Anti-ageing

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April 26, 2016

Why You Should Invest In Anti-Ageing From A Young Age

Once upon a time in a land far away, a fountain of youth flowed a plenty and all the women in the land had young youthful skin that never grew old…

Or so we’ve heard. Unfortunately, reality contains a lot more wrinkles! However, you’re not doomed to turn into a wrinkled old witch just yet – if you get in ahead of time you can help fight the visible signs of ageing and keep your skin looking smooth as a babies bottom for longer.

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Here, we look at why you should invest in anti-ageing from a young age.

Anti-ageing products speed cell turnover and build your skins elasticity, which reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Anti-ageing, however, is best used before you age and is something you should invest in from as early as your 20s and definitely into your 30s.

Our lifestyle and skincare habits when we’re young greatly affect our appearance as we age, which is why you should look after yourself even when it seems unnecessary. Fighting the signs of ageing starts with a healthy lifestyle, ditching the cigarettes – or not smoking at all – and wearing sunscreen at all times is the first step towards maintaining your youthful glow long after your physical youth has passed you by.

A good diet, exercise and healthy habits alone isn’t enough, combined with the right products, however, you can ensure you look as young on the outside as you do on the inside. Anti-ageing products work by regenerating your skin from the inside out, but what most people don’t know, is that your skin starts ageing a lot sooner than you may think. So investing in some handy products in your 20s and 30s will put you in a much better position when you start hitting your 40s and 50s.

To keep yourself younger for longer, try out some of our favourite products:

Clinique All About Lips, $22.50

Murad Essential-C Daily Renewal Complex, $95

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $74

Image via Healthylifestylezone.com

September 18, 2015

Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin

You are what you eat, right? Well, so is our skin, so forget buying expensive lotions and potions. A healthy complexion is easy to achieve just by improving our internal health and eating a balanced diet.

But which foods are best for glowing skin? Nature’s Own Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist, Kate Save shares her expert insights into the three essential nutrient groups – and which foods to eat – that will leave you with clean, youthful-looking skin. Just think of this as your clear skin diet.

1.       Support skin synthesis and strengthening with key minerals

Zinc is an essential mineral that assists in developing cell membranes and repairing damaged tissues. It’s also shown to help resolve acne by controlling the production of the skin’s oil. Six per cent of the body’s zinc is in the skin, so eating zinc-rich foods can help maintain and enhance healthy skin.

What to eat: Red meat, scallops, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, or oysters.

Silica and Selenium are trace minerals necessary for achieving and maintaining good skin health. Silica strengthens the connective tissues such as hair, nails and cartilage, and can be found in foods such as strawberries, cucumber and asparagus. Selenium is responsible for preventing cell damage and sustaining skin elasticity.

What to eat: Salmon, eggs, wholegrain breads and cereals, or garlic.

2.       Combat pre-mature ageing and boost skin renewal with Vitamins A, C & E

Vitamin C is your anti-ageing weapon! It acts as an antioxidant to prevent damage to the skin’s collagen or elastin caused by overexposure to sun or pollution. Don’t forget, Vitamin C is sensitive to heat so best to eat raw or only lightly cooked for maximum goodness. 

What to eat: Citrus fruits, red and green capsicum, turnips, kale, parsley, broccoli, other dark leafy greens and strawberries.

Vitamin E works in conjunction with Vitamin C to reduce the effects of sun exposure and may reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It also has unique anti-inflammatory properties to help maintain a youthful appearance.

What to eat: Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, peaches, prunes, tomatoes, cabbage, asparagus and avocados.

Vitamin A is the secret to skin cell turnover and renewal making it ideal for those who suffer acne or other skin ailments.

What to eat: Egg yolks, butter, chili, carrots, apricots, melon and sweet potato.

3.       Achieve a natural glow and protect your skin with essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are a vital component of a balanced diet, as they cannot be produced by the body. EFAs protect against external toxins by creating a barrier in the top outer layer of the skin. They also maintain moisture content and skin flexibility and have anti-inflammatory properties – all of which are important for bright skin appearance.

What to eat: Found in salmon, tuna, walnuts, flaxseeds and canola oil (all rich in Omega 3) and sunflower and safflower oils (rich in Omega 6).

What foods do you eat for healthy skin?

September 4, 2015

The Fountain Of Youth: 9 Anti-Ageing Herbs And Spices

While superfoods are having their moment in the spotlight, we seem to have forgotten about the benefits of traditional herbs and spices. Used for centuries in medicinal remedies, not only do they help to fight disease and inflammation, surprisingly they’re also one of the best ways to ward off fine lines and wrinkles.

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We chatted to nutritionist and herbalist Stephanie Berglin to find out what herbs and spices are best for anti-ageing and how to incorporate them into your diet every day.

Ginger

Inflammation is said to be one of the main reasons our bodies experience increased rates of ageing. Ginger, with its strong anti-inflammatory properties, helps to combat this while also stimulating digestion and calming the intestines, says Stephanie.

“Grated ginger is great to add to soups and stir fries. You can also put a small chunk in a vegetable juice, or try ginger teas during the colder months to help support the immune system and assist in protecting against potential colds and flu,” she insists.

Bilberry

This smaller version of a blue berry is rich in antioxidants and is believed to prevent the early signs of ageing. What’s more, bilberries are also said to promote better eyesight including night vision.

“Bilberries can be had in tea, as an extract, or dried for a small snack,” recommends the herbalist.

Cayenne

This particular spice is believed to speed up your metabolism by increasing your body’s temperature, therefore experts say cayenne can be good for weight-loss because it can help to reduce your appetite.

“Try cayenne as an alternative to chilli when you’re cooking next,” Stephanie insists. “Add the spice to your green juice to give it an extra boost, or combine it with lemon juice to toss with salad.”

Ginseng

Often referred to by the Chinese as the “Fountain of Youth,’ this ancient spice has been used for thousands of years to treat internal ailments. Thought to improve digestion and appetite, Ginseng is considered a restorative spice that can assist with stress. Enjoy “stewed in water to make soups and teas.”

Turmeric

Turmeric has made quite the comeback in recent years with supermodel and health nut Miranda Kerr admitting to adding it into her morning smoothie. Said to contain loads of anti-inflammatory properties, including curcumin which is good for your joints, it’s possibly one of the more versatile spices to include in your diet.

“A sprinkle of turmeric can help bring to life the most basic of veggie stir fries and can also be used in a morning elixir to help kick start your day with an antioxidant boost,” Stephanie recommends.

Cumin

This miracle spice is believed to have strong anti-ageing benefits, detoxing properties and has the ability to aid digestion and heal the gut. It’s also known to stabilise blood sugar levels! So how do you get your fix?

“Ground cumin is popularly combined with other spices for a tasty taco seasoning with a rich, earthy flavour,” says Stephanie. “Cumin seeds can also be used to create crispy toppings on baked dishes like atop salmon or chicken.”

Rosemary

This particular herb is high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6, and according to some researchers can help to prevent brain ageing. What’s more, rosemary is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Pair with “lamb or aged beef before roasting,” says the nutritionist. “Alternatively, try combining crushed rosemary with olive oil to spread over toast with brunch.”

Cinnamon

A superfood in its own right, cinnamon has been shown to assist with balancing blood sugar in the body, reducing cholesterol and can help women with insulin resistance. With a delicious flavour, Stephanie says “a small amount can be sprinkled over muesli, yoghurt and desserts.

“Alternatively, ask the barista to swap chocolate for cinnamon when you order a cappuccino next.”

Oregano

Perfect for the cooler months, oregano is considered an immune boosting herb that boasts antibiotic properties. Some research also suggests that it can be used to help fight yeast infections.

Combine “chopped oregano with lemon juice, olive oil and red-wine vinegar to make a delicious vinaigrette and drizzle over salad.”

August 16, 2015

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Beauty editors and skincare specialists have been raving for years about hyaluronic acid, one of the best ways to boost moisture and keep skin looking radiant for years to come. But what exactly is hyaluronic acid and does it have hidden benefits for all skin types?

