The anti-aging market is booming. In fact, it’s expected to reach over $334 billion dollars by the year 2021.
With numbers like that in mind, it’s clear that plenty of people are prioritizing slowing down or reversing the aging process. But, what kinds of products and services are they spending their money on?
Read on to learn about ten of the hottest anti-aging treatments that people are getting in 2018.
1. Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional CO2 laser therapy is one of the greatest anti-aging breakthroughs of the decade. Soon, everyone will be vying for one to help eliminate wrinkles and get the glowing skin of their dreams.
Fractional CO2 laser therapy utilizes carbon dioxide lasers in a new way. It’s been shown to provide powerful results without giving you the harsh side effects that other laser treatments cause.
Traditional laser resurfacing treatments bore tiny holes into the top layer of this skin. By doing this, they stimulate collagen production to help smooth out and plump up the skin and eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. The problem, though, is that it takes time to see results because the top layer of the skin is damaged.
This damage increases chances of complications and requires more downtime so your skin can heal.
With fractional CO2 laser therapy, the top layer of your skin isn’t damaged. As a result, you have less downtime and few, if any, complications. The only side effects most people experience are some minor redness and swelling.
This treatment definitely isn’t cheap. But, after just 1-2 sessions, the results also last between eight and ten years, so many people believe it’s well worth the expense.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are another popular anti-aging treatment that people are using to plump up their skin and get a youthful look without surgical intervention.
Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to stimulate collagen production and fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
By increasing collagen production, dermal fillers can also help prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Most dermal fillers last up to one year, although, depending on the condition of your skin when you received the fillers, they may last longer.
There are very few risks associated with dermal fillers. In most cases, the only side effect people notice is some minor pain and swelling immediately after the injection.
Some people have noticed an increased risk of allergic reaction, as well as small granulomas forming under the skin. These side effects are mainly associated with permanent fillers, though.
3. Antioxidant Skin Care
Antioxidants are all the rage for keeping damage at bay and improving the skin’s production of collagen.
Antioxidants are nutrients that help disarm and neutralize free radicals so that they cannot cause oxidative damage to the skin. Free radicals are an unavoidable part of everyday life (they come from our food, pollution, and the sun’s rays). But, antioxidant skin care treatments can help prevent them from causing too much damage.
Vitamins C and E are well-known antioxidants that show up in all kinds of skin care products.
Many people are also touting coffee berry as the hot new antioxidant on the block.
Coffee berries are rich in natural sugars that play a major role in several of the body’s functions. A small amount of coffee berry also appears to be more potent and beneficial than larger quantities of other antioxidant foods, including blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries.
Research shows that coffee berry may be the most powerful antioxidant discovered so far. It seems to significantly improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and it provides benefits without causing irritation or allergic reaction.
4. Peptide Treatments
Peptide treatments have been increasing in popularity recently as researchers learn more about the importance of collagen production for smooth, healthy skin. Some of the benefits of peptides, which are small proteins, include:
- Inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters that cause muscle contractions and potential wrinkles
- Acting like growth factors to stimulate skin cells for quicker turnover
There is a wide range of products on the market that contain different peptides that are meant to benefit the skin. Many of these products are highly affordable (less than $30), so they’re a great option for people who want to treat their skin ailments with peptides but don’t want to spend a fortune doing so.
5. Vitamin A Treatments
Vitamin A treatments are also very popular for promoting the production of collagen and minimizing collagen breakdown.
Vitamin A treatments used to only be available through expensive dermatologists. Now, though, there are a number of vitamin A-rich treatments hitting the shelves and department and drug stores. And, they seem to be working.
Even the products that contain just a small amount of retinol (the most common derivative of vitamin A used in skin care) have yielded significant results for people who want to minimize the appearance and slow down the progression wrinkles and fine lines.
Even elderly users appear to be able to benefit from the products. In one study, the average age of the participants was 87!
6. Antiaging Sunscreens
It’s no secret that sunscreen is an essential beauty tool for people who want to protect their skin from sun damage and signs of aging. Now, sunscreens are getting more advanced. Many also contain anti-aging products so that users can see even greater benefits from them.
Many sunscreens now contain two important ingredients — Helioplex and Mexoryl SX. Helioplex makes the other ingredients in sunscreen more effective at keeping the sun’s harmful rays (both UVA and UVB) at bay. Mexoryl SX, on the other hand, is a UVA-blocking agent.
Many manufacturers are also adding antioxidant ingredients to their sunscreens to provide an even greater amount of protection from potential sun damage.
As if you needed any more good news about these sunscreens, it’s also important to note that many of them are available at local drug and department stores. They’re accessible to anyone who wants to keep their skin safe and healthy.
Microneedling (sometimes referred to as a “vampire facial”) is another treatment that’s all the rage right now.
Microneedling involves inserting very fine, short needles into the skin to help stimulate collagen production and keep the skin looking fresh and smooth.
Some people also utilize a dermaroller to get similar effects at a lower price. A dermaroller is made of fine needs and can be rolled over the face to create tiny pin-pricks that yield a similar result to the more dramatic microneedling treatment.
Many people see results from microneedling treatments (and from using a dermaroller) right away. After your treatment, your skin will look plumper and luminous for a few weeks.
These treatments also offer long-term benefits as well, including almost a 400 percent increase in collagen production.
8. Tattoo Removal Lasers for Sun Spots
If you spent a lot of time in the sun in your youth, you’ve probably got the sun spots to prove it.
Luckily, you don’t have to live with that frustrating hyperpigmentation any longer. Nor do you have to go to great lengths to get rid of them.
This is because many surgeons are starting to use lasers typically meant for tattoo removal to get rid of sunspots.
This treatment appears to be more effective than traditional laser and chemical peel options. It also is more gentle and can usually be completed in one treatment. Peels and other laser treatments usually cause redness and irritation and require multiple visits to completely remove the signs of sun damage.
9. Placental Stem Cell Treatments
If you want the skin of a newborn baby, this might be the right treatment for you.
Many plastic surgeons are using placental stem cells to rejuvenate and rejuvenate the skin and encourage cell growth and division.
Placental stem cells can be used topically (in the form of serums and creams). They can also be injected into the skin as a type of dermal filler.
Whatever option you choose, this treatment does a great job of giving the skin a youthful glow and promoting the generation of healthy new tissue.
10. XAF5 Ointments
Finally, there are XAF5 ointments. XAF5 ointments aren’t on the market yet, but they should be very soon, and they’re a godsend for people who struggle with chronically swollen, puffy eyes.
These ointments contain a molecule that is present in glaucoma medication. They bind to the fat cells underneath the skin and stimulate the release of fatty acids. This causes the fat cells beneath the eyes to deflate.
XAF5 ointments don’t work overnight — most people see results after about three months. But, they’re much less invasive than plastic surgery, and they provide very similar results.
Researchers are also expanding their trials to see if XAF5 ointments can be beneficial for reducing fat on other parts of the body.
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