Monday, 7 August 2017

Lavender for health and home

Related imageLavender is more than just a pretty plant. This fragrant perennial has been revered throughout the ages for its ability to breathe a sense of clarity and calm into every cupboard, room or beauty product in which it dwells. It has long been used as a remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and fatigue.


Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, being one of the several known species, is a shrub-like herb that can be found in gardens countrywide where it is adored for its lovely little blue flower buds that grow in whorls. It is famous worldwide for its popular and pleasing floral fragrance.  Further, research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing, and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled so don’t leave your lavender outdoors solely to grace the garden, bring it indoors to grace you and your home with some of its healing properties.

Lavender promotes a good night's sleep
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For centuries bedding and pillows have been stuffed with scented herbs, grasses and petals for utility sake as well as to aid in sleep. Ladies in the Victorian era favoured lavender in their pillows for its sweet scent and often inhaled it to calm their nerves. Using lavender as a sleep aid is as old as time and the current research is now beginning to support what has long been known. According to one study at Wesleyan University, smelling lavender before sleep  increased the percentage of deep or slow-wave sleep in both men and women and all of the subjects reported higher vigour the morning after lavender exposure. So, how to infuse the sleepy scent into our nighttime routine?

  • Add dried flower buds into pillows either directly or by placing a sachet or pad into the pillowcase.
  • Spritz your pillows and linens with an essential oil spritzer consisting of water, lavender essential oil and either witch hazel or alcohol.
  • Massage the scent (mixed with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil) into temples, behind the ears and under the nose.
  • Dab a few drops of lavender essential oil onto tissue paper and place under pillow.
  • Brew a before bed cup of lavender tea for sweet dreams.

Lavender refreshes rooms and drawers
Image result for lavender drawer linersToss the synthetic room fresheners and create a natural room potpourri consisting of dried lavender buds and any other garden flowers or herbs such as geranium, rose petals or rosemary. Not only will it smell amazing but when placed in a decorative bowl it adds a burst of colour and beauty. When scent fades simply revive with a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Sachets or simply old hankies or cotton napkins can be stuffed with dried lavender buds and tied with a ribbon and tossed into drawers and linen cupboards to infuse a wonderful refreshing lavender scent.

Go to the source and infuse your laundry with lavender by stuffing a muslin sachet with the dried buds and topping with a couple of cotton balls. Pull tightly to close and you are good to go. Throw one in with the next load of damp clothes to the dryer and let the scent infuse your laundry.

Let lavender revive your beauty routine 
Image result for lavender first aidThe Latin root for lavender is lavare which means “to wash” and speaks of the cleansing and refreshing qualities of this herb. Lavender can be added into a daily facial cleansing routine to revive and uplift your skin and your spirits. Below is a recipe for a floral vinegar that can be used in the bath or as a general tonic. Simply add 1 cup to bath as a general tonic and to aid in dry skin or dab forehead and temples and behind ears to refresh after being out in the sun.

  • Floral Vinegar
  • 1 1/2c fresh lavender buds
  • 2 cups white wine or cider vinegar

Put lavender buds into a large bottle. Gently warm the vinegar then pour over lavender buds in the bottle. Leave bottle on sunny windowsill for two weeks. Strain.

Lavender as a first-aid relief 
Lavender essential oil has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties and can be helpful for minor burns, scrapes and bites. Mixed with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba oil it can be used on minor burns and/or bug bites to offer quick relief. Useful to have on hand a roller bottle for when those inevitable kitchen burns arise! Essential oils are potent and it only takes 1-2 drops of essential oil added to 1/4 oz of carrier oil. Certainly for severe burns seek medical advice immediately.

Washing your clothes in the scent of lavender might serve to keep away menacing mosquitoes as well as offering a relaxing scent. However you choose to use it, lavender has much to offer within the home, hearth and heart. 

Reference:
https://www.almanac.com/blog/cooking/herbs-and-spices/lavender-health-and-home?utm_sq=fhvgcwkhdi

Friday, 30 June 2017

Soap & Water vs Cleansers



FACT: Using a bar of soap on your face is bad for your skin.
But...... is washing your face with soap really bad for your skin?

