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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Get Rid of Acne using These Foods

Annoyingly adult acne seems to be on the up, with spots affecting many of us well past our teenage, temperamental hormonal years.

And it’s not just the physical symptoms that are the problem; acne can have a huge impact on self­esteem, causing stress, anxiety, depression and can even affect personal relationships. Sufferers of acne might have spent hundreds of pounds on expensive skincare products, sought the help of a GP, tried medication or expensive supplements and paid numerous visits to dermatologists or facialists… and nothing seems to work.

So how about looking at your diet? According to nutritionist Becky Graham from the Treat app, what you’re putting into your body might be the cause of what’s displaying on the outside…

“Understanding what’s happening can make it easier to unpick the problem”, Becky says, so here’s the science:

Each and every pore on your skin is actually a small opening called a follicle ­ made up of a hair and a sebaceous or oil gland. The job of these glands is to keep skin protected by providing a kind of waterproof protective layer by secreting oil or sebum.

With acne, glands have a tendency to become blocked with excess oil, dead skin or bacteria. These blockages make it difficult for the skin to shed normally and subsequent inflammation results in painful spots.

“The environment, getting enough sun, how much water we are drinking, digestion, hormones and stress as well as the liver’s ability to do it’s job as our major detoxification factory,” our nutritionist explains, adding that “diet can help in all these departments.”

So here are some anti-inflammatory foods that could help:

# Fish

It’s our number 1 source of omega 3 fats, which are­ a key anti­-inflammatory nutrient for the skin, brain, joints and heart. “The highest quality omega 3 are found in wild oily fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon or smaller fish like mackerel, herring & sardines,” notes Becky.

# Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy and kale

Or the collective title of ‘cruciferous veg’. “They all contain a compound called indole­3­carbinol that can help the liver to bind excess hormones and eliminate toxins,” says Becky.

# Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Or just olives on their own. These are key ingredients in the ‘Mediterranean Diet’, apparently, and a fantastic source of omega 9 fats, which have been associated with protecting the skin from sun damage.

# Avocados

So they’re not just fashionable, they actually do some good too! As well as being super tasty and incredibly versatile, avocados are also rich in omega 9 fats, vitamin C and vitamin A. Bingo.

# Ginger

The spice has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for all sorts of ailments,from pain management to nausea and digestion to immune support, plus it’s a great metabolism booster. As well as that, ginger is an antioxidant with anti-­inflammatory properties that will help sort your skin right out.

# Coconut Oil

We’re told to cook with it all the time, but it could help your skin, too. “Coconut oil is a healthy type of saturated fat and a great stable oil to cook,” the nutritionist explains, adding that “it’s essential to include fats in the diet to help absorb fat­soluble the vitamins A, D, E and K.” Sounds good to us…

# Flax and chia seeds

Another favourite from the clean eating types like Deliciously Ella. According to Becky, these kind of seeds are full of fibre and omega 3 fats – so much so they’re known as ‘super seeds’ – and you can add them to pretty much anything.

# Nuts

Especially walnuts; they’re your ‘top nut’ for omega 3 fats. “Brazil nuts contain selenium and zinc, two of the minerals most important for a healthy functioning immune system,” says Becky.

# Pre and probiotic foods

“Prebiotic foods like artichoke, onions, garlic and asparagus feed our beneficial bacteria while probiotics in yoghurt and kefir help to combat any unwelcome bacteria and promote a healthy immune system,” our nutritionist Becky advises.

# Berries

Great when paired with yoghurt, as above. “Berries are packed with ‘phytonutrients’, are low in sugar and high in vitamin C – an essential skin healing and immune system nutrient. Berries are also responsible for promoting collagen production, keeping skin plumped and healthy, so that’s an added bonus.

# Brightly coloured veg

Not only do these look great when you Instagram your dinner, but they’re another great source of vitamin C and vitamin A. “The more richly pigmented better,” says Becky, who advises us to “eat a rainbow of red peppers, aubergine, red cabbage, carrots, sweet potatoes, and dark green leafy veg.

 

 

Find The Right Hair Oil

It’s not just thick manes of coarse hair that can benefit from oil; even thin, fine and easily-greasy locks can reap the rewards too. It’s just a matter of finding the right elixir for you…

# Argan Oil, best for dry hair

Hailed as liquid gold in its native Morocco, nutty argan oil kick started the UK’s hair oil obsession. Rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, it can help turn dry, coarse and unruly hair into softer and shinier, more manageable tresses, while cutting frizz and fly-aways too.

 # Coconut Oil, best for all hair types

The ultimate multi-tasker, coconut oil can be used on all hair types (yes even greasy hair) to replenish your strands and also keep your scalp healthy. Packed full of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, coconut oil can help to build stronger strands too, making it a great weekly treatment for locks prone to breakage and slow growth.

# Macadamia Oil, best for extremely dry or damaged hair

Nut oils tend to be the most intensive, and macadamia is one of the richest available. Use it on very dry or damaged hair as a weekly mask, or to replenish your tresses after a series of heavy heat styling sessions.

# Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, best for sensitive skin

High in omega-6, the fatty acids known to boost hair growth, protein and vitamins C, B2 and G, kalahari melon seed oil is an excellent reparative oil, known to be particularly gentle on sensitive skin and scalps. If you suffer from dermatitis, psoriasis or often have itchy reactions to beauty products, this is the shine boosting hair oil for you.

