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I Let Urban Body Laser have their way with me….

and I think I like it…..

I have always been content with the way I appear on the outside.  I’m no beauty queen, but I’m happy about how I look.

Also, I have never been caught up with getting older.  Some of the most beautiful humans I have ever laid eyes on are in their 80’s.

So, I had never really thought of facial rejuvenation as something I’d be into.  I heard the ads that my friends from Urban Body Laser ran on the PEAK pretty much ever since we went on air.  But, I always thought they were talking to someone else.

Then, recently, I started noticing the effects my love for the sun has had on my skin.  I had so many crazy sunburns on my face, one so bad I had to be hospitalized.  And it realized that my careless ways with the sun were catching up with me.

When I heard the Urban Body Laser ads about Photorejuvenation I started to pay attention.  The idea that maybe some of the spotting and redness on my face can be removed with light therapy began to appeal to me.

So I talked to my friend Janiece at Urban Body Laser.   I had my first photorejuvenation and skin tightening treatment just before the holidays.  I was a little freaked out.  ( The picture is of me, just before I had my first treatment )  I was afraid it would hurt like crazy ( it hurt a tiny bit ).   I was afraid there might be scarring ( there was none – in fact, Janiece made me look better when I left than I did when I walked in thanks to the Colorscience  mineral make up she hooked me up with ). Mostly, I felt refreshed and relaxed and like I’d been pampered.

The treatment comes with a excellent skin care line for use after to help nourish and protect the skin.  I love it.

I didn’t really notice a difference, but my friends did.  I have already started getting compliments on how great my skin looks.  After one treatment.  Crazy.

Next step, microdermabrasion.  It’s happening soon.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

We’ll be posting the before and after pics of me after I’ve had all the treatments.  But from what I’ve experienced so far, it’s working.

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!

Mention this post and you’ll receive 20% off your next laser hair removal treatment!

Tattoos are form of personal expression. For many, meaningful imagery permanently transforms the body into a work of art, essentially making your skin a blank canvas. While some argue that tattoos are an addiction, others say it’s merely a passion for beauty and meaning.

However you view tattooing, those with their body fully inked will often tell you that one tattoo usually sparks the desire for another. So whether you have a full sleeve or are thinking it’s time to go under the needle, there are a few things you’ll want to consider beforehand — especially if you’ve always wanted to undergo laser hair removal.

We don’t have to tell you the benefits and ease of never having to shave again (because we list them here!). However, before you get your next tattoo, the hair removal process needs to be completed beforehand. Why? Because if the laser goes over your art work, it causes a very bad burn, followed by scarring and a total loss of colour.

The picture above is an example of how our medical estheticians have had to completely avoid this area of the ankle, while the rest of the leg is smooth and hairless. Unfortunately the most common areas of the body that people want laser hair removal also happen to be equally as trendy for tattoos, such as the back, legs, and arms. For guys who want a smooth, tattooed chest, we’re unable to perform a treatment without risking the integrity of your ink and safety of your skin.

Tattoos are not only a financial investment, but also a personal one, so taking care of it is of the utmost importance. For fresh tattoos, use R3 Derma Aloe to reduce redness and swelling and to hydrate, heal and nourish skin.

And now that summer is looming around the corner, make sure to purchase physical sunblock to keep the colour from fading. We love the Sunforgettable SPF50 Retractable Brush, 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.

Tattoos are beautiful ways of artistry and self-expression, but if you’ve always wanted to try laser hair removal, you’ll want to consider the consequences if you do one before the other.

Mention this post and you’ll receive 20% off your next laser hair removal treatment! 

Questions for our medical estheticians about laser hair removal? Contact us! We’re happy to help.

Now that January is coming to a close, the resolutions made at the beginning of this month may now be starting to fizzle. However, that doesn’t mean you need to get down on yourself! We chatted with Channa, our Medical Esthetician at Urban Body Laser in Vancouver, and asked her to share some tips for making 2015 the best year yet.

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?
I am actually a firm believer that the New Year is not the best time to start resolutions because I feel like everyone just makes them for the sake of making them. If you are fully committed to achieving a goal, today would be a great day to start, whether it is a Tuesday, Saturday, or in mid-July. However, I believe the New Year is a good reminder to recap and set your intention on how you want your year to be like.
Fitness and health are the top two resolutions that many people make. What are your tips for staying healthy in 2015?
In order to be healthier, you have to find balance. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Find what you enjoy and spend time doing that, whether if it’s whipping up new recipes or an awesome workout class. Being healthy should be a lifestyle change, so if you are doing something you don’t see yourself doing a year from now, don’t do it! For example, fad diets that ban carbs, low carbs, no fat, high protein – honestly, who can keep up anymore! This isn’t a realistic way to eat or live. These impossible standards and “rules” will only leave you feeling down when you can’t maintain them, so just don’t bother.

