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SHOULD MY ETHNICITY AFFECT MY SKIN CARE?
All skin is prone to an assortment of problem with an equal range of fixes and solutions, whether your skin is oily, dry, sensitive, wrinkly etc etc, all men and women have in common similar problems, there maybe be differences when it comes to the problems you are more likely to suffer from, but these variations are small against the similarities and solutions.
SHOULD MY AGE AFFECT MY SKIN CARE?
Your skin will change with age, classically when you are young all you need is to keep the skin clean, then as you become a teenager your skin becomes more oily and can be susceptible to acne, then drier as you get older, but all these variations are included in the 4 basic skin types. There are products aimed at specific age groups, however often the ones aimed at young skin are to drying, and the ones aimed at older people try to over moisturize. It is best to deal with the problems you may encounter as they come up regardless of age.
HOW DO I TREAT THE DARK RINGS UNDER MY EYES?
Hi, I have had dark rings under my eyes for as long as I can remember. Ive tried loads of products costing me a small fortune but none off them work in the slightest. I eat well, take my vitamin tablets, excercise regulaly and get enough sleep. Any ideas what could be the problem and how I can get them to go away? Im looking at the Bullie Bullet, but Im wondering if it will just be another product which will do nothing for my eyes.
The eyes are difficult to treat because the skin is so thin and it’s this thin skin which is causing the dark circles, basically you can see through it to the blood vessels beneath. Some creams claim they can unblock these blood vessels, this I my view is unlikely and I’m sceptical of any that claim they can, you seem to have tried a few and come to the same conclusion.
The usual advice I would give is: eat well, take vitamin tablets and exercise regularly, but I see you’ve already tried that, what I can add to that is watch your salt intake, drink plenty of water and try taking the herb Ginkgo Biloba, I’m a big fan of it for many reasons one of which is it will help your circulation, don’t expect miracles over night Ginkgo seems to take its time building up its magic but it will improve the blood flow in the skin under your eyes.
You asked about the bullie bullet, of which I’m also a fan, it is very good at moisturising the sensitive and hard to treat skin under the eye, it will reduce puffiness, it can slow the signs of ageing which the under eye area are vulnerable too, however the best creams for dark under eye circles have light reflective particles to lighten the area making the dark circles less obvious, basically they mask the problem, A great product that helps with under eye circles, bags and fine lines is Miraclelift. Watch this space we hope to give this product a full review soon.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAN THROUGH GLASS?
Can you please tell me whether its possible to get a tan through glass. I know that the UV rays get through, but is it the sort that will tan the skin? Thanks
Yes, clear glass doesn’t have any filters, you can get glass with filters, most commonly sunglasses but regular glass won’t protect you from harmful UV rays.
WHAT SUPPLEMENT PERK YOU UP?
My husband, 35yrs has never been keen on health suppliments but has been off work for a while taking simple analgesea which are making him really tired, he needs something to ‘perk’ him up if you like, he’s tired all the time. What can you recommend?
I’m guessing from the symptoms you describe he’s taking something like Paracetamol combined with a small dose of a weak opiates (Codeine) like Cocodamol, Dihydrocodeine, Codydramol, Coproxamol etc. Codeine has a sedative effect and also includes frequent adverse reactions like lightheadedness and dizziness which may make your husband feel tired most the time. I wont second guess your doctor but I suggest if your husband is not happy with the effects, his doctor may lower the dosage or prescribe a different kind of analgesia to treat your husband without him experiencing these adverse reactions.
HOW LONG DOES VEET HAIR REMOVAL LAST?
Does the ‘Veet – Hair Removal Gel, Cream’ permanently remove hair? Or if not for how long? and if it does, does it grow back faster?
No its not permanent but it does remove it at the root so it takes longer to grow back than if you shaved.
SKINCARE AND AIR TRAVEL
I’m not sure if you are able to help me I do rather a lot of air travelling with my job, and find my skin is rather dry most of the time. The nature of my enquiry is to see if you have a Catalogue and some recommended samples that you could send for me to try (any advice would be gratefully appreciated).
Bullie has a number of products for dry skin which are excellent, also if youre traveling a lot I would recommend a sunscreen, your often above cloud cover and UV rays can be stronger, Korres do a moisturiser which has a sunscreen in it, (alternately if you need a higher protection they also do good stand alone sunscreens).
HOW DO I DEAL WITH BLACKHEADS ON MY NOSE?
I have many blackheads on nose, strips don’t work, what can I use to remove them?.
Clay masks are brilliant and really can work wonders, also gently squeeze your blackheads, but be very careful if you push the blockage the wrong way you’ll make the problem far worst.
TAKING MACA AND GINKGO TOGETHER
Is it safe to take Maca and Ginkgo at the same time, not mixed together but in the same day??
There has been a handful of cases of people having bleeding within the skull when taking ginko together with warfarin (a powerful blood-thinning drug), its also not advisable to take asprin and ginko together because they both have blood thinning properties, in itself not a bad thing but of course you can take it too far. If you are concerned you should consult your doctor, however I know of no reason not to take ginko and maca together.
DEALING WITH ACNE VULGARIS
Hello, i am 30 year old male, i have had spots since my early teens (mostly on my back, few on my arms, none lower than my thighs) that won’t disappear i have been told by a so-called expert in this field (doctor sent me to) that it is something which i will have for the duration of my life. I use a subscription solution called “Zineryt” applied twice daily, morning and night. It takes about 2 wks for them to disappear, then they slowly resurface somewhere else or the same place. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon thanks.
I’m guessing as your using Zineryt then you have acne vulgaris. Zineryt is a kind of topical antibiotics used for acne. I would suggest that you complete the course of treatment as prescribed even if the spots come back after a while as antibiotics cause sensitisation/ resistance. Most reliable treatments for his skin problem can only be resolved by medications prescribed by a doctor and if the condition is acne vulgaris it can be lifelong, however when you see your doctor again you could ask if its possible to use a non antibiotic antimicrobials like benzyl peroxide, etc…
WHY CAN’T I GROW A BEARD?
hi.. I’m a 24 yr guy. My problem is that even at this age I don’t have facial hair(beard and moustache).This has become a major cause of depression and inferiority. kindly help, can I get facial hair at this age. Moreover please tell me which specialist(sexologist or endocrnologist or else) I should refer to… waitin for help.
A very difficult question to Answer the cause could be a number of reasons, it could be you suffering from an endocrine problem or a side effect of medications, or suffering genetic and developmental disorders, exposure to radiation, etc… The only advice I can suggest is go see your doctor, he will make a proper referral to see an endocrinologist if appropriate, also your GP may be able to prescribe him for antidepressants for his depression for the mean time. Sorry I couldn’t help more.
CAN YOU USE SUNSCREEN ON OILY SKIN?
‘m going on holiday in a couple of weeks and the thought of covering my face with suntan lotion is filling me with dread as it turns my face into a spotty mess. I have oily skin so I need something that’s not going to bloke my pores but also has quite a high spf level…..HELP!!!!!!
Interesting question, I rang our main suncare suppliers for an Answer and they said none of their sunscreens was skin type specific so all would work, but the better one would be Korres – Sweet Orange Sunscreen SPF25 its sprayable and non greasy so it shouldn’t block your pores.
Also another thing I was wondering, which creams have you used in the past, maybe the spots were a direct reaction to the cream rather than your pores getting blocked, creams which use Titanium Dioxide to filter the suns harmful rays, as the one above does, are better for sensitive skin as Titanium Dioxide is a natural product and will cause less of a reaction than a synthetic one.