Client Tips for Chemical Peel Recovery

Within the world of esthetics, chemical peels are some of the most common services offered. As part of your skincare specialist training at the Skin Science Institute, you’ll learn everything about how to perform these peels, and how to inform clients of all the important factors.

Chemical peels are also a big part of our professional skin care specialist school’s student spa menu, offered to clients to help students gain real-world experience. As a brief primer, here are a few dos and don’ts that can be given to clients for recovering properly after a chemical peel treatment.

DO

  • Take a low-impact approach: For a few days or up to a week after a chemical peel, the skin just needs a light, low-impact approach. Those who use washcloths should switch to a baby cloth or a soft sponge, and always use warm water so as not to aggravate the skin. Also, avoid any deep lotions or treatments for a few days.
  • Products: Use soothing products like chamomile, Azulene, and others to keep the skin protected. In addition, use moisturizers, particularly those with antioxidants – these are important for the post-chemical peel stage, as the skin has been traumatized and free radical production rises.
  • Sun: Since the skin is more sensitive right after a peel, try to avoid long periods in the sun directly after. Wear high-SPF sunscreen if sun exposure is necessary.

DON’T

  • Over-moisturize: Moisturizing is important, as we noted above, but don’t get too crazy. There isn’t any need to double or triple normal usage, and in some cases this can disrupt the peeling process itself.
  • Exfoliate: Rather than using specific exfoliating products or scrubs, let the skin shed itself naturally. Scrubs and acid may damage recently peeled skin.
  • Picking: Try not to pick at the skin, as this will create red marks and uneven spots if skin is picked before it’s naturally ready to come off. Leaving it alone will create a healthier, smoother look.

Want to learn more about chemical peels, or interested in our professional skin care specialist certification course? Speak to the educators at the Skin Science Institute today.

Basics On Cold Weather Skincare

At Skin Science Institute, we’re proud to be both a high-level beauty school and a provider of spa services to our students. Learn in a hands-on environment as you accrue the skills needed to get your esthetics license and sustain a long career in the field.

One important area in our spa and during your training is seasonal skin care, and during cold seasons, that topic comes to the forefront. Cold temperatures can wick skin of its moisture and dry it out, and indoor heating can also do damage. Let’s look at a few tips for combatting winter effects on skin, for both you and your eventual clients.

Gentle Cleanser

A cleanser scrubs the skin clean of dirt and oils, but some of them contain harsh ingredients that also leave the skin feeling tight or dry. This is especially noticeable during cold months. Instead, look for a gentle cleanser from a brand like Aveeno, CeraVe or Cetaphil. These milder ingredients can provide the same kind of purification without sacrificing hydration.

Continue Sunscreen

We naturally think of sunscreen during summer, but we should during winter as well. Wearing sunscreen year-round is one of the top ways to guard and nourish the skin, and has both cosmetic and health-related purposes.

Moisture Concerns

As we noted, winter is the time when dry skin is at its worst. First of all, consider switching to a thicker moisturizer – many people use thinner ones during summer. In addition, if you’re still having issues, consider a humidifier in your home. This can pump a bit of extra moisture into dry, heated air indoors.

Removing Makeup

Pre-moistened wipes and similar products are popular for quick makeup removal, but these products contain alcohol that can strip your skin of moisture. Consider oil-based products instead, as these will take makeup off without the same drying effects.

Hydration

Water is easier to remember in summer when it’s very hot outside and you’re regularly thirsty. But your skin needs water just as badly during the winter – perhaps even more so due to additional dryness in the air. Make it a point to regularly drink water and stay hydrated, as this will help flush skin toxins while also keeping the skin moisturized and clear.

For more on cold weather skincare, or to find out more about any part of our esthetician training programs, speak to the educators at Skin Science Institute today.

Basic Tips for Fall Skin Care

At programs like the Skin Science Institute, you’ll learn all about how to become a professional esthetician. The skincare specialist classes provided at esthetics schools spend hundreds of dedicated hours educating students on every little detail of this field.

One significant area you’ll learn about during our program speaks to seasonal skin care concerns. As we’re currently leaving the summer season and moving into fall and winter, let’s use this period as an example – here are a few tips you can offer clients about changing skin care practices during this time of year.

Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin can be vital during this season, especially if clients spent a lot of time in the sun over the summer. The sun, heat rays and even chlorine from pools can affect the skin, generally drying it out. Regular exfoliation, which involves the removal of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and allows new cells to grow in, is important for combatting this dryness. It will help moisturizers penetrate the skin more effectively as well.

Hydration

Many people use less moisturizer during the warm months, either because they forget or because it’s naturally more humid in many climates. This time of year, though, is exactly when you should be reminding clients to replenish the natural oils and moisture in your skin. Moisturize often, and also be sure to drink plenty of water to give skin multiple hydration avenues.

Redness Reduction

Whether it’s a sunburn from the summer or insect bites, tell clients to consider reducing redness using rosewater solutions to the affected area. This can have success with multiple causes of skin redness.

Protection

Even though it might not be as hot as the dead summer months, remind clients to not put away that sunscreen just yet. Continue using this on a regular basis all year long when the sun is out, even during the winter. Just because it’s colder doesn’t mean the sun’s rays stop affecting the skin.

For more on tips to offer clients for fall skin care, or to find out about our professional esthetician certification classes, speak to the educators at the Skin Science Institute today.

Your Amazing Skin

Skin Layers

Did you know?

  • We lose 1% of collagen per year after the age of 29.
  • Collagen is broken down daily by the sun and free-radical damage.
  • Young skin sheds cells about every 30 days and older skin sheds every 60 days.
  • Moisturizers attract water molecules plumping up dehydrated skin and making wrinkles less noticeable.
  • The needs of your skin, including hydration and moisturizing, will change from time to time and as you age.
  • Skincare products and cosmetics don’t last forever. Check expiration dates and keep out of sunlight.
  • Despite popular belief, dry skin does not cause wrinkles, though it can make all lines and wrinkles appear worse.
  • Moisturizers are only a temporary fix. Gravity, aging, and sun exposure will do their damage anyway.
  • Exfoliating with pits and crushed seeds is not the answer. If the substance is too rough it will create micro-tears in your skin.
  • How you sleep affects your age. Sleeping on your back is the best way to minimize wrinkling on your face and neck.
  • New research suggests that we accumulate 10% of sun damage with each passing decade.
  • The sun does penetrate window glass, so keep sunscreen handy all year round. Make reapplying your sunscreen a ritual.
  • Taking two aspirin immediately after sun exposure will help prevent a sunburn from developing.
  • Acne plagues the average sufferer for seven years and adult women often for 20 years or more.
  • Approximately 40% of people from the age of 20 to 60 suffer from adult blemishes, breakouts, and acne.
  • A pimple is weeks in the making; the pimple you see today cannot be a direct result of the chocolate you ate yesterday.
  • If you have facial redness, rosacea, or broken capillaries, saunas, steam baths, coffee, wind, and alcohol will only irritate the skin further.