Making the weakest nails strong

I am all about the skin usually but after thinking I would never have strong nails and now having my nails grow so fast and strong i actually have to cut them (before they break off!) i thought i would share what it has taken me a few years to work out

At the risk of sounding like a broken record... DIET. When i am concentrating especially hard on trying to have strong nails I always find myself eating alot of almonds which, along side avocado and salmon and the likes are a great source of essentail fatty acids making sure the plates of the nail do not peel away from eachother causing that flakiness at the top.

Believe it or not... BEER! Beer is one of the richest sources of a trace mineral called silicone which is imperative to the synthesis of keratin reducing nail brittleness. It is believed that a single serving of beer contains more that 10 milligrams of silicone. Bring it on I say ;)

Oysters... ok i swear i'm not trying to start my own party season but believe it or not these bad boys are rich in zinc which are responcible for making the proteins which in turn create your nails.

Cheat... There is nothing wrong with getting a little extra help when needed. https://www.swisse.com/en-au/products/vitamins-supplements/body-beauty/swisse-ultiboost-hair-skin-nails has been an amazing booster for me. Usually I am one to shy away from artificial help however I have really noticed the difference in a matter of weeks.

Keep em' polished. If you don't want to bight your nails or tear off those little fraying bits from the sides? Keep them filed and polished. Preferably with a nail hardener  http://www.opi.net.au/nail_envy.shtml keeps the weakest of nails from peeling and breaking so they can grow longer and stronger. Keeping the sides filed slightly rounded will keep the edges from catching so as not to tear the edges. You can still create the desired shape be it round or square but just keep the very edge rounded off. AND keep it neutral. If you are thinking of keeping them painted. Keep it neutral as to not draw attention to any chips like a darker polish would.

The bonus - By focusing on having stronger, faster growing nails you will also have stronger, faster growing hair considering it is made out of the same stuff.

 

Eating Your Way to Stronger, Clearer Skin and Reducing Redness

Ever wondered why after a few days of indulging in a couple of Vinos or at different stages your skin feels more sensitive than at other times? It may have something to do with what your eating. Even some of the most healthy foods can induce redness in some people. It's about knowing what reacts with your body and lifestyle. Our blood and cells have to maintain slightly more alkaline (as opposed to acidic) the same way our body needs to maintain a certain temperature or we get sick. 

Read on for the Do's and don'ts of redness and Sensitivity.

Alcohol, drugs, cigarettes dehydrate the skin triggering things like rosacea. Dyhdration within the tissue is like an unwatered soil. It prevents all the functions and systems (the root systems) of the skin from performing at their optimum level. Dehydration leaves your skin unprotected!

Sugar, refined foods,  and too much dairy, carbs and red meat also block alkalising foods that try to neutralise the acids. Our body then draws all our minerals away from other needed areas to counteract the acidity. leaving other areas, such as the skin, depleted.

Keep an alkaline diet. Keeping an alkaline diet not only oxygenates the blood but helps to reduce inflammation and redness within the body and the tissue. Alkaline-forming foods are:

Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, cabbage, fermented veggies, cucumber, sprouts, wheatgrass and kale

Fruits: Berries, apples, banana, rockmelon, avocado, lemon, lime and mango

Nuts (incl oils) & Grains: Almonds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed, rice, quinoa, rye and buckwheat

HOTTIP :) Excercise helps to oxygenate the blood which in turn promotes alkalinity.

Drink 3-4 Ltrs of water per day

NOTTIP :( Over acidity can lead to excema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne

My favourite alkaline smoothie recipe: 1 handful of green baby spinach, 1/2 a cucumber, half a frozen mago, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, a few sprigs of parseley, top with coconut water and blend.

Click the link for more than 60 other alkalising foods: http://bembu.com/alkaline-foods

 

http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/celebrity+profiles/why+elle+macpherson+loves+the+alkaline+diet,31865

http://liveenergized.com/get-beautiful-skin/foods-to-eat-for-clear-skin/

The Benefits of Skin Needling

 Skin needling done manually with a roller...

Skin needling done manually with a roller...

Skin needling is a treatment I have recently implemented into the studio and am getting alot of enquiries about.

Apart from witnessing the benefits of this intensive but not-too-much-down-time treatment, first hand, there are a plethora of benefits that identify closeley to fraxel laser without the risk of abnormal collagen production and melanocyte/papile damage. 

THE BENEFITS

Skin needling, also known as Collagen induction therapy (CIT) does exactly that. Human skin tissue produces twelve types of collagen. Skin needling promotes types one and three which are the best quality and responsible for the anti-ageing and strengthening of the skin.

