Procedure VS Product
The beauty industry is, of course, massive. It involves everything from anti wrinkles to teeth-whitening toothpaste to ridiculously expensive shampoo that will transform your hair from “ordinary to extraordinary,” if you believe an advertisement for a product that contains white truffles and caviar and costs more than 300AED for an 8.5-ounce bottle. It involves celebrity-endorsed cosmetics, perfumes, and a host of fashion products. The number is infinite.
I decided to look into this in a little more detail. At 41 and being in the beauty industry for 15 years, I have tried pretty much everything there is out there. Some products promise the world and fool consumers into parting with their hard earned cash, others don’t necessarily live up to their lofty promises, but do deliver beautiful, healthy improved skin / hair / nails / lashes.
In a society (especially in UAE) that is obsessed with looking better, younger, different, I researched the most popular cosmetic procedures, ones that actually do make a difference. I then looked at ‘at home alternatives’. Whether your concern is wrinkles, acne, rosacea, sun damage, oily, dry or sensitive skin you will find that there is something out there claiming it can wave a magic wand. A big factor is knowing your skin type and concerns, you need to know what types of products work together and the order in which to use them.
As somebody who hasn’t tried invasive beauty treatments and will only try non invasive procedures, I was interested to see if simple folk who don’t have bucket loads of cash could get similar results at home. Now, I know there won’t be a like for like comparison (that’s impossible) but there are some things out there that help us improve our appearance.
As this is an area I’m no expert in, I called upon a professional opinion to talk me through the most popular and effect procedures. The team at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery are people I trust and I have visited them in the past for the most amazing Hydra-Facial (check out the beauty section for my review). If you are looking to get a little something to make you look better or just want to talk about your options, I recommend you visit these guys.
Before I go any further, please let me say that this is a tried and tested review from my perspective based on my concerns and skin types. I am fed up reading articles from so called experts. Rarely did I find any real evidence or expertise beyond personal testimonies (which I don’t need to remind you are not evidence). This is my recommendation of items out of a plethora of products tested that worked. The team at the Dubai Cosmetic Surgery are the experts you should call upon.
1 – Face – wrinkles and fine lines / brighten / tighten / hydrate
Procedure – Hydrafacial and Fractional Laser for fine lines and wrinkles, and hydration. Fractional laser works to boost collagen and elastin levels in the skin, and at the same time to break down pigmentation concentrations leaving the skin looking brighter and more toned. Hydrafacial clears up pores and hydrates the skin, in addition to giving it a youthful glow.
Product – A cellular renewal booster, Filorga SLEEP AND PEEL Resurfacing Night Cream is ultra-soothing and protective to struggle against prematue aging. A soft, renovated skin, full of energy from waking-up.
NCTF + hyaluronic Acid is this care’s cocktail, to which is added 6 varieties of acids (AHA and BHA), with different molecular weights, which guarantee a gradual and conrtolled exfoliation. Azelaic acid, encapsulated in liposom, and Pyruvic Acid, ensure a triple moisturising*, anti-comedolysis and antioxidant action. 2 matrikies actinons conjugate to a brown alga for effective soothing, protective and anti-aging actions.
Quick fix – For a natural, healthy and dewy glow I reach for the new ultra-sensory and extremely light Guerlain Lingerie de Peau line that becomes one with the face like a sensual second skin.
2 – Eyes – lines /brighten / tighten / dark circles
Procedure – Biorevitalization, PRP and Botox are the most used when it comes to the eyes. Botox aka Botulinum Toxin Type A, when injected around the eyes area relaxes the muscles, and in return does away with wrinkles around that area, also known as “Crows Feet”. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), which is found within our blood and takes more than 50 percent of our blood’s volume, is filled with growth factors that stimulate stem cells. Blood is drawn from the patient and then run through a centrifuge to separate the PRP from the rest of the blood cells. When injected into the target area (e.g. sunken eyes, dark circles etc) it restores skin tightness and youthful contours combined with an evened-out skin tone and volume restoration. Biorevitalization on the other hand is a technique which involves the use of unmodified non-animal hyaluronic acid in very small doses, which is targeted and injected into the dermal layer of the skin. The purpose of this treatment is to naturally stimulate skin cells which in turn trigger collagen production leading to skin elasticity, hydration and tightness, making it excellent for the eyes.
