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SIMPLE WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS

Life is hectic and stressful. Everyone is so busy and faces so many pressures. But it is important to try and create a sense of a good balance between work and life – to try and manage stress – because otherwise, we can start to struggle with anxiety, low mood and memory problems.

In this blog, we aim to look at some of the simple things you can do to feel more relaxed, in control and balanced.

 

INVESTIGATE “MINDFULNESS”

Mindfulness is all about taking time out of your daily life. Time when you stop running on auto-pilot and try to notice what’s going on around you, in your head and in your life.

One thing that many people fail to allow themselves is a break, time out or even a proper day off. Indeed, any time we are not at work generally tends to be filled quickly and easily. Even if this is with pleasurable and sociable outings, there is rarely time during or after these events to appreciate them fully before we charge off to do something else.

The idea behind mindfulness practice is to allow yourself some time each day where you just stop. You breathe. You relax. You pay attention. You check in with yourself.

 

TAKE TIME… JUST FOR YOU!

Many people would claim that they do not have the time to do this. They are too busy!

This may be true, but, it is ONLY true BECAUSE of our failure to stop and find time for ourselves.

Failing to find the time to stop – just for 10 minutes each day – causes us to feel tired, stressed and overwhelmed. This in turn tends to make us irritable, emotional or down. It also makes us less productive.

Imagine your brain is like a computer – every activity, event and thought that you encounter through the day is a like opening another program on your computer. Each time you open a new program, the whole computer runs slower – until it feels like it is almost at a standstill. The best way to get the computer running efficiently again? Close some of the programs that are running. And the best way to achieve this? Stop occasionally!

 

TRY BREATHING EXERCISES

The following is a simple breathing and relaxation routine. If you do nothing else, just doing this each day, to relax yourself properly, will help you feel more relaxed and in control.

  1. Find a quiet place to sit or lie down – get comfortable.
  2. Place your hands on your abdomen and bring your attention to your breathing.
  3. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4
  4. Breathe out though your mouth, slowly and carefully, for a count of 8.
  5. Repeat 4 or 5 times.

If you lose concentration at any time during this, or your mind wanders off, don’t worry. Don’t get stressed, and do not think ‘this isn’t working’ – just bring your attention back to your breath.

This exercise is not about breathing deeply, it’s about breathing in a controlled and calm way. It can be done very quietly, and subtly, and once you have gotten good at it – in any place. This type of breathing is very calming and soothing for the brain and can help to control anxiety.

 

LEARN TO MANAGE YOUR STRESS BUDGET

Most of us are no strangers to budgeting money. Knowing that our finances are limited, we look at what we can afford and (hopefully) ignore what we cannot. This is because we KNOW that our money is limited.

What we often fail to appreciate, is that our ability to deal with stress is limited in the same way: so, we should really be looking to manage the things we are wasting our ‘stress budget’ on.

Creating a stress budget allows people to step back and look at what is really important. It encourages us not to waste a limited stress budget on things we cannot change, things which are not important, and things we do not need.

Recognizing that it is within our power to exclude things from our stress budget – to literally refuse to allow certain things to upset us or create stress and learning to say no to things we do not want to do – makes a huge amount of difference to how well we deal with all the other issues in life.

 

SUPPORT YOUR SYSTEM

Believe it or not the bacteria in your gut have a huge role to play in health and happiness – including how well we deal with stress; how happy we feel; and our level of anxiety. This is because these bacteria play an important role in the production of the brain chemicals which calm us down and cheer us up!

Scientists have now discovered that certain strains, particularly Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacteria bifibum, will help to reduce anxiety, stress and depression. Combining these good bacteria with B vitamins and magnesium, which are known to support the nervous system and boost energy levels, would be the ideal way to create the perfect balance for body and mind.


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)

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GET GORGEOUS SKIN WITH A MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB

If a gorgeous, glowing, seemingly poreless and flawless complexion is one of your skincare goals, then you must not miss out on the transformative power of using a microdermabrasion scrub. Incorporating this scrub into your beauty routine is one of the simplest and best ways to achieve incredibly radiant skin. The best part? It can be done from the comforts of your home!

 

USING A MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB AT HOME

Microdermabrasion started out as a non-invasive procedure used in dermatology offices and spas. The technique involves gently scrubbing the surface of the skin with a tool that uses tiny crystals to buff away the outer layer, smoothing out rough patches and reducing the appearance of acne scars, fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion is also thought to support healthy collagen, hence providing foundation for supple and firm skin.

