What Is Micro Needling?

The Micro Needling device is an instrument consisting of a heavy duty roller head covered in 192 high quality titanium acupuncture needles. The needles are designed to:

  • Penetrate the outer layer of the skin.
  • Hundreds of tiny channels are created through the skin, which facilitate the passage and absorption of your skin care product to maximize its absorption.
  • It gently exfoliates excess skin cells which contribute to hair follicle malnutrition scaring or premature aging, wrinkles and scars.
  • The roller stimulates blood flow to the surface, gives a skin massage, cleans out the pores and stimulates collagen re-growth.
  • Additional age fighting skin benefits can be achieved when skin needling is combined with products that contain collagen boosting and skin fortifying ingredients like Retinol, Vitamin C and Peptides.

 

The best candidates for micro needling are people from the age of 25 to 65. Ideally people in their 30’s who are starting to develop the early signs of aging. Micro needling will plump up fine lines and boost collagen production on any area that is needled. Micro needling can also effectively treat skin that has been scarred from acne.
Skin needling is an innovative concept that remained elusive until late 1990s. In fact, the new technology opened doors for healing skin damages naturally. The fact that skin needling or collagen induction therapy can be done on all skin types, without any side effects, makes it more popular among people of all ages.

 

You are eligible for Dermal Rolling if the following applies to you:

  • –  Lack of skin radiance
  • –  Loss of elasticity and epidermal thickness
  • –  Rough and uneven skin texture
  • –  Fine lines
  • –  Wrinkles
  • –  Crow’s feet
  • –  Hyperpigmentation
  • –  Scars, especially indented acne or chicken pox
  • –  Post surgical Scars
  • –  Skin Dullness
  • –  Dry Skin
  • –  Pre cosmetic Surgery
  • –  Pre injection
  • –  Open pores
You are not eligible for Dermal Rolling if the following applies to you:

  • –  You suffer with active pustular acne
  • –  Active bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • –  Eczema and psoriasis
  • –  Rosacea
  • –  Keloid or raised scars
  • –  Scars less than 6 months old
  • –  Raised moles or warts
  • –  Facial surgery in the past 6 months
  • –  Patients taking blood pressure, blood thinning or heart medications
  • – Diabetes

What happens post-treatment?

After the procedure the clients skin will be red and flushed in appearance in a similar way to moderate sunburn. The client will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch on the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours following treatments and within the next 24 hours the skin will be completely healed. After 3 days there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.

How quickly are results visible?

 Visible results of skin rejuvenation are seen after just 6-8 weeks following procedure and continue over the following months for up to a year. A course of three  skin needling sessions, at 6-8 week intervals, is usually recommended to achieve optimum results; however great skin improvement is noticeable after just one treatment.

Is skin needling safe?

Skin needling does not involve injections and therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely. It is minimally invasive, involves minimal downtime (max. 24hrs), rapid healing and requires simple after-care. Clinical skin needling is minimally invasive and normally no blood is drawn, however small amounts of pin point bleeding in clients with thin skin may occur and should be considered as normal.

 

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Home Care Can Make A Significant Difference In The Skin’s Health And Appearance

Home Care Facial Protocol

Allure Aesthetics skin care products contain specially chosen natural herbal extracts, specialty ingredients and aromatherapy essential oils that are blended with water-based emulsions to provide results. No sensitizing fragrances are used.

1. Cleanse – Apply Oxygen Revitalizing Cleanser to remove all facial make up around face and neck.  Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.

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2. Tone – Apply Vital Hydrant Toner. Spray several pumps of mist to flat cotton pad and apply small gentle upward sweeping motion to face and neck.

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3. Exfoliate – Use a quarter size Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish and massage in gentle upward motion to face and neck area.  Do not use pressure while massaging.  Massage for 1 to 2 minutes.  Rinse completely with tepid or warm damp towel.

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4. Address eye areas – Apply a small amount of Refreshing Anti-Puff Eye Gel to eye area. Carefully apply to top and bottom of the eye not too close to the lash line. 

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Final step – Apply Herbal Silk Moisturizer and Advance Protection SPF 30.

 

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Healthy Skin Solution

Moderating sun exposure and using sunscreen are two of the best ways to keep your skin healthy and to minimize your risk for skin cancer.

OVEREXPOSURE TO THE SUN IS THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF AGING SKIN

 

If you want to maintain a youthful appearance, you must protect your skin from the sun. 

