When it comes to skincare, most of us know the basics. We know that we should cleanse our skin at least once a day to remove all makeup and dirt. We are also aware that moisturising is essential to prevent wrinkles. But, there is a third step which lurks in the depths of skincare’s best-kept secrets... exfoliation
Skin Needs Exfoliation to Be Radiant
As we age, the rate of skin cell turnover slows, meaning the body takes longer to shed old skin cells and generate new ones. Studies show it takes 40-60 days for skin cells to be completely regenerated in older adults, while it takes only 28 days for younger individuals, coupled with the production of collagen (a protein crucial to skin’s firmness and elasticity) also decreases with age. This results in progressively-thinning, structurally-weakened skin.... help is at hand.
So, what can you do to slow this process? Exfoliate.
Sloughing away dirt and dead skin cells can help eliminate dullness, roughness and dryness—conditions that amplify the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation—and leaves you with a smooth, radiant complexion. According to skincare researchers, “the key attribute of a youthful, healthy-looking complexion is radiance.”
Radiance is achieved when the skin is smooth enough to reflect light. However, as we age radiance diminishes as skin shows signs of aging because, over time, cell turnover rate slows down and dead skin cells build up, which creates the appearance of rough, dry skin and enlarged pores. Exfoliation happens primarily in the outer layer of your skin, the stratum corneum. The dead skin cells there should shed in a process called desquamation, but it is slowed by a number of factors: hormone fluctuations, sun exposure, vitamin deficiencies and aging. That leaves most of us in need of some intervention.
Exfoliation accelerates the shedding process, and when done right, exfoliation can help reverse these conditions, as it stimulates cell turnover, resulting in a more polished and smooth skin surface—all the better to reflect the light. Sloughing away dead cells, dirt and leftover makeup evens out skin tone and improves its texture, rendering skin softer, brighter and fresher looking.
So, in short: exfoliation is a must for revealing and preserving radiance.
HOW TO EXFOLIATE YOUR FACE
Dry skin is most commonly found along the t-zone area (across the forehead and down the nose) but it can affect your entire face.
When exfoliating, avoid sensitive areas such as the eyes and lips as the skin is thinner, we don't sell or recommend a lip scrub for this reason. Studies show that in addition to helping dissolve old skin cells, lactic acid also stimulates the production of collagen, this can be easily achieved with any of the CAIM & ABLE Exfoliating Masks, simply mix with yoghurt.
Avoid the temptation to over-exfoliate - Our skin naturally sheds some dead skin cells itself so avoid being over-generous with exfoliating as this will strip your skin of its natural oils.
Don’t exfoliate severely inflamed skin. Using an exfoliator which is particularly harsh can cause irritation and redness, especially to those who have dry or acne prone skin. Some skin conditions are worsened by exfoliation. Exfoliation inherently causes some level of trauma to the skin, leading to a small amount of inflammation. That irritation would overwhelm skin that is already inflamed from acne or rosacea.
This is where you can find the science to help you make smart decisions when it comes to your skincare and wellness lifestyle choices. Read on!
If the promises overheard at beauty counters are to be believed, the fountain of youth can be found in a jar or bottle. Maybe the real answer is as simple as having a bath!
Do you ever wonder if there is an easier path in the 'fight' against ageing - do you really need to fill your bathroom cupboards and drawers with the latest cream, the ones that never seem to deliver on the promise? We all will get older, but how we age is very much dependent on our cellular health. Cellular ageing (AKA Cellular senescence) - is a process associated with ageing, it is the cells ability to replicate and what determines the limit for these replicating/dividing cells, is the length of cells telomeres. Imagine little 'caps' on the ends of your chromosomes, that's a telomere and they protect the end of the chromosome from deterioration. Exactly the same as the protective plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces (aglets) that are there to keep shoelaces from fraying.
Each time a chromosome reproduces itself, it loses a small portion of its telomeres until the cell tires, called senescence: When too many of your cells are senescent, your body’s tissues start to age, senescent cells can leak pro-inflammatory substances that make you vulnerable to more pain, more chronic illness. This is part of the connection between telomeres and aging.
Magnesium (Mg2+) is one of the most abundant metal ions in cells and plays a variety of roles, including the stabilization of DNA and is essential for the maintenance of DNA structure.
GREY HAIRS - We have previously discussed the link between a magnesium deficiency and grey hair and it's worth mentioning again to address confusion. There are, of course, many factors that will influence the stage your luscious follicles begin to grey and we are not suggesting magnesium is the root of all cause.
