5 Interesting Facts About Cosmetic Injectables

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Cosmetic injectables are becoming more and more popular as the years go on. Fillers are a great non-invasive treatment for patients seeking to restore volume and a rejuvenated appearance. Check out the below infographic which includes five interesting facts about cosmetic injectables.

Restore your natural rested, rejuvenated appearance today! Dr. Annie Chiu is a national trainer for dermal fillers and offers a range of injectables at her Manhattan Beach practice.

Contact The Derm Institute team to schedule your cosmetic injectable consultation.

3 Unexpected Uses for Botox

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Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures currently on the market. Its non-invasive, long-lasting solution that requires no downtime makes the procedure appeal to men and women alike. Most commonly known for treating dynamic facial wrinkles, Botox can also be used for a variety of concerns. Dr. Annie Chiu created the below infographic on three unexpected uses for Botox:

  1. Nose – Lift a drooping nose tip.
  2. Smile – Treat a smile that shows too much gum.
  3. Sweat – Help reduce excessive sweating.

If you’re interested in seeing how Botox can help you, schedule a consultation with The Derm Institute today!

5 Fun Facts About CoolSculpting

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CoolSculpting is one of the most effective tools for reducing fat non-surgically and sculpting the body. CoolSculpting is the perfect treatment for those who want a sculpted, toned body but are not ready for surgery or do not have the time for a prolonged recovery period. We put together some need-to-know facts about this revolutionary body contouring procedure below!

  • FDA-approved for permanent fat reduction!
  • Completely non-invasive, no needles, no surgery, no downtime.
  • So comfortable, you just “chill” watching movies or reading during your 35 minute cycle!
  • Can treat almost any “pinchable” fat on the body: tummy, love handles, bra fat, back fat, thighs, knees, double chin and even the upper arms!
  • Results seen as early as 1-2 months after treatment!

If you would like to know more about this procedure or are ready to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

Introducing Vollure . . . your newest Filler BFF, lasting 18 months or more.

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Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute are excited to announce the (early) availability of the newest filler approved in the United States—Juvederm Vollure.

Juvederm Vollure, from the makers of Botox, provides long lasting correction of wrinkles, folds, and shadows to help you achieve a more confident, rejuvenated you!

Among the longest lasting fillers currently on market, clinical studies show Vollure is a filler that lasts for 18 months, with most patients seeing improvement for even longer.

To help you get to know your newest Filler BFF, here are some quick facts:

  1. Juvederm Vollure is FDA approved for the correction of —
  • Smile lines (parenthesis lines)
  • Laugh lines
  • Vertical lip lines (aka “smoker’s lines”)
  • Folds around the chin area (aka “marionette lines”)
  1. Vollure can also be used to —
  • Correct undereye circles or hollows
  • Provide volume or enhancement for the lip
  • Contour the forehead
  • Lift the brows
  • Provide soft lift to the cheeks
  • Correct various shadows, hollows, and wrinkles on the face


  1. Vollure is part of the hyaluronic acid Juvederm Vycross family of products, which also includes Voluma and Volbella. Vycross is a crosslinking characteristic of this hyaluronic acid based filler which gives these fillers a longer last.
  1. Studies showed > 50% of patients had improvement of their smile lines even 18 months after initial treatment with Vollure.  Juvederm Vollure is formulated with lidocaine, making the treatment comfortable.
  1. Vollure is a smooth, soft, spreadable gel that helps chase away wrinkles, folds and shadows to give you a softly natural refreshed appearance. The gel causes less swelling than traditional hyaluronic acid fillers, making downtime minimal to none.
  1. Vollure’s main differentiating characteristic is that it is a softer fill compared to other fillers on the market, making it versatile and natural looking, while providing a long lasting result that delivers more value for patients.

