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Rejuvenate Your Skin with Your Own Blood

Add radiance and glow with Shinagawa DermLift PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)! Long been overdue and also known as the “Vampire Facial”. Celebrity Bryan Santos for one is a big fan of this treatment. It does not just reverse early signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and acne scars. “I regularly have my bi-weekly facial at Shinagawa Aesthetics. I make it a point to visit the clinic when I get the chance for my usual treatments (Facial, Fractional, Synchroderm Plus, and Dermlift PRP) to offset the effects of all the makeup, sweat and lack of sleep from work,” as our DermLift PRP ambassador states.

Blood is extracted from the patient and plasma is separated from blood cells using an anticoagulant and spun in a centrifuge. Serum-rich platelets (which BTW is rich in growth factors) are used in this amazing procedure. This is when it becomes Platelet-Rich Plasma which is injected in the deep dermis of the patient’s skin.

Mild discomfort and swelling are to be expected after the treatment. Redness may occur (and is common) in between 3-7 days after the procedure. A cold compress is recommended to minimize swelling and bruising from the injection.

Get to know more about DermLift PRP and get a FREE CONSULTATION when you call our Patient Care Lines at (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517. Book your sessions today!

Six Skin Tightening Remedies | Shinagawa Aesthetics Blog

Six Skin Tightening Remedies

We all have those days where we skip to our schedule in visiting our trusted medical friends in keeping our skin healthy, but did you know that there are also few things you can use that can be found in the comfort of your own home.

Here are six super easy skin tightening that can be found either your cupboard, fridge or pantry.
1. Coconut Oil

Derived from the flesh (white part) of the fruit. It is a staple in many kitchens that can also be used to tighten the skin. Considered a powerful antioxidant that works to eliminate free radicals that cause damages to the skin. It hydrates and moisturizes the skin, hence prevents sagging. You can use a teaspoonful and massage it into the skin in an upwards motion, this treatment is good before bedtime. You can also leave it overnight for more boost of healing.

2. Olive Oil

Used for ages even before hydrating creams and moisturizing lotions existed. In ancient times, olive oil is used as a cleaner, moisturizer and an antibacterial agent to give their skin a radiant glow and protect them from the sun. It contains high and powerful antioxidant, a healthy dose of vitamin E not just to tighten the skin but also protect from sun damage. After your evening shower, massage olive oil into your face and neck. Olive oil can be your substitute to your body lotion too.

3. Epsom Salt Soak

Technically, magnesium sulfate. It has been long used to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles, but little people know that it can also be applied to other parts of the body. Epsom salts pull off excess water from your body and improve circulation which, in turn, tightens your skin and prevent it from sagging.

4. Yogurt

Yogurt not just bring good benefits when eaten but you can also apply it on your skin for more smoother and tighten wrinkled areas. Just like most milk products, it contains lactic acid. When applied to your skin, lactic acid shrinks pores. To create a skin tightening yogurt mask, mix 2 drops of lime juice into 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Leave it on for 10 minutes. Massage it for another 5 and rinse with warm water. This can be done twice a week.

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5. Honey

Providing many important natural benefits to your skin. It has a marvelous job in keeping the skin hydrated, fighting free radicals with antioxidants, keeping your skin clean with antifungal and antibacterial properties and reducing redness with anti-inflammatory properties. All these benefits. All these can help prevent sagging and get you the smooth and lifted skin.

6. Fruits (Lemon, Papaya, Banana and Cucumber)

Fruits generally are generally rich in antioxidants which are good in fighting free radicals that cause the skin to age. These are 4 fruits that have great benefits in keeping your skin tight.
Lemon is high in vitamin C that helps boost collagen production and helps restore elasticity to your skin. It even has astringent properties that work as wrinkle fighting and skin tightening remedy.
Papaya contains enzymes called papain. Papain acts as a natural skin tightening treatment that makes the skin smoother and suppler. Papaya is also rich in vitamin A and antioxidants.
Banana is a beauty powerhouse. It is packed with iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and D. These bring moisture and make skin suppler.
Cucumber is considered as one of the best natural skin toners. It tightens loose and saggy skin with any side effects or allergic reactions. It rejuvenates and refreshes tired skin to give the boost it needs.

