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.

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. (Pssst…this brush cleaner is ah-mazing).

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!

**20% off all moisturizers for the month of October. Contact us for details!**

 

The warmth of the sun can feel great when it’s shining down onto our skin, but too much can cause painful sunburns, dryness, and peeling which can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. While we all know the importance of sunscreen, if you’re outdoors all day, you can still get burned even if you’re diligently applying your SPF. To protect and pamper your skin after a long day in the sun, we’ve got a roundup of some of the best post-sun products to help heal and rejuvenate your skin.

Pro-Derm Hydrogel

Calming and lightly moisturizing, Hydrogel rapidly soothes sensitive, sun-damaged skin. It relieves itchiness and soothes any heat or irritation after sunburn. Made of plant and marine extracts, it’s naturally anti-inflammatory.

Pro-Derm Regenerating Cream

This cream has been formulated to moisturize, regenerate, soothe sensitive skin and protect against the elements. After skin has been damaged from the sun, the Regenerating Cream accelerates and improves the skin’s repair process.

Osmosis Quench

Quench is a potent lightweight moisturizer, containing high amounts of hyaluronic acid, organic shea butter, and jojoba seed oil. The ingredients restore damaged skin cells and help build the proteins in the skin. Non-greasy and lightweight, it provides maximum hydration for parched skin.

Osmosis Immerse

An intense boost of moisture, Immerse is used to calm and soothe very dry skin. Containing powerful antioxidant oils from blueberries, raspberries and calendula, this product helps to moisturize and replenish dry skin.

Osmosis Englighten

If you gained a few sunspots over the summer or experienced another form of pigmentation from the sun, Enlighten is for you. It lightens and brightens the skin, while simultaneously hydrating and calming the skin. It’s also a preventative treatment, as it offers protection from UV rays.
Even though we’re well through September, we are exposed to the sun all year round; therefore, sun protection is essential no matter what season you are in. Our medical estheticians can help you find the best products for your skin type, so contact us any time. Make sure to take advantage of our October special: 20% off all moisturizers! 

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.

Photorejuventation:
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!

Now that we’re halfway through summer, there are just a few weeks left to take advantage of these beautiful sunny days. While we all know the mood-boosting benefits of exercise, it only gets better when you move those endorphin-pumping activities to the great outdoors. In fact, a study shows that just 5 minutes of exercise in a green space can wake up your body and mind, making you feel happier and less stressed.

The Urban Body Laser team can attest that there’s nothing like heading outside for fresh air and fitness. Thankfully we live in such a beautiful city that there’s plenty of ways to stay active, whether it’s with a group of friends or that all-important ‘me time’. We polled the Urban Body Laser team to see how they love to get their heart rate up while also soaking up the sunshine (with plenty of sunscreen, of course!). The best part? No treadmill or stair climber required.

Beach Jogging
By taking your run to the beach, you’re getting a lot more than just better scenery. Landing on soft sand decreases the amount of stress that hard surfaces put on your feet, and the resistance naturally works your muscles better than the treadmill. The calming atmosphere of the beach sure doesn’t hurt either! Head to Jericho Beach to clock in those kilometres, and then after your run, the Colorescience Sunforgettable Setting Mist is a must, as it rejuvenates the skin after a sweaty workout.

Hiking

Not only does hiking offer a physical challenge, but as we mentioned, being in nature is a serious mood-booster. The beautiful scenery and changing terrain shifts your focus to your movements and surroundings, taking your mind off of exercising and providing a sense of calm. Grab a friend and hit the trails for an all-day trek through nature’s playground (just don’t forget to pack plenty of water and sun protection). For the more advanced hikers, the Grouse Grind, Chief, or Sea to Summit are very challenging trails with views that can’t be beat. If you’re looking for something more leisurely, Quarry Rock or Lynn Canyon are also two of our faves.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding
A great exercise for balance and strength, stand up paddle boarding is also fun! Ideal for strengthening your core, it’s a relaxing activity where you can go at your own pace and enjoy Vancouver’s beautiful backdrop. By tuning in to the gentle rhythms of the water, a calm sense of awareness can be achieved. Head to False Creek and get paddling!

