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We all have heard of chemical peels at some point. Whether it was a good or bad experience, we know of someone who has had them. But why are chemical peels one of the number one requested skincare services in the country? Why would anyone WANT to peel? What are the benefits? Let’s dive right in to those questions!
What do peels do?
In minutes, acids lift away dead cells and trigger a chain reaction. As the topmost layer of skin is used, signals are sent to the living cells below to multiply and move up, to increase collagen production, to make more hyaluronic acid, to act younger. A thorough chemical peels offers one immediate benefit: smoother skin that’s more radiant and more receptive to ingredients in your at-home skincare. Your skincare will perform better because there are no dead skin cells impeding the penetration. On top of the anti-aging benefits, there are many great benefits for our acne patients. Some chemical peels are attracted to the oils in our skin that cause the bacteria that acne feeds off of. Removing these layers of dead skin, as well as decreasing oil production in the skin, leaves a beautiful result. Chemical peels will increase circulation in the skin, and bringing new oxygen and blood flow to the skin is very healing and rejuvenating!
Can a peel be customized for my skin concerns?
There are chemical peels that are safe to use on every skin color without risk of hyperpigmentation, usually a worry with darker complexions. We have a wide range of chemical peels. There are superficial peels (also known as a lunchtime peel), medium-depth and deep-depth. We now know that using multiple acids gives a better outcome with less irritation than a single acid at a higher strength. All of our aesthetician’s are proficient in skincare chemistry, and are able to create a blend of acids that will safely attack the concerns you have in your skin. There are chemical peels that focus on hydration, where you will not “peel”, and mid-deeper depth peels where you may peel for a week or more. We offer a wide variety of options, and our aesthetician’s can assist you in choosing a peel that will work within your lifestyle.
The right peel can end acne, and soften the scars that come with it.
Salicylic acid peels and Jessner peels, dive deep into the pores while also skimming the surface to erode blackheads and fade post-pimple marks. Another advantage of salicylic acid: It lingers in the pores, where it continues to keep them clear over time, to improve pitted acne scars. There is very little downtime, and it’s safe for most skin types and colors.
Chemical peels are melasma’s friend.
While there isn’t a permanent cure for the recurring sun-triggered dark patches brought on by hormonal surges. Whether those surges are caused by pregnancy or birth control. Chemical peels, paired with proper at-home care such as hydroquinone creams, high-SPF sunscreen and strict sun avoidance, offer the best fighting chance, While lasers work well with some cases, some patients are unable to treat this light and heat sensitive condition with, you guessed it, light and heat. We offer chemical peels that are exclusive to our office only that have been tried and true when it comes to combatting melasma.
Ready to take the leap?
Come in and see what peels are all about! October is a great month to begin a series of chemical peels. With less sun exposure in these fall and winter months, it is the ideal time. This month we are highlighting our Pumpkin Apple fall peel. This peel uses the natural benefits of apples and pumpkin to firm and tone the skin for a refined look, while nourishing and brightening dull, dry summer skin. Achieve a beautiful and youthful glow to your skin just in time for all of your holiday festivities!
Exhale. The kid(s) are back in school. The family reunion is done. The big family vacation has been had and memories were made.
That PAUSE? That’s the greatest gift! Now you get to decide what to do with some of that “extra” time you have.
Now what, again? PAMPER!
Take care of yourself, put your best face forward as we go in to the fall and soon *cough cough* the holidays. Here are just a few of our favorite ideas for how to PAMPER:
You deserve to take a few minutes and we would love to help you make the most of that time!
PAUSE & PAMPER
One area that always gives away your age is your neck and your décolleté. We often forget to take care of these sensitive areas! We spend so much time focusing on our face, we need to give that same type of care and attention to these surrounding areas. You are never too young to begin caring for your skin. But in this post we will address what you can start to do in each decade to combat the first signs of aging, all the way up to deeper lines and wrinkles.
In our 20’s and 30’s we need to start setting a base foundation for how we will care for our skin for years to come. As we begin to age, our body naturally stops producing collagen. This process begins in our 20’s. So we must do what we can to prevent the breakdown of our existing collagen. So what can you do to protect your skin from premature aging?
Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen daily. A large majority of the collagen loss in your skin can be attributed to UV sun damage. So make sure you do not forget your neck and décolleté when applying your SPF in the morning. You want to use an SPF of at least 30, and reapply consistenly when out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Moisturizers and Serums: When applying moisturizers and serums, don’t forget your neck and chest! Any serum from a hyaluronic acid, such as our Sheer Peptide. To a vitamin C, such as our Anti-Ox Ultra, will do your skin some good. It is also a good idea to begin using a product such as our Neck Smoothing Cream. With over twenty different tighteners, and gentle retinol. You can help prevent some of the environmental aging before it even begins. So be sure to show your face, neck and décolleté some love, daily!
