Is Beauty Sleep a Real Thing?

In today’s fast-paced society, there’s always another item to cross off the to-do list, one more deadline to hit, one more chore to get out of the way, one more child to put to bed, or one more email to respond to, (and toss in daylight savings/time changes, things go from bad to worse)! The tasks are endless and when we do finally get some time to slow down, we often spend it with friends and family, leaving a decent night’s sleep at the bottom of the list of priorities. But how does this lack of quality sleep affect our appearance and overall health?

The Effects of Skipping Out on a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting too little sleep can wreak havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives, from causing irritability and lack of concentration to derailing a diet with late night snacks, disrupting hormone levels, or causing permanent damage well below the skin’s surface. Ultimately, sleep is essential to most beauty goals. In other words, this beauty sleep… isn’t a myth!

Our bodies filtration systems clear out waste during sleep. A study by Dr. Nedegaard, suggested the brain clears toxins from your brain while you sleep. Similarly, skin performs a deep clean during sleep, helping to reverse damage caused by environmental elements, stress, and more. It has been proven that at night, skin restores its lipid barrier, which protects skin from external factors that may damage collagen and elastin stores in lower layers of the skin. At this time, the body also produces higher levels of human growth hormones (HGH), which spur cell renewal for smoother, healthier skin by the morning (pillow wrinkles aside). It’s worth noting as well, that over time, a lack of sleep leads to a buildup of cortisol, the stress hormone, which leads to increased collagen degradation and premature aging of the skin.

How to Protect Your Beauty Sleep

While there are certainly ways to fake a night of beauty sleep with makeup tricks or cucumber masks, the focus needs to be brought back to getting enough sleep to allow the skin and body to heal itself in the first place.  

To those work-addicted warriors reading this, (particularly those in their 20s and 30s) – stop pushing sleep to the weekends! This habitual cycle of sleep deprivation will show over time and your appearance may falsely reflect a perceived inability to keep up the pace. In fact, some physicians note that following medical aesthetic treatments, patients have reported an increase in productivity at work. You look and feel more rested and become more efficient. In other words, keeping regular work hours that allow for a restful night of sleep may benefit your career over the long haul.

As for treating damage already done to otherwise healthy collagen levels, consider a serum (with hyaluronic or vitamin C) and/or night cream that will assist in collagen restoration paired with an anti-aging treatment plan for wrinkle reduction. These anti-aging treatments utilize advanced radio frequency technology to deliver heat below the skin’s surface, kick starting the skin’s natural collagen production cycle to soften and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles while restoring your skin’s youthful-looking glow. Consider it a shot of caffeine for collagen production 😉

To learn more about the benefits of anti-aging wrinkle-reduction treatments, feel free to drop us a note.

What is Collagen – Breaking Down the Beauty Benefits

“Collagen” is a word that we have seen floating around in the anti-aging realm for a while now. You might think it’s just another beauty industry buzzword, but collagen has an important role to play in your physical biology as well as your aesthetics. What is collagen and what is it’s role in anti-aging?

What Is Collagen?

Accounting for approximately 33% of all protein in the human body—making it the most abundant protein—collagen contributes to skeletal, joint, muscle, tendon, dental, hair, and skin health. It’s primary role is to fasten together cells and tissues to support the shape and integrity of various structures in the body. Simply, collagen acts as a sort of flexible glue or framework that keeps the body looking and functioning at it’s best.

Collagen’s Beauty Benefits

In terms of anti-aging beauty benefits, collagen is often associated with healthy, firm, smooth skin. Higher collagen levels contribute to a rejuvenated appearance, including greater skin elasticity, plumpness, and smoothness. Collagen also contributes to hair health, with higher collagen levels being linked to stronger tresses, delayed graying, and even potential increased hair growth.

What Causes the Body to Produce Less Collagen?

Age is a definite factor in decreased collagen levels. With time, collagen production naturally slows: after age 20, our bodies produce roughly 1% less collagen in the skin per year. But there are also common lifestyle factors that can negatively impact collagen levels over time. Do any of these look familiar?

  • Smoking — the chemicals found in tobacco smoke damage collagen and elastin in the skin, while reducing the amount of oxygen delivered to skin cells, which slows cell turnover.
  • High blood sugar — A diet high in sugar causes sugar in the blood to bond to more proteins, creating AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products), which are molecules known to destroy collagen proteins.
  • A diet low in vitamin C — The body requires vitamin C to naturally produce collagen, so a diet lacking adequate sources of vitamin C leads to collagen degradation.
  • Prolonged exposure to pollution — Environmental pollution can create free radicals that affect skin by increasing protein oxidation and the depletion of collagen.
  • Sun exposure — The sun’s UV rays damage collagen deep in the dermis, resulting in wrinkles, a loss of elasticity… and increased pigmentation.

