We are excited to introduce SkinPen micro-needling treatments at our San Jose MedSpa. SkinPen micro-needling stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin encouraging your skin to look and feel healthier. If you are looking for a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment with little to no downtime and visible results, SkinPen may be the choice for you.

How does SkinPen work?

SkinPen is a micro-needling device that creates “micro” skin punctures in the top layer of skin (dermis). These tiny punctures trigger the reparative power of your body’s natural wound healing response which, in turn, increases collagen production. Increased collagen production results in smoother skin tone and texture, smaller pore size, and reduction of wrinkles, scars, and fine lines.

What skin issues does SkinPen treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin tone or texture

What areas of the body can SkinPen treat?

SkinPen has cartridges of varying needle length and can be used for many body parts including the face, neck, and décolleté.

How long does a SkinPen procedure take? Does it hurt?

The procedure can take between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the area being treated. A topical anesthetic is applied to make the treatment comfortable.

How many treatments do you need?

Most people require a series of 3 treatments every 4 weeks for optimal results. Deeper wrinkles, advanced sun damage, or acne scars may require 6 or more treatments. Your clinician will determine what is best for you during your consultation.

Is there downtime after a SkinPen treatment?

Most people will have some slight swelling and pinkness or redness (like a mild sunburn) for 2 to 4 days. Some patients heal completely in 24 hours.

When will you see results from a SkinPen treatment?

The natural repair process can take several weeks to months. Many clients felt that their skin appeared healthier looking almost immediately. Final results may appear up to 3-6 months after your final treatment.

SkinPen Micro-Needling in San Jose at Blu Cocoon

Image via Skinpen.com

Call us (408-295-2580) to schedule a SkinPen Micro-Needling consultation today.

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Are you tired of your eyes making you looking tired?

Wrinkles around the eyes, dark circles, puffiness, and crepey skin can have a negative effect on your appearance. Whether you feel the skin around your eyes is beyond repair or you’re feeling the need to start on an eye cream, Obagi eye products do not disappoint.

At our San Jose MedSpa we carry both Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream and Eye Serum. Both products are formulated to help rejuvenate the appearance of the skin around your eyes. Here is a comparison of the two.

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream

The Eye Cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for firmer, more resilient skin. Results can be seen in as little as 8 weeks when used twice daily.

  • What it is: A rich cream formula of a bi-mineral complex, malonic acid, Vitamin E, Titanium Dioxide and antioxidants
  • What it does: Firms and strengthens skin by encouraging production of collagen and elastin
  • Ideal for: Crow’s Feet, Crepey Skin, Free Radical Damage, Aging Skin
  • Suitable for these Skin Types: Mature, Sensitive, Normal, Combination, Dry, Oily, Acne-Prone

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Complex Serum

The Eye Serum is a more of a “pick-me-up” for your eyes after little sleep, a long day at work, or a night out. Results can be seen in 8 weeks if applied twice daily. It can also be used as needed. Follow with ELASTIderm Eye Cream for an optimum result.

  • What it is: A serum comprised of a bi-mineral complex, malonic acid, and caffeine (applied by a rollerball applicator)
  • What it does: Promotes elasticity to tighten and smooth out wrinkles and crow’s feet
  • Ideal for: Dark Circles, Puffiness, Crow’s Feet, Aging Skin
  • Suitable for these Skin Types: Mature, Sensitive, Normal, Combination, Dry, Oily, Acne-Prone
Obagi Eye Cream in San Jose at Blu Cocoon

Photos have not been retouched. Patient applied eye cream twice daily for 8 weeks. Photo via Obagi.com.

Get ELASTIderm eye products and other skin care products by Obagi at Blu Cocoon in San Jose.

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Get SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 in San Jose at Blu Cocoon SkinMedica’s insanely popular LYTERA serum used to treat hyperpigmentation has been improved and is being sold as LYTERA 2.0. This pigment correcting serum is formulated to address the most stubborn skin discoloration.

What makes LYTERA 2.0 even better? A lot! Read on:

  • The new version is retinol-free. This means that there is less visible peeling and irritation. All skin types, including sensitive skin, can use this product. Pregnant and nursing women can also use LYTERA 2.0. It is also paraben-free, fragrance-free, hydroquinone-free, and non-comedogenic.
  • The new formula doesn’t just treat the skin’s surface. LYTERA 2.0 goes below the skin’s surface to help balance melanin production to prevent new spots from forming. It also corrects dark spots while building a healthy skin barrier.
  • LYTERA 2.0 treats all skin types and tones. Clinical studies were done on varying skin tones in 3 different countries and the new formulation will work to reduce the appearance of stubborn discoloration regardless of skin type or genetic makeup.
  • 95% – 100% in satisfaction ratings. 95% of patients using the product for 12 weeks said it lightened the darker blotches on their skin and diminished the appearance of dark spots. 100% said it worked well with other products in their daily regimen and it made their skin tone look more even.

