Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sun Damage to Your Skin: The Basics You Should Know

What is sun damage?

All of us love to bask in the warmth of the sun; however, excessive exposure can damage your skin in several ways. Its heat can deprive your skin of its natural lubricating oils; its harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to undesirable effects on your skin like wrinkly skin, freckles, premature aging and brown spots.

Exposure to UV rays of the sun is the major contributory factor to premature aging of your skin. If you are fair skinned with light colored eyes, you are at greater risk of developing sun-related skin damage and eventually even skin cancer.

Types of sun damage

Uneven pigmentation: When you run the risk of too much exposure to the sun, your skin starts increased production of a pigment called melanin that makes your skin look dark or suntanned. This may sometimes cause an irregular pigmentation of the skin. Sunrays in some cases may stretch small blood vessels, giving your skin a reddish look.

Age spots: Flat spots, usually brown, black or gray in color, occur when skin pigmentation peaks. Varying in size, they usually crop up on areas most exposed to the sun like the face, hands, arms and upper back. These spots are most common in older adults. However, young people too may not be spared of this condition, when overexposed to the sun without protection.

Melasma: This is a brownish darkening of your facial skin, occurring especially on the forehead and cheeks. Exposure to sunlight precipitates this condition. It is called ‘mask of pregnancy’ as well, and is likely to develop when there is an increase in the production of estrogen and progesterone, the female hormones. It affects usually women who are dark-skinned, pregnant or those consuming oral contraceptives or undergoing hormone therapy.

Symptoms

The following are two commonest symptoms of sun damage.


  • Dry skin: On prolonged exposure to sunrays, your skin would lose natural oils, and appear dry and flaky. This could result in a more wrinkled appearance, making you look older than you actually are.
  • Sunburn: If you are experiencing mild sunburn, you may have pain and redness in the affected area. You would get painful blisters in a severe case; nausea and dizziness may perhaps be other discomforts that come along with it.

Prevention and treatment

Here are some easy-to-follow preventive methods to shield your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.

  1. Your lying on the beach is not the only occasion when harmful rays of the sun play the bad boy; staying outdoors under the sun for longer than 15 minutes too could be equally damaging to your skin. Make sure to dab on a thick layer of sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30. If you are using a moisturizer, make it do double duty, along with sunscreen guard. Reapply it liberally at least every two hours as long as you stay outdoors.
  2. If you are going for a swim in the hot day, waterproof sunscreen is the best bet as a protective measure.
  3. Pick up a wide-brimmed (no less than a 2–3 inch) hat of a tightly woven fabric such as canvas to shield the skin on your face, neck and ears.
  4. Wear clothing made of tightly woven materials in dark shades.
  5. Keep an eye on the clock. Harmful UV rays of the sun are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. If you plan to go out during these hours, stay in shade, or wear a hat or use sunscreen.
  6. Guard your eyes, as they are the first to show off your age. Pick sunglasses with wider lenses to block out sunrays better and protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

In case of mild sunburn, you could try the following home remedies to relieve you of the discomfort.

  1. Apply aloe vera gel to soothe the burn.
  2. Soak a washcloth in cool water and apply it as a cool compress several times through the day. Add to the water baking soda as a soothing ingredient.
  3. Replenish your dehydrated system with water and other liquids for your burn to heal faster.

If there is no reprieve from these simple home fixes, it is best to seek the expert assistance of a qualified and reputed aesthetic medical practitioner.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Why is Botox the Popular Choice of Millennials?

Botox, the most popular cosmetic treatment is no longer for Baby Boomers only. It is the top anti-aging treatment preferred by Millennials too; they do not want to undergo invasive surgeries to look wrinkle free. No surprises there for a generation that is in constant love with ‘selfies’; they consider compliments on social media looks (with Botox) to be ‘present perfect’ and ‘future beautiful’.

What is Botox?


Botox is a drug manufactured from neurotoxin, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Clinically, it has been in use since the 1970s. It is used to treat all kinds of spasmodic muscular conditions from facial spasms to cerebral palsy and severe underarm sweating.

A very reliable formula and approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Botox Cosmetic is used to smoothen out moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, lines on the forehead, laugh lines and crow’s feet (lines around eyes). After it got the government nod in April 2002, it is now the 15th anniversary to Botox!

