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Is Medical Grade Skincare Worth it?

By Erin Roche Some believe using medical-grade skin care is too time consuming and expensive, but medical grade skincare is worth it! Unfortunately, the real waste of time and money is using products that will not improve your skin’s health. Unlike department/drug store products, the VALUE of effective skin care products is a worthwhile investment. …

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Peptides can be good for the skin

Peptides and Why we Need Them

By Katie Ladner L.E. There are various types of peptides and we need them for proper functioning  in our body! Whether you take them internally, give them to yourself as injections, or use them topically, the end game is for anti-aging. Peptides can help with the aging process as well as for depigmenting skin. Recent …

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Fall is Laser facial season

It is the Season For Laser Facials

By Tara Bertoldo NP It’s that time of year again… It’s laser facial season! The days are shorter and we are further from the sun. Most of us won’t be tanning on the beach or the boat in the next few months. It’s the perfect time to resurface, renew, and bake some new collagen. And …

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AHAs are in many fruits

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

By Gi Gi Spencer Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in fruits, milk and sugar cane. The most common AHA used in cosmetic products is Glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane and lactic acid which is the substance that gives muscle burn when you exercise. Other …

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A Quick RetinA Review

By Jennifer Jacques NP   RetinA (tretinoin) 1. What is RetinA? It is an acidic form of Vitamin A that causes your cells to turn over more rapidly, which stimulates collagen production Retinoids are the most studied and most used anti-aging products 2. Benefits Overall improvement of skin appearance–skin will be looking fresher, smoother and …

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What is PIH and What Causes it?

By Gi Gi Spencer L.E.   PIH or Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is discoloration of the skin that is caused by an inflammatory wound or damage or irritation to the skin, and is the natural response to inflammation or irritation of the skin. PIH will appear as a flat area of discoloration on the skin that …

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Vitamin C is a MUST for healthy skin

Skin Care Simplified- Vitamin C

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E.   Usually the first thing people think of when they hear “vitamin C” is fruit and orange juice. But what about skincare?  Vitamin C is so important for skin health. There are many ways you can incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine. The benefits of this necessary antioxidant are endless, …

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Good riddance Spider Veins! What is Sclerotherapy and How Does it Work?

By Natalie Ledbetter CRNA, DAcOM   Sclerotherapy has been used for decades. No, it is not an exotic treatment for overcoming issues from childhood. It is a method of treating spider veins and varicose veins. The lymphatic vessels can be treated with sclerotherapy as well. Sclerotherapy uses a medication or chemical solution that is injected …

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Facial cupping and frequency healing

Facial Cupping – What is it and what does it achieve?

By Katie Ladner, L.E. Have you ever seen someone walking around with weird circular bruising on their back, well that my lovelies is called cupping. Cupping started back in Chinese traditional medicine in 281 CE. The Chinese medicine practitioners would hollow out horns and use the technique to drain toxins from the body. Over time …

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Keep your skin protected and glowing this summer! What sunscreen is best for you?

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E.   As we all know, sunscreen is one of the most important products to use on your skin, especially in the Texas heat! However, what makes a sunscreen good, and how do you know which one to use? There are thousands of brands, types, and colors out there on the market …

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“Does Radio Frequency Microneedling Like Morpheus and Scarlet Hurt? What is Usually Done to Help With That?”

FAQ: “I Have Heard That Radio Frequency Microneedling Like Morpheus and Scarlet Hurt. What is Usually Done to Help With That?” By Natalie Ledbetter, CRNA Radio frequency microneedling procedures such as Scarlet and Morpheus8 have become extremely popular lately due to their skin tightening, resurfacing, wrinkle relaxing, and fat reducing capabilities. I mean, who wouldn’t …

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Protect those lips, girl!

By Melissa Miller, Master Body Contouring Specialist How to keep your lips safe in the sun Before every summer outing or beach trip, you probably slather yourself with sunscreen. But you might be forgetting an important area prone to burning: the lips. Your lips, especially the lower lip, are constantly exposed to sunlight when outside. …

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What are chemical peels? What is microneedling? What’s better?

By Katie Ladner, L.E. Chemical peels VS. Microneedling   Chemical peels and Microneedling are both cosmetic procedures to help improve facial tone, texture and fine lines. Both facial treatments seem very similar, however at a closer glance they each have very distinctive purposes. Microneedling for wrinkles is a process in which tiny needles into the …

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What is Botox, how does it work, and what does it achieve?

By Natalie Ledbetter, CRNA Botox is a neuromodulator protein (a messenger that affects the transmission of signals from nerves to other nerves or muscles) produced in a lab by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It prevents the release of acetylcholine from the nerve endings at the neuromuscular junction blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles …

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My, My, Melasma!

