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Why Fall is the Perfect Time for Chemical Peels

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


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The colors of fall and crisp air are upon us. You might be surprised to know that fall is the perfect time to get a chemical peel. Summer’s damaging rays have left your skin in need of repair and you’re probably noticing it. Heavy exfoliation is a very important part of skin rejuvenation. A very effective way to remove the built up dead skin cells and stimulate turnover is by getting a chemical peel. Fall weather means we all spend more time indoors and less time in the sun. This makes it the best time to get a peel because you can keep your newly revealed skin shielded from rays of the sun.

We have many different options for chemical peels at Belladerm and we love working with you to select the very best peel for you based on your skin needs. When you come in for a peel, a chemical solution is applied to the face, which removes the damaged outer layer of skin and unveils softer, smoother, more radiant skin. Most procedures take less than an hour to perform, with minimal discomfort during the treatment. Right now is the ideal time to get treatments so you can enjoy rejuvenated skin for the holidays.

So with little downtime and a more vibrant complexion as the result, what are you waiting for? Call us at 763.494.9905 to schedule your consultation or book your chemical peel.

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Skip the Tanning Bed

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

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Skip the tanning bed. Period. There is no such thing as a safe base tan and even occasional use of a tanning bed triples the chance of developing melanoma.  Exposure to tanning beds before age 35 increases the risk of melanoma by 75% and check this out: 2.3 million of the 30 million people using tanning beds a year are teenagers, who are at highest risk for skin damage. Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers. Fair skinned beauties beware but the rest of you aren’t off the hook. Yes, people with fair complexion are at highest risk for developing skin cancer, but that doesn’t mean others should ignore their skin or sun safety! People of any race or ethnicity can develop skin cancer. It’s not just moles. Any abnormal growth should be checked out. If you have a new nodule of skin, something that might even look like a wart or pearly, lumped up piece of flesh that’s getting bigger, that could be a different form of cancer. It is far better to prevent it than deal with skin cancer. When detected early, skin cancer has a greater than 95% cure rate, so vigilance with skin exams is essential. Keep an eye out and visit your dermatologist. Sunscreen needs to be part of your daily routine. Even in winter months. Protect your skin and you’ll have beautiful skin to show for it. We carry high quality sunscreen products at Belladerm, as well as stylish hats. Stop in for advice about what sunscreen is best for your skin type or for a free consultation anytime. We’ll see you soon!

 

 



Three Ways to Rejuvenate Your Skin After the Summer Sun

Monday, September 14th, 2015

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Minnesota’s hot summer days are soon to be a distant memory but you may have some lingering effects that will stay with you, and we’re not talking about the lighter glistening tones in your hair. To combat the effects of a sun-soaked summer, we want to highlight three different ways for you to reverse those effects and rejuvenate your skin.

  • Halo Treatments: Halo, created by Sciton – an authority in aesthetic lasers, is a great post-summer treatment with no downtime. Halo targets sun damage and reverses the effects that the sun has on the skin. It truly is a revolutionary non-ablative laser treatment that is perfect for patients who need to return to their busy lives right away.
  • Chemical Peels: Peels use acids to remove dry, dull skin, even out tone and reduce pore size. These treatments are effective for treating noticeable age spots, freckles, acne and fine lines. A chemical solution is applied to the face, which removes the damaged outer layer of skin and unveils softer, smoother, more radiant skin.
  • Skincare Regime at Home: We are passionate about this topic, too. Treatments at our office are very helpful for achieving your goals, but maintaining a good skincare regime at home on a regular basis with quality products is key, too. Sun damage speeds up the aging process but your everyday products at home can slow the clock. We would love the opportunity to offer a complimentary Visia skin analysis and to chat with you about what your goals are and how we can work together to meet them with treatments and products. Belladerm MedSpa is proud to carry these professional grade products: Obagi, SkinMedica, iS Clinical, Revision, Clarisonic and glominerals.

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Top Five Ways to Lighten and Brighten your Skin

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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As we age our skin loses its youthful glow and luster. While skin aging is a natural process,  daily sun exposure can significantly contribute to premature aging, slowing down the turnover of skin cells between healthy new cells and old damaged cells. Here are five sure ways to lighten and brighten your skin and help you restore a radiant youthful glow.