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What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is naturally found in the skin as polysaccharide, but starts to decrease in the late 30s and early 40s. It’s not as harsh as you might think (we’re looking at you, glycol acid) and it has a lubricating agent for  our sensitive skin and eye area. Once our natural supply of hyaluronic acid starts to decrease, it’s time to use synthetic copies which help to cure the skin from the outside.

Is hyaluronic acid better than moisturiser?

It definitely has a few added benefits over the humble moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid contains molecules which can retain in excess of 1000 times their weight. This means that they are better absorbed into the skin and that a little goes a long way. Your products will actually last longer because they are much more concentrated than a standard daily moisturiser.

How can I use hyaluronic acid?

You can tailor hyaluronic acid to fit into your skincare routine in various ways.

Primer: Use it as a primer to set your makeup in place all day long. Apply a small, pea-sized amount directly over you skin and massage until it sets. This should take seconds since it easily absorbs into the skin.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

By Terry Hyaluronic Eye Primer, $62

Moisturiser: Enjoy a hyaluronic acid moisturiser for both morning and night when your skin requires a little pick-me-up during the week. Apply over your troublesome areas such as the t-zone and don’t forget the neck.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Hyaluronic Moisture Cushion, $76

Sheet mask: Treat your skin to a nourishing hyaluronic treatment with the help of a sheet mask. This is the best way to let the hyaluronic acid absorb into the skin for 10-15 mins before going to bed. It’ll leave your skin feeling silky smooth the next morning, minus those dry patches.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Indeed Laboratories Moisture Boosting Mask, $29.99

Serum: Finally apply it directly as a serum to soothe troublesome skin during the cold, winter months.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, $52

Anti-ageing: Use a nightly, eye cream to combat dark circles and leave your skin feeling soft and nourished for longer. Use in conjunction with your daily moisturiser for best results.

Skincare: The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Eye Cream, $23

Have you used hyaluronic acid before? Let us know of your experiences in the comments below.

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July 29, 2015

What’s Your Decollet-Age: Top Signs of Ageing

Did you know that some of the first signs of ageing aren’t technically on your face? The decolletage is often over-looked and can carry the strain of endless exposure to the sun (sans SPF) and simply not receiving enough hydration from your moisturiser.

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According to an independent survey conducted by Australian anti-ageing skincare brand, Wrinkles Schminkles, 70 per cent of women over 35 had signs of ageing on their chests and 84 per cent failed to apply sunscreen to their chests before heading out into the sun.

“Almost half of Australian women wear sunscreen on their faces regularly, but the delicate and often exposed décolletage area is still not registering for most,” said Gabrielle Requena, founder of Wrinkles Schminkles, a company specialising in a range of wrinkle relieving medical grade silicone pads for the chest, décolletage, neck and face.

“It’s interesting that despite the regret so many women felt about not taking care of their décolletages in their 20s, very few are making any additional effort today.

“Our survey also told us that chest wrinkles and lines are not a problem exclusive to women in their 50s and 60s, with 59 per cent of respondents between 35 and 39 already noticing signs of ageing on their chest and décolletage,” she said.

Requena cautions that prevention is always better than cure, but for the 38 per cent of women over 35 already feeling self-conscious about their décolletage lines and wrinkles, her range of Wrinkles Schminkles stick-on silicone pads provide a non invasive solution that reduces a woman’s “decollet-age,” literally overnight.

“I created the range after beginning to notice fine lines and wrinkles on my own chest,” said Requena. “While there are countless lotions and potions for the face, I found there was a distinct lack of simple, practical treatments available for the chest and décolletage that actually worked.”

Protect your skin by regularly applying SPF before entering the sun, moisturising both morning and night with a hydrating formula and always using an upwards motion to prevent signs of premature ageing.

What's Your Decollet-Age - Top Signs of Ageing

Wrinkles Schminkles Silicone Pads, $39.95

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June 30, 2015

The Best Anti-Aging Exercises

We’re all looking for the secret to eternal youth, but most of us don’t realise how effective exercise is to take the years off. Read on for some easy fitness tips and exercises that will keep your face and body looking – and feeling – young.

The basics

To keep you feeling good on the inside, lose those extra kilos and do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day to ensure your organs are healthy. Good cardio workouts include stair climbing, walking up hills, bike riding and swimming. When you feel fit and ready, increase the amount of time you exercise and the intensity.

Complete this picture with resistance exercise to ensure you look as good on the outside as you feel. Resistance-based exercise keeps muscles strong and toned, because the last thing any woman wants is sagging body parts.

And most importantly, drink lots of water, at least eight glasses a day.

Facial exercises

Some women swear by facial exercises to prevent wrinkles, crows feet and other signs of ageing, as well as enhance glowing skin. Exercising the facial muscles allows the skin to get the oxygen it needs to keep it healthy and deliver other nutrients to the skin cells. Try laughing, frowning, smiling, raising your eyebrows, moving your jaw up, down and sideways.

It is easy to overlook caring for your neck, even though it is an area prone to wrinkling. While a woman’s face can look young, her real age can be obvious when looking at her neck. Neck exercises, such as chin tucks and stretches, can minimise neck wrinkling and help women look younger.

Legs and butt to die for

Part of looking and feeling young is having great legs and a firm bum! All women can have wonderful legs and bottom using the following exercises:

• Step-ups, using stairs, a park bench or an exercise stepper, tone everywhere and offer a great cardio workout because they work all leg and gluteal (bottom) muscles at the same time

• Lunges work the same muscles. Perform walking or stationary lunges and swap legs to ensure both get a good work out

• Add ankle weights to your legs to tone them faster and perform and use for thigh exercises (lying on your side and raising one leg up)

• Squats push the full weight of your body through your legs and buttocks.

Michelle Obama arms

Triceps (in the upper arm) are often forgotten because women can be preoccupied with toning their tummies and bottoms, so here are some exercises to tone those arms:

• Tricep dips, tricep kick backs, overhead tricep extensions and shoulder presses are effective isolation exercises

• Wide-grip push ups work pectoral muscles (hidden under the breasts) and triceps if you move your hands closer together.

What are your favourite exercises to keep the years off?

April 8, 2015

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Recently, one of my friends asked if I noticed any difference after using an eye cream in my skincare routine: “Does it smooth out dry patches? Has it made your makeup glide on better, easier?”

Truth is, we won’t actually know if any of these products are actually working, all we can do is wait and see. Sticking to a solid skincare routine of cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising and applying a serum is the best way to fight premature ageing, but what are some of the best products to use in your early 20s?

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Cleanse

The purpose of cleansing is to gently remove any makeup and other impurities from the surface of the skin. There is even a variety of cleansers (foam, liquid, powder, gel) which all work well to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant.

If you’re searching for a daily cleanser, look for something with mostly natural ingredients and with no strong fragrance. This is a deal-breaker for most women, especially those who are already suffering from sensitive skin.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Nuxe Lait Demaquillant Confort, $24.99

Exfoliate

Think about the layers of dry skin and makeup that your face has to deal with on a daily basis – the idea is somewhat scary, right? Regular exfoliating helps to renew the skin cells and will actually help to fight against the build-up of acne spots and clogged pores.

This can get a little tricky for women suffering from dry or combination skin, since it can strip your face of all its natural sebum. Rather than using a scrub which can potentially damage your skins surface, use a warm flannel and hot water to carefully wipe away any impurities. Always follow any type of exfoliating regime with a solid moisturiser.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Jurlique Daily Exfoliating Cream, $60

Moisturise

Regardless of our skin type, it’s important that we all moisturise on a daily basis – even those who suffer from oily skin! If you’re heading out into the sun, make sure your moisturiser has an SPF of at least 20. Anything lower won’t give your skin the protection it needs and can lead to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

A pea-sized amount is enough to hydrate your entire face, but don’t forget to pay attention to your neck. With an open palm, swipe the products upwards into your jaw line. It will help against lines in the future.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15, $50

Serums

One of the most important (but neglected) parts of a solid skincare routine are serums. Serums are often misunderstood because, well, who wants to apply a think oil onto their face every morning and evening? The truth is, serums are actually more concentrated than moisturisers and when used properly, can dramatically change the appearance of dull, patchy skin.

