THE MC BEAUTY ED HELPS YOU FIND YOUR SKIN’S BALANCE
ERKE sportwear; romantic getaway; the selfie
it’s amazing how many of us go through this routine: you carefully apply your make-up in the morning, taking care not to overdo it because you know the temperature may fluctuate later. You even carry your sexy powder compact with you so that you can touch up those shiny spots during the day. You take all these precautions yet, somehow, you always end up with an unsightly shine on your forehead, nose and chin. It’s annoying, not to mention embarrassing.
This doesn’t just happen to us mere mortals. I’ve come to notice that even some of the most well-groomed women, who travel with glam squads in Hollywood, too have their moments of shine, so to speak: Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa Williams, Jessica Alba, all of the Kardashians and even Beyoncé! Locally (although we mainly suffer from the ‘shiny lip’ syndrome as a lip gloss-obsessed nation), Ms Thuli Madonsela (as much as I love what she’s about) must surely take the prize when it comes to the shiny face. It happens. And you’re not always aware of it until you step in front of the mirror. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of it, too.
But, did you know that there are brands dedicated to this little phenomenon? Black Up, for example, is a French brand created by an African make-up artist working in Paris, who was fed up with the lack of options that black models faced when it came to skin care and make-up. The whole range of their products addresses ‘the shine factor’, as it is very common, although not exclusive to us melanin-producing skin types (black skins) – so, Black Up’s products will always leave your skin with a matte finish. If you still enjoy a bit of a glow and don’t want to go down the all-matte route, try some blotting papers. These are easily carried in your purse and can be used throughout the day.
A good powder compact that comes with its own brush is also always a winner, but don’t use it all over the face! Only apply strategically on the necessary areas. Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 is great for taking away the shine while still leaving you with a soft glow. Plus, the packaging is only a pleasure to take out in public. Here are five really good products that will help you curb this little shine problem…
KEEN TO RID YOUR PINS FROM PESKY AND UNSIGHTLY VEINS? MC EDITOR ASPASIA KARRAS VISITS LASERDERM, ONE OF JO’BURG’S TOP MEDICAL AESTHETICS CLINICS, IN SEARCH OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS
dr Lawrence Retief is sitting on the floor of his consulting rooms with his knees raised, demonstrating the best resting position for the human. He is explaining that we’d ideally be sitting like our siblings, the apes, had our evolutionary path not led to our bipedal upright walking, and that one part of our physiology has not kept up with the programme. Our veins.
Apparently our veins still operate as if we were loping about on our knuckles.And this, as anyone who has born witness to the sudden appearance of little red spider veins or more serious flare-ups of blue varicose delights, is not quite what we expected of the old venous system.
Dr Retief explains that the purpose of our veins is to pump blood back from the body’s extremities to our heart. Most of the pumping happens deep inside the body, and not in the surface veins that we can see with the naked eye. And, because our veins have not caught up with our upright stance, our surface veins are pumping a small percentage of blood compared to, say, that of our domestic dogs. Our evolutionary trap is what leads to gravity collapsing valves inside the veins that should be aiding and abetting our venous blood flow. Then blood pools in the leg veins, creating the aforementioned unsightly situations.
WHAT TO DO?
Dr Retief scans and listens to your veins with all sorts of fancy equipment and a Doppler ultrasound. He may also use a more detailed duplex scan for some very serious ‘Venous Mapping’, if the ultrasound shows a more deep-seated problem, and then he prescribes a series of interventions. For spider veins and the bigger, blue feeding veins, the good doctor is a fan of Sclerotherapy. This is the injection of different solutions into the veins (depending on the size and concentration of the veins) that provokes inflammation of the faulty vein, which eventually grows closed and cleans up the mess. In skilled and experienced hands, certain cases may respond to laser treatment that basically zaps the little buggers into line. I am undergoing a series of interventions at the hand of the brilliant Ingrid du Plessis. She is clearing up some patches of nasties I was born with and displays the patience of Job and the skill of a ninja master. It is miraculous really, when you see something you thought you’d be stuck with forever simply disappear.
For the bigger, bulging varicose veins, Dr Retief, depending on the findings of the duplex scan, often recommends Endovenous RadioFrequency Ablation. Although this is a surgical procedure, it doesn’t require a general anaesthetic and is done in his rooms by a vascular surgeon skilled in this new technology. A small catheter is placed in your vein through a puncture in the skin. The catheter is powered by radio frequency and heats the vein wall, thus shrinking it until the vein is sealed and closed.You will be able to resume normal activities within a day or two. For the little veins on the face, specifically around the nose and on the cheeks, Dr Retief also recommends skilled laser, although sometimes Sclerotherapy is necessary for the pesky ones. He is clear that Electrocautery of the veins is not effective and often results in permanent marking of the skin.
We can definitely clear up our unsightly veins given a little patience and fortitude. But Dr Retief has two provisos for the treatment. 1. You need a series of treatments (the veins will come back, but not as purposefully), with ‘tidying up’ every two to three years. Regular follow-ups will keep you in shorts for life. 2. Sit with your knees raised, to take the pressure off your veins, especially if you are desk-bound or watching TV. AVERAGE COST BREAKDOWN: Initial assessment: R750. Sclerotherapy for blue veins, thread veins, spider veins: R1 200. Veinwave for facial spiders: R95 per minute. Laserderm-sa.com; 011-341-0580
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