Skin Health Magazine Issue #10 / Winter 2019 - Page 19

Most micro-needling sessions take around 30 minutes and involve a numbing cream being applied to the skin to make the procedure much more comfortable. Once completed, your prac- titioner may apply a calming mask or cream to the skin to soothe it during the minutes following the treatment, but be prepared for your skin to take a few days to recover fully. After the treatment, your skin will naturally start to regenerate and repair itself, which will gradually lead to an improvement in skin texture at the surface, however, most practi- tioners would recommend booking in for a course of micro-needling treatments to see the best results. Facials One of the more popular salon-based treatments, most people will opt for a facial before trying a more intensive treatment such as a peel. “A facial reduces stress, promotes circulation that detoxifies the skin and prevents breakouts, boosts hydration and nourishes the skin from deep inside, giving you more youthful, radiant skin,” explains Raimonda. The main goal of a facial is to treat your skin to a hefty dose of ingredients while using expert application and massage techniques to ensure your skin not only looks better afterwards but that you are left feeling more calm and relaxed. “Facials often come in two parts: the first part is to treat the skin and the other is to relax the client so they receive a truly indulgent, enjoy- able experience,” explains Raimonda. “Depending on the facial you choose, it may include a deep cleanse and the application of different serums, such as Vitamin C or a mixture of antioxidants, peptides and Hyaluronic Acid or exfoliants such as enzymes and Glycolic, Lactic or Salicylic Acids. The second part of the facial is a soothing, calming, hydrating experience with massage included, with the whole process taking up to an hour and a half to complete.” Dermaplaning There are new clinic procedures hitting the headlines all the time, but one that has received more press than most is dermaplaning. Not to be confused with dermarolling, dermaplan- ing is when a small blade is used to remove the top layer of dead cells as an exfoliating alternative to acids and physical scrubs. “Dermaplaning helps remove the dead cells and peach fuzz (fine hair) on the face to leave skin looking ultra-smooth and perfectly prepped for make-up, so it takes on an ‘air- brushed’ finish,” says Kay Greveson, aesthetic nurse practitioner and founder of Regents Park Aesthetics. “It is done using a sterile blade that is held at a 45-degree angle and brushed along the surface of the skin. A treatment usually takes 45 minutes to one hour and can be done either alone or combined with a skin peel or micro-needling treatment, which is commonly known as the million dollar facial.” One treatment is all you need to see significant results, with most clients seeing an improve- ment in skin texture and radiance straight away. To maintain the results, Kay recommends booking in for a follow-up treatment around four to six weeks later. If you are concerned about how your facial hair will grow back, Kay says there is nothing to worry about: “Contrary to popular belief, dermaplaning does not make facial hair grow back thicker or darker. Hair on the face is a type known as villous hair, rather than the dark, thick terminal hair with roots that grows elsewhere. Once it is removed, it gradually grows back the same as before.” To see the best results from any of these treat- ments, it’s best to listen to your practitioner. When it comes to aftercare, they will advise you on the best products to keep your skin healthy while it recovers from your chosen procedure. As a rule of thumb, think about including more gentle, calming formulas in your routine, ditch anything exfoliating and don’t skimp on the SPF. ISSUE #10 | 2019 | SkinHealthMagazine.com 19