Today I woke up and felt my skin was pretty flaky. I didn’t really notice it until I put my makeup on and saw it looked like it was “cracking”. I don’t know if you can tell from the picture unless you zoom in, but it was pretty noticeable close up. This is a good thing! It means my skin is shedding on a much faster pace than usual and new skin cells are being regenerated!
Tip: Don’t pick! Picking at flaky skin that hasn’t shed completely can lead to scarring. In a few more days, I should have beautiful, fresh new skin!
Today I woke up and my skin felt “dry” and a little “flaky”, which is perfectly normal after a peel. I did feel that my skin tone was a little more even and the texture felt much more smooth.
I did notice a small pimple on my nose (awesome), but that’s normal too. After a peel, your skin cell renewal is accelerated so whatever bacteria may have been hiding under there is being pushed out. At least I know everything is working!
My skin care regimen this morning was all by Glo Therapeutics:
- Conditioning Milk Cleanser
- Conditioning Tonic (I put in a spray bottle and sprayed my face with the mist, leaving damp before next step)
- Lightening Serum (leave sticky)
- B5 Hydration Serum (leave sticky)
- Vita E Essential Cream (let penetrate completely before applying any makeup)
- Eye Restore (helps with puffiness and dark circles. I use twice a day)
During the winter months, I like to do at least one, more aggressive chemical peel to rid my skin of dead skin cells, generate newer skin growth and treat any imperfections such as hyperpigmentation and fine lines/wrinkles. I really like the Modified Jessner peel by Glo Therapeutics with their Enzyme added to the treatment.
I use this service in my treatment room at the salon and my clients’ love the results. Some see more flaking afterwards than others and if you have an event or vacation coming up, I usually tell people to wait because you don’t know how your skin will react in down time and how long it will have that dry, peeling appearance. (If you do have an event, I recommend the Pro 5 Exfoliant, which doesn’t require any down time).
This is a picture of my skin right after the treatment this morning and I will post pictures in the upcoming days to see how my skin reacts and the final results in about a week.
- In the Modified Jessner Treatment I did today, I first used the Glo Therapeutics Enzyme, which is a 5% Salicylic Acid, 3% Bromelain, 1% Papain, Pomegranate and Cranberry blend (Great for aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne). I left that on for 5 minutes and rinsed off with water (this enzyme DOES heat up!)
- I dried my skin completely and applied the Peel Prep, (kind of an “itchy” feeling) which preps the skin for the chemical exfoliation.
- After that dried, I applied the fist layer of the Modified Jessner, which is also great for aging, hyperpigmentation, and acne (this also heats up quite a bit, but I found the longer it stays on, it starts to subside, which is why you can add layers). This has 14% lactic Acid, 14% Salicylic Acid, 14% Resorcinol, Raspberry and Lycopene
- After 2 minutes, I added the Lightening Serum, which aids in diminishing any hyperpigmentation more thoroughly (this has 2% Hydroquinone, 2% Salicylic Acid, 5% Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, and L Ascorbic Acid).
- After 2 more minutes, I added another layer of the Modified Jessner and let it sit for 4 minutes.
- I finally neutralized the chemical with Glo Therapeutics Neutralizer (Calcium Carbonate, EGCG ((derived from green tea)), and Shea Butter). This actually burned significantly at first, which is due to adding anything damp to the chemical but calmed down after the 2nd application. The calcium carbonate (better known to us as baking soda) is what neutralizes the chemical and makes it stop working, kind of like throwing baking soda on a fire!
My skin was immediately re-texturized! It felt SO smooth and plump. I am really excited to see if I have any peeling and how my skin looks and feels after about a week. This is an AWESOME treatment to do before your wedding!! I recommend it at least a week before the big day so your skin has time to heal completely.