Do Darker Skin Tones Require SPF?

Skin Tones

I’ll make my apologies in advance; I know that I continually advocate the use of sunscreen. I wear SPF50 every day of the year. Summer or winter, in the city or countryside, while on vacation, or in the garden. It has become somewhat of an obsession for me.

Sunbathing For Darker Skin Tones:

Girl Sunbathing with Sunglasses

Contrary to popular belief, and despite black skin, the propensity for a sun-kissed finish is as pervasive amongst black women as it is amongst their Caucasian sisters. The problem is, it is rarely done safely!

I am highly aware that my dedication to SPF is uncommon. So, it greatly concerns me when women admit that they never wear it when I love it so much and understand clearly the benefits of using it! It is believed that as many as 90% of the black women never consider wearing sunscreen, except for the occasions they are on a beach and sometimes not even then. So, the question is, ‘do all skin tones need SPF?’

Since ancient times there is a long-standing belief that exists, a misconception if you like that the high level of Melanin in black skin is all the protection they need in the sun.

It’s often said that black people don’t burn. Consequently, there are many black ladies on holiday that will happily stay on the beach practically from sun up to sun down with no sun protection. They never give a thought about the risk of getting skin cancer. However, they like to moisturise to the hilt (because they can’t be dealing with ash-colored skin).


Protect Your Delicate Skin:

Applying an SPF is considered an integral part of prudent skincare and beauty, but should all skin types observe it?

Dermatologists continuously remind us to wear sunscreen, even under grey cloudy skies. The list of sun-related diseases is of great concern – skin cancer, ageing, pigmentation, and rightly so. There are many inconsistencies about sunscreen and its marketing, even with all the advice and superstars continually reminding us to apply sun protection. Far too many people forget how important it is to use and reapply throughout the day!

People with dark skin pigmentation have skin that is naturally rich in Melanin (especially eumelanin). They have more melanosomes which provide superior protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.

The Melanin in people of darker skin blocks sunlight naturally. The skin’s epidermal (outer) layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which, as we know, burns the skin.

Melanin may help protect the skin from damaging UV rays. However, it may also make darker skin more susceptible to hyperpigmentation, which can be caused by sun damage. Regular SPF usage is one of the best ways to prevent this. Some sunscreen products are now available that contain ingredients to mitigate hyperpigmentation. For patients with stubborn dark marks on the face, it’s advised to look for a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide (found in many tinted formulas). Zinc Oxide protects the skin from the sun, indoor light, and computer screens.

Although dark skin has some innate sun protection due to Melanin, it’s an inescapable necessity for everyone to use an adequate SPF to protect themselves.


Skin Cancer From The Sun:

skin cancer

While sun-induced skin cancer is rare in darker skin tones, it can and does occur and frequently isn’t identified until it’s too late to be treated. When they occur, they tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and, as a result, have a worse prognosis.

For example, one study found an average five-year melanoma survival rate of only 65 percent in black people versus 91 percent in white people. Another showed that late-stage melanoma diagnoses are more common in Hispanic and black patients than in non-Hispanic white patients.

There’s a lower public awareness overall of the risk of skin cancer among individuals of color. Source – https://www.skincancer.org

It may be partially due to a lack of understanding of skin cancer’s various risk factors in people with darker skin tones.

The bottom line is that the only proven way to prevent skin cancer is to stay out of excessive sunlight and use a high-quality sunscreen. If you are dark-skinned, you’re encouraged to wear sunscreen at all times.


Basking In The Sun – All Day Long!

Girl on beach

So many of us are instinctively drawn to the sun, long summer days relaxing on the beach, loving how it colours our skin, and enjoying the freedom to wear clothes that allow us to flaunt our tanned bodies.

One summer, hell-bent on getting a glow to end all glows, a dear friend roasted herself almost to a cinder on a beach in the Mediterranean. She applied oil that made her skin sizzle and shine, believing this to be a good thing – and positioned herself directly under the blazing sunlight, following the sun rays faithfully!

By the time the sun went down, she had looked fabulous, a deeper, glossier darker shade of ebony. She complimented herself, how beautiful and smooth her skin looked, and planned to ‘top-up’ her tan each day. However, after taking a shower and drying herself, she noticed her skin begin to peel and how painfully sore her skin was to touch. She soon realised black skin ‘absolutely’ does burn! The remainder of the holiday was not spent on the beach!

Ever since she never goes out in the sun without a high factor SPF. She even applies it to her face when just walking around the town now.

However, we also need to remember the sun isn’t always harmful to us, and precisely why sunlight is good for us. We need vitamin D that it stimulates to protect against inflammation, helps muscles, and prevents rickets, and lowers high blood pressure.

Research has shown that when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays, a compound is released in our blood vessels that help’s to lower blood pressure.

Sunscreen isn’t the only way to avoid sun damage. You can get excellent sun protection from a floppy hat, sunglasses, and staying out of the sun. One tip is to allow the vitamin D to be absorbed by the torso while keeping your face protected.

(It is always worth having a good ‘After Sun Balm’ with you when sunbathing Piz Buin Intensifying After Sun).


We Are All Sun-Worshippers At Heart!

Girl in Sunset

There are well-meaning skincare specialists who like to educate us on the need to apply sunscreen and remind black people that we are not immune to sun damage!

For many black people, staying out in the sun is not something they do.

I recently went to Barbados, and as the sun was at its strongest, it was mostly the Caucasians in the sun. The locals were back in the cafes, restaurants, and bars by noon and stayed out of the sun until late afternoon.

Aside from the “black skin doesn’t burn” myth, another reason many black women forsake the SPF is that, at some point, we have looked in the mirror and thought, “Oh, look it’s a ghost!” Actually, no, it’s just my SPF!

For so long, SPFs have left an unsightly chalky appearance – some so intense that a decent foundation would struggle to counteract the ghostly grey finish. Unfortunately, so many black people have abstained from sun protection because of this, but now ‘physical’ sunscreens have improved considerably. There isn’t such a big issue with ‘ghosting.’

Beyond protecting skin from sun damage, skin cancer, and premature ageing, applying sunscreen is arguably the key to preventing hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a sign of photoaging in people with skin of color. The occurrence and re-occurrence are conceivably the biggest skincare complaints I hear from this demographic, also known as age spots or sunspots.

The issue of hyperpigmentation is the main reason SPF is part of my daily skincare program. My beauty regime is crammed with products that address dark spots and discoloration. These include vitamin C, liquid exfoliators, lactic acid, fruit enzymes masks; you name it, I’m sure I use it.

The one thing that I have learned is that you can use all the skin brighteners and pigmentation-busting products available to improve your skin. The simple fact is, if you don’t finish off with a high-quality SPF, you are merely wasting your time! All the age spots, discolouration and scarring issues will intensify if you allow the sun to beat down on them day after day without sun protection applied.

Mercifully, there are now high SPF formula’s on the market that won’t leave you looking pale or risk clogging your pores.


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Chemical And Physical Sunscreen:

There are two kinds of SPFs. Physical sunscreen consists mainly of either zinc or titanium oxide or indeed both! It works by sitting on the skin and deflects the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreen, with ingredients like salicylates and cinnamates, absorbs the UV rays, turns them into heat, and releases it from the skin. If you have a darker skin tone, I find that chemical SPFs work better on this skin tone as they don’t leave that dreadful overbearing residue.

I am currently delighted with Skin Ceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF50. This lightweight and easily absorbed hydrating sunscreen helps prevent UV-induced collagen breakdown, UV induced hyperpigmentation, UV-induced dark spots, and other signs of premature aging caused by the sun’s harsh rays.

Especially ideal for sensitive skin La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Invisible Fluid SPF50+. La Roche-Posay will help to find a solution. Even for those with the most delicate and reactive of skin. An ultra-resistant formula specifically developed for sensitive skin; this lightweight facial sunscreen provides broad-spectrum SPF50 protection, assisted with Mexoplex®. A patented filtering system Mexoplex® and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water that offers maximum benefits.

This Non-greasy and non-sticky sun lotion is applied effortlessly without leaving white marks. It is ultra sand, sweat, and water-resistant. Without stinging your eyes yet still offering very high protection, it is also hypoallergenic.

Sisley’s Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF30 is more pricey than most, but the tech behind it is somewhat cutting edge, and it goes on and feels like silk. This sunscreen has been developed so as not to leave a white appearance on the skin. It is Water-resistant, Non-comedogenic, and Naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram.

It provides ideal anti-UVA-UVB protection for initial exposure to the sun and those with fair or sun-sensitive skin needing a high degree of protection.

If you are looking for an SPF that is suitable for general everyday use, Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense – Broad Spectrum SPF 30. For people with sensitive, oily skin, it’s Lightly tinted mattifying moisturizing lotion protects the skin from the sun. A super-light anti-aging moisturizer with SPF30 protection minimizes shine by absorbing excess oil. It has a gentle mineral-based sunscreen with a potent blend of antioxidants that protect and fortify the skin. The soft matte and sheer tint finish make for the perfect make-up base. This gentle, mineral-based formula has a sheer tint that works superbly for all skin tones that can be worn alone or applied under your foundation. Its lotion texture leaves a soft matte finish that perfectly preps skin, allowing make-up to apply smoothly and evenly (no primer needed).