What are your tips for achieving your goals?
I find the best way to attain your goals is to tell everyone. If you keep them to yourself, chances are you are not holding yourself accountable. Besides, you might just surprise yourself with how supportive everyone may be. After all,” a goal without a plan is just a dream”.

Have questions for Channa, or want to share your tips for having the best year yet? Follow us on Instagram and tag us in your photos, or tweet us @urbanbodylaser

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!

Want to win an Osmosis, Colorescience, and Proderm gift bag valued at $400, or a $500 travel voucher? Keep reading to find out how.

Though you may still be munching on your stockpile of Halloween candy, the mania of the holiday season is underway. Just take a walk through Pacific Centre or scroll through Twitter and you’ll find the Christmas buzz is in full swing!
If this time of year has always brought stress rather than joy, vow to make this holiday season different. Relinquish the pressure to find the “perfect gift” or make “the perfect dinner”, and instead vow to take part in what December is really about: giving back.

For the past three years, we’ve hosted our Coats for Kids charity event – and this year it’s back! Clients, friends, or anyone who wants to help this amazing cause are welcome to bring coats, blankets, gloves, and unwrapped toys to those in need across Greater Vancouver. As a thank you for your good deed, we’re giving away a ton of awesome prizes and free services. Plus feel free to stay, mingle, and celebrate with complimentary appetizers and wine.
The Coats for Kids campaign supports the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, an amazing non-profit organization that helps provide a brighter Christmas for families in need.
Event Details:
Date: December 4th, 2014
Time: 4pm-8pm
RSVP: info@urbanbodylaser.com or call us 604-696-5506
The first 25 people will receive fabulous gift bags filled with all of our team’s favourite items! Plus everyone will be entered into a draw to win $200-$400 value product gift bags from Osmosis, Colorescience, Proderm, and a $500 travel voucher!
Help us give back to the community and give to those in need while also celebrating in style. The more people that RSVP, the more wine bottles we know to purchase, so please let us know by November 24th. And bring your friends, the more the merrier!
Need more info? Contact us: info@urbanbodylaser.com or call us 604-696-5506 or tweet @urbanbodylaser.

Though you may be packing away those bikinis in storage, we don’t want you to completely forget about summer. That’s because right now is the best time to get started on your laser hair removal treatments.
It’s a common misconception that laser only needs to be done when the weather requires barely-there clothing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. We have four systems that treat areas like underarms, face, bikini line, legs, and our signature Balls-n-All™. Out of these machines, three of them require that you have zero sun exposure for one month, which makes ‘Raincouver’ the perfect place to be when you’re in between treatments.

There are three phases of hair growth. Though you may see dramatic results after the first phase, only a percentage of hair grows at any given time. That’s why multiple treatments are required. How it works is the laser penetrates deep into the hair shaft, heating up the follicle to stop it from functioning and prevent regrowth.

Think of yourself less than a year from now throwing on a bikini or tank top without panicking that you have embarrassing stubble. Trust us, life without razors is definitely worth the laser.

So stop procrastinating, and let’s make a plan! Contact us today to get started.

It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching our last few days of summer. Just when we’re getting used to weekly beach sessions and leaving our sweaters at home, Labour Day Long Weekend is already upon us. So to make bidding farewell a little less somber, the Urban Body Laser team have a September promotion that will make you cheering for the new month ahead.

Our Skin Tightening treatment uses broad band light to reduce one’s appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. How it works is that it stimulates collagen production by putting heat into the tissues, causing them to contract and tighten. Collagen is a protein molecule that is found in the skin and provides basic structural support. With age, collagen is gradually lost causing deterioration and deflation in the form of facial lines, sagging, and wrinkles.

While virtually painless, you may experience a warm, tingling sensation, causing redness after the treatment. That’s where the Colorescience application comes in. If you haven’t heard of this luxury make-up line, this is unlike anything you’ll find in a drug store or make-up counter. It’s the only type of makeup our medical estheticians will use.

Take a look at the before and after of this Skin Tightening and Colorescience combination:

Whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, or you just want to turn heads during a night out, this combination of Skin Tightening and Colorescience will stop people in their tracks. It’s also a great gift giving the person you love a little pampering.
Have questions? Book an appointment!

