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The oil conundrum

March 13, 2012

Do you or don’t you put oils on your face if your skin is oily?

It’s quite a conundrum for many women who have greasy or oily skin, so if you’re one of them you’re in good company – Victoria Beckham and Alicia Keyes have apparently both said that that they’ve suffered from greasy skin and acne.

Oily or greasy skin tends to look a bit shiny and has enlarged pores, it’s also prone to getting pimples, blackheads and blemishes and when you’re in your teens, acne can be a big problem as well.   There’s good news though, although you may hate it when you’re young, as you get older you tend to have fewer wrinkles, so that’s something to look forward to!

There are lots of reasons why you might have oily skin, hormones often play a part especially if you use the contraceptive pill; you may secrete too much sebum which is a common cause of oily skin and dark skin is often oily as it has more sweat glands and sebaceous glands than white skin; using oils that are too fatty on your skin will also exacerbate the problem.

Looking after oily skin doesn’t have to be difficult; the trick is to remove the excess sebum without drying up the skin.  How do you do this?

You need to use a very gentle cleanser and twice a day is plenty. If you over-cleanse or do too much peeling using products that dry out your skin, your body starts to overproduce sebum.  It’s also a mistake to use abrasive exfoliants because you strip the skin of its natural acid mantle which protects the skin from bacteria. Using the right toner [with no alcohol] can help to close up pores which means you reduce the possibility of inflammation from dust and dirt getting into the pores.

Unfortunately, there’s a myth that says you shouldn’t put oils onto oily skin.  This is both true and not true – it’s certainly true if you use oils which are comedogenic, meaning that they block the pores. By contrast, you want to give your skin the right oils so that you help regulate sebum production and your sebaceous glands can have time off! This way you help your skin move toward being a more ‘normal’ skin type.

When you’re looking for a suitable moisturiser for oily skin, read the label and see what plant oils have been included.  The important thing you need to know is what to avoid, [despite what the advertising says] and what oils will actually benefit your skin.

Oils that your skin will love are those with high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids, these are thin, dry oils and quickly absorbed – Kiwi seed, Chia seed, Thistle and Rosehip are all excellent.  The oils you need to avoid or check that they’re used in very small quantities are Olive, Neem, Macadamia, Moringa, Camelina, Coconut oil, Castor oil and also products that are paraffin based or that contain a lot of emulsifiers as these too can clog pores.

You can also use clay masks but only use the masks on the parts of your face that are oily and choose green or yellow clays which are best for oily skin.

Looking after oily skin starts from the inside – what you eat is really important.

Eating lots of saturated animal fats or highly processed vegetable oils can all exacerbate oily skin problems.  Eating chocolate, sugar, fizzy drinks and junk food is the fastest way to create inflammation, alter your blood sugar levels, interfere with absorption of nutrients and disrupt your hormones!

Wise choices in what you eat and what you put on your skin will pay you back many times over.  It’s worth remembering that everything you put on your skin is absorbed, after all, that’s why hormone and nicotine patches work and everything you eat and feed your body with will be reflected in your general health which includes the health of your skin. You are what you eat!

The life force of your skin

February 1, 2012

What gives you great skin?

There’s a lot of talk about essential fatty acids and how important they are. But did you know that your skin also needs them?

Fatty acids are essential for your skin

Every cell in your body has a thin protective membrane around it and essential fatty acids (EFA’s) help to keep it healthy which means soft and permeable.  Why permeable you might be asking?  So that nutrients can get into the cells and toxins can get out.

Essential fatty acids are the ‘life force’ of the membrane of every cell in your body including nerve cells in your brain.  They control every bodily function from wiggling your little toe to fluttering your eye lashes. Essential fatty acids are omega 3’s and 6’s and we need them in the right proportions because they’re so essential to our well being and we can’t make them ourselves, we have to ingest them in the form of foods or supplements.

For a long time nobody knew what the correct proportion was and it’s still a hotly debated subject, but a study was done by a man called Yehuda in Israel in 1993which determined that the ratio should be 4:1, 4 parts omega 6 to one part omega 3. Omega 6 is also known as Linoleic acid and omega 3 is known as Linolenic Acid.

When you’re depleted in essential fatty acids, the cell membrane doesn’t function efficiently and so the movement of toxins and nutrients across the cell membrane is compromised. A common symptom you are deficient in EFA’s  is dry skin.

Do you have a ‘snowstorm’ of dry, flaky skin when you get undressed? It’s more common than you might think.

Not only do you need EFA’s for your skin, you need them for hormones, your immune system, pain and inflammation and good gut function, to name but a few  of  the essential roles they have in your body.

You can do an experiment and see the difference.  Try taking the correct ratio of 4:1 essential fatty acids for a month; you’ll probably need to take about 2 tablespoons/day to make a difference.  Make sure that you find an omega 3 oil that is not rancid!  Yes, they do go rancid.   But there are one or two brands who test for rancidity before and after production and who also test for the presence of toxic metals.  Fish oils can carry a lot of toxic metals.

Here’s a tip – you can apply oils direct to your skin, try a blend of sesame, walnut, apricot seed and hazelnut oil. Everything you put on your skin goes straight into your system and bypasses your liver.  That’s why hormone and nicotine patches work!

The Story Behind Celgenics

March 30, 2010

Celgenics: Skin for the Future – has been a voyage from complementary health care to 21st century skin care.

The background

Most of my work as a Nutritional therapist, Kinesiologist and Cranio Sacral practitioner has been helping people on their journey back to health by finding the reason for their illness.

Over a number of years I have discovered time and again that many problems of ill health relate to toxicity:

  • from the thousands of chemicals and toxic substances we are surrounded by
  • from exposure to toxic metals including amalgam fillings
  • from internal toxicity created by the presence of parasites and other gut pathogens

Many of my patients suffered from ailments caused by breathing in pesticides or herbicides after farmers had sprayed farmland; others would get ill washing their hair with shampoo containing sodium laurel sulfates; for others it would be a trip to a high street chemist or a department store where they would be overwhelmed by the smell of all the perfumes; others were affected by the out-gassing from new paint, new carpets and curtains which contain a myriad of anti fungal agents and preservatives. Patients who had had amalgam fillings for many years frequently had symptoms of ME and would describe themselves as being chemically sensitive.

95% of these patients were unable to wear ‘normal’ cosmetics or use traditional skin care products. Their skin would become itchy, red or blotchy and often they would feel nauseous. Most of them described their skin as being super-sensitive.

The light bulb moment

I started by making up creams specifically suited to their skin type and problems using the appropriate oils and active ingredients and, very importantly, without the use of any Parabens, Sodium Laurel Sulfates or chemicals. I also used Spring water rather than distilled water. The creams were a great success, with many people being able to use a moisturiser for the first time ever!

Preparing these individual creams for people was how the Celgenics journey began. From there I started incorporating the natural vibrational energy from homeopathic remedies, flower essences and crystals into my creams and realised that skin care which everyone could use should be available.

The journey continues to help more people

Now, I passionately want to expand what I’m doing in my practice and reach more people who struggle to find skin care they feel happy to use and who want a product that makes a difference. This is skin care which is free of toxic chemicals and has the additional advantage of working with the electromagnetic field of the body through the energetic use of vibrational remedies to help skin rejuvenate and repair.