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Antioxidants & Free Radicals: How They Affect Skincare

Dermalure understands the importance of maintaining a healthy glow throughout the year, especially during the cold seasons when weather conditions can dry out and irritate the skin. There can be many factors that can cause skin damage and we believe it is vital to understand these sources and preventions.

What Are Free Radicals?

Free Radicals are chemical particles that become very unstable and reactive through an oxygenated process. These reactions can cause cellular damage and speed up the aging process of the skin. The damage created by free radicals can cause blemishes, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

There are various causes of increased radical damage:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet and alcohol
  • UV penetration
  • Pollution
  • Smoking and illegal drugs

How To Fight Against Free Radicals

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Antioxidants are molecules that can interact with free radicals and prevent them from further damaging the skin. Common forms of antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E which can be found in certain foods or applied topically in creams or serums.

By removing or reducing the exposure of free radicals, you can slow the aging process of your skin and feel a more significant improvement!

A Radical Solution – Vitamin C

Vitamin C has shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin and added to your daily skincare routine. It can increase the production of collagen which helps reduce wrinkles and aids in the restoration of skin damage.

Dermalure’s Vitamin C+ Face Serum is a well-formulated product that provides a wide range of these benefits to improve your skin and keep it looking younger.

The Vitamin C+ Face Serum can be used for: Vitamin C Serum

  • Better defense against environmental aging
  • Neutralizes and protects against free radicals
  • Corrects hyper-pigmentation
  • Protects skin against UV exposure
  • Stimulates collagen production

The serum is also available in various levels of potency (5% to 25%) to cater to the skin sensitivity of our customers.

Contact Us To Learn More About At Skincare Serums

Please feel free to visit our previous post on Vitamin C Serums and Peels to learn more about the benefits of adding vitamin C as part of your skincare routine. If you have any questions or comments regarding our posts or about our products, please feel free to contact us!

How Halloween Costume Makeup Could Cause Breakouts/Acne

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The Halloween season is a fun and exciting time of the year when many people are busy putting together the costumes they plan on wearing when out enjoying some frightfully good fun. If you’re planning your own epic Halloween costume that includes a full face of Halloween makeup, you should know that cheap costume makeup can play some not-so-fun tricks on your skin.

The Halloween makeup that many retailers sell during this time of the year is often not put through the same stringent testing that other makeup is subject to. This low quality makeup typically contains loads of artificial colors, fragrances, waxes and oils that can cause serious skin reactions and block pores.

Preventing Halloween Makeup Breakouts

Even if all this sounds frightening, there are some steps people can take to lessen their risk for developing skin problems when donning makeup for Halloween. One of the best ways to avoid problems is to go easy on the costume makeup and don’t apply it until you absolutely have to and then clean it all off before heading to bed.

Another way to avoid skin breakouts is to opt for theatrical makeup instead of the cheap makeup found at large discount department stores. This type of makeup is of far better quality and typically includes FDA-approved ingredients that are gentler on the skin.

If you do end up with a breakout or acne after Halloween, a chemical peel can help. When choosing a chemical peel, it’s important not to buy the cheapest product you can find because just like cheap Halloween makeup, low priced chemical peels are typically low quality and ineffective. It’s far better to spend a little more money on a good quality, medical-grade peel designed specifically to help with breakouts and acne.

When it comes to skin care products, you really do “get what you pay for”. You can achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful skin without paying a fortune as good quality chemical peels are affordable and highly effective at doing what they’re designed to do.  

 

How Stress Can Impact The Health Of Your Skin

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Here at Dermalure, it is our mission to offer you only the best products for your skin. Whether your skin is sensitive, oily, dry, or a combination, we are prepared to help. Our products are advanced and developed, and are made to help with any skin issues you may have. Sometimes it is our genetics that leave us with skin problems, but there are lesser-known factors such as stress that can affect skin more than one might think.

