JanYOUary

This month is all about YOU!  Let’s start this year off right. 

This month each of the team members at Kingston Laser & Cosmetic Clinic have shared their tips & tricks on how they take care of themselves. 

SKIN, MIND and BODY.

If the past year has taught us anything, it would be to take a little time to take care of ourselves.


Sandra – Clinic Manager

Skincare

My skincare routine begins with a gentle cleansing with Hexam Cleanser by Vivier. I also use the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by SkinMedica about 3 times per week.  Then I apply the Restorative Eye Cream by Alastin.

Next, I apply Lytera 2.0 by SkinMedica to help keep my melasma in check, followed by their HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator.  This product teaches my skin to retain its proper moisture balance.  I follow this with the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer by Alastin.  If you haven’t tried Alastin skincare products now’s your chance because this fabulous skincare line in finally available in Canada and at Kingston Laser!
Last, but certainly not least I apply the Every Morning Sun Whip by Cyberderm.  If there’s one product I’m sure to never forget to apply daily it’s my sunscreen. This helps maintain the results of treatments such as Chemical Peels, BBL’s and Halo’s, as well as protect my skin from sun damage. In the evening I follow the same routine except I add retinol a couple of times a week and omit the sunscreen.

Mind & Body

Recently I have made a promise to myself to take better care of my body.  Joining a Martial Arts class via zoom has made me feel stronger, healthier and more mentally prepared for my day!

Favourite skincare product

HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator by SkinMedica! This product blends five types of hydrators that immediately go to work replenishing your skin’s hyaluronic acid. It makes my skin feel hydrated, soft and I’ve also noticed an improvement in my fine lines.

Favourite Treatment at Kingston Laser

The HALO – Hybrid Fractional Laser by Sciton.  This treatment helps repair the damage to my skin that you can see and the damage that you can’t see. Halo has helped restore my skins youthful glow, minimized my pores and the tone and texture of my skin has noticeably improved!

Kiana – Clinic Assistant

Hi! My name is Kiana, I work front desk at the clinic and I love helping clients find their perfect skincare routine.

As I am in my early 20s, my 3 most important skincare steps are cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection!

My favourite product we carry at Kingston Laser is Jane Iredale  makeup – especially the PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation.

It is all mineral, and it provides great coverage and a beautiful finish that lasts! I’m a dancer, and this makeup has gotten me through many auditions, classes and performances.

This year, to keep my mind and body healthy I have been going on walks with my mom (she walks FAST!) and reading lots of books.

Kaitlin – Laser & Skin Specialist

Skincare

I have an oily to combination skin type which means oily t-zone with black heads but normal skin to my outer cheeks and forehead. When I was younger, I dealt with significant acne that was sensitive and reactive but as I have gotten older my skin seems to have become less agitated. My skin care routine needs to be consistent so that it is effective. I do this by keeping my regiment quick and simple with minimal steps, to give my skin the best results. 

Every morning I cleanse my skin with the Hexam Gentle Cleanser by Vivier. This preps and refreshes my skin before a daily application of my Vitamin C&E Complex by SkinMedica. Vitamin C&E protects my skin from the environment while enhancing my overall skin tone. Next, I apply my sunblock, Every Morning Sun Whip by Cyberderm. I find it hydrates my skin without being too heavy and prevents further aging.

In the evening, I wash away the day with the AHA/ BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by SkinMedica.  For some skin types everyday use of an exfoliant may be too harsh, however my skin is able to tolerate this because of how long I have been using this product and my skin type. Next, I apply my Vitamin C&E Complex once again followed by Jouviance 3 in 1 Moisturizer for oily to combination skin. I love this product because it’s a day, night and eye cream all in one! I do switch it up every so often with the Jouviance Restructive which contains retinol for additional anti-aging benefits. 

Mind & Body

I’m currently working on that. To be truthful, my 3 year old occupies a lot of my time so a simple hot coffee in the morning gets me on track.

Favourite Skincare Product

Definitely the AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser by SkinMedica. This product keeps my oily skin type in check while smoothing and brightening my skin tone.

Favourite treatment at Kingston Laser

If I had to choose just one, it would be our famous Broad Band Light (BBL). It’s truly an all in one treatment. This treatment focuses on improving my skin’s clarity, texture, pigment and redness. It is ideal for most skin types and conditions with minimal downtime!