  1. Get a chemical peel. Chemical peels can be very effective at lightening the skin. This treatment effectively treats a host of skin problems including acne, discolorations and fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical solution is applied to the face, which removes the damaged outer layer of skin and unveils softer, smoother, more radiant skin. Most procedures take less than an hour to perform, with minimal discomfort during the treatment. There are a variety of chemical peels offered today and we will work with you to determine the best peel for your skin concerns.
  2. Omnilux Light Theray-
is a technology based on narrowband Light emitting Diodes (LEDs). Omnilux offers treatment for a wide range of dermatological conditions including acne, photodamage, and skin rejuvenation. Some of the advantages of Omnilux™ therapy is that it stimulates the bodies own cellular mechanisms by photomodulation. Also it is not a laser or an IPL so there is no heat, no side effects or downtime. Omnilux is Compatible with existing skin rejuvenation techniques such as Botox™, chemical peels and IPLs.
  3. Dermapen-is a new revolutionary  procedure that uses multiple needles to vertically pierce the skin. This enhances rejuvenation results and is far safer for the client because there is much less epidermal damage. The automatic vibrating function of the Dermapen increases the effectiveness of treatment by increasing absorption of products, while reducing pain and discomfort. Dermapen is just as effective as ablative treatments such as Fraxel, IPL, Laser Resurfacing, and Chemical Peels. The most amazing benefit is that Dermapen’s pricing is a fraction of the leading alternatives.
  4. IPL™ Photorejuvenation IPL™ technology can be used to help restore the skin’s youthful appearance. IPL Quantum SR™ technology is a unique non-ablative procedure that promotes healthy looking skin including the reduction of diffuse redness, reduced pore size and improved skin tone and texture. The procedure creates a gentle warming of the skin, and is truly a “no downtime” procedure. IPL Photorejuvenation can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as broken capillaries, skin discoloration, age spots, freckles, mottled pigmentation, and the symptoms of rosacea.
  5. Skin Lightening Products: We recommend Skin Medica’s Lytera® Skin Brightening Complex and Obagi Clear. Both products offer a simple and effective approach to skin brightening. Appropriate for all skin types  The Obagi Nu-Derm® System is an anti-aging therapy that penetrates below the skin’s surface to transform skin cell functions at the cellular level and correct the damage within… revealing healthy, younger-looking skin.
 Both Lytera are Clear are topical prescription treatment that  help to correct hyperpigmentation (discoloration) and improve uneven skin tones.

One or a combination of these top five ways to lighten and brighten your skin will bring you noticeable results and help you restore that youthful glow you deserve to have.  To discover which treatment plan is best for your unique skin care needs call us at 763-494-9905 for a complimentary consultation.



5 Things That May Be Aging You

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

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Aging is the enemy and we try to fight it in every way we can, right? Make sure you are aware of all of these culprits and do your best to avoid them or do what you can to keep them at a minimum in your life!

  • Sun: This one won’t surprise you! If you have spent your days basking in the sun, you are more likely to age prematurely.  Especially if you are one who burns or tans easily.  The sun’s effects are cumulative and you’ll be noticing things like age spots, broken blood vessels, sagging and precancerous lesions.  Sunscreen will protect you for much of the damage but wearing SPF does not mean you can bake in the sun without consequences.  Getting any kind of tan, by definition, is damage to your skin.
  • Sugar: There is nothing sweet about how sugar affects your complexion.  When you ingest sugar, collagen and elastin can be destroyed by the way that sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins and breaks down.  This prevents your skin from staying strong and supple and you will notice sagging and wrinkles as a result. Do your best to choose whole grains instead or add protein to the meal to keep your sugar levels from soaring and doing more damage.
  • Stress: When you are under stress, the cell renewal process suffers, your skin becomes more dehydrated and your lines and wrinkles are magnified. Stress also gives people a tendency to smoke more, drink more and sleep less. All bad things for your face. If you are stuck in a stressful season of your life, at least do your best to find a way to get some relaxation and de-stressing exercise in.
  • Lack of Sleep: Your facial muscles relax and rejuvenation of the skin layers happens when you catch your ZZZs so if you cut yourself short on beauty rest, it will show! Sleeping in the same position every night is not recommended, either.  This can create permanent creases in your skin over time.  Sleep on your back to keep these away!
  • Alcohol and Nicotine: This one ties into sleep, too.  Despite what you may have heard, drinking alcohol does not lead to a better night’s sleep. It can do the opposite. Drinking on a regular basis dehydrates your skin and can negatively impact the absorption of nutrients to keep your skin supple. 20% of women in the US still smoke.  Smoking  causes skin damage and keep the skin from getting the oxygen it needs. If that isn’t reason enough to quit, smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer, accelerates aging and also slows down healing.

