Born roughly between 1980 and 2000, millennials are officially the largest and most talked-about generation since generations began. In 2016, there were an estimated 79.8 million millennials in the U.S. – a figure that continues to grow year after year. And while baby boomers and Generation X-ers may class their younger counterparts as selfish, lazy and entitled (ouch), there’s so much more to them than selfies and Snapchat.
Millennials are big on trying new things, they’re also technologically savvy, frugal, practical and very results-driven. Erm hello, if these don’t spell the perfect candidates for getting on a treatment plan, we don’t know what does. And math isn’t our strong point, but even we can work out that millennials are currently aged between 17 and 37 making them the perfect age to either start a skincare treatment plan or be thinking about further enhancing their routine with minimally-invasive treatments or medical-grade skincare.
“Millennials are the best crowds for getting on a treatment plan – and staying on it,” says explains HintMD partner and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Steven Swengel of Refined Dermatology in Los Gatos, CA.
“My advice to many of the millennials I see at Refined is to add a little ‘hit’ of something minimally-invasive to the skin. This introduces them into the aesthetics world and nudges their skin in the right direction for the years to come,” Dr. Swengel adds.
Wondering what those ‘hits’ actually entail? Here are some of our recommendations…
A 30-minute SilkPeel Dermalinfusion procedure can help treat all manner of skin concerns, including acne, fine lines or pigmentation isssues. It’s kind of like microdermabrasion, but instead of simply combining microcrystals with a vacuum suction to exfoliate dead skin, SilkPeel also saturates the skin with a solution targeted for your specific concerns.
For the best results, most practitioners recommend monthly treatments, but the benefits are immediately visible making SilkPeel a great option for results-oriented millennials.
Clear + Brilliant
Using a gentle light that’s emitted through a small roller-like device, Clear + Brilliant is a skin resurfacing treatment that creates microscopic injuries to the skin. These tiny injuries (which are pretty much invisible to the naked eye) force the skin to heal itself which boosts collagen and results in vibrant, healthier looking skin.
Clear + Brilliant neither removes, nor damages the skin’s surface, but works by producing microscopic zones of heat-induced injuries while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. This makes it less expensive and less aggressive than ablative skin resurfacing, so it’s perfect for younger patients who are looking to boost radiance or smooth the texture of their skin.
Microneedling is another effective minimally-invasive treatment for rejuvenating and reviving younger skin. The procedure works by creating tiny, controlled skin injuries in the skin which forces your skin to go into repair mode and produce more collagen and elastin.
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is great for improving texture and tone, or reducing the appearance of scars. The number of sessions required will depend on the condition of your skin, but you’re typically looking at around four or five treatments at monthly, or six-weekly intervals.
BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL)
Using short blasts of high-intensity light, BBL is a next-generation IPL treatment that gently heats the upper layers of the skin to stimulate collagen production and restore vibrancy.
While often included in treatment plans for tightening the skin or treating acne, the photothermal energy produced in the procedure also helps eliminate fine blood vessels that cause redness, and reduces unwanted melanin that produces pigmentation issues.
The Vampire Facial
Otherwise known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy (PRP), the benefits of having plasma from your own blood injected into your face (using microneedling such as the Eclipse MicroPen) are endless – and the added bonus is there’s very little risk involved.
Great for acne scarring, anti-aging, dark spots, discoloration and just about every other concern you can think of, PRP has minimal downtime but is super-effective for texture issues and the first signs of aging. It’s basically a millennials’ dream.
“Millennials are in the sweet spot of life, where they don’t need to repair their skin – just prevent and protect,” explains Dr. Swengel.
“They’re generally up for trying new things, but they need a little direction because we all know they won’t get very far by bouncing around in Sephora and switching up their skincare every month,” he adds.
“When it comes to at-home skincare, as well as the basics, I recommend introducing some growth factors, antioxidants, slow-release retinols and that-all important sunscreen. That’s really all they need.”