Dr. Joseph Hkeik
With the temperature picking up, it is the perfect time to start focusing on the wellbeing of your skin. During the summer, heat combined with UVB and UVA rays from the sun damage and dehydrate the skin. Don’t worry, you can enjoy guilt-free time in the summer sun while limiting the risks of sun damage and skin cancer.
Here are four treatments that will get you camera ready in time for summer. The aim of these treatments is to increase skin hydration and fortify its defence mechanisms.
Antioxidant Cabernet Au Chocolat Peel
While this peel may sound like something off a picnic menu, it contains high antioxidant potency and anti-inflammation benefits. Meanwhile, the salicylic component refines and revitalises the skin.
This treatment is suited for all skin types and ages and is particularly useful for skin that is dull, sallow and dehydrated. In just 30 minutes, you will feel a short lasting heat wave with the peel and you can expect a cleaner, plumper and better hydrated skin. There may be a slight flaking of the skin 3 days later but no downtime is needed.
Fraxel is best suited for clients with sun damage and skin showing signs of ageing, including fine lines, large pores, sunspots as well early loss of skin elasticity.
The skin is must be primed two weeks prior with a skin lightener, and then top with a numbing cream on the day of the treatment. One hour prior to the treatment a laser is applied to the skin in multiple passes so as to make the treatment comfortable. Depending on the level of treatment, the pain level may be on a scale of 2 and 6. Fraxel is designed to resurface the skin fractionally so 3-5 sessions are recommended, although good skin plumpness and clarity could be seen after two sessions.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Skin Hydrators
Anti-wrinkle injections are still one of the most popular injections worldwide. After a medical consultation, a small amount is administered to the desired muscle to lift the skin and erase wrinkles. This procedure is suitable for anyone with dynamic wrinkles, it takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes and the results are seen within the next week.
During this treatment, skin hydrators are administered in the upper part of the dermis; they are designed to increase hydration in the skin by mimicking the natural of effects of our own hyaluronic acid. The procedure is suited for all dehydrated and stressed skin with results lasting for 6 months. Some discomfort may be felt, however a device can be used to administer the product to minimise the pain level. Within 48 hours the skin is hydrated and fine lines are erased, pores are minimised and the skin is glowing.
Ultherapy is a skin tightening and skin lifting device that delivers ultrasound energy to heat skin tissue making it suitable for all skin types. It is best suited for individuals with early signs of loss of elasticity of the skin and early jowling, but also it is suitable for wrinkles on the chest at multiple depths as ultherapy stimulates the growth of new collagen. The non-invasive procedure takes 60-90 min and has no downtime. Results appear gradually over 2-3 months as new collagen builds, gradually lifting and tightening the skin. Improvements can continue up to 6 months after treatment.
Omnilux works in a range of brands and technologies. Consult a skin care specialist for a treatment plan that is best suited to your needs. In general this treatment will take between 11 and 20 minutes.
Clients concerned about the effects of the environment on their skin, or those who are wanting to prevent or treat signs of ageing on the skin, should ask about Omnilux as it can increase skin firmness and detoxify their complexion. The treatment is pain free, in fact it is relaxing as it helps the release endorphins in the form of red light. Clients will notice increased hydration and improved circulation in the skin, leading a reduced facial puffiness. The skin will also feel firmer and more resistant to environmental damages which is a sign of better skin health.
To aid in the treatment results and to increase your skin’s health you should also continually add these elements to your summer beauty routine:
- Take a Vitamin B3, 500mg once or twice daily to improve skin immunity against skin cancer.
- Consume a diet filled with anti-oxidants and apply an anti-oxidant serum, such as Cosmedix Affirm Serum or Ultraceuticals MD Ultimate C+ Serum.
- Apply sunscreen daily.
- Invest in skin lightening and brightening products, I recommend Cosmedix Simply Brilliant Serum or Ultraceuticals MD Ultimate Brightening Serum
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