Peels that Reveal

Peels that Reveal

Sun exposure, acne or just getting older can leave your skin tone uneven, wrinkled, spotted or scarred. If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.  A chemical peel is one of the least invasive and most economical ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, Glycolic Boosters can also be used to improve the skin on your back, chest, arms or legs.

You can improve:

  • ACNE OR ACNE SCARS
  • AGE AND LIVER SPOTS
  • FINE LINES AND WRINKLES
  • DULL, DEHYDRATED SKIN
  • IRREGULAR PIGMENTATION
  • ROUGH SKIN AND SCALY PATCHES
  • SCARING
  • SUN-DAMAGED SKIN

What are chemical peels?

Chemical peels contain different chemical solutions to produce a separation and peeling of the outer layers of the skin which stimulate the production of new cells. They vary from very light and superficial to medium and more intense medical grade peels. The type of the peel recommended will depend on your skin condition, type, and desired result. The skin’s reaction to the chemical peel can be imperceivable (you can go out to dinner after), a mild flaking or similar to the peeling you would expect from an intense sunburn.  Medical peels may result in extreme redness, scabbing or peeling and may require some down time.
At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics, we prefer a series of gentler peels performed in succession, rather than one stronger peel that requires down time. For best results peels may be done weekly or bi-weekly for a limited period of time. Milder peels may be done monthly in combination with your facial.

Exfoliation is an important tool to stimulate fibroblasts and create new collagen, as well as stimulate cellular turnover to fool your skin into behaving like younger skin. But, there have been studies indicating that chronic inflammation caused from too many chemical peels can break down the skins protective lipid barrier, leaving it vulnerable to irritation and the production of free radicals. If the skin is irritated all the time, it is an indication of free radical damage which can change the DNA of the cells and age your skin even faster. Chemical peels are high in demand now, but you don’t want to be exfoliating and peeling all the time.

 

Also, keep this in mind when choosing your home exfoliation program.  Often clients look for glycolic, salicylic or retinol products that contain very high dosages. The idea that stronger is better may be aging your skin. Trust an esthetician to evaluate your skin and prescribe optimum dosages and an exfoliation program that fits your individual skin type. If your skin seems red or constantly irritated you should discontinue your current approach and consider something milder.
At ELIZABETH RENEE ESTHETICS, we offer several different types of light to moderate chemical peels to fit everyone’s skin care needs such as:

  • THE SMART PEEL
    A very gentle, hydrating peel based on pancreatin enzymes. This a smart enzyme only dissolves dead skin cells to minimize irritation and discomfort. It’s great at freshening and hydrating dry, sensitive skin.
  • CRANBERRY ENZYME PEEL
    A light exfoliating peel which combines Vitamin C with antioxidants derived from cranberries, and a small amount of skin brightening lactic acid. Perfect for smoothing and rehydrating dry, dehydrated skin.
  • BLUEBERRY PEEL
    A moderate blend of pore clearing glycolic acid plus antibacterial salicylic acid. This peel helps soften oil and clear the pores to increase the effectiveness of extractions. Also speeds the healing of mild acne.
  • LACTIC & GREEN TEA PEEL
    This moderate peel is very effective for brightening skin and maximizing hydration levels to help correct uneven pigmentation while softening fine lines. Green Tea provides soothing anti-aging anti-oxidants.
  • VITAMIN C PEEL
    A 30% Vitamin C peel blended with active fruit enzymes creates an effective brightening treatment to plump, hydrate, and reduce sun induced pigmentation. May be combined with Bio-Brasion exfoliation.
  • PUMPKIN ENZYME PEEL
    This Vitamin A peel done regularly, helps stimulate reorganization of cells in the epidermis as it reinforces the dermis. Wonderful for both resurfacing and rejuvenation to combat both ageing and acne.
  • SALYCYLIC PEEL
    20% or 35% depending on the skin type. This is the perfect peel for deep exfoliation, pore clearing, and reducing acne causing bacteria. An integral part of a problem skin facial.
  • SONOPEEL (ULTRASOUND EXFOLIATION)
    Thorough, consistent exfoliation with no irritation or inflammation. Crystal and chemical free, this non-invasive technique uses water and ultrasonic technology to gently lift off superficial dead skin cells.
  • BIO-BRASION
    State-of-the-art microdermabrasion using a gentler wet/dry technology. It’s crystal-free and combined with mild chemical peel exfoliation to reveal brighter, clearer and smoother skin.
  • MICRODERMABRASION
    More aggressive than Bio-Brasion, this chemical free skin sander wears down peaks and builds up valleys in the skin: minimizing sun damage, smoothing fine lines and retexturizing. Reserved for stronger skin.
  • THE DOUBLE PEEL
    Combines two very gentle peels, ultrasound exfoliation and smart enzymes, to get a more advanced result that is appropriate for sensitive skin types which are clogged, dehydrated or keratinized.
  • UN-SUN ADVANCED PEEL
    Combines Microdermabrasion with Lactic Acid for unsurpassed brightening and resurfacing to treat sun damaged skin. Diminishes ashiness, softens pigmentation and smoothes fine lines and uneven texture.

