Finding the perfect foundation that matches our unique skin tones flawlessly is a bit like believing in unicorns. With hundreds of different brands, tones, and shades available it’s often a stressful experience to shop for the right one. And just once we believe we have found the ‘perfect’ foundation, the seasons change and… oops so has our skin tone! Self-adjusting foundations claim to meet every skin tone, simply and effectively. There are many questions regarding the self-adjusting foundation, how do I choose the perfect foundation? How does it work? And most important, is this just another marketing gimmick?
Knowing the struggle of finding the ‘perfect’ foundation is real. The theory behind developing a self-adjusting foundation is simple, applying foundation to the skin and it will change to any skin tone to hide blemishes and uneven skin tone.
The Technology Behind The Theory
Self-adjusting foundations falls into two categories either, pH-reactive formulas or encapsulated colours. pH-reactive formulas are more chemical-based and work with the skins’ pH level. They react differently based on the acidity or alkaline level of the skin. Tones can change according to personal chemistry, which sounds amazing right? Maybe not so amazing, knowing that our PH levels can change with any amount of moisture in the air. Having said that, even the air can change the shade. The encapsulated colour formulas don’t work with the skins’ pH levels. They separate the colour pigments from an uncoloured pigment base eg. moisturizer. The colours that are encapsulated are coated with oil or gel which keeps colour suspended. That is why self-adjusting foundations appear a greyish or pale colour. Once the foundation is rubbed on to the skin, the colour pigments are broken and the colour is released. The more you rub, the more pigment is released attempting to match your skin tone.
How To Choose
Self-adjusting foundations are generally available in three shades, light, medium and dark. Choosing the incorrect shade could leave you with the same problem as before. It is best to consult with beauty to consultants regarding which shade is best suited for your skin tone.
Gimmick or Not?
The self-adjusting foundation promises to match every unique skin tone to give flawless coverage, but this, unfortunately, is not entirely the truth. Darker skin tones, as well as paler skin tones, makes it more difficult to match perfectly. The self-adjusting foundations do work well with medium skin tones. Giving you a single layer of coverage to even out skin tone.
The debate will still rage on whether the self-adjusting foundation delivers as promised or not. But one thing is for sure with the rate that technology is developing it won’t be long before self-adjusting make-up is completely perfected to suit all skin tones ranging from pale to dark.
This winter beauty trends are taking it up a notch from summers pearly powders and illuminators to something with more glitter and colours. But don’t despair for all those minimalist fans out there. The perfect minimalist winter make- up regime is here too!
When everything is glittery nowadays – from purses to handbags to cellphone covers and nails, who said your make up shouldn’t also be?
Get this look: Never use the word sparingly when it comes to glitter, get as much glitter as you can on your brush and spread those sparkles generously over your lips, eyes or cheeks. With this look, it’s best to always remember the perfect balance is a must. It is always one or the other never the way whole face at once. The best tip for this look to give you the staying power you need is always apply a base make up before the glitter this will help not to spread the glitter to unwanted areas. And don’t forget a setting product afterwards.
Go on and Sparkle!
So the glitz and glam might not be OK in the office, and you might prefer your make up regime to fit in with your minimalist lifestyle. This beauty trend come back is just for you!
Get this look:The focal point for the minimalist look is the lips. This classic look only needs is a translucent foundation, black mascara, black eyeliner and bold lipstick. Take special care on the lips. Use a sharpened lip liner pencil to outline the lips and use a brush a apply the lipstick from the middle of the lip to the corners. To create those perfect pouts proper care is needed. By exfoliating lips once a week with special skincare and a moisture-rich lip balm.
A Classic style never goes out of style!
Once Bitten Twice?
Shy, but you will never be shy with this “just-bitten” effect. These shimmering lips look will keep your lips looking healthy and lustrous
Get this look: This look is just about in the middle of the previous two. Using pastel colours on the lips such as a peach or rose. Colours which are softer. Try to avoid the sticky gloss. Lips should have a soft shade of colour with a little moisture. This look is easily upgraded from the office to the cocktail lounge by adding a defined cat eye and heavy mascara.
