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As the weather is getting hotter, our skin goes through a lot of changes. And if you have naturally oily skin you’ll really dread the hot, humid weather.

As many of you know, oils produced by your body help to keep your skin healthy, but sometimes there is just a little bit too much and it can lead to pimples and acne flare-ups. Like many skin conditions, there can be many reasons. Aside from the above reasons, sometimes this increased oil production is caused by your skin regime, medications, stress, and sometimes it is hereditary.  We recommend talking to our skin specialist to get a full understanding.

 

So where do we start?

oily skinYou’ll need a gentle cleanser because harsh soaps will dry out your skin and cause an increase of oil production (they will be working overtime).  We recommend cleansing both morning and night with warm water (yep, temperature affects skin too), but avoid using washcloths or puffs as they can stimulate production. oil even more! Sounds like a fine line. The ingredient you should be looking for in a good cleansers is Alpha hydroxy acid (AHAs).

The next step in your regimen is moisturising! Please don’t avoid moisturisers! Not using a moisturiser will dry out your skin and cause those pores to produce more oil. We recommend oil-free products, particularly gels. Don’t feel you have to put the same amount of moisturiser all over your skin, put slightly less on those extra oily parts.

What about sun screen?
We definitely believe sunscreen is a must use because sun damage will cause you many problems. Stick with oil-free products like sunscreen gels so you’re getting the sun protection you need.
Oily skin doesn’t have to be a burden, just ensure your daily regimen is specific to your skin, not what the television or your friends tell you works for them. We offer consultations in the clinic, so don’t be stranger!
Beth xx

Wrinkles, pimples and dark circles, oh my!

 

A few weeks ago on our Facebook page we asked what your top skin concerns were. We got a great response and wanted 20130623-1231200458-1204to give you some hints and tips to help.  So here are your top skin concerns and along with what you can do and how we can help:

 

Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a major concern for many women as the years go by. The important part of managing wrinkles is understanding what causes wrinkles: As many know, sun damage is to blame for 90 per cent of damage to your skin (regardless of your complexion). Second to that is smoking as it damages the skin’s collagen, and then air pollution – all those toxins in the air can affect your skin by breaking down the vitamin E.

Of course, the natural process of aging can’t be stopped, but it should be noted that as skin ages it loses the ability to defend against the above nasties.

What we can do: AAA Skin Solutions has a range of wonderful topical products, and of course treatments such as micro-dermabrasion and IPL. We offer free consultations to discuss your concerns.

What you can do: Wear sunscreen, take care of your body and avoid stress.

 

Dark circles and bags under eyes

Many women suffer from dark circles and bags under their eyes. These can have a number of causes, so it is important to look into it.  In some cases, these are hereditary but in other cases there may be medical issue including nasal congestion, your monthly cycle, an allergic reaction or a kidney infection. We suggest popping into see your GP to double check. Outside of that, it could be your diet, lack of sleep, lack of water or too much time in front of the tv.

What we can do: We have some great topical products great for the under eye area, the ingredient to look out for is Q10. We suggest Synergie Practitioner Revitaleyes Eye Treatment Serum.

What you can do: Ever heard the saying, ‘you are what you eat’? It’s very true.  Make sure you have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Also, we suggest taking some time away from the tv screen.

 

Pimples

Pimples aren’t just a concern for teenagers, many men and women have acne problems of varying degrees even into their later years. They are usually caused by sebaceous glands becoming infected with bacteria causing them to swell up.
 

What we can do: We can assist with microdermabrasion sessions once you have been to see a skin specialist. All acne is different.

What you can do: Healthy diet and follow the skin regimen prescribed to you.

 

Skin texturemen3

The texture of your skin is affected by a number of things including sun damage, acne, rosacea, eczema and various medical conditions. Even being prenant can change the texture of your skin. No one’s skin is perfect and there is no point being jealous of those celebrities who look picture perfect in the magazines your read, those photos go through a long retouching process before we even see them! However, there are a few things that can be done to make the texture of your skin look much better.

