In an ideal world, our skin would be an unwavering, steadfast canvas; one impervious to the effects of pollution, age, and an inadequate skincare routine. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. Reality proves to be a lot harsher, with our complexion being privy to a range of ailments including volume loss and fine line formation. And while embarking upon a corrective skincare regimen is a step in the right direction, results often take time to show—with plenty of trial-and-error required right off the get-go to ensure an optimal product line-up. Still, that’s not to say you should be extolling the virtues of patience as you peruse our site for prime anti-ageing picks. Instead, Vogue Singapore presents a fuss-free, efficacious solution that has since catapulted into the spotlight in 2023. Enter: skin boosters.
“Skin boosters are essentially made up of hyaluronic acid, which is an important component found in the connective tissue extracellular matrix,” explains Dr Loo Han Woen, Merz Aesthetics Portfolio user and Medical Director of MC Surgical & Laser Clinic. “As these treatments can reach layers of the skin that topical skincare are not able to, we definitely see more instantaneous results comprising firmer texture and tone, as well as lines and wrinkles that can be filled easily.”
Touted as the ultimate skin-hydrating and -rejuvenating agent out there, it is easy to regard skin boosters as the cure-all and quick-fix to anyone suffering from a parched, sallow mien. The real question, however, remains: when is a good time to start incorporating aforementioned boosters into your routine? Lucky for you, Vogue Singapore has decided to take the guesswork out of the decision by getting medical professional, Dr Loo, to weigh in. Here are four crucial signs to take note of, spanning across visible complexion imperfections to lifestyle concerns.
1. Your complexion feels severely tight and dry to touch
It happens to the best of us. A shake-up to your routine due to extended travel, or perhaps the integrating of an unsuitable ingredient within your routine—all of which can lead to a lacklustre complexion in the long-run. “Dry and dull skin types benefit greatly from these treatments as the help of added moisture, elasticity and firmness to the skin helps to improve overall skin quality and texture,” points out Dr Loo. “The Skin Revival treatment by Merz Aesthetics, for instance, lays the foundation for an effective and efficient skincare routine, elevates the skin’s natural state, promotes better skin health and appearance with improved skin texture, increases skin firmness and boosts hydration—all the while enhancing the skin’s natural beauty, instead of masking it.”
2. You are noticing minor signs of ageing, such as fine lines, crows feet, and more
Ageing might be a natural process, but the rapidness as to which it occurs varies according to an individual. “As the next generation of beauty seekers aim to embark on more preventative measures and proactive solutions earlier to maintain good skin condition, it should be noted that it is always good to start taking care of the skin as early as possible,” advises Dr Loo. Skin boosters are an ideal remedy, though it should be noted that as with any aesthetic procedure, it comes with a fair share of risks. “These treatments include micro-needle injections at injection sites, which presents the opportunity to leave aftereffects such as redness, swelling, bruising, or palpable bumps,” Dr Loo states. “However, these effects are typically gone within a few days.”
3. You have next to no time to indulge in a tedious and consistent skincare regime
Remember the days where ten-step skincare rituals were regarded as the norm? The realm has, in recent years, evolved beyond to include more realistic protocol and products, but for those who are seeking a pared-down approach that still provides formidable results, skin boosters are an amazing workaround. “Different skin boosters vary in duration, and it would be best to determine the frequency of treatment with your healthcare professional based on the treatment outcomes and objectives,” says Dr Loo. “The Merz Aesthetics Skin Revival Treatment, for example, is most effective with one session undertaken each month, for the first three months. Bearing that in mind, it should be known that the procedure has the ability to improve skin texture, firmness and hydration for up to 9 months.”
4. You are looking to score momentous results with minimal invasiveness and risk
It’s safe to say that the appeal of skin boosters lies largely in its ability to disrupt an individual’s daily life as marginally as possible. Little to no recovery time is needed for the Merz Aesthetics Skin Revival Treatment when it comes to skin recuperation, according to Dr Loo. “This procedure is based on many years of research in dermatology and aesthetics, through the harnessing of dynamic cross-linking technology and patented cohesive polydensified matrix technology to combine hyaluronic acid and glycerol in a way which makes it great at moisturising and hydrating the skin,” Dr Loo claims. “It acts as a potent humectant which effectively improves skin hydration, elasticity and firmness, as well as fill fine lines and improve the skin texture. It also offers a more personalised and comprehensive treatment with a unique injection technique that allows for accurate product distribution across multiple layers of the skin.”