Anti-Aging Skincare Program – Week 3

 

Anti-Aging Skincare Program

 

Week 3

 

 

 

Let’s recap what we’ve done so far with Mary’s Skincare Program, she is currently completing the “Anti-Aging” Program. At this point, Mary has completed three of the four facials in her Skincare Program, two Age Summum Facials, one Lift Facial, and one Lift Facial, that will be completed next week.

 

 

Let’s Check-in Before She Begins Her Third Facial

 

Before starting her third facial this week, we wanted to check in with Mary to see how her skin was doing. In reference to the first two facials in her program, Mary noted, “There is a clear difference in my skin, having these two facials so close together. My skin it noticeably different, it’s plump, moist and smother, and my face looks lifted and has for the past two weeks. I like what I see in the mirror first thing in the morning. I don’t look tired, my skin looks alive.”

 

This is what we would expect at this half way point. Between her first two facials, and her at home care (you can see what products she’s using be checking out Week 2 of her skincare blog) she has basically been on a skincare workout routine. Although simply being on a skincare program will boost the skin’s health, having a good at-home routine as well, will not only boost any benefits received from the facials in the program, but will also prolong the results.

 

 

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Age Summum vs. The Lift

 

The Age Summum and The Lift are the two facials that complete the Anti-Aging Skincare Program. They both combat signs of aging, but do so in two completely different ways. The Age Summum fights the aging process externally, while the Lift battles signs of aging internally. Let take a closer look at each of these facials and get Mary’s thoughts on each of them.

 

Age Summum

 

The Age Summum is an anti-aging treatment that will help regenerate, firm, and restore the skin’s radiance. The exfoliation process helps to improve circulation, diminish fine lines and wrinkles and even out the skin’s tone. This treatment rejuvenates and brightens the skin for a more youthful glow.

 

Mary expressed that she felt the Age Summum immediately made your skin fell lifted and tighter directly after the facial. Then after a few days, she noticed her skin continued to feel hydrated and was fuller and plumper.

 

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Age Summum Mask

The Lift

 

The Lift facial creates a natural, temporary “Face-Lift” effect by lifting facial features through muscle stimulation. The specific muscle-stimulation that this treatment uses, is  called a micro-current. This current exerts a lifting effect on the facial features and oxygenate the skin. The Lift allows the skin to regain its tone and surface wrinkles to begin to fade. This facial is like “body building” for the face.

 

Although Mary has enjoyed both facials thus far, she does note that she may favor The Lift a little more. “They are both different. I do not prefer one over the other. Both have given me positive results. Possibly The Lift contributed a bit more to my firming and smoothness.”

 

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Using Micro-Current During The Lift

How Glycation Accelerates the Aging Process

 

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How Glycation Accelerates   The Aging Process

Guest Blogger: Francis Vergara

 
 
 

Glycation

 
I often note that some of the key enemies of the skin and factors that accelerate the aging process include several “s-words” — smoking, sun, stress, sugar, and inadequate sleep. Today we’re going to focus on what kind of damage excessive sugar causes, and what can be done to minimize it.

 

Ingesting excess sugar causes a process known as glycation (glie-KAY-shun) to occur. This is where sugar molecules attach to proteins, which basically weakens them and diminishes their ability to function properly. The two key proteins that we’re concerned about are collagen and elastin–the support structure that keeps young skin firm and flexible. As we age, the strength and density of collagen and elastin diminishes. Naturally, our goals in skin care are to slow the aging process, and create a healthy environment for the skin’s cells, tissues and anti-glycation measures should always be considered when setting our anti-aging strategy.

 
 

Dietary Changes

 

What dietary courses of action can we take to minimize glycation and it’s harmful effects? Decreasing our sugar intake –especially the more harmful white sugar and high fructose corn syrup contained in so many processed foods–is a good place to start. I’m happy to say that I kicked the “twizzler, gummy bear, and neon gummy-worm habit” several years ago, resulting in increased energy and improved sleep.

 

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Carbohydrates, while needed by the body as a source of energy is converted into sugar. A healthy approach to carbohydrates is eat more of the good carbs –fruits, vegetables, whole grains — and avoid or decrease the bad ones such as candy, soda, and sugary cereals. The good carbs contain less sugar which is introduced to your system more slowly. We’re always advising skin care clients that diet affects the skin –glycation is one of many reasons to improve our diets.