If you thought of leaving your acidic neon colours in summer, think again, this winter is about forgetting everything you know about matching colours. Don’t be afraid to mix those ultra-violet shades with passion pinks.
Get this look: Contrast, we are talking about pale and dark, warm and colours. Using ultraviolet colours on the eyes working your brush up with towards the brow with sunset oranges and reds. Even a contrast from eyes to lips will work this look.
Winter white eyes
The eyes are the window to our soul, during winter eyes can become looking tired, dull and in need of a pick me up.
Get this look: To brighten those winter eyes try adding white on the lids of your eyes and adding black mascara to awaken those winter eyes. If adding white eye shadow to the lids of your eyes is too much for you, try adding a dab of white in the corner of your eyes. This will lighten, brighten and illuminate your eyes all the way through the cloudy winter days.
Winter 2019 has a look for everyone, from the colour crazy to the glitter queens as well the classic looks. It’s all in for this winter. With the temperatures dropping your winter make-up will be increasing temperatures around you.
If you’re thinking of getting a professional massage, you might want to consider what kind of message you need. There are many massage modalities out there, you will need to choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, if you are into a lot of sporting activity, you will be wanting a massage that really loosens those muscle up, and doesn’t just focus on relaxation. Never been for a massage? Well then, it may be a bit confusing to choose what’s best for you. After all, there’s is more than just Swedish massage.
What is massage
Basically, massage involves manipulating the soft tissue in our bodies. This means kneading and massaging the muscles, connective tissue, as well as paying attention to joints and ligaments. Some of the many benefits of massage include:
Physical effects like improved blood flow
Can reduce swelling
Massage helps sore muscles
Helps to treat headaches and other pain-related problems
Boosts your immune system
Massage therapy is in most cases safe, but there are a few instances where one should be cautious. First, if you have been for a massage, you might experience some minor side effects such as soreness, fatigue and mild headaches. This is nothing to worry about unless the symptoms persist.
You could also feel a drop in your blood sugar level after a massage, which is why it is important for a therapist to take down your medical history. Some people are also allergic to the products being used during a massage and could suffer from a reaction. Many people should first ask their doctor or avoid a massage all together, because of some chronic health condition they may have. A therapist should be aware of all the possible side-effects and contraindications.
“Massage, you know you knead it.”
14 different kinds of massage
Let’s have a look and see what kind of massage you need:
This is basically the basis of all massage, the type of massage most people recognize. The technique mainly involves kneading and flowing strokes. You will have to remove some clothing, but you should be provided with a gown or towels. The therapist will then use an oil, such as Grapeseed to perform the massage. This type of massage is great if it’s your first time and can help to relieve minor pain and tension. People have different pain thresholds, if you find your therapist is applying a bit too much pressure, please let them know.
An aromatherapy massage is a gentle therapy, using mostly Swedish massage techniques. The treatment involves using various diluted essential oils, which can help to relieve problems such as:
Depression and anxiety
Relief of pain
A professional aromatherapist will usually take a case history and from this create an individual treatment plan. They will choose specific essential oils, which are suited to each person.
This massage can help pregnant mothers through their pregnancy. During a treatment, the mother will lie on her side, be seated or some therapists have a special pregnancy massage table. This massage is great, especially if you are experiencing anxiety or lower back pain. Always check with your doctor first before going for a massage and make sure the therapist is fully qualified to provide this service.
Deep Tissue Massage
As the name implies, this massage technique will get the deeper layers of muscle. You will, therefore, experience more intense massage strokes. This type of massage is great for those who suffer from more chronic muscle tension. This type of massage may not be as pleasant as others, so if you are sensitive, you may want to stick with the good old Swedish massage.
