SKIN CARE FAQ's
What is the difference between a facial, peel, and microdermabrasion?
- A facial will renew, resurface and refresh the skin. They are also great to help maintain & support all that you are doing at home to your skin.
- While peels offer the same benefits, the difference is in strength of the treatment. With some peels, a facial treatment with massage etc., will be too much stimulation. Which is why a peel is booked for less time than a facial treatment.
- Microdermabrasion uses a manual form of exfoliation that physically removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin by either, gently spraying the skin with crystals or gently pulling a medical grade diamond tip against the skin.
Facials are a great starting point as I prefer to keep my treatments progressive. You can't run a marathon over night!
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging. By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process, you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes and more balanced oil production and an overall healthier skin appearance.
What are the different types of peels?
Treatment procedures are considered superficial; they do not penetrate beyond the epidermis or papillary dermis. They are not to be confused with medical or physician-strength peels that affect the reticular dermis.
This refers to a treatment that does not usually cause immediate exfoliation and only removes the outer layer of skin or the stratum corneum (the outer most layer of the skin). As treatments are repeated, the skin will experience a mild sloughing.
These peels affect the intra-epidermal layer, and exfoliation occurs within two to three days after application. The skin goes through very little down time. Peeling consists of light flaking similar to a sunburn peel.
These peels affect the deepest intra-epidermal layers. The skin becomes brown and crusty then undergoes considerable peeling, which occurs three to four days after application. The skin peels in large segments as opposed to flaking. The entire process takes about seven to ten days.
Why should I use professional skin care products?
Professional home care products cannot be purchased in department stores or drug stores. The products that are made for professionals are stronger & have more active ingredients in them than can be purchased over the counter. Thus, the efficacy that the over the counter department store products provide are also very minimal in comparison to professional products.
I am here to be your advocate and will explain to you how, why and when to use your skin care. By using professional home care products as prescribed you will continue to see maximum benefits between your facial appointments & you will get more out of your facial treatments.
What type of home care should I use after my chemical peel?
There are specific instructions to be followed after your skin peel – this is as important as the peel itself. Post care will include occlusive healing balms, epidermal growth factor (cell renewal and wound repair), calming, soothing topicals to reduce itching and inflammation, and always sun screen!
When the skin peel is completed and we have determined the skin is healed, daily skin care is essential. The most important part of a home care routine is a cleanser and a sunblock. Next in importance is a supportive cell rejuvenator. These are the basics. Additional specialty products, such as pumice and buffing washes, antioxidants, eye serums, nighttime moisturizers, AHAs, ascorbic acid, retinol, enzymes, masks, and topical correctives may be added to enhance and maintain results.
How frequently should I be getting facials?
Frequency varies based on the focus of the treatments. On average, with a good routine at home & for skin maintenance, every 4-6 weeks is recommended.
Can I get facial waxing & a facial treatment at the same time?
It is not recommended. Waxing resurfaces the skin slightly by removing dead skin cells. When a facial is being performed after waxing the exfoliation segment of the treatment may be more irritating to that particular skin. Therefore, it can sometimes not allow a thorough facial treatment & may over stimulate.