There are so many products available in the market that it is totally saturated with cosmetic companies. Advertising further adds to the confusion as it is always glamorous and seducing and its promises are hard to resist. Models and other celebrities promote creams and lotions and as they look fantastic we are persuaded to buy certain cosmetics, believing that we can achieve the same look.
When we go to a department store or perfumery the seduction continues. Every counter looks glamorous, the product packaging is stylish and the beauty advisor looks amazing albeit a little intimidating. We look for our favourite brand and start to buy. The information and advice that we receive in this case is from a beauty advisor that has at best received 3-5 days of training and makes her recommendation having looked at our skin, over the counter, with make-up on and without having filled out a detailed questionnaire with you in order to really understand your skin.
I hope you are beginning to realize that this is not the best way to go if you want a serious, professional approach to providing your skincare needs.
Miracle ingredients “the elixir of youth” is being proclaimed at regular intervals by major cosmetic companies. They are impressive showing graphs and percentages and we all tend to accept them because they are“scientifically proven” to bring results. If we visit our beauty therapist she will tell us that her products are better than those sold in departmental stores and perfumeries because her products are made for professionals. She will tell you that her products have better ingredients and higher percentages of active ingredients so the products must be good mustn’t they? If you ask your beauty therapist how she knows she will probably say "because the supplying company said so“. This means the company that produced the products said so. It’s logical that they would say so.
In view of all this we probably find ourselves returning to the questions
- How do we know what products to choose?
- Will our products really fulfil their claims?
- What proof do we have?
- Where do we go to find this essential information?
What we really need to be asking ourselves is simply what is in our jar!
Are the ingredients contained in this jar healthy and safe for our skin?
Logically a healthy, beautiful and youthful skin can only be the result of safe skincare. We’re sure that you will agree.
Your Beauty expert has been created to help you with making informed decisions about the skincare you purchase for you and your family.
You can create your personal skin analysis just simply click the Prescription by Professionals. You will also find descriptions of various skin conditions and how to treat them. Safe skincare is also discussed along with skincare ingredients that must be avoided. Ingredients that are highly recommended are also discussed in detail.
To further assist you in making the correct skincare decisions push the Analyse Your Product button this will evaluate every single ingredient in your product and you will be able to determine whether the product is valuable or in fact is detrimental to the health of your skin.
Finally we also recommend products that fall into the category of safe skincare on the Point of Skin site. Go to products you love to own. You can check the ingredients in those products too. We guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.
All these tools will empower you to choose your products in an objective, scientific way.
Happy, healthy, shopping!
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The skin is the largest organ of the human being.
It contains many specialized cells and structures. It serves as a protective barrier, keeping out environmental damage and bacterias,protecting us from excessive moisture loss. The daily loss of water without the skin would be 23 litres!
The skin is also concerned with regulating our body temperature in order for our body to function effectively.
It gathers sensory information from the environment, is waterproof and also plays a role in the function of the immune system, protecting us from disease.
Finally it also keeps all our organs in place.
The skin consists of 3 layers:
- The Epidermis
- The Dermis
- The subcutaneous layer
The Epidermis consists of five layers (from the base upwards)
- Stratum Basale
- Stratum sponosum
- Stratum granulosum
- Stratum Licidum
- Stratum Corneum (horny layer)
It is a defense against:
- Water and moisture loss
- Chemicals damage (soaps/unfriendly ingredients)
- Sun damage (UV)
- Mechanical protection (bacteria and water)
It is the surface layers (horny layer) natural protective cream.
It helps to reduce the loss of natural moisture from the skins surface
It helps to protect the skin from infection and fungi.
It protects against the bacteria "Proprionibacterium acnes, and also plays a part in the immune balance of the body.
The production of Sebum changes during one's life time:
- The production of sebum reduces dramatically during the ageing process. and especially in women with the onset of menopause
Illness can also influence or disturb the healthy production of sebum.
- Dramatic dieting
- Parkinson's disease
Medication can also disturb healthy Sebum production
The Stratum Corneum is the uppermost of the five layers of the epidermis. It was often dismissed as the "dead cell" layer but today we know that it has vital functions regarding mantaining a well protected healthy skin.
The structure of the Stratum Corneum:
- It is made up of flattened cells called corneocytes-the bricks and intercellular substance-the mortar.
- The corneocytes are protein complexes made up of tiny threads of keratin that can hold large quantities of moisture between the threads.
- When the cells from the basal layer reach the stratum corneum enzymes break the outer membrane releasing fatty acis and a very important element ceramides.
- The fatty acids and ceramides fuse in order to form a continuous layer of lipids.
- This lipid barrier is essential to protect the skin from moisture loss, bacterial infection and environmental damage.
- The ceramides are made up of a water head and and two oily tails. This allows them to attract both water and oil to the stratum corneum. However the stratum corneum is mostly made up of an oily content in order to enhance its protective properties. Ceramised are like a suit of armour they are completely indestructable.
- NMF (natural moisturising factor) is also found in the stratum corneum. They are in fact only found in the stratum corneum where they act as humectants (absorbing moisture from the air). They combine this moisture with their own moisture content and allows the stratum corneum to retain its moisture despite its exposure to the elements. The lipid layer surrounding the cells helps to seal them and protect them from moisture loss.
- The balance between water and sebum (oil) on the surface of the skin is essential for a healthy skin.
The Basal Layer
(Stratum Basale) is where cell mitosis (renewal) occurs.
New cells are formed by enzymatic activity. These new cells force the already formed cells to move upwards in the Epidermis. As the cells move into the Stratum Corneum or Horny Layer they appear flat and have got rid of their valuable inner content. The last stage in the life of a cell is when it exfoliates on the surface of the skin. This occurs every 3 weeks.
Specialized Epidermal Cells
- Melanocyte produces Melanin (brown pigment).
- Langerhans cells is the frontline defense of the skins immune system.
- Merkel Cells are sensors and transfer important information.
The Dermis is composed of:
- Three types of tissue made of Protein.
- Collagen Elastin.
- Reticular Fibers.
The upper layer contains a thin arrangement of collagen fibers.
The lower layer is made up of thick collagen fibers arranged parallel to the surface of the skin.
The Dermis is responsible for:
- Mechanical protection (elasticity).
- Body temperature (capillaries).
- Hair follicles (sebum (oil canals).
- Sweat glands (temperature control).
- Nerves (contact and pain sensors).
- Vitamins, minerals and oxygen (food) supply to the epidermis
- Diffusion via capillaries (small blood vessels).
Specialist Dermal Cells:
- The hair follicles are found here.
- Sebaceous (oil glands) and apocrine (scent glands) are connected to the hair follicle (hair shaft).
- The Dermis also contains sweat glands.
- Blood vessels and nerves pass through the Dermis.
