We are a Surrey Colorescience® seller, located in the heart of Central City (near the SFU campus, outside Vancouver, B.C.). If you’re looking to get your hands on these amazing, good-for-you cosmetics, we offer them in a brick-and-mortar setting for immediate gratification, or even ‘emergency’ fill ups (like, if you’re going on vacation and need the sun protection a.s.a.p.).
Or, if you prefer, we can ship them to you via phone order. Call us at (604) 580 2464 to get started. We offer free shipping on orders over $300 CAD.
If you’ve never heard of Colorescience® before, prepare to be impressed (especially all you beauty gurus and makeup artists out there). It’s a clinical cosmetic line providing beneficial, proven skin care products that often include facial coverage, too. They’re a lot like mineral makeup (but better, seriously – keep reading below to find out why). They’re sold through exclusive retailers (often medical spas), and not in typical makeup stores.
More importantly, these products provide high-grade, broad-spectrum SPF, in easy-to-use applications – namely the renowned Sunforgettable® Brush-on Shield powder SPF. It’s unlike most sunscreens out there; it can go over your makeup, for easy reapplication all day long (which you’re supposed to do, by the way)
Keep reading to learn more about the Colorescience® brand, and its noteworthy, award-winning cosmetics.
Why does your laser clinic offer Colorescience® and not other brands of makeup?
Colorescience® makeup and skincare products were designed to be suitable for ‘post procedure skin.’ This means the brand’s foundational product concept is that, after deep exfoliating or laser skin treatments, people still want to put on makeup, even if they’re technically ‘not supposed to.’ So they break that rule. Because…who wouldn’t when they look red and need to get on with life?
The makers of Colorescience® gave those patients a solution: completely natural coverage that would not inflame skin or cause side effects. Instead, it would protect skin, and sometimes, even improve the results of treatments.
The other major reason the Colorescience® brand is recommended at our clinic, is that its products contain high SPF ratings, for both UVB and UVA protection. After skin revitalization treatments, it is crucial to protect newly exposed layers of the dermis from UV rays. This means re-applying sunscreen at least every 2 hours, if not more often.
As medical practitioners, we all know that our recommendations are only worth their value if patients can, realistically, stick to them. We call this compliance. So, we look for ways to make at-home health routines as easy as possible for people.
We know that the reapplication of sunscreen several times a day can be impractical to do when you’re wearing makeup, to look presentable on your outings, or when your skin is also feeling ‘raw’ and easily irritable. Ingredients like drying alcohol in most over-the-counter products can make your skin feel worse, or cause longer healing times. Then, socalled, ‘regular’ mineral makeup applied in layers all day, can make your face look ‘cakey.’ But, lotion-based sunscreens will just dilute your coverage, sacrificing the makeup you need to feel confident when leaving the house. What a conundrum!
So, items like the Sunforgettable® Brush-On Shield Total Protection™ powder SPF 50 offer a great alternative to all these problems.
Now, why not other brands of mineral makeup? We feel that none of them can compare to the quality and effectiveness found in Colorescience® formulas (some have even been clinically studied and published, and we doctors look at things like that). Make no mistake – cosmetic brands are not all the same, even if their labels boast similar ingredient lists. Studies and experiments have shown this – even simple ones, such as the popular, ‘purity water test.’ The question is, really, ‘what else is in these products, and how much of them are pure?’
More about the Colorescience® ingredients and technologies is explained below.
Is Colorescience® a prescription product line?
While Colorescience® is usually recommended by doctors who perform laser skin procedures, such as at our Surrey clinic, it is not a prescription product. However, the line is safe for anyone to use – even kids.
The reason the brand’s beauty products are considered ‘medically safe’ (if you will), is because of their purity. They are unlikely to affect skin that has been sensitized due to recent med-spa treatments, or that is sensitive all the time. This means they can be utilized on most people who want coverage, or to improve their skin’s condition, without causing side-effects.
After most of our Surrey med-spa treatments, we apply Colorescience® products on our patients, so they can ‘face the world’ with confidence when they leave our clinic. Our complimentary, after-care service utilizes a special collection of Colorescience® items, which compose what the brand calls, the Finishing Touch™ Protocol.
What is there to love about Colorescience® makeup for everyday wear?
Colorescience® is designed to be skincare first, and makeup second. That means it’s so safe, and sometimes even good for your skin, that you can sleep with it on, or use it on kids. What about the colourants? All natural! No dyes!
