skin care

Beautiful Body: Spotlight on Spots

Spots. Nobody likes ‘em; but everyone’s got ‘em.

Whether you get spots from the sun or as a birthmark, you need to know what to look out for, what not to worry about and what you should be talking with your GP about quicksmart.

Spots can take the form of sun sports, birthmarks and moles. Check your entire body every six months to make sure any pre-existing spots haven’t changed. Going back over these questionable areas will reassure your safety, as well as catch anything that may need to be looked over by your GP or dermatologist. To make things simple, use this acronym when going over any pre-existing spots to detect a possible melanoma:

  • A – Asymmetry – any spots that lack symmetry
  • B – Border – any spot with an irregular or spreading border over time
  • C – Color – any spot that is multi-colored e.g. black, blue, red, grey
  • D – Diameter – any spot that grows larger in size over time

The key to keeping yourself safe from harmful types of skin cancer is to regularly look over your body and take note of every spot you see. A good way to do this is with your smart phone. Take pictures of any spots that stand out and add a calendar alarms every few months to monitor the shape. As with all the best health practices, prevention is key!

Beautiful Body: How To Treat Rashes and Blemishes

Our skin is the body’s first form of contact with everything we come across throughout our day.

The occasional rash and blemish is unfortunately, somewhat inevitable. We're only human after all!

Here are some signs to look out for and what not to worry about, about along with home remedies to help the itch!

Olive Oil – Rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants, olive oil helps healing those dry itchy rashes.

Baking Soda – For itchy, puss-oozing rashes, baking soda has a drying property, which will pull out liquid within the rashes to reduce recovery time. However, baking soda can further irritate the skin, so only do this for 3-5 minutes at a time - no more than three times a day.

Allergy Tablets – Most commonly used to treat those random hive break outs.

Aloe Vera - Best for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties on any minor skin irritation or a dry, scaly patch.

Cold Compression – The best way to treat inflammation, best used for those insect bites and poison ivy rashes.

Hydrocortisone Cream – The mother treatment of all types of rashes and blemishes. Most rashes are temporary; however any rash that does not improve or completely go away after at least 3-4 days, you should go see your GP and seek further advice.

Works Cited

Lampert, L. (n.d.). 8 Home Remedies for Rashes Your Skin Will Thank You For. Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/natural-remedies-rashes/ Rodriguez, D. (2010, June 10).

Home Remedies for Red Skin (L. Marcellin MD, Ed.). Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/home-remedies-for-red-skin.aspx

Beautiful Body: Natural Skin Remedies

Some of the best ways to help maintain healthy skin around your entire body turn out to be some of the cheapest!

Some of the most common skin care-related problems are induced by stress and dehydration, so make sure you get your 3 litres a day in addition to taking the odd chill pill. In addition to increasing water intake and reducing stress levels, here are my top 3 tips to get scrubbin’ and #lovetheskinyourein.

Tip # 1 - Take salt baths or scrub with salts in the shower. This helps your body retain moisture, promotes cellular regeneration, detoxifies skin, and helps heal dry, scaling irritated skin such as eczema.

Tip # 2 - Improve your air quality. Adding a humidifier in the bedroom will help your skin throughout the night and can have you waking up with less breakouts.

Tip # 3 - Use a lotion at night with higher concentrations of Vitamin E. This will help protect and nourish the skin better than a moisturizer without Vitamin E, which is trending right now in the skin care industry as a powerful anti-oxidant and free radical fighter.

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Works Cited

Lampert, L. (n.d.). 8 Home Remedies for Rashes Your Skin Will Thank You For. Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/natural-remedies-rashes/ Rodriguez, D. (2010, June 10).

Home Remedies for Red Skin (L. Marcellin MD, Ed.). Retrieved March 14, 2017, from http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/home-remedies-for-red-skin.aspx Loux, R. (2014, October 20).

9 Ways To Use Salt For Gorgeous Skin, Hair, Teeth and Nails . 1-1. doi:http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/salt-beauty-uses

Face Facts: Best Skin Care Regime For Day

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For most of us, our face is the first part of the bodies that other people see.

Taking proper care of the skin and maintaining a glowing, healthy appearance is high on the list for people of all ages and genders.

It can be confusing to navigate the highly-saturated skincare market, with so many brands, ingredients and products all battling for air time and endorsements. How do you know what your skin really needs amongst all noise?

I recommend all my patients to understand their skin type and only use products and certain active ingredients that are beneficial for that skin type.

Tip # 1 – Start your morning routine with a gentle cleanser that is packed with antioxidants such as green tea, cucumber, aloe vera, and vitamin B3. A proper cleanser containing these ingredients will act as an anti-inflammatory throughout your day, protecting your skin against free radicals, improving skin tone, moisturizing and boosting collagen production, which helps with those fine lines and wrinkles. Avoid harsh chemicals and exfoliates, as these can be a part of your nighttime routine, if required.

Tip # 2 - After cleansing, apply a serum that is right for your skin type. If your skin is acne prone, find a serum that is water based, as oil-based serums will increase bacteria within the pores, thus giving you more breakouts. Acne prone individuals should be using serums that contain Vitamin C, Vitamin El and salicylic acid, as these will expedite cell turnover rate and unclog pores. If you suffer from dry skin daily serums containing the main ingredients of Vitamin E, Niacinamide, and Hylaronic acid are best for you. Vitamin E helps protect the skin cells from being oxidized throughout the day from pollution in the air. Niacinamide helps improve the concentration of lipids in the skin, keeping them more elastic and giving you that nice plump look. Hylaronic acid holds onto water molecules throughout the day, keeping your skin nice and moist. For people with oily skin, find a serum that is water-based containing these 3 key ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and citrus acids. These guys will decrease the amount of sebum production throughout your day, in addition to unclogging those deep pores decreasing the bacteria that brings breakouts prone with oily skin types. Be careful not to confuse ‘serums’ for ‘face-oils’, as they do different things and should be placed onto the skin at different times during your morning routine. Be sure to read your labels.

Tip # 3 - Protecting your face from the Sun’s harmful UV rays throughout the day with a sunscreen moisturizer. Look for a product that says “moisturizing” sun protection and has a SPF of 35 or greater - this way, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. A face sunscreen is ideal; normal sunscreen used for the body is completely different and can cause irritation to the sensitive skin on our faces.

Works Cited

Neill, U. S. (2012). Skin care in the Ageing Female: myths and truths. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, 122(2), 473–477. http://doi.org/10.1172/JCI61978 Skin care for acne-prone skin. (july 28, 2016).Skin care for acne-prone skin. Retrieved March 12, 2071, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072392/.

Ganceviciene, R., Liakou, A. I., Theodoridis, A., Makrantonaki, E., & Zouboulis, C. C. (2012). Skin anti-aging strategies. Dermato-Endocrinology,4(3), 308–319. http://doi.org/10.4161/derm.22804