Would you try a ‘Skin Fast’?

Most of us have a morning and evening skincare routine. For some that will involve dozens of products, while for others it’s limited to a tried and tested one or two. But have you heard of a ‘skin fast’ and would you consider doing one?

Essentially a skin fast is where you go without any of your usual cleansing, toning or moisturising products for anywhere from two days to two weeks.

One of the reporters at Refinery29 recently gave it a go and revealed that although she received compliments from people about her “fresh” and “glowy” complexion, she wasn’t convinced.

Writing for the publication Akesha Reid explained that her skin felt “tight, oily, dehydrated and spotty”, and said that even though people thought she looked good, because she didn’t feel good she wasn’t convinced by the idea of skin fasting.

However, there are benefits to undertaking a skin fast, dermatologist Dr Justine Hextall told the website.

“The idea [of skin fasting] is that by leaving skin treatments, particularly moisturiser, off the skin, the skin produces its own oil and natural moisturising factors,” she explained. However, there are certain times when you shouldn’t skin fast, such as if you are using an active treatment on your skin, or are suffering from eczema or a skin reaction.

If you’re not sure whether it’s a good idea to try a skin fast, speak to a dermatologist in Chester to get their opinion.

As we move into spring, you should think about switching your skincare regime up. Good Housekeeping recently suggested that this is the ideal time to try a skin supplement to help boost the hydration and firmness of your skin.


4 Ways To Treat Migraines

If you’re prone to headaches and migraines, you’ll already know what a serious toll they can take on your life… they can incapacitate you very quickly indeed and affect you for days. And, unfortunately, there is currently no cure for migraines so it’s worth trying to find a source of treatment that works particularly well for you.

Acupuncture, for example, is one of the best ways to alleviate pain and discomfort, and can get you back on your feet before you know it. This procedure has actually been around for at least 3,000 years and as such, is one of the oldest and most commonly used treatments in the world, no doubt because it’s both effective and completely natural.

This might be a great avenue to go down if you’ve never tried it before and find yourself suffering increasingly as time goes on.

Other options to consider include over-the-counter painkillers like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen, but these are typically most effective taken at the first signs of a migraine, which may not always be possible.

You might also want to look into triptan if ordinary painkillers aren’t helping to relieve your symptoms. Triptan medication is a specific painkiller for migraines, available as tablets, injections and nasal sprays.

Even if you’re not experiencing any nausea or vomiting, you could also try anti-sickness medication, as this has also been proven to be effective at addressing migraine symptoms.

If you’d like to try a more holistic approach, come and see us at Cheshire acupuncture clinic Mill Acupuncture to find out more about how this kind of treatment could really help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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