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MELASMA TREATMENT WITH RACHEL CHEW CLINIC

Melasma shows up as brown spots or splotches on the forehead, cheeks, jaw line or upper lip. Melasma is essentially too much dark pigment. That pigment has been triggered by hormones and/or sun. Melasma can appear when a woman’s hormones change, whether through pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or hormone replacement therapy after menopause. Women of color are prone to melasma, and it is a significant problem for many. But people of any skin type can get melasma.

Once melasma has gotten started, for example during a pregnancy, it may become very difficult to treat afterwards. Also, it tends to become worse with subsequent pregnancies, particularly if the pregnancy is during the summer. If you do get melasma during the pregnancy, chances are it will resolve after delivery. But in a small percentage of women it gets worse over time and with exposure to sunlight.

To Treat Melasma

If you have melasma from hormones or prior pregnancies, please seek advice from your dermatologist first. Melasma can be difficult to treat.

(a) Sun block and Sun Protection
This is the most essential part of any treatment regimen for melasma, every single day, even cloudy days & indoors. The use of a broad spectrum sun screen that contains a physical blocking agent for example zinc or titanium dioxide.

(b) Double Protect – Wear Sun Protective Clothing

If your melasma is bad, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and wide-brimmed hats.

(c) Stay out of the sun in the mid-day

(d) Topical Products
Because melasma is a disorder of pigmentation, topical products that block the process of pigment production are helpful in the treatment of melasma. Pigment production is a complex process and there are many products that act at different steps in this process. No one product is 100% successful at preventing and treating pigment so often multiple different products are used as they all work at different steps in the process.

(e) Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone (HQ) is thought to improve pigment by inhibition of tryosinase, an enzyme critical for pigment production. It has been in use for over 50 years and has a long and well documented history of safety and efficacy in the treatment of pigment.

(f) Retinoids
Retinoic acid and its derivatives (Retin-A, tretinoin, retinol, adapalene, tazaratene) have been shown to reduce the pigment of melasma and sun damage. They act by stimulating skin cell or keratinocyte turnover, decreasing transfer of pigment to skin cells and enhancing penetration of other active ingredients. Additionally, retinoids are an essential part of an anti-aging skin care regimen as they act to block the breakdown of collagen in the skin upon sun exposure.

(g) Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C in skin serums and creams can block copper where it interacts with tyrosinase. Antioxidants are a critical part of any anti-aging program as they prevent oxidative injury to the skin with sun exposure.

(h) Topical agents

Licorice extract, soy, resveratrol, bearberry extract, emblica extract.

(i) Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels

Dermatologists have been using TCA peels, a close cousin to vinegar, to do chemical peeling for at least twenty years. Some dermatologists, in fact, still prefer TCA peels to any other modality for treating melasma, usually in combination with prescription creams. TCA peels are excellent and safe in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. This is a good option, particularly if you have severe melasma. Such procedure should only be performed by certified doctors.

(j) Lasers
– Effective, safe & FDA approved. You may contact Rachel Chew Clinic to enquire more.

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The Fighter, ANTIOXIDANTS

We have all heard of antioxidants, but have we heard of the mother of all antioxidants? One that is the secret to prevent cancer, heart disease, aging, neurological issues and more? This single antioxidant has been studied in great depth yet most of us know nothing about it and  many doctors have no idea how to address the epidemic of its deficiency in humans.
You already know that your skin — like the rest of your body — benefits from the work of antioxidants: They help fight free radicals, unstable compounds that attack cells and cause wrinkles, dull skin, and even skin cancer. But with so many on the market, how do you know which antioxidants work the hardest to help your skin stay smooth and young? The good news is, there’s no reason to limit yourself to just one.

The generation of free radicals increases by:

• Excess consumption of processed or refined foods

• Increased consumption of meat and other animal products

• Pollution

• Stress

• Sleeplessness

• Decreased consumption of natural foods

• Strenuous exercise

Glutathione
Composed of glutamic acid, cysteine, and glycine, this little protein is found in all animal tissues, is one of your body’s main antioxidants and is very decreased in the skin after skin exposure.

