Welcome to your 30s, where you’re content to be in bed by 9.30pm, and self-care means paying your bills on time and going to get that mole on your back checked. This is also the decade when your skin concerns and decisions start to have permanent consequences. Addressing issues like dullness, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and texture right now will help your skin age as gracefully as possible. Here are some of the treatments you can consider for your next dermatologist visit:
1. Chemical Peels
The main difference between in-office medical grade and over-the-counter peels you can pick up at Sephora is the percentage of active ingredients. This has a direct bearing on the efficacy of the peel. These mildly acidic chemical solutions will be applied on your face, depending on what exactly your concerns are, and what you need, which causes the skin to exfoliate, and for some, as its name suggests, peel. Peels will improve age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, skin discolouration and rough skin.
2. Q Switch Laser Treatment
Dr Teo Wan Ling, founder and medical director of TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre says, “Women in their thirties may consider treatments that target pigmentation issues, such as sun spots or melasma, for a more even complexion.” “Q-switched (QS) lasers produce high intensity laser beams with very short pulse durations. They deliver less overall thermal heat to skin cells and is therefore considered an effective and safe technique for targeting brown spots and even freckles,” she continues.
“Using high quality laser, this therapy reduces the amount of melanin in the skin. QS laser only targets and breaks apart melanin, sparing the other skin cells from destruction.”
If the skin in between your eyes and brows have started drooping and you can’t quite get rid of your jowls, it’s time to turn to something to tighten your skin and Thermage is a popular choice. The non-invasive non-ablative device heats the inner layers of skin in while at the same time, protecting the outermost layer of the skin, to produce skin tightening. Through this process of deep heating and simultaneous cooling of the skin, you will actually produce new collagen over several months after the treatment.
You’ve been doing months of uppercuts and jabs but can’t quite get rid of the jiggly arms especially after you’ve had a baby? Coolsculpting exposes fat to extreme cold, making it inflamed. The body senses the inflammation and slowly digests the inflamed fat, resulting in the fat reduction. Note that it can take two to three months to see full results so if you’re working towards a special event, timing is everything.