I’ve had to realize that mercury retrograde is not my enemy.
It’s a time to “Re”
I renew my commitment to myself, and my purpose. I relax and take it easy, not making any hasty decisions, I reevaluate the decisions that I have made and perhaps release myself from the bonds that hold me down or keep me from soaring. And finally, I revise any plans going forward that will keep me on my journey and authentic path.
Mercury Retrograde pre-shadow phase was around a week ago. That’s when I’m assuming things started going wacky for you. Computers stop working properly, communication began to be a challenge. It’s not you, it’s Mercury.
Mercury Retrograde occurs when it is moving backwards, into its shadow, and thus communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. As much as outer work is challenged by Mercury Retrograde, introspection and inner work is very supported. Take advantage of Mercury Retrograde by clearing your own tendencies to get caught up in your own shadows and those of others.
In essence, keep smiling, and understand you have no control right now. Go clean your closet, it will all be over the last week of May.
Immediately my skin feels the tingle and feels so fresh. I like to exfoliate at night so when I wake up my skin is smooth, bright and soft.
The Brightening Peel Pads work on several different levels. The Glycolic Acid exfoliates and stimulates new growth; Salicylic Acid, dissolves oils, is anti-bacterial and an anti-inflammatory; Lactic Acid is a natural humectant, softens and reduces hyper-pigmentation; Witch Hazel tightens pores and stimulates circulation.
My skin is on the sensitive side so I use them about every 3rd night. Even for the most resilient skin I would not recommend use more than every other night. I like to follow the peel with Sanitas Skincare Re-vita-lize Mask. Vitamins A, C, D, E and K and CoQ10 enhance collagen production, firm the skin and helps the skin bounce back.
My first thought on at home peels is to leave it to the professionals. Since I know the majority of you will ignore that advice I want to give you do-it-yourself clients some guidance.
Please understand the peel process should be done sparingly. You always should let your skin recover and give your skin the nutrients to recover.
I’ve been reading the directions of some of the more popular at home peel products. They all advise to peel daily.
What will happen?
Using acids on your skin daily without a break will dry out your skin, thin your skin, make your skin less resilient.
When you peel at home start slow, once a week, build up to every other day. If your skin starts to get dry, back off the frequency of the peeling.
Always peel at night so your skin has time to recover, you don’t want to peel your skin and then go out into the sun. A solar block is a must! With out a proper sunscreen you risk hyper-pigmentation and increased lines and wrinkles.
Peels, one of my favorite services to do and receive.
I’ve been reading so many articles about peels, encouraging and debunking myths, but without any clear understanding of what you’re doing to your skin, or, more importantly how often, what recovery products should be used and that sun protection is paramount.
First, what is a peel and why do you need one?
A peel is a microscopic injuring to your skin sending the signal to repair. When your skin repairs itself, it starts to stimulates your natural growth factors, fiberblasts, building collogen, elastin, stimulating your natural moisture factors, and hyaruronic acid development, essentially encouraging new cell growth. As in any kind of injury the recovery process is where caution is needed.
There are so many peels available from the light superficial peels to deep aggressive peels done only under medical supervision. Let’s talk about the light and superficial right now.
A light peel is appropriate on a monthly basis. Three months in a row is generally the sweet spot. Then take a break for a couple of months. The peels your skin would enjoy on a monthly schedule would be lactic (sour milk), mandelic (almonds), glycolic (fruit acids) no lower in PH than 3.0 or in the range of 30%.
Now here is the trick to having a successful peel, the recovery. Once you have a peel you need to be gentle to your skin. That means no scrubs, no acids, retinols for ten days to two weeks. You have to let your skin recover.
Let me say it again.
You have to let your skin recover. Please think of continuous exfoliation like re-injuring a scar. When you re-injure a scar it starts the create scar tissue and it no longer becomes a superficial wound and your skin will start to protect itself either by building thicker and thicker skin or the opposite start breaking down and loose elasticity and resiliency.
Who can get a peel?
All skin-types, all ethnicities, all skin conditions can benefit from a peel. It is the best way to brighten, lighten, reduce scaring, reduce and eliminate hyper-pigmentation. reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make your skin more resilient.
Peptides are proteins, chains of amino acids that help your skin build and maintain collagen and elastin. They help stimulate your skins natural ability to synthesize hyaluronic acid development , peptides even help protect the skin from free radicals, pollution and ultraviolet rays.
Now here’s where the real fun begins. The PeptiDerm Eye Treatment is the most concentrated, 50% peptides. Massage it in don’t just pad it on. Spot treat with your serum, the fines lines on forehead and folds of the mouth.
Then a thin layer of PeptiDerm Moisturizing Cream, 40% peptides, is going to hold the matrix of your skin together. The combination is poetic.
