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Self Care and Immunity health are key to your wellbeing

Self Care andImmunity Health

If you’re anything like me at the moment, you are ready to snuggle down under the duvet with the alarm set for spring. While we battle through and try to keep to the same pace, the animal kingdom knows  a thing or two about self care as their body clock is telling them to slow down and slumber through the cold winter months.

How to care for your mind and well-being this autumn

It’s hard to relax when we naturally tense our bodies up in the cold and biting winds. This is an important to make time to take care of yourself, get cosy and allow your mind and body to be calm. Wrap up warm and try to enjoy winters natural beauty rather than pining for spring and summer. Embrace the shorter days through fresh eyes as the days unfold. Take photos of a winter scene to see how it changes over the weeks and months to see it with a new charm.

Visualisation and mindfulness for self care

When we are apart from loved one’s visualisation and mindfulness can help to calm the anxiety and stress of missing our friends and family. Sit or lay down quietly and visualise the someone who has been a support to you and feel their love and warmth the embrace and wrap yourself in that love(1).

Foods to stock up on

Eating certain foods can help to improve your mood and also your natural immunity. Protein is essential in your diet as it provides the building blocks for the immune system. You can quickly increase your protein levels by adding Protein Smoothie, it has 21 grams of organic pea protein per serving along with healthy fibre and a prebiotic.

Eat fresh fruit and vegetables to get a healthy dose of vitamin C. Don’t just think of citrus fruit as peppers, green vegetables and berries all have a high content of this cold busting nutrient.

Everything is about gut health at the moment. One essential to supporting a healthy gut is to consume fermented foods. They’re packed with ‘good bacteria’ which is a vital part of our immune system. You’ll find drinks such as kombucha and kefir are packed with good bacteria. Add Immune Complex, it’s crammed with that gut loving bacteria, beta-glucans, vitamin D3 and a host of other ingredients to promote immunity.

Step your skin care routine

It’s a great time to invest in your skin with your favourite moisturiser and stay hydrated to prevent dry patches and inflammation. Drink plenty of water or herb teas to help skin stay moist. The combination of central heating and harsh weather can be particularly damaging for the complexion at this time of year. Collagen Shots and Aliol, our vegan omega 3 both work wonders by moisturising the skin from the inside out.

Keep up exercise levels for immunity health

It’s easy to skip going for a run or you might not be able to go to the gym depending upon lockdown restrictions. Try yoga or an online HIIT class, exercise is good for your body and promotes the wellbeing of your mind.

Most of all be kind to yourself and take life at a pace that feels right for you.

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How iodine can support a healthy thyroid and metabolism

How iodine can support a healthy thyroid and metabolism

We know by know the importance of a nutrient-rich diet, when it comes to maintaining a healthy metabolism and weight. But have you ever heard of iodine? If you’re struggling with shifting a few extra pounds and feeling sluggish and irritable, it may be that you don’t have enough iodine in your diet. So what exactly is it and how does it affect our metabolism?

What is iodine and do you have enough of it?

Iodine is a key mineral that plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and function of the thyroid gland, which is connected to our metabolism.

 

The thyroid is a gland in your neck, made up of two lobes that lay either side of your windpipe.  It produces two hormones that are released into the blood stream: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are essential for ensuring that the cells in your body can function properly, as well as your muscles and major organs like your heart. This entails a healthy digestive system and metabolism – which is how your body converts food into energy.

 

Iodine ingested in the right amount can help our thyroid produce enough thyroxine and triiodothyronine so that our body – and metabolism – performs at its peak. If we lack adequate levels of these hormones (a condition called hypothyroidism) our cells and organs slow down, and so does our metabolism. This can lead to sluggishness and weight gain – we can also feel tired and irritable and have difficulty concentrating. Having enough iodine in our system can also contribute to healthy skin and hair.

 

Good sources of iodine

So how do you know if you’re getting enough iodine in your diet? Fish and dairy are great sources of iodine, so if you usually eat a lot of these, your levels should be fine. However vegetarians and vegans, together with pregnant women, tend to be iodine deficient, and so should consider taking iodine in supplement form.

