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What you need to know about dilutions.

botox and filler dilutions

If you’ve discovered this blog, it probably means that you are a beauty guru who is concerned with their image. We totally know what that’s like, which is why we are here to educate you even further. So, since we know that you’re a beauty guru, you’re most likely informed of what Botox and fillers are. If you don’t, keep reading!

Botox vs. Fillers

Botox and fillers can be commonly confused with one another, however they are two different things. Botox is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers are used to make an area look more full, and less thinned out. You may be thinking, “Hmm..what’s best for me”? We will consult with you, as to what’s best for YOU, as there is no one size fits all approach.

Dilutions at D-Lux

Since we don’t believe in the one size fits all approach, we develop dilutions for each patient that seeks treatment with us. Dilutions are when the dosage of botox or filler is altered to fit an individual’s needs. We all have different goals, different face structures and different skin, which is why a personalized dilution makes all the difference in your results.

For example, a stronger muscle (like the one between your eyebrows that causes you to frown) will require a more concentrated dilution and dosing. A larger flatter muscle (such as your forehead) requires a less concentrated dilution and a broader application of dose.

Certain fillers, when diluted properly with sterile saline, can be injected to tighten saggy, crepey skin in areas such as the neck, chest and hands. This work’s by stimulating the body’s natural collagen, filling in areas that may have experienced fat loss over time.

How do I know what dilution is best for me?

You probably don’t, but we are the experts and are more than happy to help you! We utilize specific, custom dilutions based on the area of the face being treated, and the effect it will have on the underlying muscles and overall structure.We examine the whole face to create balance and harmony.We believe in customized D-Lux Dilutions! We have custom laser combos, custom filler and customizing your toxin dosage and dilution for YOU is our specialty!

Book an appointment with us, and we can talk all about all things Botox, Fillers and D-Lux Dilutions! We recognize your face is a unique piece of art, and we want to help you bring out your most confident self!

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Lip Filler vs. Lip Flip

Lip Fillers , or Lip Injections, is when a semi-permanent  filler is injected into your lips. The most common Lip Fillers are made up of Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally produced in our bodies. Hyaluronic Acid creates a more plump and hydrated effect.

A Lip Flip is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that doesn’t use dermal filler, just botox or Dysport! The purpose of a Lip Flip is to help create a fuller-looking lip without the use of filler! A Lip Flip is a small cosmetic procedure that can make a big difference!

How lip flips work

Injections of Botox or Dysport are made in very small quantities around the corners of the mouth and near the cupid’s bow. By placing the injections in these areas, the upper lip will be able to relax causing the lip to flip upwards. This creates a fuller, poutier look.

Determine if You are a Good Candidate For a Lip Flip

A Lip Flip is for you if:

  • Your upper lip disappears when you smile.
  • You are looking for a lip enhancement without committing to Lip Fillers.
  • You wished your lips look fuller and poutier.
  • You want to experiment with the look of your lips.

Get fuller lips with a quick and easy non-invasive Lip Flip procedure, did we mention they aren’t nearly as expensive as Lip Fillers are? Lip Flips range between  $80 – $500, depending on what type of product is being used and how much. On average Lip Fillers range between $450 – $700.

How long do results last

With a Lip Flip  being a simpler cosmetic procedure than Lip Fillers, results will last you between one to three months! By using only botox and our mouths constantly moving, the Lip Flip  wears quicker than other cosmetic lip procedures. This is the perfect amount of time to gain confidence and decide if you want to continue with Lip Flips or make a bigger commitment and get Lip Filler.

Booking a lip flip

It’s important to keep in mind to book a Lip Flip with someone who is certified to perform the minimally invasive procedure. To get the results you want, be sure to discuss your goals and how you want your lips to look beforehand.

Here at D-Lux Medspa, our certified professionals are ready to complete your Lip Flip, giving you the results you desire.

