FREQUENTLY ASKED SKIN QUESTIONS
What causes dry, irritated, flaky or sensitive skin?
Dry, irritated, flaky or sensitive skin is usually the result of a weakened or damaged skin barrier. Your skin’s barrier is made up of oils/lipids, that are made up of fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol is a vital component of healthy glowing skin and regardless of whether you also have acne, rosacea, sun damage or early aging to have a healthy beautiful glowing complexion you need to have a healthy, strong and intact barrier.
You see your skin’s barrier traps water molecules and prevents the loss of water out of the *Stratum Corneum, which is called Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL), it also prevents loss of Natural Moisturizing Factors which are essential for your skin’s flexibility, regeneration, hydration and lastly a healthy intact barrier prevents environmental chemicals and biological irritants, such as viruses and bacteria from entering skin which is essential to our over all health not just our complexion.
However after the age of 40, the amount of lipids our skin makes is significantly decreased which is why are skin’s barrier may be more predisposed to being weakened or damaged a little easier.
Skin cells (the “bricks”) make their way up from the basal layer of skin and as they move towards the surface they become flattened, and are layered on top of one another in a neat and organized fashion. Lipids (the “mortar”) are interwoven between the cells and help to keep the stratum corneum compact and in fact it is almost unbelievable that such complex and vital functions occur in a section of skin that is about half the width of a hair.
Why is my skin’s barrier so important?
For you to have healthy functional skin free from skin conditions and irritations you must have a healthy barrier.
In fact it has been shown that as we get older and our healthy lipids in our skin’s barrier decrease the incidence in skin related problems and conditions increases.3
What can damage your skin’s barrier?
When the lipids in the mortar are damaged or depleted by harsh products, handling, or environmental conditions, your skin will lose water, become dry and possibly flakey as well as become more permeable to irritants and allergens. Thus making your skin more easily irritated
Once irritants or allergens penetrate the top layer or surface or your skin the epidermis, they may trigger inflammation, redness and sensitivity.
Harsh products include solvents, benzenes, detergents, and irritating chemicals are some of the known irritants. In fact even excessive use of perfumes can even weaken your skin’s barrier.
Excessive cleaning with water and soap can strip the lipids and Natural Moisturizing Factors in the Stratum Corneum and not only decrease the cohesion of the skin cells but deplete the available lipids. In fact some cleansers and exfoliants are designed to do just that – deplete you lipids such as products designed to treat acne, oily skin, etc. However if they are damaging your skin’s normal lipid balance they will be damaging your skin’s protection – YOUR BARRIER!
Cleansing in hot water or exposure to steam or high heat can also strip lipids from skin.
So how do I know if my skin’s barrier is damaged?
If your skin is flakey, easily irritated, has persistent redness, dryness and generally feels uncomfortable then your skin’s barrier is damaged. Another sure sign is how your skin feels after you have washed it. If your skin feels tight and you can’t wait to reach for your moisturiser then again your skin’s barrier is damaged.
How can I repair my skin’s barrier if it is weakened or damaged?
To repair your skin’s barrier there are three steps that you should take;
- Check all the ingredients in your skin care and personal care products and eliminate any products that contain Propylene glycol, parabens, benzenes, synthetic colours, fragrance, Phthalates and Triclosan, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), Formaldehyde, Toluene and sunscreen chemicals.
Choose a cleanser that washes off the skin residual free – that means there is no need to use a toner after cleansing.
- Protect your skin from over exposure to environmental factors such as sun, wind and excessive heat such as air conditioners and extra hot showers.
- Do not over exfoliate or use harsh scrubs on your skin.
- Feed your skin with collagen building vitamins such as Vitamin A, C E and B3 serum.
- Always take your make up off before going to bed and rehydrate your skin with a moisturiser that contains ceramides, fatty acids L-hyurlonic Acid and Cholesterol
- Drink 1-2L or filtered water and eliminate fruit juices, energy and carbonated drinks
How do I “feed” my skin?
Your skin is the largest organ of your body but it is the last to get nutrients internally, so to truly take care of your skin and protect your skin’s barrier from being damaged or weakened it is important to use quality skin care that not only feeds your skin but protects it. Having a good skin care regime with quality skin care is an investment in your skin’s health and complexion not only for today but for the future. Equally important is choosing what NOT to eat, as the more nutrients that are available for your body the more that are available for your skin.
