June 12, 2013

Dry itchy skin

Dry itchy skin on the body?
Winter dry weather can lead to skin dryness and itching. 

Change the product you clean your skin with to a mild cleanser. Avoid anything that foams and bubbles, it very likely contains harsh detergents that are just too strong to use in winter. 

Look for mild, milky or oil based cleansers. These are designed to emulsify with water, gently cleansing without stripping.

Seal the moisture in with a luxurious cream or body butter. Look for formulas that contain omegas, precious oils and vitamin E. 

I choose one in a gorgeous fragrance I love to use. A relaxing, soothing one for the night and an invigorating or luxuriously decadent one for the day. 

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June 11, 2013

What is glycation and how does it contribute to premature aging?

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Glycation Leads to Premature Aging

Chronic glucose exposure has long been known to affect how the body ages. When collagen starts to break down in the skin, aging occurs with wrinkling, dryness, and saggy skin. 

We all know sun exposure is one of the leading factors of aging skin but scientific research has also revealed glucose-driven intrinsic aging. 

Glucose is essential fuel for our cells. However, researchers have discovered high levels of sugar leads to accelerated rate of aging by a process called glycation.  

When collagen breaks down in your skin, the skin ages prematurely

What Is Glycation

Glycation put simply is the sticky glucose from sugars building up on the collagen fibers, causing them to become stiff and rigid and breaking them down. When collagen breaks down in your skin, the skin ages prematurely, looses its density and elasticity, thinning out and becoming saggy causing wrinkles and dryness. It has been established that people with high sugar diets not only age faster but also have a shorter life span.


How to Delay the Signs of Glycation and the Signs of Aging

To delay glycation, follow a low carbohydrate/ low sugar diet. Choose green tea, pomegranates and blueberries to help fight glycation. 

Most good professional skincare include anti-glycation ingredients, some of these ingredients have been around for a very long time, and their power to fight glycation has only recently been realized. Look for any of these ingredients in your anti aging skincare products
  • Alpha tocopherol - vitamin E
    Most good professional skin care have anti-glycation ingredients
  • Ascorbic acid - vitamin C
  • Centella asiatica
  • Tetrapeptides 
  • Tripeptides
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Glucosamine HCI
  • Glycine soya
  • Kombuchka black tea ferment
  • Omega 6 essential fatty acids (linoleic and oleic acid)
  • Resveratrol
  • Turmeric
  • Aminoguanidine
  • Green tea
  • Carnosine
  • Blueberry
  • Pomegranate 
  • Cyperus esculentus
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June 6, 2013

Before and after - makeup done the right way

Well defined eye brows make such a difference! Look after your eye brows ladies, don't let anyone but an expert touch them! And don't be lulled into a cheaper service, it's cheap for a reason! Maybe they are inexperienced, or even untrained and learning on you! Do you want to take that chance? Poorly waxed eye brows never grow back quite right. 

The harsh eyeliner so reminds me if the head banging 80s, it was all the rage. But looking at this photo, her eyes appear large on the left, maybe she's doing a sexy eye squint on the right? Or is it the smoky eye makeup? Nevertheless, it certainly looks sexier on the right. 

The right foundation makes the skin appear fresh and relaxed, on the left she has that Ompa Lompa look. The highlighting enhances her features in the right way and shading contours her face, just look at the nose, it appears much thinner on the left. 

And the lipstick color is so wrong on the dark haired model, a fair haired model with fine features may get away with it, but prominent features in light colors look just washed out. If you want to keep it natural looking, stick to nude/brown or pinkish/brown colours. 

The overall look on the left appears  'cheap' and classy and sexy on the right. On the left it looks like she is a grown woman but  is still wearing her teenage make up, on the right she looks comfortable in her own skin. 

Very interesting exercise! If you ever need help with make up, did you know most beauty salons offer lessons?

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Why soap is bad for your skin and why you should avoid using it on your face

The skin has a protective surface barrier called the Acid Mantle. It is made up of skins natural oils, sweat and dead cells. In a healthy skin this barrier will protect the skin from bacterial and fungal infection, and excessive moisture loss. The healthy pH balance for the human skin barrier is between 4.5-6.5, ideally around 5pH.

Soap is VERY alkaline, so when you wash your face with it, it upsets/unbalances the pH and the acid mantle, and therefore the skins natural barrier. When the skin is cleansed with soap, it's stripped of its natural oils. The natural acidity of the acid mantle is unbalanced which can increase the chances of the skin becoming open to various diseases and disorders including increased sensitivity, redness, itching, burning, allergies, excessive dryness, premature aging, blackheads, clogging, congestion and acne. Whatever problems the skin has, cleansing with soap will just make the skin conditions worse.

For correct hygiene and long-term health of the skin, the skin should be cleansed twice a day with an appropriate cleanser suited for your skin type and condition to properly care for it and maintain it in excellent condition. 

I personally am not a fan of gel/foamy cleansers unless they are used on a VERY oily skin, which is mainly in teenage, male skin. Foamy, gel cleansers may feel nice to use, but can be very stripping because they often contain alcohol and damaging detergents. If it foams, lathers or bubbles, then it most certainly contains detergents or even alcohols. Even if they are from a natural source, these can be detrimental to the skins health if used long-term, or even short-term if used on the wrong skin.

I am also not a fan of high percentage AHA/BHA cleansers used daily and/or long term. I recommend AHA/BHA cleansers for certain skin conditions that will benefit in the short term to improve such conditions as thickened skin, sun damage, pigmentation, clogging, congestion or acne prone skin. Where people go wrong is they tend to use the cleansers as a long-term preventative, and ultimately will excessively thin and dry the skin. This will cause damage to the barrier of their skin, predisposing them to allergies, heightened sensitivity to UV, increasing pigmentation, excessive moisture loss, flaking and premature aging. 

The first step in your daily skincare routine is to use the correct cleanser prescribed by a qualified beauty professional for optimum skin health and balance. As your skin's needs change seasonally, have your beauty therapist check your skin every 3 months and adapt the best cleanser for you at that time. 

One last note. As a beauty professional, some clients tell me that they do not have the time to cleanse their skin. Properly caring for the skin takes only seconds, at most one minute every day. I'm sorry to be so blunt, but not making the effort is just plain laziness. It is like telling your dentist you don't have the time to clean and floss your teeth daily. It's like saying you don't have the time to shower daily. Cleansers can be kept in the shower and used while showering, it is as easy as using a shampoo on the hair or shower gel on the body. There really are no excuses. Your skin will thank you for it in the years to come. 

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