Skin needling can help with a variety of skin conditions. Skin needling helps to reduce redness and visible capillaries, reduce scarring and fine to moderate lines and improve the general health and wellness of the skin. The more serious the concern, the more treatments you will need to help have the desired result. Between three to six but no more than eight are recommended.

On my own skin: I have noticed a massive difference in overall plumpness and firmness, a massive reduction in capillaries and redness, clearer skin. Promotion of healing - in terms of if I have a break out it clears itself more quickly.

Skin needling penetrates serums deep into the tissue via the tip of the needle to intensify the ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is commonly used. This ingredient holds one thousand times its own weight in moisture and makes up some fillers used medically to plump the skin.

You can instantly see the results of the treatment as fresh blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissue. However with skin needling, you can continue to see the results of a single treatment for up to two years. 

WHAT TO IMMEDIATELY EXPECT

Does it hurt? In my personal experience, the answer is no. However, everyone is different. Most clinics use a high grade numbing cream. When applied with the correct time lapse (usually enough time to do an in-depth consultation!) there should be no problem. The forehead is the most sensitive of the areas due to the fact the nerves are closest to the surface but slightly unpleasant would be the best way to describe it.

In the days after the treatment, you will feel and look slightly sunburned.

KNOW YOUR PRACTITIONER 

Make sure you go with someone who is certified, does a thorough consultation and uses sterile utensils for each treatment. Someone who can be realistic about the achievement of the treatment and will take the time to answer all questions you need answered.

DO'S AND DON'TS

Do ask your practitioner for any preparation you should be doing. Also ask if there is anything you shouldn't be doing over the next few days following the treatment.

Don't have this done in your lunch break. Try and get it done over a weekend or a Thursday night to allow time for the redness to dissipate.

Don't go close to menstruation - you are bound to be more sensitive and probably wont feel like someone prickling your face.

Do drink lots of water pre and post. The skin is in for abit of detoxification so try and curb it by removing toxins from the body.

Do use good quality mineral make up and products. The skin has little open channels which have been filled with beautiful ingredients to plump and do other amazing things to the skin. Don't go and fill them with nasty chemicals.

DO book in at Lady Luxe Beauty for a consulation! :)

 

 

Image source: eva nightingale

When life gives you lemons - you get all their health benefits

THE JUICE OF A LEMON EACH DAY  

1 Supports the immune system: The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C (collagen boosting), which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu.  Nutritionist Michele Chevalley Hedge says lemon also enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron, an important nutrient for a healthy immune system. “Vitamin C may increase non-heme iron bioavailability fourfold,” Chevalley Hedge says. “This refers to iron availability in the body from non-meat sources.” 

2 Aids digestion: As lemon juice is similar in atomic structure to the stomach’s digestive juices, it has a positive effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.   

3 Repairs skin: Lemons are great for combating skin ageing, Chevalley Hedge says. The antioxidant properties help combat free radical damage, which is responsible for the symptoms of ageing. “We know that lemons are rich in vitamin C and that is really what creates collagen synthesis, which is wonderful in terms of keeping wrinkles at bay,” she says. “Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of amino acids into collagen and the job of collagen and connective tissue is to hold things tight and protect our skin tissue.”  

4 Reduces appetite: Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fibre commonly found in citrus fruits. Pectin helps stave off hunger as the fibre creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings. By feeling fuller for longer, you’re less likely to snack or make poor food choices.  

5 Balances pH levels: Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. “Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Educated foodies still think of lemons as being acidic when they are quite alkalising.” 

6  Cleanses the urinary tract: Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. Lemon juice can also change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria.  

7. Promotes healing: Ascorbic acid, vitamin C, promotes wound healing in the body and is an important nutrient in maintaining healthy bones, tissue and cartilage. It also calms inflammation in the body. 

“Vitamin C travels through the body, neutralising any free radicals,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes and causing inflammation.” 

8. Detoxifies the liver: Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. It purifies and stimulates the liver by encouraging the production of bile, an acid required for digestion. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow, decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body and assist in dissolving gall stones. 

Try drinking the juice of a lemon every day

Add lemon juice to salads and cooked veggies for a dressing

KOMBUCHA


The growth of kombucha is fascinating, both as a hot trend in the beverage aisle and in the biological sense, since it is brewed with a live, expanding bacterial culture. The drink, which originates in Asia, has been around for centuries and has long been popular with alternative-health folk. 

