Before & After Tips to Get the Most out of Skin Peels

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This is a guest post by Christina C., who is the lead esthetician at Silver Mirror Facial Bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC. She has over 18 years of experience in the beauty and spa industries. Silver Mirror Facial Bar has been a natural step in Christina's journey as it encompasses results-driven facials and treatments in a dynamic and skincare-loving environment.  

A skin peel is a wonderful way to address many of the most common facial problems.

Mild wrinkles, redness, breakouts and just a general lack of shine can all be treated with one application.

However, because peels work by removing an older layer of skin, you may not be able to enjoy them as often as you like.

There is a waiting period before you can have another skin peel safely, so you want to make sure you get the absolute most of each one you have.

If you want to keep the results of your peel for as long as possible, there are steps you can take both before and after the application.

We’ve created some handy checklists for you to follow along so that you can get the most value out of every skin peel.

A Pre-Skin Peel Checklist

Here are some steps you can follow to maximize your skin peel in the weeks leading up to the treatment. That’s right!

There are some considerations you will need to make weeks in advance if you want to have the best peel possible.

Attention: First Timers

Our list is designed for people who have a trusted source for their skin peels. If you’ve never had the chance to try one before, there’s only one step you need to complete before this checklist will help you.

Schedule some consultations at the top-rated skin clinics in your areas, and find a clinic and care team that you feel comfortable around.

Scout the clinic first. Any responsible clinic will ask that you meet them for a consultation before they allow you to choose the procedure.

This will give them the chance to examine your skin for any areas that may react badly to the active ingredients in skin peels.

Now, onto the list…

Two weeks out from the procedure

  • Fill any prescriptions recommended by your treatment professional: After your consultation, you may receive a list of temporary medications to take before your appointment. These often include low-intensity antibiotics to better protect the fresh layer of skin that will be revealed by the treatment. It is important that you follow the doctor’s recommendations if you want the best skin peel possible.
  • Avoid foods associated with irritants: There are some foods that can irritate your skin even if you otherwise really enjoy them. Many spicy foods come with sauces that can sting the skin, and these are particularly painful to people who have just had a peel. The sauces can further irritate already sensitive skin.
  • Stop any home or professional facial treatments: If you are using any harsh treatments for your face, make sure you stop completely for at least two weeks in advance. Home peels, microdermabrasion and other chemical facial irritants should be avoided completely.
  • Begin a regimen with approved moisturizers: Soft skin creams and moisturizers are not only OK, but also recommended by many doctors who offer this treatment. Proper exfoliation and moisturization can make the skin peel far more effective because the active ingredients aren’t hindered by tiny debris and oils that can gather in the top layer of skin.
  • Start limiting most sun exposure: Start limiting your sun exposure to as little as necessary. Wear sunglasses and hats when you go out of doors so that you won’t expose your skin. While any sun damage can be a problem, sunburns are the worst. Most skin peels will not work at all over skin that is healing from a sunburn.
  • Stop smoking: If you can stand it, you’ll get the best results from your skin peel if you stop smoking entirely in the weeks leading up to it. If you intend to have peels regularly, then you may want to consider quitting smoking altogether. After all, merely quitting for two weeks isn’t going to change much about the way smoking affects your skin.
  • Compare your prescriptions list to those known to have conflicts: If you use any prescriptions, make sure that you compare them to your clinic’s list of those known to have conflicts with the treatment. Many drugs that have photosensitive side effects (meaning they make you more vulnerable to the sun) are on this list, including some that are typically used for diabetes.

The day of the procedure

  • Clean well, but without chemicals: Make sure you wash your face gently but thoroughly with warm water before your appointment. Don’t use any creams or moisturizers the day of the procedure, however. You want your skin as unadulterated as possible when you go in.

A Post-Skin Peel Checklist

Congratulations on your most recent skin peel. No doubt, you now have an idea for how the final results might look, even though it will be a few days before the healing process is finished and you have clean, young-looking skin.

