The best facials to heal your summer skin before fall with Amanda Hlatky
Ask an Aesthetician // THE WILDS SKINCARE
“Founder of Glow Dermal Therapy and skincare expert Amanda Hlatky walked us through the 3 best treatments to include in your skincare routine this summer. Hlatky opened her practice in 2015 and has since become one of the leading esthetics clinics in Vancouver. Her clinic merges the worlds of effective clinical with a spa-like ambiance, allowing her clients to achieve the results they want with the relaxation they need.“
CAN YOU SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR SKIN-STORY?
I developed acne when I was 20, and in my pursuit to heal my skin, I tried everything from proactive to egg white face masks, hoping for a reprieve from my crippling skin insecurities. In addition to the acne, I created a barrier deficiency, resulting in red, textured, and irritated skin.
This led me into aesthetics school and eventually training alongside dermal therapists in Sydney, Australia. The word “dermal” in Glow Dermal Therapy was a nod to my time there.
To become an aesthetician in Canada, one must take a one year certificate that encompasses all treatments that would be provided at a spa, whereas in Australia, you train for a four year degree in skin. I learned so much from my time in Sydney. When I returned to Canada I knew I wanted to bring the clinical knowledge I learned over there and create an environment to help my clients heal on all levels.
LET’S START WITH THE BASICS — WHAT IS YOUR SKINCARE PHILOSOPHY?
First and foremost restore and protect the skin barrier, then introduce essential vitamins and nutrients to help it function at its best.
WHAT ARE COMMON SKIN CONCERNS YOU SEE THIS TIME OF YEAR?
Congestion from spf and perspiration, increased redness and heat mediated melasma/pigmentation
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FACIALS AND/OR TREATMENTS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR SUMMER ROUTINE?
Although the winter months are when we work the hardest to repair the skin (typically from the damage we do over the summer season), there are a few treatments that we recommend/suggest incorporating throughout the summer to ensure your skin looks its best all year long.
WHY I LOVE IT: Tightens pores, clears redness, prevents breakouts and stimulates collagen production
HOW DOES IT WORK? Using a — non invasive — 1064 ND YAG Laser, ClearSilk treats the chromophores in the water of your skin. This means that there is no downtime and you don’t have to worry about sun exposure, making it the the perfect summer treatment to maintain a youthful glow and keep breakouts and redness away.
FORMA RADIO FREQUENCY
WHY I LOVE IT: Lifting, sculpting, no downtime
HOW DOES IT WORK? Utilizing radiofrequency and heat this treatment works on tightening the elastin to keep your skin contoured, lifted and sculpted. This is another non ablative treatment, so there is no concern with sun exposure before or after.
OXYGEN INFUSION FACIAL
WHY I LOVE IT: extreme hydration
HOW DOES IT WORK? Hyperbaric Oxygen accompanied with an ampoule of low weight Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides infuses your skin with two weeks worth of serum to provide intense hydration and an amplified glow! If you have events or travel plans this summer, then this facial is an absolute must to keep your barrier healthy and your skin luminous
*Hot tip add dermaplaning if you have an event that requires a perfectly smooth makeup application