A fast-acting treatment to relieve visible signs of dry skin improves tone and texture as it gives you a more youthful, radiant complexion. It stimulates the exfoliation cycle to produce everything healthy in your skin, including collagen, fibril tissue, and Hyaluronic Acid. Non-buffered. Glycolic Acid (non-buffered) will stimulate more than 300% improvement in fresh collagen deposition with 30 days. It will also begin a remarkable improvement in microscopic exfoliation that naturally generates healthy tissue.
A facial is typically an hour-long experience. It is designed to cleanse your skin and treat it for your specific problem areas, but it is also an hour of relaxation and rejuvenation. Let me tell you about my most recent facial with Debbie at Lake Havasu CosMedics. I hadn’t had a facial since my best friend got married in 2010 (Hi, E!), so I was a little unsure what to expect. The treatment room is the same where I received my VI Peel—it was dimly lit with soft music and a wonderful relaxing aura. Debbie left me alone to change into a wrap (undies only!) and to snuggle under the covers on the treatment table. I have to admit, I almost fell asleep I was THAT comfortable.
Debbie, a licensed esthetician, began by placing a headband around my face and a warm towel under my neck. A steamer began to moisturize my face, and she was able to adjust the level of steam for my comfort. The steam is important because it begins to soften the face and open pores for deep cleansing. After cleansing my face, she began extracting the milia on my forehead by using a lancet. This was mildly painful as she sliced through the first layer of skin to get the white bumps out, but the extraction process for my whole face only took 10 minutes. After extractions, she used a high-frequency wand with a small electrical current to kill bacteria since parts of my skin were open from the extractions. This was a little zap, nothing too uncomfortable.
Debbie then customized a few treatments for my skin type. She applied a mask, and while it was setting, I got a wonderful neck, shoulder, and chest massage. After the mask was an exfoliator, and while that set, I got a wonderful arm and hand massage. After rinsing and applying high-quality A-Cute Derm products such as the Glycolic Acid Ultra 10 lotion, which is a fast-acting treatment that stimulates the exfoliation cycle to produce everything healthy in your skin including collagen, fibril tissue, and hyaluronic acid.
So why get a regular facial (aside from the amazing pampering and obvious glowing skin)?
1. Your skincare routine will work better.
Dead skin and clogged pores do not readily absorb your skincare products. Even the highest quality products won’t be as effective if they aren’t making it deep into your skin. You must maintain the health of your skin to get the most from your products.
2. Professional extractions leave fewer marks.
Who doesn’t love to squeeze a white head or coax a black head from a clogged pore? But at-home picking causes more acne flare-ups (think bacteria!), facial scarring, and broken capillaries. Leave it to the professionals.
3. Personalized skin care
With a deep cleanse and an inspection under the magnifier, your esthetician can immediately apply the most helpful masks or peel as well as recommend the correct products for your skin type and condition. This might also change seasonally, so if you can’t make it for a monthly facial, at least try to get in seasonally. Regular visits will help you understand what’s going on with your skin and what to do about it.
4. Professional services you can’t get at home
From milia extractions to LED therapies and professional strength exfoliation, you will receive treatments administered by a licensed professional that you can’t do yourself at home. Over time, these professional treatments can diminish acne scars and reduce wrinkles and age spots.
5. At-home guidance
A facial is relaxing and rejuvenating, but it is also educational. A good esthetician will tell you where your problem areas are and recommend products and routines you can do at home. For example, I was able to choose and purchase medical grade products right then from Lake Havasu CosMedics. Not only did I get to take all my products home from the office, but I also received personalized instructions on which products to use in the morning and at night. I felt confident that my skincare routine was changing for the better. That night, I started my new skincare routine, and in the morning, I had a healthy glow and smoother skin.
Meet Pro-C, six antioxidant-rich facial products from A-Cute Derm. Light, refreshing, calming, protecting, and rejuvenating—Pro-C improves skin tone and softness. It helps fight UV damage and leaves your skin with a remarkably healthy glow. Healthy skin thrives off of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for our skin’s overall well-being. It is the stabilizing component to keep Collagen and Fibril tissues healthy (i.e. plumped, unwrinkled, youthful-looking skin). Environmental stress caused by ultraviolet radiation (tanning beds and the sun) is the main cause of the destruction of Vitamin C in the skin.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are chemicals that fight oxidization on your skin cells. Oxidation damages your skin cells and the genetic material inside them. Oxidation occurs from the molecules called free radicals that are a byproduct when we process food, sunlight, and toxins like smoke, pollution, and alcohol. We mostly get our antioxidants from plant-based foods, but our body can produce some too. Different antioxidants work differently—some stop free radicals from forming, and some break them down so they are harmless.
Vitamin C is particularly important because it can help protect the skin from sun damage and skin cancer. It can also reverse some discoloration and wrinkles that come with aging. Let’s meet the Pro-C family from A-Cute Derm—Available from Lake Havasu Cosmedics!
PRO-C Elite Serum W/ Ferulic+
PRO-C® Elite Serum with Ferulic+ is your defense against accelerated extrinsic skin aging. By destroying oxidative predators, it prevents new damage as it helps repair existing damage. Ferulic Acid is a key component in this superior antioxidant. It is a naturally recurring substance with proven medical benefits and it has been found to keep vitamin C stable for up to two years.
