Skin through the ages – skin in your Fifties.

Reaching life’s half-century mark is certainly a major accomplishment, but as with any age, it is not all smooth sailing! Turning 50 brings with it a whole host of changes to our body & the way it functions.

In fact, the changes you will see in your skin are as far from smooth as you could imagine!

The resilient and youthful skin you have enjoyed throughout decades before generally becomes unrecognisable as it becomes thinner and less tight. Following through from the changes in your 40s, your skin will now be continuing to thin, dry, and sag during your 50s.

You may also notice that your skin becomes more sensitive and irritated as you enter your 50s. These changes are brought on by Mother Nature’s wonderous phenomenon of menopause. Skin conditions such as Rosacea are prone to presenting themselves during these years.

It is important that you keep your skin hydrated and more nourished throughout your 50s to combat these symptoms.

The eye area already holds the thinnest skin on our bodies, so naturally with the thinning of skin in your 50s comes more prominent and deeper wrinkles in this area. Both reduced collagen and elastin production can cause the body’s thinner skin to drape around the eyes, meaning now is the perfect time to introduce a nourishing eye cream, if you have not already!

Your 50s is also time to bid farewell to the radiant skin you have become familiar with over time. You are likely to begin experiencing menopause in your early 50s, with testosterone production increasing and taking over the production of estrogen. This of course reduces collagen & moisture in your skin, and that glow we all love will begin to vanish.


As if the changes inside our bodies weren’t enough to change during this stage, the environment plays its part also! Environmental pollution is of course never good for our skin, but you are likely going to start seeing more pronounced effects as you age. The loss of elasticity in your skin in your 50s can lead to more noticeably large pores, which can be made worse with environmental pollutants leading to clogging and inflammation.

Reaching that milestone of life’s half-century isn’t sounding so glamorous now, is it?! Don’t be alarmed, The Clinic is here to support you through!

We recommend if you are in or entering your 50s the below to combat all those wonderful changes –

Reaching that milestone of life’s half-century isn’t sounding so glamorous now, is it?!

Don’t be alarmed, The Clinic is here to support you through!

We recommend if you are in or entering your 50s the below to combat all those wonderful changes –

  • Introducing more nourishing facials to restore balance and provide more hydration to your aging and stressed-out skin. Our favourite is Soin Lissant by Biologique Recherche, an anti-stress beauty care treatment comprised of a lotion and a powder leaving the skin smooth and soft.
  • Skin tightening treatments such as Skin Needling and Nano-Fractional Resurfacing can be fantastic additions to keep your skin tighter and plumper. Also, our newest addition to treatments at The Clinic, the Diamond Polar is like a warm facial massage! This treatment when performed weekly for 12 weeks will give you 12-18mths of firmer skin. Results are noticeable directly after each treatment.
  • Introduction of an eye cream can help combat those more noticeable wrinkles in the thinner skin around your eyes – Creme Biofixine by Biologique Recherche and Eye Web by DMK limited are two of our most effective.
  • Want to retain some of that radiance in your skin? We can’t look past Soin Lissant by Biologique Recherche, once again, top tip – apply this with the cold masque by Biologique Recherche for the most dynamic duo of radiance-inducing products! In-clinic treatments are always our go-to for optimum skin health, and the Muscle banding enzyme therapy by DMK is one of our all-time favourites for boosting radiance.
  • We can’t stop pollutants in the air, but we can certainly point you in the direction of some products that will help build the barrier function in your skin! Serum Oligo Proteins from Biologique Recherche is packed with antioxidants to work with your skin for building that barrier. The combination of Creme VIP 02 and Fluide VIP O2 also from Biologique Recherche both draw oxygen molecules into the epidermis to feed, brighten and stimulate skin cells for a more energised and radiant appearance!

If you are looking to reboot your skin health, contact us or book in a skin consultation. Our team of skilled clinicians are here to do our thing for your skin with advice on the best course of treatments and products to help you achieve the skin you deserve at any age!

Skin through the ages – skin in your forties

Turning 40. A birthday many of us try to hide from and cannot quite accept has come around so quickly!

Just as our style and tastes change over time, so does our complexion, and most importantly its genetic makeup. As you all likely know by now, our skin is ruled by hormonal changes, and with age comes many alterations to hormones, and ultimately our skin.

