What to do about pesky sun spots, and how to avoid them.

Sun spots, pigmentation problems, brown spots- whatever you call them, one thing we can all agree on is we don’t want them and we don’t like them! It is the number one complaint I get during facial consultations next to stubborn acne. Helping reduce sun spots IS possible with a little dedicated home care and visits to your favorite Master Aesthetician.

First things first, how did you get the sun spots? The name gives it away, those spots are good old sun damage. Now I may sound like a broken record but, use an SPF of 50 or higher. Be picky about your sunscreen, this isn’t something you want to just snag from the drug store. Most drug store sunscreens are loaded with fragrance and unhealthy fillers that can cause irritation and/or breakouts. Your best bet is to visit your local spa or Dermatologists office and pick up a cosmeceutical sunscreen. My favorite? Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. It’s slightly tinted, no fragrance, non-sticky and amazing!

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Now that we have that covered let’s talk about helping reduce the damage that’s been done.

At home care with prescription or cosmeceutical products can help immensely if the products have Hydroquinone, or a lactic acid (and a productive amount). Remember, if you want a pigment regulating product to work it needs to be a cosmeceutical or better yet, prescription strength and good news is, we have BOTH! Both our Image and Skinceutical lines (cosmeceuticals) have products that help with sunspots but hands down our prescription line, Obagi, takes the cake. Because we are a medical spa, under Physicians, we can sell Obagi but you must come in for a consult first. Obagi is great to start too this time of year because we will soon be out of the sun and can start to repair. Most people use and love the Obagi Nuderm kit, which is a multiple step kit which can be used in conjunction with Tretinoin cream for even better results. Obagi not only helps reduce pigmentation, but reduces fine lines and gives your skin that youthful glow again.

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Now that you have your home care down, it’s always a good idea to give your skin the extra boost it needs by getting a microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or Photofacial (laser). Our chemical peels and microdermabrasion aren’t as scary as you’ve heard, and help boost your results! The Photofacial does require a consult, but is probably the most effective treatment for pigmentation problems.

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And lastly, like we’ve mentioned in previous posts, a true Vitamin C serum can help build healthy strong skin that’s more resilient to damage. Our favorites? Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF if you’re acne prone.

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As always, the best thing you can do is come in, get a facial, have a consult, relax, and discuss options with our friendly Aestheticians who are knowledgeable and eager to help you. You deserve it.

To book a consultation or appointment call 801-337-5818

Written by: Stevi S. Master Aesthetician

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Lets talk lip injections…

Every time I mention fillers to my clients (I’m an Esthetician), particularly lip injections using Juvederm, I get (and seriously almost every time) “But I’ll look like Goldie Hawn in First Wives Club!”. Fair enough. This was my thought too, until I had it done. Now everything in moderation, and yes, it does depend on the person doing the injections- their skill level, qualifications, making sure they’re a medical professional etc… So I had mine done at Mindful Medical by Terri, and let me tell you- I’m in love.

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I’ve been asked many questions since having my lip injections, first question is- Did it hurt? No, not for me. Now keep in mind everyone has a different pain tolerance- mine is high. I did go over to Mindful Women Spa and purchased some prescription grade numbing cream that I put on the outer lines of my lips (insiders secret 😉 , do not swallow) so with the topical numbing and Juvederm also has a numbing agent in it- I didn’t feel much more than a pinch here or there.

Second question- Aren’t you afraid of having something foreign injected into your lips? Not at all, because it isn’t a foreign substance to my body. Juvederm is made up of Hyaluronic Acid, which our body produces naturally.

And third question I get- Why’d you do it? My reasons weren’t for fine lines or thin lips, I felt like my face was out of proportion. As seen in the picture below, I have bold features- except for my lips, so for me it was correctional. I also have a crooked smile which I’ve learned to embrace and love, so when Terri talked to me about the look I wanted I addressed these things and she filled them perfectly! And I still have my crooked smile!

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I was in and out in 15 minutes, I had minimal swelling (swelling varies with each person), and Terri along with all of the very qualified staff was fun and personable which made my experience easy and wonderful. They also treat varicose veins, have laser treatments for collagen reproduction, Botox and so much more! What a great facility, thank you Mindful Medical!!

**Mindful Medical is also having a crazy good deal on Botox including a- purchase Botox units for between the brows and get forehead and crows feet free! Call 801-337-5854 for an appointment and details but hurry, this deal doesn’t last long!!