5 Quick, Easy Treatments That Refresh Your Skin
Sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and skincare is probably one of the first things to get moved to the bottom of your list. But what if you could be in-and-out in less than an hour with glowing skin—and possibly get results that continue to improve in the months to come? According to plastic surgeon and medical director/founder of The Laser Lounge non-surgical aesthetic spain Newport Beach, California, Dr. Sanjay Grover, “Several fast, downtime-free treatments can add up to major skin improvement, and committing to a series can help delay more intense procedures down the line and potentially help you avoid them altogether.” Here, five must-try treatments that you can schedule during your lunch hour so you can get back to business without missing a beat.
Similar to microdermabrasion—but without the messy aluminum oxide crystals—this facial-like treatment uses a novel bristled tip to gently exfoliate the uppermost layers of the skin and targeted “infusions” that address your primary skin concerns. “This treatment instantly boosts skin radiance and provides visible improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars and other skin issues, and it’s safe for sensitive skin as well,” Dr. Grover explains.
Clear + Brilliant
Ideal for improving and preventing the progression of signs of aging such as fine lines, visible pores, uneven skin tone and rough texture in 30 minutes of less, think of Clear + Brilliant as Fraxel for beginners. Dr. Grover says, “This treatment is wonderful for restoring a healthier, youthful complexion without downtime. Some patients may experience mild redness for up to a day after treatment at most, but makeup can be applied immediately afterwards.”
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
“IPL has been around for more than 20 years, and I still think it’s a great, effective option for improving red and brown discoloration associated with broken capillaries and dark spots,” Dr. Grover says. This treatment generates bursts of various wavelengths of light that can be adjusted based on the patient’s main skin concerns—and side effects are limited to a possible sunburned appearance for a day or two.
“Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling creates tiny wounds in the skin to kick-start collagen production as part of the healing process,” says Dr. Grover. This versatile treatment can be performed at a lighter depth to minimize post-treatment redness, or deeper if you have a long weekend to lay low. Patients see improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, scarring, acne and overall skin quality in the weeks following each microneedling treatment, and Dr. Grover likes to enhance treatments with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serums for optimal results. Microneedling can also be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which involves drawing a small amount of a patient’s own blood and processing it to isolate the most potent skin-rejuvenating components. Dr. Grover explains, “When PRP is used in conjunction with microneedling, patients usually experience faster healing, increased skin tightness and overall more dramatic results.”
Vivace microneedling with radiofrequency
Vivace takes traditional microneedling to the next level with the addition of radiofrequency energy and a robotic action that creates micro-channels in the skin precisely and quickly, which translates to greater patient comfort during treatment. Ideal for rejuvenating the face, neck, hands and body, Vivace can be performed on its own or with PRP, results are visible immediately and there’s no associated downtime. “I’m very excited about this new treatment because it can be customized in myriad ways to address each patient’s unique skin concerns and help achieve their aesthetic goals,” Dr. Grover says.