Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone is naturally occurring and is found in most living organisms. CoQ10 is ubiquitous in humans and varies in levels with most of it found in organs with a high rate of metabolism, such as; the heart, kidneys and the liver. It is a vital factor in the synthesis of ATP (cellular energy production) therefore essential for all human tissues and organs.
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.
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.
“Hello MySkin-Coach, can you please tell me what the difference is between main stream makeup and mineral makeup? I am so confused. Thank you”
Thank you for your question. I can understand how confusing you may be with all the marketing hype for makeup.
Main stream makeup may contain many chemicals and fillers including Talc (which interestingly, is a mineral!) These chemicals are ingredients such as; synthetic colours, expanders (increasing the size of the makeup), Talc is a good example of this, also sun screen chemicals and chemical preservatives. Some may even contain fragrances, which have no benefit to the skin, but everyone seems to love the smell of a product!
Mineral makeup on the other hand, usually contains only the pigment which will be listed as Iron Oxides, sun protection ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and true minerals that will sit on the surface of the skin rather than being absorbed into the skin for example: Mica. Once you add water to a product you must add a preservative therefore, Mineral makeup in its truest form, is a powder and will not require a preservative.
I hope this clarifies the difference between the two makeup types on the market. Remember, Talc which is not favourable to the skin as it is known as a comedogenic ingredient may be added to some mineral makeup products so ensure you read the label prior to purchasing.
What Mineral Makeup brand is your favourite? I would love to hear from you.
Did you know many skin conditions will improve by adding Omega 3 to your daily diet?
So, what are Omega 3 oils?
These oils , that the body is unable to manufacture, are like the traffic lights for your cell membranes. When we ingest adequate amounts, our cell membranes allow waste to leave the cell and nutrients to access our cells. Continue reading →
Just as we all do, skin responds well when given a little love – there is a specific language spoken between skin cells and when this communication is clear and precise, maximum results can be achieved through professional skin treatments and home care.
Cells need clear and precise communication at all times and it is when this pathway becomes blocked through poor nutrition and environmental issues, that we start to notice ageing and skin concerns.
Certain Growth Factors speak the language of love between cells and when we optimize these factors; your skin begins to behave in a healthier manner.
To help activate these Growth Factors you need the following intervention:
Provide essential nutrients to skin cells: Daily diet, Supplementation where needed, and Topical active skin care products
Regular physical exercise to increase blood flow and movement of the lymphatic system
Stimulate Growth Factors and Cytokines for maximum cell to cell communication through effective home care – Ill show you how next post!
It is when we focus on this communication that we start to experience positive results with our skin care regimes.
So how do we stimulate Growth Factors and Cytokines? Can it be done at home? Yes, it can. Watch for next week’s post and I’ll show you how – it is simple and so effective.
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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.
My treatment strategy when consulting with clients that are concerned with skin ageing are the following:
Maintain a healthy weight
Consume a low glycaemic load diet
Include nutritional supplementation if diet is questionable
Reduce Oxidative Stress & Inflammation
Support hormone function
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.
If overweight, a professional weight management program should be implemented.
If sugar consumption is high I recommend the use of sugar alternatives like Stevia and minimizing high glycaemic foods from diet.
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.
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.
Increase your intake of antioxidant – rich foods and this will offset the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
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.
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.