5 New Anti-Aging Breakthroughs

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In the world of anti-aging, there’s always something new and innovative that makes its mark. These are five of the newest breakthroughs, each steeped in science that we think will change the way we age forever.

Kybella: The Double Chin Eliminator

Recently, a new type of injectable was FDA-approved, and this one doesn’t fill lines or wrinkles, but rather fat. Known as Kybella, it works by treating the submental fat under the chin, a.k.a. a double chin, by destroying the fat cells. Multiple treatments are necessary, but the results are said to be so dramatic that the chin and jawline are totally recontoured.

Shikimic Acid: The New Skin Exfoliator

While this new ingredient is a mouthful to say, the regenerative powers it has on skin are pretty amazing. Derived from the Japanese shikimi flower, this new anti-ager (find it in AlgenistUltimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel, $85) works wonders in terms of exfoliating skin—the clearer your complexion is and less laden with dead skin cells, the healthier and younger it looks. Tammy Yasier, vice president of product development for Algenist, says, “Shikimic acid, besides being acidic, has the capability to help exfoliate the skin’s surface while being gentle.”

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 Venus Viva: The Ultimate Skin Resurfacer

Skin-resurfacing treatments that correct uneven texture and pigment are nothing new, but the recently FDA-approved Venus Viva goes one step further in terms of technology. “What makes it incredibly unique is the way it delivers radio-frequency energy into the skin by releasing small amounts, which makes the treatment safe and comfortable,” says Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD. Employing nanofractional radio frequency and SmartScan Technology (this is what allows the slow release of energy), the 30-minute noninvasive treatment, which is also downtime-free, smooths out stretch marks and scars, reduces wrinkles and visible pores, and helps to tighten up slack skin all by stimulating collagen deep within. “I think Venus Viva is a remarkable treatment because it’s quick, safe for all skin types and addresses more than one skin concern in one treatment,” says Dr. Lancer.

Lumene Time Freeze Instant Lift V-Shaping Serum ($30): The Jawline Definer

There aren’t too many topical products out there that claim to improve the look of a slack jawline, but all that’s about to change thanks to this new serum. When used daily, the paraben-free lingonberry extract–rich serum helps give more of a lifted and contoured look to the jaw area. Besides reducing the appearance of wrinkles, it also contains a special Skin Messenger Molecule technology, which uses peptides that resist the force of gravity to keep the skin’s structure lifted so everything is exactly where it should be.

Exuviance Firm-NG6 Non-Acid Peel ($68): The Gentle Yet Effective Peel

When you think of a product labeled as a peel, most of us immediately conjure up the thought of red, flaky skin that sheds for days. But thanks to a new breed of nonacid peels, you can get the benefits of what a peel provides without the nasty side effects. This leave-on formula plumps, firms and tightens skin while improving tone and texture, too, all without causing any irritation to the skin.

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