Beautiful Skin: Foods that will make you glow

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We all want clear, healthy, beautiful skin. But sometimes it’s difficult. Products can dry our skin out, or chemicals can clog pores.

More importantly, what we eat often shows on our skin; it affects us from the inside out.

Unhealthy foods can cause breakouts, while healthy foods with high water content (such as fresh fruit or veg… or water itself) can give us that clear complexion we love.

Food is so important to our skin that I’ve decided to make a list of foods you should keep in your kitchen cupboard for healthy skin.

Almonds for beautiful skin

Almonds: These tasty little nuts provide tonnes of goodness for your skin. They are filled to bursting point with antioxidants, which will cleanse and eliminate toxins from your body, giving you that beautiful skin you long for.

They are also a great source of vitamin E. Many of us will rub vitamin E creams on our…

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Should You Have a Bone Density Test?

Osteoporosis is a concern for many menopausal women, this article may offer some more useful advice.

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??????????Osteoporosis is one of the most prevalent conditions among older people. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-induced fracture at some point in their lives.

A loss of bone mass becomes more common as we age, causing bones to become more brittle and increasing the risk of a fracture or break. Many fractures that occur are asymptomatic.  However, some may cause shooting pain or chronic pain in areas such as the back, where a fracture will only be evident on imaging tests. A bone density test can be a very useful tool for helping to keep your chances of having a fracture to a minimum.

There are a few good reasons why you may want to have a bone density test. First, it can tell you if you have osteoporosis or if your bones are…

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Don’t try and keep up with the gents drinking habits, as alcohol can have a worse effect on women than men

UnknownWe all know that drinking can be bad for you. Alcohol Concern’s latest campaign is helping to raise more awareness of the consequences of drinking regularly and the differences it has on men and women, as women are more susceptible to alcohol related illness due to not being able to process and digest alcohol as easily as men do.

A recent article in The Telegraph explains how women are far more likely to be diagnosed with alcohol related issues because our liver’s are not has strong and our bodies have a higher ratio of fat and not water, meaning that it is more difficult to dilute alcohol in the body. Many women are often diagnosed as having an alcohol problem even if they do not drink ‘high’ amounts, as it is claimed that many women do not realise that they have a much lower alcohol tolerance than men.

Alcohol Concern has launched their Dry January campaign to challenge people to have a month of no drinking whatsoever after emerging from their ‘christmas blur’. This follows increasing concerns about the rising levels of hospital admissions for women being treated for alcohol related illnesses, which rose by 91 percent between 2002 and 2012.

The effects of alcohol on the human body can cause major problems, such as early menopause, accelerated ageing, liver disease, cancers and not to mention, ultimately addiction or death. In 2011, it is reported that nearly 3000 women died from alcohol related illnesses. It has also been reported that the numbers of young women drinking more regularly and in larger amounts is also increasing.

The recommended alcohol level for women per day is 2-3 units or one glass of wine, but even this on a daily basis can increase your chances of getting ill. Why not try and take the Dry January challenge and replace alcohol for water, to see if it makes a difference to your health, your overall appearance and well being. Cutting your alcohol intake could significantly improve your health, which has been shown to be true by several studies over the past few decades. This could help lead to a healthier lifestyle, prolonged life and could ease your menopause symptoms, or put off menopause for a bit longer if you’re not quite there yet, not to mention that your skin will be greatly improved and more hydrated if you replaced a glass of booze for good old H2O.

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To find out more about alcohol and women, visit Drink Aware and to see more on the Dry January Campaign, visit Alcohol Concern:

Scientist have discovered self healing polymers that could be used as synthetic human skin

You know we are passionate about science and the skin and so here is another interesting news piece that may leave you sat on the edge of your seat… self healing synthetic skin. This all sounds very futuristic and ‘Terminator’ like, but according to WiredNews, soon it really will be possible to have synthetic skin that can heal itself, which will be particularly useful for those who have skin healing problems or those that have been subject to unrepairable injury. Could skin grafts be a thing of the past? ‘How on earth does this stuff work’? …I hear you say.