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Everything You Need to Know About QWO Cellulite Treatment

QWO Cellulite Treatment

Most women have a common enemy: cellulite. The stubborn, dimpled, cottage cheese-looking skin seems impossible to get rid of. Cellulite can also affect men, but it’s more common in women because women’s fat cells and connective tissue are layered vertically. 

There are several factors that may increase cellulite in women. Some factors include: how active you are, if you smoke, what your diet is like, and of course, the one we hate to hear, genetics. 

There are so many creams, scrubs, and brushes that claim to reduce the appearance of cellulite. You can spend all of your free time trying to reduce the appearance of cellulite, which becomes so frustrating! What if we told you there was a minimally invasive procedure that takes very little time to see results? 

A Lifestyle Change Compared to An Overnight Fix 

Women want overnight or quick fix to reduce the appearance of their cellulite. The sad truth is that there is no overnight fix. Getting rid of cellulite takes quite some time, and for some of us, it may never completely go away.

It is important to maintain a healthy diet that is full of fiber and water. It can also be beneficial to pair working out with dry brushing. Keep in mind that reducing the appearance of cellulite is a lifestyle change, not an overnight fix. (Yes, this means you have to be truly committed!)

The Qwo Treatment

Qwo (pronounced: woah with a Q)  is the first and only FDA approved injectable procedure that helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. For best results, the Qwo treatment is to be performed three times, 21 days apart. This minimally invasive injectable primarily targets the buttocks, which is a main area of concern for most women. 

Once injected, it works with your body’s enzymes to target beneath the surface of the skin. Cellulite is formed under the surface, causing the appearance of lumps and bumps. The Qwo treatment has collagenases enzymes that release fibrous bands, redistributing fat cells and stimulating the growth of new collagen causing the skin to be smoothed out.

How Long Until I See Results?

An individual treatment takes about 10 minutes and you should be back on your feet the next day! Be prepared to have some bruising, swelling and soreness after your procedure. For about 30 minutes of total treatment, you will see results in about 10 weeks that last a year or more!

Say Good-bye to Useless Cellulite Products and Say Hello to Qwo!

The Qwo treatment will help you get the results that you desire within a short amount of time. What more could you want? Say good-bye to the creams, oils, scrubs, brushes and rollers! Save time and money by replacing trial and error approaches with the Qwo treatment! Let us help you reduce the appearance of cellulite with Qwo!

Ready to try QWO?

Book an appointment with our QWO specialist.

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5 Must-Have Sunscreens for this Summer

5 Must-Have Sunscreens for this Summer

Sun protection is the most important topic that comes up when we think about summertime. Finding the right hat is a great start, but your skincare really should come first. The easier to apply, the more likely that you will actually be able to use it on a regular basis. It’s important to think about the daily use of sunscreen… not just if you know you will be spending time outdoors all day. Daily sun exposure occurs in the car, if you are indoors and sitting next to a window, walking the dog, etc. Add sunscreen to your daily routine now to start protecting your skin for the long haul. Need some help deciding where to start? With several beauty awards for their products, Colorescience has several options to take your skin to the next level. Their sunscreens are no exception to their wow factor!

1. Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield FLEX; 50 SPF

This product is a lightweight mineral sunscreen that has tinted coverage for a tone-adapting, flawless look. It defends against UVA/UVB, Blue Light, Pollution, and Infrared radiation.

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This is a best-seller at our spa that leaves you with a beautifully glowy complexion. This 100% all-mineral formula is not greasy and good for all skin tones and types. It protects against sun and pollution, so you’re shielded from UVA/UVB, pollution, blue (HEV) light, and infrared radiation. Know that your skin is safe and free of parabens, sulfates, and more with this vegan sun protection.

A versatile balm that can be used for lips, cheeks, and eyes to add a bit of color while providing sun protection. With bendable color and SPF coverage… you can’t go wrong with this beauty must-have!