Dr. Chiu is proud to be a renown filler expert and national trainer for Vollure, educating other injectors nationwide on ways to achieve the best outcomes with this and other fillers on the market.  The Derm Institute is excited to help you put your most confident face forward.  Juvederm Vollure allows a softer, more natural correction, that makes you look just slightly airbrushed all over—just in time for your selfies . . .

If you want to experience newly available Juvederm Vollure and start your journey towards fresh faced beauty, call us for a consultation today.

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Needle-less Micro-Cannula Injections

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Did you know you can have filler procedures done in a way to minimize discomfort, risk of bruising, decrease swelling, and avoid multiple needle sticks? Sounds too good to be true? Actually, Dr. Annie Chiu specializes in this advanced technique called Micro-Cannula injection for fillers so most patients have ZERO downtime and discomfort!

If the fear of needles has been holding you back from cosmetic procedures, be assured Dr. Chiu is an expert in this “needless” technique.

What is a Micro-Cannula?
Microcannulas are an alternative to needles when administering fillers. Needles are sharp, which leads to discomfort, and a higher risk of bruising such as the sharp end can injure blood vessels (which leads to bruises). Conversely Microcannulas are thin flexible tubes with smooth rounded tips that push vessels and nerves out of the way when under the skin—leading to much less trauma, swelling, and risk of bruising.

Benefits of Micro-Cannula technique include:

  •  Minimal to no discomfort
  • Less risk to no bruising
  • Decreased tissue trauma
  • Less pain
  • Less swelling

Common areas for Micro-Cannula use include:

  • Fillers for undereye circles, or undereye hollowing
  • Lip fillers
  •  Jawline
  • Hands
  • Smile lines or nasolabial folds
  • Advanced brow and forehead contouring

As always, the Microcannula is a tool all injectors can opt to use, but know that it takes a lot of experience and technique to master delivery of filler in this method in the correct planes of the face. In Dr. Chiu’s hands, you can trust you are being treated by an incredibly talented expert in Microcannula technique.

If you are interested in learning more, contact our office today!

Common Questions:

Really? Absolutely no bruising or pain?
Microcannulas allow much less entry points through the skin where you feel needle “pricks”. Most of what is felt is a bit of pressure, so yes, it is a lot less painful. The risk of bruising is greatly diminished, and most of our patients get no bruising. However, it is still possible to have some minimal bruising, especially if you are on certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or fish oil.

Can all injectables be done with a Microcannula?
Most hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm , Volbella, Restylane, as well as Radiesse can be administered with a Microcannula. Dr. Chiu guides our patients in where it is most appropriate and gives the best results.

All About Microneedling with Rejuvapen

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Microneedling with Rejuvapen is a great treatment to boost skin’s radiance and appearance. It can improve acne scarring, fine lines, stretch marks, and large pores. The Derm Institute created the below infographic on everything you need to know about Microneedling with Rejuvapen. Microneedling is an effective treatment and is rated 90% worth it by RealSelf.com users! For more information on Microneedling with Rejuvapen, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute!

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Pamper Your Mom: 7 Skin Beauty Gifts for Mother’s Day

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It’s hard to find just the right gift for Mom, but here is a guide that will have Mom looking radiant and glowing!

1. Gift of Tighter Skin: BTL Exilis Protégé This non-invasive, painless skin procedure has been clinically proven to tighten and contour the skin. It uses radio frequency technology to tighten sagging skin around the eyes, jaw, and neck line. The result is tighter, firmer, and younger looking skin. Radiofrequency energy has been proven to better define facial and jawline features just with a warming sensation. Give Mom the gift of smoother sculpted skin this year with BTL Exilis Protégé!

2. Gift of Even, Radiant Skin: Intense Pulse Light (IPL) is a popular procedure and a true patient favorite! This treatment can target those pesky brown spots and red areas on the skin. It treats pigmentation, sun damaged, skin, brown spots, age spots, broken blood vessels, facial redness, and rosacea. This procedure is also a consistent favorite because it brightens and evens the overall skin tone with minimal downtime.

