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Is Cryoskin the Same as CoolSculpting?

What the Differences are Between Cryoskin and CoolSculpting

By now you have probably heard the terms Cryoskin and CoolSculpting. But did you know that there are many differences between the two therapies? Both techniques are an effective means of reducing the appearance of fat within the body through what is called cryolipolysis. This is the freezing of fat cells, which causes these cells to die and then are subsequently flushed out of the body through natural processes. Both treatments are also non-invasive, making them safer and more convenient than plastic surgery, and side effects are minimal, including mild numbness, tingling and redness at the treated areas for a few hours or occasionally days. 

What is Cryoskin?

Cryoskin was originally developed in France and is an umbrella term for the elimination of fat cells through the concentrated application of both cold and heat (apoptosis). The treatment involves using a wand-like instrument to glide over the areas being treated. However, there are actually three different Cryoskin treatments: CryoToning, CryoSlimming and CryoFacials.

CryoToning: This treatment is specifically used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It uses a combination of alternating warm and cold temperatures to stimulate blood flow which increases collagen production, helping your skin look more youthful and supple. Multiple areas can be treated in a single session. 

CryoSlimming: This treatment uses subzero temperatures to destroy fat cells. These dead fat cells are then flushed out of the body through the urinary system. One area is treated per session. 

CryoFacials: This treatment is like a non-surgical face lift, using cold temperatures to increase collagen production which helps to tighten the face, neck and chin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting involves using a paddle-like instrument that stays stationary over the treated areas during the procedure to deliver cold temps. CoolSculpting can be used to treat the fat of the inner and outer thighs, upper and lower abdomen, love handles, arms, chin, back and underneath the buttocks, among other areas on the body. 

The Differences

Now that we have taken a look at how the two treatments are similar and what each entails, let’s take a look at the main differences.

Number of Procedures + Speed of Results: Once fat cells have died due to the cold temperatures, it takes the lymphatic system about two weeks to flush those dead cells out of the body. However, there are some differences in the number of treatments and speed of results. To get optimal results from Cryoskin, it is recommended that you receive three to five treatments. With CoolSculpting, you generally only need one treatment. 

As for the speed of results, Cryoskin can show measurable results in a single session and because it does more than just freeze fat, you can see an immediate toning effect due to the stimulation of collagen production. For CoolSculpting, it will take one to four months for results to show. 

Comfort: Both procedures are non-invasive, making them painless. During a CoolSculpting procedure, you will feel some aching or perhaps cramping; however, this often dissipates soon after the treatment begins. You will also feel some pulling as suction is applied and then the area generally goes numb within 5 to 10 minutes. While Cryoskin is applied like a “cold massage”, you might notice some mild DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), but the treatment itself is non-painful and cold. 

Side Effects: Side effects from both procedures are minimal in comparison to invasive procedures and you can get back to your daily life right after either treatment. With Cryoskin, you will experience some redness and numbness at the treatment areas for up to a few hours after the treatment. CoolSculpting can result in the same redness and numbness, but because it involves suction, it can have an additional side effect known as “shelving,” which is when fat collects in some areas. 

Cost: When it comes to how much you’ll have to shell out for a treatment, CoolSculpting is more expensive. CoolSculpting can cost upwards of $2,000 depending on how many areas you want to treat while Cryoskin is generally several hundred dollars per treatment. 

A Leaner, More Sculpted You!

Are you ready for a leaner, more sculpted you? At The US Wellness Collective, the possibilities are endless with Cryoskin! We’ll measure and track your success at each session. To learn more about how we can help you become the best version of yourself, book a Cryoskin Consultation appointment with us online today!

Seasonal Skin Care Routines

Tips to Keep Your Skin Beautiful and Healthy All Year Long!

You change your wardrobe for the seasons and so should your skin care routine! As the weather warms and cools, humidity levels fluctuate and that can change how our skin feels and functions. During colder months, humidity drops and that can leave our skin feeling dry and dull. When the humidity increases during warmer months, that is when skin kicks up its oil production. To keep your skin looking good all year, here are our top tips for transitioning your skin care routine through the seasons.

Skin Care Routine Constants

There are a few parts of your skin care routine that should remain constant despite seasonal changes.

Sunscreen

No matter the season, the sun’s rays are always damaging. Choose a lightweight broad-spectrum formula with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply daily in the morning. 

