We recently attended a seasonal soiree at South Granville’s Project Skin MD which doubled as their 1st Anniversary party. As one of the city’s leading centres for dermatology, anti-aging and laser medical services, Project Skin MD is a definite go-to spot for skincare help.
Tucked just off boutique-laden Granville Street, the Project Skin MD offices sit perched above and away from it all. A quick zip up their private elevator transports customers and patients to a swanky second floor reception lounge that fuses New York sophistication with plenty of West Coast charm. It’s a serene setting that perfectly befits the relaxed and professional nature of the staff on hand to provide expert non-surgical consultations and treatments.
Just in time for the seasonal shift, we were keen to score a few skincare and product tips from Dr. William McGillivray. As Medical Director of Project Skin MD with more than 15 years working in aesthetic medicine, non-surgical treatments and cutting-edge skincare technologies, Dr. McGillivray knows skincare.
With the holiday party scene, change in weather and ample late nights soon to be upon us, we quizzed him on products that’ll help transform skin for the season. Here are Dr. McGillivray’s top skincare selects that can easily be picked up at their 1495 W. 11th Avenue location…
Sara Happ Lip Scrub and Lip Slip
Lip softness requires buffing out the ‘chap’ and veiling tender lip skin in pure moisture. The Sara Happ 2-step sugar scrub + luxe balm renews lips to such a tender state you’ll wish you could kiss yourself! ($30)
St. Tropez Sunless Tanning Mousse
The only tan recommended by your dermatologist. St. Tropez has mastered the art of sunless tanning with a formulation that guarantees a natural bronze and easy application thanks to a patented guide-colour. Apply before any special event and transform into a more exotic version of yourself! ($50)
Sonic skin cleansing from the engineers of Sonicare Toothbrush. Twice a day, lift away dull skin and pore-clogging debris to maintain your ‘glow.’ Clarisonic PRO cleanses 6x more effectively than manual cleansing, reduces 2x more oil than manual cleansing, and improves the penetration of active ingredients in skincare by up to 61%. Plus, there is a customized brush head for every skin type, including delicate skin with rosacea and acne. ($259)
Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 or 50 Brush-on Mineral Sunscreen
Some 90% of aging is a result of sun exposure and over 90% of UVA rays penetrate glass. SPF is needed daily all year long. Gone are the days of chemical sunscreens with greasy finishes and tendencies to provoke blemishes and skin irritations. All-mineral, paraben-free options are ruling the market. This unique powder mineral sunscreen will replace your makeup powder for easy SPF + mattifying touch-ups through all four seasons – from Spring Break down South to Winter on the slopes of Whistler. A translucent shimmer option is also available for an extra festive touch. ($66 to $72)
Hydrating B5 Masque (At-home)
Holiday celebrations take a toll on your body and skin. Beat the dehydrated skin hangover and winter dullness with regular applications of SkinCeuticals’ Hydrating B5 Masque. This altogether unique at-home mask infuses skin with nourishing vitamins and botanicals to relieve dry, chapped skin and revive your complexion. ($64)