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Launching the “Pumpkin Peel”

Launching the “Pumpkin Peel”

Launching the “Pumpkin Peel”

Pamper and revitalize tired and dull skin with a blend of natural pumpkin enzyme and skin resurfacing acids to smoothen fine lines and awaken the cellular turnover process. Power blended formula with natural Alpha and Beta hydroxy acids as well as vital nutrients, the pumpkin treatment is an advanced resurfacing facial that promotes collagen production and unveils firmer, smoother skin.

Active Ingredients:

Pumpkin Enzyme, Malic Acid and Willow Bark Extract

Ideal for:

Mature skin, congested skin, dull skin, hyperpigmentation

Function:

  • Stimulates cell turnover
  • Improves skin texture
  • Gives the skin lighter, brighter appearance
  • Reduces discoloration and pigmentation
  • Improves congested pores and acne
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines
  • Antioxidant properties

Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore on 3rd & 4th June, 2015

Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore on 3rd & 4th June, 2015

Attended the conference “Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore” on 3rd & 4th June, 2015.

Highlight of the conference –

Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore
Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore

The New Fruit Peel System is the gentle peel with apple, almond, pear,apricot fermentation extract and ideal for sensitive skin. If   you don’t like existing peels because too strong & irritant. We strongly recommend this FRUIT PEEL SYSTEM.

Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore

Red peel ( TCA peel) for reducing fine lines /wrinkles/ uneven pigmentation/ shallow acne scars. Also , help minimize pores/ skin elasticity.

Clinical Facial Aesthetics Singapore

Acne treatment with the ALA REVOLUTION GEL PDT Treatment.

Suncreeens – Cosmeticeuticals for Skin Protection from Sun

About  Sunscreen lotions Sun Screens

Sun Screens is a lotion, spray, gel or other topical product that absorbs or reflects Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin exposed to sunlight. UV rays from sun damage the skin, age it prematurely, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

Sunscreen should be used every day since even on a cloudy day 80% of the Sun’s rays reach the earth’s surface. Apply Sunscreen to dry skin about 15-30 minutes before going outdoors. Re-apply after sweating swimming or toweling off. Water resistant sunscreens protect skin for 40 minutes of water exposure. Waterproof sunscreens protect for 80 minutes. Choose your sunscreen accordingly.

Sunscreen Formulations:  Sunscreens come with different formulations. You can choose one based on your skin type.

  • For Oily Skin – Gels
  • For Dry Skin – Lotions
  • For body – Sprays.

Another important factor to consider while choosing the Sunscreen is Sun protection factor (SPF) of the Sunscreen. Higher the SPF, higher the protection from UV rays. But sunscreens with higher SPF will also have more sunscreen oil and a heavier, greasy consistency.

Other important Tips for protection of Skin from Sun:

  • Minimize sun exposure between 10am and 4pm when the worst and greatest quantity of ultraviolet light exists. Follow the shadow rule that is if your shadow is longer than your height , it is okay to be outside.
  • Wear prtotective eyewear. Sunglasses with UV-blocking filters are very important . The eye is the 2nd most common site in which melanoma develop.
  • Wear Hats. Each inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of cancer by 10%.
  • Check the UV index each day and dress accordingly if possible. Check the internet , your local newspaper, television or radio for your local daily UV index.

Shampoos and Conditioners – Cosmeceuticals for Hair Care

As mentioned in the earlier article, Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients which have medical benefits.

Cosmeceuticals for  hair care contains functional ingredients designed to treat the signs of aging of the hair and scalp.

Not very long ago, bar soaps were used to clean both the hair and the body. Bar soaps have alkalies which increase their pH level. Also, in combination with hard water, soap causes soap scum which settles on your hair. Using ordinary soap bar with high pH will cause hair shaft to swell leaving them unattractive and unmanageable. Soap scum left in the hair makes them harsh and dull and can be a source of scalp irritation.

To overcome the adverse effects of bar soap on hair, liquid shampoos were developed. Development of liquid synthetic Shampoos with very low or neutral pH values revolutionized hair washing. Shampooing leaves hair soft and manageable and could be used more frequently without any adverse cosmetic results.

