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The 3 Best Anti-Ageing Skincare Treatments To Prevent And Reverse The Signs Of Ageing Skin

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 27 July 2021
The 3 Best Anti-Ageing Skincare Treatments To Prevent And Reverse The Signs Of Ageing Skin

Healthy Skin Is An Important Part Of Ageing With Confidence.

When you look in the mirror, chances are one of the first things you notice is the appearance of your skin. This is the case for most people and especially for ageing women. Feeling good in your skin is an important part of how you show up in the world.

Caring for your skin as you age is especially important for your self-confidence and overall wellbeing. Research has shown that feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of your skin due to signs of ageing and other conditions can affect your personal relationships and even promote social withdrawal. Therefore, investing in your skincare routine to ensure you feel confident and comfortable in your appearance is well worth your time and energy.

When you have healthy skin you are more likely to feel confident and like your best self.

Woman looking at herself in the mirror.

What Causes The Skin To Show Signs Of Ageing?

As you get older, it is only natural to see changes in your skin. This happens for a variety of physiological, hormonal and environmental reasons. For example:

  • Ageing skin experiences a decline in collagen production which reduces the skin's elasticity.
  • Cellular repair naturally slows with age which means older, dull skin cells linger on the surface longer. It can also contribute to the often thin appearance of older skin.
  • External factors like sun damage can cause "age spots" (areas of skin with a higher concentration of melanin) to form
  • Environmental toxins can also contribute to visible signs of ageing on the skin by reducing collagen and causing inflammation.
  • Your lifestyle affects the appearance and health of your skin. Factors like the quality of your sleep, your stress levels and your diet all have a role to play in maintaining healthy, youthful skin.

While these various factors may cause signs of age to appear in many different ways, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume and loose skin are among the most common signs of ageing that affect mature skin.

How Can You Support Healthy, Youthful Skin?

Ageing is a natural process and changes to your skin cannot be completely avoided. However, there are ways you can support the health and appearance of your ageing skin.

  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing high-quality sunscreen daily.
  • Drink plenty of water. Hydration is an important part of cellular creation and repair and helps to maintain collagen.
  • Eat a nutritious and varied diet. The vitamins and minerals obtained through food are the building blocks of healthy, radiant skin.
  • Use toxin-free soaps, moisturizers and facial care products. The fewer chemicals you have on your skin, the better.

While these lifestyle choices will certainly help to prevent premature signs of ageing and help to maintain the overall health of your skin, reversing the signs of ageing can require a more active approach.

Woman receiving an anti-ageing skincare treatment injection in the forehead.

Anti-Ageing Skincare Treatments To Prevent And Reduce The Signs Of Ageing

If you have already started to notice the signs of ageing on your skin, don't worry. There is always time to act and support healthier more radiant skin. Taking care of your skin, lifestyle, nutrition and hydration are all helpful practices for healthy, youthful skin but sometimes you need to take a more active approach to see the results you are looking for. Fortunately, there are many non-surgical treatment options to help address different signs of ageing as they appear on maturing skin.


Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive skin treatment that rejuvenates, tightens and brightens your skin with micro-injections of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and plant extracts. The formulation used on your skin will be created specifically to address your needs. Mesotherapy can help refresh and nourish your skin by:

  • fading wrinkles and lines
  • tightening loose skin
  • lightening pigmented skin
The treatments are quick and typically take 30 minutes to complete and recovery involves little to no downtime.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments

PRP Therapy is an effective treatment option to address the signs of ageing. PRP treatments involve collecting 15 ml of your own blood, separating the platelets, and other beneficial growth factors from the whole blood and then injecting the highly concentrated platelets into the affected areas.

By stimulating your body's natural production of collagen and cellular repair, PRP facial rejuvenation helps to tighten, smooth and improve skin tone. It is a great treatment for acne scars, ageing spots, fine lines, sun-damaged skin, and under-eye rejuvenation.


Neuromodulators are injectable drugs that relax and soften your skin by relaxing facial muscles from contracting. They are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and to refresh and rejuvenate the face. Here at NP Optimal Health and Wellness, we have a variety of neuromodulators available including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Nuceiva. Of these, Dysport and Xeomin are known for yielding results more quickly than others - sometimes in as little as 3 days! They are safe, effective and a great option for addressing the signs of ageing.

Whether you invest in mesotherapy, PRP treatments or neuromodulators, there is a skincare treatment option available that will help you to slow or even reverse the signs of ageing on your skin.

Investing In Skin Care Is An Investment In Your Best Life.

