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How do I get rid of cellulite? – Everything you need to know

How do I get rid of cellulite?” is the question all women affected by excess fat deposits have. Although it is not a medical problem that endangers health, cellulite can affect a person’s self-image and can cause negative emotional states.

What is cellulite and why does it appear?

Cellulite is a skin problem that poses no danger to a person’s physical health. It is very common, with estimates suggesting that over 85% of women over the age of 21 have cellulite.

Cellulite can occur mainly in areas that have better represented fat deposits such as: 

  • thighs;
  • hips;
  • buttocks; 
  • abdomen.

Cellulite has an appearance of an “orange peel” and appears more often in women who have:

  • excess adipose tissue;
  • over 21 years;
  • genetic predisposition; 
  • thinner epidermal layer;
  • proinflammatory status in the body;
  • excess estrogen.

Other causes that can promote the appearance of cellulite are: 

  • a sedentary lifestyle;
  • weight problems/weight fluctuations;
  • a diet rich in fats, carbohydrates and sugars;
  • smoking;
  • excessive stress.

How many cellulite types are there?

If you identify correctly, with the help of a specialist, the type of cellulite you have, you can easily access a treatment plan suitable for you and find an answer to the question “How do I get rid of cellulite?”.

Cellulite can be of three types, each with its own particularities, which will influence the choice of treatment:

  1. Fat cellulite – occurs mainly in people who have weight problems and a sedentary lifestyle. The most affected areas are the waist, hips and buttocks. 
  2. Edematous cellulite – generally occurs as a consequence of water retention in the body and generally affects women who have circulation problems or follow hormonal treatments.
  3. Fibrous cellulite – has a grainy appearance, is more compact and involves inflammation and pain, which is not the case with the other two types. It occurs mainly on the thighs and hips.

How to get rid of cellulite – why is treatment necessary? 

Although it does not affect the general state of health, cellulite can have an impact on your emotional state. In the case of fat cellulite, which is mainly caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, starting an anti-cellulite treatment can improve many life aspects.

How to get rid of cellulite – treatments available at Avra ​​Aesthetic Institute 

One of the most effective methods to fight cellulite developed by Avra ​​Aesthetic Institute is the BTLProtocol X-Wave and BTL EXILIS ULTRA. This type of treatment combines two of the most innovative anti-cellulite:

To the question “How do I get rid of cellulite?”, The BTL X-Wave and BTL Exilis protocol comes with an answer aimed at stimulating collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, thus restoring the skin’s firmness.

The technology is recommended for treating the thighs, knees, arms, back and abdomen. It is recommended both in cases where a large number of kilos have been lost in a short time, but also to combat the effects of aging.

By combining the two techniques, energy is transmitted to the deep layers of the skin, the heat waves stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. Furthermore, by adopting a controlled process of heating and cooling, the energy reaches the deep layers of the skin, stimulating both the tissue and the outer layer of the skin.

At Avra ​​Aesthetic Institute you will benefit from a personalized treatment plan, depending on the particularities of your body and skin, but also on your desires regarding the result. In most cases, the treatment plan contains 10-12 sessions, each lasting 30-60 minutes.

We are waiting for you at Avra Aesthetic Institute to help you restore firmness and radiance to your skin! 

How we take care of our skin in the spring

Cold air, wind and artificial heat indoors, dry and sensitize the skin. Although spring is knocking at our door and temperatures have risen, the skin is still affected and needs help in moving to happier and more hydrated times. Here are some skin care tips to improve your condition:

 

  • As we move into spring, the air begins to contain more moisture, thus increasing the skin’s moisture level. This is why a complexion with acne tendencies or which faces the occasional appearance of pimples, is more prone to rashes in spring and summer. That’s why now is the time to change heavy, winter creams, which could start to clog pores as temperatures rise, with light moisturisers, gel textures and serums that will allow the skin to breathe. Try SkourasMed’s Corrective Moisturizer – a non-greasy, fluid cream that instantly soothes and moisturizes the skin, leaving it hydrated, elastic and radiant. Another recommendation is SkourasMed’s Hyaluronic Acid Supreme Hydration – a super moisturizing face serum that restores firmness and moisturizes the skin, instantly improving the appearance of the face by filling the wrinkles inside.

