Summer Fruits to Help Fight Ageing

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With Summer just around the corner, we are looking forward to the array of fresh fruits and vegetables at out fingertips. Summer is a fantastic time of year when it comes to the food on our tables as there is an abundance of colour (and therefore nutrients) to choose from.

Some of our favourite anti-ageing fruits and vegetables are in season for Summer and today we’re looking at some of nature’s true powerhouses.

Pineapple:

Not only is the flavour synonymous with Summer but it’s also a fruit that’s packed with vitamins and nutrients to aid in cell turnover which, combined with its high water content, makes for beautiful glowing skin. Pineapple also aids in digestion which can minimise stress on the body – a factor that often contributes to premature ageing.

Grapes:

This late Summer fruit is a winner due to the many compounds which help to fight ageing. In fact, red wine grapes have shown to be a primary source of the ‘resveratrol’ which has been called an ‘anti-ageing powerhouse’.

Mangoes:

With everything from copper, potassium, manganese and B-vitamins, mangoes have a whole heap of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting phytochemicals such as astragalin, quercetin, fisetin and methylgallat. The fruit can help boost glow and radiance in dull skin.

Summer Berries:

There’s so many to choose from when it comes to berries in Summer – some of the top picks include blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Not only are they packed full of anti-oxidants to fight free radicals, they have also been found to minimise the risk of heart disease, boost immunity and even ward off some seasonal allergies.

Don’t forget the veggies:

We couldn’t resist throwing in some of our favourite vegetables into the mix either.

Green Beans:

While they’re in abundance in the Summer months, green beans are packed with fibre and vitamins and nutrients that are less commonly found in other vegetables. These include iron and calcium as well as silicon and manganese. Green beans also contain kaempferol – an anti-oxidant which has shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic and even anti-microbial.

Tomatoes:

One of the best sources of lycopene, the cancer fighting anti-oxidant, tomatoes are a fantastic addition to any meal or snack during the Summer months. In fact, studies have shown that the lycopene has a higher concentration when cooked so tomato based stews and sauces are our new best friend!

Cucumber:

Don’t write cucumber off as a vegetable made only of water – it also has other qualities which make it ideal for your beauty regime. In fact, cucumber is a fantastic anti-inflammatory which can help to decrease puffiness.

Red Capsicum:

Studies have shown that red capsicum can have up to 60% more vitamin C than its green counterpart. This means it is a brilliant immunity booster, but also helps in the reduction of wrinkles, reputed to boost the production of collagen.

What are your favourite Summer fruits and vegetables on the list?

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What Is Keratosis Pilaris?

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Keratosis Pilaris is a common chronic skin condition that affects between 50-80% of adolescents and approximately 40% of adults. It manifests itself through small light or red coloured bumps on the skin, most characteristically on the upper arm and thighs.

Keratosis Pilaris is not contagious; it does not tend to come with any health issues, save for some occasional itchiness and has been known to appear alongside other skin conditions such as eczema.

Whist professionals are not certain of the triggering causal factor, it’s understood the condition may stem from an overproduction of keratin (hyperkeratinisation) in the opening of the follicle. Keratin is the protein responsible for protecting the skin from infections and the like. This build up develops a plug within the follicle which creates the characteristic bump on the surface of the skin.

While there is no cure, there are measures one can take to minimise its effect.

Dehydration has been found to acerbate the condition so it’s recommend to apply a heavy moisturiser daily. It can worsen during the winter months with the drop in humidity in the air. Keeping skin hydrating levels up is key to controlling the symptoms during the colder season.

Avoiding too much time in the shower and keeping the water from getting too hot will also have a positive effect on the condition as heat and water can actually dry skin further.

While it’s not considered a medical concern, it can cause people embarrassment or body-confidence issues. To further ‘treat’ the symptoms, a topical exfoliant or topical retinoid may aid in cell turnover. For more stubborn incarnations of the condition, a laser treatment may minimise the effects.

What’s Next in the Aesthetics Industry

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Even if you already work in the industry or are considering a career in it, the Aesthetics industry is a hard one to keep up with. There are new developments, discoveries and products on the market every day. Here are just a few that you might not have heard of yet, but are sure to become more mainstream in the months/years to come.

