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19 February 2020
Chest and cleavage wrinkles can actually occur for a few different reasons and we want to explain to you, in the simplest of terms, how to get rid of chest wrinkles once and for all.How Do They Form?
Wrinkles along the chest area and around the cleavage area can be formed for a variety of reasons and they are not all necessarily in our control. Here are some of the ways they come to fruition:
- Through natural loss of collagen and thinning of skin which occurs naturally as we age
- Through constant folding of the skin; sleeping on your side or tossing and turning all night can cause unnecessary friction that eventually leads to these wrinkles
- By way of genetics; sometimes it’s as simple as a commonality between our parents and our parents’ parents
- Natural sunlight is one of the sneakier culprits; nothing seems menacing in the light of the sun
- UV rays from unnatural light is not good for your skin either
- Fluctuating weight; when you lose weight or gain weight rapidly or often, the skin starts to react in the way of unwanted wrinkles
- Certain medications that allow skin to thin over time can also cause wrinkles to develop on our more fragile skin, like in the chest area
The good news is that chest wrinkles are avoidable and don’t require too much effort to smoothe out!How Do I Treat Chest Wrinkles?
It’s important to realize that the skin on your chest and other parts of the body are really not all that different from the skin on our faces; we just pay more attention to our faces because that’s the first thing we see in the mirror in the mornings.
The biggest difference is mainly that, and perhaps also that our cleavage area skin is a little more sensitive and thin than other areas. Still, there are lots of easy ways to help ourselves treat this sensitive area.
Aloe Vera is that all-natural ingredient that doesn’t cost a fortune, but works as though it should. It has been used for years and years as an effective treatment for rashes, irritations, burns, and for reasons unrelated to simply skincare as well.
It is also recognized as a powerful anti-aging ingredient with wrinkle-fighting properties that work hard and actually provide results. Since aloe vera is particularly gentle and hydrating, it is great for an area like the chest, which requires a gentler touch.
You can find aloe vera in many forms, from its natural leaf to bottled in store. The more aloe vera in the mix the better.Body Lotion
Using moisturizer or body lotion on your body can definitely prevent and improve wrinkles on your thinner skin. Hydration, sun protection, and moisturizing is are absolutely crucial for youthful looking skin and can help the appearance of wrinkles.
If you use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen and allows for a “broad spectrum” coverage, this is the best way to achieve an anti-aging effect, and prevent wrinkles. Often people do not realize that most of skin-aging has something to do with drect and indirect exposure to the sun. This damages collagen and elastin in the skin.
The skin loses its firmness and elasticity and begins to sag and wrinkle when it is not taken care of.Prevent Wrinkles On Your Chest & Cleavage
It’s important to remember that wrinkles are a natural part of aging, and aging is a natural part of life. There is nothing about that to be in denial about; there are just easy ways to age better. Any time is the right time to start taking preemptive measures to prevent chest and cleavage wrinkles.1. Wear the Right Bra
Make sure you support your breasts and keep them in their natural position as much as possible. When your bra doesn’t fit right or if you use one that is uncomfortable, it will cause creases in your chest area that are easily preventable. Avoid push-up bras, and bras that are constricting like in sportswear. This is one area in which quality is very important.2. Limit Sun Exposure
You have probably figured by now, that as harmless as it seems, the sun is actually the main contributor of wrinkles and creases, and numerous other skin-related issues. It causes that rapid aging that can be prevented with a little quality sunscreen.
Avoid UV rays when you can, and when you can’t, ensure you are using SPF 30 each day, —whether you can see the sun or not. Don’t forget the chest!
Sunburns on your chest causes the break down of collagen and causes irreparable damage to the sensitive skin structure. This effects the ability of the skin to stretch and repair itself.
Sleeping on your back prevents chest wrinkles; when you sleep on your side the constant folding of your skin causes creases that last. It is particularly an issue for women who are well-endowed, as the weight of your breasts can allow for wrinkles to form is they are not getting enough support. When you are sleeping, give yourself support in this area by using separation pads or by avoiding sleeping on your side altogether.Bottom Line
Prevention is always easier than correction when it comes to any area of the skin and aging-skin overall. That doesn’t mean you can’t reverse damage if you already have chest wrinkles.