Hormonal aging is characterised by significant changes in the secretion of ovarian steroids, usually coinciding with the onset of Perimenopause. This is the marking of the end of reproductive years and the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause.

Contrary to popular belief, during this phase your estrogen does not plummet, that is yet to happen – just you wait until post-menopause!

It is in fact, the hormone progesterone that starts to dramatically decline, while your estrogen levels go through more of a roller coaster ride – from tripling to dropping and every level in between.

Staying skin-specific, these dramatic and ever-changing hormonal fluctuations can see an onset of adult acne, rosacea, increased skin sensitivity, peri-oral dermatitis, dryness of the skin, and an overall feeling of heat (oh hot flushes, how we dread you!)

As the skin aging process continues and volume loss in the skin is a lot more prominent an increase in skin dryness and decrease in thickness begins to become apparent, but this is just the beginning of what will later be one of your bigger skin concerns post-menopausal.

To combat these changes if you are in or entering your forties you should…

  1. Prescribe to regular in-clinic treatments to address the skin changes being faced, and the only way you can significantly increase collagen and elastin production. Some of our favourite treatments to help with this are – Nano-fractional RF Skin Resurfacing, Skin needling using R.A.S. Infusion and Laser Facials. 
  2. Increase the use of active ingredients in your skincare, such as vitamin B3, C, A, and E. Here are our most efficient products to deliver these – Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50, Serum 3R, the Mystiq Intense C Booster C15 from Lira Clinical, and their brand new CBD oil booster, & Serum 24 by Cosmedix.
  3. Almost the most important element, you should also include hydrating products such as Hyaluronic acid. In particular, we love the Hydrating Booster from PCA and Serum Yall02 by Biologique Recherche. For lipid depleted skin (oil dry) we recommend the ultra-luxurious Vintners Daughter Botanical Serum, Seba E from DMK, and the Beauty Oil by Lira Clinical.
  4. Include supplements with Essential Fatty Acids, Glutathione, Zinc, magnesium and collagen & consider adrenal support supplements. Our favourite combination to deliver these is our Ultimate 1.0 – collagen and EFA’s from DMK daily.  For an even better boost, we recommend our Superfeast range, in particular, Ashwahganda or Reishi for adrenal support and Chaga Mushroom for added zinc and magnesium.
  5. Ensure your gut and liver are well functioning – this will be one of the keys to fewer menopausal symptoms. Caras favourite for this is by doing a Digestive Tune-Up using Regul8 Maintain a probiotic with lactoferrin, Regul8 Restore for the gut lining & Regul8 Maintain for the protection of the probiotic cultures in the digestive tract. And for the further benefit we recommend taking Masons Mushies – an all-rounder from Superfeast, MSM for the liver from Superfeast and eat plenty of steamed cruciferous veggies! (think cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts)
  6. Keep refined sugar and alcohol to a minimum. Their effects on collagen production are enormous and as we enter our 40s anything we can do to reduce the degradation of this should be considered!

If you would like to have your skin reviewed by us please book a consultation here.

Signs of a sluggish Immune System

I’m sure you’ve heard of your immune system. But how much do you know about it?

It’s essential to understand how important the immune system is and in which manner it protects us from disease and infection. The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defends the body against infectious organisms and other invaders through a process called the immune response. The immune system actively fights foreign pathogens that invade the body and cause disease. Five essential bodily functions occur throughout the body, which are components of the immune system:

The Five Key elements of the immune system:

Lymphatic system: The lymphatic system is a network of lymph nodes and vessels that function by eliminating toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The lymphatic system transports fluid containing white blood cells (lymphocytes) which are deployed to destroy the pathogens.

White blood cells (lymphocytes such as B and T cells): White blood cells protect your body from infection by moving through blood and tissue, looking for foreign microbes.

Spleen: The spleen filters blood by excreting old or damaged red blood cells or platelets. The spleen also produces antibodies and lymphocytes.

Bone marrow: Bone marrow is the soft tissue found inside your bones which produces red and white blood cells along with platelets and yellow marrow.

Tonsils and the thymus: Produce antibodies to attack foreign invaders.

What happens during an immune response?

When the white blood cells come into contact with foreign antigens, an immune alarm goes off, setting off a chain reaction of cellular activity in the immune system. The bodies first line of defence is made up of innate cells including macrophage, neutrophils, basophils and dendric cells. These cells respond quickly to foreign cells to fight infection, battle a virus or defend the body against bacteria.

