Archive for the ‘Alpha Hydroxy Acids’ Category

New Retinol Peel

September 13, 2011

Now up on deck: the I Peel featuring a blend of retinol, salicylic acid and lactic acid. This cocktail is appropriate for aging skin showing signs of deeper wrinkles, unwanted pigmentation, roughness and lack of firmness, e.g. almost anyone over 55. This peel desquamates so look for peeling/flaking by day three and continuing for several days. Results are worth it…fresher, healthier-looking skin.

Prep for this peel is important: use of a daily AHA, retinol, or other form of exfoliant. Be sure to discontinue any exfoliant three days prior to the peel to avoid potential irritation.

Post-peel care includes a medical barrier cream, a mild cleanser and most importantly, an SPF of 30 or higher.

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Use It Up

August 15, 2011

I am often asked about the shelf-life of skin care products.  There are two answers to this question.  In the case of products with “reactive” ingredients such as retinols, ascorbic acid, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, product is old if it has been manufactured more than 8 to 12 months before being used by the client.  This problem occurs because active ingredients undergo auto0oxidation to varying degrees in any formulation.  Stability is defined as maintaining 50% of biologic activity.

The second case involves products with non-reactive ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, minerals and many essential oils.  The general rule of thumb is that unopened containers have a shelf-life of two years while opened product should be discarded after two years.  If in doubt, toss.

Next Generation of AHAs

February 15, 2010

New to the Peels To The People anti-aging arsenal comes Age-Limit, a new generation of alphahydroxy acids (AHAs).  In the 1990s, AHAs were the most remarkable skin treatments ever developed for aging or problem skin.  But they had one big drawback:  irritation.

Age-Limit solves this problem with the AHAminoPlex molecule – a complex of glycolic acid and a naturally derived amino acid to ensure maximum acid delivery without penetrating skin’s zone of irritation.  This patented technology, developed by Drs. Yu and Van Scott, the pioneers of AHA skin therapy, is the next generation of AHAs.

This safe and effective new product is available now!  Coupled with periodic chemical peels, results are phenomenal.