skincare

Beautiful Body: Natural Skin Remedies

Some of the best ways to help maintain healthy skin around your entire body turn out to be some of the cheapest!

Some of the most common skin care-related problems are induced by stress and dehydration, so make sure you get your 3 litres a day in addition to taking the odd chill pill. In addition to increasing water intake and reducing stress levels, here are my top 3 tips to get scrubbin’ and #lovetheskinyourein.

Tip # 1 - Take salt baths or scrub with salts in the shower. This helps your body retain moisture, promotes cellular regeneration, detoxifies skin, and helps heal dry, scaling irritated skin such as eczema.

Tip # 2 - Improve your air quality. Adding a humidifier in the bedroom will help your skin throughout the night and can have you waking up with less breakouts.

Tip # 3 - Use a lotion at night with higher concentrations of Vitamin E. This will help protect and nourish the skin better than a moisturizer without Vitamin E, which is trending right now in the skin care industry as a powerful anti-oxidant and free radical fighter.

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Home Remedies for Red Skin (L. Marcellin MD, Ed.). Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/home-remedies-for-red-skin.aspx Loux, R. (2014, October 20).

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Face Facts: Best Skin Care Regime For Night

As your day comes to an end, a good nighttime skincare routine is key in keeping a healthy-looking appearance.

Getting your skin ready for bedtime is almost like getting it prepped in the morning - except you’ll need to add a few additional steps…

Tip # 1 -  Cleanse your face – again. Take off the make up, dirt and other pollutants that have attached themselves to your skin throughout the day. Find an exfoliating scrub that has a high percentage of glycolic acid - and if you can - find one with polylactic biodegradable beads, as these will work away the upper most layers of the skin, thus exposing a new layer underneath that will have all night to mature for tomorrow.

Tip # 2 -  After exfoliating, apply a heavy-duty serum that is dependent on your skin type. You can use the same serum you use during your morning routine, but a serum containing collagen-reproducing peptides are best suited for nighttime care across skin types. After the serum has absorbed, follow with a nighttime moisturizing cream that is heavier and denser in consistency compared with your morning sunscreen.

Tip # 3 - Most importantly, when it comes to applying skincare products to the face, using proper amounts are vital in overall care. The skin on your the face is the most sensitive of all the body, with regards to applying products. Using too much can cause the skin to become irritated and break out. Using too little will show no results. Everyone has different skin types, so finding that proper balance between products and letting your skin do its own thing is key. It takes time, but be patient once you have found that perfect routine that your face agrees with – it’s smooth sailing from there!

Works Cited

Neill, U. S. (2012). Skin care in the ageing female: myths and truths. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 122(2), 473–477. http://doi.org/10.1172/JCI61978

Skin care for acne-prone skin. (july 28, 2016). Skin care for acne-prone skin. Retrieved March 12, 2071, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072392/. Ganceviciene, R., Liakou, A. I., Theodoridis, A., Makrantonaki, E., & Zouboulis, C. C. (2012). Skin anti-aging strategies. Dermato-Endocrinology,4(3), 308–319. http://doi.org/10.4161/derm.22804

Face Facts: Laser Skin Treatment (& Which One Is Right For You)

If you’ve struggled with problem skin conditions – anything from fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots, acne scars and large pore size - laser skin treatment could be a good option to consider.

If you have hyperpigmentation, unwanted sunspots/freckles, or even an old tattoo you now regret getting (although it seemed like a good idea after that 3am kebab), laser resurfacing is most certainly for you!

Anyone can benefit from laser resurfacing techniques; however, the people that benefit most from procedures are generally older than 30. In younger individuals, acne can be treated using lasers, but this is only a temporary effect as people experience on-going hormonal changes. It’s best to let your skin calm down with time and use a laser resurfacing technique at a later stage in life to treat acne scars.

How does it work? Get that image of James Bond strapped to the table with the imminently approaching red laser out of your mind’s eye! Lasers used by a qualified beauty therapist concentrate a vast amount of energy at a fixed point on the face, removing layers of skin and letting new layers rejuvenate in those problematic areas. 

Here’s an in-depth look at 3 different types of laser skin treatments on the market, what they’re used to treat and how they work.


CO2

If you’re looking for a laser that will drastically improve acne scars, uneven skin tone, fine lines & wrinkles, then a CO2 fractional laser is the perfect option for you. CO2 lasers work by generating heat in little columns and damaging old layers of skin, which in turn cause the skin to re-generate. You should expect to take some downtime after completing this procedure - anywhere from 1-2 weeks for a proper heal - but the rewards are permanent. Once rejuvenation is complete, if there are still remaining difficult acne scars, these can be touched up with filler for a flawless look. 
    
YAG

For those who have unwanted sun damage (melasma), large pore size, excess sebum production, fine lines and wrinkles - but who aren’t able to take time out after treatment - a YAG laser treatment could be right for you. The results are immediate and the laser works by stimulating collagen reproduction and cellular turnover rate, improving skin clarity. However, with this skin resurfacing treatment, results are not permanent and maintenance is required – approximately every 3-4 months, depending on age and skin type. 

IPL

An IPL is not a laser – in fact, it is an ‘Intense Pulse Light’. This light is best described as a camera flash, but much more intense in energy. Your beauty therapist will flash a light of a specific wavelength that filters out lower wavelengths, which is used primarily to treat hyper-pigmentation, unwanted thread veins and sun damage. In some cases, IPL is also known to reduce hair growth (but not always), so be careful getting this type of treatment on the face if you like your facial hair. 

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Arora, P., Sarkar, R., Garg, V. K., & Arya, L. (2012). Lasers for Treatment of Melasma and Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 5(2), 93–103. http://doi.org/10.4103/0974-2077.99436

Goldberg, D. J. (2012). Current Trends in Intense Pulsed Light. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 5(6), 45–53. 

Ramsdell, W. M. (2012). Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing.Seminars in Plastic Surgery, 26(3), 125–130. http://doi.org/10.1055/s-0032-1329414