Summer was so fun, right? Everybody loves summer, but it can wreak havoc on our skin. No worries, let’s not beat ourselves up over the past, since what’s done is done. Let’s look to tomorrow, as we can minimize and even erase those mishaps with today’s modern skin care advances. Here are our top five treatments to consider to get your skin back on track … and even be ahead of the game! Each is available locally in Birmingham.
The HydraFacial is the newest alternative to laser resurfacing. Good for hyperpigmentation, oily/congested or enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, the HydraFacial is a four-step process that usually takes about 45 minutes. The technician will use the HydraFacial machine to cleanse, extract, exfoliate, apply an acid peel, and an antioxidant and collagen-boosting serum. There is zero downtime, with no redness or irritation, and skin will have an immediate softer, dewy appearance. Skin will continue to improve over the next few days, as well. Add-ons are available to target specific skin issues at an additional cost. Available at Village Dermatology for $150.
Botanical Skin Resurfacing Facial
The Botanical Skin resurfacing treatment uses the power of the tourmaline mineral (known to aid in detoxification and improve toxin-related ailments) to naturally increase radiance in the skin. Perfect for lackluster, dehydrated skin, this treatment includes deep cleansing, exfoliation, select massage, toning, masque and moisturization. Available at Tonya Jones SalonSpa for $50 for 30 minutes, $80 for 60 minutes and $120 for 90 minutes. Add-ons are available at an additional cost.
Micro Laser Peel
You can end up with a perfect complexion for that upcoming reunion or event by suffering through just a couple of days of sunburned-looking skin. By removing a thin layer of damaged skin, the Micro Laser Peel aims to shrink pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and even out skin discoloration, with no downtime. Available at TMB Skin Clinic for $250.
Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial
Have a special occasion on the books and want to look your best? The rejuvenating oxygen facial is designed to hydrate, lift and tighten the skin. Using cooling, calming pressurized oxygen to penetrate the skin and deliver the antioxidant and multivitamin-rich hyuluronic acid serum, this treatment provides immediate results and is touted as a Hollywood favorite! Skin looks visibly smoother and brighter and will continue to improve over the next 10 days following treatment. Available at Dermatology & Laser of Alabama for $125.
The Clear+Brilliant Laser treatment is gentle, as far as laser treatments go, but it is still very effective at achieving results. Made by the same manufacturer as Fraxel, it is dubbed the “mini Fraxel.” For smoother, more radiant skin with visibly reduced pores, this laser treatment takes about 30 minutes. Expect redness and some inflammation immediately after the procedure, but this should resolve by the next day. Available at Seiler Skin starting at $300.
Fall is a great time to re-evaluate your skin care regimen and be proactive. There are many options out there, so we highly recommend getting a thorough skin evaluation by a qualified professional before jumping in … face first (we couldn’t resist!). Remember, taking good care of your skin now makes all the difference in the fight against Father Time!