April 21, 2017

Skin Tips Saturday Live - pimples, blackheads and acne beauty tips

In this live session, I answered a question sent to me by a facebook fan.

Question: "Hi I'm 24 years old. I'm suffering from pimple/acne, blackheads since I was 15 years old. Do you have a tip for me to get rid of it from home? I'll truly appreciate your response. thank you"

Here are my tips:


For more information, read these articles:


How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Skincare tips For Teens With Acne

Can Stress Trigger Acne?

Could Protein trigger acne?

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid, Benefits and Uses


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April 17, 2017

How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated and What You Can Do to Prevent It



As beauty therapists, one of the first skin conditions we learn about is skin dehydration. I guess we learn about dehydrated skin first because it is so common and can lead to and be associated with other skin conditions such as premature aging, wrinkles, skin irritations and sensitivities, red skin, dull and sluggish skin, excessively oily skin and even clogging, congestion and potentially acne.

So how can you tell that your skin is dehydrated?  The first thing people notice when their skin is dehydrated is how tight it feels. The skin feels uncomfortable and you will feel like you need to put a moisturizer on. On the surface, the skin appears dull, has almost a gray look to it. It can look shriveled, like fine tissue paper crinkled up. When you touch a dehydrated skin, it can feel rough and may be flaking off in places.

Beauty therapists use diagnostic tools to help them confirm that the skin is dehydrated. Using the magnifying lamp, they inspect the skin, touch and feel the texture and gently lift the skin with a finger to look for fine lines. They may even use a Woods Lamp or other similar tools that emit a black light to identify dehydration. Under the black light, dehydration looks dark purple to black, and we can easily spot where it is located.

Once we have confirmed the skin is dehydrated, it is relatively easy to correct but first, we need to identify what is causing the dehydration. Dehydration is caused by exposure to a harsh environment, harsh products, and not drinking enough water.

If your skin is exposed to a harsh environment, for example, air conditioning, heating or low humidity weather conditions, then protecting your skin with a good moisturizer is important. The key ingredients in a good hydrating moisturizer are hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin and sodium PCA.

If your products are drying out your skin, these will need to be replaced with the correct products for your skin type. Soap, foamy gel cleansers and cleansers with a high concentration of AHAs or salicylic acid will dehydrate the skin. Products designed for oily skin can be very stripping.  If your skin is feeling tight and dry after cleansing, it’s time to look at your cleanser to determine if it is the right one for you. Look for gentle milky cleansers that will protect and hydrate as they cleanse your skin.

If you are not drinking enough water, this will show up on your skin. Your skin is last in line when it comes to water and nutrition so even small changes in lifestyle can cause your skin to reflect the stress on the body. If you find it hard to remember to drink water, here are a couple of tips.

How to Get Hydrated Other Than Drinking Water

How Drinking Water Keeps Your Skin Looking Brighter, Smoother and Youthful

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How to Get Hydrated Other Than Drinking Water



There is no way around it, you have to drink up - water that is. Your skin cells need to be juicy and plump so that your skin looks nice and dewy and plump. If the poor cells are dehydrated, they shrivel up like prunes and guess what that looks like on the surface?

If you can't bear to drink 2L of water eat fruits and veggies high in water content such as watermelon, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, kiwi and capsicum. Most fruits and salads are high in water content, so make sure you enjoy a cup or two at every meal.

Snack on yogurt, freshly squeezed veggie juices and drink fruit and herbal teas. All these add water to your diet and essential micro nutrients so that you are not only hydrating but nourishing your skin cells as well.

Soups are also an excellent way to nourish and rehydrate. Starting your meals with a soup can also make you feel fuller so you don't tend to overeat.

Keeping up your fluids does not have to be boring and strictly water only. Add some fruits, salads, soups, and herbal teas to your everyday meals and you will enjoy a more youthful skin in no time.

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April 11, 2017

Get The Glow Back With These Easy Steps



Have you been a little neglectful of your health and wellbeing? Hectic lifestyle, poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and lack of relaxation can not only take its toll on your body, but will cause the skin to look dull, stressed, blotchy, congested and prematurely aged. The effects of fatigue, stress and poor nutrition is visible on our skin within days. Here are some easy steps to get the glow back this long weekend.