Aesthetic Apps

These days, there’s an App for everything and with technology playing such a huge role in this industry, it was only a matter of time before an App was developed for the aesthetics industry. These Apps will allow you to see what you will look like after a particular treatment. So, if you are not sure if you want, for example, lip fillers, you can simply download the App, upload a photo, choose which treatment you are considering, and see what you think of the results. Whether this will take off on your personal phone or just be used by beauty spas and clinics is yet to be seen. While this is not commonplace in the market yet, watch this space.

Augmented Reality

Following on with the App theme, there is also an App where a woman wearing a uniquely designed “bra” is videoed, and the App superimposes augmented breasts over the top of the bra so the woman can see what she’d look like with a particular shape or size of breasts. It’s said to be like a virtual mirror where you can shop for the exact breasts you want so when you have the surgery you are clearer on what the results are going to look like. There are already similar, less advanced versions of this being used in surgeon’s offices around the world but this takes it to the next step.

Regrowing Hair

Hair loss and its treatment has certainly gone from strength to strength in the last decade or two. There have been special creams and formulas, hair transplants etc and they all work to a certain extent, but with all the research and discoveries on cell growth and stimulation to make us more beautiful, the golden ticket to solve the problem once and for all is hair follicles to regenerate and start growing hair again. There are science labs who have managed to do this in a laboratory, but as of yet it’s still not at a stage where it has worked on a human. With so many men (and women!) dealing with loss of hair, whether it be partial or complete baldness in their lifetime, this is one area where research is definitely getting quality time.

Will We Finally Get Rid of Cellulite?

There are already some newer devices on the market claiming they can help reduce cellulite but for some reason this stubborn condition is one of the hardest to treat. There’s been reasonable success with creams, liposuction, massage and mesotherapy, yet none have so far managed to produce results so outstanding as to warrant a breakthrough in the treatment of cellulite. LED’s, laser and most recently Coolsculpting have been said to help, but even these new treatments have been unable to produce perfect results. However, as non-surgical body contouring and aesthetic product development continues to move forward at a bold pace, it may only be a matter of time before cellulite can be treated with brilliant results in just a trip to the beauty salon.

 

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The Truth About Extractions

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There is a lot of debate in the aesthetic and beauty industry about the necessity of extractions.

While some believe it is a great way to maintain a clear complexion, others argue that it only damages the skin.

Are extractions a safe component in a facial and how much difference can they make?

We look at situations where a client should consider extractions and best practice for the safest and most successful outcome.

What are extractions?

Extractions are essentially the physical removal of oil, dirt and debris from the skin’s pores, most often in the form of blackheads or whiteheads (clogging and congestion).

How are they performed?

Extractions should only be performed by a professional. The skin is first prepared with a thorough cleanse and often a light peel which loosens the stratum corneum, the topmost layer of the skin.

Steam is applied to warm the skin and soften the built up oil and debris in the pores.

Once steamed, the aesthetician will perform the extraction, often with gloved hands and tissues to provide pressure to the pore. Some aestheticians use a metal extraction tool, however most prefer their hands as they are better able to judge the pressure they are applying to minimise potential damage the skin.

Extractions are followed by a light toner (if preferred) and the appropriate moisturiser.

How to find the right aesthetician:

Not everyone will perform extractions and some have more experience than others. It’s important to do your research to find someone who will suit you. Looking at reviews will be your first point of call in finding someone who will do the job well, and ideally the aesthetician will have at least two years’ experience in extractions.

Things to consider:

After an extraction, it’s best to leave skin make-up-free until the next day. This gives skin a chance to breathe and settle after the procedure.

An aesthetician can usually only extract a blackhead or whitehead. A cyst is an infection deep within the pore and cannot be extracted in a salon-setting without further dermal training. Milia (a white lump that looks like a whitehead but cannot be extracted via squeezing) can be extracted with a lancet by a trained aesthetician or medical practitioner.

A blemish can take 5-7 days to heal after an extraction therefore it’s best to book in at least  a week before a big event.

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