DOES YOUR FACE SPARK JOY?
People all over the world are now decluttering their lives, thanks to Netflix series "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." Marie, a bestselling author from Japan, helps to get different families to sort out and declutter. This includes clearing and sorting out their piles of clothing, books and even treasured items.
"Sparking Joy" is an often repeated term on the series, as Marie proclaims her mission using her konmari method to help spark joy in the world.
As we move from sorting out our homes, it is time to take a look at the mirror; have a close look at your face under bright light. Ask yourself, does your face spark joy? Are you trulysatisfied with your appearance? Or are there lines and blemishes that you can clear away instead?
Let us help! In this article, we will share 7 methods to help you take great care of your skin, on a daily basis. It's time to spark joy with your face!
7 METHODS TO HELP YOUR FACE SPARK JOY
Retinol is actually one of the forms of Vitamin A. When converted to retinoic acid, it is essential for skin health, teeth remineralisation and bone growth. Of the wide range of skin care products, Retinoids can unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to gradually smoothen the skin – sometimes as fast as within a month! Retinoid was first used about a few decades ago after approval by FDA. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on retinoid treatment experienced clears but also brighter skin with less wrinkles.
2. You prefer not to visit a dermatologist.
It is true that prescription formulas give the most impressive results. Notwithstanding, products such as Wellaholic's W+ Rejuvenating Night Cream and W+ Flawless Face Serum, contain retinyl palmitate which helps to improve lines and disclolouration. Retinyl palmitate is considered a gentler ingredient compared to retinol, and very few warnings of irritation exists. Count on about 12 weeks before seeing results. Patience is key.
3. You are afraid of your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
While retinol is sensitive to sunlight, and it is best to apply retinyl palmitate just before going to bed, a retinoid should not make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays that it would be after buffing away dead skin with a face scrub. Of course, apply sunscreen as you always should, and if you are looking for a good one, do consider our W+ Protective Day Cream with SPF 50++.
A retinoid should not make your skin any more vulnerable to UV rays.
4. You forget the rest of the other steps.
5. You worry that you skin will initially look worse before it gets better.
6. You believe you cannot afford it.
a. Youth Corridor by Dr Gerald Imber (50ml) at $854
b. Perricone MD OVM Serum (30ml) at $217
c. NaturaBisse Intense Retinol Fluid (30ml) at $147
d. Redermic R Anti-Ageing Dermatological Corrector Intensive at (30ml) $79.90
e. SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 (30ml) at $99
f. W+ Flawless Face Serum (30ml) at $79
g. W+ Rejuvenating Night Cream (50ml) at $79
Hence you will realise that while there is a wide range of retinoids in the market, they all work the same, i.e. they require retinoids to break down to retinoic acid to do the work. At Wellaholic, we believe in a two-step treatment. Step 1 is the application of the face serum. Face Serums leave out occlusive, or airtight, moisturising ingredients that keep water from evaporating. Serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply. As most of the fluid is eliminated, what you are left with is a high concentration of active ingredients. However, this leaves the face dry and in need of hydration. This is also why we have recommended Step 2, which is the application of a Night Cream before going to bed. The night cream also contains retinyl palmitate as well as moisturising ingredients so as to keep your face moist and hydrated throughout the night while letting the retinoid do its magic.
7. You are not maximising your IPL or Elight treatments.
Retinoids actually work very well with IPL and Elight treatments. While Elight treatments help boost the skins’ collagen beneath the skin’s surface, retinoids will help the exfoliating process, working in tandem with the Elight treatment for a more radiant skin with less lines and spots. A 2006 study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17177 749) investigated the combined use of IPL and a retinyl-based cream and discovered an improvement in skin smoothness and the skin ultrasounds confirmed an increase in the deposition of collagen. During an 8-month follow-up, 67% responded having the same or improved results.
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