Am I too young for Botox?

Botox is the holy grail treatment for reversing the signs of aging that are already visible but it also has increased in popularity as a preventative anti-aging treatment. Doctors are reporting an increase in their number of Botox patients in their 20s and 30s with the goal of preserving their youth and to smooth away hints of lines before they become more prominent.

We have known for quite some time that lines, wrinkles and folds are caused by the repetitive folding of the skin from everyday facial expressions. Initially, Botox was thought to be specifically for those in their 40s, 50s and 60s seeking a solution for wrinkles and folds that had developed. However, we have now realized that by injecting patients earlier we can actually stop the wrinkles from occurring. The lines never develop when you slow down the use of these muscles in early adulthood. Stopping the lines from forming in the first place means you won’t need to correct them later.

Also, many people believe that investing in pre-rejuvenation Botox saves you down the road. Botox treatments in your 20s and 30s ultimately prevents you from requiring more invasive procedures later.

With all of this said, however, we believe that Botox treatments are not appropriate for teens, children or infants.

Growth factors and why they are essential in skin rejuvenation

Growth factors play a vital role in maintaining firmness and elasticity in your skin. Daily use of skin care products containing growth factors are known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. It is important to realize, however, that not all growth factors have the same benefits.

Growth factors are natural substances made by skin cells to maintain healthy skin. They are responsible for supporting the repair of damaged skin, and provide firmness and elasticity to the skin while helping to maintain skin’s protective functions. Growth factors are wonderful for aging and sun damaged skin. Aging skin produces less growth factors naturally than youthful skin. That is why growth factors are essential in skin care products as we age.

There have been several clinical studies that have highlighted the benefits of topically applied growth factor products showing improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and discoloration. Results can be seen in as little as 6-12 weeks when used twice a day. What’s even more exciting is that combining growth factors with antioxidants will show results even sooner.

Britannia Dermedics can help with rejuvenating your skin.

Why should we protect ourselves from the sun year round?

While ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are the main cause of sunburns and are the strongest in the summer, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays remain constant throughout the year. UBA rays prematurely age our skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth. UVA rays are so prevalent that they can even go through glass, making sun protection necessary indoors as well as out. The greatest part of our sun exposure occurs in brief intervals year round such as walking the dog or sitting in traffic. The UV damage accumulated from these small daily exposures add up over time and can lead to premature skin aging. Just because you do not lie out in the sun or tan regularly, you can still be getting skin damaging exposure.

This is why sun protection is so essential all year around. It is important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as they reflect the light away from your skin allowing little absorption. Lotion up liberally. Additionally, reapply throughout the day as the sunscreen you apply in the morning will not be effective by the end of the day. Luckily, there are products that make re-application easy and convenient. At Britannia Dermedics, we love Colorescience products and especially the powdered sunscreens called Sunforgettalbes. These sunscreens are available in a SPF30 and SPF50, as well as in different shades to match your skin tone. They can even be applied over makeup quickly and effectively.

Always remember, practicing sun safety is a lifelong and year-round must.

Collagen…why it’s important to start protecting it

Although you can’t see collagen, it’s the essence of healthy skin. Collagen is what makes your complexion firm, plump and youthful. It is a protein that makes up about 75-80% of your dermis. Collagen fibers are like a bunch of columns placed closely together which hold up the top layer of skin. When you are young and healthy, these columns will be strong and straight so your skin will look smooth. When you pinch your cheek, the skin will feel spongy and full. When you are young and healthy, your skin will repair and make new collagen. However, environmental factors such as UV rays, smoking, pollution and stress produce free radicals in your skin. Free radicals start breaking down collagen fibers, causing the skin to become thin. Eventually the cells in your skin that make new collagen, stop producing collagen as quickly and you begin to get wrinkles and sagging skin. If you make an expression, you will create creases in your skin. When collagen is strong, your skin bounces right back. But if collagen is weak, repeated movements cause permanent creases.