Conclusion:

Generally, just to be on the safe side, I stick to SPF 50, but I realise that maybe a no-no to some. For those like me who can’t resist the wonderful feeling of sun rays beating down on them, there are now sunscreen sprays, gels, lotions, and creams. With this range of ingenious formulations, there isn’t any excuse not to use SPF when outdoors. Regardless of how much Melanin our skin might have, the reality is black does burn, and if you don’t use an SPF, you just might find that out!

The damage caused by the sun can take years to appear, look after your skin now before its too late.



 

Revive Your Skin After Lockdown

Are You Ready To Revive Your Skin?

When a client of mine contracted Covid-19, she understandably worried about her overall health and wellbeing. She had to battle a long illness as well as caring for her young family. After spending many weeks battling the virus, she was shocked to find her skin appearance had also been severely affected. It looked as if she had aged almost ten years!

She asked if I would help her restore her severely ‘battered’ complexion! So, I would like to share the step-by-step repair plan I put together to rejuvenate her skin and yours also if you have suffered from Coronavirus!


Revive Your Skin After Lockdown:

The Covid-19 symptoms affected her greatly, from being sick and breathless to muscle aches and severe pains in the lungs; it made getting any proper rest almost impossible. All of this resulted in her poor skin being neglected for three months with the consequences on her appearance dreadful, to say the least!

Let’s commence by noting some of the things that I have seen happening to her skin. We’ll start with the eyes, whether due to lack of sleep or having acute symptoms of Covid-19, she ended up with fierce dark, almost black circles surrounding them. The eyelids puffy and bulging, with moistureless, dried skin drifting towards her eyebrows.

Her facial skin lacked hydration, and it would literally ‘flake’ when she rubbed her hands over it! Fine lines on her forehead were almost becoming furrows, skin looking dull, lifeless, and lacking colour from illness, and three months of very little sunlight.

If ever an example was needed of what can happen to a complexion if it’s overlooked and untreated for an amount of time, this is it!

The challenge is to get a healthy appearance once more, a natural glow back into her skin, and a smile on her face ready to face the world again.


A Clean Start With Ambition!

Girl Splashing Water

Deep Cleansing understandably hit ‘pause’ when she was unwell, so significant cleansing was required to rid the face of grime and dead skin cells.

I suggested she use Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub – Cream Rinse-Off Formula. This fragrance-free scrub has a creamy texture with coconut oil, making it more suitable for people with normal, dry skin.

This formula has environmentally-friendly silica as the scrub. The silica grains are microfine and gentle, as you apply and work into your skin, you do not feel any harshness on your face, which is pleasing news, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Along with the emollient ingredients, it contains mild cleansing agents.

It washes off easily, leaving the skin feeling softer and conditioned and helps minimize the appearance of fine, dry lines. Although this says, seven-day scrub, it is more than gentle enough on the skin to be used daily.


Skin Perfecting AHA Gel Exfoliant:

To ‘snap’ cells into functioning correctly again, I propose using a lightweight exfoliating tonic straight after cleansing. I recommend Paula’s Choice Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant. This ultra-light gel exfoliant gently loosens and clears residue grime from pores, dissolves built-up dead skin revealing a smoother, brighter, more radiant complexion. Formulated with 8% AHA (glycolic acid), it helps to fade signs of sun damage. It corrects uneven skin tone while improving the appearance of wrinkles.

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Pucker The Skin With Serums!

Girl Applying Face Serum

Next, we need to apply Anti-Aging Serums. These give noticeable firmness for face, neck, and décolletage! These anti-aging creams contain antioxidants to regenerate the skin’s appearance giving younger-looking skin.

I recommended a serum by La Roche-Posay – Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum. An intensely hydrating serum clinically proven to re-plump skin, stimulate and accelerate skin repair.

It is formulated for dehydrated skin showing signs of aging, loss of volume, and skin elasticity with fine lines or wrinkles.

Once applied, skin immediately recovers bounce, suppleness, and a fresh complexion. Users have found elasticity & firmness improved by 24%, and skin is 70% more hydrated. After a month of use, 87% of users say they had more elastic, even skin surface, and 71% agreed that their wrinkles looked reduced.

Follow up with Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. After you apply, the skin feels supersaturated and hydrated, even for the driest of skin conditions. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster will hydrate, smooth, and minimise fine lines, restoring your skin’s moisture balance. Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a fragrance-free fluid making it perfect for dry skin conditions and areas of dehydration.

After a couple of weeks using these two products, she said her skin did not feel tight or uncomfortable anymore. She also thinks that her skin stays hydrated the whole day through.


Bright Eyes Burning Like Fire!

Girl With Green Eyes

To start the morning, I suggest applying something around the eyes that contain caffeine. Caffeine is an antioxidant; this means it can help reduce reactive oxygen species that damage the skin. Caffeine can help decrease dark circles and reduce puffy, swollen eyes when used around these areas.

I suggest she massages The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG in the morning as soon as she awakens. It is a lightweight serum that rapidly absorbs into the delicate eye contour, helping to reduce the appearance of discolouration.

Another suggestion for eye care is after cleansing the skin in the morning to apply an eye serum. One option is Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector. It is a vitamin-C eye serum that fights the looks of dark circles in as little as two weeks. The thin, translucent skin around the eyes is more inclined to show discolouration and signs of ageing. Vitamin C is especially crucial for the delicate area because it delivers enhanced antioxidant defense for brighter, healthier-looking skin.


Seal It With Moisturiser!

Let’s move on to the ‘unassuming’ moisturiser. It can sometimes get lost amongst the more ‘modern’ serum’s, retinol’s, and acids. Still, it is the ‘guardian-angel’ in everyday skincare management.

Applying your moisturiser on top of all the other previous creams and lotions embraces them, allowing them to contrive their magic while providing a protective moisture barrier.

Also, you have to factor in that your makeup won’t sit smooth and consistently unless you manage those dry patches first.

To help replenish the complexion, I suggested Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly.

It’s a lightweight, quick-absorbing formula that helps to maintain and support the skin’s moisture barrier.

Blended with Hyaluronic Acid and innovative Clean Shield Technology™ the water-jelly composition penetrates deeply to bring 24-hour hydration. Oil-free and non-sticky, it improves suppleness and radiance, while protecting against the damaging effects of pollution.

The consistency of the cream is excellent and helps lock in the moisture. The skin feels refreshed without making it appear or feel greasy! It absorbs well into the skin, and it has a mattifying effect without drying skin out. Skin feels smooth and moisturised with a beautiful, healthy glow.


Facial Skin Defense – SPF 50:

Next, it is vital to keep the skin protected against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Skin Ceuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 forms a barrier that protects your complexion from harmful sun damage. From a world-renowned leader in advanced science-based skincare, SkinCeuticals is a high UVA/UVB broad-spectrum SPF 50 face moisturizer.

It is formulated with the latest state-of-the-art UV filters. This lightweight sunscreen is easily absorbed, hydrating, and helps prevent UV-induced collagen breakdown, UV induced hyperpigmentation, UV-induced dark spots, and signs of premature aging brought on by the sun’s harsh rays.


Jojoba Evenings!

Girl Applying Jojoba Oil

In the evenings, after cleansing, I recommend using Pure Jojoba Oil – MV Organic Skincare as it closely mimics the skin’s sebum, making it an effective natural conditioner. Since Jojoba Oil seals in moisture, it should be used as your final skincare step.

Jojoba Oil is almost identical to our natural oil called sebum. Jojoba penetrates the skin and absorbs very well, making it an effective natural conditioner, which is excellent news for anyone with a dry or irritated complexion. It has a naturally silky texture to it the same as well-hydrated skin does except it won’t clog the pores like oily skin is prone to doing.

It is a true panacea that helps to soothe, heal, condition, and moisturise the skin.

Pure Organic Jojoba Oil is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals that keep the skin nourished, heals your skin, and repairs wounds.

Fibroblasts are a component of our connective tissue that plays a crucial role in wound healing. Organic Jojoba Oil helps by binding the structure of the fibroblast.


Covid-19 Conclusion:

The nature of this disease means that some people can feel better for a number of days, even weeks, and then the ‘flare-up’ returns. The hope people ‘cling’ to is that the intensity, duration, and frequency of these flare-ups decreases with time.

For anyone still managing the symptoms like my client, I’d advise that rest is a priority, along with proper nutrition, some sunlight, and family support to help you Revive Your Skin After Lockdown.

Do not just ‘soldier’ on – this virus seems to take hold of the ‘strong’ personality types and fights back! Remember, exercise is a stress on the body – usually positive stress for most as we adapt and strengthen. Still, our body resources can be so weakened due to the virus we need to reduce all stress as far as possible. For many letting the virus just ‘run’ its course is sufficient, as you long for the return to the ‘normal’ you!

Have you had to deal with the consequences of Covid-19 over the last few months? How has your health and skin suffered? Is your skin in need of some serious TLC following a long period of lockdown?

I hope you find some of the advice offered here to be of some use and helpful in getting your skin looking lively again! Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Grey Hair – Cover Up At Home!

Grey hair before and after hair day

Whether you have a few wayward grey strands or you are learning to embrace your silver locks, you’ll inevitably have to face up to getting grey hair at some stage in your life. The main thing you have to decide is, do you keep it or conceal it?

Hair Dye Novice:

Unfortunately, it’s a topic people have to deal with even more so now as it seems all hairdressers and barbers will remain closed for the foreseeable future. With our regular hair salon visits and professional hair dye on hold, it leads us to the tricky situation of Grey Hair – Cover Up At Home!

