Microneedling is an effective way to refresh your face and improve some of the most common skin concerns. Individuals, both young and old, are turning to microneedling in Bellevue for its skin rejuvenating benefits. Here’s what you can expect after your treatment with microneedling:

Minimal Risk

When the appropriate microneedling device is used by a licensed esthetician, there is minimal risk of infection or scarring after treatment. At Advanced Skin and Body, we use the only FDA-approved microneedling device on the market; the SkinPen. Its straight, sterile, and precise needles allow for the most effective and safest results.

Increased Collagen

Before you can enjoy the results of your microneedling treatment, your skin will need time to go through its natural healing process. During microneedling, tiny puncture wounds are created below the surface of the skin with the SkinPen device. This triggers the immune system to go to work repairing the puncture wounds. New collagen and elastin are produced, the essential ingredients to strong, healthy skin.

Skin Tightening

Over time, our skin begins to lose elasticity, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. With new collagen developing after microneedling, you can expect your skin to become stronger, tightening to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Many younger individuals are also turning to microneedling treatment to prolong their youthful looking skin with a boost of collagen.

Improved Blemishes

Along with tightening the skin, microneedling can also improve the appearance of common blemishes such as acne scarring, sun damage, and age spots and can shrink the pores. While the channels in your skin are present after microneedling, skin care products can be more effectively absorbed, so you can get the most out of your products for optimal skin improvement!

To learn more about the microneedling treatment or to schedule your consultation at Advanced Skin and Body Solutions in Bellevue, contact our office today!

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There are many skin care treatments available today, all with different unique benefits and drawbacks. Many common skin concerns involve only the outer layers of the skin, making a more abrasive treatment unnecessary. Find out how you can benefit from a skin care treatment like dermaplaning in Bellevue, for your surface level skin concerns!

Benefits of Dermaplaning

Gentle and Noninvasive

More aggressive skin care treatments can give you significant improvements, however, these treatments often come with uncomfortable side effects and some recovery time. Patients who don’t want to undergo a more abrasive procedure can benefit from dermaplaning. The gentle treatment only targets the surface of the skin, carefully scraping away the very outer layers to reveal fresh, healthy skin beneath. Following treatment, there is no recovery or downtime necessary. Because dermaplaning is so gently on the skin, it can be repeated once a month for optimal results.

Improve Imperfections

During dermaplaning, surface level imperfections are improved. This includes dry and dull skin caused by dead skin cells, acne scars, and uneven pigmentation. Dermaplaning also results in a stronger, thicker dermis which leads to more elastic skin and fewer fine lines. Along with the top layers of skin, peach fuzz is removed as well, leaving the skin completely smooth.

Optimize Other Skin Care Products

With peach fuzz and dead skin cells removed, products can be absorbed into the skin more effectively. Patients can get the most out of their skincare products by choosing to have dermaplaning first. Your skin care professional can recommend which products you should use depending on your skin concerns.

To learn more about dermaplaning or our other skin care treatment options, contact Advanced Skin and Body Solutions today. We can provide you with more information and schedule your appointment with one of our skin care professionals.

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Microneedling in Bellevue has been gaining in popularity as more patients begin to understand the benefits it has on the skin. Because of this, many microneedling devices are entering the market, but the SkinPen is the only FDA-approved device so far. Keep reading to learn what sets the SkinPen apart!

What is the SkinPen® Microneedling Device?

The SkinPen is a handheld microneedling device that contains many tiny needles. In case you’re new to the microneedling world, the treatment involves creating tiny puncture wounds in the skin, stimulating the body’s healing process. Blood flow is increased to the area and the formation of new collagen and elastin is developed, resulting in stronger, healthier skin with reduced lines and wrinkles, acne marks, and other blemishes.

The SkinPen® Difference

There are many microneedling devices on the market from rollers to smaller at-home devices, but only the SkinPen has been approved by the FDA. A number of risks have been uncovered involving the use of non-FDA-approved devices. Because the needles of the device are penetrating the skin, it is and should be considered a class II medical device. The SkinPen is the only device that has been verified as using sterile, straight needles, with precise depth control. Other non-approved devices have shown to have hooked or jagged needles, making them less effective.

SkinPen® Microneedling Benefits 

If you want to experience the benefits of microneedling without the fear of an ineffective or even dangerous device, be sure to choose a dermatologist that offers the SkinPen. If you are in the Bellevue, WA area, you contact Advanced Skin and Body Solutions for your microneedling treatment with the FDA-approved SkinPen. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with a skin care professional!

