• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

Top 3 Wrinkle-Fighting Smoothies You Should Try


Having a glowing, radiant skin does not only mean slathering the most expensive anti-oxidant cream or sunblock. Paying attention to your diet is another key factor you must take in account. Tossing nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits and other healthy ingredients in your blender to make smoothies can be nourishing to your skin, both in and out.

These ingredients we are sharing to you can give your skin a youthful glow, provide healthy skin tone and even repair damaged skin. Try out these powerhouse ingredients into your smoothies recipes.

Kale for a Youthful Skin Tone


This recipe is packed with carotenoids thanks to its main ingredient – kale. Consuming carotenoids such as the one present in kale has been found to provide healthy skin color among the participants. Aside from improving skin tone, kale helps protect our tissues from the harmful effects of oxidative stress, which causes premature aging and wrinkles.

Anti-Aging Kale Smoothies

1 cup fresh kale, chopped
1 cup spinach leaves
1 pc. Orange
1 cup green seedless grapes
1 tsp chia seeds
1 pc. Banana, pealed
1 pc. Pear, seeds removed
2 cups ice
One-half cup water

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process on low speed for 20 seconds than increase to medium then to high.

Chia Seeds for Youthful Looking Skin


This smoothie offers a chock-full of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. It contains chia seeds, tofu and yogurt which are all rich in calcium, protein and iron to support healthy cell membranes, protect the skin from sun damage and reduce inflammation. Chia seed is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid.

Glowing Skin Smoothies

1 pc. Ripe banana
One-fourth cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
One-half cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 pc. Orange, pealed
One-half cup fat-free yogurt
One-half cup Silken tofu, extra firm
1 tsp agave nectar

Combine all the ingredient and process until smooth.

Coconut for Repair of Damaged Skin


Healthy fats is crucial for healthy skin. Coconut oil contain lauric acid, which is found to have anti-microbial properties. This nourishing oil also contains Vitamin E, which is necessary for healthy skin repair and growth. The saturated fat present in coconut oil is known to protect the skin from the UV damage. This delicious coconut oil smoothie will help bring nourishment to your skin, from the inside out.

Coconut Smoothies

1 Packet Sustain
4 oz water
One-half banana, cut in chunks
4 oz unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 ice cubes
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut

Combine all ingredients in the blend and whip until creamy and smooth.

Eating healthy foods has a direct impact on your overall appearance, as the old saying goes ‘you are what you eat’. So, rather than simply washing your wash and applying anti-aging creams, prepare your blended and whip up one of these wrinkle-fighting smoothies recipes that can spruce your skin in no time.

Do Anti-Aging Creams Really Work?

anti-aging creams

Manufacturers of anti-aging creams create some enticing claims. They promise to give you a skin that is youthful and radiant by eliminating age spots, firming up sagged skin and leaving you with a renewed glow. But is a jar of anti-aging cream worth the cost, or is it only a product of empty promises packed in pleasant packaging?

The Truth About Anti-Aging Creams

In reality, wrinkle creams don’t do so much apart from temporarily adding moisture to your skin. There are no wrinkle creams that can get rid of wrinkles. Beauty product manufacturers may entice you with their claims of exotic plant extracts harvested from the jungles of Amazon but there is nothing special in these so-called tightening ingredients. It is only perception and they are ordinary ingredients such as egg whites, which are often named as ‘serum albumin’, or polyvinyl alcohol.

The mechanism of any over-the-counter wrinkle cream is to add hydrating effect to the skin. Being moisturizers, these products enhance the water content in the epidermal layer of the skin to temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Wrinkles appear since as we age, we slowly produce less collagen, which is the protein the keeps the skin elastic and firm. Cigarette smoking and excessive sun exposure increases the loss of collagen, so the best things you can do is to keep your skin covered with sunscreen and avoid cigarettes.

But once the skin damage is done, is there any way to reverse it? Below are some of the most common anti-aging cream ingredients:

  1. Antioxidants. Examples are Vitamin E or green tea, which aims to stop sun damage that may hinder collagen production.
  2. Hydroxy acids. This serves as exfoliant, eliminating the old, dull skin to reveal new skin.
  3. Hyaluronic acid. This works by soaking the skin in moisture, plumping the wrinkled skin tissue.
    Peptides. This ingredient became popular due to their ability to increase collagen production and speed up wound healing.
  4. Peptides. This ingredient became popular due to their ability to increase collagen production and speed up wound healing.
  5. Retinol. This is the over-the-counter version of the Vitamin A derivative Retin-A. Retinoids prevent the break down of collagen and with continued use, it can help produce new collagen.

Of all the ingredients listed, dermatologists recommend the use of retinol for prevention and even reversal of signs of aging. However, it must be avoided by pregnant women. This is the only non-prescription substance that has scientific studies to back it up. The use of retinol has been proven significant reduction in the appearance of brown spots and wrinkles.

How Does Wrinkle reduction treatment Compare?

For people who want to see dramatic results, medical procedure is far better and more effective than anti-aging creams. Wrinkle reduction treatment breaks the connections between the muscles and the nerves, relaxing and paralyzing the muscle. Without paralyzing this part, the muscle would be tensed, forming deep wrinkles.