1. Try bioactive whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy, but this is an exception — with a few warnings. The whey protein must be bio-active and made from non-denatured proteins. Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics. Immunocal is a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein that is even listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

2. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.).

3. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein, so you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you can take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting my glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing I do every day for my personal health.

4. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted.

5. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body. Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P) and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).

6. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione.

7. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione.

8. Milk thistle (silymarin) has long been used in liver disease and helps boost glutathione levels.

Green tea


Green tea extracts are derived from the Camelliasinensis plant; you may also want to drink tea brewed from the plant for internal benefits. Green tea contains a number of powerful polyphenols, one of which — epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)— it contains in large quantities.

Research has shown that when EGCG is applied before or immediately after UV exposure, it helps correct cellular changes caused by damaging UV rays. It can also quench hydrogen peroxide radicals and cause carcinogenic skin cells to degrade.

Idebenone

Idebenone(pronounced E-d-buh-known) is a more stable relative of the antioxidantcoenzyme Q10.

Idebenone penetrates better than coenzyme Q10 and offers more protection from the oxidation caused by free radicals. It also protects skin cells from the damaging effects of UVB rays.

Be sure to do a patch test before committing to regular use of a product containing idebenone; about 1 out of 10 people has an allergic reaction to the antioxidant.

Resveratrol

This oldie-but-goodie antioxidant is a polyphenolic compound found in grapes, berries, cocoa, and even peanuts.

Studies show that resveratrol confers great benefits when applied topically. When you apply resveratrol before sun exposure, it reduces the production of damaging free radicals and other sun-related skin damage. It also helps retard the development and growth of skin cancer tumors.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been given credit for all sorts of miracles, proven and unproven. It is a potent antioxidant and a necessary component of tissue collagen production. Again, we are advised that normal diets, including citrus fruit, provide adequate vitamin C. Over the years scientists and clinicians have waffled over claims for the ability of vitamin C to prevent colds and lessen the length of time that symptoms persist. It is generally believed that these qualities are overstated or wrong. One study did show vitamin C to be effective in preventing cold symptoms in 50% of marathon runners tested but only a tiny percentage of the general population. Since I’m so set against subjecting one’s body to marathon running, I nearly opted to leave that bit of information out. The significance of all this is confusing.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are key players in the prevention of cholesterol plaques forming in the arteries and are generally necessary for sustained good health. The importance of vitamin C is well-known for its role in the healing of wounds and maintenance of the integrity of tissues. It is important in collagen synthesis, and its absence causes the disease scurvy, which results in tissue breakdown and open wounds.

Vitamin C has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin. This is where real progress is being made. Free radicals derived from metabolic processes interfere with the production and maintenance of collagen in the skin. When collagen fibers are inadequate in number or misaligned, the skin structure breaks down and loss of elasticity and wrinkling result. Vitamin C protects the collagen in the skin and is necessary for new collagen production and wound healing. Free radicals from the environment have also been said to enter the skin and cause tissue damage. The function of the skin is to keep the outside environment outside. That’s how it works. And the difficulty in getting topical vitamin C into the skin illustrates that fact. But mechanisms aside, vitamin C applied to the skin can work if it can get into the skin in sufficient quantities.

Vitamin E

Along with the knowledge of the destructive capability of free radicals is the knowledge that they are products of normal metabolism and are neutralized by antioxidants. These antioxidants are either enzymes within the body systems or antioxidants derived from the diet. The diet-derived group includes vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), carotenes (vitamin A), and many others. Vitamins C and E are among the major nonenzymatic antioxidants that protect skin from the adverse effects of aging and sun damage, and for this purpose, topical application seems far more effective than oral supplements. We don’t yet know how much is optimal for this function, but we are discovering how to most effectively deliver it to the skin. The fat-soluble vitamin E molecule is too large to penetrate the skin and significantly raise circulating levels, but application of vitamin E to the skin has consistently shown the ability to retard the inflammation from sun exposure and UVB damage and, in fact, reverse the sun damage. There is also a great deal of evidence that vitamins C and E are enhanced in their antioxidant function when applied together. Current conservative advice is that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables should be adequate for normal healthy adults. Daily oral supplements of vitamin E have long been recommended but have fallen into scientific disfavor due to conflicting reports. Some studies claim it promotes cardiac health; others contradict the findings. A 2009 study indicated that most basic studies were universally flawed and suggested that larger (and perhaps larger than tolerated) doses might be necessary to be effective.

Melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is known to influence the circadian rhythms of the body: sleeping at night, being awake during the day. It has also been recognized as among the most powerful of antioxidants. The ability of melatonin to eliminate free-radical contamination in cellular function has been repeatedly demonstrated. And as noted above, it is very effective as a topical antioxidant in its synergetic action with vitamins C and E. The ability of melatonin to help drive vitamin C into the skin and its anti-inflammatory action have made it a very important ingredient in skin-care products. The combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and melatonin represents the most truly effective way to get enough of these antioxidants into the skin to impede collagen destruction, encourage collagen production, reduce facial wrinkles and undo sun damage.

Allantoin


Long used to help protect the skin in creams and lotion, allantoin was thought to be a skin protectant. It has been called a “cell proliferant, epithelization stimulant, and a chemical debrider.” Basically, it helps to exfoliate and stimulate new skin growth.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)


ALA is unique, as it is soluble in both water and lipids, so it easily penetrates into the skin. It seems to help protects Vitamins E and C, helping to boost their activity within the cell by “reenergizing” them. It is also converted in the skin into another chemical that has it’s own antioxidant properties.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a fatty acid that is naturally found inside every cell in the body. It is necessary to produce energy for the body’s everyday functions as it converts glucose into energy. ALA is also an antioxidant that works in both water and fat, unlike some other antioxidants. It can also recycle antioxidants such as vitamin C and glutathione after they have been used up by the body. Glutathione is an important antioxidant and ALA increases the formation of glutathione. It also enhances the antioxidant functions of vitamins C and E.

ALA directly supports detoxification within the liver. It can prevent cell damage, regulate blood sugar levels, chelate toxic metals from the blood, and enhance mental function and muscular energy production.

Sources for ALA include the following:

• naturally made in the body
• spinach
• broccoli
• peas
• Brewer’s yeast
• Brussels sprouts
• rice bran
• organ meats

Grape and Grape Seed Extract


Proanthocyanidin, a very powerful antioxidant is found in grapes and grape seed extracts. While this antioxidant doesn’t have strong evidence that it works topically (really, most of these things I’m listing don’t have much evidence anyways), it was found to have strong effects on free radical damage of fat cells especially, as well as improved wound healing and prevention of tumors (both in mice).

Panthenol


An alcohol derivative of Vitamin B5, Panthenol is actually a humectant (see, it’s here in my moisturizer post), and is very easily found in moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Once it’s in the skin, it get converted to an acid that is an important cofactor for Coenzyme A, allowing your skin to function normallly. It’s pretty stable, but doesn’t do well in acidic or basic environments or high heat.

YOUR ACNE WANTS TO TALK TO YOU

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Acne is often thought of as a normal part of adolescence. In Chinese Medicine, it’s believed that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. Although this is not a science but this theory can be helpful when you are helpless in treating your acne and this might help you to pinpoint a reason which cause your acne.

Toxins often cleanse through the skin, when the other eliminating systems are sluggish; hormonal imbalances over stimulate the oil glands and impurities in the blood will often affect the skin. All of these can clog pores. Acne is the body’s reaction to those clogged pores. Here’s what your acne trying to indicate about your health concern:

Upper Forehead

Digestive System & Bladder – Drink plenty of water to flush, eliminate greasy foods and refined sugars especially preserved or process foods. If you’re craving deep fried fatty foods, eat avocado or add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your dish. Make sure you consume plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Some of the best antioxidant rich foods or drinks include green tea, warm lemon water, and fresh berries. If your diet is not rich in naturally fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, or kefir, consider supplementing with a probiotic capsule daily. Most pharmacies carry probiotic capsules.