Related imageIn the past 25 years, bar soaps have received a lot competition from face washing liquids, gels, creams and foams which are formulated to be gentler on the skin by not disrupting the surface moisture barrier. Despite the popularity of these gentler alternatives, there are still a lot of people who prefer to use a bar of soap–probably due to ease and habit.


However, is washing your face with a bar of soap really that bad for your skin?
Well, it can be quite damaging to the skin to cleanse your face with a bar of facial soap, especially if it is not followed by adequate moisturising afterwards. Although many bar soaps are now better formulated and gentler (due to a lower pH that closely matches the normal skin level), they will still be more drying sulphate-free gels, foams, liquids and creams. (What does sulphate-free mean? Read about sulphate-free cleansers here.) The binders that hold a bar of soap together naturally have a higher pH than products that are formulated specifically for cleansing the face, so they will have a drying effect on the skin. Skin that is dry and parches is bad for the long-term health and look of the skin.


Why is it bad to dry out the skin? 
When you wash with a foaming cleanser or soap that is too drying, it pulls all the water out of the skin and creates dead, dry skin cell buildup. To compensate for the moisture you removed, your moisturiser not have to repair the dehydrated cells caused from cleansing. (not efficient at all!) Every product that  your face should be offering something beneficial and not something harmful or potentially damaging.

Are some bar soaps gentler than others?
Yes, there are bar soaps with moisturising agents to make them gentler, but they are still a no-no in my book. Foaming cleansers are fine, I just don’t suggest ones in a bar form. Here’s the rule when it comes to foaming cleansers: The more lather and larger bubbles a foaming cleansers produces, the more drying it will be. The less lather with smaller bubbles, the less drying it will be.

What if I use a bar of soap and it doesn’t dry out my skin? 
Image result for bar of soapThere’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. People associate dry skin with flaking. Although, people with combination and oily skin types might not ever experience flakiness associated with dryness because the built-in oils in their skin will prevent this from happening. Dehydration, on the other hand, is when there is a tight feeling, which indicates that water has been robbed from the skin. If you have been using bar soap to wash their face for a long time, you might think this tight feeling is normal because you have nothing to compare it to. However, if you use a gentle sulphate-free cleanser, you will definitely notice that your skin doesn’t have that tight, parched feel. Try using soaps that suit your skin type as it won't tend to dry out the skin and it won't make it feel harsh on especially sensitive skin. 

The verdict however is the user and soap and water has been used for centuries; many famous celebrities swear by it as the best cleanser of all time. But not all skin is equal, so choose your skin type here to see which cleanser is right for you.


Benefits of Soapless Skin Cleansers
Image result for liquid soap cleansersBecause soapless cleansers moisturise the skin and strengthen the stratum corneum, they're a good choice for people with sensitive skin. But soapless skin cleansers can also benefit people with dry or oily skin. If your skin is oily, a soapless cleanser with a low pH will clean your skin without drying it out; removing too much oil can actually cause oil glands to go into overdrive. People with dry skin have little oil to protect their skin therefore soapless cleansers are also a good choice; the added moisturisers will help the skin retain water instead of drying it like bar soap.


These cleansers are also less likely to produce soap scum ie the combination of soap and hard water. Water that's high in calcium (hard water supply in some areas) can create a soap scum that leaves a residue on your skin. Soapless cleansers also have a longer shelf life than soap and soap deteriorates easily when it comes in contact with water but soapless cleansers can last for years.

Image result for liquid soap cleansersOne of the greatest benefits of soapless skin cleansers is that they keep your skin moisturised. You can help your body retain that moisture by taking warm, short showers instead of hot, lengthy ones. Too much heat can dry out your skin therefore applying a moisturiser within three minutes of bathing or showering can also help you retain the moisture that the water and cleanser added to your skin.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Protecting the skin from pollution


Move over UV and sunscreen, the next big thing in anti-ageing is pollution and pollution prevention. Many types of pollution are well known to be harmful when inhaled, but there hasn’t been much information about how they interact with skin until quite recently. A handful of newer studies have shown that pollution is linked to skin allergies, ageing and slower recovery from damage.

