You can Botox that gorgeous face till the cows come home, but you won’t see those static lines going away anytime soon. Static lines are the squirly little fine lines that are visible when you aren’t using your muscles to make a facial expression. They typically show up in your 30s but can grace you with their presence as early as your twenties. There is no reason to wave that white flag when you start seeing these feisty lines of fury. Enter the big guns. With the invention of tretinoin, chemical peels, and fractionated resurfacing, those babies don’t stand a chance! When deciding which strong arm to bring into the rink against fine lines, you have to keep your schedule in mind. Not every resurfacing method is created equal when it comes to beauty down time. Tretinoin is a cream that resurfaces slowly over time. You may have some minor flaking, but no real down time. Chemical peels take about 3-5 to run their course of shedding. You will have anywhere from light flaking to peeling like a snake depending on your peel choice. Then finally there is the laser peel with fractionated resurfacing. Enter the Pixel. The Pixel resurfaces the skin by lasering tiny channels into the skin leaving a majority of the skin untouched and healthy. Beauty down time is only about 3-4 days, and you get the benefits of stopping those fine lines, dark spots, and loose skin in only 2-3 treatments.
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
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
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.
Everyone of us has that line on our forehead, around our mouths, or around our eyes that we wish we could wipe off the face of the earth. The best thing that you can do to manage those fine lines is to resurface your skin. Allow me to introduce the big gun- The Pixel fractional resurfacing laser treatment. This treatment delivers the heat to that collagen layer forcing it to bone up and smooth out. The laser resurfaces 20% of the skin in an array of pixels while leaving untouched skin to improve healing time. This translates to “inside” time of about 4-7 days. Not bad considering it fills out minor acne scarring, fine lines, and stimulates collagen remodeling to tighten skin. For it’s prime anti-aging benefits, you will need 3 treatments 3-4 weeks apart. What to expect:
- A numbing cream will be applied to your face for 15 minutes.
- Your face will be cleansed and degreased.
- Laser treatment begins. Sensation is like a mild snap of a rubberband against your skin.
- After the treatment you will feel as though you have the worst sunburn of your life. This is good because the heat is what causes the collagen to start strengthening. If your face is on fire- Congratulations you will get a great result!
- You will go home with post care instructions and a skin care routine to maintain results