Hot Stone Massage
This massage is great for those who wish to relax and who have a bit of muscles tension. Hot Stone massage also helps to improve circulation. A therapist will mostly use Swedish Massage techniques but include the use of heated stones into the routine. The therapist will use the heated stones to massage with, as well as leave stones placed on certain areas. This is usually a popular treatment in the winter months but tends to be a bit more expensive than the usual Swedish Massage by itself.
This is the option for those of you who are involved with any type of sport. Sports Massage will help those who have muscle injuries caused by repetitive use. The treatment should aid in a faster recovery and reduce further risk of injury. A therapist may use deep pressure as well as focus more on the specific areas that need attention.
Shiatsu is a Japanese method of massage, which also helps to get rid of energy blockages in the body. Various techniques are used, but you can remain fully clothed for the session. Shiatsu works to relieve stress and tension as well as relieve muscle pain.
There are a number of areas on the body where reflex points are found, but the specialised form of foot reflexology is the most common form of treatment method. Therapist use thumb and finger pressure, which is applied to reflexes found on the feet. The reflexes in the foot represent your entire body, so by performing this treatment, you are effectively treating the whole body. Reflexology is done fully clothed, only your feet will be exposed. Reflexology works amazingly well for those who suffer from stress and anxiety.
Trigger Point Massage
This type of massage helps to relieve tension within the deeper layers of muscles tissue and is aimed at more specific problem areas. This type of massage is good for those who need relief from sciatica pain, chronic pain and injuries. Within the muscle, a therapist will find what is called a trigger point, which is causing the pain. The therapist will focus on the trigger point and so help to relieve the pain.
Thai massage uses various stretching manoeuvres or yoga postures as well as using acupressure. The aim is to improve flexibility, relieve pain, improve circulation and energy levels. The treatment is usually done in loose fitted clothing on a special mat on the floor.
Chair Massage is a great way to provide stress relief to employees. A special massage chair is used so that a therapist can easily massage the back. You are fully clothed and sit face forward in the chair, with your head relaxing in a headrest. Therapists can perform a full body massage but the main areas of focus are usually the head, neck, shoulders and lower back. Treatments are also usually shorter than normal from 10 to 30 minutes maximum. The chair is portable and the therapist can, therefore, travel with their equipment to you.
Indian Head Massage
This type of massage can be done seated or on a massage table. The therapist will use various massage techniques, which will help you to relax and improve circulation. Some therapist performs the treatment dry (with no oil), while others use specialised oils for the hair and scalp. This type of massage is great for reducing stress, anxiety and headaches.
Therapeutic massage therapists go through detailed training and use a variety of massage techniques from deep tissue massage to trigger point and neuromuscular and myofascial massage. Therapists must all be registered with the Allied Health Council of South Africa.
Signature Massage Treatments
Many spas and salons create their unique treatments, which involve using a variety of massage techniques, beauty treatments and products. Contact us to book your next massage!
Not many people are familiar with the term ‘Beauty Fridge’, ‘Make-up Fridge’ or ‘Cosmetic Fridge.’ Only those who have beauty accounts on Instagram may know what it is and what it’s for. Recently, this small refrigerator has taken the beauty world by storm. However, many still ask the question, what is a ‘Beauty Fridge’? And is it really necessary and effective?
The answer to this question, for most of us, will be no. But it is up for debate. Leading dermatologists have proven that it is not necessary for most skin products to be stored in a cold place. There are virtually no benefits, as the properties of the product will not change in any way. However, this product is indispensable to the beauty practitioner and therapist. The beauty fridge allows them to have all their products in one place. Products are close-by, so they don’t have to leave their clients and go searching for a product.
How did this product find its way onto the market place?
A group of women in Australia, who had 9 to 5 jobs, started to talk about keeping their skin care products cold. The main reason being, they were tired of searching in the kitchen fridge for their face creams, which were hidden behind the tub of butter or jar of mayonnaise. Also, it would be great to put on a cold facemask on a hot summer’s day. The best solution they came up with, was to have a mini fridge, which could be kept in the bathroom.
