Top Trends in Skin Care and Products in 2012

Belotero (new hyaluronic acid filler by Merck). This filler, made by the German company Merck, is in the same class as Juvederm/Restylane family of fillers. It’s approved by the FDA but it’s launch was delayed until this November by a lawsuit by Allergen (they have Juvederm). An excellent product, it fills (no pun intended) a niche that has been missing in that it can be injected into small and very fine lines without showing (like spackle). It can be used more successfully in areas like the upper lip lines where Juvederm or Restylane can be lumpy or bluish looking.


Elta MD and SkinCeuticals sunscreens. These two different companies still lead the pack on the variety of high quality UVA & UVB blocking sunscreens, with higher levels of zinc oxide and titanium (the most effective active ingredients). Deserving special mention, the newer SC Physical Fusion, SPF 50 which has a nice universal tint, goes on easily and travels well. Also Elta now makes a body pump spray in a decent size with zinc and as always, their "Clear" product is great for men and those with acne.


Clarisonic Mia and siblings. The smaller, more travel friendly Mia is gradually supplanting the original. Also, more recent models have some new tricks. One has several speeds (not excited about this personally) but another has a way to deliver a medicated wash with it which could be particularly nice for those with acne. Blog. The Beauty world has had it’s share of bloggers but most are not as funny, well-researched and creative as this particular writer. Worth checking out for sure. Hope she keeps it up!!!!

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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