It is no secret that skin spots and blemishes can make our skin look older. That explains the popularity of different lightening and brightening treatments. Before you start any of these treatments you should know that the success of your lightening treatment will depend on two things: what has caused your hyperpigmentation and how deep your hyperpigmentation sits within your skin layers.
There are two main layers of the skin: the top layer epidermis and lower layer dermis. Melanin responsible for discoloration can be found in either of these layers. You can use one this trick find out how deep this excess melanin is. Hold the skin around the pigmented area taut. If the pigment gets lighter, it is most likely located in the epidermis and would be much easier to keep under control. If the pigment stays dark, its location is in the dermis and you would have to fight harder and more strategically to get that even tone, since it requires more invasive skin lightening treatments or changes made from within, if changes are to be seen.
Depth of excess melanin depending on the cause:
- Brown birthmarks – dermal
- Normal tanning – epidermal
- Prolonged tanning – epidermal and dermal
- Age spots – dermal
- Melasma – could be epidermal or dermal depending on the individual
- Caused by injuries (burns, cuts, abrasions, etc) – epidermal or dermal
In order for us to properly take care of our skin and keep it healthy we need to understand its functions as an organ. Skin protects our body from pathogens, UV radiation, physical damage, regulates body’s temperature through perspiration and blood flow, informs us about the external environment though sensation, and plays a vital role in body’s immune response and vitamin D synthesis. Skin constantly renews and regenerates itself, fights off free radicals, metabolizes nutrients, excretes salts and waste through sweat and maintains lubrication by producing natural lipids.
These natural lipids are found in the spaces between the cells. They preserve moisture and provide permeable barrier keeping the skin hydrated. Along with keratinized corneocytes and natural moisturizing factors, lipids create acid mantle on the top layer of our skin that prevents trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). This barrier protects lower layers of the skin containing cells and compounds responsible for flexibility and elasticity of the skin, thus aiding in maintaining youthfulness. If the lipids are lost, which happens as we age the spaces between the cells dry up, acid mantle breaks down, water gets lost and pathogens may enter, irritating and stressing the skin. By helping the skin maintain its barrier function and by supporting water retention we can renew, rejuvenate and protect our skin. So, when we consider daily regiment, treatments and products for our skin we need to apply humectant moisturizers that address barrier properties as well.
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Facial treatments are relatively new in America, though they have been around for a very long time. As far back as ancient Egypt, women used herbal, mud, and clay facial masks. For almost a century, facials have enjoyed popularity throughout Europe. The French are leaders in harvesting and processing mineral-and-nutrient-rich algae, mud, sea water from their coast, which is used to make therapeutic products for dozens of spas. The Germans have been innovators in the use of herbs for facial and body treatments, and a Bulgarian doctor claims to have found the secret of youth in procaine, which she uses internally and externally to turn back the clock for aging patients. Whether these treatments will keep us young forever is doubtful, but years of extensive research and experimentation have produced products that are far superior to most made in the united states.
Facials are so much a part of the European woman’s life that she would go without a new piece of clothing rather than skip her monthly facial. They have a good reason as to why they prefer a facial. Although a facial is not a “miracle treatment,” it does several things that miraculously improve the face. Facials deep-cleanse pores to rid the skin of blackheads whiteheads, and blemishes; they remove a layer of dead, dry cells that is deeper than that removed by cleansing; and they increased circulation, improve skin tone, nourish the skin, and help minimize fine lines. A good facialist can be your guide to treatments and products geared specifically to your skin problem.
Even though I am a trained esthetician, I get monthly treatments from someone else. An esthetician and personal friend, Larissa Harberk came up with the best explanation I’ve ever heard of why professional facials are necessary. She said, “Getting a facial is like getting your teeth cleaned; no matter how well you brush, plaque still forms and a professional cleaning is necessary.” For years I’ve been telling people that a professional facial does what you cannot do, and it’s true! Facialists also use products with stronger exfoliant, cleansing, and toning abilities than those available to the general public.
There are many types of facials, which may be divided into two main categories: at-home and professional. I’ll teach you how to perform the at-home facials first, then explain the various professional types.
We all would like our skin to look absolutely good and younger, for as long as possible. In the 21 century this concern is not a simply matter of vanity. The longevity of our career could depend on your appearance. As much as we try to fight this reality, the fact of the matter is that the healthier you look the better response you get.
Did you know that 90 percent of a first impression is visual and that the “impression” is made within the first 10 seconds? Whether you want to keep your skin looking young for professional or personal reasons, several things will help you do this. But the most important is no secret and everyone should know. It is sunlight that produces what people think of as aging skin; you could show your clients the side under their breast or under their arm, areas that are seldom exposed to the sun. That’s the way their skin or face would look if it has been protected…smooth, firm, unblemished. This is a hard fact to accept in a culture that worships the sun, but it is an established fact that the sun rays are what make skin look old, pigmented and wrinkled. Invest in good SPF30! I recommend limiting your exposure time and protecting yourself, but I do however suggest to not avoid the sun completely.
Whenever it is possible wear a hat that shades the face and reapply SPF30 every two hours. Enjoy your healthy and younger looking skin, always remember your neck decollete and hands.
Professional facials are available in various styles. It involves cleansing the face with a facial cleanser, following with steam, produced by a vaporizing machine, for about 10 minutes. An enzyme exfoliant is usually applied during steaming and removed directly after. The esthetician then cleanses out the pores by moving the skin around to force clogs out. This could be done by using damp q-tips or hands wrapped in cotton cloths a more experienced esthetician can use an extractor. Many people mistake this procedure for “squeezing” because it feels that way. When it is done properly the well-trained esthetician will clean out black heads, white heads, and pimples without damaging the skin. The next step for the esthetician is to properly massage the neck, shoulders, upper back, and face which makes the treatment very relaxing and peaceful. Once the massage is done a masque is applied. This part of the procedure varies enormously from one person to another, depending on which product is being used and the person’s skin type. After 10-15 minutes the masque should be removed and appropriate for skin type conditioned moisturizer with SPF 30 should be applied. Professional facials should be a part of your skin hygiene routine every four to six weeks. Enjoy your healthy skin!
Today, Chemical Peels continue to be a popular choice for clients, even with the advanced techniques such as laser peeling and light therapy. Chemical peels are tried and true: there is a wealth of information about them. They have stood the test of time when treating appropriate clients. Skin care therapists have every reason to consider a chemical peels. If you are a skilled and knowledgeable aesthetician, one who understands and feels comfortable providing chemical peels, you can achieve notable results for clients. Over time, different peels, each with different peels depths, have been developed. While many are fairly baring and easy to use and sell. Some require more firmness; the deeper peels may cause injury or scaring. Depending on the particular peel, the downtown as well as the risk of infection and scarring can be significant therefore these peels require more practice and knowledge to master. These treatments also come with greater potential for successful outcomes. A thorough understanding of chemical peels is vital to your success as an aesthetician. Given the wide range of treatment indications and their success in treating them, young and old alike can benefit with many positive attributes. To sustain the market desires, chemical peels and exfoliation are treatments that you will recommend often because of their successful outcomes.