July 2, 2019 – Sunburn Care Tips
It happens to the best of us; when we’re out in the sunshine it’s easy to forget to reapply sunscreen after swimming, or we may just misjudge the strength of the sun and get caught out. Sunburn can be extremely painful and it’s all too easy to end up with red and sore skin if you get too much sun and without using enough sun protection. Although it’s common and seems temporary, a sun burn actually causes serious and long-lasting damage to your skin. Sunburn also increases your risk of developing skin cancer as well as ageing your skin with wrinkles, lines and uneven skin tone. The best way to deal with sun burn is not to get it in the first place – always remember to slap on your high SPF sun screen, stay out of the sun as much as possible and reapply sun screen regularly. When sunburn hits, treat it as soon as you notice it developing and get out of the sun as soon as possible. Find some shade, or preferably get indoors. Then you can start to treat the burns.
Keep It Cool. It sounds obvious, but a cool shower or bath will help to cool down your skin and take the sting out of the sunburn. Once you’ve bathed or showered, pat yourself dry gently, leaving a little water on your skin, and apply after-sun with built in moisturizer liberally to help keep the water in your skin and prevent it from drying out.
Treat the Soreness. If you feel very sore in any particular area, an over the counter hydrocortisone cream can help soothe the burn. Avoid products like benzocaine or anything that ends in ‘caine’, even if it starts to itch, as these will irritate the damaged skin and could even cause an allergic reaction. You can also take mild painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling and deal with the discomfort.
Stay Hydrated. When you’ve been burned, your body reacts by drawing extra fluids towards the surface of your skin to deal with the damage, taking them away from the rest of your body. This could lead to dehydration if you’re not careful. Avoid making yourself feel even worse and load up on water and cooling fluids to take the heat off.
Leave the Blisters Alone. There’s a reason that your skin produces blisters after a sun burn – they protect your skin from what’s actually a second-degree burn! If your skin starts to blister, don’t be tempted to burst them, just leave them to heal naturally. Blisters are there to help your skin heal and protect you from infection, so popping them just increases your risk of getting the burns infected. Just keep them covered if they are too tempting and pretend they aren’t there…
Stay Protected. You’ll need to be extra careful to protect your skin while it heals, as the damage has been done and you really don’t want to make it worse. Wear clothes that cover up your skin as much as possible when you’re outdoors, especially the areas that have been burned. Look for tightly-woven fabrics that you can’t see light through if held up to a bright light. Wear a hat and sun glasses too. Slather on extra high SPF sun screen after a burn, be very vigilant about reapplying it and if possible, stay in the shade.
June 3, 2019 – Skincare Tips for Men
If you’re female there’s no end of advice available for you on how best to look after your skin. For men, while it’s no longer seen as strange that you want to look and feel your best, it can be difficult to find reliable advice. So, what are the basics of looking after your skin at home?
Keeping It Clean. The basis of good looking skin is cleanliness so using the right skincare products on your face is essential. There are plenty of liquid cleansers available in drugstores although traditionally men seem to prefer using bar soaps to liquids. Bar soap is better for normal or oily skin, but if you’re prone to dryness you may be better using a liquid cleanser. Don’t be shy, come and see your esthetician for advice if you don’t know what suits your skin type. In general, if you notice that your skin feels tight after washing it, it’s probably dry and you would benefit from a liquid cleanser. If you have very oily skin, look for products which contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzyl peroxide which will help to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and get to work deeper down into your pores. They also have antibacterial agents to fight infection.
Moisturizing Is Essential for Men Too. Despite many skincare products saying that they contain moisturizer, the best way to keep your skin supple and in great condition is to always use a separate moisturizing product. 1. If you have dry skin, choose a cream. 2. A lighter lotion works best for normal skin and won’t clog pores. 3. Oily skin responds well to a skin toner or gel formulation. As with cleansers, products containing glycolic acid or salicylic acid are good for acne-prone skin. If you are noticing the signs of aging, you could ask your salon about products with retinol which can help to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Avoid them even cropping up by always using a sunscreen – either a separate product or a moisturizer containing sunscreen.
Shaving and Your Skin. Regular shaving can irritate the skin on your face and neck, so if you’re feeling the burn you could opt for a shaving cream or lotion that contains aloe to soothe any irritation. Use a little more water with your products as you are lathering and leave it on a bit longer to soften hairs. You could also give shaving oil a try. It helps to moisturise skin and soften hairs before you shave and so reduces the impact on your skin. If your problem is recurring razor bumps, a shaving product which contains glycolic acid or salicylic acid may help. Always choose a hypoallergenic, unfragranced product to avoid irritating your skin even more. Other tips include shave in the direction that hairs grow, or using a razor with a built-in moisturizing strip, followed by an aftershave lotion and moisturizer. For more advice on looking after your skin, and products to suit you, why not come in and see us?
April 17, 2019 – Top Nine Skincare Tips
What would your esthetician tell you if you asked for her top tips on skincare? We’ve compiled a few of our most important top tips for you, so take your pick (or try them all).
1. Get your veggies! If you can, invest in a good quality juicer and drink your fill of green veggie juice every day. Swap your afternoon coffee or morning latte for a green juice and watch it transform your skin completely. Green juices help to stimulate lymphatic drainage and oxygenate your skin. Add some avocado if you really want to power up your juice – it gives your skin nutrition from inside and has great hydrating properties.
