SO, IT IS CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!

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I was thinking about what happened this year in my life. And it happened a lot really. I mean A LOT! Good and Bad.

We sold a house we bought another one,changed jobs, changed cities, my dad passed away, my husband shattered his ankle at work…….yes it happened a lot.

I feel emotionally drained and exhausted, BUT  still alive and kicking.

The point I am trying to raise here is that whatever comes in life we have to take it and deal with it,the best possible way.

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Yes it will be difficult, yes you might feel hopeless sometimes, but in the end you are the winner. It is important to stay focused, don’t get distracted from the path you follow to reach your goals. Get your priorities right and the life will lead you.

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So, in the end if this year I am thinking back and realizing that actually there are many things to be grateful for.

I am grateful for my family, for the love and the support I receive from them.

I am grateful also for my life and all the lovely people I have the chance to meet and work with.

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I am determined not to give up and keep going, to reach my goals.

No one knows what is around the corner, so people live your life to the fullest, be happy, love and be loved.

 

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!

Angelina

xx

 

 

 

Medical-Grade vs. Over-the-Counter Products

 

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Hi everyone

If you read my blogs you know that medical grade skin care is one of my favorite topics.

I am trying to focus your attention on the fact that rather spending your money on skin care which is not effective it is much beneficial if you actually go for medical grade skin products.

There is why

Medical-grade or  cosmeceuticals, contain active ingredients which are clinically proven to be effective on different skin types. They have the ability to treat the skin issues you might have as well as to provide aesthetic effect.

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Cosmeceuticals are completely different than the drug store skin care as they contain ingredients penetrate deep in the skin layers.

Over-the-counter do not have the effect on the skin in biological way and do not penetrate into deeper layers on the skin. That is why they are called cosmetics.

 

Medical-grade skin care products and  pharmaceuticals use the same ingredients, which basically are  retinol, antioxidants, or peptides.

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When you are using  medical-grade skin care, you follow  a regimen tailored to to the skin  specific needs.

In order to achieve the results you want it is a good idea to attend an appointment with a dermatologist who will assess your needs and problems and then will prescribe a specific products for your skin.

It is important to understand that not everything can be treated only by using skin care.

With age the skin is loosing elasticity, so then is when  additional treatments coming on board. That includes Botox, Dermal fillers, Laser skin treatments, etc.Learn how to make your own DIY Witch Hazel and Aloe Face Cleanser Pads

Later on in life even those treatments might not be considered enough for some people then the plastic surgeons are the next choice.

Well I have to say that in some occasions plastic surgery is considered even in early age depends on personal p[references.

I work with many Plastic surgeons in Operating Theatres every day and I can tell you they are very busy people.

Now,… I know that some people are against plastic surgery and all that, but in the end of the day is down to the personal preferences.

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I believe that if you don’t like something – change it ! This could be your job, house, the way you look, hair, clothes, car, even marriage, partner,….. whatever. The most important thing is you to be happy!!

Angelina xx

WHAT IS FASHION

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I was thinking recently about why people fall in the fashion trends and end up wearing a uniform in the meaning that everyone wearing red, jackets same style, shoes certain shape as per the last trend, regardless how aesthetically it looks, or if suits them.

So, there it goes, what is actually fashion – which I love by the way!

Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘make, shape, appearance’, also ‘a particular make or style’): from Old French façon, from Latin factio(n-), from facere ‘do, make’.

My understanding of Fashion is – don’t overdo it !

Keep it tidy, if the top is oversized then the bottom goes skinny.

 

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Wide trousers goes with tucked in shirt so you can have a waist.

Be very aware of your body type, don’t just dress for the latest trends, because you can end up looking ridiculous, rather then stylish.

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Show your good parts and hide your worst parts, everyone got some of both isn’t it ?

Ankle trousers are classic for example – can’t go wrong with that, good hair, good make up, glowing skin and a touch of perfume very important.

It is better to look stylish than fashionable I think.

I like to play with colors and textures, but always try to look well put together.  Whatever your style is keep it neat.

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Nails, girls and boys never mind what you wear if your nails are bitten, chopped or the nail polish is half way – well this is a deal breaker to me .

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Also shoes – mainly clean is preferable very much, even if you have expensive shoes if they are dirty and not maintained you will look messy.

I personally always look at the shoes and the nails of a person and can’t stand non maintained nails and dirty shoes. Rater go with no nail polish than with cracked and peeled nails, and clean those shoes for God sake!

