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Is Botox Vegan Friendly and Cruelty-free?
Botox is the single largest performed cosmetic procedure in the world today. And as of January 2021, the total number of vegans in the world is approximately 79 million. Lets find out whether veganism and Botox go together... What is veganism? A vegan is a person who does not eat or use any animal products. Apart from vegans there are many others who are searching for cruelty-free products and cosmetic treatments that don’t include animal ingredients, or are involved in animal testing. What is Botox? Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used by a dermatologist for anti wrinkle treatment. But it has several other uses in medical science. Severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis) Cervical dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms Blinking that you can’t control (blepharospasm) Eyes that point in different directions (strabismus) Chronic migraine Overactive bladder Is Botox vegan? The actual Botox injection is vegan friendly. It goes not contain any ingredients of animal origin. But it does have albumin from human plasma as a preservative. Also, like any other pharmaceutical grade medication, it does involve animal testing before it can be certified as safe for human use. So, no.. Botox is not vegan. The final word If you are a vegan, whether you will take Botox or not is a personal choice you will have to make. Maybe if it was for anti-aging treatment, your dermatologist can do away with it and switch to other skin tightening treatments such as Ultherapy and RF skin tightening. But, if it was for other conditions such as an overactive bladder or cervical dystonia then the decision would be more difficult.
How Dairy gives You Acne
Everyone who's fighting acne, doubts this at some point in time. 'Does dairy make my acne worse?'. You may stop having dairy for a week, only to realize that it is too much trouble and you can't really tell the difference. Let's figure this out together... Research tells us that inflammatory skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are more common and more severe in those who consume a diet rich in dairy products. These skin problems are even more common in those who indulge in smoking, consume packaged food and are exposed to polluted air. Cow's milk, which is the largest consumed animal milk in the world, contains casein protein and whey protein. Both these are known to raise the levels of growth hormones in calves as well as humans. Growth hormones such as insulin-like growth factor - 1 or IGF-1 is strongly linked with increased sebum formation in our skin. After infancy our body increasingly loses its ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk. We know that more than 50% of the world's population is lactose intolerant. Milk and milk products trigger all sorts of allergies as well as acne. Besides this, cows and buffaloes are regularly injected with artificial hormones to increase their milk supply. When you consume dairy that is mass produced with such practices, it throws your hormones off balance. Dairy may also promote growth of unhealthy gut bacteria and cause gut inflammation. This alters the way your food is digested and absorbed, which in turn leads to vitamin deficiencies and dull skin. How to prevent dairy related skin problems? Reduce dairy intake and switch to high-fiber diet instead. Increase your intake of omega-3 rich food and supplements to achieve a blemish-free skin. Do not substitute dairy with packaged almond milk or soy milk. Consider switching to green tea or freshly brewed black coffee instead. Both of these have plenty of antioxidant benefits which boost your immunity and make your skin glow. If you plan to give a dairy-free lifestyle a try, avoid all dairy products completely for atleast 3 weeks to see the improvement. Any thing less than 2 weeks cannot give you an idea of whether dairy truly aggravates your acne. If your acne persists consider discussing diagnostic tests and acne treatment options with your dermatologist. *Dairy products include milk, yogurt, curd, buttermilk, cheese, paneer, whey protein shakes, cakes and other similar desserts.
How Smoking Ruins Your Skin and Hair
If there only one lifestyle change that you will make to look younger, quit smoking. Smoking affects your skin and hair in many negative ways. Read on to find out how... How Smoking Damages your Skin and Hair When you smoke, the nicotine in the tobacco reduces the amount of blood that is flowing to your skin. The toxins also affect collagen and elastin production, which in turn affect the elasticity of your skin. This makes the skin sag and droop, giving you an aged appearance. Tobacco smoke contains 4000 other chemicals besides nicotine. And most of them trigger the break down of collagen and elastin. These are the fibers that give your skin its supple and glowing appearance. Smoking or even being around a friend or partner who smokes destroys the building blocks of your skin. Apart from your facial skin your lips also become darker in colour. This lip hyperpigmentation is also called as 'smoker's lips'. It can begin immediately after you start smoking cigarettes or other tobacco products. Smoking damages DNA, which can also affects your hair follicles. It damages the hair at the root and negatively affects the hair growth cycle. This causes early greying and hair loss. What You can do to Reverse the Damage Your skin recovers its elasticity when you stop smoking. It will also be smoother, making it more pleasant to look at and touch. Your skin complexion will become visibly brighter in the first few weeks after you stop smoking. After six months, your skin will regain its original vitality. Start an antioxidant supplement that contains N-acetyl cysteine, glycine, glutamine, vitamin C, vitamin E, resveratrol and astaxanthin. Antioxidants are free radical scavangers that reduce the oxidative stress caused by smoking. Start using retinol in your nightly skin care routine. Retinol is a powerful antioxidant and it boosts collagen repair. It is one of the holy grail ingredient when it comes to skin tightening and anti aging treatment. Explore cyclical vitamin therapy to control hair loss and boost hair re-growth. Cyclical vitamin therapy contains as many as 100 ingredients which are needed for healthy hair and treatment of hairloss. Pick an under eye cream containing chrysin, vitamin K and kojic acid to reverse dark circles caused by smoking. Try a DIY lip balm containing ghee and beets to lighten your lips and restore their pink colour.
