Once the preserve of science-fiction, nanotechnology is widely used in cosmetics such as skincream, sunscreen, and shampoo. Zinc oxide nanoparticles are used in sunscreen to block UV rays, whilst proteins derived from stem cells are used in some skincreams. Nanoparticles are used because of their ability to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin than conventional ingredients.
INJECTIONS, FILLERS AND LASERS
Botox has long been the gold standard of wrinkle busters, and it is still widely used by those who want a smooth, taut look. Botox application techniques are advancing constantly, but the new guys on this particular block are injectable fillers such as Perlane, Juvederm, and Artifill. These can be used by skilful practitioners to lift and sculpt the face without the need for surgery. Laser treatment techniques, which use CO2 to rejuvenate the skin, are also advancing apace and they are becoming popular because they don't involve surgery, hence offering faster recovery times.