Sunday, 31 May 2015

Part 8 Q: When it comes to skincare products, what do your recommend and which ingredients give the best results?

The skincare products that you’ll get from your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist will work because they’ve been clinically proven to work.
In terms of preventing the skin from ageing, the key ingredients to look for are antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E, and a really good sunscreen. Then, to make the skin look youthful you need to remove fine lines and wrinkles plus reverse the signs of sun damage. To reverse the signs of sun damage and allow supple new skin to come to the surface you need an exfoliant; vitamin A and C derivatives are your go-to ingredients.
Another tell-tale sign of aged skin is a dull and flat appearance. To make the skin look more translucent and glowing you need niacinamide, which is concentrated vitamin B3. 
Niacinamide helps get rid of pigmentation by drawing the pigmentation out of the skin and improves the translucency of the skin for a more radiant appearance. Finally, you need a really good moisturiser. Aged skin looks dull and dry so you need a good cream that can penetrate deeply.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Part 7 Q: What are your thoughts on fruit’s high sugar content?

Not all fruit will make you gain weight because of its sugar content. The Glycemic Index will guide you in finding the best fruits to eat, and which ones you should avoid. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of how quickly the sugar in the food is absorbed into the blood stream. The lower the GI value, the slower the sugar takes to be pumped into the bloodstream.
If you eat fruits like watermelon, which has a very high GI value, it gives you a sugar spike that can lead to weight gain. Peaches and cherries are an example of a low GI. Pears and apples are also relatively low. A GI of 100 is really high, while 0 is the lowest. Peaches have a GI value of about 38 and apples are about 43.
If it’s below 55 it’s really good. Moderate your intake of fruits like watermelon and pineapple, but eat plenty of low GI fruits like peaches, apricots, apples and pears.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Part 6 Q: What kinds of foods should we be eating to help combat the process from the inside out?

 Your diet should include fruits that are high in antioxidants. Goji berries are very high in antioxidants, and so is star fruit. But the food with the highest antioxidant value of any food that we know of is actually the Kakadu plum, although it’s unfortunately not readily available.
Like your mum always said, you need to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as they not only contain antioxidants but a whole lot of other vitamins and minerals that are all important for the little micro-metabolisms that occur in the skin and throughout the body to keep it youthful. It’s best to eat them when they’re fresh and whole.
Once they start being processed or overcooked, they lose their nutritional value. Vegetables that have been picked too early and ripen during transport are not nearly as good as ones that are grown and taken straight to the farmers markets. When cooking your vegetables, it’s best to steam or blanch them. The minerals don’t matter as much as they don’t get lost during the cooking process. Fruit is great because they’re not only rich in both vitamins and minerals that we need for our metabolic processes but they are generally eaten raw.
You also need protein to keep repairing your collagen and other body tissues, because even if your skin is looking good the muscle beneath the skin will start to deflate and your face will sag and appear aged. You also need good fats to keep your body producing the hormones that nourish the skin and send the signals to the rest of your body to repair damage.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Part 5 Q: How big a role does food play in fighting ageing?

Food plays a huge role for a whole number of reasons. 
The food we eat contains the basic building blocks that make the hormones that nourish our skin. 
The estrogen that a woman needs to keep her skin looking youthful comes from the good fats in the food that she eats.
Antioxidants are also vital. The skin ages because of free radical damage from environmental pollutants and ultra violet radiation from the sun. 
Foods that contains antioxidants mop up those free radicals so they can’t damage the skin.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Part 4 Q: What are your top three tips for helping slow down the ageing process?

Cosmeceutical skincare: I don’t mean over-the-counter skincare products, I mean the proper stuff you get from a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist that boosts collagen, stimulates the skin, guards against damage and deeply moisturises the skin.
Healthy lifestyle: Most importantly sleep and sun protection. If you smoke and drink too much, of course that’s also going to speed up the ageing process.

Anti wrinkle injections: They are safe and in the right hands, and will help reverse the signs of ageing like nothing else.