It’s one of our favourite times in Vancouver, Pride Week! We love how it draws people together to celebrate who they are and whatever lifestyle they choose to lead. Not to mention it’s an awesome party!
Vancouver Pride Week serves as a great reminder to be happy with who we are. Working in the beauty and health industry, day after day we meet people who are embarrassed or even ashamed of their appearance. That’s why we take such pride in what we do, as we see our clients’ confidence and self-esteem levels go from 0 to 100 after their treatments. This is especially the case after two of our services in particular: laser hair removal and photorejuvenation.
Our culture loves the look of smooth, sleek, and hairless skin. So when you’re genetically predisposed to have thick, coarse hair in areas that you’d rather not, it’s bound to cause some embarrassment. When our clients see dramatic hair loss after just one appointment, you can almost feel their confidence levels go up. Now they’re wearing tank tops, bikinis, and short-shorts without thinking twice.

Photorejuvenation is also an effective way to restore the skin – and self-esteem. With consistent treatments prescribed by our medical estheticians, it’s an effective and non-invasive method of fighting acne, pigmentation, and vascular issues like rosacea, telangiectasia (“spider veins”), and red spots. Using pulsed light, it penetrates the skin to restore skin’s youthful, flawless appearance.
Life is too short to be unhappy, so start taking pride in who you are and what you have to offer. Remember: real beauty comes from within!
Will you be taking part in Pride Week? Tag us on Instagram and share your pride-ful photos with us!
If you want to learn more about these or other services we offer, feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

Photo sources: Global News, insidevancouver.ca

If you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, than you’ve probably heard that we’re offering a chance to win one FREE year of bikini treatments!
For those of you who haven’t connected with Urban Body Laser on Instagram yet, all you have to do is:
1. Follow us on Instagram
2. Tag 3 friends in any of our IG postings about the contest
3. Like the same post
We love how Instagram allows our clients to get a sneak peek into the behind-the-scenes happenings at our office. Some of our favourite things to post are beauty and skin care tips, quotes, funny photos, and advice from our medical estheticians.

We’ll draw a winner when we hit 200 followers and only the followers that do the above will be entered.

Hurry and become our first 200 fans for a chance to win! Follow us: www.instagram.com/urbanbodylaser and tag @urbanbodylaser in your posts!

Did you hear? For a limited time, we’re offering 40% off Derma Rollers! These amazing devices are an easy and efficient way to younger, smoother skin that you can use practically anywhere.
By gently rolling this device over your face, it creates tiny holes in the skin. Sounds scary, but it’s really only a slight discomfort. What’s happening is the needling is allowing ingredients to deeply penetrate the skin so it can absorb the nutrients from your moisturizers and serums.
Whenever we damage our skin in the form of cuts or burns, it has the ability to repair itself naturally. To do so, our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres to produce new ones. What the Derma Roller does is trigger skin repair in a controlled manner by creating micro “injuries” to the skin, resulting in new collagen synthesis. The fine needles penetrate the surface of the skin to break down scar tissue and stimulate blood flow.

After a treatment, your skin will be much more able to absorb products you apply to your skin, which will in turn leave the epidermis smoother, firmer, and younger looking. This is why using products with high quality ingredients are crucial to maintaining the beautiful look and feel you want.
Take advantage of this awesome deal while it lasts! Contact our medical estheticians to find out more about the Derma Roller.

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!

On May 13th from 6m to 8pm Urban Body Laser will be hosting a Botox Party! Treatments for Botox will be available for 20% off ($9.95 per unit) and fillers will be 10% off ($495 per syringe).
Botox is cosmetically used to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles. It’s injected in extremely small concentrations and is proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein. How it works is that it prevents signals from the nerve cells to reach the muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract. This causes them to paralyze. As a result, wrinkles like crow’s feet and fine lines that seemed to be permanently etched into your skin are visibly gone.
If you purchase a minimum of 40 Units of Botox and 1 syringe of Filters, you’ll receive a FREE Photofacial valued at $550! Photorejuvenation reduces and eliminates sun damage visible on your skin, like freckles, fine lines and the larger brown age or liver spots. This treatment can make you look like you’ve turned back time. Using light technology, BBL Photorejuvenation stimulates the production of collagen, causing fine lines and wrinkles to decrease over continued treatments.
Dr. Chris Pavlou will be performing the treatments and one of our technicians will be available to do consultations for laser hair removal, photofacials, and skin care.
There is limited availability so please RSVP as soon as possible! Contact us via email, phone, or visit us in person.
While real beauty stems from within, feeling confident and comfortable within your skin is the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you’re hesitant about Botox or would like to learn more about our services, feel free to contact us for a pressure-free consultation.

