As the last few months of the year approach, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the more popular beauty treatments of 2021. This year has broken the trend of many previous years, departing from extreme, permanent treatments like fillers and microblading. Instead, the trends of 2021 are all about accentuating our natural features.
Take a look at our top 5 beauty treatments of 2021 and see if they’re right for you!
Dermaplaning has been rising in popularity over the past few years. Many influencers including the skincare and self-care goddess, Jackie Aina, are being increasingly open with what procedures they’re getting for their flawless looks. It’s quite common for people in the beauty industry to add to their skills with a dermaplanning course, so you are sure to find a technician in your area that can provide this refreshing treatment.
Dermaplaning, not to be confused with dermabrasion, is a gentle method of exfoliating the skin. Your esthetician will use a sharp blade such as a scalpel or dermatome to scrape off the top layer of dead skin, peach fuzz and dirt build-up. While this does sound extreme, it’s a great option for those with sensitive skin. Chemical peels and dermabrasion do much of the same thing but can be very irritating for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Dermaplaning is a great alternative to that and will leave your skin healthy and glowing!
This is the perfect treatment if you’re new to skincare. It’s pain-free, has little to no downtime or healing time and can be very budget-friendly. If you’re looking for a pain-free way to get glowing skin, you might want to try dermaplaning!
If you’re looking for a treatment that will help to reduce hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and help to boost collagen production, then you might want to take a look at microneedling.
Microneedling works by promoting your body to ‘heal’ certain areas. Your esthetician will use a dermaroller which has lots of fine, sterilised needles and roll it gently over your skin. These create tiny pinpricks in your skin which your body will rush to heal. In doing so, the healing can reduce hyperpigmentation and acne scarring!
Because the blood will rush to your face to aid in healing, you will be swollen for a few days afterwards. But the blood brings nutrients with it, resulting in your skin having an amazing, glowing and youthful look. Your skin is your biggest organ, but the last to receive nutrients. Treatments like microneedling can really help keep your skin in great condition.
This isn’t a procedure for those of you with a fear of needles or who are perhaps newer to skincare. You need to be careful what you’re putting on your face afterwards and this procedure can aggravate sensitive skin. The best thing to do is talk to your esthetician and see what they recommend, but there have been amazing results!
It’s no surprise that at-home treatments skyrocketed in 2021. With most of us in lockdown, or not wanting to risk face-to-face treatments in a salon, we’ve looked elsewhere. Dermarolling is one of the treatments that people have favoured whilst in lockdown. Like with microneedling, dermarolling helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and promote healthy skin.
Dermarolling also uses small needles to prick the skin and push your body into healing, but they are often much duller than what you’ll find in a microneedling pen. This isn’t a treatment we’d recommend to those of you new to skincare as it is possible to do some serious damage to your skin and overuse the dermaroller. If you’re looking for a relaxing roller for your face, we’d recommend looking into a jade roller.
While we’re on the subject of at-home treatments, retinols have also become increasingly popular. Most drugstores such as Superdrug and Boots have at least a few brands that sell retinoids over the counter. These are usually quite weak, only .5% in some cases which is great if you’re new to retinol.
Retinoids are like extreme chemical exfoliators and should not be used with any other exfoliating products in your routine. They work by promoting skin cell turnover, effectively killing off the top layer of cells. This creates a glowing, youthful look. They also help to prevent wrinkles by thickening the deeper layers of skin where wrinkles start.
Drugstore retinoids are great for those of you who are new to skincare and are looking to get started with some anti-ageing treatments. Remember, the golden rule to anti-ageing is prevention. It doesn’t get rid of wrinkles and damage, but you can prevent it.
You don’t need to use a retinol until your mid 20’s, and even then you should start at a very low percentage.
stronger retinoids are available from a pharmacy, but these will require a prescription from your doctor.
It is important to do your research and make sure that retinoids are the right choice for your skin. If you have sensitive skin then it may be worth talking to an esthetician before attempting to add a retinol into your routine.
Retinoids should only be used at night as they can make your skin extremely sensitive to sunlight and damage. You also need to make sure to always apply SPF the day after use! This is a must so make sure you find a great, facial SPF.
LED Light Masks
These can make you look like a robot sometimes, but they are a great way and beginner friendly way to do an at-home treatment. They’re non-invasive and have been used for years by dermatologists to fight acne.
During the pandemic, you might have seen robots that cleanse spaces using UV light which is said to kill viruses. LED light masks work in a similar way, but they don’t use UV as that can be very damaging to skin. Light masks use a mixture of red and blue light to help fight bacteria on the skin which can cause acne. The masks also help promote healing and have been known to reduce acne scarring.
It’s a great treatment for those of you with sensitive skin and looking for something you can do at home. Remember though, retinoids make your skin sensitive to light, so don’t combine these treatments and always remember to wear your SPF!
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