Friday, April 20, 2018

Help Save the Earth by Doing This With Your Beauty Products

Are you doing the most that you can with your beauty and skin care items once they are empty? If you are like most, you either toss them in the trash or put in the recycling bin hoping for the best.

Earth Day has us re-evaluating our efforts and untapped opportunities to help preserve the planet and reduce the guilt of our beauty buying habits. Here's a few ways you can easily step up your beauty-product recycling efforts and reduce the amount of items that end up in a landfill for eternity.

Step 1: Find out what is accepted in your recycling bin.

What is accepted varies from city to city so check with your local waste management and recycling companies to see what they take. Once you've got that list, check your beauty stash and keep in mind that each component is a different material, which means that when your items are empty you will have to take the cap off, unscrew, rinse and then sort what can go in your recycling bin.

Putting items in the recycling bin that can't be recycled can contaminate the recycling stream. Not only can this cause damage to recycling equipment, but this also forces items to be sorted which raises costs for the recycling facility. Not sure what recycling mistakes you may be making and what the best practices are? Check out Recycle Nation for the best tips on being and staying green.

Step 2: Don't throw it in the trash!

Just because your item isn't accepted in your local recycling program doesn't mean that your only option is to toss it in the trash. There are other options to send your items on their way or to hopefully be reincarnated into something new.

Ship them to TerraCycle for free and earn points towards a donation to the school or charity of your choice. All you have to do is create an account (for free) and take advantage of the many programs they offer. If they don't have a solution to recycle your waste, they probably have a great idea for you to DIY up-cycle the items. Up-cycling is not only great for the environment, but makes for fun projects and earth saving teaching opportunities to do with kids

With a little bit of homework, you can reduce the environmental footprint of your skin care routine and help keep the Earth that beautiful place we all call home.

Monday, March 19, 2018

How To Do A Patch Test

It’s true that everyone should patch test a new product, but it’s especially important and A MUST for anyone who is new to chemical peels, or for individuals trying a new peel for the first time.  Patch testing is important because anyone can experience an adverse reaction to a product simply because your skin does not like a specific ingredient, or it doesn’t respond well to the way a product is formulated.  

How to test for possible allergic reactions:  Behind the ear, on the side of the neck is a good place to perform the patch test because the skin is thinner and generally more reactive.  If the product is well-tolerated on the neck, then it’s generally safe for the face as well.

*To note: With chemical peels, it is normal that the skin to become red or pink, but this should subside within 10-15 minutes.  

Step 1:  Cleanse the area behind your ear using a mild gel cleanser, we recommend MedPeel Pre-Peel Cleanser.
Step 2: Apply MedPeel Peel Prep Solution.
Step 2:  Using a gauze pad or Q-tip, apply a small amount of the product you are testing behind the ear in a 1” diameter.
Step 3:  Leave the patch test on your skin for at least one minute and then neutralize using MedPeel Neutralizing Solution or by rinsing with cold water.  
Step 4:  Wait 48-72 hours to see how your skin reacts; If you experience no allergic reactions such as red, itchy bumps or adverse reactions of any kind, you can then proceed with the full peel.  Follow chemical peel application directions carefully for each peel type.

A patch test seems simple, but it’s a step that should never be skipped!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Easy Valentine’s Day Skin Care and Makeup Tutorial

Easy Valentine’s Day Skin Care and Makeup Tutorial

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a perfect time to start a great
skincare routine to achieve that glowing skin we all want! Below is a great video
tutorial for a simple Valentine’s Day makeup look put together by our very own aesthetician Katie.

MedPeel skin care products that were used in this tutorial:

Pre-Peel Cleanser: The pre-peel cleanser is a daily cleanser containing 3% glycolic
acid. It's ideal for cleansing the skin as a daily cleaner and well as the perfect pre-peel skin prep.

Brightening AHA 10% Vitamin C Daily Exfoliator: Alpha Hydroxy Acids are
naturally occurring acids extracted from sugar cane, milk and fungi that help
soften and remove the stiff, damaged cells on the skin's surface.