If you’re a hair dye novice, taking the home colour plunge can sound positively frightening! Getting the exact shade you want is not easy, and it requires a lot of upkeep. By following a few hair-dye tips, you can transform your hair and appearance and make yourself look appreciably younger.

We know that dyeing your hair can be a daunting challenge, so let’s eliminate some of that anxiety surrounding your home colouring experience.

Read on for the best tips and advice for dyeing your hair the right way.

Let’s begin by shedding some light on what causes grey hair, why some people get grey hair, and how best to deal with it.

Grey Hair – All You Need To Know:

What Is Grey Hair?

first signs of grey

Grey hair is hair that lacks pigment (melanin). There is no such thing as ‘grey’ hair – the hair is white, but it merely looks grey when interspersed with pigmented hairs.

What Are The Causes Of Grey Hair?

When you go grey, it is mainly down to genes. If one of your parents started getting white hair at a young age, it’s entirely feasible that you get grey hair. On average, by the time they have turned 50yrs, most people’s hair is approximately 50% white.

Another reason for grey hair is down to certain medications and health conditions. For example, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Autoimmune disease, Thyroid disorders, and even smoking can cause untimely greying.

If you have suffered from Alopecia Areata, as hair begins to grow back, it often returns white, usually reverting to its natural pigmented colour. Long periods of Stress has also been linked to premature greying.

Can Pigmentation Return?

No, unless your hair has temporarily lost its pigment due to a health condition or medication.

What Causes Grey Hair?

shock of grey hair

White hair is caused when a protein at the base of the hair follicle prompts a stop in melanin production. Our hair goes through different cycles: Grows – Sheds – Re-Grows. The grey will then begin to grow through with a new hair cycle starts.

Why Don’t Some People Go Grey?

It is primarily down to genes. Your Genetics play a significant role in when, or if you grow white hair.

Grey Appears Greater In Some Hair Colours. Why?

The proportion of white hairs to coloured hairs on the head gives the overall tone of grey. That is the reason why blondes and redheads do not appear to go grey, just gradually whiter. They fortunately also turn white the slowest!

Do You Need To Be More Cautious With Grey Hair?

As white hair is pigment deficient, it is prone to UV damage. Hence, it’s even more important to use UV protective products if you have white hair. White hair also gets discoloured easily. To correct ‘brassy’ or dull tones, regularly shampoo and condition with violet-hued toning products such as the Philip Kingsley Pure Silver Shampoo and Conditioner.

Grey hair tends to feel less fluid and free. When you touch grey hair, it feels frizzier and more coarse and generally weaker at the ends. The consequence of this is that it puts more energy at the roots and a smaller amount at the ends, making it difficult for the hair to flow or move freely.

Hair smoothing and texturising products, along with specific care measures can help loosen and boost the roots plus thicken and smooth the ends. Using a thickening blow dry spray at the roots and volumising mousse at the mid-lengths and ends helps to give a dense, smooth appearance, providing control and shine.

Smart Advice And Facts On Dyeing Your Hair:

Colouring Your Hair Can Damage It.

Significant changes can be harsh and cause damage to your hair.

Hair dye can certainly dry out your hair, and even cause hair to become brittle, break and cause split ends if you overuse chemicals. To keep your hair from becoming too dry and breaking off, you should condition regularly, and use a deep conditioning mask before and after coloring.

Will My New Hair Colour Fade?

showing more grey hairs

Even when you have a ‘permanent’ hair colour on your hair, fading is unavoidable with time, although there are some tips you can follow to help your hair color last longer.

After coloring, it is thought best to you wait for approx’ 72 hrs before shampooing.

The reason being, when you get your hair coloured, the cuticle layer opens to enable the colour to penetrate the hair shaft. If you wash your hair too soon after your treatment, the cuticle layer may still be open, leading to your colour getting washed away. So, the longer you can wait to shampoo your hair, the more time the colour pigment will have to soak into the cuticle, allowing it to last longer.

Use A Clarifying Shampoo Before Colouring.

                                                  Christophe Robin 

Whether you’re dyeing your hair yourself or heading to a hair salon, it’s recommended you wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo beforehand. Clarifying shampoo helps to remove all the build-up on the hair shaft. It should be used before dyeing your hair, as this will help the colour to attach itself and last longer. Avoid clarifying shampoos post-color as they can cause your hair colour to fade.

Aftercare Products Made For Colour-Treated Hair.

To make hair colour last, do not use products that aren’t specially formulated for colour-treated hair as this will affect the longevity of your colour.

A good example is the use of ‘Purple’ shampoos. These are excellent for blondes and brunettes who have highlights.

The use of these shampoos allows you to use as frequently as you feel ‘the need.’ You can alternate the ‘Purple’ shampoos with a daily shampoo for colour-treated hair, so as not to get an ‘over-toned’ or a ‘smoky’ appearance.

View this as an at-home toner that helps to keep your blonde colour bright without having to run to your stylist for a professional touch-up. Purple shampoo and conditioner can save you from bad hair days.

Avoid ‘Over Washing’ Your Hair.

The majority of people like to shower every day, and if you are one of those, you’ll probably have to rework your method to avoid your hair getting wet! Washing your hair too often can cause the colour to fade. Washing dyed hair two to three times a week is the unwritten rule you should follow, the fewer washes, the better for maintaining your shade.

Protect Dyed Hair From The Sun.

Protect Hair In the Sun

The sun can cause your hair colour to fade faster, giving it a ‘brassy’ look, and leave your hair feeling dehydrated. Protect your hair color with the many products available that have UV protection to safeguard your hair from the sun. Also, don’t forget hats or headscarves are other necessities for preserving hair colour.

Pool Water Can Taint Your Colour.

Chlorine in swimming pools is harmful to your hair colour. Due to copper found in water, the metal can mix with the chlorine and oxidize your hair, causing it to turn green.

To protect your coloured strands, consider applying a hair mask before you get into the pool. Wet your hair first and then use a hair treatment mask for colour-treated hair, that will help fill the cuticle with the conditioner to water getting into the cuticle and strip the colour.

If you don’t have the ‘hair mask’ available, wet your hair in the shower before you get into the pool, as dry hair is more absorbent.

Home Colouring – Be Sure To Do A ‘Skin Test’ First.

Hair dye skin patch test

When you’re choosing an at-home hair colouring kit, look for one with the least amount of harmful ingredients, like ammonia, peroxide, and alcohol. These ingredients can cause breakage and brittle strands. You may have to pay a little extra for less harmful products, but it is worthwhile for the sake of your scalp and hair!

Once you have your home kit, make sure to do a ‘patch’ test to avoid an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to dye aren’t common, but you never know what your skin can react to, so you always want to be safe. Dab a little colour on a small area of skin on the nape of your neck and then carefully read through the directions on the box before dyeing your hair.

A Salon Can Help If It Doesn’t Go Right!

If you were brave and ventured into the world of home hair-dye, and you end up with a shade you’re not happy with, don’t panic. You can fix it! If your colour doesn’t end up exactly what you were hoping for, there’s no need to worry. Usually, your hair salon can fix your hair with a simple glaze or toner that can subtly change the tone and tweak the colour.

But to prevent any hair colour disasters, you should always be cautious, to begin with, choose a ‘soft’ colour/tone. Next time you can explore something more daring and bold, add a little charisma through your hair colour. 🙂

Professional Aftercare – It’s Worth It:

Coloured hair needs highly specialised aftercare for a simple reason. It has been chemically modified. As previously mentioned, when you apply colour to your hair, the cuticles have been opened to disperse the natural pigments.

When this happens, the cuticles remain open; This means you have to regularly nourish your hair to close the cuticles and seal it in the colour.

Doing this is a delicate operation that, when poorly handled, can damage the hair and lead to ‘breakage.’ Another consequence is it can result in the colour not lasting as long as you hoped. You should be looking to use hair care products specifically developed to protect coloured hair.

‘Prestige’ Treatments Recommended For Dyed Hair:

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These two essential Christophe Robin treatments replace traditional methods containing silicone and polymers; products with these additives do not protect your hair in the long term. The two great products that I suggest will become central in your dyed hair maintenance program.

The Christophe RobinCleansing Mask with Lemon is one of the best alternative solutions for washing your hair. This cleansing mask is detergent-free and has an acid pH for the ultimate hair care. It maintains your colour’s radiance and deeply nourishes the hair fibres.

The benefits are that it is a genuine 3-in-1 product that deeply nourishes and cleanses, doing so without damaging detergents meaning minimal lather; it seals in hair colour and leaves your hair unbelievably shiny.

You get incredible care that is Paraben and silicone-free and contains lemon peel that works like blotting paper.

Christophe RobinMoisturising Hair Oil with Lavender will restore the lipid layer, prevent breakage, and deeply nourish hair. The moisturising hair oil with lavender, composed of 97.5% natural oils. This oil has a balm texture that liquefies when heated, meaning that you can target specific areas when you apply it. With SPF6, this protects hair colour and preserves its shine from lasting sun damage.

After you use these two products, you’ll notice your hair is incredibly soft, and light and your hair colour will give a bright, radiant appearance.

You can use ‘Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo’ daily.

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Christophe Robin Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo has a delicate formula that consists of an ‘acid pH’ that is perfect for coloured hair. By sealing the hair’s cuticles, it encloses colour pigments inside the hair fibers to lessen the loss of artificial pigment and guards the intensity of your hair colour.

This shampoo can safely be used daily as it gently cleanses, fortifies, protects, and preserves coloured hair.

