When your skin needs waking up

24 May, 2019 | As you age your skin requires more than just eight hours of sleep to look and feel refreshed. We gathered a few aesthetic experts to weigh in on how you can keep your skin looking youthful well into your late 30s, 40s, and 50s.

When your skin needs waking up

For a radiant complexion, Renewal Institute doctors believe resurfacing is the way to go, that is, treatments that remove the outer layers of damaged skin. They recommend these five treatments:

Chemical peels
This treatment is a combination of different acids to remove superficial dead skin cells off the skin, encouraging cell turnover bringing new healthy cells to the surface of the skin. This also stimulates collagen and elastin production in the deeper layers of the skin.

Laser genesis
This involves the use of a Nd:YAG laser to gently heat up the different layers of the skin creating a controlled thermal injury to the skin, which encourages an increase in cellular turnover and stimulates collagen production. Laser genesis also improves blood circulation to the skin that will enhance the complexion and aid in waste removal.

Skin needling
Skin needling uses multiple needles that pierce the skin vertically to create micro injuries. By creating these little channels the skin is stimulated and is able to heal itself, which increases collagen production, nutrients and oxygen to the skin.

Photodynamic therapy
Different colour lights are used to increase a certain process in the skin. The two lights most commonly used are red and blue. The red lights are anti-inflammatory and encourage healing and rejuvenation. The blue light is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.

Carboxytherapy
This treatment involves injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide gas into the skin, which causes vasodilation, increasing the number of nutrients and oxygen delivered to the skin cells. With this increase in oxygen levels in the skin, collagen production is stimulated and the cellular turnover rate increases.

As with all medical aesthetic treatments, clients are encouraged to maintain the treatments by adhering to a strict home regime by using products at home that will complement the in-clinic treatments. The use of a SPF is vital, as well as a suitable cleanser that will not strip the skin’s protective barrier, and depending on the specific concern, serum and creams can be prescribed.

Find out more about the treatments at the Renewal Institute here.


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