Photo courtesy of The Farmer’s Daughter @thefarmersdaughter.co
After a busy summer season filled with events and non-stop kid activities, it’s time for some serious self-love before kicking it into high gear with back to school and a busy fall season. Sidney, B.C. is the perfect marriage between a quaint, seaside bibliophile haven, and a growing gourmand/shopping destination.
We’ve compiled our favourite must eat, see, stay, and do’s for a rejuvenating, overnight trip to Sidney that will leave you feeling refreshed. The best part? You can enter on Instagram to win an experience that includes all of the below.
See/Do & Shop: MODEN Boutique
Call it a “boomerang effect:” Sidney is experiencing a return of young professionals that have come back to the seaside town to open new restaurants, shops, and clothing boutiques. Devon, the owner of Moden Boutique, returned to Sidney after five years in Vancouver managing the merchandising department for Saje Natural Wellness. She launched Moden, and now curates a selection of beautiful, quality clothing items that are both current and classic. This is the store where both you and your mom can find an ensemble for work or the perfect chic loungewear that puts your sad sweatpants to shame. We love the Mirage Robe from Gentle Fawn—a beautiful “day or night” floral robe that is glamorous, yet comfortable. The versatile, lightweight accessories from the Australian brand ELK are crafted from wood and resin - meaning they make an impact without weighing you down. Moden is one of our favourite boutique stores in Sidney. Check it out—you won’t be disappointed!
Do: Live Young Medical “Glow” Peel by AlumierMD™
Rid yourself of clogged pores, uneven skin tone, blemishes and dullness with a trip to Live Young Medical for our “Glow” Peel. Our skin health experts provide medical-grade, customized peels that are a serious step above your average spa treatment. Peel treatments are amazing for those battling active acne, or who would like to target the fine lines, large pores, and crepey skin associated with aging. Treatment time is 45-60 minutes. You’ll leave with luminous, glowing skin that may feel a little bit warm. There is no associated “downtime” with our peel treatments - which is perfect if you want that glow to flow with you to your wine tasting (that’s next!).
Eat: The Farmer’s Daughter
A taste of Paris right in the heart of Sidney. Situated on Beacon Avenue, this quaint Parisian-inspired bistro and patio transport us back to the Left Bank. Owners Jessica and Tom met working at a wine shop and opened the bistro a little over a year ago. The Farmer’s Daughter offers some of the best cheeses sourced from around the world. Although the menu offers many options for lunch, their cheese and charcuterie boards are thoughtfully put together and pair beautifully with wines from a broad selection. Consider a wine flight which already has cheeses perfectly paired to it: We love the "Immortality Flight," which features three different, two-ounce pours of sparkling wine paired with soft-ripened cheeses. Now that’s something to cheers to!
Stay: The Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa
This 55-room boutique hotel really does define much of the Sidney waterfront. The Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa’s remarkable location boasts 180-degree ocean views and immediate access to 5km of seaside walking trails. It is close proximity to boutiques, restaurants, and distilleries such as the beloved Victoria Distillers. We are big fans of Haro’s Bar, located inside The Pier, for its airy seating and oceanfront views. Bonus...if you are coming from the mainland or the nearby US, The Pier is located just minutes from the Victoria International Airport, B.C. Ferries and Washington State Ferry terminals.
There you have it! If you are visiting Sidney, B.C. or planning on it, this guide will serve you well.
We can’t wait to meet you (and remember to check out our Instagram contest).
A British Columbia wedding is a magical thing. There are so many elements of this province which we call home that contribute to the beauty of a marriage celebration. Just as people flock to B.C. from all over the world to choose their venue for the stunning scenery - think oceanside resorts to sparkling vineyards bordering crystal clear lakes to the mountains and glaciers of Whistler to the white, sandy beaches of Tofino - people flock to LiveYoung to prep for their big day.
We know our brides, grooms, and their parties want to look their very best for their special day, and it is our pleasure to help them achieve this goal. Are you a bride, groom, or part of a wedding party this summer? Do you want the look of luminous, “wedding day” skin even if you are not going to a wedding? We know we do! As Southern Vancouver Island-based skin health specialists, we have put together a guide of our favourite treatments to recommend to our B.C. wedding parties, including a timeline of when is most appropriate to be treated to ensure you are looking your very best when the big day rolls around.
