Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Winning Products - 1 - Coconut Oil

You know, if you ever followed this blog, that I had used various sized dermarollers up until about a year ago. I used them on my stretch marks, on a scar I had on my leg, and even on facial pigmentation. But I then stopped rolling because my stretch marks faded enough to my satisfaction, the scar had basically disappeared, and the pigmentation... well I did not have real results but that may be because I wasn't really dedicated to the task. But that's not the point.

Now this blog is still online and by the number of visitors I'm getting here (and also on Youtube) it seems that people are still interested in looking younger and promoting a healthier lifestyle for themselves. Well - that hasn't changed for me either! I'm always looking for new stuff to use to get healthier, keep my youth, improve my skin etc.

What I'm trying to say is that I've had this idea for quite some time now: To, every once in a while,  write about a really good product, or treatment or some other tip that I found useful. (And perhaps also to warn you about products that did not work).

The first thing I wanna talk about is a very simple product that is also very cheap but at the same time it's amazing what you can do with it. I'm talking about Coconut oil!

Coconut Oil

I won't bore you with the "nutritional facts" about Coconut oil. Suffice to say it's rich with Vitamins C and E, minerals and other anti-oxidants. 

Make sure you get "Virgin Coconut Oil" and the best is organic. You can tell if the quality of the oil is good simply by SMELLING IT. The more it smells like real coconut, the better!

So, what can you do with Coconut oil?
  1. Stainless Massage. It's better than any other massage oil because its texture is like butter in room temperature but it melts right away upon touch. It has a gentle smell and it is easily absorbed in the skin. But perhaps the best thing about coconut oil as a massage oil is that, contrary to MOST oils, it will NOT stain your sheets.
  2. Moisturizing. For dry skin, coconut oil is just brilliant. Just apply a small amount ANYWHERE on your body to keep it moist and supple. I even use it on my face, it had gentle sunscreen properties too. Don't apply too much, though, because it will make your skin shine.
  3. Toothpaste. Yes, you can even use coconut oil for brushing your teeth! I know I have been doing it for the past 2 weeks and it's just great. A recent study even shows that it effectively fights some of the bacteria that resides in your mouth (Here's the link). It tastes great, too, and some people swear that it helped for teeth whitening as well.
...And that's it! You now have another weapon to add to your arsenal of good, cheap stuff that can do your body good. If you know of any other uses for coconut oil please let me know by commenting below.. I'm sure there's more to it yet...

Next time I'm going to talk about another oil that I've used and that really saved my skin, so stay tuned! :)

P.S. I almost forgot: This is a blog about derma rollers so I better add that applying (sterile) coconut oil after dermarolling on the treated area can help calm it down and remove some of the associated redness.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Dermaroller example session video back online!

Hi everyone, I know I haven't been active lately.. It's just because I stopped using dermarollers (except for a 0.25mm roller every now and then on my face).
So why this post? Because I just re-uploaded the video in which I show how I roll my upper-thigh stretch marks.Thanks for whoever bothered to let me know they were down!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Whitening Cream Update!

In my last post I talked about starting an experiment to try and eliminate some VERY stubborn pigmentation spots on my right cheek, right below the eye, with a new product called "elure" and a 0.25 mm derma roller to help speed up the process, and I promised to update on the progress - so here I am :)

To tell you the truth, at first I didn't think my spots have faded at all. But then when I took a picture of my face this morning and put it side-by-side with the picture from the last post... Well I was positively surprised!

Take a look:

I guess that when you examine your skin every day it's hard to notice progress if it's very slow.

(I would like to stress out that I do not "photoshop" these pictures in any way! I take the pictures with my Galaxy S3 camera in my bathroom, with the same lightning and the same position of the myself & the camera, then I upload it to my computer and the only thing I do is resize and crop it.)

At this point I am a lot more optimistic than I was at the beginning of this month. I think that if I keep doing what I'm doing I might actually get to a point where my spots are finally entirely GONE.

In case you'll want to try it yourself, here's what I've been doing these last few weeks:

  • Applying the "elure" cream twice a day (morning and evening), after cleansing.
  • Every now and then, before applying the cream I rolled the spots several times with a 0.25 mm Dr.Roller. It made my skin red so I did it only at night, about an hour before going to bed (the "elure" cream is active for about an hour, then you can just wash it off if you want).
  • Prior to applying the cream I cleansed my face and some of the times also applied a gentle peel (either with a peeling cream or simply by applying Salicylic Acid 2%).
  • Stayed away from the sun as much as I could, and when I had to go out I'd always apply a 30 SPF sunscreen!
  • Oh, and I still continued to use the SVR products every second night or so (and also sometimes during the day if I knew I was not going out in the sun at all).
Now I'm worried because in a few days I'm going on vacation to a SUNNY place where it will be very difficult to avoid being under the sun... I hope I don't come back with spots returning to the state they were in the beginning... Oh well... I guess I would then just have to start the process all over again. At least now I believe it can work!

