Friday, 22 December 2017

7 Great Anti-aging Skincare Ingredients

The beauty market abounds with lotions and creams of all kinds that claim to restore to your skin refreshing youthfulness; however, the choice you make can be mind-boggling. When you walk down the beauty aisle for anti-aging skincare products, you should specifically look for certain ingredients to your utmost advantage.

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The seven ingredients we focus on here are the ones that would make a huge difference to your skin, giving you a good cover against premature aging.

1 Retinol

Retinol, an active form of vitamin A molecule, finds its place among nighttime products and has long been reckoned a miracle product for skin care. As a powerful exfoliant, it helps your skin shed dead layers, turning it young and vibrant. It increases as well the production of hyaluronic acid, naturally found in your body. It regulates cell renewal and enhances the softness and smoothness of your skin. That makes an amazing solution for dehydrated skin.

There are other benefits too. Retinol-based products firm up your skin, reverse signs of sun damage as well as environmental damage, take care of acne and lessen hyper pigmentation. Dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed away through regular application of retinol-based creams. A word of warning: products having retinol cannot be used for long, once opened. It is best to use them within two months after opening.

2 Vitamin C

Adding vitamin C to your everyday skincare gives you a range of benefits. You can rely on this key vitamin to improve your skin tone, and hydrate and shield it from the harmful effects of pollution. Another bonus is that it can effectively brighten your skin tone.
Buy vitamin C-enhanced products in opaque, airtight packs. Do not expose them to light and air that may render them inactive.

3 Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another wonder skincare ingredient commonly found in products that maintain the oil balance of your skin. It heals parched and dry skin. It lightens dark spots/scars, and fine lines around the eyes; treats sunburns and reverses premature aging of skin. Its powerful antioxidant properties help neutralize free radicals caused by ultraviolet radiation, nourishing your skin from within.

4 Niacinamide

Niacinamide, also called vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, is one ingredient that offers multiple benefits to your skin. It improves visibly the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and uneven skin tone.

5 Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that boosts sun protection, when used along with sunscreen. It neutralizes free radicals and hence plays an important role in anti-aging skin care. It has antimicrobial properties too. However, pregnant women should avoid using it.

6 Ceramides

Ceramides in skincare products help to replenish the natural lipids that you lose from aging and exposure to harsh environmental factors. They fortify the natural barrier of the skin, holding its cells tight and keeping it moist.

7 Curcuminoids

Curcuminoids are the key active components of turmeric. They fight against excess melanin production when exposed to sunlight, and have a calming effect on your open pores and acne scars. Their valuable antioxidant, antibacterial and anti fungal properties help treat skin disorders such as acne and rashes.

If you feel you have not achieved the desired results from over-the-counter skincare products, it is time you looked for professional solutions from an experienced aesthetic skincare expert.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Work out your Way to Healthy Skin

Swimming, jogging, cycling, water aerobics, cardio challenges, fast walking and power yoga, among several others, are the buzzwords today in a world that is getting increasingly health-conscious. Squat, crunch, lift, jump or run, you do wonders for your health and keep your body fit and toned.

That is not all. Did you know there is a lovely special benefit of exercising your body? That’s fabulous skin, which you and I would love to get. Yes, exercise not only makes your body strong but also your skin radiant: more follows.

Exercise nourishes skin

Working up a good sweat is like getting a mini facial. Your skin pores dilate and the sweat flushes out trapped dirt and oil. When you get your heart pumping, the skin gets a good dose of oxygenated blood that nourishes your skin.

The improved blood flow supplies nutrients to the skin, perking up in turn collagen production that makes your skin soft and supple. Exercise also releases happy hormones that give your skin a natural glow.

Eases off wrinkles

As you age, the top outer layer of your skin becomes drier and denser, and the layer just below the surface begins to lose elasticity. Loose and sagging skin gives away easily your age. Well, Botox and other advanced skin treatments could be the next best alternative.

On the other hand, if you are in the initial stages of skin aging, or looking for cost-effective solutions, you can start doing moderately strenuous activities like cycling or jogging. Face yoga is yet another choice that fitness specialists suggest in order to let no flab into your neck and facial muscles.

