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Now that we’ve packed away the pumpkins and turned back the clocks, the highly anticipated holiday season can officially begin. It’s no secret that December is all about giving, and while it’s easy to get wrapped up in expensive gifts to impress your loved ones, it’s important to remember that this season is also about giving to those who need it most. That’s why every year, we host our Coats for Kids charity event, and this year is no exception.

Now in its sixth year, we’re switching things up and inviting everyone to join us on Friday, December 2nd from 4-8pm. We’ll be serving complimentary wine and delicious eats, perfect to pregame before your next Holiday party! All you have to do is bring coats, toys, and/or monetary donations that will go directly to children in our community.

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Coats for Kids is a United Way initiative that began in 1992 due to overwhelming requests from families who were in need of winter jackets. As our city’s real estate has reached all-time highs, many families have a difficult time affording living expenses and simply don’t have the means to purchase the clothing needed to stay warm. That’s why we host this event every year, as a simple coat can go a long way in a child’s development.

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A few highlights from Coats for Kids 2015!

Coats for Kids: Items to Donate

  • Children’s winter coats
  • Toques/ mitts and scarves
  • Snow pants
  • Winter Boots

Just by donating you’ll be entered to win some fabulous prizes, including a Colorescience Gift basket (a $350 value), an R3 Derma Health Basket (valued at $300), and a $500 gift card for any of our services at Urban Body Laser! Plus the first 25 guests will receive complimentary gift bags –valued at $200!

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So save the date and come join us! Please RSVP and let us know if you and any guests are coming by emailing info@urbanbodylaser.com or call 604-696-5506 (that way we know how many wine bottles to order ;).

R3 Derma Health is an intensive medical grade collection that delivers multi-layer strengthening to the skin. Our collection contains the highest concentration of active ingredients and visual improvement as a result of synergistically blending powerful peptides and cutting edge skin conditioners.

This collection is best suited for our guests who desire faster results and higher activity levels from the ingredients in the products we carry.

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Another beautiful summer in Vancouver has come and gone. Patio lunches, seawall bike rides, and lounging at Third Beach may all seem like sweet distant memories. However, despite that the temperature has dropped and the days have grown shorter, there may be a few parts of summer that continue to linger…on your skin. That’s why Fall skincare treatments and products are critical for reversing those summer lovin’ days.

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Even with the best physical sunscreen and an endless array of floppy hats, you may not have been able to completely dodge the after effects of harmful ultraviolet rays. So now that the tan has faded and you’ve traded swimsuits for wool scarves, the damage may be coming to the surface. However, not all is lost; the good news is that it’s not too late to do something about it.

From visible dark spots to rough patches on your skin, there are many ways that UV rays have wreaked havoc on your epidermis. Even if you can’t spot a few extra sun spots or moles, there are long-term effects that could haunt you later, as we know all too well how the sun can cause premature aging in the form of wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines.

The good news (yes, there’s more good news!) is that we offer a number of services that can combat these after effects. Here are Urban Body Laser’s favourite Fall skincare tips.

Best Fall Skincare Treatments

Microneedling
Don’t be intimidated by the name. This amazing treatment helps with product absorption as well as increases collagen, elastin, and circulation to your skin by providing tiny punctures to epidermis. These “micro-injuries” tell your brain to kick into repair mode, prompting more collagen to be produced and repair any damaged areas.

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Whether you come to Urban Body Laser for treatments or we set you up with an at-home regime, this is an excellent post-summer treatment when paired with high quality skin care because it allows for better absorption of nutrients.

Photorejuvenation
Are you noticing new liver spots? Fine lines? Unwanted freckles?

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Then we highly recommend booking Photorejuvenation treatments. It uses light (in a good way) to repair and revive your skin. Non-invasive and highly effective, these can be done over your lunch hour. After a series of treatments, you’ll notice a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin.

 

Microdermabrasion
You know that feeling after you’ve just vacuumed your living room, or dusted your home? All of those micro particles are gone, revealing the true nature of your surfaces and leaving a sparkling finish.

