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Category Archives: Skin Care

My Go-To Treatments for Summer

Don’t you just love a skin treatment that is effective, quick, and has no downtime! Here are my 3 favourite summertime treatments to keep your skin looking fabulous and to help you achieve the MAKEUP OPTIONAL status. Chemical Peels Chemical peels are a gentle chemical exfoliation of the superficial layer of the skin. By carefully […]


The Truth about Skin Care Products

We have all done it…stood in front of the ‘lotions and potions’ counter at various retail outlets (and now online stores) and tried to choose from the myriad of face creams available. We have also stockpiled products in our bathroom cupboards that ‘didn’t work’ or were too harsh. It is estimated that in 2018 over […]


Men and Medical Aesthetics

There is an increasing number of men interested in evidence-based medical aesthetic procedures to improve the health of the skin, keep facial lines at bay, and correct the volume loss that occurs as we age. Below are some of the areas that can be addressed very successfully: SKIN CARE Everyone benefits from sunblock that contains […]


Confidence – It Looks Good on You!

One of the reasons I love my occupation as an Aesthetic Physician is that it allows me to help clients achieve self-confidence by improving the quality of their skin and their facial appearance. I believe that self-care is never a selfish act – taking care of yourself enables you to take care of others. Self-care […]


Post Winter Repair and Rehydrate Guide

READY, SET, GLOW! It has been an unusually long and cold winter here on Vancouver Island. As you have probably noticed, winter weather takes a toll on your exposed skin. Your face can end up dry, red, and itchy. We all love glowing skin so what can we do to repair and rehydrate? Here are […]


Lines Around the Mouth

LINES AROUND the MOUTH Why Are They There and What are the Options?   As you age, you lose collagen and fat in your face and lips. Your supporting bone structure also diminishes. This loss of collagen, fat and bone structure, can lead to small lips and fine lines both above and below the lips. […]


Are all Facials Created Equal?

By Lauren Hall – Aesthetician at Viva Medical Aesthetics There’s nothing I love more than a good facial! A magical hour during which you are swaddled in plush blankets while having your head, neck and shoulders massaged with products that are going to leave your skin hydrated and smooth for the rest of the week. […]


The Science of Sun Protection

Misinformation about sunscreen is common. Don’t let myths deter you from using it to protect your skin. There are many articles online and in the press that can cause confusion about the benefits and possible harms of sunscreen. With the incidence of skin cancer on the rise, I think it is pertinent to examine and […]


Active Ingredients = Glowing Skin

– ACTIVE INGREDIENTS – How To Transform Dull Skin Into Glowing Skin!   I am often asked, “What does my skin need to achieve a luminous / glowing appearance?” Here are my top 5 recommendations: 1) Sunblock One of the most important items in your daily regime is sunblock. Over time, UVA and UVB rays […]


Let Your Skin Shine this Winter!

Winter Skin Care In our Canadian winter, your skin is exposed to a variety of weather conditions, including frigid temperatures, cold wind, reflected sun, and driving rain. Taking care of your skin is an essential part of your health and well-being.  The great news is that good skin care does not need to be complicated […]


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