Keeps acne at bay

Stress and acne go together. Physical activity in any form improves blood flow and releases feel-good hormones that help bust your anxieties. This in turn makes you feel good, which by itself helps ward off acne outbreak. Moderate aerobic exercises like brisk walking, swimming, jogging, rowing and playing tennis do work their magic on your overall physical and mental well being.

Post-workout skin care

Remember: sweat from exercise can irritate your skin. It is most important for you to wash up and bathe, if you are acne-prone. Carry some gentle fragrance-free wipes when you hit the gym. Wiping your face and taking a shower post workout is important to prevent sucking back into skin pores of dirt and dead cells.

Go on a skin-friendly diet

Eating your way to gorgeous skin ensures better outcomes than pampering your skin with beauty products. Combining exercise with a skin-friendly diet will definitely work wonders on your skin. Reduce sugar as much as possible.

Swap refined and processed foods with fruits and vegetables of different colors. Make green juice your daily food buddy to feed your skin inside out.

Make sure to strike a healthy balance adding carbs and proteins. Drink adequate amounts of water to help flush out toxins. Supplement your diet with skin-toning omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and sardines.

Foods like almond butter, sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin and wheat germ keep you charged with vitamins A and E. Keep your skin firm and supple; increase your vitamin C intake, including foods like strawberry, citrus fruits, kale, bell pepper and broccoli.

A note of caution: you may not see in a day the positive outcomes of exercise. If you feel your skin is well past the stage of regaining its young look, it is best to consult a qualified aesthetic medicine expert for effective, heartening solutions.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

PRP Therapy: A Breakthrough in Hair Regrowth

‘Old’ and ‘bald’ can go together, but losing hair when you are young or middle aged is a matter of concern. Few people with thinning hair or bald head may like to wear wigs or hats to hide their ‘shame’. However, several might opt to live with it, embarrassment tugging at their hearts.

You could try restoring hair growth using medications, but side effects are not far behind. Relax; losing hair is not the end of the world. If there is one procedure that could serve safely to promote hair regrowth, it is PRP therapy. The upside is that it is a natural approach that makes use of your own blood – no need for going under the knife or taking any prescription drugs, the very thought of which might give you goosebumps.

What is PRP therapy?

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a non-surgical procedure to get thicker locks of hair naturally. Blood is extracted from your vein, and processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The growth factors in the platelet serum are activated and re-administered into your scalp using topical anesthesia. This is why it is also known as ‘Vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ therapy. Let not these names scare you; nothing to be alarmed about the therapy for sure!

Who should consider it?

Those with thinning hair or a receding hairline or experiencing hair loss at the top of the scalp may consider it. It is an effective procedure for those treated with topical drugs for at least six months with no marked improvement.

How is it administered?

As a very simple, in-office procedure, it takes just about 60-90 minutes. You may resume work immediately after the procedure.

Spaced two weeks apart, you may have to sit for eight sessions, spread over four months. Some patients may need a maintenance therapy once a year or more repeatedly, based on the severity of hair loss.

How does it help in restoring hair growth?

The blood plasma laden with several growth factors essential for hair growth stimulates inactive or new hair follicles into an active growth phase.

The therapy is not entirely new. It has been extensively used in treating sports injuries, pre- and post surgical specialties for the last two decades with promising outcomes. Current evidence shows PRP therapy as a risk-free option for hair restoration.

What you can expect

You may expect to see faster and better growth of hair after four weeks. Although considered a safe option for most patients with no risks of foreign body reaction or hypersensitivity, results may vary from person to person.

Those going in for it are advised not to take any anti-inflammatory drugs that could interfere with the natural healing process.

Negligible pain, redness at the time of injections and pinpoint bleeding are to be expected. Some might get a tight feeling in their scalp soon after the injections that might wear off after a day. In rare cases, some might complain of a mild headache the next day. Make sure you keep your skin specialist informed of any alarming discomfort or unusual events.

Not everyone can be a suitable candidate for PRP therapy. You may not qualify for it if you had been diagnosed with certain chronic skin conditions, liver disease, platelet dysfunction syndrome or metabolic disorders. Heavy smokers, alcohol and drug users may not benefit from this therapy. 