It is important to understand that there are two main layers to your skin; your epidermis and the your dermis. The epidermis is the top layer and the one we show the world. It is supported by nerves and your dermis. Your dermis is the layer below and is where all your skin’s blood vessels and skin structures are such as your sebaceous glands, melanocytes, sweat glands, etc. It is at this connection point between your epidermis and dermis that your blood supply supports your skin and new skin cells are formed.
Protecting your skin from environmental stresses such as wind, sun and chemicals lessens the demand for nutrients and rejuvenation, so it is important to always wear sunscreen on your face and neck when you go outdoors. Any changes to your skin’s health will demand extra nutrients for building and repair so a skin care rich in nutrients is vital to support normal functioning of your skin and therefore a healthy glowing complexion but also able to handle your skin’s day to day demands.
What products will give me that investment?
When you are choosing products for your skin, I always want it to read like a vitamin supplement. You see you skin needs Vitamin A, ( the best form is natural retinaldehyde), for collagen and elastin formation resulting in tightening and firming, Vitamin C for firming and new capillary formation and as well as acting as am anti-oxidant, Vitamin E is also a powerful anti-oxidant and skin repairer as lipids, fatty acids and ceramides and L-hyurolonic acid to support your skin barrier, hydration and flexibility – just to name a few.
Skin products that are also recognised by your skin cells – they are called chirally correct have a powerful affect on your skin’s health as well as their format. Skin care that is liposomal coated has the ability to reach the dermal layer and it is the health of this layer that we want to support and protect remembering that this is where our new skin cells germinate from. This special ingredient in your skincare is called Phosphatidylcholine and it is the same ingredient that acts as the gate keeper between your epidermal and dermal layer, where this layer is designed to protect your skin thus allowing your skin care’s nutrients to become easily passed into the dermal layer where it can feed and impact your skin.
These products will also has a big impact on any scarring as they feed, support and help the dermal layer remodel from inflammatory damage and trauma such as acne.
Does my lifestyle affect my skin?
Our skin and body’s mirror the results of the choices that we make in life and I am sure that you already know a few of the obvious ones that I have already stated such as convenience and processed foods, foods high in sugar including soft drinks, juices and energy drinks. However with new research on our gut microbiome demonstrating the connection and affects on our health and skin:- The following list is not exhaustive but just an indicator of how our lifestyle impacts our gut microbiome and in turn our skin and its appearance;
- The amount of sleep we get and the quality of it ( i.e whether you sleep the whole night uninterrupted or affects our body and skin’s ability to rejuvenate) A hormone that helps us go to sleep and stay asleep also supports a healthy and normal gut microbiome – Metatonin . If you are low on Melatonin not only will affect your sleep but also your gut microbiome health
- “Burning the candle at both ends”, actions and choices that we make can affect our bio-rhythm this increases the physical stress load on our body leading to exhaustion. Any stressful event in the body has the potential to increase stress in your skin and in turn directly affect your skin’s barriers hydration levels.
- The increasing demands we place on ourselves through work, finances, relationships, mortgages, children, study and juggling being the perfect wife, partner, husband, etc creates a recipe for an increase in the use of our fight and flight hormones – cortisol and adrenaline. This increase in our day to day use of Cortisol can lead to hormonal and metabolic imbalances affecting our skin
- Harsh chemicals in our personal care products such as toothpaste, mouth wash, hair dyes, body lotions, etc all may contain hormonal disruptors that reflect in the health and appearance of your skin.
- Our choices of food are vital to our overall health, rejuvenation, nutritional health and gut microbiome. In fact what’s more important is what you choose NOT to eat rather than what you eat. Your gut microbiome accounts for 90% of the cells that make you YOU, which in turn contain 99% of the genetic material that makes you So you can see now how nutritional and lifestyle are just as important and the products that you put on your skin.
- Drinking filtered clean water is essential for healthy skin, digestive tract and body.
- Reducing exposure to Plastics, including water, that disrupt your hormones as there are known chemicals that disrupt hormones such as;
- Polychlorinated biphenols;
- Use of artificial sweeteners, saccharin, aspartame alter your gut microbiome and kills your good gut microbiome therefore allowing an overgrowth of the “bad” guys
- Skin Conditions such as acne, rosacea, premature aging, pigmentation all have contributing lifestyle, gut microbiome and nutritional components.