3. Gift of a Liquid Lift: Fillers and Botox relax fine lines and wrinkles. Mom will look rested and fabulous with an injectable treatment by Dr. Annie Chiu. Dr. Chiu is a board-certified dermatologist and master injector renowned for her eye towards soft natural rejuvenation. Patients are thrilled with the instant results and how natural they look!

4. Gift of Glow: A Red Carpet Peel will make Mom’s skin brighter and smoother! This light exfoliating peel gives skin a flawless and radiant glow. This is a popular procedure that has no downtime and delivers an instant boost in skin health.

5. Gift of Happy Healthy Skin:  Personalized Skin Care Consult at The Derm Institute. Mom will get a complete skincare regimen overview and mini personalized skin treatment at the office. Dr. Chiu will provide her with product recommendations of medically proven skincare products designed to have Mom look her best all year long.

6. Gift of luscious lashes: Latisse. It enhances natural lash growth, to make them fuller and longer and can be used for areas like the eyebrows as well.

7. Consider a Gift Certificate to The Derm Institute to show Mom how much you care. We will bundle the gift certificate you purchase with introductory skin goodies. She can then choose from any of the treatments we offer or even purchase products with her gift certificate. Let her enjoy an experience at our office!

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The Magic of Lasers + Energy Devices

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Lasers and energy devices can do magical things to our skin! From treating brown spots and redness to stimulating collagen production, lasers can improve a range of skin conditions. Dr. Chiu created the below infographic that contains information on skin lasers and energy devices, such as how they work and what they treat. For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense pulsed light utilizes highly selective light energy to target brown spots and red areas. It can be used to treat pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, brown spots, age spots, broken blood vessels, facial redness, and rosacea. IPL also brightens and evens the overall skin tone. IPL has a 75% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Fraxel

Fraxel delivers fractional laser energy deep into the skin for a simple and effective anti-aging treatment. Fraxel is used to reduce hyperpigmentation, sun damage, facial scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles. Fraxel can also treat actinic keratosis, a common pre-cancerous skin condition. Fraxel has a 71% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Infini

Infini is a skin tightening treatment for the neck, jawline, and face that uses insulated microneedles to deliver microfocused radiofrequency, which heats collagen fibers and stimulates collagen production. Infini can also improve the appearance of large pores, acne scars, lax skin, and stretch marks. Infini has an 80% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Clear + Brilliant

Clear + Brilliant Laser is a revolutionary, gentle laser skin care treatment that has been clinically proven to fight the effects of aging skin. The gentlest treatment in the Fraxel family, the non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser is a beneficial addition to any healthy skincare regimen, great for pore size, melasma, and fine lines. Clear + Brilliant has an 81% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Magic of Lasers

Swimsuit Bodies Start Now!

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No matter the season, being swimsuit ready is an absolute must in California. Now get that summer body without hitting the gym. The Derm Institute offers a comprehensive selection of services for non-invasive fat elimination with little to no down time and dramatic results. The cutting-edge technologies we offer are Coolsculpting+, Vanquish ME, Kybella and Cellutone. The Derm Institute is your total fat elimination and body contour destination.

Here’s the skinny on the treatments we offer:

CoolSculpting+ Freeze the Fat!

Freezing has never been this cool! Here at The Derm Institute, Dr. Chiu and her expert team will provide you with a personalized treatment plan to optimize your results. We aim for real results that will have you ready for any occasion. CoolSculpting uses controlled cold temperatures to target and crystallize fat cells to permanently reduce stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. The “frozen” fat cells die off and are processed naturally by the body. CoolSculpting can contour and sculpt targeted areas of your body where there is pinchable unwanted fat. It is a non-invasive technique that eliminates bulges of fat. It’s perfect for targeting “love handles”, “muffin tops”, and the double chin. CoolSculpting is completely customizable to your needs!

 

Vanquish ME Burn the Bulge!

