A Beginner’s Guide to Vitamin E and What It Does for Your Skin

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can be effective at reducing UV damage in the skin. It is applied topically to help nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Below, read the break down of the importance and benefits of the common skin-care ingredient, including who should (and shouldn’t) use it.

Scour the ingredient list on your most moisturizing skin care, and you’ll probably note the presence of vitamin E. It’s found in nourishing serums and silky eye creams, and it even occurs naturally in our bodies and in certain foods. But how do you spot the version most likely to appear on an ingredient list, and what can it do for your skin?

We asked a team of experts for a quick refresher course on all things vitamin E, including who should (and shouldn’t) use it, and the best ways to incorporate it into your skin-care routine.

Meet the experts:
  • Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist with expertise in skin care.
  • Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist who has been developing color cosmetics, hair- and skin-care products.
  • Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist.
  • Ava Shamban, M.D., a Beverly Hills-based board-certified dermatologist.
  • Audrey Kunin, M.D., a Kansas-based board-certified dermatologist.
  • Anthony Rossi, M.D., a New York City-based board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

What is vitamin E?

Yes, it is actually a vitamin. But if you want to get technical, the term vitamin E actually refers to a group of compounds. According to cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson, there are about “eight different types” or forms of vitamin E. “Vitamin E is the name given to [a] family of oil-soluble antioxidants,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. Of the eight different types of vitamin E, “tocopheryl acetate and tocopherol are most commonly found in skin-care products.”

That means that although there are technically eight chemical forms in which vitamin E naturally occurs, it’s almost always tocopherol when you see the label “vitamin E” on your skin-care or supplement packaging. This is the only form of vitamin E that’s recognized to “meet human requirements,” as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) puts it. (Cosmetic chemist Ginger King explains that means it’s technically safe for humans to ingest.)

So if you see the term “tocopherol” on the ingredient list of your favorite serum or moisturizer or supplement, yep — that’s vitamin E.

How does vitamin E benefit skin?

“Topical vitamin E provides two benefits,” explains Loretta Ciraldo, M.D., a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist. As an antioxidant, vitamin E combats free-radical damage, she says, “but unlike most other antioxidants, vitamin E is also a very hydrating molecule since it works as a both a humectant (to absorb water into the skin) and an emollient (to trap water in the skin).”

That means that “topically, it can be very helpful [for] a range of skin disorders, as well as skin repair,” elaborates Beverly Hills-based board-certified dermatologist Ava Shamban, M.D. “It assists in various kinds of cellular restoration from sun damage to healing support for scars or burns.”

As mentioned, vitamin E is an antioxidant, says King. A quick refresher on why antioxidants are so important to our health, topically and internally: They prevent oxidative damage to cells by helping to remove free radicals. “Free radicals are on a destructive quest to become stable, so they are ready and willing to snatch an electron from anything that comes in its path, including DNA, skin proteins, connective tissues, and cell membranes,” Wilson explains. “The more you can quench the free radicals’ thirst for stability, the better your skin will be protected, which is where vitamin E comes into play.”

Additionally, vitamin E has “moisturizing and healing” benefits, and helps to “strengthen skin barrier function,” King says. Basically, it’s an all-around “workhorse of a vitamin,” as Dr. Shamban calls it. “Vitamin E is also a natural anti-inflammatory, so it can be soothing and help calm the skin,” she says. “It’s also good for hydrating skin, and serves as a moderately effective natural barrier to the sun.”

Who should use vitamin E on their skin, and who should avoid it?

Even if you don’t have a full understanding of your ideal skin-care routine, your skin type can help determine whether you should seek out a vitamin E oil, cream, or serum. The ingredient is beneficial to most skin types, and has also been shown to relieve eczema for some people.

That said, it won’t work for everyone. “Vitamin E is usually not advisable for super sensitive, very oily, or acne-prone skin,” Dr. Shamban says. She says that although it’s very uncommon, topical vitamin E itself can also act as an allergen to some, causing irritation, itching, or even a rash when it touches the skin. Scientists still aren’t sure what causes certain people to become allergic to it (King compares it to a peanut allergy), but according to Kansas-based board-certified dermatologist Audrey Kunin, M.D., less than 1 percent of people are topically sensitive to the ingredient. It’s important to note that other ingredients might be to blame for a poor reaction.

Which form of vitamin E is the best?

For the vast majority, vitamin E can posit serious skin benefits, Dr. Shamban says. Because vitamin E is oil soluble (meaning it can be delivered through or as an oil), incorporating it into your skin-care routine through oils and moisturizers are some of the best ways to use the ingredient.

New York City-based dermatologist Anthony Rossi M.D. says that vitamin E is paired with vitamin C, they are even more effective as partners. “After the vitamin E scavenges a free radical, vitamin C can help regenerate the vitamin E molecule,” he explains. Many serums contain both ingredients, like all-time favorites SkinCeuticals’s famous C E Ferulic serum, Maelove’s repeatedly sold-out The Glow Maker, and Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum. Dr. Ciraldo recommends Marie Veronique Vitamins C +E Ferulic Serum, which is ultra-nourishing, thanks to a base of olive and apricot kernel seed oil. (Bonus: It’s pretty affordable.)

If you’re new to using vitamin E, or your skin is on the sensitive side, try it out in a moisturizer first (serums are technically more potent concentrations). Some great options are the Youth to the People’s Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream and the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer.

What is the best way to use vitamin E oil?

When incorporating an oil into your skin-care routine, the most important aspect to keep in mind is the order of operations. When layering on various products, remember that an oil can penetrate a cream, but not vice versa. That means the oil should be second to last in your list of AM skin-care steps, followed only by SPF.

We are talking about oil here, so it’s no surprise that the best vitamin E oils can feel greasy when layered, or even on their own. “Since they are mainly oils I tend to use them at night because they can be greasy,” says Dr. Rossi.

For Dr. Ciraldo, vitamin E oils are best saved for non-visible parts of the body. “I recommend serums or creams with vitamin E for the face, but for the body, I love a Vitamin E oil,” she says. “It will glide on easily and the hydration will last all day on dry legs.” She also cites the added benefits of using vitamin E in the colder months, as is will combat dryness while it protects the skin. “Then, once the weather is warm, you’ll have the dual benefits of hydration and free radical defense if you spend time with your bare legs in the sun.”

After your shower or bath, Dr. Ciraldo recommends applying a vitamin E body oil to damp skin. Her favorites? Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Oil Mist — “great for dry extremities as it combines Vitamin E with skin soothing oatmeal mixed with jojoba and Vitamin C,” she says — and Honest Organic Body Oil, which includes vitamin E, olive oil, coconut oil, and chamomile.