Stressed Out Skin

As if it weren’t bad enough already, stress can affect more than just our mood. Stress can show up on your skin in unexpected ways, including the following:

  • Acne: When you are experiencing stress, cortisol, a hormone appropriately known as the “stress hormone” is released, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause unwanted breakouts. Stress also has the ability to affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut, which can show up in many ways, acne being one of them.
  • Under-Eye Bags: Stress can consume your mind, thus making it harder to fall asleep and/or get a full night’s rest. This lack of sleep is one of the causes of under-eye bags, which comes from excess fluids and fat that can develop around your lower eyelids.
  • Dry Skin: If your stress leaves you not drinking enough water, or drinking excess coffee, your body may easily be dehydrated. If your body isn’t hydrated enough, your skin will be let dryer and more flaky.
  • Rashes: Epidermal skin cells are strong and packed tightly together to form a protective barrier that works to block bacteria and other infectious agents. When you feel stressed, this protective layer doesn’t work as well, and the outermost layer can break, which can lead to rashes, or worse.
  • Lackluster Skin: If you hold a large amount of stress, the skin growth cycle can begin to move more slowly, which can allow dead skin cells to build up on your face and make your skin look more dull.
  • Fine Lines: The hormone cortisol also triggers an increase in blood sugar, which can damage your natural collagen, and leave more lines and wrinkles.

Contact Your Skincare Professionals Today

If you are worried about the effects of aging on your skin, acne, or have any other skin concerns, we are ready and equipped to help. We have endless amounts of products to choose from, which are good for a variety of skin types. If you have any questions or concerns, or are ready to find the perfect product for you, feel free to give us a call at (877) 336-4652, or fill out the form on our contact page. We look forward to speaking with you!

How Often Should You Get a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are great. They lift away the dead, dry cells on the surface of your skin, letting the radiant, youthful skin underneath shine through. When applied by a trained esthetician, they can be one of your greatest allies in looking healthy and beautiful – but if overused, they can be drying and harsh on the skin. So how often should you be getting chemical peels?

What Exactly is a Chemical Peel?

Before going into frequency, let’s discuss what a chemical peel does and the different types available. In general, a chemical peel refers to the process of applying a gel containing a diluted acid, letting the mixture sit and absorb into the skin, then washing it off. Depending on how deep the acids penetrate, skin will start to peel off over the next one to two weeks, letting the young, fresh skin underneath shine through and encouraging more to grow.

Chemical peels come in three strengths: mild, medium, and deep. In a mild peel, the acids don’t penetrate far into the dream, so recovery is quicker and easier but the peel can’t fight deep issues in the skin. Medium peels penetrate farther, so they can alleviate things like long-term sun damage and precancerous skin lesions, but the skin will redden and the peel will require more of a recovery period. Deep peels are a more serious procedure, and the acid penetrates deep into the skin. This means deep peels can fight severe sun damage, severe wrinkles, growths in the skin, and major pigmentary changes – but the recovery is pronounced and may require anesthetics.

How Often Should You Get Peels?

The truth is that every patient is different, so how often you get peels is something you’ll have to decide with your doctor. In general, most patients will get a mild peel every month or so, with more significant peels being used as occasional maintenance or when problems come up. If you have sensitive skin, this treatment schedule probably isn’t for you – you’ll want to use peels more infrequently to give your skin more time to recuperate. If you have tougher skin or are trying to treat a specific problem, we may recommend a more consistent peel schedule.

Contact Your Skincare Experts

If you’d like to find out how frequently you should use chemical peels, we’re always happy to help. Feel free to call us at  877.336.4652, shoot us an email at info@dermalure.com, or reach out to us at our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Day Spa at Home

Treat Yourself to a Spa Day in Your Own Home

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There’s no denying that indulging in a spa treatment feels very luxurious and is a great way to unwind and pamper yourself. But you don’t necessarily have to head to your local spa in order to treat yourself to a luxurious and relaxing spa experience because you can do it right in the comfort of your own home. Here is a short and simple guide that can help you learn how to recreate that same professional spa experience right at home. You can either plan just a few treatments or make a full day of it, that’s completely up to you!

Create a Spa Atmosphere

Make your bathroom or bedroom as peaceful as possible by clearing away clutter. Turn the lights down low, light some scented candles and put on some relaxing music. Be sure to have some nice absorbent bath towels on hand before you begin your treatments and for an added touch of luxury, place your towels on a warm radiator.

Take a Nice Warm Bath

There is nothing that can melt away stress and relax you from head-to-toe better than sliding into tub filled with warm water. Add a few drops of essential oil to the running water or some gentle bubble bath in your favorite scent. Just be sure the water is not overly hot so you don’t overheat and damage your skin.

Exfoliate Your Skin And Enjoy a Soothing Eye Mask

When soaking in the tub, use an exfoliating brush or pad to rid yourself of dead skin cells and to revitalize your skin for a healthy glow. Pay attention to those areas of your body which often get neglected like your elbows, knees and feet. Once you’ve finished exfoliating, treat your eyes to a soothing mask of cotton wool pads soaked in chamomile tea or slices of cucumber which are both cooling and refreshing.