Facials: Consistent facials at any age will be an important tool in your beauty arsenal. Facials address the face, neck and décolleté. Ask your aesthetician to upgrade your facial to either a microdermabrasion that for an additional fee includes your neck and décolleté, or a mild chemical peel that can stimulate new collagen and elastin, and soften lines and wrinkles.
By your 40’s and 50’s you should definitely be consistently applying sunscreen and at-home products like mentioned above. But as our skin continues to age and change, it is time to start focusing some of your in-office treatments on your neck and décolleté. Everyone ages differently, but it is not uncommon to begin seeing some lines and wrinkles (necklace lines) appear across the neck. Depending on how you sleep, you may realize the lines on your chest that you used to fade away not long after waking up in the morning, are now noticeable at all times. Sun spots are beginning to pop up, and you feel like you’ll never have your gorgeous, young looking chest again! But never fear. There are a variety of in-office treatments that you can utilize to turn back the clock.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a fantastic place to begin. Chemical peels are no longer as daunting as they once were in the past. With the variety of peels that exist now, depending on the desired intensity, there are many peels that are an easy option to add in to your regular facial. Have you ever had one of our Brightening or Illume peels? Did you know both can be used on your décolleté? Because why stop at your face! Especially if pigmentation, or harsh texture is becoming an issue for you. Those two peels are a fantastic place to begin reversing those signs of aging skin.
PhotoFacials: Lasers are your friend when it comes to anti-aging treatments with minimal downtime. Photofacials are fantastic at not only treating unsightly pigmentation issues, but helping to tighten and tone the skin. Downtime is different for everyone, but is typically less than 24 hours. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart may be necessary for best results. But it is a fairly quick and easy way to turn back the clock!
Venus Viva and Diamond Polar: One of the newest additions to our office, but the most effective. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar Skin Tightening are two separate treatments, but they pack a 1-2 punch that is a great option whether you are just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or have some signs of advanced aging. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar are both powered by radio frequency. The Venus Viva is comparable to microneedling, a buzzword in the aesthetics world at the moment. Radio frequency is used to create small pinhole channels deep down into the skin. These channels create a controlled injury in the skin, that results in the growth of new collagen and elastin. The radio frequency breaks down texture in the lines and wrinkles, smoothing the appearance of even the harshest of lines. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are suggested for best results.
The Diamond Polar utilizes radio frequency as well. But in this treatment the radio frequency is used to bulk heat the skin. When the skin reaches a certain temperature for a specific amount of time, it tightens and tones the tissues that have begun to have issues with skin laxity. These two treatments work beautifully hand-in-hand to deliver the best results possible! Skin tightening treatments may be done weekly, and in a series of 3-8 treatments, depending on the severity of the issues.
Home care will always be necessary to see your best, long-term results. The combination of skincare and in-office treatments will leave your skin in the best possible condition, despite the environmental and genetic odds we all fight daily. If your neck or décolleté have become an area of concern for you, consultations with our aestheticians are always complimentary. Schedule a consultation today, and let’s get you on the road to happy and healthy skin!
April is here and we are so excited for what this month is going to bring!
Bad habits are hardly ever unique to just you—and the same goes for the ones you are making with your skin. Celebrity aesthetician Renee Rouleau says she sees these blunders all the time. Here’s how to break them.
Mistake #1: Caring for your blemishes—the wrong way
Call them zits, pimples, acne or blemishes. Bottom line: Most people will get them at certain periods in their life, and some will get them more severe than others. “Where most people go wrong is in how they treat the blemish once it appears,” Rouleau says. “Picking at it—or what I like to refer to as ‘performing minor surgery in the mirror’—applying spot treatments at the wrong phase of thebreakout, and using the wrong breakout treatments on the wrong kinds of blemishes. All of these will result in a blemish lasting longer and leaving a post-breakout red or dark scar than can linger for months.”
Mistake #2: Using too many exfoliating products too often
In reference to skin care products, Rouleau says she has recently noticed the “If it’s not burning or stinging, it’s not working” trend. “In the quest to look younger and have smoother skin, people are doing too many aggressive exfoliating treatments that are actually injuring their skin. Too much exfoliation can cause a damaged moisture barrier, resulting in flaking, dehydration and inflammation, possible destruction of healthy cells, and a stimulation of melanin activity causing increased hyperpigmentation.”
Mistake #3: Not wearing sunscreen daily and not applying it generously enough
For starters, the number-one reason why your skin will get premature aging is from sunlight, daylight and UV rays—period—and Rouleau says 78 percent of those rays come from incidental exposure. “These are all the times when you don’t think you’re getting the damaging rays, like driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows or walking outside on a cloudy winter day when people don’t feel like they need sun protection. If you want to prevent wrinkles, wearing sunscreen365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out, is a must. But in order for the SPF to truly protect your skin and prevent the harmful UV rays from damaging it, the formula has to be applied generously or it will not provide adequate protection. If you have a sunscreen that feels too heavy on your skin, you’ll probably only apply a small amount and you’re not doing your skin any good.” Her advice: Find one you love (she likes her Daily Protection SPF 30) and load it on every single day.