Biking
It may have been years since you last pulled out your bike, but it’s never too late to hop on two wheels again. The physical and mental benefits of cycling outdoors greatly surpass riding a stationary bike because you have to balance, steer, and respond to changing terrain. Trouble sleeping? Try going for morning rides along the Seawall, as the daylight exposure will help get your circadian rhythm back in sync and rid your body of cortisol, leading to a longer and more regenerative sleep. Just don’t forget your helmet!
These are just a few ways to stay active while also exploring your backyard. So skip the gym, grab your gear, and head out!

What’s your favourite summer outdoor workouts in Vancouver? Tweet @urbanbodylaser and let us know, and you’ll be entered to win a FREE Sunforgettable Brush, valued at $88!

Both in-store or online, these products have sold like hotcakes at Urban Body Laser this week! Check out why our clients are buying – and loving – these popular skin care products and beauty lines.
Proderm Hydrogel and Gentle Cleanser

These two are what every single one of our clients uses before and after our treatments. If you’re starting a laser hair removal program, we highly recommend these two become staples in your beauty bag. Hydrogel keeps the skin properly hydrated with its 40% organic aloe. It also contains Omega 3, 6, and 9, which help to absorb that aloe deep into the skin. The Gentle Cleanser keeps PH balanced to steer bacteria away and prevent post-treatment folliculitis. It contains 40% aloe barbadensis extract and is enriched with kavender essential oil.
Colorescience Pressed Mineral Foundation

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Colorescience Mineral Make-Up. In fact, it’s the only beauty line our medical estheticians will put on their face. The Pressed Mineral Foundation provides light to full coverage that feels weightless while nourishing the skin in the process. It’s packed with Vitamins A & E, as well as antioxidants like Beta Carotene, Carrot Seed Oil, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, and Lavender. We carry a wide variety of shades to match your skin tone, just visit us in-store or send us an email if you need guidance picking the right one.

Purify Exfoliating Enzyme Cleanser from Osmosis

An organic, all natural product, our clients are completely hooked to this cleanser. Purify is a universal facial cleanser can be used on all skin types and gently exfoliates the skin to remove dirt, make-up and environmental toxins.
Interested in learning more about these or other products we carry? Feel free to contact us with your questions!

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!

When it comes to make-up, our clients tend to fall in to two categories: those who wear it, and those that don’t. With so many brands, colours, shades, and products to choose from, stepping into stores like Sephora or even strolling the drugstore can become overwhelming. Luckily, no matter how much or little you wear it, we have a one-stop solution: Colorescience.
Whether you’re heading to work or a night on the town, Colorescience Mineral Make-Up is versatile, easy to use, and (more importantly) won’t pollute your skin. As medical estheticians, we see a lot of people visit us with breakouts and irritations that have been caused by using cosmetics that are full of fillers and cheap chemicals. However, Colorescience is so pure and natural that it actually nourishes and protects your skin while also offering the same coverage as regular make-up. That’s why we always remind clients to use half of what they would typically use with other brands of make-up because with Colorescience a little goes a long way.
Though we carry an extensive list of products from this line (we really love it!), we’re listing just a few of our favourite products that are staples in our make-up regime. Plus they’re easy to pack in your purse when you’re on the go!

Urban Body Laser’s Colorescience Must-Haves

EYES
Colorescience Pallettes

Colorescience palettes are designed for correcting and highlighting all areas of your face. Apply as a concealer, corrector, eye shadow, highlighter, bronzer or foundation all in one easy-to-pack and convenient package.
This kit contains five complimentary colors combining pressed minerals designed for your skin tone and condition. Each colour can be used separately or blended to cover or camouflage any imperfections like blemishes, dark circles, scars and broken capillaries.
Mascara

Every woman seeks long, voluminous lashes without smudging or clumps. Colorescience Mascara has created the perfect formula that provides buildable coverage to thicken and extend your lashes without looking like you have tarantula eyes. This product is unlike any other mascara we’ve ever used, as it resists humidity, water, and smudging while holding and lifting your lashes for that sought-after ‘fringe’ appearance.