This is a best-seller at our spa that leaves you with a beautifully glowy complexion. This 100% all-mineral formula is not greasy and good for all skin tones and types. It protects against sun and pollution, so you’re shielded from UVA/UVB, pollution, blue (HEV) light, and infrared radiation. Know that your skin is safe and free of parabens, sulfates, and more with this vegan sun protection.

Award winner of NEWBEAUTY 2019, this “secret weapon” brightens under-eye circles with immediate results. Give yourself the rested appearance that you have been longing for. TOTAL EYE® 3-IN-1 RENEWAL THERAPY SPF 35 visibly improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles while protecting the delicate eye area against photoaging with 100% SPF 35 mineral sunscreen. Another great feature for those who are sensitive to scents… it is completely unscented and paraben-free.

Sunscreen that comes in a compact? Yes, please! This easy-to-apply sunscreen is also available in a lotion if you prefer a lotion with an SPF of 75. It’s a NEW category of 100% mineral-active sun protection in a silky sheer stick. You no longer have to make the impossible choice between efficacy and elegance when choosing a mineral sunscreen.

There are so many options of sunscreen out there, but we love the kind that is safe for daily use AND gives your skin a bit of a boost. Keep your skin safe, healthy, and beautiful this summer. If you need help finding the perfect coverage for yourself, give us a call (239-776-4956) and we will be happy to help! 


Happy Summer!!

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What is Kojic Acid and What is it Good for?

what is kojic acid

You are probably wondering what is Kojic Acid, so we are going to explain everything you need to know. Do you ever look in the mirror and see dark spots from acne scarring or sun damage? It can sometimes feel like those spots will be a permanent part of your look, but you don’t have to live with them forever if you don’t want to. 

Thanks to the introduction of Kojic Acid in skin-care products, women (and men!) everywhere are noticing a decrease in the pesky spots that have taken, what seemed to be, permanent residence on their skin. 

What is Kojic Acid? 

Kojic Acid is a natural metabolite produced from different types of fungi. Its main use is in skin-care products and is designed to temporarily lighten the skin. 

Similar to Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid is able to help with age spots, melasma, freckles, and acne scarring. This lightning process occurs by the Kojic Acid blocking the enzyme Tyrosinase. This enzyme is necessary when it comes to the production of melanin. So by blocking Tyrosinase there is a reduction in the amount of pigment that your skin can produce, which overall lightens your skin.  

Despite the lightning effects that Kojic Acid has, it is not bleach, nor is it permanent. Kojic Acid is non-cytotoxic, meaning it is not harmful to live cells, therefore can not permanently change your skin tone. 

In order to reap all of the benefits that Kojic Acid can provide, you should also take advantage of its counterpart, Hydroquinone as well. These ingredients are found in different creams, spot treatments, or serums and can easily become a regular part of your skin-care routine. 

Recommended Kojic Acid

SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense is a daily serum that has provided amazing results and is also D-Lux Med Spa approved. This serum targets visible skin unevenness giving you brighter-looking skin.  

Kojic Acid is ready for you to part ways with your acne scarring and dark spots and is going to help you look as bright as you feel. There is always an opportunity for you to add a new step in your skin-care regimen because let’s face it, we all want to give our skin the nutrients and ingredients it needs to help us be the best possible versions of ourselves. Will you be introducing Kojic Acid into your life?

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Your complete guide to ceramides.

your complete guide to ceramides

Applying an amazing moisturizer is a crucial component of every skincare routine. However, it becomes even more important as we age due to the fact that our natural ceramide production depletes at a rate of 1% each year as soon as we reach 20. 

What are Ceramides?

One of the main functions of our skin is to protect us from harsh environments. This is possible through our bodies’ natural production of things like Ceramides. Ceramides are essentially lipids, or fats, that are found naturally in high concentrations in the uppermost layers of our skin. These play an important role in keeping the skin barrier hydrated. In simpler terms, Ceramides are the body’s natural moisturizer. 