With advances in the skincare technology and formulations, microdermabrasion has been adapted to the home skincare market, bringing the same effectiveness of the spa or medical office procedure to your home. Now, you can use microdermabrasion products regularly to keep your skin looking and feeling in top shape without burning a hole in your pocket. Your complexion will not be dulled with dead skin cells or flakiness — it all gets smoothed away to reveal a radiant and renewed appearance. The tone and texture of your skin will also feel smooth, with a revived elasticity. Unlike spas or doctor’s offices, you don’t even need a special tool or instrument to get results — you just need to have the right microdermabrasion product.

 

WHAT DOES MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB DO?

A microdermabrasion scrub generally contains a crystal blend, in combination with other beneficial ingredients. Scrubs are simple to use — just gently massage them on the skin, and rinse off afterwards. As scrubs are extremely good at exfoliating skin, they need not be used every day — usually once or twice a week is sufficient to see noticeable results.

 

THE BEST MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB

Using the best natural ingredients, DERMA E has created the ideal microdermabrasion product that is gentle enough to use with regular frequency while effective enough to transform the appearance of your skin. DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub is a high-quality alternative to a spa treatment — you get similar luxurious exfoliation and terrific benefits.

Our microdermabrasion scrub uses a two-pronged approach to refreshing your skin. Our special crystal blend, enhanced with detoxifying Dead Sea Salt, acts as the buffing agent, while citrus oils from lemon and lime peels soften and revive the skin. Thus, you can feel the difference immediately.

While the scrub smooths out the look of lines, scars, and other skin issues, it also has additional ingredients that support your complexion to keep it looking healthy. DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub is packed with vitamins, thanks to the antioxidant-rich Vitamin E and nourishing Grape Seed Oil. Antioxidants are important in skincare because they protect the skin from damage that can be caused by the sun or environmental factors — and less damage to the skin therefore means fewer signs of wrinkles, age spots, or loss of firmness. Your complexion will look younger and more vibrant as a result. Sweet almond oil and jojoba seed oil also help skin retain its softness without drying it out, which is key — lines and pores tend to look more pronounced on parched skin. Your skin will feel clean, not stripped of moisture. Like all DERMA E products, Microdermabrasion Scrub is 100% vegan and cruelty free and contains only the finest natural botanicals, vitamins and minerals.

 

USING A MICRODERMABRASION SCRUB

The recommended way to use the DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub is to apply it to your wet skin with gentle circular motions for up to one minute. If your skin tends to be sensitive, just use a little less pressure for the gentlest buffing. The product is not rough, but slides easily onto the skin. After scrubbing, rinse your skin completely with warm water and pat it dry. Ideally, you can add the scrub to your skincare routine twice a week.

You can maximize the results from the scrub by using it with other DERMA E products. In fact, products tend to be better absorbed by the skin post-microdermabrasion as the dead skin cells have been wiped away. As the scrub exfoliates and prevents skin from becoming clogged, it can be a valuable addition to a regimen focused on fighting blemishes, such as DERMA E’s Anti-Acne Collection. If you have acne scars, its appearance can be diminished by combining the Microdermabrasion Scrub with another of DERMA E’s scar treatment product. Of course, if you are looking for powerhouse anti-aging products, the scrub pairs well with DERMA E products targeting fine lines and wrinkles. Whatever regimen you use, cleanse your skin before using the microdermabrasion scrub. Afterwards, follow that with a richly emollient serum or moisturizer.

 

DERMA E Microdermabrasion Scrub will give your skin a lovely, fresh glow that makes your complexion look lit from within. Try it, and you’ll see how easy it is to achieve your skin care goal of beautiful-looking skin.

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WHAT IS THE INTERMITTENT FASTING DIET PLAN?

According to Google data, intermittent fasting was the most searched for diet trend in 2019. So, what exactly is it? Just another fad diet, or something more?

DOES FASTING MEAN NO FOOD?

The short answer here is no. The longer answer, as ever, is slightly more complex.

There are two main versions of intermittent fasting: One is the 5:2 regime, made popular by Dr Michael Mosely; The other is called 16:8. Each balance their ‘fasting’ slightly differently.

WHAT IS THE 5:2 DIET?

The 5:2 diet plan is a regime where you eat normally for 5 days of the week, then restrict calories to between 500-800 for the remaining two days. Therefore, there are no days where you avoid eating altogether, and only two days of the week where you must think about calorie counting.