If you want to make sure you have the best results possible, make sure that you can check off each one of these:

  • Use heavy sun protection for the first week: Your skin is in a state of rejuvenation and healing after the peel is done. Make sure that you take extra precaution with the sun, because that would add another irritant to skin that is already very sensitive. Always use sunscreen wherever you go until your skin is fully healed.
  • Keep touching to a minimum: It’s going to be hard to stop yourself from touching the soft new skin, but you need to if you care about the results lasting. Avoid touching your face with your hands, and if you are applying any product or cream, apply it as gently as possible with a soft fabric.
  • Avoid touching wet skin: The new skin revealed by the chemical peel is at its absolutely most fragile when it’s wet. That’s why you should avoid touching your skin directly in the shower or shortly after you’ve left it. That means don’t touch it at all if possible. Very soft facial cloths are safe for wet skin, but the skin should be gently dabbed, not wiped.
  • Moisturizing, now even more important: Moisturizing is now even more important than it was during the pre-peel period. Apply a moisturizer starting early in the morning, and if your regimen requires it, one in the evening before you go to bed.
  • Avoid too much exercise: Chemical peels rarely come with any real downtime, but they do require a little safety from the threat of sweat. Heaving sweating, such as the type caused by exercise, can wreak havoc on fresh skin. The heavy salt content of sweat can cause inflammation of the skin, which will ruin the results.

Enjoy Your Next, Best Skin Peel!

Skin peels are a great way to restore some of the youth you want to see in your face.

By following this checklist, you can make sure that your skin peels are in the right place to do what they do best: to reduce redness and sun damage, to relieve the appearance of wrinkles and to bring back a youthful glow.

6 Ways To Get Rid of Acne and Stop It From Coming Back

Do you constantly battle with acne? Have you tried all sorts of products but your skin still has embarrassing breakouts? Don’t worry - You are about to find the solution!

Did you know that anyone of any age can get acne?

Acne may be caused by a variety of factors. Acne can occur during puberty, menopause, pregnancy or stress.

Bacteria, environmental influences, medications, hormonal oscillations, diet, lifestyle and/or health issues all contribute to skin breakouts.

In addition, not only oily skin breaks out. Dry skin can also experience acne.

Dry skin with acne is often hormonal in nature and is characterized by skin that looks and feels dry, yet still experiences blemishes (often painful.) 

Oily acne is characterized by shiny, oily areas, blackheads, pustules and blemishes, and enlarged pores.

So what to do? What products to use? 

We prepared expert tricks and tips from skincare professionals to get the radiant, clear skin you’ve always dreamed about. 

1. Identify Which Type of Acne You Have

Do you have dry skin with periodic breakouts or do you have oily skin with frequent breakouts?

Are your breakouts painful?

Do they have a yellow pussy texture?

Are they more around your jawline than anywhere else? These questions will all identify what type of acne you have and which products will best treat your issue.

acne quiz

A great tool to identify which type of acne you suffer from can be found at www.skincare-usa.com

2. Use Professional Products Appropriate For Your Skin Type

Remember, not all skin types are the same. If your underlying skin is dry – it is important to remove dead cells, balance out your moisture levels, and treat the root cause of the breakout.  

A product such as Biodroga MD Skin Refining Peeling with 3% natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) - glycolic acid, citric acid, tartaric acid and lactic acid - exfoliates, hydrates and treats breakouts.  

use acne products

Skin does not dry out, pores open up, oily clogs dissolve and dead skin cells are removed from the surface.

If your skin is shiny and oily with large pores and pimples – it is important to balance out the sebum production while eliminating breakouts and decreasing pore size.

Ingredients such as salicylic acid frees clogged pores from residues. Skin’s pH value is improved and its natural balance restored.

Remember – products only work when you use them consistently.

3. Wash Your Face Daily

Wash your face twice per day – morning and evening. Don’t wash it more than twice a day because too much washing can make your skin too dry. Over-Drying skin can produce sebum and excess sebum will lead to acne.

I know - you get home late and exhausted -  the last thing you want to do is wash your face and remove makeup. Been there!

However, sleeping with makeup clogs pores and worsens acne. When you wash – which you will, right? - use appropriate cleansers for your skin type.

wash your face daily

Dry skins use gentle cleansers that do not strip the skin. Oily skins can use cleansers that are a bit more astringent and balance out sebum production.

Preferably look for products which have no mineral oil, synthetic fragrances or colors, PEG, sulfates, silicones, phthalates, animal substances or parabens! And – while it is great to exfoliate – do not overscrub!

