The Importance of Washing Your Face

February 27th, 2015

 

washface_0Most of us were taught from a young age that washing our faces was an important part of our daily routine, and our parents were right. Our skin is covered in a layer of dead skin cells, bacteria, pollutants, viruses, and dirt. That layer can get thicker over time unless you take action and wash your face once or twice a day. Washing our faces not only gets rid of various antigens (tiny unwanted foreign invaders), it also provides our skin much-needed hydration.

Our facial skin creates a waterproof barrier that protects us from the dirty, dangerous pollutants around us. This is accomplished in part through the production of oil called sebum. This oil is produced by tiny sebaceous glands that exist midway down the shafts of our hair follicles. As sebum travels up and out of the hair follicle, it mixes with sweat and dead skin cells that are also migrating up the follicle. Upon reaching the surface of the skin, this mix (now joined by other lipids such as linoleic acid) spreads out and hardens, forming an armour like coating that helps prevent bacteria and other invasive agents from penetrating the outer layer of skin. However, when external dirt builds up or there’s increased production of oils or skin cells, blockages occur in the follicles. The mix of sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells continues pushing up against the blockage and growing larger, creating a growing traffic jam in the follicle. Once bacteria arrives on the scene and inflammation occurs, you’ve got acne. Without washing, acne breakouts and blemishes can occur, regardless of the cleanliness of your environment.

When we wash, we clear our pores of debris and prevent the excessive buildup of this oily armor, allowing the outwardly mobile skin cells and lipids still in the follicles to emerge unimpeded to form a new layer of armor on the surface. Since you’ve been doing it daily since you were little, it’s likely the process is second nature to you – similar to brushing your teeth. However, no matter how well you feel like you’re cleaning your skin, you might be doing it wrong. Follow these basic steps to make sure you’re getting the most out of your regime.

The Water- I’m sure you’ve heard that hot water opens up your pores and thus allows dirt and residue to come out easily when washing your face. That’s only half true. Hot water doesn’t open your pores up (as they don’t open and close), but warmer water can loosen dirt. Unfortunately, washing with hot water can be drying and harsh to the skin, so it’s best to start your wash by rinsing your face with lukewarm water. This will still break down some of the dirt and be soothing to the skin. Throughout the wash and rinse, continue to use lukewarm water.

The Wash- Once you’ve wet your face it’s time to lather up. Massage your face with cleaners in a circular motion, making circles move outward from the center of your face. Spend a little more time on your t-zone, the area that can produce more oil, and don’t forget your jawline and along your hairline where you may have sweat. It may seem like a no brainer, but many people don’t spend enough time on the lather. Try to massage your face for 30 seconds to an entire minute. If you’re exfoliating (1-2 a week), be gentle. Gently massaging on an exfoliate will still cleanse your skin without having to press hard and aggressively against the sensitive skin on your face.

Looking for a proper cleanser for your skin type? Our Gentle Foaming Cleanser is perfect for sensitive, redness prone skin. Our Medicated Foaming Cleanser is ideal for people with acne, oily prone skin.

The Wipe Off- Then rinse off all soap by splashing water on your face and using your hands to remove any remaining cleanser. Don’t forget the edges of your face and the area around your nose and ears. Many people tend to miss the edges of their face which leads to soap residue build up and can cause unsightly breakouts. Next, dry your face by dabbing it with a towel. Do not rinse off soap or dry your face by wiping it with a cloth. Rubbing with a cloth can irritate, stretch, and cause wrinkles on the skin. Softly dab your face dry and you’re done!

Still looking for more tips on skincare? Contact us today to book your skincare analysis.