  1. Avoid suntanning. 
  2. Wear sun screen (SPF 30 or higher) that blocks UVA and UVB rays whenever you are out in the sun. 
  3. Sunscreens are the best “anti-aging” products currently available.

How Sunscreens Work

Sunscreens absorb or reflect ultraviolet rays. Both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect or scatter UV radiation. Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC) and oxybenzone absorb radiation, dispersing it as heat.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against the two types of damaging UV radiation: UVA (causes tanning) and UVB (causes sunburns).

SPF refers to the sun protection factor in sunscreens.

An SPF of 8 blocks almost 90 percent of UVB rays.

An SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB and some UVA rays.

An SPF of 30 blocks 96 percent of UVB and some UVA rays.

Additional Ways To Avoid Skin Damage

  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long sleeved shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Look for shady areas. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 4pm. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Instead, try a sunless, self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen daily.
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. They provide antioxidants, which may help protect cells from free radical damage that occurs when UV rays from the sun are absorbed by our skin.

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Properly Sequenced Order For Applying Skin Care Products

Do you have questions about whether or not a product is best used in the morning or night? Are you confused about whether special treatments should be applied before or after moisturizer or sunscreen?

These general guidelines should help provide specific directions about when and how to use skin care products.

1. Apply eye makeup remover on a two-sided moistened cotton pad and swipe the eye area in a downward direction. Flip the pad and wipe the eyes until clean. If necessary, turn the pad inside out or use a newly moistened pad and repeat until the eyes are completely clean.

2. Cleanse the face with a cleanser that best suits your skin type and condition. Cleansers should be used twice a day.

  • oily or combination skin – foamy cleanser or face wash
  • normal or combination skin – cleansing lotion
  • dry skin – milky cleanser
  • very dry or mature – cleansing cream

3. Toners are used after cleansing. They remove residue left by cleansers and they restore the skin’s natural pH after cleansing.

  • oily and acne prone skin – astringent
  • normal and combination skin – toner
  • dry, mature and sensitive skin – fresheners

4. Exfoliation removes the dry, dead surface cells that makes the skin smoother, helps unclog pores, helps product penetration making them more effective and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

  • limit exfoliation to once a week  ( 3 times a week for  oily skin types)
  • use exfoliants at night to avoid leaving the skin exposed to the elements during he day

5. Masks work best on freshly exfoliated skin. Used weekly, masks can:

  • tighten and tone the skin
  • draw impurities out of the pores
  • clear up blemishes
  • hydrate
  • nourish
  • calm and soothe
  • rejuvenate the skin

6. Serums are thinner liquids and eye creams are usually thicker to protect thin, delicate skin. Serums and eye creams are applied under moisturizers.

7. Moisturizers seal and protect the surface of the skin. Even oily skin needs hydration or it will have to overcompensate for dryness and produce more oil or become dehydrated.

8. Daily sunscreen is imperative for healthy skin. Sun exposure not only leads to skin cancer, but to

  • aging
  • hyperpigmentation
  • capillary damage
  • free radical damage
  • collagen and elastin deterioration

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Double Trouble: Wrinkles and Acne

 

Just as wrinkles start to make you feel old, zits bring you back to your youth. At least a quarter of women ages 35 to 55 have acne. Though adult acne can be the result of a hormonal imbalance (just as in your ten years), it usually flares premenstrually or during times of increased stress. It also usually crops up along the jaw, chin and neck, whereas teen acne is typically across the entire face.

Causes and Recommended Treatment

  1. Oil, when it gets hard in the pores, can cause plugs. Cleanse the skin to loosen existing plugs of oils, bacteria and other debris.
  2. Comedogenic oils can cause the oil glands to become clogged, such as Vaseline. Use oils that are not comedogenic; vitamin E, castor oil, oil of borage and wheat germ are just a few.
  3. Bacteria found on objects can be transmitted to one’s skin causing breakouts in that particular area. Hair products block pores around the hairline. Avoid contact with objects that might be bacteria-ridden such as phones, hands, workout clothing, dirty pillow cases. Clean objects regularly with alcohol or antibacterial wipes, where applicable.
  4. Oily ingredients in makeup can clog pores. Rancid oil from old makeup carries bacteria. Not removing makeup before going to bed may cause breakouts. Avoid makeup that is very heavy or that contains comedogenic oils. “Oil Free” does not mean “non-comedogenic.” Wash applicators frequently.
  5. Over stimulating the oil glands topically can happen when using alcohol or products that dry the skin out. Skin can be oily and still be dry (dehydrated). Avoid products that over-stimulate the oil glands. Remember that with respect to oil and hydration,  balance is the key to beautiful skin.
  6. Scarring may occur from picking at deep (cystic) acne and forcing the substance out so that it tears the skin, leaving the tissue broken, which forms into a scar. Control the acne before it becomes a problem. Leave extractions to a professional. Chemical peelings address acne problems.