You should not have a chemical peel if you:

  • ARE USING ACCUTANE
  • ARE USING RETIN-A (UNLESS DISCONTINUED 1 WEEK PRIOR)
  • HAVE ALLERGIES TO ASPIRIN AND SALICYLATES
  • HAVE ACTIVE COLD SORES
  • HAVE ECZEMA
  • ARE PREGNANT OR LACTATING

 

After Your Peel:

You may be more sun sensitive, so limit sun exposure for at least one week before and after your peel. You should use a daily sunscreen/moisturizer with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with an SPF of 30 or higher. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 2-3 days, as perspiration may irritate the skin. When washing your face, do not use a scrub. Use a gentle detergent free cleanser that contains soothing Aloe Vera extracts and avoid wearing foundation during the day if your skin is actually peeling. Opt for a layer of Evening Primrose Oil and Borage Seed Oil which you’ll find in Elizabeth Renee’s Environmental Protection serum to reduce irritation and visible peeling. Do not “help” your skin peel with a scrub or AHA for the first few days. This avoids premature skin cell removal which could cause scarring or rashes. Do not have any other facial treatments for one week after your peeling is completed. Although the application of an Azulene Soothing Gel Masque at home, or for ultimate soothing a Seaweed Nourishing Masque (listed under facials when you book online) at the spa, will restore comfort and instantly super hydrate your skin. You may resume the use of a retinol, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) or a mild scrub upon the advice given from your esthetician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolution: Create Healthier Skin

New Year’s Resolution: Create Healthier Skin

So you’ve made a resolution to take better care of your health this year. To take time out to destress, exercise and eat healthier foods. On your list to create a healthier you, don’t forget to take care of your skin.

Where should you start? You have limited time, what should your priorities be? Presenting a glowing healthy complexion makes you look wonderful and feel great, plus a healthier skin enforces your first line of defense that protects the rest of your body and keep you healthier overall.

Lets look at the 5 key factors that can change your skin and make it healthy, strong and glowing. Although all are important I’ve listed them in order so you can consider how much time and energy you want to invest in creating your best skin possible.

#1 SUN PROTECTION

Take care of that beautiful skin you’ve been given. In skincare, the first rule is to hold onto what you’ve got because trying to repair damage you’ve done is so much harder and at some point impossible.

You know what I’m going to say. UV damage, from the sun, causes photoaging and skin cancer. UVB light, which varies in strength depending on the time of day and time of year, causes sun tanning and burning which are both indications that the skin has been damaged.  UVA light, which is consistently strong all of the time, cause over overactive melanin cells and the breakdown of collagen and elastin which leads to sun spots, a loss of skin tone, wrinkles and a leathery skin texture.

This is why wearing sunscreen year round is vital. If you’re walking from here to your car and your skin is unprotected, you’re getting sun damage. In the summer, a broad spectrum SPF 30 is recommended. The same is true in winter, but if you live in a colder climate you might do well with an SPF 15 formulated in a rich, moisturizing base.