It is best to make an appointment with a certified aesthetic medical specialist, ask your questions and share your concerns to know if the PRP therapy can work wonders for you.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Rejuvenating Aging Skin with Skin Pen

Bringing back your youthful look has never been easier. Nothing comes close to Skin Pen micro therapy to enhance the overall look of your skin and ward off telltale signs of aging like fine lines. No scars, no recovery time and you enjoy immediate results! Can you ask for more? Here, we will walk you through the next big step in micro therapy using Skin Pen.

What is skin pen?
A skin pen is a cosmetic micro needling device that helps remove fine lines, wrinkles or stretch marks in any part of your body.

Micro needling with skin pen

Micro needling with skin pen is a minimally invasive skin renewal technology that works well on all skin types, including dark skin. A set of fine stainless steel needles set into a head creates tiny micro channels in your skin, with least damage to the epidermis. As your skin has self-healing properties, these micro injuries naturally activate releasing of growth factors that are responsible for production of collagen and elastin.

The repair process spans three stages.

Stage 1: Micro needles in the skin pen trigger your immune system to get rid of debris, and stimulate blood flow. New tissue begins to form at this stage.

Stage 2:  Your skin is rejuvenated with new cells and a new network of blood vessels.

Stage 3: New dermal tissues and blood vessels begin to replace the wounded or aged skin. Collagen of a stronger type replaces the newly formed tissue, creating a tightening effect on the skin, like that of a shrink-wrap.

The number of sessions a patient needs is based on their specific skin condition. If your aesthetic medical practitioner thinks you may need more than a single session, she may space them a month apart.


Skin Pen is a safe method, which you can use to erase fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used to treat not only wrinkles and fine lines, but also acne scars, hyper pigmentation and sun damage. It can work on your face, neck, bust, abdomen, back or any other part of your body.

The skin returns to normalcy in as little as 24 hours for most patients. Practically there is no recovery time, no anesthesia, very less risk of scarring and infection and – Voila! – results are almost instant for you to rave about! The vertical technology employed in skin pen micro needling paves way for added precision.

The micro needles used come with adjustable length. The disposable straight needles help pierce at a 90-degree angle; the needle depth adjusts from 0.25 mm to 2 mm. The practitioner can thus modify the treatment, based on the patient’s skin thickness as well as his/her unique needs.

Traditional micro needling derma rollers can twist, break or even oxidize, which could lead to a possible infection. In comparison, skin pen is much superior, as it has no such hassle.

Safety and aftercare

The procedure is less invasive, with a recovery time of 1-3 days. The healing time varies from individual to individual. The slight swelling and redness that most patients experience ease off after 2-4 days. You may have to stick stringently to the post-procedure protocol, which your expert aesthetic medical practitioner advises to ease off inflammation and soothe the skin.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

What you need to know about Dermal Fillers

We all relish the idea of keeping our youthful looks as we age. Enormous interest in looking young is growing rapidly in this selfie era; added to it is a need to keep your self-esteem up, no doubt. This has led to increased recourse to cosmetic treatments, irrespective of age.

Loss of volume is the topmost reason for old looks. Thanks to ever-advancing technology, we live in times when we do not have to get resigned to effects of aging: we can make use of cosmetic procedures to turn back the clock.

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Dermal fillers are one of the widely used cosmetic treatments to revive one’s youthful looks. The expertise behind fillers has dramatically changed over time since collagen was first artificially introduced in 1976. Latest dermal fillers are generally made of hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the body.

Fillers are injected into the face to correct fine lines, wrinkles and folds and loss of volume. They are used as well to plump lips, reconstruct nose and chin, and sculpt jaw line. Though there is a growing use of fillers, apprehensions still linger in some as to how effective and safe they are.
Here are the basics that you need to know about fillers and why they are not a thing to be afraid of anymore.

Why fillers need not be scary?

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule naturally occurring in the body that largely makes up your skin bouncy and youthful. However, sadly, it diminishes with time and that leads to shriveling of fat tissue. Here comes the good news. As a water-holding gel, it has a special capacity of keeping 10,000 times its own weight in moisture.

Fillers are gel formulations of hyaluronic acid that help hydrate your skin tissue and plump it, filling fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved dermal fillers as agents for correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds.

How well do they work?

