Although South Africa is a beautiful place to live, city-living has its challenges. We’re often rushing about and stuck in traffic. We also have to deal with confined living and office spaces, pollution and toxins in the air, not to mention eating on the run! How do these factors affect your wellbeing and what are the changes you can make to your lifestyle to bring about a healthier and more vibrant “you”?
PROTECTION AND PRECAUTION
A large component of pollution damage is caused by what we know as ‘free radicals’. Free radicals are incomplete chemical compounds which float around in the air, they land on your skin and set off a process known as oxidation.
It is through oxidation that the collagen and elastin fibres in our skin start to break down resulting in premature ageing, lines and wrinkles.
A good skincare range to protect your skin is vital, ensure you hydrate using a day cream which acts as a barrier cream and also contains a high-quality SPF. Regular skin peels will help to unclog the pores, refine the skin’s texture giving you that summer glow. Always consult a skincare therapist (like the therapists at the very reputable Skin Renewal) to see which medical skin peel is best suited to you.
You can also try these organic products at home (click the link to shop):
Hydrate & Protect
Rich in resveratrol, which is clinically proven to help fight free radicals.
Esse Defence Moisturiser+, R1550
Gives daytime protection from pollutants. Prebiotic and probiotic ingredients improve barrier function.
Exfoliates to even skin tone and texture with organic alpha hydroxy acids of malic acid from organic green apples.
Deeply penetrates to remove impurities. Great for pigmentation and acne blemishes.
SUGAR CAN AGE YOU!
Junk food and convenience food are loaded with preservatives and, more importantly, sugar. Too much sugar in your system results in a process is known as glycation.
Glycation takes place when the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to the proteins and results in the formation of harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products or very appropriately shortened to AGE! The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop. AGEs have a domino-like action in the skin and they start to damage the adjacent proteins causing premature ageing of the skin and body.
The solution? Reduce your sugar intake, avoid processed sauces and foods, and rather opt for the nutrient and antioxidant packed fresh fruit and vegetables. If you experience breakouts, you may want to consider a consultation with a doctor, this will determine if there is a deeper-seated health concern stemming from the gut.
Your gut can benefit from a good probiotic supplement like these (click the link to shop):
Metagenics UltraFlora Acute Care, R579 (30 vegetarian capsules)
Solal Probiotic Maximum Potency, normally R354.95. Currently on special for R299.95 (60 Capsules).
FEEL THE SUN, BREATHE THE AIR
Living in the city means that we often work in office blocks or live in smaller homes. These spaces have limited natural light and air flow, which means that you could be getting inadequate oxygen and sunlight.
Without sufficient oxygen, our body processes slow down, we feel tired and our skin looks sluggish. Without enough Vitamin D (which is manufactured in the body from sunlight) we could start to feel depressed, anxious and claustrophobic.
A doctor can do a series of health screens to help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression and any inadequate nutrition. A few supplements such as Vitamin D3 can fill the gap, leaving you feeling lighter, happier and able to cope with your daily stresses once again.
Suggested Vitamin D supplements (NB. adhere to prescribed dosages or ask your doctor) :
Viridian Organic Vitamin D 400iu, R295.00 (60 vegetarian capsules)
Foodstate Vitamin D3 Complex, R139.95 (60 tablets)