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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TCA Peel 24% review

Hi guys. So I have been getting TCA peel since I was 22 which was many many moons ago. I get them about twice a year for a little over a decade now.

The first time was of course the scariest time because I really wasn't totally sure what to expect and I did have it done at a dermatology office for the first few years. After that I had it done at a med spa where the aesthetician who originally did my peels moved to.

The first feel I ever got was 15% and I definitely did peel but as the years passed and my skin was used to TCA peel what I did was increase the percentage. The strongest peel I ever had done was a 30 % and that was done at a dermatology office to about six years ago. I was going through a bout of brown spots, clogged pores, and fine lines. I looked terrible for about 10 days but it totally worked. I'm now comfortable at about a 20 to 24%.

So I'm reviewing the make up artist choice TCA 24% peel. When I used it for was the brown sunspots I always get on my face and the texture of the skin I have under my eyes and on the top of my cheeks. I live in Florida so it's really hard to stay out of the sun as religious as I am with sunscreen. As opposed to a chemical sunscreen.

I really like make up artist choice TCA peel and no they didn't pay me for this I did all this with my own money and my own research. I put on the appeal after washing my face and drying it well. I then neutralized with a 50-50 mixture of baking soda and water after I saw my skin "frost" which is what you want. The whole  process takes about four minutes literally. You don't want it on your face very long.

This was the next morning after the peel and you can see the spots where it's starting to crust over, scab up and then peel off. I wore SPF 50 with a physical oxide sunscreen in it.

This was five days later. Still using sunscreen still being really careful with my face.

This is after the full 10 days. Still wearing sunscreen and still plan to wear sunscreen way after the healing process is done. I am constantly fighting with the spots and I know they will eventually be back but I am trying to prevent that for as long as possible.

I think that TCA peel can be very helpful for certain skin problems that are mild to moderate and for someone who will be religiously wearing sunscreen and careful with their face. It really is worth it and yes it does sting and you don't look great for a week and a half. However, the whole process only takes a few minutes and the results are very worth it to me.

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How to wax your own eyebrows! Yes you!

I have been waxing my own eyebrows now four years. If you are wondering why check out my blog about carminic make up tattooed eyebrows. Yes I have permanent make up. It was necessary after I was waxed at the mall and half of my eyebrow was taken off! The $9 nail salon brow wax was not a deal!

So I bought my waxer at Sally beauty supply. It's just the basic waxer with the basic GG wax. I have tried to use the other waxes but I don't really see a difference or sometimes they are less effective. For example the sensitive skin wax really was such a pain in the butt! Stick to regular hard wax that requires no cloth strips, it's about a $50 investment and has lasted me for years.

Once my eyebrows finally grew back in, I consider myself to have someone sick eyebrows. I like the look of thick, strong eyebrows. So I do everything I can to maintain them to keep a very sharp shape while still being thick.

Things you will need:

Cotton balls
Waxing wooden sticks
Waxer with wax
Eyebrow comb

Step one.

Use an eyebrow comb or an old mascara wand to brush your eyebrows up and place them how you would more or less like them to be. The comb is so that you can see any stray hairs that might need to be trimmed. Trim is you need to but don't go too short.

Step 2.

Dust powder on your eyebrows and where you will be waxing. For me I just use loose powder and I dusted in between my eyebrows above my eyebrows and below my eyebrows. This is so the hair and the skin are not one with the wax.

Step three.

This may take a little bit of time and practice. You want to gather the wax on the wooden applicator and you don't want it to be too hot or it will be too liquidy. You want it to have a thick pudding consistency. Work with one section at a time and in the direction the hair grows.

Step four.

Wait for the wax to harden. Then you want to pull your skin taught and peel it of quickly in the opposite way hair grows. Usually that means pulling towards the center of your face.

Step five. 

Pluck any strays and you are done! See you did it!  

Step six.

Clean up with a toner that has salicylic acid in it to prevent break outs.