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As seen in the Chicago Tribune: Skin care aestheticians: Treatments improve beauty, build clients' self-confidence

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By Erinn Hutkin,
Tribune Content Agency

chicago tribune article dr motykieAs manager of Motykie Med Spa in West Hollywood, Calif., Jade Gunning knows skin specialists known as medical aestheticians serve an important role in the beauty industry.
Not only do they help improve the look and condition of a client’s skin, but they can also advise patients with health care issues.
Working with people individually is especially fulfilling, Gunning said. She and her team can literally change people’s lives by moisturizing skin dried out from medical procedures, treating severe and potentially scarring acne, or teaching clients makeup techniques to hide scars from burns or injuries. Read more

The Marie Show featured a talk on this subject by Dr. Gary Motykie, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills, California!

Genetic composition of each human being is unique, which also influences their skin type. However, the current condition of the skin is primarily determined by how an individual takes care of the body and skin. Skin cleansing is very important, and should be performed on a daily basis. Cleansing helps skin to exfoliate, which improves cell turnover, opens skin pores and allows for greater absorption of skin care ingredients.
Skin can exfoliate with gentle physical massage and it also occurs naturally when enzymes eat away the dead skin cells from the epidermis. Skin care products can sometimes prove to be very expensive, costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. However, if a person is well informed about the right ingredients, he or she can attain the same results at a much lesser cost.

Important Contents in Anti-aging Products

Many skin care products contain DMAE because of its well-known effectiveness in reducing the signs of aging. DMAE provides protection against skin cell damage that may occur due to direct sun exposure or pollution. This ingredient also stimulates collagen and appears to firm skin on contract. One of the products containing DMAE is The Best of Perricone, which is available at a market price of $95.
Hyaluronic Acid
This is a natural substance found in human body that stimulates collagen and maintains skin elasticity and shape. It is also an important antioxidant and moisturizer. FDA approved dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are based on hyaluronic acid. It is also a part of several anti-wrinkle creams. Products containing hyaluronic acid include Peter Thomas Roth Viz-1000, which is available at $65, and Fresh Rose Hyrdrating Gel Cream, which is available at $42.
Argireline works on the same principle as Botox, though it cannot provide such strong results as Botox. Unlike Botox, this ingredient is applied as a skin cream on the wrinkled areas. Argireline works by way of inhibiting neurotransmitters, which causes the shriveled facial muscles to relax, leading to reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Products such as First Aid Beauty (FAB) Dual Repair Face Cream, priced at $44, and First Aid Beauty Dual Repair Eye Cream, priced at $40, contain Argireline.
The growth of proteins such as collagen and elastin in the body is promoted by Matrixyl. These proteins help keep the skin healthy and youthful looking. Once the depletion of collagen and elastin takes place in the body, wrinkles and sagging skin begin to occur. Products such as Boscia Bright White Mask, available at a price of $38, and Hourglass Fluid Makeup, available at a price of $60, are based on Matrixyl.
Tried and True Retinols
Skin care products containing this ingredient include Kate Somerville Hydrating Face Serum, Philosophy “Help Me,” Dr. Brandt R3P Cream and Laura Mercier Repair Eye Serum.
Facial Rejuvenation with Stem Cells
Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers can help stimulate skin collagen to restore its shape and reduce wrinkles. However, these fillers can do very little to enhance the skin tone and texture. A non-surgical stemcell facelift is an effective approach that provides a combined impact by restoring shape and elasticity of the skin as well as improving the tone and texture of the skin at the same time. Unlike most procedures, this technique actually promotes renewed tissue growth as well.
The procedure involves drawing a small volume of blood from the patient’s body. The doctor isolates platelets by spinning this blood in a centrifugal device. Once the platelets are activated, they release growth factors that have the potential to heal damaged skin. These growth factors are injected into the affected areas of the face, which activates the multi potent stem cells to grow new tissue. The patient achieves a renewed, younger looking skin. The effects with a stemcell facelift may last for nine months to two years in most cases.
To see more services and treatments provided by Dr. Motykie and his team please visit:

VI Peel – Beverly Hills | Los Angeles
The VI Peel will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. Vi Peel also works well in conjunction with lasers, injectables and post procedure.
At my last visit to Motykie Med Spa, I experienced the Hydrafacial which deep cleaned my skin in preparation for the results driven effects of the Vi Peel. I left the spa that afternoon counting the days until my next appointment and highly anticipating all of the amazing benefits my skin was in store for as discussed with my aesthetician Sacha.
Before the treatment began, Sacha went into detail about the results I would see and other expectations from the Vi Peel based on my skin analysis. Based on her assessment, she explained that the treatment would be most effective in a series of three. The first treatment would get me closer than I’ve ever been to the flawless skin I desire by significantly reducing the appearance of acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and fine lines, while revving up my skin’s cell turnover rate and collagen production. Application time to my face and decollate would be a mere thirty minutes of layering a strong, serum-like combination of TCA (A peeling agent), Tretinoic Acid (A powerful compound to prevent collagen loss and boost cell turn over), Salicylic Acid (Fighting breakouts and promoting clarity of the skin), Vitamin C (A natural brightener and exfoliator) and a Mineral Blend. It was additionally exciting to learn that Vi Peel is proudly, the only peel safe enough to be applied on the delicate eyelids and under eye areas further contributing to a complete look of flawless skin. Depending on the skin’s sensitivity, during the first minutes of application, a sensation ranging from stinging to burning may cause temporary discomfort. The downtime after the peel would be 5-7 days, when heavy peeling of the top layers of the skin is experienced. I could also expect itchiness, dryness and sensitivity to the sun on the affected areas during the peeling process.
The application process of the Vi Peel went smoothly and quickly. My skin looked instantly radiant and glowing because of the surface exfoliation experienced from the absorption of the treatment. My post peel care package included three Vi Peel Post Peel Towelettes, Vi Derm Post Peel Protectant and SPF 50+ Sun Protection.
After following all of the post treatment instructions, the skin on my face and decollate began peeling like clockwork the morning of day 3 and continued peeling for 6 more days. My skin was itchy and dry during most of the process, but the Vi Derm Post Peel Protectant did wonders to minimize my discomfort. I’m a purist and so, even though you are allowed to wear makeup the days before peeling begins, I skipped it all together. I had to work half the time I was peeling (I recommend taking some vacation time if at all possible to peel in private), which was alarming for my coworkers but the compliments I received afterwards on my radiant, smooth skin made it all completely worth it.
I looked like a shedding snake for a week but had skin like a newborn when all was said and done. My skin has NEVER looked and felt better. This is by far the best and most effective treatment I’ve received at Motykie Med Spa or any spa as a matter of fact. I highly recommend the VI Peel to anyone who is seeking a painless, result oriented treatment with minimal downtime. If you are still on the fence just take a look at my before and after pictures and let the results speak for themselves!
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A basic skin care regime is essential if you want your skin to appear clear, hydrated, refreshed and attractive. First, remember the skin is the largest organ in your body. Therefore, the healthier you are on the inside, the healthier your skin will appear on the outside. So when you maintain proper nutrition and hydration, your skin’s appearance will follow! In addition, most women will spend hours tending to their hair, nails and make-up, but only a few minutes washing and hydrating their skin (most men don’t even bother with the hydration part!).

There are a few simple things your skin needs in order to stay healthy and attractive. Providing your skin with these three components will help it remain clear and blemish-free. However, adding a few extra components to your skincare routine can help you to fight off wrinkles, sunspots, and other skincare problems associated with aging and sun damage.

First of all, your skin needs cleansing. Some women, and most men, believe it adequate to cleanse the skin of the face with only soap and water. However, soap is much too harsh for facial skin. If you simply use regular bar soap and hot water to wash your face, chances are you’re promoting dryness, which won’t do anything for your complexion. Instead of using soap and water, choose a mild cleanser that will remove dirt and impurities without removing essential moisture from your skin.

The next thing that your skin needs to stay healthy is hydration or moisture. Unfortunately, most regular skin lotions are too greasy and can clog pores and cause blemishes. For this reason, it’s always better to choose a moisturizer that is specifically designed for facial skin.

The final component for skin care success is protection. You will be ensuring long-term skincare health if you can protect your skin from harmful free radicals, sun, wind, and other elemental damage. For this reason, it’s important to choose skin care products that are specifically designed to provide multifunction protection from the sun and other destructive environmental toxins.

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