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Well, your skin is no different. It too needs a little help to remove the built-up waste, dust, and outdoor elements that prevent its true beauty from shining through. Enter Microdermabrasion. Compared to the texture of your cat’s tongue, this treatment is a favourite of celebs like Gwenyth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian, and gently removes the outer layer of the epidermis, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and improves blood flow for firmer, healthier looking skin.

If you’re starting to see the consequences of too much fun in the sun, don’t fret. Because everyone’s skin care needs are different, our medical estheticians can provide a free consultation on which products and services are right for you.

Quality Skincare
While the services we just listed will do wonders for reversing the damaging effects of the sun, they’re only going to be truly effective if you pair them with high-quality skincare that’s free of harmful chemicals and toxins. The only brands we use are Osmosis, Colorescience, and Pro-Derm. Not only are they known for their incredible anti-aging properties, but they’re also infused with nutrients that help with the repair process.

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If you’re starting to see the consequences of too much fun in the sun, don’t fret. Because everyone’s skin care needs are different, our medical estheticians can provide a free consultation on which Fall skincare products and services are right for you.

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If you’re a regular listener to The Peak FM like us, then Casey-Jo needs no introduction. Hosting the mid-day show, this adventurous Vancouverite knows a thing or two about music — and Microdermabrasion.

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In fact, she’s been sharing all of her fabulous self care rituals to feeling healthy and beautiful from the inside out — with a little help from Urban Body Laser.

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Recently, she shared her experience after receiving Microdermabrasion at our medical spa on The Peak FM’s blog. After her first appointment with our amazing medical esthetician Janelle, she realized just how much stress, lack of sleep, and the environment were affecting her skin.

If you’re unfamiliar with this procedure, we’ll quickly bring you up to speed. With celebrity fans like Gwenyth Paltrow, Gisele Bundchen, and Penelope Cruz, this virtually painless treatment gently rejuvenates the skin by non-invasive exfoliation. By removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, Microdermabrasion leaves the skin feeling smoother and dare we say, younger. Our clients have found that Microdermabrasion effectively treats and minimizes a wide range of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, discoloured and congested skin, and even ingrown hairs.

Using the state-of-the-art Pristine Precision Diamond Peel System, the densely packed diamonds gently remove top layers of the epidermis, stimulates collagen and elastin production, and improves blood flow for firmer, healthier looking skin. Best of all it’s easily customizable for all skin types and for the full range of body areas. To learn more, watch our video to see how it works.

Just a few days after her second Microdermabrasion appointment, Casey-Jo said that her makeup is smoother and more comfortable to wear, plus her pores were nowhere in sight. What else did she have to say? Find out by reading her latest blog post!

 

“Self care is one of the most important things, because if you’re no good to yourself, then you’re not good for anyone.” ~ Casey-Jo

 

Want to learn more how Microdermabrasion can help your skin?

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BIG NEWS: GET 20% OFF SUNFORGETTABLES THIS MONTH!

If you’ve ever followed Urban Body Laser on Instagram, visited our medi-spa, or perused through our blog, then you’ve probably heard us say once (or maybe a 100 times) how important daily application of sunscreen is for anti-aging. Not only does it prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and sunspots from prematurely forming, but it also protects you from more serious conditions like severe burns, cancer, or myositis, an autoimmune disease.

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So now that Spring is in full swing and summer is on the horizon, this time of year is when many can’t wait to escape from hibernation and head into the great outdoors. Whether it’s Kits Beach or Stanley Park, Vancouver is an oasis for heading out and kicking back. However, with that comes an even greater reasonability to protect your skin.

With so many products out there, we know it can get confusing. Plus, not all sunscreens are created equal, an issue that we blogged about before. To avoid adding toxic chemicals to your delicate epidermis but also gain the protection you want, look no further than Colorescience’s Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen.

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This little magical wand makes application easier than ever. Not only is it an all natural, non-irritating, and portable product, but it also protects against Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB rays and offers up to 80 minutes of water-resistance. Forget having to apply greasy lotions, the Sunforgettable Wand is safe to use on all skin-types, including kids. And guys don’t worry; it may look like make-up, but we promise it’s completely fella-friendly.