Are probiotics necessary for my skin to be healthy?
Initially in the early stages of making changes, if you have a skin problem and the areas affected on your face are forehead, chin and cheeks this is indicating that your digestive health is not at optimum and your gut microbiome need some support. Probiotics are a great way to start the support process and ideally your probiotic should contain the species; lactobacillus rhamnosus, saccharomyces boulardii and bifidobacterium animalis. However they are transient in your digestive tract and only influence your digestive tract for a few days so other strategies should be considered for long term gut microbiome health such as;
- Daily ingestion of resistant starches
- Elimination of white and beige foods including dairy, high amounts of fruits and dairy products
- Add kefir and fermented foods to your diet on a daily basis
- Ensure that you are drinking adequate amounts of filtered water and minimise your alcohol intake
- Add at least 2 handfuls of greens to your plate every meal time.
- Start the day with a green smoothie
- Ensure that you are getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night to promote gut health
- If you have had a lot of antibiotics and medications in your lifetime you may need to consider using a product to recolonise your gut and re-establish a healthy number of microbiome. I like to use a product called Chitsu and generally find that it takes anywhere from 3- 12 months to establish a stable colony together with dietary changes.
What is skin scanning?
Skin scanning uses a special machine that allows us to assess and reassess your skin through pictures. By using this long-wave ultraviolet light the skin scanner identifies problem areas on the skin that can be seen as different colours. This allows us to recognize and identify skin problems and recommend a treatment plan that we can then reassess its effectiveness using the skin scanner after its completion. With this visual representation of where the problem areas may occur, we can easily discuss the benefits of correct skin treatment and care.
Skin scanning has been used in the medical profession for years as an aid in the diagnosis of skin disorders and is totally safe for the skin and eyes. Some of the conditions that the skin scanner can highlight are as follows:
- Sun Damage;
- Comedones / Congestion;
- Oily skin and Dead skin.
Why should I change my skincare and try the LSM Skincare Solutions range?
The LSM Skincare range is a boutique medical grade range developed over 8 years ago due to a need to offer our clients results driven ingredients that were not formulated to a price but moreso a result and yet still safe to use during pregnancy and illnesses.
Our range also is very unique in the fact that it has medically engineered biometric, skin identical actives with nutrients and phyto anti-inflammatories. This technology allows the penetration of these ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin where your skin rejuvenates and makes it changes.
The skincare products offer comprehensive skin support for all skin types and conditions and our 5 step skincare program designed to positively affect all skin;
- Hydrate and;
At the time of our skincare’s conception we were also seeking innovative skin ingredients that did not have detrimental affects on our clients health such as Parabens, Polychlorinated biphenols, BisphenolA, Methylparaben and as a result our boutique skincare range was born. We started with about 8 products and now have a range of over 19 and continuing to grow.
Our skin care is not tested on animals and is free from known harmful ingredients as listed above. We pride ourselves on having a result driven formulae that we know you will enjoy.
Call us on 93834225 if you would like a personalised skincare program to positively affect your skin!
What is the advantage to having treatments?
Our philosophy when treating your skin is to respect your skin and use natural and where possible organic, ingredients to improve the health of your skin and reverse any damage.
All our treatments follow the same philosophy as our skincare and are designed to remodel, feed, hydrate and protect your skin. By using the latest natural and non invasive technology we are able to penetrate through the protect epidermal layer and infused vitamins deeper into the skin at the dermal layer were all skin rejuvenation and remodelling occurs. The increase in these vitamins greatly enhances the skin ability to remodel itself resulting in healthy changes to your skin’s condition and also your complexion that you will love;
Changes we have seen to our clients skin have been;
- Increase in skin firmness and tightness
- Improvements in skin hydration
- Relieve from sensitive skin
- Relieve from skin redness
- Increases in skin lightening and brightening;
- Diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles which particular attention to crows feet and lip lines
- Even skin tone and pore size
- Improvement in skin complexion
- Reduce skin breakouts and redness
- Reduce signs or premature mature aging
- Improvement in the health of sun damaged skin
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