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Why Peptides and Collagen are Good for Your Skin

Fine lines, sagging skin, and lackluster texture are all common complexion concerns and you can spend a lot of time—and money—trying to find the magic product to cure all those ills. You can make that search a lot easier if you invest in skin care that contains peptides and collagen. Both of them are instrumental in maintaining the look of healthy, vibrant skin and should be a part of your daily beauty routine.

 

A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON PEPTIDES AND COLLAGEN

Peptides have become more and more popular in recent years as their significant role in maintaining radiant skin has been recognized. Peptides are actually made up of amino acids, and these amino acids link together in many different ways to create hundreds of different kinds of peptides. These peptides are the foundation for many different types of protein, but for skin care, perhaps the most important protein is collagen.

Collagen is the most prevalent protein in the body. It does a lot of work for your body that you can’t see—it helps maintain strong joints and tendons, supports the organs and maintains a healthy musculoskeletal system. Collagen also has another function that is very visible—it creates firm and supple skin. Unfortunately, collagen production slows down, for reasons including age and photodamage caused by UV exposure. When collagen production decreases, those nagging signs of skin damage—wrinkles, loss of elasticity and firmness—start to show on your face.

 

HOW PEPTIDES AND COLLAGEN CAN BOOST BEAUTIFUL SKIN

Because collagen is a protein, and because peptides are vital for healthy protein function, peptides are crucial for collagen support. Peptides are considered a cell regulator because they have the potential to stimulate collagen production. More collagen means glowing, youthful-looking skin that is resilient, with a feeling of elasticity and plumpness.

The hundreds of different kinds of peptides that are out there can work on skin in different ways. DERMA E’s collection of peptide and collagen skin care products uses two different peptides with superior benefits. Matrixyl® synthe’6® may help support collagen in order to revitalize the skin’s tone and texture, while Argireline® has the capability to smooth out the appearance of the skin and diminish the look of fine lines. The overall result of using these powerful peptides on a regular basis is the appearance of a transformed complexion that blooms with the look of youth and beauty. These DERMA E products also contain a plant-derived form of collagen called Acacia Seyal Gum Extract, which has wonderful moisturizing benefits for the skin to keep it feeling soft and supple.

Peptides may be the star of a skin care product, but they need a strong supporting cast in order to be the most effective. DERMA E recognizes this by formulating its products with high-quality antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals that work in conjunction with peptides for maximum benefits. Proven antioxidant powerhouses such as green tea and vitamins A, C and E are staples of DERMA E’s peptide and collagen skin care, as well as the plant extract Pycnogenol®. These ingredients combine to nourish skin so that it looks its best.

DERMA E’s peptide and collagen products build and enhance a natural lovely complexion. The Advanced Peptides & Collagen Moisturizer is a terrific way to incorporate these ingredients into your daily skin care regimen because it can be used both day and night, and it also primes the skin with hydration so it’s ready for makeup to be applied—foundation won’t crease around fine lines or highlight uneven rough patches on your face.

Another great twice-daily option, especially if you prefer a more lightweight formulation in your skin care products, is the Advanced Peptides & Collagen Serum. The serum has the same potent active ingredients as the moisturizer, so you can use the serum on its own, under makeup, or layered with other skin care products. If the signs of aging are showing up mainly around your eyes, thanks to crow’s feet or sagginess, then the Advanced Peptides & Collagen Eye Cream can help address those concerns. Your eyes will look bright and revived with this double-action peptide formula especially developed to care for the delicate, thin skin around the eye area.

You can’t have healthy-looking skin without a healthy supply of collagen, and peptides may be one of your best options to help revive the appearance of your complexion. With DERMA E, you can be confident that you are using products that are robust enough to produce noticeable results in the look of your skin while also containing natural ingredients that won’t harm your skin because they are free of agents such as parabens, sulfates and mineral oil. DERMA E’s 100% vegan formulations are all cruelty free and packaged in environmentally friendly materials, so they’re good for you and for the planet. So if you’re not already using peptides and collagen in your skin care, DERMA E is the ideal place to get started on your way to radiant-looking skin.


 

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What Is Sunscreen and How Does It Work?

