Resurfacing and Rebuilding Your Skin
The main work an Esthetician does is to exfoliate and decongest the skin. Related to those two goals is the question of whether your skin needs resurfacing or rebuilding. Before that can happen, though, I take a look at my client’s skin, get an idea about what needs improvement and then we talk about it.
I also assess the skin type and condition — 2 different things — along with sensitivities and allergies. I have a tool-box of solutions to work with but that doesn’t mean every tool is suited to every skin.
For example, I’ve had clients ask for a microdermabrasion facial on their first visit — which I consider to be an advanced treatment. If I see that their skin is too sensitive for that treatment — I educate my client about why another approach is better for them.
And, by sensitive, it may be something you are unaware of, like surface capillaries which I can see with my magnifying lamp during your skin analysis.
As a Licensed Esthetician, I work on the epidermis — the upper layers of your skin — and I do this by applying light enzyme peels or superficial chemical peels, microdermabrasion or other treatments.
Before I go into more detail about the treatments, you should know that seeing me is not the only part of the solution. The other part is you!
I see you once every 4–6 weeks. You see yourself in the mirror 2x/day, hopefully, as you are taking care of your skin. That’s 30–60 times more than I see you.
That means that you must use proper home care products to extend and maintain the results you get with your treatments with me.
Especially if you have a goal in mind, such as lightening the sun damage and dark spots on your skin, then a maintenance regimen is necessary. Teaching you what that involves is also part of what I do.
If you went to a dermatologist for a medical grade peel, the doctor would tell you the same thing. In this way, you and I work as a team to improve your skin.
Some chemical peels may be considered medium depth. This means that the ingredients placed on the surface of your skin reach below the epidermis, but I don’t purposely work in the dermis.
Why? Because the dermis — which is the layer under the epidermis — contains collagen, elastin, and connective tissue which gives the skin its flexibility and strength, and also contains nerve endings, sweat glands, oil glands, hair follicles and blood vessels…that’s the doctor’s territory.
And that is what is meant by “superficial peels”.…those peels which are meant to exfoliate only the upper layers of the skin. By the way, most of the chemical peels I offer do NOT involve downtime and you won’t get sheets of skin peeling from your face. Again….that’s what you will get with a doctor’s peel: It’s deeper, more serious, is considered a medical procedure because it goes deep, hurts, is expensive and causes serious down time.