Fall season is the perfect time to refresh your skin and chemical peels are one of the best treatments to rejuvenate your complexion! Chemical peels can scare some people off at first, that’s why we are here to help you understand if the procedure is the best for your skin concerns.
Who can get a chemical peel
The best candidate for chemical peel is someone who is looking to improve their skin’s texture, elasticity, and attenuate imperfections. Commonly, chemical peels are a popular treatment for people between 30 and 60 years, but there is no actual age limit as long as you’re over 21 years.
There are some medical conditions that can affect your eligibility to get the treatment. Besides checking the full list of contraindications, we always recommend booking a consultation with a professional to evaluate your skin concerns.
How to choose the best peel for your skin type
The first step is to know your skin type. Is your skin oily, sensitive, scarred, dry, blemished or a mix of one or more of these conditions? The aesthetician will assess your skin type and tone, understand expectations, existing contraindications, and choose the optimal peel for you.
There are different acids that can be used for chemical peel. For example, salicylic acid might be a good option for oily skins or to alleviate wrinkles, while retinoic acid could be used for sensitive skins or to promote collagen production, to mention a few. Talk to your aesthetician about the available options to make sure you pick the best one for you.
What you need to do before your chemical peel appointment
For the chemical peel, it’s crucial to protect your skin and avoid anything that might exfoliate or leave it sensitive.
Starting at one week before the peel, you must stop the use of any topic prescriptions, acids or exfoliating products on the areas to be treated (face, neck, décolleté, hands), including benzoyl peroxide. Cosmetic injectables and treatments on the areas should be postponed as recommended by the aesthetician. A special note for men: do not shave on the day of the peel!
There’s nothing better during spring and summer than spending time outdoors and feeling the warmth of sunlight on your skin. But if you are living with unwanted hair, baring your skin can bring complicated feelings. If you’ve thought about getting laser hair removal, now is the perfect time to get rid of that unwanted hair and feel more comfortable in the skin you’re in.
At Maryam Collahi Medspa, we are here to care for all your hair removal needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Sessions Do I Need for Laser Hair Removal?
Everyone’s body is different, and different biological factors can impact how many sessions you need in order to fully remove your unwanted hair. Generally, clients need about two to six laser treatments in order to completely get rid of hair.
You can expect to see about a 10% to 25% reduction in hair after your first treatment. As you continue your treatments, more and more hair will fall out, and you’ll notice that it continues to grow back more slowly.
How Often Can I Have a Hair Removal Treatment?
Generally, clients can have hair removal every four to eight weeks. One factor to keep in mind in regards to future treatments is that hair does not grow at the same rate on different parts of the body. If you are having treatments on an area where hair grows quickly, such as your upper lip, you might have laser treatments every four weeks. If you’re having treatments done on a part of the body where hair grows slowly, like the back, you might only have treatments every 10 to 15 weeks.
Is laser permanent hair removal?
After having your full set of laser treatments, you will be hair-free for months or even years. If you grow hair again in the treated area, you will notice that it’s far thinner and less noticeable than your hair was prior to treatment. You may require occasional maintenance treatments in order to remain hair-free.
Can Laser Removal Help With Other Issues?
One great benefit of laser removal is that it helps with ingrown hairs. This is a miracle for people who tend to get ingrown hairs from shaving their legs or bikini area. Switching to laser removal won’t just get rid of the hair more effectively and permanently, but it will also give you clearer, smoother skin with less irritation.
Is There Any Downtime?
There is no downtime for this treatment. You should be able to go about the rest of your day normally without discomfort.
How Long Does It Take for My Hair to Fall Out?
The hair in the treated area doesn’t fall out immediately, but it will shed over a period of time: usually days to weeks.
Hair growth happens in cycles, and the repeated treatments work best when they target the follicles in the new-growth stage. As you continue having treatments, your hair will continue to fall out and thin until it’s gone. You might need maintenance laser treatments to keep your hair gone long-term.
What Body Parts Can Undergo This Treatment?
The most common locations to have laser removal treatment for unwanted hair are the legs, armpits, upper lip, chin, and bikini line. That being said, you can basically have this treatment done anywhere on your body except on your eyelids and the surrounding areas.
Get Rid of the Hair
It’s time to free yourself from the burden of unwanted hair. Laser hair removal is a painless and effective way to achieve long-term hair reduction so you can not only look your best but feel your best, too.
If you have any further questions about this treatment, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, give us a call at Maryam Collahi Medspa 604-338-9434 or book your complimentary consultation here.
