Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

5 Solutions for Sun Damaged Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 28, 2016 11:43:00 AM


Although you can’t turn back the clock and abstain from the sun in the past, you can erase some of the damage that was done. Professional skin care treatments can help remove the skin’s damaged outer layers to diminish sun spots and encourage the growth of new, healthy collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Chemical peels. 

Chemical peel treatments are a good option for bringing new life to sun-damaged skin. These peels utilize various solutions and strengths for different treatment levels and results. At Silk Touch Med Spa, our medical aestheticians customize the chemical peel treatment for each client, along with planning a structured treatment regimen. Most light-to-medium peels will require at least 3-6 treatments over a three-month period to see the best results.
Chemical peelscan vary in strength, ranging from very minor solutions that require little to no downtime, to stronger peels that may require a few days to heal. Make sure to discuss any upcoming events or work restrictions with your aesthetician. 


2. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial. 

IPL treatments have become very popular as a tool to erase sun spots and fine lines. An IPL photofacial uses a series of gentle light pulses that target the pigment present in sun spots, as well as other color irregularities. As the light travels through the layers of skin, heat from the light causes damage to the abnormally pigmented areas. This will kick-start the body’s natural healing process. The spot will either become darker and flake off, or it will be naturally absorbed by the body. IPL photofacials also stimulate collagen growth to reduce fine lines.
For the average client, three-to-five IPL photofacial treatments are required for best results, and most clients can be treated as frequently as every three weeks. Throughout the course of the treatment process, you can expect to see improved skin texture and a smoother, more even complexion.

IPL before after boise

IPL Before and After. Sunspot Removal.

3. C02 Fractional laser. 

Dot Therapy skin before after1 300x232For a more aggressive treatment for sun damage, there are  C02 fractional laser procedures. A C02 treats sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines with the use of a laser beam that is split (fractionated) into thousands of microscopic beams of light energy. The pixilated light penetrates the dermis and generates enough heat to stimulate natural collagen production and new cell growth. In addition to reducing the appearance of sun damage, fractional lasers can also help treat acne scars, stretch marks and melasma.
Most clients will see results after one to two treatments.
To see if you are a candiate for C02 treatments - schedule a complimentary consultation

4. Pelleve Radiofrequency. 

Treatments that harness the power of radiofrequency waves are also very effective for helping remove sun spots, reduce wrinkles and tighten skin. A Pelleve radiofrequency treatment works by sending heat energy into the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. Unlike lasers, Pelleve treatments rely on the absorption of radio waves and not light, which makes these services safe for all skin tones.
Pelleve is also great in combonation with IPL's for both skin tightening and sun spot reduction. This month get a free Pelleve Eye Treatment with a purchase of your IPL Series. Click here to learn more about this special offer

5. Products Containing Hydroquinone. 

Hydroquinone is a topical treatment used to lighten skin. It works by inhibiting the production of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that helps to produce melanin.
When used alone, hydroquinone treatments may not show visible results for several weeks. To see faster results and improve the effectiveness of this treatment, you can combine hydroquinone with a regimen of chemical peels and/or light-based procedures.
At Silk Touch we carry a wide range of products that can help improve the appearance of sun damaged Skin. We suggest scheduling a  Complimentary Skin Analysis to determine which customized product regimen will be most effective for you.


Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Sun Damage Treatments

What is Rosacea?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 11, 2016 1:47:07 PM

Rosacea is a fairly common condition estimated to affect over 45 million people worldwide. This condition causes redness and flushing in the central face as well as across the cheeks, nose and forehead in people with light complexion. 

Rosacea causes a range of symptoms that may include:

  • Redness,
  • Uncontrollable blushing
  • Swelling
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Bumps or pimple-like blemishes
  • Skin thickening and enlargement of the nose (mostly in men) 


People who have Rosacea usually experience periods of flare-ups and periods of remission (the decrease or disappearance of symptoms). There is often a “butterfly” pattern that is detectable on the face. Although Rosacea is not life threatening, even mild symptoms can have a negative effect on quality of life. In recent surveys by the National Rosacea Society, nearly 70% of Rosacea patients said this condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% said it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.

Treating Rosacea

There is no cure, but medical care is available to treat this inflammatory disorder, and help you get your life back to normal. More difficult Acne Rosacea may be treated through PhotoDynamic Therapy.

There are multitudes of Rosacea “triggers”. From food to stress, it is integral to your treatment success to learn your triggers and do what you can to avoid them.