  • As with the cream, it is advisable to change the foundation. Choose a foundation with a light and moisturizing formula or BB creams (CC, DD, etc.) that have a light coverage and moisturizing role, making them perfect for spring. A mandatory criterion, regardless of choice, is the presence of SPF, protection against UV rays being mandatory for a young and healthy complexion. Also, look for non-comedogenic products to make sure they won’t clog your pores.
  • It is important to exfoliate your face and body throughout the year. But after winter, the removal of dead cells seems more necessary, so some people tend to exaggerate and cause irritation and inflammation. A light scrub, done once or twice a week and a chemical peel done in early spring, are enough. Avoid using any scrubs with microspheres or harsh ingredients that can cause micro-lesions in the skin. We prefer enzymatic exfoliants and acids instead of classic scrubs, because they are gentler on the skin and a fresh hold without being aggressive.
  • The use of sunscreen products is mandatory to protect the skin from premature aging and other harmful effects of UV rays. Now there are light formulas, with very high protection, which can be used as such or as a make-up base, without leaving white marks. It is also very important to reapply sunscreen during the day. Our favourite products are:

    HELIOCARE®Ultra 90 Gel with SPF 90 – its gel-like texture is light, non-sticky and brightens the skin without leaving whitish marks. It is especially recommended for normal or oily skin and allows a quick absorption and an excellent finish, being ideal as a makeup base.

HELIOCARE® Compact Color SPF 50 – daily photoprotection in the form of a compact foundation with SPF 50, It prevents photosensitisation and hyperpigmentation in cases of reactive and photosensitive or photosensitised skin as a result of treatments. Covers imperfections and evens out skin tone.

  • Chronic skin problems, such as acne or rosacea, are exacerbated as the seasons change. A visit to the dermatologist is indicated at the beginning of each season, to adjust the skin care routine as the weather changes.

All the products presented in this article can also be found in the AVRA Institute clinic.

Body remodeling – everything you need to know

If you want to benefit from a body remodeling, you need to know exactly what kind of expectations you can have regarding the result, but also what are the details to pay attention to when choosing your clinic. It is also important to be informed about all existing procedures, but especially those that are indicated for you.

What does body remodeling mean? 

Body remodeling involves several aesthetic techniques and procedures that help you improve the appearance of some areas of your body. Remodeling procedures are non-invasive and produce visible results after just a few sessions. 

The main purpose of a body remodeling procedure is to remove adipose tissue from the selected area, but also to tone the skin. The result is to acquire a harmonious silhouette, with the shapes that you want. 

Who can do a body remodeling  procedure? 

A body remodeling procedure is the ideal solution for anyone who wants to get rid of adipose tissue and cellulite and “sculpt” one or more areas of the body. Body remodeling is not a solution for those who want to lose weight, on the contrary, it is dedicated to people who have a higher amount of body fat, which they cannot get rid of through classic methods of diet and sports, but do not necessarily have problems with weight.

Results of a remodeling treatment

Regardless of what you envision, it is wise to have a discussion with a specialist before starting a body remodeling treatment. He or she will answer all your questions, tell you what to expect and guide you through each stage of treatment. 

Following a body remodeling you can expect:

  • Reduction of adipose tissue on the treated area
  • Skin toning
  • Better skin elasticity
  • Remodeling of the treated area
  • Improving blood circulation

Procedures for body reshaping at  Avra Aesthetic Institute

  1. Remodeling with BTL Vanquish Me

A remodeling method that uses radiofrequency and helps remove fat cells from the body by heating adipose tissue. Following the procedure, the cells are removed naturally through the lymphatic system. It is indicated for the abdomen and thighs. 

2. Body remodeling with Venus Legacy

Represents a state-of-the-art alternative to surgical remodeling procedures. It can be applied all over the body, and the results consist of toning, smooth skin, reducing cellulite and reducing girth. 

