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It's day three and my face is starting to fall.
Alarming, yes. But before you start to imagine this last scene in the cult classic of the 90s Death will be her Let's take a little backslide with Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn: Immediately I'm old enough to have Thin lines and hyperpigmentation, young enough to have occasionally Acne flare upand wise enough to know that these are things that I can fix with professional help (and maybe a little dark magic). This combination of skin problems and know-how has led me to seek a resource that means more commitment than commitment my quarterly heyday facial but less intense than a dermatologist appointment.
I was pleasant with the best skincare providers in New York City on my radar surprised to find a spa Not only did this meet my criteria for cleanliness and exceptional results, it was also a convenient 20 minute walk from my Brooklyn apartment. Two weeks later I entered the warm and inviting interior of Tres Belle SpaLocated in Boerum Hill, literally embraced by the ethereal owner Allison Tray.
About 48 hours later my face started to fall. Okay, I pulled off easily over the course of seven days, until I had the brilliance of a radiant newborn, to be honest. But that was the point, of course. After talking with Tray and her older beautician Aparna Chaudhari about my skin problems, we came to the conclusion that I needed a VIP scrub – or rather: the VI exfoliation.
The Peel VI was launched in 2005 by a dermatologist to help his daughter fight her severe acne and regain her confidence. It has been shown to be effective in reducing acne scars and hyperpigmentation and is also great for active acne. It strengthens the skin through collagen and elastin stimulation.
Although the idea of chemical peeling was initially intimidating, Chaudhari convinced me to try it. She said, "Most peels on the market have one focus: they are either good for acne, scars, or anti-aging, and I think it's great that VI Peel has a specific formula for every problem – no matter what situation you're looking for "All the peels work wonderfully and give results." We chose the formula that exactly matched my skin care needs, and after a quick, almost painless 30-minute application, I went to the Who What Wear office in Manhattan and waited for it that the magic starts.
The following is a documentation of the phases before, during and after my very first use with a chemical peel and tips to determine the best peeling for you and to care for your skin throughout the process. Although I have planned this exfoliant strategically for the Halloween weekend, I promise it's not as scary as it sounds!
Although I had some facials, I have to admit that I was nervous about taking the next step in the field of advanced skincare. Luckily, I knew I was in good hands when Tray took the time to explain what to expect from the process. "You should not be in pain," she assured me. "But you may be suffering from dryness, tightness and mild itching."
She explained that my skin would peel around the mouth first, as this area on the face moves heavily. I should expect the exfoliation to peak after three days, spread over the entire face, then slow down and end on the seventh day.
In conclusion, Tray warned, "It's imperative not to pull the skin off, it can cause scars when you pull on the skin." That's exactly what I tried to fix. She suggested having a little eyebrow scissors on hand to cut off falling skin – a great tip.
Day 1: Feels like a light sunburn and wears hydrocortisone cream every few hours
Day 2: Begins to peel nasolabial folds and chin
Day 3: Peeling on the cheeks, beginning of peeling on the forehead, itching day
Day 4: Exfoliation all over, itches around the eyes
Day 5: Peeling on the sides of the face and neck
Day 6: Scrub on the neck
Day 7: Mostly peeled, completed with a moisturizing facial
A note about the last day: WIf you are wondering if a chemical peel is right for you or not, ask the spa if the treatment includes a moisturizing facial after the procedure is complete. Although I did not know that I should ask (or expect) when I went to the Tres Belle Spa, I seriously can not imagine doing a week-long exfoliation without the reward of a super moisturizing and relaxing facial. Think of this as a refreshing bottle of water that you crave at the end of a hard workout – that's it, but for your face. Trust.
Voilà! The melasma on my forehead is definitely lighter and my skin is noticeably brighter everywhere. It probably also helped me follow the instructions exactly, wash myself with the VI cleaner, resist the urge to peel skin, and wear LSF 50 every day, no matter what. Although my skin is still not 100% (is that even possible?), I am pleased with the results and plan to perform a targeted micro-needling and another round of VI peeling before the end of the year.
In the meantime, some tips to get this new, healthy glow at home:
Do Drink tons of water. You will be dehydrated.
Do Apply the exfoliating cream throughout the day and take it with you when you go out.
Do Schedule this for a week in which you have no major social or professional responsibilities. The scrub can be a distraction for everyone.
Do Take time to watch movies or TV shows. Take off in the privacy of your own home.
Not Wash your hair for 48 hours to avoid a facial shampoo.
Not Exercise for at least 72 hours. Sweat on the face dilutes the shell.
Not Wear make up.
Not Peel the skin. Cut it with scissors if it is really annoying.
When you think about taking the next step in your skin care journey, it is important to know what you are looking for. Spa treatments are certainly more expensive than drugstore or home improvement solutions, but offer much more effective and faster results. Tray says, "An exfoliant is the hero of the skin that dispels the damaged cells." She goes on to say: "Acne scars, for example, are not much helped by a physical exfoliation, as the scars are not only on the surface of the skin but also below the surface, and chemical peels allow the active ingredients to penetrate the dead cells. far beyond the reach of everyday scrubs. "
If you are worried about hyperpigmentation or fine lines that you can not remove yourself, exfoliation is a good choice, as the treatment, as Tray explains, "goes below the surface and dissolves the" glue "that binds the dead cells Skin while promoting the growth of new cells, restoring healthy skin. " Basically, your skin is not ready for a chemical peel if you are not dealing with active acne, scarring or signs of aging.
In any case, it is never too early to incorporate healthy skincare habits into your routine – a happy hydration!
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