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Customized treatment regimens from a North County San Diego dermatologist to help you look great at any age

All skin is not created the same. Each person’s distinctive physiology determine tone, texture, thickness, and how skin reacts to environmental influences. Board-Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Amanda Lloyd, creates customized treatment regimens, tailored to the unique complexions and lifestyles of patients in Encinitas and throughout the North County San Diego area.
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About skin

Skin is amazing and complex. We couldn’t live without it! Skin is your largest organ, protecting your insides from the outside world. It filters pollutants and regulates body temperature. Every facet of your life, from diet to stress, and where you live, affects your skin.

Skin exists in a constant growth state, with cells continually dying as new cells form. That gives you daily opportunities to improve the condition of your skin.

Three Products that are Essential to your Skin Care Routine

Three Products that are Essential to your Skin Care Routine - Encinitas CA
Listen to Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Amanda Lloyd and Ms. Earth for 2018 Corinne Devin talk about the three products that are mandatory for any skincare routine – sunscreen, antioxidants, and moisturizer. They are essential in an area like California, where the harsh sunlight can damage the skin. Dry or oily, your skin needs these products.
Dr. Lloyd:       I’m Dr. Amanda Lloyd and I am here with Ms. Earth and we are going to talk about our favorite skincare products.

Ms. Earth:      That’s right Dr. Lloyd I am thrilled I’m Corinne Devin and I’m the 2018 current reigning Ms. Earth. I’m so excited to tell you about the things that make my skin look fantastic and fabulous for every video, photoshoot, appearance, you name it! Especially since Mother Nature cannot always b so kind on a day to day basis.

Dr. Lloyd:       The first product we are going to talk about today that is essential to everyone’s daily routine is sunscreen. We want to wear sunscreen because the UV rays damage the skin they cause brown spots and red spots and can make you look old and tired when you are not old and tired.

Ms. Earth:       Oh! I could not agree more with that Amanda. Being blonde haired and blue eyes in Southern California, the sun is like fertilizer for my skin. For me, my favorite product is EltaMD Clear. It comes in clear and tinted so, the days where I don’t have time to do full makeup and I still want to have something but still know I’m protecting my skin. This product tome is a game changer. So the EltaMD clear broad spectrum again why do I want broad you just said it before UVA and UVB. SO guess what, two for the price of one, you can’t beat it.

Dr. Lloyd:       I absolutely agree Corinne. Having a sunscreen that is both tinted and clear depending on what you’re wanting to do is really important. It’s a game changer; it is such a game changer. In this world where you’re trying to do everything whether you’re a mom, a business owner, or you’re running an empire and you need products that are only good for you but are good for your skin and are going to last. So, what product do you find works great for you and a lot of your patients?

Ms. Earth:       My favorite sunscreen is the La Roche Posay mineral tinted sunscreen. I like the tint because I’m busy and I often don’t have time to put on makeup. So I just throw this on whether I’m going to work, going to playgroup, going to wherever and it’s got my skin good to go. It is broad spectrum, SPF 50 and it covers me and my skin is protected from the sun.

Sunscreen – ELTA MS Skin Care, La Roche Posay – Laboratoire Dermatologique

Dr. Lloyd:      The 2nd product that is essential to your skincare routine is an antioxidant.

Ms. Earth:       Oh my gosh! Antioxidants! I hear everyone talking about antioxidants. What exactly is an antioxidant Dr. Lloyd?

Dr. Lloyd:       Good question. antioxidants are compounds that you put on your skin to protect it from the sun’s rays. The UV rays come down and hit your skin and cause free radicals which are like ping pong balls that bounce around and damage your collagen and elastin. Which makes you look older and more tired which you definitely don’t want. There are lot of antioxidants out there but there are only 3 with some sciences behind them.

Ms. Earth:       Lots of antioxidants – so many! I feel like my head is spinning! How do I know which ones I am supposed to even use? Where do I start? What are the best antioxidants that I should use for my skin and everyone should use for their skin?

Dr. Lloyd:       The 3 best ones – the three with the most data behind them are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and iron.

Ms. Earth:       Okay!

Dr. Lloyd:       Now you can find lots of pouts that have 2 or 1 or a combination of them. Vitamin C is a little bit tricky because it degrades when sunlight hits it. So you have to find one that is photo-stable. There is actually quite a lot to picking the product. But lucky for you, my favorite one is SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic. It smells a little bit odd but once you get used to that, it does a great job. It is photo-stable and it protects your skin from the sun.