You may have finished Spring Cleaning your wardrobe, but have you ever considered clearing out your make-up bag and skincare collection? These types of products tend to be the ones that people rarely throw away. From nail polish to foundation, many of us hang on to these items way past their expiry date. Unlike food, many make-up and skincare products don’t list best-before dates so it can be hard to tell when it’s time to toss them. However, that doesn’t mean that they last forever. Even mascara and eye shadow can reach an end point.

Applying moisturizer or foundation that’s past its prime could be causing you breakouts and irritation to your skin. We’ve created these simple guidelines to help you figure out when it’s time to toss your old beauty products and makeup.
Mascara: 2 to 3 months. Toss as soon as you notice it’s getting clumpy, dry, or the scent is off.
Liquid Foundation: 6 to 12 months. If it has separated into layers or the colour has lightened, it’s time to say goodbye.
Lipstick and Lipgloss: 1 year. If you notice it starts to become dry or extra sticky, then you know it’s gone bad.
Nail Polish: 1 year. When it applies extra goopy or if it’s separated and won’t blend after a vigorous shake, it’s toss time.
Moisturizer: Up to 2 years. The more active ingredients in a lotion (like SPF) and the more bacteria introduced from frequent usage, the more quickly it can expire.
If you’re having a hard time deciding which to toss, our medical estheticians can help! Just book a skin consultation with us and bring in your make-up and skincare products, and we’ll help you sort through which is past their prime and could be harming your skin. As an added bonus, you’ll also get 25% OFF any of our Colorescience, Osmosis or Pro-Derm products so you can replace your old items! Then we’ll recycle your old makeup to keep them out of the landfill.

Once you have your new make-up and skincare, to keep your products lasting longer do not store them in the bathroom or any place where humidity is a factor. Keep sunscreen, face creams, and makeup in a cool, dry place to maximize shelf life.
This is also a good time to recognize what items are causing damage to your skin, even if they haven’t past their prime. Take a look at the ingredients. If you see the words mineral oil, fragrance, perfumes, talcs, dyes, and alcohols, we strongly recommend deleting these from use. Other words to look out for are parabens, petrolatum, PEG compounds, and dibutyl phthalate. These ingredients pollute the skin, damage the environment, and have been linked to causing cancer and other health concerns. On a surface level, they also cause further breakouts and irritation.
Start fresh this season and book a skin consultation with us to decide which make-up and skincare are best suited for your skin. And don’t forget your unwanted items to receive 25% OFF any of our Colorescience, Osmosis or Pro-Derm products!
To find out more, please contact us.

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.

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.

You’ve spent hundreds of dollars on the latest skin care products. You religiously exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize. You visit us for Microdermabrasion and Photorejuvenation treatments, and while you experience results, after a few weeks it’s back to breakouts and inflammation. What’s the deal?
We see this type of scenario all the time. So many of our clients are willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a ‘quick fix’ to their skin issues, yet they don’t realize it’s stemming from the same source: the products. Unfortunately, not all skin care lines are created equal. Despite their claims and glossy advertisements, many well-known and seemingly effective brands are full of toxins and chemicals that actually congest the skin, rather than clean it.
Janiece, Manager of Urban Body Laser, experienced first-hand the effects of using clean, high-quality, and natural products. She constantly has people complimenting her on her skin, assuming that it must be due to regular Microdermabrasion and Photorejuvenation treatments.
“I haven’t done anything different except for one major thing, which is clean-up what I put on my face. Once I started using the right products, my skin completely changed. It’s so much softer, smoother, and hydrated.”

What’s Really in Your Skin Care?

They may state that they’re professional, natural, and organic, however many skin care products actually work against your skin. For example, if you experience frequent breakouts and have turned to acne-fighting products, you could be causing further damage and making the problem worse. These products are designed to be extremely drying, and thus strip your epidermis of any moisture, leading to dead skin cell build-up. The cell build-up will then act as a barrier, traps the oil under the skin, and then causes more clogged pores and breakouts. It’s a vicious cycle!
First and foremost, never put anything on your skin without checking the ingredients first, even if it claims “won’t clog pores” or “noncomedogenic” on the bottle. Unfortunately there is no government agency that regulates these companies, so it’s our own duty to ensure we learn about what we’re using before we make that purchase.

Experience first-hand the effects of using clean, high-quality, and natural luxury skincare products.from Urban Body Laser.

