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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]

Gracious Greens Recipe: By Nathalie Larsen

Gracious Greens Recipe: By Nathalie Larsen

Gracious Greens
{By Nathalie Larsen} 

This Gracious Greens salad contains A,B,C,D,E,K plant vitamins that nourishes both inside and out. A complete blend of stimulating anti-inflammatory spices, plant proteins, fiber, healthy fats and immune boosting vitamins.

What you’ll need to fill your bowl:

Sprouts – I chose sunflowers

Raw grated vegetables spirals – I chose zucchini ( you can add carrot & beet )

Broccoli/Asparagus/ Green beans or Peas – lightly steamed

1 cup of cooked gluten free grain – Quinoa/ Millet/ Buckwheat noodles etc – this is totally optional of course 😉

Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 large or two small Chopped Spring onion ( greens and whites )

Handful of fresh chopped Basil

Crunchy omega Seed sprinkle

Blistered tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes ( your choice )

2 tbsp of Avocado Turmeric dressing, plus extra for the top!

How you’ll do it 🙂

Place your veggie noodles of choice in a bowl along with your grain ( if using ) season with a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper, add some avocado dressing and chopped basil and spring onion. Mix well.

Place into bowl or a plate, garnish with sprouts, blistered tomatoes or sun dried tomatoes and green veg of choice. Then dress it all with a little extra creamy dreamy avo sauce and top with your crunchy toasted seed sprinkle.

Spiced Avo dressing:  (makes a nice cold soup too!)

  • 1 Ripe, Creamy Avocado
  • ¼ Cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 Cup of mixed chopped Coriander & Dill
  • Optional spices ( ½ tsp ground cumin & ½ tsp turmeric )
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • ½ Clove garlic, crushed
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp good quality sea salt – add more or less to your preference
  • Cracked black pepper

Method:

  1. Place the avocado in a food processor or blender with all the ingredients and blend till smooth. Add more water if needed and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Stores in the fridge for a day or two – makes enough for a few salads.

Omega seed mix:

1 Cup  pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight in water

1 Cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight in water

½ Cup sesame seeds

¼ Cup hemp seeds or chia seeds

2 tbsp of tamari

¼ Cup nutritional yeast ( optional for a cheezy tang and B12 vitamin boost )

Extra salt if needed

Pinch of cayenne

Method:

  • Drain your seeds, place them on a baking tray except your hemp seeds and roast at 180 for a few minutes until they turn slightly golden.
  • Shake the pan every now and again to ensure even roasting.
  • Once they start to pop and sizzle, remove from the oven and add tamari and cayenne.
  • Taste it and add extra tamari or cayenne if needed.
  • Mix to coat well and place back in the oven to seal in the flavour for a few minutes – not too long as they will burn. Remove form the oven, allow them to cool completely.
  • At this sage you have the option to pop them into a blender and pulse them for a quick whizz to grind them into a sprinkle – take care not to grind them too fine. Remove, add hemp seeds and nutritional yeast if using and and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

How to Blistered tomatoes

  • Heat a pan over moderate heat, once hot add tomatoes and let sit for 2 minutes or so to blister.
  • Give them a quick stir,  Add a splash of olive oil, a splash of apple cider vinegar, salt and cracked black pepper, stir again and remove from the heat.

Photo Credit {Adrian Shields} 

Nutritional fun facts of this salad:

YES! There is protein in avocado! And broccoli and sprouts! In fact there are traces of protein in most vegetables 🙂

Applying heat to tomatoes activates their Antioxidant properties.

Fresh herbs like coriander and basil bind to heavy metals in our body removing toxins from our body.

Spices are like magic dust, activating  digestive fire in our body.

Healthy fats, like seeds, nuts and avocado, act as a vehicle to transport nutrients through the blood, keep you sustained for long periods, lubricate your cells keeping them healthy and your skin glowing. 

Tubers – like Spring onions, garlic and turmeric are powerful natural anti biotics

The simple act of soaking seeds in clean water with a pinch of mineral salt for about 6-8 hours, then rinsed and dried, makes them more digestible by breaking down their anti nutrients which are present in their raw exterior.

Balance of raw and cooked food is better than one or the other. Cooking certain foods releases nutrients which otherwise would be hard to digest in their raw state but on the flip side, certain raw foods are better and fueled with sunshine minerals that would normally be destroyed by heat.

Spend a little time to do the research and find the balance that works for you.

https://chopra.com/articles/raw-foods-an-ayurvedic-perspective

https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/raw-food-v-cooked-food-whats-better/

Natural Evolution: A True Reflection of Community

Natural Evolution: A True Reflection of Community

You are the Brand
{A Sustainable Community} 

We often see companies and brands making certain claims and boasting about their innovative approach, culture relevance and dynamic organisation.
 
