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Best Way To Get Rid of Age Spots

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 6, 2016 9:52:00 AM

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Why They Are Happening:

As we age, the skin can't repair itself as well as it once did. Damage can live under the skin for years before it starts to surface.When brown spots and age spots start popping up, they are nothing more than the effects of past sun exposure showing on the surface.

A digital Visia Skin Analysis can detect sun damage and age spots deep into the layers of the skin, before they surface. A proactive skin care regimen can help keep them from surfacing. If it's been over 6 months since you last Visia, or you've never had one, it's time! Claim a free one here

Prevention Tips

The number one way to prevent sun damage is daily use of sunscreen, even in the winter. Age/sun spots surface on the decollete and hands, too - so don't forget to lather those up as well.  Use a hat when you can and reapply sunscreen on hands and face every 90-minutes. We reccommend using a powder sunscreen for reapplying on top of makeup. Jane Iredale has a great powder SPF (available at Silk Touch).

Research shows that diet is also linked to age spots. Foods that can help prevent sun damaged skin include a high intake of olive oil, legumes, fish, vegetables and dried fruits.  The worst nutritional offenders in terms of premature aging are cakes and pastries, cordials, full fat milk, potatoes, red meat and soft drinks—which are all good foods to avoid in age spot treatment. 

The Best Ways To Get Rid of Age Spots:

Top treatments: Products, IPL Photofacials, C02 Laser, Chemical Peels


Product containing Retin-A and antioxidants can help. Byt light and laser treatments like fractional CO2 can really clean up sundamaged skin. making it more even in tone and smoother in texture. Fractional CO2 is one of the most effective laser skin resurfacing treatments in aesthetics. This heavy hitter has big results in just one treatment, though healing can be a little longer. (1-2 weeks)

When spots are brown and dark, IPL photofacials work extremely well because it destroys discoloration without causing any damage to the skin.

 Which treatment is right for you? Schedule a Free consultation today for a Visia Skin analysis and treatment plan.

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Topics: IPL, CO2 fractional laser, Age Spots

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

How To Shrink Your Pores

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM

pores on faceMinimize The Look Of Pores

While pore size is not always the biggest area of concern when it comes to skin care, we have seen an increase in patients who want to “make my pores look smaller.” 

What makes pores look bigger?

Genetics determine pore size, as do skin type and age. If your skin is oily, and that oil gets trapped inside the pores, it oxidizes and turns dark. Overtime, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure in the past – you start to lose the collagen and elastin that support the pores. They begin to stretch and sag around the edges, which can make them look bigger.

While you can’t shrink our pores with any permanency, the right skin-care products and treatments can help keep the skin clear and tight – making them less noticeable. 

Ways to make pores look smaller

Before cleansing the skin, make sure to exfoliate.  Exfoliation is key to a clear and vibrant complexion. 

If you have tried over-the-counter products and still aren’t seeing any results – it may be time for a visit to your aesthetician. When a patient’s pores are very clogged with blackheads and whiteheads – they can make the pores a lot more apparent.


Prescription retinoid creams exfoliate pores and flush them of oil and build-up, which makes pores appear smaller. Retinol is FDA approved to protect against signs of photoaging, which contributes to the dilation of pores over time – it’s like killing two birds with one stone.


A round of treatments is often the answer for those whose pores are so severely clogged that even prescriptions don’t help. For some, lasers and peels are most effective at minimizing pores.

IPL (Intense pulse light therapy) can make pores look smaller. The lights reach deep into the skin and stimulates collagen production.  With IPL they are able to penetrate deep enough into the layers of the skin without harming the surface layers. IPL takes about 30 minutes and there is little to no downtime involved.

Chemical Peels. Another great way to minimize pores is with peels. Peels are one the best ways to exfoliate the skin, and you’ll see your pores shrink right away in addition to many other benefits. Depending on the type of peel your aesthetician recommends – peels can help with acne, complexion and texture issues as well as overall anti-aging affects.

Can you get rid of pores completely?

Pores are a vital part of the skin, and getting rid of them completely is impossible.  However, with the right skin care routine, you can minimize the appearance of pores dramatically.

In need of a new skin care routine? Come visit us for a complimentary Visia Skin Analysis. Our aestheticians can meet with you to develop a customized skin care plan that’s right for you and your wallet!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Chemical Peels, IPL

Intense Pulsed Light Treatments! Sunspots Be Gone!

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Jul 20, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is one of my favorite treatments. Why? Because as an aging, sun-loving woman I am familiar with everything from sunspots to red skin and big pores - three conditions that IPL can help make disappear! IPL specifically targets pigments, the melanin in the brown sunspots and the hemoglobin in the redness of flushing and broken capillaries.

