How The Estheticians Do It: Hyperpigmentation

Summertime is the time to protect your skin.

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Questions regarding hyperpigmentation come up in 7 out of 10 appointments and it’s safe to say that it is one of the main concerns in skin treatment rooms. In this post I would like to discuss the ways to prevent hyperpigmentation and share some of my favorite products to treat this common skin disorder.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin (the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes its natural color) in the patches of the skin. It is a skin condition that affects every ethnic background and skin tone and is mostly associated with aging. Pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations, UV radiation and photo aging, chemical or UV burn, genetics and allergies are just some of the more typical factors.

Daily use of a broad spectrum sun protection is a sure way to prevent hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to the damaging sun rays. Exfoliation is essential to reduce the build of dead skin cells and to promote skin cell regeneration for brighter skin every day.

Professional treatments such as microdermabrasion, chemical peels and IPL are all effective.

Active Ingredients to look for in products are:

  • Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids
  • Arbutin
  • Kojic Acid
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Glabridin/Licorice Root Extract
  • Retinoids
  • Epidermal Growth Factor

Some of my personal favorite treatments to combat hyperpigmentation include:

CLEANSE

Biologique Recherche Lait VIP O2 is an “antipollution” cleanser that brightens and unifies the complexion, eliminates impurities and calms the epidermis.

TONE

Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM400 is the newest formulation of the beloved P50. It enhances epidermal renewal and helps regulate melanin synthesis while respecting and protecting the skin. Lightens the skin, reduces the size of pigmentation marks and prevents them from appearing. Inhibits melanin synthesis. Improves the strength and quality of the epidermis. Unifies and brightens the complexion. Balances pH on the skin’s surface.

TREAT-SERUM

Valmont Clarifying Infusion Brightening Serum is an ultra-concentrated treatment that decreases melanin production and fights hyperpigmentation. It increases skin brightness and complexion evenness to reveal perfectly even-toned skin.

Serum PIGM 400 is a brightening, spot-correcting serum that illuminates the complexion and fights free radicals. It is my personal favorite. Paired with Creme PIGM 400, this powerful duo fights pigmentation and reveals glowing complexion.

Clarifying Lotion and Intensive C Boost by Environ is another great combination for combating visible skin pigmentation. The Clarifying Lotion is a light, non-oily lotion that nourishes the skin with important water-soluble ingredients that inhibit the production of melanin. It maintains the skin’s natural acid mantle and can either be used on small, easily defined pigment blemishes, or as a whole face and neck solution for extensive uneven skin tone. The Intensive C-Boost contains a powerful form of vitamin C ideal for sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and capillaries as well as for the maintenance of a healthy skin.

TREAT MASK

Valmont Clarifying Pack is a clarifying cream-mask that is rich in illuminating ingredients. Provides visible brightening effect, mattifies and tightens the pores. Just after one treatment the skin is flexible, soft, and gleams with a new radiance. Use it once a week in addition to your current masque treatment.

Environ Revival Masque is a powerful combination of Lactic, Mandelic and Asiatic acids formulated to target the effects of photo-damaged skin and the appearance of uneven skin texture.

The Beautigenix Brightening Mask is a Korean sheet mask that reduces the appearance of sun and age spots, removes signs of fatigue, gives skin a radiant and brighter look, evens skin tone and texture – also improves mild acne. All and all, a perfect on the go solution for someone who has uneven skin tone, dark spots or sun damaged skin.

MBR Beta-Enzyme is a gel-masque based on mild hydroxy acids in combination with a papain enzyme complex for smooth, clear and more radiant skin.

TREAT-INTENSIVE CURE

Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT is a real anti-pigmentation face-lift that resculpts the skin injecting it with hydration. Packed full of scientifically selected ingredients, the Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT serum with its concentration of 15% active stabilized bio-integral cells and expert brightening complex, delivers a complete firming and brightening solution. Whether used as an occasional 12-day treatment or throughout the year, Cellcosmet Ultra Brightening Elasto-Collagen XT revitalizes, progressively lightens natural skin tone, redefines and intensely hydrates the face, neck and décolleté area. The skin’s firmness and ability to bounce back are visibly improved, pigmentary spots visibly attenuated while the facial contours are resculpted and the oval of the face redefined.

  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is one of the more difficult types of pigmentation to get rid off. These red or brown regions of pigment are usually associated with acne, chemical burns, eczema or dermatitis. One of my favorite products to tackle it is Sebuspot by Environ – a mild gel for use on inflamed areas of the skin. It helps reduce congestion and residual redness while at the same time drying up skin blemishes.