So how does pollution affect your skin?
Different types of pollution cause different varieties of skin damage, but the two most important ones are:

  1. Oxidative stress: Pollution causes the production of highly reactive free radicals, which cause all sorts of non-specific damage to the biological structures in your skin. They’re like hyperactive bulls in a china shop. The increase in free radicals leads to the activation of matrix metalloproteinase enzymes which break down collagen in the skin. It also sets off inflammatory cascades that can slow down collagen formation and decrease the amount of fat underlying the skin, causing wrinkling. Check out this article for more on oxidative stress and antioxidants.
  2. Activation of arylhydrocarbon receptors (AhR): Activation of AhRs on skin cells is linked to inflammation and pigmentation. There’s also evidence that it causes the activation of MMP-1, a matrix metalloproteinase.

There are different types of pollution which must be factored in and those of most relevance to skin ageing are:

  1. particulate matter
  2. ozone
  3. nitrogen dioxide 

Particulate Matter
The particulate matter (PM) that’s relevant in skin health is small pieces of soot, and is usually produced from combustion of fossil fuels such as the burning of petrol in car engines. Technically though, any small solid particles are included in particulate matter.

Particulate matter is usually classified according to the size of the particles. PM10 includes coarser particles 2.5 to 10 microns in diameter and come from dust and industrial emissions, while smaller PM2.5 particles are less than 2.5 microns across and usually come from fires, power plants and motor vehicle exhaust. (For reference, the thinnest human hair is about 17 microns across.)

Because of their large surface area, particulate matter is good at reacting with skin and causing oxidative stress. Because of their small size, they can penetrate into cells and produce oxidative stress in mitochrondria. One of the other concerns about particulate matter is that other pollutants, like polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), can latch onto them, which means they’re a very efficient means of delivering large amounts of pollutants to your skin. PAHs can activate the AhR pathway, so particulate matter can age skin in that way as well.
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In a few studies, exposure to particulate matter was linked to formation of wrinkles and pigment spots – in one study, increased exposure to particulate pollution was correlated to a 20% increase in pigmented spots on the cheeks and forehead. There’s also evidence that particulate pollution can exacerbate atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and skin cancers.

Ozone (O3)
Ozone is an oxidant that’s produced when other pollutants (primarily from cars) react in sunlight, in a phenomenon known as photochemical smog. It’s particularly bad around high-traffic areas in summer, and can cause asthma attacks. When ozone interacts with skin, it depletes its natural antioxidant stores (particularly vitamins E and C), which leaves it more susceptible to free radical damage and oxidative stress. It also damages proteins and lipids in your skin.

Ozone exposure has been linked to increased MMP-9, a collagen-degrading enzyme, in animal studies. Ozone can also activate AhR in skin, which could lead to inflammation and pigmentation.

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
Nitrogen dioxide is a brown, acrid-smelling gas produced by motor vehicles and power plants. There hasn’t been as much research performed on NO2's impact on the skin, but it’s been correlated with increased pigment spots.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM POLLUTION
What can you do to protect your skin from pollution, aside from run away to a mountaintop and live as a hermit for the rest of your life? Luckily a lot of products you already own will probably protect your skin from pollution, although you’ll see their anti-pollution benefits emphasised more and more.

Antioxidants 
One way to protect your skin against oxidative stress is to apply antioxidant products. Antioxidants like vitamin C, N-acetylcysteine and green tea polyphenols can decrease the response to ozone in vitro, and a very recent study found that vitamin C serums reduced some of the ageing responses to ozone in human forearm skin.

Barrier Protection 
Many trending skincare ingredients are designed to form a shield between your skin and pollutants. There seems to be a lot of variety with the ingredients that can potentially do this, which is unsurprising, since a lot of ingredients can form sticky gooey films on your skin. Since pollution protection is so new, none of these have peer-reviewed studies to support them yet as far as I know, but some are supported by manufacturer studies. 

Regular and Effective Cleansing Routine
You’ll want to thoroughly clean any accumulated pollution off your skin at the end of the day, but if you clean too thoroughly, you risk impairing your skin’s protective ability. Check out next month's blog post on the verdict on soap & water versus cleanser & toner. 

AHR Antagonists
An interesting new way of protecting against pollution damage is by using molecules that can block AhR activation. A formula containing 0.5% of an AhR antagonist BDDI was found to reduce activation of genes related to ageing in a clinical study.

Conclusions
UV is still the number 1 environmental cause of ageing, so if you haven’t sorted out your sun protection, I wouldn’t even bother thinking about pollution. But if you’re protecting yourself from UV and you want more, and you’re exposed to high pollution urban environments, then anti-pollution is a good place to look next!

