They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – but there have been some new trends that really make us roll our eyes.
With 12 step skincare routines, masks that make your skin peel, essences, serums, tools, and tricks, it’s difficult to determine which of these trends will actually work to give you that youthful glow, and which will leave you seeing red!
These are a few new beauty trends that have been tried and tested – with visible results.
It seems strange to roll needles across your face and hope that it improves the texture of your skin. But it actually does! Dermarolling, a form of microneedling, involves using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. They look like mini torture devices but, trust us, work miracles for clearing acne scars, fading fine lines, and evening out skin tone—when they are used properly, that is.
It is very important to properly prepare your skin and the device for your derma rolling session. Make sure everything is adequately sterilised before you begin. A derma roller creates tiny pricks around the skin and gives enough space in between so the wound healing response takes over. You grow new skin. That, in turn, leads to a smoother, more even, and plumper complexion.
Facial steaming is a great option for patients with acne-prone skin or with stubborn blackheads,” says Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, owner, and founder of The Dermatology & Laser Group.
According to Dr. Akhavan, the steam accomplishes two things: 1) The water vapor itself loosens dirt and contaminants that are clogging pores and 2) The heat induces sweating, which further flushes out pores.
“Freshly cleaned pores are better able to absorb skin creams with active ingredients such as retinol based-products or prescription creams from your dermatologist,” he adds.
Facial steaming is not well suited for rosacea-prone skin as the heat can cause dilation of blood vessels, contributing to redness. Furthermore, it’s not a good idea for people with dry skin or eczema because of the natural oils that are being stripped.
But if your skin isn’t *too* sensitive, and you do want to steam your pores, Dr. Akhavan recommends doing so for no more than 10-15 minutes and cleansing your skin with a gentle cleanser immediately after to get rid of loosened debris.
Blue Light Filter
The science of natural light and how it interacts with people and the world around us is fascinating and complex. Research has established that even though UV light is invisible, it poses significant risks to our skin. But the sun also emits visible light, a portion of which is known as blue light.
Researchers have known for some time that blue light from the sun can harm skin and eyes, but–are you sitting down? Blue light also emanates from most digital devices, including your smartphone and computer, where the damage is up close and personal.
Blue light damages the skin and contributes to fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. Fear not though – in this day and age, most devices come with a blue light filter that you can turn on. And if your device doesn’t have the option, you can buy special glasses which will protect your eyes and skin from the harmful effects of blue light exposure.
Blue light also prevents your brain from producing melatonin, a hormone which is responsible for making you fall asleep. So filtering that light may provide an additional benefit: Sleep.
Serums and Essences
The beauty community has been abuzz with talk of essences lately!
Essences are like toners – they prepare your skin for the next step in your beauty routine – but they also nourish and soften the skin, adding a layer of nutrition to your skincare routine. Use them after cleansing and toning, but before you apply any serums to your skin. The serums will absorb better and your skin will feel amazing!
Speaking of serums, there are a ton of new ones on the market with some interesting new ingredients!
Retinol is great as an anti-aging solution, as it battles fine-lines. Be careful with it though, as it does make your skin extra sensitive to the sun. Only use retinol at night, use it sparingly and don’t use it every day.
Vitamin C is another great serum to use! Vitamin C helps to fight particles that may damage your skin, but it is also very sensitive to light. Be sure to store yours in a cool, dark place and to make sure it absorbs fully into your skin before you go into the sunlight, otherwise, your product may discolour and turn you yellow! Always use sunscreen when wearing a vitamin C serum as well!
Exfoliating is very important! It removed dead skin cells and particles, leaving you with a smoother, more glowy complexion. Recently, however, mechanical exfoliators have come under fire for the damage they do to the skin.
A mechanical exfoliator is a product that relies on tiny particles of abrasive material to exfoliate the skin – like scrubs or cleansers with beads in them. The problem with these products is that some of them cause micro-tears on the skin, which accelerates aging. If the exfoliating product is too abrasive – like walnut, for example – it’ll cause these tiny tears on the skin which will lead to tiny scars. Too many of these will become fine lines.
Using an exfoliant which contains Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) – something that relies on chemicals to exfoliate the skin rather than particles – is a much better option, especially for people who have dry or sensitive skin. Look for an exfoliator which doesn’t have any particles in it, and contains glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, or mandelic acid.