It should be used regularly with the Christophe Robin Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Mask.’ This intensely nourishing mask is rich in pro-vitamin B5, which also helps to preserve the colour.

This hair mask has been formulated to use with the Christophe Robin Colour Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo, offering the perfect combination for your dyed hair.

Use this fortifying mask after applying the shampoo. It offers excellent protection of your hair colour thanks to its acid pH, which prevents pigment loss. Providing exceptional treatment as it repairs, detangles, and strengthens coloured hair.



 

Is Your Skin Sensitive or Sensitised? Do You Know The Difference?

Girl gently touching face

In the never-ending attempt to improve our skin, there is always the risk that we are, in fact, causing more harm than good! Is Your Skin Sensitive or Sensitised? Do You Know The Difference?

Self Help or Self Harm?

The progression of at-home skincare has given us high strength acids, retinol, and serums to put layer upon layer of cosmetics on our faces. We’ve become our ‘own’ Dermatologist and Aesthetician mixing bespoke skincare routines in an attempt to find a cure for urgent skin care issues.

There seems to be a real correlation between the advance in our home skincare and the onset of skin sensitivity.

There is one problem with this home treatment. We literally don’t know what we’re doing! With this comes a feeling of uneasiness as to the damage we can be causing to ourselves.

A recent medical study published in 2019 found that 60-70% of women reported having sensitive skin, which was portrayed by itching, burning, stinging, tightness, or dryness. If this has a familiar tone to it, you are not alone! The study stated, “There is evidence that the reported prevalence of self-perceived skin sensitivity has increased steadily over time.”

Tell The Difference

Sensitive or Sensitised?

Noticeably, these skin reactions affect women much more, whose skincare regimens routinely point towards a much more rigorous and intense application than men.

But, what does it tell us that the research is saying ‘self-perceived’?

Skin Sensitivity is subjective, ‘based on inner experience rather than fact,’ it isn’t easy to diagnose correctly. Specialists are observing that what we deem to be ‘Sensitive’ skin may be ‘Sensitised.’ As we apply more cosmetics to our face as part of our skincare regimen, we could be causing more ‘reactivity’ to our skin than we realise.

*Reactivity – the tendency of a substance to undergo a chemical reaction, either by itself or with other materials.

Sensitive skin is naturally reactive. If your skin flares up because of certain foods, ingredients, or pollen, it’s likely to presume it is ‘sensitive.’

The symptoms of sensitive skin can be controlled by using a definitive skincare routine. You should use products which help to calm and soothe the complexion. Avoid any treatments that may thin out the skin further, such as acids or peels. Instead, you aim to use hydrating, calming products that do not damage the skin barrier.

In contrast, ‘Sensitised’ skin is principally the result of injury from your skin care program. Sensitised skin is the result of having too many of either Lasers, Peels, Dermarolling or even retinol, which can inflict damage to the skin on the face.

Sensitised skin is when it is reacting to something that has changed in your surroundings or lifestyle. One way to deal with this is to keep your skincare routine simple and eliminate anything that could irritate it. Re-hydrate and replace the skin’s natural barrier is an essential way of treating sensitised skin.


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Is It Self Inflicted?

So, what can be causing these high numbers of delicate skin? One common reason is pollution; especially among city dwellers, it tends to irritate and inflame skin is well documented. The number of people having too live in illegally high levels of pollution is only going to worsen and not going away any time soon.

Then there’s the rise in potent ingredients. Ironically, the products we’re applying to improve our skin – retinol, AHA’s, and highly potent serums – may have a detrimental effect.

To compensate for the sensitivity people feel to their skin, they are looking for products that protect and repair the damage facial skin is encountering daily.


Everyone Deserves To Feel Beautiful

Shopping For Cosmetics:

Shopping for cosmetics and beauty products carries a lot of hidden problems and dangers. If you pick up the wrong sunscreen, there could be flare-ups, the wrong cleanser, or face wash leads to pain and stinging with your evening cleanse.

We know that products that contain ingredients such as acids and retinol do fantastic work at removing dead skin. They increase cell turnover and improve the look and texture to the surface of our skin. However, it’s all about balance. The skin needs to build some resistance towards these potent cosmetics.

As you start adding these to your skincare routine, it’s imperative to begin slowly and sensibly. Consider doing a skin test on a sensitive part of your arm to see how you react to these products. When you start applying to the face, pause after the first couple of applications to see if it agrees with your skin. If you use a retinol every day, chances are you won’t need a harsh exfoliator on top.

If you’re using these powerful formulas that, through use, can break down or weaken your skin barrier, you need to help replenish it. Look for ingredients like ceramides, omegas, and peptides, as they specifically assist skin that’s been agitated by overdoing things. They can create a ‘liquid’ second skin, by building your barrier function and protecting your natural skin beneath.


Educate And Eliminate!

If you do overuse facial products, you must educate yourself on what to do next. When skin is stressed, please don’t use harsh detergents that contain SLS on the skin. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a chemical agent that strips the skin of its natural oils. When this happens, it causes dry skin, irritation, and allergic reactions, and disrupt the microbes living on the surface of the skin. Choose options that are non-stripping and nourishing.

One other thing people tend to forget is to keep the skin hydrated. The skin needs water to maintain optimum skin moisture and to deliver nutrients to the skin cells. It helps with replenishing the skin tissue and elasticity.


Slow Beauty

Conclusion:

Trying something new never comes with a guarantee. Still, you can improve your chances of finding something to benefit your skin by identifying possible triggers. It would be best if you kept a lookout for products containing alcohol and fragrances, even ‘essential’ oils have been known to be irritating.

Too often, people are tempted to rush and move quickly to reach the desired change as soon as possible. They ignore instructions on how often to apply or use the product, don’t do ‘patch’ testing, and then wonder why they are not getting the results they want!

Have you considered if your skincare routine is causing your skin to react? Is Your skin sensitive or sensitised? Do you know The Difference? What are the problems you have met when trying to improve your daily skincare regime? Have you found any of the advice offered here to be helpful? What changes will you be making to how you care for your skin? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Indispensable Products Women Need In Their Skincare Procedure

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I have always assumed my successful, independent, knowledgeable friends to have their skincare program organised and a set routine safely in place. In much the same way that they seem to have every other aspect of their lives organized.

Skincare Or Nightmare!

woman looking in mirror

But, surprisingly, the answer is no! At a recent gathering of friends, talk turned to self-care and then skincare routine, the biggest concern seemed to be, “I have no idea what to use on my face.” A comparable look was exchanged amongst us before one friend said: “I cleanse my face, but after that, I don’t know what I need?” They needed to know what the ‘Indispensable Products Women Need In There Skincare Procedure.’

Despite being around the thirty years age bracket, most had a vague skincare routine. Still, they were uncertain if it worked for them, others chopped and changed at the first sign of trouble. “I have a routine, but as soon as I get a spot, I’ll switch and turn to the next new craze,” admitted one friend. So, it seems, when it comes to taking care of our precious skin, there is a lot of confusion going on!

So, without being too harsh on people, skincare is an unnecessarily baffling area. The advice out there, and there’s no shortage of it – is often conflicting and overwhelming. To exfoliate or not to exfoliate? Should I be using a cleanser? A drop of serum? Face oil every evening? What about daily sheet masks? An infinite amount of confusion!

These are the million-dollar questions we continuously ask ourselves. With brands bringing out new ‘miracle’ ingredients or ‘necessary’ extra steps on an almost daily basis, it’s especially tricky to know which ones are deserving of a place in your stockpile of ‘glamour-producing’ products and those that don’t make the cut.

To clear things up, we have decided to run through the items every woman must not ignore and should have in her skincare routine and the reasons why.


The Indispensables:

These are the absolute essentials for even the most basic skincare routine.

Cleansing The Face:

girl cleansing face

Cleansing is a prerequisite for an effective skincare routine. If you cleanse, double cleanse or even decide too triple cleanse – cleansing not only removes microbes, pollution, and makeup from the skin. It allows for better infiltration of skincare products that are applied afterward.

You should be cleaning your skin twice a day, but if you feel that more is needed on occasions, that is your choice but not a necessity. We do need to be sensible about cleansing as over-washing can lead to dryness, sensitivity, and irritation.

As for the choice of cleaner, I like to opt for a gentle option that can effectively remove eye makeup, such as ‘micellar water‘ or cleansing oil.

If you then feel you need something more thorough, follow with an exfoliating cleanser. Either using an AHA like glycolic acid or lactic acid to assist the skin in sloughing old skin cells and so brighten the complexion.

Micellar water – is gentle but also hugely effective at removing dirt, makeup. Also, if you have an oily skin tone, it helps clear your pores out while toning the skin. Another plus is that it’s free of alcohol and may help promote skin hydration while reducing irritation and inflammation, keeping your skin soft, supple, and smooth.

If you suffer from sensitive skin, you should consider seeking out an enzyme cleanser with papaya or pineapple extract.

They work a little differently from other exfoliants, giving you another weapon against rough, dull areas. When the undesirable skin is removed, it minimizes the appearance of pores and gives off a radiant, natural glow.

Most importantly, though, enzyme exfoliants tend to be gentler. The enzyme extracts typically have some anti-inflammatory properties, which can make them particularly useful for people with sensitive skin.

As for controlling oiliness, it is recommended a cleanser with salicylic acid to help decongest the pores. If you decide to use a cleanser that also exfoliates, you can save a little time by doing two jobs in one.


