Instant gratification is a common expression now days… and why not, after all, technology shows us that things can be reached in no time.

The problem emerges when we become so used to that fast rhythm that we expect all things to happen at the speed of light.

Great changes can certainly be achieved in your skin relatively quickly when the correct skin care is  used but in the skin’s own world, things have a specific time.

We all have heard many times that exfoliation is good for the skin because it removes dead skin cells and encourages new cells to come to the surface giving your skin a more youthful glow.

Well… yes, that is true… in part.

The skin does benefit from regular exfoliation especially when it is dry and flaky, or excessively oily causing congestion manifested in black and/or whiteheads. The normal exfoliating period for the skin naturally occurs approximately every 28 days. However; as we grow in age or for other health reasons the cycle extends and becomes longer. When this happens dead skin cells cling on to the skin for a longer period of time giving the skin a dull, lifeless appearance.

But before we get into more exfoliation details, one very important thing we need to consider is that the skin has a protective barrier made out of crucial components such as: cholesterol, free fatty acids and ceramides. These elements create a lipidic shield that isolate the skin protecting it from harmful chemicals, bacteria, enviromental factors and to maintain healthy levels of moisture and hydration and every time we exfoliate the skin we disrupt temporarily the skin’s protective barrier. The more aggressive the exfoliation the longer it takes for the lipidic barrier to repair itself.

There are many types of exfoliants; chemical in the form of acids, enzymes which break down protein,  one of the main components of dead skin cells (keratin) and physical better known as scrubs.

Like I said before, exfoliation can be beneficial for the skin when it is done the right way. How often to exfoliate is determined by the skin type and condition as well as the method being used. Sensitive skin for instance, could be negatively affected by over- exfoliation because it already presents a weak lipidic barrier, hence it gets irritated more easily.

Over-exfoliating the skin can cause many problems, including:

-Skin Sensitivities

-Inflammation

-Breakouts

-Over production of sebum (Skin natural oils)

-Dehydration

-Excessive Dryness

and many more…

One more tip: If  you receive professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing etc.. make sure to follow the advice of the professional for your post-care which is essential to obtain optimum results. It is very important to treat the skin gently and to avoid harsh ingredients while the lipidic barrier is being restored.

Removing dead skin cells can certainly give you a radiant glow but maintaining a healthy skin protective barrier is crucial to the overall functioning of the skin.

Over-exfoliation causes irritation and inflammation and that leads to oxidation which promotes AGING.

So as we can see MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER…

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

 

The eye area is very delicate, not only because the skin is thinner than the rest of the face, but also it contains very little irrigation of sebum (oil). Mother nature made it that way because if we did, oil will end up in our eyes. The down side to that is that age takes its course there first…

Using an eye cream at an early age will keep that area well hydrated, preventing the early formation of lines and wrinkles.

There are many different formulations of eye creams.. ingredients such as arnica, vitamin K, vitamin C, Helichrysum, peptides, licorice,  etc… are just a few of the ingredients regularly used in eye creams to help treat dark circles, puffiness and lines and wrinkles.

One question that I get asked all the time is “how and when to apply the eye cream”?

For optimum results it is normally recommended to apply the eye cream twice a day, along with the rest of your skincare regimen.

The best direction to apply it is INWARDS with a continuous circular pattern and with soft tapping movements using your ring finger… that way you don’t cause any pulling on the skin and help to increase circulation and absorption of the product.

“We are what we eat”…

I am sure we have all heard that phrase..

and although it is true in the sense that our health is directly linked to proper nutrition, the food we consumed is absorbed and used in order of priority by our organs and tissues. Important organs such as: the heart, liver and kidneys use a great amount of the nutrients to restore and re-energize their functions. The skin as the largest organ of the body can easily get depleted of important vitamins necessary for proper regeneration and healing. That is why applying topical nutrients can help reinforce and provide the skin with crucial elements to optimize cellular metabolism and functioning.

Some of the most important nutrients used in skin cocktails are:

Glutathione- Taurine- organic silicon- DMAE- B Complex, vitamins A, E, C, hyluronic acid, Resveratrol, Oligopeptides, Alphalipoic Acid, Growth factors and many others…

It is very important to note that the vitamins for skincare need to be formulated for topical use and must count with a a small molecular structure so that they can be easily penetrated and readily absorbed by the skin, otherwise; the product would remain on the surface with no significant benefit.

A modality that is broadly used to improve penetration of the nutrients is “Electroporation Technology” which permeates the cellular membrane temporarily to allow better absorption of the actives.

Another method used by doctors to inject the actives directly into the dermal areas been treated is Meso-Therapy.

Let us not forget that still the first guard of defense for Healthy Skin is a Healthy Diet but  we can certainly see A BIG difference in  how the Skin becomes more radiant and re-energized after a good VITAMIN INFUSED SKIN TREATMENT!!!