Urban Body Laser’s Best Before and After’s

There’s nothing we love more than a good ‘Best before and after’s’ story, especially when we’re in charge! At Urban Body Laser in Vancouver, our trusted medical estheticians work day in and day out helping people change, correct, and revamp the way they look and feel about themselves. From pigmentation to acne scars, there’s nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when you’ve removed something that was causing them embarrassment, insecurity, or even shame.
If you’ve been following us on Instagram, then you may have caught a few of our favourite before and after shots of recent clients. In case you missed it, here are just a few of the best Urban Body Laser makeovers of 2015!
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Rachel came to us this past fall after suffering from extensive sun damage. The sun’s rays are amongst the most harmful contributors to aging, leaving sunspots and fine lines on the skin, as evident on her chest. FotoFacial®-AgeDelay™ is one of our most effective methods to reduce this damage, just check out Rachel’s results after just three treatments! Because you can’t be exposed to the sun after receiving FotoFacial®-AgeDelay™, fall and winter are the best times to get started.
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We all suffer from the occasional pimple, but before you start layering on concealer, please check the ingredients. Most conventional make-up you find at the drugstore is filled with chemicals, fragrances, and toxins that clog your pores and aggravate the skin, often causing more breakouts. Pictured above is a client who contacted us for a Colorescience application, a luxury make-up line that uses natural ingredients that not only covers those pesky pimples, but also nourishes the skin. Interested? Call us to book in a free skin analysis!
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Do you suffer from skin discoloration from birthmarks or scars? Photorejuvenation may be the answer you’re looking for. We use Sciton’s BBL, a safe and effective system that specializes in darker skin tones. After just one treatment, our client’s knee is looking shades lighter! We’ll be sure to update you once she’s finished her program.
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Did you know that laser hair removal for your underarms not only reduces the hair, but also decreases sweat? We call that a #winwin. If you find your light shirts discolor from sweating, or the constant shaving has caused thick hair you can’t seem to rid of, ask our medical estheticians for a custom laser hair removal program.
Interested in these or more of our services and products? Contact us and start the New Year as a new you.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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! 
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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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!
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Just like the latest diet craze, skin care products and beauty treatments get a lot of hype. Though we constantly see blogs, tweets, and general buzz about ways to take care of your appearance, there are a few we’ve been hearing lately that are simply not true. So we’re debunking three common skincare myths to set the record straight!
Myth #1: You only need to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny.

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Wrong! Whether or not it’s sunny, any time you step outside you should be wearing sunscreen because 80% of the sun damaging rays can penetrate through clouds. There are two types of the sun’s rays that reach the earth: UVB and UVA. UVB causes immediate damage to your skin, and is responsible for the visible burn or tan you get from sun exposure. UVA rays are what age your skin and are able to reach you through clouds, smog, or even through a window. This picture of a truck driver shows how badly the sun has aged one side of his face that continually exposed to sunlight.
Now that you know you need to wear sunscreen, please don’t go buying the first brand you see at the drugstore. We wrote this blog post that explained the difference between chemical and physical sunblock. To find out which product will give you the best protection, contact our medical estheticians for a free consultation, or peruse our products online.
Myth 2: Scrubbing your face is just as effective as microdermabrasion.
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You simply can’t compare the two. For starters, our state-of-the-art Pristine Precision Diamond Peel machine does much more than just exfoliate. By gently removing the outer layer of dead skin cells, it helps smooth skin’s texture, decreases the appearance of scarring and pore size, and reduces surface pigmentation. Over time, it can also reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and even soften the appearance of scars when used with a proper maintenance program designed by our medical estheticians.
At home kits and scrubs will never achieve the same level of results as the Microdermabrasion treatments we offer at Urban Body Laser. Plus, many are too abrasive and actually irritate the skin, creating more skin issues.
Myth 3: All mineral make up is the same.

