No-Knife Cosmetic Fixes


Mirror, Mirror, Say It Ain’t So
At some point, it’s hard to ignore the vivid signs of aging you see in the mirror — little wrinkles around your eyes or lips, age spots, maybe some sagging skin. There used to be few options for turning back the clock without going under the knife. But today, you can soften the effects of time on your face with many nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.

Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are not without risks. You might have an allergic reaction to anesthetics on your skin or injectable fillers. Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and lasers can cause scarring or make your skin lose color. But they’re often less risky than cosmetic surgery. Talk to your dermatologist about what to consider before you schedule a procedure.

If forehead creases are bringing you down, injections of botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin) can provide a temporary fix. They’re made with a purified version of the toxin from botulinum bacteria. In tiny doses, this toxin relaxes the clenched facial muscles that cause crow’s feet, frown lines, and the like. The shots take only a few minutes and cause little pain.

These treatments usually take 3 to 7 days before you start to see results. You’ll notice smoother skin where you got the shots. As the muscles slowly are able to contract again, lines and wrinkles reappear. To keep them away, you’ll need injections every 3 to 6 months at first, and less often after that.

Chemical peels use an acid solution to remove old, dead cells from the outer layers of skin. The solution often has a mix of glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, or trichloroacetic acid (TCA). It can take about 15 minutes to apply, and you might feel some stinging and irritation. Over the next few days, your skin’s upper layers will peel, revealing newer, smoother-looking skin.

A series of peels can reduce age spots, fine lines, acne scars, and wrinkles caused by sun damage or aging. Mild treatments, like the one shown here, have more subtle results. You can have one every few weeks until you get the results you want. Deeper peels cause swelling and crusting at first, but have more dramatic results in the end. You can get moderate to deep peels again in 6 to 12 months.

You may have heard of dermabrasion, a procedure that sands away the top layer of skin. It can treat severe sun damage, but it causes bleeding and needs a week of recovery time. Microdermabrasion is a nonsurgical option. Often called a “power peel,” it blasts the skin with tiny crystals that exfoliate the outer layer. This can reduce fine lines, brown spots, and mild acne scars — usually with little recovery time.

As microdermabrasion exfoliates, it sucks the powdery dead skin cells from your face (shown on left). Right after, the new skin looks pink and feels tight, like a sunburn (shown on right). It usually gets better in about 24 hours, leaving subtle improvements in tone and texture. It can take up to 10 sessions, a few weeks apart, before you can clearly see the differences.

Thermage Basics

For saggy, crepe-like skin, Thermage can come to the rescue. This device uses radio-frequency energy to heat your skin. The heat prompts your body to make collagen, which tightens skin. Thermage can be painful, but one treatment is usually enough for good results.

Droopy eyelids respond especially well to Thermage. You won’t see results until 4 to 6 months after the procedure, but the difference can be dramatic.

Nonablative Laser Basics

Nonablative lasers get under the skin’s surface without damaging the outer layer. They help your skin make collagen, reduce fine lines, and improve tone and firmness. The procedure can be painful, so your doctor will put medicine on your face to numb it. Because nonablative lasers don’t damage surface skin, you won’t need as much recovery time as for other treatments.

Nonablative laser therapy is a good option for people who want to improve skin tone and texture without taking time off from work. You might have mild redness after a session, but it will get better quickly. For the best results, plan on four to six treatments with a few weeks in between.

Nonablative Laser for Melasma

Nonablative lasers are especially good at treating melasma, the splotchy brown patches that often happen during pregnancy. You can see a striking difference on the cheek in this photo after four treatments.

Diode Laser Basics

People with severe acne can get dramatic results from diode lasers. They can destroy the oil glands that feed acne. Like nonablative lasers, they get under the surface without damaging the skin’s outer layer. The main side effect is red, inflamed skin, but it won’t last long. You will need some time to recover, though.

