How to Celebrate Skin of Color this Year
There is often trepidation when it comes to working with skin of varying ancestries in the treatment room for the simple fact that every skin comes with it’s own set of challenges and sensitivities. But being adept in working with skin of any color is a tremendous asset – and that is why we decided to make 2016 the year of color!
Our goal is to create a dialogue about how ancestry impacts the skin and mitigate concerns surrounding the various challenges and sensitivities associated with skin of any color. As such, at the start of the year we introduced two new Signature Treatments – the Skin of Color Facial and Skin of Color Peel.
These were both designed specifically to support skin of color and the sensitivities such as, scarring and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), commonly associated with the skin. This post will cover some of the key components of the Skin of Color Facial and why certain ingredients were selected. In the next post, we will take a look inside the Skin of Color Peel.
The Beauty of the Skin of Color Facial
This highly targeted treatment addresses the hard-to-treat issues specifically associated with ethnic skin. It offers a gentle, yet effective enzymatic exfoliation while infusing the skin with nourishing, corrective support. The result is brighter, healthier-looking skin.
With skin of color, PIH is a common issue, and thus it’s important to support the skin with skin-building ingredients as well as those that inhibit melanin production. That is why this treatment begins with a nourishing cleanse using a combination of the Gentle Peptide Cleanse and Melanin Suppressant Solution, followed by the Cell Conditioner. This combination works to safely prep the skin, deliver antioxidant support, inhibit melanin production, and stimulate collagen activity.
To soften cells and remove cellular buildup, the Derma Peel and Mint Papaya Enzyme are combined, creating a wonderful sensation and aroma clients love. Steam may also be added at this point. Following the enzymatic exfoliation, the Mandelic Arginine Peel will further prevent the formation of damaging radicals. This formula is very supportive in treating pigmentation disorders as well. Layering it with the MVC Serum and Balancing Grape Seed Serum, will deepen the nourishing and strengthening of the skin, and infuse it with essential hydration. If your client’s skin is especially dry, you may also use the Infuse 7 for deeper hydration.
Following the ChronoPeptide A and luscious Milk Mask, the Mandelic Arginine Peel makes a second appearance. This time, however, it is layered with growth factors (via the Growth Factor Serum Plus), Daytime Defense, and Balancing Grape Seed Serum. Growth factors are essential to wound healing and the rebuilding process, and the Daytime Defense will protect the beautiful work you just did.
Et voila! Your client’s skin will be plump, glowing, hydrated, and well nourished.
Question: How else do you plan to bring out the natural beauty of your most diverse clientele this year?