Lower Forehead

Heart – Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood through your entire body. It has a tough job and can become easily stressed due to poor diet, inactivity, and various mental and physical stresses. If you have pimples on your lower forehead make it a point to do regular cardiovascular exercises. Eating pomegranate and coconut oil will also keep your heart healthy and help clear this up.

Eyes, orbital area and between the eyebrows

Liver – Cut out the alcohol, greasy food and dairy. This is the zone where food allergies also show up first, so take a look at your ingredients. Besides all this, do 30 minutes of light exercise every day and get adequate sleep so your liver can rest. Cut back on greasy foods loaded with vegetable, soy, and canola oil, alcohol and dairy products. Avoid eating late at night as well. If you’re craving a late snack take a spoonful of raw honey or raw celery. This will let your liver rest while you’re sleeping. Eat more vegetables such as garlic, grapefruits, green tea, carrots, beets, green leafy vegetables, lemon and limes etc.

Ears

Kidneys – When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what. Increase water intake, avoiding eating too much salty food & caffeine, & cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water.

Nose

Heart – Check your blood pressure and Vitamin B levels. Decrease the intake of spicy or pungent food, cut down on meat and get more fresh air. Besides this, go for lower cholesterol by replacing “bad fats” with “good fats” such as Omegas 3 and 6 found in nuts, avocados, fish and flax seed. Besides that, our nose area is chock-full of dilated pores, check that your makeup is not past its expiry date or is skin-clogging and make sure that you do proper face cleansing.

Upper Cheeks

Lungs and Respiratory System – Stresses to the lungs are likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. Even if you’re not a smoker you may have noticed an upper cheek breakout due to asthma, allergies, lung infections, staying in a polluted area. Try to avoid smoking and second hand smoke.

Lower Cheeks

Gum or teeth problems – Acne may appear in the lower cheek area as a result of gum or teeth problems. Avoid refined sugar and soft drinks. Oil pulling is a great technique and it is efficient in treating many gum or teeth problems. Eat fiber rich fruits and vegetables to strengthen your teeth and gums. Besides, you must change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.

Side Of Chin

Hormones and genitals – This condition mostly affects women and it often indicates hormonal imbalance, caused by menstruation, birth control or diet high in soy. Emotional and physical stress also cause hormonal imbalance. Try to have enough & quality sleep not more than 8 hours, meditate, or do yoga. This will help you keep your mind focused and relieve stress. You can also increase the intake of essential fatty acids, such as omega 3. You can go for some herbs that will help you balance your hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca root, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola, milk thistle, green tea etc.

Center Of The Chin

Small intestine and stomach – Acne on the center of the chin can be related to digestion and to problems with the the stomach and small intestine. This can be directly caused by a poor diet and/or food allergies such as one to gluten. You may want to consider a whole foods cleanse for a week to assist with movement in the intestines.  To be more precise, you are what you digest. Probiotic deficiency and insufficient consumption of naturally fermented foods or probiotic capsules affect digestion, even though you may eat healthy and organic foods. Stress, insufficient sleep, and dehydration also affect stomach and small intestine. Sleeping well at night, drinking a lot of water, introducing lifestyle changes to reduce your stress, and doing yoga or meditation will help you fight chin acne.

Chest & Neck

Illness – Chest & neck areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits. When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections.

SKINARTESSE LASERS

WHY CHOOSE SKINARTESSE LASER?

No medication required

No downtime

No long recovery periods

Affordable

Long term results

Painless and no anesthesia required

Skinartesse Laser Peel encompasses the equivalent of having 4 chemical peels in one session, the outer most layer of the epidermis is safely removed with no downtime, or any complications like ablative alternatives such as Fractional Co2 lasers, and yet it still produces visible results immediately. This laser function treats:

  • skin rejuvenation
  • all types of acne problems
  • improve skin elasticity
  • reduce age spots
  • large pores
  • sun damaged skin
  • reduce fine lines, wrinkles
  • yellow, dull or oily skin
  • lighten acne scars

Skinartesse Laser Toning is the application of specialized laser energy to reduce visible sin pigmentation and it accomplishes two major goals:

  • Even-out your skin tone
  • Improve your skin texture

The laser energy gently targets the melanin in the cells breaking it up for your body’s natural removal processes. Because the treatment is gentle, multiple passes are needed in order to target deep into the tissue.