Sound too good to be true? Here is an example of the results we have received with this amazing technology:

ipl before after

Here are some of the most common questions we receive about IPL:

What areas can be treated?

We can treat any part of your body with sunspots, freckles and/or redness. The most popular areas for treatment are the face, chest, shoulders, arms and hands because they have suffered from the most sun exposure.

What does it feel like?

When the handpiece is placed on your skin, it will feel cool and comfortable. When the pulse of light is delivered, you may feel a mild, brief stinging sensation. Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off.

Are IPL treatments safe?

An intense pulsed  light (IPL)  is applied in a series of gentle pulses over the treatment area. Without damaging the skin, the light penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the abnormally dilated vessels or pigmentation. The heat causes damage to the vessel or lesion, and the body begins its natural healing process. In most cases, the lesion will darken before it flakes off or the body absorbs it. Treatment can be given as frequently as every three weeks.

How many IPL treatments will I need?

IPL treatments can be given as frequently as every three weeks.   For optimal results, a series of six treatments are recommended. If one goes out in the sun without proper sunscreen protection, new sun damage will occur.  Follow-up treatments may be desired once a year to maintain your fabulous results!

What can I expect during my treatment?

Treatments may vary from 15 to 35 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. First, the treated area is cleansed and a cool gel is applied. When the pulse of light is delivered, the sensation is similar to a snap of a rubber band. After treatment, the gel is removed, the skin cleansed, and a sunscreen is applied. Topical anesthesia can be used for maximum comfort. For sensitive skin, a cool compress is applied following treatment.

What improvements will I see?

Patients have a high degree of satisfaction with their results. Expect to see a gradual decrease in redness, broken capillaries, flushing, irregular pigmentation, pore size, and fine lines. Your body will continue to produce collagen several months after your last treatment. Your skin will improve with each treatment feeling smoother and you will have a more even skin tone, regain elasticity and gain a more youthful look.

What is the cost?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are usually sold in packages of 3 to 6 treatments although one treatment can dramatically erase sun damage.  Prices can range from $50 and upward depending on the area to be treated and the number of treatments.

Still curious about IPL? Check out the video we put together and get a in-depth look at what goes on during a procedure: 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Sun Damage Treatments, IPL

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) in Boise- Get rid of sun damage!

Posted by Susan Kerr on Jun 13, 2011 10:26:00 AM

IPL treatments in Boise!   Get rid of sun damage, wrinkles and more!

In honor of Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month,The IPL or Intense Pulsed Light Treatment removes sun damage and wrinkles… but it has more benefits. A series of intense pulsed light treatments (IPL) dramatically erase:
  • Freckles
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Tiny spider veins
  • Enlarged pores
  • Redness, flushing and Rosacea
  • Wrinkles around the eyes, lips and forehead
IPL treatments can stimulate collagen production and reduce redness and small veins on the face. There is minimal downtime with some peeling of sun spots a few days after treatment.Normal activity may be resumed immediately following treatment.  Avoid going out into the sun immediately after treatment and sun screen is a must!  Six treatments are recommended for the best results, but often just 2 or 3 treatments as in the BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS below....will do the trick!

IPL Treatment Cost
Intense pulsed light cost depends on the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments given.
The cost of the procedure can start at $75 on up depending on the size of the area treated and number of treatments given.

IPL Risks
Intense Pulsed Light Treatments are very safe.   IPL devices should be run by an experienced laser technician under the direction of a physician.  Side effects may include:  redness, dryness and flaking are common.  Sun spots and freckles may darken and flake off in a few days.    Pigment changes usually fade within a few days but can last longer. In rare instances, temporary swelling and/or blistering can occur.

Read what some of our clients are saying about the IPL Treatment:

Tiffany, I want to thank you for all your help. For the first time in years I feel comfortable showing my arms…and my face look great. Thanks for being honest and professional.
Yours Truly, Miriam

“I have now, at age 60, the best skin of my life since I’ve been coming to Silk Touch Med Spa and seeing Tiffany who helped develop a treatment plan for me. I am so thrilled because when I was a teen, my face was a field of pimples. It was awful for many years and left scars, mainly on my cheeks. So far, I’ve had  two IPLs (intense pulsed light)  and 2 chemical peels and what a difference they have made! I can go without makeup for the first time in my life because I have no pimples, scars, blotches, brown spots, etc. that I’d ordinarily have to cover up. Friends and even people I don’t know remark at how good my skin looks. I’m often told I don’t look at all my age. The treatments have given me a very youthful glow, smooth, even skin tone, skin tightening (a real plus) and kept wrinkles at bay. I am so thrilled. Thank you Tiffany and Silk Touch. I look better now than I ever have, truly. ”
Karen K.
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IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) Before and After photos, videos- Click HERE!!!

Topics: Before and After Photos, Sun Damage Treatments, IPL

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