Life & Style Weekend - - YOU/WELLBEING -

As we en­dure the cold days of win­ter, you’re prob­a­bly up­ping your sk­in­care game in an at­tempt to keep your face from dry­ing out to the point of no re­turn.

And while thick mois­turis­ers have their place, hyaluronic acid, usu­ally ad­min­is­tered in serum form, is the star el­e­ment to keep your skin in good nick.

For the unini­ti­ated, hyaluronic acid is a wa­ter-bind­ing mol­e­cule nat­u­rally found in our skin but like most things (in­clud­ing our car­dio­vas­cu­lar abil­ity), it de­pletes with age.

Not only does the acid have the abil­ity to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in wa­ter, but it’s one of the most ef­fec­tive ways to keep mois­ture locked in.

The only prob­lem be­ing, many top­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions don’t al­low it to pen­e­trate deep enough into the der­mis to do any real work – and that’s where Vo­lite comes in.

Cre­ated by Al­ler­gan (the brains be­hind Botox), the in­jectable form of hyaluronic acid prom­ises to de­liver deep-down hy­dra­tion for plumper skin – but you’ll have to suffer through a few nee­dles in the process.

Un­like der­mal fillers, which are in­jected to in­crease volume in a spe­cific area, Vo­lite is ad­min­is­tered through a se­ries of tiny in­jec­tions (to the tune of 40) all across the face with the aim to im­prove over­all skin quality (as it vis­i­bly im­proves elas­tic­ity and hy­dra­tion) as well as the ap­pear­ance of fine lines.

Vo­lite con­tains low and high molec­u­lar weights of hyaluronic acid (which means it can reach different depths in the skin) as well as a slight anaes­thetic to help numb the in­jec­tions, so you don’t feel too much dis­com­fort.

Like other in­jecta­bles, the down­time level is low (some pa­tients have re­ported slight bruis­ing and red­ness) and the re­sults take about 10 days to fully ap­pear.

“In Aus­tralia our en­vi­ron­ment makes hy­dra­tion of the skin par­tic­u­larly challengin­g,” ex­plains plas­tic surgeon Dr Steven Liew.

“There­fore, hav­ing op­tions to help sup­port this is very im­por­tant.”

Of course, if you are con­sid­er­ing the pro­ce­dure, be sure to only visit clinics with trained pro­fes­sion­als and if you’re not com­fort­able with nee­dles, give it a miss.

– Ash­leigh Austen, whimn.com.au

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