Natural Anti Aging and Rosacea Blog

Natural Anti Aging and Rosacea Blog keeps readers informed about new products, ingredients and treatments to help in the war against ageing and skin problems. Articles include all aspects of skin health and home care.

Soothing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With MSM

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

 

Soothing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome With MSM

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a sign of the times. Using your hands to work gaming devices and manoeuvre your computer mouse easily creates a pinched nerve in the wrist. For many the resulting pain can become almost unmanageable and lead to issues for their daily work and even their favourite past times. The good news is that many people have found relief from Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM).


CTS and the Symptoms

CTS leads to issues that can include not only pain but numbness and weakness. Numbness usually affects the index and middle fingers while the thumb is most commonly affected by weakness. The carpal tunnel consists of eight bones found in the wrist. These bones are called carpal and the way they are situated they form a tunnel that contains the nerves connected to the hand.

If you suffer from CTS common symptoms can include:

  • Disturbances from sleep due to pain
  • Inability to use the fingers
  • A swollen feeling
  • Tingling in the hands during the day with inability to squeeze
  • Loss of strength in the thumb
  • Shooting pain from the hand to the shoulder

MSM provides much needed sulphur which can assist in reducing the pain and discomfort of CTS. Many people do not realise that sulphur is an essential nutrient which plays a key role in joint health. It occurs naturally in joint tissue and also stabilises connective tissue in tendons, cartilage and ligaments. Sulphur is found in many foods but it is often lost once cooked. An MSM supplement can provide you with the sulphur you need.

MSM Powder and Pain

MSM supplements can assist with managing CTS pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also supports the healing of tissue that can be damaged due to repetitive injuries such as those found in CTS and the ensuing long-term inflammation.

If you are interested in taking MSM for pain you must use pure MSM powder which is far more bioavailable. This means it is easily absorbed. The anti-caking products used in many MSM powder supplements will reduce the body’s ability to absorb the sulphur.

Here at MiSMO we offer a high quality MSM powder –a larger grain –to avoid clumping and therefore no fillers or anti-caking ingredients are required. To help decrease the inflammation of CTS 3000 mg of MSM powder is required twice daily.

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Cleansing your face properly

Monday, March 02, 2015

Are You Cleansing Your Face Properly?

Chances are your answer is “Of course I am!”However, right about now you might be starting to second guess yourself. If you are experiencing issues with your skin whether it is blemishes or dryness, there is a possibility it all stems from using the wrong skin cleansing regime.

Night and Day

Excessive washing can dry out the skin, whereas not enough washing can be problematic if you have oily skin. The rule of thumb is once before bed for dry skin and once in the morning and once in the evening for oily skin. As well if you tend to suffer from breakouts an additional washing following a workout or doing something that makes you sweat is a good idea to remove excess oil.


Pore You

If you tend to break out chances are you have large pores. Large pores lead to clogging which in turn leads to breakouts. Although many people think they can shrink their pores, the truth is this is not possible. The best you can do is make an effort to keep skin clean in order to reduce blocked pores by cleansing and exfoliating.

Ingredient not Skin Type

It is not about finding the right cleanser for your skin type, as much as it is about finding the right ingredients. Look for rinse off cleansers to remove residue and avoid cleansers that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) as this not only dries skin but also leads to flare ups.

You should also read the label to avoid parabens, mineral oils and alcohol. Instead look for natural ingredients such as lactic and glycolic acids for problem skin, bamboo stem and French rice powder for exfoliation and Organic Aloe Vera, MSM, olive and macadamia oils for smooth, clean skin.

The Right Cloth

If you have sensitive skin or, better yet, just don’t have it in you to take off your makeup after a night on the town, using a specialty cleansing cloth such as a MiSMo Face Cloth is a god send. These specialty cloths can make easy work of a face full of makeup including waterproof mascara by gently wiping away residue with nothing more than warm water. You can also use them with your cleanser of choice.

MiSMo Cleansers and the MiSMo Face Cloth are the perfect duo to help improve your face cleansing regime. MiSMo Cleansers

 


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Hyaluronic Acid - An Important Skincare Ingredient

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hyaluronic Acid - An Important Skincare Ingredient

Aging plays all kinds of cruel tricks on us. Our skin is one of the first things to “go” during the aging process and it can be distressing watching as our once supple skin begins to thin, sag and become more wrinkled.

