The Dog Owners’ Guide to Great Skin This Spring

High tech skincare solutions from Beauty Bar Clinic

By the Get Leashed Health & Beauty Team

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As dog owners, it is only natural that we want take special care to protect our beloved pets as the seasons change. We pull on sweaters and winter coats and apply paw balms and nose creams. We even try to get them to wear booties, if we happen to be so lucky to have a dog who is willing to comply. When it comes to the rain, cold, or even extreme heat we have our precious pups covered. But what about us?

Did you know dog owners – just like you – spend approximately 39.4 more minutes walking outdoors each week than non-pet owners? That’s about 8.5 more hours of skin exposure to freezing winds, snow refracted sunlight and sub-zero temperatures during winter months alone (yikes!). This type of additional exposure can wreak some serious havoc on our skin, resulting in year-round dryness, dark spots and wrinkles that can lead to premature aging. Without taking the proper measures to protect our faces, we can begin to look more like our pugs and shar-peis than we might feel comfortable admitting.

But now, thanks to leading edge technologies, dog owners need not fear the wear and tear of winter on their skin. To get the scoop about the latest in skincare innovation, we sat down with Toronto’s Beauty Bar Clinic founder, Ashraf Eleish.

“Dog owners are out walking their companions in all types of weather,” says Eleish. “This means they are even more exposed than the average person to winter dryness and general environmental factors that can take a toll on their skin now, into the spring and even the summer. Until recently there were only store bought solutions for these problems, which most people found both ineffective and discouraging. But fortunately, things have changed! Today, we have the technology to remedy many skin issues with very few treatments. In fact, dramatic results are usually visible after the client’s first visit to one of our locations.”

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In an effort to bring our readers the best beauty advice possible, we tried and tested an array of Beauty Bar Clinic’s high tech skin treatments to compile this list of our favorites.

HydraFacial™

HydraFacial™ is the newest thing in non-laser skin resurfacing. HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort or downtime. The treatment is soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive and non-irritating. The HydraFacial treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyperpigmentation and brown spots.

Why we like it: Moisture!!! If you suffer from winter dryness, this is your solution. We were amazed to watch fine lines caused by dehydration vanish after only 1 treatment. Overall, skin felt softer, smoother and had a subtle glow. Plus, this is a treatment you can do over your lunch hour or on the way home from your dog walk (That’s right, all Beauty Bar Clinic’s locations are pet-friendly, allowing dogs under 40 lbs. in treatment rooms with their owners). The entire service only takes approximately 45 minutes and there is no recovery time. Shh… skin care secret exposed – Get Leashed founder, Dominika Gorecki swears by this treatment and accredits it to saving her skin. Results are immediate but in order to maintain your stunning glow we recommend you come back on a monthly basis.

PIXEL Laser Skin-resurfacing

PIXEL sets the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing and scar removal devices capable of improving a variety of skin conditions without the downtime and discomfort associated with aggressive, ablative resurfacing lasers. This FDA-approved treatment offers clients the best of both worlds, combining the proven effectiveness of an ablative approach (very aggressive and totally removes the outer layer of your skin) with the comfort level and convenience of a non-ablative approach (only removes tiny columns of skin at a time, leaving surrounding skin untouched).

Why we like it: It makes our skin look ah-maz-ing! As we lose our summer color and our skin becomes lighter we often see dark spots, fine lines and larger pores appear. Add in the cracks and dryness-related acne that many people experience over the winter and in early spring and our skin can feel particularly lackluster. We LOVE this treatment because you can see dramatic results after just one session! Pores almost disappear, old acne scars look far less prominent and skin looks tighter and fresher. Plus, we love that the procedure is fast, with only mild discomfort, and downtime is minimal. You’ll go back to work a bit red after the treatment, but after about a week your skin will look more youthful with fewer visible pores, lines and spots. We recommend booking the procedure on a Friday and recovering over the weekend. By Monday most of your redness will be gone and your skin will be on it’s way to looking its best. While results are visible after one treatment, 3 treatments 2-3 weeks apart are recommended for best results.

Micro-needling (Vampire Facial)

Automated Micro-needling, by Eclipse Micropen, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), works in theory much the same way as fraxel laser. Areas of treatment include: fine lines, acne scars, traumatic scars, stretch marks, large pores, dark under eye circles, crows feet, wrinkles, hyper and hypo pigmentation.

Why we like it: Okay, while we all saw the scary pic of Kim Kardashian covered in blood after her vampire facial, micro-needling treatment, we can personally guarantee that there is nothing to fear with this treatment. The fact is that it is not only painless, but it also targets skin problems that other treatments fail to address. Have tough winter conditions made your under-eye lines more pronounced? Worry not, micro-needling can dramatically reduce the visibility of those nasty little creases. Scars or pigmentation a problem for you??? Micro-needling can make your skin look years younger while improving your overall skin quality. Basically, what we’re trying to say is that it’s awesome, so just go try it! We noticed a visible difference after the first treatment, but 3 treatments approximately 1 week apart are recommended for the best results.

Not quite ready to choose a high tech solution to treat your skin issues? Beauty Bar Clinic also offers an amazing assortment of medical grade skin care products and cosmetics, including SkinCeuticals and Glow Minerals, both celebrity favorites.

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As a special treat to Get Leashed Magazine readers, Beauty Bar Clinic is offering you 20% off any of the above treatments when you mention this article at any of their locations.

Now you can spend as much time outdoors with your dog as you want – just don’t forget the sunscreen and for Fido’s sake, start taking care of your gorgeous skin!

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