Aging is a natural process that causes our skin to lose its youthfulness, identifying the marks of a life lived well. Your skin is likely to have visible lines, dryness, and thinness in the process as it loses collagen, an essential substance to keep your skin cells intact. Since genes control the changes largely, there isn’t much one can do about the natural aging process. However, you can slow down the process with some modern interventions such as anti-aging facials.
What Is an Anti-Aging Facial?
An anti-aging facial consists of treatments designed to deal with maturing or aging skin. There is no specific age group eligible to get these treatments. Besides aging, other factors can cause early maturation of the skin among people as young as in their late 20s or early 30s.
There are several steps involved in anti-aging facial treatment, such as moisturizing, massaging, exfoliating, etc. This procedure acts as a middle point between something as simple as a basic facial and invasive surgery.
Types of Anti-Aging Facials
There are a plethora of anti-aging facial treatments available at your disposal, such as:
Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to deal with problems such as wrinkles, age spots, fine lines, etc. The treatment involves blowing micro-crystals across your skin to erase dead cells from the surface. It is an effective intervention for acne and also effective in reversing the signs of aging.
It is generally considered safe and can work on most skin colors and types. Your skin care professional may recommend avoiding waxing, tanning creams, masks, exfoliating creams, and sun exposure for at least a week before you get the treatment.
How Is the Procedure Carried Out?
A licensed skincare professional performs the procedure, which usually requires an hour. Upon your arrival at the relevant skin care facility, your professional will make you sit in a reclining chair and use a spray on the target areas to remove any sand or particles. In the end, they will moisturize it or use a suitable sunscreen.
Based on the type of device your professional is using, there are different ways to perform the procedure, such as a diamond handpiece, crystal microdermabrasion, and hydradermabrasion. Before choosing a certain course of treatment, make sure to consult your skincare professional and understand the costs and requirements of all procedures.
Some common side-effects of this anti-aging facial treatment include:
- Mild tenderness
- Minor bruising
However, the side effects are short-lived. You may be told to keep your skin hydrated and avoid acne medications for a while. You can go back to your usual routine in a day but make sure to use sunscreen to protect your skin.
Light Therapy Treatments
LED light therapy is a popular intervention to treat acne, reduced inflammation, and provide anti-aging effects. The procedure is a bit more invasive than microdermabrasion and does not last more than 20 minutes. Depending on the type of result you need, you may be required to get a total of ten treatments.
The procedure involves exposure to LED lights with pulses of increased intensity to help remove pores, fine lines, etc.
The procedure is generally deemed safe with fewer risks involved. Some of the risks include:
- Possible scarring
- Increased sensitivity to light (especially if you’re already using something to make your skin sensitive to sunlight)
You may also experience the following after the treatment.
- More inflammation
Even though these are rare, you should consult your doctor right away if you experience any given symptoms.
An exfoliating facial is an anti-aging facial that treats your wrinkles and fine lines by boosting the circulation in your skin. It also helps remove your skin’s outer layers and gives it a more even tone.
Facial can also accompany certain side effects such as:
- Breakouts: If the tools used are not sterilized properly, they may cause bacteria to break your skin out. Therefore, make sure to use sterilized equipment only.
- Scarring: Your skin’s outer layer can be damaged if your aesthetician uses their fingers to remove pore impurities. In rare cases, it may cause your skin to be infected. Therefore always request your facialist to wear gloves.
- Dryness: Tough exfoliation can cause your skin to get itchy and dry. A soft moisturizer post-treatment can help combat it.
This procedure works deep inside your skin’s dermis layers to help find collagen proteins. Vitamins and oxygen are gently infused into your skin to allow it to produce more collagen. Then it follows a gentle massage to increase blood circulation and some finishing products to moisturize your skin.
Some potential side effects include
- Bleeding, swelling, or bruising (happens rarely)
- Possible skin rash and scarring
In case any of the given side effects cause discomfort, contact your skin specialist right away.
Glycolic Acid Facial
Glycolic acid belongs to the AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) family. It is a common acid used to even your skin tone, smoothen your wrinkles and fine lines, reduce hyperpigmentation and add glow to your skin.
Some common side effects include:
However, they are harmless and may take a few days to disappear.
A good anti-aging facial can effectively boost collagen in your skin and undo or slow down the aging process. However, you must consult your dermatologist to understand what your skin requires. Some treatments may not suit your skin well; therefore, getting an evaluation done would be great to land the ideal procedure.
Ideal results depend on many factors, such as the product quality, skincare regime, and the esthetician’s experience. However, be careful not to overdo it. Research possible treatment options, and choose the best-suited option based on your professional’s advice.