Iperoxo Prosopo: Top 5 Skin Treatments that Can Improve Your Skin

Ever wonder what type of professional skin care treatment or facial to book for your skin’s condition and concerns? Learn about the top 5 skin treatments.


 

Top 5 Skin Treatments: How do I choose?

One of the most common questions I receive during a skin care consultation is regarding facials and skin care products. The truth of the matter is that there are numerous types of facials and treatments available today  for in-room and for home care. And it is difficult to choose. Sometimes, even as an esthetician, I have to prioritize what the clients want and what their skin is telling me. So I can imagine the frustration on the other side.

That is why, as an esthetician for more than 18 years, I always refer back to the top 5 skin treatments and facials that I know — and have seen — to improve your skin. Skin conditions such as congestion, acne, irritation, wrinkles, and pigmentation can be managed with professional facials and treatments along with home maintenance care to support your professional results. This decision is always made after a complete consultation and discussion with the client’s goals and budget in mind. Therefore, allowing the professional to choose the treatment is always the best decision.

 

The Anatomy of Amazing Skin: recap

There are many professionals in the skin care business who can help you with your skin care treatments, but don’t forget what we discussed In Article 1: choosing an esthetician as your partner in achieving your skin care goals is best due to their education and experience. As your partner in your skin care goals, your esthetician will conduct a thorough consultation. Article 2 in the series took us into the importance of genetics and skin type so that exfoliation recommendations can be made. It also gave us an understanding of the resiliency of your skin.  

An esthetician also analyzes skin conditions along with skin type. We learned in Article 3 that skin conditions do not discriminate in terms of gender, ethnicity, age, or skin types.  Therefore, even Mediterraneans and Greeks are prone to certain skin issues and concerns.

By Article 4, we connected the facts that our lifestyle, habits, and diet have a contributing effect on our skin’s conditions and overall skin health. This part of the consultation gives the esthetician a deeper vantage point in determining the root of your symptoms of your skin.  

In this final article we will focus on the top 5 treatments that are available to solve and manage specific conditions, and why they are so effective. We also will give recommendations on what you can do at home to keep up the results you have received professionally, But, before you book one of these treatments or a facial, make sure you adhere to the first step to amazing skin by contacting an established esthetician to guide you through the process!

 

Iperoxo Prosopo: Top 5 Skin Treatments: My Professional Recommendations

To achieve amazing skin for an Iperoxo Prosopo requires the correct type of treatment  or facial for certain conditions and issues. Through experience, my professional recommendation for the top 5 Skin Treatments are as follows:

  • Microdermabrasion for Congested Skin
  • Peels to Improve Pigmentation
  • Hydrating Facials to Soothe Sensitized Skin
  • Blue Light Therapy to Destroy Acne
  • Red Light Therapy and Microcurrent to Improve Aging Issues

The success of these facials and treatments is dependant on the severity of the conditions, and the overall health of the skin, as well as the level of commitment on the client’s end. Furthermore, to maintain the results from any of these top 5 skin treatments, you will also need targeted home care recommendations to incorporate in your skin care routine.   

 

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Professional skin treatments and targeted skin care product are the best combination for achieving an Iperoxo Prosopo. IMAGE: PIXABAY.

 

Treatment 1: Microdermabrasion for congested skin

Microdermabrasion is a professional, mechanical procedure that uses a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip with a suction vacuum to loosen skin cells. It is non-aggressive, non-invasive, and uses no chemicals. It buffs, polishes, and leaves the skin smoother and brighter. It is ideal for congested skin because it produces a very good exfoliation for clogged pores and speeds up the clearance of whiteheads. It also loosens blackheads prior to extractions. It provides a gentle treatment on the epidermal layer of the skin, and is generally ideal for any skin type.  Microdermabrasions can be done every 4-6 weeks for severe congestion, however you and your esthetician can decide on what works best for you and your goals.

What I like about this facial, other than the fact that it gives you a gentle exfoliating treatment, is that it has no downtime (the expected time to return to a normal lifestyle after a skin treatment that might include redness, peeling, bruising, and pain).  

 

Recommendation for maintaining the professional results:

  • Use a kaolin clay mask at least once a week at home
    • Kaolin clays have natural absorbing properties.
    • Masks take off dead skin cells, suck up grime, dirt and pollution from the pores yet are overall gentle on the skin.

 

Treatment 2: Peels Improve pigmentation

Chemical peels are recommended for pigmentation on the face such as age spots, melasma (patchy brown, tan or blue-gray skin discoloration due to overproduction of pigment), and acne scars. They can also be used to brighten dull skin tone. They also improve texture and smooth out fine lines. A peel is a chemical solution applied to the face that causes it to exfoliate and eventually (and sometimes not) peel off. There are 3 categories of peels most estheticians will work with:

 

  1. Superficial peels penetrate only the outer layer skin as it gently exfoliates improving the appearance of mild discoloration.
  2. Mediums peels penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove the damaged skin cells and are used to improve age spots and moderate skin discoloration.
  3. Deep peels penetrate deep below the skin causing dramatic improvement in skin appearance.

