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THE TRUTH BEHIND SILICONES

We all love silky hair, and makeup that will stay put even when we work up a sweat. The synthetic ingredient that’s responsible for those results is usually silicone. First introduced to beauty products in the 1950s, silicones are derived from a natural product called silica, but undergo extensive chemical processing before being added to our beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners & cosmetic products etc.
Silicones go by different names where dimethicone is one of the best-known and are modified into numerous different formulas in order to perform the specific role expected of them—waterproofing, retaining moisture, adhering colour pigments, protecting our hair and imparting smoothness, and making the application of skincare products feel silky—no tugging on the skin as it is spread on, and no oily, sticky feeling. They give our deodorants that velvety feel, allowing them to dry quickly, and they keep water-resistant sunscreens on our skin, even when we sweat or get wet.

What is Dimethicone?

Dimethicone is what the chemists like to call a silicon-based polymer—”polymer” meaning it’s a large molecule made up of several smaller units bonded together. Simply put, it’s a silicon oil, man-made in the laboratory and used in personal care products as an anti-foaming agent, skin protectant, and skin and hair conditioner.

Manufacturers like it because it makes products easily spreadable, so you get that feeling of the lotion or cream gliding over your skin, another way to describe is, it helps the product to spread as smooth as butter.  Dimethicone also helps form a protective barrier on the skin, and can fill in the fine lines and wrinkles on the face, which is why it’s often used in makeup primers.

Is it safe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its use as a skin protectant ingredient in over-the-counter drug products. Furthermore, the Cosmetic Ingredient review (CIR) Expert Panel reviewed the data surrounding dimethicone, and assessed it as safe to use in personal care products. They determined that because of the large molecular weight of silicone based polymers such as dimethicone, it would be very unlikely for it to penetrate past the surface of the skin.

How Dimethicone affect your skin?

That artificial coating which caused by Dimethicone caused several issues:

  • It traps everything under it, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities which could lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
  • The coating action actually prevents the skin from performing its normal activities for example sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells, etc.
  • Prolonged exposure to dimethicone can actually increase skin irritation, due to the coating property and because dimethicone is listed as a possible skin and eye irritant.
  • Those with sensitive or reactive skin are at higher risk of an allergic reaction to dimethicone too.

These type of ingredients can actually exacerbate skin aging, here’s the reason:

  • You’re inhibiting skin’s natural processes.
  • You’re creating a dependency on the coating product, disrupting the skin’s own hydrating processes which in the end increases dryness, making fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.
  • The coating properties may increase breakouts, particularly if you’re susceptible to acne, which will lead to scars and dull looking skin.
  • These ingredients have no benefit in boosting the health and vitality of the skin, thus letting aging take its toll.

What to do?

REMEMBER, double cleansing! This is very very important. Please do not expect any facial cleanser can do the job. Firstly you have to remove all make ups or sunscreen on your face using make up removal, preferably lotion which is liquid type. Then only wash your face with facial cleanser. This is why we called, double cleansing, put in mind too, do not overdo.

Let your skin rest, put on some calming & moisturizing mask. We find out a lot of our patients skip the step of applying toner before they apply the moisturizer on. If you want your skin to be healthy and radiant, never ever skip any step.

How our Skinartesse Laser can help you?

  • improve congested, oily and sensitive skin.
  • improve skin complexion
  • brighten up the skin, you can see instantly after one session of the laser
  • reduce the size of pores
  • lighten scars which caused by acnes
  • lighten dark circles, the darker shade around lips & even on lips

To enquire about Skinartesse Laser, you may contact the team here.

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MELASMA TREATMENT WITH RACHEL CHEW CLINIC

Melasma shows up as brown spots or splotches on the forehead, cheeks, jaw line or upper lip. Melasma is essentially too much dark pigment. That pigment has been triggered by hormones and/or sun. Melasma can appear when a woman’s hormones change, whether through pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Women of color are prone to melasma, and it is a significant problem for many. But people of any skin type can get melasma.

