Achieving, and maintaining, a beautiful, glowing and youthful looking skin is on most of our list of aesthetic goals. Regardless of whether this is for anti-ageing reasons or simply to enhance the overall health of one’s skin, our skins all battle to deal with the harsh elements of our South African climate. As always, certain brands within the aesthetic industry continue to lead the way in offering innovative and cutting-edge treatments to significantly enhance optimal skin health and to revitalize the skin.
ZO® Stimulator Peel
ZO® Skin Health is one such brand. The ZO® Stimulator Peel, designed by ZO® Skin Health founder and skin health guru, Dr Zein Obagi, is one of the most innovative and effective treatments for reducing the signs of ageing and rejuvenating the skin. This peel is a gentle alpha hydroxy acid peel which is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skins. It contains three different acids, namely glycolic, lactic and citric acid, all of which exfoliate your skin and promote cellular turnover. The acid solution is applied using gauze and is left on the treatment area for just two minutes, dissolving the bonds that hold skin cells together. In this way, stubborn dead skin cells on the surface of the skin are quickly and effectively sloughed off. Other benefits include the breaking down of dark spots and the prevention of further pigmentation development.
The ZO® Stimulator Peel is known as a “lunchtime peel” as there is no downtime, redness or peeling afterwards. Because this is a superficial skin peel, it is most effective in treating fine to moderate lines and wrinkles, blemishes, age spots, uneven pigmentation and rough skin texture. Normally three to four peels are recommended to achieve maximum benefits, and these can be carried out at one- or two-week intervals.
Above and beyond
Taking into account all of these skin rejuvenation benefits, one would be forgiven in thinking that skin peels would be enough. However, by taking it a step further and considering combination treatments, a whole different level of advantages opens up. If the ZO® Stimulator Peel tackles external skin rejuvenation, think of just how much skin renewal can be optimised if an added treatment can target rejuvenation from within.
Skin rejuvenation from within
One such treatment is Arthrex® personalized cell therapy (PCT), or Platelet – Rich Plasma (PRP), which uses your very own plasma which is rich in growth factors for skin regeneration and healing. Blood taken from a patient, is placed in a centrifuge to separate the PRP from other white and red blood cells. The PRP is then injected into the area of care and works its magic by stimulating the production of new collagen which reduces the look of wrinkles, firms the skin and enhances skin tone instantly. This in turn results in better skin luminescence, texture and thickening of the dermis. Arthrex® PCT is also a quick and easy treatment, usually only taking approximately ten minutes for the full treatment, with three to five treatments being recommended at monthly intervals.
While the benefits of these treatments, either individually or as a combined approach, are obvious, it is still vital that consultations with trained and qualified professionals take place before embarking on such therapies. Knowing your individual, unique skin requirements and requisite skin treatments will only further optimise skin rejuvenation and regeneration.