By Gigi Spencer, L.E. I commonly encounter clients presenting melasma and I suffer from melasma myself. What is Melasma? It is a chronic skin condition also known as Chloasma, in which brown patches appear on the face — specifically the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin and upper lip — but sometimes it can also appear …

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Out with the old and in with the new; get rid of those dead skin cells with exfoliation!

By GiGi Spencer, L.E. When assessing the skin I always ask if exfoliation is a part of one’s skin care routine, and am always surprised that some skip this step in their skin care regimens. Most of the time it comes from a lack of understanding of the importance of exfoliation for the care of …

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Hottest new skin treatments you need to know about! Halo vs Morpheus 8

By Natalie Ledbetter, CRNA There are many new non-surgical cosmetic advancements that have come out in the last few years. This can make it difficult to keep up. How do you know which treatment is right for you and your skin concerns?  Two of the hottest new treatments in the aesthetics arena you may have …

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Why is Dermaplaning Important?

By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E Most people refer to dermaplaning as “shaving the face”, but what really is it, and why is it beneficial for the skin? Professional dermaplaning is a lot more in depth than just taking one of your at-home razors in the shower and shaving your face. When you do that at home …

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All about Melasma

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E What is melasma? Melasma is patchy hyperpigmentation that is triggered by hormonal changes in the body. Melasma is commonly known as the “pregnancy mask” although it doesn’t always occur from pregnancy. It is most common around the mouth and cheekbones under the eyes. It is seen a lot more in darker …

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Girl, wash your face!

By Natalie Ledbetter, CRNA OK, I’ll admit it- I’ve done it.  My guess is that we have all done it, at least once. What am I talking about? Going to bed at night without washing your face first.    What is the big deal you might ask? Well as we go about our day, whether we …

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What’s The Difference Between Hydrafacial & Traditional Facials?

By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E One of the most common misconceptions I run into when a new client comes in for a facial treatment is that Hydrafacials are the same thing as traditional facials you get at day spas. Most common facial treatments consist of cleansing, exfoliating, hot towels, lots of moisturizers or serums, and typically …

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All about SPF

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C Now that summer is approaching, it is so important to apply sunscreen! One of the most important factors in keeping your skin young and healthy is protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause premature aging, burns and skin cancer. Avoiding Texas sunlight and staying covered up in …

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All About Acne Scars

 Written By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E.   One of the most common concerns I come across is people dealing with the aftermath of having acne. Unfortunately, many people struggle with acne not only as a teenager, but well into adulthood. Dealing with something like acne in the skin for a long period of time can cause …

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What Products, When?

Written by: Jennifer McClead   Personally, I have always found that having a whole bunch of skincare products to apply morning and night to be really confusing. So how do you know which product to put on first? I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite products and when and where to apply …

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Educate Yourself About Skin

Written by: Katie Ladner, L.E As an Esthetician I am always trying to educate my clients about good health and their skin conditions. Your gut plays one of the biggest roles in how your skin functions. Becoming more educated on diet, nutritional supplements, skincare products and services will help you in your beauty journey. One …

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Summertime Skincare Tips

Written By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E.   We all know that Texas summers are extremely hot, so makeup is the last thing we typically want to put on our face. I find that when I take great care of my skin, I don’t even feel the need to put it on. Here are some of my …

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Microneedling + PRP

 Written by: Lauren Klein   On Tuesday April 6th I received microneedling and decided to give PRP a try so I added that on to my treatment at L-Aesthetics and Longevity with Katie Ladner, L.E. One of the best decisions I have made, and now there is no going back :) Microneedling is a procedure …

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Dermaplaning

Written by: Katie Ladner, L.E   What is Dermaplaning and why you should be adding it to all of your facial services… Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face. Dermaplaning aims to make your skin’s surface smooth, youthful, and radiant. This treatment …

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Even Tone Correcting Serum

Written by: Katie Ladner, L.E, Ladies & Gents this week we are covering Even Tone Correcting Serum from Skin Better and why it needs to be in your arsenal for your home care daily regimen. This beauty helps with improving the appearance of brown patches, sun damage, hyperpigmentation and discoloration. Even Tone Correcting Serum, featuring …

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Most Common Questions Asked

Written by Lauren Klein   Working in this field we get a lot of questions asked about us in general, services and treatments, and also skincare. I am sure if we are getting some of the same questions asked daily, that YOU might be looking for the answer to some of the same questions.. so …

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All about Acne

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C Acne is the fancy word for pimples, and it commonly occurs on the face, chest, and back. Acne occurs when your pores become filled and blocked with excess oil and dead skin cells. This causes bacteria to accumulate in the pores, causing the red inflamed bumps and often filled with …

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Facials are good for your health?

