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Product of the Week: Alastin HA Immerse Serum

Product of the Week: Alastin HA Immerse Serum

Designed to immerse your skin with moisture at the surface, this newest groundbreaking product from Alastin Skincare helps amplify the skin’s natural ability to create hyaluronic acid deep within for fuller, more youthful-looking skin over time. Our product of the week, Alastin HA Immerse Serum, not only instantly hydrates the skin, but also contains Octapeptide-45, which aids the skin’s ability to naturally increase its own high-molecular hyaluronic acid production deep within the skin for long-term, skin-plumping, anti-aging, and hydration benefits. This form of HA is the same molecular weight as the HA naturally found deep within your skin. That means it delivers the form of HA that your body needs, helping to promote plumper, more hydrated skin in a natural way. HA IMMERSE SERUM layers seamlessly under makeup and other skincare and is recommended for daily use as well as complementing dermal fillers.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is one of the hottest ingredients in skincare right now! It has the power to hydrate, making skin look instantly dewy and plump, while decreasing the appearance of roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles. But what is hyaluronic acid exactly? Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, a substance with the ability to retain moisture, that occurs naturally in the body. Your skin’s natural HA is responsible for volume, moisture, and plumpness. Along with age, external factors like sun damage, smoking, and diet decreases  hyaluronic acid production, causing signs of aging. When used in skincare, hyaluronic acid is considered an extremely powerful hydrator that’s great for all skin types. It acts as a humectant with the ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, HA is one of the most effective hydrators out there.

What Makes HA Immerse Serum Different?

There are dozens of hyaluronic acid serums on the market—but not all hyaluronic acid products are created equal. When comparing HA products you’ll find two central differences: the molecular size of HA used and additionally ingredients the product contains. Alastin HA Immerse Serum is a breakthrough and clinically-proven formula that both immediately hydrates skin at the surface while also increasing the skin’s natural ability to create hyaluronic acid (HA) deep within. For instant hydration, HA Immerse Serum utilizes the most essential form of hyaluronic acid, high-molecular HA, that mimics the HA naturally found in the skin. For deeper hydration, Alastin developed a proprietary peptide, Octapeptide-45, which helps the body’s ability to naturally stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.

Alastin’s HA Immerse Serum includes additional ingredients to further promote skin hydration. Large molecule Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer supports the skin’s ability to retain moisture, while Silver Mushroom Extract provides and encourages additional skin hydration. Hexapeptide-11 helps prevent the production of enzymes that breakdown HA, helping your body’s ability preserve its natural HA.

Alastin HA Immerse Serum

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Product of the Week: Avene Thermal Spring Water

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“Today’s product of the week is such a multi-use product! I personally use this to set my makeup-or to get a refreshing hydrating boost post resurfacing treatment!” – Vivi, Retail Store Coordinator

The Avene Thermal Spring Water has an optimal mineral composition that does not dry the skin. It calms, soothes and softens the skin. It also has a neutral PH which rebalances the skin. We also carry the travel size!

A unique thermal water spray is bottled directly at the source and packaged in a sterile environment for guaranteed purity. Its composition is clinically shown to soothe, soften and calm sensitive skin.

How to use 

Hold upright. Do not shake. Spray onto the skin in a fine mist. Leave on for 2 to 3 minutes, then gently pat dry. Use as often as necessary. AM PM

Key Ingredients 

  • MINERAL PROPERTIES: Does not dry out skin, helps improve skin texture, softens and restores skin barrier
  • BIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES: Rich in postbiotic microflora to calm and soothe the skin

Purchase your full or travel size in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Free to download for iPhones and Androids.

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Product of the Week: Avene Xeracalm Balm

Product of the Week: Avene Xeracalm Balm

We’re going to let you all in on a little secret. The Avene Xeracalm Balm is a must have for babies and children especially if they suffer through dry eczema prone skin! This product seals moisture for up to 48 hours too which is amazing!

Lipid-replenishing balm nourishes, soothes and calms dry, itchy skin prone to atopic dermatitis and eczema. Helps rebalance microbiomes while supporting skin’s defense system for healthy skin.

How to use
After cleansing with a gentle cleanser, apply 1-2 times daily to very dry areas of the face and/or body. Can be used in the morning and night.

