All posts tagged: psychology

Selfie Craze in the Brave New World

  Online communication and social networks have really changed the world—these days you can hold a conference online, have friends anywhere in the world and buy airplane tickets in the middle of the night lying comfortably in your own bed. An unexpected effect of the new communication possibilities was a change in people’s perception of their looks. Psychologists used to anxiously raise awareness of the unnatural beauty standards promoted by the glossy magazines, but today it is becoming quite obvious—even the fashion industry is not omnipotent. People are capable of creating new standards, especially when they can take a close look at Hollywood and Bollywood celebs, as well as a haughty nouveau riche next door. In my professional experience the first sign of the social networks’ growing influence was the increased demand for instant beauty procedures. When I started out, frankly, these sort of beauty treatments were not exactly popular—women were prepared to spend time and money in order to beautify their skin or to reduce cellulite, knowing that it won’t be done in a …

Skin Care for Men

Urban Myth: men need their own special cosmetics! Women’s stuff does not work for male skin. Indeed, one hears such statements often enough. ‘Cosmetics for men’ is set on separate shelves in stores, it looks manly and intimidating with all the metal, dark packaging and aggressive brand names—one of the most popular men’s lines is called ‘Bulldog’. But do men really need special solutions?  Male skin is actually different from female in several interesting ways. Men’s skin is about 25% thicker. Male hormones, androgens, make the dermis thicker and more solid. And with men the skin’s thickness and density only start decreasing after the age of 50.  It’s got more collagen too! Some might even say, that women who choose to age naturally appear 10–15 years older then men of the same age. However, since men use sunscreens less often and are generally more negligent when it comes to skin care, they lose this advantage fairly quickly. Men and women lose approximately the same amount of collagen for natural causes—about 1% a year starting from …

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.    

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 …