Leaky skin syndrome

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You may have heard of leaky gut, but did you know that there is a knock-on effect of this condition with the skin, known as leaky skin syndrome? Continue reading

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The ABC of Topical Skin Nutrition (Aestheticians/SkinTherapists only)

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Many Therapists find it confusing when starting to build on their ingredient knowledge and ask for a break down of the most often used vitamins in cosmeceutical products. This is a simplified version of a very complex science and does not replace the need for Therapists to learn and understand the organ they work with on a daily basis – the skin!

Educate yourself constantly and start with the skin cells. Understanding this first will not only make it easier for you to explain the need for skin care products containing these ingredients to your client; it will also increase your retail sales ten fold. Every client will walk out of the spa with home care products and your appointment schedule should be full with return treatments.

Now this doesn’t mean these vitamins are only for these conditions, but these are the skins that need to have these ingredients as a priority.

1. Vitamin A = Acne & Ageing.

Retinyl Palmitate/Acetate, Retinol, Retinaldehyde, Retinoic Acid

Retinoids (family of Vitamin A) are used to repair cellular damage and cell turnover. All skin needs this vitamin to improve cell function.

Client Tip: “Retinoids normalize cells – from cell function to cell turnover”

2. Vitamin B3 = Barrier & Brown (pigmentation) Vitamin B3: Niacinamide, Nicotinamide

Vitamin B3 assists with the repair of the skins barrier and inhibits the transfer of the melanosome to the keratinocyte – improving hyperpigmentation.

Client Tip: “Vitamin B3 improves the barrier function – hydrating the skin and protects the skin from pigmenting”

3. Vitamin B5 = Blood & Barrier

Vitamin B5: Panthenol

Vitamin B5 assists with wound care and improving the skins barrier. Client Tip: “Soothes and inflamed skin”

4. Vitamin C = Collagen & Colour
Vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl

Tetraisopalmitate, and Ascorbyl Glucoside

Vitamin C assists with the collagen production by improving fibroblast production. It improves hyperpigmentation as it acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant; therefore assists with cell damage caused by free radicals.

Client Tip: “A great ingredient to improve the signs of ageing with a better quality collagen production while also improving the appearance of skin discolouration.”

Remember, this is a simplified version of ingredient science that all Therapists must know to be successful in treating client’s skin conditions.

I hope it helps.

Donna x

 

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Is Benzoyl Peroxide enough to treat acne?

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First of all, Happy New Year!

This is not only the first post for 2014 but also the first post for a few months. I haven’t posted since August as I have fallen in love. I have fallen in love with my new Grand Daughter, Delilah. The time I have spent with her is priceless and now as she getting bigger and more active I want to start again with my posts.

Thankyou to all that have been logging on and following previous posts and thank you for all the questions I have received.

So, this brings me to this weeks post, and it comes from Nikki who has been struggling with her acne for three years and has invested in a popular skin care range that contains, as one of its main ingredients; Benzoyl Peroxide.

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Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

Successful Acne Management

One of the most distressing of all skin conditions, is acne. As a teenager, I suffered terribly with an aggressive form of Cystic Acne and was very grateful for the help from a Skin Therapist. Weekly, I had treatments to treat the condition. Fortunately with the greatness of time and science, we can now achieve faster and better results by following these steps: Continue reading

Probiotics for our skin health…

 

 

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics are live microorganisms that may confer a health benefit on the host.

We share a complicated relationship with bacteria. It exists on our skin, in our intestinal tract, urinary tract, among other places. Too much bacteria can make us very ill, but too little can also make us more vulnerable to illness.

With so many skins showing signs of stress and barrier impairment due to environmental factors and over use of harsh skin care ingredients that have a negative effect on our skins natural flora, should we use Probiotics in skin care to improve our skins health? Continue reading

Skin loves Zinc

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Did you know Zinc fights disease and protects the immune system? This essential trace mineral assists in wound healing including burns.

Zinc is present in all body tissues and is involved in many functions within the body. Zinc is essential also for the functioning of the skins oil glands. I find most acne clients are highly deficient in Zinc and therefore recommend they increase their intake of Zinc-rich foods or take a Zinc supplement.

The best sources of zinc is natural, unprocessed food. Wheat bran, Wheat germ, Brewers Yeast and pumpkin seeds are usually high in Zinc however making sure your foods are organic is advised as zinc can be exhausted from soil in over- farmed crops.

Recommended daily allowance for adults is 12 mg a day for women and 15mg a day for men.

If you have poor wound healing capacity, I would consider taking a Zinc supplement as it has shown to increase the healing time and provide a more structured collagen network giving your scar a more even and firm appearance.

Do you take Zinc on a daily basis? Or do you rely on Zinc-rich foods to provide you with your Zinc dose? What foods do you love to eat for your Zinc?

Pumpkin Seeds - a natural source of Zinc

Pumpkin Seeds – a natural source of Zinc

Vitamin A in Skin Care

Retinoids are classified as compounds with the basic core structure of Vitamin A and play a very important role in many skin conditions including Ageing. When applied topically the oxidised metabolites of Vitamin A will convert to Retinoic Acid which has an influence on cell function by altering gene expression patterns and have shown to be highly effective when use to treat skin conditions such as; acne, sun damage and psoriasis. Retinoids or Vitamin A have a normalising effect with these altered skin conditions although may take a small amount of time to adjust with some negatives associated. Some of these are:

irritation, redness, itchy and sensitivity.

These side effects are usually transient and once the skin adjusts the benefits far out weigh the negatives.

I have used Retinoids to treat many aggressive skin conditions and it is the gold standard when treating an acne or photo damaged skin.

When you think of Ageing, think of Vitamin A, as this is the secret to maintaining your skins cell turnover. Normally we see cell turnover slow as we age, so using a topical product containing a retinoid ingredient will help reverse the effects of slow cell differentiation.

I would love to know if you have had great results when using a product containing Vitamin A. Drop a comment and let me know what products are your favourite….

 

Vitamin B3 and treating skin pigmentation

With the fast approach of our warmer months (southern hemisphere) and the last rays of summer in the northern hemisphere, it is worthwhile mentioning an effective way of treating skin pigmentation. Without harping on about wearing a sunscreen,which we all know is an absolute must to prevent this condition, I wanted to share a fantastic ingredient we now find in most good skin care ranges.

Niacinamide is a physiologically active derivative of Vitamin B3 and works at decreasing melanosome (pigment) transfer within our skin and is effective with all skin colours. Not only does it decrease skin pigmentation, it also boosts the skins immune system which can be suppressed when exposed to ultra violet radiation and helps with the repair of the skins barrier function (see previous post, Do you have sensitive skin? Then Your Barriers are down… Sept 5th 2012), by increasing synthesis of skin lipids.

This wonderful cosmetic ingredient has been noted in various double blind studies and the percentages have ranged from 4% – 10% with results well worth taking notice of. I prescribe products containing Niacinamide to 100% of my clients and ask they use it in the morning. If their skin is hyper sensitive, I suggest they use it morning and night until we see an improvement. I include it in all my protocols to treat skin conditions such as; Rosacea, Acne, Eczema, Photo Aged and also post cancer treatments when the skin has hyper sensitivity due to barrier function impairment from medications. When the skin has been affected with post inflammatory hyper pigmentation, this is my priority ingredient. I then reassess my protocol as the skin begins to repair and present less inflamed.

I would love to know what your thoughts are of this ingredient, are you currently using a product containing #Niacinamide? Have you noticed changes with your skin?

If you think your skin has any of these conditions, I cannot recommend a product with this ingredient in it fast enough. Try it and let me know what your results are.

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