 

The esthetician and/or dermatologist decide on the category — superficial, medium, or deep — as well as the type: alpha hydroxy, salicylic, lactic, glycolic, TCA, and Jessner’s or a combination. This is based on their experience and the desired results, but most importantly the client’s commitment to the treatment.

With peels, “downtime” or the ability to return to normal lifestyle activities, can include redness, shedding (or mild peeling), dryness, sometimes swelling, and heated skin — but again are dependant on the category of treatment received. Expect some symptoms to last at least 3 days for a mild to superficial, and up to 21 days for a more aggressive (deep) peel. However, specific instructions for post-peel care should be discussed with the professional administering the peel.

    

Recommendations for maintaining the professional results:

  • ALWAYS protect your skin and results with an SPF such as Hydropeptide Solar Defense SPF 30
    •  SPF protects the skin by stopping the sun’s ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin.
  • For post peel maintenance, use skin care products with ingredients such as lactic acid and retinoids
    • These can curb the formation of dark pigment in your skin.  

 

Treatment 3: Hydrating Facials soothe sensitized skin

Hydrating Facials help skin that is dry, tight, and/or irritated. Usually this condition is due to loss of water within the skin due to evaporation. This is called Transepidermal Water Loss (TWL). The main objective is to soothe and repair your skin’s natural barrier to regain it’s moisture levels.

The facial consists of minimal steaming, a gentle exfoliation with an enzyme, few if any extractions, a massage with a serum or lightweight balm, and a mask of colloidal gel or a shea butter mask.

With hydrating facials, there is a balance between gentle exfoliation and light masking with a heavy emphasis on layering serums and oil-based products which provide a long-lasting protective layer on the skin surface. Well formulated oil-based products protect and replenish the critical barrier lipids, all while helping retain skin’s moisture balance.

 

Recommendations for maintaining the professional results:

  • All skin types can benefit from facial oils formulated for their skin to protect it.
  • Products that contain essential oils, such as  borage oil and  olive oil, are perfect for sensitized skin.
  • Avoid drugstore products that are oil-free — they can reduce TWL in your skin.

 

Treatment 4: Blue Light Therapy destroys acne

Blue light therapy is a treatment that involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet light to destroy acne and reduce inflammation. The devices feature blue light pulses that destroy bacteria within follicles and pores beneath the skin’s that help to achieve bright, clear skin. It can treat mild, moderate, cystic, and scarring acne. In a professional treatment the therapy tends to be more progressive with results as it can cover larger areas of the skin quicker. Handheld devices for home use are a great way to do it yourself, although the results are slower. Acne-fighting ingredients, such as  salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and bentonite clay are necessary as part of the skin care routine. But it is important to pair these stronger ingredients with balanced daily products that will soothe and heal, as well as insure that the skin does not overdry as well.

 

Recommendations for maintaining the professional results:

 

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Blue light technology provides a safe and effective skin treatment. It’s backed by more medical research than any other product available. IMAGE: PIXABAY

 

Treatment 5: Red Light and MicroCurrent improve aging issues

Aging issues such as sagging, deep wrinkles, redness, loss of elasticity, and plumpness can be improved in the esthetician’s room with two types of treatments that are backed by medical research.

Red Light Therapy involves emitting red, low-light wavelengths through the skin to stimulate cellular rejuvenation, increase blood flow, and most importantly stimulate collagen. Activating collagen production can improve the integrity, firmness, and elasticity in the face. Red light therapy machines also can reduce the appearance of overall redness, flushing, and dilated capillaries that sometimes can occur with mature skin.  

Microcurrent is a treatment that involves a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative results for skin in need of “lifting.” This low-level current can retrain the muscles and results can be maintained with a handheld device as well. Results using either one or both treatments are often  immediate and can be maintained.

 

Recommendations for maintaining the professional results:

  • Purchase your own handheld device such as the NuFace which has red light  and microcurrent capabilities.  
  • Use products containing anti-aging ingredients such as peptides to support collagen stimulation.

Iperoxo Prosopo: The Anatomy of Amazing Skin: science & opinion

We come to the end of the Iperoxo Prosopo series, where we have examined all the aspects that go into achieving amazing skin results. The skin care business is a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s incredible to know that we have so many options yet so overwhelmingly many. There are also many opinions as well, but the best advice will always be based in science, facts, and knowledge.

 

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.” ~Hippocrates

 

I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me, learned something new or even decided on new skin care goals. If you have questions about the top 5 skin treatments please contact me.

 


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‘Iperoxo Prosopo’ series by Peg Karadimas

Iperoxo Prosopo: The Anatomy of Amazing Skin Care

Iperoxo Prosopo: Mediterranean Skin and Facials

Iperoxo Prosopo: Top 10 Skin Conditions and Concerns

Iperoxo Prosopo: The Connection Between Your Lifestyle and Skin Health

 


 

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Contributing Writer Peg Karadimas is a licensed esthetician, consulting on skin care. An avid reader, she's been writing book reviews since 3rd grade. She's channeled her love for books into a new blog called GreekGirlReads. Peg, her husband, and son live in Elmhurst, IL. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.
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