It’s that time of year again! Although you’re probably busy carving your pumpkin for Halloween we suggest you keep the leftovers as pumpkins are rich in important essential vitamins and nutrients necessary for healthy and radiant skin.
- Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of ageing
- Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.
- Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.
- Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.
- Zinc also protects your cell membranes, helps maintain collagen, and promotes skin renewal.
So enjoy your pumpkin and pumpkin seeds without counting calories, saturated fat or cholesterol while getting plenty of fibre, vitamins, nutrients and minerals!
Your skin will thank you for it
Addicted to chocolate? Don’t beat yourself up, it’s National Chocolate Week! Not forgetting your habit can actually be good for your skin!
Dark chocolate (that’s low in sugar and high in cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that nourish skin. Iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that can be obtained, along with significant antioxidant properties (flavonoids) which support the anti-aging process and aid the prevention of cellular damage. Flavonoids also protect and increase blood flow to the skin, improving your complexion, and help your skin protect itself from UV damage and fight Free Radicals (although we’re not suggesting for a second that you forget about your SPF!)
As a rule, the higher the cocoa content, the more flavonoids and the greater the health benefits – dark chocolate with 40% cocoa solids contains five times more flavonoids than white chocolate and twice as many as milk chocolate.
Cocoa also helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles, and it has also been shown to even improve skin hydration and thickness!
Look for chocolate containing a minimum of 70 per cent cocoa or cacao. If the first ingredient is milk or sugar, the bar is not going to have 70 percent or more cocoa content. But remember, although the right dark chocolate has clear beauty benefits, you have to keep portion control in mind otherwise you’re getting a lot more than just flavonoids—you’re also getting fat, sugar and lots of calories!
Milia is the technical term for a collection of small, white bumps that appear on the face, particularly around the eyes and nose, and create the look of an uneven, irritated complexion. These bumps are caused by a build-up of dead cells that harden to create a small cyst underneath the skin. Although skin has the ability to naturally exfoliate in order to remove the dead skin cells so that new ones can take their place, it can sometimes require a little helping hand.
The important things to remember are:
- they’re not spots – milia do not form from a pore, they are formed when keratin (a substance produced by the skin) becomes trapped beneath the outer layer of the skin, forming a tiny cyst. Unlike acne, milia are rather firm, and squeezing has little to no impact on them
- they’re not harmful or infectious
- they’re not caused by germs/bacteria
- If you are prone to them or have a lot of them – and if your family also suffer with them – you’re probably genetically predisposed to them.
Known Causes of Milia
The most common reason for Milia formation tends to be due to the usage of rich, heavy comedogenic, or pore clogging skincare products preventing the skin from naturally exfoliating as normal. In some adults, sun damage is also a major contributor to milia, because it thickens and toughens the outer layers of skin, meaning it is more difficult for dead cells to rise to the skin’s surface and shed normally.
Treatment of Milia
The most important thing to note when treating Milia is to avoid extracting the milia yourself, as this can irritate or damage the skin and lead to scarring or continual reappearance.
- Gentle exfoliation will aid the eventual removal of milia because the layer of skin surrounding it becomes thinner. Deep exfoliating product ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) and beta hydroxy acid i.e. Salicylic acid & glycolic acid can help reduce the size and number of milia. However, exfoliating your skin will only prevent milia and aid treatment, it will not remove them
Image Ageless Range utilises AHA blends
- Existing milia that don’t respond to exfoliation can be manually extracted by a professional aesthetician with a sterile small gauge needle, which is used to un-roof the lesion, extract the keratin and leave the area to heal.
- Regular professional treatments such as facials, mild chemical peels and microdermabrasion will help prepare the skin for removal and help with the healing process.
Although not a lot can be done to prevent milia, maintaining a suitable skin-care routine certainly helps minimise the chance of them appearing.
- A gentle exfoliating routine. Gentle exfoliation helps to prevent milia from forming and makes removal easier by thinning the layer of skin and removing dead skin cells
- Re-evaluate your skin care products – including eye make-up remover which may cause milia around the eye area, and certain lipsticks, lip balms and products around the lips edge.
- Because secondary milia can be caused by sun damage, always use a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 to protect your skin every day, and choose zinc based sunblocks over chemical sunscreens
- Use gel based, water based products to avoid clogging the pores
- Retinol is also very helpful for both fighting and preventing milia.
- When brushing your teeth, limit possible fluoride irritation to the skin by removing excess froth around the lips
- Drinking lots of water will help to flush out toxins and keep your skin hydrated
- Keep make-up light and opt for mineral based makeups
- Reduce high cholesterol foods
If you think you might have milia and would like a free consultation please call us on 018063200 or use our online booking form
As a nation, we’ve become increasingly more aware of the importance of protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Not only are you putting yourself at a high risk of developing skin cancer, but exposure to both UVA and UVB also accounts for 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging.
But how informed are you? It’s time to quash the most common sun protection myths to practice sun safety all year long.
FALSE. Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. Even those who tan easily and rarely burn should use sunscreen as a suntan is a sign of skin damage, just like a sunburn.
SPF measures how much protection a sunscreen offers
FALSE. While SPF does stand for sun protection factor, it’s only a measure of the sunscreen’s level of protection against UVB rays, which typically cause sunburn. However, it does not take into consideration whether the sunscreen protects against UVA rays which penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature ageing. Look for sunscreen labeled Broad-Spectrum and contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for UVA protection.
If it’s cold or cloudy outside, you don’t need sunscreen.
FALSE. According to the FDA, “Even on an overcast day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can get through the clouds.” This misconception often leads to the most serious sunburns. Since UV rays can be reflected off of water, sand, snow, and concrete, you can get a sunburn in the shade or when skiing on a cold, winter day.
Once applied, I am protected for the day.
FALSE. Reapplication of sunscreen is just as important as putting it on in the first place, so reapply the same amount every two hours. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, excessive sweating, or towelling. However it is important to note that you should not rely solely on sunscreen to protect your skin against UV rays; it is just one vital part of a complete sun protection program. Skin care experts recommend using a combination of sun protection that include seeking shade, using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, a hat, and clothing that protects exposed skin.
Wearing a t-shirt in the sun will protect you from burning
FALSE. While clothing provides some protection, a standard white t-shirt only has an SPF of about 7. If it’s wet, the SPF can go down as low as 3. The darker and thicker the clothing, the more protection it provides.
Its Ok to use last years sun screen bottle
FALSE. After a certain period of time sunscreen breaks down and becomes far less effective, and is unlikely to hold true to its SPF rating at the time. It’s best to store a sunscreen at room temperature and avoid exposure to extreme heat as this can cause the product to break down more easily.