Category: SKIN PICKS

5 Doctor-Approved Treatments To Combat Oily Skin

Do you get helpful advice such as “just wash your face more often” when people talk about your oily skin? Or are you tired of blotting oil off your nose every 30 minutes so that your glasses will stop sliding off? And are you thoroughly confused after reading everywhere that oily skin should be treated with oil? Here are 5 doctor-approved treatments to tackle oily skin!   1. Medicated facial washes Washing your face regularly is a must, although people with oily skin will find that doing so with facial washes that contain acids will help more. BHA (beta hydroxy acids or salicylic acid), being oil-soluble, works on the skin surface and inside the pore, refreshing grease-slicked pores instantly.   2. Find a product that works on oily skin overnight One of the ways to stop waking up with greasy skin is to try skincare products at night featuring active ingredients such as glycolic acid. This is a type of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that breaks down dead skin cells Continue Reading

All The Ways Stress Can Mess With Your Looks

Speak of stress and its psychological and social repercussions come to mind. Fact is, stress doesn’t only take a toll on how you feel, it can affect your skin as well. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, and stress happens to almost everyone. We all have work to do, deadlines to meet and bills to pay so we really need to start learning how to manage the stress. If we don’t, here’s what stress can do to make our lives worse.   1. REDNESS AND ECZEMA Heard that stress can affect digestion? The brain and gut are constantly in communication. When the body is stressed, the brain sends signals to trigger a “fight and flight” response, releasing stress hormones to prepare the body for the threat. This fight and flight response can result in an imbalance of gut bacteria – too much bad bacteria outweighing the good ones. This imbalance has been implicated in various problems outside the gut, such as the skin. Calm your skin with medical-grade probiotics Continue Reading

The Age To Start Botox

In South Korea, people actually go for plastic surgery earlier rather than later – the theory is you get to enjoy your facial “tweakments” for more years when you do it really early. That’s acceptable, although maybe the rest of Asia (or the world) may not be as open-minded when it comes to permanently altering one’s features, even if it eventually makes one much more attractive-looking permanently, but we are getting there. People are more proactive about small, non-invasive injectable treatments than before. So if you are worried about a few lines that have started to show and wondering if you are too young for Botox, you are not alone. But how young is too young? Contrary to what people think, there is no magic number doctors work on. Instead, the decision to botox is based on the appearance of your skin, how strong your muscles are, and some lifestyle factors. Here’s how to tell if when you might need it.   There are no signs of expression lines at Continue Reading

3 Ways Retinol Can Change Your Skin

Retinol. The secret ingredient that every dermatologist loves. For those who haven’t heard of it (where have you been!), retinol is part of the vitamin A family called retinoids and very much touted the superhero ingredient for many skin problems.   FROM RETINOIC ACID TO RETINOL TODAY Discovered in milk in the early 1900s, the first study to use retinoic acid to treat acne was first published in 1943. In the 1970s, Retin-A (Tretinoin, Retinoic acid) became the first prescription cream for treatment of acne, and is still being used today. What was surprising was apart from being an extremely effective treatment for acne, older patients who were given Retin-A noticed their wrinkles became less, skins became smoother and even their pigmentation appeared lighter! But wait, retinoic acid was getting a nasty reputation for irritating skin and making some a hideous red, and this led the cosmetic industry to produce a milder form of retinoid, known as retinol. Retinol is converted to retinoic acid in the skin and many believe Continue Reading

Doctors Say These Habits Will Change Your Skin

Want healthier-looking skin but have no idea where to start? You will be surprised that some of the best things you can do are actually simple habits you can adopt for better skin. Here are 5 useful habits that will greatly improve the condition of your skin.   1. ADD L-ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C) TO YOUR SKIN’S DAILY DIET Vitamin C is a vital ingredient for skin health. Oral and topical Vitamin C have been shown to be beneficial for skin cells, and it helps our skin’s ability to make collagen. Vitamin C has also been demonstrated in some studies to help prevent and even treat sun-induced photodamage. Citrine Pure Vitamin C Elixir paired with Pure Vitamin C Powder mixed by yourself so you get the freshest, purest form of topical vitamin C every time. Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by fighting free radicals and brightens dull complexions over time.   2. ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN Depletion of the ozone layer has increased our risk of sun damage from Continue Reading