# Almond Oil, best for beating dandruff

Though one of the lighter nut oils, almond oil is jam-packed with goodness. Along with antioxidants, vitamin E, fatty acids and protein, it’s also high in magnesium, which will help to boost hair growth and reduce breakage. If you suffer from irritation on your scalp, try massaging your scalp with almond oil whenever you wash your hair, to reduce inflammation, redness and dandruff.

# Baobab Oil, best for boosting growth

Fairly new to the British hair market, there’s plenty of hype surrounding baobab oil and its high vitamin content. Along with the essential fatty acids needed for deep hydration and nourishment, baobab also packs vitamins A, D, E, and F, which all combine to improve the elasticity of your locks, and encourage cell regeneration. That’s right, it can actually help your hair grow faster!

# Marula Oil, best for holiday hair

If you don’t like the nutty smell of oils like argan and macadamia, marula makes for a fruitier alternative. Nourishing and packed with vitamin C, it’s great for all hair types, but especially handy on holiday, as it’ll protect your hair from drying out in the sun.

# Abyssinian Oil, best for fine hair

Also known as organic crambe seed oil, abyssinian is intensely hydrating but extremely light in weight and texture, making it a brilliant option for thin, fine or greasy hair that can easily become lank if overloaded. The molecular structure of abyssinian oil also makes it one of the most heat resistant oils, and so perfect to use as a pre-heat styling product.

Skin Care Tips for Men

 

# Keep it clean. Men’s skin is approximately 15% oilier and their skin has larger pores than women which mean that your skin becomes dirty quickly. Deep cleansing is important to keep your pores clear, skin healthy and to keep you looking great. Look for a cleanser that is strong enough to cut through the grease and dirt but gentle and mild on your skin. The Y-natural 102 foaming cleanser is gentle and effectively cleans without stripping the skin of its own protective oils.

# Avoid exposure of your skin to the sun for a long time as too much exposure damages your skin and predisposes you to skin cancer. Use an effective sunscreen that contains a SPF 15 or above to protect your skin.

# It is all in the routine, only a few minutes a day is all that is necessary. Caring for your skin does not require too much time. Try not to use a harsh soap or aftershaves that will excessively dry out your skin.

# Avoid skin injury on your face when you shave.  If you are using a blade to shave, be sure to cover your facial skin with a thin stream of hot water before applying a shaving product. Let it stay for few minutes on your face and allow your skin to absorb steam better. Pete shaves while he is still in the shower or if you prefer, shave in front of the mirror at the basin. Do it immediately after your shower while the pores are still open from the warm water, the hair is softer and makes for an easier shave and while the hair follicle is still soft. Shaving is actually beneficial to men; it provides a form of exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and helps the skin to regrow and renew itself. Use a gentle shaving cleanser that is effective without stripping the skin of its own protective oils.

After shaving apply an aftershave or toner that is an antiseptic, astringent and is soothing to the skin. A toner that helps to reduce sebum secretion which is beneficial to oily skin and will soothe nicks and cuts and help to restore the skin’s pH balance, plus it smells great too. Men with sensitive skin should use an aftershave or toner that is alcohol free. The pure heaven calm balm aftershave lotion helps protect and soothe the skin after shaving, and can also be used as a nourishing face moisturiser suitable for all skin types and especially suited to those with shaving rash and sensitive skin. The pure heaven shave bar is enriched with organic olive oil, skin softening shea butter, a rich creamy lather perfect for daily nourishment of your skin.  The Mokosh natural shaving soap is rich in moisturising oils and has added bentonite clay to draw out impurities; it has earthy and sensuous scents of cedarwood, geranium and patchouli.

# Always Moisturize Your Face – It is very important that you keep your face moisturised, which will keep your skin healthy and soft as well. Never forget this part of your facial skin care routine, after shaving, and after you apply an aftershave, you have to moisturise your skin with a moisturiiser that doesn’t contain any form of alcohol or heavy fragrance. Heavy fragrant products irritate your skin and make your skin drier. Moisturisers with level of sun protection ingredients are also suitable. Sun damage is the number one cause of premature aging in the skin.  Look for a moisturiser that contains antioxidants, that are light and fast absorbing, nourishing and healing to help prevent razor bumps. A moisturizer should also state that it is non-comedogenic. This means that  the formula won’t clog the pores and cause a breakout. The Y-natural 502 Hydrate Antioxidant moisturiser also has high concentrations of potent Ginkgo biloba, rosemary leaf, olive leaf and green tea protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental factors that can cause cell damage and premature ageing – you can smell their delicious earthy goodness!

# Exfoliate your skin regularly. Exfoliating the dead skin cells present on your skin promotes good skin tone for you. It is better for you to repeat the process of exfoliation for at least 2 to 3 times in a week. The Y-natural 200 Buff marine skin polish contains natural marine extracts, healing and gentle astringents of Niaouli and Rosalina, and antibacterial, antiseptic Cypress and Geranium.

Consistency is the key to keeping skin healthy. The face should be washed once in the morning and once at night to remove the day’s dirt and grime. With diligence the skin can be dramatically improved and shaving irritation will be a thing of the past. Simply following the above skin care tips and your skin will be smooth, touchable, and smelling great.