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Mythbusters! We’re breaking down some common skin myths and giving you the facts!

Skin mythbusters

We’ve all heard the popular misconceptions and rumored wives tales about beauty, but are they right? We are settling all the facts that are the most popular myths that we’ve all grown up to hear over the years…

MYTH #1: You don’t need to moisturize if you have oily skin.

FACT: No matter what your skin type is, you need to be using some kind of moisturizer to keep your skin balanced and nourished. While oily skin requires the least amount of added moisture, a moisturizer is still vital for nourishing and hydrating the skin.  

MYTH #2: You only get acne from not washing your face.

FACT: Most cosmetic products that provide color and create illusion on the skin leave a toxic film on the skin’s surface that can cause irritation, inflammation, dehydration and clog the pores. But keep in mind that genetics, and hormonal fluctuations can cause those breakouts too. Many times meeting with a licensed skin professional is the best way to start your clear skin journey. It could be as simple as proper clinical and homecare maintenance to clear up irritation.

MYTH #3: You can get rid of cellulite permanently

FACT: Ultimately cellulite tends to be hereditary; it doesn’t just affect people who are overweight. Exercising and keeping the area toned reduces it, but you can only improve the appearance.

MYTH #4: People with dry skin age faster

FACT: The main cause of ageing skin is predominantly sun exposure, smoking and pollution. Over time, sun exposure breaks down collagen fibers which keep the skin looking youthful and plump. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles or ageing, however it can emphasise them.

MYTH #5: Applying a higher SPF means you can stay in the sun for a long time

FACT: Theoretically, a higher SPF increases the amount of time you can stay in the sun and be protected, however, you still need to reapply regularly as sunscreen with a high SPF wears off as well. Ingredients play a role in protections as well. Look with products that have a high zinc level for optimal protection.

MYTH #6: All-Natural products are the best

FACT: Natural may be “in” and sound good, but the fact is that these products hardly ever deliver on their promises. Look for medical-grade products with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients for products that will truly change, correct and improve the skin.

MYTH #7: All I need to do for great skin is drink 8 glasses of water a day

FACT: While water is great for overall health, it is a small part of the picture when it comes to the quality of your skin. Protecting your skin with sunscreen and using a proper skincare regimen is vital to keep your skin looking its best.

MYTH #8: You should use the same skincare products for day and night

FACT: During the day, your skin is in “protect” mode, and you should help it on its way with products that offer defense from free radical damage and sunlight. Always wear sunscreen or skincare products that provide SPF protection and include antioxidants. At night, your skin is no longer defending itself from pollution or light, and so night time products tend to be more regenerative and contain restorative ingredients such as peptides, vitamins and retinol.

MYTH #9: Rubbing alcohol will “kill” your acne.

FACT: Rubbing alcohol is much too drying and irritating for skin. It will dry you out so much that your skin will overcompensate by producing excess sebum and clog you up.

MYTH #10 Botox prevents wrinkles permanently

FACT: Botox can help prevent deep imprinted lines that we refer to as wrinkles because of the effect of relaxing the muscles that can cause creases in the skin. When you have Botox, you are preventing fine lines and preventing the deepening of those wrinkles that you already have. If you start early, you will atrophy the facial muscles and weaken them so you don’t have to get Botox as often when you are older.

Whether you want to bust more skin care myths or you would like a professional skin consultation, we are only a phone call away! 808-528-0888

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY: What to do after the days of summer

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY: What to do after the days of summer

Between the heat and the sun, there is no doubt that our skin took a beating over the summer months. With the seasons changing, so does the weather, and it’s the perfect time to do some major skin recovery to get your skin back to a healthy state. Here are some post-summer skin recovery tips to get that glow back!

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin. It helps to remove dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from serums, moisturizers and sunscreens. One of our top picks is the Ultimate Hydration facial. With the exfoliation of our Hydrafacial + the benefits of the Oxygen infusion, this is a great way to not only decongest the skin, but bring back hydration and balance to the skin.

KEEP THE SKIN HYDRATED

Moisturizing is one of the most important steps to any skin care routine! Not only does it help to lock in moisture, but it also helps to soothe your skin. Make sure you are using the right moisturizer that fits your skin’s needs. At Honolulu MedSpa we carry only physician dispensed skincare. If you would like to try a product, or learn more about the skincare line which is right for you please give us a call to book your complimentary consultation.

REPAIR

With months of time spent in the sun and heat, hyper-pigmentation from the sun and new brown spots can surely pop up. Chemical peels are a great way to freshen up the skin after the summer. By removing part of the dead skin layer, peels can improve skin radiance and lighten discoloration. The Vitalize peel is excellent for anyone that has some sun damage and acne that wants a fresh, more even-toned and less broken out skin.

Fall is a great time to get started on your summer skin recover! Call Honolulu MedSpa for a free consultation at 808.528.0888.

HOW GENETICS PLAY A ROLE IN THE AGING PROCESS

Nowadays, people are concerned with aging more than ever. We all want to live long, happy and healthy lives while trying to slow down the aging process as much as we can. It’s no wonder that the anti-aging market is a multi-billion dollar business. We are all searching for the best products that help correct our skin. While genetics do play a role on how we will age, daily habits and our lifestyle is more telling than how our parents aged over the years.

Just like our family medical history, the same will definitely go for our skin, but you also have a say in your lifestyle choices. Smoking, sun exposure, eating habits and overall health has a lot to do with how our skin ages. Another factor that can cause aging is stress. It will break down the skin on a cellular level, speeding up the aging process and leaving us to look much older than we truly are. Stress can also cause your skin to breakout, encourage hair loss, and breakdown collagen within the skin, ultimately causing more wrinkles.  