ARE YOU A SUITABLE CANDIDATE? IF YOU WISH TO…

  • Glowing youthful looking skin
  • Have Acne under control
  • Remove minor Acne Scars and redness
  • Flawless radiant smooth skin

Sunscreen SPF? Which on is the BEST?

We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen, but which SPF is best? A walk through the sunscreen aisle reveals dozens of options, with varying SPFs. The highest SPF protect is 100, but does that make it the best? It’s just one of the many questions consumers have when it comes to the dizzying array of sunscreens. Check out these frequently asked questions to learn more.

WHAT DOES SPF MEASURE?

SPF, or sun protection factor, measures the product’s ability to block the sun’s UVB rays. Those rays can turn your skin into a fiery-red hide. It does not take into account UVA rays, which can damage skin and lead to certain kinds of cancer.

DOES SPF 100 OFFER THE BEST PROTECTION?

People assume the higher the SPF, the better the protection. Sunscreen with SPF 50 offers twice the protection of SPF 25, right? Wrong. Sunscreen with SPF 15 blocks 94 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. SPF 30 blocks 97 percent, SPF 50 blocks 98 percent and SPF 100 blocks 99 percent. Yes, SPF 100 offers the highest protection, but it’s not significantly more than its double-digit competitors. Plus, doctors fear consumers who buy products with SPF 100 apply it less, making it less effective than other options. No matter what the SPF, you should apply sunscreen every two hours.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR?

Rather than focusing on the SPF, look for a broad spectrum sunscreen. These will protect against both UVA and UVB rays, offering full protection.

Whether it is a day at the pool, or an afternoon walk in the park, make sure that you are arming yourself with sun protection so that you can enjoy many sunny days ahead.

HELIOCARE SPF – ESSENTIAL EVERYDAY PROTECTION FOR YOUR SKIN

Heliocare SPF

Nothing beats a sunny day on the beach, swimming and relaxing, but getting ready for that night out you feel like the sun was sitting on your shoulders the whole day. The first thing going through your mind is “but I did put sunscreen on” or “I was only in the sun for a few minutes”. In South Africa we all know that our sun is very damaging and extremely dangerous, but with our busy lifestyle do we really have the time to apply sunscreen over our make-up at work or the beach every 2-3 hours.

Now what is a sunscreen, what is an SPF and who should use a sunscreen? It is very easy and simple: Sunscreen is a product containing ingredients most of the time, Zinc oxide and Titanium oxide, to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation (UV), there are 2 types of UV rays that we want to protect our skin against namely: UVA and UVB. A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin and no sunscreen can block all UVA rays. Especially in South Africa we need extra protection as soon as possible and that’s why we need application of sunscreen as young as over 6 months old, children under 6 years old should be kept out of the sun in any case with protective clothing as well. Coming to a conclusion, EVERYONE should be using a sunscreen.

Heliocare made it super easy and convenient for any age or lifestyle.  It is very important to all to understand why we have to wear sunscreen, how often and what is the best suitable SPF to use every day and at the beach.

The sun gives off 3 ultraviolet rays namely UVA, UVB, UVC towards the earth, only UVA and UVB reach the earth as the UVC ray is too short to reach the earth. UVA radiation causes damage indirectly via the formation of aggressive free radicals and oxygen species, the “Reactive Oxygen Species”. These highly reactive species damage cell membrane, change the DNA of our skin cells and are linked to the development of skin cancer.

UVB rays are mainly responsible for burning of the skin, these 2 rays together can have a very dangerous impact on the skin. Most people only react after they got sunburned and then want to try and reverse the effects, it is already too late then, but UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and have more long term effects than UVB rays. These UVA rays cause photo-ageing, pre-mature ageing, loses flexibility of skin, loss in moisture of the skin, sagging, spots and wrinkles.

