A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to have a skin consultation at a local Dermatology Clinic in Edmonton. I had only been to a dermatologist once before for some issues I was having in my early 20’s so this was a fairly new experience for me.
Lucere is a Dermatology & Laser clinic that focuses on the philosophy of “look good, not done”. I mean who wouldn’t that appeal to right?
The first step in my consultation was a to have my skin analyzed with the Visia Skin Analysis machine. Essentially it scans your skin and reports on things like UV damage, wrinkles, brown spots and even pore size. It gives you a percentage of each of these based on scans of 100 people. It also tells you your skin age versus your actual age.
I have to admit I was a little nervous to see the results. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised by most of my results and particularly the fact that my skin is reading as younger than my actual age! One thing that I was nervous about and that no surprise, had the worst results was UV damage. I was around the 56% mark which definitely isn’t great but could have been worse. I think we can all look back at our early 20’s and remember “accidentally” forgetting the sunscreen in order to tan our skin as much as possible. Hindsight is 20-20 am I right?
After getting my results I had a consultation with the lovely Holly who asked me lots of questions about my skin and most importantly what I was hoping to get out of this consultation. (Sidenote here: I listened intently to everything she said because her skin was perfection and I told her so!) I told her that while my skin didn’t have any overt issues I wanted to address, I really just wanted a healthy looking glowing complexion and felt like my skin was looking pretty dull and unremarkable. She went over some of my results and mentioned that I had some slight rosacea on my cheeks which I had never really thought about but makes a lot of sense since I’m so fair and I usually have some redness somewhere on my face. Once we finished the consult she brought in Dr. Taher to complete my consultation. We talked about what I was hoping for with my skin and he explained to me the UniverSkin line of skincare, which is the line I was going to be trying out.
I always found skincare in general to be a little overwhelming. There are so many products out there with big promises (and big price tags) that it feels like you either have to spend a fortune or deal with a 30 minute routine and multiple products and still possibly not see any results.
That’s why I was so excited to get to try out the UniverSkin line. These are serums that are actually made to target your individual skin issues. It’s basically bespoke skincare! There are endless combinations of the pharmaceutical grade active ingredients and after you skin analysis your skincare consultant decides on which ingredients will be used and at which concentrations. I was really fascinated by the entire experience because they actually mix the ingredients right in front of you and explain which ingredients they chose and why. Honestly, so cool!
I received a day serum, a night serum and a moisturizer and I have been using them religiously every day for almost a month. I have also added a sunscreen as the final step in my skincare routine. My UV results were a big wake up call that I needed to be better about protecting my skin from the sun on a daily basis, sunshine or no sunshine!
So far my skin has been looking really consistent and even and I can’t even explain how nice it is to only have to worry about a 2 step routine that I know is doing what I need for my skin. I will be sure to do a follow up post after I have been using UniverSkin for a few more months so I can give a really accurate review.
If you’re looking to simplify your skincare routine or even just get some insight into your skin health I can’t recommend this process enough and if you live in Edmonton you should think about a trip to Lucere. My visit was so lovely and informative and they offer the Visia skin analysis complimentary with a consultation.
Cheers to healthy looking skin (and don’t forget the sunscreen)!