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Taking care of your skin is a necessity, but sometimes, the price of skincare makes it seem like a luxury. As a student your funds are low, and skincare takes a backseat on your list of priorities. Rightfully so. Read on to hear how we suggest doing skincare on a budget.

The Essentials:

There are 3 products that everyone, no matter what, should be using on a daily bases. First, a good cleanser with slight exfoliating ingredients such as salicylic or lactic acid. A broad-spectrum SPF of 45 or higher because sun exposure it the number one cause of wrinkles. Lastly, a moisturizer. Keeping the skin hydrated helps keep oils under control (excessive oil causes acne) and keep it looking bright and plump. If you can’t afford to get all the bells and whistles of skincare, stick to these 3 products. They’re the most important.

Now, ideally, these 3 products would be medical grade strength. Not only because it will have higher concentrations of the ingredients that matter but it will also keep you away from ingredients that you don’t want (like most drugstore products contain). While we understand medical-grade products are a bit pricier, you have to understand that since the ingredients are so potent, you can use less and have them last longer! For example, Revision Skincare’s cleanser is $30 and last an average of 4 months. Our ZONA Med Spa Moisturizer is $45 and will last you a good 6 months. And Revision’s Intellishade SPF is $75 and will keep you protected for around 5-6 months. So it may be a little sticker shock at first, but you won’t have to re-up on product for a while!

How to Find Decent Products at the Drugstore:

If those recommendations are still a little out of our budget, don’t fret! Decent drugstore skincare can be found. Best way to see if you’re getting a good product is by checking the ingredients list. If alcohol is high up on the list, you don’t want it. Fragrance? Stray away. For those of you who don’t know, the list I’m referring to is the ingredients list. They are listed in order of their concentrations. The first five ingredients or so are typically the bulk of the formula. The concentration of each ingredient gets smaller the further down the list they are. Therefore, you want the important ingredients on the top of the list! A lot of drugstore products will product a “charcoal mask” and charcoal will be the last ingredients on the list. So look out for that trick.

In general, just getting educated on a handful of good skincare ingredients can make a world’s difference. Do your research to learn about some popular ingredients and what they do for your skin. Click here for a list of 30 skincare ingredients you should know!

Quick Money-Saving Tricks:

  • Consider dual-function products. With love Revision’s Intellishade moisturizer with sunscreen and anti-aging ingredients.
  • Get the most for your hard-earned money. When choosing anti-aging products, look for ingredients such as vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acid.
  • Get the most from your body moisturizer. Apply moisturizer to damp skin as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture.
  • Never use cotton balls for your toner or eye makeup remover. 
    They’re thick and absorb too much liquid product, wasting the excess your skin can’t absorb. Instead, use a thin, cotton pad or just your fingers! 
  • Use only the appropriate amount of product.
    For cleansers, use a nickel size amount, for serums, a dime size, for eye cream, a rice grain size, and for sunscreen, a quarter size for the face and neck. 

Download Honey:

Sounds weird but is actually really cool. Honey is a browser extension that that automatically finds and applies coupon codes at checkout with a single click. Easy savings without even thinking about it!

Do you have any other beauty money-saving tricks that I didn’t mention?

For More Information

For more information on medical grade or drugstore skincare please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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They’re everywhere now. From the trendy blogger proclaiming that an acne supplement cured her, to the Kourtney Kardashian swearing that a scoop of collagen powder in her coffee every morning does wonders for her skin. So do I need to jump in on this skincare vitamin craze? Do they actually work? before you go popping gummy vitamins like they’re fruit snacks, read this, first.

First: What the heck is a skincare vitamin?

Despite their claims, these “beauty supplements” (as most brands refer to them) are essentially just…gussied-up vitamins. They will have the usual suspects like magnesium, zinc, calcium, and vitamins C, A, and E. Basically it’s a modified multi-vitamin. So do you even need them? Let’s dive in because there are some exceptions.

So do they actually work?

While it is true that vitamins play an important role in skincare, most people get the majority of nutrients beneficial to the skin from the foods they’re already eating. So what’s the point? Well, ideally the beauty supplement would contain something that you can’t or don’t get much from food. Such as collagen, alpha lipoic acids and many many more obscure natural ingredients found in topical beauty creams/serums.