When the first line of defence is not able to destroy the pathogen, the body utilises T and B lymphocytes.

Although antibodies can recognise an antigen and lock onto it, they need the help of the T-cell to destroy it. There are two main types of T-cells. Helper T-cells and killer T-cells.

Helper T-cells send a chemical message to B-cells to produce antibodies and help killer cells develop. Killer T-cells destroy antigens tagged by antibodies. B- cells fight bacteria and viruses by making Y-shaped proteins called antibodies, which attach to each pathogen. The antibodies remain in a person’s body so when the T-cells recognise the same antigen it can destroy the microbe before it can multiply and make you sick. That’s why someone who gets infected with a disease, like chickenpox won’t get sick from it again.

What are the symptoms of a compromised immune system?

Feeling sick, tired, and other nagging symptoms can often mean you have a weakened immune system.

There are some common warning signs.

  1. You always have a cold or infection
  • main symptom of a compromised immune system is susceptibility to infection.
  • Normal for adults to get around 2-3 cold per year. Most people feel completely recovered after ten days. It takes four days for the immune system to develop antibodies and fight off germs. Continuously catching colds or not being able to get rid of a cold is a clear sign your immune system is struggling to keep up.
  1. You experience frequent gut problems
  • 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Your gut contains bacteria and microorganisms that defend your gut from infection and support the immune system. If you experience frequent diarrhoea, gas or constipation that could mean your microflora is unbalanced, therefore lowering your immunity.
  1. Your wounds heal slowly
  • you get a cut, scrape or burn your body works to heal and protect the wound by sending nutrient-rich blood to the injury to help regenerate new skin.
  • A wound to heal correctly healthy immune cells are required. If your immune system is compromised, your skin will not be able to regenerate, and your injuries will have a longer healing time.
  1. You feel tired all the time
  • you know you are getting enough sleep, but you still feel run down and tire it’s usually a sign your immune system is trying to tell you something. When your immune system is struggling so is your energy levels.
  • of the factors that affect immune function include:
  • Lack of sleep
  • Smoking & Alcohol
  • Poor diet
  • Sugar
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Exposure to certain germs

All of the above factors affect gut health and compromised gut health lowers immune function. It begins and ends in the gut. Boosting your gut health is the primary factor in boosting your immune system. It’s best to start by eliminating irritants including processed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and fermented foods. Include herbal support in the form of medicinal mushrooms. Specific immune-boosting mushrooms are Reishi, Turkey Tail, Chaga and Lions Mane. Include immune-boosting supplements like Vitamin C, D, Zinc and Omega 3’s. Omega 3 also provides secondary benefits to brain and cardiovascular function.

Other necessary steps to ensure are adequate sleep, proper stress management, exercise and skincare that supports the skin microbiome. Avoid stripping and over-cleansing your skin.

It’s the small changes that count. Do what you can, what feels right, and your immune system and skin will thank you later.

Written: By Gabby Wills

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The Importance of the Sunshine Vitamin

The “sunshine” vitamin is a hot topic that attracted ample attention over the past decades, specially that a considerable proportion of the worldwide population are deficient in this essential nutrient. Vitamin D was primarily acknowledged for its importance in bone formation, however; increasing evidence point to its interference with the proper function of nearly every tissue in our bodies including brain, heart, muscles, immune system and skin. Thereby its deficiency has been incriminated in a long panel of diseases including cancers, autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular and neurological disorders. Its involvement in the contributing causes of different skin diseases is no exception and has been the subject of much research over the recent years.

It is somewhat ironic that vitamin D, through a historical accident, became classified as a ‘vitamin’, owing to the fact that vitamin is conventionally defined as ‘essential item needed in the diet’. The paradox with ‘vitamin D’ is that diet per se is usually poor in vitamin D except for cod or other fish oils or food fortified with this vitamin.

Vitamin D is actually a fat-soluble prohormone steroid that has endocrine, paracrine and autocrine function.  The endocrine effects of vitamin D are mainly involved in serum calcium homeostasis. Vitamin D and calcium are often used in the same sentence because they work closely together, vitamin D’s primary role is to control the levels of calcium found in the bloodstream by constantly allowing calcium and phosphate absorption from the intestine or taking calcium from bones.