There are very manageable ways to repair existing lines while keeping new ones from forming at the same time. One easy way to start is by acknowledging that your chest area requires attention, and moisturization just like your face. Just because it is not as visible as your face, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter.
Creating gradual changes to your lifestyle, like getting exercise and changing sleeping positions are the next ways to get rid of those chest wrinkles once and for all. Hydrating and taking good care of yourself will pay off sooner than you realize.
19 February 2020
DEAR FRIENDLY FORMULATOR: I keep hearing about Oxygen Facials. Are they worth it and should I get one? — UP IN THE AIR
DEAR UP IN THE AIR: Oxygen Facials are painless, not known to have any side effects, and there is usually little to no downtime after one. That makes them pretty safe (and great for a pre-event treatment). But what are they?
First, let’s talk about what oxygen and Oxygen Therapy is–and isn’t. Oxygen is the “life-supporting” component of the air we breathe (and the third most abundant element in the universe). As a gas, oxygen is clear, but its color is pale blue as a liquid. Oxygen is vital for breathing: When we breathe in, oxygen molecules enter our lungs and pass through the lung walls into our blood. This blood carries oxygen to the cells of the body, where it takes part in a chemical reaction with glucose (called respiration, or the act of breathing).
Oxygen Therapy is performed using a machine that applies pure, pressurized oxygen to the skin. The theory behind this type of facial is that pressurized oxygen can speed up the skin’s absorption of moisturizing agents. The treatment is done using an airbrush-like wand. The wand applies oxygen (and sometimes anti-aging serums or moisturizers as well) onto your face. . It can take approximately an hour to cover your entire face. While not as expensive as some luxury facial treatment options, a session can easily cost as much as $500.Other (Cheaper) Ways to Oxygenate Your Skin
Luckily, if you don’t have access to a spa that offers Oxygen Therapy, there are things you can do at home. Warm steam facials increase your perspiration, helping the blood vessels in your face to dilate which in turn improves blood flow, oxygenating your skin. Moist heat brings dry, tired-looking skin back to life due to the fresh, oxygenated blood.
NOTE: Most estheticians performing spa facials already INCLUDE a warm steam component, either at the “cleanse” portion (also called “Cleanse Under Steam”) or throughout much of the entire facial. Steam is crucial because it helps soften the skin and loosen tight or clogged pores. Steam also allows your skin to absorb active ingredients more effectively. So, most facials already have an oxygenating step as part of their service.
TIP: Read about setting up your own DIY DAY SPA with steam here.
19 February 2020Do You Look Older Than Your Age?
It can happen suddenly; one day you’re turning 30 and someone tells you that you couldn’t be older than 38… and they think they’re complimenting you.
That was the first time I noticed that my face might be aging faster than the rest of me, and I was discouraged to say the least.
Right away, (after wallowing just a little, if I’m honest) I tried to pinpoint what it was about me that allowed another young woman my age to mis-estimate mine so greatly. Was it that I was just so much more mature than her? (I was a little bitter for a minute, forgive me). After exhausting some of these pointless thoughts, it really was simple to uncover the small mistakes I was making that allowed my skin to start looking older, and appearing older than I actually was.Nutrition and Weight
This was my biggest culprit, and one that often goes over-looked because it doesn’t appear to have direct correlation with the skin. A person might not think that simply not getting enough nutrients can be the cause of dull-looking skin. I started incorporating some more greens into my diet. Even just adding vegetables to one meal a day can make the difference after a little consistency.
Skin tone does depend on adequate nutrition. Getting enough vitamins, such as Vitamin B, vitamin C, K and E are all necessary ingredients for healthy-looking skin. Vitamins can be obtained from supplements, and also from a diet of green vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
I was also someone who, at that time, was losing weight. Sometimes going from heavier to lighter, or lighter to heavier can be the cause of some unexpected toll that shows itself on your face. It so happened that whenever I lost weight, my face was the first to get a little smaller. Although I was always a healthy weight, diet had a huge effect in terms of how my skin looked. I sometimes did not get the number of calories that are required. And this is actually a common mishap for those who are losing weight without taking calorie-count into consideration
When you are losing weight, make sure you are still staying healthy. Eat green foods, and don’t think that skimping on calories will help you look or feel better. Losing weight can be helpful for some, and necessary for others, but not in an unhealthy way.Moisturization
This was one that I often just forgot about. Dryness makes the skin crease, and look wrinkled rather quickly, and this results in adding years to the face. To avoid this, the task is simple. Make it routine to moisturize. Carry moisturizer with you if you’re a little forgetful, like me.
