11.8.2018Trendsetters

8 Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments That Save You Time

Sick of your lengthy beauty regimen? More and more women are ditching their typical routine and turning to non-invasive cosmetic treatments in efforts to limit the time they spend getting ready every morning.

Kristi Carignan

For those who don't want to undergo invasive surgery, there are many permanent and semi-permanent non-invasive options available. These treatments have little to no recovery times and are designed to help you cut corners in your day-to-day beauty routine.

A recent study claims US women spend one hour per day doing their hair and makeup, and this does not account for any additional plucking, waxing, shaving, fake tanning, moisturizing and exfoliating that she might do on top of that. To put it in perspective, that is two weeks per year spent solely on beauty routines.

For those who don't want to undergo invasive surgery, there are many permanent and semi-permanent non-invasive options available. These treatments have little to no recovery times and are designed to help you cut corners in your day-to-day beauty routine.

So, what are the most popular beauty timesavers available on the market at the moment? Here are 8 non-invasive, go-to treatments available today.

1. Microblading

Rather than filling in the perfect eyebrows every day, many women are choosing to have semi-permanent brows in the form of a cosmetic tattoo. Microblading is a state-of-the-art procedure where fine needles are used to create natural-looking hair strokes. This modern technique is popular for its natural results, and the time it saves on daily makeup can really add up. The treatment can last as long as three years, take just two hours to complete, and typically cost around $450-$800.

2. BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®

BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are brand names of the protein botulinum toxin (also known as BTX), which is a temporary, non-surgical injection that ‘freezes’ muscles. Its result is smoother fine lines and wrinkles, and a more youthful, fresh-faced appearance. These injectables can be used on the face, neckline, hands and décolletage to reduce age lines, lift and smooth the skin, and minimize the appearance of a gummy smile. BOTOX®, Dysport®, and Xeomin® all cost around $10 to $15 per unit and have little to no recovery time. The results usually last between three and four months.

3. Dermal Fillers

Another popular way to get smooth, plump, and ageless skin is with dermal fillers, which are injected in any part of the body you feel needs a lift. It helps plump and firm skin as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Dermal fillers will set you back around $300 to $1,000 per syringe, depending on the type you choose, but will save you time and money on anti-aging facial routines.

4. Latisse®

Save time on your lashes with this increasingly popular procedure, designed to give you longer, fuller eyelashes without extensions or the need to apply false lashes. Latisse® is a solution which contains ingredients that claim to help generate lash growth. It is applied nightly for up to four weeks to give you longer, thicker, and darker lashes. You can buy Latisse® over the counter for $100-$400, depending on the size of the bottles.

5. Non-surgical Fat Removal

Another way to remove fat cells without having to go under the knife, is non-surgical fat removal. It is an innovative procedure which uses a range of techniques to vibrate and remove fat cells by freezing or heating. CoolSculpting, SculpSure, Venus Freeze™, and Kybella® are just a few examples of non-surgical fat removal treatments. The procedure is perfect for those who do not want surgery but would like to see quick and effective results. Non-surgical fat reduction costs between $800 and $1400 per session (with multiple session normally needed) and has a recovery time of about a week.

6. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great alternative to anti-aging facial treatments because they gently strip away layers of dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth, cleansed, and blemish-free. The treatment can also reduce the signs of aging and appearance of scars. Depending on the type, a chemical peel usually costs around $600 to $900 and is a very safe procedure. Recovery time can vary depending on the type of peel you have and generally takes around a week to see results.

7. Laser Hair Removal

Many women spend hours every week enduring dull and often painful hair removal. Laser hair removal is leading women everywhere to throw away their razors, epilators, and waxing strips in favor of a more permanent hair removal solution. The relatively painless procedure involves blasting the hair follicles with pulses of laser light which inhibits their growth and makes the existing hair shed, leaving skin smooth and hair-free. The cost of laser hair removal in the US depends on the area treated and the amount of sesssions needed, but most are typically around $150 to $500 per full session. Results are visible after one to two weeks, and results can last years with a few touch-ups here and there.

8. Keratin Hair Straightening

Keratin hair straightening is designed to save you hours on getting that perfect, sleek and straight hair. Keratin is applied to the hair, which is then treated with a flat iron. Strands are left shiny and smooth, and will no longer need daily hair treatments or heat application. Keratin hair straightening is a semi-permanent procedure that lasts around three months, depending on the type of hair treated. The cost is usually around $400 per session.

With so many beauty timesavers available, the choice is yours!

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