COMPLEXION
It doesn’t get any easier than the Loose Mineral Foundation. Just sweep the brush over your entire face and neck in a circular motion and you’ll have lightweight coverage that’s not only water resistant, but also contains SPF 20 to protect your skin.

To finish the look, add a rosy glow with the Loose Mineral Cheek Colore (Just Barely) or a sun-kissed tan with the Mineral Bronzer. Both of these products contour and highlight your complexion by adding richness and warmth. Plus they contain Vitamins A & E, pearl powder, and oat powder that help sooth and condition the skin.

LIPS
Pucker up with the Sunforgettable Lip Shine with SPF 35. Lips are given a natural shimmer that brings out the natural shade of your lip colour with a glossy finish.
Final Step: Set It!
A few spritzes of the Setting Mist keeps make-up and sun protection in place all day and activate the vibrancy of minerals for an ultra-natural, luminous look.
These are just a handful of products from Colorescience that we recommend, but to learn more about which shades and other types of make-up they offer feel free to contact our medical estheticians for a free consultation.

If you’ve ever perused the sunscreen aisle in the drug store, then you understand just how confusing it can be. With row upon row of countless brands, the options seem endless: waterproof, water-resistant, sweat-proof, sport, mist, lotion, face, and body are just some of the variations you have to navigate. Then you have to decide which SPF level, which can go from 4 all the way up to 90. Who knew trying to protect your skin could be so daunting?

The truth is there are really only two types of sun protection that you need to know about: physical and chemical.

Physical Vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen 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. Once applied, it sits on top of the skin and works to reflect the sun immediately upon application. Though you may think sunscreen should be white, in reality the pure forms are not. Physical sunscreens like the ones we carry can be mixed into a moisturizer or in mineral products like Colorescience and are completely unnoticeable.

Chemical sunscreens are typically what you’ll see at the drug store 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. Dr. Oz published this article explaining the dangers of chemical sunscreens and how they are linked to abnormal development in fetuses and growing children, as well as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer.

While chemical-laden sunscreens require you to slap on layer upon layer, clogging your pores and eventually causing breakouts, physical versions are so pure that a little goes a long way. A small dab is plenty to guard from the sun’s rays without congesting your skin, allowing you to reap the benefits of a clear, smooth, and protected appearance.

Given the negative effects and dangers to your health, it’s clear why we prefer physical sunscreen. Our favourite products include anything from the Colorescience Sunforgettables. Not only do we carry these at Urban Body Laser and our online store, we also wear them every day (yes, even when it’s raining!).

Must-haves are the Sunforgettable products from Colorescience. These act to both protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays as well as a make-up line. We love the Retractable Brush Mineral Powders that are available in a variety of shades to best match your skin tone. You can also choose from a Lip Shine, Primer, and Setting Mist all made with SPF 30 or higher.

Sun protection isn’t just something to concern yourself with during Spring and Summer; it should become a part of your daily skin regime 365 days a year. To find the right products for you, contact our medical estheticians for more information.

It can be a scary transition departing your twenties and entering your thirties. As a 21 year old, no one expected you to think about saving for retirement, making your mortgage payments, or climbing up the corporate ladder. But now that you’ve reached a new decade in your life, it’s not just your responsibilities that may be plaguing your mind. There could be an unwelcomed change that’s also starting to take shape: wrinkles.

Wrinkles are faint lines that appear on the face and usually affect people who are 35 and under. We all know aging is inevitable, but many don’t expect to see crow’s feet and frown lines as they push thirty. The good news (yes, there’s good news!) is that you don’t need to have painful surgery in order to fix them. There are actually a number of effective ways our medical estheticians can help reduce and eliminate the appearance of wrinkles.

The Best Treatments for Wrinkles at Thirty

Collagen and elastin keep our skin plump and flexible. Unfortunately, we lose both as we age. To replace it, we offer Skin Tightening treatments that work specifically to increase collagen. Our systems use broad band light (BBL) which stimulate collagen production by putting heat into the tissue, causing it to contract and tighten.

