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How to choose the perfect eye cream

Sorry to break it to you – but the eye area is one of the first places to show signs of aging, and yet, Eye cream is one of the most under rated creams when it comes to a skincare routine.

Many people feel that since they use a moisturizer that they are covered when it comes the eye area. But the harsh reality is, the skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue.

Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Incorporating an eye cream into your skin regime to specifically target these issues can make a huge difference.

How to choose the perfect eye cream:

Unfortunately, many eye creams contain irritating ingredients, such as synthetic fragrance, chemicals, or sensitising plant extracts, all of which can cause pro-ageing inflammation.

What the eye area really needs are antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, in a soothing, fragrance-free formula, just like what you need for the rest of the face. Look for a product line that has fast acting, potent, scientifically proven ingredients.

When it comes to eye creams designed for conditions such as dark circles and puffiness, the issue is that depending on the cause of the dark circles and puffiness. There’s only so much any eye cream or face moisturiser can do, regardless of how brilliantly formulated it is.

 

Puffiness around the eye area

If the puffiness is the result of fat pads that have shifted under the eye, unfortunately, there are no creams in the world that can fix this. If the puffiness is from fluid buildup or from not getting enough sleep, a soothing cream around the eye can certainly help, but you also are going to need to make lifestyle changes to truly make a difference (such as reducing alcohol, reduce salt intake, getting more sleep) Lymphatic drainage treatments can also help (our Presor Therapy treatment is fantastic, just $65). If the puffiness around the eye area is from irritation and sun damage, then a beautifully formulated eye cream can make all the difference by healing skin and reducing inflammation.

 

Dark Circles

For dark circles, there are certainly options, but it should contain melanin-inhibiting ingredients to improve skin colour, ingredients to encourage microcirculation under the delicate eye area, as well as moisture boosting properties.

Beat dark circles and puffiness with Medik8 Dark Circles $85 now

 

Anti Aging, fine lines and wrinkles

In terms of fine lines and wrinkles, all the same ingredients for the face work around the eye area too. Just like the face, skin around the eye responds beautifully to generous amounts of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. You must, however, keep your expectations realistic, especially when it comes to products that claim to “lift” skin. You can tighten and firm skin to a certain degree, but no skincare product can magically pull up drooping eyelids or sagging under-eye bags.

For the best eye anti-aging skin regime, try Cosmedix Opti Crytal $125 for the day time, and Medik8 Hydr8 Night Eye $85 for the evening. Or visit our Chadstone Melbourne store

 

Erasing the signs of ageing

Wrinkles… What are they?

Wrinkles (aka smile lines, frown lines, crows feet, folds and skin cracks /and tracks) are an inevitable part of life. Love them, hate them – you cant really stop them…. well…. not forever anyway….

Some lines are the result of aging of the skin. Others come about due to muscle movement (they are also referred to as expression lines or mimic lines).  The process which controls wrinkle onset and development happens in the dermis.

Dermis is the middle layer of the skin and it contains the structural elements of the skin collagen and elastin. These elements along with a few other processes are responsible for elasticity, strength, firmness and integrity of our skin and give it structure and “body”.

 

Choosing the right wrinkle fighters

Because sometimes collagen building skin care ingredients can be irritating and tricky to use, you need to understand how to best use them for your skin.

They each have pros and cons that you need to understand in order to choose the one that’s right for you. It is best to consult your skin care professional to help you build the skin care routine to support your cells as they adjust to these powerful wrinkle fighting products. Serums are a wonderful to build a support base for anti-wrinkle creams. Let’s check out the top 4 serums and top 4 creams that will enhance one another’s actions and help in the anti wrinkle fight

TOP 4  anti-wrinkles serums:

