Five beauty treatments that have become popular recently

It’s safe to say that the beauty industry is experiencing a serious boom. As the online world has grown bigger and more influential over the past few years, the appearance of more independent beauty businesses has certainly had a big impact on the beauty industry in general. With society having higher expectations than ever, beauty treatments have certainly improved, and now many beauty clinic experiences can be done in your lunch break with no downtime needed. So with that in mind, here are five beauty treatments that have become popular recently.

Over-the-counter Botox

Botox has been around for a while now, and although it’s mainly been administered in beauty clinics, there’s now over-the-counter Botox that can be done at your local high-street store, Superdrug being a prime example. This Botox is more affordable and therefore it’s become very popular with those who are looking for a cheaper alternative. Superdrug launched its Skin Renew service first in London and then rolled it out nationwide. However, warnings have been given to those seeking this treatment to ensure that they don’t compare it to casual waxing appointments. While they do have medically trained nurses, it’s important not to overdo the amount of treatment as it could be dangerous to the facial muscles of your skin, which could end up leading to paralysis.

Facial acids

Another treatment that is usually administered in a clinic is facial acids. These usually are incorporated with various facials, however more diluted options are available to use at home.  Acids for the face have become the perfect anti-aging weapon, and it's no wonder that so many of us are now incorporating it into our daily routine. The word acid usually has people thinking of something that scars the face, but these gentle versions can help fight acne, wrinkles, breakouts, and uneven skin tones. The biggest provider of these acids is a brand called The Ordinary, which was created by the company Deciem. If you’re new to the world of acids, here are a few options to get you started:

  • Glycolic acid – this acid is probably the most popular and is deemed the Holy Grail for exfoliation. It removes the outer layer of dead skin cells, creating a more rejuvenated appearance.

  • Lactic acid – used to treat hyperpigmentation, this acid improves your skin tone as well as reducing the appearance of pores.

  • Salicylic acid – salicylic penetrates the pores and dissolves the bonds that are between your skin cells and the surface of your skin. It unclogs pores and is, therefore, a great exfoliator. It’s also more gentle on the skin than the more abrasive exfoliants.

  • Azelaic acid – this acid is commonly found in prescriptions for rosacea and acne. It’s good at targeting inflammation and redness in the skin.

Dip powder nails

All beauty treatments cost you money, so dip powder nails have become a hot trend and a great way to get the most value for money. Dip powder lands between your standard manicure and acrylic nails. Usually, UV rays seal in the polish, but this process works by dipping the nail into the coloured powder in between polish and sealants. However, in a salon environment, the nail technician should paint on the powder to ensure hygiene is maintained. Dip powder nails are equally as healthy as getting gel nails or acrylics and are supposedly meant to last longer. They are a unique but more costly expense, but it’s worth it for how long it lasts.

Microblading

Microblading is a semi-permanent solution to fuller looking brows. This tattoo technique has only recently come about in the last few years, but it’s already proving an ideal solution for those who’ve lost eyebrow hair, have a lack of it or over-plucked their brows in previous years. This treatment creates the illusion of fuller brows, whether that’s a natural finish or a bold brow. During the treatment, the brow area is numbed, and then using a handheld tool, the technician manually draws the hair strokes. The cost of microblading varies, but you are probably going to be paying anything from €300 to €600 depending on any top-up treatments that are needed. When it comes to tattooing the skin on your face, it’s always worth going for the more reputable clinic or beauty salon so that you avoid any potentially botched jobs. Even though it’s only semi-permanent, if done wrong, it can look pretty awful.

Laser hair removal

The use of lasers has become pretty prominent recently and is a popular alternative to waxing and epilating as it’s virtually painless. Not only that, but it does over the course of several treatments, lighten or remove the hair follicles completely. This is probably a more cost-effective beauty treatment that’s expensive in the short term but actually most beneficial in the long run. You can also get laser hair removal pretty much anywhere on the body. The most popular areas being the bikini line, underarms and legs. The cost of these treatments varies depending on how big the area in question and how many treatments you have in total. Usually, 6-8 sessions will get rid of the hair completely. Again as it’s a non-invasive treatment, it’s no wonder that many men and women are turning to the technology of lasers to zap away unwanted hair.

Over the last couple of years, there have definitely been plenty of beauty trends and treatments that have come and gone, but these ones look like they’re going to stay around for a while. As long as it’s taken with caution, over-the-counter Botox is a financially accessible treatment for those on a lower income. Facial acids are certainly going to be a regular occurrence in everyone’s bathroom cupboards, and dip powder nails are still a hot topic on Instagram feeds. Microblading is a great solution for those who are conscious of their brows, and laser hair removal is great for those who are conscious about body hair! Who knows what will come into the beauty industry over the next few years?

This is a contributed post.