In todays world we are busy! Well... Maybe not TODAY since we are locked in our houses in quarantine during the Corona Virus Pandemic. But, you know, usually. Between crazy work hours, kids and spouses at home and trying to occasionally have a social life, there isn't much time left for taking care of ourselves. We go to cosmetic stores and shop online for a miracle elixir to make us feel and look younger, but the truth... For ANY PRODUCT ON THE MARKET to do anything and show results, you have to commit AT LEAST a month to using it. You notice I say, "At Least". Some products, particularly those used for skin lightening, take more time than that. Sometimes 8-12 Weeks! Putting a lotion or serum on your face twice isn't going to make any remarkable difference in your skin no matter what the package tells you. Let consider the natural life cycle of a skin cell. As a child it only takes about 5 days for a new skin cell to start in the dermis and make it's way to the surface, but as we age this process slows. By our 30's and 40's this process creeps up to about 30 days and as we get into our 50's and beyond it could take upwards of 60 or more days. So lets pretend that our skincare products actually get all the way to the dermis (spoiler alert, most skincare products don't actually get this far). Once it reaches this layer of the skin it must enact some sort of change on these deep cells and then you have to wait long enough for that cell to come forward before you can see the changes. And if you want to see any lasting change, you will need to continue to use this products for enough time to change your cellular programing.
There is a good bit of commitment required of you when you pick that random product off the shelf, or decide to try whatever your bestie has recommended. This day and age, most of us either can't or won't dedicate that sort of time and effort into their skincare routine. I applaud all of you who are bringing your A-Game, but for those of you that aren't, here is where in office treatments can help. By coming to see a professional for a skincare treatment you can jump start your regimen so you can optimize your time and start to see results from your products faster. Whether it's a Deep Cleansing Facial to stop your acne in it's tracks or a few Microneedling sessions to combat your fine lines and wrinkles, Estheticians and Certified Skin Specialist will get you moving down the path toward real results.
A Classic European Facial at Holladay Spa consists of deep cleansing with skin type appropriate cleansers followed by Enzymatic and Ultrasonic Exfoliation. This preps the skin for easy removal of blackheads and excess sebum in a process called extractions. Midway through your Facial we make a shift from "removal" to "infusion". Because we have stripped away all of those dead skin cells and debris, your skin will be more receptive to the ingredients applied afterward. This means you will get the best absorption possible from skincare products both in the facial and in the days that follow. We now apply Toner and Serum, followed by a water based hydrating mask that is meant to work like a conductive gel for Galvanic Current and Ultrasound. Both of these technologies allow for maximum penetration of skincare products to deliver ingredients deeper into the skin than they could naturally absorb on their own. We finish every Facial with Serums and Moisturizer that are meant to target your specific skin concerns. They are applied using specialized facial massage movements to increase circulation and oxygenation, improve lymphatic drainage, and lift and soften expression lines. Not only will your skin be softer and more springy when we are done, but you'll be walking on air!
If your skincare concerns go a bit deeper than maintenance, you might consider a treatment that goes a bit deeper too. For that, you are going to see our in house Registered Nurse, Micro-needling Expert, and Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, Sophia Abbott, for a Collagen Induction Treatment. As in a Classic European Facial, the client's skin is cleansed with an appropriate cleanser for their skin type, but the similarities stop there. Following cleansing, numbing cream is applied to ensure there is no discomfort during the treatment. After the numbing has taken effect, a digital Micro-needling device it run over the treatment area creating micro-channels in the skin to allow treatment serums to penetrate all the way down to the dermis layer. The most common serums include some combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Acids, Peptides, and Epidermal Growth Factor. Once the entire face has been treated, soothing masks and LED Light Therapy are used to calm the skin and encourage the body's natural healing response to create more Collagen. Though Micro-needling is often referred to as Collagen Induction therapy, it is used to treat much more than that. Many people have positive results with skin lightening as a reaction to the rapid exfoliation that happens a few days after the treatment and the application of lightening serums during the treatment. Micro-needling is also used to smooth the appearance of Acne Scars, minimize the look of pores, and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Positive changes can be seen in as little as 1 treatment, but best results are achieved after about 6 sessions, 4-6 weeks apart. Collagen Induction Therapy isn't exactly an instant fix but you will get far superior results compared to even the most expensive serums on the market no matter how many months you commit to using them.
As you can see, skincare products all have their place and nothing will replace your regular daily skincare routine. But if you are trying to make significant changes in the appearance of your skin, sometimes you need to call in the experts!
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Laura Has been an Esthetician since 2003, started working for herself in 2008 and took the leap into business ownership in 2018. She strives to bring you the truth about skincare and take the guess work out of your cosmetic purchases.