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The media industry has glamourised certain perceptions of beauty over time, inducing insecurity in some, and a simple obsession with youthfulness in others. Truth be told, we're all at least mildly plagued with looking more youthful over time. Another certitude is that, sometimes, anti-ageing and even skin tone creams just don't work as effectively as they should. Luckily, you don't have to resort to surgery to achieve younger, more youthful skin. There is a wide range of non-surgical treatments available that have proven results. Today, we discuss two of them: microneedling and chemical peels. Keep reading for everything you need to know regarding the techniques, benefits and results of these non-invasive treatments.
Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy)
Firstly, microneedling is not to be confused with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion involves the use of a mechanical device to exfoliate the skin's surface with an ablative material, such as sodium bicarbonate crystals, in order to scrub off and remove dead and dull skin cells. While exfoliating, it also concurrently uses suction to stimulate circulation. The result is one of brighter, smoother skin. Microneedling, on the other hand, provides more extensive benefits, as it penetrates the epidermis (surface layer) of the skin. This is done by piercing pinprick needles into the skin, causing microscopic punctures in the skin's outer layer in order to induce and stimulate the body's collagen and elastin production during the wound-healing process. The process is undergone after numbing cream is applied to the skin surface as the procedure can be quite uncomfortable, and sometimes even mildly painful, for some. There is little to no down-time after the treatment is complete.
- age spots (ie. sun spots)
- acne scars
- fine lines and wrinkles
- large pores
- other types of scars
- reduced skin elasticity
- uneven skin tone
By activating the wound-healing process, microneedling:
- promotes the healing of scars and minor wounds
- promotes the healing of stretch marks
- has anti-ageing benefits
- results in a brighter and more even complexion
It is imperative to follow the instructions of the skin therapist or dermatologist post-treatment. Avoid applying any skincare products or makeup to the area concerned for 48 hours after the procedure, providing time for the micro-channels of the skin to seal. Wear a hat when exposed to the sun. You may experience some light peeling, similar to that of sunburnt skin, a few days after your microneedling session, but nothing that should throw you off your normal routine.
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing treatment that uses a solution of a range of chemicals which are applied to the skin. The chemicals cause the skin to peel, removing dry, dull debris to reveal the smoother, softer skin underneath the surface. After the top layer of the skin peels, an increased production of collagen and hyaluronic acid is activated, both of which have anti-ageing benefits. Ensure that you begin cleansing and moisturising the skin about two to three weeks before the peel. It is important to know which peel is right for your skincare needs and the results you desire - ensure that you consult your therapist beforehand.
With an estimate of a mere three treatments, peels:
- reduce the look of fine lines
- reduce the look of acne or breakouts
- smoothe skin texture
- reduce the look of blemishes
You may experience tingling or burning, itching, dryness, redness or tightness after the treatment, as well as the onslaught of the peeling process. Discomfort as a result of the peel should diminish within three to seven days, depending on the strength of the peel. Stronger peels may take up to fourteen days before discomfort wears off. Proper self-care after a peel can help minimize sensations or side-effects of a peel.
Here are some helpful tips:
- Wash your face with cool water.
- Hydrate and moisturise with a medium-to-thick moisturiser and drink lots of water.
- Apply a sunscreen of at least SPF30.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Avoid strenuous workouts, saunas and steam rooms (increased blood circulation to the face can worsen tingling/burning sensations) - avoid these before your treatment, too!
- Avoid over-exfoliating, and wait until you really feel like your skin can handle it. Peels are high-level exfoliants, so avoid exfoliating for at least three to four days after the treatment.
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Author: Jamy-Lee Mansfield
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