The guidelines are simple too. The two days you restrict calories can be any two days, as long as they are not consecutive. Most people choose a Monday and a Thursday, so that the regime does not interfere with their weekend!

WHAT ABOUT THE 16:8?

The 16:8 refers to the hours of the day. In this regime you are basically restricting your food consumption to just 8 hours of the day, the other 16 hours are drinks (water, tea, coffee, not thick shakes!) only. In this way you are really cutting out one of your meals every day, which naturally reduces your calorie intake.

THE PROS

  • These regimes are both reasonably easy to follow and require minimal levels of planning. They are also easy to maintain long term.
  • Intermittent fasting has been well researched, and its fans say that it can help improve health. Claims include reduced cholesterol, improvements in blood sugar levels, reduced inflammation, as well as effective and sustained weight loss.
  • Because you are restricting the amount of food on certain days or to certain hours, you should also learn which foods fill you up and satisfy you the best. This is something else that contributes to long term success.

THE CONS

  • Some people struggle with the concept of no snacking within the 16 hours, or the planning required to obtain just 500-800 calories within a day.
  • People with blood sugar issues should talk to a doctor first, to make sure that engaging with the intermittent fasting plan will not adversely affect their blood sugars.
  • This type of regime should not be undertaken by anyone with a history of an eating disorder.
  • Some people may struggle with the hunger during the fasting phases of their chosen regime.

DO YOUR RESEARCH

As always, if this type of diet plan appeals to you, do your research. Get recipes, make a plan and stick to it. Also, if you choose the 5:2 plan, decide which days will be your fasting days and stick to them! Changing your mind halfway through a day will result in failure of the regime.

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BEST WAYS TO UPCYCLE YOUR EMPTIES

At DERMA E, we do not use unnecessary shiny metal caps and we skip the fancy frills in our packaging to uphold our promise to have a minimal environmental footprint. In addition to using safe and renewable resources to promote a healthier ecological future, DERMA E uses recyclable and biodegradable containers and packaging. If you’ve been looking for ways to support our environment and recycle your beauty care products, we have a few helpful tips for you to upcycle your empties!But before you reuse our packaging, be sure to clean them out thoroughly! First, carefully peel off the label. Then rinse out any leftover product, hand wash with soap and water, and lay it out overnight to dry.

Ways to Upcycle Your Empty Containers

#1. ORGANIZATION

  • Our jars are good for your workspace; they have a screw-top lid, keeping paper clips, rubber bands, and tacks from ending up all over the floor.
  • They can also be used to store small craft supplies, like buttons, string, glitter, etc.
  • For hair and beauty styling: store hair ties, clips, and bobby pins in their own jars.

#2. TRAVEL

  • Keep your jewelry from getting lost by storing them in one of our screw-top jars.
  • Our glass dropper bottles come in handy when you are traveling and need something small to put alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or bug spray in.
  • Bringing your contact solution on vacation has never been easier! Pour some into a little dropper bottle and you’re good to go.
  • Some of our jars are travel-friendly. Hence, you can use them to bring small amounts of hair or body care products, and other non-TSA friendly items with you.

#3. OTHER IDEAS

  • Personalize containers with stickers, washi tape, permanent markers, or glitter nail polish.
  • Use jars for gifts. You can decorate them and make them into cute little keepsake containers.
  • Those heavy kitchen seasonings can be stored in the dropper bottles for a simpler way to measure amounts and season food.
  • Cleanser bottles with pumps are awesome for making watercolor paint for kids! It makes it easy to dispense and use.
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LET’S TALK PSORIASIS

Psoriasis, its triggers and solutions…

With the tropical heat in Singapore, the sun can be both a friend and a foe if one has Psoriasis. Many suffer from this autoimmune diseases in silence, and some don’t even know they have it.

So, let’s talk Psoriasis! It is a non-contagious autoimmune disease that causes dry and uncomfortable patches of skin that are typically red, itchy, scaly and at times painful that can form in various areas on the body. Its development and potential triggers are still a mystery. Not to mention, such itchy flaky skin could be uncomfortable and put a damper on your day, restricting your outfits and choice of activities.

 

Triggers of Psoriasis

As an autoimmune disease, Psoriasis flare-ups are believed to be caused internally. Some triggers include stress, hard water, changes in climate, hot water, injury to the skin, smoking and Vitamin D deficiency. But we are here to reassure you that you don’t have to be embarrassed, uncomfortable or hide under layers of clothing.

