Laser treatments have become a popular and effective way to improve the skin’s health and appearance. From reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to eliminating unwanted blemishes or dark spots, laser technology offers a range of benefits for individuals seeking to achieve a youthful and radiant complexion.
However, in addition to providing anti-aging and other cosmetic benefits, laser treatments can also enhance the health of your skin from the inside out by stimulating collagen production, triggering the body’s natural healing process and increasing cellular turnover. Together, these effects keep your skin healthy, which in turn helps its function at its absolute best.
As the body’s largest organ, your skin health is important for a variety of reasons. It helps you stay hydrated, protects you from harmful viruses or bacteria and is a major source of vitamin D. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of healthy skin and how laser treatments can keep it in good condition to benefit your overall health in some surprising ways.
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The Benefits of Healthy Skin
Healthy Skin Protects You & Keeps You Hydrated
The outermost layer of your skin, known as the skin barrier, helps guard the body against harmful bacteria, allergens and environmental toxins. It is composed of dead skin cells and lipids that are bound together to form a thin, protective wall. While its main role is to keep the bad stuff out, it also helps the body hold onto moisture to keep you hydrated.
When the skin barrier is damaged, it can lead to issues such as dryness, irritation, increased sensitivity, delayed wound healing, infections and inflammation. While it may seem counterintuitive, lasers that remove the outer layer of skin prompt the body’s natural healing process to replace old, damaged cells with new, healthy ones. Halo®, a hybrid fractional laser that combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, can target both the top layer of the skin and the deeper tissues underneath for a powerful rejuvenating experience. Although it may take some time to heal after treatment, the long-term effects of laser resurfacing can help improve the overall function and health of your skin barrier.
Non-ablative lasers like MOXI® and BBL® Hero™ bypass the outer layer of skin to stimulate collagen production in the deeper tissues below. Collagen is an important protein that helps support the structure of the skin to give it firmness and elasticity. Triggering collagen growth can also improve the overall health and appearance of the skin barrier.
Healthy Skin Reduces the Risk of Infection
Dry, peeling skin can create openings that allow harmful microorganisms in. It can also cause your oil production to go into overdrive to compensate for the lack of hydration. Together, these factors can increase your risk of infection and lead to stubborn acne breakouts.
Acne is caused by bacteria that thrive on dead skin cells and oil in clogged pores. Sometimes, pimples can become infected when bacteria penetrate deeper into the skin, causing pain, redness and swelling. While most infected blemishes get better with at-home treatments, some require prescription antibiotics to go away. Having healthy, clear skin with no openings for harmful bacteria to spread can help prevent this from happening.
While SkinPen® microneedling, the Intraceuticals Oxygen Treatment or HydraFacial® are better suited to relieve dry, flaky skin, laser treatments can help reduce acne-causing bacteria, scarring and pore size to keep your complexion clear and smooth. They can also revitalize a dull appearance and improve collagen production for skin that’s healthier overall.
Healthy Skin Promotes Vitamin D Production
Vitamin D is called “the sunshine vitamin,” and for good reason. If you’ve ever lived in a northern climate, you know how hard it can be to get enough of this vital nutrient during the winter months, thanks to shorter days and weaker UV rays. However, you might be surprised to learn the important role our skin plays in vitamin D production.
Our skin contains a precursor to vitamin D that is converted into vitamin D3 when exposed to UV radiation from the sun. This is then synthesized into its active form (calcitriol) by the liver and kidneys. Vitamin D is important for nearly every tissue in the body, including the heart, brain, lungs and immune system. In fact, vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to a long list of diseases, such as neurological, cardiovascular and autoimmune disorders.
Healthy skin is necessary for vitamin D production because it needs to be able to function properly to produce this essential nutrient. A number of things can affect this process, but one of the most important factors is overall skin quality. As we age, our skin begins to thin and becomes less efficient at synthesizing vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
Laser treatments can promote overall skin quality by stimulating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells. Increased collagen gives the skin strength and structure while improving elasticity to reduce the signs of aging. As treated areas heal, the result is firmer, thicker skin that looks and feels healthier for optimal vitamin D absorption.
Of course, proper SPF is still important to guard against issues like premature aging, sun damage and skin cancer. At Wink, we’re proud to carry EltaMD sunscreens, which are lightweight, non-comedogenic and provide excellent broad SPF protection.
If your skin isn’t looking its best, we can help. Wink Medical Aesthetics in Lakeway, Texas, just outside of Austin, offers advanced skin care solutions to help you achieve the radiant, healthy complexion you deserve. Book an appointment today to discover the hidden benefits of laser treatments and how they can transform your skin health. Click here or call us at 512-263-2400 to get started. Now through the end of January, buy either Halo or MOXI and get 50% off BBL!