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Free Radicals and How to Fight Them

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 09, 2013

By: Mary Kelley

Lately, it seems that the word antioxidant is on the lips of every healthcare and skincare care professional. We are told that we must eat a diet rich in antioxidants, take antioxidant supplements, and use antioxidant-based skin care products. There’s a lot of talk but very little information about what antioxidants are and what they really do.

First, let’s look at what antioxidants protect us from. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons—this imbalance causes the molecules to be very unstable and chemically reactive. These reactions are called oxidation. For most of us, this is a word we haven’t heard since junior high science class when discussing why metals get rusty. Our skin doesn’t get rusty when exposed to free radicals, however, we do see the adverse affects of oxidation in other ways. Skin damaged by free radicals will lose elasticity, develop hyperpigmentation, wrinkles or fine lines, or become rough, dry, or scaly; also, the biggest indicator of free radical damage is sunburn or skin cancer.

How do we fight free radicals by using proper skin care at home? The answer is simple: make sure your homecare products have effective antioxidants in you serums, crèmes, and sunscreens. Sunscreen, especially physical sunscreens that contain titanium oxide or zinc oxide, protects our skin from radiation damage from the sun.

But, what else works? The October issue of Skin Inc. lists Vitamins C and E as effective antioxidants. In fact, the article states that applying “topical antioxidants like vitamins C and E are potent tools for reversing sun damage to the skin.” Many product lines have Vitamin C in cleansers, crèmes, masques, and serums. Look for topical serums or crèmes that will stay on your skin for a long period of time.

SkinCeuticals has also published a study that concluded that topical C and E “provided substantial protection for human skin against solar simulator-induced oxidative skin damage, including erythema, sunburn cell formation and DNA mutations related to skin cancer.”

We’ve all heard the benefits of vitamins C and E but what may be news to most, is an antioxidant mentioned in a Skin, Inc article; melatonin—the chemical that moderates our sleeping and waking cycles. Naturally produced by our bodies, melatonin works synergistically with topically applied vitamins C and E for deeper penetration and to reduce inflammation. WebMD also lists the active form of vitamin A (Retinoic acid) as an effective antioxidant that reduces the impact of sun damage on skin.

Not sure how to work antioxidants into your skin care routine? Call Dream Spa Medical at 339-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation to find the best products for your skin type. If you are going to take antioxidant supplements, always consult your physician before beginning any regiment.

Give the Gift of Beauty this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 02, 2013

Having trouble deciding on a last minute gift? Want to avoid lines and traffic at shopping centers? Dream Spa Medical is excited to announce that we are having a holiday promotion on our gift certificates! When you purchase a gift certificate for $100 you get a $25 bonus gift certificate!  The $25 bonus can be combined with the original gift or you can save it and treat yourself! Our gift certificates can be redeemed on any service we offer. You could also use the gift certificates on any of our retail products!

Are you dry or dehydrated? - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2013

This time of year, we hear a lot about products that treat dry skin. The winter elements can really do a number on our faces. But, is your skin really dry or is it dehydrated? Knowing the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin helps you find the right products to treat your skin and also helps you communicate more effectively with your aesthetician about your skin concerns.

Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. How can you tell the difference?

Dry Skin:

  • Has very few, if any visible pores.
  • Does not tend to develop breakouts.
  • But, is prone to early lines and wrinkles due to lack of hydration.
  • Because dry skin is a skin type, it is common to see dry skin over the entire face.

Dehydrated Skin:

  • Is a skin condition that can happen to any skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination).
  • Can still develop breakouts.
  • Skin can look dull and flaky, almost like onion-skin when looked at up close.
  • Dehydration can affect certain areas of the face (especially in combination skin) or the entire face.

The treatments and products for dry and dehydrated skin are very similar but you do want to keep a few things in mind: while you can change a skin condition, you cannot change your skin type. Dry skin will always be dry skin. Treating dehydrated skin means that you can change your condition and your skin will function as its normal skin type after a while—if your skin is normally oily but is currently dehydrated, work with your aesthetician to make sure that you do not clog your pores or otherwise . Also, no matter how much water you drink, only a small percentage of that water actually goes into your skin. Topical treatments such as moisturizing serums, creams, and cleansers designed for dehydrated or dry skin are better for providing hydration.

Dream Spa Medical offers treatments and products to protect and treat your dry or dehydrated skin this winter. Call 336-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation today.

Protect your skin; Delay aging

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 18, 2013
by Mary Kelley

“I don’t need a sunscreen because my moisturizer or makeup has SPF in it.” Aestheticians hear this all the time from our clients.  Out of all the state-of-the-art serums, creams, cleansers, and toners available, I would rather my clients incorporate a quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before building their home care routine with other products. The last thing I want is to see my clients relying solely on a product that is primarily meant to be used for something other than sun protection for their sunscreen.

