30
Nov

Serious Face-Saving

The prospect of living for a good long time loses its lustre for a lot of us when we consider the toll all those years can take on face. Luckily, in a kind of modern-day alchemy, researchers are blending romance with science to create products that prolong the look of youth. Part cosmetic, part pharmaceutical, “cosmeceuticals” promise, for example, to slow the accumulation of wrinkles on a woman’s face or to cement the bond between a man and his hair.

Strictly speaking, a cosmetic is a product that cleanses or beautifies the skin, hair and nails. Its action is barely skin-deep, according to the technical definition in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. A pharmaceutical is a drug, either prescription or over-the-counter, with the proven ability to treat or prevent disease or to affect some bodily structure or function. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls products that combine the two definitions “drug and cosmetics,” and insists that they meet the legal requirements for both categories. The word cosmeceutical is a mixture of things both old and new, full of possibility.

MEDICINE FROM THE MAKEUP COUNTER

Credit for making up the word generally goes to Dr Albert Montgomery Kligman, the University of Pennsylvania dermatologist famous for discovering that retinoic acid (Retina-A) helps both acne and wrinkles. He defines it as “an agent that has both cosmetic and drug effects, or a topical preparation that is neither pure drug nor pure cosmetic.” Other researchers use the term for everything from dandruff shampoos to souped-up skin creams and a host of items.

Cosmeceuticals are the products that will provide immediate positive benefits, and their effects will build up over time. In other words, they won’t altogether wash away with makeup remover but will have a cumulative effect, as do certain pharmaceuticals. The more you use them, the better your skin will look. But… isn’t that what cosmetics companies always claimed?

Yes, and yet there is some substance behind the style. “Traditional cosmetics couldn’t do more than try to keep moisture in the stratum corneum [the outermost layer of the skin, consisting of dead cells],” says Dr Peter Elias, a dermatologist in San Francisco. But in the past few years, a new generation of over-the-counter products has actually begun influencing how skin functions. New treatments can change not only the physical properties of the stratum corneum, but the metabolism and function of the living layers of the epidermis as well, enhancing the skin’s ability to retain water and protecting cell membranes from damage, for example.

Although you’re likely to hear the term cosmeceuticals more and more – and hear its meaning debated – when it comes down to it, who cares what they’re called? Makeup or medicine or both, the point is what they can do for you: change appearance in ways that earlier potions and creams could only dream of.

29
Nov

Are You Dreading an Acne Outbreak?

Acne can be extremely painful, physically as well as psychologically, as it eats away at your self-esteem. If you have experienced a painful outbreak in the past or feel that something might trigger off a breakout soon, consider whether you have been:

Eating a lot of spicy food

Chili peppers and bell peppers are a staple ingredient in spicy food. What gives peppers their unique flavor and kick is a compound named lycopene. Lycopene can cause skin irritation and breakouts in some people. If your skin is prone to acne, perhaps too much spicy food might be the cause.

Taking too much stress

While some stress is unavoidable, experiencing excessive stress on a regular basis can result in an outbreak. Scientific evidence to explain the relationship between the two is scarce. However, there is a theory that the production of cortisol, the hormone that stimulates sebum production in the skin, is in greater quantities during stress.

Exposed to chemicals

Chemicals are present in most things we encounter. They are in the makeup and personal care products you apply, the detergents and cleaners you wash your clothes and home with, even in the food you eat. The cause of your acne outbreak might be the skin irritation induced by these chemicals.

Irritating your skin

Perhaps you have been punishing your skin too much. This includes poking your pimples, scratching your face too often, and letting your hair fall on your face too often. You can also irritate your skin when you scrub too hard when using a facial scrub or drying your face with a towel.

There is little reason to dread a breakout once you are aware of what triggers off an outbreak. Follow these steps to reduce the possibility of an outbreak:

Avoid chemicals

If your acne problem is due to harsh chemicals, try to minimize their use. Substitute natural beauty products for those with chemical ingredients. The same goes for makeup, deodorants, household cleaners, and so on. There are many options available nowadays to help you phase out harsh chemicals from your life.