After your Skin Tightening treatments, we recommend following-up with Photorejuvenation. Fast and convenient, Photorejuvenation treatments can be done over your lunch hour. This also uses non-invasive, innovative BBL technology that is extremely effective to reverse the signs of aging. In fact, a recent study from Stanford University revealed BBL treatments can actually change a person’s genetic DNA to help reverse the aging process.

While these treatments will produce effective results, in order to maintain them you need to be using products that will continue to hydrate and nourish your skin. Like we said in last week’s blog post, it is so important to use the right skin care because what you put directly on your epidermis can determine the look and texture on a day-to-day basis.

If you were trying to hide a baseball under a bed sheet versus a fluffy down comforter, which would you think would do the better job? It’s the same with your skin; fine lines can disappear when your epidermis is evenly hydrated. To ensure you’re receiving enough moisture, the Colorescience® Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector® Sunscreen works amazingly well.

Other must-haves are the R3 Enrich and R3 Enrich Plus. Enrich contains highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid serum that attracts and maintains skin hydration with high and low molecular weight proteins which permeate the skin and address aging where it begins, while Enrich Plus stimulates elastin, smooths fine lines, tightens, firms and fortifies.

No matter what birthday you’re celebrating this year, embrace your age and feel comfortable in the skin you’re in—with a little help from us 😉
To find out more about our skin care services and products, contact us.

We’re so excited to talk about one of our favourite products, the Dermal Roller! For a limited time, if you purchase a Dermal Roller you’ll receive a free treatment, valued at $200! So what exactly is it? We’ll explain.
The thought of needles makes many of us start to cringe. From the day we’re born, needles have always been affiliated with pain and illness; something that is forced upon us in order to protect or heal. Even as adults, this fear continues to linger. But what if we told you that there are actually needles that can make you look years younger?
The Dermal Roller is a tool covered with tiny needles which creates very minor (almost microscopic) trauma that last for a short period of time. This process has two major benefits:
1. It effectively stimulates collagen formation, which is the protein responsible for skin elasticity. Therefore, it will lead to smoother skin as it breaks down wrinkles and scarring.
2. Once your skin has been treated, it will easily absorb whatever products you apply afterwards. The light pressure literally creates microscopic holes where ingredients can penetrate, improving the look and feel of skin over time. That’s why it’s important to ensure you’re using the best products possible without harmful toxins or ingredients. Our estheticians can help distinguish which of our skincare products will best suit your skin type.

Dermal Roller and Skin Needling: How Does it Work?

Skin has a natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury to the skin, our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. Skin Needling allows for controlled induction of the skin’s self repair by creating micro-“injuries” in the skin, triggering new collagen synthesis. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
We offer the Dermal Roller in four different varieties: 0.3mm, 0.5mm, and LED vibrating Rollers that come in both red and blue. The red targets anti-aging, while the blue is meant for acne, and the vibration helps to ease the treatment and makes the process more comfortable.
Take advantage of this awesome deal while it lasts! Contact our medical estheticians to find out which one is right for you.

There are a lot of businesses out there that will talk about their services, but not about the equipment or processes they use to perform them. We strongly believe in knowing everything there is before you undergo any type of procedure. Not only will this ensure your safety, but also give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve done your research and can trust that you’re in good hands. That’s why we’ll be talking about our equipment, machines, and products more in depth on our blog. Today’s spotlight: Forever Bare BBL.

It’s a common misconception that all laser hair removal machines are created equal. The truth is, different types of hair require different types of treatments. If you visit Urban Body Laser, you’ll find a variety of state-of-the-art systems that will remove unwanted hair for good. Our medical estheticians analyze which machine will be the best fit based on your needs.
One of these machines is the Forever Bare BBL, a hair removal system that gently and smoothly removes hair thanks to BBL technology. Abstracting hair from the follicles, it’s a safe, comfortable, and fast method of treatment. The results are almost immediate, with hair growing back much thinner and sparingly until there’s nothing left but smooth, hairless skin.

