Tackling damaged skin with non-invasive surgery

There is no getting away from the fact our skin changes as we get older. It loses its elasticity and natural lines and wrinkles begin to form as a result.

Luckily, there are treatments available that can help to reverse these signs of aging. Non-invasive procedures have come a long way in recent years and the variety of treatments available mean there is bound to be something to treat your skin and the problem areas you want to tackle.

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Start A Daily Skin Care Routine

But the way you look after your skin when you’re younger and the care you give it as you start to age can have a dramatic effect on your face.

If you spend lot of time in the sun, smoke, drink, and fail to moisturize every day you’re likely to find your skin ages prematurely.  Eating right and having a good diet help your skin to stay soft and supple too.

Treatments To Reverse The Signs

Luckily, there are treatments available that can help to reverse these signs of aging.

Non-invasive procedures have come a long way in recent years and the variety of treatments available mean there is bound to be something to treat your skin and the problem areas (such as dark spots under the eyes) you want to tackle.

Turning Back The Clock?

These treatments won’t turn back the clock and instantly make you look 20 again, but what they do is take a few years off your face and make your skin look rejuvenated, revitalized and considerably healthier, giving you the confidence you need to age gracefully.

Non Invasive Skin Treatments Available

So, what are the different treatments available to you?

non invasive skin care treatment

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Skin peels

There are lots of different skin peel treatments (or chemical peels) available and the one you choose will depend on your individual circumstances and the particular problem you want to tackle.

Often, many skin problems are created due to the build-up of dead skin cells, which make the skin seem thick and dull instead of bright and youthful.

Skin peels reverse this effect and work to improve both the condition and appearance of the skin. This is particularly beneficial if your skin has suffered from sun damage or you have dry, rough skin.

There are two types of skin peel you could go for:

  • Agera skin peel

This skin peel is pain-free and doesn’t require the skin to be prepped in advance. It is non-glycolic, which means the skin won’t shred or become irritated by the treatment.

  • Obagi blue peel

When you get a skin peel of this sort, it usually takes about 20 minutes to apply, depending on the number of coats your doctor believes you need.

After the procedure, you skin will swell slightly and start to peel. After around seven to 10 days the skin will have completely finished peeling and your face will already look brighter. This improvement will continue over the next four to six weeks until you are left with healthier, younger looking skin.


Medical microdermabrasion is a way of mechanically exfoliating the skin using medical grade crystals, instead of chemicals or laser treatments.

Dead skin cells are removed from the outer layer of the skin to give it a new lease of life. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars, winkles, uneven skin tone and sun damage, as well as being a treatment for acne-prone skin, blackheads, superficial age spots and hyperpigmentation.

As you can see, microdermabrasion can be used in many different circumstances and a lot of people find it helps their skin to feel rejuvenated, while it also improves elasticity and overall texture.


Dermaroller is an advanced treatment that encourages the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself. As well as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, it helps to tighten pores that have become too large.  See the video below for more details.

Dermaroller uses micro skin-needling and a topical anaesthetic will be applied to your face prior to the treatment to help numb the area.

Thousands of micro-medical needle-columns penetrate the dermis of the skin, which encourages the body to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, which makes the face look thicker and healthier.

PPx Laser Rejuvenation

Laser rejuvenation treatments have become an increasingly popular way for people to reverse the signs of aging.

PPx lasers are one the latest developments in light-based technology and are a painless yet highly effective treatment if you want rejuvenated and youthful looking skin. It can be used to treat many different signs of aging, including:

·         Uneven skin

·         Acne

·         Redness

·         Acne rosacea

·         Brown spots

·         Freckles

·         Sun damage

·         Facial thread veins

·         Dull-looking skin

The treatment you decide on will depend on what you and your doctor feel you need, but if you are concerned about your appearance as you age you will find these solutions can dramatically improve your appearance and give you back your youthful glow.


Why UV Swimwear is Better Than Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a necessary weapon in the fight against the harmful rays produced by the sun, which over time, can lead to unsightly sun spots, or worse, skin cancer. However, sunscreen isn’t the only weapon at your disposal for keeping your skin safe from the sun.

UV swimwear, a relatively new product, can do an even better job of protecting you from UV radiation than sunscreen.

UV Swimwear is Easier to Use

Mayo Clinic recommends putting sunscreens that contain aminobenzoic acid, lisadimate and roxadimite, active ingredients that are used to block UV radiation, on the skin 1 to 2 hours before sun exposure.