Once melasma has gotten started, for example during a pregnancy, it may become very difficult to treat afterwards. Also, it tends to become worse with subsequent pregnancies, particularly if the pregnancy is during the summer. If you do get melasma during the pregnancy, chances are it will resolve after delivery. But in a small percentage of women it gets worse over time and with exposure to sunlight.

To Treat Melasma

If you have melasma from hormones or prior pregnancies, please seek advice from your dermatologist first. Melasma can be difficult to treat.

(a) Sun block and Sun Protection
This is the most essential part of any treatment regimen for melasma, every single day, even cloudy days & indoors. The use of a broad spectrum sun screen that contains a physical blocking agent for example zinc or titanium dioxide.

(b) Double Protect – Wear Sun Protective Clothing

If your melasma is bad, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats.

(c) Stay out of the sun in the mid-day

(d) Topical Products
Because melasma is a disorder of pigmentation, topical products that block the process of pigment production are helpful in the treatment of melasma. Pigment production is a complex process and there are many products that act at different steps in this process. No one product is 100% successful at preventing and treating pigment so often multiple different products are used as they all work at different steps in the process.

(e) Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone (HQ) is thought to improve pigment by inhibition of tryosinase, an enzyme critical for pigment production. It has been in use for over 50 years and has a long and well documented history of safety and efficacy in the treatment of pigment.

(f) Retinoids
Retinoic acid and its derivatives (Retin-A, tretinoin, retinol, adapalene, tazaratene) have been shown to reduce the pigment of melasma and sun damage. They act by stimulating skin cell or keratinocyte turnover, decreasing transfer of pigment to skin cells and enhancing penetration of other active ingredients. Additionally, retinoids are an essential part of an anti-aging skin care regimen as they act to block the breakdown of collagen in the skin upon sun exposure.

(g) Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C in skin serums and creams can block copper where it interacts with tyrosinase. Antioxidants are a critical part of any anti-aging program as they prevent oxidative injury to the skin with sun exposure.

(h) Topical agents

Licorice extract, soy, resveratrol, bearberry extract, emblica extract.

(i) Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels

Dermatologists have been using TCA peels, a close cousin to vinegar, to do chemical peeling for at least twenty years. Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels to any other modality for treating melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels are excellent and safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. This is a good option, particularly if you have severe melasma. Such procedure should only be performed by certified doctors.

(j) Lasers
– Effective, safe & FDA approved. You may contact Rachel Chew Clinic to enquire more.

YOUR ACNE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU

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Acne is often thought of as a normal part of adolescence. In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. Although this is not a science but this theory can be helpful when you are helpless in treating your acne and this might help you to pinpoint a reason which cause your acne.

Toxins often cleanse through the skin, when the other eliminating systems are sluggish; hormonal imbalances over stimulate the oil glands and impurities in the blood will often affect the skin. All of these can clog pores. Acne is the body’s reaction to those clogged pores. Here’s what your acne trying to indicate about your health concern:

Upper Forehead

Digestive System & Bladder – Drink plenty of water to flush, eliminate greasy foods and refined sugars especially preserved or process foods. If you’re craving deep fried fatty foods, eat avocado or add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your dish. Make sure you consume plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the best antioxidant rich foods or drinks include green tea, warm lemon water, and fresh berries. If your diet is not rich in naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kefir, consider supplementing with a probiotic capsule daily. Most pharmacies carry probiotic capsules.

Lower Forehead

Heart – Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood through your entire body. It has a tough job and can become easily stressed due to poor diet, inactivity, and various mental and physical stresses. If you have pimples on your lower forehead make it a point to do regular cardiovascular exercises. Eating pomegranate and coconut oil will also keep your heart healthy and help clear this up.

Eyes, orbital area and between the eyebrows

Liver – Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest. Cut back on greasy foods loaded with vegetable, soy, and canola oil, alcohol and dairy products. Avoid eating late at night as well. If you’re craving a late snack take a spoonful of raw honey or raw celery. This will let your liver rest while you’re sleeping. Eat more vegetables such as garlic, grapefruits, green tea, carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables, lemon and limes etc.

Ears

Kidneys – When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what. Increase water intake, avoiding eating too much salty food & caffeine, & cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water.