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Coolsculpting: The Pros of Losing Fat the Safe Way

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Are you hanging onto your old favorite jeans or the most amazing little black dress in hopes of someday fitting in them again? Doing all the right things with your eating habits and exercise but still at a plateau and unable to change those trouble spots on your body?  If you are someone who is carrying a stubborn 10-15 pounds more than your ideal weight, you are a great candidate for Coolsculpting to lose fat the safe way.  Coolsculpting works by using a type of cold energy to remove your fat cells permanently by freezing them.  A very high-powered vacuum holds your skin and fat cells in place while the plates get activated to a low enough temperature for the fat cells to die. During this process, only your fat cells are destroyed and patients report that the discomfort level during treatment is low and tolerable.
Below are the top 5 reasons to choose Coolsculpting to shape your body into the physique you desire.

    1. Zeltiq Coolsculpting requires no recovery time! Immediately after the procedure, you will be able to return to work, your social activities, and family.
    2. This is an FDA-cleared procedure that is natural in its foundation and helps both men and women feel confident once again.
    3. Considering the most popular alternative, liposuction, which is a type of surgery, Coolsculpting is a very attractive option because it is minimally invasive. Liposuction involves pain, bruising and soreness, as well as swelling and compression garments to be worn.
    4. Coolsculpting results can be permanent when combined with long-term healthy dieting and exercise. Results begin to arise within a few weeks of the procedure.
    5. It is a quick procedure for stubborn fat elimination that can be executed in one or more sessions, depending on the amount of fat in the targeted area.

Coolsculpting is a great option to regain confidence and attain that slender and fit body you have always desired. Come in to see us for a free consultation or to learn more in person about the safe way to lose fat!

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Top 5 Reasons Mineral Makeup is Better for your Skin

Monday, July 7th, 2014

cosmetic brushes and make-upThe benefits of mineral makeup have drawn many women to it. And it isn’t just hype – there ARE real benefits to using this type of makeup. We’ve gathered the top five reasons that mineral makeup is better for your skin and why you should consider using it, or at least giving it a try!

  1. Mineral makeup can be better for sensitive skin  because it doesn’t contain perfumes, talc, alcohol, dyes, mineral oil or preservatives.  It is believed to be less irritating to the skin.
  2. Mineral makeup is a better choice for acne-prone skin.  The lack of filler ingredients also make it less likely to cause embarrassing breakouts. Rosacea sufferers have had quite a bit of luck with these products, also.
  3. Mineral makeup gives a beautiful, luminous finish.  It has the ability to make skin imperfections look better because of the light reflective properties it possesses.
  4. Zinc is contained in many mineral makeup formulations.  It is known to soothes irritation and provide a light sunblock.  Don’t count on relying on your mineral makeup foundation as your sunscreen every day, however. It will not provide you with enough protection to be out in the sun for hours.
  5. The coverage mineral makeup provides is lightweight but complete. It is extremely easy to apply. Short on time? Mineral makeup goes on fast and saves you time!

We hope this has given you some insight to the many benefits of mineral makeup! We’d love to tell you more in person about how it can benefit you and your individual needs! Drop by this summer when you’re nearby and check out our gloMinerals makeup. See you soon.

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http://www.webmd.com/beauty/makeup/the-lowdown-on-mineral-makeup?page=2

 



Top 5 Reason to Avoid Tanning Beds

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Summer is finally here and many of us Midwesterners are anxious to spend as much time as possible basking in the cherished summer sun. After all, we deserve it with the brutal winter we’ve had, right? Some people may be thinking, I am not nearly tan enough for bathing suit season, maybe now is a good time to go to the tanning bed, Right? Wrong! There is never a good time to go to the tanning bed!

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Here are 5 top reasons why you should avoid tanning beds at ALL costs:

1. Your risk of melanoma increases by 75 percent when you use tanning beds before the age of 35.
2. Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer shifted indoor tanning devices to the highest cancer risk  category: “carcinogenic to humans.” (They were formerly classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”)
3. Tanning can be addictive. For some people, UV radiation can have a drug like effect; they feel dependent on it and can experience withdrawal symptoms, says David Fisher, M.D., Ph.D.
4. Not only are tanning-bed users more vulnerable to melanoma, they’re also 2½ times more likely to be diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma and 1½ times more susceptible to basal cell carcinoma.
5. If you want to stop or prevent premature aging, steer clear of tanning beds. Tanning beds cause noticeably aging skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. Tanning can also create a “Leathery look to the skin which can add years to a person’s appearance.

