Introduction to Purasomes

Purasomes are advanced skincare solutions that harness the power of exosomes derived from bovine colostrum. These extracellular vesicles, key for cell-to-cell communication, contain 20 billion pure exosomes and 20 potent growth factors, enhancing skin health and rejuvenation.

Bovine Colostrum: A Natural Powerhouse

  • Completely Natural
  • Non-Recombinant
  • Halal & Kosher Certified
  • Infection-Free
  • Stable at Room Temperature (Lyophilized)

What are Exosomes?

Exosomes play a crucial role in cellular communication, transporting proteins and nucleic acids to other cells to modulate their behavior and promote healing and regeneration.

exomes

Three Pillars of Purasomes’ Efficacy and Safety

SOURCE Ethically sourced from Holstein cow’s colostrum from certified organic farms in Italy. Notably, allogenic human-derived exosomes are not approved for topical use in the EU. [1]
CONTENTS Incorporates AMPLEX Plus patented technology, delivering highly purified exosomes and powerful growth factors to minimize downtime and enhance patient outcomes.
EXTRACTION & PURIFICATION Utilizes an advanced purification process and a streamlined supply chain to ensure optimal efficacy.

Microneedling

What is AMPLEX Plus Technology Composed of?

  • Exosomes: 20 billion in 5 mL
  • Growth Factors (GF20): 200 mg
  • Transport Mechanism: Growth factors are integrated into exosomes via passive transport during co-incubation, enhancing their potency

Growth Factor Table

No Effect on Cancer Cells

No Effects On Cancer Cells [2]

CONTROL          AMPLEX Plus

Amplex Plus

AMPLEX Plus has no effect on tumour growth in a mouse model of colon cancer. -Model: C26 cells (50,000 cells, subcutaneously, in Balb-C mice) -Treatment: Glucose solutions or AMPLEX +, 4 g/Kg orally on day 3 and 7 -N=11/group There is no difference in weight or volume of the tumour. No Effects On Cancer Cells [2]

Purasomes Product Line

Purasomes-NC150 Purasomes-NC150 (Skin Nutri Complex)

Purpose: Hydrates and boosts skin firmness and elasticity.
Key Ingredients: Exosomes, growth factors, high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, PDRN from salmon sperm cells, amino acids, vitamins, and coenzymes.
Benefits: Mitigates signs of aging and diminishes scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks.

Formulated to help:

Elasticity

PRDN is a compound extracted from salmon sperm cells that has various beneficial attributes that help reverse the signs of aging and reduce the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.

PDRN Reverse Aging

20 billion Exosomes
200mg Growth Factors
75mg HMW HA (1100-1400kDA)
75mg LMW HA (80- l00kDA)
PDRN
23 Amino Acids – 10 Vitamins
6 Co Enzymes
Reducing Agents

PDRN Reverse Signs Of Aging

Nutri Complex Ingredients:

Nutri Complex Ingredients

Purasomes SGC100+ Purasomes SGC100+ (Skin Glow Complex)

Purpose: Enhances skin tone and complexion.
Key Ingredients: Exosomes, growth factors, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, stable vitamin C, and antioxidant peptides.
Benefits: Brightens skin, controls pigmentation, and provides antioxidant protection.

Formulated to help:

Skin Tone

Enriched with stem cells of pomegranate, harvested in the middle of its ripening to obtain the substances that control pigmentation and production of antioxidants to achieve its peak whitening potential.

Skin-Glow-Complex

20 billion Exosomes
200mg Growth Factors
50mg HMW HA (1100-1400kDA)
50mg LMW HA (80-lO0kDA)
Amino Acids
Concentrated Stable Vitamin C derivative
3 Antioxidant – Peptides

Skin Glow Complex Before and After

Skin Glow Complex Ingredients:

 

Purasomes HSC50+ Purasomes HSC50+ (Hair & Scalp Complex)

Purpose: Revitalizes scalp and hair follicles.
Key Ingredients: Exosomes, growth factors, hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamins, and phyto-peptidic fractions.
Benefits: Strengthens scalp barrier, reduces water loss, and supports hair growth.

Formulated to help: Energize and RevitalizeMinoxidil Cabelludin

Cabelludin is a proprietary peptide complex that helps strengthen the scalp skin’s barrier functions, reduce trans epidermal water loss, and support the micro-environment around the hair bulb. Cabelludin helps support hair organ elongation after 7 days.

Skin Glow Complex20 billion Exosomes 200mg Growth Factors
25mg HMW HA ( 1100-1400kDA)
25mg LMW HA ( 80- lO0kDA)
7 Peptides
8 Vitamins
Phyto-Peptidic Fractions

Cabelludin Before and After

Hair & Scalp Ingredients:
Hair & Scalp Ingredients

Treatments of Exosomes

Post 2 treatments of Exosomes with Microneedling – 14 days after the second treatment

Did you know?

  • AMPLEX Plus has 14 innovative patents in Regenerative Medicine and Aesthetics as of 2022. [2]
  • It took eight years of meticulous scientific work to invent AMPLEX Plus Technology, a powerful synergy of nature, applied sciences and technology. [2]
  • Purasomes are the first European manufactured exosomes[2] and its name originated from “purified exosomes” harnessed from a completely natural source, bovine colostrum.
Dermal Roller Treatment

1 treatment with a Dermal Roller and Exosomes application

Microneedling with Exosomes

Procedure: Microneedling creates micro-channels in the skin, facilitating deeper penetration and absorption of exosomes. This synergy accelerates skin rejuvenation by activating and repairing skin cells.

Microneedling with Exosomes

Post Treatment with Microneedling and Exosomes combo

 

Before and After Microneedling with Purasomes / Exosomes

Our Manager – Before and Five Days After Microneedling with Purasomes / Exosomes*

*Products used during treatment:

At Urban Body Laser, we use Purasomes, a very exciting new development in skin renewal and rejuvenation. Think of it like a super-powered skin food with tiny particles that can help our cells communicate better. It also contains growth factors that can stimulate your skin cells to renew themselves more effectively. On top of that, depending on which formulation you choose, it’s enriched with coenzymes, peptides, and amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins that your skin needs to stay healthy and strong. The Complex also comes with an array of essentials  providing your skin with all-around nourishment.

What Conditions Does Microneedling with Exosomes Treat?

Benefits:

  • Effective for: Acne scars, burns, large pores, hyperpigmentation, scars, sun damage, stretch marks, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.
    Long-lasting Effects: Exosomes remain active for 6 to 8 months post-treatment.

Does Microneedling Hurt?

Some patients report mild discomfort during the procedure. To make you as comfortable as possible, we can apply a numbing cream before your treatment. With the numbing cream, our guests experience no pain and almost no discomfort.

Microneedling with Exosomes Before and After

What’s the Recovery Process for Microneedling?

Recovery:

  • Post-Treatment: Slight redness and a sunburn-like sensation may occur, typically subsiding within hours to days.
    First Few Days: Mild swelling may be experienced around treated areas.
    First Week: Skin may feel tighter and slightly dry, with potential peeling or flaking.
    Sun Protection: Essential to use broad-spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and avoid harsh topicals. Regular sun protection prolongs results.

Microneedling Diagram

Contraindications:

  • Blood or clotting disorders
  • Compromised immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema

Microneedling Candidates

 

Purasomes, combined with microneedling, offer a state-of-the-art skincare solution that leverages the regenerative power of exosomes and growth factors from bovine colostrum. This treatment not only enhances the skin’s natural repair processes but also provides long-lasting improvements in skin texture, tone, and overall health. For those seeking an effective and safe skin rejuvenation method, microneedling with Purasomes is an excellent option.

 

References

[1] Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products.[2] Internal data on file.

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Schedule your consultation with Urban Body Laser today by calling 604 696 5506 or contacting us.

Acne, pimples, white heads, black heads – a result of diet, stress and hormones. This pesky skin condition and acne scarring are treatable at Urban Body Laser.

