Organic pampering for sun-kissed skin

nj_medical_spa_ethosspa_by_gloriamckelvy-d5zroylAs you may know the skin is strongly connected with the brain, through millions of nerve endings. Every day an enormous number of messages are sent from the epidermis to the brain and spread into different areas, resulting in a chain reaction, including an emotional response.

Many of these messages stimulate memories from our childhood, when we were cuddled and when the sense of touch was extremely important; both to give us security and for the right development of the brain, character and body identity.

This is why the word “pamper” is often used in the skin care industry to describe the effect of cosmetic products, but actually, to be fair, many of these positive sensations come from the skin stimulation itself, when applying creams or oils. Of course, if the skin stimulation is done using top quality ingredients with beneficial effects, the final result is greater than the stimulation only, producing an amplified effect. The expression “pamper yourself” is therefore correct when describing the emotional/physical status provoked from the application of a cosmetic, especially if done in a specialised environment, such as a spa (or…your home spa!).

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Skin and Sun Protection

We all know how lovely the sunshine is, especially after long wintery grey days. Often we crave for sunlight because of its many positive actions on our life – such as helping to produce serotonin, (the happiness hormone), stimulating the immune system or converting Vitamin D into its active form, enhancing the health of our bones.

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But sun protection is important for our skin’s health. During the summer the light is much more intense and we are at risk of over-exposure to UV rays: they damage the skin, oxidizing the epithelial cells (free radicals), making them prone to inflammation and the ageing process, altering their DNA.

 Another risk is the loss of water due to heat, sweating and swimming in the sea. Sea water with its high salt content dehydrates the skin: the skin becomes harder, less elastic and opaque.

Many recent discoveries identify in the carotenoids family the best free radicals “scavengers”: alpha, beta and gamma carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin: they can be taken orally or applied to the skin through good organic skin products.

Carrot, cherry, pomegranate and tomato juice are some great examples of best summer skin friends. The other family of naturally-occurring “friends for the skin” are the Essential Fatty Acids, particularly Omega 3 and Omega 6, but not forgetting Omega 9: these all keep the skin moist and soft, reduce damage from UV rays and make the skin glow: a wonder from Nature.

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The key to healthy, calm skin when it’s exposed to the welcome sunshine lies in looking after its natural lipid barrier, so underneath your daily SPF give your skin enough antioxidant protection to help neutralise free radical damage to the skin’s collagen.

Avoid soapy cleansers and harsh exfoliators and keep skin well moisturised and cool all day long. If your skin is very sensitive use a body oil even before the shower during the summer months to reduce stinging as the water hits your skin. Always shower with lukewarm water. Avoid exposure to direct sunshine between 11am and 4pm if you want to prevent skin irritation.

Add to your wash bag my Inlight Daily Face Oil, Body Oil with Arnica, Night Balm and Super-food Face Mask. Don’t go anywhere without them!

Dr Mariano Spiezia

www.inlight-online.com

Summer Skin – the Inlight Organic Skincare approach

Inlight Organic Body Care at Kynance beachIt’s time to get your skin ready to look its best for the sunny season.

My priority is the health and well-being of my patients and customers. My holistic approach to organic skincare reflects my observation of how the way you look and feel plays a big role.

 

With summer here and a few layers shed we need to build up even more confidence in how we look…

One of the problems, after a long winter where we are constantly covered by layers of clothing, is that the skin can lose tone and appear flabby and weak. This is partly due to the cold: the blood vessels nearest the surface shrink, resulting in a lack of blood supply and nutrients – this impairs the production of elastin and connective tissue. Moreover, in winter we tend to eat more fats and carbohydrates and fewer vegetables, reducing our intake of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

So, to combat this, here are a few steps to tone and awaken the skin ready for summer: – When having a shower, set the temperature to 36-7°C and massage quite firmly with a loofah glove to activate the epidermal circulation and naturally remove dead cells. Reduce the water temperature now to make it fresh and stimulating. Don’t stay in the shower more than 10-15 minutes to avoid damaging the hydrolipidic layer of the skin.

Dry your skin with a towel and massage in Inlight Organic Firm & Tone Oil, rich in Vitamin E and a fusion of toning botanicals, that will sink into your skin making it feel instantly tight and revitalized. Firmly massage the oil towards the lymphatic system to move any residual toxins trapped in the dermis.

To support fragile vessels and skin that bruises easily, use Inlight Organic Body Oil with Arnica, which has provides a dual tightening and therapeutic effect, with a comforting, relaxing fragrance.

Remember to include Vitamin C in your daily diet, if possible by eating lots of fresh food, or take Vitamin C with bio-flavonoids as a supplement together with a Silica and Vitamin B complex.