- Nerves transmit sensations of pain, hot and cold etc.
- Specialized nerve cells called Meissner's and Vater-Pacini corpuscles also transmit feelings of touch and pressure.
This is a layer comprised of fat and connective tissue and is the home of large blood vessels and nerves.
- Defence against cold (fat structure).
- Regulates the temperature of the body and skin.
- Defence against mechanical damage (fat structure).
- Energy supply to the cells (fat structure & proteins & Triglycerides).
Liposomes are nanoparticles that imitate the phospholipids that make up the cell membrane, the intercellular substance and the content of our cells. They were originally developed for the medical field to deliver drugs to the blood system and are now used in the cosmetic industry because of their excellent tranportation capabilities and their capability for breaking down within the cell membranes once they have delivered the essential substances. Because of their structure (namely a water head and oily tails) they are accepted readily by the skin and can in fact treat the skin at the basal layer (where the new cells are created). Liposomes are able to transport valuable ingredients such as vitamins A, E, C, Biotin and D-Panthenol into the skin to where it is needed. Multilayer Liposomes are the most effective means of transporting essential ingredients into the skin.
Always be sure to use Liposomes or Multilayer Liposomes together with products that are free of chemical preservatives, chemical sunscreens, animal derivatives, fragrance and colorants as these unwelcome elements will also be transported into the skin by the liposomes and may cause dermatitis, allergies, aging, hormonal disturbances, acne and even cancer. Liposomes consist of two layers of water heads and two layers of fatty tails.
Consist of on row of water heads and one row of fatty tails. They are therefore smaller than Liposomes and can (for cosmetic purposes) penetrate to the Dermis. They are an excellent delivery system because as well as bein able to penetrate deep into the skin, they can resist the cells defence systems but can nonetheless influence cell processes. Once having penetrated into the skin they can integrate themselves into larger molecules. Just as with Liposomes they should only be used in and with products that do not contain chemical preservatives, chemical sunscreens, animal derivatives, fragrance and colorants as these unwelcome elements will also be transported into the skin by the nanosomes and may cause dermatitis, allergies, aging, hormonal disturbances, acne and even cancer.
Both Liposomes and Mamosomes should only be used with skin compatible or skin identical ingredients.
- Protect against UV rays.
- Protect against infection.
- Protect against moisture loss.
- Act as humectant.
- Work as emulgator.
- Help to create a healthy PH.
- Protect the skin from environmental damage.
- Keep sebum fluid in hair follicles.
- Can repair cell walls.
- In sufficient quantity prevent premature wrinkles from forming.
Fatty acids are acids produced when fats are broken down. They are considered "good fats." These acids are not highly soluble in water, and they can be used for energy by most types of cells. They may be monounsaturated, (at least one pair of carbon atoms is joined by a double bond.) Unsaturated fatty acids can bind with water saturated cannot.
A fatty acid that has more than one double bond is called polyunsaturated. Most vegetable oils (liquid fat) are polyunsaturated or can be saturated-(appears to build up cholesterol in the blood). Unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats help to lower the cholesterol in the blood. All the mentioned fats are organic, or in other words, they contain both carbon and hydrogen molecules. Most fats consist of one molecule of glycerine, combined with three molecules of fatty acids. Each fatty acid is a long chain of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached to them. The fatty acid molecules are linked to the glycerine molecule to form a molecule of fat.
Fatty acids are found in oils and other fats that make up different foods. They are an important part of a healthy diet, because the body needs them for several purposes. Fatty acids help move oxygen through the bloodstream to all parts of the body. They aid cell membrane development, strength, and function, and they are necessary for strong organs and tissue.
Triglyceride is glyceride in which the glycerol is esterified with three fatty acids. It is the main constituent of vegetable oil and animal fats. The three fatty acids can be all different, all the same, or only two the same, they can be saturated or unsaturated fatty acids. Chain lengths of the fatty acids in naturally occurring triglycerides can be of varying lengths but 16, 18 and 20 carbons are the most common. Natural fatty acids found in plants and animals are typically composed only of even numbers of carbon atoms due to the way they are bio-synthesised.
Fatty Acids and beautiful skin:
Fatty acids also help keep skin healthy, help prevent early aging. They should be present in skincare as Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Macadamia nut oil, Evening Primrose oil etc. to support the natural sebum layer of the skin, helping to protect it from sun damage, dehydration and infection.
Fatty Acids may promote weight loss by helping the body process cholesterol. More importantly, they help rid the arteries of cholesterol build up. Another purpose of fatty acids is to assist the adrenal and thyroid glands, which may also help regulate weight.
There are different types of fatty acids. You have most likely heard of certain types, such as Omega-3. Omega-3 is considered an "essential" fatty acid, as is Omega-6. There is one other, Omega-9, but this type can be readily produced by the body, while the other two types cannot.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are found in fish and certain plants. Since they cannot be produced in the body, they must be ingested in the form of foods or natural supplements. However, it is important to discuss all supplements with your healthcare provider before you begin taking them.
Why Do We Need Skincare?
- We need skincare to support and replace the ingredients that exist naturally in our skin.
- To effectively cleanse our skin that is exposed to pollution on a daily basis.
- We need it to address changes in our skin that occur with time as well as changes that result from environmental influences.
- Safe skincare will keep your skin looking healthy radiant and youthful for years to come and help to protect it from damaging sun rays-resulting in cancer and dermatitis.
When we talk about safe skincare we mean:
- No chemical preservatives.
- No fragrance.
- No chemical sunscreens.
- No mineral oils.
- No oxygen.
- No chemical colorants.
- No ingredients of animal origin.
Another essential aspect to effective skincare is that is either completely skin compatible or Skin identical.
If this is the case then the skin will thrive with these products and not reject them. Rejection would most likely be indicated by sensitivity, extreme hydration, acne or allergies and in the worst case - cancer.
Light peels: penetrate the top layers of the Stratum Corneum (horny layer)that is the surface part of the Epidermis.
Medium peels: disturb the Epidermis and stimulate the new cell development.
Deep peels: require an anesthesia and take up to 6 weeks to heal.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (fruit acid peels) are used in various concentrations. They are recommended as the effects are not aggressive. They give a surface peel similar to that of micro-dermabrasion. In order to have an improved complexion 10%-30% should be used in order to remove fine lines and wrinkles and scarring 50%-70% should be used.
These peels should only be carried out by a physician. Glycolic Peels are chemical peels that remove the outer layers of the epidermis. The results that can be achieved are a refreshing of the skin, a lightening of sunspots, (in some situations the complete elimination of sun spots). It also reduces fine wrinkles. It is safest and most effective on the face.
