Monthly Archives: June 2009

Do I Need To Use Toners?

Posted for Skin Cleansers & Toners On June 26, 2009


No matter how much is discussed about the topic of toners, this is one question that women seem to continually ask..

Probably that\’s because they are two major schools of thought – one that advocates the use of toners and the other that simply dissuades it as an unnecessary step in the skin care regimen.

Well.. we believe that the answer to the question is different for different types of skin conditions. In fact, it depends on your skin type, your choice of toners and the way your skin responds to it. As per skin care guidelines, toners are extremely important for women who have oily and acne prone skin. Toners provide an extra cleansing effect and gets rid ofstubborn make-up particles and residues that are left behind by the cleansers.

Here are some basic functions of toners:

Cleans Residual Impurities

Even after you wash your face with a cleanser, often there are impurities still left behind. They may be stubborn particles of make-up or just particles of the cleanser itself. Toners flush out all the impurities from the skin pores intensively and leave the skin squeaky clean!

Shrinks the Skin Pores

Toners also make your skin pores appear less significant. Thus, it is a great product for women who face the problem of enlarged skin pores. And because toners shrink down the skin pores, they help to prevent external impurities from entering the skin surface.

Adjusts pH Balance

The most important function of a toner is that it adjusts the pH balance of the skin. The pH balance of the skin gets disrupted by a number of factors, including using too many skin care products. Toners normalize the pH levels of the skin and prepare it for further moisturization.

So ladies.. The choice is yours! If your skin says that it needs toners.. Go ahead and complete your skin care regimen!


Dark Under Eye Circles How To Deal With Them?

Posted for Eye Care & Eye Make UP On June 22, 2009


One of the most annoying things that can happen to you is having dark under eye circles on an otherwise flawless face. No matter how good your skin is or how sharp your features are, under eye circles spoils the beauty of your face. Let us look at why they happen and what can be done to get rid of them.

Causes of Dark Under Eye Circles

The skin around the eyes is very thin and fragile. In fact, it is about 4 times thinner than the skin on other parts of the face. Dark circles are a result of a congestion of oxygen deprived blood capillaries that show through the skin surface.

Dark circles can also be caused by thinning of the membrane between the skin of eyelids and subcutaneous fat. As we age, this membrane becomes thinner and thinner and subsequently the skin color also changes.

Here are some other potential causes of development of dark circles.

Stress, sleep deprivation and excessive fatigue
Excessive consumption of alcohol
Spending a long time in front of computer screens
Lack of moisture in the skin
Poor diet and lifestyle habits

Treatment of Dark Under Eye Circles

There are a variety of skin care products available in the market that caters to the delicate eye area and helps to soothe the skin there. These eye care products contain special ingredients that hydrate the skin around the eyes and provide them with proper skin nourishment. They help with many skin concerns like dark under eye circles, puffiness around the eyes and crow\’s feet (fine lines that appear on the sides of the eyes).

Product Suggestions

Kinerase Under Eye Rescue Cream
It improves the appearance of the under eye area by reducing puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles. The cream also moisturizes and brightens the skin.

iS Clinical Eye Complex

It soothes the skin under eyes and brightens the complexion. It improves the under eye dark circles and reduces puffiness at the same time hydrating and protecting against free radicals.

Obagi ELASTIderm Night Eye Cream
It improves the elasticity of the skin and makes it firmer and more younger looking. The best time to use this cream is at night when the body repairs naturally. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and replenishes the lost elastin and collagen fibers on the body.


Skincare After Hitting The Gym

Posted for Skin Care On June 19, 2009


There is nothing better than hitting the gym to burn off excess calories. Sweating out and burning fat works wonders for your body, but you need to take care of your skin during this ritual. Excessive oil is the primary cause of many skin problems, the most popular being acne attacks. A heavy duty work out session can build up enough excess oil to trigger off the acne process. When you sweat excessively, your skin pores produce more oil which eventually can lead to breakouts and acne blemishes. Therefore, it is very essential to have a post-workout skin care regimen to take care of your skin and prevent skin damage.

You should have a handy skin care kit to use after your work out sessions. Here are some ingredients that should go into the kit:

Foaming Cleanser
Working out involves a lot of sweat. Essentially, sweat is also comprised of all dirt and debris within the skin pores. A good quality cleanser cleans the skin pores of any dirt residue. Try Obagi Nu Derm Foaming Gel that contains a unique blend of aloe vera extracts and natural herbs that act as a natural cleanser for the skin.

