GET UP AND GLOW
A 101 on everything you need to know about facial treatments and laser hair removal.
I sat down with the amazing Anneke Simon from Glo Laser & Beauty and asked her a few questions that I know we all have regarding some aesthetic treatments.
Q & A
1. THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY(S) TO TREAT PROBLEM SKIN?
A: Problem skin here refers to acne, specifically adult acne.
There are quite a lot of different types of acnes that can be treated in many different ways. The best place to start is with a dermatologist and/ or somatologist, someone trained and educated to know exactly what's the haps with your skin and how to solve the issue.
Acne can be the result of anything from hormones to your diet.
In terms of treating it, starting with facials and then chemical peels can be very advantageous in going a bit deeper in the skin and literally getting to the root of the issue BUT, if your dietary habits or a hormonal imbalance is the actual cause, you will have to treat that first. In other words, it's not just about getting the right treatments, it is changing your lifestyle so your skin can actually stop acting out - for example, if you don't shower after going to the gym, you will most likely have a breakout.
In other words - change your ways before you do any other treatments!
2. THE BEST SKIN CARE ROUTINE - DAY AND NIGHT?
A: Let's start off with what to do in the morning. Start off by cleansing, only once, because you should cleanse twice in the evenings, especially after wearing makeup the entire day (I did NOT know this). It is important to wash off your night cream as it contains retinol and can be harmful or sensitive to your skin if you are in the sun.
If you have a toner, use it after cleansing, as it balances your skin's pH levels.
Thereafter apply your serum if you have one (HIGHLY recommended) as well as your moisturiser. Wait ten minutes for your skin to absorb the moisturiser then apply some SPF (you do it after moisturising so it does not penetrate your skin, but merely protects you on the surface). If you have both in one, it is not problematic, just ensure your moisturiser molecules are smaller than the SPF ones, so they penetrate your skin and not the sunscreen. Then it's time for make-up, if you're the unlucky one that needs to go out in public. Be sure to reapply sunscreen/ SPF if you are in the sun often, even if you think you get no sun in the office. This is very important in order to avoid pigmentation!
Now, in the evening, it is very important to cleanse twice to get all the makeup, dirt and oils off. Use your toner again and apply serum after toning, then your night cream. Exfoliation is very important but beware, it is not an everyday thing. Do it Mondays and Thursdays for example, with ENZYME exfoliators - avoid the kind of scrubs that make your face feel like you got burnt in the sun or sand blasted! Put on the exfoliator 'mask' before you get into the shower, let the steam do its magic and then wash it off. So, that means only twice a week. You can then do an 'at home mask' after exfoliating.
3. THE BEST TREATMENT FOR PIGMENTATION AND SCARRING?
A: Okay, pigmentation should not be as scary as it sounds. Let's start with what it is. There are unfortunately many factors that contribute towards pigmentation, like picking when you have problem skin, the sun, hormones and pregnancy, the list is quite long. The good news is there are many ways to treat it.
There are IPL treatments that go very deep into the skin, and then of course chemical peels and microneedling are just as effective. It will always depend on the extent of your pigmentation and scarring, how deep the damage is and what treatment will be most efficient.
The products you use at home will also have an effect on the treatment that is suggested for the scarring or pigmentation.
Just know, there is no quick fix. Both scarring and pigmentation takes quite some time to develop and worsen and in turn, to heal, so your at-home treatments as well as your treatments at the salon/ doctor will contribute towards the healing in the long run, which will be on average six to eight treatments.
4. WHAT EXACTLY IS MICRONEEDLING?
A: Microneedling is done with a dermapen or a derma roller. A dermapen is the preferred tool as it is easier to control how deep it penetrates into your skin, where a derma roller cannot necessarily be controlled and can easily hurt your skin rather than make it better.