Treatment combinations may include oral and topical medications, IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments and Isolaz Acne Therapy treatment. Most Rosacea patients need combination therapies for the most effective results. Rosacea which is left untreated can cause irreversible skin thickening and disfigurement.

Any of the previous symptoms listed in the beginning of this article are a signal to make an appointment for a consultation with a Silk Touch aesthetician. Our aestheticians can make sure you are taking advantage of all of the procedures and products available to help your skin and insure that you aren’t doing anything to worsen the condition.

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Topics: Skin Care, IPL

Easy Skin Care Tips for Men

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM


As you may have noticed, a man’s skin is very different from a woman’s. Their skin is thicker and most men shave daily.  Since men are less likely to prioritize good skin care than women, many appreciate simple but effective skin care for men tips. 

Here are a few skin care tips for men:

Say NO to Bar Soap

Bar soap tends to strip the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate.  Instead of soap try using a moisturizing cleansing gel that will give a deep pore cleaning, but won’t leave the skin feeling tight and dry.

Prevent Ingrown Hairs

The key to preventing ingrown hairs is by using the right shaving products and great razor. Choose a moisturizing shaving gel instead of cream that will instantly lubricate the skin, and soften the hair to be shaved, lessening irritation.

If you are prone to ingrown hairs – you may want to consider Laser Hair Removal Treatments. Treatments can be done on the beard, neck, sideburns and even eyebrows.

Learn about more laser hair removal treatments for men >>

Wear moisturizer with sunscreen.

Moisturizer and sunscreen are the two most important skin care habits you can develop. Save a step by buying a moisturizer with sunscreen in it! The top cause of skin aging is exposure to the sun.  For this reason, year-round sun protection is essential.   

Wondering which skin care products work best for men?  Request a free skin analysis.

Avoid using alcohol-based aftershave.

While many men like the clean and tight feeling associated with using alcohol-based aftershaves, these aftershaves can lead to dead skin cell buildup, keeping hair trapped in the skin, leading to more ingrown hairs and sensitivity.  Try a oil-free moisturizer to soothe the skin after a shave.  

Treatments for Men

Topics: Skin Care, For Men

Makeup That's Good For Your Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 25, 2015 2:01:00 PM

url 4Did you know there is makeup that is actually GOOD for your skin? We're not joking.

At Silk Touch, we love anything and everything to with beauty and healthy skin. Especially when you combine the two. But anyone who wears makeup knows that not all makeup is good for your skin. In fact, some brands can cause a whole slew of skin problems. Which is why we are obsessed with the entire Jane Iredale makeup line – the first line of makeup that actually has skin care benefits. 

Jane Iredale founded the company in 1994. She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.

Jane was inspired to develop a makeup that was good for the skin by her career in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the many kinds of makeup they wore. Her experience in working with women whose careers depended on a clear complexion allowed her to see how skin disorders and sensitivities not only threatened careers, but also destroyed self-confidence.

Jane has always thought of makeup as an essential part of a woman's sense of well-being and she wanted to make that easy to achieve.  That's why her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one, and why every product in the line is multi-functional.  Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.  Products must be easy to apply, as well, so that a woman can be her best in the shortest amount of time.

Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of products for the face, eyes, cheeks and lips. Including special bronzers, BB creams, hydration sprays, makeup starter kits & more.

At Silk Touch we are very selective with the product lines we carry, and we have been nothing short of impressed with the quality of products and color selection from Jane Iredale. This is truly the perfect makeup for any skin type – dry, oily, sensitive and aging.

Interested in learning more about Jane Iredale? Request a makeup consultation by calling 208.939.3110 or stop on by to play around with some samples at our new makeup station located in reception. 

Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Beauty

Are you over exfoliating?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 22, 2014 12:05:00 PM

exfoliationStop that! Are you over exfoliating?

File this one under the way-too-much-of-a-good-thing category. Many women inadvertently give themselves problem skin by exfoliating too hard and too often.

Why does over-exfoliating matter?

You risk your skin and stripping off the top layer. That’s not all: When you rob your skin of needed moisture, it responds as if it were an injury and produces more oil, which often results in acne. 

Over-exfoliating can also break blood vessels, causing redness.  To avoid self-sabotage, use a face scrub or sponge only once or twice a week, or not at all, if you’re using retinoid or glycolic acids. And when you dry your face, remember to blot gently to avoid further damaging your skin.