What B.C. Bride Beauty Treatments Are Recommended?
Manicures, pedicures, exfoliation treatments, spray tans, and teeth whitening have been pre-wedding staples for years, but sometimes looking flawless calls for a little extra prep. At our Sidney, B.C. clinic, we have got you covered for what to do (and when to do it) to look your best for the big day—whether you are the bride, groom, a member of the wedding party, or a guest.
Chemical peels—there are many which mention peels) are intended to exfoliate the outer layers of skin cells, revealing fresh, baby-soft skin after your treatment. Peels have been around since the 1800s but now come in a variety of strengths, ranging from gentle (zero downtime) to more extensive (which may require some time to heal post-treatment). Forget the Sex in the City, Samantha-style after effects, you can tailor your peel to your time frame as well as your specific skin health needs.
Alumier “Glow” Peel—This is a deeper, medical-grade peel to rid your skin of unwanted blackheads and dry, dead skin. If you are looking to reduce signs of aging, irregular pigment, blemishes, or breakouts, this treatment is ideal with little downtime.
Countdown: One week before the big day.
ZO Skin Health Peel—(the lunchtime peel or celebrity favourite) because there is no downtime required. This peel will give you a nice glow by gently removing dead skin cells and surface blemishes that have no place in your wedding photos.
Countdown: 1-2 days before the big day.
3-in-1 Revival Facial with Hyaluronic Acid Infusion - Consider the Revival Facial your wedding triple threat! This combination treatment includes a light microdermabrasion (essentially a vacuum for your clogged pores) and the above mentioned ZO Health Peel to exfoliate your skin in two ways. The third part of this treatment is a hyaluronic acid infusion that penetrates deep into your skin to plump, hydrate and restore volume.
Countdown: 1-2 days before the big day.
Microdermabrasion is a type mechanical exfoliation for your pores that removes impurities and aids in cellular rejuvenation. It is gentle, painless, and requires no downtime. The beauty of this treatment is that it gets rid of blackheads immediately (think of it as a vacuum for your pores) and is safe for everybody at any time.
GROOM ALERT: Men love this treatment. It’s the perfect way to exfoliate the beard and neck area, reducing ingrown hairs.
Countdown: Can be done anytime, even on wedding day.
Intense Pulsed Light treatments (aka photorejuvenation or photofacials) use the power of broadband light to remove sun damage and improve the appearance of sunspots, redness, rosacea, and age spots, making your skin look younger, smoother and much clearer. This is a more intense treatment as it helps remove imperfections deep within the dermis, below the skin surface. Although a “maintenance treatment” may be required once a year or so, the results seen upon completion of your IPL series are considered permanent. Good skin care and diligent use of sunscreen is imperative to protect your results.
Countdown: 3 months to 6 weeks before the big day. An IPL series usually requires 3 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart.
Note: You will need to be totally tan-free (including spray tans) to be eligible for this treatment, so plan in advance.
BOTOX® for Hyperhidrosis
If you deal with excessive sweating leading to social embarrassment and stains on your shirts, consider having your underarms treated to stop excessive perspiration before the wedding. It can be stressful to think about managing sweat stains or having sweat melt your makeup while all eyes are on you. Luckily, there is a solution to this problem.
BOTOX® has been proven an effective treatment to help with hyperhidrosis (the condition of excess sweating due to overactive sweat glands). BOTOX® works to interfere with abnormal sweat production by blocking the release of sweat by the sweat glands.
GROOM ALERT: An added benefit, BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to give a more relaxed appearance or a subtle lift. As such, many men enjoy this treatment (Brotox)!
Countdown: Ensure you are treated 2 weeks in advance for maximum effect.
JUVEDERM® Dermal Fillers
Injectable soft tissue fillers are ideal for lifting cheeks, plumping lips, and defining and contouring your chin or jawline. Dermal fillers restore a youthful appearance without the costs - both physical and financial - of surgery. Treatments typically last anywhere from 8 months to 2 years, depending on the area being treated and the type of filler used.