Sources of vitamin D

There are only 3 known sources of vitamin D; sunlight, diet, and vitamin D supplements. Insert diagram

There are several ways that being vitamin D deficient might impact your skin.

Healthy levels of vitamin D have been demonstrated to prevent skin ageing. Skin ageing can be demonstrated molecularly, by the shortening of telomeres, the caps of genetic material on the free ends of DNA strands. These telomeres shorten with age, rendering the DNA more and more unstable, until the cell dies. A 2007 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that telomeres were “significantly longer in patients with the highest serum vitamin D levels, compared to those with the lowest … equivalent to five years of aging.”

Vitamin D is crucial for skin protection. Further, calcitriol (the active form of vitamin D) helps in skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism as well as prevents skin aging. But too much sun leads to accelerated skin ageing, ultraviolet light (sun light) does cause direct DNA damage, skin injury and skin cancers. Hence, sunlight is not the best way to get your vitamin D.

Other ways Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the health of your skin are:

  1. Can help prevent chronic inflammation and regulate the immune system
  2. Influences genes that ensure skin cells die, shed, and don’t clog pores
  3. Increases the absorption & utilization of magnesium, phosphate, vitamin K2, and other nutrients
  4. Plays a role in insulin secretion (too much insulin can be a nightmare for acne).
  5. Some studies have found that vitamin D can help treat skin conditions like dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema.
  6. People over the age of 50 have less ability to synthesize vitamin D from sunlight and are at a greater risk of osteoporosis and arthritis, fractures, muscle weakness, and cancers.
  7. Deficiency in vitamin D is a real problem for acne – a recent study found that 95% of people with acne were deficient in vitamin D. It’s hard to understate the importance of vitamin D when it comes to acne.

Testing for Vitamin D deficiency involves a simple blood test. The lab should measure the level of bioavailable vitamin D, which is D3 (the type that the skin makes). There is a range of normal, low normal, moderate and severe deficiency.
Aside from vitamin D supplements that your doctor and or dietician or naturopath can recommend,  a diet rich in vitamin D is the best place to start. TIP: Taking vitamin D3 with a fat can increase absorption by up to 32%. Taking the DMK EFA’s with the Vitamin D3 will do the trick.

Vitamin D supplements may help with many skin conditions, including dry, itchy skin, psoriasis and acne

Researchers are establishing a firmer link between vitamin D levels and acne. Acne (clinically known as acne vulgaris) is a skin condition where your pores become blocked or clogged, causing red bumps or blackheads to form on your skin. Acne can be caused by changes in hormone levels, bacteria, oils, and more. If you have acne, a vitamin D deficiency may be part of what’s causing symptoms or making them worse.

Is vitamin D deficiency a risk factor for acne?

In 2006Trusted Source, researchers estimated that over 41 percent of the U.S. population was deficient in the hormone called vitamin D. Vitamin D is not listed as an official risk factor for acne, according to the Mayo Clinic. But researchersTrusted Source are starting to explore how vitamin D regulates the immune system. This immune system link might explain the relationship between vitamin D levels and skin health.

In a 2014 studyTrusted Source, people who had nodulocystic acne were at risk for more severe symptoms if they had low levels of vitamin D. In another studyTrusted Source, people with acne experienced significantly improved symptoms when they took oral vitamin D supplements.

Benefits of using vitamin D for acne

Vitamin D has antimicrobial properties. If the acne you have is caused by bacterial overgrowth, using topical vitamin D might calm your symptoms. More studies are needed to confirm how this could work.

Vitamin D also has an anti-inflammatory property. Having adequate levels of vitamin D in your system may help addressTrusted Source the inflammatory symptoms of acne. Taking vitamin D supplements could also be an alternative way of treating recurrent acne that appears red and inflamed.

How to use vitamin D for acne?

If you’re deficient in vitamin D, sitting out in the sun won’t fix your acne. Doctors agree that prolonged exposure to sunshine is not the best way to get vitamin D. Exposure to the sun without using a protective sunscreen can put you at risk for skin cancer. Taking dietary supplements and consuming foods rich in vitamin D are the best ways to increase your vitamin D levels to help treat acne.

There are few foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Dairy products, like milk and cheese, are a great source of the vitamin, but have been found in some studiesTrusted Source to make acne symptoms worse. If you’re lactose intolerant, you may already be considering taking a vitamin D supplement. People who don’t consume milk regularly are at a higher riskTrusted Source of being deficient in vitamin D.

