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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