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Unwanted hair growing on some parts of the face and body is probably one of the most annoying things to deal with. If you like your skin to be smooth and silky, then laser hair removal is right for you. While shaving and waxing can do the trick, they are only temporary. If you are looking for a painless and long-term solution to your pesky hair, then you might like to consider laser hair removal treatment.
Laser hair removal treatments have increasingly become popular. It works by using concentrated light energy or laser that will be absorbed by the melanin in the skin. This light energy is then converted to heat energy that will destroy the hair follicles in the skin; as a result, hair growth will be prevented or delayed. If you are new to laser hair removal treatment, then these 5 essential tips will prepare you for your first session!
● Shave before the treatment
You might be thinking of doing your part on the day of your treatment by plucking or waxing your body. That is a big No-No. Do not attempt to pluck or wax your hair if you are planning to take laser hair removal treatment as it could hinder from achieving the best result. However, you can run a razor on the body parts that you want to be treated.
● Book multiple sessions for best result
All hairs are unique and have different granules. And laser hair removal treatment works best with darker skin tone and darker hairs. Know that only about 80% of your hair follicles will be destroyed with laser hair removal treatment. And it requires several sessions to achieve this result especially if you have lighter skin tone. So, if you want to enjoy a smooth, silky and hair-less skin for a long period of time, then prebook your sessions! For reference, client’s with dark hair will need about 8-10 sessions before your hair is permanently gone.
● Do not apply any products on your skin
If you plan to take laser hair removal treatment, then make sure to clean your body and face with any skin products including lotion. Skin care products contain components that might react negatively with a laser beam resulting in pigmentation and irritation, or worse, skin burns.
● Learn about post-treatment irritation
It helps to read and learn about laser hair removal before undergoing the treatment, especially its potential side effects. After the treatment, you may experience inconvenience such as swelling and irritation. These are all normal and will eventually go away in a few days. To get relief, apply a cold or warm compress on the treated area. You may also ask your doctor on how to deal with skin swelling and irritation.
● Avoid sun exposure
As annoying as they may be, the hairs in our skin have a purpose. In a way, it protects our skin from the sun’s direct radiation. With the hairs being removed by the treatment, it leaves your skin vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun. After the treatment, your laser technician may advise you to wear sunscreen every time you step out into the sun or, if possible, avoid sun exposure.
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What is facial cupping?
The ancient practice of facial cupping uses suction cups directly on skin to promote circulation and relieve muscle tension. The practice even claims to help with sinus congestion and headaches. Facial cupping is meant to increase blood circulation and stimulate the facial cells that are responsible for collagen production. In turn, this can brighten your skin, minimize the appearance of scars, fine lines and wrinkles, and tone your chin, jawline, and neck by decreasing puffiness.
How should I prepare for facial cupping?
Avoid taking any medication that thins the blood prior to treatment. If you are pregnant, you also shouldn’t get facial cupping.
Is facial cupping painful?
A key difference between body and facial cupping, the cups move continuously with facial cupping, so there’s a much lower incidence of bruising. Body cups, meanwhile, sometimes rest in the same place for 30 minutes or longer, which causes those unsightly spots. You can definitely feel your skin being slightly pulled, but surprisingly, it’s not a bad feeling at all. In fact, it’s quite relaxing.
What’s the aftercare of facial cupping?
Make sure to drink plenty of water to drain out excess toxins, fats, and excess water. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and salty food.
Ready to book your facial cupping treatment? Visit our online booking system or click here, to find availability with our licensed acupuncturist Einaz Farahmand.
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Eyebrows have been in the spotlight more than ever recently, and for good reason. Well-groomed brows act to frame the eyes and highlight your best features. In fact, groomed brows can make you look put-together on a makeup free day. This is why we spend so much time (and money) plucking, waxing, threading and filling them in. For this reason microblading, with its low-maintenance and semi-permanent appeal, has quickly become a go-to beauty treatment for women looking to obtain perfectly shaped and filled in eyebrows with little to no effort.
Curious to know if microblading is right for you? We gathered everything you need to know before microblading your eyebrows.
1. There are things to avoid before Microblading.
Avoid scheduling your appointment 30 days before or after any injectable filler treatments. Avoid any sun exposure, as well as tweezing, waxing or threading your eyebrows for at least one week prior to your appointment. Please avoid any alcohol, Advil or caffeine for one day prior to your service. These thin the blood, which can affect pigment retention. If you are feeling flu-ish it is best to avoid treatment. Clients may be more sensitive during their menstrual cycle.
