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Skinboosters 101

In our quest for better skin, we might have come across the term “skinboosters”. But what are they and do we really need them? And with so many different types on the market, which one is best for me? In today’s article, we answer your burning questions all in good time, but first, some science to start us off.

1. What makes up good skin?

2. What are Skinboosters?

Skinboosters are injectable substances that can improve one or more aspects of skin quality. I like to think of them as “injectable skincare”. Skinboosters separate themselves from skincare with one main reason – they are injected, and therefore bypass our skin’s outer barrier, allowing the product to be placed where it is needed the most – the dermis.
The dermis is the deeper layer of our skin and this is where the magic happens. Our fibroblasts are cells that make collagen and elastin, and they live within the dermis. Collagen and elastin are important for improving the firmness of our skin and maintaining a small pore size and therefore, even skin texture. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that binds to water to keep our skin hydrated and it sits within the extracellular matrix within the dermis.

Reaching the dermis can prove to be a challenge as the skin is designed as a barrier to keep things out. Meaning not everything you apply topically can be absorbed into the skin and reach the dermis. Therefore, using an injectable skin booster ensures that we deliver the product to the right layer, where it is needed the most. The effect that we hope to see depends on the content of the skinbooster itself so let’s take a look at some common ones.
Because the skin boosters are injected into the skin, it is common to have blebs at the injection sites after treatment. They will go away once the product has spread out under the skin, this can often take a few hours to a day or so.

In summary,

-Skin boosters go further than topical skincare.

-Identify your skin concern to help you decide on which skin booster to choose.

-Be prepared for some downtime that is common amongst most skin boosters.

I hope this gives you more insight into the world of skin boosters. I recommend getting an assessment with a doctor to best identify which treatment is suitable for you!
Dr Elizabeth grew up with a varied education in Singapore and the United Kingdom. She has been intrigued by the wellness space from a young age, taking a keen interest in nutrition and artful movement with her involvement in the performing arts and practice of yoga. Graduating with a medical degree from the University of Manchester, she went on to obtain experience in a variety of medical specialties with a special interest in the surgical disciplines. (Read Dr Elizabeth's full biography in our About Page!)

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