• Yarely Rivera

Does your skin feel like its dull, sagging, and lifeless? Dermal fillers may seem like a good solution to this problem. However, dermal fillers are not always the best option ⚠️


👉🏼 If dermal filler is injected in the wrong place it can block your blood vessels and potentially cause death of the skin tissue.

👉🏼 Dermal fillers do not dissolve as they are promoted, it has been proven that they stay in the system for many years affecting the skin tissue by slowing down cell communication and circulation.

👉🏼 Dermal fillers become like cement, it hardens and by adding more each time you are also adding more weight so long term your skin will be more droopy and creates a never ending cycle where you will end up using more fillers each time but you do now want to end with a puffy face.


Before you go that route consider alternative therapies that work with your body and that are more sustainable for boosting healthy collagen and elastin production:


✨ MICROCURRENT: Increases cellular energy which leads to more collagen, as well as creating a nice lift that will give your skin the support it needs.

✨ MICROCHANNELING: Creates tiny injuries setting your skin into healing mode while stimulating your skin to release high quality collagen.


Here are a few healthy habits to additionally boost collagen:


✨ Your skincare should contain peptides, which are Amino Acids, that fuel your skin to increase collagen synthesis.

✨ Retinol should be part of your routine.

✨ Sound Therapy sets your skin at a higher frequency creating a ripple effect within the tissue improving cell communication and helping your skin behave like if it was younger for… you guessed it,more collagen formation!!

✨ Always wear your SPF to slow aging.

✨ Sleep on your back as much as possible, 🙄 do not even say it is hard. Just do it! Train yourself... it is worth it!!

✨ Eat healthy fats and lots of veggies, avoid processed food.

✨ Definitely do not smoke and limit alcohol consumption.


These simple alternatives and lifestyle changes will promoted your skin's collagen and elastin production! What could be better than that?!

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  • Yarely Rivera

Did you know that June is #AcneAwarenessMonth ?! This blog post is all about acne… tips, ticks, treatments, etc. 🌟


Types

We love how helpful this chart from @facerealityskincare is🌟

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Do you know the difference between non-inflamed acne vs inflamed acne?! ​​​​​​​​

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Non-inflamed acne falls under the category of blemishes like white-heads and black-heads. On the other hand, inflamed acne shows up as papules, pustules, and cysts. These are often deeper, more red, sensitive, irritated, and swollen. ​​​​​​​​



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Treatment

If you have dealt with acne in the past and have been left with scarring, Microchanneling is for you✨ This is one of our all time favorite treatments. Microchanneling stimulates collagen production to kickstart the skin into a state of healing, reduces inflammation, reverses hyperpigmentation, and refines texture. One thing we have noticed over and over is that after a series of Microchanneling acne is greatly reduced. The acne heals and our client's stop breaking out or will have minimal activity afterwards due to the skin being fortified with all of the good quality collagen formed with this treatment.


The results of Microchanneling are cumulative and only get better with time🤩



Gut Health & Skin

Flawless skin starts with a healthy gut microbiome. Here are some simple ways to support your gut microbiome:​​​​​​​​

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  • Quit sugar to calm down inflammation and prevent feeding unfriendly bacteria​​​​​​​​

  • Avoid cow’s dairy to reduce inflammation and insulin growth factor (IGF-1) hormone, which increases sebum, keratin, and inflammation​​​​​​​​

  • Eliminate antibiotics, hormonal birth control, and stomach acid medication ​​​​​​​​

  • Eat fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut because they support friendly bacteria​​​​​​​​

  • Consider taking a digestive enzyme, like a papaya enzyme, that supports digestion​​​​​​​​

  • Avoid gluten to reduce inflammation​​​​​​​​

  • Eat vegetables and healthy starches to feed healthy bacteria​​​​​​​​

  • Reduce alcohol ​​​​​​​​

  • Reduce stress​​​​​​​​

  • Go crazy with garlic and onions when you cook both help combat inflammation and provide healthy minerals. Garlic is the best natural antibiotic ​​​​​​​​

  • Stay hydrated with filtered water​​​​​​​​

  • Limit coffee. Drink more herbal teas like turmeric, ashwagandha, and green tea​​​​​​​​


Supplements & Internal Support

Obviously diet is a huge part of having a healthy gut microbiome. However, there are supplements that you can take that are amazing for supporting acne prone skin. Our top three picks are:


Magnesium

Magnesium is a calming mineral that support your body in handling stress. However, because your body uses it quite often, most of us are depleted. Supplementing it helps to maintain a healthy level that will help to enhance sleep and improve function of your thyroid, hormones, and insulin.


It is also an anti-inflammatory that promotes the healthy metabolism of Estrogen, making it the best preventative for menstrual cramping and for regulating periods.