You may need a few sessions to get the best results.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Like lasers, IPL goes below the surface to a deeper layer of skin called the dermis. Short pulses of light heat and destroy cells to start renewing your skin. Unlike a laser, IPL uses a broad spectrum of light that can treat different kinds of  blemishes at the same time. The treatment is usually painful, so ask your doctor how you can be more


IPL can reduce the redness that comes with rosacea or lighten dark circles under your eyes, which are caused by clusters of blood vessels showing through the skin. A few sessions will vaporize the blood vessels, leaving the surface unharmed. IPL can also remove unwanted color patches (like melasma and age spots) by destroying pigmented cells. It also prompts the skin to make collagen, which fights fine lines and wrinkles.

Cosmetic Filler Basics

Cosmetic fillers are substances that smooth wrinkles and folds by bulking up the tissue underneath. Doctors inject them directly into problem areas. Collagen is the oldest and best-known cosmetic filler. Newer options include hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA), and ordinary fat that comes from your own thigh or belly.

The results of hyaluronic acid injection, can last 9 months or longer. The effects of collagen injections vary, but you may need more every 3 to 6 months. Changes also vary if you inject a wrinkle with fat cells — they can be long-lasting or fade in 4 to 6 months. Results from PMMA are often long lasting

Fillers can also mask tired-looking “bags” and dark circles under the eyes by filling in the hollow area around the eye socket. This strategy fights shadows, puffiness, and a sunken look to your eyes.

Many of the same cosmetic fillers doctors use to treat wrinkles and dark circles can also plump your lips. Collagen and hyaluronic acid injections last for a little while. You can get long-lasting results with injections of fat cells into the lips.

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Best Foods for Your Anti-Aging Diet

While you can’t stop aging, you can slow it down in a way. The first step toward good health in your senior years is to eat right.

You have to feed your body good nutrition for it to run like it’s supposed to run. You have to have good maintenance. You have to start treating your body like you do your cars and your home. “Sometimes, you forget that your body is a well-oiled machine.”

Eating for Adults: As we age, our bodies change — not just in how they look, but also in how they work. It may take longer for you to digest meals. You may not drink enough water because you don’t feel as thirsty as you used to. Food may lose some of its taste, so you simply might not be interested in eating.

You might have a hard time chewing, you might just not feel like cooking, or you might be tired of eating by yourself. When these things keep you from eating well, your once well-oiled machine starts to sputter.

Talk with your doctor about any trouble you have as you try to eat a healthy diet. You may want to meet with a nutritionist, too. With a good health team, you can come up with a plan that helps get you back into eating well.

Keys to a Healthy Diet: You probably know the basics of a healthy diet — lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains, some low-fat dairy and healthy fats, and less salt. Some foods are especially helpful for older adults who want to eat healthier: Water: Not a food, you say? Think of it as one. As you get older, you may not drink enough water because you don’t feel as thirsty as you used to.

Water is so underappreciated. Our bodies are mostly water. If you’re chronically dehydrated, just think of what your cells look like, You can’t think as clearly, you get fatigued more easily, you don’t tolerate heat as well. People who complain of things like fatigue and mild headaches and constipation, most often they’re just dehydrated.

Berries: Always delicious, and packed with various antioxidants.” Antioxidants — things like vitamin C and vitamin E — can help keep your cells healthy. You can’t go wrong with any of the berries, usually, but blueberries really come packed with nutrients that are beneficial for the body.

Fiber: Dietary fiber — from things like vegetables, whole grains, fruits, and legumes — plays a key role in your digestive system. It can help prevent or ease constipation, as well as lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and inflammation. That can lead to a healthier heart. Fiber also can help control blood sugar levels and lower your chances of diabetes.

Fatty fish: Heart-healthy all-stars like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They help prevent heart disease and stroke. Aim for at least two servings a week.

Olive oil: Cooking with this can help lower your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may even boost your good cholesterol (HDL).

Yogurt: Bone loss gets worse as you get older. Calcium helps keep it at bay, and yogurt is a good source of that. Get yogurt fortified with vitamin D, which helps you take in and use that key mineral. Yogurt also helps you digest your food, and it has protein, too. And it pairs really well with fruit.

Tomatoes: These and other foods high in lycopene, a natural chemical, can help protect you against prostate cancer and may help prevent lung cancer, too. Cooked or processed tomatoes (in juice, paste, and sauce) may be better at that than raw ones. Researchers believe that heating or mashing tomatoes releases more lycopene.

