Is Your Light Mask Safe?

Our favourite mask nowadays is not the usual mask you take out of a pack, dripping with hyaluronic acid. This new-age mask needs to be plugged into a socket in the wall, because it emits therapeutic light.   Light emitting diodes (LED) are now considered effective therapies for skin rejuvenation, as well as a therapy for some skin problems, such as acne, eczema or rosacea. Essentially like what the sun is to a plant, it penetrates the skin to a cellular level and causes several interesting cellular activity.   Available at some medical aesthetic clinics or medi-spas, LED Red and I-Clear Blue light therapy can be found in clinical facials such as the Deep Red Facial, or the Clear Blue facial. Since LED Red has been shown in studies to be able to stimulate collagen and also decrease inflammation, the Deep Red Facial is a hot favourite with those who have sensitive skin issues such as rosacea as well. LED Blue light therapy has been shown to kill bacteria-causing acne, Continue Reading

This Vitamin Will Give Your Skin A Collagen Boost

A, B, C, D, E, K. If you had to choose, which vitamin will you choose for your skin? Like most people, I chose Vitamin C. I was wrong. Doctors are increasingly prescribing Vitamin A based skincare over others. Here’s are some of the reasons why: Penetrates deeply to stimulate fibroblasts – cells that produce collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unclogs pores, reduces oil production and therefore reduces acne Exfoliates and increases skin cell turnover, evening out skin tone Lightens sun damage and pigmentation But there are different Vitamin A formulas for skin. Here’s how you can use it.   RETINOIC ACID – This is one of the first ingredients used for acne, and is usually found in prescription formulas and has a direct biological effect on the skin – the vital ingredient that fights aging visibly. These prescription-strength formulas can be 100-times stronger compared to over-the-counter retinol products.   RETINOL – Usually the form of Vitamin A available in over-the-counter products, retinols need to be Continue Reading

Collagen: Eat, Inject Or Rub It?

Collagen makes up a third of protein composition in our body. Present in skin, muscles, tendons, blood vessels and even bone, think of it as the glue that holds the body together. There are 4 main types of collagen, and as we age, our body produces less and lower-quality collagen. In the skin, this translates to signs of aging such as thinning, sagging, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! So have you wondered, what are the ways to get more collagen into our body to delay the dreaded signs of aging?   EAT IT Most of us eat collagen almost daily without even knowing it! Edible collagen is found in animal bones, cartilage, chicken and fish skin. But is it effective? Apparently, not really. Eating whole collagen is usually accompanied with unwanted doses of fat and cholesterol, and it is not clear what the digestion process does to the protein anyway. Still, hydrolyzed collagen in the form of supplements may be useful, but get ready for a long Continue Reading

How A Photofacial Saved My Skin

I’ve had red skin all my life. While it’s not severe, it’s definitely been irritating. Over the years, I’ve learnt the don’ts of rosacea, such as “don’t eat spicy food”, “don’t go under the sun”, “don’t exfoliate at all”. To be honest, I’d love to live a carefree life and not be afraid of a flare-up or break-out all the time. And I’d love to have a normal skintone, so I can wear less makeup. So rather than trying to purchase another green-tinted corrector, I decided to look for a better option. A treatment, or a facial that would treat the problem. Specifically, such facials are called photo facials, because rather than using lasers, light-based devices are used to brighten the skin and to address specific skin concerns, without any downtime. And contrary to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, BBL penetrates deeper into skin to target a variety of skin problems, such as melasma, freckles, age spots, wrinkles and even redness and inflammation such as rosacea and acne.   WHY THE Continue Reading

Remodel Your Skin in 5 Minutes With This Injectable Moisturizer

10 jabs in the face. 5 minutes. Done. Profhilo is the latest dermal filler on the block. Like most of its filler predecessors, it is synthetic hyaluronic acid, and is injected into the skin. Except that it is anything but what all the other hyaluronic acid fillers are. The long and short of it all is, Profhilo is taking the beauty world by storm. Not only is everyone doing it, it’s basically making those who swear to never Botox or inject “artificial stuff” into their faces regret they ever said it.   PROFHILO – UNRIVALED IN ITS CLASS? “Unrivaled” – the makers of Profhilo proudly claim. And perhaps a rightful claim; no injectable hyaluronic acid filler has been able to stake its claim on a non-crosslinked, bioremodelling filler. Put simply, Profhilo improves the skin, rather than adding volume to it. Studies show that it stimulates skin cells to produce collagen and elastin more effectively and hence it is a regenerative treatment that results in bioremodelling of aging skin. What’s most Continue Reading