 

One such supplement is Rejuvenated’s Re-Set designed to help top up your energy levels. As well as iodine, it contains other metabolism-boosting ingredients such as the herb gynostemma pentaphyllum and chlorogenic acid (green coffee extract).  Click here to find out more.

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We’re supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation

Pink Drink Collection to celebrate the Pink Ribbon Foundation

We are very excited about continuing our partnership with the amazing Pink Ribbon Foundation this October and throughout the year. This October we will be donating 20% of sales from our Limited Edition ‘Pink Drink’ sets in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A worldwide campaign we feel very passionate about.

 

Last year, we had so much fun travelling the length and breadth of the country visiting our stockists to share the Pink Ribbon message. We had great support from Anthea Turner and Julia Bradbury, even Ruby Wax got in on the act. Unfortunately, this year we will be sharing it from our office but still hoping to get the message to as many people as possible.

 

We shall be launching our campaign on the 30th of September. Our stockists will be coming together on the 21st of the month in a celebration day.

 

Our ‘Pink Drink’ set contains two of our bestselling products: Collagen Shots and H30 Hydration. These one of a kind supplement drinks nourish the body from within. The set also contains a Rejuvenated shaker; a handy container for ‘pink drinks’ on-the-go plus an informative leaflet on how to check your breasts.

 

  • Collagen Shots contains a synergistic blend of 10,000 mg of hydrolysed marine collagen, antioxidants, vitamins and hyaluronic acid. This unique combination stimulates collagen synthesis, strengthens connective tissue and vascular health, which in turn boosts blood flow and hydrates the skin. Over time, skin tone appears firmer and plumper. Magic in the form of a powder!
  • H30 Hydration provides the body with vital minerals and ions for long-lasting hydration from the inside out. The plant-based formula combines ionic electrolytes with hyaluronic acid and trans-resveratrol to boost cellular metabolism for not only luminous glowing skin but unparalleled health benefits too.

 

The Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839)  is a brilliant grant masking trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, have been affected by breast cancer, or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer and its early detection and treatment. Within the charity, there is very little infrastructure, which has been a deliberate decision to keep overheads low. The foundation is driven by the incredibly talented Lisa Allen alongside a whole host of trustees and patrons to maximise the amount of money that can be paid to the charities it works with.

 

Watch out for our posts on social media and check out our Pink Drink creations here.

We’d love to see your creations too, share them on social media and use the hashtags #pinkdrink #pinkribbonfoundation

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How to reduce anxiety at home – try these simple techniques

Due to the current global pandemic (and the disruption it’s caused), this World Mental Health Day has never been timelier. How can we reduce anxiety, when everything’s uncertain and we have 24/7-access to negative news thanks to our smartphones, it can be tough not to feel anxious or depressed – especially if you’re spending most of your time indoors. In a recent study by the charity Mind, more than half of adults and over two thirds of young people said that their mental health had worsened during the period of lockdown restrictions, from early April to mid-May.

So how can we ease the tide of anxiety and look after our emotional? You probably have heard of mindfulness as a useful tool where this is concerned. Mindfulness techniques can help us stay in the present rather than fret about the future or dwell on the past. According to the NHS, daily practise of living in the present moment and tuning into thoughts and feelings can help us enjoy life better – and experience better mental health as a result.

But being more mindful doesn’t mean retreating from life and going off to live in a monastery. It doesn’t even require you leaving the house at all! There are many simple practises you can fit in around your day-to-day life to help you feel more grounded. Here are five easy ones to try.

Deep breathing

Focused breathing is one of the easiest exercises for when anxiety next takes hold (and you can do it practically anywhere!). When you go into a panic, your body releases adrenaline, which makes your heart start to race. Deeply inhale for six seconds as you fill your lungs with air, and then slowly breathe out for ten. If you can, do this lying down, with one hand on your heart, the other on your stomach. Repeat this ten times. Slowing down your breathing makes your body release more carbon dioxide, which then slows down your heart rate, making you automatically feel calmer.

Anchoring

This is a good technique to reduce anxiety if you’re sitting at your desk, before you flip open your laptop to start checking your emails. Take a few minutes to focus on the lower half of your body. Think about how your feet feel planted on the floor. Then move your attention to your legs – do they feel heavy or light? You can even combine this with the above breathing exercise if you’re feeling particularly anxious.

