Skin Care Treatments

If cosmetic surgery isn't right for you

So you've done your research on cosmetic surgery for skin rejuvenation and found out that it is too scary, painful, dangerous or simply expensive for you. Should you feel hopeless? Not at all!

There are also non-invasive ways to restore your skin to its blooming youth, and these methods were rated to be as effective as a surgery. So here are the top three proven-to-work treatments that are most-known and popular in spas and salons today.

Microdermabrasion

This procedure is done using a machine that blasts tiny crystals onto your skin, exfoliating it thoroughly. Your outer skin layer is peeled off, resulting in instant glow and overall healthy look. Unlike many treatments, this procedure is painless and doesn't cause inflammation, so you can easily have it at lunchtime on a work day. It can be used on almost any part of your body and may help remove scars (including acne scars and stretch marks), dark spots, fine lines and blemishes.

Microdermabrasion is effective for any skin type and color, and has no side effects. The procedure itself lasts for 30 to 40 minutes and can also be done with home microdermabrasion kits, which are widely available. You may need several treatments for better results.

Photo-rejuvenation

This treatment is highly effective for skin redness, rosacea, flushing, pigmentation problems, scars and wrinkles. It tightens pores and gives your skin an even tone, repairs broken capillaries and removes signs of sun damage. During the procedure your skin is treated with intense fluorescent pulsing light.

People with high skin sensitivity may experience some discomfort and may want to choose topical anesthesia, but usually this treatment is painless. Skin may appear a bit flushed and dark spots may look darker after the procedure, but in a few hours skin goes back to normal. Photo-rejuvenation treatments have to be done more than once to ensure good results. If you don't want to have them done in your beauty salon, you can invest in a photo-rejuvenation home system.

Massage

Face-lifting massage can be done at home or in a spa to restore skin's firmness and minimize sagging. This treatment came from Asia and is based on knowledge of acupressure points. During massage, these special points are stimulated to relax facial muscles and stimulate collagen production. This results in higher blood and lymph circulation, and causes the skin to cleanse itself and becoming healthy and radiant.

Face massage can be done using natural oils suitable for your complexion, or any other daily creams and gels you want. You can choose to let professionals do it for you in a salon, or you can learn to do it yourself - luckily, there are plenty of books and websites describing this technique.

By Pola Kay