Basic Care for African American Skin

African-American skin tones come in different levels of melanin. Melanin is the component of your skin that determines your level of pigmentation. Its most important role is to serve as a shield for your cell’s DNA against the harsh radiation from the Sun. To protect your beautiful skin tone and preserve your skin’s natural beauty, here are some basic steps you can take:

Moisturize Regularly – Individuals with darker skin tones can have some difficulty keeping their skin moisturized and hydrated. However, alleviating skin dryness it’s not as simple as grabbing a bottle of moisturizing cream off the shelves at the grocery store. There can be some harsh chemicals in some moisturizers that can cause more harm than good...

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Restylane 101

Resytlane 101

Restylane is a safe and effective injectable filler developed by Galderma. It is made from hyaluronic acid (also known as HA), a natural substance made by the body. It is one of the first ever approved injectable fillers by the FDA for cosmetic injections under the surface of the skin. Restylane is completely biodegradable and compatible with human hyaluronic acid, meaning it is not toxic to your body, reducing any possible allergic reactions.

There are some considerations that need to be made if you do have a history severe allergic reactions, and if you are allergic to lidocaine, or any other proteins used to create HA. Those who are prone to bleeding or have a bleeding disorder should also be cautious before using Restylane.

Restylane’s primary function is to give a plump appearance a...

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How to Prevent the Appearance of Sun Spots

Sun spots are not the same as age spots. While age spots, also known as liver spots, appear on your skin as you age, sun spots actually appear after over exposure to the sun. Sun spots are the result of an increase in the skin pigment called melanin due to UV exposure. These melanocytes concentrate pigmentation on certain spots rather than a uniform spread across the surface of your skin.

The most common way to avoid getting sun spots is to wear sunscreen every day. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 or higher, and don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours. However, sometimes this method is not enough depending on how long you’re going to be outside, or your skin type. Here are three other ways to prevent the appearance of sun spots:

1. Limit Sun Exposure – This is the most ef...

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Dispelling Four Laser Hair Removal Myths

Laser Hair Removal

If there’s a treatment that’s been considered a game-changer, it’s definitely Laser Hair Removal. Its durability allows you to be hair-free for a long time, and it’s so easy that you can get it done during your lunch break, and then go back to work afterwards. However, like all cosmetic procedures in the market today, there are some misconceptions and myths attached. Here are four we want to dismiss:

Myth: Laser Hair Removal Gives Permanent Results
While laser hair removal’s results can be very long-lasting, they are not permanent. The laser light that targets the hair actually destroys them at the base. Hair MIGHT no longer grow in the treated areas, but hair follicles can appear in the future...

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Spring Cleaning Your Skin Care

Spring is officially here. Have you cleaned up your skin care routine yet? If you haven’t, here are four spring clean-up skin care tips you should follow:

Stronger Cleansers – In the cold winter months, your skin needs cleansers that also provide moisturization. Cleansers that also have hydrating agents are a bit creamier. As spring arrives, make the switch to a more normal and stronger cleanser. A normal cleanser means it’s a non-soap based cleanser that has a well-balanced pH level. With the warm weather coming in Florida, normal cleansers are the best for skin that’s not too oily. If your skin is oily, you could opt for a foaming cleanser that can remove extra oils while preserving moisture in your skin.

Exfoliate More – During the winter, your skin becomes drier and more sensitive tha...

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