3. Body reshaping with BTL Exilis Elite 

This procedure can be performed all over the body and consists of destroying fat cells. As a result, the circumferences are reduced. At the same time, collagen production is stimulated and the skin gains firmness. 

4. Lymphatic drainage with BTL Lymphastim

This type of lymphatic drainage fights cellulite, detoxifies and helps to regenerate the body. By relaxing the muscles, the body remodeling is facilitated. 

5. BTL X-Wave treatment against cellulite

A remodeling method that combines acoustic waves with elastic ones. They are administered simultaneously on the skin with the help of the device, resulting in firmer skin and less cellulite. 

6. Fractional Radiofrequency Venus Viva™ Treatment for Skin Surface Recovery

The procedure consists in applying small pins on the skin, which selectively induce heat and produce small micro-dermal burns, activating the body’s natural healing process. This method stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, substances that play an important role in the process of skin regeneration.

To find out more about the innovative technologies used you can access the Technology section.

If you want to reshape your body but you still don’t know which method is right for you, we are waiting for you at Avra Aesthetic Institute for proper counseling and treatment to meet your needs!

Everything you need to know about lip care

How much attention do you pay to the care of your lips?

Yes, the lips also need a care routine because the skin on the lips is different from the skin on the rest of the face.

The skin on the lips is very thin and sensitive. Lips do not have sebaceous glands that help keep the skin lubricated and protected and their only source of hydration is saliva. That is why they can dry and crack easily. Melanin (which has the role of protecting from ultraviolet rays) is also missing from the skin of the lips so there is a higher risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Signs of healthy lips are volume and hydration. Lips are like a sponge: when exposed to moisture, they absorb water and become smooth. When dehydrated, it dries and wrinkles. As you get older, fine lines and wrinkles will begin to appear on your lips at a faster rate than on the rest of your face.

Smoking is a major cause of premature aging of the lips. In addition to the damage caused by smoke toxins, smokers are more likely to develop wrinkles around the mouth, due to the repeated use of perioral muscles to smoke. The negative effects of the environment often result in dry and cracked lips.

Improper lip care can also increase the risk of inflammation, infection and burning sensations. The good news is that once you start taking care of your lips, you can reverse the signs of aging relatively quickly.

Here are some essential steps for proper lip care:

  • Exfoliate the lips once a week with a gentle exfoliant and then apply a moisturizing mask to combat their dryness and cracking.
  • Be sure to avoid scrubs with salicylic acid, as it can erode the outer layer of the lips and damage the layers of new skin.
  • The night before bed, apply a generous layer of intensive repairing treatment for the lips. The ones we recommend are the following:

          1) Lip Repair from SkourasMed 

          2) PCA Hyaluronic Acid Lip Booster 

          3) PCA Peptide Lip Therapy

Advanced lip products that instantly moisturize while improving long-term lip volume, hydration, and softness.

  • Apply a nourishing lip balm throughout the day as needed and if your lips are prone to dryness, avoid transfer-resistant lipsticks as they dry out the lips.
  • When you are at the beach, use a lip balm with SPF to protect them from sun damage.
  • And stop licking your lips! Saliva evaporates quickly taking with it any moisture that is already on the lips, leaving them even drier.

Learn how to use Hyaluronic Acid CORRECTLY

 

When it comes to popular ingredients to keep skin hydrated, Hyaluronic Acid frequently holds the top spot on must-have lists.

Often referred to as HA, the molecule is a natural substance in the skin – a group of carbohydrates that works to maintain elasticity. It is what we know as a “moisturizer”, meaning it works like a sponge to help the skin retain water and leave it firm and hydrated.

However, as we age, our natural levels of Hyaluronic Acid are slowly reduced, leading to loss of tone, loss of skin elasticity and deepening wrinkles. That’s why it’s become such a popular ingredient in skin care – in fact, just one gram can probably hold six liters of water, and research suggests it can help protect the skin from environmental aggressors, such as pollution. The best thing is that it works for every skin type – especially in the form of serum, because it can be absorbed more easily and can work at a deeper level.

