As we approach the second half of 2017, there are several emerging, hot, new trends in skincare and skin rejuvenation that are likely here to stay for a long, long time. It is not to say that these innovations won’t evolve into tweaked and improved iterations of their pioneer selves, but in their present form, they are already showing amazing promise as effective treatment options. Let’s dive in and see what these 2017 skincare trends are.
1. Pre-Juvenation for the Millenials
Skincare and skin rejuvenation have been popular in the forty-something and older crowd and always will be, but the new trend is “pre-juvenation.” This is where the focus is on prevention and maintenance and where women and men in their twenties and thirties are seeking cosmetic treatment and rejuvenative skincare very early on. Maintaining beautiful, youthful skin and preventing aging and wrinkles are becoming increasingly popular among the younger crowd and they are not afraid to seek it out. Whether it is “pre-juvenation” or rejuvenation, Botox®, Juvederm®, laser, or topical treatments, everyone, younger or older, not only wants to look like a better version of themselves. Not only are they willing to invest the time and effort, but they are also willing to spend the money to prevent aging as much as possible and to be able to maintain healthier skin and a more youthful look. Even a thirty-year-old wants to achieve the best version of herself she can and isn’t shy to ask me for some help. And I am happy to oblige.
2. It’s in the Blood: PRP
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has been at the top of the list lately for new and promising treatment options on a global level, especially in the specialties of Dermatology, Orthopedics, Physical Medicine, and Pain Medicine. PRP is being harnessed to treat everything from wrinkles to hair loss, and arthritis to injured joints. Since PRP treatment is based on your own platelets’ and plasma’s healing elements and growth factors, the process maximizes and corrals the powerful, natural, and native ingredients from your own body’s richest resources in your blood. For the skin, PRP will help regenerate collagen, improve wrinkling, improve scarring, improve skin laxity, and boost hair growth and regeneration, depending on how and where the PRP is injected. PRP promises to be an exciting treatment option in the field of rejuvenation and restoration on multiple levels for many applications.
3. Men’s Secret Skincare Tip: Dermaplaning
Senada touched upon this new rejuvenation office procedure called dermaplaning in her recent blog post called “Bridal Skincare 101”. Dermaplaning utilizes a special blade that is applied to your dry skin, where the superficial dead layers, along with your peach fuzz, are gently sheared off to reveal glowing, smooth skin, creating an ideal canvas for makeup. It also allows any application of topical anti-aging treatments to be more deeply and effectively absorbed. Oddly enough and unbeknownst to them, men perform a variation on dermaplaning every day when they shave, but on a gentler level. No wonder our men folk often have baby-smooth skin underneath their stubble.
4. Have a Skincare Sandwich: Stackable Treatments
Many of our patients already experience stackable or combination treatments in the office, where several procedures are sandwiched together and performed in succession for maximum benefit in minimum time. For example, a patient may come in to see Adelle for some laser hair reduction and then see me for Botox® for the forehead and a selection of dermal fillers to her cheeks, laugh lines, and lips. The patient may even round out her cosmetic experience with us and get some CoolSculpting® done on the same day as well. And sometimes, a combination of treatments in succession on the same day can have a greatly synergistic effect. Although it may seem like a lot to do in one day, time away from work and home is concentrated to a single day or half day over a few hours, and post-operative downtime, if any, is minimized on multiple levels. This stackable approach is also applicable for topical treatment at home, where several anti-aging serums and creams can be layered for maximal rejuvenative benefit. Another plus is that this combination approach is highly customizable for maximum efficacy. In fact, this stackable approach to skincare is actually the foundation of the cult favorite Korean 10-Step Skincare Regimen, which was the topic of one of my recent blog posts.
5. Body Sculpting and Body Contouring: The New Noninvasive Frontier
Noninvasive aesthetic treatment for the body, like CoolSculpting® and BTL VanquishME™, is increasingly popular and no longer taboo. And why not? The in-office treatments are painless, extremely effective, and appropriate for both women and men. Although these will not result in any loss of pounds on the scale, they fulfill an effective treatment option for those stubborn areas that are resistant to exercise and weight reduction. And lately, patients are reluctant to go under the knife when other noninvasive options are so readily available with no downtime.
