Advanced beauty treatments and awareness of what’s (actually) in products like serums, lotions, and washes are two of the main contributors to the cosmetic industry’s projected 4.3 percent growth rate by 2022.
And it’s probable speculation that these two growth indicators are the reason we’re starting to see more technology used in beauty treatments, especially consumer beauty.
Skin tightening is one of the major cosmetic ailments that no amount of goop-on-the-face seems to be able to remedy. But if botox scares you and you aren’t quite ready for a full-on facelift, technology is here to give you options. Yay, science!
Here are three skin tightening treatments that will actually improve skin elasticity, and are worth the money:
The name is pretty self-explanatory. Microneedling uses a device containing many little needles. The idea is that applying needles all over your face, with a strategized technique, can boost the skin’s collagen production.
It’s minimally invasive and requires little to no recovery time. What’s even better is that you can do it at home for a fraction of the price. But, it still might be beneficial to budget it one or two professional micro-needling treatments every year, in addition to weekly at-home treatments.
Some of the benefits of microneedling are reduced wrinkles, increased skin thickness and overall skin luminance. But, it’s not a designated treatment for skin tightening. It can also improve skin discoloration and scarring.
Radio Frequency (RF) Treatments
RF treatments use heat to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production process. This treatment is specifically designed to target the epidermal layers of the skin and improve the skin’s firmness.
Radio frequency therapy is commonly done at a medspa or doctor’s office. It’s important to know what type of technology a physician offers at their office before you get treatment. Rich now FORMA and Morpheus8 are the most advanced radio frequency therapy machines.
RF is also one of the few minimally invasive procedures to be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. It’s also considered to be safe for all skin types.
You can also purchase radio frequency devices at home. It’s unclear if at-home devices are as powerful as professional ones, but some are reported with having decent results. It’s probably best to undergo at least one full professional treatment of two to six sessions every year, in addition to using at-home treatments.
For this treatment, a handheld device is used to send ultrasound waves through the skin to specific locations and depths, to boost collagen production in the skin. This is another FDA approved treatment with real results. It also has one of the best track records for safety on the market.
Some people use ultrasound therapy as a way to postpone getting a facelift (it’s that good). There’s no downtime and the only side effects are a slight redness immediately following the procedure and some discomfort during the treatment.
It’s a brave new beauty world out there, and we’re loving how accessible these advancements are starting to become! This year we’ll be keeping a close-eye on tech-infused beauty, like connected beauty systems and more evidence-based analysis of new, really cool products.
What do you think of turning to tech to remedy beauty concerns? Is it the answer generations before like us were always hoping for?