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Reference: [https://www.allure.com/story/vitamin-e-skin-care]

Dermatologists Have Strongest Influence on Consumer Skin Care Decisions

Are you unsure where to go to discuss concerns about your skin condition and care? There are so many outlets, opinions, and articles that it can boggle the mind. But making the right choices for your skin is critical to keeping it in its best condition and looking youthful, healthy, and supple for a lifetime. Perhaps that is why so many people look to the experts — dermatologists — when making decisions about their skin. The latest American Society for Dermatologic Surgery survey results are available, and the data is helpful! 

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) has released the results of its 2021 Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures. The survey suggests that dermatologists are the top resource for skin care product purchases and the number one influencer in consumers’ decision to have a cosmetic procedure. Dermatologists were also the physician of choice in seven treatment categories, including injectable wrinkle-relaxers, laser therapy, chemical peels and tattoo removal.

Social media was the second leading factor in buying decisions for skin care products and the third leading factor influencing the decision to have a cosmetic treatment. There is a significant increase of patients following their current or potential provider on social media, going from 40% in 2019 to 78% in 2021.

Additionally, 52% of consumers think a provider’s social media presence impacts their decisions to schedule an appointment, up 9% from the 2019 survey. Potential patients are also seeking information about other patients’ experiences on rate and review websites. Up 16% from the last survey, 83% of consumers indicated that rate and review sites impact their decision for a cosmetic procedure provider.

The specialty and level of physician’s licensure were the primary influencing factors when selecting a practitioner. The top five treatments (and percentage of consumers considering them) include ultrasound, laser, light and radiofrequency treatments for smoothing wrinkles or tightening skin (52%); laser/light therapy to reduce facial redness, improve skin tone and improve scars (48%); injectable wrinkle relaxer (48%); body sculpting (47%) and microdermabrasion (44%).

Per the survey, 70% of respondents are considering a cosmetic treatment, expressing a desire to feel more confident, appear more attractive, look younger and do something for themselves as leading motivations. Excess fat on any part of the body is the leading cause of concern, with 77% reporting feeling bothered by it, while 70% pointed to excessive fat under the chin or neck and 66% thought skin texture and discoloration were their leading concern.

Respondents also reported feeling bothered by lines and wrinkles around or under the eyes (62%) and excessive sweating (58%). Concern for hair loss was expressed by 60% of respondents, an increase of 7% since the 2019 survey.

Data for the survey analyzed 3,527 responses gathered through a blind online survey conducted from Oct. 20, 2021, to Nov. 9, 2021, through the PureSpectrum market research service.

Sue Ellen Cox, M.D., president of ASDS, said in a press release, “As expected, this survey shows an increase in the use of social media and digital communication platforms for skin health and beauty information. ASDS members continue to be a strong voice in these digital conversations, sharing medically sound skin health and beauty expertise to ensure patient safety and quality care. This consumer survey reflects patients’ ongoing trust in board-certified dermatologists when it comes to caring for their skin.”

The certified dermatologists and skin experts at Shino Bay are well-versed in professional products and procedures that can improve the quality of your skin and make you feel good about yourself, inside and out! We are here to help you achieve your skin goals! Call us today at 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

Reference: [https://www.medestheticsmag.com/news/news/22314640/dermatologists-have-strongest-influence-on-consumer-skin-care-decisions?utm_source=newsletter-html&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ME+E-Newsletter+07-08-2022]

Beauty Behind Closed Doors: Do Body Contouring Treatments Work?

No matter what we do or try, the final few pounds of weight we want to lose always seem to be the most challenging. It is frustrating for so many people. Luckily, innovations and technology make it much easier to shed those stubborn, unwanted pounds. There are now several treatments and procedures available that are less invasive and have less downtime — here are some insights into a few of the most popular. 

For most of human history, the only way to reduce body fat was through diet and exercise—and then, beginning in the 1980s, liposuction. We now live in vastly different times. In fact, there are now so many different hi-tech options for nonsurgical body contouring, it can be difficult to keep up—and to know what works and what doesn’t. The good news is that there is almost certainly a solution that can effectively tackle unwanted lumps and bumps, it just depends on your preferred modality. And even though most take a few sessions to work, there will unlikely be any downtime, unlike traditional lipo, which can be a beast to recover from. “People tend to think that lipo is a quick and easy way to get rid of fat, like you just suck it out and you’re done,” says dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD, “but there’s so much swelling and bruising and recovery time. You might do it in April or May thinking you’ll be good to go for summer, but things are settling for months afterwards.” Noninvasive body contouring, which can involve freezing fat, melting it, or addressing it with radiofrequency, is a much more seamless—and comfortable—procedure. Also, there will be no tell-tale signs that you had anything done.

Here, four of the top-rated technologies that experts recommend for a stealth slim-down. One caveat: These treatments work best on people who are already at or near their ideal weight. “For me, the ideal candidate is already at within 5 or 10 pounds of where they want to be,” Engelman says. “They just have areas that won’t shift”—like stubborn fat under the arms or paunches on the lower stomach. “That’s what we tackle.”


The popularity of Zeltiq’s fat-freezing CoolSculpting took a major hit after supermodel Linda Evangelista experienced paradoxical adipose hyperplasia—a rare side effect in which the body goes into overdrive creating new fat cells to replace those that are frozen—but many doctors continue to swear by it. “I still feel the gold standard of fat reduction on the body, non-surgically, is CoolSculpting,” says Robert Anolik, MD, who practices at the Laser & Skin Surgery of New York. “We now have a third generation of CoolSculpting technology, and we’re getting superior results. We’re getting better contact with the skin and colder temperatures that are safer. In my opinion, nothing else can compare.”

During a CoolSculpting treatment, the target area—which can be virtually anywhere from under the chin to the calves—is chilled to approximately -40 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, triggering a process through which fat cells are destroyed and then naturally processed by the body. Side effects may include minor swelling or bruising, but many patients see satisfying fat reduction after only one session (others may require up to three, spaced three weeks apart), with 90 percent of the targeted fat completely gone 10 weeks post-treatment. Cost: Between $1,000 and $4,000 depending on areas treated and number of sessions.


An ingenious newcomer to the high-tech body contouring lineup, EON is a robotic device that pre-scans the treatment area to determine parameters, then delivers a focused 1064mm laser over the course of a 40-60-minute session. It’s able to deliver intense, fat-melting heat without causing discomfort or affecting the skin thanks to a NASA-inspired targeted cooling system, and the results are impressive: Clinical trials showed that more than 70 percent of people who tried it saw a fat reduction of 21 percent after just one session (the company recommends two), and there were zero non-responders, meaning that everyone who tried it lost some fat. Currently FDA-approved to treat the abdomen and flanks, EON is also entirely side-effect-free—with results apparent in about three months. Cost: $2,500 to $3,500 per treatment.