Many of the Beauty Fridges are equipped with a cold as well as a heat setting. The heat allows you to warm your towel or face mask, which is said to enhance the effects of the product. So, after a great deal of research, these women found a gap in the market, which allowed them to quit their jobs and follow their passion.
A regular bar fridge has a capacity of about 100L to 120L, while a Beauty Fridge is a lot smaller, providing about 10L of storage space. This is good because you don’t want anything huge taking up all the space in your bathroom. Unfortunately, these fridges are not available in South Africa just yet. So, you will have to buy one online at places like make-up fridges.com or Amazon.
What can you store in a Beauty fridge?
We have already learned that most skin products can survive in a cool, dark place and don’t really need a cold environment. On the other hand, many products today are using fewer preservatives and are more organic. This means they don’t last as long as other products, which is where a Beauty Fridge will come in handy.
Of course, the greatest benefit is the amazing feeling of a cold face mask. Also, it has been found that moisturises and creams, which have been cooled, help a great deal for irritated skin. Eye creams, when cooled, can help in reducing puffiness around the eye area. Serums, when cooled, can help for things like inflamed acne. In fact, any product that contains aloe, when cooled, has a calming and soothing effect.
‘A Happy Women is a Beautiful Women’
However, there are many other products that need to be refrigerated in order to prolong their shelf life. These include any products that contain vitamin C, Benzoyl peroxide and retinol. They need to be refrigerated, which allows the product to last for longer periods of time.
Of course, any live probiotic skin products, such as ‘Mother Dirt’, need to be refrigerated. Other natural beauty products or DIY beauty products, that do not contain preservatives also require refrigeration. Strangely enough, it is advisable to store your nail polish in the refrigerator, as it will keep the formula more stable and prevent it from separating.
Then there are products like the Jade Face Rollers, which can be stored in the fridge and helps with lymph drainage and boosts blood flow in the skin. Now let us look at some actual ‘Beauty Fridges’. The brand that is most popular is ‘Cooluli’ and comes in 4; 10 and 15-litre sizes. Prices range from around R750.00. Another brand is the ‘Chefman Mini Fridge’ and ranges in price from around R600.00.
The amount of plastic and other waste products that land up in our oceans and elsewhere, is staggering. You just have to think of one person drinking something from a plastic bottle, then throwing it away. Now, multiply that by millions, every day all over the world and you can easily imagine a mountain of plastic bottles, which goes where? It can take up to 450 years, even up to 1000 years for plastic to decompose.
“It’s only one straw said 8 billion people”
What we must take into consideration, is that we may be using products that are harmful to the environment in our beauty or daily hygiene routines. There are some companies out there that have taken the step to produce zero waste products, but they are in the minority. As individuals, we should make the decision, even if it’s a small one, to swap something in your life that could have a long term positive effect on the environment.
“Small changes add up to huge results”
Why not have a look at some of the best zero waste beauty swops you should be making to save the planet:
How many toothbrushes have you gone through in your lifetime? Did you consider what happens to it when you throw it away? Your old toothbrush can be used for cleaning other things, so I suppose it’s not single-use plastic. But eventually, you are going to have to throw it away or have boxes full of toothbrushes stored in the garage.
The alternative is to think about using a naturally made toothbrush. The most common one on the market today is the bamboo brush. The brush is really affordable and naturally decomposes if you decide to throw it away.
Then you get dental floss, the container is plastic and the floss is usually made of some type of synthetic compound. There is an alternative, eco-friendly dental floss, which is made from natural silk and in most cases are sold in biodegradable or at least recyclable packaging.
This is definitely a single-use plastic, you use the earbud and then throw it away. Most earbuds are made of cotton on the ends, but the body is made of plastic. This is a really simple, easy and affordable swop you can make. You can easily buy some biodegradable buds from your local pharmacy.