Young skin is able to produce Ceramides at a rapid rate, but unfortunately, as we get older that production slows down. Both sun damage and age become a large factor in how many Ceramides our body produces. Due to the decreased amount of Ceramides, our skin can start to show signs of aging. This is why it is so crucial to start taking care of our skin, and the earlier the better. 

Ceramides in skincare.

Just because our skin slows down the production of Ceramides, doesn’t mean we need to stop thinking about them. Ceramides are found in a multitude of skin-care products and work on every skin type and can handle pretty much every issue. They work on every skin type because they are considered to be “Skin-Identical”. (This is because they occur naturally in skin!)

Recommended Ceramide

DLux HydraLite Moisturizer  is an amazing option to consider when shopping around for a Ceramide packed product. While it has been shown to give you radiant and glowing skin, it is also packed full of all the other holy-grail skin-care ingredients. Including, Ceramides, Niacinamide, Antioxidants and skin-soothers.

What can Ceramides do?

Ceramides are able to reach a wide variety of skincare necessities. This is what makes them a skin-care must-have.

  • Protect the skin against environmental stressors
  • Increases skin hydration level
  • Plump and firm skin
  • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Maintain the strength of the skins’ protective barrier 
  • Improve skin texture
  • Help with redness and irritation
  • Prevent moisture loss
  • Help retain moisture in the skin

Ceramides Wrapped Up

Ceramides are the skin-identical ingredient that is necessary if you are wanting to achieve radiant and glowing skin. Not only is it extremely hydrating but it also protects your skin from the harsh effects of your environment. 

If you haven’t yet added a product with Ceramides into your routine, it’s never too late. You can find the HydraLite Moisturizer on the DLux Med Spa online shop or in person at the spa.

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The differences between AHA and BHA.

chemical exfoliant

It is no secret that using products that exfoliate your skin leaving you with a smooth and glowing complexion. This is why so many people do it. However, a lot of people are unaware of the benefits of doing a chemical exfoliation over the more commonly known physical exfoliation. 

A chemical exfoliant uses different types of acids to dissolve the dead skin cells that build up on our skin. This build up is what prevents our skin from looking smooth, healthy and radiant. The two most commonly used chemical exfoliants are Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a term that is used for a group of acids that are derived from different sources, including plants and animals. AHAs are water loving acids and their main job is to promote cell turnover in your skin. Their ability to dissolve and exfoliate surface dead skin cells is what helps reduce fine lines, pigmentation and improve the overall complexion of your skin. 

Types of AHAs

  • Glycolic – derived from sugar cane
  • Lactic – derived from milk
  • Tartaric – from grape wine
  • Malic Acid – derived from apples
  • Mandelic – derived from bitter almonds

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs or Salicylic Acid)

Beta Hydroxy Acid is another type of chemical exfoliant. Unlike it’s water loving counterpart, BHAs are oil soluble. This is why BHAs are able to exfoliate the skin at a deeper level than AHAs. BHAs are an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial acid which makes them extremely effective in the treatment of acne-prone skin. Like most skin-care products, the job of BHAs surrounds clearing acne, preventing oily skin and creating a smooth and glowing complexion.

AHAs vs BHAs

Although both AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants, they both work better on different skin types. Given the fact that AHAs are water soluble, they work best for people that have dryer skin. This is because they remove the dead skin cells that contribute to dry skin. Using AHAs allows moisturizer to absorb deeper into the skin. Since BHAs are oil soluble, they are most ideal for people who suffer from oily or acne-prone skin. This is because BHAs are able to travel deeper into the skin. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial factors, people with acne-prone skin have been able to see a drastic difference.

Product Recommendations

While there are multiple different brands and products involving chemical exfoliants, there are definitely a few holy grail items that you may want to invest in.

Exfoliating your skin, using either chemical or physical exfoliants, is an amazing step to add to your weekly skin-care routine. Chemical exfoliants have been proven to fight acne and hyperpigmentation which ultimately leave you with the skin that you have been yearning for. Once you are able to notice that smooth, glowing complexion, all the products in your bathroom will definitely maintain the title of being your best friend.