Nose

Heart – Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, go for lower cholesterol by replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Besides that, our nose area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging and make sure that you do proper face cleansing.

Upper Cheeks

Lungs and Respiratory System – Stresses to the lungs are likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. Even if you’re not a smoker you may have noticed an upper cheek breakout due to asthma, allergies, lung infections, staying in a polluted area. Try to avoid smoking and second hand smoke.

Lower Cheeks

Gum or teeth problems – Acne may appear in the lower cheek area as a result of gum or teeth problems. Avoid refined sugar and soft drinks. Oil pulling is a great technique and it is efficient in treating many gum or teeth problems. Eat fiber rich fruits and vegetables to strengthen your teeth and gums. Besides, you must change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.

Side Of Chin

Hormones and genitals – This condition mostly affects women and it often indicates hormonal imbalance, caused by menstruation, birth control or diet high in soy. Emotional and physical stress also cause hormonal imbalance. Try to have enough & quality sleep not more than 8 hours, meditate, or do yoga. This will help you keep your mind focused and relieve stress. You can also increase the intake of essential fatty acids, such as omega 3. You can go for some herbs that will help you balance your hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca root, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola, milk thistle, green tea etc.

Center Of The Chin

Small intestine and stomach – Acne on the center of the chin can be related to digestion and to problems with the the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies such as one to gluten. You may want to consider a whole foods cleanse for a week to assist with movement in the intestines.  To be more precise, you are what you digest. Probiotic deficiency and insufficient consumption of naturally fermented foods or probiotic capsules affect digestion, even though you may eat healthy and organic foods. Stress, insufficient sleep, and dehydration also affect stomach and small intestine. Sleeping well at night, drinking a lot of water, introducing lifestyle changes to reduce your stress, and doing yoga or meditation will help you fight chin acne.

Chest & Neck

Illness – Chest & neck areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits. When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections.

SKINARTESSE LASERS

WHY CHOOSE SKINARTESSE LASER?

No medication required

No downtime

No long recovery periods

Affordable

Long term results

Painless and no anesthesia required

Skinartesse Laser Peel encompasses the equivalent of having 4 chemical peels in one session, the outer most layer of the epidermis is safely removed with no downtime, or any complications like ablative alternatives such as Fractional Co2 lasers, and yet it still produces visible results immediately. This laser function treats:

  • skin rejuvenation
  • all types of acne problems
  • improve skin elasticity
  • reduce age spots
  • large pores
  • sun damaged skin
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles
  • yellow, dull or oily skin
  • lighten acne scars

Skinartesse Laser Toning is the application of specialized laser energy to reduce visible sin pigmentation and it accomplishes two major goals:

  • Even-out your skin tone
  • Improve your skin texture

The laser energy gently targets the melanin in the cells breaking it up for your body’s natural removal processes. Because the treatment is gentle, multiple passes are needed in order to target deep into the tissue.

ARE YOU A SUITABLE CANDIDATE? IF YOU WISH TO…

  • Glowing youthful looking skin
  • Have Acne under control
  • Remove minor Acne Scars and redness
  • Flawless radiant smooth skin

Blogger Nanabwincess Review – Skinartesse Cinderella Peel

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To enquire, kindly contact the Skin Art Team at +60196211399 or +60328574455 to know more about Skinartesse Cinderella Peel.

Anti-Aging Tips

Wondering what you can do to look younger or slow down the aging process without plastic surgery?

Tips on Preventing Wrinkles and Promoting Longevity

Avoid the sun.

Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature wrinkles. If you must be out in the sun, wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Tanning beds have also been proven to cause cancer and wrinkle your skin.

Don’t smoke.

Smoking is the second leading cause of premature wrinkles. It upsets the body’s mechanism for breaking down old skin and renewing it.

Minimize alcohol consumption.

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, depleting it of moisture. It can also cause broken or distended capillaries on the nose and face.

Exercise.

