Peeling Skin: The Do’s and Don’ts

Having to live with peeling skin is definitely not fun in the least. If you’ve had to struggle through this dreadful condition, you’ll unfortunately know symptoms like unbearable itchiness, flaky and uncomfortably tight skin all too well. In fact, women who have suffered through severe cases of peeling skin have even compared the condition to feeling like their entire face being on fire!  

 

Although there is no one specific cause to peeling skin, external factors such as excessive sun exposure, makeup or topical products and allergies are largely to be blamed. Happen to find yourself falling under this category? Then it’s high time you might want to practice these simple do’s and don’ts on a daily basis to combat the state of your skin before it gets any worse.

 

Don’t

 

Pick at your skin! Peeling skin would understandably cause parts of your face to itch like crazy, but keep those meddling fingers off your skin. Picking and scratching at your face can not only spread bacteria from your fingers to your face (which is why you should also avoid touching your face at all!), but it can also cause permanent scarring or discoloration to the area affected.

 

Do

 

Wrap an ice cube around a clean handkerchief and dab it onto the peeling, itchy spot. The ice would help to dull the sensation and reduce inflammation, but if that still doesn’t help than try applying a smudge of aloe vera gel to soothe your skin.

 

Don’t

 

Use extremely potent facial cleansers. It seems like every facial cleanser in the skincare industry nowadays is boasting a “skin-regeneration”, “overnight-rejuvenation” option magic ingredient, which is why those with peeling skin have to take extra care when choosing a cleanser for you. Products with a high count of alcohols, -commonly found in toners- are also a nightmare for peeling skin, as it will continue to dry out all of your skin’s natural moisture.

 

Do

 

Opt for an uncomplicated cleanser with keywords such as “gentle”, “soothing” and “hypoallergenic” in their product descriptions –just to make sure you’re not stripping your skin of it’s natural pH balance! It’s always a good option to go for regular facials as well to professionally treat some more major problem areas; and a good suggestion would be the Almond Facial Peel. Combine this with a special facial steaming to open your pores, oxygenate and purify your dry skin so that it’s much more accepting to hydration in the future!

 

Don’t

 

Skip out on moisturizer. Moisturizing is not only important for peeling skin, it’s However, those with peeling skin should watch out for the use of “humectants” incorporated in most moisturisers –especially during dryer weathers. Humectants are actually supposed to lock in moisture, but when presented under harsh and drying conditions, can strip the already existing moisture from your skin.

 

Do

 

Apply a light layer of face-friendly oil, also known as “occlusives”. The occlusives, -such as shea butter, mineral oil, grapeseed oil, lanolin- help to lock in the moisture so it doesn’t get pulled away in hot or dry weather conditions.

 

Don’t

 

Unknowingly apply topical treatments. Studies show that there are is a significant list of drying ingredients contained in products such as benzoyl peroxides and retinoids; which is why they work so well to combat acne-prone skin. Sensitive, peeling skin however requires a much different approach as excessive use of topical treatments can actually cause hyper pigmented scarring, chemical burns and even more peeling!

 

Do

 

Spot treat. Instead of lathering pimple product all over your face, practice treating your spots once at a time to monitor your skin’s reaction to said product. It’s also a great alternative to use natural spot treatments such as tea tree (always diluted with another carrier oil!) and lavender oil to subside pimples overnight. Consider gel-based spot products as well as they have a substantial anti-inflammatory effect on active spots without the nasty scar.

 

Don’t

 

Over-exfoliate. We know, there’s nothing like the feeling of vigorously scrubbing off the day’s dirt, oil and impurities from your skin after long hours outdoors or a night out with a full face of makeup. But ever notice how your skin immediately feels taut straight after an exfoliation? That’s because every exfoliation automatically dries out your skin –and exfoliating on a daily basis can cause your dry skin to take a turn for the worst. Exfoliating scrubs that boast “grains” or “micro beads” should also be no-no if you have peeling skin, as those particular types can stand to make little tears in the derma of your skin which will not only lead to excessive flaking and irritation, but the spread of bacteria and possible increase of acne.

 

Do

 

Do your best to avoid physical exfoliants unless absolutely necessary. Chemical exfoliants might sound a little intimidating if you’re opting for a more natural routine, but in this case they still be able to cleanse your skin effectively without drying it out. Ingredients like AHA and BHA are your friends in this situation, as they’re great for moisture absorption and even to treat minor discoloration.

 

To Sum Up…

 

There’s no one size fits all cure for peeling skin. Your journey to clear and healthy skin, much like those also suffering with “combo” or “oily” skins is really all about trial and error. Some other tips to adopt throughout this process would be to religiously stick to one regimen just to monitor if it works for you, keep a skin diary and always take “before and after” pictures just to see how far you’ve come!

Cellulite Treatments: What Works and Is It Worth the Investment?

They say that confidence is the best thing a woman can wear – but let’s be honest. Whenever we look at ourselves in the mirror, it’s hard to ignore the areas that make us feel unattractive and insecure.

