Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) For Your Skin

 “The basis to a healthy clear skin begins with a comprehensive cleansing routine.”

I get a lot of questions about AHA’s so I wanted to break it down & let you know how it works. AHA’s are pretty amazing & a must have in your skincare routine. The two main types of AHA’s are called glycolic acid & lactic acid. It’s a chemical exfoliant that causes the cells of the epidermis (top layer of skin) to become “unglued” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for regrowth of new skin cells. Because you are removing the outer layer of the skin you must use an SPF (SUPER IMPORTANT) The layers underneath are very vulnerable to UV rays. Even if your not exfoliating you should always be using SPF everyday, that’s the most important beauty item you will ever buy. If I was allowed 1 beauty product on a deserted tropical island it would be SPF.

 

What do AHA’s do for my skin?

They help clear blemishes, hydrate the skin and lighten pigment spots by loosening  layers of dead cells clinging to the skin’s surface. They also reduce fine lines & improve skin’s texture. Alpha hydroxy acid is your dead skin “detacher.” Imagine your skin as many cells, held together by a “glue.” AHA works by loosening up this glue and letting the cells fall away easier which reveals new skin underneath. 

 

Lactic Acid ? Tell me more

The greatest benefit of having a professional lactic acid peel is that it is gentler on your skin than most other types of peels.  Unlike a glycolic acid peel or a salicylic acid peel, a lactic acid peel is extra gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin. Lactic Acid peels are a wonderful choice for those undergoing a peel for the first time.

 

Glycolic Acid? What’s this going to do?

Glycolic acid is the most active and effective of the AHAs. It is the only AHA that is able to penetrate through the cell walls due to its tiny molecular size. Glycolic acid helps to bind water to the skin which increases skin hydration & gives you that healthy glow. 

 

Why should I use an AHA?

 To help to reveal brighter, healthier, and plumper skin beneath. If you feel like your skin is looking very dull & unhealthy then you should invest in an AHA. If you have sun-damage and dry skin this will help skin retain more water thus improving the moisture content & allowing your serums & moisturizers to penetrate deeper & work better. 

 

 

 

 

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 To start seeing improvement you need to complete a series of peels, generally 6 peels spaced between 3 – 4 weeks. If you have acne I would recommend a BHA. 

Before you decide to try acid peel treatment, it’s wise to visit a skin care specialist who performs these peels on a regular basis and understands your unique needs.

 

 

 

Do You See What I See?

Sometimes I wish my clients could see what I can see under the magnifying lamp.

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When I look at skin under the lamp I can see what you can’t see when you look in the mirror. You can see clear skin but I can see the spots that are on their way up to the surface. It’s my job to let you know how to treat & prevent these brown spots from getting darker & more noticeable. First we figure out if these “spots” are UV induced, hormonally induced, or post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

UV induced hyperpigmentation: meaning exposure to the sun, tanning beds, and florescent lighting.  This type of hyperpigmentation is usually evenly across the face and or body. Sometimes it may even look like little freckles.

Hormonally induced hyperpigmentation aka Melasma: Is a fluctuation in hormones. There are a lot of things that can cause this fluctuation (pregnancy, birth control pills, thyroid issues, menopause and or hormone replacement).

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: This can occur after acne has started its healing process, pigmentation will take longer to go away especially if there has been PICKING or you have induced pressure or trauma to the skin.

How to get rid of brown spots

It all comes down to how aware you are of the sun and what you are doing to protect yourself from exposure. Get in the habit of always having your sunscreen, the sun is no joke and your skin is showing you.

Exfoliate – you should only be exfoliating 1-3 times a week to get rid of the top layer of dead skin cells.

Retinoids – Stimulate cell turnover
 
Lighteners: Try and incorporate Hydroquinone or Kojic acid into your daily regimen as it will help to lighten pigmentation. 
Microdermabrasion: can work for faint, superficial pigmentation but it typically takes multiple treatments.
 
Chemical Peels: Vi Peel, PCA Peels, Cosmelan, Obagi are all great chemical peels that help in getting rid of whatever type of hyperpigmentation it is that you have.
 
Lasers: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do your research on the type of laser you will be using
Skincare Products: To see the best results, customers are encouraged to use the cream both day and night

There are several benefits to having a consistent skincare routine

1. Your skin will be in better condition

2. Your skin will work harder for you

3. Your youthful glow will come back

4. With consistency comes visible results

Turn Your Tub Into A Spa

Do you make bath time a super relaxing experience? Candles? Music? Fancy Bubbles ? I find myself always making homemade treats for my body that have been great for helping my skin stay soft. Today I’d like to share a simple scrub with my lovely subscribers 🙂 I make it by using coffee (a caffeinated body scrub can help with circulation, collagen production, and temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite)

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So I make coffee & then I mix the used coffee grounds with #coconutoil in a jar & let it soak together overnight. The next day I use it in the shower & gently massage it into my skin! It’s completely worth the mess you make in the shower lol. One of my dreams is to have my own line of beauty products (Dream Big) I can’t wait for that dream to come true!

 

So Yummy I Could Eat It

In the kitchen is where I find most of my beauty treatments ✨

I put a little honey & brown sugar in the palm of my hand, mix & rub into my lips for about 30 seconds!! 

This makes my lips softer than a baby’s bum 🍑 The easiest yummiest lip scrub that saves me from dry flaky lips !!  Try it for a smooth and soft pout 💋

   

     

Let your skin breathe

Got this scrub for Christmas but I noticed it contained mineral oil and I returned the product to the store. I’m not a fan of mineral oil because it coats the skin like saran wrap. Don’t know about you but I don’t want any blocked pores on my body.

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Hyaluronic Acid = Hydration

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of this skin. It forms an invisible film on the skin which binds moisture providing protection from the skin drying out. It lends the skin volume, smoothness and suppleness. Over the course of life, the level of Hyaluronic acid in the skin falls. This leads to poorer water binding capabilities, a loss of elasticity & an increased formation of dryness lines. Using Hyaluronic acid on the skin will help it appear firm, smooth & dryness lines will appear reduced.

I have very dry lips & I tend to bite them a lot. I recently started using this balm with hyaluronic acid & it has been helping my lips stay hydrated & plump. If you have dry lips like mine try a brown sugar & honey scrub, it will remove the dead skin & help you get softer lips.

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Exfoliation is crucial

It send a message to the dermis that repair should begin & fresh cells are needed. I love how exfoliating expedites cell turnover & makes the skin glow.

#GetGlowing

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