All Colorescience® products are free of the common, ‘bad guy’ chemicals often complained about by environmentalists and ‘go green’ advocates. So, no “parabens, phytates, synthetic fragrance, talc, dyes, mineral oils, drying alcohols [or] chemical sunscreen.” All Colorescience® products are safe for the ocean. Many are also vegan and gluten free. They’re hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
The Colorescience® SPF products are not just useful for UVA and UVB protection (which cause cancer at their worst, and photoaging at their best). They also protect against the newer suspected skin agers, such as blue light (HEV), infrared radiation and pollutants. Colorescience® products’ main ‘workhorse’ minerals are potent forms of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. But, they also include other beneficial ingredients such as iron oxides, anti-oxidants and often, even hyaluronic acid, for moisturization.
Some Colorescience® products, namely the skin treatments, are designed to improve skin conditions over time (with a minimum of 12 weeks continual usage, as directed). This means they can better the results of clinical procedures, to protect your investment in your skin. These include the All Calm™ Clinical Redness Corrector, the Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector®, the Pep Up® Collagen Renewal Face and Neck Treatment and the Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy cream.
What are the best Colorescience® products to start with?
Our favourite Colorescience® products (sold at our Surrey clinic) are the ones we almost always recommend after a procedure. These include SPF protectors, skin treatments, and makeup that you can wear safely when your skin is sensitive, post-treatment.
The Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ line:
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ products are not just any type of sunscreen. Aside from high Sun Protection Factor (SPF) ratings, they also include PA+++ ratings (this is high; a PA++++ product is rare).
What does that mean? The products give you protection from both UVB and UVA rays, which can cause cancer. Essentially, the term “broad spectrum” on sunscreen labels refer to the protection of skin against both UVB and UVA rays. But the traditional SPF rating only covers UVB rays. That’s why the more modern, PA+++ rating is so important – it covers UVA rays. You can read more about sun protection ratings here.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ products include another registered trademark term, called “EnviroScreen® Technology.” This is, essentially, a special way of making natural sunscreen with patented zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, plus iron oxide formulas. The formula doesn’t leave white marks on the skin, like the ‘old days,’ when forms of these ingredients were new to sun protection. But EnviroScreen® Technology goes beyond sun protection. It uses even more ingredients to protect against pollution, HEV light and infrared radiation as well.
Finally, Colorescience® sunscreens are water resistant and come with added benefits, such as hydrators, vitamins and antioxidants, to help your skin’s overall health. They are oil free and hypoallergenic.
The top, Sunforgettable® products to keep in your purse include:
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 (with Body Shield option)
This is a mineral, ‘lotion’ type, facial sunscreen that works on all skin types and tones. It goes on after moisturizing (especially for dry skin), but before foundation or Colorescience® perfector treatments. It should, ideally, be followed up with Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-on Shield throughout the day, for proper sun protection.
If you’re looking for the same kind of protection for your body, try the Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Body Shield SPF 50.
Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-on Shield SPF 50
This is an award-winning, mineral powder sunscreen. It looks a lot like loose powder foundation, but it’s not. Yes, it has tinted options to go with your skin type, but it doesn’t add that much colour to your face, the way mineral makeup would.
This is probably the most iconic, popular product that makes Colorescience® as a whole, stand out from the crowd. The idea here is to make sunscreen reapplication a regular routine, while being realistic about the fact that makeup-wearers can’t easily spread wet lotion all over their face every 2 hours.
This product goes on after makeup, and throughout the day.
One important note is that there is a bit of a ‘trick’ to getting this powder sunscreen out of its packaging. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy – and if we may also say – super ingenious. Here’s a video on how it works.
Other Sunforgettable® products
The other Sunforgettable line of products are still amazing. However, they come at SPF 30 (not as high as the Total Protection™ items, at SPF 50). While they use the older, Colorescience® Daily UV Protector™, they don’t contain the more superior, EnviroScreen® Technology. These are:
- Daily UV Protector SPF 30 Whipped Mineral Sunscreen (a tinted lotion sunscreen)
- Sunforgettable® Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 30
Colorescience® skin treatment products:
The next category of Colorescience® products we would recommend are the ongoing facial improvement lines. These are designed as treatments for skin pigmentation, redness, dark eye circles or skin laxity. They work best when used in a strict regimen. They have also been studied for their ability to improve the results of med-spa treatments.
Even Up® Clinical Pigment Perfector® Sunscreen
While yes, this is a tinted sunscreen with SPF 50, it is special more-so because of its ability to reduce brown spots and signs of sun damage. In addition to the immediate, makeup-like coverage it gives, it also uses a clinically-tested skin brightener called LUMIRA®, for ongoing treatment of discolouration.
Here’s a published study on how well the product performed, 4 and 8 weeks after a light-based beauty treatment:
And here’s a published study on how well the product improved hyperpigmentation after 12 weeks of general use:
Even Up® is meant to be used before your regular makeup application (it is water resistant up to 40 minutes). It can replace Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50, but still needs the reapplication of sunscreen every two hours, at least. For reapplication, you can use more Even Up® (for better complexion correction over time), or go with Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-on Shield SPF 50, for convenience (see above for more on the latter).