Light Moisturizer
Sweat removes all the toxins from your skin pores and makes them considerably clean. An oily moisturizer is the last thing that you should use. Use a light weight water based moisturizer that hydrates the skin without adding any greasiness to it.

Before you leave the gym, make sure to slather on generous layers of sunscreen. All the sweating and consequent showering makes your skin all the more vulnerable to sun damage. An ideal product would be iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen. Its sheer ease of use and powdery texture makes it an instant hit among exercisers.


Skin Care Regimen- Part III Moisturizing

Posted for Skin Care On June 12, 2009


Last week I told you about Toning!

The third step of a skin care regimen is moisturizing! Moisturizing hydrates the skin and replenishes and balances its intrinsic moisture levels. Moisturizers generally contain nourishing ingredients that provide necessary moisture to the skin cells and help the skin stay smooth and supple.

Contrary to popular belief that moisturizing is not necessary for oily skin, it is a key step in skin care regimens for all types of skin be it normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination skin.

Oily skin is a result of excessive sebum within the skin cells. But there is a difference between oil and moisture. Excessive oil particles cannot compensate for moisture and oily skin continues to require moisturizing. However, people with oily skin should use lightweight oil-free moisturizers in order to prevent excessive greasiness on the face. On the other hand, people with dry skin should use heavy moisturizing creams and lotions that serve to supply intensive moisture to the parched skin.

After cleansing and toning, slather moisturizer on your face and massage it until it gets absorbed completely. The best time to apply moisturizers is when the skin is still moist. The water will lock the moisture within the skin and keep the skin hydrated longer. Moisturizers enhance the barrier function of the skin and reduce the irritation and sensitivity of the skin. As a result, the skin looks smoother and more supple!

All you need to do is make sure to choose a moisturizer that has suits your skin type and cater to your skins individual requirements. Also, pay attention to the weather and climatic conditions. Cold weather may require you to moisturize more intensively while you may moisturize less in the summer months!


Do Skin Care Products Expire Or Need To Be Changed?

Posted for Skin Care On June 12, 2009


Is it OK to keep using the same lotion as long as there is product in it?. Although all products have different shelf lives depending on ingrediants, eventually they all have to go at some point. Let’s lay out some basic reasons for freshing up your cabinet. Addditionally,

Shelf Life of Active Ingredients

Skin care products contain a variety of active ingredients that help relive specific skin conditions and enhance the overall quality of the skin. However, these ingredients have a definite shelf life after which they tend to degrade and lose potency. In fact, ingredients like Vitamin C can be so unstable that they get oxidized upon contact with air or sunlight. This makes the skin care product lose efficiency and hence not show any results.


There are 2 ways skin care products get contanminated. The first is contamination from your hands. You need to make sure you wash your hands before applying your moisturizers and anti-aging products. Secondly, skin care products need to be stored well in order to extend their shelf life. Often people handle skin care products carelessly and they get contaminated as a result of this poor usage. Thus, the product becomes ineffective and can evendamage the skin in some cases. Place your products in a dark space that has a constant temperature that is not too hot.

Ineffective Preservatives and Stabilizers

Skin care products contain certain preservatives and stabilizers in order to prolong their shelf lives and prevent bacterial infestation. However, sometimes these added preservative and stabilizers are so ineffective that they don’t even work on preserving the active ingredients of the product thus making them useless.

Accumulation of Occlusive Ingredients

Ingredients like silicones and mineral oil create a barrier and clogs the skin pores. Though skin care products contain only a small percentage of such ingredients, their regular use may accumulate a large portion of such substances that may further hamper the skin quality.

So, there are many reasons why you should keep trying out new skin care products. Even if you are not convinced you can always be game to experiment!


Skin Care Regimen Part II: Toning

Posted for Skin Care On June 8, 2009


Last time, I told you about cleansing. After the cleansing process comes Toning.

The unique fact about toning is that it is not a basic procedure for all people. While it is extremely important for some to tone their skin toner post cleansing, some can do without it as well. In fact, people with oily skin need toning the most. This is because their skin often remains oily and sticky even after cleansing. Application of toners removes all the residual oil and balances the pHof the skin.

