By Tiffany M. Darnold, MMS, PA-C, Couture Med Spa Oviedo

This season, let’s  Spring into sun safety!

Spring is in the air, and summer is fast approaching, which means more and more Floridians will be out enjoying the lovely weather, walking the dog, gardening, and trying to get that radiant glow a tan can provide. Unfortunately, even the slightest bit of sun exposure can leave damage that never fades despite a fading tan.   

Sun exposure over time can significantly impact your skin more than you think; it’s more than just a sunburn, which can cause a lifetime of regrets. The sun’s damaging ultraviolet radiation, UVB, and UVA exposure, can cause burning, wrinkles, unsightly sunspots, contribute to broken capillaries, thick leathery dry skin, and skin cancer! YUCK!!! In fact, the UV exposure also breaks down collagen, which gives us that flawless, smooth structure to our skin that keeps us appearing young and radiant. 

NOT SO FUN FACTS: 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can spread to your internal organs and kill you, 1 in 50 people will develop a melanoma in their lifetime, and one person dies from melanoma every hour.

But don’t give up! There are many ways to help improve your sun-damaged skin and prevent further damage so that you can feel and look younger while continuing to take safe selfies in the glistening sun. 

Damage Control- Prevention is Key

How safe is your sunscreen?

Extra, Extra!

Keep it simple but do it forever!

Now you see me, Now you don’t- How to Avoid Cataracts

More Than Just a Fashion Statement! 

’C’ a Brighter More Youthful You- How Vit C can Reverse and Prevent Damage

Brighten Your Day and Your Face!

Get Your Vitamin A- Everything You Need to Know About Retinol

Make Your Face as Smooth as Your Day

5 Fun Facts About Retinol:

  1. Not all retinols are created equal. Couture’s Fountain of Youth Retinol Serum is made from all-trans-retinol, the purest most active form of vitamin A which helps smooth, firm, plump, strengthen, and evenly tone skin.
  2. Retinol increases collagen production, therefore, slowing down the aging process. Starting in our 20’s we lose about 1-2% of collagen per year. That equals about 20-40% loss of collagen by the age of 40 years old… OUCH! 
  3. Fountain of Youth Retinol Serum has a slow-release delivery system, which is ideal because it slowly releases the retinol over time, causing less irritation to sensitive skin.
  4. Unlike traditional retinols, Fountain of Youth Retinol Serum is specially formulated with green tea polyphenols and hyaluronic acid to help calm and hydrate the skin to prevent the temporary irritation, redness, and peeling which use to occur commonly with other retinols. 
  5. Retinol is more than just for wrinkle correction and prevention. Since retinol exfoliates at the cellular level, it can also brighten your skin so that you get that desired dewy look. 

Laser Away- From sunspots and wrinkles to smoother, clearer skin

Get that Flawless Photoshopped Look with Photofacials (IPL)

Bring Back that Baby Face with Fractionals

VISIA Analysis

Don’t think you have sun damage? A specialized VISA analysis using an ultraviolet camera makes it possible to see the underlying skin damage done by the sun which, if not apparent yet on the surface, will eventually surface as new skin cells are emerging, causing an undesired aesthetic appearance.   

                                                  

Be proud to be pale and embrace your beauty… your friends are going to be jealous one day.

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I Love My Wrinkles… Said No One Ever!

Are you afraid of looking like a Beverly Hills Housewife? Are you afraid of having Kylie Jenner’s lips that may not represent you?

We’re dishing out all of the details that you need to know about cosmetic spas and Botox and Dysport treatments. Botox and Dysport are best known for minimizing wrinkles and fine lines from aging. As amazing as these products are, there is a taboo and stigma surrounding these aesthetic treatments. If you’re considering anti-wrinkle injections, but are held back by doubts and fears, here at Couture Med Spa, we want to not only educate you on Botox and Dysport misconceptions, but also make you feel comfortable about wanting to enhance your natural beauty. And although, aging is a fact of life, looking your age is not!

Myth #1 Botox & Dysport are poisonous 

The truth is Botox is the purified protein version of Botulinum Toxin, which means that it’s not toxic. The protein is inserted directly into the muscles to help relax them and is not systemically absorbed into the bloodstream. In fact, you would need 2 to 3 times the number of units of the actual toxin to cause any problems. Remember when Botox was a taboo subject? Now when people mention Botox, no one even raises an eyebrow.

Myth #2 Botox & Dysport injections are painful

Many of us have heard the saying “beauty is pain,” but here at Couture Med Spa, it doesn’t have to be. Clients find the injections almost painless, so a local anesthetic is not needed! Couture Med Spa uses a very fine needle and ice during the treatment to minimize any discomfort, making it virtually pain-free!

Myth #3 Botox and Dysport will lead to a frozen or unexpressive face

Results of neurotoxins, such as Botox and Dysport, are natural-looking. You will still look like yourself, just a more refreshed version! With a skilled injector from Couture Med Spa, you will still be able to display a full range of facial expressions. The best wrinkle is the one you never get!

Myth #4 There will be a lot of downtime

There is no downtime with Botox or Dysport injections! Clients are even able to get it done quickly during their 1-hour lunch break. There may be minimal swelling at the injection site that lasts for about 15-20 minutes, but that resolves on its own. Clients are instructed to avoid lying completely flat for 4 hours and avoid strenuous exercise for 8 hours after the treatment because there is no “gym” for your wrinkles.

Myth #5 Wrinkles will worsen if you stop

Botox and Dysport relaxes the muscles that are causing wrinkles and once the effect wears off your muscles will return to their normal function and pre-treatment appearance.

I hate it when my Botox wears off, then people can tell what I am thinking.

Myth #6 Botox is only for women

Botox and Dysport are used on both men and women. “Bro-tox” is trending, and the amount of men seeking treatment increases every year. Men also want to smooth unwanted wrinkles and want a more youthful natural appearance, so why shouldn’t they?

Myth #7 I’m too young for Botox

It’s not your age that determines when Botox or Dysport is needed, but rather the severity of your lines and wrinkles. Everyone’s lines form differently, and the timing can be influenced by a combination of factors such as cellular changes, reduction in collagen, genetic factors, and sun and environmental factors. Botox and Dysport are FDA approved for 18 and older. Starting young helps to prevent deep or permanent lines. 

Myth #8 Botox and fillers are the same

Botox and Dysport work by relaxing the muscles around the eyes and forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Fillers work by lifting where volume is lost by filing smile lines, deeper wrinkles, and plumping the lips. A rule of thumb is “from the eyes up is Botox and Dysport and below the eyes is filler.” 

Couture Med Spa offers affordable Botox and Dysport prices as well as free one-on-one consultations with one of our amazing providers. Our professional providers can create a customized plan for your beauty needs because you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy Botox, and that’s kind of the same thing!