Peels 101 with Matthew from Matthew Miller Skin in NYC!

Some people hear the word “peel” and get nervous. Think of Sex in the City, when Samantha got that peel that no one will ever forget! 

The reality is, receiving a peel can help your skincare work even better! We tapped Matthew Miller, of Matthew Miller Skin in NYC, to give us the low down on peels and to answer some common questions.

COSMEDIX: How do I know which peel is safe for my skin tone?

Matthew Miller: A professional aesthetician should provide a thorough assessment of your skin before any peel, treatment or facial begins. One of the assessments is a Fitzpatrick Scale ranking. If your ranking is 4 or higher, your skin may be at risk for hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) if peels are too aggressive. Ask your aesthetician to help determine which peel is right for you and your skin needs.

C: Are peels safe for deep and dark skin tones?

M: Yes. The problems that people with darker skin tones experience with peels is due to technical error, not the peels themselves. Clients with more pigmentation may react differently and become more sensitive to certain active ingredients than clients with lighter skin tones. It is to seek an experienced aesthetician and peels that are gentle yet effective on highly pigmented skin.

C: What peels are safe for clients with pigmented skin?

M: Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Retinol and Jessner’s Peel have proven to be less problematic for African-American skin. If your skin tends to be reactive it is important to work your way up to more aggressive peel treatments to get the results you want and to avoid complications. It is important to disclose as much information about your skin condition and lifestyle to help an aesthetician recommend the right peel for you and your skin goals.

C: How will my skin react to a peel?

M: It depends on the peel. All peels can cause your skin to be sensitive to the sun. Some peels cause redness. Other peels with gentler ingredients will exfoliate your skin and renew your complexion with little to no downtime. Medium to deep peels may cause your skin to peel or shed for days or weeks. Ask your aesthetician about recovery time and typical aftereffects of your peel of choice.

C: How can I find out if I will have an unfavorable reaction to a peel?

M: A good aesthetician will always want the best for your skin. If you are unsure about a treatment, ask your aesthetician to do a spot test on the skin in an inconspicuous place. This will give you an idea of how your skin may react to peel and foreshadow how long your recovery time may be. Give your skin up to 30 days to recover from the spot test to see final results.

About Matthew Miller:

Matthew attended the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill for his Esthetics certification, as well as the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences for Massage Therapy. Matthew brings over six years of experience to his craft. Years invested in retail, management, education, and clinical services have culminated into the experience of the Matthew Miller Skin Suite. Here, you can experience a vast array of Matthew’s specialties, including: sugaring hair removal, skincare treatments, and body treatments.

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The Luxury of Clean Skin

In recent years, the skincare industry has seen an influx of facial cleansers with promises to improve the appearance of the skin, but how does this category fit into overall wellness?

Allure magazine recently published an article detailing the psychosocial impact that cleanliness has on our lives. Nowadays, taking the time to cleanse and treat the skin each day can double as a moment to set your intentions and meditate for overall wellness; and with the right ingredients, your regimen can provide a sensorial experience that you won’t want to skip!

In the article, communications-studies professor, Rachel Anise Wegter, connects the dots by saying, “cleansing enables a sort of physical catharsis…it allows us to wash away the stress, frustration, and literal dirt we’ve encountered throughout the day. And that alone is something to rave about.”

But, with so many products on the market, how does one find the perfect cleanser?

In order to find products that can combat your specific concerns, it’s important to identify what they are and what’s causing them. COSMEDIX recommends frequent visits to a skincare professional to assess your skin’s individual needs and establish a custom regimen. Visit https://www.cosmedix.com/store-locator to find a professional near you.

Luckily, each product in the line is carefully formulated to provide clinical results with clean ingredients that promote overall skin health. Not only are the cleansers effective, but they are formulated with intelligent exfoliation, which helps to boost the effectiveness of every other product. With these components, you will be able to bring the spa experience into the comfort of your own home.

