Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mechanical Exfoliation Vs. Chemical Exfoliation

Posted for Skin Care On March 27, 2009


Exfoliation is an indispensable procedure in skin care regimens. It scrapes off the dead skin cells from the skin surface and unveils fresh and radiant skin from within. Some of the core benefits of exfoliation are:

It improves the skin texture and makes it more vibrant
It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
It removes dead skin cells from the surface
It unclogs the skin pores
It keeps the skin healthy and prevents acne breakouts and inflammations

There are 2 main types of exfoliation:

Mechanical Exfoliation
Chemical Exfoliation

Mechanical Exfoliation
As the name suggests, mechanical exfoliation involves manual or \’mechanical\’ use of scrubs and exfoliating skin care products to scrape off dead skin cells from the skin surface. Exfoliants can be scrubs, crystals, natural ingredients and even baking soda. Mechanical exfoliation works more like the sand-paper effect and literally scrub of additional unwanted cells and impurities from the skin surface.

If you suffer from blackheads, mechanical exfoliation is extremely helpful in unclogging blocked skin pores and thus removing the accumulated dirt known as blackheads. However, you should avoid excessive mechanical exfoliation if you have sensitive skin. This is because it can irritate the skin and promote new acne breakouts and inflammations.

Chemical Exfoliation
Chemical exfoliation break down the glue that holds skin cells together and make it possible for them to be sloughed off the skin surface easily. Alpha hydroxy acids and retinoids are good examples of chemical exfoliants. Chemical exfoliation is particularly suitable for people with mature or aging skin because the skin tends to become thin and dry with age and exfoliation makes sure new fresh cells continue to regenerate from within.

Be it mechanical or be it chemical, exfoliation should be a key step in your skin care regimen. Of course, how you do it and how often you do it depends totally on your skin condition!


How To Choose Anti-Aging Skin Creams?

Posted for Anti Aging On March 23, 2009


New and old, anti-aging skin care products are a rage in the market. There is an extensive range of products that claim to reverse the age-process and get back the youthful skin you once had that was free of wrinkles and fine lines.

However, not all products are as good as they claim to be, of course. There are some that work wonderful but there are others that fail to show any results. So, how do you know which ones are the best?

Anti-aging skin care products contain ingredients that accelerate the skin’s intrinsic regenerative process and help regain lost elasticity and radiance. They stimulate the collagen and elastin fibers within the skin cells making the skin firmer as well as adding moisture to the skin.

Here are some things to consider while choosing an anti-aging skin care product for yourself:

• Look through the ingredients list and choose a product that contains ingredients which specifically address signs of aging and can actually heal them. Alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamins and kojic acids are some of the powerful ingredients that help eliminate wrinkles and fine lines and revive dull and lifeless skin.

• Make sure the product contains Vitamin C. It prevents and also treats wrinkles and fine lines. Additionally, it heals skin ruptures caused by harmful ultraviolet radiations of the sun and stimulates collagen production.

• The anti-aging skin care product should be easily and readily absorbed by the skin. The efficiency of skin care products actually depend on the amount of time it takes to penetrate the skin surface

• It should be hypoallergenic. Many skin care products can create adverse reactions to your skin. This is because your skin may be sensitive to certain components present in the product. Therefore, make sure the products you use are hypoallergenic (i.e. do not cause nay allergic reactions.)

Armed with these tips, go ahead make a wise choice and get a great anti-aging skin care product!


What To Look For In Your Anti Aging Skin Care Products?

Posted for Anti Aging On March 10, 2009


Aging is an inevitable process. However, what is evitable is the appearance of premature signs of aging. And there are several anti-aging skin care products in the market that can help diminish the wrinkles and fine lines on your face and get back the sheer vitality of younger days.

But how do you know what to buy?
The key is to know what ingredients to look for in anti-aging products. There are expensive products that boast of fancy ingredients and then there are cheaper ones that just have basic ones. But you need to know which one of them actually work and how. Here are some potentially beneficial ones:

Vitamin A
Vitamin A has anti-inflammatory effects that help reduce the depth of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

Vitamin C
It is a powerful ingredient that penetrates the skin surface and stimulates the production of collagen fibers. Because of renewed collagen fibers, the skin appears brighter and appears younger. Anti-aging creams that contain vitamin C also help lighten the skin tone by accelerating the skin renewal process.

AHAs, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, or fruit acids as they are popularly known, aid in exfoliating the skin by scraping off dead skin cells and promote the natural cell renewal process making the skin brighter and look younger.

Retinoids accelerate the production of new cells and with regular use make the skin smooth and fine. However, retinoids need to be used continuously because if you stop your skin can go back to its original state.

Now that you know what ingredients to look for, you will know what products work best for your anti-aging skin requirements!

Make a wise choice…