Skin analysis is considered the most important part of a facial. Using a magnifying lamp, the aesthetician looks at a client’s tone and texture can determine what skin care regimen should be used to improve skin concerns.
With age, it is hard to maintain a youthful appearance, even if the client is following a healthy lifestyle, such as limiting sun exposure and getting regular facials. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely prevent signs of aging. The older skin is, the thinner and dryer it becomes. It takes longer for young, healthy cells to be revealed, which makes skin look duller and feel rough. There are treatments like chemical peels, microcurrent, and LED that target both skin tone and texture.
Antiaging chemical peels achieve noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture to provide more youthful, radiant skin. They target fine lines and irregular pigmentation like sun spots, lentigines and acne scars, as well as rough patches on the skin.
Chemical peels use exfoliants like Alpha Hydroxy Acids (lactic acid) Beta Hydroxy Acids (salicylic acid), malic and trichloracetic acid, as well as enzymes from natural ingredients lie rice, papaya, pineapple and pumpkin. The hydroxy acids work by dissolving the intercellular ‘glue’ that holds skin cells together, allowing them to shed more easily. The enzymes unlink skin cells and digest the proteins that help connect them.
The solution is applied directly to the skin to exfoliate damaged skin cells to reveal new, healthy skin. After the peel is removed, the skin is neutralized. The skin is now prepared to receive the benefits of the appropriate serums and creams in the healing process.
Professional chemical peels are highly concentrated, compared to those intended for use at home. They often result in noticeable skin flaking, peeling and downtime.
Microcurrent technology has been part of the beauty and skin care industry for many years, often billed as the non-surgical facelift.
Using electricity, overused facial muscles are stimulated to act younger, which in turn stimulates collagen development and tightens the skin. It works on relaxing crow’s feet, softening expression lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows, giving a more friendly and relaxed look. It is safe, effective and painless.
A microcurrent treatment can trigger chemical reactions at the cellular level, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also enhances the production of natural collagen and elastin. Skin is immediately smooth, firm and hydrated following the treatment.
Light Emitting Diode therapy is used in many antiaging facials. Originally developed by NASA to grow plants in space, it was also used by the US Navy Seals in the 1990s in wound treatment. It is a painless, relaxing, and a non-invasive skin care treatment that triggers different reactions beneath the epidermis and penetrates the skin at varying depths.
LEDs do not contain ultraviolet rays, so they are safe to use and do not cause burns. Orange and red light stimulates cellular activity, including the fibroblasts that produce collagen, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light addresses acne and breakouts, and is also used in the treatment of eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
LED treatments typically take 20 minutes, either as part of a treatment, or a stand-alone treatment. Clients are advised to purchase at least six treatments for best results, done one to two weeks apart, followed by a maintenance treatment once a month.
One of these treatments should be done at least once a month for best results to stimulate the skin’s cellular turnover. An effective home care routine will help with the exfoliation process, as well as hydration, antioxidants and sun protection. It is necessary to have a skin care treatment once a month especially, as the seasons change.