The good news is that science is always trying to stay one step ahead, and assist you in helping repair the damage age can cause to your skin. One of the latest and greatest ingredients is naturally occurring hyaluronic acid to keep you looking younger.

 

Your Skin’s Own Plumper

Hyaluronic acid plays a very important role in your body. It provides a gentle, natural cushion that helps protect not only your skin but your joints, eyes, nerves and even your hair. It provides a lubricating agent that helps keep that lovely plump, youthful look to your cheeks as well as the suppleness of youthful skin that allows it to return to its smooth state when your face is relaxed.

As you age there is a reduction in hyaluronic acid which is why you will see the permanent appearance of lines and wrinkles as your skin becomes less supple.

Water Magnet

You are always hearing how important water is to your skin and body. Hyaluronic acid acts as a magnet for water and can actually hold as much as 1,000 times its own weight in water. This is good news for your skin as it is then better able to retain moisture.

Best Filler

If you are willing to submit to injections in your lovely face, high end facial fillers depend on hyaluronic acid to plump and remove signs of aging. That includes those annoying, tell tale marionette lines on the cheeks and frown lines at the brow. However, you do not have to undergo such costly treatments if you find a good skin serum that contains hyaluronic acid.

Complementary Ingredient

Hyaluronic acid works even better when combined with other skin healthy ingredients such as Vitamin C. That is because Vitamin C assists with absorption. It also works well with the earth shattering miracle ingredient Matrixyl which the U.K. beauty industry is raving about. If you use a product or combination of products containing these three ingredients you will love the results.

MiSMO offers a dream team of skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and matrixyl. We use the highest content of pure hyaluronic acid as well as a special molecule designed for improved penetration.

The following MiSMo products contain Hyaluronic Acid. To read more about each one click on the link

 


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Are you deficient in Omega 3?

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Many Australians eat unhealthy diets which can lead to deficiencies in much needed nutrients. Though people hear about the healing and preventive effects of Omega-3 fatty acids, they often don’t realise that they are actually an essential nutrient. In fact, Omega 3 deficiency is one of the top six deficiencies in the diets of Australians.

Why you need Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids are a major nutrient required for brain function. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect which assists with joint health and helping to stave off many serious chronic diseases. Fatty acids are key to the healthy function of living cells yet your body does not make them on its own. Fatty acids can only be absorbed through diet or, alternatively, supplements. Signs of Omega 3 Deficiency There are some common signs that will make skin care a challenge if you have an Omega 3 deficiency including:

  • Dry, flaky, rough skin
  • Breakouts, such as acne
  • A rash on the upper arms that appears as raised red bumps
  • Dandruff and dry flaky scalp
  • Dry skin
  • Premature ageing
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
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  • Required Intake

    The recommended intake for Omega 3 varies for men and women. Men 19 years old and over require 160mg, and women require 90mg. Pregnant women require 110–115mg and when lactating 140–145mg.

    According to the Director of the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, Professor Peter Howe of the University of South Australia, Omega-3 should make up 8 per cent of the total fatty acids in red blood cells.

    Cardiovascular risks exist if they drop below 4 per cent. The average Australian is just above 5 per cent which is dangerously close to a deficiency.

    Heightened Risk

    Those at most risk of a deficiency are vegetarians and vegans as well as children and the elderly. The fatty acids we need are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids [EPA and DHA]. This can be found in sea food as well as some supplements.

    There isn’t a test that can be taken to confirm a deficiency, therefore it is important to err on the side of caution and ensure there is plenty of oily fish in your diet or that you are taking an Omega 3 supplement.

    Without enough fatty acids it is thought that you can be at higher risk for diseases that include Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, many forms of cancer, arthritis, depression and adult-onset macular degeneration.


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    Another Sleepless night?

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015

    Another sleepless night?


    • leg cramps,
    • restless legs,
    • anxiety,
    • tension headaches
    • sleeplessness
    • joint pain or arthritis

    Do you suffer from one or more of the above? Then Magnesium Gel might just be the answer.

    Why you might need Magnesium Gel


    Holistic Health Practitioners, and other specialists have been recommending magnesium for decades and now western medicine has caught up.

