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 …
Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

Probiotics in skincare | treats skin complaints | improves complexions

So you want to add another line to your skincare range. Probiotics in skincare can influence our skin microflora and treat skin problems, and may just give another dimension to your beauty brand. Before refrigeration, much of the food our ancestors ate had to be preserved. These fermented or cultured (probiotic-rich) foods provided them with large quantities of friendly bacteria which nourished the gut. As probiotics in foods are largely missing from modern diets, people have been taking supplements or returning to age-old recipes to improve digestive and immune health. Some of these…Read more …
The science behind beauty | human v plant-derived growth factors

The science behind beauty | human v plant-derived growth factors

In part 1 of our Science behind Beauty blog, we looked at how award-winning science is changing the face of the cosmetics industry. In part 2, we discuss human and plant-derived growth factors. As mentioned in our previous post, growth factors are cellular messengers produced by the body to communicate with neighbouring cells. Their purpose is to stimulate and grow cells to repair damage. All human cells can produce growth factors. As we age however, the number of growth factors the body makes starts to decline. Fortunately, now growth factors can be bio-engineered…Read more …