 

Solution to Psoriasis – DERMA E’s Therapeutic Topicals

For immediate topical relief from flare-ups, we offer specially formulated therapeutic products. They effectively address dry, scaly, flaky, itchy skin often associated with psoriasis.

Start off with our Psorzema® Cream that gently calms and soothes irritated scaling skin.

For day-to-day protection and moisture, we recommend our Vitamin E 12,000 I.U. Cream. It moisturizes and protects the skin while fighting free radical damage, and can be used anywhere on the face and body.

Last but not least, to soothe a variety of conditions that might cause a flare-up before your psoriasis kicks in, we recommend our Tea Tree & Vitamin E Relief Cream. This soothing, deep-moisturizing cream effectively comforts skin with cuts, blemishes, blisters, rashes, insect bites, dryness and overexposure to the sun. Don’t let psoriasis affect your quality of life!


Please note: Psoriasis usually has an internal component that needs to be addressed in order to resolve the condition completely. We highly recommend you work with a natural healthcare practitioner to help resolve this condition.

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WHY IS VITAMIN D SO IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW?

In light of the circuit breaker situation and beyond, health advisors have updated their recommendations on Vitamin D supplementation. All adults and children are now advised to take 10µg per day to keep their bones, muscles and teeth healthy. But why is vitamin D so very important at this time?

Firstly, vitamin D is generally made by the body on exposure to sunlight. Although it is beautifully sunny at the moment, we are currently advised to go out only when necessary. This means that for many, the opportunity to spend time outside for long hours is severely restricted. This, coupled with the fact that vitamin D is very hard to obtain through dietary sources, has thus led to an increased concern that people could become deficient in this vital nutrient.


WHAT DOES VITAMIN D DO?

Vitamin D helps to ensure that the body can properly absorb calcium, and supports healthy bones, teeth and muscles. None of us want to come out of the circuit breaker with weak bones! However, there is another very important role for vitamin D. It supports a healthy immune system in children and adults – something we all want as COVID-19 spreads through the population.


VITAMIN D AND IMMUNITY

There have also been many reports recently that vitamin D, and its role in our immune health, may play a direct role in our battle against coronavirus. Newspapers have reported on research which suggests vitamin D intake may aid resistance to respiratory infections. Another article raised the possibility that people with low levels of vitamin D MAY have a weaker immune response when exposed to COVID-19. More research is being carried out into this area.

Whilst these investigations being are carried out, it cannot be denied that things which support our health – whether that is dietary choices, lifestyle changes or food supplements – are of great interest at this time. Especially if it is known that they are important to a healthy immune response. Add to the stay-home situation, and the fact that studies demonstrate that many in the UK – indeed up to 90% of the multi-ethnic population - could be vitamin D deficient. Therefore, it would seem that supporting our body with a daily dose of vitamin D could indeed be a sensible idea.


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed (Jenny is a nutritional therapist, who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)

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BENEFITS OF DERMA E’S SCAR GEL – 6 SIMPLE HACKS

 

Why choose DERMA E’s Scar Gel? It seems pretty obvious from first glance, that you use a scar gel to diminish the appearance of unsightly scars, of course. But not only is it great at doing just that, it’s also pretty great at many other skincare stuff too!

This one jar holds the key to silky soft skin – and we are here to share all the right tricks.

 

The Benefits of Using Scar Gel

If this is your first encounter with our scar gel, you might not understand why it’s a must-have skincare product.

Scars can be bumpy, discoloured strips of skin that may be unsightly or even slightly embarrassing, depending on where it’s located. They might feel itchy, tender to the touch, and in some cases, even painful. Living with scars could be difficult if they don’t feel good – or if you don’t feel good about having them.

As our best-selling product, the gel is quick-drying and clear for ease of application, and smooths away lumpiness and bumps to even out skin texture. It also improves discolouration, fading any redness or dark marks such that the scar blends more seamlessly into the rest of your skin. Our scar gel even helps calm any discomfort or itchiness caused.

This little tub works wonders for scars, and now, we’re going to share some simple hacks on other ways to use DERMA E’s Scar Gel for smooth, supple, glowing skin.

 

6 Simple Scar Gel Hacks for Supple, Glowing Skin

 

#1. THE PEDICURE IN A JAR

It’s stressful living in the midst of a global pandemic, and self-care has never been more important than now to relieve some of our pent up stress. With most of us staying home, there is no better time than now to give our feet some TLC (tender loving care).

