Although the terms “skin rejuvenation” and “skin resurfacing” are often used interchangeably, there is a distinct difference. Rejuvenation is anything that makes the skin look better — skincare products, treatments or in-office procedures — while resurfacing refers to a treatment or procedure that physically removes the top layer of the skin. Simply put, skin resurfacing is just one way to accomplish skin rejuvenation.
Skin resurfacing takes many forms. Lasers, acids or other means remove damaged cells on the skin’s surface. While deep laser resurfacing can require anesthesia and significant downtime, there are gentler, less invasive ways to obtain skin rejuvenation via skin resurfacing. Here are the top three:
One of my favorite treatments for skin rejuvenation (though not skin resurfacing) is Ultherapy. This treatment delivers ultrasound energy deep into the skin, generating heat that helps tighten existing collagen and prompt the production of new collagen. It’s great for tightening skin on the face and neck in just one or two treatments, and results can last up to two years.
Even if your budget doesn’t allow for in-office treatments to help rejuvenate your skin, you can prevent aging by eating the right foods. Blueberries, pomegranates and acai berries are very high in antioxidants that neutralize the free radicals that cause visible signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help fight inflammation at the cellular level, which plays a role in skin aging. Just remember, when it comes to skin rejuvenation, you can be as close as a bite away from healthier, younger-looking skin.