Countdown: Two weeks in advance. While treatments typically produce instant results, allow two weeks in case of any swelling or redness post-treatment.
Put a ring on it! Your wedding may be the first time, or only time, you have so much attention on (and photos taken of) your hands! Often one of the most neglected areas of the body, your hands may need some extra love before your new husband/wife slips that band on your finger.
You can literally turn back the hands of time when it comes to hand rejuvenation at LiveYoung. It’s easy, just ask us how!
Countdown: Because hand rejuvenation can consist of a multi-treatment approach, we recommend a consult first to craft an ideal timeline. Consider beginning this process 3-4 months before your wedding.
Wedding planning can be stressful, but looking your absolute best for your big day doesn’t have to be. Contact us today to book your complimentary consultation and let us help you get started.
With summer in full swing, we would like to recognize that it is not only the weather that changes. The heat, dryness, and high UV index bring about changes in our skin health needs. We like to place an emphasis on protection, hydration, and exfoliation during the summer. These months are usually packed with visits from guests, family events, vacations, weddings, and more. It is important to keep our skin looking its very best and photo-ready at all times!
It’s no secret that a trusted skincare regime with carefully selected products of exceptional quality is vital to overall skin health as well as the prevention of age-related changes to our skin. Because the needs of our skin change in the summer, it makes sense that we should consider slightly altering our product regime.
To make it easier to figure out what you should consider using, we have compiled a list of some must-haves for summer.
1. ZO® Skin Health by Zein Obagi, MD—Exfoliating Polish
If you want that “JLo” glow, it is important to slough off dead skin cells and reveal a soft, dewy complexion before hitting up any summer event. This product uses magnesium crystals (important to note - no microplastics!) to gently exfoliate dead skin cells away. The end result is soft, smooth skin, a more even tone, and that luminescence we all would love to have.
2. Pro-Derm MD™—Hydrogel Soothing Gel for Body and Face
This calming, cooling gel contains plant-based and marine active ingredients with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It’s a lot of goodness in one gel, making it a necessity in your drawer all year round and your beach bag throughout the summer months. We actually like to recommend keeping it in your fridge for the ultimate skin-cooling experience! Hydrogel is a great way to soothe your skin post-wax or laser or to give dry skin an overnight hydration boost. And while we always recommend protecting your skin from the powerful effects of the sun, if you do find your skin reddened and hot after sun exposure, Hydrogel will calm it down and help repair the damage. Bonus - it’s great for kids, too!
3. Colorescience®—TOTAL EYE™ 3-IN-1 Renewal Care
Consider this your new secret weapon for the post-late-night patio extravaganzas! This 3-in-1 eye treatment brightens the eye area and reduces the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. This product is a chemical free, broad spectrum SPF 35 formula that is tinted a slightly peach hue to neutralize the purples and blues of a tired under eye area. As an added bonus, the Total Eye applicator consists of a cooling tip to soothe delicate skin and decrease puffiness.
4. colorescience®—sunforgettables® SPF 50 Mineral Brush-On Sunscreen
This product is not only a must-have but a must-carry, always! Get one for your purse, your car, your boat, your bike, your back pocket...wherever! This loose mineral sunscreen powder brush is a mini make-up magic wand, with sunscreen! It’s a perfect makeup companion for touch-ups, but on top of that, it’s perfect for all the hard-to-reach areas to which traditional sunscreen cannot be applied easily. Areas such as the hairline and part, top of the head, back of the neck, and the tips of the ears are prone to skin cancers and non-cancerous skin growths. These lightweight, water-resistant powders come in a variety of skin-coloured shades and are perfect for men, too.
5. SkinCeuticals—CE Ferulic Antioxidant Serum
SkinCeuticals was built on 40 years of experience researching and developing technologies to prevent skin cancer, making us BIG FANS. While the use of topical Vitamin C is well-known to solve many of our skin care woes, let’s be honest, not all Vitamin C is created equally. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic serum is a high-potency triple antioxidant treatment with 15% L-ascorbic acid, 1% alpha tocopherol, and 0.5% ferulic acid. This powerhouse combination increases your skin's natural resistance to UV damage by eight times while giving you environmental protection. Regular, daily use will boost collagen and brighten your complexion—just in time for your garden party.