LEMON WATER

1. Dring hot lemon water before breakfast every morning. Juice 1/2 a lemon, add to hot water and sip. The lemon juice is effective at neutralizing acid in the body which is responsible for inflammation. It will help to detox the liver as well as your skin.

NUTRITIOUS SALADS AND SOUPS

2. As well as drinking fresh water, make yourself some nutritious salads and soups this weekend. Commit to drinking 1 cup of green tea every day. The high water content and nutritional value of these meals will help you get your glow back from the inside out.

DETOX FACIAL

3. Give yourself a detox facial this weekend. Start with a double cleanse to remove makeup and impurities, next exfoliate to remove dead cell build up and finish with a brightening mask. This alone can brighten and improve the look and feel of your skin instantly.

VITAMIN C SERUM

4. Add a good quality vitamin C serum into your skincare routine. Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients for your skin and has many skincare benefits. It helps to brighten a dull skin, improve skin immune system, fade pigmentation, boost collagen production for a firmer skin and protect the skin from free radical damage.

BOOST CIRCULATION

5. Get outdoors and get some fresh air. Playing sports, walking or gardening will help your body improve circulation and lymphatic system. Boosting blood circulation will deliver essential nutrients to your skin to make it glow and improved lymphatic circulation will help your body detox.

COMMIT TO HEALTH

Make a plan and a commitment this long weekend to look after yourself. Take some time out to relax and unwind. With these simple everyday lifestyle changes, you will feel refreshed, recharged resulting in a healthy glowing skin.

Enjoy your long weekend!

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April 1, 2017

6 Mighty & Powerful Superfoods For Radiant and Healthy Skin


Healthy skin and a radiant youthfulness are not only achievable simply by cosmetic procedures, and diligent home care. Ultimately, we must turn towards mother nature because nutrient-packed superfoods can nourish our beauty from inside out, and give us that gorgeously healthy skin and radiant complexion that we so crave.

Here, take a look at some of the healthiest superfoods for a radiantly glowing and healthy skin:

Ginger to Support Skin Healing & Repair

Carrot and ginger soup with yoghurt
Carrot and ginger soup with yoghurt

For centuries, ginger has remained popular for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This incredibly delicious spice is enriched with healing and medicinal benefits, along with being extremely beneficial for the skin. If you want to restore a weak, damaged skin and give it a nice soothing effect, add some ginger to your stir fry.

Avocados to Boost Collagen Production

Avocado for skin health
Anti-ageing avocados
Avocados are the best natural skin moisturizer packed with Vitamins C, E, and K, along with whopping quantities of magnesium, folic acid, protein, and potassium. All these healthy nutrients preserve your youthfulness and eliminate the signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles by nourishing your skin from the inside out. An avocado salad is just what you need to shield your skin against the havoc wreaked by pollution, sunlight, and smoke.

Chia seeds to Reinforce the Skin Barrier

Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing
Power Salad with Lemon Chia Seed Dressing
This deliciously crunchy superfood is brimming with omega-3 fatty acids that act as essential building blocks for the growth and functioning of healthy skin cells. They also aid in the production of new collagen, which is vital to provide the skin a healthy and strong foundation, devoid of fine lines and wrinkles. So, what are you waiting for? Go fix yourself a crunchy chia seed smoothie!


Almonds to Reduce Inflammation

Porridge with Apples, Almonds & Cinnamon
Porridge with Apples, Almonds & Cinnamon
These incredibly tasty nuts are one of the best sources of Vitamin E. Almonds not only nourish the deep layers of your skin but also provide protection from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Almonds are also packed with countless antioxidants and anti-aging properties. Almond is highly effective in reducing signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, along with treating several other skin ailments, like eczema, swelling, acne, psoriasis, and inflammation. Add almonds to salads and stir-frys.

Blueberries for Powerful Antioxidants

Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
Blueberry Chia Seed Pudding
This delicious superfood truly steals the crown when it comes to skin-healthy foods. They are packed with heaps of antioxidants, such as quercetin and anthocyanins, along with heaps of Vitamin C that give you a radiantly glowing and even skin tone. All you need is half a cup of blueberries to prevent the emergence of premature signs of aging. You can always enjoy blueberries and yogurt for a healthy breakfast, use them as a fruity topping for your cereal, or whip them up in a delicious berry smoothie with raspberries and strawberries that are equally beneficial for a healthy skin.

