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05 Jan 2018

How do Face Masks Work and Help the Skin?

Our skin has a natural protective barrier of fats that creates a nice smooth waterproof layer to keep the moisture in and foreign substances out. The skin's ability to stay hydrated is an important factor in its ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity. Unfortunately, the drying effect of the cold weather or the air con, the damaging effect of the harsh sun and pollution from the environment can cause our skin to look fatigue, dull and blotchy. And combined this with the aging of the skin, the lack of sleep and our hectic stress lifestyle, our skin can become wrinkled, flaky and look older than it should. In addition, the use of makeup on our face also could clog the pores of the skin, preventing carbon dioxide inside our body from coming out and fresh oxygen from entering the skin. This causes the skin to lose its glow and attractiveness. Facial masks are an ultimate nutrient delivery system in anti aging skin care. They are much thicker than a moisturizer or topical treatment, and because of its extended application time and the inner warmth generated, pores easily open and the penetration of nutrients into the skin occurs more efficiently.

Basically all face masks have some kind of a cleaning function; they remove excess oil, environmental debris and pollutants much more gently than astringents, toners or scrubs. Various anti aging skin care ingredients are used in the face masks, depending on the skin type and to some extent on the availability of materials. Clays form an important constituent of many face masks as they are excellent absorbing agents. Gums and polymers are added to lend sticking properties to the clays. They help to remove dirt, sebum, and dead skin so that the skin looks clean, soft and youthful.

Some facials are also meant to exfoliate, clarify and unclog pores. They work by causing an abrasive action against the skin that removes the top layer of dead cells from the skin and accumulated dirt, leaving behind fresh healthy-looking skin. Regular exfoliation can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkle and improve the clarity, tone and radiance of the complexion. Some facial masks contain antioxidants to protect against free radicals. Facial masks for dry skin hold water in the skin, making it softer and more flexible. Facial masks for oily skin often contain natural fruit extracts and hydrating marine extracts. These oil-free facial masks peel away dead surface skin cells and refine the pores.

Applying a facial mask once a week helps revitalize the skin and keeps it smooth and youthful. Normally, the face mask is applied on the cleansed skin for about ten to twenty minutes, thereafter, wash the face with lukewarm water and afterwards apply a thin layer of cold-cream or a moisturizer.

Source by Ruth Tan

05 Jan 2018

What is the Difference Between Age Spots and Melasma?

Hyperpigmentation in dermatology means the darkening of an area or areas of the skin. This is due to increased melanin levels. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by different things. In this article we’ll look at the difference between dark, brown, age spots and Melasma. Dark, brown and age spots are due to increased melanin levels in areas of the skin. This skin problem usually arises due to an over exposure to the sun over a long period of time. If you for example like sun tanning and did it recklessly in your 20s without using sun block, you are probably going to have to deal with this problem in your late 30s and early 40s.

Age, dark and brown spots are the same and they usually appear where you’ve exposed your skin to the sun: face, neck, shoulders, hands and arms. These hyperpigmentation problems are harmless (remember that too much sun can also lead to skin cancer). However, these imperfections do have an impact on your appearance and therefore on your self esteem. This is why many try finding treatments to get rid of them.

Some treatments for age, dark and brown spots are skin microdermabrasion, dermabrasion and skin bleaching creams. It’s always recommended to talk to your dermatologist before you undergo any of these treatments because they can have some unwanted side effects. If you want to use a cream, use something that contains Rumex extract (natural melanin inhibitor), rather than hydroquinone (chemical skin whitener). The chemical variant can cause quite a few side effects that can make the problem worse. Natural skin creams that control melanin production on the other hand are safe and effective.

Melasma is also a type of hyperpigmentation problem. It’s also caused by an increased melanin production, but it’s not due to an over exposure to the sun: its cause is hormonal changes. This is why melasma appears during pregnancy. Melasma is harmless, but can just like age spots, affect one’s self esteem. Treatments for melasma are the same as for age spots. You need something to prevent and control melanin production. Since this is a problem that arises during pregnancy, harsh treatments are not recommended. A natural skin cream that contains Rumex extract is therefore the best way to treat melasma without causing any problems to your baby.

Source by Ulrik Birkkjaer

03 Jan 2018

What is an Emulsion in Skin Care?

What Is An Emulsion?

Lotions, liniments, massage oils, creams and compresses are all external preparations such as moisturisers but are also used to treat conditions such as skin problems and rashes, to relieve bruising, aches and pains.

But what is an emulsion and what does it actually mean.

All of these products tend to be water and oil preparations and as a result of the oil content will absorb into the skin.

Making a lotion, cream liniment etc is based on blending the oil and water in the right proportions to make an emulsion. Leave it long enough and it will eventually separate. By adding an emulsifier, this becomes a stable product and will remain bound. The emulsifiers you then select are dependent on which type of emulsion it is.

So What Is The Difference?

An emulsion can be made in two ways: either as a oil in water emulsion or a water in oil. Sound the same don’t they and they do create a similar result.

Explanation

If it is a oil in water emulsion, then the oil is the disperse phase and the water is the continuous phase.

If it is a water in oil emulsion, then the water is the disperse phase and the oil is the continuous phase.

Either type of cream/lotion can separate into it’s components over time even with the emulsifier present and can sometimes be caused by extreme temperatures, the wrong proportion of the disperse component and the addition of other components such as alcohol.

Most people these days are selective of what they put on their skin, so be aware of what type of emulsion it is. Try to find a product that has natural emulsifiers in it and uses natural oils are the base. Your skin will thank you for it.

Source by Frosa Katsis

22 Sep 2017
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Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner

Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner 

This mist-type toner is slowly becoming a new classic. It’s hydrating, refreshing, and it’s great for calming irritated skin

Benefits  

This cool hydrating mist is made up of 91.9% Barberry root extract, which is a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory, energizing and nourishing properties. Pyunkang Yul Mist Toner quickly absorbs to hydrate and refresh your skin. It also soothes the skin and prepares it for the next stages of your skincare routine.

Ingredients

Barberry Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate

How To Use

After cleansing, hold the bottle 7-8 inches away and spray. Follow with the rest of your skincare routine. Also can be used as a mist to freshen up throughout the day.

Final Thoughts 

Pyunkang Yul products are free of artificial fragrances, dyes, or irritants. I love the fact that it’s a multi purpose product because it can be used not just as a toner but also as a mist. Works over makeup when you need a little freshening up. It can help if your skin tends to be shiny and oily. Also works great for those like myself who tend to have enlarged pores or are prone to breakouts due to excess sebum.

 

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