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How to remove age spots effectively

Age spots are also known as brown spots or liver spots. They typically appear on areas most exposed to sun:

  • back of the hands
  • face
  • neck
  • decolatage
  • legs
  • back
  • shoulders

When we’re young we don’t even think they’ll appear on our skin (and even if they do – it’s so far in the future that you’ll deal with it when it happens). Unfortunately, age spots can sneak up on you before you know it.

Although unsightly, age spots are not harmful to your health in any way.

However, considering the importance of clear, unblemished skin to your overall image and self confidence, it is worthwhile making an effort to prevent and remove age spots if they do appear. Age spots can range in size from anything from a small freckle to much bigger in size, but they often group together making them appear larger

 

What causes age spots?

The main cause for age spots is sun exposure, which is why they usually appear on areas not usually covered by clothing such as the face, neck, hands and arms.

The sun-exposed skin produces a pigment called melanin as a natural defense against the sun’s harmful UV – and the body’s natural ageing process then causes cells to generate even more melanin, creating age spots. Genetics also play a role, with some people being genetically predisposed to age spots. Typically, they appear towards our 40s but some skin types can develop age spots and sun spots much earlier.

 

Removing Age Spots

This is one of those cases when prevention is better than cure. So the best way to treat age spots is to prevent them from occurring. It is must easier than you think!

It can be something as simple as making sure to apply ample amounts of sunscreen before heading out into the sun; covering your skin by wearing all white if you’ll be outdoors for an extended period of time; or avoiding the sun altogether if you please.

If you’re opting to go the sunscreen route to prevent age spots, make sure your sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays and has a minimum SPF 15. You should only wear physical, not chemical sunblock to avoid skin issues in the future. Remembering that sun protection doesn’t only shield you from age spots and sun spots but is also a must if you want to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

You can remove or fade out age spots in a few effective ways:

 

  • Microdermabrasion (which is not my favorite but moderately effective) – scrubs away the top layer of skin so that it is eventually replaced by new skin. It also improves overall skin quality.
  • Photo Rejuvenation by IPL/Laser (which is by far the fastest and the most effective way but not suitable for everyone), stimulates and shatters the pigmented spot allowing the body to eliminate the unwanted excessive pigment while having little or no effect on other tissues or on normal skin color. The brown spots may become darker within hours of treatment, then flake off over a 7 to 14 day period
  • Chemical peels (great but can be little time consuming) – Many experts say that peels are an ideal choice for the treatment of age spots, particularly for lighter coloured spots. There are many peels that are specifically formulated to help with the reduction of age spots and even out overall skin tone, while leaving the skin hydrated.

 

Best Products for Age Spots

Whether you opt for the procedure or the prescription route, following up with good skin care products will help your skin look its best.

The best products to use for age spots are anti-aging products that are packed with skin brightening ingredients. The best cream for age spots are commonly include Bleaching Agents, Niacinamides, Vitamin A or Vitamin C. They are great option to help brighten skin and fade age spots gradually over the course of a few months

 

  1. SerumWhite Balance Click OXY-R

White Balance® Click Oxy-R is a silky serum containing an innovative ingredient called Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R). This active ingredient specifically helps minimise the appearance of skin pigmentation; reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and improving the overall appearance of sun damaged skin. It contains 10 carefully chosen active ingredients in a patent-pending solution to help reduce the appearance of skin pigmentation as well as providing the feeling of immediate hydration. Suitable for sensitive skin, it is free from kojic acid, reinoids and Hydroquinone. It contains a hint of Ylang Ylang for a natural and comforting fragrance.  White Balance® Click Oxy-R contains a patent-pending stabilisation technology, which addresses and helps to inhibit the appearance of melanin-based pigmentation (caused by sun-damage).  The unique Click delivery system, coupled with splitting the formula into 2 x 10ml individual bottles, ensures the Oxy-R active remains fresh and potent for maximum results.

2. CreamDAY/NIGHT –  White Balance Duo

White Balance Day & Night are part of the Medik8 Pigmentation Solution. It is a daily moisturising system combining both brightening and anti-ageing benefits, containing a unique ingredient Oxyresveratrol (Oxy-R) which specifically helps minimise skin pigmentation; reducing the appearance of uneven skin tone and improving the overall appearance of sun-damaged skin. Working in conjunction with White Balance Click, they deliver long lasting and visible lightening benefits to the skin.  The day formula has an ultra-high SPF 50 coupled with a wonderfully light texture; perfect for all skin types. It provides instant brightening benefits thanks to light reflective pigments. Whilst melanin production continues as you sleep, the night formula carries on working, lightening skin colour and creating an even skin tone. Niacinamide helps to reduce dark spots and inflammation while improving the overall appearance of skin. Gluconolactone helps to repair the skin barrier overnight and thereby keeps skin moisturised.