Key Ingredients

  • I-MODULIA: Postbiotic complex from Avène Thermal Spring Water calms itching* while supporting skin’s defense system
  • CER-OMEGA: Derived from evening primrose and rich in omega-6 to nourish, hydrate and help restore skin’s barrier
  • AVENE THERMAL SPRING WATER: Clinically shown by 150 studies to soothe, soften and calm the skin
  • STERILE COSMETICS: Allows formula to be free of preservatives, parabens and fragrance with its patented airless packaging

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Available for iPhone and Android users.

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Product of the Week: EltaMD UV Stick SPF 50

Elta MD UV Stick SPF 50
Elta MD UV Stick SPF 50

EltaMD UV Stick SPF 50 is easy-to-apply, mess-free, residue-free sun protection that’s Dermatologist tested and formulated for the whole family and all skin types. Perfect for at home or reapplication on the road, this water-resistant, all-mineral SPF 50+ formula absorbs quickly, blends easily and works for all skin tones without leaving a white cast, and with broad-spectrum and antioxidant protection against UVA (aging), UVB (burning) and HEV (high energy visible or blue light) rays, you can feel confident with every swipe.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

    • Face and body sunscreen
    • Broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and infrared radiation)
    • With 100% mineral active Zinc Oxide
    • Water-resistant (Up to 80 minutes)
    • Convenient on-the-go stick format, for easy reapplication
    • Travel-friendly, TSA compliant
    • Absorbs quickly and blends easily, providing a transparent layer of protection for all skin tones
    • Suitable for adults and children
    • Formulated for all skin types and skin tones
    • Safe for sensitive skin
    • Antioxidant protection

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • Active Ingredients: 22% All-physical Zinc Oxide
  • Ingredient Insights:
    • Zinc Oxide: Natural mineral compound that works as a sunscreen agent by reflecting and scattering UVA and UVB rays
    • Tocopherol (Vit.E): Antioxidant that reduces free radicals and mitigates the effects of UV, HEV and IR (infrared) exposure
    • Oryzanol and Ethyl Ferulate: Lipid soluble antioxidants with excellent free radical scavenging effects to help mitigate oxidative UV damage
    • Bisabolol: Naturally-occurring material that soothes skin from daily environmental stress

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Free to download for iPhone or Android users!

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CCSD Hand Restore

CCSD Hand Restore
CCSD Hand Restore

The CCSD Hand Restore us a luxurious fractionated hyaluronic acid and green tea intensive hand cream that’s perfect for everyone!

This ultra nourishing, non-greasy hand treatment therapy rejuvenates, soothes and conditions compromised hands.  It’s designed for multi-daily usage as well as in combination with hand rejuvenation treatments.  Key ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Green Tea.
Benefits
  • Various low molecular weights of HA easily penetrate skin to ensure deep and optimal hydration
  • Glycerin helps bind moisture to skin to maintain a healthy skin barrier.
  • Niacinamide assists in brightening areas of pigmentation and evening out skin texture and tone
  • Green tea extract is a nourishing and calming antioxidant that helps guard against free radical damage.
  • Free of fragrance, gluten, oil and parabens

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App! Free to download for Apple or Android users.

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Product of the Week: Alastin SilkSHIELD All-Mineral Sunscreen

Alastin SilkSHIELD All-Mineral Sunscreen

“The Alastin SilkSHield All-Mineral Sunscreen is my new obsession! I truly have never felt this unique texture of sunscreen before. It feels so elegant and lightweight! It is a great alternative from our tinted Alastin HydraTint [Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36]. Now we have TWO Alastin sunscreen options!” – Vivi, Assistant Retail Store Coordinator 

Ingredients and Key Benefits

  • Lightweight, fast-absorbing, broad-spectrum sunscreen that blends in sheer.

  • Hydrating, non-irritating formula helps to improve and repair the skin’s barrier function.

  • Provides protection from UVA/UVB, IR rays, pollution, and blue light.

  • Formulated for use following a cosmetic treatment and generally sensitive skin.

  • Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, and oil-free.

  • Supports the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.

  • It’s a great anti-aging, moisturizing SPF all in one!

How to use it

Apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure, alone or under make-up, as needed. Reapply after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying, at least every 2 hours. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor.

