May 16, 2015

Why You Need To Use a Cleanser On Your Skin In The Morning

Have you cleansed your skin this morning?

As you sleep your whole body , including your skin, is repairing and renewing itself. It is going through a process of regeneration which means every cell in your body takes in nutrients and expels toxins. Your skin cells take in nutrients from the blood stream and the surface cells from the serums and treatment creams you have applied before sleep, then excrete toxins. 

Some of these toxins are collected by the lymphatic system (that's why drinking water before bed and on rising is so important) then processed through the liver, kidneys, and lungs (which is partly why you have the morning breath).

Toxins are excreted to the surface of the skin overnight via the sweat ducts. One of these waste by-products is urea, the same substance in urine. So literally your skin excretes waste on your face overnight, so that's WHY you need to use a cleanser in the morning! Just splashing water will not do it.

cleansing your skin in the morningLeaving sweat, urea, skins oil on the skin may cause breakouts, congestion and free radical damage which accelerates aging. You don't want to be walking around with toxins, waste products and urea on your face all day, do you?

So after you brush you teeth use a lovely refreshing cleanser and start the day fresh and clean! Your skin will thank you for it!

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Tips For Healthy Cuticles and Nails

Weak nails and dry cracking skin surrounding the nail may be a sign of nutritional deficiency.

tips for healthy cuticles and nailsEssential fatty acids (omegas 3,6,9) are the building blocks of fats and are essential for healthy glowing nails. Great for the hair, and skin as well! However, our body is unable to manufacture omegas, so we have to source it from our diet.

For healthy hair, skin and nails, include foods that are rich in omegas in your diet. Foods that are rich in omegas are Flaxseed oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Salmon, Mackerel, Mussels, Oysters, Tuna, Chia seeds, Soybeans, Tofu, Mug Beans, Flax seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Walnuts, Seaweed and Algae, Spinach, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Pumpkin and Capsicum.

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Omega-3 is the most helpful for skin and nails as it has anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy cell membrane, supports cell health, it’s healing and promotes barrier repair. Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) is the primary fatty acid in omega-3. You may have seen this ingredient in skin care, and look out for it to repair dry damaged skin, hair and nails.

However omega 3 is highly unstable and oxidizes very quickly so it is important to use all 3 omegas together as the omega 6 and 9 are also very good for the skin, hair and nails and help to stabilise and protect the omega 3 from oxidation. Linseed Oil, also known as Flaxseed Oil, has omegas 3,6,9 and the highest amount of omega 3 of all plant oils. 

Another oil to look out for is Evening Primrose Oil which is high in omega 6, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) which also anti-inflammatory benefits and is essential for cell structure and function. 

hands nails manicureHere are some tips for beautiful cuticles and strong healthy nails:

1.Wear rubber gloves to protect your nails and cuticles when washing up.

2.You have to stop biting. There is no way around it. Carry with you at all times a small nail kit, and if you have a snag in the nail, file it down. If the skin around the cuticle is lifting, clip it back to avoid it getting worse.

3.Massage a conditioning cream or oil into your cuticles morning and night to soften dry hard skin and stimulate blood flow to the nail root.

4.Apply a clear nail strengthener to nails every day, I do this as I sit down to watch TV. The daily coat helps to protect the nails from splitting. Every 3rd or 4th day I remove it with a conditioning nail polish remover and start again so that the build up does not get too thick.

5.Massage a conditioning hand cream into your hands and nails every day. I keep mine in my handbag and reapply after every wash. I look for hand creams that are a pleasure to use, something that I really enjoy to encourage me to use it more often. So I am always on the look out for a nice smelling hand cream.

6.Have regular manicures. This is an inexpensive way to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury. The regular manicures will keep you focused on looking after your nails and boost the results by encouraging beautiful soft and smooth skin on the hands and healthy growing nails. Try paraffin manicures for extra conditioning treatment.

7.When outdoors during winter, wear gloves to keep hand and nails protected from the harsh dry weather. I always apply a conditioning hand cream before I put my gloves on, the warmth will enhance penetration.

8.Finally, never use your nails as tools, it’s a sure way to break and crack your nails.

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May 9, 2015

What To Look For in a Professional Quality Moisturiser

Treatment creams have come a long way in the recent years to make them more effective at delivering more dramatic results faster. Gone are the days of basic vitamin E creams or collagen cream, now we have the choice of selecting a treatment cream that can deliver the right nutrients and active cosmeceutical ingredients depending on you individual skin needs. 

Firstly, look for treatment creams available only through beauty salons and clinics. These type of formulations have been designed for professional use only and include a higher amount and stronger ingredients allowing you to gain faster results. 

Products you can buy off the shelf such as in department store, supermarket or pharmacy have been formulated with less active ingredients and/or in lower doses because the companies are aware people will buy something themselves without a consultation. Which sometimes can mean they may be purchasing a products that may not necessarily be the right fit for their skin. So they need to make sure the formulations are weaker so as not to cause issues on a skin the product was not meant for. 

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A trained beauty practitioner will examine your skin and determine the right mix of ingredients needed for a result and to support your secondary skin needs. For example, you may wish to brighten and even out pigmentation but you have a very dry skin. Typically brightening ingredients can be quite strong and a dry skin would not tolerate them well, such as glycolic and salicylic acid, however, there are others to choose from that will deliver result and not aggravate a dry skin such a niacinamide and licorice. 

Here are some active ingredients to look for in your treatment creams:

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 * Antioxidants that will help neutralize free radical damage from pollution, stress, UV, and poor lifestyle habits. Skin damaged by free radicals ages faster. e.g. white tea, green tea, ascorbic acid, retinol, lipoic acid, CoQ10, pomegranate extract, beta-glucan, tocopherol, cranberry seed oil, Bioflavonoid, polyphenols, resveratrol
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* Vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E, B3 and B5 are terrific for skin health, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, barrier repair, DNA repair, collagen production and fading pigmentation. 

* Essential fatty acids such as omegas 3,6,9 to repair and protect the skin barrier, reduce inflammation and condition the skin. Look for Flaxeed oil, chia seeds, walnut oil, soybean oil, sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil, avocado oil, hemp oil and sesame oil.

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* Peptides that help improve cell communication and therefore improve the way the skin functions. There are many different peptides, some that reduce wrinkles, others boost collagen production firming the skin. The best peptides for wrinkle reduction are: Pentapeptide-18  and Acetyl hexapeptide-8. For collagen production there are a number of peptides that work very well such as palmitoyl oligopeptide, tripeptides and tetrapeptides. 

* Hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, glycerin and cedramides, plump out lines, and saturate the skin with moisture improving elasticity and penetration of other active ingredients.

* Ingredients such as Vitamin A and B3 help reverse some of the UV damage, of course in addition to the regular use of a good broad spectrum sunscreen.

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* Glycation is when sugar builds up on the collagen fibers, stiffen and cause early degradation of collagen leading to premature aging, loss of tone and wrinkling. Anti-glycation ingredients help to protect existing collagen from damage therefore delaying the aging. Look for Candle Bush extract, curcuminoids, blueberries, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and green tea. 

* MMPs are type of enzymes that damage proteins in our skin including collagen and elastin accelerating ageing. Using MMP inhibitors will help to protect existing collagen and elastin and delaying the signs of aging. Look for Alfalfa extract, African Tree Bark extract, Argan Tree Leaf Extract, Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid, butcher's broom extract, white tea extract and soy extracts.

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