Acne

Discover more about acne and how to fight it!

Causes of acne are multiple. Your trusty cellphone, for example, keeps you close to your friends, but also to your enemies as it’s a propagator of nasty bacteria and dirt. Learn more with us on what causes acne, and pick up quick tips and solutions to help keep it at bay for clear, radiant skin from within.

Beautiful skin doesn’t come just from topical skincare. It is equally important to heal our skin from within, i.e. through our diets! Ensuring we get all the necessary nutrients through a diversified diet is necessary for healthy skin… and certain nourishing skin food can help you get a more enviable complexion than others!

Spinach

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Spinach

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This leafy green is a great source of antioxidants, iron, Vitamins C, E and K and folate to help preserve skin elasticity. Besides, spinach also contains lutein, an important compound that protects your skin from damage.

It is recommended to pair spinach with lemon to better absorb iron and to best eat it cooked rather than raw in terms of nutrition.

Chia Seeds

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Chia Seeds

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Chia seeds contain 2 times more protein than any other seeds or grains, 5 times the calcium of milk, 2 times the amount of potassium of bananas, and 3 times more iron than spinach and significant amounts of omega-3 and omega-6. Chia seeds also retain skin moisture, so they are a great ally for your skin.

Seafood

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Seafood

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Seafood has a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Zinc. Hence, it is useful for those suffering from acne. As Omega 3 fatty acids fight inflammation and Zinc helps metabolize testosterone production, influencing the production of sebum and encouraging the production of new skin cells.

Soy Milk

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Soy Milk

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Soy milk is rich in isoflavones, compounds that preserve one of the building blocks of what our skin tends to wear out with ageing — collagen. Also, this compound might help ward off wrinkles and help us get smoother skin overall.

Whole Grains

5 Nourishing Skin Food: Wholegrains

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One of the main nutrients in whole grains helps our skin stay radiant: Vitamins from the B-complex. For example, biotin boosts the production of fat cells, thus preventing dry skin. Furthermore, whole grains also contain rutin, an antioxidant that combats skin damage.

Sometimes, the things we consider as being trivial and unimportant can cause a lot of damage when put together. Because researchers in the area of health and beauty are always giving us new insights and potential clues in terms of possible factors that can influence our appearance, staying informed is crucial. Here are some of the factors you might want to consider if you wish to have a youthful, radiant skin:

Saunas became a big hype a few years ago, due to the development of spas and a rising interest in the area of healthy living and natural detox methods. Sauna sessions are said to purify the skin by opening the pores and helping the skin remove toxins through sweat, however, if done excessively, the steam power can work against us causing the skin to sag over time. While there’s no need to completely give up this form of pampering, limiting it as much as possible might be a wise idea.

 

Cellphones

Cellphones can affect the skin negatively if we are not careful. Even though it has not yet been established whether or not the radiation they emit could harm our health, spending a lot of time talking on the phone could cause breakouts in the chin and jaw area. To avoid the risk, you simply have to form the habit of wiping your skin with antibacterial wipes regularly.

Coffee


Coffee might contain important antioxidants that help prevent premature aging, however, it can dehydrate our body very quickly, stripping water from our skin cells as well. Coffee is a mild diuretic. If drunk in large quantity, coffee can cause dehydration of the skin.

Having beautiful skin might be simple in theory, but when it comes to practice, things tend to become a little more complicated. Because there are several variables we need to take into account when it comes to our skin care regimen, it can be quite simple to make unintentional mistakes, however, with the right knowledge, most of them can be easily avoided.

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you is having a huge zit on your cheek, or even worse, on the tip of your nose just the night before an important event or party.

But fret not, because now, we are going to teach you a few easy home remedies that can help you fix these zits!

1. You can apply aloe vera gel on the affected area. Aloe vera has amazing healing properties that can help to repair and calm your irritated skin.

2. Crush Aspirins (you should be able to find it in any local pharmacy or supermarket) in a small bowl and add a few drops of warm water, aloe vera gel or honey to make it into a thick paste. Apply on the affected area and wash it off after it dries up.

3. Put a bit of baking soda in a bowl and mix it with water until it forms a thick paste. Then apply it onto the affected area and wash it off the next morning.