Now don’t get us wrong, taking collagen isn’t going to reverse aging. However, it will and does help to:

  • promotes skin elasticity
  • hydrates the skin
  • holds together your bones and muscles
  • protects your organs
  • provides structure to joints and tendons

Outside of collagen, there is no real evidence that regular ole vitamins do anything for someone who is otherwise healthy and have no deficiencies (because you get a majority of it from food). Unless you’ve been tested and have confirmed vitamin deficiencies, they probably won’t do too much extra for you.

So do they work in general?

I know it sounds like we’re contradicting ourselves, but it’s tough to say that they definitively don’t work. Nobody diet is perfect and everyone’s body absorbs nutrients are varying effectiveness levels. So you could eat very healthy and still have low vitamin levels, and in turn, skin conditions. Supplements fill the gaps in your diet. At a basic level, they help to regulate the immune system which in helps with inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, and dermatitis. SO it is possible for skin vitamins to help in that sense.

Before you webmd diagnose yourself, talk to your doctor and get tested to see if you’re deficient in something. Because too many vitamins can actually hurt your health. Vitamins A, D, E, and K, are fat-soluble, meaning they can accumulate in the liver and cause damage if you take too much. So make sure to test one brand at a time, and watch out for overlapping ingredients if you’re taking a daily vitamin. As for taking collagen, we say go for it! Because we’re only losing it more and more each year.

Moral of the story, take collagen and as long as you’re not going overboard with the doses, it can’t really hurt to try out beauty supplements.

For More Information

For more information on vitamins/beauty supplements please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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Here at ZONA, we love to help you with everything skincare, injectables, and beauty related. And one question we get ALL the time is about pores. What can I do to make them smaller? Why do they get clogged? What can I do to unclog them? Why does it seem some people have none and mine are huge? Let’s dive into the topic because there’s a lot of debunking.

How do Pores work?

To understand pores, you first need to know how they work. Pores are actually hair follicles that house tiny hairs. They are also where the sebaceous (oil) glands and sudoriferous (sweat) glands live. Pores help protect and lubricate the skin when they secrete oil and sweat helps to detoxify your body. While of course, that doesn’t sound like a positive thing to a lot of people, it’s a very important bodily function.

Pores are also important in skincare in the sense that they are little holes that allow our product to get into and penetrate deeper into the skin. That’s why it’s so important to wash your face every day and night to remove all the dirt, oil, and makeup!

In any case, the primary skincare issue surrounding pores is that sometimes they excrete too much sebum, which can cause enlarged pores. Also, when oil mixes with dirt and bacteria, it can result in acne or can make your pores look darker (more on that soon). There are also cases where pores don’t secrete enough oil, which becomes more common as we get older. This leads to dry skin, which can look dull, flaky, and generally unhealthy (heavy moisturizers and oils can fix that problem)

Basically, they’re finicky as all heck. But getting the facts straight can help you understand them better.

Mythbusting: Pore Edition

Let’s dig right in. These are the three most common myths about pores:

1. You Cannot Shrink Pores
I know, mind blowing right? We hear it all the time, “this treatment will help shrink your pores”. False. The size of your pores is based on genetics, much like the size of your feet or the color of your hair. You can make them appear smaller by cleansing regularly, exfoliation, and good old manual extractions, however, you can’t actually shrink them.

2. You can’t open and close pores
Pores are not muscles, they can’t open and close. Warm water or steam will not open them up and cold water will not close them. Steaming the skin can help loosen up underlying debris, making blackheads easier to extract, but that’s about it. (Always remember it’s best to leave extractions to the professionals.)

3. The ‘black’ in blackheads is dirt
There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to blackheads. Blackheads are a form of acne, and specifically a hardened plug of sebum and dead cells within a pore. It looks black because it’s been oxidized (exposed to the air). An extracted blackhead has a black, waxy head with a white or transparent tail. Those gray, pinhead-sized dots you see on your nose and cheeks are most likely sebaceous filaments, not blackheads. When extracted, they look like fine, white or yellow hairs.

The Proper Pore Treatment

You can start by cleansing your face every single night—no matter how exhausted you are—to remove dirt, makeup, excess oil and anything else that’s setting up camp in your pores and making them appear larger.
We recommend a double cleanse (if you wore face makeup) that starts with an oil cleanser and finishes with a foam cleanser to make sure every trace of makeup and oil is removed.

A topical retinoid should also be applied in the evenings. They have been scientifically demonstrated to increase cell turnover, unclog pores, and encourage new collagen growth. Hello, anti-aging!