There is no doubt that oxidative stress and magnesium are undoubtedly and strongly linked together. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in your body, there is evidence to support the hypothesis that oxidative stress plays a role in ageing in general and specifically to hair greying. Low magnesium levels impair DNA repair, loss of telomerase and antioxidant mechanisms - magnesium deficiency makes our cells more susceptible to free radical damage. Not having enough magnesium increases oxidative stress and DNA damage.
You can really influence the health of your cells and intervene in the ageing mechanism by maintaining the health of telomeres. If you want to prevent disease, and stay youthful and mobile well into old age, you must start supplementing - when we say supplement, we mean transdermally. There is evidence that oral magnesium supplements are poorly absorbed and on average, less than 10% makes it to the cells.
Hopefully, you’ve learned a little bit more about magnesium and the great benefits it has. Proven not just for your joints and muscles but also your skin and ageing overall. As always, nothing works overnight. Seeing results will require some patience, 1 to 3 month of saturating your cells with magnesium should show results.
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Some of the ingredients in beauty products really aren't that pretty. Here is the list of the 'DIRTY DOZEN' COSMETIC CHEMICALS TO AVOID
Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.
Magnesium Chloride vs. Epsom Salts
The health benefits of Magnesium are well documented, yet with a plethora of forms, the choice in which to bathe in can be baffling. There is much confusion about the different benefits of magnesium sulphate/sulphate and magnesium chloride - and trust us, there is a difference.
MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE - this is the salt we should be reaching for when it comes to an effective solution for addressing magnesium deficiency associated issues, it is the clear choice for supplementation and as strange as it sounds, the best delivery system for this is through the skin.
There is simply nothing else that so quickly, easily and safely raises magnesium levels in the body.
Low Mg has been linked to;
- cardiac health
- restless legs syndrome
- cramping & spasms
When magnesium levels are low in the cell, a metaphorical switch is flicked that begins the ageing process - it's not just wrinkles and grey hair are directly linked to Mg levels. A magnesium deficiency has been linked to decreased memory and learning ability. Increasing Mg levels can improve cognitive function in children, the elderly, and those involved in stressful situations of any nature. Magnesium is directly linked to the body's production of DHEA, often called the 'Feel Good Hormone’, our DHEA levels dramatically decline with age.
Magnesium can help to relax and balance the entire nervous system and benefits the immune system - a healthy immune system is driven by white blood cells that require good magnesium levels. Magnesium is essential to balance calcium intake.
MAGNESIUM SULPHATE (AKA Epsom salts)- Long favoured for its ability to help soothe aches and pains in the body, it will come as no surprise that this is the form that has mostly used in topical applications (especially in bathtub soaking) over the years. Significantly cheaper than Mg chloride, also making it quite an attractive alternative… ish.
This form of magnesium is in many ways inferior to magnesium chloride (MgCl2) - it is rapidly excreted through the kidneys and therefore difficult to assimilate, thus the need for much more magnesium sulphate in a bath than magnesium chloride to get similar results in terms of replenishing Mg levels.
Yet this is what makes it a brilliant adjunct treatment in spectrum disorders such as autism, it supplies readily absorbable sulphates which attach to phenols and sets them up for being excreted via the kidneys (phenols are very high in autistic persons). Not to mention the fantastic benefits for aching bodies.
Caim & Able have a range of Bath Salts, from therapeutic magnesium chloride + Australian botanicals to pure Epsom salts. We also have a selection with both! Providing you with the best of both worlds, although this is no easy feat - when combined they create a reaction causing the salts to dissolve, hence separated within the beautiful pouches they are purchased in. Each salt delivers health benefits when used alone, something remarkable happens when used together. Utter bliss.
It's only natural baby.
One of the major problems with today’s skin care products is that they are highly toxic, most skin care products today contain very harsh ingredients. These ingredients like BPA, synthetic fragrances, parabens, phthalates and other unnatural, toxic substances are linked to everything from chronic disease to skin irritation. Clay masks are a completely natural way to detoxify, cleanse, purify, exfoliate and beautify your skin without any negative side effects.
Beauty & Health Benefits of a Clay Mask
Clay masks can be used to rebuild damaged skin fibres as well as promote youthful skin and preventing or eliminating wrinkles. The use of clay masks also helps to promote youthful skin naturally and reduces wrinkles and fine lines by promoting the number of collagen fibres by enhancing collagen synthesis. Clay masks help your skin look younger and improve both texture and tone by reducing inflammation, removing dead skin cells, and providing it with rich amounts of silica.
