Ah, the vampire facial. You might have read all about the surprising technology and skincare developments that are helping all kinds of people get their Elizabeth Bathory kick — in a much safer setting, of course. Could PRP be right for you?
PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma, is a therapy that uses a component in your very own blood — plasma — that contains proteins and factors that support cell growth, which can promote healing throughout the skin, and even other parts of the body.
By promoting healing and cell growth, PRP can help you achieve an array of skin benefits that don’t just impact the appearance of your skin — but also your skin’s health. Just like any medical procedure and technology, there are ways to find out if you’re a good candidate, and there are many methods of administering PRP.
PRP is still a newer form of skincare technology, but it’s making its way to providing encouraging results for clients. You can look into all kinds of options and see which ones work best for you.
How Does It Work?
By using the plasma in your blood to generate cell growth, your skin can heal from damage at a faster and more efficient rate.
Technically speaking, all kinds of “skin imperfections” you’d generally be looking to correct are various forms of damage. From aging and sun damage to breakouts or dryness, your skin is a vulnerable part of your body and often experiences different forms of damage. By using PRP to heal on a cellular level, you can treat both the symptom and the root cause.
There’s a variety of methods for administering PRP therapy treatments. One of the most popular is the facial — often referred to as the blood facial — but there are plenty of other options depending upon your goals and preferences. You can go for microdermabrasion or microneedling, topical treatments or even injections for injury and pain healing benefits.
No matter how you choose to go about your PRP therapy, there are so many benefits it can show for your skin. Here are just a few of them.
1. Reduced Wrinkles and Aging
One of the most common reasons why people go for the facial option of PRP therapy is to reduce visible signs of aging within the face.
Due to the healing benefits and quick cellular regeneration that PRP therapy offers, it can be an amazing anti-aging option. Whether you’re looking to PRP as a precautionary measure for preventing aging or you’re looking to correct lines, wrinkles and sagging already present, going for a standard blood facial can work wonders in addition to your regular skincare routine.
2. More Skin Elasticity
Just like the cell regeneration benefits of PRP can result in a tightening of wrinkles and lines, they can also work to prevent sagging, drooping and other losses of elasticity in the skin.
Often, PRP facials and microneedling treatments have a plumping effect on the face. That, combined with the collagen and elastin that are produced in the cellular regeneration process, can often result in a much tighter and resilient appearance.
3. Transepidermal Water Loss Prevention
Not everyone is worried about aging quite yet, but PRP isn’t just for holding onto youth. Transepidermal water loss is the process of your skin losing hydration, which causes it to dry out or overproduce oils. In order to prevent this, the best thing you can do is create a thicker moisture barrier in order to lock in hydration. This lets your skin know that it shouldn’t overproduce oil or simply dry out.
While stripping products and skin damage can break down the moisture barriers, the reproduction of new cells can make it stronger than ever. That way, you can hold onto moisture and maintain more balanced skin.
4. Smoother Skin Texture
Poor skin texture — especially texture that comes from scarring, sun damage or stretch marks — is often a result of skin damage of some kind. By producing new cells and collagen to smooth out the skin, PRP can often reduce texture in the skin and create a much more even tone across the face. While this works on a case by case basis, it usually offers some visible healing.
5. Fewer Breakouts
Often, breakouts and acne come as a result of imbalances in the skin caused by excess dryness, overproduction of oil or a stripped moisture barrier. By repairing these issues in the skin, PRP can make you much less prone to the occasional breakout. Your skin will be stronger and much less susceptible to damage and harsh environments, which will make for less vulnerable skin overall
6. Better Skin Hydration
By strengthening the skin and aiding in a stronger moisture barrier, PRP can help you hold onto hydration much more efficiently. By preventing transepidermal water loss, your skin will absorb and retain moisturizer much better than it would with a weaker external barrier.
Even if you’ve experienced sudden damage from a stripping product or treatment regimen you tried, PRP can help rebuild your skin’s water retention. That, combined with the collagen production, can help create a dewy, effortless look so many people crave.
Get Your Glow on With PRP
PRP can have so many benefits for all different skin types and goals. Whether you’re looking to correct dryness, damage or aging, the answers could be right inside you — flowing through your veins. While it might seem a bit unconventional, you might just find that there’s something there that makes you glow and shine.