You see, it’s not very hard to keep your skin supple. These home remedies bring aid along with medical treatments that are recommended by your dermatologists. Shinagawa offers a wide array of treatments in keeping your skin tight. Share us your own home remedy that completes your skin regimen.

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Call our Patient Care Lines at (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 and get a FREE CONSULTATION today and visit our clinics in Makati and Ortigas.

Skin White and 7 Safe Alternatives How to Get Glowing | Shinagawa Aesthetics Blog

Skin White and 7 Safe Alternatives How to Get Glowing

Many have been wanting to be a lifelike Snow White because of her perfect porcelain skin. Wake up! This is a not fairy tale. Obsession with having white or whiter skin has become a major game changer in the beauty industry.

For most people, the challenge to achieve radiant skin begins with dark spots or hyperpigmentation caused by the accumulation of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can be exacerbated by genetics and ethnicity.  For black and brown-skinned women with South East Asian and Hispanic descent, hyperpigmentation can create an uneven skin tone.

Blotchiness and spots caused by sun damage and the aging process stand in the way of clear and radiant skin. Other roadblocks to clear skin are dryness and breakouts caused by hormonal fluctuations related to life changes like menopause (for women) and stress.

Even though they sound the same, there is actually a significant difference between skin lightening, whitening & brightening. Before deciding on your skin care routine, it is very important to understand all three of these categories, their pluses & minuses, and even the potential risks to your health which may be involved.

The goal of skin whitening (or skin bleaching) is to lighten or fade the complexion beyond the natural skin tone. Skin whitening is controversial and could have potentially dangerous side effects.

Unless you actually want to involve a medical professional in your skin care treatment, then “skin whitening” is probably not what you’re looking for.  We do not recommend “skin whitening”, so we’re going to move on to “lightening & brightening”.

In contrast to skin whitening, “skin lightening” has a positive function other than achieving a lighter complexion. In order to understand what skin lightening actually is we first need to understand what hyperpigmentation is.

Hyperpigmentation spots are often caused by repeated exposure to the sun. Freckles and other darkened skin areas can become darker from sun exposure. This happens by the melanin absorbing the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure. Another form of hyperpigmentation is Melasma. Melasma spots are larger than the spots caused by sun damage. They appear as symmetric blotchy hyperpigmented patches on the face, usually the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip. They are most often caused by hormonal changes. Pregnancy and the use of birth control pills can also bring about the overproduction of melanin, due to hormonal changes.

The goal of skin lightening is not to bleach your skin, but to fade out unwanted blemishes by inhibiting melanin, which gives your skin its color. “Skin Lightening” reduces pigmentation, lightens discoloration, eliminates blemishes and evens skin tone. Importantly, it can be done through simple skin care products and does not require any type of medical procedure. Skin lightening products target particular areas of discolorations like age spots and hyperpigmentation from acne breakouts and bruising. Lightening creams work to reduce the melanin pigmentation in a particular area on the skin. Lightening products are best used for a limited period of time.

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Here are 7 Safe Alternatives in getting lighter and brighter skin.
1. Kojic Acid
• This ingredient is produced after rice is malted for the making of sake. By inhibiting melanin, which is known to darken the skin, kojic acid brightens and lightens your skin instead. It comes from fermented mushrooms inhibits the overproduction of melanin in unevenly pigmented skin. This makes it a potent ally in brightening everything from freckles to melasma. Kojic acid has become revered worldwide for its skin lightening abilities. It, therefore, makes sense that it is found in numerous skin lightening products.

2. Niacinamide
• Niacinamide increases ceramide and fatty acid levels in skin effectively increasing hydration levels in your skin. This ensures you softer, smoother skin which is less prone to irritation. In the long term, well-hydrated skin ensures your firm and wrinkle-free skin. It also actively reduces jagged pigmentation and age spots effectively lightening and soothing your skin.

3. Glycolic Acid
• Glycolic Acid is the most active and beneficial of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) in skin care. It is generally used as a natural skin exfoliant and moisturizer. It does not only evens out skin discoloration but also helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. AHA’s such as Glycolic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lighteners by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.