Here’s how easy it is:

  1. Remove rubber band and prime brush in circular motion on top of hand until minerals begin to flow.
  2. Sweep brush over entire face and neck in circular motions to release powder.
  3. Apply liberally and evenly before sun exposure; reapply every two hours throughout the day for continued water resistant protection.
  4. Can be used on head, face, neck, chest and back of hands.
  5. For a full step-by-step process, watch this video on Colorescience!
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There are a wide variety of colours that will match any skin tone, including a new ‘Deep’ shade. And incase you need another reason, get 20% off this month for all Sunforgettable products at Urban Body Laser! To find out which colour you should choose, visit our medical estheticians for a free consultation.

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After years of helping people with their skin, we can safely say we’ve seen just about everything. From dry to oily, young to mature, our medical estheticians have worked with hundreds of people from all corners of Greater Vancouver to help them achieve healthy, glowing, and flawless complexions.

Throughout the years, we’ve learned a thing (or nine) about how to the body’s largest organ. And lucky for you, we’re giving you the inside scoop by sharing our top 9 skincare lessons that will help your skin from the inside, out.

1. Cleanse. We’ve all had those mornings where we’ve woken up with raccoon eyes from last night’s mascara and our foundation strewn across the pillow (yuck!). We know life gets busy, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must do, it’s cleanse before you hit the sack. Here are a few of our faves:

2. Sunscreen. Don’t let Raincouver fool you; those grey clouds aren’t enough to fight off the sun’s harmful rays, causing premature aging and upping your chance of developing skin cancer. Applying sunscreen should be part of your all-day routine, no matter what time of year it is.

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And not all sunscreens are created equal; as we’ve mentioned, you need to opt for Physical sunscreen, which protects your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. It uses non-toxic, mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral) and zinc to block the sun’s entire spectrum of UVA and UVB rays. This differs from the typical chemical forms you find at the drugstore, and are made up of more than 12 different chemicals, many of which have not been FDA approved. These are then absorbed into the skin and can interfere with the normal function of hormones like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid.Our go-to physical sunscreen is anything in the Sunforgettable Collection by Colorescience. Pack in your purse and reapply any time of day for easy-peasy application.skincare lessons

3. Ditch the Drugstore. Here’s why: they’re filled with chemicals that will only harm your skin. Better to make life simple and go for the natural, holistic, and scientifically proven good stuff: Osmosis, Colorescience, and Pro-Derm.

4. Moisturize. Yes, that includes people with oily skin. No matter what skin type you have, moisturizer should always be in your arsenal. Here are our faves.

5. Wash Up. And not just your face. We’re talking about your brushes, pillowcases, and face cloths; anything that touches your face on the reg, as these materials can easily absorb and pass on bacteria that can clog pores. (Pssst…this brush cleaner is ah-mazing).

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6. Don’t Pick! Whether it’s pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads, keep your hands off and away from your face, as you’ll likely only do more damage. Suffering from scars? Our Foto-Facials will do wonders to remove discoloration.

7. Easy on the Exfoliation. Rule of thumb: you should be exfoliating gently and no more than twice a week. Your skin is sensitive, and while exfoliation is vital for removing dead skin cells and other pollutants, there’s no need to sand it down completely. These exfoliators and masks from Osmosis and Pro-Derm are gentle yet incredibly effective.

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8. Ban the Tan. Baking in ultraviolet rays, whether it’s the tanning bed or on the beach, needs to stop immediately. Premature aging, wrinkles, fine-lines, pigmentation, cancer – you name it; it’s all caused by tanning.

9. Bar the Bar. Using a bar of drugstore soap to cleanse is one of the worst things you can do, as it strips our skin of natural oils and causes a PH imbalance, resulting in dry, oily or acneic skin. Do yourself a favour and try these gentle Osmosis cleansers that deeply clean the skin and thoroughly remove dirt, make-up, and environmental toxins.

Now that you have our skincare secrets, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our tips, recommendations, and products. We’re happy to help!

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I Let Urban Body Laser have their way with me….

and I think I like it…..

I Let Urban Body Laser have their way with me....

I have always been content with the way I appear on the outside.  I’m no beauty queen, but I’m happy about how I look.

