Gorgeous, glowing skin is the first thing others notice about you — and the first thing you see when you look in the mirror every day. Your overall health and good spirits can add to that soft glow, but sometimes you need a little more help achieving the smooth skin you’d love to have.
Everyday life and exposure to sun, wind and tiny pollutants in the air can make your skin feel rough, dry and flaky. Your skin can start to appear dull and lifeless, belying the vibrant person you really are. Exfoliation removes the outer layers of damaged skin, revealing the new skin beneath the surface and giving you a fresh, clean look. Having a professional exfoliation in the comfort of the Manhattan Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness setting ensures that it’s done safely and prevents further damage, especially to the delicate skin on and around your face.
Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation, using fine particles to “sand away” dead and damaged skin. Imagine finding a beautiful piece of wood furniture, covered in layers of lovely but damaged paint. As you carefully remove each layer, the wood beneath begins to shine through, as if brand new. This is how microdermabrasion works on your skin. The two most common types of physical microdermabrasion are:
- Diamond Microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped wand to gently scrub away the outer layer of your skin. The dead skin cells are suctioned away as the wand does its work.
- Crystal Microdermabrasion uses a wand that sprays tiny crystals onto your skin, blasting away the damaged cells. Here, too, the old skin is suctioned away.
Both methods also clean away excess oils and dirt that may have collected on the surface of the skin. As the skin is sloughed away, your body is stimulated to produce more collagen, the compound responsible for giving your skin its youthful glow and soft, smooth appearance.
The Best Candidate May Be You
Microdermabrasion is often recommended for people with chemical sensitivity, who may not respond well to a chemical peel, another type of exfoliation. It typically works well to address concerns such as:
- Scarring, such as from acne or chicken pox
- Crow’s feet and wrinkles
- Sun spots, age spots, or melasma
- Stretch marks
- Clogged pores
Professional microdermabrasion can be performed around the sensitive eye area, improving the tone of delicate under-eye skin. Microdermabrasion typically isn’t painful, although you may feel some mild discomfort, pinkness or swelling following the procedure, especially if you have very sensitive skin. For best results, you should have several sessions, clearing away all of the old and making way for the beautiful new.
Chemical peels exfoliate your skin using various compounds that dissolve the damaged epidermis. Chemical peels can range from light for mild damage to deep for more serious concerns:
- Light, or superficial peels are usually comprised of enzymes created by fruit acids. You knew fruit was part of a healthy diet, but it can be surprisingly good for your skin as well.
- Medium peels are made of Trichloroacetic Acid (THA), and are good for addressing uneven skin tone.
- Deep peels must be done by a doctor, and usually require anesthesia because of the depth of the peel. Following a deep peel, you may need a week or more to recover. These peels can cause lingering discomfort and may peel for several days or longer. Deep peels are often used to address health concerns such as precancerous keratosis, or severe skin discoloration or damage.
Chemical peels can be added to your holistic healthcare regimen to address concerns such as:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible effects of aging
Most chemical peels can be done in the luxurious spa-like setting of Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness in Manhattan, where your comfort and care are of the ultimate importance.
Let the Process Begin
The area to be exfoliated first is carefully cleaned, and any sensitive areas outside the peel area will be protected. If you’re having a deep peel, it might need to be done in a hospital setting because of the necessary anesthesia.
You may feel some tingling or a mild burning sensation after the peel is applied to your skin, but a light to moderate peel usually isn’t very painful. As the damaged skin is dissolved away, the new skin beneath can feel tender and a bit raw. You may want to take a day or two off after a medium chemical peel, to pamper yourself and fully recover. It’s a perfect time to rest, caring for your whole self as you prepare to present your best face to the world.
As with microdermabrasion, chemical peels may require several sessions in order to achieve optimum results. It’s usually best to wait two to four weeks between sessions, to allow the skin to fully heal and recover. Some chemical peels aren’t recommended for people of color because of their bleaching properties. Your health care practitioner can talk with you about which products will work best, so you can preserve your gorgeous natural skin tone.
Caring for Your New Skin
Having confidence in your appearance is a vital part of your overall mental health, and chemical peels can give you back the soft, supple skin of your youth. Body, mind and spirit are all connected, and when one aspect of your health is causing you concern, it can throw everything else off.
Following any type of professional exfoliation, continue to use sunblock (at least SPF 30) to protect yourself from sun damage. This is especially important in the days immediately following a chemical peel. Now is the time to invest in that funky hat that you saw in the shop, to keep the sun away in style.
Keep your healthy glow by moisturizing your skin daily, drinking plenty of water and eating a diet rich in variety. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains can help nourish your skin along with the rest of your body. And when you feel good physically, your emotional health tends to follow. Having soft, beautiful skin is important, but feeling great in that skin is what keeps you going and glowing all day long.
Dr. Fazylova and Staff at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness strive to provide a holistic, aesthetic and individualized care to help you on your journey to a better health and vibrant appearance.
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