Looking at our daily lifestyle, UVB radiation is fairly low in our daily lifestyle, but increase when we spend more time in the sun like being on holiday. UVA radiation is fairly consistent throughout the year, so making it our first priority to protect our skin against UVA and then UVB radiation.

Everyone on earth spends way too much time being exposed to UVA and UVB rays EVERYDAY. Now most people’s excuses for not applying a sunscreen are: “I work in an office the whole day” or “I wear a sunscreen when I go on holiday”.

  • Unfortunately – UVA and UVB radiation’s existence is not only from the sun, but from the computer/laptop screens as well, UVA also travels through glass and car/ office windows as well as fluorescent lights that is in most office blocks and offices.

How do we protect ourselves from UVA and UVB rays?

Heliocare uses an ingredient called Fernblock in all the products in the Heliocare range, Fernblock is a miracle ingredient a natural extract from Polypodium leucotomos( tropical fern from Central America) and that was developed by the IFC Group and experts in Dermatology and Photobiology from Harvard Medical School. The powerful combinations of natural anti-oxidants, ferulic,caffeic and chlorogenic acid, help combat free radicals secreted by the sun causing ageing, hyperpigmentation and DNA Damage. It has been so successful by the effectiveness of it, that it has numerous laboratory and clinical trials featured in leading international scientific and medical journals. The hype about it, is the fact that it is one of the only anti-oxidants that can combat “Reactive Oxygen Species” (ROS), causing the most damage to our health.

Heliocare invented different formulations to fit everyone’s needs in any weather conditions, as wearing sunscreen in cloudy and raining conditions is very important, as UVA rays are still present in those conditions.

The lovely products from Heliocare are:

For everyday protection

  • Heliocare SPF 30 silk gel – light, soft and silky texture for daily use and daily cosmetic and make-up application.
  • Heliocare Cream SPG 50- For dry/normal skin and daily cosmetic and make-up application.
  • Heliocare Gel SPF 50- For oily/combination skin and daily cosmetic and make-up application.

For maximum skin protection

Sun protection only works being re-applied every 2-3 hours and be worn every day.

Heliocare is the range not only to fit your budget, but will give you extra comforting protection other sun care factors won’t.

Why Diet Plan Always Goes Wrong?

What you heard from others:

The Truth behind

Why diet doesn’t work?

1) Skipping Breakfast

Myth:- Not having breakfast encourages your body to burn fat
Fact:- Thin people eat breakfast; fat people don’t

Missing breakfast is a “massive diet mistake” – it leads to overeating later in the day as blood sugar drops mid-morning, making you more compulsive around food and less likely to resist that double mocha and danish.

Plus, you are more likely to binge at night as your body plays catch-up on missed calories, making you more likely to store the calories as fat.

Researchers at Imperial College London recently used MRI brain scans to study the effects of skipping breakfast. They found the reward centres in the brains of breakfast-skippers lit up when they saw higher-calorie foods such as pizza, cake and chocolate, making them less likely to resist junk food than those who opted for an early morning meal.

What you should do?

  • Research at Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in the US found that those who started their day with two boiled eggs felt less hungry and ate less come lunchtime.
  • Any form of protein in the morning – plain yoghurt and berries, mackerel or smoked salmon, an omelette or raw muesli with nuts – makes for a breakfast of (thin) kings.
  • If you can’t face breakfast, eating a handful of walnuts or almonds an hour after waking will be enough to stop you binging later.

2) Weekend Blowout

Myth:- If you eat healthily all week, it’s fine to treat yourself at weekends
Fact:- Even after five days of restraint, two days of freestyle carbicide will make you gain weight.

Say you sensibly manage your carbohydrate intake during the week and then binge on burgers, ice cream and cakes at the weekend – over time, you can technically gain up to five kilos.

When All You Want Is To Be Slim. As carbohydrates are first stored as glucose and water, this won’t be fat – yet – but will turn into fat if it isn’t worked off, so you’ll need to do extra exercise during the week.