What is kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea made by adding a culture of bacteria and yeast to a solution of tea, sugar and sometimes fruit juice and other flavorings. It's often referred to as "mushroom-tea" because during the brewing process the bacteria and yeast grow into a mass that resembles a mushroom cap.

The drink has a slight effervescence and sweet-tart flavor. It often has small remnants of the bacteria mix floating in it, which sounds unappealing but is not much different from finding some sediment in your wine. Kombucha is highly acidic, contains sugar, B vitamins and antioxidants, as well as some alcohol that results from the fermentation process. It has about 30 calories per eight ounces (mainly from the sugar), which is considerably less than other soft drinks

What are the benefits?
1.Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver.

2.Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer. .

3.Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage (like yogurt). This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion - helping to de bloat the stomach and intestines, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc. 

4.Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, boosting your immune system and energy levels. Anti-oxidants help to fight free radical damage to the skin known to cause aging and breakdown of the skin's healthy  functions.

5. Kombucha is high in Vitamin B. B vitamins provide support for the body’s metabolic functions including overall energy, utilization of carbohydrates, heart health, and healthy hair, skin, and nails. Adequate intake of B vitamins can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, boost memory, and relieve PMS.

Eventually you will run into some form of bad publicity about kombucha (find a product that you wont run into bad publicity!) but with the myriad of health benefits listed above plus more - it's worth having a sip and seeing for yourself! I did and I loved it.

MY FINDINGS: I didn't find the taste bad. It tasted like ginger beer with a bit of apple cidar vinegar in it. Over all my skin felt clear, my stomach debloated and i wasn't as hungry as usual. Will definitely be adding this to the fridge more often. Might even try making it myself one of these days!

Where to get Kombucha
Doorsteporganics.com stocks tonicka  Kombucha in a range of natural flavors. 
 
Any health food store should stock kombucha tonics or the kits to make it.

 

Source

Foodrenegade.com

Teagardens.com.au

Mendaily.com

Iquitsugar.com.au

smhlifestyle.com

Holiday guide to staying healthy

Most of us are on the constant quest to stay healthy throughout the year - which is fantastic as it makes you feel all round WELL. Christmas time can be a little challenging even for the most healthy of bodies. Not only can it make us feel like we are packing on the kilos, it can also make dark circles appear under the eyes and the skin start to look lackluster and breakout due to toxic build up. Here are a few tips to pack in your suit case along with your bikini this holiday season.


  1. Find out where the local super market is and do a little food shop of fruit and veg. Buy some apples for when you need a snack and some veggies like celery, carrots and cucumber to have with your dips and cheeses instead of the chips. Buy ingredients that are fun and healthy to cook with whilst you actually have the time to try something new.
  2. Keep hydrated from day to day with the juice of an entire lemon in a glass of water. Continue to top up the same glass with the same lemon for the entire day. Repeat every day with a new lemon. This will help to cleanse and purify the skin.
  3. Use this time to get maximum shut eye. They don't call it beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep is when our bodies have the time to regenerate and repair.
  4. Find out what the local activities are that will allow you to keep fit. It might be bush walking, paddle boarding, horse riding or just a jog along the beach. Use it as a time to try something new and if you're having fun, you won't even know you're exercising! 
  5. Spend as much time in the ocean as possible. The sea water helps to resurface and has minerals and vitamins that are good for the skin.
  6. Pack board games. They will help keep you from being bored and hungry after dinner. Not to mention bring out your inner youth.
  7. This can be tricky if you're flying but pack some things to do a facial on yourself and whoever you're with. It's hard to find the time in day to day life to spend on yourself so a holiday is the perfect time to do some extra pampering.
  8. HAVE FUN! When you're having a wholesome fun time, you're body is de-stressing and repairing. So enjoy the unwind before the madness starts again.

Need to know facts about your skin prescription

The how and why I prescribe product to each and every client. I always want my client to walk out equipped with the best possible knowledge on how to treat and care for their skin once they leave the studio - inside and out!

Skin Fact 1
Correct cleansing, the first step towards a healthy skin

Correct cleansing with products that respect your skin’s acid mantle and outer layer provides the basis of healthy skin care. Gentle, chemical-free cleansers are definitely the way to go. That tight, shiny feeling chemical based foaming agents give strips the skin of all its natural protection making oil glands go into over drive and disrupting the acid mantle. This leads to premature ageing and hyper sensitivity.

