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Who is Alexis?

Alexis Fry is the founder of Skin Revival Clinic & your local Skin Guru. With 14 years’ experience as a Medical Aesthetician and over 18 years of experience in the beauty industry… it is safe to say she lives and breathes this industry.

Along side running the two Skin Revival locations and working to build the amazing team here, she also represents one of the world’s leading Medical Aesthetic device companies, Cynosure Lasers, as a Clinical Trainer here in Canada.

Ask Alexis a question by filling out the contact form to get one-on-one advice or, check out her blog posts for tips & tricks, behind the scenes and an insider view on all things beauty.

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Do you know how many times clients say to me “What, you don’t want my money?” and laugh when I tell them they don’t need something!

Just because it sounds good when you read about it online, or because your friend had it and loved it doesn’t mean it is what you need!

It is our job as a team to set proper expectations and make recommendations we feel confident in because we are happy when you are happy.

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As part of my goal for 2022, I wanted to stay more connected with as many of you as possible and share my expertise and knowledge in the field, just like I do when I travel to train in other clinics.

This blog is a place for me to share, stay in touch and answer the common questions I get in a day from both clients and industry professionals.

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  • So you want to talk about your pores….

    Okay, I am going to admit something… I absolutely hate when people ask me “How can I reduce my pores?” It’s not that it isn’t possible, but it’s more that for most of us…we don’t have an actual issue with our pore size. The issue is that social media and the hundreds of photo & video editing apps have made us as a society think we should have no pores. 

    Trust me, I love a good filter just as much as the next person…but we need to live sometimes in reality.  

    The reality is we all have pores! It is just straight-up FACTS! Now, this isn’t to say that some of you may not have larger than average, or a problem with textural issues…and yes, I can help with that…but for a good chunk of you, your pores my friend are normal, and you are beautiful!

    Let’s talk about why we get enlarged pores…

    We may like to pretend it isn’t a thing…but we are not as young as we once were! As we age the rate at which our body produces a new skin cell to the time that skin cell dies and naturally sheds off the surface of our skin gets longer. 

    When we are younger this process is much quicker, approximately one month. Studies have shown that for every year over 20, we add a day. So now that I am in my early thirties this process is taking 13 days longer. If you are in your 50s this process is taking 30 whole days longer. 

    What does this mean for your pores?

    The more dead skin cells that sit on our face the larger our pores will look. WHY? Because dead cells have more texture, they make our skin look dull and emphasize our pores. 

    Now before you go exfoliating your skin like a crazy person…

    Let’s talk about the right way to manage this….

    1) Embrace your natural skin oils. The natural oils in your skin need to be able to flow freely out of your pores. This means that hydration is always our first step. This goes for the water we drink and the products we put on our face. 

    I find so many people that struggle with blackheads try using acne products, which can make things worse. Any product that will be drying is going to cause the oils in our pores to harden, and hard oil is…you guessed it…. A blackhead!!! So instead of going for your chemical exfoliants, and acne washes opt to focus on hydration. 

    Now I know what some of you are thinking…. “I have blackheads and trust me my skin is oily!” Yes, this is a skin type I know very well. It is called oily dehydrated. Your skin is lacking in water and therefore your body is producing an excess of oil to try and hydrate itself. So, drink up and opt for a moisturizer high in things like hyaluronic acid and lower in oils and emollients. 

    It is all about trying to create that balance. When you wash your face, it should feel clean and fresh but never dry or tight. When you wake in the morning your face should have some natural oil and a slight dewy look to it.

    2) Learn your skin. There is no perfect formula for how frequently you need to exfoliate. Sorry, I know, I wish there was, but we are all unique and therefore your routine will be. I work with people all the time to help them determine the right balance, and even for me, it’s my best-educated guess. 

    For me, if I am honest… I couldn’t tell you when I exfoliated last. My skin doesn’t need it. Every once in a while I will see my skin getting dull and so I will give it a little love with my Vitamin C scrub

    Forget about the 2-3 times a week rule or even that “safe for daily use.” Product companies want you to use their products more often so you spend more money, so they will always tell you the max recommended amount that’s just business. For some of you, you may even need it, but for a lot of you, this is too much. 

    Listen to your skin. When it’s starting to feel a little rough, look a little dull, get a little greasier throughout the day than exfoliate. This may be once a week, once a month…only you can determine the frequency you need. 

    3) Speed up your skin’s cell turnover. One of the best ways to do this is to get regular facials, use a chemical exfoliant once a month or start using a retinol. 

    Now I could, and may, write an entire blog just on retinol but here is my advice. If you are under 30, just avoid it for now, or let’s talk first. If you are over 30 and finding your skin is dull, and the texture is not as nice start with a small dosage like Vivier 0.3%. Slowly increase the frequency in which you use it, once a week, twice a week, every 4 days, every 3 days… you get it. 