Options for acne treatments here at Urban Body Laser:

Consultation with skin assessment (sessions are approximately 45 mins to 1 hour)

For new clients – an Acne Specialist will take the following steps:

  • Conduct a visual and palpation skin analysis and determine your acne type and grade
  • Go over aggravating factors that make you break out — foods, medications, cosmetics, etc.
  • Teach you how to check your skincare products for pore-clogging ingredients
  • Educate you about the formation of acne and how our system works to target problem areas and get results

If you decide to work with us, we will take the following additional steps:

  • Determine your skin tolerance for our professional-strength products and perform an allergy test
  • Develop an individualized homecare regimen specifically designed for your skin type and acne needs for the first 2 weeks

Acne Consultation with Treatment (sessions are approximately 2 hours)

For new clients. At this appointment you will have the following:

  • In-depth Acne Consultation (see above)
  • A customized Acne Treatment

PLEASE BE AWARE: If you have been on any prescription topical product (i.e. Differin, Retin-A, Clindamycin, Epiduo, etc.) you MUST discontinue use for 2 weeks prior to your appointment, or book the consultation only.

Chin Acne

Our Acne Program

Acne is a complex disease. This is why we utilize a multi-aspect approach with the Acne Program at our clinic. With our Program we don’t just address current breakouts; we focus on acne prevention and on guiding our clients up to the point where their skin stays clear forever. With your commitment to our Program, we will take control of your acne in as little as 10-16 weeks.

Our Acne Program will do the following:

  • Target current breakouts
  • Prevent future breakouts
  • Improve pigmentation

We will take the following steps:

  • Develop a customized skincare regimen at the initial consultation
  • Detect acne triggers in everyday life that exacerbate acne, such as food, skincare, makeup, and birth control
  • Adjust your skincare regimen and perform customized treatments every 2-3 weeks
  • Guide you through the whole process of getting clear. You will contact your Acne Specialist directly!
  • Educate you about how to keep your skin clear

We will need your commitment to:

  • Skincare regimen recommended by your Acne Specialist
  • 3-4 Acne Treatments for mild acne or 6 -8 Acne Treatments for more severe acne
  • Following all recommendations you receive at your Acne Consultation

Acne Treatments

  1. We use the Sciton BBL Blue Light (420nm) to treat inflammatory acne. Our guests come in for 20-30 minute treatments a few times over the course of a few weeks and receive the Blue Light treatment that painlessly destroys the bacteria that causes acne. The skin heals quickly and this process can be used on almost any skin type and level of acne from mild to severe. The treatment is virtually painless (most guests indicate their skin feels warm and tingly).
  2. We use Fontona’s Nd:YAG laser light to target overactive sebaceous glands in order to reduce the risk of developing new acne inflammation. This treatment also speeds up healing and promotes collagen remodeling.
  3. Hydrafacial Acne Treatment can be used for blocked pores, black heads or acne. This is a six-step treatment to clean out pores and calm inflammation. Bonus: it can also be used for large pores, oily, rough or dull skin, wrinkles, fine lines or skin discoloration.
  4. Our Hydrafacial MD  HydraFacial deep pore treatment can be combined with blue LED light therapy that can help with acne. If you’re suffering with , there are a number of treatments that might help. HydraFacial is safe for all skin types and can address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, including acne, acne scars, discoloration, large pores, oily complexion, rough skin, dull skin, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Acne Scarring

Acne Scar Removal

  1. For acne and other scars, we use Fotona’s Er:YAG laser to gently vaporize the acne-scarred surface to show off the healthy, undamaged skin underneath. We also use the Fraxel, treating fractions of the skin at the same time by using laser skin resurfacing.
  2. We use dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and microneedling to get rid of acne scars. These treatments can be used for other purposes too, such as removing traumatic scars, rhinophyma (nose enlargement in rosacea), wrinkles, and tattoo removal.

Sometimes dark spots, red spots or purple spots can be left behind after the acne has cleared; we have suggestions for treating these as well.

Microdermabrasion for Acne

Acne is a common skin issue that impacts the lives of many Canadians. However, in this day and age, it can be effectively treated with a wide range of procedures.

For those who are experiencing acne outbreaks or even some light acne scarring, one technique that can be employed is microdermabrasion. (link to micro article on home page) This technique helps improve skin imperfections by removing the upper layer of dead and damaged skin cells. This in turn will reveal fresher, healthier-looking skin in the individual. In addition to this, Microdermabrasion can help promote the production of new skin cells, which in turn will have a higher level of collagen, which can help improve the look of mild acne scars.

Microdermabrasion is great for those with an active acne condition since it exfoliates the skin and helps clear clogged pores of oil and dirt. It should be noted that this procedure is not always recommended in every acne case. In some situations, microdermabrasion can aggravate the condition, however your Technician will be able to provide you with advice as to whether microdermabrasion is right for your acne treatment plans.  To help remove deep congestion you may add a steam and an extraction to increase the intensity and effectiveness of the treatment.

In addition to this, for individuals who have deeper acne scarring such as boxcar scars and ice pick scars then microdermabrasion is not likely the best solution. This would be Microneedling.

Microneedling

Because the microdermabrasion treatment is quite mild, we recommend four to six sessions, spread out across two to four weeks. This course of treatments will likely give you the best results and you should expect your skin to have a much more vibrant and rejuvenated appearance. Typically, most healthy individuals are ideal candidates for microdermabrasion but ultimately when you have an initial consultation you will be advised whether the treatment is suitable in your own individual case.

For those who are looking for a non-invasive treatment for acne, Urban Body Laser (link to homepage) may be the solution for you. Contact us online today or call our clinic based in downtown Vancouver at 604-696-5506 to learn more.

Eye Cream

An eye cream is precisely as stated: an EYE cream. The skin around your eyes is up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face and shows signs of aging more quickly than other areas of the face do, hence. This thinness makes it more delicate, vulnerable, and prone to allergic reactions than other facial skin. This is why the delicate skin around your eyes needs an extra dose of TLC, which a regular face moisturizer might not be able to deliver. Using a regular face cream is not ideal and could even be damaging to that delicate area.

Does this mean having an additional product on your shelf? Well, it surely does! But when you break it down and realize how different the needs of the eye area are and the ingredients that go into these products, then, it will all make perfect sense.

How is the Eye area different?

Within the area around the eye itself, the skin is very delicate. The eye-area skin does not enjoy as much natural moisture from sebum (oil), leaving it prone to laxity, developing fine lines and wrinkles, becoming looser, and even thinner.

Eye products have been specifically formulated to ensure the essential ingredients actually gives the eyes what it needs, something which a face moisturiser cannot do.

Why should you invest in an eye cream?

The skin around your eyes also gets a much greater workout. Every time you move your eyes, whether you squint, smile, or widen them in surprise, you’re using muscles around your eyes. Over time, factors like dryness and loss of collagen and elasticity lead to the formation of small wrinkles near your eyes, commonly known as ‘crow’s feet’. Smoking and exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can also contribute to wrinkle formation.

Incorporating an eye cream into your daily skincare routine can help minimize the appearance of these wrinkles as well as tackle other skin concerns like dryness, puffiness, dark circles, and pigmentation.

And the sooner you start using one, the better. The best time to start using an eye cream is before you think you need one. It’s easier to prevent signs of aging than to correct them, so we recommend investing in an eye cream starting in the 20’s. Applying an eye cream twice every day for optimal results.

While the cost can be exorbitant, rest assured that it’s money well spent. Because the delicate skin around our eyes is usually one of the first spots on the face to show signs of aging, sun damage, and stress. Eye creams can be an effective preventive and reparative measure for addressing all of that. So, even if you only use cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen, an eye cream would be a worthwhile addition to your skincare lineup.

What ingredients should you look for in an eye cream?

Some key ingredients to look for are hyaluronic acid and peptides. HA helps to hydrate while peptides boost collagen production, making your skin plumper and more youthful.Eye

Since the skin around your eyes has very few active oil glands, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalene and ceramides are essential for drawing in and sealing in the moisture.

For anti-aging benefits, choose an eye cream containing retinol or a retinol derivative in a moisturizing base—look for ceramides, dimethicone, glycerin and oils in the ingredient list.

In addition, you should also consider factors like your skin type, what skin concern you wish to target, whether you’ll be layering makeup on top, etc. when picking an eye cream. So then, what ingredients should you look for in an eye cream?
Whether you want to tackle fine lines, treat dark circles, or reduce puffiness, our recommended skincare picks have got you covered:

To save time, can I use the same anti-wrinkle eye cream for my face and under eyes?

