Few of us are lucky enough to be born with flawless skin. And even fewer manage to maintain flawless skin much beyond their thirties and forties. Are you noticing some spots or blemishes that weren’t there before? Is your skin becoming dry in places? Or are you observing the stealthy encroachment of fine lines and wrinkles that are making their arrival a bit too early for your liking? If so, you would likely benefit from a proven skin treatment that does not rely upon harsh chemicals and unnatural ingredients.
Today’s med spas offer a dazzling variety of facial treatments that work with your body to do things like:
- Naturally stimulate the production of collagen and elastin
- Increase skin cell turnover
- Replace old, damaged skin with fresher, more youthful skin
- Rehydrate your skin from within
Let’s take a look at five of the top ways that you can enhance the health and appearance of your facial skin so that it glows from within.
Skin doesn’t just magically appear one day. There is a process involved. As old skin cells on the surface of your skin die, they slough off to make room for youthful skin cells to take their place. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. In reality, most of us find that facial skin cells die and simply stay there. This accumulation of dead skin cells, oils and cellular debris blocks the natural radiance of your skin.
Microdermabrasion works by gently removing this obstruction so that fresher, more youthful skin is evident beneath. This also encourages the maturation of newer skin cells to replace the old ones found on the surface.
One great thing about undergoing a microdermabrasion treatment is that no chemicals are involved. The treatment only involves the use of a device that mechanically removes dead skin cells and cellular debris. It only affects the outermost, non-living material found on the surface of your skin.
Microdermabrasion Treatment Process
A microdermabrasion treatment is simplicity itself. Your aesthetician will use a small handheld device to spray microscopic, abrasive particles onto your skin where they will gently exfoliate it to remove old skin cells and anything else on the surface of your skin. This leads to an immediate brightening of the complexion and a more youthful look.
People seem to respond best to microdermabrasion when they undergo the treatment regularly, as dead skin can again accumulate on the surface. Making microdermabrasion a regular part of your beauty routine will go a long way to keeping your skin supple and youthful.
2. Glycolic and Lactic Acid Facial Peels
By now, almost everyone has heard of the chemical peel. Don’t be put off by the use of the word “chemical” because this particular type of peel involves very mild acids, such as those found in fruits and milk. Think of this type of peel as a form of liquid exfoliation to remove old, damaged skin, allowing your body to replace it with more youthful skin tissue.
After thoroughly cleansing your skin, your med spa aesthetician will apply a mild chemical solution to your face, which will remain in contact with it for a specified amount of time, depending upon the strength of the peel and other factors.
After your peel has worked its magic, it will be rinsed away. Sometimes a peel will be followed up with the application of some sort of moisturizer or facial. This is important because a chemical peel will remove some of the outer, protective part of your skin, which would be more susceptible to being damaged without a good moisturizer or topical skin care product to protect it.
In addition to the superficial peel, some stronger types are available that work more powerfully to minimize wrinkles and scars. Popular chemicals used for these types of peels include a chemical called TCA, as well as carbolic acid and phenol.
Medium and deep peels typically involve some level of topical anesthetic because a good deal of skin tissue is removed by the stronger treatments.
After a medium or deep peel, be sure to avoid any type of laser treatment on the skin that was treated. And you definitely want to avoid applying retinols onto your skin while it is healing.
3. Laser Skin Resurfacing
Lasers aren’t just for sci-fi movies. They also make a great beauty treatment when you’re dealing with problems like skin blemishes, age spots, acne scars and light lines and wrinkles. Lasers are simply a concentrated form of light. But instead of damaging your skin, the laser ultimately encourages your body to produce healthier, more youthful skin tissue.
The way that lasers work for skin resurfacing is that the intense wavelengths of light travel under the surface of your skin. This energy is transformed into thermal energy that gently heats the skin and helps encourage your body to remove damaged skin tissue and replace it with skin that has fewer visible defects like sun damage and signs of aging.
4. Microneedling Magic
Not to be confused with microdermabrasion, microneedling is a treatment relying upon purely mechanical means to rejuvenate the skin. Some people understandably cringe a bit upon hearing the word “microneedling.” No, this is not some type of medieval torture; microneedling is actually a very comfortable and safe treatment that can transform the appearance of your skin when used correctly.
After numbing your skin with a topical anesthetic, your aesthetician will use a small handheld device covered in tiny needles that pierce the skin to a shallow depth. The device is normally rolled over the skin, much like a paint roller. Each pass of this device will form numerous micro-punctures in your skin. Other than some temporary skin redness, the treatment is surprisingly non-noticeable. Except the results, that is.
The microscopic damage to the surface of your skin spurs a self-healing process in which your body replaces damaged skin with new skin.
Some conditions treated by microneedling include:
Light lines and wrinkles
- Dull skin tone
- Rough skin
- Skin blemishes and sunspots
- Scars caused by injury, surgery or acne
There are few skin conditions that microneedling cannot help with. This is a good all-around treatment that rejuvenates and revitalizes skin affected by signs of aging and sun damage.