 

Glowing Skin Green Smoothie

February 23rd, 2015

 

Green SmoothieIt’s fun to get creative with smoothies, the possibilities are endless. Enjoy this smoothie knowing the ingredients are ultra-nourishing to your whole body and renewing for the skin. Mango & Spirulina are not only wonderful taken internally, but both ingredients can be applied topically as well as a rejuvenating face mask. Just be careful with mango on your skin because some people have allergic reactions.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Frozen or Fresh Mango

1 handful of Cilantro

1 tsp. Spirulina

1 Lime, Peeled

1 cup of water or coconut water

 

Instructions: 

Blend ingredients together in a high powered blender and serve.

 

8 Rawesome Facts about this Smoothie

1. Mango has enzymes similar to the papaya fruit which support digestion and reduce constipation.

2. Mango can help to clear pores for healthy skin.

3. Spirulina is an algae very high in protein, with a complete amino acid profile making it a “complete protein”.

4. Cilantro helps to ease PMS symptoms in women and is a natural heavy metal chelator.

5. Lime is high in Vitamin C and boosts the immune system as well as aids in weight loss.

6. Coconut Water acts as a carrier in smoothies, delivering a higher dose of nutrients directly to the cells.

7. In just 3 grams of Hawaiian Spirulina there is 2 grams of complete protein.

8. Spirulina contains omega fatty acids and has been used to treat acne and eczema.

 

Recipe compliments of http://www.youngandraw.com/ 

 

5 Ways You’re Making Your Skin Dull

February 20th, 2015

 

 

Worst skin issuesNo one wants dull skin. If we could all look like luminous skincare  models for the rest of our lives, we’d be pretty content. Even though glowing skin isn’t necessarily easy, there are some easy changes to make to get your skin in much, much better shape. Below are five ways that you may be making your skin look dull. Lets lay these terrible habits to rest and start having that amazing skin you actually want.

  1. You’re drinking the wrong liquids. If you’re dehydrated, your skin will show it, all the way from flaky patches to uneven coloring. Besides drinking at least eight 16 oz. glasses of water a day, you should be mindful of the liquids you’re drinking that dehydrate you. Coffee is a diuretic, meaning it promotes your body to pass fluids at a greater speed, which dehydrates you. For every cup of coffee you drink, you should match it with an equal amount of water to keep yourself hydrated. The same goes for alcohol in terms of dehydration. If you can’t stay away from it entirely, try to limit your alcohol intake and up the amount of water you drink to keep yourself hydrated.
  1. You’re spending too much time in the sun. Regardless of how long you’re in the sun you should be wearing sunscreen and reapplying as needed, but spending too much time in the sun means you can dry out your skin, leaving it dull and dead. When you can, try to limit your sun exposure to a couple of hours at the most, and avoid frying yourself in the heat for better skin. For full protection from dangerous UV rays, try Nature’s Veil SPF 30.
  1. You’re using makeup remover wipes but not washing your face. Makeup remover wipes are great at doing just that: removing makeup. However, a recent study found that while they can take makeup off, they can also spread it around to the rest of your face. Plus, the alcohol that’s typically in the wipes to help break down makeup can dry out your skin. If this is your method of taking off your makeup at night, it’s imperative that you follow it up by washing your face with a cleanser and then using a moisturizer before sleep. Cleanse with our Medicated Foaming Cleanser or our Foaming Cleanser for sensitive, redness prone skin. Moisturize with our Luxurious Moisture Therapy or our Luxurious Moisture Therapy Plus.
  1. You’re staying up late and waking up early. A lot of the times, we skimp on sleep because we think we don’t really need it. Sure, you can have one late night and still make it through the next day fine, but when it becomes a habit, your body doesn’t get the time it needs to rest and repair, which trickles down to your skin. Cells get their most TLC during the night when your body can rejuvenate and rebuild itself, and if you’re not sleeping enough, your body can’t function that way because it’s using all of its energy to simply keep you awake. Try to get into the habit of going to sleep at the same time each night and waking up around the same time each morning so your body can get enough rest, which will make your skin look so much brighter.
  1. Your diet is high in carbs and low in vegetables. When you’re running from place to place 24/7, your diet can easily become the last priority. We grab things like refined carbs (“energy” bars and other processed snacks) because they satisfy our hunger and they’re easy to eat on the go, but when we rely on highly refined foods instead of fruits and vegetables for our nutrients, it takes a toll on our skin. The sugars our body processes in carbs goes directly to our skin, making tone uneven and giving it an overall dull appearance.