Hydrate:

woman applying moisturiser to face

Next up, it’s imperative to keep your skin hydrated regardless of whether your skin feels dry or oily. Using a simple moisturizer containing ceramide and essential fatty acids forms a lightweight, protective barrier on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss. Plus, when you apply follow-up products, this will help them to work more effectively on hydrated skin.

Of course, you know your skin texture, and it’s essential to find a texture and thickness to suit you. I would be inclined to moisturise with something which has a serum-gel feel and is light on the skin if my skin tended to be oily.

I do like to use Estée Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae as my skin has a more combination feel to it or even if it were dry. So it’s always worth having a play around to find what you (and your skin) like best. One ingredient that’s worth looking out for to boost hydration levels is hyaluronic acid.


Protect Your Skin In The Morning – Sunscreen with SPF:

Sunscreen is an absolute must-have. There is such a variety of sunscreen available on the market now to suit all skin types. When you are diligent with your skincare [such as exfoliating acids, retinol, and vitamin C], this can increase photo sensitivity.

Photosensitivity is when the skin is susceptible to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other light sources. Most people are vulnerable to developing sunburn during prolonged exposure to sunlight.

So using a good sunscreen is imperative as it defends against this and the premature aging of fine lines, wrinkles, and control pigmentation of the skin.

For maximum protection, sunscreen should be applied directly onto the skin, underneath any makeup, other moisturizers, or skincare products.

Start by applying the sunscreen smoothly and equally to your face and neck. Then, give it 3-5 minutes to absorb before beginning your makeup routine.


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The Ones To Consider:

woman looking confused

What we have outlined so far is the basics; we can then add further products depending on your skin concerns and skin type.

For example, black skin, the issue is usually pigmentation. You might experience anything from acne to dry, dull, or lack of firmness. Targeted serums can be used to deal with these conditions.

Serums are usually lighter (they have a lower molecular weight), which is why they work better under ‘richer’ products like a moisturiser. A good starting point is:

Vitamin C – Best Applied In The Morning:

Start your skincare process with Vitamin-C, and you should apply this before your moisturiser and sunscreen. I recommend using a sunscreen with a high SPF. Loaded with antioxidants, it helps reduce redness and even out your skin tone. Vitamin-C has shown to treat a wide variety of inflammatory skin conditions, and It negates free radicals in pollution – which can accelerate aging and give skin a healthy glow. It’s especially useful for city people.

Retinol – Best Applied In The Evening:

I highly recommend retinol (which you should use at night after cleansing). Introduce this into your skincare once you hit your late 20s and is an effective ingredient that addresses many concerns in one go. For instance, it can help to build up collagen, reduce hyperpigmentation, smooth the appearance of the skin, and balance oil.


Key Guidance And Management Advice:

You Don’t Have To Go All In!

It is my experience that the vast majority of women don’t want nor have the time for a complicated skincare routine. Those multi-step regimes create considerable bewilderment both for the individual and for the skin. Eventually, it gets pushed to the side, so simplicity is best when dealing with all things skincare. The skin is brilliant and balances itself as required, so using a lavish amount of products can be a waste of money and time.

I believe in the premise that less is more. There is always a risk of applying too many active ingredients to your skin. In doing this, it can set off allergies, sensitivity, or irritation. It is much better to find one or two skincare problems and find products to focus on these. It’s very tempting when you see so many ‘wonder’ treatments appear on the market to want to try them all. I think it’s about selecting ingredients carefully that have multipurpose functions.


Expensive Doesn’t Mean Superior:

 

Expensive or Cheap

Make sure you don’t get drawn into believing that the cost of a product is a measure of its effectiveness. Many affordable brands have impressive results and correct skincare issues. If you’re uncertain of which brands offer quality at a reasonable price, it’s always worth looking towards France. French pharmacy brands such as Bioderma, La Roche Posay, and Vichy are an excellent starting point. In contrast, brands like The Ordinary and Facetheory offer proven ingredients at reasonable prices.


Select Your Skincare On Proof, Not Marketing!

 

To 10 face day creams

My skincare routine changes very little because I know the ‘Indispensable Products Women Need In There Skincare Procedure.’ It’s so easy to start following trends or something that is ‘all the rage.’ I like to be confident that I am using evidence-based ingredients. It’s more important the product can back up its claims with clinical trials rather than using a famous celeb to ‘front’ it or beautiful packaging.


Conclusion:

Have you considered your skincare routine and the ‘Indispensable Products Women Need In There Skincare Procedure.’ What are the problems you have encountered when trying to perfect your daily skincare regime? Have you found the advice offered here to be helpful? Will you be making any changes to how you care for your skin? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Wearing Surgical Masks Can Lower COVID-19 Spread

lady wearing a surgical respirator

Several studies have been carried out in response to world leaders and the WHO questioning if the wearing of face masks effectively slows the spread of Covid-19.

It has been claimed the wearing surgical masks can Lower Covid-19 spread, and significantly reduce the chances of those with COVID-19 infecting others in their immediate vicinity.

Hong Kong Study On Face Masks:

According to a study in Hong Kong, the rate of transmission of Covid-19 through airborne particles or respiratory droplets lowered by approximately 75% when face masks were used.

“The findings implied to the world, and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is vast.” A leading microbiologist Dr. Yuen Kwok-yung, from Hong Kong University who helped identify the SARS virus in 2003, stated the study was the first of its kind.

Dr. Yuen said that his team conducted the study because he has long supported wearing masks. However, world leaders, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), had questioned their efficiency.

People wearing face masks

The study saw his team use two cages containing hamsters in different scenarios in a laboratory.

One group of hamsters was infected with COVID-19, and the other group was healthy. A fan was then used to circulate air around the infected animals – some of which did not show symptoms.

Researchers said they found that two-thirds of the healthy hamsters were infected within a week without any masks between the cages.

But when they situated masks on the cage with infected animals, the infection rate dropped to just over 15%.

The infection rate dropped by around 35% when masks were situated on the healthy hamsters’ cage.

The research found hamsters that became infected were found to have less of the virus in their bodies than those who became infected without a mask placed on their cage.

Dr. Yuen told a press conference: “In our hamster experiment, it shows very clearly that if infected, hamsters or humans, asymptomatic or symptomatic, the ones who ‘wear’ masks, protected others around them.”

“That’s the most robust result we showed here. Transmission can be reduced by 50% when surgical masks are used, especially when infected individuals wear masks.”

“Up to this stage, we do not have a safe and effective vaccine. What remains practical is still either social-distancing measures or wearing masks.”


Re-Use Surgical Masks:

Some masks can be re-used, but cleaning them is very important. One way to do this is by ‘steam cleaning.’ Boil a sauce pan of water and find a way to hold your mask over the steaming water for 10 minutes, do not let the mask become saturated. (see photo )It needs to be ‘air-dried’ thoroughly afterward. Once a mask is visibly damaged or badly soiled, dispose of it safely.

steam clean surgical mask
                   One method of steam cleaning Surgical Mask

 

Video showing the benefits of wearing a face mask to combat Coronavirus.

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UK Government Advice On Face Masks:

The UK government initially said the wearing of face masks could not protect people. Scientists provide advice to the government, ministers ultimately decide. Still, it has revised its guidance and is now recommending people wear face coverings.

This advice is recommended for people who cannot remain two metres apart in settings such as small shops and public transport. Transport For London had also advised those still reliant on buses and the Tube network to wear face masks.


Surgical Facemasks

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European countries, including Germany and Italy, have said people should wear masks in such public settings. Tourists will be expected to wear masks in shops and on public transport and taxis will only take two people at a time.

At the outset of the pandemic, which started in China, there was a scramble to buy face masks in Hong Kong, where people recollect the SARS impact. Sadly Hong Kong suffered 298 deaths from SARS, second only to mainland China. The territory has so far only reported four fatalities from COVID-19 (at the date of publishing).

People walking around without a face mask in Hong Kong, Japan, or North Korea is seen as irresponsible. Several US states are now advising people to wear them when out.

face covering at work


Men Less Likely To Wear Face Masks:

Men are more likely than women to view the wearing of a face mask as ‘shameful’ and not ‘cool’ and that the wearing of a face-covering is a sign of ‘weakness.’ Also, men are more likely to express negative emotions and stigma when wearing a face-covering mask.

It is thought that men are less likely to wear face masks when in public to protect against COVID-19 because it is a ‘sign of ‘weakness.’ Researchers established that more men than women believe that wearing a face mask is ‘shameful’ and not ‘cool,’ this came from a survey of 2,459 people living in the USA.

Participants were asked if they intended to wear a face mask outside the home, engaging in social activities and when around people from another household. The findings revealed that men were less willing to wear a face mask outside the home than women.

It was found that women were more likely to wear face masks during essential activities than men. The study also found that men have fewer intentions to wear a face-covering than women, especially in countries where the wearing of face-covering is not mandatory.

Research does show that both men and women were more willing to wear masks if they live in countries where the law stated they had to.

One reason men are less inclined to wear a face-covering is that they believe that they will be less affected by Covid-19 than women. That is contradicting because official statistics show that coronavirus impacts men more seriously than women.


Preventive Measures for COVID-19 Disease According To WHO:

Mask Law

Based on current evidence, the COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through close contact and droplets. Airborne transmission may occur during aerosol-generating procedures and support treatments (e.g., tracheal intubation, non-invasive ventilation, tracheotomy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, manual ventilation before intubation, bronchoscopy)1; thus, WHO recommends airborne precautions for these procedures.

