Category Archives: AHA’s

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When Life Hands You Fruit …. Make Your Own DIY Enzyme Mask!

A Blissful Skin AHA

Oranges are full of vitamin C! Did you know orange intake increases the production of collagen by keeping the skin firm and supple? Well, now you do! Stop the anti-aging process and have your daily dose of oranges! DIY orange mask and ward off aging and wrinkles!

Kiwis are an amazing source of vitamin E which helps regenerate cells while hydrating skin.  Kiwis are rich in Vitamin C, full of antioxidant, and are included in  most anti-aging products and serums. Did you know that kiwis actually contain roughly twice as much Vitamin C as oranges?

Peaches are beautiful, delicious, and packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium, and selenium, and they help to protect your skin from hazardous ultraviolet rays and free radicals? You may boil the fruit until soft, then gently mash it with a fork and apply it on your face, the peels may be used for cleansing the skin! Voila’! Peachaliscious!

Apricot oil contains essential linoleic and oleic acid, as well as Vitamin A, these fruit acids easily penetrate the skin by gently repairing damaged skin without unwanted side effects.  Apricot oils are fantastic for sensitive, irritated skin and the anti-inflammatory agents may soothe skin disorders such as dermatitis and eczema. Please note, always consult your doctor before trying any new treatments.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid which help brighten and lighten the skin. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production. If you choose to use lemons, lemon juices to help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone orange, always use sunscreen!

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Explore The Top 3 Exfoliants

Top Benefits of Exfoliant Products

Aestheticians are key professionals in the Skincare industry; their vast experience, combined with ongoing education, will provide patients like you and I, the best and most effective products the market has to offer in order to achieve a radiant, beautiful complexion. According to Dermascope – “In our struggling economy, we all work hard to make the best choices when choosing which products to use so as to maximize results while minimizing costs in the treatment room. We also have to carefully consider these factors when recommending to our clientele what they should use for their home care regimen to complement the treatments we provide.”

Why exfoliate? 

Is your complexion a target to minor breakouts? Well, using a good exfoliant product will balance your skin ph levels by controlling sebum production while treating and normalizing clogged skin with blackheads, white-heads, and minor acne breakouts.

Does your skin feel tight? Dehydrated? Do you have dry, scaly patches? By exfoliating, you will remove dead cells buildup, and your complexion will regain the radiant, glowing, and refreshed look again!

Exfoliants may restore radiance and a youthful appearance to the skin. Exfoliants containing natural marine extract will remove dead skin cells and impurities.

Top 3 Exfoliants

Below, I have included my preferred top 3 products. You may purchase them directly by clicking on the images.

1. Guinot Gommage Biological Peeling Radiance   $36.00

Guinot Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel is formulated with Green Tea Extract, Shea Butter and natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids that will nourish and strengthen the tired skin and leave it with a new radiant complexion that will be softer and healthier if used on a regular basis.

How-to-Use:

  • Apply on cleansed face avoiding eye contours.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes to absorb excess sebum.
  • Remove by gently massaging in small circular movements to reveal fresh healthy skin cells.

2. Phytomer Gommage Marin Purifying  Exfolian  $38.00

This exfoliant with natural marine extracts restores the skin’s radiance and tone. Its exfoliating particles deeply cleanse the epidermis, eliminating dead cells and impurities.

How to use:

  •  Exfoliant can be used once or twice a week.
  • Apply a thin layer on clean and dry skin.
  • Leave it on for 2-3 minutes before remove by using a circular motion over the skin.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

3. Cosmedix  Defy Exfoliating Treatment  $74.00 

Formulated with three chirally correct AHAs. Invigorates and regenerates maturing skin. Restores youthful looking skin. Safe and efficacious for all skin types. Recommended for damaged dehydrated and asphyxiated skin

How to use:

  • Apply a small amount to clean dry skin at night.
  • This product may help smooth visible bumpy areas and help manage blotchy skin.
  • Sensitive enough for every night use.
  • A pacifying all-natural exfoliator.
  • Apply a small amount to clean, dry skin.
  • May mix with Refine if prepping sensitive skin for a peel.

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The Truth about AHA’s

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHA’s, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHA’s have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHA’s in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHA’s may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

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