Aveda's alternatives for damaging skin procedures

Samantha after her infamous chemical peel. Funny, but kind of true too! Photo: HBOSamantha after her infamous chemical peel. Funny, but sadly true too! Photo: HBO

Microdermabrasion was named the fourth most popular cosmetic procedure in America for 2010 by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Google “microdermabrasion” and you’ll find the words “instant face-lift” and “rejuvenation.” You’ll also find “sand-papering” and “mild injury.”

Next, search “chemical peel”- a procedure performed 1.1 MILLION times in 2010. WebMD will tell you a chemical peel is “a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin”… closely followed by “which causes it to ‘blister’ and eventually peel off.” Ahh… Just another relaxing day at the spa, I guess!

Maybe it’s just me, but beauty companies seem to leave these parts off of their advertisements. How could two things which damage a layer of skin to reveal “younger, healthier, refreshed” skin be two of the top five cosmetic procedures in America?!

Still think the procedures may be worth the benefits? Take a closer look at how each procedure works to give you the “desired” results…

Microdermabrasion removes the stratum corneum, or your skin’s barrier layer, in a sand-papering fashion, tricking your body into believing that there has been a mild injury. To heal your damaged skin, your body automatically sends new, healthy skin cells to the surface to replace the lost ones. Don’t worry- the treatment is usually painless and doesn’t irritate the skin greatly. Your face should only be red for about thirty minutes to an hour, unless of course you experience some of the other symptoms like swelling near the eyes, redness streaking, blood-spotting or discoloration- some will only take 4 days to heal, others will be permanent. A four-day recovery from a facial? Eh, no big deal. Maybe you’ll only get skin flaking, itching and dryness.

Chemical peels apply a chemical solution to your skin, sometimes glycolic acid, forming a controlled wound allowing new skin to rush to the surface. “What’s glycolic acid used for?” you might ask. It’s used for polymer self-dissolving stitches, industrial appliances, leather tanning, water treatment… Oh, for your face? It removes excess oil. After this procedure, you should stay out of the sun and avoid soap entirely. You should also schedule your next appointment, because once you opt out of glycolic sessions for regular maintenance, you will most likely experience an outburst of acne. Same side effects as before too: skin crusting, scabbing, flaking, peeling, stinging and discoloring.

Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner by Aveda. Photo: Aveda.comTourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner by Aveda. Photo: Aveda.com

“How else am I supposed to reduce wrinkles, treat acne or diminish discoloration?”

Safely and naturally with Aveda. Aveda believes that stress affects everyone’s skin condition differently and by finding balance with the elements of nature (hence Elemental Nature™), we can achieve beautiful, radiant, truly healthy skin. According the Aveda, Elemental Nature™ skin care “restores healthy balance to skin immediately—and protects it long term using the power of plants, aroma and touch.”

Your Aveda answer to the microdermabrasion is the new Botanical Skin Resurfacing Facial Treatment. By combining the power of touch and all-natural ingredients like tourmaline, not only will you de-stress, but you will achieve a healthy, restorative skin balance. We’re not making this stuff up either! Scientifically-tested, this facial instantly improves overall radiance up to 24%, clarity up to 39%, smoothness up to 28% and reduces the appearance of pores up to 29%. And that’s without the skin flaking, dryness… you get the picture.  You can head straight back to work, sans make-up! Unheard of after a microderm or peel!

Aveda alternative to the chemical peel? The Green Science Perfecting Plant PeelSM described on the official Aveda website as “beyond glycolic peels—the Perfecting Plant PeelSM gives you the instant exfoliation and radiance benefits of a 30% glycolic peel but without the associated irritation.” With powerful botanical antioxidants and soothing plant based anti-inflammatories, this facial warms the face, opening the pores for maximum exfoliation without the harmful side effects. Need we say more? An all-natural option to blistering your skin in the name of beauty? Yes, please!

Don't the words "de-stress," "naturally," and "restorative" sound so much better when talking about a facial? We thought so too.

Ahh... Balancing your natural elements looks so much more relaxing than getting a microderm! Photo: Aveda.com

Remember- tomorrow, you have the chance to get a FREE Perfecting Plant PeelSM during our “Beautiful Skin Starts Here” event. For just $20, you’ll get a 30-minute skin consultation and a $20 credit towards a Natural Elements skin care starter. When you purchase a starter set, you will get your free plant peel – an $85 value! For more information on this event, click here. To reserve your spot, call (512) 637-0888 or go online to our website to book now! Spots are almost gone so move quickly.


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