TCA-Trichloroacetic acid: is a more gentle acid(chemical) and can rejuvinate the skin without the risk of serious side effects. Fine wrinkles will be reduced, pigmentation marks removed ot lessened especially age and liver spots. Rough skin and scaly patches can be removed. Skin that is fine and fragile can be significantly rejuvinated. In all cases however chemical peeling is not recommended for people who continue to be sun worshipper. TCA may cause scarring and doesn't work on removing deep set wrinkles. The results fade in six months to a year.
Jessner Peels: are light to medium peels. They consist of salicylic acid , lactic acid and resorcinol. It is a medium peel that penetrates beyond the top layers of the skin. Jessner peels are usually used to treat severely sun damaged skin and skin discolourations. The Jessner peel slows the production of sebum (oil) on the face and is good for treating acne. They can be used on the face, neck, chest back, arms and hands. It takes a considerable time to heal.
Glycolic Peels: Glycolic acid is one of the best known mild chemical peels called fruit acid or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA). It is derived from sugarcane and can therefore be considered a natural product. Citric acid from oranges and other citrus fruits also fall under the classification as glycolic acid.
It works by destroying the glue that holds the dead cells to the surface of the skin. These dead cells are chemically burned off. The result is a smoother more youthful appearance.
Salicylic acid: is a beta hydroxy acid. It is best known for its treatment of Acne and acne scarring. At 20%-30% it has a peeling effect on the skin. As in the case of AHAs and beta hydroxy acids, it works by detaching dead cells from the layers underneath to allow for the growth of new cells. It helps to remove blackheads, whiteheads, diminuishes fine lines and wrinkles and improves blemished and unevenly toned skin. Dark skinned people must be made aware that a repeated use of salicylic acid peels may cause hypopigmentation (loss of pigment).
Lactic Acid Peel: These peels are derived from yoghurt, sour cream or buttermilk and is milder than the Alpha Hydroxy acids. It is recommended for first time peels and is definitely the best for sensitive skins. It works on the upper layers of the Epidermis loosening the dead cells from the glue like substance that binds the cells together. Lactic Acid is recommended for Sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, mild acne scars and brown spots.
Micro dermabrasion: Is a skin freshening technique for aging and sun-damaged skin. This procedure is carried out by a plastic surgeon who uses a device similar to a sand blaster to spray tiny crystals across the face. It is a combination of mild abrasion with suction to remove the dead outer layer (stratum corneum) of the skin. It is used to remove fine lines and wrinkles as well as unwanted pigmentation. More than 1 treatment may be needed to reach to desired results.
Herbal Peels: These are mechanical peels used for skin regeneration. The micro circulation of the skin is improved. The metabolic processes are stimulated and as a result new cell production is stimulated. The peeling occurs in the upper layers of the horny layer (stratum corneum). These treatments are used for impure oily skin, to remove fine lines, treat atrophic, sun damaged skin and scarring. Usually more than one treatment is necessary to achieve results. They are not used for strong acne scarring and deep lines and wrinkles.
Chemical Facial Peels
All peels require one to use the recommended homecare, sun protection products.
Use only products that are skin compatible or skin identical. Dr Baumann Products
Avoid products containing:
- Chemical preservatives
- Chemical sunscreens
- Chemical Colorants
- Animal derived ingredients
- Mineral oils
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Investing in quality safe skin is a lifelong investment because how you treat your skin from an early age will influence its appearance and health forever.
Ones genetic disposition naturally influences the way one looks but it is the environmental conditions, lifestyle, diet and skincare products with questionable ingredients that are responsible for a rapidly aging and unhealthy skin.
Your skin, visible to all is your largest organ and when it ages it announces its condition to the world. Although we cannot stop the aging process we can certainly slow it down and look younger and more beautiful for much longer. It is just a question of decision, discipline and knowledge.
Today with the right care and attention it is possible to reverse and certainly prevent visible skin damage from occurring. Using specific anti-oxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and vegetable oils will help both to protect and rebuild your cells and contribute to that glowing healthy look.
Get It Right from the Start
Forget the "just water" or "water and soap" routine.
Cleansing should be carried out twice a day in order to remove makeup stale oil, dirt and dead cells from the skins surface without damaging, irritating or drying out the skin.
Every product that one puts on the skin has an effect. When one chooses a cleanser the most important criteria are to ensure that the ingredients that make up the cleanser are comfortable for the skin. What does comfortable mean? It means that the ingredients are either similar to those existing in the skin or even better, identical to the ingredients that make up a healthy skin. No ingredient should have contact with the skin if they do not fall within the above criteria.
Ingredients that definitely should not be in your cleanser are: parabens (chemical preservatives) colorants, fragrance or mineral oils all of which will cause dryness and irritation and can lead to Allergies and ultimately to dermatitis and cancer.
Choosing Cleansing Milk or a Cleansing Gel?
Cleansing Gels are perfect for a refreshing clean feeling in warm climates, in the summer and for people who have a tendency to oiliness or a problem skin. Preferring to use a cleansing gel is also a matter of personal preference and as such must be respected.
Whatever the reason for using a cleansing gel it is essential that the gel contains an extremely mild tenside. (Tensides are surface active agents that are foam stabilizers and thickeners and help to remove the excess oil from the skin).
A Cleansing Gel must a chieve a cleansing and treating at the same time. What is critical is that the skin should feel treated and comfortable and not have a taut dry feeling after the gel has been used.The ingredients should be only of valuable plant oils and a mild tenside in order to avoid extreme surface dryness and irritation.
Cleansing Milks are excellent for fine, dry skins, mature skins or for people who just prefer a lotion to a gel. The modern cleansers can be tissued off or removed with water.
Facial Tonics are essential for all skin types and conditions. The tonic is applied after the Cleansing Gel or Cleansing Lotion and helps to revitalize and refresh the skin and improve the microcirculation on the skins surface leaving a visibly healthy glow. Tonic removes any residue that may remain after cleansing and prepares the skin for the next step. Many tonics contain alcohol. This must be totally avoided as it is drying and irritating to every skin. It too should be well tolerated by the skin and every ingredient used in this product must be compatible with the skin or skin identical to provide the perfect preparation for the next step. Ingredients that definitely should not be in your cleanser are: parabens (chemical preservatives) colorants, fragrance or mineral oils all of which will cause dryness and irritation and can lead to Allergies and ultimately to dermatitis and cancer.
Creams and Lotions (moisturiser)
Contrary to the belief of many as the skin cannot distinguish between day and night the creams that one selects should be chosen according to the following criteria: your skins genetic disposition, the current condition of the skin, meaning how your skin is influenced by, lack of sleep, stress, diet, medication etc(because these "lifestyle" issues cause your skin to react in a specific manner and this needs to be taken into account when considering what products are most suitable.)Naturally personal preference and comfort are also important i.e. what does one prefer a light texture of a lotion? Or a richer textured cream?
