Tuesday, 22 January 2019

How Does A January Detox Affect Your Skin?

December is well and truly behind us and as we near the end of January, how has your 2019 health kick gone and how has it affected you skin? We are looking at the effects of an indulgent December. How does cutting out alcohol help? And the products you need to rescue your skin! Read on to find out more.

Overcoming an indulgent December

After an extended period of indulging in processed party foods, cheese and chocolate, many of us head straight for a January Detox. But how have the Christmas treats affected your skin?

There's ample research available that supports the fact that highly processed and sugary foods have a detrimental effect on skin. Sugars can activate inflammation in the skin, causing short-term inflammatory problems but also triggering long-term damage to collagen and elastin.

Glycation is the process of collagen and elastin breaking down caused by sugar. When our body is on a sugar high, it causes signals within the skin to malfunction, preventing amino acids and proteins in the skin from forming new collagen and elastin.

Sugar consumption can also exacerbate hormonal issues. We see many patients who suffer with hormonal imbalances or irregularities and sugar triggers extra testosterone production. This is not good news for any skin type, especially if the ratio is already out of sync. Increased testosterone levels are often found in acne-prone and oily skin types.

Can 'Dry January' help?

Alcohol contains a significant amount of sugar, especially beers, wines and cider. The bad news is P-Acne Bacteria thrives in this excess sugary environment. Team this sugary environment with a little dehydration, and skin soon starts to look dull, cellular turnover is disturbed and areas of inflammation and congestion develop.

Dry January is a great way to detox from the damaging influences of alcohol and an indulgent December diet. But regardless of your plans for a Dry January or detox, it's important to remember that excess sugary foods and alcohol are never good for skin or indeed, our health. A better and more beneficial way to start the year is to avoid sugary excess on a long-term basis.

What about 'Veganuary'?

Eating a rainbow of colours is fantastic for skin. A low-carbohydrate, low sugar diet that has plenty of brightly coloured vegetables and fruit can help keep inflammation at bay and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

A vegan diet is interesting and although a plant based diet is considered healthy by many, it can result in a deficiency in some vitamins and minerals and supplementation may be required.

Veganism, if it's a new lifestyle choice, certainly requires considerable planning and preparation, as veganism is definitely not the easiest option. It is always great to experiment, but finding a way of eating that's a long-term lifestyle change, is the key and this will be different for each and every one of us.

It's also worth mentioning that not everyone responds well to the alternative protein sources of a vegan diet, with some individuals struggling with abdominal discomfort and bloating.

How to manage a New Year breakout

Cut the sugar. Drink plenty of water. Use skincare products that don't aggravate the situation.

Danne Montague-King has a range of products that are tailored to acne and blemish-prone skin. In clinic, for acne patients, we regularly recommend Danne Montague-King treatments and products.

DMK Deep Pore Facial Cleanser is a natural, non-alkaline cleanser that flushes embedded impurities from the epidermis layer of the skin. Formulated with a natural astringent and antiseptic, it helps to keep pores tight, supple and healthy.

DMK Beta Gel is formulated particularly for sensitive, irritated or inflamed skin. It almost immediately boosts skin's immune defences, reduces swelling, redness and inflammation, allowing healthier skin cells to fight back.

DMK Acu-Moist offers light, non-greasy daily moisturising for acneic skin. The sulfate and paraben-free formula helps to rebalance oily and congested skin whilst also soothing and calming.

Healthy skin for the long-term

Taking a good quality naturally sourced Omega 3 helps to reduce inflammation. We love Bare Biology Lion Heart Omega 3 Capsules as they are sourced from wild sardine, anchovy and mackerel - never from farmed fish. Also, the gelatin capsules are made from fish, never from pork or beef.

Consider a daily smoothie with a collagen sachet to ensure you are consuming essential skin nutrients and plenty of vitamins. We like to use Beautycoll Collagen Drink as it has a delicious and refreshing berry flavour and contains 12,000mg of pure marine collagen and Hyaluronic Acid for firmed and plumped skin.

Drinking lots of water is always a recommended health tip; after all, hydrated cells work more effectively and are much healthier.

Try adding a hydration supplement such as Rejuvenated H3O Hydration, which uses an ionic bond with water to transfer water through the stomach wall more quickly to promote a healthy fluid balance within the cells. It also provides all the key minerals for skin and ions necessary to create super healthy and hydrated cells.

Three products for skin recovery

First up, I'd recommend Jan Marini Skin Zyme Papaya Mask as it helps to digest dead skin cells without harming sensitive or irritated skin. It's a great face mask to supplement any other exfoliating products or treatments you might use, thanks to its use of proteolytic enzymes that selectively breakdown dead and damaged skin cells for smoother, more refined skin.As already mentioned, Beautycoll Collagen Drink is a delicious anti-ageing supplement that contains 12,000mg of pure marine collagen and Hyaluronic Acid for plumped, younger-looking skin in as little as one month.

Mesoestetic Melatonin Ampoules offer an intensive anti-ageing night treatment that boosts and accelerates skin's regeneration process, fighting the signs of ageing caused by external aggressors.The concentrated formula is in an ampoule format and leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable with a trio of incredible active ingredients.

Melatonin promotes cellular repair & regeneration and when applied in the evening, allowing it to work overnight, it supports cutaneous tissue and the endogenous antioxidant defence systems.

Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant tripeptide that is naturally occurring in cells and works to eliminate toxins and protects against the process of oxidation, which can lead to skin ageing.

Superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant enzyme that protects epidermal cell membranes against the action of free radicals.

For more health and skincare advice, book a FREE consultation with our skincare experts. Call 0113 282 3300 or book online.

Written for you by: Kate, Face the Future

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