When I was 17 years old and people went on and on about how young I looked (some saying it in an attempt to make me feel insecure), I actually loved it. I knew that my baby face would eventually serve me well. All it took was one glance at my ageless mother to put my mind at ease. Surely I was blessed with good genes and wouldn't have to worry about silly wrinkles. I was determined to be carded at bars until the age of 30. Now well into my twenties, I'll confess that that dream died a few years ago (taking a piece of my soul with it). Stupid adulthood - 1, me - 0. I had to do something about it.
It's not that I think I look haggard or anything, but I remember a beautician once telling me that anti-aging starts now. It's better to prevent a problem than to scramble around later looking for a cure. So you know what I did? I headed to LING Skincare and got their Energy Life Facial with Body Wellness.
The process begins with 20 minutes of Energy Lift heat therapy on the back, neck, shoulders, and spine, then transitions into a Triple Peel Facial. This includes a Glycolic Peel and a Papaya Enzyme Peel, said to digest dirt and impurities, before finishing with an acid-free peel. Then comes the pore by pore extraction (if your face is clogged be prepared to feel slightly uncomfortable with this part).
Once that's all said and done you're treated to an Herbal Clay Clarifying Mask to detoxify pores, followed by a blended Ginseng Herbal Moisturizing Mask that provides some much needed soothing while alleviating any inflammation. The facial eventually comes to a close with anti-aging ingredients such as Apple Stem Cell and the DoNotAge Cellular Youth Extension Cream; both stimulating collagen growth.
When I left my face felt fresher than it had in years, though it was admittedly a little sore from the extraction. In the following days my skin had a noticeable brightness to it. I was pleased.
While I was satisfied with my results from LING, I wondered what causes skin to age in the first place, and what else was out there that could help preserve youth. I got in touch with award-winning cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Doris Day for a little Q & A that included an explanation of EndyMed treatments.
Here's what the doctor had to say.
What are some causes of wrinkled and dull skin? How can we combat that?
Most of the wrinkles you see are caused by exposure to the sun over years. We’re also learning that some wavelengths of infrared are also harmful to the skin and some sun protection products are starting to incorporate protection against IR.
Can I get a little background on EndyMed? How long has it been around and how does it work?
EndyMed was first founded in 2007, and has been making significant advances in aesthetic treatments primarily through the use of its proprietary 3DEEP® radiofrequency technology. It works by using radiofrequency to stimulate your body’s own natural collagen production, a unique approach that provides a great solution for wrinkle reduction treatment, skin tightening, scar treatment and body contouring.
What EndyMed treatment would work best for "faking a facelift"?
There are two treatments that are applicable to the face: 3DEEP® Facial Tightening hand piece and Intensif Microneedling.
EndyMed’s 3DEEP® Facial Tightening hand piece can smooth wrinkles and can tighten and shape the face and neck with deep, volumetric dermal heating that stimulates your body’s own natural production of collagen. This treatment is non-invasive and has no downtime – quite literally can be a ‘lunch time procedure’ and gives natural-looking results.
EndyMed’s new radiofrequency microneedling hand piece, the Intensif, provides an incredibly effective method to achieve skin remodeling by reviving and rejuvenating the natural production of new collagen and elastin. This treatment can be used to address the appearance of acne scars, deep wrinkles, stretch marks and dilated pores, is minimally invasive and also has little to no downtime.
Walk us through the treatments, step by step. How does it all go down?
First, the targeted area will be covered with a topical and then the hand piece is run over the designated area for 15-20 minutes – the 3DEEP® Facial Tightening hand piece feels like a hot stone massage and the Intensif microneedling hand piece is relatively painless.
What problem areas do they specifically target?
Beyond the face and neck, EndyMed can actually be used to target the entire body – from cellulite over the knees to sagging skin on the arms to stretch marks on the abdomen, there are countless ways EndyMed can help our patients.
How do these specific treatments give skin a brighter, younger look?
By boosting your body’s own natural collagen production, the treatment is turning back the clock – almost literally! There is an immediate short term benefit – you’ll leave the office looking like you’ve just had a facial – but the great thing is that over the coming weeks and months, your appearance will continually improve as the collagen continues to renew.
Are there any risks or side effects involved with these treatments? If so, what are they?
EndyMed is actually the safest and most effective treatment on the market. There are a number of safety measures that make this a relatively painless and side effect-free treatment. I’ve been particularly impressed with how well my patients tolerate the treatment and are loving the results.