Skin tightening procedures are now extremely popular because almost everyone can benefit from them if they wish to maintain a youthful complexion. Collagen, elastin, and other natural substances within the body that keep skin strong start to be produced in smaller amounts with the passage of time, leading to a loss of firmness.

There are many medical procedures, such as laser treatments, that can tighten your skin – the tricky part is separating fact from fiction so you can make the right choice.

 

The Myth of Not Treating Dark Skin

You might have heard that anyone who has dark skin is totally out of luck as far as skin tightening treatments go. The truth is that that isn’t the case at all. In fact there are certain specific types of treatments that aren’t always good for dark skin, but other treatments are perfectly fine.

 

Why Dark Skin and Light Skin Are Different

Skin is all more or less the same in terms of its basic building blocks, but there are a couple of slight differences. The first is that the melanocytes that control skin colour are distributed differently in different shades of skin. The second is that people with darker skin tend to have pores that release more natural oils than those with lighter skin.

 

Treatments Best Performed on Light Skin

Treatment with cosmetic lasers is usually best performed on light skin for at least two reasons. First, the lasers can permanently alter the melanocytes, leaving discoloured skin patches. The second is that lasers are heat sources. When they hit skin that is very oily they can easily cause burns. That makes them generally best used by those with lighter skin tones and skin that isn’t too oily.

Two other examples of procedures that could have similarly bad results on dark skin are chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments. Both of them have a direct impact on the top layers of skin, which means that they can harm melanocytes and trigger oil glands to create issues like acne outbreaks.

 

Wave-Based Treatments May be Good Alternatives

If you’re wondering exactly which treatments can be performed on dark skin, there are several options. The majority of them fall in the category of wave-based treatments. Those are basically treatments that use particular types of sound waves like radio frequency treatments or ultrasound treatments to stimulate deeper skin cells.

The great thing about wave-based treatments is that they will not hurt your oil glands or melanocytes and melanin levels at all. They don’t produce heat or damage surface layers. That makes them potential treatments for any skin types or colours.

Ultimately, you will have to do a bit of groundwork to get enough information about each treatment you are considering. Research is the only way to really narrow down your options and find the most suitable solution for tightening your skin. Make sure that you also get advice from your doctor or dermatologist. They can often help you to speed up the research process by ruling certain treatments in or out based on your skin type and medical history.

I hope you found this guide useful. Have you tried any of these skin tightening treatments?

 

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mustard Asos trousers pink blouse

Pink and mustard sounds like an unusual combination, and one I wouldn’t have thought of wearing…until I found this pink blouse in a charity shop for less than £5! I just love the horse print, which has the colour mustard in it, and so it seemed natural to try it with these Asos mustard peg leg trousers. I’ve worn the trousers with black and purple before but nothing as bold and bright as this pink. The blouse is made of a lovely soft cotton, and although it’s a little snug (I rarely try things on in charity shops) it’s not uncomfortable. Luckily it has a zipper on one side which makes it easier to get on and off, and a hook and eye fastener at the neck which can be worn undone.

I’ve worn the trousers with black and purple before but nothing as bold and bright as this pink.

I didn’t want to introduce too many colours into this outfit so I picked out a pair of pink suede slingbacks, which cost me the princely sum of £10 a few years ago. The Angel Jackson snakeprint bag is roughly the same colour as the trousers, with the grey of the snake print picking up on the darker colours in the print of the blouse. Only one bold item of jewellery was called for with this outfit so I chose a Kenneth Jay Lane door knocker ring and a delicate charm bracelet which I’ve had since childhood.

Asos mustard trousers pink horse print blouse Angel Jackson bag

Angel Jackson snakeskin bag and Kenneth Jay lane doorknocker ring

Asos mustard trousers pink blouse

Pink horse print blouse Asos mustard trousers

Pink suede sandals Asos mustard trousers

Asos mustard trousers pink horse print blouseTrousers: Asos, blouse: charity shop, bag: Angel Jackson, shoes: old, ring: Kenneth Jay Lane.

 

Have you picked up any charity shop/thrift store bargains? I’d love to hear all about your preloved fashion finds in the comments!

 

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Reiss silk blouse Dorothy Perkins burnt orange trousers

Last week turned out to be unexpectedly busy, and conesequently I didn’t get chance to post at all. I was offered work at short notice (the name of the game when you’re freelance) and the husband was taken poorly. Trying to fit in training for a marathon on top of that meant no time for blogging! The good thing is the weather has improved and the days are becoming longer so fitting in photo shoots gets easier for a few months! I was intending to post an entirely different outfit, but on a whim I decided to try on these burnt orange cropped trousers which I bought from Dorothy Perkins several years ago. I think I bought them because they looked nice on the hanger, but they didn’t live up to expectations when I got them home, and ever since they’ve been in the “reserve wardrobe” in the spare room. Anyway, having decided to give them another try I then had to find a top to go with them. I tried on a couple of striped tops which looked ok, a burnt orange leopard print blouse that I quite liked, but as it was the same colour as the trousers it lacked contrast. Then I remembered I had this Reiss silk blouse that I bought on Ebay last year. Its pale background colour stands out against the trousers while the orange and blue circles compliment them. It’s almost like the blue and gold necklace was made for it.