Turn up the heat with Vanquish ME. Vanquish ME, offered here at The Derm Institute is proven to be consistent fat reduction treatment. The technology behind Vanquish ME is radio frequency (RF) heat. It is safe and effective. The RF heat eliminates fat cells without damaging the skin or even requiring body contact! A study showed that Vanquish ME has a 53% increase in fat layer reduction compared to its predecessor, Vanquish. The Derm Institute is one of the first to offer the Vanquish ME. This is the ideal treatment if you’re looking for an overall reduction in your waistline or thigh width fat. This is designed to “melt fat” in as little as 30 days!

Cellutone

The Derm Institute aims for superior results, and to accomplish that we have uniquely added Cellutone acoustic wave therapy to our practice to aid you in your journey towards a sculpted you. Cellutone adds a new dimension to our fat elimination treatments. Dr. Chiu and her team combine Cellutone with CoolSculpting+ and Vanquish ME to achieve optimal results. Cellutone is a vital part of our fat elimination treatments because it successfully accelerates fat reduction results and is a reliable method for tightening skin and eliminating cellulite. Post-treatment manual massage according to a study has showed a dramatic 66% increase in fat reduction. The powerful massage component of Cellutone takes your treatment here at The Derm Institute to the next level. You will have faster and better enhancement to achieve your body goals. The Derm Institute is one of the few practices that offers this specialized technology to optimize your treatment.

 

Kybella

Kybella is a cosmetic injectable used to permanently reduce any difficult or stubborn fat. This process of fat destruction mimics a natural chemical produced by the body. The Derm Institute is a Kybella Center of Excellence, and Dr. Chiu is a national recognized master injector who not only addresses areas like the double chin, but also specializes in treating stubborn fat bulges like “bra bulges”, arm pit pooches, fat above the knee, and abdomen shaping with Kybella.

 

Let The Derm Institute help you achieve that slimmer body with our variety of non-invasive fat elimination procedures. We can formulate the highest level of innovative non-invasive fat elimination. We combine Vanquish ME and Coolsculpting to provide the “fire and ice” powerhouse approach to effectively reduce unwanted fat and overall sculpt your body. Our dedicated team takes the time to assess you and create your ideal treatment plan. Cellutone and Kybella are just expansions of our wide selection of options available to you to achieve your total body transformation. The Derm Institute can get you ready for any occasion, so don’t sweat swimsuit season, banish the bulge now!

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Getting the Perfect Pout for Valentine’s Day ♥

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and now is the best time to make your lips look completely kissable!  A study from the University of Southern California found that men actually spend more time looking at the mouth than any other facial feature of a woman.
Thankfully there is a simple way to get your lips looking luscious, natural, and sexy. Here at The Derm Institute we offer lip filler treatments that can give your lips a glossy, “just kissed™” look.

What are Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers, like  Belotero, Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk, and Volbella, are injectable treatments that are comprised of cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid that smooth, plump, and hydrate the lips for a natural appealing pillowy pout. Dr. Chiu specializes in natural glossy TDI “Just Kissed Lips™”…never duck or trout like. It will be our secret!

Lip rejuvenation with lip fillers does not always only involve injecting the lip directly. Total lip rejuvenation is often achieved with injections in the lip for volumization, and additional treatment to the fine lines around the mouth. These lines are often referred to as “smoker’s lines”.

Lip filler treaments usually last between 9-12 months and are naturally absorbed by the body. Repeated treatments at recommended treatment intervals can actually improve the duration of your filler.

Why get lip fillers?

