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Buff & Polish for Radiant Skin

Want younger looking skin in 5 minutes?  Impossible you say?  Not only is it possible, it’s something so simple it can be done in mere minutes in your own home.  What is this miracle anti-aging treatment of which I speak?  Exfoliation. Plain and simple.

Exfoliation is the process of sloughing off the outermost layer of dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin.   

There are two methods of exfoliation, mechanical and chemical.

In Mechanical Exfoliation, skin cells are physically scrubbed off with an abrasive material such as the sea salts used in body glow treatments for example.  Microdermabrasion is also an example of Mechanical Exfoliation, where fine crystals are sprayed onto the skin to remove dead skin cells at a deeper level and then the crystals and skin cells are sucked into a light vacuum leaving the skin smooth and soft. 



In Chemical Exfoliation, a mild acid or enzyme is applied to the skin to loosen the bond that holds skin cells together, allowing them to be sloughed away.  This can be done daily at home with a mild acid such as salicylic acid, or can be done with a stronger acid or enzyme in a spa or dermatologists office in a procedure known as a Chemical Peel.


Now why does exfoliation make you look younger?  It’s all about the way the skin reflects light.  A rough surface will absorb light and draw attention to lines and wrinkles.  A smooth surface will reflect light and diffuse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Not only that but with all those dead skin cells removed, anti-aging products can be better absorbed into the skin allowing them to do their job more effectively.

Want to add exfoliation to your skincare routine?  Derma MD has two options.  One Mechanical and one Chemical.

Our Mechanical option, the lovely At Home Microderm (formerly known as Exfoliant Micro Peel) uses corundum crystals, like those found in microdermabrasion equipment, combined with luxurious anti-aging ingredients in a creamy base.  Used 2 or 3 times per week, it will leave your skin smooth, soft and supple allowing for better penetration of serums such as Pink Silk or S-Cargot.


Our Chemical option, the superstar Clearifying Wasabi Resurfacing Gel has a unique delivery system of 4% encapsulated salicylic acid that will increase cell turnover and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  This product is also wonderful for acneic skin as salicylic acid is known to exfoliate inside the pore to remove dead skin cells that can block the pore and cause acne.  See our blog post Winning the Battle with Acne for more info.  Clearifying Wasabi Resurfacing Gel can be used daily.


There are 2 important things to remember when adding an exfoliant to your skincare routine.

    1. Don’t overdo it!  Having smooth, supple skin is a wonderful thing but over exfoliating can cause excessive dryness, increased sensitivity and redness.

    2.  Wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days!  Your freshly exfoliated face will look smooth and beautiful but that outer layer of skin cells was offering some protection from the sun.  It is extremely important to protect that glowing new skin with a high SPF sunblock such as Last Step, SPF 50.

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Glowingly yours,

Lisa P

Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada


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Balancing Combination Skin, Catherine's Story

What is Combination Skin?

Combination skin is characterized by two or more different skin types that occur at the same time.  Generally the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily and the cheeks are normal to dry.  Combination skin is usually hereditary, with the oil glands in the T-zone being more active, but it can also be caused by using the wrong products for your skin type.  Drying and irritating skin care products can stimulate the oil glands in the T-zone while drying out the cheeks at the same time creating a slick T-zone with dry, red or rough cheeks.

Treating Combination Skin

The key to treating combination skin is to find a combination of products that balances the skin, neither stimulating oil nor drying the skin.

Start with a gentle cleanser.  Enzymatic Cleanser gently yet thoroughly cleanses the skin and is suitable for all skin types.  Pineapple and Papaya Enzymes help dissolve dead skin cells and smooth the skin's surface.

Follow with an antioxidant rich serum designed to reduce inflammation and protect the skin.  Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator is excellent for combination skin and will provide anti-aging benefits without stimulating oil production.  Pink Silk will sooth dry areas and smooth the skin helping it to look more even and balanced.

For daytime, it's important for combination skin types to use an oil free daytime moisturizer with SPF.  Last Step SPF 50 will protect the skin from the sun's damaging rays without clogging pores or causing breakouts.  It will hydrate dry areas without causing slickness in the T-zone.

For evening, Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer, a light weight, multitask moisturizer will sooth, calm and balance the skin while improving skin's texture and tone.

Catherine's Story

28 year old Catherine has combination skin, with an oily nose, upper lip and forehead with very dry cheeks.

Catherine has been a Derma MD customer since 2010 when she was introduced to the products at the Vancouver Spa Show.  She left the show with Enzymatic Cleanser, Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator, Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer and Last Step SPF 50 and has been hooked ever since!

Her favorite product is Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator

"My skin now has a more even colour tone. My cheeks used to be blotchy in colour and they always felt bumpy/rough.  My skin felt much smoother immediately after the 1st use [Pink Silk]. I was amazed! No other product had this effect! As for evening out my blotchy, bumpy skin tone, that took around 2-3 weeks after daily use and I only use this once per day to maximize its lifespan!"

- Catherine G

Some benefits she has experienced from long-term use include:

- velvety, buttery smooth skin

- more even skin tone

- prevention of lines and wrinkles

Catherine is a great example of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  By starting young and using products that not only balance her combination skin but also help to prevent the signs of aging, we suspect Catherin's skin will continue to look great for years to come!

"I love all the Derma MD products I've tried, but it became a bit too expensive for me after we bought a house, had a baby, etc. However, I'll always budget for my Pink Silk!"

- Catherine G


Glowingly yours,

Lisa P

Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada




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Stunning at 60, Sylvie's Story

Ageless Beauty

Sylvie, a 60 year old grandmother of 4 grand-daughters, has always taken pride in her skin.  Since her early 30's she booked regular visits to her favorite esthetician and used quality skincare products.  In her late 40's her esthetician, who she had worked with for years, retired leaving Sylvie lost in a sea of expensive beauty products with no direction.

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Winning the Battle with Acne, Kari's Story

Kari's Story

Kari is a busy mom of 2 in her early 30's who has been battling acne since she was 11 years old. Kari came to us with moderate acne breakouts, mostly along her chin and jawline. She had tried everything to cure her acne and even considered more drastic measures such as Accutane! On top of that she was also beginning to become concerned with preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

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Is Your Skin Thirsty?

Does your skin feel tight, dry or itchy? 

If so, your skin may be dehydrated.  Dehydration is a common skin condition that can occur in all skin types.  Most people will experience skin dehydration at some point in their lives.  If you have ever had a sun burn or wind burn you have experienced a more severe form of skin dehydration.  That tight, hot, itchy feeling is your skin crying out for moisture.  Dehydration doesn't have to be that severe to be damaging though.  Even subtle signs of dehydration can lead to premature aging and a dull, lackluster complexion.

In assessing your own skin, it is important to know the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin.

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