Also, I have never been caught up with getting older.  Some of the most beautiful humans I have ever laid eyes on are in their 80’s.

So, I had never really thought of facial rejuvenation as something I’d be into.  I heard the ads that my friends from Urban Body Laser ran on the PEAK pretty much ever since we went on air.  But, I always thought they were talking to someone else.

Then, recently, I started noticing the effects my love for the sun has had on my skin.  I had so many crazy suburns on my face, one so bad I had to be hospitalized.  And it realized that my careless ways with the sun were catching up with me.

When I heard the Urban Body Laser ads about Photorejuvenation I started to pay attention.  The idea that maybe some of the spotting and redness on my face can be removed with light therapy began to appeal to me.

So I talked to my friend Janiece at Urban Body Laser.   I had my first photorejuvenation and skin tightening treatment just before the holidays.  I was a little freaked out.  ( The picture is of me, just before I had my first treatment )  I was afraid it would hurt like crazy ( it hurt a tiny bit ).   I was afraid there might be scarring ( there was none – in fact, Janiece made me look better when I left than I did when I walked in thanks to the Colorscience  mineral make up she hooked me up with ). Mostly, I felt refreshed and relaxed and like I’d been pampered.

The treatment comes with a excellent skin care line for use after to help nourish and protect the skin.  I love it.

I didn’t really notice a difference, but my friends did.  I have already started getting compliments on how great my skin looks.  After one treatment.  Crazy.

Next step, microdermabrasion.  It’s happening soon.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

We’ll be posting the before and after pics of me after I’ve had all the treatments.  But from what I’ve experienced so far.  It’s working.

Urban Body Laser’s Best Before and After’s

There’s nothing we love more than a good ‘Best before and after’s’ story, especially when we’re in charge! At Urban Body Laser in Vancouver, our trusted medical estheticians work day in and day out helping people change, correct, and revamp the way they look and feel about themselves. From pigmentation to acne scars, there’s nothing better than seeing the look on someone’s face when you’ve removed something that was causing them embarrassment, insecurity, or even shame.

If you’ve been following us on Instagram, then you may have caught a few of our favourite before and after shots of recent clients. In case you missed it, here are just a few of the best Urban Body Laser makeovers of 2015!

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Rachel came to us this past fall after suffering from extensive sun damage. The sun’s rays are amongst the most harmful contributors to aging, leaving sunspots and fine lines on the skin, as evident on her chest. FotoFacial®-AgeDelay™ is one of our most effective methods to reduce this damage, just check out Rachel’s results after just three treatments! Because you can’t be exposed to the sun after receiving FotoFacial®-AgeDelay™, fall and winter are the best times to get started.

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We all suffer from the occasional pimple, but before you start layering on concealer, please check the ingredients. Most conventional make-up you find at the drugstore is filled with chemicals, fragrances, and toxins that clog your pores and aggravate the skin, often causing more breakouts. Pictured above is a client who contacted us for a Colorescience application, a luxury make-up line that uses natural ingredients that not only covers those pesky pimples, but also nourishes the skin. Interested? Call us to book in a free skin analysis!

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Do you suffer from skin discoloration from birthmarks or scars? Photorejuvenation may be the answer you’re looking for. We use Sciton’s BBL, a safe and effective system that specializes in darker skin tones. After just one treatment, our client’s knee is looking shades lighter! We’ll be sure to update you once she’s finished her program.

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Did you know that laser hair removal for your underarms not only reduces the hair, but also decreases sweat? We call that a #winwin. If you find your light shirts discolor from sweating, or the constant shaving has caused thick hair you can’t seem to rid of, ask our medical estheticians for a custom laser hair removal program.

Interested in these or more of our services and products? Contact us and start the New Year as a new you.

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Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Meet the Urban Body Laser Team: Janelle

Janelle when she competed in her first bikini competition! Looked amazing and we are so proud of her!

We believe that a big part of loving what you do is loving the people that you work with. Thankfully, our team is a close-knit group that supports one another both professionally and personally. Best of all, we have much fun! From work trips to nights out, it’s fair to say we’re one big happy family.