If you are interested in using a serum for the first time, choose one which has rosehip oil. Not only will it leave your skin with a sweet fragrance, but it’s suitable for all skin types – even those suffering from extremely oily patches! Just two drops is all your need for your entire face and the correct way to apply it is to pat it gently over the forehead, cheeks, and neck.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Tarte Maracuja Oil, $47

Eye creams

When is the correct time to start using an eye cream? Answer: whenever you want. Eye creams are usually more concentrated than your average moisturiser, therefore, a little goes a long way. Even though you won’t see any drastic changes any time soon, they will help to smooth the appearance of dry skin and bring moisture to the delicate eye area.

It’s easy to get carried away and search for a formula designed for mature skin (we’re talking for women 50 plus), but honestly, this won’t prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As long as you’re using it consistently (and not abusing it), you will see results over the next few years.

Fight Anti-Ageing In Your Early 20s

Indeed Laboratories Eysilix Instant Eye Rescue, $34.99

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March 17, 2015

Interview with Dia Foley of Indeed Laboratories

You’ve probably heard about the hydraluron series before. So far there are 3 miracle products in the line created by Indeed Labs: a moisture serum, a moisture mask, and a jelly moisturiser. All provide easy ways to achieve softer, smoother skin.

We speak to the woman behind the mind of Indeed Labs, Dia Foley, who has created some of the most nourishing products which tackle common skincare problems at any age.

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How important is Hydraluron in a daily skincare routine? 

There are a few key ingredients in cosmetics that truly help affect the appearance of our  skin. One of those ingredients is hyaluronic acid. It not only helps to increase skin moisture after just one application, it also acts like a sponge attracting  moisture. So it also boosts the performance of your topical moisturizer. Most consumers don’t realise that hyaluronic acid comes in a varying degrees of quality. At Indeed, we always provide the best quality of ingredients as well as the highest level of actives.

If one of our SHESAID readers could only purchase one product from Indeed Labs, what should it be – and why? 

It’s like favoring a child, it’s  impossible.. since Indeed is not set up like a traditional regime brand, and we develop our products to address individual skincare concerns, every person’s needs are unique. However as I travel across the globe, everyone (woman and man) I meet mostly suffers from dehydrated skin. So I always recommend our hydraluron skin series, these are essential hydrating products that are great for all skin types.

Insider Tip: Always use the hydraluron moisture serum  first before all other products.

Do you have any insider tips on how to best care for your skin? 

Exfoliate at least once a week. It will help smooth out your skin and allow your products to penetrate better. 

Insider Tip: Before bed, face-washing is never optional.

If you skip this step your skin can’t perform its restorative processes during the night, which ages your facial skin over time. I keep my serums next to my toothbrush so I never forget to apply!

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What are some common misconceptions that women have about their skincare? 

One of the reasons we were inspired to create Indeed Labs was to let women know that fancy jars and gold spoons don’t mean better skincare results! Quality of ingredients and good formulas with high actives gives you results, and at the end of the day that’s what matters!

The other point I really want to stress is that if we want to see results we must commit to using our products consistently! You didn’t get that wrinkle in one day so using products for a few weeks isn’t going to give your skin a chance to see results.

Could you let our readers know of any new and exciting things that are in works for Indeed Labs? 

We are always searching for new products! As I mentioned earlier, we build on brand on finding products that answer our consumers concerns. We are super excited about our line-up for 2015! You won’t be disappointed!

www.indeedlabs.com

December 4, 2014

5 Overnight Beauty Treatments

Want to improve the look and appearance of your skin without moving a muscle? There are many overnight skincare treatments which are quick, effective and easy to master at home. Most overnight treatments are targeted towards premature ageing, clearing up acne and fighting uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation. If you suffer from any one of these problems, then try the following beauty treatments to change the skin you’re in.

Pimples

If you’re prone to the occasional monthly breakout, then try using tea tree oil before bedtime. Cleanse your face as usual, then apply a night moisturiser to hydrate the skin while you sleep. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on top of your pimple, let it soak through, then simply go to bed!

Chapped lips

Both men and women suffer from chapped lips, especially during the winter months where the cold air only makes the situation worse. Exfoliate your lips with a clean toothbrush, and carefully brush over the top and bottom before applying a nourishing oil by patting onto the lips. Olive, coconut or almond oil all work effectively to hydrate dry lips.

Puffy eyes

About half an hour before going to bed, store your eye cream in the fridge since the cool formula will help to de-puff your under-eye area. Avocado and almond oil also work well, so pat the product into the skin before heading to bed.

Longer lashes

The secret to longer lashes aren’t temporary eyelash extensions or even a brand new lengthening mascara that’s just hit the market. The best way to give life to your lashes is by applying castor oil from root to tip before hitting the sack. Dip a cotton tip into the solution, then carefully coat the lash.

Reduce lines

Apply a generous dose of vitamin A over prominent lines and wrinkles, then pat carefully into the skin with your ring finger until dry. Vitamin A is also known as retinoids which decreases the appearance of crows feet and frown lines in older skin types.

Image via Marie Claire

September 16, 2014

Common Habits That Ruin Your Skin

While we’re all guilty of a few nasty habits here and there, do you ever sit and think if they are damaging your skin for the long term? Regardless of your age and skin type, it’s always important to apply sunscreen every day (even when it’s cloudy out), drink plenty of water and of course use a night cream. Here are the habits that are compromising your crystal-clear skin.

Chlorine

Too much chlorine is just as bad for your skin as your hair. Make sure to shower straight after heading for a swim to the pool, since the chemicals will quickly break down and won’t cause too much long-term damage to your skin.

Remove your makeup, girl!

It goes without saying that sleeping with makeup is a definite no-no. Even if you’re feeling too lazy or tired to do a deep-cleanse before bed, use a micellar water to quickly (and gently) remove your face and eye makeup. Bonus – you don’t have to wash it off!

Exfoliating

Too much face exfoliation could leave your skin feeling dry, scaly and even break out into infection. If you suffer from extremely sensitive or dry skin, it’s best to avoid products which are packed with dangerous microbeads. This will only break down the collagen in your face and leave your skin feeling dull and lifeless.

Rubbing your eyes

Constantly rubbing your eyes whilst on the computer will only cause puffiness and redness over time. The skin around the eyes is particularly fragile, and can tear extremely easily so make sure to use a heavy duty eye cream before bed.

Don’t over-treat

Squeaky clean skin doesn’t mean that your acne will simply just vanish into oblivion. This is a common mistake that most men and women make when they’re suffering from regular acne breakouts. It’s good to have a consistent night and morning routine which benefits your skin, but mostly importantly keeps it hydrated and moisturised.

Skipping meals

Did you know that skipping meals causes skin to dry-out faster and age at a rapid rate? Regularly snack on vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin E and vitamin A which will help your body from the inside out.

Hot showers

Now we’re not suggesting that you switch to cold showers, but limit the amount of time your body can handle under a scolding temperature. Showers which are too hot will often leave your skin feeling dry, itchy and red.

Tanning

Apply an SPF on your skin whenever you’re heading outside for prolonged periods of time. The harsh UV lights found in the sun as well as tanning beds will only make your skin age so much faster. Stick to 100% natural fake tanning products if you want to keep a safe glow all year round.

Image via Getty Images

September 11, 2014

Shannan Ponton Headlines Feel Younger Summit

Australia’s health and wellness guru Shannan Ponton will headline the June 27 Feel Younger Summit, a health and wellness event for the over-40s, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations held in Bali. The summit brings together some of the world’s leading experts on nutrition, brain fitness, exercise, motivation, disease prevention, anti-aging and more, with the likes of brain fitness expert Dr Jenny Brockis, stem cell therapy researcher and international advisor Dr DeAndrea and cancer prevention expert Dr Lodi plus a host of international guest speakers all joining Shannan on stage.

“With the growing trend from folks to look for ways to improve wellness and prolong youthfulness, an event like the Feel Younger Summit is ideal to get all the answers and be inspired to make positive changes,” the Biggest Loser TV series host said. “I am stoked to have been asked to speak at this event.”

Held at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort, near the picturesque Tanah Lot temple in Bali away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta, the Feel Younger Summit represents a unique opportunity to get the cutting edge on wellness, disease prevention and anti-ageing straight from international experts. 

