While 2020’s lockdown had us trying different potions, battling maskne and reassessing our regimens, the potential for a 2021 glow-up is looking bright. Marissa Abdo and Morgan Renfro, registered nurses, certified aesthetic nurse specialists and founders of Scottsdale-based Lumen + Bevel Aesthetics, discuss treatments that focus on prevention and repair for near-perfect skin.
Ingestible collagen supplements: Recognizing the relationship between your diet and skin is key to tapping the Fountain of Youth. Incorporating collagen supplements into your daily routine can improve your skin’s hydration and elasticity, reduce wrinkles, decrease nail breakage and increase hair growth. There’s a sea of products available on the web, but our patients have seen tremendous results with Vital Proteins’ grass-fed Collagen Peptides. Supplements can be a slow go, so it could take up to three months to experience the benefits.
Sculptra Aesthetic: This FDA-approved injectable works by gradually stimulating your skin’s natural collagen production for a more youthful-looking appearance. We like to describe Sculptra as “fertilizer” for your face because it provides natural volume replacement that can last for more than two years. For an epic glow-up, pair Sculptra with a collagen supplement, and you’ll be radiating youthfulness from the inside out.
Probiotic ingredients: Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that keep your digestive system in line, but when these incredible organisms are used as topicals on the skin, they’ve been proven to heal wounds, smooth scars and even calm inflammatory ailments like eczema. As more and more probiotic-based products become available, the most effective ingredients to look for include the species Lactobacillus, Bifidabacterium and Vitreoscilla.
LED light therapy face masks: Light therapy started out as a treatment you could only get at a dermatologist’s office, but its popularity grew and now light therapy masks that you can use at home are a thing. LED light therapy involves exposing the skin to different wavelengths of light to treat various concerns ranging from signs of aging to acne. It also helps boost the appearance of collagen, leaves skin looking bright, repairs cell damage, kills bacteria and reduces fine lines.
Dermal fillers: These FDA-approved gel-like injections restore volume loss, smooth lines and even enhance and restore facial contours. Hyaluronic acid is sugar that’s found naturally in our bodies to provide hydration and plumpness to our skin. Around age 25, our hyaluronic acid production decreases, resulting in dryer skin, slowing down our ability to heal from wounds and accelerates wrinkle formation. Luckily, we have the ability to replace what’s lost in our bodies with hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that are injected under the skin where our natural hyaluronic acid lives. There are more than 10 different types of FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers that are both preventative and corrective. We use dermal fillers in order to add volume to cheeks, give lips the perfect pout, smooth lines and folds in the lower face and even plump up damaged and dried-out hands.
When it comes to skin care and trying new products, if you start showing signs of irritation, redness or extreme dryness, stop immediately. Also, injectable treatments are medical procedures that come with risks and benefits. Make sure to do your research and see a qualified injection specialist for your aesthetic treatments.