Skin care isn’t cheap and eye products tend to be more expensive. Which raises the question: why does moisturizer marketed for your under-eyes come in a tiny tube and cost so much more? Is it really that special? And are you doing your eyes a disservice if you use regular moisturizer as eye cream?

Eye Cream GridThe answer is absolutely. Let us explain – It’s true that eye creams contain the same types of ingredients found in many face creams. However, they’re also meant to address hyper-specific skincare issues. Not only does the skin underneath your eyes require more targeted TLC (i.e., retinol for wrinkles, ingredients for puffiness, niacinamide for dark circles, etc.), it’s also a lot thinner than other areas of the face—in fact, it’s the thinnest skin on the body.

In other words, it’s a lot more sensitive.

Now, let’s say you were to use a regular anti-wrinkle face cream with the same targeted ingredients on your under-eyes. That anti-wrinkle cream probably contains a much greater concentration of active ingredients to combat fine lines (somewhat ironic considering that eye creams cost way more than facial moisturizers). This isn’t a bad thing for your face, which can probably tolerate that, but it might not be so great for your under-eyes, which is a more delicate space.

Eye creams tend to be gentler, less irritating, and more moisturizing than regular creams because the delicate skin around the eyes is particularly prone to irritation, fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.

That being said, you might be able to tolerate regular anti-wrinkle creams on the eye area—if your skin isn’t very sensitive and the formulation isn’t very irritating (read: no fragrances). But proceed with caution.

As for the matter of using eye cream all over your face (Beyoncé’s makeup artist even swears by it), there’s the obvious answer. Unless you’re Beyoncé, it’s going to be an expensive affair. For the financial downside alone, we don’t recommend it as an everyday practice. Plus, you’re actually better off not using an eye cream for your whole face because your face can tolerate (and will benefit from) much higher proportions of active ingredients.

Which one is better: eye cream or eye serum?

An eye serum is lighter than a cream, contains less oil, and uses a vehicle that allows for better penetration of potent anti-aging ingredients as opposed to an eye cream. “Eye serums in general are better for wrinkles, dark circles, reduction of puffiness and help improve skin firmness.”

When should I start using an Eye Cream?

Rule of thumb: When it comes to skincare, the earlier the better. In my many years of experience as a skincare specialist, I believe it’s the one product that you won’t appreciate the use of until you stop and can actually see the effect it has had. The reality is – prevention is better than cure – when it comes to the delicate eye area.Pretty Eye

It’s often the simple concepts of skincare that get lost in translation or that people become confused by, so we hope this has helped you understand this important concept of eye care. We also have a ton of info on our Instagram page to provide guidelines and tips.

If you have specific questions, we encourage you to please get in contact with us on (604) 696-5506 or book to have a consultation with one of our skin experts. We will work our way through a series of questions so that we are able to understand your skincare requirements, which will aid in ensuring the products we recommend are uniquely matched to these concerns.

The bonus of our R3 Derma Health skincare range is that we can custom blend our products to make sure they meet all the needs of your skin, perfectly!

R3 Derma Products

** Images of the skincare products mentioned in this article.

 

 

Skin Care

Here at Urban Body Laser, we realize that determining your skin type may feel a little overwhelming, like cracking a super cryptic code or searching for the missing piece of a complex genetics puzzle but it is an absolute necessity when it comes to ensuring proper skincare and overall skin health and longevity.

Knowing (and understanding) your skin type is the first step in the right direction to determining why you could be experiencing certain skin-related concerns and establishing a vital skincare routine – the basis on which all your products and regimens rest.

It will also aid in understanding your skin’s natural behaviors and responses, enabling you to introduce to your routine, better-suited products that are most effective for you, to target skin concerns specific to your own skin.

We would love to help you establish what your skin needs to look and feel its best but in order to do this, you must first understand the different skin types and determine your own skin

type…

Understanding the Different Skin Types

There are five main types of skin, namely: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin. Skin type is predominantly determined by genetics. However, the condition of our skin may vary greatly in accordance with the various internal and external factors it is subjected to, such as climate, hormones, medications, diet and products, to name a few.

1. Normal Skin Type

What is “normal” skin?

The term ‘normal’ skin is widely used to refer to well-balanced skin. The scientific term for well-balanced skin is eudermic. Normal skin: is neither overly oily nor dry; is rarely sensitive or particularly problematic; has balanced sebum production and good blood circulation. This well-balanced healthy skin type has even levels of moisture and hydration, uniform texture and no obvious problem areas.

How to identify normal skin

Normal skin may be identified by the following properties:

  • Barely visible pores
  • A fresh, even tone
  • Soft and smooth texture with uniform transparency
  • Good blood circulation
  • Balanced oil production
  • No blemishes and
  • Minimal sensitivity

As a person with normal skin ages, their skin may become drier.

2. Dry Skin Type

What is “dry” skin?

The term ‘dry’ skin is used to describe a skin type that produces insufficient sebum and as a result, dry skin lacks the lipids it requires to retain balanced moisture and build a protective shield against harsh external influences (this leads to an impaired barrier function). Often characterized by its flaky and rough texture, dry skin (or Xerosis) exists in varying degrees of severity and in different forms that are not always obviously distinguishable.

Significantly more women suffer from dry skin than men, and all skin gets dryer as it ages.

The causes of dry skin

Dry skin may affect anyone but some risk factors raise your chances of developing dry skin. These include:

  • Age: as you age, your pores naturally produce less oils
  • Medical history: you’re more likely to experience eczema or allergic contact dermatitis, if there is a history of these conditions in your family
  • Seasons: dry skin is more common during the colder months, when humidity levels are relatively low. In warmer months, higher levels of humidity may prevent your skin from drying out.
  • Cleansing habits: taking long and frequent baths, showers or cleansing with very hot water strips the skin of its necessary oils

Skin moisture is dependent on water supply in the deeper skin layers and even perspiration. Skin is constantly losing water via:

  • Perspiration: active water loss from the glands caused by heat, stress or exertion and is vital for body temperature regulation and overall health.
  • Trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL): the skin’s natural and passive process of water content regulation by diffusing about half a liter of water a day from the deeper skin layers.

Therefore, dry skin is caused by a lack of:

  • Natural moisturizing factors (NMFs): especially urea, amino acids and lactic acid – that help to bind in water.
  • Epidermal lipids: such as ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol which are needed for a healthy skin barrier function.

As a result, the skin’s barrier function may become compromised.

How to identify dry skin

Dry skin ranges from skin that is a little bit drier than normal, to very dry skin, to extremely dry skin.

These differences are normally be distinguished by:

Dry skin

  • Flaky, rough or tight feeling
  • Slight itchiness
  • Brittle, uneven texture
  • Dull looking
  • Low elasticity

Very dry skin

  • Mild scaling or patched flakiness
  • Rough and blotchy appearance (may appear to be prematurely aged)
  • Feeling of tightness
  • Itchiness
  • More sensitive to irritation, redness and risk of infection

Extremely dry skin

  • Roughness and inflammation
  • Chapping, fissures (cracks) and/or calluses
  • Scaling
  • Discoloration
  • Frequent itchiness

Extremely dry skin is most commonly found on the elderly or on severely dehydrated hands.

3.  Oily Skin Type

What is “oily” skin?

The term ‘oily’ skin describes a skin type with heightened sebum production. This excessing discharge of sebum is commonly known as seborrhea.

The causes of oily skin

A number of issues may trigger an overproduction of sebum. These include:

  • Genetics: oily skin tends to run in families. If one of your parents has oily skin, you’re likely to have overactive sebaceous glands, too
  • Stress and hormonal changes: androgens (the hormones mostly responsible for oil production) may sometimes fluctuate, stimulating an increase in sebum production, occurring most commonly during puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Stress and illness may also prompt for additional hormones to be released, and with those hormones excess oils may be produced
  • Medications: acquiring oily skin is one of the possible side effects associated with taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement medication and certain kinds of steroids. Some medications may also cause dehydration which leads to the production of excess oils
  • Enlarged pores: sometimes pores stretch out due to age, weight fluctuations and previous breakouts – larger pores tend to produce more oil
  • Environment: where you live and the time of year may contribute to oily skin. People in warmer, humid climates tend to have oilier skin. You are also likelier to have more oil on your skin during warmer seasons than you would in colder seasons
  • Poor diet: frequent consumption of foods high in sugars, refined carbohydrates and dairy may lead to overactive sebum production
  • Comedogenic cosmetics: frequent use of cosmetic products that cause irritation
  • Methods of cleansing: scrubbing too hard and too often, with abrasive tools or coarse exfoliators, and using harsh chemicals and soaps not suited for your skin type, strips the skin of moisture causing glands to overproduce oil

How to identify oily skin

Oily skin may be identified by the following properties:

  • Enlarged, obviously visible pores
  • Greasy appearance
  • Thicker, pale skin: blood vessels may not be visible
  • Prone of breakouts
  • Inflammation and discoloration in severe cases

Oily skin is prone to comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) and to other varying forms of acne.

