JUL 2019

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52 @dayspamagazine • July 2019 © GETTY IMAGES MICRO MANAGEMENT A longtime spa standby, microdermabrasion removes dead skin cells mechanically, using either crystal powder or a diamond-head tip wand paired with suction. "The technician performs one to two passes over the skin to exfoliate, and results can be remarkable, as multiple layers are removed during each treatment," notes Lavigne. "It provides an immediately smoother texture and allows products to penetrate the skin more effectively." Clients may experience slight sensitivity or redness after treatment, usually dissipating within 24 hours, but the painless and affordable service remains a favorite. According to Cynthia Malcom, founder and education director of Edgar Renee Aesthetic Education & Consulting Group in Columbus, Ohio, microcurrent is also one of the most popular treatments in spas for tightening and fi rming facial muscles and skin tissue. "A low-intensity modifi ed direct current produces low-frequency pulses with different wave forms to treat the loss of muscle tone in the face due to aging, genetics, sun and gravity," she explains. "Microcurrent increases energy in the muscles, collagen production and protein synthesis; stimulates healing on a cellular level (i.e., for treating scar tissue); and boosts cell permeability, which allows nutrients to easily pass into cells while more easily eliminating waste." For best results, Lavigne recommends a series of 5 to 10 sessions over a three- to six-month period, although many clients notice an immediate effect. Meanwhile, Alison Vandekraak, owner of Skin Deep & Beyond Medical and Day Spa in Tualatin, Oregon, says that one of her top-performing facial services incorporates microcurrent, microdermabrasion and an enzyme peel; she notes that microneedling treatments are also exceedingly popular. The modality uses fi ne needles to create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds in the skin's top layer, she explains. This stimulates the body's natural healing processes, resulting in cell turnover and increased collagen and elastin production, thereby reversing and preventing signs of aging. "Microneedling, also called collagen induction therapy (CIT), is my favorite—our go-to treatment for a number of concerns, including fi ne lines and wrinkles, pigmentation problems, acne scarring, sagging or loose skin, stretch marks and general signs of aging," notes Vandekraak. "It's minimally invasive, virtually painless—thanks to a specially formulated numbing cream—and incredibly effective." She recommends that clients receive a series of three to four treatments, then maintain results with a session every few months. Microdermabrasion deeply exfoliates for instantly smoother skin. Microneedling stimulates wound healing processes for cell turnover. SAVING FACE

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