Aloe vera based cleasners customised with different ingredients are a fantastic natural filler complete with 20 out of the 22 amino acids our skin needs for optimum health as well as anti ageing fatty acids, a plethora of vitamins and has an ezyme which helps to digest dead skin and makeup. Coco glucocides (derived from coconut) and quanila saponaria (a bark derivative) are gentle foaming agents that wont strip the skin of the natural oils we need to protect ourselves

Complete ‘correct cleansing’ by rinsing or compressing with cool water. This simple technique activates the minute muscle that sits beside the hair follicle causing contraction. This action eliminates any last remaining dirt and keeps your skin feeling soft too.

Skin Fact 2
Scrub the bathroom floor, but never your face

You can give the skin an indepth exfoliate without disturbing the skin's natural line of defence – the acid mantle, protective outer layer of skin cells and the 28 day skin cell cycle. Soaps, lathering agents, overly alkaline substances, scrubs and exfoliants (acids or gritty compounds) CAN strip your face of this natural protection. This may result in dry, irritated or sensitive skin, more prone to allergic reactions, sun damage, absorption of synthetic chemical products and premature signs of aging.

Enzymatic based exfoliants complete with lactic, salycilic or glycolic acids will smooth and gently resurface the skin. AHA's and BHA's help to exfoliate the skin on a slightly deeper level. If you prefer a granular exfoliation, it is imperative that the granules are completely spherical as not to micro-tear the skin, leaching moisture from the tissue and allowing bacteria into the skin.

Skin Fact 3
Squeaky clean is for dishes, not your skin

That ‘squeaky clean’ feeling comes from lathering and/or overly alkaline cleansing products and that’s your sign that the acid mantle and outer layer (stratum corneum) of your skin has been disrupted.

If you have oily skin, those harsh cleansing products that make your skin ‘squeaky clean’ just make your skin produce more oil to compensate.

Skin Fact 4
Lose the night cream, your skin will thank you for it

  • During the night your skin is metabolising and eliminating the day’s waste, that’s one of its many functions as the largest organ in your body.
  • The night time rhythm of the skin is one of a ‘breathing out’.
  • How do you know this is happening? Because skin disorders such as eczema, shingles, chicken pox or measles are much worse during the night. How often have you woken up in the morning to be greeted by a pimple?
  • There should not be any environmental factors that you are trying to protect your skin from while you’re asleep.
  • A night cream – which is usually a heavy, expensive, occlusive substance impedes your skin’s normal night time process.
  • Finally, sleeping isn’t aging it's regenerating! 

If it's good enough for you during the day, it should be good enough for you to wear through the night! A heavier cream may be needed in the cooler months when there is no humidity and the skin is dryer due to the environment.

Skin Fact 5 
Moisture will be absorbed better into a well prepared skin

  1. Cleanse the skin (twice at night - preferably with a pre cleaner, then a cleanser)
  2. Deeply flush the pores through with a skin conditioner - once the pores have been cleansed and washed through cleansing, they will benefit from a deeper flush though.
  3. Exfoliate 1-2 times per week to keep the skin smooth, refreshed and to remove the excess dead skin build up on the surface and within the pore to aid in optimum product absorption.
  4. Now the skin has been thoroughly cleaned and treated, apply 1-2 pumps of serum to the face and neck. Serums help to treat and stimulate the skin on a deeper dermal level where the cells are commencing production.
  5. Bind the nourishment into the skin by moisturising to close the pores and protect the skin for the next 12 hours.

Skin Fact 6
Like treats like

Though it might seem counterintuitive to apply oil to an oily skin, it's actually the most effective solution. The skin knows whether it's sufficiently protected, producing more of its own oil when skin is dry and less when it's balanced. Drying, soap-based products and conventional acne treatments can rob the skin of its defences, leaving it vulnerable and triggering the sebaceous glands to produce even more oil.

On the other end of the spectrum, If we treat dry skin with rich, heavy creams or oils we effectively trick our skin into believing it's been producing too much of its own oil. In response it will decrease production, perpetuating the dry skin cycle.

Skin Fact 7
Chemical vs natural

Unknowingly most woman carry with them daily up to 500 synthetic chemicals. These pollutants are self inflicted through the use of conventional face, body, hair and make-up products. A non natural moisturiser may contain around 30 synthetic chemicals and a perfume up to 400! 

If you use natural chemical-free ingredients, the skin can readily accept and easily absorb them instead of trying to combat and fight against synthetic chemicals and man-made substances concentrating purely on absorbing all the goodness instead of reaction to things such as colours, perfumes and other types of filler they put in to make a product "feel good".


