We know that what we apply to the skin affects our skin health, our future health, our brain health. Cosmetics are absorbed by the skin, this is a fact – the skin absorbs approximately 60% of what is applied to it and it secretes and sweats out toxins. It is a miraculous organ of self regulation. We feel that the skin works best when it has natural ingredients supporting and working with it. Our skin thrives when natural substances are applied to it – we see this daily. We know about how our bodies work – it works best and is healthiest when we eat fresh fruit and vegetables. They are easy to digest because they are in their purest form. We LOOK healthier and our skin and eyes shine when our diet is clean. We feel the same about our skincare products. Ingredients as close to nature as possible are key to healthy, glowing and vital skin. Ingredients should support the functions of the skin and help to heal.
The acid mantle is our protective layer on the surface of the skin.
It has a pH (acidity level) slightly acidic to fight bacteria, germs and pollution.
It needs to be kept healthy by cleansing it gently twice a day and supporting its protective function by using the purest ingredients in a day cream for example.
This is how it is lovingly formed each day:
The oil glands product oils in the oil glands/sebaceous glands. It moves up the pores and settles on the surface of the skin. The combination of oil and water/sweat form the ‘acid mantle’ which is actually a protective film on the surface of the skin.
Oil secretions are sometimes affected by hereditary predisposition – some people inherit an oily skin, some a dry skin and some a sensitive skin for example.
Oil secretions also depend on age – when one is going through puberty, some skin types will produce a lot of oil and this oil needs to be kept healthy and follicles need to be cleaned daily by using face wash. Mineral oil found in some cosmetics is a NO NO as this will plug the pores and cause blackheads and pimples.
Diet plays a role here too. There are healthy oils and unhealthy oils. It’s important to be informed. Fats found in dairy will suit one person and not another and this depends on your digestion process for example. If one reacts to dairy then it will cause adverse effects in the skin and may make acne or pimples worse. The best way to find out if you are dairy intolerant is to cut it out for 3 weeks and see how the skin responds.
Oil secretions for drier skin types are minimal and these skin conditions require more protection and feeding/nourishing.
Sweat is part of the skin detoxification process and is necessary for a healthy body.
Combined – sweat and oil secretion = acid mantle
Important to keep this acid mantle healthy and using a good skincare programme is imperative.
Are you soaking yourself in possibly toxic synthetic chemical sunscreen that may contain hormone disrupting chemicals? Science has long revealed that what we put on our skin winds up on our bodies (and more rapidly with the heat of the sun on your skin). We, at Pradiance, strongly recommend the use of 100% Natural Pradiance SPF 30 Sunstick with only natural and completely safe ingredients that remain stable in the heat of the sun.
This is an internal illness that affects the digestive system and or the liver and it manifests in the face. It is estimated that between 2% and 5 % of the population suffer from this illness. Rosacea has a severe damaging cosmetic effect on the skin. Women and men suffer from this illness – in men it is more severe and intense. It affects the nose of the male sufferers only.
Symptoms can get worse if the body is not treated holistically. The best results recorded are when a person with this illness seeks the help of a Homeopath and or Anthroposophical Doctor. “Their understanding of this illness are excellent in their opinion.
Symptoms that are similar to acne:
Appearance is in the face
Sebaceous flows to the outside
Papules and pustules in the final stage, phase 3.
Interesting points about Rosacea:
There are no blackheads with Rosacea
Rosacea does not leave scars like Acne does
It appears roughly between the ages of 40 and 50.
There are 3 phases of Rosacea
Deep flushing, reddening of the face, widening of the blood vessels.
Redding of the skin in the middle of the face spreading onto the cheeks slightly.
Blood appears to be pressing upwards out of the face.
Physical sensations: burning, biting, stinging
Pimples, spots, pustules appear
Located in the middle of the face, nose (males only) and cheeks
Symptoms progress towards the forehead and chin.
It spreads to the side of the cheeks.
Intensifying: Inflammation increases, horny plugs and cornified plugs develop.
Large areas are affected.
The metabolism in the skin changes and the connective tissue grows in the skin. One appears to have more skin as a result of the skin swelling with more tissue.
Nose enlarges (in men only).
What is the cause of Rosacea?
The cause is invisible – it is inside the body. The area of the body that is affected is below the diaphragm. The stomach and liver are usually the problem areas.
Using a holistic explanation: “the fire element from the liver and or stomach has gone to the face and it needs to be returned to the organ(s) it has left”.
How Pradiance can assist with Rosacea. Please use the range for sensitive skin and Clay mask twice a week.