 

This is especially true when bikini season comes around. No matter how cute your bikini is, there’s just no cover-up for all the body hang-ups we constantly struggle with. This, in turn, makes us feel even more dissatisfied with the body we have.

 

Among all those imperfections women tend to obsess over, cellulite is probably one of the top items on that list. Research says that cellulite is a very common problem. In fact, a whopping 93% of women have it. No wonder cellulite treatments have been so high in demand – a lot of women are actively looking for an effective and safe solution to address this issue.

 

What Is Cellulite and How Is It Treated?

 

Cellulite happens when fat deposits found beneath the skin push and contort the connective tissues in a certain area. This causes the skin to appear lumpy or similar to what cottage cheese may look like. Although cottage cheese doesn’t sound that bad, almost all women will agree that it doesn’t look good on the skin.

 

Experts say that a change in lifestyle can help get rid of cellulite. A healthy diet and exercise improve the shape of our body, allowing the skin to reform into a better condition. It is also said that healthy skincare habits can help restore the elasticity of your skin. But sadly, our bodies are engineered differently, and what may work for others might not work for us.

 

This is where cellulite treatments come in. Through science, it is now possible to get treatments that cater to any body type. We are also able to see results faster and easier compared to other methods.

 

But with tons of options out there, how do you know which ones yield the best results? Below is a list of cellulite treatments that work, according to experts.

 

Which Cellulite Treatments Work?

 

Laser Treatments (Cellulaze)

 

Despite the hefty cost, laser treatment is perhaps the most popular method of banishing cellulite. And for those who are familiar with laser treatments, you may have already heard about Cellulaze – especially since it has a £2,500 price tag attached to it.

 

Cellulaze is a trademarked method of cellulite laser treatment from a company called Cynosure. It is said to be the only laser treatment that targets the cellulite-causing structural problems under the skin. During a Cellulaze treatment, a tiny laser tube is penetrated into your skin. This tiny laser will then break down the bands that form the appearance of cellulite. At the same time, this treatment can also thicken the skin which is said to also help reduce the visibility of cellulite.

 

Zwave

 

Although quite new to the market, Zwave is showing a lot of potential in the cellulite treatment industry. It is also a bit more budget-friendly than the Cellulaze laser treatment. However, Zwave only works for mild to moderate cellulite issues.

 

A Zwave treatment utilises high-energy radial shockwaves, applying it to affected areas. The tissues underneath the skin will then break down and disintegrate into gas bubbles within the structures of fat.

 

LPG Endermologie

 

LPG Endermologie is widely available in most beauty salons, and we provide this form of treatment in our own salon as well. It is a non-surgical process and the safest among all types of cellulite treatments. In fact, did you know that it was the first cellulite treatment to be approved by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

 

Going through Endermologie is similar to receiving a deep tissue massage. In this process, a vacuum-like tool with rollers lifts your skin and kneads the tissue underneath. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which can reduce cellulite. At the same time, the massage also helps relieve tension and muscle pain.

 

Creams and Lotions

 

If you are looking for a cellulite treatment that can be done in the comfort of your own home, you’d be pleased to know that some creams and lotions can get rid of cellulite. Although the results may not last very long, this option is the most budget-friendly of them all.

 

Experts say that creams and lotions containing caffeine may be the most effective in reducing cellulite. Caffeine has cell-dehydrating properties that can significantly reduce the visibility of cellulite. Along with caffeine, products containing 0.3% retinol also prove to be effective as a form of cellulite treatment. This is because retinol is known to thicken skin, and as we have learned, thickening the skin can reduce cellulite visibility.

 

But before you apply the product, we suggest testing it on a small area of your skin first. These topical solutions may not be suitable for everyone, as they may contain allergy-causing ingredients.

 

Is It Worth the Investment?

 

Now that you have a list of the available options on the market today, the next question is: are they worth the investment? We all know that some of these treatments can be hard on the budget, especially since some of them require multiple sessions. And depending on the beauty salon you choose, prices may also vary.

 

However, investing in yourself is never a bad idea. If you’ve been dreaming of getting into that bikini this summer season, or if you’re just tired of the bumps and lumps, a cellulite treatment can do wonders for you. Not only will you be able to see how great you look, but it can also make you feel good about yourself.

 

All of these cellulite treatments have been tested by industry professionals and have been proven to be effective. No matter which treatment you choose, they all can give you a healthier and firmer skin. Now that’s something worth striving for – after all, confidence is also about loving the skin you’re in.

 

Before You Go…

 

We hope you enjoyed this article and learned something new.

 

If you would like to try out the LPG Endermologie procedure mentioned above, this month (until May 31st) we are offering a completely free Endermologie taster session, so you can test it out and see if you like it without any risk.

 

To get your voucher and sign up for the free session, click here

13 Reasons to Consider Laser Hair Removal

 

In an era where hair-free smooth skin is the norm, it is natural for women to strive for the look of a hairless Goddess. However, the desired perfection usually demands a lot of investment in time and money. And, it is not always pain-free.

