What is a complexion peel?
 
A complexion peel is a technique which involves the application of a variety of chemical solutions to remove the damaged outer layers of dead skin cells from the skin's surface.  It is extremely beneficial for many skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, sun damage, and photo aging.  By removing the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulating the regenerative process you will notice marked improvements in the formation of wrinkles and fine lines, texture and tone of the skin, hydration, reduced pore size, clearing of blemishes and more balanced oil production and an overall healthier skin appearance.
 
What are the different types of peels?
 
At therapy we use Rhonda Allison.  All Rhonda Allison treatment procedures are considered superficial; they do not penetrate beyond the epidermis or papillary dermis.  They are not to be confused with medical or physician-strength peels that affect the reticular dermis.  

PROGRESSIVE  This refers to a treatment that does not usually cause immediate exfoliation and only removes the outer layer of skin or the stratum corneum.  As treatments are repeated the skin will experience a mild sloughing. 

MID-DEPTH  These peels affect the intra-epidermal layer, and exfoliation occurs within two to three days after application.  The skin goes through very little down time.  Peeling usually consists of light flaking similar to a sunburn peel. 

DEEP  These peels affect the deepest intra-epidermal layers.  The skin becomes brown and crusty then undergoes considerable peeling, which occurs three to four days after application.  The skin peels in large segments as opposed to flaking.  The entire process takes about seven to ten days. 

What type of home care should I use after my chemical peel?
 
There are specific instructions to be followed after your skin peel; this is as important as the peel itself.  Post care will include occlusive healing balms, epidermal growth factor (cell renewal and wound repair), calming, soothing topical to reduce itching and inflammation, and always sun screen!
    
When the skin peel is completed and your professional has determined the skin is healed, daily skin care is essential.  The most important part of a home care routine is a cleanser and a sunblock.  Next in importance is a supportive cell rejuvenator.  Additional specialty products such as pumice and buffing washes, growth factors, antioxidants, peptides, eye serums, nighttime moisturizers, AHAs, ascorbic acid, retinol, enzymes, masks, and topical correctives may be added to enhance and maintain results.

Inquire with one of our aestheticians for more information on these beneficial peel treatments.  We can evaluate your skin type, the amount of time you need for recovery and the results you can expect.

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This Video Will Make You Think Twice About Not Wearing Sunscreen

If you're not already wearing sunscreen regularly, here's something to convince you. Photographer Thomas Leveritt modified his camera to record people in the ultraviolet spectrum, which highlights freckles and sun damage unnoticeable to the naked eye. He captured strangers' shocked reactions at viewing their faces in a way they never had before. Leveritt also asked his subjects to apply sunscreen to show how under the camera's filter, the white lotion shows up like black war paint.

Photo by Thomas Leveritt, from the video

The video — which has more than 12 million views on YouTube as of Aug. 25 — has people singing the praises of sunscreen, which, aside from leading to better looking skin, can actually save your life. Earlier this summer, the U.S. surgeon general warned that about 9,000 people die each year from melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer and a mostly preventable disease. But promoting the benefits of sunscreen wasn't Leveritt's intention.

"I haven't particularly been a proponent of sunscreen, I'm a much bigger proponent of cameras and tech," he said in an email to NBC News. But when trying out an experiment to test inexpensive sunglasses using his customized camera setup, he found something much more compelling: people's faces. "The reactions of people to their own faces produced such a wide palette of emotions that I thought would make a wonderful montage," Leveritt said. The internet agrees. 

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