Tag Archives: Anti-aging

Glycolic Acid for celebrity perfect skin….ahem minus the photoshop wizard.

Glycolic acid has the very desirable talent of “softening” fine lines (that is esthetician and nurse speak for:  Don’t even think it’s going to eradicate ALL of those wrinkles).  Sun damage and the faux mustache known as “melasma” is also nipped in the bud.  This is done over a series of treatments, and  I typically will recommend anywhere from 6-8 peels, spaced around 3-4 weeks apart with 40-60% glycolic acid.   Chemical peeling of any type dissolves the desmosomes (sticky glue) that hold the skin cells together.  These peels also strip lipids that make up the acid mantel that protects us from bacterial invasions and dry skin, so you must replace what you take away.  Following a peel,  a rich anti-inflammatory moisturizer should be part of your recovery with a healthy fat dollop of sunscreen.  Stay off the actives that you have bought and use religiously because you are a very well-educated DermaDarling follower for 7-10 days  (vitamin c, AHAs, retinol, and hydroquinone) .  The peels range in price from $120- 250 each depending on your city. I would highly recommend getting a package of 6 to save some cash, since you know you are going to have to have more than one.   Glycolic acid should be a considered addition to your bag of tricks for smooth gorgeous skin.  Celebrities rumored to be fans of Glycolic acid: Cher, Janice Dickenson, Naomi Campbell.

You are not a candidate for a glycolic peel if:

You have sensitive skin

You want instant results

You want no social “downtime”

You want nothing less than a blooming miracle

You are standing in front of the counter at the nail salon asking about their LivingSocial glycolic acid discount

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I will be teaching an advanced chemical peel course at the Elaine Sterling Institute the first week in November.  For more information on how you can advance your esthetic career please call ESI at 1-877-233-5246

Salicylic acid kicks acne in the teeth, but what about wrinkles?

Even Megan Fox battles the skin gods. Salicylic acid peels should be in her arsenal.

Dubbed by cosmetic chemists on the well toured Chemists Corner blog as ” The most versatile [topical compound] for cosmetic formulators”, this feisty little acid is a gold standard for acne control with anti aging benefits.  Salicylic Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid   (BHA) has been proven to stand up against Alpha Hydroxy Acids (glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids) when it comes to skin cell turnover and improving skin tone and texture.  How does it work and who will it work for?  BHA is oil soluble and penetrates that slick layer covering oily skin in order to get deep into the pores for exfoliation and to speed up skin cell turnover. For comparison, AHAs such as glycolic acid are water-soluble and better suited for dry, weathered, sun damaged skin that has been thickened with the elements and genetics.  So, yes!, Salicylic Acid (BHA) exfoliates to not only reduce acne but over time helps to reverse photo damage and smooth pesky wrinkles as well.

Great salicylic Acid products and chemical peels to clear your skin and soften those lines:

PCA Clarifying Mask and the PCA Pumpkin Peel

Obagi Clenziderm 2% salicylic Acid treatment

Obagi Blue Radiance Peel

V.I. Peel

Derma Doctor Aint Misbehavin’ Serum

Finally, The Anti-aging Laser Treatment for Skin of Color

You are right to be wary of a laser beam pointed at that delicate dark skin of yours.  The increased risk of scarring and keloids are extremely high in light brown to dark brown skin.  Melanocyte reactivity and fibroblast reactivity demand respect when undergoing rejuvenation procedures.  Take heart, that fibroblast reactivity makes you a great candidate for skin tightening with infrared laser technology because you have the ability to build more collagen quicker than your paler counterparts.  In fact, dark skin responds better to this treatment than any 0ther skin type!  Finally, an anti-aging laser treatment specifically for dark skin types! 

How does it work?

We slowly heat the skin to cause inflammation to the dermis while leaving the epidermis unscathed with a series of treatments.  3- 6 months after your treatments, new collagen formation has caused that lovely little lift in the neck, jaw, smile lines, and around the eyes.

Does it hurt?

Not at all.  Clients describe a sensation similar to a hot stone massage.

Is there any downtime?

Absolutely not.  This is truly a lunch time procedure. – providing you have a 2 hour lunch to account for the 45 minute procedure and the time it takes to reapply makeup and eat a turkey sandwich on whole wheat while braving Atlanta’s lunch hour traffic crunch.

~  Laser treatments on skin of color  whether you are Hispanic, Asian, Indian or African American carry serious risks of pigmentation changes and keloid scar formations.  Please ensure that your medical esthetics professional has loads of experience and has been specifically trained in safely treating darker skin types IV-VI.

Taurus Beauty Horoscope

Happy Birthday Taurus! 

Take heart precious bull, while this month will put you face to face with your need to make some difficult changes in your life, you are strong willed and it will be the start of something beautiful that will last for many years.  Use this month’s restlessness to your advantage- even though you may be afraid take the leap!  It may be a stormy month but your sexiness is at an all time high.   Now is the time to make a drastic change in your appearance so if you’ve been wondering whether to go platinum blonde or raven black with your hair, do it!  Your air of confidence will only intensify if you take charge of those little wrinkles that are starting to appear around your eyes from all of the weariness this past year.  Your beauty homework- Resurface your face with a Pixel Perfect laser treatment.

Put Some Icing On Your Cake!

 

  Many of you have reached long sought after weight loss goals quickly and are ready for the next level of transformation.  The next logical step is facial rejuvenation.    Innovative and advanced laser treatments can be the icing on your cake if you are committed to making a big change in your appearance.

You can completely transform your skin into smoother, clearer, tighter skin with esthetic laser services including treatments for fine lines, large pores, sun spots, loose skin and unwanted hair.  Fractionated laser resurfacing, skin tightening, and photo-rejuvenation are gold standards for stimulating collagen formation and cleaning up sun damage.   Lasers should be in the arsenal of everyone who is interested in keeping a youthful face.

Total skin makeover in under a week

  Please welcome your newest secret weapon against skin sabotaging pigment, expression lines, and large  pores.  The VI Peel is the new sweetheart of anti-aging skin care enthusiasts everywhere.   This is the first medium depth skin peel that is perfect for all skin types.  A combination of phenol, salicylic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A work synergistically to give you beautiful, radiant skin in only 7 days.  This is the only product on the market that can promise dramatic results in a single week. 

This hot little peel is virtually painless and will only take about 20 minutes in my chair.  Within three days you’ll peel like a snake, but you should be over the peeling by day 5.  You will want to schedule your VI peel keeping in mind the worst peeling will be on days 3-4.