Most importantly one needs to understand the function of a cosmetic cream, at least what the function should be-namely an effective protection on the surface of the skin.
What is a good cream?
Consider this, nature is quite remarkable and has created a natural hydra lyphidic (sebum layer) barrier on the surface of your skin in order to protect it from environmental damage, bacteria and from excessive moisture loss within the skin. In time the skins ability to maintain this layer in a balanced way reduces, as a result of natural aging, environmental and"lifestyle" damage.
If one wants to maintain a perfectly protected, well moisturized, youthful, healthy looking skin it is essential to support the skin with a cream or lotion that contains only skin compatible, (similar) ingredients or skin identical ingredients: In other words a cream or lotion that will mimic the ingredients that exist naturally in ones hydra lyphidic layer. Any other ingredients are irrelevant, damaging or both. Paradoxically, when cosmetic products are referred to as "Anti Aging" one just has to look at the ingredients to discover to ones amazement that the ingredients present in the products are in fact aging ingredients because they irritate and stress the skin, cause dehydration, allergies and damage to cell membranes, all of which result in an "older" looking skin. To make it clear every ingredient that is not recognised by the skin as part of itself/compatible, skin friendly or skin identical causes unnecessary stress and damage to the skin. Therefore logically those types of ingredients must be avoided.
What are positive and indeed essential ingredients for a healthy cream/lotion? Macadamia nut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, palm oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Evening Primrose oil, Hyaluronic acid, Liposome's, ceramides, vitamins to mention but a few. It must also be clear that even if these relevant ingredients are present in a cream or lotion the positive effects of these ingredients will be completely negated by one, even only one negative, unfriendly ingredient. All the good will is tainted by the bad. Some of the ingredients to absolutely avoid in personal care products are: parabens (Chemical preservatives), mineral oils, chemical sunscreens, fragrance colorants ,oxygen and ingredients of animal origin.
Liposomes are small hollow vesicles whose double-layer membranes are created with a double layer of phospholipids. Phospholipids occur naturally in the body as they make up the cell membranes, are part of the cell content and are part of the intercellular substance that exists between the cells. They consist of ball shaped water soluble and fat soluble parts. In fact a Liposome looks very like a human cell. Natural phospholipids are produced from Soy. The fatty tails of the phospholipids are in contact with each other and in fact form a double layered membrane that is water soluble on the outside and fat soluble on the inside. As a result Liposomescan absorb, store and transport water soluble substances Vitamin C and unfortunately chemical preservatives to the cells as well as fat soluble ingredients like vitamin E and (again unfortunately) fragrance substances to the cells.
Naturally this perfect transportation system is extremely valuable and highly effective if it carries only healthy ingredients into the skin. The problems arise when this is not the case. Allergic substance that are carried by the Liposomes into the skin can trigger the immune systems automatic defence system, resulting in irritation, allergies and in some cases may contribute to the occurrence of cancer.
The application of Liposomes by the beauty therapist requires a sense of responsibility and an excellent knowledge of the physiology of the skin in order to allow for a safe way to work with Liposomes. Because of the deep penetrating effect of the Liposomes one must be sure to only use cosmetic products without fragrances, chemical preservatives, chemical sunscreens and colorants.
As mentioned earlier the same phospholipids from which a liposome membrane is constructed comprises of the same elements as the fundamental elements of the cell membrane and as a result Liposomes can be used not only to transport valuable ingredients into the skin but can be used to repair damaged cell membranes or to be used within the intercellular substance.
Ceramides are also a critical part of the intercellular substance (naturally). Therefore if one is able to support and strengthen the intercellular substance and the surface layers of the skin with Ceramides.
Both Liposomes and Ceramides are extremely critical elements in serious skincare today. There is strong skin compatibility with Liposomes and Ceramides because of the structure of the phospholipids that are identical to those found in the cell membrane, cell inner content and intercellular substance.
Clearly skin irritations and allergies are less likely to occur if it is treated with skin compatible or skin identical ingredients. Multilayer Liposomes are even more effective than Uni-layer Liposomes as they are able to treat the skin right at the basal layer.Multi-layer means a number of Liposomes encapsulated (rather like a Russian Patrushka doll) within one another, each Liposome being somewhat smaller than the previous one in order to ensure a more effective deep reaching treatment of the skin.
There is no more effective intense treatment of the skin without the use of Multi-layer Liposomes.
Ampoules and Masks
Ampoules and masks are often considered by customers to be unnecessary additions to their beauty care at home or, they consider these products to be a part of the professional cosmetician's domain. This is absolutely not correct. Every woman needs these above mentioned products at home to answer the needs of a skin that changes as a result of lifestyle, emotional issues and the environment.
The ampoules are perfect to use in combination with ones creams, lotions, liposome preparations and with the masks in order to re-enforce the function of the mask or to add another dimension to the treatment. Actually one should keep a few diverse ampoules at home so that when necessary one can add them to ones daily skincare routine.
Ampoules are "concentrated" care for the face and ensure a fast visible effect on the skins appearance. Depending on the active substances contained in the ampoule composition, ampoules allow for the solving of specific problems and even help to cope with, Cuperose, dermatitis and Acne. Ampoules are often used in cosmetology for intense moisturizing, a must for all women over 30. Such preparations should be used daily or at least once a week when one has the time to spoil oneself at home and do the "whole thing" masks and all. Great effects can be experienced after a peeling and also when used in conjunction with the masks and liposome preparations.
Masks - More than just pampering!
A great way to treat tired, rough, dehydrated, problem and aging skin is to apply a facial mask the objective of any mask is to treat the skin more intensively.
There are many types of masks available in the market today, peel off masks, rinse off masks, and masks that should remain on the skin under a cream or lotion. A mask should be used at least every three days to one time per week for the best results.
An excellent routine to follow when using a face mask is to first cleanse the face with cleansing Milk or gel. Then carry out a gentle face peel, rinse off and cover your face with a warm, damp guest towel (in order to dilate the pores.) Leave for 5 minutes remove the towel and pat the area dry and then apply the mask. Some masks require a more generous application and some such as a kaolin or clay mask require a fine application, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Always take the time to read the instructions or be advised by your cosmetician as to how best to apply the mask. Remember that masks should always be applied to the neck and décolleté as well. Consider the neck and décolleté as part of your face when it comes to treating. Quality masks tend to work very effectively especially when used in combination with liposomes. Good quality masks offer immediate visible results because of the high concentration of active ingredients present in the product and therefore can achieve astoundingly accurate and very specific results. The treatments carried out in the beauty salon/Spas with the ampoules and mask should also be carried out at home on a regular basis.
