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6 Medspa Tips for a No-Makeup Look

Plastic Surgery Associates & Allegro MedSpa Staff at a Clear + Brilliant™ & Fraxel™ Laser Event

Plastic Surgery Associates & Allegro MedSpa Staff at a Clear + Brilliant™ & Fraxel™ Laser Event

The new no-makeup look is taking off. In fact, it’s soaring. Pale lips and bare faces are everywhere: on runway models; inside fashion magazines; and in movies with stars like Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Marion Cotillard. Do a quick Google search of “no makeup trend,” and you’ll come up with over 36 million results!

To keep up with the NO-makeup look, makeup companies are offering more and more products that enhance the face rather than hide it…and women are looking for the skin to match. According to the Wall Street Journal*, “Some beauty executives say the new look reflects greater interest in skin care and a broader cultural focus on wellness.”

We all know that taking care of our bodies promotes wellness, and good skin care does the same for our skin.

But how to begin? For expert guidance, a good place to start is at a medical spa directed by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. There you’ll find top medical-grade products and the advanced technology that can transform your skin.

6 Medical Spa Tips

The following 6 medical spa tips illustrate the impact of such care, from analysis to products and on to treatments.

(1) Start with a Visia™ Complexion Analysis

At the initial evaluation, a complexion analysis with the Visia™ imaging system quantifies your skin’s condition. In fact, it’s definitive enough that it’s used in scientific research studies!

Using special UV lighting, a series of photographs measure sun damage, lines, bacteria, acne, and rosacea. This information, along with a physical examination, assists the skin care expert in recommending the best products and treatments for your skin.

The following cases show what’s possible.

(2) Use Results-Oriented Skin Care Products

What can skin care products do other than moisturize?  It turns out–a lot! The most powerful ingredients aren’t for everyone, however, so cosmeceutical companies sell their most effective potions only to physicians. These medical-grade products can:

  • increase cell turnover
  • thicken the dermis
  • reduce fine lines
  • improve texture
  • even out pigmentation
  • …and, of course, moisturize.

In our first case, the woman pictured below wanted to improve her pigmentation and fine lines with products alone. To do that, her consultant recommended Obagi Nu-Derm™  and Obagi Tretinoin (Retin-A).

Four months later, she loved her results, and her second Visia™ complexion analysis showed her why. Not only were her texture and fine lines noticeably better, her pigment had improved by 40%!

Visia™ Complexion Analysis showing dramatic improvement with Obagi™ Skin Care Products alone

Visia™ Complexion Analysis showing dramatic improvement with Obagi™ Skin Care Products alone

(3) Smoother Skin with DermaSweep™ + Rejuvenize Peel™ + Botox™

Of course, product with treatments can do even more. In fact, DermaSweep™  allows products to work more effectively. How? The particle-free microdermabrasion system removes dead skin cells with vacuum pressure, allowing products to penetrate better. Individualized  skin solutions can be infused to address acne, hyperpigmentation, or hydration.

For deeper penetration of the skin, we turn to chemical peels. The agents in the Rejuvenize Peel™ are formulated for a particularly aggressive exfoliation. In addition to improving roughness, the Rejuvenize Peel™ helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne.  A series of three to six has the most dramatic impact.

The woman below alternated between DermaSweep™ and Rejuvenize Peel™ to give her a smoother texture and a more youthful glow. To enhance the effect, she had Botox™  injections to soften the lines and contours around the eyes.

Before and After views of a woman after DermaSweep, and Rejuvenate Peels

Before (left) and After (right) DermaSweep, and Rejuvenate Peels

(4) Refresh Skin with Clear + Brilliant ™ Gentle Laser

Reaching deeper into the skin, the laser energy in Clear + Brilliant™ protects the skin from some of the effects of aging, while enhancing the skin’s appearance and feel. Although  Clear + Brilliant™ is a one-time treatment, repeated treatments can help maintain a more youthful appearance.

The results below show the improvement in texture, tone, and color after one Clear + Brilliant™  treatment.

Before and After photos of a young woman after a Clear + Brilliant™ gentle laser treatment

Before (left) and After (Right) a Clear + Brilliant™ gentle laser treatment

(5) Fight Lines with Fraxel™ for a More Aggressive Laser Treatment

To amp up the collagen stimulation, a series of Fraxel™ laser treatments addresses fine lines and wrinkles even more aggressively. Fraxel™ is also effective in treating superficial acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage.