Because you take good care of your skin, you know you need to wear some type of sun protection every day in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of UV rays. There are three kinds of UV rays, UVA, UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB exposure can cause both short- and long-term damage to the skin, ranging from sunburns (UVB) to wrinkles (UVA). (UVC rays generally don’t reach earth’s atmosphere.) Too much exposure to UV rays can also lead to a higher risk of skin cancer. So you know it’s important to wear sun protection, but it helps to be informed about sunscreen so you can make the best choice for your skin type and lifestyle.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen generally combines ingredients to provide broad-spectrum coverage, which means it guards against both UVA and UVB rays. There are two types of active ingredients used in sunscreens, and many sunscreens contain a combination of both. Chemical active ingredients absorb UV rays so they don’t fully penetrate your skin, while physical active ingredients deflect the rays because the ingredient isn’t absorbed into the skin, but rather sits on the surface.

Typically, chemical active ingredients in sunscreen include oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octocrylene, octisalate and octinoxate. According to the Environmental Working Group, you should avoid oxybenzone because it can irritate skin and preliminary research suggests it could interfere with the body’s normal hormone production. The organization also says that most of the other chemical ingredients may also carry a risk of skin allergy or hormone disruption. Environmental Working Group gives its best chemical ingredient ranking to avobenzone because it offers the highest level of protection out of all the chemical ingredients, has limited skin penetration and hasn’t shown signs of interfering with hormone production. Recently, it’s been determined that oxybenzone and octinoxate can have a dangerous effect on the environment, with research showing those chemicals havedamaged coral reefs and threatened marine life.

Physical active ingredients, also called mineral ingredients, are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Generally, these have lower toxicity than chemical ingredients, according to the Environmental Working Group—because they don’t penetrate the skin, there’s lower risk that they can be absorbed into the body and cause havoc with your hormones. They’re also considered safer in terms of environmental impact. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide both guard against UVA and UVB ray absorption, although the latter offers more complete protection.

Sunscreens are measured in terms of their sun protection factor from UVB rays, more commonly known as SPF. If, for instance, you have a sunscreen with SPF 15, it means it will take 15 times longer for your skin to burn than it would if you weren’t wearing sunscreen at all. If you have fairer skin, a family history of skin cancer or if you routinely spend extended amounts of time outdoors, you will want a sunscreen with a high SPF number—but remember, you’ll always have to reapply, especially if you are swimming or sweating.

Usually, sunscreens with chemical ingredients are easier to apply than those with mineral active ingredients because the lotion is thinner and more lightweight in texture. To remedy that, many manufacturers of sunscreens with physical ingredients have tried to improve on the typical thick texture and whitish tint by using nanoparticles, in which the mineral has been reduced to a microscopic size. However, it’s uncertain if there are long-term health risks posed by nanoparticles, especially if they are inhaled, and there is evidence that the smaller particles don’t provide as much UV protection, according to the Environmental Working Group. You may want to look for the terms “non-nanoparticle” or “nanoparticle-free” on your sunscreen.

WHY YOU SHOULD USE DERMA E SUNSCREEN

At DERMA E, we want to offer you a safe and superior option for sun protection. Our Sun Care Collection offers a range of products that provide the ideal UVA/UVB broad-spectrum coverage. We use zinc oxide as our active ingredient for the most complete and effective protection, and it is nanoparticle-free. Instead of supplementing the zinc oxide with chemical sun filters, we use the antioxidants Green Tea and vitamin C, which have been shown to offer UV protection. And because they are chemical-free, our sunscreens won’t harm ocean life or ecosystems.

We offer several versions of our sunscreen so you’re sure to find one that fits your personal preference. Our Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 comes in oil-free lotion formulations for both the face and the body. For easy on-the-go application, there is the stick form of Sun Defense Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30; we even have a sunscreen to protect your baby’s tender skin.

Like all DERMA E products, our sunscreens are 100% vegan and cruelty free and have only the best ingredients. What they don’t have: parabens, petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs. With our sunscreens, you don’t have to worry about what you put on your body so you can go out and enjoy a beautiful sunny day.

