Emotional Impact of Acne [Spots and Blemishes]

By |2016-12-07T09:52:01+00:00September 24th, 2012|Skin Concerns, Wellbeing|

My research at Hull University looks at emotional impact of skin disease, in particular, acne.  In my clinical practice I see all spectrum of acne - from a few spots on the chin to scarring and pigmentation after being treated for a year or so and discharged by a dermatologist. I understand the impact acne/spots/blemishes have on my clients' private lives. Skin - Stress - Emotions. Already 20 years ago, it was suggested that skin could form a channel of communication for unexpressed feelings (Koblenzer, 1983) and nowadays research shows that skin disease and emotional lability may be connected. Arnetz, et al. (1991) lists the psychosocial stressors that are related to onset/relapse of acne - these include marriage, divorce, bereavement, excess of minor life-events and multiple daily hassles. New line of dermatology research seeks to reduce stress in skin diseases. Already Hughes, et al. (1983) found that relaxation with cognitive imagery and physical treatment produced significantly greater reduction in facial acne (compared to a matched physical treatment alone). Furthermore, patients who failed to continue with the psychological therapies experienced a relapse. Acceptance in the Society. The desire to appear attractive goes beyond the sexual domain  - attractive people have advantages in the society (Etcoff, 1999). Attractiveness is related to social approval and

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Seduction or Camouflage? Why Do You Use Make-Up?

By |2016-12-07T09:34:15+00:00July 4th, 2012|Aesthetic Rules & Beauty, Wellbeing|

French LVMH Research published an article in the Journal of Cosmetic Science in 2008, looking at the role of make-up in our lives. Make-up application stimulates three of our senses: touch (application) smell (fragrance) sight (the process of becoming and looking beautiful).  The positive stimulation of these senses can induce sensory as well as psychological pleasure. The researchers interviewed different groups of women on their quality of life and make-up habits (using standardised and validated psychometric tests) to see the link between the need to apply make-up and specific psychological features. The results show that make-up application has two opposite functions - Camouflage and Seduction. Women of the Camouflage group are more anxious, defensive and emotionally unstable compared to those of the Seduction group who appear to be more sociable, assertive and extroverted. The study confirms that beyond the simple application of "colour" on the face, make-up has two functional implications depending on specific psychological profiles of women. Why do you use make-up? What personality type do you consider yourself to be? 

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Ethical Skincare: Sustainable or Organic?

By |2016-12-07T09:19:58+00:00November 15th, 2011|Skincare Shopping, Wellbeing|

I prefer recommending ethical skincare as I feel better using products that respect nature and help local communities. Is sometimes sustainable better than organic? To differentiate the benefits of both, please read below. Sustainable Skincare Helps Local Communities The Cradle-To-Cradle certification follows rigorous independent assessment by the Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA) to ensure that ingredients meet ecological and health criteria based on the Cradle to Cradle Design Concept (C2C). The ingredients must be either continually reusable or biodegradable and renewable. They must be healthy for users and for the environment. Their production and use must also offer social and economic benefits for its producers. For beauty and personal care products, the Cradle-To- Cradle concept means that ingredients are extracted from natural materials, or, “biological nutrients,” that are given back to nature after usage to become part of the ecological cycle. Aveda has been the first beauty company to receive Cradle to Cradle certification for four botanical ingredients: sandalwood oil from Australia, rose oil and lavender oil from Bulgaria and uruku from Brazil. The first Aveda ingredients to meet or exceed the stringent standards of Cradle to Cradle certification are: – organic uruku sustainably harvested by the Yawanawa people in the Brazilian Amazon; – rose and lavender essential oils grown and

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The Sensory Connection in Skincare

By |2016-12-07T09:17:51+00:00July 27th, 2011|Skincare Tips, Wellbeing|

Do you like your skincare? How does your skin feel after you apply your moisturiser? What about the texture? And scent? Does it absorb instantly or leave a residue?  Is it too rich or not enough? That is a very subjective question that underpins the efficacy of your skincare. Your perception of whether "a product works" is also influenced by your feelings about the skincare formulation. Different people with different skin types have different views and expectations, although they usually cannot articulate them. That is why we read reviews about a product being too rich or not rich enough and our view differs. Skincare manufacturers attemtp to buld this "sensory connection" into the skincare to complement the product story and efficacy. They know that we need to fall in love with our skincare to buy it again and apply it diligently every day. Using the left brain and right brain analogy - the rationale of efficacy and the sensory connection both have to be right! Is your skincare working for you?

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Stressed Out Before Christmas?