Premature wrinkles or sagging skin can come about from constant exposure to hot water as well. Try and be mindful of the stress you put on your skin, and how you can avoid it. Moisturizing your skin can make a very big, positive difference and can take years off you.Outside Stress
Exposure to strong or constant sunlight can be a big cause of skin-damage and it’s one that is really easy to miss altogether. Sunscreen is very important to the health of your skin, and will keep you from looking older than you are for reasons you can’t pinpoint.
Mental stresses are another factor that can lead to premature aging. Mood is very much a factor and how you feel generally does make its’ way onto your face. Feeling unwell mentally, or frowning can lead to looking older.Inadequate Sleep
This is a big one, and can vary for different people. Some people look absolutely fine on 6 hours of sleep, but most of us require more. A lack of adequate sleep can also result in dark circles and a wrinkled eye-area.
Make sure you are putting aside the time to get enough sleep each night; this will definitely help get rid of the misconception that you are older than you look. Additionally, pay attention to the quality of your sleep. Sleeping ten hours in an uncomfortable position is as bad as not enough sleep at all. Invest in a good mattress and whatever helps you get to sleep better; such as blackout curtains or a sleep mask.Other Avoidable Factors
Premature grey hairs can occur with exposure to chemicals like
hydrogen peroxide and can come about if you are someone who dyes your hair often.
Washing hair with hot water too often can make hair brittle; it depletes melanin in the hair and caused those premature greys. Mental stress can also cause grey hair.
When your body looks a little “saggy”, it can make you look older. Getting some exercise is really important, and when you don’t get enough of it, it causes muscles to lose their tone and become soft. Try an incorporate exercise into your daily life; even if that means starting out just once or twice a week.Bottom Line
If you take into consideration all of these notes, you’ll find yourself looking younger than your age rather than older. Create a a healthy and balanced
diet containing all the crucial nutrients for good-looking skin, and you;ll find that a ton of benefits come hand-in-hand with this effort, like feeling more energized. Stay hydrated and keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer too, to prevent dryness and wrinkles from forming.
Sunscreen, regular physical exercise, sufficient sleep and avoiding outside stresses are all absolutely crucial to looking your best and not being mistaken for older than you are!
And smile, when you can. The better you feel, the better you will notice, that you look as well.
18 February 2020What you need to know
So many aesthetic lip treatments, so little time!
If you’re interested in some type of lip enhancement, you’ve most likely heard the terms “lip filler”, “lip lift”, and “lip flip” come up.
Depending on your desired treatment outcome, there will more than likely be an option best suited for you. It’s just tough to know which one if you’re not aware of your options, or even if you are— the terms sound extremely similar and are difficult to differentiate.
Because the waters of aesthetic medicine can be tricky to navigate, our team at Skin by Lovely is here to help! To us, an informed patient is a happy patient.
We’ve put together this simple guide for you to know the differences and for you to also be able to confidently choose which is right for you.
Keep scrolling for the basics on lip fillers vs. lip lifts vs. lip flips.Lip Filler
What it is:
Lip fillers are an aesthetic treatment that utilizes hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers to increase volume to the lip tissue.
There is some flexibility within product ranges to achieve specific looks. ie. Volbella produces incredibly soft, natural-looking results. It is also great for smoothing fine lines around the mouth.
How much it costs:
The cost of lip fillers completely depends on the practice and/or injector you choose to do your treatment and are usually priced out per syringe or half syringe when available.
Full syringes typically range from $650-1100.
Treatment result expectations:
Lip fillers are a non-surgical treatment option, and their results are not permanent.
You can expect your lip dermal fillers to last 6+ months, and the treatment will need to be performed routinely to maintain optimal results.
What it is:
A lip lift is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon that involves the removal of tissue from beneath the nose tip, shortening the distance between the nose and the upper lip.
This procedure results in more of the upper lip showing at rest and while smiling.
How much it costs:
As a surgical procedure requiring anesthesia, you can expect to spend +$3,500 depending on the area you live in.