The Difference Between “Natural” and “Natural-Inspired” Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

 

You’ve probably seen them in the beauty sections of your drugstore or department store: Pretty bottles or jars in earthy neutral tones emblazoned with soothing spring-green lettering and product names that evoke tropical rainforests, fragrant gardens or citrus fruit orchards. The word “natural” is positioned prominently on the package; perhaps there’s even a logo with a tree or a leaf to drive the message home. But are those beauty products truly natural, or are they just made by companies jumping on the bandwagon for clean beauty? If you are interested in eco-ethical personal care products, it’s worth knowing the difference and why DERMA E is good for your skin—and good for you, too.

NATURAL VS. NATURAL-INSPIRED

Oftentimes, skin care products that claim to be natural are actually closer to natural inspired. In order to know exactly what you are purchasing, it pays to be savvy when reading ingredient labels.

Obviously, unless you are looking at simply botanical oils, there is no such thing as a cosmetic product that you can just pluck from a shampoo tree. And while the use of some synthetic or manmade ingredients is necessary in certain instances because of the lack of natural alternatives, truly natural skin care products, use a majority of ingredients that are found in nature—that means vitamins, botanicals and antioxidants, among others. Nature-inspired skin care may have similar-sounding ingredients, but may actually contain primarily synthetically created ingredients.

Nature-inspired products may sound healthy and environmentally friendly; however, a closer look at their labels often reveal they are filled with chemicals that aren’t necessarily good for you or the planet. For instance, parabens can be absorbed through the skin and into the body’s tissues, which is problematic because parabens may wreak havoc with hormone function. These chemicals have also been found in waterways such as rivers, as well as in the tissues of birds and mammals.

Another ingredient of concern often found in natural-inspired products is chemical sunscreen. Some of these chemicals may affect hormones in ways similar to parabens, or they may also cause allergic reactions. There have been several recent news stories about how these types of sunscreens can bleach coral beds in the ocean, harming the marine life that depend on that ecosystem for sustenance. Truly natural beauty products generally avoid using these types of chemicals, opting for mineral based sunscreens.

Another thing that can set apart natural from nature-inspired beauty products is fragrance. Catch a whiff of rose, eucalyptus, lemongrass or other scent, and you may be lulled into thinking that body lotion or face cream comes straight from Mother Nature. But just because a scent can mimic the real thing doesn’t mean it is the real thing. Synthetic fragrances are manmade and can be created with ingredients that may be considered toxic. Natural beauty products tend to be fragrance-free or use scents derived from natural sources such as essential oils.

If you want to be an informed consumer, you should know that nature-inspired products may try to capitalize on the growing interest in healthy skin care, but in some cases it may be in name only. If you care about using natural beauty products, you’ll want to find those that are cruelty-free and vegan as part of a commitment to a truly holistic approach to health and well-being.

WHY DERMA E IS YOUR ANSWER FOR NATURAL SKINCARE

At DERMA E, all ingredients in our formulations are listed on our packaging—there is no long list of unpronounceable or questionable chemicals. You also won’t find parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil or other harmful ingredients in our skin care. If you have any questions about the ingredients that we use, you can learn more thanks to our ingredient glossary. Plus, we are proudly 100% vegan and cruelty free.

Our passion for our planet extends to the environment. Virtually all of our packaging is recyclable and we use wind energy certificates to offset all of our conventional energy use. Our sun protection products use non-nanoparticle mineral zinc oxide to help prevent environmental damage.

DERMA E also stands out in the natural field of skin care because our products address a wide range of skin concerns, from anti-aging to blemishes. You’ll find something to meet your needs and add the luster of good health to the appearance of your skin. Because we are natural, our products are good for people with sensitive skin as well as for those with rosacea and eczema—they are effective, but also gentle.

So the next time you are shopping for skin care and see those pretty bottles and jars, don’t make an impulse purchase without reading the fine print first. Look beyond the “natural” label and make sure that the product formulations consist of ingredients derived from natural sources, and not filled with synthetic chemicals or manmade colors or fragrances. DERMA E has been a trusted leader in natural beauty since we created our first Vitamin E cream in 1984. In the years that have followed, we have continued to build upon our reputation for using potent, top-quality ingredients that are good for people and for the planet. We want you to get the best results, using the best nature has to offer. DERMA E is proud to be a truly natural company that lives up to that billing. Discover how nature can nurture your skin by exploring our products today.

