Myths and Facts About Psoriasis

1 Mar

Understanding psoriasis may be very helpful in effectively treating the symptoms associated with the condition. There are several myths surrounding psoriasis and separating fact from fiction can be an eye-opening experience and may help those suffering from the condition better cope with psoriasis.

Is it Contagious?

No. Psoriasis is not a contagious disease. The exact cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, although malfunctioning T-cells in the body lead to the buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. These appear as red patches on the skin with silvery scales over them. Touching these scales or passing bodily fluids does not spread the disease.

Psoriasis Affects Only the Skin

False. This is actually a problem with the immune system, as T-cells that are supposed to only attack bacteria and viruses target healthy cells as well. This leads to the buildup of dead skin cells, as new skin cells move to the surface of the skin too quickly. The result is the scaly appearance of psoriasis.

Psoriasis is Not Curable

This is true. While treatments exist that may help to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis, there is no known cure for the disease.

Psoriasis is Due to Poor Hygiene

False. Psoriasis is due to a problem with the immune system and is not caused by poor hygiene. Weather, stress, obesity and smoking are common triggers of psoriasis, but hygiene has not been linked to the disease. If you have heard other myths that you would like to be confirmed or debunked, talk to a licensed physician or skincare professional. This is the best resource for information about psoriasis and other skin conditions.

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The Dangers of Double Dipping

26 Feb

The Double Dip

Those infamous wooden spatulas are disposable for good reason. Once they’re dipped into the wax and the wax is spread onto your skin, they should be tossed, and a new spatula should be used for each subsequent dip. Why? Wax is only heated to a temperature just above 40°, which isn’t hot enough to kill bacteria or viruses, any hotter would scald you. Once the spatula touches skin, dipping it back into the wax can potentially pass bacteria along with it. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to come in contact with anything that’s touched a stranger’s anything.
We all assume the worst thing we could leave a salon with would be misshapen eyebrows, badly painted nails or an un-even bikini line. However, the health risks associated with the beauty industry include viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and warts, as well as, conjunctivitis, bacterial and fungal infections.
At Off Whyte Skin Care Studio we use a fresh stick each and EVERY time without exception!
Your comfort and safety is not only our goal but our RESPONSIBILITY!
We use disposable tools when posible, and sanitize all reusable tools in hospital grade sanitizers..
Please ensure your therapist does the same!
To book your waxing appointment today call 780-988-8845

Microdermabrasion – 5 Reasons To Explore This Procedure

25 Feb

When you’re young, your skin is in wonderful shape. You don’t have any lines or wrinkles and your complexion is blemish free and soft to the touch. As time moves on, you begin to notice the changes in your skin and realize it’s not as fresh and glowing as it once was. If this is the case, explore the benefits of microdermabrasion.


When women think of improving their looks, often times, surgery may come to mind. However, there are a number of methods that do not require you to go under the knife. If you have things like sun damage, fine lines or a ton of freckles, you may not feel that good about your appearance. So to help remedy this problem, you may want to consider microdermabrasion. This procedure helps improve your looks by using a special technique that sloughs off old, dull skin, and exposes new, younger-looking skin. Best of all, you don’t have to get cut or sliced, pulled or tucked. With this procedure, a better appearance is closer than you think.

Helps you look younger

No one really wants to accept they’re getting older. But no matter what, it happens to everyone. The good thing is that you can fight the signs of aging every step of the way. One technique that is really gaining popularity is microdermabrasion. With this procedure, old, damaged skin will be exfoliated with a crystal-like material and a special tool. As a result, your skin will feel softer and look younger than ever before. In addition, the technique allows you to be on your way in no time – as opposed to trying to recover from a face-lift or some other surgery.

Boosts self confidence

Feeling good about yourself is extremely important. And if you feel great on the inside, but your outside doesn’t reflect your feelings, then it’s time to do something about it. Microdermabrasion is a special process that allows you to get younger-looking skin which can help you feel less self conscious about how you appear to the world. That’s because this procedure gets rid of all the things that can make you look older and more tired. For instance, if you have really dull, discolored skin, this process can improve those problems. And if you have other issues such as age spots, this procedure can help with that as well.

