Get your GLOW on! The Secret Behind Radiant Spring Skin!

By Jeannie Copeland, Owner The Ahh Spa Licensed Medical Esthetician & Massage Therapist Master Herbalist & Certified Aromatherapist with 18 years experience in the natural health & spa industry. 

My passion for health and beauty runs deep. Even as a young woman, I worked to buy beauty products...and I tried them all. Fast forward to 2017, and I am living my passion daily by helping women & men look and feel their best. We are approaching our first year anniversary at The Ahh Spa in Gainesville, GA, and I couldn't be more excited to move into our second year.

This article is the first of many I plan to write in my quest to learn, try and talk about all things health & beauty! Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. It is also the perfect time to renew our commitment to our health, including our skin. In just two short weeks, spring will officially be here. Ready to shed your winter skin for a glowing, radiant complexion? I’ve got just the thing for you.

How to Get the Glow.                                                                                                                     The most important question I get as an Esthetician is how can our clients slow the aging process and reverse the aging they currently have. Although there are several paths to this answer, I prefer a simple one. Work with a professional who can make recommendations specific to your needs and use good at home skin care.

I advise our clients to invest in 4 steps, using minimal effort but getting maximum results. It’s a commitment you can easily keep while seeing a quick turnaround.

1. Exfoliation

2. Restoration

3. Hydration

4. Protection

We’re covering step 1 today. Exfoliation. And it’s a big one. Exfoliation is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about good skin care. Most of us think moisturizer or sunblock. And while these other steps are important, exfoliation is the foundation of a good skin care regimen.

Exfoliation removes the surface layer of dead, dry skin cells otherwise known as our epidermis. Our body naturally exfoliates these cells over time as we make new skin and shed old, but as we age, the cell turnover becomes slower. By adulthood, some cells hold on for 40, 50 or 60 days! Slower cell turnover means less collagen production (the building block of our skin that gives us our youthful volume and radiance). The result is a loss of firmness and more wrinkles.

I suggest clients do a combination of daily exfoliation with a cleanser containing alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid in addition to regular skin peels for best results. Skin peels come in various strengths and ingredients. Skin peels dissolve the bond connecting dead cells to the surface of your skin so they can fall away, forcing new, fresh cell growth. Other benefits include an increase in hyaluronic acid for hydration and fuller, more voluminous complexion.

Quick & Easy Ways to Exfoliate.                                                                                                        I like to start with a series of peels ranging from 20% lactic or glycolic every 10 days and gradually adding to the peel strength up to 70% glycolic acid until results are reached (usually 6 peels with a few months time). Then get a peel at least once per season as your skin needs change. Getting peels regularly and progressing in the strength is the key to the deep, antiaging exfoliation clients are looking for.

For more stubborn pigmentation problems or deep wrinkles, I suggest clients do a series of TCA peels (usually a peel every 4 weeks for two to three sessions) for best results. TCA requires a little more social down time but it works. Then, have a TCA once or twice a year for maintenance. You will LOVE your skin and everyone will be asking you what are you doing to make your skin look so radiant!

Skin peels also help with acne prone skin by sloughing off old acne-causing cells and keeping pores clear and clean. Once the peel is performed, your Esthetician can more easily extract blackheads and acne, allowing inflamed areas to heal quickly and prevent new acne from popping up.

Be sure to maintain your results with a great at home glycolic cleanser. I love our Skinscript Glycolic Cleanser and our Raspberry Refining Cleanser containing a blend of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids gentle enough to use daily.

You will also need to protect your new skin with nourishing at home products and a zinc-based SPF. Zinc oxide blocks both UVA and UVB rays and rests on the surface of your skin rather than absorbing into your skin, making it perfect for acne prone or sensitive skin. I like our mineral makeup, Mineral Hygenics, which contains only 4 pure mineral ingredients and is a natural SPF of 26.

Peels are a great solution for busy clients who can’t afford a ton of down time. You can literally come in on your lunch break, be out in 30 minutes and on your way to radiant skin. Here’s to looking RADIANT this spring! Jeannie