Anti Aging Skin Care: A Plan of Action in Your 40’s and 50’s

anti aging skin care

Anti Aging Skin Care Treatment Steps

STEP 1: Resurfarcing and Refirming

Anti aging skin care regimens begin with resurfacing and firming of the skin. Resurfacing is achieved through esthetic procedures that remove layers of damaged skin. As a result, this boosts the regeneration of skin cells and collagen production which results in the firming of the skin.

Methods of resurfacing include chemical, mechanical, and light-based treatments. Dérmica offers all 3 types:

Chemical👉 Chemical peels deliver varying depths of chemical exfoliation through the application of enzymes or hydroxy acids

Mechanical👉 Dermaplaning, delivers a fine shave that removes dull surface skin and vellus facial hair with the use of a medical-grade scalpel.

Light-based👉 The ALISA photofacial will boost collagen production, speed of cell regeneration, tighten pores, and plump the skin.

STEP 2: Clearing away hyperpigmentation

Our next step is to clear away hyperpigmentation such as sun damage and age spots.  The ACLARA photofacial removes unwanted pigment. It dissolves pigment by first pulling it to the surface, then forcing it to shed the spot within days.

Once your desired results are achieved you can maintain results with a refresher every 6 months, keeping your skin looking fresh and vibrant!


anti aging skin care

Professional treatments go hand in hand with clinical grade skincare products. Consequently, we offer 15% OFF all Glo Skin Beauty products in-store with any anti aging skin care treatment.

Ensure that your products are age appropriate. Above all, they should be targeted to treat your areas of concern. Serums provide additional benefits, in other words, think of them as vitamins for your skin.

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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108


skin type quiz

What is your SKIN TYPE? 

Curious to know what your basic skin type is? Knowing your skin type will help you narrow down your product selection and find the right treatments for you.  

Take the skin type quiz! 


  1. Answer the questions by selecting the description that best suits you. Each answer is lettered.   
  1. Tally up your selection.  
  1. Use your results to match skin type. 

Lets get started… 

Which statement best describes your pores? 

A.) My pores are bigger/darker and noticeable on most of my face. 

B.) My pores are a little bigger/darker in ONLY one of these areas: nose, cheeks, or chin. 

C.) My pores are clear throughout, and I can only see then if I look really closely. 

D.) My pores are invisible throughout my face. 

Which statement best describes the texture of your skin? 

A.) My skin feels bumpy and slick. 

B.) My skin feels smooth for the most part, and a little slick around my nose. 

C.) My skin is smooth throughout. 

D.) My skin is rough and/or flaky. 

Which statement best describes your shine? 

A.) My skin is shiny for most of the day on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose.  

B.) My skin is oily towards the late afternoon, and mainly just down the centre.  

C.) My skin has a slight glow, but never shiny.  

D.) My skin is dull and ashy. 

Alright, now we are ready to tally! 

Did you answered mostly A’s? If so, you are considered and OILY skin type 

If you answered mostly B’s, you are a COMBO skin type 

Mostly C’s? You are a NORMAL skin type.  

If you answered mostly D’s, you are a DRY skin type. 

Now that you have completed the skin type quiz, you have a reference for your skin type that you can use it as a keyword when choosing your products and services.  

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Dermaplaning Eligibility Criteria and Pre-Treatment.

skincare spa service- dermaplane

In dermaplaning, the technician gently grazes a medical-grade scalpel edge over the surface of the skin. This process delivers a fine shave that removes the surface layer, for example, dull skin and vellus facial hair

The process brightens the complexion and evens skin tone. Above all, it leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth.  


Recommended sessions: Results are often immediate. 4-6 weeks recommended for regular maintenance. 

Recommendations: Pair your dermaplaning treatment with a  BOOST Mild Peel to amplify results. The AHA boost relieves dry skin, reduces fines lines and pigmentation. On the other hand, the BHA boost cleanses and decongests oily skin.

Pre-treatment protocols:

  • You must not currently be on or have used any oral prescription acne medications, for example, Accutane, in the past 12 months.
  • Discontinue using products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated 24 hours prior to procedure.
  • Avoid waxing and shaving for at least 2 weeks prior to your appointment.