For extra protection, follow with a foundation that includes an SPF. Unfortunately, relying solely on your foundation for complete sun protection just doesn’t work. Usually you’re not going to apply enough foundation to give you that SPF number listed on the bottle.

When improving your diet, as a part of your newly health conscious self, consider that there are some healthy foods that help protect your skin from sun damage and boost your skin’s natural SPF. One such food is watermelon, another is pomegranate. Science has shown that eating these foods is a good addition to your arsenal of sun protection (along with sun avoidance and protective clothing).

So if you can’t do anything else for your skin, sun protection would be on the top of my list for taking care of your skin.

#2 DETOXIFY

So, you have limited time, but you’ve successfully committed to daily use of sunscreen. What’s next on your list? I would say, even more important than those very expensive anti-aging serums is how you cleanse your skin on a daily basis. Besides, if you’re not cleansing properly those high performance ingredients won’t get into your skin anyway.

The proper way to cleanse your skin is to choose a lightweight, non-clogging cleansing milk or a detergent free, non-foaming cleansing gel depending on your skin type. The idea is to keep your skin soft, smooth, clean and well hydrated. If your skin feels tight after cleansing, you’re probably using something that’s too drying and is dehydrating your skin.

Always follow cleansing with a toner. This is a step that people often skip, but toners are essential for healthy, clean skin. The best reason for using a toner is the condition of the tap water that we use to wash our faces. Tap water typically contains fluoride, chlorine, bacteria, sodium and other drying and clogging chemicals. So along with removing your left over cleanser, an alcohol fee, non-drying toner will quickly improve your skin, creating a more translucent hydrated look that easily accepts treatment products and supports moisturization.

** For more complete detoxification consider regular monthly facials, which rid the skin of impurities, dirt debris and bacteria that can be trapped in pores and can lead to infection and breakouts. You can even do a detoxifying mini facial at home, which includes exfoliation with AHAs and a scrub followed by a masque created specifically to deep cleanse the skin.

#3 HYDRATE

Water is extremely important for your skin. It’s essential for all metabolic functions that keep skin cells alive and healthy. You know you should be using a moisturizer daily, but are you really getting water into your skin?

Drinking water is the place to begin. Getting those eight glasses in a day will create a reservoir of moisture in your system that has great potential for hydrating the skin. If you’re doing your cleansing routine correctly you will bypass the dehydrating effects that occur from over or under cleansing. Then you need to choose the correct moisturizer that fits your skin type.

Hydration means getting water into skin cells. Moisturizing means locking it in with the appropriate cream or lotion over well-hydrated skin.  Then you need to hold it there to force moisture into thirsty cells. If you use water alone it will quickly evaporate and leave your skin even drier than before.

You need a few types of ingredients to keep skin cells well hydrated.

  • Humectants are ingredients that attract water to your skin. One of the most effective being hyaluronic acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Another is Sodium PCA, which has been shown to pull moisture out of the air, even in the Sahara.

* If you want to go that extra step we have a beautifully hydrating, oil free serum (Hydraessence) based on hyaluronic acid that can be worn under your moisturizer or mixed with another serum.

  • Occlusives are ingredients that increase moisture levels by providing a barrier that prevents water from evaporating from the skin. If you just use a humectant and the air is particularly dry (as in winter) humectants will draw water out of your skin and into the air, leaving you dehydrated. One of my favorite barriers is silicone. This breathable barrier keeps water from evaporating but does not hold onto heat in your skin. Less heat means less redness and fewer reactions for sensitive skin types.
  • Emollients provide some occlusivivity but not quite as long lasting as occlusives. An emollient is an ingredient that smoothes the skin’s surface by filling in cracks between skin cells. They make the skin more soft and flexible and contribute to the creamy texture of a moisturizer adding lubrication to the epidermis. My favorite emollients are oils, lipids and ceramides.

The perfect blend of humectants, emollients and occlusives depends on your unique skin type. Get help from a professional, licensed esthetician who will guide you towards that unique formula to give you beautifully hydrated skin.