“Fat is very easy to kill,” says Engelman. “That’s why it responds to variations in temperature so well—and that’s why we can selectively target the fat layer without damaging the skin or the underlying muscle.” Her favorite fat blaster is Vanquish, which uses radiofrequency energy to heat fat cells to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, while externally feeling like nothing more intense than a hot-stone massage. “I like it because it can deliver a high amount, between 2 and 4 inches, of fat reduction, and because it has a large applicator,” Engelman says. “That means I can treat the abdomen and flanks very easily and evenly, and also do the thighs—which only take about 30 minutes each.” Some silhouette changes will be seen two to three weeks after the first treatment, but up to six sessions may be needed for optimal results. Cost: $800 to $1,000 per treatment.


Subjecting fat cells to extreme heat or cold is not the only way to smooth the silhouette. Skin Science Solutions Icoone treatments tackle lymph (which contributes to puffiness) and connective tissue (including the bands that create cellulite dimpling) with customizable vacuum massage, while also delivering LED and diode energy to gently break down fat and improve skin laxity. The experience is pleasant: first, a practitioner goes over the entire body from head to foot with the massaging suction hand-piece for 20 minutes, stimulating micro-circulation and dispelling water retention, then performs targeted treatments for 10 minutes each on trouble spots such as the thighs, stomach, calves, or upper knees. Commitment is key: sessions should be done two-to-three times a week for four weeks, with one maintenance visit per month afterwards, but Icoone can also deliver fast-track results with a treatment every day for three days for those wishing to slim down prior to a wedding or vacation. Cost: From $250 per session.

Shino Bay offers a full suite of the best aesthetic enhancement technologies available. Our state-of-the-art facility has the latest equipment and innovation, and we are here to help you achieve your goals! Call us today at 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

Reference: [https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/beauty-products/a40379328/best-body-sculpting-treatments/]

This Futuristic, Non-Invasive Fat Removal Treatment Is Performed By A Robot

Removing unwanted fat from our bodies is becoming increasingly more attainable, less invasive, and virtually painless as technology progresses. Gone are the days of lengthy surgeries and even longer recoveries. This futuristic process is touchless and robotic — making it one of the most modern body contouring procedures available today.

It seems as though you can buy anything these days including a fit body. It used to be that if you wanted fat removed from your body, surgery was the only option. However, with major advances in technology, there are now a variety of non-invasive treatments including cryolipolysis, radio frequency, ultrasound, and lasers that can contour the body and address common trouble spots without having to go under the knife.

I just tried out the latest laser technology for fat reduction to hit the market called EON, it launched in March 2021 by Dominion Aesthetic Technologies, Inc.. “EON is the only body contouring technology that is both touchless and robotic,” Christian Bloomgren, President of EON, proudly shares with me. This futuristic device utilizes a 1064 nm laser that is proven to induce apoptosis (which is essentially the death of unwanted cells) in adipose tissue, also known as body fat.

“Through the process of apoptosis, EON induces the permanent removal of subcutaneous fat cells,” continues Bloomgren. “The device delivers consistent and powerful laser energy through the robotic arm, while jet impingement cooling and real-time monitoring ensure a comfortable and safe patient experience. The robotic delivery technology of EON provides unprecedented fat reduction results and patient safety.”

With its autonomous technology, EON is able to get subcutaneous fat hot while keeping the skin in the treatment area cool. EON utilizes 42 smart sensors that scan and map an individual’s topography to deliver personalized treatments. “These sensors drive EON’s autonomous decision-making while monitoring patient safety and comfort. The robotic design provides a consistent treatment experience from patient to patient and eliminates human error and inconsistency,” explains Bloomgren.

The non-invasive body contouring market is quite large. In 2020, the global market reached almost 6.5 billion and is expected to grow to almost 9.6 billion by 2026. With so much demand for the service, I wanted to know who EON’s customer is.


“EON candidates today are looking to permanently reduce stubborn fat in the upper/lower abdomen and flanks,” responds Bloomgren. “Even with a healthy lifestyle, people have areas they would like help with so that they can look and feel their best. EON patients are looking for a non-invasive solution that doesn’t interrupt their normal daily schedule but gives great results. EON patients typically have a manageable BMI of 30 or less and no contraindications to treatment.” Although Bloomgren did mention that in their trials they have seen results with much higher BMIs. “What is great about our device is that it can be used on on localized fat of around one inch, which is much less than what other devices require to work.”

Currently, EON is FDA-cleared for the treatment of stubborn fat on the abdomen and flanks with other body part clearances in the future.

The company recommends repeated treatments for a patient to get the desired results. These can be determined by your practitioner’s recommendations and are usually scheduled every 4 weeks. The results are gradual as the damaged fat cells are removed out of the body via the lymphatic system in around 12 weeks. “Because EON utilizes the body’s natural functions to remove the damaged fat cells, it can take up to 12 weeks to fully realize the results of your treatment. Although, many patients have reported seeing results as early as six weeks, especially when coupled with lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Patients in our studies experienced the full efficacy of the treatment by 12 weeks after a full abdominal treatment with 20 -25% fat loss in the upper and lower abdomen. But the removal of fat cells is permanent in the areas treated.”

As the treatment begins, a robotic arm hovers over the body in a very precise pattern in the treatment area. “This maintains the skin temperature to fat temperature ratio so that the patient can experience a very effective, comfortable treatment,” explains Bloomgren. “The robotic arm is led by protocols written into the system by our robotic engineers. This system has 42 sensors that manage the treatment. Human error is removed when the device is monitoring the treatment. Our clinical studies were done to prove the safety of the robotic device. Similar robotic technology has been used in other surgical applications outside of aesthetics to remove human error.”

While I don’t have much fat on my body, at my age with hormone changes and gravity, there are some inevitable trouble spots—no matter how much you work out and eat healthily. For me, one of my areas of dislike is the little pouch that has developed in the lower abs that works around to the flanks. I had my EON treatment at NuLife Institute in Miami, where prior to my treatment I had a scan of my body, which I had never had done before. The results were fascinating. Interestingly, I didn’t have that much visceral fat (even though I saw a protrusion over my organs). Mine was at level 4, which is considered low. The ideal number is 10 an under. My BMI is 20.6, which is also considered to be on the lower side as well.

“We begin with our Internal BluePrint, looking for advanced analysis, using the accurate and precise InBody 570 body composition analyzer. This provides important data such as Percent Body Fat, Skeletal Muscle Mass, and BMR, plus total body water, visceral fat assessment, and other vital measurements,” Josh Wapner, Founder of NuLife tells me. “We explain to the patient the full breakdown of their body make up and how they can improve now knowing the complete data. Facts and figures they may never have seen or been explained before. Furthermore, the data has no empirical estimations based on age, sex, ethnicity, or body type. Instead, Direct Segmental Multi-Frequency BIA technology measures body segments separately for an accurate analysis based on your unique body.”