Rachael – Patient Coordinator

Skincare

I begin my skin care routine by cleansing my face with the Hexam cleanser by Viver. I substitute this cleanser once a week for the AHA/BHA cleanser by SkinMedica. The AHA/BHA is great when I need a bit more of an aggressive cleanse, as it exfoliates the skin where as the Hexam is great for everyday use, especially for my sensitive skin. After cleansing, I apply HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator by SkinMedica. I have very dry skin and this product helps to lock in and retain moisture. My next step is to moisturize, I go back and forth between Alastin’s Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer and Vivier’s Lexxel, depending on the state of my skin. The Alastin moisturizer provides me with amazing hydration, while the Lexxel is great for managing the redness in my skin that is caused by rosacea. The final step of my skincare routine is my sunscreen, Cyberderm’s Every Morning Sun Whip which helps to protect my skin year round from sun damage. For my evening routine I simply leave out the sunblock and add an application of TNS eye cream by SkinMedica.

Mind & Body 

To make sure I get outside everyday my husband and I walk our dog each morning. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors and relax before starting our work day. It also gives us time together and with our dog!

Favourite skincare product 

My favourite product is Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip! As someone who is often in the sun I always make sure my sunscreen is applied! I particularly love this sunscreen as it is hydrating, light weight and easy to reapply! Because it is a physical zinc block my skin is not only protected but it helps maintain the results of my treatments.

Favourite treatment at Kingston Laser 

The BBL (Broad Band Light) is my favourite treatment as it helps with my rosacea. It minimizes the redness in my cheeks and with my yearly maintenance ensures great results with little down time. This treatment also helps with any sun damage or pigmentation in my skin. Although I am very good with my sunscreen, as a boater, I am outside a lot in the summertime and this treatment helps my skin stay healthy and pigment free!!

Melissa – Laser & Skin Specialist

Skincare 

Over my years at the clinic I have always been so excited to learn about the latest and greatest technology for treatments, skin products, makeup and of course sun protection! Thank goodness for forming good skin care habits in my 20s because this year I am turning 30 (Ahhhhh… still not ready but thank goodness my skin is)! It is all about prevention and protection! 

My daily routine includes gentle cleansing with Hexam, pigment control with Lytera, hydration using Cerave and HA5 and sun protection with Cyberderm. I was once told that if you have ever had a crush on a boy with frosted tips that it is time for an eye cream… so you bet that is part of my morning and evening routine! My go to eye cream is Grenzine Eye by Vivier. Two or three times a week I like to exfoliate with the AHA/BHA cleanser and  incorporate a .25% retinol at night to keep my skin looking youthful and to combat breakouts.

Mind & Body

I tend to put others first but this year I have decided to see what it would be like to give to myself as much as I give to others. I have taken up self reflection, stretching, reading, journaling, moving more through dance and taking more bubble baths! 

Favourite Skincare product

 I love Grenzine Eye! It keeps the delicate skin around my eyes hydrated and luminous.

Favourite Treatment at Kingston Laser

So if anyone knows me I am the wuss of the clinic! Basically I will do it all, but I do not tolerate pain very well. HOWEVER… this does not stop me from partaking in the amazing treatments we offer. I may not like it for a short amount of time but the benefits rock my world and keep me coming back for more! My favourite treatment has changed over time, but since CoolSculpting entered our doors 2 years ago it has really piqued my interest. It is a reminder that every single body is different and I like to embrace that! I love a good challenge and always like to keep it real with my patients when it comes to the treatment plan. Seeing my patients happy is what keeps me loving what I have chosen to do for a living!   

Claire – Patient Coordinator

Skincare

In the winter months my skin can be extremely dry so my main focus is hydration! Every morning I wake up and wash my face with Hexam Gentle Cleanser by Vivier, next I apply Vivier’s Radiance Serum, I love this product as it helps with the texture and tone of my skin while at the same time sloughing away any dead skin cells. I then use HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator by SkinMedica, this product helps lock in moisture to keep my skin hydrated and healthy. Next, I apply the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer by Alastin, a company that is new to our clinic which we are all very excited about. My last step (but most certainly not least) is applying the Every Morning SunWhip by Cyberderm to protect my skin from sun damage.  In the evenings I simply leave out the sunscreen and two or three times a week substitute my Hexam cleanser for SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser to give my skin an extra boost!