  1. M8 HYDRA8 B5 SERUM – A light weight and easily absorbed hydrating serum that softens, hydrates and improves the general condition of the skin. Contains Vitamin B5 and Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturising active that holds 1000 times its own weight in water, providing 24 hour non-stop hydration.
  2. M8 CE-THIONEA rechargeable vitamin C that minimises the formation of age spots for a visibly brighter skin tone and improving overall firmness. Also contains 15% L-Ascorbic acid which stimulates our collagen production.
  3. M8 RETINOL 3tr/6tr/10tr –  Retinol is considered the most effective product to help with signs of aging. Not only does it stimulate the production of collagen but also increases epidermal hyaluronic acid, improving appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin roughness and loss of tone. Over all it gives you a more youthful glow. Always starting with lower strengths and building your skin up to tolerate higher percentages of vitamin A.
  4. SKEYNDOR CORRECTIVE – Skeyndor corrective creams are formulated to smooth out the expression lines from the face. This unique cream can be used day and/or night and is more suitable for dry, mature skin. It has skin-lifting peptides with pre- synaptic activity, “Viper venom” – reduces wrinkle depth & softens wrinkle contour

 

TOP 4 anti-wrinkle creams:

  1. Mesoestetics Collagen 360 – Performs a dual action, it maintains the natural collagen amino acid profile and stimulates the formation of new collagen. Made with Hydrolyzed collagen (collagen made in the lab) which is compatible with our skin cells allowing it to stimulate cells that are involved in collagen synthesis.
  2. M8 Hyrd8 Night – A rich fast absorbing night treatment that helps to reverse the skin aging effects of the glycation process. Resveratrol is a new active ingredient that promotes cell longevity which helps to improve tired skin overnight.
  3. M8 Hyrd8 360 A rich nourishing moisturiser that combats visible signs of aging. Has advanced active ingredients that reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Gives UVA and UVB protection that helps prevent skin ageing providing an intensive moisturising and revitalising effect in a unique treatment formulation to target the process of glycation.
  4. Mesoestetics Radiance DNA intensive cream – Ultimate antiaging cream. It preserves DNA Integrity. It stimulates the activity of those genes responsible of DNA repair which slows down premature aging, it also neutralises free radicals which delays the skin aging process.

 

And lastly you can turn on your collagen producing cells faster by synergetic approach in-clinic treatments and by home-use products. Professional in house antiaging treatments will stimulate production of collagen in a much faster way but home products will enhance and support the results of treatments. Or visit our Chadstone Melbourne store to learn more

Are you ruining your skin? Retin-A for acne & anti-agening

Check out these – a few little known facts about RETIN-A

1) Active ingredient in Retin A breaks down in sunlight

2) Applying Retin-A to moist skin causes more peeling & skin irritation

3) Some of the most common ingredients found in skin care products aren’t compatible with retinols

 

Now, that we got that out of the way – it is fair to say that

if used correctly, retinol can do amazing things for your skin!

It is known as the king of anti ageing. It is also the best acne warrior known to man! (what do you think roaccutane is made of??)

 

Medik8 has developed a unique encapsulated, time release system for Retinol products. This not only enhances stability and freshness, but also prevents the usually high irritation caused to skin from higher concentrations of retinol by maintaining a slow, but continuous delivery of the active ingredient. The results are fast with no skin irritation.

Medik8’s Retinol range comes in 3 different strengths:
Retinol 3TR, Retinol 6TR, and Retinol 10TR

*Note Retinol 10TR is only recommended for those skins acclimatised already to Vitamin A products. If you have never used Retinol before, then it is wise to start with minimum strength and build it up.

Tips and tricks for Retinol beginners:

  • Apply it to your skin at bedtime, never use it during the day
  • Never combine with products containing ingredients such as glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide
  • Always wait at least 15 to 30 minutes after cleansing your skin and applying any other skin care products before you apply retinol

What else will help your skin to tolerate retinol for anti wrinkle therapy?