Keep acne-prone skin clear and protected

Keep your skin clean as far as possible by washing it with water several times a day. Remove any makeup before going to sleep. During the day, wear shades or a hat when stepping out to protect the skin against harsh pollutants and radiation.

Exercise

Exercise regularly to flush out the excess oil and impurities from your skin. This is best early in the morning when the air is relatively clean. Exercise boosts blood circulation and can help to unblock clogged pores and hair follicles. Remember to shower after every workout session to prevent sweat and dirt from building up.

Eat healthy food, quit smoking

Improving your diet is the most important change you can make to reduce acne outbreaks. Reduce spicy food to the minimum to avoid irritating your skin. Also, kick the smoking habit to allow your skin to breathe more freely and to eliminate toxic chemicals from your body.

Beautiful and healthy skin is more than a one-time solution. It requires a great deal of attention to the skin on a regular basis. A combination of natural remedies, high-quality products, and makeup techniques come together to achieve that perfect skin.

27
Nov

Taking Care of Your Skin During Winter

It is cold and dry when it comes to winter days. This is worsened by the fact that we use heaters which further dries the air. It can be very challenging to keep your skin moist during these cold months. Here are a few tips on taking care of your skin during winter.

  • Keep yourself covered with warm clothing. If possible, wear gloves to keep your hands warm. When you go to bed, wear socks to keep your feet warm and this will also prevent your feet from drying out. For added moisture, after you wash your feet at night, apply foot cream thoroughly on your feet and immediately put on your socks. This will soften your feet during the night as you sleep.
  • Moisturise your body. Apply lotion or body cream to prevent your skin from drying by sealing in the moisture. Your skin will flake and dry very easily if you don’t apply any moisturiser to your body. Be sure to apply a good moisturiser in the morning before you leave home and the evening before you go to bed. Apply moisturiser to your hands every time you wash them. There are a variety of lotions, body creams and body moisturisers that you could use.
  • Wash with a moisturising soap or body wash. Use a body wash or soap that has added lotion or cream so that it doesn’t dry your skin as you wash. An oil based soap is also a good idea.
  • Add a few drops of baby oil to your bath. The oil can seal a bit of moisture into your skin.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day. When it’s cold we tend to drink less water. But you need to keep up your water intake during winter. You need to hydrate your body and your skin from the inside. If you can’t drink water often, at least drink fluids throughout the day; whether it is juice, tea or hot chocolate.
  • Keep the air moist. You could use a humidifier to humidify the air. Or you could place a small bowl of water in front of the heater. This should add some moisture to the air so that it’s not so dry.
22
Nov

Some Essential Tips for Your Dandruff Treatment

Our scalp consists of a distinct texture that includes the follicles for hair growth and specific types of glands that keep the surface moisture intact. Many people nowadays are facing the dandruff issues. Dandruff can become a weary thing that can leave a person in really annoying stage. The distress of constant itching just leaves a person in no way but to remain out of any social gatherings.

Nowadays many hair products are being introduced that makes us believe that they are the rescuers. Finally, we can be dandruff free. But, the main thing is to know what dandruff is, how it happens and what you can do about it.

What is Dandruff?

A dandruff isn’t a disease and there is no exact theory behind its happening. It’s basically an overgrowth of fungus on the scalp. It doesn’t only happens to the dry scalp but also can effect on the oily scalp. The reason behind this cause is commonly the oily skin, dry weather, eczema or psoriasis. The effects are obvious, the embracement of itching. Rest assured, it isn’t a deadly condition, but it can be handled well with some of the simple treatments and care.

• To decrease the excess buildup of the dead cells, use an anti-dandruff shampoo regularly.
• Get a prescription of a good medicated shampoo from a specialist.
• Leave it on the scalp for about 5 minutes then wash and rinse well.

