Exfoliation is key to maintaining healthy functioning skin. All skin types and conditions will benefit to some form of desquamation, it is a matter of finding the appropriate method to decrease the chances of causing inflammation and irritation. When we think of exfoliation our minds often go to the harsh walnut scrubs and extreme shedding of the stratum corneum from chemical peels. The question is, what is to extreme for the skin to handle before post inflammation and hyperpigmentation are induced? Benefits from exfoliation improve texture, skin tone, increase collagen, lighten hyperpigmentation, and even lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation methods have evolved over the years and science has discovered gentler more effective ways. These new methods are meant to improve the skin without further harming it.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) have been used for centuries. AHA’s help promote corneocyte discohesion (cell desquamation), for increased epidermal shedding, causing a rapid turnover of the basal cells and forcing them to mobilize into the stratum corneum. Lactic Acid is considered to be one of the more multi-functioning AHA’s. Lactic Acid is naturally found in milk. It breaks down the desmosomes between cells to allow for easier exfoliation of dead surface cells, inhibits skin discoloration and hydrates the skin. Another option for exfoliation without any irritation or side effects is using peptides. One peptide that exfoliates is called Perfection Peptide P3. This ingredient stimulates desquamation to reveal smoother more hydrated skin. Studies show after two weeks hydration was improved by 20% and after four weeks skin smoothness was increased by 12%.
Improving your client’s skin without causing further harm to the tissue should be every esthetician’s primary goal. When inflammation is induced free radical damage takes place which results in pre-mature aging. Technology has advanced tremendously with ingredients and so has the everyday client with their busy schedule. The typical client does not have multiple days to experience post peeling or inflammation and are looking for quick results. Offer your clients the HydroPeptide® Advanced Resurfacing Facial Stem Cell Facial to experience smooth, brighter and less visible fine lines and wrinkles.