Category: SKIN PICKS

Age Reversing Treatments For Your Neck You Need To Start Now

Falling into a sort of no-man’s land between the face and the body, the neck is probably the most neglected with regards to maintenance and beauty. This is compounded by the fact that the skin of the neck has poorer structural support, and that it is often exposed to the sun without any sunscreen. The skin succumbs to gravity and the jawline droops while fat accumulates at unflattering positions such as the double chin and the jowls. So it is not surprising that the aging neck is the most hated feature of people in their 40s, the decade when most things go downhill (and at an alarmingly fast rate). Read More: The Light Way to Staying Forever Young   TUCK IN THE LOOSE FOLDS Loose skin and banding of the platysma muscle results in the infamous turkey neck. Loose skin can be tightened with Ulthera, the only non-invasive device that is FDA- approved for skin lifting. By stimulating a healing response that makes one’s skin produce collagen, Ulthera firms and Continue Reading

Pretty Poison – All The Ways Botox Can Help With Your Jawline

I mentioned that I might be interested to Botox to get rid of some wrinkles– the 3 or 4 rows of lines which used to appear only when I raised my eyebrows are starting to etch themselves into my forehead. My mother shrieked in horror because she thought the Botox was vile – a poison. Fact of the matter is, Botox does indeed have an illustrious history. It is a neurotoxin commonly produced by bacteria and was first used by a doctor in San Francisco in a purified form to correct strabismus (a squint). He injected Botox into the overactive eye muscle to cause a temporary paralysis of that muscle, which allowed the other muscles to function more normally, correcting the squint. In 1987, Botox started to be used formally for correcting muscular disorders of the eye such as strabismus and blepharospasm (uncontrollable twitching of the eyelids). In 1989, Botulinum Toxin A was licensed by Allergan Inc. Botox subsequently found its use in various other health conditions such relieving severe Continue Reading

Clean Slate: How The Latest Lasers Are Erasing Tattoos

Tattoos date back more than five thousand years, and were used to identify soldiers, mark slaves, criminals, and in some parts of the world, used to indicate social rank, political status and religious authority. Western civilization first discovered skin inking in 1681, after months of raids on Spanish settlements, Lionel Wag=fer, a pirate surgeon, documented skin pricks with thorns followed by ink staining in Cuna Indians while recuperating from an injury which left him immobile for several months. Fascinating at first, but Wafer noticed that this method of staining the skin was permanent, and in all his best efforts as a doctor, could not effectively remove the tattooed pigments, even after much scarring of the skin with tattoo removal attempts.   Why Are Tattoos Permanent? Ever wondered why getting a tattoo means it’s forever? According to medical science, when we have a tattoo, macrophages travel to the tattooed site and start eating up the ink. Other cells also suck up the tattoo ink but can’t do anything with it, living Continue Reading

Geometry Of Aging – How A New Chin Can Take Years Off Your Face

Have you wondered why certain faces are attractive to others in general? Is beauty a gift bestowed by God? Or is it actually down to shape and proportion?   Beauty Is An Inverted Triangle In the younger years, the midface is wide, the cheekbones are high and well-defined while the lower face is sharper, tapering to a point at the chin. These attributes are also known as the “triangle of youth” with the base of the triangle being at the cheeks. As a person ages, all layers of our face undergo changes. Skin loses collagen and elastin and looks dehydrated and wrinkled. The face looks more deflated because there is also loss of fat under the skin, particularly under the eyes (resulting in undereye sunken hollows) and at the cheeks (resulting in strong nasolabial folds and a saggy jawline). All these are exacerbated by bone loss due to natural aging. A droopy face often looks like the triangle of youth has been inverted, with the lower face becoming more U-shaped. Continue Reading

Pore Police: How To Transform Your Skin In 4 Weeks

Different women may want different looks – some prefer bigger eyes while some may be perfectly happy with their single eyelids, for example. But the quest for smooth, poreless, radiant skin is the most universal. Pores are the most misunderstood – it is almost as if they were made to be visible, being the natural channels for oil and sweat and even contain hair follicles. Little wonder, so many complain of large pore problems, especially in our hot, humid climate. Here are the best tips to get that flawless complexion. Read More: Why A New Chin May Be All You Need To Look Younger   TIP #1 Scrub For A Fresher Canvas Who would have thought something so basic can be so crucial a step to achieving better skin, at the comfort of your own home? Frequent exfoliation removes dead skin cells and encourages cellular turnover. A fine scrub such as Crystal Healing Scrub is different from other cleansers – its fine granules effectively dislodges debris and stimulates microcirculation. A Continue Reading