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How often do you actually take the time to do something nice for yourself? The fast-paced life keeps us all busy but that’s precisely why you should always leave some room to pamper yourself from time to time. Your body is a temple of your soul. Don’t forget to show them the respect and care they deserve. There’s nothing wrong with proper self-nourishment. Take a look at the tips below and enjoy the process of rejuvenation for both your body and soul.
Step 1 – Take care of your skin
The first thing you should do in order to upgrade your skincare routine is to find the skincare products that suit your skin type. This is not something that you should ignore. Using unsuitable products can only damage your skin. Your skin can be normal, dry, oily or combination type. What’s more, it can also be sensitive and/or prone to acne breakouts.
Regardless of your skin type, it’s essential that you moisturize your skin. Rich creams are perfect for dry skin while light moisturizers are more than enough for oily skin type. There are also plenty of products in the market for combo skin, but you can always mix the products dedicated to oily and dry skin types, as well. If your skin is sensitive, try to avoid fragrances and alcohol. Moreover, use acne treatment on the problematic areas only.
Peels and exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skin nourishment regimen. Treat yourself to facial peels once in a while and exfoliate twice a week so that you can get rid of the dead skin cells and reveal beautiful, fresh and radiant skin.
Step 2 – Love your body
Skin-rejuvenation does not only include your facial skincare. You should also find the time to take care of your body. Proper body care products are also important for each skin type. There’s nothing to stop you from enjoying your little shower and bath rituals, so, make them as pleasant and nourishing as possible. Apart from body creams, lotions and shower gels, don’t forget to use body scrubs as well. You don’t have to do this every day. However, a nice scrub will boost your blood circulation. This means more energy and vitality as well as less cellulite to worry about.
One of the main points for proper body nourishment is eating healthy. Paying attention to the food you eat is essential for both your weight goals and the healthy look of your skin. What’s more, regular exercising will not only help you control your weight, but it will improve your mood, as well. If you want to make sure your weight is going down no matter how busy you are, healthy and effective weight loss pills can be a good choice.
Step 3 –Feed your soul
Taking care of your body and skin is very important. However, you should never forget to nourish what’s inside. In that respect, doing something good for your mind and soul should become a habit.
The stress of modern life can put a lot of pressure on you. Remember that it’s perfectly fine to relax and take some time to just breathe. If you can pinpoint the main stress triggers in your life, you can also learn how to block them. Respect yourself – nothing and no one is more important than your mental health.
Do things that you enjoy! Spend time being surrounded by people that care for you and that you care about as well. Take up hobbies that inspire you, regardless of how silly they may seem. Also, don’t forget to smile as much as you can!
Proper self-nourishment cannot happen overnight. It’s not enough to occasionally remember that you can use a skincare product or have fun with your friends and family. This is something that should become your lifestyle. You deserve to spend your life happy and content with who you are.
The weather conditions typical for the period between December and February can take quite a toll on your skin. The most common problems that you’ll face are sunburns, but they’re just the beginning of your torments. Other skin issues that come with the unbearable heat are brown spots, broken blood vessels, acne, freckles, heat rash, chaffing, blisters and burnt scalp. These are the unfortunate consequences of exposure to summer sun emits more radiation in this period. The skin damage that comes with too much exposure to sun leads to premature skin aging. This means that this is the perfect time to start thinking on how to rejuvenate your skin. Here is a guide that will help you with that.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water is basically the foundation of proper summer skincare, and if you want to survive the dreadful heat of the Southern Hemisphere, you will need a lot of it. If you are not drinking enough water, your skin will become dry and less resistant to sun damage, which leads to premature aging. Drink at least eight glasses of water during the day, carry some water in the bottle with you when going outside and eat some hydrating foods (cucumber, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, watermelon, star fruit, strawberries and grapefruit).
Leave It to the Pros
If you could pick only one season when you will treat yourself with rejuvenating facial treatments, that should definitely be summer. A facial will clean, exfoliate and nourish your skin, improving its hydration and helping it look younger. It can also address specific problems that may occur to your skin during summer, such as acne, sun damage and dehydration.