Don’t get frustrated with your skin spots, GET EVEN with LYTERA 2.0.

Get LYTERA 2.0 and many other SkinMedica products in San Jose at Blu Cocoon MedSpa.

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At our San Jose MedSpa, we are big fans of Colorescience mineral makeup. Their foundations provide decent coverage and SPF protection – plus they work well with all skin types.

Colorescience Mineral MakeupRecently Colorescience reformulated one of their best selling products – the Natural Finish Pressed Foundation compacts – and it is for the better! The new shades are neutral (they took out the undertones) so there are fewer choices but they match more skin tones.

Here is a reference list to match the new shade to your previous shade:

  • (new) Light Ivory – (previous) Light as a Feather, Pass the Butter
  • (new) Medium Bisque or (new) Medium Sand – (previous) All Dolled Up, All Even, California Girl, Second Skin
  • (new) Tan Natural or (new) Tan Golden – (previous) Girl from Ipanema, Not Too Deep, Taste of Honey
  • (new) Deep Mocha – Toast of the Town, Rich Mocha

We think the new shades blend more seamlessly than the previous colors. The pressed mineral powder also hydrates and offers broad spectrum SPF 20 sunscreen. The coverage is buildable from medium to full.

Get your Colorescience mineral makeup in San Jose at Blu Cocoon. Stop by to check out the new shades – we’d be happy to help you find the right match!

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A retinoid topical skin care product is the best multi-tasking product that you can use at home to combat aging skin.

Extensive studies have shown that consistent use of a retinoid can reduce the appearance of sun damage, dull skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and large pores. This happens because the retinoid cream prompts rapid skin cell turnover which encourages the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Retinoid also hampers the breakdown of collagen so your skin remains firmer (and less wrinkles / fine lines show).

Today there are retinoid or retinol products all over the market. A quick, simple explanation between the difference of the two: retinol is a lower concentration (found in many over-the-counter products) while retinoid is a higher concentration product (usually used in medical-grade products that can only be purchased through a physician’s office or that require a prescription).

With all the retinoid/retinol products available, how do you know which is safe and, most importantly, effective? A retinol product that is available to a mass market and is carried in drugstores will have a very low percentage of active ingredients (and your results may be little or even none). We recommend purchasing a product that has been made by a reputable manufacturer with clinical studies to back up the product.

At our San Jose MedSpa the retinol/retinoid products we carry are listed below. We have chosen them based on their results and reputation. Here is a comparison:

Tretinoin Cream by Obagi

  • Skin issue: Acne; Anti-aging (if your skin has become resistant to Retinol)
  • Expected result: Clearer skin and less future acne breakouts; Skin appears healthy and bright
  • Ideal for: Teen through adult skin
  • Prescription needed: Yes
  • Strengths available: 0.05% and 0.1%

Retinol Complex (0.5 or 1.0) by SkinMedica

  • Skin issues: Fine lines and coarse wrinkles; Dull and/or uneven skin texture; Fight premature aging
  • Expected result: Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished; Skin tone and texture are improved; Skin appears healthy and bright
  • Ideal for: Adult skin
  • Prescription needed: No

Emollient Tretinoin by ReFissa
The emollient base of this cream helps to minimize redness and overdrying often caused by acne retinoids.

  • Skin issue: Fine lines and wrinkles on skin that is normal to dry
  • Expected result: Fine lines and wrinkles are diminished; Skin tone and texture are improved; Skin appears healthy and bright
  • Ideal for: Adult skin that tends to be on the drier side
  • Prescription needed: Yes
  • Strengths available: 0.05%

Any of the above products will get the job done for you. Choosing the right one just depends on your skin type and skin issues.

What you need to know if you are just starting on a retinoid:

  • Ease into it. Use every 3rd night or every other night until you can work your way up to 4 to 6 nights per week.
  • Your skin may experience redness, peeling or flaking but this will subside as your skin gets used to it.
  • Use sunscreen and sun protection daily. Retinoids make your skin much more sensitive to the sun.

If you have further questions, call us (408.295.2580) or come in to discuss how retinoids can change your skin for the better.

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Save the date to celebrate our 10th anniversary on Friday, January 27th!

Blu Cocoon MedSpa Anniversary Open House 2017

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