Basic Skin Care
Cleanser contains complex compositions to free the pores from dirt and bacteria but still maintain the natural moisture of the skin for conditioning. Professionals praise the effect of natural ingredients such as plant extracts that can heal and fuel the tissues and cells with the proper nutrition.
Exfoliators stimulate fresh new skin for a younger, polished, healthy glow and deeper penetration of your treatment products.
• AHA Home Peels :
For sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
• BHA Home Peels :
BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that’s clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.
• Scrubs :
Only deal with the very top, superficial layer of skin while most of the unhealthy, built-up skin cells are beyond the reach of a scrub.
• Gommage :
The gommage rolls up off the skin as it is rubbed, picking up the skin’s outermost dead skin cells with slightly sticky ingredients like xanthan gum. Gommage may also contain a cellular dissolving agent, like an enzyme.
Toner puts the skin pH back to it’s normal range. It reduces inflammation, add water-binding agents and moisturizing ingredients to the skin. It also provides some antioxidant and anti-irritant protection.
Moisturizers seal moisture into skin as well as provide nutrients necessary to treat specific problem, depending on product range.
Our facial and neck skin can be protected by physical sun block like hats and umbrella or SPF containing cream.
What SPF should you use?
• Sunblock protects your skin by absorbing/reflecting UVA and UVB radiation.
• SPF rating indicates how long a sunscreen remains effective on the skin.
• Duration of protection: SPF 15 x 10minutes = 150minutes
• If SPF 40 is used, duration of protection: SPF 40 x 10 minutes = 400 minutes
• Sunblock should be applied 15-20 minutes before sun exposure to allow a protective film to develop, then reapply after water contact or after it loses its effectiveness.
• Sunblock that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection and are gentle for everyday use. Because these are physical blocking agents and chemicals, they are especially useful for individuals with sensitive/irritated skin.
Tips for maintaining good skin care:
• Avoid soaps labeled “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial.” These tend to reduce the skin’s acidity, which acts as a protection from infection.
• Keep the skin clean and dry. Wash with soap and water daily, then rinse and dry thoroughly.
• Skin folds or creases (as in the groin area and underarms) need washing more frequently – twice a day, morning and bedtime. Rashes can easily form in these areas because of increased moisture and warmth. Increasing the air circulation to these areas to help prevent rashes can be accomplished by positioning the arms and legs so the skin surfaces are separated. For example, use the “frog” position to air the groin area. Air these areas two times a day.
• Rashes can be caused by tapes, soaps, fabrics or other irritants. Total body rashes may result from food or drug allergies. Consult your health care provider for treatment of these and any other rashes you may have.
• Avoid using items that may dry the skin – for example, harsh soaps or alcohol based products such as lotions. (A good non-drying lotion to use is Alpha Keri.)
• Lubricate dry skin with moisturizing creams or ointments (such as Eucerin or Aquaphor). Use care in applying creams over bony areas, since they may soften the skin and promote skin breakdown.
• Soiled skin can break down easily. Urine and stool have irritants in them and should be cleaned up immediately to prevent weakening and breakdown of the skin surface.
• Avoid using talc powders, as they may support yeast growth. They can also “cake up” and keep moisture in, causing skin breakdown.
• Calluses may form on your feet and hands. These can be removed by soaking frequently in warm water and toweling briskly to remove dead skin. You can use moisturizing creams to help soften calluses. Note that calluses may indicate an area of excess friction or pressure.
• Finger and toe nails require special care. Soak them and rub gently with a towel to remove dead skin and decrease the chance of hangnails forming. Nails are easier to cut after soaking; be sure to cut them straight across to avoid ingrown nails, and keep them short for safety. If ingrown nails develop, see your primary care provider or podiatrist..