Focus on each of your senses

Focusing on all of our senses is a really good way to really notice what’s around us and stay in the present. Next time you cook your favourite meal, make a note of what you can smell, what you can hear and savour how it looks and tastes when you eventually serve it up. Or, if the weather’s nice, you could be taking a slow walk outside, looking up at the sky or feeling the sun on your skin. Paying more attention to your current surroundings can really pay off when it comes to feeling calmer.

Journaling

If constant worrying is affecting your sleep, jotting things down on paper before bed is a good way to offload, so that you’re more likely to nod off. Plus, once your worries are written down in front of you, they can appear less daunting and you can look at them from an outsider’s perspective. (E.g. what advice would you give if it were somebody else having these thoughts instead of you?).Here’s a link to getting started with a journal.

Take brief pauses between tasks

When you’ve got a lot of work on, it can be easy to go on ‘autopilot’ and not really focus on what you’re doing (especially if certain tasks are quite repetitive). But taking time to reflect and pause throughout the day can really help you to feel more grounded and connected to life. Don’t immediately reach for your phone as soon as you wake up. Before you step on the treadmill, do some gentle stretches. Inhale deeply before you take your first sip of coffee. And your mental health will benefit as a result.

 Read more on how to reduce anxiety by spending 5 minutes ‘you time’ each day.

If you think you might be suffering from severe mental health issues, then seek medical advice or call the Samaritans for free on 116 123.

 

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How to reverse the pandemic ageing and turn back your biological clock

How to reverse the pandemic ageing and turn back your biological clock

There’s no denying that the time spent under lockdown has been stressful. Many have noticed that fatigue is showing in our face while there is a general agreement that most of us have gained a few pounds. Journalists have created the term Covid face to describe pandemic ageing during the last 6 months. But please don’t think that it is all gloom and doom and before you think about booking that appointment to go under the knife, take reassurance in the fact that it’s not permanent.

Take heart in this comment by Professor Mark Birch-Machin, Professor of Molecular Dermatology at the National Innovative Centre for Ageing at Newcastle University.

“The good news is that it’s temporary. Skin has a tremendous ability to bounce back and renew itself if you do the right things like eat a better diet and those measures will vastly improve your overall health and banish the perception that you have prematurely aged.”

This is true not only of your skin but also your entire body. It’s only natural that the stresses of lockdown will be reflected in our complexion and general wellbeing . However, making a few healthy lifestyle choices will see your face brighten and encourage you to take more steps in the right direction.

We talk of the chronological clock, which is our actual age, but we also have a measure in our biological clock . Our biological clock relates to how well our body is ageing. You could be 70 yet your body acts like that of a 50-year-old, or you could be 50 with a body that has a biological age of a 70 year-old. It’s remarkable how bad habits truly can make a difference.

No matter how old you look and feel right now, you can take steps to become more youthful.

Let’s start with perking up the skin:

  • Switch to a diet rich in nutrients; it’s been far too easy to munch away at calorie ladened snacks whilst binge watching a recommended TV series. Now’s the time to start adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet to enjoy a full range of nutrients.
  • The same goes for alcohol; a couple of glasses a day over the weekend, easily slipped into a nightly bottle of wine. Did you know that 29% of us agreed that we’ve drunk more alcohol during lockdown? Alcohol is one of the primary causes of weight gain, it also leads to facial broken capillaries. Top up on the amount of water you drink so you’re less inclined to consume as much booze.
  • Supplements have been a godsend during lockdown. It’s so easy to take a few capsules or top up your beauty regime with a collagen or hydration drink to look after overall health and boost our complexion.
  • Beauty sleep isn’t just a saying, getting enough sleep can actually boost your ‘youth hormone’, known  the Human Growth Hormone and promote a healthy metabolism. Get to bed early and remove all tech devices from the room for a more peaceful sleep.
  • At last, beauty clinics are open again. Even small treatments like having your eyebrows shaped and eyelashes tinted can make a huge difference to how we feel about ourselves. A face peel will brighten your skin and a whole range of facials can have you glowing as you walk out. You can check out Rejuvenated clinics here.
  • Did you commit to exercise when we first went into lockdown? If you did, you are one of the real winners of the last 6 months.  But if like most of us, you found it easy to drift from day to day, it really isn’t too late to turn back the clock. Numerous studies link exercise to healthier eating habits, they also release endorphins to give us a feeling of wellbeing.
  • Look in the mirror and smile. When we smile it acts as a trigger to the mind and body to release chemicals that include pleasant emotions(1)

 

 Discover our fast track to a Rejuvenated lifestyle to have you energised and radiating a youthful bloom in no time.