NuLife Institute offers a variety of age management services including bioidentical hormone therapy, nutraceutical supplementation, and regenerative treatments. But EON was the only non-invasive, permanent fat removal technology, so I asked Wapner why he chose this one versus one of the many others in the space. “I was searching for something new in the contouring space. I loved the robotic touchless technology,” he responds. “No downtime, easy and fast treatment time of 20 minutes per area. No gels or applicators to make things messing. Best of all was the results. Up to 2 inches in one treatment. I felt we could stand by this technology without making false claims with giving realistic expectations. Lower abs and flanks are the hardest areas to reduce as we age and EON felt like the right choice to offer to patients.”

In his practice, Wapner has treated equal amounts of male and female patients who range from 25-55 years of age. “We have seen amazing results as early as 6 – 8 weeks with leaner patients that come back in for a follow up consultation. 75% of patients have done a 2nd treatment within 8-12 weeks depending on their original goals and body type,” he tells me. “After the results from the initial treatment have been assessed and or attained, we are able to pinpoint and zero in on specific areas to custom sculpt the body of their dreams.”

I had my first EON treatment roughly five weeks ago and I am starting to see my results. I had my full abdomen and flanks treated. The treatment itself was painless. My lower belly pouch looks as though it is disappearing and my flanks look visibly more defined. I was a little tender and swollen after my treatment, which is to be expected when a hot laser beam attacks your fat cells. But, I am excited to see what the next few weeks brings in terms of further results. I may just head back to NuLife for some fine tuning with a second treatment.

EON is one of several laser technologies Shino Bay uses to help people enhance their shape, lose stubborn fat, and feel comfortable in their clothes again. If you want to reshape your body, we are a professional team of board-certified dermatologists who can help. Call us today at 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

Reference: [https://www.forbes.com/sites/meggenharris/2022/06/16/this-futuristic-non-invasive-fat-removal-treatment-is-performed-by-a-robot/?sh=50128fec795e]

Chemical Peels 101: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

Some procedures for revitalizing, repairing, and making your skin radiant sound scary — like chemical peeling. What in the world is that, and how can it help your skin? Chemical peels have been around for a long time and help correct several skin issues! If you do not know about the benefits of chemical peels, this is a helpful insight to give you an idea of how this procedure works. 

If you’ve ever asked your dermatologist about removing signs of sun damage or improving fine lines on your skin, the two words “chemical peel” have probably come up. You might have even heard friends rave about their results.

Here’s the lowdown: “A chemical peel is a resurfacing technique used to improve the quality of the skin,” says Debra Wattenberg, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

While that sounds simple enough, the treatment can be an intense option, depending on the chemicals used and how deep they go into the skin. “A peeling solution, most commonly an acid, is applied to the skin to remove the outer layer,” says Dr. Wattenberg. Before you book an appointment (or pass on it altogether), here’s what you need to know about chemical peels, how they work, and if they’re right for you and your skin.

What Are Chemical Peels?

A chemical peel is one of the many tools a dermatologist might use to help remove age spots and improve acne scars and uneven skin tone.

How Chemical Peels Work

“The majority of chemical peels use various acids on the skin to create a controlled wound,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. While we typically think of wounds as bad things, in this circumstance they’re not. The treatment takes advantage of the skin’s ability to heal itself, and as a result, the wound-repair process can actually improve the appearance of pigmentation and skin texture, Dr. Zeichner adds.

Types of Chemical Peels

Not all chemical peels are alike, so you can expect a different experience depending on the strength of the acid and the depth of the peel, says Wattenberg.

Here are the three major types.

1. Superficial or Light Chemical Peels

“These types of peels are used to treat mild acne or uneven skin tone, or just to brighten up your skin, and most commonly they contain glycolic or salicylic acid,” says Wattenberg. Salicylic acid can help minimize acne bumps on the face and in other troublesome areas, like the back. Because this acid is are a beta-hydroxy acid, it can travel into pores and follicles and treat acne at its core. Meanwhile, glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid that stays on the surface of the skin and acts as a peeling agent.right up arrow It is a light peel, so you can expect dryness and mild exfoliation, says Wattenberg. And because this type is so superficial, the peels can be done every two to five weeks. “But remember, even the glycolic and salicylic acids can vary in strength,” says Wattenberg. That means there are varying degrees of what’s considered a light peel.

2. Medium Chemical Peels

These can be used to correct the physical signs of more extensive sun damage, deeper lines, and more significant wrinkling, says Wattenberg. “Traditionally these peels contain trichloroacetic acid (TCA) in combination with other chemicals, and peeling may continue for five to seven days,” says Wattenberg. TCA is a type of acid that can reach a number of depths in the skin (depending on how much is used), so it’s considered the workhorse of chemical peels.

3. Deep Chemical Peels

This is the most aggressive type of chemical peel. These require more downtime and are usually reserved for those with extensive sun damage, wrinkles, and fine lines, says Wattenberg. “These may contain stronger combinations of TCA, phenol, and other chemicals,” she adds. Phenol is the strongest chemical used in deep peels, and it can penetrate to the lower layers of your skin.

Who to See for a Chemical Peel

“The depth of the peel, the skin type, and the issue you are addressing should determine who should be performing the procedure,” says Wattenberg.

Certain light chemical peels are available over the counter at relatively low concentrations of active ingredients, and other light peels can generally be performed safely at medical spas or in an aesthetician’s office, says Zeichner.

Medium and deep peels are a different story. “Professional peels contain high concentrations of the active compound that penetrates deeply into the skin, so it is important that it’s performed by a professional like a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to make sure you have an even, safe, and effective peel,” Zeichner adds. Be sure your dermatologist or surgeon is board certified by looking them up on the American Board of Dermatology or the American Board of Plastic Surgery websites.

Wattenberg’s rule of thumb: “The deeper the peel, the darker your skin, the riskier the procedure, and therefore the need to see a more trained and qualified professional.”

When to Get a Chemical Peel

First and foremost, talk to your doctor about chemical peels and whether you’re a good candidate. “Chemical peels are a great option if you have dark spots, fine lines or wrinkles, prominent pores, or irregular texture,” says Zeichner.

Potential Skin Benefits of a Chemical Peel

As for the benefits, a light chemical peel may help improve your skin texture and tone, and decrease the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Meanwhile, if you have a medium chemical peel, your skin will likely appear markedly smoother, and a deep peel offers a dramatically different look and feel to your skin.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, chemical peels can be used to treat acne scars as well as skin conditions that affect the color of the skin.right up arrow Chemical peels may also help remove precancerous skin growths.

Possible Complications of Chemical Peels

While it is a rare result, high-concentration chemical peels can cause permanent scarring, says Zeichner. “The most common potential risk associated with a chemical peel is a permanent or long-term change in the skin pigmentation,” Zeichner adds. People with darker skin tones are more at risk of changes to the skin color.right up arrow “Inflammation can cause the skin to heal with extra pigment in the form of a dark black blotch, or it can block pigment production, leading to a light blotch,” says Zeichner. The good news? “These pigmentary changes usually improve on their own over several months,” he adds.