I know that the majority of people can’t afford to spend 2-3 K for a handbag or a pair of shoes – I can’t for sure, but you don’t have to, there are plenty of good choices on the market.

Taste can’t be bought with money, looking like a clown in expensive clothes is much worse that looking stylish in high street clothes, trust me.

Self respect – priceless !! I see drunk girls falling over and vomiting in expensive or non expensive outfits – OMG!! WHAT! Come on, this is absolutely ridiculous SELF RESPECT people!! All good impressions and all the effort to look good are TRASHED completely.

What I am trying to say here is that Fashion and Style ate not only the way you look but the way you behave, the way you treat yourself and others.

Make your choices wisely, try to be the best version of you, to be able to gain respect from people you have to respect yourself first.

 

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FALL IS ON THE DOOR STEP

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As the air becomes drier, SO IS THE skin, which means you will have to use a thicker moisturizer. SkinCeuticals Moisturizers are an excellent option to try or The Ordinary – substantially cheaper option but with very good quality.  .

Another important part of the daily skin routine is to switch to non drying toner, face wash and cut down the exfoliation. By cut down I mean not to exfoliate every day. Serums  – very important part make sure they contain Vit C, antioxidants, vit B, Hyalouronic acid, Retinoids.

 

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The Oridinary skin care brand, for example offers a full range of skincare series, including serums, which are single ingredient based, but they can be combined for full effect. Their price range is affordable and they offer very good quality products.

 

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Another product worth trying is A313  vit A pommade by Pharma development.  It contains vit A concentrat 200.000U.I. Ingredients synthetic vitamin A oily (mixture of esters of vitamin A: retinol acetate, retinol propionate, retinol palmitate), PPG 4000, PEG 400, polysorbate 80.

 

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A 313 helps produce healthy new skin cells, after 1 month your skin will feel baby soft. Always good news isn’t it ?!

Now lets talk make up

Fall colors are amazing, we can play with the whole pallete of beautiful warm shades.

I love it,

all beiges,browns,golds, berries,reds and oranges.

 

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Look at these incredible tones, representing the main fall pallete

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They suit all skin tones, and complexions.

Make up Geek, Morphe, Anastasia and many more offer great combination of colors and textures for Fall which I love and use every single day.

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Lipsticks for Fall I would say all colors can do depends on the preference.

My favorites are nudes in all variety of shades and tones.

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Many brands have all sorts of nudes on the market, I love trying new lipsticks.

My current ones are Tarte, Loreal matte, Rimmel Kate

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What are your Fall favorites, skin care and make up please do let me know

xx

Angelina

SKIN GOODIES TO BARE IN MIND

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Hi everyone!
Hope you all having a great day!
Let’s have a look on some good stuff for your skin, which will help to prevent aging, well….not prevent but slow down the process and maintain healthy skin.
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I will start with Antioxidants for Sun Damage and Wrinkles
They are found in most plants in varying amounts. They can fight “free radicals” that harm DNA. Damaged skin cells can speed up aging with
wrinkles, dry skin, dark circles under eyes, dull skin, etc.
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  • Acai oil
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Green tea extract
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)
  • Caffeine

Other plant-based ingredients for aging skin found in skin-care products include:

  • Alpha-hydroxy acid
  • Salicylic acid
  • Hyalournic acid

Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Your body makes this, and it’s in every cell you have. As an antioxidant, it attacks free radicals throughout the body. Alpha-lipoic acid is known in skin care with its ability to erase fine lines and wrinkles, diminish pores, and give skin a healthy glow.

Green Tea Extract

Tea is loaded with good stuff called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals.

Studies have found the ingredients in tea can reduce sun damage and may protect you from skin cancer when you put it on your skin.

Retinol

This is made from Vitamin A and is added to creams to go on your skin. It boosts collagen production and plumps out skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It also improves skin tone and color, and reduces mottled patches.

Many dermatologists prescribe retinol’s stronger counterpart, tretinoin, or similar products, to slow skin aging, improve irregular pigmentation, and clear up acne.

Using a retinol-based product may cause your skin’s top layer (the epidermis) to become dry and flaky. Be sure to wear moisturizer and sunscreen in the morning after you use it, or ask your dermatologist about alternatives.

Vitamin C

As you age, your body slows down making collagen and elastin, which keep skin strong, flexible, and resilient. The antioxidants found in vitamin C may boost the production of collagen and minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.

