Pt 2: How to Celebrate Skin of Colour this Year
As I mentioned in the last post, there is often unease in the treatment room when it comes to working with the unknown – whether it’s a new modality, skin issue, skin type, or even a sensitivity. And where this is most common is in working with skins of varying ancestries simply because every skin comes with it’s own set of challenges and sensitivities.
Trepidation is an important cue, as it’s a reminder not to perform a treatment you are not 100 percent comfortable with – preventing a potentially dangerous situation. However, it’s also all the more reason to seek the proper training to overcome the fear. After all dexterity in the treatment room is ultimately what will help set your practice apart.
That is why 2016 is the Year of Colour! To help skincare professionals understand how ancestry impacts the skin, and how to safely and effectively work with all skins to create optimum results.
This post will provide a look inside the Skin of Color Peel – a treatment designed specifically to support skin of color and decrease the risk of unwanted side effects such as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
Peeling Away the Layers to Beautiful Skin
Like the Skin of Color Facial, this specialized peel treatment provides a gentle, yet effective approach to addressing the hard-to-treat issues specifically associated with higher Fitzpatricks. It will brighten and even the skin ton, smooth and soften rough texture, and improve acne conditions.
To help control the pigment and support overall brightening, this treatment begins with a cleanse using the Skin Brightening Cleanser. This is followed by a combination of the Cell Conditioner and Melanin Suppressant Solution as a pre-peel to help prevent PIH, stimulate collagen production, and deliver anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial support.
It is important to note the importance of balanced hydration, don’t be fooled by darker skin. When the skin has a gray ashy appearance that indicates a lack of moisture. Combine hydrating serums such as Infuse 7 with home care.
During the peel application the Mint Papaya Enzyme and unique H2O2 Emulsion will soften and digest cells, oxygenate the tissue while loosening surface-trapped debris and toxicity, and continue the brightening and pigmentation control. At this point you may apply an optional hot compress to deepen the effects.
Once this combination is removed, the Melanin Suppressant Solution makes a second appearance followed by the Mandelic Arginine Peel to further prevent the formation of damaging radicals.
To finish, the Vitamin A+ Peptide Peel will be gently worked in to the skin. This will stimulate desquamation, smooth the skin, reduce fine lines and uneven pigmentation, and leave the skin absolutely radiant. Send clients home with care instructions and some skin-building formulas like the Hyaluronic Serum, MVC Serum, and Daytime Defense SPF30.
Question: What are your favorite ingredients for working with skin of color?