Massage and Skin Conditions

The skin is actually the largest organ in the body. It protects your bones, muscles and organs, helps resist disease, and allows you to sense and ract to stimuli like hot, cold and pain. Your skin sheds close to 50,000 cells every minute.

Virtually everyone will suffer some sort of skin condition at some time in their lives. Whether it’s something like acne or skin tags, or something more chronic like basal cell carcinoma, treatments and proactive and preventative measures can shorten the duration of the condition.

When it comes to getting a massage, you should always disclose to your therapist any skin conditions you are aware of before the session. A qualified therapist is well trained to made decisions about how (or if) they will massage the affected areas. In some cases they’ll send you back to your physician for clearance before a massage session.

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Do I Really Need Sunscreen?

Studies have shown that a sensible amount of sun actually reduces your risk of several cancers and other serious health conditions. It’s all thanks to vitamin D, made by our bodies as a result of our skin’s absorption of the sun’s UVB rays. Most of us get about 90 per cent of our vitamin D from the sun – even in Winter time!
But, too much of a good thing is definitely not good for us. While we cannot live without sun, it is, by far, the worst enemy of our skin. In excess amounts, sunlight creates free radicals, which cause cell damage, eventually leading to very serious skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.

 

It’s all about the rays

The sun emits three kinds of ultraviolet (UV) rays: UVC, UVB, and UVA. UVC rays are short rays that are, thankfully, blocked by the ozone layer, and in large doses are deadly to all live creatures because of their germicidal properties. UVB rays are the next longest UV rays. These are the rays that, in excess amounts, contribute to most skin cancers and are responsible for sunburns. UVB are much stronger than UVA rays, which are the longest rays, and responsible for damage of precious collagen and elastin fibrils causing skin to age prematurely.

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