The first thing you probably do when contemplating any cosmetic procedure is look for before and after photos, usually online. We do this so we can identify our own concerns in others, and see realistic results. But did you know the standardization of photography in before and after photos is almost nonexistent, especially for non-surgical treatments?
If you’ve used or researched skin lightening products, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered hydroquinone. This substance has long been used to treat hyperpigmentation problems, due to its ability to lighten skin pigment. Recently, however, it’s been making headlines for doing exactly the opposite.
Dark spots on the skin are an extremely common condition, and they’re widely recognized across age, gender, and ethnicity. Also known as hyperpigmentation, dark spots are formed in a variety of ways. While hyperpigmentation can be a mark of aging skin, and in fact make us appear older than we are, some forms of skin discolouration can appear as young as early childhood.
Summer is finally upon us, but for some, that means the beginning of the daily battle with the dreaded fire in the sky. While everyone should be sun-conscious year round, the sun is much stronger during the summer months, making us more susceptible to its harmful effects. People with paler skin know the woes of the sun much more than those with darker pigment, because they lack the protection of melanin. But do you know what actually happens when you get a sunburn? Read on to find out what’s happening when you fry, what it means for your skin, and some unlikely cures to these painful burns.
When it comes to your skin, we can’t stress the importance of a healthy diet. While some things like acne are primarily the result of genetics and hormones, skin problems on the outside can be a huge indicator of poor internal health. Usually when we have a skin problems like oil control, breakouts, and wrinkles, we immediately turn to products. And with all the products available, we’re sure to find one to cure our woes, aren’t we? Maybe, but we’re not fixing the problem. If anything we’re making it worse by covering it up without getting to the root of the problem. Instead, take your skin concern, and look inside first. Sometimes, the answer is as easy as eating more spinach or drinking more tea.
What are stretch marks? What causes them, and how can we get rid of them?
Stretch marks are formed when the dermis is stretched, and cannot ‘bounce back’. The dermis is the middle layer of skin, and the one that’s responsible for supporting the epidermis (outer layer). When the dermis is stretched to the point of tearing, stretch marks form as a sort of scar.
We all know what it looks like, and we all hate it. That unsightly rippling that makes us despise cottage cheese, put our bikini away, and ditch shorts for capris. Those dimples that are impossible to hide or cover up, and of course, impossible to get rid of.
Do you have any quirky beauty tips? Is it something you stumbled upon yourself, or something that's been passed down through the generations? Almost all of us can think of a few things we do, but we're not alone. People all over the world swear by these (often cultural) beauty quirks that have been around for so long for one main reason: they work!
With technology bringing the world closer together every day, we can now learn from these beauty tips and even try them out ourselves. So pick one and see how people in a different part of the world stay glamourous.
A recent trend has taken over the cosmetic market: essential oils. These oils claim to have a variety of healing properties, but what are they, and do they deliver?
You’ll notice that most of these oils have been used for thousands of years in their native cultures, and are just making their way to Western attention. If you’re looking for a natural remedy, some of these oils may be just the thing you're looking for!
If you suffer from puffy or discoloured undereyes, you’re definitely not alone. This sometimes troublesome and unsightly condition can be caused by many factors, and finding out the main cause of your "raccoon eyes" is the first step to solving it. And yes, there are solutions!
The skin underneath your eye is extremely thin, so the mechanisms going on beneath the surface are very visible. As we age this skin thins even more, and the dark veins and pigment beneath can look like they’re on the surface. Diet, age, and genetics are just some of the factors that can influence the appearance of your undereyes. Finding out what’s causing the problem is the first step to finding the solution.