Last updated on Sep 11th, 2020 at 10:43 am

We know you have all kinds of queries about skincare, but sometimes it’s difficult to find a professional who you trust to answer them…

That’s why we’ve partnered with Dr Maureen Allem, the founder and Medical Director of the Renewal Institute. She’s been looking after skin and learning about facials for more than 15 years, and we think there’s no one better to give you skincare advice.

Here are some of your most popular questions about facials and Dr Allem’s responses.

  1. What is the best facial treatment for pigmentation that is either hereditary or has been caused by sun damage over many years. How often does one have to do the facial to see results?

Treating pigmentation is little bit more complicated than just going for facials. Pigment can lie quite deep in the skin and, depending on the depth, certain medical peels and lasers or light procedures must be done to successfully reduce the pigment. Sun-induced pigmentation can normally be treated with IPL treatments (such as Limelight) combined with chemical peels. These treatments need to be done once a month and need to be maintained indefinitely.

  1. Is LED light therapy as part of a facial good for your skin?

Yes, LED light therapy is a great add on to a facial. It is based on the use of different colour lights, specifically blue and red, and has an array of benefits, including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating effects.

  1. If you are keeping your skin clean, exfoliating twice a week and using a good moisturiser and eye serum, do you really need to add facials into the mix? What benefit do they have?

Having a good homecare regime is definitely very beneficial, but the professional products used in a clinic are more concentrated and will be able to have more effect on the hydration levels of the skin as well as exfoliating slightly deeper.

Facials and a good homecare regime are good ways of maintaining healthy skin, but if you want to change your skin, treat a specific condition and really start with anti-ageing, then medical peels, laser and light treatments as well as skin needling are a much better option.

  1. I am turning 50 this year and have noticed that I’m getting a bit jowly. What do you recommend for lifting that skin? And is that visually more effective for anti-ageing than using filler on thinning lips?

Yes, lifting sagging jowls first will definitely give you much better results visually than getting lip filler. Our jowls are considered as part of the foundational codes of the face. Meaning, if we want to start changing the structure of the skin and face to give it a more youthful appearance, then the jowls are an area we start with.

Treating thinning lips is part of the refinement codes and this can be attended to later on in a treatment plan.

Sagging jowls can definitely be treated using dermal filler. If you are not interested in dermal fillers specifically, then other treatments such as PDO threads, carboxy therapy, titan laser and radiofrequency can all be done to induce more collagen production in the area, which will then in time create a lift in the area.

  1. What does microneedling do, would you recommend it before or after a salon chemical peel and how often does one need both?

Microneedling, or skin needling as it is commonly known, uses a device that has between 12 and 16 small needles that penetrate the skin at high speed. This creates channels for active ingredients to penetrate as well as causing a controlled injury in the area. The skin is forced to heal itself, delivering nutrients and oxygen to the treated area. This assists with collagen stimulation, strengthening of the capillaries and rejuvenation of dull, sallow skin.

Where it fits into a medical skincare plan will depend on your skin concern, your budget as well as the objective of the plan. Chemical peels can be done before or after a skin needling session and some medical institutions, such as Skin Renewal, can even combine skin needling and chemical peels in one session. These sessions are normally done once a month.

  1. Is there any facial that can help with bags under the eyes?

We first would need to establish the underlying reason for the bags. Is it due to lack of drainage? Is it hereditary? Is it due to allergies? Is it due to fat pads? Once we have established the cause, we can design a treatment plan best suited you.

A facial, unfortunately, in many cases will not be enough and injectable intervention might be needed.

  1. What is the best facial to treat enlarged pores?

To successfully treat enlarged pores we need to induce collagen production so that the skin can contract and become more refined. The best treatment option is Laser Genesis.

Laser Genesis works by gently heating the different layers of the skin to activate certain biological processes, stimulate collagen production and increase skin cell turnover rate, resulting in a smoother, brighter and more refined complexion. A course of treatments might be needed, depending on the severity.

  1. What facial would you recommend for dehydrated skin?

Dehydration is a condition we see in most of our patients; luckily treating it is very easy and most of the time very relaxing as well.

The best treatment for dehydration is our brand new Hydra Touch facial. This facial combines different technologies, including hydrodermabrasion with water, light acids and hyaluronic acid to remove dead skin cells as well as hydrate the skin. Electroporation is then done to open up the skin’s water channels, allowing much better penetration of hydrating serums. The facial also includes a faradic session that will help with lax skin in the area. We then end the facial off with a very hydrating alginate mask as well as a relaxing shoulder massage.

I recommend using a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum at home as part of your daily regime to prolong the benefits of the facial.