Nefertiti Neck Lift for Jawline Jowl Tightening


The Nefertiti neck lift is a popular non-surgical procedure that redefines the neck and the lines of the jaw to bring out a youthful, elegant appearance without surgery. Having a well-defined jawline with a swan-like neck has been a symbol of beauty since the ancient Egyptian times. Taken its name from Nefertiti, queen of Egypt, who was popular for her sophisticated bone structure, the Nefertiti neck lift creates a well-contoured, lifted and smooth neck and jaw line.

How is the Nefertiti Neck Lift Done?

Nefertiti neck lift is done through the application of dermal fillers and Wrinkle reduction treatment to tighten the loose skin and ‘turkey neck’ appearance around the jaw line and neck. It also remove jowling by filling up the lost volume on the area.

Aging around the neck and jaw line are the primary reasons why some women appear older than their actual age and through this procedure, we can effectively tighten the skin, replace the volume lost in the area and give the appearance of a non-surgical face lift.

By administering Wrinkle reduction treatment around the neck and jawline into the thin muscle called Platysma, the muscle will be relaxed. In this way, the muscles on the upper part of the face become stronger, causing an upward pulling action. This creates a non-surgical lift. This procedure is quick and only takes 4 to 5 minutes.

In addition, the skin around the jawline sags and droops, because of the loss of natural facial volume due to age and gravity. When the fat pads around the jawline disappears, the skin flattens like a deflating balloon. Together with gravity, the skin sags and hangs down, creating that ‘jowling look’. By administering hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Perlane and Restylane, we ‘inflate’ back the balloon and through the help of Wrinkle reduction treatment , it can rejuvenate that area beautifully.

How often does the treatment be done?

When the Wrinkle reduction treatment has relaxed the platysma muscles, the effect is an upward pull from the facial muscles, which creates a natural looking, youthful jaw line, face and neck. The treatment has to be repeated a number of times a year, together with other injectable treatment.

How does the Nefertiti Neck Lift prevent aging?

When we’re still young, our elevator muscles are still active, but as we get older, the platysma muscles or depressor muscles are become more active, causing a pulling down effect of the jawline. Keeping these relaxed muscles with regular administration of Wrinkle reduction treatment can prevent the jowling effect of the neck and the jawline.

The neck itself also loose volume and sag, taking on the look of a ‘turkey neck’. Older women also develop wrinkles on the neck, which is called the necklace lines. Through regular Wrinkle reduction treatment to the platysma muscles in the neck, the neck tightens and these necklace lines disappear.

Here’s What You Should Know About ‘Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ’

Baby-Botulinum toxin

Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment is a delicate procedure in administering Wrinkle reduction treatment to achieve a highly natural and subtle result. First coined in the US, the term ‘baby wrinkle reduction treatment’ rose when movie director Martin Scorsese complained that many actresses he casted look ‘frozen’ and couldn’t use natural facial expression. The actresses began to search for Wrinkle reduction treatment while still working for a more natural look and that will wear off quickly just in time for their next project.

How does Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment Work?

Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment still uses the same treatment formula (Botullinum toxin) and injected in the usual areas. But the difference is that tiny doses, often lower than average, of the treatment are administered and are placed exceedingly carefully into the facial muscles when it will relax facial contractions by blocking nerve impulses. This will let the skin appear smooth, with wrinkles and fine lines less noticeable.

The result: It softens the appearance of wrinkles while still letting natural facial movement. Any hint of frozen look will be avoided.

The most common areas for Baby Wrinkle reduction Injectionare:

  • The forehead
  • Around the eyes

This treatment procedure is not permanent. Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment wears off more quickly so patients have to return for the next treatment after two months. The advantage of Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment is that it gives patients the choice. If a client wanted the usual dose treatment, we will use a unique technique that will achieve effective, long lasting but still natural looking results. However, Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment can be used for those who want to be more minimal and achieve more natural look, or those who don’t want it to last long.

Who are the Best Candidates for Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ?

Wrinkle reduction treatment is a highly popular option among men and women who desire to have youthful look and reduce frown lines and wrinkles. Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment patients can be of any gender or age, and its popularity is growing every year.

  1. First timers – those who never had Wrinkle reduction treatment before and are worried not to overdo it.
  2. Preventative patients – those who are using it as a preventative measure, to block muscle activity so wrinkles won’t develop
  3. Younger patients – those who want a very light dose to prevent early signs of aging
  4. Patients needing facial movement – common clients are actors and actresses who want to retain their full range of facial expressions, yet want to achieve a subtle suppression of aging signs so they still look good on screen
  5. Natural look seekers – those who want a particularly subtle look to their results

Are they any negative side effects of Baby Wrinkle reduction treatment ?

Perhaps the most common side effects are mild pain and tenderness on the site of injection, including very mild swelling, which subsides within 48 hours. Very rarely, the treatment may cause adjacent muscle groups to relax, giving the appearance of a drooping eyelids or eyebrows. This case is rare and should diminish after a week or two.