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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

 

Could Taking Selfies Be Causing Premature Skin Aging?

Last month, “The Daily Mail” featured a story about a 26-year-old blogger who takes 50 selfies a day for her blog and saw a dermatologist to find out whether the high-energy visible (HEV) light from her mobile phone screen was causing her skin to age prematurely. The doctor, cosmetic dermatologist Simon Zokaie, believed that this was, in fact, the case. He said that the light from her phone was causing her skin to develop dark spots, and that a lot of the damage on her skin from the light was still lying dormant under her skin

Could it really be true that selfies cause skin to age more rapidly?

 

Here are our research and some findings on the topic

  • There’s no way to avoid visible light totally, but limiting time in front of your computers and smart phones can certainly help
  • Visible light has been shown to increase pigment production, leading to dark spots, whilst also promoting breakdown of collagen, which leads to wrinkles. It can also create reactive oxygen species that damage the skin and cause premature skin aging
  • UV light (sunlight) is much more harmful to skin than the light from computers and mobile devices
  • Whether or not you’re truly concerned about the light from your phone, it’s always important to
    protect your skin with sunscreen
  • There are various high potency face creams and serums specifically aimed at helping to
    prevent dark spots

Some of my favourites include the new Medik8 White Balance Oxy-R, which contains a number of skin brightening agents to balance skin tone and fade dark spots and freckles, and Skeyndor Urban White Serum, which contains AHA reduce the appearance of aging and other active ingredients to ward off hyperpigmentation.

Visit our Chadstone Melbourne store to learn more

Eye creams. What to look for? Do eye creams really work?

The array of eye creams on beauty shelves can be almost overwhelming. Dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles .. We’ve been road testing the best for to find the perfect one for you

The basic overlying premise of eye creams is that products for the face and body aren’t sufficient for this very unique area. Why? Because the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner and more delicate than the skin on our face, 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. Fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles.

 

eye creams

 

Eye creams can address some of these issues. However, finding an effective eye cream can be difficult. Eye creams often advertised as “specially formulated” for the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes or claim to get rid of puffiness, dark circles, and sagging skin—yet, in many cases, they fail to live up to their promises.

 

What to Look for in an Eye Cream

First, it’s important to understand there’s no research indicating that specific eye-area ingredients differ from those you use on the rest of your face.

Avoid eye products that contain irritating ingredients, such as fragrant plant oils, synthetic fragrance, or sensitizing plant extracts, all of which can cause pro-aging inflammation.

What the eye area really needs are antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, in a soothing, fragrance-free formula. Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin), vitamin C (collagen production), and vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin).

Another beneficial ingredient for under the eye includes vitamin K (inhibits bruising and diminishes dark pigment or cast due to broken down blood cells). Kojic acid, arnica and licorice can diminish dark circles and lighten pigment under the eyes. Chamomile, tea extracts, and cucumber can help reduce puffiness.

 

Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes, and Sagging Skin

Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age, and blood build-up. Sodium ascorbate, or vitamin C, can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about 6 months. Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, and kojic acid can also lighten dark circles.

Most importantly, during the day, whatever you put around your eye must contain sunscreen (something most eye creams lack).

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Dark Circles (15ml)Designed to improve blood haemodynamics and microcirculation, lighten dark circles and relieve bags or puffiness. $62.00
  1. Sircuit: WHITE OUT+ daily under eye care (15ml).  Improves skin hydration, firmness and elasticity. Strengthens and thickens the delicate skin around the eye. $84.95

 

Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Studies show that Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have the ability to boost collagen production. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid also help; these are moisturizers that help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity. Note 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.

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Retinol Eye. Boosts firmness, plumpness and epidermal hydration under and around the eye. $84.95
  2. Eyesential. Quick and temporary fix to the area around the eye. Not a permanent repair so it is actually classified as a non-colour cosmetic rather that a treatment. $95
  3. Sircuit: I. CEE U.+ firming anti-aging eye gel (15ml)Helps instantly lift and revitalise the look of tired eyes. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. $144.95

 

Puffiness is a build-up of fluid and blood under the eyes or can be from simply not getting enough sleep. Some studies show that caffeine can help circulation, which could reduce puffiness, whilst other studies show that cold temperatures are just as effective. That’s why some people refrigerate their eye creams.

