There are times we all look in the mirror and think our skin looks a little lackluster. It could be from age, being exposed to the pollutants of the city or not getting enough sleep. Whatever the reason, you can have a brighter, smoother and softer complexion in under an hour with dermaplaning. Call Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY and schedule an appointment for this easy and amazing treatment.
What Causes a Dull Complexion?
If you’re noticing you don’t shine as brightly as you’d like or you have signs of aging that are beginning to make their way into every photo you take, it could be because you have a layer of dull and dead skin cells just lying on the surface of your face. Combine that with the debris we all pick up that can clog our pores, and you have a recipe for not looking your best.
There are other reasons you might be sporting a less than vibrant complexion.
Most people don’t get enough water, and they don’t even realize it. We all know the old standard of drinking eight glasses of water a day, but that’s not necessarily enough. If you’re active at all, you’ll need more than that. If you consume caffeine, alcohol, sugar or you smoke, you’ll need more.
If you’re dehydrated, your skin surely is, and if you’re over 30, it’s really showing it. Consider reaching out to your favorite esthetician and asking for a product recommendation that contains hyaluronic acid. It’s a sugar our bodies naturally produce that helps our skin attract moisture.
You’re Not Moisturizing
Or you’re not doing it enough, or you’re using the wrong kind for your skin condition and type. First, make sure you’re moisturizing your skin twice a day, every day. In the morning your lotion should always have sunscreen or you can apply your moisturizer over your sunscreen.
At night, you’ll need a cream that has restorative properties so that, as you sleep, your skin gets some help with its much needed repair and regeneration. Your esthetician will be able to explain your skin type and conditions while also recommending the right product for you.
There’s pretty much no way to avoid stress today. We live in a world that moves so fast we may not even have time to stop and realize how stressed we are. When you’re stressed, your body is flooded with cortisol, and that can affect blood flow, which can hurt your body’s ability to repair skin.
Aside from stress management and taking ten minutes every day to just breathe, there are some treatments a comprehensive spa would have to de-stress your skin and help increase blood flow to the area. Microneedling is a great one to consider and discuss with your skincare specialist.
You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep
Who is? If you’ve ever been on a plane, you know the minute the plane is in the air, half the passengers are asleep. Ever wonder why that is? It’s because they have nothing to do and they’re sleep-deprived. Sleep is your body’s restorative time and an opportunity for your skin cells repair and regenerate. If you don’t get enough sleep, you cut that time short and your cells can’t perform optimally.
Try to form a good sleep routine and stick to it, even if you really want to binge just one more episode. Dermaplaning is a great way to remove those cells that aren’t functioning properly so a brighter and more rested complexion is revealed and you can reset with your new resolution for a better sleep routine.
You’re Surrounded by Pollutants
If you haven’t already, download an air quality index app and take a look at your area. If you’re in any kind of city or suburban area, your skin is barraged with pollutants and your skin is soaking them in. You also have a layer of peach fuzz on your face that’s being saturated with those pollutants and causing your face to look even duller.
Make sure you wash your face every night, without exception. That’s the only way to ensure those pollutants aren’t doing even more damage while you sleep by hindering your body’s ability to heal and regenerate cells. Keep reading to learn how dermaplaning can take care of these pollutants and the debris your peach fuzz catches.
Your Lifestyle Choices
It’s just a fact that some things we do are harder on our skin than others. The number one contributor to signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, uneven tone and age spots, is to much time in the sun. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you need to carry sunscreen with you wherever you go. The sun’s UV rays will break down collagen in your skin faster than anything else.
Smoking is the other big one. Cigarette smoking will give skin a dull, waxy look and bring on smoker’s lines before you know it. Other habits that might contribute to a dull complexion include:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Too much sugar and processed food in the diet
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Poor skin hygiene
You’re Not Exfoliating
The amount of dead skin and debris on your face would shock you. If you don’t have a regular exfoliating routine that includes visiting your esthetician once a month for a treatment like dermaplaning, your face will continue to look dull, dry and lackluster.
