The Dallas August heat and humidity make a face full of makeup feel oppressive. But how to go without? First, address the dark spots, redness and scars we conceal with foundation. All can be improved in the hands of a skilled technician, but remember, dispensing with makeup altogether isn’t necessarily realistic.
Perhaps you shelve the foundation for a while, but can you really abide going out sans concealer or blush? These in-office and at-home treatments will help you go as bare as you want.
Fade Dark Spots
Some go-to laser treatments for excess pigment, like melasma and dark spots left from acne, may make skin too sun-sensitive for summer, but there are other options, such as Ultherapy.
Visible blood vessels, commonly called spider veins, occur with aging and sun exposure. The weblike redness we see is caused by a dilation of the blood vessel. Intense pulsed light treatments use light at a frequency that is absorbed by the lining of the vessels, which destroys the cells and collapses the vessel.
Enlarged pores are notoriously tough to shrink. But building collagen, the protein that supports the structure of the skin, tightens them.
A pore is a hole in the skin at the top of the tiny tube that sweat comes out of. To increase the collagen surrounding the tube, which narrows its opening, a popular treatment we use at SkinSpaMED is microneedling. A pen with several very fine needles is passed along the skin. This creates tiny wounds that encourage skin cells to go into repair mode and make collagen.
The procedure isn’t painful. The SkinSpaMED technician numbs the skin before the procedure, so it ends up feeling like an aggressive exfoliation. Plus, it’s safe for all skin tones, even the darkest brown.
We also inject Botox into the skin superficially to shrink pores. At the base of every pore is a sebaceous gland. There are muscles around the oil gland, and the Botox prevents that muscle from squeezing and stops oil production. When oil production decreases, pores shrink down.
Brighten the Eyes
Volume loss under the eye and concavity is the usual cause of dark circles. An injection of hyaluronic acid filler under the eyes to smooth the eye lid-cheek junction is the solution. The results are instant, and it’s surprising how effective it can be.
In some people under-eye darkness is caused by excess melanin and won’t be corrected by tear trough filler. In those cases, a chemical peel designed for the eye area, like the Glytone Enerpeel Eye and Lip peel, will fade excess melanin, generally in four treatments spaced a week apart.
Define and Shape
We use makeup to accentuate beloved features and play down perceived flaws. SkinSpaMED technicians can help with that, too, using semipermanent fillers to sub for your highlighter and contour. Cheekbones are an obvious choice for a lift. Adding volume here can also smooth wrinkles in the lower face.