All Calm™ Clinical Redness Corrector SPF 50
Also a broad-spectrum, SPF 50 sunscreen for your morning, pre-makeup routine, this day cream is awesome for sensitive skin – especially the kind that is affected by rosacea and redness. It contains a formula called BioSolace™, which is a blend of vitamins and plant-based extracts to moisturize and soothe skin, which can thus reduce redness. Even better, it contains chromium oxide for green undertones, to minimize the look of redness that’s already there. So, you don’t need to use a primer in addition to it. That said, this is a different formula than the Colorescience® Calming Perfector facial primer (in case you’re looking for something like that instead).
For more information on how All Calm™ works, including photos of before-and-afters, see the following PDF:
Throughout the day, remember to keep using a brush-on sunscreen for optimal sun protection. UV exposure can inflame the sources of redness in sensitive skin.
Note: please don’t try mixing Even Up® with All Calm™, as the results have not been tested. Stick to the one for your skin needs. If the colour of either is not quite right for you, these can be mixed with a touch of Tint du Soleil™ SPF 30 Whipped Foundation, in your correct shade, for an easy adjustment.
Pep Up® Collagen Renewal Face & Neck Treatment
Another clinically-studied product, Pep Up® is not a sunscreen, but rather a non-tinted face cream to improve collagen for skin firmness and smoothness. It is an excellent choice for night time routines, or as an initial face cream before putting on SPF mineral makeup (but after cleansing well). The ingredients in Pep Up® include Decaplex-10® (a blend of 10 different peptides), as the main collagen-builder. It also has Lipochroman® and Physavie® for antioxidant protection against free radicals, pollution and infrared radiation. Plus, it includes hyaluronic acid and betaine (in a formula called, Phytomoist) for extreme, oil-free moisturization.
Participants a study behind this product noticed a 78% improvement in skin tightening after 12 weeks. In another study, 84% saw improvement in laxity, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation after 4 weeks. 85% noticed better hydration after 4 weeks.
Total Eye® 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35
This is a broad-spectrum, PA+++ and SPF 35 sunscreen for the eyes that also acts as a primer and treatment against dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. Ingredients in this product include Beautifeye™ (a special plant extract formula), SYN-EYE® (a peptide and vitamin blend), Aldavine™ 5X (a polysaccharide blend), Phytomoist (a hyaluronic acid and betaine compound) and Actineyes (a sea water and marine microalgae mixture).
Part of the secret in Total Eye® is also with the cooling, metal-tip applicator, which should always be used with it (don’t just pump out the cream and dab with your finger).
The Total Eye® formula has a peach tint, giving light coverage for use under a concealer or foundation, if you need the extra boost of lightening in that area. Some people are happy with the Total Eye® coverage alone.
95% of Total Eye® users saw visible improvements in multiple areas of ‘under eye problems,’ after just 4 weeks of regular use. That included improvement with dark circles, puffiness, crow’s feet, or skin firmness.
For more information on testing results, recommended use, and photos of before-and-afters see the following PDF:
Total Eye® is meant to be used twice daily. Yes – that means even at night. Don’t let its coloured tint fool you into thinking it’s makeup – it’s not. It’s an eye skin treatment.
Colorescience® healthy mineral makeup & primer
Finally, Colorescience® produces great, ‘healthy’ makeup alternatives to your foundation, eyeliner, mascara and other common cosmetics found in most makeup bags. These aren’t necessarily for sun protection (though some still have it). Instead, their benefit is that they are likely going to be better for your skin and health, given their ingredients, or lack of ingredients, compared to some other brands.
These amazing, essential cosmetics for your daily make-up routine include:
- Natural Finish Pressed Foundation SPF 20
- Tint du Soleil™ SPF 30 Whipped Foundation
- Mineral Corrector Palette SPF 20
- Loose Mineral Foundation Brush SPF 20
- Bronzing Perfector Face Primer SPF 20
- Calming Perfector Face Primer SPF 20
- Brightening Perfector Face Primer SPF 20
- Mattifying Perfector Face Primer SPF 20
- Lip Shine SPF 35 (multiple colours)
- Hydrating Mist
- Champagne Kiss Illuminator
- Morning Glow Illuminator
- Pressed Mineral Bronzer
- Beauty On The Go Palette
- Eye & Brow Palette
The Colorescience® brand is an evolutionary one – it doesn’t stay static. This is to say that new products and formulas are being produced from time-to-time. The above list is meant to be an example of what’s available, but not a comprehensive, nor necessarily an up-to-date list. Do check with us in case new items are released! Or better yet, be in-the-know by signing up for our e-newsletter!