Eye Cream

The delicate skin under and around our eyes needs a special boost. Choose a cream that fits your specific eye contour concerns (puffiness, dark circles or fine lines) and use it both day and night. 

Facials

Get a monthly facial to keep your skin clear and healthy. Why once a month? Skin cells turn over every 28 days. Getting a facial more than once a month doesn’t give you any added benefit and could potentially be harmful to more sensitive skin. Be sure to work with your skincare specialist to find the right facial techniques and timing for your unique skin. 

Masks

At-home masks can provide a variety of benefits by enriching your skin with the vitamins and minerals it needs to look healthy and beautiful. Incorporate a mask weekly into your skin care routine. Make sure that you choose a mask that works for your skin type, and consider consulting with your skin care specialist to find the right options for you. 

Moisturizers

One thing everyone’s skin needs is moisture. Not moisturizing enough can lead to dryness which can increase your skin’s oil production to make up for the lack of moisture. When your skin overproduces oil, you can see an increase in acne. You might need to switch up the type of moisturizer you use throughout the year, but your daily routine should always include a day cream and a night cream.

Transitioning from Summer into Fall and Winter

As humidity drops heading into the cooler months of the year, you’ll want to put away the lightweight formulas and pull out your emollient-rich products focused on hydration. 

Cleanse

Switch out your water-based cleansers for more gentle, creamy formulas that focus on hydrating the skin while cleansing it. For nights when you aren’t using retinol, consider using a gentle exfoliating cleanser that can buff away dead skin cells that look dull. 

Serum

Choose a serum focused on adding hydration and is loaded with vitamin C, which can help brighten dull skin. Use retinal (Vitamin A) serum as well. During the colder months, your skin will be able to tolerate retinol better, so consider upping it from 2 days a week to 3 days a week. 

Moisturize

If you have a tendency to get dry skin during cooler months, choose a heavier, more rich moisturizer. 

Don’t Forget Your Hands and Lips!

When we think of skin care, we often think of our neck and face. But don’t forget to treat your hands to an ultra-rich cream and to apply lip balm with SPF to keep both feeling smooth and beautiful! 

Transitioning from Winter and Spring into Summer

Humidity bumps up a notch during the summer, meaning it’s time to pull out light-weight skin care products and put away the heavier ones. 

Cleanser

Use a light-weight cleanser to combat increased oil production due to increased humidity. These light-weight cleansers are often in gel or foam form and offer a more breathable formula than cream cleansers. 

Serum

Choose a serum that combats aging brought on by the sun. These serums can also help to illuminate your skin tone, refine the look of pores and give a boost of hydration. 

Moisturizer

Replace your heavier moisturizer with a more light-weight formula. Gel and water-based moisturizers offer a cooling touch but still give your skin the hydration it needs. 

Take Care of Sunburns

If you do get a sunburn, make sure that you care for it properly by applying aloe to your burns. However, it’s best to just avoid getting burned in the first place, so make sure to apply your daily sunscreen and don’t sunbathe. If you notice any changes in your skin that don’t seem normal, be sure to get it checked by a dermatologist. 

Work with a Skin Care Expert!

At The Wellness Collective, we understand that each person has unique skin care needs and goals! We offer a variety of services to keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy, from our relaxing facials by licensed estheticians to our expert acne treatment. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you look and feel your best all year long!

What Are the Benefits of Cryoskin?

4 Benefits of Choosing Cryoskin Treatments to Look and Feel Better

Cryoskin is a revolutionary treatment that is changing the way we look at weight loss and plastic surgery. This state-of-the-art treatment uses subzero temperatures to help you look and feel better. In fact, academic research has confirmed the effectiveness of cryoskin. This amazing treatment can be used on the body and face, but just what are the benefits of cryoskin? Let’s dive into those answers!

Safer than Plastic Surgery

One of the main benefits of cryoskin is that it is safer than other forms of plastic surgery. This painless treatment is non-invasive and uses very cold temperatures delivered through a special wand that allows you to target certain areas of your body and face. This means that you don’t have to worry about needles, blades or infections! In fact, many celebrities use cryoskin to tone, smooth and reduce wrinkles. 

