In 2018, the pressure to look flawless can be anxiety-inducing at times. It's all about smooth, perfect skin, free of redness, hormone-induced breakouts, scars of any kind, and, of course, fine lines. But really, we are only human. We don't always get a full eight-hours of sleep each night. Sometimes we overindulge in ice cream (even though we know that lactose is bad for our skin). It's possible that we don't always use SPF on our face. And we've been known to reach for a second, third and (on occasion) fourth sugary cocktail.
So, yeah. We're no strangers to less-than-perfect skin.
Skin is our body's largest organ and its health is a reflection of what's going on inside our bodies, both our gut health and mental health, and if there is one thing we have learned after years in the industry it's that there is no quick fix for tired and congested skin.
But that's not to say that there aren't a few different tools you can add to your beauty arsenal for when the going gets tough. From serums to skin needling, these are seven editor approved anti-wrinkle treatments that you need to try.
Skin needling has been particularly popular as of late, and when you look closely at the treatment, it's not hard to understand why. Skin needling is a proven technique for making the skin more youthful and for repairing extensive damage. “It stimulates the body's natural repair processes,” the team at Think Aesthetics explain. "It rejuvenates skin cells, and provides a 'wake-up call' for collagen and elastin production", AKA, the properties that reduce fine lines and plump the skin.
If you don't know much about skin needling, it's important to know that there are two main forms of skin needling: cosmetic or shallow skin needling and deeper or medical skin needling. The former creates invisible micro-perforations in the skin that allow creams and serums to penetrate into the layers that produce collagen and elastin. The latter treatment penetrates the skin up to 3mm deep and causes skin trauma. While this might sound scary, it's actually very safe and can be used to treat deeper wrinkles and scars. Each treatment has different downtimes as well as recommended post-treatment methods, so the Think Aesthetics’ experts recommend you check with your skin technician to make sure you're choosing the right one for you. Top tip: make sure you stock up on the SPF 50 prior to your treatment! Protecting your skin from harsh sunrays immediately after is vital.
Serums formulated with wrinkle-filling properties are a must-have if you are hoping for smoother skin. At less than $25 a bottle, The Ordinary's Buffet Multi-Technology Peptide Serum is an affordable option for all skin types. With active peptide and cell-repairing properties, it's a hard worker that will leave your skin with a silky-smooth finish. For something a little more luxe, La Prairie's Skin Caviar Absolute Filler (coming in at a whopping $755 a bottle) is a skin-filler injection in a bottle. Seriously. Combined with daily SPF, these products will reveal healthier, more hydrated skin before you know it.
Semi-regular peels are vital for encouraging skin-cell turnover and repair, and to refresh and revitalise your skin. Opt for one that is gentle enough not to aggravate your skin, as exfoliators can be a bit finicky. Lactic acid is a wonderfully gentle exfoliator, and when supplemented with antibacterial antioxidants (such as bearberry) and soothing chamomile, you’ve found a match made in heaven. Make sure you pick a peel that is supplemented with hydrating ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and nourished. Hyaluronic acid will also help keep the skin hydrated and plumps skin to minimise and smooth the appearance of wrinkles. The Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel by Dennis Gross is a cult favourite for good reason. Perfect for all skin types, it uses pre-soaked exfoliating pads to gently polish away dead skin and impurities. It's then followed up with wipes soaked in glycolic and salicylic acid which help result in smoother, more even skin texture.
Try using a peel once a week after cleansing your skin, and be sure to follow it up with a super hydrating essence and moisturiser. We recommend Kora Organics Age-Defying Phytox Oil as it contains antioxidants and rich oils which help to refine the appearance of skin texture and to minimise the appearance of fine lines, resulting in younger looking skin that is brighter and more radiant. Bliss.
Face masks have been used to treat everything from dryness to breakouts, but can also be used to minimise fine lines and tighten up tired skin. This April, Foreo is releasing their Foreo UFO, "the world's first smart mask treatment to offer spa-level facial treatments in just 90 seconds, combining LED light therapy with cryo-therapy, thermal-therapy and T-Sonic pulsations". Okay, that sounds like a lot. Foreo specialists in professional-grade at-home treatments, and you might be familiar with their popular little cleansing device, Luna 2, which is a pulsating device that helps your cleanser and serum do their best work. The Foreo UFO is the latest addition to their line-up and combines everything we want from a face mask: sheet mask, LED light therapy, thermal activity and pulsations.
Derma rolling has been a staple for hardcore skin enthusiasts for a while now as it’s an at-home treatment that anyone can do. A derma-roller is made up of hundreds of tiny needles that, similarly to skin needling, shallowly penetrate the skin. This then sends the collagen and elastin production area of your skin into overdrive to heal your skin, resulting in skin that is thicker and firmer. When used in conjunction with a serum (which it always should be), it boosts the ingredient absorption of the skin by 90%. While it's always recommended you see an expert for procedures like this, if you want to incorporate home dermal-rolling into your routine, specialists recommend you only ever use needles 0.3mm or less.
Australian Skin Institute has created their Dermal Roller Home Care Micro-Needling device which consists of 540 very fine, diamond tip surgical stainless-steel needles. Available in two different sizes, it’s the easiest way to incorporate a dermal roller into your weekly skincare routine. When looking for a serum to use as part of your routine, opt for ones that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, peptides, and growth factors, as these are the ones that will really maximise the production of collagen and the speed of skin cell renewal. If you're using a retinol, make sure you don't use it as part of your dermal-rolling as they can cause sensitivity and irritation, which you defs don't want.
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