    Watch your skin during this process, add to the frequency if you are seeing continued benefits… smoother skin, better hydration, better oil flow, fewer blackheads and STOP if you start feeling dry, or have redness, etc…

    It’s a process, and I wish it wasn’t and really you need someone to walk you through it. This is why I usually tell people to forget about it unless I truly feel it is necessary for them. So many people have this notion that stronger, every day is better and it’s not. For example, even when I use to use it (I’ve stopped, my skin doesn’t need it) I only ever used it twice a week. I tried many times to get to daily use, but it just wasn’t for me. 

    4) Now if you have the skincare down and we’ve achieved balance some amazing resurfacing treatments can help shrink those pores up. Some of my favorites include laser facial, Potenza, chemical peel…. But this has been long enough and skincare and what we do with our skin every day is always the first step.

    If this resonates with you and you’ve been trying on your own and feeling overwhelmed about what to do with your skin, don’t stress it. Let’s talk! 

    Your Skin Revival

    Alexis Fry

  • That 21 days though…

    Anyone else getting PTSD from last January? When I hear them say, “We’ll stay here for 21 days…”, I wonder, how many hours are in your day?? Because that is definitely more than I have! In spite of all the jokes, I have decided to stay positive with the recent Ontario restrictions. Like I mentioned in my last blog, I would go insane if I focused on things that are out of my control. Therefore, I will not spend too much time on the subject; however, I thought it would be helpful to make a small post here to let you know how the current restrictions impact your experience.

    Virtual is always available!

    I will be working more from home over the next few weeks as my son transitions to remote learning. Virtual consultations are a great way for us to connect from the comfort of our homes and discuss all things skin related. Anyone interested in learning how to best utilize their skincare and addressing how simple lifestyle changes may have a big impact in the overall appearance of their skin can attend.

    In addition, we can talk about which services are applicable to you and create a plan together. This is 100% complimentary virtual skin consultation. My goal has always been to provide you with value and education so that you can feel confident in your decisions when it comes to your skin. It would be my absolute pleasure to connect with you online. If this sounds like something you need, let’s talk!

    In clinic appointments

    Your safety and the safety of our team members has always been our top priority. We will continue to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines and create an environment that you can feel safe coming to.

    Our capacity will be 50%, and we will only be available by appointment. The waiting room will be closed and appointments will be staggered so you can limit your contact with other guests. Please reschedule your appointment if you have any symptoms. The same applies to our staff, as well, and as such, we ask you to be understanding if we need to make changes to your appointments due to staff illness or loss of childcare.

    COVID-19 customer screening ( for the most up to date screening.

    On a positive note:

    So, enough of that! On a more positive note… I am looking forward to using my increased at home hours to begin creating healthy habits, learning as much information as I can and tackling the to do list.

    With this entire blog, I am breaking out of my comfort zone. If I am honest, grammar and spelling have never been strong suits of mine,which has held me back in the past.

    It wasn’t that I lacked knowledge to share, or things to say (let’s be real…I always have things to say haha) but I lacked confidence. I am not a writer… but who cares?

    There is no change where there is no action! Sometimes we know what we need to change, other times we have no idea except that we know something needs to change. What is holding you back?

    If you have things you want to change but are unsure of what to do, or do not know what to do next, let’s talk!

    Your skin revival, 

    Alexis Fry

  • Put the Happy in Happy New year!

    It’s a New Year and with it You will see endless posts about “New Year, New you” (even I just did it on my last post-haha) and endless resolutions. Usually to eat better, exercise more, take charge of your body, etc… If the New Year feels like a fresh start and the day to jump on the bandwagon and make some life-changing decisions, why not?

    However, having an intention and following through are very different things. I think we can all agree that new year’s resolutions are often laughable. The mindset that we already know we will likely fail is the biggest hindrance to following through.

    Because of this, I decided to not make any specific resolutions this year and instead focus on one thing… Happiness and ultimately my mindset. In order to reach this goal, you must create easy, manageable, and even more importantly, sustainable changes that are not overwhelming.

    I like to use the excuse of time a little too often. When in reality, Netflix, Prime video, Crave tv…OH, and my PVR would strongly disagree. It’s not that I lack time, it’s just that I don’t use it in the most effective manner. It is perfectly okay to sit down after a busy day and watch some tv…but for me, I know I get nothing from it. Nevertheless, it is a difficult habit to break.

    I have always loved reading books and listening to podcasts on business and mindset, on how to be a better manager, mother, partner. There are endless resources out there… we just need to take the information and execute it in our life. Sometimes easier said than done, I know!

    One of my favorite no BS motivational speakers is Rob Dial Jr. It’s easy to listen to him, he tells it like it is, and he lives what he preaches. This month I decided to do his Iron Mind 30-day challenge. Creating new habits takes time. In the same way, we can’t go to the gym one day or use a cream once and expect all our problems to magically disappear…we can’t change our mindset in the blink of an eye.