The next update will be when I come back (about 3 weeks time).

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Elure: A whitening cream that actually WORKS?

Hi everybody! I haven't updated this blog in a very long time because, well, I was done with using my derma rollers. I got some nice results on my stretch marks over the year, and I also managed to pretty much vanish a scar I had on my leg.

So what brings me to write another post, almost half a year after my last one?

Hyper-Pigmentation Revisited

If you've ever had pigmentation marks (or sun spots) anywhere on your body then you know how difficult they are to treat. I've had a really stubborn spot under my right eye for as long as I can remember. I think I tried just about every cream on the market. I can't remember all of them but here's a list of the creams I do remember trying:

1. Mederma - I had high hopes for this one, what a huge disappointment. It caused my skin to breakout, while doing NOTHING for my pigmentation. It's expensive. And it simply did not work for me.

2. Bio Oil -  I originally bought it to try it on my stretch marks, but also used it on my face. When you read reviews online you might believe it's a miracle oil. The bottle says it will "even out your skin tone". Didn't happen to me! Waste of money and time, really.

3. SVR Clarial - This is the most recent cream I've tried. It is very expensive (around $80) but it was recommended to me by a dermatologist. I've been using both their C-10 Cream (vitamin C) and Clarial Cream (for de-pigmenting) for about 2 months now. I'm not sure it did anything to my sunspots. They perhaps faded just a little bit, but this could have been simply due to time passing by, and the fact that it's winter now where I live.

4. No7. Lighten & Brighten -  I ordered this along with the SVR Clarial and I've been using them both actually. This company has been in the news recently for their anti-wrinkle cream which, it is said, does miracles. I am not to impressed with their anti-pigmentation cream, though. It has a gel texture, a little bit like glue only too watery. It causes breakouts, and - so far has made no difference in my sunspots.

I've also tried a few hydroquinone-based creams. They make your skin red and irritated, and you can't go out in the sun AT ALL otherwise it makes your marks even darker !! So stay away from those, this stuff gave me no good results.

Elure - Finally a whitening cream that works?

I stumbled upon the name of this cream on a pigmentation forum. It is a new product (2012) allegedly created after an 8-year research in an Israeli university:

"Elure is the only clinically proven, topical skin lightening product that contains Melanozyme(TM), an enzyme derived from a mushroom, which effectively reduces the dark-colored pigment in skin. Many topical skin lightening products decrease melanin overproduction but they don’t target existing melanin. Additionally, many contain hydroquinone, which can irritate skin. Elure addresses all causes of skin discolorations while remaining safe and non-aggravating"

This cream is very expensive (about $150-200), but it received very good reviews so I bought it. It comes in 2 (attached but separate) bottles, labelled "1" and "2".  You use it by first applying some of the "1" bottle, then waiting for one minute,and finally applying the same amount from the "2" bottle on the same area. This 2nd cream is the "activator" - it interacts with the first cream to start fighting the Melanin (pigment) on your skin.

The approach here is very different from any other products on the market: instead of just inhibiting the production of *new* melanin in the skin, it works against *existing* Melanin in the skin. This means that you don't have to wait weeks or months for skin turnover. The company says results are visible in just 7 days and continue to improve up until day 28.

Elure + Derma Roller = ?

The connection between the two is quite obvious: if the cream works directly on the skin pigment, why not "help" it by first needling the skin with a dermaroller to create the micro-channels into the deeper layer of the skin, and then apply the cream?

Now you understand why I'm back posting on the blog - - I have a new experiment to make!

I'm going to use "Elure" with a 0.25 mm derma roller (might switch to 0.5 mm later) to see if I get any fast results with this combination on my facial sunspots which I've suffered from for the last 8+ years (!!)

So, here's my (almost) "before" picture (I took it today but I started using the cream 2 days ago):

Sunspots under my right eye. Will "elure" help fade them? Stay tuned!

What do you think? Will it work? If you are reading this and you've ever tried any product (successfully or unsuccessfully) on your sunspots or hyper-pigmentation PLEASE share your experiences in the comment-section below!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dermaroller Scar Treatment - My Results

I promised to show you the results with the dermaroller on my scar.

About a year ago I wrote that I was going to try treat a (wound inflicted) scar on my left leg with a derma roller. Since then it has greatly improved.

Here's what my scar looks like now, compared to a year ago (the small pictrue).

I believe the derma roller (Sometimes I used a 1.0mm - sometimes a 1.5mm) was responsible mainly for improving the skin's texture. On its own, it was a bit less effective with the hyper pigmentation involved, so I had to also apply a skin-lightening serum + my own made vitamin C.

As you can see the scar has almost totally faded, you can barely see it any more!