Inflammaging

Aged skin

No, this is not a typo, but, if you add inflammation + ageing you get the term; ‘inflammaging’.

So, how does our skin age with inflammation? Well, your diet has a lot to do with it. Continue reading

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Skin Care in your 30’s

 

Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

This is the age group where you will really start to see many changes with your skin. Many women notice an increase in signs of ageing and changes with colour of the skin.  Continue reading

Skin Care in Your 20’s

20 year old skin

Dear 20 Something,

In my last post, I spoke about skin care in your teens. This post is for the 20 something age group and is not too different to your skin care regime as a teenager but the focus is not on the breakout, but on the ageing aspect of skin! Continue reading

Is a Moisturiser enough?

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My post this week comes from a question one of my followers has sent through:

“My Skin-Coach, my skin care regime is limited to cleansing of an evening and using a light Moisturiser in the morning and again in the evening. I am 32, is this enough?” signed, Jessie

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Telomeres: Our Cellular Timekeepers

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There are many speculations in regards to contributors to cell ageing. One of the studied theories is; accelerated ageing may be due to increased telomere shortening – when cells divide around 50 times, they will enter a phase in which they no longer behave as they did when they were younger.

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Skin Detox Juice

My morning Green Juice

 

It has taken many years of discovery, but my body does not like certain foods and this week has been a week where I have been so busy that I have not been as careful as I normally am when it comes to watching what I eat. Well, I have paid for it, as I woke this morning, my face was puffy and I felt ‘fluey’. This is always a good indicator of not being in sync with my body’s needs and as I suffer with Hashimotos (HypoThyroid), I must always listen to what my body is saying.

So I am back on to my normal healthy eating of lots and lots of greens and organic vegetables and I wanted to share a great juice I try to drink often and even though some may say it is probably psychological, I believe it works for me – I already feel so much better.

I try to use as many greens as possible, this morning it was Kale, Beet Leaves, Cucumber, Baby Spinach and an apple and big chunk of ginger. The best part was, most of the greens were home grown in my own garden, I’m sure they taste so much better because of this!

My dog even benefits from my juices, I use the pulp in her night time meal and mix it in so she doesn’t know the pulp is in there!

What are your favourite juices? It would be great to share some recipes…….

 

Juice pulp to mix into dogs dinner

Who wants a more youthful skin?

 

Secrets to a more youthful skin

As we age, we produce less energy for cell regeneration and DNA repair. Our supply of Antioxidants also declines and oxidation of our cell membranes allow us to lose more moisture, leaving our skin feeling dehydrated and possibly irritated.

We require a higher intake of Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil on a daily basis and antioxidant supplementation both orally and topically to reduce oxidation. As we age our skin dehydrates faster due to the reduction of sodium pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (Sodium PCA), a NMF – Natural Moisturising Factor, found in the skin. From the age of approximately 50, this NMF will  halve in production.

Do you have sun/age spots? We see these pigmented lesions as we age due to the Melanocytes – cells that produce our skins Melanin/Pigment, clumping together. Some great ingredients to assist with the lightening of the skin and to minimise future pigmentation are; Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which I have mentioned in previous posts and n-acetyl glucosamine. When these ingredients are used together they will assist with the production of Hyaluronic Acid, another NMF (Natural Moisturising Factor) to assist the with skins moisturising ability.

Some other important nutrients required for skin health are:

  • Co enzyme Q10 = Increased production of collagen by fibroblast
  • Vitamin E = cell membrane antioxidant
  • Vitamin A = cellular repair, optimised cell turnover, antioxidant
  • Vitamin C = Increased production of collagen by fibroblast
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid = decreased skin glycation

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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