How to Boost Collagen Production

While collagen powders and supplements have made their rounds on social media, their effectiveness is still being studied. The question is whether these supplements really work to promote collagen production in the body, since collagen does not enter and remain in the body as a whole protein when ingested. Essentially, when any collagen supplement or dietary source (such as bone broth) is consumed, the body breaks this collagen down into its basic building blocks: amino acids. The body then uses these amino acids where they’re needed for optimal health. If the body is lacking in collagen, it may reproduce collagen from the broken down amino acids—but that’s only if it needs collagen. If collagen is sufficient, those amino acids will be used elsewhere in the body. This means that the efficacy of these supplements in boosting collagen levels remains up for debate.

As for anti-aging collagen creams, they won’t significantly boost collagen levels in skin. Collagen proteins are much too large to be absorbed deep into the dermis of the skin where collagen is needed to maintain skin’s structural integrity. Skin care products containing amino acid precursors or peptides – which are much smaller particles – are much more effective in penetrating to the middle layer of the skin and kick starting targeted collagen production.

Likewise, anti-aging multi-polar radio frequency treatments can offer an effective means to promote skin’s natural collagen production. Using technology that’s safe for all skin tones, these non-surgical treatments utilize radio frequency to deliver targeted energy deep below the skin’s surface, creating heat within the dermis of the skin. This heat kick starts skin’s natural collagen production cycle, boosting overall collagen levels for plumper, smoother-looking skin and an overall younger-looking appearance.

To learn more about non-surgical radio frequency anti-aging treatments and how they could boost your skin’s collagen levels, feel free to drop us a note.

Are Medical Aesthetic Treatments Right For You?

Everywhere you turn, there’s a new beauty regimen, skin treatment, or facial product screaming your name. Celebrities seem to be trying something new every day, and your co-worker must have gotten something done… she looks fabulous. But how do you know if you’re a candidate for medical aesthetics? Trying different treatments can be both enticing and intimidating, and it’s often hard to evaluate whether experimenting with something new is a good idea. If the following statements are important to you, you might be ready for medical aesthetics:

You’re Not Ready for Surgery

Surgical transformations can be painful and invasive, even if the results are dramatic. Surgery also comes with the risk of infection, downtime, potential scarring, and side effects that not everyone searching to improve their appearance is willing to undertake. That’s why medical aesthetics make for a great surgical alternative with none of the discomfort and downtime. The best part about these particular treatments is that most of them take less than an hour, so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day.

You Want to Erase the Wrinkles, Not the Years

Medical aesthetics aren’t about erasing what makes you who you are; they’re about letting you put your best face forward; they’re about helping to bring out the best possible you. While treatments are effective and long-lasting, they’re not unnatural. So whether you’re looking to smooth out wrinkles, shrink pores, melt fat, reduce scarring or stretch marks, or correct discoloration, you’ll still look like you – just a more radiant, youthful version.

You’re Looking for Results That Last

Results from surgery and other types of treatments can be time-consuming, painful, and short-term, but that’s not the case with our treatments. With each session, your transformation will become more noticeable and lasting. Many patients report seeing results for years following a treatment program!

Safety Is Your #1 Priority

Safety is our #1 priority, too. Unlike many other medical aesthetic procedures, Venus radio frequency treatments are safe for all skin tones, so you won’t have to worry about discoloration or damage to your skin.

Medical aesthetics are quickly becoming the ‘go to’ solution for patients and physicians alike as a means for dealing with common skin and body imperfections without surgery or downtime. If this sounds familiar, then medical aesthetics might be for you. Are you ready to find out? If you’re looking to…

  • Eliminate unsightly lesions, like milia bumps or skin tags, opt for a quick Vasculyse 2G RF treatment… quick, like 15 minutes.
  • Rejuvenate skin, including reducing sun damage and discoloration, try Venus Versa™ IPL laser skin rejuvenation treatments.
  • Improve the appearance of scarring, enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, rosacea, and other textural irregularities, try Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatments.
  • Firm up sagging skin, combat stubborn cellulite, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, try Venus Freeze™ anti-aging skin tightening and body shaping treatments.

All of these options and more are available at The Clinic Medical Aesthetics + Wellness. If any of this made you curious… please feel free to book a complimentary consultation. We’re happy to help.

Why Fall is a Great Time for Medical Aesthetic Treatments

As the hours of sunlight start to fade and the temperatures begin to drop, many of us are starting to scrutinize the skin damage done by summer’s fun and perhaps a day or two when we didn’t prioritize the SPF. Add to that the fact that we may have put our workouts on hold for a beach day and overindulged at the last summer barbecue. All told, it would seem that September is the new January, and the start of fall is the perfect time to get back on track, and what better way to do it than by investing in that custom aesthetic treatment you’ve been considering.

What Makes Fall the Best Time for an Aesthetic Treatment?

Summer vacations are behind us, the kids are back in school, we’re settling into our routines, and the weather—sometimes cold, rainy, or windy—is made for repair and restoration.