How does it work?

Botox when injected into muscles blocks temporarily signals from the nerves to muscles to contract. This in turn eases off the wrinkles.

Your aesthetic medical practitioner would numb the area with a topical anesthetic cream or cold pack 10-20 minutes before injecting the cosmetic. You would experience minimal pain, as the needles used in Botox injections are very small.

Your doctor would take as little as 10-15 minutes to administer. The Botox effect would last for three to six months. Results vary on individuals based on age, extent of wrinkling and muscle strength.

Minimal side effects would include pain at the injection site, inflammation and redness. Good news is there is no downtime.  Make sure to report to your doctor any side effects that do not wear off or if you experience dizziness.

It is necessary that you carefully follow all the pre- and post-Botox instructions given by your doctor. The effect would take 2-4 days to show up, and in some cases up to a week. Be patient, no need to panic.

Reasons to start Botox younger

When the Millennials are hooked on to everything fast in their lives from food through machines to life, it is no big deal for them to go under the Botox needles as early as twenties or thirties. Younger people opt for Botox, when they are not inclined to go through aesthetic correctional surgeries but still want to carry on the youthful look.

Some others go for Botox, after experiencing disappointing outcomes of minimally invasive treatments. Botox either prevents or at least delays more invasive beauty treatments for those who have undergone the procedure early on. Doesn’t one age fabulously then with Botox?

Botox is sometimes associated with a frozen facial look. However, some devotees of the product say starting Botox younger could prevent that plastic expression down the road.

For some others, Botox could be just another procedure in their beauty regimen to look super gorgeous. When gallons of water, designer diets, hours of beauty sleep and regular skin care fail to work up a super magic, younger women may perhaps go for it.

A word of caution: it is essential that you get the Botox done by a qualified aesthetic medical practitioner to avoid serious side effects.

Did you know? Botox is not a product exclusively for women. Men too have joined the bandwagon, making up 10 percent of users of Botox that is termed, ‘Brotox’ for them.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Acne : Causes you wouldn’t have Considered Seriously

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, has been, since ages, a part of skin woes. It is a part of growing up among teens, but adults too can experience the annoying condition. Though myths abound that one should let acne take its own course of healing, dermatologists advice that it is not always the best way out. If you do not treat acne, dark spots and a blotchy skin would be the unwelcome after effect, once it clears.

Possible causes of acne

You are not alone in having acne. 40-50 million Americans suffer from it at some point in their life. Young adult men and women get it. Some women in their middle age too put up with it.

Many of us think that acne is just pimple. Blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts also come under acne. It can appear on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, nose or upper arms.

Acne occurs when a pore in your skin is clogged. This clog can occur from dead skin cells that rise to the surface of the pore. When your body produces a lot of sebum (oil) to keep your skin from drying out, the dead skin cells stick together and are trapped inside the pore.

Not all is lost when you get it. Here, we will run you through some common causes of acne that you can easily watch out for. Though there is no one-size-fits-all approach to acne treatment, rest assured you could control it.

Skin care products with clogging ingredients

A known cause of acne breakout is lanolin, a greasy ingredient found in many face creams designed to moisturize skin.

Oil-based creams and moisturizers clog pores. To avoid acne, watch out for cosmetic ingredients like algae extract, cocoa butter, coconut oil, mink oil and wheat germ oil.

Go in for a water-based moisturizer/cream instead. Some concealers now contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which help to fight acne. Make it a habit to remove makeup regularly.

Excessive use of spot treatments

Won’t it be a real assault on your skin if you are going to try too many spot treatments at a time? Miracles do not happen overnight. Give a purge period of at least six to eight weeks for any product to work on your skin. Keep a note of which product works for you.

Scrubbing skin too hard

Are you using face scrubs frequently to keep your skin dry? Contrary to what you think, excessive exfoliating could strip your skin of its natural oils. Your skin may go on an overdrive, producing more oil when it is dry.

Picking at your pimples

Keep your hands off! Picking at your pimples is the quickest way to push bacteria and oil further into the skin. Popping causes swelling and scars that would become another concern. Consult with a certified aesthetic medical practitioner if acne scars are worrying you.