Red wine: Alcohol may help lower “bad” cholesterol, prevent blood clots, and ease your blood pressure. Go easy, of course. That usually means no more than one drink a day for women and two a day for men. If you don’t drink alcohol, though, don’t start.

Broccoli: Filled with all sorts of vitamins and antioxidants, broccoli is high in fiber, too. Nuts: Full of omega-3s, unsaturated fats (the good kind), fiber, and protein,

Nuts are heart-healthy nutrition in the palm of your hand. Shoot for five, 1-ounce servings per week. The following examples equal 1 ounce: 24 almonds 18 medium cashews 12 hazelnuts or filberts 8 medium Brazil nuts 12 macadamia nuts 35 peanuts 15 pecan halves 14 English walnut halves

Winter Skincare

Dry Skin Woes

Is your skin feeling dry and tight — even itchy or flaky? Any number of things can strip your skin of its protective oils. The result: Everything from chapped lips and itchy skin to cracked heels. Relief is in your grasp. Use this pictorial guide to see top cold-weather threats to your skin and what you can do about them.

Give Dry Hands Extra Care

The cold winter air may hard hit your hands. Washing your hands frequently helps eliminate cold and flu germs, but it also increases dryness. And unless you wear gloves every time you go out, hands may be more exposed to cold than other parts of your body. Give dry hands some extra TLC by using a glycerin-based moisturizer when you wake up, before you go to bed, and any time your hands feel dry throughout the day. Use Exquis Ultra Moisturizer with SPF 15 available on line at

SOS for Chapped Lips

No one is immune from dry lips in winter! Here’s how to cope: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and use a humidifier at home. Liberally apply beeswax or petroleum jelly to your lips. Put on lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen every time you go outside. Avoid being in the sun and wind too much. Don’t lick your lips — it may feel better briefly, but it only makes chapped lips worse.

Heal Cracked Heels

Painful, cracked heels are a common skin condition, especially in winter. They are often caused by dry skin. Having calluses around the rim of the heel can complicate the problem. In some cases, dry cracked feet can lead to infection or make walking painful. Keep feet healthy by marinating cracked heels in petroleum jelly, covering them with plastic wrap, and putting on a pair of socks overnight. You should see improvement in a few days. Exquis Anti-Aging Moisturizer is very effective for healing cracked heals.

Use Super-Fatted Soap

The same products that keep your face looking fresh in the spring and summer may cause skin problems during winter. Choose a gentle, super-fatted, fragrance-free soap — bar or liquid — for cleansing. Super-fatted means the soap is loaded with oils. Use a non-astringent toner, or just skip it altogether. If skin is dry, moisturizers that contain urea, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, or mineral oil can be good bets. Exquis Deep Cleansing Wash is very gentle and effective soap for winter use.

Choose a Winter Moisturizer

Should you change your moisturizer? Maybe. If you usually use a light lotion, try a heavier cream, at least on dry skin patches. Ointments — like petroleum jelly — have more oil than creams or lotions. That makes them more greasy, too, so they may be best for feet and body. Minimize the greasy feeling by using a very small amount and gently but thoroughly rubbing it into skin. Apply after a warm. Exquis Anti-Aging Moisturizer is best choice.

Decode Moisturizer Choices

Humectants — like urea, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, propylene glycol — absorb water from the air. They are oil-free. Emollients — like baby or mineral oil, plant oils (like jojoba oil), petroleum jelly, lanolin, stearic acid — help replace oils in the skin. Many moisturizers contain a combination. You may want to skip some anti-aging moisturizers in winter. Those that contain retinoids can further irritate and dry, sensitive skin. Use Exquis Ultra Rich Moisturizer.

Clear Away Dead Skin First

To get the most out of your moisturizer, exfoliate. Clearing away dead skin cells lets a moisturizer better penetrate dry skin. Exfoliate gently with a moisturizer that contains lactic acid or salicylic acid. Some exfoliants can be irritating — especially in winter — so try them on a small patch of skin first. If your skin is really dry or irritated, ask your doctor before starting a new skin care product or regimen.