If you’ve visited our office, you may have met Janelle, our Medical Esthetics and Laser Technician. For the past two years she’s been an integral part of our team, which is why we’re giving you the inside scoop on the best treatments, products, and inspiration from our all-star crew member.

What’s your favourite quote?

Too blessed to be stressed.”

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Forgiveness is for your own mental healing. You must forgive those who hurt you, even if whatever they did to you was unforgivable in your mind. You will forgive them not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because you don’t want to suffer and hurt yourself every time you remember what they did to you. It doesn’t matter what others did to you, you are going to forgive them because you don’t want to feel sick all the time. You will forgive because you feel compassion for yourself. Forgiveness is an act of self-love.

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One of Janelle’s favourite quotes

What’s your daily skincare regime?

First I cleanse with Osmosis Purify Cleanser followed by Quench Plus Hydrator and Sunforgettable SPF 50 Mineral Powder. At night I add in Osmosis Refresh PM Eye Serum and Calm Serum, I often add in Stem Factor serum as well. I use Colorescience mineral makeup daily; the Pressed Compact Mineral Powder as well as Skin Mattifying Primer and finish off with the Hydrating Mist.

What’s the most common question you are asked from clients?

People always ask me how to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. My answer: Photorejuvenation with our BBL system. This treatment is the ultimate “fountain of youth.” These treatments change the gene expression in the skin, which in turn makes the genes mimic younger skin. In other words, old skin cells behave like young skin cells. For ant-aging products, you can’t go wrong with the ultimate kit: Anti-Aging Serum from Colorescience, as well as Stem Factor, Quench Plus, and Renew from Osmosis.

What are the top 5 skincare or beauty products that you can’t live without?

Pretty much everything I use daily will always be in my skincare arsenal. If I had to choose just five, I would have to go with Colorescience Pressed Mineral Compact, Sunforgettable SPF 50 mineral powder, Purify Cleanser, the Quench Plus Moisturizer, and Skin Mattifying Primer.

Have a question for Janelle? Contact her at Urban Body Laser or book an appointment with her!

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RECEIVE 50% YOUR FIRST TREATMENT OF ANY SERVICE for the month of October!

It seems like just yesterday we were planning weekend camping trips, evening beach visits, and wearing summer dresses as our daily uniform. Now it’s all about Hunter boots and umbrellas. And while we’re not complaining, the adjustment of shorter days and longer nights can leave some feeling a little gloomy now that Fall is underway.

Sound familiar? Then we’re about to lift your summer-missing spirits by introducing our new October promotion: 50% off your first treatment of any service. If you’re apprehensive to try laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, Photorejuvention, or a variety of other luxury services, this is a great way to sample all of our offerings – for half the cost!

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Part of why we love our job so much is seeing how our services can literally change someone’s self-esteem and confidence levels. With every physical transformation, there is an emotional change that accompanies it. For example, when this client first came in, she would never wear shorts, skirts, and dresses. She was too self-conscious of the stubble still showing even after she had a fresh shave. As you can see by her beautifully tanned legs, this is no longer an issue thanks to laser hair removal.

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When someone is self-conscious about their appearance, it can have a profound effect on their mood, personality, and relationships, even stopping them from living a more fulfilling life. For some it’s their hair, while for others it’s pigmentation, sun damage, large pores, acne scars, and rosacea. Thankfully there’s an answer: Photorejuvenation. Using our top-of-the-line BBL System, our clients see a significant reduction of unwanted pigmentation and the appearance of smoother, revitalized skin after our custom-designed treatment series.

Another popular service is microdermabrasion. We all want to feel young from the inside out. So if you’re forming premature wrinkles and fine lines, consider microdermasion a skincare essential. By gently removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, this non-invasive treatment leaves skin feeling smoother with a youthful glow. Our clients have found that microdermabrasion also effectively treats and minimizes discolored and congested skin as well as ingrown hairs (fellas, this one’s great to rejuvenate after facial shaving).

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While these are our most popular services, we offer a variety of treatments all designed to make you look beautiful and feel confident. To learn how to get 50% off your first treatment of any of our services, contact us at Urban Body Laser.

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