Sunscreens that contain ingredients like zinc oxide should be applied at least 30 minutes before you go out in the sun.

Unfortunately, putting sunscreen on in advance isn’t always a possibility, and if you have squirming kids that are dying to get to the pool or beach it just isn’t practical. UV swimwear doesn’t need to be put on in advance, making it easier to use. Once it’s on you and your children are immediately protected from the sun.

You Don’t Have to Reapply UV Swimwear

Sunscreen needs to be applied to the skin regularly if you spend long periods of time in the sun. This could mean applying sunscreen 4 or 5 times during a day at the beach, hiking in the mountains, or even an afternoon playing tennis or golf, especially in the summer months when the sun is at its hottest and brightest.

With UV swimwear and clothing you never have to reapply. UV swimwear and clothing doesn’t wash off when you go for a swim or sweat, either.

No Mess

Sunscreen is messy, and it can leave stains on and in your expensive beach or handbags, on your towels and on your clothes. When you apply sunscreen, it gets all over your hands, and the oily residue that some sunscreens leave on your skin can make it hard to perform basic tasks.

Just imagine holding a golf club, tennis racquet or basketball with sunscreen smeared all over your palms and fingertips! That’s no fun. UV Swimwear and clothing offers protection from the sun without the mess.

UV Swimwear Doesn’t Expire

Sunscreen doesn’t last forever. In fact, Mayo Clinic recommends throwing your bottle of sunscreen out at the end of the summer and buying a new bottle to replace it.

Buying and replacing sunscreen is expensive, and over the course of a year, you’re likely going to spend more money on sunscreen than UV swimwear. The active ingredients in sunscreen can also become unstable if you leave them in your car or backpack. UV swimwear can be stored anywhere and won’t expire.


Five Great Alternatives to Shaving Cream

To get the best shave, you definitely can’t go without a shaving soap, cream, or gel. A dry shave usually results in burns and cuts on your face, so this something to avoid. But let’s say you’re on vacation and you forgot your shaving soap, or you’re in a rush to get to work and you’re fresh out of gel.

It’s essential that you shave if you are going to show your face at an important business meeting. Using just your razor is not going to work. Fortunately, there are a few household items that can serve as a substitute to shaving cream or any other shaving lubricant. These work just as well and don’t leave your skin dry or cut up.

Hair Care

If shampoo and conditioner works for the hair on your head, why should it not work for the hair on your face? Just grab either of these hair products out of your shower and you are set to shave. Shampoo will lather up a beard in no time and clean out contaminants and other things collected on the face.

This method works great, but an even better alternative is conditioner. This soft and creamy substance will soften the texture of your hair and the skin of your face. You can use these two products together even or you can pick one or other.

Soap Suggestion

What many people don’t know is a standard bar of shower soap can do a great job when you want to shave. In fact, a bar can even last longer than a standard can of shaving gel or cream.

Glycerin soap in particular is excellent because it cleans the face and allows easy gliding on all kinds of shaving razors. For an effective lather, simply rub the soap with a wet towel and apply the suds to your face. Soap is a very effective alternative that comes at a low price.

Lowdown on Lotion

Lotion can moisturize all parts of your body, so why not use it to moisturize your face and provide a great shaving experience? Hey, it may even work better than most shaving creams since it has a lot of the same ingredients. Your face will be left clean, smooth, soft, and smelling good.

Oil Options

There are a few different oils you can apply to your face. They include baby, olive, coconut, apricot, and sweet almond oil. Oil is a great idea because this was actually used to precede and complement the application of shaving foams. It was used to lubricate the skin and make shaving go smoother. Baby oil in fact shields the skin from cuts and nicks. To act on old shaving traditions and be economical at the same time, don’t forget about oils.

Details on Dish Washing Liquid

Many dish washing liquid soaps are meant to be gentle on the hands, so it’s a small wonder they would be gentle on the face. In fact, it’s made to have a low level of skin irritation. The liquid soap is also tough on dirt and bacteria so you’re left with a clean finish. Just be sure you lather it up properly with water and rinse your razor frequently. This works as a great alternative to shaving cream so you won’t regret borrowing from your kitchen supplies.

With all of the available products for shaving on the market, ultimately your choice comes down to what works best for you.  Not only will this depend on your skin type and shaving methods, but also your preferences for comfort and style.  But what if you have run out of that certain shaving cream you depend on to get a smooth, comfortable shave?  Just remember these five things that you already have laying around your house.  Your face will thank you.