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.

Good Aesthetician Practices

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In an industry where everything from hygiene, education, appearances and personal care matters, there are tell-tale signs of a good aesthetician. For a client who is looking for the ‘right’ aesthetician, there are certain elements which will determine who they end up trusting, not only with their skin, but also their health and wellbeing.

Today we look at good aesthetician practices which should be adhered to at all times.

Thorough knowledge

A good aesthetician should, first and foremost, have a complete and thorough knowledge of both human biology and up-to-date industry procedures and treatments. One ought to be able to assess a client’s concerns and prescribe a treatment plan according to the individual – especially if there are certain contraindications, such as sensitivity, eczema, rosacea or acne.

Education is vital for an aesthetician to deliver the best treatments and results for their clients. Having a firm foundation in the human anatomy and aesthetic procedures is a must, but continuing one’s education is just as important.

Asking questions

Being able to properly diagnose a client’s concerns is the only way to develop an effective treatment plan. One can’t expect to formulate an accurate diagnosis without probing and asking a client the right questions. While assessing the skin might let you know that the person most likely has acne, it’s only through talking to them and digging deeper that you might discover that they actually have Papulopustular Rosacea. Here are some questions you might ask a client:

+ What are your main skin concerns?
+ Is today a good, bad or normal skin day for you?
+ What kind of acne do you normally get (cysts, little bumps, pustules, etc)?
+ When do you find your skin is the most sensitive?
+ When did this symptom develop?
+ Is your skincare regime simple or include a lot of products? What products are in your regime?

Your qualifications matter

Receiving a qualification, be it a certificate, diploma or degree, is important in cementing your knowledge in the field. However, it should not be hidden away. Having your qualifications on display also lets your clients – and future clients – know that that you are certified and able to practice. This is another reason to continually look for further education opportunities and update your skills.

Cause minimal irritation

A good aesthetician should always look for the least invasive and irritating option for their client. Needless aggravating procedures will only upset the skin and may lead to more issues down the road. One ought to be able to assess every case individually and prescribe the most effective treatment with short and long term results in mind.

 

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Why Eating Well Can Improve Your Satisfaction With Your Health and Wellness Treatment

 

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The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend enjoying a variety of nutritious foods from the five food groups daily and to drink plenty of water to live a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, based on an Australian Health Survey conducted from 2011-2012, most Australians did not meet these recommendations. Not only is a healthy diet obviously better for your overall health, adding a balanced diet and maintaining good nutritional habits are especially important for those undergoing any health and wellness treatments. Small changes in diet can help speed up the bodies natural healing mechanisms, improve physiological functions, decrease signs of ageing, and make you feel better overall.

The Five Food Groups

The ADG recommends eating a wide variety of foods from the five food groups daily. The five food groups include:

  1. Vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. Fruit
  3. Dairy – Milk, yoghurt, cheese
  4. Protein – Lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, tofu
  5. Grain (cereal foods, grain filled bread, etc.)

How eating better can improve wellness treatment results…

Those who strive to eat well both before and after their procedures (if not all the time!) should see positive health benefits. Fatty fish and dark leafy greens help to fight inflammation which can be especially useful after surgery. Oranges and garlic can help to improve circulation and supply blood to tissues producing healthy skin which will complement any dermal treatment. Eating a balanced diet can help maintain a healthy weight after liposuction.

How can you help others?
Students at the Australasian College of Health and Wellness (TACHW) study Nutrition in Practice, which provides training in dietary needs, wellness and anti-ageing which can be applied across many practice settings. Students learn how to create patient-specific nutrition plans based on specific dietary requirements; learn how to help patients understand the importance of exercise on ageing and weight management, and understand the role of hormones and the body in relation the health and the ageing process.  Nutrition is a big part in being able to provide a whole approach to wellness and aesthetics, and gives you the ability to give important and relevant advice to patients regardless of any other treatment or surgery they may be having.

 

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The Exciting World of Wellness

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The science behind the newest treatment or creation of technology in the field of beauty and wellness seems almost futuristic. More interestingly, is that people can now choose non-invasive procedures and still achieve drastic results. You’ve got to love the fact that this has allowed us to move from wondering IF we can have the body we want, to simply figuring out HOW to get the body we want.

Three Amazing Examples

There are thousands of examples to choose from, but we’ll highlight just three of the “new age” aesthetic treatments.

1) Ultrasonic body contouring: A non-invasive contouring procedure that uses sound waves. It works by using an ultrasound device which focuses in on specific areas and kills the fat cells that live 1.5 cm below the skin. It is painless, fast (typically 10-50 minutes), and very specific so that you don’t have to worry about contour irregularities. The best part? As soon as treatment is over, you could go for a run or to yoga class!

2) Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): This is an older technique developed in the 1930’s by a pair of Danish doctors, but the science behind it is still fascinating. It must be good if it is still used to this day! The lymphatic system in the body, like our circulatory system, moves waste out of the body. However, unlike circulation, the body requires movement in order to get the lymphatic system working correctly.  MLD uses light, rhythmic motions, to go with the natural flow of the lymphatic system and help clear blockages and remove toxins.

3) Chemical Peels: There are many types of chemical peels available including acid peels, enzymatic peels, and medical peels. The entire concept of chemical peels is fascinating; using the most appropriate formula for the clients’ specific skin type and concerns, we can effectively remove dead skin cells and replace them with new skin that is smoother, less wrinkled, and with reduced scarring.