Decompress with COSMEDIX Cleansers

With COSMEDIX, the days of sacrificing wellness for beauty are no longer. Each product is formulated free of any parabens, benzoyl peroxide, artificial dyes, sodium lauryl sulfate, petroleum derivates, artificial fragrances, harsh additives and more. Instead, the cleansers are packed with botanical ingredients, which have sensorial benefits that will free your skin­ (and mind) from daily stressors!

The first step to any regimen is cleanser, so it’s imperative to find the perfect one. Check out the following products to see which one best suits your needs:

Benefit Clean—a light, foaming cleanser that’s gentle enough for all skin types, yet effective enough to remove debris and environmental pollutants from the skin. This cleanser is perfect for everyday use and post-treatment, as the sandalwood works as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial astringent to cool and soothe the skin.

The bonus: This cleanser is formulated with grapefruit oil, which according to Dr. Axe, helps to increase mental focus. Kickstart a productive day with Benefit Clean!

Purity Cleanif you’re on the oily side, deal with pesky blemishes or struggle with uneven texture, this is the cleanser for you! Purity Clean is formulated with exfoliating Lactic Acid, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil, which helps to exfoliate the skin for a more balanced and healthier-looking complexion. The format of the product differs from other water-based cleanser, as the oil works to dissolve the other dirt and oils on the skin without stripping skin of its natural, protective oil.

The Bonus: The benefits of Peppermint oil don’t stop there! According to Dr.Jockers, peppermint oil helps to increase oxygen capability, which promotes good brain health. Invigorate your mind twice daily with Purity Clean!

Purity Solution—cleansing oils have been all the rage lately and Purity Solution is no exception! With a powerful blend of olive, moringa, kukui, safflower, sesame and argan oils, Purity Solution works to gently break down dirt, excess oil and impurities while nourishing the skin with vitamins.

The Bonus: Purity Solution contains Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, which is known for its calming properties. Start—and end—each day with tranquility by adding Purity Solution to your regimen.

 

 

Beauty From the Inside Out: 5 Habits for Brighter, Healthier-looking Skin!

Healthy skin is in! There is nothing better than giving your skin that “glow from within” by starting your beauty routine from the inside out. From top-rated supermodels to our favorite bloggers, we found that healthy, glowing skin is often a result of clean lifestyle habits and effective products. In today’s post, we’re dishing our tips for improving your skin’s appearance this spring!

  1. Hydrate: This may come as no surprise, but hydration is a major key to achieving a healthy glow. It’s important to consume an adequate amount of water each day for overall health, so we recommend a gallon a day for good measure. Just like other cells in the body, skin cells rely on hydration for functionality and when we deprive our skin of water, it can begin to show externally. Pro Tip: place a glass of water on your nightstand and start each morning with a burst of hydration! We’ve heard that adding a little lemon to your water in the morning can give you as much energy as coffee! Have you given it a try? 
  2. Clean diet: We can assume that everything we place into our bodies has potential to affect our outward appearance. Foods with high sugar can affect hormone balance and inflammation, which can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles and acne. Pro Tip: Try incorporating leafy greens, dairy-substitutes, green tea and vegetables into your diet and watch your skin transform from within. 
  3. Prioritize sleep: Stress plays a major role in the overall appearance of our skin, so getting a good night’s rest should be a top priority. Our bodies use sleep to rebalance hydration, reduce stress levels and regulate the immune system. It’s recommended that adults aim for 7-9 hours each night. Pro Tip: Ditch your electronics one hour before bedtime to fall asleep faster. 
  4. Get active: Sweating is the body’s natural form of detoxifying. As pores dilate, the skin releases toxins and buildup that could otherwise lead to blemishes. A good sweat session also reduces inflammation in the body, which regulates hormones. Pro Tip: Find a workout buddy and commit to getting active at least three times each week! 
  5. Frequent masking: While it’s important to promote skin health from within, there are several topical solutions to stubborn skincare concerns. Applying masks is a great way to supplement a skincare regime by deep cleaning the skin and unclogging pores. COSMEDIX masks are formulated with an intelligent exfoliation that allows the active ingredients to penetrate the skin for maximum efficacy. Pro Tip: Try multi-masking to spot treat different facial zones based on your concerns.