  1. Start Retinol therapy by using the product twice a week (every third night) and slowly increase to every night over a month or two as your skin adjusts. A little scaliness and irritation is normal at first, but if the treated skin becomes really sensitive, back off and wait. Let the skin return to normal then begin treatment again. Slowly try to increase to every night as your skin adjusts.
  2. Apply a ‘pearl-sized‘ portion to the face. Use the same amount for the neck and/or chest.
  3. If your skin continues to become irritated and just won’t adjust to retinol treatment, then switch to entirely non-irritating cleansers like Medik8 Red Alert. Many cleansers are too irritating for retinol treated skin.
  4. Tell your skin care specialist before performing a procedure such as a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, laser or any other light treatments that you using retinol. They may ask you to stop it for a period of time before and after your treatment.
  5. Always protect your skin from the sun to avoid undesirable sun damage.

 

Why use Retinol skin care?

Scientific studies and my skin care experience has given me so many reasons to be a big fan of Retinol!

  • It has proven itself to reduce, reverse, and prevent wrinkles. The younger a person starts (teens and twenties), the more benefit they receive, but it’s never too late!
  • It helps lighten and prevent age spots
  • It builds collagen to thicken and increase the structural strength of treated skin
  • Skin just looks better and younger when they use retinol

What I want for Christmas?!

Healthy, radiant skin is always in season.

Our top 5 tips and tricks to get the perfect skin for Christmas in 2015

what i want for Christmas

 

  1. Clear congestion and get rid of blackheads by removing all traces of party make up before you crawl into bed. Mix a small amount of warm water with a pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel and work into foam. Massage lightly over the face for a couple of minute and rinse off. The added exfoliation boost of  Mandelic Acid combined with moisturising L-Lactic Acid will have your skin radiant and replenished in no time.
  2. Get your glow on. The quickest way to look radiant is remove dull, devitalised skin cells. If you have an all-important party coming up take 1 pea size amount of Medik8 Pore Refining scrub, mix with warm water and gently massage over the face. Concentrate on the forehead, nose and chin as these tend to be thicker areas of skin. For oily or acne prone skin, leave the scrub on for up to 90 seconds for an intense exfoliation. Rinse with warm water and get ready to glow.
  3. Hydrate. Skin lacking superficial hydration leads to an impaired barrier function leaving skin, dehydrated, devitalised and prone to sensitivity. For an extra hydration boost apply Medik8 Hydr8 B5 moisture defense over skin to seal in extra moisture. It also makes you moisturiser last longer.
  4. Instant pick me up. For an instant radiant pick me up, use Medik8 super anti-oxidant Firewall. Apply to the entire face and neck for a firming flawless finish. Can be used under make up as a make-up primer or as a radiance finishing treatment for men.
  5. Begin a Skincare Routine. Facials are great, but nothing beats a consistent skincare routine at home each night. Cleanse your skin in the AM and PM before applying treatment or products with a gentle but effective cleanser, such as Medik8 Gentle Cleanse. In the morning, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from damage – we love O’Cosmedics Mineral Pro SPF 30+. In the evenings, use a treatment targeted towards your specific skin concerns, but always follow with a great moisturiser like Medik8 Hydr8 Night. Below is how to structure your ideal skin care regime

Morning

1 Cleanse the skin

2 Prepare the skin with toner

3 Use an active ingredient

4 Apply sunscreen

Evening

1 Cleanse the skin

2 Prepare the skin with toner

3 Use an active ingredient

4 Apply moisturiser

Skin condition: Acne Scars

Acne Scars Skin Care

 

Facts about the condition:

  • As an acne cyst forms, the neck of the sebaceous gland expands, filling with bacteria
  • Eventually the cyst ruptures this “foreign matter” deep within the dermis quickly attacked by white blood cells responsible for fighting infection
  • 95% of acne patients will develop scarring to some degree, the earlier the treatment appropriate for the severity of the outbreak is initiated, the better the odds are that scar formation will be mild
  • Delaying acne therapy by 3 or more years is likely to increase one’s risk of more significant acne scarring. In other words, the longer you keep your scars they more they “want to stay” with you and the harder task it is to smooth them out.

Skin needs:

  • Combination of treatments that is suited to an individual’s pattern of acne scarring.
  • There are various types of acne scars including ‘ice-pick’, depressed, rolling, raised or hypertrophic, and red or white scars, and each can require a different approach to treatment.
  • Treatment of acne scarring almost always requires repeated treatments over a number of months for best results. Your skin therapist will be able to recommend a treatment plan that is best suited to your skin’s condition and the scars.

