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The Struggle

by on 22 May, 2017
IIIIIIIIIIII'MMMMMMMMM SSSSSSTTTTTTTUUUUUUKKKK, 

That's right, I'm stuck! I know I won't stay like this but never the less I am by all accounts mortified. I know exactly how to tackle this, I know that if I do an enzyme today this will kick the lifting process into gear. I know the reasons why this may have happened. I am the therapist after all, I have the knowledge, logic and the tools this is not permanent, OR IS IT............ HA logic, knowledge, tools what are they when your face looks like this? Those words your Mum use to say when you were pulling faces "the wind will change and you will stay like that" all come flooding back. You replay the conversation with your husband from the first night "what happens if you stay like that?" The first night confidant me replies "don't be silly, I won't stay like this."

OMG, I'm staying like this forever & I have no one to blame but myself. I did this, not me specifically, someone else applied the solution. Maybe it's their fault? Who am I kidding? I put my hand up, nominated my face & said I would do it. Maybe I should have been evaluated first, this is not what I signed up for. You (by you I mean me) didn't tell me it would be like this (even though I had done this twice before) You, didn't tell me I would get stuck. You, didn't tell me I would be a hideous monster & you sure neglected to mention that I could possibly get stuck!!! See what I did there, I actively looked for someone else to blame. I pointed the big cartoon size foam finger at my therapist (myself) & told her that she hadn't done her job & had ill-informed me on the process. Yes she did, she had explained it all and shown me pictures but all the logic had gone right out the window.

Regardless of whether you are new to this or like me having done it a couple of times, at this point it always bites you right on the emotional backside.

Just breathe & enzyme!

It's Thursday morning & I won't get out of the car!

I enzymed as promised last night & have started to peel & by peel I mean shed. Husband informs me this morning in only a way he could, that "You can't go to work like that!" That's where he is wrong I can go to work like this, work is my safe place. Unlike many of my clients who I would recommend take a few days off or go through this process over the weekend, this is what I do & many clients get excited, ask questions & get up close to have a really good look. They can't wait for the outcome. The general public however, that's a different story. You can see the fear in their eyes. "What happened to her?" "Don't shed on me!" "I'm glad that isn't me!" "I bet that hurts, does it hurt?" So I stay in the car when we arrive for our morning coffee, there is no way I am going in there! NO amount of apologising & pardoning can excuse this face today, so I stay put.

As skin technicians we recommend you keep a pair of clean nail scissors handy so that rather than pulling and picking at the skin you can trim it as it becomes loose (pause for look of utter disgust) it's brutally nasty, but the truth no less. My face filled a dust pan today, relief. 

Maybe there is, light at the end of the tunnel.

EEEEEEKKKK, I'm just a little excited to share what's next.

Jade x

 

 

 

 

 

"Pardon my face" were the first words out of my mouth as I walked into my favourite coffee shop with Orange's best barista (Cough, cough, Good Eddy) . I go in there everyday looking, I think for the most part respectable. But not today, today was the day I apologised for my face & I have continued to apologise for it all day to everyone who has come through my door and it will only get worse. 

I want you to know this blog isn't me with my therapist cap on telling you about cell abnormality, skin dysfunction,peel ingredients & how the remodelling procedure will help with my current & prior skin conditions. This is about being the client for once. Every OR close to every DMK skin technician has generally had the treatment they are performing on you. It's so we can best describe what is going to happen and how it will feel. However, I feel the peels are different. When it's your face on the line somebody who you think has "perfect skin" couldn't possibly have had this treatment or know what you are going through. 

I will tell you two things. Something technical & something about the "perfect skin" therapist who might be one day doing this terrifying yet unbelievably amazing treatment on you. 

1: We chose this treatment for a couple of reasons, the main one however being the vitamin A in the RP solution. Vitamin A is a regulator. I am & always have been an oily skin who is prone to breakouts, vitamin A helps us to regulate & better control the outcome for a skin like mine. (that's a broad and simple explanation, like I said not that type of blog)

2: The Therapist; You're Wrong! Not only because you thought she hasn't had the treatment but because she seems to perfect to need it. Everybody has had or deals everyday with insecurities, that is after all why you are reading this blog. Is the peel for me? Will it reduce my wrinkles or pigmentation? Can this women actually help me? All of these questions are based around our own feelings about ourselves.

