As the anti-aging market continues to flourish staying knowledgeable about active ingredients is more important than ever. But despite all the newest discoveries in topical skincare one of the main power players in clinical studies remains Vitamin A derivatives Retinoids and Retinols).
First studied in 1943 as a treatment for acne, Retinoic Acid suddenly found itself in the spotlight for other benefits - namely its effectiveness in diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical Vitamin A has also been shown to help build collagen fibers within the skin in addition to a superficial exfoliation, which is why it is such a groundbreaking anti-aging ingredient in skin care.
A Retinoid varies in its chemical structure from a retinol. Retinoids can only be prescribed by a doctor and can be very tough on your skin. Retinol however, can be included in over-the-counter fromulations and is mainly found in serums and moisturizers. Anyone prone to dryness or sensitivity may not tolerate a retinoid very well but achieve great results in a much more gentle way with a retinol.There are many benefits of retinol and anyone who is serious about anti-aging, whether it be preventative or restorative, should have retinol in their anti-aging routine. Working together with an esthetician to achieve your skin goals with a professional grade Retinol peel treatment as well as maintaining your results at home with a nightly topical application of retinol will bring you the best results.
Although this ingredient has long been known for its benefits what continues to improve in cosmetic formulations are the delivery systems used to transport the active cosmeceutical in the skin to where you need it to be. The Institut' Dermed Vital A serum is formuated with micro encapsulated retinol- this micro-encapsulation is a nano-delivery system shell capsule that stabilizes the retinol and makes it more absorbable into the skin. Diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promoting collagen production is not all this all star ingredient does either: additional benefits include lifting dark spots and softening rough patches of skin. We recommend using the Vital A serum every other day at first and then gradually working up to nightly applications. Over time, you will see some great results not only for diiminshing the signs of aging but also for discoloration and uneven skin tone, leaving your skin looking brighter, younger, and more alive.
Keep in mind that retinols will increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight so always wear a sunscreen daily.
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Fruit and vegetable enzymes are proteins with the ability to target and break down dead skin cells. When used in skin care products, the enzymes speed up chemical reactions on the skin's surface, increasing skin cell turnover to reveal healthy, glowing skin. The enzymes take the place of manual exfoliation with an added bonus: they're also full of antioxidants! Pumpkin enzymes naturally contain vitamin A, making them the most effective enzyme for refining the skin's surface. This miracle enzyme helps to treat fine lines and wrinkles as well as to combat oily acne breakouts.
Skin care products that achieve this "healthy glow" without the downtime are available for home-care as well as professional use. Five minutes at home is all you need to transform your skin with the Institut Dermed Clarifying Peel. Formulated with oil controlling Pumpkin Enzymes and L-Lactic Acid this weekly treatment accelerates the release of dead cell build-up, fades the appearance of skin discoloration, decongests clogged pores and helps to prevent the appearance of blemishes for a clear, clean complexion. Contains 5% Pumpkin Enzymes.
For professional use, the Institut Dermed Pumpkin Peel facial treatment combines enzymes and fruit acids to accelerate exfoliation without the oxidative and free radical stress associated with most peels. The mild retinoic acid benefit helps the exfoliation process and this peel is also packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant to strengthen your skin’s defenses and prevent the signs of aging. The Pumpkin Peel treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. There's no downtime with this peel which makes it an excellent lunchtime treatment.Contains 15% Pumpkin Enzymes. For Professional Use Only.
Heading into Spring there may still be some unexpectedly cooler temperatures here and there, but the evenings are starting to stay brighter longer and the days noticeably more sunny. Early Spring is the perfect time to say goodbye to dry, winter skin and prepare your face and body for spending more time outdoors.
Exfoliation is the process of removing dry, damaged skin cells from the surface of the skin; Exfoliation helps to increase skin regeneration, boost elasticity and create a smoothness (minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles). Natural aging may be unavoidable but exfoliation contributes to “healthy skin aging” by delaying or preventing the visible appearance of skin aging. Strengthening your skin’s ability to retain moisture is the key to youthful looking skin.
