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Sunscreen. The Good. The Bad, and the Ugly

We’ve been conditioned to believe that sun exposure has a negative impact on our health. However, as with most things in life, moderation is key. You needn’t barricade yourself in a dark room to protect your skin. In fact, sunlight is essential in helping our bodies produce the crucial nutrient, Vitamin D. Without Vitamin D, a whole myriad of conditions can rear their ugly heads. Obviously, too much of a good thing is, well… too much.

This is Why It’s Important to Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure.
Our hands and face are particularly vulnerable to sun damage since they receive most of the exposure to the sun’s rays. On this end of the spectrum, overexposure can lead to accelerated aging, manifesting in visible signs such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Additionally, on a much more serious scale, excessive, prolonged sun exposure can raise the risk for skin cancers, such as carcinomas and melanomas.

Naturally Protected
The advances made in sun protection have evolved in leaps and bounds in the last few years. Achieving a healthy, sunkissed glow while still shielding your skin from sun damage is easier than ever. The best part is, all of this can be attained with the use of natural earth-based ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These mineral-based ingredients have been used for decades to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays, but now their unsurpassed sun protection benefits are available without the white pastiness.

Be aware of the fact that many commercial sunblocks on the market contain chemicals that can have a negative impact on your health.

Common ones to avoid include hormone disrupters like Oxybenzone and Oxtinoxate. The chemical Octocrylene is particularly irritating to sensitive skin, causing reactions, so should also be avoided. Other ingredients such as Avobenzone and Homosalate break down easily, making your sunscreen less stable.

Remember, it’s all about finding the safest and the perfect sunscreen that will suit your skin. So you can be sun ready and healthy at the same time!

Finding the Good. What to Look for in a Sunscreen
How do you choose the right sunscreen for your needs? Here are some general guidelines that can help you decide on the best options for your requirements and lifestyle:

Consider how long you’ll be out in the sun. SPF (sun protection factor) helps determine how long you can safely remain in the sun before overexposure becomes an issue. For instance, if you spend the majority of your time indoors, with short periods of time outside, a sunscreen offering an SPF of 15 may be adequate. On the other hand, if you spend a lot of time outside, you’ll want to kick it up a few notches to ensure that you don’t outstay the effectiveness of your sunscreen. You should always re-apply every 2 hours.

Use a product tailored to your lifestyle. If you’re active and sweat a lot, finding a sweat/waterproof sunscreen is going to be essential to ensuring full protection. Perhaps you just need a light sunscreen to wear under your makeup. Many are formulated for sensitive skin and to be non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores).

Natural is usually better. A sunscreen that contains “supportive” ingredients in addition to a natural SPF can actually help improve your skin’s health. Look for products that contain botanicals and natural ingredients.

Choosing a sunscreen that’s just right for you should be easy. Follow these tips and guidelines, and you’ll be on your way to healthier, protected skin!

Our Healthy Sunscreens


Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is optimal for all skin types including oily or acne-prone skin. This pharmaceutical grade water-based facial sunscreen provides true broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and SPF 30 protection in a light, sheer formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin. This elegant formulation is ideal for daily use and may be used alone, under makeup, on compromised skin post-procedure or with photosensitive medications.

– Provides daily UV protection for environmentally challenged skin
– Provides true broad-spectrum UVA, UVB and SPF 30 protection
– Elegant formulation optimal for use either alone or under makeup
– Great for all skin types including oily or acne-prone skin
– Ideal for use post-procedure or with photosensitive medications
– Light, sheer, water-based formula absorbs quickly into the skin
– Fragrance-freeVivier Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45

Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is a silky, soft and weightless pharmaceutical-grade sunscreen. It contains a unique combination of UV filters that provide a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, powerful antioxidants and silica which gives it a sheer, soft-touch texture. It spreads evenly onto the skin and dries quickly, leaving no residue. Ideal for all skin types, even post-procedure.

– Pharmaceutical-grade broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
– Matte, soft touch texture with a weightless, no-residue finish
– Essential part of daily skin care
– Ideal for use alone or with makeup
– Can be used following a Vivier Peel™ or non-ablative in-office procedures
– Ideal for all skin types, even post-procedure
– Oil-free, fragrance-free, PABA-free and recommended by physicians




Wrinkles and Blotchiness

Wrinkles and Blotchiness

Willie-600You don’t have to compromise your rugged good looks to the effects of time. Aging is a natural process, but sometimes the word “graceful” doesn’t enter into the equation.

Men’s skin may be thicker, but it can still show the ravages of the environment. Sun exposure, pollution and other factors can contribute to premature aging through deep lines, wrinkles and blotchiness, making it difficult for you to show the real you.

Luckily, there is a variety of solutions available to correct these issues without surgery or other highly invasive procedures.


Not just for women, Botox® is an excellent choice if you’re looking to lessen your laugh lines or relieve tired skin around the eyes. It’s also great for the jawline, forehead and around the mouth. By targeting the nerves in the injection areas, Botox® interrupts the signals that pull your skin into the creases and lines that can tack on the years.

