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At the beginning of this week (5th of November) Dr Radmila Lukian was invited to attend a very special event at the Bvlgari Hotel & Residences, Dubai - Bvlgari's new jewellery collection and limited edition parfumes spectacle! This one-of-a-kind event was only for a group of selected women in UAE and we are really proud that our Dr Rada was one of them.Read More
With all the different anti-aging cosmetic treatments and products available today, it might seem difficult to choose the right ones for yourself or create an anti-age skincare plan that will produce the desired results. However, there are proven anti-aging strategies that can help you prevent and reduce various visible signs of aging, slow down the rate at which your skin ages, and keep the skin healthy and youthful-looking. Switch to a mild face wash As you age, your skin produces less oil and becomes more delicate and prone to irritation. Using aggressive skincare products and face wash formulas will cause your already sensitive skin to become dry and irritated, which speeds up the aging process. To prevent this from happening, use a light and gentle face wash formulated to provide your skin with extra moisture, deep hydration, and antioxidants that ensure your skin is protected from free radicals. Incorporate retinol into your skincare routine Over the years, our skin starts losing the precious protein called collagen, which keeps the skin supple, smooth and wrinkle-free. To help combat this issue and reduce the signs of aging, skin experts advise on using a version of vitamin A called retinoid. Retinoids are one of the most popular anti-aging compounds that facilitate the process of collagen production, stimulate the production of new blood vessels, and minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. There are over-the-counter topical products that contain retinol, as well as prescription retinoids which are stronger and, thus, more effective. Enhance your SPF routine Photo-aging is caused by excessive sun exposure which causes skin damage, sun spots and discoloration, and accelerates the rate at which our skin ages. Using sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 30 is essential to slow down skin aging and ensure your skin stays healthy and supple.Pick a sunscreen cream that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, moisturizes and nourishes the skin, and at the same time combats environmental aging by creating a protective barrier against air pollution. Moisturize properly As the activity of oil glands decreases over time, the skin becomes dry and sensitive. If not addressed properly, this can lead to the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and deeper creases. Moreover, dry and dehydrated skin makes your complexion look dull and adds years to your skin. To avoid signs of aging and keep your skin plump, smooth and radiant ensure you are using a proper moisturizer that suits your skin type. A rich face cream will help retain water under the skin and decrease the rate at which moisture is lost. Opt for products that contain glycerin and hyaluronic acid, since they are well-known hydrators and moisture magnets. Start with cosmetic treatments on time If you want to age-proof your face, it is important to start with non-invasive, anti-aging cosmetic procedures as soon as you notice any signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Undergoing skin rejuvenation treatments immediately after the first wrinkles appear will significantly slow down the process of skin aging and decrease the rate at which lines and creases appear on your face. One of the proven skin revitalizing and rejuvenating procedures that yields truly impressive natural-looking results is mesotherapy. This highly effective treatment helps your skin stay hydrated, radiant, supple and wrinkle-free and enhances the overall appearance and texture of your skin. Eat smart Healthy and vitamin-packed food nourishes your body and significantly improves the overall health and texture of your skin, as well as its appearance. This means that you should avoid foods that can dehydrate your skin and accelerate the aging process, such as simple carbs, sugary foods, and alcohol. Instead, to boost collagen production and stave off aging, include more protein-rich foods in your diet, such as beans, lean meats, fish, and legumes. In addition, foods high in lycopene and vitamin C will protect your skin from free radicals and sun damage and improve its overall appearance. Move more Regular exercise has amazing benefits for our skin and is often recommended as an efficient way to combat aging and make the skin look younger. The reason for this lies in the fact that exercising causes various changes in human metabolism which can slow down aging. Exercising increases antioxidant defense, improves skin clarity, keeps your skin cells vital, and helps release a compound known to prevent cell death. Essentially, working out keeps your skin looking young and supple. Try anti-aging facial exercises Due to the age-related loss of elastin and collagen, the skin on our face becomes saggy, droopy, and dull. However, doing facial exercises might help tackle this issue and reverse the aging process. Facial exercises will increase the blood circulation, facilitate the process of collagen and elastin production, and strengthen the facial muscles. The result is toned, firm, tighter-looking, smoother and rejuvenated skin. Exfoliate regularly Clogged pores and impurities cause our skin