Winter Showers

A shower can add water to your skin — as long as you keep it short and sweet. Long, hot showers can actually draw water from your skin. Appealing as a hot shower on a cold morning may be, lukewarm water is a better choice. It won’t strip away skin’s natural oils.

Lock in Moisture After Your Bath

Right after you step out of the tub, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer to retain the water your skin just absorbed. A glycerin- or hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer can increase the amount of water that’s drawn into your skin. Baby oil (mineral oil) is also a good choice, because it prevents water from evaporating from your skin. Don’t stop there: Liberally re-apply moisturizer throughout the day, especially to troublesome dry skin patches. Exquis Ultra Rich Moisturizer is most effective product to lock in moisture after bath.

Plug in a Humidifier

It’s cold outside! So you’re staying inside, with the heat on. That warm, dry air can mean parched, dry skin. Use a humidifier to restore moisture to the air. You can find inexpensive models at most drug stores. Put one in your bedroom; better yet, invest in two or three and place them strategically around your home to stave off irritated, itchy skin this winter.

Lube Your Locks

Protect your hair this winter by shampooing every other day instead of daily. Shampoos and excess shampooing can strip hair of moisture. Use warm water and a mild shampoo with sunscreen. Apply extra conditioner to keep your hair hydrated, shiny, and soft. Don’t overstyle with the blow dryer or flat iron. Bundle Up Against


Frostnip — a mild form of frostbite — tends to affect the earlobes, cheeks, nose, fingers, and toes. Signs of frostnip include pale skin, numbness, or tingling in the affected area. Avoid frostnip by dressing warmly — including hat, earmuffs, and gloves. The best treatment is to re-warm the affected areas; although frostnip is uncomfortable, it doesn’t cause any damage to skin.

Psoriasis is more than dry skin.

It’s caused when the immune system misfires and speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. Dry air, lack of sunlight, and colder temperatures can make psoriasis worse. Follow tips for dry skin: short, lukewarm showers, lots of moisturizer, and humidifiers throughout the house. Ask your dermatologist about phototherapy, which uses ultraviolet light B (UVB) rays to slow the growth of skin cells.

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How to moisturize skin for winter weather

Dry skin

The coldest season of the year brings a flurry of problems. Fortunately, we’ve got five ways to winter-proof your skin.

Step 1: Bathe briefly.

The cold air outside combined with the dry heat inside leaves your skin parched. Taking long, hot showers dehydrates your skin even more.  Warm, not hot water is best for bathing. And keep tub time to less than 10 minutes.

Step 2: Use a mild cleanser

Exquis Deep Cleansing Wash on your face and body.  The cold and wind are drying enough. Don’t strip more oils from your skin with harsh cleansers and scrubs.

Number 3: Moisturize daily.

The best time to put on moisturizer (Exquis Ultra Rich Moisturizer) is right after you shower, when your skin is still damp.

Step 4: Protect your lips.

Cracked or chapped lips are just no fun.  To keep your lips protected, smooth on a lip balm that has petrolatum, glycerin, or essential oils. Reapply it often, especially before bed.

And finally, number 5.

Just because the summer sun is on hiatus doesn’t mean you can put the sunscreen away.

Skin care experts recommend wearing sunscreen year-round. Yes, this applies even on sunless days, and especially if you’re hitting the slopes. Snow reflects UV rays, plus the higher altitude ups your risk of skin damage.

Bottom line,

It’s all about moisturizing and protection. Now your skin is ready to face the winter weather. For more information and to purchase our products, please visit online




How to Deal with winter Eczema

When you have eczema, you may already know that some cosmetics irritate your skin — but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on makeup. Some products may trigger a flare, but others have ingredients that are gentle on the sensitive skin on your face and neck. The trick is to know the difference.

What to Look For

1. Phospholipids, Avocado oil, Shea butter and glycerin. These moisturizing ingredients repair your skin and help it look healthier. Look for skin care products that list one of these on the ingredients list.

