Month: December 2015

The Worst Thing in the World

I got an email today that said: “There is nothing worse than looking in the mirror and seeing a new wrinkle…”. Really? Are you serious?  Nothing worse than seeing a new wrinkle? How lucky you are. Try saying that to people who are fighting cancer. Young cancer patients would do anything to live long enough to see their faces wrinkled. What a tactless and egocentric thing to say, to place a wrinkle in a centre of the human life. Sure, most women are not happy to see their faces change with age. But it’s not a tragedy and certainly not the worst thing in the world! And you can actually conquer it with very little effort: Change your skin care. Find a good beautician and ask their advice on your skincare routine. Consult a dermatologist. Today there are dozens of options to postpone skin ageing, such as RF-therapy, LED, etc. Stay positive and be grateful to have made it to the age of wrinkles when so many people don’t.    

Botox in a Bottle?

Can a cream have the same effect as botox? Right now, that’s a tricky question. In the past, the answer has always been a categorical no. If a beautician or department store sales assistant tries to hit you with the phrase “this is a miracle cream – it’s like botox in a bottle”, don’t believe them. Botulinum toxin injections, or botox as we’ve come to know them, work by paralysing the facial muscles, and so far manufacturers haven’t been able to recreate this effect with topical skincare, in part because the molecules of botulinum toxin solutions are too big to penetrate the skin barrier. Despite all this, there have been mumblings among pioneers in the aesthetics industry that topical botox may not be that far off. A pharmaceutical company in the US, Revance Therapeutics, is currently putting a botulinum toxin gel through stage three clinical trials for treatment of crows’ feet, and is expecting results in 2016. That’s not to say that there aren’t powerful topical products out there that can have a visible effect …