4 Successful Ways to Revitalize Yourself to the Extreme

“Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.” ~ Audrey Lorde.

Medical professionals, physicians and therapists have greatly emphasized the need for self-care and relaxation techniques not only to take care of yourself mentally but also physically. Relaxation techniques can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, slow down the heart rate, thereby lowering fatigue, anger and frustration. It gives you the greater strength to handle life’s challenges.

Sometimes, these techniques mean doing the things you love to do anyway but haven’t had the time for due to a hectic schedule. One cannot emphasize enough the need to take time out at least once a fortnight, if not every week, to spend some “me-time”, regardless of whether you want a day at the spa with bikini area hair removal or a shopping spree.

Effective Ways of Spending Quality ME Time

  1. Nothing Can Be Better Than Shopping

Shopping always works for women, no matter how stressed they are, unless the problem is money related, of course! But remember, retail therapy doesn’t mean spending every penny of your savings to feel better, since an empty bank account will only add to the stress. Don’t think of groceries or household needs, look at those alluring outfits, shoes, handbags, makeup and then some more of shoes. After all, one can never have enough shoes!

  1. Enjoy a Beauty Day

If you’re not someone who likes to spend a fortune on salons for skin and hair treatments, then pamper yourself at home using some easily available ingredients. Give yourself a foot massage with warm oil or give yourself a facial done using simple items from the kitchen like milk and honey. Hair removal is an important part of our grooming regimen and if you are planning to hit the beach, make sure you also think of bikini area hair removal. Don’t forget to use a good product for sensitive areas, such as Veet Spawax, which gives long lasting results and a professional feel. Give yourself a hair spa, with an oil massage, followed up with a hot towel. Don’t forget to play some music in the background.

  1. Spa Treatment

If you have the time and inclination, then visiting the best spa in your area is a great choice. In that calm environment, with soft music playing though discrete speakers, you might just find the right environment to explore your inner self. The flickering candles add to the ambiance. Consider a full body massage. The feeling of relaxation this offers is beyond description! In case you are unable to visit the spa, a similar environment can be created in your bathroom with candles and rose petals in the bath tub. Don’t forget the music!

  1. Take Yourself Out to Lunch

Tired of cooking for others? It is time to give yourself a treat. It could be at a café near your home or a fine dining restaurant you always wanted to try. Now is the time to shake off those worries and enjoy the lunch, alone or with your girlfriends. At night, enjoy a big jar of rich chocolate ice cream while watching your favourite movie.

6 Things Everyone Should Know About Laser Hair Removal

In the UAE, the ideal of beauty goes much beyond just being slim. In fact, according to market research by Gulf Consulting Group, more and more women are opting for cosmetic procedures, from liposuction, which stands at #1 to laser hair removal. The report says, “. Beauty ideals portrayed in the media are often considered the inspiration for women in the Arab world, so that good looks are high on the agenda as an important source of pride.”

And getting rid of unwanted body hair has become an essential part of the grooming routine. If you live in the UAE and are looking for permanent removal of unwanted body hair, make sure you get the treatment done between October and December, since it is advisable to avoid sun exposure after laser treatment and the rest of the year does see a very hot sun beating down on the region. But before you go in for treatment, here are some things that you should know.

Things to Consider Before Hair Removal Treatment

  • Make a Firm Decision

Prior to opting for the treatment, it is imperative that you are fully aware of all aspects of the treatment. This means that you should be prepared for some amount of pain, some precautions that need to be taken before, during and after the procedure and the fact that while it is called permanent, the effects usually last for about 6 months, after which you might need to repeat the procedure. The best course of action is to talk to an experienced professional to gain as much information as possible,

  • Conduct a Stringent Background Check

Laser hair removal is a medical procedure that requires solid experience and expertise. So, before you actually assign the task to a professional, make sure you are aware of the specialist’s credentials. Make sure to check for customer reviews and feedback for the clinic and track record of success with previous cases similar to your own.