Mistake #4: Either using alcohol-based toners or skipping this step in your routine entirely
“Toners are an important step in a skin care regimen and should be used daily,” Rouleau says, but adds that, using one loaded with alcohol will only dehydrate your skin and cause an increase in dull cell buildup. “If you’re not using one, it’s usually because you notice that it leaves your skin feeling dry, so you’ll skip it completely and miss out on important skin benefits. Alcohol-free toners should be used after every cleansing because they offer the following benefits: They give your skin a drink of moisture when left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer, they remove drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water, and because damp skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin, when left damp, they can carry the active ingredients of your serum and moisturizer (applied after) deeper within your skin.”
Mistake #5: Not taking care of your neck
Most women know to apply moisturizer daily and nightly to their neck, and many do. But the mistake: Treating your neck as an afterthought. “A woman will typically rub moisturizer onto her face and then whatever is left over on her fingertips will extend down onto her neck,” Rouleau says. Sound like you? “While the intention is good, it’s truly not helping that much in the quest for smooth, moist skin on the neck. This particularly applies with sunscreen, which is considered to be the best anti-aging product in the world. The little amount being applied as an afterthought is hardly enough to do its intended job because sunscreen needs to be applied generously in order to offer full sun protection.”
Mistake # 6: Using skin care products incorrectly
When instructions are given to you by an aesthetician or skin care professional or written on the product itself, Rouleau says it’s very important to follow them. “Many issues created by skin care products that seem to not work or cause non-favorable reactions, can be resolved by simply using the product correctly. For example, some people feel that when they are using products to reduce breakouts, it’s best to use them more often so that they will work better. However, in the case of acid serums, this is not a good practice. Acid serums, like those that contain glycolic, salicylic or lactic acid, are designed to reduce clogged pores and breakouts to promote clearer skin. They should not be overused because too much exfoliation can actually increase breakouts for some people due to irritation and inflammation. I cannot stress the importance of making sure that you thoroughly read the instructions on the back of skin care products before using them on your skin. Cosmetic formulators create products with certain intentions and using them as directed will give you the best results.”
Mistake #7: Not using the right skin routine to care for both wrinkles and breakouts
This one is common for those who are 25–35 who still get clogged pores and breakouts, yet they are noticing fine lines and wrinkles. “Their home routine is either only addressing the breakouts with drying acne products, or they don’t have anything to prevent blemishes and they are using heavier anti-aging products,” Rouleau says. “I realize that this type of skin is probably the most challenging because what your skin really needs is the best of both worlds. Any acne product that leaves your skin feeling tight, dry and irritated is most definitely a no-no, as this creates dry skin cell buildup on the surface that traps oil and bacteria within the pores and can lead to more breakouts. Any anti-aging product that feels remotely greasy on your skin is not good either because acne-prone skin needs less oil because oil breeds bacteria and bacteria leads to breakouts. I would say the best strategy for managing all your skin’s needs is to use a gentle salicylic acid exfoliant under moisturizer three nights a week.”
Mistake #8: Not wearing foundation daily
“Some of my clients hide their wrinkles, blemishes, scarring and brown spots under makeup, and they come to me with the goal of perfecting their skin so they can go makeup-free,” Rouleau says. “Other clients don’t have much they want to cover up, so they think that wearing foundation makeup is not needed and that not wearing it is helping their skin by letting it ‘breathe.’ For starters, the skin doesn’t have a respiratory system, so thinking that the skin breathes is a total myth. I like to educate my clients to think of makeup as a skin care product because during daylight hours it protects your skin from UV light and environmental damage. Most forms of liquid or powder foundations contain ingredients like titanium dioxide that act as a natural sun protectant. Even if your makeup doesn’t indicate it has SPF, it is definitely still guarding your skin from the sun’s rays.”
Mistake #9: Not exfoliating often with the right type of exfoliant
Most people have a facial scrub in their bathroom, but they only use it “when they remember.” Rouleau says, “Exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin, so you’re missing out on some major skin improvement when you only use it once in a while. I like facial scrubs—using them three times a week is really beneficial—but I encourage my less-disciplined clients to instead use an exfoliating acid serum underneath their moisturizer three nights a week. An acid serum uses ingredients like glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids; when applied to the skin and left on overnight, they work deeply to dissolve the glue that holds dead cells together, revealing a brighter, smoother and clearer appearance in the morning. If you’re going to take the time for an extra step in your routine, you might as well make it one that’s really going to benefit your skin the most, and an acid serum is the BEST way to go.”