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Natural Looking Results with Petite Plastic Surgery

Patrizia Barrueco from Taqtik explains more about the benefits of Petite Plastic Surgery, the latest in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments available in South Korea.
Worldwide demand is growing for aesthetic methods that provide a natural looking, but effective result. The Non-surgical anti-aging treatments included in Petite Plastic Surgery (micro-needling and regenerative therapy) can achieve an increasingly more popular natural look, in comparison to the drastic changes of a surgical face lift.
Micro-needle Therapy System (MTS)
A nature-friendly skin regeneration procedure, MTS induces the skin to regenerate cells on its own. During MTS treatment, tiny needles are used to cause physical damage and stimulate fibroblasts and induce collagen re-modelling. The body attempts to heal the damage, and this also creates pathways for drugs to more effectively penetrate the skin and induce skin regeneration. Micro-needles are attached to rollers to treat acne scars and enlarged pores.
  • Tightens pores
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Treating acne
  • Reduces appearance of acne scars, depressed scars and wrinkles.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
During PRP therapy blood is spun at high speed and separates into blood cells, platelets and serum that contain an abundant amount of growth factors. PRP Therapy is a safe procedure that stimulates healing growth factors to be separated and concentrated. A specialized device (Prosys Kit) is used to inject the treated blood into the area of damage and stimulate skin regeneration.
The benefits of combining treatments
A combination of both MTS and PRP treatments are recommended for those who have reduced skin elasticity, fine lines, acne prone skin, acne scars or depressed scars. The treatment is carried out in the following steps.
  1. Blood is collected
  2. Blood is centrifuged
  3. PRP is extracted from blood
  4. Skin is disinfected
  5. MTS procedure is performed
  6. PRP is injected
  7. A soothing mask is applied
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mens skin care

So, What’s The Difference Between Men’s And Women’s Skincare?

We’ve all seen the products emblazoned with the words ‘for men,’ but is there really a difference between men’s and women’s skincare? The AEDITION investigates.

By Amber Katz. Originally published at 

We all know about the pink tax when it comes to razors — and that cringeworthy “for her” pink pen campaign several years ago also comes to mind. The way women are marketed toward has certainly changed in the past few years, with an uptick in feminine care products like Thinx, a razor brand with imagery that shows women actually shaving off dark hair instead of the Gillette Venus razor ads of yore that featured women shaving smooth skin — that was already perfectly shaved.

The marketing in the deodorant aisle is similarly gendered. While women’s scents use language like “soft breeze,” men’s fragrances purport to smell of the dulcet tones of things like “winter tundra” screaming in all caps.

So, when it comes to skincare, are there actual differences between men’s and women’s products? Or is it all smoke and mirrors (i.e. marketing)? To find out, we talked to a dermatologist, cosmetic chemist, and the lead scientist at a brand that offers products for both genders.

The difference between men’s & women’s skincare products

Cosmetic chemist and founder Ron Robinson says there are big differences based on product aesthetics and skincare needs in men’s versus women’s product formulations. Nancy Ilaya, PhD, scientific director at Kiehl’s, says that texture and sensorial profiles differ between men’s and women’s ranges.

“Based on surveying the marketplace, men’s skincare products tend to be more functional in terms of packaging, regimen, ingredients, lighter weight in textures with more traditional formats – gels, gel creams, lotions; and masculine in terms of sensorial cues,” she says. “Men’s skin requires special care in the beard area as facial grooming can leave the area exposed to irritation from shaving and vulnerable to ingrown hairs.” She notes that in the Kiehl’s range, the Age Defender and Facial Fuel lines are specially formulated to address men’s needs with specific treatments for managing pre- and post-shave skin.

Contrastingly, women’s skincare products are a little more complex when it comes to ingredient combinations, claims, and regimens. “Common across many women’s skincare products on the market are formulations that have richer textures and come in several formats – creams, gels, lotions, milks, emulsions, oils, jellies,” Dr. Ilaya explains. These are largely driven by women’s engagement in skincare, diversified preferences, the self-care role of skincare, and willingness to use multiple products to manage skin needs, she adds.

Robinson agrees that women’s products tend to be more segmented, as the women’s skincare category is so much bigger than the men’s. For example, many women’s ranges offer products for fine lines, wrinkles, firming, even skin tone, oil control, and extra hydration, while “men’s skincare might address only a few of those needs,” he says.

The difference between men’s & women’s skin

Are there differences between men’s and women’s skin? The short answer is yes.