Protect Your Skin
You’ve probably figured out by now that the sunlight causes most of the skin problems during the summer, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go out at all. Just make sure you are well protected before you do that. Sunblock (not sunscreen) is a necessary addition to your skincare routine, and you should apply it about half an hour before you go outside and reapply it every two hours or so. If you have some distinct moles that would be exposed to sun during sunbathing, consider a mole removal procedure, since sunlight in combination with moles can often lead to melanoma – a type of skin cancer.
Switch to Organic Skincare
Conventional skincare products are just slowly filling up your skin (and your organism) with toxins, which, in the long run, can do more harm than good. Switching to organic skincare would include not only using organically produced cleansers, toners, and moisturizer, but also making your own skincare masks out of ingredients you have in your kitchen. Some of the best ingredients for protecting your skin during the summer are carrot, shea butter and coconut oil. Also, considering the outrageous number of mosquitoes, you shouldn’t forget to get a natural mosquito repellent.
Consult the Experts
Taking care of your skin during summer months isn’t something that should be taken lightly. Some skin problems may not be healed with skincare products, regardless of how efficient they may be. If a problem is persistent, you might need prescription skincare that will address the specific skin condition you have with regards to your skin type. Also, regular dermatologist checkups and examination of moles, lesions and growths, should become something you do routinely once a year, prior to summer.
Load Up on Antioxidants
Last, but not the least, antioxidants are your army fighting the sun radiation and skin aging. Increase their numbers by using topical serum containing high-performance ingredients, such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, pomegranate seed oil, phloretin and ferulic acid. These will not only protect your skin from future damage, but also repair and rejuvenate it.
Don’t sacrifice the health of your skin for reckless sun fun. Summer can still be fun if you devote some time to taking care of and protecting your skin. Only by doing that will you succeed in keeping it youthful and glowing.
We have had a high number of people asking for more details on our blog from last week about the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, here is our response;
Please see attached link of where we extracted this information from, this post we saw purely as interesting as it was an article posted by Spa Beauty NZ. The article written shows some interesting comments regarding this article we shared from Well and Good, which we think you should also take a read of.
What we are suggesting here is to do your research and see where the ingredients are coming from, and what response it is having on the skin.
For example, in this cleanser it has Butylparaben, methyparaben, propylparaben - all which are parabens which can mimic oestrogen and therefore act as a potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulphate are another couple ingredients in this cleanser which are some of the most important ingredients to avoid.
We are proud stockist of Ultraceuticals and their Ultraceuticals MD range as there is a clear ingredient policy on all of they products avoiding these nasty ingredients. Ultraceuticals is free of Parabens, harsh chemicals, SLS/SLES, propylene glycol, petroleum, mineral oil, synthetic dyes or fragrances and most importantly NOT tested on animals.
Please note, we didn't state Cetaphil is a carcinogenic product, it was purely of interest to view and push out to yourselves to encourage more research to be done prior to using.
The team at Facedoctors
Cetaphil probably has the best PR of any facial soap. Beauty magazines gush over it as a no-frills $8 must-have. Dermatologists love to recommend it as a mild and non-irritating facial cleanser for two reasons: it doesn’t contain fragranceand, more tellingly, because MDs have a big Pharma love affair with the manufacturer, Galderma, the offspring of Nestlé and L’Oréal, which also makes acne drugs like Differin.
And yet there’s nothing healthy about this face-washing prescription.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansercontains just eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
All but the water are chemically manufactured (let’s hope), and propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and the three parabens have a seat on the dirty dozen, a list of cosmetic ingredients to avoid as potentially toxic.