Reusable face wipes
The original face wipes are made of synthetic fibres and are therefore not really great for the environment. Recently there have been some biodegradable face wipes or cleansers coming onto the market.
There are also products available that you can re-use, these include:
A make-up removing cloth – a product known as the wonder towel.
There are plenty of natural and environmentally friendly face wash products on the market. You just have to be aware of what you are buying. Recently, there has been a huge problem caused by products containing microbeads. The beads are used in a variety of products as an exfoliant, but they are made of plastic.
This plastic, once it enters into the environment, it is impossible to get rid of it. The beads especially cause damage to marine life. The only way to help the situation is to stop using products that contain these beads. There are plenty of natural exfoliants you could use.
Not only does deodorant come in non-recyclable containers, but a lot of the products may also be harmful to your health. Many deodorants contain harsh chemicals, Aluminium and other substances that cause allergic reactions. There are natural deodorants available that come in recyclable or reusable containers.
Again, most shampoos come in plastic containers. Some of these are recyclable, so always check the product before buying. Just like the deodorants, many shampoos also have harmful ingredients, so going more natural is the better choice. Shampoo bars are also becoming more popular, they are natural and safe for the environment. The packaging of the bars is also usually biodegradable.
This is a difficult one, as the costs for these products can be high. Some people are also happy with what they are using and are not willing to change. But, if you are looking for an alternative, then the menstrual cup may be the perfect fit. You only have to buy one product and it lasts for a really long time. Sanitary Pads do contain cotton, but also other synthetic fibres and even harmful chemicals. So, if you can use a more eco-friendly and body friendly product, it’s a win-win situation.
There are quite a few options available to both women and men when it comes to hair removal. The most common way would be to use a shaver, of which there is a variety. From normal blade shavers to the more modern electric shavers.
Others prefer to wax in order to remove their hair, which lasts longer than using a blade. But there is another option, laser hair removal.
What is laser hair removal
Are you tired of shaving and waxing all the time, looking for something more permanent? Well, laser hair removal might be for you. This method can be used on the legs, arms, back, bikini area, the underarms as well as the face area.
The word permanent hair removal is also misleading in some advertisements, as the procedure doesn’t actually completely remove everything. It does reduce the hair by about 70% but does not permanently remove it altogether. Even though there is a percentage that grows back, this hair is a lot finer and can barely be seen. If you are looking for something more permanent, then you might consider Electrolysis instead.
The procedure works best on people with lighter skin and who have dark hair. Using the correct laser, those with darker skin can also benefit. Which is why you should speak to a professional before commencing. If done incorrectly, the treatment can cause some discolouration for those with darker skin. The actual treatment involves using an infra-red light that focuses on the hair follicle.
What to expect from a laser hair removal session
There are a few things you need to be aware of before you go for treatments. You should not pluck, wax or in any way remove the hair at least two weeks beforehand. Since the laser treatment aims to remove the hair by the root, waxing will leave nothing for the laser to focus on. You can, however, shave before you go in for laser hair treatment.
Your skin will be quite sensitive after the sessions, so it is advised to avoid things like sunbeds, staying in the sun for long periods, or products that might cause irritation or clog pores.
There can be mild discomfort and a feeling of warmth or heat. Some have described it as being like an elastic band being snapped onto the skin. This sensation is caused by the concentrated light, which is targeting the hair follicles.
If done correctly there should be few if any side-effects. The worst sensation you could feel is similar to minor sunburn and this should pass quickly.
How many laser hair removal treatments do you need?
This all depends on what your hair growth cycle is like and the size of the area you are treating. A significant reduction could take about six up to nine treatments, which must be spaced out over a few weeks in-between sessions. There are those who are lucky enough o get away with only four treatment sessions. Results, however, are noticeable after the very first session. Each session is also quite fast depending on the area being treated. So you can easily pop in and out during a workday.