Botox® is an outpatient procedure, using injections of Botox® solution in focalized areas. The best part is it lasts for several months, allowing you to go about your daily life without worrying about keeping a rigid treatment schedule.


For sagging skin, deep lines or other areas that can benefit from “plumping”, fillers may become your new best friend.

Using substances that are compatible with your tissue, but not quickly absorbed by the body, your specialist will carefully inject these fillers into problem spots, instantly restoring fullness and youthfulness.

Fillers are also incredibly useful for restoring the appearance of thinning hands and fingers. Fillers need to be repeated to maintain optimum results; your specialist can recommend the best option for your desired outcome, budget and lifestyle.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)/Photorejuvenation

If you’d like to even out your skin tone, whether it be due to sun spots and exposure, freckling, spider veins, birthmarks or general aging changes, fine lines or even dark hair, you can rest assured that safe, effective treatment is yours. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses non-ablative, non-invasive high intensity pulses of light to target and eliminate a wide range of visible aging signs.

Photorejuvenation requires a series of treatments to obtain maximum results.

Regardless of which products and procedures you choose to use, our specialists can help guide you toward the perfect choices for your budget and lifestyle. You deserve to look and feel your best and we’re here to help you achieve that goal!

Top 7 Facts You Should Know About Lasers

Not all lasers are created equal.

Over the years I have learned a lot about lasers used in the cosmetic business. Here are some of the pearls I have learned since buying my first laser in 2006.

1. Not all lasers are created equal.
This means that just because a place owns a laser, it does not mean that you will get the same results from the procedure. Each laser has different capabilities. Some are more powerful than others. It’s like buying a car, a Mercedes doesn’t have the same specs as a Ford or GM.

2. The person operating the laser needs to be well trained.
Lasers are powerful machines and in the wrong hands can harm you. Unwanted side effects like burns, scars and eye damage can occur. Ineffective treatments can cost a lot of money and be a big disappointment.

3. Certain skin types need specialized treatment.
Dark pigmented skin may require testing prior to being treated. Brown skin can burn easier if not properly assessed. Again, a well trained operator is essential to prevent this from happening.

4. Different lasers are needed to accomplish different treatments.
In order to remove hair, remove pigmentation or remove tattoos one must have the appropriate laser to do the treatment effectively. In order to remove a tattoo a ‘Q switch’ laser is required. While to remove pigmentation an ‘Intense pulsed light (IPL) type’ machines is used.

5. Lasers need regular maintenance and service.
If lasers are not kept in good working order they can lose their power and effectiveness. Like any kind of technology things wear out and need repair or replacing.

6. All lasers hurt the same.
While a lot of laser treatments can be uncomfortable, not all feel the same. Some lasers have a built in cooling mechanism to help prevent damage to the skin. Other times anaesthetic needs to be applied before the treatment. For example, tattoo removal is best done when the skin is “frozen” with local anaesthetic. Only a licensed medical doctor can inject this type of anaesthetic.

If a treatment hurts too much, chances are you can’t sit through it to be effective and you won’t return to finish the job.

7. The number of treatments needed depends on the quality of the machine.
This point brings us full circle to point number one, that not all lasers are created equal. There are many types of lasers on the market. It is difficult to know what is fact or fiction. Laser companies can promote their laser on the internet and they can sound marvellous.

Bottom line
When considering laser treatments get a recommendation from a friend, go to someone you trust and do your homework before signing up.

-Marianna Switchuk, MD

PRP Platelet Rich Plasma


PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a natural product created from our own body. It is a new alternative medical aesthetic treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing capacity.


PRP is a relatively simple process. A patient’s own blood is placed into a centrifuge that rotates at high speed separating red and white blood cells from the platelets and the plasma. Next the physician takes the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)portion of the blood and injects it directly into the patient’s areas of concern and the treatment is complete.


  • Crepe-like skin
  • Eye Area
  • Fine lines and Wrinkles
  • Textural Improvement
  • Dull Dry Skin
  • Back of Hands
  • Full Face Regeneration
  • Decollete


The full collagen regeneration takes 6 months. Improvement of skin texture and tone are noticeable within 3 weeks.



Minimal swelling, bruising and redness for the first 24 hours are normal. A bruise may develop from needle injection site and should dissolve in a week’s time. Other side effects that could occur due to the needle injection are: pain, infection, and bruising. Avoid aspirin for 10 days prior to treatment, anti-inflammatory medication should be avoided as well for the first 5 days to minimize bruising.


PRP is not suitable for patients who

  • Smoke
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Platelet or clotting disorders
  • Acute or chronic infections
  • Severe systemic disease e.g. cancer or undergoing chemotherapy
  • Chronic liver pathology
  • On anti-coagulant or anti-platelet therapy e.g. aspirin, warfarin
  • Autoimmune disorders


PRP is 100% your own cells and therefore there is no risk of allergy or rejection. PRP is inherently safe and is suitable for all skin tones.




New Year. New You.

New Year, New You

Each year is a blessing. However, the march of time does have its effects on our skin and youthfulness.

As our face loses volume from ordinary activities like sleeping on it, we can become more drawn looking and told we look tired. Furrows get deeper and at times make us appear angry when in fact we are not.

