Metabolism boosters to help you through the winter

Metabolism boosters to help you through the winterYour metabolism refers to all the chemical processes that occur in your body. Metabolic rate is the speed at which these metabolic reactions occur. The faster your metabolism, the more calories your body needs to maintain itself. Metabolism is also important in the maintenance of your overall health and energy. Too low of a metabolism has shown to lead to premature aging, and lowered immune system. Our metabolism naturally slows down in the winter time. Therefore, it is important to learn to maintain it.

There are many factors that affect metabolic rate:

  • Age – the older you get, the lower your metabolic rate becomes. It usually declines steadily after the age of 40
  • Muscle mass – The more muscle mass you have, the higher the metabolic rate
  • Body size – The larger you are, the faster your metabolism
  • Environmental temperature – The colder it is, the more calories your body needs to burn to prevent the body temperature from falling
  • Physical activity – the more physically active, the faster your body has to keep up with providing you with enough calories
  • Hormones – each hormone has different effects on our bodily processes

Knowing these factors, here are some healthy habits to boost your metabolism:

Don’t starve

Eat the calories you need to keep your blood sugar levels constant. If you restrict too many calories, your body will go into a state of starvation in order to conserve calories. This will result in an overall lowered metabolism

Get plenty of rest

This will help regulate hormones to keep up your rate of metabolism. For example, cortisol is a ‘stress hormone’ that leads to your body to store energy in the form of fat. It is also linked to declining in mental functioning, weight gain, and insulin resistance (the first step towards diabetes and obesity). Getting enough sleep is crucial to regulating this hormone.

Consume foods that will give your metabolism a boost

body-warming foods such as chilli, cinnamon, ginger and garlic increase the body’s heat production and fat-burning. Green tea is a natural metabolism booster with antioxidants and small amounts of caffeine. Consuming more protein is another good way to increase your metabolism because it doesn’t promote as much fat storage as other macronutrients. It is actively digested by the body, consuming more energy in the process.

Build muscle

Muscle is much more metabolically active than fat, so building muscle can help increase your metabolism.

 

Preparing for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day - Wilderman CosmeticsYou work all day, do chores, manage your busy schedule, and still make time for family and friends. Despite all your stresses and struggles, you always try to look put-together. You care about your partner, and about yourself. But it’s not always easy to look glowing all the time.

Valentine’s Day should be about celebrating love of every kind. Treat yourself, celebrate, and don’t feel guilty!

 Take some ‘Me’ time

Take some time to relax and enjoy yourself. Take a long bath, or cozy up with a book that you’ve been meaning to read since forever. Go for a walk, and take the time to actually enjoy it. If you had a busy day and the sun had already set, at least take a moment to indulge your taste buds with a great dinner and decadent desserts. Just remember to pamper yourself a little. If you have some time during the weekend before Valentines, take a Spa day or show that you care by gifting your loved one with a relaxing day. At the Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic, we can provide you with a pleasant spa experience. We offer services such as Facials, OxyGeneo SuperFacial, and Massages.

 Look your best

There are many steps you can take to look the best version of yourself on this special day. You can watch make-up tutorials, look through fashion magazines for the latest trends, and go on a shopping spree to choose what looks good on you. Gifts you give and receive may be centered on spoiling one another with things that look good. This is the one time of the year that you are encouraged to, after all. Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic provides non-surgical procedures to maintain your youthful glow. Our most popular procedures include Ultherapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections. Ultherapy uses focused ultrasound waves to firm the skin, while PRP uses components of your own blood. To revitalize your look, we also offer soft tissue fillers for a natural boost to your lips, and botulinum toxin to get rid of wrinkles.

Whatever you choose to do, we at the Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic hope you feel happy and special this Valentine’s Day.

 

Let’s learn about the skin

The Skin - Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic

 

The skin is the largest organ of our body. It protects us from external elements, helps regulate temperature, and allow us to feel physical sensations. It also helps remove waste through pores. The oils and sweat secreted by the skin are naturally antibacterial. A crucial part of Vitamin D synthesis occurs on the skin with the appropriate skin exposure. Our skin does more than we can see.

