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Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. It is a
temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of
the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity, of
the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

CelgenicsNobody grows old by merely living a number of years.People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair, these are thelong, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether seventy or seventeen there is in every beings heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement of the stars and the starlight things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events and the childlike appetite for what’s next, and the joy and the game of life.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as
young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear. So long
as your heart receives messages of beauty, cheer, courage,
grandeur and power from the earth, from man, and from
the infinite, so long you are young.

General Douglas MacArthur


 Vitamin D3

A Skin Essential

Vitamin D deficiency has become so common in recent years that doctors now test for it automatically when doing blood tests.

It’s not just skin that vitamin D is important for, it’s important for preventing osteoporosis, prostate problems, breast and other cancers, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and inflammatory bowel disease.  Vitamin D used to be added to milk, it was supposed to be a cheap way to protect the public from deficiency.

However, Vitamin D3 is made from cholesterol in the skin and requires the sun to activate the process. The season of the year changes the angle that the sun’s rays reach the Earth and that angle will affect how much UVB reaches the skin.  It’s worth knowing that the further north you live the less intense the UV exposure is because the sun is low and its rays have further to travel. If you live above 35° latitude you are unable to make vitamin D from the sun between November and March.

Feed your skin with CelgenicsIt helps to regulate inflammation in the skin. Most diets don’t provide adequate amounts of vitamin D so anyone who doesn’t receive enough sun exposure is at risk of developing a deficiency –  muscle weakness, fibromyalgia, impaired balance and depression can all be signs of deficiency.
Psoriasis is probably the skin condition that vitamin D is most notably good for; though most people think that it’s just sunlight which is doing the job. In a way it is, but the job that sunlight is doing is to trigger the body’s vitamin D production which helps to heal psoriasis.

Skin types are classified on a scale of 1 to 6. Type I is fair and burns very easily whereas type 6 is dark skinned and never burns. It’s worth remembering that dark skinned people will require up to 10 times the amount of sunlight as fair skinned people because it’s harder for the sun to penetrate their skin and to manufacture vitamin D.
Dietary sources of vitamin D are from fortified dairy products although this form of vitamin D is D2 (calciferol) which is not the active form. It is absorbed in the small intestine.  The other dietary source is in fish liver oils. If this is how you want to get your vitamin D, be sure to use fish oils that have been tested in a lab for heavy metals and chemicals. Not all fish oils are equal!


You might be surprised at my fourth choice to feed your skin


Copper is needed for the production of collagen and elastin. Elastin is a major protein of connective tissue and importantly is the major protein of the elastic structure of the walls of blood vessels. Without Copper (and Vitamin C) you cannot make collagen and since collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, found in connective tissue of tendons, cartilage, ligaments, bone, kidney and skin you can see how important it is to feed your skin from the inside out.

Copper also helps promote the production of hyaluronic acid which means better skin plumping. Over the past few years hyaluronic acid has become synonymous with youth, beauty and skin healing. We make about 5000 mg of hyaluronic acid on a daily basis but once it’s produced it doesn’t last long. (The half life is just one day). Inflammation in our body will destroy hyaluronic acid which explains why inflammation has been linked to the ageing process.
It also helps with regulating the pigmentation of your skin – melanin is the pigment in skin, hair, retina of the eyes and is also found in your adrenals. Copper is also needed for your body at a cellular level, including skin cells, to produce energy (ATP).

Foods containing Copper:
Beef, veal, yeast, oysters, crab, nuts, cashews, coconuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazils, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, celery seeds, chick peas, raisins salmon, cheese, carrots, red cabbage, potatoes.


Feed your skin from the inside out

You are what you eat is a cliche but true.  When I look at my clients diets and discover they have 6 cups of coffee a day, a ‘health’ bar for breakfast, white bread sandwiches for lunch, chocolate at 5pm to give them a boost of energy, 3 or 4 glasses of wine in the evening and they don’t know why they’re so exhausted, we start a journey of making changes that will give them energy and vitality. Skin Food

I liken it to running a Rolls Royce on lawnmower petrol.  And the older we get, our diet becomes ever more important as we make fewer enzymes and less stomach acid to break down our food, so the food we eat needs to be the most nutritious we can make it.

Our skin is often the first place we signs of deficiencies.

No 3 of my top 10 – feed your skin with Zinc

Zinc is often forgotten when people think about nutrients needed for their skin. But zinc is present in both the dermis and the epidermis with about 6% of your total body zinc found in skin.  It is essential for normal skin function. It helps to stabilise cell membranes which sounds a bit technical but basically, it means that cells function better and the zinc gives them protection against free radical damage. We know that ageing and premature ageing is often caused by inflammation and free radical damage.

Zinc is stored in your liver and kidney mainly, and it is a crucial mineral for many biochemical pathways in the body.

Deficiency of zinc:

Not enough zinc can lead to changes in skin pigmentation and skin lesions on areas that have been exposed to friction or pressure – such as elbows.

