Can Dermaplaning cause spots?

a woman undergoing dermaplaning

It’s so often the double-edged sword when it comes to cosmetic treatments that promise to do wonders for your skin: Will it cause acne? We understand the concern – after all, it could stand to reason that the more you interfere with your face, the more you’re tempting fate of a pimple invasion. However, we’re here to tell you why when it comes to Dermaplaning (and all our other treatments, for that matter!), that is simply not the case.

First things first:

How does Dermaplaning work?

The ultimate in exfoliating treatments, you don’t get a more thorough clear-out of your skin than this one, which involves the gentle scraping of dead cells and peach fuzz (short, soft and light hair on your face) with a scalpel (gulp). As ever, it sounds worse than it is, and you’ll barely feel a thing – honest! What’s more, it treats a whole host of concerns – dullness, dryness, wrinkles, spots, scars and unwanted hair – you name it, Dermaplaning solves it – the end result being the perfect base for a smooth foundation application and better penetration of all your other skincare products. It’s even better than shaving as not only does it remove unwanted hair, but also unwanted dead skin, which – in turn – activates the production of collagen for all-round sensational skin – win-win!

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So, will it cause breakouts?

Would we offer it to you if it did?

No, like most exfoliation treatments, it’s more likely to prevent breakouts than cause them, thanks to the removal of dead skin, hair follicles and bacteria which, as a result, prevents clogged pores and pimples from appearing. Furthermore, because it also makes the skin more absorbable, it also means that – with the help of the right products – it can help clear up acne breakouts.

young woman squeezing a spot in the mirror
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Dermaplaning for acne scars

It’s the gift that keeps on giving, really, as thanks to its role in helping the skin regenerate, it can even be used to help reduce the appearance of scars and hyperpigmentation. No wonder its reviews are always so glowing (like the skin it creates!).

What about those with active acne?

Possibly where the misunderstanding that it can cause spots comes from, it is not – like many other cosmetic treatments – suitable for those with active, cystic or pustular acne, or other sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema or psoriasis. This is because it might irritate your skin and make it worse. In addition, the scalpel could also nick an already-existing pimple, taking it longer to heal.

Any other side effects?

Not really, no! Safe for most skin types and conditions, when performed by qualified therapists it actually carries little risk of side effects with absolutely no downtime. However, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs properly if we didn’t outline the rare but possible outcomes can include:

  • Slight redness
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Patchy skin pigment

Which brings us on to our next point:

Dermaplaning at home

Don’t do it! If the possibility of these side effects when conducted by a trained professional is minimal, this will only increase when attempting to do it at home by yourself (not to mention the risk of pain – I mean, why on earth would you want to take a scalpel to your own face anyway? Shudder.).

The treatment is supposed to be done at a 45-degree angle, and unless you’re going to dig out your school protractor (and even if you did …), it’s going to be almost impossible to achieve this. Not to mention the fact that it also requires small, gentle strokes – something that is not easy to do when you’re attempting to squeeze it in between getting home from work and the school pick-up. If not exercised with care – and under these conditions – it can – and will – cause breakouts.

So, can it cause spots? Not when carried out with a proper Dermaplaning tool, by trained experts and on suitable skin. Luckily for you, we know just the people!

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Exploring the electroporation facial

woman undergoing electroporation

Fit for a princess

Want skin like Meghan Markle?

There’s lots we can only covet from the Duchess of Sussex, viewing her much-charmed life through the lens of the media. But achieving her trademark glow is something that is not only reserved for royalty.

Bear with us a moment and excuse the long, fancy-sounding words: You see, an electroporation facial (our Infusion facial), is one of the simplest, most effective ways to get amazingly moisturised skin. And with such an ambassador of the revolutionary treatment, what more do you really need?

Hold up a minute. What’s wrong with moisturising my skin at home?

Absolutely nothing – in moderation. In fact, it’s a vital part of any cosmetic regime. However, over moisturising can be bad for your skin as if it becomes too reliant on moisturisers it will stop producing its own natural oils (bet you never thought your skin could become lazy, eh?). Furthermore, it can also clog pores – leading to breakouts.

The problem arises when following the recommendations of moisturising skin (a serum in the evening before bed and an SPF during the day) still isn’t enough. And that’s where the electroporation facial comes in.

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How does it work?

An advanced, results-driven therapy that allows optimal product absorption into the deepest layers of the skin, electroporation uses electrical pulses to split open skin cells, safely and effectively. Sounds scary, it isn’t (promise!). The results? Alleviating dry skin (and many other skin conditions) without disrupting its natural pH levels. The best part is that the resultant pores are only temporary – staying open only long enough to get your skin the goodness it truly deserves and – vitally – locking it in, and continuing to work its magic, once the electrical field is shut down. An added bonus of opening pores? Helps to remove those pesky blackheads and whiteheads, too, so a win-win all round!

