November 13, 2015

Treating Open Pores in Ageing Skin

Beauty tips - how to remove open pores in aging skin
As the skin ages, the oils flow usually slows down and during menopause it can completely stop in some women. I have seen many mature skins with open pores and women complaining of dryness. You would think as the oil flow slows down the pores would shrink. However what is also happening in a mature skin is the collagen and elastin has been declining over the years, causing the skin to thin and sag. As the skin sags, the surface stretches, causing an elongated opening of the mouth of the pore. When I look under the magnifying lamp I see open pores stretched into a oval shape. 

Once the skin starts to sag, you need to switch to cosmetics that help to firm the skin. Skin care products to look for include cell communicating ingredients to boost collagen production such as retinol, peptides and niacinamide. These  will help to slow down the effects of aging. Cosmeceutical beauty treatments and clinical procedures will enhance the daily skin care regimen and deliver a more dramatic result faster

Resurfacing treatments such as IPL, Fraxel and glycolic peels will help resurface the skin, making the pores less obvious and boost collagen production. Skin needling is another option worth looking into for collagen induction, but to refine the pores, other treatments will be needed such as peels or microdermabrasion.


Beauty tips - intensive professional treatments for aging skin
Radiofrequency - RF is a very effective treatment to boost collagen and tightens the skin. LED phototherapy and microcurrent treatment are other options to consider. 

Needless to say,  a good skin care routine will ensure the skin is in great condition to be able to withstand more dramatic treatments and generate greater results. 

Balance and cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser for your skin type, saturate the skin with moisture with a well formulated toner, use serums and moisturizers loaded with antioxidants, cell communication ingredients such as retinol, niacinamide, and peptides for a maturing saggy skin. Vitamin C is also a great ingredient to include in your daily skin care routine. Use a good physical block sunscreen every day, and exfoliate regularly preferably with a gentle AHA peel. 

Discover professional advice and beauty tips to treat open pores in the following articles:

1. Oily shiny skin open pores

 
2. Clogged open pores


3. Scarred open pores 


4. Ageing saggy open pores



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How to help clear open pores that have scarred: these tips are also helpful for pitted and atrophic scars

beauty tips for scarred skinWhen you look at open pores closely under a magnifying lamp, they appear even and have a circular shape. From time to time I will see open pores with an irregular shape, and occasionally I see two or more pores merge together. This is the result of the skin not healing evenly after the pores have been damaged from breakouts or physical injury like squeezing. 

One way to avoid this problem is to avoid squeezing your pimples, and treat breakouts with the appropriate skin care products. However, once the damage has been done, there are treatments to soften the scarring and smooth the skin.

To improve scarring, you need to smooth the skin, promote skin healing and regeneration and boost collagen production 
Here are a few options:

Cosmetics: 
- regularly exfoliating the skin can help soften the scarring. Look for serums and nightly treatment creams that utilize a combination of glycolic acid with salicylic acid
- retinol based products help with resurfacing and boost collagen production
- vitamin C products help also boost collagen production, and minimize brown spots such as post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation
Microdermabrasion can help smooth and soften scarring
Cosmetic procedures:
- microdermabrasion helps soften and smooth the skin, great non-invasive option for people with mild scarring
- in clinic AHA and /or BHA peels work at a deeper level producing more dramatic results
- skin needling is gaining great popularity as one of the best and most efficient treatments for scarring, especially helpful for pitted scarring
- Fraxel laser is an alternative to skin needling, combined with laser resurfacing, it smooths the skin and boost collagen production, but not all skins can tollerate this treatment
IPL resurfacing in the right hands can also help improve mild scars- IPL resurfacing in the right hands can also help improve mild scars
- clinical dermabrasion is a procedure performed in a surgery by a doctor to treat many skin conditions, it is carried out under a general anesthetic and can include intensive laser, a deep acid peel, or a combination of an acid and a wire brush so remove the upper layers of the skin

The treatment will greatly depend on how deep your scarring is, and how much your skin can tolerate. A professional consultation with a dermatologist or a qualified skin care expert will help you determine the best course of action for your skin.