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  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

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  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

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Why Gluten-Free Skincare Could Be Right for You

 

If you have gluten sensitivity, you are probably vigilant about watching what you eat and drink in order to prevent flare-ups. However, are you extending that same watchfulness to your skin care?

Many people find that cosmetic products made with gluten or gluten derivatives may cause skin irritations, rashes and other problems. With an estimated 3.1 million people in America on gluten-free diets, there’s been a proliferation of gluten-free foods on supermarket shelves in recent years—and that trend is extending into gluten-free skincare.

WHY PEOPLE GO GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye grains. It can negatively affect people in a couple of different ways. The most severe condition is celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder often passed down genetically that can damage the lining in the small intestine. If it continues unchecked, celiac disease can cause problems with food digestion and may lead to other issues, such as osteoporosis and infertility. There is no cure, so the only way to lessen the impact of celiac disease on your health is to go on a gluten-free diet.

It’s estimated that about 3 million Americans have celiac disease, but the vast majority don’t know they have it because it’s easy to misdiagnose. So while people who have a confirmed diagnosis of celiac disease live gluten-free, there are many, many more people who abstain from gluten for another reason: non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Gluten sensitivity doesn’t harm the small intestine as celiac disease does, but the two have similar symptoms in common: stomach pain and bloating, fatigue, headaches, irregular bowel movements, rashes and more. Unlike celiac disease, there’s no specific test to diagnose gluten sensitivity. People who suspect they may have this problem—and who have already ruled out celiac disease—can eliminate gluten from their diet for a few weeks. If they do this and their symptoms go away, that indicates gluten sensitivity. As with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is the best way to treat this issue.

BENEFITS OF GLUTEN-FREE SKINCARE

With so many people affected by gluten-related digestive issues, it was probably only a matter of time for the focus to expand beyond what they eat to what they put on their skin. Generally, gluten or wheat products are used as a moisturizing and hydrating agent in beauty products ranging from shampoo to face cream to foundation. Many people find that gluten-free skincare is a great way to ensure that they live an entirely gluten-free lifestyle, and it may help them avoid many of the painful symptoms that can be triggered by gluten.

There are people who say they have experienced rashes, dry patches, acne and other skin irritations with products that contain gluten. That could be, especially for people with celiac disease, because the body’s autoimmune response that damages the small intestine may manifest itself on the skin. In fact, some people with celiac disease suffer from the skin condition dermatitis herpetiformis, a type of rash, if they are exposed to gluten, while certain skin conditions such as eczema may be exacerbated.

People sensitive to gluten may also want to use gluten-free skin care products to avoid inadvertently ingesting the protein. For instance, it’s common for lip balms and other products to wind up inside your mouth when you eat or lick your lips. Hand creams can also pose problems if you frequently touch your fingers to your lips. By using gluten-free products, you eliminate the chances of accidental ingestion.

You don’t have to be gluten sensitive to experience the benefits of gluten-free skincare. Some people with sensitive skin, for instance, find that natural skincare with fewer toxins and no gluten may reduce irritation or breakouts. Others may not have a problem with gluten but they can develop contact dermatitis if it’s an ingredient in their skincare products. Usually, the adoption of a gluten-free skincare regimen can resolve those issues.

If you’re thinking about transitioning to a gluten-free personal care routine, it can be time-consuming to read the labels on your current products to figure out if they meet the criteria. While the label may not say “gluten” in the ingredient list, if you see wheat, rye, barley or the wheat/rye combination triticale, it’s best to avoid it. It’s much easier to purchase skin care that specifically says it’s gluten-free.

At DERMA E, we are proud that all of our products are gluten-free, which fits our mission to create natural skincare that is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. In addition to gluten, other ingredients you won’t find in DERMA E products include parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, GMOs, mineral oil, petrolatum, soy and artificial colors. We clearly state all of this on our packaging, so you don’t have to waste time deciphering labels to see if there’s any gluten ingredient listed.

