colorescience sun protection at blu cocoon med spaAt our San Jose Med Spa, we are huge advocates of using sunscreen to prevent the signs of aging. What we don’t mention as much – but is equally as important – is that the daily use of sunscreen can also reduce the risk of developing melanoma (skin cancer).

Since May is Melanoma Awareness month, we’d like to share information about it from the Skin Cancer Foundation as a reminder to take care of your skin.

Who is at risk for melanoma?
Everyone, however some people have an increased risk because of:

  • Cumulative sun exposure (did you have a lot of sunburns in childhood?)
  • Tanning booth usage
  • Skin type (fairer skin is at an increased risk)
  • Weakened immune system (as a result of chemotherapy or diseases such as HIV/AIDS)
  • Family history of melanoma

What are the warning signs of melanoma?
The Skin Cancer Foundation has put together a list called “The ABCDEs of Melanoma” to help identify warning signs:

  • A – Asymmetry: If you were to draw a line through a mole and the two sides don’t match, then it is asymmetrical and should be evaluated.
  • B – Border: Early melanomas tend to have uneven borders with scalloped or notched edges.
  • C – Color: Most benign moles are a single shade of brown; a melanoma could be a variety of shades of brown, tan, or black, or they may become red, white or blue.
  • D – Diameter: Benign moles usually have a smaller diameter; melanomas are usually larger than the eraser on a pencil tip (but could be detected when they are smaller).
  • E – Evolving: If a mole is evolving – changing in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait (bleeding, itchy, crusting) – be on alert.

Reduce your risk of melanoma and aging by wearing sunscreen daily and year round (and don’t forget to re-apply after prolonged exposure to sun or water, or excessive sweating).

At Blu Cocoon we have many sunscreen options that have been handpicked based on their efficacy and reputation within the medical cosmetics community, such as SkinMedica, TiZO, Colorescience (pictured above), PCA Skin, Elta MD, and more. Next time you are in, ask your Blu Cocoon clinician or our front desk staff which sunscreen would be best for you.

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Now in stock at our San Jose MedSpa!

colorescience bronzing duo blu cocoonGet total protection for face and body with Colorescience’s limited edition Sunforgettable Bronzing Duo (SPF 50). This 2-pack of bronze tinted Sunforgettable products will give you a natural looking, sun-kissed glow (just in time for summer!)

These products are formulated to protect your skin from:

  • UVA/UVB rays
  • Pollution
  • Blue light
  • Infrared radiation

Both products are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, oil, and fragrance. They are 100% mineral and free of chemical sunscreen. The Bronzing Duo is a non-greasy formula that looks elegant after application. It is suitable for all skin types.

Based on typical use, the Face Shield should last about 90 days. Apply liberally and re-apply throughout the day if you are out for prolonged periods in the sun or water. Both products should be shaken well before each use.

These products are a limited edition so call or stop by to pick up your Colorescience Total Protection Bronzing Duo today.

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Pep Up Collagen Renewal Face & Neck Treatment by Colorescience is an all-in-one skin rejuvenation solution.

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Pep Up is formulated with an exclusive blend of 10 peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid that is designed to:

  • Encourage healthy collagen production to fight the signs of aging
  • Restore and reinforce moisture for an increase in suppleness
  • Protect your skin from environmental aggressors
  • Soothe and calm skin against infrared radiation

Pep Up is easy to use – apply 1-2 pumps twice daily after cleansing (or after toner).

In a study study with a 158 participants of all ages, people noticed:

  • Improvement in overall skin health (at 4 weeks)
  • 78% improvement in skin firmness (at 12 weeks)

Pep Up can be used on any skin type. It is hypoallergenic, non comedogenic, and free of oil, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols, and chemical sunscreen.

Pep Up Collagen Face & Neck Treatment is available at Blu Cocoon in San Jose, CA, along with other Colorescience products.

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Obagi launched a new product this month and we will be carrying it at our San Jose MedSpa soon!

