Posted in Uncategorized, tagged age spot, age spots, aser freckles, bags under the eyes, circles under eyes, dark circles under eye, dark circles under eyes, dark patches, eyes bags, facial freckles, freckle, freckles treatment, hyperpigmentation, hyprpigmentation, IPL, melasma, pigmentation sunspots, removal of freckles, skin whitening, South Asian beauty, treatment for freckles, Under Eye Circles on September 14, 2011 |
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I was intrigued by a new freckle fighting cream called Elure. There are good clinical studies that it can lighten dark patches in 7-28 days. Elure gets its power from a type of naturally occuring enzyme derived from tree mushrooms. Called legnin peroxidase, it acts by breaking down melanin in the skin cells. Unlike hydroquinone, this enzyme is non irritating and shows no skin sensitivity.
We all know that excess pigmentation is linked to sun exposure. What is less well known is that as we get older there is an increase in dark spots and splotches due to a slowdown in the rate of cell growth. In our twenties cells turn over every 28 days. By the 50′s, the cycle is extended to 45 days. This means that darkened skin cells get even darker and stay around longer.
I’ve pretty much eliminated the dark spots on my face and neck with lasers, IPL and a maintenance program of retinoids. But dark spots come back and I’m always looking for new anti-freckle remedies. To test them out I’ve identified some pretty big freckles on my arms. Now to be perfectly clear. I’m not really concerned about how they look ( I’m not that vain). But I’m glad that I still have freckles to be part of my science project.
Elure is an unusual product in that its a two step process. In step one, you apply a dab of active Melanozyme from one side of the compartment in the Elure jar. Wait for a minute than top it with the same amount of Bio-Activator from compartment 2. I’m going to do this both in the evening and in the morning. In the daytime, I’ll top it with a zinc oxide sunscreen.
My before photo shows a 1/4 inch freckle on my forearm. I’m going to continue with the Elure treatments for up to 28 day, taking a new photograph every week. This is going to be interesting.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged bags under eyes, dark circle, dark circle under eyes, dark circles, dark circles under eyes, dark under eye, eyes bags, puffy eyes, under eye, under eyes circles on June 4, 2010 |
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Sometimes there are simple answers to complicated problems. I was bummed out that most of the improvements I had seen with Tri-luma were reversed by seasonal allergies. But yesterday I went to an allergist who gave me such a simple and effective solution– a saline nasal rinse. You simply spray a salty solution into each nostril and blow. I did it before going to sleep and by morning, the newly returned shadows were noticably lighter. I have to keep using the saline nasal spray all summer, but its wonderful to have such an easy, low-tech solution.
This just goes to my core belief that we need to get to the causes of beauty problems to really see a difference. If we don’t deal with changes in the body that are driving the problems, then attempts to fix the problem are just a frustating waste of time… and money.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged bags under eyes, dark circe, dark circles under eyes, eye circles, eye cream, eyes bags, puffy eyes, Tri-luma, under eye, under eyes circles on June 3, 2010 |
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I had been on Tri-luma for almost three weeks and was pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The under eye shadows had lightened considerably. Only the area closest to my nose still had dark blue smudges. I made plans to take some great “after” photos after I got back from a weekend in the country. And that’s where it all unraveled. Saturday morning I woke up sneezing and by Monday my eyes were swollen and red. And the under eye circles? They’re back!
When I had blogged about the causes of under eye circles in March, I explained that congestion of allergies causes pooling of fluids and hemoglobin under the eyes — and here I am the poster girl for under eye allergy shadows. I am hoping that when I get past this allergy episode, Triluma will lighten my under eye shadows again.
The good news here is that Tri-luma seemed to work as promised. The bad news? Its not permanent. THe underlying issues that cause shadows in the first place still exist and can cause new problems. Package inserts for Tri-luma recommend not using it longer than 3 months. Does that mean three months at a time? In a year? I need to get clarification.
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