Less need to wear makeup

When your skin is in good shape, you need makeup less and less. So deciding to get this procedure can really boost your appearance and improve your skin. Having issues like large pores, acne scars and other blemishes can really cause your skin to look unappealing. Yet, with this process, your skin will be smoother and more even. Although you may not be ready to ditch your makeup all together, you won’t be so self-conscious if you so happen to be without it one day.

Less expensive than surgery

Although some people really think they want surgery, when the costs come into the picture, they may begin to have second thoughts. The problem is that many feel they cannot improve their appearance without going under the knife. However, microdermabrasion will help you enhance your looks without expensive surgery.

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Men’s Services

20 Jan

Now offering Brazilian Waxing to men too.


Halloween Makeup

11 Oct

Off Whyte offers special make up services for Halloween.

Call Ruth at 780 988 8845


20 Sep

All that glitters is now available at Off Whyte Skin Care Studio.

Crystal studed bangles and earings, long trendy necklaces, belts and hats can add that special sparkle to any outfit.

Stop by to browse and receive a complimentary paraffin hand treatment with any purchase.

See our other ads… they have specials listed!

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Beauty Survival Kit

3 Sep

Put these items in a small makeup bag in your purse so you always have them handy.If you have to pull an unexpected all nighter you will at least have the essential supplies.

  • Clear lip gloss or chap stick for soft kissable lips
  • Dental floss and a toothpick. There’s nothing more embarrassing than meeting the man of your dreams with spinach between your teeth!
  • Mini mouth wash. Garlic or coffee breath can be rinsed away before that job interview.
  • Perfume sample – so you can freshen up any time. Remember scent is the strongest memory trigger!
  • Mini hairspray. Never have a bad hair day!
  • Visine and coverup stick – not only gets the red out of tired eyes but can also tone down an angry red blemish enough to conceal it with a dab of coverup.
  • Kleenex – great for blotting lips and face to remove that four o’clock shine. Also you never know when allergies may hit.
  • Mini-lotion for those dry hands or flaky legs.
  • Clear nail polish to fix any runs or snags you may get in your hose. (It’s a good idea to keep an extra pair of hose in your car, just in case)
  • Travel size toothbrush and paste.
  • Mini sewing kit with safety pins. Be prepared for that loose button or a snag on your skirt!
  • Tampon or mini pad – just in case.
  • Bronzing powder. It can be used as blush or eyeshadow and even under clear gloss on your lips.
  • Mascara – in the event of a tear jerker movie.
  • Mini deodorant. Keep dry and fresh in any crisis. 

Skin Care and Injectables

30 Aug

Injectables such as collagen and fat can make fine lines or wrinkles disappear and plump up lips, cheeks and chins to give a more youthful appearance. However, these treatments can be dangerous and, even if you have no adverse reaction, may need to be repeated in just a few short weeks.

A better alternative for reducing wrinkles may be an effective dry skin care treatment such as a shielding lotion. Which option should you choose? It largely depends on the cause of the wrinkles – degeneration of the skin’s structure or simple damage from dry skin. The collagen and elastin structure or a reduced fat content caused by extreme weight loss can result in wrinkles, but, as often as not, they are caused by a breakdown in the natural protective coating that prevents moisture loss and dry skin. This in itself can cause wrinkles, but, as the coating breaks down and opens the door to chemicals, pollutants and harsh weather, the wrinkling process is greatly accelerated.

If you spend time in the sun or blustering cold, wear make-up, use soaps, lotions or moisturizers that contain any sort of chemical, or if your skin simply feels dry, chances are your fine lines and wrinkles would benefit from using a shielding lotion. Also, you’re addressing the root of the problem, instead of just getting a quick fix.

A good shielding lotion treats and prevents dry skin by bonding with the outer layer to form a protective layer. This locks in the skin’s natural moisture, protects it against damage from chemicals, sun and harsh weather and allows it to heal. If you decide on collagen injections, you first need to ensure that they are safe for you. Your doctor will usually inject a small amount in a test site and watch it for adverse reactions for three to four weeks.

If there is no redness, swelling, itching or other reaction during that time then you are probably safe. How long it will last is anybody’s guess. Eventually the collagen is metabolized into the rest of the body — it may take weeks or months. If in doubt, try the natural skin care route first. A good dry skin treatment is safer and less expensive than injections, and it may be all you really need.

Author, Gloria MacTaggart

Beautiful Brows

25 Aug

Your eyebrows frame your face, adding strength and definition.