If you are already using a product with Hyaluronic Acid, you probably already know all this. But what if we told you you could do this wrong? According to experts, this popular ingredient must be applied to damp skin to work. In fact, applying it on a dry face can have the opposite effect, namely to dehydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid is like a magnet for moisture. If the skin is dry, it will draw any residual moisture from the deep layers of the skin to moisturize the surface. That’s why you need to apply Hyaluronic Acid on damp skin – first clean your face and then immediately apply a serum with Hyaluronic Acid. When Hyaluronic Acid comes in contact with water, it begins to act and your skin will be extremely hydrated and will regain its density.

If you think about it, it makes sense: Hyaluronic acid itself does not contain water, so the more it comes in contact with moisture, the more effect it has. The care routine should be like a moisturizing “sandwich” – spray your face with water or facial spray, apply the treatment with Hyaluronic Acid, then spray again or apply a moisturizer with aqueous texture.

The choices of AVRA Institute specialists are:

  • Hyaluronic Acid Supreme Hydration from SkourasMed, a face serum that restores firmness and moisturizes the skin, instantly improves the appearance of the face by filling the wrinkles on the inside, helping the skin to regain its density and radiance.
  • Hydrating Serum from PCA Skin, which is formulated with antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide and provides hydration without clogging pores, leaves the skin soft, revitalized and hydrated, while reducing inflammation.
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injection: Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers, such as JUVÉDERM, offer a range of alternative solutions for personalized treatments that naturally improve facial features, providing lasting but not permanent results, with Hyaluronic Acid generally resorbing in 6-12 months after the procedure. However, the effects are prolonged due to the increase in collagen production in the treated area. The procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Facial Lifting 101

Is facelift still fashionable? What does non-surgical facelift mean? Can we avoid the need for a surgical facelift if we resort to non-invasive procedures in time? These are just some of the questions I asked the specialists, trying to find out what the “future of lifting” is.

When we talk about facelifts, we seem to be spinning in a circle. There is a strong social pressure not to show our age, removing the signs of the passage of time, but at the same time it must not be so obvious that we have intervened in any way in the process of aging “beautifully”.

The “middle” way

Recently, non-surgical cosmetic procedures have been developed and with the right combinations we can have great results and benefits. There are many people who do not like the idea of ​​an operation, taking into consideration all that it entails (anesthesia, hospitalization, postoperative period with edema, bruising etc) and prefer a change through an easier way“, says Dr. Silvia Stănculescu, plastic surgeon at AVRA Aesthetic Institute.

One of the procedures with spectacular results is the non-surgical lifting with resorbable threads, known as “Thread Lift”. The procedure is recommended when signs such as loss of skin firmness begin to appear, accompanied by the onset of changes in facial contour and relief. “We see these signs starting at the age of 30-35, when there are concerns about the firmness and appearance of the facial skin“, says Dr. Stănculescu. How does Thread Lift help us? “Simply applicable, the non-surgical lifting with threads “brings back” the tissues to their initial place.The results are seen immediately, being optimal 3 weeks after the procedure. Studies show that even 3 years after the procedure there is synthesis of neocollagen. In addition, the treatment can be repeated“, adds Dr. Stănculescu.

Thread Lift is a minimally invasive treatment, and in the first week after treatment there may be small bruises and a slight tension, but most daily activities are unaffected.

Non-invasive lifting

A non-invasive facelift alternative is the use of combination of the power of radio frequency waves and ultrasound. “State-of-the-art” devices such as BTL Exilis or Venus Viva stimulate the skin to the deep dermis, reshaping existing collagen and elastin fibers, and at the same time stimulate cells (fibroblasts) to synthesize new collagen fibers“, says Dr. Adelina Vasilescu, dermatologist at AVRA Aesthetic Institute.

