New treatment this summer is Dermaplaning, I have had many people question, what is dermaplaning? Is it good for you skin? What will it look like after?
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is also known as blading, skin resurfacing or skin levelling. Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of the dead skin cells, immediately leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It is a non-traumatic facial and most are suitable to have this treatment. This is another form of exfoliation. With this exfoliation of the dead skin cells, the vellus hair in removed, causing the skin to be perfectly silky smooth. This is turn allows make-up to sit flawlessly on the skin, as it will not clog the hairs. Dermaplaning is using a surgical sterile blade to remove to excess dead skin and downy hair.
Why have Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is very popular with celebrities in this high definition era. It makes the skin look more defined and sharp, perfect for all those instagram photos.
Dermaplaning is a manual method of exfoliation, this means most people can have this treatment. It helps with rough, dry skin and can help with superficial pigmentation and scarring.
Treatment results are more refined, smooth, glowing appearance.
But what about the hair growing back?!
The hair that is removed from your skin is called vellus hair, it is soft and downy. This can grow back slightly blunt, but will always be vellus hair. If the hair is terminal (darker and/or thicker) it will come back as terminal. Dermaplaning cannot change the hair to something it wasn’t in the first place.
What happens in the facial?
A thorough consultation is done at the start of the treatment, to ensure the treatment is suitable and what will be needed for each individual client. As with any facial I start with a cleanse and tone of the skin, the dermaplaning is then performed and an Alumier MD mask is applied to the face. Depending what was discussed during the consultation, the face mask that is applied will be what is needed for the skin i.e Deep Moisture Mask, Enzyme Therapy Mask or Refining Clay Mask. After the mask is washed off, Recovery Balm and SPF 40 is applied to the skin.
What happens after the facial?
You will be given aftercare to ensure that you take good care of your skin. Your skin will feel bare or someone described to me one ‘naked’! So always make sure you follow the aftercare and a big must is wearing SPF all day every day, especially in the summer months.
How often do I have this treatment?
This is entirely up to you. Clients love to have dermaplaning for a special one off treatment or some like to have it as a regular, every 4 – 6 week treatment. It is recommended that anyone having it done for a wedding have a trial facial five weeks before the big day, to ensure their skin is suitable and not too sensitive for the deep exfoliation.
I hope this has answered your questions on dermaplaning and has helped you decide whether it is suitable for you. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I often hear this statement. Or, “I’m not very good with my cleansing routine.”
But what is a good cleansing routine?
A good cleansing routine for one person is not necessarily good for another.
A good cleansing routine has many different factors for each individual person. If you read different glossy magazines each one will tell you something different you should be doing to have the perfect skin.
I am not going to tell you what you should and shouldn’t be doing. This is down to your personal needs, time and finance. What works for me are simple guidelines to a basic routine, if you would like more information please contact me and I can answer your questions.
Cleansing Your Face
How do you wash your face?
I personally think the longer it takes to do your skin care routine the less likely you will do this on a long term basis. If my skin care takes longer than 5 minutes, I guarantee I will not keep up with it. So a nice face wash with a face cloth, wash on, wash off is perfect for me.
Do you wash your face morning and evening?
Cleanse your skin first thing to freshen up, and wash off the make-up or dirt and grime from the day’s pollution is a sensible routine to follow.
I prefer a good face wash, I like to use water to wash off my face wash. My face wash of choice is Alumier MD Purifying Gel Cleanser, no need to use toner after, and it feels nice and fresh.
After the face wash a moisturiser that suits your Skin Type is always good to help with your skin’s PH balance.
If you have any concerns with your skin i.e. ageing, pigmentation or acne, it is always good to use a serum under your moisturiser to help combat the problem.
I suffer with redness around my mouth and nose (due to poor choices in makeup years ago) and now I use Calm-R to help tone down the redness.
Serums are can help with specific problems you may be concerned with. This is becase they contain highly active ingredients, concentrated for the specific issue it has has been designed and tested for.
It’s also fine to build up serums, if you have more than one concern.
Always cleanse your skin at night before you go to bed, or if you’re too tired then, when you get home from work.
Cleansing in the evening ensures that you wash all the makeup off from the day. And if you have been outside, washing off all the dirt and pollution. After cleansing in the evening, a retinol serum for anti-ageing is best applied then. As retinol is an ingredient that works best out of sunlight.
WARNING please do not use face wipes. Wipes will only move the daily pollution or make-up around your skin and not take it off. Most wipes also contain tiny beads of plastic that are bad for the environment and killing sealife.