Forever Bare BBL: How it works

Pulsed light delivers photothermal energy to hair follicles, and these rapid, short pulses of light causes the follicle to stop producing hair without harming surrounding tissue. Forever Bare BBL works differently than conventional laser systems because it decreases the risk of skin damage and minimizes pain through these short pulses of light. It has the best results on finer hair, so we often use this system as we move towards the later stages of your laser hair removal treatments.
Practically any part of your body can be treated, even sensitive areas like the lips, ears, nose, underarms, bikini line, and our signature Balls-n-All. BBL can also be customized to your specific skin colour, hair colour and hair density.
These winter months are exactly when you should get started so you’ll be smooth and hairless by summer. Plus these treatments require that the treated areas do not see sunlight for one month, making now the ultimate time to book your appointment.
Want to learn more? Our medical estheticians are happy to help!

It’s no secret that we love the Osmosis skincare line. Using a combination of holistic and innovative products, it’s mild on the skin yet powerful in correcting common conditions like aging, blemishes, and rosacea. Plus it keeps your complexion youthful and radiant.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, finding the right gift isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. An easy and foolproof way to impress anyone that cares about their skin (which just about means everyone!), we highly recommend Osmosis skincare. When used in combination, they are a great way to get started on a skin care regime that is specific to treating skin conditions. Whether you have normal skin or are constantly fighting blemishes, Osmosis skincare will work to enhance your skin and bring out its natural beauty.
Recently Osmosis released new labels for their product line. Same great products, just a new look, which means the old ones are now 30% off at Urban Body Laser!
To help navigate your way through these amazing products, we asked the Urban Body Laser team which were their favourite combinations to combat any skin condition.

Our Favourite Osmosis Skincare

For Blemish Prone/Oily Skin
This quartet clears acne, normalizes oil production, shrinks pores, increases skin’s support, remodels scarring, and hydrates. They also work to calm inflammation, protect skin from UV rays, and restore the epidermal barrier and dermal thickness.
Products: Deep Clean, Clear, Clarify, Anti-Pathogen Harmonized H20, Headband
 Aging/Normal Skin
These products work for all skin types, making it a great stocking stuffer.  The products are gentle, nourishing, and lightweight.
Products: Purify Enzyme Wash, Clear Facial Conditioner, Correct, Replenish, Quench
Aging/Sensitive Skin
The patent pending technology increases the supply of key nutrients that can reverse the signs aging.  Plus the light, mild serums won’t cause irritation.
Products: Purify Enzyme Wash, Clear Facial Conditioner, Correct, Replenis, Quench.
Rosacea/Sensitive Skin

These skin types need non-irritating, active ingredients to remodel their damaged skin and promote healing.  The Osmosis products for rosacea/sensitive skin are designed to increase the sensitiy of the skin while calming inflammation and encouraging repair.
Products: Cleanse, Clear, Calm, Quench, Digestive Health Harmonized H20
When used in combination with microdermabrasion and photorejuvation, these Osmosis skincare sets make the perfect gift for anyone looking to renew and replenish their look. Just ask our medical estheticians which kits they recommend for that special someone.
Want to learn more? Contact us.

The Urban Body Laser staff are more than just medical estheticians, they’re clients themselves, which means they use all of the services and products we provide. If it doesn’t meet our approval, we won’t offer it to our clients.
We sat down with one of our staff members, Miranda, and asked her what her favourite skin care and beauty products are that she can’t live without.

What do you love most about working at Urban Body Laser?
The environment, I’m lucky to work with a great staff and awesome clients!
What’s your favorite Colorescience product and why? 

The Pressed Mineral Foundation. It has the best coverage and feels virtually weightless.

What’s your favorite Osmosis product and why?
Quench. This is a great moisturizer for me because I have super dry skin in winter and oily in summer. Quench provides the perfect balance for both dry and oily like mine.

What’s my favorite treatment and why?

Laser hair removal (light sheer) because its less painful and can get at my lighter hair, and of course in the long run I won’t have to shave ever again!
Have a question for Miranda? Tweet @urbanbodylaser and she’ll give you the inside scoop on her favourite beauty tips, tricks, and secrets!