At LiveYoung Medical, in Sidney, BC, we are experts in skin health and passionate about designing personalized skin treatment plans. No two patients have identical concerns, and it is important that your regime is personalized to your specific needs and goals. If you have any questions about these products or your specific skin concerns, please contact us today.
Hyperhidrosis is the term used for the medical condition of excessive sweating that is triggered by causes such as anxiety, rather than by normal homeostasis or body temperature control. It is typically an unpredictable and excessive amount of sweat, to the degree that it interferes with normal day to day functioning. It mainly occurs on the face, underarms, palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet.
This condition is often debilitating to people suffering from it, as it can cause embarrassment and social anxiety. The good news is that it can easily be treated. Both men and women seek treatment for hyperhidrosis, and treatment at LiveYoung is quick and relatively painless.
Hyperhidrosis is most commonly caused by overactive sweat glands. As such, it usually is confined to one localized or targeted area (where the sweat glands appear to be working overtime).
The Canadian Dermatology Association reports that hyperhidrosis affects approximately 3% of the Canadian population. That means that approximately 950,000 Canadians suffer from this condition. Of those, 300,000 have a severe form of the condition.
Hyperhidrosis can have an effect on an individual’s daily activities. Excessive, uncontrollable sweating can negatively impact one’s productivity, confidence, social comfort, and overall emotional well-being. Studies have shown that this condition may affect a person’s quality of life in a similar way to those who suffer from severe acne or psoriasis.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that can be treated under the direction of a physician in several ways. These include topical treatments, surgical removal of sweat glands, or less invasively with the use of BOTOX® Therapeutic. Dr. Maureen Sweeney has been treating patients safely and effectively with BOTOX® Therapeutic since 2003 for a variety of different conditions, including hyperhidrosis.
In the same sense that treatment with BOTOX® Therapeutic blocks nerve signals to reduce pain associated with migraine headaches, TMJ, and other conditions, it is also able to interfere with abnormal sweat production by blocking the release of sweat by the sweat glands. Injecting BOTOX® into targeted areas essentially disables the brain's ability to tell the body to produce sweat.
The effects of treatment with BOTOX® Therapeutic for excessive sweating provide relief for, on average, three to six months.
BOTOX® Therapeutic is approved by Health Canada for the treatment of Hyperhidrosis. Most extended health plans cover a portion of the treatment costs for BOTOX® Therapeutic.
Treatment with BOTOX® Therapeutic involves a series of injections spaced about 0.5 - 1 cm apart, distributed evenly along the treatment area. Treatment is relatively painless, with most patients reporting discomfort ranging from about 1-2 out of 10. Your appointment time will be approximately half an hour.
There is no downtime associated with treatment. Very slight swelling at the injection sites may be observable in some patients, which generally resolves within an hour. Superficial bruising may also occur. Treatment begins to take effect within a few days, with full effect realized at two weeks post-treatment. Patients typically enjoy results of treatment for up to six months and plan for treatment two to three times per year.
If you suffer from Hyperhidrosis and are in or around the Southern Vancouver Island region, contact us today to book your complimentary consultation and see if BOTOX® Therapeutic is right for you. Relax, knowing you can be sweat-free in time for summer!
By now, most of us have heard that antioxidants are very important to our health and well-being. This is true. However, we want to delve into this a bit further. This blog explains the “how and why” of antioxidant protection, and which specific antioxidants you can benefit from.
What Are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to environmental and other pressures or stressors. If the body cannot process and remove free radicals efficiently, oxidative stress can result, which leads to cellular and DNA damage. This destructive action can be extremely detrimental to your health, and lead to a multitude of diseases and ailments.
Oxidative stress is linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory diseases, immune deficiency, emphysema, Parkinson's disease, premature aging, and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions.
Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals in our bodies, thus boosting our overall health.