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3 Things to Know About Niacinamide.

3 Things to Know About Niacinamide.

It seems like everyone has a skin care item that they consider to be the Mecca of all products. One that I hear about a lot, and can definitely get on board with, is Niacinamide. (More commonly known as Vitamin B3!)

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is the active form of niacin, and unfortunately, is not produced by our body, so we have to obtain it in any way we can. It is found naturally in a wide variety of foods, particularly root vegetables, mushrooms, yeasts, some fruits, peanuts and seeds. However, one of my favorite ways to obtain it is by applying it topically to the skin.

The Benefits of Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a one-stop shop for all your skin-care needs. It is extremely versatile and is packed full of benefits. This is what makes it such a holy grail skin care product.

  • Niacinamide is an anti-inflammatory agent, which makes it great for acne-prone skin.
  • It helps your body boost its collagen production, which helps minimize the appearance of large pores and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Niacinamide helps fight cellular damage that is caused by free radicals and UV rays. 
  • It also helps increase our bodies’ ceramide production. This is what helps our skin stay moisturized, and keeps our skin barrier strong. 
  • Additionally, it can help treat Rosacea by decreasing inflammation and redness.

What to look for in Niacinamide products.

The D-Lux Medspa Medical Grade Needle Free Serum is quickly becoming a favorite Niacinamide product in everyones skin care routine. While containing a powerful copper complex, Hyaluronic Acid and the infamous Niacinamide, it is able to fight against signs of aging and improve fine lines and wrinkles in just two weeks use. 

While serums and moisturizers are a favorite when it comes to Niacinamide, it is also safe to consume orally. Niacinamide has shown positive results for people that suffer with ultraviolet damage caused by sun exposure. For people that have a history with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, it is extremely important to start taking a daily Niacinamide vitamin (500 mg twice a day!).

Niacinamide Wrapped Up

Niacinamide is something that is offering every amazing benefit that someone could want. It reduces sensitivity and redness, reduces enlarged pores, keeps your skin moisturized and can also help in the overall growth and function of our skin cells. 

We all want to keep our bodies and skin healthy and beautiful. So why not utilize all of the products that have been found to make that happen?

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Everything You Need to Know About Retinoids

everything you need to know about retinoids

With new anti-aging products being released every month or so, one product that has stayed consistent over the past few decades has been Retinoids and Retinols. If you have yet to find that perfect home remedy or Pinterest DIY for glowing and youthful skin, it may be time to introduce a Retinoid into your nightly routine. 

As we get older, our cellular turnover decreases significantly. Cellular turnover refers to the process of shedding dead skin cells and replacing them with younger cells. Retinoids are a vitamin A derivative that promotes cell turnover. This helps your body clear dead skin cells, oil and debris. This also allows your body to thicken the epidermal layer, which causes your skin to be firmer, with less fine lines and wrinkles. 

When introducing a Retinoid into your nightly routine, it may take a few weeks for your skin to adjust. I suggest starting slowly with just a pea-sized amount every 3rd night for a few weeks, then increase to every other night. Do this for a few weeks before trying to use it every night. 

Retinol works within your skin where it boosts collagen synthesis, increases elasticity and will repair connective tissue. Due to the changes that this product causes, your skin has to adjust and your skin cells need to re-learn how to turnover at a much faster pace. This usually leads to retinization. Retinization is the adjustment period in which the skin adapts to retinoid treatment. During this period, you may notice dry, red or peeling skin. While this process can definitely test your patience, it is worth it to push through. 

A prescription retinoid comes in various strengths, most commonly 0.025, 0.05 or 0.1.   I recommend you start out at a low dosage, and you work your way up as your body can handle it. If you notice your skin getting irritated with the prescription retinoid, you may want to choose a medical-grade retinol. 

