Putting Your Best Face Forward
January 23, 2018
Half way through the first month of the new year, and we are all starting to find our stride in 2018.
As we continue our series on individual journeys and how the Plastic Surgery Clinic can help you achieve your goals, we wanted to step into week two by putting our best face forward!
Step two – Quality Skin.
Your face is your greeting card, your trademark, the gate-keeper of your expressions and one of the first places to show that you were out too late or didn’t use sunscreen on that last vacation. Although we have a variety of tools to cover up any sins we may have committed over the past days, weeks, or months, the quality of our skin is difficult to hide. Skin that is refreshed, glowing, bright, even, and nourished echoes a narrative that implies our deeper state of health, emotional happiness, and personal vitality.
How do we make the most of our skin quality?
For aging, tired, acne prone or dull skin, there are a handful of ingredients commonly used to chemically exfoliate, which can brighten, clear and refresh the skin: Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, and Salicylic Acid.
Glycolic Acid is made from sugar cane and contains the most active of the Alpha-Hydroxy-Acids (AHAs). Due to its small molecular size, AHA penetrates the skin cell, where it triggers the new formation of collagen to plump the cell for a fuller, smoother look.
Lactic acid is a naturally occurring humectant in skin, and works by pulling moisture from the air and holding it within the skin cell. Lactic acid is less irritating and more moisturizing than Glycolic Acid, and can be used at higher concentrations.
Glycolic and Lactic Acid peels are similar in their actions, but generally pure Lactic Acid is best for treating age/sun spots while pure Glycolic Acid attacks fine lines. For best results, an alternating Glycolic and Lactic combination is great for a revitalizing improvement to both tone and texture.
Salicylic Acid is a mild keratolytic agent – meaning it promotes the loosening and removal of the outer layer of skin cells. It’s a safe, effective treatment most commonly used for mild acne and oily skin, by encouraging the peeling of the top layer of cells and opening of plugged follicles.
Exfoliation can also occur mechanically with a variety of facial scrubs or wait for it – dermaplaning! Our unique Miracle 10 dermaplaning approach uses a blade to carefully remove the outermost layer of the skin. Without any blood or cutting, the blade is manually drawn across the face to slough off 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin. This leaves the skin perfectly primed for any chemical treatment to penetrate deeper and provide optimal results.
Our Miracle 10 Peel Treatment provides the best of both worlds by combining dermaplaning with a mild Glycolic of Lactic Acid peel, fruit enzyme scrub and a soothing mask. Your result is glowing, even, more youthful looking skin. The benefits are immediate, and treatment requires no down time from redness or facial sensitivity. The perfect lunch time beauty treatment!