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The Truth About Vitamin C

Although Vitamin C has been a hot topic skincare ingredient for more than a decade, the truth is not all forms of Vitamin C are created equal.

Vitamin C offers a multitude of anti-aging benefits.  When formulated correctly it's a powerhouse ingredient all by itself and is even more effective when combined with other antioxidants. Not all forms of Vitamin C are stable however and it's important to do your research before purchasing a Vitamin C product.

Vitamin C in its basic state is an unstable compound that can become ineffective when exposed to UV light and oxygen.  There are many products on the market that contain Vitamin C but it's important to use products that contain stabilized Vitamin C, packaged in air tight, opaque containers that protect this powerful ingredient from light and air. 

Derma MD's Vitamin C Serums contain only stabilized forms Vitamin C so you know you aren't wasting your money.

Stabilized Vitamin C offers superior antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals that are found in our every day environment including UV damage, pollution and even the oxygen we breath.

This powerful antioxidant can:

  • help reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots
  • increase healthy collagen for firmer skin
  • fade red spots and acne scars
  • reduce inflammation and irritation
  • reduce the appearance of broken capillaries
  • help boost your skin's natural defenses against UV exposure
  • brighten the skin's appearance

Types of Vitamin C

L-Ascorbic Acid and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate are two superior types of Vitamin C used in top quality skincare.  L-Ascorbic Acid is a powerhouse antioxidant and collagen booster and is highly effective when used in higher concentrations from 15-20%.  Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a highly stable and effective antioxidant that is also known to increase skin's hydration level and improve elasticity.

Our 17% Vitamin C Serum contains BOTH of these ingredients that work synergistically together to target dark spots and hyperpigmentation as well as boosting collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  This serum is highly active and can tingle on the skin therefor we do not recommend it for very sensitive skin types.

Ascorbyl Palmitate is a non-acidic form of Vitamin C that is gentle on the skin while still working hard to eliminate free radicals.  It is a moisturizing form of Vitamin C that is safe to use daily for even the most sensitive skin types.

Our Vitamin C Milk contains Ascorbyl Palmitate combined with super antioxidants Pycnogenol and Reservatrol to reduce inflammation, lighten the appearance of hyperpigmentation, improve the appearance of broken capillaries and boost collagen levels for firmer, more luminous and younger looking skin.

When should you add a Vitamin C Serum to your skincare routine?

If you feel like your skin is starting to show it's age or is starting to look dull and less vibrant then it may be time to add a Vitamin C Serum to your night time skincare routine.  Your skin will begin to look brighter and firmer within the first few weeks.

We recommend using either Vitamin C serum at night after cleansing and toning, before applying a night cream such as Uplifting Face & Neck Crème.  Alternate with Pink Silk or S-Cargot in the morning followed by Last Step SPF 50.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, your skincare specialist at lisa@dermamdcanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Glowingly yours,

Lisa P


Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada

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One Antioxidant That Can Change Your Skin Forever!

AstaXanthin

This powerhouse antioxidant has been getting a lot of press lately both as a nutritional supplement and skincare ingredient and has been recommended by famous health experts such as Dr Perricone, Dr Mercola and Dr Oz.  It is a relatively new discovery for skincare, but at Derma MD we have been incorporating it for over a decade into our #1 Best Seller Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator!

AstaXanthin is an extremely powerful antioxidant that is essential to anti-aging skincare technology.  It is extracted from a type of marine algae called Haematococcus Microalgae that gives salmon and shellfish (like shrimp) their beautiful pink color.  Tropical areas such as Hawaii are some of the richest sources of AstaXanthin.

AstaXanthin has been proven to be one of the strongest, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants available.  Studies show that AstaXanthin far surpasses the antioxidant benefits of beta-carotene, Vitamin A and Vitamin E combined!
 