MOISTURIZE

Biologique Recherche Creme PIGM 400 is a concentrate of brightening, anti-age spot and protective ingredients.  Its multipolar formulation helps correct existing pigmentation imperfections and prevents new age spots from forming. The complexion becomes increasingly luminous and the skin appears more even. Best when paired with Serum PIGM 400.

Institute Esthederm Clarity System Whitening Brightening Repair Day Cream regenerates and restructures the skin, protects, prevents photo-aging, cell damage and the risk of redness and inflammation.

MBR Luminous Pearl Extreme works on delivering both multi-active anti-aging effects as well as a perfectly balanced and illuminated complexion.

PROTECT

Biologique Recherche Protection UV helps protect the epidermis from the harmful effects of UVA, UVB, and infrared rays. The formula rich in anti-aging, soothing, anti-spot and moisturizing active ingredients helps prevent skin aging and dehydration.
MBR High Protection Face Cream SPF30 protects the skin from sunburn, aging, wrinkles and pigmentation spots which can be caused by excessive exposure to the sun. It smoothes and mattifies skin appearance for an even and healthy tan.
Institute Esthederm Photo Regulator helps reduce pigmentation spots by reducing the contrast between the hyper-pigmented areas and tanned skin. This helps to ensure a consistent and harmonious tan safely.

Summer time is the prime time to protect your skin and prevent stubborn hyperpigmentation caused by excessive sun exposure. Wear a hat, polarized sunglasses and be mindful when out and about. You only have one skin, take care of it now and enjoy the compliments later!

Diana Yerkes

Lunch Time IPL & French IPL

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Intense Pulsed Light or IPL Photo Facial therapy is a multi-tasking treatment that addresses many different skin concerns:

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  • Repairs small damaged blood vessels (typically found around the nose and cheeks).
  • Eradicates sun spots and other pigmentation irregularities.
  • Combats acne and minimizes the appearance of large pores.
  • Stimulates collagen production and evens skin tone.
  • Treats rosacea and diffuses redness.

IPL is perfect for achieving immediately noticeable results without the downtime.  However, at a higher setting IPL can deliver more dramatic results so you may need to allow yourself some downtime to heal.  I recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation to help determine what is best for your skin. 

Rescue Spa EstheticianVida Colon


Lunch Time IPL:
30 min $150

In a rush?  Target your concerns with a 30 minute treatment.

The French IPL:
1 hour $250

Combines a lighter treatment of IPL with the benefits of a Rescue Facial all in one.

IPL Full Face:
1 hour – $350
An intensive IPL treatment recommended for severe sun damage and redness.


Not sure which treatment is right for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation.

215-772-2766 or Schedule Online

RESCUE’s New Year Trends

Healthy looking skin is at the top of every woman’s wishlist.  The best way to achieve this is to develop a good skincare routine, it has to be consistent (the biggest problem for most people). If you haven’t already tried our cult all-in-one beauty fix P50 1970 this is the time to do so!  At RESCUE we believe in products that work to keep your skin moist, hydrated, and youthful. We offer a full range of active formulas such as: AVSTRETINOLIntensive Antioxidant GelVitamin C, as well as Hyaluronic AcidPeptidesOxygenationAmino Acids, etc.  All of these potent formulas are great collagen boosters that also provide cellular repair.  A winter standout product is still Regenera II. I always say it is the richest cream on earth! Provides instant hydration and prevents moisture loss.

Maintain beautiful skin by scheduling our Signature Facial or a non-invasive laser treatment: BioliftLEDEnergy LiftRefirme, and IPL (ask for a spot treatment for those problem areas).

Nails As a Fashion Accessory. For a quick fashion update try one of our nail designs as well as Vinylux 1-week nail polish, a healthy alternative to gel nails.

Hair care is big this year.  Did you know that your hair ages as well?  We added Rene Furterer and Phyto Hair Care since our clientele knows to take care of their scalp & hair as well as their skin.

Makeup as skincare. Chantecaille and By Terry are of the very few makeup companies that approach cosmetics as skincare.  At RESCUE we like to hear “your skin looks great” rather than “your makeup looks great”.  We offer BB & CC creams and tinted moisturizers & foundations that won’t reak havoc on your skin. Schedule a makeup master class with one of our makeup artists to learn how to perfect your look.

Beauty Must-haves for 2014

  • Complexe 5 the foundation for all hair types. Did you know that the scalp has build up (eww!)? Detoxing your scalp is essential for a healthy scalp and beautiful hair.
  • Make frizz nonexistent with Phytodefrisant. Sans silicone & parabens. Enriched with a botanical plant base.
  • Regenera II, as I always say it is the richest cream on earth!
  • Foot Logix a healing foam for cracked heels and calluses.
  • Gin Fizz eau de parfum by Lubin Paris was favored by Grace Kelly. A touch of history with a lasting scent.
  • Le Grand Serum. As close to the fountain of youth as a serum can get!  Follow with Creme MSRH. Voila! Skincare couture.

