Another year is almost over, and what a year it has been for the world of aesthetics, cosmetics, and beauty. We have seen trends come and go and are excited to see where the new year takes us in terms of aesthetic direction.

Woman celebrating holding 2023 balloons

Another year is almost over, and what a year it has been for the world of aesthetics, cosmetics, and beauty. We have seen trends come and go and are excited to see where the new year takes us in terms of aesthetic direction.

So, we’re dedicating this blog to saying goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023 by delving into the trends we’ve seen and those we hope to see in the new year.

2022 at Aesthetic Skin Clinic

2022 has been another incredible year for the team here at Aesthetic Skin Clinic. We have seen significant changes in the aesthetic world, such as cosmetic surgery ads targeted at under-18s banned in the UK. Although performing cosmetic procedures on those under 18 was illegal, targeted advertising wasn’t, which meant children were still being influenced and, in some cases, going through with procedures from unreputable and illegal practices.

In addition, the industry saw a huge social media boom, with the likes of scarily-accurate face filtering hitting apps such as Instagram and Snapchat. Whilst the filters could be helpful for those wanting to see the effects of cosmetic surgery before committing, they became incredibly dangerous, causing what was labelled ‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’.

However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The aesthetics sector also saw the rise of some industry-shifting trends; let’s take a look.

Aesthetic Trends of 2022

  • Preventative Anti-Wrinkle Injections. This year, those in their early 20s have been opting for anti-wrinkle injections in order to prevent the visible signs of ageing. Once permanent fine lines and wrinkles have formed, they are harder to treat, so preventative anti-wrinkle treatments are an excellent idea for those concerned about this area of ageing.
  • Skin Tightening. Similarly, our skin tightening in Belfast and other clinics has proven incredibly popular. This treatment helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and gives the skin volume, creating a more youthful glow.
  • Au-Naturelle. 2022 was the year of naturality. We saw influencers opting for less filler, skincare regimes being reduced, and more cosmetic surgeries that provided a natural look. We don’t think this is the last time we’ll see this trend!
Man receiving botox injection

Trends of 2023

As we move into 2023, we’re excited to see which trends will carry over from 2022 and which will be left behind. However, we also predict that some brand-new aesthetic crazes will take the industry by storm; let’s take a look.

Skin Cycling

In terms of skincare, we believe there will be many new products to try and treatments to enjoy, but this trend reminds us that we must take a break from time to time. Skin cycling is the idea that you take at least one day a week off your regular skincare regime to allow your skin to recover and repair after using certain products. Some skincare products contain chemicals that are perfectly fine in small doses but can cause inflammation and irritation when used too regularly.


Slugging may sound like an odd skincare technique, and you would be correct in thinking so. Unusually, it is the concept of adding a layer of petroleum jelly to your entire face after applying your other skincare products and then sleeping. The protective layer supposedly forms a seal over your other products and prevents water loss, providing you with a youthful, plumped glow.

What originally started as a Korean beauty hack in 2014 found its way onto TikTok, where many of us are now heading for our skincare tips and beauty tips, which is where it blew up. However, we imagine this will continue to pique the interest of skincare enthusiasts’ way into 2023.

Medical woman using VR goggles


With digitisation making its way into every industry, you can expect to find it enter the world of cosmetics and aesthetics sometime soon. While we have had a preview of what this could look like with Channel 4’s Send Nudes: Body SOS earlier this year, we feel VR is really going to take over in 2023. The ability to essentially ‘try before you buy’ is sure to be proven popular and possibly drive cosmetic surgeries up, as many people realise what they could look like with a few tucks and tweaks.

Quiet Quitting

No, we’re not talking about the corporate term for doing the bare minimum in your job, this term has a new meaning in the world of skincare, and we believe it will be prevalent in 2023. It is the idea of stripping back your skincare routine and only using the products your skin requires to be healthy. We believe this can be done using professional skincare products, such as those from Obagi Medical. We’ve all seen celebrity skincare brands and companies that have popped up out of nowhere, claiming to be the next big thing, but a lot of the time, many of their products are unnecessary for your skin.

Choose professional skincare and only use products your skin actually needs; otherwise, you could face other skin issues, such as clogged pores or irritation.

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Happy New Year from Aesthetic Skin Clinic

We’d like to take this time to thank all our clients from 2022, whether you visited us for the first time or are a loyal customer. We wish all of you a very happy festive season and love and luck in the New Year.

For any New Year bookings, please get in touch with our team, and we will be more than happy to schedule your appointment for you to take on 2023 confidently.