DERMA E is committed to providing you with skin care solutions that give you healthier-looking skin. If you think going gluten-free is the best choice for you and your health, we have a wide range of products for every skin issue. You’ll have the assurance that comes from using skincare with only the best natural ingredients.


 

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Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

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Turmeric vs. Curcumin

Turmeric and curcumin are often talked about as if they are the same thing, but this is misleading. Curcumin is just ONE of many active components found within turmeric. It is also the one which has had the most publicity and focus: the lead singer of the band, as it were. But, as anyone who has ever had a favourite band will tell you, the lead singer would be nowhere near as impressive without the drummer, bass player and so on, surrounding them.

Curcumin is the lead singer of turmeric. It is the compound most products and articles have focused on, and the one most people are looking for – but it is far from being the whole story.


SOME OTHER COMPONENTS

Turmeric has been the subject of many, many articles and research projects in recent years – and it quite rightly carries the description of a ‘superfood’. Studies have found that turmeric can help to reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar levels, support memory and aid digestion. Trials have even been carried out to investigate whether turmeric could be used alongside cancer treatments, to improve their effectiveness!

All this research and focus has begun to highlight some of the less-known, but equally important, components of turmeric. These include:

  • Turmerone: Has been shown to have benefits for brain function, with some studies indicating it may even be helpful in depression.
  • Turmerin: This is the part of turmeric which helps to balance blood glucose levels, helping to reduce food cravings.
  • Germacrone and Elemene: Shown to be the most effective parts of turmeric in demonstrating an ability to inhibit tumour growth.

Products which focus solely on curcumin content will be missing these vital elements and will therefore not possess all the potential health benefits turmeric is claimed to provide.


BUT DO NOT IGNORE CURCUMIN

Going back to my band analogy, we do still need the lead singer – we don’t want them to be stood at the back without a microphone!

Curcumin is still very important, and it is needed in amounts greater than that provided by turmeric naturally.

The turmeric in the kitchen cupboard, used to make curries, only contains around 3-4% curcumin. But much of the research suggests that doses of around 200mg curcumin are required to obtain some of the suggested health benefits: this is A LOT of turmeric. This is why so many companies produce a concentrated curcumin – with many extracts containing as much as 95% – to help people get a good amount, without having to take lots of tablets.

The trouble is, turmeric which contains 95% curcumin does not leave a lot of room for any of the other elements of this fascinating spice.


SO, WHICH TO TAKE – CURCUMIN OR TURMERIC?

The good news? You may not need to choose! Some companies are starting to change their approach and use a combination: merging a high strength curcumin AND a whole herb turmeric. By mixing both in one capsule, they can simultaneously offer the 200mg curcumin advocated by research PLUS all of the other potentially beneficial compounds associated with turmeric.

So, when looking for a good turmeric supplement to take, you can now have the best of both worlds – the lead singer WITH the band!


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed.(Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years).


 

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Beauty Basics: Why You Need a Toner in Your Skin Care Routine

Most skin care products have obvious uses—a cleanser wipes away dirt and oil, for instance, while a moisturizer provides necessary hydration to keep your skin looking soft and supple. But toner can be a bit more of a mystery. What exactly does it do for your skin, and is it really necessary? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, then it’s worth learning more about why a high-quality cleansing toner should be a part of your daily skin care routine.

Toners are thin liquids, almost watery in substance. They can be used morning and night as an important step in cleaning your skin and prepping it for the moisturizers, serums or other specialty skin care products that you use. Unlike the toners of the past that used to make skin feel too tight and dry because they used alcohol, today’s cleansing toners support the skin with alcohol-free formulations that clean without stripping skin of moisture. In fact, much like cleansers and moisturizers, toners have been developed to address a range of skin issues, so you are sure to find a toner that works best for your skin and its particular needs.

How to Use Toner

You can apply toner after cleansing your skin with your usual face wash. The most effective way to use toner is to put some on a cotton ball and gently swipe it all over your face and neck, taking care to avoid the eye area. You could also apply it with your fingertips in a pinch, but you may find a cotton ball is an easier way to control the thin, liquid toner. If you use a scrub to exfoliate your skin as part of your routine, do so before the toner and after cleansing, as it helps prep the skin for the toner to really get to work. Whether it comes after cleansing or exfoliating, a toner should be applied to still-wet skin for best results.

