Skin Types

What is the Fitzpatrick scale?

The Fitzpatrick scale is a skin classification system first developed in 1975 by Thomas Fitzpatrick, MD, of Harvard Medical School.

The system classifies skin type by the amount of melanin pigment in the skin and your skin’s reaction to sun exposure. Types range from Type 1 (lightly pigmented) to Type 6 (heavily pigmented).

Skin Type 1

Skin Type 1

Ivory or almost white skin that always freckles, burns and peel but never tans; blue, gray or green eyes; red or light blonde hair.

Skin Type 2

Skin Type 2

Fair or pale skin that usually freckles often burns and peels rarely tans; blue, green or gray eyes; red or blonde hair.

Skin Type 3

Skin Type 3

Fair to beige with golden undertones that might freckle, sometimes burns and tans; hazel or light brown eyes; dark blonde or light brown hair.

Skin Type 4

Skin Type 4

Olive or light brown rarely freckles, rarely burns, and tans often, dark brown eye; dark brown hair.

Skin Type 5

Skin Type 5

Darker shade of brown but not very dark always tan and never burn; dark brown to black eyes and hair.

Skin Type 6

Skin Type 6

Deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown always tans and never burn; brownish black eyes and hair. 

Why is this important?

Our laser facials are safe and effective for all skin types which is rare for laser facials.

Our team of dermatologists have created protocols for our Registered Nurses to treat every skin type but it’s important that they assess your skin each visit to ensure the correct settings on our lasers are being used.ries.

Why our laser facials are safe and effective for all?

The depth of the wavelength in our Nd:YAG bypasses the top layer of the skin where pigment lives and goes straight to the second layer of the skin.  The second layer is safe from discoloration and instead targets collagen, melasma, sunspots, and redness. The wavelength of our Fractional laser is uniquely designed to be non-ablative and targets irregular texture, fine lines and wrinkles, and dead skin cells.

Sun Safety

Moderation & protection is key

We get it, being bathed in sunshine feels good!

The Vitamin D, warmth, improvement in mood and fun outdoor activities are just some of the positives of sunlight. However, too much time in the sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. So, here’s everything you need to know to stay safe & have fun in the sun!

What is UV exposure?

UV rays travel from the sun, through our atmosphere, and reflect off surfaces such as snow, water, sand, and pavement. They also penetrate through windows and clouds. UV exposure is usually highest and most powerful between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

UVA rays = Aging skin
UVB rays = Damaged skin

The other 5% of UV rays are UVB.

They are the cause of sunburns and directly damage DNA and can be the cause of many skin cancers.

Fun sun fact

Sun damage can take a few years to show.

However, it can instantly deplete the collagen in your skin which leads to a loss of elasticity...AKA wrinkles! 

How to protect yourself

+ Choose sunscreen that offers “broad-spectrum protection”. This means it has the ability to block out both UVA and UVB rays. Try our Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum with SPF 35!

+ SPF should be reapplied at least every 2 hours.

+ Wear SPF even when you’re inside and on cloudy days.


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More ways to protect yourself

+ Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to provide additional protection to your ears and neck and eyes.

+ Routinely examine your skin for moles or spots that are new, changing, or unusually shaped.

Pregnancy & Nursing

Are lasers safe?

YES! Our lasers are safe for pregnant women!

The only treatment that can not be performed is the Glow Peel. If you are coming in for a Fractional Laser facial, we will substitute medical-grade serums with the Ultra Hydration Boost serum.

Ingredients to avoid

+ Vitamin A derivatives (including Retinol)

+ Certain Alpha Hydroxy Acids

+ Certain Beta Hydroxy Acids

+ Salicylic Acid + Hydroquinone

Safe ingredients

+ Hyaluronic Acid

+ Peptides

+ Vitamin C

+ Ascorbic Acid

+ Niacinamide

+ Natural ingredients (some examples include Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Zinc)

Product recommendations

+ Gentle Foaming Face Wash

+ Hydrating Cream Wash

+ Ultra Hydration Boost with Hyaluronic Acid

+ Hydrating Facial Sheet Mask

+ Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 35

+ Brightening Serum with Glycolic Acid

Collagen

What is collagen?

It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. 

Where can collagen be found?

+ Supplements

+ Bone broth

+ Gelatin + Chicken Skin

+ Pork Skin

What reduces collagen?

There are a few things that can lower the amount of collagen we produce in our bodies.

Activities like extended sun exposure, excess sugar, smoking, and drinking alcohol may reduce the synthesis of collagen. We also naturally stop producing the same levels of collagen at the age of 21 for women and 25 for men.

How can you stimulate collagen production?

Our Laser Facials!

+ Vitamin A Serum

+ Protein-rich Foods

+ Vitamin C

+ Collagen Supplements

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