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Skincare is often looked at like a luxurious, beautifying process that you can use to pamper yourself a bit, much like makeup or fashion. While it can be an extra self-care moment if you want it to be, it’s also a part of overall health and wellness that everyone can invest in. Your skin is the largest organ on your body, and taking care of it is a part of treating your body well, just like exercising and eating a healthy diet.
While it may seem like there’s a lot to learn when it comes to skincare, it’s actually pretty straightforward. Sure, plenty of people have facials once a month and indulge in nine-step Korean skincare routines every day, but that’s not necessary. Skincare is for everyone — men, women, old, young and everything in between.
Whether you’re a bar soap and go type of person or you’ve been using the same Neutrogena face wash for the past five years, you may be ready for an overhaul. It’s easy to find a skincare routine that works for you.
1. Learn Your Skin Type
Your skincare routine and the products that will work best for you depend on your skin type. You’ll fall into one of five categories: oily, dry, combination, sensitive or normal. You can determine your skin type by washing your face with a gentle cleanser, waiting for it to dry and noticing the moisture levels.
2. Go for the Three-Step Routine
For many people, a basic three-step routine is all you really need to start off. The three steps are cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. While the exact products you use will depend on your skincare needs and concerns, everyone needs to stay clean, lock in moisture and protect from sun damage.
3. Avoid Fragrances
While some people may not be sensitive to fragrances, they don’t do anything for your skin’s health. Ingredients like fragrant essential oils, perfumes and undisclosed fragrances are easy to spot on ingredient labels, and you should avoid them at all costs. Brands like CeraVe, Cetaphil, The Ordinary and Paula’s Choice tend to formulate without fragrance.
4. Always Moisturize
You need to moisturize, even if your skin is as oily as a slice of sizzling pizza. There’s a common misconception that those with oily skin shouldn’t apply moisturizer, but the reality is quite the opposite. Oily skin is dehydrated, which leads to excess oil production. While those with dry skin will need a heavier, more hydrating moisturizer, those with oily skin should use a gel or light cream that combats transepidermal water loss by locking moisture in.
5. Protect From the Sun
It’s vital to use sunscreen even if you rarely burn. You must protect against UVA and UVB rays to prevent premature aging and sun damage, which is not always visible to the naked eye. Using sunscreen on your face every morning can do a ton of good, with many professionals citing it as the most important step in any routine.
Sticking to It
Now you’ve got your routine, but how do you make sure you stay committed and don’t slip? While everybody has their moments and nobody can be perfect all the time, there are a few ways to make sure you stay on top of your skincare.
1. Make It a Self-Care Step
Nothing can make you commit to a routine quite like enjoying it. Make it a relaxing part of winding down at night and a joyful way to wake up in the morning.
2. Wash Your Face in the Shower
The jury is still out on this one. While some skincare enthusiasts caution against washing your face in the shower, plenty don’t see a problem with it so long as the water isn’t scalding. If it helps you stick to your routine by knowing that you’re nearly half-done by the time you step out of the shower, then go for it.
3. Leave Your Products Out
Having a consistent reminder can work wonders, especially if you tend to go on autopilot during those groggy mornings or as you wind down to sleep. Seeing all your products laid out makes it easy to reach for them.
4. Get a Micellar Water
Micellar water might just be the skincare world’s best and most treasured secret. It’s a cleansing water that you put on a cotton pad to get the dirt, oil, makeup and sebum off your face in the evening. People who employ the double cleanse system will often use it before washing their face with a gentle cleanser, but it can do so much more than that.
If you get super lazy at night or have a particularly late evening, you can quickly pass over your face with micellar water and moisturize before you hit the hay. Keep it by your bedside if you need to. It works for all skin types and helps keep your skin clear and healthy — no wash required.
5. Keep It Simple
It can be easy to go wild and try out all different serums and treatments, but having a cluttered vanity doesn’t always mean you have better skin — or that you’re more likely to take care of it. Keeping your routine short, sweet and simple is the best way to ensure you’ll stick with it time and time again. That three=step routine could work for years.
Caring for You
Skincare might seem intimidating at first, and while there’s so much to learn, you can find a simple routine that works for you and stick with it. You don’t need to be an expert to care for your skin. All you have to do is put in a little time and care, and soon, you’ll be glowing.
Mia Barnes is a health and wellness writer interested in overall health, lifestyle and beauty. She is also the Editor-in-Chief at BodyMind.com where you can find more of her work.