If you do use a vitamin D oral supplement, keep an eye on the dosage. Make sure that other supplements you’re taking, such as a calcium supplement or prenatal vitamin, aren’t putting you over the recommended amount of 100 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin D per day. And since vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, it can build up in your system. Vitamin D supplements are best taken with a meal.

Topical application of vitamin D3 has been foundTrusted Source to be an efficient way to get vitamin D levels up with fewer side effects than oral supplements, but more research is needed.

Potential side effects and risks

Taking too much vitamin D can result in serious side effects. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has set a limit of 100 mcg per day of vitamin D for men and women who are not pregnant or nursing.

The most common side effect of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood, called hypercalcemia. Hypercalcelmia can cause nausea and vomiting. Taking too much vitamin D over time can result in heart arrhythmias, tissue calcification, kidney stones, and organ damage.

Vitamin D levels can also be decreased when taking corticosteroid medication.

If you have recurrent acne that hasn’t resolved with other kinds of treatment, you may have a vitamin D deficiency. So have your serum levels checked.


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Chinese Medicine’s Answer to Radiant Skin

According to the Taoist traditions, our skin is an extension of the Lung channel, so when we experience an excess of blemishes, eruptions, psoriasis etc, a part of these issues are correlated to a deficiency in lung Qi. Common skin issues like acne, eczema, dermatitis & psoriasis relate to heat in the Lung channel, weak Lung Qi & dampness in the body. Plus we know day-to-day stress weakens our immunity & diverts Qi to our sympathetic nervous system; we don’t want this.

How To Get Radiant Skin?

◇ Diet ◇

Be mindful of food allergies or sensitivities & focus on an anti-inflammatory diet, by removing dampening foods (gluten, dairy, salicylates, amines/histamines, cheap oils & the four whites – sugar, wheat, dairy & processed salt).

◇ Lungs ◇

As the Lung organ system governs the skin, toning the lungs is key. Lung Qi tonics & breathing exercises can profoundly benefit the skin. & think about this: our lungs are one of our major defences against the outside world (namely pathogens & bacteria). When our immunity is deficient, what often happens?! Breakouts! Dryness! Plus, our lungs control our skin respiration; this includes controlling the pores & sweat glands. To tone & support lung function, we love Astragalus, Tremella & Schizandra. Please contact us or visit the clinic to purchase.

◇ Gut Health ◇

Is always connected to any skin issues, especially if you are suffering from leaky gut. As we have discussed, when we have low immunity (the gut houses our immunity), our skin shows it. You must focus on supporting & nourishing your gut microbiome. Aloe vera, bone broths, collagen & chlorophyll-rich juices are all your gut’s best friend. We love Mason’s Mushrooms. Please contact us or visit the clinic to purchase.

◇ Stress ◇

Will absolutely trigger eczema & psoriasis. Burnout & exhaustion shows up on your skin. So please rest, intuit into your needs. Take space. Meditate. Connect to spirit. We love Reishi. Please contact or visit the clinic to purchase.

◇ Love Your Liver ◇

If there is a toxic load present & your liver is under pressure, skin issues are more likely to arise. We love Beauty Blend, MSM & Schizandra. Please contact us or visit the clinic to purchase.

◇ Toxicity ◇

There are so many toxic factors that can contribute to the health of your skin. Synthetic chemicals are known endocrine disruptors, so it’s really important to consider your relationship to plastics, what products you use in your beauty regime, do you handle receipts often etc. Eliminating toxicity from both your diet & lifestyle, is really key. We love EstroBlock to help remove toxic estrogens from the body.

 ◇ Hormones ◇

Sex hormone imbalance can often be one of the core factors with skin issues. By toning the liver, by toning your gut & by being mindful of stress you are already supporting the health of your sex hormones. All the previous herbs suggested above have endocrine supporting properties (through their toning of the gut & liver) however if this is a real focus for you. We love Beauty Blend & JING. Please contact us or visit the clinic to purchase.

On some parts of the body, like the face, we can see patterns & associations relating to core dysfunction. The ancients mapped out these associations & you can use this map to consider organ function issues you may be experiencing. Consider where you experience eruptions, dryness or irritations. Every human is individual, just like we have skeletal variations, there are facial meridian variations & so you may see slightly different maps.

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