Epionce Skin Care

Epionce is the latest line of high quality skin care products we are offering to help you become comfortable in your skin.  Epionce is a botanical based skin care system formulated by a Board Certified Dermatologist to help patients with troubled skin. This Dermatologist had been seeing recurring episodes of stubborn skin conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, and Psoriasis  with many patients. In an attempt to manage these skin conditions as gently as possible, the Dermatologist developed a skin care line (Epionce) using non-irritating botanical ingredients that were actually beneficial for the skin.

How does it work?

Epionce stops the cycle that damages the skin. The botanical ingredients block the formation of inflammatory factors, and they strengthen and repair the skin’s barrier by adjusting the lipid ratio which triggers the skin’s ability to heal faster. The skin care line is not only great for the patient who has Eczema, Psoriasis, or Rosacea, it also is excellent as part of an anti-aging regimen. One product in the Epionce line that is in high demand is Lytic. Lytic can produce many of the same results as a retinoid product, but it is more gentle to the skin which makes it a good choice for the person whose skin may be too sensitive or too thin to use a retinoid product. The end result is tighter pores, faster cell turnover, and when paired up with their renewal line, fewer and softer lines and wrinkles.

Seasonal Skin Care: Year-Round Skin Tips

Should you change your skin care regimen from season to season? The general answer is yes because of differences such as sun exposure, temperature, and humidity between seasons in most places. In Colorado, the generally beautiful weather promotes outside activity, and the abundant sunshine we enjoy here means that our skin needs to be protected from sun damage year-round.In winter, the combination of lower humidity and the frequency of bright sunny days in Colorado present special challenges to your skin. During the winter months you should use a good quality moisturizer and when engaging in outdoor activity, always use a sun block which contains Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (or both) with an SPF rating of at least 30. We offer both of these in the clinic.In summer, the need for frequent application of sun block increases. It is especially important to use a facial moisturizer that contains a high SPF during the day to protect your face from harmful rays, even if you only spend a few minutes at a time outdoors. Adding antioxidants to your daily skin care regimen will also add to your skin’s healthy glow and help protect it from the elements and environmental pollution. If you are on an anti-aging regimen using glycolic or retinoic products, you should consider reducing their use because of the sun-sensitizing affects they have on the skin.Wearing clothing with built-in sun block features is also an excellent way to protect your skin, especially if you are outdoors for extended periods of time.Regardless of the season, your skin is remarkably adaptive and resilient, and with proper care you can maintain a healthy, radiant look throughout the changing year.

Dermasweep Vs. Dermabrasion

The Dermasweep multi-level skin resurfacing system is the next generation of facial microdermabrasion procedures. Where a standard microdermabrasion procedure exfoliates dead and dry skin, the Dermsasweep is a two step system which includes exfoliation followed by infusion of solutions custom blended for your individual skin type and condition. The first step is similar to most “one step” microdermabrasion systems in that a vacuum brush pulls off dead, dry, old skin. The second step which is the infusion of custom blended solutions exclusive to Dermasweep, is what takes the Dermasweep to a new level of facial care. Using the variety of infusion solutions provided by Dermasweep, our Aesthetician will blend a specific solution for each patient’s dermatologic needs. For example, for acne there is a salicylic acid solution, for dry skin there is a hyaluronic acid solution, and there are many other custom blend infusion options to address and provide maximum support for each person’s skin type and issues. Once the custom blended infusion solution has been prepared, the exclusive Dermasweep applicator gently drives the solution deep into the skin for maximum absorption and benefit. The end result is clean, soft, glowing skin that looks and feels great and begs to be touched.

Natural Lip Balm

Recently, a woman came into our clinic and asked us if there was any way to protect her lips from the sun. We’re glad she asked, because there sure is! We carry Lip Balm from gloMinerals that are SPF 15. These lip balms come in cherry and mint flavors, and they have natural botanicals in them such as Hemp Oil, Meadowfoam, and Mango Seed Butter.These ingredients keep your lips soft and supple, while protecting them from the harsh sun. The lip balm comes in a .65 oz tube which is larger than normal lip moisturizers, and will last longer. The price for a tube of Lip Balm is $12.50. Contact us if you’re interested!

Choose the Right Skin Cleanser

What kind of cleanser should you be using for you skin? This is a question we hear frequently in our clinic. It really does depend on your skin type.Here are some quick guidelines in choosing the right cleanser for your skin type:For oily skin: use a cleanser that contains Salicylic Acid. This is a plant-derived ingredient that helps to keep the pores clean and free of blackheads and speeds up exfoliation, allowing better absorption of other products needed to clear up acne.For normal skin: you have a much wider range of products to choose from. You may want to try a cleanser containing Glycolic Acid, which speeds up the natural exfoliation process just like Salicylic Acid, but without overdrying your skin.For dry skin: usually a cream-based cleanser with Glycerin or another type of moisturizer works quite well. At Colorado Dermatology Institute, we have a good variety of cleansers that would be just right for you, ranging from $20-$30. Let us know if you’d like to see the brands and types we carry.

