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To Tone Or Not To Tone?

To Toner or Not to Tone? | Derma MD Canada

What is a Toner?

Toners, Facial Mists, Toning Mists, Elixirs, Hydrating Water, etc...are everywhere these days. And they have been around for quite some time. So, what exactly do they do? Well, they vary, but generally they can help to hydrate your skin, remove the last traces of makeup and dirt, and restore the pH balance of your skin back to where it should be after cleansing has disrupted it.  

Now we have toners that can also provide protection to your skin cells (antioxidants), refresh your makeup (when used throughout the day), shrink your pores and even help calm irritation. Usually you use a toner between your cleanser and moisturizer; that means after you’ve taken off all your makeup and washed away all dirt and impurities.

Most toners come in a spray bottle so you can mist your face directly or spray the product onto a cotton pad and swipe it across your face. Then you follow it up with your favorite serum and/or moisturizer.

Some toners can also be used post workout to help prevent acne bacteria from building up and can be a “pick-me-up” when a complete cleansing is not practical.

Toners are also great for men and teens!  They just help clean the skin better and we all know these two categories tend to not be the most conscientious skin caretakers!

In summary, toners are lovely and can be of great benefit to almost all skin types, so choose one that suits you and enjoy!!

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In Time for Romance Month - New Secret Confidence!

Secret Confidence Triple Lightening Gel for Intimate Areas | Derma MD Canada

Meet Secret Confidence: Our Skin Lightener for Intimate Areas

Formulated specifically to be safe and effective at gently lightening pigmented areas such as the areola, underarms and other intimate areas that are desired to be lighter. 

This radiant triple lightening serum combines three actives that inhibit tyrosinase and disrupt melanin transfer, providing a safe way to lighten sensitive skin. 


Rumex Occidentails Extract: A strong inhibitor of tyrosinase enzyme, which slows down and inhibits melanin production.

Nonapeptide-1: A spectacular biomemetic peptide, specifically designed to antagonize and hinder the body's melanocyte stimulating hormone (a-MSH).

Alpha Arbutin: An effective lightening & brightening agent used as a safer Hydroquinone alternative.

Alpha Arbutin

Chondrus Extract and Hyaluronic Acid: Provide intense hydration and moisturization leaving areas soft to the touch.

How to use:

Apply liberal amount in areas desired to be lighter with either cleansed fingertips or soft gauze in intimate areas. Can be used twice daily if needed.

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What's Trending in Skincare for 2017

What's Trending in Skincare for 2017 | Derma MD Canada Blog

So I did some research into what’s trending for the new year in skincare, beauty, spas and wellness and you won’t believe what we’re in for…

The Urine Facial

One of the latest DIY skin care treatments circulating the internet is...big breath...applying pee to your face!!

According to a Refinery 29 story, human urine is sterile, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. The practice of applying (urine) to the face reportedly goes back to ancient Eastern traditions.

The story referred to dermatologists, who noted that: the user must use their own sample, they must use it immediately and there are some contraindications based on health conditions. (…no really!??)

The trend, while gross, is not entirely off base. A major component of urine is urea, which is a popular skin care ingredient to hydrate and exfoliate skin. Urine also contains ingredients with skin benefits such as minerals, enzymes and antibodies.

If you have clients (or friends) who want beautiful skin so bad they'd be willing to use their pee, advise them that their time is better spent elsewhere!

While it most likely won't cause harm and might even provide a little benefit, applying urine to the face isn't nearly as effective as today's skincare treatments and products!

Ok, this trend is a little more acceptable…or is it? Advanced Drone Technology

New age drone technology to target aging - and I’m not talking about male wasps, but rather those unmanned aircrafts that can zoom in on precise targets.

What does drone technology have to do with skin care?

This technology refers to the delivery of active ingredients from a product into your skin and even directly into cells. More than that, this so-called drone technology is getting so clever that it can target a specific cell and in some cases, a precise area of that cell!  (Is that not freaking amazing!?

This advanced drone technology targets skin neurons to stimulate botox-like effects to minimize the communication channels for muscle contractions, providing unbelievably smooth skin. (Yes please!) Cosmetic formulators have started talking about how drone-like delivery can boost the efficacy of active ingredients.

During the Face and Body conference and Expo held in San Jose, California, Christine Heathman, CEO of GlyMed Plus and medical master aesthetician, revealed the effect of drone technology on the skin. "It extends the cell life span, it boosts the collagen production. These are super powerful peptides."

Is it a fad, a meaningless analogy, or something that will make you rethink what it takes to make an effective anti-aging potion? 

