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Summer Skin Angel

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:25 -- Name: helen

Happy New Year to you all.

Let me be your summer skin angel and give you a few of my summer top tips.......

Progesterone - all about balance

Fri, 22/11/2013 - 10:33 -- Name: helen

Hormones govern your body and have a huge impact on your skin.  Progesterone is the hormone I want to talk about today in the last installment of how hormones affect your body when you’re stressed.  But this certainly won’t be the last time I mention hormones in skin health – as just about every skin condition has a link to your hormones.


Androgens - bone, muscle, hair, skin and oil

Thu, 31/10/2013 - 13:12 -- Name: helen

Androgens are a group of hormonesSome androgens are converted into Estrogen and Androgens are responsible for bone and hair growth.  They also play a role in collagen production, making the skin stronger and more dense, and have an effect on increased oil production and pore size.


A drop in Androgens means a drop in the density of your skin.  This will also compromise the strength of your bones and muscle.  Too much Androgen such as Testosterone can increase oil production and male pattern hair growth.  Acne anyone?


Estrogen - sex hormone

Fri, 11/10/2013 - 18:31 -- Name: helen

We have been talking hormones lately at skinfocus as it’s a massive subject that has a huge effect on the skin.  And we have been especially talking how your body’s hormones react when you’re stressed, as this seems to be the case of many people, increasingly.

Major players of hormones effecting the skin are your sex hormones.  Estrogen (or Oestrogen, same thing,) Progesterone and Androgen.  Today we’ll cover Estrogen.

Hormones play a part in your self-image

Tue, 24/09/2013 - 18:13 -- Name: helen

Looking good and feeling good is one and the same thing. 

If you feel good, you look good.  Say after a good bit of exercise, you may have a ruddy face and your hair stuck to your face with sweat, but I bet you walk out of that studio/gym/training session with confidence and an extra spring in your step.

Beauty Sleep

Fri, 06/09/2013 - 07:30 -- Name: helen

Beauty sleep

After talking about the hormones of the sympathetic nervous system, adrenaline and cortisol, we are going to move now to an important hormone of the parasympathetic nervous system.

Our sleep hormone is called melatonin and sleep is important as it helps our body to repair and recover. Returning your body to a state of homeostasis, so all of your systems are working together in harmony is called the parasympathetic nervous system and it keeps your body ticking over nicely.

The Tiger that trots behind you.

Thu, 22/08/2013 - 12:05 -- Name: helen

During our fight or flight response, a hormone called Cortisol is secreted by our adrenal glands.  This is great in a serious situation like an earthquake or an attack.  Your body has a sudden burst of energy to help you jump into action, to fight or run away.  Your body’s immune system is heightened and your tolerance to pain is higher, even your memory function is better due to this sudden influx of Cortisol.

So this is absolutely great when a Tiger is chasing you! 

Keep calm and carry on

Wed, 14/08/2013 - 12:14 -- Name: helen

Following on from last week’s blog ‘Immune Vulnerability’ I would like to expand on the causes of the recent skin issues many people had or are experiencing. 

Immune vulnerability

Tue, 06/08/2013 - 11:32 -- Name: helen

Recently I have noted that many people are suffering from skin immune disorders at this time of year.

Immune disorders can come out as a number of different skin conditions depending what you’re prone to.

Proven facts of how poor sleep affects the skin

Fri, 26/07/2013 - 15:35 -- Name: helen

We always knew that poor sleep could affect the skin, as you can imagine it affects the whole body, but now it has been proven.  A good reminder to try and get plenty of good quality sleep.  Read on.....

A recent clinical trial has found that sleep quality impacts skin function and ageing.  If you have poor sleep quality or not enough sleep, your skin finds it hard to recover from free radical damage (such as sun exposure and environmental toxins.)


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