Retinol 101

Retinol 101

When it comes to “anti-ageing creams” and treating lines & wrinkles, there is one ingredient that is head & shoulders above the rest. Despite all the technological advances in skin care, Retinol is STILL the gold standard in anti-aging!

Retinol is fantastic for treating lines & wrinkles no matter what your skin type or secondary skin concerns. Lines & wrinkles aren’t the only thing this wonder-ingredient can treat though. Retinol has the ability to correct all sorts of skin conditions and concerns including acne, eczema, pigmentation, enlarged pores.

What is Retinol?

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and part of a family of ingredients known as Retinoids. Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant which has the ability to protect cells from free radical damage thus preventing collagen breakdown. It is also essential for cellular renewal and DNA repair.

Retinol acts like a hormone with the skin, normalizing cell function. Therefore encouraging the skin to behave the way it did when it was younger.

Retinoid Skin Care Benefits

Aside from being an effective antioxidant, Vitamin A is essential for collagen synthesis and production. This is why it’s a fantastic ingredient to use when treating lines & wrinkles.

Retinol also normalizes cellular turnover. As we age our cell turnover begins to slow down and become more sluggish. So by increasing it, it helps to give a more youthful complexion. By helping to normalize the way new cells are laid down forming the stratum corneum. Anyone who struggles with topical exfoliation should give Retinol a try. It has a similar exfoliating effect, but by stimulating the skin’s natural desquamation process.

For acne sufferres where hyper-keratosis (excess of skin cells being produced) is an issue, Retinol helps to slow down cell production. In other words, helping to regulate or normalize cell turn over to a healthy rate.

Retinol also helps to normalize sebum production by reducing over-active sebaceous glands. This regulation of oil production also helps to correct any secondary skin concerns such as acne or rosacea.

And don’t forget about retinol’s best friend, Vitamin C. The two work together to stimulate collagen. Your Vitamin C helps your Vitamin A work better.

September 30th, 2021|

Glow Peel Pads & New Product Youthful Cleanser

People spend a lot of money trying to look their best. When we look our best we are more confident and positive. Skin care is one of the easiest and usually the first way people try to improve their appearance.

Knowing how and what skin care to use is very important. With skin care ads bombarding us all the time, it is important to note that not all skin care products are created equal. The quality of the results you get will be based in part on the quality of the product you use.

Over-the-counter skin care products have been designed to work on the majority of the population. For this reason, the concentration of their active ingredient is relatively low. They do this so as not to negatively affect the skin of the general population.

Medical-grade skin care products are made to be a lot more potent. They can only be purchased in a medical practice. They have been developed and researched to the point that they have a sufficient amount of the active ingredient to actually make changes in your skin. A higher amount of the active ingredient usually equates to better-looking skin.
In addition to having a higher content of the active ingredient, medical-grade skin care products have the purest form of that ingredient. They are made using the latest technology and can be adapted to your particular skin issues. Over-the-counter products are usually less expensive than medical-grade skin care products. This is because lower quality, raw products are used, which in turn sacrifices how effective the skin care product really is.

Over-the-counter products are designed to sit on the surface of the skin. Medical-grade skin care products have been designed to penetrate the epidermis and affect deeper layers of the skin. The difference between an over-the-counter skin care product and a medical-grade skin care product is the same as the difference that exists between a tooth whitening procedure that is sold at the local pharmacy and a teeth whitening procedure that is performed by your dentist. Since your dentist has access to stronger products, the results are going to be better.

Over-the-counter skin care products allow you as the customer to self-diagnose your skin and select the skin care product that you think is best. However, when you use a medical-grade skin care product, it is a trained medical professional who examines your skin and prescribes medicine that will adequately address the issue you have.

At LKN Fountain of Youth, we have worked with a Pharmaceutical Chemist to formulate our own skin care line. All of our products are backed by science and contain the purest form of antioxidants, retinols, and hydroxy acids. None of our products have fragrance, parabens, sulfates, or propylene glycol, which are all known irritants. Schedule your consultation today to take your skin care journey to the next level.

September 3rd, 2021|

Why Exfoliate?

How amazing is our skin? We put it through the ringer. We bump it, bruise it, cut, and sometimes sunburn it. And it keeps bouncing back and protecting us. You know its our largest organ! And a pretty miraculous one. But like everything else, as we age, our skin gets sluggish. To explain, when we’re young our skin has the natural ability to renew itself roughly every 28 days. That’s why it’s able to do heal itself quickly when injured. But the older we get (starting sometime around our late 20s, give or take), this renewal process starts to slow down. That means a buildup of dead cells that can clog pores and give skin a rough, flaky texture.