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Is Your Mask Causing Acne Break Outs? Read Our Tips for ‘Maskne’ Sufferers

Wearing a protective face mask can cause maskne

It’s important for us to wear masks to protect ourselves – and others – from the dangers of COVID-19. However, you may have found that wearing a mask has created congestion and acne break outs. This new skin condition is making the headlines here are our tips for ‘Maskne’ sufferers

The combination of stress and wearing a mask is causing problems for many of us; even if we don’t usually experience break outs.

At Rejuvenated, we’ve had an increased number of customers asking how they can deal with a flare up of acne on their chin and jaw line. And our Rejuvenated clinicians have seen a high rise in enquiries for acne related problems.

Why can wearing a mask cause acne?

Wearing a mask creates friction on the skin which can irritate hair follicles. Exhalation creates a warm damp environment which is the ideal environment for bacterial organisms to thrive. If you’re back at the gym you may have notice that exercising exasperates the problem.

Top tips to beat maskne

  • If possible, wear a cotton mask to reduce the risk of inflammation
  • Wash reusable masks regularly at 60 degrees
  • Use a gentle cleanser twice daily to keep the skin clean
  • Avoid using harsh products to dry out the acne as this may cause eczema flare ups and break down the already delicate skin barrier.
  • Don’t use heavy occlusive creams and opt for water-based products and lighter serums
  • Avoid all perfumed products
  • Avoid oil-based foundation, try a mineral make up, BB or CC cream. These have a lighter coverage and are less likely to block the pores
  • Wait 15 minutes after applying creams, make up to avoid sticking to the mask
  • Eat a diet rich in vegetables and drink lots of water(1).
  • Try skin soothing supplements, Skin perfecting Complex contains pre and probiotics with skin calming botanicals

Discover how the ingredients in Skin Perfecting Complex help to calm acne here.

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Can Drinking Electrolytes Hydrate Your Skin’s Natural Moisture Factor?

Our skin is the most incredible organ, not only does it protect us from germs and pollutants, but it also allows just enough water to enter the body when bathing. Is it possible that drinking a few electrolytes can hydrate your skin’s natural moisture to protect it from the inside out.

The cells in the outermost layer – the stratum corneum – are biologically dead but biochemically very active, containing interactive substances that help to repair and regenerate to keep the skin smooth, hydrated and healthy. These components include amino acids, peptides and minerals which together are called the Natural Moisture Factor (NMF).

What does the NATURAL MOISTURE FACTOR (NMF) do?

The NMF maintains adequate skin hydration to ensure:

  • Skin maintains its suppleness
  • Protects from damage
  • Enables enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells
  • Supports the stratum corneum barrier function

If the NMF becomes compromised, it can lead to skin inflammation such as eczema and dermatitis. The components of NMF work as powerful humectants to attract and bind water to the cells. It is so effective, that the NMF actually dissolves itself within the water it has absorbed.

How can electrolytes help to keep your skins natural moisture factor healthy?

Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity when mixed in water. Many of our cells run on electricity and once they are hydrated, they switch on a chain of reactions allowing cells to work more effectively to create energy and regulate PH levels. The minerals dissolve in the body’s fluids to support a healthy fluid balance, transfer nutrients into cells whilst also removing waste.

Why are electrolytes important to hydrate skin?

Low levels of potassium and sodium electrolytes make our skin vulnerable to dryness and dehydration. Calcium and potassium promote a strong epidermal barrier(1), promote cell regeneration and improve the fatty acid content of the skin.

As water alone can’t replenish electrolytes levels, we recommend considering an electrolyte supplement.

