Detoxify your Skin and Body

Research shows that humans consume over 1kg of artificial toxins annually and the body is constantly fighting pollutants and environmental hazards, like carbon monoxide, which damage the skin causing age lines, redness and irritation. Dermatologists recommend small changes to the diet and beauty care regimen to detoxify and eliminate harmful substances. The detoxifications organs are liver, kidneys, and intestines whose job it is to get rid of harmful toxins from caffeine, alcohol, food and medication etc, in your body. But if any of these organs are not working well then it results in poor digestive system, hormone imbalance and tired looking skin, often with acne or psoriasis breakout. Detoxing can give your skin a beauty boost by clearing up acne, firming your skin and even brightening your smile. Here’s how: To promote the health of your body to detoxify naturally and improve your body’s capacity to rid itself of toxins and waste, you have to eat foods that cleanse and nourish from within. You need to reduce the amount of toxins you take in and then, add foods which support the body’s natural detoxification systems. Foods to Avoid when Detoxing Your Body Reduce the ‘toxic load’ in your body by avoiding these foods: Alcohol – can stress out the liver and kidneys Caffeine – puts a lot of stress on the liver in order to be broken down for easy digestion Processed foods – are full of chemical additives, salt and sugars, that are bad for your body Meat, dairy and wheat – are hard to digest so they should be had in moderation to help your digestive system Pesticides and herbicides – are harmful for the liver, so where possible eat organic. Foods that Help Your Body Detox Here are some foods that help you detox: Dark green leafy vegetables- such as kale, spinach and watercress are full of antioxidants to support liver and kidney function. Artichokes – stimulates formation of probiotics for digestion, liver function and bile flow. It helps relieve indigestion and bloating. Brassica Vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts) – are high in fiber which support detoxification enzymes in the liver to remove waste. Oranges and lemons – are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which is great for liver function, digestion and detoxification. Cucumber- is high on water content, a super hydrator that regulates fluid-balance, reduces bloating from excess water retention. Yogurt – both probiotics and greek yogurt stabilizes blood sugar levels Turmeric – has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant to stimulate live function Whole-grains, nuts and seeds – is a good source of B vitamins and other nutrients for good working of the liver. Super-grains such as quinoa, buckwheat and brown rice are good for the detox diet. Asparagus – a natural diuretic that helps reduce water retention Eggs – are high in the amino acid, which converts some toxics into water and carbon dioxide to be eliminated naturally as body waste. It works well as an alcohol metabolizer. Sweet Potatoes – are packed with B vitamins for promoting cellular function and strengthening metabolism. Water – flushes out toxins, supports kidney function and digestion Garlic – is anti-bacterial and supports liver function & blood cleansing Soluble fibre (oats, apples, beans and lentils) – removes waste and toxins from the colon and additionally lentils are a good source of zinc which boosts the immune system. Antioxidants (green tea, cocoa) – neutralize detoxification pathways that generate free radicals. Zinc – heals blemishes, decreases the severity of acne and...