In summary:

Whether some new technology provides better ingredient penetration, or some new magic mineral is discovered, or some new approach to an old concept….
for healthy, youthful, glowing skin it still comes down to:

- being healthy overall – water, sleep, destressing, nutrition, exercise, sun-protection

- sun-protection, sun-protection, did I say SPF??

- active ingredients (that will Prevent, Correct & Protect), in high enough concentrations and formulated in such a way as to penetrate to where these actives need to go and used often enough…

You will stimulate skin cell renewal, correct & heal damage, prevent further damage, and effectively keep the skin “fit” and healthy and working the way it was intended to.

Someone famous once said “There is no such thing as ugly women, only lazy ones”!

Wow!  Well, there you go.

A couple of other trending tid-bits:

- It used to be about products with Collagen & Elastin, (which are too big to penetrate the epidermis so they don’t end up doing much), now it’s more about ingredients that stimulate new Collagen and Elastin to be produced!

- It used to be about Retinol and Vitamin C, now it’s about the actual benefit of using the right forms of Retinol and Vitamin C.

- New anti-oxidants are being incorporated all the time to help provide more and more protection against free-radical damage in our skin, ie Astaxanthan, Resveratrol, all kinds of seed, fruit and berry extracts, green & white tea extracts and many more.

- Skin lightening agents are also being sought after for correcting sun damage and hyperpigmentation, which not only contributes to looking older, but can lead to cancer in some cases.

- It used to be about actives and loads of great beneficial ingredients, now it’s about formulations with advanced penetration technology to get the actives into the skin so they can actually get to where they need to go to make a difference.  It’s very high tech!

Happy New Year!!



Iris, Skincare Expert, Derma MD Canada


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Glamur Lip Plump: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Glamur Lip Plumper: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! It’s formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!

What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!

A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!

How does the “plumping” work?

Niacin actually stimulates blood flow and lips appear fuller instantly.

Some other great ingredients include:

Tripeptide-1: Increases collagen production.

Hyaluronic Acid microspheres: Increase moisture retention and provide fullness.

Retinyl Palmitate: Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells resulting in smoother lips.

Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant and natural preservative.

Titanium Dioxide: Physical sun block, protects against UV damage.

Plus they come in a variety of gorgeous colours.

Happy Holidays!

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How to Combat Rosacea

Approximately fourteen million people across the U.S. (that’s about 1 in 20) suffer from rosacea. Usually it develops in adults between 30 and 50, and affects both men and women. Although it’s more common in women, the more severe cases seem to occur in men.

It tends to affect people with fair skin, typically north-eastern European descent ie. Celtic, English, Scottish, although rosacea can develop in any skin type.

Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by lingering facial redness, as well as painful, tiny pus-filled bumps. Rosacea is often misdiagnosed as Eczema, Acne or Allergies and unfortunately, the longer it’s undiagnosed and untreated, the worse it can become.  

Signs and symptoms of the different forms of Rosacea

There are 4 forms of rosacea, which are defined by the following range of symptoms:

  • Mild:  The main symptoms are facial flushing and redness, there may also be some swelling, burning, stinging, roughness, and visible broken blood vessels.
  • Moderate:  This is a more advanced form of rosacea that is marked by persistent redness and pimple-like bumps (often mistaken for acne).
  • Severe:  In some individuals, rosacea may affect the nose, causing the skin tissue to thicken (giving an enlarged appearance) and become red, bulbous and bumpy. This advanced form of rosacea is called rhinophyma, and tends to be more common in men.
  • Ocular rosacea: In addition to skin symptoms, rosacea may also affect the eyes and eyelids. It may cause redness to the surrounding skin tissue but also burning or stinging, dryness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and watery, bloodshot eyes.
Senior woman suffering from rosacea
Senior woman suffering from rosacea


Experts are not certain what specifically causes rosacea. They believe it is due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as:


Individuals who suffer from rosacea should ensure they avoid or limit their intake of:

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • spicy foods
  • some also believe dairy can be a trigger
  • and definitely intense sun exposure!

Treating Rosacea

There is no known cure for rosacea, although it can be managed with appropriate treatment and lifestyle changes. Rosacea does not improve or resolve on its own, and untreated rosacea can worsen over time.

Unlike acne, self-treating with over-the-counter products may not help and may even irritate skin more, causing more redness and bumps. Your family doctor or dermatologist can prescribe various forms of treatment and recommend which skin care products and cosmetics are appropriate. Sticking with the treatment recommended by your doctor will improve symptoms within a few weeks.