Tomatoes and Red Capsicum to Support Skin Nutrition

Roasted Garlic, Red Capsicum and Tomato Pasta
Roasted Garlic, Red Capsicum and Tomato Pasta
Tomatoes are hands down the best superfood to enrich you with a powerful dose of lycopene, a strong anti-aging antioxidant that also aids in the prevention of heart diseases and cardiovascular dysfunction. Tomatoes and capsicum help support a healthy circulatory system, which nourishes the skin. And the best part is that lycopene is most effective when it is cooked, so whip up your favorite tomato sauces and soups, and devour them to your heart’s content.


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February 25, 2017

DO YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN? DISCOVER PRODUCTS AND TREATMENTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN

PRODUCTS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
Does your skin redden easily? Do you have visible capillaries or do you get rashes? Have you ever reacted to natural foods, medications or skincare products? In this article, I will talk about the two major types of sensitive skin, what causes it and the best way to manage and improve the skin condition. There are essentially three different sensitive skin conditions: couperose, sensitive and damaged skin.

COUPEROSE - “BROKEN CAPILLARIES”

Couperose is a skin condition where you can see visible capillaries on the surface, often present on the cheeks, chin, neck and decolletage. People with couperose tend to flush easily but do develop rashes or irritations such as stinging, burning or itching. Couperose is caused by sun damage. Years of exposure to UV has lead to the capillary damage which makes them more pronounced on the surface. Exertional, heat, alcohol, spicy food and other stimulants can aggravate this condition.

TIPS FOR MANAGING COUPEROSE

Because couperose is caused by UV damage, the first thing you need to start using is a sunscreen with a minimum SPF30+. Choose skin care that helps to improve circulation and strengthen capillaries. Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and vitamin C are excellent choices, both being antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce redness. Vitamin C helps boost collagen which will help strengthen capillaries. Professional treatments that are very effective to reduce the appearance of couperose include laser and IPL. Avoid excessive sun exposure, hot showers, exposing your skin to extremes of hot and cold, and stimulants such as spicy food and alcohol whenever you need to keep your skin extra calm.

SENSITIVE, DELICATE SKIN

A very small population of people are born with sensitive skin. This usually has a genetic root so other members of a family may also experience sensitive skin. These people need to be very gentle with their skin, and careful with the products they use. They may suffer from other autoimmune diseases and disorders and often develop allergies to certain foods and/or chemicals.

TIPS FOR MANAGING SENSITIVE, DELICATE SKIN

The best way to manage a sensitive, delicate skin is by using skincare formulated especially for a sensitive skin, free of common allergens, artificial colors and fragrances. Sensitive skin responds very well to calming, soothing and hydrating ingredients such as allantoin, chamomile, panthenol (provitamin vitamin B5), hyaluronic acid, cornflower, cranberry extract, oats, honey, licorice and soy phospholipids to protect the delicate skin. People with sensitive skin should avoid strong active ingredients such as retinol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid; highly fragranced products, products high in alcohol and using too many products all at once. Interestingly, naturally formulated products are not necessarily safe as people with allergies often will react to natural ingredients. Choose products that have been tested and formulated especially for sensitive skin. Read my article: 4 Products You Should NEVER Use On Your Face

SENSITIZED, DAMAGED SKIN

A sensitized skin, on the other hand, is the result of environmental, lifestyle and diet related factors. Sensitized skin can become red, hot, swollen, flaking, itching, burning or stinging. Often rashes can appear, or the skin can develop inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Sensitized skin conditions are often the result of a variety of factors including incorrect skincare, harsh products, repeated intensive skin treatments, over treating the skin, excessive heat or cold, infections, allergens, immune system disorders and certain medications.

