It is possible to keep skin looking smooth and supple. Here are 5 skin care treatments you can try to achieve radiant skin, all year round.
“The texture of our skin gives a clear indication of our age and health. Plump, smooth skin is a sign of youth and good health. Skin that is taught and hydrated has a natural shine, it looks radiant. However, skin that is sagging and dry looks dull and sadly, wrinkles and lines appear more prominent. When your skin is thirsty, the reality is that your face looks tired and old — even if you aren’t!” — Dr Salome Gurgenidze, co-founder of Joburg-based aesthetic centre Radiance for You.
Indulge your skin with a selection of treatments, ranging from 30-minute lunchtime interventions, to high-tech indulgent treatments worthy of a modern day Cleopatra!
1. The chemical peel
- Although it may sound scary, the superficial glycolic peel has become renowned as a ‘lunchtime treatment’ for dry and dehydrated skin. A chemical peeling agent, which removes the outer layer of the epidermis, is applied, leaving skin smoother and more hydrated. It’s been proven to result in up to 25% increase in skin thickness, improved quality of elastic fibres and increased collagen density.
- While most people need 3 to 5 sessions to see long-lasting benefits, the improvement following each session is immediately visible.
- Microdermabrasion (or MDA) is a rejuvenation technique that involves controlled mechanical exfoliation of the skin, using crushed industrial diamonds (wow!) mounted on the tips of applicators fitted with vacuum suction.
- Despite the sound of it, MDA causes very little or no discomfort as it gently removes the outer layer of the skin. This gentle removal helps promote skin regeneration, as well as the synthesis of new collagen and elastin.
- After 5 to 10 MDA treatments, you can expect to have a thicker epidermis, providing the skin with better hydration levels and a long-term anti-ageing effect.
- A FotoFacialRF™ combines light and electrical energy to treat the likes of facial veins and broken capillaries, as well as resolve stubborn pigmentation and improve uneven and rough skin.
- For best results, a FotoFacialRF™ is often preceded by an MDA treatment — the combination of two pack a powerful punch, resulting in smoother skin, a brighter complexion and visibly reduced fine lines and pores.
- After 3 to 6 treatments, the epidermis becomes significantly thicker, improving the hydration levels of your skin.
4. Dermal needling
- Dermal or skin needling is performed using a dermal roller, which is studded with very fine needles that work to increase the penetration of active ingredients into the skin, promoting skin healing and collagen production.
- Dermal needling can work as a standalone treatment, or in combination with special anti-ageing serums and cocktails containing growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and other wonderful ingredients — bring it on!
- Not for those of us with needle aversions, mesotherapy involves the intradermal injection of various hydrating and anti-ageing compounds directly into the dermal layer. In a nutshell, Mesotherapy rejuvenates the skin via the injection of hyaluronic acid and collagen synthesis. Although it seems counter intuitive, the injections themselves also benefit the skin, as needle-stick injuries initiate the wound healing process, encouraging collagen synthesis.
- Some of the ingredients you may find being injected into your skin include: Hyaluronic acid for hydrating and plumping; Vitamins, to stimulate collagen, neutralise free radicals, help treat sun damage and slow the ageing process; Amino acids, which the skin uses as as building blocks to produce collagen and elastin; Minerals to help ensure the correct ionic balance in the dermis; Nucleic acids to stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin; and Growth factors, which help stimulate skin regeneration and healing.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
The best, and easiest skin care treatment of all — hydration. It is important to make every effort to hydrate your skin every day.
“Drink more water and less coffee. Use a good cleanser, toner and moisturiser during the day and at night. Always use an SPF and keep your face out of direct sunlight when possible. Exfoliate regularly and get enough sleep,” says Dr Salome.