Skin Care

Spring 2021 Skincare Trends: Plump, Youthful Skin Is In

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If you’re on TikTok or Instagram, you’ve likely seen influencers do side-by-side makeup routines with one half of the face using techniques from the last decade and the other half from current trends. Highlighter placement around the eyes has shifted dramatically from triangles below to a “snatched” look with concealer dotted just at the corners of the eye and a small swish upwards from the outer eye.

Dewy, glassy skin is still in, with skincare taking the stage and makeup only accentuating a natural — or artfully artificial — glow. Lips and cheeks appear plump and pinky-nude with a sun-kissed bronze barely skimming the surface as opposed to the heavy contouring of years past.

If You’re Not Performing Nightly Facial Massage, Are You Even Doing Skincare?

The biggest trend in skincare has been the resurgence in facial massage. From top aestheticians giving tips and tricks to clients who have been home-bound to centuries’ old tools like the jade roller and gua sha making a comeback, getting blood flow going and working to eliminate bloat and excess lymph is key.

Before and after photos of people following a religious skincare routine including facial massage, show sculpted cheekbones, and chiseled jawlines. And while it can feel good to keep a self-care practice, does it really work?

There are some who make outrageous claims. You have certainly heard of Botox in a bottle! or “this is better than Botox!” from countless accounts. And while it may work for some, it’s right to be skeptical.

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Sometimes Serums Aren’t Enough

We all know that hyaluronic acid serums only work if you apply them to damp skin and seal in the layer with a heavier moisturizer. But there’s only so much visible plumping that serums and massage can do.

You have certainly heard of Botox®, an injectable cosmetic procedure that can help reduce lines and wrinkles in the upper quadrant of the face. Botox® is different from other fillers like silicone, collagen, autologous fat transfer, etc. because instead of filling in wrinkles or facial depressions, Botox® Cosmetic naturally lessens wrinkles by weakening the muscles.

Having it administered to the lines and wrinkles of your forehead, the crows feet around your eyes, and in the pesky “elevens” between the eyes, creates optimal effect by treating the tone of the muscles. Once the pull of the muscles relaxes, the overlying skin flattens.

Facial fillers can be used in conjunction with Botox® to rejuvenate other areas of the face without the expense or recovery time of traditional plastic surgery.

There are so many filler options available, it is best to work with a certified professional to know what is best for your goals and specific facial anatomy.

To add volume to the hollowed-out areas around the eyes and fill deep circles, facial fillers can be used in conjunction with Botox® around the crows feet to give your eyes a more youthful, rested appearance.

And while Botox® works wonders on the upper face, facial fillers are best used around the cheeks, chin, lips, and “parentheses lines” around the mouth. The results can be dramatic, with plump, contoured features taking center stage.

Youthful skin will always be in, no matter what makeup trends tell us. Staying hydrated, quitting smoking, and religiously wearing a broad-spectrum SPF – even on cloudy days – is important, but no amount of facial massage can achieve the contouring power of fillers. If you decide to have a procedure done, make sure to ask your physician or aesthetician about aftercare to keep you looking your best.


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