What Is Available To Treat Acne?

  1. Oral Medication – Accutane for the most severe cases. Outcome (one to three months) is usually good; regular blood monitoring is required. This medication is systemic and causes extreme dryness and flakiness. There may be hormonal changes that not everyone can tolerate.
  2. Chemical Peeling – uses acids and enzymes to unclog the pores and balance the skin’s surface. Most people require ongoing treatments, which depend on the severity of the cases, but with continuing treatments you can achieve excellent results. Superficial monthly peels help with maintenance.
  3. Home Care – most important because there is no such thing as a one time quick fix. Consistency of maintenance is the key to the condition of the skin (washing and hydrating). Personal hygiene is within your control and you should participate in your skin care and wellness.

Conclusion

Skin changes as you change, internally and externally and according to environment and climate. Awareness and good maintenance of the skin is a balance and the key to healthy and beautiful skin.

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Do You Have Milia?

Milia are whitish, pearl-like masses of sebum and dead cells under the skin and are more common in dry skin types. They are found on the face, lip borders and eye lids. They are not pimples or acne. They are actually tiny cysts that appear as white beads under the skin. Many people try to “pop” them as if they were removing a pimple, but most milia have hard, seed-like centers. Removing them at home may cause scarring. An esthetician can remove it simply by piercing the surface and extracting the dead cells.

Trapped skin cells that cannot exfoliate naturally are the main cause of milia. Some people can prevent them by regularly exfoliating their faces with facial scrubs. Exfoliate your skin to prevent milia, not to cure them. Papaya Creme Enzyme Polish gently cleanses and exofoliates the skin in order to prevent pores from becoming clogged.

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What Is The Main Cause Of Premature Aging Skin?

Did you know that approximately 80 percent of premature extrinsic aging is caused by the sun?

There are two types of ultraviolet rays that are generally not filtered out by the ozone layer, UVA and UVB.

UVA rays account for 95% of the solar radiation that reaches the earth. They penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays and can penetrate clouds and glass. They are the rays that cause the skin to tan and are present on the atmosphere with equal intensity year round. Tanning is actually an injury to the skin’s DNA. The skin tans in an attempt to prevent further DNA damage. UVA rays cause the skin to prematurely age and wrinkle and damage cells in the basal layer of the skin, where most skin cancers occur. They have been proven to contribute to the development of cancer.

UVB rays do not penetrate the skin as deeply as UVA rays. They damage the skin’s surface in the form of sunburns. Although they are always present in the atmosphere, they are strongest between April and October, from 10 am to 4 pm. UVB rays are mainly responsible for the development of skin cancer.

 

Environmental exposure, pollutants, air quality and humidity also affect the skin’s health.

Poor maintenance and home care can also be a contributor to skin problems.

Misuse of products or poor facial treatments can be detrimental to maintaining a healthy and attractive complexion.

Preventative measures for skin care include:

  • avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen, which is the best protection for our skin.
  • Proper home care, professional skin treatments and ingredients such as antioxidants, lipids, and alphahydroxy acids can be beneficial.
  • A good diet
  • vitamins
  • water intake
  • exercise and other healthy practices all have a positive effect on our health and our complexion.

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Skin Care Myth

Myth:

Shaving soft, fine vellus hair turns it to coarse, dark terminal hair.

 

Fact:

False. Numerous studies  dating back to the 1920’s show that shaving will not make hair grow back thicker, stronger, longer or faster. When a fine vellous hair is shaved with a razor, it grows back with a blunt edge. This can make the hair appear thicker and coarser – but it is not. Hormonal changes, genetics, some medical conditions and certain medications are typically responsible for turning fine, pale vellous hairs (also known as “peach fuzz”) into coarser, pigmented terminal hairs. Once a hair has been transformed into a terminal hair, it is likely to stay that way.

Dermaplaning is an ideal treatment for women with fine (otherwise known as vellus) hair all over their faces.

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