Product – Filorga Eyes Absolute
Absolute anti-age [WRINKLES+LIFT]: A combination of [restructuring + botox-like] active ingredients acts to reduce all eye wrinkles. In addition, a duo of plants extracts lifts the upper eyelids to help open up the eyes again.
Visible anti-fatigue [DARK CIRCLES+PUFFINESS]: A complex of decongesting active ingredients rich in [peptides + metalloproteins] encourages microcirculation to reduce dark circles and puffiness.
Eye beauty [BRIGHTNESS+EYELASHES]: An extract of white pearls rich in trace elements, combined with soft-focus agents reflects the light and instantly revives the brightness of the eyes. At the same time, a [peptide + isoflavone] duo strengthens and coats the eyelashes making them thicker.
CRYO-TECHNOLOGY BY FILORGA: CRYO-APPLICATOR with an instant cooling effect + CRYO-TEXTURE to improve efficacy.
Quick fix – Shiseido Eye Zone Corrector in 104 is my go to for instant hydrating, blurring effect that’s hides all the bad bits.
3 – Lips – plump / hydrate / lines
Procedure – For the lips, the most commonly used treatment is Dermal Fillers. These are basically injectables that restore volume and diminish wrinkles from the lips. Dermal Fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found within our bodies. The most common brands of dermal fillers are Restylane, Juvederm and Voluma; with each having a different lasting power and density.
Product – Fillerina Lip Volume Gel helps the increase in lip volume thanks to the filling and plumping action of its 6 hyaluronic acid molecules with different molecular weights that penetrate the different cutaneous layers. A dermo-cosmetic filler treatment to plump up the cutaneous tissues.
Quick fix – Keep your lips mositurised with NUXE Lips Moisture Stick.
4 – Hands – they are often the first to show signs of aging
Procedure – Most commonly used anti-aging treatment for the hands is Dermal Fillers which give some volume restoration, making the hands look a bit youthful with less-pronounced veins. (See above on dermal fillers).
Product – To make veins less obvious us StriVectin Volumizing Hand Treatment which uses hyaluronic acid to plump up and smooth the skin.
Quick fix – Just keep them moisturised.
5 – Neck – I’m always amazed at the amount people will spend on lotions and potions for their face and forget about their neck.
Procedure – Ultherapy, which is known as Hollywood’s Beauty Secret, is the most requested treatment when it comes to the neck. This is because the treatment is made specifically for the neck, brows, jowls, cheeks, chin and the chest décolleté, making it safer. Ultherapy is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment that reverses any signs of aging through the power of sound. The treatment works by emitting controlled heat energy, which when it penetrates the skin, encourages the production of new collagen and elastin, which results in a more firm and tight skin. The treatment doesn’t have any downtime or scarring.
Product – Glamtox Neck Mask Sachets by Rodial lift, tone, hydrate and moisturize the neck area. Amino acids and wheat protein help to visibly tighten the skin, helping the neck area to appear younger and lifted, while innovative active ingredients keep your neck looking younger, firmer and toner for longer while promoting elasticity. After just one use, my neck lines had almost vanished! My mum, who is a little older, also had exactly the same results.
Quick fix – I like No7 Instant Illusions Wrinkle Filler.
6 – Forehead – wrinkles / lines
Procedure – The most used for fine lines and wrinkles; it would be Botox (see above).
Product – This one is a little bit different from the others as I found a home remedy the most effective. With high Vitamin C content and strong exfoliating properties, numerous anti-aging products include lemon juice as the main ingredient. What you need to do is cut a lemon massage the liquid into wrinkles lines on the forehead. If you want, mix lemon juice and honey and directly apply it to the forehead of your skin to get rid of furrow lines and frown lines. Also, this natural treatment takes dark skin away on the forehead.
Quick fix – Choose the right makeup primer.
It’s not what’s in your foundation that counts, it’s what’s under it. A light-reflecting primer like Guerlain L’Or. This Make-up Base is truly worth its weight in gold. The 24-carat gold-infused cooling gel sinks into the skin, retaining moisture. Applied to bare skin, this skin enhancer and makeup primer smoothes fine lines and tightens facial features. It also provides an even finish under makeup.
In addition to all of the above, go back to basics! Get at least 8 hours sleep and drink plenty of water!
All the products are available from www.beautysolutions-me.com and branches of Sephora throughout UAE.
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