Category: SKIN PICKS

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

THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY YOUR SKIN IS NOT GLOWING

We’ve identified the saboteurs standing between your skin and that ineffable radiance. The lit-from-within glow is not restricted to supermodels and celebrities only – find out how you can amp up your skin’s wattage.   #1 SABOTEUR – DEAD SKIN CELLS Radiant skin reflects light, but more often than not, we are not doing enough to let this property shine. Millions of skin cells are shed daily, and a large proportion of these do not fall off quickly enough and masks your skin with a dull, grayish tone. Getting rid of this pesky layer actively will improve your glow factor immediately. Try a regular facial scrub such as the biphasic Crystal Healing Oxygenating Scrub twice a week, or try a hydrating serum with chemical exfoliating properties, such as Sleep Mode, which contains glycolic acid. Once or twice a month, try a cleansing ritual such as SW1 Spa’s ultrasonic cleansing, which uses ultrasonic wave motion to get rid of surface skin cells as well as impurities.   #2 SABOTEUR – FILTH Continue Reading

The New Age Botox – 5 Surprising Uses Of Botox

Botox, as we know, is primarily used to smoothen wrinkles on the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet. But off-label treatments are increasingly prescribed now for minor complaints elsewhere in the body. 1. THE UNDERARMS Botox Underarms is an underrated treatment that does wonders at eliminating sweat in the armpits, and it works for hyperhidrosis, a common disorder of excessive sweating which produces a lot of unhappiness to people who suffer from it. A diluted dose is injected into multiple spots in the skin of the underarms and goes into effect within 2 weeks and lasts on average 6 to 8 months depending on the dosage used. Botox can also ameliorate body odour, an awkward issue not incommon in axillary hyperhidrosis. “This is a treatment I get once or twice a year. Sweating through my shirt distracts me when I have to give talks or presentations at work. When I know I won’t be sweating buckets visibly in my underarms in front of others, I do better” says financial analyst Continue Reading