Eating ‘unhealthy’

Takeaways and processed foods loaded with high levels of fat, refined sugar, and artificial preservatives could possibly lead to acne breakout.

Go natural. Try adding salmon or tuna, chia seeds, almonds and complex carbs like brown rice, barley and quinoa to keep your skin blemish-free. Load up your plate with deep colored veggies and fruits for a good supply of vitamin A and C.

Bottling up stress

Is your final test round the corner? Are you worried about your new relationship, or any other? Such anxieties cause an imbalance in your hormone levels; that is reason enough for your skin to break into acne.

Keep cool. Find ways to relax your nerves: yoga, swimming, gardening, salsa or walking; anything that lightens you up would serve the purpose.

Acne myths

Myth 1: Eating chocolate causes acne.

Fact:  The culprit is not the chocolate but the sugar and dairy in it. Be sure to pick up dark chocolate with cocoa content 70 percent or higher.

Myth 2: Only teens suffer from acne.

Fact: Dermatological studies have revealed that 20-49-year old women reported having acne. Blame it on the hormonal surge a woman experiences during first period and perimenopause.

Myth 3: Make up worsens acne.

Fact: Powder-based mineral foundations with ingredients like silica, titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide absorb oil and keep your pores clog-free.

Myth 4: Use of moisturizers worsens acne.

Fact: If you apply a lightweight moisturizer every day, your skin will stop producing oil.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Restore Lost Volume in Your Hands with Radiesse

We live in times when everyone talks about aging gracefully with an appropriate diet schedule and moderate exercise routine. Whatever said and done, hands often give away the age of a woman, next to gray hair and facial wrinkles. When you are on an aesthetic regimen to look good and feel young, the next logical step for you to work on would be your hands.

You begin to lose fat naturally in your hands as you age, making your veins and bones jut out. Would you like to put out your thin, wrinkled hands giving off your age? Absolutely not! You can turn back the hands of time with Radiesse and be a classic example of Audrey Hepburn’s quote, “And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”

What is Radiesse?

Radiesse is opaque dermal filler composed of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite (a component of medical products for many years) microspheres suspended in a water-based gel carrier. It is injected below the surface of the skin and used to restore volume loss in the back of your hands; it smoothens out visible veins and tendons.

Why Radiesse?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved as clinically proven, safe and effective this sub-dermal gel implant for hand augmentation.

Radiesse is the first and the only injectable named by the FDA for hand rejuvenation with minimal side effects. It requires typically 1-2 injections to get those amazing results. It is painless; there is no downtime and the results are instant for you to see.

The Radiesse difference

Once injected, Radiesse replenishes lost volume right away and continues to work by stimulating your body to produce its own collagen. The gel gets absorbed leaving behind natural collagen, making your hands look soft and smooth the way you would love to. The outcome lasts for a year or even more.

Talk to your doctor before the procedure

Discuss with your aesthetic medical practitioner if Radiesse is the right option for you. Once agreed upon, keep your doctor in the know of any blood thinners or medicines that you might be taking, and any injuries or disabilities of your hand or any skin treatments undergone.

Common risks

You may experience mild to moderate injection-related reactions such as swelling, redness, pain and bruising that could last a week; rest assured that they require no treatment.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use Radiesse. If you have a history of allergies or bleeding disorders, you should not opt for Radiesse. The risk for infection is there as it is common for all procedures involving a shot through the skin. Do not go in for the procedure if you have an infection that has not healed yet.

You may experience slight difficulty in performing everyday tasks soon after the procedure, and that too will ease off soon. Formation of lumps in the back of the hand may be common. You may have to stay away from strenuous activity with your hands until the bumps disappear. Make sure you do not expose the treated hand to excessive sun or heat for about 24 hours post treatment.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

How to Care for Your Skin Everyday

You ARE that enviable person gifted with a clean and clear skin for which everyone adores you. For those compliments to keep coming in frequently, you feel it is necessary to rely upon skincare applications in little doses every day.

The popular and easy practice is to pick store-bought beauty products. Maybe you are unaware that the commercially produced ‘beauty products’ could be packed with artificial preservatives, colors and fragrances that might harm your skin with passage of time.

It is best for you to get started with skin care right from your home, relying upon the easily doable and the just about inexpensive, instead of spending a fortune on popular brands.

