From spicy chili pepper skin remedies to bird poo facials, there are some downright strange skin treatments and DIY recipes all over the internet. While capsaicin—a compound found in spicy peppers—has been used in creams and skin treatments for burns, we definitely don’t recommend applying the peppers directly to your face. And as for bird doo on your face, well that’s just gross.
So what are the best treatments for skin rejuvenation that don’t involve potentially burning your skin or slathering it in something totally gross? Look no further than these tried-and-true treatments.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard plenty about injectable treatments like fillers and BOTOX®. But is all the hype worth it? Absolutely! Fillers and BOTOX can make those pesky lines and wrinkles vanish, and there’s even evidence that getting BOTOX sooner rather than later might help to stave off more wrinkles in the future. It’s a win-win.
Wrinkles not exactly on your radar? Fillers could still be a good choice if you’re looking to add a little va-va-voom to your lips. Just make sure you’re entrusting a reputable provider with your lovely lips, unless you want to end up with the dreaded “trout pout” from an inexperienced injector.
Another oh-so popular cosmetic treatment, microneedling uses a handheld needle-like device to make teeny tiny holes in your skin. Before you chalk this up to one of those strange treatments the internet has to offer, hear us out on the science. Those tiny “microchannels,” as they’re called, trigger your skin to turn on its natural repair process. This involves new collagen growth and accelerated cell turnover. But don’t worry—these holes aren’t big enough to cause any real damage to your skin.
And if you really want to hop on board an on-trend treatment that actually works, try to so-called “vampire facial.” It combines PRP—platelet-rich plasma—with microneedling. PRP is taken from your own blood and to enhance the effects of microneedling.
Fun fact: winter is a wonderful time of year to snag laser treatments, since you won’t have to worry as much about staying out of the sun.
If it’s a glowing complexion you’re after, laser skin treatments are a great place to start. Options vary from laser skin resurfacing, which gently removes the outer layer of dead skin cells and debris, to broadband light (BBL) photofacials. BBL treatments are used to get rid of pesky redness, visible veins, age spots and other pigmentation problems.
When it comes right down to it, no amount of gimmicky facials, sheet masks or strange DIY concoctions can stand in for a solid daily skincare regimen. So if you really want to see long-lasting results—and you don’t want to potentially burn your skin with chili peppers—stick to professional-grade skincare products that are a perfect match for your unique skin type.
Truth be told, you don’t need to fill your medicine cabinet up to the brim with skincare products in order to have great skin. Think quality over quantity, girlfriend.