One look at the label and you’ve got to go “Wait a minute! What?”says Spirit Demerson, who analyzes skin-care ingredients for Spirit Beauty Lounge, her online natural beauty store. “Cetaphil does not contain even one single beneficial ingredient and what it does contain is the equivalent of toxic sludge. Whether you think it’s keeping your skin healthy or not, it is absorbed into your bloodstream and research has proven almost all of the few ingredients in it are carcinogenic. I know it’s hard to imagine that washing your face can give you cancer but it’s worth consideration.”
The ingredients in this popular Gentle Skin Cleanser don’t support the name
Julia March, a top NYC facialist, says that so many New Yorkers believe that Cetaphil is healthy, they tend ignore the ingredients completely. “Cetyl alcohol, an emollient used in many cosmetics, is essentially a wax,” says March. “Propylene glycol is a common humectant (meaning it brings moisture from the air to the skin), but it also enhances product and chemical penetration into the skin and blood stream. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a foaming agent, and skin and eye irritant, that disturbs the healthy lipid barrier of the skin, and parabens are a group of preservatives being phased out for potential health risks.”
Given that there’s actually nothing clean about this cleanser, it’s rather amazing that millions of women think their skin will freak out if they use anything else. “It may not irritate skin very much, but it probably won’t help it much either,” says Nicole Yih, Assistant Spa Director at the Mandarin Oriental New York. That’s because there’s nothing in Cetaphil that nurtures skin. No antioxidants that help fight free radical damage; not a dribble of omega-rich plant seed oils that fortify the skin barrier; and not a drop of skin-calming botanicals.
A cleanser that you use twice a day should be judged on what it gives your skin. Consider this your new cleanser criterion. --Melisse Gelula
Extracted information from http://wellandgood.com/2010/07/20/cetaphil-why-the-popular-cleanser-isn’t-doing-your-skin-any-favors/
There are a few things we once imagined would happen when we ‘grew up’… mainly no curfews, a fun lifestyle, great career…. And finally no breakouts!
Like with many things, life (and hormones!) had other plans and similar to many other women, we found ourselves battling more breakouts than we had while studying for final exams.
We’ve got the breakdown on breakouts from Tracey Beeby, (Global Trainer for Ultraceuticals and one of the best in the business when it comes to cosmeceutical skincare) to answer our concerns around pesky pimples and the most effective preventions and treatments.
Just when you think you’ve escaped teenage breakouts, pesky pimples pop up again! What are the most common causes of ‘adult acne’?
The primary causes for adult acne are similar to teenage acne; primarily hormones. Intrinsic factors like androgenic (male) hormones are generally the main contributor to this with the fluctuations of hormones in both pubescent and adult acne. Extrinsic factors like pollution, sun and stress will aggravate the condition. Female adult acne often occurs with the onset of menopause or even swapping birth control pills. Androgenic hormones play a major role in the formation of acne. When androgen levels increase, the skin responds by producing more sebum and in turn increases the likelihood of acne formation.
Our hormones fluctuate throughout varying stages of our lives, puberty and for women pregnancy and specific systemic conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) will also contribute to this condition.
What’s the best prevention?
If your skin is breaking out due to a systemic issue such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) it is very difficult to prevent. However it has been shown in clinical testing that the use of the correct products can still have an enormous benefit when used in conjunction with in-clinic treatments and under professional guidance.
Using the correct skincare products for your skin type is essential. Always ensure you are given the correct advice from a skincare professional. Everyone’s skin is different and the triggers may also differ so it is essential a full consultation be given to each individual to provide the most appropriate homecare and treatment prescription.
Is the rumor behind ‘breakout prone skins will age better’ true at all?
There is some truth behind this rumour. Due to the excess oil production it tends to preserve the skin better than a drier skin that produces less oil. However there are many factors that contribute to skin ageing for example, extrinsic factors like free radical damage, pollution, stress, diet, as well as smoking.
What is unique about the new Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear range? What are the hero ingredients?
The Ultra Clear Range is unique as it is formulated to treat acne at the four stages of acne formation.
