Summer is about to draw to an end but that doesn't mean you should ditch the sunscreen!
In a project titled “Ultraviolet Beauties,” Brooklyn-based artist Cara Phillips used ultraviolet photography to expose sun spots and other blemishes in people’s skin that the human eye can’t see.In an interview with The Huffington Post, Phillips said she was inspired by the medical portraits she had seen in dermatological offices, which might be used for cosmetic consultations. The photos were taken of random people on the streets of New York and are meant to “reveal flaws beneath the skin,” she told the website.X
So, what's in season?
Set aside the heavy, meaty stews of winter for another year, it’s time to take advantage of the fresh Spring produce cropping up in the garden, supermarket and local farmers’ market.
Read on for four scrumptious suggestions on how to treat your skin to some seasonal goodies:
The source of great skin starts from within. As skin is the largest organ in the human body, like the other organs of the body, it is good diet and nutrition and other aspects of nourishment that can help improve its appearance.
In fact, your skin can often be the first visual indicator of an omega-3 essential fatty acid deficiency in the body. This condition may result in dry, rough, problematic skin that is prone to inflammation, premature aging, and uneven pigmentation. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) control a large number of cellular processes that directly impact skin health. EFAs reside in the membranes that surround skin cells, where they facilitate vital cellular functions that impact skin health and function – including transporting nutrients into and wastes out of the cell, regulating inflammation, retaining moisture, promoting cell turnover, distributing melanin evenly, and preventing the free radical and oxidative damage that underlies skin aging.
To achieve this, it all happens with a nutritious diet and happiness. Apparently, genetics play a small 10 – 20% of variation in skin ageing, the rest is up to our diet and skin care routine.
A few tips for glowing skin are:
- Tuck into lots of fresh, colorful vegetables as they will hydrate the skin, reduce toxic load on the skin and provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that our body needs to keep our skin strong, supple and youthful looking.
What's the deal with green tea? The story goes a stray leaf tumbled down into an emperor’s tea cup - the rest is history.
The anti-oxidants in green tea are, incredibly, fifty times more powerful than Vitamin E and can work towards maintaining the skin’s collagen and keeping it supple and elastic.
What’s there to say no to? The world can’t get enough of green tea and neither can we.
Acne is a condition that is triggered by a many factors from diet, stress, inadequate skin care routine and makeup. Excess oil production is the catalyst for acne breakouts, the cause of enlarged pores and follicle congestion.
Testosterone in both women and men is released into the body and enters the sebaceous gland where an enzyme 5-alpha reductase converts the testosterone into di-hydrotestosterone; this then increases the oil formation in the sebaceous glands.
Dry skin can be genetically determined or a product of an increasingly stressful lifestyle coupled with continual exposure to the elements or chemicals in the environment.
It can also be caused by the use of inappropriate products on the skin: meaning it is extremely important that skin care professionals are highly trained in properly diagnosing dry, dehydrated skin for the most effective treatment and product regimen.