The Feel Younger Summit aims to inspire positive change for body, mind and soul for folks in the second half of life and if these four are any indication, the event will get you motivated and making changes too. It’s a must-attend event led by Shannan Ponton, who has made a name for himself helping thousands of people change their life for the better.

Full program details and ticket information can be found on the event website feelyoungersummit.com

June 15, 2014

5 Things You Should Know About Ubiquinol

Get the lowdown on the multitude of health benefits that Ubiquinol, the active form of CoQ10 and one of the vital nutrients in our body, has to offer. Ubiquinol is considered to be one of the essential enzymes our body needs in order to function properly. So why exactly is Ubiquinol so important? What should everyone really know about Ubiquinol?

What is the difference between CoQ10 and Ubiquinol?

Coenzyme Q10, commonly referred to as CoQ10, is a nutrient that is produced within the body and is found in every body cell. There are two forms of CoQ10; the inactive form and the active form, known as Ubiquinol, which is the major form of CoQ10 that naturally occurs in the body. Ubiquinol makes up more than 95% of the total CoQ10 in the body of a healthy individual. Ubiquinol is three to eight times more absorbable and is therefore the most effective form of CoQ10.

Super antioxidant power

CoQ10 in the Ubiquinol form is one of the strongest naturally occurring antioxidants in the body that functions by helping to defend against oxidation and free radical activity that occurs in all cells. Oxidation and free radical damage may interfere with the normal functioning of cells, therefore antioxidants are essential in the body to minimise this change in cells and help stop the chain reaction that free radicals have started. It is important to get plenty of antioxidants in the diet because your body is not likely to produce enough antioxidants for optimal health.

Supports healthy ageing

Studies have shown that as we age, the ability of our body to produce CoQ10 declines, and the ability of our body to efficiently convert CoQ10 to Ubiquinol is also diminished. In addition to this, the free radical activity and oxidative stress that occurs in our body from normal metabolism, even in healthy individuals, increases as we get older. One of the main roles of antioxidants in the body is to help combat free radical activity and oxidative stress, therefore, requirements for antioxidants like Ubiquinol may increase to help minimise the activity that may impair normal functioning of cells.

Powers your body

Ubiquinol is a criticial component of energy production for every cell of your body, therefore it is concentrated in organs that require the most energy, such as the heart, liver, muscles and kidneys. Because of its role in promoting energy production, Ubiquinol is important for normal metabolism in the body, including the breakdown of sugars, fats and proteins from food to be used in the body as energy. Ubiquinol has also been shown to help enhance physical performance by promoting energy production in the body, including the heart and muscles.

Supports heart health

Because of the high energy requirement of the heart, Ubiquinol is very important for heart health. It is important for the heart to have a consistent flow of optimal energy in order to function efficiently, therefore Ubiquinol is supportive of overall heart health. It has also been shown that heart disease may suppress levels of Ubiquinol in the body, highlighting a correlation between health conditions and depleted Ubiquinol levels in the body.

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By Stephen Eddey, a qualified nutritionist and naturopath, and is the principal of Australia’s longest established natural medicine college, Health Schools Australia. He has completed a Bachelor of Complementary Medicine as well as a Masters in Health Science.

June 9, 2014

How To Avoid Premature Ageing

Rather than depending on miracle cures which promise to reduce signs of premature ageing, be proactive with your skincare regime and try to live in a way which will benefit your health. The best way is to work with what you’ve got, and try to give a little more tender loving care to the delicate skin on your face. The number one trick is the best and most effective; apply sunscreen onto your face every single day. Here are some other helpful tips you can apply to your skincare regime and keep signs of premature ageing at bay.

Sun damage

If you’re heading out to the beach or simply taking a leisurely stroll, remember to always apply sunscreen. Most sunscreens can fee oily and cast a white shadow across the face, but if this bothers you choose a foundation with a high SPF and this should do the trick instead. A wide-brim hat is the perfect way to protect yourself against the dangerous ultraviolet rays which penetrate deep into the skin. Continuous exposure to the skin is responsible for liver spots across the face and body. If you are planning a trip to the beach or park, avoid direct sunlight between 10am-3pm, this is when the suns rays can cause the most damage.

Stop smoking

Even if you aren’t a smoker yourself, being exposed to continuous second hand smoke is just as harmful. Wrinkles are more prominent in people who are smokers and are the number one sign of premature ageing. Smokers will also experience crow’s feet around the outer eyelid, droopy skin under the eyebrows and a large amount of defined lines on the forehead, than a non-smoker.

Alcohol

Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol has been proven to be toxic to a healthy, youthful appearance. Women who consume more than one standard drink a day run the chance of depriving their skin of nutrients, and dehydrating the body both inside and out. Avoid binge drinking since it is detrimental to both your skin and good health in general.

Moisturise

Moisturising your face and body on a day-to-day basis is the best way to avoid any lines and wrinkles coming through. Not only do they help the skin to retain more water, but keep it firm and tight throughout the day and night. Use a gentle cleanser on your face as part of a simple skincare routine, and choose a nourishing night cream to prevent skin from completely drying out. Avoid using soaps to wash your skin, since they are extremely drying and strip all natural oils from the surface. 

Image via Health Veda

May 28, 2014

6 Essential Anti-Ageing Secrets

Concerned about ageing? Aren’t we all! You might be tempted to fork out the big bucks on the latest moisturiser promising miracles, but just follow these anti-ageing tips to take the years off naturally.

1. Eat a balanced diet
By eating a balanced healthy diet with an emphasis on essential nutrients, as well as limiting alcohol, exercising moderately and regularly (2-3 times a week) and quitting smoking you have a fighting chance to delay the ageing process and staying healthy and energetic. The secret to looking and feeling young is in the food that you eat, and it’s never too early to start thinking about how your diet affects your body’s ageing process.

2. Antioxidants play an important role in anti-ageing
Antioxidants are vitamins like vitamin C but also things like bioflavenoids which fight free radicals, and free radicals are what damage our DNA and all sorts of other things in our bodies. Brightly coloured fruit and vegetables like spinach and grapes are the ones that contain the most of these flavenoids. Antioxidants can also be taken in the form of a supplement.

3. Banish stress
Take up yoga, meditation or some form of relaxation to help you deal with stress. Look after yourself and treat yourself as number 1. Pamper yourself in ways that will make you feel good.

4. Laugh more
It’s a cliche but it’s true – laughter is the best medicine. Watch a favourite comedy or YouTube clip and have a good belly laugh to get your endorphins going.

5. Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep does wonders for your skin and if you’re finding it hard to keep a regular sleeping pattern, try Valerian tablets. These completely herbal, non-addictive tablets destress and bring on restful sleep and might be just the thing you need.

6. Less is more with your skincare
Try an organic skincare range and only use the minimum amount of products you need, such as cleanser, moisturiser and eye cream. Some skins can age using the wrong skincare or simply by using too much product. Be gentle on your skin and treat it with TLC.

What’s your best tip to looking great for your age?

February 19, 2014

We Review Infini Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation technologies have ramped up several notches with the introduction of Infini, and a clinical study claiming it is up to 49 percent as effective as a surgical facelift.

As little as 10 years ago the answer to sagging facial contours and wrinkled, lax skin was a choice between the scalpel or ageing graciously. Then non-surgical rejuvenation technologies came along and revolutionised the face of ageing.

Devices harnessing energy sources such as light (laser), radiofrequency and ultrasound allowed consumers to achieve a firmer, younger-looking appearance without the invasiveness of surgery, its expense and the healing downtime involved.

This, in turn, allowed them to prolong the need for cosmetic plastic surgery (if that was ever on their radar) or avoid it altogether.

Now non-surgical facial rejuvenation has ramped up several notches with Infini, a treatment described as “3D Micro-Needling Fractional Radio Frequency (MFR)”.

A clinical study conducted among 499 participants in five countries showed that Infini could be up to 49 percent as effective as a surgical facelift.

When asked to trial Infini at cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson’s Sydney clinic (the first in Australia with the technology), I wasn’t exactly skeptical but, as a specialist writer in cosmetic anti-ageing for more than five years (and with a great personal interest in subject for years prior to that), I have heard my share of extravagant product claims.

