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3 Skin Lightening Ingredients Doctors Love

There are so many skincare products, it is impossible to know which ones are effective. So one of the smartest ways to go about skin lightening products is probably to check what ingredients skin doctors love. Here are the top 3 skincare ingredients you should be adding to your skincare regime if you want to lighten pesky pigmentation or brighten skin in general.   TRANEXAMIC ACID If you thought tranexamic acid sounded like a gynaecologist’s treatment, you are right! This is a treatment more commonly used to reduce blood loss in women experiencing menorrhagia. Recently recommended for use in melasma (in a lowered dose), this can be given as an oral medication, a topical preparation or a superficial injection into the lesion. This anti-pigment ingredient works by decreasing the activity of tyrosinase and melanogenesis. This ingredient works well with vitamin C and retinol. Talk to your doctor before using. Tranexamic Acid Ampoule   ARBUTIN Alpha arbutin, extracted from plants, is a safe skin brightening ingredient. Those of you who love 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

How This Facial Healed My Skin

My skin, while good on most days, has never been great. No, I am not one of those who demands celebrity-grade “glass skin”. In fact, all I need is my skin to stop all its erratic redness and reactions once and for all. Change of weather, dust, stress, unfamiliar skincare ingredients have caused upheavals for my skin before. I have sensitive skin.   WHAT IS SENSITIVE SKIN? Sensitive skin appears to be caused by the top layer of skin becoming irritated, due to weakening of the natural barrier function of the skin due to a trigger. When I get a flare-up, my skin turns red, uncomfortable and occasionally I get blemishes and flakiness.   WHAT I HAVE LEARNT Being out and about without sunscreen irritates my skin. So does harsh exfoliation such as scrubs or peels. So that means there are hardly any facials out there which do not cause my skin agony. Until I tried The Deep Red Facial at SW1 Spa.   THE DEEP RED FACIAL The Deep Continue Reading