Credit Card

Join Lavandou mailing list for news & promotions!




You are here:Home > Skin Care Library > Skin Care Information > Beyond Basics
Beyond the Basics Masques

Masques (masks) can be done at home. They are intensive treatments which you apply for a certain amount of time and then remove. You can fit one in in the evening or in the morning before your shower. They can be for most any skin condition, such as dehydration, dryness, redness, drawing out oils and toxins. Masques can be customized with a serum or concentrate.

Exfoliants

You can use an exfoliant to remove the outer layers of dead skin cells, revealing the softer, younger (by a few days) layers underneath and stimulating the germinating layer to germinate faster and speed up the turnover time of your skin cycle. Most people can do with at least some exfoliation. It gets rid of the cell buildup that makes your face seem dry or flaky. Especially consider exfoliation if you know you have oily skin but it is dry (dehydrated) on the surface. The dead-cell buildup needs to go so you can find your fresh skin underneath. A professional facial would make a good start with exfoliation, or you could simply use a home product.

Exfoliants that you use daily (or nightly) at home are usually alpha hydroxy acids, alone, or in combination. These are fruit acids, and they will gently dissolve the chemical bonds holding the outermost dead cells together. This is a gentle resurfacing which will help to minimize the small wrinkles, fine lines and roughness of sun-damaged skin. Exfoliation can also be done with enzymes which digest the dead skin cells, but only Jan Marini has come up with enzyme exfoliation you can use at home.

Glycolic acid is the most popular for home use and serious salon peels, as it has the smallest molecular structure and is therefore the most effective at getting in there and loosening the cells. Hydroxy acids and enzymes also keep the pores clean by preventing retention hyperkeratosis or the buildup of dead cells at the mouth of the pores, blocking them and creating an environment friendly to acne-causing bacteria. For acne treatments, however, the therapeutic powers of salicylic acid are also appreciated.

Wash the palms of your hands after applying glycolic, and deal with your contacts first!

Serious skin resurfacing and most of what comes hereafter tends to fall to the pharmaceutical (or cosmaceutical) companies rather than to the traditional European "natural" lines. But both Yon-Ka and Sothys have hydroxy products for a gentle approach in line with their philosophy.

RETURN:  Skin Care