We can use these procedures from the age of 30. After the non-invasive lifting treatment we can observe smoothing of fine lines and redefinition of face contour. According to studies the skin quality has improved over 30%. The skin texture is enhanced and the face regains its fresh and youthful appearance. The results are visible right after the first meeting, but the final result will be evaluated one month after the end of the whole protocol. It is generally recommended to repeat the treatment once every 6-8 months to maintain the results, but the recommendations are customized for each individual patient.

Radiofrequency treatments, such as BTL Exilis Elite and Venus Viva are comfortable and painless. The only sensation perceived by the patient is a moderate heat in the treated area. There are no side effects, and anesthesia or recovery time is not needed.
It is a procedure that we can easily schedule during the lunch break, after which we can immediately return to our daily activities.

Another treatment that has gained a very good reputation in combating the effects of the passage of time is the minimally invasive treatment based on Fractional Radiofrequency (such as Venus Viva Nanofractional RF). This is basically a resurfacing treatment, restoring the surface of the skin and thus being ideal for treating post-acne scars, dilated pores, moderate and deep wrinkles, skin laxity and stretch marks. “The procedure is performed in the aesthetic institute after applying an anesthetic cream, to remove any discomfort. After treatment, it is recommended to apply a moisturizer and it is mandatory to use sunscreen products with SPF 50+. The recovery time is 3-4 days, during which the skin is slightly inflamed, but patients can use makeup starting the day after treatment. Depending on the problem treated, 2-6 treatment sessions may be needed, performed every 3-4 weeks”, says Dr. Vasilescu.

The final frontier

According to specialists, a combination of non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments performed starting with the first signs of skin aging, can delay the need for a surgical facelift.

Surgical lifting is still indicated in case of significant skin excess or significant laxity, most often after the age of 50-55 years“, confirms Dr. Silvia Stănculescu. Patients’ concerns before such a procedure are related to risks, anesthesia and pain. “The main benefit is a rejuvenated look, which is maintained for a longer period. The recovery period is, on average, 4 weeks post-operative, and the risks are those of any surgical procedure of similar complexity and magnitude”, adds Dr. Stănculescu.

The question “What do you think about facelift? Will you resort to this procedure if necessary? ”, is in today’s society one that we all respond to after the age of 35. We now have the freedom to choose exactly to what extent we want to intervene and what we want to see in the mirror after the age of 60.

I believe that everyone has the opportunity to choose what suits them. The most important thing is to analyze the available options and see the “pros & cons” and then make a decision. In many cases we have seen good results even by combining procedures, for example the preparation and stimulation of the skin through non-invasive therapies, followed by minimally invasive therapies such as fractionated variants or resorbable threads. The latter have a better result on a prepared and stimulated complexion, regardless of age. The choice of age to intervene differs greatly from person to person because we have different skin types, a personal genetic background and each one of us has a different skin care ritual, so the appearance in most cases no longer takes into account only age. It is certainly better to prevent by small changes, such as properly applied sunscreen, regardless of the season or professional treatments performed at appropriate intervals to stimulate the tissue to regenerate. This way we can postpone the moment when the questions related to the facelift will appear.

Tricks to increase the effect of skin care products (2)

Exfoliate the skin first

Dead cells on the surface are like a barrier that prevents the active ingredients in the products from penetrating the skin. For the products to do their job, this barrier must be removed. The best way to remove dead cells is to exfoliate. Ordinary skin cleansers release pores by removing dirt and sebum, but to really increase the absorption of ingredients, you need an enzyme-based or acid-based cleanser. Avoid scrubs because they are aggressive on the skin and are not nearly as effective as cell exfoliation performed by an enzyme or acid cleanser.

Follow the order

The skin also has a firm policy of receiving ingredients. What is applied first penetrates best. So, whether it works against wrinkles, pimples or hyperpigmented spots, the most active ingredients must be applied first. If you use two products for two different problems, apply one on clean skin in the morning and the other in the evening on clean skin, so that you benefit 100% from the effectiveness of both products. After applying the treatments, continue with the application of the other products in the order of density, from the thinnest (serum) to the thickest (sunscreen or night cream) and depending on the basis of the formulation: apply the non- oily and last oily products because they form a protective film that prevents water-based products from entering the skin.