What Is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the process of using a medical-grade scalpel to “scrape” the top layer of dead and dull skin cells, debris and peach fuzz from your skin. This may seem like a fairly new treatment because it’s just now getting a lot of buzz among the general population. The truth, however, is that this is an old Hollywood secret.
Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor both shaved their faces, understand the amazing results that come from the process. The treatment has come a long way, and we don’t recommend shaving your face at home, but this treatment is a game-changer.
How Does Dermaplaning Work?
Your trained skincare specialist will use a medical-grade scalpel, held at a 45-degree angle, and gently scrape the skin on your face. As your skin and peach fuzz is removed, a bright and smooth complexion is revealed. You know the feeling when you shave your legs, apply lotion and hop in between clean sheets? It’s like that, only better, because your face will be glowing.
You’ll be able to see everything that’s come off your face when the treatment is over. This is the most amazing part. You’ll look at everything and realize it’s no wonder your complexion wasn’t at its best.
What Does It Treat?
This non-invasive treatment is very versatile and appropriate for just about everybody, including the most sensitive of skin types. Talk to your skincare specialist about this treatment for addressing areas of concern like:
- Dull complexion
- Acne scars
- Fine lines
- Difficult makeup application
- Rough patches on skin
- Uneven tone and texture
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Any man or woman who is concerned about the overall appearance of their complexion is a good fit for this treatment. It doesn’t use heat, needles or any chemicals of any kind, so people with ultra-sensitive skin and rosacea can comfortably receive treatment without any issue.
If you have acne-prone skin or are experiencing a cystic acne breakout, talk to your esthetician as there may be better options for you. Before your treatment, you and your skincare specialist will talk through your areas of concern and she’ll do a physical examination of your face to check the condition of your skin. Once you talk through what you’d like your results to be, she can determine whether this treatment is a good fit.
What to Expect
Because this is a non-invasive treatment, there is no preparation for you to do. When you arrive for your appointment, you can begin your treatment right away. Each dermaplaning session lasts about 30 minutes. There are also great add-ons that will enhance your results.
When you’re done with treatment, your skin will have never felt so soft. Your complexion with be brighter and more even. Because you no longer have a layer of dead and dull skin cells blocking their absorption, your topical skincare products will work better than they ever have.
The unexpected benefit is how wonderfully your makeup will go on and wear after treatment. It’s also a snap to take off. You no longer have all that peach fuzz that can get in the way of makeup going on smoothly and looking flawless. Those hairs also won’t be around to hang on to makeup as you’re trying to wash it off.
How Often Should I Have It Done?
We recommend having dermaplaning done every month. It takes about 28 days for our skin cells to completely regenerate so that’s how often you accumulate more dead cells. Your peach fuzz will have grown back by then too and you’ll miss how smoothly your makeup goes on after treatment.
The Hair Growth Myth
We’ve all heard the myth that if your shave peach fuzz, it will grow back darker, thicker or more abundantly. This is not only not true, it’s physically impossible. All that’s being done is the top of the hair is being cut off. The hair below the surface is absolutely unharmed and is exactly the same color and texture as was the top of the hair.
We’re not sure where this myth came from, but it’s a concern we hear often. Let’s be clear–when you remove peach fuzz during this treatment, it will grow back as the exact same peach fuzz you just had removed.
Because your skin no longer has the barrier of dead cells preventing other treatments from working optimally, talk to your esthetician about adding on another treatment to really boost your results.
When you add a custom mask to your face after treatment, its nourishing properties can penetrate your skin and really deliver on its promises. Your specialist will recommend the right mask to address your concerns.
This will be the ultimate exfoliation experience. Glycolic acid is a mild exfoliant, but it is only mild in the chemical peel world. It’s a much deeper and more effective treatment than you could ever do at home. Your skin will be brighter, smoother and younger-looking.
Call for an Appointment Today
You deserve to love what you see in the mirror and in photos. If you want to really amp up the brightness of your complexion while tackling signs of aging, call Lazur La Vie in Nyack, NY and make an appointment with one of our skincare experts today. We want to help you look your best so you can feel your best!