Basic products make a huge difference

Beauty care cost need not be heavy on your wallet, contrary to common perception. Say ‘yes’ to a simple skincare routine at home every day; you can pick up from your refrigerator or pantry natural products readily available. Coupled with a little extra care, you can watch your skin transform from dull to a radiant glow.

Go Natural

Stay close to nature and pick unprocessed ingredients for natural skincare. When you ensure that they are on your regular shopping list, natural products never fail you: their use keeps your skin glowing and the results are everlasting.

Not only do they beautify your skin but also they help absorb antioxidants and boost the UV resistance of your skin. Get ready to bask in the adulation that would soon come your way.

Honey, one of the treasures of nature can serve as an excellent facial cleanser that is not harsh on your skin. Aloe Vera is a natural wonder gel that can slow the aging of skin, lighten blemishes, treat sunburn and soothe irritation. You can use it as your daily skin moisturizer. Hurrah! No side effects! What more could you ask for?

Exfoliate with a body scrub

You can use a sea salt honey scrub or sugar scrub to unclog pores and to boost cell renewal. It removes dead cells, leaving your skin dewy soft.

Shield your skin from the sun

Spending a day at the beach? Or travelling outdoors when the sun’s rays are most intense? Use a sun block to cover up. Wear hats and clothing made of dark, tightly woven materials (like canvas rather than straw) that absorb ultraviolet light better than cotton fabrics in lighter colors.

Taking a dip in the pool? Make sure to apply a thick layer of waterproof sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15. You may have to dab it on 20-30 minutes before exposure for your skin to absorb it.

Get your beauty sleep

Have you noticed puffiness around your eyes or under eye circles? Well, blame it on that girls’ night out. You must get enough shut-eye – 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep for your skin to repair and recover by itself. While you snooze, your skin makes new collagen, which plumps up your skin and makes it wrinkle free.

Drink enough water

Drink enough water to keep your skin soft and supple. Water hydrates your skin naturally and enhances its elasticity. The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is slowed down and you will not look your age.

Eat fruits and veggies

Eat well to look good. Make fresh fruits and veggies a part of your daily diet to work on your skin, inside and out.

Water-dense watermelon helps keep your skin baby soft. Eat vitamin C-rich Kiwi to help produce collagen that makes your skin taut, keeping fine lines at bay. Consume peach to moisturize your skin. Apple ensures you do not age faster and lends a glow from within.

Spinach flushes out toxins, leaving your skin bright. Carrot fights wrinkles. Regular intake of carrot juice helps get rid of skin blemishes. Know what the humble tomato could do to your skin? It has anti-aging properties, tightens pores and prevents acne.

If the DIY measures do not work to fix serious or age-related skin problems, consult with a qualified expert aesthetic medical practitioner.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Revive Your Skin with RevLite Laser

As the years roll by, it is natural for your skin to lose gradually its radiance. Acne scars, wrinkles and damage due to sun exposure are common enough. The increasingly polluted environments we are forced to live in also affect badly our skin. Maintaining our skin health has become quite a task these days.

RevLite Laser offers a safe and proven solution to this problem.

What is RevLite Laser?

RevLite is an advanced technology that makes use of laser of a specific wavelength to carry out certain types of skin repair and rejuvenate it. It is a non-invasive procedure to stimulate the proteins underlying the skin, unlike laser skin resurfacing. It is a safe and painless procedure with minimal complications.

How RevLite works to revive your skin

The RevLite laser procedure is a two-pronged approach: it stimulates growth of collagen (a type of protein) and breaks down larger pigmented spots in the peripheral layer of the skin. Your skin eventually absorbs these broken down particles, and becomes fresh and smooth with a clearly visible decrease in spots, wrinkles, lines and discolorations.

The RevLite laser passes through the upper layers of your skin without adverse effects, and reaches the underlying layer that has collagen. It uses a focused light beam to stimulate the overall collagen growth, which when sustained leads in turn to diminished wrinkles and lines. You can also use RevLite to treat other signs of aging like freckles, sunspots and liver spots.

Each session may last up to 45 minutes. Ideally, you may be advised to undergo 6 – 8 sittings with about a 3-week gap in between. Your aesthetic medical practitioner will decide the number of sittings, depending on your skin texture and the area(s) to be treated.