For all, the most effective preventive measures include:

  • maintaining physical distance (a minimum of 1metre) from other individuals;
  • performing hand hygiene frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub if available and if your hands are not visibly dirty or with soap and water if hands are dirty;
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • practicing respiratory hygiene by coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue and then immediately disposing of the tissue;
  • wearing a medical mask if you have respiratory symptoms and performing hand hygiene after disposing of the mask;
  • routine cleaning and disinfection of environmental and other frequently touched surfaces. Source: who.int

Your Thoughts On Wearing Face Masks?

Have you considered wearing face-masks when out in public? If you have, have you encountered problems with buying face masks? Have you had to resort to making your face mask, do you feel as safe going out using a homemade face mask? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Simple Mistakes People Make When Using Face Masks

correctly fitting a surgical mask

Face masks have become part of the ‘new’ everyday uniform around the world following the recommendation from health authorities that people wear them in public. But merely wearing one doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected ― or protecting anyone else.

Simple Mistakes People Make When Using Face Masks:

The purpose of wearing face masks is to help prevent you from accidentally spreading or catching an infectious disease that, like COVID-19, it is spread through respiratory droplets primarily.

It is estimated that 25% of people infected with the novel coronavirus may not be experiencing any symptoms. And it is for this reason people are now encouraged to wear masks to protect others when they are out in the community.

Knowing that some asymptomatic people could spread the virus before they have symptoms. We now need to live our lives with the view that anyone you meet could potentially infect you. That is the awful reality of this pandemic.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, and avoid infecting yourself, you need to follow essential guidelines when putting on your mask and avoid making these consequential yet straightforward mistakes.


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Mask Not Fitting Correctly – Hangs Loosely:

When worn correctly, N95 respirators, the type that doctors use, they are fitted closely to the face. Whether you are using a surgical mask or a homemade mask, you may have the sides away from the cheeks, which are open and fitting too loosely. You do not want the mask to ‘bulge’ out in this way.

The objective is to create a barrier, to keep out as much air/virus as possible. You are not going to achieve a flawless seal when wearing a surgical mask or with a homemade mask. You aim to make it fit as tight as possible and secure enough to not slide down the face.

It also needs to be comfortable on your face. You may have to wear it for many hours, depending on your workplace.

Surgical masks tend to have a bit of gap on the sides, and around the nose, people need to do their best to tighten and close these spaces with the straps or metal strips across the nose where fitted.

A problem for men is if they have facial hair/beards. It can be a hinder to masks from fitting close to the skin. A recommendation for people with beards is to trim them close to their faces or consider shaving them off while the pandemic is spreading. The ‘fuller’ and ‘fluffier’ the beard is, the mask will lose its optimal functionality.

If you cover just the tip of your nose, it’s going to leave air gaps on the top of your mask where contaminated air can go in and out. That’s why its recommended that the mask sits high up on your nose and not the tip.


Your Face Mask Covers Your Mouth Only:

securely fit on bridge of nose
Make sure face mask is fitted securely around the bridge of the nose

If you are wearing your mask too low, so it only covers your mouth, I’m afraid that’s incorrect. You risk becoming infected yourself or making someone else unwell. Some people breathe partially or entirely through the nose; this is one way you can become infected by breathing in viral particles.

Similarly, if you are infected and sneeze with the mask covering the mouth only, you generate respiratory droplets that spread and can contaminate people who are nearby.

If the mask does not cover your nose, you also risk contamination from the mask itself, which is, in effect, collecting germs and droplets on its exterior throughout the day. Cross-contamination could occur from the mask through the nose and into the body as it rubs against the nostrils.


The Mask Comes In Contact With Your Body Or Other Items:

Do not touch the front of face mask

Imagine if the coronavirus is on your hair, forehead, chin, neck, hands, body, or clothes. You then touch these areas with the inside of the mask before fitting it, this now creates a real danger of self-contamination.

If any of these areas are contaminated and then place the mask against the nose and mouth area, the nose has vulnerable mucous membranes – infection can occur. Self-awareness is essential at all times.

Another mistake is to leave it resting on your neck when not on your face.

The mask shouldn’t be around your neck if you’ve already been wearing it. If there was any contamination attached to the mask, you don’t want it coming into contact with the neck area. You may then touch that area with your hand and put it near your eyes, nose, or mouth and risk infecting yourself.

The whole purpose of wearing the face mask is to protect your nose and mouth and to protect others from any coughs or sneezes from droplets.

When you put on and take off a mask, you also need to be careful not to touch the front of the mask. Please do not touch the mask itself, remove the mask by holding the ear loops, ties or elastic that is attached too it.

When you remove the mask, you should place it in a secure bag (mark name on bag) or separate containment area. By doing this, you prevent contamination too or from other sites, and do NOT leave the mask hanging around your neck.

Always Remember to wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser before you put a face mask on, and after you take it off.

Do not cross contaminate
Caution should be taken so as not to ‘cross’ contaminate when storing masks for re-use

Clean Your Mask Properly If You Need To Re-use It:

If you are planning to reuse your mask (as many will need to as they are not easy to purchase), you need to make sure it does not become another contamination zone.

To be extra safe, I would recommend you wash them every day. Homemade fabric masks can go in the washing machine to ensure they are safe to wear in your daily activities.

Medical experts have said that N95/FFP3 masks can be steam cleaned. You can do this by placing the mask over a pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes, do not let the mask become saturated. It needs to be ‘air-dried’ thoroughly afterward. Once a mask is visibly damaged or badly soiled, safely dispose of it.


steam clean surgical mask

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A research team in China published a study in the ‘Journal of Medical Virology’ on using steam effectively to sanitize surgical masks and N95 respirators.

The sanitization process, which used avian coronavirus of infectious bronchitis virus to mimic the new coronavirus, was simple. Contaminated masks were placed in plastic bags and steamed over boiling tap water in a kitchen pot.

“The avian coronavirus was completely inactivated after being steamed for 5 minutes,” wrote the Chinese researchers, who conducted the study at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao, China.

The effectiveness of the masks was unaffected by exposure to steam as long as two hours, the Chinese researchers wrote. “In this study, mask decontamination with steam on boiling water is without abrasive physical or chemical action. This can account for its excellent performance in maintaining the masks’ blocking efficacy.”

In addition to not damaging the masks, the steam treatment has other benefits, they wrote. “This measure has other advantages including safety, not requiring special agents or devices, and rapid inactivation of most microbes potentially attached to the surface of masks.”


Have you had problems with buying face masks? Have you had to resort to making your face mask, do you feel as safe going out using a homemade face mask? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Hand Sanitiser – Gels and Wipes – What You Should Know

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser, this is a subject that seems to be on everyone’s mind in the never ending daily fight against Covid-19. People are searching for answers, what makes medical-grade hand gel, how to make your own, are hand wipes as effective as a gel? We reveal what matters in the fight to keep your hands clean and protect against COVID-19.

Hand Sanitiser – Gels and Wipes: What You Should Know:

Sanitiser On The Shelf

We are all now hyper-aware of hand hygiene due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, there is some confusion about exactly what works best on removing the virus from your hands, and why? We know that trying to find alcohol-based hand gel is like looking for moondust at the moment! Does it matter the type of hand gel or soap you buy, and what options do you have if you’re struggling to get hold of these products?

The reason soap and alcohol gel work against Coronavirus is to do with the type of virus we are dealing with called COVID-19. It is an ‘enveloped’ virus, and what this means is that the RNA (nucleic acid – the viral genetic material) coated in a lipid (fatty) layer. Soap can dissolve this lipid layer, causing the virus to fall apart and stopping it from binding to our cells. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser works in a similar way, deactivating the virus by breaking down the lipid layer.


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Which Hand Sanitiser Should You Buy?

Keep in mind that hand sanitiser isn’t the ‘be-all and end-all’ of hygiene. If like millions of people around the world now you are mostly staying at home, hand washing is the best option.

With hand sanitiser, you have probably seen it written that you need at least alcohol content of 60% for a hand sanitiser to work and kill the Coronavirus. You can buy hand sanitisers with varying degrees of alcohol content. The level of alcohol required for it to work and inactivate most types of viruses, including COVID-19, is between 60-95%.

You will find that most alcohol-based hand sanitiser gels contain one or more alcohols in them. And they include Ethanol, Isopropanol – or a combination of the two. You can check the ingredients label to see how much it contains.

The well-known High St brand ‘Carex’ has one of the highest alcohol content, from the information on the label it states: Carex hand gel – contains 70% alcohol. Cuticura hand gel – includes 66% Ethanol.* Dettol hand gel – has 63% Ethanol.

*If you have a Cuticura hand sanitiser, you might notice that on the label it says it contains 56.7% Ethanol. Cuticura state this is the value by weight, this converts to 66% ethanol by volume (the important measure), and above the 60% minimum requirement.

One of the downfalls of hand sanitiser is that it doesn’t work as well on sweaty, greasy, or visibly dirty hands. You need to use a lot to cover the entire surface of your hands thoroughly. Another problem people find with repeated use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser can irritate your skin, too, despite many containing moisturising agents.


Do Alcohol-free Hand Sanitisers Work?

Alcohol Free Sanitiser

Alcohol-free hand sanitisers are usually in the form of foam. They can be less severe on the skin, but, on the downside, there isn’t as much scientific evidence supporting their action against some viruses, including Coronavirus.