The more hydrated your skin is, the more youthful it will look and moisturizing on top of a layer of dead dry skin buildup won't accomplish much. Dry winter skin can also just feel itchy and uncomfortable and clog pores leading to more breakouts if you are acne prone.
Using both a topical and a physical exfoliant in a skin care regime will keep those dead, dry skin cells at bay. An exfoliating scrub such as the Enhancing Micro Crystal Polish with corundum crystals and jojoba beads and an exfoliating peel such as the Brightening peel with Lactic Acid will also break up pigmented areas, sloughing off those damaged skin cells to help even the skin tone and brighten for a gorgeous healthy glow.
In clinic this is a great time of the year to add on a professional peel, a microdermabrasion or a dermaplaning to your regular facial treatment. Spring is here - get your Dermed glow on!
New technology and products come out every day promising the secrets to the fountain of youth, so it’s vital to do your research and know what each treatment does in order to make an educated decision on the right products and procedures when treating age related skin conditions especially for collagen compromised skin. True anti-aging treatments (in order to be worth their weight) must stimulate collagen production, in order to make skin look plump, smooth and young again.
Many clinical skin care specialists believe that some degree of laser resurfacing or deep chemical peels are the most effective treatment for collagen stimulation to reverse the signs of aging. While we can attest to some remarkable results with those treatments we are also big advocate of a skin rejuvenation technique called Micro Needling as a healthy collagen boosting alternative.
First what exactly is Micro Needling?
The principle of skin needling is to stimulate the body’s own production of collagen. Dermal Micro Needling involves the use of a sterile roller comprised of a series of fine, sharp needles to puncture the skin or a needling pen. The needling device is rolled or stamped over the surface of the skin to create many microscopic channels deep into the dermis of the skin, which stimulates your own body to produce new collagen.
This treatment improves your skin by inducing the increased production of collagen, facilitating natural repair and growth, making the skin stronger and thicker. The new collagen can fill depressed scars and wrinkles from the bottom up lifting the depression area so that it becomes level with the surrounding skin. This process takes 2-3 months to produce visible results and can also help thicken thinner fine skin types.
Micro Needling has several advantages over other collagen boosting alternatives. The most important one is that the epidermis, the surface layer of the skin that is your natural skin protection barrier, remains intact! While the channels created by the needling in the epidermis have closed within hours, underneath a new collagen-structure is starting to form.
Micro Needling has been used successfully to treat fine lines, wrinkles, lax and sun-damaged skin; to reduce the appearance of stretch marks; to improve acne ice pick scars; and to induce hair re-growth. It has also been used to tighten skin. The advantages of this procedure are that the skin becomes thicker with more than a great increase in collagen deposition.
Micro Needling is a treatment to deliver results. You may feel some pressure and a slight prickling as the needles roll over the treatment area. In medical needling cases a topical anesthetic is applied prior to your procedure so there is minimal discomfort. After treatment your skin may exhibit a mild redness, which can last a few hours and the skin may be slightly sensitive. To protect and soothe the skin, enhancing protective cream is recommended for the first 24 to 48 hours as a home care regimen.
After a treatment mineral makeup may be used on the treated area face after 48 hours, though just keeping the skin moist often looks better and assists in faster healing time. It is important to protect the new skin from the sun by using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily.
Our expert aestheticians have reduced acne scarring, wrinkles and blemishes with micro-needling. If you would like to learn more about the procedure and what results you can expect stop by Institut' DERMed Spa in Buckhead for a complimentary consultation.
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How to Choose the Right Facial for You
With so many treatment options, selecting a facial for your skin can feel like a tricky task. Basic facials are great for most skin types and conditions, dry to oily, and will contain a corrective cleansing and toning, an exfoliation, mask, infusion serum, and moisturizer with product selections customized for your skin. Let’s break down the basic facial menu by skin condition and the results you’re looking for.