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The Power of Retinol & Topical Light Infusion

Aging has countless benefits, including all the wisdom that comes with it. But for many people, the mature skin that tags along is an unwanted side effect. Skin can lose elasticity and firmness or become dull, highlighting your age. This happens much sooner than some people expect, and it can be an issue for professionals. Fortunately, there are options to combat aging skin.

You’ve likely heard of retinol and all its benefits, including increased collagen production, cell turnover, and revitalized blood vessels. This makes retinol a suitable treatment for various skin concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Aging, dull skill
  • Colorization
  • Oily skin

People of many skin types can benefit from using retinol, and plenty of companies include retinol in their skincare products. However, retinol is another name for Vitamin A, and people who are sensitive to this vitamin should consider starting out with a lower percentage formulation or utilizing encapsulated retinol.

Boost Your Retinol Routine with Light

If you’ve already tried retinol and didn’t see the results you wanted or want to get even more out of your routine, there’s a very effective delivery method you may not have heard of, Topical Light infusion or TLi. Although LED light therapy has been around longer, TLi is fast becoming a very sought after treatment because it combines different colors of light and topical products such as those with retinol to help infuse products deeper into your layers of skin.

Together, TLi and topical retinol products pack a punch that alternative treatments lack. So a method that combines a high dosage of retinol with topical light, such as the TLi Retinol Revitalizing Treatment by ABI Dermaceuticals, can tackle those fine lines and wrinkles that age your face. The result? More even and healthy-looking skin that you might even find boosts your confidence and brightens your outlook.

The TLi Retinol Revitalizing Treatment is administered by a professional. After applying the retinol product, your provider will outfit you with a Lightwave therapeutic mask. Sessions often take between 15 and 30 minutes each, with a few minutes for pre and post-treatment care. Most people find that these treatments don’t cause irritation or redness, which can occur with other retinols and topical exfoliants.

Many clients find sessions to be relaxing, especially when paired with soothing music or incorporated into your self-care routine. However, the real benefit of combining retinol and TLi is to your skin! You’ll appreciate the more youthful appearance and can see results within 72 hours.

Many dermatologists and spas already offer TLi Retinol Revitalizing Treatments, so you can visit lightwavetherapy.com to find one near you or request your provider to add it to their services.

Other Ways to Improve Your Skin with Lightwave Therapy

Not everyone is concerned about revitalizing their skin. If you’re interested in clearing up your skin, improving hydration or the health of your skin, there are other Topical Light infusion treatments to consider that also work in conjunction with the Lightwave system. You can even switch between treatments if your skin concerns change.

If you are a skin care professional and want to offer this service to your clients, contact LIGHTWAVE or ABI Dermaceuticals about carrying their TLi Retinol Revitalizing Treatment or other products, which can help you expand your service menu.

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Is Your Skincare Routine Working? Five Ways To Tell!

It’s tough to figure out whether your skincare is working. Here, we’ll take a look at how to figure out whether you should keep doing what you’re doing.

1. Smooth, Even Color

Your clean, makeup-free skin should have a fairly uniform color. If you have acne scarring or other dark marks, you should notice that unevenly colored areas are fading as you continue to be consistent with your skincare routine. If you notice red, irritated patches, it may be a sign that your products are too harsh for your skin. New breakouts that leave lingering red marks can also be a sign that something in your skincare arsenal isn’t a good fit.

2. Past Problems Are Scaling Down

Many people start a new skincare routine with the hope of eliminating an issue, such as acne (if you’re fighting acne, be sure to check out our corrective wash). While it can take some time for your skin to adjust to new products, you should notice a positive change in your skin after the adjustment period ends. Fewer breakouts, fewer dry patches, and more radiant skin are all signs that you’ve chosen the right skincare routine. It can take up to two months for skin to fully adjust to new products, so be sure you give that new serum or moisturizer a fair (consistent) shot before you throw in the towel.

3. Your Skin Feels Soft—But Not Oily

Your skincare routine should hydrate and soften your skin, but you shouldn’t be left feeling greasy or oily. If your skin feels oily to the touch, or if your moisturizer doesn’t soak into your skin within a few moments, it’s possible that the products you’re using aren’t a good fit for your skin’s hydration needs. When your skin is fully hydrated, you should notice that it reflects light easily, and that any smile lines are becoming less pronounced than before. Remember—moisturizer should be the one of the last steps in your skincare routine, as it can help to seal in serums and treatments that you place on your skin first.

4. You’re Spending Less Time—And Money—On Foundation And Concealer

If you’re someone who wears makeup, you’ll likely notice that you don’t need as much to get your desired look when your skin’s health begins to improve. As your skincare routine begins to work, you won’t need as much foundation and concealer to get a smooth and even look.