The alcohol-free hand sanitisers commonly contain ingredients such as Chlorhexidine Digluconate or Benzalkonium Chloride.

A study recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine (March 2020) found these ingredients not as adequate at deactivating viruses similar to COVID-19 (although the study looked at surfaces, not hands).

These ingredients seem to work better against bacteria and viruses such as norovirus. Reemphasizing it is ‘alcohol, detergents, hydrogen peroxide, extremes of pH and bleach that inactivate COVID-19’.


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How Does Medical-Grade Hand Sanitiser Differ – Do I Need It?

Medical Grade Sanitiser

Medical grade sanitisers, such as Defendol, generally have around 70% alcohol. A product like Defendol will be tested to show specific pathogen-killing efficacy relevant to hospital settings. The average person shouldn’t need to use this grade sanitiser, as standard alcohol gels are sufficient so long as you keep in mind to wash your hands regularly!

Hospitals, care homes, and general medical environments understandably need added protection. They will need products that have been certified for these high-risk environments, so it’s best to leave this for those who need it.


Can You Make Your Own Hand Sanitiser?

Make Your Own Sanitiser

You can, in theory, make your sanitiser by mixing 3/4 of a cup of rubbing alcohol with 1/4 of a cup of aloe vera, but it’s not that desirable. The reason being is that anything homemade is not ‘laboratory validated’ to the standard of retail hand sanitisers. And importantly, you would need to ensure you use sterilized containers and source some Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol.

Either of these is 99% proof, so a bottle of vodka from your local store won’t do the trick! And like other raw ingredients associated with popular Coronavirus products, it’s challenging to find or to purchase anyway.

The critical thing to remember is to wash your hands after contact with the outside world. At all costs, avoid touching your face or face mask if you wear one before you have washed your hands thoroughly.


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Are Antibacterial Wipes As Effective As Hand Sanitiser?

using hand wipes

Some pharmacy chains have been pointing their customers to stocks of antibacterial wipes when their hand gel stocks run out. But is it the same thing?

Hand wipes tend to have less alcohol in them, and more antibacterial compounds in them. These are Benzalkonium Chloride found in ‘Wet Ones’ as well as water and wetting agents such as detergent and surfactant.

Before you purchase the wipes, you should check the range of pathogens the wipe is active against; this can find this on the back of the packet or checking the active ingredients online. These type of hand wipes, and antiseptic creams such as Savlon or Germolene, are more ‘antibacterial’ than ‘antiviral.’ They are designed to work on the skin where bacteria are (usually) the main skin pathogens.


Our Conclusion:

Using a Hand Sanitiser, alongside washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, can help you and your family stay clean and protected. Practicing good hygiene can begin with a hand gel kept in your bag for when you’re out and about. Being able to clean your hands when you have no access to soap, hand wash, or water is easy with antibacterial hand gel. When you’re at work, a larger hand sanitiser gel can be kept at your desk or workstation ready for when you need it. Using Antibacterial gel can kill up to 99.9% germs, helping you to stop spreading germs to those around you.

Do you have any other tips for caring for your hands, or a particular hand sanitiser you find protects your hands and skin? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Keeping Your Hands Healthy During A Pandemic

Ladies Hand Sequence

No doubt you have seen and heard The Department of Health & Social Care, and the World Health Organisation frequently advising us to wash our hands or use hand sanitizer gels in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. The problem you will get from excessive hand washing and using hand sanitizer is that your hands become dry and irritated.

Stop The Spread:

Wash Your Hands To Stop Infection

Frequent hand washing is crucial in the fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. However, this can lead to damage to the outermost layer of skin (the stratum corneum) if we don’t take supplementary measures. We must all keep our hands clean and free from the virus but, remember to protect the skin at the same time. If you continue to keep the hands clean but don’t look after the surface, you could end up with dry, damaged skin.

It’s essential to keep the skin nourished, so it’s there as an effective barrier. To help you keep your hands healthy, we’ve looked into the most suitable hand cream ingredients and what they do. We also offer tips for looking after your hands, so that the surface continues to appear young and elegant, and keeping your hands healthy during a Pandemic.


How Hand Cream Works:

Applying Cream To Dry Hands

We all know how general wear and tear leaves the skin on our hands feeling like cardboard by the end of the day. Another of the leading causes of dehydrated hands is when they are exposed to the elements. When you add to this to the increased, and hopefully by now, regular washing, it can cause severe dryness and irritation. The use of a good quality hand cream will help to restore and protect the skin, leaving it feeling moisturized and hydrated.

If you are applying hand moisturizer throughout the day, you do not want your hands to feel greasy so that you can’t even pick up a pen! Look for a hand cream that hydrates but soaks into the skin that allows you can pick up items without them slipping through your fingers!

Here you will find the different ingredients in a typical hand cream that should keep your skin nourished and healthy. We also advise on how to look after your hands while Coronavirus is widespread.


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 What’s In Your Hand Cream:

Hand Cream Ingredients

Humectants are one of the three crucial ingredients you’ll find in hand moisturizer, along with occlusives and emollients. The way they work by drawing water from the air and into the skin. Glycerine is a common humectant. It has three hydrophilic (water-loving) alcohol endings, and why it attracts water so effectively.

It also provides skincare products such as hand creams, a soft, creamy skin-feel – although too much of it can be a bad thing and make a product feel sticky. Other humectants you find in hand creams include butylene glycol, urea, sorbitol, honey, aloe vera, sea salt (Maris sal), and wheat proteins.

Occlusives form a protective ‘physical’ barrier on the surface of the skin to seal water in and prevent it from evaporating or ‘extracted’ by secondary factors such as the cold, wind, or frequent hand-washing. They can also leave the skin feeling greasy and heavy on the surface (petroleum jelly is a good example).

Dimethicone is a popular synthetic occlusive that provides an effective barrier without feeling ‘heavy’ on the skin. It allows a hand cream to feel smooth and flow from the bottle for easy application. Dimethicone is like a liquid plastic seal to help with the skin’s barrier function. It also helps with lubrication, allowing the moisturizer to fill the gaps between the skin cells. Other popular occlusives include beeswax and liquid paraffin.

Emollients soften the skin and stop the skin from drying out in reduced humidity environments or after cleansing. Shea butter is a suitable alternative that serves as an occlusive too. Some other emollients you will find include myristyl alcohol, capric triglyceride (made from coconut oil), and lanolin Emulsifiers. These help to stabilize mixtures of oil and water-based substances by reducing the surface tension of the ingredients from being emulsified so that they blend.


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If they are not present, you may find water forming towards the bottom of a jar or tube and oil gathering towards the top. Common emulsifying ingredients include glyceryl stearate, glyceryl stearate citrate, lecithin, carbomer, and beeswax. Sensory modifiers convert an unfavorable sensation into a more pleasing one. They include ‘slip modifiers’ or ‘absorbents,’ which help to give hand creams a silky skin-feel as well as excellent oil absorption.

One such slip modifier is tapioca-starch, a modified starch that emanates from the root of the cassava plant that helps ingredients to flow more conveniently from the bottle or tube. If you are regularly applying hand cream, a sensory modifier should mean not having to deal with a greasy residue. Other sensory modifiers include talc and kaolin.

Stabilizers are used in conjunction with emulsifiers to help stop products from separating into their water-based and oil-based components. Sodium carbomer is a synthetic stabilizer and rheology modifier that helps with the viscosity of a skincare product. In essence, your hand cream should have the texture you expect and want from it.

The slight downside, it does have potential environmental consequences. Sodium carbomers are microplastics, which are microscopic (less than 5mm) synthetic polymer particles that are like microbeads, but smaller and finer. They also resist biodegradation. A more eco-friendly substitute for sodium carbomer is xantham gum, which is a natural, sugar-based polymer.

Preservatives added to keep skincare products at their best by eradicating microorganisms, including fungi, bacteria, and yeast. These could taint your cosmetic products and reduce their shelf life. One such ingredient is Phenoxyethanol; it’s synthetically made and works by damaging the cells of the unwanted microorganisms and prevents mold from developing on the inside of the top.

Fragrance, how a hand cream smells can make or break it for some people. Linalool is a typical fragrance in cosmetics; this has a floral aroma similar to lavender and bergamot. It’s a naturally occurring terpene alcohol, but can also be produced synthetically found in many flowers. These ingredients can be allergens, and this is why they are listed.


 

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Looking after your hands during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Ladies Elegant Hands

It’s quite simple; all you have to do is to wash them frequently. Hand washing is the best thing you can do to protect from Coronavirus because it physically removes it if it’s on the skin. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, making sure not to forget your wrists and the backs of your hands too.

Use hand sanitizer gel (when hand washing isn’t possible). A gel is preferable to a liquid formula because it remains on the skin for longer and, therefore, more likely to kill pathogens. You may want to look for non-greasy formulations for use during the day. Products containing sensory modifiers like tapioca starch, rice starch, or corn starch do tend to help to lessen the greasiness of a product. Lotions are lighter and more easily absorbed into the skin than creams, and these are good to use during the day when you wash your hands more frequently.

Apply thick hand cream at night. Put a rich hand cream on at night and use it as a night mask for your hands. Doing this, you will help to nourish the skin during the night. Doing this helps to repair the surface if you don’t like to moisturize during the day, or you forget to do so.