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No, they’re not. Unfortunately many make-up companies use a lot of fillers in their products and then simply “throw in” some minerals, falsely calling themselves a mineral make-up line.
A true mineral line like Colorescience Pro is basically an extension of your skin care. In other words, it’s a treatment cosmetic. Not only does it give the coverage you want from make-up but it also nourishes your epidermis like skincare. Clever marketing makes it easy to get confused over which products are actually good for you and which are not. That’s why we always emphasize the importance of reading ingredients on labels before buying mineral make-up.
If you have already purchased products and are wondering if they contain harmful chemical or fillers, feel free to bring them to us and we’ll take a look!
Are you curious about other skin care myths that you’d like us to answer? Tweet us or send an email, we’re happy to share our expertise and debunk other myths!
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You may have noticed more advertisements and buzz around serums. A relatively new product in the skincare market, serums are gaining a loyal following for many reasons. However, we find many clients are confused over why, when, and how to use them.
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A common misconception is that serums can replace moisturizers. This is completely false as they both have very different purposes. Facial creams have been around for a long time and are still the most popular form of skin care. They’re a vital component to any skin care regime and should never be replaced with serums or any other products. They’re typically made by mixing oil with water and are primarily meant to hydrate the skin.
Serums on the other hand are a concentrated way to get key ingredients into the skin. The main reason you’d want to use a facial serum is to get added nutrients into deeper layers of your skin that a regular moisturizer is not able to reach. The junction between the two main layers of our skin (epidermis and dermis) is extremely hard to penetrate. While this is a good thing because it protects our skin, it also means it’s difficult to get the active ingredients into the depths of your skin where it is needed.
This is why you need a serum with an effective delivery system. So before you purchase one, make sure that it has a delivery system for those active ingredients to properly penetrate into the deep layer of your skin. Otherwise you’ll be wasting your money.
All of the serums we offer at our office and online store have this essential liposomal delivery system, which means you can treat and correct any skin ailments that you may be experiencing. For example, the Osmosis Calm Rosacea/Sensitive Skin Serum is an all-natural product that reduces and completely eliminates redness while restoring the protective barrier. It also reduces scarring, minimizes the visibility of capillaries, and rebuilds the thinned epidermis.
Other common skin conditions that serums can help treat are acne and pigmentation. To apply, you can either add 1-2 drops/pumps to in the morning and night to your entire face or you can use as a spot treatment. You can find both serums from the Osmosis line in our online store.
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Serums are excellent for anti-aging. This Anti-Aging Serum in particular has a 10-peptide blend that specifically targets aging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Our staff love this product because it gives your skin an instant boost, diminishing imperfections and improving the appearance of any redness almost immediately.
As you can tell, serums can be extremely beneficial for the skin and a vital component to a youthful, radiant, and flawless complexion. But before you invest in a serum, it’s best to contact our medical estheticians to find which one is right for you.
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Summer is fast approaching, which means wedding season is about to begin. For those of you about to say ‘I do’, the last few weeks can be an incredible stressful time as you try to coordinate the venue, catering, visitors, décor, stags, stagettes…the list goes on and on. Often brides and grooms forget to factor in a crucial step in the nuptial process: their skin.
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If you haven’t started your skincare prep, don’t worry, there’s still enough time to schedule a few appointments in order to get yourself in photo-ready shape. Here are a few of Urban Body Laser’s must-do’s to saying “I do”.
Laser Hair Removal
Brides often find the last few days leading up to the wedding the most stressful. With so much to do, how nice would it be to know that you didn’t have to shave your underarms, legs, or get a Brazilian wax? There’s a reason more and more people are turning to laser hair removal: it works. Though it takes a series of treatments for hair to be completely gone, often our clients see incredible results after just one or two appointments. If you grow thick hair on your underarms, legs, or pubic area, the hair that grows back is much thinner and sparing after just one treatment. And for fellas, we know your future wife will definitely appreciate our signature Balls-n-All™.
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Skin Tightening and Microdermabrasion
Every bride and groom wants flawless, radiant skin on their big day. In order to achieve this, we highly recommend 3 or 4 treatments of skin tightening combined with microdermabrasion. Clean pores are key to ensuring you don’t suffer from blemishes on your wedding day. Microdermabrasion removes clogged pores and cleans the outer layer of the skin. It’s incredibly effective to reduce ingrown hairs, discolored and congested skin, and even fine lines and wrinkles.
To achieve a glowing complexion, try skin tightening. This non-invasive method uses broad band light (BBL) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It does this by stimulating collagen production, which is the protein that aids in the structural support of the skin and causes it to contract and tighten.
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If you buy most of your make-up in a drug store, chances are it is filled with so many chemicals and unnatural ingredients that it’s actually causing more damage to your skin. After receiving microdermabrasion and skin tightening, the last thing you want to do is pollute your epidermis with harmful products.
To enhance your natural beauty, Colorescience make-up is a-must. This luxurious line does more than just camouflage blemishes and discoloration; it actually helps to remedy it. Each product is designed to complement and blend together, allowing you to layer to achieve a flawless complexion. From foundations to lip gloss, this extensive line has plenty of options to match your needs and skin tone. Paired with our Osmosis and Pro-Derm cleansers and moisturizers your skin will be ready to tie the knot.
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While these are the most popular treatments for brides and grooms, we offer a wide variety of services that will help you get ready for the big day. Just keep in mind that many of these take at lea
st a few sessions to really see results, so contact us as soon as possible to get started and get ready for the big day!
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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.

