Getting the right recipe for your skin

Getting the right recipe for your skin

I likened skincare to baking a cake in the last blog. And certainly you need to get the basics right before you start adding the specifics that make the cake stand out.

And the basics for skincare are

  • using a pH balanced moisturiser

  • using moisturisers that have humectants

  • having anti-oxidants in your skincare products

When you’re young, you really only need to get the basics right.

But as you age, you will have other issues and you’ll need to add ‘flavours’ to your basic regime to address your specific problems.

What happens to the skin as we age?

The genetic blueprint we are born with is constant throughout our life, but how the actual genes express themselves changes with time.

Think of the firmness of a baby’s skin and compare to someone in their late 40’s on and it’s obvious something has changed - and what has changed is that collagen and elastin production have downgraded their expression (downsized, if you will) so the underlying structure of the skin loses some of its support and that shows with fie lines, wrinkles and sagging.

And while some genes downgrade their expression, some upgrade like melanin production which is why sun spots (which some people call age spots) appear.

Not only do those changes occur but cell turnover slows down so you don’t shed your dead cell layer as quickly and that causes dullness.

So, common skin issues are:

  • fine lines and wrinkles

  • sagging

  • dullness

  • uneven tone

  • sun spots

Do young people have skin issues?

Teenagers and young adults will be only too aware of skin issues that they feel plagued with.

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Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Are the skincare products you’re using daily giving you the results you want?

Have you ever baked a cake? If so, you’ll realise that most cake-making starts with the basics like

  • cream butter and sugar

  • add flour

  • add eggs

Then you get to add the other stuff that makes this particular cake what it is - maybe the zest of a lemon, or carrots or maybe bananas or maybe my favourite -cocoa.

But you have to start with the basics before you can add the special touches. Otherwise it just doesn’t work.

Skincare - like baking a cake?

I believe that skincare is a bit the same as baking a cake - you need to get the basics right first. But that’s not where most people start and actually there are a couple of basic skincare mistakes that are quite common.


Navigating the marketing hype

I used to get caught up in trying to sort out my skin issues before I had the basics sorted. And honestly, I was most often totally confused and unsure of what I needed.

We’re fed so much hype and marketing on what we have to do for this or that problem. And every season, if not more often, there’s a certain flavour that we need to be incorporating into our regime. Just when we’d got used to the last ‘big thing’

Do you ever feel so confused that you don’t even bother any more?

I mean, how do you navigate the information overload ?

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7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

7 reasons you'll want to add Marula Oil to your beauty regime

Marula Oil - the new beauty oil on the block

There are so many great beauty oils, you may wonder why you’ve never heard of Marula Oil before. Well, I can guarantee that is going to change as Marula Oil knocks the others off the shelves because of it’s extraordinary properties

Loved and used for centuries by the indigenous women of South Africa

This rare oil is no Johnny-come-lately by any means. For centuries, indigenous women in South Africa have eaten the fruit and used the oil from the nut of the Marula tree for soothing and moisturising their skin and protecting it from the harsh environment.

Rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids

Marula oil has the highest concentration of omega 9 oil (oleic acid) in any plant as well as having omega 6 oil (linoleic acid), anti-oxidants like Vit E, Vit C and flavonoids. It is one of the most stable of topical oils used in skincare.

What this means is that it’s high in anti-oxidants and is excellent at combating free radical damage that causes premature ageing.

Compared to argan oil, marula oil has 60% more anti-oxidants and is much more skin friendly

7 benefits you won’t want to miss out on

  1. Anti-ageing properties - Marula Oil reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by protecting against environmental damage. The anti-oxidants fight free radical damage caused by sun, pollution, stress, illness, smoking etc and so help repair and restore the skin

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How to get the best beauty products for you

How to get the best beauty products for you

In this week's blog, I'm going to explain how you can become your own research assistant to ensure you get the best products for you. If you're wondering why you would need to become your own expert, I would suggest that if you are paying money for products that you put on your skin, you want to be pretty sure they're working and worth what you're paying.

 

Before I explain how you can become your own research assistant, let me briefly explain, in everyday language, how research works because that's the basis of how your beauty products make it to the shelves in the first place. Once you have an understanding of that, you can find out how you can become your own researcher so you get the best products for YOU. 

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8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

A 'brow to collar' guide to staying beautiful naturally because we all have those days we just want to get up and go.  These tips will help you go out without make-up and feel confident you look radiant and fresh-faced.

And even if you do wear make-up, and let's face it, makeup is a great way to highlight your best features, wearing it does not mean that you should neglect properly caring for your skin. Your skin is not only your first line of defense against the outside world, but it is also the first area that the effects of aging begin to show. In fact, the best way to allow cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty is to give your facial features the best chance to shine on their own—starting with the right skin care routine.


Each part of your face is unique and should be treated as such.

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