Even people with normal skin can safely use toners. They just need to make sure that the toner is alcohol-free or is will it cause extreme dryness.

However, people with dry skin should absolutely avoid using toners. This is because toners generally contain alcohol and witch hazel that are drying agents and also tend to irritate the skin. If you need to use a toner, select a mild one that has soothing ingredients instead of alcohols.

Excessive use of toners tend to strip off the thin coat of fresh sebum lying just underneath the skin surface. This makes the skin extremely dry and causes irritations such as itchiness and flakiness. You only need to remove the impurities within the skin cells and the excess oil particles, not the oil cells themselves!

However, if you use a mild toner with good quality ingredients, then it can offer several benefits.

They can help close the skin pores and tighten the gaps between the skin cells after the cleansing process. This reduces the penetration of impurities and environmental contaminants into the skin.
They adjust the pH balance of the skin
They remove all the impurities and residual particles left behind by the cleanser.

Thus, the effectiveness of toners depends on your choice of product and your individual skin type!


SkinCare Regimen: Part I – Cleansing

Posted for Skin Care On June 5, 2009


Cleansing is the first and foremost step of your skin care regimen. It is the most important part of the regimen.

Cleansing is the process of washing off dirt, debris and make up residue from the skin pores and from the skins surface. Cleansing removes the impurities and prepares the skin for maximum absorption of active ingredients of your skin care products. However, there is a correct procedure to cleanse efficiently.

Ideally, you should cleanse your face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Use lukewarm water to rinse and a mild cleanser that is free of all harsh detergents, soaps, alcohol and other potential irritants.

Here are some tips to apply the cleanser:

Apply cleanser all over the face with your fingers for about 20 -25 seconds.

Splash tepid water onto your face several times and rinse off the cleanser. Make sure there are no residual particles of the cleanser left on your face.
Use a clean towel to gently pat your face dry. Never rub the towel against your face. You need to make sure your face remains moist.
While the skin is moist, apply moisturizer on your entire face with gentle circular hand movements. Massage it on to the skin until it gets absorbed completely.

There are a variety of cleansers available in the market that caters to various skin types. While some are heavy others are lightweight. Your choice of cleanser should be based on your skin type and skin condition.

Avoid using cleansers that contain harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohols, soaps etc.

Cleansing is the first step in your skin care regimen. To ensure a good start, make sure you do it well. Next week… I\’ll tell you more about the subsequent procedures.

Till then…!


Nano-Technology In Anti-Aging Skin Treatments

Posted for Skin Care On June 4, 2009


Anti-aging skin treatments have come a long way. There are a wide variety of anti aging skin care products in the market. These arecreams, lotions or other formulations that work to improve the appearance of aging skin.

How do I know the effectiveness of anti-aging skin care products?

One of the primary factors that determine the effectiveness of anti-aging skin care products is the delivery of active ingredients within them. Anti-aging products should have a delivery system that lets the active ingredients reach the skin cells or inner layer of the skin. When this fails to happen, the product will cease to show any results.

Why do treatments fail to perform then?

One reason why active ingredients fail to penetrate through the skin surface is because the molecules are too big to pass through the cell membranes!


The answer to the problem lies in Nanotechnology!

Nanotechnology forms, controls and manipulates the small particles of active ingredients that cannot be directly handled. This means that ingredients which are unable to enter the skin surface due to their physical shape can now do so effectively. Nanotechnology has actually revamped the way ingredients of skin care products react on the skin. they are able to penetrate better and thus be more effective.

Nanotechnology breaks down the active ingredients into nano-particles or makes use of nanosomes (nanometer sized liposomes) that allow vitamins and other ingredients to penetrate more effectively into the skin surface.

There are a variety of sunscreens in the market that make use of nanotechnology and cater effectively to the skin concerns. Here are some popular picks.

iS Clinical Treatment Sunscreen 25 by Innovative Skincare

This sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sunlight and repair sun damaged skin. This is a superb nanotechnology formulation suitable for all skin types.

iS Clinical SPF 20 Powder Sunscreen
A revolutionary powder sunscreen that contains physical UV blockers comprising of 25% titanium dioxide and 20% zinc oxide. This special nanotechnology formulation provides sun protection against a vast spectrum of sunlight.