Written by: Natalie Ledbetter Can facials actually be good for you? As a matter of fact, yes, they can be.    The term facial can include many different types of treatments applied to the face. This term includes Hydrafacials, microdermabrasion, DiamondGlow, LED Light therapy, cryofacials, and various facials using cleansers, creams, and serums. Facials are …

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The Most Underrated Skincare Product

Written By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E.   When people go to create their skincare routine, usually the first thing they reach for is retinol and moisturizer. And while those products are staples for anti-aging, something that often gets overlooked is antioxidants. Antioxidants are so important for skin of any age because they help fight off intrinsic …

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AlphaRet, AlphaRet Intensive, and AlphaRet Clearing Serum…what is the difference?

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C SkinBetter Science has three products that sound and function similarly, yet are slightly different! The products are called AlphaRet, AlphaRet Intensive, and AlphaRet Clearing Serum. One may be confused about which one to purchase, so I will discuss below each product and who would benefit from using each.   AlphaRet …

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Don’t forget about your Decollete!

Written by: Stephanie Borjas, NP   My instagram feed is flooded with skincare routines. From J.Lo’s to Kim Kardashian’s,9 step, 20 step, gua sha, serums… the works! However, one important step in their skincare routine often gets overlooked: caring for your decolletage. The decolletage or (decollete) is defined as the area of a low neckline, …

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Skin Care Throwback

Written by: Jennifer McClead Luckily for us, we live in the 21st century with access to an overwhelming number of treatments and products to keep ourselves looking pretty and youthful. In my efforts to learn more about this industry, I decided to take a look back and see what skincare and beauty looked like for …

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3 Tips for Skincare Newbies

Written by: Jennifer McClead Starting something new can be daunting. Whether that’s a new job, moving to a new city, or a new skincare routine, it can often be overwhelming. As the newest member of “The L Team”, I’ve really enjoyed learning all about the various procedures, treatments, and products we offer. I’ve had bad …

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SkinCare Buzz

Written by: Katie Ladner, L.E  Okay so you may be hearing some buzz words right now in skincare…. You have Oil of Olay making commercials about hyaluronic acid and Kylie Jenner promoting her vitamin c serum. So do they really work? YES my friends they do!!! So let’s have a little chat about how and …

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All about Acne

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C Acne is the fancy word for pimples, and it commonly occurs on the face, chest, and back. Acne occurs when your pores become filled and blocked with excess oil and dead skin cells. This causes bacteria to accumulate in the pores, causing the red inflamed bumps and often filled with …

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Winter Skin Care

Written By: Kelsie Matthews, L.E. Now that the weather is finally starting to change here in Texas, it is also time to change up skincare routines as well. Like many people, my skin tends to suffer a little bit when the temperature drops. It gets dull, dry, flaky, red, and everything in between. The products …

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AlphaRet Overnight

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E We all know the 3 building blocks for good skin maintenance is Retinol, Antioxidant, and SPF.  However, Retinol is one of those ingredients that can be extremely active and a real pain to get used to.  Some people find they never can get past the erythma, sensitivity, or flaking. Fear …

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Even Tone Correcting Serum

Written by:Brielle Kirk, PA-C Do you have issues with uneven skin tone? Even Tone Correcting Serum is just the product for you! First, it is important to note that this serum is medical grade, so we know exactly what ingredients are in the product because they are regulated. They have also been researched and proven …

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SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E   As the scorching sweaty heat makes its way out, we welcome beautiful fall and winter temperatures.  With this many of us will experience dry, flakey, even sensitive compromised skin.  While we do have our “musts” in the skin arsenals, it is also very important to make minor tweeks by …

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What is microneedling?

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E     Microneedling is a non-invasive treatment used to create micro injuries in the skin to stimulate the body’s natural wound healing process. When the needles pierce the skin, it activates the immune system to attack the wounds and create new tissue. The needles also activate the fibroblasts that are …

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Fall is Laser facial season

Winter Is Actually Here

Written by: Lauren Klein   It is amazing to me that we are already heading into the Winter months! I know for myself this is the season for dry and “flaky” skin. So what treatments, products, and at home regimens would be good for you during this time? TREATMENTS Now is the best time to …

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What is glycolic acid?

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   Glycolic acid is a commonly used alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane. It is a colorless, odorless chemical exfoliant that dissolves dead skin cells. It does this by breaking the bonds between the cells, which makes it a lot easier for the dead skin to slough off or …

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SkinMedica TNS

Blaise Geyer, PA-C with “The L Team” talks about SkinMedica’s growth factors in their, TNS.  

LED Light Therapy

Written by: Lauren Nugent There are many treatments that have been proven to be effective for anti-aging, but one of my favorite treatments is LED light therapy. I incorporate this into my daily skincare regimen and absolutely feel that it has made a difference. You may be wondering how light can possibly be an effective …

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VI Chemical Peel

Written by: Brielle Kirk, PA-C Want to get a chemical peel but afraid of potential pain and irritation? In that case, the VI Peel would be great for you! The VI Peel is a skin-resurfacing chemical peel that stimulates collagen regeneration and increases cellular turnover to improve skin tone and texture in just 7 days. …

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Why We Wrinkle?

Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C Ever wish that our skin aged more like Benjamin Button did? Unfortunately, the reality is that when we are young our skin is like a grape- tight, plump and hydrated, but as we get older our skin starts to more closely resemble a raisin. Why is this the case?    …

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What are Growth Factors?

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   One of the most common concerns I hear from patients is that as they get older their skin starts to sag and lose elasticity. Skin elasticity is skin’s ability to stretch and snap back to its original shape. Loss of skin elasticity is known as elastosis. Elastosis causes skin to …

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How Stress Affects Skin

Written by: Madison Stice, L.E   Whether you are just starting to get into skincare or have been for awhile, you may not be aware of all the factors that can make or break your skincare goals. Healthy and glowing skin comes not only from product but as well as what is going on inside …

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The Secret “Ingredient” to Reaching and Maintaining your Skin Goals!

Written by: Madison McDaniel Whether you’re a skincare newbie or a seasoned skincare veteran there’s always something that’s easy, affordable and often an underestimated tactic to helping you achieve your skin care goals and that is….. NUTRITION! When combining healthy eating habits with regular skincare treatments and a consistent skincare regimen, you could have an …

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Sunscreen Vs Sunblock: What’s the Difference?

  Written by: Blaise Geyer PA-C Summer is still going strong and you need to know that the sunscreen you’re using is doing its job. Is SPF the only thing you need to consider? Unfortunately, not. While it’s important to take into account SPF when choosing your sun protectant, there are two different types of …

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Vitamin C is more than just OJ

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E As most people know, when you start to feel sick, vitamin C is often a way to boost your immune system. Typically we start drinking our orange juice and “Emergen-C”. But what else is vitamin C good for besides fighting off the common cold? In addition to wellness and immunity, …

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Lumivive Night

Written by: Mary Mireles   When you begin to think of all the factors aging your skin, it can be overwhelming. Some of the most obvious factors include sun, pollutants and other environmental factors. However, not only do you have to think of these outside factors, but your skin cells are constantly aging every second …

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Fitzpatrick Skin Scale

Written by: Melissa Miller   What is the Fitzpatrick skin scale and why is it important?   The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification system for human skin color. It was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. The Fitzpatrick scale remains a recognized tool …

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All About Pores!

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   Since I’ve been an esthetician, one of the most common things my patients voice concerns about are their pores. Whether they’re big, small, oily, cloggedㅡno one likes them. It would be so nice if we could use a magic eraser and take them all away, but unfortunately that is something …

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Summer Skincare

Written by: Mary Mireles   Summer Skincare Summer months are finally upon us, and along with the longer days comes lots of heat. This heat means that our skincare routines and services need to adjust to account for this! Here are four tips to help you get on track with your summer skincare:    As …

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My skincare Routine

Written by: Lauren Klein My Daily Skin Care Routine AM/PM I will tell you that before I started using medical grade skincare, that I was a Sephora junky! I would buy the next “best” product out there, even if it were just for the pretty packaging, so I have tons of stuff! However, once I …

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“Mask-ne”

Written by: Kelsie Matthews, L.E   During these crazy times, one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and others from COVID19, is by wearing a mask. Since they are required just about anywhere you go right now, most of us find ourselves wearing a mask sometimes for 8-10+ hours per …

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You Get What You Pay For…..

By Kelsie Matthews, L.E Why should I invest in my skin care products? One of the most common questions I hear as an Esthetician is “Why should I buy my products here instead of over the counter at the drugstore?” There is a long list of reasons why it is worth it to invest in …

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Skin Gym

Written by: Rebecca Marroquin, L.E My years in the skincare industry has made me realize how much our skin is probably the most underrated organ we have. Yet we desire to have it looking forever flawless and youthful without ever putting much thought into how it works, often being led blindly into an abyss of …

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TNS Advanced + Serum

Written by: Lauren Klein The New and Improved: TNS Advanced Plus Serum We have loved this product and it is a fan favorite so Allergan had to make it just THAT much better… and they DID! Aging skin can be one of the most difficult concerns to address because it capitalizes on coarse wrinkles, fine …

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Choosing Sunscreen

Written By: Brielle Kirk, P.A SPF & choosing sunscreen One of the most important factors in keeping your skin young and healthy is protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause pre-mature aging, burns and skin cancer. Avoiding Texas sunlight and staying covered up in the summer months can seem unreasonable and difficult, …

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Skin Prep

Written by : Mary Mireles, L.E Morphues8, Halo and Neogen. What do these three procedures have in common? If at all familiar with these treatments, patients know to expect downtime and often see these as the treatments that work. However, what patient’s often don’t think of is how important it is to properly prepare the …

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