 

3. Treatment – White peel

Superficial, quick and effective way to achieve a brighter and even skin tone, free of age spots and dark spots and hyperpigmentation, is to eliminate skin cells rich in melanin and prevent the darkening of the new skin cells. White Peel has been especially designed to target the skin’s pigment cells to gentle and effectively reduce the appearance of unwanted discoloration. Combines 4 acids to being you powerful results

  • Phytic Acid: an effective depigmenting agent with anti-tyrosinase activity, reducing the melanin content of the skin
  • L-Lactic Acid: an alpha hydroxy acid proven to reduce melanin formation
  • Salicylic Acid: loosens hardened keratinised material while providing gentle exfoliation for the skin
  • L-Mandelic Acid: a mild and effective alpha-hydroxy acid encouraging cellular regeneration. Often compared to glycolic acid for the results it provides without the negative effect: less redness, less downtime

 

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

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

Skin Imperfections defined

SKIN Conditions Defined

Skin imperfections can be anything from: Thread Veins, Red Veins, Broken Capillaries,  Skin Tags, Milia, Rosacea, Broken Capillaries, Freckles etc.

The first step you can take to improve your skin texture is to understand your condition and identify the culprits behind less-than-perfect skin. 

Here are the most common skin imperfections in alphabetical order.

Age Spots

Blemishes on the skin associated with ageing and exposure to UV light.  They are located in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead.  They range in colour from light brown to red to black.

Broken Capillaries / Thread Veins / Red Veins

These are conditions that are most commonly found on the face (particularly around the nose) and legs. They can be caused by many factors, including ageing, pregnancy, harsh weather and smoking.

Cellulite

The accumulation of fat that presses against the connective tissues underneath a person’s skin, causing a bumpy or ‘cottage cheese-like’ effect. Genetics, hormones and/or diet often serve as the root of the problem.

Hypo-pigmentation

Hypo-pigmentation is the partial loss of skin colour, hypopigmented skin is abnormally light when compared to the surrounding skin and occurs when the skin produces too little melanin.  The most common causes are after an injury to the skin or by regular intake of particular medications.

Melasma

Characterised by dark, irregular patches commonly found on the upper cheeks, nose, lips, upper lip and forehead which often develop over time.  Particularly common in women especially pregnant women and those taking oral or patch contraceptives or HRT medications.  This exact cause is not known but is linked to hormonal changes rather than sun damage

Rosacea

An inflammatory response where the skin becomes flushed and vasodilated very easily.  The symptoms begin with flushing and redness on the central face and across the cheeks, nose or forehead, but can also affect the neck, chest, ears and scalp.

Skin Pigmentation

Conditions that cause the skin to appear blotchy and lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation) than normal due to an imbalance in melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color. Skin pigmentation disorders are caused by varying factors, including sun exposure, allergic reactions and genetic inheritance.

Skin Tags and Milia

Skin tags are very common and normally found around the bust, neck or areas of friction such as the underarm. They are harmless but can be both unsightly and irritating.

Milia are very small, white,  cysts which lie superficially under the surface of the skin, commonly around the eye area.

Stretch Marks

A form of scarring that occurs on the skin and has a white or reddish tint. When the dermis tears due to loss of elasticity and collagen, such scars can appear. Stretch marks also occur when the skin is stretched at a rapid pace (i.e. puberty, weight gain or pregnancy).

Sun Damage

Often the price we pay for tanning, sun damage occurs when the skin is overly exposed to the sun’s intense ultraviolet (UV) rays. While some effects are immediately visible (i.e. sunburns and suntans), others appear over time in the form of unsightly wrinkles and liver spots. Excessive and repeated sun exposure can permanently damage skin cell DNA, resulting in skin cancer.

 

What can you do to improve your skin complexion?

Keeping skin perfectly blemish-free is almost impossible. However, with an effective daily cleansing routine and a thorough understanding of how imperfections can be prevented and reduced, you’ll be on your way towards achieving clearer, more beautiful skin.

Contrary to popular belief, skin imperfections are not caused by eating greasy foods, limited to teenagers, or cured overnight. Regardless of whether you are prone to imperfections or not, there are simple ways to help control and prevent them.

Stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, and hormonal changes can all have an impact on your skin. To keep imperfections at bay, lead a healthy lifestyle and incorporate good skincare products into your regime. Look for anti-bacterial products that also exfoliate the skin surface to help purify and unclog pores.

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