With mild acne, a significant number of comedones appear on the face and frequently on the neck, shoulders, back and chest too.

In moderate and severe cases, papules (small bumps with no visible white or black head) and pustules (medium sized bumps with a noticeable white or yellow spot at the center) appear and the skin becomes red and inflamed.

4.       Combination Skin Type

What is “combination” skin?

The term ‘combination’ skin describes exactly that – having a combination of oily skin in some areas and dry skin in other areas. Typically, there’s a mix of oily and dry areas on different parts of your face, with the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) being slightly to very oily and the cheeks being normal to dry.

The causes of combination skin

The oilier parts of combination skin are caused by an overproduction of sebum. The drier parts of combination skin are caused by a lack of sebum and a corresponding lipid deficiency.

A number of factors may cause combination skin. These include:

  • Genetics: if one of your parents has combination skin, you’re likely to have it too
  • Climate: you may see a change in your skin’s appearance depending on the change in the climate. You are likelier to have more oil on your skin during warmer seasons and your skin may feel dry in colder seasons
  • Products: the use of harsh products may and contribute to excess sebum production in the T-zone

How to identify combination skin

Combination skin may be identified by the following properties:

  • Oily T-zone (forehead, chin and nose)
  • Enlarged pores T-zone area, perhaps with some impurities
  • Prone to breakouts only on forehead, chin and nose
  • Normal to dry cheeks
  • Sensitive cheeks

5.       Sensitive Skin Type

What is “sensitive” skin?

The term ‘sensitive’ skin generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin are likelier to have strong, negative reactions to chemicals, dyes, and fragrances present in products that come into contact with the skin.

The causes of sensitive skin

Just like there are varying degrees of severity of dry skin, there are also different levels of sensitive skin. These may generally be divided up into four main types, namely, naturally sensitive, environmentally sensitive, reactive, and thin.

  • Naturally sensitive skin: the cause of this is genetics and may be linked to inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea
  • Environmentally sensitive skin: this type of sensitivity, as the name implies, is triggered by the environment. Factors such as sun exposure, cigarette smoke, air pollution that come into contact with the skin may cause irritation
  • Reactive skin: direct contact with certain products may cause the skin to react, becoming irritated, resulting in papules or pustules, warmness, redness and/or inflammation forming, where the irritant came into contact
  • Thin skin: as we age, our skin naturally becomes thinner, and thinner skin is easier to irritate

How to identify sensitive skin


Sensitive skin may be identified by the following properties:

  • Skin feeling itchy and tight
  • Uneven texture
  • Oily in warmer seasons
  • Dry in colder seasons
  • Reacts easily to certain skincare products
  • Redness after a hot water application (bath or shower)
  • Feels itchy while wearing tight clothes
  • Flushes easily after eating spicy food

If you need help with identifying your skin type, we’ve included below a very basic skin type test, which may be a useful tool:

Determining Your Skin Type

If…

• Your skin doesn’t get more oily or drier during the day
• You only experience dry parches or excess oil seasonally
• You rarely experience breakouts or are sensitive to products

Your skin type is likely…

If…

• You experience dry patches or flaking skin mid-day
• Your skin is rare oily, even at the end of the day
• Your skin often feels tight, itchy, or dry after cleansing

Your skin type is likely…

If…

• Your face is shiny or greasy by mid-day, regardless of the season
• You frequently experience breakouts
• You have large and visible pores

Your skin type is likely…

If…

• Your T-zone is consistently oily and your cheeks are often dry
• Your visible pores are concentrated in your T-zone area
• You experience acne and dry patches at the same time

Your skin type is likely…

If…

• You often experience redness or irritation after applying new products or products with ingredients, like fragrance
• You have skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis

Your skin type is likely…

However, if you need further advice, we highly recommend that you contact us for a free consultation.

Evaluating skin type and condition

Unlike skin type, skin condition may vary greatly during a person’s lifespan. There are many internal and external factors that determine and affect its condition, including: climate and environment, medication, stress and illness, hereditary traits which influence the levels of sebum, perspiration and natural moisturizing factors that your skin produces, and even the products you use and the skincare choices you make.

Skincare products should ideally be selected to match skin type and address skin condition. Dermatologists and other skincare experts determine a person’s skin type condition by measuring the following factors:

Signs of Aging

Our skin type can evolve during our lifetime. Those with an oily skin type in their teenage years can find their skin becoming drier post-puberty and those with a normal skin type can find their skin getting drier as they age.

 

As all skin types age, skin loses elasticity, volume and density, fine lines and wrinkles appear and changes in pigmentation can occur. Understanding and measuring the signs of ageing helps us to determine the condition of our skin.

Skin Color

Skin color and ethnicity influences how our skin reacts to external forces such as the sun, pigmentation disorders, irritation and inflammation. Basic skin color is determined by the density of the epidermis and the distribution of melanin.

The redness of skin is also a useful measure of skin condition; it indicates how successful our circulation is and is helpful in identifying conditions such as couperose (or rosacea).

Sebum and Sweat Production

The amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in skin controls the efficacy of the skin’s barrier function and, as a result, the condition of skin. The overproduction of sebum can lead to oily, acne-prone skin, while low sebum production causes dry skin.

The perspiratory glands in skin produce sweat to help the body to maintain its optimum temperature. Excessive or low sweat production can influence skin condition.

Skin Sensitivity

Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated and is more reactive to different factors, that are generally tolerated by well-balanced (normal) skin. For some people, sensitive skin is a permanent condition; for others, sensitivity is triggered by certain internal and external factors. It occurs when skin’s natural barrier function is compromised, causing water loss and allowing penetration of irritants. Symptoms are exacerbated by factors that facial skin is most exposed to, from the sun to some ingredients in cosmetics and cleansers. Identifying and evaluating symptoms such as redness, a rash, stinging, itching and burning help in determining skin condition.

Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMFs)

Naturally produced in healthy skin, NMFs such as amino acids help to bind water into the skin, maintain its elasticity and suppleness and prevent it from becoming dehydrated. When the skin’s protective barrier is damaged it is often unable to retain these essential NMFs so skin moisture decreases and condition is affected.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

We sincerely hope that this article has helped you to understand the importance of knowing and understanding you skin type and want you to know that our friendly and qualified staff are always here to give you any recommendation, with utmost passion for skincare.

We proudly invite you to peruse our incredible product range at https://urbanbody.myshopify.com! Our collection of R3 Derma Health products contains the highest concentration of active and natural ingredients, best suited for those individuals who desire faster results.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact us at info@urbanbodylaser.com, live chat or at (604) 265-7507. Or, if you would like to take advantage of our promotional offers, please visit https://www.urbanbodylaser.com/promotions for more information.

IPL Skin Rejuvenation

The IPL skin rejuvenation treatment or Intense Periodical Light Photofacial, often referred to as photofacial or photorejuvenation, is a cosmetic treatment that helps you get rid of brown spots, irregular pigmentation, freckles, fine lines and other signs of aging. The treatment is performed at our medical spa, and is completely safe.

So, why should you go for it?

1. Little to no downtime

Since IPL skin rejuvenation treatment is a non-invasive treatment, it involves little to no downtime. The procedure is performed with the help of light energy of specific wavelengths, outer layers of the skin are not damaged during the process. This means that you don’t require to take any time off work, or disturb your schedule. The treatment even allows you to put on makeup, (although gently.) At Urban Body Laser we provide mineral make-up application after treatment. This treatment is different than traditional  laser treatments which could damage the skin or have other side effects.

