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Ageing & Pigmentation With Naturopath Bridget Carmady

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We have a new Australian made skincare range Clemence Organics in store. Founded by qualified naturopath Bridget Carmady. 

Bridget started her career in complementary medicine research, before running a naturopathic clinic, where she used nutrition, supplements, herbal medicine and lifestyle changes to remedy people’s health issues.

Clemence organics is about using naturopathic principles to create nourishing, non-toxic skincare, plus a commitment to the planet’s health, through recyclable packaging and ingredients which are not harmful to the environment.

"The role that skincare plays in health may seem small and insignificant for some, but when the body absorbs around 80% of what we put on it, I don’t feel we can take it too lightly. I know for me, having full confidence in what I put on my skin (and therefore in my body) makes me feel that I have at least taken control of that aspect of my health" Bridget 

We asked Bridget about her naturopathic view on something many of us women are concerned about. Ageing and pigmentation. Let's hear what she had to say:

Skin Care

You want to keep your skin clean and remove excess oil, without stripping it and upsetting the natural sebum balance. To do this, cleanse with a natural cream cleanser, like our Refining Cleanser, 1-2 times daily. Here's a tip to remember with cream cleansers, they are best applied to DRY skin and then wiped off with a moist cloth. A wet face will discourage the cream cleanser from adhering and doing its job due to simple chemistry - oil and water don't mix!

It’s important to keep pH levels in check. After cleansing, spritz with our Tone + Hydrate Spritz to gently astringe the skin, balance pH levels and soothe any redness. 3. Serums are a must! Serums are concentrated formulas which even when applied in small amounts deliver big results.

A good organic serum should contain rosehip oil because of its potent rejuvenative and anti-ageing properties. These benefits are due to a combination of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, as well as high levels of vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A in particular in indicated for scarred and ageing skin due its ability to convert to the highly prized retinol. Our Repair Face Serum is perfect. 

Your moisturiser should contain more of those important ingredients (as mentioned in the serum above) PLUS hyaluronic acid to help maintain moisture in the skin all day long. Try Ultimate Face Cream for super hydrated and ‘plumped’ skin.

Most people know exfoliation is the key to smooth skin, but it is also the key to keeping skin clear and youthful. Exfoliation increases micro-circulation, speeding up skin renewal, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also lighten and brighten age and sun spots, as well as decrease blackheads and acne risk. Chemical exfoliants only do part of this job, so stick to natural exfoliants which both stimulate and smooth. Choose one which contains small exfoliating granules (no microbeads) and steer away from the old-school apricot kernel variety as it can damage skin. Our 2 in 1: Face Scrub + Mask ticks all the boxes.

Diet

Choose a Mediterranean-style diet + probiotics. The Mediterranean diet gives great skin because it is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory. These effects are due to the diet being rich in whole grains, low in refined sugar, containing omega 3s (e.g. avocado, olive oils, fatty fish) and being generally plant based. This is backed up by a recent study published in 2016 which showed that people who ate a mostly plant based diet had much healthier and younger looking skin than people who didn’t. Probiotics should also be added to your diet (e.g. kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchee, yoghurt, supplements). Good gut flora can help improve the absorption of key nutrients necessary for healthy skin, including zinc and vitamins A, C, D and E. 

Sleep more + reduce stress. When we sleep our bodies go into repair mode, part of which involves making collagen, a building block of our skin. (Collagen helps to smooth out fine lines and makes your skin appear plump.) If you’re not getting enough sleep then you are making less collagen, so try to get around 8 hours every night. Stress can also affect your skin’s collagen production. The key stress hormone, cortisol, has an inflammatory effect which can affect the skin’s ability to retain moisture and produce collagen. Increased cortisol levels also lead to a decrease in the blood and nutrients sent to our skin, leading to dryness and a loss of lustre in the skin. To reduce stress, use daily stress management practices e.g. yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises. 

Move your body. The best example that I have seen demonstrating the effect that exercise can have on the skin came from a story ABC’s Catalyst aired in 2015. They ran a small study on a group of 65 year olds who lived a sedentary lifestyle. They took biopsies from their buttocks (to take out the effect of sun on their skin) and got them exercising for 3 months. At the end of the 3 months they took fresh biopsies and the effect that exercise had on their skin was dramatic. The dermal layer of their skin (the layer which contains all the collagen and elastin) had greatly increased, so much so that it was virtually indistinguishable from that of 20-30 year olds. To get similar results for your skin, include at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily (e.g. walking, swimming)

Lifestyle

Reduce your sun exposure. In Australia in particular, the sun is the biggest cause of premature aging (fine lines, wrinkles etc.). It also causes pigmentation and skin cancers. Sun exposure is important as it allows your body to naturally produce vitamin D, essential for immune health. It also makes you feel good by boosting your endorphin levels. To maintain a ‘happy’ balance, keep your sun exposure to a minimum (15-30 minutes a day) and stay out of it altogether in the middle of day when the UV rating is peaking. 

Seasons change, so should your skincare routine. Many people have a routine and they stick to it. But does your skin have the same requirements in summer as it does in winter? The answer is NO. In summer the air is warmer and humidity higher, which causes your skin to sweat and oil glands to be more active. So that your skin doesn’t clog up and become greasy, it’s important to reduce the amount of serum and cream you put on your skin. Whereas in winter, the air is cooler which causes your skin to produce less natural oils and become dry. This is when maximum moisture is necessary. The same rules apply for the climate you live in and the climate you work in. By making small adjustments as the thermometer changes, keeps your skin in a happy place.

Keep the air around you clean. The air we live and breathe is vital for our survival but what we put in it can affect our bodies and, in particular, the barrier that is our skin. General pollutants in the air (e.g. coal dust, cigarette smoke) trigger oxidative damage in our skin which can contribute to skin aging. Other chemicals which we spray around and on our bodies (e.g. perfumes, deodorants) can have a more direct effect on the skin causing dermatitis and allergic reactions. Perfumes have also been linked to short-term problems like headaches and asthma, and long-term ones like hormone disruption and cancer. If you do want to add fragrance to your life, go natural (essential oils, natural perfumes).

 

Clemence Organics has been featured in many publications including:

Vogue Australia - September 2017 

The Beauty Bible - August 2017

Women's Fitness - August 2017

Women's Health & Fitness June 2017

Appearance on Channel 10's Studio 10

and many more...

View the entire Clemence Organics range here

 

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