PRO-C Antioxidant Cleansing Gel
A light and refreshing natural botanical cleansing gel in a multi-fruit base enhanced with the powerful free radical scavenger Green Tea Extract and the essential Vitamin C. Calms the skin with soothing Aloe Vera Gel and Kola Nut extract. Leaves the skin feeling silky smooth for hours.
PRO-C Lightening Crème
Skin Lightening Crème is an extremely effective bleaching formulation that goes deep into the skin to get to the root of the discoloration deep in the dermis The unique blend of ingredients removes dead cells to improve penetration into the skin while improving tone, texture, and discoloration. Includes Hydroquinone, Bearberry Extract and Kojic Acid in an elegant crème base that works well with makeup.
PRO-C Moisture Max + Amino Acid
A super moisturizing system that controls the appearance of crow’s feet and surface wrinkles while adding nutrients to dry and environmentally damaged skin. Made from L-Serine, an amino acid, along with critical nutrients and vitamins to sustain healthy skin.
PRO-C Lipid Recovery Serum SC
This is a unique system that rebuilds your skin’s protective barrier (the Stratum Corneum) quickly. Developed specifically to help those who lose this function when undergoing deep chemical peels, Microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Delivery system has excellent penetration of Vitamins A, three forms of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and five critical lipids necessary to the rebuilding process and to maintain barrier function while stopping transepidermal water loss (TEWL).
PRO-C Vita Hydrator Mask
A rich moisturizing treatment mask packed with Vitamins A, C & E and skin softeners. Excellent on dry, mature skin. Designed specifically for damaged skin caused by U V exposure from the sun, tanning beds and environmental factors. Use for sensitive to normal skin types.
It’s no secret the summer sun is hot, and one of the best ways to beat the heat is heading to the beach or out on the boat. But what are you risking? Sun exposure (any time of the year!) causes premature aging, wrinkles, skin spots, and cancer.
MYTHS about Sun Exposure
There is no such thing as a good tan.
Not all sunscreens are created equal.
A higher SPF does not necessarily protect your skin better.
You don’t have to have a sunburn to increase your risk of skin cancer.
90% of all wrinkles, age spots, and discoloration are due to sun and tanning bed exposure.
Know your UV Rays
UVB creates the burn—this is what most sunscreens protect against. If your skin is getting pink or red, you are getting radiation from the sun. That “great tan” is actually UVB damage. UVB rays cause accelerated aging and increased risk of skin cancer. UVB rays are strongest from 10am-2pm.
UVA causes long-term damage. This radiation really accelerates the skin’s aging process by penetrating deep into the dermis and destroying your own natural collagen. Dryness, wrinkles, leathery skin, and discoloration? Thank UVA exposure for that. Daily, from dawn to dusk, each and every day of the year, you are at risk to UVA rays at 100% potency.
UVC is deadly to plant and animal life. Our ozone layer protects us, but it is the type of radiation from artificial light, such as tanning beds.
Skin Cancer Fast Facts
Using sunscreen does not guarantee protection from skin cancers, nor does sunscreen turn back time—but it sure can help. According to the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP), data does show daily use of sunscreen does slow skin aging and reduce cancer risk.
No skin type is void from potential skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma.
Skin cancers can appear at any time. They can lie dormant in the dermis for years and even appear on areas that rarely get sun exposure.
Scientists and doctors are seeing more skin damage in younger skin. What is going on?
You are not getting the protection you think you are getting.
5 Sunscreen Must-Haves
Look for UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection. Make sure at least three active chemical ingredients are listed on the label with a combined minimum strength of SPF 15.
Waterproof is better than water-resistant. But don’t be fooled. Waterproof will last at least 80 minutes, but that rainbow film you see floating on the water? That might just be waterproof sunscreen, so reapply for safety’s sake. Water-resistant is just that—resistant. It will stay on the skin for 40 minutes, but reapply when you get out of the water. For best results, look for rub-proof, which is more likely to stand up to the toweling test.
Comfort is important. A sunscreen should be mild on the skin, especially around the eyes and lips. No burning, no tingling, no running. It should be so comfortable that once you rub it in, you no longer even notice it is on your skin.
A sunscreen should be greaseless. Some sunscreens do not dry quickly and become sticky to the touch. This means the product is clogging your pores, increasing the skin’s temperature, affecting the natural cooling process of the skin.
Don’t forget the lips, ears, nose, and feet. These are the areas most prone to skin cancer.
The difference between SPF 15 and SPF 100 is only 4% added protection on the UVB spectrum.
The FDA considers all sunscreens SPF 15 and above to be in the same category: Ultra Protection.
The Experts Weigh In
Want to look younger and stay healthier? Use the best sunscreen. A-Cute Derm offers one of the most comprehensive medical grade sunscreens on the market. PRO-TECT sunscreen is designed to moisturize the skin and protect from moisture loss and over-exposure to UVA / UVB / UVC radiation. It outperforms high SPF sunscreens that you can buy in the grocery store. It is fragrance-free, parabens-free, waterproof, rub-proof, and PABA-free. It offers superb, consistent and high protection levels across 100% of the spectrum range.
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