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Dermalogica BioSurface Peel

A few weeks ago I attended the launch of a new innovative treatment offered by my go-to skin solution…. Dermalogica. The BioSurface Peel which is only launching nationwide from September at Dermalogica Concept Store as BioSurfacewell as selected salons. As far as Dermalogica’s brand and philosophy goes, I was quite surprised to hear about them offering a chemical peel, as chemical peeling is quite an aggressive (but effective) solution to smoother, healthier and radiant skin. That being said though, because its Dermalogica, it is an incredibly refreshing take on peeling as its formulated with the most up to date technology available which minimises the downtime (if any) following a peel.

“Today’s woman is time-deprived, but still cares greatly about her skin health and wants results. Since Dermalogica launched more than 25 years ago, its mission has always been to set the industry standard and provide its tribe of professional skin care therapists with the most cutting edge products and treatments so they are best equipped to meet the demands of today’s consumers. The new BioSurface™ Peel will provide consumers with the results they desire without any recovery downtime.” Diana Howard, VP of Research and Development and Global Education for Dermalogica and The Internation Dermal Institute.

The steps involved in the BioSurface Peel.

  1. The skin is prepared using the Prep solution.
  2. The enzyme active is applied to the skin
  3. The acid active + is applied on top of the enzyme active.
  4. The de-celerator is applied to neutralise the acid in order to bring the skin back to the correct pH level.

The BioSurface Peel is for professional use only and not for home use. Dermalogica want to ensure the safety of your skin by entrusting it with a qualified and confident skin therapist to perform the peels. It is an express 3 step treatment and which will only take a few minutes out of your busy schedule – perfect for a lunch time or after work stop – which unlike facials require a minimum of 45mins and try to relax you. A few minutes and 4 steps for to resurface your face sounds like time well spent. So how does it work? BioSurface Peel

 

As the treatment is designed to work in synthesis of your skin’s chemistry and not against it, the peel safely and effectively removes dull outer layers of skin and helps the skin underneath regenerate for a smooth, radiant complexion. Immediately after the peel skin may feel red or flushed and as your skin regenerates it is normal to experience dryness, redness, tightness and slight flaking within a week, this is normal as the skin is forcing itself to wake up again. These side-effects will quickly subside following the peel and it should be noted that true dedication is required to your skincare routine (although before going for one a suitable skincare regimine should already be in place) as the post peel skin care will dramatically impact the frequency and results of your peel.  The BioSurface Peel is an active biphasic peel which promises to smooth skin texture, address acne concerns for fewer breakouts, while reducing fine lines and fading pigmentation in the epidermis. It is suggested to try three treatments (6 weeks apart) to see the best results and followed up with maintenance treatments twice a year.

The suggested post peel at-home treatment is the Ultra-Calming Cleanser, broad-spectrum Super Sensitve Shield SPF30 and two nourishing moisturisers as well as AGE Smart Multivitimin Thermafoliant to help buff away any post-treatment peeling. For specific skincare concerns, speak to your Dermalogica skin therapist for a customised face mapping pre-and-post peel in order for the most effective results.

Why is it called BioSurface Peel? It is a resurfacing of the skin, much deeper than an exfoliation which results in the skin feeling smoother with no downtime and no scarring.

Roll on September, I can’t wait to try out the BioSurface Peel!

The recommended price for the BioSurface Peel is R690, but this may differ from centre to centre.

For more information contact Dermalogica and visit their website, Facebook and Twitter @dermalogicasa.

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Peels – What You Need to Know

According to the America Society of Plastic Surgeons. There was a total of 1.1 million chemical peels performed across salons in the USA in 2012 which makes peels one of the top five minimal invasive cosmetic procedures.  The past few weeks peels have been the topic of conversation in my life and I keep hearing that chemical peels are the new miracle cure for forever-young, forever-beautiful, forever-sustainable youthful wrinkle-free healthy glows. I’ve always thought of peeling as quite an intense procedure but is it really? Due to the increasing popularity of peels being offered everywhere, salons, doctors rooms and even at home products – what new skin fashion are actually submitting our skin through? This is what I found.

