It’s beauty on the go.
If you’re working full-time, it can be really tricky to schedule any non-work related appointments without taking time off.
Once we’ve allocated time to get your hair done, run to the grocery store, and squeezed in the dentist somehow, most of us barely have time to scoff down lunch. It’s little wonder then, that fast beauty treatments are on the rise.
“People are often time-poor. Therefore, the need for on-the-go treatments is increasing,” explains The Advanced Skills Academy national training manager, Darlene O’Gara.
And thankfully, there’s some highly effective treatment options for maintaining healthy, glowing skin in a snap. Your lunch break was basically made for these seven super quick treatments…
1. Laser hair removal
What it is: Unwanted hair can be removed permanently on virtually any part of the face and body by destroying the hair follicles with a laser.
How long it takes: Depending on the body part you’d like treated, 30 to 60 minutes.
Downtime involved: There is literally no downtime involved, so you can go straight back to work, unless you work in the fitness industry. “As skin is heated during the treatment, exercise is to be avoided for 24 hrs,” explains O’Gara.
2. Dermal fillers
What it is: Dermal fillers are injected into different parts of your face to add volume, smoothe wrinkles, or create a more defined look. They’re most popular for plumping lips and smoothing out frown lines.
How long it takes: Your injecting nurse will usually require a 15 to 20 minute consultation to determine your needs, skin type, and medical history first, then around 30 minutes to apply numbing cream (if required) and perform the injections.
Downtime involved: You can go straight back to work, however, “there is a risk of bruising and swelling afterwards” says O’Gara; though initial swelling is usually minor enough that your colleagues will be unlikely to be able tell you’ve had something done when you return to the office.
3. Medi-aesthetic peels
What it is: Face peels can target different skin concerns and are usually massaged into the face to work their magic on the top layer of the skin.
How long it takes: Express peels typically take just 30 minutes.
Downtime involved: There is no downtime involved for most peels, unless you choose one that targets pigmentation, so you can head back to the office straight after your treatment, but you may look a little red. “You’ll have slight redness, like a mild sunburn, which may last for a few days, with skin flaking for three to five days,” explains O’Gara suggests.
4. IPL for pigmentation
What it is: The IPL applicator is moved over the face (or other parts of the body), releasing light pulses that target pigmentation in the deeper layers of the skin.
How long it takes: Depending on the area treated, 30 to 45 minutes on average is all it takes.
Downtime involved: Your skin might be slightly red right after the treatment, but the real effects can be seen during the days that follow; “as skin pigmentation will darken and microcrust, but makeup can be used to camouflage this,” explains O’Gara.
5. Anti-wrinkle injections
What it is: Muscle relaxers (most commonly referred to as Botox), are injected into areas of the face where fine lines and wrinkles lie, such as in crows feet and frown lines, to relax the underlying muscle, and subsequently smooth out the wrinkle.
How long it takes: This can be done in as little as 20 minutes.
Downtime involved: There’s no downtime, though it’s advised to avoid rubbing the treated areas or exercising for 24 hours post treatment. Because there’s generally no redness or swelling associated with the treatment, no one at work will be any the wiser you’ve just had it.
6. Express microdermabrasion
What it is: A microdermabrasion tip is passed over the skin, gently and painlessly exfoliating away dead skin cells and unclogging blocked pores and blackheads in the process. The skin is left brighter, smoother, and generally with finer looking pores.
How long it takes: On average, an express microdermabrasion session takes just 30 minutes.
Downtime involved: In true lunch break beauty treatment style, there is no downtime. “You can go straight back to work with brighter skin,” says O’Gara.
What it is: A small, sharp blade is used to very gently and painlessly ‘shave’ dead skin cells and fuzzy hairs from your face, leaving the skin super smooth.
How long it takes: Thirty minutes are generally enough for this treatment.
Downtime involved: There is absolutely no downtime or associated signs you’ve had anything done. Your face will feel smoother and fresher on your speedy return to work.
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