Back to school

We’re nothing if not thorough here at Lovoir Beauty, so – in case we haven’t already managed to convince you – here’s the vital evidence you need.

A brief bit of history: It was first developed to administer anti-cancer medication by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before making its way to the world of dermatology.

And now for the stats: Electroporation will help transfer 90% of substances into your skin, as opposed to 10% achieved by other, more traditional methods. Pretty impressive, huh?

In case this wasn’t enough, the whole process also helps stimulate the skin and promote blood circulation to enable muscle toning, reduce puffiness and produce collagen and elastin.

What can it be used for?

Electroporation can help:

  • Expression lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Face firming and toning
  • Anti-aging
  • Hyper-pigmentation
  • Rosacea
  • Oily skin
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Skin hydration
  • Brightening of the skin
  • Lifting

meghan markle

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What are the benefits?

  • Virtually painless
  • Non-invasive
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • No side-effects
  • Long-lasting
  • Effective

When should it not be used?

An Electroporation facial is not suitable for those who:

  • Use a pacemaker
  • Have a muscular or nervous disease
  • Suffer from epilepsy
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Are being treated for cancer
  • Have orthopaedic implants

In short (and excuse the pun) – electroporation has elevated facials to a deeper level – and our infusion facial combines this revolutionary treatment with only the best moisturising products to ensure you leave with healthy, vibrant, glowing, radiant, rejuvenated and fully-hydrated skin.

The results truly speak for themselves. So, what are you waiting for?

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Is LED light therapy safe?

led light therapy machine

“That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”

You may have always assumed this famous phrase was uttered by Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon. And you’d be right. However, with the technology used by LED light therapy being one and the same of that used by NASA (seriously – they used it to help plants grow during space shuttle missions!), we think it more than applies to this, too.

Allow us to explain.

What is LED light therapy?

Having slowly dominated the lighting world, LED – which stands for Light Emitting Diode – is doing wonders for the beauty arena, too.

Originally developed to fast-track the healing of wound and scars by the U.S Navy in the 1990s, its ability to rejuvenate skin – giving it a healthy glow – was actually a happy coincidence.

That’s because the light energy provides the fuel needed for skin cells to produce collagen and elastin – the superheroes responsible for that highly sought-after plumped look. In fact, the light rays are thought to penetrate the skin by up to 10mm – significantly more than any cream or serum.

As a result, LED light therapy benefits include treating hyper-pigmentation, acne and rosacea, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone and texture, reducing pores, and brightening, tightening and plumping the skin.

Sign me up!

LED letters in red, green and blue

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You may have heard that different colours treat different conditions. That’s because they boast different properties. Blue light, for example, is used for acne treatments as it is absorbed by the sebaceous glands (responsible for producing oil-based bacteria) – resulting in a stand-off between the two that sees the acne-forming bacteria defeated from the inside, whilst red light is used to stimulate collagen and elastin – thereby improving elasticity, plumpness and overall appearance. The two can even be used together to help target scarring and inflammation.

The NASA connection

Independent research over the years from organisations such as NASA has continued to show that light applied to the skin in the correct wavelength stimulates communication between the cells, resulting in skin rejuvenation. And if it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us, too – right?

Right!

LED light therapy dangers?

As with much else, risk-free is never a foregone conclusion. However, as cosmetic treatments go, LED light therapy – which is suitable for most skin types, colours and conditions – is pretty much as safe as they come.

That’s because it’s pain-free, non-invasive (no direct contact is ever made with the skin) and requires no downtime – with many describing the treatment like a relaxing sunbathing session.

Vitally, however – unlike a relaxing sunbathing or tanning bed session – it does not contain harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which is where the potential dangers would come in. As a result, it won’t cause burns – like other light-based treatment might.

That said – like everything else – you must always take precautions before undertaking any kind of treatment. Eyes must be properly protected at all times with appropriate shields, whilst there are certain people who may need to avoid it, such as those with especially light skin, skin rashes or an active skin disorder. If you use Accutane for acne it also may not be the treatment for you as this drug can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light and may even cause scarring.

Whilst side effects are rare, they may exacerbate existing skin-related problems, which is why talking to a professional therapist before undergoing any treatment is absolutely vital and is also why we would always recommend an in-salon procedure – conducted with special equipment by those who have had LED light therapy training (like us!) – instead of trying to do it by yourself at home.

Other than that, the only real danger is that once you start, you won’t want to stop!