Exercise is the number one anti-aging medicine, and the benefits are immense. For starters, it is a great anti-stressor. It also improves circulation, which in turn improves skin complexion. It can help maintain healthy body weight, increase bone density, and build muscle. Exercise also strengthens the heart, and can reduce risk of certain cancers. We lose 4 percent of muscle mass for every 10 years after the age of 20. Running is good for the heart and weight training increases metabolism and bone strength. Stretching and yoga are also extremely beneficial.

Get plenty of rest.

The body needs time to repair itself. Lack of sleep can upset the body’s metabolism and possibly hasten the onset of age-related conditions.

Drink at least eight glasses (64 ounces total) of water daily

Water flushes waste out of our system and keeps the skin hydrated, acting as an internal moisturizer.

Over-the-counter products.

Dr Rachel recommends Glycolic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Use at night and use it regularly. You can also ask your doctor about Retin A, a vitamin-based product that works really well.

Anti-Aging Grocery List

Buy green and red vegetables.

These foods contain natural nutrients and anti-oxidants that prevent the formation of free radicals, which damage cells and can contribute to disease and premature aging. The high water content found in vegetables is also good for skin.

Buy fish.

Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower heart-disease risk and stimulate the immune system. These oils are also good for skin and act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Supplement your diet with 12 ounces of fish a week. Some fish have high levels of mercury and should be avoided: Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish.

Incorporate oils into your diet.

Extra virgin olive oil and fish oils in a healthy diet are really good for the skin.

Limit your sugar intake.

Sugar acts as an oxidant, having the opposite effect of an anti-oxidant. It does not promote healthy body weight or healthy skin. Sugar also causes the body to release more insulin, increasing the risk of diabetes.

What To Eat For Healthy Skin

“You are what you eat” — we’ve been hearing that for years. While what you put into your body is super important for your overall health and well-being, it’s also vital for your skin. The right or wrong foods can make a world of difference in the health, brightness, and clarity of your skin.

Hydration
There are many reasons drinking lots of water is good for your body, but brighter skin is one of them. Drinking more water increases the blood flow to your skin, creating pinker cheeks and an overall healthy glow. Get a vitamin boost by adding a touch of lemon to your water. It’ll help keep your skin clear and is also great for digestion.

Tips: Starting your day with warm water with lemon flushes out your system and increases your vitamin C, which is a great way to build the collagen in your skin.

Dehydration
Just as hydration is great for skin, dehydration is obviously rather bad. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which is why your skin often feels drawn and dull the morning after a night out. Add a dose of bloat and redness (depending on what you drink and how much) and it can be a losing equation. When you do drink, make sure to hydrate before and after.

Seek More Magnesium
Because magnesium has been leeched from our soils and processed out of foods, most of us are pretty deficient in this mineral. A diet rich in magnesium can go a long way in creating healthier, brighter skin. Magnesium rich foods include green vegetables, especially dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, nuts and seeds such as almonds, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts, etc., but they must be organic or they will be depleted of mineral content.

Avoid Sugar
Sorry, but sugar is the root of all evil when to comes to skin issues. Science has proven that sugar metabolization has a massive inflammatory effect. This inflammatory effect causes the breakdown of all living tissue, including skin. Expect advanced signs of aging sooner than later, such as wrinkles and dull skin tone.

Starch is also a no-no (starch converts to sugar in the body). Sugar increases cortisol (the stress hormone) in the blood, which in turn causes all manners of inflammation — think inflamed artery walls which restrict blood flow, leading to everything from losing skin’s glow to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Eat More Protein
High quality protein like wild salmon and grass-fed beef offer optimal amounts of collagen-building amino acids like lysine and proline. Animal protein also contains zinc. A study in the International Journal of Dermatology found this mineral provides excellent antioxidant protection for healthy skin.

Avoid Salt
Salt retains water, making it hard on your lymphatic system to flush toxins efficiently. Toxic buildup can show up as acne, Rosacea, eczema, dry and oily patches, dark under eye circles and more.

Consider Saying No To Gluten and Dairy
You don’t have to be celiac or have lactose intolerance to have sensitivities to gluten and dairy. All skin, but especially acneic and/or sensitive will benefit from cutting back on these tasty but congestive ingredients.

