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Enjoying the festive season, while taking care of yourself and others

Enjoying the festive season, while taking care of yourself and others

The year has almost come to an end and the holiday season is finally upon us! This is the perfect time for friends and family to come together and celebrate. Holidays are usually associated with a relaxed and pressure-free period; however, it also brings about stress to stay on top of everything amidst the hustle and bustle. A filled calendar of events often leads us to toss aside good habits, healthy diets, and our sleep patterns are often overlooked. The stress of the season can take a toll on our health as well.

The good news is that we can change the way we approach the celebrations and make sure that we are taking care of our needs during this period. The festive time is a time for giving. This year give to yourself first in order to be emotionally and physically satisfied to give to others. Brighten this holiday and everyday-life by making your health and safety a priority. Take the necessary steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy – ready to enjoy the holidays.

 

Eat well to avoid excessive weight gain
This is the time of year where it is easy to over-indulge. We find it easy to neglect healthy eating. Be mindful of the foods you eat and remember to think of quality over quantity. A few simple and easy tips to remember:

  • Indulge in moderation and pick only foods that give you true enjoyment
  • Limit foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar
  • Incorporate fruits and veggies into each meal you prepare
  • Avoid distracted eating when you’ll typically eat more than you think
  • Bring a snack with you while holiday shopping
  • Eat smaller meals instead of “saving yourself” for one huge buffet
  • Be careful of liquid calories, including alcoholic beverages

 

Stay active
Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. Make sure you move your body everyday by exercising or doing something you love. Go for walks with the family or play with your children outside. Think outside the gym and always look for new ways to get active. There are plenty of options to be active without necessarily going to the gym.

 

Stay hydrated and alcohol in moderation
Everyone knows the importance of hydration. Drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated – your skin and metabolism will thank you. It is also important to remember that caffeine and alcohol dehydrates the body and excessive consumption may have unhealthy repercussions. The merriment of the December holidays could make you overindulge in alcohol. Be aware of your alcohol consumption and keep your safety as well as the safety of others in mind by not drinking and driving. Remember that your health and safety should be your priority this period, not just about having a good time.

Travel safely
Whether you are going down the block or halfway across the world, follow extra precautions. Adults should always use their seat belts and children should use a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age. When travelling long distances, give yourself plenty of time in the additional holiday traffic and stop to rest when you get tired. Also remember to pack and track all your medication needed when away for long periods and know how to contact your doctor when you are away and encounter a medical problem. Have a first-aid kit ready in case of an emergency and make sure you know where the closest ER is at your holiday destination.

De-stress
Holidays can be a stressful time. You may still be working and feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Make a mind shift by prioritizing yourself and stressing less. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others. One of the best ways to manage stress is to find support by connecting socially.

Get enough sleep
Between long flights and a desire to enjoy every moment of fun, the amount of rest and sleep you get can easily become a vacation casualty. These sleepless nights can cause several health and beauty related problems. No-one is a fan of puffy eyes and dark under-eye circles. If possible, grab a catnap in the afternoons, maybe following time spent at the pool or beach side. It’s a great way to unwind and get some much-needed rest.

Maintain proper hygiene
We get in touch of so many things that contain many unseen and harmful substances including bacteria. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate promptly.

Help others
Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.

Take care of your social health
There’s a thing as social health, which is closely connected with mental health. Your social health encompasses your ability to form and maintain real interpersonal relationships with others. Reconnect with old friends, go on a date, meet with your family and try to get some new acquaintances. Take the time to do the things that make you happy.

