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The Down Low On Chemical Peels

If you have ever seen someone recovering from a medical grade chemical peel or laser treatment, it probably ruined you from ever choosing to have your own chemical peel done. Chemical peels can leave people looking like a sunburned, leper monster for days, sometimes even weeks. This is NOT the norm; however, if this is the type of peel you are looking for, more power to you! You will need to visit your local Medi-Spa to have this treatment done by a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor.

If you visit a day spa in Salt Lake City (or really anywhere in Utah) you most likely will not have the sort of recovery process that we just dicussed. Here at Beaute Marque Studio we have three Master Estheticians who are licensed to do chemical peels. We use Image and Glymed skin care in our spa allowing us a wide array of peels to choose from.

Chemical peels are considered a “baby step” process. The skin needs to slowly be prepared for a strong chemical peel. Your skin care professional will help you map out a treatment plan based around your skin care concerns. Chemical peels can treat most skin concerns ranging from acne, pigmentation, pore size, texture, tone, firmness and fine lines and wrinkles.

For best results it is recommended that you are on a professional skin care program that includes Alpha Hydroxy acids and a skin lightener such as Hydroquinone. This isn’t a pushy up-sell when your skincare professional recommends products, it is truly in your best interest. There is honestly no point in spending your hard earned money on these professional treatments (not to mention the irritation of feeling like a snake shedding it’s skin for a week) if you are going to continue using over-the-counter skincare products. This is for a couple of reasons; first, if you don’t prep the skin properly you are at a higher risk for skin damage. Secondly, using the alpha hydroxyl acid for at least two weeks prior loosens up the dead skin and gives you better results from your chemical peel and the skin lightening product helps prevent any hyperpigmentation (dark spots). Thirdly, some over the counter acids can actually counteract the chemical peels process rendering it ineffective.

Now for what to expect the day of your chemical peel. Depending on the peel you are having done you may feel no pain at all, all the way up to feeling like you feel asleep on a Cuban beach for 10 hours. With the more mild ones your skin will usually feel completely normal by the time you leave your appointment. For the medium to strong chemical peels you may feel like you have a mild sunburn for a few hours to days after.

Some peels cause what we call “frosting” this is where the proteins in the skin holding the dead tissue to the live tissue have died. They will leave behind a white color to the skin that cannot be washed or wiped away. “Frosting” is a good thing and some peels, especially medical grade ones, have the goal of making your entire face white. This skin “frosting” will gradually turn a purple-brown and peel off leaving behind fresh, radiant new skin. DO NOT PICK OR GET SUN EXPOSURE DURING THIS PROCESS!

The first day after your peel your response may vary depending on your skin, the peel chosen and the amount of time or layers done. For mild peels you may feel a bit dry and your skin will sometimes darken for a few days. This is because the peel is working at a microscopic level. You will shed skin but it happens slowly so you don’t see it as much, if at all. Keep in mind the name chemical peel can be misleading, it doesn’t have to peel to give you results.
For the medium to strong peels the timeline is generally the same, you just see more skin come off with the stronger peels.
  • Day one your skin usually feels tight and maybe dry. This is most people’s favorite day because everything is firm and tight. Usually day two you will notice some darkening of the skin and what I lovingly call “elephant skin” this is when the skin is so tight that you have wrinkles that go horizontally and vertically. It’s a lot of fun!
  • Day 2-3 you will notice flaking around the mouth. It will move out from there. You will usually notice it more here than everywhere else, this is because this is the area we move the most from talking and if your like me, eating. Opening your mouth to take a bite out of a big burrito on day three will usually make your skin around your mouth look and feel like the Sahara desert, again so much fun! The peeling will usually continue for 4-7 more days.
  • If you’re a picker do your best to avoid the amusement park of dead skin on your face. Picking at skin may force tissue that is still attached to come off and can result in more dark spots on the face.

After one peel you can expect healthier, smoother skin. If you are doing a peel for acne you can expect a purging process where any trapped bacteria will come to the surface. It isn’t the peel itself causing this, these blemishes would have eventually came to the surface on their own over time anyway but with the peel we speed up the process. The good news is that the peel kills the bacteria and removes the dead skin so you heal much faster than normal from these breakouts. In my experience acne gets worse before it gets better with peels. I have had very aggressive acne since I was 13. I tried everything under the sun aside from Accutane, which scared the crap out of me, and it wasn’t until I started doing chemical peels that I was able to get it under control. It Isn’t gone though because if I miss a night of washing my face I wake up looking like a pepperoni pizza. In my experience my skin didn’t improve till about the third peel.