Still, certain people should avoid chemical peels altogether. If you have a risk of heart disease, you should avoid deep peels with phenol.right up arrow Deep peels can (but rarely) cause serious complications such as heart, liver, or kidney failure.

People who are pregnant, have routine outbreaks of cold sores (a peel can lead to flare-ups), have scar tissue called keloids, or have used the medicine called isotretinoin (Myorisa, Claravis) in the past six months should avoid chemical peels.

Also worth knowing: Deep peels happen in a surgical setting, and you will be under general anesthesia.

How to Prepare for a Chemical Peel

When you visit your doctor, they’ll do an exam and help determine which type of peel is right for you and your skin, says Wattenberg. They’ll also go over your medical history and let you know of any risks with the procedure.

Then if you are getting a medium or deep peel, your doctor will likely ask you to do a special skin-care routine for about two to four weeks prior to your peel. This regime will help you prepare your skin for a better outcome.

The pretreatment regime could include a prescription retinoic gel or cream. Retinoids are derived from vitamin A and help thin your skin’s outermost layer, so that the chemicals can go deeper and more effectively into your skin.right up arrow You might also be prescribed a bleaching agent called hydroquinone in combination with the retinoic product if you have hyperpigmentation or blotchy skin.

In addition, your doctor may ask you to take an antiviral medicine to prevent infection and may suggest that you avoid sun exposure in the weeks leading up to your peel. You may also be advised to avoid facial masks and scrubs as well as hair removal procedures in the week prior to the peel.

Last, be sure to arrange a ride home afterward (especially if you’ll be sedated during the procedure). And when scheduling your peel, don’t choose a date close to an important event, says Wattenberg. “It takes time for the skin to recover from the peel,” she adds.

Chemical Peel Results and Follow-Up Care

After your peel, you can expect different results depending on the type of peel you received. A superficial peel will likely make your skin look brighter, a medium peel can make your skin smoother, while a deep peel will even out your skin tone and reduce wrinkles.

Your follow-up care will also depend on the type of peel.

A light peel takes one to seven days to heal, and there is no follow-up care needed with your doctor. After the peel, you will likely need to apply cream daily as well as sunscreen.

A medium peel can take 7 to 14 days to heal and will require a follow-up appointment with your doctor. To help you heal, your doctor will probably ask you to soak your face and use an ointment each day, as well as apply a cream and completely avoid the sun while your face heals.

A deep peel takes 14 to 21 days to heal, and your dermatologist will likely want you to visit the next day as well as several times after that. You’ll need to do multiple soaks with ointment application per day, use a thick moisturizer after 14 days, and completely avoid the sun for three to six months.

One thing to remember: “It is important to let the skin shed on its own and not to pull the peeling skin — physically removing skin that is not ready to be shed can lead to potential scars,” says Zeichner.

Alternatives to Chemical Peels

Not sold on the chemical peel? There are other options. “Skin resurfacing is a broad category that can be done with retinoids, chemical peels, microneedling, and a variety of lasers,” says Wattenberg. “There are a wide variety of choices, and determining the best procedure requires seeing a professional that can assess your skin and your issues, and determine the best option to achieve your goals.”

For example, when it comes to addressing acne scars, Zeichner prefers lasers or microneedling to chemical peels. “These can penetrate deeper into the skin than most peels to better address the irregular collagen that leads to scars,” he says. One review of research shows that lasers have become more popular than deep peels (at the same time, though, superficial chemical peels are on the rise).

Microneedling creates small puncture wounds in the skin that help stimulate the production of collagen.right up arrow Collagen is a protein that keeps our skin looking plump and smooth.right up arrow Lasers can stimulate the production of collagen, too. An ablative laser, for example, removes the epidermis and heats up the dermis (the layer of skin below the epidermis), which creates more collagen.


Whether you’ve always wanted to try a chemical peel or you only recently heard about the procedure, it’s important to discuss your options with your doctor to find the right treatment for you.

A light, medium, or deep peel could be best for you, depending on what needs to be addressed. Or your doctor may suggest a completely different procedure altogether, like lasers or microneedling.

Also, if you aren’t able to take the whole recovery time needed for a deep peel, it might not be the best option for you.

“Chemical peels are not for everyone,” says Wattenberg. But there are still plenty of positives. “Chemical peels are a great addition to some skin-care routines, and they can help you achieve your desired result more quickly than just using at home regimens,” she adds.

The medical experts at Shino Bay are well-versed in chemical peels and other procedures that can improve the quality of your skin and make you feel good about yourself, inside and out! We also carry top-of-line products to help you care for your skin daily.


Call us today to discover everything we can do to help you have radiant skin. 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook.

Reference: [https://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-skin/chemical-peels-a-complete-beginners-guide/]

4 Reasons Why Proper Skincare Is Important

Like many things in life, we often take our skin for granted. Yet, it is impossible to overstate the importance of properly caring for your skin — it is what you are in for the entirety of your life! Still not convinced? Here are some compelling reasons for proper skin care you may not have considered.

any people are unaware of the importance of proper skincare. For example, did you know that your skin is sensitive to both internal and external factors? This means that if you have a poor diet or are stressed out, these things will show up on your skin – in addition to other environmental factors like pollution. But even if you take care of what’s going into your body, it can still affect your skin because there are substances found in cosmetics and toiletries that can cause irritation or allergies. To help you protect yourself from all these problems, these four reasons below will teach you why proper skincare is important.

Four Seasons For Proper Skincare

In our society, it is easy for people to get caught up in their busy lives and forget about taking care of themselves properly. Skincare routines are essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help you look more youthful.

1. Skin Is the Largest Organ In the Human Body and It Protects Us From Outside Elements

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it protects you from outside elements. It also serves as a barrier for things like bacteria to enter your body. When you don’t take care of this vital part of yourself, your immune system can be compromised – meaning that any foreign particles will have access to breaking down tissues or cells in order to create more energy.

If you are not taking proper care of yourself by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly, then chances are all these toxins are being stored in your skin because there’s nowhere else for them to go! This means that everything inside gets trapped within the layers until they release themselves at night when we sleep – resulting in breakouts or other problems including premature aging.

2. Healthy Skin Can Improve Your Confidence, Appearance, and Mood

When you are feeling stressed, your skin can show it. This is because stress affects the body in different ways – causing acne breakouts or worsening eczema conditions

Your diet also has an impact on how well your skin works and looks. Eating healthy foods like leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables will help produce healthier cells, which means better-looking skin! You don’t have to completely give up junk food if that’s what makes you happy, but just be mindful of how much sugar or fried items you’re consuming daily. Even if they seem harmless at first glance, these types of “junk” foods do not provide any nutritional value for the human body, so when taken in excess, they become problematic.

Taking care of yourself by eating healthy foods and exercising regularly can improve your confidence, appearance, and mood – which is why you should always consider skincare.

You don’t have to be embarrassed if you suffer from having acne or breakouts! There are many treatments available that will help make it disappear quickly.

