I had such a marvelous time last Saturday I have to share it with you all..
I met these15 Afghani women. I was asked by the Red Cross to help these women with their skin concerns. They were all refugees that had been in Australia less than a year, they spoke and read little English and were experiencing very dry skin resulting in irritability, redness and breakouts among other problems. Our interpreter Najibeh was invaluable as well as good fun; and she is a successful special event dress designer and tailor here in Hobart!
Given the amount of stress these women had been under for years I was not surprised by the condition of their skin. Most of them had thickened, congested, pigmented, and dirty looking skin which was itchy, uncomfortable and unable to hold makeup. The age range was from about 30.
I showed them why they were suffering and explained the causes:
* Directly it was the change of climate; exacerbated by the sudden seasonal change to the winter cold.
* Indirectly it is caused from chronic stress, poor diet, and lack of sleep. All things we too can suffer from – though in completely different ways to these refugees. Chronic impairment of their skin was causing breakouts, pigmentation and irritated dry skin; it is the same for us when we cannot look after ourselves well enough.
People seem to isolate the skin from the rest of the body and this is so wrong. What we see and feel on the outside is actually a reflection of everything that is happening on the inside; from our headspace, though our gut to our lack of regenerating sleep.
So I taught these ladies what I teach you. Look after your insides with a diet rich in antioxidants and red meat (for the 8 essential amino acids), try to relax and deal with the stress and try to sleep. They walk everywhere so exercise is not a problem, they were all, and interestingly single so interruptions from partners are not a problem; are they the lucky ones or does this create its own anxiety? And, lastly they need to drink water. They actually drink over 20 cups of black tea a day – I suggested the caffeine will be drying their skin and they would be better off with hot water or green tea. Alcohol is not a part of their lives; nor are cigarettes.
Tassie’s air is very dry and even drier in the winter; outside and inside. They all lived in houses difficult to heat with heating options which dry the air even more. This can be helped significantly by putting bowls of water around to help humidify the air and by spraying their faces with a heavy water spray throughout the day. Applying moisturizer to an already damp face helps as does not having long, hot showers and going without makeup as much as possible to help the skin breathe.
I finished with a list of “nasty” chemicals to avoid in their skin care products and some examples of good economical ranges easily accessible; I looked for ranges which would “do no harm” as no “over-the-counter” product will change their skin. For these ladies, like you, it is about preventing more damage and healing the damage via internal health.
They greatly appreciated my help and I am looking forward to working with them in the future.
For Your Skin – WINTER CARE
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https://www.theskincareclinic.com.au/products/aspect-dr-exfol-a-serum and if you’d like more info about using Vitamin A have a read here:- https://www.theskincareclinic.com.au/science/vitamin
BACK IN STOCK: after last month’s Press Release: Preventing Skin Cancers – Australia sold out in 48 hours!! I now have lots in stock and winter is the perfect time to get started. If you’re not sure which of the 3 Catalystserums is right for your skin type and whether you have the correct products to use with them please email me. If you currently use any of these you are ready to go: Osmosis or Osmosis MD Relieve, Calm, Correct, ReNew, orStem factor.The link to the press release is below if you missed it; it is essential reading for us all.
Please note though – this technology is not to replace your SPF but to enhance the health of your skin.
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Winter: definitely the time for some real skin activity as Susan discovered recently. Home from 6 weeks travelling her skin was dry, itchy and at her age she was getting breakouts (shall we say – over 40!). One treatment and some changes to her home care and she is happy. See her post too on Facebook!
During winter many of us need to slightly alter our regime of products. More moisturiser and deep hydration with specific serums for your skin type. It’s a good time for non-traumatic exfoliating treatments and more active Vitamin A treatments; all designed to increase hydration, decrease the inflammation in our skin and allow it to heal without the harsh and damaging higher UV’s of the summer.
Mention this Newsletter when you come in for a treatment for a reduction of 10%!! (only during June 14)
Looking forward to helping you,