The same can be said with those who are doing peels to get rid of sun damage. As it pulls the damage cells to the surface it will get darker. Keep it up, as long as you are being diligent with keeping the UV off your skin and using an at home skin lightener it will begin to fade. Most of our sun damage was cause before the age of eight. If you have ever looked at your skin under a skin scanner you can attest to this. So sometimes you will see dark spots coming up where you didn’t have spots before the treatments began. It isn’t causing them but it is bringing them to the surface years before they would have been visible. This is why most people call them”age spots” it isn’t age that causes them but because they usually don’t surface till we are older so we think of them as coming with old age.

There is another type of skin darkening that happens called melasma or “pregnancy mask” this pigmentation isn’t due to UV radiation, hormones are the main culprit, however, UV exposure can exacerbate the discoloration. Chemical peels can help treat this but if your hormones are still causing the pigment change it will continue to come back. Luckily for most women this happens to, it’s caused by pregnancy and may continue during breastfeeding, but it usually fades after you quit breastfeeding without the use of products, laser or a peel.
If you have any questions about a reaction you are having after a chemical peel don’t hesitate to contact your skin care professional at Beaute Marque Studio.

How thousands of microscopic holes will fight father time

What does micro needling treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Pigmentation
  • Saggy skin
  • Improves texture and tone of skin
  • Produces collagen to aid in anti-aging

Micro needling pre-treatment instructions-

  • No Accutane use for at least six months prior to treatment.
  • Avoid retinoids, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide 3 days prior to procedure.
  • You will get optimal results if you are on a professional skin care regimen including an AHA and skin lightening product. Speak to your skin care professional if you need help picking the best product for your skin.
  • No IPL, laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peels or waxing for seven days prior to appointment.
  • No shaving the day of your procedure, in area to be treated.
  • If you have a history of cold sores take your anti-viral for at least 2 days prior to treatment.
  • Do not have botox, fillers or any other injections within three weeks of your service.
  • As with all skin care procedures avoid tanning or a sun burn for at least one week prior to service.

Micro needling post-treatment instructions-

  • Do not use anti-inflammatory medications such as motrin, advil or ibuprofen as they will interfere with the natural inflammatory response that is responsible for your skin rejuvenation.
  • Avoid tanning and sun exposure for at least a week after your procedure. If you are in the sun make sure you are using a SPF of at least 30 and re-applying every hour.
  • Eat fresh pineapple to optimize healing.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, sweating and swimming for 24 hours.
  • Treat skin gently, washing with a gentle cleanser and cool water.
  • No exfoliation for three days after treatment. (Washcloths, clarisonic brushes, scrubs, enzymes, retinols or acids)
  • Restart professional skin care after 72 hours.
  • Avoid make-up for at least 24 hours. It is best to use a mineral make-up for a week following the procedure. Clean all make-up brushes before use.
  • Avoid excessive heat such as a sauna, hot shower or even putting your face near an open oven or over boiling water while cooking.
  • Do not scratch or pick at the skin.
  • Help your skin heal by using antioxidant/skin lightening serums. Ask your skin care professional for the best one for your skin.

What to expect-

During: Your skin care professional will cleanse your skin and apply a topical lidocaine to the area that will be treated. You will lay and relax for 30 minutes while your skin begins to numb. The treatment itself should be pain free to be mildly uncomfortable. Depending on the area, the needling procedure will take 10-30 minutes. After the procedure a moisturizer and sunblock will be applied. You may feel like you have a mild sunburn for a few hours after.

Day of: Most people are very red and feel a little swollen. You may also notice areas of pinpoint bleeding. You can use a cold compress and tylenol if needed but don’t get the skin wet for four hours.

Day 1: Your skin may continue to be red. It is possible to have a small amount of bruising, especially around the eyes. Most irritation should be gone. Your swelling may be slightly more noticeable.

Days 2-7: Your skin may feel tight and dry. Moisturize as often as needed. You may have some mild flaking since the needling increases your cell turnover ratio. A slight itching in the skin is normal. This is because you have caused a controlled wound to the skin and it is healing.

