Cosmetics and Dermatological Skin Care

Healthy skin is what all of us desire. It affects our appearance, and our personality. Harsh though this may sound, those of us who are prone to severe acne, have facial scars or are affected by other skin conditions that require medical treatment want a solution to their problems. Dermatological innovations have advanced our skin concepts. For an extremely damaged epidermis very radical treatments are being offered to repair the damage that we may have afflicted on our facial skin. Cosmetics and cosmetics treatments have become a broad term used for chemical products that we use on our skins; they can be medicated, some are specially formulated for use as facial skincare; and cosmetics are beauty products we use in our daily regimen. Skin conditions and their treatment are an important issue for those who have caused permanent damage to their epidermis than to bacterial infections and acne. Acne as most of us are aware, is the over production of sebaceous glands and dirt that clogs the pores of our skin especially sensitive facial skin. Those of us who have an affinity to breaking out into severe acne have no doubt painstakingly tried to reduce their problem by using medicated products and topical treatment. The solution may be simpler. Contrary to popular opinion that acne is caused by oily skin, for some these spots break out as a result of dry and sensitive skin. The natural oils our epidermis produces are a protective layer for it. Most medicated skin care products reap this natural oil without replenishing it. Care must be taken when using products made with strong chemical ingredients that are harsh. Recently, dermatologists have identified stress for the outbreak of acne. A successful treatment for acne is unique to the patient and uses both topical an oral medication.

“You’re ageing gracefully my friend once remarked quite casually when I met her after a lapse of a few years.” “I went shopping today and came across an essential eye gel for tired eyes and a remedy for the dark circles under my eyes. It gives instant result as it transforms you while the active ingredients work to heal the very delicate skin around the eyes.” After a hard day’s work, you need a little time off to indulge yourself in a leisurely and pleasant way. When it comes to that don’t let the price hinder you from indulging yourself, nothing is worth more than radiant and healthy looking skin.

Ageing skin is something all of us encounter. Aging is a natural process that degenerates our epidermis commonly known as derma. Permanent damage to the epidermis is caused by exposure to harsh substances, chemicals and of course UV radiation from the sun’s rays. As always where there is an ailment there is a cure. Cosmetics have ranged from anti aging agents to therapies and extensive treatments.

Cosmetics have evolved through the centuries made from natural ingredients of extracts of plants and essences from flowers and the clay masks applied for their colour and healing properties and has always remained a central feature that defines women. Their availability these days centres on cosmetic counters that are flourishing in every department store. They are, to put it emphatically, the piece de resistance and an essential visit, if not to be extravagant on your beauty tips then to just peruse through the counter and take in what is on offer.

Take your time! There may be a multitude of counters of equal accent in leading cosmetics names but on offer are a variety of cosmetic cleansers, toners, toniques de visage, to suit your palette and not only for those who seldom skirt the counters for the products that go hand in hand to best suit your beauty regimen, but also what they represent. The aesthetic senses appeal to some more than what the products target; fragrances in the products are at times their great attraction for some customers all of them dermatologically tested.

There is more than one type of product available for each skin type. There is a larger, richer base as some products are delightfully fragranced and a more diversified variety of these products are available as the industry for biochemical’s, amino acids and yeast enzyme develops and stems into this market to produce improved emollients to nourish and replenish loss of natural oils and moisture that forms the upper layers of derma. The majority of cosmetics are still by products of giant polymer processes. Distillates of huge hydrocarbon chains of petroleum by products, are used to make the emollient base with active healing ingredients added to make a more potent healing product that also sells well. Last year, investment into this industry was US$300 million and down the production chain cosmetics are important sales for the industry.

The marketing fad is what most of us succumb to eventually. It is a very potent tool for some of the established and leading cosmetics brands that dominate the market. Clinique made its name as a fragrance free brand at a time when the industry had become saturated with fragranced products and the fragrance free feature that is part of their entire product range was celebrated fervently and their sales rose significantly to place them at the same echelon as other leading cosmetics names that have sold equally as well. However, as tastes do change there is room for all brands on the floor. This season, the Chanel counters appear to be the most appealing in what this product line has on offer to its ardent customers and those who prefer this indulgence a little more. The colours of some of the cosmetics are particularly suitable to wear during the day and in the evenings. So, the next time you need to stock up on your cosmetics regimen, take a while to look through some of the best items the counters have on offer. At some point all of us encounter these such is the ubiquity of these products. But this is yesteryear and by today’s standards skims the surface.

Now as we enter the 21st century, we hear or read about skin treatments that go beyond the upper layers of the derma that is often the dead skin cells that we have to continually exfoliate for a clearer complexion and place stress on the deeper epidermis, the regenerative tissues that keep skin looking healthy and radiant. These are a step short of cosmetic surgery, using acid treatments that can take a few weeks to heal until your skin retains its elasticity and colour. Although these are not commercialised, they are available on search at leading cosmetics clinics and only those at the upper end of the market are recommended. Furthermore, expect to spend approximately a $1000 on at least three sessions.

We move from cosmetics counters to cosmetic clinics where skilled medical practitioners and nurses will provide the treatment your skin requires to restore it. Most women would normally take this treatment if they have undergone severe damage to their skin or prolonged exposure to harmful substances and not as an alternative to ordinary cosmetics. The results are outstanding though. After the initial painful stages of burning sensations and swollen face, reported by patients, you end up with a flawless complexion.

An alternative to health clubs are beauty therapy clinics that often promote a particular range of cosmetics that their therapists use in treatments. Some of these treatments can last several sessions, but you do not have to book yourself in for all of them. Some people make these a part of their weekly or fortnightly activity as these clinics are often a place where you can take a break and have a scalp and body massage using aroma therapy oils to either relax or invigorate yourself. This is the very latest addition to beauty and skin care therapy and by far the most indulgent and luxurious. More often than not exclusive, however, these would have been a popular demand in today’s hectic lifestyle for most of us to indulge in over a weekend.

There is a very distinct difference between therapy and treatment. Therapy is used to revitalise and nurture back to life skin and muscle gradually through improving blood circulation. Some of the oils used in therapy are naturally enriched with vitamins and have tremendous healing and nourishing properties. They have also been used as traditional household remedies and have been acclaimed for generations for their ingredients. Deeply replenishing, some of these oils and balms have medicinal properties, are used specially to improve blood circulation and invigorate with their natural aroma and will give a sensation on the skin when applied. Treatment is required when skin or muscle has undergone permanent damage and requires repairing with a little more than just topical therapy. Treatment is often expensive, such as acid treatment and is recommended only under medical supervision and when it is undertaken by an experienced medical practitioner. As this treatment is often given at a private clinic, the expense does not get any medical coverage.