Treatment result expectations:
Surgical lip lift results are permanent, but with general (and expected) aging of the mouth area, surgery may need to be performed again to maintain results down the road.
As with any surgery, lip lift surgeries do come with possible side effects such as scarring and difficulty healing of the wound site. Healing typically takes three to six months, but the appearance of the area can continue to soften for up to a year+.Lip Flip
What it is:
A lip flip is a term for an aesthetic treatment that involves the use of a neuromodulator, such as Botox or Dysport, in the upper lip muscles in combination with dermal filler. Wrinkle relaxers used in strategic points near the cupid’s bow creates a “lifted” appearance and slight eversion of the upper lip.
Similar to the surgical lip lift, this treatment results in more of the upper lip showing at rest and while smiling, just less dramatically as it does not shorten the distance of the philtrum.
How much it costs:
The cost of a lip flip is dependent on how many units your upper lip needs.
Typically 2-6 units of Botox are required for a subtle lip lift look.
Units may vary based on injector product choice.
Treatment result expectations:
Results from a lip flip are definitely more subtle in appearance in regards to lip volume. The injector isn’t filling the lip tissue with hyaluronic-acid gel, so the “volume” you see is a result more of the lip showing.
Lip flips are often used in conjunction with lip dermal fillers for a perky and plump upper lip appearance.
Some patients do experience an altered upper lip feeling and may have slight difficulty drinking out of straws while the neuromodulator is fully kicked-in. This is due to the muscle relaxing mechanism of the neuromodulator. Most do not find it troublesome and are able to adjust to the feeling.
Neuromodulator results usually last 3-4 months, and treatments will need to be performed routinely to maintain that “perky” look.
Lip Augmentation Questions Answered
Hopefully, this guide helped break down the differences between lip fillers, lip lifts, and lip flips.
Similar names, different treatment outcomes.
If you have additional questions regarding these treatments, our team at Skin by Lovely is here to help!
Skin by Lovely specializes in non-surgical treatment options such as dermal lip fillers and lip flips, while our Medical Director Michelle Lee MD of Perk Plastic Surgery specializes in surgical procedures like lip lifts.
Contact us today! Talk soon, lovelies!
18 February 2020
Thank you for writing and asking this. You are welcome to fly to Seattle, but I often feel that it’s better to be getting the consults in your area, if that is where you will be doing the surgery. I/we also refer sometimes to surgeons in L.A., if we need a surgeon with a certain skill set. If you call our office again, just say you came through SkinTour and are looking for a consult with me. Our patient service specialists can give you the costs.
Finding someone you trust is getting harder and harder because there’s so much noise on the web, marketing and website are often misleading, and everyone seems to be an expert. 😉Websites:
Go first to the section on the clinic does to make sure they are offering services similar to what you want. Second, go to the “Who we are” page. Is there a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon leading the group? If it just says “board-certified,” look further in their bio. Or, you can call the clinic and ask the front desk. Surprisingly, many front desk people don’t seem to know. Recently a friend of mine called a clinic, and was scheduled with Dr. “Kate.” It turned out doctor Kate wasn’t an MD at all. She was a nurse with a doctorate of nursing. My friend left without being treated because she felt she had been deliberately misled.How long has the clinic been in business?
Try going to the About Us section and see if it mentions it. Dates of incorporation are the most accurate and can be found in most states by googling that topic which will usually bring up the site to check it. Dates of incorporation are in the public record. You want a clinic that’s been in business for at least 5 years.
Ok…I/we often joke with patients that we have an ongoing war with Yelp because if a business doesn’t pay them a fee every month, they hide good reviews and promote bad ones. We think it’s legalized blackmail. Google reviews are fairer. But all of them rely on the few people who will go and write reviews, which is a minority. In a clinic that sees a hundred or more patients a week, anything less than 100 reviews may skew negative. Some clinics hire “reputation management” companies, which somehow artificially generate positive reviews. I’m always suspicious when I see 5 stars for anything. If you have a neighborhood online network, they can be helpful.
Books & Media: If a doctor has published a book through a regular publishing house that’s a good sign. Magazine mentions may be helpful. TV producers will often “vet” their doctors.
