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Play It Safe With Summer Treatments

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: April 30, 2013, from the May 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Because summer is, of course, prime swimsuit season, clients often seek solutions to get their bodies ready for the pool or beach. Fortunately, there are a number of tools at your disposal to help them get firm, toned and radiant skin beyond the face. The body ages just as the face does, and is subject to the same harmful environmental elements and agers. By treating the body with the high-quality actives used for facial rejuvenation, clients are able to achieve healthy skin all over.

Body peels work beyond the surface to reduce course texture and fine lines, diminish age spots and hyperpigmentation, and help maintain healthier, more youthful-looking skin. Peels are like a workout for the skin, and clients will notice an almost-immediate difference in overall tone and firmness.

With body peels there are different techniques and skin issues to be cognizant of before a treatment. Because the body has tougher skin, enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as L-lactic acids, work well to lift away deeper layers of dead skin cells, provide antioxidants, and regenerate and hydrate, leaving the skin smooth and polished.

For treating sun-damaged, photoaged, dry, sagging skin, consider starting with a lactic acid prep followed by a retinol-peeling agent with peptides to tone, firm and smooth the skin. For more aggressive treatments, most body peel treatments may also be coupled with microdermabrasion.

The same summertime guidelines will apply to body peels—remind clients to be more aware of sun and heat. They will also need to avoid swimming in chlorinated water in the first 48 hours following the peel treatment. Skin assessments are also essential, and paying attention to any existing scar tissue, sun damage, spots and moles is imperative. Never peel more than 25% of the body at the same time.

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