SKINCARE

Prepare your personal beauty-bag
Every time you go on holiday, make a list of essential beauty products that you will require for your trip. It is always good to have your beauty essentials with you while going out for a long vacation. Here are five holiday skincare tips to avoid skincare neglect:

  • Cleanse your skin daily to minimise the effects of more exposure to outdoor elements like dust, pollution and other harmful elements
  • Tone and moisturise daily to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated
  • Exfoliate to unclog pores and protect your necessary glow
  • Sunscreen is a good solution for all sun-related skin problems. Always apply a quality sunscreen on your face and body when out and about
  • Don’t touch your face too often as it spreads bacteria and other harmful substances from your hands to your face and cause irritation

Easy summer makeup tips and tricks
When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to spend time doing is applying and fixing your makeup. The key to easy, yet gorgeous makeup while traveling is to remember that less is more. Pack only the essentials and let your skin’s healthy glow shine through while on vacation. It might be all the makeup you need! Here are some tips on how to minimise make-up and still look good:

  •  Lip balm instead of lipstick will keep your lips moisturized and will not cause your lips to dry out and crack
  • Waterproof makeup products are a life saver when your skin is more prone to sweating while being on holiday or when you are spending time in the pool or ocean
  • Concealer effectively fade blemishes and can minimize the appearance of darker areas, fine lines and even dark circles under your eyes
  • Translucent powder can provide a flawless look but be careful as it can make your skin drier during a flight. Rather wear it while going to party and other occasions. It is part of minimal make up that can enhance your over all look
  • A cure for dark under-eye circles is to go for minimal eye makeup, avoid rubbing your eyes and getting enough sleep

We hope the above information and the skincare tips are helpful to you during this busy time of year, and that you’re able to stay healthy while enjoying time with friends and family. Wishing you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!

Oh no!  Acne!?

Oh no!  Acne!?

UNDERSTANDING ACNE ACCORDING TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

{And ways to treat it}

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that mostly occurs during teenage years but can continue into adulthood. Did you know that acne is the eighth most common skin disease worldwide? There is also a remarkable increase in adult acne over the past two decades. This can be linked to increased stress levels, poor lifestyle and environmental factors, especially in females. Studies have found that 85 percent of females and 15 percent of males have adult acne.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, acne is caused by too much Heat and Damp in the body. Heat cause inflammation, hyperactivity and overstimulation while Dampness irritates excessive water that is lodged between the tissues of the body causing overgrowth of bacteria, fungus and viruses. Acne is also considered as a Yang condition.

Depending on where you experience your acne, indicates which meridians are imbalanced:
Forehead: bladder and intestines
Temples and ears: kidneys
Between eyebrows: liver and stomach
Nose: heart
Under-eye area: kidneys
Upper cheeks: stomach
Lower cheeks: lungs and liver
Nasolabial folds: large intestine
Upper lip: hormones, heart, and spleen
Chin: bladder, hormones, kidney, and stomach
Jawline: stomach

Both adult acne and teen acne are caused by one or more of the following conditions:

  • Hormones – Fluctuating or excessive male or female hormones can lead to acne because of changes they create in the entire body and the environment of the skin. This can lead to a pH imbalance, inflammation, differences in circulation, or excessive production of oil (sebum). Hormonal fluctuations occur in the process of aging, and for females, during menstruation, pregnancy, the postpartum period and breastfeeding. Hormonal acne usually appears as deep and cyst-like and is often tender or painful.
  • Contact irritation – Anything that irritates the skin can lower the skin’s defenses and cause a protective reaction that leads to inflammation. This may include harsh cleansers or razors used against dry skin.
  • Emotional stress – Stress creates biological changes in the body that can lead to many of the other triggers of acne. Feeling scared, anxious, or pressured, your adrenal glands make more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes an imbalance in the skin.
  • Physical stress – Physical stress can also trigger hormonal changes, weakened immunity, and inflammation. Physical stress can arise from extreme weather, lack of sleep, illness, dehydration and exposure to environmental irritants. Research shows that people who have allergies and migraines, and those who smoke, are also more likely to have adult acne. Air pollution may also be contributing to the rise in acne.
  • Clogged pores – Excess oil can clog pores, and a rapid turnover of skin cells can lead to backed up hair follicles. In both cases, the result is usually acne.
  • Bacteria – Bacteria called Propionibacterium acne causes acne when it’s present in the skin, especially if it manages to build up. Most people don’t get acne because of poor hygiene, however. The bacteria accumulate underneath the skin and can’t always be reached through surface cleansing.
  • Foods – Having a diet high in Yang-type of food can increase inflammation in the body and irritate the skin leading to breakouts and acne.
  • Medications – Certain medications have been found to trigger acne, including certain corticosteroids, antidepressants, and epilepsy treatments.