How you feel about your skin affects how you feel about yourself in much bigger ways. Putting your best face forward increases your confidence and helps you to live a balanced and joyful life. Ageing skin is inevitable, however, ageing skin doesn't have to look old! With a good skincare routine, healthy lifestyle choices and the help of anti-ageing skincare treatments like mesotherapy, PRP and neuromodulators you can prevent and reduce the signs of ageing on your skin and present a fresh and rejuvenated face to the world. To learn more about anti-ageing skincare treatments here in Peterborough, contact the NP Optimal Health & Wellness clinic today.

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Summer Skincare: Make Your Skin Beautiful From The Inside Out By Prioritizing Hydration and Nutrition

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 16 June 2021
Summer Skincare: Make Your Skin Beautiful From The Inside Out By Prioritizing Hydration and Nutrition

Skin Care Is Especially Important In The Summer.

The summer sun can give your skin that fresh sun-kissed glow, but the effects of UV rays and dehydration may not be worth it. The sun's heat can dry out and burn your skin as well as deplete its supply of natural lubricating oils. In short, too much sun can cause very real damage to your skin including reduced elasticity, premature signs of ageing and even skin cancer. While sunscreen forms a protective barrier on the skin and reduces its exposure to harmful UV rays, it isn't enough on its own to achieve and maintain healthy, beautiful skin - that happens from the inside out and starts with two very important elements: hydration and nutrition.

Plenty Of H2O Gives Your Skin A Healthy Glow.

Staying properly hydrated is not only important for your overall health and wellness, it is an important part of skincare, too. This makes sense when you consider that your body is made of up to 60% water. Staying hydrated contributes to healthy, radiant skin in two significant ways:

Improving Your Skin's Elasticity: Water is one of the key components of collagen and, as you may know, collagen is one of the primary contributors to your skin's elasticity. Unfortunately, as skin ages or when it is damaged by too much sun exposure, collagen production can slow down. Drinking plenty of water helps to restore your skin's elasticity and gives it a fresh, healthy appearance.

Helping To Flush Skin-Dulling Toxins: Whether you know it or not, you are exposed to hundreds of toxins on a daily basis. Your body has systems in place to eliminate these toxins and water plays a significant role in all of them.

How Much Water Is Enough?

For the average adult woman, drinking a total of about 2.5 litres of water daily is recommended for optimal hydration. While you will get as much as 20% of that total amount from the food you eat, the rest comes from drinks so make sure to fill up those water bottles throughout your day.


Two glasses being filled with water on a wooden table in the summer sun.

IV Therapy For Hydration And Summer Skincare

If you struggle to drink your daily 8 glasses of water, you're not alone. In the summer, when you may need a few extra glasses, staying properly hydrated can seem especially challenging. IV Therapy is a wonderful option for giving yourself a hydration boost - and more!

IV Therapy was originally used in hospitals to deliver fluids and medications to the very sick. However, approximately 50 years ago the use of IV Therapy began to evolve with the creation of the "Myers Cocktail", an intravenous solution created by physician John Myers, that was used to treat health conditions like fatigue, infections, and depression. Today, IV Therapy infusions not only provide you with a significant boost in hydration, but they can also offer different combinations of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Radiance: An Optimal IV Infusion For Healthy Skin

In my practice, we use a selection of IV solutions created by the team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and chemists at Farsk Health Canada. One of the IV infusions that is particularly effective for skincare is called Radiance. Radiance is formulated to include key components such as Vitamin E, D, B's, amino acid, selenium, zinc, glycine and proline and was developed to assist in improving dull skin, hyperpigmentation, issues with skin texture, acne and to reduce the signs of ageing.

Nutrition Has A Direct Impact Of The Condition Of Your Skin.

IV Therapy is the perfect example of how hydration and nutrition go hand in hand to create healthy, beautiful skin. By providing the cells with adequate water and nutrients they can thrive. The connection between nutrition and the condition of a person's skin is nothing new. It has been studied and observed by present-day scientists as well as ancient civilizations. 

When it comes to the health and appearance of your skin, Vitamin C, also named L-ascorbic acid, is of particular interest. Vitamin C plays a significant role in "stimulating collagen synthesis and assisting in antioxidant protection against UV-induced photodamage." This is why it is common to see Vitamin C added to topical face creams and serums, however, evidence suggests that getting enough Vitamin C through your diet is actually a more effective way of helping your skin become and remain healthy and refreshed. The following chart shows a variety of foods that are particularly rich in Vitamin C.


