This post addresses common misconceptions regarding a number of popular skin treatments. Manufacturers are very clever at marketing and their strategies have tricked the unknowing public into believing the hype.
FACT: Skin inflammation and injury cause premature aging!
- Microdermabrasion – This mechanical form of exfoliation serves to remove the top layer of the skin. The theory behind this treatment considers that our skin needs to be sloughed off in order to remain youthful-looking. This results in inflammation, dehydration and a damaged barrier repair function. Additionally, the microdermabrasion crystals become airborne during the treatment and may be inhaled into the lungs.
- Peels – Acids are applied to the skin in order to facilitate removal of the uppermost layers of the epidermis. The strength of the peel and the length of time that it sits on the skin’s surface will determine the depth of the peel. The strongest peels are quite painful and may require several days of “hiding” before the client is ready to face the world again. Although women may love the after glow of a peel, they are compromising the skin and inducing a premature aging response.
- Laser – Depending upon the laser used, the client may require a numbing agent prior to treatment and several days of reclusiveness to allow the skin to heal. Laser is actually an acronym with the “R” standing for “radiation.” So not only is the skin undergoing a significant assault, it is also being subjected to the dangers of radiation.
- Clairsonic® – This mechanical brush is primarily used for deep cleansing. When utilized with moderate frequency, it can lead to over-exfoliation, irritation, dehydration, abrasions and even broken capillaries. Additionally, the bristles of the brush don’t fully dry out and often become moldy and a breading ground for germs. For the acneic client, the brush spreads the dirt, oil and bacteria all over the face further exacerbating an already comprised skin.
- Botox® – This drug is made from a toxin produced by the strain of bacteria which causes a life-threatening type of food-poisoning called Botulism. The toxin does not act directly on muscles; it binds to the neurotransmitters thus preventing them from signaling the muscles to contract. It is typically used on the frown lines between the eyebrows as well as on crow’s feet. While this can reduce wrinkles and relax undesirable facial expressions, overtime it will lead to muscle atrophy. With all the recent pubic emphasis on health and wellness, I believe that women will seek alternatives to the injection of this toxin into their faces.
- Fillers – Commonly known as Restylane®, Juvederm®, Radiesse®, etc., these fillers are typically injected in the fine lines of the mouth to restore lost volume resulting in a plumped look. Long-term use may eventually lead to additional sagging if the client decides to discontinue the procedure. A good visible example would be a balloon that has become deflated.
Remember…the skin is an intelligent organ and should be treated with respect. Honor it with gentle therapies and quality products that will encourage cellular repair and renewal. As always, please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns.
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach and a hair removal expert. She offers online consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.