Downtime required: 24 hours. Certain makeup can be applied after 12 hours, for instance, mineral makeup or tinted moisturizer. Similarly, avoid direct sun exposure for 48 hours.

Time frame: 45-75 minutes. To clarify, shorter time frames correspond to half face treatments.


  • Diabetes
  • Skin cancer (remission under 2 years)
  • Recent sunburn (1 week post burn) 
  • Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
  • Active skin infection

Potential side effects:

  • Mild sensitivity
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Erythema (redness)

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Professional treatments should go hand in hand with clinical grade skincare products. In addition to maximizing your treatment, they help maintain results. This is why we offer 15% OFF all Glo Skin Beauty products in-store with any skincare treatment.

Book your treatment with Dérmica!
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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

7 mask skin care tips to relieve skin irritation.

Protective mask skin care tips.

Let’s talk…protective masks and skin care.

As we slowly integrate fragments of our normalcy back into our lives, pairing your look with a protective mask may be the new norm.

Although masks are great for protection, they are not so great for your skin. You may already have noticed the extra heat and moisture that builds up after extended wear. This environment is ideal for creating clogged pores and skin irritation.

So, what can you do to minimize the damage? Read on as we offer mask skin care tips to follow that will help keep your skin clean and protected…

During wear…

1 | Properly lined and fitted mask.

The inner lining along the border and points of contact should be made of a soft material. The less friction from heavy or coarse fabric, the less chaffing and sloughing of the skin during wear. Disposable masks are typically more breathable and lightweight than fabric masks.

2 | Avoid wearing heavy moisturizers under your mask.

With the added moisture and oil production that will naturally occur underneath your mask, a lightweight moisturizer should suffice.

Try Glo’s Oil Free Moisturizer

This lightweight moisturizer provides fresh hydration without the oil content.  *Recommended for oily/acneic or normal combination skin types.

An option for Normal Combination/Dry/Sensitive skin types is the GLO Conditioning Hydration Cream – This ultra hydrating moisturizer provides a dose of hydration and lightweight moisture.  

3 | Barrier balm or cream if you are experiencing chaffing.

Although the consistency of the product contradicts the previous recommendation, it may be necessary at this point. If your skin has started to show signs of irritation, a proper balm or cream will help create some glide and minimize the friction. You may need to gently clean the skin and reapply through the day.

After wear…

4 | Double cleanse.

This mask skin care tip is very important! It may be a part of your regular routine already, but if not, let’s start today. A double cleanse ensures that your skin is free of superficial buildup and rinsed for a fresh finished.

For Normal Combination/ Dry/Mature skin types, we recommend the Hydrating Gel Cleanser.  This hydrating cleanser helps refresh dull skin complexion and cleanse away impurities. 

For oily/acneic skin types, we recommend the Purifying Gel Cleanser. this refreshing cleanser dissolves oily buildup without compromising the skin natural pH.  

5 | Apply soothing serum.

Calming and hydrating the skin covered by your mask will help keep it strong throughout the day and sooth your skin after being exposed to the friction caused by mask wear.

Extended care…

6 | Enzyme exfoliate 2-3 times a week.

Exfoliation rids the skin of buildup that naturally occurs. Having constant friction and pressure from your mask can increase the amount of debris that builds along the seams. A gentle exfoliant with an enzyme will lift away debris without overworking the skin.

7 | Apply a Kaolin clay or zinc mask 2-3 times a week.

Kaolin clay and zinc are excellent for drawing out impurities and balancing oils production without drying the skin. Kaolin clay is also known to relieve skin rashes and irritation making it suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.

pore refining mask

Try the Pore Refining Mask.

Oil-absorbing clay purifies skin and calms irritation while blemish fighting ingredients reduce the appearance of pores and refine skin’s texture.

Our skin does so much for us. Among many other things that it does for us, it provides protection. We hope these tips help you protect it, while it protects you!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

-Dérmica MedEsthetics

DIY…blackhead extractions at home!

diy blackhead extractions
Gentle extractions between facials helps maintain and boost results of your professional service.