Sunshine is an essential part of ones health and wellbeing, UV rays are responsible for the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body which is important for the strength and development of ones bones. Sunshine also positively influences our mood and good feelings and our Hormonal balance.
However by excessive exposure to sunlight and sun beds the sun has a negative effect on our skin. When our immune system is challenged by strong UV damage and the skins natural repair mechanisms are challenged then its ability to protect the skin is impaired resulting in an aging, lined, and severely dehydrated skin.
What is even more disturbing is that excessive exposure to sunrays damages the DNA structure, altering the genetic codes and allowing for unstructured cell growth that can result in the development of tumours. It is therefore essential to expose yourself to sun tanning within limits, to always apply sun protection when out in the sun.
An essential vitamin for sun protection is anti free radical Vitamin E, a "must ingredient in your sun creams/lotions and essential as a nutrition supplement for total protection.
Inorganic pigments like e.g. the natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide have the advantage that they offer an effective UV protection and possess an excellent compatibility with the skin. From these realizations a new improved generation of sun protection products with improved compatibility and improved protective effect without chemical light protection filters were developed.
Researchers stress that they do not consider virgin olive oil a sunscreen but that its use after exposure to the sun could help protect the skin from harmful UV damage. Further trials are required to confirm this affect.
The improved compatibility of sun products is based on the rejection of the substances, which cause an increased rate of irritations and allergies like fragrance and chemical preservatives and the most dangerous chemical sun filters.
Only by using chemical free sun protection can one really enjoy safe, carefree times in the sun.
Naturally the safest way of all is to use an "Instant tan" to get that all over tan that everyone loves. In this case too be sure that the ingredients used in your instant tan are absolutely compatible or skin Identical with your skin.(link to SkinIdent instant tan).
WARNING ON SUNSCREEN LOTIONS
Tests conducted by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority and reported in New Scientist magazine have found that half of mouse cells died when they came into contact with octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC). OMC is a chemical used in 90 per cent of sunscreen lotions worldwide.
Skin Cancer is created in the upper part of the Epidermis by exposure to UV C rays and pigmentation (dark spots) and oxidation (damage to dell membranes and tissue by UV B rays
Time spent in the Sun
They are definitely not safer just do a different type of damage.
Sun beds expose one to the extremely damaging and aging UVA rays that penetrate into the dermis and dry out the collagen and elastin fibres responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin as well as influencing its moisture content. UVA exposure will result in a prematurely sagging, wrinkled and dehydrated skin. If you choose to visit a solarium it is essential to apply the Dr. Baumann Liposome Solarium prior to the sun bed exposure in order to protect your skin from Collagen and Elastin damage and from dehydration. (Liposome Solarium)
The eye area is fine and delicate and very early on (25+) has a lack of sufficient sebum (oil) and adequate moisture. This is as a result of exposure to harsh sunlight, damaging ingredients in eye care products and naturally the results of aging. As a result of exposure to the sun the moisture levels in the skin are dramatically reduced and the elastin and collagen in the skin is damaged, resulting in dehydration, lines and wrinkles.
You will want to make sure that you watch out for and avoid eye creams that have any sort of chemical preservatives or chemical sunscreens in them, because even thought this is just to extend shelf life, there are some preservatives thathave been known to cause cancer and hormonal disturbances.
Why use those products when you can find products with skin friendly preservatives. Make sure that you pay close attention to those ingredients to ensure safe skincare for you and your family. Another thing that you will want to watch out for are those unattainable promises that companies tend to make. Let's get this straight right now; collagen is too large to go directly into your skin. Rather than rely on these promises, you'll want to try to find ingredients that promote collagen protection e.g. by treating your eye area with only skin compatible or skin Identical ingredients, liposome's and ceramides that will help to protect the eye area from external damage, balance your hydro lyphidic layer and protect you skin from valuable moisture loss. All these elements will ensure you of a protected, more youthful, smooth looking eye area.
Every day, millions of people are using products on their bodies, products to cleanse, products to moisturize, and products to make the body smell good.
Both men and women have a constant barrage of marketing aimed at them concerning products to use on their bodies.
So, what do you know about these products? Products for both men and women have their biggest selling point through fragrance. How many times have you been in to purchase shampoo, or body lotion and found yourself (or seen another customer) opening lids and smelling the product? Of course, the scent has absolutely nothing to do with how well the product actually functions. The scent is a major marketing ploy; one that works very well. That scent is artificial and if you begin asking people around you, you will find that many of them are allergic to these artificial fragrances.
One of the things that you need to be able to do is read your labels and know what is in your jar or bottle. This is not to imply that you do not know how to read; you need to be able to understand how the ingredient labelling process is done and what the ingredients mean to you.
Ingredients are listed in the order of volume used in the formula for the product. This means that the first ingredient is the biggest amount of the product. In many products, you will find that this first ingredient is water; if you read the label and see that water is first, you know that the product is more water than anything else. This process of listing ingredients is common to all of your body care products.
Aside from understanding how the listing works in reference to the amount of each ingredient, you should know about certain ingredients. Remember that not all ingredients are actually good for your skin, even though the product has been marketed for use on the skin. Your body will appreciate you for paying more attention to what your purchase as your body care and bath products. Apropos bath products like bath oils and bath gels, please remember that if you use products with chemical preservatives, fragrance and colorants you are exposing your skin to these harmful ingredients for at least 15-30 minutes, allowing the harmful ingredients to damage your skin and ultimately your health. Therefore it is essential to select only safe healthy bath and shower care for yourself and your family.
Repetitive and frequent hand washing increases skin dryness and roughness. As the skin on the hands is rather fine and lacking in sebum (oil) the hands rapidly show signs of aging.The use of a hand cream immediately after each hand wash can confine both skin dryness and skin roughness. Regular use of skin care preparations should therefore help to prevent both dry and rough skin.
Irritant causing contact dermatitis due to the use of detergents and harsh tensides (create the lather) is reflected by scaling, erythema (reddening of the skin due to inflammatory or immunologic processes) and oedema (swelling caused by fluid retention - excess fluid is trapped in the body's tissues.)
The answer is:
- To moisturize ones hands regularly
- To use only skin friendly or skin Identical soaps and hand creams to treat ones hands.
Sun Spots / Age Spots
- Peel your hands with a light peel once a week (Dr Baumann peels)
- Always apply hand cream at least twice a day.
- Use your face mask on your hands. Apply a fine layer of the mask on the back of your hands (Dr Baumann Masks), wrap them in plastic folio for 10 minutes, remove the excess mask and apply your hand cream.
- A regular manicure is necessary to maintain beautiful hands.
- In the summer it is essential to apply a SPF 30 to the hands to prevent the creation of sun damage. Sun damaged hands age rapidly.
