Microdermabrasion

 

Microdermabrasion is a system in which very small crystals are sprayed onto the surface of the skin, resulting in a gentle abrasion or polishing process. It exfoliates and then vacuums up the dead outer layers of skin. 

This non-invasive treatment not only help to exfoliate, it also improve skin texture, unblock pores, remove excess oil and reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, age spots and acne scars

It also helps to stimulate the production of the skin cells and collagen, making your skin smoother, softer and clearer looking.

It is very important to wear sunscreen after the treatment. All the wrinkles and hyperpigmentation spots will come right back if inadequate sun protection is given. If possible, avoid sun at all cost.

Microdermabrasion is usually given at least once or twice a month. You’ll need up to eight sessions to have optimal results.

Cost : $120 to $300 per session

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Botox

 

Botox is a highly purified protein that is used in minute amounts for producing paralysis of muscles. It works by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses that control muscle movement and restricts your ability to contract your facial muscles. It has been increasingly being used for cosmetic purposes to paralyze facial muscles as a means of concealing wrinkles.

Botox has claimed to work well on forehead lines. When is skillfully injected, it will have the same effect as a brow lift. Botox also commonly help to treat areas such as frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, mild eyebrow droop, neck bands, lines around the eyes and marionette lines.

Botox can also be used to treat excessive underarm or palm perspiration.

One of the big problems with Botox is that anyone with a medical license can inject it. A specific kind of skill is required for anyone claiming to know how to use it. If too much Botox is injected, it can cause your brows to drop, your skin artificially smooth or looking weird.

Botox cannot be used to enlarge lips and replace lost volume. It also cannot help to treat sagging in the cheeks or the nasolabial fold.

Treatment is usually conducted without anaesthesia. Recovery time is negligible and results will appear within seven days and may last up to six months. It is not permanent, so they gradually wear off.

Cost : About $200 to $1500 per session, depending on the area treated, which could be forehead furrows and crow’s feet.

Results : Redness may occur at needle marks. Wrinkles will disappear within three days. Fresh injections are needed every six months.

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9 Lifestyle Habits For A Younger-Looking Skin

 

When it comes to our skin, maintaining a balanced diet and overall healthy lifestyle are essentials. If you do, there is no question that you will look better than if you don’t. How we age is dependent on three factors: lifestyle, skin type and genes. If your parents aged well, then you will probably look as good as them when you age. But how we live, even where we live, can also have a major impact on how we age. Here are the healthy lifestyle habits that are crucial to maintain and achieve a radiance and younger-looking skin.

 

Water is crucial 

It is a key ingredient in radiant, healthy-looking skin and helps it to maintain a certain degree of plumpness. When skin is plump, lines and wrinkles are less apparent and enlarged pores look smaller. Always remember to drink eight glasses a day and hydrate your skin whenever is possible.

Getting enough sleep

It is important to get enough sleep, preferably 7-8 hours of deep, uninterrupted sleep that bodies need. During sleep, our bodies secret growth hormones and replenish cells and tissues. When the skin is getting less than optimum needs, it can become dull and pale with dark under-eye circles. Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it actually causes our bodies, including our skin to generate free radicals. Hence, lines and wrinkles will start to appear on the skin.

Wear sunscreen

The main reason for premature ageing of the skin is sun damage. The sunlight causes the skin to age faster than it should – by directly breaking down its supporting structures, collagen and elastin. It also damages the enzymes that protect collagen from breakdown. One of the most common problem is sunspot. Safeguarding your skin against the sun by wearing more sunscreen, is the single most important thing you can do for your skin’s health and appearance.

Smoking 

Tar triggers free radicals, which can cause cancer as well as break down collagen. Smoking ages the skin around the mouth. It also reduces the amount of oxygen supply to all body organs including the skin by narrowing the blood vessels. This will make the skin to function much less efficiently and hence less collagen and elastin are produced.

Alcohol 

It is a factor in certain types of skin ageing. It can cause repeated then constant enlargement of the blood vessels resulting in the characteristic red-faced appearance of many drinkers. Excess alcohol can also reduce the absorption of key vitamins and the nutrients that the skin requires.

Exercise regularly 

Not working out doesn’t just affect our waistlines, it can also show up in our faces. When our cardiovascular system is functioning optimally we have proper circulation, which ensures the optimum flow of blood and nutrients to the skin. Sweating also helps to release any water that your body may be unnecessarily retaining but also helps to detox our body and skin.

Basic regimen

If you want your skin to look and feel great, careful cleansing is important. Nothing beats that freshly washed feeling. If you’re just starting out on your anti-ageing regimen, its important to realize that no one ingredient or procedure can replace a good solid skincare routine with a cleanser and moisturizer geared to your skin type, gentle daily exfoliation, plus products with proven active ingredients to increase skin-firming collagein production.

Diet 

To have a good-looking skin, it is vital to eat a healthy, sensible and steady diet especially with more fruits and vegetables. Do avoid sudden weight gain and crash dieting. If you lose and gain weight rapidly, your skin will also stretch and sag easier.

Stress 

When you are happy or stress, your skin can tell. Stress is a surefire way to skin ageing. Try to reduce stress by finding new ways to relax and slow down.

 

 

Essential Daily Skin-care Regimen

Your first step to maintain a beautiful, younger-looking skin is to customize your own daily skin-care regimen that will help to slow down the aging process, improve your skin appearance and prevent further damage to your skin.

Always remember there is no such thing as being too young or too old to start taking preventative measures.

It is always important to realize that no one ingredient or treatment can replace a good solid daily skin-care routine with a cleanser and moisturizer meant for your skin type, gentle exfoliation, eye treatment, sunscreen, plus products with proven active ingredients to increase skin-firming collagen production while protecting your skin from free radical and sun damage.