Shower Off with Slightly Warm Water After Your Bath

When you’ve finished relaxing and soaking in the tub, it’s a good idea to shower off with slightly warm water to rid your skin of debris and to close the pores. You can also wash your hair while showering, using a good quality shampoo for your hair type, followed by an intensive moisturizing conditioner. Then step out of the shower and grab that warm towel to wrap around yourself. Use another towel to wrap around your hair.

Apply a Body Moisturizer

Sit down comfortably on a chair or stool and spend a few minutes moisturizing your body with a rich cream like cocoa butter. Not only will it feel amazing, but it will also provide your newly-cleaned skin with the moisture it needs, leaving it  soft and glowing. But because you’re about to apply a chemical peel to your face, skip moisturizing your face.

Do a Chemical Peel

Once you’ve finished moisturized your skin and are dressed comfortably, treat yourself to a chemical peel. A peel can do wonders for improving the texture and appearance of your skin and can serve as a solution for common skin problems like acne scars, light wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. Use a high quality Dermalure chemical peel that’s been designed specifically for your skin type. If you’re new to peels, choose one featuring a milder strength acid so no more of the top skin than necessary will be peeled away. Then simply follow the instructions on the packaging to revitalize, nourish and refresh the skin on your face.

As you can see, it’s easy to create a spa atmosphere right in the comfort and privacy of your own home! Whenever you’re feeling stressed or in need of some pampering, just follow all or some of the steps above to help you feel renewed and refreshed both on the inside and out!

The Importance of Using a Good Pre-Shave Oil

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At Dermalure, our goal is to provide the highest level of skin care in order to rejuvenate a person’s natural skin glow. One such way to help accomplish this is by using a shave oil before and after shaving. We understand that there are many people out there who shave without using any shave oils, so we want to give you a few reasons as to why you should consider using shave oils if you haven’t already.

The Benefits of Using Pre-Shave Oil

A pre-shave oil is designed to be applied as extra protection underneath a lather of foam before you shave. Using a pre-shave oil allows for a number of benefits. Just a sample of these advantages include the following:

  • Pre-shave oil provides an extra coating over the skin in order to protect it from the blade.
  • Pre-shave oil will soften your facial hair to allow the blade to glide more smoothly over your skin.
  • It will moisturize your skin and protect it from irritations or razor burn.
  • It provides a boost of hydration for your skin which is extra beneficial if you happen to have dry or flaky skin.

Applying a Pre-Shave Oil

To effectively apply a pre-shave oil, you’ll want to follow these steps.

  • Start your shaving session by heating up the skin on your face. You can do this by wrapping your face in a towel dipped in warm water for a few minutes or you can just begin your shave after having taken a shower. The heat will cause your pores to open and your hairs to soften.
  • Next, apply just a few drops of pre-shave oil to your hand and rub it together in your hands. There’s no need for any excessive amounts of oil.
  • Massage the oil into the skin you plan to shave, creating just a thin film of oil on your face.
  • You can then begin to lather up over the pre-shave oil and start your shave.

The Benefits of Using Aftershave

Aftershave is a product used after shaving that’s meant to cool the skin and prevent razor burn. Applying aftershave is simple; all you have to do is pour a very small amount of aftershave into your hand when you’re done shaving, rub it together in your hands, and then spread it evenly across the parts of your face that you just shaved. Aftershave helps in a multitude of ways, some of these including:

  • Aftershave will clear your pores of any bacteria, whether it was on the razor blade, the shaving cream, or elsewhere.
  • It will close and seal up your pores to keep any additional bacteria or dirt from getting inside them.
  • Aftershave can stop bleeding from cuts and help heal your facial skin faster.
  • It will also prevent infections of cuts.
  • It provides a cool and refreshing feeling when you’re done shaving.

Contact Your Skin Care Specialists Today!

If you have any questions or comments about skin care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Dermalure is committed to customer service and glad to help you with any of your concerns. We look forward to helping your skin reach its natural glow!

Chemical Peels For Christmas

Give the Gift of Smoother, More Radiant Skin This Holiday Season

Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to start thinking about shopping for those people on your gift-giving list this year. Because everyone loves feeling good and looking great, a top idea is to give the gift of quality skincare products such as at home chemical peels, facial washes, moisturizers and skin serums.

