Category: SKIN REPORTER

Why Your Skin Gets Red And How To Fix It

Blush is one thing, facial redness is another. Redness or flushing is a way of describing the issue of (too much) blood rushing to the surface of the skin. Caused mainly be dilating of superficial blood vessels, they can occur due to a variety of internal or external triggers such as skin surface irritation, consumption of certain foods or temperature changes. Redness isn’t just something that happens, you will be surprised at the number of conditions that can cause facial redness. Here are some of the most common ones and tips to fix it. ROSACEA You have facial redness that is rather persistant (particularly on the cheeks, nose and forehead) and sometimes you get acne-like pustlules. Broken vessels might be seen and you may or may not blepharitis – swelling, redness, itchiness or pain or small bumps near the lashes of the eyes. Keep a diary of flare-ups and avoid triggers wherever possible. Long term prescription oral treatments are common, as are topical medications to control or tone down redness. 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

You Can Have Perfect Lips Too, Thanks To Science

Apparently, science can determine how sexy your lips can look. Bee-stung pairs like those of Angelina Jolie and Scarlet Johannson are actually not all that subjective – because the world of cosmetic procedures currently has a metric for measuring lip beauty. And those who have always contemplated a lip filler job can rejoice, because this means that lip filler augmentation is no longer like the Wild West – there is actually a way of working out the best dimension for your lips that is considered ideal for your face.   ‘SUPERSIZE ME’ – VOLUME CAN BE PLANNED Believers of “size is not everything”, this will reaffirm your belief. Studies show that different ideals of lip beauty is not rooted in size, but in ratio. In fact, this was a concept born years ago when Leonardo Da Vinci postulated that the ability of the human brain to determine beauty is actually hardwired and tied to a mathematical proportion, now known as the Golden Ratio. This means that you can probably upsize Continue Reading

Things To Know Before Your Acne Scars Treatment

Acne breakouts may go, but they like to linger on as skin discolourations or deeper scars long after the cysts are gone. Apart from cosmetic reasons, acne scars can also be a reminder of a not-so-pleasant part of people’s lives. So there are so many treatments available for lightening acne scars, here are the top 5 things to know before you pick the best one for your skin.   KNOW WHEN TO DELAY YOUR RESURFACING TREATMENT Have you tried cleaning up after a party before your guests are gone? There is probably little point trying to remove acne scars if you are still breaking out, since you are removing scars while new ones are still being formed. I know it’s hard waiting, you wanted smooth skin yesterday. But trust me, acne scars treatments can cost and you want to make every treatment count. Instead, have your breakouts controlled first by seeing a doctor who can help prescribe skincare, topical acne creams or oral acne medication to get you started on Continue Reading

Non-Laser Complexion Enhancers With Big Impact

Do you want a healthier complexion but don’t want to spend hundreds (or thousands) on lasers? If you are after a healthier sheen, a more even skin tone, we have the right fixes for you. These will help enhance the complexion by improving bloodflow and circulation, remove dead skin cells and encourage cell renewal.   FACE PEELS Lasers and injectables such as Botox and fillers may be getting increasingly popular, but face peels are still going strong. There are different types of chemical peels, but basically they break down the most superficial layers of the skin for a complexion-enhancing effect – remove fine lines and improve wrinkles, lighten hyperpigmentation and mild scars. Chemical peels have been around since the 1800s, but when we talk about chemical peels today, they are the mild, superficial peels. Medium and deep peels are no longer as popular today because not only do they cause pain and downtime, the risk of complications are considerably higher than today’s fractional resurfacing lasers. Popular peels now still include Continue Reading