Clearing Up Signs of Rosacea

Rosacea is a common chronic skin condition that starts off affecting the nose and cheek areas of the face but the flushing may gradually spread to the forehead, chin and down to the neck. The skin becomes red and blotchy with rosacea, when the blood vessels dilate under the surface of the skin and becomes visible. For some people suffering from rosacea the skin can become irritated and thicker, with an outbreak small red bumps, and sometimes even pustules. They may also experience some burning and stinging sensations. While the real reason behind rosacea remains unknown, there are many contributing factors such as blood vessel abnormalities, microscopic mites or bacteria on the surface of skin, reaction to chemicals or medicines. If you have rosacea, then you must be wary of some well known triggers that worsen the condition such as – Stress Sunlight exposure Rigorous exercise Extreme hot or cold weather Hot drinks or spicy foods Alcohol and caffeine Treatments While doctors are yet to find a definitive cure for rosacea, it is possible to minimize the symptoms by avoiding above mentioned known triggers. Some topical medications can reduce redness, while oral antibiotics or isotretinoin are often prescribed to treat inflammation from papules and pustules. Your doctor may recommend avoiding exposure to direct sunlight or using high SPF sunscreen or special make up to camouflage skin blotchiness. There are also oral medications that may be prescribed such as clonidine, beta-blockers, and anxiety medications for relief from rosacea. The natural aging process along with the effects of hormones, sun exposure and stress, leaves your skin looking blotchy and red. Your skin starts to lose elasticity to reveal texture changes, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin color, even redness and blushing — all visible signs of aging. More people suffering from rosacea are looking for a way to reduce uneven skin color & texture to restore their vibrant appearance. PhotoFacial RF, the non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment may be the answer. What is PhotoFacial RF? You can improve the appearance of your face, body or neck with the newest generation of the PhotoFacial RF treatment that utilizes FDA approved ELOS technology for facial skin renewal. This technique uses both Radio Frequency and Intense Pulsed Light energy at low levels blended in one single pulse to reduce redness, flushing, broken capillaries and acne outbreaks associated with rosacea. It is a very common procedure in the US and extremely popular in the Dallas Fort Worth area with no downtime or discomfort and has been found to revitalize and improve the health of the skin. You can undergo PhotoFacial RF treatment in case of rosacea, uneven skin tone, ruddy complexion, spider veins, red and brown spots and broken capillaries. The technology helps to gently improve all these skin conditions by an average of 75 percent.  With the PhotoFacial RF treatment, you can restore and rejuvenate the appearance of your skin if you have wrinkles, irregular skin texture, skin laxity, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, age spots and freckles on the face, chest, neck and hands. PhotoFacial RF also stimulates collagen production helping soften wrinkles and tighten pores. Difference from rejuvenation treatments: PhotoFacial RF treatment, combines radio frequency energy and Intense Pulsed Light energies in one elos technology to safely target vascular lesions and redness to lighten and fade them gradually, producing an efficient non-invasive skin enhancement. PhotoFacial, unlike lasers that are composed of light of one wavelength, delivers pulses of light of differing wavelengths to restore the...

Essential Tips to Prevent Summer Acne Breakouts...

Everyone enjoys the feel of the summer sun on their faces but the warm weather also brings an unpleasant side effect for some people, acne on the face and body.  People who are acne-prone or suffer from comedonal acne report an increase in breakouts in the summer, especially if they have oily skin and/or they work out. There is no need to despair though as there are many easy ways to manage acne especially if you are aware of the causes. Heat and humidity during the summer months trigger an outbreak of acne from excessive sweating and sebum production around a hair follicle, which clogs up the pores with oil, dirt, debris and dead skin cells. Environmental pollution and smog do not help, as bacteria growth in these clogged up pores cause infection and acne blemishes on the skin surface. Many people also develop body acne in the summer from the heat and sweat trapped against the skin when wearing tight bathing suits, and exercise wear. Acne can also be triggered when wearing athletic gear like helmets and clothing that traps moisture to promote bacterial overgrowth. It is best to remove sweaty clothes immediately and shower with medicated anti-acne wash to prevent the oils and debris from sticking to the skin and causing inflammation and acne breakouts. It is easier to control acne even during summers, with proper regimen of eating fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, staying stress- free, and applying sunscreen when outdoors. Comedonal acne appears as small bumps under the skin surface or as blackheads. Exfoliate gently twice weekly along with a retinol to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores and refresh skin surface.  Also, use a cleanser containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid to gently break down dead skin cells from the skin surface to help reduce clogged pores and treat blackheads. Pityrosporum folliculitis appears as bright red pimples on your forehead, jaw line, the sides of the neck, back or chest and needs a slightly different approach for treatment.  This type of yeast germ that causes Pityrosporum folliculitis can be treated using pyrithione zinc. Follow these easy tips to prevent summer acne breakout – Exfoliate The humidity in the summer months can clog up the pores of your skin, so it is important to exfoliate every day to clear the dead skin build up on your skin surface. Reveal your natural, beautiful and radiant skin by lathering a pair of loofah gloves with an exfoliating scrub and scrubbing your skin clean. For your face use a gentle facial scrub to wash away debris from your skin. Oil Control Overactive oil glands go into overdrive with warm weather causing blackheads and clogged pores.  You can best control oily skin with a water-based toner twice a day, in the morning and night. Avoid alcohol-based toner that dries out your skin, as it will prompt the oil glands of your skin to produce more sebum. Facial Mask Do apply a facial mask once a week during summer to dry out some of the excess oil on your skin. Improve your pores by using a clay mask or soothe redness with a sulfur mask.  Acne Free Therapeutic Sulfur mask has both properties. Either way it is helpful to treat your skin to a few acne or deep pore cleansing facials with extractions. Use Sunscreen Long spells of sun exposure can dry your skin and while even heavy sunscreens can clog pores, some kind of sun protection is still...

