What causes oily skin?
Over productive sebaceous glands are responsible for our oily skin. We often have large pores, a frequent greasy appearance and our skin can experience more frequent breakouts and be home to unsightly blackheads.
The positives, yes there are positives to having oily skin, is that it is known to slow the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin discoloration.
A reduction of the visible signs of aging are all good and well, but living in the now means there has to be a solution. And there is.
Despite this ‘up’ side, here are 5 basic skincare tips which you can start to introduce today, to help with your oily skin.
This is beauty on a budget and it works.
Tip Number 1: Hydration
Your skin is the largest organ in your body so it needs looking after and needs daily nourishment. This includes water.
Drink water regularly during the day, when you are feeling thirsty, to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Carry a refillable bottle with you, such as a vapur bottle, to ensure you have a refreshing drink on hand when even ever you need it.
An overall healthy diet does wonders for skin imbalance including introducing a shot of wheatgrass into a daily juice.
For external hydration, try a facial water sprayer. They are super refreshing on a hot day. You can buy them in handy small sizes which means you can carry them with you and use them discretely if needed.
Tip Number 2: Cleanse
One of the best, and cheapest skin cleansers is water. Even though it sounds simple enough, there is some method to this madness.
The trick is to wash your face clean with warm water first. It will open the pores and allow dirt and residue to be removed. Once clean, splash with cold water to close the clean pores.
If you still feel like you are not achieving a clean enough feel to your skin, you need to choose a face wash very carefully.
One common mistake oily skin sufferers make when choosing a face wash is to pick one that’s too drying.
I highly recommend Dr Perricone products, in particular the Perricone MD Cleansing Treatment Bar, a multifunctional face (and body) treatment formulated with glycolic acid.
This is not your typical soap. It gently resurfaces the skin, to reveal a glowing complexion.
In clinical trials, more than 93% of participants saw a reduction in blemishes and an improvement in skin clarity.
More importantly, almost all visibly noticed their skin was less oily and their pores had significantly reduced in size.
Tip Number 3: Only Use What You Can Wash
Sounds weird? Well it is very logical.
Avoid using any form of makeup that utilises a sponge or applicator. These spread oil and potential germs from your skin directly to your makeup and then back to your skin, potentially to undamaged areas. All you are doing is contaminating your makeup and spreading oil to other parts of your face and neck.
Use clean fingers to apply makeup or a brush that can be rinsed.
This also refers to the need to avoid touching your face as much as possible. We all do it, rub your cheek, rest your face on your hand. Have you ever noticed your cell phone screen tainted with oily makeup residue after you have finished speaking? Each one of these instances is spreading your oily deposits around your face.
So wash your hands regularly and wipe down any surfaces that come into contact with your face.
Tip Number 4: Blot
If you have never heard of blotting paper for the skin, this is a clever idea. Blotting paper are little sheets of absorbtion paper which you can discretely use throughout the day to blot the excess oil as it appears on your skin.
Continuous re-application of makeup over oily skin can result in a thick appearance which is not appealing. Just blot and discard the paper and you are fresh and ready to continue. These clever little sheets absorb excess oil without disturbing makeup.
Tip Number 5: Treat yourself to a Mud Mask
Mud masks work by drawing impurities from your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and alive. In particular dead sea mud is incredibly beneficial.
Dead Sea mud contains incredibly nutritional minerals which are not only purifying, but also absorb excess oils. They act deeply, removing purities and clean the skin ever so much.
Make sure you select an oil free mud mask. Ahava oil free mud masks are also non-comedogenic, meaning that they are specially formulated to not clog pores.
In just 2 minutes you will feel brand new.
Treat yourself once a week to a skin treatment of this nature and you will see results. With the main ingredients being water and dead sea mud you cannot go wrong.
Not all vitamin and mineral supplements are created equal and for a variety of different reasons, some variations are just not absorbed into the body as quickly as others. For the benefit of your health, and that of your family, it is worth taking the time to find out which supplements or natural forms will have the most beneficial effects in terms of bio-absorption.
Vitamin D vs Sunlight
Ensuring we get enough Vitamin D is difficult at any age however for newborns it is even more difficult. Vitamin D drops are recommended to reduce rickets and help fight off childhood and adult illness. Rickets can cause soft and weak bones which can ultimately lead to fractures.
Vitamin D drops are recommended for babies to ensure this does not happen. Sunlight is the most biologically normal way for us to ensure we get enough Vitamin D.
Depending on where you live in the world 15 minutes of sunlight each day should be enough. (Note: Sunscreen is also not recommended for babies under six months of age)
To ensure that your newborn baby has enough Vitamin D in their system when they are born, make sure you get plenty of sunshine yourself prior to the birth. This will ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and there is enough Vitamin D in the milk supply to supplement your newborn daughter or son.
5-MTHF vs Folic Acid and Folinic Acid
With all the talk of folinic acid, folic acid and folate it is very easy to get confused; basically they are all forms of a water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin B.
- Folate occurs naturally in food such as peanuts, pinto beans, black eyed peas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, spinach, corn, liver and asparagus to name a few.
- Folate is important as it aids in the production and repair of DNA, red and white blood cells, and neurotransmitter production.
- Folic acid is the name given to the synthetic form which is generally found in supplements and fortified foods and recommended to pregnant women to avoid neural tube defects in babies.