Discover professional advice and beauty tips to treat open pores in the following articles:


1. Oily shiny skin open pores

 
2. Clogged open pores


3. Scarred open pores 


4. Ageing saggy open pores



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November 6, 2015

4 Products You Should NEVER Use On Your Face

Soap
avoid using soap on your skinSoap is not only alkaline stripping the skin, but have you seen what it leaves behind in your shower? Soap scum, that sticky residue that is so hard to clean off the walls and glass. What is it leaving on the skin?  Here are more reasons why you should avoid using soap on your skin:




Mineral Oil
mineral oil skincareMineral oil creates a complete barrier on the surface of the skin preventing efficient skin perspiration and respiration, suffocating the skin. Long-term use can cause dehydration, congestion, dull and sluggish skin.
Here are 3 more key reasons to stay well away from mineral oil.




rubbing alcoholRubbing Alcohol is great as a home cleaning product but is should never be used on the face. It contains 70%-90% ethanol which dries and irritates the skin.
Here is an interesting article about the uses of rubbing alcohol, although I would not recommend people use it on the face:






Sorbolene
sorbolene cream, paraffin and mineral oil should never be used on your skin
Sorbolene cream is made with paraffin, mineral oils and water. It is very high in the oil content so it sits on the surface. Experts believe prolonged use of sorbolene may lead to the breakdown of the skin’s normal barrier functions leading to skin irritation and sensitivity. Here is why the key ingredients of sorbolene cream, paraffin and mineral oil should never be used on your skin:


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October 19, 2015

The Benefits of Facials



BENEFITS OF FACIALS

* Feed the skin with essential nutrients to boost cell regeneration
* Age prevention, smooth & plump fine lines and wrinkles, boost radiance, firm the skin

* Clear problematic skin, deep cleanse, exfoliate and refine the pores
* Increase collagen production, hydrating & providing nutrition to the skin cells form the inside out, while draining away waste via the lymphatic system
* Antioxidant protection, neutralizing free radicals, improving skin cells defense systems
* Lighten and brighten pigmentation & even out skin tone
* Stress relief, providing therapeutic benefits of touch & massage, relaxing mind, body & spirit
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October 10, 2015

Fascinating connection between beauty and brains!


Interestingly, these same lifestyle and dietary changes that boost the production on new brain cells are also pro-youthful and will delay the signs of skin aging, reduce imperfections, improve skin health, radiance, firmness and tone. 

Latest research shows we do indeed grow new brain cells that will affect our mood and memory. Some lifestyle and dietary factors will decrease the production of new neurons which will result in poor memory and depression. These are vitamin A, D, E deficiencies, high saturated fat and sugar diet, eating soft foods, sleep deprivation, stress, lack of exercise and overeating.




The latest research is discovering that people who modified their lifestyle and diet saw an increase in the production of new brain cells which improved memory and happiness. The lifestyle and dietary changes that shoved positive results were: ongoing learning, calorie restriction by 20-30%, intermittent fasting (going longer periods without food), aerobic exercise, reducing stress, adequate sleep, and regular sex. Nutrients that boosted new brain cell production included omega 3 fatty acids, resveratrol, blueberries, folic acid, zinc, flavonoids, curcurmin, caffeine, and vitamins A, D, E. and eating crunchy foods that require adequate mastication. 

So for a healthy skin and a healthy brain, we just need to avoid self-indulgence and be more disciplined to look after ourselves to give our bodies the best nutrition, enjoyment and rest it deserves!


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September 26, 2015

Love the skin you're in



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September 23, 2015

Can children have beauty treatments?