Ms. Devin:       Oh my gosh! This is great. Now, I have to tell you guys I have actually tried this one as a recommendation from dr. Lloyd and I got to tell you, guess what this smells like bacon. You’re thinking, wait a second bacon! But let’s be honest – who doesn’t love bacon on everything? I mean you put bacon on anything and it makes it so good! So putting something on my skin that smells like bacon may sound Cray but a little bit goes a long way and it isn’t actually bacon

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Devin:       I’ve noticed like a droplet goes a long way. This whole bottle lasts me like 6 months.

Dr. Lloyd:       It lasts quite a long time.

Ms. Devin:       So yes it might be a little bit of a splurge but to me finding something that has everything versus buying multiple products.

Dr. Lloyd:       Right, totally.

Ms. Devin:       Trying to find each right ingredient, and then one may degrade another. Finding one product with all 3, that is huge.

Dr. Lloyd:       Yep time saver.

Ms. Devin:       Time saver. So again, this and a sunscreen. Is that all I need for day to day wear?

Dr. Lloyd:       In the morning yes. That is all you need, an antioxidant and then your sunscreen and it’s tinted then you are good to go!

Ms. Devin:       That’s fantastic.as you can tell, she’s a busy woman on the go as am I as Ms. Earth and I got to tell you, for me that is such great advice to know. It only takes 2 products every day to start your day right.


Dr. Lloyd:       So the third product is a nighttime product that is essential to your routine because you’ve got to hydrate while you sleep.

Ms. Devin:       Why would I need to hydrate during my sleep? Isn’t me just throwing on anything on my skin better than nothing at all Dr. Lloyd?

Dr. Lloyd:       Well something is better than nothing. But if you think of your sin as floaties ties on a pool, you want your lo floaties to be blown up and pretty because they sit so much nicer on the pool. Whereas, when they’re deflated, they are wrinkly and not as pretty. Your skin cells are like those floaties. why you hydrate overnight you’re replacing the hydration, the moisture, the ceramides, the fatty acids, and all of the nice things that your skin needs to be plump and supple. It’s sinking in overnight, getting your skin ready to go for the next day.

Ms. Devin:       So you are telling me that if I do a really great skin product, it’s like I’m giving myself my own personalized skin treatment every single night while I am sleeping?

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes, exactly.

Ms. Devin:       So that is fantastic because let’s be honest, how many of us get 8 hours of sleep or even 6? And you’re a mom so, I know unlikely.

Dr. Lloyd:       Just a few.

Ms. Devin:       Yeah, if they can work for the 6 hours that I’m sleeping, that is more than I’ve got during the day. What are some of the products that you recommend to your patient? Or products that you use that you find give you the most bang for your buck when you’re sleeping?

Dr. Lloyd:       There are 2 moisturizers that I recommend, and it depends on whether or not your skin is oily or more dry. For the more oily patients I love the Restorsea Rebalancing Lotion. It has moisture in it and it does a great job at rebalancing the skin. It’s got it in the name, it takes the dryness that has happened from the toxins, the wind and the life living.

Ms. Devin:       Mother nature!

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Devin:       Which we can all tell, the struggle is real no matter where you live.

Dr. Lloyd:       Exactly. It balances out the hydration. It has an enzyme called Aquabeatine XL which helps to gently exfoliate the dead skin cells off, to give your skin that healthy glow, and it hydrates it back to its normal balance look.

Ms. Devin:       Okay, fantastic. I started using a product that you recommended; I have dry skin which makes me feel like I am going to be very withered. Let’s be honest, genetics is one thing but we all like looking refreshed, like we just got back from vacation, that we got that 8 hours of sleep, that we know really didn’t happen. For me, I have actually really enjoyed the SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore Cream. What is in this product that you’ve found works so well for my skin being so dry that you recommend it for people like me with dry skin?

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes the Triple Lipid is fabulous because it has like the name says, triple lipid. So, it has 3 lipids which really help to pull in and lock in the moisture.

Ms. Devin:       Okay.

Dr. Lloyd:       It also has ceramides and hyaluronic acid which help to hydrate the skin. It has some peptides which increase collagen and elastin production to improve fine lines and wrinkles. It is doing all of this while you’re sleeping at night, getting you ready for the next day.

Ms. Devin:       You know that is such great news because as Ms. Earth, I am traveling to Morocco Africa, I am hiking Mt Etna I am living life to the fullest. It is great knowing that even though I am taking on Mother Nature, no matter what she throws our way, I’m still able to put something good and nourishing on my skin at the end of the day. So I am ready for the next challenge.

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Devin:      That is fantastic!

Dr. Lloyd:       With these 3 products: a sunscreen, an antioxidant and a moisturizer, that has got you set, Three things. A simple routine. Anybody can do it – it takes 5 minutes maximum.

