It’s common for New Year’s resolutions to center around health, with most people resolving to exercise and make better food choices. But this year, how about focusing on another essential aspect of health … your skin!
Your skin is your largest organ. Making a resolution in 2024 to take better care of your skin will not only leave you youthful and radiant, but it can also benefit your overall health.
Here is a little skin 101 and some aesthetic procedures and self-care tips to consider implementing in 2024 for a more radiant year!
Why is Healthy Skin Important?
Healthy skin isn’t only about not having fewer lines and having a flawless complexion; it’s an essential component of your overall health. Beyond appearances, caring for your skin is an investment in your overall wellness.
First and foremost, the skin acts as a protective barrier, shielding our bodies from harmful external factors. A healthy skin barrier can help prevent infections, allergens, and pollutants from infiltrating our system, reducing the risk of various skin conditions and potential systemic illnesses.
Healthy skin also contributes significantly to regulating body temperature and moisture retention. An intact skin barrier ensures proper hydration, preventing issues such as excessive dryness or oiliness, which can lead to discomfort and even dermatological disorders.
Additionally, a well-cared-for skin surface supports the body’s synthesis of vitamin D. Sun exposure, in moderation, aids in the production of this vital nutrient, which is crucial for bone health and supporting the immune system’s functionality.
As we age, the importance of healthy skin becomes increasingly apparent. Prioritizing healthy skin is a commitment to your body’s overall health. Each step you take towards a radiant complexion is a step towards enhanced health and vitality.
Top Aesthetic Procedure for Healthy Skin
There are many ways that you can make your skin look more youthful. Injections like Botox and dermal filler top the list of aesthetic procedures that most people desire.
While these treatments are excellent for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, you should consider adding other aesthetic treatments, such as skin and laser treatments, if your goal is skin health.
Skin Treatments to Consider for Healthy Skin
Professional skin treatments can work wonders for your skin’s appearance and overall health. Most skin treatments have zero downtime and reveal more radiant, healthy skin in as little as one session.
Here are a few of our customer-favorite skin treatments at The Lett Center:
One of the best things you can do for your skin is to get regular facials. Facials can be tailored to your unique needs, providing a personalized approach to skincare.
Among the standout options is the HydraFacial, a revolutionary treatment that combines deep cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, hydration, and antioxidant protection. This multi-step process leaves your skin refreshed, radiant and invigorated.
Peels are a transformative step towards healthy skin, effectively addressing concerns like uneven tone and texture. These treatments, which come in various formulas and strengths, utilize carefully formulated solutions to remove the outermost layer of damaged skin, revealing a smoother, more youthful complexion beneath.
Whether targeting fine lines, hyperpigmentation, or acne scars, peels offer a tailored solution for optimal skin health. One of our favorite peels is The Perfect™ Derma Peels. It’s a standout chemical pee because it contains an anti-aging ingredient unlike any other available on the market today!
Gently removing the top layer of your skin can completely transform the health of your skin. Our preferred resurfacing treatment is called DiamondGlow™. This revolutionary general dermabrasion device uses a 3-in-1 treatment that exfoliates, extracts, and infuses serums in one simple step using a diamond tip wand.
According to a clinical study, individuals reported immediate post-treatment results following DiamondGlow™*: 100% experienced a noticeable increase in skin firmness, 100% observed enhanced radiance in their skin, and 89% reported significant improvements in overall dryness.
Microdermabrasion takes exfoliation to the next level, buffing away dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, more vibrant complexion. This non-invasive treatment enhances cell turnover, promoting healthy skin renewal and a natural radiance that speaks volumes.
Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that stimulates collagen production. Microneedling promotes skin regeneration by creating micro-injuries, diminishing fine lines, scars, and hyperpigmentation. The result is firmer, healthier skin that exudes a youthful glow.
At The Lett Center, we prefer Sylfirm X, the world’s first FDA-approved pulsed wave and continuous wave radio frequency microneedling system. The rejuvenating effects of Sylfirm X have shown lasting outcomes, averaging up to 6 months and, in some cases, as long as 9 months in as little as two treatments.
Exosome treatments are the new kid on the block in aesthetic procedures but are quickly becoming one of the most popular. These treatments are a cutting-edge solution for cellular revitalization.
Derived from stem cells, exosomes deliver potent growth factors, promoting collagen synthesis and overall skin rejuvenation. This innovative approach fosters a healthy, luminous complexion from within.
Fractionated Radio-Frequency (RF) Treatment
Safe for all skin types, fractionated RF energy is a scientifically proven method to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin laxity with almost no downtime.
Our preferred RF treatment is called Fractora. It is a superior solution that will have your skin looking and feeling younger and more radiant in as little as one session (up to 6 sessions are advised for optimal results.)