Key Ingredients

Zinc Oxide – 19.95%

TriHex Technology® – Works with the skin to help clear out damaged elastin and collagen and support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Supports the skin’s natural barrier function and repair

Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone – Highly effective hyaluronic acid booster, antioxidant, and anti-irritant

Ectoin – Helps provide protection from blue light and can repair existing sun damage within the skin

Phytoene/Phytofluene – Powerful antioxidants to help further protect the skin

Purchase in-store, online our through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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Nutrafol Women’s Balance

Nutrafol Women's Balance

Improves hair growth with visibly more thickness peri- and post menopause. Target root causes of thinning like hormones, stress, and metabolism with medical-grade, natural ingredients that support your whole-body health.

21 powerful ingredients for better hair growth.
Featuring patented Synergen Complex Plus®, a proprietary blend of clinically effective ingredients formulated with unique ratios shown to improve hair growth and quality.

Saw Palmetto
Combats thinning hair by helping to block production of DHT.

Maca
Adaptogen known to support hormone health before, during, and after menopause.

Sensoril® Ashwagandha
Balances stress hormones to support the hair growth cycle.

Purchase in-store, online, or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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Product of the Week: iS Clinical Active Serum

Product of the Week: iS Clinical Active Serum
This week’s product of the week is one of Vivi’s personal favorites because it is pregnancy safe and botanical based! Since she cannot use tretinoin, during pregnancy, this baby here saved her skin’s life going through pregnancy hormones! She likes to call it the botanical version of retinol. 
 
The iS Clinical Active Serum provides anti-aging, anti-acne and brightening benefits. Clinically-proven to provide both instant and long-term results, this face serum smooths away fine lines and wrinkles while softening the skin’s texture. It reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness and acne, leading to a clearer and healthier-looking complexion. Ideal for anti-aging, acne, and hyperpigmented skin. 
 
**Key Factors and Key Ingredients***
  • Professional strength
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne
  • Provides both rapid and long-term results
  • Contains Derivative of Glycolic acid-Sugar Cane 
  • Kojic Acid 
  • Lactic Acid 
  • Derivative of Salicylic -Willow Bark
***How to use***
Apply sparingly to clean skin, smoothing over face and neck (or as directed). This “active” product will produce a slight tingling sensation, which should dissipate within a few minutes.
 
iS Clinical Active Serum
 

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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Product of the Week: EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Creme

EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Creme

The EltaMD Moisture-Rich Body Creme infuses compromised and dry, flaky, sensitive skin with long-lasting moisture and essential nutrients. A wonderful daily moisturizer with a medium texture. Boasts a lot of benefits for severely, dry and/or sensitive skin but it’s important to note that it is also great for ALL SKIN TYPES!

*Key Factors & Ingredients*

  • Niacinamide (vit B3) and enzymes work to help smooth and soothe severely dry skin. Reduces redness, calm inflammation and restores suppleness.

  • Luxurious, ceramide-enhanced formula promotes a healthy skin barrier and replenishes moisture.

  • Moisture-binding hyaluronic acid, plant-based lipids and mango seed butter moisturizes and nourishes dry, flaky, sensitive skin.

  • Fragrance-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free, nongreasy and noncomedogenic

  • 8oz tube

*Directions*

Easy – just apply after showering and/or reapply throughout the day as needed! Follow up with sunscreen when you’ll be outside. For the body only.

Purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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***NEW PRODUCT ALERT*** Alastin ReFORM and RePAIR Complex

Alastin Restore and Repair
The Alastin ReFORM and RePAIR Complex benefits the patients by accelerating the healing process as it reduces:
  • Edema and Inflammation (swelling)
  • Subcutaneous Fibrous Banding
  • Bruising and Tenderness
  • Scarring
It improves skin quality, texture and tone as well!
Key Ingredients
  • TriHex Technology – Actively works to help clear out old, damaged proteins and replenish skin with new elastin and collagen for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
  • Hexapeptide 11 – Supports the body’s natural detoxification and repair process to improve the clearance of waste products, such as lipid droplets.
  • ChromaFADE Technology – Accelerates recovery from post-surgical bruising and enhances patient experience with less downtime and more symptomatic relief
  • Arnica Montana Extract – Helps to reduce the appearance of swelling
  • Centella Asiatica Extract / Tetrandrine / Oleuropein – Helps to balance and prevent overproduction of collagen helping to minimize the appearance of scars.
What procedures does it pair with?
  • Facial Procedures
  1. Facelift – Pretreat with Nectar, Post treat with R&R (behind the ears)
  2. Neck Liposuction
  3. Facial Fat Transfer
  • Breast Procedures
  1. Breast Augmentation
  2. Breast Lift
  3. Breast Reduction
  4. Breast Reconstruction
  • Body Procedures
  1. Abdominoplasty
  2. Liposuction
  3. Brachioplasty
  4. Thigh Lift
  5. BBL With Fat Transfer or Grafting
  • Non-surgical Procedures
  1. QWO

