Posts by lorraineh

Ageing Skin – How to reverse the signs of ageing.

At some point in our lives we will look in the mirror and start to see the early signs of ageing. Drier, dehydrated looking skin, with fine lines and wrinkles. Each of our skins will age at varying ages, this is due to genetic and biological factors, intrinsic. Hormonal changes result in the reduction in production of oestrogen, collagen and elastin which causes the skin to be less firm and we begin to see sagging particularly around the jowls and the eyes. UVA rays, and external factors, extrinsic, such as wind and extreme temperatures can cause redness and broken capillaries. Free radicals from the UVA light breaks down collagen in the skin and pigmentation patches appear giving a mottled look. As we age the skin becomes thinner and looses its tone, nourishment, density, hydration which leads to an aged worn appearance. Dark circles and puffy eyes also gives us a tired and ... Read more →




Exfoliate for brighter skin

Exfoliate for a brighter skin Exfoliation is important for the health of your skin, whether you have break-out prone skin which has blocked pores and spots, ageing skin, dry or dehydrated skin, or sensitive and pigmented skin. Regular exfoliation will help with all these skin conditions leaving your skin smoother, rejuvenated and brighter. Choosing the right one can be confusing so I will make this easier for you. There are 3 key types of exfoliating products,

  1. Physical – This type of exfoliator includes exfoliating grit in it that removes the loose skin cells from the top layer of the skin. These may contain ingredeints such as Rice Extract or Corn Cob Meal. Good for normal skin and teenage acne prone skin with blackheads and spots.
  2. Chemical – This type of exfoliator works at a deeper level, breaking down the cellular glue around the skin cells, the products may contain Lactic Acid and
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5 important aspects of treating ageing skin

5 important aspects of treating ageing skin Understanding the many products and ingredients available to treat ageing skin can be very confusing and often intimidating! I suggest you look for products that address 5 important aspects of treating the skin. 1. Products that Quenches Free Radicals (unstable molecules that break down collagen and elastin) 2. Inhibits MMP'S (Matrix Metalloproteinase,) these degrade our collagen and elastin 3. Ingredients to Stimulate cell renewal and cell turnover, this slows as we age. 4. Stimulates collagen synthesis remember we are losing 1% of collagen from our dermis every year after our 30th birthday! 5. Hydrate and reinforce the barrier lipid layer that protects our tissues and skin that keeps the lower layers nicely hydrated. Dermalogica have formulated the AGE smart™ to address all of these aspects. AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin ageing before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and ... Read more →




Bright, Sparkly Party Season Skin

Its the party season and time to get our party clothes on. I want to help you achieve the most amazing bright, sparkly skin, to help you look fantastic for the party season. Here are my top 10 tips.
 
1. Double Cleanse your skin! -  Many people have poor cleansing habits and only spend a few seconds rubbing round their skin and then splashing with water. But cleansing is a vital step in skin health, so dedicating a whole minute  or two on your daily cleansing routine will reap you great rewards with beautiful skin. Cleanse twice the first one removes superficial dirt, grime and make-up and the second cleanse results in squeaky clean skin. Remember to cleanse into the hair line, around the ears and down the neck, focusing on congestion if you have it. 2. Tone the Skin - Its essential to remove all traces and residue of your cleanser as it can cause the
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What can I do about my dry, dehydrated skin?

Dry, dehydrated skin can be temporary, or a lifelong concern Dry skin can be genetically determined, or can be a products of an increasingly stressful lifestyle coupled with continual exposure to the sun, wind and chemicals in the environment. It can also be caused by inappropriate products on the skin. dry, or dehydrated? Dry skin, or allipoid skin, generally refers to skin that is lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin is characterised by lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum. Oily skin can experience dehydration. As mentioned, dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. This means sebaceous oil activity can still be normal or even overactive in dehydrated skin. Both dry and dehydrated skin can experience:

  • irritation, inflammation and itchiness
  • a feeling of tightness or tautness
  • a look of feel of roughness
  • slight to severe flaking and scaling
  • fine lines, cracks that can sometimes bleed and severe rednes
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How can I calm my sensitive skin?

Simple put, sensitive skin hurts! Sensitive, red, irritated skin is a frustrating disruption to everyday life. You're are not alone: up to 90% of the population perceives their own skin sensitive. But, do you really have sensitive skin? or is your skin sensitised, meaning the itching, redness and sensitivity is a result or environmental assaults? Take a look at the differences between these two conditions that share a similar result. sensitive skin . . .

  • Those who have very fair skin and are usually of Northern European ancestry have a genetic predisposition towards sensitive skin. this could be caused by the lower amount of pigment and thinner epidermal layer, allowing for easier access of potentially- irritating ingredients.
  • People with sensitive skin have more histamine readily produced in the body. The result is a more hypersensitive skin, waiting to react at any opportunity.
versus sensitised skin . . . 
  • Sensitized skin isn't caused by a genetic predisposition.
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