Friends and family: You might try asking people in your circle who look great, in a quiet setting away from others. If you explain why you are asking, people will often be helpful.Hope this helps,Dr. Brandith IrwinFounder, SkinTourDirector, Madison Skin & Laser CenterFollow my skin tips and travels on Instagram!
18 February 2020SPOT CORRECTOR
Bio Winter Green Spot Correcting Anti Acne Cream
If you are one looking for a good spot correcting cream that is too affordable , then the brand that comes to mind is biotique Company and the name is Bio Winter Green Spot Correcting Anti Acne Cream.
This cream is so soothing and this spot correcting cream helps to clear up blemishes and also promote pore less, flawless skin-without flakiness or dryness.
Daru haldi (Berberis aristata),
Choti dudhi (Euphorbia thymifolia),
Neem (Melia azadirachta indica), C
ream Base Q.S.
How to Use:
Do not apply any spot corrector without cleansing .Apply to cleansed skin, on affected areas only, morning and evening until skin is clear.
For best results use products on a regular basis.
I've been using Biotique products for several years now such as serum, cleanser or face wash (which means, of course, they are not curative). This particular lump of magic has always been a delight as always.
Let me tell you that I had extremely sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin, and most things don't work, or worse, worsen the situation for even more for me.
Then I came to know about this product at a cosmetics shop, and has ever since been a handy correction tool.
Whenever I have new pimples , one application will disappear overnight when this product is applied.
However, this cream should only be applied to the affected areas to correct the spot.
Can also be applied on the new pimple and the immediate surroundings, but not the whole face.
It smells pretty cool, like it just came out of the woods, and it stings a little bit, but that's okay.it indicates working of the product.
So yes, finally I do recommend it to anybody who has acne prone skin and needs to make a pimple (almost) disappear.
The product may not result same
On everybody's skin
As every being is different in terms of how it reacts to different plant-based products; but that said, this one is a pretty safe .
18 February 2020
We all have that friend who is blessed with perfect hair, clear skin, or a white smile – maybe all three. When you ask what her secret is, she pulls the modesty card and says she doesn’t have a secret, she’s just lucky. Lucky or not, healthy skin isn’t something that just happens on its own. You have to work for it.
If you’re eating well, exercising, and engaging in other healthy habits, the chances are that your skin will be healthy too. But what do people with healthy skin actually do? Read on to find out.What Do People with Healthy Skin Do?
Everyone wants to know the secret to perfect health and wellness, but the secret is that there is no secret. There’s no shortcut to perfect skin that doesn’t involve a little time and effort. You don’t necessarily need to spend a small fortune or hours of your time each day on a complicated skincare routine, but you should be aware of how your choices and your actions affect your skin. Making healthy choices as much as possible is the key to healthy skin.
Here are some of the lifestyle choices people with healthy skin make every day:
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important for your overall health as well as your skin health. People with healthy skin drink plenty of water which helps the skin maintain its protective barrier while also preventing it from becoming dull, flaky, and saggy.
- Follow a healthy diet. A diet filled with refined carbs, processed sugars, and unhealthy fats can wreak havoc on the skin as well as your overall health. People with healthy skin make healthy eating choices, focusing on anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich natural foods.
- Wear sun protection. Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can accelerate the aging process and damage your skin on the cellular level. People with healthy skin wear sunscreen to protect their skin and wear sunglasses to prevent squinting and the formation of fine lines around the eyes.
- Get plenty of sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep your skin looks dull and bags can form under your eyes from blood pooling. People with healthy skin make time for sleep, averaging 7 to 8 hours a night.
- Exercise on a regular basis. Being active boosts your circulation which improves blood flow to the skin as well as the organs and tissues in your body. People with healthy skin aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise 3 to 5 times per week.
Your skin is a reflection of how you treat your body. When you drink plenty of water, avoid processed foods, and exercise regularly, your overall health improves, and it shows in your skin. But what else do people with healthy skin do for their skincare routine to keep it looking flawless?
Here’s what people with healthy skin do to take care of their skin:
- Wear the right products for their skin type. All of these healthy habits won’t provide the maximum benefit unless they are formulated for your skin type. People with healthy skin know whether they have normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin and choose skincare products accordingly.
- Cleanse in the morning. Cleansing is the key to removing dirt, bacteria, and other impurities from the skin, so it doesn’t clog the pores and cause breakouts. People who have healthy skin never skip their cleansing routine and they choose a cleanser appropriate for their skin type.
