Skin Fitness – taking your face to the gym

facial muscles

Forget Botox®, if we exercised our facial muscles, we would look years younger than our age while maintaining muscle tone.

We head to the gym to exercise our body muscles, so why don’t we give our facial muscles a workout on a daily basis? Continue reading

Skin care in your 50’s & beyond

50-Year-Old-Woman

Your 50’s and beyond is a time where we celebrate the wisdom we have gathered over many years. Our skin reflects our lifestyle so if we have neglected our skin, we may look older or more tired than we actually feel. Continue reading

Here comes 2013!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my fabulous skin care devotees, a most wonderful, safe and Happy New Year.

Take some time to consider and note your goals for 2013 and remember that everyone of your goals will come to fruition when you focus on what you want most of all – you are the controller of your destiny.

Here’s to a successful, healthy and educational 2013.

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you all next year and please remember it is not about the destination, but it is all about the journey.

DCC xx

 

 

 

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.