A lot of great things come in four. There are four seasons, four suits of cards, and of course some pretty famous bands, like Queen, Abba, The Beatles, and KISS, just to name a few.
While these are all great examples of foursomes, to us they don’t quite compare with our favourite quartet: the Colorescience Core 4.

This simple four-step regimen of pure mineral products work together to treat, camouflage, cover and protect your complexion. The best part is that they’re easy to use, infused with vitamins and antioxidants, and match a variety of skin tones. In less than two minutes, you have flawless coverage and perfect texture to tackle your day.

Here’s How to Use the Colorescience Core 4

So easy, so effective. Here’s why you really can’t beat this foursome:

Step 1: Prep and Prime

Before an artist can pick up a paintbrush, they have to begin with a blank canvas. The same theory applies to the first step in the Colorscience Core 4.
The Skin Brightening Face Primer with SPF 20 enhances tone, improves texture, and hides fine lines and wrinkles.
Apply 1 to 2 pumps to moisturize, then blend all over face.

Step 2: Protect and Shield

Now you’re Primed and ready for the Sunforgettable Loose Mineral Powder Brush. Sun protection is vital for keeping your skin youthful, which is what makes this such an important step.
Just sweep over your face to release the powder using small circular strokes. You don’t have to be shy with this one; apply liberally every two hours to ensure protection from harmful UV rays.

Step 3: Color and Correct
Unlike other products you may have used, the Mineral Foundation with SPF 20 is actually designed to blend and layer. Disguise imperfections, even skin tone, and enhance your features with this lightweight foundation.
We love that it’s water-resistant (important for us Vancouver gals who are always fighting the rain!) and has built-in sun protection. Like the Loose Mineral Foundation in Step 2, the brush format makes this a portable quick fix we can easily store in our purse.
Here’s an Urban Body staff tip: Draw small circles in areas that need more coverage and long brush strokes for areas that need more moisture.
Step 4: Set and Mist

Now the final step — just a few spritzes and you’re done! The Sunforgettable Setting Mist  not only sets your make-up in place, but it hydrates and revitalizes your complexion throughout the day.
Hold 6 to 9 inches away and mist three to four times.

Voila! Perfect, flawless skin that only took a few minutes. The entire collection fits easily into your purse so you can re-touch anywhere, any time.
Because we love the Colorscience Core 4 so much, we want to ensure everyone has it, which is why you can purchase the entire set at a 25% discount! But hurry, this is only until the end of September, so come visit us in-store or order online and put your Core 4 to work!

staff pick:

Staff Pick:

“There are a few reasons why this set is an absolute-must in your beauty regime. No matter what your eye colour may be, these shades will compliment and make them stand out. Another great feature is that it’s multi-functional; use these shades for your cheeks and lips for a quick and portable make-up fix.”

Now when it comes to brands, not all shadows are created equal. Many can simply rub off in less than an hour or are laden with chemicals that will pollute your delicate skin. We asked the Urban Body Laser team which line they prefer, and the answer was unanimous: the Beauty On the Go Sunset Pallet by Colorescience.  Go online and read more on why this product is a staff pick: it’ll be yours too!
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staff_icon“We carry this with us everywhere! It’s perfect for a quick bronze when you’re on the go. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays while evening your complexion with this lightweight, barely-there powder.”

 Sunforgettable SPF 50 is a lightweight mineral powder with a barely-there feel that provides a safe, non-irritating, instant UVA and UVB sun protection. The self-dispensing powder brush makes this sheer formula easy to apply and reapply throughout the day.
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staff_icon“We all want to minimize our fine lines and wrinkles, which is why we’re completely obsessed with this Anti Aging Serum. Not only will it target aging skin spots, it will give you a radiant glow after each application.”

Give your skin a jump start with our amplified Anti Aging Serum. It is formulated with a 10 peptide blend to specifically target aging skin, and fine lines and wrinkles. This radiance-boosting formula with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid makes your skin look and feel younger. Light-reflecting pigments diminish imperfections, improve the appearance of redness and brighten sallow tones.
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