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Winter Skin Survival Guide

13 Dec 2013 17:59:52

Winter is well and truly upon us – when we’re outside in the dark at 5pm, the wind blows freezing cold air into our faces. And then when we seek comfort and attempt to thaw out indoors, we crank the central heating up, which dries out the atmosphere and drains our poor skin of what little moisture it has left. It’s hardly surprising, then, that lots of us suffer from dry skin in the coldest weather, even if we’re blessed with perfect skin for the rest of the year.

Causes of winter skin problems

So, what does winter weather and central heating actually do to our skin?

Basically, when our skin is exposed to cold or dry air, the fats that prevent water loss and enable skin cells to stick together are lost. And without these magical fats (science bit – lipids,) skin cells flake off and some of our natural defences are lost, and skin is left vulnerable to the elements. Skin in need of extra nourishment and moisture feels tight and uncomfortable, and this can become painful, with very dry skin cracking and even bleeding.

Alleviate winter skin problems

Luckily, though, it’s not all bleak, and there’s no need to suffer for the whole of the winter. It’s not just you versus the elements and there are plenty of things you can do to help. We’ve compiled a list of top tips to help your skin survive the season (other than get on a plane to warmer climes and return home when the sun comes out again, that is...)

  • Up the humidity – combat dry air caused by central heating by using a humidifier. A simple way of doing this is to leave bowls of water near radiators.
  • Eat a healthy diet – essential fatty acids like Omega 3 will help your skin stand up to winter.
  • Turn the central heating down – it won’t dry out the air so much (and will save a few pennies as a bonus!)
  • Bundle up with hats, scarves and gloves when you’re out and about.
  • Use a water free hand cleanser instead of washing your hands with soap and water that can strip away your defences.
  • Cut down on the length of your showers or baths – hot water can wash away natural oils that protect your skin so minimising your exposure will help limit the damage. And when you’re done, pat your skin dry gently rather than vigorously rubbing it.
  • Take collagen supplements – collagen is the natural glue that holds the body together. A totally natural product, premium collagen supplements have been reported to improve skin condition and may benefit skin hydration and elasticity.

Get into good skin care habits – use a high quality moisturiser whilst your skin is still damp from washing. The Perfect Secret Anti-Wrinkle Serum offers a unique blend of ingredients combining new technology peptides, with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera – to help keep your skin hydrated whilst also reducing the effects of ageing. Bonus!

Posted in Sanctum Health News Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Keeping Clean on the Move

4 Dec 2013 18:23:31

They say cleanliness is close to godliness. Whilst we know that some germs and bacteria can actually be beneficial, it’s good to keep things clean; but that’s not always easy when you’re out and about. Your hands are a major player when it comes to germs - so understanding how hygiene actually works can help you stay safe, no matter where you are.

First off, let’s talk about antibacterial soaps. For usual day-to-day life, good old soap and water is more than adequate for getting your hands clean. Let’s remember - soap doesn’t actually kill bacteria - it creates a slippery surface, then those pesky microorganisms simply “slide” off your hands. Antibacterial soap isn’t necessary, although of course it won’t do you any harm, either. It’s personal choice, but what we do recommend is that you choose a liquid soap in a disposable container rather than a bar of soap - just to avoid germs forming on the soap bar itself.

When it comes to washing your hands, it’s not quite as simple as just sloshing a bit of lukewarm water and a squirt of soap around. Washing your hands, when done properly, is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses including meningitis, flu, gastrointestinal infections and even hepatitis A; so it’s important to wash your hands properly.

So, how do you wash your hands properly? There are a few simple steps:

●     use comfortably warm but not hot water

●     use plenty of soap and later for at least 20 seconds

●     make sure you’re cleaning under your nails and in between your fingers - oh and don’t forget your wrists!

The family home offers up a fair few hazards when it comes to germs, so it’s important that you and your family are cleaning your hands before you eat, after you’ve used the bathroom, after cleaning, after touching animals, and definitely after blowing your nose or coughing and sneezing.

When you’re out and about, you’re not always in a position to pull out the liquid soap and give your hands a good scrub. Luckily for us, in the 1960s a fabulous student nurse called Lupe Hernandez from Bakersfield, California realised this was a problem, and came up with no-water hand sanitizer gel. Since the first commercial gel was launched in the US in the 1980s, the popularity of these gels have gone from strength to strength.