4. Lactic Acid
• Lactic Acid mimics the properties of Glycolic Acid but is typically better suited for individuals with sensitive skin. AHA’s such as Lactic Acid can assist other ingredients in skin lightening by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin. Consider this as a sister of Glycolic Acid because this is also an AHA.

5. Lemon, Oranges and Citrus Extracts
• Packed with Vitamin C and citric acid, lemons are made with organic bleaching agents that not only brighten your skin but also give it a healthy glow as well. Not only do lemons leave a refreshing scent on your skin, but they also contain citric acid which is a well-known natural bleaching ingredient. Just make sure to apply a rich moisturizer to your skin after the lemon treatment, to avoid dryness.

Like lemons, oranges have bleaching properties that can really lighten your skin. On top of that, these super-fruits also pack a vitamin C punch and make your skin feel more elastic and soft.

Citrus extracts are a rich source of vitamin C which destroys free radicals in your body. Free radicals are cells that cause aging. Citrus extracts give your skin a radiant glow while rejuvenating it from the inside. Lemon juice naturally whitens skin and effectively removes dark spots. It is also used to mildly exfoliate your skin due to its acidic content by safely peeling off the top layer of your skin. Researchers have also found that citric acid can be used to significantly reverse photoaging and sun damage.

6. Mulberry
• Made popular in Japan, Mulberry extract is another all-natural choice that will deliver results with consistent use. It may not be the most effective or potent, but it will get you a lighter skin tone over time. They are widely used by many people all over the globe for purposes of skin lightening. Significant research has been gathered to prove the anti-tyrosinase activity of mulberry plants produces desirable effects as far as skin lightening is concerned. Furthermore, the extract is known to slow down the aging process. It contains rich anti-oxidant properties thus making it extremely beneficial for preventing wrinkles formation As a result, someone who uses mulberry extract will have flawless, silky smooth skin for many years to come. The roots and the barks contain excellent healing properties and this is one of the main reason why they are used for producing mulberry extract popularly used as a skin lightener. The extract can additionally be used for removing residual rough skin as well as impurities that may be present on the skin. The extract is also recommended by cosmetology experts because it lowers melanin production that occurs as a result of UV exposure. When used as a skin lightener, mulberry extract resolves all issues related to uneven skin tone thereby allowing a user to have a pleasant skin tone after use.

7. Glutathione
• Found in a wide array of ointments, lotions, pills, and soaps, this ingredient is packed with antioxidants and designed to effectively lighten the skin. Not only does this ingredient help with skin whitening, but it also contributes to tissue repair and regeneration.

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Skin lightening is not skin bleaching. If you want to restore your skin’s natural tone there are many over the counter natural skin lightening products. There are other safer ways you can have. Shinagawa offers Glutathione Inject, a safer way to lighten your skin to give a more natural and radiant glow.

To know the safer ways how you can get lighter skin, call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 and get a FREE CONSULTATION.

10 Things to Know for Better Skin | Shinagawa Aesthetics Blog

10 Things to Know for Better Skin

There are many skin facts you can read over the internet. From different skin care, rave about products or the latest skin treatments. Here are 10 things we can share for you so you can get to know your skin better.

1. It is important to know your SKIN TYPE.
– We often go with the bandwagon approach. If your sister or your beauty bestie uses a certain product and works for them, it might not work for you. Get to know your skin type so you can use the right products in taking care of your skin.

2. Find out which skin care product you mix and match.
– Once you have identified which skin type you are, you can use the appropriate product that will work for your skin. Mixing of two different products that contradict its purpose can be a skin disaster and can bring harm to your skin.

3. Antibacterial soaps can be anti-skin too.
– Antibacterial soaps has an active ingredient – Triclosan. It has shown to alter the way hormones work in animal studies and also been found to possibly contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Yikes!

4. Stay away from applying just any old cream or ointment on your zits.
– Home remedy treatment by using topical steroids like betamethasone or clobetasol on your pimple to clamp down on inflammation. It reduces the redness and swelling but little people know that the common side effect of prolonged use is steroid-induced acne.