While many non-surgical aesthetic procedures require little to no downtime, it’s often beneficial for skin to avoid direct sunlight following some treatments, as the targeted area may be photosensitive immediately following the session. With golf courses closed for the season, beach days soon behind us, fall routines often lead us to spend more time inside and those rare days we’re outside are often spent in longer layers, meaning skin isn’t exposed to the same degree of sunlight as it is during the hotter summer months. This helps to lower your risk for hyper-pigmentation or brown spots due to sun exposure following an aesthetic procedure.

As well, sliding into a fall routine allows for consistent appointments, making it the ideal season to book that consultation and start a new treatment series. Finally, as we prep for the holidays and a new year, it’s always a bonus to get a head start on holiday party beauty prep and New Year’s resolutions. Wouldn’t the best resolution be to not need one at all?!

With these benefits in mind, what are the best aesthetic treatments to try this fall?

3 Top Aesthetic Treatment Recommendations for Fall

Body Shaping Treatments

Fall is the ideal season to spend some time reaching your weight loss or body shaping goals. While the treatments can be a welcome and warm retreat from cooler temps and rainy days, the season’s warmer layers veil your transformation, as treatment plans generally require at least six to eight sessions to see optimal results. This leads to greater excitement once you finally reveal your stunning results, whether that’s in a body-hugging holiday gown or on a tropical vacation in the new year. Opting for a non-surgical radio frequency body shaping treatment plan in the fall allows for easier scheduling and a more personal weight loss journey.  

Photofacial Treatments

Started noticing brown spots or redness from vascular marks? Increased UV exposure during the hotter months increases the risk for pigmentation from sun damage. With shorter days on the horizon and therefore fewer sunlit hours in the forecast, photofacial treatments are the perfect fall aesthetic treatment to reset skin and reduce signs of sun damage for healthier, younger-looking skin. And because these Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatments can make skin sensitive to sunlight immediately afterward, fall’s cloudier days and earlier sunsets help to protect skin and ensure improved results.

Custom Aesthetic Treatments

Obtain optimal results by combining aesthetic treatments for a customized treatment plan. Anti-aging skin tightening and body shaping treatments can be one such option to smooth the silhouette, reduce the lumps and bumps of cellulite, and firm up loose skin to reach your unique body goals. Likewise, Venus TriBella™ three-in-one complete facial treatments combine the benefits of photofacial, anti-aging, and skin resurfacing treatments into each session for improved skin tone, elasticity, and texture.

The results can be phenomenal… and you are worth it!

The Next Step

The Next Step…

The first memory I have of career aspirations was when I was about 10 years old. I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be a fashion designer. I remember making clothing for my dolls; for my friends; and for my friends dolls! I used to draw …a lot. I drew and designed clothing with big things in mind. I wanted everyone to look fantastic. I wanted to help them feel fantastic by dressing them in amazing clothes!

I graduated with a scholarship, but there was no fashion design school in town; luckily, there was a fine arts and photography program at the local college. My creativity had been satiated through highschool by an old Minolta camera and a darkroom. It was the logical choice. A choice that for those who know me, know followed me in a 30+ year career.

I did get the chance to spend time in the fashion world though! A few years after my first stint in college, I attended Blanche MacDonald in Vancouver. I explored the world of cosmetology, fashion design, illustration and marketing. I was thrust into the heart of Vancouver’s fashion district working in Yaletown and in the Showmart Building. My camera was always close by 😉

In the years before I hung up the camera, my passion was making women feel amazing in their own skin! …to show them a side of themselves they were maybe unaware of. We did hair and makeup, played dress up and they spent time in front of the camera letting their inner beauty out. It was immensely rewarding to watch people really SEE themselves in the after photos.

When I wasn’t in the studio, I was in the clinic. For 16 years, I helped people to reach their full potential from physical point of view. Assessment and treatment of dysfunction. … it too, has been rewarding. Watching someone walk without a cane for the first time in years. Helping to give someone the freedom to brush their own hair, or to run a marathon, or get on the floor and play with their grandbabies. Helping people. That’s what I like to do.

I truly feel that this next step is a culmination of the things I love. I love the clinical sciences. I’m a nerd and will always continue to look at things from that perspective. Combine that with a love of beauty, of helping people… the love of seeing people happy with themselves and you have my encore career… Medical Aesthetics.

I love The Clinic. I am blessed to have amazing therapists working here, following their passion of helping people reach their goal of living pain free. They are assessing and treating musculoskeletal dysfunction… and they do it well. I’m beyond blessed to be adding another dimension to The Clinic with assessment of skin, and the treatment of dysfunction on that level. A one stop body shop.

Feel free to follow my journey, my blog and my Instagram and learn about exciting things like the eradication of spider veins and age spots! Or about how there are non-surgical options for cellulite reduction, skin tightening… options that have very little, if any, downtime. How even 30 minutes can have you heading toward the fountain of youth at The Clinic.

The renos start at The Clinic tomorrow and I’ll be ready to see you about March 15th! How can I help?