Dark sun spots and age spots on hands
Age spots on the hands, also called liver spots, are brown discoloured marks that occur as a result of prolonged overexposure to the sun. The marks typically appear on the hands of people over the age of 40 as a lifetime of sun exposure finally catches up with them. Age spots are basically collections of melanin in the upper layer of the dermis, and are evidence that free radical damage has occurred. Free radicals are generally believed to be the molecules responsible for aging. Due to the fact that age spots are superficial, they can be removed by various methods that work by sloughing off the upper layers of the skin. Wearing sun block regularly and on a daily basis greatly reduces the risk of developing age spots on the hands and other parts of the body. Preventing the advent of age spots is, in the long run, more advantageous and affordable than any of the treatment options. Laser and chemical peel treatments can be painful and extremely expensive.
When spots appear quickly and not symmetrically, they're usually not sun damage or skin cancer (those are slow and symmetrical) but something external, like insect bites.
Many people of all races between the ages of twelve to eighteen suffer from mild impurities on the skin such as white heads, blackheads or pimples. For others these impurities develop into something much more serious and unpleasant. In fact by the mid teens over 40% of teenagers have an acne condition serious enough to compel them to consult a beauty therapist or indeed a dermatologist.
Acne usually lasts for five to ten years but can continue into the late 20's and 30's. Some people experience acne for the first time in their 40's.
Acne affects young women and men equally except that young men tend to have longer lasting and more severe forms of acne.
Young women tend to have intermittent acne resulting from hormonal changes in their body (associated with their menstrual cycles) and acne caused by cosmetic products.
Acne lesions are most common on the face but can also occur on the neck, chest back shoulders, upper arms and legs. The psychological effects on people with acne are concerning as acne sufferers may be depressed and lack self confidence.
Acne is the term for clogged pores which results in blackheads and whiteheads or even deeper infections that manifest themselves as cysts and nodules. Permanent scarring can often result from the more serious cases of acne.
The causes of Acne
There are 5 important factors:
- Genetic predisposition
- Excessive production of sebum (Seborrhoea)
- Follicular horny layer disturbance
- Bacterial presence and infection
If both parents had acne in their teens there is a 60% chance that the children will suffer from acne in their teenage years.
Sebum plays a major role in the development of acne. The sebum glands are influenced by hormones and the stimulating influence of tactical, ovarian functions and the peripheral androgen.
I want to clarify some of the terminology used to describe various acne conditions. Acne Lesions- a physical change in the skin caused by disease or injury. In the case of acne the lesion is external, caused by an infection of the sebaceous follicle (Sebaceous gland=oil producing glands in the skin).
Acne lesions range from comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) to nodules and cysts.
Comedones- (non inflammatory) are hair follicles blocked by sebum (oil), dead cells tiny hairs and bacteria. This sebum is generally infected. When a comedone is open on the surface of the skin it is exposed to the air and becomes oxidized resulting in the black colour.
White comedones are "closed"and have not been exposed to the air. It is represented by a slightly inflamed bump on the skin.
These comedones should never be squeezed as they become infected with streptococci and other bacteria's. They generally release their content onto the surface of the skin and heal. If they are squeezed inflammatory Acne can result.
Papules- Are small solid lesions (lumps) on the surface of the skin. They have a rough surface. This is caused by a cellular reaction (localized) to the acne process. If there is a break in the wall of the hair follicle white cells come in and the pore becomes inflamed.
Pustules-Are dome shaped lesions containing pus-a combination of dead skin cells, white blood cells and bacteria. These generally heal without leaving scars. They are formed several days after the formation of papules when white blood cells make their way to the surface of the skin.
Cystic Acne-This is a sac like lesion containing a liquid or semi liquid containing white blood cells, dead cells and bacteria. It is larger than a pustule and is generally inflamed and extends deep into the skin, it can be very painful and tends to leave scars. Sometimes they are found in combination with nodules which leave severe scarring as a result of tissue scarring. Treatment by a dermatologist is essential.
Nodules- form when hair follicles break along the bottom causing a large inflamed lump. This can also result in puss filled lesions.
Milia- are miniscule white bumps that occur when dead skin cells get trapped in small pockets on the surface of the skin. They can be treated by regular visits to a beauty therapist. This diagram is a trans-section of the skin to get you familiar with certain terminology used in this article and to see where the acne occurs in the skin.
- A spontaneous healing can only be expected in the case of the milder forms of acne vulgaris.
- Diet in terms of chocolate, nuts etc has no influence on the sebum production or the creation of comedones.
- A thorough cleansing of the skin is essential for treating an acne condition so that the active treatment iscan be more efficient
- Skincare with mineral oils , parabens, colorants and fragrance must be avoided
- Only skin compatible or skin identical products are recommended
- Juicing with specific fruit and raw vegetables can have a cleansing effect on the entire system
- Regular visits to a professional beauty therapist for extractions and deep cleansing are recommended
- Home care routines must be carried out religiously every day as recommended by the beauty therapist
- In severe cases a visit to a Dermatologist is recommended.
Medication usually recommended in severe cases:
- Isotretinoin (Roaccutan)
- Oral hormone therapy (e.g. Diane 35)
- Topical products Retinoid, Isotretinoin, Adapalene, Benzoylperoxide
As you can well imagine, babies' skins are delicate, sensitive and easily irritated and if they get an allergy from skincare, the allergic response of the skin to specific ingredients in a product will most likely occur again and again.
Newborn babies and toddlers must only be treated with safe skincare meaning skincare that excludes fragrance, colorants, mineral oils, chemical preservatives and chemical sunscreens. When we refer to baby products we mean every single product that you use on your baby from baby creams and lotions, baby oil, bath oil and other bath preparations, body shampoo, soap and hair shampoo. Only if these products are safe to use can you be assured of the safety and health of your baby.
Unfortunately many "baby" products, surprisingly even those "household names" that have been used by young mothers for generations are often suspect. In fact those well known products often contain many harmful ingredients. Don't imagine that just because they have been formulated "especially for babies" or bear a famous brand name that this automatically qualifies them as products that are safe for your baby.
Clearly you have to have a reliable source of information to enable you to analyse the ingredients in every product used on your baby so that you may be sure that the content is safe to use. You should also be aware that many damaging ingredients have the tendency to build up in the skin e.g. parabens and chemical sunscreens and these causes even greater damage.
How do you know what products to choose for your baby or toddler?
Very simple just click on this link and you will be connected to an Ingredient Dictionary for safe skincare. The dictionary lists the most commonly used ingredients in cosmetics today and will advise you as to what is and what is not recommendable. Take your baby products, look at the ingredients listed on the back of the jar and make your own analysis. You may well be shocked at what you find.
