Lack of radiance and uneven skin tone are common concerns for many guests. Due to buildup of dead skin cells on the surface, skin can appear dull and uneven, feel rough or bumpy to the touch, and give the skin a blemished appearance. In addition, there are other lifestyle and environmental factors that can contribute to the appearance of a dull and uneven skin tone such as UV damage caused by the sun, smoking, dehydration and a poor skin care regimen.
What is one of the most effective ways to address dead skin cell buildup and help treat dull and uneven skin? Exfoliation. However, when it comes to exfoliation, there is never a one size fits all approach and estheticians must provide each guest with a personalized approach before they embark on this journey both inside the treatment room and at-home.
Exfoliation is the process of removing old, dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface, helping to improve the quality and tone of the skin. Mechanical exfoliation involves physically scrubbing the skin with a mild abrasive, and mechanical friction with abrasives exfoliates the outer corneocytes that comprise the stratum corneum. Results vary depending on the amount of friction and the nature of the abrasive used. Therefore, it’s important to choose the proper exfoliation formula and method for each guest’s skin, as using an abrasive formula or performing a method incorrectly can lead to adverse effect such as redness, inflammation and irritation.
Fortunately, there are gentle and effective exfoliating products available, both inside the treatment room and at home, such as Ultraceuticals’s PHA Refining Solution used in the Refine and Hydrate professional treatment, and Ultra Granule-C Microfoliant, which can be used both backbar and at-home.
The Beauty of PHAs
For guests experiencing their first chemical peel or who are prone to sensitive skin, the PHA Refining Solution, which is used in the Refine and Hydrate professional treatment, is the ideal treatment to recommend guests in the treatment room. This mild, hydrating peel contains a skin-identical acid (gluconolactone) that rejuvenates all skin types, including sensitive skin. PHA Refining Solution helps to refine the surface of the skin, leaving it looking plumped, rejuvenated, brighter and glowing. A great alternative to BHA or AHA chemical peels, this treatment is suitable for all Fitzpatrick’s and skin types and requires no-to-minimal downtime.
“Ultraceuticals offers formulations that are results-driven without compromising on texture and aroma.” —Dr. Geoffrey Heber
Home Care Exfoliation
It’s important to educate guests on the importance of regularly exfoliating skin safely at-home. Ultraceutical’s Ultra Granule-C Microfoliant, a transformative cream-to-serum formula, contains granules of vitamin C that exfoliate and melt into the skin upon massaging. It is the perfect product to recommend guests to use at-home in between professional skin treatments. In addition to vitamin C, the product also contains powerful antioxidants and vitamin E, leaving skin not only polished, but glowing.
Progressive Not Aggressive
Ultraceuticals believes in taking a progressive, not aggressive approach to skin care, especially when it comes to exfoliation. As with all of its products, the Ultra Granule-C Microfoliant and the PHA Refining Solution contain ingredients obtained from sustainable resources where possible, and are formulated without propylene glycol and parabens. An in-house extensive panel testing of end formulations tests the efficacy of new products, as well as product attributes, such as skin texture and aroma.
“In-house R&D formulating and consumer testing are critical to enabling us to efficiently create highly effective products with appealing consumer characteristics,” says Geoffrey Heber, MD, founder of Ultraceuticals. “We are able to obtain quick feedback as to how effective a product is and make changes, if necessary. We offer formulations that are results-driven without compromising on texture and aroma, and that’s what I feel makes us unique.”
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