A Tan may look Good but is it Good for you? More Dangers of Indoor Tanning.
Indoor tanning exposes users to two types of ultraviolet (UV) rays, UV-A and UV-B, which damage the skin and can lead to cancer. Indoor tanning is particularly dangerous for younger users; people who begin indoor tanning during adolescence or early adulthood have a higher risk of getting melanoma, likely because of increased lifetime UV exposure. In fact, every time you tan you increase your risk of getting melanoma.
Sunburns and tans are both dangerous because they cause DNA damage to our skin. Your risk of developing melanoma increases after just one blistering sunburn.

Squamous cell cancer increases based on your lifetime exposure to UV rays. Basal cell carcinoma risk increases based on the combination of intense sun exposure and lifetime exposure to UV radiation. UV radiation comes from the sun…and from tanning beds.

You cannot get a “Safe Tan” from a Tanning Bed.
The FDA and the CDC both suggest that you avoid using tanning beds in order to prevent developing skin cancer. There really is no such thing as a safe tan from a tanning bed. In addition to the risk of developing skin cancer, exposure to UV rays causes your skin to age prematurely.
It’s time we rethink our position on the standards of beauty. A Tan really is not beautiful; it is a walking advertisement for skin cancer.
This might ring a bell: “You only get the healthy rays in tanning beds,” or “Tanning beds give you a ‘base tan’ to keep you from burning.” The tanning-salon industry wooed many of us with these marketing claims when UVA rays — the ones tanning machines mainly use — were thought to be safe and only UVB rays from the sun were believed to be harmful.
Since then, we’ve grown wiser. Definitive research has now proven that both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer. (UVA rays have been specifically linked to melanoma.) Still, about 30 million people go tanning every year, about 70 percent of whom are young women. Tanning salons outnumber even Starbucks and McDonalds in some of the largest U.S. cities, according to a San Diego State University study.
Still don’t want to kick the habit? Here’s why you must kiss the bed good-bye!

Help educate our youth about the Dangers of Tanning Beds!

Tanning Beds and Teens. 
Tanning beds are not safe. Both UVA and UVB rays cause cancer. Tanning beds often exceed “safe” UV limits, despite the claims of the salon. Teens are at special risk because their bodies are undergoing such accelerated growth rates that their cells are more prone to the damage of the UV radiation. By routinely tanning their skin starting at a young age, teens put themselves at greater lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get sunburn in a tanning bed, and your eyes are at an increased risk of developing cataracts and corneal burns.

UV Radiation
UV radiation comes from the sun and from tanning beds. UV radiation damages our skin and adversely affects our immune system. As previously mentioned, one blistering sunburn increases your risk of developing melanoma, which is a very dangerous and lethal skin cancer. You are also 2.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell.

Statistics

In the United States, indoor tanning is thought to cause about 419,000 cases of skin cancer every year. For comparison, smoking is thought to cause about 226,000 cases of lung cancer every year.
According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, the following proportions of youth report indoor tanning—
• 13% of all high school students.
• 21% of high school girls.
• 32% of girls in the 12th grade.
• 29% of white high school girls.

According to the 2010 National Health Interview Survey, indoor tanners tended to be young, non-Hispanic white women.

• 32% of non-Hispanic white women aged 18–21 years reported indoor tanning. Those who reported indoor tanning device use reported an average of 28 sessions in the past year.
• Among non-Hispanic white adults who used an indoor tanning device in the past year, 58% of women and 40% of men used one 10 times or more in the past year.

• Non-Hispanic white women between the ages of 18 and 21 years residing in the Midwest (44%) and non-Hispanic white women between the ages of 22 and 25 old in the South (36%) were most likely to use indoor tanning devices.

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http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/susan-evans-md/dangers-tanning-beds
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/5-scary-facts-about-tanning-beds



Spider Vein Therapy–‐Best way to remove unsightly veins!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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The arrival of summer weather can bring mixed emotions for many people. Coupled with the excitement of getting outside and enjoying the beautiful summer days is the dread of wearing shorts and knowing that everyone will see their purplish, branching spider veins. Around half of the population deals with spider veins and faces this problem every summer.  What can you do about it if you suffer from them? Belladerm offers excellent options to remove the unsightly veins.