Scientists began by looking into synthetic skin for prosthetics, so that those who had been affected by injury, could regain the sense of touch (this is a generalisation, as there is a lot more to it in the way of how it all actually works… like electronic currents and brain signals and things). Investigations were made further when researchers found polymers that react in a similar way to the self healing qualities of human skin. This lead them to believe that it may be possible to generate, what is essentially, synthetic skin made from plastics or rubbers, that can heal themselves. The discovery is said to have been a scientific break through, but is still being developed.

Due to the nature of our daily lives and activities, our skin needs to manage a whole plethora of functions. Not only does it need to be sensitive to touch, hold in and be permeable to moisture, protect our nerves and circulatory system, and heal itself if it gets damaged, but it needs to have a flexible, smooth texture and allow for us to move easily within it, and also to adapt to our bodies growth and change. This is a rather demanding feat for scientists to find something that will replicate all of these actions, but this hasn’t stopped a team of chemical engineers in California from trying.

Science never fails to surprise us, and in a short time, we may be able to use this technology in medicine. Let’s hope the engineers succeed. Great news on the skin care and medicine front!

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Phthalates found in make up can bring on early menopause

Having been scanning the internet to find out about make up for sensitive skin, I came across an article that tells of a study conducted on 5,700 women, showing that high levels of phthalates in their blood or urine, could be linked to early menopause.

Phthalates are esters which derive from phthalic acid and are often added to plastics to improve their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They have been linked to ever increasing concerns over health matters, such as premature births and early menopause, as there are still many products that use phthalates as a cheap ingredient. I would like to think that all companies no longer use the ingredient, of which some companies do avoid the ingredient altogether due to the damage it can do to our bodies, but according to the study that was carried out earlier this year, it seems we may still be putting them on our skin and not realising.

Many of the women that had high concentrations of phthalates in their body were also said to have entered menopause on average 2.3 years earlier than the women who did not have any, or as much phthalate chemical in their bodies. Other research has shown that the chemical has also been responsible for some premature births and complications during pregnancy.

If you are someone that wears make up everyday or even just quite often, make sure you are checking the label to see what you could be putting on your skin before you buy it. It may be worth spending a little more on a higher quality foundation or blush, to ensure that you are using only the best ingredients, as your skin can absorb them and this could prove detrimental if the ingredients are harmful to your health. Take care to speak to a make-up advisor, make sure you read the ingredients list, and always use samples first.

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Coffee can greatly improve your skin according to beauty industry insiders

A few weeks ago, we posted an article about the benefits of coffee in relation to preventing certain types of cancer. Well now we have heard that beauty industry insiders are now using actual coffee in their daily beauty regime, as apparently it is good for your skin.

You have probably heard of eye roll ons with added caffeine to brighten those dreaded bags, or caffeine shampoo to revive you hair, but recently in the Huffington Post, an article was written with regards to making a home made scrub using actual coffee. Here’s why…

Coffee contains lots of anti-oxidants and therefore helps to protect against what are known as free radicals, which are produced as a result of the oxidisation of organic molecules. This can help prevent premature ageing of the skin.


Caffeine also helps with inflammation and swelling, which is why it is sometimes used in beauty products to reduce ‘puffy’ eyes. Whilst there may be some truth in how caffeine can help with these sorts of ailments, the rest of the article in the Huffington Post about making your own body scrub from ground coffee beans, seems a little unrelated to the fact it’s coffee, but more because the texture of the coffee will help to exfoliate the skin, though I can see how the small amount of caffeine this could produce on the skin’s surface may have some benefits.

Either way you look at it, coffee does seem to have some health benefits. Though before you go consuming loads of espresso’s, remember that too much caffeine can increase your heart rate and can have an adverse affect on your levels of stress, or cause heart related problems. Therefore you should probably only drink coffee in moderation. If you have concerns or questions about the affects of caffeine you should consult a health professional.