FURTHER READING

  1. SE Mancebo & SQ Wang, Recognizing the impact of ambient air pollution on skin health, J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2015, 29, 2326-2332.
  2. A Vierkötter, T Schikowski, U Ranft, D Sugiri, M Matsui, U Krämer & J Krutmann, Airborne particle exposure and extrinsic skin aging (open access), J Invest Dermatol 2010, 130, 2719-2726.
  3. A Vierkötter & J Krutmann, Environmental influences on skin aging and ethnic-specific manifestations (open access), Dermatoendocrinol 2012, 4, 227-231.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Power of Superfoods: Do they work?

Don't over-complicate your diet, because all you need is right here on your doorstep.

Once upon a time we have had food, plain and simple, without a prefix or a hashtag in sight. We ate locally and seasonally and whenever it was available. Sometimes we  got eaten while trying to find food, sometimes we ate something that could have killed us and sometimes we died of starvation. Eating should be more simple now, except that man, in his wisdom, likes to complicate things. 

So we ship food all around the world, we eat things that belong to other creatures and which they rely on for their survival, and we take produce that indigenous people have eaten for centuries, driving up the price and demand and making it impossible for them to afford. We don't have just plain food anymore, we have health food, fast food, clean food (my personal pet hate), good food, bad food, real food, organic food, super food and many more.

Let's take 'superfoods' for instance. Of course, some foods are more nutrient-rich than others. But we must be careful not to be lulled into a false sense of security and believe that by eating large quantities of these superfoods we are protecting ourselves, or treating serious diseases and illnesses. Nutrient-dense superfood powders are the height of fashion, but do we actually need them?

Many of us take superfood powders, whisked into juices, smoothies or simply water. But are they any better for us than popping a supplement or simply eating ordinary foods? And if they're worth their superfood label, which are the best to pick?

We take superfood powders because they're 'nutrient dense', and in particular, dense in the antioxidants that protect our bodies cells from damage by harmful free radical molecules. Nutrient dense foods provide concentrated nutrition with the minimum of calories, potentially harmful fats and sugar. So far, so logical. 



But supplement pills are even more concentrated - so are these pills 'better'? Unfortunately, probably not. While epidemiology (population studies) shows that diets high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, E and a whole host of phytochcmicals are linked with reduced risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, clinical trials using supplements of these individual nutrients (particularly vitamin E and betacarotene) generally fail to show any benefit, and some have even increased the risk of illness and death. 'Real food' has a protective effect not shared by the processed and purified supplement form. It appears that other - as yet unidentified ~ components of nutrient-dense food arc behind those beneficial health effects. Ironically, it could be what we don't know about superfoods that's doing us good!

SMALL BUT MIGHTY
Superfood powders tend to be rich in minerals such as magnesium, which many people don't eat enough of Taking a powder is a safer, gender way of boosting your intake than popping a pill. Of course, superfoodnpowders aren't substitutes for a healthy diet - they're a
top-up; a safety net for people already eating healthily. Living on junk food with a few superfood powder smoothies to detox the damage is not the way to go!

So, if you decide to add superfood powders to your diet, what should you look for, and how should you take them? Choose a minimally processed powder, organically and sustainably produced by a reputable company. Beware buzzwords and marketing, and look instead for a research-based brand backed up by solid science. Also remember that powders should be taken regularly. Decide what you want and find one that ticks your boxes, rather than flitting between different ones and never noticing the benefit of any.

PICK YOUR POWDER
Green powders are justifiably among the most popular. Studies suggest that vegetables are 'healthier' than fruit, due to their phytochemical profiles combined with a lower sugar content. University College London Research concluded that each daily portion of vegetables reducing overall risk of death by 16%,
while each fruit only lessened risk by 4%.

These powders are green thanks to chlorophyll. Orange beta-carotene (in most green vcg, its colour masked by the green chlorophyll), is probably the best known and researched plant pigment, but chlorophyll is also a powerful antioxidant. Arguably the most potent are the algae, which are rich in protein, iron and B vitamins. The microalga spirulina is probably the champion, but chlorella also has excellent credentials. Some say these powders are an 'acquired taste', but I found they had a pleasantly fresh, green flavour.

