Skincare Treatments That Will Give You a Spring Awakening

Shed your dry winter skin this spring and reveal a fresh glow with these local skin care treatments.
A client at Rivage Day Spa receiving a Hydrafacial treatment. // Photograph courtesy of Rivage Day Spa

With spring come blooming tulips, more sunshine, and … dull skin? During winter months, skin can become dry, itchy, and flaky due to the lack of moisture in the air. As spring emerges, it’s important to work on reviving your skin while also avoiding further damage.

The popularity of Hydrafacials, which are performed globally an estimated 3.5 million times a year, has grown exponentially since the establishment of The Hydrafacial Co. in 1997. Within 30 minutes, the treatment cleanses the skin and extracts impurities while also hydrating the skin with different nutrients, like antioxidants and hyaluronic acid. This treatment can be found at most spas. But if you’re dealing with persistent skin-related issues, visiting a dermatologist may produce better results.

Locally, you can get a ramped-up version of the Hydrafacial at Honet Dermatology and Cosmetic in Bloomfield Hills. Dr. Linda Honet, an American Board of Dermatology diplomate and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, says her practice’s DiamondGlow infusion “exfoliates while infusing very potent and effective serums into the skin. And the serums are chosen by your skin care provider.”

“We can address things like hydration, tone, and pigment,” Honet adds. “Sometimes patients have acne-prone skin, or they have acne breakouts or acne scarring. … The DiamondGlow infusion addresses all of these different skin conditions … and brings that winter skin back up to fresh skin for the spring and summer.”

If your skin needs just a quick pick-me-up, rather than care from a dermatologist, a basic Hydrafacial at a spa will do. “You get an instant gratification from it,” says Jessica Lundberg, spa director at Rivage Day Spa. At this Birmingham spa, several serums are available to combat different skin-related issues, like pigmentation, dullness, and rosacea.

Regardless of the treatment you choose, Honet stresses the importance of daily sunscreen. Using SPF 45-50 is best to avoid the effects of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which can cause dark spots and patches for those with acne or with minor traumas on the skin, like cuts and bruises.

Honet also recommends chemical peels, like the treatments at Skintuition in Rochester Hills. Skintuition offers clients three levels of custom peel treatments to choose from, depending on their skin sensitivity and how deep they’d like their exfoliation.

According to Cami Sanders, spa director at Skintuition, level one is best for first-time clients, pregnant women, and those with rosacea because it’s applied with fruit-based enzymes, such as from pineapple and papaya, and contains no chemical acids, unlike levels two and three. In your twenties and thirties, the skin-shedding process may last three to five weeks , but can take as long as six to eight weeks for ages 40 through 50, and up to 12 weeks for ages 60-plus, Sanders says. Chemical peels help speed up the process and promote collagen production and cellular turnover, which can combat signs of aging and hyperpigmentation.

If your scalp also needs some love this spring, you may want to take a trip to Garden City to request Oro Spa’s scalp spa treatment, the first of its kind in Michigan. There, founder and certified aesthetician Zeinab Salami cleanses the scalp to remove impurities and buildup as a ring of water gently massages the head before focusing on nourishment by infusing moisture into the skin.

Clients can add the red-light comb to their treatment. “Red-light therapy stimulates blood flow to the scalp, promoting hair growth and providing a calming effect during the session,” Salami says. Before and after photos are taken to showcase results.

“The skin is really remarkable; it is the largest organ in your body,” Honet says. “But it does need help. You have to meet the needs of your environment. Listen to your skin in general, because each person’s skin is very different.”

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This story is from the March 2024 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.