Lastly, proper hydration is an essential part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle because water helps with muscle recovery after exercise, as well as flushing out toxins during the day.

3. Skincare Products are Not Just For Women – Men Need to Take Care of Their Skin Too!

Many people are unaware that skincare products for men exist! Just like women, they need to take care of their skin too.

When you sweat during workouts or the weather is hot and humid outside, it’s important to clean your face with soap and water so that bacteria doesn’t build up on your pores, which can lead to breakouts.

Not only do acne treatments work well for both sexes, but there are different types of hair removal methods available, including shaving cream, waxing kits, etc. Many people think these processes might be painful – but this isn’t true because many brands now offer painless formulas in order to make sure customers feel comfortable while paying attention to proper skincare routines.

Removing excess hair can help give you better access to your skin. There are also retinoids, Retin-A in the form of tretinoin, AHA, and BHA, that can all be used to treat the skin. Tretinoin is one of the best out there and there are many ways you can learn how to get tretinoin online as a prescription drug. One of the best methods is online, as it’s quicker and more private, allowing you to get on with your schedule without having to wait in the doctor’s office.

4. Skincare Products Help You Look Younger Than Your Age Because They Keep Wrinkles At Bay

As you get older, your skin begins to age and there are natural processes that take place, like the loss of collagen, in addition to fine lines. This can be reversed by using anti-aging products or serums.

Many people start taking care of their face when they’re already suffering from wrinkles – but this is an issue because it’s better to prevent them than wait until damage has been done! By investing early on into proper skincare routines, you will see improvements over time.

If you are looking for ways to care for your skin, there’s no better time than the present. Skincare products help us look younger by keeping wrinkles at bay and can make a world of difference in how we feel about ourselves. By following these tips on skincare (which also apply if you’re male), it will be easier to take care of our bodies while improving our appearance over time!

Part of ensuring proper care of your skin is using the best products. We offer only the best brands and an easy process for you to find what you need here: https://shinobayderm.com/store/

Call us today to discover everything we can do to help you have radiant skin. 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook (Hyperlink to https://www.facebook.com/ShinoBayDerm/)

Reference: [https://www.lux-review.com/4-reasons-why-proper-skincare-is-important/]

The CoolSculpting® Myths That Need Busting

CoolSculpting has been around long enough now for people to understand the concept. It is a leading, revolutionary procedure that is non-surgical and freezes away unwanted fat. Yet, even though millions of CoolSculpting treatments have positively changed how people view themselves, there are still misconceptions that need addressing. This article debunks some common myths.

It sounds like a tall order: melt away unwanted fat without breaking into a sweat. It almost sounds too good to be true, and to an extent, it is. The benefits of CoolSculpting® and the results it achieves are proven (just look at the Before and Afters here), accurate information about the real benefits can get a little muddy. So, we’re going to clear up the main myths circulating about CoolSculpting® and give you a better understanding of its true results and how it can work for you.

Myth #1 – CoolSculpting® can replace a healthy and balanced lifestyle

Although this will initially sound like bad news (it’s not, we promise!), CoolSculpting® isn’t a fast track, nor a solution, to weight loss.1 Rather, it’s a non-invasive contouring system that reduces small sections of fat by freezing fat cells.  The treatment works to reshape your body by targeting specific areas of unwanted fat and contouring these areasIt is still important for health and weight loss to follow a balanced, nutrient-rich diet and enjoy daily movement to keep yourself fit and in a healthy weight range. Although CoolSculpting® can assist in reshaping your body as you lose weight, it will not supplement a weight loss programme.

Myth #2 – CoolSculpting® is a temporary quick fix

CoolSculpting® results can be long lasting, as the fat cells are eliminated.  However, fat reduction only occurs in the treatment area and untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.10

Myth #3 – CoolSculpting® can only be used for excess tummy fat

Although the tummy is a common area for CoolSculpting® clients, it’s definitely not the only

area that can be targeted. There are many parts of your body where excess fat cells can be eliminated.  From stubborn love handles, to thighs, upper arms and even the chin area, they can all be treated with CoolSculpting® 

Myth #4 – CoolSculpting® is painful3

As the name suggests, the procedure can be a little chilly, but it is controlled. There is an initial feeling of intense cold (similar to the feeling of putting a frozen ice pack on bare skin), but this usually subsides within 5-10 minutes as the area numbs. The first few minutes of the suction process can cause a mild pinching feeling until the numbness sets in.

Myth #5 – CoolSculpting® is just for women

Definitely not. In fact, it can be especially great for areas that are notoriously difficult for men to target with just exercise. The ability to get right back into life post- CoolSculpting® session1,15 is a big draw card for men. If you have unwanted fat cells collecting in stubborn areas, no matter what your gender, it’s a treatment with proven results.

CoolSculpting has paved the way for similar procedures like Emsculpt, Cellfina, Celluli-Sculpt, EON, and other effective body contouring systems that help people enhance their shape and lose stubborn fat or feel comfortable in their clothes again. 

If you are looking to reshape your body, we are a professional team of board-certified dermatologists who can help. Call us today at 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook (Hyperlink to https://www.facebook.com/ShinoBayDerm/)

Reference: [https://www.coolsculpting.com.au/blogs/the-coolsculpting-myths-that-need-busting]

Dysport vs. Botox: What’s Better for Wrinkles?

The world is becoming more fast-paced every day. It is a small wonder that we all look tired and worn out more quickly. Thankfully there are remedies to help us treat the fine lines and wrinkles that make us look that way! With so many options available today, this comparison between the two more popular procedures — Botox and Dysport — helps clarify the differences. 

If you’ve been noticing wrinkles when you look into the mirror, you may be considering botulinum toxin injections.

While Botox® has been the go-to botulinum toxin injection for years, there are other options, like Dysport®.

Sometimes used to treat spasms from neurological disorders and other medical conditions, these types of injections are typically used as facial wrinkle treatments.

“Botox and Dysport are both used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions,” says dermatologist Shilpi Khetarpal, MD.

Botulinum toxins are safe in small amounts. But the formula for Botox and Dysport is slightly different based on what kind of protein is attached to the botulinum toxin A molecule, says Dr. Khetarpal.

“Botox and Dysport have the same primary active ingredient, but a different protein allows Dysport to diffuse further or spread more,” she says.

The effects of both Botox and Dysport last for about four months, but the effects of Dysport tend to appear faster than Botox — about two days compared to Botox’s week timeline.

So, how do you decide what’s right for you? Dr. Khetarpal explains how both options work.

What is Botox?

Botox, like Dysport, is a type of neurotoxin that blocks muscle contractions, essentially relaxing the muscles under your skin. It’s a noninvasive way to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet and glabellar lines (those vertical lines between your eyebrows).

There’s no need for hospitalization with this procedure. You can receive injections in your doctor’s office and it only takes a few minutes.