Treatments that exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin:

Microdermabrasions use a small hand-piece to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin and improve its tone, texture and clarity. Microdermabrasions are safe for all skin types and there is no downtime involved.

Chemical Peels give a topical exfoliation. The chemical peel is designed to remove the top layer of the skin, revealing the fresh, young skin underneath. There are many options when it comes to chemical peels, each developed to treat specific skin conditions.

Microneedling also provides similar benefits to mechanical exfoliation. Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is quickly gaining popularity as the go-to treatment for skin rejuvenation. The difference between this treatment and the other methods is that there is no removal of the outer layers of skin. The premise of microneedling is to create a controlled wound response in the skin to stimulate growth factors without abrading the epidermis.

How does your skin rank? Request a complimentary Digital Visia Skin Analysis. 

visia skin analysis


Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging

Skin Care Boise! New Skin Care Treatments for Sun Damaged Skin!

Posted by Susan Kerr on Feb 14, 2014 12:04:00 PM

Sun Damaged Skin Gone!

SILK TOUCH Rx Medicated Skin Care, Boise You want amazing skin right?  We do too!  In 2010 I wanted to find a way to bring our clients the best ingredients possible. Having been in the skin care business for over 11 years, I was familiar with a lot of different brands of skin care products and I wanted nothing but the best for myself and our clients.  So, I flew to Denver with Tiffany, our head aesthetician, and we participated in a two-day conference where we were instructed by an industrial chemist who specializes in dermatology products and medical grade skin care systems.    

We were on a mission!  We wanted to know what the best ingredients were, why they worked and in what combination.  At Silk Touch Med Spa we have always tried to provide the very highest grade skin care products available;  Vivete by Allergan, Epionce, Revision, etc.

But now, we wanted the best of the best, and to show our confidence in the products we've chosen, we have put our own Silk Touch name on them.   Thus, Silk Touch Rx Medicated Skin Care was born.

Our heavy hitter is our Vitamin A product line.  Why?  Because we mix the Vitamin A right into the moisturizer at our Med Spa, thus giving you the highest potency and efficacy available.  You have to see the difference to believe it! 

Silk Touch Rx Skin Care BEFORE MM Silk Touch Rx Skin Care Products, Silk Touch Med Spa, Boise

 These BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS are of Mariah, our Medical Aesthetician who started using the Silk Touch Rx Vitamin A product because of sun damaged skin and texture issues.  The Before and After photos were taken using our Visia Digital Photo Analysis. 

 Skin Lightening Peel,before  Silk Touch Med Spa, Boise


 Silk Touch Lightening Peel,AFTER, Silk T ouch Med Spa, Boise resized 600

Another heavy hitter, is our  Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.  Melasma is very difficult to treat, but look at the photos above and see the amazing results!  


Our client above was terribly sunburned as a young girl and developed melasma. Unfortunately the photos were taken with different cameras and the lighting and coloring are quite different, but you can see in the 2nd photo her melasma has faded almost entirely.  She has no makeup on except for a little lip gloss.  

The melasma patient had done many procedures including Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels, and IPLtreatments with no success.  When we found the formulation for our skin lightening peel we called her up and said, "Let's do this for you free of charge!"  She had a few days of down time and had to use an at-home skin care system for a few weeks, but just a month later, Shazaam!  Look at her now!!!!!   Aren't her results amazing???

Click here more information on the Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.

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Topics: Skin Care, Sun Damage Treatments

5 Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles - Silk Touch, Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 31, 2013 9:38:00 AM

1. Pesky Forehead and Frown Lines

Best treatment: Botox or Dysport

These ever annoying can asily be corrected with muscle-inhibiting neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport..By limiting ovement of the muscles that cause these lines, the lines and wrinkles are softened and made less noticeable.

They key to getting the best results is to go to an injector who has a lot of experience and can give a natural look. No one wants to LOOK like they have Botox, it’s important to not get over-injected.

 2. Get Rid of Lines Around the Mouth

Co2 boiseBest Treatments: Juvederm and C02 Fractional Laser

Pursing your lips, sun exposure and smoking among others, causes tiny, yet hard-to erase lines around our lips. This area can show harsh life-style choices, and make a person look a lot older than they really are. Fillers like Juvederm can help minimize these lines, and C02 Fractional Lasers can resurface damage skin to reveal new, fresh skin. A combination of both these treatments can be extremely effective for those who have deep, etched in lip lines.