Examine It

If you examine the dandruff flakes and they are greasy and yellow, it may be a sign of seborrheic dermatitis. An inflammatory skin condition that can occur where there are sufficient oil glands. These areas are some facial spots and the scalp. It is mainly related to the hormones, fungal infections or other problems like that. The treatment goes as:
• Use the antidandruff shampoos.
• Consult a specialist for a good medicated shampoo.
• Severe cases of dandruff may require a prescription steroid or antifungal medicine to work more effectively towards a solution.

Home Remedies

The home remedies in this regard are also very effective. You can do them at home and see the visible differences. Home remedies are simple and very cost effective. For ages, it has been a norm to gather the things available at your own home’s kitchen and make up a solution. Before the technological advancements, people treated many sick people around them with remedies made at home.

Let’s check out how you can control your dandruff with the simple remedies.

1. The Neem Leaves

Treat your baldness effectively with the help of neem leaves. It is a form of herb that is the best home remedy for dandruff. The benefits of neem leaves are immense. Its natural properties soothe the skin and relieve that scalp from itching. It acts as an antifungal and also inhibits the overgrowth of dandruff.

What Do You Need?

Get at least 2 handfuls of neem leaves and 4cups of hot water.

Procedure

Let the leaves soaked in the water, overnight and strain next day. Use the liquid to rinse your locks. You can also apply the paste of neem leaves to your scalp for an hour, then wash out.

2. The Aloe Vera

The lush green herb of aloe vera is often found beside the garden. It is commonly helpful in curing the minor burns and also relief from dandruff.

What Do You Need?

All you need is the aloe vera gel, about 1 bottle.

Procedure

Apply the aloe Vera gel to the scalp and leave it be for 15 mins. Then wash your locks and rinse well, normally.

3. Coconut Oil

It is the most smooth remedy tip, as the coconut oil contains natural fatty acids and lauric acid in it. It helps to keep the natural moisture intact on the scalp. The strong antimicrobial and antifungal agents are naturally present in the coconut oil. The natural antifungal agents do their work to fight the fungus and dandruff on the scalp. Results can be seen as soon as in one week time.

What Do You Need?

You need to buy a coconut oil bottle once.

Procedure

Apply it on the head almost thrice a week for an hour, and wash normally.

Watch Out Baldness

The excess of baldness can cause the roots to get brittle hence causing the hair fall, if persistent, can lead to the baldness. If you are the having intense baldness issues then feel free to consult for hair transplant, the only permanent solution to baldness.

22
Nov

Basic Guide And How To Identify Skin Care Products That Will Work Best For You

You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin. In fact, skin care and protection should be an essential part of your health, fitness, and beauty regime. If you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you! But with all of the lotions, creams and potions on the market, it can be difficult to know what product will work for your skin. Many products claim to remove wrinkles or heals dry skin and others claim to contain expensive ingredients that say will help improve the effects of the product. Here is a guide to the basic skin care products on the market and how you can identify which product will work best for you.

A Look at the Products

There are several types of skin care products that may make a useful additional to your daily skin care. These include cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, eye creams, toners, exfoliants, retinoids, herbals and skin care supplements.

Toners: Skin toners offer an extra cleansing properties to the skin that helps remove oils, dirt and makeup. But if your skin has become dry, avoid using toners or use less frequently. These skin care products often contain alcohol or acetone and it can aggravate dry or sensitive skin.

Sunscreen: Sunscreen is an essential product for the care and protection of our skin. While it is true that some exposure to sunshine is necessary for the body to synthesize vitamin D, you really only need 10-15 minutes each day to accomplish this. Excess sun exposure can cause changes in the skin cells leading to damages which can develop brown spots, skin cancer, dry skin and premature wrinkles. It doesn’t matter if your skin is fair or dark, both skin color can become damage if its being expose too much of the sun. Prevent sun damages and lower your risk of developing skin issues by applying a liberal amount of sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 cream or lotion daily. Many moisturizers come with sunscreen already included.

