What could be more convenient than a magic patch that makes your skin issues disappear? Until scientists can develop an Insta-filter in a bottle, the answer is nada. You’re likely familiar with the variety of zit-zapping patches that have hit shelves (and your Instagram feed), but no matter the concern you’re dealing with — acne, dark spots, dark circles or wrinkles — the beauty world has a little somethin’ somethin’ for you.
Lily Talakoub, MD, a dermatologist at Mclean Dermatology and Skincare Center, has observed the surge in the use of localized beauty patches. “After the wave of face masks, there are new, smaller treatment patches that help everything from a pimple to a dark spot,” she says. And she considers this treatment approach, which delivers specialized active ingredients via affixed, localized application, to be particularly beneficial.
Targeting your concerns is ideal because it allows you to remedy problem regions without disrupting the rest of your complexion, Dr. Talakoub explains. For instance, if you’re dealing with blemishes, she recommends ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil; for dark spots, she lists niacinamide, licorice root extract, and tranexamic acid. These beauty patches allow you to utilize these actives where you need them — and nowhere else.
What’s more, some versions feature dissolvablemicroneedles that essentially help them work more efficiently.“These microneedles make microscopic channels in your skin, allowing the ingredients to penetrate deeper for faster, better results,” explains Talakoub — which, excitingly, allows us to get more advanced with the treatment-specific skin care options we have outside of a dermatologist’s office.
Thanks to these launches, you can better treat some of the most frustrating skin concerns at home. Below, you’ll find 10 problem-solving beauty patches for almost every skin dilemma — there’s even a treatment for double chins!
Nope, this isn’t a face bra — but it does treat double chins. Meet the patent-pending facial patch for facial contouring. The firming patch applies non-toxic ingredients like caffeine and ginseng along the jawline to promote lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, while also strengthening the muscles of the face and easing inflammation.
Smile lines will be a thing of the past thanks to these dermatologist-developed microneedle patches. Each polymer microneedle contains plumping hyaluronic acid and brightening vitamin C, and work to smooth fine lines around the mouth as they dissolve.
Used two to three times per week, each patch sends brightening licorice root, pigment-inhibiting tranexamic acid, and skin barrier-boosting niacinamide directl to your dark spots, and thanks to the unique delivery system, these ingredients work much quicker than traditional skin-lightening products. After a two week trial, 100 percent of consumers were impressed by the results.
Another example of the advanced technology, these patches use microneedles thinner than a hair to deliver salicylic acid, tea tree oil, totarol, and hyaluronic acid to eradicate blemishes. Thanks to their subdermal delivery system, you can even use them with cystic breakouts.
This unique lip mask locks in moisture, nourishes, and soothes with coconut oil — all while delivering mood-boosting aromatherapy courtesy of sweet violet and soothing lavender. Just pop one on for ten minutes of self-care (or pre-lipstick application) for lips made smooth and kissable.
Hands can be a telltale sign of aging. But these these medical-grade, silicone pads help address the wrinkles that give it away. Wear them while you sleep for improved hydration, increased blood flow, and a smoother skin surface simply by virtue of the smoothing pressure they apply. Plus, they’re reusable for up to 20-30 times, so you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck.
Blotchy? Breaking out? Each of these emoji-themed treatment masks, which are applied for 10 minutes at a time, is soaked in an essence to revive troubled skin. Niacinamide, artichoke leaf, and white genepi diminish pore size, support the skin barrier, and improve the appearance of irritated skin. Bonus tip: They’re crazy cute and Instagram-worthy!
Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas created these brightening little treats for tired lids. Using plant-based ingredients, these hydrogel patches deliver a bevy of skin-enhancing ingredients. Among them, oxygenating chlorophyll, line-filling hexapeptide 8, plumping and moisturizing hydrolyzed silk protein, and collagen-stimulating ingredients such as Matrixyl 3000. Throw them on for 10-15 minutes before a big event or simply in the name of self-care for an instant pick-me-up.
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