Effective Fall Skincare Suggestions

The fall season is finally here. It’s now time for bright leaves and cool outdoor air. There’s no arguing that cold weather will soon be on its way, too. Although it’s currently the fall, there are still many people everywhere who want to do away with sun damage caused by the summertime. If you have premature wrinkles and sun spots that you believe are the result of the sun’s harsh UV rays, a better fall skincare routine may be able to help you minimize them significantly.

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If you want your skin to look better than ever in the fall, wear sunblock on a daily basis. Sunblock application should in no way be restricted to the warmest months of the year. It’s necessary at all times, no exceptions. The sun comes out in the winter, too. If you want to protect your delicate complexion from the negative effects of the sun, diligent sunblock use is essential. Put sunblock on your face, chest, neck and hands.

Moisturize your skin thoroughly. Ample moisture is necessary for people who want to have beautiful and healthy complexions in the autumn and beyond. The cool air of the fall can often lead to significant dryness. Heaters can do the same thing. If you want your skin to be soft, smooth and supple, it can help to invest in a shea butter-based hydrating formula, like the all natural raw shea butter that Eugenia Shea provides. Shea butter offers an abundance of serious skin advantages. It can be great for people who want to nurture their complexions. It’s chock-full of fatty acids and vitamins that are highly hydrating as well.

Opt for professional skincare treatments. If you want to take your complexion to the next level in the fall, it can be a great idea to get professional skincare assistance. Dermatologists can be invaluable resources for people who want to get rid of persistent red spots, sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Fotofacials can help people who are searching for lasting solutions to these types of skin troubles. People can also get prescription creams that can address certain issues. If you have conspicuous brown spots on your face brought on by sun exposure, hydroquinone and Retin-A are two examples of prescription creams that may be able to decrease them significantly.

There are also convenient home remedies that can be helpful for people who want to kiss summer sun destruction goodbye. If you want to improve your skin during the fall, it may be a great idea to perform a lemon juice facial in the comfort of your own home. Fresh lemon juice has alpha-hydroxy acids that offer exfoliation benefits. These acids get rid of dull and old skin cells. They, because of that, encourage the emergence of beautiful and new skin on your face. If you want your face to look and feel refreshed to the max, a nice and relaxing lemon juice facial may just do the trick. If you put in some time and dedication, revamping your skincare routine could be one of the best things you do this season.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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