Retinoids: Topical Vitamin A based products called Retinoids have made significant advances in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They help to temporarily “plump up” wrinkle areas and diminish its visibility.

Cleansers: Cleansers help to remove dirt, debris, pollutants and perspiration that accumulate on your skin throughout the day. These cleansers may come in liquid, foam or bar form.

Eye Creams: An eye cream can help improve the condition of the fragile skin around the eyes. It helps to hydrate and protect the eye area and it may even help to minimize dark circles or temporarily tighten fine lines.

Exfoliation: The use of moisturizer and cleansers help improve the appearance of skin by sloughing off dead skin cells on the surfaces. These may also help to smooth out the skin’s appearance and even discoloration from over exposure to the sun. As we age, the skin builds up dead skin cells which makes us look older, have rough skin and wrinkles or fine lines appear. Your skin appears healthy and youthful by exfoliating daily as well as feeling cleanliness and freshness.

Supplements: Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring cellular antioxidant that has shown potential in the prevention and treatment of several disease, such as heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. It is also utilized in many moisturizing products for wrinkles reducing properties.

Herbals: Green tea and other herbal antioxidants can be applied topically or taken orally to fight free radical damage and improve its overall appearance.

Moisturizer: Moisturizers can soothe dry skin and make wrinkles less noticeable. They come in cream, lotion and oil form. Oily based moisturizers are good for severely dry skin whereas a cream or lotion is a better choice for the face as it will leave the face feeling less heavy and greasy. To get good results, use a moisturizer right after bathing to seal moisture into your skin.

Identifying the Ingredients Label

You may be wondering why skin care products come with such a confusing labeling system. The Food and Drug Administration receives many requests each year to decipher the language of cosmetic and personal care product labels. But while the FDA empathize with consumers, there really is no way to change the labeling and keep the information accurate. The ingredients need to be listed by the chemical names because it is essentially what they are. Even though a product may be marketed by its trade name, the labeled name will provide little clue as to identify its ingredients. But despite the technical language of the personal care product’s label, it is possible to glean some useful information. Ingredient labeling must be listed in sequence based on how much is included in the formula. As a consumer, you can compare similar products by seeing where a particular ingredient falls on the list. For instance, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid products that has alcohol listed as its first ingredient verse having alcohol listed as one of the last ingredients.

Nourishing our skin daily is as important as taking care of our health. So, the next time you’re up for skin care products, be sure to look at the ingredient labeling and consider the types of skin care regimen that may help you to look your best.

21
Nov

Blackheads: What Are They?

Blackheads are the number one problem on almost everyone’s skin problem list. Not only do they appear bad on your skin but also cause irritation and other problems. Lucky for us, blackheads are very much treatable. All you need to do is get hold of the right products and take care of your skin.

What are blackheads?

There are many people among us that suffer from blackheads. It’s a very pesky and an irritating problem. A very common misconception about blackheads is that they are dirt. Many people think that the reason for their blackheads is that they aren’t washing and cleaning their faces properly, which is not true.

Blackheads are obstructive pores. Pores are pathways for oil to exit from the skin onto the skin. You need this oil. This oil is important for good skin moisture, for healthy skin and nutrients delivery. So, what happens when that pore gets obstructive, all that oil gets stuck under the skin? Then on top of it, you get dead skin cells and under debris that gets stuck in the pores, this is what gives it the color black. A blackhead that becomes an obstructive pore that is just not able to clean itself out.

Whiteheads are also similar to blackheads but the only difference between them is of the color which is caused by open or closed pore. When the pore is open, then air oxidizes the trapped oil which turns it black.

What causes blackheads?

Blackheads are caused by excessive oil, pollution, skin cells basically excessively almost anything and your hormones will also worsen the problems the blackheads on your skins. Blackheads are very prevalent and irritating for nearly everyone, both men, and women. Blackheads are treatable and you can get rid of them by using the right products.

