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    What are Facial Peels?

    We get a lot of questions about facial peels, everything from “what are they” (a way to remove dead skin cells) to “are they safe to use at home?” (we discuss below). Here we’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions on the subject, with answers from our top educators.

    What are facial peels and how do they work?

    Facial peels are a method of exfoliating your skin. Skin exfoliation refers to the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal healthier skin.

    Why must you exfoliate?

    While skin exfoliation is a naturally occurring process, shedding every 28 days, most skin types need some help!

    Aging skin - With age, this process slows down and causes our skin to look dull and tired looking. Using exfoliants regularly dissolves dead, flaky skin cells, and helps create a more even skin tone and clarity.

    Oily skin – This skin type tends to saturate dead skin cells with excessive oil, making it difficult for dead cells to shed off naturally.

    Dry skin – This skin type tends to let dead skin cells accumulate too quickly which can make skin look dry and dull.

    How do facial peels differ from other forms of exfoliation?

    Facial peels are composed of an acid(s) including ones that may vary in their pH value.(Without getting too scientific, the lower the pH value, the stronger the actual acid is.) Acids are very effective to use to exfoliate the skin, but because of their strength, acid-based peels that contain more than 10% total acid and have a pH below 3.5, should be done under the guidance of an esthetician.  

    While facial peels are normally based on a particular type of acid, exfoliants that you use at home may contain granular ingredients such as almonds or rice bran wax. Although they are not as strong as acids, granular methods are still excellent ways to exfoliate your skin regularly, and should be used 2-3 times a week or as recommended by your skin care professional if you are receiving professional facial peel treatments.

    (Read more about the different types of exfoliation here)

    What categories of facial peels are there and are they safe?

    Facial peels are generally categorized into 3 categories:

    • Deep peels – Deep peels are the most invasive and most risky. Carbonic Acid (Phenol) is a solution classically used in deep peels, but can be very painful to the skin. Most often this is performed under medical supervision. After a phenol peel, your face will be swollen and can take up to a month to fully recover.

    Below is a downside to deep peels:

    • Peeling
    • Redness
    • Irritation
    • Blistering
    • Swelling
    • Burning
    • Scarring
    • Infection
    • Solar Sensitivity
    • Bleeding
    • Medium peels – Trichloroacetic Acid is a chemical commonly used in medium peels. TCA peels are done on an outpatient basis, but may require light sedation depending on the concentration of Trichloroacetic acid used. Higher concentrations of acid will penetrate the skin more deeply, resulting in more dramatic improvements, but may also cause more discomfort and a longer recovery time. Though TCA chemical peels are applied in the same way as milder chemical peels, the acid used in TCA peels is much more potent, causing a more significant burn. After TCA peels, a superficial crust forms over the treated area, then peels off within three to seven days.
    • Superficial peels – These peels are the mildest and thus safest peels for your skin. Peels containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, fruit acids, or papaya enyzmes, fall into this category. Unlike deep or medium level peels, peels at this level are not meant to require medical attention. Additionally, the purpose of these “lighter peels” is to eliminate harsh side effects that can happen with deep or medium level peels.
    What to remember about facial peels?

    In sum, all peels are NOT created equal. Facial peels are a very effective form of removing dead skin cells, but beware of the different level of facial peels and of the associated risks and recovery time. As always, it is best to consult a skin care professional for proper advice on in-salon and at-home options.

    How to Apply Face Wash | Skin Care Routine

    In episode 2 of our skin care routine series, we share why cleansing is the most important step of your facial routine, and show you how to wash your face. We also discuss common practices that you may doing while washing your face, which may be what's causing unwanted redness, irritation or breakouts!

    Find a cleanser that's right for your skin type: Facial Cleansers

    Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!
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    5 Bad Habits You Didn’t Know Were Aging Your Skin

    We all know what we have to do to take care of our skin, but there are some things you may not realize are contributing to skin aging! If keeping your skin youthful is on your agenda, make sure to avoid these five bad habits!

     

    1. Not providing your skin with antioxidant protection.

    Antioxidants = antiaging! Antioxidants work by protecting your skin cells from factors such as the sun’s UV light, pollution, and oxygen (yes oxygen!). In fact, if you’re heading to the spa for an “oxygen facial” you may be actually speeding up the aging process. Although we need oxygen to breathe, oxygen can cause free radical formation, which triggers skin aging and is why we need “anti-OXidant” protection. No matter what your age, you’re exposed to these factors, making it a no brainer to always include anti-oxidant protection in your skin care routine!

    2. Not wearing sunglasses

    Not only do they make for a great fashion piece and shield you from society the day after a long night out, but sunglasses are anti-aging for your eyes. Eyes easily show signs of age with dark circles, crow’s feet, and fine lines. Wearing your sunglasses can help protect your peepers from environmental factors and the squinting that triggers these signs. So, even if it’s winter time and below 10 degrees, don’t be afraid pull out your shades!

    3. Forgetting to exfoliate 2-3 times a week.

    We mentioned the importance of exfoliation before, but this is truly an important component of anti-aging! With age, the exfoliation process slows down and causes our skin to look dull and tired looking, but that’s where exfoliating at-home comes in! Exfoliating regularly helps slough off dead skin cells and allows new and healthy skin cells to be revealed.

