Dr. Linda Miles, DOM, Vice President and Formulator of derma e®, has blended her expertise in complementary health care and biotechnology for over three decades, pioneering the development of innovative, high-performance natural personal care products.
As a health practitioner and business leader in the industry, Miles has been at the forefront of the cultural shift to natural health solutions. “People still ask me what the benefit of using natural products is, and I always respond that ‘nature knows best’,” Miles says. “The power of nature is pretty amazing, and we often can’t re-create that complexity and balance in a lab by using just synthetic ingredients. Nature provides us with healing agents that are superior in performance to chemical alternatives—antioxidants are our best example of that. Many people were under the misconception that ‘natural’ means a product is not as strong. We’re changing that ideology and have proven time and again, via scientific channels, that natural can be even more effective than man-made.”
As part of her lifelong passion in holistic health, Miles received status as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) from the state of New Mexico. She also earned her Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Acupuncturist. Once a week, Miles donates her time giving Chinese herb and acupuncture treatments to MEND clients. MEND, Meet Each Need with Dignity, is a non-profit organization that helps relieve the effects of poverty through a holistic and humanitarian approach.
KM were intrigued to learn more from Dr. Miles about how women living in the UAE’s harsh weather conditions can take better care of their skin from the inside out… here are her top ten tips prepared exclusively for KM:
- Feed your body nutritious foods, and limit your intake of refined sugars, flours and other dicey substances such as caffeine and alcohol.
- Stay hydrated from the inside out — drink a full eight to ten glasses of fresh, pure water every day.
- Get regular exercise. It increases blood and nutrient flow to all parts of the body including the skin and aids in eliminating toxins as the body sweats.
- Use a soap-free, natural cleanser on the face and neck that removes dirt without stripping skin of its natural oils and moisture (remember that the natural moisture protects the skin).
- Use a pH balanced toner containing natural astringents such as witch hazel. Toners help restore the pH balance of the skin, preparing it to receive maximum benefits from your treatment or moisturiser.
- All skin types require moisturising, even blemish-prone skin. Using a moisturizer containing nourishing vitamins and herbs ensures that the skin receives beneficial nutrients than cannot be obtained from diet alone.
- All skin types should also be exfoliated at least once a week, though some may benefit from more frequent exfoliation. Exfoliation helps to remove the build-up of dead cells and waste from the surface of the skin, unclog pores, and stimulate cellular renewal, leaving behind the new, healthier cells and allowing the skin to function optimally.
- Hot weather, make-up, sweat and dust can lead to excess oils and build-up leaving pores clogged, potentially causing future breakouts. To avoid the same it is advised to carry chemical-free cleansing face wipes (preferably the ones that contain Tea Tree) in your handbag – they are a quick and convenient way to remove impurities and refresh over-heated skin
- The sun’s UVB rays can quickly burn skin and its UVA rays can cause visible signs of ageing such as brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore it is highly advised to use natural sunscreen rich in antioxidants & mineral Zinc Oxide on a daily basis
- Lastly, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun! Wear protective clothing – a hat with a large brim, a lightweight scarf to protect your neck, a long-sleeve blouse to protect your arms and lightweight cotton pants to protect your legs