With the development of the Dr. Baumann and especially the SkinIdent products one can safely rule out the danger to delicate baby skin as every ingredient has been measured at least as carefully as in every other Dr. Baumann product, according to dermatological, Bionome and health criteria, as is also the case with all the face and body products.
The Dr. Baumann SkinIdent products are not only ideal for Mum and Dad but also for every baby because it contains not only protecting and treating Vitamins but has also been manufactured exclusively from ingredients and active ingredients that occur naturally in every human organism.
Dr Baumann Products are skin friendly, animal friendly and environmentally friendly
- Free of preservatives
- Free of perfume, fragrance and ethereal oils
- Free of Mineral oils
- Free of animal ingredients
- Free of the unnecessary packaging that damages the environment
What could be more perfect for you or your baby?
Using makeup is an integral part of ones life and definitely contributes to ones self esteem and sense of wellbeing. One can apply ones makeup according to the fashion, ones mood-, glam it up or tone it down if one wishes and of course one can use it to "go under cover" when faced with the occasional blemish or a more seriously impure skin.
Foundation, camouflage creams and cover sticks are great for giving a uniform appearance to the complexion, covering and toning down redness (Cuperose), lightening Hyper pigmentation.(Brown spots) and blushers definitely give more vibrancy and definition to every skin. They are a great"refresher" when one is feeling tired and looking decidedly washed out. Use delicate colours because they always look natural.
Eye shadows can make your eyed look larger, not so deep set. It's all about playing with light and shade. In fact eye shadows are one of the perfect ways to update your looks. Subtle changes can make a real difference. A great base for the eye area is a concealer as it covers up dark shadows under the eyes. Try to always use a concealer that matches your skin exactly or one that is a touch lighter. To make your eyes look brighter and larger use light colours. Dark colours are there to contour and dramatize. Mascaras and Eye pencils are perfect to enhance and contour the eyes. Lip liners can be used either to define or re-define lips. They should always match ones lipstick.
Lipstick should be in the tones of the blusher. Putting a touch of Blue Mascara or Violet on the tips of the lashes (over the normal black or brown mascara) gives a lift and brightness to the eye area. Before selecting your blusher, eye shadows and lipsticks check out your best colours according to your skin tones and undertones. This is a key issue and can help in avoiding fatal makeup faux pas. Foundation must always appear completely natural. It must be exactly like your skin or if you can't find the exact colour then it must always be a shade lighter NOT a shade darker.
An In-depth look at makeup
Choosing the correct make up is really a health issue not only a fashion issue, meaning that you have to be sure that the makeup you use is:
- Free from chemical preservatives
- Free from chemical sunscreens
- Free from fragrance
- Free from colorants
- Free of mineral oils (petroleum)
- Free of ingredients of animal origin (i.e. fish scales in eye shadows)
When one chooses a foundation it should definitely not contain mineral oils as that will stop the skin from functioning in a healthy way. It will not be able to get rid of waste product effectively and will not breathe effectively.
These problems will result in impurities forming on the skin and can eventually result in acne. Chemical preservatives, chemical sunscreens, fragrances, colorants and mineral oils, can in a mild case cause dehydration, sensitivity and more concerning can cause severe allergies and cancer. Whatever make up you choose to wear should conform to the basic criteria of containing ONLY skin friendly or even better still, skin identical ingredients.
That is the only way to ensure a truly beautiful appearance - when "healthy" is the most important word.
You are what you eat and having a healthy well balanced diet will definitely ensure a healthy well balanced skin.
The importance of a healthy and balanced nutrition for a healthy and beautiful skin cannot be given sufficient emphasis. Scientific studies have shown impressive advantages to a meat free diet. The ADA- American Dietetic Association and the DC of Canada (the organisation if Canadian dietetic Scientists) have published papers on the health advantages of vegetarian and vegan nutrition. There are many of the most prestigious and respected dietetic scientists in these organisations. The ADA has over 70,000 members.
In this official paper it is stated that well planned vegan and other forms of vegetarian diets are designed for every phase of the cycle of life, including pregnancy, breast feeding, early and late childhood as well as adolescence. Vegetarian forms of nutrition offer many advantages.
The ADA and DC are of the opinion that a sensibly planned vegetarian diet is positive for healthy living and that the essential life nutritional elements are present in sufficient quantities. The preventative nature of vegetarian food with regard to illnesses and the treatment of illnesses are also clear.
The comments of one of Germanys most revered and recognised dietetic scientists Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann from the University of Giesen and other well known German dietetic scientists are all of the same opinion that studies carried out on an international basis involving people that live an entirely vegan way of life are on average measurably healthier than the general population regarding weight, blood pressure, blood fat, holstering values, kidney function and the general health status of vegans lie in the "normal values" more frequently than their non vegan counterparts.
Along with these positive aspects sited above the vegetarian lifestyle has an influence on the environment leaving it more in balance and intact.
Fewer foodstuffs will have to be grown to feed animals at the cost of feeding people with healthy produce. The breeding of animals destined for the slaughterhouse will reduce and could in some cases no longer be relevant. That in itself would be a remarkable achievement
With thanks to:
Dr. Rer.Nat.Thomas Baumann
Taking care of your face and body on a daily basis is essential.
So many people say that they don't have the time. The fact is that you can keep beauty care very simple and suited to your lifestyle. Our job at DR Baumann is to advise you on how to keep your personal beauty regimen effective and to the point.
However, it is still essential to visit your beauty therapist regularly to discuss your skin concerns with her and enjoy an in salon treatment. Take the time to let her analyse your skin and prescribe the perfect homecare and in salon treatment to get your skin back into great shape.
Home care is key because your skin faces the daily challenges of the environment, your lifestyle, stress and maintaining a healthy diet.
These above mentioned elements all affect your health, well being and the appearance of your skin more than you might imagine.
Using expensive cosmetic brands are not necessarily healthy or safe for your skin. They could well contain ingredients that are damaging and aging to the skin. In fact every time you put a cream or lotion on your face or body you should be asking yourself if the cream or lotion is really beneficial to your skin.
How can you be sure? From today you have access to the Ingredient Dictionary an independent listing of the most used ingredients in beauty products. Each ingredient is explained and critically evaluated. So from today you can check every ingredient listed on the back of your product and for the first time you will really know what is in your jar.
This information will enable you to always know if the ingredients in your products are necessary, effective and safe or ineffective and harmful to your skin and your health.
What may surprise you is that many products that claim to be "anti aging" contain numerous ingredients that age the skin dramatically.
If your anti aging or hydrating cream contains parabens (chemical preservatives), chemical sunscreens, fragrance and colorants, you are in fact contributing to a rapidly aging, dehydrated skin. It's time to change to skin compatible or skin identical products; it's the only intelligent decision to take.