With thousands of products out there, we know it can get confusing. That’s why our medical estheticians are happy to help prescribe the best products for your skin. We only offer skin care and make-up lines that we use ourselves, so we can tell you firsthand that they are highly efficacious and anti-inflammatory. Our top luxury lines include Osmosis Skin Care, Colorescience Pro, and Pro-Derm, which are available at our office and in our online store.
To decide which products are perfect for you, contact us at any time.

The start of a New Year always brings so much hope, excitement, and anticipation. January 1st marks a clean slate when many people resolve to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and accomplish all of those things they’ve always wanted to do.

So now that January is almost over, we have to ask: how are those resolutions coming along?

If you’re having a hard time staying on track, you’re not alone: only 19% of people who make resolutions actually stick to them two years later. Often it’s because their resolutions are too extreme. For example, cutting out all sugar, alcohol, and carbs may seem doable for the first week, even two, but a whole year? You’re bound to only set yourself up for failure. That’s why creating goals that are realistic and less extreme will help you stay on track.
Another reason people lose sight of their resolutions is because they tend to always put themselves last. When we first meet with a client, more often than not they tell us that microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, or any other treatments we offer are always something that they’ve wanted to do for themselves, but never made it a priority. Investing in your own health, beauty, and happiness is key to keeping motivated and accomplishing your goals. To ensure that you don’t fall into the 81%, here are a few tips to staying committed.

5 Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

1. Know that you’re worth it. First and foremost, put your needs as equal or greater importance than anyone else. Make yourself a priority. If you need a reminder on how to do this, read our blog post on the importance of self-love.

2. Make a list. Write down why these goals are important for you and how you’re going to feel once they’re accomplished. With everything going on in your life, it’s easy to get distracted, so keep these visible throughout the day so you’re constantly reminded of your resolutions.

3. Make a plan. Most people jot down their goals on a piece of paper and then quickly forget about them. To be apart of the 19%, figure out a plan of action and take the first step. For example, if you’ve always wanted to try microdermabrasion, contact us and set up a free consultation, then go from there. The same method can be applied to anything else you want to do, like take a night course or learn an instrument. The first step is making the call to those who can give you more information about your goal.
4. Reward yourself. Every time you finish something on your plan of action, treat yourself. It doesn’t have to be expensive or laden with calories. It can be as simple as buying a new magazine or sleeping in an extra 5 minutes.
5. Be accountable. Tell your friends, family, and partner what your goals are and ask them to keep you accountable. When you know other people are expecting you to accomplish something, you’ll be more likely to get it done.

If you’ve always wanted to improve your skin, try laser hair removal, or simply just learn what treatments we offer and how they can help, contact us (and then you can tick that off your list!).

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!

Recently we posted an article about the so-called “ugliest woman in the world” on our Facebook page. As one of only three people on earth born with a genetic ailment that prevents her from gaining weight, Lizzie Valesquez discovered a YouTube video that someone had posted, calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. This video had over 4 million views.
What’s truly inspiring about Lizzie is that she chose this incredibly cruel act as a way to grow, inspire others, and be an example of why the greatest love should be the one you have with yourself.

As we’ve just begun a new year, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for all of us to wipe the slate clean of any self-negativity and start celebrating our inner beauty. We know how difficult letting go of insecurities can be, so we’ve come up with a few ways to practice self-love into your daily life.

Tips to Improve Self Love

  1. Leave post-it notes around your house with inspiring quotes and affirmation. Put them on your bedside table, your bathroom mirror, or the fridge door, so you’re reminded from the minute you wake up to when you go to sleep that you’re a beautiful, intelligent person.
  2. Exercise regularly and try to fit in at least 30 minutes of activity every day. Whether it’s walking your dog or joining a yoga class, being active releases endorphins that help boost your mood and self-esteem. Plus it’s good for your health!
  3. Make a list of all the things you are grateful for. These can be anything from your physical features (“I love my long hair”) to people that enhance your life (“I’m grateful for my best friend”). Add one new thing to the list each day, then read it over before you go to bed.
  4. Grant yourself down time to do the things you always seem ‘too busy’ for. Read a book, watch your favourite movie, or take a walk around the neighbourhood. Give yourself at least half an hour of pure ‘me’ time.
  5. Give genuine compliments to people, even strangers! You may just make someone’s day by complimenting their outfit or telling someone what a good friend they are.  Sending out positive vibes means you will get them in return.

We provide a number of services and products that are meant to enhance your natural beauty, but you will only feel confident in your appearance until you embrace and celebrate all of the amazing qualities you have. Spread the love and share this article with your friends so 2014 can be overflowing with self-love!