Blog: Everything about Skin

When to use retinol cream

Retinol, retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate are all forms of vitamin A.  Retinoids is the term used to cover its various forms and strengths.  Retinoic acid is the active form of retinol, and actual retinoic acid creams are only available from a doctor or dermatologist. It’s prescribed for serious skin conditions like acne but is also used as a potent treatment for skin ageing. ‘Retinoic acid isn’t allowed in over-the-counter beauty creams because, basically, it works too well,’ explains Dr Mervyn Patterson, cosmetic dermatologist at Woodfood Medical. ‘Once a product has been clinically tested and proven to be that effective, it’s classed as a pharmaceutical, not a beauty product.’ All the different forms of retinol convert into the active form (retinoic acid) when you put them on your skin,’ explains Dr Patterson. ‘However, products you buy over the counter only convert to a small amount of retinoic acid. They’re not the same as putting prescription retinoic acid cream on your face.’

 

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Vampire Facelift

With popular interest in vampires seeming to survive beyond a natural lifespan, it was probably inevitable that someone would find a way to capitalize on the term in plastic surgery. But the "vampire facelift" isn't really a facelift, and the only connection to vampires is the fact that it involves use of a product made from your own blood. Yet for a seemingly clever but innocent marketing term it has generated a lot of controversy.

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DIY TCA Peel

Trichloracetic acid (TCA) peels are pretty popular chemical peels right now in UK and US. While they are considered medium depth peels, it's only true for concentration above 15%. At 10% to 15% they produce a nice light peel. Unlike, a glycolic peel, they produce a nice even peeling. Bu that, I mean, the skin actually peels off. With glycolic and salicylic peels, the skin sheds off very lightly and unnoticed. With light TCA peel, it comes off as if you have a bad sun burn. That's because TCA peel goes a little deeper within your skin.

 

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Lactic Acid Peels

Lactic acid peel has become more and more popular with women who want healthier skin, mainly because of the gentler nature of this treatment. Look at it this way: while there is a number of ways for people to achieve younger looking skin as they work with a skin care specialist, many procedures that are performed at clinics and at the doctor’s office are often invasive and painful. As a result, many individuals are looking for alternative ways to look and feel younger, and the lactic acid peel, has become the treatment of choice for many patients and dermatologists. This chemical peel can be performed at home in just a matter of minutes, with almost no side effects.

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Sugaring Recipe

Sugaring is an inexpensive, easy way to remove unwanted hair. If you know what you’re doing, it’s a process that you can easily do yourself at home. Because of its non-toxic ingredients, it’s great for sensitive skin, and the results last much longer than shaving. Many people confuse sugaring with waxing with sugar-based wax but it’s a different process altogether. Unlike waxing, sugaring paste doesn’t require the use of cloth strips, and it’s used at room temperature. Once you get the hang of this, you’ll probably never go back to regular waxing again.

 

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