Today I’m thrilled to be launching a new series on SWP called ASK THE DERM. Personally, I’ve find skincare to be extremely interesting: new facials, differently philosophies on ingredients, and science constantly discovering new advancements. I love to know much more than is is written on the package – you know that generic jargon that all sounds the same? So this series will help dive a little deeper into the why’ and the how’s of products and skincare.
This series will be extremely interactive, meaning, that if you didn’t get you question answer this round, or you love a topic we covered and want to know more, email me or comment below so it will be included in the next series!
Today’s ASK THE DERM is featuring Dr. Mona Gohara’s, an expert in the field. Our partnering skincare line is Manuka Doctor which features a purified bee venom and manuka honey, which both are known for a variety of benefits.
Bee Venom is used in a variety of products and it’s known to help bring build to the surface to help stimulate cell turnover. Honey is healing property and is also anti-inflammatory. I was eager to learn more about why Manuka Doctor’s products have been coveted in the UK before now coming to the US…
Tell us about why and how this patented purified bee venom really works on the skin?
Purified bee venom helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles through accelerated cell regeneration and an increase in EGF (epidermal growth factor) production, helping to increase skin elasticity. Purified bee venom can also help increase collagen production. You can see a full video HERE.
What is the difference of your oils and serum – how should they be used in conjunction?
The oil is chemically formulated with smaller molecules that are able to penetrate further into the skin, making it extremely effective. The oil can be used first, followed by the serum.
Manuka’s Rapid Lift Mask’s patented purified bee venom is said to be a natural like Botox – is there harm in using this product everyday and should it be used only when looking for a lift? How often do you recommend the mask?
While there are no great risks to using this product daily, I would recommend using the mask 2-3 times a week, to help keep skin hydrated, lifted and firm. This mask also comes in handy as a quick fix: If you have a special occasion coming up and you’d like a quick “facelift,” this mask is great to use.
What products would you recommend for someone in their 20s?
I would recommend any of the products in the Drops of Crystal line. Each product is nourishing and helps to plump and smooth skin’s surface. Also, it’s never too soon to start using an eye cream!
What products would you recommend for someone in their 30s?
Though I think all of the products could work for any age, the Targeted Wrinkle Filler is great for those who have started to develop deeper lines. Routine is key, especially in your 30s when those lines have started to settle in.
Other than skincare products, what are the key ingredients that every woman should be doing to keep their skin looking their best?
Exfoliate & wear SPF everyday. I also encourage using products with Hyaluronic Acid which plumps up skin and rejuvenates dull skintone.
What are the main 3 ingredients people should look for in their skin?
Hyaluronic Acid is great for adding hydration and even spurring new collagen production
Manuka Honey contains a rich form of amino acids, B vitamins, Calcium, Zinc, among many other nutrients. Because of it’s nutrient-dense profile, Manuka honey has been shown to increase collagen cross-linking, promoting the structural growth of collagen in skin cells, which results in firmer, younger looking skin. It also draws moisture into the skin, further enhancing the skin’s elasticity and cell regeneration.
Bee Venom improves skin texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and reduces pigmentation and sun damage.
Retinols – it’s best to speak with your dermatologist about how much to use and when.
How important are facials and how often do you recommend getting them?
Facials can improve skin texture, help hydrate, and prevent breakouts. Regular facials, done about once or twice a month, can also remove dead layers of skin to help products absorb better. I recommend establishing a monthly facial routine to keep skin in its best condition.
While these are great advances in skin care technology, they don’t compare to in-office treatments. However, they can provide good results if used consistently. They’re a temporary alternative for those who don’t have time to visit a dermatologist’s office frequently.
Is there anything else you’d like to know? What skincare secrets do you want to know about? Leave a comment below to be sure to get your question answer in the next series.
..AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will win a set from Manuka Doctor’s New Drops of Crystal Line! (pictured below). ENTER by following me on BLOGLOVIN and Twitter – then commenting below letting me know you entered! Good luck!