  • Everyone's familiar with cocoa, but raw cacao powder is in a different league regarding antioxidant polyphenols, which help protect cells from damage leading to cancer and clogged arteries. It undergoes minimal processing, leaving it far higher in beneficial compounds than ordinary cocoa powder.
  • Acai powder, from a Brazilian berry, has a 'berryish' taste with a hint of chocolate. Berries for powder are picked and dried at peak freshness, so retain more antioxidants than berries destined for eating.
  • Baobab, with its tart, citrus flavour, is generally taken for its vitamin C, but it's also rich in other antioxidants, plus iron and calcium. Research suggests that it could help with blood sugar control.
  • Moringa is good for protein, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and beta-carotene. Thanks to their high nutrient content, the powdered leaves are used to treat malnutrition in developing countries, and a small clinical trial showed a beneficial effect on blood cholesterol. It has a bit of an 'earthy' taste, but works well in smoothies and juices.
  • The adaptogen maca, like ginseng, is taken to boost energy and manage stress. It's used as a medicinal herb in its native South America, and studies suggest that it could actually mimic the effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Milled/ground flaxseeds are a useful source of omega-3 essential fatty acids for those who can't get it from fish oil - they're especially high in alpha linoleic acid (ALA). They also contain antioxidant lignans, and phytoestrogens that can help balance hormones. Plus ground flax has a thickening effect when blended
with water and allowed to stand a while - great when making thicker smoothies and smoothie bowls.

While single-ingredient superfood powders provide a targeted boost, blends are popular as they combine the benefits of many. They also allow tastier powders to mask the taste of the less pleasant ones. Just don't be misled by impressively long ingredients lists 'padded out' with cheaper, less beneficial components. This is

where it really pays to be an educated consumer!

People tend to overdose on certain produce to make up for inadequacies elsewhere in their diet and lifestyles. Actually, you are far better off eating a wide range of seasonal foods than relying on one particular type, because that way you are more likely to get a better range of micro nutrients.

Turmeric may kill cancer cells in the petri dish, but that does not mean putting it in a smoothie will treat cancer. I had a patient who smoked 20 cigarettes a day and drank a superfood smoothie every morning to compensate! Sadly it doesn't work like that.

You know the old adage 'less is more'? Well, when it comes to nutrition that is the case. In Chinese medicine we use the term 'overly nutritious'. Yes, you can have too much of a good thing. Eating an excess of one substance, no matter how good it is for us, can throw the body out of balance. This has been demonstrated in 
the case of thyroid function and the consumption of goitrogenic foods including kale, the number one famous superfood. Eating large amounts of these foods increases your intake of thiocyanate and can interfere with iodine uptake. The thyroid needs iodine to produce thyroid hormone and drinking or eating (although it would have to be a huge amount of) these foods can lead to hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What to do about scars

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It doesn't take much to pick up a scar and it's hardly the sort of thing we like to show off.  But it is possible to make them less visible....


Though we tend not to think of it as an organ, our skin is actually the largest organ in the body. So it's no surprise that most of us have picked up a scar at some point in our lives. Whether down to injury or surgery, a scar is the result of the body's natural healing process. Once the wound or cut is 'repaired' (often with stitches), we lay down collagen fibres (a type of protein) to replace the damaged tissue.

Collagen continues to be produced for several months, often leading to a raised, lumpy, red scar. Over time, this process slows and the scar gradually becomes smoother and paler. Scarring relates to the depth of the cut. This explains why some injuries heal without scarring, even if they're large.

Will my scar disappear?
All scars will fade with time, though they won't disappear, however, how long this takes depends on several factors: the
kind of scar it is, where it is and skin type. Most scars are the pale, thin, flat type if the wound has healed well, and without infection. These are the "best" ones in terms of appearance over time. It takes a minimum of 12 months, and up to three years, for a scar to fade so it is no longer noticeable.

Image result for aloe veraWhere the scar is makes a difference, too. One on the abdomen, where the skin is thicker, takes longer to heal.  And one over the knee or shoulder can 'spread' through constant movement of the joint. If it's skin around the eyes, which is the thinnest, scars will heal very quickly. Within a week or so, it's possible to wear make-up.

Skin type is also a factor; those with type 1 skin (red-headed, freckled or fair-skinned with blue eyes) are at risk of a redder scar that fades less readily. However, experts don't really fully understand why this is the case.  