Learn more about why you should choose the SkinPen® Microneedling treatment at our premier medical spa in Bellevue, Washington.

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There’s nothing nicer than grabbing a glass of wine and soaking in a nice warm bath after a long day at work. Baths are a great way to soak your skin and/or joints in needed minerals, aid your adrenal glands, and detox. Many women have turned to bath bombs for the fun fizzle, colors, glitter, and enjoyable scents. According to Google, “bath bombs” are one of the top searched beauty products of 2017. Unfortunately for all you bath bomb addicts, it may be time to look for a healthier alternative…

“What Have I Been Soaking In?”

While soaking in a bathtub with a bath bomb going may be relaxing during the moment, it can be harmful to your skin and, in particular, your lady bits. Here are some of the harmful ingredients found in a majority of bath bombs on the market right now:

Glitter

Nowadays, these small, sparkly, reflective particulars are usually manufactured from plastic. Glitter made of plastic has sharp, uneven edges that can scrape skin, causing irritation. In addition to clogging your home’s drains, this can be detrimental to the delicate pH balance of your vagina. Vaginas may be self-cleaning (yes, the female body is amazing!), it’s best not to make it work over time. Let’s avoid UTIs and yeast infections all around by not soaking in glitter water for 20 mins to an hour.

Talc

Talc has been advertised for “toilet and nursery” use since the 1890s. Over decades, the scented powder became associated with “freshness and cleanliness”, causing women to use it in their underwear and genital areas. After reports of women using the product long-term had developed ovarian cancer, Johnson & Johnson lost a lawsuit to the families, paying a $127 million in damages. While the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not found asbestos in talc powder, it’s best to avoid using the product in your underwear or genital area or soaking in it during a bath until more research is performed.

“Fragrances,” “Fragrance Oils,” “Fragrance Oil Blend”

Keep an eye out for these phrases when inspecting the ingredients in your skin care or bath bombs. The FDA allows companies to use these terms in their labeling to protect their proprietary perfume blends. Unfortunately, these known harmful chemicals have been found in bath bombs (some on the EPA’s hazardous waste list…):
Benzene derivatives
Aldehydes
Phthalates

Please don’t soak in these toxic chemicals!

Healthy & Fun Alternatives

Fortunately, there are still SO many great ways to make your bath feel luxe and relaxing.

Submersible LED Lights

Miss your bath bombs fun, bold colors? No worries! There are waterproof LED lights that can you can add to the bottom of your tub to give it the colorful effect that calms you the most.

Candles, Essential Oils, & Essential Oil Diffusers

Nothing will better match your glass of wine like a lit candle. Try to find one that’s phthalate- and petroleum-free so you aren’t surrounding yourself with burning toxic chemical. (Safety first; Be careful not to put the candle in an area where it can fall over or set anything on fire!) Prefer an essential oil diffuser? That works, too! You can also add your favorite essential oils to your bath water!

Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is a great alternative for bath bombs because it benefits you in many different ways. Epsom salt helps relieve muscle and joint soreness, pain, sprains, headaches, and foot pain. (It can also be used as a face wash, exfoliator, hair texturizer, and more. There so many different uses for it!) Some brands even include essential oils in their Epsom salt.

Looking for Another Way to Unwind?

Come See Us at Advanced Skin and Body Solutions!

Looking to relax outside your bathtub? Check out our soothing facials and intense pulsed light therapy. Advanced Skin and Body Solutions is ready to pamper you. Request an Appointment today.

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While great skin care has been/is / will always be a cornerstone of the beauty world, celebrities (like Alicia Keys and Zoe Saldana) have helped make it one of the hottest trends this summer by wearing their bare faces on red carpets, premieres, and other events. The combination of summertime and soft little-to-no makeup looks has many of us chasing this natural, dewy summer glow.

But how do we go about getting this summer look?

Here are 4 tips to achieve healthy, glowing skin.

Wear Less Face Makeup

Not only is this the key tip for this trendy summer look but it’s also practical. It allows your skin to breathe and helps keep oils from accumulating and clogging pores. It also keeps you from worrying if your foundation is smearing or looking cakey. Reducing your foundation use will allow you achieve this look while being practical, cost-effective, and time-saving.

If you don’t feel comfortable going without foundation, dip your toe in by wearing lightweight foundation instead of a full coverage or use a light concealer to cover blemishes or spots.

Brush up your brows, highlight your cheekbones, and tap on some blush and/or bronzer to elevate your natural look.