CryoAestheticTM (Glacial Rx)
Cryomodulation™ is an exclusive cooling technology designed to normalize melanin production and alleviate inflammation. Glacial Rx™ utilizes this unique technology to enhance the overall appearance of the skin.
Tailored to address concerns such as age spots and redness or inflammation, it offers effective and comfortable solutions for skin rejuvenation. This treatment suits anyone eager to enhance their skin’s condition, especially those motivated to minimize the visibility of age spots and other benign lesions.
Laser Treatments to Consider for Healthy Skin
Laser treatments are advanced procedures that offer a precise and targeted approach to addressing various skin concerns, promoting both aesthetic enhancement and long-term skin health.
From tackling pigmentation irregularities to reducing redness and improving overall skin texture, lasers work on a cellular level, stimulating collagen production and encouraging skin renewal. This not only results in visible improvements but also fosters the vitality of the skin.
Here are a few of our customer-favorite laser treatments at The Lett Center:
The Clarity II laser is an advanced dermatological tool designed to address pigmentation issues, redness, and vascular lesions. This cutting-edge laser treatment targets and corrects specific skin concerns, providing a non-invasive solution for individuals seeking healthier skin. It is especially effective in treating pigmentation irregularities and addressing redness caused by vascular issues.
The Clarity II laser employs innovative technology to target and break down pigmented areas and vascular lesions. It utilizes specific wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting cellular turnover. This process contributes to a more even skin tone and texture.
By addressing pigmentation issues and vascular lesions, the Clarity II laser doesn’t just improve the appearance of the skin; it actively promotes skin health. The stimulation of collagen production enhances the skin’s elasticity and resilience, contributing to an overall healthier complexion.
Moreover, the reduction in pigmentation irregularities supports a more balanced and youthful skin tone, emphasizing the treatment’s holistic approach to skin health.
The V-Beam laser is a vascular laser specifically designed to address redness caused by broken or inflamed blood vessels. It is highly effective in reducing redness associated with various skin conditions, including post-acne redness, spider veins, red stretch marks, and facial flushing from Rosacea.
The V-Beam laser targets blood vessels with precision, delivering intense yet controlled bursts of light. This process causes the blood vessels to coagulate, ultimately reducing redness. The treatment is non-invasive and provides noticeable results without damaging the surrounding skin.
Beyond its cosmetic benefits, the V-Beam laser contributes to skin health by addressing the root causes of redness. By targeting and minimizing inflamed blood vessels, it helps improve blood circulation and reduce the overall stress on the skin. This, in turn, promotes a healthier complexion with diminished redness and enhanced skin vitality.
Pigmented Laser Treatment
The Pigmented Laser Treatment is a specialized procedure designed for individuals dealing with pigmentation concerns such as Melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This laser treatment focuses on correcting excess melanin production, which often results in dark patches on the skin.
The Pigmented Laser Treatment utilizes advanced technology to break down excess melanin, restoring a more even skin tone. It targets specific pigmented areas, promoting a balanced distribution of melanin for a harmonious complexion.
By addressing the root cause of pigmentation irregularities, this laser treatment actively contributes to skin health. Restoring balance to melanin production not only improves the skin’s appearance but also supports a healthier skin environment. The treatment enhances overall skin vitality, promoting a more radiant and youthful complexion from within.
Self-Care Tips for Radiant Skin
While skincare and laser treatments can undoubtedly boost your skin aesthetics and health, what you do at home daily matters as much, if not more.
Here are ten self-care tips for radiant, healthy skin:
1: Drink Lots of Water
Staying hydrated is the cornerstone of healthy skin. Water helps flush out toxins, supports skin elasticity, prevents dryness, and promotes a plump, radiant complexion.
In contrast, dehydration can lead to dull, flaky skin and even medical issues such as compromised immune function, impaired cognitive performance, and increased susceptibility to skin disorders.
Proper hydration is not just a cosmetic concern; it is essential for maintaining overall health and ensuring your skin functions at its best.
Moisturizing is crucial for overall skin health. It helps create a protective barrier, preventing water loss and maintaining the skin’s natural balance.
And yes, you should moisturize even if you have oily skin. Skipping moisturizer can signal the skin to produce even more oil to compensate, leading to an imbalance and potential breakouts.
3: Do Not Use Tanning Beds
The allure of a sun-kissed glow may be tempting, but tanning beds are a strict no-no. Avoiding tanning beds is paramount for long-term skin health.
Tanning beds emit harmful UV rays that penetrate deep into the skin, damaging collagen and elastin fibers. This damage accelerates the aging process, causing wrinkles and fine lines.
