How to make skin look youthful 

Peeling the top layer of the skin is not a new idea. The Ancient Egyptians used a mix of alabaster, milk and honey to deep clean the skin. Nowadays, doctors specialising in Dermatology use a surgical procedure called dermabrasion to remove the outer layers of the skin and improve any irregularities in the skin surface. Dermabrasion also helps to reduce acne scarring, tattoo scars, wrinkles, age spots and other skin lesions. Another technique is ‘laser resurfacing’ where the outer layers of skin are removed using laser. A gentler treatment, micro-dermabrasion, delivered by beauty therapists, can erase fine lines and age spots. This soft abrasion removes the dead outer layer of skin to rejuvenate it. By adding a good exfoliating product, with scrubbing agents such as ground nutshell, or a cleanser with enzymes or acids to your beauty routine once a week, you can help to keep your skin looking fresh and youthful.

 

Do you dye your eyebrows? Check this out!

As of the 22nd November this year, a chemical called 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine will be prohibited in the EU, along with its sulphate and dihydrochloride salts, in all hair, eyebrow and eyelash dye products. In 2013, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) started a procedure to check the safety of this chemical compound. The opinion of the SCCS was that it could not be considered safe for consumers due to a lack of available data. The chemical was further scrutinized following user reports of increased skin sensitivity, particularly after repeated use. The SCCS concluded that it is a strong skin sensitizer and there is evidence of severe allergic reactions when used on humans as a dye for eyebrows and eyelashes. Symptoms experienced include itchy dermatitis on eyebrows, itchy dermatitis on the eyelids, swollen eyelids and watering, itchiness and redness in both eyes, followed by severe inflammation of the eyelids and conjunctival chemosis.

 

The latest about cruelty free countries

 

Australia and Canada have become the latest countries to ban animal testing for cosmetics after their respective governments passed a bill that will prohibit the practice. The countries will no longer accept results derived from animal experiments as evidence of a cosmetic product’s safety or efficacy. Non-animal testing methods could help support trade with international markets, such as the EU, where cosmetic products tested on animals cannot be sold. Today 39 countries worldwide have banned the act of testing on animals for cosmetics. These include India, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and countries in the EU.

 

SUMMER IS COMING…… GET YOUR SKIN READY!  

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After a cold and dark winter, we crave more light, fresh air and start to wear lighter clothes. So why not do the same with our skin. Let’s use a light enzyme peel to refresh and wake our skin up once a week and remember, the thicker the epidermal layer, the older you will look. It is also the right time to use Vitamin C, an amazing active ingredient to detoxify your skin and reduce the effects of harmful winter pollution. Don’t forget to have your 30 minutes of ‘me time’ to apply a mask rich in Hyaluronic acid or Collagen to boost hydration and reduce fine lines.

 

The real meaning of ‘Green Skincare’

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Green skincare, or green chemistry, is a philosophy of chemical research and sustainable engineering that encourages manufacturing companies to reduce the impact of their production processes on the environment by preventing pollution at its source and using fewer natural resources. As human beings, we have a responsibility to respect and protect the world we live in. This includes choosing skincare. If you would like to know more about green chemistry, take a look at the ‘Green Chemistry’ journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

Does your beauty routine make you happy?

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Do you know that when you apply your favourite cream or serum with your hands you promote positive emotions? Studies carried out by the Kao Corporation showed that tactile stimulation i.e. touching the facial skin with the palm of the hands, was found to cause an increase in blood flow to the brain’s prefrontal area, known to play a part in the ‘reward system’ and evoking positive emotions. So, taking care of our skin every day through simple and easy habits could increase our level of happiness and reduce stress levels. Apply your favourite cream and BE HAPPY!!!