  • Get Prepared for Some Side-Effects

Just like any medical procedure, this form of therapy also entails some side-effects. According to experts, some of the common side-effects include skin irritation, itching, redness and swelling around the treated area. However, the good news is that these are only temporary and not severe. They will disappear within two or three days post treatment.

  • Avoid Exposure to Sunlight

Exposure to UV rays before and after the treatment can cause severe reactions to not only your skin, but also your overall health. So limit your sun exposure 2-3 weeks prior to going in for treatment. And yes, tanning is not allowed a month before and after the treatment!

  • Best Results Require Time and Patience

To get the best results, it is crucial that you attend multiple sessions, as per your doctor’s guidance. In most cases, you will start feeling the difference after three months. Patience is the key!

  • Avoid Perfumes, Deodorants and Hot Showers

Perfumes, deodorants and hot showers are not allowed for 24 – 48 hours after the session. These precautionary measures are a must if you want the best out of your treatment.

Botox: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

About 76,000 patients were reported to have visited cosmetic clinics in Dubai in 2013. In the same year, about 360 million dirhams or US$96 million was spent on cosmetic procedures in the country. Liposuction accounted for 38% of the total surgeries in the UAE, followed by Rhinoplasties (12%) and Breast Procedures (6%), with Botox treatment being one of the rising trends in Dubai.

The total number of treatments are expected to reach 930,800 by 2025, with an estimated 24 million patients. The introduction of new treatment methods has, however, led to more questions arising in the minds of people seeking such services. Here are the answers to a few important questions about Botox treatments in Dubai.

What is Botox Cosmetic?

Botox cosmetic is a highly successful and popular method across the globe for aesthetic treatments. It contains highly purified toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. It used to prevent the development of wrinkles and frown lines by temporarily paralyzing specific facial muscles.

Can You Do it at Home?

No, Botox is injected in the body and it is important that the person performing it has experience and knowledge in the field of medicine. It is a prescription medicine and should not be used unless it is advised by an expert.

What Areas of the Face can it be Injected into?

This depends upon the preference of the expert who is performing the treatment. Botox can be used at any part of the face but most doctors inject it around:

  • The lower eyelids
  • Nasalis
  • Lip Elevator Muscle
  • Platysmal Bands
  • Mentalis, and
  • Masseter

How Long does it Take for the Results to Show?

Most patients start to witness changes within three to four days of the treatment, although the results are likely to be most observable after about two weeks. Once the results start to show, the wrinkles on the face start to relax, making you look younger. The face looks fresh and youthful, giving you a younger look. These results are likely to last for about four months and then begin to fade away and the wrinkle might start to appear again.

What Should I Do after the Treatment?

The patient should go for continuous follow ups with the doctor who performed the treatment for at least three weeks after the procedure. It is more important for patients who have gone through the process for the first time, in order to monitor the effect of toxin on their anatomy.

If you are looking for Botox treatment in Dubai, make sure you choose a skilled and experienced clinic.

5 Tips for Healthy Skin

Healthy, glowing skin says a lot about you. When you know you look good, your confidence level soars. So, why not take a little extra care and make sure you look young and fresh for longer? After all, this is why people spend thousands of bucks on cosmetics and beauty care products each year. Living in a hot country like Saudi Arabia, where the heat and perspiration can wreak havoc, you need more than just the beauty products to look good.

Here are a few skin care tips to maintain healthy skin.

1.      Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Just like you need to keep your throat hydrated to avoid it feeling dry and scratchy, you also need to drink water at regular intervals to keep your skin hydrated. Water is considered as the best food for the skin, making it look fresh and young.

2.      Quit Smoking

Smoking is the worst thing that you can do to your skin. You may think that you look like Tyler Durden from the Fight Club but the truth is that you actually look like Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad! So, before you starting looking like you are 60 when you really are 30, quit smoking. And, it helps reduce stress too.