    I want to focus on how I feel, as well as how I make others feel because that is equally as significant. Focus on what makes me happy. It’s not just about being happy in the moment (like eating all the candy cane ice cream), but also about long-term happiness. Make more time to do those things and be around those people, and spend less time on all the other junk!

    There’s a trick I heard that I absolutely love: write your problems down…then, cross out the ones you can’t control and focus on the ones you can. In the past two years, I have needed this practice a lot and it has saved me from a great deal of stress and anxiety.

    The year 2022 can be a great year, we just need to make it so! It is all in the mind! I’m here to help you with anything you need! Let’s talk!

    Your skin revival, 

    Alexis Fry

  • New Year, New Focus

    Wow, can you believe 2021 is coming to an end already? I am pretty sure it was just the start of 2020 a couple of months ago! Is it just me??

    Part of my focus for 2022 is to spend more time doing the things I do best and to help my team grow and succeed in this industry that I love so much.

    When you’ve been in a career for so long, sometimes you start to just feel like you’re simply going through the motions.

    I love my team, and all of you are amazing, however, I haven’t felt challenged in some time. I absolutely love learning and am a complete technology nerd…so when the opportunity presented itself to become a clinical trainer for one of the worlds leading laser companies – CynoSure Lasers, I jumped! I figured; I’d figure out the how (timewise) later. Haha! 

    I’ve spent the last 6 months traveling around Eastern Canada training new clinics, and experienced clinics on cutting-edge technology. I’ve made countless connections and learned so much along the way. It is so refreshing to talk to other business owners, bounce ideas off each other, and grow this industry.

    At Skin Revival, I have been able to bring on multiple new laser hair removal devices in Ottawa, with Elite IQ (ARRIVING ANY DAY- YAY!!!), the most advanced radiofrequency machine TempSure & FlexSure, as well as the brand-new Potenza, which is a micro-needling radiofrequency device that I am extremely excited about. 

    I am excited to start sharing some of the behind-the-scenes with you all here. If you are on social media make sure to check me out on Instagram @yourskinrevival and the clinic @skinrevivalottawa

    And remember, if you have questions you think I should highlight here on the blog -Ask away!! I want this to be a resource for all of you and a fun way for me to share a little about what is going on with myself & Skin Revival. 

    Your skin revival, 

    Alexis Fry

  • Meet Alexis

    Hello everyone!!

    For those of you who do not know me, my name is Alexis Fry, and I am the founder of Skin Revival Clinic here in Ottawa, CA.

    Alongside working with my incredible team at our two locations, I also have the privilege to represent one of the world’s leading Medical Aesthetic device company Cynosure Lasers, as a Clinical Trainer here in Canada. 

    Having grown up around the beauty industry (working my way up from shampoo girl – represent!! Hehe). I was fortunate enough to know at a young age this was what I wanted to do.

    This job is a very rewarding one! I get to spend my days socializing with people, using my creative energy, and making others not only look their best but feel it too. There is nothing better than taking an insecurity away from another person, whether it be by clearing up acne, fixing scars, turning back the clock on aging… you name it, I will try and fix it!! 

    I have always been passionate about skin. The truth is clear skin has not come easy to me. My skin is reactive, I flare up with eczema & dermatitis, and acne breakouts if I am not careful with both what I put on my skin and what I put into my body.

    My skin is my tale, if I am too stressed, too busy, eating things I shouldn’t my skin sends me a lovely symbol of “get yourself in check” with pimples and red, itchy patches! So, trust me when I say I understand the pain points of annoying skin! I take a personal investment into everyone that my team and I work with. 

    Our face is something everyone sees. We have it for life, so let’s take care of it! Fashion trends, expensive purses, jewelry, and knickknacks we buy at Homesense come and go, haha…but our skin is forever! 

    I started Skin Revival in 2016, after running a successful franchise of another Medispa for 3 years. I wanted to create my brand, focus on the things I felt my team and I did best, and create an environment where people could trust our recommendations to always have their best interest at heart.

    There are a lot of clinics, and there are even some great ones here in our city, but there are also places that don’t always see the big picture. The long-term relationship, and trust you build by not trying to oversell or push products on people when they don’t need them.

    Do you know how many times clients say to me “What, you don’t want my money?” and laugh when I tell them they don’t need something!

    Just because it sounds good when you read about it online, or because your friend had it and loved it doesn’t mean it is what you need! It is our job as a team to set proper expectations and make recommendations we feel confident in because we are happy when you are happy. 

    As part of my goal for 2022, I wanted to stay more connected with as many of you as possible and share my expertise and knowledge in the field, just like I do when I travel to train in other clinics. This blog is a place for me to share, stay in touch and answer the common questions I get in a day from both clients and industry professionals. 

    Thank you all for following along & supporting my journey. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love every day. 

    Your skin revival, 

    Alexis Fry

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