Skin Care Regimens

Skin care is a process - not a product!

At Spring Skin we believe that skin care should:

  • Be simple
  • Cost effective
  • Supported by science

Think dental care:  We all know how to show up daily as an integral part of our dental hygiene.  And we know that if we forget to floss and brush – that we will pay dearly.

Think skin care:  Although we may be showing up daily, many of us drop the ball regarding proper care of our skin because we simply just dont understand how.   Confusion regarding skin products and cosmeceuticals is common – and the multi-billion dollar Beauty industry contributes to much of the white noise and misinformation that gets served to us.  Most people fret over what moisturizer to use – and yet do little to protect or nourish their skin.

At Spring Skin we have made specific choices in skin care lines and products that are worth your investment.  They include multiple but simple elements that contribute towards an effective skin care regimen.

Dr vanVliet’s Favourite Skin Care Regimens

AM regimen:

  • gentle cleanse
  • Vitamin C&E
  • ZO Daily 
  • Broad spec SPF

PM Regimen:

  • gentle cleanse
  • Vitamin C&E
  • Retinol
  • Gentle AHA

First and foremost!
Protect: Starts with Sun Protection!

It may not sound sexy, but sunscreen should be foundational to your skin care regimen every day and all year round. Think of sun protection as an insurance policy against future skin cancers and for maintaining your skin’s health. Skin health in turn subtends skin Beauty.

We all want radiant skin in the summer, with a beautiful sun-kissed healthy glow and less make-up. And although the sun may feel good for our souls – its not so great for our skin.

In much of BC, including Salt Spring island, our climate is temperate enough that you cannot rely on the sense of HEAT to let you know your skin is burning and getting damaged – even in the summer. And while most of us know to be smart when we’re on the beach we need to remember to bring the same vigilance to protecting our skin while running errands or going for a hike. The sun doesnt know or care what you are doing – in all situations the sun can do its damage! in the short run as a sunburn – in the long run as skin cancers, wrinkles and aging spots.

Be Sun Smart:

  1. Wear a broad rimmed hat and sunglasses
  2. Wear sun protective clothing
  3. Apply broad-spec SPF of 30 or higher; and re-apply every 2 hours or as needed
  4. Apply topical anti-oxidants to your skin to super-charge the efficacy of your sun screen

Inflammaging of skin occurs when oxidative stress, left unchecked, damages our skin. This happens when free radicals are formed due to exposure to pollutants, toxins and UV light that bombard our skin. These free radicals are unstable, toxic substances that can do much damage and inflammaging of our skin.

Repair and Nourish your Skin


  • Anti-oxidants are antidotes to free radical formation, helping to neutralize them before they do their damage to your skin.
  • Anti-oxidant rich skin can be achieved with an anti-oxidant rich diet, supplements, and most potently with special topical formulations of anti-oxidants.
  • Vitamin C is a free radical quencher for skin and it needs to be specially formulated in the right concentrations so that it can do its job.
  • Vitamin C and E work synergistically to scavenge free radicals.
  • Antioxidants dont replace the need for your sunscreen but they help your sunscreen work better to prevent sunburns and damage. They essentially supercharge the efficacy of your sunscreen to protect you – a very potent anti-aging combination!
  • Peptides: There are many different peptides, but all of them are proteins, that can help with collagen production and skin rejuvenation
  • Retinol, Retinoids and Retinoic acid is the one class of ingredients that contain Vitamin A and have decades of solid scientific date behind them.  Formulations have been improved over the years and they are now much more effective and well tolerated.  They help normalize skin cell turnover, improve collagen production, stabilize pigment and help to brighten the skin

The most potent Anti-Aging Combination of Skin Care Treatments:

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF>30) + Topical Anti-Oxidants

Some of our favourite Skin Products

Skin Medica Products:

  1. Vit C&E:  This anti-oxidant formulation contains one of the highest concentrations of vitamins C + E to provide extraordinary protection against free radical damage.  It is fragrance free,  highly moisturizing and it brightens your skin.  Just apply one squirt to your skin before you apply your sunscreen – and you’re all set.  No moisturizer needed.
  2. HA5:  HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator works by providing continuous skin hydration.  Unlike other hyaluronic acid (HA) serums that only temporarily moisturize the surface, HA5 has 5 different forms of HA that work synergistically to provide instant smoothing results and continuous hydration throughout the day.  Apply HA5 after cleansing and topical application of antioxidants – then apply your SPF last.
  3. Retinol complex (0.25%-0.5%-1.0%):  This proprietary, advanced antioxidant complex maximizes retinol delivery and minimizes irritation typically associated with retinoids.  It comes in 3 strengths and it helps to enhance skin turnover / exfoliation , collagen synthesis and pigment stabilization.  Skin becomes thicker, smoother and brighter, with fewer dark spots.  For PM use only.