TIPS FOR MANAGING AND HEALING A DAMAGED SKIN

Sensitized skin needs a time out. Its immunity has been compromised and the barrier has been broken down, allowing substances to pass through that would otherwise be kept out. Impaired barrier causes excessive moisture loss from the skin, irritation, inflammation and rashes. Sensitized skin needs gentle, anti-inflammatory products and a healing recovery professional treatment to help the skin recover. A desensitizing program that promotes healing and repair will work best. Besides gentle, calming and soothing products, a sensitized skin needs ingredients to improve the barrier and to strengthen skin immunity. Choose products developed to repair the barrier and heal the skin. Look for ingredients such as essential fatty acids (omegas 3,6,7,9) phospholipids, cholesterol, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, polysaccharides, mucopolysaccharides, phytosterols, squalene, jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil and flaxseed oil. Ingredients that stimulate epidermal growth factors are an excellent and potent way to repair damaged skin fast. People with damaged, sensitized skin need to avoid skin care that is highly active such as retinol serum and any products that contain AHAs such a glycolic, mandelic, lactic and salicylic acids. Avoid treatments that generate inflammation in the skin such as microdermabrasion, AHA or BHA peels, enzyme peels, micro dermal needling, laser or IPL. Opt for healing and strengthening facial treatments and soon you will be rewarded with a healthy strong skin once again. Read my article: Are You Considering Skin Peels? Having a sensitive, damaged or red skin does not stop you from using products or having treatments. In fact, professional treatments and the right products can greatly help manage and improve these skin conditions. Talk to you beauty therapist about the best skincare and treatment options for your skin.
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February 20, 2017

THE MOST IMPORTANT SKIN BEAUTY TIP EVER

YOUR SKIN HAS A MEMORY, TREAT IT WITH RESPECT


“Your skin has a memory.
In ten, twenty, thirty years from now, 
your skin will show the results of
how it was treated today.
So treat it kindly and with respect.”

I believe in long-term skin health. I also know, that our skin cells are constantly learning and gathering information for future generations. Science shows that how you treat your body, will be remembered by your cells and important information will be stored in your cells' DNA.  This is only natural so that your body and your skin can respond faster to environmental changes and adapt. It's all about self-preservation.

When I advise people to be gentle with their skin, it is not only about how they care for their skin every day. For example, don't use harsh products that make your skin red and uncomfortable. It is also about the treatments they chose to do to get the results faster. We are so impatient these days, we want results yesterday. All the neglect and damage we have done in our earlier years, we simply want the effects of that gone immediately. Sadly, this is not how the skin works.

You can't lose weight overnight. You can't get fit overnight. You can't remove pigmentation overnight. You can't get rid of wrinkles, blackheads, open pores, acne overnight. It's just biology. Your skin needs time to correct itself. It needs time to purge and to rejuvenate.

When you chose to do high-intensity clinical skin treatments to accelerate the results, they often come with side effects and these need to be managed well, for long-term skin health. Your skin will show you when your skin cells are under stress. It will become red, inflamed, hot, swollen, angry looking, itchy, burning and stinging. And when it's really suffering, it will break out, develop a rash or the skin cells will die off and peel off.

When you undergo high-intensity treatments that cause skin inflammation, it is absolutely critical you manage this well. You need to get that inflammation down as soon as possible. The longer your skin stays red, sore and uncomfortable, the more tissue inflammation causes free radicals causing long-term damage and accelerating aging. You may see good results now, but long-term your skin will suffer.  Because your cells will remember. Listen to your therapist when they recommend you use specific product post care. It's an investment into a healthy skin. Be sure to use anti-inflammatory and skin repairing skincare post clinical treatments. For your long-term skin health.

Best results are achieved with patience, carefully managing your skin over time, allowing your skin to recover. This means, don't do peels or microdermabrasion every week, do them every second week. Don't do laser skin rejuvenation again until your skin has completely recovered. Don't keep on having strong peels, skincare with AHAs and retinoids ad infinitum. Once your skin has improved, move onto other actives, such as antioxidants, cell communicating actives, vitamin C and peptides to continue treatment and maintain results.

The tools we use to deliver great results in our clinics are very exciting, but it's very important that pre and post care is managed very well.

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February 15, 2017

ARE YOU A WOMAN IN YOUR 30s OR 40s SUFFERING WITH ADULT ACNE?



It is not unusual for us to see clients in their 30s, 40s or even in their 50s suffer from breakouts and acne. In fact, we are seeing more and more women in their adult years come to see us upset about their breakouts. Confused, they tell us they can't understand why they are getting acne, after all, they are no longer teenagers.

So what is causing this increase we are seeing in adult women suffering from acne? If you search for answers online, you will learn that acne is caused by excess oil in the skin which is trapped in the hair follicles and causes infection. This may be true for younger people, however, this kind of lesions look very different to the type of acne we see in adult women.

During teenage years, some people develop an oily skin due to the hormonal spike they experience during puberty. The excess oil and a build up of dead cells cause blockages in the pores, which go on to become infected and you end up with lesions with a pustular head. The surrounding skin will often also have clogging, congestion, and blackheads, which are the precursors to pimples. Read more about teenage oily skin and the best tips for treating juvenile acne, and watch this video about tips for teens with acne.

