by Kerry Andersen
Always put your best face forward! In the purely literal sense, that sage advice comes down to skin care. Technological advancements have dramatically improved skin care ingredients in recent years. They now protect us from the sun, blur our wrinkles and infuse moisture into our dry spots. If you want to boost your results even more, book an appointment to see a trained professional.
Senior esthetician Lauren Burk at Bauhaus Salon + Haus Spa says, “Estheticians use more advanced products than the ones that are part of your at-home daily routine including more aggressive exfoliants and cutting-edge treatments that deliver quicker results.”
Here are the top innovative treatments Burk says are readily available to enhance your skin care results while offering up a dose of relaxation and pampering too.
This treatment is like microneedling but less aggressive. The esthetician chooses a custom cocktail of serums based on your skin concerns and loads them into a nanopen. The wand creates micropuntures when passed over the skin, delivering the serums deep into the skin and boosting absorption by seventy times more than applying ingredients topically. The pen’s vibrations also activate collagen and elastin producing cells at the base layer of our skin. Burk says the results are amazing!
This treatment is a form of exfoliation that uses a small surgical scalpel to painlessly remove the vellus hair (also known as peach fuzz) and the top layer of dead skin from your face to yield a silky smooth appearance. By removing these two layers, the skin is better able to absorb treatment products which creates a beautiful base for makeup. Burk says it’s the most popular add-on skin treatment at the salon.
The HydraFacial is the world’s most popular advanced skin treatment and uses patented technology to deliver a gratifying glow. The three step process cleanses and peels skin to uncover a new layer, then extracts debris from pores using painless suction followed by intense moisturizers and finishes by saturating the skin with antioxidants and peptides. In just thirty minutes you’ll be fresh faced. This is a go-to treatment for those with dry skin.
This add-on therapy uses a light wand to boost any other treatment you receive. Red lights speed up healing, reduce inflammation, and stimulate collagen production. Blue lights target and kill acne bacteria. As a bonus, this 20-minute procedure can also boost your mood. Home versions of light wands are now available, but in-office therapy is stronger. Note: a series of treatments is required to experience maximum benefit.
A favorite ‘pre-event’ treatment, the oxygen infusion facial works from the inside out. Replacing the oxygen in your skin smooths out wrinkles and restores a youthful glowing appearance. Great for all skin types in need of an immediate pick-me-up.
Burk says, “Facials are for everyone – men, women, those looking to target specific skin issues or as an anti-aging measure. Men can benefit from clearing clogged pores and deep cleaning facial hair.
We recommend treatment every four to six weeks depending on your facial concerns.” She adds, “If you struggle with acne, a trained esthetician can clear out your pores and teach you how to properly care for your skin (severe cases should consult a dermatologist too).”
As science advances, so does skincare. Hot ingredients right now include Silymarin, a powerful antioxidant derived from milk thistle that has skin calming and brightening benefits. Also look for products with Bakuchiol, a plant based alternative to retinol which is better for sensitive skin with the same wrinkle busting results. Now you’re ready to face the world!
Bauhaus Salon is located at 4212 Lake Street in Lake Charles. Visit bauhaussalon.com, text 337.202.8754 or call 337.474.4000 for an appointment. In July, the salon is introducing the celebrity favorite luxury Cosmedix skincare line in conjunction with its Luminous Fruit Dermaplaning Facial.