Ms. Devin:       I love it that is perfect for someone like me who is on the go and constantly traveling or working. This is fantastic especially since these also come in travel size!

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Devin:       Fantastic. That is perfect. I can’t say more about these products. I personally use them myself and as Ms. Earth I could not be more happy to recommend them. Thank you.

Dr. Lloyd:      I recommend them as well. Thank you so much 1.Sunscreen 2. Antioxidant 3. Moisturizer

Three Cosmetic Procedures You Can Not Live Without

Three Cosmetic Procedures You Can Not Live Without - Encinitas CA
Three cosmetic procedures that take years off your skin, making the skin look healthier and youthful. Fast, easy, and effective they are:
1. Clear and Brilliant with Laser Genesis
2. ExcelV Laser
3. Botox
Dr. Amanda Lloyd and Ms. Earth 2018 Corinne Devin swear by these procedures. Watch this video to learn why.
Dr. Lloyd:       I’m Dr. Amanda Lloyd and I am a board-certified dermatologist and we are going to talk about the three procedures that Ms. Earth and I cannot live without.

Ms. Earth:       I could not agree more. I’m Corrine Devin the 2018 current reigning Ms. Earth and I am so excited because I have had each of these procedures done and let me tell you, they have shaved years off my skin. They have fooled the gene pool and as a girl who is blond-haired and blue eyed with very fair skinned, these procedures have not only made my skin healthier but also provide more youthful.

Dr. Lloyd:       So, the first procedure that I recommended for pretty much everybody since there is really no one that it is contraindicated for, is the Clear and Brilliant with Laser Genesis. This is great because it builds collagen.

Ms. Earth:       Okay

Dr. Lloyd:       And that helps to decrease fine lines and wrinkles.

Ms. Earth:       Yay for that!

Dr. Lloyd:       Exactly, it does it in two layers the Clear and Brilliant does the superficial cleaning of the pores, toning the skin, and the Laser Genesis goes deeper building collagen to decrease those fine lines and wrinkles.

Ms. Earth:       I think that’s great! Clear and Brilliant. Who doesn’t like that with skin, with food, with traveling. Actually, guys believe it or not, I had Clear and Brilliant done last week, right before I went to a conference and I’ve got to tell you, no one even knew. I mean I left with a sun-kissed glow and then the next day I put on makeup and I just went about my business. So, as a very busy working woman, constantly on the go, to me this has been awesome. I have even done this before, I hopped on an airplane. So, she is absolutely right! I mean, who doesn’t love having that youthful, plump, glow. It’s like I got back from vacation from Bali or Tahiti except I came back with better skin and no sunburn.

Dr. Lloyd:       Exactly it’s a great laser, there is no downtime, it’s relatively painless and it’s easy to have done. It takes about an hour and a half here in the office, that includes numbing time and treatment, you’re out the and you’re a little bit red for like 30 minutes and then you’ve got this beautiful glow to your skin and you’ve built collagen! You have helped keep your skin healthy.

Ms. Earth:       Oh, my gosh! Fast, effective, easy, absolutely I can’t wait for next one next month.

Dr. Lloyd:       The second procedure that we can’t live without is the Excel V Laser. Now this laser is fantastic because it treats red and brown.

Ms. Earth:       Oh, yay for that! Oh, my goodness red and brown. So, what do you mean by red and brown? Are you talking about spots? Can you tell us a little bit more Dr. Lloyd?

Dr. Lloyd:       Most definitely! So, we are talking about red spots, little red vessels on the skin and then the brown spots from the sun. You know we live in sunny Southern California we get lots of sun; we get lots of red and lots of brown spots. There are studies that show when your face has lots of red and brown spots or your body or wherever, you look older than if your face is clear and has no red and brown. So, the Excel V is definitely something to have done to help clear up your complexion and give you that nice youthful glow.

Ms. Earth:       Well, I like to think of it as the Excellent Laser because for me and my family we have red spots—so thank you genetics! But also, thank you Dr. Lloyd because those are becoming a thing of the past thanks to Excel V.

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes.

Ms. Earth:       I can personally attest, you’re right. When I see people’s faces with red dots and brown spots everywhere it really does add years to their age—it adds years to the face. I get it we all want to look very distinguished, but let’s be honest if this is something we can change, why not? Who doesn’t love that beautiful porcelain skin? Let’s be honest, we still want to live our lives we still want to go outside and have adventures and it is nice to know that maybe, when we’re not so good at wearing our sunscreen, and now that we’re older we have a way to have remediation for that.