 

Still want more tips on skincare? Book a consultation today for your skincare analysis.

 

 

How False Eyelashes can Damage your Eye

January 26th, 2015

lashesWomen curl them, tint them, perm them and coat them in layers of mascara to achieve the perfect look. But even that is not enough! It seems we are now addicted to gluing layers of fake eyelashes to our lids in order to replicate the celebrity looks we know and love. Consumer Reports recently conducted an investigation into the fad and found out a number of celebrities and people in the entertainment industry have suffered potentially-serious eye issues from allergic reactions, irritation, and infection. According to The Beauty Insiders, infection, lash damage, and allergic reactions are the three most common side-effects from fake lashes and extensions. While damage to natural lashes is bad enough, allergic reactions and infections—and almost any eye irritation in general—always carry the risk for blindness.

Not willing to give up those luscious lashes? No problem. Produced by the makers of BOTOX Cosmetic, LATISSE is the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment used to grow eyelashes. When applied nightly to the base of the upper lashes, the LATISSE solution stimulates the growth of longer, thicker, darker eyelashes, with noticeable results at 8 weeks, and realization of full results at approximately 16 weeks. The most common side effects of LATISSE are itching and irritation of the eyes and the eyelid skin, which occur in a very small percentage of users. LATISSE may also cause a narrow darkening of the upper eyelid skin along the lash line. Although not reported in clinical studies, LATISSE use may also cause an increase in brown pigmentation on the colored part of the eye which may be permanent.

For those women who still want that extra something when it comes to their eyes, our esthetician recommends trying to accomplish the look using eye shadows and mascara. While these beauty products carry their own risks and should be changed out regularly to prevent bacterial contamination, they may pose less of a risk to eye health when used properly. A simple tip to make lashes stand out is to curl them with a hand curler after mascara is applied. This, combined with the right eye shadow application will make lashes pop. To achieve the look, select an eye shadow one or two shades lighter than your mascara. If you use the same colour your lashes will be lost against the colour of your eyelid. Apply a thin line of shadow at outer third of your lid—do not line the entire eye. You can leave it at this and then do your mascara, or, if you want to really glam it up, you can use lighter hues on the remainder of your eye lid. The nice thing about mascara and eye shadow is it washes off and can be applied innumerable times—unlike extensions and fake eyelashes which often require a little more attention.

If you would like to discuss LATISSE with one of our experts, contact us today.

 

 

Free Radicals: What You Need to Know

January 12th, 2015

 

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To understand the way that free radicals and antioxidants interact, you must first understand a bit about cells and molecules.  So here’s a (very) brief refresher course in Physiology/Chemistry 101:  The human body is composed of many different types of cells. Cells are composed of many different types of molecules. Molecules consist of one or more atoms of one or more elements joined by chemical bonds.

As you probably remember from your old high school days, atoms consist of a nucleus, neutrons, protons, and electrons. The number of protons (positively charged particles) in the atom’s nucleus determines the number of electrons (negatively charged particles) surrounding the atom. Electrons are involved in chemical reactions and are the substance that bonds atoms together to form molecules. Electrons surround, or “orbit” an atom in one or more shells. The innermost shell is full when it has two electrons. When the first shell is full, electrons begin to fill the second shell. When the second shell has eight electrons, it is full, and so on.

