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The 1, 2, 3’s and A, B, C’s of Skin Care Routine, Part 2: Nighttime

Your Nighttime Regimen

The skin naturally repairs itself during night time. Your nighttime skin routine should be all about treatment and regeneration. If your skin is dull-looking, exfoliate. If it’s irritating, hydrate and protects. Nighttime skin regimen requires the same commitment as your Daytime routine. Without further ado, here’s the Nighttime Skin Care routine

Step 1: (Double) Cleanser
After a day of going through a lot, it must have accumulated grime, dirt, oil, and makeup. Make sure to use a makeup remover such as cleansing oils before washing your face with your gentle cleanser. This strips off the makeup, sebum, and dirt to prep your skin and absorbs the skin products meant for repair. It is also best to use a soap-free cleanser first then wipe of cotton pads then use your regular facial to lather.

Step 2: Toners, Essences, and Boosters
Apply toner as what you normally would in the morning. At night, some go for various types of skin care boosters. These boosters can come on different forms like mists, essences, beauty waters or hydrating (hyaluronic acid) serums. These are water-like or almost lightweight. Applying them after washing that substitutes as your toner. If you are using a toner an essence, the rule of thinnest to thickest applies.

Remember: Cleanser only clean the surface, toners are needed for deeper cleansing and for fat deposits.

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Step 3: Eye Cream
Aside from targeting crow’s feet and dark circles, eye creams can also serve to protect your delicate eye area from your other skin care products.

Step 4: Treatment Serums, Creams, and Pads
As we sleep, the skin does the bulking for the 3R’s. Repair, Restore and Regenerate. Hence, most targeted skin care treatments that contain retinoid and anti-aging serums are better used at night.
Instead of layering up all your treatment serums and creams, just choose your evening treatment depending on the needs of your skin’s of-the-moment needs. There would be nights where you would just be wash-moisturize-bed routine.

Here are things to consider:

  • Just choose between prescription meds OR exfoliating treatments (like AHA/BHA). Using them both on the same night is a big No-No. It has high risks of irritating your skin.
  • Do not use retinol creams with exfoliating treatments.
  • Exfoliative treatments: Use it sparingly. One to three times a week.
  • Detoxifying/Clay Masks: once a week is enough.

Step 5: Hydrating Mask or Face Oil
Dry skin? You may want to add a hydrating cream mask or face oil. Both product types are generally mild and can be typically used as often as your skin needs an extra boost of hydration.

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Step 6: Moisturizers or Night Cream

Most nighttime moisturizers or creams are thicker and heavier than your daytime moisturizers. This is for the reason that to be absorbed over the course of several hours. Another reason why they are thicker is that they create a protective layer to prevent water evaporation while you sleep. Maintaining high water content in the skin is key for healing.

Timing is everything! Aside from following the proper order in the application of the right products, it is also important to consider the time it takes for the skin to absorb the products. Keep it simple. We may not have the luxury of time to spend and who would want the bed to be kept waiting. Most of the products have to wait for 5 to 30 minutes before the next step to ensure proper absorption. Give ample time for the products to sink in your skin.

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Listen to what your skin is telling you. It’s important to find what works for you and always be kind to your skin. Get the best skin advice from the experts. Talk to us at our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit any of our clinics in Makati and Ortigas.

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The 1, 2, 3’s and A, B, C’s of Skin Care Routine, Part 1: Daytime

Here’s a two-part weekly read about the ideal skin regimen you have for day and night.

Keeping heaps of skin care products and religiously applying them day and night requires commitment. Now we ask, does it matter in what and when we apply all these products to maintain healthy skin?

Applying skin care product in the proper order ensures that the skin receives the full benefits of each product. That is why sequence matters. The skin’s job is to keep things out, and most if not all of the skin care products need to be absorbed. All those ingredients will be beneficial for your skin. No matter how perfectly formulated and perfectly applied a product is, but only a small amount of the key ingredients can penetrate the skin.

The rule of thumb to swear by your heart is to apply the products with the thinnest consistency to thickest, from liquid to oil. Another, apply first the product with ingredients that are most important to penetrate the skin like antioxidants and serums then finish with the products that need to sit on top of it as your moisturizer.

Your Daytime Regimen
Starting your day with the right skin regimen is all about protection. From the sun, pollution and harmful elements. Leaving your peeling, healing, and correcting products especially with retinol at night.

Step 1: Cleanser

Splash your face with warm water then a gentle cleanser designed and suitable for your skin type.

ALWAYS pat dry, not wipe.

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Step 2: Toner

Who’s guilty of skipping the toners? This is partly because there’s a lingering assumption are harsh and can irritate the skin. But that’s not the case anymore. The new breed of toners serves multiple purposes. It acts as a delivery system of antioxidants, vitamin B derivatives and even toning acid. Each type of toner has its purpose. It’s important to use the right kind for the right purpose and skin type.

Step 3: Eye Cream

When you enter your 20’s, it is best to start applying eye cream twice a day. For best result, consistency is the key. Regular use of eye cream over time will keep the eyelid skin elastic. It can also improve and prevent against fine lines or collagen loss. Nothing is magic. Results do not occur overnight. Don’t forget your sunglasses which also aids in protecting against UV-light damage not just for the eyes but the surrounding corners of the eyes from squinting.

Step 4: Moisturizer

Everybody needs a moisturizer. Even if the skin type is oily. It is best to apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp, so the sooner you go through applying your serum and treatment, the sooner you’re able to lock in the much-needed hydration with your moisturizer.

If you’re using an acne spot treatment, you may want to skip those areas when applying your moisturizer to make sure the ingredients in it won’t interfere with the active ingredients in your spot treatment.

Step 5: Sunscreen

The last step in your daytime regimen is Sunscreen. Recommended to be applied after the moisturizer. Sunscreen with zinc is safe. Effective and provides the broadest protection against UVA and UVB rays.

There are other products available in the market where the moisturizer and sunscreen are already combined. It not just save you more time but your budget too. Other sunscreens come with tint that can be good for your make up base or even skip your foundation.

Make sure to catch our next week’s content to read about the ideal Nighttime skin care routine. Also, check our website for treatments and services that will surely go the best hand in hand with your Daytime Skincare routine. Talk to us at our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 368 5238 | (+63) 917 862 7454 | (+63) 921 217 0517 for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit any of our clinics in Makati and Ortigas.

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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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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.