Products that are not meant to be sunscreens but offer additional sun protection (liquid foundation, mineral makeup, moisturizers, etc) contain ingredients that offer some sunscreen but often at such low levels that the protection provided is not adequate. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, these products should not be your first line of defense in sun protection. Instead, look for a sunscreen that contains a physical sunscreen, a chemical sunscreen, or a combination of both and use that before putting on your moisturizer, makeup or other products with additional SPF.

What’s the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? When used properly, they both provide protection from UVA and UVB rays. Physical sunscreens are not absorbed into the skin; rather these sunscreens contain ingredients, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which create a barrier on top of the skin that reflects the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens offer immediate protection from the sun. Chemical sunscreens, the most common being oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate, are absorbed into the skin and work by absorbing the harmful rays of the sun.  In general, it takes 20 minutes for chemical sunscreens to be absorbed into the skin and become effective. Some people find that physical sunscreens are too heavy while others find that chemical sunscreens are not for them, either. The choice is up to you but it is important to consistently use a sunscreen year-round.

The two amazing product lines that Dream Spa Medical carries contain the physical sunscreens zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The SkinCeuticals line offers a physical sunscreen that should be used after applying moisturizer.  If you do not want to use two products, the Image line offers a range of sunscreens that have moisturizers in the sunscreens.  One Image sunscreen, the Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection, combines both chemical and physical sunscreens.

Why write about sunscreens in the late fall? Just because the summer months are over, it doesn’t mean that the sun has gone away. Our faces are still exposed to the sun when we are in the car, working in our yards, going for walks, sitting by windows, and enjoying fall and winter sports. Take the time to protect yourself from the sun this winter. Your skin will thank you.

Seeing Spots? - Canton, Boston

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

When you look in the mirror, is your reflection a little spotty? Brown spots, called hyperpigmentation, develop on our skin over time due to sun exposure and the natural aging process.  Even if you apply sunscreen on a regular basis and stay out of the sun, brown spots can sneak up on you and cause your skin to appear dull and aged.

Dream Spa offers a number of treatments, from laser therapy, chemical peels, and other facials, that can help combat brown spots. However, your best weapon of defense is using the right products at home. Products that are particularly effective in diminishing the look of existing brown spots and preventing new spots contain both brighteners and lighteners.

Lighteners help reduce the appearance of already existing dark spots. Brighteners help prevent new hyperpigmentation from forming. Both lighteners and brighteners should be used over a period of time for best results. Dream Spa’s two product lines, Image and SkinCeuticals, offer options to prevent and correct hyperpigmentation. The key ingredients in all products that lighten and brighten are licorice, mulberry, and bearberry extracts, kojic acid (which is derived from mushrooms), and Vitamin C in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid.  It is important to wear sunscreen while using pigment-reducing products because the skin can be more sensitive to the sun.

Call Dream Spa today to schedule an appointment with one of our medical aestheticians for a consultation to discuss diminishing the look and appearance of your brown spots.

Botox Party for the Holidays - Canton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 04, 2013

Brilliant Distinctions Program!

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 28, 2013

Dream Spa Medical is excited to announce that we
are now part of the Brilliant Distinctions Program!

Clients who purchase Botox® or Juvaderm® treatments can enroll in Brilliant Distinctions to earn points that add up to savings on future Botox® or Juvaderm® treatments. It is completely free and offers amazing benefits for our clients. Earning points is so simple…just register at and then let us know that you are a Brilliant Distinctions member when you come in for your service. Also, Brilliant Distinctions offers another way to earn points: through their Brilliant Distinctions Mall. The Mall gives you access to hundreds of retailers and you earn points on purchases made through the Mall. With the holidays just around the corner, this is an excellent way to save up for a gift!

Brilliant Distinctions has also made it even easier for iPhone users to register and access their Brilliant Distinctions account. A new app is available that lets you:

  • Register for Brilliant Distinctions
  • Access your account
  • View your points balance
  • Create & redeem coupons for instant savings on select Allergan products.

For every Botox® treatment you have, you earn 200 points and for every Juvaderm® syringe that you use, you also earn 200 points. The points earned through the Mall vary but are based on how much you buy…the more you buy, the more points you earn. You can redeem your points for a coupon to use towards your next Botox® or Juvaderm® treatment. Also, points can be accrued at any provider that offers the Brilliant Distinctions Program, so if you are already a member, you can start using your points here at Dream Spa Medical. Here’s a breakdown what the points are worth:

100 Points= $10
200 Points= $20
300 Points= $30
400 Points= $40
500 Points= $50
600 Points= $60
700 Points= $70
800 Points= $80

Visit Brilliant Distinctions online or download the iPhone app to learn more.