Even more critical, UV exposure from tanning beds increases the risk of skin cancer and compromises skin health. With so many natural-looking self-tanning options these days, there is no reason to ever step in a tanning bed!
4: Incorporate an AM/PM Skincare Regime
A well-maintained skincare routine can aid in the natural aging process, promoting elasticity and suppleness. This results in a more youthful appearance and reflects the underlying health of your skin cells.
The exact steps you need to include in your daily skincare routine will differ depending on your age, skin type, and skin concerns. To determine what is best for your skin, it is advised to book a free consultation with a skin expert.
Many creams and serums are available to tackle specific skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, acne, and an uneven complexion. However, at a minimum, ensure you cleanse and moisturize with products tailored to your skin type both morning and evening and always apply sunscreen each morning (rain or shine).
Additionally, incorporating a gentle exfoliator into your routine a few times a week can help remove dead skin cells, promote cell turnover, and unveil a brighter, smoother complexion. This simple step enhances the efficacy of your skincare routine, revealing healthier and more radiant skin over time.
While there are some decent over-the-counter base products, medical-grade skin care is the most effective and cost-effective long-term. These formulations often contain potent ingredients backed by scientific research, addressing specific skin concerns and promoting long-term skin health.
The Lett Center has a wide range of medical-grade skin care to choose from. If you aren’t sure which products are best for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule a complimentary skincare consultation.
5: Do Not Smoke
Choosing to quit smoking isn’t just about breaking a habit; it’s a profound act of self-care. If you smoke, there is no better self-care tip we can give you than to stop. Smoking, beyond its well-known health risks, deeply impacts our skin’s health.
Smoking accelerates aging, creating wrinkles and robbing our skin of vital oxygen and nutrients essential for its vitality. By quitting smoking, we offer our skin a chance to rejuvenate, breathe, and recover from the damage caused.
6: Wear Sunscreen Everyday
Rain or shine, whether you’re cozied up indoors or catching rays outside, sunscreen with at least SPF 30 (preferably 50) is your skin’s best friend.
Of course, one of the primary reasons to wear sunscreen is to prevent sunburn and skin cancer, but sunscreen is also the best way to prevent premature aging and lessen your risk of lines and wrinkles. Sunscreen is more than a shield; it’s your daily dose of self-care, ensuring your skin stays radiant and healthy.
7: Regular Skin Checks and Skin Cancer Screenings
There is no better self-care you can provide yourself than ensuring your skin is cancer-free.
Early detection is key to successful treatment of skin cancer.
Regular self-examinations are vital for identifying any suspicious changes in moles or skin conditions. Give your skin a thorough look-over now and then—watch for new moles and any changes in the size or texture of the old ones.
You should also have a professional skin cancer screening once a year to ensure you haven’t overlooked something suspicious. These screenings offer a comprehensive evaluation by a trained expert, providing insights beyond what an untrained eye can see.
8: Get Plenty of Quality Sleep
Not getting enough quality sleep is well-documented to cause many health issues, from weight gain and hormone imbalance to irritability, cognitive decline, gut issues, and more.
But sleep is also crucial for skin health. During sleep, the body repairs and regenerates cells, including skin cells. Sufficient sleep promotes collagen production, reduces inflammation, and contributes to a refreshed and glowing complexion.
9: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Neglecting to clean your makeup brushes can cause issues that extend beyond a breakout or skin irritation. Makeup brushes can accumulate a buildup of sebum, impurities, pollution, dust, and dead skin cells. What’s more concerning is the presence of harmful bacteria like staphylococcus, streptococcus, and E. Coli, which can pose serious threats to your skin health.
Regular and thorough cleaning of your makeup brushes is not just a beauty ritual; it’s a vital practice for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. Wash your makeup brushes at least once a week to ensure they remain free of accumulated impurities and bacteria.
10: Maintain a Healthy, Balanced Diet
What you put in your body reflects on your skin. Nutrient-rich foods provide essential vitamins and antioxidants that support skin health. A balanced diet also contributes to collagen production, fights free radicals, and promotes a radiant and youthful skin appearance.
Consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and a variety of antioxidant-rich foods.
Investing in your skin is one of the most straightforward, cost-effective investments you can make in your overall health. Not only will you look younger and more radiant, taking care of your skin with aesthetic procedures and home self-care contributes to a foundation of well-being that extends beyond appearances.
If you are interested in learning more about any of the services mentioned or want personalized guidance on how to radiate with health in 2024, book a complimentary consultation at The Lett Center today! Our experts are here to tailor a plan that aligns with your unique goals, ensuring you embark on a journey to skin health that’s as individual as you are.