Laser Genesis and Fractional Laser Treatments

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I have been documenting my skin issues on the blog since I started blogging over 4 years ago! Most recently, Kendall Jenner has been in the news talking about Laser Genesis. Over the last six-months, I’ve been learning a lot about lasers – how they work, why they work, and this has lead me to trying a few key treatments, one of which has been fractional laser at Pure Light Laser. I have some acne scarring which has left me with noticeable texture, and I’ve been working with Rita, the owner of Pure Light Laser, to reduce my problem areas. I’ve found her knowledge to be so powerful for me, so I wanted to get her insight on lasers, skin care and treatments for YOU! Catch up with my process, and read my first post about my treatments, here.

Who is a candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing has changed the last 8 years. The new non-ablative fractionated technology allows all the work to be done underneath the skin. Having the laser non-ablative allows every skin type and colour to be a candidate. This includes the currently popular Laser Genesis, which resurfaces the skin over time. The 1540 fractional laser that we do for resurfacing has very little down time and is very safe with amazing results. 1540 fractional is like a bingo dabber – it lightly touches the skin up and down and is almost 40% less painful than other fractionated technologies, yet extremely effective at treating texture related concerns.

What are the different types of laser you offer?

All the lasers we have a Pure Light laser are safe . We have intense pulse light laser (IPL) for Photofacials – this works well on sunspots and tiny capillaries. It absorbs the sunspot and brings it up to the surface and then it flakes off without having to burn into the skin, so there is less time healing is involved.   Pure Light Laser also uses IPL  for laser hair removal . We started off in the industry with intense pulse light, and I prefer it because we can get all the stages of hair growth with this technology. Some technologies only work on thicker darker hair, but this technology also works on softer and light brown hair. My laser also  has a chiller which is patent by Palomar and most lasers do not have this technology. This offers a more comfortable experience when doing laser hair removal. Most clients find my laser less painful.

What is the one product every woman needs in their routine? 

The one product every woman needs is a 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) cream (we sell ProDerm, and the 10% night cream is phenomenal). It truly brightens up your skin because of the exfoliation properties in less than three days and you need very little so it last you a long time.

How can we age gracefully? How do lasers and skin care fit in to this process?

We can age gracefully by remembering to exfoliate our skin. The clients that come in for regular microdermabrasions with me for the last 20 years they truly have aged very well. Microdermabrasion is a facial that uses a diamond head to exfoliate vigourously. If you use  products at home like a AHA or Glycolic to exfoliate, and Vitamin C to remove the dead skin, the skin will stay more youthful. Vitamin C not only exfoliates, but it is a strong antioxidant to stop the free radicals from damaging the skin. Laser Genesis treatments with the 1540 Fractional Laser is something to consider using to boost the collagen and control texture.

How should someone deal with pigmentation scars? What about texture in the skin, whether that be scars, or fine lines?

Pigmentation scars can only be treated with a take home product not by laser . The take home product I recommend is the Zo Brightenex that is developed by a dermatologist .

Textures and scars in the skin can be treated effectively by the 1540 fractional. Usual 2-4 treatment are needed once a month .

Rita, you are a small business owner and I’d love to hear why you do what you do, who your clients are, what drives you!

I love helping boost up people’s confidence. I came into this industry 23 years ago when  I also suffered from acne. I know firsthand how it feels to be not as confident inside and how this effect you daily. I was one of the first laser cosmetic technologists in Vancouver and the industry has changed a lot since the time I started. Some of the changes have been positive others not as positive and I find some clinics  push things on clients that perhaps they do not truly need. I always give very accurate truthful advice and guide people to what they are wanting to achieve. I opened my own clinic to offer more affordable prices to clients wanting to seek out scar revision and acne reduction treatments because I truly want my service to be a solution.  I love when my clients give me the biggest hug when they see how much their skin has improved. This truly drives me!

Would you consider lasers? I hope this has helped demystify some of it for you!

fall skin care


Fall is here and that means revamping my skincare routine. I’m all about the natural stuff, and my faves for face and body right now are One Love Organics and May Lindstrom. I love the levels of clean moisture and nutrients they give my skin. I’ve linked them so you can have a browse. Fall skin care can be tricky – it’s getting that perfect balance of exfoliation (May Lindstom ‘The Problem Solver‘!) and moisture, but once you strike it, your skin is balanced and luminous.


The Aerin Lauder Rose Oil  is honestly like a little magical elixir. If you like the smell of rose (obsessed!), then you’ll use this all day long. I love mixing it with my hand lotion before bed.

a little pamper time for him at Shangri-La’s CHI Spa

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I don’t know about you, but getting my husband to the spa has never been easy. I always want him to be treated to the therapy and relaxation of it, but he’s never felt like it was for him. I think it was pretty much a comfort level thing. When the CHI Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel reached out to have him in to try their new CHI for Men services, I wasn’t sure he would be into it (um, “I’ll go for you, babe”, comes to mind!). Well, he loved it! Below, are his thoughts about why this might be the perfect way to treat your guy! Take it away, Roberto!

