As much as I like to think I know about my skin, I actually don’t know much at all or didn’t until I went for a Dermalogica Mapping treatment. Like many of you, my skin has its fair share of problems and imperfections – ones I didn’t even know were treatable until I met with a skincare professional at the Dermalogica Offices in downtown Toronto.
To be honest, when I went for my appointment, I really had no idea what I was in for. I thought that there might be scary machines and lasers, but what went down wasn’t scary at all. When I walked into the office, I was given a questionnaire to fill out about my skin; was I a smoker? Did I have any problem areas on my skin? What types of medication did I take? etc. Afterwards, I was greeted by a trained skin therapist who took me into a treatment room. What happened next is much like what would happen if you were going for a facial at the spa. I stripped down, dressed in a robe and lay down on a small bed. Soothing music played in the background as the therapist massaged my feet and legs before she moved onto my arms, neck and face.
Here’s where the Dermalogica treatment starts to differ from a regular facial. After pre-cleansing the skin and washing away any impurities and make-up, the skin therapist will map your face into 14 different sections. By doing so, your therapist can pinpoint exactly what is going on in your problem areas and tailor a skincare regime specifically for you. Afterwards they’ll cleanse, moisturize and massage your face with special Dermalogica products based on your skins needs.
Here are some things I took from my Dermalogica Mapping Treatment:
- If you find you have an uneven skin tone (and even if you don’t), you should introduce an SPF lotion, foundation or tinted moisturizer, like Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint SPF 20, into your everyday routine. This will help even your skin colour, reduce chances of skin cancer, and reduce/slow down the appearance of wrinkles
- Face moisturizers should not be applied to your eyes and the areas immediately around them. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and should be treated with special eye creams.
- Introducing an exfoliator, like Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant, into your everyday skincare routine will help get rid of any little white bumps (millia) under your skin, remove dead skin cells and leave your skin smoother and brighter
- Adult acne is mainly brought on by stress and though there is no guaranteed treatment to completely eliminate it, there are a number of Dermalogica treatments that will help maintain it and it’s appearance
- Never pop your own pimples! You’ve heard it before and we’ll tell you again, it’s a bad idea! The skin around a pimple is already very inflamed, so when you squeeze a pimple, you’re only going to make it worse by infecting it. The result could be a scar that lasts up to 6 months.
- The skin around your nostrils is the thinnest skin you have on your face. If you notice a lot of redness in that area, which can be caused by blowing your nose a lot, it is most likely because you’ve popped your capillaries. Unfortunately, there is no fixing this problem area, but there are steps you can take to maintain it.
Overall, I would say that a Dermalogica treatment is 100% worth it! I left the treatment glowing, with the softest skin I’ve ever had. Treatments are $95 a session, not too shabby considering specialists only recommend you go 3-4 times a year, plus you’ll learn a whole lot more than you would at a regular spa treatment! You only get one skin to live in, so it’s important to take care of it!