Now that we understand what antioxidants and why they are important it is important to discuss the sources and benefits.
Antioxidants in The Diet
Consuming antioxidant-rich food may help to decrease the risk of free radical damage and oxidative stress. Most sources of antioxidants are plant-based and natural sources. This includes mainly a wide array of colourful fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidants are also known to be abundant in green tea, black tea, nuts, wine, dark chocolate, as well as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables. Detailed below is a list of powerhouse antioxidant with an abundance of known benefits. Consuming a varied diet which contains plant-based foods can enhance your ability to fight off free radical damage, however, it is important to keep in mind that as little as 5% of the antioxidants we consume may reach our skin. For this reason, it is important to apply topical antioxidant protection every day to enhance skin health and function.
Antioxidants For Your Skin
Antioxidants can also be used topically and are also found in some skincare products. However, each one has a unique function. We are going to discuss some of the most popular ones that can be used on your skin and why.
This is one of the most studied antioxidants. Other than being a free radical scavenger, vitamin C (https://www.liveyoung.ca/about/blog/257-squeeze-vitamin-c-into-your-skin-health-regime-not-just-your-morning-juice) has other skin health benefits, such as boosting collagen production and fading dark spots. It also boosts the protective effect of your sunscreen by enhancing your skin’s natural UV resistance by up to 8x.
If there’s one anti-aging ingredient that’s been proven time and time again to help turn back the clock on aging skin, it’s retinol. A derivative of vitamin A, it has the ability to penetrate deep enough into the skin that it can effectively stimulate collagen production and accelerate cell renewal and repair, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin tone in the process. To learn more about our favourite retinol product click here.
Vitamin E is an important vitamin required for the proper function of many organs in the body, including the skin. Aside from being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is widely recognized for its ability to accelerate the skin’s healing process. No wonder it is often found in moisturizers, creams and lotions formulated to treat dry skin as well as products designed to reduce stretch marks.
A chemical compound found mostly in the skins of fruits like grapes and berries, peanuts, tea and red wine. It’s an antimicrobial substance produced by plants to protect themselves from air pollution, infection, intense UV radiation and extreme climate changes. Therefore, it is thought to help protect our skin in the same way it does the skins of plants. Some studies also say it has cancer-fighting abilities.
As we age, the presence of coenzymeQ10, also known as ubiquinone, in our body slowly decreases, making us more susceptible to wrinkles and photoaging. Research shows that an increased topical application of this antioxidant helps fight off free radical damage and keep your skin cells healthy. This nutrient is easily absorbed by the skin and helps stimulate collagen production, which helps improve elasticity and texture.
Water-soluble and suitable for all skin types, niacinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) is often used to treat skin conditions like rosacea and acne and is not known to cause any adverse reactions. It can even be combined with your favourite skin care products and ingredients, like vitamins A and C, retinol and hydroxy acids to boost their performance. Supplementing with niacinamide is associated with the prevention of skin cancer.
This plant-based vitamin, which can be found in vegetables, green tea, fruits and chocolates, contains chemopreventive properties that have anti-inflammatory properties. Studies show that consumption and topical use of ingredients rich in polyphenol help improve our skin’s natural defense against oxidative stress, prevent skin aging and may inhibit skin cancer.
Dermatologists continue to see the importance of including botanicals in skin care. Studies show that flavonoids, an antioxidant found in green and black teas, have the potential to treat rosacea, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. They also absorb UV light and modulate signalling pathways that influence cellular function to prevent photoaging and damage. These nutrients also help reduce collagen degradation, delay skin aging and inhibit skin cancer.
Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that aids in cell repair and protection of vital organs like liver, kidney, brain, and skin. It helps detoxify the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, giving you smoother, more supple skin.
What Are Some Of Our Recommended Products?
At Live Young Medical, we carry a wide line of skin care products that are catered around boosting your skin health, contain many of these antioxidants, while also giving you those anti-aging properties. Please see our product page to learn more about skin care products and supplements available at our clinic.
Some of the skin care products we find best for antioxidant health include the following:
To shop these products or to learn more, please contact us directly, or visit us in Sidney, BC.
