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A reader wants to get rid of her wrinkles.
I have prominent lines down my cheeks on both sides of my lips. My left cheek also has deep wrinkles. My beautician told me that I needed fillers (injections) to plump up my cheeks so that the lines won’t be so prominent. I’d rather not go for such extreme measures. I’m wondering if there’s anything available that can help me? – Jenny
According to Laura Nicholson, Swiss line international training manager, chronological ageing (intrinsic ageing) and photoageing (extrinsic ageing) of the skin are the primary causes of wrinkles.
Intrinsic ageing is an unavoidable and a genetically programmed process. The mimetic activity of the facial muscles can promote the appearance of wrinkles. There are also gravitational wrinkles which are characterised by their depth and resistance. Clear examples of these are the “sagging” nasolabial wrinkles (between the corners of the mouth and nose) and the Marionette lines (beginning at the corner of the opening of the mouth and proceeding backwards in the direction of the chin) that look literally “engraved” on the face.
Intrinsically aged skin is characterised by a thinner epidermis, a flat dermal epidermal connection and the loss of tissue. In addition, the number of fibroblasts is reduced, and there are fewer structural proteins and elastic fibres present. All of these ultimately lead to the sagging of the skin, a loss of firmness and fine wrinkles.
For those who don’t want to go to extreme measures, an alternative would be to use products with cellular therapy and a paramedical approach such as those from Swiss line.
The Swiss line Cell Shock 360˚ AntiWrinkle Serum Triple Collagen Complex provides a visible line-filling effect.
The product uses a triple-collagen complex which comprises soluble collagen; collagen boosting peptides and botanical sprout cells; and collagen protection factors. Soluble collagen is the main “building block” found in the connective tissue; it also supports tissue density and resilience.
Existing collagen is strengthened and its own synthesis is given a boost, safeguarding it from depletion. The botanical sprout cells are obtained from Argan trees (Argania spinosa). The extract of this tree’s sprout cells have been shown to awaken and regenerate the skin, reducing wrinkles up to 26%, and improve the skin’s density while tightening it.
Swiss line will be giving Jenny a Water Shock Refreshing Foam Cleanser worth RM195.
I’M 45 and have been taking care of my skin since young. The problem is the skin under my eyes which has been looking very puffy and tired. I’ve been using eye cream all along. Moreover, my eyelids are drooping. I have double eyelids but now, they can’t be seen. I have bought expensive eye creams but the problem persists. Now, oil seeds have developed under the eye area as well. Would greatly appreciate your advice. – Desperate
Jesie Hong, regional group education manager, Esthetics International Group Berhad, says that this is quite a common problem because the eye area is the first to show signs of stress, sensitivity and ageing. Though an eye cream could provide some active ingredients to hydrate, repair and reverse ageing signs, it’s important to understand the root cause of the problem.
This could be stress, frequent exposure to the sun, genetics, the lifestyle or environment you live in or your health. Therefore, managing stress levels, using proper sun protection around the eyes and avoiding coffee, alcohol and smoking would also help.
The proper care of your skin starts with effective cleansing. It is really important to clean off all your eye make-up with a gentle, yet effective cleanser such as Dermalogica Soothing Eye Make Up Remover.
You are recommended to use only non-waterproof make-up on your eyes to ensure less congestion and pulling or tugging when cleaning off your eye make-up. Just squirt a small amount on to a wet cotton piece, rub to foam up and gently wipe off all traces of eye make-up, before cleansing your face with a non-comodegenic cleanser prescribed to you by your professional skin therapist.
As you have milia (oil seeds) around the eye area, it would be helpful to use an eye cream with a gentle exfoliating agent such as Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF15. It will help to soften the milia and allows your skin circulation to drain it out.
However, stubborn milia may require an incision by a professional skin therapist or dermatologist to remove.
The product also comes with sun protection to reduce damage caused by harmful UV and has ingredients to visually lighten dark eye circles.
Most importantly, Dermalogica does not use any comedogenic ingredients that may cause breakouts or congestion on your skin.
So, you can rest assured that milia will be kept at bay with regular use of this product.
Dermalogica will be giving Desperate an Ultra Smoothing Eye Serum worth RM228.
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