Treatment has typically been with medications, such as:

  • Metronidazole
  • Antibiotics
  • Steroid creams
  • Isotretinoin (oral)
  • Tretinoin (cream)
  • Sodium sulfacetamide and sulphur

Laser therapy and other cosmetic treatments include:

  • NdYag 1064nm: safe on all skin types; targets deeper vessels, pigmentation and can be used to inhibit the overgrowth of tissue in rhinophyma.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): safe on lighter skin types; targets surface vessels.
  • Bulk Thermal Heating (ie Laser Genesis): safe on all skin types; targets all types of redness by coagulating microvasculature in the skin.
  • Vascular lasers: target various types of vessels and broken capillaries which contribute to redness and flushing. 

Tips regarding Rosacea

Good skin health tips: The key to caring for skin affected by rosacea is to treat it gently.

  • Choose products that are non-drying, free of alcohol or astringents
  • Use a mild cleanser and do not rub or scrub too much
  • Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher every day
  • Use a moisturizer with sufficient hydrating agents that do not clog pores or consist of heavy rich emollients or creams.
  • Look for ingredients that are calming, soothing, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and provide healing properties…such as:
    • aloe
    • calendula
    • soybean oil
    • astaxanthin
    • palmitoyl pentapeptide-3
    • copper peptides
    • retinyl palmitate
    • algae
    • green tea
    • co-enzyme Q10
    • sodium hyaluronate (or hyaluronic acid)
    • zinc

Check out DermaMD’s Pink Silk and Last Step SPF50 Moisturizer!

Derma MD Pink Silk and Last Step SPF 50 Moisturizer for Rosacea

Sun protection is critical to managing rosacea, so our Last Step SPF 50 Moisturizer is an essential for daily sunscreen year-round. Pink Silk helps to lessen redness and rejuvenate skin.

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How to Cope With Psoriasis & Eczema

How to Cope With Psoriasis & Eczema | Derma MD Canada

Most of us have heard of these common skin conditions, Psoriasis and Eczema, but how many of us actually know what they are? The difference between them? Causes? Treatments?

Here’s a little review:

Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of red, itchy, scaly skin that varies in severity from small and localized spots to complete body coverage. 

How to Combat Psoriasis & Eczema (and what the difference is) | Derma MD Canada
Elbows, knees, and scalp are a few areas commonly affected by psoriasis

Psoriasis is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors. Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDS. Infections and psychological stress may also trigger or worsen symptoms.

Psoriasis is not contagious. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. Diagnosis is typically based on the signs and symptoms.

There is no cure for psoriasis. However, various treatments can help control the symptoms. These treatments may include steroid creamsvitamin D3 cream, ultraviolet light, and immune system suppressing medications and about 75% of cases can be managed with creams alone.

Coping with Eczema & Psoriasis | Derma MD Canada

Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is in a group of diseases that result in inflammation of the skin. They are characterized by itchiness and red skin. In cases of short duration there may be small blisters while in long term cases the skin may become thickened. The area of skin involved can vary from small to the entire body.

The exact cause of dermatitis is often unclear.

Treatment of atopic dermatitis is typically with moisturizers and steroid creams. Antibiotics may be required if there are signs of skin infection.

Atopic dermatitis is very common and generally starts in childhood. In the United States it affects about 10-30% of people.

Some ingredients that are known to calm, sooth and reduce irritation and provide relief from dry, red, itchy, flaky skin include:

  • Aloe, calendula, soybean oil, shea butter, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, oatmeal, chamomile, cucumber, white willow bark extract, honey, gamma-linolenic acids (borage oil), and licorice root.

Product Recommendation:

DermaMD’s Soy Moisturizer was specifically formulated to calm, sooth, repair, soften & hydrate dry, irritated, red skin, including skin affected by psoriasis and eczema. It is suitable for the face or body.

How to Combat Psoriasis & Eczema | Derma MD Canada Blog

This smooth creamy formulation is combined with multiple antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Soy bean oil helps to reduce inflammation, while shea butter, olive oil, and rose hips seed oil will increase moisture retention. Additional conditioning ingredients such as algae help to hydrate dry skin. Skin will be softer, less red and smoother. Excellent when used on broken fissures in heels, and callouses to increase smoothness and hydration.

Glowingly Yours,

Iris, Derma MD Canada Skincare Expert


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Common Skincare Myths You've Been Falling For

5 Common Skincare Myths You've Been Falling For | Derma MD Canada

MYTH #1 – Eye creams are unnecessary; it’s just a ploy to get you to buy extra products. Using your regular facial moisturizer as an eye cream is just fine.

The Truth:

No, it’s not. The area under and around the eyes is 6 times thinner than the rest of the face. Using “regular” face creams around the eyes leads to congestion, irritation, inflammation, and milia (small, hard, white, keratin-filled bumps). This delicate area of the face is where fine lines appear first, so having a specialized eye cream is a must after about age 25.