#4. EXFOLIATE

Okay, you’ve mastered protecting, cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Now you want to really make some big changes. What should you do? Peeling away those dead, dry cells provides instant improvement by way of smoother, softer skin. It removes dullness and helps clear the pores. Actually, exfoliation goes way beyond these quick fix benefits.

Proper exfoliation helps jumpstart your skins internal repair mechanism to produce newer, younger skin cells. The epidermis (outer layers) becomes smoother and when new cells are generated it becomes stronger with a reduction of fine lines and evening of pigmentation. That’s not all. The under layer (the dermis) starts to produce more collagen and elastin for firmer, stronger skin.

Perfect exfoliation must be done regularly. It combines physical exfoliation with chemical exfoliation that can be alternately applied throughout the week. Perfect exfoliation does not mean irritation. Chronic inflammation actually ages your skin. Your skin likes little shocks. So once in a while you can have a professional peel or boost exfoliation at home. If your skin remains sensitive or red for an extended period of time after exfoliating, you’re doing too much. Also, remember that exfoliation removes the surface barrier that keeps skin well hydrated, so moisturize appropriately.

My favorite exfoliators are smooth surfaced scrubs using jojoba beads or eco-friendly, plant based micro beadlets. Use them 1-3 times a week depending on your skin thickness. Clients love to leave this product in the shower for convenience. Combine this with an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) blend. These two products work really well when alternated because one breaks apart dead cells and the other easily lifts them off the skin. Retinol is also a good alternative for less sensitive skin types and has had a great amount of research to prove its efficacy.

#5 REPAIR

If you want to go all the way and pull out the big guns incorporate a corrective serum into your routine. Last but certainly not least, corrective serums are highly specialized products developed for whatever problems your skin may face. From blemishes to wrinkles to hyperpigmentation or sensitivities a corrective serum offers results.

What makes these products distinctive is that they include specialized performance ingredients, which are super concentrated for greater results than you can achieve from using a moisturizer alone. Furthermore, an effective corrective serum includes a sophisticated delivery system, directing performance ingredients to the precise location in the skin where they are needed, making them super active and most efficacious.

Some of my favorite performance ingredients found in serums include:

  • Stabilized Vitamin C: most studied ingredient as an antioxidant, collagen booster and skin brightener.
  • Peptides: to send a message to fibroblasts to produce more collagen, thus firming skin and softening lines.
  • Retinols: to stimulate repair and rebuilding of both the dermis and epidermis to help undo damage from the sun.
  • Daisy Flower Extract – a safe alternative to hydroquinone, reduces the formation of melanin, provides significant brightening.
  • Specialized Hydrolyzed Algin: awakens dormant stem cells to repair and activate a youthful firmness and smoothness.
  • Piptadenia Colubrina: increase the presence of aquaporins, pores in skin cells which allow super hydration of the skin.
  • Sepicalm – a patented water lily/peptide complex, which cools heat-activated skin, and reduces redness and blotchiness.
  • Ubequinone (CoQ10) – powerful antioxidant that helps boost cellular energy to enliven sluggish skin.

 

Happy New Year and good luck with all your resolutions, including achieving super healthy beautiful skin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s the deal with a Cranberry Peel?

What’s the deal with a Cranberry Peel?

cranberrypeelOf all the peels in all the world why should you choose a Cranberry Peel?

A Cranberry Peel is beneficial for most skin types, especially dry, dehydrated or somewhat sensitive skins.  The combination of enzymes plus lactic acid in this peel offers a little more exfoliation than solely enzyme based peels. This means that a Cranberry Peel is highly effective for removing the accumulation of dead, dehydrated cells that can clog pores or give the skin a dull, lifeless look, yet a cranberry peel is still gentle enough to be used on all but the most sensitive skin types.  The low-level amount of Lactic Acid found in this peel is not only great for exfoliating, but has wonderful hydrating properties and helps to diminish pigmentation. The new skin revealed looks fresher, more moist and boasts a lovely radiant glow.