Many clients told me that I didn't need it and questioned why I would go through the treatment. "Why are you having it? You don't need to, you have good skin!" The answer in short is........... IT'S MY FACE, nothing technical it's all emotional. So stay tuned because wow does it get emotional.

It all started on Sunday night........

I had my first apllication of DMK's RP (remodelling procedure) and if this was a movie it went something like this. A bucket of popcorn, box of tissues & a couple of unexplained bruises from rolling around on the floor laughing. At what? ME! Yes I am a sook.

Now go off to a faraway place & picture this....... I'm cleansed, headband on & laying on the bed, not just any bed but the bed of one of my dearest friends (don't worry you're on the right blog). Firstly, I do understand that this in itself is strange but this particular friend isn't just any old friend. No, this one is a DMK therapist, trainer & educator, all round skin guru & one of two people besides myself I would trust with my face. So, back to it. Knowing how well I have handled peels in the past she opens a cupboard and brings out the heavy equipment, that's right a pedestal fan. Set to high & me holding it with my hands & knees we start. 

I'm feeling good, in fact I can't feel anything. This could be my turning point I may have finally been able to master the art of having a peel, just enough talking to myself & telling myself that I will be ok.

BEEP, BEEP, BEEP (use your imagination) PUFF, PUFF, PUFF no clearly I wasn't in labour AND  NOOOOOOOOO it's not ok. Words were said, I was laughed at & asked if I was fine all at the one time ( I love her dearly & deserved being laughed at but not what you want to hear) and it all went downhill from there. Toes curled and one arm neglecting the fan to pound the bed,  10 minutes later it was done, the solution was on and there I sat with the fan, a glass of wine that I couldn't open my mouth to drink ( a straw was provided for my comfort) it still hurt to drink, I gave up ( this is not something we recommend). Tears running down my cheeks, not from laughter, two tablets of relax to help me sleep ( which I didn't do very well anyway) a burning, puffy, orange face just getting more so by the second and my bestie who kindly talked to me for an hour or so before I finally felt like I could go to sleep on my own, that's right it took a 33 year old women over an hour of chatter to take herself off to bed & I am ok with that.

Day two.

We do two days of application for the RP, you heard correctly I'm doing it all over again. This time though is a little different to how you as a client would experience day two. You would be in a private room with your therapist, not me I like to live on the wild side. I am at a training day with approximately 40 women, GREAT. One bonus is that all of these women are very supportive and are more excited to see my face and chat about my experience rather then look at me like I am contagious.

The good news is that day two whilst it is still on the painful side, doesn't require the pedestal fan, tick. There was however a lovely lady at the end of the bed tapping my foot and one tapping my head to try and trick my pain receptors, it works! I am up off the bed in no time and ready for the long drive home straight into the sun, needless to say I was probably the only person with the aircon on high that night. 

So far so good, if you like looking like you have been smacked with a cricket bat!

I don't want to scare you with all of this, but this is how I genuinely feel. I knew exactly what I was in for, I have done this on two other occasions, but nothing prepares you for the emotional rollercoaster. My face is full of water, it looks red, it feels tight all of which are normal and happen to everyone. 

Day 4, I have showered & am doing my hair (I've not putting make up on, what's the point) when my husband comes in. "How are you going this morning" he asks. "Iiiiimm oooookka" I mumbled, because my mouth won't open up enough the speak properly. I feel like someone shrink wrapped me in my sleep, I pick up my electric tooth brush and look at it like it's a foreign object, this will be interesting I think to myself as I wedge it in my mouth. You've got this, just take it easy, then.... SILENCE the stupid thing went flat! I vaguely mubbled something to hubby that should have been "you've got to be kidding."

"Your failing at this beauty thing today, aren't you?" he says

He's right I am, but what can I do? Just keep reminding myself it will all be ok & keep sending close friends hideous photo's with crazy faces to make me laugh.