Apply the products on freshly washed skin

Slightly damp skin acts like a sponge, quickly absorbing anything it receives. This rule applies to almost every product – even retinoids. The only exception? Mineral sunscreen. Products with mineral SPF are designed to sit on the surface of the skin and reflect the sun’s rays. On damp skin, mineral blocks tend to apply unevenly, do not cover well.

Wash your face with warm water

When you wash your face with lukewarm water instead of cold water, the skin temperature rises slightly, causing blood vessels and pores to dilate in an attempt to cool down. The space between the cells means that there is a larger surface area for absorption, which helps the product to enter. In addition, the ingredients move through the skin and interact with the cells faster when the skin is warm.

Tricks to increase the effect of skin care products (1)

Seal the active ingredients

One of the best ways to stimulate absorption is to seal the active ingredients with heavy, occlusive ointments. Fatty ointments and creams with large amounts of natural fats, oils and waxes make the best occlusive agents, according to cosmetic chemists. But don’t start applying Vaseline over every care product in the care cabinet you apply to your skin. Never seal retinoids, acids, vitamin C or hydroquinone, as they double their strength and can cause skin irritation. Also, skip this step completely if your skin is prone to acne.

Keep the retinoids for the night

These superheroes give the best results under the cover of darkness, because they degrade and lose their efficiency in contact with the sun’s rays.

The night has another advantage over the day: the skin temperature rises by half a degree while we sleep, because the internal organs pump more blood into the skin. With higher temperature and dilation of blood vessels, the penetration of ingredients into the skin is greater. Although it is not a huge difference, the skin absorbs more overnight, which is true for any ingredient you apply before bed, not just retinoids.

Try the serums

When you want maximum impact from a perfume, buy the perfume, not the scented shower gel. Similarly, you will find the strongest dose of active ingredients in the serum – not, for example, in skin cleansers. A serum is a concentrated source of active ingredients in a simple form, which penetrates very quickly and completely, unlikely by lotion-type emollients that make it difficult for the active substance to penetrate the skin.

Combine products efficiently

Some ingredients are stronger together. UV protection and antioxidants, for example, go hand in hand, as dermatologists say. Being the first to absorb ultraviolet rays, the antioxidant neutralizes free radicals created by these rays before they can damage. If the SPF does not include antioxidants, apply a layer of antioxidant serum before the sunscreen product. Many antioxidants also supplement peptides, increasing the skin’s ability to protect itself and heal. Retinoids and hydroquinone are another dynamic duo, commonly prescribed for hyper-pigmented spots.

Are genes influenced by what we eat?

The correct answer would be that yes, genes are directly influenced in the long run by our lifestyle, of course here including diet. Genes do not encode disease, they have the role of encoding a function, but on the other hand they are capable of interactions with the environment, so it matters a lot where and how we live.

People, in general, are afraid that if they find out their genome by performing various tests that are in vogue today, this will reveal the diseases they will die from. In reality, by knowing your genome you find out how you will live, NOT how you will die! Why? Because, in fact, you find out how you should not cause your genes to become dysfunctional through your direct actions: lifestyle, diet, exposure to pollutants or endocrine disruptors.

“My entire scientific career has convinced me that heredity is important, in some cases the most important. After many years of study and a doctorate in medical genetics I can say with conviction that what you offer directly to the body is more important. It can even sometimes change heredity. So, regardless of heredity, let’s not despair. Let’s treat our body as a precious gift that must be cared for and loved”, says Dr. Adina Trandafir, PhD in genetics and nutrition counselor at Nutriscience, a science-based nutrition center.

More and more often, we hear names that may seem confusing, such as nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics.

Nutrigenetics identifies how genetics alter the individual’s response to certain nutrients, in other words, it explains why and how people respond differently to the same nutrient. Such examples would be why an individual can drink alcohol and feel pleasure or not, or after coffee to feel more tired or not.

