As with most things, skin care can be as basic or as complicated as a woman wants. For women who have generally gone the basic route, they may find that as they age, their skin begins to require a little more specialized care beyond just buying something from the beauty aisle at Target. Fortunately, there are expert local aestheticians who can provide one-on-one consultations to help no matter your age.
Here are some areas of the skin that might have you seeking help.
Of course, even when some hair is thinning on our aging bodies, most of us have unwanted hair in other places such as on the chin or around the lips. Some techniques for dealing with wrinkles, such as dermaplaning, can also get rid of the tiny vellus hairs that cover a woman’s face, although these hairs will grow back. For a longer fix, waxing might be an option or laser treatments that can remove hair altogether.
The beauty aisle in every grocery or drugstore has tons of products, and it isn’t uncommon for women to have countless bottles of creams and ointments in their medicine cabinets. But are those bottles and tubes full of products that actually work? Even if a woman visits an aesthetician and opts not to do any kind of procedure on her skin, she may very well benefit from the topical products that can only be found at aesthetic spas.
Often, the products sold by aestheticians contain more of the active ingredients than what you can find at a local drugstore. Plus, aestheticians know these products, what they do, and can provide that education to clients. “We know the products inside and out. A good aesthetician can eliminate the guesswork,” Denise says. Preferred brands like SkinMedica and Skin Script are typically only available through a skin care professional.
Depending on one’s skin and goals, something as simple as a facial can make a world of difference, but there are many options for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Dermaplaning is a technique whereby a tiny blade is used to scrape dead skin and tiny hairs from the skin, leaving a smooth surface. Some women might benefit from a chemical peel to exfoliate their skin and remove scars or skin discoloration. Still others might like the idea of Botox injections to smooth frown lines. For women who have more time to recover and money to spend, they might find that laser resurfacing, a technique that removes thin layers of skin to encourage the growth of new skin, is their best option.
Hair thins as people age, and this includes the eyebrow area, but there are options to help. Eyebrow tinting is one possibility, but some women prefer microblading which involves injecting pigment into the skin with tiny needles to form a semipermanent tattoo that typically dissolves in 18 to 36 months.
By Carrie Vittitoe