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3 Anti Aging Treatments to Ask Your Esthetician About

  • By: Danna Schneider

  • I'm a thirty-something woman, and I'm looking to stay as fresh and young looking as I can for as long as I can because I think that your skin is the most important part of the way you look.

    Having good skin versus bad skin really makes all the difference when it comes to feeling and looking beautiful and young, and that is why millions of women are flocking to estheticians and doctors around the world, in search of the right anti aging treatment for their skin.

    And the "right" treatment could be dramatically different depending on a number of attributes, including race, gender, ethnic background, environmental exposure such as sun and diet, products used, and a number of other factors that we probably wouldn't even think of.

    This is why it is so important to not only find the right treatments to use daily on your face for the best possible results on your skin type, but it is also to find the right aesthetic treament if you are planning on actually going and getting professionally administered anti aging treatments.

    Word of mouth is definitely one of the best ways to figure out where to go, but what if you don't really know anyone who can recommend a doctor or skin specialist who they were no less than thrilled about?

    Well, you should first make sure that the places you are choosing to go offer free consultations. This way, there is no financial obligation if you choose not to give them your business, or weren't quite thrilled with the atmosphere, advice, or treatments options available, and wanted to further comparison shop.

    Once you've actually chosen the facility you ultimately will allow to work on your most precious beauty asset - your skin, that's when the personalization comes in. Most likely, you will be offered a few choices, and based on your age, and depth of wrinkles or fine lines, it will be a combination of a couple of things, only three of which we'll discuss here today.

    The most common and popular anti aging treatments available are variations of laser therapy, chemical peels, Botox injections, Microdermabrasion, and injectable dermal fillers such as Restylane. We'll talk today a little more about Microdermabrasion, Botox, and Restylane


  • Microdermabrasion is a process that does not involve any type of chemicals or invasive needles or surgery, and yet can have quite a dramatic effect on the appearance of the skin, no matter what your age is. However, it is usually not prescribed as a means to rid you of deep wrinkles.

    Usually, Botox or injectable fillers are recommended for deep wrinkles. Microdermabrasion is really a treatment that targets fine lines, spotting and uneven skin, sun damage, acne scarring and other scarring and pitting, and renewing the freshness and vital appearance of the skin. In other words, it sloughs away the "dullness" that often comes with aging skin.

    In the process, which involves blasting tiny particles of aluminum dioxide, and then sucking them up through a vacuum. If the procedure is done in the right localized area and agressively enough, many times patients will see a reduction in their fine lines, as well as a renewed, fresher look to their skin and a great improvement in the evenness and tone of their skin.

    I've had Microdermabrasion before, and was pleased with the results, but as far as erasing fine lines, it didn't do the trick, although I will say it even out my skin tone, and also helped with the appearance of the fine lines.

    Chemical peels

  • Chemical peels are another offering that you might have heard about. They usually custom mix a solution of glycolic acid, or perhaps some other sort of acid commonly used in skin care.

    This acid solution is applied to the skin and allowed to set for a specified time frame, and when it is taken off, the skin usually responds by shedding layers, or peeling, revealing younger, more vibrant and even skin underneath.

    You see, when we age, our skin sheds less and less, and our cells do not turn over as quickly, which results in a dull appearance as well as wrinkles and fine lines. The peels, especially when combined with Microdermabrasion, can help speed cell turnover like when we were younger, and give us back that youthful, dewy look.


  • The final professional anti aging treatment we will talk about is that all too commonly joked about product called Botox. Botox is a form of botulism, a feared word because of it's toxic status and the bad rep for being a food toxin that causes unpleasant side effects if ingested orally. But not if it's injected in the right amounts, into the very muscles that cause you to look "wrinkled" when you make a facial expression.

    Because Botox actually relaxes, or freezes the muscles where it is locally injected, it is not only a current wrinkle inhibitor, but it is also considered preventive, because it will actually prevent wrinkles from happening by preventing the positions of the skin that cause wrinkles to occur.

    I spoke to an esthetician recently about Botox, and expressed my concerns about the treatment that I would somehow be unable to express myself and have the "frozen face" look that I'd heard could happen.

    She said this is a common misconception, and that this is why good doctors will only use Botox in selective areas, just locally enough so that they don't relax large sections of muscle and a patient can still express themselves through facial expressions, without further wrinkling their skin.

    Botox is still one of the most popular anti aging skin treatments provided in professional facilities around the world today, and shows no signs of fading. It actually might be the way to go for people who want to prevent further wrinkles, who are not yet ideal candidates for dermal fillers because their wrinkles have not yet progressed far enough to be "filled".

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    Danna Schneider is the founder of Acnezine Acne Treatment Review and Clear Pores Review, where reviews on herbal products for acne Clear Pores and Acnezine, news and suggestions on new natural ways to be acne free for life can be found, as well as skin care regimens and tips for acne, acne rosacea and other inflammatory skin conditions.

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