 

Home Care

 Medi8 Retinol 3R, 6R and 10TR, 15 ml, from $70. The best on the market. Not only they prevent scar formation, they aid in acne clearance and anti-ageing as well

Stratamed Gel for Professional Scar Therapy, 5g $24.95. Prevention and treatment of keloids and hypertrophic scars

Skeyndor Urban White, Overnight Serum, 30ml, $85. Improve the appearance of skins with blemishes or acne marks

Micro Needle Titanium Dermal Roller, 0.5mm, $70. Induce collagen synthesis by creating micro-punctures in the epidermis without compromising skin integrity

Lycogel Breathable Camouflage, 30ml, $95. Calm and soothe the skin whilst providing effective coverup

Treatment Plan

  1. Chemical Peel for post inflammatory skin color changes and the most minor of acne scars. from $179
  2. Skin needling the most effective method of treating superficial acne scars. For all skin types including darker skin types . From $300
  3. Dermal fillers are used underneath the scars to give them additional support and improve their appearance. 

 

Q&A

Will vitamin E really help to improve my scar?

Despite the marketing hype, research has clearly shown vitamin E has absolutely no beneficial effect on scars. It’s just that as your body forms a scar there is a natural process of slow and gradual improvement over a period of about 12 months.

What skin types have bigger issues with scarring?

Scars are more of an issue for people:

  • who are Asian or who have dark skin – it’s not just their skin colour but other biochemical differences including the fact cells that make collagen are over-reactive.
  • aged between 10 and 30 – especially those who don’t have a genetic tendency for skin that heals well.
  • who have a wound on certain parts of their body eg the upper trunk, around the ear lobes or jaw line, or where movement puts extra tension on the scar.

What’s the Best Dermal Filler for Acne Scars?

Fillers can improve the appearance of acne scars by partially lifting the depressed scar but their effect is temporary. The results can last from between a few months to a year depending on a filler brand. Which dermal filler that is selected depends on the type of acne scar that is being treated.  For atrophic scars we use saline injections or a hyaluronic acid filler normally.  If there is  deeper tissue loss sometimes a volume filler is used.  Fillers are usually not helpful for thicker scars and ice pick scars.

Emani – The purest line of cosmetics

Designed for professional make up artists and skin professionals alike, Emani Minerals are vegan friendly, talc, gluten & paraben free mineral cosmetics.

Emani Minerals was established in USA in 1998 with a single passion in mind: to create a healthy line of cosmetics that would not only meet but exceed the standards of the professional makeup industry while still remaining practical for everyday use.

 

emani cosmetics range

With the use of Emani products fine lines are softened, skin texture appears more even, and makeup feels weightless. Some other benefits

  • Made with natural mineral pigments and certified organic ingredients, which produce a range of makeup effects from light and shimmering to bold and dramatic
  • All the products have natural protection of SPF 17
  • Ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin as well as for those with rosacea or other skin conditions or after chemical peels and IPL treatments
  • All products include only finely milled purified raw materials of the highest grade
  • Breathable and pore friendly
  • Free of talc, harmful chemicals, irritants, gluten and parabens
  • Free of Bismuth Oxychloride (enhances large pores)
  • Cruelty free. No animal testing and vegan friendly

 

Active Ingredients

Emani chooses to use certified organic ingredients from plant or flower extracts in formulations. They combine these extracts with key ingredients

  1. Mica. Transparent mineral which is mined from the earth. It can be opalescent and sparkling or completely matte. It is often treated with iron oxides to yield brilliant color effects.
  2. Iron Oxides. Natural oxides of iron that is combined with oxygen, varying in color from red to brown, black to orange or yellow, depending on the degree of water added.
  3. Titanium Dioxide. Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics. It protects skin from UVA and UVB radiation and is considered to have no risk of skin irritation

 