Cleansing

If you want your skin to look and feel great, careful cleansing is important. Nothing beats that freshly washed feeling.

Toning

Toning is more important if you have a tendency to dull or oily skin because it helps to clean the skin and reduces surface oils. If your skin is dry, you should avoid toning, or reduce the frequency. But if you have acne skin, try switching from an alcohol-based product to one that contains witch hazel. The extract from this plant has a proven astringent, toning and anti-inflammatory effects.

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must for your morning regimen. Wearing sunscreen everyday will help to prevent the signs of premature aging. Be sure that your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, meaning it has both UVA and UVB protection. An SPF 30 is optimal.

Moisturizer

moisturizer can be a cream, lotion, serum, or ointment and it’s function is to increase the hydration of your skin. If your skin is dry or normal, you should moisturize in the morning and at night. Those with dry skin can use a heavier night cream. If your skin is combination, you could use a lighter moisturizer on the oily areas, and a richer one on the dry areas. Oily skin can benefit from a lightweight moisturizer, to hold in water. Many brands in the market claim that a moisturizer can help to treat wrinkles, it is not truth.

Eye Care

Always protect your delicate eyes with good moisturizing eye cream day and night. These creams work to hydrate and protect the skin, helping to minimize puffiness and dehydrated skin. Wearing a product with sunscreen and antioxidants during the day will help to prevent sun damage and free-radicals formation. Using a cream or gel with vitamin C and retinol at night will help to jump-start collagen content.

Gentle Exfoliation

Another surefire way to keep skin glowing and smooth is to exfoliate to prevent the buildup of dulling dead skin cells and other debris. It also allows the creams you put on afterward to penetrate more deeply into the skin. Be careful not to overdo it, twice a week is recommended. You don’t need to rub.


I know many women may feel that they are too tired or lazy to change and kind of resignation they refuse to accept. The truth is, these women can’t image how easy it is to make small, subtle changes and how quickly they’ll see results if they stick to the program.

As you know by now, there’s no good makeup without good skin. Makeup should enhance your natural beauty, not mask it.

Taking responsibility for your skin, means getting into a proper regime and looking after it correctly each and every day.

When & How You Age

 

Do you know that aging is a process that begun from the moment you were born? Facial aging is an inevitable outward sign of the aging process in general. Each and every one of us is unique, and it follows, that every one of us is different as regards our skin type and the way in which our skin ages.

To understand better how to combat the signs of aging, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the process itself. The rate our skin ages and how this aging will manifest itself and determined primarily by our genetics, the passage of time and our lifestyle habits such as smoking and tanning. However, it is possible to draw up a rough guide to demonstrate when the average person can expect to see the first signs of aging, and what these might be.

In Your 20′s

Being in your 20s, your skin is at its prime. The epidermis is nice and juicy, plumped up with healthy collagen and elastin in the dermis, and skin cells that easily renew themselves every twenty-eight to thirty days. At this stage, your skin should be reasonably smooth without any major lines unless you have been overly exposed to sunburn from an early age. Acne breakouts are usually common to women in their 20′s.

First signs of aging at 20′s

Fair skin that is exposed to excessive sunlight during childhood can start to show signs of facial changes as early as in 20′s. You may start to notice skin losses its smoothness and moisture, enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, deep creases on forehead and mild pigmentary changes. At this stage, these changes may not necessarily manifest themselves so much as lines and wrinkles, but more as the beginnings of sunspots.

In Your 30′s

In your 30s, the appearance of your skin will depend largely on how well it has been protected from sunlight, although this is also the point at which genetic factors may kick in. At this stage, cell renewal and circulation slow down and skin starts to lose lustre. Collagen and elastin weaken and skin will look less plumpness. Skin doesn’t look as fresh. Many skin problems will start surfacing.

Signs of aging at 30′s

If you are in your 30′s and have been neglecting your skin all this while. At this stage, your skin will start to appear dull and uneven, with enlarged pores and sunspots. Another problem you may occur is sagging; crow’s feet, central frown line, forehead lines and perhaps deeper wrinkles, especially in the nasolabial fold (the lines between the nose and the mouth) will start appearing. Wrinkles and pigmentation are becoming a permanent fixture on your skin. Especially for childbearing women, extra care has to be taken against skin sagging and pigmentation after birth. An oily T-zone and adult acne can be triggered by stress, pregnancy and contraceptive or fertility drugs.

In Your 40′s

In your 40′s, sebum production decreases and sensitivity increases. Your skin produces less collagen and decreases hormone secretion, causing skin to loss its elasticity and sag. Cells retain less moisture and lose their firmness, and skin can become much more dry than it’s ever been.

Signs of aging at 40′s

In your 40′s, signs of aging are inevitable. At this stage, your skin is significantly more likely to show the signs of past sun exposure, as well as increased frown and smile lines from muscle activity. You will start showing a loss of fat under the skin with loss of firmness. There are more wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and on your forehead. Hyperpigmentation spots become more plentiful as well as darker.

 

In Your 50′s

Reaching 40 and approaching menopause, signs of aging not only show on the face, as well as the neck and hands. Skin tone becomes increasingly uneven with more age or sunspots. Skin will start to acquire real character. Loss of elastin results in sagging skin. Menopausal changes can trigger acne.

Severe signs of aging at 50′s

At this stage, you will probably be experiencing a general worsening of all the above, as well as feeling a greater change under the skin with a sagging eyelid and/or brow droop. For this you may want to obtain a referral for eyelid surgery and try lower facial fillers to rejuvenate the face and cheeks. Skin on your chin is loosening and eye bags are heavier. Fine lines and wrinkles deepen into folds. Increased sallowness, broken blood vessels and drier skin.