Skincare 101: Five Skincare Treatments Every Guy Should Consider


TEXT: Alexander Sauve

Age is a funny thing. It’s something that can’t be avoided. And yet, it’s fought against vigorously until the bitter end. And although using a high quality face cream is a great way to maintain the moisture balance in your skin, it can only do so much; after all the empty promises, it’s still just a face cream, not a magic wand. So when its time to step-up your game, these five skincare treatments are guaranteed to keep you looking like you, longer.

Botox: Complexion Perfection

I am a big fan of Botox, and for good reason: it can knock off a few years in a matter of a few days. Botox is a neurotoxin protein that temporarily freezes overactive facial muscles. It can be applied to various places in and around the face. The most popular areas for treatment are the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows, the lower jaw (for jowls), and the ‘tree rings’ around the neck.

The treatment is quick, painless, and requires no down time. The procedure is moderately inexpensive and usually costs between $8, on the very low end, to $12 per unit. Men typically need to apply more Botox due to the thickness of their skin. The majority of patients notice improvements in their skin in as little as three to four days and the full treatment lasts three to six months depending on location.

Peel the Years Away

It’s rather pointless to spend a small fortune on Botox and other time-erasing procedures if your skin is riddled with discolouration. A chemical peel is a great way to improve sun-damaged and wrinkle prone skin. The treatment uses a light acid to safely remove the upper layers of the dermis stimulating collagen and elastin. The skin is left revitalized, smooth and spot-free.

Although relatively painless, there may be some redness, light peeling, and mild tingling after the treatment. Results will vary and the procedure typically costs $140 (figure from NewDermaMed) per session. Peels can also be applied to the neck and hands.

Blastoff With Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is far lighter than a chemical peel and is often included in many of the super facials that have gained popularity recently. Tiny crystals are sand blasted onto the face to buff away the outer most layer of the skin. After the treatment, the skin will be brighter and smoother, and will appear more youthful. Although there may be a bit of redness after the treatment, it will subside quickly. An average microdermabrasion treatment will cost around $140 per session.

Laser Where it Counts

If you’re looking for a relatively quick procedure with highly noticeable results, opt for a laser skin resurfacing treatment. Lasers are used to remove layers of the skin at a far more precise and deeper level than your average chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatment. Your skin will look younger, tighter, and be more resilient.

You can have your youth back but it will cost you. A typical micro laser procedure will set you back at least $600 (figure from NewDermaMed) and will only go up from there. Four or more sessions are recommended for optimum results.

Hard at Work: The Super Facial

The super facial ($118 Blitz Body Bar) is a relatively new hybrid of skincare that combines a little bit of everything. These high quality oxygen infused facials deeply clean and exfoliate the skin but with an added kick. Think of your regular facial treatment on steroids.

Super facials often include a mix of microdermabrasion, facial steaming, blackhead extractions, a mask or two, and lymphatic facial massage. The results are immediate and will leave your skin incredibly hydrated, smooth, and polished.The treatment works well on various skin types and is ideal for monthly maintenance.

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Best Face Forward: Blitz Facial Bar Review

TEXT: Alexander Sauve

After the holiday season, who doesn’t need a little pampering to get their skin back on track? Blitz Facial Bar offers superior facials at a fraction of the time and cost without sacrificing the oh-so important spa experience. Catering to the skincare needs of both men and women–the beauty gurus at Blitz are guaranteed to help you on your quest for a little complexion perfection.

Blitz has all the attributes you would expect from a day spa–a modern and relaxed atmosphere, an inviting and courteous staff, but has a high-end salon or barbershop vibe with its perfectly aligned white chairs and simple yet comfortable design.  

My treatment began with a brief overview of the basics of the facial, what to (and what not to) expect and aftercare. My esthetician Sarah, who was fabulous by the way, made sure I felt at ease and relaxed while answering my questions and concerns regarding my skin.

I received The Works (118$). This sixty minute super facial delivers a deep cleanse and exfoliation to the skin by taking the classic blitz + glow treatment (48$) and adding in microdermabrasion, a steam, an extraction and a deep lymphatic facial massage.

A facial steam helps to eliminate dirt and debris from the skin’s pores. With a freshly prepped face, your pores are set to better absorb the products your esthetician may use. It is also a great way to improve circulation and eliminate toxins from the skin.

Following the steam–the extractor (not to be confused with your fears of the dentist or some B rated horror film) is an effective way to remove those pesky blackheads and hard to reach blemishes without having to worrying about troublesome scarring, redness or irritation.

The benefits of massage have long been documented for it’s circulatory, health and healing properties. A deep tissue lymphatic facial massage stimulates muscles increasing collagen production while giving your skin a healthy natural glow. Sarah used derma rollers (think mini rolling pins) to smooth and relax my skin. I thoroughly enjoyed the thought and feeling of my face being smoothed out, with the tension literally being rolled away.

I will admit, I am a big of Microdermabrasion and was totally looking forward to this portion of the facial. Micro (as its known in some circles) is used to gently lift away dead skin cells leaving the skin polished and refreshed. The procedure is great for all skin types and is an effective form of deeper exfoliation and requires next no down time. With multiple treatments microdermabrasion can also soften fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons–Microdermabrasion remains among the top five of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in 2015. Botox, fillers, chemical peels and laser hair removal round out the top five. These procedures remain popular due to their affordability, little to no downtime and can be done on your lunch hour.   

With the rise in popularity of oxygen facials the spa also offers The O2 Blitz (190$). This oxygen derma facial is clinically proven to brighten and lift the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. For a deep cleanse and exfoliation, Blitz offers the Micro (78$). It cleans while gently exfoliating away dirt and debris from the skins surface. These treatments are perfect for monthly or seasonal maintenance.

My overall experience at Blitz Facial Bar was amazing. From beginning to end, Sarah made sure I felt comfortable and relaxed. After my treatment, I was left with a bit of redness, but it subsided quickly and left my skin looking incredibly smooth and polished.

Blitz will personally customized your treatment to compliment your skin and its individual needs. This full service facial spa offers a variety of treatments guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. For a younger, smoother, and more radiant complexion add Blitz as part of your scheduled grooming and/or beauty regimen.

Blitz Facial Bar is available at four locations across Toronto, Trinity Bellwoods, Roncesvalles, Leslieville and at their newest location 65 Queen Street West (PATH).