Adult acne is very different. It is not necessarily located in the oily areas of the face (t-zone). Most of the adult acne occurs on the cheeks, jawline, temples, neck, shoulders and back. Yes, it can sometimes present within the t-zone, but these lesions are very different to the clogged pores which end up infected. In adult acne, the lesions are located deeper in the skin, presenting as large, swollen, painful, red, angry looking lumps under the skin. Often referred to cysts, these can appear overnight and last for weeks or even months.

Unfortunately, there is not one single cause that can be attributed to causing adult acne. We know that it is an internal problem, but the causes vary. For example, some women notice they have a breakout due to stress, others notice it is related to their diet. We are suspicious of the toxins and chemicals in our food and water. Is it possible the hormones and antibiotics fed to cows, pigs, sheep and chickens to produce cost effective meat products are affecting our bodies and our skin? Is it possible that the highly processed foods we eat made from genetically modified wheat, corn and high in sugar are causing acne? Is it possible that even when we do not feel we are stressed, our bodies are flooded with stress hormones due to our high paced lifestyle, lack of adequate sleep, long hours at work and lack of exercise? Is it possible that these stress hormones cause breakouts?

We need to start asking these type of questions of ourselves and be more observant of our bodies and how we are responding to our diet and lifestyle. We as aestheticians can see the clues about your diet and lifestyle by simply looking at your skin. Acne that appears in different areas of the face also gives us some clues to the possible causes. For example, if you tend to have adult acne on the chin, this is usually hormonal, either related to that time of the month or stress hormones. Acne on the jawline and neck has often been linked to high stress (hormones) and acne on the cheeks, shoulders, and back are related to the gut and food intolerances (eg wheat, dairy, sugar, animal protein and acidic foods).

Helping someone manage their skin while they are suffering from adult acne includes specialized skin care that is formulated to reduce inflammation and promote healing and recovery. Skincare alone, however, will only help put out the existing fire. The cause will need to be addressed and so we recommend people seek the advice of an endocrinologist, a naturopath or a clinical immunologist to determine the cause of the problem.

Skin care ingredients to look for that have proven to help adult acne include retinol (vitamin A), salicylic acid, centella asiatica, glycerrhetinic acid, allantoin, tea tree essential oil and green tea. Be gentle with your skin, treat it as sensitive. Avoid harsh or stimulating skin care and treatments such as harsh scrubs, skincare formulated for oily skin, microdermabrasion, micro needling, and strong AHAs. Adult acne responds best to soothing skincare, anti-inflammatory treatments, LED light therapy, Salicylic acid peels, and manual lymphatic drainage.

Adult acne can be a frustrating and confusing condition to deal with because it is so different from person to person. The way it looks behaves and the causes are different. We need to apply a process of elimination to determine the cause then find the right treatments and products to treat individual skin. The great news is that science has come a long way in the past 10-20 years and there are very effective treatment options that can help and help fast. Ask your professional beauty therapist who has extensive experience treating adult acne to have a close look at your skin and have a discussion about the possible causes and treatment options.

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February 7, 2017

HOW TO GET RID OF BROWN SPOTS ON FACE

how to getrid of brown spots on face


While we are young, our skin has a beautifully even skin tone. It looks even in color and has a radiant appearance. As we get older, however, we notice the skin is no longer as clear and even toned, the pigments in our skin are deposited less evenly causing freckles, brown spots, stains and brown marks. These color irregularities are called pigmentation. Where the skin is blotchy with too much pigment, this is called hyper-pigmentation (excessive pigment), cholasma or melasma.

WHAT CAUSES BROWN SPOTS?

Hyper-pigmentation is caused mainly by UV exposure, hormones, friction, heat, and inflammation. Excess sun exposure, certain hormones (e.g. during pregnancy), too much rubbing (e.g. underarms) heat and inflammation, for example after an acne breakout, are known to cause the skin to trigger more melanin. This is a defense response by the skin.

When exposed to these triggers, the skin will thicken and darken to protect itself from further damage. The pigment melanin, which gives our skin the brown color, protects the skin by absorbing UV radiation and preventing burning damage to the skin. This is why people with lighter skin and less melanin burn faster than people with darker skin types and more melanin in their skin.