You might notice a mild redness in the spot where you are treated but you do not have to be anxious about it. The reddishness fades away in a day or two, after you are done with the procedure. To feel comfortable, you can request for a local anaesthesia though it is not generally administered.

Be patient for good results to show on your skin. You may not see the outcome in a flash as your skin regenerates naturally, and it gets better invisibly after each sitting. Post-procedure instructions mainly demand reduced exposure to the sun and avoidance of some cosmetic products.

Who can use RevLite Laser?

Many prefer RevLite over traditional laser treatment methods, as it is a non-invasive procedure. Those with concern for their dull skin caused by wrinkles and pigmentation can undergo this treatment. Another plus is that people of all skin types can safely opt for RevLite, irrespective of their skin tone. It is best to get in touch with a qualified and reputed aesthetic medical practitioner to iron out your aging signs.

Everyday tips to reduce aging signs

1. Stay positive and cheerful. Surround yourself with people and things you love.

2. Moderation is the key to eating well. Keep sugar intake minimal. Incorporate a lot of veggies and fruits. Drink enough water. Eat nuts by a handful every day. Get your beauty sleep for 7-8 hours.

3. Stepping out? Wear sunscreen and shades to keep away UV radiation.

4. Keep makeup minimal. You might as well look great with mascara and lip gloss in most situations.

5. Kill your TV/laptop/mobile and move your body. Do anything – walking, running, cardio workouts, swimming or gardening – whatever you fancy.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Look and Feel Young with Juvederm

Certainly there are things that all of us miss, not being younger. When it comes to a woman’s looks, your dew-like skin – your youthhood pride that everyone jealously acknowledged once – begins to show aging signs as years roll by.

Thanks to pioneering aesthetic medical practices, Juvederm comes to your rescue. It is the best non-surgical method available to date for correction of facial wrinkles and folds.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a cosmetic dermal gel made from hyaluronic acid found naturally in your body. It replaces lost volume and restores youthfulness to the skin by smoothening out moderate- to-severe facial wrinkles, nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines around the mouth. It may also be used to even out frown lines on the forehead and to augment cheekbones, chin and bridge of the nose.    

How it works?

The procedure is simple and quick and causes no major discomfort. Your doctor may use a mild topical anesthetic, if necessary. Using a superfine needle, the doctor will inject the filler into your skin in tiny amounts. It gets absorbed gradually based on how quick your body metabolizes.

A single treatment session lasts approximately 20 minutes. You may see the results right away, although there may be mild reactions for the first few days.

Before going in for the aesthetic correction, talk to your doctor about health concerns/allergies, and share details of medication if you are taking any. Some medicines like fish oil supplements, vitamin E and aspirin might interfere with the healing process.

The magic after

You may be surprised by the ‘I-look-better’ effect within a day or two. The filler effect usually lasts from nine months to one year. You may have to touch up with additional fillers after six months, especially for those spots that have more movement.

Cosmetic side effects

Expect to face some mild reactions such as redness, swelling, pain or discoloration on the injection spot. This usually lasts for two to ten days. Keep cool: there is no reason for alarm if you carefully follow the advice of your doctor.

Aftercare

Do not overexpose yourself to heat and sunlight so as not to aggravate bruising at the injection spot. Avoid flexing your facial muscles in the area of treatment. For the first 24 hours after treatment, it is best to avoid sudden movements in the treated area.

Healing time differs from person to person. Recovery is easier with Juvederm for most of the patients, although some may experience severe bruising. You may however be certain that the correctional effects are there to stay even if the healing takes a little longer than others do.

Check with the doctor on when to apply makeup after the procedure. You stay in the safe zone as long as you rigorously follow your doctor’s guidance.

Home remedies to ease off mild bruising
 

  • Place a cooled tea bag to help the bruise heal faster.
  • Soak a cloth with white vinegar and place it on the bump. 
  • Include leafy green vegetables days before treatment for a good supply of vitamin E that makes you resistant to bruising. 
  • Keep on the swollen spot a cloth soaked with distilled witch hazel.
  • Not to forget the good old standby, use an ice pack. Use extra ice packs, if bruising persists.