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Skin Rejuvenation: The Fantastic Four
By: Louis Silberman
Posted: October 28, 2011, from the November 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Carrots contain invaluable nutrients, such as iron, glucose, copper, vitamins C, D, E, K and, most importantly, carotene. Facials that contain carrots can help to nourish the skin in a natural and rejuvenating way. Clients will love the Carrot-E Chop Facial (see step-by-step Carrot-E Chop Facial How-to), which combines natural ingredients that are rich with potent antioxidants and vitamins that help moisturize dry skin cells while fighting off free radicals that cause aging and dull skin. Facials such as this are mild, and can be performed as often as three to four times a week to keep skin looking and feeling its best.
Chemical peels are topically applied acids that cause a controlled shedding of skin layers, and aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin’s surface. Depending on the level of rejuvenation desired, there are several types of peels that may be used to reach varying depths of the epidermis. This allows for the exposure of new layers and the creation of a fresh appearance.
Superficial peels are best suited for combating the damaging effects of winter villains. This type of peel is designed to help smooth rough, dry skin, remove sun damage and even-out skin tone. Because this is the mildest of the chemical peels, recovery is generally rapid and usually consists of minor flaking. Superficial peels should be repeated at regular intervals to maintain results.
Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels remove dead cells from the surface of the skin and are made from naturally occurring acids found in fruits and other foods. They have been a popular means of rejuvenation for thousands of years. In fact, Cleopatra is said to have regularly bathed in sour goat’s milk to improve her skin. Egypt’s last pharaoh was clearly on to something: The lactic acid found in sour milk is one of several acids used in modern AHA peels. Other popular AHA peels include citric and glycolic acid.
For a more intense peel, try one that includes salicylic acid. If you have clients who deal with acne and breakouts, then this is the way to go. Salicylic acid not only causes skin to shed more rapidly, it also unclogs pores, shrinks pores, neutralizes bacteria and helps allow room for new cell growth. The average cost for a chemical peel procedure ranges from $100–130.