It’s been one of the the most nerve-wracking times we’ve ever lived through — as evidenced by our stressed-out skin. We could all use a skincare refresh in 2021, don’t you think? Luckily, the beauty industry isn’t lacking in newness and innovation.
Significant advances have developed in the ability to non-invasively tighten skin, stimulate collagen production and reduce body fat.
Ingredients, like retinol and hyaluronic acid, that have been used for decades are being reformulated and better stabilized with new actives being incorporated into commonly used products. As a reflection of changes in society at large, the skincare industry has also become more focused on inclusivity, with skincare lines including models with skin conditions like vitiligo, different body shapes and of varying ages.
Wondering what tweakments are popular in 2021? Check out the list below;
Blue Light Protection
As the work-from-home movement continues well past the hopeful end of this pandemic, more and more people are glued to their computer screens. This is causing an increased concern over blue light, which may have a negative effect on our eyes as well as our skin, contributing to signs of aging such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
Blue light may also impact the skin by leading to darker and more persistent hyperpigmentation, especially in those with darker skin types. As such, more consideration will be given to products that also offer blue light protection as we continue to learn more about visible light and the impact on skin aging.
People might be getting together in-person less, but Zoom calls are still in high demand for both work and personal life. People as young as 30 want to optimize their features for their face without looking dramatically different. This can be accomplished by putting very small amounts of Botox and filler throughout the face so that they don’t look any different — just more rested. It’s merely a visual effect and one that’s catching the wind. It’s worth noting, however, that the upkeep of this kind of work is not minimal. Botox and filler must be repeated every three to four months or else the results wear off completely.
Also, in an attempt to achieve facial optimization, there’s been an increase in the use of new injectables, including Teosyal RHA 2, 3, and 4, which are hyaluronic acid fillers that have just come to the market. They offer long-lasting results and there is some data to suggest that they may cause less swelling after injection than some other products on the market.
On the subject of great skin, one treatment that’s been MASSIVE over the last couple of years is Profhilo. The public are becoming more and more aware of Profhilo, which involves targeted injection of hyaluronic acid into the skin, leaving your skin more hydrated, refreshed, and smooth. A lot of the results speak for themselves, and although it’s a relatively new treatment modality in the world of aesthetic medicine, it has become more and more popular.
The Salt Facial
Just as it sounds, this new facial technology leverages the exfoliating and healing properties of salt. The machine exfoliates the top layer of the skin (stratum corneum) and then ultrasound energy is used to stimulate vital nutrients back into the skin and create channels for the skin to accept hydration.
The final step is LED light — blue light, which helps with inflammation and kills bacteria, while red light promotes collagen production and aids in healing. The result? Dewy, naturally glowing skin that’s less inflamed and acne-prone.
The process involves pricking ultrafine needles into the skin just a few millimeters deep to create tiny areas of trauma while radiofrequency heat energy is delivered to the skin. As the skin heals itself, a surge in collagen production takes place that helps to remodel the skin and restore youth, tightening skin and reducing fine lines. While there is no shortage of cosmetic and skincare gimmicks out there, this is one treatment that truly yields results and with fairly minimal downtime.
In a pandemic world where most of us are only seen while wearing a mask, there’s been increased attention to the eyes on the esthetic level. Where lip injections and rhinoplasties once reigned supreme, dermatologists believe that the next-most requested area that patients are going to call attention to is their eyes, as well as their forehead. Botulinum toxin, AKA botox, can quickly and non-invasively make a huge improvement in fine lines around the eye area, like erasing the “11’s” and “crow’s feet. With results lasting approximately four to six months, and typically highly satisfied first-time patients returning for subsequent treatments.
Microblading and Brow Lamination
Eyebrows are also taking center stage and not just regular brow shaping, but also techniques like microblading and brow lamination. Microblading is a semi-permanent tattoo that enhances your eyebrows and gives an illusion of tiny hair-like lines to make them appear fuller and more naturally filled in. Brow lamination is a non-invasive technique that helps enhance your brow shape, smooths hairs and also gives a nice lift that then holds the brow hairs in place.
The first half of 2021 looks promising for the launch of a new cellulite-smoothing injectable called Qwo, a shorter name for collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes. As the first and only FDA-approved injection to treat moderate to severe cellulite of the buttocks in adults, Qwo has a lot of potentials. While there are creams and other devices that have been tried to smooth out cellulite, this injection is thought to help release the fibrous bands which lead to the dimpling by targeting collagen types 1 and 3. It generally requires three sessions spaced about 21 days apart with each session taking about 30 minutes and swelling and bruising are common side effects.
Since the beauty industry is constantly changing, it is wise to stay on top of current trends.
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