While our desire to defy age and improve our appearance will not change, the methods in which we do this will.
Dermatologist Michael Rich of the enRich Clinic says the next big thing in skin-care treatments is to optimise their rejuvenating capacity while reducing the time the treatment takes.
“This will allow consumers to reap the benefits whilst continuing with their normal daily routine without interference of treatment side effects or complications,” he says.
Cosmetic: The tell-tale signs of collagen treatment and other injectables will be reduced with the administration of improved techniques. Rich says sophisticated products on the horizon will maximise collagen stimulation and skin rejuvenation.
“They will be longer lasting, easily reversible and safer, and the immediate issues with discomfort, bruising and swelling will also be reduced,” he says.
Sun safety: Being sun smart will be as important as ever and Rich says that instead of slopping on sunscreen we could be popping it in tablet form along with our morning multivitamin.
“This medication protects from the inside out and will simultaneously allow for sun protection and safe tanning,” he says.
Age reversal: Cosmetic surgery could be a thing of the past, thanks to research from US bio-pharmaceutical company Bioquark Inc that may, in effect, "reset" the ageing process.
The same principle that allows amphibians to regrow lost limbs can be applied to humans to prevent baldness and ageing.
“During the research program, we have found potential to erase the signs of chemically induced skin wrinkling, stimulate hair growth, and extend the natural lifespan of healthy animals by almost double,” says Ira Pastor, the chief executive of Bioquark.
Topicals: The use of face creams will not die out but advances in the ingredients used in our favourite products will continue to evolve.
Vitamin A is already found in many face creams and it is a trend that Ultraceuticals founder Geoffrey Heber says will continue. “Vitamin A is by far the most effective agent for remodelling of the epidermis and the dermis.”
Put simply, it will help you look younger and research is under way on applications to make it even more effective and wallet friendly.
DIY: Advances in technology will mean we need look no further than our bathrooms for our favourite beauty treatment. Fiona Tuck, the managing director of Skinstitut Australia says the growing range of DIY beauty treatments is a response to the demand for effective, convenient and inexpensive skincare products.
“Women today and increasingly so in the future, are time poor, better informed and are taking a holistic approach to their skincare. They are adopting a healthier lifestyle and purchasing treatments they can use with confidence at home to achieve better-looking skin.”
Hair removal: Laser hair removal is rapidly becoming the method of choice for permanent reduction in hair growth. Technological advances will soon make this a more affordable option, potentially making waxing obsolete.
“Treatments will be faster and will be more comfortable for the client. There is also technology on the horizon that may remove grey hairs permanently,” says Ian Houlton, the general manager of Laser Clinics Australia.
Stem cell therapy: Controversially the future will also bring the use of our own stem cells to the fore. Stem cell facelifts are already being done in Australia and around the world. Cells from a patient's body fat are injected into their breasts, face or body. This treatment will continue to advance and Rich predicts it will provide anti-ageing regeneration for skin, bone, and hair.