Obagi’s Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask is a 2-in-1 skincare treatment that promises to do double duty. This at-home treatment exfoliates using superfine crystals to prime your skin for absorption of L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It contains 30% L-ascorbic acid – more than any other skincare product available in the industry!

It’s easy to use:

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  1. Warm in hands and apply an even layer onto clean damp skin for exfoliation
  2. Relax for 10-15 minutes while vitamin C is absorbed into the skin
  3. Wipe off with a soft, wet cloth and water

Here’s what you can expect after one treatment:

  • Immediate glow
  • Skin conditioning from botanical oils to minimize dryness
  • A visible reduction in dull skin and fine lines

Obagi conducted a 3-week study of the Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask and participants reported:

  • More luminous glow (88%) after one application
  • More youthful-looking skin (98%) after 3 weeks of use

This product will keep your skin radiant between medspa treatments or is beneficial to add to any at-home skincare regimen.

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We recently extended our esthetic menu to include a variety of facials so clients can choose depending on their skin’s needs (see the menu here). Facials are luxurious, relaxing, and very beneficial for your skin’s health. Getting a facial every now and then is good, but getting a facial on a regular basis is even better. Here is why.

A Facial Encourages Healthy Skin
Skin cells slough off every 3o days or so, but as we get older, the sloughing process can take longer. The buildup of old cells can leave the skin looking dull. If you choose to have a monthly facial, this will encourage your skin to turnover and move the healthy cells to the surface. The result: more radiant skin.

A Facial Cleans Pores
Whether you have acne concerns or not, a good pore cleansing helps to remove excess oil and impurities. The result: smaller pore size and less breakouts.

A Facial Fights Aging
The components of a facial – cleansing, massage, exfoliation, facial mask, and use of antioxidant products – encourages collagen production (which slows down as we age). A deep exfoliation may reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage/age spots. The result: smooth and healthy-looking skin.

A Facial Keeps Your Skin on Track
Many of our clients use medical grade skin care products for their home care regimen. Adding in a regular facial allows products to absorb to a deeper level and maximizes their benefits. Also, it is a good time to discuss skin concerns with your esthetician.

A Facial Provides Relaxation
A monthly facial gives you time for yourself to close your eyes and completely relax.

Call us at 408-295-2580 to schedule your facial at our San Jose Med Spa today.

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Judging from the popularity of Botox and fillers at our San Jose MedSpa, we could’ve guessed that they are the most sought out minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments in the US and recently the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) confirmed this in their annual 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics report.

The top minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures (and number of treatments) from last year were:

  1. Botox, Dysport, Xeomin: 7,437,378
  2. Soft Tissue Dermal Fillers (including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, etc.,): 2,676,970
  3. Chemical Peels: 1,384,327
  4. Laser Hair Removal: 1,077,490
  5. Microdermabrasion: 709,413
  6. IPL treatments (FotoFacial): 675,552
  7. Laser Skin Resurfacing: 594,266
  8. Non-Invasive Fat Reduction (CoolSculpting, etc.,): 376,962
  9. Non-Surgical Skin Tightening (Ultherapy, etc.,): 335,290
  10. Sclerotherapy (varicose and spider vein treatment): 323,234

Since 2000, the number of Botox treatments has grown 845%! From a mere 786,000 treatments to over 7 million!

It is not surprising that Botox is consistently the chart topper. The treatment is quick (30-45 minutes) and accomplishes a lot! There is no downtime and when the results set in (from a few days to about 2 weeks), they are noticeable. Botox / Dysport drastically reduces the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles in the forehead area, around the eyes, and/or scowl. One treatment will “turn your frown upside down”. A Botox/Dysport treatment lasts 3-4 months.

Fillers, the second most popular treatment in the US, are another anti-wrinkle treatment. They “fill” crevices in your face, and can also enhance features like lips, cheekbones, a nose (read more about nose reshaping using filler here) and much more. The benefits of fillers last 6 to 12+ months.

If you’ve been wanting to try fillers or Botox, call us at 408-295-2580 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

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