Techniques for healthy, beautiful skin include facial steaming, wrapping, exfoliation, waxing, pore cleansing, extraction and chemical peels. Clay or gel masks, salt scrubs, creams and lotions may be recommended and professional high-tech equipment may be used to provide you with healthier skin.

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Below is an overview of common therapies that may be recommended for your skin. For more information on how to prepare for a treatment, what to expect and post-care please see FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

  • Chemical Peel: An exfoliation process that is very effective in treating a large range of skin concerns such as aging, sun damage, acne and mild scarring. It improves overall skin brightness and evens skin tone. Peels can be light, moderate or deep. Light peels require no down time from work or normal activities. Moderate peels may require a day or two of down time, and deep peels can require a week or more to allow the skin to fully heal. Deep peels are performed by a physician or under a physician’s supervision for your safety.

  • Exfoliation: A skin care therapy in which the outer layers of dead skin cells are gently sloughed off with the use of abrasive tools or products (scrubbing, brushing, or using a professional system such as microdermabrasion), a chemical peel (a product that causes dead skin cells to shed) or an enzymatic product that digests dead skin cells. By speeding up the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells, exfoliation helps prevent pimples and blackheads--and it beautifully addresses duller skin caused by reduced cellular turnover that naturally occurs as we age.

  • Extraction: The process of clearing a clogged or compacted pore and deep cleansing the pores, either manually (using gloved hands and cotton or tissue around the fingers, with gentle pressure to remove the impacted pore) or using a metal extraction implement designed to clear blocked pores. This can also include the use of a lancet (a small sharp blade to lift the dead cells of the skin prior to extraction). Extractions are often performed as part of a facial. Most people need at least a few extractions during each facial, although you may require more extractions during your first facial.

  • Facials: The most popular treatment performed by aestheticians. It is a good way for your therapist to gain a better understanding of your skin before suggesting additional or more aggressive treatments. A facial generally includes makeup removal and skin cleansing, exfoliation by mechanical, enzymatic or chemical means, steaming, extractions, facial massage, a treatment mask, serum/moisturizer and sunblock. For most people, facials can be scheduled every four weeks, although your therapist may recommend a different schedule based on your individual needs.

  • Microdermabrasion: The process of resurfacing the skin using a machine that sands the skin’s epidermal (outer) layer, using either a wand tipped with crushed diamonds, or a spray of special crystals which are then suctioned back up along with the dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion can be very helpful in improving skin texture, fine lines and the effectiveness of home care product penetration.

  • WaxingThe removal of unwanted hair at the root. There are two different types of waxes: hard and soft. Soft wax is applied warm to the skin in a thin layer in the direction of hair growth. Cloth strips are then applied to the warm wax, rubbed in the direction of hair growth, and quickly pulled off in the opposite direction. This method is best used on larger areas of the body such as the legs, back or chest. Hard wax is used without cloth strips. It is applied warm, in a layer about the thickness of a nickel, allowed to dry and then removed quickly in the opposite direction of hair growth. Hard wax is less irritating to sensitive skin and is excellent for the bikini, underarm and facial areas.

Luzmila Dahlstrom is a professional member of Associated Skin Care Professionals. Members have been validated as meeting their state’s licensing credentials and/or core training requirements and agree to follow a code of ethics which ensures that you’ll be treated responsibly and with the utmost respect. ASCP provides its members with comprehensive resources that allow them to keep up with changing trends, making certain you’ll receive the most up-to-date therapies available. You can feel safe in her hands.

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