Skin Health & Aging
Prevention, Correction and Protection & the Three Ds of Aging Skin
As we age and as environmental factors take their toll on our skin, we begin to notice the 3 Ds in our face: Degeneration, Deflation and Descent.
Aging, genetics, sun damage, smoking and other environmental factors result in a loss of collagen and elastin and an overall decrease in skin quality (degeneration). Often we notice pigmentation (colour) issues, uneven tone and texture, loss of elasticity, loose skin and creases, lines & wrinkles.
Deflation refers to the loss of volume that happens in the face, resulting in hollows under the eyes, flattening of the cheeks, and a more gaunt appearance, with thinner lips.
Gravity results in the descent of facial structures. We start to develop “jowls” or “turkey neck” for example.
Our clinic offers an array of treatments and products to help prevent early signs of aging and correct the appearance of aging skin, with the most aggressive treatments with dramatic results at the beginning of the list and the least aggressive with more subtle results at the end:
- Surgical procedures such as brow lift or face lift
- Fraxel CO2 Laser
- Injectable Hyaularonic Acid fillers, fat injections and/or Botulinum toxin (commonly known as botox)
- PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT)
- Fractora Advanced RF Microneedling
- Clear + Brilliant Gentle Laser
- Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
- FORMA Lift
- Clinical MicroPeels
- Microdermabrasion with Dermal Infusion
- SkinCeuticals Clinical Facials
** Click on any of the above treatments to read an in-depth blog post on either the AZURE or Dr. Kurz Blog **
And of course, anti-aging products for at-home treatment and enhanced results:
Azure Advanced Aesthetics is Prince George’s original retailer of the SkinCeuticals line of clinically proven skincare products. Our principles are in line with their main mission to improve SKIN HEALTH, and our treatments and products effectively merge health, beauty and wellness together for optimal results. SkinCeuticals is committed to leading the skincare industry in terms of research and innovation, and we promise to provide advanced skincare backed by science.
The skincare philosophy of this line centres on three main pillars: PREVENT, PROTECT and CORRECT. These principles work synergistically to provide the healthiest skin possible, and optimal anti-aging results.
PREVENT SKIN AGING
Advanced environmental protection against damaging free radicals
Even the best broad spectrum sunscreen may only block up to 55% of damaging free radicals generated by UV exposure. SkinCeuticals PREVENT products are antioxidants clinically proven to neutralize damaging free radicals. SkinCeuticals antioxidants target different skin types, like dry, oily, and problematic, and address visible skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
CORRECT & IMPROVE SKIN
Advanced skincare to improve specific skincare concerns
SkinCeuticals CORRECT products combine anti-aging, clarifying, moisturizing, and exfoliating ingredients to address a wide array of skin concerns including the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, blemishes, and more. When used regularly, these targeted products help restore a healthier and more youthful appearance.
Broad spectrum sun protection for all skin types and concerns
PROTECT products include broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens, including transparent zinc oxide, in cosmetically elegant textures. Suitable for all skin types, daily use, and prolonged sun exposure, these sunscreens work in conjunction with SkinCeuticals antioxidant vitamin C serums to provide comprehensive environmental protection.
What is Atmospheric Skin Aging?
Atmospheric skin aging refers to visible signs of skin aging caused by exposure to atmospheric aggressors. These aggressors include, but are not limited to UVA/UVB, infrared-A (IR-A), and ozone (O3) pollution. Atmospheric aggressors surround us on a daily basis, posing a constant threat to healthy-looking skin, because they induce free radical formation that may damage cells. Superficially, this damage visibly manifests as premature lines, wrinkles, sagging, and unwanted discoloration.
Prevention and protection are key to treat these symptoms: sunscreens are the first line of defense for protecting skin from atmospheric aggressors, however, sunscreen filters may only protect skin from up to 55% of free radicals. SkinCeuticals daytime antioxidants C E Ferulic and Phloretin CF, are demonstrated to help neutralize free radicals caused by atmospheric aggressors.
Pair an antioxidant serum and sunscreen daily for a double defense against the visible signs of Atmospheric Skin Aging.