If you follow along on my Snapchat channel (sydneysocias) then you would have seen my appointment with Project Skin MD yesterday – and you may have also caught me sharing some very personal details regarding the state of my skin and the troubles it’s been causing as of late. It’s been a long-awaited process and one that will take some work and time on my part, but that I’m very fortunate, thankful and SO happy to be working through.

Project Skin is a centre for dermatology, laser and anti-aging medicine and home to North America’s first SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa. If you remember this post where I shared my skincare regime, you know that I am a huge believer in SkinCeuticals products – they seriously work like magic.

And while I have used SkinCeuticals for years with little issue, I’ve recently been dealing with non-stop breakouts which have lead to scarring and mild rosacea. Not to mention I was diagnosed with melasma above my lip two years ago and it’s something I’m constantly working to protect and keep to minimum visibility… Then tack on the fact that my job requires a lot of on-camera moments, photos, videos….. you can imagine how embarrassing and self conscious it can be to have skin issues to hide from the world.

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SO, last week I met with Dr. McGillivray to discuss my options and he set me up with a personalized regime to help manage these issues day-to-day (see below for updated SkinCeuticals regiment). Then we booked the Vascular Laser treatment, which was what I had done yesterday! It only took 20 minutes and was virtually painless. What the Vascular Laser treatment does is to target facial veins, vessels and red spots/scarring using laser energy and zaps them until they are no longer visible. While it effectively addresses a multitude of vascular lesions on the face (and body), in my case we wanted to diffuse any redness I’d been experiencing, help diminish the appearance of acne scars and help calm the melasma above my lip.

Since I just had the treatment yesterday, it’s too soon to tell how much it’s really made a difference in the clarity of my skin. Project Skin recommends doing a series of treatments, however each case is different and there have been many patients who have seen incredible improvements after just one session. We will have to see to find out!

I hope you found this post helpful, if you can relate to some of the issues I’ve been having. Please feel free to comment with any questions you have, I’m always happy to answer them. My goal for this summer is to be able to be foundation-free and this is just the first step!

While I was at Project Skin the team caught me up on some of the top skincare products you shouldn’t live without this summer, so I thought you’d like to know too:




  • Reply Mindy Thompson May 13, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Wow – this treatment sounds really beneficial. I too have been having some new skin problems lately and have been exploring dermatology options. I need to check this out further! Xoxo Mindy

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Let me know if you need any info or had any questions! Glad to know someone can relate. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Amanda | Glitter & Spice May 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Woah this is such #officegoals! I’ve always loved SkinCeuticals – I definitely want to try a few of your suggestions.
    XO Amanda |

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I know, the space is unreal! Thank you for your comment Amanda!

  • Reply Brittany May 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    This treatment sounds amazing! I am going to have to try some of your suggested skin products! Thanks for sharing!


    Brittany || The Everyday B.

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thank YOU for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products – tried them all :)

  • Reply Stephanie Peers May 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, this place looks GORGEOUS! Can I move in?? Beautiful blog design too! Stephanie x

  • Reply Maggie May 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Okay, this sounds awesome!! This might be something I should look into…

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Let me know if you have questions about anything! Happy to help if I can. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Meggan May 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Love this post! I did a BBL treatment a few months ago and loved it! So important to take care of our skin. xx

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 10:38 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for your comment xx

  • Reply Samantha May 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Love this post! I always have so many skin care questions and it looks like this is a wonderful treatment! I’m interested to see how you find the results. Happy Friday!

    • Reply Sydney Socias May 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Well let me know if I can help you with anything!! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Adaleta Avdic May 14, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    This is such a beautiful post, with lots of detail AND A LOT of beautiful photos. The office looks incredible. I’ve honestly never seen a cuter doctor’s office of any kind, so kudos to Project Skin for having excellent taste in decorations. I think my biggest concern is maintaining my time in the sun. Since I live in AZ, it’s hot ALL THE TIME and I really need to be careful not to let the sun hit me too much so I don’t end up with worse problems down the road! xx Adaleta Avdic

  • Reply Sarah Zerbe May 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I have been thinking about getting a medical grade facial myself.

  • Reply Elise May 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    omg your photos are amazing!!! Also, I didn’t know a doctor’s office could look so chic. Hope you enjoyed the treatment.

  • Reply Alicia January 15, 2017 at 5:42 pm


    Thanks for sharing your experience. Had a facial there last week and it was great, such a nice space. Did you have any issues after getting the Excel-V treatment? I have an appointment on Tuesday at Project Skin for this for some mild redness/scarring and I’m feeling a little nervous about swelling/bruising. What was the recovery time like afterwards for you?

    • Reply Sydney Socias January 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Alicia! I’m so happy you’re getting their help, you are in the best hands!!
      Don’t be nervous! I’ve had 3 (so far) and don’t feel anything afterward. I never had any swelling or bruising, just a little redness that went away fairly quickly. I experienced little to no downtime at all. Let me know how your appointment goes! XO

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