Riana’s Corner | Looking after your skin

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Let’s think about our skin – one of the largest organs of our body! It’s so important to nourish what we mostly accept to just be with us, bare with us and just be part of our lives.

We forget in our daily living that we need to be gentle to our skin – after all it covers your entire body. It is just like accepting that our lungs are filled with oxygen constantly and our heart beats constantly. We do not even sit for a minute and think about the beauty of being alive. We just accept the above factors, don’t we?

Here’s a warm-hearted and friendly reminder to love ourselves, by starting to be gentle with our skin. Let’s take a look at our skin types and how important it is to protect your skin from sun damage.

Normal skin

A normal skin is used to refer to a well-balanced skin. The T-Zone, which is your forehead, nose, and chin area, may be a bit oily, but overall, the skin has a moisture balance.

Diet for a normal healthy skin includes the following:

Fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are excellent for the skin.

Avocados and walnuts have many characteristics which makes it an excellent snack or meal supplement.  Sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers.

General advice for normal skin:

Use daily a gently, effective cleanser and toner for your face with skin replenishing ingredients. Speak to your beauty therapist for relevant products to use.

Use fragrance-free body cream to apply daily over your body after shower or bath. Pay special attention to your legs, feet, arms, and hands as these parts mostly gets neglected, especially your legs.

As you age, your skin, especially your legs, tends to get dry and flaky, which is best avoided. If you look at dry under a microscope, it looks like a dry dessert with lots of cracks. This is where micro-organisms can enter your body and your blood stream, causing furthermore unnecessary unhealthy problems to your body and your health system.

Use sunscreen which also includes antioxidants with SPF 30 factor or higher.

For your face, you can use AHA (Alpha-hydroxy acid) and BHA (Beta-hydroxy acid) creams to improve the appearance of your skin tone and the texture of your skin. AHA / BHA creams also reveal a brighter skin glow and assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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Dry skin

A dry skin refers to a rough, dry, tight feeling skin, which may have small cracks or scales. Environmental factors can worsen dry skin such as inadequate hydration, swimming in a chlorinated pool, tasks that are rough on hands and frequently washing hands.

Diet to assist with a dry skin condition includes the following:

Fish, the fattier the better.

Oysters and foods which contain a high level of zinc, avocados, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, nuts.

General advice for a dry skin condition:

Do not use hot showers or baths. Hot water is not friendly to your dry skin as it disturbs the lipid barriers in the skin and leads to a decrease in the moisture of your skin.

Moisture your skin daily with a fragrance-free ointment or cream not lotion, since creams and ointments give a better relief to your dry skin. Vitamin E cream, ointment, supplements are also kind to your dry skin, since it acts as an anti-inflammatory to sooth the dry, itchy redness which comes with a dehydrated skin.

Apply lip balm as needed. Get a humidifier going in your home. Use gloves when working in the garden or with warm water.

Oily skin

An oily skin is caused by excess oil on the face that produces a persistently shiny or greasy appearance. If you do not treat your oily skin, your pores can become clogged and enlarged and dead skin cells may accumulate. Blackheads, pimples, and other type of acne are also common with an oily skin condition.

Diet to assist with an oily skin condition includes the following:

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines.

Eggs, soybeans and soya products, spinach, beans, grass-fed beef.

General advice for an oily skin condition:

Wash your face at least twice a day. Clean your face with warm water and a suitable face wash for oily skin. You also need to exfoliate your skin. Speak to your beauty therapist for relevant products.

sunscreen

sunscreen

Last, but not the least – what is SPF and why we need to use creams and ointments that has SPF factors in them?

SPF, Sun Protection Factor, is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect your skin from UVB rays. UVB is radiation which causes sunburn, aging of the skin and skin cancer.

A good quality SPF can therefore protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, which causes premature aging and even help reverse signs of damage by reducing dark spots, improving texture, and boosting brightness. ‘

It’s important to re-apply sunscreen more than once a day and preferably at least 20 minutes before you go into the sun.  Sun exposure is not just caused by direct exposure, but by sun or light reflection, artificial lights, and glare.  There are many daily moisturisers available that have SPF, so it’s easy to apply sun protection as part of your daily skin routine.

 

From me to you – be kind to your skin and enjoy the festive season!

Riana

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