If you’re reading this, you probably have regular facials but want to try a more advanced beauty treatment. With an array of alternatives to plastic surgery springing up every day, we discuss 3 totally transformative beauty treatments that you could explore if you want to give your skin that extra oomph!
If you’re considering any of these treatments, please do your research before choosing your aesthetic provider. When you do find the right aesthetic clinic, they will be able to advise you on which of these treatments is ideal for you based on your skin concerns.
Meanwhile, let’s go a little in-depth (pun intended), shall we?
Mesotherapy is fast gaining a lot of attention as a way of delivering a wide range of active ingredients directly into your skin. This treatment involves needles, so brace yourself!
Depending on your skin condition, your aesthetic doctor will inject a cocktail of active ingredients to the mesoderm (the middle layer of the skin). This procedure helps with rejuvenating your skin. As a result, it helps your skin to look its best. Some of the skin concerns it targets include:
- Dull and lack-lustre skin
- Acne marks and scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
After your consultation with your aesthetic doctor, they will determine what ingredients your skin will benefit from. Some of the ingredients that can be injected into your skin via mesotherapy include:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Vitamin C
You will need a course of treatments to get the desired results.
This treatment involves needles, lots of it! Microneedling is also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy. How this procedure works is by using sterile needles to prick the area of skin being treated, thereby causing micro-injury to the skin. Doing this will trick the skin to repair itself by producing more collagen and skin tissue.
Its resultant effect will include plumping the skin, consequently making the skin more even and smoother. If you want to get the best results from microneedling, it is best to have it done by a professional as they will assess the area that needs to be treated, which will help in determining the size of needles that would be appropriate for the area being treated.
At least 3 sessions are recommended with an interval of 4-6 weeks. If you are only looking to maintain the results of your professional treatment and also aid your hydrating skincare products to penetrate your skin better, then an at-home dermaroller could suffice. You just have to make sure that you buy a high-quality dermaroller and employ hygienic practices before, during and after using it.
You will need a course of 3 treatments or more to get the desired results.
Chemical peels are formulated to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. The appropriate peel is applied to your skin, causing your skin to exfoliate and eventually peel. The results of using chemical peels include clearer and brighter looking skin that glows. Also, ridding your skin of surface debris helps your skincare products penetrate your skin better.
Chemical peels are classed into 3 grades:
- Light peels make use of alpha hydroxy acids, and they target the outer layer of the skin.
- Medium peels make use of trichloroacetic to reach the middle layer of the skin.
- Deep peels make use of a higher percentage of trichloroacetic acid or phenol to reach the deepest layers of the skin
So, for the more advanced chemical peels, you are better off using a licensed aesthetician to prevent the risk of burns. If you opt to use a mild at-home peel, make sure you follow all the instructions on the label.
You are an ideal candidate if you suffer from one, some or all of the following:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Dull skin
Your skincare professional will advise you if you need a course of treatments based on your skincare concerns.
If you decide to get any of these treatments, sun protection and avoidance is a must. If you really have to go out in the sun, do ensure that you are using a high protection sunscreen that has UVA and UVB protection. Doing this will help protect your skin, and help prevent hyperpigmentation especially with chemical peels and microneedling (they make your skin really sensitive to the sun). But then, you really should be wearing sunscreen every day! Well, I hope you are.