In common parlance, the terms skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing are often used interchangeably. However there is a big difference between the meanings of these terms. Skin rejuvenation is an all encompassing term, including many different treatments and procedures that medical science can use to alter our skins. In contrast, skin resurfacing is a simpler term indicating treatments that just wash off or work on the first or surface layer of the skin- the dermis.
Skin resurfacing too, can be done in a number of ways. You can remove the damaged cells on the upper layer of the skin by using acids or even taking laser treatment. A more lasting effect can be brought on by deep skin layer resurfacing- but this is like minor surgery and requires considerable recovery time.
Some simpler, less costly ways to achieve a lighter degree of skin rejuvenation are;
These can be used at home or even in treatment at your doctor’s office. Gycolic acid is a commonly used treatment under this procedure. The entire process usually consists of 8 to 10 treatments, each spread a week apart. The significant advantage of this procedure is that no downtime is involved, and the results are readily visible once the treatment is completed. However, it is better to use the services of an experienced medical practitioner, as a novice can really botch up the process, leaving you with skin pigmentation and other problems.
What a mouthful this sounds. Similar to sanding your car, this treatment uses an abrasive like aluminum oxide crystals applied to sand your skin and later vacuums them away. Typical microdermabrasion procedures consist of up to five to ten separate applications spread 10 to 14 days apart. This can be done to skin with darker pigmentation as well, without too much adverse effects. Critics of the procedure however maintain that the effects are similar to a skin glow that can easily be achieved at home with a quality face and body scrub.
These treatments simply work on the upper layer of the skin and that is all. Skin resurfacing can reduce fine lines, wrinkles and even excess pigmentation, but does not work that well on darker skin. The effects can be long lasting, as long as you avoid direct sun exposure after treatment and use a proper quality sunscreen. You can also adopt for a series of some light and some deep treatments. However this dialing up or dialing down of the procedure will accordingly impact the recovery time.
One favorite treatment among skin specialists is called Ultherapy, and consists of feeding ultrasound energy deep into the skin. The heat generated tightens existing collagen and stimulates even more collagen production, a process that tightens the skin. The effects are quick and long lasting. It has been shown that just a couple of treatments would have effects lasting up to two years.
In the event your budget does not allow you the luxury of these treatments, do not despair. Natural supplements like acai berries, pomegranates and blueberries can work wonders for the skin. Eating salmon and other fish containing Omega-3 fatty acids can complement these efforts.
Skin care can be achieved in two ways: going for medical treatments or opting for natural remedies. Often your available time and bank balance can dictate which option would be best for you.