Because natural Facial Toners are in a complete liquid state, we can include special ingredients that benefit from being in this kind of suspension. The Facial Toner ingredients penetrate very quickly into the skin and the gentle (low percentage) alcohol “holds the hand” of the medicinal ingredients and transports them deep into the skin layers which can therefore assist with deep tissue healing
The mask of pregnancy (hormonal related) this occurs commonly in women (90%), and men 10%. It is exacerbated by use of contraceptive pills and injections, pregnancy, sun exposure and certain pills used for treating seizures or fits (they are phototoxic i.e. make the skin more susceptible to sun damage). Some people are more likely than others to get melasma e.g. people with darker skin tones including Africans, Coloureds, Asians, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and African Americans. Those living in areas of intense sun exposure, and those who have a blood relative with melasma. The main risk factors for men seem to be sun exposure and a family history of melasma.
Postinflammatory pigmentation (PIH)
This skin condition is the commonest, resulting from acne (pimples), eczema, contact dermatitis, drug reactions and lichen planus (a poorly understood skin condition that causes itchiness and pigmentation on sun exposed areas and sometimes on the trunk). In some people it may be associated with hair loss beginning on the hairline.
Black women and men are more prone to melasma and postinflammatory pigmentation because they have more active melanocytes than those with light skin, thus they produce more melanin which is a pigment that protects us against the dangers of UVR. This pigment is produced by cells that are found on the lower layers of the skin called melanocytes.
Sometimes the causes of pigmentation are genetic (e.g. Melasma) and therefore can’t be prevented but can be controlled when it does occur.
General measures include:
Yes this is in fact the main challenge. In a recent study that we conducted looking at 900 African and Indian women in Durban we found that 67% of patients who used skin lighteners had genuine problems with pigmentation and only 33% used skin lighteners for the purpose of lightening normal skin. More than 30% had skin damaged as a result of using skin lighteners. Almost half of them were not aware of the dangers of using skin lighteners.
Yes, most of the time dermatologists use topical products to treat pigmentation. Treatment would depend on the extent and depth of pigmentation. At times dermatologists are able to halt or reduce the pigmentation but are unable to clear it completely. Generally if the pigmentation is due to inflammation of the skin it is just a matter of time before it clears on its own.
There are a number of safe and effective products on the market that are used to treat pigmentation in addition to above general measures. Kigelia (African Sausage Tree extract) has been used for decades to treat sun related pigmentation. It is used for its skin caring and healing properties. Kigelia assists with uneven skin tone, reduces dark marks and has a nurturing effect on the skin. Kigelia extract promotes skin elasticity, reducing fine lines and wrinkle depth. It firms the skin. Kigelia improves nutrient supply to the skin resulting in healthier looking skin.
I think we need to remember that the best skin is the one that you were born with. If you are white, pale skin means healthy skin and using tanning booths and sun tanning is extremely dangerous for your skin.
If you are black and you live in Africa, you have the best skin to protect you against the dangerous UV rays so do not try and change your skin colour.
Use a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen (containing zinc oxide) that protects against both UVB and UVA. Avoid the sun during peak times of 11am – 3pm.
Read labels and remember your skin is too precious. Do not buy products without ingredient labelling; beware false labelling. There are many products on the market (R25m industry).
Use products from companies that keep up with research and development and look out for the following compounds:
New skin cells are ‘born’ every day and they take 28 days to reach the ‘top of the skin’. When we use a product like Pradiance which contains Kigelia, one should start to see results after 28 days. Some people can see the pigmentation ‘break up’ at first and sometimes there is a tiny bit of flaking in small patches which is the healing process ‘getting rid’ of the excess pigmentation marks/scar tissue/sun spots. With the knowledge of knowing how gently but deeply the Kigelia works, this is a good sign but is not the same for everyone.
We recommend that one shaves with the Pradiance Face Wash or Cleansing Milk as the pH is correct for one’s skin and both cleansers are perfect to shave with. If however, one wants to use a ‘regular’ shaving cream, make sure you wash your face afterwards with a Pradiance Cleanser to correct the pH of your skin. The reason for this is that most ‘regular’ shaving creams are alkaline in their pH value which will dry the skin drastically. Alkaline sounds gentle but in fact Alkaline soaps can be harsh and are drying. Oily skin may think this is a good idea but the skin is slightly acidic to fight bacteria and viruses so we want to keep the pH slightly acidic while being mindful that we also want healthy skin. The perfect cleanser has a pH of about 5.5 to 5.7 pH. Skin pH varies from 4.7 to 5.75.
FYI – pH 7 is Neutral (pure water). Anything above 7 is Alkaline. Anything below 7 is acidic.
Throwing this pH balance out of whack (by using the wrong products, eating unhealthy food etc), may result in sensitivity, acne or inflammation.
Skip the night cream; your skin will thank you.
While you sleep your skin is actually hard at work regenerating itself, balancing oil production and expelling impurities. Regular application of night creams interferes with these essential tasks, and over time skin becomes less able to care for itself. Covering the skin with moisturizer 24 hours a day sends a signal to sebaceous glands to cut down on moisture production, resulting in even drier skin that becomes dependent on moisturizing products just to appear “normal.”
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