We recommend

  1. CosMedix: Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex (7ml)A firming eye cream to renew the delicate skin around the eyes. $79.95
  2. Skeyndor Aquatherm: Soothing Eye Cream (15ml). When used daily, it softens the eye contour and rejuvenates the eye area. $65.00

If the puffiness is the result of fat pads that have shifted under the eye (which is a hallmark of aging skin), there are no creams in the world that can address it

Skin condition: Dry skin.

Dry Skin Care

 

Characteristics:

Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterised by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. The epidermis is normally composed of fats (lipids) and protein. The lipids portion of the epidermis helps prevent skin’s dehydration. When the skin’s oils are removed, skin’s protection decreases and it loses moisture more easily. This process is known as Epidermal Water Loss as skin becomes dry, it also may become more sensitive and prone to rashes and skin breakdown.

Facts about the condition:

  • Affect males and females equally
  • Older people are typically much more prone to it due to diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants
  • Arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by the condition
  • Dryness of the skin is affected by the amount of water vapor in the surrounding air, the humidity
  • The condition is also known as xeroderma or xerosis

Causes:

  • It is classified as mild, temporary condition which lasts from a few days to weeks. In severe cases can be a long-term skin problem
  • Cold or dry air and winter weather can worsen dry skin
  • Individuals whose occupations require more frequent hand-washing and sanitizing
  • Dry skin may also be a side effect of an underlying medical disorder, lifestyle or some medications
    • Harsh soaps and chemical cleansers, misusing moisturisers, and long, hot showers
    • Medications you take – and even medical conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis, hypothyroidism
    • Malnutrition or lack of oils in diet

Skin needs:

This type of skin could benefit from a creamy wash with hydrating ingredients and moisturisers with sunscreens and antioxidants

 

Recommendations:

Try using the Face Care range for dry skin, specifically formulated to nourish and hydrate your skin. The products should include pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties. They should be gentle enough to care for even the most sensitive skins.

 

Here are our top 5

 

Your daily routine:

Step 1 – As part of your daily routine, start by a gentle cleanser to gently lift away debris and/or make-up – cleanse once in the morning and twice in the evening.

Step 2 – Follow with the appropriate restorative serum (protective for the day and regenerative for the night)

Step 3 – Morning routine requires a protective day cream. It’ll help lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day. Chose a cream with UV filters and added antioxidants. Evening routine needs a nourishing cream to support your skin’s replenishment overnight and restore your skin’s softness

Q&A

Should I use only very oily products in my treatment routines?

No, not really. Without a doubt dry skin does require nourishment. However, oily textures are not necessarily the most effective way to replenish dry skin. Focusing on a treatment plan to restore the skin’s barrier will work wonders to your skin. Chose appropriate product lines with very light molecular weight for quick absorption. You want your skin feeling soft and nourished but not greasy or sticky.

For my dry skin should I use a different products/treatment during summertime and wintertime?

Absolutely! Choose your skin care products and treatments according to your skin’s needs first and consider the weather second. The skin tends to become drier in wintertime. The cold air, the wind, the heating, and the indoor/outdoor differences in temperature are all factors which aggravate and dry out your skin. Most people with dry skin tendency will need richer formulars in winter.

 Will Drinking Water Prevent Dry Skin?

The truth is your skin needs the perfect oil-water balance to stay in tip top condition. While drinking enough water will most certainly improve your skin’s overall feel and condition, treatment for dry skin can be far more complicated. Watch out not to consume the types of liquids that lead to dehydration and stay away from alcohol and caffeine as they are the chief offenders.

 

Our top 5 tips to help maintain a beautifully soft, smooth skin

1.       Always wear  sunscreen! Even in winter. Sun slowly but surely delivers the damage. It makes your skin less and less able to hold moisture or feel smooth.

2.       Use a good quality moisturiser. Everyday! Make sure your moisturiser contains antioxidants and ingredients that help skin hold on to water, skin-repairing ingredients, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.

3.       Exfoliate at least once a week. Skin cellular turnover (usually 28days) is a function of healthy skin. Due to sun damage and other environmanetal and life style factors, your skin needs help with this process. A well-formulated scrub or fruit enzymes treatment can help skin cells turn over in a more natural, youthful manner by removing the build-up of older skin cells, revealing the newer, fresher ones.

4.       Don’t forget your lips. Lips are the least capable of staying young, smooth and soft. Do not leave your lips naked day or night. Apply and reapply an emollient lipstick, gloss or nourishing lip cream.

5.       Never use products that contain drying or irritating ingredients

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