Thursday, 27 September 2012

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

7 Surprising Complexion Killers

7 Surprising Complexion Killers
by Holly Corbett, Redbook

Habit: Overdoing it on the exfoliating 

There's no need to rough it. "Many women think they must scrub their faces or do harsh peels," says Bannon.

Although exfoliation is important for skin cell turnover, which contributes to a perky complexion, it is possible to go too far. "Overstimulation can trigger irritation and breakouts,"

Monday, 24 September 2012

Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45

Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45 is a soft, naturally-derived butter from 100% renewable, plant-based emollients. This colorless, odorless material melts at skin temperature to provide a soft, luxurious skin feel. It is an excellent alternative to lanolin, offering improved aesthetics and superior product stability.
Use of Distinctive® Squalane Butter 45 in the oil phase helps protect skin against trans-epidermal water loss and environmental aggressors. It contains 45% stabilized plant squalane to mimic skin’s natural lipid chemistry, offering superb bio-functionality, ideal for numerous personal care applications.

INCI Name: Squalane (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Behenyl Behenate (and) Tribehenin  
Learn more at Resources of Nature
or by calling 908-226-5123.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Do antioxidants in your diet help your skin?

It seems like every few weeks yet another study comes out touting the health benefits of antioxidants, which can be found in foods like berries, nuts and fruits. You may have also heard that such nutrients not only help with general health, but can also benefit your body's largest organ - the skin. A recent article in The Canadian looked at whether such claims are true, or really just fluff.

Hydration is also key to healthy looking skin, the news outlet reports. Water flushes out the toxins in your body, not to mention it keeps you feeling energized and balanced

Read more: Do antioxidants in your diet help your skin?

Friday, 14 September 2012

How to get rid of cracked heels?

What to do for cracked heels ?

Cracked heels can be a common manifestation among many of us and a rise in its incidence can be seen during winter months when the skin gets exposed to extreme colds and therefore to excessive drying.

The so called cracks occur in the superficial layers and in most instances it may not be extending to deep layers of the heels and therefore will most likely to be asymptomatic. But, for some, having cracked heels could be both discomforting and cosmetically disheartening and unless an intervention is made activities of daily living could become hampered.

What causes cracked heels?

Being a thick layer of skin, cracking is the painful outcome of extreme pressures that the heel has to undergo each day along with extremely harsh conditions it has to encounter while performing its functions. Such pressures and harsh conditions can cause minute cracks in the superficial layers of the heel to expand and become deeper while it will be augmented by the presence of calluses and excessive dryness of the skin.

Who are most susceptible to develop cracked heels?

Although it can appear in anyone, it is more common among those who devote less attention to take care of their feet. At the same time, the elderly, people with thicker skin over the heel, people whom would have to exert more pressures on the heel as in the case of prolonged standing, walking…etc are also having a higher incidence although many other factors can aggravate this condition among susceptible individuals.

How to get rid of cracked heels?

In order to get rid of cracked heels, one may have to undertake multiple measures. Thus, following are some of the methods which can be easily incorporated into your day to day practices while some would require perseverance and mindfulness to obtain the best results.

-Keep the sole of the feet including the heel clean and moist.

Thus, before going to sleep, washing the sole of the feet thoroughly with soap and water will soften the surface layers and will help in getting rid of dead tissues from the surface which can contribute to cracking of the feet.

-Apply a moisturizing lotion on the feet including the sole and keep it covered during sleep.

-If excessive calluses are formed in the sole of the feet, application of lotions containing lactic acid and glycolic acid before bed time will help exfoliation and therefore to thin out the calluses just enough for moisturizing agents to penetrate the sole. It will therefore improve the softening of the heel. Similarly, rubbing a pumice stone will also be helpful to get rid of the excessive skin during the bath time.

-Use an antifungal agent in case there is a obvious infection to be seen or else can make use of an antibacterial cream as a prophylaxis treatment to prevent a possible bacterial infection from taking place.

-Wear shoes with a closed back when you are suffering from cracked heels as it will reduce the pressures exerted on the heel and therefore will prevent the formation of cracks to a certain extent while allowing existing cracks to heal.

By adhering to these strategies, one can get rid of them to a certain extent although it may not be as easy as it is said when it comes to curing cracked heels which takes place with age.
Dr Pandula Siribaddana.

What to do for cracked heels ?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Five best beauty tools |

You can have all of the fabulous makeup and grooming products in the world, but if you don’t have the right tools you can’t do a beautiful job. Here are the top five beauty tools that every woman needs to own:
Chatelaine Beauty 100
Makeup kit must-have: Sephora Pro-Angled Blush Brush #49, $38.

This blush brush's slanted shape offers precision so that you can accentuate your cheekbones by creating a contoured edge. The puffy top is ideal for picking up more powder to give the apples of your cheeks extra pop.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $24.
Eye-opener: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $24.