Well, hope you get a chance to enjoy Emani Cosmetics as much as we do

Skin Whitening that actually works

Pigmentation Causes

Uneven pigmentation can make your skin look tired, dry and dull and blotchy. 2 main types of pigmentation or skin darkening are

  1. MELASMA. The exact cause is not known although the condition is associated with pregnancy and/or hormonal fluctuations. It often presents with symmetrically appearing patches on face that are dark brown in colour. Melasma (also known as chloasma) is not dangerous but quiet unsightly
  2. HYPER PIGMENTATION. Darkening of random areas is thought to be caused by excess melanin production in the skin. It’s associated with a number of health conditions, medications and allergic reactions. Excessive sun exposure can also lead to hyper pigmentation and will worsen with age
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Skin Color

Melanin is the pigment produced by melanocyte cells. Melanin comes in two kinds: pheomelanin (yellow to reddish tone) and eumelanin (brown). It actually absorbs the sun’s damaging ultraviolet light to provide some amount of sun protection.

Melanin production is triggered by the enzyme, tyrosinase. If you cut down tyrosinase activity, pigmentation is controlled (this is where properly compounded topical tyrosinase inhibotors play a large part). If you find darker parts in your body, this means there is more melanin in those areas

 pigmentation

How Skin Lightening Products Work

Skin lightening products — also known as bleaching creams, whiteners, skin brighteners, or fade specially formulated to counteract the activity of tyrosinase. The active skin lightening ingredients play an important role to achieve this, to slow down melanin production and prevent darkening of the skin.

In addition, skin lightening products are exfoliants, that induces mild skin peeling to help resurface a fresher and lighter skin layer .

While some skin whitening solutions have shown effectiveness in lightening the skin and giving it a healthier look, there are those, which are toxic and in addition, have questionable safety profiles. Before you purchase Skin Lightening Products, read the fine print and know the facts.

 

Skin lighteners ingredients

 

The most widely used ingredient in skin lighteners is hydroquinone. Over-the-counter skin lighteners can contain up to 2% hydroquinone (scary thought).

Other skin lighteners use drugs such as steroids and retinoic acid, which comes from vitamin A, as active ingredients.

Some skin lighteners use natural ingredients such as kojic acid — a compound that comes from a fungus — and arbutin, a compound found in various plants

 

Risks of Skin Lighteners

One of the most significant risks of using some skin lighteners is the potential exposure to mercury. One study found that nearly 1 out of every 4 skin lighteners made in Asia contained mercury.

There are other potential risks of skin lighteners. Those risks can include the following:

  • Prolonged use can contribute to premature aging of skin
  • Long-term use may increase the risk of skin cancer from sun exposure. Always use sunscreen when using a skin lightener and going out in the sun
  • Steroids in some skin lighteners may increase risk for skin infections, skin thinning, acne, and poor wound healing
  • Applying steroids to large areas of skin may put you at risk for health problems related to steroid being absorbed by the body
  • Hydroquinone may cause unwanted and untreatable skin discoloration, some reports link it to cancer

 

Best skin whitening product on the market

White Balance Click is the latest formula from the long-term Medik8 anti-pigmentation research program. Medik8 researchers have scoured the literature and identified 7 key ‘routes’ to whitening and the results of this research have been presented at The Royal College of Physicians building in London. Pigmentation is the general scientific term for dark spots, age spots, freckles, blotchiness, sun damage, uneven skin tone and melasma. Applied regularly, this unique brightening serum has been shown to improve the appearance of overall skin tone with an array of several proven ingredients in a very carefully researched formula.

Kojic acid, which is a key ingredient in the formula, is inherently unstable when dissolved in water. Therefore Medik8 scientists use the innovative “click” packaging system to keep the kojic acid in powder form until its ready-to-use, by storing it in a special chamber inside the product lid. After purchase, simply clicks the lids to release the powder and activate the product by shaking. In addition, the formula contains a patent-pending stabilising complex to keep the dissolved kojic acid stable for 30 days, even after the click. With kojic acid now limited to 1% in cosmetics, this clever formula means maximum ‘bang-for-your-buck’.