Foods rich in Magnesium:

Nuts, seeds leafy greens, vegetable, cocoa.


Zinc

Zinc is an anti-inflammatory and supports your body's stress response. It is essential for the functions of over 300 enzymes. It also lowers Androgens and kills bacteria.


Your body doest's store Zinc, so it is important to eat enough every day to ensure you're meeting your daily requirements and needs.


Foods rich in Zinc: Oysters, crab, lobster, pork, chicken.


Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric or its primary active compound, Curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It is beneficial for cell health, joint pain and inflammation, liver health, supporting your metabolism, and your cardiovascular health.


Turmeric is it's own spice so you cannot find it in other foods. However it can easily be paired with and added to many dishes.


Food to pair with Turmeric:

Eggs, vegetables, smoothies, hummus.


Tips

  • Change your pillow case at least once a week

  • Use a clean towel to dry your skin after cleansing to prevent the spread of bacteria

  • Avoid hot showers to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), as it will dehydrate your skin

  • Use clean laundry detergent, free of fragrance and dyes, and do not use dryer sheets

  • Tilt your head back in the shower when rinsing shampoo and conditioner. You do not want those products on your face

  • Keep your cleanser in the shower and wash your face at the end to remove any product build-up. While you are cleansing, massage face and neck to pump lymphatic fluid to get it moving

  • Always apply your face products with clean hands

  • Sleep on your back as much as you can... yes, even if you use a silk pillow case

  • Use a BB Crème or tinted moisturizer on daily basis and use makeup foundation just for special occasions

  • Get moving! Exercise will help to release the "happy hormone", increase circulation, and support your lymphatic system


Acne can be healed and your skin is capable of transformation. Be patient with yourself, these things take time. We are here to help you on your skincare journey. #LoveFlawless



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Updated: Apr 2



Hyperpigmentation, the aftermath of vacation.


Happy April Lovelies!


We are only a few days from gorgeous weather (we hope!!). Many of you have had the opportunity to go on vacation! Yay! However, with the extra time spent in the sun we often see an increase in uneven pigmentation. The sun, heat, cocktails, and vacation food increases inflammation, dehydration, and cellular damage.


The best way to combat these changes in your skin is with a diet rich in antioxidants! These are a few of our favorite antioxidant rich foods:

  • Citrus Fruits- Oranges, lemons, pineapples, and limes all have high amounts of vitamin C, which can help boost your antioxidant intake.

  • Berries- Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries help boost antioxidant levels.

  • Beta-Carotene- Carrots are the best source of high beta-carotene.

  • Curcuminoids- Turmeric, black seed oil, and extra virgin olive oil are great sources of antioxidants and have the ability to reduce inflammation.

  • Veggies- Didn’t your mother always tell you to eat your vegetables?! She was right! Broccoli, spinach, carrots, and potatoes are all high in antioxidants. So are artichokes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, radish, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, collard greens, and kale.

  • Spices and Herbs- Using lots of spices in cooking is an easy way to add those healing properties to your diet. Spices like cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, curry powder, paprika, mustard seed, ginger, pepper, chili powder, garlic, coriander, onion, and cardamom. Herbs include sage, thyme, cilantro, basil, marjoram, tarragon, peppermint, oregano, basil, and dill weed. All of these contribute complexity and flavor to your meals, while aslo being high in antioxidants.

​What to use on your skin to correct pigmentation.


There are also some great steps that you can do with your skincare: Every morning topically loading up with a Vitamin C serum and a brightening serum like PRO Lite by Lira Clinical is a great way to start reversing hyperpigmentation. It is beneficial to use both serums morning and night after cleansing, except on the nights that you are using Retinol. Remember that Retinol products are more effective when used alone. If you are not currently using a Retinol treatment, this would be a great time to get started. Our personal favorite has become the PRO Retinal-Plus Treatment by Lira Clinical (of course!). It delivers all the benefits that we love from Retinol without any inflammation, dryness, or irritation.


As always, we cannot stress enough that you need to use SPF every single day. Make sure that your SPF is mineral based, as chemical SPF traps heat that aggravates the skin conditions we are trying to prevent and correct. Lira CIinical's SPF contains 21% Zinc-Oxide, making it a great daily sun protector that will not clog pores. It will also protect your skin from blue light emitted from electronic screens (prolonged exposure of blue light from electronics is harmful).


Of course, we have some amazing treatment options at Flawless for combating hyperpigmentation. At each appointment we will continue to support your skin based on it's needs. Spring is a great time to perform Microchanneling or a peel series for deeper correction.

Are you interested in learning more about the products mentioned above?! Check them out below:

Lira Clinical BIO Hydra C Serum

Lira Clinical PRO Lite Serum

Lira Clinical PRO Rentinal-Plus Treatment

Lira Clinical SPF Solar Shield 30

Let us know how we can help!

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