During frequent washing of hair, there is excessive removal of sebum. Sebum is a natural hair conditioner secreted by the oil glands present in the root of hair. Hair Conditioners were developed to compliment the shampoos to supply the hair with positive attributes of Sebum.

Apart from improper care, our hair can be damaged by mechanical and chemical trauma. Common sources of trauma to hair are excessive brushing, hot blow drying, permanent   hair waving , hair straightening & hair bleaching . While environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, air pollution, wind, seawater and chlorinated water in swimming pools cause hair damage which is technically  known as weathering.

Hair conditioners are synthetic sebum like substance which minimize static electricity, increase shine, and improve manageability & aid in maintaining a hairstyle. Hair Conditioners compliment the hair shampoos to recondition hair that has been damaged by chemical or mechanical trauma and maintain a healthy appearance for hair.

Use of hair conditioners after shampooing is highly recommended for all hair types.  For any queries regarding hair problems or any questions regarding hair care email us or fill the form on the right to send us a query.

Cometiceuticals – New Age Skin Care Products for Anti- Aging and Wrinkles

Anti aging and Anti wrinkle skin care productsCosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients which have medical benefits.

When the Skin is exposed to Sunlight and as a part of natural aging process, there is an increased production of free radicals which destroy the collagen and elastic tissues in both the skin and blood vessels. There are several cosmetic skin care products with different active ingredients like Topical anti-oxidants, Collagen stimulating agents and botanical ingredients which help counter these aging effects.

Topical Antioxidants are used to protect the skin and slow down this process, thereby reducing fine lines and improving elasticity. Anti-oxidants which are commonly used in creams and lotions are:

  • Vitamins : Vitamin C and E are good Anti-oxidants. However, they are unstable in creams and not very effective. Choose a brand with Vitamins only on doctor’s recommendation.
  • Alphalipoic acid: It is a naturally occurring compound. This may cause a tingling sensation on skin but regular application improves tolerance.
  • Ibedenone:  It is one of the most potent topical anti-oxidant in the market today and is available off the shelf in 0.5% or 1% formulations. Prevage eye anti-aging treatment by Elizabeth Arden contains Ibedenone.

Collagen Stimulating agents are another active ingredients in skin care products these days.  Some of the common collagen stimulating agents are:

  • Peptides: These are fragments of proteins which prevent breakdown of collagen and improve wrinkles. Products with Argirilene, a peptide is publicized to extend the effect of Botox. Olay Re-generist cream is based on a similar concept.
  • Copper peptide complexes used topically have been shown to increase collagen formation and reduce signs of ageing.

Botanicals  are another group of skin care products very popular these days, however, very few clinical studies are available about their effectiveness.  This group of products primarily contains Caotenoids and Polyphenols (bioflavonoid), two major classes of plant derived anti-oxidants. Some of the popular botanical sources for these are:

  • Soya – It contains Bioflavones & phytoestrogens which are known to have antiageing effect.
  • Tea – 5% green tea extract is generally considered effective concentration with polyphenol anti-oxidants.  These also protect against redness induced by UV radiation.
  • Coffee Berry – An antioxidant derived from the fruit of the coffee plant contains potent polyphenols.  Some reports suggest it to be superior to green tea extract, vitamin C and E. It is available as 0.1% cleanser , 1% day & night cream by REVALE SKIN.

The challenge is to find a cream which is effective. Many of the existing skin care products are not biologically active. It is advisable to take the doctors opinion before choosing the creams available over the counter as they are not considered drugs and therefore not regulated by the FDA.

To get more information about which cream or cosmetic is best for your Skin type, do write to us or schedule an appointment with our dermatologist. You can schedule an appointment online by filling the form on right or call us for more information.

 

Toning – An Important step to follow after Cleansing

Skin toning - an important step to follow after cleansingCleansers along with removing the grime and dirt from our skin also strip the skin of its protective shield and natural oils. Toner, when used after cleansing, acts as a skin conditioner by removing the residual soap, traces of makeup and cleanser from the face and restoring the natural pH level of skin.

How does a Toner Help?