Eye creams are formulated with ingredients that can penetrate properly and be active without irritating the sensitive eye area. Since this delicate skin can only absorb a small amount (of anything), only use a pin-head size amount per eye (and always avoid the eye lids).

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MYTH #2 Thinking that "more is better."

The Truth:

When it comes to your skin, more is actually worse…too much washing, too much cream, too much exfoliation, too much “skin tightening”, too much retinol or too many anti-oxidants and too much Botox and/or Filler (obviously!) can totally damage, disrupt or cause mayhem to your skin!

So what should you do?

GenerallyPREVENT & PROTECT in the morning; CORRECT & REPAIR in the evening.

AM: cleanse gently; use only as much moisturizer as needed and follow protocols outlined by a skincare professional. Use anti-oxidants (but do not apply too much as ‘un-used’ antioxidants become oxidizing agents!). Use SPF DAILY after serums and creams and before makeup.

PM: cleanse gently; use retinoids (and ‘correcting/repair agents’) at night starting with
2-3x/per week and gradually increase as per skin tolerance.


MYTH #3 Thinking that what you eat will only affect your body weight, not your skin.

The Truth:

In fact, what you eat shows directly on your face! Eating too many sweets and fatty food will leave your skin looking unhealthy, dull, congested, irritated, and inflamed.  A healthy diet is very important for healthy, radiant, younger looking skin.

Rumor: Junk Food Causes Acne

Reality: “So far, no studies have shown a direct correlation between junk food and breakouts or acne,” says David Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, New York. And many other dermatologists interviewed agree with Dr. Bank. However, links have recently been made between the consumption of high-glycemic foods (typically foods that contain refined sugars) and breakouts among people who are acne-prone.
Why?  Inflammation is known to aggravate acne, and high-glycemic foods (such as sugar, white rice, sweets, and sugary drinks) can raise blood sugar and insulin levels quickly, leading to inflammation.

And though dark chocolate may in fact offer multiple health benefits, milk chocolate is being called into question as a possible cause of acne.

Researchers have also seen links between consuming dairy products and increased flare-ups of acne in those with acneic or problem skin.


MYTH #4 – Thinking that you can get rid of Cellulite (with creams, treatments or liposuction!)

“No cellulite fix is permanent,” says Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City. Some products and/or treatments might minimize the look of cellulite, such as creams that contain caffeine or aminophylline (which helps break down fat cells), or massaging devices that “iron out” fat cells somewhat so that they don’t appear as noticeable. However, these remedies last, at best, a few months. “Even liposuction, which removes excess deep-fat deposits, doesn’t necessarily improve the surface of the skin to the degree where the dimpled effect is invisible,” says Sobel. There is, however, a ray of hope: Cellulaze, a laser treatment that cuts the little vertical bands under the skin that are attributed to the dimpling effect and smooths them out. The treatment recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cellulite long-term, says Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey, and the lead clinical investigator of the FDA trials of Cellulaze. But it doesn’t come cheap. The cost can run from $3,000 to $8,000 for the one session that you’ll need.


MYTH #5 – Thinking that after a while, your skin ‘gets used’ to products.

It depends on the active ingredients, says Grossman: “Your skin does acclimate to vitamin A derivatives, such as retinols, and prescription retinoids, like Retin-A, Differin, and Tazorac.” (For this reason, the best protocol is to start on milder forms or lower doses of the derivatives, then increase the intensity incrementally.) However, this is not the case with antioxidants, moisturizers, or peptide products (peptides are amino acid chains that are increasingly being added to creams and serums because they have been shown to stimulate collagen production and improve cell function.)
Still, improvements might plateau because you’ve reached a product’s capacity for change. If so, you may need to choose a stronger product, try different active ingredients or a different combination of actives, or add a “boosting” agent (or treatment) for improved penetration.

Always seek the advice of a skincare professional for safe and effective results (and so you don’t aimlessly keep “trying” various products and regimes which could potentially wreak havoc on your skin!)

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Five Easy Tips for Reducing Teen Acne


What’s worse than sending your kids back to school with a face full of acne, blemishes, or red, ugly irritated skin? School is hard enough without dealing with skin problems.

The trick is to get the right balance between ingredients that target and treat the acne (bacteria) without stripping all the skin’s natural protectants resulting in super dry, flaky, irritated skin.

Sometimes the really aggressive products are needed if prescribed by a Dermatologist (Accutane, strong Retinols, Benzoyl Peroxide, etc.), but with teens particularly, the skin should be treated carefully and topical products with anti-bacterial agents and gentle exfoliants are generally effective enough.  