2. Hyaluronic acid. It helps draw moisture from the air to your skin. Smooth on cream with hyaluronic acid for an extra boost of moisture and to ease flaky, dry skin.

3. Niacinamide. If red patches show through no matter how many layers of makeup you pile on, try a serum or cream that has this compound, also called vitamin B3. It can reduce redness from eczema by strengthening your skin’s natural barrier. Apply niacinamide cream first and then put on cosmetics.

What to Avoid

1. Glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and retinol. These products tend to dry out or irritate skin, which is a problem for people with eczema. The condition is partly caused by a weak skin barrier, which lets irritating chemicals get into skin more easily, and lets more water evaporate. So it’s best to avoid products that make that problem worse.

2. Preservatives like methylparaben or butylparaben. They help keep cosmetics and skin care products from going bad or growing bacteria, but they can also lead to inflammation. Try using products with natural preservatives like neem oil or grapefruit seed extract when you can — they’re less irritating. Where to find these products

Where to buy

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Better Skin with a Healthy Glow

Get Glowing Skin Now Your wisdom and confidence may grow as you get older, but the same isn’t true for many of your hormone levels. During menopause, lower levels of estrogen have a big impact on your skin. Less estrogen makes you prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling. Fortunately, you can relieve some of the skin-related effects of aging by taking care of your specific skin care needs from Exquis Natural Skincare products. These products are available online at

Clean Up!

Cleansing is an important skin care step — especially as you age. As you get older and your skin gets drier, your skin especially can benefit from extra moisture. The key is using a cleanser that’s right for drier skin. So, opt for a creamy formula that hydrates instead of foam or gel cleansers, which can strip moisture away.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

After menopause, your skin gets drier because oil glands aren’t as active. Try to give skin more moisture with a heavier cream. Skip long, hot showers and put on moisturizer while your skin is still damp. That helps boost hydration.

You Still Need SPF

Even though skin cancer and wrinkling are caused by the amount of sun you got in your 20s, 30s, and 40s, you still need to protect your skin. Why? Skin may have less natural protection than when you were younger. So look for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher, and wear it every day

Minimize Wrinkled Skin

You get wrinkles from too much sun damage over the years, as well as the hormonal changes of menopause. As your hormone levels decrease with age, that can change your skin quality and make wrinkles worse. Wrinkles may be more obvious when your skin is dry, especially as you age. Use moisturizer on your face, jawline and neck every day, and look for skin care products designed to help fight fine lines and sagging and that lead to a brighter appearance overall.

Hit the Spots

Age spots on the face, hands, and chest can look more obvious around menopause. Help prevent them by using sunscreen every day. Already got spots? Fade them with exfoliating products that shed dead skin cells, which can be dull and flaky. Skin-lightening products can help fade spots. Toners can also help even out skin color.

Help Your Hands

The backs of your hands can lose moisture, collagen, and fat during menopause. That can make veins more obvious and skin more wrinkled. Plus, your skin can look see-through and bony. To reduce the look of wrinkles, use moisturizer often on your hands. Protect them from the sun. And wear gloves when doing house or yard work.

Eat Your Antioxidants

Collagen gives your skin its youthful plumpness and keeps your skin tight. As your estrogen levels drop, so does the collagen in your skin. Eating foods with antioxidants may help make your skin stronger from the inside out. Look for brightly colored fruits and vegetables (they get their color from these healthy compounds) and try to eat every color of the spectrum.

Stock Up on Soy

Soy is rich in isoflavones, plant-based compounds that seem to act like estrogen in the body. Isoflavones may help improve age-related changes like thinning skin. Experts believe about 50 mg of isoflavones — that’s like like 3 ounces of tempeh or a half cup of miso — a day can help menopausal women in other ways, too.

Look for Balance

Stress can make your skin drier and more sensitive. It can also trigger conditions like psoriasis. And if you’re stressed out, you might even forget your skin care routine. Try yoga, meditation, and other stress-reduction techniques to help you relax.

Work It Out

Exercise does more than just tone your muscles. It helps skin in two ways. First, it relieves stress. Exercise also boosts circulation, which begins to slow with age. The extra oxygen and blood flow can help your skin look brighter and healthier.

