Why Cheaper Is Not Always Better When It Comes To Beauty

You Really Get What You Pay For We have all heard of the saying “you get what you pay for”. When you purchase something based on price alone, you should be prepared that a cheaper item will likely be of lower quality compared to a higher priced item. Beauty treatments are no different, in fact, the probability of this being true is almost 100% when you compare FDA-approved treatments versus cheaper knockoffs in the market. Aesthetic treatments often start from several hundred for zero downtime lasers to several thousand for premium skin tightening or body shaping treatments. Laser toning, for example, a quick, low fluence (energy) skin toning laser treatment to brighten skin and refine pores, can range between under $50 per session to well above $500 per session. It is not difficult to find a $50 laser toning treatment, but there are caveats. For example, these treatments are often sold in large packages so the eventual financial outlay is definitely substantial even though per session-wise it sounds like an Continue Reading

A Rookie’s Guide To Facial Oils

First we had the toner, then came along the essence. Now, facial oils are emerging as the after-moisturizer oil – something like an emollient for superficial hydration and protection. So how exactly do we make include the facial oil in our skincare regime? Is it worth adding it in (and the money)? And which skin types are suitable for facial oils?   Sensitive and Dehydrated Skin Facial oils provide an additional barrier for skin prone to irritation and inflammation. While moisturizers deliver moisturizing ingredients such as hyaluronic deeper into the skin, adding a facial oil to one’s sensitive and dry skincare regime will give skin a moisture sealant, making your moisturizers much more effective. So if you are not quite there with the dewy complexion with your moisturizers, then maybe adding a facial oil will make that happen.   Read More: How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne Greasy Skin If you have oily skin, “oil-free” skincare is probably what you want because the last thing you probably want is Continue Reading

Hair Revival Tips – How To Deal With Hair Loss

Hair shedding is part and parcel of everyday life. In fact, we lose about 80 strands of hair per day! But if you are shedding a lot more hair than this everyday, or suffer from thinning hair, it is ok to start freaking out. Female hair loss is actually not that uncommon. Research shows that a third of all women will have to deal with hair loss issues at some point in their lives. So if you are losing sleep over your thinning mane, do not freak out, here are some tips to solve this hairy issue.   Hairstyle Checks Hairstyles that pull on your hairline can cause hair loss. The mechanical stress of tight ponytails, braids, hair bands and clips can cause hair thinning. Ensure you use hair elastic bands that slide off easily when you undo your ponytail and avoid hair styles that require a lot of teasing or tugging.   Ditch Bad Hair Habits Heat is always tough on hair. Hair styling tools such as hair straighteners Continue Reading

Fabulous At 40 – The Best Age Retarding Treatments To Do In Your 40s

The forties may reveal some signs of wear on our faces. Fine lines may look more obvious and the usual folds outside the eyes or on the forehead may be more noticeable. The skin may become more dull-looking as the skin renewal process slows down. Thankfully, besides turning back the clock in time, there are some things that we can do to maintain our youthful looks.   Botox Prejuvenation Wrinkles develop along usually predictable areas – lines of expression. The way to literally prevent wrinkles from appearing is not having expressions at all! Unless you want to look like Frankenstein, it is probably better to go about this with small Botox injections into parts of the forehead, frown lines and outside the eyes to reduce the strength of these muscles. Botox is commonly misconstrued as unnatural-looking but in faces where the lines are not deep or only appear during strong expression, a little goes a long way and it can really delay the appearance of these depressing permanent wrinkles by Continue Reading

Hormonal Acne: How To Fight It

Most people have vivid memories of their terrifying pimple-faced teenage years. But if you thought acne was frustrating before you turned 20, imagine having to deal with it again later as an adult. Getting acne beyond your pubescent years can be the most frustrating thing, especially since the rise of social media has placed a lot of emphasis on appearances Indeed, the coining of “instaworthy shots” has social medial platforms such as Instagram resembling more and more of an aesthetics feed with fashion bloggers who work as social media influencers selling images of perfect, porcelain clear skin. How To Tell If You Have Hormonal Acne At puberty, hormonal breakouts usually develop across the face. In one’s twenties or older, hormonal acne is usually concentrated around the cheeks, jaw and chin. Another hint of adult hormonal acne is these tend to be deep, painful cysts which are sensitive or tender to touch. Cystic acne are nasty not only because they hurt and are gross, they can also potentially cause unsightly scars. Continue Reading