Because cryoskin is non-invasive, recovery time is very quick. You’ll be able to go about your daily business right after your appointment. Side effects are very few and include redness at the treatment site for a couple of hours afterward. If you choose to have cryoslimming treatments done, you may also urinate slightly more in the following days as your body eliminates dead fat cells. 

Toning and Slimming

Cryotoning and Cryoslimming treatments can help you achieve a leaner and more sculpted you! Cryotoning helps reduce the look of cellulite and wrinkles. This toning happens as a result of thermal shock, which immediately improves circulation which increases natural collagen production. Collagen is what gives your skin a more youthful appearance.

Slimming, or weight loss, occurs by freezing fat cells in target areas of the body. These subzero temperatures cause the fat cells to break down and die. The body then naturally flushes out these dead cells through the lymphatic system. 

At the Wellness Collective, we see an average of 38% reduction in fat over five sessions! We even measure and track your success at every session. 

Anti-Aging

Much like Cryotoning, Cryofacials help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. As we age, our body doesn’t produce as much collagen as it used to. Collagen is what gives our skin elasticity, which helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. During a Cryofacial, a very cold “massage” technique is performed on your neck and face which helps increase blood flow to those areas. This in turn amps up collagen production, giving your skin a youthful and even glowy appearance!

At the Wellness Collective, we have seen great results from cryofacial treatments. It has been compared to the positive effects of Botox, but is safer and less invasive. 

Pain Relief

Many athletes have used cryotherapy to help with pain relief. However, it has been found that cryotherapy can go beyond pain relief after a hard workout. Cryotherapy is now used to help reduce arthritic pain, and in turn allows for more aggressive physiotherapy and occupational therapy. One study even found that applying cryotherapy to the neck can help to treat migraines and is thought to work by cooling the blood passing through intracranial vessels, particularly the carotid arteries which are close to the skin’s surface. 

At the US Wellness Collective, we offer Cryopain coupled with pain relief massage services to help reduce your pain and get you feeling better. 

Conclusion

Here at the Wellness Collective, we believe in whole body and mind wellness. We understand that when you look good, you feel good! We offer a full range of cryoskin treatments, including cryotoning, cryoslimming and cryofacials. If you are ready to love the way you look and feel better about yourself, book your appointment today!

 

Smart Ways to Deal with Acne 

6 Tips to Improve the Health and Complexion of Your Skin

Acne can be annoying, embarrassing and even painful. If not properly treated, it can become infected and inflamed or leave you with permanent scarring. If you are struggling with acne, here are six tips to follow to improve the health and complexion of your skin and reduce those unsightly bumps. 

Check in with Your Diet

Remember that saying “you are what you eat”? Well, surprisingly enough when it comes to your skin this is often the case. There are several studies on how dairy and gluten (just to name a few) can negatively impact your skin, speak with a Nutritionist or Acne Expert to see how they can help you heal your skin from the inside out.

Work with a Licensed Aesthetician

When it comes to battling acne, seek out licensed aestheticians that have specialty training in acne who will help that can help you gain control over your skin. They provide professional face cleaning and rejuvenating services that when paired with home treatments can help you reap the maximum benefits of your entire skincare regimen. Our skin cell turnover happens about every 28 plus days. This means that with most acne, you should be getting a facial at least once a month. For more inflamed and chronic acne, a more intensive program may be needed to clear your skin. 

At the US Wellness Collective, we offer Acne Lab services that are curated to meet your specific skincare goals. We offer professional facials, consultation and client education to make sure that your skin is healthy and clear. 

Don’t Dry Out or Irritate Your Skin

There’s an old myth out there that drying out your acne can help get rid of those bumps, but that just isn’t true. When you dry out your skin, it will produce more oils to rehydrate your skin, and sometimes it will overproduce those oils which can be a cause of acne. So resist the urge to dry out those pimples!

You also don’t want to irritate your skin, especially if it is sensitive. Use gentle products and don’t over-exfoliate. Scrubbing your face daily with grainy cleansers can actually do more harm than good. When done too often, it can cause inflammation and irritation. It can even pull away healthy skin cells from a pimple, creating an open wound with a higher risk of scarring. Limit exfoliation to no more than two to three times a week. 

Wash Your Face Properly

There are a few rules to washing your face properly. The first is to pick the right cleanser. Pay close attention to your skin’s needs and pick the right cleanser and ingredients carefully. For oily skin, try cleansers with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid. For sensitive skin, try a cleanser with lactic acid or hydrating ingredients like glycerin. 