Our skin has an absolutely amazing ability to balance and heal itself, responding constantly to changes in our internal and external environments. It needs a little help along the way, like protection from exposure to harsh elements, or support when it gets thrown out of balance by lifestyle, hormones, transition, illness or stress. The key is to encourage and strengthen your skin's own natural self-healing processes. Rather than suppressing symptoms or interfering with the skin's natural rhythms, respect the skin, supporting its return to balanced health through the highest quality ingredients from nature that your skin can understand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.drhauschka.co.nz/Need-To-Know/Skin-Facts/

http://www.newbeauty.com/treatments/microdermabrasion/273-why-exfoliate/

http://blissfullydomestic.com/home-bliss/fabulous-indoor-terrarium-inspirations/141781/

What causes ageing and how do we avoid it...

The first and most important thing about ageing is: It doesn't have to be bad. You can grow old (bugger gracefully) beautifully. I think the more we embrace the absolute inevitable, A) it helps to combat one of the main causes of ageing - STRESS - but B) also helps us to work on the condition in which we do grow old. Ageing might be inevitable but the rate in which we age, is not.

Sun damage: UV Rays are known to be responsible for 80% of our ageing. Studies show, the repeated exposure of UV rays, causes the break down of collagen and inhibits the production of new collagen. It over stimulates pigment producing melanocytes that cause sun spots and uneven skin tone.

Smoking: As if you needed another reason to quit BUT! Smoking does indeed age the skin more rapidly. Smoking narrows the blood vessels to the outermost layers of the skin. It also inhibits nutrients such as Vitamin A and oxygen flow getting to the dermis which is where the wrinkles appear in the skin. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes that also breakdown the collagen and elastine in the skin.

Stress: Telomeres are like a little tip on the end of our cellular DNA (like the plastic tip on a shoelace) stopping it from fraying and ultimately breaking down (causing the skin to appear aged). The more stressed out you are, the more likely you are to damage and ultimately breakdown the Telomeres holding each DNA strand together. The good news about this process is, once the stress is removed they seem to come back  BUT! Sometimes you actually can't remove the stress so learning to deal with the stress is sometimes more effective. Physical activity also help to disburse stress causing hormones and eliminate them.

Unhealth: Your body is a temple....... is quite a boring statement. Although, there are much more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in healthy, fresh food than there is in over processed packaged food full of preservatives and chemicals which actually hinder and break down all the good healthy cells your body naturally produce. It's a no-brainer that you are going to appear younger if you keep yourself hydrated, which will plump the skin and fill the skin with nutrient rich food promoting healthy cell renewal.

Genetics: To me, the least important of all the factors. Reason being, I see clients all the time with the beginnings of genetic downfalls from family lines all the time. With the use of good skin care and a healthy diet, an obstacle easily overcome. On the other hand, if your mum looked like she's 40 when she is into her 70's, chances are you have hit the genetic jackpot - LUCKY YOU!

Afew tips on how to grow old beautifully...

Learn to deal with stress in a healthy manor

Exercise regularly and stay active 

Enjoy a healthy diet

Use sun protection

Use good quality chemical free skin care that has been specifically prescribed for you - including regular exfoliation

Regular salon professional intensive treatments

Drink lots of water

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/quit-smoking/expert-answers/smoking/faq-20058153

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1329716/Is-stress-ageing-decade-A-new-book-claims-repair-damage-naturally.html

Do you have a vitamin deficiency? What your skin is trying to tell you

My post treatment advice never stops at products. Combating skin conditions from the inside as well as the outside is always the most successful and speedy option to achieve results with your skin, not to mention your overall well being and health.

In this uber busy day and age with convenient meal options lining the super market shelves, alot of us can unintentionally leave things out of the diet that dramatically affect the skin. There are symptoms to prove it.

Vitamin A: The first of the Vitamins discovered (hence Vitamin 'A'), imperative for healthy vision, without healthy levels of this Vitamin within the body, it can lead to hyperkeratosis which looks like a little white lump at the base of the hair follicle A.K.A. folliculitis or those little rough bumpy/pimply things that can appear on the back of your arms, cheeks, thighs and buttocks. Vitamin A deficiency also leads to the malabsorption of anti-oxidants and lipids which are essential fats that lubricate and anti-age the skin. If the skin is dry and flaky, this is also an indication of a Vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin A rich foods - Tuna, Red capsicum, rock melon, sweet potato, butternut pumpkin, dried apricots, mangoes and carrots.

Vitamin B's: Water soluble, this Vitamin is not easily absorbed naturally into the body. Can lead to extremely dry and peeling lips, cracked corners of the mouth that seem to last forever and blotchy, reddened skin predominantly on the cheeks. Vitamin B's are the main vitamins to promote healthy hair.