5. No to calamansi or lemon juice to whiten your skin.
– Admit it. Raise your hands of those who are guilty of it. Leave the citrus juices in quenching the thirst and not in whitening the skin. The concentration of such acids may vary and may have unpredictable results that can cause allergies and sunlight-induced reactions.

6. Swear By applying sunscreen. By swear, it means religiously.
– Seriously, sunscreen is the first step in keeping your skin young looking. Sunscreen is the answer. Fighting sun damage. Exposure to ultraviolet light whether UVA or UVB causes premature skin aging including wrinkles. If your excuse is the greasy effects of it, sunscreen also comes in gel form.

7. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize.
– Keeping your skin hydrated is very important. It keeps the skin supple. It’s a need to find the right type of moisturizer that suits your skin type. It pays off in taking a healthy dose of water.

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8. Watch what your skin tells you.
– Pimples or rashes may seem ordinary skin problem but it could possibly be that your health is sending signals that something is wrong. Diseases like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), diabetes, or lupus are working with your skin to give you signs.

9. It doesn’t mean your skin is perfect means you don’t need to visit your derma.
– Prevention is always the best treatment. Regardless if you are having a skin problem or not, it’s still best to pay a visit to your derma to check if either you’ve been keeping your skin in its pristine condition or if you need something to even make it better.

10. Keep your self-esteem by saving your skin.
– Skin conditions and problems not just leave an effect on a physical state but on one’s self-esteem too. Start with saving your skin.

To sum it up, know your skin type to know what skin treatments and products will work for you. Moisturize and use sunscreen. Regularly maintain a visit to your dermatologist for proper skin assessment and treatments needed.

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Let Shinagawa be your partner in keeping your skin at its best. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit our clinic in Makati and Ortigas.

The Need to Exfoliate the Skin | Shinagawa Aesthetics Blog

The Need to Exfoliate the Skin

Our skin constantly shed skin cells. In this process, the healthy and smoother skin cells push their way up to the skin’s surface. However, as we age, shedding of dead skin cells start to slow down.

To explain exfoliation simply, it is physically and chemically removing dead and dulling skin cells. Exfoliation helps speed up your skin’s process and make it behave younger. Studies say that the adult skin usually takes 40-60 days for their skin to fully regenerate completely. In addition to that, the production of collagen (a protein crucial to skin’s firmness and elasticity) also decreases with age. This means progressively-thinning, structurally weakened skin.

Physical exfoliation works in the top layer of the skin to slough off dead, dulling surface cells. This is with the help of micro-fine granules and natural beads. As to the chemical exfoliation, this dissolves the intracellular glue that holds dead skin cells together. Chemical exfoliators penetrate deeper into the skin. This is recommended for skin that has deep congestion, more resistive or those who cannot tolerate physical exfoliation.

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There are few benefits of exfoliating your skin:

  • Reduces blackheads
  • Unclog and minimizes the pores
  • Sweep away fine lines and wrinkles
  • Controls excess oil
  • Brightens dull skin
  • Improves skin tone
  • Soften skin texture and enhances clarity
  • Lightens hyperpigmentation
  • Helps skin behave younger

A few tips on exfoliating:

  1. Less is (always) more. Exfoliating once or twice a week is sufficient.
  2. If you opt to dry brush, use soft and natural bristles. It’s easy to brush too hard. So make sure the bristles are pliable and brush lightly.
  3. Avoid fruit pits and nut shells in scrubs. Unpolished or jagged edges and particles can cause micro-tears to your skin. This will result in damaging the skin’s barrier. Go for scrubs with smooth, polished and round granules.
  4. The more aggressive the method, the less it needs to be done. Aggressive methods are not our preferred way to exfoliate. But if you go for it, space treatment out to avoid harming your skin’s barriers.
  5. Find the right exfoliator for your skin’s needs. Always read labels and be careful in choosing your exfoliators. Not all exfoliants are created equally.

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Remember, aggressive chemical or mechanically exfoliating your skin can aggravate underlying skin conditions and even make it worse. Consult your dermatologist for the right and proper exfoliation method that you need for your skin. Get to know the best way to exfoliate with Shinagawa. Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 to get your FREE CONSULTATION and for the full list of options to exfoliating to better and brighter skin.