Mind & Body

With the gyms being closed due to the lock down I’ve missed out on my regular workout routine for quite some time and found it really hard to get back into! In the last few weeks I have made a point of taking daily walks to soak up some fresh air. Once a day I do an at home workout or hit the yoga matt. Even the days that are busy or I am a bit too lazy I try to at least make time for a nighttime yoga routine, to stretch my body and clear my mind of the day. I also find a glass of wine on the couch does great things in the way of relaxation ;)!  

Favourite Skin Care Product

My favourite skin care product is Alastin’s Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer. This product is not only extremely moisturizing but also increases my skins collagen and elastin through the use of TriHex technology. This technology removes the old collagen and elastin, rebuilds new and maintains the production for the future.

Favourite Treatment

Chemical Peels are my go to! I love this treatment because it restores my skins brightness and texture.  Chemical Peels leave my skin with a healthy glow, by sloughing of the old dry skin while also clearing any under the skin bumps and blemishes. 

Dr. Diane MacGillis

Finding the right skin care routine for your particular skin is so important.  My skin is mature, normal to dry.

My morning routine is as follows

1- Vivier Hexam Cleanser which is a gentle cleanser that removes any oils or impurities and doesn’t dry my skin.

2- Vivier C E Peptides Serum goes on next which is a great antioxidant and skin enhancer.

3- Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum goes on next a few minutes later. It has growth factors and more peptides along with a gentle moisturizer.

4- Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment with TriHex Technology is now my new go-to under eye treatment.  It is fairly new to Canada and we are one of the first clinics to have been able to use it.  It is gentle yet effective.

5- Finally, and very important is my sunblock.  I use the Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip which not only protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays all year round, but also helps gently moisturize my skin without clogging pores. 

My night-time routine includes

1- Vivier Hexam Cleanser

2- Vivier C E Peptides 

3- Skin Medica TNS Essential Serum 

4- Skin Medica Retinol Complex .5%  This helps exfoliate, enhance collagen formation and overall skin tone. 

5- Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment

Added moisturizer for winter months

Vivier HA Ultimage: A hydrating gel with Neuropeptides and Hyaluronic Acid – light but effective.

Mind and Body

Living on a farm enables me to do some of the things that help my mind and body which include getting outdoors and exercise.

Favourite Product

TNS Essential Serum. I have been using this for years. It is an all in one skin rejuvenating serum that helps gently moisturize and improve fine lines, skin tone and texture.

Favourite Treatment

I love my ‘botox’!  It gently relaxes those muscles in my face that can make me look anxious or concerned. My mother also was very happy with her botox for such a long time….she would say to me ” Diane, I want to look like I am happy, not angry or sad when I look at people, so they can feel happy too.” 

If you are not sure what is right for you, please feel free to speak to one of our knowledgeable, experienced skin care specialists.

Take care everyone!

Kaya – Patient Coordinator

Skincare

To treat my combination-oily acne-prone skin, I keep my routine very simple using a few key products! I use the Vivier Hexam Gentle Cleanser to wash my face every morning and evening followed by the Cerave Moisturizing Lotion. In the AM, I finish my routine with the Cyberderm Every Morning Sun Whip and in the PM, I add the Vivier C+E serum before my moisturizer. As needed, I will switch out for the SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (if I’m noticing an increase in breakouts or to unclog my pores) and the Alastin Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer (if my skin is feeling a bit dry, especially in the winter months).

Mind & Body

I have found a new love for yoga with my extra time at home! There are so many amazing apps to use or online classes available. It’s an amazing way to end my workday and get my mind and body relaxed for the evening. I’ve also been enjoying spending more time outside and going on extra walks with my hubby and cute pup!

Favourite Product

My favourite product is hands-down the Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream. This product is my makeup holy grail! It is so easy to use (you can just use your fingertips), provides buildable coverage, and also adds extra SPF protection. I will lightly brush the Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation on top, then add blush, mascara, and brows and I’m good to go!

Favourite Treatment

I love the Laser Hair Removal treatment! No longer having to shave and resulting in smooth, hair-free skin is the best. Plus, it is such a time-saver and so convenient. I can’t wait to get more areas done!  

 


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