You also get a bonus effect with our Cranberry Peel.  Cranberries are nutrient rich with Vitamin C and packed with anti-aging antioxidants.  These help replace and repair collagen fibers that has been damaged from past sun exposure.  The bottom line is that Cranberry Extracts (processed correctly) help your skin retain it’s tone and firmness.

To create softer, calmer, well hydrated skin, ask for a Cranberry Peel to be added to your facial or as an à la carte treatment that can be done in-between your regular monthly facial treatments.

Very Merry Cranberry Peel Special

This special is offered by Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skin Care Spa every holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Years.  It’s a fun time to try our exfoliating Cranberry Peel.  If you haven’t yet had one now ‘s the time.  Choose to use it for yourself or gift it to someone special this holiday season.

Get that “glow” for the holidays.

FREE CRANBERRY PEEL

Purchase a gift certificate for $100.
Get a gift card for a FREE Cranberry Peel.

The gift card can be used any time during the month of January, 2016.

(a $50 Value)

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY

SUMMER SKIN RECOVERY
Getting Even
Getting Even

Even more than wrinkles.  aged skin is defined by uneven pigmentation.

Summer was fun, but age spots aren’t.

Skin discolorations betray advanced aging and wear and tear on your skin.

There are skin lightening alternatives to prescription hydroquinone which can cause skin irritation and has been banned in Europe as a known carcinogen.  While hydroquinone offers a fair amount of lightening it has also been known to cause a “bullseye effect” which actually draws more attention to the dark spots.

SPA TREATMENTS

Though pigmentation can be very frustrating to deal with, Spa peels containing brightening botanicals, Vitamin C, lactic acid, niacinamide and salicylic acid are your quickest way to skin recovery after being exposed to the summer sun.  Plus, the quicker you deal with pigmentation problems the less they become permanently ingrained in the cell production mechanism of your skin.  Ask your esthetician about having a few Bio-Brasion Brightening Peels.  This next generation microdermabrasion treatment is very effective, and gentle on your skin.

HOMECARE

Clients often say, “I don’t want to do that at home.  You can take care of it here.”  Well, the truth is, that’s really wishful thinking.  Brightening pigmentation after the summer requires action on all fronts.  In-Spa treatments are really effective when combined with great homecare.

VITAMIN C:  Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a no-sting version of Vitamin C that is very effective for brightening the skin. Incidentally it’s also good for lightening blackheads as it helps build collagen.  When worn under a sunscreen daily, it can boost your sunscreen’s anti-aging effects by up to 20%.  Check out Elizabeth Renee Esthetics’ C & E Antioxidant Serum.

BOTANICAL BRIGHTENERS:  We’ve check out the top brightening ingredients and included them into our Brightening Peptide Serum.  Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Daisy Flower Extract: A natural, gentle, yet powerfully effective skin lightener that works by inhibiting melanin overproduction in the skin.
  • Bearberry Extract:  Bearberry contains Alpha arbutin, which is known to lighten the skin fast.  Arbutin has been proven to effectively lighten freckles, dark spots and skin discoloration. In a one-month study on 80 Chinese women using a 1% alpha arbutin, the “skin lightening effect” was said to be very noticeable. Bearberry extract is also useful because it contains sun protection filters that may help to reduce the amount of “tanning” experienced after sun exposure, and consequently promotes anti-aging of the skin.
  • Licorice Extract:  This ingredient has been shown to inhibit tyrosine activity and UVB-induced pigmentation.  A recent study has shown that a combination of licorice root extract with retinoic acid resulted in a brilliant skin lightening response in 70% of all patients.

HOME EXFOLIATION

Your esthetician can recommend a homecare exfoliation program that will be effective for your unique skin type. It is important to do regular home exfoliating treatments that will remove pigmented cells, but not cause irritation,  This is important because irritation can trigger more pigmentation.

