5 Tips For Fall Skin Care

Fall is here! As the weather changes so should your skin care regime. Here are five quick tips to keep your fall skin in check.

Tip #1: Thicken Up

Replace your summer moisturizer with a thicker formula. As the days get shorter, the air gets colder and dryer. Your skin will need more moisture than it did during the hot, humid summer months.
Drying up like a leaf? Try our ZO Skin Health Deep Hydration Facial Treatment.

Tip #2: Play Time Is Over Now Let’s Get Serious

Serious about skin care? Now that summer is over it is the perfect time to start using retinol. And no, some fluffy drugstore or department store retinol does not count, we mean a full strength medical grade retinol. Rule of thumb, if you can buy it a Sephora it will not be strong enough to get a clinical change in your skin.
You will definitely want to go over a “retinol plan” with one of our technicians before starting, this stuff means business! Note: September is retinol month at The Vanity Lab. 20% off all retinol all month long! Set up a complementary consultation to find out what is the perfect retinal for your individual skin/needs.

Tip #3: Start Correcting Your Summer Damage Before The Holiday Season Begins.

Not madly in love with you skin? Then Fix it! Now that the sun has eased off you are safe to get back into laser treatments. So many people come in a week before the holiday party season wanting to erase all the spots and lines they acquired over the summer, not realizing it’s a process & that best results come from a series of laser treatments. Now don’t get us wrong, we are miracle workers, but you got to give us more than one day! However if you are new to laser it is always best to book a complementary consult/ skin analysis to determine the best treatments for you personal skin concerns.

4) Don’t Even Think About Putting Away Your SPF

Although you won’t get a sun burn walking around on a cloudy fall day, it does not mean you can forgo your SPF. UVB rays are what give you a burn in the summer. They are less strong the rest of the year & are filtered out by the clouds, this is why you generally don’t have to worry about getting a burn during the fall and winter months. UVA rays on the other hand are a different wavelength of the light. UVA is not filtered out by clouds and is just as strong year round. You will not get a sunburn from UVA rays however you will still get skin damage & premature aging, such as sunspots and wrinkles. A good broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher, year round, is the best & cheapest thing you can do to protect your skin & prevent premature aging.

5) Lets Get Personal

It goes without saying that everyones skin is different. Not only that but your skin is constantly changing. The needs of your skin may be different than what they were last season. Our best advice for altering your skin care regime is to have a skincare analysis done. Don’t waste time and money on products that you hope will work. Hope is not enough. Invests 30 minutes with one of our skin care experts to determine the exact products/ingredients that are needed for your individual skin needs & your personal concerns.

Now throw on a knit sweater & some boots and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte. Fall is finally here!

4 Tips For The Perfect Fall Lip

Fall is here & with that comes our favourite dark fall lip shades. A darker hue can leave lips looking thin & withered which can age your appearance… Not a good look.

Here are 4 simple tips to the perfect fall lip

Tip #1) Drink lots of water!

We know this one is obvious but staying hydrated is really your first line of defence when it comes to keeping your pout plump as the weather changes.

Tip #2) Toss the Chapstick

We recommend ZO Medical LipRebuild as a lip treatment, NOT Chapstick which lips can become dependant on with continuous use leaving them more dry as the air gets colder. ZO LipRebuild is bioengineered to reverse and restore severely dry, cracked and wrinkled lips using a clinically proven moisture recycling technology. An advanced peptide complex increases microcirculation to plump lips, improving overall shape, size and contour while restoring lips to their natural rosy colour. Not ready for filler? This is the next best thing. Totally addicted to filler? Then this is a must have product to prolong your results.

Tip #3) Get a second toothbrush

Use a toothbrush (just not the same one you use on your teeth, that would be disgusting) to lightly scrub your lips to exfoliate dry dead skin that makes lips look dehydrated and can be amplified by a dark lip colour.

Tip #4) Fake it till you make it

You can always plump up your fall pout with a little filler for a full, hydrated & youthful look, no matter the shade you choose to sport. Our tip for those new to filler is start slow. It is best to start on the conservative side with filler as you can always add more, that way you avoid looking overdone or “fake”. The best injectables are the ones people don’t know that you have. Go ahead take credit for that stunning set of lips. A good doctor should always strive for a natural look that best suits the structure of your face, as you are a walking representation of their work. If you feel like a doctor is trying to push you to buy more than you need run! No reputable doctor wants their name attached to duck lips. Lastly beware the super cheap “mini lip”. Some doctors will advertise bargain prices to get patients in the door, when really they inject such a small amount of filler you are very unlikely to be happy with the results. After you come back for a top up one or two more times to get the full lip that you were initially looking for you will end up spending twice the price then if you would’ve just started off with a reputable doctor in the first place. This seems to be trending tactic among many doctors out there, but when you think about it this is your face were talking about the cheapest deal out there is most likely not your best bet! That’s not to say the most expensive price tag will get you the best results, just be weary of deals and make sure to inquire about the quantity of filler as well as the quality of the product they use. If it seems too good to be true it probably is.

Call or email to book a complementary consult with one of our doctors to find out more about achieving your perfect fall lip.


Are you covering your face in make up?

Feeling guilty about covering your face in make up each day? Perhaps you should. Let’s face it most make up out there is not doing your skin any favours. Sure it looks good on, but eventually you’ll have to take it off. Don’t worry we’re not asking you to toss your foundation, we love make up too! We’re just saying it’s time to educate yourself on what you’re applying to your skin each day.

We would like to introduce you to OXYGENETIX, the worlds most breathable foundation.

Besides being the first truly breathable makeup, the prime ingredient in this product is pro-healing, Ceravitae, a super charged oxygen complex that is proven to increase the skin’s oxygen uptake & promote collagen cell production and connective tissue growth in ageing and wounded skin

The foundation that was originally developed for doctors to heal and conceal skin after cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures such as laser and peels, is also the ideal foundation for everyday wear. It covers and TREATS a wide variety of skin problems: dry skin, acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.   Far superior to any BB, CC cream or foundation on the market. There has never been a makeup developed that gives compromised or aging skin so many benefits.
It is also natural Aloe Barbadensis gel based (not water-­‐based like most foundations, that often attract bacteria to the skin) and provides antibacterial qualities, protects compromised skin, while astringently removing dead surface cells. Furthermore, it is transfer and water resistant, which allows it to stay on for hours even in humid environments. Its oxygen enriched and natural components make it virtually a second skin.

A must have product for leading make up artists. “Nearly everyone who tries the product once becomes a loyal devotee and that includes some of the most recognisable names in entertainment such as the Kardashian family. Many were insisting their makeup artist use Oxygenetix because spending 20 hours on set wearing a regular foundation was causing skin problems, such as congestion & acne, whereas Oxygenetix cares for the skin and allows it to breathe.”

It contains skin loving ingredients Vitamin E, Grape Seed Extract, Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Salix Alba Extract (flavonoids) and Glycerin, Oxygenetix Foundation soothes, heals and replenishes moisture loss. Other benefits include:

  • Doesn’t smudge due to perspiring or exposure to humidity
  • Water-­‐resistant
  • Contains SPF25 UVA/UVB protection
  • Safely camouflages and soothes laser work, surgical scars and even third-­degree burns
  • Doesn’t rub off on clothing (13 times more transfer resistant than other makeup lines)
  • Stays on all day so no need to reapply
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Oil-­free & fragrance-­free
  • Hypoallergenic and non-­irritating to sensitive skin
  • No dyes or parabens

and if you are wondering yes it is cruelty free and vegan!

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