Healthy, beautiful skin starts at home. It is incredibly important for everyone to stick to a skin care routine that works for their skin. Everyone is different, which is why custom skin care is so effective. Read our infographic below to find out what your routine should include, depending on your skin tone, texture, and concerns.
If you’re interested in discussing your skin concerns, contact us today.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We love summer here at The Derm Institute, but there are some habits that may causing more damage to your skin than you think. Not to worry! We can provide some easy solutions to help keep your skin healthy and protected this summer.
1. Too much Sun –While soaking up the sun is the highlight of summers here in California, it can actually cause some serious skin damage. Excessive sun exposure is the leading cause of premature skin aging. Be sure to apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily. Reapply every 2-3 hours, especially if you are outside for a long period of time.
2. Sipping with a Straw– We are huge fans of summer iced tea blends here at TDI, but there is one thing to avoid, and that is using a straw. It’s hard to imagine that something so small can cause any damage to your skin, but sipping through a straw can actually cause wrinkles. The repeated use of straws can cause pesky fine lines around the mouth toappear. Try to avoid using a straw, or just pour your drink into a wide mouth glass to avoid that motion.
3.Turning up the AC – We can all fall victim too cranking up the AC when dealing with a heat wave, but this can actually dry out your skin. The skin loses its moisture from too much AC. Drinking plenty of water can keep you hydrated both inside and out. Another way to help avoid skin dehydration is too spritz a little bit of thermal spring water or a hydrating toner to keep your skins moisture balance in check.
4. Squinting– All that sun can make us prone to squinting when we are out and about. Did you know that repeated squinting motions can cause those “crows feet” wrinkles to appear around your eyes? It is easy to avoid. Be sure to wear sunglasses to prevent that squint motion that causes those wrinkles. The added bonus is that sunglasses can keep your eyes protected from UV damage too. Always keep a pair of sunglasses with you!
5. Not Changing your Skincare – Staying on the same skincare regimen the entire year can be a recipe for disaster. Skincare has seasons too, for the Summer months the focus should be on sun protection, use of an antioxidant product ( like a Vitamin C Serum), and lighter weight products. Not sure of what to use? Come in for a quick product knowledge consult with one of our team members here at The Derm Institute, we will gladly put you on the right track.
DO exfoliate your skin prior to shaving. This can reduce the chances of ingrown hairs.
DO change your blade every 5-7 shaves.
DO shave with the grain of your hair for areas like the bikini line. This can reduce the likelihood of ingrown hairs
Do NOT apply too much pressure when shaving. You can actually remove some of the top layers of your skin.
DO remove all deodorant when preparing for an underarm shave. This keeps the surface of the skin smooth and allows for a closer shave. Underarm hair can grow in multiple directions, so DO change your shaving direction for a closer underarm shave.
DO use a moisturizer on your damp skin immediately after shaving. This can seal in the moisture to your skin allowing for a healthy skin barrier!
DO use a dime sized amount of 1% over the coutner hydrocortisone cream with a rich moisturizer to reduce inflammation and protect the skin barrier; especially if you have sensitive skin
Often times our bathroom cabinets and drawers are overstuffed with random skincare. With so much out there, how do you know what to do to put together a great skincare regimen? Follow the TDI skincare guideline below and see how it only takes 5 key skincare products that are essential to a science based and transformative regimen that can have great results for your skin.
PROTECT: Start with a sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. This is the very basic building block of any skincare regimen no matter where you live.
TRANSFORM: Use a topical retinoid, like Renova to target fine lines and smoothing overall skin appearance.
BRIGHTEN: Antioxidants are a vital component to any skincare regimen. They provide protection against free radical damage ( like from pollution) and also protect against photo damage. A high quality Vitamin C is an essential for any age. We love SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic and C+ AHA
POLISH: Hydroxy- Acids are essential for seekers of glowy, and dewy skin. Hydroxy Acids are exfoliators that break down the glue between dull dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, and even skin tone.