Natural Squalane Oil: Derived naturally from olives. Squalane is perfect for dry
skin types. Since oxidation can be harmful to the skin and aid in the development
of wrinkles, Squalane Oil, resistant to oxidation, is ideal for slowing the aging
process and helping fight wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Moisture Cream: The perfect daily moisturizer that is also
recommended post peel. It contains healing and hydrating ingredients.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tips For Younger Looking Skin This Year

Anti-aging skincare advice

A new year brings to mind a lot of ways to improve. You want to eat better, dress better, treat your body as the temple it is...especially after the overindulgence of the holidays. Your skin deserves just as much attention as the rest of you, especially during colder weather getting and after a few nights of skipped makeup removal during the holidays. Whether you want to eliminate unsightly blemishes, smooth out wrinkles, or brighten up dark spots, we have everything you need to reach those skincare #goals.

Give your skin a jump start with our Fusion Peel. Perfect for all skin types, the Fusion Peel offers in depth rejuvenation with little to no downtime. Dead skin cells are removed and pores are cleared of oil and cellular debris. This proprietary fusion of acids helps to minimize fine lines and hyperpigmentation while combating breakouts. This is the reset your skin needs to look fresh and clear for the new year!

If you don’t want to go as far as a peel or you’re looking to maintain results between treatments, you need the Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator. This daily use treatment eliminates dead skin cells, which in turn reduces pore size and breakouts. Glycolic acid encourages cell turnover, boosting collagen and elastin--just what you need to minimize (or prevent!) wrinkles and fine lines. When used between peel treatments, it maximizes and lengthens results to keep skin looking radiant.

Looking to achieve younger looking eyes? Our Vitamin C30X Eye Lift Kit tackles the trifecta of ocular issues: fine lines, sagging skin, and dark under eye circles. Containing both a serum and a line filler, this kit works deep into the sensitive skin of the eyes, renewing without irritating. The serum improves tone and reduces the dark circles while the line filler improves moisture and elasticity. Crow’s feet will be a thing of the past and you’ll be looking brighter and more energetic.

There’s no skin that doesn’t need a great moisturizer. Our Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream heals and hydrates, making it perfect for daily and post-peel use. Dry and combination skin can benefit from use as an overnight moisturizer, imparting deep hydration. Effective moisturizer keeps skin from drying out even during cold weather. Skin is protected from age and environmental damage, appearing plump and smooth. If you’re using it after a peel, this is a great way to impart lost moisture, protect healing skin, and extend results.

Ready to jump into the new year skin first? Beautiful skin is the gift that lasts through every season, as long as you’re willing to give it what it needs. Smooth and tight, clear and bright, whatever your goal is, we’re here to get you there.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Gift Sets 2016

It can be tough to find the right gifts during the holidays. You want to get something thoughtful, something important, something they’ll actually use! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Skincare is a great present for all of the important people on your list! It’s something they’ll use every day while it helps them look and feel better.

Not sure how to get started navigating your way through all of the products out there? You’re in luck. We’ve created four gift sets perfect for all skin types. While any of these featured products are suitable for anyone on your list, the active ingredients and formulations are designed to target specific issues. Help your friends and family younger with our Anti-Aging Gift Set or more radiant with our Brightening Gift Set. Are they battling oily or dry skin? We’ve got them covered.

Read on for more information about the best presents you’ll buy all year!

Who is this for? Anyone who wants to minimize their fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
What does it do? Tightens and lifts skin while preventing future damage.
Why do you want it? This gift set features two products that are great for daily regimen to prevent aging and minimize current problem areas. The Glycolic Acid Daily Exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells while increasing collagen and elastin - aka those things you need for smooth, plump skin. The Vitamin C30X Eye Lift Kit has two products that focus on the dark circles and crow’s feet around the eyes and work together to lift and brighten. This kit is packed with antioxidants that hydrate and protect, strengthening skin for a lasting youthful glow.

