Skin Care Products San Francisco CA

If you Haven’t Tried these 2017 Skincare Trends Yet, You Should

Skin Care Products San Francisco CAThe skincare industry is constantly offering new and innovative products to consumers. Some of the most interesting trends this year come from Korea where people prize soft glowing skin along with the skincare experience itself. These “K-beauty” products and trends have quickly made their way overseas and become a big hit in the states. Take a look and see how you can integrate K-beauty routines or other skincare trends into your daily beauty regimen.

At Home Skincare products

The ease of having salon quality products and treatments available in your bathroom has gained considerable interest. Beauty companies have taken notice and now offer handheld devices that have ultra sounds technology, acne treating lights, and lasers. Experts expect to see beauty companies expand they’re at home treatment devices in the next year.

Fun textures

This is where the Korean beauty trends start to surface in an interesting way. K-beauty offers products that not only deliver the desired treatment but also make the application experience extra fun. For instance, in Korea, there are cleansing balls that morph into liquid once they touch the skin. There is also powder to liquid serums available that start off as a powdery substance but transform to liquid as they interact with the skin.

Next level face masks

Face masks have been a ubiquitous player in modern American skincare for decades. Beauty companies now offer a variety of face mask options including masks composed of tea, charcoal, coffee, or caffeine.

Acne Gel Bands

In Korea, acne gel bands are a hot item. These gel bands offer pimple-fighting protection by delivering treatment right into your pores. The product works by being painted onto your problem areas then dry into a liquid band-aid.

Face brushing

Face brushing is a new way of exfoliating, enhancing textures, and lessening the appearance of wrinkles. By using a specially designed brush, circular motions are used to scrub and dust the face.

Schedule an appointment

If you have questions or concerns about how to improve your skin, contact Aura Skin Spa. Services we offer include Kybella, vascular vein treatment, and laser therapy. Don’t hesitate to begin your journey toward younger and healthier looking skin today. You can contact us at (415) 788-3800.

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco, CA

Your Top Laser Hair Removal Questions, Answered

Laser Hair Removal San Francisco, CAThe dream of never needing to shave again has extraordinary appeal. Who wouldn’t want soft silky legs or a bare bikini line with no maintenance? These commonly asked questions will help you determine if laser hair removal is right for you.

Is laser hair removal permanent? Yes and no. Laser hair removal will permanently reduce hair growth, but not permanently remove it. Laser hair removal will get rid of current hair follicles, but it cannot stop new hair follicles from developing due to weight or hormonal changes. Some patients may require yearly maintenance treatments. In many cases, patients do experience permanent hair loss after about three to seven sessions.

Am I allowed to wax or pluck before my laser hair treatment? No. The laser targets hair roots. If you wax or pluck, there will be no root to remove (until it grows back). Six weeks before your treatment do not wax, pluck or use electrolysis. Also, avoid sun exposure for six weeks leading up to and after your laser hair treatment. The sun’s rays can make laser hair removal less effective and increase the chance of complications.

How will my skin feel after laser hair treatment? For about two days after your treatment, your skin will feel sun burned. Use a cool compress or moisturizers to relieve the burning sensation. If you had laser hair removal on your face, you could still wear makeup the following day unless you have blistering.

What factors determine the cost of laser hair removal? The cost of a laser hair removal session will vary depending on the number of treatments you need. Also, the size of the area being treated and the amount of time it will take to treat that area affect the cost. Depending on what region of the country you live in will influence the price as well.

Schedule your consultation

At Aura Skin Spa, we pride ourselves in delivering quality care and service. Schedule a consultation today to discuss what laser hair removal can do for you. You can contact our office at (415) 788-3800. We look forward to serving you.

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Cold Weather Tips for your Skin

skin care San Francisco, CAThe cool crisp days of fall usher in more than some of the biggest holidays of the year. They can also bring dryness, itchiness, and tightness to the skin. Unfortunately for many, the issue is more than just dryness. In extreme cases severely dry skin can result in eczema, a condition in which the skin is inflamed. Here are some basic tips that you can utilize daily to guard your face, feet, and hands, against the effects of cooler temperatures.

Don’t skip the moisturizer

Your favorite moisturizer may work wonders in the spring, but changing seasons call for a change in products. Opt for a moisturizer that is oil based instead of water based. Oil based moisturizers, or “ointment” products, act as a protective shield on your skin that enable greater moisture retention. Be aware of oil-based moisturizers that will clog your skin. Non-clogging oils include mineral oil, avocado oil, almond oil, or primrose oil.