The biggest plus with dermal fillers is that you do not have to go under the knife but just get injected with needles. Walk in and out the same day! Results are there for you to see immediately, right after the procedure.

You can sustain the good results for four to 12 months, based on the type of filler, health of the skin, the technique and the area that is injected. The more sittings you have, the longer lasting would be the results.

Post-treatment care

Chances are that you might experience some bruising, redness, pain and swelling after treatment, and they are common in any cosmetic procedure. However, most of the side effects are short term in nature and usually go off in less than two weeks.

It is important that you follow your doctor’s post procedure advice strictly. Make sure you seek immediate medical attention if you experience any abnormal symptoms like changes in the skin or unusual pain, shortly after the procedure.

Consult with an experienced aesthetic medical practitioner to find out if the procedure is right for you, and whether a particular dermal filler is appropriate for you. Learn about possible risks and limitations before going for the treatment. Keep your doctor informed of any allergies that you might have had.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Managing your Oily Skin

You have heard all about different types of skin. Let us see what type is yours. Are you feeling greasy on your face a few hours after washing? Are you sensing a buildup of oil in your ‘T-zone’ (forehead-nose-chin area) between noon and 5 pm? If your answer is ‘yes’, then you can be sure yours is oily skin.

Technically, oil on your face is called sebum. Oily skin is more prone to develop blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. You may also develop enlarged pores.

Hormonal imbalances or puberty might make your oil glands go on an overdrive. Anxiety, heat or excessive humidity could be other factors that lead to increased production of sebum. Here are some easy-to-follow guidelines to manage effectively your oily skin.

Use the right cleanser

Clean your face with a gentle cleanser or mild soap morning and night but not more than twice a day. You may also wash it after you have sweated profusely. Use warm water so as not to irritate your skin. Do not scrub hard with a washcloth or buf-puf; you would only stimulate more oil production through harsh scrubbing.

Try products that include acids such as benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Though they are typically sold as acne care products, they work well for those with oily skin only.

Look for the correct makeup

Preparing an oily skin is the first step to controlling oil. Go for an oil-free primer.

Choose oil-free products that last longer. Those that fit the bill are lightweight, creamy foundations that offer full matte coverage and do not budge the entire day. They let your skin breathe all day long.

Makeup solutions that come with the ingredient salicylic acid work well as oil absorbents. As for foundation, look for one that can be applied both wet and dry for a smooth and velvety finish. If they come with skin nourishing vitamins A and E, you cannot ask for more.

Look for noncomedogenic skin care and beauty products that would not clog pores. Toners may be used only on the oily areas of the skin, not rendering other parts of your facial skin patchy.

Some people with oily skin may not need a moisturizer for regular use, but sunscreen is still necessary to reduce exposure to UV rays. Do your study in the store, check product information and go for oil-free sunscreen.

Say ‘yes’ to good fats

Having oily skin does not mean you should totally shun fats. Fish oil high in omega 3 fatty acids is in fact good for acne-prone oily skin, as it comes with anti-inflammatory properties.

Go easy on healthy diet choices like salmon and mackerel, flaxseeds and walnuts that give you valuable amounts of omega 3 fats. Load up your plate with colorful veggies and fruits for a good supply of skin-friendly vitamins A and C.

Bid farewell to too many products

Using too many beauty products at a time is more damaging than what a few do. Before you zero in on the right product that works fine for your skin, explore options with patience. It is always best to buy a product in small quantity, and try it to see how well your skin reacts.

Hands off

Oily skin is a good cause for acne breakout. You would be most tempted to pick or pinch in a bid to get rid of acne quickly. It is however a bad practice; you would do more harm than good as your hands may harbor bacteria, leading to a more severe breakout. So, hands off your face!

Go easy on home remedies

Do not get carried away with easy-to-follow home fixes suggested by friends and family. You would be more inclined to pick up products from your pantry to keep skin dry. Excessive cleansing, scrubbing, or exfoliating can only damage your skin cells, leading to secretion of more oil. Doing less is just perfect.

Consult a medical aesthetic practitioner in time

If you think you have reached the dead end of all home remedies, and are full of misgivings with no clear solution in sight, it is best to consult a certified medical aesthetic practitioner for recommendation on the right regimen for your skin care.

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.


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.