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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:33

Beauty 101

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Younger Looking Skin Glossary

DermaFrac™: This new treatment in skin rejuvenation is a micro-needling procedure that can treat a variety of skin issues including aging, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, acne scars, and stretch marks. You might be wondering what all these conditions have in common. Well, collagen production in the skin is lacking and needs to be stimulated in order to correct these skin concerns. Here’s how it works: microscopic stainless steel needles on a roller glide across the skin’s surface and create tiny punctures. By using the micro-needle roller, the skin will be stimulated in the dermis causing it to regenerate lost collagen. Additionally, DermaFrac™ infuses topical treatment serums which work to accelerate desired results

Retinoids: A topical anti-aging ingredient found in Vitamin A, should be used at night and increases the rate that the body sheds the dead skin cells that have built up. Retinoids will also decrease the depth of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production.  Another great benefit of Retinoids is that it can normalize the cells that have been damaged by those powerful UV rays. It is recommended to use a product containing these Retinoids a few times a week, because it can cause irritation with overuse. Also, use these products only at night because they can chemically break down when exposed to the sun.

IPL: Almost everyone has a brown or red pigmented lesion of some type. These areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors. Lumenis Quantum IPL effectively treats rosacea, birthmarks, veins, sun spots and acne blemishes with its time-proven laser and Intense Pulsed Light solutions for cosmetic flaws. After completing the recommended treatment course the results for prominent veins and pigment are often permanent. The more subtle rejuvenating results are very long lasting, however, anyone wishing to obtain the optimum result longer term may wish to have 4 IPL Photo Facial treatments each year.

Apple Stem Cells: The first plant stem cell active ingredient on the market whose effect has been evaluated on human skin stem cells, and the results have shown that when the apple stem cells are applied to “old” epidermal stem cells, they support skin rejuvenation.

Glycolic Acid: An Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) derived from sugarcane increases desquamation to refine the skin’s surface.

Botox: An injectable form of botulinum toxin that removes wrinkle visibility.

Matrixyl 3000™: A unique wrinkle-relaxing and anti-aging peptide that helps visibly reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles while boosting natural collagen production.

Lactic Acid: This alternative to glycolic acid derived from sour milk increases cellular desquamation to refine and re-texturize the skin.

TCA : An acetic acid, commonly found in fermented apple cider, wine, grain, malt, rice, or potato mashes. TCA, or Trichloroacetic acid, is used to treat a wide range of patients for age related skin conditions like pigment disorders, photo aged skin, fine lines, light to deep wrinkles, acne scarring and uneven skin texture. TCA peels can range from superficial exfoliation to deep peeling depending on the concentration used and the number of layers applied.

Discuss your skin issues and concerns with an esthetician familiar with your skin to decide what ingredients and treatments are most suited to your skin type (that will also give you results!). But knowing what ingredients and treatments are available is the first step to younger looking skin!


Changing Skin, Changing Lives,



Lyn Ross


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