Nutrigenomics studies how environmental factors, such as food intake and lifestyle, influence genome expression. Diet is the main way of exposing the human body to the environment and is the essential decision that every person makes regarding their eating habits.

It is very important in life to make the right choices, and nutrigenomics tests help us in this regard.

Such a test is available at AVRA Aesthetic Institute (link to the service presentation page). It’s called “Advanced Nutrigenomics”.

The Advanced NGx test is performed in the United States using FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved technology, as well as standards and procedures appropriate for biological sample processing. The sample collected is saliva.

The purpose of this test is to provide information about how certain genetic variations may affect your metabolism, the need for nutrients in various physiological and pathological circumstances, and the association of genetic variations with the risk of certain diseases or the effectiveness of treatments.

This personalized report is intended to provide you with the latest information on how genetic variation (changes in your DNA sequence) can influence the amounts of nutrients you need to optimize your health, or to lessen the consequences that certain diseases have on your metabolism.

The entire report includes a maximum of 4 packages, based on the nutritional characteristics required in certain physiological or pathological conditions, or within a physically active lifestyle. The results of this report are addressed to you and you alone.

Depending on your choice, this report may include 3 or 4 packages. As long as you have opted for 3 packages, you may also order after the pregnancy and lactation package, without having to provide biological samples once again.

The 4 packages are:

1. Nutrition in the context of pregnancy

It includes the analysis of genetic variations present in women, which influence the amounts of nutrients needed for a healthy development of the fetus during pregnancy and the newborn during breastfeeding. This package is especially aimed at women who want to get pregnant. The package is also useful for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.

2. Adult nutrition

It includes the analysis of genetic variations that influence the optimal nutrient requirements for adults (women out of pregnancy and men). This package aims to provide you with the information you need to reduce the risk of metabolic diseases due to a diet that is inappropriate for your genetic structure.

3. The risk of metabolic imbalances

It includes the analysis of genetic variations that, in the presence of certain diseases or unhealthy lifestyles, can lead to complications, in the absence of an adequate diet. This package also includes the establishment of the genetic score for non-alcoholic hepatosteatosis, with a view to proper nutritional management.

4. Genotypes associated with physical exertion or sports performance

It includes an estimate, based on genetics, of the potential you have to practice certain types of physical effort, the impact that physical effort can have on your metabolism, and can help specialists in the field (sports doctors, coaches, nutritionists, specialists fitness, etc.) to decide if certain nutritional changes are needed to improve your physical performance.

How to take care of the acne prone skin

Finding the right formula to treat a skin with acne is a continuing struggle that can last for years. This is because what works in one case does not necessarily work in another.

Tackling skin problems has helped to establish basic principles and care rules. On the other hand, the appearance in the market of such a plethora of products, culminates in most of them having irritating ingredients that over time can do more harm than good; sometimes even aggravating most skin conditions. So, how can we choose from the multitude of tips, products and recommendations and find the ones that fit our needs? Simple: When we understand how the skin works, we understand what needs it has, we listen to it and so we know how to care for it.

Listening to your skin is the most important step towards a proper care.

 Most of the time, acne prone skin is not only seborrheic but also sensitive or even dry. The last thing we want to do is apply nutritious and moisturizing products. Why? Because in the rush of escape from the unsightly pimples and the post-acne signs, it has been (erroneously) induced over time that the solution is to apply astringent products and while removing nutritional products and oils from our skin care routine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Acne skin has the same need for hydration as dry skin. Thus, using aggressive products we do nothing more than destroy the hydro-lipid film of the skin, responsible for the balance, freshness and health of our skin.

What happens when we break this balance?

The dryer the skin is, the more it produces sebum to protect itself and it becomes more sensitive and the eruptions will worsen. Because of moisture deprivation and aggressive ingredients in various treartments, it will eventually become dry, resulting in unsightly desquamation and the premature appearance of wrinkles. If we want to protect and care for the skin the right way, while dealing with the underlying problem – acne, we need to create a simple routine with quality products and non-invasive procedures, appropriate to the current skin needs, to be respected because any negligence or exaggeration can prevent even the most effective treatment from having any results.

