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Fri, 12/07/2013 - 15:46 -- Name: helen

Why should we be drinking  8 glasses of water daily?  Well because we lose water daily and our body needs it to function properly.

Our skin needs it and I have always said that water is the most important ingredient for your skin.  I can recommend a myriad of lotions and potions that are fantastic for your skin, but if water isn’t present, you’re fighting a losing battle. 

98% have “dehydrated skin”

Fri, 05/07/2013 - 11:37 -- Name: helen

Dehydrated skin means that your skin hasn’t enough water retained in it for certain enzymes to be kicked off.  Processes of the skin just cannot happen without water being present.  It’s like trying to bake a cake without an oven.

Lack of water in the skin is an aggravating factor to all skin conditions such as ageing, pigmentation, dry skin or eczema, rosacea, congestion, spots, and skin sensitivity. 

If there is no water, nutrients can’t be transferred to the skin cell to keep it healthy and waste can’t be taken away.

Epidermal Wasteland

Fri, 28/06/2013 - 15:01 -- Name: helen

Lipofuscin of the skin is like an epidermal wasteland, the rubbish heap when your skin isn’t functioning correctly and removing waste and toxins.

It’s hard to differentiate between pigmentation and lipofuscin as they can look similar.  skinfocus has a skin scanner and when looking at the pigmented skin, lipofuscin will disappear and pigmentation will clearly show.

It can usually be found on the lower cheeks of a younger congested skin and practically anywhere on more mature skins (age spots.)

Prevention is best so make sure you’re using:

Window of Opportunity to Peel

Fri, 21/06/2013 - 13:26 -- Name: helen

When I say peel, I mean ”to stimulate healthy cellular turnover,” not to peel off layers of skin. 

As you know, at skinfocus we don’t support scrubbing and excessive skin removal because your dead skin cells are actually an important part of your skins defense strategy. 

Many people at this time of year have trouble adjusting to the extreme temperature change.  Your skin is exposed to extremes of cold (out in the elements, in Wellington especially,) and hot turning the heating up in your car or home, having hot hot showers etc.

What's The Least You Should Have in Your Moisturiser?

Fri, 14/06/2013 - 10:07 -- Name: helen

I can guarantee you that some of your skin cells no longer have a cell brain.  It’s a fact of life, and all too true after a long hot summer like we’ve been lucky enough to have.

These brainless cells are now called ‘Free Radicals.’  That’s right they are rogue cells that go around bashing other cells so that they become free and indeed radical.  This is not good!  If this chain reaction is left to just carry on, the end result is wrinkles, spots, pigmentation, dry skin, sensitivity, capillaries, you name it.

Give Your Liver a Break

Fri, 07/06/2013 - 12:51 -- Name: helen

The Liver is one of those organs that seems to sit there quietly going about its business, we don’t think about it, until things start to go drastically wrong.   

Your liver maintains body homeostasis, balancing out all the different elements your body needs by storing and releasing these elements when your body needs them. 

 Your liver has many functions;

If You Feel Like You Need to Exfoliate

Tue, 28/05/2013 - 17:58 -- Name: helen

It’s that time of year again that most people find they have dry skin or rough patches.  You may feel like the most natural thing to do is give your skin a good scrub.  Well please don’t.

At skinfocus we don’t condone scrubbing the skin on your face.  You will damage the skins natural barrier defence system and promote more dry rough textured skin.  Please read a previous blog ‘The Changing Times of Exfoliation’ to help you understand why.

What's the Point of a Toner?

Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:27 -- Name: helen

A question I often get asked, and it’s a good question.  Is it just an extra step to put into your routine? Or an extra product that you simply “must” buy?

Two things that applying a watery substance in-between cleansing and moisturising can do for you are....... help clean away the final bits of debris that have been left over by your cleanser, and make your skin slightly damp so that your moisturiser will get sucked into your skin.

To Cleanse or Not To Cleanse?

Tue, 14/05/2013 - 18:37 -- Name: helen

In the previous blogs, we have seen that only 14% of people in New Zealand were using a facial cleanser along the right lines for their skin type and a staggering 62% of people were using the wrong facial cleanser.

7% were either cleansing in the morning or at night respectively.  And the old fashioned exfoliator’s use as a facial cleanser is no longer recommended.

But what are you supposed to do?  Never cleanse for fear of getting it wrong? 


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