This product is ready to be purchased! You can purchase in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

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An Esthetician’s Point of View with Nicki Loizzi, Licensed Esthetician

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From our Licensed Esthetician, Nicki Loizzi – Favorite Exfoliating Skincare Product

I am fortunate to work at such an incredible practice that takes skin health so seriously, which is why I am always excited to walk my patients out to the checkout counter located in our very own store, here at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, called Chicago Skin Science. We carry the biggest selection of skincare I’ve ever seen at a practice because we know that each patient’s skin needs, as well as the budgets, can vary.  

I make sure that at the beginning of every appointment I ask what my patient is currently using at home and if they feel like it’s working. After carefully listening to what they are currently doing and their level of satisfaction with what they already have, it is my job to be a “skinvestigator” (as I call myself), to see what they are missing from their routine so that I can suggest products to help their concerns and/or assure that the products they have already invested in are working to their full potential. There truly is no point investing in expensive serums and moisturizers if one is not exfoliating your skin properly because the skincare products are essentially just sitting on top of the skin instead of penetrating deep into the dermis. 
 
I’ve noticed a common trend in what the majority of patients are lacking- an exfoliating step to their skincare regimen (and no, a scrub with beads in it will not suffice), which is why I am so happy we carry our own CCSD Reverse Peel Pads which are 15% glycolic acid and come in a convenient pack of 60. I recommend patients start incorporating these easy-to-use, inexpensive (about $42) pads every other night after they cleanse their skin and prior to putting on serums/moisturizers/night creams for a variety of reasons since glycolic acid…
 
  • Helps prevent acne
  • Slows down the aging process 
  • Treats hyperpigmentation
  • Aids in reducing the appearance of scars
  • Improves the overall appearance of skin
“Glycolic acid has a small molecular structure, giving it the ability to travel deep into the layers of the skin. Once there, the acid dissolves excess sebum and dead skin cells, revealing smoother, brighter, and younger-looking skin.”
 

Call or text our office at 312-245-9965, to book your consultation with me so I can help further educate you on what we offer! We can take a deep dive into how we can help assist you in your skincare needs and overall skin health goals!

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Product of the Week: Revision Intellishade TruPhysical

Revision Skincare Intellishade TruPhysicalOur Assistant Retail Store Coordinator, Vivi, absolutely LOVES this Product! See why below:

The Revision Intellishade TruPhysical is designed to correct, protect, conceal, brighten, and hydrate this chemical free sunscreen is a favorite for being a 5-in-1 age-defying moisturizer with broad spectrum all-mineral SPF with a tinted, fresh, makeup look finish.

**Key Factors & Key Ingredients**

  • Loaded with age-defying, beneficial ingredients
  • 2019 Newbeauty Award Winner: Best Tinted Moisturizer with SPF
  • 100% all-mineral technology that provides UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection.
  • Includes Peptides- helps skin appear firm and lifted, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Includes Vitamin C and other antioxidants- help combat environmental stressors, brighten and even skin tone.
  • Light diffusing ingredients help to even skin tone and blur imperfections.
  • Formulated without hidden chemical sunscreens, parabens, alcohol and artificial fragrances

*Directions*

Use as your last step in your routine, AM only. Can apply makeup after, but you may find it is not needed! 🙂

Makeup Tip: Vivi’s favorite thing to do is cocktail it in with your liquid foundation for that extra boost in SPF and Anti-aging skin benefits!

Purchase your Revision Intellishade TruPhysical in-store, online or through our Chicago Skin Science App!

Need it ASAP?! Try our Same-Day Skincare courier service* (available online during checkout)!

*available within a 10 mile radius of our skincare store