How can I restore the health of my skin?
As babies, we are born with beautiful, smooth skin. The undermost layers of the skin are plump, with lots of collagen, elastin, and hydration. The top layer of the skin is thin and delicate, and extra sensitive to burning in the sun. Skin cells turn over very quickly during this stage of life, another reason why a baby’s skin is so soft and smooth.
Unfortunately, as we age, our skin’s cells don’t turn over as quickly. The skin’s production of collagen, elastin, and hydration slow down. This is all part of the natural aging process, but our lifestyle also has a huge impact on how well we preserve the youth of our skin. Smoking, sun tanning, poor diet, poor hygiene, and lack of exercise can all contribute to the aging of your skin.
The good news, it is never too late to start taking good care of your skin. The first thing you should do is schedule a yearly skin cancer screening at a dermatologist. Next, take a look your daily skin regime. Investing in the right facial products can dramatically improve your skin. If you haven’t visited a licensed esthetician before, you are missing out. These skincare professionals have access to products that are stronger than the ones purchased over the counter or in department stores. Seeking the advice of an esthetician can save time and money by helping you choose a customized skin program that includes products for cleansing your skin, repairing skin damage, and protecting your skin from future damage.
Implementing a good skin regime will improve your skin, but professional skin treatments will go a step further in the fight against aging. A professional facial treatment is done with either equipment or products that are not sold to anyone who is not a licensed esthetician or a physician. While most people see a difference in their skin after just one professional treatment, a series of weekly or bi-weekly treatments will give the most dramatic results. The more damaged your skin is, the more likely it is that you will need multiple treatments before seeing improvement. Once desired results are achieved, maintenance treatments can be done monthly/bi-monthly. Some of the more popular treatments include:
Microdermabrasion is a way of removing dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin with tiny crystals that gently “sandblast” away damage and reveal smoother skin underneath. There is also a vacuum effect that helps to increase blood circulation and remove impurities. This treatment can help improve dull skin, uneven skin tone, large pores, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles. Having regular microdermabrasion treatments will also ensure that the skincare products that you use at home can penetrate to the deepest level of your skin.
Fusion 3D Lift/ Non Surgical Skin Tightening
This unique, three step treatment was introduced to the United States in 2012, after much success in Europe. Many people are attracted to this treatment because of its ability to deliver instant results with no pain and no recovery time. The exfoliation step of this treatment is done either with microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, or a mild scrub. Next, acoustic, ultrasonic waves are used to shake the skins barrier and allow professional grade hylaron to penetrate deeply into the skin. This plumps up fine lines and wrinkles and instantly tightens the skin. Last but not least, a cold infrared laser is applied to the skin to stimulate the production of collagen for up to three months after the treatment. Fusion 3d Lift is known for restoring hydration, reducing pores, softening fine lines and wrinkes, and tightening the skin.
Micropeel/Light Chemical Peel
These peels are done with one or a combination of acids that remove dead skin cells through a chemical process. These are also known as “lunchtime peels” because they can be done in less than thirty minutes. Light chemical peels can benefit many different skin conditions such as acne and sun damage.
A mechanical method of scraping dead skin cells from the surface of the skin with a special “butter knife” tool specifically designed for the face. Dermaplaning rids the skin of tiny hairs and dry skin, making it feel baby smooth instantly. Chemical peeling solutions, microdermabrasion, or other professional treatments can be done in combination with dermaplaning for more powerful results. Dermaplaning can improve many different skin types, but is not recommended for moderate to severe acne.