Now that we are opening to phase 3 of the government’s plan for covid-19 recovery, it is time to re-open the talk about facial treatments. It has been far too long since our last email but we are ready to get back on track to increasing knowledge in this industry.
Our culture puts an emphasis on healthy skin because we idolize youth and beauty. But something else we pay attention to, now more than ever, is health. I would like to continue that shift with education and knowledge. Skin shows the status of our health. In the science world, we call the reason for what we see, a genotype. We also call what we can see, or how that gene expresses itself, a phenotype. For example, some of us have a genotype for red hair and we know if it is a gene that is being expressed, by the fact that the person has red hair that we can see (the phenotype is red hair).
Our genes, we cannot see. But we can see what our genes produce. Over time some of our genes kick out and we lose that function, such as fat deposition in our faces and people end up seeking fillers due to the volume loss. Jaundiced skin shows us major issues with our liver. Dry, scaly skin is also a symptom of something genetically expressed, the same as wrinkles, acne, pigmentation…on and on. Our skin shows us what is going on inside.
I say all this to help you understand that the approach to better skin MUST be multi-modal. That means we need several plans of action to accomplish changed and healthy skin. I am not going to talk about eating and inhaling this segment. Instead, I am going to talk about topical skin agents and physical change agents. These are two methods to change your skin, where I can help. What you put into your body is all up to you.
When our skin shows changes in health, we can use topical creams and serums and chemical/physical manipulation. Skin science shows us that the addition of specific molecules can change the behaviour of our skin. This is what I call the “lock and key” method. Think of it this way, we add a molecule on the skin surface, it finds its way into a specific layer of the skin and the cells in that area receive the “molecular key” and “unlocks” the cellular ability to produce a substance, or shuts off a cells ability to produce a substance.
For example, AlumierMD lightening lotion goes down into the basal skin layer and shuts off a portion of the genetic ability to produce melanin. This is how sun spots, hyperpigmentation and melasma are treated.The key is the cream, the lock is in the cell.
Alternatively, chemical and physical manipulation generally takes advantage of a process that works and induces it to work faster. Think of it this way, chemical peels are applied to the skin and a chemical reaction occurs, forcing the cleaving of dead skin that is bound to the layers underneath. The dead skin then sloughs off faster than normal. Or, micro-needling is performed as a physical manipulator and the skin’s healing process is turned on high, bringing floods of good collagen and elastin to the skin. Here, a cellular process is not changed, it is simply completed faster and at high capacity.
The point here is, if you ask us to help you achieve your dream skin, you can expect us to use multiple modalities to get there. I offer this letter because I want trust to be built, that we are experts, not salespeople. Different skin creams and serums have different effects, so we ask you specific questions about typical behaviour of your skin. Your honesty is as vital as ours. To those of you who really want to make a difference in the look, feel and health of your skin, you can trust us at The Cosmetic Clinic to have the understanding and knowledge to take you there.
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