Available treatments? Silicone gels or sheets (available from some pharmacies) can help reduce redness and lumpiness. These need to be applied for several hours a day for at least three months. Silicone creams are also available.

Other types of scars
Image result for calendulaHypertrophic scars These are caused by an imbalance of collagen production and are red and raised. 'They are usually treated with steroid injections and silicone gels or sheets. They do get better with time, though this may take three years or so. Keloid scars Also caused by excess collagen production, these are lumpy and raised, and extend beyond the original wound. More common in Afro-Caribbean skins, they are treated in a similar way to hypertrophic scars.


Regular mas.sage can definitely help scars to fade and mature more quickly. Once the scar has healed, massage with oil (such as Bio-Oil or vitamin E), for 15-20 minutes twice a day for 12 months. This should be done religiously to get the best result. If a scar is causing you undue psychological distress, cosmetic camouflage can be effective. Some services are available on the NHS - check with your GP in the first instance, who may refer you to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. 'Options include semi-permanent make-up and tattoos. And specialists can also advise on special make-up to minimise the appearance of scars.


Magic Massage Oils
Image result for massage oilRosehip oil is the best one to choose otherwise, go for vitamin E oil - if you can't find this, simply split open vitamin E capsules to release the oil. Calendula (or marigold) which you can find in some massage oils, is a good healer, too. And remember to aid healing from the inside as well - eat plenty of vitamin E-rich foods, such as avocado, and fruit and vegetables that are rich in antioxidant vitamin C, especially kiwis.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Better then Botox?

We'd all love to look younger and fresher, but how do we go about it without resorting to needles and cosmetic surgery? If you are dreaming of dreaming of dewy, wrinkle-free skin, these age zapping complementary therapies and holistic beauty treatments are natural ways to hold back the years.......

Many people use botox injections to keep their youthful appearance, and while it may work for some, there are many cases of people taking the smoothing effects a little too far, but there are loads of natural treatments and therapies out there which can have a youth-boosting effect, not just on your face but on your entire body So here's how to look ten years younger, the natural way!


CRYOTHERAPY
Cryotherapy for beauty can help maintain a youthful appearance while reducing the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, and blemishes. ... Cryotherapy for beauty treatments are designed to shock the body into action by increasing blood circulation and boosting the immune and central nervous systems. This chilly therapy involves exposing yourself to extremely low temperatures (as low as -140 degrees) for a short duration of time. It is believed to regenerate tissues and stimulate collagen production.

COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and although relatively new to the West the Chinese have been using points on the face to combat the signs of ageing and to help with various skin conditions for many years. It was in use as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD - 1279AD) when the Empress and Emperor's concubines received Cosmetic Acupuncture. So, what kind of results can be achieved? Unlike BOTOX®, which carries a large number of possible side effects, Cosmetic Acupuncture is a totally natural and holistic anti-ageing treatment that aims to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.


Cosmetic Acupuncture, in contrast, will require a course of treatment to show pronounced results. However, the whole face is treated and as body points are also used, a patient's health and well-being can be greatly improved by undertaking a series of treatments. Facial patients often report that they feel healthier, sleep better, have brighter eyes and feel more balanced; those are the kind of side effects we like! The acupuncture points and the way that they are used in a Cosmetic Acupuncture session have all been chosen specifically with this overall achievement of well-being in mind.

This treatment also works on lifting the face, particularly where the face begins to sag around the 'jowls' and the cheek area, rather than simply targeting wrinkles. This facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting very fine needles into the face and throughout the body, in particular areas of the face, ears, neck, hands, and legs along channels or meridians of qi. The effects can be very noticeable - fine lines and deep wrinkles are diminished, bags under eyes reduced, jowls firmed, puffiness eliminated, droopy eyelids lifted and double chins minimised. Further treatment can also help dry skin by increasing local circulation of blood and lymph to the face. 

CRYSTAL HEALING
Crystal healing is an ancient therapy that uses the powers of crystals and gems in order to help improve general health and well- being. It is a Holistic treatment therefore it helps to create health and balance emotionally, physically and spiritually. Crystals have been used for many years for their amazing benefits but it is only now as we are seeking alternative ways to help with our problems and worries that crystals have come to the forefront of holistic therapies.