Switch to a Foamy Cleanser

It’s a common practice to use creamy cleansers during the winter season to fight dry, flaky skin. While this is a great move for cold weather, it isn’t helpful during the summer when we’re dealing with humidity and heat that causes us to sweat more. Switching over to a foam or foamy cleanser will more effectively fight the extra grime and oil that comes with the summer months.

Exfoliate

Use a gentle exfoliant 1-2 times a week to reduce dead skin cells and clean out pores. Feel free to use a gentle cleansing brush to thoroughly cleanse without damaging your skin. Try to avoid products containing ingredients that make you more susceptible to the sun, like glycolic or retinol. While we want to make way for product to reach the skin, we don’t want to make way for the sun.

Still feeling grimy? Our Dermazyme Facial is a great, relaxing way to achieve the fresh, glowing summer skin we’re all striving for. (Psst! And it’s on sale this month!)

Sunscreen & Lightweight Moisturizers

Although our skin holds in moisture better in the summer, it’s still crucial to protect it. Even if you aren’t hanging outside, be sure to apply sunscreen as you start your day to protect you from any sun exposure. If you are spending your day at the beach, lake, etc., remember to reapply often as sunscreen smears and fades – especially on a sweaty day.

Even if you find your skin oily during these hot months, don’t ditch your moisturizing routine. Switching to a lightweight moisturizer can bring you the protection your skin needs without leaving you feeling sticky or over moisturized. A water-based lightweight moisturizer helps continue to fight wrinkles, reduce the appearance of existing blemishes, and help promote skin rejuvenation.

Find Your Glow at ASBS

If your skin still isn’t to your satisfaction, your Bellevue spa is here to help get you your skin care glow. Let us help you prepare for your days on the beach, lake, or community pool with our June specials on laser hair removal, micropenning, and more! Request an appointment or call us today at 425-643-5772.

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From CoverGirl’s first male spokesmodel, James Charles, to male beauty vloggers dominating Youtube and Instagram, men have begun to take the beauty world by storm. As more men dip their toes into the world of beauty and skin care, Advanced Skin and Body Solutions thought to share some truly helpful, basic skin care and beauty tips. While some of these tips are not news to many women, it’s time we have the essential beauty tips talk with our male counterparts. Whether you’ve never cared for your skin or know your way around a makeup counter, here are some beauty tips for men that will keep you groomed and feeling good.

1. Exfoliate

Every day in our normal lives we accumulate oils, dirt, and dead skin cells on our skin. This can cause your face to break out with whiteheads, blackheads, and acne over time (or, unfortunately, sometimes overnight). Gently exfoliating your face with a natural scrub or cleanser reduces build-up and helps keep your face blemish-free. Be sure to do so in moderation as cleansing too often can strip the skin of natural oils that moisturize and help prevent wrinkles from forming.

Exfoliation is also great for reducing ingrown hairs. Eliminating harmful bacteria before running a razor against your skin is always a good idea. It also frees up the hair root and allows for a closer shave. With warm water, gently scrub the area with an up and down motion. Then scrub in a circular motion to increase blood circulation. Once you rinse you’re safe to shave!

2. Sunscreen & Moisturizers

Protecting your skin from flakes and sunburns is just as important as protecting your skin from dirt and unwanted oils. If you’re looking to keep your morning routine short, you can purchase a moisturizer with SPF. Be sure to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30!

3. Care For Your Beard

You should treat your beard as you treat the hair on your head – by shampooing and conditioning it regularly. When you step into your shower, extended your hair care treatment from the top of your head to the bottom of your face. Your significant other will thank you for removing any excess oil and bad bacteria that could be passed over to them or make you sick.

4. Tweeze

No one should never deal with a unibrow or a few rogue hairs with a razor. Tweezing is the most effective and least drastic method of removing unwanted eyebrow hairs. If your eyebrows are especially unruly, you can always turn to a professional to wax them for you.  

5. Fight wrinkles with Botox

Sometimes our eye creams and preventative skin care isn’t enough to do the trick. Botox can be used to relax crow’s feet and other wrinkles and lines. Some doctors believe that starting with botox earlier on can actually help botox users age better in the long run.

6. Ask for Help

As the modern man journeys into the world of beauty, it may feel overwhelming. The biggest tip we can offer is to ask for help. There are countless beauty products, treatments, and services. Save yourself time, and possibly some money, by turning to a beauty expert for advice or recommendations.

Advanced Skin and Body Solutions believes skin care is not just for ladies. Explore the benefits of treating yourself to a spa day. Never visited us before? Read our spa guide for first timers.

