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ZO 3 Step Peel Before & After

I have been hearing through the grapevine about this ZO 3 step peel – all good things.  We recently transitioned from the traditional Obagi products into Dr. Obagi’s new skincare line, ZO Skin Health.  ZO Skin Health provides excellent training and through this process I thought, “I would love to try one of these peels. Maybe it would be something exciting to offer at Skinology.”  Jessica, our trainer, explained the process and advised me to prep my skin for 4 to 6 weeks with one of their retinol products of a .5% or higher, or a retinoic acid (prescription tretinoin). I decided on Radical Night Repair, indicated for aging skin with fine lines and wrinkles and sun damaged skin.  That describes me perf!  The instructions say to apply 2 to 3 pumps every night. “No problem!”  Let’s just say after a couple of days under my belt, I decided 1 pump every evening was sufficient.  LOL!  I think I was flaky the entire 4 weeks which is an anticipated reaction.

The training for the staff and myself on the ZO 3 step peel, me as the guinea pig, was nearing and I was getting excited but also anxious!  A light bulb went off in my head and I decided to Youtube the peel the day before and gather more information so I was prepared for the training.  Mistake!  Yikes!  The few I watched was an, “uh oh, what was I thinking?” moment.  An esthetician decided to make a video giving herself the ZO 3 step peel and once she started applying it there were a lot of expletives and “holy cows” because it was burning.  I chuckled a couple times watching it and thought at the same time, “I hope I can do this.”  Oops, I forgot to tell you I had to stop my Radical Night Repair 4 days prior. That’s important.  You have to stop any topical prescriptions, retinols or AHA/BHA products 4 days before the peel.  Prepping the skin helps make the peel more tolerable and the results more beneficial.  I was all in at this point.

The trainer comes the following day after I have viewed these videos and my anxiety is high.  I try to stay busy before the bewitching hour (2pm).  I know from my research and training manuals that I will fine.  “Here we go!”  The Trainer, cleanses and degreases my skin.  Time for the peel solution…I’m anxious and I’ve got myself worked up, but I’m playing it cool.

Step 1.  Jessica tells me that it is going to be stingy, but she is going to apply the peel very quickly and it will subside shortly after that.  Holy cow, that was easy! The intensity was small on the scale of what I had in my mind.  The trainer said that I was “atypical” and most people feel a stronger sensation.  Yay for me and my prepping!

Step 2.  Now it’s time for the retinol packet. She says it may intensify the peel for a minute. Nope! Again, yay for me!

Step 3.  Jessica finished with another ZO product called Revitatrol (you take this home with you). It is basically for hydration.  The main ingredient is colloidal oatmeal 1%. Last but not least SPF.  That was all there was to it.  The Trainer went over my post peel instruction thoroughly and I knew what I needed to do.

Back to work!

Throughout the course of the following days I followed the protocol to the “T.”  On day three my skin was very tight and from past experiences, I knew this was the beginning process of the peeling.  It started around my mouth and lower face and worked its way up.  The center of my cheeks were the last to peel.  It was all I could do not to pull or pick.  I kept saying in my head “follow the protocol. No Picking!” Easier said than done.  So for the next few days my sewing scissors came in very handy.  They stayed by my side.  We were like Thelma & Louise, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. You get my point and can probably guess my age by those references.  Hehe!  Every time I saw my skin hanging out of the corner of my eyes, snip snip!  I even went as far as getting co-workers involved.  “Hey, can you trim my face?”  No one seemed to have a problem with it.  We work at an esthetic spa so nothing out of the ordinary here.  Just a typical day in paradise.  I also applied the Revitatrol throughout the day to help with dry, irritated, and itching skin. so between my scissors and my Revitatrol the process was fairly easy.  It was all over in approximately 8 days, from start to finish.  My skin looks amazing!  I have had quite a few peels and have had wonderful outcomes, but this one was a “WOW” moment for me.  I’m ready to prep and get back on that horse again!




Smooth Summer Skin

Ahh, the staples of summer – going to the pool, beach or just wearing that cute, little summer dress that has been waiting to make its debut… but wait! Don’t ruin that moment with unsightly razor bumps or hair. I want to speak to you about an option that may seem daunting, but once you finish this blog will have you reaching for your phone to book your appointment.

What is it you may ask?

Hear me out! In the past 6 years of my aesthetics career, a great portion of which was spent speed waxing, there isn’t much I haven’t seen. So this is my advice to you if you’re considering booking an appointment:

First and foremost, book with a professional. Open communication will make your experience much more comfortable and your technician will be more than happy to address any concerns you may have before getting started. Having many first time guests and even the experienced ones, there have been many, common questions that I am going to address right now starting with the most important – hair length.

  1. Shaving. For at least 2 weeks prior to your body wax. Your hair will need to be at least ¼ inch (length of a grain of rice) to ½ inch long to be removed properly and comfortably. Growing the hair to the suggested length will also increase the longevity of your wax.
  2. Exfoliate leading up to your wax appointment, especially 24-48 hours prior. This will ensure all dead skin is removed and the hair is resting on the surface for a faster, cleaner wax. Trust me, this is more enjoyable for both you and your technician! Exfoliation is also important 24 hours after a wax and the 2 days following to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs. Depending on the hair thickness and skin type, your technician may also instruct you on frequency of exfoliation during the 4 week period before your next appointment.
  3. If you have time, soak for 20 minutes in warm water beforehand to open follicles and soften skin for a more comfortable experience.
  4. OTC pain relievers can be used prior to appointment (30-60 mins) to minimize discomfort and reduce inflammation. This is especially helpful for those 1st timers or if you are someone with a lower pain tolerance.
  5. That time of the month? You are more than welcome to book as long as you insert a tampon, but beware, you will be more sensitive the week leading up to and during your menstrual cycle. The optimal time is 3-4 days after to 2 weeks before the next cycle.
  6. BREATHE! I know I will always remind my guests of this, especially if I notice they are tense.
  7. NO GYM after your wax. Workout beforehand. Preferably, wait 24 hours after a wax to resume, but AT LEAST 8 hours from the appointment to reduce the risk of rash and irritation.
  8. Tight clothing afterwards is another no-no. This may create an opportunity for ingrown hairs, so wear breathable clothing (i.e. cotton panties, dresses, skirts) following your service.

Coming back to that open line of communication, ALWAYS speak with your technician about any questions or concerns you may have so they can educate you and put your mind at ease. If you want to thin your hair and extend the life of your silky, smooth skin book your appointment ASAP! I promise it will be worth it.

At Skinology we offer full-body waxing, just call (407) 365-0690 and speak with our front desk to book your life changing appointment today. 😉

Xoxo Grace

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We are a state-of-the-art facility, with a highly trained staff, that provides aesthetic treatments scientifically proven to achieve results with our comfortable home-like atmosphere. Our staff wants to build a relationship with each client and work together as a team to achieve their skin care goals. We achieve this through non-invasive and non-surgical treatments with little to no downtime.