So what is CIT and why does it matter?
As early as our twenties, assuming we had good quality skin prior to this, collagen production begins to slow. Effectively, this means that the rate at which we produce this important building block for smooth, plump and healthy skin, slows, while the rate at which we continue to break existing collagen down, continues to rev up, not helped by external factors such as (any) sun exposure, a diet high in junk food, smoking and more.
As a result, these choices begin to show up on our faces – skin begins to lose its healthy glow, begins to look lacklustre and seems drier, flakier. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to form in response to animation, and over time, we may begin to look older than our age.
CITs in its simplest form, is creating controlled trauma to the surface of the skin, tricking the body into thinking it has been injured and thereby stimulating collagen and elastin production in the affected area.
As with most skin therapies, everyone, it seems, can do it, but not everyone SHOULD be doing it, as it is still a medical procedure and basic dermatological knowledge is still required to minimise risk of harm, especially in skin of colour.
Done well and correctly, and in conjunction with adjunctive serums personalised for your skin type and concerns, as well as at home skincare, CIT works really well, with visible results as early as 2-3 sessions, with ongoing benefits that can last and improve over some weeks.
At Skin Essentials, we recommend initially, monthly sessions for 3-6 sessions, after which for maintenance we suggest a session every 2-3 months and personalised at home skincare prescribed for you by your clinician.