Stage 1; Hormonal changes,
Stage 2; Follicular hyperkeratosis (dead skin build up within the pores, which creates the first stages of blockage within the pore),
Stage 3; Sebum accumulation occurs and lipid (sebum) oxidation occurs,
Stage 4; Inflammation occurs – papules form and an anaerobic environment is created, leading to infection and pustules.
Ingredients within the Ultra Clear range, such as Mandelic Acid (an AHA extracted from bitter almonds), Clove Oil (a highly effective and potent antioxidant to prevent lipid oxidation), Salicylic Acid (BHA to reduce over production of surface cells and deeply cleanse the pores) along with anti-irritants and soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and Vitamin E phosphate do assist when the skin is breaking out.
If there are some key things women can do/ stop doing or add in to their skincare routine in their 20s, 30s, 40s – what would it be?
1. Firstly to stop using harsh stripping products on their skin. Unfortunately most people with an excessively oily skin try desperately to strip it back and remove as much oil as possible. This can lead to an impaired lipid barrier which is a skin lacking in moisture and the external outer layers of the skin can become very weak and fragile. Often when this occurs the skins natural response is to produce more oil, leading to an overabundance of oil within the sebaceous gland (oil gland) that is unable to make its way through the skins surface, leading to breakouts.
2. Seek professional advice from a qualified skin technician. They will consult you correctly and be able to provide you with the most appropriate homecare and treatment prescription that best suits your lifestyle and commitment.
3. Cleanse (and cleanse twice when wearing make-up), treat, moisturise and protect your skin twice daily. It is our largest bodily organ and too often is neglected and abused. We should be looking after it appropriately and religiously as required.
Its coming to that time of the year we can start thinking about a winter treatment plan for our sun-kisssed skins. A lot of our clients have already begun their course of Collagen Induction Therapy treatments to enhance the Skin rejuvenation process.
Dermal Rolling or Collagen Induction Therapy procedure works by stimulating your own body’s collagen. Your body will start to naturally regenerate the skin, working below the surface in the dermis.
New skin cells are generated & blood supply is enhanced. It will only take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration are seen & the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a gradual & long lasting enhancement.
Dermal Rolling (or Skin Needling) uses fine, micro-needles to stimulate tissue regeneration. This treatment is a perfect treatment for skins which are dull, uneven, looking lifeless, pigmentation, wrinkles, post acne scarring, stretch marks.
Prior to any Collagen Induction Therapy being performed a Total Face Consultation is done with Renee to ensure your skin is 100% prepped and ready for treatment. Depending on your skin a Pigment Inhibitor will be necessary to be used 3 weeks prior to treatment to ensure the formation of new or existing pigmentation isn't enhanced
How the Procedure is performed
Your skin is double cleansed, and prepped free of make up, and natural skin oils. A topical numbing cream is applied to ensure there is no feeling and left on the skin for 45minutes to ensure it is in full effect. The treatment itself takes around 30minutes to complete, total treatment time is approximately 1.5hours.
Post Collagen Induction Therapy your skin is slightly red and feels like you've just been in the sun. Directly after your treatment a topical hydrating serum will be applied followed by a SPF 30, No make up is allowed to be worn 6 hours post treatment as the fine channels made on the skin will still be open. It is ideal to use a soft gentle cleanser for the next 48hours and avoid all active serums for 4 days as this will create sensitivity on the skin. Keep the skin hydrated and ensure the skin is protected with a SPF 30 daily.
BLUSH HOUR TALKS TO NATIONAL TRAINING DIRECTOR FOR ULTRACEUTICALS TRACEY BEEBY REGARDING SOME BAD HABITS WE SHOULD TRY TO AVOID WHEN SEEKING HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN.