 

 Masks We Recommend

 

Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask is formulated with bamboo stem extracts that gently remove the dead surface skin for improved appearance and discoloration of uneven skin tone. The exfoliating properties reveal smoother, brighter and more luminous-looking complexion. We recommend adding this mask to your nighttime routine up to three times per week for maximum benefits.

Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask creates a spa-like experience at home with a nourishing combination of cranberry enzymes and lactic acid. This mask gently polishes away dead surface cells and pore-clogging impurities and in just 3-10 minutes, the Gluconic Acid activates for visibly softer and plumper skin.

 

Complete the Regimen

 

While masks are highly recommended, it’s important that you have an everyday regimen that works with the skin to improve some of the most common concerns. Below are recommended products for a 360 approach to healthy, glowing skin:

  • Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser’s award-winning formula exfoliates, decongests and cleanses the skin for visibly-improved texture. This cleanser effectively preps the skin for masks and can be applied both morning and night.
  • Protect your skin from free radical damage with the Benefit Balance Antioxidant-Infused Toning Mist. This refreshing toner contains D-guluronic acid and shea butter for lightweight moisturizer that’s suitable for all skin types.
  • Environmental stressors can lead to signs of aging with fine lines and wrinkles, so optimize your routine by incorporating the Cell ID Nutritive Defense Serum. This restorative serum is packed with oligopeptide and mitochondrial complex tripeptide to stimulate the skin’s natural rejuvenation process for brighter, healthy-looking skin.
  • Emulsion Intense Hydrator is formulated with liquid crystal technology and shea butter for deep, lasting hydration. Avoid the appearance of aging skin by applying this to your face both morning and night.

 

 

 

Quick Tips for Getting Your Skin Spring Ready!

Ready or not—here spring comes!

Say goodbye to bitter winds, heavy winter coats and dry, flaky skin. It’s time to embrace the new season with open arms and what better way than to switch up your skincare regimen? As the seasons’ change, so do our individual skincare needs, which is why it’s important to reevaluate your skin at the start of each season. Here are four, quick tips for transitioning your products from winter to spring:

Pop In To See A Professional

While you may not notice a drastic change in your skin, seeking guidance from a skincare professional is always recommended as they help you customize a regimen that will protect skin against environmental stressors and treat additional concerns. Whether you stop by for a facial or a more advanced peel, regularly treating yourself to a professional skincare treatment is equal parts luxury and necessity. At your next visit, ask your aesthetician about the spa exclusive, Reboot, which replenishes the skin with lasting hydration and healthy probiotics for a more youthful-looking complexion. To find a spa near you, go to the COSMEDIX spa finder!

Add Vitamin C Into Your Routine

If you’re battling with uneven skin tone, look no further than COSMEDIX’s Pure C Vitamin C Mixing Crystals. Vitamin C helps to improve skin texture and tone and Pure C is 100% L-ascorbic acid.  Add these crystals to your nighttime routine and it will boost the results of other serums or moisturizers. For application, dispense one pump of Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum into your hand and add a few shakes of Pure C. Mix together and apply to clean skin using circular motions. Evenly distribute product onto your skin, neck and décolleté for added coverage. In no time, this product will help to neutralize free radicals, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve the skin’s elasticity.

Find Your Perfect SPF

While we recommend applying SPF year-round, it’s vital that you begin implementing a powerful sun protectant before enjoying outdoor spring activities. If you’re in the market for a new SPF, we recommend Hydrate + —a moisturizing sunscreen that’s suitable for all skin types. This Daily SPF and moisturizer duo helps to protect skin from environmental elements with SPF 17 and hydrates the skin for improved elasticity and radiance. Apply this moisturizer to your face, neck, décolletage and hands 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours for maximum benefits.

Protect the Eye Area

As you begin spending more time outdoors, be sure to protect the eye area with Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex. Eyes are one of the first parts of our bodies to show signs of aging, so combat that with this morning eye cream. This 3-in-1 cream tackles dark circles, puffiness and fine lines with a genius formula that includes five firming peptides, Vitamin E, light-reflecting mica and PFCs.