    Magnesium supplements in tablet form are available everywhere and are highly recommended for the above symptoms and pain relief benefits. However the biggest issue with taking tablets is that some can cause digestive issues when taken orally and the mineral may not even be absorbed by some people’s digestive tracts. Also, some people simply don’t like taking pills.

    • Did you know that Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin?
    • Did you also know that this in fact, is the most effective delivery method possible for Magnesium?
    We did, and that is why MiSMo Body Care developed “Magnesium Gel Forte”.
    The development of Magnesium, in a Gel format is an elegant solution.
    • It is easily absorbed;
    • It offers the ability to apply the mineral right where you need it;
    • Topically applied, it gets the mineral in your system whilst bypassing the digestive tract;

    Did you know that many oral supplements move through your digestive tract so quickly that they don’t have a chance to be absorbed and therefore can have no impact? Our Gel method eliminates this issue because it takes your digestive system completely out of the picture. Magnesium Gel Forte has been designed to work as a body lotion while delivering the wonderful mineral benefits.

    But wait! that’s not all – we also included MSM

    MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is also an anti-inflammatory and further improves pain control. (That’s where the “Forte” bit comes into it). MSM is MiSMo’s star ingredient. MSM, when used in creams and gels softens and improves the texture of skin and has incredible pain relief properties. MSM is a tiny molecule which means it enters the skin easily. Not only is it wonderful for pain relief, but also scars, (even old ones) improve in colour and texture when using an MSM gel or cream regularly.

    Now you’re probably wondering if you would you benefit from Magnesium Gel Forte?

    If you’re suffering from joint pain or any of the other symptoms listed in this article, you can apply Magnesium Gel exactly where you need it, when you need it. Applied topically to your skin, Magnesium Gel is immediately absorbed into the particular area that is causing you pain without risking the digestive issues that supplements can cause.

    To Read more click here

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    Better Skin Benefits of MSM

    Friday, January 09, 2015

    The Better-Skin Benefits of MSM

    Your skin is one of your most important beauty assets nothing looks fresher than smooth, healthy skin. However there are many skin issues that can make putting your best face forward difficult.

    Skin conditions from rosacea, to acne and rashes, to age spots can all make it challenging to face the day. However there is some hope to be found in the form of a powder and beautifying cream from right here at Mismo.

    The Secret Ingredient

    The secret lies in sulphur. Sulphur is naturally occurring in every cell in your body and plays a crucial role in your health. It is an integral part of your defining features including your skin, hair, nails, and even the cartilage that shapes your nose.

    Unfortunately in order to produce sulphur you need a sulphur-rich diet and most of us do not eat enough to reap its benefits. However hope lies in a single ingredient: methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM).

    The Beauty of MSM

    MSM is required to produce the collagen that helps prevent the signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, cracked, dry skin and sagging. When paired with Vitamin C it provides the secret beauty treatment that helps you build healthy tissues and normalises collagen development to improve the look and health of your skin. It also helps create stronger hair and nails.

     Skin Conditions

    MSM is not only the best tool in your arsenal to fight ageing. It is also ideal to relieve a number of skin conditions, as well as reduce scar tissue and the appearance of age spots. MSM can assist in healing and easing the following skin conditions:

    • Acne: Sulphur is wonderful for skin problems including acne. It assists in removing toxins from the body, many which often cause breakouts. As well, MSM acts as an anti-inflammatory which can ease the pain and appearance of infected pores, blackheads and larger pimples.
    • Rosacea: As with acne, MSM will help lessen outbreaks as well as the inflammation and redness associated with rosacea.
    • Psoriasis: The itching and dryness of psoriasis can be eased with MSM powder added to your bath. It will also reduce the discomfort of inflammation.
    • Anti-ageing: MSM softens and smoothes skin while promoting exfoliation.

    MSM is your secret weapon against ageing as well as skin conditions that can ruin a clear complexion. We offer an MSM powder that you can back up with MiSMo lotions for even clearer and younger looking skin.

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    5 Common Beauty Myths that can harm your skin

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Five Common Beauty Myths That Can Harm Your Skin

     Throughout the ages we have tried to find beauty secrets that will keep us more youthful and attractive. However some of these secrets are no more than myths that can actually damage your skin.

