I’ve started to put together the most effective pre-wedding skincare routine and the one thing thats on my mind – other than keeping the breakout at bay, is how I can tighten up my skin. Now you may think, why do I need to do that? I am so young. Yes – but years of cystic acne and treating acne scars, my skin has gone through a battle and I find it may need to step up my skincare routine with a few treatments here and there. Here are some things to consider:
Technology has advanced – No one is going under the knife for a face tightening or anti-aging procedure. There are so many new treatments and machines that have made it almost pain free and in some cases, enjoyable.
Chemical Peels are absolutely incredible and serve multipurpose skin problems. One of them being moderate skin sagging! Plus peels are everywhere nowadays. Normally spas can do lower acidity peels while clinics can do 50% and higher depending on the severity of you skin problem. I’ve considered doing chemicals peels to reduce pigmentation and scarring but skin tightening as well. There are also microdermabrasion procedures which generally do the same thing – by mechanically removing the top layer of dead skin cells and clogged pores. There are also cosmetic skincare machines that incorporate lasers to perform peels.
Speaking of lasers – There are three kinds of lasers that do peel-like procedures: ablative, non-ablative and fractional lasers. Where chemical peels work on the surface of the skin, lasers work on lower layers of skin – the ones that trigger the production of collagen and elastin. So with most lasers, you will see the results much later than with a chemical peel.
If lasers and peels sound too invasive and expensive, there are also treatments like ultrasound and IPL (intense pulsed light). Some light treatments not only help with skin tightening, ant-aging but also killing acne bacteria on the surface of the skin. The one thing to remember is to start early. Start that eye cream even if its an extra step. Look for more nutritive and hydrating skincare rather than drying or clarifying. In most cases, starting earlier can be beneficial. Especially if you are starting to notice differences in the elasticity of your skin, your dermatologist, clinician, or regular doctor should be able to help you decide which treatments are best for your skin.