The most important structural feature of an atom for determining its chemical behavior is the number of electrons in its outer shell. A substance that has a full outer shell tends not to enter in chemical reactions (an inert substance). Atoms seek to reach a state of maximum stability, an atom will try to fill its outer shell by:

  1. Gaining or losing electrons to either fill or empty its outer shell;
  2. Sharing its electrons by bonding together with other atoms in order to complete its outer shell.freeradical1

Atoms often complete their outer shells by sharing electrons with other atoms. By sharing electrons, the atoms are bound together and satisfy the conditions of maximum stability for the molecule. Normally, bonds don’t split in a way that leaves a molecule with an odd, unpaired electron. But when weak bonds split, free radicals are formed. Free radicals are very unstable and react quickly with other compounds, trying to capture the needed electron to gain stability. Generally, free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. When the “attacked” molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the disruption of a living cell.

Some free radicals arise normally during metabolism. Sometimes the body’s immune systems cells purposefully create them to neutralize viruses and bacteria. However, environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke, and herbicides can also spawn free radicals. So why should you care about this? Free-radicals initiate the deterioration of the skin’s structural support and decrease the elasticity, resilience, and suppleness of skin.  They are often tagged as the culprit in the case of wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and suppleness.

The vitamins C and E, are thought to protect the body against the destructive effects of free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the electron “stealing” reaction. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease. Protect your skin today by using one of our antioxidant protects: Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum or the Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream. To learn more about the powerful effects of antioxidants, click here.

For more information, or to book in for your skin analysis, contact us today.

 

 

How to Get Rid of What Lurks in Your Makeup Brushes

January 8th, 2015

 

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A quick glance at the Jane Iredale brushes available at Dermaworks.

 

We use makeup products to enhance our natural beauty, but things can get ugly really quickly if we don’t take the proper steps to care for our beauty-enhancing tools. Cleaning your makeup tools will ensure their softness and strength. As quality brushes can be a bit pricey, it will be an investment to properly maintain them. It is important to routinely clean our makeup tools, not only to care for our skin, but for the longevity of the tools themselves.

Brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria coming from our own skin and dust from the air to accumulate. This dirt can then be transferred back into our skin and lead to clogged pores and subsequent breakouts. What’s more, the bacteria on those brushes get transferred onto the makeup that we use them with, so it affects the cleanliness and longevity of our makeup products too.

Clean your brushes once a week, twice a week at the most. Overall, doing this every week will make for a quicker cleaning process time as there won’t be too much of an accumulation of colors, oils, and dirt on the brushes. Routine brush care also adds to the impact of your makeup look. If you use the same brush for different colors without cleaning it in between uses (and after multiple uses), the intended shade will not show up on your skin as true to its color because of the combination of colors. It will impact the blending and contouring of your intended makeup look.

To clean your brushes, start off by running the bristles under warm water to loosen the dirt. Add a dab of the shampoo onto the bristles itself and gently massage the bristles into the palm of your hand using circular or back-and-forth motions. If the bristles are really dirty, continue this process until your bristles run clear of the accumulated makeup. Rinse and remove excess water with a clean cloth. Let your brushes dry flat as drying them vertically jane-iredale0bugsdamages the attachment point of the bristles to the wand and you will lose bristles that way. While you are at it, it would be a good idea to clean the handles of your brushes as well using any appropriate disinfectant, such as rubbing alcohol. Clean your brushes at night, let them dry overnight and they will be ready to use by the morning.

Want an easier more efficient solution to cleaning your brushes? At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic we offer the Jane Iredale line of makeup, makeup brushes, and accessories. The Botanical Brush Cleaner is available for purchase along with a long list of brushes. This quick drying cleanser is good for use with all cosmetic brushes including those with natural hair. Not only will it clean the brush with a quick spray but it will also provide a deep condition to keep those brushes lasting longer.

A healthy body and proper hygiene are essentials to both inner and outer beauty. Your skin will thank you for its proper care and showcase such natural beauty when you routinely clean and care for your makeup tools. Do you have more questions about your skincare? Contact us today.

 

Why You NEED to Cancel Your Tanning Membership

January 5th, 2015

 

 

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Wear a cover up outdoors to protect your skin.

