#SkinSchool: Does Injecting Moisture Really Work?

#SkinSchool: Does Injecting Moisture Really Work?

The latest anti-ageing injectable isn’t a filler or muscle-freezer. By Bridget March

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While some of us reach for richer moisturisers to apply come winter, others are choosing to inject moisture into their skin.

Volite, a new anti-ageing injectable treatment from Juvéderm – the makers of Botox – is a hyaluronic acid treatment that unlike the typical dermal fillers works on the condition of the skin.

Dr Jonquille Chantrey, surgeon and international lecturer in cosmetic medicine tells Bazaar, “Volite is the first injectable treatment that provides clinically proven dermal hydration for up to nine months after just one treatment.” Take that, serums.

Hyaluronic acid, the molecule that can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, occurs naturally in our body but levels starts to deplete when we hit aged 26. Given that hydrated skin means plumper skin, losses in hyaluronic acid contribute to visible ageing – which is where treatments come in.

As well as being found in endless skincare products promising a short-term hydration hit, hyaluronic acid forms the most popular type of injectable filler used to temporarily fill lines, plus volumise the skin and facial contours.

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With Volite, however, the very liquid form of hyaluronic acid injected is first and foremost for the moisture.

“Administered through a series of tiny injections, it works to plump and hydrate skin, smoothing out roughness and evening out depressions,” Dr Chantrey explains.

She says it will help iron out fine lines around the eyes, plus it “can also treat the neck, décolletage and hands,” but the results are subtle and it’s more about age-proofing the face instead of turning back the clock.

In Dr Chantrey’s opinion, “It’s the perfect choice for those who want to improve their overall skin quality, as it visibly improves elasticity and hydration, as well as the appearance of fine lines.”

That is, of course, if you have around £350 to spare and an okay relationship with needles, not to mention the desire in the first place.

If that’s you, remember to only visit clinics with highly trained practitioners, as Juvéderm Volite requires a skilled injection technique. If it’s not, swot up on these other ways a dermatologist thinks you should treat your skin in winter.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK

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