Top Secrets of Skin Care Gurus
Have you wondered what are the best kept secrets of perfect skin? What top tips would the skin care gurus reveal in a candid interview with you? We interviewed some of the U.S.’s top skin care experts about what we can do at home to achieve fresh and clear skin. What we learned may surprise you.
Human skin comes in layers. Usually there are about 30 top layers of the epidermis, the outermost, non-living portion of human skin. Shedding off a few of these layers can leave your skin looking fresh and healthy. There are many ways to gently and safely exfoliate or peel off these dead skin layers. Exfoliation can be achieved naturally and without chemicals using microdermabrasion (fine diamond exfoliation and gentle suction) like in Vacubrasion, or with chemical peels like glycolic, TCA, or salicylic acid.
There are multiple lasers like CO2 (carbon dioxide) lasers, and more invasive procedures like deep chemical peels for heavily damaged skin. These more aggressive and potentially risky procedures can have big results, but also carry bigger risks. Most of our skin care experts recommended that it is much better to start skin care early with preventative steps like daily hat and sunscreen, than to wait for enough skin and sun damage to require the “big” procedures. Our experts recommended sun avoidance as the most economical and best cost saving anti-aging skin care. If you can’t avoid direct sun exposure on your face and hands, then cover them up with wide brimmed hats and gloves. If you still can’t cover them up, then use the best quality sunscreen like a zinc based, tinted, microfine sunscreen with about an SPF 30.
Many people who have easy access to a dermatologist and aesthetician opt for quarterly, in office professional treatments using microderm and chemical peels, and then weekly at-home remedies with home microdermabrasion and 20% glycolic peel pads to maintain their results. Many other people actually prefer the convenience, savings, and overall privacy of their own homes for these skin treatments. The future of skin care is technology assisted home devices like Vacubrasion, and easy and fast home remedies by educated consumers. There are several very good Youtube videos showing simple, professional microdermabrasion techniques.
Until a few years ago, peels and microdermabrasion were only available in skin care offices, and with some plastic surgeons. The future of professional-grade microdermabrasion is now advanced to several commercially available home machines. In office treatments were fairly costly averaging $150 per session, and quite time consuming for busy individuals. Some of the problems with older home microderm units included the initial cost of over $200, gradual loss of suction, unwanted chemical exposure from the white spray, extra expenses from required monthly refills of crystals, and potential accidental eye injury from crystals. Other older microderm units also have higher initial costs of over $250-$300, recurring monthly expenses from buying replacement plastic tips, poor tip fit for nose and smaller areas, and overall very weak suction. The newest home microderm device is SkinvacMD by Vacubrasion . Skinvac is a patent pending novel technology which avoids most of the problems with other microderm machines with a very strong suction, base model cost under $50, and no consumables or extra monthly fees.
Do’s of Home microdermabrasion:
– Do test the suction on your forearm skin before applying to your face.
– Do clean your skin with a toner or alcohol wipe before microdermabrasion
– Do short 3-5 minute sessions 1-2 times a week.
– Do treat your face, neck, and backs of your hands.
Don’ts of Home Microdermabrasion:
– Don’t treat your eyelids or thin skin
– Don’t treat infected or broken skin
– Don’t apply glycolic acid lotion or peel right after microderm
– Don’t share unsterilized microderm tips with others
For more information, see your dermatologist, skin care professional, or visit vacubrasion.com for a how to 2 minute video on microdermabrasion.