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We’re all guilty of it. We worry so much about the acne, wrinkles, dry flakes, dark spots, and scars on our face that we neglect other areas of skin that also need some love. Unfortunately, many don’t care for their neck until it’s already begun to noticeable age. Our 5 tips for neck skin care help prevent and heal aging neck and décolleté skin.

Sunscreen: Sunscreen has become a staple in many beauty routines. SPF has even been adapted into cosmetic products like foundations and primers. But have you stopped applying sunscreen below the chin? Areas like the forehead are impacted more by the sun than our necks, but over time sun damage will age, wrinkle, and sag the neck. Prevent odd tan lines, threatening medical effects, and aging skin with extending your SPF 30+ routine down to the décolleté.

Exfoliate: If you’ve forgotten to apply sunscreen to your neck, it’s likely you’ve also neglected your neck in your cleansing routine. The neck is more vulnerable to dryness, irritation, and scarring because the skin has less sebaceous glands that produce natural lubricant for the skin. It’s important to include your neck in your cleansing and exfoliation routine as dead skin accumulates naturally, making the skin look and feel older. Gentle exfoliation over the area on a regular basis with facial cleansing brushes should do the trick.

Avoid Harsh Materials in Your Wardrobe: You wouldn’t put a brillo pad up against your arm and expect it not to damage your skin. The same logic applies to your wardrobe. Keep wool and other scratchy materials away from your neck to prevent irritation.

Don’t Skip Out On Your Vitamins: Collagen makes the skin elastic and allows a plump, youthful look. Vitamin C, Omega-3, and Omega-6 naturally help your body produce more collagen. L-ascorbic acid (a liquid vitamin C) can be applied to the skin, making it easy for the skin to absorb the necessary nutrients to stimulate collagen production. Taking Omega-3 and -6 before bedtime is another great trick, giving the body a chance to fully repair cell membranes and construct collagen. 

Eating the following foods are another way to get these vitamins:

  • Flaxseed oil (makes for a great salad dressing)
  • Cold-water fish
  • Avocados
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Blueberries

Keep Your Head Up (Literally): Have you ever heard of “tech neck”? “Tech Neck,” a new phenomenon, is neck pain induced by constantly looking down at phones, laptops, or tablets. The spine pain isn’t the only result of looking down at your technology. Horizontal wrinkles develop on your neck since neck skin and muscles aren’t as thick or strong as face skin, respectively. Limiting screen time can help prevent neck wrinkles as well as lifting your phone or tablet up to eye level to avoid looking downward. Don’t let your neck give your age away; Always keep your head up!

Advanced Skin and Body Solutions offers many services to keep your neck looking young, helping boost your confidence and keep you feeling beautiful.  Micropenning, peels, and microdermabrasion – an age defying facial- can be performed on the neck for younger skin. Cosmetic injections can also be used to relax specific neck muscles, aiding the reduction and even eliminating wrinkles and prominent neck bands. Book an appointment online or call us today at (425) 643-5772. 

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Halloween is right around the corner! We’re so excited because then that means we get to use and put our pumpkin skills to the test. Also, because there are plenty of benefits to using pumpkin in your skincare routine. Because of that, we’re offering a do-it-yourself pumpkin mask option you should try on your next day of TLC or on a girl’s night.

 

How Pumpkin Can Help Improve Our Skin

Before we start with the ingredients, Advanced Skin and Body Solutions wants to explain the benefits of using pumpkin. For one, it’s a source of vitamin C to protect the skin from sun damage and improves collagen production. Additionally, the minerals found in pumpkin like copper, potassium, iron, and more work together to improve your hair, keep cells safe, and continue skin renewal. The carotenoids in pumpkin protect your skin from the sun and lastly, pumpkin can help treat your acne. Whether it’s mild or the worst acne you’ve seen, the B vitamins in pumpkin help solve your acne issues and improves blood circulation overall.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1 small pumpkin
½ teaspoon of honey
½ teaspoon of milk

How to Make Your Pumpkin Face Mask:

Remove the seeds from your pumpkin and scrape the gooey meat of the pumpkin and beat it until it’s creamy. Then, mix in the honey and milk.

Be sure to clean off your face and makeup before applying the mask. Be sure not to get the mask in your eyes. If you want to apply the mask to your neck and lower neckline, be sure to add twice the amount of ingredients.

Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and to wash it off, use a warm and slightly wet cloth.