Where are blackheads found?

Blackheads can form anywhere a pore is but it’s more generally seen on the nose and the sides of the nose. The reason for this is that this zone produces the most oil on our skin, which is why many people experience blackheads formation on their noses.

How to avoid and get rid of blackheads?

Fortunately, blackheads are removable and we can take measures for preventing them on our skin. Below are a few ways which can avoid and remove the formation of blackheads.

  1. Avoid touching your face

We literally use our hands all the time because of which a lot of dirt and oil gets accumulated on our hands. If you have a habit of touching your face a lot then you are transferring those oil and dirt onto your face. By avoiding touching your face you get to minimize the oil on your face.

  1. Avoid eating food that contains oil

When you eat food that contains a lot of oil, then your skin will definitely show it. Eating oily food increases the amount of oil produced by the skin which causes blackheads and whiteheads.

  1. Cleansing

It is important to cleanse your skin regularly so that excess oil and dirt are removed. Use a gentle cleanser depending upon your skin. If your skin is very oily then consider using a cleanser for oily hair. Remove makeup before sleeping

  1. Exfoliate and moisturize

Always remember to exfoliate once a week and moisturize your face every day. Exfoliation will help get rid of dead skin and excess oil which might have otherwise collected in the pores.

  1. Blackhead remover strips

There are also blackhead remover strips available in the market by which you can remove blackheads from your skin.

By the right products you can easily get rid of blackheads. There are many online website offers a wide range of the best skin products, including imported skin products, and that too for every skin type. Doesn’t matter if you have oily, dry or patchy skin, you will definitely find a product suitable for your skin type.

20
Nov

Laser Hair Removal – Top 4 Myths & Truth

People all around the world are disappointed and tired of unwanted hair on different parts of their body, such as underarms, cheat, back, neck, ears, hands, and legs. Women are even more concerned about unwanted hair strands that appear in the facial area, breasts, and bikini area.

Although there are numerous ways to expel these undesired strands temporarily, but there’s only one treatment that can remove them permanently and that cosmetic procedure is – laser hair removal.

Unfortunately, there a few myths connected with laser treatments, and some of these myths are too hilarious and rubbish. Let’s take a look at some of these complete nonsense myths.

Myth Number 1 – Internal Organs Are Damaged By Lasers

Truth – No, it’s just a clear lie! The laser beam won’t go ahead a set limit, neither the heat from the laser. The lasers utilized for hair evacuation reason can infiltrate up to just a quarter mm into the skin, at that point how it can reach the inner organs? This is a really safe cosmetic procedure that has been affirmed by the experts all over the world. Any symptoms experienced are not permanent and will fade away in a few days.

Myth Number 2 – The Treatment Is Too Painful

Truth – Most people encounter gentle to minor pain and distress as the laser are directed on the skin, yet the pain & uneasiness is really tolerable. A few patients have also reported a burning sensation in the area where lasers are directed, but it’s said to be bearable and doesn’t cross the pain limit. Some patients say about that these sensations are similar to the feel of snapping of an elastic band on the skin.

Myth Number 3 – Lasers Aren’t Effective On Light Hair And Dark Skin

Truth – In the beginning, this treatment wasn’t recommended to individuals with dark colour skin, since they were at a danger of skin burn. In any case, with progressions in innovation, now we have access to lasers that work effectively well on individuals with light hair and dark skin. A few more current lasers additionally treat individuals with light hair and light skin as well. So, there are no limitations in laser hair removal any longer. For the best result choose laser hair removal. Individuals with light hair and dark skin can likewise get positive outcomes through lasers.