Who is this for? Anyone who is constantly battling oily skin and the blemishes that result from it.
What does it do? Helps clear pores and prevent oil production without drying out skin.
Why do you want it? Our Pre-Peel Cleanser is perfect for everyday cleansing. It helps restore the natural balance of skin’s pH, removes impurities, and penetrates to remove dead skin cells that cause blemishes. The Salicylic Acid Daily Exfoliator is a top-notch blemish fighter as it opens pores and removes excess oil. While you may think that oily skin means you shouldn’t go overboard on the moisturizer, our Hyaluronic Replenish Serum deeply nourishes without being greasy, leaving skin soft and supple.

Who is this for? Anyone with skin that reminds them of Death Valley...especially when the winter chill sets in.
What does it do? Keeps skin clean and renewed so proper moisturizers can deeply penetrate.
Why do you want it? Our pH-balancing Pre-Peel Cleanser cleans without stripping skin of necessary oils. The Glycolic Micro Peel Scrub resurfaces skin, removing dead cells and clearing pores that impede the absorption of much-needed moisture. The Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream heals skin while it deeply moisturizes. Hyaluronic acid makes this cream great for daily use and the thicker consistency makes a perfect overnight moisturizer, letting it slowly sink into skin until you wake up fresh and glowing.

Who is this for? Anyone with dull skin or dark spots from age, sun, or environmental damage.
What does it do? Helps to lighten discoloration and promote an even skin tone.

Why do you want it? The best skincare routines start with the best cleansers! Our Pre-Peel Cleanser is great for all skin types, removing the day’s impurities while cleansing deeper for more effective treatment. The AHA Vitamin C 10% Daily Exfoliator removes dead skin cells, which lightens discoloration while preventing future dark spots. This is perfectly followed up with the Arbutin Brightening Duo: a serum and moisturizer that corrects hyperpigmentation below and on the surface of the skin while keeping it soft and hydrated.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Best Skincare for Fall

Fall is our favorite season for a lot of reasons. The weather starts turning cool, you get to pull your favorite clothes out of the back of the closet, and, okay, yeah, Pumpkin Spice Lattes! But chillier weather isn’t always great for your skin. As your summer glow fades, dryness can set in. Never fear: bust out your boots, your scarves, and these products and you’ll be set for your best fall ever!

Even if you don’t normally consider yourself to have dry skin, the change in seasons has a way of evaporating all the moisture in the air...and on your face. Natural Squalane Oil is fortified to work for dry skin. This nutrient-rich, deep penetrating moisturizer nourishes the surface of your face, soothing and softening even the dryest skin. And if it helps protect against wrinkles and other signs of aging? We’ll call that an added bonus.

If you haven’t yet heard that hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizers you can use, this is the time to find out. The name “acid” might make you wary, but it’s full of natural properties that heal and hydrate. Gentle enough for everyday use, Hyaluronic Moisturizer Cream is a rich, powerful moisturizer that is the perfect heaviness for cooler weather. You can use it as your daily cream or leave it on overnight for deep penetration--either way, skin will be left plump, softened, and renewed.

Think an exfoliator is too rough on your skin during the colder seasons? Think again. Glycolic 10% Daily Exfoliator is just what you need to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells. Exfoliating maintains your complexion to keep breakouts away, while the glycolic acid minimizes pores. Renewed skin and smaller pores? Sounds like the perfect base for moisturizers that will keep skin hydrated and smooth.

Your skin might do even better with a scrub, like the one found in the Fusion Duo Kit. The microdermabrasion scrub is light enough to use every day, but powerful enough to rejuvenate skin. Paired with the kit’s Pro Collagen Serum, skin is left renewed and strengthened. The serum’s boost of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and natural extracts restores elasticity. Healthy skin can withstand even the toughest of winters.

