De-stressing might be the answer to healthy skin

STRESS AND SKIN

The skin and the brain develop from the same layer of cells in the human embryo; they are intimately linked throughout life. Healthy skin is therefore a product of not only a skin care routine, but a stress-free state of mind.

Stress is an engineering term which refers to the application of different forces to materials, usually used to test their strength or their breaking point. The concept is no different in humans. The types of forces applied are not those used in engineering, but the effects are much the same. Conscious and sub-conscious parts of the brain are both involved in the production of stress. As a consequence of the brain activity, the endocrine systems become involved at all levels.

Skin is influenced by the brain through its varied and wide-reaching system of connections to the skin. Hormones produced by the different parts of the endocrine system have profound, direct and indirect, effects on the skin. From this concise explanation of the structural and functional intimacy of the different organ systems, it is easy to appreciate that skin will not escape the eroding effects of pervasive stress.

The quality, comfort and appearance of healthy skin depend on a fine and happy balance of the influences mentioned above. The blood flow through the skin of a stressed person is not at its optimal, thus disrupting the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin. Like any starving or suffocating organ, aging and decay are sped up over time. Persistent stress starts to automate the nerve impulse pathways as our brains learn the patterns that are most often repeated. Combine this with a lethal mix of constantly-raised stress hormones and cell receptors are reprogrammed into ‘survival mode’.

Cells focused on survival are not attuned to thrive, divide efficiently or produce highly specialised, robust and vital units required for youthful, zesty skin. Skin can become stress-damaged over protracted periods. However, due to genetic and other differences, the complexity of all the involved elements and effects variable to passage of time make it impossible to quantify the effects of stress on skin in any individual.

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The logical question follows: Is it possible to reverse or correct this situation?

Fortunately, the answer is yes on two different levels. Firstly, there is a need to recognise the elements of stress in one’s life and find a means of managing it in a positive manner. Sometimes, this may be small and simple lifestyle changes to make, but at other times it may require life-altering moves to get rid of the excessive stress. For most people cultivating a simple habit of regular exercise, improved periods of rest and reflection will help to de-stress and balance the hormones responsible for the negative changes. Specific exercises where attention is focussed on breathing, stretching and toning go a long way to defuse stress-hormone storms.

On the level of the skin itself, the aim is to alter the skin cell behaviour that focuses on surviving to cells that are able to thrive. We are starting to understand how to create cells which are able to maximise their full potential in function, structure and beauty. Environ’s advanced vitamin skin therapy addresses the backbone processes with which man has evolved over the last two hundred thousand years. Keeping enough of the crucially important molecules like vitamin A, C and E within the cells simply means that cells are better able to withstand the onslaught of stress hormones and the altered patterns of stimulation brought about by the stress. This does not in any way reduce the need of the other forms of general stress reduction mentioned above, yet it goes a long way to slow down the negative influences.

Speed in everything appears to have become an essential ingredient with companies competing to design electronic instruments which will perform faster with larger amounts of information. At the same time those who are lucky enough to be in affluent societies are living longer, which simply means that the skin cells will be subjected to this battering of the senses for more and more years. Neither our cells, nor psyches are geared to deal with these circumstances. Change at such a pace leaves no room for the evolution of systems which were shaped by completely different survival stresses over hundreds of thousands of years.

The only possible counter-approach to this phrenetic race is to understand the importance of relaxation and spontaneous, quiet contemplation for the body and mind. The skin should also be allowed to rest from the stress and physical environmental challenges. Providing real nutrition to skin cells based on sound scientific principles enables repair mechanisms to deal with the cumulative DNA damage, whilst coaxing cells to specialise to their natural potential.

It is therefore important to see the skin as an integral part of a total system which needs de-stressing on a total body level. In this new age, the mind-body balance and macro and micro nutrition will be key to optimal function of all body parts into a healthy old age. Not least of all, will be the need to do this for healthy skin.

DR. ERNST EISELEN, MBChB, FRACGP.

