With spring break fast approaching, travel plans are coming together. While you’re packing your swimsuits or sunscreen for beach trips, or long johns and boots for your ski get away, keep these skin care tips in mind to reduce discomfort.
Before you fly cleanse your face with a soothing cleanser containing non-drying ingredients. Glycolic can have a tendency to dry skin so avoidusing your anti-aging cleansers right before your trip. A soothing toner will prep your skin for maximum benefits from your hydrating serum. The Anti-Oxidant Peptide Serum is formulated with apple stem cells and peptides and will increase epidermal hydration reducing the drying effect from the recycled air and elevation levels when flying. I know we all like to look our best when we land at our destination, but apply your makeup after you land to prevent it from further drying your skin during flight.
Not too long ago the only way to tackle skin aging was with a face lift. Then came fillers and botox to push back Father Time. Today we are in the age of high tech treatments: crows feet, wrinkles, sagging skin and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots) can now be tackled simply by going for a facial.
Starbene Radio-Frequency Facial Treatment is one of the innovative high tech facial treatments for skin tightening.
WHAT IS IT? A non invasive skin tightening technique used on the face and the body, that can be applied to all skin types. RF does not damage the epidermis (outer skin layer) in any way. The radio frequency energy (or light energy) heats the deeper skin layers during the treatment to boost collagen.
The process of skin shedding and renewal is a biological process in which the cells move up from the bottom of the epidermis to the top. This process takes about four weeks and then it can take approximately two more weeks before they are sloughed off and replaced by new cells. Combining professional treatments with a proper skincare regimen at home will encourage your skin to renew itself efficiently and help with collagen production so you can have younger-looking skin in a very short time.
Winter cold, wind and snow leads to dry, scaly winter skin. Add some dry indoor heat and your skin can feel uncomfortably rough and itchy. Areas on the body that typically experience winter itch are the sides of the torso and back. For anyone susceptible to breakouts your skin can also over produce oil because of the lack of moisture.
The Benefits of Pumpkin
The humble pumpkin, a backyard vegetable that contains enzymes, vitamin A, C and K, iron, zinc and so many antioxidants it's no wonder it's considered one of nature’s healthiest foods. Those ingredients that make the great pumpkin top of the health food aficonado's list are also just as nourishing to the skin when applied topically.
Plant enzymes, such as those found in pumpkin, soften and break down dead skin leaving your complexion feeling and looking smooth and radiant. Pumkin enzyme treatments are particularly good for people with acne, and because enzymes also help collagen production they are a very popular choice for people desiring aging skin prevention. By exfoliating the dead cells on the surface of the skin we encourage cell turnover at a healthy rate.
As you age, your skin starts to thin, lose its elasticity (ability to bounce back from a stretch) and fat cells underneath the skin begin to shrink making your skin more susceptible to damage, sagging and wrinkles.
The number one and most damaging factor to the skin is the sun. Sun accounts for about 90% of photo aging symptoms. Ultraviolet radiation penetrates the layers of the skin causing the damage that leads to wrinkles. What most people don’t realize is that the bulk of these effects actually occur by the age of 20 depending on genetic disposition.
The Fitzpatrick Skin Type skin classification system was developed in 1975 for skin care experts to measure that disposition and sensitivity to sun exposure. Skin Types range from the very fair (Type I) to the very dark (Type VI). People with skin types in the “I” and “II” range are at highest risk for photo aging.
|Skin Type||Tanning History|
|I||Always burns, never tans, sensitive to sun exposure|
|II||Burns easily, tans minimally|
|III||Burns moderately, tans gradually to light brown|
|IV||Burns minimally, always tans well to moderately brown|
|V||Rarely burns, tans profusely to dark|
|VI||Never burns, deeply pigmented, least sensitive|
There are many treatment choices available for treating fine lines and wrinkles caused by sun damage. Exfoliation with peels can achieve significant results. Peels remove the dead skin cells and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Peels range from superficial to medium to deep in exfoliating depth.
Enzyme peels are considered superficial. Acids such as Glycolic and Lactic are medium depth and Chemical peels go deep. The deeper the peel the longer the skin will take to heal. A deep peel can take the skin 7-10 days to heal.
Herbal peels are enzyme peels that gently hydrolyze and dissolve dead cells that accumulate on the skin’s surface, opening up blocked pores and rejuvenating the skin.
A Pumpkin Peel is also an enzyme peel but also provides a mild retinoic acid benefit, accelerating exfoliation, lightening hyperpigmentation and detoxifying congested skin.
Lactic Acid Peels work as an excellent alternative to stronger exfoliators like Glycolic and Salicylic Acid to remove dead skin cells without disrupting the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of the skin. Lactic Acid is a natural alpha hydroxyl acid found in milk and is used as a gentle exfoliating agent to rejuvenate sensitive skin types. The signature Institut' DERMed Lactic + Peel solution is blended within a unique system of anti-oxidants and skin brightening peptides to effectively exfoliate and promote a healthy hydrated, renewed skin surface.
Glycolic Peels are Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels, powerful keratolytic exfoliating agents used to correct abnormal epidermal keratinization in the pilosebaceous unit. Glycolic Acid Polymer is a compound of molecules that are linked together for more effective penetration through the skin layers. Glycolic Acid has the smallest molecular size, which allows it to penetrate and be absorbed by the epidermis more quickly than all of the other AHA Acids.
Jessner's peels are chemical peels and some visible flaking and peeling may be seen from this peel depending on the number of layers applied and the individual skin type. The long term results are well worth it. The Institut’ DERMed Classic Lifting peel and Perfect Lifting Peel are medium epidermal Jessner's like peels combining AHA and BHA Acids, lighteners and potent anti-oxidants to provide enhanced exfoliation and increased efficacy of each individual ingredient for a rejuvenated glowing complexion.
TCA is a deep exfoliating Trichloroacetic Acid peel solution used to accelerate epidermal cell renewal and protein synthesis fine lines and winkles. TCA peels are also excellent for fading post inflammatory pigmentation due to photo-aging and acne, and restoring healthy tone and texture. The signature Institut' DERMed Supreme Lifting Peel solution is formulated with a unique blend of potent anti-oxidants and peptides to provide enhanced exfoliation and increased efficacy of each individual ingredient. This intensive peel procedure is recommended for non-sensitive photo damaged, lax skin conditions and effectively resolves uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and removes sun damaged for a smooth glowing complexion. TCA can be used for face, neck and hand areas for complete rejuvenation of the face and body.
Any peel that goes deeper than a superficial exfoliation should only be applied by a professional skin care specialist to avoid complications.