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Everything You Need to Know About Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Brace yourselves — winter is coming. Dry and dehydrated skin tends to really rear its ugly head in our cold, long, long, long, (did we say long?), West Michigan winters. However, did you know that there is actually a difference between the two? Both skin issues are less than desirable for most, can be easily mistaken for one another, and be quite difficult to manage. So how do you figure out what to do? Have no fear. We're here to fill you in on everything that you need to know about dry and dehydrated skin.

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The Three R’s: Retinol, Retinoids, and Retin-A Explained

In this time where we all seem to be seeking youthful, healthy, flawless skin, terms like “Retinoid”, “Retinol”, and “Retin-A” have reigned supreme as buzz words surrounding all the latest skin care must haves. It’s not surprising when these “magic creams” lay claim to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightening lackluster skin, fighting acne breakouts, and improving firmness and elasticity. But what exactly is the difference? If you’re confused, you are not alone. Let us explain.

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3 Common 2020 Skin Care Issues and How to Handle Them

2020 has been quite the year and has definitely brought some unexpected changes to the Centre for Plastic Surgery! From closing our doors for weeks, to keeping people safely distanced in our waiting room, to the ever so contentious “maskne” that seems to be plaguing patients, 2020 has been all about learning to navigate our “new normal.”

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“All Natural” vs Medical Skincare: Your Guide to an Effective & Affordable Routine

Mar 19, 2020 Products

Summer is the season when we shed the layers, lighten things up a bit and go with more of an au naturel look. We pack away the sweaters and embrace the beachy wave hairstyles. Typically we even lighten up what we eat, replacing the hearty warm meals with grilled chicken salads and fresh fruit. Many of us often focus on a simple, more natural skincare and makeup routine as well. In fact, some really take the “all natural” concept seriously and reach for organic skincare makeup products. After all, organic and all natural is always better for us, right? When it comes to skincare products, this is not necessarily the case.

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How about a NOT so average spa day!

Feb 27, 2017 Procedures Products

By Carlie Zervan  on January 04, 2017 at 3:43 PM, updated January 04, 2017 at 4:01 PM With the dry winter air taking its toll on your skin, you are probably seeking spa treatments to counteract the damage. Spas can be relaxing and produce short-term results but if you are looking to really pamper your skin this…

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A Bride’s Story

By: Julia Weston Flashing back to early 2016 I was the brand new to the Centre for Plastic Surgery and trying to come up with fun ways to get people engaged. With the non-stop flood of beauty and skincare information out there it’s always a challenge to stand out.  I had just transitioned from a…

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The Real Story: Skincare in your 20’s

May 2, 2016 Products

By: Jill Koetje-Aesthetician I don’t know about any of you, but as a teen I totally failed in the skincare department. I had breakouts constantly & just when I thought they were going away a new one would start. I couldn’t fight the urge to pick at the blemishes (seriously how hard is it to not…

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My Big Day!

By: Kendra Afton   It’s Valentine’s Day & love is in the air! At the Centre for Plastic Surgery it seems like there is a wedding or a new baby every other week. This past year was a big one for me as I became a wife to my wonderful husband Brad. Because of my unique situation in…

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3 Basic Skin Care Steps for Men

Oct 22, 2015 Products

By: Douglas Leppink M.D.    The idea of skin care for men has been gaining momentum recently. Men are exposed to the elements too (sun, wind, dry, cold) and need not only skin protection but also help with restoring and renewing the appearance of their skin. In a competitive work place a youthful appearance can…

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Review & Tutorial: How to Achieve the Perfect Sunless Tan At Home

Aug 11, 2015 Products

By: Jill Koetje, Medical Aesthetician Being in the skincare industry and not wanting to ruin my cared for skin, I have tried countless self tanners to get the “fresh off the beach” look without harming my skin. I’ve had times where I looked like an oompa loompa, a streaky mess, my hands were a different…

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Kendra Gets Beautified for the Big Day!

Our lovely Patient Care Coordinator, Kendra, is getting married on August 21st!  She wants to look her absolute best for one of the most important days of her life!   Since Kendra works in the perfect setting to achieve this goal, she will be taking full advantage of the skin treatments, injectables and body contouring options available…

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Summer Sun Protection Tips

Jun 4, 2015 Products

By: Jessica Cook, Aesthetician  With summer fast approaching, this is the time I really have my patients be mindful of sun protection.   You should first make sure that you are wearing a minimum of a broad spectrum SPF 30 on your face daily.  (Broad Spectrum simply means you are protected from both UVA & UVB rays).  If you…

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When A Treat Is Actually A Trick

Oct 31, 2013 Procedures Products

Not only is a great skin care regimen important to our appearance as we age, what we put into our bodies is equally important to maintaining a youthful look.  Yoga Wellness expert, Michele Fife educates us on how those “treats” are really affecting us.    We all have our treats and their triggers.  A good…

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Skin Care 101: The Importance of Sunscreen

Feb 26, 2013 Products

We have all been told the importance of wearing sunscreen, but the American Cancer Society reports over two million cases of skin cancer annually. Unfortunately, those statistics are not likely to improve, unless we begin to take the importance of wearing sunscreen seriously. How Sunscreen Works Sunscreen prevents the harmful effect of the sun on…

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