If you read no further, know this: there is no such thing as a safe tan. Indoor tanning is just as dangerous, if not more, than tanning outside in the sun. In fact, indoor tanning injures thousands of people each year badly enough to go to the emergency department. Indoor tanning can cause sunburn and damage to your eyes that could lead to vision loss. Indoor tanning can also cause premature skin aging, including loss of elasticity, wrinkling, age spots, and changes in skin texture.

There are a lot of misconceptions about indoor tanning, so it’s important to know the following:

  • Tanned skin is not healthy skin. That “healthy glow” from the tanning bed indicates damage to your skin. Whether tanning or burning, you are exposing yourself to harmful UV rays. In fact, every time you engage in indoor tanning, you increase your risk of melanoma. The truly healthy glow is your natural skin color.
  • A base tan is not a safe tan. A tan is the body’s response to injury from UV rays. Skin cells respond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment, which shows that damage has been done. A base tan only provides a sun protection factor (SPF) of about 3 or less, which does little to protect you from future UV exposure.
  • Tanning indoors is not safer than tanning outside in the sun. Indoor tanning and tanning outside are both dangerous. Artificial UV rays from indoor tanning are typically much more intense than UV rays from the sun. The intensity of UV rays can vary depending of the age and type of light bulbs.
  • Indoor tanning is not a safe way to get vitamin D. While vitamin D is important for bone health, studies showing links between vitamin D and other health conditions are inconsistent. Although it is important to get vitamin D, vitamin D, if needed, can be obtained safely through diet or supplements. (Vitamin D is found naturally in fatty fish, and is added to foods such as milk and some cereals. Read the labels to find out which foods have vitamin D added.) Tanning harms your skin, and the amount of UV you need to get enough vitamin D is difficult to measure, as it is different for every person.

Despite the clear dangers associated with indoor tanning, nearly 1 in 3 young white women ages 16-25 engage in indoor tanning each year. Among those who use indoor tanning, approximately half report 10 or more sessions per year. This is particularly concerning given the increased risk of skin cancer among younger and frequent users.

Tanning often begins during the adolescent years. Studies show kids are more likely to indoor tan if their parents allow it or if the parents indoor tan themselves. Research suggests that girls who start tanning with their mothers tend to begin tanning at an earlier age and are more likely to become regular, habitual tanners than girls who initially tanned alone or with a friend. Studies also suggest that parents aren’t very aware of the risks associated with indoor tanning. Given the potential for these behaviors to continue into adulthood, we have to reach likely tanners early to keep them from starting or help them to stop indoor tanning.

The evidence linking indoor tanning to an increased skin cancer risk is clear. Indoor tanning is an unnecessary and easily avoidable source of UV exposure. Reducing indoor tanning is an important strategy for reducing the burden of skin cancer.

 

 

7 Things to do for your Skin in 2015

December 31st, 2014

 

 

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As the New Year is quickly approaching, we all spend time thinking about how we can improve ourselves in the upcoming year. From dieting, to increased exercise, we all dream of a better version of ourselves. Often it’s difficult to identify the steps we need to take to actually reach our goals. As the health craze bombards all of us in the New Year, many of us don’t always think of this one key goal—better skin. We all want it but with the overwhelming amount of information out there, it’s far from easy to know what to do. Follow these 7 easy steps to improve your skin this 2015!