It will take 6-8 weeks to see full results of the treatment. For full benefits it is recommended to do 6 treatments 28 days apart.



  • You are prone to keloid scarring.
  • You are under current cancer treatment
  • You have an autoimmune disorder
  • You are on any blood clotting medication or have a bleeding disorder
  • You are pregnant
  • You have any open wounds or active cystic acne
  • You have scleroderma

Are your eyebrows on “fleek”?

microblading salt lake city

Microblading…. What’s all the buzz about??

Doesn’t it seem as though it just boomed out of nowhere overnight? Would it surprise you to know that microblading has actually been around since Egyptian times? Crazy right?! In the beauty industry everything seems to always come in phases…. Phasing in and phasing back out; however, I think microblading is here to stay.

So what is microblading exactly? Glad you asked, because we’ve got answers! Microblading is where hair-like incisions are made into your skin, creating a natural looking hair stroke. While the stroke is being cut, pigment is being inserted into the incision. Microblading is a natural looking “semi-permanent” tattoo, which can last 18-24 months depending on your skin type.

So tell me, Ladies and Gents, who was a victim of the 90’s and has over-plucked eyebrows?? *Raising hand now* Good news! We can actually re-create a brow that looks natural and flattering to your face, by adding hair strokes back to those over tweezed brows! Hallaleujah!! Even brows that may have an awesome shape, but need a little bit of “umph”, can benefit from microblading. Here at Beaute Marque Studio, Payton and Brooklynn are dedicated to giving our clients beautiful brows.

Alright, now, I know what some of you are thinking…. that sounds amazing!! BUT… *dun dun dun*…. does it HURT?! I won’t tell you this is a pain -free procedure, because every person is different; some people tend to be more sensitive than others. However, over all, clients have reported the pain level at about a 1 or 2 (rarely a 3), on a scale of 1-10, with a 10 being the most painful. See… beauty doesn’t have to be painful, my friends!

So now that you understand what microblading is, lets go over what to expect in an appointment, shall we?!
  • Every appointment starts with a consultation, going over your likes and dislikes of your current brows.
  • After the consultation, we begin to “map out” your brows to the best shape possible. This is the part where you get to be picky. Remember, these are on your face and you want to make sure you are completely satisfied with the shape before moving ahead with the microblading!
  • After a shape is agreed upon, numbing cream will be applied and 20 minutes will be given to allow it chance to set it.
  • After sitting for the 20 minutes, the actual microblading process goes down. Can I get a “Woot Woot”?! The microblading itself only takes about 45 minutes to an hour; however, the entire appointment is about 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Remember, the majority of your appointment is spent on consulting with you and insuring the best shape possible. We promise to aim for perfection, keeping in mind of course that eyebrows are sisters and not twins! So with all of that said, now that you have the down low on microblading, what are you waiting for?! Schedule your microblading appointment today! Your brows will thank you.

Great Article on Micro Needling

I found this great article on http://www.plasticsurgerypractice.com/ about Micro Needling. I have had a lot of questions about it and while I have written some information on the blog about it, I thought this is great additional information. I am very excited to offer this service and have loved my results so far.

Wendy Lewis explores the buzz surrounding skin needling | Plastic Surgery Practice July 2014