Giving the gift of healthier, smoother skin and a younger “you” is a top idea for both men and women. If you’re like most people, you have that one person in your life who is very hard to buy for. Maybe it’s a close family member or your best friend. Giving him or her a gift basket filled with quality skincare products is a great idea because even the pickiest person would appreciate this type of thoughtful gift!

Dermalure’s wide selection of quality skincare products make wonderful holiday gifts, regardless of who you need to buy for. Whether you’re looking to gift your husband, mother, best friend, sister or brother, we have a very broad range of quality products that are specially formulated to clean away dirt and grime to leave the skin smooth, soft and amazing looking!

When buying the chemical peels, serums, moisturizers and other skincare products to put into your holiday baskets, don’t forget to shop for a few smaller like washcloths & hand towels, bath beads, soaps etc., to fill out your baskets. And, by all means, don’t forget to buy a little something for yourself because after all, you’re worth it!

Dermalure offers the most advanced and sophisticated skincare products from quality chemical peels to face serums and more. We understand that everyone wants to have great looking skin. This is why we work hard to help you get the great skin you deserve by offering a wide selection of superior skincare products at affordable prices. We’re confident that with the continued use of our products, that you will be very pleased with your healthier, younger and more radiant skin!

Choosing Chemical Peels Carefully

Choose a Chemical Treatment According to Your Skin Type

At Dermalure, we understand that everyone’s skin type if different. That is why we offer chemical treatments and other skincare products in varying types so that everyone can use our products to restore and rejuvenate the natural glow of their skin. Use this guide to take a moment to find out what skin type you have so you choose the correct chemical treatment.

To determine what skin type you have, follow these four easy steps:

  1. Wash Your Face. Using a gentle cleanser, wash your face and then pat dry. This will wash away the dirt and oils that have accumulated on your skin.
  2. Wait One Hour. During this time, you skin will return to its natural state which will help you determine your skin type. Do not touch your face during this time.
  3. Dab Your Face with a Tissue. When dabbing your face with a tissue, focus on the T-zone which is the area of your forehead and nose.
  4. Determine Your Skin Type. The four main skin types are normal, oily, dry and combination skin.

Normal skin is neither oily or flaky and it feels smooth and supple. If you have this skin type, the tissue you used to dab your skin will not show any flakes or oily spots. People with normal skin can benefit from a Jessner peel that contains chemicals designed to exfoliate the epidermis to leave clear, even and smooth skin underneath.

Oily skin will show on the tissue you use as grease. People with this skin type typically have large pores and shiny skin. A Dermalure Hybrid Peel is ideal to use on oily skin as it both unclogs pores and reduces their appearance. A salicylic acid peel is another good choice for oily skin as salicylic acid gets rid of bacteria, surplus sebum and inflammation from deep inside the pores.

Dry skin may feel tight or show flakes of dead skin. People with dry skin typically have small pores. Lactic acid chemical peels are good for those with this skin type as lactic acid can provide the necessary hydration dry skin needs.

Combination skin is the most common skin type. This skin type exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. In this skin type, the T-zone is usually oily while the skin elsewhere is dry. People with combination skin can benefit from glycolic acid peels that deep cleans pores and smooth rough skin while leaving the skin soft and supple.

Choosing the Right Chemical Treatment

It’s always best to begin with a lower strength acid when choosing a chemical treatment. This is because chemical treatments with stronger acids remove more layers of the skin. When you begin with a chemical peel featuring a milder acid, no more of the top skin than necessary will be peeled away. The skincare experts at Dermalure strongly recommend consulting with your dermatologist before choosing a chemical skincare treatment as he or she can tell you what level of acid is right for your particular skin type.

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How Chemical Peels Interact with Different Skin Types

Dermalure‘s wide range of chemical peels is designed to improve all skin types and skin conditions. We understand that it can be a daunting task to know what chemical peel to choose that will work best for your particular skin type. Therefore, we are providing this short guide that explains how chemical peels interact with the three main types of skin, which are oily, normal, and dry. But first, it’s important to cover what a chemical peel is and how it works to improve the skin.

What a Chemical Peel Is And How It Works

A chemical peel is a concentrated acidic solution that exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to expose the softer, smoother skin underneath. Depending upon the type and strength of the peel you choose, a chemical peel can help improve light wrinkles, fade acne scars, reduce scarring & hyper-pigmentation and improve the overall tone of the skin.

