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Showdown: Injectables vs. Micro-needling

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When a patient comes to you with a desire for younger-looking skin, there are several treatment options you can offer. Rising in popularity are dermal injections and micro-needling — two procedures that are both effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Depending on a patient’s cosmetic goals, you may feel inclined to offer one treatment option over the other, and it’s important to choose the procedure that is going to meet your patient’s expectations. There are some significant differences between injectable treatments and micro-needling, which will help you determine the most effective solution for your patients. We’ve highlighted many of those differences here.

Immediate Results or Subtle Improvements Over Time?

Doctors and patients alike tend to appreciate the quick results of anti-wrinkle injections, many of which increase volume to the face the moment they are injected. This gives an impression of fast and efficient improvement that many patients enjoy receiving; however, most injections don’t improve the durability of the skin. Instead, injections act as a replacement for the volume that has been lost as we age. When the dermal filler wears off, the skin returns to its original appearance or has lost some of its previous elasticity.

Micro-needling, on the other hand, works with a patient’s natural growth factors to strengthen and add volume the skin so that it is able to keep improving over time. Although your patient may not see immediate results after their first treatment, their own skin is increasing its production of collagen and elastin, which continually refresh damaged skin cells and regenerate newer, healthier tissues. Micro-needling is designed to alter how your skin responds to the aging process so that it is able to rejuvenate on its own.

Extraneous Molecules or Natural Biology?

Dermal injections are comprised of several ingredients. Many are naturally found in the skin; however, they also have many other ingredients that can damage the skin or cause allergic reactions. While there is a low to moderate amount risk associated with receiving anti-wrinkle injections, your patients should remain cautious and ensure that they don’t have any allergies to the ingredients in the fillers being used.

Micro-needling stimulates your body’s own biological functions so that it’s able to improve your skin naturally. With Percutaneous Induction Needling (known as P.I.N.) offered at Induction Therapies, controlled micro-injuries are created within the skin that stimulate your natural growth factors, allowing the dermis to thicken over time and protecting it from the aging process. The treatment creates micro-channels that allow topical solutions easier access into the dermis and with the right skin care regimen, can enhance the skin’s collagen and elastin production processes.

Micro-needling is becoming a popular treatment option because it acts as a preventative solution to aging. Where injectable treatments only provide short-term results, micro-needling provides continual improvements over time. Both dermal injections and micro-needling treatments can be combined to produce an all-encompassing form of rejuvenation and achieve immediate and long-term results simultaneously.

If you are interested in knowing more about the micro-needling treatment with the Collagen P.I.N. (a corded and cordless device), contact Induction Therapies at 877-746-4407 and ask about setting up a demonstration.

The Importance of a Nighttime Skin Care Regimen

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The right skin care regimen can be hard to figure out. Most of us know that it’s good practice to wash our faces on a daily basis, but regarding exfoliating, moisturizing and anti-aging, we’re at a loss.

Even more of a mystery is nighttime skin care, which many believe should be the same routine as what you adhere to during the day. In fact, using your daily skin care products at night won’t do much to improve the health of your skin, which is why Induction Therapies stresses that you develop a nighttime skin care regimen separate from your daytime products.

Why Does an Evening Skin Routine Matter?

During the day, the skin becomes prone to environmental elements that build dirt and oil on the skin’s surface. At night, the skin works to repair itself, actively growing new skin cells that remove daytime damage. Your skin routine during the day should ideally focus on protection from harsh elements while your nighttime regimen should work on restoration.

Helping your skin with natural rejuvenation at night will make it more durable during the day and keep damaging factors like the sun, wind, stress and debris from penetrating the epidermal layer. A nighttime skin care routine that focuses on repair and hydration can keep your complexion clear and your skin firm.

What Products Should be in Your Arsenal?

The first step to your nighttime skin care regimen is cleansing your skin at the end of every day. Using a gentle cleanser, like the Induction Therapies ç Gentle Daily Wash, will remove dirt and debris as well as moisturize the skin. The cleanser also creates a fresh surface for the rest of your products to penetrate.