When people hear the word “Botox”, there seems to be a common misconception that its only usage is to treat or prevent wrinkles. The truth is that BOTOX® Cosmetic has other benefits, as does BOTOX® Therapeutic®.
To clarify further on this popular injectable, we put together a little guide about BOTOX®.
BOTOX® has been used as a cosmetic treatment since 1992 and has been approved in Canada for cosmetic use since 1999. Although it came to be used cosmetically at this time, it should be noted that research for uses of BOTOX® in medicine began in the 1970s. In 1978, it was approved to be tested in surgery. As such, it has been tested, studied, and documented for many decades.
Interestingly, BOTOX® was actually first found to be useful in ophthalmology to treat muscle spasms in the eye area. Patients and their treating doctors began to notice that treated areas resulted in a smoothened, relaxed appearance and an enhanced cosmetic outcome. Because of this, the use of BOTOX® transitioned into the cosmetic purposes we see today.
Dr. Maureen Sweeney has been treating patients with BOTOX® since 2003.
BOTOX® is a purified protein that temporarily relaxes muscles and softens muscle movement. It is commonly used for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles and undesirable facial expressions caused by active muscle movements, such as frowning and squinting. To learn more about the safety and the treatment, click here.
BOTOX® has been used by Dr. Sweeney for advanced facial sculpting in the neck for prominent platysmal bands and horizontal lines, in the lower face for vertical lip lines, chin lines and pebbly texture, to soften marionette lines, and to lift the frown from the corners of the mouth. It can also be used to lift the brow, sharpen the jawline, and to smooth the lines around the eyes and on the forehead.
BOTOX® can be used either alone or in combination with dermal fillers such as JUVEDERM®. SOFTLIFT™ refers to the combination of BOTOX® and JUVEDERM®. The benefits of Juvederm® are immediate and typically last up to two years. It provides a natural lift in areas where the skin may have lost laxity and restores lost volume to bring back a more youthful appearance.
PREVENTION OF WRINKLES
It’s been demonstrated that the effect of BOTOX® when used at regular intervals (average is about every 4 months), can help prevent more permanent lines and wrinkles. In Dr. Sweeney’s practice, preventative treatment begins when the patient is ready. Many patients begin treatment with BOTOX® in their 20s-30s, which is very effective from a prevention standpoint.
BOTOX® is among the most studied pharmaceuticals. Recent research shows that it also works to reverse skin aging through increased collagen production and reduced activity of the enzyme that breaks down collagen. It also improves circulation and sebaceous gland density in the skin leading to a hydrated, thicker looking skin in treated areas. A study series of 5 subsequent treatments demonstrated that skin thickness improved sequentially with repeated treatments.
There are many therapeutic applications to BOTOX® as well, which are used in many different avenues of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sweeney was trained in the use of BOTOX THERAPEUTIC® in 2003. As such, she is able to use it to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, migraine headaches, teeth clenching, neck and back pain (from muscle tension), and hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration) of the underarms, palms, and soles of the feet.
To learn more about these treatments, visit our BOTOX® Therapeutic page.
The use of BOTOX® in men is becoming increasingly common (you may have heard the term “BRO-TOX”). The truth is, we see men having the same issues with wrinkles as women do. An ever-increasing number of men are enjoying the effect of having a more relaxed, less angry, less sad-looking, more youthful appearance.
If you are thinking of receiving BOTOX® or JUVEDERM® dermal fillers, you should be aware of the Brilliant Distinctions Program. Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® and JUVEDERM®, is currently offering $100 coupons to patients who have not yet had treatment with JUVEDERM®, or who have not yet signed up for Brilliant Distinctions (BD), Allergan's loyalty program. If you miss the June 30th, 2019 deadline for this coupon, it is still beneficial to sign up. BD members earn points with each treatment, which may be redeemed for a monetary value towards future treatments. Contact us for more details.
You can be confident that your treatment at Live Young Medical will deliver significant, natural-looking results at the hands of expert medical personnel.
Contact us to learn more about BOTOX® or to book your appointment today.