Your Weekly Beauty Recap | December 22, 2019
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The Best 'Lunchtime Lasers' for Redness, Pigmentation, and More (12/5, NewBeauty)

  • New technology has allowed for laser treatments that are so quick that they can even be done during your lunch break.
  • Pulsed-dye lasers (PDLs) might be the right pick for you if you are experiencing redness. These procedures usually only take a few minutes to half an hour, although they might require three to five treatments for desired results. They have minimal downtime, and only minor redness or swelling might appear for a couple of hours following the procedure.
  • If your skin is dull, thulium-based lasers like Clear + Brilliant could help. The procedure time is about an hour. Your skin might be red for about a day, and you might experience shedding for approximately 10 days.
  • For pigmentation, Q-switched lasers work like magic. Depending on how many spots you are treating, the procedure can take between a few minutes to an hour.
  • Thulium-based lasers can help by boost collagen production if large pores are a concern. Treatments take around 45 minutes.

10 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Glycolic Acid Peel (12/3, Self)

  • Glycolic Acid has become a very popular skincare ingredient. It's a chemical exfoliant that allows dead skin cells to be easily removed. It can be found in skincare products, and is also the star ingredient in many in-office chemical peels.
  • A glycolic acid peel might be right for you if you have fine lines, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. By weakening the connections between cells in the top layer of the skin, glycolic acid can help reduce the signs of aging.
  • Chemical peels can also improve the appearance of acne scars over time. In addition, there is research to show that glycolic acid might also help relieve inflammatory acne. Always talk to a board-certified dermatologist before getting a chemical peel. If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis, a glycolic acid peel may not be ideal for you.
  • There are three levels of in-office peels: light, medium, and deep. Always talk to your dermatologist to determine which level is right for you.
  • The procedure consists of cleansing the skin followed by the application of the glycolic acid solution. Once the acid has worked for the right amount of time, water or another solution is added to neutralize it. In the end, it is likely that your dermatologist will apply a cool compress to soothe the skin.
  • Healing can take anywhere between one and 14 days. During this time, make sure to only use gentle skincare products and sunscreen and avoid exfoliating. In addition, depending on the level of the peel, your dermatologist might recommend other ways to keep your skin protected. Avoid anything that might cause your skin to dry quickly, and make sure to hydrate it regularly!
  • The most common side effects include redness, scarring, discoloration, and irritation. Once your skin heals, you will likely begin to see results. Professionals recommend three to six treatments.

The Science Behind CoolSculpting (12/4, The Science Times)

  • CoolSculpting is a cosmetic procedure that helps you lose weight in areas where diet and exercise were not successful. The treatment targets these fatty areas to remove the fat permanently.
  • CoolSculpting uses a technology called Cryolipolysis, which targets and treats fat cells with extreme cold. Fat cells are much more sensitive to cold than skin, and therefore can be frozen while still leaving other tissues unharmed. The result of this is known as lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat cells.
  •  CoolSculpting is a very effective procedure, but it doesn't work immediately. You'll need several treatments for the fat cells to die off and be naturally shed by the body over time. It can take about one to three months to see the final results.
  • It is a great alternative to traditional plastic surgery because it is non-invasive, meaning there is no surgery involved, and zero downtime. In addition, this procedure ONLY targets the areas that need a reduction in fat cells… other areas of your body will remain intact.
  • Once they are removed from an area, the fat cells will not come back. However, it is important to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to avoid gaining weight in areas that were not treated with CoolSculpting.
  • If CoolSculpting sounds like the right procedure for you, make sure to find a qualified provider to perform the treatment. Getting this procedure done by a trustworthy professional is essential to get the best possible results.

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