I think incorporating a morning and evening exfoliation program is important.  However, you have to commit to avoiding the sun and extensive use of sunscreen.  Here is a winning home exfoliation program that works on most skin types:

  • AM Exfoliation:
    • Getting Even –  Use this wonderful AHA/BHA blend 3-4 times a week, in the morning and allow it to dry before applying a C & E Antioxidant Serum and Sunscreen.
    • Papaya Enzyme Buffing Beads – is the scrub of choice to augment skin brightening.  Apply and work in for 30 seconds then leave on the skin for 2 minutes before rinsing. Use on alternate days from Getting Even.
  • PM Exfoliation:
    • Retinol Resurfacing Treatment – Retinol has gotten a good deal of attention in the world of skin care. In fact, it is one of the most well-researched skin-care ingredients. Why? Because research clearly shows that retinol has multiple benefits for skin including skin brightening.  Make sure to apply your retinol, than wait a minute for it to be absorbed. Then follow with a skin brightener that contains Licorice Root extracts.

SUNSCREEN

  • Advanced Protection SPF 30 – Make sure you are using a particulate sunscreen like micro-milled zinc oxide because this type of sunscreen does not heat up your skin. Heat contributes to pigmentation.

CC CREAMS

You’ve heard of BB creams (beauty balms), well now their are CC creams (color correctors).  I never liked the BB creams because they were too heavy, too sticky and didn’t glide on smoothly over the skin (usually leaving your skin with a chalky white finish).  CC creams are different.  While you’re waiting for you skin brightening program to work you can find instant gratification by applying these neat little color correctors for immediate evening of the skin and if you are exfoliating properly you will get a wonderful texture that might even allow you to skip the foundation.  Our Cc Cream has a smooth silky texture and color adjusts to meet the needs of your skin tone.  Elizabeth Renee’s Brightening CC Cream is fortified with an SPF of 20.

Ready to start your skin brightening program?  Contact our spa at 781-237-7546 or book a Bio-Brasion Brightening Peel right online.  (Look for it under Medical Spa Treatments.)

How to Banish Blackheads

hands on faceBlackheads are a very common problem, especially on the nose and in the oily areas of the face.    Many of us think blackheads are dirt lodged in the pores but they are really oil that has oxidized from the air (which turns oil black similarly to how rust forms on metal) and pigment from old cells.  Oil gets clogged more easily if the oil is viscous and slow moving through the pores.  The viscosity of oil can be effected by a diet high in saturated fats (esp. dairy).  Also, runners are more likely to get blackheads because when they run, air hits the skin and oxidizes the oil.  Air also evaporates moisture from the skin, creating a hardened surface that traps in oil.

To keep blackheads at bay start by getting a facial.  Tell your esthetician to concentrate on extractions to unplug those clogged pores.  Verbalizing this concern will help your esthetician to focus on this problem instead of something else that may not be as important to you.  Your esthetician will use techniques to soften the clogged oil and make for easier extractions.  She may not be able to remove all blackheads in the first treatment, but this will get the ball rolling and she can advise you as to what routine you need to follow at home to prepare your skin for future treatments and offer products to help dissolve blackheads at home.

At home treatment includes using a Vitamin C Serum  which contains Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate to help prevent oil from oxidizing, reducing blackheads.  This product should be used daily in the morning.  Next you should use an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) blend that contains Glycolic Acid.  Glycolic goes in deeper than other AHAs and is most effective in a serum form.  Three times a week you should use a physical scrub to loosen the clogs and remove dead surface cells that trap in oil.  Finally once a week one should use an at home peel to clean out pores and exfoliate on a deeper level.

For stubborn blackheads you should consider a series of professional peels.  If you also have a problem with blemishing I suggest Salicylic Peels.  If you have a layer of dry skin trapping in oil you should consider Lactic Acid Peels which are not only skin softening but very hydrating.   If you have thicker skin you might want to try a Blueberry Peel which is a combination Glycolic Acid with a little bit of Salicylic and Blueberry Enzymes.  Once your pores are clean, you’ll want to keep them that way.  Keep up with regular monthly maintenance facials and be fastidious about your home care.

Click here to book a facial at Elizabeth Renee Esthetics Skincare Spa.