When you’re coming out of the sunny summer, your skin may look great: there’s no mistaking that healthy glow of a happy vacation. But because most people forget to use their SPF (yeah...we mean you), that glow can come with sun damage that is much more evident when your tan fades. The powerful antioxidants in Vitamin C30X Anti-Aging Serum fights to diminish UV Damage, sun spots, and other visible signs of hyperpigmentation. By promoting healthier skin function, this serum can reduce inflammation, minimize fine lines, and even helps to protect the most delicate areas around the mouth and eyes.

One of the most surprising things to switch up during the winter months is your cleanser. All cleansers are not made equal and what works in summer doesn’t always work the rest of the year. During the summer, it’s important to be able to wash away heavy sunscreens…not to mention the heavy sweat! Swapping out a more gentle cleanser in fall will keep your skin from stripping when it’s at it’s most vulnerable. Pre-Peel Cleanser is perfect for everyday use and will encourage necessary skin cell turnover. Your skin: clean and ready for your heavier moisturizing products. You: radiant and gorgeous.

Monday, August 8, 2016

How Your Skincare Routine Is Affecting Your Skin’s pH Level

If your skin has been off kilter lately, or just looking older than it should, check your pH level. We’ve all seen the term “pH balanced” advertised on various products, but how does pH relate to the appearance of your skin? When the factors creating pH are in perfect harmony, your skin has a revitalized, youthful glow. Today we’ll take a look at the science behind the outward signs of pH imbalance, and suggest products tailored to your skin’s unique chemistry.

What Is pH?

Your skin’s pH, or; “potential hydrogen” level works on sliding scale from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. A normal rating is near an ideal 5.5 pH, just a bit acidic. This slightly acidic quality is the key to keeping your skin’s youthful appearance in check, and protecting its delicate outer layer from outside harm.

How to Achieve the Ideal pH

Your skin’s first line of defense against environmental toxins is a thin layer known as the “acid mantle”. When it’s in perfect 5.5 pH balance, it can effectively guard against the effects of bacteria and UV damage, while keeping in vital moisture. It’s made up of free fatty acids produced by your skin’s sebaceous glands, and a mixture of sweat, amino acids, and lactic acid. The acidity or alkalinity of these elements combined is what determines your pH, so using products which are balanced or geared toward your skin’s existing alkalinity or acidity will result in a healthy, well-balanced mantle of 5.5 pH which translates to glowing, youthful looking skin.

Where Does your Skin Rate on the Scale from 0-14?

You can have a physician test your pH level, or look for the following telltale signs of imbalance: If your skin is prone to chronic dryness, sensitivity, loss of elasticity, or premature wrinkles, your acid mantle may be too alkaline. Go for products with a slight acidity to restore your pH balance to normal so your skin has a fighting chance against UV rays and toxins which are causing it to look years beyond its age. Skin that is too acidic may appear red and irritated, or produce too much oil as it tries to recover from being stripped of its natural oils after excess use of harsh products.

Choosing the Right Product for your pH

The more acidic a product is, the lower its pH will be, so those with more extreme symptoms of overly alkaline skin will benefit from a stronger, more acidic product such as a peel.

Consider a medium strength peel like the Jessner 14% Peel Kit to treat dull, tired looking skin. It contains lactic acid, one of the keys to your skin’s healthy pH level. Make sure to follow with Daily Collagen Complex and Hyaluronic Moisturizer, and a daily SPF 30 to maintain your acid mantle’s healthy balance of moisture and protection.

If your skin is normal or acne prone, a pH-balanced daily exfoliator such as the Salicylic 2% Daily Exfoliator is perfect for you. This product curbs excessive oil production while it increases collagen production, all without disrupting the delicate balance of your skin’s acid mantle.

Skin that is too acidic or has been exposed to extremely acidic products can become stripped of its healthy oils, making it painful and overly sensitive. Apply a Neutralizer Solution Spray directly after a peel to stop the chemical reaction from causing too much redness and exfoliation. It calms and cools the skin and helps to return its pH balance to that ideal state of harmony.