18 May 2018

FRIDAY FIXES OR FADS?: Smoother Skin


All around us, the world promises quick and easy fixes for stubborn problems. Infomericals claim that you can lose 20 pounds a month with their special diet, or that using a certain shampoo will give your locks the healthy sheen you’ve always wanted. It’s understandable that people prefer fast results over slow progress, but these skin care fads are benign at best – and actively harmful at worst.

The skin is a delicate organ. Because we are always looking to have beautiful skin for a lifetime, steady, proven care seems the best way to achieve this. I have a passion for skin care and have worked with doctors for 7 years who truly understand skin. My goal is to help you to understand yours too. So rather than following quick fix fads, marketing hype or simply relying on cosmetics to cover up your skin care problems, I can help you address them safely and effectively.

As always, The Saving Asian always recommends consulting your trusted health-care provider(s)!
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MICRONEEDLING
This procedure involves poking tiny holes in your skin (approx 2 mm in depth), using a device that looks like a lint roller covered in short needles. Each puncture stimulates the production of collagen (the skin's main structure protein) and elastin to firm your face and give it a more youthful appearance. This is a fad that WORKS... BUT the FDA has safety concerns regarding the potential for the needles to damage vessels and nerves. In addition, poor needles can lead to breakage of in the skin. Side effects can include possible irritation, scarring and damage to skin.
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COLLAGEN CREAMS
Collagen DOES work as an injectable to decrease wrinkles. However, you can rub it into the skin all day long; and there's no science that says its going to do anything.

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HEMORRHOID CREAM for Puffy Eyes
People swear by dabbing Preparation H around the eyes to shrink swelling. While it DOES work, you should save it for special ocassions. Most hemorrhoid cream contain hydrocortisone, which can thin the skin with extended use.

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WATER
Drinking water won't improve the look of your skin, unless you're already dehydrated. If you're hydrated and you drink more water, you just go to the bathroom more. For your skin's sake, hydrate from the outside in, not from the inside out. In other words: moisturizing can be more beneficial than drinking extra water. 
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HYALURONIC ACID
As we age, collagen and Hyalyronic Acid both diminish. Collagen injections are old news; the latest procedure is to inject Hyalyronic Acid into the winkle. It is a surfactant which attracts water to the area for further lifting. Hyaluronic Acid is what makes babies cheeks chubby, and by adding it to all the right places we can restore contour. Common brands are Juvederm & Restylane. 

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LASER TREATMENT for Liver Spots
 People are using pigment-specific-lasers to remove liver spots - which can be effective without a big recovery. Intense Pulse Light (or IPL) is the most common laser treatment - it delivers a series of light pulses that will be directed at the specific area after having been adjusted for your individual skin color and type. The light will be changed to heat energy after hitting the skin and will affect the vessels or pigment that are responsible for the condition being treated. The treatment usually runs from fifteen to thirty minutes, after which you may resume normal activities. There is usually no discomfort, but redness sometimes occurs for a few hours.

There's a lot more trends on the market, but for now I wanted to share some of the common ones.
What other skin care trends are you most interested in learning about?
- Gold facial?
- Snail facial?
-Coconut oil benefits?

Have questions on how to take care of your skin? When to get your skin check for suspicious spots? Reoccurring rashes or growths? Please let me know in the comments below or send me an e-mail at thesavingasian@gmail.com :)

Taking care of your skin on a daily basis will bring you the most consistent and long-term results. Please proceed with caution if you decide to try any of the many skin care procedures available. Trends and fads come and go, but your skin must last a lifetime.