Rosacea Mite

This is an article just released from the National University of Ireland. We have known about the Demodex mite for some time however, successful treatment has been controversial and varied. I still believe that if we maintain our skins barrier function and not scrub and wash the skin with harsh detergent based products, the skin will provide its own solution for dealing with the mite. It may also come back to the sugar loading in our westernised diets that also assist with correct environment for these little mites to thrive in. Food for thought I say, what are your thoughts?

Tiny mites on your face may cause rosaceavitals.nbcnews.comScientists may have finally found what sparks the inflamed and reddened skin in people suffering from rosacea: tiny mites that crawl across most of our faces, unseen and unfelt. The new finding may eventually lead to more effective treatments, researchers say. As it turns out, t …

 

 

Acid and Alkaline

When you eat too many acidic foods, your body has to find alkalising materials to neutralise its pH levels. If you eat a highly acidic diet and not enough foods that create alkalinity, your body will use the calcium and protein in your bones to buffer the effects of acidity. The result is weak bones and accelerated aging of the body and the skin. Your health depends on the balanced pH of your blood. Chances are, if you wake feeling sluggish and tired, you are more acid than alkaline.

Our blood should be a pH of 7.35 to keep us healthy, so a diet high in minerals should be considered – lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. A ratio of approximately 70:30 (alkaline:acid) should be consumed as we still need a small amount of acidic forming foods to allow for absorption of certain minerals, e.g Calcium and the breaking down of animal proteins.

The following is an excerpt from a study on the benefits of an alkaline diet: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/pdf/JEPH2012-727630.pdf

“The pH in our body may vary considerably from one area to another with the highest acidity in the stomach (pH of 1.35 to 3.5) to aid in digestion and protect against opportunistic microbial organisms. But even in the stomach, the layer just outside the epithelium is quite basic to prevent mucosal injury. It has been suggested that decreased gastric lining secretion of bicarbonates and a decrease in the alkaline/acid secretion in duodenal ulcer patients may play a significant role in duodenal ulcers. The skin is quite acidic (pH 4–6.5) to provide an acid mantle as a protective barrier to the environment against microbial overgrowth. There is a gradient from the outer horny layer (pH 4) to the basal layer (pH 6.9). This is also seen in the vagina where a pH of less than 4.7 protects against microbial overgrowth.”

Our skin shows accelerated aging if our blood is an acidic pH, and we see the signs as premature deep lines and wrinkles and a ‘cross-linking’ effect which we call Glycation (I’ll be doing an article on this in the near future). Our skin functions best at a healthy acidic pH, the opposite of our blood so please don’t get confused. Our skin must retain its healthy acidic pH to protect its underlying structures and negate microbial invasion. Interestingly as we age, our skin starts to alkalise and this is when we see the signs of thickening and dead skin cell build up. Our skins natural desquamation processes work best at an acidic pH level and if the skin retains an alkaline state, the enzymes responsible for this process are unable to perform. The end result is a thickening of the Stratum Corneum, the outermost layer of skin, the layer we see and touch.

The topical use of AHA’s in skin care products work well at re-acidifying the upper layers of the skin and the desquamation process is then optimised. Many people believe that these popular cosmetic acids force the skin to ‘peel’ however, when used in low dosages and higher, mild pH, they work best and do not cause sensitivity as they would at higher concentrations and lower pH.  Something to consider as we age, I would say.

I have seen many skins that have been sensitised when using very strong acids long term, and I don’t believe this is necessary for great results. A young, healthy skin does not require daily doses of acids, their skins pH is more than likely balanced and I would concentrate with a preventative program for long term skin health. For aging skins, then look for products that contain a mixture of AHA’s: Glycolic, Lacitc, Malic, Citric, etc and ensure they are a mild and gentle pH. I prefer to use a product more regularly at a pH of 4.0-4.2. Use at night only and please, please, please, protect your skin with sun protection.

For a copy of an alkaline food chart, please take a look at: www.acidalkalinediet.com/AlkalineFoods-Chart.htm

For an alkaline water filter, please take a look at my previous post “AlkaStream Water Filter” or : http://alkaway.com.au

Do you have a skin concern?

Did you know your skin is a great indicator of your internal health? If you eat a diet high in processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, dairy etc, your skin will reflect this and more often than not you will develop a skin condition. Skin aging is normal, however, if your diet creates inflammation internally, this will be evident as premature aging including wrinkles, lines, discolouration, broken blood vessels and edema. An imbalance of hormones is also mirrored in the skin; if you suffer with acne, your testosterone levels may be too high, if your testosterone levels are too low, you may have lax skin tone or sagging. Rosacea may also be a sign that things are not functioning well internally.

Some other causes of skin problems include:

  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • A high intake of refined foods and sugars
  • A high intake of saturated fats
  • Excess caffeine
  • Low consumption of  essential fatty acids in diet
  • Food allergies
  • Harsh and irritating cosmetics
  • Low water consumption

If you suffer with a problematic skin condition, you may need to consider some of these triggers and make some lifestyle and dietary changes.

In the coming weeks I will be sharing a case study so we can document the changes of a client with a skin problem and how we can make a difference with topical products & treatments and looking at dietary and lifestyle changes. Please share if you think this will be of help with any of your followers!