Are you struggling to find a hand cream? If you are, a regular moisturizer will also work. Some have very similar formulations. An example of this is Aveeno Skin Relief Body Moisturiser that has an identical list of ingredients to its hand cream version. The price is comparable for more than twice the amount of product (200ml vs. 75ml).

If your skin is dehydrated, cracked, or irritated, talk to a pharmacist about alternatives, as a standard hand cream may not be adequate to deal with the problem.


Conclusion:

Apply Hand Cream At Night

It can’t be emphasized enough the importance of keeping your hands clean. It’s still the number one thing you can do to protect yourself and others from contracting Coronavirus.

But, it’s equally important that you don’t neglect the moisturizing side too. Increased hand washing and the use of hand gel that often contains alcohol can be drying for your skin. Putting a rich moisturizer on overnight and moisturizing after washing your hands should help to keep hands looking young.

Do you suffer from dry hands and irritated skin? How do care and look after them? Do you have any other tips for caring for your hands? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.



 

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Reviews (Permanent Hair Removal)

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Tria Beauty transforms the way you manage your skin. Their revolutionary light-based skincare products give you the same professional technology used in doctor’s clinics to apply in your own home.

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How Our Light Will Expose Your Beauty – About Tria

Influenced by the way professional treatments offer superior results, Tria products give you the same technology used by dermatologists in your home. We are allowing you to enjoy for the first time the benefits of ‘light-based’ skincare. Tria understand the importance of being able to better yourself in the quiet privacy of your home – it’s convenient, affordable, immediate, and superior to other alternatives.

Tria light-based skincare is an advanced, revolutionary approach for delivering clinically proven effectiveness. It will unburden you from harsh tropical treatments and ineffective skincare regimens. Light gently interacts below the skin’s surface, with results that offer the potential for glowing, healthy, beautiful, smooth skin.

Liberate With Light – Trusted by Dermatologists

Working carefully with renowned dermatologists and surgeons to transform at-home skincare remedies. Tria engineering team conduct extensive clinical research and are committed to continually testing and improving our products. Also, all of our innovative devices are FDA-approved.

Tria has moved ahead by taking innovative ideas and push forward technological advances delivering ‘light science’ discoveries to bring revolutionary skincare of the highest quality and standards home to you.

Powered by the same in-house Diode Laser Technology used by dermatologists. Tria Hair Removal Lasers are the first and only FDA-cleared at-home lasers to remove unwanted hair but at a fraction of the cost of a salon treatment.

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X – At Home

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is the only clinically-proven laser available for home use. It uses the same diode laser technology favored by dermatologists to target and permanently disable the hair follicle to prevent hair from regrowing, for good.

Farewell To Undesirable Hair

You’re only a few sessions away from having smooth skin – permanently. And as the only FDA-cleared laser technology available for home use, Tria reduces up to 70% of unwanted hair after just two treatments in as little as three months.

The Power of Tria

Tria Hair Removal Lasers have up to three times more hair eliminating energy than any other at-home hair removal device. Safe and effective, you’ll get the permanent results of a professional treatment.

Understanding Hair Removal

Are you searching for a permanent, safe solution to remove unwanted body and facial hair?

There are now an array of home and salon treatments on the market. It can be time-consuming trying to understand the countless number of options and confusing to know which solution is the most effective.

Tria Beauty is here to help! When researching hair removal options, one of the critical elements to understand is the difference between Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology. Understanding the processes involved and the results you can expect from each.

Recommended Skin Tone

Tria Skin Tone Chart

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is created to perform on naturally light brown to black body hair. The Hair Removal Laser 4X works on the dark pigment in the hair. For that reason, lighter hair colors such as blond, white, red, or gray will not absorb enough of the laser’s energy to debilitate the hair follicle.

How It Works

Tria hair removal lasers house the same core ‘diode‘ technology used by professional Dermatologists. This technology is shown to be more efficient for permanent hair removal results in comparison to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology.

Because our lasers disable the hair follicles by targeting the color pigment at the root, You could be enjoying smooth, permanently hair-free skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on facial hair?

Lady Using Tria Device On Face

Yes, the Tria Laser 4X can be used on women’s facial hair (cheek line downward). Although it is not advised for Men to use it on their face, this is due to the density of facial hair.

How long does a battery charge last?

Each charge on the Tria Laser 4X lasts approx’ 30 minutes. The battery life allows users to stay focused on the area they are treating, and aware of ‘overlapping’ during treatment. As a rule, a single battery charge should be enough to treat a larger area, such as the lower leg. Or, various small areas, such as the upper lip and underarms.

Why do I have to shave before using the laser 4X?

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We advise that you prepare your skin before each Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X treatment to obtain the best results.

  • Cleanse the treatment area thoroughly by removing all cosmetics, lotions, and creams from the area you wish to treat. (This will allow the laser treatment to penetrate the skin easily.)
  • Thoroughly Shave the treatment area using a new razor. By doing this, it will enable the laser treatment to be most effective as the laser works on the hair inside the follicle beneath the surface of the skin.
  • Remove any shaving cream or soap on the skin with a cool, damp cloth and dry the area thoroughly.

Please note: It is not advisable to wax or pluck hair any time between treatments as both methods remove the hair from the follicle. The hair needs to be present inside the follicle for the ‘Hair Removal Laser’ precision treatments to be fully effective.

Can I use my Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X more than every two weeks?

It is recommended using the Laser 4X every two weeks for best results. This treatment protocol is ideal for targeting the hair follicle at the correct stage of its growth cycle. To obtain permanent results, treat the area once every two weeks until you reach the desired result – (Dr. Ronald Wheeland Head of UA Section of Dermatology, MD, FACP – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine-2007)

Can The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Be Used With My Hair Color?

The Hair Removal Laser 4X is intended to use on naturally light brown to black body hair. The Hair Removal Laser 4X penetrates the dark pigment in the hair. Lighter colors such as blonde, white, red, or gray will not take in enough of the laser’s energy to disable the hair follicle.

Note: Hair color may vary from one area to another. It can be darker or lighter on different parts of the body, so check the color in the area you wish to treat is suitable to use the laser on it.

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How Long Does It Take Before I See Results?

After Your First Treatment:

  • Occasionally, some users can experience mild redness after using the laser, but this quickly dissipates within 24 hours.

After The First Month:

  • Clinical studies have shown up to 70% growth reduction after just two treatments.

After 2-3 Months Of Treatment:

  • Hair re-growth will begin to be less and the hairs’ finer’.
  • You will start to see a noticeable reduction in the amount of hair re-growth, notably so in areas where the hair is dense.

After Three Months Of Treatment:

  • The hair follicles deactivated by the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will stop growing hair. You should continue to use the Tria Laser 4X as and when required for ‘touch-ups’ until your skin is smooth and you are free of the endless hassle of shaving and waxing – (Dr. Ronald Wheeland Named Head of UA Section of Dermatology, MD, FACP – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine-2007)

How Do I Unlock The Tria Laser 4X?

Photo showing display on Tria Laser 4X

Use the following procedure to unlock the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X:

1. Remove the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X from the battery charger.

2. Holding the device press the power button to turn on. The display window will now show that the device is locked.

3. The red light you see at the bottom of the device is the Skin Sensor. Hold the bottom of the device on the area you are going to treat; this will check your skin tone to see if it is compatible to use the laser on it.

If it shows that the device IS suitable to be used in the area that you wish to remove hair from the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X emits a buzzing sound. On the display screen, the ‘lock’ indicator will disappear, and it is ready to be used.

If the ‘lock’ sign remains on the display screen and you do not hear a series of ‘beeps,’ this indicates that the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is not suitable for use with the skin tone in that area.

In the ‘Instructions for Use’ check that the skin tone in the area you wish to treat corresponds with the tone on the ‘Skin Tone + Hair Color Chart.’ You may not be using the skin sensor correctly and should try the skin test again. To do this, lift the sensor from your skin and follow steps 1 to 3 once more.

Note: When the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is idle for approximately 3 minutes, to save the battery, the device will automatically turn off.

Can Other People Use My Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X?

No. The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X has been designed for personal use only. For personal/hygiene reasons allowing other people to use the device is not recommended.

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Is It Safe To Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X On My Genitals?

No. It is not safe to use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on genitals. The skin around these areas may be far more sensitive, have a darker skin tone, and greater hair density. Use of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X in these areas may cause severe skin injury. It is safe to use the Hair Removal Laser 4X around the bikini line, the pubic hair which is visible beyond the borderline of a swimsuit.

Can A Teenager Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X?

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is not to be used by or on anyone under the age of 18yrs. Using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on or by children has not been studied and could result in serious injury.

Can I Use The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X On Tattoos?

No. Do not use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X on parts of your skin that are darker than your usual skin tone. That includes tattoos, dark brown or black spots (such as large freckles, moles or birthmarks). Dark skin or tattoos may absorb too much laser light, which can lead to injury of that area.


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Final Thoughts On The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

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Anyone looking to break away from the constant, never-ending cycle of hair removal this is the answer to your prayers!

The most impressive feature about the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X is that it does the same to your hair as if you went to a professional salon, permanent hair removal. Only they will charge you ten times more to do it, and you get to do it out of the doctor’s clinic and in the comfort of your home.

I have used this on my legs and underarms and am now ‘permanently’ free of the dreaded hair removal creams, waxing, and shaving. Tria Home Laser Treatment does work, and my only regret is not buying one sooner!

I do hope you have found this review on ‘Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X (Permanent Hair Removal)’ to be helpful and informative.

If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.