Insidiously, weekend blow-outs keep you feeling deprived psychologically. People liken the fun and relaxation of weekends to unhealthy eating.

They equate their working week with dieting and deprivation, which locks them in the mindset of “good” or “bad” eating. If you feel compelled to overeat every weekend, it suggests the way you’re eating most of the time isn’t satisfying you.

You’re waiting for the weekend when you can enjoy your diet. But the healthy eating should be making you feel better, not be your penance.

What you should do?

To avoid the temptation to binge, pepper your working week with small amounts of what you fancy, such as a small glass of wine, some cheese or a few squares of good quality chocolate.

At the weekend, with children around and more social events, it can be harder to stick to a diet. If you have a croissant with jam and a fry-up on a Saturday morning, go back to your regular eating habits for the next meal.

The damage will only be done when you start mind games such as, “Oh, I have been bad now, so I might as well continue all weekend,”’ he says. ‘That’s how fat people think.’

3) Diet Drinks

Myth Diet drinks have no calories so they won’t impact on weight
Fact People who drink diet drinks are fatter than those who don’t

A study from the University of Texas Health Science Centre found that people who drank 21 diet drinks a week were twice as likely to be overweight.

Another study that followed diet drinkers over a ten-year period found their waists grew a staggering 70 per cent more than non-diet drinkers’ waistlines.

Diet drinks feed a sweet tooth as, gram for gram, artificial sweeteners can be 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. When the body receives a sweet taste without the calories it expects, it triggers sweet cravings that make you eat more.

Sweeteners have also been shown to have a similar effect to real sugar on blood glucose and insulin levels. These blood sugar fluctuations drive cravings for sweet substances when blood sugar is low.

One study also found that a high intake of diet drinks could increase the risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 67 per cent.

What you should do?

Drink sparkling or still water with fresh lime or lemon juice. If you want something sweet, coconut water with nothing added is a natural, healthy choice.

4) But – it’s Healthy

Myth:- I can eat as much healthy food as I like
Fact:- Healthy food can be moreish, leading to overeating

Hummus, pistachios and peanuts contain healthy fats but come with masses of calories and often epically fail the ‘eat just one’ test. Such foods can act as triggers for those with a tendency to overeat.

It’s possible to overeat a healthy diet and as a result not lose weight – or even gain it.

Being “healthy” doesn’t give people carte blanche to completely ignore calories.

Look out for cereals, snack bars and drinks that present themselves as healthy options that are anything. Most people know to look at the label and put the food back if the first few ingredients are sugar. The sugar content of a food might be high, but listed in various different ways on a label; a crafty trick used by manufacturers to hide the total amount of sugar contained in a so-called health food from consumers.

What you should do?

No matter how healthy they are, don’t keep foods around you that you find moreish.

Raw almonds and brazil nuts are pretty hard to binge on, so they’re a better choice than, say, a bag of wasabi nuts. Likewise, if you find you can’t have only one teaspoon of hummus with your raw veggies as a snack, choose something else.

When trying to spot faux-healthy foods, know sugar’s noms de plume: corn syrup, maltose, dextrose, sucrose, fructose or anything else ending in ‘ose’.

Some foods produced by weight-loss programmes can be high in sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates, which increase appetite.

5) Fat Phobia

Myth:- Avoid fat if you want to lose weight
Fact:- Successful dieters get 30 per cent of their daily calories from fat

Studies show that the tiny ten per cent of people who lose weight and keep it off eat moderate amounts of fat.

When dieters avoid fat, they are hungry all the time. Fat is highly satiating. People who avoid it are invariably never satisfied by meals.

Dieters’ obsession with low-fat products merely fuels a craving for fatty foods, and that’s why they end up binging on cakes, biscuits and ice cream – all sources of the fat their bodies need.

Low-fat food is pointless for people wanting to lose weight because when real fat is removed, something needs to be added to retain taste and texture – ‘usually sugar and flour, which provide calories but are nutritionally poor.

