Taking good care of our skin takes many forms. Most of us stick to a regular skincare routine that we shift a little as seasons change. This generally helps to keep our skin relatively happy and stable despite the rigors of existence. Things do keep adding up though as little bits of damage or shifts in the environment that we don’t catch work against our skin. That can put us in a situation where we decide we need a more intensive skincare treatment. Cosmetic procedures can be unnerving and we are left wondering if we really want to go under the proverbial knife. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-invasive treatments available that can improve your skin with comparatively little downtime and less dedicated aftercare than standard surgical options. The non-invasive skin care treatments are useful for approaching multiple problems too and it is ultimately a matter of what you want done rather than if it can be done.
This is a fairly common skin treatment that people tend to get done all year long. The basic principle involves a professional applying a medical grade peeling solution to your face, letting it rest, and removing it at a set time based on the level of peel. Particularly potent peels will frequently involve neutralizing the acids in the solution before the solution is removed. The difference between these and at-home peels is primarily in potency. Even the lowest level of supervised peel is more potent than the products you can use at home. These peels are effective for helping to tighten the skin, reduce scarring, and reduce the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Higher potency peels are also known for having a skin lightening effect that can help eliminate excess pigmentation in particular areas. You’ll generally want to discuss the potential of getting a peel with your dermatologist first to make sure that your skin is suitable for such a treatment as no everyone’s skin can take the harshness of the treatment.
While a peel takes away from the skin, micro-needling actually does the exact opposite by encouraging your skin to add back to itself. People who’ve enjoyed the results of a dermaroller have technically experienced micro-needling before. This treatment involves jabbing the skin with sharp, small needles just enough to trick the skin into think that true damage has been done to the skin. Your skin responds by increasing the production of collagen and other protein necessary for the repair of your skin. These building blocks are all dispatched to the site of the “damage” and used to repair and fortify the area. The best part is that all the extra left over after the minor damage is patched goes to the area to help repair any general deficiencies in structure. It makes micro-needling an excellent way to help boost collagen in aging skin and tends to promote an all-around health in the skin that both looks and feels healthier.
If needles and acids aren’t to your taste, you can always try lasers. Plenty of laser treatments exist that are capable of helping with multiple cosmetic issues ranging from unwanted hairs to blemishes on the skin. Hair removal works, in essence, by cooking the roots of the hair to kill it and thereby prevent further growth. Most of the time this is permanent, but it takes multiple treatments to fully kill the hairs in a given area. Additionally, people with darker skin tones are harder to treat with laser hair removal. The ideal patient for such treatments is light-skinned with dark hair. Fortunately, treatments for skin blemishes are a little more forgiving. These frequently involve “cooking” the melanin in the skin and then allowing it to die. This leads to progressive lightening over the course of the weeks of the treatment. Both treatments are both non-invasive even by the standards of their peers. Their focused nature does make them marginally less common as far as treatments go though.
Non-invasive skincare treatments help you give your skin a little extra when it needs it. Our standard routines go a long way towards helping maintain skin health, but things always creep by. They add up over time and eventually require us to take a more active approach in our skincare. These treatments are a good place to start if you don’t believe you needing a surgical cosmetic procedure to get the results you want. Consult your dermatologist when considering these treatments to ensure that your skin is able to handle them though.