Myth Number 4 – The Treatment Is Only For Face

Truth – No, this isn’t true at all! In fact, lasers can be utilised on the part of the body, whether it is face, chest, back, arms, and legs. Usually, chin and upper lips are the most common areas chosen by women to be treated with lasers. On the body, lasers can be utilised to dispose of undesirable hair from neck, hands, arms, tummy, chest, back, feet, legs, and thighs. Under arms and bikini are among the most preferred areas for women. However, lasers are not used around the eyes, as it can be risky.

16
Nov

Benefits of an Experienced Hair Transplant Surgeon

To undergo a hair transplant treatment a person needs to pick a decent hair transplant specialist. However, picking the best specialist is not simple anyway. Many things must be remembered. To start with is that the surgeon must be a qualified specialist. The worst approach to pick the specialists is through the extremely aggressive advertising efforts and commercials.

Check out some important info that will help you to find the best hair transplant surgeon.

Search The Background And Training Of The Surgeon

The main thing that you should find out is the strength of the specialist. He needs to be a well qualified dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon in any case. If they aren’t a specialist in any of these fields, then better stay away from them for any major treatments. If you’re picking a dermatologist, the advantage is that they have a superior knowledge regarding the hair, skin, and nails. In this way, you can make sure to get a safe treatment under them.

The transplant surgeon needs to be the person who ought to be offering you with every single advantage that is available for the treatments. You must likewise know whether the specialist has contributed to the research of hair restoration or not. If they have a record of publishing medical papers, then it’s a clear indication that they’ve vast knowledge in this field.

Surgical Technique They Will Be Using

There are presently various types of procedures for male pattern baldness. They are known as FUE, FUT, laser and a few others. The surgical procedure that will be used on you needs to be the most secure one. The specialist needs to do proper counseling with you.

When the specialists are utilizing just a single procedure, they would be giving you a one-sided point of view instead of a neutral one. This is the reason why, if you’re counseling specialist who offers all sorts of treatments, at that point they may offer you the correct choice.

Assess The Doctor

You have to find out the testimonials and past records of the specialist as they should to decent ones. Additionally, ensure that the treatment is not done in a rush. Before you choose to undergo hair transplant treatment, you need to think about all the options available.

The specialist must work inside your budget without compromising on the quality front. Pick a transplant doctor that offers great services at an affordable cost, and you place trust in him.

1
Nov

What Makes A Wig Great?

There has been a widely debated topic on what makes up a great wig, these debates though has mixed reactions from men who utterly hate wigs but cannot tell between a human hair wig and a synthetic one. Not to worry about it, in this article, we focus and delve on this topic to give a brief conclusive idea on what makes one wig over the other.

There are many types of wigs, to begin with, and they all have admirers and women who wear them daily as their regular hair. This, therefore, does not mean that just because you consider one type as the best, everyone else will agree with you, at least a certain percentage of users will differ with your view.

Human Hair Vs. Synthetic Wigs

Both make up this huge market for wigs and they are the main two categories based on wig make and material. Human hair wigs are expensive and commonly preferred over the other just because it has all the characteristics of the natural hair, easy to style, similar hair thickness, and other appealing traits. On the other hand, we have synthetic wigs which are cheap and available everywhere, they are not as priced as their counterpart, but that has made them more popular and wider preference.

The cutting edge in this debate

Based on the various differences that may be brought about it will always boil down to these following factors to decide what makes a great wig.

Durability, is the wig able to give you the services that you need and for the right amount of time? Then if you get this one then that is the best one for you.

Your planned budget, many people cannot afford the human hair wigs mostly in the rural marginal regions. Therefore, to them, financial issues play a key role in deciding which the best is for them?

The preference that is dictated by factors like skin complexion and other body features, everyone has their taste in wigs and it is that which makes them look great. Wigs such as bob wigs are commonly known for the dark complexion people while blonde long wigs are for the light skinned.

Conclusion

To decide what makes a wig great you must be in the shoes of the person deciding, you must be able to answer questions such as does it make me look good?, can I afford it? How do I feel when am wearing it. The real value can only be got from how well it meets your taste and desired look.