the skin to become clogged and lead to breakouts. Use a gentle makeup remover.
  • Have an acne treatment plan. Ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are great in fighting acne. Seeing a dermatology provider will better help in developing a personalized plan.

Remember that consistency is key when it comes to skincare. Stick to the routine and be patient as it can take some time to see noticeable improvements in your skin. 

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What’s Involved In a HydraFacial

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As you may already know, the HydraFacial is an incredible treatment that does wonders in helping to improve the appearance and health of the skin. The treatment is a favorite of many because it effectively combines several treatments into one addressing a variety of skin concerns.

Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, congested pores, or uneven skin tone the process contains three simple steps. They include:

  • Cleanse – The treatment begins with a gentle cleansing and exfoliation with a gentle peel to remove any dirt, makeup, and oil.
  • Extract – Utilizing a strong vacuum-like suction, impurities and debris are painlessly removed from the outermost layer of skin.
  • Hydrate – A specialized serum containing antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides is infused into the skin providing a healthy, more radiant look.

One of the key advantages of the HydraFacial is its customizable nature. Our esthetician Jamie Popp can adjust the treatment to cater to a patient’s specific skin concerns and needs. Additionally, the treatment is often considered relatively gentle and comfortable, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Many people experience improvements in skin texture, tone, and hydration immediately after the treatment.

Based on your skincare objectives, the above can be customized and expanded upon for even better results. If you would like to experience the benefits of the HydraFacial, contact the skin care professionals at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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How to Protect Your Skin Against Wildfire Smoke

Canadian WildfiresFor much of the summer, smoke from the Canadian Wildfires (and now Hawaiian) has brought air quality concerns into the national spotlight. Aside from the known risks of inhaling wildfire smoke, it can also pose a serious threat to the skin as well.

So how does the smoke from the wildfires affect the skin?

The microscopic particles and pollutants from the smoke land on the skin leading to potential inflammation and damage.

How does the skin damage present itself?  

It can either be premature wrinkling, fine lines, or discoloration.

Is wildfire smoke the only environmental factor to worry about?

No, some others include sunlight, blue light, infrared radiation, air pollution, hot and cold temperatures, and cigarette smoke.

What are some ways to protect the skin from wildfire smoke or any other environmental factor?

  • Limit time outside when the air quality is poor
  • Wear sunscreen as a first line of defense
  • Use an antioxidant like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic to protect the skin
  • Wash the skin to remove any smoke particles that may cling to it
  • Apply a moisturizer after cleansing to maintain hydration

Even when the wildfires (hopefully) slow down and end, atmospheric aging never takes a day off. Next time you’re out, make sure to consider the health of your skin.

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Why We Love SkinCeuticals

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When it comes to skincare, there are many different options available. From drugstore brands to luxury lines, finding the right products can be tough. That’s why we recommend one of the most trusted names out there in SkinCeuticals.

Founded in 1997, SkinCeuticals was developed with an extensive amount of clinical research and science. Suitable for all skin types and tones, their products are formulated with the highest quality ingredients that are proven to address a variety of skin concerns.

These products include:

  • Cleansers + Toner. Essential as a base for any skincare regimen. They help to lift impurities and oils while addressing the key needs of different skin concerns.
    Products: Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser, Gentle Cleanser, Glycolic Renewal Cleanser, LHA Cleanser, Micro-Exfoliating Scrub, Simply Clean, Soothing Cleanser, LHA Toner
  • Antioxidant. Provides protection from environmental factors that can contribute to premature aging of the skin.
    Product: C E Ferulic
  • Moisturizers. Provides nourishment, replenishes hydration, protects the skin’s barrier, and optimizes the health and appearance of the skin.
    Products: Daily Moisture, Emollience, Hydrating B5 Gel
  • Sunscreens. The first line of defense against damaging UVA/UVB rays and helps to preserve the results from other products.
    Products: Daily Brightening UV Defense Sunscreen 30, Light Moisture UV Defense SPF 50, Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50, Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50

As you can tell, SkinCeuticals is a comprehensive skincare line that focuses on high-quality results. To learn more about SkinCeuticals, contact the skin care experts at Lisa S. Ball, NP today.

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