Tattoo Removal

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 21, 2013

Whether you regret your tattoo or not, it will always carry a stigma. Immediate judgment is made when a tattoo is revealed. Many work places have bans on body art and piercings within their dress code. In a recent survey by, 31 percent of managers said that visible tattoos can have a negative impact on their decision whether to hire someone. Tattoos significantly limit the chances of a job opportunity in a professional setting.

The sad truth is that although your close friends and relatives may be accepting of your tattoos, society is not always.

  • Studies have shown that over half of those without a tattoo (54%) believe that someone with a tattoo is more rebellious.
  • 47% of people without tattoos, say people with tattoos are less attractive.
  • Two in five (39%) of those without a tattoo say people with a tattoo are less sexy.
  • One-quarter of those without tattoos, say those with tattoos are less intelligent (27%) and less healthy (25%).

In 2006, Northwestern University researchers conducted a study of 500 people ages 18 to 50 and found that about 25 percent of them had tattoo regret. Years have gone by and these numbers have drastically increased as tattoo removal has become an option. More than half reported that they “suffered embarrassment.” Tattoos have always been controversial and always will be. Good news is that tattoo removal is possible! Contact Dream Spa Medical at 781-561-9257 or e-mail for more information.

What is Filler?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More and more clients have been asking how to reduce the appearance of their fine lines and wrinkles. Dream Spa Medical offers two product lines that are clinically proven to combat the signs of aging and our facials and laser treatments are the perfect complement to the homecare regimens we put together for our clients. When clients use our products and come in for regular services, good results can be seen in a short amount of time. However, there is another option that is faster, longer lasting, and can do something that no other product can: restore volume loss. What is that option? Fillers.

Fillers is the term used for a number of injectable solutions designed to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and restore volume loss to areas such as the temple, under eye, lip, and cheek areas. Dream Spa Medical offers a number of different options to fit all of our clients’ needs. Depending on the product that is best suited for your needs, fillers can last up to 2 years, although the average is 6-9 months. Results can be seen immediately, although there are fillers that work over time for a more subtle transition. For more information about the fillers that we offer, check out our website.

Dream Spa Medical has a highly qualified team of nurses, hand-picked by Dr. Joseph Russo, who use fillers to help our clients look younger and more refreshed. Our clients never look “done”. Schedule a free consultation with one of our nurses now and get ready for the fast-approaching holiday season!

“Hey, PIZZA FACE!!!”

Joseph Coupal - Monday, October 07, 2013

“Hey, PIZZA FACE!!!”

It was the end of a long day in a temp job that I wasn’t thrilled with. I was just out of college and still struggling to find my perfect career. I was temping for a public school system in an administrative office and found myself back at the same school where I attended 7th grade. Oddly, I felt like I was back in the 7th grade all over again.

I’ve struggled with acne since I was in the 6th grade.  I was a shy kid and having a face full of oil and pimples didn’t help matters. After a mortifying conversation with my mother, I went to see a dermatologist who put me on an ever-changing rotation of antibiotics, topical medications, and recommended certain cleansers from the drug store. My skin improved ever so slightly but not enough to say that I saw enough improvement to feel better about my skin. I tried every anti-acne product I could find (and afford on my high school/college budget) and even tried products from infomercials that promised free 30 day trials. Some products worked a little bit and others just made my skin worse.

Nothing worked.

Then, the esthetician who I was seeing for brow waxing suggested that I try a facial. Over time, she and I worked on my skin. She told me that just like getting regular dental checkups, we need to have our skin treated by a professional-especially when someone has problem skin. Also, I had to change my skincare routine at home. My esthetician also told me that we tend to get what we pay for when it comes to products. We don’t have to buy the most expensive products on the market but most products from the drugstores don’t really treat and heal acne in the long term. Over time, we found the right products for my skin. It wasn’t easy, finding the right home routine for skin care is like finding the perfect pair of jeans—you have to try a number of options before finding the right pair.

It did take time but my skin cleared up and has stayed clear for years. Most people are surprised when I tell them that I suffered from serious acne. Not only is my skin clear now, the products that I use help reduce the appearance of previous scarring and hyperpigmentation left over from my battle with acne. I do try new products based on the advice of estheticians and my own knowledge of what works and what doesn’t work.

Now, the only time I have to talk about pizza is when I splurge on a Friday night!

Acne Journey

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