A healthy glow can be aesthetically pleasing, help enhance confidence, and even have the potential to ease anxieties. We prioritize obtaining a healthy glow with the help of medical grade skincare, but our skin provides so much more. Our skin and its accessories, known as our integumentary system, happen to be part of our innate immunity, providing us with protection from the outside world. Our skin is part of our first line of defence, protecting us from bacteria & viruses. When we care about skincare, we are caring about our health, and we should never compromise that.
When our skin is dry and cracked, microscopic openings can be formed, increasing the risk of allowing pathogens to enter the body. Consequently, these pathogens have the ability to cause an immune reaction such as a fever, so, yes, good skin can act as a barrier to protect you!
So, how do we get healthier skin? Here are 6 things you can do to give yourself a beautiful glow and promote its vibrancy.
1. Medical Grade Skincare
You may wish to consider seeking professional advice regarding your skin care regime.
From preventing acne to providing hydration, medical grade skincare gives quality results tailored to your own personal needs. Contrary to non-medical grade products, and even products from higher end beauty stores, medical grade skincare has quality, stabilized ingredients and has been through numerous clinical tests.
This results in higher quality beauty products that are better for your skin. For example, the average bar of soap from a drug store may have a high pH of approximately 9-10, while our skin is typically just below 5. Seek professional advice prior to choosing your skincare plan, as each of these products have various risks and must be used correctly.
2. Diet and IV Therapy
You are what you eat (and drink)! The old adage we’ve heard over and over couldn’t be more correct when it comes to nutrition and hydration.
Ensure you’re consuming appropriate fats - avocados, salmon, and nuts are rich in omega fatty acids. Fatty acids are building blocks of cell membranes and can help maintain firm, hydrated skin. In addition to fats, it is important to include ample amounts of antioxidants in your diet such as blueberries, citrus fruits, and raspberries. If you don’t have time to pick a field full of berries, Glutathione and Vitamin C are powerful antioxidants that can be infused via IV therapy.
Another important consideration is proper hydration. Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL is the evaporation of water through our skin. When we lose that water, we can lose elasticity in our skin over time which in turn can speed up the aging process. In order to prevent the loss of elasticity, increase your water intake. IV therapy has given many of my clients not only the benefits of hydration, but the other exceptional nutrients your skin has been yearning for.
3. Medical Grade Peels
Our skin has a cycle - the deepest layer (basal layer) of the epidermis is where new skin cells are formed, which push older cells to the outer layers. As we age, our cell turnover is slower, which means our skin cycle slows down. Medical grade peels enhance our cell turnover by enabling newer skin cells to reach the surface. If you are suffering from acne, it may be advisable to have a medical grade peel to help with cell turnover and prepare your skin for further treatments.
4. PRP microneedling
PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet) is a preparation of autologous blood that contains special factors which enhance new cell growth, which promotes new tissue growth. (Marx, 2004) (A vial of your blood is taken and placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood, yielding the blood’s “gold dust”- Plasma Rich Platelets. When PRP Microneedling is performed on the skin, it accelerates your cell turnover and can stimulate collagen production. This is an amazing treatment for the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). This therapy is highly effective for the reduction and softening of the appearance of wrinkles as well as scars such as acne scars. This treatment enhances the healing response of the skin.
Your skin will continue to grow and heal long after treatments have been performed, therefore it is important to be using appropriate serums and products to aid results. Consistent treatments can provide better results, therefore it is advisable to set up a consistent treatment plan that includes appropriate products.
5. Plasma Injections AKA The Plasma Lift
The PRP (Plasma Rich Platelet) Lift is a treatment that goes deep into the dermal layer to help restore lost volume and stimulate collagen production. This is very important as some of the most common signs of aging are due to a loss of volume in the dermal layer. If you are not working on the structure of your skin, specifically the deeper layer, you may notice loss of volume in the face. As we age, our skin begins to atrophy which can lead to the appearance of jowls, wrinkles around the mouth, smile lines, downward pointing mouth lines and hollowing under the eyes. Plasma injections can help heal the face from the inside out providing a beautiful rejuvenation of the skin. Like PRP Microneedling, a vial of your blood is taken and placed in a centrifuge. Then, the PRP is injected into the skin using cannula technique to cause mild trauma to appropriate areas where collagen production can then take place over time. These results can take time to develop, therefore patience and consistency are required.
If you take a look at the below photos of some of my patients, you can see where there has been a full face rejuvenation achieved naturally, with their own blood.
6. Dermal Fillers
Your cosmetic injector can help you choose what fillers may best be suited for your desirable outcome. Dermal fillers are a gel like substance that is injected beneath the skin in order to help restore lost volume as well as enhance facial contouring. Two common types of fillers are Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based fillers and Calcium based biostimulating fillers (CaHA).
HA can help provide sculpting and lifting with immediate results. CaHA has the added benefit of stimulating your collagen production, however, these results take time to develop. CaHA is an irreversible filler and may require multiple sessions to achieve desired results. With patience and consistency, CaHA can provide a beautiful lift over the course of several treatments. This treatment may be optimal for restoring large areas where fat atrophy has occurred.
Everyone deserves beautiful healthy skin and now you have some fundamental information on what can be done to help you achieve your desired glow.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is not meant as medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or certified professional before making any decisions.