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LED Light Therapy at Pulse Dermatology

I recently had a first time experience in my personal skin care regime. I finally got my butt to Pulse Dermatology & Laser clinic in Durbanville. I had intitally been booked in for a lunchtime lift but after a very pain-free consultation with the wonderful Amy Bowie we decided that I did not need a lunch time lift as this is not a concern of mine (while age is still on my side) and we changed my treatment to a Mesoestetic peel customised for my oily and blackhead prone skin followed by some LED light therapy to make sure I was able to attend a very important business meeting afterwards – bare faced. pulse

Well, let me tell you this was certainly an experience and I did attend my meeting and I did score a new client so I must of looked half decent, sans makeup post peel. I think that is safe to say that its functional skincare and easily enough to attain even for the busiest of the busy.

The Mesoestetic peel was so gentle I hardly felt a tickle and ever since my skin has been radiant, following this is when I had my LED Light Therapy to reduce redness and speed up the healing process of the skin post peel. I had a slight bit of redness on my nose afterwards but the rest of my face was as it is normally.

Let’s start off with what exactly is LED Light Therapy?

  • LED stands for: Light-emitting diode
  • Also known as: photodynamic therapy or PDT
  • It is used for a variety of skin treatments including but not limited to acne, skin healing and anti-ageing
  • The technology has been around and in use in salons for about 30 years
  • It is completely non-invasive
  • It is pain free
  • Its quite relaxing actually

After my peel was completed, I lay on the therapy bed and had my eyes covered with goggles and the lights were brought over my face. When the machine was switched on it seemed incredibly bright – but it is something that I easily got used to. the light cannot damage your eyes at all. If you have a tendency to feel claustrophobic then it might trigger this but I was really 100% fine and you can even move the lights yourself if you are battling with it.

The LED light therapy results in increased cellular activity this results in soothing and calming on the skin. It was incredibly calming to my normally quite red skin after a peel and this is because the light stimulates skin renewal and promotes collagen, elastin production and oxygenation for up 180 days after the treatment. It further treats the skin on an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial level.

Would I do it again? Most definitely! After my session at pulse, including my peel my skin feels brand new! Unfortunately I completely blanked out and forgot to take photos, but next time I sure will.

There are additional skin concerns that you can treat with the LED light therapy at Pulse, as their website elaborates:

  • Purifying, antibacterial

  • Blemished and oily skin, recent acne scars

  • Redness and flushing

  • Brown spots

  • Skin texture and firmness

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Large pores

  • Dark under eye circles

  • Restores youth to mature skin

  • Cellular rejuvenation, collagen and ATP production

  • Anti-inflammatory, Calms red capillaries & Rosacea

  • Calms skin inflamed by blemishes

  • Intercellular communication, reduces swelling, calms irritation

  • Calming and soothing

  • Alleviates acne and oily skin

  • Pigmentation

  • Increases cellular activity

  • Lymphatic system, muscle toning, anti-aging

If you have any queries on what treatment would be best to suit your skin concern, I’d suggest making an appointment to meet with Amy at Pulse on 021 914 0447 and she will be able to help you achieve your skin goals and possibly make your skin dreams come true. Thanks for helping with mine Pulse!

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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.

x flea143

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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