I have also had a number of non-surgical facial firming/rejuvenating treatments over the years. While they certainly made a difference, it was of the subtle kind that attracted comments from others like “you look well – have you been on holidays?” rather than seeing it for myself in the mirror. Because the improvements are gradual, over a period of 3-6 months as collagen in the dermis is regenerated, it’s hard to see these changes for yourself.

After the first session of Infini (two down, one to go), I began to notice distinct improvements within about two weeks. It wasn’t that I was staring in the mirror watching for results – it was catching random glimpses of myself in glass reflections (the latter are way worse than mirrors as they tend to exaggerate every groove and depression. Or maybe they just tell the plainer truth!).

The hollows under my eyes appeared less … well … hollow, my jawline seemed firmer and my mouth corners not so ☹. In the mirror my skin looked fresher. Llnes weren’t as pronounced around my eyes and pigmented patches were lighter. Overall my complexion looked and felt more hydrated and it absorbed product more effectively.

My skin is definitely improving all the time and I still have one session to go. I’m told I’ll see optimal results 3-6 months after my final treatment.

One not-so-great by-product is that the intensive process of cell renewal generated by Infini seems to have dislodged all the murky stuff that lay beneath and brought it to the surface. For about a month I was getting breakouts, particularly around my chin and lip area. I’m told this is a good thing and a sign Infini is doing its work. Thankfully the eruptions have now subsided but I delayed my final Infini treatment as a result.

So, what is Infini? 

Non-surgical rejuvenation technologies using radiofrequency (RF) heat the dermis (the second of the skin’s three layers) to stimulate the production of new collagen and, so, renew and tighten the skin. Because RF doesn’t affect the epidermis (surface of the skin) there’s no way of telling what effect it is having underneath if the setting is too high – until it’s too late and the patient is burnt.

By using a “micro-needling” handpiece that creates fractional micro-holes in epidermis, higher levels of RF can be delivered to the dermis with more predictable results than RF used alone. Micro-needling is also well documented to generate production of new collagen in its own right.

This all means more dramatic results. It also meant my face was left beetroot red immediately after treatment, and it took up to a day for the red-pink blush to fully subside. But more of that in shortly…

What does an Infini treatment involve?

I was told there could be pain or discomfort, but I’ve heard that before. Yeah, yeah. yeah. I consider myself an aficionado of these treatments and, combined with extensive corrective dental work over the years, have a high pain threshold.

So maybe I was just too cocky. I won’t lie…it hurt. Quite a bit.

After two applications of numbing cream at 20-minute intervals, Hannah, my designated therapist, got down to biz. There were to be three “passes” over my face and upper neck of decreasing intensity. Hannah started on my forehead and worked down (with extra attention to the droopiest and most lined areas), along systematic lines. On each “line” there were up to five short, sharp pulses of micro-needles delivering RF.

Each pulse of the first “pass” jolted me and I asked for micro-breaks. The second pass was easier and by the third it was bearable. It was all over in about 30 minutes.

Redness is an oft-cited side effect of skin rejuvenation treatments. I’ve rarely suffered any but in this case it was no lie, either. My face was bright red (mainly the result of the micro-needling) but fortunately the clinic recommended Synergie Minerals’ Mineralwhip Antioxidant Cream Foundation as the ultimate post-procedure cover-up. Although light and silky, it covered the redness so no one could tell I’d had anything done. I went straight on to a meeting.

My skin was still a bit red, then pink for a day after each of my two sessions so far and felt somewhat dry and flaky for up to a week.

Is Infini for you?

Dr Hogdkinson says Infini is ideal for those concerned by moderate signs of facial drooping and skin laxity who aren’t ready for, or want to avoid cosmetic surgery.

“However, if a patient has passed a certain point, I will recommend they save their money for when they are ready to have a surgical rejuvenation procedure,” he says. “Otherwise they will be wasting their money and I don’t condone that.”

Although I found Infini … uncomfortable … I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it in light of the results I have achieved so far. No pain, no gain as the cliché goes.

I would, however, advise accepting the offer of a pre-procedure painkiller or sedative (in that event, make sure you have a lift organised home, or get a taxi)!

You don’t have to go the “whole hog”, either, as I did. Patients can have either the superficial RF or the micro-needling as individual treatments. This is ideal for younger patients and those who just want a subtle boost.

What anti-ageing treatments have you tried and loved (or hated!). Tell us in the comments!

February 3, 2014

Christie Brinkley’s Body Secrets (Can You Believe She’s 60!)

She’s People magazine’s cover girl, although you could be mistaken for thinking it was Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.

Which Christie Brinkley did in 1975.

And now she’s back in her swimsuit, on the cover of another magazine, aged 60, and looking better than ever.

“My kids would be so embarrassed!” Brinkley told People. ”In private I may wear a bikini, but at the public beach with my kids I would change bathing suits because they do not want to be hanging out with some old broad in a bikini.”

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So how does the original supermodel maintain that enviable body? She shared her five diet and fitness secrets that keep her looking so young.

1. Exfoliate daily
“I’ve done it since I read that guys look give years younger because they shave,” she told the mag — and her skin always looks amazing!

2. Embrace getting older
“Eyebrows can thin as we age. I use pencil and powder,” she said about her makeup routine. “We’ve used [hair extensions] in the fashion industry for years. They’re good if your hair is getting thinner or you just want to feel luxurious. I only have a few gray hairs where I part my hair…I’m going to switch my part to the other side!”

3. Make working out fun
“I’ll run or do weights, and I do at least 10 minutes a day on my Total Gym machine,” she said. However, it’s important to have fun and mix it up! “I got hooked on SoulCycle this summer and during my Christmas vacation, I did yoga. I credit doing Chicago on Broadway for my legs [but] I do leg lifts while brushing my teeth!”

4. Three meals a day
“I like to start my day with coffee and coconut milk hazlenut creamer,” she explained. “Then I have sheep’s milk yogurt with fruit, wheat germ and Anutra (an Omega 3 antioxidants and fiber supplement). Lunch is usually leftovers from dinner: beans, veggies.”

5. Snack healthy 
“My snack is melon and walnuts, and I recently discovered PurePrana (an energy-boosting drink). If I’m craving something sweet, I’ll drink cold coconut water. That quenches it for me.”

January 31, 2014

Q&A with Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson, face of Invisible Zinc, has spent so much of her life in the sun, from photoshoots to visiting family in the summertime – she really is the original Aussie beach babe. We think she looks better than ever – how does she do it? Elle shares her best summer beauty and makeup tips and how she maintains that enviable glow all year round!

How do you hydrate, protect and nourish your skin in summer?
I drink 3 litres of water a day, and nourish my skin with moisturiser at night. I also exfoliate my skin all over twice a week using a dry body brush to encourage skin renewal and stimulate circulation. Most importantly I protect myself with Invisible Zinc ESP on my face and chest, and use Tinted Daywear SPF 30+ on ‘off duty’ days to give me a beautiful golden glow. I also love Invisible Zinc’s new SPF50+ as it contains next generation technology and doesn’t leave a white caste.

Why is incorporating sun care into your daily routine so important- especially for Australian women?
Prevention is always better than cure – for both premature ageing but also more serious skin cancer, especially here in Australia with our harsh sun. Anti-ageing skincare is a huge industry now, but it is UVA rays that are responsible for up to 80% of skin ageing so protecting your skin with sunscreen can help to prevent premature skin ageing. This is something that I wish I had learnt about a lot earlier than I had.

What are your tips for tanning safely?
I don’t think you can tan safely but being Australian we are an outdoors nation where the bronzed beach look is so iconic, faking it is the only way to have a safe tan. The Invisible Zinc Jet Set Tan is great because it really gives you even coverage and the most natural, bronzed colour without the orange look that many tanners give. It also doesn’t have the strong overwhelming smell of other tans- more of a faint caramel scent.

But even when you’ve got your tan on – it’s still important to cover-up and wear sunscreen.

