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Jul 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM / by Addison Kesler



When undergoing these treatments with our clients, it is crucial that we take the proper steps to ensure they get the best results possible and maintain the integrity of their skin in the process.


As aestheticians, we spend our time caring for various skin concerns our clients come to us with, and one of the many ways we treat these concerns is through the use of chemical peels and chemical exfoliants. When undergoing these treatments with our clients, it is crucial that we take the proper steps to ensure they get the best results possible and maintain the integrity of their skin in the process.


One of the most important things we can do for our clients before performing chemical peels and chemical exfoliants is to properly prep their skin for treatment, meaning we will actively exercise and prepare the skin and keep it at optimum health to ensure exceptional results! It would be best if you began to prep your clients' skin for chemical peels and exfoliants at least 2-6 weeks before their appointment.


When getting your clients' skin prepared for treatment, we recommend getting them on an active skincare regimen if they aren't already on one. It is beneficial to include products with ingredients that will speed up cell turnover and gently exfoliate the skin; this will ensure that there aren't any thicker patches of dead skin cells that would prevent the chemical peel or exfoliant from penetrating evenly.

Ingredients that can be used in your clients' homecare to stimulate cell turnover:

  • Glycolic Acid

  • Lactic Acid

  • Malic Acid

  • Retinol

In addition to speeding up the desquamation process, it is also essential that we care for the health of the skin barrier. This includes properly moisturizing and hydrating the skin and protecting it from the sun with daily use of SPF! As we know, the sun and even tanning beds contribute to most of the concern’s peels and exfoliants work to care for, so protecting the skin from accumulating further damage leading up to treatment is extremely important.

Getting your clients in the habit of properly caring for their skin before a chemical peel or chemical exfoliant is not only going to properly prepare their skin for treatment, it will also increase their chance of being likely to care for their skin post-treatment properly, which is essential to maintaining their results, and preventing further damage in the future. If you are unsure what products to recommend to your clients to get them ready for chemical peel season we have an amazing Pre-Procedural Skin Essentials Kit available on Regen Pro that has everything your client will need to actively prep and maintain the health of their skin.


If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our friendly Master Aestheticians in your area, please email support@glymedplusaustralia.com.au

Written by Addison Kesler


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Our phenomenal bodies can naturally produce several antioxidants on their own to help neutralize free radical scavengers. If a free radical is not neutralized, inflammation and aging will occur.


Jul 7, 2021 12:00:00 AM / by Whitney Dickerson




Why are they so important? Antioxidants have many different uses and an essential part of our nutrition, body, and skin health. Before we get started, let’s define a few key terms: Antioxidants are molecules that fight free radicals in our bodies, helping protect our skin from unwanted aging and damage. Free Radicals are aggressive, unstable, oxygen-containing molecules. They have lost an electron and need to steal electrons from other molecules, damaging the cell they steal from. Free radicals cause an oxidation reaction and produce a new free radical in the process. What are the benefits of Antioxidants?

  • Supports collagen and elastin

  • It helps to minimize pore size

  • Brightens the complexion of the skin

  • Decreases inflammation and calm irritation

  • Delays photo-aging

  • It helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles

Our phenomenal bodies can naturally produce several antioxidants on their own to help neutralize free radical scavengers. If a free radical is not neutralized, inflammation and aging will occur. How does this work in our body? Our body naturally creates free radicals as a by-product of cell metabolism, which starts the breakdown cycle. External aggressors such as UV exposure, blue light, smoking, and inflammation are all considered oxidative stressors to our cells. Therefore, the more antioxidants used, the better your body can help neutralize unstable molecules caused by free radical inflammation. They will help your body to be able to retain the health of your cells and skin. Higher levels of free radicals are known to catalyze diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E have been used for many years in skincare products. They work by interfering with the inflammation, which helps to reduce the production of enzymes that injure and destroy skin cells. They also help keep our products fresh, which plays a vital role in maintaining the quality, integrity, and safety of skincare products. The following are some of our favorite antioxidants for the skin: Vitamin A: Works to stimulate collagen production to help your skin stay youthful by reducing aging spots, skin texture and reducing breakouts. It can also speed up cell turnover in the skin, which reduces the visible signs of aging in the short and long term. Vitamin C: Is a natural skin brightener. It serves to protect against the damage caused by free radicals and boosts collagen production while also working on tightening the skin at the same time. Vitamin E: The healer Antioxidant. It is often found in moisturizers, lotions, and creams for dry and cracked skin and products that target spots such as stretch marks. And it can help to nourish and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals. Not ideal for acne-prone clients. Vitamin B3: Also known as niacinamide, is lovely to boost the skin’s natural barrier. It is excellent for those who suffer from inflammation caused by rosacea and acne. It can be a booster to other antioxidants and help your skin retain moisture and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Green Tea: Helps to reduce redness and inflammation Resveratrol: This ingredient has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to protect against photodamage, pigmentation, and collagen degradation. Grapeseed Oil: Enables Vitamin E and Vitamin C in your skin to be more efficient and effective at preserving your skin. It may be more assertive on free radicals than Vitamin C and E.