What is a chemical peel?

There are various products and treatments available today on the market and every brand has one or is launching one soon. That being said, what actually is a chemical peel? Well, that is an extremely broad answer as there are many different types of chemical peels and each brand that offers them has its own formulations. That being said, chemical peels used by estheticans are generally a solution that has a combination or sometimes just one alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The solution of chemicals is applied to the skin, mostly in layers although some peels only one layer, like a treatment mask. The peel can either be removed at the end of the treatment or is left to self neutralise. The acids in the peel work to disolve the top layers of the skin creating a controlled “burn” and therefore creating skin which needs to regenrate itself.

Essentially a chemical peel is “reboot” for your skin, essentially switching it on-and-off again allowing the old, dead skin layers to be removed and make space for younger, newer, fresher more collagen fresh skin to reappear.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel - review of mine to follow soon.

Web image of a Dermaceutic Milk Peel – review of mine to follow soon.

At Home Peels versus Salon Peels versus Doctors Rooms Peels

There are even plenty of “peels” that are available for home use and I use the term home-use and peel in a very light sense of the word as its not technically a “peel” as these home use peels are very superficial peeling, simply a more extreme at-home exfoliation and this can help you maintain even toned and healthy skin.

Chemical peels perfomed by trained skin estheticans in salons have a lower pH than home-use products, making them more active and as such they can penetrate much deeper into the skin, these can cause your skin to turn red and sometimes skin may physically start peeling afterwards, like in the case of extreme sun burn.

Chemical peels may even be performed by Doctors, in their doctors rooms and for the most extreme peels are performed in theatre under an anaesthetic, obviously these are an even deeper peel with a lower pH than that of a salon or home use products. These peels usually have excessive”down-time” of the skin and a lot of peeling occurs afterwards.

When a series of professional peels are performed by a trained skin esthethian or doctor the peels can treat hyper-pigmentation and acne.

What chemical peels do

Across the spectrum, of what is available at the moment salon chemical peels promise may many things and they are:

  1. Improve the texture of your skin.
  2. Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin.
  3. Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture.
  4. Help your skin produce more collagen. (Goodbye wrinkles!)
  5. Reduce fine lines.
  6. Decrease hyper pigmentation.
  7. Unclog pores and help clear up acne.
  8. Leave your skin smooth.
  9. Make your skin softer.
  10. Make your skin look more even-toned.
  11. Give you a “glow”.
  12. Make your skin look more dewy.
  13. Improve minor scarring.

Chemical peels do not promote dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin, these conditions can only be treated with laser therapy or cosmetic surgery.

What does a salon peel feel like?

DermaceuticI went for my first ever salon peel on Friday afternoon, and this was a Dermaceutic Milk Peel at Ageless Faces Salon in Cavendish which felt like a crawling sensation on my skin but across the spectrum the reported general feeling can be warmth, sometimes even heat or mild stinging but if it actually hurts then there is a problem and the peel must be stopped immediately but it is normal to feel something happening on your face, as there is an acid penetrating the dead skin layers of your skin and essentially “burning” them away. The warmth sensation may be numbed by having a small fan blowing lightly onto your face.  These sensations will stop once the peel is over.

Ageless FacesThe peel itself is really quick, but I will go into more detailed experience on another post.

What happens after the peel?

Depending on what peel you have just undergone, your skin may react in many different ways and you may in fact peel but you may only experience mild itchiness, however it is normal to be quite sensitive to the sun and being vigilant about sunscreen following your peel is an absolute necessity. Skin may also feel tight and a little dry. Red skin is also common for an hour or so following the peel because having a peel is extremely stimulating to the skin and extreme caution and care needs to be given to your lifestyle choices following one in order to avoid unnecessary irritation or hyper pigmentation to the skin. This means no excessive exercise with sweating for a few days, no excessive heat sources like saunas or Jacuzzis, no scrubbing or picking your face and absolutely no retinol products or AHA products to be applied to the skin at least 10 days following the peel.