How can you start protecting your collagen? It’s never too late….we suggest the following to care for your collagen…

  1. Use antioxidants and sunscreen to protect against free radial damage;
  2. Use a retinol;
  3. Use a collagen stimulator like peptides and growth factors; and
  4. Try a professional collagen stimulating procedure like the Laser Genesis facial, Venus Legacy treatment or Venus Viva treatment.

Why Chose Medical Grade Skin care Products

A lot of people ask us why we recommend medical grade skin care products. We believe that “over the counter” or drugstore products can’t fix real skin problems. Medical grade has higher concentrations of active ingredients.

Drugstore products are formulated for everyone and anyone, and are not dispensed by a Physician and therefore can only have small amounts of any active ingredients.

  1. If you want to get real results from a skincare product, the product needs to reach deeper layers of the skin. Drugstore products can only work on the epidermis or the outer layer of skin, where the skin cells are starting to shed. Medical grade products can penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin all the way to the dermis, or the middle layer of the skin, where the elastin and collagen are contained, as well as the basal, or the bottom layer of the skin, where new cells are produced. We believe that young, beautiful skin is more than just the lack of wrinkles or beautiful full lips. Younger skin is also brighter, tighter, with more even tones and blemish-free. In order to achieve this, we believe you need products that penetrate deeply into your skin.
  1. Medical grade products give They have been scientifically published in medical journals and have been proven to work. Manufacturers of medical grade skin care must be able to scientifically back any claims that they make. Each product is put through extensive clinical testing. The ingredients of medical grade products can repair skin at the deep layers, where the problems begin and therefore provide real results.

Examples of ingredients of our medical grade skin care and why we love them:

  1. Vitamin C – actually improves laxity in the skin, strengthens skin cells and can prevent future sun damage.
  2. Hydroquinone – reduces discoloration and inhibits melanin production which is what causes the discoloration and age spots that emerge as we grow older.
  3. Retinol (a derivative of vitamin a) – wonderful for epidermal and dermal stimulation and renewal. Retinol is the only topical ingredient that repairs age-related and environmental skin aging. Medical grade retinol uses a higher percentage of retinol which makes it much more effective than any over the counter retinol.

Regular use of medical-grade skin care products can thicken and strengthen the outer layers of skin and help our bodies to produce more collagen. Collagen, in turn, plumps up the face from the inside out, giving you an overall, more youthful appearance.

If you are looking for skincare that works! Visit us to discuss what product would be best for you!

Protect Your Eyes!


Protecting your eyes isn’t just about going to the optometrist and wearing sunglasses.  The appearance of our eyes is important to us, too, and it’s also one of the most delicate areas of skin on our bodies.

The First Signs of Aging

Similar to your chest and neck, the skin around your eyes is thin—it requires the most protection and the softest touch. There is less fat, collagen, and elastin in these areas than in the rest of your body, and they are therefore more easily irritated and damaged. The first signs of aging skin are found in these areas, as they can fall victim to wrinkles and sun damage.

Delicate Touch

Remember: delicate skin needs to be treated delicately. No pulling or hard scrubbing. When cleansing around your eyes, avoid pressing hard, and use only one finger, dabbing lightly so as to cut-out pulling around the eyes completely. While being careful to take the best care of your delicate skin, avoid harsh face washes and lotions.

Medical Grade Skincare

Medical Grade skin lotions and cleansers are the best idea for your whole skincare regime, but they are especially important at these sensitive areas.  These thin areas of skin are easily irritated and can become inflamed when rubbed with non medical-grade skin cleansers and perfumed, thick eye-creams. Treat your eyes to a skin care regime that will prolong the youth of your delicate eyes.

Clean Make-up

Clean make-up can make an incredible difference. Clean mascara, primers, brushes, and eyeliners are necessary to keep the skin around your eyes as clean as possible and avoid irritation. Over the years, irritation leads up to weakened skin, redness, and wrinkles. Treat your eyes like the delicate parts they are!.

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