Your Weekly Beauty Recap | October 15, 2019
CosmeticPerks is bringing you the latest on industry trends, wellness news, and the latest treatments for your concerns.

Derm-Approved Ways to Treat Neck Wrinkles and Sagging (Harper's Bazaar, 10/8)

  • The thin skin of our neck may show signs of aging faster than other areas.
  • Causes for neck sagging include sun exposure and general aging effects.
  • Tech Neck: sagging neck skin and wrinkles caused by cellphone radiation that leads to oxidative stress creating dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other signs of premature aging.
  • Increasing collagen production through skincare products with retinol, peptides, and hyaluronic acid can help to reverse neck sagging.
  • Nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, hyaluronic fillers, and laser treatments can also help reduce neck wrinkles and sagging.
  • Always work your facial products down your neck, however, products such as Revision Skincare's Nectifirm are made specifically for the neck area and are too harsh for the face.

Why Glycolic Acid Is Basically The Gold Standard Of Chemical Exfoliation (Elle Magazine, 10/10)

  • Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases the luminosity of the skin by exfoliating the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
  • This ingredient is best for treating wrinkles, acne-prone skin, and hyper-pigmentation.
  • All skin types can benefit from using glycolic acid, however, it is best to start slowly if skin sensitivity is a concern.
  • Glycolic acid can be found in many products such as moisturizers, serums, and cleansers.
  • Although glycolic acid is safe to use at home, stay away from products exceeding 10% concentration to prevent a chemical burn.

Why That ‘Needle-Free Filler’ You’re Seeing on Instagram Might be a Bad Idea (New Beauty, 10/9)

  • The "needle-free filler" AKA the Hyaluron pen has been going viral.
  • This procedure involves using a round-tip pen with a circular opening to deliver hyaluronic acid into the skin.
  • As the pen uses needles to penetrate the skin, there are risks involved including bleeding, bruising, infection, and asymmetrical results.
  • This procedure should only be done by a board-certified dermatologist or licensed cosmetic provider.
  • Stay away from med spas and too-good-to-be-true prices, as "safety is in the hands of the injector," and the Hyaluron pen's popularity for off-label uses has led to safety concerns.
  • Advertisements claim results can last 4 to 12 months like traditional fillers, but the immediate hydration effect will likely only be temporary.