Who should have a peel?

If you have an acne problem or deeply congested pores; have fine lines or wrinkles; or feel like your skin needs a brightening up then a salon performed peel would be a good option for you. If you regularly have facials and want to up your skin care routine, instead of having a facial why not try having a peel every 4 – 6 weeks. A facial is great for your skin but having a peel performs a deeper cleanse of pores and helps assist with the regeneration of skin cells promoting a brighter, healthier glow. Having a series of peels can treat a number of skin issues and really there is no reason not to try one.

My 2 – cents, why pay for a facial when you can cleanse, exfoliate, mask and moisturise just the same at home when you are using good quality products, rather spend that money on a an investment on a peel to transform your skin and to treat it deeper rather than superficially. The full post on my skin from my Milk Peel is coming soon, but I can just say I have fallen in love with the idea no matter how sceptical I was at first and certainly think its a better investment in the long-term care of my skin.

Visit Ageless Faces Facebook here and Conquest (Dermaceutic Laboratoire) Facebook here.

x flea143

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Let Your Skin Live in Harmony with Alive {Competition Closed}

Our beautiful fashion fairy friends over at Lushberry – The Online Style Destination have spoilt me with a new experience in skincare, Alive Products.

Green Envy

Green EnvyFor the past week and a bit I’ve been lucky enough to experience the Alive Bio Organic Facial Mask – Green Envy. The product is as the name suggests, green. As normal, anything that is green is good for you be in vegetables, trees, grass and even skin care. Green is better! This mask is typically for people who have excess sebum build up which results in oily or acne prone skin. The key ingredient in the mask is French Green Clay, imported from the source in France, this is the base of all the Alive products and is renowned for having healing properties. In the form of a facial mask, this French Green Clay uses it absorptive property to draw out impurities, excess oil and toxins.

Immortal Beauty

Immortal BeautyIf you are more worried about combatting the signs of ageing, then the Immortal Beauty facial mask is more up your street, the key ingredient in this mask is French Red Clay which contains iron oxides to smoothe, soften, lighten and refine the grain of your skin resulting in a painless facelift in a tub. Essential oils are also used to regenerate skin cells.

For the best results the masks should be applied to the face with a mask brush and left for 15 minutes or until the clay has dried and then removed with warm water, followed by your every day/evening moisturiser. You can use the facial masks daily on problematic areas or use weekly as part of your at-home facials.

Immediately, after first use I noticed that my skin felt smoother, although you may experience a slight redness due to the mask stimulating blood flow beneath the surface of the skin to eliminate impurities, excess oil and toxins (I did not, which is surprising as my skin can red faster than a Ferrari can go from 0-100km per hour).

If you are interested in trying out the Alive products, find them here at Lushberry for R129,00 each.

Lushberry have happily agreed to give away the products to two of our lucky readers! Giveaway Alive Products

To enter follow the following steps

1. Email pout@poutperfection.com with your name, telephone number, province and which mask (Green Envy for Oiy & Acne Prone Skin or Immortal Beauty for age-defying essential oils) you would like to win, if you have no preference, state so!

2. Follow Lushberry & Pout Perfection on Google+.

Competition Rules

1. Competition is only open to residents of South Africa.

2. The competition closes on Friday 31 January and the winners will be notified via email and announced via blog post.

Good luck and remember the entries closes on Friday 31 January. We will announce the winners once chosen.

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 31 JANUARY 12 NOON.

HIGH RES Winner

Winners have been contacted. Congratualtions!

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Sh’zen Natural Essence

Hera Fabulous Poutlings!

As we know I’m religious user of Sh’zen, and they have recently introduced a new range called:
Natural Essence!

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First in the new range is:

Natural Essence Purifying Cleansing Wash

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This lightly foaming cleanser has a delightfully fresh scent and works to thoroughly cleanse skin without stripping it of essential moisture.

