As the kids go back to school and we go back to work now is the time to go back to skincare and reverse any sun damage we may have incurred during the summer. Here are three key steps you should know.

EXFOLIATION The most basic treatment to start off the fight against sun Damage is exfoliation. Microdermabrasion is a tool that will help exfoliate and resurface the skin to provide better penetration of the actives you apply on it.

THE POWER OF LIGHT Light therapy is yet another power tool in the fight against sun damage. Laser and IPL are technologies, which show many benefits in reversing unappealing changes in skin due to sun exposure. IPL Photo Facials work great for treating redness, tiny veins and brown spots.

FIRMING Skin firmness also takes a toll from sun exposure, and as people age, sagging skin replaces the plumpness that is inherent to youth. Micro-Needling (aka Collagen Induction Therapy) is a wonderful new therapy that offers great results.

Ultimately, to achieve optimum sun damage reversing results, clients need a combination of professional skincare treatments and at home products.



Moisturizing is a good first defense against signs of aging, but moisturizing is SUPER good at stopping DEAD skin cells from leaving our faces. Your top layer of skin is dead anyway. Think of moisturizer being a bit like glue to those dead ‘n flaky skin cells. The down side is when too many dead skin cells ‘build-up’ it can start to make skin look dull. This is when exfoliation is your friend! Exfoliating gets rid of those old skin cells.


Exfoliating gets rid of old skin, that means it reveals younger and more nourished skin. With science eyes on, exfoliating increases ‘skin cell turnover’, that means new skin is encouraged to grow.


Exfoliation is your best friend by saving you money and increasing the activation of these expensive products. By exfoliating away dead skin cells there is less skin to ‘get through’, so your ingredients have their BEST chance of working.


There is nothing that encourages spots MORE than dead skin! Dead skin is like a play ground for bacteria. Dead skin is a key cause of black heads.


A bit of exfoliation gets the ‘juices’ of your skin flowing. That means it allows blood flow to rush in, feeding your skin with nutrients it needs. And anything  bad, that has built up in your skin, gets to be ‘drained away’. This is why exercise can make skin radiant.


While you can’t ‘shrink’ your pores, you can stop them from getting any bigger. Pores can seem to get much bigger as we get older, that’s because, skin ‘builds-up’ in our pores. Dead skin not only helps pores to grow, but also makes them MUCH more visible.

Think you have Sensitive Skin? Think again.

Sensitive skin is a phenomenon sweeping the skin care industry, reported at 50%–80% of the population depending on what report you read. So, what exactly defines sensitive skin?

Is it fair skin that sunburns easily? Is it skin that gets scaly easily? Is it skin that stays red for a long time after injury? None of these are determining factors for sensitivity.

It is this confusion that leads many to believe they have sensitive skin and purchase products marketed to this population. Sensitive skin from a dermatologist’s perspective. This, too, is controversial, as no medical definition exists. Sensitive skin is not medical term. It’s a marketing term that consumers seem to understand. From a dermatologic standpoint, the three components of sensitive skin, include barrier disruption, immune hyper-reactivity and heightened neurosensory response.

Barrier Disruption, means that something has irritated the skin resulting in redness, flaking and tenderness. Sensitive skin can be a side effect of the overzealous consumer who engages in weekly microdermabrasion, lunchtime face peels and nightly retinoids. All of these procedures and products damage the skin barrier, which produces sensitive skin over time.

Sensitive skin due to eczema (atopic dermatitis) is associated both on a barrier defect and a hyperactive immune system. Rosacea is an example of the third component of sensitive facial skin, which is heightened neurosensory response.

Layering Product Guide


Serums FIRST – They deliver active ingredients into the deepest layers of the skin. Plus, they’re easy to customize. Pick serums that treat your concerns: formulas with peptides for wrinkles or salicylic acid for oily skin. Adding an antioxidant is always a good idea. Vitamin C is one in­gre­dient every skin type needs. It brightens, protects against sun damage, and promotes collagen production. We recommend Crystal-C Serum or Retinol w/ C for night by Control Corrective.
Take your Time- If you give each product a minute to dry so it won’t pill. Locking it all down with moisturizer is key to any layering routine because it seals serums on your skin, which can make them more effective.  For oily skin try an oil-free moisturizer or gel base, like Control Correctives Hydrate Stabilizer.  For dry skin add an oil. In small doses, oils make skin radiant. Put them on dry areas after creams. As a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa.
Protection. Sunscreen is your last step in the morning. If it goes on first, it prevents other ingredients from penetrating.  It should be lightweight enough to layer over multiple products. End your nighttime routine with a retinoid. This is a anti-aging super-ingredient. Put retinol over serums and mixed with moisturizer. This helps retinol to penetrate better with less irritation.

‘Tis the Season for Dry Skin

Winter is the time where most people will experience dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. This is because of the colder temperatures and change in humidity. These factors cause the skin to loose hydration quicker leaving them dry. Here’s what you can do to help keep your skin soft & smooth this season. The 1st tip is to use a moisturizer at least twice a day. You can use as often as you feel that your skin needs it. When picking a moisturizer, determine if you need a light one (water-based) or a heavier one if your skin tends to get dry quickly (an oil-based moisturizer). 2nd, twice a week, use a gentle exfoliate on the areas that are dry and flaky. The dry and flaky skin cells are dead skin cells that need to be removed from your body. The dead skin cells on top typically block the living cells below from absorbing the moisturizer which slows down your body’s ability to have soft looking skin.