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