There are a lot of ways to restore the health and general appearance of your skin when it is damaged. It doesn’t matter if that damage comes from scars, sun exposure, or the natural ageing process. Treatments exist for all of those issues. What does matter is figuring out the treatment that suits you, but that can be quite difficult because of the sheer number of options and all of the different marketing and advertising campaigns that surround them.
The skincare industry is constantly growing and new treatments and services are becoming available all of the time, but some skin treatments have stood the test of time. In todays post, I’m sharing some brief descriptions of some of the best ways to restore skin health, including laser treatment!
Clinical Exfoliation Techniques for Your Skin
One way to restore your skin health is through exfoliation. Exfoliation is a fancy term for removing debris from the outermost layers of your skin. If left there that debris can clog your pores and lead to breakouts, acne and other skin problems. Exfoliation techniques can also include the removal of part of the outer skin layer itself, which is mostly composed of dead or dying cells. I’ve always noticed how much brighter my skin looks when I’ve had a treatment that removes the dead skin cells!
One of the most common clinical exfoliation techniques is a chemical peel. The peel process involves using a special combination of chemicals to exfoliate the skin. I had one at Dr Giorgia Ratta’s clinic in Harley Street a couple of years ago that I reviewed in this post and I can honestly say that it was the best peel and micro-needling experience that I’ve ever had as it made such an incredible difference to my skin.
However if you would prefer to avoid the use of chemicals on your skin, you could try microdermabrasion which would resurface the skin in a far more gentle way without downtime. This means that you can pop an appointment in your diary without having to plan your life around the skins recovery process.
Microdermabrasion uses a vacuum and micro crystals in a wand that is moved across the skin to slough away dead skin cells. I’ve never found it to hurt at all and I’ve been able to go about my day as usual afterwards. My skin always looks brighter after a microdermabrasion treatment and my skincare is absorbed so much more effectively into my skin.
Lasers for Exfoliation and Other Restorative Processes
Lasers can also be used for exfoliation. If you undergo a laser procedure as a cosmetic treatment for surface skin imperfections it is likely that the treatment will be a laser peel. Laser peels strip away debris just as microdermabrasion and chemical peels do. However, they use light and heat instead of chemicals or abrasive techniques.
Lasers can also be used to restore your skin in many other ways. Some lasers are even capable of treating every layer of your skin instead of just the part you can see. They do that by heating up cells and causing skin strengthening collagen molecules to gravitate towards each other. Simultaneously they encourage additional collagen production. The eventual effect can make your skin look tighter, more youthful or give it a healthier glow.
Fractional laser treatments, such as fractional CO2 or erbium lasers, are effective for addressing issues like fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin texture. They work by creating controlled micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen production and skin rejuvenation.
Additionally, certain lasers, like blue light lasers, can target acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation. Some laser treatments aim to stimulate collagen production and tighten loose or sagging skin. While the results can be noticeable, they might not be as dramatic as a facelift.
Skin laser treatments are typically performed by licensed medical professionals who specialize in dermatology or cosmetic procedures. These professionals include dermatologists and medical aestheticians. They have the necessary training, expertise, and experience to safely and effectively administer various types of skin laser treatments. You can visit a cosmetic clinic to determine the best option for you.
Topical Treatments to Restore the Skin
Of course, I can’t be forgetting topical treatments that can be used to restore the skin, aka skincare! Topical treatments for skin health include facial masks, scrubs, oils and serums, lotions and creams and in my opinion, they’re best used together as part of a skincare routine. Any laser, microdermabrasion, peel or other skin treatment will only work so far as you will need a good skincare regime at home to maintain the effects and to bring about even more improvements to your skin.
While some will have immediate effects, I find that skincare products are best used continuously over time to be able to appreciate the full results and have the biggest impact on your skin. There’s tonnes of skincare reviews on my blog as its an area of beauty that I’m so passionate about.
Restoring Skin Health Through Surgical Intervention
Surgery is certainly a popular way to restore skin health in some circles, but popularity doesn’t make it the best option. I’m a big believer in each to their own and doing what makes you truly happy in life, so if someone wanted to have surgery such as a face lift then that choice is down to them and them alone. However I think that it would be a shame to go to such severe lengths without exploring the other treatment options available first. There are so many ways to improve the appearance of the skin that don’t have the health risks, preparation and recovery time and cost implications that come with surgery.