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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.

6 Reasons Why It’s A Good Idea To Exfoliate

When clients tell me they are unhap­py with their skin, that it feels rough and dry, it’s dull, and that they hate their lines and wrin­kles, I know the solu­tion is EXFOLIATION.

What Is Skin Exfo­li­a­tion?  

Sim­ply put — EXFOLIATION is the removal of sur­face dry skin cells from the Epi­der­mis.  The Epi­der­mis is made of 4 lay­ers of dense­ly packed cells that line the out­er lay­er of the skin.

Believe it or not — there are usu­al­ly 15 to 30 lay­ers of dry, dead cells in this upper lay­er.  

Now, it’s not all bad!  There is a rea­son for it:

This lay­er helps pre­vent germs get­ting in and mois­ture get­ting out.

It also pro­tects the more del­i­cate, under­ly­ing lay­ers against abra­sion.  These dead cells are sloughed off peri­od­i­cal­ly. When a new cell is pro­duced, it push­es the old­er one off.  

A good anal­o­gy is to think of the the new cell as a grape…plump and moist, and the old one like a raisin…dry and shriv­eled. Those shriv­eled cells are what we see.

When we’re young, these dry cells slough off nat­u­ral­ly & are replaced every 4–6 weeks.  How­ev­er, as we age, this shed­ding peri­od slows down — like our metab­o­lism.

And that’s where I come in!  Pro­fes­sion­al treat­ments, like micro­der­mabra­sion or chem­i­cal peels, help remove some of these cells to give you a “fresh” and healthy glow.

So….How Do You Know If You Need To Exfo­li­ate? Besides look­ing in the mir­ror ….  Do a sim­ple test.  

Cut off a small piece of the adhe­sive (Scotch) tape and apply it to your fore­arm.  Rub it gen­tly and remove.  Now look at the tape.  See those lit­tle pieces of flaky skin? Imag­ine that as a film on your face — you need to exfo­li­ate!  

Here’s Why it’s a good idea to Exfo­li­ate:

  • Detox­i­fies your skin
  • Bright­ens your com­plex­ion
  • Reduces fine lines and fades sun dam­age
  • Soft­ens your skin
  • Kills bac­te­ria and pre­vents break­outs
  • And Improves prod­uct pen­e­tra­tion and treat­ment results.

Skin exfoliation graphic

Some com­mon prob­lems which are improved w/exfoliation include:

Black­heads, white­heads, and those lit­tle bumps under the skin are exam­ples of CLOGGED PORES.  The more you remove the sur­face cells, the more freely the skin’s oil will flow, pre­vent­ing con­ges­tion in the pores, which leads to refined pores.

When pores become clogged, they appear larg­er, which is the last thing we want.  By “decon­gest­ing” your pores through exfo­li­a­tion, they will appear small­er & your skin will look brighter.  

Sim­ply wash­ing your skin will not accom­plish this.

A SIDE NOTE:  Some peo­ple have told me they wash their face w/water only.  Now…without being “critical”..my response is to ask “Is that how you clean your dish­es?”  You must use cleanser to emul­si­fy & remove the oils/dirt/pollution/grime and prod­ucts from your skin!

HYPER-PIGMENTATION is anoth­er con­di­tion improved with reg­u­lar exfo­li­a­tion.  This shows up as the brown spots that come from preg­nan­cy, hor­mon­al changes and sun dam­age.

As we age, these spots become more notice­able and dark­er.  Exfo­li­a­tion breaks up these pig­ment­ed cells to help them fade.  If you add a skin light­en­ing agent, such as Vit­a­min C, to your home care, this speeds up the fad­ing process.


Espe­cial­ly in the win­ter, you may find your­self try­ing to load up on heav­ier creams to com­pen­sate for the dry­ness.  But dry skin means you have dry skin cell buildup. And the more you lay­er on the heav­ier creams, the more you are try­ing to re-hydrate dried out cells, which makes no sense!   You must exfo­li­ate and THEN mois­tur­ize. This LEADS TO smoother skin!

Sim­i­lar to sun dam­age, the key to fad­ing POST-BREAKOUT MARKS is to increase exfo­li­a­tion.

The more we remove the dam­aged cells on the sur­face, the more we are rid­ding the skin of the dark marks which — in turn —  encour­ages new, healthy, unscarred skin to grow.


Exfo­li­a­tion works by mak­ing the HILLS meet the VALLEYS.  One way I help you get more youth­ful skin is with in-house peels and then teach­ing you how to extend those results at home by using some pow­er­ful anti-aging ingre­di­ents like Pep­tides and Retinol.  

For example…Peptides send sig­nals to cells and prompts the skin to make new col­la­gen, which leads to more youth­ful, sup­ple skin.

Last­ly, Exfo­li­a­tion leads to Bet­ter Prod­uct Absorp­tion.  Serums and mois­tur­iz­ers are bet­ter absorbed into skin that’s not blocked by lay­ers of dead cells and dirt.

Reg­u­lar exfo­li­a­tion of your face will help your make­up go on smoother, more even­ly, and will also allow your sun­screen to bet­ter pro­tect your skin.

Types of Exfo­li­a­tion

There are two types of exfo­liants.  First, a “chem­i­cal” exfo­liant dis­solves or digests the dry skin cells.  These include Gly­col­ic, Lac­tic and Sal­i­cylic acids and fruit enzymes such as Pump­kin, Papaya, and Rasp­ber­ry.  They work by being applied & left on your skin or 2–10 min­utes.

Sec­ond, a “phys­i­cal” exfo­liant includes facial brush­es, wash cloths and scrubs, as well as Pro­fes­sion­al Treat­ments like Micro­der­mabra­sion.  

Pro­fes­sion­al Treat­ments give your skin a more inten­sive exfo­li­a­tion than you can do at home.

The goal is to exfo­li­ate as much as pos­si­ble with min­i­mal irri­ta­tion.

My skin care treat­ments take into account your skin type and con­di­tion, which I reassess each time you vis­it.  

I treat the most promi­nent issue first.  This means that if I have a client with active acne and col­or scars from old­er acne, I focus first on the clear­ing and calm­ing the active acne, and lat­er on the hyper­pig­men­ta­tion from old scars.

My spring spe­cial is a 45-minute Micro­der­mabra­sion treat­ment at a spe­cial price.  Just con­tact me via the Con­tact Tab above for more details.

Remem­ber:  Exfo­li­a­tion helps resolve cer­tain skin prob­lems and gives you healthy, youth­ful-look­ing and glow­ing skin.