“Male skin tends to be more sebaceous and have an increased density of hair follicles,” says dermatologist Rita Linkner, MD, of Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. “That means that men require active ingredients that are higher in concentration and formulations that are able to deliver active ingredients into skin that is oilier/more glabrous.” She says that gel-based cleansers are better for men as opposed to cream-based ones that are ideal for women for this reason.

As for body products, Dr. Linkner says there are even more differences in formulation — and for good reason. “Oil glands and hair follicles increase in size and density in a male, compared to a female,” she explains. Men also typically have more body hair, a higher density of sweat glands, and oilier skin, whereas the opposite is true for women, Dr. Ilaya adds. “The key to selecting body products is to address the skin’s needs and note texture preferences,” she says. “To manage men’s oily body skin, especially in the breakout- and ingrown hair-prone back and chest, Kiehl’s Body Fuel is ideal as it contains salicylic acid to address oily skin.”

Kiehl’s Crème de Corps, meanwhile, comes in different textures to appeal to both genders. “For men, opt for a lighter weight whipped version or dry body oil to help supplement skin moisture loss,” Dr. Ilaya suggests. Even though men tend to be oilier, it is still important that women moisturize to maintain a healthy moisture barrier. For women, Dr. Ilaya says that the rich texture of Crème de Corps Lotion nourishes skin post-shower and alleviates dryness that’s common among women.

Of course, men’s and women’s hormones vary, as well, which affects their skin respectively. “Male testosterone means men can be more body-acne prone and female estrogen means that skin quality and dryness changes with age, i.e., with menopause and pregnancy,” Dr. Linkner says. The result? Distinct product offerings. “Because of these differences, they require products that address their skin’s unique needs,” Dr. Ilaya says.

The difference between men’s & women’s hair

Most hair care products for men are, justifiably, focused on hair loss, Dr. Linkner says, adding that “women’s hair care products are only more recently catching onto this with female-pattern hair loss becoming demystified.” Robinson notes that men also tend to have shorter, thicker hair, so their styling needs may be different. “Men’s products tend to be lighter weight and fast-absorbing,” he says.

Similar to differences in hair product marketing, there are also differences in hair removal marketing. Robinson explains that because men shave their faces, they have a much larger category of products to address this, similar to the products on the market for women to use to shave their legs.

The takeaway

Though the targeted offerings vary in size and solutions based on the differences between men’s and women’s skin, Robinson admits that a lot does come down to marketing. “One major brand in particular was well known to offer the same formula for both men and women but packaged and marketed differently,” he says.

Of note, per the deodorant trend discussed above, the fragrances tend to vary among bodycare and haircare, as well. “Men’s products tend to have a more ‘masculine’ scent that typically is more woodsy or herbal,” he says. If the product is fragrance free, however, then it might appeal to both genders. Suncare, for example, is typically considered unisex (i.e. marketed to both genders).

Dr. Ilaya notes that while certain products are marketed for men or women, the majority of products are genderless. “Speaking with several consumers, it’s common knowledge that boyfriends, brothers, husbands ‘borrow’ skincare products from the women in their lives,” she says.

At the end of the day, good products speak for themselves. “The skincare category is flooded,” says Dr. Linkner. “The brands my patients are asking about are the ones holding true to their branding, regardless of price point.”

mens grooming

The Ultimate Guide To Men’s Grooming

By Garrett Munce. First published on here: grooming-skincare-routine

More and more men are waking up to something women have known for a long time: proper skincare is all about prevention. Here, The AEDITION lays the groundwork for the ideal grooming routine.

There’s a stereotype out there that men don’t like to take care of their skin. While it’s been said stereotypes contain a nugget of truth, we beg to differ. It’s not that men don’t like to take care of their skin — it’s that most guys don’t really know how to do it.

Times are changing. The men’s grooming industry is poised to become a $166 billion dollar business by the year 2022 and the skincare segment is the most rapidly growing. More and more men are waking up to something women have known for a long time: proper skincare is more about prevention than reaction. Taking even a few steps to cleanse and protect your complexion every day can lead to big changes in your skin and may even slow the signs of aging more effectively than even the most potent anti-aging cream. Think of it this way: if you don’t take your car in for regular maintenance, it’s going to be a whole lot harder to fix when it starts to break down.