3 Cosmetic Treatments that Celebrities Love
Hollywood stars look picture perfect on the Red Carpet. They work hard to achieve that uber-glam look by having a healthy diet and fitness routine. But every now and then, they do get a little help from their dermatologist to refresh their timeless look. Here are the top 3 treatments that celebrities indulge in... Botox Botox is used to achieve a tight and shiny forehead, lift-up eyebrows that droop with age and get rid of the creases that occur on the outer corner of your eyes when you smile. Almost every celebrity facing the camera gets Botox at some time in their life. When this treatment is done in the correct way, with low doses, the face looks ageless. But when the dose is too much or wrongly placed, then our celebrities end up looking more botched up than beautiful! Lip Fillers Celebrities have lip fillers for two reasons. The young ones may feel insecure about thin lips and want to plump up their pout. While the older ones lose lip volume as they age and also develop whistler's lines or smoker's lines. Lip fillers are like art, or sculpture. Your dermatologist is responsible for creating a beautiful shape that looks natural and complements your facial proportions. Badly done lips are called a 'trout pout' or 'duck-bill lips' and there's nothing appealing about them. Skin Tightening Everyone of us including celebrities use anti-aging creams. But that isn't the true reason behind their tight skin. Celebrities indulge in skin tightening treatment such as Thermage, Ultherapy and Fraxel once a year. These are usually done when they are on vacation, to hide the down time. These skin tightening treatments can reverse several years of skin aging with just a single treatment session. The result is a lifted, firm and rejuvenated skin. If you wish to glam up your look consider speaking to your dermatologist about these treatment options.
Cara Delevingne Leaves Modeling for Good
Cara Delevigne has officially announced that she's done with modeling for good. Though she praises elements of the fashion world for producing artistic and inspiring work, she recently confessed that as a model-turned-actress, she has no intentions of returning to modeling. The 23-year-old has been working as a model since the young age of 11, and commented recently on the horrible sexual harrassment and exploitation of young models that she cannot continue to condone as a supermodel and role model to young girls everywhere. Because we love and respect Cara for her decision, let's take a look back at her best work. Magazine covers Cara has been a top choice to pose on covers of magazines, from many international Vogues to more local alternative mags. Above are her covers for Vogue UK March 2013, W October 2014, Vogue July 2015, and Allure October 2015. The Catwalk Despite her trademark bone structure and bold brows, she has been able to transform herself to walk runways for so many top designers over the years. Above are shots of her in shows for Chanel Haute Couture Spring 2014, Jeremy Scott Fall 2013, Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012, Peter Pilotto Spring 2014, Givenchy Spring 2015, and Marc Jacobs Spring 2014, Ad Campaigns Known as a Karl Lagerfeld favorite, Delevingne has appeared in numerous ad campaigns for Chanel, Fendi, DKNY, and Mulberry, just to name a few. Her recognizable face has graced the pages of magazines and been stretched out over billboards. Street Style Cara has a seriously fashionable and androgynous personal style. She makes suits sexy and sweatpants stylish, with the help of a designer wardrobe. What makes all of Cara's laid-back, occasionally masculine style work so well? The ultimate "I don't care" attitude. It doesn't look like we'll be seeing less of Cara as she's become a red carpet favorite and intends to stay in Hollywood, but the fashion industry sure will miss her!
3 Ways to Get Rid of Stubborn Dark Circles
Dark circles have many causes, and you have probably tried many under eye creams already in vain. Read on to find out how you can quickly get rid of your under eye problems with the help of your cosmetic dermatologist. 1. Retinol Retinol is a holy grail anti-aging ingredient. It is a vitamin A derivative that signals your skin to repair and rejuvenate. When you use it to get rid if dark circles, it is not only able to remove under eye pigmentation, but also reduce under eye wrinkles and crows feet lines. Get the best results by applying a hyaluronic acid serum, layering it with retinol and topping it off with a ceramide moisturizer.  2. Under Eye Dermal Fillers Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are ideal if you have sunken eyes. Such under eye hollows cast a shadow and make your dark circles appear worse than they are. Dermal fillers for under eye dark circles is a very satisfying treatment. You walk in to your dermatologist's clinic looking tired and walk out transformed! The results may last for 6 months to 2 years depending on which fillers you choose to have. 3. PRP Treatment PRP treatment appeals to almost everyone as it is extremely natural. There are no injections, no chemicals and no lasers involved in this one. The treatment uses your own plasma growth factors to rejuvenate your under eye area and treat dark circles. The treatment works best along with micro-needling to stimulate collagen and break down under eye pigmentation. You will need 1 session every 4 to 6 weeks for up to 4 times to see complete results. Feel free to discuss these treatment options with your dermatologist and check if they are right option for your under eye problems.
