Methylene blue | miracle antioxidant | reverses skin ageing

Methylene blue | miracle antioxidant | reverses skin ageing

Used widely by biologists to help them see life under the microscope, the blue dye methylene blue is now being touted as the secret ingredient to slowing, or even reversing, skin ageing. The elusive fountain of youth may well have just been discovered. According to the recent scientific paper Anti-Aging Potentials of Methylene Blue for Human Skin Longevity, the secret to slowing or even reversing skin ageing may be an inexpensive chemical that has been used for many years in medicine! What is methylene blue? Methylene blue is a blue dye or stain…Read more …
Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented beauty products | happening or hype?

Fermented (probiotic-rich) foods provide large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourish the gut. Thanks to a Korean trend, fermented skincare is now engulfing the Western world. But is there any truth to the hype around fermented beauty products? Gut bacteria influence immune responses. And to keep the gut healthy, people are turning back the clock and reverting to foods from past eras. They are rediscovering fermented foods. When eaten, the microorganisms in some fermented foods help fight illness and disease, and may significantly improve a person’s health. In recent years, thanks to a…Read more …
Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels | part 3 | facial rejuvenation

Chemical peels dissolve the glue between cells, shed dead skin, and remove the damaged outer layer of the epidermis. But like all the treatments in our facial rejuvenation series, there are risks involved. In the old days, if you weren’t happy with the look of your skin, you could go to the doctor for a one-off, medical-grade, deep peel. The disadvantages of these procedures included red, inflamed skin and weeping wounds, plus staying indoors - often for months - until the skin recovered from the aggressive resurfacing treatments. Today, deep peels are much…Read more …
Dermal fillers | part 2 | facial rejuvenation

Dermal fillers | part 2 | facial rejuvenation

In part 2 of our 3-part facial rejuvenation series, we look at dermal fillers – the second most popular non-invasive cosmetic techniques to transform faces. Injectable dermal fillers do more than just smooth and tighten the skin. The aim of this facial rejuvenation technique is to change the contours of the face for a more youthful appearance. Substances used in dermal fillers Made from naturally occurring gels, dermal fillers are injected under the skin to fill facial creases and expression lines, create fuller lips, plump hollow cheeks, and improve the appearance of sunken scars. Collagen used…Read more …
Facial rejuvenation | part 1 | Botox

Facial rejuvenation | part 1 | Botox

In our 3-part non-invasive, facial rejuvenation series, we look at the pros and  cons of the three most popular cosmetic techniques: Botox, Dermal Fillers and Chemical Peels. Touted as the miracle wrinkle eraser, Botox can quickly and painlessly relax wrinkle-causing muscles to reduce expression lines and create a smoother, wrinkle-free complexion. Facial rejuvenation for expression lines Expression lines, such as laugh lines, brow lines and crow’s feet, are the result of repeated facial movements. As we age and our skin starts to lose its elasticity, expression lines make deeper depressions on our faces and are reinforced every time we laugh,…Read more …
Health-conscience consumers demand natural ingredients for skincare

Health-conscience consumers demand natural ingredients for skincare

Growing environmental awareness and healthy lifestyles are fuelling demand in natural ingredients for skincare - and this trend is particularly strong among the all-important Millennials. They may be locked out of the housing market, but Millennials are not shy when it comes to using their credit cards on personal items. In fact, they spend more than any other generation on cosmetics and personal care products. However, they are no pushovers. Millennials won’t be flogged products they perceive to be harmful to their health or may damage the environment. They are demanding personal care…Read more …