Cost of laser hair removal
The cost of laser hair removal is a bit more than waxing or shaving but in the long run, it should be worth it. You will have no more worries when it comes to lifting up your arms in the gym or wearing that bikini to the beach. The price varies from place to place but on average can cost over R2000, depending on the area you want to take care of.
The new year is always the best time to make changes and to try something new. New Year and time for a ‘New You’.The best place to find the latest trends is, of course, online. Pinterest is one of the popular places to search on the web. What have other people been searching for the most?
Let’s have a look at some of the top hair and beauty trends for 2019
Fancy a new hair colour?
Looking to change your hair colour? The colour trend for this year seems to be lilac, as thousands of people have searched for this specific colour online. Try the more subtle ‘Vanilla Lilac’, which is a light pastel colour. What’s great about this colour, is that it can go with most skin tones.
Grey creeping into your hair? No worries, this colour also seems to be trending this year. So, take the opportunity to show off your grey locks, or if you want, try a selection of wonderful grey hair colours available.
Think bold and things that shimmer, think fun and glamour with glitter make-up.
The glitter look too much for you?
This year you can also go for the more natural gloss look, glossy eye-shadow as well as some great lipstick options. To get that gloss look on your eyes, simply use your favourite eye shadow and some eye gloss. You could even try some clear lip gloss instead.
There is also a product on the market, which will give you that high gloss shine for your eyes, the ‘eye gloss smudger’. Giving you that sought after ‘wet eye’ look.
Glossy Eye Look:
You can easily give your eyelashes a lift and help them to grow thicker, using natural products. Castor oil has been used by many and is said to help you grow longer and thicker eyelashes over time. Other products that are popular include aloe vera and grapeseed oil.
When visiting the nail salon, on most occasions, women tend to go for the square or rounded look for their nails. There seems to be a new shape trending for 2019, next time you have your nails done, why not try out the almond-shaped.
Another manicure trend emerging is the powder dipped nails. Simply dip your nails into a special coloured powder, which is said to last a bit longer than a gel nail and is a healthier option to Acrylic nails. This can be done at a salon, but there is also an at-home kit you could try out, available on Amazon. Read a bit more about Dip Powder at Popsicle.
Exfoliators – Liquid
What makes the liquid exfoliator more popular? Well, it seems, this product helps to gently remove dead skin cells leaving the skin brighter and smoother. Other scrubs and exfoliators can be harsh on the skin and some, like products with microbeads, are harmful to the environment.
Have a look at some recommended Liquid Exfoliators at skincare.com.
Struggling to find that unique gifting idea for someone? Many people today are just too busy to go out to the shops and search for that perfect gift. So, they land up giving the same old thing, chocolates, wine, bath products etc. There’s nothing wrong with these types of gifts, but for those who are closer to you, maybe something more original would be more exciting. Gifting an Experience is becoming more popular as a way to fulfil people’s desired interests.
Can you remember what you got three years ago for your birthday? Even if you can remember what it was, do you still have it? Then think about the first time you went on holiday with a loved one, to the beach, overseas, or elsewhere. Can you recall all those memories? The time you went to your very first music concert with your friends? You forget about material things, but experiences and memories are lasting.
“We don’t remember days, we remember moments” Cesare Pavese
You even get those not so good experiences, where you fell into a mud puddle or got lost in the city you were visiting, these become stories you tell over and over again for a laugh. These experiences are almost always done with somebody and by gifting an experience, this can only bring you closer to your loved one. The gift is not just a once off thing, an experience is shareable and the memories can last a lifetime. Social experiences can also influence how happy we feel. After going on a picnic, or to the beach with a friend or family member, how did it make you feel? This is what sets a material gift apart from a gifted experience, the emotion that comes out when sharing the experience.
