the buzz: Heralded by some as the new Restylane, FDA-approved Radiesse is an injectible dermal filler that adds volume and contour to aging faces. According to the manufacturer, BioForm Medical, Radiesse is formulated with substances that occur naturally in the body’s bones and teeth, which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions or unwanted side effects like other injectibles. It’s said to provide natural-looking results for large areas of the face, such as the cheek or chin.
the benefits: Results are immediately visible, with ongoing improvement over time as collagen production is stimulated around the injection site. Though priced slightly higher than Restylane at $650 to $800 a syringe, effects will last for up to and beyond one year.
the biz: Offered at dermatologists and plastic surgeons offices around the country.
7. red tea
the buzz: Loaded with antioxidants, tea has long been a buzzword for healthy skin care. In a topical application, it’s proven to be effective in the fight against acne, aging and even skin cancer (drinking it has plenty of benefits, too!). Green tea was the first to make the breakthrough in skin care products, while white tea soared in popularity a few years ago when Dr. Andrew Weil designed an entire skin care line around it. Now, red tea, one of the rarer teas thought to have the most potent antioxidants, is having its moment in the limelight.
the benefits: Antioxidants found in red tea help prevent sun damage and inflammation, while gently increasing the turnover rate of skin cells. They also help firm and refine skin, and soothe irritation caused by sensitivity or rosacea.
the biz: Repêchage’s Hydra Medic acne line has an anti-inflammatory tea complex with red, white and green teas.
the buzz: As a new competitor to the injectibles market, the recently FDA-approved Reloxin is very similar to Botox. It’s also a form of botulinum toxin Type A that can be injected into specific facial muscles to prevent contraction, thereby creating a smoother, uncreased appearance. Reloxin has no downtime, just like Botox, and lasts about just as long—anywhere from four to six months.
the benefits: The benefits here are all about the wallet:
A new product on the market means increased competition and ultimately, lower prices for both medical offices and their clients.
the biz: Still pending FDA approval, the product is expected to hit the market in 2009.
the buzz: Since ancient Rome, when bathers soaked in naturally-sulfurous hot springs, sulfur has been long recognized as a skin soother. Recently, sulfur has enjoyed a resurgence as an acne-fighter. This low-key element is found naturally in the keratin in our bodies (nails, skin and hair) as well as in the earth, surfacing in springs and volcanoes. With natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, it has been used throughout history to treat many skin conditions besides acne, such as dandruff, psoriasis and warts.
the benefits: Sulfur inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria, encourages the shedding of dead skin cells to unclog pores and loosen impactions, and helps heal existing blemishes.
the biz: Glymed Plus Serious Action Sulfur Masque has a 10-percent concentration of sulfur.