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The changing times of exfoliation

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 18:00 -- Name: helen

The surface of our skin is made up of dead skin cells.  They are there as part of our barrier defence system, protecting us from the outside environment. 

Why then does the cosmetic industry tell us that we must scrub them off twice a week?

Over exfoliating leads to uneven skin texture and impaired barrier defence. 

Too often I’ve seen skin damaged by over exfoliating.  Some manufacturers recommend daily use of an exfoliator.  Under a microscope the skins surface actually looks scratched – like an ice skating ring.

Helen dishes the good oil on cleansing

Fri, 22/03/2013 - 02:49 -- Name: helen

Watch the tele or look at what’s on the supermarket shelves and you’ll be convinced the secret to
clean, youthful skin lies in twice daily use of foams, scrubs and astringent cleansers.

It’s complete rubbish. In reality, most of us should never touch such damaging cleansers – let alone
that frequently.

Research tells us only 3.4 percent of New Zealanders have skin oily enough to warrant the
treatments made popular by advertising.

Cleansing Survey. Which One Are You?

Wed, 13/03/2013 - 19:30 -- Name: helen

In a recent survey of cleansing habits in New Zealand, it was found that 62% of people were using the wrong facial cleanser.

14% were using a facial cleanser along the right lines for their skin type

7% were only facial cleansing in the morning.

7% only facial cleansing at night.

10% didn’t use any king of facial cleansing medium at all.  Just water.

The survey was taken from people that were generally interested in the condition of their skin. 

Wrapping up the Detox Tips

Thu, 07/03/2013 - 13:53 -- Name: helen

So just wrapping up the "Detox Tips."  Don’t worry if you’ve not been following the blogs they’ll be here on the skinfocus website for your convenience.  If you have any questions, as always please contact us.  We’ll always try our very best to help you in any way we can.

Detox Tip 6. Exercise

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:22 -- Name: helen

If the word ‘exercise’ automatically makes you want to yawn or switch off, then listen up!  The best piece of advice I can give you on this tip is, make sure you find something that you enjoy.  If you like walking then do that.  Go and explore different places to go walking, keep it interesting.  Join a group.  If you find Kayaking fun rather than a chore, make the effort to join a group, or rent the gear.  Do you enjoy dancing?  Whether you can throw some shapes or not, join a class.

Detox Tip 5. Helen's Green Smoothie

Thu, 14/02/2013 - 12:20 -- Name: helen

Diet is so important when treating a skin concern or anything to do with your body for that matter.  I can give you a wonderful cream to help make your skin healthy, but if you choose to eat high GI (glycemic index) foods, drink lots of alcohol and smoke, your skin troubles and overall health are not going to improve.  To understand why you're using these "Detox Tips' please refer to a previous blog "What Has Detox Got to do With Your Skin."

Detox Midway Recap

Thu, 07/02/2013 - 19:29 -- Name: helen

The point of these detox blogs it to try to implement each of them a week at a time.  You should find it easier to create a habit for the long term this way, rather than trying to do everything at once, and failing.  May of these ‘Detox Tips’ aren’t immediately rewarding, so getting into a good routine is key, then eventually you’ll reap the rewards.

To understand why you're doing this for your skin's benefit, please refer back to my blog "What Has Detox Got to do With Your Skin."

Detox Tip 4. Cleansing Drink

Wed, 30/01/2013 - 15:59 -- Name: helen

So by now you should be slowly getting a daily routine together of easy things to slot into your lifestyle.  Just try to slot in these Detox Tips a week at a time and you should find it easier to create a habit for the long term, rather than trying to do everything at once, and failing.  Please refer back to Detox Tip 1, (water) 2, (blockers) and 3, (stimulation) to slowly work into your lifestyle week by week.  To understand why you're doi

Detox Tip 2. Blockers

Tue, 15/01/2013 - 19:41 -- Name: helen

So your body has it own mechanism to detoxify your body.  Please read a previous blog 'What Has Detox Got to do With Your Skin,' to understand why you would want to detox to have great skin.


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