I am a great believer that one should be kind to oneself, yet I myself do not always follow my own advice, but when I got to the time where
burn-out was knocking on the front door I realized that it was time to get away for a while.
It is not only the over-tiredness, irritability and lethargy that gets to you, but you also get to the stage where you do not pay enough time and effort to your diet, your grooming and your general well-being.
So, for two weeks I jetted off to the world-famous Jeffrey's Bay in South Africa - the
Mecca of all surfers and hip holiday makers.
Although I spent most of the time just relaxing and not doing much, it was time that I needed to
re-charge my batteries and see life in the correct perspective, as we all need to do from time to time, especially after a busy draining and difficult year.
We sometimes think that holidays are just there to have one great party and to do as much as possible, yet I believe that during our holidays we should have enough
quality time alone to relax, re-charge our batteries, sort out the things in our minds that worry us, and to plan ahead.
In our everyday life we so seldom have time to kick-back and look at things in perspective, yet if we don't, life just seems to pass us by and we get caught up in the whirlwind of
everyday problems and hassles and in doing so very seldom feel in control.
So, if you are taking time off at this time of the year - take some time just for yourself - let your family do their own running around, and try to spend some time alone even if it takes the form of reading your favorite book, or taking long solitary strolls on the beach.
With the holiday season around the corner, a lot of people will be doing holiday air travel to friends and family, or other holiday destinations, to spend their well earned rest. Most of the time it will include air travel, and in some cases even long haul or international flights, which cross different time zones, with resultant jet lag - more on beating jet lag later on.
Since so many people feel out of sorts, even when traveling relatively short distances by air, we have decided to discuss this matter in today's newsletter, in preparation for a great holiday season.
When most people board a plane while on holiday, they are normally relaxed and in the mood to enjoy themselves - this normally includes having alcoholic beverages at times when they would normally not have anything alcoholic. But alcohol is not the only culprit - the seemingly innocent cup of tea or coffee can also influence you negatively.
Because of the increased air pressure while traveling on board a pressurized aircraft, alcohol sometimes has strange effects on people who normally are not affected by it. One of the worst "side effects" of having a drink prior to your flight, or while on route, is the diuretic effect on your body.
The pressurized air in the aircraft is already devoid of moisture requiring your body to compensate for this lack - but with increased urination, the problem gets worse.
Remember - if you feel thirsty, you might be slightly dehydrated and need to take in fluids to balance the fluid in your body. DO NOT ignore it if you feel thirsty - but keep away from the drinks trolley and rather opt for a bottle of spring water. It might not be as interesting as having a drink - but your body will love it.
It is also reported by people who drink excessively when flying, that they have a worse hangover than normal - the reason for this is the extra dehydration that they experience.
Coffee and tea also can have this effect to a smaller degree, and the best fluid to take while flying is pure bottled water with no added carbon. Having carbonated fizzy drinks can make you feel bloated and could in some cases cause a stomach upset.
And talking about stomachs, try and keep your food intake to a moderately light meal - although most air carriers are not known for unforgettable meals, people are more prone to snack while waiting for their plane to depart, as well as during the flight.
Some people are also extra tense before and during a flight, and since we do not advocate the use of tranquilizers, it might be worth your while to look at taking some St John's Wort. But keep in mind - if you take St John's Wort, you might become photosensitive, as a small amount of people do show signs of being far more light sensitive while taking this herb.
When we start looking at the negative effect that flying has on our skin and general looks, we must first realize that it is the drying effect of the air, which causes our skin to react that way. That is why cabin attendants with a bad skincare routine, start to show aging far quicker, since they are exposed to the drying cabin air far more regularly.
When flying try and keep make-up to a minimum and follow a good skincare regime before leaving for the airport.
Spend time to properly clean, tone and most importantly moisturize your skin. While flying the moisture is stripped from your skin, and although the body gallantly tries to keep it moisturized from the inside, it can do with some help from the outside.
It is of paramount importance to keep your skin hydrated at all times. It might be good to look for a "heavy duty" type of moisturizer, or to regularly re-apply a lighter type of moisturizer. With a heavy type of moisturizer you could look at something like your regular night cream, since it is normally richer than your day cream.
You should take great care keeping the sensitive areas, like those fragile areas around your eyes, well protected, since they are the areas to show winkles and dehydration first. Our eye gel at http://www.ageless.co.za/eyegel.htm is great at keeping this area hydrated and for fighting wrinkles.
As soon as I get off a long haul flight, I normally treat my skin to a good exfoliation, to get rid of any dirt or grime that might have become lodged on my skin.
When you fly through different time zones, your body cannot adapt quickly enough to the new local time, and still tries to function on its internal body clock.