How long do I need to use Colorescience® products after laser treatments and beauty procedures?
This can depend on the treatment you’ve had with us, as well as your skin’s condition before and after a procedure. We almost always use the Colorescience® Finishing Touch™ Protocol after treatments at our clinic, which is completely complimentary. This is so you can leave without feeling like everyone will notice you had something done that day. During our cosmetic application, we’ll explain the products we’re using on you, and the ones we think you’ll need, as well as why.
Other than that, we recommend following the instructions for best results on the individual labels given with each Colorescience® product. Most are meant to last around two to three months, with regular, typical usage. Some can last much longer (like the makeup palettes).
That said, since many of our customers use cosmetics in their daily life, we can’t say enough about the benefits of Colorescience® as an everyday option to switch to. If it’s safe for post-procedure skin, it’ll be safe – not to mention beneficial – for day-to-day wear. These cosmetics are clinically-proven at being effective for improving skin conditions, which can’t be said for a lot of over-the-counter alternatives (even if they are made with minerals, or boast some of the other claims that Colorescience® says about their brand, such as being hypoallergenic, chemical-free, etc.)
Whether or not you’ve had treatments with us, without a doubt, you should always use broad-spectrum, high SPF sunscreen – even in winter, and even if you’re not sunbathing. This is a ‘non-negotiable,’ unless you never leave your house or see the sun! Colorescience® offers a high-quality, and easy-to-use option for this.
What are your prices for Colorescience® products in Surrey?
We offer typical pricing for Colorescience® products in Canada, as do most providers of this high-end cosmetic line. They are not more expensive than anywhere else, nor heavily discounted (except in the case of promotions). If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on our clinic specials (which will include other offers and news), we recommend signing up for our email newsletter!
In general, the price-range for Colorescience® products is not far off from other high-end skincare brands.
Regardless of where you buy your Colorescience® products, we would advise against looking for steep discounts on this brand. These products do have expiry dates, and there are knock-offs out there. An extremely low price should create suspicion as to the quality of what you’re getting.
Can you ship Colorescience® products to my home?
Yes we can! Give our clinic a call, with a credit card ready, and we’ll set you up! 1 (604) 580 2464. We ship anywhere in Canada, and offer free shipping on orders over $300 CAD.
We don’t currently offer online sales of Colorescience® products.
However, like any other store, we do stand by what we sell you. We’re also happy to explain these products and answer any other questions you have. Our priority is to be a service provider, first and foremost, and then a product seller – not the other way around.
Why should I buy Colorescience® products from BC Laser and Skincare Clinic, and not another place?
The main reason people enjoy buying Colorescience® in Surrey from us, is that we make it easy and convenient to do so, especially for clients who come in for clinical beauty treatments. In fact, we’ve won the Colorescience® “Top Provider” award, twice.
For one, we make it possible to touch-and-feel, and test the products before buying them. You don’t have to pre-order or wait for shipping to arrive, either; we have stock on hand for you to take home today. We have an entire makeup counter, like a mini pop-up shop, devoted entirely to Colorescience®.
Moreover, as mentioned above, we are a service provider, and not just a store. We take the time to sit down with you, to explain these products. We’ll give you a personal consultation to assess the items you’ll need, too. Technically, this is the ‘right’ way to sell Colorescience®. That’s because the line is not a typical, over-the-counter commodity. It comes with real, visible effects when used as part of your skincare routine. Remember, Colorescience® is skincare first, and makeup second.
As part of our service, we also remind our clients when it’s time to restock their favourite Colorescience® or SkinMedica® products. We call to find out if they’re working for you, or if we can offer you alternate solutions. These are not just sales calls; they are genuine follow ups, which we feel are an essential part of any medical-based beauty service. But, if you don’t want to hear from us, it’s no problem! Just let us know!
While you can buy Colorescience® online, note that the brand’s main e-commerce channels are for U.S.A. customers. This can affect the price you are offered, due to currency fluctuations, as well as the shipping rates or times.
Colorescience® itself does not condone buying its products from retailers not on its approved retailer list. However, all of these third-party sellers are, still, tailored towards U.S.A.-based customers.
In general, buying Colorescience® on sites like Amazon.ca, or ‘seller marketplaces,’ (like Walmart.ca, etc.), is suspicious, at least to us. These products should be in original packaging, and should not be close to expiry when they are sold. High end providers, like our clinic, keep a careful eye on inventory, to avoid these issues. Without the name-brand recognition and reputation to uphold, it’s hard to say what you’ll get ‘out there,’ when it comes to a brand as specific as Colorescience®.
Plus, if something goes wrong, buying from us means you’ll have someone you can call! We’re real humans, running a real, brick-and-mortar business. You can even visit us in person, if you need to.