Sugar Cane. Pineapples. Citrus. Its recipe day on the blog today! But we aren’t infusing water (which you should be drinking lots of for your skins health) nor are we making you a smoothie! We are talking skin. And the ingredient list to give it the glow we know you all want!
Last week we talked about physical exfoliants, and this weeks focus is on chemical exfoliants. Don’t let the sound of it scare you. A chemical exfoliant simply helps to dissolve the dead skin cells and is a great alternative to physical exfoliants for those with sensitive skin as there are no grains or gritty bits that could irritate the skin.
We are confident that you’ve probably heard of AHAs and BHAs (Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids) and you will now learn that those are two of the best known chemical exfoliants that there are.
Simply put, AHAs are water soluble (meaning they dissolve in water) and originate from the sugars found in milk and sugars (often the sugars found in sugarcane and pineapple), in a product you will often see this referred to as lactic and glycolic acid respectively. AHAs are suitable for both sun-damaged and dry skin. In addition to exfoliating skin, they also help the moisture content of the skin to increase and therefore improve.
BHAs are lipid soluble (meaning they fully dissolve in oil or fat) the most common one being salicylic acid. Beta Hydroxy Acids are far superior at entering pores and dissolving the oily fat clogging your pores (gross, but amazing!) making it an amazing ingredient for acne prone and oily skin with blackheads and whiteheads.
Both acids are very effective and our skin care technicians can always help to design a program for in office and at home to care for all of your skin care needs. Speaking of in office. What do we offer in the way of peels? Read on.
ZO Skin Healths Stimulator Peel can be enjoyed for all of its benefits in office at Dermal Laser Centres and includes a list of ingredients that your skin will thank you for! (10% Lactic Acid 10% Citric Acid and 10% Salicylic Acid to be exact) While it can be used in general for overall skin brightening, it is best used for anti ageing and oily or acne prone skin.
If you fall into a category that won’t allow you to use the Stimulator Peel (think pregnancy, sensitive skin, or your skin is prone to eczema or rosacea) then we have the peel for you! The Enzymatic Peel, which is made from the enzymes of both papaya and pineapple. With instant brightening and luminosity brought to the skin, and everyone with skin being a candidate for this peel, we are so excited to have it as an in office treatment for you!
Great for both anti ageing and oily acne prone skin. The Stimulator Peel can be done on its own as a single treatment prior to a function or as part of a larger beauty regime designed for you by a technician.