Naturopathic Skin Care
Naturopathic skin care involves a comprehensive initial assessment for the causes of skin ailments such as hormonal imbalance, nutrition, digestive function, stress and other causes of inflammation. Our Naturopathic Doctors use an evidenced based approach to your skin including a thorough assessment which involves a history about your skin and objective analysis using the Observ520 and SD202 skin diagnostic devices.
The Observ520 is a state of the art camera which takes images of skin layers under 6 different observational lights to assess for irregularities or abnormalities in your skin. The Skin Diagnostic202 (SD202) measures the water to oil ratio of your skin so we can create a skin regime specific to your exact level of hydration.
Our Skin Diagnostician Naturopathic Doctors take all of this information and create a complete health plan for your skin which includes specific clean beauty product recommendations, dermal treatment, nutrition, natural health products and much more so your skin can truly Flourish.
Dr. Aisling became obsessed with Clean Beauty products when she was pregnant with her first baby. After extensively researching ingredients in conventional beauty products she was shocked to learn that many ingredients deemed safe to use in topical skin care could disrupt hormones, cause fetal abnormalities and increase the risk of cancer. Dr. Aisling made it her personal mission to find the best line of clean beauty products both from an ingredient perspective as well as providing amazing skin results. After years of testing, she determined that Ela Spa has the best line of clean beauty products and we are so excited to offer the full line of Ela Spa Skin Care at Flourish.
We encourage all of our patients to switch to clean beauty products but especially our patients who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding as many of the chemicals in conventional beauty products can impact fertility and be transferred to babe in utero or through breast milk.
Dr. Melissa Descoteaux, Dr. Katie Black and Dr. Aisling Lanigan are our trained Naturopathic Skin Diagnosticians at Flourish.
Naturopathic Cosmetic Acupuncture
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror and not liking what you see? Are there fine lines and wrinkles that weren’t there before? Is your skin not as clear, firm, or as bright as it used to be despite trying every beauty product under the sun? Maybe it’s time to try cosmetic acupuncture!
Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, non-toxic, non-surgical approach to reducing the signs of aging. It increases circulation and collagen production, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, tightens and firms skin, reduces bags under the eyes, and gives your skin a younger, brighter, healthier look.
HOW IT WORKS
Cosmetic acupuncture combines the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and specialized facial acupuncture treatments to produce healthier, rejuvenated skin!
Our skin is the largest, and most visible organ of the body. The skin is constantly being exposed and required to respond to environmental changes. Functionally, it provides mechanical integrity and resilience, protection against harmful foreign chemicals, antioxidant protection, selective absorption of many substances including oxygen, protection against dehydration and overhydration (water repellency), ultraviolet protection, and regenerative and restorative mechanisms when injured. Not to mention all of the natural changes that occur with aging (wrinkling, sagging, laxity, pigment and blemish development, dryness, etc).
Cosmetic acupuncture treatments increase water and natural oil content, and significantly improve elasticity and collagen formation in the skin. One of the many explanations of how acupuncture works is this; when the acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin it naturally stimulates the body’s repair system. It is this natural healing process that stimulates the production of collagen at the site of needle insertion. Regeneration of the dermis and epidermis produces new collagen and elastin proteins, leaving new skin tissue naturally appearing younger.
Cosmetic acupuncture improves facial muscle tone. When muscles under the skin are toned, the skin over top of these muscles is firmed, which reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also decreases inflammation, and increases circulation. Improved circulation assists the body’s ability to eliminate toxins and enhance the skin with the nutrients it needs to give you that natural, healthy glow!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The first treatment includes a detailed health history in addition to your first treatment. Delicate needles are inserted primarily in the face with a few additional spots on the body. The needles are left in for approximately 30 minutes although, an entire single treatment ranges from 60-90 minutes. Each treatment will also include a facial massage, education about skin care, nutrition and supplementation to enhance, and maintain the best results!
For the best results, it is recommended to have a single treatment done once a week for 10-12 weeks. Maintenance treatments are recommended once a month to once every 2 or 3 months. However, results may vary from person to person.