     Here are five common skincare myths that can do more harm than good:

    1.         Dry Skin Equals Wrinkly Skin: Dry skin is not what causes wrinkles. It is actually a breakdown in collagen. Believing this myth often causes people to over moisturise with the wrong types of products, which can lead to blemish breakouts. Instead, to combat wrinkles you have to look for products that will improve the production of collagen.

    2.         Petroleum Jelly Grows Eye Lashes: This is a myth that can really wreak havoc with smooth skin. Not only is it not true and will do nothing to improve the length of your lashes, it will also cause puffiness to your eyes and add those nasty little white heads that, without the right skincare product, are difficult to remove.

    3.         Use Ice to Shrink Pores: Although they do say a splash of cold water in the morning can help shrink pores, using ice to shrink pores can cause plenty of damage. In fact, both very hot and very cold water can actually cause broken capillaries. These unsightly little veins are far harder to hide than large pores which can be lessened with a number of skin care products and mineral makeup. Large pores are inherent to your skin type and cannot be removed.

    4.         Your Age Determines Your Skin Products: Age is not a skin typeper se, yet unfortunately many people choose products based on their age. Your skin type such as oily, dry, or combination is a better determining factor on what types of products you should be using. If you have oily skin, too heavy or oily a formula can lead to breakouts. Likewise, sensitive skin can react to formulas with too many ingredients. Look at the ingredients and consider your skin type just because you are over fifty really shouldnt be an influencing factor.

    5.         Oily Skin Does Not Need Moisturisers: Moisturisers are intended to provide water and a protective seal, not more oil. A good water-based moisturiser provides hydration as well as a protective barrier ideal for oily skin.

    Being aware of the harm these myths can cause will help you care for your skin more effectively.

    At Mismo our skincare formulas have been developed using facts-based information to create premium products from only the very highest grade ingredients. Learn more here

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    The Difference between Moisturisers, Night Creams and Serums

    Thursday, December 18, 2014

    The Difference Between Moisturisers, Night Creams, And Serums 

    It can be difficult to determine what skin care products you actually need to maintain your youthful glow, and the number of products available can be confusing. For many, not being able to choose correctly leads to a slap-dash approach and our skin deserves so much better!

    Here is an overview of the three main types of skin care products: serums, moisturisers and night creams.

    Moisturisers (Day Creams)

    Most moisturisers or day creams contain a very important ingredient: SPF protection. This helps you avoid sun damage and slows down the signs of aging. Day creams are lighter formulas designed to be worn under makeup. This light formula will help you avoid looking shiny as well as help avoid clogging pores throughout the day as you sweat. Last but not least, day creams contain less anti-aging ingredients as the most effective of these ingredients tend to be photo-sensitive.

    Night Creams

    Night creams do not contain SPF protection, of course. However they do contain the ingredients your skin needs to rejuvenate while you sleep. Night creams are heavier in order to deliver the anti-aging ingredients you need such as antioxidants, alpha hydroxy acids, and retinoids. These ingredients will penetrate your skin throughout the night and help your skin recover and regenerate.

    Serums

    That leaves us with serums. Serums are like a high-concentration skin treatment that can be used to apply much needed ingredients to fight different skin challenges.

    For example, a skin serum rich in hyaluronic acids will be helpful for those with wrinkles and fine lines whereas a serum with a high concentration of Vitamin C can be ideal for women with age spots and skin discolouration.

    The difference between a serum and your day and night moisturisers is that they are designed for deep penetration into the skin to deliver a high concentration of ingredients. If you have skin challenges, from ageing and pigmentation issues, to breakouts and scarring, a serum can be used following your nightly cleansing, before you apply your night cream. It just takes a small amount each evening to start seeing results.

    In fact, even if your main concern is to fight signs of ageing, a serum can be used by all skin types. A well-balanced vitamin formulation will offer everything you need to correct and repair damage.

    Because of the key differences in ingredients it is important to use each of these skin care products to allow them to do their very different jobs.

    MiSMO offers an anti-ageing quad pack ideal for all skin types to assist with your daily skin care regime.

    You can find out more here

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    The Secrets of Mineral Makeup

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Mineral makeup has become the makeup of choice for many women due to its flawless finish and natural ingredients. When choosing a mineral makeup with pure, natural ingredients the benefits increase substantially.

