We hear quite a lot about how stress, medication and coffee in the afternoon affects our hormones. However there a quite a few more things that can affect our balance and how we feel. Losing sleep, crash diets, irregular gym attendance and a workout that misses cardio or is biased towards one exercise all affect our hormones as well. A lot of people don't know how our hormones work even without all these things that can affect them negatively. Read on to find out...Read More
I love reading about other people’s favourite products. Most of the bloggers I follow have posts every month summarising their monthly finds. I learn so much from these posts. Plus I totally want to buy heaps of stuff.
Set to Glow isn’t about promoting new products every month though, I am inspired to review what I use that I have found to work and things I own. In the interest of being completely honest about what is in my makeup bag, I decided to put together a post on the products I can't live without.
So what do I carry around all the time? What are my all time favourite products? Read on to find out…Read More
I have been a bit down lately as well as worried because my cat is still unwell. We all go through tough periods in our lives which cause stress and anxiety. I know when I go through extended periods of stress, my skin starts misbehaving. I get a few extra pimples, and I am more prone to my eczema flaring up. The best thing I found I can do for myself is to try to wind down and relax.
Unfortunately for us, there is a clear link between stress and acne. Acne severity correlates highly with increasing stress and the cells that produce sebum have receptors for stress hormones. We all know that sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple or acne cyst. I don't know about you, but rather than wait for stress pimples to rear their ugly heads, I try to prevent stress from taking over. I make sure I do a few good things for myself each day in order to promote good mental health all the time.
A favourite past time of mine is window shopping for new and interesting things, especially if they are fashion and skincare related. Recently I was in MECCA in Myer, Sydney looking at the curated section and saw this Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. I had seen a write up on the Paula's Choice review website Beautypedia and was interested in trying it out for myself. The list of what this is formulated without was pretty impressive...
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel contains a range of beneficial antioxidants and replenishing ingredients and it has no added chemical fragrances. Since I have a sensitive nose I can still smell the key listed ingredients which are pineapple ceramide, lentil, apple and watermelon... What in the world is pineapple ceramide? Apparently pineapple contains the highest content of ceramide. Pineapple ceramide is a glucose linked ceramide derivative, named as glucoceramide. Glucoceramide has unique biological activity, it reduces melanin contents, induces hyaluronic acid synthase-3 and aquaporin-3 expression. Therefore, glucoceramide treatment contributes skin lightening, moisturising and smoothing effect.Read More
Welcome to my new blog Set to Glow. I hope you enjoy the articles I produce and keep returning to my little slice of skincare and skin health heaven.
Set to Glow is going to be different. I suppose I write all this down as a little mission statement to myself. Over the years I have struggled with my skin. When I was a teenager I had pimples like any teenager. Now I am older, I do bless my oily skin because I look a lot younger than other people my age. That is also down to how much I care for it, as well as protecting myself from the sun. When I was 30 (yes, 30!), I was pretty sick and had a long stay in hospital. One of the side effects of the medication I was taking was pretty sore pustular acne. (Obviously I will elaborate on my skin concerns in Set to Glow articles). Lately my skin is pretty good. However I still struggle with skin concerns and I am really interested in my general health and wellbeing. I also want to look my best.Read More