Cleansing Your Body
There is a huge debate over how often should you have a shower.
If you google this, there are many arguments for whether you should shower once a week, twice a week, or daily. But they do all say, make sure you strip wash daily.
Now I’m not going to get into this debate, my blog is my opinion and I prefer to shower every morning, it helps to wake me up and get me prepared for the day. Though washing hair is not a daily thing, as my hair is way too soft for that!
Cleanse your skin with a good shower gel. Soaps are alkaline, so can strip away the oil from your skin. This causes it to feel tight and can dry out over time. Soaps also harbour a lot of bacteria on them. I have recently found a daily body scrub that you can use in the shower, that helps with ingrowing hairs. Its base is coconut oil, that leaves silky smooth skin, which means for quickness it’s not necessary to put body lotion on after.
However, I like to moisturise my skin after every shower or bath as water can sometimes make the skin feel tight. This can happen after a really hot shower or bath, the hot water can strip the natural oils from your skin causing dryness and can flare up eczema too. For normal skin an emollient is good and for dry skin a body oil is good to restore some oils into the skin
And what about your feet?
Another comment I hear a lot is, “I don’t like my feet, they’re ugly!”
My response is always, “What do you do with them?”
Most people don’t like their feet and therefore do not touch them. Now, they are not going to get better by ignoring them.
You moisturise your body and face regularly, why not your feet?
Your feet are the most used part of your body, why not treat them to a bit of TLC.
Have a regular pedicure. But also take 30 seconds to pop a bit of body lotion on them daily and I assure you you will see a difference within a week.
As you can tell, I try not to take too long on a good cleansing routine. I am a mother of two small children and run an aesthetic clinic. I want the best routine in the fastest time.
If you would like help to define your perfect routine or would like to know what products are best for your Skin Type – or do you want to know your Skin Type?
Skin tags can make you feel self conscious and slightly uncomfortable in your own skin. I have had a few and all I have wanted to do is pull them off! Annoying little things. But what are these things and why do we have them and most importantly, how do we remove them?
What is a skin tag?
It is a piece of fibrous tissue, which is loose collagen and blood vessels. Its actual name is fibroepithelial polyp. You know it’s a skin tag by the “mushroom” shape. Thin piece of skin attached and a big bulby head. They are mainly found on the neck, underarms and groin or under breast area. Any area the skin rubs together. Commonly found in men or women that are older or over weight and pregnant ladies.
Skin tags are harmless and do not normally cause any pain or discomfort. With that in mind the NHS do call that cosmetic and so anyone wanting them removed would have to pay privately.
There are a few home remedies that can be tried and have been known to be effective.
An old wives remedy was to tie a piece of string around it and eventually the blood flow would stop and it would fall off. I remember my mum helping my Nan with this method. Though I do remember my Nan at one point having lots of string around her neck. I think it takes a while for them to fall off!
Another home remedy is to put lemon juice on the skin tag, this will help to dry it out. I have never known this way, so I can’t comment on how effective this method is.
Another way is to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a freezing spray kit, which costs roughly £20. You can then spray the skin tag and it will after two weeks will fall off. (Quoted from Boots online shop).
The method I use and found very effective is with electrolysis. I remove the skin tags with an electrolysis probe. The probe will have a current running through it. This will cauterise the blood flow and leaves a tiny little crust in the skin tags place, this will naturally fall off after a week and should leave barely any scar, if nothing at all.
A month ago I introduced a new treatment to the skin centre and when I mentioned chemical peel, the look on some faces was slightly horrified and a little scared. A common question was asked, “will I look like Samantha from Sex & the city after?!” This question has come up quite a few times, I thought I had better address it.
Now I would like to point out that Samantha had gone to a plastic surgeon to have her Botox then he offered her the peel (I had to rewatch it for research purposes) with plastic surgeons they can go deeper into the skin and prescribe hydrocortisone for healing the skin after. Therefore their peels can be a very deep peel. The Alumier peel I use is a light to medium level. Which is not aggressive, yet still effective for skin conditions
So after realising that you won’t look like something off of The Walking Dead let me explain to you:
‘What is a chemical peel?’
A chemical peel is a technique that is used to improve the texture of the skin. It helps with acne, ageing, pigmentation and redness. The peel intends to remove the outer most layers so that it speeds up desquamation, the natural skin exfoliation process.
Please don’t think a chemical peel is a harsh skin stripping treatment. The chemicals that are used are natural acids you find, for example, lactic acid, which is naturally found in milk and salicylic acid is found in plants, another is soy amino acids, which is extracted from yeast. With the explanation of the chemicals used you can see they are not the harsh skin peeling chemicals you naturally think of.
