If you’ve been hunkering down with as much skin care, body care and cosy clothing as you can get your hands on to prep for winter – we have some news for you.
There may just be an in-clinic alternative to hoarding mass amounts of your favourite hydrating serum. What could possibly be better than slathering yourself head to toe in body firming creams, you ask? As it turns out: injectables.
And no, we’re not talking about botox and filler. There are a bunch of other injectables on the market which do wonders for hydration, skin laxity and elasticity.
We spoke to Cosmetic Doctor, Dr. Yalda Jamali, about the injectables to have on your radar this winter.
“Not all injectable treatments will change or alter the way you look”
“There are a variety of treatments such as platelet rich plasma (PRP) and injectable moisturisers (a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, vitamins and minerals) that are specifically designed to target skin hydration, laxity and elasticity,” explains Dr. Jamali. “If you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin over the winter months, a course of injectable skin boosters can help with optimising skin health and hydration.”
Injectables work in harmony with your winter skin care routine
However, Dr. Jamali insists that just because you start getting injectables doesn’t mean you should get lazy with your skin care routine. Instead, it's better to think of using injectables and skin care simultaneously to create a holistic winter routine.
“Often the topical hyaluronic acid serums we buy may not be able to penetrate the skin barrier to the size of the hyaluronic acid molecule,” says Dr. Jamali. “Adding an injectable treatment will ensure the skin has been treated from inside out.”
“You will see a more dramatic difference in comparison to topical skincare regime alone,” she went on to say.
What about the needle-averse?
“For those that are not keen on injectable treatments, there are certainly other treatments available,” says Dr. Jamai. “These include micro-needling or micro-needling with radiofrequency.”
“Although these do include “needles”, they are not injections as such but rather needling stamps,” she explains. “The treatment uses a device to produce micro-injuries to the skin in order to cause controlled trauma that kickstarts the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production.”
Jamali also recommends chemical peels for deep exfoliation which can help with “reducing fine lines, pigmentation, pore size” and promoting a brighter complexion overall. Plus, it can also make your skin care more effective.
If you have “skin texture, scarring or deep wrinkles,” Dr. Jamali also recommends laser resurfacing treatments.
“If you are thinking of having any in-clinic skin treatment, winter is the perfect time to do them as we are exposed less to UV radiation,” she says. “You want to keep UV exposure to a minimum before and after skin treatments to reduce the chance of complications such as post treatment inflammatory pigmentation.”
With that in mind, why not try an at-home peel while you wait for your next clinic appointment?
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Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.