Are you ready to try some DIY extractions?


diy blackhead extractions


Extraction solution

  • 1 Tsp of baking soda
  • 1 cup (450mL) of water



  • 1 litre of boiling water
  • Large bowl or basin
  • Large towel

Prepping your skin:

  • Start with a clean face (cleansed and exfoliated).
  • Wipe your skin with a toner or Witch Hazel prior to applying the solution.

Mixing & applying the solution:

diy blackhead extractions

  • Combine the baking soda and water until it becomes clouded. The baking soda will quickly settle at the bottom of your mixing bowl. This is fine, just give it a stir again right before you apply.
  • Using a flat makeup brush, mask brush, or cotton swabs, carefully dab a thin layer of the solution onto congested areas. The solution can be runny, cover your eyes with a tissue if applying to your forehead.
  • Let the solution set for 5 minutes.

Steaming the pores:

  • Carefully pour the boiling water into the bowl/basin.
  • Hover your face approximately 12 inches above the bowl.
  • Drape a large towel over your head to ensure the steam remains enclosed.

** Combo skin: steam for 5-7 minutes. Oily skin: steam for 7-10 minutes. **

Take short breaks if needed, just make sure to keep the steam under the dome.

Extracting the Blackheads:

diy blackhead extractions

  • Wipe the solution with a damp cotton pad/ gauze, or face towel.
  • Using your finger or cotton swabs, roll down the side of your nose while supporting the skin on the opposite end.

Sealing the pores:

  • Soak a small towel with cold water and wring out the excess water. Press the cold towel into your skin to contract the pores.
  • Wipe your skin with toner or Witch Hazel.
  • Apply a pore minimizing mask according to instructions.

After care:

  • Apply your desired serum and eye care.
  • Finish with a light/ hydrating moisturizer.

Frequency & Precautions:

  • Frequency should be kept to a minimum 3-4 weeks apart and only if necessary.
  • If you have had a professional facial, wait 2 weeks post service.
  • Baking soda has an alkaline effect on the skin therefore, it can alter the pH if used too frequently. Follow recommendations for frequency.
  • Not recommended for Rosacea, dry, or sensitive skin types.

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108


Blackhead extractions

blackhead extractions

A guilty pleasure.

There’s something about popping blemishes that can be so satisfying to watch. Pimple popping videos gained such popularity, there was a television series devoted to the extraction!  

So, what does this juicy procedure involve? Read on as we dive into your pores for a proper blackhead extraction! 


Blackhead extractions are the focal point of our pore cleansing facial: the PORE.

Pore cleansing is the process of physically and/or chemically removing debris from the pores. The process clears build-up from the pores and allows them to contract.

Start with a fresh face.

Extractions are best on freshly cleansed and exfoliated skin. Cleansing ensures that no harmful bacteria is present when exposing the open pore. Exfoliation clears the opening of the pore and loosens the tip of the debris.  

After cleansing and exfoliating, a specialized solution is applied to help dislodge the oily debris. The solution is commonly a sodium bicarbonate blend that creates a chemical reaction known as saponification. Consequently, oils and fats are transformed into a soap solution. In addition, oily debris becomes water-soluble in the process. 

The skin is then placed under a warm steamer. The warmth and humidity of the steam opens up the pores.  


Professional steamers feature an Ozone (O3) function that emits ozone steam onto the skin. Oincreases the skin’s healing abilities and disinfects the surface. O3 also has an oil-reducing effect that lasts beyond the service.

The moment we’ve all been waiting for…

Physical extractions are performed using a special tool with directional pressure. Large pores are emptied using a “scooping” maneuver, while smaller pores are purged with a simple glide of the tool or fingers.

Following extractions, the skin is soothed and sanitized with a post extraction solution. The solution usually contains an antiseptic and a calming ingredient. 

Blackhead extractions can take 15-30 minutes depending on the skin condition. They can also leave the skin looking irritated for 1-2 hours. Once the pores are cleared, they can remain clear for up to 8 weeks.  

When it comes to our role as skincare technicians, we must say juicy extractions are by far a service favourite! 

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

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