Most people want to ease up on sun protection during winter as the sun feels weaker and they assume they are less likely to burn. Sadly only one of the two UV perpetrators, UVB, is actually reduced by clouds. And while these UVB rays are the culprit behind sunburn, the other type of UV rays, UVA, are very much present year round- and it’s imperative to avoid them.
Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is at the top of any biohacker’s agenda. A CGM can track your blood glucose (sugar) levels in real-time, which provides information to allow for individualised recommendations – say hello to data-driven nutrition insights! Keep reading to learn why this could be the best test you could do for your health (and your skin!).
Firstly, what is gluten?
Gluten is not a lone ranger. Gluten actually refers to a group community of proteins found in various grains – such as wheat, gluten, rye and oats.
Beyond high-quality protein, an egg contains a wide-variety of essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that can beneficially impact skin health. But when it comes to recommending diets including eggs, often we need to ‘walk on eggshells’ since egg proteins can also potentially promote inflammation. Let’s do a deep dive into this egg-ceptionally complex food.
Skin cancers – especially melanoma – can occur anywhere on your skin. Since skin cancers are the most common cancer of all cancers and we don’t require fancy imaging such as CTs, MRIs or PET scans to pick them up – skin self-checks should become a monthly habit. Did you know that your nails are also areas of skin that can potentially get melanomas? Melanomas do not always occur in sun exposed areas, the sun protected groin area is also at risk. While melanoma makes up only a small part, it is the one that causes the most deaths.
Let’s do a deep dive into some my top Vitamin C picks across all the various forms
One of the most popular functional actives in skincare, Vitamin C deserves a place in pretty much every skincare routine. But it is shrouded in misinformation and there are key ‘insider-info’ tips which will make the difference between bleh results and seeing your skin transform. Let’s take a deep dive into this superhero ingredient known for its protective, glow-boosting and pigmentation-busting properties.
Cleansing is a crucial part of caring for your skin and the first step in your skincare regimen. Arguably one of the most important parts of your routine other than sunscreens; cleansers are so important to get right because using the wrong one can cause issues by disrupting the skin barrier. Harsh surfactants can interact with protein and lipids on the stratum corneum resulting in trans-epidermal water loss, skin irritation and ultimately disruption of the skin barrier.
It’s the month of love so how about giving your locks some extra loving care? If you’re on social media, you’ve been bombarded by DIY tricks from rice water (there may be a grain of truth to this one) to horse shampoo to placental extracts to apple cider vinegar but what are the ‘real’ dermatologist-approved haircare tips and tricks? Hair we go with our top 10 tips….
If you had to choose one New Year’s resolution that should appear on your list, it should be this: get 2021’s toxins OUT of your bodaaaaay!
Let’s face it, we live in a ‘toxic soup’ – if we’re not taking in a host of toxins through the air that we breathe in; then it’s the pesticides in our foods, the dyes & detergents in & on our clothes, the nasty chemicals in our household cleaning products, or the controversial ingredients in our skin care products. Unfortunately, chemicals seem to be lurking in every corner of life, and have resulted in some scary stats: Scientists estimate that the average adult carries within her or his body at least 700 toxins and that a new-born’s body can contain over 200 toxins!
We all know that our South African sun is no joke. We also tend to already know the basics of sun safety such as staying out of the sun during peak hours (10am-3pm) and wearing protective clothing and hats, however, the biggest confusion often occurs over sunscreen. Sunscreen is simply put – the MOST important part of your skincare regimen. Whether you’re a pared-down minimalist type of guy or a skincare junkie – this is one step that is a non-negotiable.
Can you feel the change of mood in the air? Season is almost here, the nights are balmy, the prospect of a much-needed break is pulling us through the final days of 2021 and all we want to do is to let loose and have some fun!
So I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but heading into season remember that the drinks that you’re downing are going to drag your skin down too! Get the lowdown on how to party-proof your skin this season.