There have been studies, which actually show that material gifts lose their appeal faster. On the other hand, experiences tend to build excitement, which lasts, even when the actual experience is over. An experience is also something that can’t be compared too much, you know when you get that new iPhone. You might start comparing it to the new one your friend just got, which has more features.
Giving an experience as a gift is a lot more personal and there has to be some thought put into it. You can’t go and purchase a skydiving voucher when the person is afraid of heights. You have to learn more about the person you want to buy the gift for. What do they like and dislike, in order to come up with a unique and thoughtful gift experience? To make it easy for you, today most of the vouchers for experiences can be purchased online.
Reasons why you should try gifting an experience
The best reason is the anticipation. For any other gift, you unwrap it and then the excitement fades, but your anticipation builds for however long until the day of the event.
Getting new things is great, but in a lot of cases, these things just land up on the shelf collecting dust. Not so with gifting an experience, you will only land up with awesome memories.
Finding happiness, buying stuff can feel good but in the long run, does it actually make you happy? A fun experience can fulfil that need.
An experience is usually done with somebody else, so not only is it exciting for you but also for those who share the experience with you. You get to build relationships while you’re at it.
Those who receive an experience as a gift will always remember the giver.
Look no further
There are many categories when it comes to these types of gifting ideas. One of the major categories include experiences at a beauty or hair salon. You won’t go wrong with a beauty voucher that includes a wash, cut and hair treatment followed by a massage, manicure or pedicure.
The ladies usually have a favourite hair and beauty salon they prefer, so try a voucher here first before anywhere else. Have a look at what we have to offer. Hair Menu.Beauty Menu.
The sun, which we cannot do without, is a source of light and necessary for life on our planet. Over the years there has been an ever-increasing awareness of how the sun can affect our health. There are a number of benefits, but there is also a negative side, where the sun can cause damage and accelerate ageing. Luckily there are things you can do to help prevent sun damage to your skin.
First, let’s have a look at a few of the actual benefits the sun can give us:
The most common benefit known is that sunlight helps to boost vitamin D levels in the body. Most times a deficiency in vitamin D can be directly linked to a lack of sun exposure. This is why it is recommended for those who live in cloudy and cold regions, to take a supplement instead.
Getting enough sunlight and therefore vitamin D can be linked to reduced blood pressure and a lower instance of heart disease.
The sunlight is important in regulating the sleep-wake cycle of the body, also known as the Circadian Rhythm.
Spending time in the sun can also help with issues like depression
As you can see, we need the sun to stay healthy, but over the years due to the deterioration of the ozone layer, it has become a bit more dangerous to expose our skin to the sun. So, how can we prevent sun damage to our skin?
90% of skin damage is caused by sun exposure
Prevention of sun damage
Staying out of the sun is the best way to protect yourself, but this is just not going to happen. The best way to stay out of the sun would be to try and avoid going outside on those hot summer days during the hottest part of the day. This would mean staying out of the sun during midday because this is when the UV rays are at their strongest.
One of the first things that occur when in the sun too long, is the not too pleasant sunburn. This means that the skin cells are actually damaged, and over time can become dry, flaky and make your skin look older than it actually is. The worst-case scenario for skin damage would be skin cancer. This has become a very common kind of cancer and can be prevented by looking after your skin properly.
Types of skin cancer:
The skin is noticeably different from the rest of your body, if you notice something odd about a certain spot on your skin, have it checked out. You will get spots, moles and blemishes on your skin, these are damaged areas of skin and are usually harmless. The best thing to do, to keep it this way, is to regularly keep checking your skin. There is a rule that you can follow, which can help you decide if you should have that spot checked out or not.
The rule is simple, just follow A, B, C, D
A: Look for spots that are asymmetrical, this means that it is not perfectly round in shape.
B: Take this further and see if the borders are uneven
C: Unusual colouring and uneven colour is a good indication for you to have it checked out.