5 Easy Tips for Reducing Teen Acne from Derma MD Canada

  1. The key is to keep the skin as clean as possible so the bacteria doesn’t build up.  
  2. Keep the hands off the face!!
  3. Keep the hair off the face too (bangs, and long hair that hangs in the face are huge culprits for bacteria!)
  4. Wash pillowcases weekly.
  5. Sanitize all surfaces coming in contact with the face regularly, like cell phones and sunglasses!

And always wear mineral SPF!  The sun is NOT good for acne. It does NOT “dry it out”…it causes more inflammation and irritation.

Simple and effective skin cleansers, toners, scrubs, masks and serums should incorporate ingredients like: salicylic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, sulfur, clays, anti-bacterial agents and soothing calming ingredients as well to prevent redness, and calm inflammation. Natural anti-bacterial ingredients are plentiful but not always in high enough concentrations to be effective, so read labels carefully.

TIP: ingredients are always listed in order of concentration, with the highest first and trace amounts last.


TIP: the actual concentration or amount of an ingredient will NOT be listed, therefore, many of the “actives” may be in such small amounts that they do not actually “do” anything and are there to entice the buyer.

Try DermaMD’s Wasabi Line for acne–prone skin

It’s simple, smells great, comes in clean unisex packaging and is suitable for tweens right up to adults. It comes as a pack with a Gel Cleanser, Toner and Serum. You can add on the Charcoal Mud Mask for the Complete Anti-Acne Skincare Collection

Complete Anti-Acne Skincare Kit

Some of the active ingredients in this collection are: Natural Willow Bark, Wasabi Japonica root, Green Tea, Niacinamide (which is comparable to 1% Clyndomycin), Charcoal and Peppermint.  These provide anti-bacterial properties, purify and decongest pores, stimulate healing, promote hydration, provide gentle exfoliation and leave the skin fresh and clean without excessive drying.

Mud Masks are great as well. Clays such as Bentonite can be incorporated into Spa treatments like facials and chemical peels. Regarding Chemical Peels, Salicylic Acid is by far the best for acneic-problem skin. In Spa treatments are much stronger (20-30%) than any topical products on the market (usually 2%).


Glowingly Yours,

Iris, Derma MD Skincare Expert


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Skincare Tips for Tweens

Skincare Tips for Tweens | Derma MD Canada



My daughter is 12 years old. She’s showing early signs of acne on her face, and I'm concerned that it's going to start early. She only uses water to wash her face, and honestly, I'm not sure how well she washes it. I don't want to get her skincare products that will be too harsh for her age, but I also want to get her using something more than water. What do you recommend?


Depending on your teen (or tween), remember: they are responsible for bathing themselves, so you may not really know what all is involved with their cleansing habits. But I have some great tips and product recommendations that will make it easy on you and your tween.


First, unless your tween has been diagnosed with actual acne, they don't need an acne line. Their skin is undergoing changes and there is a risk of disrupting and irritating things if they use ingredients that are too aggressive.

Instead, talk to your tween about their skin care habits. Are they only using water? Are they using a bar soap? Are they possibly using your products? The last two options can cause havoc with sensitive skin, so once you know what they are doing, you can give advice on what the better option(s) would be.

 Derma MD Enzyme Cleanser - 4ozDerma MD Enzyme Cleanser - 8oz

One of my all time faves is DermaMD Enzyme Cleanser – it is simply a great cleanser for anyone: tweens, adults, women, men, oily, dry etc! It works gently with Pineapple and Papaya enzymes, it’s non-abrasive, and the Aloe and Avocado Oil help with anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and soothing benefits.

Your tween should realistically only need to wash once a day (before bed), unless they have been active in after-school sports or other activities where they have become sweaty or visibly dirty.


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Second, if they are acne-prone and don’t have a chance to cleanse after sports or becoming sweaty or dirty, etc, a Toner can be very useful. Toners can help remove traces of bacteria, makeup, sweat, dirt, etc. from the skin, leaving it hydrated and fresh and, most importantly, a toner can prevent bacteria on the surface from leading to blemishesDermaMD Kiwi Grapefruit Toner (with Witch Hazel) is awesome, affordable and effective!

Just spritz onto a cotton pad and wipe gently over the face. This can be kept in a gym bag, or school bag etc.  A toner can also be used after a cleanser in the AM or PM to boost the results of the cleanser… leaving the skin refreshed, hydrated, smooth and clean!


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Glowingly Yours,


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How to Combat Under-Eye Circles

How to Combat Under-Eye Circles | Derma MD Canada

We’ve all been there…even under the age of 30, well hydrated and with enough sleep…we look in the mirror in the morning and see the eyes of an OLD, TIRED woman looking back!


Genetics are the #1 reason.