Skin Care Boosters in Your 30’s

As you step into your 30’s, you may begin to see signs of aging from stress and hormonal changes that causes visible changes in your skin.  If you have to look radiant like Hollywood celebrities well into their 40’s and 50’s then you don’t necessarily have to undergo dangerous plastic surgery for it, instead take skin care intentions seriously early on, especially once you hit 30. Your daily skin care routine should be more than just basic cleansing, toning and moisturizing. You have to give your skin the much needed additional boost with some additional serums or products to keep looking young. Also ensure the products you’re using are right for your skin. Read on to find out simple and effective skin care steps that work at the cellular level of the skin to prevent wrinkles and fine lines. Exfoliate When you reach your 30’s, cell metabolism slows down, which means the turnover of new cells isn’t that good anymore. A gentle scrub can promote circulation and polish away dead cells from the surface of the skin. Exfoliate to spur your sluggish cells into action and encourage collagen firming to keep the skin feeling young. In the 30’s it may be worthwhile to also exfoliate deeper within the skin using a combination of polish and an acid to refine skin texture and optimize cell penetration of serums used. Respect your skin You must stay away from skin care products with harsh, dehydrating ingredients. For women in their 30’s, breakouts may not be a common occurrence any more. Nevertheless, it is important to stop the use of acne or blemish removal products that contain benzoyl peroxide which can dry your skin of its natural oils. Products that reduce hydration levels affect the protective layer of the skin and cause collagen to lose its elasticity. The best way to address breakouts in your 30’s is using products that are naturally microbial and anti-inflammatory, as well as specifically made to check the overactive sebaceous glands. Charge up on vitamins You can give your skin a much needed boost with a cocktail of topical serums and moisturizers containing vitamins such as A, C and E. These vitamins and peptides help preserve collagen by reduction of free radicals created by smoking, drinking, UV sun exposure and pollution. Vitamin A or retinol is a potent skin regenerative ingredient, while Vitamins C and E provides a surge of antioxidants to help maintains even skin tone and to lighten pigmentation from pregnancy, and hormones. Don’t forget a good eye cream The eye area is most vulnerable to exhibit the first signs of aging. When you reach 30, an eye cream is a must for the delicate skin around the eyes at this stage of your life. Choose an eye cream containing an SPF to protect from UV damage and check to see if it has alpha hydroxyl acids that will soften fine line and lighten dark circles around the eyes. Apply it with your ring finger daily, gently patting it around the orbital bone of the eyes to reduce puffiness. Always use sunscreen The most important way to protect your skin from the premature aging, brought on by exposure to UV rays of the sun, is by using sunscreen. In the early 30’s the skin begins to show signs of sun exposure in the form of wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots. Apply sunscreen of about SPF 50 directly to face and neck for full coverage or blend...

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