Acne can be divided into 6 different categories:

  1. Whiteheads – This is the build-up of dead skin cells and sebum that sits on top of the skin in one tiny, white package. Medically, a whitehead is called a closed comedo. Commonly found on oilier skin types. They can easily be combated with regular exfoliation and thorough cleansing of the skin.
  2. Blackheads – Blackheads are “plugs” formed by sebum, skin cell build-up, and bacteria. The comedo is open and the oil has oxidized, making it a darker color. You can treat blackheads with regular, thorough cleansing and exfoliation and purifying masks.
  3. Papules – this is technically any small, raised bump on the skin. It’s often part of a grouping of other papules that form a rash. It is red in color and swollen with inflammation. Papules are more painful than whiteheads or blackheads, but not as bad as nodules or cysts.
  4. Pustules – This is your normal pimple that has come to a head, forming a white, pus-filled bubble on top.
  5. Cysts – Cysts are much worse than regular pimples. They lie deep within the skin, are often caused by hormones, and occur when the pores become blocked and lead to infection.
  6. Nodules – Like cysts, nodular pimples are one of the most severe forms of acne. They’re slightly different in that they are not filled with pus like cystic pimples are. Instead, they form a hard bump deep within the skin and feel painful at the surface.

Acne can be treated successfully by implementing the following 5 steps:

Step ①
Invest in a all natural skincare range – like Yungskin 😊 Harsh acne treatments will strip the skin of its natural sebum, stimulating the brain to produce more oil that can blog the pores. Yungskin is non-skin type specific, meaning that it can be used on all skin types. Yungskin uses pure ingredients such as grapefruit that is anti-bacterial to help clear up acne skin. Getting a professional facial on a regular basis is highly recommended!

Step ②
Have a diet high in Yin-type foods. This includes foods like bananas, beans, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, pears, peas, pumpkin, seaweed, spirulina, green tea, tomatoes and watermelon. Avoid greasy, spicy foods!

Step ③
Exercise regularly. Nothing too taxing on the body. Yin type of exercise like yoga, pilates, walking and tai chi.

Step ④
Acupuncture is a fabulous way to create equilibrium in the meridians that are out of balance. It also targets most of the causes of acne such as stress, hormonal imbalance and it helps to eliminate any heat and dampness in the body

Step ⑤
There are various Chinese herbs that has a cooling effect on the body and target the rout cause of acne. Speak to your Acupuncturist to get the best formula for your needs.

For more information on how Yungskin and acupuncture can help you heal your acne, contact our Yungskin Skincare Specialist, Anzelle at [email protected]

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin

Defeat Dryness this Winter with Yungskin


Winter finally arrived in South Africa with a bang and the best place to be is cuddled up before the fireplace, woolly socks and a cup of hot cocoa! But with Winter expect an onslaught on your skin that will make you wish you took a trip to the tropics! Brace yourself for dryness, itchiness, sensitivity and seriously dehydrated skin.

Besides soothing your skin with a top-notch skincare routine, here are some other tips to make sure your skin stays radiant with a healthy glow:

Control the temperature
If you are already suffering from skin sensitivity, rosacea, eczema or any other form of inflammation of the skin, change in temperature can aggravate the conditions. Even though cuddling up in front of the fireplace might be nice, your skin might not feel the same. Best is to keep your home temperature to a low or moderate temperature to avoid extra dryness in the air.

Humidify
The dryer the air, the dryer your skin. If you are living in an area where the weather is cold, crisp and dry, it is advisable to make use of a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the air.

Change your diet
Increase your intake of healthy fatty foods such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and oily fish. Also, a glass of red wine sounds like a great way to warm up, try to limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine. Drink plenty of water.

Yungskin has an arsenal of dryness-fighting products to lock in moisture, keep the skin hydrated and ensure a healthy Winter’s glow.