Why You Need a Toner—and How to Find the Best One for You

Generally, toners can play two roles in your skin care routine: they slough away dead skin cells while also hydrating the surface of the skin for some extra cleaning and moisturizing in one fell swoop. With toner, your skin gets that extra-level clean while also priming it for your favorite moisturizer or serum.

Convinced you need a toner? Then the next step is choosing the best one for you. DERMA E has developed a range of toners that meet specific skin care needs. If you are looking for a good all-purpose toner that can nourish the skin and keep it looking dewy fresh, the Essentials Radiance Toner is perfect for you. This toner uses the power of glycolic acid to rid the surface of your skin from those dead cells that can dull your complexion, possibly clog your pores and keep you from looking radiant. The glycolic acid works in harmony with botanical extracts such as rooibos and rosehip to produce a look that is supple, soft and glowing.

If your skin care focuses on anti-aging issues, then the DERMA E Anti-Wrinkle Toner is specially developed to address the appearance of those fine lines that can start to appear as we get older. This pH-balanced toner pairs glycolic acid with Vitamin A, which is often used in anti-aging skin care products because it may support collagen health and encourage cell turnover on the surface of your skin to help it appear youthful. The Anti-Wrinkle Toner also includes marine plant extracts to help purify the skin’s surface so that skin looks more luminous and refreshed.

Perhaps you’d like to improve the texture of your skin’s surface—you’ve got oiliness or bumps, or you feel a loss of elasticity. The Firming DMAE Toner can help calm the surface of the skin with natural astringents such as witch hazel, horsetail and horse chestnut, while also soothing it with gentle lemongrass and chamomile. This toner also features C-Ester and “nature’s firming agent” DMAE, also known as alpha lipoic acid. It’s a complete package that promotes a healthy-looking complexion.

If your skin is prone to dryness, the Hydrating Mist offers replenishment with the “moisture magnet” hyaluronic acid, which draws moisture to the skin and keep it there. Both the Purifying Toner Mist and the Hydrating Mist come in spray bottles for easy application on the go, for any time you need the quick boost only a toner can bring.

With DERMA E toners, not only do you get the benefits of a toner, but also the assurance that your skin care contains only the best natural ingredients in 100 % vegan, cruelty-free formulations. If you don’t have a cleansing toner in your regular skin care rotation yet, now is the perfect time to start.


 

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  • – Redmart – www.redmart.com
  • – Guardian – www.guardian.com.sg
  • – Amazon (Prime Now)

 

Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

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Looking After Your Heart

The human heart beats 100,000 times a day – pumping between 2,500-5000 gallons of blood, through 60,000 miles of blood vessels, every day.

The heart is a muscle which keeps the body running – like the engine in a car – if it stops working, then everything fails. Therefore, it is vitally important that we take steps to look after the health of our heart.


MAJOR RISK FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE

• Smoking

• Physical Inactivity

• High Blood Pressure

• High Cholesterol

So, to look after the heart, we should avoid smoking, stay active and look for natural ways to reduce our cholesterol and blood pressure.


HIGH CHOLESTEROL

High levels of LDL (often referred to as ‘bad’) cholesterol are linked to the development of heart disease and the formation of plaque in the arteries. This is why doctors will check cholesterol readings and prescribe medications for those who have high levels.

The most common type of medications prescribed for high cholesterol are collectively known as statins. A number of side effects have been attributed to the use of statins, including: headaches, low energy, muscle aches and pains, muscle weakness or tenderness and drowsiness.

Research has indicated that this could be due to the fact that statin medication reduces levels of CO-Q-10 in our body. (1) CO-Q-10 is an enzyme which is required by every single cell in our body to produce energy – so low levels of CO-Q-10 will often cause low energy and tired, aching muscles. (2)

For this reason, many nutritionists and pharmacists will often suggest that people on statin medications try taking a high strength CO-Q-10 supplement alongside, to try and prevent these side effects – often with good results.


