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Summer Beauty

A simplified approach to healthy skin By Bri Williams, RN, BSN Refined Aesthetics Med Spa, pllc Sandpoint, Idaho

Summer Beauty

The summer months are short in the Inland Northwest, and many of us want to take advantage of the outdoors and warm weather while we can. It is a time of year that many look for low-maintenance, quick and easy aesthetic treatments to keep their skin glowing without slowing down. Minimal downtime in-office treatments, combined with skin-care products that perform multiple functions, can help you to maintain the health of your skin without pressing pause on your busy life. Below we break down some summer skin-care solutions and services for healthy skin all summer long.


The HydraFacial™ resurfacing procedure thoroughly cares for your skin providing cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration, all while Vortex-Fusing™ antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid into the skin. This non-invasive treatment delivers instant results with no discomfort or downtime and is the only hydra-dermabrasion procedure to combine cleansing, extractions and hydration simultaneously, resulting in clearer, more beautiful skin.

Tinted SPF

Opting for a tinted sunscreen eliminates the need for a heavy or cakey foundation in the summer heat while still providing light coverage to even out the complexion for a flawless look, as well as protection from the sun. SunBetter Advanced Mineral Protection from SkinBetter Science and Total Defense and Repair by SkinMedica both provide broad-spectrum protection in tone-smart formulas that work with most skin tones for easy color matching.

Botox® and Dysport®

Botox® and Dysport® are safe, purified, FDA-approved proteins that relax and soften the muscles responsible for causing frown lines, creases between the brows, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and worry lines in the forehead. Years of muscle-use in our faces—from smiling, squinting, stressing—create what begin as fine lines, and deepen over time. Botox® and Dysport® can heal that dermal cracking or can be used preventatively to help deter their deepening. It is common to have small bumps at the injection sites for approximately 15 minutes, but they resolve quickly, and most people find that this is a “no social downtime” treatment and can get straight back to their busy lives. Treatment takes just a few minutes and results last three to four months, allowing you to enjoy the entire summer, wrinkle free.

Lash Lift and Tint

The Elleebana One Shot Lash Lift is a unique lifting technique that creates longer, fuller-looking lashes without the use of an eyelash curler or extensions. This quick and painless professional treatment combines a lifting lotion and silicone rods to lift your natural lashes, and the superior formulation causes zero damage to your natural lashes and is suitable for long and short lashes.

Want to liven up your lash lift? You can add a tint to your lash lift for darker lashes that allow you to skip mascara. No more racoon eyes after jumping in the lake! The full treatment takes just one hour and gives you six to eight weeks of maintenance-free lashes.


Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation, or skin resurfacing, using a sterile surgical blade that gently sheds the top layer of dull, dead skin, as well as temporarily removes fine peach-fuzz hairs. This activates the skin cells beneath to renew and freshen. The result is an immediately smoother, brighter, healthier, glowing complexion with zero downtime.

The procedure works particularly well for smoothing the skin of those with dry or coarse skin, for lessening acne scarring or uneven skin tone, and for removing the buildup of dead cells for those with mature or damaged skin. You will love your results immediately after your treatment and will notice a decrease in fine facial hair (peach fuzz) and a glowing complexion for approximately one month. A lot of clients choose to repeat this treatment every month to keep a healthy cell turnover and see long-term results such as a decrease in fine lines, hyper-pigmentation and scarring.

EmSculpt Neo

Finding the time to hit the gym can be difficult in the summer months, and a quick in-office treatment can help you reach your body composition goals or maintain your hard-earned results. EmSculpt Neo is a next-generation, FDA-cleared device that combines enhanced HIFEM (high-intensity focused electromagnetic field) technology with radiofrequency (RF) energy in the form of heat, to burn fat more effectively and build muscle. This results in more fat reduction and muscle growth, with clinical studies showing a 30 percent reduction in fat and a 25 percent increase in muscle in the treated area.

This nonsurgical treatment can tighten, tone and strengthen the large muscle groups of the abdomen and buttocks, as well as smaller areas such as the arms, calves, flanks and inner/outer thighs. Treatment takes just 30 minutes and includes a process that helps to remove the lactic acid buildup in the muscle to alleviate the soreness that follows a hard workout, so you can get back to your summer activities right away!

Zero downtime in-office treatments, combined with medical-grade skin care that performs double duty, can help you maintain your skin’s health while still allowing for plenty of summer activities and outdoor time.

Contact your aesthetic provider to see what treatments are right for you and how you can optimize your skin-care game to glow year-round.

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