What do we use?

The news just gets better as here at Lovoir Beauty we’re proud to use the award-winning Celluma Pro LED light therapy machine, using NASA technology and boasting more medical certifications than anything else on the market.

Featuring an innovative, flexible design, it’s perfect for getting to targeted treatment areas, enabling unparalleled results every time.

Quite simply, it’s so out of this world we like to think that even Neil Armstrong would have approved.

5,4,3,2,1 – blast off any skin concerns you have today!

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The benefits of plant actives in skincare

herbal extract ingredients surrounded by flowers

It should come as no surprise to hear that when it comes to skincare, au natural is best. And what better way to get the necessary goodness into your skin than through plant actives?

Plant what?

Yup, you heard right. Plant actives are – quite simply – the flower, plant and fruit-based ingredients that have been scientifically proven to boast powerful skin benefits.

What’s so great about plant actives?

Interestingly enough, they formed the basis of our skin care products for many hundreds of years – before the use of cheap synthetics took over. Thankfully, an interest in therapeutic plants has resurged in recent years – helped along by scientific research which continues to confirm what was once speculation.

The active molecules used in beauty products can do pretty much anything – from banishing acne to smoothing wrinkles, and everything else in between. In short, you have these to thank for repairing, rejuvenating, hydrating, protecting and nourishing your cells.

To put this in context, inactive ingredients – such as emulsifiers which create texture, fragrances for a nice smell and water to make the product go further (yes – really) provide no natural benefit to your skin whatsoever, so you really want to choose a skincare regime that is as rich in actives as possible.

Something else to consider: Natural doesn’t always mean active. What this means is that often, a ‘natural’ ingredient has synthetic stabilisers and activating agents added to help transfer its natural activity into your products. Skincare products that claim to be active have undergone an extraction technique that mimics the cellular matrix of a plant, meaning they do not need anything added to it in the process.

So, without further ado, let’s round up the best plant actives for the most common skin concerns:

rubbing cream on face

I want to … improve skin tone

You need: Fruit enzymes, such as pineapple, mango and pomegranate

What does it do? Helps buff away dead skin cells, leaving skin brighter and clearer.

I want to … boost collagen

You need: Plant stem cells

What does it do? Stimulates the skin’s rejuvenation process, helping to enhance collagen levels, restore elasticity and boost hydration.

I want to … say goodbye to sunspots

You need: Vitamin C

What does it do? Neutralizes some of the damaging free radicals unleashed by too much sun exposure, as well as helping the skin’s regeneration process which creates new, healthier cells.

I want to … axe acne

You need: Black willow bark

What does it do? Helps to balance skin and reduce the bacteria behind acne. Add some rosehip oil to prevent scars.

I want to … eliminate dark circles

You need: Gallic acid

What does it do? Works with your skin’s natural organisms to both brighten and energise your eyes.

I want to … smooth wrinkles

You need: Carotenoids, sunflower oil, pomegranate oil or any source of naturally-derived vitamin A

What does it do? Restores skin elasticity and softens wrinkles.

I want to … reduce redness

You need: Daisy extract

What does it do? Calms redness, reduces oiliness and balances complexion.

I want to … heal sunburn

You need: Ellagic acid (found in pomegranate)

What does it do? Alleviates skin inflammation and boosts your skin’s sun protective abilities significantly.

I want to … fix dry skin

You need: Byangelicin

What does it do? Promotes anti-glycation (the activity which causes collagen to become stiff and malformed), thus reversing the process.

I want a … deep cleanse

You need: Maca mineral clays and oats

What does it do? Its high levels of amino acids – also known as the building blocks of protein – get to the root of your skin, giving it a much-needed overhaul.

I want to … plump skin

You need: Hyaluronic acid or sunflower oil

What does it do? Rich in essential fatty acids, it is responsible for a significant boost in skin hydration which, in turn, ensures the outer layer of the epidermis has enough water to flush out toxins, carry vital nutrients and prevent cell shrinkage.

I want a … luminous glow

You need: Anthocyanin (found in blueberries)

What does it do? Protects collagen from harmful free radicals, allowing it to perform as nature intended.

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So, what active skincare do we offer?

Here at Lovoir Beauty we’re proud to offer three active facials from leading brand, Janesce – a skin care company with a difference.

Because their products have been formulated by a naturopath – not a biochemist – they are designed to reflect the principles of a healthy diet on the face.

Further reading: Beauty is skin deep: How to nourish the body from within

Janesce believes that aggressive cleansing – and the products that accompany it – can cause more problems than they solve. Their own gentle, natural approach helps prevent and correct these imbalances. #notallheroeswearcapes

You’ll find a common theme in our Janesce facials – total hydration. That’s because the Janesce mantra is to “wet the skin and lock it in”. What’s more, Janesce products contain up to a whopping 70% more plant actives than other botanical ranges.