What is your daily skincare and makeup routine?
I am very particular about always removing my make-up and I love to use really nourishing moisturisers after cleansing. I am a big fan of Lucas Paw Paw Ointment another tried and true Aussie must-have along with Invisible Zinc! I drink 3 litres of water a day, and nourish my skin with moisturiser at night. Most importantly I protect myself with sunscreen – Invisible Zinc ESP Moisturiser SPF30+ on my face and chest, and I use Tinted Daywear SPF30+ on ‘off duty’ days to give me a beautiful golden glow.

Today is the start of Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month, encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country. Visit Invisible Zinc for more information.

January 10, 2014

5 Secrets of Ageing Gracefully

Most of us worry about ageing by focusing on how our face will look. But as we age, so does your body – your muscles shorten, your bones weaken and you repair from injury more slowly. It is important to not only look after your skin, but your body as well. The healthier you are on the inside, the healthier and more youthful you will look on the outside.

Jason T Smith, renowned physiotherapist, founder of the Back In Motion Health Group and author of Get Yourself Back In Motion shares his five secrets to help you age gracefully.

1. Walk everyday
Walking every day is one of the easiest ways to maintain fitness and keep you looking and feeling younger. The motion your body goes through when walking is similar to the motion you go through as when you run; your arms and legs move simultaneously together. The benefit of walking over running is that you’re not putting as much stress on your joints and therefore minimising the risk of damage.

You can walk for much longer periods of time than you can run (unless you are super fit!), and it is easy to incorporate into your everyday activities as incidental exercise. Walk up the stairs, walk to the train station or even walk to work if you live close enough.

2. Focus on your abs
As we age, that fit toned tummy seems to almost disappear. Sagging stomach muscles are one of the first signs of ageing. A strong core helps your posture and balance, which can make you look and feel younger. One of the main reasons for back pain is bad posture. If you strengthen your stomach muscles, your posture will improve and back pain can be better managed. Your abs are also important for your balance as they are the centre of your core. I would recommend exercising your core 2-3 times per week. Sit on a physio ball and see how well you can balance by drawing your stomach in and moving your pelvis side to side.

3. Eat healthily
A diet that lacks in nutrition will age you both internally and externally, with obesity proven to accelerate the process of ageing. Eating a healthy, balanced diet low in sugar is the best anti-ageing medicine! Eat plenty of whole foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables and lean meat. Avoid highly processed foods as these are high in fats, sugars, salts and plenty of other nasties that may accelerate the ageing process. Drinking 1-2 litres of water a day is beneficial to help eliminate the toxins in your body.

4. Squats
Squatting isn’t just a great thigh and buttock toner; it’s one of the most natural human movements – think of how many times a day you stand up from a seated position. If done properly, squats help stimulate muscle growth and develop muscle mass throughout your whole body. This movement also spreads nutrition from foods your body has processed into your organs and glands. Squats help to keep your body healthy on the inside, whilst keeping your youthful look on the outside. Start with 10 squats a day, and increase over time, for health and body benefits.

5. Moving regularly
Consistency is key! Start small and increase your exercise weekly as your fitness levels improve. However many times you exercise per week, keep it consistent. You won’t see results if your exercise regime is irregular.

Jason Smith is the founder of Back In Motion Health Group, Australia’s leading provider of physiotherapy and related services. Jason’s new book Get Yourself Back In Motion is available at Back In Motion practices around Australia, major book retailers and online bookstores, RRP $34.95.

January 7, 2014

5 Summer Skin Care Secrets

Skin expert Stefan Mazy, director of SkinDNA knows all too well how Australia’s harsh elements can play a crucial role in speeding up the ageing process and working against your skin’s DNA. Read on for Stefan’s tips to help your skin fight back and stay fit through summer.

Hydrate: Hylaronic Acid

Hylaronic Acid is one of those ingredients that are essential for skin hydration. In fact this ingredient makes up a proportion of our skin. Hyaluronic acid in the skin is designed to hold between 500 and 1000 times its weight in water. Because of its hydrating properties, applying this regularly throughout the day will not only help hydrate your skin during summer but also helps replenish the loss of water within your skin.

I often see patients who can never seem to find the right moisturiser – most find moisturisers make their skin overly oily and this become even worse throughout summer.

The product: Hydr8 – it’s ultra lightweight and feels like silk on the skin. At first I recommend patients to carry a bottle in their bag and to apply when needed throughout the day. Eventually the bodies pH levels will balance out and all that is needed is to apply once in the morning and once at night. You have now saved $100-$200 by not using an expensive moisturiser and at the same time helping your skin with its internal hydration.

Plump: Peptide Serum

We have all heard about peptides, but what are they really? Peptides are not to be confused with antioxidants. Peptides help to better the communication between cells in the body so that everything can work at optimum levels. For example, as we age collagen production slows down, peptides help to whip the collagen cells into shape so that they can improve collagen production. Antioxidants on the other hand protect cells from damage. When combined together –  watch out free radicals!

The product: SW Serum contains a specific range of peptides when combined together help to increase cellular turnover, increase collagen production which as a result will help to firm and plump the skin.

Glow: Exfoliating

Ever wanted to know the secret to glowing skin? A light glycolic cleanser is the answer.

For those who own an exfoliator please be careful as exfoliators, especially with the micro beads, are not meant to be used everyday (despite what the instructions say). By constantly stripping away the oil and dead skin will ultimately damage the skins protective barrier. This barrier is made up of oil and dead skin cells. Once damage you’ll find your skin will continually dry out, or become inflamed, sensitive and even over oily. The biggest mistake I see over and over is the assumption that exfoliating more will fix the problem when in fact it makes it worse and thus becomes a vicious cycle.

The key message, exfoliate every now and then. If your exfoliator has micro beads than use it once a week.

The product: Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12%. This cleanser is designed to lightly remove excess oil and dead skin cells – without having to use harsh beads found in most exfoliators. The result, that perfect summer glow without the irritation that many exfoliators produce. Im not one to be a big fan of glycolic cleansers as most people use them wrong – however this particular product I found really beneficial when used every second day.

Repair: Phloretin CF

The product: Phloretin CF is one of the most advanced repairing serums on the market. It has won numerous awards and has been recognised as an all-in-one solution. Phloretin CF is referred to as abroad-spectrum antioxidant. What this means is, it has the ability to protect the skin from harmful radicals produced by the sun. This is not a sunscreen but rather an internal shield. When the sun penetrates the skin the body absorbs all the essential nutrients from the rays. However, what is also absorbed are UV radicals. Phloretin CF is designed to break down these radicals while allowing the body to benefit from all the nutrients. Phloretin is extracted from bark of fruit trees including apple and pear. The product also contains a high dose of L’ascorbic Acid (vitamin c) and finally Ferulic Acid which is a plant antioxidant. When combined together they create a super protective barrier.

Protect: Sunblock

Sunscreen chemicals cannot disperse the energy of the sun’s rays as efficiently and as a result the penetration of sunscreen ingredients into the lower layers of the skin can in fact increase the amount of free radicals produced from UV light.

Artificial sunscreen absorbs ultraviolet light and prevents it from reaching the skin. Sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 8 based on the UVB spectrum can decrease vitamin D synthetic capacity by 95 percent, whereas sunscreen with an SPF of 15 can reduce synthetic capacity by 98 percent.

The product: Invisible Zinc on the other hand is what is referred to as a natural sun blocker – think of it as a film that protects the skin without having nasty chemicals that can do more damage than good.

What are your favourite summer skin care products?

October 16, 2013

3 Totally Weird Anti-Ageing Treatments (And Why They Work)

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth I often applied a face mask which included toxic white lead as an ingredient? Or that the Ancient Romans believed that gladiator sweat could create a glowing complexion?

Weird, right? Well you may be surprised to learn that the 21st century has some totally bizarre anti-ageing beauty treatments all of its own.

We look at 3 anti-ageing beauty treatments that might freak you out – but actually work!

Snail Cream
Yes, you heard right. Snail cream has been big in Korea for several years, but it’s taken the likes of celebrity Katie Holmes to get products infused with snail filtrate flying off the shelves in the West.

When we talk about snail cream, we’re talking about products made from snail filtrate or mucin. You know, the glittery trail your good friend the garden snail leaves behind. The creams also tend to be formulated with other skin-loving ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E.

