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Achieve a Better Body ... Noninvasively

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: July 27, 2012, from the August 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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There are many services using varying degrees of acids and enzymes to address specific concerns, as well as comfort level, and a skin assessment will help determine which is best to use. When in doubt, start out slow with just the hands or forearms, and be sure to perform a patch test before administering a peel on a client for the first time.

A word about cellulite

Cellulite is often a primary concern for clients. Unfortunately, it develops more commonly in women than men, and all women are susceptible to it, regardless of size. Although fat is certainly one component of cellulite, it’s not the only piece of the puzzle.

Fibrous connective tissue adheres the skin to the muscle beneath, and the arrangement of this is different in women than men. Connective tissue contracts and stiffens with age, and this will tighten or pull down the skin, causing fat cells to push out on the skin.

Many physicians believe there is no actual cure for cellulite, but in my more than 30 years of experience, I believe its appearance can be greatly improved, so much so that it is diminished and is no longer visible on the surface. There are four primary components to minimizing cellulite: 

  • Increase circulation;
  • Flush toxins;
  • Strengthen collagen; and
  • Reduce fat.

 As a skin care professional, you can help clients reduce the appearance of cellulite by mapping out a course of action that includes a treatment plan and home-care system.

Formulating a body peel