  1. Add an eye cream to your skincare regime. The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have can boost collagen production. Try our Firm and Protect Eye Cream to help moisturizer and help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity.
  1. Wash your face once (or twice) a day, every day. Even if you don’t wear makeup, it’s very important to wash your face with a cleanser. It’s not just makeup you want to wash off. Facial cleansers remove makeup, pollutants, bacteria, and unwanted debris off of our face. If you’re skin type is normally dry, or a bit of a combination try our Gentle Foaming Cleanser. Oily or acne prone skin should start with our Medicated Foaming Cleanser.
  1. Protect your skin with an antioxidant serum (or cream). When it comes to caring for your skin, antioxidants can help to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun and the free radicals that some along with it. Unlike sunscreens and moisturizers, antioxidants can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Vitamins A, C and E and the mineral selenium are thought to be particularly helpful in skin care. In addition to helping fortify cells against free radicals, vitamins A and C also encourage cell and tissue growth, helping the body to repair itself. This is very helpful to the skin, which is constantly shedding and re-growing cells. For this reason, any antioxidants that protect cells and encourage cell growth could be helpful in an anti-aging regimen, as they may help fight fine lines and wrinkles. Try our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Serum, or our Powerful Antioxidant Cocktail Cream.
  1. Wear sunscreen everyday day, no matter the weather conditions. Are you wearing sunscreen right this minute? You probably should be. Even if you’re indoors, chances are there’s a UVA wave heading for your epidermis. If you think UVA is nothing to worry about, think again. A huge number of us do not apply sunscreen to our faces daily. It’s hard to understand, given that the humble sunscreen is hands down the most effective anti-ageing tool you can buy. Up to 90 per cent of aging is caused by external factors, the big one being sun exposure. Our sunscreen, Nature’s Veil SPF 30 with Antioxidants is a physical based sunscreen, perfect for your anti aging needs.
  1. Visit an esthetician for monthly facials. Even if your at-home regimen is working just fine, visiting an esthetician for a medical facial could completely change the way you view your complexion, no matter your age or skin care woes. An hour of one-on-one time creates an opportunity for the esthetician to provide professional advice skin tips and tricks. And, during the consultation, you have a chance to ask questions you may have. Part of getting a facial is learning how to care for your skin properly. Most importantly, this “lesson” will include which products or ingredients work best for your skin type and how to care for your skin at home so you can maintain the results of your facial.
  1. Drink more water. The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body your skin is made up of cells. Skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight, and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Try drinking eight 8oz glasses of water each day.
  1. Get enough sleep. Beauty sleep is real, it’s free, and it can start for you tonight. You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circle. Not enough sleep can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension. Sleep well with 6-8 hours a night.

 

With the wealth of information out there about skincare, and skincare products it’s sometimes hard to know which steps are right for you. These 7 basic steps are essential for everyone, no matter your age, skin type, or lifestyle. For a more detailed skincare plan, book in for your consultation with Dr. Vassiliou for an advanced skincare analysis, or meet our medical esthetician.

It’s a new year, better skin starts now. Contacts us today. Happy New Year from Dermaworks!

 

 

Using Dermal Filler to Correct Dark Circles

December 29th, 2014

 

Have the dark circles under your eyes been bothering you a lot lately? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Bags under the eyes have been traditionally treated with surgery. Until recently, there wasn’t an effective treatment for the dark circles around the eyes. Today, with dermal fillers such as Juvéderm, Dr. Vassiliou can remove your under eye hollows and effectively reduce the dark circles under your eyes naturally without surgery.

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Before and After

Dark circles under eyes are usually caused by hollowing in the “tear trough” zone due to volume loss caused by loss of fat in this area. This is usually due to age but can be present in much younger people who are genetically predisposed. The dark colour occurs because this loss of tissue allows the deeper dark purple muscle layer to show through. Often a “bag” will appear, as this loss of structure, plus loss of upper cheek volume in more severe cases, causes a loss of support to the tissue structures directly under the eye, which will then begin to bulge unsupported. The darkness is further compounded by the shadowing caused by the troughing and bagging. Pigmentation is usually never a contributing factor, and is why no creams will ever be of any use to help fix this problem.

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Before and After

By adding volume back into the troughs and upper cheeks, these “valleys” can be filled in to smooth out the negative contours, effectively eliminating the dark colour and shadowing, and erasing the perceived tired look. However, filling this area with injectables is the most difficult of all dermal filling. It is not something you should have done by an inexperienced and unskilled doctor or nurse. Choose your injector very carefully. Due to the thinness of the tissues and skin, the area being extremely prone to bleeding and significant bruising, a tendency to swelling and the close proximity to the eye. However, if done properly, this arguably produces some of the most rewarding results of any dermal filling. At Dermaworks Medical Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Vassiliou has completed many successful under eye injections with amazing results.