Rumour has it that snail filtrate’s efficacy was first discovered by Chinese snail farmers, who found that handling the snails made their skin heal quickly and minimised scarring.

Snail cream is marketed as a product that can fade scarring, fight acne, moisturise skin and even fight the signs of ageing. If you’re feeling brave, you can even opt for a snail facial!

How does it work?
Snail filtrate contains allatoin, which promotes tissue growth; glycolic acid, which breaks down dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores and dullness; hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin to maintain moisture and; collagen, which strengthens the skin and protects it from environmental toxins.

Interested? Try Tony Moly’s Intense Care Snail Cream Set.

SYN-ake Cream
Again with the creepy crawlies? Not quite. SYN-ake cream isn’t actually made from snakes, nor will it give you scaly skin (phew!). Instead, it contains a synthetic peptide that mimics the effects of a polypepetide found in the Malaysian Temple Viper’s venom.

While SYN-ake anti-aging cream is a fairly new skin care innovation, it already boasts celebrity fans such as Jennifer Lopez and has been hailed by users as ‘Botox in a bottle’.

Studies have found that ongoing usage can significantly decrease the appearance of crow’s feet and expression lines on the forehead without the dangers of more drastic treatments.

How does it work?
SYN-ake cream works in a similar fashion to Botox, by blocking nerve receptors to keep your facial muscles relaxed. When the SYN-ake peptide freezes the tissue beneath a wrinkle, the paralysed muscle allows the wrinkle to relax, creating a ‘smoothed out’ appearance.

Interested? Try Secret Key Syn-ake Wrinkle & Whitening Cream.

Sheep Placenta Facial
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any weirder, let’s talk about the bizarre Sheep Placenta Facial that’s rapidly gaining popularity. Victoria Beckham and music mogul Simon Cowell are converts to the treatment, which has been touted as a less drastic solution to a conventional face lift.

The treatment was devised by Harley Street doctor, Dr Roberto Viel and can cost around £600 ($1,000) for results that last up to 5 months.

The Sheep Placenta Facial, also known as Actistem, involves applying an anaesthetic cream to the patient’s face before rolling a dermaroller across the skin to stimulate blood flow. Then, sheep placenta (in a viscous liquid form) is massaged onto each area of the face. The process is repeated three times for each portion of the face.

Patients are then told to keep their skin dry for the following 12 hours and to expect a visible improvement in skin texture within 3 days.

How does it work?
Just like snail cream, the Sheep Placenta Facial aims to promote the body’s production of collagen to fight the signs of ageing. According to Dr. Viel, the placenta treatment achieves this by harnessing the restorative power of sheep stem cells. These stem cells (present in the proteins contained in the placenta) rebuild the patient’s skin cells and fibroblasts, which build up elastin and collagen to increase skin firmness and plump up its appearance.

Interested? Sheep placenta facials are still catching on in Australia. In the meantime, you can check out this cream option from Healthy Care.

It’s amazing what people will put on their faces to stave off old age. However, with preliminary research showing that these three anti-ageing beauty treatments get results, they make an excellent choice for people who are feeling their years but aren’t quite ready (or comfortable) to go under the knife.

Would you try a weird skin treatment like a snail facial?

Bethany Tyndall writes about beauty on her blog Beauty Junkie.

October 9, 2013

Q&A With Anti-Ageing Expert Dr William Amzallag

Dr William Amzallag is one of the world’s leading anti-ageing experts, with decades of experience in anti-ageing, regenerative medicine, skincare and stem cells. The France-based M.D. is also the medical advisor for Jeunesse Global. We asked Dr Amzallag what we can do to avoid premature ageing, how much skincare plays a part in the way we age, and which ingredients to look for in your anti-ageing routine.

What is your top tip for avoiding premature ageing?

There are two different options:

My top tip by far is to improve your lifestyle – but to do it seriously – which means look at your nutrition, avoiding almost completely simple sugars, having at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day on a very regular basis, managing stress, avoiding toxic thoughts and toxic relationships.

Improving your daily nutrition will double or triple the efficacy of growth factors.

On top of improving your lifestyle, you have to treat the skin locally by protecting, hydrating, nourishing and replacing senescent cells with new ones thanks to nanotechnology and growth factors from stem cells.

What are growth factors?

Growth factors are our cells’ language. This is how thousands of cells communicate allowing them to do one vital function – repair and regenerate the tissue in the body which occurs in the deepest layers of the skin.

Can you tell us about some of the latest advances in anti-ageing skincare technology?

Today there is a revolution in skincare. A revolution thanks to nanotechnology which brings the right ingredient exactly where we want and penetrates where we want it to.

There is also a revolution in the quality of ingredients with the use of growth factors coming from adult stem cells culture. These growth factors are magic bullets which are able to refresh, repair, maintain or even replace damaged cells almost immediately.

How much do the products we apply to our skin affect how we age?

You have to use common sense: it is wrong to think that the more you apply to your skin the better it is for your skin.

Knowledge about skincare products is essential. Ask yourself what kind of ingredients are in your skincare, are they natural or from natural origins? What kind of preservatives are in your skincare?

Applying the wrong products with the wrong ingredients may be damaging for your skin and cause premature ageing.

What ingredients should we look for in anti-ageing skincare?

As well as the efficacy of the ingredients, you need to consider the compatibility of the ingredients, and how the formula penetrates the skin and how deeply it penetrates the skin for it to be efficient.

Antioxidants are the first line of defence, one of the best being superoxide dismutase. Replenishing water is essential to keep your skin firm and to prevent wrinkles. Extracts of prickly pear or baobab can help too.

But the most important factor is to look for a solution with one single ingredient: the only one available is the end result of harvesting adult stem cells from human fat and extracting the intercellular fat which is full of growth factors. Those growth factors have very special benefits: they repair, maintain and even replace damaged cells.

Growth factors are the critical ingredients used in the revolutionary LUMINESCE range. The growth factors are combined with a suite of complementing ingredients, some of which are used to nourish the skin, while others deliver the growth factors into the skin, enhancing the efficacy of the ingredients.

We want to know: what are your best skincare tips for looking younger?

September 20, 2013

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Fitness And Beauty Secrets

Sarah Jessica Parker has spilled the beans on her favourite beauty products and how she maintains that enviably fit body.

In an interview with the UK’s Daily Express, the actress says her best beauty tip is to “use any cream that says “elimination” in big bold letters on the jar! I swear by Garnier Ultra Lift cream. It targets wrinkles and dryness as well as being really inexpensive.”

And how does she keep that amazing mane tame?

“I like washing my hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Sunday Shampoo. It’s about the only shampoo that gives my hair that squeaky clean feeling that I had as a child. To condition, I use Kerastase Oleo-Relax Masque which isn’t cheap, but it really works on my dry, over-styled hair.”

The mother-of-three has taken a break from acting, and says being a mum is one of the best ways to maintain her killer figure – although like most women she’s feeling the effects of metabolism and age.

“I don’t think I’m in that great shape these days. I have to workout a lot harder. The body just doesn’t snap back in the way it used to when I was in my twenties!

“I try to do yoga three times a week, and my twin daughters act like arm weights.”

And it may come as a surprise that the Sex and the City star is not as into fashion as we thought!

“I never dress up that much,” she admits. “These days, I’m lucky if I go out to a friend’s house. Most of my day is spent as a mother, which requires an entirely different wardrobe.”

“Although I appreciate beautiful clothes,” she said. “I’m not into fashion as people expect me to be.”

August 5, 2013

Skin Care Tips With Skin Expert Emma Hobson

If there’s one expert on skin care, it’s Emma Hobson, Education Manager at the International Dermal Institute. We chat with Emma on which skin care and beauty products she can’t live without, how to really cleanse and moisturise your skin, and what the best anti-ageing ingredients out there are.

Which 3 skin care products can’t you live without?

I can’t live without age reversal eye complex. This is an awesome, eye care saver containing highly active cosmeceutical product containing retinol and ARG-LYS Poleptide , stabalized Vitamin C, Niacinamide and a UGL complex. Which reverses the multiple signs of ageing around my eye area (fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and dehydration).