We’re Here To Help With All Your Skincare Needs.

At ABI Dermaceuticals, we offer light-based formulas that work. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can support you (or your skincare practice).

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Why Encapsulated Retinol Should Be In Your Skin Care Routine

Finding the best skin care routine can be challenging. While retinol has often been a top choice, it can have a negative impact when individuals have sensitive skin or when mixed with the wrong products. The good news is that there are alternatives that can be safer and more effective, including encapsulated retinol. Learn why you should consider this option as part of your skin care routine.

What Is Retinol?

First and foremost, it’s essential to understand what retinol is and how it can help you. In short, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and is popular as an anti-aging element. It’s available without a prescription and is often used for various skin conditions, including acne, fine lines, discoloration, and clogged pores. The element promotes skin regeneration and builds collagen for a more youthful, vibrant appearance. However, retinol is aggressive, which means you need to use caution when implementing it into your skin care routine, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

How Is Encapsulated Retinol Different?

Encapsulated retinol coats the ingredient in a protective barrier that improves the stability of the ingredient and reduces the chances of negative side effects from its use. The barrier allows the retinol to absorb into the skin to deliver the benefits deeper into the skin while moisturizing the skin and releasing the retinol itself slowly. It’s the ideal way to get the benefits of retinol treatment without worrying about the harsh effects of using it.

Tips for Using Encapsulated Retinol in Your Skin Care Regimen

While encapsulated retinol can be used in many ways, it’s recommended to apply your retinol serum in the evening before going to bed. When you start using the product, it’s best to apply a small pea-sized drop several times a week to allow your skin to get used to it. Over time, you can increase the frequency to every night. However, keep in mind retinol may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, making it essential to use at least 30 SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin throughout the day. If you have sensitive skin, keep an eye on how you react to the retinol. While encapsulation ensures fewer side effects from retinol itself, some individuals with sensitive skin may not benefit from frequent use. If you notice skin irritation, reduce your use until you find the appropriate frequency for you.

Choosing the right encapsulated retinol product allows you to enjoy all the benefits of retinol without irritating your skin. The Skin Perfecting Retinol Serum by ABI Dermaceuticals is built specifically for reversing the signs of aging without any irritation and redness, commonly associated with high percentage retinols. Implementing this product into your daily skin care routine will eliminate issues like fine lines, acne, and more while giving you a more youthful appearance, so you can look as good as you feel.

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Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): The Next Big Thing in Anti-Aging

An Introduction to Epidermal Growth Factor

These days, it seems that pretty much everyone is pursuing the latest and most promising anti-aging products and therapies, from filler injections to major surgery. However, you can also put your own body’s natural processes to work on the problem — with a little help from a naturally-occurring substance called epidermal growth factor, or EGF.

What EGF Does for the Body

Epidermal growth factor belongs to the larger family of naturally-occurring growth factors produced by the human body. These proteins, also known as cytokines, serve as chemical messengers, influencing cell growth and repair while also regulating the body’s responses to inflammation and pain. The body manufactures many different kinds of cytokines, including lymphokines, monokines, chemokines, and interleukines. EGF focuses on triggering and supporting healthy levels of epidermal skin cell reproduction, affecting cellular growth and behavior by binding to receptors on the cells’ surfaces.

The Key to Younger-Looking Skin?

Until someone invents a way to go back in time, EGF may offer the next-best way to rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level. That’s because topical products containing EGF can help you produce more collagen and elastin, the proteins so essential for giving skin its flexibility, tightness, and springiness. It does this by stimulating the specialized cells (known as fibroblasts) that normally make these proteins. In other words, it gives your skin more of what it needs to become (or remain) firm and youthful looking, instead of wrinkling and sagging, by helping your skin maintain its structural integrity. Regular use of an EGF product can therefore help you banish bags under your eyes, fine lines, and other signs of age.

EGF has other virtues as well. For instance, tts ability to help regulate inflammation and other process can reduce annoying cosmetic issues such as facial redness (a common problem among rosacea sufferers), hyperpigmentation (the result of too much melanin in a particular area of skin), and enlarged pores related sun damage or acne.

How Did EGF as a Skin Treatment Come About?

While we’ve already noted that EGF has always played a role in skin health and elasticity through its natural production by the body, the use of EGF as a skin treatment only got its start in 1986, when EGF’s role in these processes was first identified. A three-month study of women ages 29 to 75 found that EGF can reduce wrinkles, redness, and the effects of sun damage on the skin. Since then, an increasing number of skin care companies have made a point of including EGF and various cytokines in their topical creams and lotions. Some clinics also apply these products in office procedures that include special devices that infuse the EGF right into the skin.

Originally, EGF products always derived their epidermal growth factor from human skin cells. However, today’s world of EGF products often make use of plant-based EGF, which works just as effectively to renew and repair the skin.