This normally does not happen when you only cross two time zones, or if you fly longitudinally, as the sun rises and sets at the same time - you for instance do not suffer too much from flying from South Africa to London, but feel the jet lag when traveling from London to Los Angeles or New York.
To combat jet lag, many different types of remedies are put forward, but an interesting web site can help you beat jet lag - please look at http://www.bodyclock.com.At this site they discuss the body's problem to adapt, and a novel way is put forward to beat it, by increasing your exposure to light at different times, to help your body get into sync again.
I personally prefer to take a daylight flight when traveling through different time zones, and when arriving at my destination treat myself to a good stimulating body scrub followed by a long soak in a warm bath with a selection of perking-up essential oils. (For more on essential oils have a look at http://www.essentialoils.co.za)
My body's ill timed wants, like wishing for breakfast when it is supper time, I go with, if it is a short stay-over, or for a longer stay, try to, as soon as possible, fit into the daily rhythm of my new location as soon as possible - even if it means to stay awake when I am very tired, and rather go to bed at bedtime at the new location.
Another common problem when flying is the retention of fluid in your tissues and muscles as well as developing cramps.
Aircrafts have extremely limited space, and to start walking the aisles for hours on end will disrupt the work of the poor cabin staff, so try and rather keep your muscles and joints limber while seated.
Before doing the following exercises during your flight, please check with your medical doctor if they are suitable for you.
- Place one leg over the other and gently rotate your ankles 3 times in a clockwise direction, and then 3 times in an anti-clockwise direction. Change legs and repeat with the other ankle.
- While sitting upright, pull your shoulders gently towards your ears and relax them again. Repeat three times.
- While sitting lean forward in your chair whilst pulling in your stomach, relax your stomach and sit back again - repeat three times.
- Gently move your head towards your shoulder on the left hand side, bring it back to the upright position and repeat the motion to the right hand side. Repeat the exercise three times. (please do this gently and do not force your head any further than what it can comfortably go.)
- While sitting, cross your arms and place your hands on the opposite shoulder. Lift your elbows while breathing in deeply to the count of three, and hold your breath for a count of three. Lower your elbows, and exhale.
Please note - these exercises must be done gently, and if sore, stop. Check with your medical doctor before doing the exercises, or if in doubt about any aspects of your health.
When you head into the sunny parts of the world - be careful about burning in the sun. Use a sunscreen, or a moisturizer combined with a sunscreen, and should you pick up a bad sunburn - please consult a doctor if in doubt, but if you just wish to soothe your sun burnt skin, look at a cream, like our great healing cream at http://www.ageless.co.za/reconstr.htm
Remember - your vacation should be a time for sun, enjoyment and relaxation. Plan your holiday well to cut out any stresses of a badly planned holiday, and if applicable, use some of the tips above to make your trip an enjoyable one.
- Healing cream
- To assist in wound healing while soothing skin complaints – such as eczema and psoriasis, acne and piles and moisturizing and protecting the skin. This product has shown its effectiveness over a wide range of problems and judging from sales over more than a decade – it is the trusted healing cream to help with all mishaps, allergic reactions, irritated, burning, itchy and uncomfortable skin conditions.
- Face wash
- This face wash will properly clean your face and remove all impurities and environmental pollutants, without drying the skin. It contains eight herbal extracts to help promote a clear, vital and healthy complexion and a younger looking skin.
- Moisturizing day cream
- This day cream is formulated to help fight the signs of aging on various fronts. It helps to reduce free radical damage which, if left unchecked, leads to premature aging. The herbal extracts help to promote cell rejuvenation and regeneration and provide moisture and hydration to the skin.
- Nourishing night cream
- This nourishing night cream penetrates the skin extremely well and does not make the skin feel oily. It contains a host of herbal extracts to help in the fight against premature aging and has added vitamin E as well. Apart from the moisturizing effect and the anti-aging properties it also softens and smoothes the skin.
- Eye gel
- An effective refreshing eye gel to help reduce puffiness and dark rings around the eyes, while fighting wrinkles and lines. This is a very clever combination of herbal extracts and the base formula has its roots in a clinically proven formula.
- Mud face mask
- With this skin treatment product we combined a special selection of herbs in a base of thermal mud with oligoelements. This recommended weekly treatment will boost circulation to the skin, help to fight wrinkles and lines, improve firmness while at the same time improving suppleness and elasticity of the skin.
- Shampoo with rosemary extract + 7 other herbals
- Our shampoo is in a class of its own – and granted – it is far more expensive than cheap supermarket shampoos, but no other shampoo has the active ingredients we have in our shampoo. The rosemary will boost the health of the hair and scalp, while the other seven herbal extracts will help strengthen the hair and make it shine, increase the volume and make it manageable.