    4. Lack of exercise.

    For many of you, the driving force to get to the gym is related to weight, but exercise actually helps keep you youthful! Lift weights, do yoga, or simply go for a walk 30-45 minutes a day to get your daily dose. Not only does exercise lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and keep your muscles and body toned, but exercise helps increase our endorphins, the “feel good” hormones that make us happy. When you’re happier and more energized, trust us, it shows in your face!

    5. Not getting facials.

    Amongst the long list of reasons on why to get a facial  is their anti-aging benefits. If you’re not getting facials you’re not doing all that’s in your power to off-set skin aging! Aside from exfoliating 2-3 times a week at home, professional exfoliation as part of a facial treatment can help renew your skin even more. Facial massage also has anti-aging benefits as it helps with skin-firming and, like exercise, increases the circulation of your skin which helps eliminate dark circles and a dull look!

     

    What's your antiaging regimen? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments below!

    How to Apply Skin Care in the Correct Order | Skin Care Routine

    Cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers and more...but how do I layer my skin care products? We explain what order to apply your skin care products and why it's important!

    Have any questions about your skin care routine? Leave them for us in the comments below!

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    The Best Ingredients for Sensitive Skin

    Last week we shared our list of what causes skin sensitivity! Aside from paying attention to habits that may be triggering your redness, inflammation and irritation, you should be looking for skin care ingredients that help target these symptoms! Below we share the best ingredients for sensitive skin and how they can help:

    Micro Silver

     

    Research has found that one possible cause of rosacea, a sensitive skin condition that results in in redness on the skin, are skin microbes that thrive on the skin. Micro Silver has been proven to be anti-microbial, reducing the bacteria in which microbes thrive. By reducing bacteria levels, this can help soothe inflamed and irritated skin, and reduce redness.

    Seaweed

     

    Additional research has found that one of the biggest aggravators to sensitive skin and rosacea is a reaction to free radicals. The most common of these are Reactive Oxygen Species (or ROS) found in air pollution. Seaweeds are one of the richest sources of natural anti-oxidants to combat ROS, containing ingredients such as phlorotannins, sulfated polysaccarides, fucosterol and fucoxanthins.¹ Seaweeds also help deliver essential nutrients to the skin, as they contain 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 42 trace elements and minterals. The following are specific types of seaweeds which contain properties that are most beneficial to sensitive skin.

    Laminaria digitata: This brown seaweed is rich in anti-oxidants, helps hydrate and lock in moisture to the skin and provides anti-bacterial properties.

    Ulva compressa: This green seaweed has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, reduces the desquamation process of the skin and increases circulation.

    Ahnfeltia concinna: This red marine seaweed helps to soothe, hydrate and nourish skin.

    Ulva lactuca: This green seaweed is protein-rich, hydrating and nourishing, stimulates synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, is anti-inflammatory and regenerative.

    Learn more about the skin care benefits of seaweed here.

     

    Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidant Ingredients

    Lastly, we share a list of natural anti-oxidants found in Mother Nature that can help calm conditions of sensitive skin as well.

    Quercetin

     

    A bioflavonoid found in apples, berries, parsley, onions, grapefruit and wine, this has both anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, neutralizing free radicals and inhibiting UV irradiation-induced inflammatory response in skin cells.

    Rutin

     

    A potent anti-oxidant, this is a bioflavonoid found in high concentrations in citrus fruit, buckwheat, asparagus, rhubarb. It also helps modulate the breakdown of collagen and improves circulation.

    Mirabilis Jalapa Extract

     

    Also known as the “Marvel of Peru,” clinical studies show this alleviates skin discomfort, fades redness from skin sensitivity, strengthens and hydrates the epidermis.

    Organic Tumeric

    Traditionally used in Indian medicine, it’s a primary component of curcuminoids which exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties.

    Hyaluronic Acid

     

    Extremely moisturizing to the skin, it is a natural moisturizing polysaccharide present in the skin. This ingredient can hold 100X its weight in water, and has an important role in wound healing and tissue repair.

     

    Suffer from super sensitive skin? You can find these ingredients in our new Red-Out collection for hypersensitive skin and rosacea!

    Common Skin Changes During Pregnancy

    Pregnant and seeing changes in your skin? Lauren Streeter is a licensed aesthetician for over 10 years and mom-to-be! Here she discusses the most common skin changes that happen during pregnancy: pimples and breakouts, dryness and flakiness and hyperpigmentation/dark spots. Hear from Lauren on how you can effectively treat these skin issues with safe skin care for you and your baby!

     

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care pimples and breakouts: Hydra Medic Clear Complexion Drying Lotion

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for dryness and flakiness: Honey and Almond Scrub

    Pregnancy-friendly skin care for dark spots: Biolight Brightening Skin Correct Serum

     

    AND, don't forget to tune into the next few weeks, as Lauren will share more pregnancy skin care tips!

     

    **Pregnant and have questions about your skin care or beauty routine? Leave them in the comments below!**


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