Well groomed eyebrows enhance your beauty. You should pluck eyebrows before bedtime so any redness will disappear overnight. When shaping your eyebrows, the arch should line up with the outside of your iris.

Draw an imaginary line from the outside of your nose upwards to determine the inside of the brow and another line diagonal from the outside of your nose towards your temple to determine the end of the brow.

Use a white eye pencil to mark these with guidelines if desired.

Brush hairs in both directions to remove any loose hairs; then brush up the hairs to keep and downward on the ones you wish to remove. Use a pair of slant edge tweezers which grip hairs easily.

Pluck any hairs between the brows and any stragglers. Do not remove the hairs from above your eyebrows.

Pluck each hair individually close to the root, working in the direction of the growth. Always avoid over plucking. Less is more and a few hairs can make a huge difference.

To define your eyebrows choose a shade similar to your natural hair color. Use brow powder or a pencil that is a shade similar to your natural hair color to define the brows.

When using a pencil you should apply in small, feathered strokes. Starting at the inner corner work outwards. Blend the color with a brush.

To tame stray hairs just use hair gel or hair spray and comb through to neaten.

Keep in mind, your brows are sisters and not twins!

Why is Photo-Rejuvenation So Popular These Days?

23 Aug

Note: Photo-Rejuvenation is also called Photo Light Therapy or Red and Blue Light Therapy.

By Joniann Howell

LED photo rejuvenation is quickly becoming as widespread these days as baby boomers are prevalent. From your small estheticians offices, to day spas, to the latest and greatest med-spas, LED photo-rejuvenation is gaining public awareness as fast as new reality shows are being TiVo-ed in every home across America.

What is LED photorejuvenation? It’s the interaction of light delivered through light emitting diodes that activate the cell receptors causing them to produce collagen and elastin. It’s non-invasive; it’s safe and one of the best natural skin rejuvenation therapies available. It helps to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne and makes the universal “50 going on 30 something malady” a veritable reality for those who partake.

With so many procedures out there why would anyone choose photo rejuvenation? Why not laser? Especially when there are so many laser treatments out there. Everywhere you turn you see laser face this and laser face that, from laser facials, to laser resurfacing, to laser skin treatment, to laser photo facials, to laser, laser, laser, LASER! What is the difference and which one works?

As a matter of fact around the mid-90’s when laser treatments first came out, I myself jumped on the bandwagon. Having been blessed by a genetic line of long-legged, tall, slender bodies, I unfortunately was not blessed when it came to vein free, pigment free or even blemish free skin, but that’s another subject for another time and definitely a subject for LED photo rejuvenation.

Back to laser skin treatment here. I remember when I was quite young and of a somewhat smaller stature, peering at my Grandmother’s legs and wondering what all those little red lines were. It was like someone had taken a thin red crayon and made random little scribbles all over her legs. Never in my adolescent dreams did I imagine my perfectly bronzed, strong, youthful legs would ever look like that, much less in my early 30’s, not to mention all the sunspots on my once perfect hands that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. So, after a bit of research I learned that laser therapy uses light beams, which are pulsed onto the veins to seal them off, causing them to dissolve and make the little red veins disappear.

By the way, LED photo rejuvenation, known only to the avant-garde of scientists at that point, had not yet been borne nor even conceived by the general public. So laser skin treatment… why not. Painless, safe, so they say, and right down the street from my office was the latest and greatest laser treatment clinic. Off I went one sunny afternoon, willing, hopeful and feeling somewhat extraordinary for indulging in this purported fashionable laser treatment. Baring my red scribbled legs and sun-spotted hands… laser treatment here I come!

There is something to be said about being first on the esthetic camouflage march. Unfortunately laser skin treatment at that time was not quite as tried as it may be nowadays, although every dermatologist I talk to nowadays says laser treatment is NOT the way to go for spider veins or sunspots. I still have the mementos today and if you were here I could show you. Little tiny scars on the backs of my hands where the sunspots still are! And the spider veins, well to tell you the truth, not a one disappeared. So LED photo rejuvenation here I come!

Red and Blue Light Therapy is available at Off Whyte Skin Care Studio.

Joniann Howell, the driving force behind LightStim, has thousands of subscribers benefitting from a safe, natural, well-documented technique known as LED Photo Rejuvenation, which promotes the skin’s own natural repair system.For more information please visit