 

 

Improve Your Skin Care Routine

 

Skin care, at the spa and in the home can fight glycation. Regular infusions of anti-glycation agents, particularly those found in Guinot’s “Cellular Life Complex” strengthen and energize the cells and tissues, making them less vulnerable and setting the stage for more effective collagen synthesis. When we’re in our 20’s our metabolism is more active, stronger, and fights the effects of glycation more effectively. As we age, energy and regeneration slows down — making it necessary to step up our anti-aging (anti-glycation) efforts. These more potent anti-glycation ingredients can be found in Guinot skin care products, including Age Logic Celllulaire Cream, Time Logic Age Serum, Pleine Vie, and Douceur de Vie SPF 15.

 


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In the spa, our facial treatments are designed to provide a deep infusion and higher concentrations of these anti-glycation agents. The world famous Hydradermie Facial does this by utilizing two types of electric current — galvanic and high frequency– to both ionize and oxygenate, resulting in immediate visible and lasting results. Regular facials make the skin more receptive to your home care regimen, and good home care makes our facials more effective.

 
 

In Conclusion

 

In summary, glycation is only one of the many factors that can accelerate the aging process. While glycation can never be eliminated, diet and specialized skin care can minimize its negative effects. Other factors can’t be ignored, especially lifestyle habits: exposure to the sun, smoking, inadequate sleep, and the effects of stress. These can all result in oxidation which produces a chain reaction of free radicals, making the components of our skin more vulnerable and ultimately causing it to age faster. Common sense proactive measures –avoid smoking, minimize sun exposure and the use of sunblock, and regular vigorous aerobic exercise to manage stress and stimulate the metabolism — are all necessary to maximize our anti-aging efforts.

 

Product of the Week: Guinot Gommage Grain D’Eclat

 

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Featured Product: Gommage Grain D’Eclat

Ideal Skin Type: All Skin Types

Guest Blogger: Francis Vergara

 

 

Most people are familiar with the term exfoliation, but are not aware of the many benefits it has or even how to use it to achieve the best results for their skin.

 

New skin cells are generated in the lower layer, the dermis. And over a period of about 30 days, these cells develop and mature as they move to the surface of the skin. At the end of their journey, they flatten out, die, and become saturated with keratin, which serves as a basic protection to the more delicate layers of the skin. There are several negative effects of this buildup of dead cells, and there are healthier, more esthetic methods of protection.  We always recommend some type of exfoliation routine, depending on individual skin conditions.

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What is Exfoliation and Why Should I Exfoliate?

 

This is the process of removing the dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin’s surface. The benefits of exfoliation include:

 

  • Minimizes clogged pores from oil and impurities, thereby minimizing breakouts
  • Results in softer, more radiant and glowing skin.
  • Increases the reproduction rate of skin cells
  • Allows moisturizers, serums, and other treatment creams to penetrate deeper into the skin
  • Creates a more even skin tone, preventing and minimizing the visible effects of sun damage (hyper pigmentation)
  • Exfoliation for men keeps the hair follicles clear which allows for a more effective and less irritating shave
  • Increases the skin’s metabolism, boosting circulation

 

How is Exfoliation Performed?

 

There are two basic methods of exfoliation: Mechanical Exfoliation and Chemical Exfoliation. Mechanical methods involve creating friction with some type of abrasive material. Chemical methods generally contain some type of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), or fruit enzymes, all of which act to loosen or dissolve the substance that holds the dead skin cells together (intercellular cement). 

 

For most skin types, the in-home exfoliator that I recommend is Guinot’s Gommage Grain D’Eclat. It contains polyethylene micro-particles which provide gentle friction to smooth the skin while freeing the pores of dirt and impurities. Another key ingredient is jojoba micro spheres, which act to smooth, soften and moisturize.  For dry skin, I recommend doing a thorough exfoliation once a week; for oily or combination skin, twice per week.

 

How to use an exfoliator?

 

For best results, cleanse the skin and pat it dry. Apply a thin layer to the entire face and neck, avoiding the contour of the eyes. Let it sit on the face for about ten minutes. During this time, excess oil and impurities are absorbed by kaolin and the cream will begin to dry. Once it has completely dried, gently rub the cream with your fingers in circular motions over a sink. Allow the small particles to fall off your face and into the sink. Once most of the product has come off, rinse off any excess and follow with a toner/moisturizer.

