Here, in California, sun exposure is inevitable, and often leaves our skin dry, of uneven, wrinkled tone, perhaps even spotted or scarred. The exposure to UV rays accelerates aging, which many of us, sadly, realize only when it is too late.
If you want your skin to look smoother and younger, consider a chemical peel, which uses a chemical solution to smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.
A chemical peel, also called chemexfoliation or derma peeling, is one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin. Although chemical peels are used mostly on the face, they can also be used to improve the skin on your neck and hands: age and liver spots can be significantly eradicated, acne and acne scars can be smoothened and virtually erased, freckles and irregular skin pigmentation, including rough, scaly patches and scars can be practically removed by repeated chemical peel.
On more sensitive areas of your body, we recommend microdermabrasion, which is a less aggressive approach than dermabrasion, make use of a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand the skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat light scarring, discoloration and sun damage and there’s even microdermabrasion for stretch marks.
Microdermabrasion uses microparticles, or a diamond-tipped wand, to slough off the top layer (epidermis) of your skin and stimulate new skin growth. This technique also helps to thicken your collagen, which results in a younger looking complexion. Collagen is a protein in your skin that’s abundant when you’re a child and makes skin appear taut and smooth. Collagen production declines as we age, resulting in looser, uneven skin.
There is almost no discomfort in microdermabrasion, meaning you won’t need a topical or local anesthetic and there is no recovery or downtime.
More on Microdermabrasion tomorrow…