2. It uses the same technique as a traditional tattoo, but they’re not the same.
Similarly to getting a tattoo, microblading uses a small blade to deposit pigments on your skin. Microblading is a manual tattooing technique designed to create natural hair-like strokes. The difference between microblading and traditional tattooing is generally the depth of pigment placed in the skin. When done correctly, microblading pigments are designed to break down over time, allowing them to completely fade away. Traditional tattooing is done using a machine and is generally designed to work deeper in the skin, creating a brow that will last longer over time.
3. It’s a two-part process.
The initial appointment is generally two to two-and-a-half hours long. Following the initial appointment we ask our clients to come back for their first touch up appointment six to eight weeks later to see how the skin has healed (as everyone heals differently). At that point we can make any adjustments needed such as color and density. The touch up appointment is usually one to one-and-a-half hours long.
4. Pain levels differ.
Pain levels differ from person to person, however, most of our clients find the procedure to be quite comfortable. We’ve even had many clients fall asleep during their microblading or permanent eyebrow session. Most clients would compare the feeling to tweezing or threading. Topical numbing cream is applied prior to any permanent makeup procedures, and a secondary numbing cream is applied throughout the treatment.
5. Microblading is not for everyone.
It’s important to note that not everyone is a good candidate for microblading. Women who are pregnant or nursing will not be good candidates. In addition, those undergoing chemotherapy are recommended to finish treatment as the risk of infection could be much greater. Those being treated by a physician or taking medications such as blood thinners are recommended to speak with their doctors to make sure the procedure is right for them. Someone who has had previous microblading done, which is still quite dark, may not be a candidate at this time. If this is you, and you are hoping to book, please email a photo to email@example.com to see if we can work over it. Microblading removal treatment may be required before any further permanent makeup.
6. Your skin type can affect results.
Microblading can definitely benefit certain skin types better than others, so it’s important to do your research and find the right technique for you. Drier skin types have the best results as the skin tends to retain pigment the best and keep the crispest strokes. Oilier skin types will work as well, but tend to heal a little softer and less crisp, possibly due to more oils in the skin.
7. Brows will fade after the first week and up to a month to fully heal.
If you’re afraid that your brows will look too dark or unnatural after a session of microblading, there’s no need to panic as this is a normal part of the healing process. Your eyebrows will look darker during the healing period, but the ink will not look as dark after this time frame.
The colour will fade up to 30-50% as it heals and will slightly shrink in size. In the following days you will notice slight scabbing. Do not pick at the scabs as this will damage your skin and the outcome of the pigment.
Your eyebrows will lighten up in colour as it heals. It takes about 7-14 days for the brows to heal over, and one month for the colour to fully set in.
You’ll notice the colour is very light right after two weeks; the skin will have an opaque milky looking quality to it. Often known as “milk skin” and is part of the healing process. This happens as tissue is still healing from the inside, even though the surface of the skin has healed. The actual colour will reveal itself once healed. The healing process can take a full month, as it takes the skin about a complete 30 days to regenerate. Generally speaking, the 30-day mark is when the true color will show itself.
8. Your microblading artist can make or break your look.
When deciding on an artist, it’s important to do your research. When researching an artist, there are a few other important factors to keep in mind—and safety is an important one. In addition to credentials and cleanliness, we recommend researching your artist’s work. It’s important to see not only before and after, but healed photos, as well. Choosing a well-trained artist is not only important for safety, but also for your entire microblading experience.
9. Invest in an artist who suits your style.
It’s no secret that microblading is an expensive treatment. The price will range depending on location and demographics. We recommend doing your research and investing in an artist who best suits your style. We completely respect that everyone will have a different budget and some artists are more expensive than others, honestly take your time and save if you need to. Microblading can end up costing you more if you end up not being happy with your artist’s work, and then having to remedy it with microblading removal treatments.
10. Follow after-care instructions for best results.
We generally advise our clients to apply the supplied healing ointment very minimally for one week. You want the area to be lightly moisturized. The treated area is basically an open wound, so you want to protect it from any bacteria. Avoid sun exposure, makeup, sweating, steam, swimming pools and even touching the area for one week other than applying ointment (with clean hands or a cotton swab). Always avoid laser treatments over the area, as this can destroy the pigments and cause burns. After the area is healed (7-10 days), you want to keep the pigment fresh by protecting it from the sun (shading the area or wearing SPF). You will also want to avoid using any retinol based products, as these will fade your cosmetic tattoo.
How does the Micro needling for Hair & Scalp treatment work?