2. Short sessions

One of the best parts of a IPL skin rejuvenation treatment is that it lasts for about 30 to 40 minutes per session. This means that you can get this treatment over your lunch break, and once done, you can return to your work. For the best results and to be completely effective, you generally need multiple sessions. We would recommend you book a consult with our medical aestheticians to fully understand the amount of treatments needed.

3. Get clear skin and a more youthful appearance

Our IPL skin rejuvenation treatments target a range of problems. It can help you hide the small blood vessels that have become visible. It can also help you get rid of irregularities in the skin tone, blemishes, sunspots, pigmentation and other skin issues.

4. Control acne

Do you have acne-prone skin? An IPL skin rejuvenation treatment can help you treat severe acne and the associated marks and redness.

Read more about treatments for acne

5. Minimize signs of aging

IPL skin rejuvenation treatment can help you tackle your visible signs of aging, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles, sunspots and fine lines. The treatment works by stimulating the collagen growth and improves the skin’s texture by penetrating deep inside the skin layers.

6. Compatible with other treatments

IPL skin rejuvenation treatments can be done in conjunction with other treatments, including microneedling and microdermabrasion for maximum anti-aging results.

7. Minimal discomfort 

Our IPL skin rejuvenation treatment is a completely painless procedure. While a small percentage of patients feel a slight sensation during the procedure, most of the others experience minimal pain. Since IPL is a non-invasive procedure, it involves very little risk. While it is possible to experience certain side effects like bruising, redness, or minor swelling  these are minimal and disappear naturally within a few hours or days.

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Before and After IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

 

Why Choose IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatments With Urban Body Laser?

Are you ready to turn back the clock with IPL skin rejuvenation treatment? Urban Body Laser is one of Vancouver’s longest running and most trusted skin and laser clinics. Our Technicians are trained to the highest standard to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

Call today to book your next treatment! (604) 265-8089

We are conveniently located on the NW corner of Hornby and Robson at Suite 860 – 777 Hornby St., directly across the street from the Art Gallery building. You will find secure public parking in the Paramount Building, one block south on Hornby Street. We also share parking with Hotel Vancouver next door. When parking, please follow the sign that says “Office Tower Parking.”

IPL photorejuvenation and IPL skin rejuvenation before and after photos.

Call Today To Book An Appointment For An IPL Skin Rejuvenation Treatment!

Photofacial and photorejuvenation treatments are gaining in popularity… and for good reason- because they work! Our BBL photorejuvenation treatments are capable of fighting the visible signs of aging and helping your skin appear younger.

What is BBL Photorejuvenation?

Put simply, BBL or Broadband Light photorejuvenation is a type of non-invasive cosmetic treatment that makes use of intense light therapy.

How Does BBL Photorejuvenation Work?

BBL photorejuvenation works by sending intense visible light and infrared light beam into the skin, thus making them reach the dermis and the epidermis layers. These light waves keep your skin genes active and prevent it from showing any visible signs of aging.

Initially, this treatment aims to restructure the skin cells and molecules in order to rejuvenate them and keep them fresh. Our BBL treatments utilize the highest quality equipment found  on the market and  help you in retaining the youthful elasticity of your skin while also keeping it tight.

With the completion of your treatments your skin will start improving in terms of structure, texture, pigmentation and you will be able to restore your youthful and glowing skin.

Benefits of BBL Photorejuvenation

This process of changing the skin’s structure into something more youthful helps you bid goodbye to wrinkles! This treatment also leads to a stable and balanced collagen deposition in the skin. Overall, BBL photorejuvenation provides multiple benefits to your skin. It has proven to be effective in treating various skin issues. Here are some of the most useful advantages of this technique:

  • Helps you get rid of/ reduce acne
  • Enhances your skin texture
  • Evens out the skin tone
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Can reduce facial hair

BBL photorejuvenation is an intense treatment that provides a substantial improvement in the skin’s appearance, however unlike more invasive procedures that may require you to go under the knife there is very little down time. You can expect mild swelling and redness, but both generally subside within 24 hours.

BBL photorejuvenation

Who is a BBL Treatment Right For?

BBL treatments can be adjusted in their intensity to provide results for a wide range of skin conditions and maturity. If you suffer from pigmentation issues, fine line, wrinkles, un-even skin texture, sagging or sun damage than this is an effective treatment for you.

Equipment Matters

Many media-spas may claim to provide photorejuvenation treatments however very few actually provide high quality and powerful equipment. At Urban Body Laser we use the Sciton BBL for our treatments. It is  the only device that has been proven to change the expression of genes associated with aging, longevity, and increased lifespan to provide the most dramatic results.

How Many Treatment Are Required?

The number of treatments required is dependent on the following:

• The total area of the treatment – the larger the area to be covered, the more time it will take to get the photofacial done
• The severity of skin issues – if your skin has more advanced signs of aging and sun damage more treatments may be required
• Skin pigmentation – if you have more pigmentation in your skin, your photofacial might last for a longer duration of time.
On average for optimal results a complete photofacial takes about 5 treatments across 2-5 months, depending upon the situation of the skin.

Why Choose Urban Body Laser?

Are you ready to turn back the clock with BBL photorejuvenation treatments? Urban Body Laser is one of Vancouver’s longest running and most trusted skin and laser clinics. Our Technicians are trained to the highest standard to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

Call today to book your next treatment! (604) 265-8089

We are conveniently located on the NW corner of Hornby and Robson at Suite 860 – 777 Hornby St., directly across the street from the Art Gallery building. You will find secure public parking in the Paramount Building, one block south on Hornby Street. We also share parking with Hotel Vancouver next door. When parking, please follow the sign that says “Office Tower Parking.”

Acne can be an extremely frustrating skin condition that wreaks havoc on one’s self esteem. Sadly an effective acne treatment can be difficult to find, with many cases acne can and often does persist long after the teenage years. The causes of acne vary from person to person but it is often thought to be causes by hormonal imbalances, certain foods, stress and other factors.

Acne consists of a group of inflamed clogged pores and is mainly found on the face, chest, back or buttocks regions of the body. Acne is considered a chronic inflammatory disorder of the sebaceous glands. Forms of acne differ from person to person, in mild to moderate cases you may experience black heads, white heads and enlarged painful red pores. In worst case scenarios nodules, cysts and abscesses can create painful breakouts that can lead to scarring if not treated properly.

Our medical spa offers Blue light BBL filter treatments as an effective acne treatment. We are confident that a series of treatments can put you on the path to clearer, brighter and acne free skin.

How does acne treatment work?

Our blue light therapy treatments work by targeting the bacteria that causes acne, it destroys the bacteria and allows the skin to heal more efficiently. Our medical aestheticians administer a series of laser acne treatments twice a week over the course of several weeks- this is dependent on the severity of your outbreak and your skin profile. Generally speaking a treatment course will last 4 weeks with each session lasting about 15 minutes.

Treatments are not considered painful most guests report a warm tingling feeling. Immediately following treatment, the skin may be pink or slightly red with some mild swelling and/or temporary tenderness along the jawline. We always offer our guests a complimentary Colorescience application so you never leave looking like you have had a treatment.
BBL acne phototherapy is an effective acne treatment that is utilized on mild to severe inflammatory and cystic acne. Our treatments are ideal for reducing the appearance of redness associated with acne.

Can Photofacial acne treatment be combined with other therapies?

Chronic acne often leaves scarring, pigmentation issues or cratering in the skin. We have found Microneedling to be one of the most effective treatments for acne scarring. The use of therapeutic laser medical microdermabrasion for acne scars has also been shown to over time reduce the appearance of scarring associated with acne.

Microneedling for Acne Scars

A Medical microneedling treatment using the DermaPen is an ideal treatment for reducing the look of acne scars. The DermaPen utilizes micro-sized sterile, ultra-fine, surgical strength needles to pierce the skin thus creating micro-injuries. These micro-injuries stimulate an increase in new collagen and elastin to rebuild the skin and prompt the growth of new healthy skin cells. This results in new healthier and smoother-looking skin.
Depending on the severity and condition of the skin the number of treatments required may vary. We generally recommend a series of 5 treatments, to allow skin cell regeneration we suggest spacing treatments 6-8 weeks apart.

Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars

Microdermabrasion is a less intense yet still effective acne treatment and method of repairing the skin damage caused by cystic acne. Microdermabrasion works by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, this signals the body to replace and repair these damaged cells, resulting in smoother skin and improved pigmentation.   It is possible for laser spa medical microdermabrasion treatments to restore healthy-looking skin with ongoing and consistent treatments. Always speak with one of our skincare experts to determine what the best course of treatment is for you!

Call 604-696-5506 Today for your FREE Consult!

Intense Pulsed Light, providing a solution to Rosacea

Rosacea is a common disorder of the facial skin that affects millions worldwide, unfortunately, many sufferers have been left undiagnosed. While it is widespread it varies substantially from one patient to another, therefore finding a one fits all solution can be difficult. Rosacea can be physically uncomfortable and sadly often significantly affects self-confidence, and self-esteem. At Urban Body Laser our medispa offers effective skincare solutions for sufferers, you should seek our help if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Redness on the nose, cheeks, chin or forehead.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

Rosacea can vary from person to person with different depths of severity, below we’ve outlined the more common types:

  1. Facial Redness (Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea)

Rosacea sufferers experience flushing and persistent facial redness. In some patients, small blood vessels may become visible and symptoms that may occur include swelling, stinging, burning, and roughness or scaling.

  1. Bumps and Pimples (Papulopustular Rosacea)

Many rosacea patients also suffer from bumps and pimples in addition to persistent redness. Some patients also experience raised red patches known as plaque.  Rosacea Treatment

  1. Enlargement of the Nose (Phymatous Rosacea)

Rosacea may be associated with a condition known as rhinophyma indicating an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue. This may include thickening of the skin and irregular surface nodules, which in rare cases may also develop in areas other than the nose.

  1. Eye Irritation (Ocular Rosacea)

In many patients, Rosacea affects the eyes resulting in a watery or bloodshot appearance, irritation, and burning or stinging. The eyelids may also become swollen, and styes are common.
Common Factors
Patients can improve their chances of being rosacea free by identifying and avoiding lifestyle and environmental factors that may trigger flare-ups or aggravate their individual conditions. Identifying these factors is an individual process since what causes a flare-up for one person may have no effect on another. These factors are:

  • Sun exposure
  • Spicy foods
  • Humidity
  • Indoor heat
  • Certain skin-care products
  • Heated beverages
  • Certain cosmetics
  • Cold weather
  • Medications
  • Emotional stress
  • Hot weather
  • Wind
  • Heavy exercise
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Hot baths

Treatment
One of the rosacea treatments we utilize at Urban Body Laser is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light. One of the ways we know that a person is afflicted with rosacea is when the vessels and capillaries in the face are visible because of redness and inflammation. What IPL does is use a bright flash of visible light to close down the blood vessels and capillaries. A lot of people do not know that IPL uses a specific filter that only releases a precise color of light which will be absorbed by the blood vessels of the skin. This means that the IPL light beam rosacea treatment will only have an effect on the dilated blood vessels which will cause the blood vessels to close down. Normal skin won’t be affected by the IPL light beam. The closed down blood vessels, capillaries and red appearance of the face will be reduced.
Contrary to popular belief, IPL is actually one of the safest laser treatments that are available on the market. Many lasers can leave scars or other marks and this is the reason why IPL rosacea treatment is often the treatment of choice for rosacea and other skin treatments.
The full results will be visible after about 5 weeks after the first treatment, but many report a reduction in symptoms much sooner. Your treatment schedule may vary, but usually moderate to severe cases are treated 3 times at 5 weeks intervals.
People who are afflicted with rosacea have sensitive skin so the skincare products and cosmetics that they use have to be hypoallergenic. It is important that the products you choose have anti-inflammatory properties. Our Calm line of R3 Derma Health skincare products was specifically designed to treat rosacea and those with sensitive skin.
Our photo facial procedure is relatively painless and takes only 30 to 40 minutes to complete in our medispa. Photofacial rosacea treatments also require less downtime than other more invasive or complex treatments.

Have a question about our rosacea treatments? Call us at (604) 696-5506 to book your free consult!

 

Client Satisfaction

Clients First: Informed, Accommodated, And Satisfied!

There are so many important elements that go into our treatments: educated staff, up to date technology and equipment, quality products. To us, the most important aspect of any of our work is the people. Our guests are always top of mind! We want our guests to feel informed, accommodated, and satisfied with their results. Our staff is always available for questions and consultations to ensure you are finding treatments best suited to your needs.
It makes us so happy to receive feedback like the review below, we wanted to share it! Marianne’s experience is exactly what we want everyone who walks in our front doors to experience. Thank you Marianne!

Testimonial from Marianne Stoody
“I have been coming to Urban Body Laser for YEARS. The first treatment I booked was underarm laser hair removal (very conveniently booked with their payment plan which is amazing). After only a few sessions, I noticed incredible results.  I believe I had 8 sessions on my underarms (usually 8-12 is recommended depending on your hair and your skin tone).  I had no idea it was possible to get the results I received.  I was shaving my underarms sometimes twice a day, I barely grow hair there now, my skin tone is clear and lighter – in the summer people constantly ask me if I’ve had laser/where I go.  I highly recommend this place and have sent family/friends and coworkers here and will continue to do so.
I did a bit of shopping around before purchasing my first laser package –  yes, you will find there are cheaper places in the city but there is a reason Urban Body is a tad more expensive – the place itself feels like a spa and you are treated as if you are at a spa. Staff is professional, knowledgeable, educated, friendly and truly care about your results. Lasers and equipment are top notch. They constantly have deals and specials that they always make sure their customers know about (one of my favorite things about this place is that they always want their customers to get a good deal – if they have a special on or coming up – they make sure you know about it and provide you with all the information as well as offer payment plans to work with you and what you can afford at the time).  Easy text and email reminders of appointments. Customer service also top notch – always work with you and your schedule to get you an appointment that works best for you (even if you end up changing it a million times).  
I was so happy with my underarms results that I booked Brazilian and half leg. Again, could not be happier with my results and it has been an amazing investment – barely have hair these areas anymore whatsoever. summer time is so easy, vacations are so easy – no more shaving constantly or spending money on waxing. skin itself is nicer, smoother, lighter, no ingrowns – almost looks airbrushed! very sparse re-growth. can go weeks without shaving anywhere now 🙂
I have had friends go other places, to save money and go the cheaper route – they have NOT had the same results.  My friend started laser the exact time I did, at a cheaper place in Vancouver – after chatting and comparing appointments she realized they were not turning up the laser after each session (something that should be done). She had 6 sessions and wasted hundreds of dollars.  I told her she should have spent a bit more, like me, to get best possible results. You get what you pay for.
I have also had a microdermabrasion facial here (which they put on my account for free – usually a treatment upwards of $200, as I had to wait a few minutes longer to get in one day – not a big deal, did not affect me at all and next thing I knew I had a free facial on my account).
I recently purchased 5 BBL laser facials and very excited to have my first appointment.  My favourite technician (Janelle) made sure I knew they had a special coming up and spent the time planning a payment plan that would work for me.  She always goes the extra mile. I fully trust her recommendations and advice.  She truly believes in the services she provides, as she has had many of the treatments herself and I think that is a very important element which the technicians here exhibit – they speak from experience and from a place of truly caring about you and your skin.   
By far, the best place in Vancouver to go for laser hair removal – the friends/family/coworkers I have sent here will tell you the same thing as they constantly thank me for sending them here too! Can’t wait for my further appointments and to start my IPL – always look forward to going in.
This review is long overdue. Thank you Urban Body!”

