If the face were a painting, then our skin would be the canvas on which the painting is constructed. If one has dull, tired looking skin, even the most beautiful facial features can look underwhelming and understated.
Indeed the quest for more beautiful skin has been around for hundreds of years. The wide array of products in the market as well as a plethora of treatments in beauty salons promising better skin often leaves the consumer confused and unsure of what to believe.
Certainly, daily skincare has a big part to play in achieving beautiful skin. The Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Exfoliate and Sunscreen regime is well familiar amongst many now.
Skincare, however, does take time to show effects and requires a level of trial and error to find the skincare regime suitable for your skin. With the advancement in aesthetic treatment techniques and technology, it is now a better time than ever to try some skin treatments that can fast track you towards better, clearer, radiant looking skin.
1. Quadrostar ProYellow Laser Treatment
Laser treatments these days are non-invasive and give minimal downtime. The Quadrostar ProYellow laser is a state-of-the-art treatment, which helps to treat skin issues associated with sun-damaged skin, which is a common occurrence in our hot and sunny climate. By targeting pigmentation and small blood vessels in the skin, the laser achieves a brightening effect for the skin whilst lightening pigmentation and reducing flushing of the skin.
2. Skin Booster Treatments
These treatments involve small injections of hyaluronic acid filler into the skin. Hyaluronic acid has very strong water-attracting properties and skin boosters harness this property to give the skin intense hydration and glow. The treatments are very popular in Korea and Mainland China.
3. Laser Toning
This technique of laser treatment has been extremely popular over the last few years. It carries minimal downtime and can be done as a lunchtime procedure. This technique helps with rejuvenation of the skin by reducing pigmentation and increasing radiance by causing superficial tightening of the skin.
4. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are not new to the market, but that does not stop them from being a simple and effective way to rejuvenate the skin. Chemical peels promote renewal of the skin, help to reverse signs of sun damage and even help with acne control. Depending on your skin type, your doctor will recommend a peel that is suitable for you.
5. Skin Tightening Devices
Part of great looking skin involves good elasticity, and there are many non-invasive skin-tightening devices now available on the market. Radiofrequency devices such as the Venus Legacy help to stimulate collagen in the deeper layers of the skin, producing tightening and firming effects on the skin. The gold standard in non-invasive skin tightening, Ultherapy, makes use of ultrasound to selectively target soft tissue layers in the face to produce a powerful lifting effects, coupled with improvements with skin texture and pores.
Given the great variety of treatments now available, it is advisable to consult your doctor to find out which treatment is most suitable for your skin type and your expectations.
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