    Here are some of the features of mineral makeup that set it apart and make it an excellent choice for women of all skin types and ages.

    It is Pure

    Mineral makeup is becoming more popular as it contains none of the artificial colours, oils, or perfumes that can cause irritation to the skin. It is also a non-comedongenic makeup meaning it will not clog pores.

    Ingredients include mica, zinc oxide, iron oxides and titanium dioxide (all naturally derived), but importantly quality mineral makeup does not include any of the filters and fillers found in other makeups.

    It is Natural

    Because of the natural ingredients in mineral makeup you will find a number of benefits for your skin including:

    • Sun protection 15+ due to the zinc oxide
    • Allows pores to breathe and will reduce issues with acne and rosacea
    • Will not irritate skin as it does not contain allergens

     

    It is Flawless

    Once women wear mineral makeup they find it to be better for a number of reasons.

    • It provides a flawless finish due to the light reflecting qualities that help to minimise the appearance of imperfections such as large pores, scarring and uneven skin colour.
    • It is an excellent camouflage for pigmentation issues as well as redness.
    • It is easy to apply because it acts as a foundation and concealer in one. This also makes it an affordable choice as you require fewer items in your makeup bag.
    • It lasts long and remains fresh for as long as 12 hours.
    • It is a more hygienic choice as it does not harbour bacteria both in the jar and on your skin which makes it a better choice if you are prone to acne.

    It is Enduring

    One of the biggest challenges of any makeup is lasting under many different conditions. Mineral makeup will endure against many of the everyday issues we all face including:

    • Highly resistant to the unexpected including rain, humidity and tears
    • Will not sink into fine lines and wrinkles
    • Creates a soft focus to reduce signs of ageing
    • Comfortable, light wearing makeup does not feel sticky or “thick”


     

    If you are interested in finding an all-natural mineral makeup MiSMo Minerals is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. It provides a flawless finish that feels like you are not wearing makeup at all.

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    Why not be healthier with a natural sulphur supplement?

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Why Not Be Healthier With A Natural Sulphur Supplement?

    At first glance, sulphur does not sound like something you want to take into your body. However sulphur is, in fact, the fourth largest naturally occurring substance in your body. Sulphur plays an important role in cell regeneration which is at the crux of staying youthful and healthy.

    Here are just a few reasons why taking a natural sulphur supplement will help your body:

    Arthritis and Pain: Organic sulphur decreases arthritic pain and increases mobility offering repair to the painful scar tissue occurring around arthritic joints. Sulphur has also been shown to reverse bone thinning and improve bone density, while helping ease muscle spasms common to those who exercise or participate in sports. It can be added to the bath or taken orally.

    Cancer: Sulphur has been shown to aid those undergoing chemotherapy by reducing side effects including hair loss, nausea and diarrhoea.

     

    Skin Conditions: From acne to psoriasis and burns, to liver spots, sulphur can improve the appearance of rashes and discolourations on the endothelial layer of the skin.

    Cardiovascular: Blood vessels must regenerate and sulphur can help improve regeneration to avoid surgical procedures. It also assists in breaking down plaque, improving blood pressure and reducing scar tissue.

    Diabetes: Sulphur is needed to produce insulin and amino acids that assist in metabolising carbohydrates.

    Gastrointestinal Disorders: Taken twice daily sulphur improves everything from acid indigestion to bowel movement challenges and even GERD.

    Liver: Sulphur can assist in liver regeneration to aid with Hepatitis C as well as maintain liver health.

    Respiratory: Lung dysfunctions such as allergies and asthma as well as emphysema can be reduced or eased with sulphur.

    Glaucoma: Regeneration of the cells at the inner base of the iris assist with glaucoma. Sulphur also did not cause corneal disturbances caused by the eye drops used by people with glaucoma.

    Behavioural Conditions: Organic sulphur can assist in stabilising mood and keep the nervous system relaxed. This means relief from many different issues from depression to ADHD.

    Sulphur can reduce the need for antidepressants and Ritalin in many who have not been taking them for too long a period. Sulphur allows the body to produce its own glutathione which reduces the need for other medications.

    MiSMos organic MSM powder is an ideal way to improve your health and lifestyle by providing your body with more sulphur. Learn more here

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