We wear a diverse wardrobe of skin microbes

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The skins delicate and balanced microflora

Our skin houses a diverse population of microbes and just as they do in the gut, these microbes can have a destructive effect if not kept in balance.

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Perfumes in Skin Care?

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For many years, cosmetic skin care products have lured the consumer in by cashing in on our fixation with products that smell ‘pretty’. So, do fragrances actually have any benefits for the skin? Continue reading

Do you have sensitive skin? Then your barriers are down…..

I thought todays topic applicable as this was our topic of discussion in class today.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear students and clients claiming to really dislike their oily skin, I always ask why is this ? Their response is varied and not usually justified. The oil we secrete has a definitive purpose, and the purpose is not to annoy us, contrary to what most people believe. Our skin secretes sebum to provide a protective barrier against microbial invasion and environmental elements to name a few. When we constantly remove this barrier as we do with harsh cosmetics, or extreme environmental factors, our skin is unable to provide this protection. People with oily skin  are tempted to use cosmetics containing harsh detergent like ingredients and become addicted  to the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling. This feeling is due to the removal of the skin barrier by harsh detergent based cleansers which do not separate between sebum/oil and intercellular lipids and thus damages the barrier function leading to a skin that is sensitive and reactive. Have you ever used a product that has left your skin feeling red,tight and irritated? It is highly likely you have used a product that has removed the skins protective barrier. It has previously been reported that it may take up to 36 hours for the skin to replace the barrier function and restore the skins delicate pH. If you use a harsh product like this long term you are putting  your skin at risk of long term barrier function impairment, a skin that is highly sensitive, reactive and at risk of further damage. I also find these skin conditions are prone to conditions like Rosacea, especially if it is in your family.  Be kind to your skin and embrace your oil by using cosmetics that maintain the surface oil and protective barrier.

Ingredients that assist with the repair of the skins barrier should be considered for a more healthier functioning skin and less sensitive skin:

  • Niacinamide/Vitamin B3
  • Ceramides & Cholesterols
  • Panthenol/Vitamin B5
  • Dimethicone
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Macadamia Oil

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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