Antioxidants are important in skincare because they can help reduce free radical damage.  Free radical damage is known to contribute to premature aging, wrinkles and hyper pigmentation.  When you slice an apple in half it will begin to turn brown within minutes.  This is called oxidization, or free radical damage in action.  Now slice another apple in half and then sprinkle it with some lemon juice (vitamin C).  The vitamin C (also a powerful antioxidant) will help prevent oxidization and the apple will stay fresh for much longer.  This is antioxidization in action!

 

According to Wikipedia;
The free-radical theory of aging (FRTA) states that organisms age because cells accumulate free radical damage over time. A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell. While a few free radicals such as melanin are not chemically reactive, most biologically-relevant free radicals are highly reactive. For most biological structures, free radical damage is closely associated with oxidative damage. Antioxidants are reducing agents, and limit oxidative damage to biological structures by passivating free radicals.

  
So basically what we are saying here is that:
 
Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage and premature aging and AstaXanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants available!

AstaXanthin is the key ingredient in our

#1 best selling product Pink Silk!


Pink Silk is a revolutionary product that contains this incredible antioxidant combined with potent anti-aging ingredients that fight free radicals, protect the skin from UV damage and stimulate collagen synthesis. It produces long-lasting moisture and improves skin’s elasticity as well as offering anti-keratinization and anti-wrinkle properties.  The end result is clear, smooth, hydrated skin with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Collen R from Kanata Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery writes:

"We have a joke here that Pink Silk is like “crack for your face” because once you try it, it becomes an addiction. The way it makes your skin feel and look is just something you don’t want to do without.”

Pink Silk also makes a wonderful makeup primer, smoothing the skin's surface and creating a lovely canvas to apply makeup to.

Catherine G writes:

"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!  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!"

Customers rave about how Pink Silk makes their skin feel!

Emily B writes:

"I always get complements on my skin when I've been using Pink Silk.  The first time I used it my skin immediately felt smooth and less irritated.  I went without it for a while and missed it so much!  Now I make sure I always have some on hand."

Jess P writes:

"I wish I could bathe in this stuff! [Pink Silk]

"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!" - See more at: http://store.dermamdcanada.ca/blogs/news#sthash.abNz06VA.dpuf
"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!" - See more at: http://store.dermamdcanada.ca/blogs/news#sthash.abNz06VA.dpuf

Try it today and get hooked!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, your skincare specialist at lisa@dermamdcanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Glowingly yours,

Lisa P


Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada

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Calming Rosacea, Lisa's Story

Rosacea begins as a bright red flush across the cheeks. 

It can either come and go or become a permanent blush.  Either way it gradually becomes worse with tiny broken capillaries beginning to grow and spread across the cheeks and nose, eventually leading to small, acne like bumps.  Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes extreme skin sensitivity and is notoriously difficult to treat.  Rosacea affects an estimated 2 million Canadians, and flare ups are often triggered by environmental exposure (sun, wind and heat) as well as exercise, stress, irritating cosmetics, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine.

Rosacea is progressive, meaning if symptoms are left untreated and triggers are not managed, it can get worse over time.  Left untreated, rosacea can become purple or bluish capillaries across most of the face and skin can become reactive to almost anything that touches it.

See your doctor if you believe you may have Rosacea.  He or she may be able to recommend medical treatments to help manage the condition.  Along with your doctors suggestions, we recommend a gentle and calming skincare routine to help reduce inflammation to sooth and prevent flareups. 

Lisa's Story 

I started using Derma MD on my skin when I went back to school in March 2014. Until then I had just used a bare minimum [of products] on my face. I am in my mid forties and have developed  mild rosecea and some vascular lesions around my nose and cheeks.  I started using the Anti-Aging System and have found a remarkable difference in my skin.  I am absolutely addicted to the Pink Silk, which has helped even out my skin tone and has worked to help diminish the vascular lesions on my cheeks.  I have noticed that my skin doesn't get as red and blotchy as it used to.  I am so impressed with these products that I got my step momma using them as well!  She is 2 weeks into using it and is very impressed herself.

