Happy first day of Spring! I always encourage clients to do some sort of detox especially when the weather changes. Just like you change your wardrobe you need to change your skin care products.
Your skin in the largest organ of the body so just like other parts of the body your it needs a detox. A skin detox includes getting rid of the toxins and purging your skin of bacteria and dead skin cells that can cause acne, wrinkles and dull looking skin.
There are levels to this. Here are some things that should be a part of your regular at home maintenance:
- exfoliation – gets rid of dead skin cells, should be done 1-2 times per week
- masque (different kinds available for specific skin concerns) – improves appearance of pores & hydrate, should be done once a week
These help to keep skin looking it’s best on a regular basis that are very little maintenance. There are more procedures that are minimally evasive,yet more effective, that can be done by a professional.
Getting a professional facial is a great way to detox skin. A consultation always occurs beforehand to ensure you get what you need, so it’s customized to target your specific concerns. It includes steam which opens the pores and allows the products to penetrate the skin deeper. A combination of massage, treatments, and a masque make this an effective and relaxing option.
To help with texture and dark spots microdermabrasion is a good option. It is minimally abrasive and removes dead skin cells, but goes a step further than regular exfoliation. This term is being used loosely by some high end brands that sell products with the name, but true microdermabrasion is done only by a professional as it uses tiny crystals to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells.
Going a step beyond a facial and microdermabrasion are chemical peels.
Chemical peels are a great option but require more maintanence and preperation from the client. No harsh products like retinol or exfoliators can be used for at least 7 days prior and the body can’t be overheated (so no exercising and maybe even sex) because sweating may cause deeper penetration of the chemicals that are applied directly to the face.
It’s great for hyperpigmentation and anti-aging. Some side effects are burning & stinging so this may not be a good option for sensitive skin. Peeling skin is often but not always a side effect, which turns some people away, however, those who get chemical peels, myself included, don’t mind the peeling because of the results. You can expect a clearer and brighter complexion 4-7 days after a treatment.
Which one of these treatments are you going to do with the changing weather? Don’t forget to share this post with your friends so we all can have glowing and healthy skin…..till next time!