A first-time user should always begin with the lowest percentage peel and gradually increase as the skin adjusts. Using a strong percentage the first time can result in burns and skin damage, which could be irreversible. A chemical peel is typically used on the face (excluding the eye region) although it can also be used to spot treat other areas like the hands and neck. Now on to how chemical peels interact with the different skin types.

Oily Skin

Chemical peels containing salicylic acid are ideal for oily skin due to their ability to penetrate and dissolve excess oil in the pores. Salicylic acid is both a phenolic acid and a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) in one. The BHA quality of salicylic acid is very effective at penetrating and breaking down fat tissue to leave the skin smooth and soft. This is why many beauty products contain salicylic acid including shampoos for oily skin and body washes.

Normal Skin

TCA chemical peels contain trichloroacetic acid. This type of peel has a deep exfoliating effect wherein it can clean out congested pores to refine the surface of the skin. A TCA peel works well on normal skin that’s neither excessively oily nor dry. A TCA peel can treat fine lines & wrinkles, minimize the appearance of skin tags and improve upon slight imperfections of the skin. A TCA peel with a concentration of between 5 and 15% is considered a light strength peel that is perfect for first time users as it produces fast results at the most mild concentration. This type of peel can brighten and tighten normal skin with minimal peeling, flaking and downtime.

Dry Skin

Lactic acid chemical peels contain natural humectants, which moisturize the skin as the acid exfoliates it. This makes lactic acid peels ideal for dry skin. Lactic acid peels are less irritating to the skin than other peels. These peels can be used to treat a wide variety of skin problems including dry skin, age spots, mild acne scarring, premature aging, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, discoloration and sun damaged skin.

Dermalure offers a wide range of high quality, medical-grade chemical peels at affordable prices. We guarantee that with the continued use of our chemical peel products, you will be pleased with your younger, healthier and more radiant skin. We are committed to offering stellar customer service so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Chemical Peel Myth Busters #2

Dermalure Debunks More Myths About Chemical Peels

For many years, chemical peels have served as a solution to common skin problems. They improve skin texture and appearance, and offer several skincare benefits. Regardless, chemical peels seem to get a bad rap. Popular sitcoms like to poke fun by making chemical peels look horrifying and painful. Some of us might recall the episode of Sex and the City when red, puffy face Samantha suffered through her chemical facial treatment. Rest assured, scenes like those are based off myths!

Chemical peels are painless and effective. You may recall our previous myth-busting blog post from back in March. Our Dermalure Skincare Professionals are back to debunk some more of these fictitious beliefs.

Myth #1: All Chemical Peels Are The Same

There are significant differences among chemical peels. “Chemical peel” is an umbrella term that refers to a number of procedures that work to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. The chemical solutions available vary in strength and composition, in order to treat different skin types and conditions.

Myth #2: Chemical Peels Hurt

With chemical peels, you can expect a slight tingling sensation, along with a warm and tightening feeling of the skin, but not pain. A majority of skin peels are very mild. You will experience a prickling feeling, if you are opting for one of the deeper skin peels, but properly administered chemical peels do not hurt. With TCA peels, the chemicals actually act as an anesthetic, minimizing pain, and Glycolic peels are the mildest of peels. Consult with a skincare professional to find the peel that would best fit your skin needs.

Myth #3: Chemical Peels Make Your Skin Literally “Peel Off”

The word “peel” in this case definitely causes some confusion. Contrary to popular belief, nothing actually peels off during a chemical peel. Instead, the solution safely dissolves the old, upper layers of the skin, stimulating new tissue with smoother texture to emerge.

Myth #4: Chemical Peels Are Just For Faces

Chemical peels are effective for treating body acne, aging skin and roughness. They are not exclusive to facial skin. Full body peels are possible, as well.

Myth #5: Chemical Peels Don’t Do Anything

This is absolutely inaccurate. Chemical peels are highly effective with fading scarring, treating acne, improving skin texture, and reducing the appearance of fines lines, liver spots, age spots, freckles and uneven coloring. Conditions that you should not expect peels to treat include sagging skin, large pores, broken blood vessels, and deep scars.

Rejuvenate Your Skin Today!

Skincare has never been easier! Dermalure has a large variety of products available to best suit individual skins types. Our representatives are here to help you find the right product for you. Call us at 877.336.4652 between 9 am and 5 pm PST. You can also contact us at anytime via email at info@dermalure.com. Let us help you get started on a path to clearer, healthier skin today!