So microneedling creates micro-channels in your skin by literally shooting ten tiny needles into your skin's surface, and even a little deeper. The channels create a 'controlled injury' on your skin. If you are treating acne scarring the needles will penetrate deeper into your skin, whereas if you are doing microneedling for rejuvenation or anti-aging, it will only be just under the surface. As the channeling is done, serum is being put into these channels, into the skin. It may feel like sunburn afterwards, but clients are usually numbed before the treatment with numbing cream. There might be controlled bleeding and some blood spots - this is however very normal for the treatment! This means, your skin reacts to the 'injury' and works to repair it, AND the serum assists in healing and restoring the skin to an even better state.
5. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELS?
A: Chemical peels do not go as deep as microneedling does. It does however also penetrate your skin and can be just as effective, dependant on what you want to treat. It goes a lot deeper than a normal facial and is highly recommended for a big night out or a special event where you want to have that glow. It can also be used for acne, scarring, pigmentation and other issues. There are many different peels, some lighter and others may even lead to your skin physically peeling three weeks later.
There are single-cell and multiple-cell treatments, that are in essence just the intensity of the treatment - and will, once again, depend on what you want to achieve with the treatment.
It is also very effective in treating severe acne and is recommended as a treatment.
6. THE ABSOLUTE MUST-DO SKIN TREATMENTS FOR ANTI-AGING?
A: If you are in your twenties and up, your skin is unfortunately losing its elasticity and well, youthfulness with every birthday! There are a few important things to do and remember when it come to treating aging skin. First, the products you use are very important. Cheap products bought from your nearest grocery store might not necessarily be the best option when it comes to aging, and expensive treatments will most likely then make no difference to your skin if your everyday product is not the best. The wow-factor won't last very long. Talk to your therapist and get the best products suited for your skin!
Another important thing to consider, especially when you are a bit younger and those fine lines aren't a stress just yet, is HYDRATION! Having an oily skin can still mean that you have a dehydrated skin. Do regular facials and for those special events, opt for a chemical peel.
You then get other treatments on the market these days for anti-aging, such as fillers, botox, threads etc. These treatments are definitely an option, but even deep into your thirties will perhaps be too early to start. Utilise your facials and peels before opting for something extreme.
Age prevent is so important and much more effective than anti-aging treatments - and in effect also a lot easier. Good habits like regular hydrating and rejuvenating facials, applying SPF, strict daily routines, chemical peels now and then (as recommended by your therapist), a nutritious diet and healthy hormones will all contribute to a younger, healthier looking skin.
7. MORE INFORMATION ON LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
A: Laser hair removal usually takes about 6-12 treatments, on average, to get the desired results - hair free and carefree! It obviously depends on the treatment area and will differ from person to person. The time frame between treatments will also variate.
The tip of the machine being used is --3 Degrees Celsius, but will shoot up to about 50 Degrees Celsius light into your skin. It will feel like ice being rubbed over your skin, but with little pins and needles. About three weeks after the treatment, the hair will fall out (and up to then will keep growing, but is in actual fact already dead). If you wax before the treatment, you will have to wait three weeks before the laser can be done.
A skin analysis will be done prior to treatment to determine the settings of the machine, and it can be done on any skin type from skin type 1 to 6 (so basically from the lightest to the darkest skins). This improvement in technology helps to treat any skin type and won't hurt any skin type as it did in the past. People with skin issues like eczema that are treated with cortisone won't be able to do the treatment. It might also stimulate something like eczema or fever blisters, so it is important that your therapist be informed of any such issues and perhaps first do a 'test-patch' for you to see how your skin reacts to it.
Unfortunately for beautiful red-haired pigments, grey hair or light fluffy hair, this treatment might very well prove to be useless as it does not pick up on those pigments. These hair types will be treated with electrolysis. You can however go for a test to see how your hair reacts to the treatment.
A big thanks to Anneke and the team at Glo Laser & Beauty for the session and the free laser treatment. I was super impressed because within 5 minutes the treatment was done, I didn't feel a thing and I was ready to go, enriched with so much knowledge and soon to be smooth under arms!
I highly recommend any and all of the treatments mentioned and really investing in your skin. Make it something to be proud of, go get that GLO(W)!
Visit them in Parkview or Hazelwood and online at Glo Laser & Beauty