Every makeup artist worth her salt will tell you: this is the eyelash curler to own. Its mushroom-shaped silicone pad provides stay-put protection, while its über-calculated frame and shape guarantee perfectly curled lashes.

Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer
Get plucked: Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Slant Tweezer, $23,

Perfect for women who like to DIY at home, this eyebrow tweezer's tips are slanted: the edge helps you have better control grabbing and removing pesky, unwanted hairs.

Brow fix: Lancôme Le Regard Pro Eyes and Brow Kit, $58.

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but your eyebrows frame your face, so you need to have a well-groomed set. Lancôme's Brow Kit is a must-have, replete with an eyebrow brush, tweezers and four eyebrow-perfecting colours.

Smooth finish: Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor, $11.

Even the most accident prone can wield this razor like a pro. The handle has a textured grip, so slipping isn't an issue and its three blades are surrounded by gel-infused bars to avoid painful scrapes and nicks.

2012 beauty guide: Check out all 100 of our favourite expert-approved beauty products

Five best beauty tools |

Monday, 10 September 2012

Formation of Skin Pimples and Acnes


Factors affecting the formation of acne  commonly occurs in people who are genetically predisposed. Use of cosmetics such as creams, oil based moisturizers, oil based foundations, etc. can cause acne. Application of heavy oil or gel on the scalp leads to pimples on the back and forehead. People who work in chemical or oil industries and come in contact with hydrocarbons, heavy oils, cutting oil, wax, grease and coal tar derivatives can develop acne.People working in hot and humid climate can develop acne. Drugs such as oral contraceptives, steroids, isoniazid, lithium, phenytoin, iodides etc. can cause pimples. Squeezing or picking at a pre-existing lesion will lead to secondary infection and increased pigmentation. Stress will exacerbate acne. Finally, if acne persists in spite of medical treatment or if the patient has other features such as or hair loss, an endocrine disorder must be considered and investigations carried out accordingly.

Friday, 7 September 2012

How to apply self-tanner

  1. Exfoliate. Use a washcloth to exfoliate the skin prior to applying a self-tanner. Using an exfoliating product also will help remove dead skin cells. Spend a little more time exfoliating where your skin is thickest — elbows, knees and ankles.
  2. Dry your skin. Drying your skin before you apply a self-tanner helps it go on evenly. 
  3. Apply in sections. Apply the self-tanner in sections (such as the arms, then legs, followed by the torso). Massage the self-tanner into your skin in a circular motion.
  4. Wash your hands after each section. You will avoid orange-colored palms by washing your hands with soap and water after you finish applying the self-tanner to each section of your body.
  5. Blend at your wrists and ankles. For a natural look, you need to lightly extend the tanner from your wrists to your hands and from your ankles to your feet. 
  6. Dilute over your joints. Dilute the self-tanner on the knees, ankles and elbows, because these areas tend to absorb more self-tanner than the rest of the skin. To dilute, lightly rub with a damp towel or apply a thin layer of lotion on top of the self-tanner.
  7. Give your skin time to dry. Wait at least 10 minutes before getting dressed. For the next three hours, it is best to wear loose clothing and try to avoid sweating.
  8. Apply sunscreen every day. You still need to protect your skin with sunscreen. Be sure that your sunscreen offers all of the following:

How to apply self-tanner |

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Buyer beware: Experts urge caution when using unproven anti-aging treatments

Many people who want to achieve a more youthful appearance often use creams and lotions in addition to any surgical or nonsurgical cosmetic procedure such as injections of Botulinium Toxin Type A or hyaluronic acid, laser  treatments, chemical peels,  microdermabrasion or a facelift. However, a US News and World health report warns that many commonly-used over-the-counter anti-aging treatments may not deliver results - and some may even be dangerous.

Those who want help keeping the skin healthy and young-looking should consider discussing their options with a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Buyer beware: Experts urge caution when using unproven anti-aging treatments

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

How do I prevent skin cancer?

Sun exposure is the most preventable risk factor for all skin cancers, including melanoma.1,2 You can have fun in the sun and decrease your risk of skin cancer. Here's how you can prevent skin cancer:   
  • Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
  • Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more to all exposed skin. “Broad-spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. Reapply approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water, snow, and sand because they reflect and intensify the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chances of sunburn.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look tan, consider using a self-tanning product or spray, but continue to use sunscreen with it.
1 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2011.
2 Robinson, JK. Sun Exposure, Sun Protection and Vitamin D.
JAMA 2005; 294: 1541-43.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Facial News -

About face

It may come as a surprise to some that facial implants are a lot like off-the-rack suits: Finding the perfect fit can be a challenge. But thanks to 3-D imaging technology historically reserved for patients with deformities or injuries.

While traditional implants often float over bone and can be placed only in certain areas, Yaremchuk’s made-to-order implants can be carved and affixed with screws and can eliminate the need to cut bone. As a result, his surgeries are precise, more predictable, and about 40 percent faster than traditional methods.