Oily eyelids can be incredibly debilitating when trying to apply makeup to the eye area because the makeup moves and does not stay put.
But the truth is – there is no such thing as oily eyelids……… We have no sebaceous glands on our eyelids which means we cannot produce oil on them, in actual fact- your eyes are more likely to be dry and dehydrated than oily (think dark circles, makeup which disappears when you apply it, eyeliner which looks as if you have run it over corrugated iron, foundation which clumps, and folds into lines under and on your eyes – yup – they are the symptoms of dehydrated skin)
But if you suffer from what looks and seems like oily eye lids and sockets – it could be caused because of the following issues;
Your eyes are severely dehydrated due to you using drying cleansers for your oily skin, and not replacing the moisture to your face or eyes – so the skin pumps out oil which ends up all over your eyelids.
Your eyes are so dehydrated that the skin absorbs the makeup on your eyes, trying to absorb any moisture from it – which makes you think you have oily eyes because the makeup has disappeared.
You are carrying too much weight – so your body runs hot, and therefore your eye area also runs hot meaning your makeup melts off.
You could also just be someone who runs hot – so this will cause the makeup to melt off.
Your eye-cream is too rich, or has been applied to heavily, or is not suited to your skin needs – this will also cause milia (white heads) – and another reason for milia is because:
You have not been removing your eye-makeup effectively causing makeup, bacteria and dirt to build up over your eyelids and your skin in desperation to protect itself from this dirt onslaught – pushes out more oil around your eye area in an attempt to move the inflammatory makeup which it thinks can cause you blindness.
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Did you know your face is like a road map? It can tell me exactly what is wrong with you? And what is causing your skin condition.
Deep seated lines, acne, redness,eczema or rosacea on your face, all tell me what you need to change in your diet and lifestyle, or if you have hormonal imbalances. I once even recommended that someone see their doctor as I thought they might have heart issues when suddenly a large red spot turned up on their faces. They went straight away - turned out they were having a heart attack!
One thing this face map does not show is along the jawline and down the neck.
This area represents your lymphatics - it means your body is not effectively detoxing itself.
This is actually a easy fix - get sweating for 15 - 20 minutes per day - walking, running, swimming, jumping on the trampoline - or even standing on a vibration plate if you have injuries or are too lazy.
Let me help you fix your skin, by diagnosing your skin issues - either via Skype or Facetime!
For more information - go to my beautiful skin consultation page on my website to find out more!
Skincare products containing Stem Cells tout miraculous skin regeneration solutions– but do they actually work?
A stem cell can be developed in any kind of cell of the body.
In the epidermis of the skin specifically there are so-called epidermal stem cells located in the basal layer of the epidermis, sebaceous gland and hair follicle bulge region. They are essential for skin repair and regeneration. However, they are highly sensitive to external factors.
In medicine, however, human stem cells are harvested from our own tissues and grown in special cultures and then used -injected into the body tissues.
But in skincare, these cells are not human, they originate from plants. They are taken from the stem of the plant which means that the word stem cells is technically correct in so saying,– but it is not the same as stem cells in the human body.
The extracts from the cells are obtained from the extraction of the plant cells using a process of high-pressure homogenisation. This means that these actual plant cells are dead cells! They in actual fact are no more active than natural plant extracts.
There are now skincare products out there which contain non embryonic stem cells, which are harvested from human cells.
But there is a high chance of stem cell rejection, which is why doctors use our own stem cells.
My question to anyone who raves about their amazing stem cell cream – why do you want to look like a carrot?
So, you have gone vegan – for all of the right reasons – to protect animals and our planet.
Or you have chosen to only use cruelty-free because you don’t want to use something tested on an animal – you know humans are better guinea pigs!
You will be then be horrified to know that your vegan skincare and makeup could possibly still be tested on animals, and could still contain toxic ingredients.
So, what is the difference between vegan, natural and cruelty-free?
Cruelty-free is not tested on animals but still can contain animal ingredients and unhealthy ingredients.
Vegan means it does not contain animal ingredients, but it can still be tested on animals, and contain unhealthy ingredients.
Natural means that it does not contain any chemicals, but it can still contain animal-based ingredients and be tested on animals – plus – many companies say that they are natural, but they are loaded full of chemicals.
So how as a consumer are you to know if a product is actually vegan, natural and cruelty-free?
Look at the labelling – if you want cruelty-free vegan you need to ensure a product says its vegan and cruelty-free.
If you want cruelty-free then look for that label.
Want natural – the product should say 100% natural, and if it is organic, vegan and or cruelty-free.
Did you know that cucumbers are not only good for soothing and calming your eyes – but that they are amazing for so many other beauty treatments?
Cucumber oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols which improve skin elasticity and enhance cell regeneration. .
Organic Cucumber oil contains about 14 to 20% of oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid and 60 to 68% of omega-3-linoleic acid. .
It also contains potassium, silicon, cucurbitacin’s, and certain fatty acids like 9, 12, 15-Octadecatrienoic acid and 9, 12- Octadecadienoic acid. .
Cucumber oil is used in skincare as it contains antioxidants and is anti-rheumatic. It is also rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous, and anti- dandruff. .
It is rich in Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C along with magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, iron and folic acid. .
Its high content in omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols improves skin elasticity and enhances cell regeneration. .
Basically, there is not much this oil cannot help with!
Question is – how do you get your hands on it? You will find it in quite a few soothing and calming skincare products – but you can use the cucumber directly to your face by making a super soothing and active face mask.
Chop up a cucumber skin and all, and place it in resilient glass jar or deep bowl with 2 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel.
Using a bar mix otherwise known as an immersion blender – blend it to a somewhat lumpy (the pips) gel like paste and apply to your face, neck and décolletage as a face mask.
You can keep the remaining product in the fridge for up to 3 days in a sealed container on the top shelf – but I recommend that you use it for 10- 20 minutes daily if your skin needs it.
Great for all skins – but exceptionally good for acne, sensitive or inflamed skin (or sunburnt skin……..did you really apply sunscreen? Fess up!!! 😄)
Collagen supplementation sales are expected to go through the roof this year – but are they just covering up an underlying nutritional problem?
Also, bioavailability – your body’s ability to use a nutrient, can it absorb the collagen supplement as well as it could collagen from plant sources? Especially natural farmers market veggies or organic?
Eating collagen-rich foods or foods that boost collagen production may also help create the building blocks (amino acids) you need for your skin goals, plus supply you with all of the other vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay, look and feel young.
There are a few major reasons why eating a vegetarian or vegan diet can enhance the collagen production in your skin, firstly vegetable and fruit sources are more readily digested and absorbed by the body, but also, red meat, pork and dairy are all inflammatory – which along with sugar and refined carbs, break down collagen levels in the skin and body.
Leafy greens are not only high in antioxidants – but they also are high in chlorophyll which has been found to increase collagen levels in the skin, as well as remove ageing toxins from your body.
Beans are high in amino acids which are building blocks for collagen growth.
Cashews are high in zinc and copper which stimulate collagen production– many vegan cheeses are made from cashews.
Vegetarians eat a lot of eggs - egg whites have a high level of proline – which is incredibly important for collagen production.
Vitamin C plays a major role in the body’s precursor to collagen. .
It is found in all citrus fruits – but also in berries. Ounce for ounce, strawberries actually provide more vitamin C than oranges.
1 tomato can provide up to almost 30 percent of vitamin C as well as large amounts of lycopene.
Bell peppers contain capsaicin, a potent anti-inflammatory which slows ageing.
What foods do you find improve your skin? Please let me know below!