While we have a few fillers to choose from, all of our fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body.The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent. Dr. Vassiliou will choose an injectable filler that will have a smooth-consistency which will let the filler flow easily into the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel. This is very important when treating under the eye, where other big and bulky fillers may result in puffiness of the eyes.

The treatment is done under local anesthetic using a topical freezing cream. It does not hurt after the anesthetic wears off. Treatment, however, tends to be a little bit more tedious than when treating other zones of the face, simply due to the potential fragility in this area. Some temporary minor bruise or welt spots can sometimes be seen, but could be covered up appropriately with foundation.

Want to go from looking tired to fabulous? Contact us today.

 

 

The Benefits of Witch Hazel

December 23rd, 2014

 

shutterstock_47550397Witch Hazel (also know as Hamamelis) is a flowering plant popular for its health benefits and ornamental purposes. It grows in beautiful clusters of rich yellow to orange-red flowers. Its North American species are also known as Snapping Hazel, Spotted Alder, Tobacco Wood, and Winterbloom since the flowers begin to grow in the autumn and continue to expand throughout the winter. Due to its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities the extract derived from the twigs, bark, and leaves of Witch Hazel is often used in skin ointments, astringents, aftershave lotions, soaps, and shower gels. The seeds of Witch Hazel, also known as Hazel Nuts, are edible and are used to extract oil used in the treatment of many skin and health conditions.

Witch Hazel has been used in the treatment of many health conditions by the Japanese, Chinese, and Native Americans for centuries. The tannins, volatile oils, gallic acid, resin, flavonoids (procyanidins), and other natural components in it give Witch Hazel its astringent, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities. Therefore, Witch Hazel teas, oils, and extracts are widely used in the treatment of many skin conditions such as:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Burns
  • Itchy and irritated skin
  • Puffy eyes
  • Insect bites and bee stings
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Blemishes
  • Cold sores
  • Eczema
  • Boils
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Studies have shown that Witch Hazel possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and astringent properties which may be beneficial in the treatment of boils, pimples, acne, blemishes, razor cuts, bruises, insect bites, poison ivy, dermatitis, porous facial skin, carpenter’s hands, cracked heals, nail and foot infection, eczema, cold sores, and wrinkles. Witch Hazel extract or oil can be applied directly onto the affected area or can be mixed in equal portion of Isopropyl (rubbing) Alcohol before the application. For sensitive skin, Witch Hazel can be diluted in equal portion of water, Arnica Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil and applied 2-3 times daily. Also, the application of ointments and creams with Witch Hazel extract may be beneficial in the treatment of many of these skin ailments. However, it should not be applied on seriously ruptured skin.

In the USA, Witch Hazel is an FDA approved herbal product for medicinal purposes. There are not any known severe side effects of using this herb. However, oral overdose of Witch Hazel may cause allergic reactions such as rash, itchiness or inflammation, trouble breathing, dizziness, nausea or upset stomach. Therefore, oral consumption should be done only under close supervision of your health care provider and if you feel any kind of adverse symptoms, contact your physician immediately. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is highly recommended that you consult your doctor before using Witch Hazel.

Witch Hazel can be purchased at herbal food stores, pharmacies and many department or grocery stores. It is strongly advised to read the package labels closely since Witch hazel is available in formulas which are made separately for external and internal use. The Witch Hazel which is packaged for external use often contains isopropyl alcohol. When buying it for facial use, look for 100% Organic Witch Hazel Hydrosol, since it is milder and more beneficial for sensitive skin. The Hydrosol version is also distilled slowly and under low pressure with pure water which helps preserve all the herbal and medicinal components of the plant.