I’ll admit, I’ve never really ever been comfortable going to the spa. Like most men, I got most of my grooming advice from my father, whose idea of a foot soak would probably be the result of wearing the wrong shoes on a rainy day. Never once did he mention spas.  And in his defence, why would he? Typically, a spa is a place for relaxation, but as a man, upon entry you usually feel like you’ve just crashed a “ladies only” party. Upon seeing a man entering such a sacred space, the conversation in the room that was once loud and bouncy, become hushed, and whispered… coupled with the avoidance of eye contact. That’s not exactly how I like to kick-off a relaxing experience.

Well gentlemen, relax. There’s a spa ready to give you the experience you’ve been waiting for! The CHI Spa, located in Vancouver’s beautiful Shangri-La Hotel, has a tailor-made spa menu just for us. As CHI’s Spa Manager, Michelle, says “CHI For Men is about taking better care of yourself. We’ve seen more men turning to spas as a remedy for physical and mental rejuvenation; it’s more than just pampering and beautification”. And she’s right. All spa bookings include full access to their Health Club amenities, like fitness centre, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, and café either before or after their treatments. AND, each treatment is coupled with a private relaxation suite. That solves things, doesn’t it?!

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Upon entering CHI, I was immediately greeted by the cheery Takako, who guided me to my very own relaxation suite for a soothing foot soak and eastern tea service. The spa and suite alike, draw inspiration from the ancient Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, and enchantment. The suite boasts its own private eucalyptus steam chamber which is ready to help you sweat away lingering toxins, and prepare the body for a customized massage.

Following the massage, and without moving a (relaxed) muscle, my practitioner started the facial, which I thought would be a good idea, since I have a pretty stubborn beard, resulting in a terrible razor burn. It was nice to hear that the products used from BIODROGA MEN are specifically formulated for male skin needs, to help diminish signs of soreness, redness, and irritation caused by shaving.

After a foot soak, a steam, a massage, and a facial, I pretty much vowed that I was never leaving my private suite! So, it’s good news for the CHI spa staff, that I also had a manicure booked in their treatment room; a 12 year-old scotch offering helped ease the burden of abandoning my relaxation suite. 

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All that relaxation left me with quite an appetite, so waiting for me to enjoy at the poolside Ginger Bar Café, was a delicious steak & frites accompanied with a classic béarnaise sauce. The perfect fuel up before I hit their well-appointed Health Club.

So, if you think your deserving man needs a little relaxing retreat or you just want him out of the house for a couple of hours treat him to CHI For Men. I think he will be very pleased! 

nordstrom opens in vancouver


Americans, this may not be big news for you, but here in Canada… especially Vancouver, it’s what we have been waiting for! Nordstrom is opening on September 18th! Vancouverites have been crossing the border for many years just to make the trip to the shoe department. I order online all the time, and eat up so many duty fees. That will not be happening any longer! It also happens to be a few blocks from my place… that’s going to hurt my wallet.


To celebrate the grand opening, they are holding a Beauty Bash on opening day Friday, September 18th at 7:30am before the store opens. It’s an amazing chance to see the store before it opens to the public (hello, Instagram!) and to see some of your dollars supporting The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

To announce this, the lovely folks at Nordstrom sent over a few goodies, many of which a serious holy grail items. Cannot wait to try the much raved about La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. I’ll let you know if I look 16 again. I’d settle for 25, let’s be honest.

I’ll see you at Nordstrom! (check for me in the shoe, bra and beauty departments…)

beauty faves

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Yes, I pinch myself that part of my job is testing out the latest and greatest in beauty! Patience. Not-so-great outcomes. A product graveyard. Not all of them make the cut, and I only like to share the ones that I love with you!

Every so often, you get some serious winners. While I do always prefer to take the natural route when it comes to beauty, there are exceptions. NARS is definitely one of the best, consistently amazing lines out there, and their new Audacious mascara and liner are no exceptions.

The mascara honestly does not clump. That’s basically a miracle, because mascaras alway do. It stays put, doesn’t flake and has to be one of the best I’ve tried. The liner is super pigmented, creamy and smudges like you always want it to.

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Doesn’t the word ‘juicy’ just get you every time? Just me? Awkward. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist, but I’ve always thought of wipes as unnecessary garbage… these Kaia Juicy Bamboo Cloths are biodegradable! I never use makeup remover, and my towel pays the price. After washing, even double cleansing, there are always remnants of my laziness on the drying towel. When I use these, that’s definitely not an issue. They are also completely natural so of course, that gives them extra marks. Perfect for beside the bed on the ‘can’t be bothered’ nights, but otherwise, I do like to use them prior to cleansing as opposed to having them replace my cleanser.

Any new faves I need to know about? Would love to hear!