Enjoy your day. DCCx

My Morning Cuppa

I have been sitting in the beautiful winter sun this Sunday morning and enjoying my morning cup of tea (after my lemon juice), and thought you may like to hear the benefits of Green Tea and how it plays a role in skin care.

We all know we need a diet rich in Antioxidants and Green tea is a wonderful source of antioxidants and is used in promoting cardiovascular health and reducing serum cholesterol levels in laboratory animals and humans. Studies suggest that green tea contains dietary factors that help decrease the development of some infectious diseases. Green tea also has diuretic, stimulant, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, anticarcinogenic, thermogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea has also been reported to enhance our immunity and many skin care companies are now using it as an effective ingredient in their moisturisers.

I prefer to drink it and carry a flask when I am lecturing. I also have a beautiful Lemon Myrtle tree in my garden and I place a leaf in my tea cup or flask to give the tea a zingy lemon flavour. I have also added fresh ginger to my tea, and in winter this is adds warmth to the drink and is also good for the digestive system.

For sensitive skins, you can use your cooled Green Tea as a facial spritzer. Using a mist spray bottle, pour cooled tea and use throughout the day, it acts as a hydrator and the Green Tea contains antioxidants. Great for inflamed skin or as a skin cooler & hydrator in the summer months.

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A Morning Ritual

A Morning Ritual

Your skin is the largest organ and during the night, many processes have taken place. Some of these processes  rid cells of waste products and it is then eliminated from the body. When the body and skin have been exposed to day to day elements that bombard our immune system, we need to have an effective elimination process. Our kidneys cleanse red blood cells and we then excrete the waste products in the form of urine. A great morning ritual to assist with this elimination is to drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice. Not only will assist with kidney health, it will also have a stimulating effect on your digestive system and liver and this will have a knock-on effect with your skin. I recommend not to drink or eat for at least half an hour after drinking this drink and if you have kidney damage or adrenal stress you may not tolerate large quantities of lemon.

Mobile organic garden beds

This was uploaded yesterday but not sure what happened to it, so here it is once more. My quest to live an organic lifestyle (as much as I can) has led me to growing my own food (as much as I can). My wonderful hubby whipped these mobile garden beds up for me as we live on a very sloping block and have a very tropical garden that is shady most of the time, therefore not conducive to growing veges all year round. I love them, I hope you do too!

Moveable organic garden

Healthy Ageing Skin

My treatment strategy when consulting with clients that are concerned with skin ageing are the following:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Consume a low glycaemic load diet
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Include nutritional supplementation if diet is questionable
  5. Reduce Oxidative Stress & Inflammation
  6. Support hormone function
  7. Assess & manage stress levels

A treatment plan cannot be created if these points are not considered, assessed and implemented. These points must be addressed if the outcome is to achieve healthy ageing not only internally but also externally. You may wish to seek the expertise of a Natural health specialist along with a Skin Care professional to assist with developing a successful treatment plan for you to achieve great and effective results.

  1. If overweight, a professional weight management program should be implemented.
  2. If sugar consumption is high I recommend the use of sugar alternatives like Stevia and minimizing high glycaemic foods from diet.
  3. An exercise program should be considered. Seek the advise of a fitness specialist or personal trainer at your local gym or gentle exercise like Tai Chi, Yoga or Pilates should be considered.
  4. If your diet is leaving your skin looking sluggish, tired, puffy, uneven in colour, blemished, then perhaps  you  may need to consider taking supplementation to offset your poor diet. Practising a healthy diet is paramount to a healthy functioning skin and it is always preferred to rethink your diet but in times when this is more difficult, consult with a Natural Health professional for a supplementation prescription.
  5. Increase your intake of antioxidant – rich foods and this will offset the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
  6. There are many chinese herbs and homeopathic remedies that will support both male and female hormones and should be considered when we are looking at treating the effects of ageing on the skin. When we support ovarian function in women, we also improve oestrogen levels, the hormone that assists with the youthful suppleness of women’s skin. In men, we need to support testosterone, Luteinizing hormone (LH) & DHEA as these are associated with virility and healthy body composition. Vitamin D is also critical for hormonal function and Insulin sensitivity and modulate inflammation within the body while assisting the support of infection resistance.
  7. Meditation, Yoga and the like are great de-stressing tools. We are ancient bodies in a modern world and today our stressors are very different to ancient times. It has been shown that stress is the major concern for most western civilisations and we need to assess what our triggers are. If we don’t make necessary changes to our day to day stress, it accumulates and our bodies become diseased. Dis-ease, when we are not at ‘ease’. Changing your priorities and looking at how you can make more positive changes is recommended.

Have you heard the saying: Eat a Rainbow?

I am a true believer that eating a healthy organic diet is the biggest contributor to a gorgeous glowing skin. It may sound like a cliche, however, nothing could be further from the truth….. “you are what you eat”. If you are eating a diet high in processed foods expect inflamed skin conditions. If you want a clear, even toned skin, then look at your diet. Start reducing the nasties from your diet; caffeine, sugar, additives, and most foods in packets. Change over to a plant-based diet and eliminate any foods that create inflammation. It may be hard at first, and it will take around 21 days to feel and see the results, but you will definitely wish you had done it earlier. 

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I shared a blog earlier about the #AlkaStream water filter and it is a well known fact that alkaline water not only aids our internal health, but this will also have a knock on effect with your skin.