The beauty industry is a fast growing industry. People are looking for the quick fix, or that one miracle treatment or cream to help erase decades of damage and age. Unfortunately, no one has discovered the fountain of youth; however, there are some amazing treatments and products that do, do wonders, although it take more than one time use to achieve the results. It's a process and I like to compare it to eating healthy or getting fit, you don’t just go to the gym once and wake up the next day fit! NO, it takes weeks; months and years to train your body. Same with the skin. This is why prevention and starting to take care of your skin at a younger age is so important!
Every skin type will differ and everyone’s skin needs different things. With so many services it is important to advocate for yourself and truly understand what these treatments do and how they will serve your skin to help achieve the results you want. I’m going to share four popular treatments that are being used in the industry. I personally think they are all great and service the skin in different ways. It will be up to you to decide what is ideal to help you achieve your desired results.
Let’s start with what is being considered a “natural face lift”, a micro-current facial emits extremely low-voltage electrical currents (hence 'micro' current), which mirrors your own body's electrical currents, on a cellular level to repair damaged skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production. Now it sounds awesome and it is, although it is recommended in a series 3 to 6 treatments depending on age. It does require up keep, just like going to the gym building that bodies memory to stay nice and taught. Once you’ve achieved the desired results, there are other great services to help improve the skin’s tone and texture. In my previous blog I mentioned the at-home device NuFace, a mini micro-current, that helps maintain your professional treatment series.
Another fun modality that I found to be easy to incorporate into my treatments is known as the ultrasonic facial, which uses cavitation to remove dead skin cells and debris quickly and safely. Although, when used in facials, the ultrasonic machine uses low-frequency vibrations to remove any harmful substances that may have accumulated on the surface of your skin. These vibrations also offer a better absorption of serums and creams into the skin. In addition the light taps help circulate blood flow and give the skin a natural little rosy check and plump look.
One of the first treatments I learned in beauty school and is still thriving in many treatment rooms today is the use of high-frequency, a treatment used by professionals to help treat and prevent stubborn acne, shrink enlarged pores, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, decongest puffy eyes, fade dark eye circles, rejuvenate the condition of the scalp and nourish hair follicles for healthier hair. Now to cover something that I have been asked many times, your pores can not be genetically altered, minimized or reduce the appearance of, yes, however; untreated they will reform to their original form, it's genetic. Like micro-current, high-frequency treatments use electrical currents that are set at just the right frequency to benefit your skin without, well, electrocuting you. When the glass electrode (attached to the base of the machine) is applied to the skin, it generates oxygen which kills bacteria and calms inflammation.
Finally on to my personal favorite, Light Therapy, Originally developed by NASA for astronauts who could become injured or ill on long-term space missions, low-level-light therapy is used today as a safe and natural method of treating a variety of skin and pain conditions such as acne, anti-aging and pain. I own the Celluma Pro, which mimics a natural photobiochemical reaction process to deliver safe, UV-free low-level light energy through an FDA cleared, high-intensity LED device. I use Celluma to regain and maintain your body’s natural vitality without the concern of dangerous side effects often associated with drugs and topicals. Designed to address a multitude of skin and musculoskeletal conditions, Celluma is a user-friendly device with settings for acne, aesthetic, and pain conditions.
Now that you have a brief understanding of what the beauty industry has to offer in the various forms of technology, I am here to help you achieve and maintain your skin’s integrity, just remember these are tools to help you correct and find solutions to the challenges your skin might be facing (little pun) As your friend in the beauty industry, I am here to help guide you in your skin journey and help you discover the right tools for you! As I’ve mentioned many times before, professional skincare is not a product it is a process, and the care needs to be consistent to achieve the best results.