Just as the DIET is what you do at home, while the GYM is the professional treatment, there is a way of fast-tracking your journey to long-term skin health – and that’s through the use of professional in-clinic treatments, or what we like to call, ‘the skin gym’.
Attending a skincare clinic is comparable to the dentist – we brush daily yet still attend the ‘chair’ regularly. And bear in mind that the skin is an organ – teeth aren’t! Just saying… (apologies to my dentist friends!)
While going for even one treatment is a good idea, a course or a series of treatments is always recommended – otherwise it would be like going to the gym once and expecting miracles (I do!). The number of treatments within a course varies depending on the concern and on your expectations. Be guided by your practitioner.
Be aware that not all machinery are equal, and all practitioners are not equal. It is your skin, so ask for before and after photos, and be sure you are attending a highly qualified individual.
Click on the images below to find out more about popular professional skin treatments.
This is a clever machine that boasts several of the modalities in one, such as microdermabrasion, peels, and LED, to name but a few. It is easy to understand why these are adored by celebrities as it offers quick results on so many levels of skincare.
I am not discussing Samantha Jones Sex and the City dermal peels as such (dermal = needs general anaesthetic and to hibernate for 7-10 days post treatment). The word ‘chemical’ conjures the image of peeling and I 100% understand why. Please be aware that there are various strengths, ingredients, depths, activities dependant on the client, homecare, prep, skin ethnicity, concerns and healing ability.
A facial is a name used to describe a treatment that is typically relaxing, an all body- and mind-encompassing experience. It is offered by salons and spas alike. It is not typically an active treatment for the skin but an essential tool to destress the body – which too has an impact on skin health.
This is again using electrics in the treatment room. Desincrustation will deep cleanse and remove oil while Iontophoresis is a means to introduce water molecules substances into the skin for specific purposes. Would you love to learn more about the anode/cathode, anions, cations situation? Too nerdy?!
The benefit of using such machinery is to allow a deeper penetration of active ingredients into the lower layer, eg Vitamin A, Retinol etc. Remember the skin is not designed to allow products to penetrate so we must find alternative ways to facilitate penetration
This is a rapidly oscillating current with a frequency of 20,000 cycles per second. Excited? The current produces heat in the tissue and therefore has a physiological effect on the skin. There are two method of high frequency: Direct or Indirect. Direct high frequency will increase circulation, aid exfoliation, and break down pustules by having a germicidal effect on the skin. Indirect is the use of a current that is conducted through the therapist’s hands in a massage step within a facial. This will improve circulation, nourishing, deep tissue relaxation and tension removal.
This concept is taught in colleges but is not used in salons in Ireland. In mainland Europe it is a core concept.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is otherwise known as a photo facial. It is a broad spectrum light that converts its light energy into heat. This light is emitted from a head piece and absorbed by the broken capillaries, pigment lesions, sebaceous glands, collagen or hair follicles. It is used to treat a number of different skin concerns.
This involves the use of a device that delivers high-speed jets of saline solution to the skin to micro-exfoliate the top four layers of the skin and stimulate the circulation. There is no downtime and no use of harmful chemicals. Ideal for acne-prone skin with dehydration.
This treatment is similar to Slendertone for the face. It has an effect on the skin but its ultimate aim is to recontour the muscles of the face. We all typically exercise in a gym, are outdoors regularly and manipulate our muscles on our body. This treatment passively exercises the facial muscles and maintains their youth lifted nature.
This is a mechanical form of exfoliating the skin. Typically each unit consists of a compressor and a low pressure action pump, which delivers a controlled amount of crystals to gently abrade the superficial layer of the skin. Alternatively there are some modalities that use diamond heads to have the same effect.
This is a controlled treatment that inflicts small pin-prick wounds with a stainless steel needle into the lower layer/living layer of the skin. The purpose of the induction of the minor trauma is to trigger your natural healing cascade and collagen synthesis.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) is otherwise known as light therapy without any light damage or sensitivity to the sun. It looks like a sunbed but this is where the similarities end. A relatively new concept on Irish shores, these devices are used in clinics, salons and hospitals worldwide. LED works on the premise that living cells can absorb light, yet it operates from a different part of the light spectrum than day/sunlight and so is of benefit to the skin as opposed to detrimental.
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