What we can do: Microdermabrasion sessions get rid of all those dead skin cells resulting in gorgeous smooth skin. We also have great scrubs, sun screens and moisturisers good for evening out that texture.

What you can do: As with many skin problems, eating a healthy diet is part of the solution, as is a good skin regimen that includes using a scrub containing AHA. We recommend Aspect Exfol L 15 (Exfloiating Serum). Also, get a good sun screen and keep your skin hydrated.

 

We’d love to hear from you about your skin concerns so feel free to drop us a line.

Beth xx

I can’t help but have a little giggle at a few of the suggestions that come up online for taking care of skin, particularly acne. Here are our favourites:

 

1. Toothpaste works to prevent or quickly heal a pimple.

Sorry everyone, this is definitely not true! There are no ingredients in any toothpaste that can have a positive effect on acne or change a blemish once you have it. In fact, you may very well make it worse. The bacteria in your mouth and pores are different, which is why the products used for each a different.

 

2. Blackheads relate to cleanliness and can be scrubbed away.

Wrong! While blackheads may make your skin look dirty, they are unrelated to dirt. Blackheads form when hormones cause too much sebum to be produced, dead skin cells get int the way and the path for the oil is blocked. The mixture of oil and cellular debris oxidizes and turns black once it reaches the surface of your skin. Instead of scrubbing, try using a product containing BHA (salicylic acid) as it will exfoliate inside the pore lining, dissolving oil and dead skin cells.

 

3. If you clean your face better you can clear up your acne.

While we’re talking about scrubbing your skin, this is wrong. In fact, over-cleaning your face can actually make your skin worse as it triggers inflammation that makes acne worse. See a skin specialist to find the best option for you.

 

4. You’ll eventually outgrow acne.

Sorry, this one is sadly false. Unfortunately, not everyone who had acne as a teenager will grow out of it and not everyone who was lucky enough to avoid acne as a teenager has missed it altogether. Feel free to shake your fists in anger at hormones!

 

5. Wearing sunscreen will aggravate acne.

If you skip the sunscreen, you may find you’ll be dealing with worse skin problems. Just make sure you pick the right sunscreen.

 

 

Good fuel and taking care of your skin on the outside is likely to give you that amazing glow. I thought I’d make this post about taking care of your skin from the inside – the food you eat! So here are a few important superfoods to assist with anti-aging:

 

Salmon_sashimiSalmon

As one of the richest sources of Omega-3, salmon can help plump up your skin. Not only that, but there is research to suggest it can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

 

Nuts

Not only do nuts feature in many diets to assist with weightloss, they are also great for your skin. They are full of healthy oils, fibre, vitamins, minerals and arginine.

 

Apples

You remember that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, apples are full of vitamin C, which speeds up skin’s cell production. It makes your skin look radiant and strengthens hair and nails! Apples also contain B5 and B9, which are proven to combat acne and irritation.

 

Spinach_leavesSpinach

We all know spinach is a superfood because it is full of phytonutrients, antioxidants (vitamins K, C and E, plus folate, iron and carotenoids) – it helps to promote collagen production. You can use it in many things including salads and smoothies!

 

Blueberries

High in antioxidants, blueberries help to protect the skin from damage that leads to wrinkles, and mitigate inflammation and oxidative damage. Another great source of vitamin C.

 

Garlic

Garlic does more than repel vampires, it also promotes white blood cell growth, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It also helps to reverse cellular decay.

 

Chickpeas

Low GI foods like chickpeas are important for vibrant, clear skin. Legumes in particular contain iron which is needed to make collagen (there’s a pattern here).

 

Olive Oil

As a source of monosaturated fats, olive oil helps to keep your skin smooth and supple. It contains vitamin E and polyphenols to protect skin against radical damage.

 

Obstjoghurt01Yoghurt

Natural yoghurt (without added sugar or flavours) is a great source of vitamin A, protein and calcium. It’s great for your digestive system and assists the body to absorb ‘wrinkle-preventing’ nurtirents and maintain skin’s pH levels to boost its natural glow.