4. No Squeezing!

It’s hard to not squeeze when you see big, juicy pimples staring back at you. RESIST! Fight the urge!  

avoid squeezing

Squeezing acnes and pimples is the solution for resolving acne. In fact, it is not a solution – it is a problem.  

Squeezing causes bacteria to spread. And, you may cause scarring if squeezed too hard. You want beautiful skin? Then, don’t squeeze.

5. Keep Your Hair and Hands Clean

Our hands are dirty – wash them often and keep them away from your face. When we touch doorknobs, TV remotes, steering wheels, etc. we pick up bacteria – bacteria that are easily transmitted to our skin. For clean hands, wash often with antibacterial soap.

clean your hand

Same goes for your hair. Your hair is a carrier of bacteria and products which can exacerbate acne.  

Avoid using gels, mousse, or fragrances on your hair. These products can get on your face and block your skin’s pores.

If you have bangs or long hair keep them away from your face. Also, if you have oily hair, wash it often to avoid breakouts.

After you clean your hands, face or hair, use a clean towel to dry. I would hate to see a dirty towel under a microscope. Ick!

Dirty towels spread bacteria, especially if you use the same towel for multiple parts of your body.

Change your pillow cases on a weekly basis. Pillow cases soak up and spread oils from your face and hair.

Don’t like to do laundry? throw a clean towel over your pillow each night.

6. Be consistent with getting deep-cleansing facials

Estheticians and skin care professionals are trained in using stronger products and acids which can cleanse, exfoliate and manage your acne.  

deep cleansing facials

Depending on your budget, a deep-cleansing facial once a month is a great idea.

Be sure to use a professional who understands acne and is trained to bring your skin in to balance, while eliminating breakouts.

Tanning at Home – What You Should Know About Healthy Chocolate Skin

Even though the beginning of spring brought along some unpleasant weather with it, the sun is finally here to stay.

And with summer getting closer and closer, many of us are dreaming of achieving that perfect bronzed glow.

Nevertheless, spending time in the sun is detrimental to skin health. So, how can we get the chocolate look without the disadvantages? 

How to Tan at Home

Hadley King, M.D., a New York City dermatologist, is a firm believer that there is no such thing as a healthy suntan.

The UV rays in sunlight damage the skin’s DNA permanently, which can lead to the development of melanoma later in life.

For this reason, more and more people from all over the world resort to getting fake tans. 

Luckily, you don’t have to be a professional to look sun-kissed.

According to Sound Body Life’s article on homemade tanning oils, getting a bit of color on your skin at home is completely possible with the right approach.

Here are the five essential steps through which you can achieve gorgeous and healthy bronzed look without having to spend time in UV rays. 

1. Exfoliate

The first thing that Cosmopolitan Magazine recommends that you do to achieve flawless caramel or chocolate skin at home is to exfoliate.

Dead skin flakes and other impurities lead to a splotchy application, which is why they should be removed the day before you apply the product.

This creates a clean and smooth canvas for the self-tanner to adhere to.

To achieve the best possible results, use an oil-free exfoliant.

Oils usually linger on the skin and create a barrier between it and other products, which will make your tan look streaky and fake from a mile away. 

When the epidermis is freshly polished, your lotion of choice has a chance to seep into it evenly, and you will look like a perfectly bronzed goddess in no time at all. 

2. Shave

When it comes to luscious caramel skin that has a glow for days, there is no look more iconic than that of the ravishingly beautiful Victoria’s Secret Angels.

And fortunately for us, that level of perfection is easy to achieve. According to Kristyn Pradas, their tanning expert, Victoria’s secret, in this case, is shaving the legs and arms 24 hours before the actual product application. 

The best tool to use is a new razor so that you ensure a close shave that leaves the surface silky and bump-free.

This will also further exfoliate the skin and prepare it for the tanning session.

If you’ve got the time, waxing is also a viable option. Just make sure to leave enough time for the pores to recover, because it can irritate the skin far beyond a razor burn. 

3. Moisturize 

The next step in prepping the skin for tanning at home is applying a nourishing moisturizer.

This is especially necessary for problem areas such as breakouts or dry patches because it prevents the product from clinging to these spots and accentuating their unpleasant appearance.