 I’ve developed a real love for silk blouses lately, so much so that I just don’t feel comfortable wearing synthetic fabrics any more.

Reiss do some really beautiful silk blouses, and you can pick them up quite cheaply on Ebay – I have three so far. I’ve developed a real love for silk blouses lately, so much so that I just don’t feel comfortable wearing synthetic fabrics any more. I’m quite happy that most of the outfit is new but not new, if that makes sense – I’m wearing the blouse, trousers and shoes for the first time even though they’ve been in the wardrobe a while, waiting patiently for their time! The Biba bag was also an Ebay purchase…I’d been watching it intently for days but the auction ended with the reserve not met. As the seller lived not too far away from me I emailed with an offer and the deal was done! As it was brand new with tags and I bought it for around a third of the RRP I was pretty chuffed!

Reiss silk blouse and Biba leopard print handbag

Dorothy Perkins crop orange trousers Reiss silk blouse

Reiss blouse Dorothy Perkins orange crop trousers

Reiss silk blouse wooden bangle

Wallis blue and gold necklace Reiss silk blouse

Reiss silk blouse Dorothy Perkins orange crop trousers

Biba leopard print handbag

Carvela leopard print ankle strap shoesBlouse: Reiss (Ebay), trousers: Dorothy Perkins (old), shoes: Carvela, bag: Biba (Ebay), necklace: Wallis.

 

Do you like to pick up bargains on Ebay too? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

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Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket

It may not feel much like Spring at the moment but that didn’t stop me dressing for it. I’ve been eager to wear this Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams floral print scuba jacket for weeks! It ticks all the boxes for Spring: it’s floral print, lightweight, and thanks to the soft blues and pinks I managed to incorporate the Pantone colours of the year. The pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity is said to bring calm and relaxation…the perfect antidote to modern day stresses. According to Pantone Rose Quartz “conveys compassion and a sense of composure” while Serenity brings “feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times”. I’m not sure if colour can influence our moods that much, or rather we are drawn to certain colours depending on our mood. With clothes I tend to think it’s more the latter.

The pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity is said to bring calm and relaxation…the perfect antidote to modern day stresses.

I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit fairly casual so I paired some Gap boyfriend jeans with a cute short sleeved jumper which my mum bought me for Christmas. I love the jewelled collar! As I mentioned in my last post, I didn’t buy much in the sales this January, but the items I did buy I really loved. I just couldn’t resist buying this pale blue Love Moschino bag when I saw it on sale at Cocosa. It was one of those situations when I add something to my basket and then keep it there while I wrestle with my conscience as to whether I really need it/can afford it etc, but I knew if I didn’t buy the bag it’d soon sell out and I’d regret it. The 50% discount swung it for me!

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket pale blue Love Moschino handbag

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket and pale blue Moschino bag Costume National sandals

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket and pale blue Moschino bag Costume National sandals

Handmade pastel pearl bracelets

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket and pale blue Moschino bag Costume National sandals

Pale blue flower ring

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket and pale blue Moschino bag

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams Floral Print Scuba Jacket and pale blue Moschino bag

Costume National pink perspex heel sandals

Jacket: Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams (gifted), top: Dorothy Perkins, jeans: Gap, shoes: Costume National, sunglasses: Moschino, ring: bought in France, bracelets: made by me.

 

What do you think to the Pantone colours of the year? Are you a fan of Rose Quartz and Serenity? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash! Have a great weekend!

 

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February outfit recap

It’s officially Spring, hooray! So to celebrate I’m recapping my outfits from February that featured on the blog. I didn’t post many outfits in February, mainly due to the terrible weather. Hopefully March will be a little kinder to us! I’m really not a fan of the Winter at all, as soon as Christmas is out of the way I’m impatient for Spring to arrive. Even if it’s still cold, at least it’s not dark by 4pm, which for me is the hardest part of getting through the Winter months. I’m so looking forward to wearing pretty pastel colours and my toes seeing the light of day!

Although I love hunting out a good January sale bargain, this year I didn’t actually buy that much, in fact most of my sale purchases are featured in these outfits

I also love to see all the new season clothes hit the rails in the shops and the dregs of the sales disappear. Although I love hunting out a good January sale bargain, this year I didn’t actually buy that much, in fact most of my sale purchases are featured in these outfits – the Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat and striped bird jumper, and the faux fur coat from Marks and Spencer. The red J by Jasper Conran and the black Clemens en August dresses are both several years old. I’m now at a point where I want to mainly invest in good quality basics because my wardrobes are bursting at the seams!

February outfit recap bags

February outfit recap shoes

Dickins and Jones striped bird jumper Marks and Spencer red suede shoes

Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat bird striped jumper

Dickins and Jones navy duffle coat and striped jumper

Clemens en August belted dress

Valentine’s Day outfit #1 | Clemens en August black dress

J by Jasper Conran red frill dress

Valentine’s Day outfit #2 | J by Jasper Conran red dress

Marks and Spencer black and white faux fur coat

Marks and Spencer faux fur coat

 

What are you most looking forward to for Spring? Do you have any exciting plans? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash!

 

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