General Skincare Tips

Information on Facelifts

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

300x350FACELIFTIt’s almost official. You have a small fortune set aside, and have everyone in your office under the impression that you’re off to a “spiritual retreat”. Little do they know that you’re about to take a huge step into the world of cosmetic surgery, but have you done your research? No, I know what you’re thinking, “doctor and clinic credentials”. Not that kind of research. The best research one can do when undergoing a surgical procedure is to see what other patients just like them have experienced!

You read reviews on Yelp! before going to a restaurant, why not invest a bit of research time into how people undergoing face lifts feel after taking the big dive.

The amount of facelift procedures being conducted each year increases every year, but with the abundance of controversy around these popular infomercial facelifts, it’s not a surprise that facelift procedures and their practitioners are falling under heavy investigation.

The New England Journal of Medicine had its journalists survey 850 women who had a facelift procedure in 2012. Their results were shocking. Approximately 82% of patients were required to wait 10-12 weeks to see a complete reduction of post-surgery swelling, minimizing of incision scars and disappearance of bruises. About 10% didn’t see any of the aforementioned results for 8 months. Only 8% of the women saw proper healing in 4 weeks. Of the 850 women, 297 required further revisions, all involving additional surgery. 459 needed some kind of cosmetic filler to fill in any dents left on their face after the swelling subdued.

Almost everyone who undergoes any times of cosmetic proecudre wants to conceal it from anyone who isn’t family or a close friend. Very few people want their entire workplace knowing they went under the knife. They want to appear as if they never age, and attribute it to good genes. Being away from work for two weeks and coming back with a shoelace-thick scar behind your ear, is quite possibly the most tell-tale sign of getting surgery. You can do things like keeping your hair down to hide any scars, but you can’t conceal the puffiness that comes with post-facelift swelling.

We all secretly wish to look 10 years younger than we really are. Plastic surgery isn’t the only of doing it. Countless studies have proven to show that topical anti aging treatments can produce results within just 4-6 of proper and continuous use. Just as long as they contain quality ingredients. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Laboratory conducted a 4-month study on Deanol. Anti aging treatments that contained Deanol (DMAE) have shown to tighten and firm the skin, reduce the look of wrinkles and lines, as well as tone up the underlying muscles.

Their study was conducted over 4 months. In that timeframe, 87% of the test subjects reported a reduction of fine lines and improvement of lip fullness and shape within 6 weeks. 74% of the test subjects reported a change and improvement in under eye darkness, and sagging nasolabial folds and “turkey neck”, in just 8 weeks. None of these positive effects regressed during a two week cessation of application.

Anti-wrinkle creams have become game changers. They’re becoming facelift alternatives. With results such as the ones reported above, the need for invasive surgery is no longer prevalent. The key to go about this in the right way is finding the anti-aging product containing Deanol, that is best for you.

A highly reviewed and well-ranked anti-aging cream is LifeCell All-in-One Anti-Aging Treatment. Deanol is one of its main active ingredients. Not only does it provide the long-term results mentioned earlier, it contains light-reflecting micro-technology that gives you an instant wrinkle reducing effect in just 17 seconds of application. After conducting our own review of this product, we determined the company’s claims to be truthful and we were able to achieve the results promised. Make sure to read our full review on LifeCell, as well as our reviews on other anti-aging creams! You’ll be sure to find the one that is right for you.

Hyperpigmentation and Aging.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

300x350hyperHyperpigmentation is an effect of prolonged sun exposure, inflammation, or other skin injuries. Visually, it appears in the form of a darkened part of the skin. This is caused by an increase in the production of our melanin pigment.

Melanin is derived from the amino acid tyrosine. It is this pigment that dictates the color of one’s skin. Produced within the epidermis, melanin levels are created from specialized cells in the skin called melanocytes. The fluctuation of melanin production from person to person is what creates skin difference among ethnicities. People with the condition of albinism, have little to no melanin in their skin.

Hyperpigmentation typically affects the face, arms, and hands of an individual. Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, and freckles are all examples of hyperpigmentation, and they can be triggered by sun exposure, hormonal changes, acne, or heredity.

Usually, hyperpigmentation is harmless, however in some cases where moles or other signs of skin cancer appear, a doctor should be notified as early as possible.

Treatments: There are numerous treatments for hyperpigmentation; some worse than others. Their goal overall is to even the tone of the skin, or reveal a soft, smooth layer of skin beneath…some methods more intensely than others.

Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a rather intense way to deal with hyperpigmentation. These solutions cause the skin to blister, and eventually peel off, revealing a new layer of skin beneath. If done on your own, great care should be taken as scarring and blisters can occur.

Topical Creams: Skin lightening products such as retinoid creams, and vitamin C, or kojic acid are also used often to reduce hyperpigmentation. These methods work by lessening the concentration of melanin, which provides an even skin complexion.

Photofacial: IPL or, intense pulsed light is commonly recommended by doctors to treat hyperpigmentation. This is an effective way to eliminate hyperpigmentation, however it can be dangerous if the process isn’t done properly.

Laser Peel: Laser treatments such as fractional lasers or CO2 lasers are widely used to treat hyperpigmentation. They remove the top layer of skin through focused laser light energy.

Skincare Habits for Aging Skin

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

300x350HABITSSince you are on Skincare Search, you have already taken the first step in creating a skincare

regimen that will unlock ageless skin and help keep your youthful glow. Read on to find out what other

habits you should keep and what habits you need to break to maintain your radiant skin.