Friction such as excessive rubbing will also trigger the skin to produce and hold onto more dead cells, causing thickening of the skin. In this way, the skin is trying to protect the live skin cells deeper in the skin from damage. The thickening and pigmentation, however, cause the skin to appear patchy, dull and aged.

HOW TO PREVENT HYPER-PIGMENTATION

WEAR A BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN MINIMUM SPF 30+

Whatever the cause, where possible, first eliminate the cause of brown spots in your skin, where possible. Every single minute you are outdoors during daylight without any sun protection, you are exposing your skin to UV, which triggers melanin production. So the first preventative step you can take is to build in a quality sunscreen of at least SPF 30+ into your daily routine. Select make up with minimum SPF 15 + for added protection. Whenever outdoors, wear a hat, sunglasses with UV protection, stay in the shade whenever possible, and try to avoid direct sun exposure during the middle of the day, when the UV rating is at it’s strongest.

USE A TYROSINASE INHIBITOR ON YOUR SKIN EVERY DAY

Tyrosinase is the enzyme produced by our skin which triggers melanin production in response to skin damage, or hormones. Using skincare that includes ingredients to inhibit/block melanin production will help reduce brown spots and even out your skin tone. Ingredients to look out for are:

  1. Stabilized Vitamin C - the most powerful, well documented and proven ingredient that will deliver excellent results.
  2. Licorice extract - a gentle option for more sensitive skin, will help even out pigmentation over time. 
  3. Niacinamide - vitamin B3 has anti-inflammatory and brightening properties, excellent support to Vitamin C

EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN WITH AHAs


Alpha Hydroxyl Acids will remove dead cell build up and surface pigmentation giving your skin an instant brightening result. Professional strength peels are an excellent way to start and fast track your results. At home, choose and use skincare in the form of cleansers, serums and night creams that contain AHAs such as lactic acid or glycolic acid to speed up cellular turnover and remove the melanin build up.

Be sure, however, to use these products under the guidance of a well experienced and qualified aesthetician, because using the wrong products or overdoing it can, in fact, trigger more melanin production. Remember, too much exfoliation, will trigger inflammation which will cause the skin to go into the defensive mode by making more melanin and thickening the surface layers. Less is more, and in the case of treating pigmentation disorders, patience with really pay off. Aim to treat uneven pigmentation carefully, slowly over time, which will deliver more lasting results.

WHAT TO AVOID 


  1. Avoid unnecessary and excessive UV exposure when possible.
  2. Avoid excessively rubbing your skin. This includes harsh scrubs and microdermabrasion. Some people are not suited to microdermabrasion because the friction can trigger post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Choose gentle enzymes and AHAs instead.
  3. Avoid excessive heat whenever possible. Keep your skin cool and out of direct exposure to heat. 
  4. Avoid internal inflammation by eating foods high in anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Eat foods rich in omegas 3,6,9, Vitamins A, C and E. Plants and herbs such a green tea and berries are powerful antioxidants. 
  5. If you suffer from acne that causes brown spots after a breakout, avoid picking at your skin, microdermabrasion, or being harsh in any way. Be gentle and select skincare for it’s anti-inflammatory, calming and soothing properties. 
  6. Some people should completely avoid laser and IPL (heat) because of their skin types. Certain skin types will trigger more melanin if they are exposed to high heat. People with an Asian and Mediterranean background are especially prone to this and do not qualify for this treatment. Alway ensure you have a thorough consultation and a patch test before committing to these treatments. If a laser or IPL technician is willing to do these procedures on your skin without a consultation or a patch test, run. Choose another professional. IPL and laser triggered post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is very difficult and nearly impossible to treat. So don’t take shortcuts and invest in good skin care and a responsible professional. 
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January 29, 2017

What is the best way to minimize acne marks and scarring?

tips for getting rid of acne scarring


If you have suffered from breakouts, you will find most of the time there is a red patch left behind after the spot has cleared. Especially if you have picked.

Sometimes these red patches can turn purple, and brown. In some cases, especially if you have been picking at your skin and trying to squeeze the pimples, you will find the skin as it heals is not as smooth as it used to be. The collagen in the skin has been damaged, leaving a dent or a depression in the skin. Others find that squeezing causes too much collagen to be produced in the area of the injury, leaving behind a raised scar.

