Does Hydrated Skin Mean Healthy Skin?

drinking-water_2694655bWith all the hype on TV and in health magazines, most of us know that drinking the suggested 6-8 cups of water a day is important to our overall well-being. But just how important is water to the feel and look of our skin? Is healthy skin hydrated skin? I’m here to tell you yes! In order for the skin to protect our bodies from UV radiation, microorganisms, and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact.

When skin is well-hydrated, it is more plump and resilient. This is due, at least in part, to an ingredient in the skin called hyaluronic acid. The job of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to hold water. When there is adequate water from inside out, the skin looks healthier and more vibrant and is less prone to wrinkles. It is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day for best results. You’ve probably heard that drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is a good idea but you may need more or less depending on your activity level. Remember, coffee and sodas do not count as water because they contain caffeine which is a diuretic, meaning that they draw water out of your system and your skin.

There are several reasons why you may not be getting enough water to make keep your skin healthy. Anything that makes you sweat a lot, such as exercise or being out in the sun, causes you to loose fluids. Getting sick can dehydrate you too, particularly if you have a fever, diarrhea or are vomiting. In such cases, you might need to drink even more water to replace what was lost. Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption is highly recommended.

Remembering to drink enough water can sometimes be a chore. Our suggestion? Make it a point to drink one or two glasses of water with every meal. Keep a water bottle on your desk at work or in your car, and sip often. If you’d like a little flavor with your water, try adding a lemon wedge or a splash of fruit juice. If you want to do everything you can to moisturize your skin, don’t stop at applying moisturizer and drinking a lot of water. You can make “you are what you eat” your new mantra and choose foods based on how they will help your skin. To get the most out of your daily meals, try including the following items in your diet:Food with unsaturated fats

Omega 3′s– Your skin has a natural barrier to help retain moisture, and that barrier contains omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding flax seed, salmon and walnuts to your diet to boost your omega-3 intake and moisturize your skin.

Spinach- In addition to being chock full of vitamins, such as skin-strengthening vitamin A, spinach has plant compounds that according to some research help to keep your skin healthy.

Berries- It turns out that berries aren’t just tasty and fun to eat; they’re also really good for healing your skin. Berries not only contain juice to help you hydrate, but they’ve also got antioxidants and vitamin C that protect your skin.

Overall, drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of healthy foods, and watching your caffeine and alcohol intake will put you on the road to healthy, moist, and supple skin. If you find your skin is struggling with something other than dehydration such as acne, rosacea, acne scarring, age spots, etc. contact us now! We offer a variety of treatments that offer relief from many different conditions.

Peel Away all Imperfections with a Chemical Peel

Chemical-peelsChemical peels are a type of procedure during which a substance is applied to the skin resulting in faster skin cell turnover (exfoliation or peeling). The goal of chemical peeling is to rejuvenate the skin or address a specific problem such as acne, acne scars, blemishes, melasma, wrinkles, sun damage, or fine lines. Even if you don’t have a specific skin problem, getting a chemical peel is a great way to restore or maintain a glowing complexion. Given then their effectiveness, safety and affordability, chemical peels are a very popular dermatologic procedure.

At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic our illumaPeel combines a variety of active cosmeceutical ingredients to effectively achieve the results you desire, whether it be to help smooth the skin’s texture or erase pigmentation irregularities. Each procedure is a half hour. The face, hands, neck, back and shoulders may be treated and people of all ethnic backgrounds can enjoy the benefits of a chemical peel.

Before and After Chemical Peel

After cleansing the face, our MiniPeel Solution is applied. our physician will advise you when to wash the solution off using the provided anti-redness foaming cleanser followed by applying the Illuma 2 CrèmeThe peeling process usually begins 1-3 days after the procedure and is complete in 5-7 days. The skin may appear dry and flaky during this time.

Moisturizer and sunscreen must be used regularly during the 5-7 days after the peel and is included in your package here at Dermaworks. Use of these products helps achieve better healing and masks the peeling process. You will be able to return to work or other activities immediately after your chemical peel. Peels can be repeated in 2-4 weeks. More than one peel may be required depending on your goals and condition.

Although results may be achieved after one treatment, a series of treatments may be required and varies from person to person. Anxious for that glowing complexion? Contact us today! 

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer one of the most effective laser skin technologies in the industry–Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Dermal Optical Thermolysis (DOT) Therapy using the SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system. This revolutionary technology not only rejuvenates the skin, eliminating wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne and other scars but also has the unique ability to tighten skin! It is the preferred method if you wish to get the most results with one treatment.