First, you’ve got to prep your feet, especially if you have dry, rough heels or minor calluses. One of the easiest ways to do that is to buff your feet with a pumice stone or a scrub while you are in the shower. Once out of the shower, dry your feet and apply the Scar Gel. Have a pair of thick warm socks nearby, because you’ll want to slip them on as soon as the Scar Gel dries to help seal in moisture. This pedicure is best done at the end of the day, as you can just kick up your feet and relax for the rest of the night. Wear the socks while you sleep, and wake up to a noticeable difference in the look and feel of those rough heels and calluses. Follow this method consistently for a few days for truly baby-soft feet.

 

#2. THE CALLUS-NO-MORE HERO

Speaking of calluses, the Scar Gel works wonders on them no matter where they are located on your body. Rough knees, hands, elbows – you name it! The Scar Gel is terrific at softening them. Just rub in the gel and enjoy.

 

#3. THE GO-TO BURN HELPER

Be it sunburns, curling iron accidents, or a clumsy kitchen mishap, we have all had them at one time or another, and we know how much it hurts when that happens! But these burns don’t have to leave nasty scars as evidence of your little mishaps. If your burn is minor (if skin blisters or starts oozing, that can be a bigger deal and you should see a doctor first), then put cold water or a cold compress on it first before applying the scar gel to help reduce redness, increase hydration and encourage the regeneration of healthy skin. And if you have a scar from a previous burn, you should use the Scar Gel for that too!

 

#4. ACNE SCARS BE GONE

Nobody likes reminders of our bad skin days, with bumpy, red and rough marks. Apply DERMA E’s Scar Gel like a serum on clean skin before you moisturize and see your red marks soften. For the perfect one-two punch to fight those acne scars, use DERMA E’s Microdermabrasion Scrub one to two times a week along with daily application of the Scar Gel.

 

#5. THE MOMMY-MUST-HAVE SCRAPE AID

Your little explorers are always getting bumps, cuts and scrapes because that’s just what kids do. Scar Gel is a great all-purpose product to help soothe your children’s skin faster so they can get back to life’s many adventures.

 

#6. YOUR POST-WAX BURN AND IRRITATION RELIEF

Let’s get real for a second: Brow, lip, face or bikini line waxing mishaps or sensitivity can happen to the best of us. Scar Gel is a go-to for calming and cooling sensitive, tender skin while helping to prevent scarring in those delicate areas.

 

Why Choose DERMA E’s Scar Gel

Now that you know the magic of scar gel products, you probably want to rush out and buy a jar (or two!). But just remember that not every product is created equal. The 100% vegan and cruelty-free DERMA E Scar Gel has proven clean beauty science behind it, so it’s super effective while also extremely nourishing. It has high-quality natural ingredients such as Panthenol and Allantoin that help smooth skin—and it doesn’t have problematic ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial colors, GMOs, gluten or soy. So use Scar Gel for scars—or anywhere else you want beautifully soft skin!

 

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HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY IMMUNE SYSTEM?

SUPPORTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system can be strengthened and supported by:

  • A balanced healthy diet, providing lots of fresh, unprocessed foods.
  • Healthy lifestyle choices and regular, sensible physical activity
  • Certain nutrients and other natural supplements, which can offer additional help and insurance.
  • Supporting the health of the gut and the good bacteria.

DIETARY SUGGESTIONS FOR A HEALTHY IMMUNE RESPONSE

Choose lots of fresh fruit and vegetables – particularly colourful ones.  Fruit and vegetables provide important immune-boosting nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene.

If you like it, include garlic in your recipes.  Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has been shown to possess natural antibacterial properties, helping to fight infections.

Spice it up with some turmeric and ginger.  Fresh root ginger can be added to food or used in drinks.  Turmeric can easily be added to recipes or again used in drinks, such as ‘golden milk’. Both these spices have natural anti-inflammatory properties and could be helpful for clearing coughs and sinus infections.

Limit alcohol.  Alcohol is known to suppress the immune system, and depletes the body of nutrients, so ideally avoid drinking alcohol when you feel ‘run down’.