Bulk Up on Beauty Sleep

Getting enough sleep helps your skin look fresh. Sleep can help prevent dark circles under your eyes, and it also gives the rest of your body a chance to recharge. Lack of sleep can change your hormone levels and metabolism in many of the same ways that aging does. So shoot for a solid 7 to 9 hours of shut-eye every night.

Your wisdom and confidence may grow as you get older, but the same isn’t true for many of your hormone levels. During menopause, lower levels of estrogen have a big impact on your skin. Less estrogen makes you prone to thinning, sagging, and wrinkling. Fortunately, you can relieve some of the skin-related effects of aging by taking care of your specific skin care needs from Exquis Natural Skincare products. These products are available online at

Advantages of skincare products based on Liposomal delivery system

The “bricks and mortar” architecture of the skin’s stratum corneum (outer layers) prevents the invasion of bacteria and viruses into the body. This defense mechanism also prevents active ingredients in the skincare products from entering the dermis (inner layers of the skin). As a result, existing skincare treatments have very limited efficacy and tolerability.

In order to overcome the resistance provided by epidermis (outer protective layer of the skin) current dermatological procedures, such as Chemical peel, dermabrasion, micro-dermabrasion, epidermal peel, ultrasound, photo facial or laser treatment; destroy stratum corneum – the protective layer of the skin, making body susceptible to the external pathogens. The side effects associated with these procedures include swelling, redness and sensitivity with sunlight.

“Bricks and mortar” architecture of the stratum corneum

Advantages of skincare products based on Liposomal delivery system

Since first being described by English hematologist Alec Bangham in 1961 artificial lipid vesicles (also called liposomes) have been recognized and extensively studied as delivery vehicles for pharmaceuticals


The major advantage of topical liposomal drug formulations is its ability to encapsulate active molecules and carry them through the outer impenetrable barrier layer,) Stratum Corneum), into the dermis. This results in the enhanced efficacy and tolerability of the skincare products. Other advantages include:

• Reduction of serious side effects and incompatibilities that may arise from undesirably high systemic absorption of drug

• Enhance significantly the accumulation of actives at the site of administration (Dermis-inner layers of the skin where it is needed for efficacy), as a result of the high substantivity of liposomes with biological membranes

• To readily incorporate a wide variety of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs

• Liposomes are also non-toxic, biodegradable and are readily prepared on a large scale.

Exquis Technology

Modern medicine focuses on destroying pathogenic invaders from outside the body. Ayurveda focuses on making the body’s defenses as strong as possible through promoting inner balance. Exquis skincare products are developed by combination of both complementary approaches. Exquis has developed skincare products based on liposome dermal delivery technology. This approach has resulted in the exquisite treatments with higher efficacy and higher tolerability for Anti-Aging, Eczema and Acne. These products do not contain currently prescribed actives, such as steroids, with serious side effects.  To order online visit company website


Going easy on eyes when it comes to skin care seems like common sense, but how much special attention do you have to pay to this area? Using a separate eye cream and facial moisturizer may be necessary, especially if you have sensitive skin. The skin around the eyes is very thin, and most of us are more sensitive in the eye area than the rest of the face.

Thin eyelid skin is the first area to show signs of aging and environmental damage. The structure of the skin in the eye area is different from facial or body skin, and doesn’t respond in the same ways to active ingredients and is more likely to be irritated when a product isn’t a good match.

To avoid a bad reaction, look for products that are labeled “hypoallergenic” and less likely to cause irritation. Facial creams can cause stinging, inflammation, or other issues. Also, the fragrances or preservatives in some of those products can cause dermatitis or irritation, on delicate skin. Another school of thought says what’s good for your face is also good for the eyes.

I recommend to use Exquis Beautiful Eyes cream, containing topical alpha hydroxy acid, Ammonium Lactate, with vitamin C, and a simple moisturizer in the eye area. Just make sure the products don’t get into the eye. This product is available online at

The eye area may need some special care. Eyelid dermatitis is common, and while it’s not always related to an allergy or irritant reaction, that’s a common cause. It is better to stop using any products that cause an itchy rash around the eyelids right away. If you want to buy an eye cream, look for those made for sensitive skin.

