(exploring briefly, skincare for all 4 seasons)

It is very important to maintain a thorough skincare regime from the inside out, as you have read in the previous articles. It is just as essential to be aware of seasonal changes in weather and climate that will affect your skin symbiosis as well.

In the winter months, you will be layering with scarves, hats, gloves, etc. and the frigid crisp air will naturally leach moisture from your vulnerable skin, causing cracking, chapping, chafing and overall irritation such as eczema. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking ample non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages and pack on the protection with a heavy-duty moisturizer to guard your skin from the harsh elements. Although you can't see much of the glorious sun, it is still there, damaging your skin, if left unprotected. Sun rays reflect off of ice and snow in the same manner as with the glare off of water, so don’t forget your sunscreen and SPF enhanced lip balm.

Autumn poses a subtle shock to the biome of your skin, as dry cooler air arrives. We often find this is the time to turn the heaters on which can zap moisture from the skin. Remember to exfoliate regularly and moisturize daily to replenish the skin of its essentials oils. Dr. Monam can suggest a seasonal lotion to cream switch to provide a stronger, oilier barrier for more effective hydration.

When springtime rolls around, it is time to be extra cautious of the subtle shifts in sun exposure as you may find yourself spending more time in the outdoors, enjoying the warmer weather. Keep hydrated and apply sunscreen liberally. It is also a great time of year to visit your dermatologist for a seasonal facial to help keep your skin healthy after the harsh conditions of winter!

Summer is the time of year when you're outside enjoying water sports, BBQs, boating, beaches and pools. Remember that there is no such thing as a 'healthy tan' and sun exposure is irreversibly damaging. Cover your entire body and face with the appropriate SPF, regardless of the color or reactivity of your skin! Even if it’s a cloudy, cool summer day, the sun is now directly overheard, making you susceptible to burning and sun damage. Be aware of subtle changes in your skin, such as moles, freckling, red patches.

Dr. Monam can assist in alerting you if you have any areas of your skin that need further observation to prevent skin cancer. Above all else, don't sunbathe, fry/bake in the sun. Be aware of the harsh rays and stay cool, hydrated, in the shade, and protected by sunscreen at all times.

Once you get Botox you’ll never stop.”
“If you get Botox you’ll be stuck with the same expression 24/7!”
With cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers on the rise, it’s time to debunk some popular myths and misconceptions about the trend.
Dr. Monam of Dr. Monam’s Clinic, a high-end cosmetic procedure clinic in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, is one of the top injectors in North America. She discovered her passion for dermatology while completing her residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, and now currently holds a certificate from the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery.
We asked Dr Monam the most common questions about getting preventative Botox and fillers, as well as the difference between the two treatments.

What should I know before getting Botox for the first time?
You should always get a consultation first and get injected later. It should be known that Botox is not a lifelong commitment, and it can prolong your overall anti-aging process. The idea that Botox is addictive and you must continue to do it for the rest of your life is a myth, and there are no indications of negative side effects.

What do preventative Botox and fillers do?
It depends on what you’re trying to prevent. If you are receiving it for wrinkle treatment, then by relaxing the muscle and limiting movement, you will prevent wrinkles from forming — all the while making you look more awake and refreshed.
Fillers, on the other hand, work instantly to make you look younger while adding volume, lifting everything back up in a conservative and subtle way.

What is the difference between preventative Botox and fillers?
Firstly — the cause of aging should be diagnosed to address the reasons for aging and to find something that isn’t just a quick-fix. If your concern is due to muscle issues (movement and development), Botox makes more sense because it treats the muscle. However, filler will achieve the desired result if the concern is due to bone or volume loss. That is why it’s important to get a consultation prior to any injections!

How long do Botox and fillers last for?
Depending on the patient as well as the number of units used, Botox can last anywhere between 3 to 4 months for women. For men, stronger muscles mean less longevity when it comes to Botox and fillers, so expect 2 to 3 months between appointments.As for fillers depending on the patient and type of filler used ,they can last up to two years.

Are there any other benefits to getting Botox?
Definitely! Botox can solve issues such as excess sweating, flushing, acne, teeth grinding and jaw clenching, and even migraines. It really depends on what you’re suffering from.
If you have any questions or would like any further information about the treatments Dr Monam offers — or to book a consultation, visit the clinic’s website.

(Simple daily practices to keep skin youthful)

The old adage, ‘beauty starts from within’ couldn’t be truer! The make-up and cosmetics industry thrives on the accurate idea that all women want smooth, youthful, flawless radiant skin. The healthiest most vibrant skin starts with maintaining good habits and regular skincare. There are several ways to prevent dull, drab, prematurely-aged skin, and we will walk you through the ways to avoid these skin-damaging habits before it’s too late:

Habit 1 – Dehydration

Are you drinking enough water?

