Makeup application can be a time- and energy-consuming part of your hurried morning routine, not to mention the touch-ups and re-applications you do through the day. What if you could take one visit to the dermatologist for a quick procedure that would eliminate your need for makeup for months? From chemical peels to eyelash tinting to laser therapies, there are multiple treatments that can give your skin a smooth, glowing and rejuvenated appearance without having to use makeup.
Chemical peels can give your skin a more even texture and color, reduce wrinkles and brighten your complexion. Chemical skin peels will minimize your need to use makeup to cover up pigmented spots like freckles and age spots, uneven skin tone and even some acne scarring. A chemical peel is an outpatient procedure in which the dermatologist applies acid to the surface of the skin, which causes the skin to exfoliate and peel off. You can get a mild, medium or deep chemical peel, depending on your desired results. Recovery and results times depend on the depth of peel you receive.
Tired of applying mascara to your lashes or eyeliner to your eyebrows? Get them tinted, lifted or “Latissed!” An eyelash lift, or “lash perm” uses a keratin solution to set a permanent curl to your lashes, eliminating the need for using an eyelash curler. Results last around 6 weeks. You can also get a product called Latisse applied to your eyelashes or eyebrows that makes them thicker and fuller. Latisse eyelash growth is caused by its active ingredient, bimatoprost, which lengthens the eyelashes’ and eyebrows’ natural growth phase so they grow longer and more quickly. While getting an eyelash lift or an application of Latisse, you can also get your eyelashes or eyebrows tinted with chemicals that will eliminate your need for mascara and eyebrow pencils. Eyelash tinting is especially effective for boosting light eyelashes, and it lasts around a month.
Dermaplaning works to rejuvenate your skin through exfoliation, similar to a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. During the procedure, the aesthetician or dermatologist uses a scalpel to gently remove the dead skin cells and peach fuzz hair on your face. This helps to even your skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles and minimize acne scars. Some skin treatments are not advisable for sensitive skin or carry the risk of hyperpigmentation. Dermaplaning does not carry these risks, and so is a great choice for safer exfoliation. It’s also relatively inexpensive and is only a quick, painless in-office treatment. Results tend to last around a month.
Fraxel is a laser treatment that resurfaces your skin. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lighten age and skin spots, smooth out the texture of your skin especially with scarring from acne or injuries, and even out your skin tone. Fraxel treats your skin through a “fractional laser” that exposes your skin to a grid of laser light beams. The laser creates small injuries to your skin, prompting your skin to start a healing process, bringing more collagen to your skin. You can choose to get a gentler Fraxel laser treatment or a more aggressive treatment that will provide more significant results. The downtime and number of necessary treatments depends on the level of laser treatment you receive.
Like laser therapy, microneedling creates small injuries to your skin, triggering a healing response that brings more collagen to your skin. The microneedling dermatologist uses a dermaroller, which has small needles that prick your skin. It is used to treat acne scars, large pores and wrinkles. It’s a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. But it also usually requires several sessions to achieve the desired results, which can also be a firmer, smoother skin.
Microdermabrasion is another exfoliating technique used to minimize large pores and scars, smooth wrinkles, lighten dark spots on the skin, smooth the skin’s surface and even out skin tone. While there are a few different types of microdermabrasion, all of them involve a gentle sanding of the skin to remove and suction off the outer layer of skin cells. It’s not an invasive procedure, and so requires little downtime. Besides your face, you can also use microdermabrasion for stretch marks.
The dermatologists at Vanguard Dermatology in the greater New York City area are experienced at these various skin-reviving techniques. Contact Vanguard today to make an appointment and see the transformation of your skin.