1. Sclerotherapy is still considered the treatment of choice for the removal of superficial leg veins, many vessels may be too small to inject or patients may have an aversion to this invasive procedure. So what is it, anyway? Large areas of veins can be treated with hair-thin needles that inject a solution which irritates the lining of the vessel.  The irritation causes the vessel to swell and stick together, as well as making the blood clot.  In a matter of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that eventually fades and becomes barely noticeable. Following the procedure, you will need to wear compression stockings for a short period of time but it will be well worth it.

2. IPL treatments are another option for these pesky veins. Intense Pulsed Light treatments use heat energy to selectively damage or destroy abnormal veins. As a result, the veins shrink and disappear.An advantage of these treatments is that no needles or sclerosing solutions are required.

You may have heard some myths about spider veins in general. Let’s clear up some of the facts here.

  •  Tanning does not hide the appearance of spider veins. In fact, excessive sun exposure can cause spider veins since harmful ultraviolet light breaks down collagen, which composes the walls of spider veins, and can cause thinning and spreading of the veins.
  • Vitamin supplements won’t prevent spider veins.
  • Spider veins aren’t caused by crossing your legs.
  • Gaining a lot of weight does not make you more susceptible to spider veins.
  • Heredity accounts for 80% of people who get spider veins.
  • Women are more prone to developing them. Especially those who stand regularly for their jobs and who have a blood relative with spider veins.

Don’t hide your legs this summer and suffer wearing long pants in the heat. You really can feel good about your legs again! Spider vein therapy is available at Belladerm with the best ways to remove the unsightly branching leg veins.

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http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/below-the-belt-dermatological-conditions

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/cosmetic-procedures-spider-veins



Three Non-surgical Ways to Rejuvenate Your Face this Summer

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

You may have heard it before, 40 is the new 30 and 50 is the new 40. This is much more that a new frame of mind, its about your visual age verses your chronological age. You do not have to look your age anymore – with safe and effective nonsurgical cosmetic procedures you can look years younger. And you can do it with little to no down with these three non-surgical ways to rejuvenate your face this summer.

  1. BOTOX® / Dysport® 

    BOTOX® is one of the most recent and most exciting advances for treatment of wrinkles, lines, and the aging face. BOTOX® is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein which has the ability to very precisely relax the muscles to which it is applied. This relaxation lasts for a number of months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition. BOTOX® does not affect the nerves responsible for sensation, so there is no numbness in the treated areas. This is done in a way that will not alter your natural expression and features. It takes just a few minutes and normally lasts about 3-4 months.

    Visit the BOTOX® website to try the Treatment Visualizer.

  2. Dermal Fillers and Injectables

    Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvéderm® and Radiesse® are being used more and more to help reverse the changes associated with aging. As you age, sun damage and other factors can reduce the amount of HA (hyaluronic acid) in your skin. The lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume — creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds, like those parentheses lines around your nose and mouth. The goal is to return the dermis to its original youthful state. Dermal fillers can give a more natural appearance than surgical face lifts and are being used to reduce or eliminate wrinkles, raise scar depressions, enhance lips, and replace soft-tissue volume loss. When scheduling your appointment make sure your calendar allows for the possibility of swelling for 3-5 days (especially the first treatment). Visit the Juvéderm® site to view before and after images.

  3. HydraFacial™

Detoxify, Rejuvenate, Protect

HydraFacial offers a variety of serums to specifically target your skin issues, including:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne
  • Brown spots
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Early aging fine lines and wrinkles.

This is a revolutionary skin treatment that gently clears away imperfections and improves the look and feel of your skin. HydraFacial is an advanced non-invasive, non-surgical procedure that quickly and easily delivers results without the use of lasers or harsh chemicals. It combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. HydraFacial targets fine lines and wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyper pigmentation and brown spots.

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People are taking better care of themselves and they are living much longer than they did decades ago.  During the twentieth century, life expectancy rose dramatically amongst the world’s wealthiest populations from around 50 to over 75 years. Since people are living much longer nowadays they deserve to look as good as they feel.

To find out more about non-surgical ways to rejuvenate your face this summer, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation at 763-494-9905.

We can customize a non-surgical beauty treatment that is right for you. The timing couldn’t be better to check out some of these options. Take a look at our Beauty in the Box offer:

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Please Note:  If  you’re a Brilliant Distinctions member and first time user of Juvéderm® you can get another $75 off the Beauty in a Box price!  Click here for the Brilliant Distinctions sign up information

 

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