D: Take note if the spot is bigger than 7mm
There are different types of skin cancer, these include:
Basal Cell Carcinoma, the most common form of cancer
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Dr Rodney Aziz Types of skin cancer
What can you do to prevent sun damage
Always make sure to put on some sunscreen before going outside every day. Have a look at the daily moisturisers, which can also contain sunscreen. There are many brands and types of sunscreens out there, from lotions to sprays and roll-ons. The sunscreen should contain at least an SPF of 30. There are those that are higher and therefore offer even better protection.
If you are going to the beach or are going to be outside for long periods, try to avoid the hottest times. This would be from 10 am to 3 pm.
You could also wear protective clothing and hats when going outside.
Your eyes can also be damaged, so remember to wear sunglasses
There are many things that are important for your body and your skin, but we are only going to look at one of them, Vitamin C. There are various ways you can add vitamin C to your daily routine, from taking a supplement to applying it directly to your skin. First, let’s have a look at the general benefits Vitamin C has for your body. This vitamin itself cannot actually be produced by the body and is known as an essential vitamin, which needs to be added to your diet.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Every day your body is under stress from free radicals, which can come being exposed to things like air pollution, eating fried foods, and smoke amongst other things. These free radicals can cause damage to other cells in your body. This is where Vitamin C steps up, it is an anti-oxidant, which interacts with the free radicals before they can do any damage.
There is some evidence that shows vitamin C aids in the reduction of high blood pressure.
May also help to reduce the risk of heart disease
Helps to improve immunity by improving the function of white blood cells
Many people rely on supplements to get there daily intake of vitamin C, but I think it is best to get your daily intake through the food that you eat. Here are a few foods that are high in vitamin C.
Oranges and Lemons
Brussel Sprouts and broccoli
Sweet yellow peppers and tomatoes
So, we have looked at what vitamin c can do for your body, but what can it do for your skin? There are many products out there that offer vitamin c as a topical application in their creams and lotions.
Some of the major benefits and why vitamin c is important for your skin:
Again, because it is an anti-oxidant, it can help to prevent any damage done by the harmful UV rays of the sun. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to use sun protection, always use products with daily SPF protection.
The vitamin can help to increase collagen, which in turn can help your skin look firmer and younger.
Another positive benefit is to help reduce wrinkles, which is why many of the anti-ageing products contain vitamin c.
It helps to even out your skin tone and fades dark spots
Since it helps to repair the damage done by overexposure, it may also have some benefits when applied to scar tissue.
Vitamin C, how can you add it to your beauty regime
This amazing vitamin can be found in a variety of creams as well as serums. A serum is thinner and contains a higher concentration of ingredients to penetrate deep into the different layers of the skin. Each of these products contains a variety of ingredients and when selecting one, it should be a product that is for your skin type. If you do have very sensitive skin, it is always recommended that you perform a patch test first with any new product, just to ensure you won’t have any unpleasant reactions.
There are many products out there, each claiming to be the best. Always check the labels and ingredients or ask advice from a trusted professional. When applying your products, you may want to apply them in the morning, so that it can help throughout the day, provide protection against the harsh environments you may come in contact with.
How to get the most out of your vitamin c products
It will take time to see results, so don’t be disheartened if nothing appears to be different overnight. Keep up your routine and you will see results in a few weeks up to a few months. Be patient.
Always follow the application instructions and use the product regularly as advised.
Be aware that if you use other products, for instance, products that contain retinol may interact with other ingredients. Speak to your skincare therapist for best results.
To ensure your product retains its high potency levels, always store correctly. A product that is not looked after, will lose it effective qualities much faster. The best way to store your products is in a cool, dry and dark space. You will be able to smell if your product has gone rancid, avoid further use. You will also know a good product, as it will come in a dark or brown bottle, it should never come in a see-through or clear packaging.
This is one of those times that making your own vitamin c product may not be a good idea. There are some finer points that need to be taken into consideration in order to produce an effective product.