If you have ever wondered why your taste buds don’t seem as good as normal, you could be deficient in Zinc.

If you cut yourself the speed of healing is also dependent on the amount of zinc in your system.

It’s useful to know that if your diet is high in cereals brackets which contain phytate) it can interfere with intestinal absorption of zinc, similarly, excess copper can also affect zinc absorption.

If you go on a weight loss programme ,you excrete more zinc in your urine (normally you excrete about 1 to 2 mg a day from your intestinal tract through bowel movements).Feed your skin

For anyone with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, type 1 diabetes, their absorption of zinc from their diet will be reduced so they should probably supplement to keep their levels at a healthy level.
The contraceptive pill can interfere with zinc absorption as can diuretic drugs.

Foods containing zinc:
Oysters, liver, beef, chicken beef, veal, crab, turkey, seeds, brazil nuts, cashews, cheese, egg yolk, milk, shrimp.

“ Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, so said Hippocrates in the 5th century BC. In today’s world this is probably more important than ever before. Hippocrates is known as the father of western medicine, he recognised the value of eating well and the potential of certain foods for good health.


Feed your skin from the inside

Good skin comes from the inside out, not the outside in!  For all round health and vitality there are about 20 different nutrients that contribute to the health of your skin.

My Top 10 Nutrients you absolutely can’t do without! 

No 1. Vitamin A / Beta Carotene

It contributes to the normal function of the skin; if you have a deficiency it can show up as thicker areas of skin where it looks scaly and dry. It’s important for wound healing so if you cut your skin, vitamin A will be important for the healing process.

Animal sources: Fatty fish, egg yolk, whole milk, butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt (liver calves liver
Vegetable sources: spinach, carrots, red peppers, broccoli, kale, chard, tomatoes, apricots, marrow , sweet potato

Feed your skin

No 2. Vitamin C

Absolutely crucial for skin health and how the skin functions. Without Vitamin C you cannot make collagen.
If you eat a lot of sugar – in chocolate, biscuits, cakes, soft drinks – it’s worth knowing that Sugar has a very similar molecular structure to Vitamin C and displaces it from its’ proper binding sites which means that Vitamin C is not available for Collagen production.

Deficiencies can result in scurvy and hair loss at worst, not to mention its role as an antioxidant which means that if you’re not getting enough, you are at risk of an increase in the ageing process because it’s not acting as an anti oxidant against free radicals.  We now know that free radicals cause inflammation and inflammation is one of the leading causes of premature ageing.
It’s worth knowing that if you get a lot of sun exposure it will deplete the vitamin C content of the skin.

This is not an exhaustive list of vitamin C containing foods:

Citrus fruits, rose hips, sprouted alfalfa seeds, tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, all green leafy vegetables, blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and soft fruits, bananas, apples, pineapple, pears, carrots, cauliflower, parsley(cranberries, guava, brussel sprouts, red peppers, kiwis.

Feed your skinGetting your nutrients from food is the best way but I’m the first to recognise that the food we eat today doesn’t always contain the nutrients it should due to deficiencies in the soil. 


Healing Energy for Organic Skincare

Organic Skincare and Healing Energy

The basis of Celgenics is founded on energy. I believe that one day all skincare will be made this way.

How can it be otherwise? We are all energetic beings transmitting energy and receiving energy. We may not be aware of it but it’s happening all the time even though we’re not aware of it.

The most obvious way we react to energy is how we react to the energy of the sun’s rays and produce vitamin D as well as going brown.

When you go hospital for an ECG, you have the electrical impulses measured that are given off by your heart. The strength and timing of electrical signals are recorded as they pass through the heart.

Using a smart phone or tablet requires that the energy from your finger is recognised – wearing gloves usually doesn’t work.

Not only are human beings transmitters of energy, so too is everything around us; from trees and plants to the food we eat and the water we drink. If you’ve ever stood under a 1000 year old oak tree, you know that you can feel it’s age, you can experience the energy of the tree. It simply emits its presence into the world.

file0001282588388The energy of essential oils is similarly tangible – they have a quality that often reflects how they were produced and how they have been stored. Homeopathic remedies are literally energy remedies – they have been diluted to the point where they no longer contain any of the original substance – instead, they carry the energetic imprint of the original substance – this fact is hard for many people to accept and leads them to declare that homeopathy doesn’t work. The truth is stranger – the more a homeopathic remedy is diluted, the stronger and more effective it is!

Because I have worked for many years using homeopathic remedies to make changes to my clients health, my ‘Ah Ha’ moment came when I realised that I could enhance the efficacy of Celgenics skincare if I incorporated these energy remedies into the water that goes into the creams.
It wasn’t the only ‘energy’ transfer I made. I created a ritual that essentially infuses the creams with healing energy. They became something much more special than the sum of their ingredients.

I like to think of Celgenics as the Best Natural and Organic Skincare with purity and healing at the core of it’s being.