BOOST: Want to really take your anti-aging skincare to the next level? The latest science offers growth factors to boost collagen and elastic tissue production for firmer, lifted, and more youthful skin. We love SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum, which has been a MUST in Dr. Chiu’s own medicine cabinet for over 5 years.
Kick of your spring with a new skincare regimen that targets all of your needs. Still unsure about what products to use? Schedule an appointment at The Derm Institute for a Personalized Skin Health Consult
TDI’s Tips on the Absolute Best Ways to boost hydration to dry winter skin!
The Perfect Time for Moisturizing . . .
Within 5 Minutes of Showering:
As soon as you get out of the shower, moisture starts getting pulled out of the skin from contact with air. This is the best time to put on your body moisturizer, as it locks in your skin’s natural moisture. We love Xeracalm Lipid Replenshing Cream to fight dry cracked itchy skin.
Right After Shaving:
Dead skin cells are exfoliated during shaving, allowing the perfect opportunity to get increased penetration with a moisturizer.
After Washing the Dishes:
Load up on a hand cream. Most hand washes are detergent based and antibacterial which disrupts the natural skin barrier, leading to dryness and itching. Moisturizing immediately after washing will protect this skin barrier. Neutrogena’s Norwegian Hand Cream is a classic.
After Making Out!:
Kissing makes the lips dehydrated and flaky because of the evaporative effect of it going from wet to dry repeatedly. Load up on a lip balm after a kissing session :). Dr. Chiu loves the buttery feel of Korres Lip Butter.
Before You Hit the Sack:
During sleep, the skin’s trans-epidermal water loss is increased, meaning moisture is pulled out of the skin while we snooze. By using a slightly heavier night cream on the face, like SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream you are protecting your face from dehydration.
When Jetsetting for the Holidays:
Get a heavy duty moisturizer with urea and slather it on your feet and pull on comfy socks. Recycled air on planes is extremely dehydrating, and a moisturizer plus the occlusive effect of socks will leave your soles soft and hydrated.
There are so many skincare products out there. We know it’s easy to get confused. Information on skincare products at Sephora, Drug Stores, and department stores can be confusing and often times misleading. How do you know what product or group of products are right for your skin? Here at TDI we strive to provide the most comprehensive information to help patients maintain their skincare regimen at home and also make the best decisions when it comes to skincare product selection.
It is important to keep the following in mind, G.R.A.S.S. This acronym will help you select the right products to get your skin to the healthiest it can be!
Growth factors help provide rejuvenating cytokines, signaling proteins, and nutrients. This helps the skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate itself. A product like SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum is an ideal product for this category. It is an all in one anti-aging serum with over 110 Human Growth Factors. This is an ingredient that is good to have as a part of any skincare regimen. It is recommended to start using products with growth factors in your mid 30s to 40s.
Retinols assist with renewing your skin. A product like Renova is essential to tackling those fine lines on your face. It is the most well researched ingredient showing a reversal of photoaging and pre-cancers, as well as wrinkles. This is a MUST HAVE for anyone wanting to be preventative regarding anti-aging.
S is for Specialty. Incorporating a specialized product like an eye cream or skin brightener can help target a specific area that may be troublesome for you. Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream contains growth factors and caffeine to help aid with dark under eye circles and bags. SkinLab’s Brighten and Lift cream contains concentrations of 6% or 8% of hydroquinone to aid in brightening dark spots, and can be a prescription specialty product to combat melasma or hyperpigmentation.
S is for SPF. It is critical to protect your skin against harmful UVA and UVB rays. These are the aging and burning rays that prematurely age the skin and cause discoloration. Using a sunscreen is cruicial to every skincare regimen. Your skincare regimen is not complete without it. There are a variety of sunscreens on the market, a few that are great for a wide range of skin types include EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46, SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair, and La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Ultralight Sunscreen. This is an absolute MUST HAVE at every age. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a minimum SPF of 30 or above daily.
Using this acronym as a guide can lead you to happier and healthier skin. Are you still not sure what product is right for you? Call The Derm Institute and schedule a Personalized Skin Health Consult to receive a skin health program that is catered to your skin and concerns. Let us help you refresh, renew, and resurge your skin!