  • The evaporating and cooling effect of toners causes the pores to contract thus providing deep pore cleansing.
  • Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or amino acids found in the toners increase the ability of the skin to retain moisture, thus helping it hydrate.
  • Restores the balance of pH level of the skin lost due to cleansing.
  • Nourishes skin by restoring damaged skin cells.
  • Helps retain other skin products, applied after toning.

Skin toning products are of different types; skin fresheners,  toners,clarifying lotions and astringents. Skin fresheners are the mildest type with mostly natural ingredients like lemon juice. Skin toners & clarifying lotions are more abrasive while astringents are the strongest.

Alcohol free toners are best since they do not irritate or dry the skin and are suited for to all skin types.

Review of some popular toners available in the market:

  1. Hydra Splash by Elizabeth Arden is an Alcohol free toner with good water binding agents which help maintaining essential skin moisture. It is suited to all skin types.
  2. Toning lotion by Clarins is another Alcohol free toning lotions with lactic acid and minimal anti-oxidants. It is a good option for dry/normal skin.
  3. Pureté Thermale by Vichy is an ok toner for all skin types. This toner mainly contains glycerin and water and very insignificant amount of anti-oxidants.
  4. Alcohol free toner by Neutrogena is an average toner with minimal water binding agents and is suitable for most skin types. Other toners from Neutrogena are Alcohol based and may cause skin irritation.
  5. Revitalizing toner from Kaya Skin clinic is another good Alcohol free toner for all skin types.

Skin care products application Tips:

Following is the recommended order of the application of skin care products:

Cleanser > Toner > Medication (for acne or other skin problems) > Moisturizer > Sunscreen > Facial foundation Powder, blush & other colored cosmetics.

Top 6 Cosmetic Do’s and Don’ts for Women with Sensitive Skin

Cosmetic Do's and Dont'sHere are top 6 cosmetic do’s and don’ts for women with sensitive skin. Follow these tips to look gorgeous without harming your skin.

  1. Choose Powder Cosmetics whenever possible

Powder Cosmetics have very few preservatives and contain minimal ingredients that can cause skin irritation.

  1. Use Silicon based foundations

While powder cosmetics are preferred, whenever using a liquid foundation, look for a silicon base. Silicon based foundations have very low incidence of irritation and acne.

  1. Avoid water proof makeup/cosmetics.

The cleansing agent required to remove them, also removes sebum, the oily substance made by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Without this oily barrier, skin is exposed to irritants that can cause a beauty breakout.

  1. Never use old cosmetics and it is important to wash makeup brushes and sponges regularly since they harbor dirt and germs. This is especially important for eye products.

Average good life of different cosmetics is

  • 3-4months for mascara
  • One year for foundation and lipstick
  • Two years for powders and shadows
  1. Check ingredients of your cosmetics and sunscreen
    • For women with sensitive skin, the sunscreen should only contain the physical sunscreen ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
    • Do not use products that contain more than 10 ingredients.
  1. Store all cosmetics in the outer shelf of your refrigerator in summers. Do not Freeze.

These tips are brought to you from Dr. Rachna Mittal, Chief Consultant Dermatologist and Skin Specialist at Skin and Cosmetology Clinic. For any questions regarding skin care or skin problem click here to contact us.

Skin Care Tips for Excessive Sweating

Skin Care Tips for Excessive Sweating

Sweating is a natural reaction of the body, designed to help cool the body down, but some people do suffer from excessive sweating, which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

Excessive sweating effects almost 2-3% of world’s population. Excessive sweating can cause considerable embarrassment and distress. It can also cause some physical ailments such as skin infections from persistently wet skin other than foul body odor. Serious cases , it is hard for people to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands.

Sweat in itself is not smelly, but it does encourage the growth of bacteria that naturally occurs on your skin. This bacterium breaks down sweat and releases a fatty acid, which has an unpleasant and pungent smell. To avoid this:

1)    Frequent baths with soap and water usually removes the bacteria and yeast that cause odor
2)    In case the problem is persisting for a long time , an antibacterial  soap or  creams can be used for a few days.  But not recommended  for regular use.
3)    Washing the troublesome area with vinegar in water or tea water will help to some extent.
4)    Formalin 1% & Glutaraldehyde 10% in abufferred solution  , soaks are helpful
5)    Laser hair reduction will reduce the hair density in the arm pits  which will further help in maintaining  hygiene.
6)    Caffeine & medications may be the cause of excessive sweating. Reduce your caffeine intake &  drink plenty of water.
7)    Omission of food stuffs like garlic from the diet will reduce the offensive odour.
8)    Dermatologists  have  tried to control excessive sweating by giving antiperspirants like Aluminium  chloride hexahydrate ,  Iontophoresis ,  antisweat  medication, Botox injections & surgery.