3.      Avoid the Sun

A few hours in the sun might make you feel good but extend your stay for a few more minutes and you might be doing more harm than good. So, before it is too late, turn to a sunscreen and make sure it has an SPF of more than 15, especially for the Gulf countries. This is the only way to stay protected from the harmful UV rays when you can’t avoid stepping out during the day. Also, try to cover as much body as you could for effective skin care.

4.      Exercise

This is your one solution for all skin problems. Just take out one hour every day and sweat it out. It will help you lose that extra fat, get in shape and improve blood flow. This is what helps keep you looking young and fresh.

5.      Avoid Using Chemicals

Using a blush, concealer, foundation or mousse might make you look good for the evening but will eventually take their toll on your skin. No matter how expensive or renowned the brand is, it will always have some side effects. This doesn’t mean you should completely give up on them. Use these products but only for special occasions and practice good skin care at all other times.

Everything You Need to Know About Dark Circles

According to an article in Arab News, Saudi Customs revealed that cosmetics exceeding SR 2.3 billion were imported to the country in 2015. The weight of these imported cosmetics was around 44.6 million kg, says the article. The overall cosmetic market in Saudi Arabia is estimated at around SR 60 billion. The annual estimated growth of this market stands at 11%, while the number of cosmetic surgery clinics in Saudi Arabia is expected to grow 10-fold by 2020. The Middle East’s share of cosmetics accounts to 20% of the global market, with Saudi Arabia being the top consumer in the region. According to statistics, an average Saudi woman spends around SR15,000 annually on beauty products. Women who are financially independent spend about 70%-80% of their salary on cosmetic products. Working class women are more inclined to use such products because of they find it more empowering to always look their best when going out into the professional world.

Dark circles are a longstanding beauty problem among women all over the world and Saudi Arabia is no different. Women have been wanting to know how to remove dark circles and look fresh since time immemorial. However, to remove a problem from its very roots, you first need to know its causes.

What are dark circles?

Dark circles or dark shadows under the eye are caused by blood vessels that are visible through the skin. The skin around the eye is the thinnest in the body, with a thickness of around 0.5mm, as compared to 2mm in other areas of the body. When large veins are closer to the surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint when blood passes through them, which then appears as an area that is darker than the surrounding skin.

Causes of dark circles

The most common causes of these undereye shadows are:

  • Apart from dark circles themselves, thinner skin is also an inherent trait, which causes the dark colour to be more prominent.
  • Conditions like allergies, asthma, eczema, etc, which causes the eyes to itch, can contribute or exacerbate the situation.
  • Some medications that lead to dilation of blood vessels.
  • Anemia or lack of nutritious meals can also lead to this problem.
  • Other lifestyle issues, such as smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine, long working hours, excessive use of computers, lack of sleep and an unhealthy diet can all lead to this condition.

Eating healthy and nutrient rich food, avoiding smoking and getting enough sleep can be some preventive measure, in case you have been wondering how to remove dark circles. However, if the problem persists, it is advisable to consult a good skin clinic.

Dealing with Acne? Here are Answers to Some Important FAQs

Q: Who gets acne?

Answer: Acne is the eighth most common disease in the world. The sad fact is that 95% of people will have acne at some point in their life. For women, the onset of acne is at the age of 14-17 and 14% of these women have acne well into their 40s. For males, the age of 16-19 is the worst and 25% of adult men have acne.

In a study published on the National Institutes of Medicine website, 20% of the visits made to dermatologists by women in Saudi Arabia has been acne-related. Furthermore, winters in Saudi Arabia see more cases of acne than in summer months.

Q: What is acne?

Answer: What you call pimples is known as acne vulgaris in medical terms. The oil that is present on our skin is called sebum. When the pores in our skin are clogged by dirt or dead cells, it forms a pimple. Sometimes bacteria get into the pores of our skin and the pore gets inflamed.

Q: How many kinds of pimples are there?

