Feeling great

Feeling great

We can’t get enough of sisters Kim (a third year Dermatology Registrar) and Kelly Ansley (a private practising dietician). They sat down with us to talk about feeling good inside and out with chemical peels, glowing skin and a great breakfast…

Kim talks skincare…

Let’s start on the outside: Are chemical peels really good for our skin?

A chemical peel is a treatment in which an acid solution is applied to the face. Essentially, it burns the skin in a controlled manner, which causes the outer layers to exfoliate and peel off, leaving behind newer and healthier skin. There are different solutions of varying strengths, which are chosen depending on your desired results. This also determines the number of layers of skin that are removed. When done correctly and by trained therapists, chemical peels have many benefits, including the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement in mild to moderate acne scars, reduction in age spots or pigmentation, and overall improvement in skin texture and appearance.

What is the ultimate secret to glowing skin?

‘Glowing skin’ is generally a slang term that refers to a perfect, flawless and blemish-free complexion. But in reality, this rarely exists. Instead of striving for perfection, we should rather aim for skin that is healthy, radiant and well cared for.

What’s your ultimate skincare tip?

If I could give everyone a skincare tip, it would be to wear sunscreen on a daily basis.


Kelly on all things diet…

Now on to the inside: Are there any drinks and foods we should avoid?

It’s estimated that children and adults are eating about 40 to 100g of added sugar daily. That’s 10 to 25 teaspoons, which is seriously concerning! Stats show that two in three women, one in three men, and one in four children are overweight or obese in South Africa, and sugar is a major contributor. I always advise my patients to start reading food labels and look for hidden or added sugar.

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

Yes! Studies in children have shown the positive effect of breakfast on concentration, energy and school grades when compared to children who skipped breakfast. But while breakfast is important, we shouldn’t skip other main meals or go for long periods of time without eating. The body requires fuel or energy from food sources.

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Get It Joburg North Campus September 2016

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