3. Protect Damage from Happening

epionce sunsceenBest Treatment: Sunscreen

Reduce the incidence of more wrinkles forming with our go-to product that everyone should be applying everyday – sunscreen. Make sure you wear SPF with with a SPF of at least 35 on a daily basis. Don’t just do this in the summer, it’s important all year round. A good SPF will block both UVA and UVB rays.


4. Reduce Heavy Folds

juvederm volumaBest Treatment: Fillers

As we age, we lose volume in our face, which can cause a deep shadowing around the mouth. It can also cause sunken eye, and jowls as the fat migrate downwards. Fillers added to the cheeks and tear troughs can make nasolabial folds less prominent by volumizing and re-inflating the skin envelope.

5. Prevent Wrinkles

Best Treatment: Retinoids

The healthier your skin is, the less apparent your fine lines and wrinkles are. Retinoids work the strengthen skin and boost in the production of collagen. The more collagen there is, the less wrinkles and lines there will be. Prescription-strength retinoids are a must-have for your daily beauty routine.



Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging

Should you ever pop a pimple?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 22, 2013 11:00:00 AM

It never fails. It could be the night before a big date or that all-important board meeting where you have to give a presentation. You glance in the mirror and see an unpleasant sight: an intrusive whitehead. Although your first thought might be to pop it and move on with your day, avoid making a hasty choice and learn what’s best for your skin.

For some reason, popping a pimple provides us with much satisfaction. While seeing an unwelcome nuisance disappear feels gratifying momentarily, consider the aftermath of your actions. Picking or popping a pimple can actually push the dirt and bacteria deeper into the skin, causing more swelling, redness and irritation. If your skin is prone to scars, popping a pimple can lead to long-term damage. Deep scars can even become permanent and require professional solutions like laser treatments.

Rest assured that most pimples will go away on their own in due time. If you want to speed up the process, there are several treatments and products that help clear up acne, reduce the appearance of scars and even out the complexion.

Acne Treatments at Silk Touch: 

Read more about treatments here.

As with most treatments, acne treatments are very individualized at Silk Touch. During a consultation, our aestheticians will meet with you and discuss your individual concerns, following that we use VISIA skin analysis to determine the underlying cause of your acne. Using this information, we will write up our recommended treatment plan and product suggestions – all based on your condition, budget and skin type.

We are offering free consultations and Visia Skin analysis. If you are struggling with acne, give us a call or request an appointment online.

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If you feel the need to pop and can’t resist it, we recommend going to a professional for extractions – to avoid scarring and further trauma to the skin. But, if you absolutely must do it, make sure hands are washed, face is clean and you squeeze gently and stop before blood is drawn.

Topics: Skin Care, Acne

The Secret to Amazing, Flawless Skin

Posted by Susan Kerr on Feb 18, 2013 9:00:00 AM

You want amazing skin right?  So do we!  That's why a few years ago one of our aestheticians and myself flew all the way to Denver to attend a two-day conference where we were instructed by an industrial chemist who specializes in dermatology products.     

We were on a mission!  We wanted to know what the best ingredients were, why they worked and in what combination.  At Silk Touch Med Spa we have always tried to provide the very highest grade skin care products available;   Epionce, Jan Marini, Revision, etc.

But now, we wanted the best of the best, and to show our confidence in the products we've chosen, we have put our own Silk Touch name on them.   Thus, Silk Touch Rx Medicated Skin Care was born. 

Our heavy hitter is our Vitamin A product line.  Why?  Because we mix the Vitamin A right into the moisturizer at our Med Spa, thus giving you the highest potency and efficacy available.  You have to see the difference to believe it!  

The above photos are of Mariah, our medical aesthetician who started using the Silk Touch Rx Vitamin A product because of sun damage and texture issues.  Before and after photos were taken using our Visia Digital Photo Analysis.  

Another heavy hitter, is our  Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.  Melasma is very difficult to treat, but look at the photos below and see the amazing results!   

This is one of our clients who was terribly sunburned as a young girl and developed melasma.  She had done many procedures including MicrodermabrasionChemical Peels, and IPLtreatments with no success.  When we found the formulation for our skin lightening peel we called her up and said, "Let's do this for you free of charge!"  She had a few days of down time and had to use an at-home skin care system, but just a month later, Shazaam!  Look at her now!!!!!   Aren't her results amazing??? 

Click here more information on the Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.

We offer free a VISIA SKIN Analysis ($100 value) to new patients. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. Alternatively, you can schedule online below.