Age-Proof Your Eyes An eye cream isn’t the only option to fight the signs of aging. These tips can also help you prevent wrinkles sagging, and dark circles.

Use a gentle makeup remover. Daily rubbing and tugging can cause damage, use a makeup remover that “melts” off mascara and shadow like a cleansing oil. Keep your hands off. Avoid rubbing (especially if you have allergies that cause itching), tugging, pulling, and otherwise handling the skin in your eye area.

Indie Beauty Profile: Exquis Skincare


Dr. Kalidas Kale, Exquis Skincare

By …as told to Deanna Utroske, 21-Aug-2017

In his Indie Beauty Profile, Dr. Kalidas Kale, founder of Exquis Skincare, speaks candidly about the resources, financial and otherwise, needed to launch a personal care brand, and he shares insight on how new technology can be used to enhance the benefits of traditional ingredients.

Embarrassing Beauty Questions –You don’t have to ask

Embarrassing Beauty Questions Stinky feet, stretch marks —nothing is off limits. We are answering your most embarrassing questions, so you don’t have to ask.

Why Do I Have a Unibrow?

It’s no secret that some gals grow excess hair between the eyebrows. Most often, stray hairs on the face are a harmless trait that runs in the family. (Hi, Mom!) Plucking or threading can clean up your look for a few weeks. For lip or chin hair, a depilatory cream for the face is an option — kept well away from the eyes. Laser hair removal and electrolysis are long-term solutions.

Does Anything Banish Cellulite?

A pinch will show lumpy skin on just about every woman. Cellulite is just a normal fat layer under the skin. Exercising to firm muscles can sometimes make it less visible. Doctors question whether special cellulite creams really work for long. For a quick fix before slipping on shorts, rub on a self-tanner. Cellulite is less noticeable on darker skin. Cosmetic procedures are another option.

Why Do I Blush So Often?

Most people blush sometimes, especially when feeling shy or embarrassed. But when patches of red pop up randomly on your cheeks, forehead, or chin, rosacea may be to blame. If that’s the case, see your dermatologist. There are pills and creams that can help. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, as sunlight is a trigger for the flushing of rosacea. Rarely, frequent blushing and a pounding heart in social situations can be an anxiety disorder. If it harms your work or relationships, talk to your doctor.

Surely, I’m Too Young to Go Gray!

If you are under 40 and more than half of your hair is white, you’re “going gray” prematurely. Rarely, this can be a sign of a thyroid or pigment disorder. But most often, you can thank your parents for the early gray genes. Coloring your hair is an easy fix. If you want to embrace your silvery locks, special shampoos can prevent yellowing. Premature gray doesnot mean you’re aging more quickly than normal.

Are Those Pimples on My Bottom?

Probably not. Small white or red bumps on your rear are most likely keratosis pilaris. This is a harmless skin condition that can also show up on the back, cheeks, upper arms, and thighs. The condition may last for years, but tends to go away gradually by age 30. Until then, moisturizer may help applied several times a day.

How Did I Get Stretch Marks?

When the skin gets stretched by pregnancy, weight gain, or the normal growth of the teen years, depressed lines can develop. These stretch marks are a type of scar, which is usually red or purple to start, then fades to a glossy white. They’re most common on the belly, thighs, hips, breasts, and lower back. Chemical peels or laser surgery can reduce them. Unfortunately, lotions and creams usually don’t do much.

Why Do I Have Bad Breath?

You brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, yet you still have a bad taste in your mouth — a sign of bad breath. Gum disease, heartburn, dry mouth, or even a sinus infection could be to blame. But most likely, your diet is the reason. Toothpaste is no match for heaps of onions and garlic. See if avoiding these foods helps. If not, check with your dentist

Is There a Fix for Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps show up when stubble curls back on itself and grows into the skin. The best fix is to stop shaving. Smart shaving habits might help prevent the bumps. Take a hot shower first. Use a thick shaving gel and a sharp, single-blade razor. Shave in the direction your hair grows. Hair removal creams and laser hair removal treatments are other options.

