on January 11th, 2013

dermastampI have talked extensively about the dermaroller (if you don’t know what it is take a look here), but there is a new collagen induction therapy device around, we can consider it a younger brother of the dermaroller, because the principals are basically the same.

 

What is the Dermapen ?

Well it’s all in the name really, with the dermaroller we had a roller, with the dermapen we have a pen. Well in honest truth it is not really a pen in the sense that you can’t write with it, but fair enough. The pen itself acts as a case that keeps the needles in place inside (some have mechanical parts also, but we will discuss that later on) and make it faily easy to work with, the tip of the pen has a small circle or square, and in that area it has a variable amount of small microneedles that perforate the skin in order to stimulate the nerve endings that trigget the collagen production, simple as that.

 

How does it work ?

Let’s start by going back to the basics and talk about a very important protein that we have in our body, Collagen. This said protein is the main component of connective tissue, and has a great deal of importance to the skin, since it is the protein that gives it the elasticy it has and needs. Our body naturally produces collagen, specially while we are growing up, otherwise we would basically outgrow our skin very fast and it would just break apart all over, the problem is it’s production peaks at around the age of 20, after that it’s all downhill (sadly); so that is why we need to take care of of skin as soon as possible.

But sadly we can’t really reverse age, and sometimes certain skin conditions are very hard if not impossible to avoid, like:

  • Wrinkles
  • Stretch Marks
  • Skin Pigmentation
  • Acne Scars
  • and so on …

Some problems are relatively usual with age, like wrinkles and other age related conditions, but others are really our fault, like stretch marks, scars and such, that just boil down to our lack of awareness to care for the skin. Luckily there is still hope for all of these and more.

What if you could boost collagen production in this damaged skin ? Well since the body doesn’t want to produce that much, we can always give it a hand, using the dermapen (or a dermaroller), and after a few treatments a new layer of collagen will eventually regenerate the skin and give it the original freshness it had before the damage. Just don’t expect blazing fast results, a collagen production cycle takes at least a full month, so this is not a sprint, but more like a marathon, it’s longer but the goal is also greater.

 

I’ve researched a bit, but i found different types of dermapens what is the best?

dermapenLike all products that eventually get massified, variation is really the deal braker, and ofter manufacturers introduce extra features to make their product pop out of the crowd, same applies here, but we can sum it up in basically four categories:

  • Automatic Dermapen
  • Manual Dermapen with height adjustment
  • Manual Dermapen without height adjustment
  • Single needle Dermapen

 

The automatic version, and the one that actually has the trademark Dermapen name, is the full on version and ferrari of the lot, it has adjustable needle height and automatic needle vertical movement, it’s only really suitable for clinics and professionals, therefore very expensive and not suitable for home use. Even if you do want to get this one, don’t do it unless you are a trained professional, because you can damage your skin if you use a big needle and don’t know how to work the device, since it is automatic you can only hit the same skin spot for a short time (it does an X number or piercings per second), otherwise you can do more harm than good. If you ever go to a clinic to do a dermapen treatment, this is the one they will use on you.

The manual dermapen (also called dermastamp), has the same principles of the auto version, but it’s manual, so you need to use like a stamp (hence the name), making it slower to work with but a lot more precise and safe. It can also be height adjustable (my personal favourite) and fixed height, as you might have guessed one is cheaper then the other, but the effect is the same, and the expensive on can be used everywhere, unlike the fixed height one.

Finally we have the Single Needle dermapen, that is like the manual without adjustment, but only has one needle, and is designed for very small areas basically, there is also a relative of this called dermaneedle, that is really a needle only, i can’t recommend this one because there is the need to control penetration depth, i’d say again, leave it for pros.

 

So where can i get mine?

You can get a dermastamp in many places, even ebay, but in the end you should always go for known brands, and as for the dermaroller my advice goes for the Scientia DermaStamp, sold by drugaware in the uk. Mainly because it’s a known brand, that has a “real” office, is a british police supplier, and is really an all around safe and quality product, FDA approved, gamma sterilized needles and so on.

It’s a bit more expensive than a dermaroller, but since it’s adjustable, if you plan on using on multiple body zones it might be worth while.

on November 14th, 2012

Get Rid Of Age Spots

It is surely possible to get rid of age spots on the skin surface and lighten those dark patches up. However, in order to get rid of them you have to first understand what causes them in the first place. There a number of reasons behind the appearance of age spots on the skin surface; have a look at the most common ones described below.

A leading cause behind this problem in females is hormonal changes that occur usually during menopause or pregnancy when the skin is producing excessive melanin. This is the element that basically takes care of the skin’s color. Therefore, if more melanin is produced, the skin color will get darker. So if this is the case then all the areas that are hyper pigmented with get blotchy and patchy.

Natural Aging Process

Another cause is the aging process that is of course natural. As we age, the process of skin cell production slows down gradually. The skin cells in the upper layer will start to look darker since they are getting old and the new ones are being produced slowly therefore they desire to be replaced by the new ones. Also, if there is a collagen deficiency as the person ages, this can too show age spots on the skin surface. Collagen basically makes sure that the translucent appearance of the skin is maintained therefore when there is a decrease of collagen; the pigmented spots start to show as they get darker and the skin gets lighter.

Alcohol and Toxins

One more leading cause behind these age spots are alcohol and toxins. It is very interesting that several products made to fix age spots actually contain alcohol in them and at the same time some other toxins can trigger more melanin production causing this problem. For instance, there is an ingredient named hydroquinone; this is commonly found in several skincare products. However, this can sometimes help while it can also bring in hyper pigmentation.