If you inherit fair or thin skin under the eyes, it’s more obvious when blood pools there (especially with slower circulation from lack of sleep).

This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak.

If you inherit darker skin (East Indian or Middle Eastern genetics), the actual structure of the orbital socket often causes restricted circulation around the eyes leading to blood pooling under the eyes and the appearance of dark circles.

Age is another factor. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, becoming thinner, so veins show through more prominently. UV exposure (esp. sunbathing) speeds up this process by breaking down collagen and triggering uneven skin colouration.

Seasonal allergies are to blame for many people. They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn causes inflammation and swelling of blood vessels and puffiness under the eyes.

Sleeping with your makeup on! Take the extra 3 minutes at night to remove your makeup! Use an eye-makeup remover or good quality cleanser that doesn’t irritate your eyes. Lather in circles for a good minute (including your lashes and lash line), and rinse…voila!!

It’s worth it, and your skin and eyes will thank you.


If your circles are the result of vascular issues, (or genetics) you can try to double up on pillows at night to stop blood from building up under your eyes. In the morning, apply a cold compress for about five minutes to constrict the blood vessels.

Use an eye cream with lightening properties like: Kojic Acid, Licorice Root, L-Arbutin, and Vitamin K & C (I like DermaMD’s “Eliminate”; it’s amazing).

"Eliminate" Lighten & Brighten Eye

For Anti-Aging benefits try peptides like: Argirelene, Palmitoyl-Oligopeptide and Retinol and skin tightening ingredients like: Marine Polypeptides, Matrixyl 3000. (DermaMD’s Eye Lifting & Tightening Serum is wonderful; and for an eye cream that does Everything…try DermaMD’s Peptide Eye Cream! – this one actually targets puffiness too with additional peptides.)

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For allergy-induced circles, consider taking an over-the-counter antihistamine before allergies really kick-in, so you’re not trying to combat red, itchy, swollen, dark eyes after the rubbing has started!

For dark circle camouflage, apply eye cream and let it dry for a few minutes. Then pat on a creamy concealer that matches your skin tone. Top with a layer of loose or pressed powder, which helps set your makeup and prevents it from caking in creases.

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Glowingly Yours,


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SUMMERTIME SKINCARE: 5 Tips for beautiful glowing summer skin, from head to toe!

Summertime Skincare Tips

1. Exfoliate your dry dead winter skin

Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't help slough them off, they'll just sit on your skin, making it skin look dull and dry. No matter how much moisturizer you use, you'll never have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate.

  • For your scalp, try Apple Cider Vinegar or a shampoo with Tea Tree or a hair treatment for dry, flaky scalp.
  • For your face, use a face scrub (make sure the beads are “round” such as polyethylene beads or corundum beads, so as not to cause microscopic scratches in the skin. Avoid walnut or apricot scrubs for this reason). Other great facial exfoliants include: glycolic/lactic acid serums, retinol serums or creams, or enzyme exfoliants with papaya, papain (pineapple) or pumpkin.

Spa treatments are great as well, like professional facials and chemical peels.

  • For your body, use body scrubs, sugar scrubs, glycolic or gentle enzyme products. Exfoliating mitts are also great on the body.

Spa body treatments like seaweed wraps, scrubs, dry brushing, etc are wonderful for glowing summer skin!

  • For your feet, a foot file in the shower is usually the easiest way to smooth out rough feet.

Professional treatments like pedicures are highly recommended for Spring & Summer, as most people neglect their feet in the winter. This can be a great outing for friends, mothers & daughters, couples or prior to a vacation or wedding!

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2. Remove unwanted hair

Smooth, glowing skin is only possible without hair.

  • Shaving – use a lubricating and conditioning lotion or cream to help reduce irritation.
  • Waxing – it’s best to leave this one to a professional.
  • Laser hair removal – this one has to be carefully researched to find a certified, reliable, professional clinic or spa. This method also requires 4-6+ treatments for satisfactory hair reduction, but it is permanent so the investment of time and funds provide long term benefits.

3. Add a little summer tint to your skin

Nowadays there are many choices… and the tanning bed shouldn't be one of them!

  • Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you're not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them just on your face. Most facial tanners build color gradually, and by alternating or mixing with your regular moisturizer, your skin will maintain a natural looking glow.
  • Apply tinted products and sunless tanners right after exfoliating for best results. Your skin will be freshly primed for maximum penetration, as well as providing the smoothest application possible!

4. SPF – make it at least 30!

It has been shown in many clinical studies that SPF ratings (which are based on UVB protection only) are generally providing 95% protection at SPF 30, and about 98% protection at SPF 50. Therefore, SPF more than 50+ is not really protecting the skin any more, it just adds chemicals to the skin.