Biophora Products:

  1. Broad spectrum SPF:  Biophora Daily Protection provides broad spectrum (chemical and mechanical barriers) to help prevent sun damage.  Its many natural ingredients sooth and protect.  Its light in texture and not greasy; Dr vanVliet skips the moisturizer and just uses this as her final form of protection first thing in the day.
  2. Gentle AHA:  This rich, emollient cream is formulated with gentle yet effective Lactic acid to intensity moisturize and gently exfoliate dry skin.  Dr vanVliet uses this as her night cream.
  3. DermaRich moisturizer:  An anti-oxidant rich, extraordinary emollient moisturizer with vast amounts of nourishing, soothing and lubricating nutrients.  Its excellent for eradicating dry skin, especially in the winter months or post procedure.
  4. Anti-oxidant Moisturizer: Anti-oxidant rich moisturizer to help prevent free radical damage and repair skin from the elements. This moisturizer is nutrient rich with ingredients such as vitamins E and A, and Betaglucan.  Its a light, greaseless moisturizer and is excellent for the summer months.
  5. Duo (Enzyme exfoliator + Multivitamin freeze mask):  The enzyme exfoliator contains  pineapple and papaya derived fruit enzymes  and soft scrub particles that gently remove dead skin cells without the risk of irritating skin. We follow this with application of a refreshing and cooling clay based mask full of anti-oxidants which hydrates and nourishes your freshly exfoliated skin.  This Duo is perfect for a once per week home treatment to make your skin feel instantly refreshed and so very smooth.

Other Wonderful Products Lines:

ZO Daily Power Defense: This anti-oxidant and peptide rich formulation helps strengthen the skin and supports a healthier barrier function. When the barrier is intact, skin is naturally hydrated, tolerant and strong.

Colour Science Lip Shine: 35 SPF for lips. Minty and soothing and protective.

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COVID-19 Procedures

We are Open!

Spring Skin COVID Protocol:


Welcome to Spring Skin. As COVID restrictions lift, know that we will continue to work diligently behind the scenes, implementing our safety protocols to safe guard you as well as our team and our community.

We continue to work closely with local as well as governing medical authorities so that we can continue to offer our personalized services in the safest way possible. We are following the guidance of the BC Ministry of Health closely.

Along with our usual universal precautions practices, we will continue to implement the following safety precautions:

  • All appointments will continue to be by appointment only so we can honour social distancing in our clinic. Please ensure you are on time in order to help with patient flow and social distancing.
  • For all medical appointments, including your visit at Spring Skin you will be required to wear a protective mask. If you don’t have one we will provide one for you.
  • Medical grade hand sanitizer is available at the front desk and we will ask that you sanitize your hands upon entry into the clinic.
  • We ask you to limit your visit with us to just yourself or one care-giver if required
  • We would ask you to limit the amount of personal items you bring in to the clinic and to refrain from bringing in food or drink containers
  • All of our staff are double vaccinated against COVID and they are trained and equipped with their PPE to ensure every one’s safety.
    • We wash our hands between each individual patient and each procedure.
    • All clinic surfaces, and equipment are disinfected before and after every patient visit

If you are scheduled for an appointment with us please call if you have:

  • Any cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically fever, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have had contact with anyone who has these symptoms or who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu?
  • Recently travelled internationally without being doubly vaccinated?

If yes to any of the above questions we ask you to defer your appointment with us at least 14 days.  We appreciate your cooperation and will be happy to assist you with any rescheduling required.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions please contact us by phone: 250-931-3110 or Email us:

Dr Deborah vanVliet

HA Boost your skin this summer!

With Micro-Infusion Gold Intensive Skin Nourishment and Hydration

Our favourite summer time offering at Spring Skin for HA skin boosting.

This bio-regenerative treatment combines the benefits of an advanced, micro-injection technique and customized HA based, therapeutic skin cocktails, tailored to your unique skin needs.

Our July special:

For the ultimate glow: Bundle of 3 facial Micro-Infusion Gold sessions for $1795 and receive a complimentary HydraFacial treatment – Savings of $500

Not sure, want to give it a try? Purchase one Micro-Infusion Gold for your face for $695 and add your neck and chest, on the house! (savings of $200)

Valid until July 31, 2023
Book now or call us at: 250-931-3110

Book An Appointment

At Spring Skin, we offer a wide array of Surgical and Aesthetic Procedures.

Aesthetic Consultations and those MedSpa services that fall within our Spring Skin Express Menu (PDF) can be booked directly online.

Procedures requiring prior consultation

Many of our Procedures require prior consultation with Dr vanVliet and subsequent coordination and scheduling of treatments by contacting the office.

Skin Renewal Procedures

  • Skin Boosters
  • Plasma Pen Eye treatments
  • Photo-dynamic therapy (PDT)
  • Plasma Rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Micro-needling

Facial Contour Procedures

  • Silhouette InstaLift threads
  • Injectables: Toxins, HA Fillers, Sculptra