Second, make sure you cleanse and wash your face twice a day to keep those breakouts away! For those nights when you are just too tired to wash your face, keep some face wipes on hand. It’s better than skimping altogether. Also, be sure to regularly change your face towel. Dirty towels can harbor bacteria which can lead to more breakouts. As long as you are truly washing off all your makeup, you can change out your face towel on a weekly basis.  

Lastly, make sure you wash your face post workout. After sweating, you’ll want to use an exfoliating cleanser or wipe to keep your pores clear. If you have acne on other parts of your body, make sure you take a shower as soon as possible after a workout. 

Use Moisturizer

Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated which means your oil glands won’t be overproducing and causing breakouts. Choose a lightweight, oil-based product that won’t clog your pores. 

Reduce your use of Makeup

Foundation and concealers may help cover those frustrating blemishes, but the truth is they actually clog the pores. This stops your skin from being able to breathe, and in some cases it’s difficult to clean all of the makeup out of your pores when you wear it consistently.  Try the 100 days without makeup challenge and you are sure to see results in just a few short months. 

Take Action Today

You don’t have to live with embarrassing acne anymore. Our licensed aestheticians work with you to create your own unique skincare cocktail to help improve your skin. We also offer customized facials, consultations and skincare education. Start your journey to better skin today by booking a skincare appointment at the Wellness Collective today!

 

How Often Should You Get a Facial?

The Best Protocol for Your Skin to Maximize Your Skin’s Health and Complexion

There are many different types of facials out there that serve a lot of different purposes and skin types. So whether you have acne, dry skin or a dull complexion, there is a facial out there to meet your personal skincare goals. Not to mention there is the added benefit of self-care and relaxation. Plus, when we look good, we feel good! But just how often should you get a professional facial done to get maximum benefit from the treatments? 

The Magic Number

Despite how different many facials can be, there is one thing many aestheticians and dermatologists agree on and that is the magic number of how often you should get a facial. The answer is at least once per month. Why? There are a few reasons behind this magical number. One is, depending upon your age, your skin cell turnover is averaging 28 days long. This means that getting professional facials more than once a month could possibly be irritating; however, there are always exceptions to that rule, so make sure you follow the protocol recommended by a licensed skin care professional. 

The other reason you should have a facial done once a month is because nothing you do at home can replace that professional attention. This isn’t to say that you should stop doing your skincare routines at home. Rather, a monthly facial serves as a check-in with a professional to ensure your skin is getting the best treatment. And because your skin is doing different things depending on the season and your lifestyle, this monthly check-in can be super helpful.

Types of Professional Facials

At the Wellness Collective, we understand that no two people are alike and that is why we offer fully customized facials. Our professional skin care is more than just a luxurious fluff and buff. Rather, our facials are customized to fit your specific skincare goals. Our licensed aestheticians work with you to make sure that you not only get a facial that works well for your skin type and goals but helps you relax and unwind. 

We offer 30 and 60 minute facials with the option to choose from a handful of customized treatments including:

  • Microdermabrasion: a medical-grade treatment offering non-invasive skin rejuvenation to gently remove the outer layer of dead skin cells to promote increased collagen and elastin.
  • Chemical Exfoliation: after an in-depth consultation, our skin experts will utilize Glycolic, Salicilic, Lactic and TCA chemical exfoliants.
  • Dermaplane: a physical exfoliation that gently “shaves” the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine peach fuzz hairs.
  • Acne Zap: utilizes a high-frequency light to destroy bacteria inside of the pimple.
  • Face Reality Skincare: we are proud to now offer this proven skincare solution with treatments and products that help get chronic and inflamed acne types under control.
  • Other Options: we provide the option between a sinus drainage, hand and arm, scalp, or jade roller massage. We also offer an add-on of AromaTouch technique for whole body and mind wellness that promotes relaxation and balance in the central nervous system. 

Your Skincare Goals

Because at-home tools aren’t the same as a professional facial, it’s important to have a monthly facial to reap the maximum benefits of all your skincare. Those home tools and products still provide benefits, especially when paired with a monthly professional facial to help you truly meet your skincare goals. 

Ready to get healthy, gorgeous skin? The experts at the Wellness Collective are ready to help! Book your appointment today. 

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