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

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

To Tone or not to Tone?

Skin Toners

To Tone or not to Tone?

To Tone or not to Tone

So, what exactly is a ‘Toner’? Well, many cosmetic houses may disagree, but I truly believe that many Toners are not necessary in your everyday skin care regime. There, I have said it! Having said that, there are certainly some toners that may provide your skin with benefits.

I know you now want me to explain exactly what Toners do, and here it is in a nutshell.

‘Toners increase the skins permeability for the next product, which is usually a serum or moisturiser containing active ingredients.”

So that is important, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

Toners essentially remove excess Cleanser (you may want to revisit my previous post on the correct cleanser) and then increase the absorption of your following products.

I use this analogy when explaining to my students:

Think of a sponge, your everyday kitchen sponge. The type that comes in many various colours. Now pour a glass of water on that sponge, ring it out and put it out on the windowsill for a day in sunlight. What happens? It dries out and becomes very crisp to the touch. Now pour a glass of water onto the sponge, does it absorb the water quickly? No, on the contrary, it takes some time to absorb a small amount of water.

Now imagine the same sponge, same amount of water. Keep the moist sponge on the bench and do not let it dry out. Pour a glass of water and now watch at how quickly it absorbs a large amount of the water!

So you see, this is how a Toner works. It keeps the skin moist and increases absorption.

If you are using Serums and Moisturisers that contain active ingredients, these ingredients pass through the skins outer most layers a lot more effectively when the skin is moist. However, today Cosmetic Chemists formulate very effective delivery systems within the Serums and Moisturisers and therefore it could be argued that Toners are not required in a daily skin care regime.

I’ll let you be the decider of this one; personally I do not use a Toner, as I know the products I use have been scientifically formulated to give my skin high doses of actives in the shortest amount of time.

Do you use a Toner? Do you feel it makes a difference to your skin care? I would love to hear your opinions.  DCCx

Acne Skin Boot Camp

ACNE BOOT CAMP – A CASE STUDY

C- Left View Week 1

C-Right View Week 1

This post is a special post to demonstrate the great gift we have to make a difference to someone and their skin.

ACNE BOOT CAMP

Miss C (not her real name) has struggled with her acne condition for some time and had been prescribed long term antibiotics by her physician.

I recommended she undergo a 6 week ‘Skin Boot Camp’ and really target this skin condition once and for all. Prior to boot camp, Miss C had started to look at her skin care program and was ready to give it all and tackle the acne once and for all.

TREATMENT PHASE

We started with weekly AHA/BHA treatments incorporated with Microdermabrasion (Diamond), extractions and Sonophoresis with Vitamin A & C infusions. High Frequency ‘sparking’ was also included on the extracted lesions along with a customised LED program to treat Miss C’s acne condition. (Treatment overview only, each treatment was customised with varying modalities to target specific concerns)

HOME CARE PRESCRIPTIVE

Miss C’s home skin care prescriptive included high dosages of topical Vitamin A, C, E, B3 & Peptides both morning and night.

DIET & LIFESTYLE

Miss C’s diet was customised to include high amounts of Antioxidants, Omega 3’s and elimination of dairy, sugar and red meat. Miss C also increased the amount of exercise she had previously been doing.

What a difference 6 weeks can make!

Miss C Left View Week 6

Miss C Right View Week 6

As you can imagine Miss C is totally ecstatic with her new skin and is maintaining and improving her skin with further treatments and great skin care. With time, I expect her skin to improve further.

Thank you to Miss C for allowing me to post these photos and for being a compliant and patient skin care devotee – it has paid off.

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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Healthy Ageing Skin

My treatment strategy when consulting with clients that are concerned with skin ageing are the following:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Consume a low glycaemic load diet
  3. Exercise regularly
  4. Include nutritional supplementation if diet is questionable
  5. Reduce Oxidative Stress & Inflammation
  6. Support hormone function
  7. 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.

  1. If overweight, a professional weight management program should be implemented.
  2. If sugar consumption is high I recommend the use of sugar alternatives like Stevia and minimizing high glycaemic foods from diet.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Increase your intake of antioxidant – rich foods and this will offset the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.