Together, calcium and potassium promote a strong epidermal barrier, boost cell regeneration, and improve the fatty acid content of the skin. All of these components are vital to maintaining homeostasis and managing trans epidermal water loss to promote healthy glowing skin.

Discover more about the components of the natural moisture factor here.

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Healing Your Skin from Within – The Connection Between your Gut and your ‘Glow’

Healing Your Skin from Within - The Connection Between your Gut and your 'Glow'

Common skin conditions and consistent inflammation and flare-ups including breakouts, acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea all have something in common…their root cause being connected to the health, functioning and balance of the gut! So what is the connection between skin and gut?

With 70% of the immune system located in the gut its really no surprise to learn that what you chose to fuel your body with will unsurprisingly have a direct impact on the health of your skin and how it presents itself to the outside world.

The gut is responsible for absorbing nutrients from the food you eat, excreting waste and housing both helpful and harmful bacteria. There are many factors that prevent the gut from absorbing the necessary nutrients from food and the skin, hair and nails are often the areas we notice these changes first and become most frustrated with.

So, with this in mind it’s never been more important to take a look at the food you eat and make the necessary improvements and tweaks for the health and happiness of your skin!

Giving your diet some special attention and making changes in how you nourish your body from the inside out in an effort to heal and support your gut, will have a positive impact on not just the skin on your face but the entire functioning of your digestive system. Here are a few pointers on how to get started on your journey to better skin;

Rotate your seasonal rainbow plate

An easy but important place to start! Aim to eat a wide variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds and rotate your vegetables as much as you can. This will give your system the best chance of soaking up a rich abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that different fruits and vegetables have to offer.

Chew your food

Remember that digestions starts in the mouth! Seemingly simple yet so many people don’t chew their food properly. It’s incredible how taking your time to chew your food properly and being mindful in your approach to meal times aids your body to digest and absorb the wonderful nutrients from your food. Big pieces of food make extra work for your digestive system as it takes it longer to break it down and therefore ends up sitting in your gut for longer causing issues like bloating and wind, whilst also having a negative knock-on effect on your entire system(1)

Fibre Intake

Ensuring you are eating enough fibre will help your body excrete the unwanted waste, toxins and hormones it doesn’t need anymore and will prevent it sitting in the gut for too long and then later coming out in your skin! Basically, keeping things moving in the bowel department (emptying your bowels at least once a day is the aim) by eating a variety of fibre rich foods as well as staying consistently hydrated throughout the day will help support your system and your skin.

The balance between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Bacteria

A lack of good bacteria in the gut can lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which can result in the gut walls becoming damaged (alcohol, dairy, gluten and additives are also contributing factors). This is better known as ‘leaky gut’ and can trigger many skin conditions and inflammation issues. In short, the gut is made up of lots of cells and together they form a ‘tight junction’ designed as a barrier to harmful substances entering, but bad bacteria and certain foods can damage these junction barriers causing gaps and therefore allowing harmful toxins to enter. Once they have entered into the bloodstream an immune response is triggered and the body often uses the skin as one of the quickest routes to remove them. This highlights the importance of keeping equilibrium of good and bad bacteria and making it a priority within your skin health routine by supporting your diet with probiotic rich foods including natural yogurt, kombucha, and by taking a high quality probiotic and prebiotic supplement like the Rejuvenated Immune Complex.

Thank you Jessica Shand for contributing this article to our blog page. Jessica Shand is a fully qualified Naturopathic Nutrition Advisor and certified Health Coach and specialises in holistically supporting women’s health, working from the inside-out. 

You can find out more about Jessica’s work at eatnourishandglow.com

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What is psoriasis and how can you treat it?

Psoriasis is a skin condition which looks like flaky, crusty patches of skin, often found on the elbows, knees and scalps in small spots and can itch and be very sore.

Commonly people have psoriasis from childhood and the patches can either disappear as you age or get worse as the stresses of life take hold. Psoriasis is a chronic auto-immune disease which overproduces skin cells as a protective reaction to chronic inflammation. This protective reaction can be triggered by genetic or environmental factors; such as the food you eat, products placed on the skin or stressful events.