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Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10)

Your body naturally makes this to zap free radicals in cells. As you age, you make less, though. That may make skin cells more vulnerable to damage by free radicals. That’s the reasoning behind the use of the antioxidant in skin care such as toners, gels, and creams to be used alone or with a moisturizer. One study shows that CoQ-10 helps reduce “crow’s feet,” the wrinkles around the eyes.

Caffeine

It’s also an antioxidant, but experts don’t know whether it can be used on the skin to reverse. Still, skin care companies have added it to lotions and creams based on evidence that shows caffeine could be useful in preventing the growth of skin cancer and, when applied to the skin, may make wrinkles less deep, especially ”crow’s feet” around the eyes.

Other Popular Ingredients

When you shop for skin care and makeup products, you may see these other things:

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Alpha-hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

This group of natural-based acids includes glycolic, lactic, citric, and tartaric acids. They’re in many products.

Glycolic acid was the original AHA and remains popular for its ability to remove dead skin cells and leave skin smoother, softer, and more radiant. AHAs exfoliate the skin, reducing fine lines, age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin color. Peels with high concentrations of AHAs are usually given by a dermatologist, but you can use lower concentrations — between 5% and 10% — in creams or lotions on a daily basis. Start with a low concentration and apply every other day to avoid irritating your skin. Over time, you can gradually start to use it more often, working up to every day. Even at lower doses, though, the acids may irritate and dry skin, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Doctors recommend using moisturizer and sunscreen when using any products that contain AHAs.

Salicylic Acid

You’ll see this ingredient in many over-the-counter and prescription products that treat acne. It penetrates pores and reduces blackheads and whiteheads with less irritation than what you might get from alpha-hydroxy acids. Like AHAs, salicylic acid exfoliates the skin, which can reduce signs of aging.

You shouldn’t use salicylic acid if you are allergic to salicylates (found in aspirin). Ask your doctor before using any product with salicylic acid if you’re pregnant or nursing. Also, be aware of symptoms of rare but serious allergic reactions.  Stop using the product if you develop hives or itching.

Hyaluronic Acid

This is included in skin care products to reduce the signs of aging. Your body makes hyaluronic acid naturally, keeping tissues cushioned and lubricated. It’s found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues. Age, smoking, and an unhealthy diet can cause you to make less of it over time.

Products containing hyaluronic acid may help smooth out skin. It works especially well when combined with vitamin C products.

Angelina

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AGE AND SKIN CARE – GET IT RIGHT

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Hi, everyone!

Let’s see if your skin care is right for your age?

How do you know when is time to start upgrading skin care to correspond your age?

Serums, Botox, Dermal Fillers, Lasers, Skin Tightening they are all around us and mostly affordable these days… but how do you know when to start?

So, generally speaking

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In Your 20’s:

START using sunblock every day, it will preserve your skin from aging

Develop a good skin care routine – antioxidants, moisturizer, sunblock – AND use it.

Evening skin care should involve Vitamin A – Retinol

Don’t “fix” problems you don’t have.

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In Your 30’s:

 Botox – joins the game, say a few times per year if needed of course

You can try IPL, to clear up any brown spots, blood vessels, or any skin

imperfections should they exist.

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Now, THE 40’s

Over 40:

Lots of options

Dermal fillers – to regain the volume, and sagging

Botox – still going on

Laser treatments – very careful there, as with the above – YOU NEED A CONSULTATION – tailored treatment – not everybody is the same!

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Over 60?

Well !  Now, depends on the condition of your skin, if you took good care of it, just carry on with the above, however if not, then may be you can find a good plastic surgeon to talk to !

AND something for all ages:

Make your own mind, don’t listen to other people, do your own research, speak to medical trained people who know what they are doing!

Skin care takes time to work – there is no overnight miracle, improvement comes with time !

Angelina

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BAD INGREDIENTS IN SKIN CARE

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Hi everyone!

Today’s topic will be which ingredients commonly used in skin care to avoid using.

it is a good idea to read the ingredients on the packaging anyway, so you know what are you going to put on your face.

BUT, there are few which are not to be used, as they will do harm rather to be beneficial to the skin.

OK! So,

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Mineral Oil

This ingredient is presents in many topical products, and it has been added for moisture, BUT actually clogs pores and leads to different skin problems like acne, and we don’t want that I am sure.

 

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Alcohols
Methanol, ethanol, ethyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol are common ingredients in skincare products like toners and cleansers. Alcohol dries the skin  – removes the moisture and causes premature aging, which we don’t want as well.

That includes the alcohol on Friday  ….you know! Drinking alcohol ages your body and your skin, so be warned.