- Rosemary hair treatment conditioner
- We have found that this hair conditioner should really be used as a conditioning treatment. This then removes the need to condition the hair every time you wash – and can be used once a month. It is a superb hair tonic and helps in the control of sebum secretion of the scalp. Although not formulated for dandruff – the ingredients will assist with this as well, while supporting the health of the scalp.
- Hand and body lotion
- When formulating this hand and body lotion we created a rich nourishing, protecting and reviving lotion, which will not leave the skin oily or tacky, but will create a well moisturized, hydrated and supple skin. After applying this lotion it will quickly be absorbed by the skin, leaving it silky soft, smooth and well moisturized.
- Stretch mark gel
- Although nothing can remove already formed stretch marks (only surgery can do that) – thousands of satisfied clients confirm that this gel improves the appearance of old stretch marks. The gel will help in PREVENTING stretch marks (a 92% success rate) and is used with great success by expectant mothers and body builders who may form marks when bulking-up. The formula of this gel is based on clinical studies done in France, to which we added other herbal extracts.
- Cellulite gel
- Fighting cellulite is easy with this herbal cellulite gel. It contains a patented extract of Bayberry (Myriceline) and nine other plant extracts and essential oils. The gel will help to get rid of cellulite (which has been clinically proven) and will also help to prevent cellulite from forming. So now it is easy to get your soft body contours back again.
- Apple cider vinegar (liquid) with Centella asiatica
- The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are combined with the therapeutic properties of Centella asiatica. This old folk remedy is still used with great effect by thousands of people daily.
- Digest capsules
- If your digestive system is under-par and you struggle with constipation or you simply need to boost the health of your digestive system then this capsule is for you. Fenugreek is a general digestive tonic and psyllium is a magical bulking agent that will help proper bowel movements, without using a laxative.
- Detox capsules
- Our modern day lifestyle exposes us to many unwanted additive and our diet also places stress on the body. To help the body get rid of toxins and waste materials naturally we combined fennel, basil, celery and parsley to help the body remove these toxins. It peps-up your metabolism and helps the bladder, kidneys and liver to do their work more effectively.
- Urinary and bladder health capsules
- Using an all natural approach, our capsules will help the discomfort and burning urine sensation of urinary tract infection and help clear up foul smelling urine. We combined cranberry, dandelion, uva ursi and vitamin C in a single capsule to effectively fight bladder infections and to stop the burning sensation when urinating.
- Tri- Mushroom blend capsules
- If you need an immune system boost then have a look at our combination of maitake, reishi and shiitake mushrooms. These mushrooms have showed to be a great help in boosting the immune system – and form a good nutritional supplement support for HIV/Aids patients and people receiving chemotherapy. Any person with even a slightly compromised immune system may benefit from this supplement.
- Olive leaf extract capsules
- This natural detoxifier helps with a variety of ailments and people with chronic fatigue syndrome, infections, glandular fever (Epstein Barr), and even candida and herpes have found it of value. Olive leaf extract helps to fight bacteria, viruses, retroviruses, and protozoa and yeast strains. Apart from fighting all of these problems it also helps to improve kidney function and fights free radicals.
- Sexual supplement (previously known as Vuka Nkuzi)
- Men normally don’t admit when they have a declining libido although it is a most common problem. We combine in this supplement seven different natural ingredients to boost sexual health – without any side effects often experienced with such medication. After more than a decade, and thousands of regular Vuka Nkuzi clients we still offer this well priced supplement to boost the libido.
- Jojoba oil
- This liquid golden ester not only moisturizes and penetrates the skin but also helps to fight wrinkles and lines while promoting a clear and unblemished skin. Jojoba does not clog the pores but helps to restore skin elasticity and smoothness. It will leave the skin supple and velvety soft without any oiliness and can be used neat on the skin.
- Lavender oil
- This is the most popular essential oil and with good reason. Lavender oil is a superb product to use on burns, insect bites, sunburn, wounds and other skin complaints and irritations. Lavender oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat (not diluted) on the skin, and is great to help with regeneration and rejuvenation of skin cells. Emotionally it has a calming and soothing effect and is an exceptionally pleasant smelling oil.
- Tea tree oil
- Once used, you will always have a bottle of tea tree essential oil handy. It deals effectively with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our oil surpasses the “Australian Standard” by having less than 15% 1,8 cineole and more than 30% of Terpinen-4-ol. This powerful essential oil is effective in various ways to fight infections and skin problems.
- Almond oil
- This light and deeply moisturizing oil has a softening effect on the skin and can be used on the face and body. Almond oil has excellent emollient properties and helps to balance water and moisture loss in the skin. It can be used neat on the skin and also makes an excellent massage base.