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 …
Sustainable companies | the greening of the cosmetics industry  

Sustainable companies | the greening of the cosmetics industry  

The cosmetics industry is under pressure from governments, NGOs, and more importantly consumers, to adopt more sustainable business practices and become responsible corporate citizens with sustainable companies. As more and more consumers are becoming environmentally aware, they are demanding ethical alternatives to products from mainstream corporations often with dubious environmental records. They are voting with their feet and are seeking out sustainable companies that are eco-focused and are reducing their carbon footprint. Rising ethical consumerism is engulfing the cosmetics and personal care industry, as its largest group of consumers, the Millennials, are becoming…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 …
Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Turmeric and curcumin | powerful anti-inflammatory | potent antioxidant

Used for centuries in Indian cooking and Eastern medicine, the West is now touting TURMERIC as a new superfood due to its therapeutic properties. Colourful plant foods are said to be good for our health due to their phytochemical properties. So it’s not surprising that turmeric, the richly coloured, golden-orange spice, has been found to have a range of health-promoting benefits. Turmeric has several compounds with medicinal properties, the most important being the yellow pigment, curcumin. Curcumin provides the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a potent…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 …