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Makeup and Make Better

Oxygenetix has been a buzzword in my life lately, telling all of my makeup clients, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS FOUNDATION?

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Now, I am asking you, reading this, have you heard about this foundation? I was introduced to this foundation immediately after having my first ever chemical peel. They applied it to my face and VOILA, slight redness POOF – hidden… Fast forward to having my second peel done and I got my paws on an entire bottle of Oxygenetix in ‘Pearl’, because my skin art paler than any vampire you have come across!  I’ve been using it almost everyday since. Its not just for post-surgical/peel use, however it is endorsed by a number of physicians for this, you can use it everyday to improve your skin tone. The magic lies in that it is a gel-based oxygenating foundation formulation which was made exclusively for physicians and professionals alike.

Oxygenetix Looks

Application is simple, use clean fingers – 1 pump is enough for a light coverage, 2 pumps for a heavier coverage. It blends easily into the skin. There is not really a scent to it but it does initially give you a dewy glow upon being applied to the face. Its awesome because its makeup but its a skin treatment in making your skin better in the long run, unlike a lot of different cosmetics which prohibit the skin to ‘breathe’ as it would without being caked in product, the Oxygenetix helps the skin to ‘breathe’ and anything that is breathing lives longer than things that are not.

I am absolutely in love with this foundation.

The foundation retails for R800 and for information on a stockist near you, please contact Conquest.

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Disclaimer: This product was given to me for review purposes and has in no way altered my view of the product in anyway.

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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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Dermaceutic Milk Peel

I must confess, I am very fond of going to a salon or spa to relax and unwind, it is my ultimate guilty pleasure. I love the salons that echo peace, tranquillity and a safe haven to unwind and distress and to top it all off they make you feel wonderful when you leave. To me that is the epitome of luxury and being spoilt – even a wax or laser hair treatment makes you feel better (once it’s finished) and you feel refreshed and ready to take on the world.Guilty Pleasure

Ageless FacesThe salon I visited for my peel was Ageless Faces, and they are a quaint but luxurious skin clinic located in Claremont, Cape Town who specialise in innovative anti-ageing treatments in order to prolong the need to go for cosmetic surgery apart from chemical peels they offer a wide range of treatments including but not limited to Aesther Isolaz laser; PRP “Vampire” Facials; Botox & Fillers; Dermaroller Collagen Induction Therapy; Mesotherapy; Cryo-lift; Dermapen and general beauty treatments including eyelash extensions; Caribbean Spray Tans and pride themselves in only using the top products available in order to achieve the maximum results. Dermaceutic

If you are unsure about what a chemical peel actually is, have a read of my post over here.

Until recently, I have read and heard a lot about peels but it was still very much an area that I was not familiar with and was a bit horrified after seeing shocking results of peels that have gone wrong in the past but being given the opportunity to go and experience a Dermaceutic peel who are the most well known and renown brands for facial peels and being the preferred market leader for over 30,000 aesthetic dermatology specialists worldwide, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to finally embrace a peel and see exactly what all the fuss is about when it comes to peels and what a better way to start off than with the industries best?  I was so excited/nervous before having my peel that I did not think to take before and after photographs to share but no one wants to see me without makeup anyway 😉DERMACEUTIC Milk Peel Treatment

Dermaceutic offered me to go and try their Milk Peel Rejuvenation Treatment and don’t worry because I didn’t know what that was either but I eagerly said YES and jumped at the opportunity. In the broad scale of what peels are available saying on a scale of one to three with number three being a super strong concentrated resulting in maximum downtime following; two being a peel of medium strength which will result in a couple of days downtime; and finally number one being a peel that is of the most gentle nature. The Milk Peel on the before mentioned scale to me, in my opinion would be a one-and-half as it is very gentle on the skin and does not cause the skin to react in such ways that only little or in most cases no downtime is necessary following the treatment however it is very active and the results are very effective and even though there is no specific downtime following the peel it is recommended to be extra vigilant about moisturising your skin and ensuring that you adequately protect it from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

The peel in total probably took a maximum of 15 minutes. It started off with cleansing of the face to ensure that the peel is being applied to the top layer of skin so that it can penetrate the skin faster, once my skin was sparkling clean around my lips and the base of my nose my aesthetician applied some Vaseline to protect the areas where I would be most likely to react very quickly to the peel. The peel itself is then applied on a small brush to the forehead, nose, chin and then finally my cheek area – carefully avoiding the delicate eye area. Upon the peel touching my skin I felt a slight crawling sensation – nothing unbearable – but I could tell there was something very active on my skin. My wonderful aesthetician fanned my face but before I knew it (I think it was 2 minutes), it was time to neutralise the peel which was an incredibly soothing and pleasant feeling.

Web image of before & after Dermaceutic Milk Peel

Web image of before & after Dermaceutic Milk Peel

Web image of before & after Dermaceutic Milk Peel

Web image of before & after Dermaceutic Milk Peel

My skin felt slightly sensitive following my treatment but I was offered to use some Oxygenetix Treatment Foundation to hide the slight redness and was advised that this would also help speed up the recovery process of my skin. Although it was a slight shade too dark for me, mixed in with plenty of moisturiser – no one noticed! On the days following my peel my skin was good –  some of the trials of the Milk Peel experienced slight flaking of the skin but there was no flakiness for me! Only bright, refreshed looking skin which I religiously moisturised (as instructed) on the days following the peel.

The Milk Peel is designed to restore a healthy shine, increase collagen production and leave the skin natural even looking complexions. I don’t believe before I had the peel that my skin was dull but my pores certainly felt quite clogged and in need of a good extraction (the worst part about facials – right?) but after having the peel my skin feels smoother and I believe it is naturally brighter and more radiant and my pores are more clear albeit still large! On days 5 and 6 following the peel I had a few spots come up (quite rare even though I do have an oily skin) but they were really nothing serious and went as quickly as they arrived. I’m still happy to just wear a bit of BB cream over my moisturiser instead of a full face of foundation all-day everyday. Foundation is great for special occasions and photographs but I’m really going through a less face-cake period in my life and enjoying having a natural and glowing skin that’s not being faked by wonderful NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.

A course of Milk Peels are recommend in similar intervals than what one would expect for facials as having a course of regular Milk Peels would eliminate the need for monthly facials and be replaced by monthly peels. If you are looking to feel pampered then treatment masks can be applied once your face has been neutralised but this is a nice-to-have and not part of the peeling process. I am planning on going for another one in about 6 weeks from my first (depending on my budget) and I am really looking forward to see if a series of these Milk Peels will make an even better improvement to my skin health.

Dermaceutic and Conquest, thank you for helping me love my skin again I am quite sure you are to become one of my skin rituals in the future.

Check out Dermaceutic’s website, Facebook and follow them on Twitter @DermaceuticSA to find out more about the other intriguing genius and result-driven treatments they offer.

If you’re in Cape Town or planning on visiting for a pamper-holiday be sure to visit Ageless Faces website and and Facebook and see what they can do for your skin.

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Disclaimer: This treatment was given to me for review purposes. This has in no way altered my view of the Product/Treatment in anyway.

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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.

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