Doctors prescribe creams and lotions that can be applied to the skin to reduce the inflammation response (the redness, pain and heat). Unfortunately, these steroid-based type creams don’t address the auto-immune response, they only treat the inflammation, not the cause of the overproduction of skin cells.

As a nutritional therapist, it is common to find psoriasis on clients who are also presenting signs of gut flora dysbiosis and high histamine reactions. Gut flora dysbiosis is when the integrity of the cells in the gut lining are persistently disrupted by chronic inflammation – similar to psoriasis but inside your gut.

[Ref] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30222202

[Ref] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23814966

Therefore it is essential to understand how the food you eat and lifestyle choices (alcohol, medications and stress) impact the auto-immune response in your gut flora, as this is the route cause of psoriasis flare-ups.  It is your body’s way of trying to tell you something is wrong on the inside.

Here are 5 simple actions you can do start to address your psoriasis.

Stomach Acid – Gut pH balance

An essential part of your gut flora is your stomach acid and is the best place to start when looking to improve gut and skin health. If your stomach acid levels are either too high or too low, this will reduce the ability to absorb any nutrients. Try taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 250ml water 30 minutes before your meals to help balance your stomach pH levels.

Cleanse Your Liver

We all know the liver is affected by alcohol, but did you know medication (paracetamol and NSAID) sugar and stress also affect the liver ability to clean out toxins presented to the body. These toxins cause inflammation within the cells and need to be removed. It sounds simple, but so many people do not drink sufficient amounts of water to support the liver function. The aim should be 35ml per kg of your body weight so if you weigh 60kg you need to be drinking at least 2 litres of just water per day (coffee and tea are extra).

Balance Blood Sugars

Balancing our hormones influences the reaction to stress and inflammation. The most effective place to start when balancing hormones is sugar (even in fruit)! Look at the glycaemic load [aim for 20 GL] of your meals and how often you eat each day. The typical approach is to keep eating every 3 hours, but does that work for you? Try just three meals per day and allow your natural sugars to balance using the Re-set supplements as you have energy in your liver and body you just need to gain access to it.

Make New Gut Bacteria.

We hear so much about probiotics.. however, have you considered pre-biotics? These are the foods that cause the gut to produce good bacteria. Rather than drinking probiotic milky drinks, which affect your blood sugars, try eating the pre-biotic foods instead such as; mushrooms, garlic, onions, leeks and cabbages. As a quick fix, you could try the Protein Smoothies.

Repair Gut Lining

If you have identified that certain foods and stress cause the flare-up on your skin then look to dampen down the fire with essential fatty acids from Omega 3; Aliol and Collagen Shots are the perfect combination of essential fatty acids, to reduce the inflammation, which will allow the cells to absorb the nutrients from the collagen shot to heal your gut lining too.

For more skin health blogs from Jen Adams visit www.jenadamsuk.com

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Problems with Rosacea and how collagen can help

Problems with rosacea and how collagen can help

It’s the time of year when redness and sore eyes become a problem, the harsh conditions of winter can play havoc on skin.

Understanding rosacea can and its sypmtoms can really help to keep it at bay. It might start as slight flushing when going from the cold outside to inside in the warm or even runny bloodshot eyes. Rosacea is a condition that can have a great influence over someone’s life and on research it seems that some 10% of the population are sufferers and what is also very apparent is the embarrassment that the symptoms rosacea causes. So many people say that it stops them going out or that they will not venture out without a mask of makeup.

It’s the time of year when redness and sore eyes become a problem; the harsh conditions of winter can play havoc on skin.

Understanding rosacea and its symptom’s can really help to keep inflammation at bay. It might start as slight flushing when going from the cold outside to inside in the warm or even runny bloodshot eyes. Rosacea is a condition that can have a great influence over someone’s life and on research it seems that some 10% of the population are sufferers, what is also very apparent is the embarrassment that the symptoms rosacea causes. Many people say that it stops them going out or that they will not venture out without a mask of makeup.

In a Gallup survey 70% of rosacea sufferers said the condition lowered their self esteem, 41% reported that they avoided social engagements and almost 70% said they felt it affected their professional life. 30% said they had even missed work during flare-ups.

