Facial treatments invoke relaxation: there is nothing better than decompressing in a soothing environment. If you are tired of masking at home, why not go to a spa to relax for ultimate pampering, and indulge in professional multi-tasking treatments? Pro treatments are generally pricey, so choosing services that treat multiple skin concerns is ideal to both save time and money.
If you love getting the most out of professional spa services, here are the best bang for your buck treatments that target various skin concerns at once to leave you with your most radiant complexion yet.
One of my favorite exfoliation treatments that I learned during the esthetics program was microdermabrasion. This procedure uses crystals and suction to remove 20-30% of the outermost layer of the skin. Microdermabrasion diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and pigmentation for smoother skin. Like the light peel, there is no recovery time needed. In order to see more improvement, you will need at least 6 treatments. However, if you have rosacea, severe acne, or are using Retin-A, Accutane, or AHA products, microdermabrasion may not be the best treatment for you.
DIRECT HIGH FREQUENCY
For people who suffer from acne issues, Direct High Frequency is an effective option to treat skin with congestion or to spot treat blemishes. The High-Frequency current ignites the argon glass that resides within the glass electrode. When the oxygen in the air around the electrode is electrified, ozone gas is created. Once it is close to the skin’s surface, it has a germicidal effect that helps to heal acne. This treatment will bring all of the blemishes to the surface, but the skin will usually look better in a few days.
A treatment that I recommend for acne, uneven pigmentation, or fine lines is a light chemical peel composed of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid, or glycolic acid. These peels can contain up to 30% of glycolic acid and will affect only the epidermis. The best part about AHA peels is that they will reveal brighter skin with no additional recovery time. However, the skin may experience flakiness, redness or dryness of the skin following a peel, which will usually disappear after a day or so. Also, remember to avoid sun exposure for 72 hours, or wear more sunscreen and a hat after this treatment. If you are currently on Accutane, are pregnant, or are sensitive to the peeling agent, the esthetician may steer you away from this particular treatment.