Have sunscreen on hand

Sunscreen isn’t only for the summer. A fall or winter sun or the glare of bright white snow can damage your skin as easily as a hot July day. Keep sunscreen in your bag or purse to reapply throughout the day on your face, neck, and hands.

Invest in a quality humidifier

The dry hot air of central heating feels amazing on those blustery fall days. But it can take quite a toll on your skin. Put a humidifier in your home to get more moisture in the air. This will help stop your skin from getting itchy or dry. If you can, consider getting several humidifiers to place throughout your home.

Revaluate your daily facial routine

If you suffer from unusually dry skin, fall is definitely the time to back off of using masks or any alcohol based astringents or toners. Instead opt for a mask that touts itself as “deeply hydrating”. Keep in mind that clay based masks usually pull moisture out of the face instead of hydrating it. Also, try a milder foaming cleanser or cleansing milk.

At Aura Skin Spa, we offer a variety of rejuvenating skin treatments and products. Call us today to speak with one of our specialists. You can reach our office at 415-788-3800. Let us help your skin look and feel radiant this season.

Thermage® San Francisco, CA

Want Tighter Eyelids? Consider Thermage!

Thermage® San Francisco, CAIn this day and age of technology, it is difficult to imagine that you may need a surgical procedure to correct signs of aging such as upper eyelid hooding or crepey skin around the eyes. In many cases, we’re finding that men and women have numerous alternatives to surgery if that is their preference. One of the options that we offer in our San Francisco med spa, Thermage, is a promising modality for eyelid rejuvenation without surgery.

What Thermage can do for the Eyes

The eyes change in some ways when we age. While Thermage is not indicated for concerns like crow’s feet (that’s a job for Botox), we may suggest this treatment for:

  • Upper and lower eyelid wrinkling and crepey skin around the eyes.
  • Upper eyelid was hooding due to mild to moderate laxity of the skin.
  • Tired-looking eyes.
  • Eyelid maintenance after eyelid surgery.

How it Works

Thermage is one of the several devices that have been developed around radiofrequency energy. This particular form of energy penetrates the uppermost tissues of the skin to affect the strands of collagen the lie beneath. When existing strands are heated, they immediately constrict, which tightens the skin. Further improvement occurs as healthy new collagen floods the area to support remodeling.

Proof is in the Numbers

Of course, the biggest question about any non-surgical treatment is “does it work?” According to clinical studies, 94% of people who choose Thermage for eyelid rejuvenation are happy they did. In one study, 87% percent of patients surveyed reported noticing immediate improvement in the tightness of the eyelids. 92% reported satisfactory tightening at the six-month mark after treatment. Diagnostic testing of collagen stores also confirmed collagen strengthening in the months following Thermage.

There are Exceptions

Perhaps the unpredictability of any treatment is what can make the whole process of anti-aging so frustrating. When it comes to Thermage, we do know that treatment is best suited to the tightening of the skin on the upper eyelids. Under eye, puffiness does not seem to improve with radiofrequency, though lines and wrinkles may decrease somewhat. Excessive hooding, as well, may require surgery for full correction. We are careful to perform a thorough consultation with each patient so that we may develop the most appropriate treatment plan for each.

Do your eyes need a boost? Let’s see what may work for you! Call Aura Med Spa at (415) 788-3800.

Fat Reduction San Francisco, CA

The Time for Cellulite Has Come to an End

Fat Reduction San Francisco, CAThere is no good time for cellulite. This is not a condition that “runs its course” and then ends. It is a sticky situation that can linger for many years. Because cellulite inhibits a woman’s confidence in what she wears, or how she looks when wearing shorts and skirts, it’s a topic we need to discuss.

We know that, by and large, women have long wished for a way to reduce the appearance of cellulite. They have been handed far too many remedies to list here. No need to, because many of them are based on misconceptions about what cellulite is and why it exists. We’ll share with you what we do know about cellulite, and what progress has been made in banishing the bulge.

  • We see the evidence of cellulite on the skin, but the problem lies beneath the surface. Skin dimpling occurs when fat tissue pushes against connective bands called septae.
  • Cellulite relates to fat tissue, but it isn’t a fat problem. Women of all shapes and sizes struggle with this issue. Losing weight might help. Conversely, losing weight might also make cellulite look more prominent. Frustrating, we know. This is not a reason to not eat well and exercise often. Over time, muscle-toning can have a positive effect on cellulite.
  • Liposuction will not help cellulite. Because fat isn’t the problem, there is very little value in turning to liposuction for smoother skin.
  • Cellulite is largely a woman’s problem to manage. Men have septae, too, but the pattern of tissue is denser in male anatomy; a crisscross. These bands travel in a vertical pattern through a woman’s body, providing more space through which fat tissue can push.