Graphic listing foods rich in Vitamin C


Applying Vitamins And More Directly To The Skin With Mesotherapy

Developed in 1952 by Michel Pistor, a doctor in France, Mesotherapy is a rejuvenation technique that uses micro-injections of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten the skin, among other things. The solution used in your treatment is formulated specifically for you to address your skin conditions. Mesotherapy is most commonly requested by clients looking to refresh and rejuvenate their skin by:

  • fading wrinkles and lines
  • tightening loose skin
  • lightening pigmented skin

Because mesotherapy allows for active ingredients to be deposited directly into the lower layers of your skin, it is very successful in correcting skin damage caused by underlying issues like poor circulation and inflammation.

Eating Well And Drinking Plenty Of Water Should Be Part Of Your Summer Skincare Routine

Wearing sunscreen and using high-quality, toxin-free skincare products is still an important part of summer skincare but, if you are looking to prioritize healthy skin this summer, you can start from the inside out by prioritizing hydration and nutrition. Eat the rainbow, focus on incorporating foods high in Vitamin C, and ensure you are getting enough water - especially on those hot days. If hydration and nutrition are tricky for you to manage through diet alone, consider giving your skin a summer boost with an IV Therapy or mesotherapy treatment.

Hydration and nutrition are two core building blocks of achieving healthy, radiant skin this summer. Are you looking for a boost to get that healthy, summer glow? Contact me today.

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): The Natural Skin Tightening Treatment You'll Love To Reduce Loose Skin And Dark Circles

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 28 April 2021
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): The Natural Skin Tightening Treatment You'll Love To Reduce Loose Skin And Dark Circles

Feeling Confident In Your Skin Is An Important Part Of Ageing Well

As you age your body changes. Systems slow down and your body's ability to restore and heal itself is affected on a cellular level. For many women, some of the first noticeable signs of ageing are changes to the skin - dark circles under the eyes and loose skin on the neck and jawline being two of the most commonly reported changes. If these physical signs of ageing are causing you to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious about your appearance then they are detracting from your overall health and wellness. How you feel matters. For optimal wellness, you need to consider the body, mind, and spirit. All three aspects are connected and affect each other.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments offer a safe and natural way to reduce the physical signs of ageing while safeguarding your body from the hidden toxins found in so many off-the-shelf skincare products. PRP skin tightening treatments allow you to refresh your outer appearance and feel good about how you are doing it.

What is Autolagous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural, non-surgical personalized cell therapy treatment that uses your own blood platelets to stimulate collagen production, cell repair, tissue regeneration and cell growth.

In the comfort and safety of the clinic, 15 ml of your own blood is drawn from your vein into a sterile syringe. The syringe is placed in a centrifuge (a machine that spins at extremely high speeds) which separates and concentrates the platelets (and other beneficial growth factors) from the whole blood. That is then collected in a syringe and injected into the treatment site.

The whole process takes no more than 30 minutes, is virtually pain-free, and because the platelets are collected from your own blood (autologous means "of cells or tissues obtained from the same individual") it is exceptionally safe. To see optimal results for skin tightening or reduction of dark circles or puffy undereye skin (sometimes called "bags") most patients will receive 3 treatments done 30 days apart.

Agnes Lusier Dow Np-PHC in her Peterborough health and wellness clinic

What Makes PRP A Safer Option For Skin Tightening And Dark Circle Treatment?

Unfortunately, skincare products are often laden with hidden toxins. They may help you achieve the results you want externally, but there can be a cost to your health. Women are exposed to as many as 128 chemicals each day through their personal care products. Because companies aren't required to list everything in a product, your favourite undereye creams or shampoo may contain ingredients you would never choose to put on your body like:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • triclosan and
  • Benzophenone

While you are taking care of your body on the outside, these chemicals - specifically endocrine disrupting chemicals - can make their way into your system and cause all sorts of health issues.

Some of the most popular skincare products for women are "anti-ageing" skin tightening treatments and serums to elimintae those dark circles. If you are using these products daily, you may unknowingly be working against your health and wellness goals. This is why autologous PRP treatments are such a comparatively safe and natural option for treating loose skin and dark circles. With no synthetic additives used, autologous PRP relies on what nature gave you to heal you.

Why Do Women Experience Loose Skin And Dark Circles?

Leading up to and during menopause, women as young as 35 can experience lower collagen production, slower cell repair and a drop in estrogen levels. These things, in combination, can contribute to wrinkles, loose skin and dark circles under the eyes.

"As much as 30% of collagen can be lost in the first five years of menopause." -


Chart showing the connection between estrogen and collagen as it affects the skin

How Does PRP Address The Root Causes Of Loose Skin, Dark Circles And Undereye Bags?