Natural Essence Matifying Day Cream

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This velvety day cream provides long-term hydration and sun protection while keeping skin de
This clay-based mask deep cleans skin, absorbing excess oil and impurities to visibly improve skin and leave it calm and comforted.

Natural Essence Clearing Lotion

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This spot-control treatment provides fast-acting relief from break-outs and is a must for acne-prone teenagers.

Natural Essence Balancing Toner

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Control excess shine, refine pores, freshen and clarify skin with a spritz of this citrus-scented toner.

Natural Essence Clarifying Exfoliant

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This cream scrub prevents blocked pores and clears away dead skin cells to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion.

Natural Essence Skin Life Oil

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An elixir of 100% natural plant oils, this works to purify, repair, restore and rebalance skin, while its fresh, citrus scent delights the senses.

Natural Essence Rescue Clay Mask

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This clay-based mask deep cleans skin, absorbing excess oil and impurities to visibly improve skin and leave it calm and comforted.

I hope you Poutlings enjoy these products as much as I do.
Don’t forget to use the Sh’zen website for more information.

XoXo
Megs 😉

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PREPPING YOUR SKIN FOR MAKEUP

HOW TO PREPARE THE SKIN FOR MAKEUP

 Right, since there are soooo many skin types and tones, we can all agree that a makeup artist cannot fit products for each and every type of skin out there!  However, you can narrow it down to an oily foundation and a water based one.  Skin issues should be dealt by a dermatologist.  Don’t expect a MUA to sort a skin ‘issue’ out with a brush stroke.  If you suffer from eczema or acne, I advise you to go to a doctor or dermatologist to deal with it.  However, if you are shy or self-conscious about having acne or scars, DON’T BE!  Artists do not sit there thinking how bad your skin looks, or how gross it is!  (Which it isn’t)  an artist enjoys the challenge of wanting to enhance your beauty despite your temporary problem.

 

I grew up with a very bad skin, and I now have scars.  So when I have to apply makeup on a girl with bad skin, I don’t feel bad at all.  I went through the same thing. Remember that a lot of makeup artists might have had bad skin and therefore wanted to become artists to help those in ‘need’.

SKIN PREPARATION

 *  If you are using an oil based moisturizer, it won’t mix with a water-based foundation.

*  So check your moisturizer, concealer and foundation to make sure they’re not contradicting one another, which will ultimately defeat the purpose.  This is the main reason your makeup won’t last.

*  Use a pH balanced cleanser.

*  Use a toner if you have an oily skin as it removes most of the sebum.  If your toner leaves a layer of residue, ditch it.

*  Moisturize or use a primer, but remember that both at the same time is not needed.   If your face has layers of cream even before your makeup application has even started, your makeup will slide right off.

*  Don’t moisturize your eyelids!

*  If you need to cleanse your face and no cleanser or toner is in sight, use alcohol-free and perfume-free baby wipes.  They don’t leave a creamy residue on your skin.

 

EYE PREPARATION – STEP BY STEP

 *  The eyelids are actually one of the most oiliest parts of your face.  This is the reason you get that oil line on your eyelids after a few hours.

*  Use a primer for eyelids.  I have one from Catrice.  Its a cream but once you lightly rub it on your lids, it turns into a powdery consistency.

*  Before any makeup application, cleanse your lids with an oil free cleanser and remember not to moisturize afterwards.

*  You should apply foundation onto your eyelids, especially if its water based, this is to give you a neutral canvas to start with.   Since most foundations have moisturizer, no other moisturizer is needed!

*  Lightly powder lids with translucent powder.  Normal loose powder may be too cakey.  Otherwise, ‘dilute’ a bit of loose powder with baby powder.

 

Now you can start with your eyeshadow application!

Hope this post helps you if you’re a newbie to makeup or just need to refresh your memory.  

MuchLuv♥

Sandylashxx

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