For some people, wrinkle creams just aren’t enough — expensive fillers injected into their face at a doctor’s office are the way to go. But for many others who don’t have time or the means to visit a doctor’s office, that’s just not an option.
Polly Zuber, a busy mother to a three-month-old daughter and product marketing manager at a large tech company, rarely has time to wash her hair let alone keep up her skin routine.
“As far as beauty regimen, that’s definitely one that’s taken the backseat,” Zuber said.
Now, there’s another option for people like Zuber who want something more intensive than a cream, but don’t have the time to go to a doctor’s office for fillers. It’s called WrinkleMD, an at-home treatment that delivers medical grade Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and peptides deeply into the skin.
HA is a common ingredient in high-end creams and many injectable fillers that are popular with celebrities. The skin naturally produces HA, which keeps it hydrated as well as looking young, firm and wrinkle-free. As we age, our bodies produce less and less HA, so wrinkles begin to set in. Peptides are another natural compound that keep the skin plump and firm.
The WrinkleMD treatment follows a series of simple steps. First, you must wash your face and make sure it’s free of makeup or any moisturizers and creams. The company sells an “Infusion Skin Prep” product that promises to completely clean the skin and prepare it for treatment.
Next come the HA “Infusion Patches,” which adhere to either your forehead or right around the eyes depending on the area you want to focus on. The patch then attaches to an activator pod that pumps currents to your skin. The treatment lasts 30 minutes; when it’s done, the small, green light on the activator pod will stop blinking. There’s a slight tingling sensation when the patch is working, but nothing uncomfortable where you couldn’t watch TV or read a book while waiting for half an hour to pass.
“It felt great,” Zuber said. “I could definitely feel it stimulating in the area of my crows feet, which I feel like have gotten even more since I had her [my baby],” Zuber said.
WrinkleMD recommends doing this process twice for the first week and then once a week thereafter. The starter pack, which comes with five patches and an activator pod, as well as a serum that locks in the results of the infusion patches, will cost you $199. Each refill pack, which comes with eight patches, is $149.
Danielle Tarasiuk is a multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles. Her work has been published on AllDay.com, Yahoo! Sports, KCET, and NPR-affiliate stations KPCC and KCRW. She’s a proud Sarah Lawrence College and USC Annenberg alumn.