Switch Up Your Cleansers

While many winter cleansers are formulated to help treat dry, flaky skin, we recommend finding a spring/summer cleanser that gently purifies skin and removes unwanted debris and environmental pollutants. Packed with herbal amaranth, sandalwood and grapefruit oil, Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser compliments any regimen and is sure to soothe and hydrate all skin types.

 

 

Our Brighter Skin Secret!

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One of our most frequently asked questions is how to correctly use Pure C with the rest of your COSMEDIX skincare. We typically recommend a 3:1 ratio, with a “dash” of Pure C for every 2-3 pumps of your favorite serum. To take an even deeper dive, we tapped Sonia Barrow-Conerly, COSMEDIX East Coast Regional Educator, to share some of her favorite Pure C cocktails!

Brighten up your day by putting a “dash” of Pure C in your life.  Pure C is 100% L-Ascorbic acid in a powder form, and can be added to any COSMEDIX serum or moisturizer of your choice – it is just what you need to supercharge any of your serums or moisturizers.  Pure C is an antioxidant, so it helps in the pro-aging fight because of its ability to target fine lines and wrinkles!

I love the added benefit of pairing it with Simply Brilliant because it gives the skin a special at-home treatment with the added benefits from Pure C that plumps and firms the skin.  It plays a key role in the appearance of a more even skin tone and leaves the skin looking radiant.

I also like pairing Pure C with Cell ID, which is one of our favorite peptide pro-aging serums.  Cell ID assists in filling in fine lines and wrinkles by increasing  natural ceramides, and a “dash” of Pure C brightens up the skin, adds a boost of antioxidants, and is healing.

Affirm is another serum that pairs extremely well with Pure C, as Affirm is an antioxidant serum and a multi-vitamin for the skin.  It is ideal for skin maintenance because it helps to condition the skin and is hydrating.  A “dash” of Pure C gives Affirm an edge over other antioxidant serums.

Is Jade The Secret To Better Skin?

We’re always looking for the holy grail of skincare. A quick look at history made us realized that we may have overlooked something that has been cooling, tightening and depuffing skin for hundreds of years. The jade roller has been used in Chinese beauty regimens dating back to the 7th century. This gemstone’s metaphysical properties are said to promote the healing process and help balance the senses to attract good health, wealth and prosperity. Physically, the strong emerald-hued stone helps to aid in the removal of toxins and fluid build up by simply pressing it against the skin. Throughout beauty history, the jade roller has been the mechanical equivalent of the high-tech tool we use today. It’s again trending and being used in facial treatments around the world.  You can easily incorporate this wildly popular and accessible little tool into your daily home care regimens.

Here is how you can use a jade roller:

For the eyes: Lymphatic drainage can build up around the eyes causing them to look stressed and tired. When you pair the jade roller with an eye serum like Eye Genius for dark circles and puffiness or Opti Crystal for dryness, lines and wrinkles, the eyes receive an instant wakeup call. Start by applying the directed amount of eye serum to the small end of the roller. Smooth the product onto the eye area with small upward strokes and a tiny bit of pressure. This will help disperse the unwanted fluid buildup, soothe and depuff the eye area.

Pro Tip: Pop the jade roller in the fridge for a cooling massage to depuff overnight swelling.

For the face: By using a jade roller to apply skincare to the face, more product is absorbed into the face instead of into your hands. Plus, by using the jade roller, your serums are pressed into the skin for better absorption and evenly distributed all over the face for even results. Try it with Affirm, COSMEDIX’s antioxidant-rich firming serum. Simply add the desired amount to the jade roller and apply to the skin in an upward motion. Ensure skin has properly absorbed the serum before applying moisturizer.

For the body: Just like a good message, the jade roller helps release tension in the body. The gentle pressure and upward motion helps to promote circulation which helps plump and firm skin naturally. The jade roller is perfect for a neck and décolleté product such as Illuminate and Lift. Using the wide end of the jade roller, gently roll it onto the neck and chest for a smoother, lifted look.

For more details on how to use a jade roller,  check out the video link here!