Resurfacing and Rebuilding Your Skin

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.

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