By |2016-12-07T09:09:24+00:00December 1st, 2010|Skin Concerns, Wellbeing|

November is a month of Stress Awareness in Britain and doctors have seen more symptoms of stress - including sleep and digestion issues, in recent months.Follow the Winter Skincare Rules above. Wrap up warm and watch for that tight skin feeling that signals low levels of hydration when outdoors. Strengthen your immunity - lemon and echinacea work wonders for me - and look after your work/life balance and emotional well-being. And try to sleep as much as you can! Source: A nation of weepy, tired and stressed out people. BA April 2010 10 % of Brits admits to falling asleep or crying because exhausted at work 20 % have taken time off to catch up on sleep 24 % admit to making an error due to being tired 37 % blame money matters 24 % blame health or appearance issues 77 % believe society is more pressured than 5 years ago To fight the sleep deprivation: 45 % reach for a coffee or tea to gain more energy and feel mentally alert 25 % eat chocolate 10 % drink energy drinks and eat sugary snacks

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Facials With A Difference: Multi-Faceted Approach

By |2017-01-24T17:10:54+00:00September 8th, 2010|Cosmetic Procedures, Facial Yoga, Wellbeing|

"With so many shades of grey between the facial and the scalpel, to age gracefully is not to do nothing but to look like you've done nothing." Kelly Gilbert    What are your expectations of a facial? Is it that "the glow" in your complexion will be short-lived and what you are really paying for is a quiescent body and mind? Are you reaching a point when - lovely and relaxing as a traditional facials are - you need to do more?  From a biology-based point of view, ageing should be considered in three dimensions: the surface of your skin the internal skin structure the underlying muscles. There is no quick fix that can stop ageing but a careful and diligent routine can help you look younger and slow down the rate of ageing. Go for facials with elements that were once mutually exclusive - pampering and lasting results.  SEASONAL PEEL. For brighter complexion, have a seasonal peel twice a year [spring/autumn]. The benefits include: brighter and even skin enhanced skincare penetration and improved performance of active ingredients fading of the appearance of fine lines and acne scarring. Use products with a mix of acids (combination suitable for your skin type, not aggressive and irritating) that will make you mildly red afterwards but induce no flaking when removing the dull surface skin. FACIAL YOGA & MASSAGE. For internal skin structure [collagen

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The Ideal Of Beauty

By |2016-12-07T08:31:26+00:00July 23rd, 2010|Aesthetic Rules & Beauty, Cosmetic Procedures, Facial Ageing, Wellbeing|

What women want is to look like better versions of themselves, without losing their expression and character. Nowadays, they are more vary of looking "done" than old - in light of celebrity images where Botox, injectables or surgery went wrong! Facial expression is crucial for basic human interaction. Lines are a proof that we've lived -we get them when we laugh and express ourselves. The mentality that encourages women to emulate perfection is about the safety of belonging. (Dr C d'Felice: Dare To Be You, Orion). In transforming themselves into living dolls, women feel they fit. Forget the "ideal" image - when it comes to beauty, it's time to embrace your unique features Your face is your business card - learn to care for it. Make sure you are doing 99 % right in terms of skincare, facial yoga and relaxation. Make a point of noting the positive aspects of your appearance in the mirror before you critique the negative. Cosmetic procedures can offer benefits but the dangers arise when they erase the features that give personality to a face. In general, people dislike the lack of variety that often comes with these procedures - and although we strive to look fabulous, we should also look real. Source: Betts, H. Busting the beauty myth. Psychologies August

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Face & Emotions: The Connection

By |2016-12-07T08:43:37+00:00May 4th, 2010|Facial Ageing, Facial Massage, Skin Concerns, Skincare Research, Wellbeing|

The appearance of our face is directly related to the way we feel. Our face captures and stores daily fatigue, upset and emotions that we project outwardly in the way that we look.  Research shows that frowning can make us unhappier and treatments that prevent frowning correlate with reduced negative mood. Although Botox - currently a suggested treatment for depression - paralyses the frown muscles and limits facial expression of negative emotions that may consequently introduce a more positive mood, this action may not be always desirable in a social contact. Our emotions are controlled by our facial expressions: recent imaging studies have shown that imitation of facial expressions is associated with brain activity. Botox of frown muscles limits angry facial expressions and thus enables us to give a false signal. Given that people tend to mimic the emotional expressions of others, this may impact on the trust in the relationship. Facial massage is a great alternative to Botox. It increases circulation and lymphatic drainage; it also impacts on skin turnover and collagen production by fibroblasts. It is an essential therapy not only for the face but also for our wellbeing. Relaxation, a learned response, in a healing and meditative atmosphere during the treatment, significantly enhances both the immediate and visible benefit of facial massage that entails reduced appearance of lines, wrinkles and sagging due to lifting, plumping up

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