The use of clay topically for soothing and healing the skin, and even for internal medicinal uses traces back throughout ancient history. Clay as medicine has been referenced as far back as ancient Rome, 60 BC to be exact. Aristotle – the Father of Medicine – also referenced the conscious effort of eating the earth, in the form of soil or clay for its therapeutic benefits as far back as 384–322 BC.
DID YOU KNOW THAT CLAY COMES IN SEVERAL COLOURS? AND THAT EACH HAS ITS OWN PROPERTIES?
FOR WHO? As white clay is quite gentle, it is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive, dry or mature skin. It also helps restore radiance to dry, fragile hair.
- Helps skin to heal
- Softens and purifies the skin
- Hydrates the hair
- Restores radiance to the skin
- Softens and hydrates the skin
- Treats damaged skin
- Eliminates redness
- Smoothens the skin’s texture
- Revitalizes the scalp
- Revives and brightens the complexion
- Reduces redness and soothes discomfort caused by irritations
- Mattifies and unifies the complexion
- Acts as a natural colour in makeup
- Absorbs excess sebum from the skin and hair
- Restores body, silkiness and shine to hair
- Cleanses while absorbing impurities
- Stimulates the production of collagen
- Oxygenates the cells
- Revitalizes the hair
- Strengthens fragile hair
- Has natural anti-wrinkle properties
Regulates sebum production
Reduces the appearance of blackheads and tightens pores
Mattifies the skin
Helps skin to heal
Purifies and balances the scalp
Studies Show Magnesium Reduces Chronic Inflammation, the Cause of Most Chronic Disease
Magnesium is a central building block for life on earth.
It’s the organising atom in chlorophyll, converting sunlight to energy in plants, and in the human body, magnesium is present in over 300 enzyme systems, regulating blood pressure, synthesising proteins, and monitoring muscle and nerve functions. By incorporating Magnesium into your everyday health routine you may experience alleviation of all kinds of ailments including chronic pain, insomnia, and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Many doctors and research scientists now believe that most chronic diseases may have the same root cause: inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and even cancer. Chronic inflammation occurs when various cells in your body produce chemicals that cause wear and tear, inside your body. Essentially, inflammation causes oxidative damage to the cells and tissues, this will cause you to age more rapidly and put you at risk of serious diseases.
How? Magnesium modulates the cellular events that are involved in inflammation, and a deficiency in this minerals has been linked to inflammation. Magnesium quite literally puts a halt to inflammation, therefore, an increase in your body’s concentration of magnesium causes a decrease in the inflammatory response.
"Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease," says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium expert and Medical Advisory Board member of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association (www.nutritionalmagnesium.org), "and the decades-long attempt to treat this condition with statin drugs has failed, because the true cause is inflammation."
Inflammation raises your risk of almost every serious disease. If you want to protect your health, you’d better keep inflammation at bay. Raising your magnesium level helps to protect your body from the destructive effects of inflammation.
According to New York Times best-selling author and doctor Joseph Mercola, DO, "We are all going to die at some point, but if you're deficient in magnesium you may wind up dying sooner rather than later. As new research in atherosclerosis1 found, low serum magnesium levels are associated with higher all-cause mortality and cardiovascular mortality, adding to growing research supporting the importance of adequate magnesium."
We now know there are many lifestyle factors that leach magnesium from the body, one of the biggies is phosphates - most dark coloured soda/soft drinks contain them. Phosphates bind with magnesium inside the digestive tract, making it unavailable to the body. So even if you are eating a balanced diet, by drinking soda drinks with your meals you are flushing magnesium out of your system and increasing inflammation.
Which factors raise inflammation in your body? The following factors may all be responsible:
- Lack of sleep
- Deficiency of omega 3 fats in the diet
- Magnesium deficiency
- Lack of fresh vegetables in the diet
- Food allergy or intolerance
- Diets high in sugar, alcohol, gluten and omega 6 fats
- Some medications and caffeine interfere with the absorption of Mg
In most people, the overwhelming cause of excessive inflammation in their body is poor diet choices. Not all signs of inflammation are obvious - fatigue, low mood and pain are classic indicators that there’s too much inflammation in your body.
If you or someone you know suffers from chronic inflammation, perhaps a magnesium deficiency is to blame. Regular use of magnesium sprays and soaks are a fast, easy and safe way to get an idea.
1. Reffelmann, T., T. Ittermann, M. Dorr, H. Volzke, M. Reinthaler, A. Petersmann, S. B. Felix. "Low Serum Magnesium Concentrations Predict Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality." Atherosclerosis 219, no. 1 (November 2011): 280–84. doi:10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2011.05.038