RESCUE’s simple and easy approach to beauty:

  1. Hydrate. Drink water often it’s amazing what it does for your skin and your entire body, keeping it moist and supple.
  2. Breathe. Oxygen is crucial for your well-being.  Conscious deep breathing just for a few minutes relieves stress, rejuvenates your skin, re-energizes your body.
  3. Exercise. Find activity that suits you and your lifestyle. Try yoga, pilates, strength training, go for a walk, run, or bike. The benefits are amazing. Releases “feel good” hormones, increases blood flow, and reduces stress.
  4. 4. Eat sensibly. Focus on fresh complex foods containing proteins, vitamins, vital nutrients, healthy fats (avocado, olive oil) these are the building blocks of skin tissue.
  5. Get enough sleep. When well rested everything is better: mood, skin, energy.
  6. Have a hobby & passion. Doing things we love slows down the aging process.
  7. Beware of sun damage. Staying out of the sun is the most valuable beauty lesson.  Always protect yourself with sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, find shade, use skincare containing active ingredients and antioxidants for extra protection.
  8. RESCUE’s anti-aging mantra. “Everything in moderation”. From how much you eat. How often you exercise. How many laser treatments, facials, injectables, plastic surgery, etc. that you receive. Simplify.
  9. Smile often! Self confidence and self esteem are at the top of the beauty list.
  10. Give & share.

 

Spring Cleaning

It’s quite obvious that skincare is my passion. I’ve been an esthetician for over 20 years and I love giving facials. My clients get fantastic results through facials with the help of microdermabrasion, electric currents, peels, massage, and lotions & potions. Still there are times when I need to reach for high tech tools that go beyond what these other treatments can do. This season at Rescue we have created our Spring Cleaning Specials that combine the latest laser technologies in skincare to treat various concerns and deliver results.

Springtime is the perfect time to clean up any sunspots or broken capillaries and for these issues we have ‘tried and true’ IPL Foto Facial. In approximately 2-3 sessions you can improve skin texture and discoloration to create a more even complexion.

If you’re struggling with those few unwanted hairs on your face I would encourage you to try our most effective treatment, light based hair removal.

For skin laxity we have a skin tightening treatment called Refirme. 3 sessions will really tighten up your face and neck.

Our most anti-aging, collagen producing, wrinkle reducing, tightening treatment is eMatrix. I can say from personal experience that I’ve performed numerous eMatrix treatments with amazing results. If you’re thinking you need a dramatic pick-me-up that offers long term visible results then this is the service for you. I like to call it a mini facelift!

Hardcore laser devotees love our Triniti Treatment which offers a trio of Refirme, IPL Foto Facial, and eMatrix all in one session. A triple dose of pain but a whole lot of gain… perfect for those who are time crunched and want results instantly, I’m already signed up!

Danuta Mieloch,  Owner of Rescue Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESCUE SPRING CLEANING

• IPL FOTOFACIAL • 1 Session $300, 3 Sessions for $750
Rejuvenate your skin this spring with proven safe and effective Fotofacial with Radio frequency technology. Our targeted approach will rid you of superficial redness and brown spots. Also excellent or acne and rosacea.

• EMATRIX • 1 treatment $400, Series of 3 sessions for $1100
Imagine a treatment that addresses fine lines and wrinkles, improves the appearance of acne scars, textural irregularities and broken blood vessels, treats brown spots and sun damage, and tightens skin…all in one sitting. Allow us to introduce you to eMatrix which can help you can achieve all of this!  It requires little- to-no downtime and is clinically proven for ALL skin types.

• REFIRME • 1 treatment $350, Series of 3 sessions for $900
Looking for an instant facelift? ReFirme offers virtually painless and fast treatment for sagging and wrinkled skin. The latest bipolar radio frequency and infrared energy work together to create lasting results with no downtime.

• HAIR REMOVAL • Lip & Chin $150, Underarm & Bikini $250
Now is the time to get rid of unsightly, unwanted hair with our non-invasive laser hair removal with Elos technology. Safe for all skin types! Be bare by summer!

• TRINITI SKIN TREATMENT • $900 per sessions
A complete skin program for immediate, visible and long lasting results! The Triniti skin treatment combines 3 of today’s most effective technologies in a non-surgical treatment. Color correction, skin tightening and wrinkle treatment can all be achieved in a single session with 3 steps, preformed sequentially, during the same spa visit. Total facial renewal in just 3 treatments sessions!