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How long before your big day should you start taking better care of your skin?

How long before your big day should you start taking better care of your skin?

Ensuring your skin is at its best for your wedding day doesn’t need to be difficult; The skin typically renews itself every 4-6 weeks.  Adopting the following skincare and lifestyle rituals at least 6 weeks prior to your wedding date may be useful for achieving your best looking skin. Skincare Soft, smooth skin can be achieved with the use of cosmeceutical products containing PHAs or AHAs. These naturally derived hydroxy-acids gently exfoliate and dissolve rough, dead skin, stimulate collagen production and boost the complexion.  To improve the appearance of sun damage, a daily product with Retinol or vitamin C can reverse pigmentation[...]CONTINUE READING
How micro-needling can improve your skin

How micro-needling can improve your skin

Micro-needling is the process in which micro-needles are rolled on to the skin surface to initiate the body’s own repair and rejuvenation systems. This process stimulates new fibroblast production from the deeper level of the skin which in turn initiates increased collagen synthesis; producing smoother, younger looking skin. Advancements in aesthetic technology means micro-needling is minimally invasive, and can be effective in rejuvenating skin. Popular brands include Dermaroller and Dermapen. What is the micro-needling process? A topical numbing cream is applied on the face, this will take 20-40 minutes to work, this is followed by skin preparation and disinfection. The[...]CONTINUE READING
What are the different methods of exfoliation?

What are the different methods of exfoliation?

Exfoliation is an important part of any skincare routine. Gone are the days of harsh scrubs which irritate the skin; a good exfoliant should gently exfoliate and not damage or inflame the skin. Skin cells grow from beneath the surface and migrate upwards. Exfoliants help to facilitate this process by working to remove dead skin cells on the surface to reveal the under layer of new, healthy skin cells. Hydroxy-acid exfoliation Use of Poly-hydroxy-acids, alpha-hydroxy-acids and beta-hydroxy-acids can be useful exfoliants as they assist healthy skin cell turnover and gently degrade impurities and skin comedogenic factors. These hydroxy-acids are naturally[...]CONTINUE READING
Skincare science: how does pollution affect the skin?

Skincare science: how does pollution affect the skin?

Busy, stressful lives in the city can affect the skin, especially in areas of high pollution. But how does pollution affect skin physiology, and how can we protect our skin from damage? Pollution generates free radicals Pollution from traffic in busy areas generates free radicals in the atmosphere in combination with UV light from the sun. As our skin is the first line of defence from free radicals, toxins and pathogens, it can be vulnerable to free radical attack. Free radicals cause chemical chain reactions which can disrupt the normal functioning of our skin cells and body cells which can[...]CONTINUE READING
Skincare Science: How does smoking really affect the skin?

Skincare Science: How does smoking really affect the skin?

It is common knowledge that smoking causes premature ageing and damage to the skin, but how does smoking affect skin health? It is thought that in as little as ten years; the effects of smoking on the skin can be seen, with smokers skin ageing an estimated five times faster than non-smokers. Together with sun damage, alcohol consumption and poor diet, smoking is a main contributing factor to an aged appearance. Similarly, certain skin conditions such as psoriasis are affected by smoking and also causes delayed wound healing, broken blood vessels and a grey, unhealthy looking complexion. Smoking affects the[...]CONTINUE READING
Skincare science: What causes acne prone skin, and how is it treated?

Skincare science: What causes acne prone skin, and how is it treated?

  Acne is caused by inflammation, infection or blockage of the follicles of the skin.  The sebacious glands in the skin secrete sebum into follicles and this sebum production in the skin is a healthy, normal process that conditions and maintains a hydrated epidermis. In acne, this process can be overactive, causing the follicle to get clogged and acne symptoms to appear. There are many causes of acne, which means that treatment needs to be holistic and comprehensive. Many have a genetic predisposition to acne, but there are also lifestyle factors that may aggravate acne. Lifestyle factors Increasing studies have[...]CONTINUE READING
Skincare Science: What causes dry skin and how do you treat it?

Skincare Science: What causes dry skin and how do you treat it?

Dry skin affects many people at different stages in their lives. The causes of dry skin vary; from genetic predisposition; to dehydrating lifestyle factors. Our skin is complex and consists of several dermal layers. The surface layer, the stratum corneum, consists of dead skin cells fortified with keratin protein. As our skin renews itself, new cells move up from the under layer of the skin to the surface. Dry skin may be caused by shrinkage of the surface stratum corneum cells; causing cracks and an uneven surface. Dry skin may also be due to unshed dead skin cells; which is[...]CONTINUE READING
What are the benefits of a soap free cleanser?

What are the benefits of a soap free cleanser?

     Many people have been cleansing their skin with soap or cleansers containing soap for years, and could be unknowingly causing skin problems by disturbing the skin’s balance. Our skin has a specific pH and is rich in protective oils which self regulate themselves (and is also why over moisturising can cause skin problems). Soap acts as a detergent and degrades these important surface oils; stripping the skin and causing skin dryness, tightness and redness. As these skin oils are a key factor in retaining moisture for hydrated skin, consistent disruption of the skin oil balance could lead to[...]CONTINUE READING
Skin boosting nutrients to incorporate into your diet for glowing skin

Skin boosting nutrients to incorporate into your diet for glowing skin

Glowing, youthful skin is a combination of genetics, diet, and lifestyle. We all know the effects of lifestyle factors like smoking and sun damage on the skin; but what about dietary factors? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women with a higher dietary intake of vitamin C had less wrinkled skin and their skin was less dry. Higher healthy fat intake was also associated with a healthier skin condition. In terms of a balanced diet, individuals who ate a higher carbohydrate intake and unhealthy fat intake were more likely to have older looking skin. Here are three key nutrients[...]CONTINUE READING
How does exercise benefit the skin?

How does exercise benefit the skin?

Exercise has many health benefits and can boost your overall feeling of well being and happiness. Did you know that exercise also has many benefits for the skin? Remarkably, researchers from The McMaster University showed how exercise not only keeps skin look younger, but benefits the in depth skin physiology. The experiment analysed the skin of 29 men and women aged 20 to 84 and found that individuals aged 40+ who were frequent exercisers had skin comparable to those half of their age. Similarly, the skin of individuals aged 65+ who started exercising for 3 months, were able to actively improve[...]CONTINUE READING