Over time, beauty standards tend to evolve. What was considered the “look” in the 1970s or ’80s appears dated in 2018. Not only do beauty standards evolve and change, but so do skincare trends. The evolution of skincare trends can have something to do with the fact that the science of skincare is developing rapidly. New treatments and regimens become available each year as researchers make new discoveries. So what was all the rage in 2018? Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest trends in skincare over the past year.
You might call 2018 the year of the mask. From peel-off masks to sheets masks, it seemed as if a new mask product hit the market almost every single day this year. Masks might be getting so popular because they can treat a variety of different skin concerns. Moisturizing sheet masks can help to hydrate skin that’s dry and dull, for example. Clay masks can help to purify and cleanse the skin.
As masks grew in popularity, their different formats evolved. Along with paper sheet masks, you can now find rubber masks, gel masks, and even magnetic masks. If you aren’t sure what types of masks will work for you, an aesthetician can help you decide.
In 2018, a few swipes of mascara won’t cut it when it comes to getting longer, fuller lashes. The big trend for the year seems to be eyelash extensions or wearing false eyelashes to create a fuller look. While mascara might be a quick and easy way to add length and volume to the lashes, extensions are proving popular because they tend to last much longer. It might take some time for the extensions to be put in and the initial cost might be more than a tube of mascara, but the effort and price seem to be worth it for many.
Latisse can be an alternative to lash extensions for people who want to lengthen and volumize their eyelashes. A prescription-only treatment, Latisse contains bimatoprost, which helps to extend the growth phase of the lashes. Many people see results after about a month and the results continue for as long as they continue to use the drops.
Microneedling, aka collagen induction therapy, isn’t exactly a new treatment. But it’s become one of the biggest skincare trends of 2018. One reason for that might be the increase in the number of “at-home microneedling” kits available.
During microneedling, a small pen or roller containing multiple tiny needles in pressed into the skin. The needles create pin-pricks in the skin. Those micro-injuries then spur the creation of collagen and elastin in the dermis, helping to give skin a tighter, smoother and overall more vibrant appearance.
While you can use an at-home microneedling kit, an in-office treatment might be the way to go, especially for your first time. An in-office treatment using the SkinPen can be customized to your specific needs and treatment goals. Having a professional surgeon or aesthetician perform microneedling your skin can also reduce the risk of injury or other issues.
People are beginning to realize that skincare can’t be “one-size-fits-all.” One of the biggest skincare trends for 2018 has been the rise of customized skincare, or people using a mix of products that are designed to treat their exact, specific skin concerns.
A particular benefit of customized skincare is that it eliminates much of the trial and error involved in choosing the right products. When you have a clear understanding of your exact skincare concerns and understanding of the ingredients and products that will best treat those concerns, you won’t have to waste time trying out products that make you break out or that only make your problems worse.
One last trend for 2018 is the focus on taking care of the skin all over the body. People are beginning to realize that it’s not only the face and neck that need TLC throughout the years, it’s all the skin. Treatments such as Ulthera, which can smooth wrinkles on the chest area, and hand masks and fillers for the hands are evidence of a shifting focus on the whole body, not only the face.
Dr. Paul Vitenas and the staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas are here to help you understand today’s skincare trends and to help you decide which treatments and products will help you reach your beauty goals. To learn more, call 281-810-9083 to schedule an appointment today.