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Fragrance  

Strongly fragranced skin care is not the best idea, as it might cause all sorts of allergies and skin reactions, and we don’t like this one too.

I personally don’t really use  drug store skin care for a long time now, and I can advice that in medical grade skin care the consistency and the type of the active ingredients  are made to measure.

The brands on high street rely heavily on advertisement and marketing, so we all know what is new and how great it is, but if you think about it, the medical skin care brands can’t be seen on TV……..so there we go, the quality doesn’t need advertisement.

Angelina

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WHAT IS GOOD AND BAD BOTOX???

Hi everyone!

Today’s topic is going to be a GOOD and a BAD Botox!

Botox treatment is very common these days, and there is nothing wrong with it as long as is done correctly.

Obviously before you go for the procedure you do your research about where to go and who to do it. Now, whether is a nurse or a doctor doesn’t really matter!! What matters is MUST be a medically trained person who knows what they are doing!!

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So, bad BOTOX
  • The face is frozen – no movement
  • When you smile the area around the eyes doesn’t move
  • The eyebrows in the middle drop too much
  • The face doesn’t look symmetrical
  • The eyebrows create a surprised look

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On the other side Good Botox

  • Movement still there, but not that much
  • The face looks symmetrical and rested
  • Eyebrows are in their natural position and there is movement with the face expression

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My advice is to start with the frown lines between the eyebrows and see how you feel, remember you can add more next time. Be careful with the lower face, make sure your injector is very experienced !!!!

The choice of product doesn’t really matter, as all products do the same job.

Again, make sure you choose a well trained MEDICAL practitioner !

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BEST ACTIVE ANTI AGE INGREDIENTS

Hi everybody! Today we will have a look on which are the best anti age ingredients in skin care.

As we all know everything decreasing  with age, so the question is what to do in order to slow down aging. We also know that nothing we can do to STOP it (I wish I could… to be honest..), but to slow it down.

So, The Bad News—Collagen Production is Decreasing/Collagen Breakdown is Iincreasing

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Which means unfortunately, deeper creases and enlarged pores. This is because the skin looses elasticity, pores get bigger because the collagen diminishes.  As we age, the enzymes which destroy collagen become stronger. What we can do in that case is to use products  such as Retinol. Also Vitamin C, as it is a potent antioxidant, and Peptides as collagen simulators.

 

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 The worst mistake is not to deal with wrinkles

They only get worst with age. Non-invasive lasers like Smooth Beam can help stimulate collagen production and fight wrinkles without downtime. Collagen injections, Hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox are good options.  In addition using a daily peel, at home and a professional peel once a month, will help boost collagen and prevent collagen breakdown.

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What else you can do – Moisturize 

Skin gets dryer with age. Moisturizing the skin is vital AND using a Sun block is a must.

So, actually a lot we can do to maintain the skin and to look fresh for longer. It is of course a personal choice, but I strongly support everyone who is on a mission to keep their skin in a good condition.

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WHY VITAMIN B IS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN

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Hello, everybody!

Lets talk Vitamin B today.

It appears that  Vitamin B has got beneficial properties for strengthening the skin barriers by increasing the natural emollients.

Vitamin B also:

Prevents skin getting dry

Evens the skin tone by preventing melanin transfer

Reduces inflammation – acne, rosacea

So, it happened that Vitamin B is a good guy in skin care.

There are clinical studies to show that Vit B is effective in skin health as Niacinamide (Vit B3).

In the formulation, there are two enzymes NADH and NAPPH  to produce cellular energy and lipids, which we lose with age – as everything else I am afraid…

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Now then, when applied on the skin Vitamin B3, increases skin elasticity ,

hence prevents wrinkles.

Vitamin B12 , on the other side has been recognized to be able to prevent and reverse the effects of environmental damage on the skin.

I personally use Vitacreame B12 for months now and I love it.

Some of the Vitacreame B12 properties are:

Reinforces the protective cutaneous film

Increases skin natural strength

Vitacreame B12, penetrates up to dermal-epidermal junction because of its liposomic ingredients and reactivates the skin regeneration processes.

It also regulates pigment production, hydrates the skin,  and last but not least promotes elastin and collagen fibers.

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AND, never mind everything else is EFSA ( The European food Safety Authority) approved to be safe.

Well, may be all this is not going to please everyone, BUT you can’t please everyone anyway!

It is important to understand, as I have mentioned in my previous blogs – THERE IS NO QUICK FIX! Unless you go for plastic surgery, Botox, Dermal fillers etc.,

which however does not exclude good skin care regimen!!

xxx