RED YEAST RICE

For those people who may be trying to reduce their cholesterol without medications, the supplement Red Yeast Rice may be helpful. Red Yeast Rice contains an ingredient called Monacolin K, which is known to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.


HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Why is high blood pressure so important? Imagine a kink in a garden hose – the pressure which builds up behind the kink can cause damage to the valves and the hose pipe.

When reading blood pressure, we get two readings:

1. The systolic reading – this is the figure mentioned first, and is the pressure of the blood passing through the blood vessels when the heart has just beaten.

2. The diastolic reading – the lower figure, which is the pressure maintained when the heart is resting.

Acceptable blood pressure is around 120-130/80-90.


CO-Q-10 AND BLOOD PRESSURE

CO-Q-10 could be helpful for those suffering with high blood pressure. A review of all the studies carried out on CO-Q-10 for blood pressure showed that this supplement was consistently effective in reducing blood pressure. A reduction of 17mm was seen overall in systolic blood pressure (the top figure) and a reduction of 10mm in diastolic (the bottom figure) – with no serious side effects. (3)


OMEGA 3 FATS

Omega 3 fats from fish oils provide EPA and DHA, which has been shown to support a healthy heart. A review of the studies carried out on the use of EPA and DHA for high blood pressure show a reduction of 4.5mm Hg systolic and 3.05mm Hg diastolic. (4)


BEETROOT

People with high blood pressure, tend to have low levels of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the blood vessels, improving blood flow and decreasing blood pressure. Taking Beetroot can naturally increase the production of nitric oxide, thus effectively reducing blood pressure. This tends to work quite quickly. Trials have shown a reduction of 14mm Hg in systolic and 7mm Hg in diastolic blood pressure after using beetroot supplements. (5)


Written by Jenny Logan DN Med. (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years)


REFERENCES:

(1) Coenzyme Q10: University of Maryland Medical Centerhttp://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/coenzyme-q10

(2) Rajiv Saini; Coenzyme Q10: The essential nutrient; J Pharm Bioallied Sci. 2011 Jul-Sep; 3(3): 466–467.

(3) Rosenfeldt FL et al; Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of hypertension: a meta-analysis of the clinical trials; J Hum Hypertens. 2007 Apr;21(4):297-306

(4) A.M. Minihane et al; Consumption of Fish Oil providing amounts of EPA and DHA…reduces Blood Pressure in Adults with Systolic Hypertension; Journal of Nutrition; doi: 10.3945

(5) Eggebeen J et al; One Week of Daily Dosing With Beetroot Juice Improves Submaximal Endurance and Blood Pressure in Older Patients With Heart Failure and Preserved Ejection Fraction; JACC Heart Fail. 2016 Jun;4(6):428-37

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  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

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  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
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The Menopause & Bone Health

 

The Menopause & Bone Health

During and after the menopause women are encouraged to look after their bones. This is because oestrogen is intimately involved in the building and protection of healthy bone tissue. Falling oestrogen during the perimenopause and menopause has been directly linked to the development of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease.

Osteoporosis is a ‘silent disease’ in that most people do not know that they have it until they crack or break a bone, by which time the disease is often fully developed. Therefore, women are encouraged to take pre-emptive steps during menopause and perimenopause to protect their bones, to try and prevent this disease.


Important factors in Bone Health

• Healthy diet – Calcium-rich foods – such as leafy green vegetables, dairy, almonds, figs and broccoli – and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines help sustain blood calcium levels and reduce inflammation, supporting healthy bones. It is also important not to limit food intake too severely, as this can negatively impact bone health.

• Exercise – Weight baring exercise and strength training helps to ensure strong bone tissue is produced.

• Avoid cigarettes – Smoking can actually accelerate bone losses.

• Moderate alcohol – 1-2 servings of alcohol per day has been linked to bone health, however binge drinking and drinking in excess of this figure appears to have a destructive effect.

• Sleep well – Some studies have indicated that lack of a good night’s sleep may be detrimental to bone health.