Top Tips For Looking Fabulous At The Next Event You Attend

Maybe you are a bridesmaid or are going to a big party, perhaps you have been invited to a ball or other event. Whatever event or celebration you have been invited to, if you are attending, you are going to want to look your best.

A beautiful dress, stunning makeup and a stylish pair of shoes are all you need to look fabulous. However, that doesn’t mean you should forget the little details. With so many things to think about, getting ready for a big event or special occasion can be a little overwhelming.

 

To ensure that you look and feel your best at your next  special occasion, we have put together some useful tips below:

Start preparing beforehand

Don’t leave it until a couple of hours before you have to head off to your party or event, prepare ahead of time. The more time you have to prepare, the better.

As soon as you receive the invite, think about how you can prepare for it. The first thing to think about is how soon the event is, and what you will have time to do between now and then. For instance, if you have a few months and have a few extra pounds to shed, you have the time to do so. But if the event is in a couple of weeks, then time for weight loss is a little limited.

Regardless of how much time you have, there is no need to worry, you can still look gorgeous. Whether you have a few hours, a few days or a few months, there is time to glam yourself up.

Plan your outfit

The first thing you should do is plan your outfit. Once you have done this, you can then start thinking about all the other details, like what jewelry you will wear to compliment it. Planning on wearing an off the shoulder dress? You’ll want an eye-catching necklace to wear, and perhaps a flowing hairstyle.

Choose your accessories

Don’t leave choosing your accessories until the last minute. Once you’ve chosen your outfit, plan the accessories that you want to go with it. From your choice of jewelry to the shoes you choose, there is a lot to think about when it comes to accessories.

A top tip for choosing your jewelry is to pick a style of jewelry that not only works with your outfit, but also the event you are attending. For example, if you are attending a formal event, opt for fine jewelry from somewhere like DeSumma & Wexler.com

Get your hairdo sorted

Unless you are a hair styling pro, it’s probably best to hire a professional stylist to sort out your hairdo for you. Don’t make the mistake of booking a hair stylist for the day and not having a practice beforehand, practicing is a must.

Take along any accessories that you want in your hair for the big event and explain to your stylist the look you are after. It’s important to have a practice as it might take the stylist a while to get the look just right.

To look drop dead gorgeous at the next celebration or event you attend, follow these simple tips and you’ll fabulous.

 

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Summer Has Arrived: The Best Tips for Using Sunscreen

Summer is here and you’re probably already starting to spend time outdoors in order to enjoy the incredible sunshine. As amazing as the sun can feel on your skin, you probably already know that it can really do some serious damage if you’re not careful.

While there’s nothing wrong with spending time outside, and doing so is actually pretty healthy for most people, you need to take all of the necessary precautions to protect your skin. For most people, that means getting the right sunscreen and applying it properly.

Most people think they know everything there is to know about putting on sunscreen since they’ve been doing it since they were kids. Science changes though, and so does what we know about skin protection.

Use these top tips to help you protect yourself from serious sun damage this summer season.

Apply Sunscreen Early

Sunscreen is essential for keeping your skin healthy, and chances are you put it on every time you know you’re going to be in the sun. You might even use a moisturizer that has a basic skin protection factor every single day.

However, to truly protect your skin before longer exposure times, you need to put your sunscreen on early. That means at least 30 minutes before you head outside so that it has some time to dry on your skin.

In addition to sunscreen, you should also wear clothing that is protective. Long-sleeved shirts and light linen or cotton pants can be the difference between a sunburn and healthy skin – even if you’re using sunscreen along with these protective items.

Avoid Crazy SPF Number

SPF, also known as skin protection factor, used to be a big deal. For years and years you’d find sunscreen companies trying to one-up each other when it came to who could develop the sunscreen with the highest SPF number. Unfortunately, these sunscreens really aren’t as effective as you might think and they typically cost a whole lot more than basic sunscreens.

The truth is that you’re better off buying a standard SPF 30 that protects from both UVA and UVB rays and reapplying on a frequent basis. Ideally, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every 60 to 90 minutes when you’re out in the sun.

Otherwise you could be risking skin damage, even if you don’t see a sunburn beginning to form.

