Never one to rest on its laurels, the beauty industry is known for constantly innovating to keep up with consumer trends and needs. And as technology becomes more intuitive, environmentally conscious and easier to access, it’s leading to newer beauty and wellness possibilities for those of us who love to love the skin we’re in. Here are just a few of the latest procedures and products making it easier than ever to stay fresh, fine and cute 365 days of the year.
Swap your razor for the laser
If you find yourself regularly adding “razors” or any other number of popular hair removal products to your shopping list, it might be time to consider switching to laser hair removal. Hear us out – there are plenty of environmental and sustainable reasons why laser treatments provide better alternatives to shaving and other hair removal methods. Not only is laser a great way to avoid wasting huge amounts of water in the shower, it also means saying goodbye to your disposable razors for good (same goes for shaving creams and lotions that are filled with harmful chemicals). Disposable razors are one of the largest contributors to household waste and can take decades to break down. Razor blade cartridges can’t even be recycled as they’re made up that many problematic materials. Laser on the other hand can be a one-off treatment – meaning minimal waste, less financial cost in the long-run and fewer harmful chemicals being carelessly washed into our water system.
Patch it up
If you’ve already tried and celebrated the miracle of pimple patches but you’re looking to take it up a notch, the answer is finally here – patches with microneedles. Yup, teeny tiny needles you place onto your skin to help with everything from acne breakouts to collagen production. OK, sure it sounds scary, but the whole process is actually kinda cool. The patches (or stickers if you’d prefer to call them something that sounds less like a nicotine supplement) contain super fine points that are filled with active ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides and amino acids.
These points prick your skin in the smallest and gentlest way and push the ingredients down into the depths of your soul, ahh skin, to nourish it with rejuvenating goodness. What follows is soft, bright and wrinkle-free skin. Best of all, the needles are so micro (thinner than a hair follicle) they don’t hurt, and you can complete the treatment at home. No pain, but lots o’ gain.
Here today, gone tomorrow
Sometimes the things we do when we’re young seem like a great idea at the time until we wake up and realise that tattoo of our ex’s name on our wrist needs to go, stat! Enter the power of lasers (is there anything they can’t do? … Probably). Safe tattoo removal that is actually affordable is finally a reality thanks to a new technique named Yag laser. Yag uses a concentrated high-intensity light that targets specific areas. Depending on wavelength and strength, this light can remove every last trace of that somebody you used to know. Yag can even target and reduce any unwanted pigmentation or sunspots (particularly on the face), which can develop as we get older.