My personal favorite is the Alpha Ret Overnight by Skin Better Science.  Alpha Ret Overnight causes little to no irritation and is the perfect duo of Retinol and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. No matter which product you decide on, all Retinols and Retinoids have an active ingredient that is sensitive to sunlight. This is why you should always apply them at night and keep them stored in a darker place. 


While buying every anti-aging skincare product is the first step, adding them into your daily routine is the second. Consistency is key when it comes to seeing results and it all becomes so worth it when you do. If you have always wanted to try a Retinoid but have been wary of the side effects that may come along, this is your sign to try them out. You’re only a few serums and creams away from your dream youthful skin.

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Why collagen is your skin’s best friend.


COL-LA-GEN noun. 

The main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments. 

AKA your skin’s best friend. 

What is the purpose of collagen? 

Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body, and what it is most commonly known for is the strength and elasticity that it gives both our joints and more importantly, our skin. 

Collagen plays a large role in strengthening the skin. This is what gives us a firm face and helps diminish any formation of wrinkles. It is one of the key components in keeping a glowing and youthful look. 

If my body produces it, why do I need to try products with collagen?

Collagen is a protein that your body produces, however, by the time you turn 18 you are said to start losing 1% of your collagen each year. This is why as people age, you are able to visibly notice wrinkles, sagging skin and not quite the same youthful glow that they had in their early twenties. However, utilizing new-age treatments and adding products to your skin care routine will keep collagen alive and well for years to come. Who doesn’t want to keep their youthful glow? 

Collagen Necessities 

Sciton BBL

Getting a Sciton BBL treatment every 3-4 months has been proven to provide people with clearer, smoother and younger looking skin. 

This treatment uses innovative technology that uses light therapy to target any signs of aging, freckles, redness or sun damage that may be unwanted. With lasting results, zero recovery time, and the effectiveness on all areas of the body, it is very beneficial for anyone looking for their dream skin.

Sculptra Injections

Sculptra Injections are an injectable that gradually replaces lost collagen. Due to the increase in collagen, these injections are able to restore natural facial volume and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. 

It usually takes three treatments to notice results. Each treatment is spaces 1-12 weeks apart but results last for up to two years.  


A medical-grade retinol is another product that encourages the production of collagen and helps diminish any fine lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates the production of new blood vessels, which will help you keep an even skin tone. 

I always use Alpharet by Skin Better or a prescription Retin-A (Tretinoin). I would suggest you start at a lower dosage and gradually increase as tolerated. 


UVA and UVB rays are extremely harmful to your skin in more ways than one. Collagen production included. These rays speed up the process of breaking down collagen and that is why it is so important to add a sunblock to your morning skin care routine. 

My favorite sunblocks that I always recommend are the Elta MD Clear Tinted sunblock and the Neova Silk Sheer Tinted sunblock. 

Anti-Oxidant & Vitamin C

Utilizing Vitamin C and antioxidants will protect your skin from environmental pollution and will free radical damage that breaks down collagen. Vitamin C is a key nutrient needed in order for our bodies to build new collagen. 

I always recommend checking out SkinCeuticals PhloretinCF and Skin Better’s Alto Defense Serum


Microneedling is a collagen-stimulating treatment that is great for skin rejuvenation and comes along with great anti-aging benefits. In order to reap all of the benefits, it is crucial to get a microneedling treatment twice a year. 

Microneedling is a procedure that uses tiny needles to puncture the very first layer of your skin. While it may sound scary, it is far from it. By causing trauma to your skin, it allows your body to produce more collagen which in turn helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the texture of your skin. 

Collagen wrapped up. 

Tight skin, no wrinkles and a youthful glow is something everyone wants to continuously achieve. While utilizing all of these products and treatments will be the most beneficial, just using one or two routinely will lead to an evident difference. 

Booking a consultation can help get you educated on all things collagen and can help you come up with a perfect plan to keep your skin looking flawless and firm for years to come.