  • To make vertical lip “smoker’s lines” or “lipstick lines” disappear
  • To give crinkly lips a glossed appearance so they look dewy
  • To better define the cupid’s bow, or M portion of the lip
  • Define the lip borders
  • Upturn the corners of a downturning mouth

How to get your ideal lips

The best lips have to have a great shape. Great shape and definition is achieved by one main factor, your expert injector. Dr. Annie Chiu is a nationally renowned master injector, who is well recognized for specializing in natural, plumped, gorgeous heart shaped lips. Just ask our staff, everyone’s lips have been treated by Dr. Chiu. Also, Dr. Chiu is has perfected her TDI “ Lip Glossing” technique with lip fillers. This is to get that “just kissed™” look. Where the lip is slightly plumped with a glossy appearance. All looking completely natural, with just a hint of desire.

 

What you NEED to Know about Lip fillers

    • 10 Days before treatment avoid pain medications, fish oil, aspirin, vitamin E. These tend to make the blood thin and cause increase your risk of bruising and swelling.
    • There is practically ZERO downtime.
    • Chiu specialize in a bruise free, no touch minimal discomfort lip injection technique with a microcannula.
    • Don’t expect Angelina or Kylie lips. Trust that Dr. Chiu will decide what is best to beautifully frame your face. You can expect to increase the size of your lips gradually over time with treatments, not all at once, for the best natural looking results.

Cherish your lips, just like you cherish you skin! Let The Derm Institute help get you simply irresistibly kissable lips this Valentine’s Day. Call us today to reserve your spot and feel sexy all year long. #justkissed™

Intrigued by more kissable luscious lips?  Check out our Valentine’s Special!

 

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15 Things That Hurt Worse Than Botox

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15 Things with More of an Ouch…

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1. Monday mornings

2. Razor burn

3. Getting Shampoo in your eyes

4. Bikini waxes

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5. Pinching your eyelid with a lash curler

6. Blind dates

7. Sunburns

8. Wearing 4 inch heels

9. Not knowing there is food stuck in your teeth

10. Getting a papercut

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11. Waiting in line at the post office

12. Burning your mouth on coffee

13. LA traffic

14. A Bad haircut

15. Not getting Botox and looking wrinkled

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Kybella | Non-Surgical Treatment For Double Chin

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Kybella is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for submental fat, also known as “double chin”. Dr. Chiu created this helpful infographic that includes facts on Kybella, such as the cause of submental fullness, who it affects, treatment times, and results. For more information on Kybella, or to schedule a consultation, contact The Derm Institute.

  • Americans spent more than $13.5 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2015.
  • 42% was spent on non-surgical procedures.
  • Injectables overall saw a 21% increase in 2015.
  • Kybella is the very 1st FDA-approved injectable treatment for submental fat.
  • 6.6 million injectables treatments were performed in 2015.
  • 67% of people surveyed by the ASDS said they were bothered by “double chin”.
  • Causes of submental fullness include aging, genetics, and weight gain.
  • “Double chin” affects both men and women.
  • 90% of injectable treatments were performed on women in 2015.
  • Kybella has an 87% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.
  • You can expect results after 2-4 treatments that last 15-20 minutes each and are spaced 1 month apart.

Kybella Infographic

A True Beauty Girl’s New Year’s Resolutions . . . for 2017

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Resolution #1

Lose the fat. 

Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and treat stubborn areas of my muffin top with Coolsculpting and slim my thighs with Vanquish.Resolution 1

Resolution #2

Reverse sun damage. 

Be good to my skin, wear SPF, and shed existing sun damage with IPL treatments and Physician Grade Peel series.

Resolution #3

Get beauty sleep. 

Incorporate zen-smelling yet amazing skincare like Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Repair with a dash of organic lavender essential oil before bed to relax and let my skin restore.

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Be good to my hands. 

Nothing is worse than your hands giving away your age . . . well, #6 is similar . . .  Protect them with sunscreen everyday, and use a night cream like Lumiquin nightly.  Reversing pre-existing sun damage with IPL and use fillers like Radiesse to give me back plump, rejuvenated, youthful hands.

Resolution #5

Don’t sweat the small stuff. 

Worry less, because it gets me nowhere. And consider Botox for underarm sweating so I can toss my deodorant and never worry about ruining a silk shirt.