Medik8 Whitening Cream is designed to minimise and reduce the appearance of

  • Age spots/Liver Spots/ Sun Spots
  • Freckles
  • Sun Damage/ Tans
  • Melasma/Chloasma
  • Acne Marks
  • Old Scars
  • Discolorations
  • Birth Marks
  • Dark Elbows, Knees, Knuckles
  • Dark Underarms
  • Other Pigmentation
  • General Skin Brightening

What is My Skin Type?

Yes, skin is your largest organ so learn to care for it! I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you know your (general) skin type and can recognise the first signs of your skin changing – you’re a winner! You will never suffer from conditions you do not understand and you will not fall a victim to a “know-it-all” pushy therapist. Just remember, everyone’s skin changes. These changes can occur and show up fast.  Recognise, identify and act on these changes quickly before they set in.

Here are some guidelines on how to identify your general skin type. Once you have established where you fall on the skin-type spectrum, you can make informed decisions in terms of getting the right skin care and/or targeting specific issues with creams, serums and cleansers.

Please understand this information is not designed to train you as a doctor or replace advice of a skin professional – you should still come to us 😉

skin types

Dry Skin 

  • Can often feels tight, especially after you cleanse it
  • May have dry patches and flaking
  • Loss of skin tone
  • Enlarged (also referred to as broken) capillaries
  • Pores appear smaller
  • Skin appears dull, especially on the cheeks and around the eyes and forehead
  • Ages faster /more prone to lines and wrinkles including crows feet, smokers lines etc

Combination skin

  • Many people have an oily skin T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) and  normal/dry skin along the cheeks and sides of the face
  • Breakouts may occur around T-zone
  • Breakouts on lower part of the face can indicate hormonal imbalance, while upper part of the face can be stress related

Oily Skin

  • Larger follicles, larger pores, open pores
  • Skin can appear thicker. It also appears shiny
  • Prone to blackheads and whiteheads
  • May present with clogged pores and frequent breakouts 

Sensitive / Redness prone skin

  • Fine-textured, may appear paper thin
  • Capillaries can be visible on cheeks, nose, forehead
  • Skin can look blotchy, become flushed easily
  • Rosacea and even sensitivity to water (if you feel stinging when you splash water on your face)

Normal Skin

  • Feels comfortable, soft and translucent
  • No dry/flaky or greasy patches
  • No visible blemishes or pores
  • Even skin tone and smooth texture
  • Able to benefit from various skin care products 

Acneic / Problematic Skin

  • Produces too much oil and has enlarged pores
  • Clogged pores with excess oil,
  • Dead skin cells and bacteria may lead to blackheads and whiteheads

 

Determine your skin type @ home

  1. Cleanse twice with warm water and your regular cleanser
  2. Have a good night sleep
  3. In the morning apply rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper to your face to blot it

Results:

Oily – paper sticks to your face or becomes translucent
Dry – paper doesn’t stick to any part of your face nor becomes translucent
Combination – paper only sticks to your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin)

 

Now you have some of the tools to map your skin type and condition to some great products and create a fantastic skin care routine to suit your skin. Having said all this nothing can really replace advice of genuine, ethical professional who is truly great in their field. We look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon either for advice or a glass of campaign (this bone needs to be booked in advance hehehe…)

How to pick the sunscreen in Melbourne?

The main purpose of sunscreen is to block the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light from damaging the skin.

UV rays can be split into two classes: UVB rays which are associated with sunburn (think ‘B’ for burn), and UVA rays which are responsible for premature skin aging (think ‘A’ for ageing).

Both types of rays can be responsible for skin cancer.

What is SPF?

All sunscreens have written on the label the Sun Protection Factor, or SPF. The SPF acts as a multiplier. If you apply a sunscreen with SPF 10, you’ll remain protected for 10×10 minutes i.e. 100 minutes.

SPF was introduced in 1962 as a measure of a sunscreen’s protection against UVB – the higher the SPF the greater protection the skin has against sunburn. The star rating shown on sunscreen packaging is an indication of UVA protection – the higher the star rating, the higher the UVA protection.