- Apply toner and moisturizer. Applying toner after cleansing helps treat and rebalance the skin, and improves the efficacy of other skin care products. People with healthy skin apply toner after cleansing and before applying their daily moisturizer.
- Wear SPF 25 or higher. The sun’s UV rays can damage your skin, causing discoloration and premature aging. People with healthy skin wear SPF protection 25 or higher on a daily basis, not just when they expect to spend an extended period of time in the sun.
- Remove makeup before bed. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores and increase your risk for breakouts. People with healthy skin cleanse and tone the skin both morning and night to remove makeup, including stubborn eye makeup.
- Apply nighttime moisturizer. Your skin is most receptive to skincare products at night, so choosing the right nighttime moisturizer is essential. People who have healthy skin use a different moisturizer at night than they do during the day to capitalize on that benefit.
- Exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week. Exfoliation removes dead cells from the skin’s surface to improve complexion, tighten pores, and stimulate cell renewal. People with healthy skin exfoliate at least twice a week using an exfoliator appropriate for their skin type.
Making healthy choices in your diet and lifestyle will have a significant impact on your skin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few shortcuts. If you’re dealing with specific skincare concerns, the right products can resolve those concerns and boost the health and appearance of your skin. Read on to learn about the top products to include in your daily skincare routine.Products to Include in Your Skincare Routine
Exercising, getting enough sleep, and following a healthy diet are all great things to do if you want to improve your skin. If you really want healthy, glowing, and young-looking skin that lasts, however, you should give your skin the best advantage possible with Yon-Ka Paris skincare products. Formulated with luxurious plant cell actives, Yon-Ka Paris products support the needs of all skin types. You can choose from a variety of products designed to deliver the perfect alchemy of age-defying results and pure wellness.
Here are some of the top Yon-Ka Paris products to include in your skincare routine for skin that looks and feels healthy:
- Cleansers – Choose from four different texture choices according to your skin’s unique and changing needs. Enjoy a thoroughly deep and purifying cleanse without harsh or drying ingredients. Gel Nettoyant is a foaming 2-in-1 gel that removes eye and face makeup while Nettoyant Cream is a cream cleanser for sensitive skin, designed to remove high coverage face makeup. Lait Nettoyant is a 2-in-1 milk cleanser for all skin types and Eau Micellaire offers a quick, invigorating cleanse using intelligent micelle technology.
- Toners – Rejuvenate the skin and boost the effects of your other skincare products with Yon-Ka Paris toners. Rich in Yon-Ka’s “quintessence,” these toners hydrate the skin, refine the look of pores, and support the skin’s health. Lotion Yon-Ka PS purifies, tones, and invigorates dry and sensitive skin while Lotion Yon-Ka PNG is optimized for normal to oily skin.
- Exfoliation – Give your skin a radiant, enlivened appearance by gently polishing away imperfections and refining the texture of your skin. Yon-Ka offers options formulated for different skin types that come in granular and non-granular forms. Gommage Yon-Ka is a 4-in-1 facial peel that offers exfoliating, clarifying, hydrating, and balancing effects. Guarana Scrub features a cocktail of 11 active plant extracts to exfoliate and detoxify the skin.
- Face Masks – For more intense rejuvenation, enjoy one of Yon-Ka Paris’ skin masks. Rich in natural clays and essential oils, Masque 103 and Masque 105 enliven and clarify the skin to refine the look of pores for all skin types and ages. Masque 103 clears the complexion and tightens pores for normal to oily skin, while Masque 105 purifies dry and sensitive skin for a tighter, smoother appearance.
When you’re staying healthy and living well, your skin will show it. Making smart, healthy choices with your diet and lifestyle is the best thing you can do to preserve your skin health. If you want to give your skin a little boost, however, ask a Yon-Ka Paris professional which products will help you address your individual skincare concerns to help you achieve the healthy, glowing skin of your dreams.
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18 February 2020
Great post! The eye cream caught my attention.
Thanks for sharing these tools! I’ll be sure to check some of them out.
I will start with Buj. Where can I sing up for free versions?
18 February 2020
So you shower and wash your face regularly like any other hygienic individual, and you have some good skincare products that you use when you remember to. Why isn’t that enough?