NUTRIENTS TO SUPPORT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • Vitamin C:  Most often associated with oranges, Vitamin C is also found in leafy green vegetables, bell peppers, strawberries and kiwi.  Whilst it is reasonably easy to get vitamin C from the diet, it is also water-soluble, which means it washes out of the body quickly and easily.  Subsequently, it can be worth topping up, especially when cold and flu bugs are flying around.
  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D has also been identified as one of the nutrients which keeps the immune system functioning properly.  Vitamin D can be produced by the body on exposure to sunlight, but unfortunately, most of the UK population are still at risk of low vitamin D levels, especially through the dark winters.
  • Selenium: An important trace mineral, which helps to support a healthy immune response.  Selenium is found in brazil nuts, sardines, tuna and broccoli. However, it has been found that many of our soils have very low selenium levels, leaving many people at risk of deficiency.
  • Zinc: Zinc is one of the most important minerals there is.  It helps to support the immune system, assists in wound healing, skin health, fertility and much more.  The main food sources of this mineral are oysters, seafood, lean meat and poultry, so perhaps unsurprisingly it is thought that between 12-40% of people have low zinc levels.

IMMUNE SUPPORTIVE NATURAL REMEDIES

As well as nutrients there are other natural approaches which can be helpful in supporting the function of the immune system:

  • Beta-Glucans: Research has shown that a daily supplement providing yeast sourced beta-glucans could help to reduce the number of infections suffered by 25%. Look for a product listing Beta (1,3) Glucans, as this indicates the right source and quality of the product for immune support.
  • Echinacea: Echinacea is a traditional herbal remedy which can be used to relieve symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections. It is generally taken at the onset of any symptoms.  Echinacea can be safely used alongside any other nutritional products aimed at supporting the immune system, as well as over the counter cold and flu medications.
  • Elderberry: Elderberry supplements have been shown to be effective at reducing the symptoms and duration of colds and flu. It is thought that the flavonoids found in elderberry can bind to the flu virus and help transport it out of the body.

GUT HEALTH & IMMUNITY

Hippocrates said: ‘All disease begins in the gut’. Whilst that may not be entirely the case, he may not have been that far out either! Modern research has shown that up to 80% of the immune system comes from the gut and the good bacteria which live there.

Every day that we do not get ill after eating food or putting our hand to our mouth, we have the good bacteria in our gut to thank for it. Our intestinal immune system encounters more ‘baddies,’ and our good bacteria protect us from more illnesses than any other part of the body.

KEY BACTERIA IN IMMUNE HEALTH:

Specific bacteria have been researched for their ability to support a healthy immune system. These bacteria include: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacteria animalis subsp. lactis.

Clinical trials have shown these 3 bacteria to be effective in the following ways:

  • Bifidobacteria animalis subsp. lactis has been shown to be particularly effective at helping to reduce inflammation in the system, both in acute and chronic illness.
  • All three bacteria provide antioxidant protection – helping to protect important immune cells from being damaged.
  • Studies have shown that Lactobacillus acidophilus can help to increase numbers of antibodies, natural killer cells and phagocytes.
  • Lactobacillus plantarum was used in a clinical trial for people suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome, and provided a 60% improvement in symptoms, and showed a 16% increase in Natural killer cell activity.

Written by Jenny Logan DNMed (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years).

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BEAUTY 101: OILY SKIN AND ACNE BASICS

 

7 Strategies for Acne-Free Skin

The perpetual heat and humidity of our tropical climate can make taking care of your complexion even more challenging. Higher temperatures can mean higher levels of oil production in the body’s sebaceous glands, which can lead to shiny, acne-prone skin. However, with some simple skin-care strategies, you can still enjoy clear skin in our sunny Singapore.

 

#1: Use a Gentle Cleansing Regime

You want to keep moisture in your skin. If a strong cleanser ends up stripping away that moisture, it may send your oil glands into overdrive to make up for it. So, to avoid ending up with oily skin or acne, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid to rid impurities from the surface of the skin that could lead to breakouts. DERMA E’s Acne Deep Pore Cleansing Wash has salicylic acid, as well as natural antiseptic and antibacterial ingredients, to promote a healthy-looking complexion. Use it morning and night to keep your skin looking in top shape.

Another good ingredient for summer skin care is glycolic acid, which helps remove dead skin cells —try it in our Essentials Radiance Toner. Use the toner after cleansing and before moisturizing the skin for the best results.

 

#2: Exfoliate Regularly

Keeping your pores clean and unclogged prevents build-up that causes acne. Use a gentle exfoliator such as DERMA E’s Deep Pore Acne Scrub at least once a week to clean away the surface layer of the skin. It has a gentle formulation with calming ingredients such as lavender and chamomile that work well to soothe skin and help maintain a fresh-looking appearance. Just remember: no harsh scrubbing necessary.