Vitamin B rich foods: Mushrooms, eggs, shellfish, raspberries, bananas, soy beans, nuts and cauliflower

Vitamin C: Vitamin C is needed to help the body absorb iron which is really important for women. Low iron levels can add to dark circles under the eyes. Vitamin C also helps to stimulate the body's collagen and elastine production - who doesn't want to promote that? Without Vitamin C, you can experience skin rashes, impaired wound healing and gingivitis.

Vitamin C rich foods: Brocoli, all citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, papaya, kiwi fruit, dark green leafy veg and berries.

Vitamin D: The funny thing about Vitamin D is, you can absorb it from the sun, but the darker your skin is, the more likely you are to have this deficiency. If you don't have enough vitamin D, it can make you extra sensitive to UV rays and sun burn. A vitamin D deficiency can also leave you feeling extremely depleted of energy.

Vitamin D rich foods: Fish and eggs - but that alone is not enough. The sun is the best source of vitamin D!

Things you need to know about vitamins and deficiencies:

The overall symptom of vitamin deficiency seems to be fatigue.

One certain Vitamin deficiency can imbalance the other vitamin levels within the body and ultimately lead to further vitamin deficiencies.

Vitamin supplements (tablets) absorb into the body more successfully if you are getting it from your diet foods in your diet.

The best overall way to get enough Vitamins in your diet is to eat healthily and spend a sensibly amount of time doing out door activities

 

Source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_A#Dermatology

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-vitamin-A.php

http://www.details.com/blogs/daily-details/2013/04/5-weird-signs-youre-vitamin-deficient.html

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional_disorders/vitamin_deficiency_dependency_and_toxicity/vitamin_c.html

What are you putting on your face? The ingredients you need to know about...

Its amazing how one will pick up a product to put on their skin (and therefore absorb into their body) and pay more attention to what's on the outside of the bottle than what's on the inside.

The next time you pick up a beautiful box, turn it over and have a read. There are a few ingredients that you really don't want to be applying to your skin. I guarantee if you walk into your bathroom right now, you will find a product with some of these ingredients listed. Ingredients that are so toxic, the companies require workers to wear completely covered protective gear and all have studies indicating they are carcinogenic. Read on - it's seriously crazy...

DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamin) & TEA (Triethanolamine) is an ingredient I see used in even the most "Luxury brands". Also used as a foaming agent in most supermarket bubble baths, body washes and facial cleansers, this product is an eye irritant, strips the skin of it's natural oils - which allows other toxins to be easily absorbed and also starts to build up with in the body's organs.

Mineral Oils/Petro chemicals/petrolatum (and its derivatives)/ parraffinum. Used as a mechanical lubricant... eh hemmm... need I say more? According to the Environmental Working Group, Mineral oil is derived from petroleum and may be contaminated with cancer-causing polycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Mineral oil coats the skin inhibiting absorption, excretion and the skin's natural removal of toxins resulting in breakout and acne. It strangulates the skin also resulting in premature ageing.

Peroxides/benzol peroxide the "quick fix" of acne reduction. Peroxides help to immediately treat a skin infection but used over a prolonged period of time actually inhibit the white blood cells from doing that job because the skin starts to depend on the peroxide to do the job of the white blood cells. It dehydrates the skin and evaporates all the skins natural moisture hindering all the other natural healthy functions of the skin like collagen and elastine production. Peroxide is bleaching and whitening and makes you extra sensitive to the sun aswell. Overall, this ingredient will only treat the skin for as long as you use it but will leave the skin dehydrated and sensitive - Not to mention it bleaches your face towels! 

Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol derived from plastic is considered so toxic that it has to be disposed of in a special way. The EPA warns against skin contact to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.

Sodium Laureth sulfate/ Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is one of the most commonly used foaming agents in super market bubble baths, facial cleansers, body washes and..... CAR WASHES! 90% of personal-care products that foam use this agent. It strips the skin of it's natural moisturizing factors inhibiting its protection allowing even more nasty toxin's to absorb into the skin causing ageing and sensitivity.

Talc popularly used for nappy rash on babies, has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It is also one of the biggest causes of congestion and break out. I see alot of congestion along the cheek area due to the use of bronzers which have high concentrates of talc. Talc is found in most cosmetics.

Tips on how to avoid using said nasties:

Educate yourself on the above ingredients and more. If you are unfamiliar with the name of an ingredient in your products, Google it! Ingredients are always listed from highest concentrate to lowest - so you know roughly how much of what is in your products.