The Yungskin™ ethos is that  You are the brand . It’s about living the authentic reality. It is not what we say that determines who we are. In fact, it’s who you say we are, that ultimately defines and characterises us. 
 
For this reason we’ve identified and collaborated with an array of like-minded, passionate “life infused energy” individuals. They represent different industries, cultures, vocations and activities that collectively represents ‘holistic living’ and therefore Yungskin™.  We are very excited about  our new Brand Ambassadors who will be introduced shortly.
 
In building a brand we’re building a profile. The Yungskin™ community exists because of the common thread that unites us. Furthermore, it’s the diversity that embraces us, and the all-inclusive spirit  which determines us.  

We’re early in this journey to become a true reflection of our local and global society. New partnerships, ventures and opportunities are being formed and taking shape along this road. It is a beautiful thing having you with on the ride, a key part of our natural evolving Yungskin™ tribe.

A huge thank you for all the support in shaping the Yungskin™ brand!

Kicking and Cultivating Habits: A Time for New Beginnings

Kicking and Cultivating Habits: A Time for New Beginnings

YS Kicking and Cultivating Habits
{A Time for New Beginnings} 

Springtime is synonymous with rejuvenation, renewal and regrowth as we start to welcome the warmer weather, longer days and new life. This surely makes it the best time to kick those bad habits aside and start cultivating some good ones. We often see change as a painful, daunting, stressful and uncomfortable task. One study went as far as to show that the brain actually associates change as pain, but spring should serve as a lovely reminder of how beautiful true change can be.

When it comes to skin care we are probably all creatures of habit, whether you have a step-for-step routine or no routine at all, we all tend to follow the same process day in and day out. These habits might not be all bad, but it never hurts to start cultivating some new habits that we believe, might just change your entire day altogether.

At Yungskin we aim to guide you to cultivate some good skin care habits. As we head into a new season we have a few suggestions that will help you.

We encourage you to:

1) Set a date to exfoliate
2) Not wait to hydrate
3) Say goodbye to the old
4) Apply sun screen with a high SPF

The changing of the season is an opportune time to start exfoliating your skin. This aids in the elimination of dead skin cells that often result in that dull winter complexion (fortunately for you, the YungskinTM Exfoliator launches later this month). Hydration during the warmer months is crucial – drink lots of filtered water and consider applying a light skin moisturiser during daytime to allow your skin to breathe, in which case Yungskin™ Day Face Cream is the ideal solution.

We often default to hoarding various skin care products – don’t fall into this trap! Use this time to ‘spring clean’ and get rid of all those unused and expired products.

Lastly, spring is the time to start getting familiar with your SPF (Sun Protection Factor). A good sun care product protects your skin against both the effects of UVA/UVB and environmental factors (pollution, free radicals, office/shop enviro) – regular daily application of a proper sun screen product cannot be stressed enough! More about this in our next Newsletter.

We encourage you to embrace the changes that might be ahead as you start kicking and cultivating habits that will holistically help put a “spring” in your step.

Breathe, Breathe, Breathe : Our Gentle Reminder

Breathe, Breathe, Breathe : Our Gentle Reminder

YS Breathe, Breathe, Breathe
{Our Gentle Reminder} 

In a world dominated by algorithms, hashtags and followers it has become important that we structure our lives to make time for what matters most. This has resulted in the emergence of the new “self-care” movement that is busy taking 2018 by storm. Self-care embraces the notion that in order to take care of others, it is essential that we take care of ourselves. It is not a case of “me first”, but rather “me, too”.

Starting your self-care journey may seem like a daunting task, and some may even label these endeavours as selfish, but self-care can comprise of small daily acts that will reap major benefits in your daily life. Be it a weekly yoga class, an evening walk or even something as banal as your daily skin care routine, the opportunities to incorporate acts of self-care into your life are endless.

At Yungskin we believe that skin care should be your first act of self-care on a daily basis. It is irrelevant if your skin care routine has an intricate number of steps or if you prefer to opt for a splash and dash approach, we remind you to breathe, breathe, breathe and take this time to relax, reflect and reenergise yourself.

If anything, the Yungskin journey has taught us that self-care is more a priority and a necessity than a luxury. We have learnt that by looking after our brand, people and our product we have automatically helped those in our tribe to look and feel at their absolute best.

We are here to tell you that, it’s okay if the only thing you did today was breathe…and wash your face.

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