Contact:
Urban Body Laser
777 Hornby St #860, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
(604) 696-5506

Leaves

Summer rays are fading and with them, our sun-kissed glows. That’s not the only thing about our skin that will change with the coming of Autumn. As much as we want to hang on to our tans, earning them will have left our skin drier than we would like. Combine that with lower moisture in the air and our skin will soon be gasping with thirst!
Coming into Fall, your skincare routine should be all about repairing and rehydrating. To combat sun damage from the summer months and deter flakey patches, we need moisture and rejuvenation. The latter can be achieved with our Microdermabrasion treatments. Microdermabrasion gently removes dead skin cells with non-invasive exfoliation to clear congested skin.
The treatment focuses on the topmost layer of skin where toxins, fines lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and discoloration lives. Using the Pristine Precision Diamond Peel System, we target problem areas and buff away the surface layer of skin without scratching. This helps increase circulation, encouraging toxins to leave more quickly and absorb nutrients faster, taking in more of the active ingredients in your skin care.
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Your skin is left smoother and refreshed. Make-up will be applied more evenly. Your skin will glow from the lack of dead skin cells that leave your skin dull and matte. It is like a wake up call for your skin cells!
To combat the temporary rosy complexion left by the densely packed diamonds of our tool, every Microdermabrasion client leaves with a customized Colorescience application. We want all our guests to feel the full benefits of each treatment without looking like you have had one done!

Smoother, clearer skin can make a world of difference in our everyday confidence. As much as we can control what we put in our bodies and on our skin, things like impurities in the air, seasonal moisture, and sunny weather are not things we can always avoid. Sometimes we need that extra bit of defense to keep our skin happy and healthy.
Book your appointment today!
Contact:
Urban Body Laser
777 Hornby St #860, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
(604) 696-5506

Imagine a treatment that slows down the clock on your skin and gives you the fresh, summer-ready look you want. Stop imagining, and keep reading!
Our Photorejuvenation treatment can erase damage done from years past and give your skin new life. Dark spots, sun damage, broken capillaries, fine lines, redness and more can all be addressed with the Sciton BBL. This tool uses Intense Pulsed Light technology, producing a broad spectrum of light in a range of wavelengths to repair and revive your skin. The wavelengths can be adjusted to suit your specific skin type and the results you are looking for. During treatment, collagen production is also stimulated, resulting in smoother, rejuvenated skin.
The best way for us to explain the benefits of this treatment is to show you! After years of feeling self-conscious about unwanted pigmentation, Donna took the plunge and couldn’t have been happier she did. Let Donna’s experience inspire you to take the leap and book the appointment you have been waiting for.
“I am finally getting it done! After years of not wearing dresses and skirts I am finally getting those nasty brown spots on my legs taken care of!! I’m so excited to begin. I look forward to the transformation from looking old to younger once again!”
BEFORE
    
    
Her first treatment went very well, with minimal discomfort and an excellent technician experience. After her first treatment, Donna noticed that her skin was tender and hot, but this feeling subsided quickly.
After four treatments, Donna was excited and appreciative.
“Wow! Great results. So happy to have experienced such fantastic results at Urban Laser!! Can’t wait to see even more results after my 5th treatment. Now I can finally wear dresses and skirts without nylons!! I even decided to have my neck done too because I want it to look as good as my chest and face!”
Donna’s final results speak for themselves!
AFTER
    
    
This treatment really can change your life. In an average of 5 treatments, our clients do away with their insecurities and find the confidence they have been missing. To learn more about this treatment, visit our services page.
Book your first appointment online now!
Contact:
Urban Body Laser
777 Hornby St #860, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
(604) 696-5506

R3 Derma Pro is an intensive medical grade collection that delivers multi-layer strengthening to the skin. Our collection contains the highest concentration of active ingredients and visual improvement as a result of synergistically blending powerful peptides and cutting edge skin conditioners.

Our Aloe Gel reduces redness and swelling due to sun exposure, windburn, razor burn, bug bites, hypersensitivity reactions and many other causes.

Our Calming Cleanser gently removes impurities from sensitized skin with an anti-inflammatory cleanser to calm and cool irritation.

Experience Boost – remarkable rejuvenating and age defying properties of Argan, Alpine Rose and Grape Skin Stem Cells which revitalize and protect skin on a deep cellular level.

This collection is best suited for our guests who desire faster results and higher activity levels from the ingredients in the products we carry.

R3 Derma Health Pro Products

The service the girls provide here is amazing. Nicola always goes above and beyond to take care of my and make sure I’m comfortable for my treatments. They also have amazing skincare products and have great advice for advancing your skincare routine. – Annie D.

With another amazing summer in Vancouver behind us, September is all about renewal and fresh beginnings. So if you’ve been neglecting your skin in favour of summer BBQ’s and patio sessions, we are here to the (derma) rescue.

With celebrity devotees like Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s little wonder why everyone’s talking about the DermaPen, a revolutionary little tool that kick starts your body’s own natural collagen production. Also referred to as Microneedling, this treatment creates tiny punctures in the skin, tricking the body to build collagen and elastin (which are basically your BFF’s to anti-aging). Besides softening wrinkles, it’s also been proven to lessen the appearance of acne or trauma scars, shrink pores, and fade brown spots.

DermaPen: The New Facial

The old saying that good things come in small packages couldn’t be more true. This little tool offers big results, and has completely disrupted the idea of the traditional facial. If you’re looking for an alternative to laser therapy, Microneedling is the perfect solution for patients with darker skin tones at risk for hyperpigmentation, or those who don’t want to avoid the sunlight for weeks.
Plus you can target much more than just the face. DermaPen treatments can be done anywhere, and are particularly popular for those who suffer from stretch marks or post-natal scarring. Our medical estheticians have treated areas like the legs, chest, or butt, creating a soft, lifted, and smooth appearance in as little as five treatments.

Wondering how it works or want to learn more? We have plenty of information and videos on our website. In addition, feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff by booking a free consultation.

If you’re a regular listener to The Peak FM like us, then Casey-Jo needs no introduction. Hosting the mid-day show, this adventurous Vancouverite knows a thing or two about music — and Microdermabrasion.

In fact, she’s been sharing all of her fabulous self care rituals to feeling healthy and beautiful from the inside out — with a little help from Urban Body Laser.

The Peak FM and Microdermabrasion

Recently, she shared her experience after receiving Microdermabrasion at our medical spa on The Peak FM’s blog. After her first appointment with our amazing medical esthetician Janelle, she realized just how much stress, lack of sleep, and the environment were affecting her skin.
If you’re unfamiliar with this procedure, we’ll quickly bring you up to speed. With celebrity fans like Gwenyth Paltrow, Gisele Bundchen, and Penelope Cruz, this virtually painless treatment gently rejuvenates the skin by non-invasive exfoliation. By removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, Microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger. Our clients have found that Microdermabrasion effectively treats and minimizes a wide range of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, discoloured and congested skin, and even ingrown hairs.
Using the state-of-the-art Pristine Precision Diamond Peel System, the densely packed diamonds gently remove top layers of the epidermis, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and improves blood flow for firmer, healthier looking skin. Best of all it’s easily customizable for all skin types and for the full range of body areas. To learn more, watch our video to see how it works.
Just a few days after her second Microdermabrasion appointment, Casey-Jo said that her makeup is smoother and more comfortable to wear, plus her pores were nowhere in sight. What else did she have to say? Find out by reading her latest blog post!

“Self care is one of the most important things, because if you’re no good to yourself, then you’re not good for anyone.” ~ Casey-Jo

Learn more about how Microdermabrasion can help your skin or book a free consultation.

Teen Acne

After years of helping people with their skin, we can safely say we’ve seen just about everything. From dry to oily, young to mature, our medical estheticians have worked with hundreds of people from all corners of Greater Vancouver to help them achieve healthy, glowing, and flawless complexions.
Throughout the years, we’ve learned a thing (or nine) about how to the body’s largest organ. And lucky for you, we’re giving you the inside scoop by sharing our top 9 skincare lessons that will help your skin from the inside, out.
1. Cleanse. We’ve all had those mornings where we’ve woken up with raccoon eyes from last night’s mascara and our foundation strewn across the pillow (yuck!). We know life gets busy, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must do, it’s cleanse before you hit the sack. Here are a few of our faves:

2. Sunscreen. Don’t let Raincouver fool you; those grey clouds aren’t enough to fight off the sun’s harmful rays, causing premature aging and upping your chance of developing skin cancer. Applying sunscreen should be part of your all-day routine, no matter what time of year it is.

And not all sunscreens are created equal; as we’ve mentioned, you need to opt for Physical sunscreen, which protects your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. It uses non-toxic, mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) and zinc to block the sun’s entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. This differs from the typical chemical forms you find at the drugstore, and are made up of more than 12 different chemicals, many of which have not been FDA approved. These are then absorbed into the skin and can interfere with the normal function of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid.Our go-to physical sunscreen is anything in the Sunforgettable Collection by Colorescience. Pack in your purse and reapply any time of day for easy-peasy application.