In the case below, three Fraxel™  treatments resulted in a noticeable improvement in pigmentation and fine lines and tightened the skin as well. To enhance the results, Juvederm™ was injected to fill out the depression from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth (“nasolabial fold”).

A woman's Before and After Face Photos after Fraxel™ Laser treatment

Before (left) and After (right) Treatment with Fraxel™ Laser

(6) For Deeper Lines, Lumenis™ FX CO2 Laser

If you’re willing to set aside six or seven days for downtime, laser resurfacing with a Lumenis FX CO2 Laser  can stimulate the deeper dermis even more powerfully. By kicking up the collagen remodeling, the treatment can improve wrinkles, pigmentation, sun damage, acne scarring, and texture, while also tightening the skin. (Whew!)

The woman featured in our next case said the Lumenis FX CO2 Laser  resurfacing helped her “feel like the best me I could be.” The results below show why. To appreciate the skin tightening she got, focus on the eyes. No surgery was done; only laser resurfacing. She also loved the improvement she got in her tone, texture, color, and fine lines.

Before and After Fractional FX CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Before (left) and After (right) Fractional FX CO2 Laser Resurfacing


Choose a Medspa That’s Safe, Ethical, & Delivers Results!

What’s the best thing about a healthy, glowing rejuvenated face? It isn’t the amount of makeup you wear; it’s the self-confidence you feel.


Dr. Heather Furnas

About Dr. Heather Furnas

Inspired by watching her plastic surgeon father operate in African bush hospitals, Dr. Heather Furnas followed in his footsteps, training at Stanford and serving on the Harvard clinical faculty. She and her husband, Dr. Paco Canales, practice together in Santa Rosa, California, where they raised their two children. (To learn more about their practice, visit She believes an informed patient is more likely to be a happy patient and is committed to providing that education. If you have any suggestions for topics you'd like to learn more about, she would love to hear from you!

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14 Responses to 6 Medspa Tips for a No-Makeup Look

  1. Abby says:

    I love the No-Makeup look and it’s definitely popular now. These treatments really appeal to me. Thanks for the great information and including before & after photos.

  2. k says:

    I’m a big fan of the “no make-up” look! Personally I use sunscreen, mascara, and SPF 35 lip shine. Medical grade skincare and laser treatments have my skin the healthiest its ever been. 🙂

  3. Wendy says:

    Natural Beauties!You can get this no-make-up look too. Visit Allegro MedSpa and we will be happy to give you information about our new Clear and Brilliant Laser.

  4. Jules says:

    As a mom of an energetic toddler, who has time to get all dolled up? A Dermasweep with an Vitamin C infusion, tinted sunblock from Elta, and Latisse and I am good to go!

  5. Kirstie says:

    This information is so true! I am amazed at how much better my own complexion is after being educated and taking the steps I needed to improve my own tone and texture through a combination of products, treatments and lasers. And no body would know I’ve done a thing to my face. These things bring out the natural beauty that we all have. I highly recommend seeing a specialist that can help you decide what’s best for your skin.

    • Dr. Heather Furnas says:

      The skin care products, treatments, and lasers are stealthy tools; they transform skin without leaving a “done” sign. (Love that!)

      • Dr. Heather Furnas says:

        Thank you! 🙂
        DermaSweep has a lot of options with the different individualized solutions that can be infused during the treatment; the skin soaks it up like a sponge.

  6. Jenna says:

    I LOVE how there are so many ways to keep skin looking and feeling healthier. My personal favorite is the Dermasweep, it leaves my skin feeling smooth, clean and revitalized! I always feel an instant gratification after my treatment. I think it’s great that you included before and after photos, especially with the Visia skin analysis! It really gives me an idea of where the journey of good skin care begins and the progress that has been made. Great information!

    • Dr. Heather Furnas says:

      Thanks Jenna! DermaSweep is particularly popular because it’s a come-and-go treatment, and our patients and clients love the results. Visia is a great tool that allows us to assess skin objectively rather than relying on just the eye. Thanks for you comment, Jenna!

  7. Dena says:

    It is truly awesome what the right skincare products can do. My magic skincare diet consists of an exfoliating cleanser, vitamin c, Retin-A, and a great moisturizing sunscreen. My favorite sunscreen by Elta is tinted which allows me just enough coverage to still be fresh faced, yet confident. People are always asking me what my secret is, and it’s actually very simple! Pair this skincare diet with an occasional dermasweep or chemical peel and your skin can’t be anything but radiant!

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