Hand sanitizer gels strip away the outer layer of oil on your skin, which can prevent bacteria present in the body from coming to the surface. Most gels are a combination of ethyl alcohol, emollients (skin softeners) and other agents. Hand sanitizers are in no way a replacement for old-fashioned soap and water, but can be a useful tool when hand washing just isn’t convenient. If your hands are heavily contaminated then hand sanitizers aren’t going to cut it, but for day-to-day life a little pot of sanitizer, such as Metique’s Hygienic Cleanser, can bridge the gap between washes and help you stay feeling fresh and clean.

Posted in Keep Healthy Sanctum Health News Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Age is a funny old thing (if you’ll excuse the pun). With age comes wisdom, confidence, experience; but, age also comes with some physical changes that aren’t so endearing. Ageing can have a dramatic effect on your skin, but there are things you can do to help. First, though, it’s important to understand how your skin works, and what changes ageing can bring.

Beauty is only skin deep?

Let’s start with the basics. Your skin has three main layers; epidermis, dermis and a subcutaneous layer. Your epidermis is the skin you see - full of cells, proteins and blood vessels; this layer protects you from the elements and helps keep moisture and warmth inside your body. Your dermis and subcutaneous skin lay beneath your epidermis and house more blood vessels, sweat and oil glands, nerves and hair follicles.

The passage of time

As you age, there are a number of ways your skin will change. For starters, your epidermis will begin to thin out, and your pigment cells will reduce in size - with the remaining pigment increasing in size. What does this mean for your appearance? Paler, more transparent skin, and an increased likelihood of age spots, particularly in sun-exposed areas.

Beware the sun!

Sun damage really is the most prevalent cause of premature ageing, and even in the UK where the sunshine rarely feels particularly strong, it’s actually vital that you’re protecting your skin each and every day. You should be using a hydrating facial moisturiser with SPF 30+, even if you wear makeup with additional SPF protection. Also use SPF protection on your hands and forearms - key ageing areas due to prolonged exposure.

Stretching it out

Now, let’s talk elasticity. Collagen fibres nestle within your skin structure to provide support whilst elastin fibres are there to provide flexibility and support. Ageing, as well as genetic factors and life events like swift weight loss/gain or pregnancy, can put the elasticity of your body under strain. Over time (from as early as your mid-20s)  you’ll begin to produce less collagen and you body’s elastin begins to lose its durable strength. The result? Loose, sagging skin, wrinkles and folds.

Fighting for time

Whilst there are no miracle cures for the ageing process (yet!), one of the keys to fighting Father Time is hydration. Drinking plenty of water and gentle exfoliation twice a week are simple but effective ways of staying hydrated and keeping your skin cells in tip-top condition. Investing in products containing hyaluronic acid and aloe vera is a good place to start when it comes to combating ageing. Hyaluronic acid offers incredibly deep hydration, and aloe vera combines natural healing properties with great hydration.

Supply and demand

Taking a supplement of 100% pure collagen can also help benefit your skin as well as promoting healthy joints. Whilst collagen supplements won’t directly replace lost collagen, it is claimed that these supplements can help stimulate production.  As you get older it’s also beneficial to take a daily supplement of vitamins and minerals designed for yout sex and age range, and of course maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle!

Posted in Pure Col Anti-Ageing Skin Care By Sanctum Health

With all the benefits of a high quality Aloe Vera Juice packed into a small capsule, Perfect Aloe Matrix (PMA) is truly revolutionary. Developed by Dr Ivan Danhof the world’s leading expert on Aloe Vera, this herbal dietary supplement is now believed to be the finest and most effective Aloe Vera Product currently available, with just one capsule being equivalent to 120 mls of high grade aloe juice. If you think it’s time to end your digestive misery and take back control of your life? It's time to try the Perfect Aloe Matrix

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Posted in Keep Healthy Perfect Aloe Anti-Ageing Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Perfect Secret Anti-Wrinkle Serum

14 Jun 2012 14:09:09

The Perfect Secret is a new generation anti-wrinkle skin serum blending peptide technology, with collagen, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera delivering a reduction in the appearance of expression wrinkles, increased elasticity and suppleness, plumper smoother skin.Read More
Posted in Anti-Ageing Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Learn more about Tea Tree Oil

22 Oct 2010 15:09:09

The Tea Tree Oil used by METIQUE is produced in Australia by Novasel Pty Ltd and manufactured in Denmark by Novasel EU following strictly regulated practices.Read More
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