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It’s Not Just About The Face – 3 Treatments That People Are Doing Now To Look Younger

Chances are, if you are reading this post, you are already taking basic care of your face. But many people still only realise they have neglected everywhere else below the neck when something else apart from the face and neck gives their ages away. Here are 3 popular treatments that people are (secretly) doing to keep themselves in the game.   EAR LOBE FILLERS Yes that’s right. If you have spent years with heavy earrings, chances are, your earlobes look pretty stretched out by now. Droopy and depressed earlobes can now get a new lease of life. Sounds like this requires significant effort, but it does not. People are now obsessed with plumping up their slack ear lobes with hyaluronic acid fillers to carry their oversized chandeliers. And all it takes is one or two injections into the right spot to combat the droopy and wrinkled appearance, immediately.   HAND FILLERS This is not a scam, it’s real. THE FDA has approved the use of a hyaluronic acid filler for Continue Reading

Mistakes To Avoid If You Have Acne

When we have acne, the instinct is always to do something to get rid of them quickly. Read on the find out the biggest mistakes we make with these nasty blemishes.   1. Drying Your Pimples And Face Out Pimples are caused by clogged pores, and drying them out gets rid of them right? Overdoing it and dehydrating the skin excessively can cause the reverse, triggering the skin to produce even more oil than usual. Try Skin Laundry III, a salicylic mild foaming wash that won’t dry your skin out, and Blue Orchid, an oil-free moisturizer that gently hydrates irritated skin.   2. Too Much Makeup No prizes for guessing this one. When you have acne, wear as little makeup as possible, even though the reflex is to cover the bumps up with thick foundation. This can lead to more clogged pores. Always cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any traces of makeup. Try Anti-acne BB cream instead.   3. Not Changing Your Pillowcase Have acne that wouldn’t go away Continue Reading

Are Chemical Sunscreens Safe For You?

Doctors advise applying sunscreen daily, and not only that, you usually need to apply a lot of it to achieve the amount of sun protection stated on the sunscreen label. There are so many sunscreens available – sunscreens for the face, the body, for children, and there are sunscreens found in moisturizers and makeup. Just to add to the conundrum, there are also physical, as well as chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens are the sunscreens which sit superficially on top of skin and physically block out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Because these sunscreens usually contain zinc oxide, they tend to give skin a white cast that can be unflattering. They also tend to be thicker in texture, or oily. Chemical sunscreens fare better cosmetically. They are usually lightweight and many have an almost invisible finish, and are far more compatible in this respect with makeup.   ARE CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS SAFE? Chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone and avobenzone in chemical sunscreens protect the skin from UV rays, but there have been concerns Continue Reading

Now You Can Have Your SPF, And Eat It

We grew up thinking that soaking up loads of sunshine was actually good for health. While it is still true that ultraviolet B (UVB) rays help with vitamin D synthesis, the “sunshine vitamin” that is essential from bones, risking sun damage (which translates to increased risk of skin cancer) is not the way to do it. Most people make enough Vitamin D from being out in the sun daily, without having to “fry” their skin, and for those concerned, just know that Vitamin D can also be sourced from food such as salmon, sardines, red meat and eggs.   We have also now learnt, women especially, that sun exposure is the cause of certain types of pigmentation. Melasma, a type of pigmentation driven by hormones, is also triggered and worsened by sun exposure. For people with UV- or heat-sensitive hyperpigmentation problems, or those who want to prevent these, sun avoidance is recommended. But no one can stay indoors all the time! Thankfully, sun protection is now a real thing and Continue Reading

Secrets Of Impeccably Groomed Men

If you are a man and you know what self-care is all about, you will also know that looking after your appearance isn’t just for women today. The thing about impeccably groomed people – they are proactive. They don’t wait for signs of wear and tear before they go for a fix. They know that grooming isn’t just about developing a daily routine, it’s about maintaining themselves so they don’t let their carefully assembled appearances down. Luckily, for men, overdoing makeup is a pitfall that’s virtually non-existent, so it’s easier to take care of themselves to maintain a reasonable level of self empowerment. Here are the top 3 secrets of impeccably groomed men. 1. ‘MAMPERING’ The most stylish and successful-looking men are almost brazen about ‘mampering’ (pampering). They embrace their daily cleansing and moisturizing routine, but they also have their faces professionally cleaned. This is quite different from monthly male mani- or pedicures. Keeping the complexion spot and clog-free is probably one of the most important things, be it for Continue Reading