Lots of information but we hope it wasn’t overwhelming! You are now a pore master!

For More Information:

For more information on pores or pore sizes please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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The name that rhymes with “hello”. Jeuveau™ (pronounced Jū vō) comes from the French word “nouveau,” which means “new” or “modern.”

What exactly is Jeuveau™?

You know those pesky little wrinkles between your eyebrows that won’t go away? Well, they’re called glabellar lines, or “frown lines”. Jeuveau is an injectable treatment that works to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. It is the same Botulinum toxin Type A as all the other neuromodulators and works that same way.

How does Jeuveau work?

Jeuveau prevents your nerves from telling your facial muscles to flex. The result? Limited movement in the treated areas! That’s why some people refer to it as being, “frozen”. In clinical trials, Jeuveau was shown to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines. In 2 long-term safety studies, patients received an average of 3 treatments over the course of 1 year. That’s better than Botox!

What are the results with Jeuveau?

They have done their own studies where they say fancy science things that no one can really understand, so I’ll put it clearly! So far our clients have been loving it! They have reported that the toxin kicks in quick and lasts longer than Botox and has given them their desired results.

What can we expect to see from Jeuveau?

Honestly, I don’t think we’re gonna see anything groundbreakingly change in the industry. While Jeuveau is a new and great product, I don’t see the OG’s leaving anytime soon. However, it may give them a run for their money. You will definitely see us using it in our practice more and more!

For More Information:

For more information on Jeuveau, please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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Dull skin: You know it when you see it but what’s causing it? We’ve identified every saboteur standing between your skin and that glowy-ness that everyone else seems to have. AND give you solutions to beat them out!

1. CAUSE: Dead skin cells
This one may have been obvious but we had to cover ALL the reasons. We shed millions – yeah you heard me – millions of dead skin cells every day. Therefore, if you’re not doing something to slough off the stubborn ones, your skin will look dull and have a greyish color.
SOLUTION: Use a cleaner with glycolic or lactic acid in it for light daily chemical exfoliation. Then twice a week use a physical exfoliant such as a scrub or mask.

2. CAUSE: Air Quality
Oh yes – not only is air quality a concern for the planet but its also a skincare concern. Polluted air contains a host of tiny particles, like dirt and sulfur dioxide, that create free radicals on skin. Free radicals damage collagen and stimulate pigment production over time and when your skin’s tone and texture are uneven, it diffuses light and looks dull.
SOLUTION: Wash your face every night – yes even when you’ve had a few glasses of wine. If the free radicals, makeup, dirt, and sweat stay on overnight it will damage your skin. The pollution will cause inflammation otherwise and nobody wants that. In the morning, load up on serums and lotions that contain antioxidants, like vitamin C. Antioxidants help fight off those unavoidable free radicals.

3. CAUSE: Stress
Whatever it is in your life thats putting you on edge, stress causes skin issues. Cortisol levels rise in response, pumping more blood in your organs than in your face, leaving it looking rather dull.
SOLUTION: Just relax and…. just kidding. Being told to relax almost 99.99% of the time never works. Take it to the next level and either just a quick express facial or DYI it at home with your moisturizer and circular motions.

4. CAUSE: Your Skin is Hella Dehydrated
Without moisture, your skin is going to look dull. If it goes deeper than just surface dehydration, it can actually cause the lower levels of the epidermis to decrease in the thickness of the skin.
SOLUTION: On damp skin, pat on a hyaluronic acid serum or hydrating serum. Then after that soaks in, layer on a moisturizer to seal it all in!

5. CAUSE: You’re not getting your daily serving of…metal?
Certain minerals are vital to forming the body’s natural antioxidants, which protect the components of healthy, radiant skin. Even if you eat healthily, getting it from food alone is quite difficult.
SOLUTION: Take a daily multivitamin! In particular find one that includes selenium, copper, iron, and zinc.

6. CAUSE: The Sun
Overall hyperpigmentation can cause the skin to look patchy and have irregular colors. Not to mention, sun weakens collagen which in turn creates lax, dull skin.
SOLUTION: Well, nobody can avoid the sun entirely, but you can wear your sunscreen! We know you know it, so just do it.