Wishing you a happy, sunny time

Dr Mariano Spiezia

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Tackle the ageing process in style: Inlight Organic Supreme Eye Serum

At Inlight Organic Skincare, we believe that skin ageing is a normal, natural and inevitable process: everything in life follows this change and it is important to face it with positivity and honesty. If we observe the seasonal mutation we can see for example how after the flowers bloom in spring – synonymous with youthful energy- everything starts to decline in autumn, losing colour, vitality and hydration; heading off to winter time where the cycle seems to end.

By better understanding the reason behind the ageing of our skin and its physiology it may seem easier to prevent and treat what appears to be an aesthetic problem – but is not, as it is rooted in the ageing process of the whole body,

Ultimately the main problems as we grow older are dehydrated skin (due to loss of water) reduction of elasticity (due the inability of the fibroblasts to produce enough elastin and collagen), reduction in production of melatonin hence the skin can be more easily damaged by UV rays, and finally reduced production of sebum resulting in dryer skin. All these are endogenous factors, but there are also external and environmental factors such as pollutants, excessive sun exposure and bad habits such as poor physical exercise, junk food, alcohol and smoking.  The sum of all these factors produces a high level of oxidants (free radicals) that damage the DNA/RNA and proteins, resulting in a thicker skin and loss of elasticity.

The eye contour, with its delicate skin, is one of the most vulnerable areas thanks also to the continuous activity of the orbicular muscles as laugh, cry and squint in the sun, creating micro-wrinkles commonly known as crows’ feet. (In Italian these are called “hen’s feet” and I wonder if it is because Italian women are more exposed to the sun, so that we needed a bigger animal than a crow to express it?)

My response to this problem has been the formulation of an extraordinary product for the eye area: Inlight Supreme Eye Serum.

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It took nearly two years of research and trials but in the end I found the perfect point where science and alchemy meet. A wonderful challenge!

I have chosen some of the best oils such as the exotic Argan and Wild cherry seed oil, famous for improving skin elasticity and reducing water loss, by creating a natural hydrolipidic barrier. To deal with the free-radicals I decided to include Spirulina algae and barley extract that both supply chlorophyll with their high anti-oxidant action, bringing life and solar energy into the skin. And finally to help the production of elastin I have added Gotu Kola and Horsetail extracts.

Inlight Supreme Eye Serum targets the most common causes of the skin ageing process, helping to nourish and replenish the skin and slowing down the signs of time.

With Inlight there are ways to extend our springtime! 

Before moisturising, apply one drop once or twice daily onto the area around the eyes, including the eye lids, massaging very gently until absorbed.

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Dr Mariano Spiezia

www.inlight-online.com

Anti-ageing skincare for men

Inlight Organic Daily Face Oil 30mlInlight Organic Daily Face Oil – Dr Spiezia’s recommended product for use after shaving

 

When we talk about ageing, generally we think that this problem relates only to women…well, men get older too and nowadays there is much greater awareness because of the impact of man’s “image” in society: more and more often this is driven by exterior aspects and communication trends.

 

 It is important to take care of the skin, no matter the aesthetic or health reason behind it, simply because the skin is part of our body and, as a proper “organ”, needs attention.

I have also to underline that there are important differences between women and men’s skin due to the impact of the hormones, oestrogen and testosterone, on its characteristics: mens’ skin is up to 20% thicker and contains more collagen fibres making it more dense and resistant, but has less adipose content resulting in a reduction in softness and suppleness. Men are also more prone to the inflammation of skin follicles and acne. Another difference is the skin’s pH: men’s skin has a value of 4.5 (more acidic because of the higher lactic acid) whilst women 5.8. This preserves mens’ skin from bacteria but make it more prone to irritation and inflammation… without forgetting that when men shave daily they damage the skin’s protective hydrolipidic layer on the face.

All these, combined with the different hormone cycles, mean that in men the ageing signs come later in life but once they start they progress more quickly than in women and the lines appear deeper and more evident.

Maybe men start later in life, generally after 30, using skin care products but whatever the starting age this is an important step to preserve the quality of the skin especially if they live in polluted areas or are exposed to strong weather elements.

Inlight organic skincare can help men to achieve optimum results in preventing both skin inflammation and ageing, supplying the skin with many powerful botanical anti-inflammatory and natural anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, Vitamin E and chlorophyll.

The Inlight Cleanser and Floral Face Tonic are a winning combination when used routinely every evening to cleanse the face from impurities and bacteria and then toning and refreshing it with the lavender and chamomile blended floral waters.

In the morning, choose silky, delicate Inlight Daily Face Oil as your after shave oil, as I do, to moisturise and nurture the skin, ready for another beautiful, successful day.

Dr Mariano Spiezia 

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My Commitment to Safe Skincare

Yes to LifeI still remember the day in 2001 when I went, with my wife Loredana, to a meeting held in local hospital here in Cornwall. The meeting was about women who had received surgery for breast cancer. The atmosphere was gentle and everybody was talking and commenting on their personal experience. I was very touched by some of the stories I heard; of the strength of the women, their positive attitude, sense of community, and their ability to transform their experiences into personal growth. Continue reading