Just as in any other aspect of life and lifestyle, like keeping up an active exercise routine or maintaining healthy eating habits, consistency is genuinely key. You can’t decide to stay true to your routine and then forget about it or let yourself fall behind. That’s the main cause of problem skin for a lot of people: not caring for it routinely.
It doesn’t matter the length or how strenuous your skincare regimen is: whatever skin care routine you practice, consistency is crucial to its effectiveness. That means if you exfoliate twice this week, you have to exfoliate twice next week. It’s not something you can do once and just expect it to maintain itself.
A consistent skin care routine can provide your entire body with benefits that you may not even realize!
More Radiant Skin Overall
When you commit to a skin care routine, it will cause your skin to be in healthier conditions. It can help maintain your skin’s youth and glow and help give your skin clarity. It also becomes less susceptible to difficult skin conditions forming.
Inconsistency with your routine can render your initial efforts pointless. So try and make yourself a little check list; this could help you get started and keep you from forgetting!
Skin Becomes Responsive
When you pay attention to the health of your skin, it starts returning the favour. Our skin regenerates new skin cells every night, and that in a way means you have a fresh start each morning, to start giving it that attention it craves.
Lack of sufficient sleep and dehydration can cause skin to look less-than-radiant and overall, become dull. When you find that you are maintaining a consistent skin care routine, the regeneration process becomes smoother and this also causes your skincare products to be absorbed more effectively.
The Appearance of Skin
It’s interesting how often we buy a product thinking that this will be the time, this will finally be the end-all of worries when it comes to beautiful-looking skin. The truth that is important to recognize, is the women that are in these commercials advertising these products really do have a skincare regimen, that they follow and that is how they look radiant as they do. As unfortunate as it is, just one use does not last. Yet, simultaneously, some products do start working quickly, and you can see changes within days.
The main challenge then becomes regulating this process: following your routine regularly is the way to make that change last! If you are consistent with your skincare routine, it is more than reasonable to expect to see noticeable changes in your skin’s appearance. Just work on maintaining that routine!
Yes, that’s what I have been harping on about here, but the reason is I have seen the difference between genuine effort and half-hearted efforts expecting the same results. It just doesn’t work that way.
What is worth noting, however, is that consistency can seem daunting to those of us who are forgetful or find it hard to create habits that last, but once you actually get to the point of consistency, it eventually becomes effortless.
You can get to the point of maintenance and it doesn’t have to be difficult, but like any other habit you work to form, it requires a little focus to start with.
Along with developing and maintaining a skincare routine, it is also crucial that you use skin care products that work well with your skin type and skin condition. For example, you may have different approaches to combination skin than you would oily skin. Make sure you know what type of skin you have and consult a professional if you are unsure. Things that last come to those who really want them to.
18 February 2020
Do you have dry skin?
It’s sort of a trick question. Almost everybody experiences dry skin at some point. And some people have it all the time.
It’s no fun. Flaking, tight, red, cracked, or maybe itchy. It’s uncomfortable and doesn’t look great either.
The reason it’s a trick question is that there are two reasons your skin may feel dry, tight, red, or flaking: oil and water.
And, especially after 50, often both. Let me explain.Oil is your skin’s new best friend
One of the most common questions in skin care is what's my skin type? In the past, you may have been told that your skin is oily, dry, or combination. The truth is that as you get older, your skin changes.
Each of your pores houses a sebaceous gland that produces your skin’s natural oil (called sebum). This helps keep your skin moist and healthy.
If, as a younger person, your sebaceous glands were working overtime, you had oily skin and maybe breakouts.
After 50, your oil glands become smaller and produce less oil which means your skin is drier even if it was once oily. Oil and break outs after 50 are usually the result of damage to the skin barrier. Your skin is producing oil trying to defend against the damage. Chances are, your skin is still on the dry side. Now oil is your skin’s best friend.
Ditto for combination skin.
And if your skin was dry before, it may be even more dry.
The treatment for skin that’s not producing oil like it used to is moisturizing. You need to lock in the moisture you have, especially overnight when your skin is working to restore and renew itself. This is done with butters and oils that form a breathable protective layer on your skin.Water is a key to (your skin’s) health
If you remember high school biology, you know that your body is about 60% water. Your skin contains an even higher amount, about 64%. Your skin maintains its water content by preventing moisture loss in the outer layers (known as the skin barrier) with help from your natural oil. And by taking advantage of your beautiful internal hydration system (delivered via circulation from your blood).