 

Some things to keep in mind regarding exfoliation:

 

  • While many exfoliants on the market can dry and irritate the skin, Gommage Grain D’Eclat is gentle enough to ensure that these negative effects do not occur.
  • Avoid exfoliating while in the shower, because the exfoliating cream will not dry sufficiently for the necessary friction to occur.  
  • Gommage Grain D’Eclat is appropriate for most skin types. For those with extremely sensitive skin, Gommage Biologique would be an excellent alternative. And for those with moderate to extreme acneic conditions, even gentle rubbing/friction is not recommended. For these conditions, the Pure Balance Mask is recommended.
  • After exfoliation, the skin is very receptive to the nourishing, hydrating, and stimulating ingredients of a facial mask. Applying a mask after exfoliating is a great way to enhance the effects of your exfoliator, giving the skin more radiance, glow, and energy!

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding exfoliation or any other type of skin care issue.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know that the skin’s natural process for shedding dead skin cells is known as desquamation? This type of shedding however is uneven and incomplete, so we use exfoliation techniques to accelerate desquamation and give us optimal results!

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Guinot’s Newhite Brightening Line

One of the most common complaints we hear at the spa is that of skin discoloration and age spots. Guinot has finally developed an aggressive and effective regime that shows visible improvements within 30 days.
There is also a professional facial treatment that we’ll be performed at the spa, which will increase the effectiveness of the at-home regime.

 

First I would like to give you a brief description on what causes pigmentation and darkening of the skin to occur. Then I will describe how the Guinot’s Newhite range works, and how to properly use it to get desired results.

 

What are brown/age spots, darkening of the skin, and Melasma, and why do they occur?

 

It is important to understand that pigmentation is a defense mechanism that living cells have against UV rays. When skin is exposed to the sun, melanocytes active melanin particles which act as an umbrella to protect the nuclei of the living cell. These particles over time cause the skin to become permanently darkened. As the skin continues to be exposed to the UV rays the extra melanin creates an irregular coloring\pigmentation of the surface.

 

Melasma, also referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” darkens the facial skin which can occur from a variety of factors, such as, sun exposure, as well as an increase in female hormones estrogen/progesterone. These dark patches usually show up on the cheeks forehead nose and chin.

 

The Newhite Homecare Line comprises of 7 products which are:

 

Perfect Brightening Cleansing Oil

Cleanses the skin and removes even the most hard-to-remove make-up. Leaves the skin soft and comfortable.

 

Perfect Brightening Cleanser

Easily removes make-up and impurities. Shows the production of UV-induced melanin and reduces initial levels of melanin in the skin.

 

Perfect Brightening Lotion

Rids the skin of impurities and toxins. Tones and refreshes the skin.

 

Instant Brightening Mask

Brightens the complexion for daytime or before a night out. Instantly evens skin tones, and restores radiance to the complexion.
This mask can be used as an individual treatment once a week, or for dramatic results, use for 7-days, in either the morning or night time.

 

 

Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Visibly brightens the complexion, fades brown spots, illuminates and evens the complexion.
This is a 14-day intensive serum to use morning and night before applying your day or night cream. This serum is activated by adding the active ingredient, vitamin C directly into the serum then shaking thoroughly. If used on a 14-day regime you will find a significant reduction of brown spots after 2 weeks.

 

Brightening Day Cream

Brightens the complexion, and prevents the appearance of new brown spots by decreasing melanin production.
Use it every morning for at least 30 days on all areas of concern (face neckline hands, etc).

 

Brightening Night Cream

Brightens the complexion. Prevents the appearance of new brown spots. Prolongs the brightening effects of Newhite Brightening Day Cream
Use for at least 30 days as a compliment to the day cream over the brightening serum.

 

 

The Newhite skincare line visibly corrects skin pigmentation problems while improving the skin’s appearance.
There are 2 main active ingredients that are in every product in this line, which work together to give optimal results:

 

MELANOXYL:

Slows UV–induced melanin production and reduces initial melanin levels in the skin.

 

STABILISED VITAMIN C:

Helps brighten skin by inhibiting tyrosinase which causes tanning, protects the skin from free radicals, boosts collegen synthesis and stimulates dermal regeneration. It is a very powerful de-pigmenting agent.

These 2 active ingredients slow melanin production and reduce the initial melanin levels in the skin to brighten the complexion.

 

The Newhite range has been launched at the perfect time as we head into fall and the sun is not so aggressive. If you have any questions make sure to ask you esthetician next time your in for a a facial or come in for a consultation. The sooner the program begins the quicker your skin can return to it previous youthful clear complexion.