When more is too much.

You don’t have to fall prey to countless products, treatments and procedures, and you should not apply all the products at once. On one hand, because excess may damage the skin, and also you will not know what works and what does not. But most importantly, most products and procedures sensitize, irritate and develop intolerance. Allow time for products and procedures to do their job. Nothing good happens overnight and under no circumstances will skin problems disappear from one day to the next, regardless of the promises of labels, slogans and advertisements. There are a few steps through which any skin has to go through to become beautiful and healthy, if the treatment is right. In the first phase, everything comes to the surface, then the pimples begin to dry up and the skin passes through a period of regeneration that has the effect of easily decaying, the pimples and marks disappear and the skin begins to be radiant and uniform.

AVRA Aestethic Institute specialists recommend the following steps for acne prone skin care: 

  •  Cleansing the skin in the evening, before bedtime, is a must! Nothing is more erroneous than going to bed with your skin loaded with products, sebum and dust, whether you wear make-up or not. Not only does this clog the pores, favors the appearance of the pimples and maintains a bacterial environment favorable to acne, but it also prematurely ages the skin. For acne prone skin, you need to choose a delicate cleansing product without alcohol, preferably without irritating ingredients and no perfume. A good example is FACIAL WASH OILY / PROBLEM cleansing gel from PCA Skin. It contains gluconolactone, lactic acid and aloe and it deeply cleanses and protects the skin.

 

  •  Applying a Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum after cleansing is mandatory, because the problematic skin also needs a great deal of hydration. The lack of hydration is proven to be along with exposure to the sun, the main cause of premature aging of the skin. The serum should be chosen carefully, preferably an oil-free formula and as simple as possible, but with quality, clean ingredients and no perfume or other irritating ingredients. Our choice is HYDRATING SERUM from PCA Skin because it has a delicate skin formula, along with Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide, which protects and supports the optimal level of hydration in depth.

 

  • For a clean skin without imperfections, creams with 0.5% Retinol and the new generation chemical peelings are the best solution. However, both chemical peeling sessions as well as the application of Retinol at home are done only during autumn and winter because they are photo-sensitizing and entail the risk of hyper-pigmentation or even mild burns.

 

  • Apply Retinol creams only in the evening, on clean and dry skin. Avoid the eye area, nasal grooves and mouth corners. Preferably, after applying Retinol, do not apply other products. PCA Skin specialists have developed a stable formula of Retinol, specifically dedicated to problematic skin with prolonged action – INTENSIVE CLARITY TREATMENT: O.5% PURE RETINOL NIGHT.

 

  • Applying a cream with SPF 50 is mandatory during the day, even if you use photo-sensitizing products or not. UV rays are one of the main causes of premature aging, degradation and hyperpigmentation of the skin. SPF creams with zinc oxide should be avoided because they leave a whitish filter, are clogging the pores and favoring the appearance of the pimples. Preferably use a smooth texture cream that gently enters the skin and is a good base for makeup, like the PCA SkinWEIGHTLESS PROTECTION BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 45

 

  • It is important that during the treatment with the active ingredients that dry out the skin, to use a nutritive cream that nourishes the skin in depth and protects its elasticity. Our recommendation is REBALANCE cream from PCA Skin, which soothes and supplies the antioxidants and vitamins needed for a young, healthy skin.

 

  • Make sure that other care products and make-ups are not comedogenic and do not pinch pores because they prevent the effectiveness of the treatment.

 

  • Make-up tools (brushes, sponges, etc.) should be cleaned and disinfected at least once a week and kept away from dust because these are some of the most common sources of rash, eruptions and acne.

 

  • The pillow side needs to be changed every few days and never put the unclean face on the pillow because it loads sebum and products and can cause pimples and inflammation.

 

  • Use a special cotton towel for face only, that you do not use on your body or to wipe your hands. Skin with acne tendencies needs special care compared to other types of skin, but if you take into account the tips above, you will soon find that the effort is worth it.
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