Microdermabrasion with DermaSweep

The DermaSweep MD is an exfoliation system that is safe and painless. The machine uses a wand that has different tips and a suction that “sweep” away dead dry cells. What makes this machine so different? It can infuse vitamins and acids back into your skin, unlike traditional machines that leave your skin feeling dry and parched. This procedure treats a wide variety of skin conditions and types, including fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and much more.It is the top most layer of the skin that is removed, leaving skin feeling smoother and looking brighter, more youthful. The increased circulation encourages collagen formation, thus firming and toning the epidermis. This treatment takes one hour, and when you leave your skin may have a pinkish glow to it that may last for a couple hours. The price for this at Colorado Dermatology Institute is $99.

gloMinerals Anti-Oxidant Makeup

Wouldn’t you prefer using a makeup that is actually good for your skin instead of clogging your pores with substances that can be irritating? Colorado Dermatology Institute offers gloMinerals Makeup which is triple-milled, resulting in a very fine layer of makeup that doesn’t appear “cakey.” gloMinerals also uses pharmaceutical-grade ingredients as well as anti-oxidant products such as Green Tea Extract, and Vitamins A, C, and E. So gloMinerals makeup looks good while maintaining and protecting the health of the skin. gloMinerals makeup also contains titanium dioxide, which is a broad-spectrum UV protector, especially important in Colorado with its abundant sunshine. This makeup is suitable for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin, because it is fragrance free, oil free, and there are no fillers, or synthetic dyes.

Sunscreen and Cancer

Here are some quick facts about sunscreen and cancer that may help you understand the importance of the application and its use. “Broad spectrum” protection means your skin is protected from UVA and UVB rays.Both of these types of rays are damaging to your collagen: UVA is a deeper ray that is the major cause of wrinkling and aging, and may cause skin cancer, while UVB rays are actually more damaging, is more potent in producing sunburns, and is the main cause of squamous cell cancer, basal cell cancer, and melanoma. It is imperative when purchasing sunscreen to make sure that it contain either Zinc, or Titanium Dioxide. Sunscreen needs to be applied every day, because the sun’s rays are so powerful they can go through your windows, and even on cloudy days, the rays are harmful. When applying sunscreen, it is best to visualize a shot glass, and that’s how much you should use for your whole body. Make sure to apply it at least fifteen minutes before going in the sun, and try to avoid being out in the sun between 10am-4pm. The last thing to remember (and the most important!) is to re-apply every two hours. Colorado Dermatology Institute, carries several different brands of sunscreen at our office and are happy to advise you in which would be right for your skin type.

The Eyes are the Window to the Soul

If the eyes are truly the window to the soul, I want my window looking as nice as possible! So why do we get those “crows feet” wrinkles around the eyes, anyway? I hate to tell you this, but most of the wrinkles you get are the result of your genetics. Having said that, what you did with your skin when you were younger is vitally important to how it looks now. If you spent a lot of time in the sun and were exposed to UV rays, it will show on your skin later in life. If you’re a smoker, that is also a damaging agent that weaks havoc on your skin. In addition to these environmental factors, wrinkles are the result of a loss of elasticity in the skin which is caused by a weakening or loss of elastin and collagen. In addition to wearing sunscreen and minimizing sun exposure (especially from noon to about three o’clock in the afternoon), it is important to keep your skin well moisturized and to keep that collagen stimulated. Medical grade skin moisturizers are more effective than over-the-counter products in combating wrinkles because medical-grade products are made with smaller molecules that deliver nutrients deep into the skin, annd the ingredients are more concentrated. To rev up that collagen, there are many different procedures available, from chemical peels to lasers. Botox is also an option to help prevent muscle contraction which minimizes the appearance of wrinkles. For both men and women, Botox is the number one treatment requested for anti-aging around the eye region. At Colorado Dermatology Institute you can receive Botox injections by a Board Certified Dermatologist with extensive experience in cosmetic dermatology procedures and we also have several excellent medical grade moisturizing eye creams that will make a big impact on softening the look of harsh crows feet. Contact us today if you’re interested!

Makeup Brushes Choices

There are so many decisions to make on makeup brushes… it’s really hard to decide where to start. I would start with choosing the type of material the brush is made of. There are generally two types; synthetic and natural. Synthetic works really well for a wetter product (like a liquid foundation or cream-based product). Natural hair brushes give a smoother appearance with less chance of streaks. Here are seven “must have” brushes to start your collection:
  1. foundation brush (synthetic bristles)
  2. concealer brush (synthetic bristles)
  3. powder
  4. blush
  5. large eye shadow brush (natural bristles)
  6. medium eye shadow brush (natural bristles)
  7. small eye shadow brush (natural bristles)
Having these will set you up for a professional makeup application. The brushes should be cleaned every three to four days with a gentle face cleanser. And a very important tip is to lay the brush at an angle to dry, with the handle lying upwards, so the water does not travel to the wooden base. With proper care and handling, the makeup brushes should last a very long time.Lory Chisholm,Aesthetician