Fat also provides essential fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and the government’s National Food Survey shows that we are now deficient in many of these thanks to the low-fat message – especially vitamin D, the lack of which is one of the reasons behind the re-emergence of rickets.

What you should do?

Choose full-fat yoghurt (especially greek, which is higher in protein so keeps you satisfied for longer) and add a pat of butter to steamed vegetables.

Make sure you eat plenty of good fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids (there is some evidence that these help the body burn fat) found in oily fish, coconut oil, walnuts and flax seeds – try them crushed on your morning porridge.

6) Diets Full Stop

Myth:- Diets work for long-term weight loss

Fact:- Ninety per cent of yo-yo dieters don’t keep the weight off

People go on a rigid diet and manage to lose weight. But most people can’t tolerate rigid dieting for long so once it’s inevitably stopped, weight goes on a little more than before. ‘Then you go on another diet, lose again, stop and go a little higher still. That is how crash dieters gain more and more weight over time.

The body thinks it’s starving so, to compensate, will switch on all the mechanisms it has to store food.

One of these is hormones. Last October, a University of Melbourne study of 50 overweight women and men showed that after dieting, our hormone levels start to work overtime and react as though our bodies are starving. The study found that participants’ levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, was 20 per cent higher than before they went on the diet, and their levels of leptin, a hormone that suppresses appetite and registers satisfaction after eating, were lower.

The bottom line: dieting was making them hungrier.

What you should do?

The only diets that have been proven effective for long-term weight loss in randomised controlled studies are those that focus on higher amounts of protein and vegetables, and limit carbohydrates to those with a low glycaemic index [GI].

GI is a number rating out of 100 that refers to how quickly a particular food causes spikes in blood sugar. Low GI is considered 55 or under.

Here’s some motivation:

Anti-Aging Tips

Wondering what you can do to look younger or slow down the aging process without plastic surgery?

Tips on Preventing Wrinkles and Promoting Longevity

Avoid the sun.

Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature wrinkles. If you must be out in the sun, wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Tanning beds have also been proven to cause cancer and wrinkle your skin.

Don’t smoke.

Smoking is the second leading cause of premature wrinkles. It upsets the body’s mechanism for breaking down old skin and renewing it.

Minimize alcohol consumption.

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, depleting it of moisture. It can also cause broken or distended capillaries on the nose and face.

Exercise.

Exercise is the number one anti-aging medicine, and the benefits are immense. For starters, it is a great anti-stressor. It also improves circulation, which in turn improves skin complexion. It can help maintain healthy body weight, increase bone density, and build muscle. Exercise also strengthens the heart, and can reduce risk of certain cancers. We lose 4 percent of muscle mass for every 10 years after the age of 20. Running is good for the heart and weight training increases metabolism and bone strength. Stretching and yoga are also extremely beneficial.

Get plenty of rest.

The body needs time to repair itself. Lack of sleep can upset the body’s metabolism and possibly hasten the onset of age-related conditions.

Drink at least eight glasses (64 ounces total) of water daily

Water flushes waste out of our system and keeps the skin hydrated, acting as an internal moisturizer.

Over-the-counter products.

Dr Rachel recommends Glycolic Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Use at night and use it regularly. You can also ask your doctor about Retin A, a vitamin-based product that works really well.

Anti-Aging Grocery List

Buy green and red vegetables.

These foods contain natural nutrients and anti-oxidants that prevent the formation of free radicals, which damage cells and can contribute to disease and premature aging. The high water content found in vegetables is also good for skin.

Buy fish.

Fish contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower heart-disease risk and stimulate the immune system. These oils are also good for skin and act as a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Supplement your diet with 12 ounces of fish a week. Some fish have high levels of mercury and should be avoided: Shark, Swordfish, King Mackerel and Tilefish.

Incorporate oils into your diet.

Extra virgin olive oil and fish oils in a healthy diet are really good for the skin.

Limit your sugar intake.

Sugar acts as an oxidant, having the opposite effect of an anti-oxidant. It does not promote healthy body weight or healthy skin. Sugar also causes the body to release more insulin, increasing the risk of diabetes.

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