Resolution #6

Ditch the scarfs and turtlenecks.  

Warmer weather is coming, and it’s perfect timing to get that slight pooch under my chin to disappear permanently with Kybella. Say hello to a swan like, contoured neck!

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Feel sexy 24-7. 

Little touches, like always wearing slightly bee-stung, “just-kissed”, glossy pillowy lips make me feel irresistible.  That right—tempt me with the most subtle way to do this. . . Volbella.

Resolution #8

Be proud of my bikini bod.

Getting a bit of a booty lift with Sculptra, perfect little spider veins that come for standing too much, and a little magic with Body Tightening Concentrate so I can rock bikini selfies all year round.

Resolution #9

Not neglect my neck. 

Protect it daily with sunscreen, tighten crepy skin with Radiofrequency treatments and Infini, and never ever go to bed without Neocutis Microfirm Neck Cream.

Resolution #10

Cherish my skin every single day.

Healthy beautiful skin gives me confidence to conquer the world.

Xoxo

Dr. Annie, #girlboss

3 Ways to Debut a New You in the New Year

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Start the New Year off right and try some of our most popular minimally invasive procedures to debut a new, more confident you. With procedures like the Clear + Brilliant laser, natural fillers, and body contouring, you will be looking your best in 2017.

Clear + Brilliant Laser

The Clear + Brilliant Laser is a gentle laser treatment that fights against signs of aging and discoloration to reveal smoother, glowing skin. Clear + Brilliant Laser has an 87% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

New + Natural Fillers

New and natural fillers can be exclusively customized to fit your indiviudal needs, including Juvederm Volbella, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Defyne. Juvederm Volbella has an 86% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

Fire + Ice Body Contouring

This treatment combines the fat eliminating heat energy of Vanquish ME and the fat freezing technology of CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting has an 83% RealSelf.com Worth It rating.

For more information on these procedures, or to schedule a consultation, please contact The Derm Institute.

New Year, New You

Winter Skincare Must Dos

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Winter season is a time where cooler weather means dry skin and the weather can take a toll on our skin. The best way to avoid total damage to your complexion is to have these 5 winter essentials at home. They are a sure fix to keep your skin hydrated and radiant during the winter.

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1. Moisturize
–  Changing to a more hydrating moisturizer with ingredients like Vitamin E, Vitamin c, and sodium hyaluronate can help keep your skin looking quenched. Our favorites are  SkinCeutials’ Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 , SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream, and even Medimetriks’ Niseko Hydrating Moisturizer.

2. Use a Serum – Hyaluronic acid serums help draw water to the skin, keeping skin hydrated and not flakey. For an added anti-aging benefit hyaluronic acid serums, like Alphaeon’s Teoxane RHA Serum or Skinlab’s Dew Drops help boost collagen and minimize fine lines.

3. Drink Plenty of Water – Keep your skin healthy and refreshed by drinking plenty of H2O Staying hydrated keeps your skin glowing and less parched.

4. Exfoliate – Winter exfoliation is a must do! Polish and refresh your skin this winter. Exfoliating in the winter is key to allowing cell renewal and decongest the skin. Be careful to avoid over exfoliating, you don’t want to dry out your skin. Using products like Skinlab’s Weekly Peel Pads, Medicated Glow Pads, and Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser can keep you on the right track.

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5. Treat Your Lips – Primp your pout! Your lips need love too. Using products like Coola’s Liplux balm can keep them looking hydrated and fresh.

 

 

lotion_application_16. Hydrate your Body – Keep the dry skin away by using products like Avene’s Xeracalm Moisturizing Lotion to quench and smooth your dry winter skin. Skinceuticals’ Body Tightening Concentrate has some great skin tightening benefits too!

Keeping a good regimen that hydrates your skin is key to winter skin survival. Do not hesitate to stop by the office and discuss you skincare concerns and needs with one of our product experts here at The Derm Institute!

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