It seems that almost everyone these days is talking about the latest facial treatments they are having done by their professional skin therapists. Lasers, fillers, peels, masks — if you are feeling a little left out of the loop, then find out what facial care treatments are safe, effective, and won’t cost you a fortune.
Two of the less-expensive beauty treatment options, facials and masks, come in a range of types, all designed to target specific skin needs, such as wrinkles, pigmentation, acne, dryness or congestion. Facials range in their quality and effectiveness, from inexpensive DIY supermarket concoctions to intensive clinical treatments that are specifically tailored to the condition of your skin. It is always recommended to choose professional and qualified skin specialists at a Sydney beauty salon. Top quality facials use a mixture of cleansing and moisturising products, combined with massage and mask applications for intensive skin treatment.
Chemical and Non-Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a form of skin resurfacing, designed to remove the top layers of the skin to reveal a more youthful, clearer and smoother complexion. Used to treat acne scarring, pigmentation and discoloration, and reduce the signs of wrinkles, chemical peels may be done as a standalone treatment or, for better results, as part of an intensive facial treatment. When using a chemical solution, chemical peels can be tailored to suit your specific needs, penetrating to various depths and layers of the skin.
Because chemical peels can involve some skin recovery time, many skin care clinics offer non-chemical peels and peel infusions. The latest in skin care technology, peel infusions gently infuse the skin with effective nutrients, penetrating into the deeper, dermal skin layer without having to strip away the top layers of the skin. The results are a smoother complexion, diminished scarring, smooth and even skin tone, improved elasticity and reduced wrinkles.
Injectables and Fillers
A non-surgical cosmetic procedure, injectables and fillers include hyaluronic acid, collagen and increasingly popular Botox treatments. A moderately priced treatment when compared to other non-surgical cosmetic procedures, injectables and fillers are designed to reduce the visible signs of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out skin damaged and pitted by scarring, and create fuller looking lips. One thing to note about this type of facial treatment is that it only lasts for a certain period of time, usually around three to six months, before the effects begin to wear off.
Due to continual technological advancements in effective skin care, there are a wide range of laser treatments available. Although laser treatments can be expensive, they offer immediate improvements, excellent long-term results, and very little or no recovery time. Laser treatments can target a wide range of skin issues, including signs of ageing, scarring, pigmentation and blemishes, and even permanent hair removal. Common types of laser treatments include Fraxel, Erebium, Yag, IPL, light therapy, photo therapy and CO2 laser treatments. Each is designed to target different skin needs and uses a slightly different type of laser.
As with other types of skin treatments, laser treatment often requires a series of sessions spread over a period of weeks or months in order to get the best results.
Microdermabrasion works on all skin colours and types. Designed to effectively exfoliate the top layers of dead and damaged skin, microdermabrasion is used to give the skin a refreshing and youthful appearance. Because this treatment does not penetrate into the deeper skin layers, it is not suitable for treating deep acne scarring, wrinkles, or stretch marks. A pen-like tip is used to spray tiny crystals onto the skin’s surface while suction is used to remove them from the surface. The recovery time with microdermabrasion tends to be around 24 hours.
It is important to note that, although microdermabrasion is still a popular skin treatment, advancements in skin technology have brought about more effective treatment methods, which include natural peels, ultrasonic therapy, and light therapy.
About the Author: A regular guest writer, Sharon Davies has been a skin therapist for the past 11 years. Working in a number of skin care clinics throughout her career, Sharon has taken a special interest in the various laser treatments available.