The good news is that you can kickstart this process by exfoliating (aka removing) the dead skin cells to allow the fresh cells to move up to the surface like they did when we were younger. This process occurs in the outermost later of the skin, known as the epidermis. Think of this layer that like a brick wall. Cell renewal begins at the bottom (known as the basal layer) of the epidermis and then the cells migrate upward, pushing the cells above them closer to the surface. Eventually these cells live out their life expectancy and die, flattening out and sticking to the surface (the stratum corneum) of the skin. And then this cell circle of life repeats itself.

These flat, dead cells aren’t necessarily a bad thing. You want some of them sticking around to help guard your protective barrier below and keep you healthy. The problem comes when the natural sloughing off process slows, and the cells pile up on the skin’s surface. But there’s hope. With the right exfoliator, your skin can be relieved of that heap of congestion.

Removing this buildup of damaged, dead cells not only smoothes skin, reduces the look of enlarged pores and boosts radiance, it also helps diminish the appearance of fines lines, wrinkles and discoloration. It does this by turning up the skin’s own rejuvenation process, allowing the new, healthy cells to come to the surface at a faster rate, just like when your skin was younger. Another great thing that happens when you slough off those dead cells is that it allows other skincare products to penetrate easily into your skin. Exfoliating brightens dull skin and restores your youthful glow.

Choosing the right exfoliator is very important. There are two popular types, a physical exfoliator like a scrub, or a chemical peel. The downside to using a scrub as an exfoliator is that it is so easy to over-do-it. Remember the St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub?? That is a perfect example of a physical scrub that many people over used and damages their skin. The particles in that particular scrub are misshaped with ragged edges. If you over use a scrub, it is easy to scratch and damage the skin. It is very important to choose a scrub with small, smooth particles. And only use it 1-2 times per week.

Chemical Peels are very popular as exfoliators in the medical skincare space. The reason being, acids are used for specific skin types to create a controlled amount of exfoliation. TCA is known as the gold standard among dermatologist for exfoliation. TCA reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage with minimal downtime.

In the past Chemical Peels were mostly found in medical practices only. Today, we are happy to introduce you to Fountain of Youth’s Glow Peel Pads. Our GLOW PEEL PADS are used weekly to gently exfoliate the skin improving the tone and texture. By partnering with one of the top formulators in the country we are able to bring you a TCA peel that you can do in the luxury of your own bathroom.

They can be used on your face, chest and backs of the hands. Glow Peel Pads will keep your skin looking fresh and are a great way to kick start a new skin care regime. Remove dull skin the right way with Glow Peel Pads.

July 2nd, 2021|

Sunscreen 101

We all know we need to wear sunscreen. But did you realize we need to wear it everyday, rain or shine? Yes, even on cloudy days, up to 80% of the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate your skin.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, regular daily use of SPF 15 sunscreen can reduce your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) by about 40 percent, and lower your melanoma risk by 50 percent.

The American Academy of Dermatologist recommends daily use of a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Sunscreen does more than help decrease the chances of skin cancer, it also help prevent premature signs of aging, such as wrinkles, loss of skin laxity, and sun spots. As we all know, when it comes to aging, prevention is key.

So how do you choose the right sunscreen?
As previously mentioned, your sunscreen needs to have Broad Spectrum protection. This means that it protects your skin from both UVB and UVA rays. An easy way to remember the meaning behind UVB and UVA is to remember the UVB rays BURN your skin, while the UVA rays AGE your skin. In years past, sunscreen was marketed to only protect us form the UVB rays. We now know that we also need protection from UVA rays to prevent premature aging. And that is why it is important to wear sunscreen everyday. Even if you aren’t outside, UVA rays can pass through glass windows. So when you are driving in the car, for example, UVA rays can still age your skin.
The SPF number refers to the length of time your sunscreen will give you protection from UVB rays. For example, if your skin normally burns after 10 minutes in the sun, using an SPF 15 sunscreen will theoretically allow you to stay in the sun for a factor of 15 times longer, or 150 minutes, without burning. However, this can be altered by how much sunscreen is applied, the length of time spent in the sun, time of day, weather conditions, activities, and geographic location.

What ingredients do you need to look for when choosing a sunscreen?
You’ve probably heard that physical sunscreens are recommend for sun protection. The word physical refers to how the ingredient works. The most popular physical sunscreen ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium oxide. These ingredients basically sit on your skin and block the harmful rays. They reflect and scatter the light.

Chemical sunscreen work differently, by absorbing the the UV light. We do not recommend chemical sunscreen for anyone that battles hyperpigmentation. The absorption, can “heat” the skin which can worsen hyperpigmentation. We only recommend the use of physical sunscreens.

Physical sunscreens can be opaque and and leave an undesirable residue on the skin. To make physical sunscreens more appealing, Iron Oxides are commonly added. Iron oxides are what gives Tinted Sunscreens the tint. They are what gives a physical sunscreen the ability to blend into the skin without leaving a white residue. But they are more important than that. Iron Oxides is effective at absorbing UV light. So not only does the addition of Iron Oxides to zinc and titanium dioxide sunscreen help make them more elegant, they also aid in photo protection and work synergistically to reduce the amount of UV light that is transmitted to the skin.