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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.
mother's day giftIf you’re wondering about more of our services and which ones will be best for your Mom, feel free to contact us any time!
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How are you planning to celebrate Mother’s Day? Tweet us or post on our Facebook page, we would love to hear about it!

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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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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

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Colorescience Pallettes

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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.
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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.
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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:
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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?
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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?

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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.
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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.

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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.self love

 

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.

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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!
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Finding that perfect present is a daunting task, especially if you’re shopping for someone that literally has everything. Clothes and jewelry may seem like an easy way out, but knowing the right size, fit, brand, and colour can be full of second guessing and stress.

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That’s why a gift card to Urban Body Laser are a no-brainer. No matter what age or sex you are, we really do have something for everyone. Though we are best known for our laser hair removal, we offer a variety of services and products that suits everyone’s needs.

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So what Will an Urban Body Laser Gift Card Get You?

Are they always complaining about discoloured skin, freckles, or sunspots? Have they ever mentioned that they want to improve their complexion and even their skin’s texture? We have a number of services they can choose from, like our Photojuvenation and Microdermabrasion systems. These are fast, effective, and painless.

January is also a great time for them to start laser hair removal treatments. Since it takes a few appointments to remove stages of hair growth, they’ll be smooth and silky by the time summer comes along.

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Does she love make-up? Spend hours in the bathroom ensuring she’s moisturized every last surface of her face? A gift card will get her far at Urban Body Laser! Not only do we have medical estheticians that can recommend the best products for her, we also have an online store where she can peruse the items herself, no matter where she is in the world!

Our top brands include Colorescience Pro, Osmosis Skincare, and Pro-Derm. From anti-aging to sun protection, these lines offer gentle yet effective products for everyone, no matter what their skin condition or age may be. They make an ideal gift for your sister, boyfriend, mom, aunt — even your grandma!

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To find out more about our products and services or to order an Urban Body Laser gift certificate, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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Although good genetics have some part in it, it definitely takes celebrities work to stay flawless. To help keep them looking their best on the red carpet, it’s a combination of a healthy diet, preventative work, high-quality products, and professional skincare treatments. From microdermabrasion to Colorescience, here is how some of the most famous faces stay picture perfect.

The Top Celebrity Skincare Treatments

Microdermabrasion: Gwenyth Paltrow

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Gwenyth Paltrow has called Microdermabrasion “a miracle”and for good reason. Often compared to the texture of your cat’s tongue, microdermabrasion gently rejuvenates the skin by a non-invasive exfoliation. By gently removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger.
Microdermabrasion is a favourite among celebrity skincare treatments because it effectively treats and minimizes a wide range of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, discolored and congested skin, and ingrown hairs.
Laser Hair Removal: Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian has publicly said she wants a “hairless body” and uses laser hair removal to achieve it. The old fashioned methods of removing hair like shaving, tweezing, creams, waxing, are not only time consuming but also don’t last long. Continuous laser hair removal treatments will get rid of the hair for good, and now is the best time to start in order to be hairless by summer.
Colorescience: Kerry Washington

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It’s no wonder that Colorescience Pro is a favourite of celebrities like Kerry Washington and Kate Hudson, as it’s not only easy to use, but also doubles as a skincare product. It works to clear your complexion while simultaneiously protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the environment.
If you want to learn more about these celebrity skincare treatments, just stop by our office or contact us for more information. Our medical estheticians can give you a free consultation on how to achieve flawless, youthful skin.
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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.

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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!
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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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Chances are you’ve known someone who has been affected by cancer. Those from the outside looking in tend to forget about the emotional toll losing your hair, weight loss, and other physical consequences this disease causes. It’s only natural to want to look our best, yet thousands of women have had their self-confidence stripped away because they have been diagnosed with cancer.
That’s why Urban Body Laser wants to help empower women who have been left feeling helpless by their disease, and now you can too. You may have heard about our charity calendars that feature our beautiful staff, and this year they’ve bared it all in A Year of Transcendence to raise money for this important cause.
charity calendarsTwelve months of our stunning pin-up girls is now available for sale! For only $20, you can make a big difference in helping these women regain their confidence. Every cent from these calendars will go towards the Look Good Feel Better organization, Canada’s only cancer charity dedicated to helping women manage the ramifications cancer and its treatment has on their appearance and morale.
To purchase “A Year of Transcendence”, you can:
Phone: 604.696.5506
e-mail: info@urbanbodylaser.com
Come to our office:
860 – 777 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2G3
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.