So, what are you waiting for?

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Uncovering Face Peels: How do they work?

a woman having a face peel treatment

Like all good things in life, instant gratification pales in comparison to actually having to work for something. Finally enjoying that juicy orange after sentencing your hands to a permanent citrus smell? Bliss. Cracking open each and every single shell to devour the salty deliciousness of the pistachio? Heaven. Yes, it might be time consuming, but the resultant feeling is all the more rewarding than if it had just been handed to you on a plate.

It stands to reason, therefore, that a face peel is going to deliver in much the same way. True, we would say that – seeing as it’s one of the many services we offer here at Lovoir Beauty – but we challenge you to get to the end of this article and not want to book the treatment straight away!

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You may not know this, but face peels have actually been around since the mid-1800s, with early reports detailing that Cleopatra bathed in milk (the active ingredient of which is lactic acid) to smooth her skin, so they’ve obviously been doing something right all this time!

In fact, the renaissance of the ancient facial, which has seen its popularity boom in recent years, is somewhat reflective of the procedure itself, revealing something new, fresh and invigorated. This is because it uses a kind of solution to remove the top layer of dead skin to exfoliate, remove bacteria, boost hydration and speed up cell regeneration – revealing a youthful layer of healthy skin. Depending on the type you go for, however, some will go deeper than others.

Quite simply, these facials can help with almost anything skin-related – from acne to blackheads, rosacea to melasma – and everything else in between.

Commonly used peels 

Mild

The most superficial peels out there, these are so light that they don’t require any downtime afterwards. In fact, popular peel ingredients today include fruit enzymes and naturally sourced acids to help penetrate and deliver antioxidants and vitamins deep into the skin.

They are especially good at combatting acne or oily skin thanks to their ability to break the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, enabling easier exfoliation, as well as fine lines. Expect a tingling sensation and a bit of pinkness at first, before an instantly brighter, firmer texture and noticeably smoother appearance. Treatment should be repeated regularly to maintain results.

Medium

Commonly used to treat pigmentation, sun damage and wrinkles, they might feel more uncomfortable than lighter peels and cause more side effects, such as red skin and blisters, but the upside is baby-looking skin which is both smoother in texture and even in tone than it was before.

Deep

The strongest of the group (also known as deep depth), you’d choose this type to treat scarring, severe sun damage, uneven skin tone and deep lines. Expect about a week of downtime and a healing time of at least two months for dramatic results that can last up to two years.

Who do they work on?

Fair-skinned, light-haired patients are generally the best candidates as they may leave an uneven skin tone on darker skin, but the risk of this becomes greater the deeper the treatment.

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Orange peel
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So, what face peels do we offer?

We thought you’d never ask!

O Cosmedics

Helping you achieve smoother, clearer and brighter skin, O Cosmedics is the brand to beat when it comes to face peels.

Scientifically proven, O Cosmedics excels in exfoliation, managing to free the skin of clogged pores and surface dryness. And the best bit about it? Their range has something for every skin type, from oily to dehydrated, young to mature, and targets every concern. Acne, wrinkles, rosacea, blackheads, pores, dark spots and melasma; you name it, O Cosmedics delivers an instant pick-me-up to awaken, renew, hydrate, brighten and plump the skin.

Made up of a balanced combination of natural fruit acids and enzymes, these perfectly formulated peels also stimulate the skin’s circulation which, in turn, helps deliver the oxygen and nutrients your skin vitally needs.

Sound too good to be true? There’s more. That’s because despite containing the purest combination of medical grade ingredients, O Cosmedics does it all while remaining paraben, preservative and SLS-free.

Environ

A gentle, creamy solution – in varying strengths – is applied to the skin to remove the build-up of dead skin cells, boost hydration and stimulate collagen production, creating tighter, brighter skin. The best part of all is that it does so whilst leaving the epidermis intact.

This is because Environ works on the principle that skin cells must be protected and treated gently – a too-aggressive peel may disrupt the skin’s natural barrier, allowing environmental toxins to enter. It may come as no surprise to hear that it’s suitable for all skin types and for most skin conditions – we even offer one for teens!

Safe, versatile and painless with absolutely no downtime, the results – considering how non-invasive the treatment is – must be seen to be believed.

Based on lactic acid (which is what our skin is made of), this would probably be the one Cleopatra would choose if she were alive today!

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Which face peel is the best for me?

Book in with one of our trained experts who will  be happy to advise

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