 

If you are, like most women, tired of pursuing different methods of hair removal like waxing, shaving, and tweezing, you may benefit by going for laser hair removal.  This technique is getting better and better, thanks to the innovations in technology.

 

Read on, as we explore 13 reasons to consider today’s laser hair removal technology.

 

1.       Permanent Results

 

Perhaps, this is the biggest reason you want to give laser a good try. After all, what can be better than getting rid of annoying unwanted facial and body hair once and for all!

 

So, can laser hair removal give fully permanent results? Well, not exactly. But, it can reduce hair growth by 80 to 90 percent.

 

This hair reduction technique works by targeting high-heat laser beams to damage hair follicles. The process prevents hair growth from the damaged follicles for a long time.

 

In essence, laser hair removal reduces the number of hairs in an area. And, when hair does grow, it is much finer, lighter, and unnoticeable. So, you can expect nearly permanent hair reduction after a few laser sessions with a professional.

 

2.      Value for time

 

Time is money! Or, perhaps, much more valuable than money.

 

Think about the number of hours you spend ripping off hair from your face and body, only to repeat the same procedure within just a few days!

 

A survey found that the average British woman spends a startling 72 days (1728 hours) in a lifetime, shaving off unwanted hair. That’s over a thousand hours of more important and more enjoyable tasks left undone!

 

Laser does not require as many trips to the parlour as waxing. Laser requires a few sessions, the number depending on many factors. Most people are recommended 6 to 8 sessions with a gap of 4 to 6 weeks between each.

 

3.      Fast

 

Laser hair removal sessions are much less time-consuming than other methods.

 

Time taken for one session depends on many factors including:

 

-the laser used

-the area being treated

-the expertise of the operator

-your sensitivity to pain

 

 It can take anywhere from a minute for upper lip to around half an hour for full legs.

 

With advanced laser hair removal techniques like the Light Sheer Laser Hair Removal, the process is much faster; large areas like legs and back take only about 10 to 15 minutes.

 

4.      Cost-effective

 

You heard it right!

 

Yes, laser hair removal is infamous for its high cost. But, you will have to pay for only a limited number of sessions. Compare this with the never-ending cost of sharp razors or waxing strips or trips to the beauty salon.

 

Laser hair removal is definitely cost-effective in the long run.

 

5.      Pain-free

 

If stories about laser being a painful process have kept you from taking the leap, there is news to rejoice.

 

Laser technology today offers much gentler sessions. The Light Sheer Desire, for example, caters to your comfort by cooling the skin before and during the process. Furthermore, its unique vacuum mechanism ensures a virtually pain-free treatment.

 

Discomfort, if any, is usually minimal compared to other treatments like waxing, tweezing, and electrolysis.

 

If you are concerned with sensitive skin, your provider can use settings that aim at lesser pain perception.

 

6.      No worries about in-betweens

 

With laser hair removal, you get smooth skin almost always.

 

No more waiting for hair to grow to a certain length! You can always shave in between for perfectly smooth skin.

 

7.      Safe and Precise

 

Lasers target hair follicles with precision. They can, thus, eliminate coarse hair without affecting the skin around.

 

Furthermore, laser devices come with different heads to target different areas depending on the size.

 

8.       Well-suited for All Areas

 

Laser hair removal is a versatile method. It can be safely used to target all areas of the body including arms, legs, underarms, bikini line, back, chest, neck, and face (except around the eye area).

 

9.      Now Safe for a Wider Audience

 

Some time ago, laser hair removal devices were deemed unsuitable for darker skin tones. Now, however, these devices are suitable for a wider range of skin tones.

 

Although Lasers are most effective if you have dark hair, they may also work with fine and light hair. Very light hair colours like white, blonde-white, and some reds may still not respond well to this type of treatment.

 

Make sure you talk to a professional to gauge the suitability of your hair colour! 

 

10. No Ingrown Hair

 

Laser treatments destroy the hair follicle and stop the regrowth of hair. So, unlike with other methods that remove hair from the skin surface, areas treated with laser do not fall prey to dreaded in-grown hair.

 

11. Low Maintenance

 

Once you attend all the recommended number of sessions, you will only require a few touch-ups for maintenance. These are usually just a couple of times per year.

 

12. No Mess

 

With laser, you can eliminate the sticky mess of waxing. Due to the reduction in hair growth, you don’t need to shave frequently. So, no messy creams and stray hairs. Yayy!

 

Light Sheer Laser does not always require the use of gels like IPL. So, it is quite a clean procedure.

 

13. Confidence Booster

 

If you have ever felt out of place because of your hairy skin, you will, for once, bid adieu to that feeling.

 

The next time you slip on your favorited sleeveless dress, you won’t worry about your skin anymore!

 

The Bottom Line

 

If these benefits of laser hair removal are already tempting you, why not talk to a professional about the procedure?

 

At Ministry of Beauty, we offer the latest and most modern laser treatment – the Lumenis Light Sheer Desire Laser Hair Removal. We can also carry out a patch test for you.

 

Don’t hesitate to call us for more details about the procedure. And, enjoy a lifetime of smooth skin!