texture to become uneven, which in turn leads to a dull and tired look. Cleaning your pores and removing debris and dead skin cell buildup is essential for improving the overall complexion, texture, and tone of your skin. Regular exfoliation promotes youthful skin by boosting circulation, facilitating elastin and collagen production, improving cellular turnover and enhancing the natural detoxification process. Try facial massage Not only does facial massage relaxes muscles and feels good, but it can also help reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. The gentle movements help increase blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which results in healthy, radiant, smooth and glowing skin. Additionally, anti-aging facial massage can significantly upgrade your skincare routine, as it is a perfect way to apply creams, serums, and lotions. Rubbing movements and the warmth radiating off your hands facilitate the absorption of the product and increase its efficiency. Conclusion Even though it is best to intervene as soon as you notice the first wrinkle on your face, it is never too late to start addressing age-related skin issues and making certain changes in your skincare routine that will give you a chance to reverse the damage. However, if signs of aging are persistent, it is best to see a dermatologist who will then recommend a cosmetic treatment that will help you achieve supple, radiant, and younger-looking skin.Read More
Having youthful, smooth and plump skin becomes increasingly difficult to accomplish as we age. In fact, most people turn to their dermatologists and beauty therapists in an effort to battle the signs of aging. Although there are many different cosmetic procedures and treatments available, dermal fillers have proven to be highly effective in both reducing premature skin aging and increasing volume and elasticity of the skin. What are dermal fillers? Dermal filler is a gel-like substance that comes in the form of injectables and is typically made of hyaluronic acid. This powerful acid which adds volume to our skin is naturally found in our bodies, but its production slows down as we age. For this reason, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are the most common types to be found on the market and even though there are different brands and lines of fillers available, Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers, both belonging to the HA family, are among the most popular ones. Dermal fillers are used to smooth wrinkles and deep-set lines, as well as to restore volume to certain areas of your face, such as around the eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jawline. Once injected, hyaluronic acid binds with water and keeps the skin and surrounding tissues hydrated and moisturized, thus adding volume to the entire area and improving its overall appearance. Due to their ability to restore lost volume and provide plumper and more youthful appearance, dermal fillers were first used to combat the signs of aging, but today they are often used to enhance, enlarge or reshape certain areas of the face. Which areas can be treated? Apart from using dermal fillers to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, they can also be used to increase volume, change shape, or improve the appearance of other parts of your face. Dermal fillers can be injected into the jawline or chin area to enhance them and provide more definition. They can also be used to lift and accentuate the cheeks and reduce crow’s feet around the eyes. Moreover, they are often used to reshape and plump the lips. A type of dermal filler that will be used, as well as the depth at which it will be injected, depends on a patient’s individual needs and the result they want to achieve. Firm dermal fillers injected deeper into the tissue are used for reshaping and adding volume, medium-firm fillers injected at medium depth are ideal for getting rid of deep lines and creases, while soft fillers which are injected into the top layer of the skin can smooth unwanted wrinkles and plump the skin. When can you expect to see the results? With hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, the results are immediate and the effect can be seen right away. However, they need some time to fully settle into place, as well as to start binding with water, so it can sometimes take a few weeks for a patient to be able to see the full effect. In case a patient is not satisfied with the result, dermal fillers can be easily broken down with hyaluronidase, a substance that enables the body to dissolve and metabolize them at a great speed. How long do dermal fillers last? There are various factors that affect the amount of time dermal fillers may last. Besides the type of dermal filler used, the speed at which the body metabolizes the filler is individual. In addition, fillers can last longer if they are injected into an area that is not moved around a lot, such as the cheek area. Even though dermal fillers are usually temporary and last around a year, there are several things you can do to make them last longer. First of all, you should avoid extensive sun exposure, since sun damage increases the speed at which dermal filler breaks down. Furthermore, use topical products that contain hyaluronic acid as well as products and supplements that will help you keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Also, getting enough sleep and making sure you eat healthily and drink plenty of water will significantly improve the appearance of your skin. Are there any side