7. CAUSE: Hormones are all over the place
Hormone levels fluctuate from a multitude of different reasons — because of puberty, menopause, medications, or other uncontrollable circumstances. When they are unstable it often affects the appearance of your skin. If estrogen levels drop, skin gets oilier and makes it look less glowy. Melasma, a hormonal form of hyperpigmentation, leaves you with dark patches that don’t even fade with topical brighteners.
SOLUTION: Clay masks are an excellent way to help combat oily skin throughout the week. However, if you’re feeling oily throughout the day, plotting sheet is a good option! As for stubborn melasma, talk to your dermatologist about prescription strength hydroquinone or treatments with a YAG laser.

For More Information:

For more information on any of the above issues, please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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Skin Botox. It’s a term we are not too familiar with here in the States, but in Korea, it’s one of their most popular treatments! What is skin botox and what does it do? Why don’t we know about it? Let’s discuss.

What is Skin Botox

Skin Botox is neurotoxin placed superficially in the skin. So without the fancy words, it’s Botox (or other neurotoxins) that is injected just underneath the skin to create what they call “glass skin”. This is different from regular Botox treatment because of its placement. Typically we are trying to treat the muscles that move while making facial expressions. Botox injected into the muscle, relaxes those muscles to create that “frozen” effect. Skin Botox, however, is not injected into the muscle. It’s injected very superficially right underneath the skin. Now, what is the purpose of this?

What does Skin Botox Do?

Skin Botox can help with pore appearance. The injectable tightens them to reduce their appearance and make skin look brighter in the process. It can also help with acne, by stopping sebum production. And is also beneficial for very very fine lines. It just won’t treat deeper wrinkles.

Funny enough, we at ZONA already do this treatment, we just have a different name for it. Micro-tox. Michele has been using neurotoxin for this off-label use for years. It’s not very popular as it is in Korea. Most likely due to the fact that the “glass-skin” craze started over there and has somewhat become the gold standard of how skin should look.

More commonly you’ve probably seen “skin botox” performed while treating excessive sweating – or Hyperhidrosis. Or something similar would be AquaGold which is gaining popularity in the States.

Where Can I Get Skin Botox

Skin Botox can be used pretty much all over – however, the most common places are the face, neck, chest, underarms, hands, and feet. Prices range on what product you use (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuvea), what area your getting injected, and how many units you need.

There you have it! Botox skin uncovered, not so mysteries after all!

For More Information:

For more information on “Skin Botox” or micro-tox, please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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Facials are often associated with pampering oneself after a long day. Others think about anti-aging or treating acne. In both case, its all about how good it is for your skin. Which is the better choice? Well im sure you already know where we’re going with this, BUT let’s go over the pros and cons of a spa facial vs. a medical grade facial.

Spa Facials have their advantages and disadvantages. They are definitely all about the relaxation – nothing wrong with that! While every place is going to be different in the way they do things, what products they use, and what their signature facial included. The basic spa facial consists of a cleanse, exfoliation, mask, massage, and hydration. It’s pretty frou-frou but is all-in-all is a great way to relax and take care of your skin. You can expect short term results with a spa facial.

Though admittedly not as relaxing or luxurious a spa facial, a medical spa is the kind of facial that has the equipment to deal with more serious skin concerns (such as acne or anti-aging) that requires a long term approach to achieve their skin goals. Most importantly a medical grade facial is going to be tailored to your individual needs and skin concerns. We use medical-strength products that provide potent and effective ingredients, can add on treatments such as chemical peels, hydrafacials, and microdermabrasion. All of them should include steam and extractions (ours does) to really get all the gunk out of your pores. And lastly, a medical facial is going to come with professional skincare advice. Your Esthetician should talk about your skins current state and what your goals are and give you a course of action on how to get to those goals. Also, if you have more questions, ask! – where here to help you.

For More Information:

To learn more about the benefits of medical facials, please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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Most chemical peels, like glycolic, fruit acid, and mandelic peels, work on the surface of the skin delivering a superficial exfoliation. However so chemical peels, such as the VI Peel, goes deep beneath the surface where real change occurs. By targeting the dermis, these medium to deep chemical peels stimulate collagen production, speed up cell migration, and remodel the skin.

The deeper the peel the more visible peeling that will occur. While your provider should go over aftercare in depth, here is a list of the do’s and don’ts to managing the peeling.

Chemical Peel Aftercare Dos:

Do treat your skin gently.
Be sure to use a very light touch when cleansing your skin or applying products. No aggressive rubbing of any kind. While you may be tempted to try and slough off flaking cells, dont! They are still attached to live cells, and you don’t want to risk pulling anything off that isn’t ready.