The layers of the skin

The skin is made up of three main layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, in order from superficial to deep.

Epidermis

This is the outermost layer that we can see with the visible eye. It is mostly made up of keratinocytes, which constantly grow outwards, resulting in the dead skin we see on the outer surface. The outermost layer is called the stratum corneum. It takes about 5 weeks for new cells to make their way up to the surface. The thickness of the stratum corneum varies on the parts of the body. For instance, it is thicker around the feet than the eyes. The epidermis also has special immune cells to help protect us from infectious agents. It also contains melanocytes that produce the skin pigment melanin. Melanin gives our skin its colour.

Dermis

The Dermis is the largest layer of the skin. It is made up of collagen fibers and elastin, giving the skin strength, support, and elasticity. Fibroblasts are responsible for synthesizing collagen and elastin. Moreover, blood vessels dilate or contract here to regulate body temperature. Network of nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, and oil glands are also found in this layer.

Collagen

This is the most abundant protein. It prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Over time, factors such as aging and environmental damage decreases collagen production and also breaks down existing collagen

Elastin

This gives structure and support to the skin and organs. It is diminished by similar factors as collagen, which results in wrinkles and sag

Kertain

This is the strongest protein in the skin, the dominant component of hairs and nails. It makes the skin rigid and makes up kertinocytes in the epidermis.

Hypodermis or Subcutaneous Tissue

This is mostly made up of fat. Fat serves as insulation, fuel, and cushion. It also attaches the dermis to muscles and bones and is a point of connection for blood vessel and nerves to the rest of the body.

Foods That Will Keep Your Skin Glowing In The Winter

Winter can be a tough time for your skin. Skin care routines are important, but there is more you can do for your skin. Certain foods can help your skin protect itself from the harsh winter and boost its appearance. It’s hard to choose healthy options in the winter, when all you want to do is cozy up, celebrate holidays, and surround yourself in sweets. But investing a little bit of time during your trip to the grocery store can make all the difference, and help you looking glowing all day. Here are some things to look out for:

Carrots

They are high in Vitamin A and C. Similar foods include winter squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

  • Vitamin A helps protect the skin from sun damage (which still exists in the winter!) and fade skin pigmentation. It attacks free radicals, which is a source of premature aging and stimulates fibroblasts
    • Fibroblasts – active cell responsible for maintenance of healthy tissues

Grapefruit or other citruses

They are high in Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C is a precursor to collagen production. Collagen is needed to maintain skin elasticity, smoothness, and tone. It also helps brighten and even out the skin tone.

Berries

They are High in antioxidants and Vitamins

  • Antioxidants help battle free radicals that cause damage to cells. This can prevent wrinkles, uneven skin tone and other signs of aging.

Edamame

They are Rich in isoflavones

  • Isoflavones act like antioxidants in fighting free radicals

Fatty fish

They are high in Omega-3 and healthy fats. Certain fish like halibut and yellowfin tuna contain selenium

  • Omega-3 and healthy fats keep skin moisturized and soft. This prevents premature wrinkles. It also strengthens skin cells, protects against cancer, and help reduce inflammation. Other sources of Omega-3 include chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts. Coconut and avocados are also great sources of healthy fats
  • Selenium is a mineral a mineral that preserves elastin in the skin. Elastin keeps your skin tight and smooth.

Olives

Olives are high in Vitamin E

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, preventing free radicals from damaging our cells. It also helps keep our skin moist. If you don’t like olives, almonds are also a great source of Vitamin E

Broccoli

This is rich in Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

Avocado

This Contains healthy fats, vitamins, proteins (one of the fruits that contain the highest amount of protein)

  • Proteins help support the collagen structures and elastin on your skin. Avocados are fruits, so you can obtain proteins without cholesterol, which is always present in animal products.

Oatmeal

Contains fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

  • Fiber naturally boosts metabolism and helps you keep fuller longer

PRP One Day Sale

Dear Beauties! The Holiday Season is already here. Treat yourself to the gift you deserve! Do not miss our One Day Sale for PRP – December 19,2017 at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic. Save $200 on PRP procedure: regular price is $650, the special price will be $450. Meet the New Year with healthier, smoother and glowing skin!