Cost is a consideration when deciding if Botox is right for you. Injections for cosmetic purposes aren’t covered by your insurance. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost is $466 per session. The effects of Botox typically last four months. If you want to maintain Botox’s effects, follow-up injections will be needed.

The recommended dosage of Botox varies by treatment area. For example, if you want to treat your crow’s feet, you may need 24 units divided between six injections. Glabellar lines may need 20 units divided into five portions.

What is Dysport?

Just like Botox, Dysport can be administered at your doctor’s office, and it only takes a few minutes to receive injections. And like Botox, if you want to maintain Dysport’s effects, follow-up injections will be needed.

Dysport is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to only treat moderate or severe glabellar lines.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost is $466 per session, the same as Botox.

The recommended dosage of Dysport is up to 50 units divided into five portions injected into the targeted area.

“The rule of thumb is one Botox unit equals three Dysport units,” says Dr. Khetarpal. “So, if you get 20 Botox units, you will likely need 60 Dysport units. They’re just measured differently.”

Treatment differences

There aren’t many differences between Botox and Dysport.

You may find that Dysport is less expensive than Botox, but that varies from doctor to doctor.

Some people may feel that Dysport lasts longer, but Dr. Khetarpal says each type of treatment lasts for about four months.

The formulas for Botox and Dysport are slightly different based on the protein used in each. Dysport’s formula is known to spread a little bit more once injected into the skin. Dysport is only approved by the FDA to treat glabellar lines, too. Botox is approved by the FDA to treat glabella lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet.

Side effect

The side effects for Dysport and Botox are the same. You may experience:

  • Slight pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Redness.
  • Bruising.
  • Drooping eyelids.

“For both Dysport and Botox, we’re using a needle. Just like any injection, there is a little bit of redness and swelling and the potential for a bruise, which would just last a few days,” says Dr. Khetarpal.

Deciding what’s right for you

If you’ve tried wrinkle creams and treatments and you’re not getting the effect you desire, Botox or Dysport may be a good option for you.

Those who have neuromuscular disorders, are allergic to ingredients in Botox or Dysport ingredients, or are pregnant or nursing should avoid using these injections.

Botox and Dysport are most effective when used on dynamic lines, those that appear when you’re frowning or raising your eyebrows, for example. Once you see those lines when your face is at rest, it becomes harder to treat.

“It’s best to start early, instead of waiting until you have those deep, etched lines,” Dr. Khetarpal says. “In an optimal world, starting in your 30s or 40s is very reasonable.”

But when it comes to deciding between Botox or Dysport, turn to your doctor. They can weigh the pros and cons with you.

“Have a conversation with your doctor about what wrinkles you’re bothered by,” advises Dr. Khetarpal. “Each person is different so there isn’t one product that works for everyone.”

Also, look for a healthcare provider who’s board-certified in a core specialty. Those in specialties like dermatology, facial plastics and ocuoloplastics have had extensive training in facial anatomy and cosmetic injectables. Don’t be afraid to ask for before-and-after photos of other people to see if you’d be happy with the results, too.

Overall, Dysport and Botox can be effective treatments. And just because you try Botox or Dysport once, doesn’t mean you have to use it again. It’s all about what makes you feel good about your appearance.

“It can be a very simple, straightforward treatment with minimal risk,” says Dr. Khetarpal. “It can really improve your appearance and make you look more awake and well-rested while looking natural.”

The benefits of Botox and Dysport are so numerous that several similar systems are available also; they include Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra, Radiesse, Voluma, etc. The board-certified experts at Shino Bay can help determine which procedure would be your best option.

Call us today to discover everything we can do to help you have radiant skin. 954.765.3005 or find us on Facebook (Hyperlink to https://www.facebook.com/ShinoBayDerm/)

Reference: [https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dysport-vs-botox/]

Best Advice for Oily Skin | Skincare Basics

This video will teach you the basics of having oily skin: how to know if you have it, what to avoid using and things you should start doing to control that excess oil.

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~


Hi Everyone,

I’m Jeanna Karidas and I exclusively administer all of the Coolsculpting treatments here at Shino Bay. Prior to my employment at Shino Bay, I started my Coolsculpting experience at the office in Naples, FL. about 8 years ago. I was personally trained by how to determine fat versus skin, along with the different types of fat such as fibrous and visceral. This knowledge at the beginning of my training has been invaluable to me.

When I first started Coolsculpting, there was only one applicator that was one shape and size so we were very limited as to what areas we could treat. Over the years, this technology has really advanced and there are now 6+ different applicators that are all different shapes and sizes. The applicators have been redesigned so that they are more comfortable for the patient and the treatment time is shorter.

The results have any greatly improved as a result due to the amount of areas we can now treat. These areas include: Chin, Upper Arms, Inner Thighs, Outer Thighs, Love Handles, Hips, Back Bra Fat, Underarm Fat, Abdomen, Knees and Back Upper Thighs.

Coolsculpting is ideal for someone who is within about 15lbs of their idea weight and have pockets of unwanted fat. CoolSculpting can even out the fat layer so that areas are flatter, smoother and more contoured. I’ve personally treated hundreds of patents over the years and have seen amazing results with this technology, and yes, I’ve had a few treatments myself and am a big fan. ?

The technology is called Cryolypolysis, which basically means fat freezing, this causes fat cells to actually die and not shrink, which means it delivers permanent results – non-surgically. Results are typically seen anywhere from 1-3 mos. (more or less) and you can expect a 20-25% fat layer reduction with each treatment. That means, you can do multiple treatments if a larger fat reduction is needed or desired.

I can’t say enough about Coolsculpting, you honestly have to just try it and see it with your own eyes. You can always start small, with one area for example, then see how you respond and go from there. I must warn you though, you will become addicted. ?

I am considered the “Coolsculpting Queen” here at Shino Bay. LOL.

~Jeanna Karidas – Medical Aesthetician~

Turn Down the Fat by Turning Up the Heat

For most of my life I have been pretty content with my body weight and its fat placement. I have never been overweight and found it very easy to get into shape when I choose to dedicate time to a workout routine. However, as the idiom states, all good things must come to an end – oh boy, it sure did! Before I go into sharing my story with you, let me state that I am not one of those women who ever enjoyed pregnancy. Although I believe pregnancy is a blessing, it was anything but rainbows and butterflies for me. With that said, after pregnancy my body changed dramatically; My post-baby weight was substantially higher than my pre-baby weight and I couldn’t lose a simple five pounds to save my life. Ironically, although I had birthed my children (oh yea, I had twins – bonus!), I still appeared to look pregnant. To say the least, I was no longer content with my body weight and its fat placement.

It was an evening while at Walgreens that I decided to do something about my mid-section bulk. As I was checking out the very regretful lady that was scanning my items asks, “when are you due?”. I was extremely uneasy as my responded awkwardly, “I’m not pregnant”. In fact, I had my twins two years ago! The very next day I went into work determined to try a series of VanquishMe treatments.