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Watch out for harmful ingredients in skin care products

ID-100115127There has recently been a lot in the media about the results of using harmful ingredients in skin care and cosmetic products, due to the adverse effects they can have on your health. EU regulations now do not permit the use of some substances such as methylisothiazolinone (MI), which was in the news back in September following an ‘epidemic’ of allergic reactions as a result of being used in many women’s skin care products.

A recent article by American industry professional Judith Lennox, who has 40 years experience working in aesthetics, has told of the questions she often gets asked by her clients about the types of ingredients to avoid. She goes into detail about the companies that she believes are now abiding by the EU regulations and which are not, and is very knowledgable about the effects that these different ingredients can have, such as the use of parabens, dioxane and formaldehyde which actually lock in toxins in the skin in their attempt to lock in moisture, which can actually cause the skin to become unhealthy or age more easily.

STRATUM_2 copyShe then discusses the use of collagen. This is obviously a subject that our team here at Stratum C know a lot about, and we can confirm that what Judith says about topical collagen creams is true. When you apply creams to your skin that contain actual collagen, it creates a layer of film that suffocates the skin, as collagen is a “fibrous protein that is too large to penetrate the skin”. This is where creams such as Stratum C are much better for your skin, as Stratum C helps your skin to generate it’s own collagen naturally, and does not include collagen itself. This is caused by applying our unique combination of peptides, which are made up of naturally occurring amino-acids, which are present in the body until you reach a certain age. Usually as you get older, your body’s production of collagen and amino acids declines, often due to a change in hormones. Hyaluronic acid is also naturally occurring in the body, and is also present in Stratum C in large quantities, which helps to lock in moisture instead of creating a barrier on your skin’s surface.

STRATUM_4 copyTherefore, you should watch out for these harmful ingredients and avoid using topical creams that actually contain collagen as they may do more damage than good. We are pleased that professionals like Judith are able to share their knowledge with the millions of women that buy skin care products, as many are not aware of the effects that using these ingredients can have on your skin and on the rest of your body in fact. Aluminium is often used in anti-perspirants and has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, whilst parabens have links to several different types of cancer. You should always do your research before you start to use a new brand or decide to change your skin care regime.

Next time you go shopping for cosmetics, make sure you read the label and if you have skin care concerns, ask a health professional for advice. Choosing your products carefully could save you money and often, spending a little more on good skin care products can be more of an investment and sometimes save you money in the long run, not to mention that this means you will be using the highest quality ingredients that your skin deserves.

To find out more about Stratum C products, please visit our website,

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Skin Science… how the skin of fish could encourage human wound healing

Although this doesn’t have much to do with anti-ageing or remedies for menopause symptoms, the skin intrigues us greatly and we always like to keep you up to date with what is happening in the world of science. The latest skin-science news has revealed a new form of technology that will enable the manipulation of fish skin into a substance that can be used to encourage human skin to heal, when we may be affected by an illness that prevents our skin from healing on its own. This new wound healing technology could help to prevent serious infections when the skin doesn’t quite want to grow back together.

This substance is known as Marigen Omega3 and has recently been approved by the FDA in America for safe use in human medicine. The “skin” is formed by removing the cells of the fish, leaving behind the connective tissue.

“These sheets of “skin” aren’t just whole fleshy slabs right off the fish. MariGen Omega3 consists of the layers of connective tissues that are left after the cells have been removed. The remaining material is known as extracellular matrix (ECM). The removal of the fish cells prevents any possible infection or immune reaction when applied to the patient’s wound.”

This connective tissue also contains Omega 3 lipids which can help reduce inflammation around the wound itself. The technology is thought to be a suitable replacement for the current use of a similar process that uses pig skin, as it is very similar to human skin. The fish alternative provides an alternative for those of different faiths where pig flesh is unsuitable, but the added bonus of fish skin containing natural omega 3 means that it may even be more effective. This is another astounding breakthrough in the world of science and technology, which never ceases to amaze us.

To read the full article, visit the link below (where the above quote was taken from):