2. Always, always take off your make up before you go to bed. Sleeping in your make up is not only bad for your pillow cases, it’s terrible for your skin as the chemicals in modern make up stay in your pores overnight if you don’t remove them properly. Blocked pores lead to breakouts and for the sake of a few minutes before bed, it’s just not worth it.
3. Don’t worry about putting a face on for the gym – always work out makeup free. Mixing sweat with your cosmetics creates a lovely sheen of bacteria and chemicals that won’t do the condition of your skin any good, so avoid any makeup at all, yes, even tinted moisturizer!
4. Take a probiotic. Your skin always looks best when your digestive system is working as it should do, so along with a good quality probiotic try to include papaya and pineapple for their digestive enzymes and avoid inflammatory foods like dairy and gluten.
5. Sleep. Go for 8, 9 or even 10 hours whenever you can, because sleep is when your body repairs itself, and it can’t do it in too little snooze time. Missing out on quality sleep will show itself up in your skin, especially around your eyes.
6. Use a toner – yes, really. Just make sure it’s a gentle one. People who don’t tone after they’ve cleansed are prone to larger pores and more congested skin.
7. Make a serum part of your beauty routine. A serum containing antioxidants is the best option for most people. It’s the finishing touch that can really make all the difference to the condition of your skin.
8. Exfoliate regularly. Look for a product that contains glycolic or lactic, and use it 2-4 times per week, depending on how sensitive your skin is. Removing dull, dead skin regularly will give it the extra brightness that just cleansing won’t.
9. Use sun protection every single day. No excuses. Make sure that your moisturizer contains an SPF, and you’ll prevent skin cancer, sun damage and the signs of aging we all try to cover up.
February 10, 2019 – Eat Right for Healthy Skin
Have you ever noticed how that when we have an illness, or imbalance in the health of our body, we look for ways to heal it using diet, supplements and ultimately medication – but when we have issues with the largest organ of our body – our skin – the temptation is to try and fix it using creams, oils and lotion that we just apply topically? It’s easy to forget that our skin needs to be fed properly in order to function, and needs good quality nutrition if it’s to look and feel its best. Food is so important for skin health as well as the health of the rest of our body. How could we improve the way our skin feels by making a few changes to our diet?
The Good Skin Food Checklist Instead of using food as a way to satisfy a craving or enjoy a tasty treat, we could try using food as a medicine – our own natural skincare regime. Foods that will help you to stay healthy, vibrant and have radiant, glowing skin include: – Mixed greens including kale – these contain a selection of powerful antioxidants that can slow down the visible effects of ageing and reduce inflammation. – Blueberries and cranberries – these and many other dark berries are packed full of polyphenols, compounds which can have a beneficial effect on the condition of your skin. – Almonds and Brazil nuts – these contain lots of vitamin E, another antioxidant which helps your skin to resist UV damage. Vitamin E is also excellent for helping your skin to stay moisturized. – Spring onions and green Onions – great if you have dark circles under your eyes or have lost elasticity in your skin, as they contain Vitamin K. – Grilled Salmon – moisturize your skin from within with healthy omega -3 fatty acids which help to nourish your skin. Make sure that you add lots of vegetables to your meals, plus delicious fruits as well, for extra vitamins, and use extra virgin olive oil on your salads. Showed that women who consumed higher amounts of olive oil (more than 2 teaspoons) had 31 per cent fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than a teaspoon, so if that’s not a good reason to drizzle it on your veggies, nothing is! Wash your meals down with delicious green tea; a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2011 revealed that people who drank green tea daily for 12 weeks had smoother, more elastic skin than a control group. Green tea contains catechins like EGCG which boost blood flow and oxygen to your skin, keeping it healthy. Topical products and facials are fantastic ways to keep your skin looking its best, but if you are really serious about treating your largest organ with love and care, invest in some of the ingredients above and incorporate them into your diet regularly. We’d love to know your favorite skin-boosting recipes!
Nov. 28, 2018 – Top Tips for a Peaceful Slumber
They call it beauty sleep for a reason; without enough sleep you just don’t look or feel yourself. If your morning face is starting to look a bit tired and emotional, try these tips for a better night’s sleep.
Set A Regular Bedtime. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. That includes weekends, days off, holidays and duvet days. Getting up and going to bed at a consistent time lulls your body into a regular sleep cycle which promotes better quality sleep. If you struggle to doze off, after 15 minutes, get up and do something…but nothing too stimulating.
Eat Right for Good Sleep. Don’t go to bed feeling stuffed after a big meal, or so hungry that your tummy is rumbling. Avoid drinking too much before bed as you might find yourself waking up needing to go to the bathroom! Avoid Stimulants. Some people can get away with nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bed, but many of us are sensitive to these stimulants.
Nicotine and caffeine can take hours to get out of your system – and alcohol might make you drowsy at first but you’ll pay the price with a broken night’s sleep.
Design Your Own Bedtime Ritual. Do the same things each night and your body will get used to the idea that it’s time to slow down ready for bed. Do whatever works for you; it could be a warm bath or shower, a good book, or listening to music. Try to avoid phones, TV or tablets before bed as screen time close to bedtime has been shown to interfere with sleep. Sweet dreams!