Cabin treatments are the ideal as they give you the opportunity to take some"personal time" to relax, spoil yourself and place yourself in the hands of an expert. The ingredients in cabin products can offer optimal results and each treatment step will ensure a deeper penetration of the valuable active ingredients such as essential vitamins and fatty acids (using Multilayer Liposome's) to also treat the basal layer of the skin. The "spoiling" massage stimulates improved oxygenation of the skin cells and supports a healthy metabolism.
Your monthly appointment (if possible) with your beauty therapist will help to keep your skin "in shape" and allow your cosmetician to update you on what is new and recommend any changes to your home care once she has analysed the current condition of your skin. Take the time it is really worth it!
What to Avoid
Our cosmetic choices have generally been influenced by "brand" appeal. Glamorous, famous models and luxurious packaging have also subconsciously played a rather large part in determining our choices when it comes to our beauty purchases. The tips of friends and recommendations from editors of fashion and beauty magazines have also often influenced those choices. If we have a beauty therapist then naturally her opinion is given an important place in our decisions. Let's examine those influences a little more carefully.
"Famous faces " are paid large sums of money to represent a particular cosmetic company and promote their products. It is questionable whether they use any of those products in their daily lives "off camera" Beauty editors must promote the products of the companies that advertise in their magazines. As a result many of their positive reactions to a specific product are purely a financial decision and are not necessarily representative of their true opinions. Their behaviour is understandable but it leaves us the consumers with a real dilemma.
A further confusion occurs when we seek advice from our cosmeticians. They are sure that the products they represent in their beauty salons, SPAS and clinics are better than those to be found in stores and perfumeries because the company that supplies them has told them that their products are specifically produced for the professional market and that the percentages of active ingredients used in the salon products are higher than those in stores or perfumery outlet products. A point to note is that those companies are in fact saying those wonderful things about their own products. What did you imagine they would say?
In the case of luxury, "high end" of the market brands we are led to believe that the skincare and make-up products that they produce must be better because they are more expensive which makes us conclude, "Exclusive" and high performance because of the millions of dollars being spent on research and development to bring us the very best in the market. Are they wrong and are our assumptions incorrect?
The beauty advisors behind the counters often or should I say generally have 5 days of training on the subject of the skin and beauty products- and with this very limited knowledge they are "let loose" on the innocent public. If there is a promotion of a specific product they are often given a financial incentive to promote that particular product as a result they are not completely focused on what is really good for a specific skin condition.
So what do we do as end users of beauty salon treatments and skincare and makeup products in order to clarify these issues for ourselves? How do we remove any doubts about the quality and effectiveness of the products that we and our families use? We must be able to determine what criteria represent "effective" skincare?
Effective skincare can only be that if in fact the ingredients used to produce the products are healthy and safe. I'm sure you will all agree.
If the products are not healthy and safe to use the skin will not react well and as a result will appear irritated or dry. You may develop allergies and your skin will age much faster. Let's take this logic a step further – as your skin is a living organ, our largest organ and it ONLY respond well and functions effectively if the ingredients in any given product are either totally skin friendly/compatible or skin identical. Your skin does not tolerate foreign unfriendly substances. In fact these substances put the skin under incredible stress and result in dermatitis and as mentioned before in rapid aging- Makes sense doesn't it?
The pertinent and in fact only questions that you should ask yourselves when purchasing a new skincare or make up products for you and your families are:
- What exactly is in my jar? (Meaning ingredients)
- Are these ingredients safe and healthy to use on my skin?
- Are all the ingredients listed in my jar beneficial to my skin?
- Are there any ingredients in my jar that are in fact detrimental to my skin?
Here is some simple but effective means/information to help you to answer the above questions and make informed decisions.
Ingredients that must definitely be avoided:
- Chemical sunscreens
- Chemical preservatives
- Animal derivatives
- Mineral oils
In addition check every ingredient listed on your cosmetic jar and makeup compact using the ingredient dictionary and then make those decisions about the products you choose to use on your skin.
You will be shocked by what you discover.
Where to buy
This decision is more complicated than you may imagine. Let's take shopping at a departmental store or a perfumery. The Beauty advisor behind the counter in a departmental store or at a perfumery has generally undergone a training of 3-5 days and is then presented as an expert on the skin and skincare. One can imagine that the skin analysing abilities of someone who has undergone such a brief training cannot be remotely adequate to ensure that you are given the perfect products to suit your skin type and condition. Moreover an analysis that has been made over a counter, without filling out any information or very little plus the fact that no skin analysis should be done when the customer is wearing make-up or has been out in the city for a couple of hours should be obvious.
One can only make a professional analysis when observing a clean skin and having the necessary professional training to make a correct analysis. Perfumeries create the same problems as departmental stores when it comes to professional advice namely that the Beauty Advisors and general staff just don't have the professional training required for dealing with such a serious issue namely your skin.
Making choices as a result of fashion magazines advertising or beauty editors' recommendations is not the most recommendable way to go as these choices are mostly influenced by the amount of money a particular cosmetic company spends in advertising with the magazine and not necessarily what the magazine staff or beauty editors really think or feel. Representation of skincare products and make-up by glamorous models does not mean that they love or even use any of the products they represent. It is all a matter of money.
So where should one go and how should one make those choices? Obviously a consultation with a beauty therapist at a SPA/beauty salon is the right decision. They have studied about the structure of and behaviour of the skin, how to analyse the skin, what to look for when treating the skin, products and ingredients and many other aspects of healthy skincare. It must therefore be clear to you that you should only get advice on skincare from a professional or you may well risk using the incorrect products for your skin. Makes sense doesn't it?
The Point of skin beauty salons/SPAS have additional points of value that set them apart from other beauty salons/SPAS:
- All the beauty therapists are qualified skinologists.They are ingredient experts and as a result can analyse your existing products and advise you if they are indeed healthy and safe for your skin.
- They can offer you healthy safe alternatives and recommend the perfect homecare regimen for you to achieve a beautiful youthful skin.
- Regularly attend courses to improve their Knowledge and professionalism in this field
Only represent skincare and Makeup products that are:
- Free of chemical preservatives
- Free of colorants
- Free of fragrance
- Free of animal ingredients
- Free of Mineral Oils
- Free of chemical sunscreens
Thus they are able to provide you with completely skin compatible or skin Identical ingredients. What more could you want?
Shopping for products online is extremely convenient especially in those busy, days. However it should only be done –
Once you have had a skin analysis from a Beauty therapist preferably an Authorised Dr BaumannSkinologist and been given advice on what homecare is best for you. Meaning that subsequent skincare shopping can be done online from your authorised Dr Baumann beauty salon/SPA.
This does not mean that you should never return to the beauty therapist/Skinologist. A regular visit is advisable as your skin condition is ever changing and you may need additional products or to make the appropriate changes to your existing regimen.