Of course proper skincare routines and cosmetic procedures can vastly improve your natural complexion, however, if you suffer from dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation, and cracking, dehydration is the culprit!

Maintaining good levels of hydration improves your skin overall and helps you avoid the look of prematurely aged skin and stay plump, elastic and supple. Pure water naturally flushes impurities out of the largest organ you have and encourages healthy circulation and helps prevent infections and dermatitis. You can simply cure dehydration and restore your skin to its vibrant, healthy, smooth, and youthful state by drinking plenty of water, consuming plenty of high water-content foods such as fruits and vegetables, as well as feeding your skin with a proper moisturizer for your skin type to create a supple moisture barrier.

Habit 2 – Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is one of the foundations of an effective skin care regimen for dry, older skin especially, however, when paired with adequate water intake, a moisturizer that is tailored to your skin type is an essential step in daily long-term skincare for people of any age! Moisturizing with lotion helps you lock moisture in the skin and soothe dry irritated skin to make fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Dr. Monam can also advise you on suitable moisturizers that contain sunscreens and cosmeceuticals, that may help prevent or even correct fine wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation, and other signs of aging and photo-aging.

Habit 3 – Sun-Exposure

Baking in the sun is a fad of the past! Protecting your skin from UV rays is by far, the most important thing you can do to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. When you fail to protect your delicate skin, you make it more vulnerable to the wrinkling, spotting, and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. It is essential to wear sunblock daily even if you aren’t frequenting the beach or poolside. To effectively avoid premature aging and harmful damage of your skin, you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks out both UVA and UVB rays as opposed to just a sun protection factor (SPF), designed to block burning UVB rays. To keep your skin protected, sunscreen should be applied liberally every 2 hours and it is recommended that you stay out of the sun during peak UV exposure hours if possible. This is a fundamental daily tip to keeping your skin youthful, healthy and minimally-damaged.

Habit 4 – Sleeping Habits

Are you a stomach sleeper? Do you forget to remove your daily make-up before hitting the sheets? Do you drink alcohol regularly to get to sleep?
These are some key lifestyle factors that can contribute to unwitting skin damage in your sleep!

You are probably well aware that getting your 6-8 hours of sleep each night is important for preventing a fatigued face, puffy bags under your eyes and dark circles. However, the simple act of sleeping on your stomach creates unnecessary damage to your face, causing the collagen to break down and encourage wrinkle formation. If you neglect to wash your face properly removing all of the day’s make-up, you will effectively soil your bed sheets and pillowcases with bacteria and pore-clogging debris, dirt and oils. All of these detrimental factors will promote premature aging and skin damage, leaving you with a dull, lifeless sallow complexion! Avoid each of these pitfalls and don’t forget to apply nighttime skincare formulas before bed. These are specially formulated to support your body’s natural renewal processes and contain higher concentrations of anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients that target areas of concern while you sleep.

Injectables and ‘dermal fillers’ are truly miraculous in restoring volume and smoothing away deep lines or facial creases. It is a natural part of aging that our collagen production decreases dramatically, thus affecting our youthful appearance. We can help you turn back the hands of time with our state-of-the-art treatments for the following areas: Cheeks, Jawline, Smokers Lines, Under the Eyes, Lips, Marionette Lines, Nasolabial Folds (the crease that runs from the bottom of your nose to mouth) among others as per your personal needs. We tailor all of our dermal injectable treatments to each individual. The first step is to call Dr. Monam to schedule an evaluation to determine which of our top-quality fillers or dermal injectables is best for you to achieve your desired results.

We offer several treatment options to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our products include Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and recently Jeuveau. Essentially these minimally-invasive injectables relax the facial muscles involved in the tensing and wrinkling of delicate skin. This process is quick and relatively painless. (We do offer topical numbing cream if you prefer, prior to the injection being administered.)

The results are immediate and you can see the treatment areas relaxing and expression lessen. The miraculous effect of such a quick treatment will leave you looking more rested, youthful, and rejuvenated with diminished wrinkles and restored volume and fullness in your face. So whether you are looking to plump your lips, soften facial wrinkles or creases, or enhance the contours of your face, Dr. Monam can alleviate the signs of early aging and help revitalize your appearance. Remember, this minimally-invasive treatment is excellent for both men and women and is a relatively cost-effective way to look and feel younger without surgery or any downtime.

Call us today to schedule your consultation and take the first steps toward a new you!