Depending on your skin type and its needs, you can choose a variety of products for this.

A thicker cream is recommended when you have a lot of dryness to take care of.

But if your complexion is naturally oily, a lighter water-based gel or lotion is the preferred choice.

Furthermore, don’t forget to apply a thicker layer on the knees, elbows, knuckles, feet, and hands because these areas usually develop darker. 

4. Pick Lotion

After your skin has been aptly prepared for the tanning process, it’s time to pick your lotion of choice.

Fortunately, there is a wide array on the market. For an effective alternative that won’t break the bank, try the Ocean Potion Ever Glow Xtreme Self Tanning Lotion. It provides an even formula that absorbs quickly into the skin. 

And if you want a premium product, Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Heavenly Bronzing Mist is a luxury option that will leave you feeling pampered. 

Nevertheless, the classic choice will always be represented by products from the renowned St Tropez line, which are some of the most popular self-tanners in the world used by models, celebrities and influencers.

5. Use Mitts 

The final step in achieving the ideal at-home faux bronze is to use reliable tanning mitts.

This provides an even application and prevents your hands from being darker than the rest of your body or turning downright orange. 

Always apply a small amount of product in a thin layer on the flatter areas of the body and use the excess on the mitt for the joints.

Some brand name self-tanners come with their own mitt as a package deal, but you can also purchase yours separately if you choose a product that doesn’t offer one.    

Final Thoughts 

Unfortunately, achieving a healthy tan in the sun is simply not possible.

Fortunately, the same look can be emulated at home by using the appropriate regimen. 

Exfoliating, shaving, and moisturizing are important steps for prepping the skin.

All that’s left afterward is to pick your product and apply it with a mitt for a silky smooth look. 

3 Powerful Tips on Using Green Tea in Your Skin Care Routine

Green tea ranks among the healthiest drinks you can drink. This beverage that has its origin in ancient Asia has a myriad of benefits to our body and skin. 

It can enhance your memory and sharpen your concentration, raise your energy levels, make your immunity better, and many more. 

As far as skin health is concerned, drinking green tea has been credited with slowing or delaying aging, guarding the skin against UV rays, clearing the skin, and minimizing acne.

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Other than drinking green tea, it can be applied topically to the skin for other great benefits.

The following are some ways you can add green tea to your skin care routine.

1. Drinking green tea

If you are a tea-lover, switch to green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants which counteract the free radicals that cause skin damage (source)

Due to this, consuming the beverage regularly will decelerate the signs of skin getting old.

For a positive impact on the skin aim to take at least two to three cups of the green cup daily.

Green tea is readily available in the form of tea bags or as loose green tea leaves which can both be bought from health shops, supermarkets, and specialty shops.

For excellent results, ensure the following when buying your green tea:

  • Buy the freshest green tea available, and go for the highest quality you can get, preferably foil-lined and well-sealed.  
  • Request for green tea that is not more than a year old, especially if you are buying from a specialty shop.

2. Using green tea in ready-to-use face cream as part of your daily skincare routine

There are readily available over-the-counter topical creams that contain green tea formulas.

These creams have a great skin anti-aging effect. For superb results, the following should be adhered to:

  • Consistent use of the cream – use at least twice a day for a number of weeks then assess your skin to gauge the product’s effectiveness.
  • Apply the cream after cleansing and toning the skin but before applying the moisturizer.

3. Using green tea as a scrub to exfoliate the skin

Exfoliation removes dead cells and encourages rapid production of new ones (source)

You need to prepare tea using a green-tea bag as you normally do by immersing a tea-bag in boiling water in a cup.

Get the used tea bag, open it up and empty the contents into a clean container.

Add a pinch of granulated sugar and a splash of water as you stir. Continue adding a little water as you mix until you form a thick scrub.

Apply the mixture softly onto your skin, which should be already damp, by rubbing it in a circular motion.

Rinse off the mixture with some lukewarm water. This scrub can be used on the face as well as on the neck, hands, and legs during your shower. The scrub should be used to exfoliate once a week.

Conclusion

Green tea can also be applied in other ways for skin care, together with sun cream, to protect the skin from harmful sun-rays, to soothe and repair damaged skin, and to treat puffy and swollen eyes.

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