1. Cleansing 

Cleansing your skin before you use treatments can help it absorb the product better. Begin with a pH balanced cleanser for a gentle, fresh start to your day. Look for a cleanser that has skin calming ingredients like chamomile and cucumber. These ingredients help tone down redness and refresh your skin. Repeat this at night before you go to sleep for baby fresh and smooth skin!

2. Applying Sunscreen 

If there’s one thing you get out of this article is to never forget to apply sunscreen. Sunscreen is the closest thing to the fountain of youth we will ever come across. You need sunscreen to ward off damage from UV rays, and help protect your skin from further signs of aging. Apply a product such as a BB cream with a SPF 20 or more in its ingredients to keep your skin protected from premature aging.

3. Smoking 

Lighting up wrecks havoc on your skin! Even being around second hand smoke can damage your skin significantly. Ditch the habit, and avoid being around when others smoke. You might seem anti-social but your smooth skin will forever be grateful. There are few things worse than leathery skin.

4. Sleeping With Makeup On 

It may seem like too much of a hassle to remove your makeup before bed, but studies show that leaving it on can contribute to premature aging, and leave your skin looking haggard the next day. Keep some make up removing wipes on your nightstand for quick removal.

 

The Benefits of Water for Your Skin

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Young woman holding glass with Purified Water.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things everyone should do. Here is some information on the power of water and the multitude of benefits it has for your body, and most importantly your skin:

Our bodies are about 60% water, so it is an integral part of keeping our bodies functioning correctly. Not drinking enough water in your everyday routine can result in your skin becoming dry, flaky and more prone to wrinkles and fine lines. So, being hydrated will not only make you feel good on the inside, it will have you looking great.

The golden rule is 8×8. Eight glasses, eight ounces each. If you are more active than most people, more than eight glasses is recommended for your body to remain fully hydrated and energized for your daily activities. If you are less active than most people, sticking to the 8×8 rule is a good way to play it safe and make sure you are getting enough water and adequate hydration. When it comes to our skin, there is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that exists within it, which is basically a carbohydrate called hyaluronic acid, that helps retain moisture from the water that you drink making the skin more radiant, plump and smooth. Unfortunately as we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin cells decreases, but drinking plenty of water, as well as using a high-ranked anti-aging cream will help you continue to look young and fresh.

Water is also the main source of flushing toxins out of your body, which directly affects the way your skin looks. Getting rid of toxins will allow your body to make room for more nutrients for the cells, which in turn will strengthen your immune system and keep you feeling and looking your best.

Additionally, here is a way to keep your water drinking fun and flavorful!
With your first glass of water in the morning, put it the microwave for 20-30seconds so it is lukewarm. Squeeze and add half a lemon and two spoons of honey. Mix it all up and enjoy! The positive effects of the water you are drinking will multiply when paired with the healing fibers of the lemon. It will add to the radiance of your skin! Drinking this mixture regularly will also help with weight loss, as the properties of the honey and lemon together will assist your body in cleansing and in boosting your metabolism.

So there you have it! The importance and positive effects of staying hydrated by drinking water should never be underestimated. Always carrying a water bottle is the best way to keep up with your body’s need for quenching thirst. You will find yourself drinking it subconsciously. Your skin will thank you!

Summer Skin Care Tips

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

iStock_000013793124_SmallSummer is here and your skin can surely feel it. It is the time when your skin is most vulnerable to damage as it is greatly exposed to UVA radiation. We all love the beautiful summer sun, but if we are not careful when it comes to our skin and exposure, it can have negative effects on the skin, inside and out. Luckily, we have compiled a list of just three very important things to do to keep your skin healthy in the sunshine:

1. Exfoliate! Being right after winter which may have caused your skin some dryness, it Is important to exfoliate that old layer of dead skin cells away to make room for the new summer radiance to come. This can be done with a washcloth of your choice. During the summer, your skin will be exposed to sweat and heat, so make sure to exfoliate at least once a day so you can cleanse your skin of unwanted excess dirt. Also, depending on your skin type, make sure to not scrub too hard because that can damage your skin and take away natural oils that it needs.

2. Moisturize! Right after exfoliating, moisturizing is key. Depending on your skin type, keeping the skin hydrated will help keep the smooth feel and the fresh look through the high summer temperatures. For an awesome 2-in-1, some moisturizers contain SPF which would be greatly helpful. Read on to the next step!

3. Protect! Radiation can be harmful to your skin, so make sure to choose the right sunscreen that is comfortable for you and your skin type. A sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (SPF 30 for those with fair skin) and make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Keep in mind that these usually take about 15-20 minutes to really absorb into your skin so remember to apply it adequately before being outside. Lastly, apply as needed throughout the day, recommended every 2-3 hours to provide your skin with the best guaranteed protection, even on cloudy days!

We often think about our bodies and what is exposed to the sun the most, but for some reason often forget our faces or think that with sunglasses it will be protected. Think again! These three steps are essential to keeping your skin protected while looking and feeling its best for this summer. And as always, do not forget to also keep yourself hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily, more if you will be outside for the greater part of the day. Remember to always have your water bottle and sunscreen handy. Follow these steps and enjoy your time in the beautiful sun, your skin will thank you!