What’s Making My Teeth Dark?

If you drink coffee, tea, dark sodas, or red wine, you have your answer. Smoking and some medicines can also discolor teeth. The first step to whiter teeth is to brush and floss regularly. Teeth-whitening systems can also help. You’ll find them at the drug store and in your dentist’s office.

How Can I Soften Callused Feet?

Most people have calluses on the heels and balls of their feet. The thick layers of dead skin are there to protect your feet from the pressure of walking. But you may not like the sight of rough, yellowish heels peeking out of your sandals. Soak your feet in hot water and scrub with a pumice stone to remove some of the dead skin. Glycolic acid lotions and creams also help soften calluses.

Why Do My Nails Split and Fray?

If your hands are often in water — especially if you use strong soap — your nails may split, peel, or become brittle. Use a moisturizer and wear gloves when washing dishes. Over-the-counter supplemental Biotin tablets (5,000 micrograms daily) also help strengthen your nails. A fungal infection could be the problem if your nails change color and then break or crumble. In that case, you may need prescription pills or a nail lacquer from your doctor to treat the infection. Original (amber) Listerine soaks also help dry up nail fungus.

Why Do I Sweat So Much?

Sweat cools your body so you don’t overheat. If you tend to sweat while sitting calmly in a cool room, talk to your doctor to find out why. One possible cause is hyperhidrosis. It’s harmless but annoying, and it can cause pools of sweat under the arms and on the palms and soles of your feet. Prescription antiperspirants, pills, or even Botox are treatment options.

Help, I’m Losing My Hair!

Hair loss in women is more common than you might think. Women make up 40% of people with hair loss. Some of the most common causes are hormone or thyroid problems, pregnancy, and certain medicines. A doctor may prescribe medicinal foam to rub into the scalp or pills to address hormonal problems.

Why Do My Feet Stink?

Even if you shower regularly, foot odor can be stubborn. The soles of the feet are a favorite hangout for odor-causing bacteria. When sweat mixes with the bacteria, you get that familiar foot stench. Keep feet dry and don’t wear shoes that make your feet sweat, especially tennis shoes and boots. Wash socks after every use. Still have stinky shoes? Try a deodorize

How Can I Soften Chapped Lips?

Blame dry air for your peeling lips. It can cause tiny cracks in your skin, making them sensitive as well as rough-looking. Don’t lick your lips — it only makes them more chapped. Instead, use a lip balm made with petroleum jelly, castor seed oil, or shea butter. This will seal in moisture and protect lips from the elements. And look for one with SPF 30. The sun’s damaging rays can dry your kisser even more.

Why Do I Have Spider Veins?

Are you a teacher, a nurse, or a sales clerk? Women with jobs that keep them on their feet are more likely to develop spider veins. Obesity, pregnancy, and genetics also boost your risk. Spider veins usually don’t need treatment, but you don’t have to live with the look. Sclerotherapy is one option, which involves injecting saline or sugar solutions directly into the veins in a doctor’s office to make the veins fade away. Usually several sessions are needed, 6 weeks apart, and support stockings are recommended for at least the first week or two after each treatment. Support stockings help prevent the appearance of spider veins in the first place.

Should I Worry About Skin Tags?

Skin tags are tiny balls of tissue that sprout along the neck, chest, back, armpits, and upper thigh/groin area. Overweight and elderly people get them most often. While they occasionally become irritated, skin tags are not dangerous. If the appearance bothers you, a dermatologist can remove them in an office visit by freezing, snipping, or burning them off.

What Makes My Neck Age So Fast?

If you’ve lost a lot of weight, you may have extra skin hanging around the neck. Or as you’ve gotten older, your skin has thinned, you’ve lost some underlying collagen, your muscles have loosened, and maybe you’ve gained a double chin. It can all add up to deep neck furrows … and your neck looks older than your face! Slow down and reverse some signs of aging by avoiding the sun and using sunscreen daily. Botox injections, topical prescription retinoid creams, lasers, and broad-band light devices can also help. For a more dramatic change, a neck lift is also an option.