How to get a salon facial at home

How to get a salon facial at home

When I turned 50 I treated myself to a series of facials over a few months. One was a microdermabrasion facial.

If you haven’t heard of microdermabrasion facials, they’re advertised as ‘non-invasive resurfacing of the skin that exfoliates, reduces congestion and improves texture to leave your skin looking more supple and refreshed.’

Compared to the previous facials, which admittedly didn’t have all the benefits of a microdermabrasion facial, it was a little uncomfortable and not quite the ‘lie back and relax time’ I was expecting.

Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals that are blown onto the skin under pressure and immediately suctioned off. They minutely scratch the surface of the skin removing the layer of dead cells that causes dullness.

In you want to know why we get duller, less radiant skin as we age, it’s because cellular turnover decreases which means the top layer of dead cells is shed less frequently.

So, back to my story. My skin felt great after the facial but that was the last one in my facial series. I can’t remember if it was because of how it felt or because I was busy and having a regular facial was a luxury that I didn’t have time for.

Fast forward a few years and I found an alternative that gave similar results to the microdermabrasion facial without the discomfort, in a fraction of the time (less than five minutes), and I could do it at home.

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Getting the right recipe for your skin

Getting the right recipe for your skin

I likened skincare to baking a cake in the last blog. And certainly you need to get the basics right before you start adding the specifics that make the cake stand out.

And the basics for skincare are

  • using a pH balanced moisturiser

  • using moisturisers that have humectants

  • having anti-oxidants in your skincare products

When you’re young, you really only need to get the basics right.

But as you age, you will have other issues and you’ll need to add ‘flavours’ to your basic regime to address your specific problems.

What happens to the skin as we age?

The genetic blueprint we are born with is constant throughout our life, but how the actual genes express themselves changes with time.

Think of the firmness of a baby’s skin and compare to someone in their late 40’s on and it’s obvious something has changed - and what has changed is that collagen and elastin production have downgraded their expression (downsized, if you will) so the underlying structure of the skin loses some of its support and that shows with fie lines, wrinkles and sagging.

And while some genes downgrade their expression, some upgrade like melanin production which is why sun spots (which some people call age spots) appear.

Not only do those changes occur but cell turnover slows down so you don’t shed your dead cell layer as quickly and that causes dullness.

So, common skin issues are:

  • fine lines and wrinkles

  • sagging

  • dullness

  • uneven tone

  • sun spots

Do young people have skin issues?

Teenagers and young adults will be only too aware of skin issues that they feel plagued with.

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