The actual cause of rosacea is not fully known and there is no actual cure. However there is action that can be taken to reduce and control the signs and symptoms. Typically, the onset is noted by flushing of the cheeks and the odd broken capillary on the face. Sadly many people misconstrue that the sufferer is a heavy drinker, which very often causes embarrassment.

What are the symptoms of rosacea?

Symptoms may show themselves as any individual or a combination of the following:

  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead.
  • Small visible blood vessels on the face.
  • Bumps or pimples on the face.
  • Watery or irritated eyes.

There are varying degrees of rosacea, however these can be summarised in the following categories:

  • Sub-type 1, flushing and persistent redness, broken capillaries may be evident.
  • Sub-type 2, transient bumps and pimples accompany this persistent redness.
  • Sub-type 3, skin thickening and possible enlargement of the nose.
  • Sub-type 4, Ocular symptoms accompany, dry and burning in the eye, redness and swelling of the lids (blepharitis).

It is typical to experience symptoms across the sub-types; these symptoms may also progressively get worse so early diagnosis and treatment is of paramount importance. Several theories have been put forward as to the cause; one is that the sebaceous glands may be infected with a skin mite, Demodex folliculorum. However in skin biopsies the mite was only present in one in five rosacea sufferers.

The condition has been linked to mercury fillings and also an infection of the stomach, Helicobacter pylori. Rosacea has also been linked to problems with the immune system as it targets antibodies against certain sebaceous glands. It may be any one of these triggers or a combination of them that gives rise to the onset of rosacea. Personally I find if I eliminate sugars and yeast from my diet then my skin is much healthier.

Action plan to treat rosacea

Your doctor may recommend a low dose antibiotic (tetracycline) to reduce symptoms, there are other things that you can try. It is important thought that you consult a doctor if you start to get rosacea in your eyelids, it’s called blepharitis. My doctor hadn’t heard of the condition but looked it up. It’s characterised by itchy, red eyes a little similar to conjunctivitis. This is the only time that I have resorted to anti-biotics and have managed to control it by the following measures.

How you can help to treat rosacea right now

Use a sunscreen every day as UV light can aggravate rosacea symptoms.

Wear a mineral make up such as Jane Iredale or Bare Minerals.

Working for clearer skin:- We have plenty of wonderful skin care blogs to help you manage your skin all year round.

Rosacea before treatment Rosacea after treatment - collagen shots can help

How diet and lifestyle affects rosacea break outs

Most rosacea sufferers have dehydrated skin, drink plenty of water.

Keep your body thermostat cool, sip cold drinks and do not have excessively hot baths.

Avoid stimulants, alcohol, spicy foods, cigarettes, and caffeine. Alcohol in particular dilates the blood vessels to make them more visible.

It is vital to wear a sun block with an spf of 30 or apply a product with zinc or titanium oxide to protect the skin.

Keep a diary and make a note of any trigger factors. Dairy, yeast and sugar can be contributors to rosacea.

H3O Hydration and H3O Night Repair both contain powerful anti-inflammatory and are excellent for hydration levels.

Does collagen help rosacea?

Collagen Shots has been found to reduce the severity of rosacea as it strengthens connective tissue and acai berry is believed to increase the strength of vascular walls.

Vegan collagen booster, Skin Perfecting Complex, has been formulated to help with rosacea, acne and eczema. It has a host of skin calming ingredients to sooth and reduce irritation.

Which skin care products help rosacea?

  • Cosmedix
  • Obagi
  • Alumier MD

What treatments will help rosacea?

Light based treatments.

IPL and Laser, light from these systems targets red skin cells and blood capillaries. By exposing vascular lesions to the short pulses of light the heat coagulates the broken blood vessels which are dispersed naturally by the body.

IPL gives good reduction in general redness and can be successful with individual broken capillaries.

Laser is good at targeting individual capillaries.

Suggested equipment: Zeo Light IPL.

LED, Light Emitting Diode, not the sort that are in your average house bulbs. These lights are specially designed to create chemical reactions within the skin tissue. The great thing is they are pain free and a series or treatments can reduce redness and inflammation. Results continue to improve over a 6-month period.

Suggested equipment: Omniluxe and Dermalux.