June 22, 2016

Do home-made, natural skin remedies really work?

Do home-made, natural skin remedies really work?
There are certain plants, fruits or herbs that are just lovely on the skin and work very well. 

Oatmeal mask is excellent for calming an irritated skin. Fresh Aloe Vera gel is just amazing on sunburn and insect bites. Tea tree oil is well known for its effectiveness as anti bacterial and anti fungal treatment. 

Using raw/natural "foods" on the skin can provide some calming, perhaps conditioning and soothing effects. However when it comes to serious results, skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, sadly, there is very little in your fridge or pantry that would make a dramatic difference. 

This is when you do need the big guns. Intelligently formulated professional skin care products with proven effective ingredients and in excellent delivery systems can make a real difference. Look for ingredients such as: 

  • stabilized form of vitamin C for collagen production, healing and brightening
  • vitamin A (retinol) for reversing sun damage
  • glycolyc acid for skin resurfacing
  • salicylic acid for decongesting and unclogging
  • skin conditioning agents such as essential fatty acids (omega 3) and hyaluronic acid
  • potent antioxidants such as white and green tea extracts
  • cell communicating ingredients such as niacinamide for rejuvenation and pigmentation
  • powerful peptides for collagen synthesis and wrinkles

Putting food and raw food on the face may hydrate and soften and gently exfoliate the skin but will not be very effective for more serious problems such as acne, pigmentation and wrinkles unless of course you include them in your diet!

But a word of warning: natural substances placed directly on the skin can cause skin irritation or worse. In fact they are more likely to do so than skin care ingredients formulated specifically for topical application and tested (on human skin) to be safe. 

Every skin is different, and just because someone has used an egg white or a strawberry mask and found it terrific, another person can get a bad rash from it. Its best to do a patch test before putting anything on the face that you have not used before, especially if it's "natural". Just because you can eat it does not mean its safe for the skin topically. And vice versa :)

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June 4, 2016

How To Get Great Results From Skin Peels

It's peel season!
It's peel season!
It's peel season!

The cooler months are the best time of the year to give your skin a rejuvenating lift with a course of peels. 

Have a professional, well trained and experienced beauty therapist assess your skin before undergoing any peels to make sure your skin is in suitable condition and to ensure there are no contraindications. Only ever have a professional perform peels, as peels can cause damage to your skin if not done correctly. 

Rejuvenate your skin with a course of peels
Rejuvenate your skin with a course of peels

Here are some suggestions for peels:

- Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels

- Thickened, open pored skin - five medium strength glycolic peels will refine and smooth 

- Congested, problematic skin - glycolic & salicylic combination peel will decongest and reduce breakouts, 

- Sun damaged, thickened, pigmentation & aging skin - start with an enzyme peel, follow with 3-5 glycolic peels, and 3-5 lactic peels for best results

Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels
Delicate & dry skin - try a series of three lactic peels
Courses of peels are usually performed 1 x per/week.  With stronger peels and if you wish to avoid "downtime" (peeling, redness, itching, burning) do the peels fortnightly. 

Start using a tyrosinase inhibitor (vitamin C serum) two weeks before you commence your course of peels, and continue using throughout the course. This will prevent, fade pigmentation and even out the skin tone. Invest in a good healing/hydrating/rejuvenating serum and moisturizer to use throughout the course of peels to get the best result and most out of your course. 

DO NOT start a course of peels unless your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You must stay out of the sun for 48 hour after a peel, and wear sunscreen every day, even in winter and when it rains. 

Read more about peels here: Considering Skin Peels?

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