PRP treatments can help refresh and even reverse the effects of ageing by increasing the skin's firmness (by boosting collagen) and elasticity (by boosting elastin). This leads to tighter more supple skin, less pronounced "bags" under the eye and can help to reduce those dark circles, too. Simply put, Platelet Plasma is loaded with multiple growth factors that work together to act as a "powerhouse" for cellular regeneration and tissue growth.

Optimal Health Is More Than Skin Deep.

If you are noticing signs of ageing like loose skin or dark circles under your eyes and it is causing you to feel self-conscious about your outward appearance, you have options. Choosing skincare products that are transparent about their ingredients, like MONAT, will help to maintain your skin in the long term. Meanwhile, a series of PRP skin tightening treatments can kickstart a powerful regeneration that gets you visible results in only a few months. Because PRP treatments are minimally invasive and free from the hidden toxins in many off-the-shelf products, they are a safer and truly natural skincare option. Click here to learn more about PRP skin tightening treatments in Peterborough and book a consultation with me, Agnes Lusier Dow, NP-PHC.

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Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 7 November 2020
Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Here in Ontario, winters are long. The shorter days, colder temperatures, and changes to both our indoor and outdoor environments cause many people to fall out of balance and, consequently, to struggle with physical and emotional health issues. Feeling sluggish, depleted, emotionally low and coping with dull irritated skin are some of the most common complaints I see from my patients during the winter months. If you know that you are prone to these or other seasonal complaints, IV Therapy may be an appropriate treatment option that can allow you to take a preventative approach to your health and wellness now, before the winter sets in.

IV Therapy: A proactive approach to optimal health.

When you think of IV Therapy, likely you think of its use in hospitals to deliver fluids and medication to the very sick. While this is the traditional use of IV Therapy, its uses have evolved; one might even say transcended. What started out some 50 years ago as a rudimentary "cocktail" of vitamins and minerals, has now become a highly customizable and widely regarded preventative treatment.  IV Therapy is now effectively used to provide nutrition and targetted supplementation for preventative health and can support you in preventing or alleviating many conditions commonly experienced in the winter months.

How does IV Therapy work?

An IV Therapy treatment involves coming to the clinic where an IV drip will be administered. The specific formulation or "cocktail" of vitamins, minerals, and/or amino acids is suspended in a sterile saline solution which is gradually infused to you over a period of about 20 minutes. You will be monitored and someone will check in with you during your treatment to ensure you are comfortable and that the drip is running smoothly.

When vitamins and supplements are taken orally, they are absorbed via the digestive tract. The process is, when compared to IV Therapy, inefficient and only approximately 50% of the vitamins and minerals are absorbed. When the same vitamins and minerals are given through an IV, they are delivered directly into your blood-stream where they are absorbed at a much higher rate. This means that there are more nutrients available for your cells to make use of. 


IV Therapy can help restore optimal health in the winter with special blends of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.


Choosing the right IV Therapy to help you this winter.

Each IV Therapy "cocktail" is formulated to meet your individual needs and to restore you to balance. Some of our more popular IV Therapies for addressing issues commonly faced in the winter include:

The Serum: Featuring a powerful combination of collagen-building and skin-loving nutrients like Vitamin C, this IV Therapy helps to restore and brighten the skin that has been dulled or irritated by the harsh winter weather and dry indoor heat. 

The Booster Shot: Formulated to support your "fighter" white blood cells, this treatment helps to protect against illness and disease. This is an especially good choice if your work or family exposes you more often to colds, flu, and other common ailments.

The Boss: After months of navigating a pandemic, many of us are feeling anxious and stressed about the winter. If you are feeling depleted and maxed-out, this IV Therapy will give your brainpower a boost and support your adrenals to help you manage and recover from stress more effectively.

The Powerhouse: This IV therapy is, according to Dr. Tapp, a "liquid multivitamin". It will hydrate you while giving you everything you would find in a high-quality multivitamin and a protein powder combined! This treatment is perfect if you are feeling depleted or are struggling to maintain a healthy diet during the winter months.

Before choosing (or custom making) the right IV Therapy for your optimal health, you will go through an initial assessment. Because my practice is rooted in Functional Medicine, we never stop at treating the symptoms. The goal is to discover the root cause of whatever conditions or dis-ease you are experiencing so that we can bring your whole self back into balance and sustainable health.

Are you ready to try IV Therapy?

If you are looking for an effective way to relieve stress, boost your immune system, increase your energy and focus, and restore your skin, contact us today to discover which IV Therapy is right for your optimal health. Take the steps to restore balance to your mind, body, and spirit and enjoy all that the coming winter season has to offer.

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