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What The Chinese Say About Good Skin

Do you always get breakouts on your chin? Or the jawline? What about the cheeks? Is it hormonal? Or is it some other cause? The art of Chinese face mapping is fascinating. Believers of Chinese medicine believe that the location of skin blemishes on your face can indicate underlying systemic causes. We’ve dissected the pimple problem according to different sections of the face and potential solutions to stubborn acne.   FOREHEAD OR “T-ZONE” Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) connects the forehead with the nervous system and digestion. So if you have zits in these areas, you might be stressed! Cut back on late nights so you get ample rest. Fixing stressors would be the goal, but we all know sometimes we can only improve it – we still have to meet the deadlines, or take our exams, for example. So TCM practitioners advise adapting your diet to reduce the impact of stress on your skin. Avoid sugars, fatty and processed food; instead, increase your intake of vegetables and water. Additionally, taking Continue Reading

These Will Give You A Sharper Jawline Without Surgery

For some reason, we apply our anti-aging skincare and have treatments such as anti-wrinkle jabs or lasers done on our faces, but the efforts often stop at the jawline. The truth is, nothing gives away your age like a double chin and sagging neck. From the late thirties or early forties, weakened muscles and loose skin leads to the accumulation of fat deposits under the chin. Gravity is not the only cause of the double chin. Our bone structures shift gradually as we age, and this gives less support for soft tissues. The platysma, a thin band of muscle in the neck becomes shorter, thinner and less well-defined with age, and causes a weakening of muscle tone of the neck. Submental fat, or the double chin can appear because of loosening of skin around the neck. Weight gain and genetics have also been blamed for the double chin.   HOW TO CONTOUR AWAY THE DOUBLE CHIN WITHOUT SURGERY You can do away with a double chin, apparently, quite effectively without Continue Reading

Is The Facial Threadlift the New Facelift?

In 1901, the first skin-only surgical facelift was described. In the 1970s, a deep layer method involving the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) was described and revolutionized the way surgeons viewed the surgical facelift. But the cutting, pulling and stitching requiring weeks of downtime have now led to people looking for more “convenient” alternatives. The idea of a surgical facelift is clearly dated. Not entirely because of the downtime it gave, but because there was no need to get cut to look lifted and youthful anymore. Facial lifts can now be performed far more quickly and conveniently with Botox, fillers and threadlifts.   THE FACIAL THREADLIFT The traditional surgical facelift treats an aging face by removing excess/lax skin and tightening deep muscles, requiring anaesthesia and giving approximately 14 days of downtime and another 4 weeks of settling time. Threadlifts have a minor downtime of 12 to 24 hours. These threads have small graspers on them and are passed under the skin in designed vectors to effect maximal lift. The graspers get Continue Reading

3 Ingredients That Will Get Your Skin Glowing By Christmas

Party season is coming, and we are sharing 5 of the best skincare ingredients to liven up your complexion with illuminating and anti-aging properties.   1. VITAMIN A This is now the skin essential that doctors prescribe the most in order to feed the skin with a healthy glow. In case you haven’t heard, vitamin A is a multi-tasking ingredient in skincare that gives a clear and smoother complexion by stimulating fibroblasts to stimulate collagen, unclog pores and thereby reduces acne, evening out skintone and lightening of pigmentation. Note that there are several versions of Vitamin A, namely retinoic acid (strongest and only available via prescription), retinol (less irritating to skin and found in over-the-counter skincare) and pro-retinols (most gentle).   2. VITAMIN C Did you know that normal skin contains high levels of vitamin C, supporting important functions and stimulates collagen production? Vitamin C has high anti-oxidant properties, shielding the skin from impacts of pollution and helps the skin repair itself. In fact, studies suggest that vitamin C helps Continue Reading

Good Skin: Nature Or Nurture?

Women are smart. They know that everyone has to age eventually, and before that happens, they should probably do something about it, because the truth is, one day, it won’t be as firm, smooth or radiant-looking. But the question is, why do some women age better than others? Do they have good genes or is it actually, something else?   NATURE OR NURTURE? Don’t be surprised, but apparently, a study conducted by Olay with Harvard University has shown that some women do have their genetics to thank for looking more “ageless” than others. Contrary to what we think, the study showed that everyone has genes that help take care of the skin, but those who age “exceptionally” have genes that work better, and longer. So it sounds like nurture plays a larger role than genetics do. Certainly, there is something in all of us that helps with keeping our skin youthful and supple, but environmental and lifestyle factors may play more important roles in accelerating the skin aging process as Continue Reading