Make your own! Check out some of my fave DIY beauty products iv'e pinned  http://www.pinterest.com/ladyluxebeauty/do-your-beauty-thang/

Vigor skin therapy Australia uses organic where possible, natural ingredients and still achieves fantastic results. http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/

Jane Iredale mineral make up is organic where possible and uses natural minerals. She excludes the use of parrabens. It's hard to find a good mineral make up that achieves great coverage but look no further! Jane Iredale have you covered. https://janeiredale.com/au/en.htm

 

Sources

www.livestrong.com

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5971/12-Toxic-Ingredients-to-AVOID-in-Cosmetics-Skin-Care-Products-Infographic.html

 

Why exfoliating leads to a flawless complexion

A lot of the time people come to me with their skin care concerns, I find the main culprit of the conditions that are occurring on the skin is lack of exfoliation. People feel, if they are cleansing and moisturising, this is enough and although I commend you on your skin care efforts - It's not.... (but it IS still much better than nothing!). Educating your self as a skin care user gives you the choice to know what's good for skin intead of someone else telling you. I hope this little piece helps you make informed decisions when it comes to your most noticeable organ!

If you hop on an escalator, by the time you've reached the next level, you've inhaled the person infront of you's entire bodily surface... Delicious right? I put that little fun fact in to let you know that your skin cells are always dying and trying to shed off to make room for the next cells being pushed up.The thing about the face is, there are more oil glands per centimeter than the rest of the body producing oils and sticking the dead skin down to the face, clogging the pores and also acting as a barrier stopping your beautiful active serums and moisturisers from absorbing into the fresh healthy, live tissue that they are meant for. Here are some reasons why exfoliating (in some form) is imperative in any and EVERY skin care regime...

Helps clear breakouts, black heads and acne by unclogging the caps of dead skin cells blocking up and clogging the pores. If you imagine your skin like the surface of a sea sponge, all those little holes need to be unblocked so your oil and sweat being produced on a regular basis can flow freely out onto the surface instead of collecting in the pore causing it to fill up with no out let - aka A PIMPLE!

Aids in serum and moisturiser absorption. We tend to invest most of our money when we spend on skin care in our serums and moisturisers hoping for them to do most of the anti-ageing right? But how are they going to penetrate as deeply as they should if they are being hindered by a barrier of dead skin? If we remove that "mask" of dead skin cells, your skin care will treat the live cells optimizing penetration of active ingredients.

Smooths the skin's surface reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by removing the dry dead dull cells stuck on the surface making the skin appear lack luster, older, uneven and more dehydrated. Once these cells are removed via exfoliation it reveals the fresh healthy bright, smooth tissue underneath.

Its anit-ageing. By assisting in all of the above, exfoliating makes the skin appear much more youthful. Not only does it "appear" more youthful but exfoliating cultivates and speeds up the skin's natural regeneration (cellular turnover). The slow down of this process is one of the major causes of ageing. By regularly exfoliating, you help to thin the top layers of the epi-dermis (where wrinkles and lines reside) and assist in cultivating a thicker dermis which houses the collagen, elastin and hydration within the skin. Collagen and elastin act as the skin's scaffolding holding it up and firming the skin making it appear more youthful and plumped.

Depending on the strength of your exfoliant it should be done at least once a week to achieve the best results. Always use as directed. Always use in combination with a cleanser and moisturiser - at least. Regular exfoliation can lead to a bit of sensitivity to UV so make sure you are always wearing sun protection of some form. Enjoy softer, younger, brighter, smoother skin :).

Lady Luxe exfoliants of choice

Vigor skin renewal gel: This amazing product uses lactic and salicylic acid to smooth the skin's surface and unclog the pores. Vitamin A also helps to smooth and anti-age the skin. It is suspended in organic aloe vera gel and uses a combination of calming essential oils to hydrate the skin whilst it is being renewed. Bamboo powder helps to slough off the dead skin cells after the acids have gone to work. An amazing hybrid between an ezymatic and mechanical exfoliation making sure there is not an ounce of dead skin left!

http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/face-products/renewal-gel-exfoliating-mask

Frankbody: Let's be frank.... this product is great value for money. It uses coffee seed powder, sea salts, brown sugar, cocoa powder and other nut and essential oils specific to your concerns assisting in detoxification and stimulation also aiding in the reduction of varicose veins, cellulite and stretch marks. Smells amazing... I almost ate it!

http://frankbody.com/

Nimue exfoliating enzymes: This product uses pinapple, papaya and orange enymes to help break down dead skin the way our stomach acids break down food. The enzymes can be used on most skins.

http://www.nimueskin.com/products_view.html?main=3&cat=5&p_id=38

Source

http://kiss-mag.com/5-benefits-of-exfoliating-your-skin/

http://www.sonyadakarskinclinic.com/why-exfoliate-skin

 

5 collagen producing foods you need in your life!

