We’re sure you’ve seen the attention-seeking images of the process on social media. The Vampire facial, also known as “platelet rich plasma therapy,” is a process where plasma is drawn from a client’s own blood and reinjected. The goal of this facial is to increase the amount of collagen, which is the protein that makes skin look youthful and plump.
The logic is this: the process lightly injures the skin, tricks your body into producing collagen, and in a few weeks your skin is supposed to appear voluminous and clear. However, it is making microinjections into your skin, meaning if you’re pregnant or decide not to use the recommended numbing cream, even Kim Kardashian admits, it hurts.
If you’re not a believer in the whole “beauty is pain” thing, or if you’d just prefer something cheaper and more long term, try these gentler remedies for naturally improving skin elasticity, tone, and texture.
Vitamin B is an essential nutrient for almost every bodily function because it aids in your body’s metabolization process, which is a big word that means it helps turn food into energy. Biotin, which is a type of B vitamin, is known for its hair and nail benefits goes beyond that. Its essential purpose is producing fatty acids that aid in cell growth, making it helpful for treating skin ailments like eczema and acne.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
An Omega-3 is composed of three main types of fatty acids, ALA, DHA, and EPA. The skin hero of the group is EPA, which is both an anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant. EPA specifically prohibits the release of proteins by your cells to decrease inflammation and regulates the hormones that control sebum production.
Probiotics are helpful bacteria, which people usually supplement with to keep their digestive system in top shape. There’s a lot of evidence that proves that your gut is an indicator of your overall health, which in turn, keeps your immune system strong and your skin radiant. Skin flare ups like rosacea and acne are responses to inflammation. When you address the host of your immune system, the benefits are felt throughout your entire bodily system.
If you’re feeling like you’d like to treat yourself to a spa treatment, go for it! You deserve it. But, if you’re looking for a long term solution to health and beauty, skip out on the trendy facial of the season and invest in something that benefits your overall well-being.