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Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging

Dr. Kerr’s Skin Care Tips for Women’s Hands.

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 23, 2012 9:48:00 AM

It’s a fact that women’s hands age faster than men’s do. Why is this? One reason is that they tend to spend more time in the car. How much time have you spent running the kids to and from school, driving around doing errands, taking the kids to various extracurricular activities, and so on. Because of this, moms may be getting inadvertent sun exposure that leads to sunspots and age spots, loss of volume, and much more.

Even if you aren’t a mom, studies show that women tend to forget to take care of their hands when caring for their skin. The scary part? A woman’s hands are the tale-tell sign of her age. This means that even if you’ve spent all the money in the world on keeping your face as youthful as possible, your hands are letting everyone know your true age – a woman’s worst nightmare!  

Aging of the hands usually beings in mid 40’s or 50’s with discoloration and age spots. But, hands can begin to show signs of aging much earlier if they are frequently exposed to the sun without adequate protection.  In addition, by the 50’s, most people begin to lose volume in their hands with lead to more noticeable veins and tendons.

So, what can you do to keep your hands looking youthful or reverse the signs of aging that has already taken place? Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center offers handy tips on how to keep your hands as young you feel.  

Safeguard Hands From Damaging Sun

You’ve heard it before – sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen! Even in the winter. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply several times throughout the day, especially after you’ve washed your hands a few times.  In addition to applying sunscreen, try to find hand cream with SPF protectant and keep a tube in your purse, car or desk.  

Before you head out shopping for new sunscreen, check out our blog Everything you need to know about sunscreen.

Topicals Offer Mild Improvement/Prevention 

For women in their late 30s or early 40s, topicals containing glycolic acid or antioxidants are an inexpensive way to stimulate repair from sun damage on their hands. However, topicals must be started early before damage is too extensive.

Hydroquinone, tretinoin and retinoids cannot completely reverse signs of aging hands, but these topicals can be used to improve the skin and prevent further damage.

We carry various products that can help, including products from our Silk Touch Rx Line.  Call us at 208-939-3110 or stop by our new location – our staff will be happy to show you which products will work best for you.

Fill‘er Up

Fillers, such as Juvederm, Artefill or Radiesse are a fantastic way to restore fullness in the hands. They add volume to the back of the hand, lifting and shaping the skin. Ultimately diminishing the appearance of the veins and tendons, leaving you with smoother, more youthful looking hands.

Fillers can be done in the office in under an hour and requires no anesthesia.  Results are immediate and depending on the filler can last for a year or more. Artefill, is the newest long-lasting filler to hit the market and results have shown to last up to 7 years! Even better, where fillers used to leave you with bruises for weeks on end, new instruments used to administer filers have improved over the years. New cannulas with blunt tips now help to reduce temporary bruising.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer hands 2009

In addition to fillers, in some circumstances – such a when a patient is already scheduled for liposuction - hands can be rejuvenated using fat transfer. A patient’s fat can be used to build volume in the hand. During this procedure, fat is injected into the hand to rebuild the lost shape.

Treating Texture and Pigment Changes

Microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and (IPL) intense pulsed light therapy may be used separately or in combination to remove sunspots, sun damage, and brown pigment.

These treatments  can treat uneven skin tone and texture, as well as age-related pigmentation changes such as age spots or liver spots. Fractionated lasers, such as non-ablative Affirm or ablative Co2s are  widely used to rejuvenate the face, improve skin tone and smooth fine lines on the hand by precisely targeting small sections of the deep layers of skin. The surrounding skin is left untreated to help stimulate healing.

Depending on the patient, three to six treatments may be needed for best results. Following treatment, the skin will turn red for about a week to 10 days and improvement in the appearance of the hand will increase gradually over time.

Pigment-specific lasers are used to treat dark brown spots on the hand by delivering a beam of light that penetrates the skin’s surface. Following treatment, brown spots appear darker for about a week then they will scab, fall off,  and then turn pink as the skin begins to heal. One to two treatments may be needed to improve pigmentation problems.

Time for Rejuvenation

It is never to late to start taking care of your hands. If you would like to explore the different ways we can help reverse signs of aging on your hands, call us to set up a free consultation.  Just give us a call at 208-939-3110. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online. 

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Check out testimonials from our happy clients and see why we are #1 medspa in Hand Rejuvenation.

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Topics: Skin Care, Artefill, Fat transfer, Hand Rejuvenation

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