THE ROLE OF SKIN TONE IN PERCEIVED BEAUTY
Let’s face it, beauty and youthfulness are directly connected to the condition of our skin. In a study published in the journal of Evolution and Human Behavior, age spots, blotchiness and discoloration were all shown to add 10-12 years to a woman’s age as perceived by others. The study used three-dimensional imaging and morphing software to remove wrinkles and furrows from photographs of the women in the study, leaving skin tone as the only variable. By doing this, researchers were then able to determine how skin condition directly affected how healthy, attractive and young others perceived the women to be.
In the study, the models with the most even skin tone received significantly higher ratings in terms of attractiveness and health and were also deemed to be younger in age. It may not be fair, but the evenness of your skin, whether you’re 17 or 70, gives away visual indications about your health and in effect your reproductive capability. This explains from a biological perspective why a glowing, soft complexion is deemed more desirable.
However, this is unlikely news to you. From watching TV and flipping through magazines, you’re likely more than aware of the value our society places on a flawless and unblemished face. Don’t feel bad though, nobody really looks like that without the help of Photoshop. So, we know that a radiant, glowing complexion can take years off our perceived age, but how do we get that flawless complexion?
CHEMICAL PEELS FOR CLEARER SKIN AT ANY AGE
In the realm of plastic surgery, there are a number of different options to choose from that can improve the texture of your skin and achieve a smoother, more radiant complexion. However, one of the least invasive and most effective ways to improve the appearance of your skin is a chemical peel.
A chemical peel is an accelerated exfoliation technique induced by chemical agents such as glycolic or salycilic acid. The depth and results of the peel depend on the strength of the chemical agents used and other active ingredients in the topical solution.
It renews the skin’s appearance and texture by removing the damaged outer layers. Unlike many other skin rejuvenation treatments, the chemical peel does not try to hide behind its name. It is exactly what it claims to be. The chemical solution applied to the skin causes it to “blister” and eventually peel off. The new skin that emerges once the older skin has sloughed off is usually smoother, clearer and less wrinkled.
GLYCOLIC ACID CHEMICAL PEEL VS. SALYCILIC ACID CHEMICAL PEEL
Glycolic acid chemical peels are highly effective in the restoration and rejuvenation of youthful skin. Glycolic acid is made from the alpha hydroxy acid group which is found naturally in citrus, grapes, apples and sugar cane. This type of chemical peel penetrates the epidermis, breaking the bonds of dull, dead skin cells that have accumulated at the skin’s surface. This process essentially dissolves the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, gently lifting the layer of lackluster skin away, leaving brighter, softer and clearer skin behind. Another benefit of glycolic acid is its stimulating effects on the production of new collagen. This solution helps to accelerate the regeneration of new skin cells, which improves skin texture and can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Salycilic acid chemical peels are frequently used in the treatment of acne breakouts and acne scarring. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is derived from willow and sweet bark trees, and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to soothe the skin’s surface. Acne is largely caused by the secretion of sebum that clogs pores and enables the growth of bacteria. Salicylic acid, which is fat soluble, works by penetrating deep into the pores to dissolve sebum, kill bacteria and peel away the outer layers of skin along with acne scars, blackheads, whiteheads and other blemishes. What’s left is a clearer, more luminous, and even complexion.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION IN AUSTIN
At the Beau Visage Center in Austin, your chemical peel treatment will begin with a comprehensive skin analysis to determine your skin type and which therapies will benefit you the most. We offer a variety of chemical peels and skin rejuvenation treatments to address a myriad of issues. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please give our office a call today at (512) 448-4422 to get started.