Trust me, it works. Your skin will be youthful and resilient.
Let’s enhance what you’re doing at home with an Anti-aging Facial. I have the 90% PeptiDerm in my arsenal of weapons.
I have oily skin and I’m breaking out. I have normal skin and I have hyper-pigmentation. I have dry skin, and I’m breaking out. I have combination skin, I have some blackheads and clogged pores. With all these scenarios plus 100 others, you need at least a european facial, in our salon it would be the Facial Extraordinaire, but to target specific conditions we have several distinct facials for you to choose.
Oily skin and breaking out, let’s do a facial that will target the oil production, dissolve the sebum (pore clogging oils) a Salicylic Cleanser to cleanse and an enzyme mask, Sanitas Papaya Pineapple Mask or the Sanitas Cranberry Enzyme Mask would be used to open up the pores to do extractions. Your treatment mask would include products that will nourish and revive the skin, not dry it out, I like Tea Tree Mask. Sanitas Tea Tree Mask is a stimulating, anti-bacterial mask formulated to dissolve sebum, tighten pores and speed the healing of blemishes. The biggest misconception with oily skin is that it needs to be dried out, drying out oily skin signals the skin to make more oil. Moisturize, yes I said moisturize, with an oil free moisturizer over a retinol treatment. This is our Acne Facial.
Depending on the amount of acne. one or two pimples does not make a need for an acne facial. The oily acneic skin does better when it is nourished. Now, if it is a case of grade 3 or 4 acne, that is when you sign on for an acne facial.
For severe acne Galvanic (a negative electrical current) maybe used to break up some of the cystic acne. No, it won’t hurt, but it will melt away those underneath the skin nodes that just won’t go away. I’ll see you once a month.
Normal skin minimal oil production, minimal shine, you lucky people that have no pressing skin concerns, minor acne, minor hyper-pigmentation. You still need a facial. No need to be aggressive but a good exfoliation at least every season will help keep your skin youthful and vibrant. The Facial Extraordinaire would be perfect for you.
For normal skin I like to start out with my Glycolic Cleanser. It is an exfoliating cleansers that starts the process of exfoliation preparing the skin for the exfoliating mask or scrub. Nourishment, again is the key. A vitamin mask, add some peptides to really keep the skin resilient.
The main thing that normal skin people need to realize is all though they generally don’t have the kind of issues that other skin types have, they tend to not take care of their skin the way other skin types do. Just grabbing whatever products that are in the shower will be your down fall, not giving your skin the pampering and nourishment it deserves will age your skin
I’ll see you every 4-6 weeks to once a season. As the season turns and our skin starts looking dry and dull, the moisturizers aren’t moisturizing, and your skin is starting to look like it might be combination, that is you signal to get a facial.
Combination skin, oily in the T-zone, dry on the checks, or maybe oily on the cheeks and forehead and dry in random places. Your facial is going to be designed to even out your oily production while hydrating your dry areas. Lactic acid is great for this. Lactic is natural humectant designed to exfoliate but geared to stimulate your skins natural ability to retain moisture. Depending on sensitivity we can use a more aggressive mask like
Dry skin, we are going to hydrate and nurture you. Whether you are dry from over exfoliation, atmosphere, medications or health issues, we are going to treat your skin like the delicate flower that it is. You will want an mildly exfoliating cleanser, and a gentle exfoliating mask but the key to this facial would be the nourishment. Hyaluronic Acid would be layered under the treatment mask and moisturizer would be Sanitas Topical C to help heal.
For you I would choose the Hydrating Facial and I’ll see you every 4-6 weeks.
I was 43 when I had my first facial. I, like most people thought that facials were just a pampering treatment that didn’t really have a place in the real world. A procedure designated for the rich or pampered or both. To my surprise, it relieved my skin of the blackheads and superficial acne, it brightened my skin and made it softer and smoother.
Now granted, it wasn’t that my skin was bad, it just wasn’t good. Whenever I washed my face I could feel the acne just under the surface of my skin. It drove me crazy. When people said I had beautiful skin, I would say thank you but I would think, “don’t you see all this acne?”
The first facial took all that away. Wow, who knew? I had always thought that getting a facial would just make the problem worse.
So what did the facial technically do? A cleanser to take the surface dirt off, a second cleanse to start the process of exfoliation. An enzyme mask is used to dissolves the dead skin cells encouraging skin turnover and new cell growth. A scrub can be used as a manual exfoliation to do the same thing. It opens up the pores, letting the skin breath and extract. The esthetician will help with that process by squeezing the skin. When finished with extractions a nourishment mask is used to help the skin regenerate and heal itself.
This is the first step in your personal quest for beautiful skin.