Jade X

 

 

  

 

Let's be honest the thought of a peel makes us all cringe a little, especially knowing we are probably not going to be for public consumption for a few days. Even though this isn't my first rodeo shall we say, I too get nervous & start to question why I have decided to do this to myself? Over the next few weeks I am going to share my experience from start to finish, good the bad & well the, I’m just going to say it the UGLY!

Nitty Gritty:

I’m sure most people who see me daily would probably question why I would want or need a peel but most of you see me with make-up & whilst I can assure you that there isn't a hideous monster hiden under there I do have a few concerns that need addressing. 

Pigmentation has reared its ugly head now that I can tick the 30+ box, I have noticed the slight yet subtle "Austrian Draperies" as Mr Danne M King would call them starting to creep in. I'm not in search of perfection, I don't think there is such a thing. I want to be the best version of myself and that's healthy.... Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy SKIN. 

So it's Prep Time.........

Preparation for a peel is key & whilst I am in the game I don't take short cuts. In fact I take it very seriously & always make sure my clients understand the reasons behind prep and making sure they adhere to the regime. Would you run the New York marathon without training first? If the answer is NO, then I ask you why would you peel without training your skin first.

My DMK regime for the next fortnight is as follows:

AM:

Milk cleanser, betagel, Direct Delivery Vitamin c, Eyetone, Seba E with herb and mineral mist, creme citrique with herb and mineral mist, I have incresed my efa's to 4 per day & SPF ( yes even in Autumn, EVERYDAY!)

PM:

Milk cleanser, Melanotech drops, betagel, Direct Delivery, Retosin. 

I can already feel the retosin starting to regulate my cell turn over. I have always been on the slightly thickened side so areas like my chin and cheeks are starting the flake (insert wide eyed, pursed lips emoji here). This will only continue to get more so as the two weeks of prep goes on. Whilst it isn't the most pleasant experience and I already feel like hiding away or straight out explaining my face situation to everyone who looks at me, I can also say I'm excited. Why..... because it’s working, I can already see the changes the cell proliferation (flaking) is bringing with it. As a skin therapist I am not immune to the negative thoughts and emotions that can come from going through the peel process but for all the perceived negatives during it there are huge positives & I remind every client who is going through the process to look forward to the results. The blip of doubt and negativity will subside & the outcome will far outweigh any of it!

There will be photos to follow as much as it will make me cringe, it's only fair. Each of my clients has before and after’s taken with any of the treatments I perform, why? Because we are our own worst critics, no one will judge us the way we judge ourselves and it doesn't  matter how small the steps maybe it’s about progress not perfection.

I look forward to sharing in the next instalment, which peel I will be having, some pre peel photo & if I am still feeling confident.

Jade x 

What is a peel & how does it work?

Skin peels are designed to perform a controlled removal of the epidermis (the top layer of your skin) in order to remove those old dead skin cells, improve skin turnover and reveal a brand new youthful glowing skin. Some peels just peel the top of the skin, DMK rebuilds a stronger healthier skin by following the peels with our signature Enzyme Therapy to ensure optimal skin function and recovery. So it more than just a peel it is a complete skin revision system.

What are aha's & bha's?

Alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy (BHA) acids are the most common ingredients included in DMK skin peel formulations. AHAs work by pulling water up and they blow dead cell material away in the epidermis similar to big water balloons until they burst apart and shed from the skin revealing a clearer smoother more youthful complexion. BHA works well as an exfoliant when delivered deep into pores, sloughing off dead skin cells to make room for new ones and are understood to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, topical roughness and the mottled look pigmentation that can be caused by sun damage. The most common form of BHA is salicylic acid from willow tree. When having a peel, it is recommended to stay out of the sun and in the cool and wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat, drink plenty of water and take your DMK EFA Ultra, the peel works with water so you want to ensure you have plenty of water in the skin for best results.

What to expect from DMK advanced resurfacing peels? 

Book in with your DMK Professional Skin Revision Therapist for a pre-peel consultation to discuss your individual skin concerns and the condition of your skin. Peels are customised and developed to deliver the results you want whilst meeting your enthusiasm and expectations around the process and home prescriptive advice. Follow the DMK Home Prescriptive advice for peel preparation.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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