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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!

xo flea143

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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.

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x flea143

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