I have two daughters, 13 and 16 year old. They have had facials since they were 10 but in the past couple of years I have introduced them to facial peels (to manage teen acne), waxing, eye lash and eyebrow tinting, manicures and this past week to nail enhancement. Here is my 13 year old with her latest French polish nails. She loves them as her natural nails continually cracked and split. I only allowed this length it as she is on school holidays, we'll keep it short and natural for school when she goes back.
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July 29, 2015

CAN STRESS TRIGGER ACNE?

stress and acne

Many people agree that stress can trigger breakouts and acne. Excited about the date coming up? Next morning you wake up with a painful, big and angry looking zit on the nose. That time of the month? Many break out around the chin. Students stressing over exams or people overwhelmed with work and family find these stressors can be the triggers of hormonal acne.

Some people may not feel the stress emotionally, and feel it is simply the normal lifestyle we lead. However, the body is constantly in the fight or flight mode to help us cope with the fast pace and daily demands. Having your body at this stimulated rate for too long can cause stress related illnesses, injury and can certainly show in the skin in the form of inflammation such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis or eczema.  


Taking time out for recreation and relaxation every day is important to counteract the stress hormones and allow the body to repair and regenerate.

If you suffer from acne avoid skin stressors such as microdermabrasion, microneedling, aggressive AHA peels, UV, alcohol, smoke, and processed foods.


Skin care and treatments to look for include massage and anti-inflammatory facials. High frequency, LED light therapy, mild salicylic acid peel, and lymphatic drainage massage are powerful treatments to help with acne and inflammatory problems.

To counteract stress try yoga, burn aromatherapy oils to help your mind relax, drink green tea, and plenty of water to flush out toxins, plan to have a good nights sleep and go for a walk daily or include some other mild to moderate exercise to help the body recover from stress.


Stress triggers acidity in the body, which triggers inflammation so choose more alkaline foods. Eat more fresh green salads, colorful vegetables and fresh oily fish which are all high in antioxidants. Focus on including bright colored green and red vegetables, which have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the body. 
skin benefits of drinking lemon water

Don't hesitate to ask your aesthetician for skin care treatments and advice on best ways to treat acne, and talk to a naturopath about the best ways to detox and help you body fight acne and stress through optimum nutrition.

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July 1, 2015

When you look after your skin, you are looking after yourself

From time to time when I consult with a client and I have made my recommendation on how to best care for their skin, they tell me that they just don't have the time. They are too busy looking after the family, working, running around. 

There is an old saying, to love others, first you must love yourself. By extension, I argue, in order to have the enthusiasm, the drive and the energy to look after others, first you need to look after yourself. Your family love you and not only want, but NEED to see you happy. They feel most secure when you are at your best because they feel they are in the best of hands.

exercise for a healthy skin
Psychologically, feeling good about yourself makes a big impact on your outlook on life. When you are feeling your best, you perform your best. Eating healthy, exercising regularly to stay fit and taking the time out for recreational activities will give you a much needed break you need to replenish your energies. Looking after your mind and spirit with regular meditation and other relaxing activities plays a huge part in reducing  stress and rejuvenating your spirit.

Looking after your skin every day is a little self-love ritual you deserve. Right after you brush your teeth, cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect with sunscreen. Cleansing is just basic hygiene and good moisturizers will provide essential nutrients your skin needs to look it's best.

Our skin is reflection of our health - physical, dietary and psychological, so by looking after your skin, you are looking after yourself. It may be just the boost you need to get you through the day.

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June 11, 2015

Winter-proof Your Skin, 7 Essential Steps

tips for skin in winter

It has been pretty cold and dry out there! If your skin is feeling tight and dry it may be time to adjust your skincare to keep your skin glowing during the winter months. Here are some suggestions and the steps you need to take will depend on your skin. Some may need to do a complete revision of their skin care plan, other may just need to tweak it by adding or swap some skin care product for more winter friendly formulations.

Here are some tips:


1 . Switch to a milky or creamy cleanser - if you have oily or combination skin it may love a gel cleanser during warm and humid days, but during the cold and dry season a gentle hydrating and moisturising cleanser may all you skin need to make it feel more comfortable. One way to tell is if your skin is feeling tight or sensitized after cleansing it's time to switch it up. Incorrect cleansing will prevent effective penetration of serums or treatments creams, so make sure your skin is well hydrated.