The problem with skincare is that, if you’re just starting out, it can be incredibly overwhelming. There are thousands of products that all claim to be essential to your skin’s health. Walking into any skincare or men’s grooming aisle is a SAT-level vocabulary lesson that can leave your head spinning. That’s where The AEDITION comes in. No matter your knowledge of skincare, here lies the most important rules you should follow when creating a well-rounded and effective grooming routine. Follow these eight steps and you’ll be well on your way to the best skin of your life.

1. Put down the multi-use products

For decades, product developers and marketers thought that the only way to get men to use grooming products was to pack as many functions into a single package as possible. The idea was that men don’t want extensive routines (which is true), but the functionality doesn’t live up to the thought. The problem with these products is that they put a big emphasis on cleansing. In order to properly cleanse your body, they typically end up being too harsh for your hair and face.

The skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on your body, so irritation and dryness can occur when it’s over-cleansed. The same goes for your hair. Hair can get dry and brittle (and can fall out more easily) when the natural hydrating oils are stripped. Even two-in-one shampoo and conditioners tend to lean more heavily on cleansing — without enough conditioning agents to properly hydrate hair. Before we go any further, please throw out your multi-use products.

2. Wash your face with a facial cleanser

Once you get rid of your multitaskers, the first thing you should buy is a good, gentle facial cleanser (the SkinFix Barrier+ Foaming Oil Cleanser and REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk are two of our favorites). Understanding that the skin on your face is delicate and should be treated gently is the first step in proper skincare.

Traditional soaps and cleansers contain sulfates, which are foaming agents that make soap lather. The problem is that these sulfates can disrupt what’s called the skin barrier, a protective layer of lipids that keeps moisture in your skin and bad stuff out. When harsh cleansers clean away dirt and oil, they also strip away this layer of lipids, which can leave your skin dry, irritated, and susceptible to inflammation. When you’re choosing a face cleanser, look for one that says “gentle” and “low-foam” or “no-foam.” The varieties will not lather as much, which can take some getting used to, but they will clean your skin without leaving it feeling tight. You should use your cleanser as your first step both morning and night.

3. Exfoliate smarter, not harder

When you start diving deeper into skincare, you start to hear a lot about exfoliation. It’s the idea that as your skin cells go through their life cycle, the dead cells accumulate on the surface of your skin and can leave it looking dull, flaky, and sallow; some say they can even contribute to the formation of signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliation, at its most basic, is about getting rid of these dead cells. What lots of guys don’t realize is that if they’re shaving every day, they’re already exfoliating, thanks to the same razor that gets rid of their facial hair. But unless you’re shaving your entire face, you still need to exfoliate at least once a week to keep your skin looking fresh.

Most exfoliators marketed to men are facial scrubs, but remember your skin barrier? Scrubs can be too harsh, particularly if you use them aggressively, and can potentially cause damage to your barrier — even if you’re using a gentle cleanser. Instead, look for an exfoliating toner or mask that contains alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid (may we recommend Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 and The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution). These acids will gently break the bonds between dead skin cells and slough them away naturally, instead of relying on your hands to do the work.

4. Use an eye cream every day

Most men say that the first place they notice signs of aging is around their eyes, and, when it comes to crow’s feet and under eye bags, prevention is the name of the game. Using an eye cream twice a day will keep the delicate skin around your eyes hydrated and firm. Look for creams that contain caffeine, a natural stimulant to help wake up skin, and peptides, which are proteins to help maintain the health of skin. We’re partial to the Dr. Loretta Tightening Eye Gel and Lab Series Age Rescue Eye Therapy.

Gently apply eye cream by using your ring finger to tap the cream into the skin, instead of rubbing, and put it on after cleansing both morning and night. Bonus: it will help erase signs of sleepless or hard-partying nights, too.

5. Moisturize day and night

Aside from cleansing your face properly, the cornerstone to even the most basic skincare routine is moisturization. Even if you don’t struggle with dry skin, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated; it helps the skin cells stay healthy and work properly. A moisturizer will not only replenish hydration, but will also create a protective barrier on your skin to keep the moisture inside. When choosing a moisturizer, look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring acid that helps skin cells retain moisture, and ceramides, which are lipids like the kind found in your skin barrier. Our picks: Aesop Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator and Baxter of California Oil-Free Moisturizer.

The most common reason men say they don’t use moisturizer is because they don’t like how heavy creams feel on their face. If you’re one of those guys, look for a lightweight gel moisturizer which won’t feel like slathering your face with mayonnaise, but will still give you the hydrating and protecting properties your skin needs. Apply your moisturizer after your eye cream both morning and night.