 

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Skincare for Diabetics

While many diabetics expect the dietary changes that diabetes leads to, what many diabetics don’t expect is how diabetes can affect skin. As many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives; luckily, many of these skin issues can be prevented with basic skincare techniques.

 

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Diabetics tend to develop skin conditions as a result of high glucose levels, weakened immune systems, weakened blood flow, and occasionally, insulin usage. For example, high glucose levels can lead to dry skin, which can then lead to itching, cracking, and rashes. A weakened immune system can cause bacterial or fungal infections, and weakened blood flow can make it difficult to heal from wounds. Insulin usage can lead to rosacea, or, in rare occasions, yellow skin.

To avoid these potential skin disorders, diabetics can employ proper skincare as a preventative measure. Diabetics should bathe with mild soap and warm water daily, moisturizing afterwards to avoid excess dryness and avoiding long, hot showers, which can also lead to dryness. Keep your home more humid during winter, when the air is drier, and moisturize regularly during cold, windy winter weather and after washing hands. Keep your blood pressure and glucose levels controlled, and include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon) in your diet to nourish and strengthen your skin.

Diabetics may want to create a first aid kit for skin to keep on hand in their homes. This kit can include antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and Coban self-adherent elastic wrap.

Diabetics should also be wary of potential foot problems, such as blisters, cracked feet, infections, and skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. Diabetics can prevent foot problems by wearing shoe inserts to maintain their foot shape, as well as examining their feet daily to prevent any damage. Finally, diabetics should see their doctor at least once a year for a foot examination that focuses on circulation and sensation.

Tips and Tricks on Getting the Best Shave

While 75% of men shave their face every day- a task that takes around four months of a man’s life- many men are still in the rough when it comes to getting a close shave. Read our tips and tricks for getting the best shave while protecting your skin.

To begin, make sure that you have the best products for a high-quality shave. Use an exfoliator regularly and before shaving to prevent razor burn, and avoid aftershaves with too much alcohol, which can dry your skin out. Use a styptic pencil or alum block to treat nicks, and look for shaving cream with a high number of lubricants and moisturizers. If you choose to keep a little bit of stubble or are in the process of growing a beard, invest in a stiff-bristled boar’s hair brush to cut back on itchiness.

To save money on razors and shaving, consider using safety razors, which give you the closest shave at the best value; you could also join a mail order razor company to get discounted razors. When it comes to shaving cream, you can save a few cents by using olive oil or hair conditioner, as long as you wash your face thoroughly afterwards.

Shave after your shower so that your follicles can open, and go with the grain of your facial hair. Shave your neck by leaning forward and tilting your head back slightly to flatten the area. Don’t clean your razor by banging it on the edge of the sink; instead, use a small brush or a faucet with high water pressure. If your razor could use a little sharpening, sharpen it on an old pair of jeans by swiping upwards along the leg with the sharp end of the blades facing away.

When you’re finished, splash your face with cold water to avoid skin irritation. Hang your razor somewhere where it can dry completely and use a few drops of an anti-corrosive agent for razors to keep your blade sharp so it lasts longer.

 

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With these tips, you’re a mere 150 strokes of the razor or so (the average amount it takes a man to fully shave) away from a clean-shaven face!

Nightly Beauty Routine: Removing Makeup Before Going To Bed

You may be an expert in applying makeup in seconds to beat the morning rush, but a few minutes to lavishly cleanse and remove your makeup every night before crawling to bed is a healthy nightly beauty routine and habit you should have. After a long and busy day, you might be too tired or you’re wearing too little make up anyway. But these excuses will never help you achieve a healthy, youthful skin, rather it may only cause you skin problems before long.

 

Most makeup products can clog your pores and not removing them before going to bed heightens the risks of acne breakouts or blemishes. Your pores may not only be clogged with makeup but also of dirt and bacteria you have encountered during the day. Makeup also prevents your skin from breathing and using its natural oils to moisturize itself. Prevent skin irritations, acne and breakout with few swipes of makeup remover and facial wash.