By Wendy Lewis Skin needling, also called microneedling therapy, collagen induction therapy (CIT), and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI), is a minimally invasive skin-rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin to create a controlled skin injury. Each puncture creates a channel that triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing new collagen and elastin. Through the process of neovascularization and neocollagenesis, there is improvement in skin texture and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. Among the earliest proponents was Michael Pistor, the French doctor who is credited with having developed mesotherapy in 1952. In the 1990s, Montreal plastic surgeon Andre Camirand, MD, experimented with using tattoo guns without ink to treat postsurgical scars. South African plastic surgeon Des Fernandes, MD, founder of the Environ skin care range, introduced skin needling using a roller for treating vertical perioral wrinkles at the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) congress in Taipei in 1996. There has been a recent proliferation of devices and systems on the market in this category that vary in the diameter and length of the microneedles, generally ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mm. Essentially, there are two basic categories of devices: battery- and cord-powered systems. Each design has some advantages, and personal preference determines operator selection. There are also flat-edged tips versus beveled tips. Current devices range from mechanical to manual models with shorter needle lengths designed for home use to rollers or stamps with longer needles designed for skin professionals only. PCI has proved to be a simple and fast method for safely treating wrinkles and scars. Because the epidermis remains intact, the procedure can be repeated safely and is also suited to regions where laser treatments and deep peels are not typically performed.1 PCI therapy is now becoming widely used as a treatment for photoaged skin to improve the skin’s appearance and quality, and to improve or even prevent scarring.2 Microneedling can be performed in an office setting and does not require extensive training or costly equipment. Single-use systems are available for up to a few hundred dollars, with multiple-use devices costing roughly a few thousand dollars, depending on the model. It is cost-effective, and can be done on areas of skin that may not be suitable for peeling or laser resurfacing, such as around the eyes and mouth, hands, and chest. The procedure is well tolerated by patients with minimal downtime, and can be easily personalized by going deeper on some areas where skin damage requires a more aggressive approach. corrected resourcesINTRODUCING MICRONEEDLING Topical anesthetic cream is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Patients should be advised that multiple treatments will be necessary. The number of needling sessions depends on the individual skin condition. Three or four treatments may be recommended for mild to moderate acne scarring, whereas deeper scars and stretch marks may require upward of five treatments. An interval of 4 to 6 weeks between treatments is typically recommended. Many practitioners are also doing maintenance treatments at intervals of 6 to 12 months. When utilized for generalized skin resurfacing, products such as topical growth factors and antiaging serums are better absorbed in the skin as an adjunct to treatment. “Microneedling is a safe, chemical-free method that triggers new collagen production,” says Beverly Hills, Calif, nurse and aesthetic trainer Sylvia Silvestri, RN. “Because it can be performed on all skin colors and types, it is sometimes the preferred treatment over laser as there is no risk of burning the patient.”

What is Micro Needling?

Put up the good fight against aging! With this minimally invasive procedure we can produce collagen production, reduce the apperance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize pore size and scaring and tighten the skin. Also, works well on stretch marks.
What is Micro Needling? Micro Needling, also called collagen induction therapy, is a minimally invasive skin care procedure where the use of needles punctures the epidermis and forces super hydrating hyaluronic acid serum deep into the skin. This creates a controlled wound at the dermal-epidermal layer. Why would we want to “injure” the skin? This controlled wound encourages the skin to produce a large amount of collagen; this is what keeps the skin plump and supple. A series of this service can be as effective as a laser resurfacing treatment without the down time, risks or costs associated with a laser treatment.
Does Micro Needling hurt? Your provider will apply a topical numbing agent 30 minutes prior to the treatment. You may still feel the process, but it is very tolerable; it is most painful over bony areas such as the forehead and chin. The depth of needle penetration can also be adjusted to your tolerance.
What will I look like after my Micro Needling treatment? I looked like a tomato after my first treatment for about 12 hours. You will definitely want to plan your service on a day you don’t have anything important. The next morning, following my treatment, my skin tone was mostly back to normal; there were a few areas of splotches, as well as a few dots where the needles had penetrated. By the second day, my fine lines were drastically reduced and my skin looked extremely hydrated and supple.
What are the benefits of Micro Needling? Obviously, as with anything, results vary. Most people don’t see full results from the first treatment until about 28 days later, as it takes that long for the collagen to produce and plump the skin. To get full results, it is recommended to do 3-6 treatments at 4 week intervals, depending on the desired outcome. Studies have shown improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, pore size, stretch marks, firmness and overall tone and texture of the skin. It can be done anywhere on the body. The best part is that this service is the gift that keeps on giving as your body will produce higher rates of collagen for up to a year after a series.
Who is Micro Needling safe for? This is one of the most exciting parts about Micro Needling compared to other resurfacing treatments, as it is safe for all skin tones. The risk of adverse reactions is much lower than that of a laser treatment with similar results.
How long does a Micro Needling session take? The duration of your appointment really depends on the area being treated, as well as your tolerance for the treatment. Most appointments take about 30 minutes for the numbing process and 30 minutes for the treatment.
What does Micro Needling cost in Salt Lake City? The average price for a Micro Needling session at a medi-spa is $250, and at a day spa your looking at about $195. Here at Beaute Marque Studio we are a uniquely ran spa with several owners and that helps keep our overhead down. Due to this special environment, we are able to charge less for all of our services than most day spas. Our Micro Needling sessions start at $149 and are even more affordable when you purchase a package.