6. Sunscreen is a man’s best friend

Many dermatologists will say the most important step in everyone’s skincare routine, regardless of gender, is sunscreen. The problem is that most men don’t use it. If you’re going to take away one thing from this list, it should be to use daily sunscreen. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), men are diagnosed with skin cancer twice as often as women by age 65 (and they also die from it at a higher rate) and the most troubling part is that it can be prevented if they would just use sunscreen.

Skin cancer prevention aside, sunscreen is also one of the most effective anti-aging products available. Studies have linked signs of aging to UV rays, and by wearing a daily sunscreen, you’re minimizing damage on a cellular level. Like moisturizer, most men who don’t wear sunscreen say it’s because they don’t like how it feels. Also, like moisturizer, there are lightweight options available — like Cardon Daily Moisturizer + SPF and Supergoop 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 — that make this excuse a moot point. You can even find moisturizers that contain sunscreen, which is the only multi-use product we will endorse. But keep in mind that the AAD recommends a minimum of SPF 30, which is higher than many moisturizer/sunscreen combinations contain, so if you’re going that route make sure you read the label.

7. Night time is the right time

If you’re going to wear a daily moisturizer that contains SPF, you may want to use a different moisturizer at night. If you’re not, you should still consider it. That’s because, like many of our other bodily systems, our skin regenerates while we’re sleeping. It’s the perfect time for the microscopic systems to repair themselves after the onslaught of sunlight, pollution, and environmental aggressors they’ve spent all day protecting themselves from.

Night creams typically contain a higher percentage of hydrating and repairing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, and will also sometimes contain retinol which helps to promote skin cell turnover (the production of new cells). Using a special cream at night (we’re fans of the Ole Henriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Cream and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-Firm Sleeping Cream) could mean you wake up with a brighter, smoother complexion with very minimal effort. Each night, after you wash your face and apply eye cream, apply your night cream or SPF-free moisturizer.

8. Advanced move: use a serum

You hear a lot of talk in the skincare world about serums. If your skincare routine is like a smoothie, serums are like the booster shots. They’re packed with concentrated ingredients to target a variety of issues and are ideal for address concerns like redness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation (i.e. dark spots), and signs of aging. Typically, you apply them after you wash your face and before you put on your moisturizer. They’re add-on products; you can create an extremely easy and effective skincare routine without ever using a serum, but, if you want to take your skincare to the next level, try an all-around serum that addresses a variety of issues, like the Caldera + Lab The Good Multi-Functional Serum or Venn Age Reversing All-in-One Concentrate. If you like the results, consider what you want to target and look for a serum that specifically addresses that.

Taqtik Aesthetics threadlift procedures

Thread Lifting. The Non-Surgical Face Lift with NO Downtime!

A Thread Lift through VG Plastic Surgery South Korea can produce similar effects to a surgical face lift, without the down time. This procedure offers a great alternative for those who are not wanting to go under the knife for a younger looking face.
A thread lift is considered a minimally-invasive treatment, it does not involve cutting or stitching, however, it does involve injecting the thread underneath your skin to “lift” it up, creating the effect of pulling the skin back slightly and therefore tightening the face.

Benefits of Thread Lifting

Patients who undergo the Thread Lift procedure enjoy a more definitive V-shaped face with minimal effort and zero recovery time. This means that patients can go back to normal activities on the same day of the procedure.
Because the Thread Lift involves the use of threads, not surgery, there is no need for incisions and therefore no scarring. As the threads dissolve tissue elasticity is improved and regeneration is encouraged to create a smoother facial contour. Cell generation and collagen synthesis diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and enhances the V-line.
This method is simple, yet it’s effectiveness can be seen very quickly, making it a suitable treatment for those with busy lives.

Overview of Threading Procedure

Firstly, a numbing cream will be applied to the area that is meant to be treated. It takes up to 20 – 30 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect. The doctor will then mark out the positions of the threads to achieve the best possible results.
The doctor will begin by inserting a thick hollow needle into the facial skin, targeting under the fat layer. One end of the thread is carefully tied to firmer underlying internal structures while the other end goes underneath the skin.
As the surgeon withdraws the needle, the filaments on the sutures are deposited into the sagging parts of the face. The doctor then tugs on the threads to elevate droopy skin and sets it to a more youthful-looking position. The procedure is relatively simple and can be done in just an hour or less.


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