As the skin care industry continues to ramp up their technology promising more youthful, radiant, bright, glowing, plump, smooth, organic... have I missed any of the main buzz words yet? Being a skin care enthusiast for more than half my life - some of the products out their actually do work. But here's the hot tip: There's no quick fix... Adding collagen inducing ingredients to your diet will make sure you are combating the ageing process internally as well as externally. Pay attention ladies because once its too late - it's too late!

Try adding these collagen-rich foods to your diet to stimulate your skin's natural production and kick start the collagen process that you already own.

1. Soy products - There is an element known in soy products called genistein.  Genestein gives soy its collagen inducing qualities. There is also an enzyme in soy products that inhibits the break down responsible for ageing the skin.

2. Dark green leafy vegetables - Kale, asparagus, and spinach are packed with an anti-oxidant called Lutein. You need 10mgs to start achieving results. You only need half as much kale as you do spinach. These products also help to boost the skin's natural hydration and elasticity. Vitamin C rich, regular consumption helps to strengthen the body's ability to manufacture collagen.

3. Red and Orange fruit and veg - Watermelon, tomatoes, capsicum, beetroot are high in lycopenes which are a great source of anti-oxidants which in turn increases the collagen within the skin. Oranges, carrots, sweet potato and pumpkin are high in Vitamin C which stimulates and strengthens the skin's natural collagen process.

4. Omega acids - Tuna, salmon,nuts and avocado are excellent sources of omega fatty acids. The presence of omega fatty acids within the skin promotes the ideal environment for collagen synthesis.

5. Prunes - Who knew!? Prunes contain one of the highest levels of anti-oxidants in the fruit world. Neutralising the free radical damage done to our skin every day which compromises and breaks down our skin's collagen.

Tips for the week:

1. Why not make a collagen inducing stir fry?

Saute the strips of meat of your choice, garlic and onion until cooked, then add in 1/2 cup of kale, 1/2 cup of red capsicum, 1/2 cup carrots, 1/4 cashews, sliced firm tofu and lightly toss untill warmed through - try not to over cook, this will help keep the nutrients in the ingredients. Bon apetite!

2. Prepare some trail mixes for your work day - Try: diced capsicum, carrot and almond or: Blueberries, goji berries, diced prunes and brazil nuts.

3. Try adding a few of the above mentioned to the shopping list and prep your list before you go to the supermarket so you are organised and don't stray too far off the path (unfortunately there's not too many health benefits in lollies and icecream!). 

4. Using Marine collagen topically helps to infuse the skin with collagen, making the skin look saturated in hydration. My favourite form is Vigor Skin therapy Radiance serum. Not only does this product contain marine collagen which is absorbed directly into the skin, it also has a plethora of vitamins and omega fatty acids which also help to stimulate and encourage the skins natural collagen synthesis - check it out here:

http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/face-products/radiance-serum

Sources:

http://www.healthcentral.com/skin-care/c/742375/55533/increase-eating/

http://www.vigorskintherapy.com.au/

Is grapefruit one of the most beautifying foods in the world?

Grapefruit is one of my favourite fruits. Especially after i've over indulged on the weekend and am in need of a quick fix debloat and pick me up. Iv'e been prescribing this wonder fruit to alot of my clients recently to help purify their skin. Whilst researching Grapefruit's benefits, I started to notice that there were ALOT of benefits. Not only is grapefruit (predominantly of the pink and red variety) shown to lower blood glucose levels, assist in weight-loss and as research has shown fights against cancer prevention but it is also know to help your body work efficiently at flushing out toxins from the body and the waste from all your cells - the latter is specifically what will make the skin appear clean, bright and even. The vitamins and minerals in grapefruit will feed your cells keeping the skin cells healthy and strong and make your skin absolutely glow. Grapefruit helps to cleanse the liver helping make dark circles under the eyes appear brighter and can also aid in preventing and clearing breakout.

Not only can you ingest grapefruit for its skin benefits but applied topically will fight free-radicall damage and deliver a surge of anti-oxidants directly into the skin. The juices will fight against skin concerns such as lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, discoloration and blemishes just to name a few.

Try these grapefruit tips: 

Not a massive fan of the tartness? Why not try adding a little natural sweetener like stevia, agave or honey over the top.

Slice into rings and freeze for the extra cooling effect.

Add to your water.

Juice with other fruits

After cleansing, wipe a slice over the face and pat off excess with a tissue before moisturising