Do be extra careful when the skin is wet.
Water softens dead skin, so it’s very easy to rub off both dead and live cells when the skin is moist. Avoid rubbing washcloths on the treated area or sonic cleansing brushes after a chemical peel. Only pat dry.

Do wear sunscreen after a chemical peel.
Stating the obvious, but the skin is very vulnerable post-peel. It’s brand new skin on the surface. UV light (even on a cloudy day) is damaging your skin. We highly recommend using a brush-on SPF powder. You can dust it on for a quick and easy, rub-free reapplication.

Do limit your time outdoors.After a chemical peel, you’ll want to stay indoors as much as possible to keep your skin protected. The last things you want to expose your skin to are heat and UV light. It’s already in an inflamed state, you don’t want to make it worse.

Do use products with soothing ingredients.
You want to provide as much comfort to the skin as possible to ease redness and irritation. Us a very gentle (almost lotion like with no acids) and a basic gentle moisturizer. Discontinue any other kind of products such as vitamin c creams or retinol for the time that you are peeling.

Chemical Peel Aftercare Don’ts:

Don’t pick or pull at the flaky skin!
The whole purpose of a chemical peel is to lift away surface dry, damaged cell layers and reveal younger-looking, healthy new cells. But to do this, the skin has to shed. It’s the most difficult part of a chemical peel. Picking off dry, flaky skin when it may not be ready to come off can result in scarring, redness, and rashes. You really have to leave it alone.

Don’t use a washcloth, facial scrub or sonic cleansing brush. As mentioned above, dead, flaky skin softens up when exposed to water. It can be very tempting to want to rub away that dryness with a washcloth, facial scrub or Clarisonic. Please don’t! You could end up with scabs and scars.

Don’t over-moisturize after a chemical peel.To compensate for post-peeling dryness, don’t over-moisturize. When the skin is peeling and flaky, it’s normal to want to continually apply moisturizer to comfort and alleviate dryness, but you don’t want to overdo it. Only apply moisturizer as you normally would, once in the morning and once at night. It’s important to know that the whole purpose of a chemical peel is to peel.

Don’t exfoliate with acids or enzymes.
Acids and enzymes are meant to help exfoliate the skin. Which is not what you want to do while peeling. You must let the skin shed naturally on its schedule, not on yours.

Don’t sweat too much after a chemical peel.
Especially at the height of the peeling, your protective barrier is very damaged. No working out until you are completely done peeling. Sweating can create blisters or rashes.

So there you have it! The do’s and don’ts of chemical peel aftercare. While the peeling process of a chemical peel can be annoying, the results are completely worth it!

For More Information:

For more information about chemical peel aftercare please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

Want to hear about an Esthetician’s personal experience with the VI Peel? Click here.

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Okay, guys, it’s that time of the year again. It’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month and we need to preach the importance of sunscreen. Everyone knows that sunscreen prevents sun damage, and while we might sound like a broken record, you’d be surprised how many people still are not protecting their skin daily. So here we are again. We’re going to give you a quick rundown of why sunscreen needs to be a part of your everyday skin care routine and what product we suggest. Then we’ll go over some life-saving things to look out for and how you can help spread awareness!

Why use SPF every day?

With over 5 million cases diagnosed in the United States each year (that’s 1 in 5 Americans) skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.

Living in Arizona, we see the sun often. Even if you’re not planning on laying out or being outside for too long, wearing sunscreen is still important. Sun damage starts the minute you step outside. The accumulation of sun exposure through car windows and running errands all add up. Arizona has the second highest rate of Skin Cancer in the WORLD. And while we don’t mean to scare you, we don’t want you to think that it can’t happen to you. Not only does sun exposure put you at risk for cancer, but it also speeds up the aging process causing premature fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity and brown/red spots. Using a board spectrum daily sunscreen (30-50 SPF) is the best tool you can use in the combat against sun damage and aging.

What we recommend to use:

As of 2012, the FDA regulated sunscreen to be properly labeled “broad-spectrum”. This means that it protects against both UVA and UVB. Using a sunscreen for both the face and body that is broad-spectrum protection is very important, as UVA and UVB both affect the skin differently. A product that we highly recommend, and use ourselves, is Revision Skincare’s Intellishade. This holy grail product is a tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging all in one. Best of all it is broad-spectrum and SPF 45. This product takes the extra step of having to apply sunscreen and eliminates it because it’s the only moisturizer you need in the morning.

The ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer

Early detection is important with any cancer and self-exams can help you identify skin cancers early when they can almost always be completely cured. In order to successfully complete a self-exam, you need to know what to look for. That is where knowing your ABCDE’s comes in handy. A simple acronym to keep you on the lookout for anything suspicious on your skin.

A is for Asymmetry 

The first step to a self-exam is to look for asymmetric tendencies. A benign mole would be completely symmetrical, or a perfect circle. Meaning you could draw a line through the mole and the bottom half of the mole would match the top half perfectly. If the mole is asymmetrical the top and bottom half would not match and would be a cause for concern. Asymmetrical moles are definitely a warning sign for possible melanoma. Be sure to get into a dermatologist right away.

B is for Border
The next thing to look for when looking over your skin is to check the borders of your moles. A benign mole has smooth even borders. Malignant moles and early melanoma moles tend to be uneven. The borders can be blurred, notched or have jagged edges. Remember that during a self-exam that it is important to look at every mole, every month, as your skin and moles could change from even to uneven or symmetrical to asymmetrical.

C is for Color
Most benign moles are all one color, typically a single shade of brown. Another warning sign to look out for is multiple colors. If a single mole has a variety of colors it would be a mole you would want to have looked at. More than one shade of brown, tan or black could appear yet melanomas can also become red, white or blue. If you notice any changes in color contact your doctor to get it checked out. The sooner the better.

D is for Diameter
If you notice any moles starting to grow in diameter, that can be a warning sign! Typically benign moles have a smaller diameter staying around the size of a pencil eraser, about a ¼ inch or 6mm. Malignant melanomas tend to be larger in diameter but can sometimes be smaller when first detected. If you notice any moles or freckles starting to change in size of diameter, get it looked at.

E is for Evolving
This is an important one to remember in that most benign moles look the same over time but be aware of any mole that was once benign and has started to change or evolve. Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or if it develops a new symptom like bleeding, itching or crusting – see a doctor.

Now that we covered all of the important observations you should be on the lookout for when doing a self-exam, remember that these self-exams should be done on a regular monthly basis. Early detection saves lives. Although self-exams are the first line of defense, seeing a dermatologist or doctor for a once a year full body scan is always recommended. Sometimes they can spot a suspicious mole that you would have never noticed. When caught early most skin cancers can be completely curable. Be on the lookout for your ABCDE’s for yourself and your loved ones. If your friends think their tougher than the sun and don’t wear sunscreen, educate them about its importance! It takes 2 extra minutes in the morning, and can save your life!

For More Information:

For more information about the VI Peel please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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If you have dark circles, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from this annoying condition and frustrating to deal with.  And worst of all, is there could be a lot of different reasons that could be causing them. So, what causing your dark circles, and how can a VI Peel treat them?

The Problem

There is a multitude of reasons for dark circles to appear under the eye, such as fatigue, alcohol, dehydration, or perhaps genetics.

Fatigue: Even just a few hours of less sleep can cause dark circles the next morning. Sleep deprivation causes the skin to become pale and dull, letting dark tissues and blood vessels beneath your skin to show.

Alcohol: Similarly to how being tired causes dark circles, alcohol does too. Alcohol interrupts our sleep, causing less deep sleep and therefore restless dark circles in the morning.

Dehydration: When your body is dehydrated, the skin becomes less plump and the skin around your eyes sink in. Because the skin is in close proximity to the underlying bone and blood vessels, it displays as dark circles.

Genetics: Family genes also play a part in developing dark circles under your eyes. It can be an inherited trait seen early in childhood and may worsen as you age or slowly disappear. Other medical conditions such as thyroid disease can also cause dark circles.

The solution

To remove the circles, practitioners must penetrate to the dermis, improve the circulation, and allow the pooled blood to reabsorb back into the body. The problem is that most practitioners steer clear of the periorbital area because laser and microneedling can all risk retinal damage.
Chemical peels are the best treatment option, however, because the skin underneath the eye is 33% thinner than the cheek, it’s important to choose the right peel. A straight TCA peel will be too painful, while a superficial peel won’t penetrate deep enough.
The VI Peel is one of the only options that are safe for all skin types and will also penetrate painlessly to the dermis!  Here’s so more info about our VI Peels!

For More Information:

For more information about the VI Peel please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a complimentary consultation online by clicking here. 

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