Modern-day wizards

by | Feb 1, 2022 | Derma

What I appreciate most about modern times is having access to knowledge related to ancestral medicine and modern technology.

Nature’s little miracles…
The winning trilogy: vitamins C and A + hyaluronic acid

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are a main cause of aging. That’s why vitamin C serums are considered by most skin care experts to be a “must”.

The benefits of vitamin C are numerous:

  • improves the texture of the skin
  • gives a luminous complexion
  • reduces the gray complexion of smokers and highly stressed people
  • regulates the melanocyte activity (responsible for hyperpigmentation and dark spots

Note that vitamin C has great benefits for your general health, but taking vitamin C orally does not seem to be very effective on the skin, which is why it must be used topically. . The key to success is making sure it hasn’t oxidized (an oxidized serum will have a brownish color while an active serum will have a clear or golden color).

So do not hesitate to choose a diet rich in vitamin C to  » booster  » your energy and a vitamin C cream or serum to enhance your skin.

There are MANY options on the market and not all of them are created equal….The minimum dosage of vitamin C for a cosmetic cream to be effective against sun and age-related skin aging must be at least 5% or even 10% but you will find medical grade serums up to 20%. It is important to get advice from an expert when it comes time to choose your topical vitamin C. And expert attention does not mean great price. There are several variations of vitamin C at low prices and available in pharmacies!

Bonus point!

Citrus fruits are not only useful for your overall health but also play an important role when it comes to supplying your body with natural hyaluronic acid.

Grandma’s Remedy:

the lemon mask!

Why use lemon to make a mask? Lemon has been used for decades because it is rich in antioxidants. It will fight the appearance of wrinkles and spots on the skin. Lemon is also appreciated for its antibacterial properties. Applying a lemon mask to your face will therefore eliminate all impurities such as pimples or blackheads. Finally, lemon has astringent properties. This means that it is able to tighten pores and fight against excess sebum.

There is also a more commercial form found in many cosmetic products: retinol. Retinol is easier to control than prescription retinoic acid but is not 100% equivalent.

Vitamin A works on all fronts:
  • reduces the appearance of wrinkles
  • reduces the appearance of pigmentation and hormonal spots (melasma)
  • improves firmness and radiance
  • < li>promotes cell regeneration
  • gives a smoother skin texture
  • tightens pores
  • fights acne

With prolonged use, the skin regains suppleness and elasticity, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is visibly diminished.  And what about its anti-acne virtues; despite its reputation for being irritating for certain skin types or as part of an overly aggressive routine, vitamin A remains an excellent tool… you just have to learn how to manage it (we have a couple of tips for this purpose d ‘somewhere else!). Indeed, its intensive use can create redness, dryness, swelling and irritation, especially in sensitive skin.  It is therefore essential to refer to a skin expert who will be able to guide you. Some skin types do not require as much care and react perfectly to this ingredient from day one.

For others, a little patience will get you there. What you absolutely need to know: vitamin A must be applied in the evening and must be part of a routine including sunscreen since it is photo-sensitizing (it makes your skin sensitive to the sun’s rays)

Bonus points!

When combined with vitamin C, the action of retinoic acid is reinforced while providing greater stability!

Grandmother’s Remedy:

The Avocado mask. Filled with good fats and vitamins A, C and E, the avocado is a good fruit for the body, but it is also excellent for the skin and hair. Its properties help protect the skin from external aggressions. But above all, it has a regenerating power. It helps healing and fights against aging of the epidermis. That said, to have tried it, you don’t have to have a sensitive heart to “savor ” the benefits of a homemade avocado mask. And like all good things, it is diligence and discipline that is the key to success! So I prefer to put it in a salad!!

L’Acide hyaluronique

Hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge and helps hydrate the skin from top to bottom! It is not for nothing that it is the main ingredient of dermal fillers whose popularity is only increasing!
Hyaluronic acid is already found in our skin (the dermis contains 50% of body’s total HA). Along with collagen and elastin, it is part of the skin’s supporting matrix. His super power? It is able to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water and therefore plays a major role in maintaining the hydration level of the skin. Over time, the body produces less of it and of poorer quality… and the skin loses its suppleness and firmness, wrinkles deepen. Adding hyaluronic acid to our skincare routine is therefore essential!

Bonus point!

By drinking plenty of water, not only do we give our bodies an INCREDIBLE boost, but we also maximize the benefits of our natural hyaluronic acid and that of dermal fillers!

Grandma’s remedy: healthy green food

Here’s another good reason to drink green juice: foods like green vegetables contain magnesium which is a necessary catalyst for the production of hyaluronic acid in the body. Salads or smoothies made with green ingredients are also a great way to increase the mineral content necessary for a healthy diet! In addition, green leafy vegetables have undeniable detox properties and provide our skin with the essential chemical compounds to keep it soft and glowing.

Now that you know a little more about these three ingredients, let’s see what we can do with science and technology!

In my opinion (and this is very personal) modern “magic” is the marriage of ancestral knowledge, science and technology.

The mask with avocado, cod liver oil and lemon: let’s go! For a homemade treatment and a girls’ night I have nothing against!

However, to obtain visible and long-term benefits, there are slightly more effective solutions: a simple skin routine that includes vitamin C, vitamin A and hyaluronic acid (and sunscreen of course) constitutes the BASIS of maintaining healthy skin.

There are also some non-invasive treatments that can give the skin of the face, neck and décolletage a radiant boost without having to wait 6-12 months to experience the long-term benefits of a daily skincare routine. .

A safe and personalized non-invasive anti-aging treatment

By using mesotherapy, micro-needling and dermal infusion techniques, we are able to insert certain key anti-aging ingredients directly under the skin to allow it to improve its quality and texture.

Mesotherapy consists of introducing all these active ingredients with superficial injections using micro needles. It can be done by hand, by stamping or using an injector gun. The advantage of the injector gun is that it combines the benefits of multi-puncture (much like micro-needling) and the injection of active ingredients in the same treatment. Indeed, thanks to its powerful motor, the injector gun makes it possible to perform many more punctures per minute than a treatment done by hand… The more punctures, the more cell regeneration is stimulated.

For its part, microneedling (better known as “microneedling”) relies on perforating the skin with a “derma roller”. or a mechanical device like the “skin pen” in order to open micro channels at the level of the epidermis in order to allow the selected active ingredients to penetrate there. A personalized cocktail will be designed according to your type and your specific needs.

Again, devices like the “skin pen” or other motorized devices have a “puncture/minute” benefit on “derma rollers” but these are still a great home support option!

Warning: some devices sold on the internet can damage your skin! These are not treatments to be taken lightly. Health Canada has approved certain devices for medical and/or cosmetic use. Be sure to ask for the type of device used in the clinic and stay away from homemade versions sold on the internet!

The magic potion of modern times:

A personalized cocktail adapted to your needs and your skin type for a dermal infusion using the highest technology! Welcome to 2021.

During your consultation we will discuss which tool is best suited to your skin type (either microneedling or injector gun) we will then decide on your daily skin challenges: dark spots, dehydration, thinning, loss of sparkle. We will then mix several ingredients together to meet your needs as precisely as possible! A cocktail can contain PRP, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, peptides and even neuromodulators!

Now that you’ve learned a little more about these ingredients, I’m sure you’re as excited about personalized skincare as I am!!

Looking forward to seeing you in the clinic,


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