If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our friendly Master Aestheticians in your area please email support@glymedplusaustralia.com.au


Written by Whitney Dickerson



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A skincare routine can be simple enough to understand, but there are a few things to keep in mind to maintain your collection of products to be the most effective for your skin.


Jun 30, 2021 12:00:00 AM / by Whitney Dickerson



Be in the Know with your Skincare Products A skincare routine can be simple enough to understand, but there are a few things to keep in mind to maintain your collection of products to be the most effective for your skin. We will cover the importance of symbols, expiration dates, and key ingredients to look for in your skincare. Expiration dates vary depending on the type of products and the ingredients used. It will most likely be shown in one of two ways. First, it will have a tiny image with a number inside. This will indicate the number of months you can use the product after opening. Typically it is shown as 12, 24, or 36 months for many products. Otherwise, the general rule of thumb is two years unopened, or one year opened. Sunscreen or acne formulas are required to have an expiration date on the packaging. It is best to keep your products away from sunlight, heat, and humidity if possible. Some products such as masques and treatments may be able to be kept in the fridge. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind with products is to watch for mold, color of the product changing, bad or rotten smell, product or texture has changed or separated. These are usually key signs that the product is faulty or beyond its use. Keep in mind if choosing to purchase products without any type of preservatives, will make the shelf-life much shorter than normal. If your products expire, there is a risk that the efficacy of the product is no longer maintained. This is especially true in acne and suncare that contain active ingredients. This can possibly make those ingredients stronger or more likely to cause irritation or spread bacteria that may harbor in the product. When in doubt, throw it out! Symbols in skincare: Recyclable: A green or black circle or arrow means the packaging is recyclable. It can also be verified with your local recycling company if it is accepted. Cruelty-Free: PETA’s pink bunny or the cruelty-free leaping bunny will verify the product is not tested on animals. Vegan: An official seal from vegan.org means the product is 100% vegan Fair Trade Certified: A symbol certifying that the manufacturing and trading processes protect the workers and the land. Another thing to be mindful of is the ingredients in your skincare. It is important to note that skincare ingredients are listed on the bottle from highest to lowest concentration. Below is a shortlist of common ingredients and their usage within GlyMed Plus skincare products. Aloe Vera: A potent healer, as it provides a protective layer that inhibits infection and soothes the skin. It contains over 200 active compounds including Vitamins A, B, C, and E, enzymes, minerals, polysaccharides, and 18 of the 20 necessary amino acids. Benzoyl Peroxide: An antibacterial agent and oxygen releasing chemical that kills the bacteria that causes acne breakouts. Caffeine: Caffeine aids in the absorption of other ingredients in skincare formulations. The acid within caffeine also functions as an antioxidant. Coenzyme Q10: A naturally occurring antioxidant that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals. It boosts skin repair and regeneration as it reduces the effects of photo-aging and wrinkles. Cannabidiol (CBD): Grown in the USA, Derived from HEMP and is considered one of the strongest antioxidants, even stronger than Vitamin C & E, and recognized for its incredible anti-aging effects in the skin. Creates balance in the skin. Copper Peptides: A combination of copper and three amino acids. It rejuvenates skin cells in aging tissue by boosting the production of collagen and elastin. It also produces glycosaminoglycans like hyaluronic acid. Fulvic Acid: A powerful antioxidant that absorbs deeply into the skin to assist in the transportation of nutrients to tissues and cells. Glycolic Acid: A natural alpha hydroxy acid derived from sugarcane, glycolic acid is used to exfoliate and prevent the buildup of dead skin cells in the stratum corneum while also increasing hydration to prevent dryness. Green Tea Leaf: A powerful antioxidant due to its catechin content, which protects cells from free radicals and their associated damage. Hyaluronic Acid: This plays a critical role in healthy skin by controlling the physical and biochemical characteristics of epidermal cells. It regulates skin activity, including water content, elasticity, and the distribution of nutrients to the cells. Jojoba Oil: A moisturizer and emollient that contributes to the healing of the skin. Kaolin: A natural, clay-like mineral composed of silica, iron, magnesium, calcium, sodium, zinc, and other materials. It has excellent absorbent properties so it is used in many acne products to draw out impurities and toxins to help clear the skin of excess oil, dirt, pollutants, and other waste material. Niacinamide: A form of Vitamin B3 that stimulates lipid production and improves epidermal barrier function. It is known for inhibiting hyperpigmentation and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It is also an an-inflammatory. Niacinamide boosts collagen production and increases micro-circulation, delivering nutrients throughout the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate: Similar to hyaluronic acid (salt form), this works to moisturize the skin. It can hold more than 1,800 times its own weight in water. It is also used as a viscosifier and emulsifier. It plumps, moisturizes, and lubricates the skin, and reduces TEWL. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): A stable form of Vitamin C that protects skin cells and skin structures from UV-related damage, improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin, strengthens the skin's barrier response, reduces inflammation, promotes collagen production, enhances the effectiveness of clinical procedures and reduces pigmentation. Vitamin E (Tocopherol): It protects cells from the damaging effects of free radicals and has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been proven to protect the skin, speed wound healing, provide hydration, and prevent water loss.


If you have any questions and would like to speak to one of our friendly Master Aestheticians in your area please email support@glymedplusaustralia.com.au Written by Whitney Dickerson



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