People who consume alcohol a lot are at a higher risk of getting these age spots. This happens because excessive alcohol starts interfering in the body’s process of absorbing minerals and nutrients from the foods.

Sun Spots

Lastly, a very common cause of having age spots on the skin surface is due to sun exposure. People who do not sunscreen before exposing their skin to the harmful UV rays and sunlight often end up noticing these spots on their skin.

If you want to learn how to get rid of them, why don’t you check out the dermaroller.

on October 30th, 2012

Several people do not know this but their skin texture varies a lot as the season changes. I bet you did not know this either; well, you need different skin care type in every different season. Usually it is the winter season when our skin needs a lot more care. I used to be pretty frustrated because of my dry skin during winters but then I did some research and got to know how to take care of dry skin during winter season. As the season of winter is cooler yet drier, you will change your skin care routine accordingly.

Winter Skin Care

You can keep on washing your face twice or thrice every day. In order to maintain that healthy complexion you have, make sure you cleanse your skin as well. All that irritated skin will soothe down and the dead cells with harmful pollutants will get rinsed off. Throughout winters every day our face is exposed off to the cold and dry wind; this is what does the main damage. Even if you go out for a little while your face will get all red and raw with irritated skin. Not only your facial skin, but all the skin that is exposed to the cold weather will get in the same condition. The best solution to this problem is to keep yourself covered including your face as well as much as you can; do not let that cold and dry wind touch your skin. Wrapping a scarf around your neck and lower face is the best way to prevent your skin from taking any damage.

Winter Moisturizer

Your moisturizer needs to be changed with this changing weather. It is always wise to switch to a heavier moisturizer since this will make sure that your skin’s natural moisture is sealed in and your skin is defended against the harsh weather and dryness. That light moisturizer works great only in the summers so put that away for a while now.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Using a face scrub two to three times every week is also good. Doing this will make sure that your skin is exfoliated and all those dead cells and any other build up are removed. Make sure you do not use a face scrub on daily basis otherwise your skin will get over dry. Keep this to not more than three times in a week. Taking these necessary steps will keep your skin healthy and bright during the harsh winters.

Organic makeup and skincare go hand in hand these days. Organic cosmetics is a term that sums up a wide range of natural skincare products or options. Organic skin care products can consist of mineral based ingredients, plant materials, and plants. So what does organic basically means? Well, organic products are basically those that are not exposed to any chemicals or pesticides. Make sure that whatever organic skin care product you get says certified on it otherwise it might have pesticides in it.

Organic Skin Care Products

As I mentioned above that organic skin care products contain plant derivatives or minerals or a combination of both. There is a misconception commonly believed by people that organic skin care is totally better and safe compared to chemical made skin care products. Well, toxins can be found in plants as well and plants can too contain carcinogens in them. Also, sometimes minerals also have high levels of toxicity. If you choose to get organic skin care products, make sure you do a little research over the ingredients of the product to make sure there is nothing poisonous or allergic in it.

What to Buy

When you are out shopping for organic skin care, make sure to keep a list of items you have to get; see what all makeup you put on so you will know what to look for. Legwork will be the next step to take. Consult online or from some health food store to see if there is anything that should be replaced in your list of items. Now comes the guess and test part where you will simply go to your shopping mall, see what organic skin care products are available and test them. There are many products available as samples that you can take and check how your skin reacts to them so you know you are investing in the right thing.

Test the Products

You will see in a few minutes whether your skin is allergic to any of the organic skin care products or not. You will look for itching, redness, and blotches. If you notice any of these reactions, drop that product. Once you know what you really want to get; go for the products made by reputable companies only as many of them will just say organic but they actually will have chemicals in them. Today, there is a wide variety of items to choose from when it is about organic skin care.

Natural Wrinkle Treatment

If you are looking to get rid of wrinkles from your face in a natural way then this process might prove to be a little daunting I would say. This gets hard if the wrinkles are deep and old especially. Below are a few practices you can do in order to accomplish this task and get a wrinkle free skin.

AntiOxidants

Antioxidants play a vital role is achieving this goal so you will need plenty of them. Wrinkles are highly caused by the free radicals damage done in the body; antioxidants are the best option to recover your skin from this damage. In order to get rid of the already existing wrinkles, you need to make sure no new ones are formed; therefore, start giving your body some heavy loads of antioxidants. Antioxidants will also make sure that your body can resist against long sun exposure and UV rays that case a lot of damage as well. Not to mention but vitamin E and C are very strong antioxidants including acai berry and green tea as well. You can also use facial creams having these ingredients to fight off wrinkles quickly.

Banana Honey Mask

You can also take help from banana honey mask; apply this two to three times every week on your face. This is one of the most effective and yummiest recipes when it is about removing wrinkles and preventing them from occurring again. How to make this mask is fairly simple. Get a few banana slices, mash them up, and fold them with enough honey that it makes a paste. Wash your face with some warm water before applying this mask and make sure you apply more over the wrinkle affected areas. Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes and rinse it off. Lastly, get an ice cube and rub it on your entire face.

Facial Massaging

Facial massages on regular basis will also remove these wrinkles and prevent the new ones from forming. This is because this practice gets your blood circulation better and sufficient collagen production is also ensured.

SunFlower Seed Oil

Lastly, take some assistance from sunflower seed oil on daily basis. This oil should be applied to the wrinkles every day and massaged gently on them for a bit. Soon you will notice the wrinkles going away and some fresh and tight skin forming up. Treating wrinkles through these natural means is always a safe and wise practice.