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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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Typically enzymes and AHAs—particularly L-lactic acid—work well with the body’s tougher skin to lift away the deeper layers of dead skin cells, provide antioxidants, and regenerate and hydrate, leaving the skin smooth and polished. For example, if treating sun-damaged, photoaged, dry, sagging skin, start with a lactic acid prep, followed by a retinol peeling agent with peptides to tone, firm and smooth the skin. For deeper intensity or more aggressive treatments, most body peel services may also be coupled with microdermabrasion.

When treating the body, the skin must always be well-cleansed and exfoliated. Peeling agents are best applied to dry skin to digest dead cells, and soften and hydrate. Finish the treatment with nourishing, skin-building ingredients, such as peptides, growth factors, amino acids and oxygenators. If performed during the daytime, be sure to apply sun protection, such as zinc, which is a good natural physical blocker that limits the risk of irritating the skin, unlike many chemical blockers.

At-home care

After a body peel, it is essential to continue the care at home by recommending nourishing and skin-building formulas. Ingredients, such as peptides, epidermal growth factors, hyaluronic acid, organic stem cells, amino acids and isoflavones—to name a few—will continue the body-improvement process. A good home-care regimen, particularly if treating cellulite, should focus on the following.

Exfoliating and stimulating. Physical and acid/enzyme exfoliators will pave the way for other beneficial ingredients to penetrate the skin cells.

Increasing circulation. An energizing formula containing ingredients, such as peptides, goji berry and coffee extracts, will help re-texture and oxygenate the skin.