Tips for healing the skin after a breakout:


1. Use skin care with healing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to heal the red/purple marks and prevent them from turning brown. Look for B3 (niacinamide), vit C, vit A, vit E, centella asciatica, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil, hazel tree extract, mint polyphenols, bilberry, lemon extract, ruscus extract.

2. Boost cellular regeneration with gentle AHAs with a professional peel or at home with skincare products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid. The key here is not to cause trauma and inflammation while helping to clear the skin, so easy does it. Less is more. You can find gentle AHAs in cleansers, serums and night creams.
reduce scarring with microdermabrasion

3. Reduce the scarring and uneven skin texture with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion has been used for decades to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of post-acne scarring. A course of 6-10 weekly treatments will be needed to see results.

tips for getting rid of acne scarring


If the scarring is very pronounced and deep, micro needling helps to break down raised, hard scars and plump out depressed scars from the inside out by stimulation a healthy production of collagen network under the skin.

micro needling dermal rolling for treating acne scars


These professional treatments should be well supported at home with quality skincare to boost healing and repair. Look for EGF (epidermal growth factors), an active ingredient to reinforce healing and repair. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for tissue regeneration and minerals such as zinc, copper and magnesium will also boost results.

For more great tips on treating a skin with scarring, read my blog: How to help clear open pores that have scarred: these tips are also helpful for pitted and atrophic scars

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January 23, 2017

HOW DRINKING WATER KEEPS YOUR SKIN LOOKING BRIGHTER, SMOOTHER AND YOUTHFUL


Do you drink 8 glasses of water, or 2 liters a day? Many of the clients I talk to don't. Everyone knows they should, they just don't.

We as aestheticians can clearly see that in the skin. One of the first signs of dehydration is a dull looking skin. Why does that happen?

When your skin is really well hydrated, the cells are juicy and plump like juicy grapes, they are full of water. Now think of the surface of the skin like the surface of a piece of paper, it looks really smooth. It reflects the light evenly which gives it that smooth appearance.

When the skin is dehydrated, imagine the cells turning from a plump, juicy grape to a shriveled raisin. Just imagine the surface area of the raisin, it's all crinkled. Now imagine a crinkled piece of paper, you can see that when the light hits the surface, it casts shadows where the crinkles are. And that is a good representation of what happens on the surface of a dehydrated skin. It will be crepey, and the creases cast shadows as the light hits the skin, making it look dull.

dehydrated skin

So to make the skin appear brighter, smoother, and plumper, you need to rehydrate to plump the cells out.

Here is a tip: I take with me to work a 1.5L bottle of water and aim to have it all drunk by the time I come home. It's amazing, if you have it sitting in front of you, you will sip on it all day. When you come home, all you need is have two more glasses of water, one before, one after dinner to make up your daily water requirement.

It really is not that hard, you just need to be well organized and just do it!

Off you go, drink some water for a healthier and younger looking skin!





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January 10, 2017

Avoid Sun Damage - Protect Your Skin From The Sun

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If you expose your skin to the UV rays for prolonged periods or on a regular basis, your skin will suffer damage. Driving, walking outdoors, gardening, hanging out washing etc. can all add up to hours of sun exposure every week.

Sun damage includes:
- brown spots
- pigmentation
- uneven skin tone
- thickening of the skin
- open pores
- stimulation of sebum leading to oilier skin
- breakdown of collagen and elastin
- wrinkles
- sagging of skin
- fragile capillaries
- sensitive skin
- dehydrated skin
- skin cancers

Sun exposure leads to many skin conditions that are preventable. Early and consistent prevention is the key to a beautiful skin.

1. Use sunscreen daily, minimum SPF 30
2. Wear a hat when outdoors
3. Stay in share where possible
4. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours
5. Reapply sunscreen after swimming or activities that cause you to sweat and use towels to dry off

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January 5, 2017

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Get your SKIN into shape! See the results & stay motivated!

Join the 21-day skin fitness programme where I will teach you about how to look after your skin. I will give you a daily skin fitness challenge to have your skin looking and feeling it's best and share with you the latest tips and skin hacks for a beautiful skin.

Over the 21 days, you will implement long-term-skin-health habits that will change your skin for the better. Learn how to properly look after your skin on an everyday basis and use advanced skin corrective techniques to dramatically restore your skin health.

This event is available to The Beauty Business Closed group members only. If you would like to join this event send me a request to join the group.

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