2. If you are already using a milky cleanser and a good moisturising cream, sometimes all the skin needs is to give it a boost with a hydrating serum. Serums are more powerful than moisturisers and penetrate deeper, so if your skin is deeply dehydrated you may need to get the big guns out. Serums are very useful to help the skin cope with seasonal changes to help the skin adjust. If you are sick, on medication, not sleeping well, smoking, drinking more than 2 cups of tea / coffee a day you may need a serum to help your skin get back into shape.

using a skin serum 3. In winter a dry skin suffers even more because dry skins are low in essential fatty acids. This means they tend to lose moisture from their skin through evaporation even faster. We call this impaired barrier. Your skin is literally more porous and not only does it lose moisture faster, irritants can penetrate into the skin and cause sensitivities. To keep your barrier intact and strong, the spaces between the skin cells need to have a good balance of ceramides, cholesterol and essential fatty acids (or omegas 3,6,9). If your skin is very dry and flaking, look for moisturisers rich in omegas 3,6,9.

4. Exfoliate your skin at least once a week. During winter, the skin cellular turnover slows right down to allow the skin to build up a thicker dead cell layer to protect the skin from harsh weather. The trouble is, thicker skin and dead cell build up not only looks sallow, dull and crepey from the surface, making pores look larger, wrinkles deeper and pigmentation darker, but it acts as a barrier to serums and moisturisers. Winter season is the perfect opportunity to undergo a course of peels combined with hydrating facials. Choose AHA or enzyme peels over harsh scrubs which can aggravate already sensitized capillaries.

what to look for in an effective moisturiser5. During winter I like to invest in a thirst quenching creamy or gel mask to give the skin and instant glow. I love using masks as they are the one thing you can do that will give you INSTANT results. This is why beauty therapists ALWAYS finish a facial with a mask - for the instant results. A new generation of masks are designed to leave on overnight called sleeping masks. They give life back to the skin overnight and when you wake up in the morning your skin looks like you had a facial. These masks are particularly hydrating and nourishing so terrific to use during winter. 6. I have been seeing so many people with chapped lips. Make sure you exfoliate, moisturise and mask you lips too and for soft kissable lips switch from a matt lipstick to a juicy hydrating formula, lip gloss or a plumping lip balm.

manicure
7. Your hands can really suffer in winter because they are exposed to frequent washing with soap and exposed to the environment. Time to invest in a softening and moisturising hand cream. Make sure you massage it well into the cuticles and if going outdoors pop your hand cream on just before you put your gloves on. The warmth of the gloves with help to infuse the cream into the skin and protect your hands.


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May 16, 2015

Why You Need To Use a Cleanser On Your Skin In The Morning

Have you cleansed your skin this morning?


sleeping
As you sleep your whole body , including your skin, is repairing and renewing itself. It is going through a process of regeneration which means every cell in your body takes in nutrients and expels toxins. Your skin cells take in nutrients from the blood stream and the surface cells from the serums and treatment creams you have applied before sleep, then excrete toxins. 

Some of these toxins are collected by the lymphatic system (that's why drinking water before bed and on rising is so important) then processed through the liver, kidneys, and lungs (which is partly why you have the morning breath).


Toxins are excreted to the surface of the skin overnight via the sweat ducts. One of these waste by-products is urea, the same substance in urine. So literally your skin excretes waste on your face overnight, so that's WHY you need to use a cleanser in the morning! Just splashing water will not do it.

cleansing your skin in the morningLeaving sweat, urea, skins oil on the skin may cause breakouts, congestion and free radical damage which accelerates aging. You don't want to be walking around with toxins, waste products and urea on your face all day, do you?

So after you brush you teeth use a lovely refreshing cleanser and start the day fresh and clean! Your skin will thank you for it!


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