Our face is like a billboard and hence open to interpretation by others. How do you wish to be viewed?

Angry and tired looking? Or refreshed and happy? Fortunately, you have choices.

JUVÉDERM enhancement fillers help with restoring volume to the face in a natural, unassuming way.

It is made of naturally occurring complex sugar molecules called Hyaluronic Acid, HA for short. There is no foreign material in the product and over time breaks down without leaving lumps. Reactions to JUVÉDERM are rare.

The result you get is dependent on your injector. Putting too much filler into the wrong place can make your face look unnatural. Knowing anatomy and using proper techniques are key to achieving great results. Know about the experience of your injector. Price should not be the only deciding factor when it comes to choosing cosmetic procedures. Get a recommendation, search for ratings and ask questions.

At Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre, Dr Marianna Switchuk, M.D. has been injecting enhancement fillers for over 10 years. She is an expert in the field of cosmetic rejuvenation and has the scientific knowledge as well as an artistic flare. Combining both art and science to this procedure leaves clients with natural, healthy looking results.

See what Monarch clients are saying about enhancement filler procedures by checking our testimonials.

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Botox® Facts

Did you know …

Did you know that Botox® is the Original?

Botox® is a brand name drug made by company Allergan®. It is the original brand and has been around for decades. There are now a few other “Botox-like” drugs on the market called Dysport®and Xeomin®.

Essentially they are the same with small differences and different dosing required to get the same effect. They are pretty much last the same duration and have the same effect in spite of what they say.

monarchmariannaDr. Marianna Switchuk
Let me introduce myself for all who haven’t yet met me.

I’m Dr. Marianna and I was trained in 2003 on using and dosing Botox®. I choose to use it over the others for the simple fact that it works, and I know how it reacts.

The best part is that it comes from a very reputable company.

Botox® is Diluted by the Injector

Botox-Box-and-LogoInquiring minds should know …

Botox® and the other brands come delivered in a “freeze dried” form. They have to be reconstituted with sterile normal saline (diluted with salt water) to get the concentration needed to be effective. This is done by the injector. So “one Unit” at one clinic may be slightly different than “one Unit” at another clinic.

Botox® is a Licensed Drug

Botox is a licensed drug and requires a physician to “prescribe it”. So when you get injected, the understanding is that a doctor will see you first and then advise how much should be used, etc. Under the current rules that govern professionals, nurses cannot prescribe Botox or the other drugs.

Common Questions

Isn’t Botox a poison and will make you ill?
Botox® is a purified toxin which paralyzing muscles. If you ingest the bacteria orally you can get sick with Botulism or food poisoning. When you get Botox® it is injected in select muscle groups to paralyze their movements. For examples, crow’s feet or frown lines between the eyes.

Won’t I look worse, if I don’t continue on using it?
In fact, the opposite is true. Once you have been using Botox® for a while, you in fact, can require less. The muscles that have been injected get weaker and eventually require less Botox®.

In summary…

So there you have it – the scoop on Botox®. It’s nothing to be afraid of and could possibly help you look and feel better about yourself. After all – who says we need to age gracefully? Why not do everything you can to stave off the ravages of time?

For a free consultation and to find out if you are a candidate for Botox®, just call our office at 905-388-2400.

What Causes Sun Damage?

How does the sun affect aging? One of the main causes of premature aging of the skin is exposure to sunlight, which subjects the skin to UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can even damage collagen and elastin fibers, which are essential components of health younger-looking skin. UVB rays affect the outer layer of the skin and are the main cause of sunburn.



Early signs of sun damage include the appearance of fine lines around the eyes and mouth, as well as freckles on the face and décolleté. An uneven pigmentation is apparent and the lips start to lose their natural colour and volume.

Over time sun damage can lead to deep wrinkles, sagging skin or the appearance of age spots on the face or hands.

1. Protect skin when outside, between 11 – 3 pm when rays are strongest.
2. Seek shade.
3. Don’t forget to protect your ears, hands, back of neck, and feet.
4. Wear clothing that covers as much of the skin as possible.
5. Wear a hat.
6. Wear a min. of SPF 30 UVA and UVB broad spectrum sunscreen.
7. Avoid burning your skin when outdoors.
8. Wear sunglasses that block 100% UVA and UVB rays to protect delicate eye contour.
9. Apply an SPF 30 lip balm.
10. Avoid indoor tanning.


Inspired by the hormetic approach, based on the synergy of an innovative antioxidant complex formulation.

• Hydrates skin prone to dryness from various environmental stressors.
• Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Improves skin uniformity and elasticity, resulting in a radiant and natural glow.

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A high-quality sunscreen is the least expensive anti-aging program available today. This sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Protects against free radical damage.
• For all skin types
• Fragrance free
• Gentle on your skin

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sunscreen3VITAL C 10% + PEPTIDES SERUM
Faced with daily pollutants, the skin’s repair and protective capacities are progressively reduced causing the skin to age prematurely.

• Protects skin against abuse of the elements
• Diminishes appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
• Visibly revitalizes the skin, improves elasticity, minimizes wrinkles

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