Open pores during the summer time

Q&A by Nataliya Robinson, Facialist, practitioner of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and a Founder of Quantum Botanika Natural Luxury Skin Care . 

Q. During the summer time what is the most common skin problems /complains people come to you with?

A. People booked during the summer time specially when the summer is hot and humid is a deep pore cleansing facial treatment.

Q. Why do you think this is the case ?

A. During the summer time our skin is overheated, sebaceous glands work more to produce more sweat and oil. As a result pores are getting wider, blocked with blackheads and spots. 

Q. What do you advice to your clients to prevent this common summer skin conditions?
A. I advice to switch to light textured skin care products and cleans your skin 2 times per day.

 In addition if the weather is too hot, making your body produce surplus sweat and oil, also refresh your face I the middle of the day with thermal water.
Q. How often should we exfoliate our skin and what type of exfoliant do you recommend? 
A. I would recommend to exfoliate your skin by applying an enzyme face mask using  ( ) Greek Style Yoghurt. This mask is an optimal exfoliant plus helps with a skin microbiome and deep hydrating because of the lactic acid contained in yoghurt. Do this two to three times per week. 

Q. What do you recommend that we avoid using on sunny days ?
A. I would recommend that you avoid using retinol based products during the summer.

Q.What foods, supplements, herbs support skin health during hot summer weather and help prevent the formation of wide pores, breakouts, rosacea and control oil production?

A. I recommend that people eat “cooling” foods during the summer time to reduce the body’s temperature.
Watermelon is an excellent cooling summer food so are leaf salads including cucumbers. Drinking mints and spearmint teas is good to control breakouts and excess of facial oil and body sweat. 

Q. What food should some one avoid if they have a tendency to rocasea , flared up skin and overall “red” complexion? 
A. I follow a Tradition Chinese Medicine approach ,I would recommend to avoid foods that are warm and hot that bring internal heat to our bodies. Examples include: beef, coffee, ginger, hot chilies and fried food. 

Q. What is an effective way to protect our skin from ultraviolet radiation on sunny days? 
A. Wearing a wide breamed hat, regular application of  sun block (every two hours) and keeping your skin hydrated. 

Q. What is the best way to maintain hydrated skin? 
A. To keep your skin hydrated it’s important to wash your face with a gentle cleanser that doesn’t remove the protective layer-the lipid barrier. This lipid barrier is highly important for our skin in order to be healthy , glowing and plump.
Drink a minimum of 1L of water and increase this if your body sweats and you are doing a lot of physical work. Hover, do not over consume water as drinking 2L plus per day can have the opposite effect and dehydrate our skin. Recommended daily water consumption depends on a number of factors  including your body size, age  and daily activities, use of medication.
Consumption of Essential fatty acids such as Omega’s is also important to keep your skin hydrated. If you are a vegan I recommend that you supplement your diet with Seabuckthorn oil (reach in omega 3). If you don’t follow any diets then consume fish oil derived from small fish.
Exfoliate your skin 1-2 per week and apply a natural face cream or hydrating gel in the morning and evening.

Q. And lastly , how often should we have professional facial treatments to keep our skin looking its best? 
A. The golden rule for maintaining a healthy complexion is to have a minimum of one treatment per month.   

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