Let’s begin with the very definition of detox: De·tox (verb) to abstain from or rid the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. Clients and potential clients are constantly asking for detox facials and products, but what does that mean exactly for skincare specialists? In addition to the daily exposure to pollutants and UV damage, there are many reasons one would feel the need to detox their skin: after a day at the beach, after a camping trip, or even after a night of heavy makeup use. Situations like these can usually be taken care of at home with a thorough double cleanse and a clay or enzyme mask. But there are situations where someone may need to seek out professional help for more in-depth and frequent services.
Retention Hyperkeratosis or the excess shedding of skin cells that leads to the formation of microcomedones is a main contributor for those inquiring about detox facials. There are a number of products and protocols that can be used in the treatment room to make our client’s skin feel refreshed. In addition to corrective chemical peels, one of the most effective options is an enzyme treatment. Professional enzymes will typically come as a creamy formula that is applied evenly to the face and will need to sit on the skin for up to 15 minutes depending on the brand. Many of them require steam to keep the product moist and to soften the skin and will be removed with a steamed towel wrap. Enzymes provide immediate results by digesting dead skin cells and keratin proteins, softening and loosening lesions.
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