The skin cycle
Did you know that your skin is constantly renewing itself? Every month dead skin cells travel from the innermost layer of the epidermis to the surface of the skin in a process called keratinisation. These dead skin cells or corneocytes, still have a vital function in forming the skin barrier, which protects skin from aggressors such as pollution, germs and other irritants. As the cycle continues, they are naturally exfoliated by the skin over time. This prevents the build-up of too many dead cells (which would clog up the skin’s surface) and in turn stimulates new cells to grow.
What happens to our skin when we get older?
As we grow older, this skin renewal process slows down. Rather than a month, keratinisation can take up to 45 days or more, depending on the individual biological activity. This means that dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, resulting in changes to the skin quality including roughness, enlarged pores, congestion, irritation, and a dull, greyish looking appearance.
What’s an advanced facial?
To help and support a healthy skin renewal process, we strongly advise regular ‘advanced’ facials with an experienced skincare professional, every 4-6 weeks. More than a simple “pampering” facial with relaxing massage techniques, advanced treatments include smart technology such as radiofrequency, laser or chemical peels, along with products containing biologically active ingredients to support the health of your skin cells and address your individual skin concerns.
Read on to discover a few of our favourite advanced facials, all performed by professionals who work with SkinCeuticals.
Advanced Facial: EndyMed PURE Fractional Skin Resurfacing (FSR)
Where: Sarah White Aesthetics, Liverpool
This Fractional Skin Resurfacing treatment works with radiofrequency impulses that stimulate collagen production to tighten and smooth the skin’s surface. SkinCeuticals products are used during the treatment to achieve optimal results whilst accelerating the recovery process.
What to expect:
Skin is prepared for treatment with a double-cleansing routine to remove makeup, excess oil and dead skin cells. This is followed by a topical anaesthetic cream to reduce sensation in the skin as radiofrequency works deeply in the connective tissue and can result in stinging sensations.
Following treatment, a triple antioxidant (such as C E Ferulic) is used to help reduce any oxidative stress and speed up the recovery process. This is layered with a powerful corrective product (such as H.A. Intensifier) to further aid skin plumpness and firmness, and, if needed, a replenishing moisturiser (such as Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2). The final step is to apply a broad-spectrum SPF as the skin is vulnerable and delicate after the radiofrequency treatment and should not be exposed to UV.
Advanced Facial: The Pigment Balancing Skin Peel
Where: The Laser and Skin Clinic, Ireland
This peel is excellent for photo-damaged, mottled skin as it helps to even out skin tone and reduce the look of pigmentation. Utilising a high concentration of glycolic acid, combined with pure vitamin C and emblica (a natural antioxidant), the SkinCeuticals Pigment Balancing Peel delivers powerful exfoliation to accelerate cell renewal and diminish discolouration, whilst also brightening skin.
What to expect:
Skin is double-cleansed to ensure all makeup, excess oil and dead skin cells are removed before applying a ‘degreasing’ booster to help increase the penetration of all peel agents. This is immediately followed with Pigment Balancing Peel. Once the skin starts to turn slightly red (after about 2 minutes) the peel is neutralised with a sodium bicarbonate solution.
Next, a triple antioxidant (such as C E Ferulic) is applied to reduce downtime and help skin’s recovery. This high dose of vitamin C has the added benefit of boosting radiance and evening out skin tone.
Skin can feel quite warm after this peel treatment, so Phyto Corrective Masque is applied; a cooling gel mask that contains highly concentrated botanical extracts, a calming dipeptide and hyaluronic acid. It cools on contact with the skin whilst restoring hydration and smoothness. If needed, a replenishing moisturiser (such as Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2) is then massaged into skin. The final step is to apply a broad-spectrum SPF as the skin is more vulnerable and delicate after the treatment and should not be exposed to UV.
Advanced Facial: Paul Edmonds Signature City Radiance Facial
Where: Paul Edmonds, London
The Signature City Radiance Facial is a luxurious, antioxidant facial designed for city-dwellers who want to prevent visible signs of ageing. It incorporates exfoliation, extraction and hydration to tone, cleanse and soothe congested skin.
What to expect:
The treatment starts with a comprehensive double-cleansing routine to remove makeup, excess oil and dead skin cells. This is followed with a powerful micro scrub, containing professional crystals, to further exfoliate dead skin. Next, SkinCeuticals Gel Peel GL containing glycolic and lactic acid is applied to help increase the skin’s renewal process and even out skin tone. The gentle formulation makes it suitable for all skin types – even sensitive skin.
Now that the skin has been gently but thoroughly exfoliated, a triple antioxidant (such as C E Ferulic) is applied to the skin to reduce downtime and help skin’s recovery. This high dose of vitamin C has the additional benefit of boosting radiance and unifying skin tone. Skin radiance and firmness is further boosted with the SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque which contains a high concentration of Vitamin C and proteins. It also helps detoxify the skin whilst restoring a radiant complexion. A blissful face massage to help relax skin muscles, body and mind makes this a true pampering treat.
The final step is to apply a broad-spectrum SPF to help prevent UV induced collagen breakdown and UV induced dark spots.
This article is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before starting any new regimen or course of conduct.