Answer: There are six common types of acne (pimples). These are:

  1. Whiteheads
  2. Blackheads
  3. Papules
  4. Pustules
  5. Cysts
  6. Nodules

Q: What is a whitehead?

Answer: A whitehead is a flesh-coloured bump on the skin that is formed by a pore getting clogged from inside. They do not get red, sore or inflamed. Both whiteheads and blackheads are also known as comedones.

Q: What is a blackhead?

Answer: When a comedo (single comedone) gets exposure to air, the sebum gets oxidized and turns black instead of white as in a whitehead.

Q: What is a pustule?

Answer: When a red or white spot has a yellow or white head that is filled with pus in the centre, it is called a pustule. These are the pimples that we love to squeeze out, however if not handled properly, it can lead to scarring. The infection can spread and lead to the need for acne scar removal procedures. 

Q: What is a papule?

Answer: A papule is a small pink or red bump on the skin without a ‘head.’ Papules happen when a closed comedone or whitehead is infected by bacteria which multiply very quickly and inflame the pore. When the inflammation increases, it can develop into a cyst or nodule.

Q: What is a nodule?

Answer: A nodule is similar to a papule but usually 5-10 mm bigger and deeper and occurs in the dermis or subcutaneous fat layer of the skin. Due to its depth, the usual treatments might just dry out the surface of the nodule and the condition will continue to persist.

Q: What is a cyst?

Answer: Cysts may look similar to nodules but their cause is different. They are usually caused by hormones and result in pus-filled lesions under the skin. Normal acne scar removal procedures may not work on cysts and they might have to be surgically removed if the condition matures.

Use of Cosmetics in the Middle East

Unlike what popular misconception suggests, cosmetics do have a significant place in the Middle Eastern culture that goes back centuries in time. The ancient civilizations that populate the Middle East such as Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Iran and Persia have influenced our ideals of beauty a great deal. Medieval Persian and Arab writings by scholars such as Biruni, Ibn Sina and al-Kindi describe cosmetic substances that have been handed down from generation to generation as part of family traditions and by healthcare professionals. Thankfully,

Beauty Practises in Ancient Times

The ideal of beauty, as described in these ancient texts, states that a woman’s skin should be smooth, soft and hairless. To this purpose, ointments, pastes and creams have been suggested. Made from sandal wood, saffron or perfumed crèmes, these applications were used to protect the skin from the harshness of the sun and for hair removal.

The custom of hair removal is said to have first risen from a need to deal with the hot climate of the region. The advantages of hair removal include the absence of skin parasites and body odour. Later this became a part and practice of cleanliness and purification rituals. Incidentally, the method of removing hair with threading and tweezers have Arabic and Egyptian origins.

Another early form of depilatory cream that was invented in Ancient Egypt and spread to neighbouring Arabic countries is sugaring. Sugaring is an earlier form of hair removal by waxing and works in pretty much the same way. A mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water is heated to form a thick syrup. The high sugar levels in the mixture prevented bacteria. This is applied to the skin and then quickly jerked away to remove hair from the root. Definitely an improvement on the beeswax, starch and quicklime based depilatory creams that were also used for hair removal by ancient Egyptians.

The process of sugaring evolved out of a bridal ritual that was practised by Lebanese, Palestinian, Turkish and Egyptian brides before their wedding night. It is also known as ‘halawa’ which literally translates to ‘sweet.’ Thankfully, there are more convenience options available now like Veet Hair Removal Cream.

Colouring of hair is another ancient practice that was applicable to both sexes. Henna was used to colour the hair as well as body paint for hands and feet. A lot of art from this period depicts women with henna patters on their hands and feet. The application of henna has also become part of the ritual ceremonies in marriage in the form of a henna night just before the wedding day. Natural products are still in use in the cosmetic industry, like Veet Naturals with Papaya Extract. The use of kohl as eye shadow or eye liner also dates back centuries.