Month: November 2015

It’s My Face & I’ll Frown If I Want To!

It’s funny how often you hear the word «calm» when discussing botulinum toxin injections for wrinkles correction. Your face will look calm, the skin will be smooth, you will look younger and so on. I’m sure you’ve seen similar ads at one point or another. Eradicating one’s facial expression means no more wrinkles—it is a well-known, scientifically confirmed fact. In more accurate terms, botulinum toxin chemically denervates the muscles, blocking the neuromuscular transmission process in them completely. Consequently, the stimulus sent by the brain cortex is rendered ineffective. You brain says,—You’re miffed, now frown!—but your muscles are unaffected by its command, your face stays serene and nobody notices your discontent. Some people might think it’s a good thing. Well, I disagree. What’s so good about a person’s being unable to demonstrate their emotions? Why are we supposed to keep our anger, contemplation, joy or irritation a secret? I think, this new social standard imposed on us—keep calm and stay young—is really a remnant of a patriarchal society.   Indeed, when we talk wrinkle correction for men it is …

Are Cleansing Brushes Safe for You?

  Face cleansing brushes are really good to remove a day’s makeup, dead cells, sebum and all environmental debris. The question is: how safe they are? The truth is then the brush cleansing can lead to couperosis (broken capillaries), irritation, redness, high sensitivity and dryness of the skin. Any exfoliation can occur this kind of problems, but the mechanical exfoliation (the case of brushing) is very special. 1. It is very easy to overuse the device. All skin therapists know very well, how powerful the brushing can be and used professional brushing devices with moderation, never more than 10-20 seconds on the one zone. Sometimes customers are obsessed about enlarged pores or black points and they were desperately trying to clean up the nose or T-zone by brushing the skin 5 minutes or more. They obtain the « feeling of cleanness » but the skin became red and irritated and very quickly it can turn out to couperosis and even to rosacea. 2. The constant exfoliation of the skin obviously destroys all barrier function and TEWL (TransEpidermal …

Winter is coming!

  As cold air is upon us, you have certainly noticed that your skin is getting dryer. This is common, and your skin will require better protection and slightly different routine. The principle is: be kind to your skin at winter! Long hot showers are banned! Many of people like to hop in the shower and turn up the heat to warm up after being outside. But the hotter water is, the more natural skin oils are removed, destroying by this the protective skin barrier. Take it easy with exfoliants! Acids (including fruit acids or salicylic acid) are great ingredients, but they also dry out your skin. All daily care products, containing acids, better to use once or twice a week, to avoid the skin dryness. You may also need to change the cleanser or exfoliators to softer and gentler one (look for enzymes and prebiotics!). Regular mechanical exfoliation is also the bad idea in the winter time. Hydrate and moisturize! Hydration will keep your skin fresh and young, and moisturizer will help to protect …