6. Take a Pill: Ingestible Beauty
Ranging from prebiotics, probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, and other dietary supplements, “ingestible beauty” makes logical sense and has given birth to the burgeoning “nutraceutical industry.” Let’s face it (pun intended), what goes in will come out and show in your skin. Just like smoking can cause long-term damage to the skin, like skin cancer, leathery texture, deep wrinkles, and sallowness, healthy eating and nutritional supplementing could potentially lead to healthier, younger-looking skin. Today’s oral skincare market includes powerful gems like Imedeen® for skin rejuvenation, Heliocare for sun damage, Nutrafol for hair health, and prescription Nicomide® for acne. And let’s not forget that eating a diet of foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals not only can enhance any topical skincare regimen, but is good for your entire body as well.
7. Plug It In and Turn It On: At-Home Skin Treatment Devices
From hair reduction to skin rejuvenation, what was once available only at a dermatologist’s or plastic surgeon’s office is available today for use at home. Examples include the Tria, a laser-based hair reduction and skin rejuvenation device, JeNu, an ultrasonic infuser rejuvenation device, Baby Quasar MD Blue, a blue light acne treatment device, and ZIIP, a nano current rejuvenation device. Although these laser, ultrasound, electro-current, and light devices are much smaller in scale and do have hefty prices attached to them, treatment in the privacy and convenience of your own home may be very enticing. Are they as effective as the medical-grade machines in a dermatologist’s office like my own? Perhaps, but less likely. However, they often do have the FDA clearance as being safe when used as directed. The main therapeutic differences for at-home devices are that the expected results are usually relatively temporary, the process somewhat time-consuming, the number of treatments indefinite and frequent, and the effectiveness less potent. Additionally, the FDA does not hold these at-home devices to the same scrutiny, standards, and testing as it does for medical devices. But, hey, what’s more convenient than doing a self-treatment after dinner while watching your favorite TV show?
8. Man-Scaping Is Here and It’s About Time
No longer are women the only consumers of aesthetic and cosmetic treatments, because man-scaping is real and here to stay. Men have jumped on the facial rejuvenation bandwagon and are reaping the benefits. From Botox®, dermal fillers, laser hair reduction, IPL, chemical peels, and microneedling, men are turning more and more to dermatologists and plastic surgeons for help. Plus, men are looking to have noninvasive body contouring as well. The positive aspect of many of these cosmetic procedures is that there is often little to no downtime and is a welcome treatment option for men, because no one ever needs to know. And let’s not forget salon options, like hairstyling, brow grooming, waxing, pedicures and manicures. It’s about time, but today’s man cares enough to look his best and doesn’t mind getting a little help.
9. Natural Is In!
It is only expected that the natural, organic, and vegan trends are invading the skincare market. New “natural” cosmetic and skincare companies like Tula, Tata Harper™, alimaPURE, and Tatcha, just to name a few, are emerging every day, and the demand is likely to increase. Many of these popular and cosmetically elegant formulations are free of supposed harsh chemicals, undesirable preservatives, or petrolatum products. Also, many consumers are happy to note that they have not been tested on animals. At HDC, we are proud to offer you such innovative skincare gems like Restorsea™ and Arcona, which harness nature’s anti-aging powerhouse ingredients of salmon-roe enzyme and plant extracts respectively, with minimal to no additives or harmful ingredients.
10. Everything Old Is New Again.
It should come as no surprise that everything old is always new again. Just as fashion trends come and go, and then come again, so do skincare trends. Innovative and renewed focus has been directed to microneedling, moisturization, toners, face oils, face masks, retinoids, exfoliation, and cleansing. These skincare fundamentals have always been around, but, more so today than ever. Getting back to the basics and looking into the hows and whys of our dependable skincare heavy-lifters have cast new light on what we have always known and loved. Many of these skincare elements have been around for decades, if not for centuries, but recently, they have been revitalized with new, added ingredients and new innovative spins on these tried-and-trues. It is not surprising that Grandma’s advice on skincare may be more accurate than we thought. They just needed a reboot with some extra bells and whistles and convenient packaging.
Happy, Healthy Skin!
–Dr. HTen Hot, New Skincare Trends That Are Here to Stay