If you’d rather just let yourself be pampered by our professionals, we’ve got just as much pumpkin and more to bring out the best in your skin. Stop by for our pumpkin dermazyme facial and pumpkin refresher facial specials. Plus, this month, you can get 15% off ALL pumpkin skincare products.

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6 NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO FACE & BODY LOTION

There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive face and body lotions when you can get the same benefits from nature. Below are a list of natural alternatives to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling smooth.

COCONUT OIL

This is a very popular alternative that is very well-known, cheap and can be found at your local grocery store. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and vitamins that help your skin stay moisturized. Many people worry about feeling sticky after applying it, but coconut oil absorbs rapidly into your skin and it leaves it feeling moisturized and smooth. Coconut Oil contains fatty acids that help reduce signs of aging, keeps dry skin moisturized, and can also help with other skin problems such as stretch marks, scars, cellulite, or even diaper rash. It can also be used as a natural SPF sunscreen as it blocks 20% of ultraviolet radiation.

OLIVE OIL

There are many uses of olive oil in the kitchen, but did you also know you can use it as a beauty product? Olive oil contains vitamin E, which serves as a moisturizer for the skin. It also promotes collagen production, which helps reduce the appearance of scars while keeping your skin looking young. Olive oil can also be used as a replacement for shaving cream and it will make your shave even smoother. The best part? You can find it in your own kitchen.

ALMOND OIL

This is another great alternative! Almond oil contains vitamins A, D and E that keep your skin nourished. Applying a few drops under your eyes can help reduce puffiness. Almond Oil penetrates multiple layer of your skin, so it gives you a deeper moisture than coconut oil which might be a better alternative for people with dry skin.

SHEA BUTTER

This butter is extracted from the nut of the karite nut tree, most commonly known as shea tree. Shea butter is known for promoting cell regeneration, which helps for the healing of wounds and a younger looking skin. It is a natural fat that is full of antioxidants and fatty acids, which include vitamins A, E, F, and K.

COCOA BUTTER

If you suffer from dry elbows, knees, and feet, cocoa butter is the perfect alternative for you. Cocoa butter is a highly moisturizing butter that come from the fat in the cocoa beans. It absorbs quickly into your skin leaving it soft and smelling great. Cocoa butter helps fade scars and it is safe to use for people with highly sensitive skin.

ALOE VERA GEL

Got a sunburn? Aloe vera gel is a natural anti-inflammatory that comes from the aloe vera plant that is very well known to help soothe your skin when you get sunburns. Aloe vera gel helps heal blemished or irritated skin and reduces stretch marks and wrinkles. It helps decrease pigmentation, brightens up your skin, helps fight aging, and you can even use it on your hair! When looking for Aloe Vera Gel, make sure it does not have any additives in it otherwise, it won’t be any better than regular lotion.

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With Summer finally here a lot of us are looking forward to our vacations and smaller trips we’ve been planning since we first felt winter roll in roughly 8 months ago. There are a lot of things to consider when going on a trip: where to go, what hotel to stay at, should I fly or drive etc… But we here as ASBS want to help you take care of something that you may not plan for, your skin. With these 3 tips you can make sure that you and your skin look and feel great no matter what you choose to do on your next adventure.

1. Pack Your Favorite Cosmetics. This one might seem like a no brainer but a lot of the things that you use to keep your skin healthy at home are either unavailable or very expensive at your travel destination. Do yourself a favor and buy some travel friendly containers so you can siphon off a small amount of your favorite skin care products to take with you. Look into our popular HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator from SkinMedica that we carry at ASBS. It’s growing popularity makes this solution to smoothing fine lines and wrinkles a must have during your travel escapades. To purchase one for yourself, contact us!

2. Avoid Touching Your Face. Your skin won’t be used to the new bacteria and allergens that could be present during your vacation so try your best to not expose your face to additional stressors by bringing it into contact with anything that may have built up on your hands.

3. Moisturize. If you’re flying to your travel destination the various pressure changes and cabin conditions inside of airplanes can do a number on your skin by drying it out. Avoid looking like a piece of beef jerky as you’re getting off the plane by moisturizing heavily before your flight.

4. Leave the Harsh Products at Home. While travelling, your skin will be exposed to new stressors that are not present in your hometown. Avoid using harsh peels or products with certain acids that can do more harm than good when you are on the road.

5. Eat and Drink Healthy. Diet plays a crucial role in terms of overall skin health. Whether you are at home or on vacation, drinking plenty of water and having healthy meals will make sure that you build up the foundation for healthy skin so all of the skincare products you use can do an even better job.

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