Introducing PRIME & PROTECT SPF 40
Lake Norman Fountain of Youth has teamed up with one of the top skin care chemist in the country to develop our own line. We have chosen the ingredients that we think are the best for reversing and preventing the signs of aging. Our PRIME & PROTECT SPF 40 Sunscreen offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. PRIME & PROTECT contains both physical sunscreens, zinc and titanium. The Iron Oxides in PRIME & PROTECT aid in protection and give it a beautiful tint that blends in smoothly on all skin tones. PRIME & PROTECT also contains Vitamis C, E, and Ferulic which also helps protect skin from UV light and free radicals. We’ve added Argan oil to give PRIME & PROTECT a creamy, make-up primer feel. We can’t wait for you to try PRIME & PROTECT and just know it will become a staple in your beauty regimen.

June 9th, 2021|

What happens to our face when we age?

When we age, several changes occur over a period of time.

Fat pads are what gives our face volume. From as young as 30, these start to shrink in size and decline down the face in a medial direction. The first signs of this tend to occur in the malar fat pad (pictured). This causes separation at the lid-cheek junction, which can give the visual of a tear trough.

Bone resorption causes structural changes. Our eye sockets change shape, the nose flattens and the tip drops, and the jawline turns from a “L” shape into an “\” shape. Loss of bony support, along with volume loss from fat pads, cause the skin to sag because it has lost the underlying support structures.

Muscles become weaker and can also become visible in the platysma (neck bands).

The skin also loses its elasticity. Aging occurs in a downward and medial direction. This is why we get heaviness on the nasolabial fold and jowls, along with these two fat pads getting larger/ repositioning when we age.

Anti-wrinkle injections can soften dynamic lines, dermal fillers can replace lost volume and skin treatments can help stimulate collagen synthesis and help tighten the skin. Surgery can also achieve results that we cannot achieve non-surgically.

All information and content on @mdcosmeticinjections is for information purposes only and does not constitute as medical advice. All patient photos have been used with consent. Individual results may vary. All medical procedures involve risks.

December 24th, 2020|

When will I see results after getting lip injections?

There are many men and women who are unhappy with their lips. Whether it’s because their lips have thinned out with age, or because they’ve just never had the fullness they’ve wanted. In recent years, lip injections have become increasingly popular among women of every age. And why not? Lip injections are a great solution for patients who want that perfect pout they see on celebrities all over social media. How refreshing to know beautiful lips are attainable for everyone, not just Jenners and Kardashians!

If you’ve been researching lip injections for a while, one thing you may be interested in is how long it will be before you will see results after having your lips injected. We think you’ll be happy with the answer to this question, so keep reading to learn more about lip injections and Lake Norman Fountain of Youth’s approach to this amazing cosmetic treatment.

Lip Injections

For most of Lake Norman Fountain of Youth’s patients, we use Restylane products during their lip injection treatment. These products use hyaluronic acid to plump the lips and provide men and women with natural-looking results.

We all know someone who has overdone it and ended up with that “ducky” look that makes people stare for all the wrong reasons. That’s why our providers are careful to maintain proper ratios, define a gentle tapering of the lips, and strategically add volume to each patient’s lips based on their specific needs and physical attributes.

Our Approach To Lip Injections

Before injecting the lips of patients, we apply topical lidocaine to ensure comfort during the procedure. We use the following strategies to provide optimal results:

Balance: To ensure the perfect balance between the upper and lower lips, we will inject filler to create a natural 1:1.2 ratio. The ultimate goal is for the upper lip to rest on the lower lip, and for the lower lip to “pout” just slightly.
Tapering: natural-looking lips are the goal, and as men and women age, their lips become thinner towards the edges of the mouth.
Pout: Most patients who see our practice for lip injections want to achieve the perfect pout. To do this we reinforce the area between the red part of the lips and the skin, enhance the curve just above the midpoint of the top lip, and add volume to the vertical indentations in the middle area of the upper lip.
Corners: Some patients who visit complain of having lips that turn slightly down at the corners. This makes them look mad – all the time. By using lip injections, we can augment the soft tissue within the lips and straighten the corners. Bye, bye mad face!

When Will I See My Results?

You’ll be happy to know that initial lip injection results are immediate, and you’ll walk out of of our office with fuller, happier lips. However, your final results will be noticeable about a week after you receive your lip injections. This is because the dermal filler needs time to integrate with the soft tissues of your lips.

Call Lake Norman Fountain of Youth Today!

You’ve waited long enough to get the lips you’ve been wanting! Do something for yourself and call today to schedule your first appointment for lip injections.-

You can reach us at 704-818-7372

July 24th, 2020|

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