Ready to Discover EGF’s Benefits for Yourself?

If you would like to experience EGF’s skin tightening power first hand, check out EGF Rapid Repair Complex, available for direct online purchase at ABI Dermaceuticals. This amazing product stimulates production of three different kinds of collagen. It also contains hyaluronic acid, a substance that helps the skin retain moisture, as well as anti-aging peptides. This potent combination of active ingredients can help you enjoy more a more youthful look in just 90 days. Try it and see for yourself!

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Why Your Skin Needs the TLI Resveratrol Illuminating Complex

Dealing with blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and acne is the easiest way to dampen our morning routine. Unfortunately, combatting these problematic skin conditions requires upkeep and maintenance as well as a proactive approach to skincare. Thanks to the efforts of companies like ABI Dermaceuticals, shoppers can enjoy a brightening resveratrol-rich boost complex that seeks to brighten and clarify while tackling fine lines and skin roughness.

If you’ve never experimented with TLI Resveratrol Illuminating Complex, you’ve come to the right place to learn about this effective new treatment.

Inside the Booster Complex

Tackling your problematic skin conditions requires a little bit of knowledge and a whole lot of dedication. Fortunately, the team at ABI Dermaceuticals has done the leg-work by developing a science-backed illuminating complex featuring industry-leading ingredients.

The TLI Resveratrol Illuminating Complex comes with a powerful range of impactful ingredients. Let’s take a look at each ingredient to better discover how they can help your skin.

  • Encapsulated Resveratrol – This is a stable form of the polyphenol known as resveratrol. This ingredient works to protect our skin from the environment while also addressing oxidation and pigmentation. Revered as a brightener, resveratrol forms the foundation of this winning complex.
  • Reproage Peptide – This bio-engineered peptide helps to provide the epidermal basal layer with smoother, rejuvenated, and more visually radiant skin. Some studies have shown efficacy rates of up to 41% in terms of skin roughness reduction.
  • Adifyline Peptide – This peptide targets localized volume to increase our facial appearance by improving adipose tissue accumulation.
  • Niacinamide – One of the best brightening ingredients on the marketplace, Niacinamide is revered for decreasing wrinkles, smoothing our skin, decreasing inflammation, and improving our overall ‘plum’ complexion.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – The final ingredient we want to highlight is Medical Grade Hyaluronic Acid, a favorite for increasing moisture retention while improving skin texture.

How to Use TLI Resveratrol Complex

Enjoying the TLI Resveratrol Complex is a simple 4-step treatment process that can be performed at your nearest LIGHTWAVE/ ABI provider location. Let’s outline the process below.

  1. Cleanse – Cleanse with ABI Corrective Wash to remove all make-up, dirt, and excess oil from your skin.
  2. Exfoliate – Apply ABI Polishing Pumpkin Micro Peel to reduce surface build up and prepare the skin for Red Light energy and maximum dosage delivery of encapsulated resveratrol.
  3. LIGHTWAVE Infrared Light – Expose the skin to 8-10 minutes of LIGHTWAVE Infrared Light to reduce redness, detoxify the tissue, and improve the delivery of nutrients to the cells.
  4. Infusion Step 1 TLI Resveratrol Illuminating Booster Serum is applied using a fan brush, followed with placing Step 2 TLI Resveratrol Illuminating Booster Gel Mask on the face.
  5. LIGHTWAVE Infusion Activation: Last, the TLI Resveratrol Illuminating topicals are exposed to a specific wavelength of LED light for a prescribed amount of time. During the light activation, the topicals continue to be delivered into the layers of the skin that improved, noticeable results are achieved quickly.
  6. Post Care: Your ABI Skincare specialist will recommend to use the take-home ABI Resveratrol Boosting Serum to continue treating and maintaining your results at home.

To learn more about TLI Resveratrol, start shopping at ABI Dermaceuticals!

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How to Revitalize Aging Skin

Wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines are all common complaints when it comes to aging skin. If you’re experiencing these signs of aging, however, you don’t have to simply accept them! In fact, there are a number of treatments and other things you can try to revitalize your aging skin and restore its youthful, vibrant appearance.

Consider Lightwave Topical Light Infusion

Topical Light Infusion (TLi) treatments have been taking the skincare world by storm, especially among those who have been experiencing dull and aging skin. Specifically, ABI Dermaceuticals‘ TLi Retinol Revitalizing Treatment is designed to invigorate skin by infusing Vitamin A into the layers of the skin. This, in turn, has been shown to increase cell turnover and assist in collagen production. The end result? A reduction in the appearance of find lines and wrinkles—as well as a more vibrant and youthful complexion.

