Archive for the ‘Chemical Peels’ Category

LED & Peels

July 23, 2009

Heard of LED?  In esthetic parlance, that’s LED as in light emitting diode therapy for skin rejuvenation and acne therapy.  Yes, fans, this FDA approved (we like that!) treatment stimulates collagen regeneration, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and help tighten pores.  It also treats acne by  destroying bacteria on the skin and prevents bacterial from forming.  In a word…it’s a miracle! 

Well, actually, it isn’t a miracle but it does deliver.  Whether acne or aging, LED provides a protocol for improving many skin conditions and it’s extremely affordable.  Coupled with peels, it’s a no-brainer.  Peels first to exfoliate, LED to stimulate collagen.  Duh.  It works.

Peels & Skin Care Ingredients

July 17, 2009

 Peels intentionally strip the dead, outermost layer(s) of skin to allow new, healthier skin cells to come to the surface.  Stripping dead skin cells is NOT a bad thing!  You’re hurrying nature by a few days (or weeks, depending upon the depth of the peel) and your skin will respond positively.  Particularly when you nourish it with active skin care ingredients designed to promote healing and repair. 

Epionce skin care products make a wonderful post-peel kit containing a Milky Cleanser, Medical Barrier Cream and Active Shield SPF 30.  Let’s focus on the Medical Barrier Cream, shall we?   This super-hydrating emollient cream actually blocks the inflammatory factors brought on by the peel.  It contains calming ingredients such as date, apple, and flax extracts to block inflammation as well as meadowfoam extract and phytosterols (all plant derived) to strenthens the skin’s natural barrier.  It’s all good!

Peels and proper skin care are one handsome couple.

Peels and Safety

July 16, 2009

Chemical peels, when performed properly, are safe and effective procedures for exfoliating dead  cells on the skin’s surface, resulting in a healthier-looking complexion.  This morning I met a nice lady who pointed to a red area on her forehead and said that it was the result of a peel.  Evidentally her esthetician had applied a peel and then occluded it with plastic wrap for some reason.  The result was a warm environment where the peel (whatever its ingredients were) acted much faster than it ordinarily would if applied properly.   The client suffered a burn on her forehead and the esthetician probably lost a client.  “Peels” were unfairly perceived as unsafe in this case.

In trained hands, peels are beneficial in many ways.  As a client, you should know the training and experience of the person applying your peel.  You should read and sign a consent form indicating that you know the potential risks as well as the benefits of your treatment.  You should be pleased with the outcome and want to return for future treatments.

It drives me nuts when I hear stories of incompetence!

Peel Odyssey

July 10, 2009

In the search for more peels, I’m attending the annual Face & Body Show in San Jose this weekend.

Enzyme Peels

July 8, 2009

Enzyme peels are a gentle alternative to using chemical peels. Papaya enzymes are frequently used as peeling agents, as are pumpkin, pineapple and other fruits. Enzyme peels naturally digest dead skin cells which promotes cellular regeneration. These peels are well tolerated by individuals with sensitive skin since the enzymes only penetrate the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, and do not migrate into the deeper skin layers.

Treatment with enzymes temporarily improves the look and feel of the skin. As with most superficial peeling agents, whether enzyme or chemical, regular treatments will need to be continued to maintain optimal skin health.

Peels & July 4th

July 4, 2009

Why are Peels like the 4th of July?  OK, let’s face it…any similarities they may share are a real stretch.  But since my blogging adventure is a stretch to begin with, here goes:

P : is for Principles.  We celebrate the 4th understanding that our country was founded on the principles of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Peels To The People is founded on the principles of a healthy lifestyle, the freedom to grow my own business, and the joy I feel when I can help clients achieve their skin care goals.

E : is for Education.  Whether it’s in the classroom, studying a new language (like the iPhone!), or developing a new skill, Americans value education in its many forms.  Peels To The People has a mission to bring skin care education to the people, one peep at a time.

E :  is for EPIONCE.  This small, family-owned and operated company based in beautiful Boise, Idaho creates unique skin care products using American ingenuity and know-how.   Peels To The People salutes Epionce for going out on a limb and taking me on as a small but loyal account with many enthusiastic customers.

L : is for Liberty.  We so often take our freedoms for granted until events like 9/11 slap us upside the head.  Until we lose them, we’ll always take things for granted.  My goals is to help clients recognize that they can’t continue to take liberties with their skin and then complain about it.  Take action now to ensure that our skin, like our country, will be around in great shape for the long haul.

Peels in Summer

July 1, 2009

Is it safe to have chemical peels in the summer?  Yes, depending  upon the type and depth of the peel.  The deeper the peel (the kind I don’t do), the more severe the wound.  The lighter or  more superficial the peel, the less intentional skin damage and the safer route to go in summer.

Preferred peels for summer are your alpha hydroxy acid blends such as glycolic, lactic or malic, or the beta hydroxy peels such as salicylic acid.  Your skin can be safely be smooth and healthy, even in July and August.