 

Keep your skin fresh and young looking by practicing a nightly healthy skin routine. After removing makeup and using cleansers to remove all traces of cosmetics, slather moisturizers help keep it soft and supple. Most moisturizers also have anti-aging properties that prevents the appearance of wrinkles, dryness and sagging. A few minutes spent on a nightly routine will go a long way in achieving a glowing, young-looking and healthy looking skin.

Extending your look through Hair Extensions

Hair extensions are so popular not only among celebrities but also to beauty conscious women who loves a unique style to give a lift  on their current look every now and then. Attaching real or synthetic hair weaves can add thickness, volume, highlights and length to the the person’s own natural hair.

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These hair weaves are designed in different colors and texture to mix in and match naturally with the natural hair. If you are planning to get a hair extension, it is important to choose a licenced hair extension professional who will apply the hair extension perfectly and avoid hair damage. When properly maintained it can last 6 months to a year before they need to be removed.

 

Extensions are available in two types – synthetic and human hair.  Both come  in variety of colors, textures, styles and lengths that would fit your need. Human hair extension is more expensive than the synthetic counterparts due to its high quality. It can be applied in different ways – glued in, woven in, braided in or clipped in.

 

Getting hair extensions need allocated budget and time commitment as well. The cost will not end in just buying and applying the extension as additional expenses are needed to buy the professional maintenance products designed to keep the extensions as well as the natural hair healthy and in good condition. Moreover, regular trips to your cosmetologist is needed to upkeep the application of extensions as existing hair grows out.

 

 

 

Healthy Hair Tips for the Summer Heat

Soon as summer arrives, hot weather hair issues come out from women of all ages. Hair becomes dry and brittle and you get more split ends and dandruff. People with wavy, thick and curly hair and especially those who have undergone hair treatments are even more challenged with the warmer weather. The key here is to find the most suitable hair products for your hair type that will hydrate and condition your hair without breaking your budget. Also, here are some healthy hair care tips to keep your hair moisturized, nourished and protected from the sun.

 

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Women with dry and brittle hair can take advantage of gently balanced nourishing shampoo with moisturizing shampoo and UV protection. Follow it up with an invigorating conditioner treatment and after washing it, apply a leave on conditioner or a silk serum with thermal protectants.

 

For frizzy haired women, start off with a clarifying shampoo and a moisturizing shampoo. This should be followed by a moisturizing conditioner and rinsed with warm water. You can apply a leave-on conditioner and a curl enhancer to define your curls.

 

Dry and itchy scalp is an issue experienced by both men and women during summer season. For crowns that get flaky this time, once a week, treat your hair at night with a therapeutic shampoo for dry and itchy scalp. Follow it up with a sulfate-free shampoo and then with natural conditioner. Towel dry and then massage small amounts of scalp treatment oil before sleeping.

 

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Facial treatments women love best

Cosmetics were fashioned to enhance one’s physical appearance. It is not at all bad as long as you do not overdo it.  Celebrities and women working in the corporate world wear make-up all day long to look good and presentable.  However, wearing make up daily can clog the pores of the facial skin and can cause damage in the long run, thus cleansing routine is needed.

 

Different women have different preference when it comes to their beauty regimen. Dermclinics nowadays offer more and newer treatments that have been scientifically tried and tested which can rejuvenate our face and make us look younger.

 

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Lip Liner Trick for Luscious Lips

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When you want to be noticed effortlessly for the natural glow of your face, you only need to highlight your eyes with a good lined eyebrow, an eyeliner and well-colored lips. As most women go for smoky dramatic eye makeup, why not flaunt your luscious pouty lips with the right lipstick shade? Proper care and protection is necessary in keeping it soft and succulent looking. Among your body parts, the lips are prone to cracking and drying up because it doesn’t have any oil gland. It relies on outside sources to stay moisturized, supple and pouty. On the other hand, not all women are blessed with pouty supple lips, but thankfully, there are different shades of lip liner to resolve this.  Continue reading “Lip Liner Trick for Luscious Lips”