We will definitely keep using these wonderful products!

Lisa R

 

Lisa's skin is calm and under control

Treating Rosacea - Calm and Protect

1. Begin with a gentle cleanser such as Enzyme Cleanser.  This cleanser is gentle enough to be used on even the most sensitive skin types.  Use twice daily, AM and PM.  This cleanser also removes makeup beautifully.

2. Apply Pink Silk Serum to calm the skin and reduce inflammation.  Pink Silk, our #1 bestseller contains AstaXanthin, one of the worlds most powerful antioxidants to reduce inflammation and hydrate the skin.

3. Apply Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer (formerly known as HydraCalm) to gently calm sensitive skin, reduce redness and inflammation and hydrate.  Rosacea sufferers have said that this moisturizer soothes irritated skin like no other.

4. Protect skin from sun exposure with Last Step SPF 50.  It's extremely important to protect rosacea skin types from UV exposure! Sun exposure can make Rosacea worse so use Last Step daily to protect delicate skin.

All of these products can be found together in our specially priced Essential Rosacea Collection.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, your skincare specialist at lisa@dermamdcanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Glowingly yours,

Lisa P


Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada

 

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A Fresh New Look for a Busy Mom, Erin's Story

A Skincare Makeover

Everyone deserves a little makeover every once in a while.  A new haircut, a new shade of lip gloss (preferably plumping like Lip Plump!) or a new outfit can make a world of difference in how you feel about yourself, but have you ever thought about giving yourself a skin makeover?

Over time dead skin cells can accumulate, skin can become dehydrated and loss of collagen can begin to show as fine lines and wrinkles.  Switching to a cosmeceutical product line (a combination between a cosmetic line and a pharmaceutical line) with higher levels of active ingredients can give your skin a makeover from the inside out! 

The term "active ingredients" is thrown around a lot in the beauty industry and we are here to set the record straight.  An active ingredient is one which has been proven to make structural changes within the skin. They must be found in adequate concentrations within a product to be considered "active". Most over-the-counter drugstore and department store brands have very few, if any active ingredients.  These products may cleanse and moisturize the skin but they do little else.  If you want to see a difference in your skin after only a few weeks look for a line with a high percentage of active ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants.  Cosmeceutical lines such as Derma MD contain a much higher level of active ingredients than what you will find in most drug stores, department stores and even spas!



Using products like these can create changes within your skin that you can see!

To prove it, we chose Erin, a busy mom of 3 little girls who turned 40 this year for a special project.

We asked her to give up her normal skincare regimen and use only Derma MD products for 3 months.


Our goal was to even out her complexion, lighten dark spots, plump up fine lines and wrinkles and overall make her skin look more refreshed.


She was asked to use:
Enzymatic Cleanser both morning and night.
Replenish Hyaluronic Acid Serum both morning and night.
Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator in the morning
Peptide Eye Crème both morning and night
Last Step SPF 50 in the morning, and
Uplifting Night Repair Face & Neck Crème at night

Here are the results of Erin's beautiful skin makeover!


Photos by Blaine Paul Photography, Makeup for the photo on the right provided by Jayna Marie Makeup and Hair

These photos are completely untouched.  No Photoshop here!

As you can see, Erin is absolutely glowing!  Her complexion is brighter, dark spots have lightened, redness is diminished, fine lines are reduced, dark circles have all but disappeared and her skin is moist and dewy.

Erin says:
"The products were very fresh with a very mild scent, which I love, as I hate heavy perfumes. They made my skin feel very smooth! I noticed a visible reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, especially on my forehead with the first 2 weeks. I have had lots of compliments on my skin recently so it definitely works!"

Treat yourself to a skin makeover today!

 

Glowingly yours,

Lisa P


Skincare Specialist
Derma MD Canada 

      

 

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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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, your skincare specialist at lisa@dermamdcanada.ca or follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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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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