Guess where the first place a bit of dehydration shows up is?
That’s right, your skin.
For healthy, moist, plump skin cells you need plenty of moisture from within. That’s why it’s critical to maintain your hydration levels by drinking enough water and eating plenty of super hydrating fruits and vegetables.
Don’t wait until you’re thirty to drink. Form the habit of drinking water regularly throughout the day, even if you’re not particularly thirsty. It’s easier for your body to absorb small, regular amounts of (room temperature or warm) water than a few big glasses all at once.
Your skin also needs protection from outside elements that can suck water from the outer layers. Things like:
- dry air
- indoor heating
- some medications
- harsh soaps
- too much hot water or chlorinated water
- over-exfoliation-be gentle with your skin and use a soft washcloth or an enzyme exfoliator rather than a scrub, and not more than once a week
It’s ironic that exposure to water, especially hot water, can cause your skin to become dehydrated and dry. The reason all the elements from the outside can dry the skin is because of damage to the skin barrier.What is the skin barrier?
Your skin barrier is the outer most layer of your skin. It‘s what you see when you look in the mirror. Its job is to protect your skin from outside elements and keep your skin from drying out.
I like to think about the skin barrier as a protective wall. The bricks are the skin cells. Skin cells start off deeper in the epidermis and migrate their way towards the outer layer over the course of a month of so (longer as we age). As they move upward, they change shape and die off and are eventually shed.
The mortar in between the skin cells is called the lipid matrix-a mixture of natural fats and oils. Together the bricks and mortar of your skin barrier help keep your skin hydrated and soft by holding moisture in. The barrier keeps out most chemicals, viruses and bacteria. But, it’s also permeable and allows certain molecules to penetrate into the deeper layers.
If the skin barrier is damaged, your skin gets dry and flaky because the natural moisturizers are disturbed and there are gaps in the wall. Water can more easily evaporate across the barrier, known as transdermal moisture loss.
Hello, chapped, cracked, flaking, red skin.What you can do about dry and dehydrated skin
Dry and dehydrated skin can happen at any age. But as we age, our skin becomes thinner and the skin barrier is more susceptible to damage. This means that keeping the barrier in good shape is more critical than ever.
Obviously, it’s important to stay well hydrated and eliminate the outside sources of damage:
- Use a humidifier at night to help with dry indoor heat
- Try to take shorter and/or less hot showers and baths
- Eliminate harsh soaps especially ones that are perfumed or anti bacterial
- Cover as much as your skin as you can if you’re going to be out in the elements
- Be sure to use sun protection every day
- Moisturize your skin
Here’s the good news. The first and most important thing you can do to protect your skin barrier and fight against dry and dehydrated skin is to moisturize.
You can protect and restore your skin’s barrier by using skin care that includes hydrating and moisturizing ingredients. Study after study shows that using a moisturizer can protect the skin barrier and allow it restore itself.
Hydrating ingredients draw water to the skin cells. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our bodies. It can draw and hold 1000x its weight in water. This powerhouse keeps skin moisturized, facilitates skin repair, helps in transportation of blood and nutrients to skin layers, and helps plump up skin cells to provide cushioning and lubrication to the cells (and make them look great too).
As we grow in years, our bodies make less hyaluronic acid. Thankfully, we can add it to our skincare.
Moisturizing butters and oils help seal in moisture. They support and protect the skin’s barrier and provide nutrients such as essential fatty acids, lipids, minerals, and vitamins. Using a nourishing moisturizer twice a day has been shown to improve the skin barrier and reduce inflammation.*Take good care of your skin
If you’re over 40 and especially if you’re over 50, your skin is going to become drier and thinner no matter what your skin “skin type” has been before. Add in some naturally skin-dehydrating weather (in winter especially) and you’ve got a recipe for dry, flaky, uncomfortable skin that doesn’t look so hot. And when your skin barrier is damaged, you’re more susceptible to other skin problems like infections, eczema, and rashes.
But, not to worry. With a few lifestyle changes and twice a day (at least) moisturizing, your skin can keep it’s healthy glow year around.