If these remedied do not help, visit your dermatologist for ruling our other diseases which can cause excessive sweating and treatment options for the same.  For any questions click here to contact The Chandigarh Skin and Cosmetology Clinic.

Skin care Tips for Monsoon season

Skin care Tips for Monsoon season

Every time the weather changes, our body have to adjust and adapt to the changing environment. It’s a natural process but it is always helpful take simple precautions and help the body adjust to the changing weather.

Monsoons will start soon. While the rains are welcome respite from the sweltering heat of summers, they also bring a lot of challenges for healthy skin. Increased humidity due to rains in Monsoon season brings along much humidity induced problems for our skin.  Here are a few tips to take care of your skin in the rainy season.

Protect your skin from Fungal Infections: Most microbes like bacteria and fungi thrive in high humitdity conditions during the monsoon season. Fungus grows easily in areas where warm moisture can accumulate and foster growth, like between your toes, armpits and groin. One way to take care of this is to bathe frequently and apply anti-fungal powder after the bath.
Deep cleanse your skin: It is very necessary to deeply cleanse the skin to make sure that the pores are free of clogged oil and dirt to keep it looking fresh and healthy.

  • Dry Skin: Wash your face frequently with plain water or milk.
  • Oily Skin: Wash your face frequently with an anti-acne face wash or a foaming one. Wet wipes are another handy way to quickly clean your skin.

Toning: During monsoon, a lot of airborne and waterborne germs are let free. So a good alcohol free  bacterial toner will go a long way to prevent skin infections and breakouts. It is a good idea to get anti-bacterial face wash too.
Moisturize: Monsoons can cause an over-hydrating effect on oily skin.   Avoid moisturizers. Otherwise a water-based moisturizer will do just fine for a dry skin.
Protect from Sun:

  • For oily skin: if  indoors, avoid sunscreens as they are generally sticky and oily. While moving out a low SPF physical sunscreen can be used.
  • For a dry skin: before stepping out  in the sun, always use a good sunscreen lotion with high SPF. Repeat every 2-3hrly if sweating excessively

Hair Care

Oiling of hair to be avoided and daily washing of hair recommended. Conditioners  should replace oils in monsoon season. Fungal infections can infect hair also.

For any acute conditions consult your dermatologist or skin doctor for better skin care. To send a query to us please click here.

Skin Care During Changing Season

Skin Care During Changing Season

Your skin is not the same across all the seasons of the year. As the seasons change your skin’s needs change. As the winter draws to a close, it is good time to update your skin care regimen and prepare your skin for the approaching warm weather.

Different Skin types react differently to the change in weather. For some the skin may become oily and for others it may be dry. Here are some seasonal skin care tips to make your skin look and feel gorgeous.

Oily Skin

  • Normal skin can start turning oily as the daily temperature is rising steadily. Avoid medicated soaps, instead use mild soaps like Dove or Pears.
  • In case of an acne breakout, which is common symptom in changing season, use a mild local antibiotic cream.
  • Choose liquid foundations based on silicone that has a very low incidence of skin irritation & acne.
  • A sunscreen containing  zinc oxide or titanium dioxide  should be preferred.

Dry Skin

  • Due to shedding of leaves and blooming of flowers in spring, various allergies to pollen and plant antigen can make dry and sensitive skin itchy and flaky. Use mild cleanser for sensitive skin (Cleanser should not foam). Milk can be used as a cleanser.
  • Liquid based moisturizer is preferred  as compared to cream based in winters.
  • While waterproof cosmetics  like mascara, are great for tearful moments but make skin  dry . Avoid water proof cosmetics.

For any acute conditions consult your dermatologist or skin doctor immediately for better skin care. For more information feel free to send your questions to us.

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