Aging, acne scars or dull skin? What skincare treatments can do to help
Metro x Clear Skincare Clinics: If you’ve been struggling with skin concerns including pigmentation, fine lines, acne, blackheads or uneven texture, there may be some treatments that can help.
The world of skincare, with all its never-ending choices, has always been overwhelming. But in the last year, pandemic-induced lockdowns have exponentially increased our interest in the creams, oils and essences which can help with preventing ageing skin or treating pesky fine lines. With more time on our hands, the daily grind of sifting through numerous YouTube videos and online articles to figure out what’s the best stuff to slather on our faces has become familiar. Skincare “became the new make-up”.
“People really have time to invest in their skin-care regimes now and everyone is looking after their skin a bit more,” make-up artist Polly Marchant told the BBC.
But taking care of your skin just makes sense, regardless of how busy you are — it’s kind of the only one you’ll ever have. “By investing in good skincare, [you] can buy the cheapest makeup at Farmers and it’ll look great still,” YouTube beauty vlogger Shaaanxo said in an interview with Metro in 2019. “If you do not take care of your skin, remove your makeup properly and take time to moisturise it, you could buy the most expensive makeup and it’ll still look average.”
So, investing in your skin, we think, is a pretty good idea. There will always be 12-step routines to embark on, but for those of us looking for something a little bit more, there are a whole range of alternative skincare treatments that go beyond products, target immediate and long-term concerns, and can produce better, more effective results. Many of them are quick enough to nip out on a work break, and with no recovery time, so you can slip straight back to your desk.
We know there’s a lot of confronting information, everywhere, coming at you from all directions, so we’ve put together a helpful shortcut guide below to cut down on your research time. But, if your heart desires, go down the rabbit hole and explore all the options available to you in full.
Acne scars? SkinPen is essentially a precision micro needling device that stimulates your skin’s natural response to the wound healing process. Since it doesn’t use active ingredients or laser light therapy, it’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, and you can be in and out in under an hour. Although it’s super effective to soften acne scars, the treatment is also used for fine lines and wrinkles, texture, pore size, sun damage and more.
Dull skin? You could invest in a good Vitamin C serum and use it daily to address dull skin in the long-term, but if you want to see a difference right away, microdermabrasion is the way to go. The treatment takes only 10 minutes and uses a diamond tip wand to suction and remove dead skin cells which can lead to skin congestion. Microdermabrasion helps to clear skin and improve texture. There’s an immediate effect, but you’ll want to do it monthly to achieve the best results.
Acne breakouts? LED Light Treatment basically -this means having a quick lay down, closing your eyes and bathing in the light: red or blue. The red can help with anti-ageing and stimulating collagen, while the blue works to remove the bacteria that can cause acne and reduce inflammation and breakouts. Another option to target acne is a specialised overnight acne peel, designed to break the acne cycle.
Signs of ageing? Overnight Skin Peels are applied at the clinic and then left on overnight, repairing your skin while you sleep, as you rest the peel does its thing — deeply exfoliating and lifting away skin imperfections. The overnight anti-ageing peel can reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and leave your skin feeling fresh.
Have skin? Lastly, the HydraFacial is kind of an all-rounder that can be tailored to pretty much any concern you have, regardless of your age or skin type. It can address acne, ageing, hyperpigmentation, firmness, uneven texture, congested pores, congestion and even blackheads — the overall effect leaves you looking healthy and glowing, especially right after the procedure, which is why people use it pre-events (It’s becoming the sort after pre wedding treatment). “It combines elements of popular microdermabrasion and skin peel treatments, but, best of all it is truly a relaxing, feel-good experience,” Arash Akhavan, an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City told Allure. “It’s never painful — in fact, patients compare the sensation to a light massage.”
Clear Skincare Clinics offer all the above treatments and more and conveniently has eight locations around Auckland, including Auckland CBD, Howick, Milford, Mission Bay, Newmarket, Ponsonby and Takapuna, and one near Hamilton, in Chartwell.
You can contact individual clinics to make a treatment booking, or book easily online.
This article is created in partnership with Clear Skincare Clinics.