Technology Crazy!

Will all of the advances the field of beauty and wellness, it is no wonder that it has consistently ranked as one of the top industries for job potential and growth, both worldwide and here in Australia.

The Australasian College of Health and Wellness is committed to remaining at the forefront of education and training in this industry; to hear from current students experiencing the TACHW journey, visit (https://www.tachw.edu.au/testimonials/).

TACHW aims to provide an engaging, detailed syllabus, with hands-on training in some of the top techniques of today’s aesthetics and wellness industry.

 

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Treatments for Sensitive Skin

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While there are a myriad of options on the market to target skin concerns such as acne and pigmentation, those with sensitive skin can often find it difficult to find a treatment that doesn’t cause irritation. Often their concerns are left unattended due to fear of upsetting their skin and lacking professional advice.

Today we look at treatment options that are, most often, safe for those sensitive skin types. As always, each individual case should be assessed by a qualified skin specialist before undergoing any treatments. It’s important to know the difference between skin type and skin condition; this post looks at sensitive skin as the type, with acne/ dryness/ dehydration as the condition.

Acne

Those sensitive skin types suffering from acne often find it difficult to find an effective treatment that is gentle enough to address their main skin concern . If the acne is active and severe, one might consider SGA (Sebaceous Gland Ablation) which can help to minimise the breakouts. If the acne is not as active and the main concern is the scarring it has left, Emerge Fractional Laser can reduce the appearance of scarring by using microscopic points of light to penetrate the epidermis and dermis to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process.

Hair Removal

Hair removal treatments are really only a concern for people with sensitive skin when it involves a physical removal. With this in mind, waxing and the like are best to be avoided. Treatments such as IPL should be perfectly safe. If you are concerned, notify the IPL technician during your consultation of your sensitivity. They might begin treatments at a lower level to avoid irritation and build up to regular levels.

Dryness/ Dehydration

If you have dry sensitive skin, you can still find solutions in the likes of micro peels. These are the lightest form of chemical peel available in clinics and salons, as a sensitive skin can react negatively to excessive physical exfoliation. The more you physically irritate the skin, the stronger it will react.

Pigmentation

Those who wish to treat pigmentation but are afraid of treatments upsetting their sensitive skin can rest easy. Treatments such as IPL and Fraxel are safe and, when performed properly by qualified technicians, should not irritate the skin. You can also speak with your skin specialist about chemical exfoliation with micro peels using AHAs/BHAs. If you know you are specifically sensitive to the likes of glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid, be sure to communicate with your skin specialist so they can tailor the treatment to you.

As well as tailoring treatments to your specific skin concerns, it’s important for those with sensitive skin to be vigilant about how the care for their skin. Wearing sunscreen every day and avoiding excessive sun exposure can aid in minimising sensitivity, while Antioxidants can help boost the skin’s protective barriers against environmental factors.

If you have sensitive skin with other concerns, it’s important to consult with a qualified skin expert who can help you address such issues.

 

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Facials For Different Skin Concerns

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Contrary to popular belief, facials are about more than relaxation. While some women associate the word with a pamper day, an effective facial should be more about the treatment of skin concerns than simply relaxing.

When seeing a professional for a facial, it’s important to know which skin conditions you wish to address, so your practitioner or therapist can accurately prescribe the right procedure for you.

There are many techniques and products that can make up a facial, each addressing certain skin concerns such as dehydration or blemishes.

Acneic Skin:

For skin that suffers from breakouts and acne, you might undergo a facial which includes advanced tools such as high frequency devices or Emerge fractional laser devices. The former produces a high frequency current which stimulates the renewal of cells, prevents stubborn acne, unclogs pores and decreases puffiness. This is a great anti-bacterial, germicidal option and is effective in minimising excess oil.

Emerge fractional laser is a mild form of fractionated laser. It’s non-ablative and works to speed up the rejuvenation process of the skin by breaking up damaged and scarred cells.

Ageing Skin:

For those looking for an anti-ageing facial, you may again find the best results in technology. Microdermabrasion – resurfacing of the skin – can aid in the removal of dead cells whilst encouraging new cells to form, leaving you with a brighter complexion. Another alternative is a Microlift, which works to firm and tone the skin by combining a ‘muscle gripping’ device and micro-current stimulation; gentle electrical pulses work with the body’s own bio-electrical field and tone the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin texture.

Dehydrated Skin:

Dehydrated skin is not exclusive to ‘dry’ or ‘ageing’ skin types; dehydrated skin is lacking in moisture, not sebum. There are certain facial options which can specifically target dehydration as a concern. An oxygen facial, for example, can replenish the cells with no downtime. Pure hyperbaric oxygen is sprayed onto a thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated face, using a wand device. It’s usually infused within a serum that includes nutrients and anti-oxidants for the skin.

Another option is a Glycolic facial, which is both stimulating and exfoliating; a chemical exfoliant can often be a better option for dehydrated and dull skin.

If you are considering booking in for a facial treatment, it’s important to identify your skin goals and choose your salon or clinic based on their service offerings. The wrong type of facial can not only ignore your actual skin concerns, but actually make them worse.

Ensure you have a consultation with your chosen professional before the appointment to ensure clear communication of your expectations and concerns.

 

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