Dry skin is not only unattractive, but it can also be a source of discomfort. The following tricks on preventing dry skin work for all skin types.
There is more to getting rid of dry skin than simply slathering on the lotion.
It is possible to over-exfoliate your skin, so try to limit this dead skin removal process to once a week. You don’t want to make your skin raw from too much exfoliating. Luffas work great for all areas of skin, but be careful not to scrub too hard. An assortment of facial and body cleansers also contain bits of pumice or crushed pecan shells. If you are using one of these types of products, you don’t have to use a harsh scrubbing pad to apply it.
Drink Plenty of Water
Most people are already aware of how much water the human body contains. Because of the large volume of water in each cell, it’s important to maintain a healthy intake of water each day. Drinking the right amount of water helps remove toxins in the cells as well. At least eight 8 ounce servings should be consumed each day. That really isn’t a lot of water if you take the time to measure it out; it’s only a half gallon of water.
Avoid Hot Water
Extremely hot water will remove all oils from your skin, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. A protective layer of oil on your skin is going to keep the upper layer of cells from drying out and becoming tight.
Wash With a Moisturising Soap
Whether it’s soap for your body or specifically for your face, make sure it has at least a small amount of moisturiser added to it. If you don’t have any on hand, then adding a bit of baby oil or even olive oil to you’re a pitcher of warm water and pouring it over your skin before getting out of the tub will help immensely.
Protect Your Skin from Harsh Conditions
Applying sunblock in the summer and an oil-based moisturiser in the winter will help protect your skin from the elements when spending time outside. The sunblock or moisturiser should be applied more than just in the morning if you will be spending the majority of the day outside.
Moisturise Skin After Bathing
The pores on your skin will be wide open after a bath or shower, which is how they end up releasing a lot of water from your skin. Putting on moisturiser while the pores are open will help prevent your skin from losing the little bit of moisture it has left in it. Your skin will also absorb the lotion much better when it is applied right after bathing.
Use a Humidifier
Winter weather is notorious for making skin unbelievably dry. A humidifier can add more moisture to the air and eliminate a lot of the dryness your skin experiences. It isn’t necessary to have a humidifier in every room of the house. Place a small one in the area you hang out the most.
So, I hope these tricks on preventing dry skin will help you to keep your skin looking radiant all year long.
But really, why do women use Botox?
Though cosmetic procedures like Botox and Dysport are far more accepted today than they were even a few years ago, you will still find sceptics. Some people argue that older women who opt for injection treatments to reduce signs of ageing on the face are desperately or shallowly clinging to youth. Nevertheless, speak to the women who have received Botox injections, and you’ll find the reasons behind their choice are far more complex and thoughtful..
Trying to look “familiar”
Liz Spikol, writing for the Philadelphia Post’s blog, says that women who get Botox are not trying to reverse the signs of ageing and get back their younger looks, but instead are simply trying to appear “familiar”. Even if you gain or lose weight as you age, a picture of you at age 18 during your college years will bear a resemblance to a picture of you at age 35. However, once you enter middle age, the similarities aren’t so strong. It is the changes that come when you’re in your 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s that cause the most anxiety, Spikol explains.
“Women who start to use Botox in their 40s aren’t doing it because they want to return to a younger life,” she writes in the article. “No one who’s in her 50s wants to be in her 20s again, I assure you. They just want to look like the person they have seen in the mirror every morning for decades. The person who, bizarrely, is disappearing.”
Lines appeared overnight..!
She goes on to explain that wrinkles on the face convey experience and wisdom, but they can also make a face look unfamiliar, even to its owner. Spikol says she tried to wipe away horizontal lines on her forehead that appeared seemingly overnight.
Deep frowns make me look tired
Other women who get Botox seem to agree. Jan Upfold, a market researcher in the U.K., discussed with the Daily Mail the reasons she chooses to get regular Botox injections. “I never disliked my face, but I had this deep frown line that always made me look tired or stressed or worried,” she told the news outlet. “So I saved up. I wanted to look good at my age, rather than young.”
Choices, choices and more choices
Women who are feeling as though they no longer recognise the face they see in the mirror may want to talk to a registered doctor about cosmetic procedures. There are many options, from Botox and Dysport to facelifts to skin rejuvenation procedures, which can help reduce wrinkles and other blemishes on the face.
In the perfect smile, the upper lip sits just above the top teeth. But for people with a high lip line, too much of their gum is revealed, creating the gummy smile. This unflattering appearance of highly visible gums causes many people with a high lip line to avoid smiling or place their hand over their mouth when they smile or laugh.
While some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive “Gummy Smile”. This phenomenon could be due to several factors. One of the reasons is hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more.
While for most people smiling is an expression of happiness, individuals whose gums stand out more than their smile does often feel self-conscious. Very often those with gummy smiles try to control and minimise their smile and some feel so self-conscious that they prefer not to smile at all. This may have a detrimental effect on one’s professional, social, and personal relationships.
Thankfully, gummy smile reduction is now possible, simple and effective. Utilising a non-surgical approach by injecting a muscle neurotoxin into the hyperactive muscle of the upper lip. The injection will give you a smile that is natural and carefree. This simple procedure will weaken the hyperactive muscles and reduce the elevation of your upper lip, thereby reducing your inhibiting gummy smile. If a thin upper lip is a contributing factor, we may suggest getting upper lip augmentation with soft dermal fillers at the same time.
The Gummy Smile Procedure
The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Dr Kahlout will apply a local anaesthetic, or plain ice, to numb the area prior to injection. A small amount of the medicine is then injected on each side of the lip to relax the hyperactive muscles’ ability to contract. Within the next 3-4 days elevation of the upper lip is progressively softened and your smile is transformed, showing less gum and giving you the confidence to smile without inhibition.
Duration of Correction
Your new smile will last about four months and you will surely make up for all that time of hiding your smile!
During your initial free consultation, Dr Kahlout will examine your individual concerns and determine whether this procedure is right for you. It is preferable that you temporarily stop taking medications that may cause bleeding, such as vitamin A and E, aspirin, or aspirin-like one week before the procedure to reduce chances of minor bruising.
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Executive Women UK
Forget the Baftas. Forget the Brits. For beauty insiders, there’s only one event worth being on the VIP list for: the annual Beauty Awards Preview Evening hosted by Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) (CEW UK), who this year is celebrating its landmark 25th year. (In case you didn’t know, CEW is the leading women-only networking organisation for the world of beauty, offering mentoring, helping career development and acknowledging great and glamorous achievements, too.)
So, take all the major beauty names, and many undiscovered niche brands, hoping for their big break (which can mean instant bestseller status), over 300 entries in all. Add 600 beauty insiders, who work within the industry. Mingle in London’s Royal Horticultural Halls – and let battle commence! After going home with the goody-bag-to-end-all-goody-bags, packed with products to try, CEW (UK) members then have a month to use their insider expertise – and deliver a verdict on the ones that deserve this year’s coveted awards. This year, two more gongs were added to the CEW roll call: The Most Revolutionary Product of the Past 20 Years, and The Eco Beauty Award (judged, in this case only, by a panel of independent sustainability experts).
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Until the next time,
Dr Hazem Kahlout
Ms Maggie Walsh