There is Hope in New Technologies

In the past decade, we have seen an enormous forward-movement in the area of aesthetic medicine. Topical solutions for cellulite have been formulated, though dramatic results have not been seen from such products. Additionally, radiofrequency and light-based technologies have been developed. In our San Francisco med spa, we harness these modalities, as well as the power of gentle vacuum action, in the VelaShape device.

Learn more about non-invasive, no-downtime fat and cellulite reduction treatment with VelaShape. Call (415) 788-3800 to schedule your consultation.

acne treatment San Francisco, CA

3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Skin Against Acne

acne treatment San Francisco, CAAcne might as well be called the plague of your skin. Caused by a variety of different things including hormones, stress, and excess oil, acne can drop your self-esteem from a ten to a zero in no time. Luckily, we at Aura Med Spa have a variety of different treatments that we can use to help fight active acne and get rid of scars in the process. To take things one step further and protect your skin, try using these following tips in addition to our services. Read on to learn more.

Wash Your Face

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to protect your skin from acne is to wash your face at least a few times a day. By getting rid of germs, bacteria, and extra oil across your skin, you can cut down on any acne.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

You may not realize it, but your makeup brushes harbor more germs and bacteria than you may care to admit— causing extra breakouts in the process. Try cleaning your makeup brushes every three to four weeks on average. To clean your brushes, use an antibacterial face soap and warm water. Then, combine the two and rub your brushes in a circular motion to extract any excess makeup. Repeat until your brushes are completely clean.

Choose Gentle Products

Depending on how severe your acne is, you may not need to use products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Although these ingredients are great at getting rid of acne, if your skin isn’t very oily as it is, they can get rid of the good oil on your skin and dry you out which will only cause your skin to go into overdrive and produce more oil.

Try to combat your acne by using the three tips listed above. To learn more about how you can get a clearer complexion, contact Aura Med Spa today to schedule an appointment.

Botox® Cosmetic San Francisco, CA

3 Myths About Botox Debunked

Botox® Cosmetic San Francisco, CABotox is one of the most popular things that we offer our patients here at Aura Med Spa, and that popularity isn’t going to die down anytime soon. By softening fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes, Botox can temporarily restore your more youthful complexion. To help you better understand Botox and whether or not it’s right for you, we have created an article debunking three common myths about it. Read on to learn more.

Myth #1: It’s a Filler

One of the most common misconceptions that people have about Botox is that it is a filler. However, Botox works completely differently than fillers like Restylane and Juvederm. While fillers fill in the fine lines and wrinkles in the skin, Botox temporarily relaxes the muscles in the forehead which in turn softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Myth #2: It’s Just For Wrinkles

Although the primary use of Botox is to combat fine lines and wrinkles, it can also be used to treat a variety of other health related issues like chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweat, and more. In fact, Botox was initially used to treat strabismus.

Myth #3: It’s Only for People 60 Years and Up

Another common misconception that people have regarding Botox is that it is only for people who are over the age of 60. However, Botox can be used for individuals who are even as young as in their 20’s to help prevent against fine lines and wrinkles deepening.

If you are looking for a temporary way to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, consider getting Botox injections from Aura Med Spa. If you would like to learn more about whether or not Botox is right for you and your skin, contact Aura Med Spa today to schedule an appointment!

Kybella® San Francisco, CA

How to Get Rid of your ‘selfie chin’

Kybella® San Francisco, CAWhen it comes to managing your online presence, it’s natural to want to put your best face forward. The ‘selfie chin,’ otherwise known as a double chin, seems to take center stage with our vacation and day-to-day selfies alike. Kybella is an FDA approved nonsurgical option to get rid of that extra roll of fat under your chin. The Kybella shot is an alternative to liposuction, which is used to address a double chin.

Kybella works by using deoxycholic acid, a substance that your body naturally produces. It aids in absorbing and destroying fat cells. Kybella treatments vary from patient to patient. For instance, you may need a total of 12-20 injections administered during treatment. Two to three to six sessions over the course of several months may be necessary. The visit itself is quick, and the treatment usually takes only 15 minutes.

You will begin to notice a change after two to four treatments. It is important to understand that Kybella does not tighten the skin. Rather, it melts fat. After your treatments are completed, the results can last several years.