Yungskin top Winter tricks to combat dry skin:

• Yungskin Exfoliator – you can apply the best creams in the world to dry skin, but dry skin will stay dry without regular gentle exfoliation. The Yungskin Exfoliator is a mild facial scrub that contains a natural exfoliant (Apricot Seed Power), combined with natural oils, to moisturise skin and eliminate dead cells, brightening the complexion and leaving the skin fresh and healthy looking.
• Yungskin Tissue Oil – Now this is a bathroom cabinet “must have”! Use it on your face, use it on your body, but just use it! The Yungskin Tissue Oil contains neroli oil with deeply restorative properties to improve skin softness, moisture levels and skin elasticity. It can be used to treat stretch marks, scars, dehydrated and uneven skin tone.
• Yungskin Night Cream – during Winter you need a more full-body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated. The Yungskin Night Cream is a rich-bodies cream, containing the finest natural essential oils, moisturizing actives and collagen-building properties. The Yungskin Night Cream is designed to regenerate the skin with its natural anti-oxidising and skin brightening properties. This cream deeply hydrates the skin to combat dryness and to lock in moisture.
• Yungskin Hydrating Face Mask – a deeply nourishing and moisturising face mask that will ensure a smooth complexion and reduce pore size, whilst lifting out fine lines and wrinkles and increasing firmness and elasticity. The mask will leave your skin hydrated and supple whilst combating inflammation.

For more information on how Yungskin can transform your skin, contact our Skincare Specialist, Anzelle, on [email protected]

To Tone Or Not To Tone?!

To Tone Or Not To Tone?!

So many times, I would ask my clients to explain their skincare routine to me and I am shocked to find out how few people actually uses a toner. And then I ask them why they are not using a toners, most of the time they will say that they don’t really know what the purpose of toner is, unlike a face wash that cleans the skin and a moisturiser that moisturise the face.

Well, toners are just as important as any other product in your skincare routine!

Toners has a lot of functions to help keep your skin youthful looking and radiant.

  1. Washing your face alone does not always get rid off all the dirt, make-up and impurities.  By using a toner, you can ensure your skin is squeaky clean.
  2.  When you wash your face, you normally wash it with warm water.  The heat will open your pores for the face wash to deeply penetrate the pore to clean it.  Toner helps to close and contract the pores.  If you don’t close your pores it becomes a gateway for free radicles and impurities to enter the skin and to cause things like breakouts, blackheads and premature ageing.
  3. Majority of facial cleaners has an alkaline pH, where the ideal skin pH should be around 5.5.  This is where toners play such an important role.  Toners rectify the skin’s pH to a slightly acidic which is necessary for healthy glowing skin and to fight of nasty bacteria and germs.
  4. Other benefits of toners are that they heal the skin, especially with acne prone skin, they hydrate and condition the skin, it calms irritated skin and provide an extra barrier against anti-oxidants.

Toner do’s and don’ts!

  • Avoid alcohol-based toners at all cost.  They will dry out the skin and will irritate sensitive skins.
  • Don’t get confused between a toner and an astringent. Although astringent can be used on acne-prone skin, the long-term use of it will cause skin irritability and the overproduction of sebum.
  • Avoid toners with high amounts of Salicylic Acid.  This ingredient can play havoc on your skin’s pH and will cause redness, tightness, itchiness and stinging.  High concentrations of Salicylic Acid will cause dryness and even mild chemical burns.
  • Rather skip the synthetic fragrances and stick with the real thing.  Synthetic fragrances can cause skin allergies and even headaches.

Yungskin Toner with a difference…

The Yungskin Toner contains natural vitamins and extracts to penetrate the skin and into the lymphatic system to increase cellular exchange and regeneration.  The toning properties helps to close the pores to reduce the penetration of oxidants that cause premature ageing.  It also helps to neutralize the skin’s pH and gentle conditions and hydrate the skin.  The Yungskin Toner can be used on all skin types and will not leave the skin feeling overly tight or dry.

The natural geranium oil will not only keep the skin and muscle of the face firm and prevent sagging due to a loss of elasticity but will also effectively treat acne, dermatitis and other skin conditions.  Grapefruit extract is a natural antioxidant rich in vitamin C that will help to balance sebum production and contains natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.