• Manage your medication – Some medications can impair the body’s ability to absorb important minerals like calcium, so it is important to check with your doctor. The most common culprits here are PPI inhibitor medications (antacids) like omeprazole or lansoprazole. These medications inhibit stomach acid, which in turn will significantly reduce calcium absorption. The World Health Organisation has suggested that menopausal women should not take these medications long term because of this.


Supplements for Healthy Bones:

• CALCIUM – Possibly the most well-known supplement for bone health, calcium is very important to supporting healthy bones. What is also essential, however, is to ensure that the calcium provided by the diet and by supplements is absorbed properly and utilised by the body for building bones. This means making sure it is taken alongside nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K. If calcium is not properly absorbed and utilised, then there is an increased risk of developing issues like kidney stones and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

• MAGNESIUM – Often overlooked, magnesium is nearly as important in bone health as calcium. Low levels of magnesium can affect the formation of healthy bones. Ideally, any bone health supplement should provide 800mg calcium and 400mg magnesium.

• VITAMIN D – The body needs adequate vitamin D to absorb calcium and build healthy bones. Taking supplemental vitamin D has been shown to help reduce the risk of falling due to instability and muscle weakness, helping to prevent falls and bone fractures.

• ZINC – Zinc plays an important role in the development of healthy bones. Research has indicated that postmenopausal women given a supplement of trace minerals, that included zinc, magnesium and copper, had a lower rate of loss in bone mass than those who took calcium alone.

• VITAMIN K2 – Osteoblasts (cells that make bone) produce a Vitamin K-dependent protein called osteocalcin. This protein helps bind calcium in the bone, leading to increased bone mineral density (i.e. stronger bones). Osteocalcin needs natural vitamin K2 to function optimally. Studies have suggested that Vitamin K2 can help to support bone health in menopausal women.


Written by Jenny Logan DN Med.(Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)

Natural Hair Care for Your Hair Type

Frizzy hair, split ends, and lack of volume? Let’s be honest, trying to find hair care that actually works for your hair type can feel overwhelming. Improving your hair care game takes some trial and error, but starting with  quality products with that contain natural vitamins and botanicals is a shortcut to gorgeous tresses. So let’s review the best natural hair care products for your personal hair concerns:

DRY or DAMAGED HAIR

Damaged hair can be a consequence of over doing it with heat tools, coloring your hair, or even wearing a too tight ponytail or braids. Damaged hair tends to feel extra dry, and is more prone to breakage and split ends. Enter DERMA E’s Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner! This nourishing duo utilizes Argan Oil and Apricot Seed Oil to deliver a boost of intense moisture to deeply nourish, hydrate, and add shine. These nourishing oils contain a high percentage of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help tame that frizz and treat split ends. Rest assured this pair is totally safe for color-treated hair and is also Sulfate and Silicone-free!

 

To show your damaged hair the extra love it deserves, be sure to apply the 3-in-1 Hair Protection Serum to the ends of damp hair after cleansing and conditioning. It’s fortified with vitamin-rich Rosehip and Coconut Oil, Quinoa Protein, and Burdock Root Extract to strengthen the hair while adding major shine.

 

FINE or OILY HAIR

No need to be jealous of your “big hair, don’t care” friends anymore! You can achieve the appearance of more voluminous hair by using the DERMA E Restoring Shampoo & Conditioner. They both contain a gentle blend of botanicals to help strengthen, moisturize and add shine. Purifying Lemongrass Oil helps to stimulate healthy hair follicles and balance oils without stripping your hair. Vitamin E and Amino Acids provide essential nutrients to help boost volume for a fuller look. They are also both safe for color treated hair, Sulfate-free and Silicone-free! You’re welcome!

Dry shampoo is also a fine haired gals best friend. It’s a great way to provide an extra boost of volume and soak up any excess oil that can weigh your hair down. DERMA E’s plant based (and Talc Free) Dry Shampoo instantly absorbs extra oils and impurities while leaving your flat hair feeling revitalized, voluminous, and refreshed.

 

Which shampoo and conditioner set would you want to try? Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered to win! Great hair starts here.


 

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  • – Redmart – www.redmart.com
  • – Guardian – www.guardian.com.sg
  • – Amazon (Prime Now)

 

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  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

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  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

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