Follow up cleansing with skin care specifically for your eyes. As one of the most delicate regions of skin on the face, the eyes easily succumb to skin laxity and wrinkles. You can use products like the Induction Therapies Eye Opener Serum during the day and at night to repair tissues and retain moisture. The serum contains rosemary to reduce puffiness along with ferulic acid to promote firmer skin.

Retinoids should also be put to use during your nighttime skin care routine, as they stimulate collagen production to eliminate dead skin cells. We recommend the Youth Engaging Skin Serum (Y.E.S.S.), which is specifically formulated for use at night. Apply it regularly, and you will begin to notice anti-aging benefits as well.

Because retinoids can have some drying effects, it’s important to moisturize your skin after each use. Moisturization at night is essential since it’s harder to keep the skin hydrated while you sleep. The NutraMoist antioxidant moisturizer actively works to hydrate the skin as well as promote collagen and improve pigmentation.

You don’t have to lose any more sleep over what skin care products you should use at night. With the Induction Therapies skin care line, you can wake up to rejuvenated and radiant skin every morning. If you would like more information about the products we have available, contact us at (877) 746-4407.

Guilt-Free Beauty: Why Vegan Cosmetics are Better

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Beauty and health trends are all cyclical and all cause for major debate. Is a gluten-free diet right for people who do not have a gluten allergy? Is a diet low in animal protein sustainable for active humans? What does organic really mean? With words like vegan floating around, it is hard to know what it means to choose certain products and why they are preferred, if not just for marketing reasons.

We are here to set the record straight: vegan beauty products are better, for you, for sustainability and for animals that may be affected by the consumer-driven beauty industry.

Why? Here are some of the many benefits of switching your daily skin products to an all-vegan line:

Avoid Harmful Chemicals

When you check the ingredients on your skincare products, it is common to find words you cannot understand or pronounce. While it is a complete fallacy that you should be able to recognize every scientific term on an ingredients list, it is important to take a look at what some of those words might mean for your skin.

We, especially women, typically expose our bodies to nearly 500 different chemicals on a daily basis through cosmetics, which can affect everything from hormonal balance and weight fluctuation to skin irritation and even brain damage. Products containing chemicals like butylated hydroxytoluene and formaldehyde can have damaging affects on your skin, causing irritation and possibly affecting your body’s immune system. Choosing vegan products eliminates harmful chemicals from the picture and ensures you are only putting onto your body natural, safe elements.

Ingredients for Sensitive Skin

In the same way that avoiding harmful chemicals is good for your entire body, vegan products are also safe for sensitive skin of all types. Most vegan products are designed to work with your skin’s natural tone to regulate, clean and hydrate, rather than to fix what is wrong and override your body’s natural functions. Products like coconut milk have anti-bacterial properties (who would have thought?) that can be just as beneficial to your skin as the chemicals designed to mirror the same effects, minus the irritation, rashes and burning!

No Animal Testing

While not everyone is, or needs to be, an animal rights activist, it is important to know how the products you use affect the greater ecosystem of our society. The chemicals used to create mass amounts of skincare products (for brands like L’Oreal and Dial) can cause pollution during production. Further, animal testing has very few limitations, and innocent rabbits, mice, hamsters and dogs are often severely injured from the products and the process by which these products are tested. Chemicals are poured into their eyes to add to the list of warnings on items like mascara, which can still cause harm to your own face. Thinking about another living thing suffering for the sake of eyeliner seems like a risk not worth the reward, especially when there are so many great vegan products to choose instead.

Free of Obscure Animal By-Products

Did you know: some of our most popular cosmetics feature ingredients like insect extracts (think, snail slime), uric aid from cows, even fish scales?

Why use these when you can enjoy pampering your face with fruit extracts and natural oils to stay beautiful?

Induction Therapies Line

Our Induction Therapies skincare line is renowned for its effectiveness in treating blemishes, combination skin and signs of aging, while remaining vegan and paraben & gluten free! Click here to find your nearest Induction Therapies provider and learn more about our incredible products.

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