Understanding Lightwave Topical Light Infusion Treatment

How does our Lightwave TLi work, anyway? First, the skin must be properly cleansed so that all makeup, debris, and dirt is removed. From there, exfoliation using a scrub may be recommended for particularly damaged or dry skin.

Next, protective eyewear is donned and LED red light therapy is administered to the skin for a minimum of 10 minutes. The purpose of this is to increase blood flow to the area, which will optimize the results of the treatment.

From there, the topical serum is applied to the skin and massages around the face, starting with the forehead and working down towards the chin. After 1-2 minutes (to allow the serum to penetrate the skin), the topical cream is applied in the same manner. Finally, protective eyewear is donned once again and a 30-minute light therapy treatment is administered.

How Topical Light Infusion Works

As treated skin is exposed to LED light, the wavelengths from the light help the topicals reach deep into the different layers of the skin. This allows the skin to absorb these ingredients (including Vitamin A), resulting in noticeable results with just one treatment session. Many patients will notice an improvement in overall skin tone and texture, as well as a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Other Tips to Protect Aging Skin

In addition to considering treatments such as ABI’s Lightwave TLi, there are other measures you can take to revitalize and protect aging skin. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your skin is adequately protected from the sun by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily. Likewise, staying properly hydrated can also keep skin looking its best. As a general rule, you should aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.

More Anti-Aging Products From ABI Dermaceuticals

In addition to ABI’s groundbreaking Topical Light Infusion treatments, we’re also happy to offer a wide range of anti-aging skincare products. From our exfoliating enzyme washes to our firming peptide creme and everything in between, we offer the quality products you need to keep your skin looking its best. Find out more about our anti-aging treatments by contacting us today!

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How Can Glycolic Acid Benefit Your Skin?

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If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients list on skin care products, you’ve likely noticed an ingredient called glycolic acid. This element is extremely beneficial for the skin, which is why you’ll see it on most lists, especially on anti-aging products. Derived from sugar cane, don’t let the intimidating acid name scare you away from particular products. It is a natural ingredient that is good for your skin and absorbs easily because of its small size.

Perfect for Acne-Prone Skin

If you’re prone to acne, you want a product that contains glycolic acid. Acne is produced due to the oil and trapped dead cells in the pores of your skin and exhibits itself in a variety of ways, from blackheads to larger cysts. When you use a product that includes this ingredient, it gets deep into the pores down to the hair follicles to loosen up sebum and proteins that often get trapped in the pores, reducing acne occurrences.

Anti-Aging Benefits

Perhaps the most common types of skin care products to use glycolic acid are anti-aging products. The same dead skin cells and other issues that cause acne can contribute to dull skin and make you look older. This isn’t as noticeable in children and teenagers because the cell turnover rate is much higher, but as you go through adulthood, the effects are more prominent. Glycolic acid not only smooths the skin as it works, but it also gets rid of the dead skin cells that store discolorations from acne, sun damage, and more. It also stimulates collagen production, which contributes to the elasticity of the skin and keeps it tighter to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles often associated with aging skin.

Improve the Skin’s Absorption Rate

Another primary benefit of using glycolic acid in skin care products is its ability to improve the absorption rate of the other ingredients found in the product. Because this ingredient opens up the pores, larger molecules that make up the other essential ingredients in your skin products will be able to easily enter the skin and do their job as well. This includes antioxidants, retinol and other essential minerals your skin needs. In addition, you will find it easier to apply your makeup and achieve the look you want.

Pay Attention to Amounts

The amount of glycolic acid in a given product is an important factor to consider. In general, skin care products typically use between seven and 30 percent glycolic acid to ensure the maximum effect without overdoing it. Face washes and creams for daily use often contain a lower amount, while face masks and other products designed for more intense use, fall on the higher end of the spectrum for a more concentrated effect. It is also important to look for lower pH numbers in the glycolic acid. A more acidic ingredient will have better results. A perfect example is our Corrective Pads with Glycolic Acid which are designed to resurface and alleviate congested skin. They will also help reduce sebum in oily skin conditions. This unique formula of glycolic acid, combined with willow bark, will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, keeping skin feeling smooth and providing a more even skin tone.

Is It Safe?

If someone offered you an acid product to use on your skin, one of your most vulnerable and sensitive organs, you would likely hesitate. However, glycolic acid is perfectly safe for use, especially when dealing with products marketed for at-home use. However, those who spend a lot of time in the sun should be wary of using these products as they can make your skin more vulnerable to the effects of the sun, particularly immediately following use. Try the Sensible Sunscreen SHADE with SPF 28 which provides superior sun protection without causing congestion or irritating sensitive skin. This gentle, fragrance free formula physically blocks the suns damaging rays and provides instant broad spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB exposure. This fast absorbing, non-greasy lotion is ideal for oily, sensitive, and acne prone skin.

 

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