The SmartXide DOT™ CO2 laser system emits CO2 laser energy that creates thousands of microscopic perforations (vaporization of the skin) at a controlled depth. This stimulates new collagen growth and promotes tissue coagulation, resulting in skin tightening. Its fractional nature leaves bridges of skin between the vaporized columns of tissue. This helps with the healing process by reducing recovery time and associated risks (particularly unwanted hypo-pigmentation), thereby allowing the skin to heal faster. It is important to keep in mind that this technology is not only used for severe skin issues, in fact some clients simply feel their appearance looks aged and tired.

This is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure.  For your comfort during the treatment, we may apply a topical freezing anesthetic. After the first day your skin will be extremely red and it is very important to follow the post-treatment instructions given to you by our physician. Upon leaving you will be asked to book a follow-up appointment.

During the first 24 hours post-treatment use ice/cold packs every two hours for 20 minutes maximum for selling and discomfort, cover treated areas with a moisturizing ointment every two hours, and keep your head elevated by using two or more pillows when lying down.

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Following treatment normal activities may resume per level of comfort. However, no swimming or using hot tubs/whirlpools while redness is present, usually for at least 24-48 hours. Once you feel comfortable and healed, a normal skin care regime, including makeup or shaving, can be resumed. Mild treatments typically require 1-2 days of downtime (ideally with 3-5 treatments), moderate treatments require 3-5 days (ideally with 2-3 treatments) and more aggressive treatments require 5-7 days of downtime (ideally with 1-2 treatments).

If you would like to improve the look and feel of your skin this treatment may be for you! Contact us today to book your consultation with our physician to receive a quote and see if this procedure is right for you.

Ottawa Juvederm – What It Can Do

At Dermaworks, we can help you achieve a more youthful appearance and improved facial contours with Juvéderm ™, one of the most popular dermal fillers in the Ottawa area. With a single treatment, you can experience a remarkable rejuvenation of your appearance without having to undergo invasive surgery – just one (or more) injection is all that’s required!

Wondering what problems on the face that Juvederm ™ can help you with? Here’s a convenient diagram to show you what it can do:

The wrinkles at the outside corners of the eyes, more familiarly known as crow’s feet, can also be minimized or eliminated in appearance.

Juvederm ™ effectively treats aesthetic flaws on the face by “filling them out”. The product features unique ingredients that bind to the water that is present in your skin, thereby adding volume to a crease, contour or depression. This smooths out the flaw to achieve the desirable results. It on this premise that a whole host of problems may be corrected, such as nasolabial folds, smoker’s wrinkles (vertical lip lines), deep acne scars, thin lips, sunken cheeks and more – just ask us to find out what other flaws may be targeted!

If you are looking for an Ottawa Juvederm ™ injection, please contact us at 613-667-9455 to book your consultation with a licensed physician. The Chief Physician of Dermaworks has extensive knowledge of facial structure and years of experience in treating wrinkles and improving facial contours with Juvederm ™, as well as a variety of other injectable filler products. Relying on her professional expertise, our physician will perform the procedure to achieve the most desirable results possible. Results are usually immediately apparent following injection.

Which is Better for You: Restylane or Juvederm?


As far as dermal fillers in Ottawa go, Restylane® and Juvederm ™ are two of the most popular products in Canada. Their popularity is probably due to their ability to effectively achieve desirable results, relatively quickly and safely. They can also treat a variety of aesthetic problems: smoothing out mild to moderate facial wrinkles, augmenting the lips, filling out scars, and changing facial contours like the chin and cheeks – all from a treatment that doesn’t involve incisions and takes less than an hour.

Here are the similarities:

  • Both are in a gel form based on hyaluronic acid, responsible for maintaining volume and moisture levels in the skin.
  • Both come in syringes.
  • Both are injected into the skin.
  • Both come in different intensities, as distinguished by the median size of the gel’s particles and the concentration of hyaluronic acid. The problem determines the intensity.
  • Both achieve temporary results with minimal downtime. Side effects include short lived swelling, irritation and bruising.

And here are the differences:

Restylane®

Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid based injectable filler approved by the FDA. Introduced to the market back in 2004, the product is a gel composed of microspheres that differ in size according to intensity (larger particles means it’s more intense and can last longer). One syringe contains 1cc.

Results generally last about half a year or more. Juvederm ™, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 3 months or more. However, reports all say something different here – some patients find this injection lasts longer, while others prefer Restylane®. It really depends on the patient, doctor, and problem corrected.

Juvederm


Juvederm ™ is manufactured to be smoother in consistency than Restylane®. Many physicians believe this smooth texture allows it to achieve better results in some areas of the face, particularly the lips. One syringe contains .80cc.

Side effects from a Juvederm ™ injection can last for about 24 hours. On the other hand, many patients find the side effects resulting from Restylane® can last up to 3 days.


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