Med spa visitors love the way that microneedling works naturally with their own bodies to basically “trick it” into laying down a fresh layer of skin for a healthier and more youthful aesthetic. In the weeks and months following your skin treatment, your skin will be busy remodeling itself and healing from the inside out. You should see a gradual diminishment of virtually any skin problem that you were dealing with before.
People respond best when they undergo regular microneedling treatments. Since your skin will need some time to heal, it is best to space these sessions a few weeks apart. Generally , you should wait at least one week between treatments. This may be modified somewhat, depending upon the length of the needles in the particular microneedling device that you were treated with.
Besides making an incredible skin treatment in its own right, microneedling is powerfully synergistic when performed in conjunction with the application of topical skin care products. Many of these products have large molecular sizes, meaning they have difficulty penetrating the skin. Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin, which allows topicals to bypass the skin’s outer barrier. This greatly amplifies the skin penetration and effectiveness of topical skin care products.
Many med spa visitors follow up their microneedling sessions by receiving a luxurious facial treatment immediately after.
5. Filler Frenzy
When we’re talking fillers, we are not talking about the injection of exotic, dangerous substances. We’re limiting our discussion to facial fillers that are more on the safe and natural side, like hyaluronic acid and fat transfer. These treatments offer a convenient way to increase facial volume when we have lost some of it due to the aging process.
Some benefits of facial fillers include:
- No injection of exotic substances like silicone or saline
- Results that are soft and natural
- Immediate results in most cases
- Fast and immediate treatment that can be completed during your lunch time
Collagen has lost some popularity recently, but is still used to increase facial volume as a way of smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles that can leave you looking older externally than you feel internally.
Along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, collagen is one of the three most important components of skin. It produces the bulk of the volume in our facial skin. But as we age, our bodies produce less collagen. So an injection of collagen and can definitely plump up the skin and reduce lines and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
You are probably aware of hyaluronic acid as an extremely popular ingredient contained in quite a few skin care products on the market today. In addition to its external use, hyaluronic acid can be directly injected into the skin to both plump and moisturize it for a wrinkle-reducing effect that is immediate and noticeable.
Hyaluronic acid is actually produced by your own body as a component of skin and other soft tissues. Younger people naturally have higher levels of this important skin component. Growing older leads to a loss of hyaluronic acid production. And it also breaks down more readily – at a faster rate than your body can replace it. Hyaluronic acid fillers overcome this through direct injection into the skin.
The reason why hyaluronic acid is so important to your skin – and why it makes such a fantastic facial filler ingredient – is that this substance has an amazing ability to draw moisture into soft tissue. Hyaluronic acid can actually attract many times its own weight in moisture.
As our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid, our skin begins to resemble a dry riverbed, with its characteristic dryness and cracks on the surface. In the skin, these “cracks” are simply the hallmarks of aging known as wrinkles.
Some popular hyaluronic acid fillers include Juvederm and Restylane. Juvederm not only contains hyaluronic acid, it includes something called lidocaine, a safe substance used in every hospital in the world. Lidocaine has an anesthetic effect, which ensures that you are completely comfortable when receiving Juvederm facial filler injections.
Fat Transfer Fillers
This one is great for anyone who has a tendency to develop an allergic response when their skin encounters foreign substances. The reason is that fat transfer fillers rely upon fat extracted from your own body, typically the thighs or abdomen. Since this fat is taken from your own body, it does not provoke an allergic response.
Your practitioner will first extract a small amount of fat, which is then purified. Next, they will inject it into the face where needed to promote increased facial volume and diminish the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra is a special type of filler that works a bit differently from other popular facial fillers. It contains something called polylactic acid that stimulates your body into producing natural collagen to help minimize the signs of fine lines and wrinkles that may have crept in.
Although the form of polylactic acid used in Sculptra is synthetic, it closely resembles the lactic acid that your body produces whenever you engage in vigorous physical activity. Once Sculptra has been injected, your body will respond by gradually replacing it with freshly formed collagen to promote increased facial volume and diminished wrinkles.
People seem to respond best to treatment with Sculptra when they undergo regular treatment sessions. So if you like the results that Sculptra is giving you, arrange for several sessions spaced a few weeks apart to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.
Results of Facial Fillers
Facial fillers typically provide great results that can even rival cosmetic surgery in some cases. But they don’t last forever. Naturally, your body and skin will continue to age after your treatment, and the injected materials will eventually be broken down by your body. So at some point, you will require maintenance injections to lock in the results that you have achieved.
Fortunately, most facial fillers offer long-lasting results. The precise amount of time that they will last depends upon the product that you were treated with. But generally, fillers offer results of up to a year or more before a follow-up treatment is needed.
Many med spa treatments offer amazing results that work with your own body and are minimally invasive, so downtime is extremely minimal. It helps to look at before-and-after photos from your prospective med spa so that you can see for yourself how real people are responding to these treatments that help turn back the hands of time.
Quite a few of the same facial treatments are also likely available at your local dermatologist’s office. So if you don’t have a med spa conveniently located near you, inquire of them to see if they provide the treatment or procedure that you are looking for.