4. Squeeze some lemon juice and apply it to your entire face. Once it dries up, you can wash it off. You will experience, clearer and brighter skin after that.

5. You can also try using tea tree oil on the affected area before sleeping. It helps to calm and soothe inflammation, reduce infection and also prevent future zits from emerging.

Most importantly, you must bear in mind not to scratch or squeeze a zit. Excessive touching will only further irritate it, making it more inflamed and infected, resulting in an angrier looking zit. You should also avoid over-washing or over-scrubbing your zit. Doing so will only strip your skin of its natural oil to stay healthy. So remember to keep to the normal regime of washing your face twice a day, instead of attempting to “wash” off that zit of yours.

We all know it’s very tempting to pile loads of make up on the zit to give it maximum coverage. But it is also important to let your skin “breathe”. By piling make up on your zit, it will clog your pores even further and slow down the recovery process. So, please give your skin a chance to “breathe”, especially when it’s already infected.

Remember to follow these tips and remedies and you will be able to attend all important functions and events “zit free”!

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Introducing our new OxyRevive Treatment

This treatment incorporates the physics of the high-velocity jet stream targeted at a point-size area of your skin to achieve the functions of dermabrasion. Using Sodium Chloride, a saline solution closer to the pH of the skin, as a medium, this treatment ensures skin is well hydrated and pumped with Oxygen while we remove congested pores and dead skin cells.

Oxygen therapy is a treatment that provides you with extra oxygen, a gas that your body needs to work properly. Normally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air. However, some diseases and conditions can prevent you from getting enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy can help ensure that you get enough oxygen which may help you function better and be more active.

As a delivery mechanism, the oxygen is compressed and sprayed at high pressure directly on to the skin surface. A “serum” of active ingredients such as nutrients or vitamins etc are introduced to the oxygen stream just before the skin, and the combined oxygen and ingredients in the form of a high-pressure jet force its way past the skins barrier defence systems and into the lower levels of the epidermis.

The oxygen used during the facial actually provides therapeutic effects from a topical application, and the premise that we can increase the energy in the skin’s cells by topical application of oxygen is flawed for a number of reasons. We need to consider the following factors:

– The human skin does not respire to any perceptible degree; in fact, the skin does not require being in an oxygen environment other than respiration via the lungs.

– The skin barrier defence systems effectively render the skin waterproof, as nature limits our exposure to a specific concentration of oxygen for good reasons.

Marketers of oxygen therapies often refer to the proven effects of oxygen on unhealthy or damaged tissues to state their case, with the vasoconstrictive effects, reduction of inflammatory cytokines, increase in growth factors, and antibacterial effects mentioned.

There is indeed a degree of truth to those statements, as oxygen has been successfully used to assist wound healing for over fifty years. It is, however, the increase in oxygen concentration in the cells via the pulmonary vascular system introduced by the oxygen-rich environments in hyperbaric chambers and oxygen tents rather than direct contact of the wound with the oxygen.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it really takes a beating. Aloe Vera can help alleviate this beating. Read on, and we’ll tell you more about Aloe Vera and its healing benefits.

Aloe, Our Hero!

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Every day we subject our skin to a rigorous routine. Scrubbing madly with harsh, chemical-laden soaps, peeling away hair with deep slicing razor blades, dousing ourselves with moisture-sucking perfumes and cologne, subjecting ourselves to the scorching sun, beating rain, pelting snow or stinging wind. This leaves our skin wide-open to a whole host of problems such as Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Dryness, Scaling and Flaking, Eczema, Chaffing and Chapping, Sunburn & Allergic Reactions.

If you regularly slather cortisone creams or antibiotic ointments to try and heal these conditions, you may be doing your skin more harm than good because these medicines contain powerful steroids which actually thin your skin and leave it prone to even greater irritations!

Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe Barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties for wounds.

But that’s not all, aloe vera also:

  • Helps cuts, bruises and burns heal faster
  • Minimizes scarring
  • Relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn
  • Destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds
  • Forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles
  • Relieves inflammation and redness
  • Soothes itching and helps restore skin’s natural beauty
  • Nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C

You might also want to read up on Aloe Vera’s benefits for skin, hair, health and heart diseases.