Even during the fall & winter, the sun can be tough on your skin. If your skin is looking tired and dull, it might be time for a refresher to get bright and glowing. Facials are an essential part of any good skincare regimen and can help you to keep your skin beautiful and clear. Keep your skin relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated with one of our medical custom facials at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.
Why do we need a facial?
As we age, our skin gets thinner and dryer. It loses collagen, which gives it a thick, plump appearance, and elastin, which makes it snap back quickly. The time it takes for healthy young cells to migrate to the topmost layer slows down, which makes skin duller looking. In addition, our faces are exposed to the elements and develop lines and creases from all the facial expressions we make.
Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our custom facials are medical-grade and tailored to treat the skin issues about which you are most concerned. We take our facials a step above the kind you can get at a regular day spa. Those facials may be relaxing, but they don’t do too much to actually target specific skin problems. We can transform dull, dehydrated skin into bright, glowing skin. Dark spots can be virtually erased. Fine lines and wrinkles can be significantly softened. Rough, uneven texture can be smoothed out. We even have acne facials to help control mild acne breakouts.
Alcohol, lack of sleep, sugar, and stress are all hallmarks of the holidays, and these all contribute to premature aging of the skin. Renew your appearance and start the holiday season off right with fresh, clean, hydrated, beautiful skin. It’s also a good idea to keep up regular facials throughout the year to ward off aging and keep skin youthful. A custom facial should be an integral part of your beauty routine, just like going to the hair salon or having a manicure. At-home treatments can only do so much, and a professional esthetician can assess your skin and help you care for it in the best and most effective way.
Medical facial treatment and laser
We offer a wide variety of customized aesthetic services to clients seeking treatment for many types of skin concerns, including melasma. Clients often see a great improvement in the condition of their skin when they combine medical facial treatment with a laser treatment.
While each treatment can offer many benefits alone in skin rejuvenation, combining these two anti-aging treatments can give spectacular results.
Microdermabrasion and IPL photorejuvenation Laser
Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical treatment in which a hand-held device is placed on the patient’s skin and emits tiny crystals that exfoliate the skin. The device also vacuums up the crystals and dead skin. Microdermabrasion also stimulates the production of more collagen and elastin. Microdermabrasion is used to remove the dead skin cells on the topmost layer and allows better penetration of the IPL light source and increases the skin’s sensitivity to the laser that breaks up the brown pigment. At the same time, it can improve skin texture and smooth any surface skin irregularities such as acne scarring.
IPL works deep in the skin to combat uneven skin color and eliminate broken capillaries while stimulating new collagen formation.
Peels and LED light therapy
Combining a peel with LED therapy intensifies the action of light therapy. Before applying the LED protocol, a peel is recommended to optimize the action of light therapy. The LED (Light Emitting Diode) technique uses the light’s vibrations to provide a gentle skin regeneration effect. The light triggers photochemical reactions in the cells to stimulate renewal. Depending on the indication to be treated, the doctor will select the right light combination. The LED stimulates the activity of collagen and elastin fibers, protects the free radicals, and is appreciated for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Combining chemical peels with laser resurfacing for facial rejuvenation has proven to be a safe and effective treatment with long-term benefits.
A chemical peel is one of the most versatile treatments offered because it can be specifically tailored to each client’s needs. Dermaplaning and chemical peels work so well together because the removal of dead cells and peach fuzz allows for deeper penetration and more effective use of the chemical peel. There are several ingredients that can chemically resurface your skin, like glycolic, trichloroacetic, and lactic acid. These can be diluted or combined to form peels that range from very light and superficial to deeper treatments. Successful treatment of pigmentation and fine, fine to moderate, and deep wrinkles as well as scars is possible with various resurfacing tools, including TCA chemical peels, UltraPulse (Lumenis) CO2 resurfacing laser, and the Fraxel laser.
All these techniques can be combined to offer a natural, attractive result for today’s men and women in search of healthy skin and a pleasant, voluptuous face.
What products should everyone have in their skincare routine?
Your lineup varies between morning and night. In the morning, the ideal basics of skincare are
- A gentle wash
- An antioxidant serum
- Hydrating moisturizer
The antioxidant serum helps repair and defend skin against DNA damage throughout the day. At night, repeating your cleanse, treating skin with topical retinol or retinoid—which speeds cell turnover and spurs collagen production—and following with moisturizer.
How often should you exfoliate?
While there’s no hard and fast rule on how frequently you need to exfoliate — as it depends on the exfoliant, how powerful it is, and what else you’re using — you definitely need to do it. As a general rule, I would advise one to two times per week.
Do you need different products for morning and evening?
There are a few important tweaks for your evening routine. At night cleanser may need to include a makeup remover in it. Moisturizers should be thicker and more hydrating at night. Once a week, you should also use a face mask at night.
What’s the best way to treat dark spots?
Not all dark spots are created equal. The best treatment depends on what caused the spot in the first place. Some are classic sunspots, which we can treat with lasers, while others might be associated with melasma, a hormonally triggered hyperpigmentation, which we’re more likely to treat with peels and topicals.
Which areas of the body should you pay more attention to?
So you’ve got your skincare routine down to an art — for your face. But you should pay just as much attention to your hands, neck, and chest, where the signs of aging are also usually visible. Apply sunscreen in the morning, extend your treatments and moisturizer down to your chest, and rub the excess product onto the backs of your hands. Really, sunscreen should go everywhere. The back of the legs is the most common place for melanoma on a woman’s body. Try a moisturizing body sunscreen.
Should you be using mineral or chemical sunscreen? Does it matter?
Go for mineral. Mineral sunscreens protect against a larger range of ultraviolet light and are more efficacious. Chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the body and can also cause an irritant or allergic reaction on the skin.