Monday, 31 July 2017

Most popular Skincare Brushes and Tools

I personally have used the Clarisonic Mia for years, and it always helps to keep my skin smooth, especially with the spots I get on my forehead. Here are the most popular skincare tools of this year. They are getting great reviews in the thousands; I think it's time I upgrade my Mia for something better.

  • personalized Facial Cleansing Brush
  • designed to eliminate blemishes
  • while effectively addressing concerns related to aging skin
  • for large pores, acne and blemishes and fine lines 

Clarisonic Mia 2
  • sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to deeply cleanse the skin far more effectively, yet more gently
  • noticeably smoother, more radiant skin
  • 2 speed setting with 1 minute pulsing timer

Clarisonic Mia FIT
  • removes dirt, sunscreen, makeup and impurities
  • light-weight, travel friendly and water-proof
  • two new speed settings: delicate and power cleanse
  • pulsing T-timer

Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System with facial brush
  • 2-speed rotating facial cleansing brush thoroughly cleanses as it gently exfoliates
  • superior cleansing on hard-to-remove makeup
  • renews skin texture for a refreshed, smooth feel
  • water-resistant in the shower
  • includes 2-speed Facial Cleansing Brush, Cleansing Brush Head, Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser (0.68 fl. oz.) and 2 AA Duracell batteries

NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer Kit
  • FDA-cleared, clinically-tested, and consumer reviewed
  • natural, non-invasive facial-lift using microcurrent technology
  • visible results that are long-lasting with continued use
  • helps to improve facial contour, skin tone and reduce wrinkles in as little as five minutes a day
  • interchangeable treatment attachments to help with facial stimulation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

10 Benefits of using Oats for Skin backed by Scientific Research

A few months ago I used oatmeal as a face mask. I mixed some rolled oats with water and left it on my face until it dried up. Afterwards, my skin felt soft and supple and it lasted the whole night and even into the next day. The process of leaving it on my face while it slithered down my neck felt more like a biohazard than a calming experience, so I never did another oatmeal mask again. Until a few weeks ago, and here's why (and how).

Properties of Oatmeal
Oats contain lipids, proteins (glutelin and avenin), β-glucan (mucilage polysaccharides), and flavonoids. They are also a rich source of antioxidants and saponins.

Colloidal oatmeal extracts were found to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The extracts diminished pro-inflammatory cytokines in vitro, while an oatmeal lotion improved skin dryness, scaling, roughness, and itch intensity in 29 females with moderate to severe dry skin on their legs.
Anti-inflammatory activities of colloidal oatmeal (Avena sativa) contribute to the effectiveness of oats in treatment of itch associated with dry, irritated skin. (2015)
Avenanthramides, polyphenols from oats, exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-itch activity (2008)

'Oats' by David J licensed under CC BY 2.0

Oats contain saponins, which have soap-like properties, making them cleansing as well as soothing.
Steroidal Saponins in Oat Bran (2016)
Oatmeal in dermatology: A brief review (2012)

Skin Barrier
A 2016 study investigated the effects of  oatmeal on the skin barrier in vivo and in vitro.
Treatment with oatmeal showed:
  • significantly upregulated genes associated with skin barrier function
  • enhanced expression of genes involved in keratinocyte differentiation, lipid production and tight junction formation, which can provide overall skin barrier related benefits
  • helped in the recovery of cytokine-induced barrier disruption. Over-production and disfunction of cytokines are associated with many inflammatory skin conditions.

Skin hydration
The same experiment revealed those with moderate to severe dry skin showed significant improvements, at all time points during and after application, as well as 13 days after.
After 3 weeks of treatment, skin moisture was significantly revealed.
Atopic Dermatitis
Studies have revealed that daily use of colloidal oatmeal products (cleansers and moisturisers, in this case), improved area and severity, itch, dryness and quality of life.
Colloidal Oatmeal Formulations as Adjunct Treatments in Atopic Dermatitis (2014)

Other Properties
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-viral
  • anti-genotoxiticity
  • moisturising
  • protects skin from UVA, as flavonoids in the oats absorb some wavelengths of UVA rays

Most of these studies have used colloidal oatmeal, which is finely milled whole oat grains suspended in water. You can either grind oats yourself or buy them.

How to incorporate oatmeal into your routine
  • Mask Paste: I now mix my pre-ground oats with water. I usually use 1 teaspoon of oats to 3 teaspoons of water. It makes for a hassle free mask, and the results are better too!
  • Use as a gentle morning cleanser
  • soothing bath

Links: Where to buy oatmeal powder and oatmeal products
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