If you choose to smoke, receive unprotected sun exposure, and do not choose a healthy diet, eventually it will catch up to you despite you having “good genes”.

The great news is that if you weren’t born into “great genes,” it’s never too late to start doing something about it. You can start eating healthy, getting enough sleep, using a proper skincare regimen suited for your skin type, wear sunscreen everyday, work out, and practice stress relieving exercises.

As time goes on you will notice the difference, and will know who actually takes great care of their skin and who doesn’t.

For tips on healthy skin habits or to book a complimentary consultation with our skin expert, please call 808-528-0888

PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD THIS YEAR WITH A CHEMICAL PEEL

A chemical peel can be intimidating to many, but without a doubt, it will leave your complexion absolutely glowing! We offer a variety of chemical peels that will suit your skin type and leave you with noticeable results. As we age, our dead skin cells lose their ability to slough off in a timely manner. This causes our skin to look dull, wrinkled and discolored from sun exposure and other pigmentation problems. By effectively removing old, dead skin cells and increasing new cellular production, a brighter, more youthful epidermis is revealed.

Just what is a chemical peel?

It is a treatment performed by a licensed provider which begins with the application of appropriate chemical solutions to the skin to aid in exfoliation. Chemical peels work to speed up cellular turnover which increases the production of collagen in the skin. This treatment improves skin texture, softens fine lines/wrinkles, improve acne/acne scars, lightens pigmentation and sun damage.

How to choose the right peel?

Choosing the right peel for your skin type is very important. Our aestheticians will be able to recommend the right peel that suits your skin’s needs and ultimate skincare goals. The effectiveness of a peel is determined by the acids used and also the percentage. From light to deep peels, there is one to fit your skin type. Here at Honolulu MedSpa we will do a consultation and tests to determine what peel is right for your skin. 

When will I experience the results?

Old skin will slough off over a 4-7 day period, depending on the strength of the peel. The treated skin will look noticeably improved by day 7-10. More radiant, rejuvenated and softer skin will be revealed with just one peel, but a series of peels will give you more significant results.

We do recommend starting with a complimentary consultation in order to determine the best peel for your skin. To schedule a free consultation with Honolulu MedSpa, please call 808.528.0888. Start the New Year with your best face forward!

 

HOW TO GET RED CARPET READY FOR NEW YEAR’S

Hawaii hydrafacial

While the Christmas parties have passed, we still all want to look our best for the upcoming New Year. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to look extra fabulous, and by that we mean flawless skin, perfecting your pout and smoothing out your fine lines to get glowing for 2018!

Many of our treatments offer instant results with little to no downtime. Here are a few of our favorites:

GLOW WITH A HYDRAFACIAL

This is one of our favorite treatments for an immediate glow to help brighten up your complexion and reduce pore size.This is a must-do for any event to get that “red carpet skin.” Not only is it safe and for every skin type, it also feels fantastic!

PERFECT YOUR POUT

That New Year’s kiss is the perfect time to have those “kiss me” lips that look natural and full. You will see results immediately, but allow 2 weeks prior for full results to show. This will last up to 9-12 months.

GOODBYE TO FINE LINES

After the holidays, we can look a bit tired and overwhelmed. Botox can help soften those fine lines and wrinkles. You can see results within 4 days and it lasts up to 3 months.

YOUNGER LOOKING YOU WITH FILLERS

Dermal fillers are the best way to turn back the clock for a younger you! With no downtime and immediate results, you can find it helps to lift and rejuvenate the cheeks and soften deep smile lines.

LUSCIOUS LASHES WITH LATISSE

We’re always wanting gorgeous lashes! Using this topical treatment that is FDA approved, patients experience longer, thicker and darker lashes in about 8 weeks with a daily application. The results will give you the most healthy, rockstar lashes that don’t require a weekly appointment.

We look forward to assisting you at anytime you feel ready! Call to schedule your complimentary consultation 808-528-0888

 

Dermaplaning, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels. What’s the difference?

About Honolulu MedSpa

With such a huge variety of exfoliating treatments available, it’s good to know the difference between dermaplaning, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Women and men with various skin problems from sun damage to rosacea and even acne can benefit from these treatments.
Listed below are some skin care services that will help you achieve that healthy, youthful and glowing complexion you deserve!

Dermaplaning:
Dermaplaning exfoliates the epidermis which removes dead skin cells and reduces fine hairs (peach fuzz) on the skin. It uses a scalpel to “shave” away the outermost layers of the skin to achieve smoother, brighter skin. This process is painless and very safe, especially for pregnant and nursing women as there are no chemicals or peeling agents applied to the skin. The beauty of it is, there’s no downtime and the results are immediate. Pricing starts at $175

Hydrafacial Microdermabrasion:
Our unique Hydrafacial system uses vortex technology that exfoliates away the top layers of dead, dull skin cells, revealing fresh, glowing, rejuvenated skin. Hydrafacial treats light scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and large pore size. It also helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles, which result in a younger looking complexion. As we age, our healthy cell turnover slows down, but with the help of Hydrafacial we can slough away impurities and reveal fresh, invigorated, glowing skin. There is no downtime associated with Hydrafacial. If extractions are performed you may see erythema to the area for a few hours post treatment. Pricing starts at $150

Chemical Peels:
A chemical peel uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers. It is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin from sun exposure, acne, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots and scaring. Chemical peels are used to improve the overall appearance of your skin. It’s important to keep in mind that the treatment, results and recovery time will vary depending on the strength of your chemical peel and sensitivity of your skin. There can be 3-5 days of social downtime as your skin will go through an exfoliation period. A tight, dry feeling to the skin should be expected during the week of recovery. Pricing starts at $125

If you have questions, or are interested in booking a complimentary consultation to learn which treatment is right for you, please contact Honolulu MedSpa at 808-528-0888.