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Wednesday
Jan302013

What does it mean to have perfect skin? - Radiance

There are five dimensions when it comes to defining skin perfection:  radiance, firmness, texture, skin tone uniformity and flexibility.  The good news is that I believe perfection, if there is such a thing, comes with the balancing act of these five dimensions.  Each dimension on its own is important, but not the end game.  The combination of the five, resulting on unlimited permutations, provides unlimited paths to gorgeous skin.

In the next few posts I will define each of the dimensions and give you some tips on how to care for your skin in the context of that particular dimension.

Let's talk about the first dimension:  Radiance.

Skin radiance is a difficult concept.  Radiance can be defined as the amount of light that is emitted from a particular object, such as a light source.  In skin care this definition does not necessarily reflect the complex attributes of skin radiance.  Skin radiance involves both psychological and physical attributes. Radiant skin often appears to have an internal glow.  A radiant skin is not the same as a shiny skin, as the later refers mostly to the amount of light reflected from the skin's surface.

For a radiant skin I recommend the following tips:

We are what we eat

This is particularly true when talking about skin radiance.  To have healthy skin cells you need to eat the right fats, and the right vitamin content.   Eat a healthy diet filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and proteins. Consume foods that are rich in vitamin A, C, and E.  Don't consume too many carbs and drink lots of water, instead of fizzy drinks or juice with high contents of sugar. 

Manage your stress level

In the same way that radiance involves physical and psychological attributes, your state of being, that is your psychological balance, has a tremendous impact on your skin.  Being overly stressed can lead to undesirable skin conditions such as acne breakouts.  This is a topic on its own.  Sometimes, depending on the circumstances we are going through in our lives, managing stress is a difficult task.  The most important thing, whatever your circumstances, is to be aware of your stress levels and have a positive attitude.  A number of stress management techniques can be applied depending on your interests and personality.  It may useful to think in terms of the three dimensions of being:  mind (reading a book, creative arts and crafts) , body (moderate physical activities such as sports or jogging) and spirit (meditation, music).

Protect yourself from the sun

Don't skim on the SPF and make sure you don't overly expose your skin to the inclement sun. Dry skin, freckles, dark spots and wrinkles can be the direct result of over exposure to the sun and these don't help the cause of a perfect skin.

 

"A girls most beautiful outfit ever is charisma, the prettiest accessory is a smile, and the best pair of heels is confidence." - Anonymous

 

Monday
Jan212013

3 tips on how to test perfumes

I have seen many people visiting the perfume store and spraying different fragrances in different parts of their bodies with the hope of being able to make an informed comparison.  As we have learned in previous posts, scents develop over time and having fragrances splattered all over the body would confuse your olfactory senses, without mentioning the fact that you may not even remember where you put which fragrance in the first place.

Hence my suggestion is for you to follow these steps to make the most out of a testing session:

  1. Use scent tester blotters to sample the different fragrances.  Blotters are typically paper-based or plastic-based and some allow you to make notes.  This way you can organise yourself a lot better.
  2. Give it time to develop the scents.  Remember that the different notes in the perfumes develop over time.  You need to come back to each fragrance after a few minutes to get a better understanding of the fragrance you are testing.  You should get back to the blotters after 15 minutes to feel how the fragrance develops.
  3. Don't try too many fragrances.  Even if you organise yourself very well, after exposing your olfactory sense to many fragrances, it would be hard to be objective.  Try to shortlist two or three fragrances to be able to make your final decision.

 

"Being beautiful is being comfortable fitting in to one’s soul". - Anonymous

Monday
Jan142013

Too much sunscreen can cause vitamin D deficiency

There are a number of acute cases of vitamin D deficiency due to excessive indoor time, not enough exposure to the sun or using sunscreen every time being exposed to the sun.  As most things in life, we are looking for balance.  Exposure to the sun and UV light, allows the body to produce vitamin D.  As we know too much exposure to UV light is very bad for the long-term health of the skin.  Too little exposure though, can lead into other issues, including rickets.  Rickets is a painful condition, which can cause bone malformation and bone softening due to vitamin D deficiency.

Hence how much is enough and how do we know?  It is all very confusing.  Like with other things, it is all about balance.  Carrots are great for you, but if you have enormous quantities of it, then it can kill you.  Water is crucial for our existence.  Try drinking 50 litres of water every day and your body will shut down.

I believe it is good advice to avoid direct exposure to the sun as much as possible.  “As much as possible”, however, implies that some exposure will take place as we engage with our normal lives.  Having said that, we need to look at our personal circumstances and adapt the advice to make it work for us.  Not too much or not too little may be a bit vague for most people.  Bone experts recommend to have 15 to 30 minutes of unprotected exposure to the sun 3 to 5 days a week.  The answer is somewhere in the middle...

 

"Feel beautiful so you can look beautiful". - Anonymous

Monday
Jan142013

Moisturiser first or sunscreen first?

The daily use of sunscreen is critical for your skin care, in particular when directly exposing your skin to the sun.  The use of a daily moisturiser is equally important, but if I put one before the other, does it have a better or worse effect?  This is a question I have been asked a few times and it can be quite confusing.

The general consensus is that sunscreen products work better when in direct contact with the skin, hence it is recommended to put sunscreen on before moisturisers products whenever possible.  The reason for this is that if you apply your moisturiser first, this may interfere with the chemical reactions required by the sunscreen to effectively protect your skin from UV rays.

"What makes you different… Makes you beautiful" - Anonymous

Sunday
Jan132013

Skin care tips from Paradise

Check out some skin care tips from Mirasol, Manager and Therapist at Sunny Spa, Ratua Private Island, Vanuatu.  In the video you will also get a taste for the amazing Ratua Private Island, where I spent a few days of blessed relaxation.

“There is no cosmetic for Beauty like happiness.” - Anonymous