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New Trends in Skin Care

  If applying that expensive new skin cream gives you a greater sense of well-being, it may be one of the new neurocosmetics containing an ingredient called Idebenone that claims to boost the serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Mood-enhancing cosmetics are just some of the new trends surfacing in skin care.
  The term “natural” takes on new meaning in products that also contain synthetic additives like hyaluronic acid, peptides, collagen and ceramides. These results-oriented products are more effective but read labels carefully to get the full story. Many of these products tout adjectives like “free from” and “sustainable.”
   Some beauty products are going to contain medical-grade active ingredients for more powerful results. Biochemistry prevails in these new supercharged products.
  Protective claims are expanding to include not only UV protection but defense against the elements and hormonal changes.
  Organic skin care, however, is still
popular, replacing synthetics and chemical preservatives with herbs, botanicals and essential oils.
   If you already have sun damage, laser resurfacing removes sun-damaged skin and fine lines and wrinkles. Laser can also even-out skin tone, remove liver or age spots and acne scars. Younger-looking skin grows in place of the damaged skin. There are many types of lasers, so be sure to consult a qualified dermatologist to find the best treatment for your needs.
  While Botox is still the standard for those pesky frown lines, fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse, to name a few, are being used for the nasolabial fold that stretches from the mouth to the nose. Filling out the cheeks and jaw line can be helped by a controversial procedure called fat grafting, where the body’s own fat cells are harvested from other parts of the body and injected into the face.
  There is always something new to combat the aging process. A combination of products and treatments is the best bet. It’s a good idea to consult 2 or 3 dermatologists before starting a treatment plan.

Published: August 08, 2010
Issue: Fall 2010 Issue