 

#3: Don’t Skip Sunblock

You may be tempted to swear off putting sunscreen on your face in fear that it will clog your pores, but that would be a mistake. Protection from the sun’s UV rays is a necessity, and even more so when you’re likely to spend time outdoors. With cutting-edge advances made in sunscreens, you don’t have to settle on a thick, chalky sunscreen that would make pimples pop out. Look for a formula designed for skin that doesn’t have any extra oil, such as DERMA E’s Sun Defense Mineral Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF30 Face. It’s a lightweight lotion perfect for oily complexions, and because the active ingredient is chemical-free zinc oxide, it’s not harmful to the environment.

 

#4: Change Up Your Makeup

You may love your foundation, but you may not love how heavy it can feel in the heat and humidity. To prevent build-up and breakouts, you may want to think about lighter formulations for your summer makeup routine. You can look for tinted moisturizers, which aren’t as thick as regular foundations, or even one of the newer foundation serums. Or instead, try using the Sun Protection Mineral Powder SPF 30 in lieu of a foundation to help control shine and add a natural finish

 

#5: Indulge in a Mask

Carve out some self-care time and treat yourself to a clay mask that will help control excess oil production while refreshing the look of your skin. DERMA E’s Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask uses Kaolin and Bentonite clays to help skin look less congested, as well as charcoal to clear up impurities and apricot seed powder for surface exfoliation.

 

#6: Cool Down After a Workout

Exercise can give your skin a healthy, natural glow, and that’s always good. What’s not so good is when excess sweat-- especially during a heated workout--can spur acne breakouts. You can help prevent breakouts by working out in the early morning or in the evening when it’s not as hot (and that offers you the added benefit of avoiding heatstroke from overexertion). Post-workout, you should always wash your face with your cleanser to wipe away oil, sweat and impurities from your skin.

 

#7: Don’t Be Hard on Your Skin

Oily skin needs TLC and the best way to do that is by using products that have natural ingredients that are effective but not harsh. DERMA E products are created to nourish and nurture your skin with vegan, cruelty-free formulas that don’t contain parabens, petrolatum, sodium laurel sulfates or other harmful chemicals.

What’s your summer skin care secret to preventing oily skin and acne? Let us know in the comments.

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HOW CAN MICROBIOME IMPACT WEIGHT LOSS?

Continuing our series looking at natural ways to help support weight, in this post I am going to delve into the secret world of our good bacteria – discussing the impact they can have on our eating habits and our ability to lose weight.


GOOD BACTERIA

Good bacteria, also known as probiotics, are not yet a common weight loss supplement. However, there is currently so much research going on investigating the world of the bacteria which live inside us – known as the microbiome – that I suspect it may become a big thing this year!


OUR MICROBIOME AND ITS IMPACT

Most people are aware that there are bacteria living inside us, and that these bacteria help to support our health and wellbeing. What is less well known, is just how much of an impact these bacteria actually have. One of the most surprising things which can be influenced by our gut bacteria is our weight, and even our food cravings!

Researchers, exploring the fascinating world of the microbiome, have discovered that the bacteria living in the gut of an overweight person are completely different to those residing inside a slim person. Furthermore, these scientists have discovered that our bacteria are in communication with our brain and can make us crave the type of food they thrive on!

So, if your gut is full of bacteria which love a carbohydrate-rich snack (who doesn’t), they will send messages to your brain - creating a craving for toast, bread, biscuits etc. They will also send your brain reward signals if you do eat that food!

It may sound a little bit like science fiction to think that the bacteria which live inside us have so much of an impact, but we have seen again and again how changing the good bacteria inside someone can alter how they eat, what they crave and how easily they lose weight.


CHANGING THE BACTERIA

The microbiome is made up of 100 trillion different bacteria, so if we want to change the balance of those bacteria we need to work in high numbers - looking for a product that provides a high bacterial count in every capsule.

If you think about it, 5 billion bacteria will not make as much of a difference as a 30 billion strength product would.

When suggesting a good bacteria product to my clients, I usually go for at least a 30 billion strength product. Anything less, in my opinion, will not make enough of a difference - especially if we are trying to outnumber all those naughty bacteria which are affecting our ability to lose weight.


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in health foods stores and private clinics for over 20 years)

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