In order for the body to take advantage of folic acid, it must convert it to folate, combine with a methyl group which will ultimately become 5methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF). However some people have a MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) mutation which means that their body doesn’t activate the folic acid so they are more susceptible to sensitivities, allergies, blood clots, strokes and depression.
While scientists are still looking into how this excess may negatively affect the body, there is some school of thought which links it to an increase in various cancers and immune dysfunction. With the increase in fortified foods, we are very much at risk in exceeding the healthy folic acid limit necessary for our bodies to thrive.
- Folinic Acid is a form of folic acid (also known as calcium folinate) which bypasses some of the steps to covert to MTHF. However similarly with Folic Acid if you have a MTHFR mutation then you will struggle to metabolise the acid into your system. Folinic Acid is commonly used to treat cancers.
If you do have a form of the MTHFR mutation then ideally you need to look to a form of 5MTHF or methylfolate. Methyfolate comes specifically from uncooked leafy greens or from supplements and is more beneficial for those with the MTFHR mutation.
Heme vs Non Heme Iron
Iron is naturally present in many foods and comes in two forms, heme and non heme. Heme iron is derived from hemoglobin and comes from pork, red meat, fish and poultry. Non heme iron is plant based and found in food sources such as vegetables, grains, iron fortified cereals, lentils and beans.
Heme iron is actually absorbed easier than non heme iron and its absorption is not affected by other things you eat. Absorption of non heme iron can be affected by the intake of milk, eggs, tea, peppermint, chocolate, chamomile, coffee and minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium. Adding Vitamin C into your diet will help with the absorption of non heme iron as will the consumption of both heme and non heme iron sources simultaneously.
Magnesium Salts and Oils vs Oral Supplements
For many of us our daily magnesium intake is less than the recommended daily average which is not good news for our bones, our heart or our nervous system. Luckily for us when it comes to magnesium we have a number of options and it is fairly easy to correct. Magnesium can be consumed by our food intake – foods such as nuts, beans, brown rice, whole grain breads and green leafy vegetables.
Magnesium bath salts are a preferred method for many as they are designed to deliver magnesium through the skin for rapid cell absorption. For those with sensitive skin, bath salts may be a preferred choice over magnesium oil which is a concentrated form absorbed through the skin. Transdermal options such as salts and oil are preferred by many as there are no negative symptoms such as diarrhea associated with it.
Magnesium supplements taken orally are passed through the digestive tract however it does vary in terms of the absorption rate – anywhere from 4% to 50%. Oral supplements include mineral salts of magnesium, magnesium chloride, magnesium acid complexes and amino acid magnesium chelates, the most expensive of them all.
With any supplement it is worth knowing your options before you start taking something to help with your diet. When in doubt, do your research, ask your doctor and seek advice from a nutrition specialist.
There are many reasons why you may not feel hungry or just don’t want to eat as much. It could be that you have been ill, feel depressed or are on some kind of medication which can decrease your appetite. We all go through periods where we just don’t want to eat as much as we normally do, however, there are plenty of natural ways to induce your hunger and get your appetite back.
Caraway has the ability to calm an upset stomach and has been used by the Greeks for hundreds of years. Add some caraway seeds to your tea or into your casseroles to help aid the return of your appetite.
A lack of Vitamin D can sometimes suppress your hunger so you don’t feel like eating. To counteract, if you increase your intake of Vitamin D, your appetite may return. Be careful however; if you take too much Vitamin D you are at risk in suffering from toxicity which will in turn suppress your hunger as well. It is all about finding the healthy middle ground.
Bitter greens consist of such foods as kale, watercress, arugula, radicchio, endives and escarole. These healthy foods help stimulate your digestion system naturally and allow you to start craving food again.
A number of tests have been carried out which show that eating hot pepper can increase the appetite. If you enjoy your food spicy, then add some cayenne pepper to your dish to help induce your hunger.
There are many herbs which are said to help your digestion and aid in increasing your appetite. These include hops, dandelion, ginseng, fennel, tarragon, peppermint, safflower, parsley and horseradish.
Cinnamon is a great spice to help stimulate your appetite and even reduce vomiting and nausea. You can add cinnamon to your diet in a number of ways including in your hot drinks and desserts.
Fenugreek helps to increase your appetite by lowering blood glucose levels. Adding fenugreek seeds or powder in your food is an ideal way to naturally boost your appetite and increase your craving for carbohydrates.
Ginger has its roots firmly in folk tradition and works wonders in increasing a dulled appetite and indigestion. You can sip on ginger tea, munch on some homemade ginger snaps or add some ginger to your casserole or stir-fry.
Grapes are a wonderful fruit to eat to help get your appetite back. Composed of acidic and sour juices which help in the digestion process, add a handful of grapes between meals to help increase your hunger.
Bananas are an interesting food, full of amino acids, sugars and potassium. While they should fill you up in fact the opposite occurs and they can quickly make you hungry.
Adding some of these foods to your diet, eating small regular meals and ensuring you exercise regularly will help you slowly gain your appetite back. Try mixing up your meals, adding lots of colour to your plate and making meal time generally more appealing.
If you do find that the issue continues for an extensive period of time, it may be worth visiting your local doctor and having a chat with them about it.