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For this rejuvenating corrective treatment, recommend that the client bring a sun hat to the appointment and park close by. In extreme heat, have someone start the car for your client so she is not getting into an extremely hot vehicle after this service.
Duration: 30 minutes
Contraindications: Do not perform this treatment on clients using tretinoin or isotretinoin, with sunburned skin or active skin conditions, or who are pregnant or lactating; immediately following Botox or other injectables; or immediately prior to or following waxing.
Equipment and supplies needed:
2 x 2 cotton gauze
2-inch cotton gauze
Various gauze pads
Salicylic cleansing pads
Natural brightening lotion
Phytic and pyruvic flower acid peel solution
Retinol/peptide serum peel
Step 1: Prepare the skin with a thorough three-step cleanse using a milk-based cleanser, followed by a lactic-based cleanser and salicylic cleansing pads. Layered cleansing is an effective way of preparing the skin for peel solutions or active enzymes without having to do a strong prep.
Step 2: Prepare and de-fat skin with two saturations of a brightening lotion containing natural brightening agents, such as daisy flower. Keep this a milder, nonstripping lipid-reducer with the intent to further remove surface oils and infuse a balance of lightening support.
Step 3: With 2 x 2 gauze, apply firm pressure, working lotion into the skin. Let it absorb and dry.
Step 4: Apply a second layer in the opposite direction for more saturation. Ensure skin is completely dry.
Step 5: Using a firm brush, apply an even layer of a phytic and pyruvic flower acid peel solution to skin. Wait 5 minutes.
Step 6: Saturate 2-inch gauze with the peel solution and apply a second layer with firm pressure. Wait 10 minutes.
Step 7: Remove with warm water and gauze pads. Rinse well and pat skin dry. Using a gentler blend of acids begins the cellular breakdown of skin cells without overstimulating and creating a hot burn. This minimizes inflammation.
Step 8: Apply an even layer of a retinol/peptide serum peel to skin. Let it remain on the skin. The advantage of an “overnight” peel is that it creates less trauma, yet effectively begins the regeneration process.
Step 9: Instruct clients to do nothing to the skin for 24 hours, and avoid sun or heat exposure.
Step 10: After 24 hours, the client may spray the skin with a chilled humectant antioxidant spray and wear SPF 30. During the exfoliation process, give the client additional post-care topicals to keep skin moist and support healing. Daily post-care is a very important part of the recovery of any corrective or peel treatment. Skin will be completely healed in 7–10 days. This is a perfect time to bring the client back for a Double Cooling Mask Treatment.
Duration: 60 minutes
Contraindications: Suitable for most skin types
Equipment and supplies needed:
Cotton gauze pads
Chilled papaya- and pineapple-based enzyme gel
Chilled mist of vitamins and antioxidants
Chilled rosemary and basil-based mask or cooling clay-based mask
Epidermal growth factor-based serum or cream
Mineral SPF 30 sunscreen
Step 1: Prepare the skin with a milk-based cleanser, followed by a chilled papaya and pineapple-based enzyme gel to gently lift away surface skin cells.
Step 2: Next, apply a chilled tonic of vitamins and antioxidants misted onto the skin. Use tapotement to work into the skin.
Step 3: Apply a marine-based serum containing microorganisms, such as Thermus thermophilus and pseudoalteromonas, and layer with a chilled rosemary/basil-based mask or a cooling clay-based mask with soothing elements. Apply dampened gauze to face and ice the skin by rolling ice globes across face for an invigorating massage that lasts 10 minutes or longer.
Step 4: Remove with tepid water and gauze pads. Pat skin dry.
Step 5: Finish with an epidermal growth factor-based serum or cream, which supports cell renewal and encourages wound-repair, and moisturizers that reduce flushing and are cooling, including ingredients such as rhodiola root.
Step 6: Complete the treatment with the application of a mineral-based SPF 30 sunscreen.
Although there are a variety of peel and enzyme formulas available, the following are particularly nice for summer.
The lazy days of summer ... when everything seems to slow down, trips are planned, time is taken off work, and some well-deserved rest and relaxation is sought. However, for those in the professional skin care industry, it may be just the opposite, because business often picks up with more and more clients taking advantage of downtime to get corrective, rejuvenating treatments.
Although the timing for these types of treatments may prove ideal for clients, it may present some challenges for the skin. Administering peels and other corrective treatments during the summer months does require caution and awareness since skin becomes even more vulnerable to sun damage, heat and other elements.
This need not deter professionals from performing much-requested skin-changing services. With extra precautions and planning, you can bolster the protection of the skin and simultaneously reverse the effects of photoaging, supporting clients with their skin care goals. There are some very specific points skin care professionals must know about caring for the skin—both face and body—after peels and corrective treatments during the summer months.
When rendering peels, enzymes, microdermabrasion and other corrective treatments—whether on the body or face—during the warm, sunny season, there are a several important details to keep in mind.
Although educating clients year-round about the importance of sun protection is a must, it becomes even more important during the summer months, particularly if a corrective treatment is performed. Beyond educating clients about the potentially harmful factors to avoid, it’s also your responsibility to provide the tools for maintaining healthy skin following a corrective treatment.