Mineral sunscreen/sun block (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide) is far better, safer and lasts longer than chemical sunscreen ingredients. However, from a formulation standpoint, minerals generally do not feel as pleasant on the skin as the traditional chemical filters.  

Some companies will combine them (Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide plus oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and/or octinoxate), providing great protection and a non-greasy, light creamy feel on the skin.

Choosing a sunscreen with either minerals alone, or a combo of minerals plus chemical filters, at an SPF rating of 30-50 will give the best possible protection, feel decent on the skin and give you peace of mind that you are doing your best to be Sun Safe!

DID YOU KNOW… “broadband” usually refers to UVA & UVB protection, but the SPF rating is only for UVB! They haven’t quite perfected the testing of UVA yet, but cosmetic chemists in the industry are working on it. For now, sticking with SPF 30+ is generally accepted as providing sufficient protection if used properly…which means…

  • Reapply every few hours, after swimming, sweating, etc… and
  • OUT WITH THE OLD…PLEASE don’t use last year’s sunscreen! Buy a new bottle; sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever. It’s your biggest organ, so protect your skin!

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5. Deal with sun damage

OK, we all do it…too much sun! It now looks like a bright red glow, instead of that healthy peachy glow …WHAT NOW??

It’s too late to undo the damage but you can definitely reduce the suffering! To promote healing, look for products without irritants like fragrance, menthol, alcohol, but do look for:

  • pure aloe
  • soy
  • shea butter, olive oil, and other hydraters

Try DermaMD’s Ultimate Hydrating Soy – it’s amazing!

Soy Moisturizer

It soothes any type of irritation, assists healing, hydrates dry, red, flaky skin, and it’s great post-sun or post-procedure!  

Key ingredients include: Soybean oil, shea butter, algae, olive oil, rose hip oil, and quercetin (a fantastic plant derived bioflavonoid that reduces redness and promotes healing). It also has aloe plus anti-oxidants.

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Skincare Doesn't Stop at the Chin! Caring for your Neck and Dècolletè with Derma MD

Skincare Doesn't Stop at the Chin! Caring for your Neck and Dècolletè with Derma MD

Skincare Doesn't Stop at the Chin!

You take great care of your skin.  You slather on serums and creams full of active ingredients.  Your skin looks fresh, hydrated, vibrant and uplifted.

But are you forgetting about your neck and dècolletè?

The delicate skin on your neck and dècolletè (French for your chest and shoulders) is exposed to the same elements as your facial skin every single day and can begin to show its age with crepiness, lines and wrinkles.

No one wants a smooth, glowing face with a wrinkly neck!

Feel good about your neck by giving it the same care you would your facial skin with uplifting and firming products designed to increase hydration, tighten and lift.

Feel Good About Your Neck!

Derma MD's New MIDLIFT¹¹ will increase hydration, lighten, tighten and lift the delicate skin of the neck and dècolletè.  Used daily the appearance of crepiness, lines and wrinkles will be reduced and skin will appear firmer, more luminous, lifted and hydrated. 

The clinically proven ingredient of Essenskin™ found in our MIDLIFT¹¹ provides 11% of active ingredients to remove roughness, improve density of neck area, reduce appearance of lines & wrinkles, and give the neck you desire that is smoother and younger looking within two weeks (when used twice daily). 

Results of using Midlift11 for 2 weeks twice daily


This product will address both the neck and dècolletè.  Both areas will appear smoother and skin texture will appear softer and younger looking.

Take good care of the skin of your neck and dècolletè for a beautiful and youthful glow from the chest up.


Glowingly Yours,

Sheila Malmanis, L.E.

Sheila Malmanis, L.E.
Founder of Derma MD Skincare®

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Sweat & Glow: Post-Workout Skin Care

Sweat & Glow: How to care for your skin after a workout (even when you're short on time) | Derma MD Canada

POST WORKOUT: Toner or Exfoliating/Refreshing PADS

One of the easiest ways to prevent breakouts, blackheads, or congestion-related problems is to clean the skin directly post workout. Who has the time, right? If you don’t have time to shower, there is a solution: use a toner or pad soaked in a type of exfoliating solution. There are some great ones out there. They are super quick and easy; just wipe a moist pad over the face, paying attention to the hairline, around the nose, and chin area. These are great at keeping skin blemish-free, decongested, smooth, refreshed and healthy looking and they’re also great for TEENS!

DermaMd’s WASABI RESURFACING PADS are ideal for Oilier/Problematic skin types, with a potent 5% Encapsulated Salicylic Acid and 10% Glycolic Acid. The plastic tub is small, leak-proof and easy to pack in a gym bag plus the packaging is gender neutral.