I simply can’t live without is Power Rich™ ; this is the ultimate multi-functional product that packs an incredible punch of Dermalogica cosmeceutical active ingredients to address my ageing skin needs. It’s the ultimate restructuring cream, and one of Dermalogica’s premium super performers.

C-12 Concentrate is my third can’t-live-without product. After way to many years in the sun when I was younger, I suffer from hyperpigmentation on my neck and face. Since skin discolouration/uneven skin tone is the number 1 sign of premature ageing on the skin I need to ensure I keep my pigmentation at bay.  C-12 Concentrate does this,  it’s a high potency treatment  containing a proprietary peptide called Oligopeptide-34, Zinc Glycinate, Phytic Acid, and various botanicals and mineral amino acids that all targeting the pigmentation. This product keeps my skin looking luminous and improves its clarity.

And which 3 makeup products can’t you live without?

1. My Lancôme Dolls Eye Mascara- just the best for defining my lashes, creating length without clogging or smearing.

2. My MAC eye shadows, I have way too many, the ease of application, the variety and depth of colour they offer and the colour lasts all day.

3. Dermalogica’s skinperfect primer SPF30, this provides a great canvas for my foundation making it easy to apply, I need less foundation which lasts day to night on my skin. It heightens and improves the colour of the foundation I am wearing, it has an SPF30 to help protect my skin, AND since it is a skin care product too it is packed full of cosmeceutical age fighting ingredients.

What are your best tips for cleansing and moisturising your skin?

Cleansing
To get a really squeaky clean skin I would recommend the use of a pre-cleanse oil. Cleansing oils are a fantastic new type of product that you use ideally for your first cleanse, they deliver a level of cleansing traditionally experienced in the professional treatment room. They work on the principle that like attracts like. The oil in the product attracts the oil as well as the dirt, make-up and debris on the skin surface. These are simply massaged into the skin with light fingertips. They help liquefy sebum without stripping the skin or compromising the barrier function. Therefore, when you wash off the cleansing oil you will thoroughly wash away all the dirt, surface oil and debris. This ensures your second cleanse with your normal cleanser, really cleans the skin so it is squeaky clean.

The great thing about these types of product is that they are excellent at removing sun screens off the skin surface. A sun screen can often sit on the skin and result in skin congestion or sensitivity. They are also fantastic at removing waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.

One of the secrets to effective cleansing, is to cleanse the skin twice (morning and evening),that’s right double cleanse!

You follow the pre cleanse oil with a good cleanser which needs to match your skin type for your second cleanse. If you have oily skin, you need a cleanser with a stronger surfactant (degreasing agent) and one that does not strip the skin of oils (i.e. soap or products containing S.D alcohol) these normally come in the form of clay based cleanser or a gel facial wash. Equally if you have an oil dry skin you will need to use a milder cleanser with less surfactant, they often come in the form of a milky/ creamy cleanser. For a combination skin the cleanser sits in the middle of the cleansing spectrum (re surfactant) and can be a light milky cleanser or a gel facial wash. If you have a some sensitivity, choose a cleanser ensuring it has no know skin irritants (free from artificial colours and fragrance) and has calming and soothing ingredients. If you have a very traumatised/sensitised skin choose a cleanser that normally states ‘for environmentally sensitised skin’. These come in milky/creamy formulas or cleansing gels.

There is no need to change your cleanser during the seasons as your skin type does not change winter to summer, what does change is your skin condition, being perhaps more sensitive and dehydrated. If your skin is environmentally sensitised (disregarding your skin type) you may want to choose a cleanser specifically for this skin condition. These cleansers are formulated to be gentle and help repair the barrier function of the skin. And are great for people who are so sensitised they can’t even tolerate water on their skin, as they can be completely removed with soft  tissues instead.

You will notice if you have chosen the incorrect cleanser as you will not be getting the results you should expect such as clearing the skin from congestion,  helping prevent breakouts form reoccurring. You may find it has to strong a degreasing agent and the skin becomes dehydrated or your skin can become sensitised to the cleanser.

The correct cleansing routine would be to firstly ensure you have your hair back from the perimeters of your face, this will enable you to clean the often neglected hair line and around the ears. Then apply the correct amount of product (check product instructions) to the skin with clean hands. With a facial brush or your fingers work the cleanser into your skin in light circular motions from top to bottom or vice versa. Pay special attention to the areas where you have congestion such as the nose, forehead, neck or chin.  Ensure you take your cleanser right up to your hair line and around to the back of your ears and under your jaw line and down the neck as these are common areas for congestion, often due to poor cleansing. It should take about one minute to cleanse your skin; research at the International Dermal Institute found that most people spend less than 10 seconds on cleansing!  It is essential to use  the correct amount of product , and if it is a gel to mix it with sufficient water otherwise the gel remains too concentrated and can result in irritation, dehydration or poor results.  Most cleansers these days can be used in the shower as they are easily washed off.  There are some cleansers which have been developed for environmentally sensitised skin, these are for people who can’t tolerate water on their skin so they can be completely removed with tissues instead.

Moisturising
For your moisturiser, ideally this will be applied over your toner. By applying a hydrating spritz toner it will boost the hydration levels of the skin and prevents dry skin patches (which soak up heaps of moisturiser) you will then only need about half the quantity of moisturiser than if you hadn’t spritzed, that would need about the size of a pea. If your moisturiser is also your sun protection you will need to apply about half a teaspoon for the SPF to be effective.

To combat dry skin think  PROTECTION, HYDRATION AND MOISTURISATION. Choose a moisturiser with lots of hydrating and soothing ingredients and one that acts as a protectant (may contain silicones that form a protective barrier over the skin),there are many ranges now that have products designed specifically for harsh/extreme weather conditions. You may want to choose a moisturiser with a slightly higher oil content but note ‘only slightly’ if you feel your skin is more flaky, dry and dehydrated. If the skin is oil dry, then it needs additional nourishment which can be easily found in a good moisturiser.

It is no longer necessary to use a ‘thick, greasy’ moisturiser as there are now such fantastic ingredients and formulations available that can be really effective without being too heavy or sticky on the skin. Look for moisturisers that contain a complex of vitamins A,C,E, Panthenol (B5), as well as essential fatty acids found in many vegetable oils such as Evening Primrose oil Borage Seed oil, Shea butter, Jojoba oil,  a great ingredient to combat dry skin is Betaglucan derived from Oates. It is important not confuse (as so many people do) a dry skin (skin lacking oil) with that of dehydration (a skin lacking moisture). If your skin feels dry solely from dehydration, you will need a lightweight moisture rich, moisturiser which may have little to no oil content.

What are some of the key ingredients we should be looking for in skincare products as we get older?

  • Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide: A peptide that acts as a sugar trap, binding free sugar that would react with proteins to form AGEs.  Provides an anti-glycation effect
  • Palmitoyl Pentapeptide & Olgiopentapeptide:  for deeper fortification of collagen structure. They stimulates collagen & works similarly to retinol & vitamin C.  Helps skin re-structure the extracellular matrix
  • Glucosamine HCl : Helps stimulate collagen production, fights AGEs, inhibits melanin formation, inhibits MMPs, stimulates Hyaluronic Acid, defends against ROS and inhibits AGE formation
  • Glycine Soya Protein (Soy)
  • Genestein
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate being a non-acidic, stable form of Vitamin C that stimulates collagen formation in the skin while providing antioxidant protection, inhibiting melanin formation and inhibiting MMP enzymes that contribute to collagen degradation.
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract protects against Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals), fights the formation of AGEs in skin and inhibits MMPs.
  • Vitamin A, E and Beta Glucan
  • Hyaluronic Acid & Cross Linked Hyaluronic Acid provides intense skin hydration.
  • Yeast Extract helps stimulate wound healing, collagen formation and increases oxygen utilisation in skin.

What’s your favourite Dermalogica product and why do you love it so much?

My favourite of the three above would have to be…ohhh this is very hard……Power Rich. It is such an amazing multi-functional skin performer, the results I get from it are fabulous especially as I am so concerned with trying to inhibit the ageing process!

What are your can’t-live-without skin care products? Tell us in the comments below!

July 30, 2013
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