Sea Change

All-natural salt facial treatment repairs, replenishes damaged skin.

Life as a teenager can be pretty awkward. It’s even more awkward for those whose physical appearance falls short of what their teenage brethren consider ideal. Lauren Carter is one who suffered from the unfortunate consequences of imperfection.

Lauren Carter had a salt facial treatment done to rid her of her acne scarring and was pleased with the results.

The SaltFacial L’avantage provided by Kristen (left)has given Lauren’s skin a softer, smoother appearance.

“I had a real bad acne problem, and as you might suspect, I got picked on a lot because of it,” says Lauren, now a 28-year-old mother of one. “I got called a lot of names, things like pimple face and pepperoni face. It was pretty crazy.

“I did my best to just hang out with friends who didn’t make fun of me, but my appearance was something I was always very self-conscious about and worried about. Thankfully, my skin has improved tremendously as I’ve gotten older.”

Those vast improvements aside, Lauren’s teenage battle with acne has nevertheless left her with some very noticeable scars. In addition to the emotional scars it created, she also has some rather obvious physical scars.

“As I got older and the acne eventually cleared up, I was left with a lot of bad acne scarring,” Lauren reveals. “It’s another thing that I’ve been self-conscious of. I’ve always wanted to get rid of it if I could find a treatment that works.”

Caught up in her responsibilities at work and at home as a mother, Lauren put off acting on her desire to do something about her acne scarring for years. This past summer, a friend suggested she try getting a salt facial treatment at ZMD Center for Face and Body Rejuvenation – A MediSpa in North Tampa.

One for All

In its natural form, salt has healing and restoration properties. Those properties were recently incorporated into a new treatment called The SaltFacial L’avantage™ that exfoliates the skin in a way that avoids scratching, bruising and hyperpigmentation.

This all-natural treatment uses no chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Its anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties work on all skin types and conditions, and it is beneficial for all age groups.

“It is a treatment that smoothes and tightens the skin and makes it look much healthier,” explains Kristen Gonzalez, a licensed medical aesthetician at ZMD Center. “It’s great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles as well as evening stretch marks and reducing large pores.

“It’s also a good treatment for anyone with a pigmentation problem such as hyperpigmentation or melasma, where you have patches of pigment on your skin. And it’s good for darker skin types that need to be treated more sensitively.”

In addition, SaltFacial L’avantage treatments encourage cellular turnover and healing and collagen reformation. They can be used for skin lightening and to heal eczema, psoriasis, UV damage and age spots.

Prior to receiving her initial SaltFacial L’avantage treatment, Lauren was given a thorough skin-type evaluation by Kristen, whose examination revealed the true cause of her teenage acne problems as well as another ongoing skin issue.

“What I found is that Lauren has an oily skin type that is quite acne-prone,” Kristen reports. “In addition, she is now experiencing adult hormonal acne and had a lot of congestion in her skin where she had a lot of blackheads and excess oil.

“She also had the scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which are red marks that are left from previous acne. The good news is that all these issues can be treated with the SaltFacial L’avantage therapy.”

A single SaltFacial L’avantage treatment can be completed in less than an hour, and one is enough for anyone simply wanting to freshen their appearance. The best results, however, come from receiving a series of three or four treatments over a period of a month or two.

Each SaltFacial L’avantage treatment is delivered via a three-step process that incorporates fine, organic sea salt; ultrasound therapy and LED light therapy, all of which work together to naturally restore the texture, tone and health of the skin from within.

During the first step in the process, the organic sea salt is applied in a thin layer across the skin. The salt dries out any impurities while also balancing the levels of alkalinity in the skin. A handpiece is then used to exfoliate the skin in a way that causes no trauma to the skin.

After a couple of passes are made during the exfoliation phase, the technician moves on to the second step of the rejuvenation process that replaces many of the skin’s most vital nutrients through deep-penetrating ultrasound technology.

“During this phase, we use hydrating, skin-smoothing,topical formulations that stimulate the skin. By using the ultrasound technology, we are able to deliver these topical formulations deeper into the skin,” Kristen informs.

“The use of the ultrasound also helps to promote blood circulation and speeds up the healing process by stimulating oxygen in the skin. During the third and final step in the process, we use high-intensity LED light therapy.

“The LED light assists in killing bacteria on the skin’s surface and further speeds up the healing process. That takes out any irritation or redness in the skin, so by the time you’re ready to leave, your skin looks perfect.”

“Amazing” Results

Lauren began receiving SaltFacial L’avantage treatments at ZMD Center in early October. To further optimize the effects of the salt facial, Lauren also received a Sciton Forever Clear BBL™ treatment that helps clear acne through broadband light, or BBL.

The results, she says, have been “absolutely amazing.”

“My skin is a lot softer, and it just looks better,” Lauren exudes. “One thing I really like is that when you’re done, you don’t have any of that redness, so you can walk out after the treatment ready to go. I really couldn’t be more pleased with the treatment.”

Kristen confirms that the treatments have had a positive impact on Lauren’s appearance. In addition to reducing the scarring, they have reduced her propensity for hormonal acne breakouts.

“As a result of the SaltFacial L’avantage alone, Lauren has probably had a thirty to forty percent reduction in acne breakouts!” Kristen exclaims. “And her skin looks a lot healthier now. It has a glow to it. It’s softer and smoother.

“That’s typical of the results we get with this treatment. Women sometimes make skincare more complicated than it needs to be. This treatment is very simple, and it is super effective. Lauren is proof of that.”

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