The good news about the unyielding passage of time is that as we get older each year, advancements in skin technology keep improving. In fact, the skincare field is progressing so rapidly that each day we're in a better place than we were the day before in terms of what's available to treat the skin woes of the world.
To help you get the best skin of your life this year, we're highlighting the buzziest new treatments, products, and devices on the block, so you can put your best face forward in 2015. Keep reading to learn about the most talked-about new options for treating, masking, and preventing acne, scars, wrinkles, fine lines, and more.
For: Sagging cheeks.
What: The first and only FDA-approved filler specifically for the cheek area, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid-based volumizer that counteracts age-related facial hollowing. The injectable gel targets volume loss and sagging of cheeks, and results last up to two years.
Price: Prices vary depending on the dermatologist you see, but typically range between $600 and $1000 per treatment.
For: Minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing appearance of pores, and overall skin perfecting.
What: This handheld tool uses professional strength ultrasonic waves to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and infuse for smoother, radiant, younger-looking skin. It’s a particularly exciting tool because it does all this, including reducing the appearance of pores and extracting blackheads, while being really gentle. Think of it like a facial at your fingertips, except you only pay for it once.
For: Puffiness and general lack of facial definition.
What: Called “contouring in a jar,” this wildly popular serum in Asia just made it to the North American market, and beauty fanatics are more or less freaking out about its efficacy. Clarins spent 15 years researching Asian women to understand how natural roundness, unbalanced diet, and a modern-day lifestyle was contributing to heavy and puffy skin. The product combines three potent plant extracts to combat slack and puffy skin to provide a refined, contoured look.
For: Acne scars.
What: Just this week, Bellafill became the first FDA-approved filler on the market for the correction of acne scars. Studied for years before its approval, Bellafill reduces the appearance of moderate to severe atrophic facial acne scars. It works by adding volume to the skin to lift and smooth out pitted acne scars to the level of the surrounding unscarred skin.
Price: Check with your dermatologist.
For: An unparalleled glow.
What: Launching nationwide at Shiseido counters on January 31, 2015, Shiseido’s new Bio-Performance Glow Revival Serum was formulated around findings from joint research projects with Harvard, Seoul, and Osaka Universities, to interact with our bodies on a cellular level for maximum results. The science behind it focuses on the role of capillaries to help reduce redness and dark spots and induce radiance.
For: Turning the clock back without surgery.
What: An exclusive to cosmetic dermatologist and industry leader Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, UltraTight is a new, minimally-invasive neck and jawline procedure performed under local anesthetic with no cutting. During the treatment, fat is removed from the neck and jowl area while the area is tightened from within using ultrasound technology.
For: Enhancing the power of your skincare products (by a lot).
What: The JeNu ultrasound system increases the efficacy of your skincare products by creating a delivery path for the key active ingredients they contain. In other words: It allows powerhouses like retinol and hyaluronic acid to permeate and fully absorb into the skin, so they can work better on your behalf instead of sitting on the top layer of your skin. Using ultrasound technology, the JeNu wand sends pulses of energy to dilate the pathways into the skin, which results in the increased absorption of ingredients by tens times.
For: Repairing and firming.
What: This brand new cream-gel formula tightens skin that has lost its elasticity and delivers a mega dose of moisture to enhance luminosity.
For: Remedying dull, dry skin.
What: The potent three-in-one super facial promotes production of collagen and reduces hyper-pigmentation, among other dreamy skin benefits. Skin gets nourished and refreshed by a wand that actually draws oxygen to the surface from the inside. Our editor tried the facial out and said her skin was immediately glowing like it was “swathed in a luminescent halo”—it’s that good. Read her full review here, and read more about the treatment from the company behind it, here.
Price: Treatments range from office to office, but usually fall between $125 to $200.
For: At-home exfoliationg.
What: Pollogen’s Glo-Me device is an easy-to-use microdermabrasion tool that will resurface your skin resulting in clearer, brighter, more even tone. The diamond tip applicator removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells to reveal supple new skin underneath and improves the appearance of age spots, sun damage, and large pores.
For: Plumper, airbrushed-looking skin.
What: This updated version of Hourglass' Illusion foundation is fortified with a special hyaluronic complex that fills wrinkles and smooths rough patches for a completely flawless finish. It boosts moisture from within and softens imperfections to a degree that looks impossibly airbrushed.
For: Brighter skin.
What: Shots of the antioxidant Glutathione work to rid the body of the free radicals and toxins that lead to hyperpigmentation and sun spots and make skin smoother, clearer, and brighter. Another treatment our fearless editor has tried, read about her first-hand experience with the injection, here.
Price: Prices vary per doctor’s office, but typically fall around $100 per treatment.
For: Treating breakouts and acne prevention.
What: The handheld device uses a combination of blue and red LED lights that have been clinically shown to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation.
For: Ultimate Hydration.
What: Deploying patented micro-droplet technology that dissolves to the touch, Chanel’s much-anticipated new serum gives parched and dull skin the drink of water it desperately needs.
For: Increasing circulation, detoxifying skin.
What: Using infrared heat, these personal sauna pods use invisible wavelengths to raise your body temperature without making the surrounding air unbearably hot (unlike typical saunas that directly heat the air instead of your body, and can be difficult to withstand for long periods of time). This enables you to reach the maximum benefit of heat therapy, which includes the breakdown and release of built-up impurities and toxins, thereby rejuvenating skin. With multiple treatments, the infrared heat can stimulate production of collagen.
Price: Prices vary depending on where you go, but a one-hour session typically starts at around $85. Some businesses are infrared sauna pod-specific, and certain spas and gyms offer use of the pods as part of your monthly membership cost. You can also purchase packages for discounted rates.
For: Body firming.
What: Launching in February of this year (just in time to think ahead to spring break beach bodies), this multi-benefit body cream targets sagging, cellulite, and dryness specifically on the body, versus face.
Which of these are you most looking forward to trying out in 2015? Tell us below!