Modern Aesthetics

Beauty Counter MD

Expert insight on the hottest products, ingredients, and trends your patients are talking about.


Beauty water, hydrating toners, mists, and essences are everywhere. What started in South Korea as part of the K-beauty trend is now taking up space at beauty counters throughout the US with various price points and alternating hero ingredients, but do these waters live up to the hype?

Michelle Henry, MD, a dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York in New York City, and Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, shares her insights on the trend: “Beauty water is a blanket term for a hydrating, water-based topical products that are used after cleansing the skin with the primary purpose of hydrating, but they claim to also plump, brighten, or refresh the skin. There are many different types, and they are infused with different ingredients depending on their indicated benefit. Toners typically have a higher concentration of active ingredients, whereas micellar water primarily cleanses. Rose water has been found to be anti-inflammatory and a potent antioxidant.

“There is a trend toward gentle products that do not strip the skin's moisture or compromise the skin's barrier. There is such variation in the products that it is hard to generalize on the claims. As they are all water-based and typically gentle without harsh surfactants, they make great hydrators.”

Professional Grade Peels, NEOVA

NEOVA SmartSkinCare has introduced a new range of Professional Treatments. Backed by solid science and clinical discovery, the company says its professional treatments consider the health of the skin first and foremost. The line includes NEOVA Reveal 3 [10%] Peel; NEOVA Reveal 3 Med [20%] PeelNEOVA Infusion Peel AHA [30%] + Antiox PeelNEOVA Transform Resurfacer [Salicylic 30 %] Peel; and Reveal Glycolic TX [30%] Peel, a comprehensive medical strength peel. Each peel solution is supplied in 50mL glass bottles, yielding 10-12 full face and décolleté applications.

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