effects? Although dermal fillers are usually well-tolerated, there are some mild to moderate side effects that can appear after the treatment, but rarely last longer than a couple of days. The most common side effects might include temporary redness and tenderness of the skin, mild bruising and swelling of the treated area, or the development of small nodules and bumps under the skin. Also, the treatment is painless and causes minimal discomfort, which makes it possible for the patients to resume their regular routine immediately. Conclusion Dermal fillers are the perfect choice for anyone looking to reduce the signs of aging, minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and creases, tackle the loss of volume and elasticity, as well as reshape certain areas of the face. However, it is essential to consult a qualified doctor with vast experience in the field of aesthetic dermatology for achieving the best results.Read More
Hyperpigmentation is a skin disorder that can affect the entire body, or specific areas, and cause the skin to change its color and become darker. There are different types of skin pigmentation disorders, such as age spots, melasma, freckles, or sun spots, and they are all responsible for the development of the discolored patches that affect the overall appearance of the skin. As a cosmetic issue that is usually harmless, skin pigmentation can often be treated at home, using readily available, purely natural ingredients that are known to be highly effective in addressing skin discoloration. Apple cider vinegar Due to its powerful ingredients which can help in reducing hyperpigmentation and lightening of the skin, apple cider vinegar has been widely used to help deal with various pigmentation issues. This vinegar contains both acetic acid, which has a similar effect as a mild chemical peel, and polyphenols, organic chemicals that act as antioxidants and, as such, protect your skin from free radicals. Make a mixture of equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to dark spots and patches. Wash with lukewarm water after a couple of minutes, and repeat the procedure twice a day for achieving the desired results. Red onion Certain compounds that can be found in allium cepa, or red onion, can act as efficient skin whitening agents due to their unique property to inhibit the activity of cells that are responsible for producing excess pigmentation. Due to its impressive results, red onion extract is even used in various cosmetic products made for scar lightening and reducing skin pigmentation. The simplest way to use red onion at home is to grind it up and put it in an empty tea bag, that you will then apply to the pigmented area. Green tea extract Green tea extract is used to reduce the appearance of dark spots due to its depigmenting effect. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a powerful antioxidant and one of the main ingredients of green tea, can block a certain cell activity that can lead to excess pigmentation. In addition, green tea leaves are rich in gallic and ellagic acid, which are known to improve the overall appearance of the skin. Put a green tea bag in hot water and leave it in up to five minutes. After it cools down, apply it to the pigmented area. Repeat two times a day until achieving visible results. Vitamin C Vitamin C, especially when used in its either citric acid or ascorbic acid form, is known to significantly reduce pigmentation and dark spots, and improve skin complexion and appearance. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and helps lighten the top layer of the skin. Applying fruits rich in vitamin C, such as papaya, grapefruit, orange, or lemon directly to the hyperpigmented area of the skin will result in lighter skin over time. Licorice extract One of the most efficient brightening agents that can be found in nature is licorice. Due to its main active ingredients, glycyrrhizin, liquirtin, and glabridin, licorice acts as a powerful pigmentation remedy that can reduce dark patches and improve the skin tone. Moreover, licorice has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It is fairly easy to make licorice extract at home. Add 100 grams of washed licorice root to 1 liter of water and leave it on low heat for around an hour. Once the liquid turns brown/yellow, strain the contents and pour the extract into a clean container. You can use the extract either as a tonic, or mix it with your skincare products. Milk Various types of milk, such as fresh milk, sour milk, buttermilk, and even yogurt, are considered to be effective in addressing skin pigmentation disorders. The reason for this is lactic acid, one of the common ingredients used in chemical peels to lighten dark spots and even skin complexion. Apply the milk directly to the area of the skin covered with dark spots, or use a cotton ball previously thoroughly soaked in milk. Leave it for a couple of minutes, rinse it off, and repeat the procedure two times a day for best results. Conclusion Due to their powerful skin lightening properties and no major side effects, the ingredients listed above have been commonly used as natural remedies that help treat various skin pigmentation issues. However, for more severe skin discoloration conditions that do not respond well to these natural ingredients, it is best to visit a reputable aesthetic clinic where your condition will be properly diagnosed. After a thorough examination, your doctor can then help you decide on a cosmetic procedure that best suits your needs and appearance goals.Read More