And the words skin and facial seem to be used interchangeably. What is the difference between skin rejuvenation and facial rejuvenation?
In simple terms, skin rejuvenation revitalizes your skin to look and feel healthier (and thereby younger), whereas facial rejuvenation aids in restoring a younger appearance.
Both approaches will help you look more youthful, however, facial rejuvenation is focused on your overall appearance and includes surgical options. On the other hand, skin rejuvenation aims to improve skin texture, elasticity and add a healthy glow.
Combined, both can take off years in your appearance. This article, however, will focus on skin rejuvenation.
To make the right decision for your needs, you should be aware how different treatments work to rejuvenate your skin.
Below, you will learn which skin rejuvenation treatments provide results quickly and soothing treatments that rejuvenate the skin over time.
Skin Rejuvenation for Wrinkles
Let’s start with the #1 cosmetic concern most people face… fine lines and wrinkles. There are many ways to improve them, but mainly by utilizing one or more of 3 basic methods:
- Exfoliating – these remove the outermost skin layer
- Shrinking – utilizes heat to target specific areas beneath the skin causing the skin to shrinks as it heals
- Wounding – creates microscopic injuries to the skin that stimulates the production of collagen
There are two other non-surgical methods that deal with wrinkles, by means of adding volume (dermal fillers) and relaxing muscles (Botox). These, however, fall under the category of facial rejuvenation.
Each method has its place in the skin rejuvenation process and choosing the right one for you depends on a number of factors. These factors may include depth of the wrinkles, the overall condition of your skin, your age, your skin type and the area of concern.
The sun is a major stressor that causes damage to the skin. Your genetic makeup also plays a significant role in how quickly your skin shows signs of aging and the extent to which it shows.
In addition to addressing fine lines and wrinkles, skin rejuvenation treatments also address:
- Sunspots and age spots
- Dull skin
- Dry skin
- Mild scars and acne scars
- Uneven pigmentation
- Rosacea and other skin conditions
Soothing Skin Rejuvenation
These are mild treatments that require little to no special instructions after treatment and are recommended to be repeated monthly or bi-monthly to obtain and maintain their full effect over time.
- Mild chemical peels
- IPL treatments
Facials for Skin Rejuvenation
A facial is a relaxing and pampering experience for skin tissue issues. It cleanses, moisturizes, hydrates and improves circulation. It can also stimulate your body to produce collagen. Your body produces less collagen as you age and the lack of that protein can result in a dull, gaunt and aged appearance.
Mild Chemical Peels
A mild chemical peel helps to balance and restore appearance, and it also accelerates the turnover of skin cells. It brightens all types of skin and aids in addressing acne to restore and refresh your skin’s appearance. A mild chemical peel minimizes fine lines, wrinkles, reduces the appearance of blemishes and leaves you with revitalized skin that’s smoother.
Dermaplaning exfoliates the top layer of skin to remove dead skin cells that gives your complexion a dull appearance. It has the added benefit of removing peach fuzz, that unwanted and annoying facial hair. It’s a treatment that celebrities have been using for years to look camera ready at all times.
Skin Rejuvenation with Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is an effective treatment for removing old skin cells that make the skin look dull. It’s a good idea to have microdermabrasion performed if you haven’t had a facial in quite a while. It minimizes facial wrinkles and a new treatment method utilizes a specialized precision brush that works similarly to a light peel.
If you have superficial areas of hyperpigmentation that gives your skin an old, dull and rough appearance, microdermabrasion can help. The treatment is equally effective for smoothing, improving skin texture and reducing acne.
Rejuvenating Skin with IPL
Intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments are safe and effective for most skin types and can be used on multiple areas of the body. It addresses a myriad of hyperpigmentation issues, red and brown spots, and sun damage. The treatment can reduce acne and the appearance of rosacea, minimize spider veins, and tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Short-Term Skin Rejuvenation
Short-term rejuvenation options require one or a series of treatments over a short period of time to obtain the full effect. They include medical grade chemical peels, microneedling and laser resurfacing.
Medical Grade Chemical Peels
A medical grade chemical peel is an effective option if you have photoaging, unwanted freckles and acne, hyperpigmented skin and fine lines. Your skin will look brighter, younger and tighter. It’s restorative, improving your skin’s tone, texture and addressing discoloration to enhance your skin’s vitality.
Microneedling and Vampire Facials
Microneedling is a highly effective treatment in which extremely fine needles are used to make controlled, microscopic injuries to the skin. The treatment stimulates your body to produce collagen as part of the healing process, thereby creating a plumper, smoother complexion and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Microneedling is a treatment that is effective for addressing mild scarring from acne, skin discoloration and even stretch marks. Microneedling is used by a variety of celebrities who must always look fabulous in front of the camera.
Microneedling can be combined with plasma rich platelet (PRP) therapy. The treatment uses a small amount of your own blood that is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. The serum is applied in conjunction with the microneedling and uses your body’s own power of healing for rejuvenation.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing is used for lines and wrinkles that are deeper and more ingrained. It removes the outer layer of skin to stimulate collagen production and it’s typically used when other treatments haven’t proven satisfactory. Laser skin resurfacing peels away the outer layer of skin for rejuvenation, but also comes with an increased risk of developing unpleasant side effects.
Choosing the Right Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
Selecting the treatment option for your skin rejuvenation should never be made in haste or without consulting with a professional. The extensive variety of skin rejuvenation treatments offer choices for everyone no matter what your particular concern or skin type.
Depending on what you and your skin rejuvenation professional decide, you can take advantage of short-term treatments that can produce dramatic and immediate results.
You may need facial rejuvenation for a more youthful appearance or skin rejuvenation that works over time to make your skin healthier. All options are available to make you look as great as you feel and best of all – they really work.