Load up on fall vegetables like pumpkin and squashes, which are packed with beta-carotene. These antioxidants fend off oxidative damage from pollution to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Take advantage of these less sunny months to visit your dermatologist. Reverse photodamage accumulated throughout the year with in-office procedures like chemical peels and Intense Pulsed Light for more even skin tone and radiance.
Keep your hands and feet baby soft without dry cracking skin throughout the winter by mixing up a DIY balm made with Shea Butter, Olive oil, and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Too lazy to DIY? Keep Revision’s Lumaquin Hand Cream on your nightstand to revitalize dull thin skin on the hands.
Consider adding an Essence to your skin regimen. Essences like Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence soften, lightly moisturize and calm the skin with hyaluronic acid and lavender extract, and can be sprayed on throughout the day to keep your skin fresh and dewy all day.
Incorporate a product rich in Hyaluronic Acid, which is a naturally found sugar “filler” in the skin that attracts water and brings plumpness and glow. Teoxane’s RHA Serum Fundamental Revitalizing Concentrate delivers brighter, dewy skin making your party season ready all the time.
Don’t skip the SPF just because it’s less sunny out! The far majority of UV rays penetrate to your skin despite more gloomy weather. Add one to your regimen like SkinMedica’s Total Defense and Repair that also has anti-oxidants to provide a double punch to aging skin rays.
There is no denying that cosmetic procedures can be pricey . . . so it can be tempting to look for specials and deals at the local salon or Groupon. Patients often ask us, “how come they can offer botox for so cheap?”
Like many things, you often get what you pay for . . .
The application and use of various non-invasive treatments combined with the artistic and expert techniques utilized by Dr. Chiu is what truly sets The Derm Institute’s treatments apart. There are no shortcuts, inappropriate dilutions, or non-original manufacturer discount supplies ever used in our clinic. Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute team are committed to exclusively providing advanced, expert, cutting edge and artistic facial rejuvenation safely.
Injectable neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport, and cosmetic fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are highly regulated FDA-controlled drug treatments. The raw cost of Botox and fillers direct from the approved manufacturer is a set price. Counterfeit, illegally imported, near expiration, or inappropriately diluted product has been an increasing problem in the US as price competing medi-spas and nurse injectors are opening all over the country.
Discount cosmetic centers often cut costs whether knowingly or not by using illegal or counterfeit, less expensive product. Less experienced injectors, often non physicians, although this decreases treatment pricing for the patient, it can at times increase risk of side effects. All medical and cosmetic procedures can rarely result in a complication. Treatment administered by a Board-Certified Dermatologist, like Dr. Chiu, who is extremely experienced in cosmetic procedures can reduce not only the likelihood of a serious complication, but if something does occur, she is specially trained to know how to recognize and resolve any issues.
Often, the cost quoted can also be misleading. Coupon deals show examples like $500 per syringe, but it may take a less experienced injector much more product to achieve the same result. So your overall cost to achieve a desired look may actually be more! It is not uncommon we get patients who tell us they spent thousands and did not see a visible difference they were happy with.
Dr. Chiu and The Derm Institute Team are sincerely committed to fair pricing with the most advanced, expert techniques used with artistry. We apply the highest standards to everything used in our clinic, and we only use the most high quality products, including pharmacy grade numbing cream, German imported microneedles for comfort, and of course, only FDA approved, manufacturer direct medications and treatments. Every expiration date, lot number, and hologram is noted and recorded. Come see the difference for yourself . . .
The host of Men’s Health Live, Gregg Stebben asked if she follows her own skin care advice? She talked about her regimen to stay looking younger and understands how hard it can be to get into a routine. Dr. Chiu wears SPF 30 or higher every day and recommended reapplication of sunscreen throughout the day. Click to hear the full interview here.
Host Gregg Stebben talked to Dr. Chiu about the difference between spray or lotion sunscreen. Ultimately spray sunscreen is not as effective because 90% of the spray does not get on the body. Dr. Chiu recommended, if you do use spray sunscreen only use it for reapplication. Click to hear the full interview here.