Crystal healers harness the energetic powers of therapeutic stones by placing them on reflex points on the face and body to promote vitality Many therapists use rose quartz in their facial massages as it has long been prized for beauty rituals across the world and is famed for its health-boosting properties. Meanwhile, other therapists can offer a crystal wand massage, designed to combine the benefits of crystal healing and with traditional massage techniques, reiki, acupressure points and a blend of essential oils.

MESOTHERAPY
Meso (from the Greek mesos, meaning "middle") and therapy (from the Greek therapeia "to treat medically") is the practice of using a combination of target-specific micro-injections into the second layer of the skin in order to deliver healing or corrective treatment.  The French Academy of Medicine recognised mesotherapy as a Speciality of Medicine in 1987. Mesotherapy has been widely used for aesthetic purposes as an alternative or complementary to traditional non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing injections. 
This prickly beauty treatment uses tiny needles to pump high-strength nutrients and vitamins directly into the skin. As the skin ages the blood supply diminishes such that the supply of nutrition, oxygen and water to the skin is sub-optimal. Mesotherapy basically bypasses the circulation and delivers the nutrients to the skin cells from the outside; tiny injections are made into the dermis and epidermis so that the cells imbibe the nutrient and water-rich mixture.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

HGH Creams - Fact or Fiction?

Human growth hormone (HGH) has many beneficial effects that people can experience through the selection of the right supplement. There are releasers, injections and HGH creams. Choosing one variety of product or another will depend on understanding its qualities and the manner in which HGH is administered. HGH creams offer a simple and non-invasive possibility but are they efficient?

What Is HGH?
HGH is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. In children, HGH is responsible for growth. In adults, it plays a number of additional roles. Growth hormone can be used to increase muscle mass, boost metabolism, decrease fat through promoted lipolysis and provide an overall sensation of energy and well-being.

There are several other important health benefits worth mentioning:

  •  Higher bone density
  •  Increased protein synthesis
  •  Protects organs and slows down the aging process
  •  Stimulates the functioning of the immune system
  •  Improves sleep quality
  •  Regulates blood pressure
  •  Increases libido
  •  Improves the levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream
  •  Makes skin and hair healthier and more beautiful


What Are HGH Creams?
There is a big difference between HGH creams and the other products that stimulate the production of the hormone. The injections introduce synthetic HGH into the bloodstream. Natural supplements like GenF20 Plus (video review) come in the form of pills that stimulate the functioning of the pituitary gland. Creams are applied to the skin, which means that the absorption is slower. Using such products will demand a longer period of time for the effects to become obvious.

If you are interested in having healthier and more youthful skin, you will enjoy HGH creams. If you are looking forward to experiencing the other benefits, HGH supplements like GenF20 Plus will be a much better possibility.

Pros And Cons
Most experts agree that HGH therapy is effective solely when injections and all-natural HGH releasers are used. The general consensus in the scientific community is that creams are much more inefficient than the other forms of HGH therapy. Many HGH creams, however, contain a blend of very beneficial ingredients. HGH could be delivered in a formula containing aloe vera, vitamins and natural extracts. Finding this kind of cream can be incredibly beneficial for the skin.

If you are interested in such cosmetics, you should dedicate time to doing research and reading reviews. No two HGH creams are alike. Get a list of the ingredients, explore their actions and see what buyers have to say about the product. Doing your homework in advance will help you pick a cream that will do what it promises.

Other Possibilities
If you want to get the benefits of HGH fast, you will have to choose an alternative to creams. There are no studies and clinical trials confirming the ability of the cream to affect the body in the same way like the direct introduction of HGH in the bloodstream.

Injections are the most powerful option but it does come with the risk of side effects and overdose. Such treatments should be carried out solely under medical supervision. Keep in mind injections can be very expensive.The safest and quickest possibility involves the use of an all-natural HGH releaser. These supplements stimulate the natural production of growth hormone, which makes them safe.

At the same time, such supplements deliver faster and more consistent benefits than the use of HGH creams. If beautiful skin is your number one priority, you should give human growth hormone creams a try. You will enjoy a cleaner complexion and a reduction in wrinkles.

HGH creams, however, will be highly inefficient in terms of improving your overall health and making you leaner. Natural supplements will do a much better job without causing side effects and without costing a fortune.

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