Cut Back On Caffeine
Here, we have a bit of a conundrum. Caffeine raises blood pressure and sensitizes skin. However, it’s also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits, which is great for anyone who has issues with rosacea or redness. Tread carefully. Caffeine is dehydrating, so if you do enjoy your daily cup (or two or three), try to follow up your coffee or tea with lots of water.

Eat More Plant Pigments
Antioxidants in the form of plant pigments not only fight aging on the inside but also have great potential to slow the aging of the skin. As an example, the orange-red pigment called lycopene, found in tomatoes and tomato paste, actually slows burning by blocking the free radical damage to your skin that occurs with sun exposure. In contrast, people who smoke and inhale thousands of oxidants rapidly deplete their antioxidant system and thus have skin that is far more wrinkled.

You can apply antioxidants directly to your skin as well. Vitamins C and E, alpha lipoic acid, the supplement coenzyme Q10, and green tea are great.

 

Say no to the knife with Fraxis Laser Resurfacing

Many of us aren’t satisfied with the natural state of our bodies and lots of us have considered cosmetic surgery to improve the way we look and feel about ourselves.

If you suffer from ageing skin, porous skin or acne scars you’re certainly not alone. These are all natural skin ailments which can be brought about by a number of different causes, including genetics, hormones, sun damage or age. But however long you’ve suffered you can now eliminate your problems without having to resort to surgery.

Skin Art Clinic offer a range of non-surgical treatments to help your skin look fresher, clearer and more youthful.

Fraxis Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is ideal for those of us who’ve suffered from the traumas of teenage acne – aiming to eliminate reduce the visible appearance of unsightly scars. It’s also perfect for rejuvenating ageing or sun damaged skin and providing a firmer, more youthful look by eliminating undesired old skin cells. Using short blasts from a laser hand piece, resurfacing reveals the new skin cells beneath your tired, top layer, providing fresh, glowing skin without the need for surgery.

Improving the tone, texture and tightness of your skin in a single treatment, CO2 laser treatment is considered the gold standard in laser skin resurfacing. Fraxis Laser Resurfacing is one of the most effective and advanced laser treatments for acne scars in the aesthetic industry. As well as promoting overall rejuvenation to your skin Fraxis Laser also effectively treats lines, wrinkles, aging skin loose skin, stretch marks and pigmentation.

 

Hair Loss & Prevention

What is the normal cycle of hair growth and loss?

The normal cycle of hair growth lasts for 2 to 6 years. Each hair grows approximately 1 centimetre per month during the growth phase. About 90 percent of the hair on our scalp is growing at any one time and about 10 percent of the hair on our scalp, at any one time, is in a resting phase. Around the 5th year the hairs fall out and are replaced in a span of 6 months.

It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. The average scalp contains about 1,00,000 hairs. On an average a person loses about 100 hair per day. However, some people may experience excessive (more than normal) hair loss. Hair loss of this type can affect men, women and children.

What are the causes of excessive hair loss?

Balding is a natural phenomenon. Men and women undergo thinning of hair and loss of hair as they age. This is mainly related to ageing, hereditary factors and testosterone. About 25% of the men start balding by the time they are 30 years old.

Many people suffer from hair loss due to various factors like:

  • Stress
  • Prolonged illness
  • Medications, Post Chemotherapy, excess Vitamin A
  • After  undergoing a major surgery
  • Nutritional  deficiency, Crash diets that lack sufficient protein, Iron and Vitamins
  • Hormonal imbalance – post-delivery or thyroid gland problems (either overactive or under active)
  • Chemical and Physical stress to the hair shaft from Hair Colouring, Perming, Permanent straightening or lengthening.
  • Severe emotional Stress
  • Infection of the scalp – Fungal infections

Can improper care of my hair cause hair loss?

  • Yes. If you use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss.
  • Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (also called “perms”) may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss.

Common hair loss patterns

There are 2 common patterns:

Patchy hair loss: This type of hair loss can affect men, women and children. This is usually seen as well defined areas of hair loss. There are many conditions which cause this kind of hair loss, and usually you need to see a dermatologist to examine and diagnose the problem.

