With the ever expanding option of skin care products and cosmetics comes an ever expanding list of ingredient do’s and do not’s. Things can get confusing when trying to decipher what ingredients you need to avoid when selecting the latest anti-aging cream or mineral foundation. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and some ingredients you place on your skin can be absorbed directly into the body so it is extremely important to be aware of the products you’re using. To keep things simple here are three ingredients you can and should do without!
Chemical Peeling is exactly what it says - peeling of the skin using a chemical. A chemical peel removes the outer layers of the skin. This freshens the skin, removes some sunspots and rough scaly patches, and reduces freckles and irregular pigmentation.
It also reduces fine wrinkles. There is some evidence that it may reduce the risk of skin cancer. It is safest and most effective on the face. Hands can be peeled but the risk of scarring is higher and the results less predictable.
As you glance at the calendar and realize it’s the middle of November, it hits you. Holiday season is upon us! It seems every week you either have plans with family, a friend’s party, or a holiday work event crammed into your already hectic schedule - not to mention penciling in time to shop for gifts! Don’t stress, we have put together a list of no-nonsense beauty items to get you through the hustle and bustle in style. Ready…go!
In honor of Acne Awareness Month, let’s talk about DermaFrac™, one of the latest technologies in acne treatment.
Acne is a disease that involves the oil glands of the skin. While it is not dangerous, it can leave physical and emotional scars on a person. The skin has pores (tiny openings) that connect to oil glands located under the skin’s surface. The glands are connected to the pores via follicles – small canals. Sebum, an oily liquid, is produced by these glands. The sebum carries dead skin cells through the follicles to the surface of the skin. A small hair grows through the follicle out of the pore opening. Pimples grow when these follicles get blocked with dead skin cells and excessive sebum. Acne develops on the face, back, chest, shoulders and neck when follicles get clogged and infected with bacteria.
Camouflage makeup is something we’re asked about constantly here at DERMed whether by chronic acne sufferers, rosacea and sensitive skin types, and even those who have recently undergone chemical peels or cosmetic surgery. While camouflage makeup is a great tool for covering up skin concerns and making the skin look flawless, remember to obtain approval if you plan to camouflage (or use any cosmetic product) after undergoing a medical procedure.
Once you’ve gotten the all clear, keep in mind these tips to easy camouflage:
1) Choosing the Shade. None of us want to look like an oompa loompa so be mindful when picking your color to only go two to three shades darker than your skin tone. The goal is to highlight your features and to look naturally bronzed, not dirty. Hold the makeup up to your face to get an idea or ask a makeup artist to color match you with the correct shade that will compliment your skin tone.
Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is a crucial ingredient for health and one of the most effective nutrients for your body. We all remember our mothers Vitamin C recommendations to battle sniffles and colds growing up, but this well known ingredient isn’t just meant for flu season. Vitamin C plays a massive role in keeping you healthy and especially maintaining your skins health.
This vitamin is water soluble (it absorbs through the water in your body), but unfortunately our bodies do not have the ability produce Vitamin C so it’s necessary to incorporate it into our diet to reap its benefits. Because Vitamin C is water soluble, excess amounts consumed are flushed out by your kidneys.