During the Hair & Scalp treatment, a professional microneedling machine infuses therapeutic ingredients into the scalp. These ingredients rejuvenate the hair follicles, block DHT and help the hair grow thicker and healthier. You will need 8 consecutive treatments for optimal results
• Strengthens hair roots
• Maintains function and structure of scalp skin tissue
• Ensures optimal anchorage of the hair roots
• Repairs damaged follicles
• Increases thickness and density
• Block the formation of DHT within hair follicles
• Re-anchor the hair follicle with its roots
• Replenish micro-circulation that brings oxygen and nutrients to the roots
• Supply all the nutrients, vitamins and proteins
• required for healthy hair function
We infuse natural, powerful and active ingredients
The best vitamin group for hair loss. B vitamins stimulates blood supply to the roots and increases the activity of cells around the scalp
Derived from grains and nuts, biotin is known to boost the production of keratin – the protein of which hair is made of
The building blocks of keratin and other proteins that supports healthy hair growth
Powerful antioxidant, stimulates blood supply to the roots and blocks DHT
Powerful DHT blocker with anti-inflammatory benefits
Corn Seed Extract
Improves blood flow to hair follicles. It is a natural emollient that moisturizes the scalp and hair by keeping the hair follicles hydrated and well nourished
Grape Seed Oil
Rich with Vitamin E and Linoleic Acid, which hydrates the scalp and stimulates hair growth
Anchors the roots of hair follicles to the scalp and prevents hair thinning
Enriches the scalp with moisture and keeps the follicles well-hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is also known as a natural antioxidant
Rosemary essential oil is known for its ability to improve cellular generation and blood circulation in hair follicles
Clary sage essential oil helps balance scalp oils and increasescellular metabolism Saw Palmetto Berry Extract One of the best known natural ingredients to block DHTs
Powerful antioxidant which also helps to create collagen – an important part of hair structure
The active ingredients go beyond the surface of the scalp and penetrate deeper into the skin. The treatment creates thousands of micro-channels in the scalp, which significantly increases the absorption of active ingredients, ensuring maximum treatment efficacy
LED light skin therapy is an innovative skin treatment which is rapidly gaining popularity. The treatment uses LED light to treat skin conditions such as acne, scarring and sun damage.
The LED (Light Emitting Diode) skin therapy involves lights of various wavelengths to activate the healing mechanism of the skin, thus helping improve skin conditions. The red, blue lights with different wavelengths are made to penetrate different layers of the skin as the first step of the procedure.
Why different LED lights?
Every light has a different wavelength and this property makes it penetrate different layers of the skin. Blue light acts more on the surface layers and the red light on the deeper layers.
The blue LED light helps in reducing the activity of sebaceous glands which in turn reduces acne problems.
The red LED light reduces the conditions such as scarring, signs of ageing and inflammation by acting upon skin cells called fibroblasts which produce collagen.
The procedure is relatively simple and takes less than 30 minutes and simply requires you to sit under a light. For best results, a minimum of 10 sessions is advised.
Benefits of LED light skin therapy
The LED light skin therapy helps in treating various skin problems which include:
Wrinkles, age spots, scars, sun damage and other bigger complications and chronic ailments like psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, rosacea.
One major benefit of this treatment is that LED light does not contain any UV rays and is an extremely safe procedure. It also does not cause burns on the skin, unlike other skin treatments.
Side Effects of the treatment
The treatment is safe as it is non-invasive and does not cause burns, pain. The long term side effects of the treatment are yet to be proved. The short term side effects may include inflammation, redness, rash, tenderness etc.
1. No water contact
A lash lift takes time to set, so avoid contact with water for a minimum of 24 hours. Use of sauna or swimming pools that are usually filled with chlorinated water may weaken the effect of the perm so it’s good to either avoid or take a shower or wash your face immediately after coming out of the water. A dash of serum, like Brow Immortalle, made specifically for preservation of permanent makeup or balm on the skin and eyebrows after cleaning helps in avoiding dandruff and maintain the integrity of the tattoo. Too much of serum or balm can clog the pores, so be careful not to overuse.
2. Eyebrow and lash cleansing
Sebum is produced in larger quantities comparatively during summer and the excess of oil can lead to a loss of eyelashes and brow-hair. The best tip here is to keep them clean to get rid of the oil, debris and dirt from lashes and brows using a gentle cleanser or oil-free makeup remover, making them look healthy and shiny.
3. Use Oil-free cosmetics
Eyelashes or extensions stay healthy and last longer if you use oil-free cosmetics especially mascara, brow highlighters etc.
4. Extreme heat is not good for the skin, brows or lashes
Avoid exposure to excess sunlight by covering your face when going out in the Sun. Sunglasses can protect your eyes, from excess heat. Make a statement and protect your eyes by rocking those cute designer shades!