FIVE BAD HABITS THAT ARE RUINING YOUR SKIN: From binge-watching you fave trashy reality TV show (Dance Moms FTW!) while wearing a pizza-stained onesie to eating Nutella straight from the jar when no one’s watching, we all have cheeky habits we’re not (usually) proud of. And while most of our little quirks and bad habits are no biggie, when it comes to your skin there are certain behaviours you should steer clear of at all costs if you want a healthy, glowing complexion. Beware these five bad habits that could be ruining your skin:
1. Constantly touching your face
Our hands come into contact with millions of germs daily, and unless you’re regularly going through swimming pool-sized quantities of Dettol, chances are you’re transferring these germs to your face when you unconsciously touch your skin. “When we touch our face, germs may be transferred onto the skin and enter open lesions – this could risk exacerbating any acne condition,” says Tracey Beeby, skin whizz and trainer for skincare brand Ultraceuticals. And it’s not just your fingers that you need to worry about – your mobile phone’s covered in more bacteria than a toilet seat (apologies if you just threw up in your mouth a bit). Wipe your phone down regularly and put it on speaker instead of holding it up to your face when possible, and try to avoid touching your skin throughout the day – particularly around any areas where you’re experiencing break outs.
2. Skipping moisturiser
Even if your skin feels oily, that doesn’t mean it’s hydrated. “Too often an oily skin with breakouts presents with an impaired lipid barrier [that’s your skin’s outer protective layer, FYI],” says Tracey. “Using a moisturiser that mimics the skins own natural moisturising factor is essential to ensure the external lipid barrier is maintained at optimum strength. With an unhealthy barrier, the skin will have an overproduction of dead surface cells that build up and eventually may begin to clog the pores. This leads to a domino effect leading to the varying stages of acne formation.” Try using a lightweight oil-free moisturiser morning and night to keep skin healthy and hydrated.
3. Stripping your skin with harsh products
While it’s tempting to scrub your skin til it’s squeaky clean – especially when oil and pimples are making you feel gross – using harsh cleansers and annihilating your face with super strong treatments can backfire in a big way. “Harsh stripping products will lead to an impaired lipid barrier and lead into acne formation,” warns Tracey. Be gentle to your skin and look for cleansers and treatments that aren’t chock-full of alcohol and scary-sounding chemicals, and don’t exfoliate more than two or three times a week.
Another thing to beware of is benzoyl peroxide – it’s an ingredient often used in anti-acne products, and while it can be helpful if you’re battling a giant zit of doom, be aware that can be quite damaging to your skin and isn’t ideal to use in the long term. “Benzoyl peroxide is an oxidant. This means that it is creating oxidation, the opposite to an antioxidant…it can lead to further lipid oxidation within the pore making acne even worse,” warns Tracey. “It also can create irritation on the surface of the skin leading to further dead skin build up and inflammation.” If you’re on the hunt for an effective but gentle spot treatment, look for one that contains salicylic acid, mandelic acid, niacinamide (that’s vitamin B3, FYI) or clove oil.
Try: Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Spot Treatment, $39.
4. Squeezing pimples and blackheads
You’ve heard it a thousand times, but this a major no no. “Squeezing or picking at the skin can lead to the infection spreading both superficially and beneath the skin,” warns Tracey. “Beneath the skin is where our sebaceous glands [that’s our oil glands] reside and if the skin is squeezed hard it’s possible that these glands can burst and spread the infection.” Basically going to town on your face is a bad idea, and if you can’t deal with pimples and congestion and need it extracted (and I totally understand this feeling), just make sure you visit a professional skin technician – they’re trained in hygienic extraction methods.
5. Avoiding sunscreen
If you’re one of those cheeky monkeys who skip moisturiser because they’re scared it’ll cause more oiliness and breakouts, you’re probably guilty of skipping sunscreen too (even though you know it’s the most important anti-ageing product you can use). It doesn’t have to be this way my friend. “The use of sunscreen itself does not cause breakouts,” says Tracey. Just make sure you double cleanse at the end of the day to avoid blocked pores, and look for a sunscreen that’s designed specifically for your skin type – there are fantastic ones on the market now created for oily and acne-prone peeps. Try: Ultraceuticals SPF 30 range, it will wow you!!
Peter is a beauty and health writer living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a beauty consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too.