Elevate Magazine, March/April 2015, COMPLEXION perfection
How to keep your skin looking youthful, no matter what your age.
By Catalina Margulis
OXYGENEO & PHOTOREJUVENATION
In their 30s, women are just starting to see the development of fine lines, says Dr. Humphrey. “They may see early sun spots and loss of luminosity and brightness, particularly patients with darker skin types,” she says.
For these women, Dr. Humphrey likes to recommend photorejuvenation, a non-invasive procedure in which bright pulses of energy are applied to the skin, designed to even out the colour of skin, reduce redness, lift early sun damage and restore a youthful glow. “It works by targeting unwanted pigments in the skin and can also stimulate collagen,” says Dr. Humphrey. The cost ranges from $300 to $600 per treatment, and typically three to six treatments are required, she says, adding that there is little to no downtime.
According to Dr. Diane Wong MD, a cosmetic physician and founder of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto, OxyGeneo is particularly fitting for women in their 30s. “Thirty-year-old clients don’t want or need heavy-duty lasers or surgery,” says Dr. Wong. “They want their skin to glow, to prevent aging, to treat mild sun damage and to prevent occasional acne breakouts or congestion in the skin.” She recommends OxyGeneo, which combines exfoliation, infusion and oxygenation all in one. “Previously we needed three different machines or technologies to achieve the same benefit,” says Dr. Wong, who adds that the new three-in-one treatment “saves time and money—and is a quicker path to the results that women want: smoother, softer, brighter, glowing skin.” She explains that “when your skin is oxygenated, there is increased capillary blood flow and increased cell metabolism, so the skin will more readily accept the nutrients in the gel that are being infused, such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and retinol.” The results, she says, include rejuvenation and brightening of skin, less blotchiness, less redness and less sun damage. “With repeated treatments, [there is] a reduction of fine lines, pores, acne breakouts and sun spots,” says Dr. Wong. Treatments typically cost between $120 and $170 per session, she says. “You can really see a difference in the first treatment, but for best results, we suggest four to six treatments,” says Dr. Wong. She cautions that it can, however, aggravate inflammation in sensitive skin, as well as cause minimal redness afterward, so it’s best to do it at least a day before a special occasion rather than the same day.
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