5. Avoid waterproof mascara
If you have a lash lift, chances are you won’t need mascara but if you insist, make sure you don’t hit the sheets with the mascara on. Keeping makeup on, especially eye makeup, can make your lashes brittle and can damage them. Use a gentle eye makeup remover to remove that tough waterproof mascara.
6. A touch of SPF 30 on eyebrows is good
Semi-permanent brows can start to fade in color if you expose them to too much sunlight. Applying a minimum SPF 30 on your brows can protect them from the sun’s harsh rays.
7. Keep yourself hydrated and maintain a healthy diet
They say beauty is from the inside – literally. A healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals is good for overall well-being but also for your hair, including your brows. Drinking lots of water can help maintain or enhance your hairs natural glow and shine.
8. Use Lash serums and Brow Growth serums
Nourishing brows and lashes help in making them stronger and shinier. The best way to do so is use a good lash serum and brow growth serum, like Eyenvy. A good lash serum will not only help in conditioning but will also ensure their moisturized and healthy, especially in those hot summer months.
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Guess who’s not as happy as you when summer arrives? Your SKIN!We all have the desire fora glowing sun-tanned body, enjoying cocktails till the wee hours of dawn and taking dips in those refreshing pools, but that doesn’t justify neglecting your skincare routine in the summer.
Sunscreen is the first thing that comes to mind when you want to protect your skin from the suns wrath.But sun rays aren’t the only thing you should be worried about. Your skin absorbs air pollution, dust and even bacteria.
A simple skin routine helps you combat all of these environmental extremities damaging your skin and will also help curb excessive oil on your face.
New Facewash for a New Season
It is essential to understand that each season has a different impact on the skin and you shouldn’t use the same facewash for every season. Summer demands your facewash to cleanse your skin deeply, removing the excess oil and keeping it dry. If you are someone who has dry skin even in summer, try non-foam-based face cleaning solution that has moisturizing elements.There is no limit to how many times you can wash your face in the summer.
Bank on Your Antioxidants
Often we talk a lot about antioxidants but rarely make it a point to use it in our daily skin care routine. Antioxidants are like a natural shield for your skin, which protect it from toxins and chemicals of the environment. A serum with adequate antioxidant can be used to massage your skin and keep it well hydrated. Also internal antioxidants – the ones your diet offers, play a vital role in keeping your skin youthful.
Avoiding putting on makeup everyday will help skin during the summer months.Letting your skin breathe occasionally by rocking au-naturale is a good thing. You can still add glam-up with a little mascara and lip gloss!
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COVID-19 seems to have taken the world’s schedule by the storm. Which means, most of us are either working from home, adjusting to how to work from home or are into some kind of social distancing and isolation.
Locked-down and staying indoors getting on your nerves? Not liking this sudden pause? Well, no one actually would like this. But now that we all have been compelled to this forced break, why not try doing all those “Will-do-it-when-I-get-some-free-time”?
Everyone is upto some or the other form of distraction, just to escape from boredom or to quickly fix things which otherwise were always neglected.
Beauty and self-care is one area which has never had enough time. Either one always goes in for some last moment self pampering before an event or an important day, or usually spends weekends doing their usual beauty routine.
How about taking some extra time out, making some special efforts to sort out all those beauty and self-care related issues which you have always ignored, overlooked or struggled with? Here is a quick list to help you list all those activities which you once thought you wanted to do, if time ever permitted you to do.
1. Indulge in some DIY Face-Mask Prep – Indian Mud Clay with healing properties should be the right choice if you do not like those readymade face sheet masks.
2. Scrub your dead skin away – by using chocolate / coffee / apricot / walnut powder as body scrub
3. Pamper you hair with the right care – avoid frequent hair wash – use dry shampoos to make sure the scalp doesn’t produce oil in excess and keep your hair shiny and silky
4. Use hair-packs and gels to recondition your hair and gain that shine and sheen again
5. Nothing soothes the hands and feet like a good manicure and pedicure. Add some colors to the lockdown life by using some bright nail paints to give that feel-good sense.
6. Shape the Eyebrow to make your face look the brightest and not dull with boredom. Shape them carefully for a wrong move could change the entire look of the face.
7. Keep your under-eye protected by nourishing it with fruit extract massages and cucumber treatments.
8. Do not forget Facial Yoga to tone your muscles, keep the skin tight and lend form to the face.
9. Un-clutter your Vanity Bag, for one does not even remember what all lies in there. Some makeup items might have expired which should not be used.
10. Clean your make-up brushes which is as good as buying new make-up items and kits. Unclean brushes hoard a lot of leftover material over it, causing loss of actual make-up shade and infection at times.
11. Use Self –Tanning mousse and serums which will give you the tanned look you had just planned getting it on a vacation this summer!
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