Frequently Asked Questions
As a wrinkle relaxer, botox is a convenient, time-tested approach to prevent fine lines from advancing as your complexion matures. By relaxing the right muscles, botox prevents creasing and strains that cause skin to gradually weaken and break down over time.
What is Botox® exactly?
Botox® is one of four FDA-approved drugs designed to relax, or “modulate,” specific muscles responsible for wrinkling in the skin above. Similar brands include Xeomin®, Dysport®, and Jeuveau®.
Neuromodulators work by relaxing the target muscle without altering its structure. All four wrinkle relaxers we use at Peachy are carefully studied and approved for three of the strongest onset areas for wrinkles:
• Around the eyes
• Between eyebrows
• Along the forehead
Just how preventative is botox?
In a word, very. There’s no predetermined formula for the number of lines and deep wrinkles botox might prevent over a person’s lifetime. What we do know: A steady cadence of preventative botox assures a finer complexion with far fewer lines in the long run. That’s just how effective treatment is.
Whether you’re measuring for safety, cost, or convenience – botox remains one of the best solutions out there.
When should I start getting botox?
Treating wrinkles is skincare with a focus on tomorrow. We say begin when you’re ready!
Our focus at Peachy is about making sure lighter “dynamic” lines that show with your expression don’t turn into the deeper “static” lines that won’t go away. For the best long-term prevention, we recommend treating dynamic lines around the time you start noticing them. This will be between 25 and 30 for most, though everyone’s complexion is different.
If you aren’t sure about timing, you’re always welcome to come in for a wrinkle analysis – on us!
Swelling is a common response for skin, though you may not even notice. Treatment points tend to be very fine – about the size of a freckle – and resolve within 30 minutes.
Exercise – You can safely enjoy any working out prior to treatment. Afterward, though, you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise for about 24 hours and not lie down for 4 hours. This prevents treatment from migrating where it shouldn’t.
Alcohol – For a quick recovery with less chance of bruising, we advise against alcohol 12 hours prior to your botox treatment and waiting at least 4 hours after treatment as well.
Does Peachy honor Allē Rewards?
Since we are not affiliated with Allē, our products and services aren’t eligible for redeeming or accrual of rewards points at this time. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or feedback you may have.
Retinoids are a prescription-strength topical made to stimulate collagen, a key building block in skin, and effectively restore structure in skin. Empirically stellar and easy to use, they are one of the best at-home methods for diminishing and preventing fine lines.
Are there differences between prescription retinoids and retinol?
There are significant differences!
Prescription retinoids are a vitamin A derivative with decades of research confirming the product’s effectiveness. Beyond fewer and finer lines, they also:
• Balance skin tone
• Smooth texturing
• Reduce acne
Retinol by contrast is a “cosmeceutical” and does not require a prescription. Being 20 times less potent than prescription retinoids, retinol-based products do not come with the same level of clinical rigor when it comes to demonstrating collagen growth. Though retinol is routinely used to improve acne.
How do I use retinoids?
Retinoids are something you’ll apply at night. After washing your face, simply incorporate a pea-sized amount to dry skin right before bed then apply lotion once dry. Wash off in the morning and use plenty of lotion. Collagen production does take time, so it can take up to four months before you’d notice the full effects.
Are Peachy’s prescription retinoids the same as my pharmacy’s?
You won’t find our prescription retinoids anywhere else. Developed by our in-house clinical team, Peachy’s retinoid formula incorporates several key ingredients to lock in moisture for skin, block UV-induced photodamage, and aid in skin barrier repair – on top of reversing wrinkles. The ingredients we use:
• Tretinoin (active ingredient)
• Vitamin C
• Hyaluronic Acid
Are there any side effects?
Prescription retinoids help promote what’s known as “cell turnover,” which effectively means replacing worn out skin cells with fresher ones. This also means skin may feel irritated and dry at times, which is completely normal. It’s a sign the product’s working!
Using moisturizer routinely will help while your skin adjusts to the new regimen. We also begin by prescribing the lowest effective dose to minimize irritation.
Note: As with botox, you won’t be able to use retinoids while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sunscreen shields the skin from UV damage that causes accelerated breakdown and photoaging in skin. Preventing this exposure is the best way to minimize lines over time while also promoting even coloration and texture in skin.
What is photoaging?
Photoaging is premature breakdown in skin that stems from prolonged and repeated exposure to UV rays. Clinically, photoaging manifests as new and advancing lines, irregular pigmentation, and loss of skin elasticity.
The best way to prevent the effects of photoaging? Find a sunscreen you’ll love and wear it daily.
Do I really need to use sunscreen every day? Even in winter?
Yes! Study after study has shown daily sunscreen minimizes damage and aging in skin. It can even reverse damage! One study in 2016 did a comparative examination of skin where subjects used sunscreen everyday. In one year, subjects showed broad improvement in all aging parameters – including fewer fine lines and changes in pigmentation!
Are all sunscreens similar?
As it happens there are two different categories of sunscreen – chemical and physical. The difference between them comes down to how the product interacts with incoming UV.
Physical filter – This sunscreen acts as a protective layer, reflecting UV rays away from skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two compounds used in physical-filter products.
Notably, the FDA updated its sunscreen regulations in 2019, finding that these ingredients were the only two that could be classified as being safe and effective based on the information available.
Chemical filters – Rather than reflecting UV as physical filters do, chemical sunscreens work instead by absorbing the sun’s rays. However, findings have come to light more recently that chemical filters may also show up in the bloodstream.
At Peachy, we specialize in purely mineral-based sunscreens. Why? We want our products to be a reflection of our greater approach in this space, which is why we only choose ingredients we know are safe and effective on skin. We carry all major forms, including dry powders, and each option arrives formulated with key antioxidants to both protect skin and nourish it.
Are all of Peachy’s sunscreens zinc-based?
Every last one of them. And for good reason! In 2019, a trial published in JAMA examined bloodstream levels for ingredients commonly found in chemical filter sunscreens. There researchers found a number of key ingredients at a higher concentration than previously thought – though they did conclude that sunscreen should still be worn daily.
While follow-up studies are underway to better understand the implications, we prefer to err toward what’s well-understood and proven to work.