Wasabi Resurfacing Pads | Derma MD Canada


DermaMd’s 10% SLAC PADS contain: salicylic acid + lactic acid + vitamin a + Vitamin C. These powerful acids combined with anti-aging ingredients work synergistically to gently exfoliate, hydrate, brighten and improve texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The plastic tub is small, leak proof and easy to pack in a gym bag plus the packaging is gender neutral.

Use one pad after every sweaty workout and see the difference these easy-to-use, potent little pads can make! These are great for all skin types, both men and women.

For additional benefit, use a second pad for the neck & upper chest (décolleté) and shoulders.

Glowingly Yours,


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Just for Dad (and the other men in your life): Skincare 101 for Men

With Father's Day just around the corner, why not help the dads or other men in your life master their skincare routines? Skincare is not just about vanity; it’s about caring for your skin! Do you really want to wait until that pesky mole suddenly gets darker or bigger and the dermatologist does a biopsy and you’re waiting to see if it’s skin cancer?

More men are using skincare products daily to maintain, improve and protect their skin health. This is a good thing! So keeping it really simple, men need to:

Cleanse; Shave; Use sun protection

In the past sunscreens have never felt very nice on the skin especially when you sweat, and most men tend to sweat more; either at work, at play or just being outside. New technology has produced some great mineral sunscreens that feel light, non-greasy and absorb quickly. It is recommended to use at least SPF25 daily (even in the winter) due to UVA rays which cause most of the damage in the dermis of the skin. Sun damage is cumulative, therefore, the best thing anyone can do is prevent further damage. This means sun protection on the golf course, on the lawnmower, going to the lake, on the boat, fishing…and one more thing: a hat and sunglasses are not enough.


So here’s a cleanser that gently digests dead skin cells with yummy pineapple and papaya enzymes. Enzyme Cleanser provides amino acids, vitamin B and avocado oil to nourish and hydrate your skin leaving your face clean, fresh, smooth, and soft! Plus, it’s unisex and your man can also use it for shaving! GREAT FOR DAD!


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a moisturizer that provides great protection from the sun’s damaging UV rays, is oil-free, goes on light, absorbs quickly, isn’t greasy, doesn’t run all over your face and actually does more than plump and protect?

How about an anti-aging day cream with mineral protection (micronized Zinc Oxide), UV absorbing Avobenzone, free-radical fighting Japanese Green Tea plus Aloe, Vitamins B5, E & A, and not to mention the amazing moisturizing factors like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Olive Oil! The entire family can use it and it’s really a “Don’t Leave Home Without It” kind of product!


In the past, toners were part of the Cleanse-Tone-Moisturize routine. Over the past decade, skincare products have evolved so that many cleansers do not disrupt the natural acidic pH of the skin and they cleanse sufficiently, so toners are not really needed to “return the skin to its’ natural “pH” and “remove the last traces of makeup/dirt”. However, a toner can be beneficial in providing that extra boost in keeping pores clear, clean and healthy. Toners often have astringent properties (a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores), like Grapefruit, Kiwi and Witch Hazel.  This is great for oilier, problematic skin or for normal skin in hot, humid environments (beach vacations!).

Glowingly Yours,


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Cranberries & Red Algae: How these Powerful Antioxidants Can Help Fight the Signs of Aging

Cranberries and Red Algae: How these powerful anti-oxidants can help you fight the signs of aging and improve your skin.

Cranberries for clear, clean, healthy, younger-looking skin…

These little glossy, round scarlet-red fruits, with their intense, bitter taste, are packed full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and nutrients which have been proven to benefit not only the body, but also the skin and hair. Cranberries are very acidic in nature so they are great for combating excessive oil in oily skin types.

Cranberries are also anti-septic and contain flavonoids and salicylic acid which make them great for acne, without stripping the skin of its natural oils. The bacteria that lead to breakouts & acne are kept at bay, while the skin is safe from over-drying.

The anti-oxidant, vitamin and mineral content of cranberries is amazing, including vitamins C, B6, E and K, not to mention calcium and potassium! This wonderful little berry is an anti-aging powerhouse, promoting collagen production and skin cell regeneration!

Astaxanthin (“asta-zan-thin”): Hailed as one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered!

It is a special type of antioxidant that is able to work both inside and outside of cells to offer all-round protection against oxidative damage in the body. It is derived from marine microalgae.

DermaMD’s Cranberry Silk – Age Defense Moisturizer has captured both of these incredible ingredients in a correcting and repairing super anti-aging moisturizer.

Cranberry Silk Anti-Aging Serum


Glowingly yours,


Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada 

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