Host Gregg Stebben talked to Dr. Chiu if we need to lather on the sunscreen? The Derm Institute’s Dr. Annie Chiu (@DrAnnieChiu) warns that catching a summer tan can do major damage. She informed him that spending just 5 minutes in the sun can cause damage and getting a tan is the bodies defense mechanism to make shade for itself to help protect from the sun. Click to hear the full interview here.
It’s Summer! That means beach weather and bikini season. Worried about those irritated shaving bumps? Have no fear! TDI has some shaving tips that can help keep you worry free this summer.
Treating & Preventing Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are a common problem for everyone. They are commonly caused by shaving. Shaving bumps can occur as a result of chronic inflammation. Simple treatments are as easy as purchasing an over the counter hydrocortisone cream. If those ingrown are still persistent even after the hydrocortisone you may consider using a prescription topical antibiotic solution that can help reduce the inflammation.
Exfoliation is the key to helping prevent ingrownhairs. This is simple and easy to do. Try some exfoliants like Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash, Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Deep Pore Scrub, SkinLab’s Exfoliating Glycolic Cleanser, and SkinLab’s Glow Pads. You want to be sure to exfoliate your body and those ingrown prone areas about 2 -3 times a week.
If you want a DIY method to try at home, you can use coffee grounds mixed with yogurt. This can be applied as an after shave to exfoliate and soothe your skin. The caffeine in the coffee grounds not only act as a gentle scrub, but also decreases the inflammation from shaving reducing the likelihood of ingrown hairs.
Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal creams like Nair can be used, but be sure to first test a small spot prior to treating a larger area; and make sure your skin is not too sensitive to the product. Hair removal creams are safe, but can also be irritating to the skin. If you use any products that contain glycolic/salicylic acids or retinoids be sure to proceed with caution; using a hair removal cream in combination with these types of products can cause increased sensitivity to your skin.
Other Hair Removal Options
Tired of shaving? Want to try something new? Other hair removal options to consider are laser hair removal. This is a popular treatment method for many people who are looking for a longer term option for hair removal. If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your home you can consider the Tria Hair Removal Laser. It is the first and only FDA approved hair removal laser that can be used at home. This laser targets and eliminates hair growth on the face and body. It was recently featured in InStyle and was selected as a Best Beauty Buy for 2015. You can check out Dr. Chiu’s recommendation on it here.
If you do decide to stay with the traditional method of waxing or threading, be sure to exfoliate and to stop using any retinoid about 5 days prior to treatment.
Celebrities are often raving about the best ways to get a natural beautiful glow to their skin. That keep them red carpet ready for special events and for their daily lifestyle. What is the latest craze that everyone from Kim Kardashian to beauty editors are excited about? Sheet Masks!
Sheet masks are the latest skincare products to hit the market by storm. Originating in Korea, sheet masks are individually wrapped luxury facials for all skin types that are convenient for all users. Unlike typical clay facial masks, the cloth sheet masks are very easy to apply and come in single use packages. The sheet masks are infused with supercharged serum to target specific facial concerns, including dryness, pores, and even dull skin. These wonderful products make at-home facials so much easier!
In just fifteen to twenty minutes, the masks are able to target important skin issues, especially tone, hydration, firmness, and clarity, making it a huge favorite among celebrities today. We love them during airplane travel. Below you will find a few of The Derm Institute’s favorite types of sheet masks:
To hydrate your skin, use
SK-11 Facial Treatment Mask: Although pricey, your skin is guaranteed to look glowing and healthy after just one use ($95 for 6).
Jurlique Perfectly Bright Facial Treatment Mask: The formula for this mask has a concentrated solution that helps inhibit melanin synthesis. This assists with the reduction and appearance of dark spots and discoloration. ( $54.00 for 5 )
For a DIY sheet mask: Soak a tissue with your favorite toner, or essence, like Murad Hydrating Toner,then moisten with green tea. Place the soaked tissues on your face. Let this dry for about 10 to 15 minutes. Voila, dewy skin!
Sheet masks are the biggest trend in the world of beautiful skin today, so don’t let these wonderful products pass you by!