Tip: Look for ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen having combined protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Physical vs chemical sunblocks?

Sunscreens are usually divided into two categories: physical or chemical.

  • When applied to the skin, Chemical sunscreens (such as para-aminobenzoic acid, benzophenones, and cinnamates) absorb UV radiation and convert it into harmless forms of energy.
  • Physical sunscreens lie on top of the skin and create a physical barrier to UV radiation. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are examples of physical sunblocks.

The advantages of physical sunscreens are that they:

  • reflect/scatter UV radiation rather than absorb it,
  • are not absorbed by the skin and thus provide longer lasting protection
  • cause less allergic irritations than chemical sunscreens

 

Check SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defence and Mineral Pro Triple Defence Moisturiser for more information

Do you have skin care products to help me with acne and keep it under control?

Acne is one of the most common skin-care problems for people around the world. Many of us have gone to great lengths to banish every blemish, only to see them return again. You feel like you’ve tried everything, but no matter what you do, acne keeps coming back.

acne skin care products

What You Shouldn’t Do when you have acne!

Here are things that anyone struggling with acne should avoid:

  • Don’t use harsh or irritating skin-care products. Treating acne-prone skin gently is the best way to go.
  • Don’t wash your face with bar soaps or bar cleansers of any kind. Soap is drying, and the ingredients that hold bar soaps in their bar form clog pores. If you prefer using bar cleansers to clean your skin, we recommend a specifically formulated ‘Acne Bar‘ by A Natural Difference Clinical Skincare.
  • Don’t pick at blemishes! You can “pop” a pimple, but how you do it makes all the difference between healing and scarring.
  • Don’t use extreme heat or cold to clean your face or treat a blemish. Hot compresses or ice cubes are not the way to treat acne or to encourage healing; they cause inflammation, which will aggravate your acne. Pores do not open and close with hot or cold water.
  • Don’t apply thick, waxy hair-styling products or hairspray, especially if your hair usually touches your forehead. The ingredients in these products can clog pores if they get on your skin.
  • Don’t leave your make up on overnight. By leaving make up on you will clog your pores and create blemishes you are trying to conceal during the day-be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin twice in the evening, and again in the morning.

 

What You Can Do to fight acne!

Experimenting with what works is an important way to create an anti-acne routine that works for you. A gentle, non-irritating skin-care routine is vital to get your acne under control;

  1. Gentle cleansing is a vital first step. A mild, water-soluble cleanser helps reduce oily skin and acne without making your skin feel dry and tight. We recommend Benefit Clean by Cosmedix.
  2. Exfoliate. Products that contain Salicylic acid, also known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA), can help kill the bacteria that causes acne. It is an amazing multifunctional ingredient that treats acne in several ways. It not only has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but also exfoliates to remove built-up dead skin cells on the surface of the skin as well as inside the pore. Salicylic acid also has antibacterial properties. For salicylic acid formulas to be effective, the concentration must be at least 0.5%, although 1% to 2% is far more effective; plus, the formula’s pH is a critical factor, with a pH of 3 to 4 being optimal. In addition, the product must not contain any irritating ingredients, because such ingredients cause inflammation, which you must avoid as much as possible. Fortunately, well-formulated salicylic acid products do exist. We recommend Pore Cleanse Gel by Medik8.
  3. Serums; Retinol, a vitamin A derivative can play a significant role in an acne treatment routine. They change the way skin cells are formed in the layers of skin as well as in the pore, improving how skin cells shed. This will unclog pores, thereby significantly reducing inflammatory lesions.

 

Caution for Acne sufferers:

  • Oral antibiotics can be extremely effective in controlling acne, but as effective as they are, they also pose serious risks that you must consider. Because oral antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the body along with the bad bacteria, ongoing use can result in chronic infections as well as stomach problems.
  • Birth control pills (some types) have been shown to reduce acne lesions and oil production, in part by decreasing androgens (male hormones), which are largely responsible for causing blemishes. Keep in mind that there are risks associated with taking any type of birth control pill (especially if you smoke)

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