Professional Exfoliators are designed to give great results, without unwanted downtime like medical grade peels. This time of year, is perfect to introduce your clients to a series of peels. With the weather being colder everyone tends to stay inside more often so you have a reduced risk of exposing your skin to unwanted UV rays. It also gives us the chance to promote the desquamation of the dull, dry and dead cells that have accumulated over the cold winter months. By starting a series of peels at this time of year this allows our clientele to enter spring with a more radiant, youthful appearance, leaving our dull winter skin behind.
When introducing peels there are generally three main concerns that clients are looking to be solved. One of the most common concerns is hyperpigmentation. When our skin is exposed to the sun, tyrosinase is triggered and our melanocytes begins to produce melanin. Melanin is then transferred to the surrounding keratinocytes via the dendrites to form protective caps around the keratinocyte nucleus. A common misunderstanding is that during certain times of the year, particularly the winter months when our skin is not at as high of a risk for burning that sunscreen is not required, and often people only wear UV protection during the hottest summer months. The sun emits different UV rays, the 2 we as skin care specialists are concerned with are the UVB and UVA. Both UVA/VB penetrate the skin, damage collagen fibers, darker pigmentation on the skin and UVA can also cause free radical damage that can lead to skin cancers. This can leave even people who try to take care of their skin with pigmentation concerns.
When clients come in looking for a treatment to target pigmentation, which often gets accompanied by fine lines and wrinkle as a linking concern, using a peel containing lactic acid is the first step to success. Lactic acid is derived from fermented milk and is commonly used to treat dry, mature, pigmentated skin. Lactic acid has been shown to lighten pigmentation, increase the skins ability to hold water, reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles and stimulate collagen production yet is gentle enough to use one those with more sensitive skins.
The other concern that many will turn to peels for is comedonal congestion and oily skin. People of all age ranges can experience acne breakout on the skin. There is a mixture of contributing factors such as stress, diet and hormonal changes that can cause the inflammation. When treating oily skin we want to use acids that can penetrate lipids on the skin to assist with the desquamation process of the hyper keratinized cells that are blocking pores. Salicylic acid is well known for treating sebaceous plugs within the skin. It is a BHA therefore it can easily penetrate the fatty and oily substances on the skin without causing irritation to a skin type that often already has a lot of underlying inflammation and irritation from the acne congestion.
With the TheraGenesis peel line we offer a gentle treatment that will deliver a healthier skin over time with a dramatic and consistent outcome. With the layering system of the peels both you and the client have control of how high the percentage goes so the client does not have to experience any discomfort during the process. The peels will create a mild inflammatory response in the skin which will help increase the overall cellular turnover in the skin as well as assist in corneocyte desquamation by helping dissolve the intercellular cement. Each peel product; Luminosite, Renover, Clarity and Delicate have their own unique formulas to assist with the skin concerns specific to your clientele.