As with any surgical or nonsurgical treatment, be sure you are aware of any potential side effects or risks. The most common side effects a that patients experience with Kybella are numbness, swelling, pain, and bruising. These are a normal part of the healing process and will dissipate over time. In rare cases, the marginal mandibular nerve can be damaged, resulting in an off balance smile. Overtime, the nerve will heal, and you will regain control of your facial expressions.

Studies are underway to determine if Kybella can be used to zap fat cells in other regions of the body. Unfortunately, it can’t get rid of love handles or excess belly fat. At present, it is strictly permitted to be used underneath the chin and neck. Because Kybella is a cosmetic procedure, it is unlikely that insurance will cover it.

If you are looking to enhance your look and get rid of excess chin fat, call Aura Skin Spa today. You can reach our office at (415) 788-3800 to arrange a consultation to determine if Kybella is right for you.

 

 

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A Simple way to Keep your Skin Hydrated this Summer

skin care San Francisco, CADoctors suspect about 75% of adults in the United States have some form of chronic dehydration. With a daily water recommendation of eight 8-ounce glasses of water, it can be difficult to accomplish. Certain foods hold particularly high water content and are a wonderful alternative to accomplishing your daily water intake. Food alone should never be a substitute for water, but it can certainly supplement your daily water intake. The following fruits and vegetables can help your skin and body feel more hydrated in the coming months.

Watermelon

This quintessential summer food is deliciously sweet and perfect for keeping your body hydrated. With a water content of 91.5%, watermelon is also one of the best sources of lycopenes, an antioxidant that fights cancer. Cut up a watermelon into bite sized squares and keep them stored in the fridge, on hand for when the midday munchies role around or the kids come home from school. Slice pieces of watermelon into a chilled glass of water for a refreshing drink.

Spinach

When lunch rolls around, pile spinach on your sandwich. Spinach has high levels of fiber, potassium, lutein, and folate. One cup of spinach gives you 15% of your daily recommended vitamin E. Vitamin E is a valuable antioxidant for shielding against free radicals.  If you don’t like spinach, no problem—spinach has little taste and is a fantastic addition to any smoothie. With a water content of 91.4%, don’t forget to add this versatile vegetable to your grocery list.

Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C. This impressive nutrition profile also has a water content of 90.7%. This cruciferous vegetable has a laudable amount of sulforaphane, a compound that rids the body of cancer-causing cells. Broccoli can add crunch to a salad, be tossed in a colorful stir-fry, or simply washed and eaten with your favorite dip.

This summer, consider how you can add spinach, broccoli, and grapefruit to your diet to increase your water intake and keep your skin hydrated. For more information on treatments that can keep your skin looking radiant this summer, contact Aura Skin Spa at 415-788-3800.

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3 Lesser known ways to protect your skin this summer

skin care San Francisco, CAThe warmer temperature is driving us in droves to the beach, park, or golf course. All the Vitamin D the sun provides is excellent for your health, but you can get too much of a good thing. Here are three lesser-known tips to save your skin this summer and protect it from aging:

  1. The right sunscreen will make all the difference:  If you want to save your skin from the sun, buy a sunscreen that you love and make it handy. There are dozens of brands, so choose one that you like and put it next to your other toiletries, so you see it in the morning and remember to put it on. Do n’t forget to select a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. If you are genetically disposed to burn easily, have fair skin, or skin cancer in your family history, elect for 30 SPF or higher. Also, find a brand that has sufficient UVA protection. You can find this out by checking the ingredient list. If it includes ecamsule, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, sulisobenzone, oxybenzone, or avobenzone it will provide UVA protection. Remember, if you suffer from sensitive skin issues like rosacea, opt for sunscreens catered to kids, which are formulated to be more sensitive.
  2. Be mindful of makeup: Did you know that the type of makeup you put on each morning could act as a sun filter? Darker eye shadow colors and matte lipstick will naturally deflect some of the sun’s rays. On the other had, high gloss lipsticks or powders attract the sun and expose the skin more. To be safe, remember to apply a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 before adding makeup. Be sure not to forget your lips by applying a lip color or lip balm with an SPF factor.
  3. Dress with the sun in mind: Usually, when summer rolls around, we pull out the sundresses and shorts. However, if you know, you’ll be outside for an extra long time, select for materials that act as natural protectants to the skin. For instance, darker colors, fiber types, and dyes can all contribute to reflecting UV rays. For instance, tightly knit fabrics, nylon, and polyester work well at shielding the skin from the sun. Bleached cotton clothing, not as much.

To schedule a consultation about the services at Aura Skin Spa, contact our office today at 415-788-3800. Let us help you determine what treatments fit your health and beauty goals.