Diffuse hair loss: Diffuse loss of hair over the scalp is usually a cause of concern if the scalp can be seen through.

Male pattern baldness: This involves a receding hairline with thinning around the crown with eventual bald spots. This has been attributed to genetics and testosterone influence

Female pattern baldness: This involves thinning on the scalp with an intact hairline. It is attributes to genetics, testosterone imbalance and age.

When to seek Medical Help?

  1. You are losing hair in an unusual pattern
  2. You are losing hair rapidly or at an early age (for example, in your teens or twenties)
  3. You have any pain or itching with the hair loss
  4. The skin on your scalp under the involved area is red, scaly, or otherwise abnormal
  5. You have acne, facial hair, or an abnormal menstrual cycle
  6. You are a woman and have male pattern baldness
  7. You have bald spots on your beard or eyebrows
  8. You have been gaining weight or have muscle weakness, intolerance to cold temperatures, or fatigue

What are the treatment options?

There are various treatment options available. Dr Rachel Chew will advice you on which treatment best fit you.

What diet should be followed to get good and strong hair?

Just like your skin and body, your hair also needs a balanced diet to stay healthy. By including sources for essential fatty acids in your diet, you can give your hair back its strength and lustre. Foods such as tuna, sardines and such oily fish, and nuts, olives and avocados are rich in essential fatty acids. Sprinkling flaxseed and pumpkin seeds over your salad is also another great way to get these Essential fatty acids in your diet.

To keep your hair well hydrated, be sure to drink 6-8 glasses of water every day.  Also try to include foods which contain silica such as rice, oats, lettuce, parsnips, asparagus, onion, strawberry, cabbage, cucumber, celery, cauliflower and green leafy vegetables. Silica is vital to the strength of hair, and can stop hair breakage. A lack of vitamin B in the diet can lead to oily greasy hair. To fight greasy hair, be sure to eat lots of whole grains, nuts, seeds, dairy products, eggs, wheat germ, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Although the link between premature greying and diet hasn’t been established, evidence does suggest that the amino acids tyrosine – which acts as a precursor to colour producing pigments in the hair and skin – can help! Thinning hair or hair loss may be a sign of iron deficiency. Be sure to eat plenty of iron rich foods, such as red meat, eggs, legumes, whole grain cereals, dried fruits and green leafy vegetables. Since hair is composed mostly of protein, your hair will most likely respond well to the addition of high protein foods such as meats, eggs, cheese, seeds and nuts. These foods can help reinforce the hair follicles and prevents the hair from falling out.

 

What’s your eyes telling you?

The eyes are a window to your soul. That is an old saying but it has some truth to it. Eyes can say a lot about a person and lines and wrinkles around the eyes are a normal part of ageing.

For those that do wish they could get out of the tell-tale wrinkles that happen around the eyes such as crow’s feet, hollow under eyes, loose skin, sagging brows or all of the above. Dr Rachel Chew has a solution for you! Here are the most advanced, proven and effective treatments for all of your eye concerns.

Crow’s Feet also known as smile lines are wrinkles around the eyes which can develop as we age because of persistent small muscle contractions. Used for over 20 years muscle relaxant injections is gold standard treatment for forehead, frown and crow’s feet. Designed to relax various muscles that cause wrinkles to appear on the upper face, muscle relaxant injections are both safe and effective and have truly transformed the treatment of ageing skin now being one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed by doctors in Ireland.

Tear Trough
The loss of volume that occurs under the eyes can be corrected using Hyaluronic (HA) acid dermal fillers to fill the hollow area and lift these depressions to take away the tired appearance. Results are instant lasting up to 12 months. Dermal fillers can also assist dark circles by improving shadows that cause hollowness.

Loose Skin
Dr Rachel Chew uses a number of proven treatments to improve and tighten loose skin around the eye area to stimulate collagen and tighten elastin and in some cases thicken the appearance of thin skin.

Eyebrow Lift
Treatment for low eyebrows may not have been at the top of your list of ageing signs to watch out for but muscle relaxant injections and dermal fillers or thread lift can now be used to lift the brow to give a fresher and more awake appearance.