These ingredients are progressive, not aggressive, ensuring they are targeting specific skin conditions. Salicylic is great for mopping up excess oil.
Why have a chemical peel?
There are so many skin conditions that a peel can help with; ageing, hyperpigmentation, acne, redness. These are the main conditions that I hear clients say they are unhappy about. The peel itself helps to remove the outer layers of the skin quickly, so the newer, healthier, the less blemished skin can appear.
Can one peel sort out everything?
A single peel will help with the appearance of your skin initially (around 10 days after) though if you have a skin condition a course of peels with home care will be the best course of action for the best possible outcome. If you were trying to lose weight and only ate healthy once a month you wouldn’t lose a lot.
What does my skin look like after?
Each person’s skin can look different each time. My first peel was absolutely amazing, my skin was glowing. Then my next peel, I had a few flaky bits to start with, but then it settled after 5 days and as I mentioned before my skin looked amazing at day 10. As there can be such a difference after each peel, I would always make sure that you have not got a special occasion a week or so after the peel, as the reaction can be different each time.
Do I have to do anything after?
After having a peel, which is a really deep exfoliation, you must take good care of your skin. After each peel you will be given an after peel pack, to be used for 5-7 days after. Which contains a cleanser, moisturiser and an SPF 40. This is to make sure when you go outside your skin is protected at all times. Not wearing SPF will cause sun damage/hyperpigmentation.
To get the very best results from the peels, it’s recommended that you use the home care products continually in between peels. The best analogy I’ve heard recently is; if you have your kitchen professionally cleaned once a month, you wouldn’t expect it to stay clean in between. The more effort you put into looking after your skin the better it will look.
For more information on the Alumier peels and skincare contact me or watch this space for product reviews.
IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light is a long-term solution for unwanted hair. However, did you know it’s also extremely effective at treating a number of skin concerns? If you’re suffering from acne, thread veins or pigmentation, read on because IPL may be the solution you’re looking for.
How does IPL work?
IPL works by filtering light, which means that only certain wavelengths of light will reach the skin. This is what makes IPL medical therapies able to treat a variety of skin concerns, because after filtering, the remaining light works on specific skin structures, achieving the desired results. Melanin in the hairs absorbs light during permanent hair reduction. This converts to heat, which damages the hair follicle and leaves it unable to support future hair growth.
IPL for acne – spots
Many people are left feeling lost after unsuccessfully trying an array of creams and lotions to treat acne. IPL is a reliable option for people with acne and works in three different ways.
The first is that it destroys bacteria on the skin. Whilst the underlying causes of acne vary from person to person, the cysts and blemishes themselves cannot happen without an influx of acne-causing bacteria. By destroying these bacteria, IPL removes one of the main culprits of acne.
The second way that IPL targets acne is that it prevents the over-production of sebum. The acne-causing bacteria feed on the sebum, and the sebum itself is what gets trapped in the pores to cause spots, so by reducing the amount of sebum being produced, it becomes more difficult for spots to form.
Finally, IPL dramatically reduces inflammation and stimulates collagen production, which means that red, angry spots are minimised and scarring is reduced, for a greatly improved skin texture.
IPL for Vascular Lesions- Thread veins/blood spots
Treat thread veins, rosacea and cherry angiomas with IPL using SkinBase medical therapies. Small blood vessels trapped near the surface of the skin are the cause of these skin issues and can have a really negative effect on body confidence. SkinBase IPL targets these issues by causing controlled damage to the blood vessels, which stimulates the body’s healing responses. When the body identifies the damaged vessels, it will naturally remove them, revealing healthy, flawless skin.
IPL for Pigmentation
Pigmentation from sun damage can take up to 20 years to appear, which means even if we start protecting skin now, we still have to deal with the damage done years ago. IPL is a great way of removing unwanted pigmentation; it breaks down the excess pigment in the skin, which stimulates the body’s healing response. This healing response removes the damaged pigment, leaving behind even-toned skin.
What are the other benefits of IPL?
IPL is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment. There’s no downtime either, which means you can go straight back to your day without needing to recover. IPL also stimulates collagen production in the skin, which reduces wrinkles and leaves the skin looking more youthful and fresh. SkinBase’s system uniquely uses a cooling handset to ‘anesthetise’ the area ensuring the most comfortable treatment possible.
These treatments are available at Kay Cooper Skin Centre in Midsomer Norton. Book a consultation and see what IPL can do for you.