5 Easy Tips to Prevent Mask Acne
You are doing your best to protect yourself and your loved ones from Covid-19 by wearing a mask everyday. But how do you protect your skin from the nasty acne breakouts that are caused by constant use of face masks? Here are some easy ways to keep your skin clear and blemish-free inspite of frequent mask use... 1. Wash fabric masks after every use Fabric masks absorb sweat, bacteria and skin care products from your skin. Always wash your fabric masks after each use. Use a non-scented, hypoallergenic detergent and let your mask dry completely before each use. 2. Wash your face regularly Continue washing your face three times a day as usual. Once in the morning, once at night and once after sweating or removing your mask. Use a gentle soap free cleanser that can remove sweat, oil and germs. Try an acne treatment salicylic acid cleanser if you already have acne. 3. Take a break from makeup Several makeup products contain silicones and other ingredients which can aggravate acne. Besides, warm air from your breath can cause makeup to melt and clog your pores. 4. Remove your mask every 4 hours In case you have long hours of mask use, then make sure you remove your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. This would also be an ideal time to wash your face if necessary. 5. Apply an antibiotic acne cream It is common for bacteria to build up under your mask. This can lead to acne and folliculitis. You can apply an acne treatment gel containing dapsone on your skin once or twice every day. If acne persists even after these measures, then it is likely to be stress or hormone related acne. Consider talking to your dermatologist to revise your skin care routine and dietary habits.
3 Lifestyle Habits that can Cause Acne Breakouts
Your acne is coded in your genes and governed by your hormones. While these two factors are not in your control, your lifestyle which affects your skin equally, IS. Here are the most important lifestyle changes that you can make to reduce your acne breakouts... 1. Clean your mobile phone Your mobile phone is pressed against your cheeks while you chat away with friends. The bacteria from your skin gets transferred on to the screen and stays there till it gets pressed on your skin again. Besides this your phone may have food residue from the time that you were eating and texting and dust from lying on dirty surfaces. If you have acne prone skin, make sure you sanitize the surface of your mobile phone at least once every day. 2. Wash your face less often If you have oily skin which is prone to breakouts, chances are that you are washing your face more than twice daily. That, coupled with acne treatment AHA toners, salicylic acid serums and retinol night creams can over dry your skin. This leads your skin to produce even more oil which in turn feeds acne causing bacteria. Wash your face maximum 3 times a day. Once in the morning when you wake up and shower, once before sleeping at night and an additional time after a workout or outdoor exposure. 3. Reduce your carb intake Refined carbs such as bread, pasta and fried food have a high glycemic index. They increase blood sugar and cause a spike in the hormone Insulin. High glycemic foods are very inflammatory for the body and also disturb your gut bacteria. This in turn disturbs your skin microbiome. Increase your intake of fresh vegetables and salads instead. These are loaded with antioxidants which help your skin in healing faster. If you have been struggling with acne breakouts for a while, getting a little help from your dermatologist could go a long way in getting rid of your acne.
This Might Be The Reason Your Acne Won't Go Away
Do you feel like you have tried every acne treatment product on this earth and your breakouts still won't budge? Well, this could be because you've got your diagnosis all wrong! Read on to find out what is Pityrosporum folluliculitis or fungal acne and how to deal with it... What exactly is fungal acne? Fungal acne is also known as called Malassezia folliculitis or pityrosporum folliculitis. It is caused by excess growth of an yeast that normally lives on your skin. This yeast thrives on the oil found in your pores and causes inflammation. The result is tiny pustules surrounded by redness and itchy skin. How to get rid of fungal acne? Keep your scalp clean by shampooing daily. Use a scalp cleanser with anti-fungal ingredients such as piroctone olamine, selenium sulfide or ketoconazole. Ask your dermatologist about a short course of oral anti-fungal such as fluconazole to treat your fungal acne faster and more effectively. Use a face cleanser with sulfur at least once a day. Pick a serum with azelic acid and a light moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. Avoid oil based skin care products and also avoid oil application on your scalp and hair. Wash your pillow cover and face towel daily. How to deal with post acne scars? Retinol works well to reduce acne spots and post acne scars. PHAs or polyhydroxy acids also work really well on sensitive skin with fungal acne. Professional treatments such as PRP skin treatment with microneedling is a great way to permanently get rid of acne scars. If your fungal acne refuses to improve even after all the above measures, consider professional chemical peels with ingredients such as tretinoin, azelaic acid, citric acid, glycolic acid in consultstion with your dermatologist.