Having the knowledge about VanquishMe but lacking the time is what kept me from trying the treatment in the first place. My mindset was clearly different now after being mistaken for a pregnant woman! I decided to start treating myself like I would a real patient. I began consuming 3.0 liters of water a day and implemented a walking plan each morning in order to give this treatment a fair shot. After one treatment a week for four weeks, I can say I am very pleased with my overall reduction results. However, due to my perfectionist nature, I will be undergoing another series of VanquishMe treatments for additional slimming.

VanquishMe is a contactless radio frequency procedure that disrupts fatty cells through selective heating of adipose tissue. This process leads to fatty cell shrinkage and elimination – everything I needed to NOT look pregnant. Although my fat placement problem was due to pregnancy, VanquishMe treatments are designed for anyone who wants to decrease the circumference of their particular problem area – regardless of one’s body mass index. It’s ideal for any age and any size. Therefore, if you too have an area that you would like to debulk, I urge you to turn down the fat by turning up the heat.

~Melinda Leyva – Medical Aesthetician~

Permanent Makeup Artist | Laser Hair Specialist

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rachel Richter. I am a licensed aesthetician, licensed electrologist/laser hair removal specialist, licensed advanced permanent makeup artist, and more recently the Emsculpt specialist here at Shino Bay. I have been practicing for 13 years, and have been working for Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera for 8 of those years. I still enjoy the technical aspect of each area, the artistic freedom, and the beautiful results that my patients experience. I feel proud of the services that I provide, knowing that when my patients leave me, they are in a better condition physically and even emotionally than when they arrived. It is my “psychology from the outside – in”.

This profession is perceived by some to be one of sheer vanity, which is partially true, however in my experience, patients do look more beautiful on the outside, but they also feel more confident on the inside. It affects their daily experience and often can change their lives for the better. In one example, after a series of hair removal sessions, my patient with previous pigmentation on her legs from shaving three times a day, came into my room twirling around in a dress that she hadn’t worn in ten years.

Another patient now sits in the front row of her meetings instead of the back after I removed significant hair growth from her face. She has also lost 30 pounds! I recently tattooed a woman’s scalp who has been camouflaging it for years with a dark powder to cover areas where hair no longer grows, as a result of a traumatic event in her life

My mission is for my patients to look in the mirror with a bit more self love, help minimize their daily aesthetic maintenance, and eliminate or at least significantly lessen the self-consciousness that they once felt.

~Rachel Richter – Permanent Makeup & Laser Hair Removal Specialist~

Why Vitamin C and Retinol are Skincare Essentials

Vitamin C and Retinol are two essential skincare products that everyone should include in their skincare regimen. They promote cell turnover, even out the skin tone, and help build collagen under the skin. It is important to consult with your skincare professional to select the correct Vitamin C and Retinol to add into your daily routine.

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

All products are available at Shino Bay

Valentine’s Day Makeup


  • ABH Norvina Palette
  • Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Palette
  • Stila Glitter Liquid Eye Shadow in Next to Notte
  • Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara


  • Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
  • Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation in 2N2
  • Too Faced Born This way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer in Natural Beige
  • RCMA No Color Setting Powder
  • ABH Brow Definer in Dark Brown
  • Hourglass Ambient Lightning Bronzer in Radiant Bronze Light
  • Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose
  • Hourglass Ambient Strobe Highlighting Palette
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
  • Essence Extreme Last Eye Pencil in 06 Silky Nude


  • Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil in Suburbia
  • Pat McGrath luxeTrance Lipstick in Beautiful Creature

~Mia Pulgar – Staff contributor~

Everyday Makeup Routine

Products used:

  • Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer
  • Dermablend Flawless Creator Foundation 25N
  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer 2C
  • Hourglass Loose Mineral Veil Translucent
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Blush Euphoric Fusion
  • Hourglass Ambient Light Bronzer Luminous Bronze Light
  • Jane Iredale Pommist Setting Spray
  • Fresh Minerals Pomade Brown Black
  • Jane Iredale Mystikol Liner Onyx
  • Dior Iconic Overcurl Black
  • Laura Mercier Lip Liner Ruby
  • Jane Iredale Play On Lip Crayon Naughty

Post Procedure Skincare

Products used:

  • Alastin Nectar
  • Alastin Restorative Skin Complex
  • Alastin TransForm Body Treatment
  • Biopelle Tensage Intensive Serum 40
  • SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier
  • SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense
  • SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel & Masque
  • SkinCeuticals Epidermal Repair

All products are available at Shino Bay

Skincare Regimen for Oily Skin


  • Cleanser- Glowbiotics Revitalizing Cleanser
  • Toner- SkinCeuticals LHA Toner
  • Serum- Biopelle KNR Serum, SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator
  • Antioxidant- Biopelle Antioxidant Defense Serum
  • Eye Cream- Biopelle Radiance Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer- SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3
  • Sunscreen- Elta UV Clear Tinted


  • Cleanser- Simple Cleansing Wipes, SkinCeuticals Simply Clean, Shino Bay Pore War
  • Toner- SkinCeuticals LHA Toner
  • Retinol- Glowbiotics Advanced Retinol Renewal Treatment
  • Eye Cream- Glowbiotics Anti-Wrinkle Illuminating Eye Cream
  • Moisturizer- Glowbiotics Probiotic Brightening Lotion

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist~

All products are available at Shino Bay

Post-Laser Makeup Routine

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist

Follow Ashleigh’s makeup routine for the day after she had HydraBrilliant combination therapy

Products used in Video:

  • Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener
  • Glowtime Full Coverage B.B. Cream in BB4
  • Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer #2
  • Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder in Natural
  • Jane Iredale Contour Kit in warm
  • Jane Iredale Mystikol Eyeliner in Dark Topaz
  • Jane Iredale Pure Lash Extender & Conditioner
  • Jane Iredale Pure Lash Lengthening Mascara in Brown Black
  • Jane Iredale Pure Moist Lipstick in Rikki
  • Jane Iredale Hydration Spray in D20

All products are available at Shino Bay

Laser Facial Combination Therapy | HydraBrilliant

A HydraBrilliant is a combination of the Hydrafacial and a Clear and Brilliant laser. The HydraFacial is responsible for deep cleaning the skin, providing a liquid microdermabrasion. The clear and Brilliant laser resurfaces the skin while also minimizing the pore size. All ages and all skin types can benefit from either of these treatments, the best results can be seen when both of the treatments are combined and performed by a Licensed Medical Aesthetician.

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist

Why Topical Probiotics?

Products Mentioned:

  • MyHero Probiotic Firming & Replenishing Lotion
  • Calming Restorative Treatment
  • Probiotic Revitalizing Cleanser
  • Ultimate Youth Restoring Serum
  • Probiotic Soothing Gel Mask

~Ashleigh King – Skincare Specialist