3. Ditch the Drugstore. Here’s why: they’re filled with chemicals that will only harm your skin. Better to make life simple and go for the natural, holistic, and scientifically proven good stuff:  Colorescience and R3Derma.

4. Moisturize. Yes, that includes people with oily skin. No matter what skin type you have, moisturizer should always be in your arsenal. Here are our faves.

5. Wash Up. And not just your face. We’re talking about your brushes, pillowcases, and face cloths; anything that touches your face on the reg, as these materials can easily absorb and pass on bacteria that can clog pores.

6. Don’t Pick! Whether it’s pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads, keep your hands off and away from your face, as you’ll likely only do more damage. Suffering from scars? Our Foto-Facials will do wonders to remove discoloration.

7. Easy on the Exfoliation. Rule of thumb: you should be exfoliating gently and no more than twice a week. Your skin is sensitive, and while exfoliation is vital for removing dead skin cells and other pollutants, there’s no need to sand it down completely. These exfoliators and masks from Osmosis and Pro-Derm are gentle yet incredibly effective.

8. Ban the Tan. Baking in ultraviolet rays, whether it’s the tanning bed or on the beach, needs to stop immediately. Premature aging, wrinkles, fine-lines, pigmentation, cancer – you name it; it’s all caused by tanning.

9. Bar the Bar. Using a bar of drugstore soap to cleanse is one of the worst things you can do, as it strips our skin of natural oils and causes a PH imbalance, resulting in dry, oily or acneic skin. Do yourself a favour and try R3Derma Cleansers that deeply clean the skin and thoroughly remove dirt, make-up, and environmental toxins.

Now that you have our skincare secrets, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our tips, recommendations, and products. We’re happy to help!

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Summertime means sun, shorts, and sandals. But with that beach hair and bronzed skin also comes sun damage. While prevention is the first line of defense, no one (and no sunscreen) is perfect. We’ve listed our top treatments for after-sun care to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Microdermabrasion:
Exposure to sun, chlorine and salt water can dry out your skin, causing it to peel and flake. The buildup of dead skin can make skin appear dull, blotchy and uneven. Exfoliation is crucial to help remove sun damage and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it softer and brighter.
Our microdermabrasion treatments gently rejuvenate the skin with non-invasive exfoliation. By removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger. We use the Pristine Precision Diamond Peel System because we love how the densely packed diamonds gently remove top layers of the epidermis, stimulating collagen and elastin production and improving blood flow. Microdermabrasion treatments are recommended for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Photorejuvenation:
The main cause of sunspots is prolonged exposure to UV rays from the sun. While increased sun exposure can cause fair-skinned faces to freckle, darker complexions are also vulnerable to uneven pigmentation. In fact, many of us may have a veil of pigment on our skin that we don’t even know is there.

To counteract this, we highly recommend Photorejuventation. Whether on your face, hands, neck, chest or back, Photorejuvenation can make you look like you’ve turned back time. This treatment pulses light into the skin, heating it to target and remove the unwanted brown and red marks from the sun to deliver a more even skin tone and overall glow. It uses light (in a good way!) to repair and revive your skin in an effective and non-invasive system. These treatments are done in a timely matter and can even be done over your lunch hour.

Summer isn’t the only time to be worried about harmful UV rays, as we are exposed to the sun all year round. Therefore, sun protection is essential no matter what season you are in. Keep an eye out for our next blog, where we’ll be sharing our favourite after-sun skincare products that are perfect for recovering from the sunny season.
If you have any questions about summer skincare or any other services we offer, our medical estheticians are a helpful guide for finding the best products for your skin type, so contact us any time. We’re happy to help!

January is a great month to get started on this non-invasive treatment because you need to spend limited time in the sun between appointments (which is easy to do on the west coast!). Photofacials, or photorejuvenation, uses light technology that minimizes brown spots, sun damage, fine wrinkles, and enlarged pores. It significantly improves redness caused by rosacea and acne scarring while simultaneously smoothing skin’s texture. Plus photorejuvenation significantly reduces signs of aging. In fact, a study conducted at Stanford University proved that BBL light therapy can change the structure of DNA and actually reverse the signs of aging!

That’s what makes this treatment so unique; it not only erases skin damage, but it also improves your skin tone and overall feel.

An individual treatment takes about 15 minutes and usually requires four to six treatments in three-week increments. When you arrive, our medical estheticians will apply a cool gel to the surface of your skin and then move the light therapy device across the treatment area. Most people compare it to a warming sensation, like a light snap of a rubber band. The best part is that you can pop in on your lunch break and then get back to your busy day immediately after the treatment.

Many patients who suffer from acne have turned to photofacials and experienced incredible results. From mild to severe, BBL phototherapy can significantly reduce the redness associated with moderate and cystic conditions.

Whether it’s age spots, sun damage, or rosacea, the Urban Body Laser team can assess and customize a program based on your needs. Contact our medical estheticians for a free consultation!

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Mother’s Day is just a couple of days away! Have you found a gift for her yet? You could do the usual flowers, jewelry, or scarf, but why not do something for her that she would probably never do for herself? This Mother’s Day, give her something that will make her feel beautiful from the inside out.

At Urban Body Laser, we offer a variety of services and products that will guarantee to impress your Mom. Here are a few of our most popular gifts for Mother’s Day.

Photofacial
Your Mom will instantly look and feel younger after she receives a photofacial. BBL Photorejuvenation reduces and eliminates the appearance of freckles, fine lines, wrinkles, or liver spots. Whether on the face, hands, neck, chest or back, this treatment can make her look like she’s turned back time. Book her a series of treatments for maximum results.
Microdermabrasion
This is another effective treatment that will rejuvenate the skin in a painless and non-invasive way. Often compared to the texture of a cat’s tongue, microdermabrasion gently removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells, cleaning your pores and leaving skin smooth and decongested. It’s a great one for Mom because it helps treat and minimize fine lines and wrinkles, discolored skin, and ingrown hairs. Celebrities like Gwenyth Paltrow swear by it!
Beauty Consultation
As women age, their skin’s needs change dramatically. It can be daunting trying to navigate through eye creams, serums, and anti-aging moisturizers. Treat mom with an Urban Body Laser gift certificate and we’ll give her a free skin and beauty consultation! Our medical estheticians can recommend the best products for her skin and from there she can use her gift certificate to purchase whatever products she wants. If she’s also looking to spruce up her make-up collection, we can show her the best shades and tones for her skin that will bring out her natural beauty.
If you’re wondering about more of our services and which ones will be best for your Mom, feel free to contact us any time!

How are you planning to celebrate Mother’s Day? Tweet us or post on our Facebook page, we would love to hear about it!

Only moms understand how frustrating it can be to finally reach your pre-pregnancy weight, yet still have a hard time buttoning up your jeans because of the loose skin caused from pregnancy. Even after months of diet and exercise, it continues to sit around your abdomen. For many women, this can cause insecurity and embarrassment when having to wear a bikini or tight-fitting clothing.

There are hundreds of articles that recommend everything from exfoliation to miracle creams that claim to magically firm up your midsection. Unfortunately, the only result you’ll see from these is an emptier wallet and further frustration.

The fact is that even after strict dieting and exercise, the loose skin around the tummy may never firm up. This is the exact scenario our client was experiencing when she came and visited us last year. After two kids and hard work in the gym she just couldn’t get rid of stubborn skin surrounding her abdomen.

When we meet clients like this, we offer our post pregnancy Skin Tightening services to effectively tighten the problem area. We use Broad Band Light (BBL), which is a mix of both infrared and visible light that penetrates the epidermis. BBL stimulates changes at the molecular level to bring visible changes to the dermis (the visible layer of skin).

To increase elasticity and firmness, the gene expressions in damaged skin cells caused by pregnancy are changed to resemble the genes in younger skin cells. With regular treatments, cells are reinvigorated over time. Just check out our client’s results!

Loose skin is a common side effect of pregnancy, but thankfully there are treatments we offer at Urban Body Laser that can get you back to your
regular self after just a few treatments.

To see if this treatment is right for you, contact us!