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes, it helps to reverse the changes of time a little bit more effectively than topical creams or moisturizers. Things you can do topically which do help maintain things but if you need a little more “oomph” the Excel V does a great job at helping to reverse the clock and get rid of some of those spots you’ve accumulated over time.

Ms. Earth:      That is great. Redemption absolutely is what this laser had done for me and I can personally attest. To me, I am so glad that this laser exists and if they ever come back, I know exactly which laser is going to take care of it.

Dr. Lloyd:       Exactly.

Dr. Lloyd:       So, the third product that we cannot live without and I think this one is actually my favorite is Botox. Botox works by relaxing the muscles so that the skin can recover which gets rid of those fine lines and wrinkles that we really don’t want.

Ms. Earth:       Oh, my gosh that sounds amazing! But Dr. Lloyd where do most people get Botox done? Like where do you find that a lot of your clients find that Botox makes a huge difference?

Dr. Lloyd:       Everybody gets wrinkles a little bit differently, but some of the main areas are the frown lines here, the forehead lines, and the crow’s feet.

Ms. Earth:       Okay, so right here.

Dr. Lloyd:       Those are the main 3 areas. For me, I get the forehead lines and I cannot stand them! I just keep my Botox there; my forehead moves a little bit but not too much and I have no lines, which is fantastic.

Ms. Earth:       You know, I’ve got to tell you guys, I personally was a little scared about getting Botox because I feel that, it sometimes gets a bad rep, people think you look a little too done—but for me if it is done right and it’s done by a board-certified dermatologist—

Dr. Lloyd:       Definitely.

Ms. Earth:       —the difference is that imagine that you woke up after 8 hours of sleep, your skin is rested it look refreshed. So, for me, people think you have really great skin and little do they know that a little bit of Botox goes a long way.

Dr. Lloyd:       Definitely.

Ms. Earth:       So, for me, it’s more of just looking like you have got great skin like you got the genetics that maybe you didn’t have. It is something that makes you look more rested over time, so for me, I totally agree. It is a game changer; it has definitely made me not only look good but feel good.

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Earth:       We all need that self-confidence.

Dr. Lloyd:       Right.

Ms. Earth:       I totally agree with you; Botox has definitely done that.

Dr. Lloyd:       The one additional benefit to Botox that we didn’t talk about it is that it also helps to prevent wrinkles! If you have wrinkles already, it does fantastic at relaxing the skin, so the skin can recover and the wrinkles go away.

Ms. Earth:       Oh, fantastic!

Dr. Lloyd:       But if you don’t have wrinkles in a certain area, or at all, you can use a small amount of Botox to give yourself that refreshed relaxed look and prevent wrinkles from coming.

Ms. Earth:       Oh, my gosh, prevention and correction—

Dr. Lloyd:       Yes

Ms. Earth:       —just from one product? That is just amazing!
Healthy skin is comfortable. It wards off potential diseases, and it heals rapidly. Healthy skin also resists signs of aging irregular pigmentation, rough texture, thinning, laxity, lines, and wrinkles.

Five-step approach

Dr. Lloyd has developed a specialized approach to make sure skin gets the care it deserves:

  • EvaluationSkin is carefully examined and analyzed for pore size, moisture content, pigmentation, and signs of aging.
  • GoalsYour concerns are just as important as the doctor’s findings. She takes plenty of time to understand what you like and don’t like about your skin.
  • Health checkBefore aesthetic treatment begins, Dr. Lloyd makes sure your skin is free of cancers or pre-cancers. She talks with you about treatment for other dermatology issues such as psoriasis or eczema.
  • Immediate actionTogether, you and the doctor prioritize your goals and decide on a plan of action to start your rejuvenation.
  • Long-term planA long-term treatment regimen is designed to slow signs of aging and help you maintain a radiant, healthy complexion indefinitely.

Age gracefully with non-surgical skin treatment regimens from Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas. Call (760) 642-6674 (new patients) or (760) 452-2080 (existing patients).

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Meet Dr. Amanda Lloyd


Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Amanda Lloyd has expertise ranging from cosmetic to cancerous. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Medical Degree and Dermatology residency, she established the Skin & Vein Institute in Encinitas, CA. She is an authority on cosmetic dermatology and injectables, laser therapies, venous disease treatments and skin cancer surgery with cosmetic reconstruction. Additional training with Mohs Surgery and cosmetic dermatology fellowship, many published articles and textbook chapters have enhanced her profile.

Dr. Lloyd’s well-rounded approach to skin care, health, and appearance and membership in many dermatology associations have gained her respect among peers. She regularly lectures her peers at the dermatologic national meetings.

She has earned her patients trust as a dermatology authority who wants to make them look their best so they Look Stunning, Always.

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