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.

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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Summer Skin Care

Thursday, November 06, 2014

With Summer just around the corner what is the best skin care routine to prevent aging?


 

Living in the Southern Hemisphere, it is vital that we wear sun protection every day, all year round. Protecting your skin against sun exposure is extremely important. Exfoliating on a regular basis, (once or twice a week) is also a good idea. Exfoliation accelerates the removal of dead skin cells allowing fresh new cells to be exposed and therefore improving the appearance of your skin.

Ensure you use products that are gentle and don’t strip away the outer layers of your skin but simply and gently remove the excess dead skin cells. When your skin is an even smooth layer it will look radiant and younger. A good skin care routine which includes sun protection, regular exfoliation and moisturising will make your skin look and feel younger.

If you are interested in a moisturiser with sunscreen click here for our New Age Moisturiser with Sunscreen with SPF 15. Perfect for everyday use.

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Have You Tried Minerals For Pain Relief?

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Have You Tried Minerals For Pain Relief?

Living with pain is not only difficult in itself, but it can lead to other health issues. Chronic pain tends to interfere with living an active lifestyle, which in turn can lead to weight gain – the number one culprit in poor heart health and diabetes.

There are many herbal and pharmaceutical products available that claim to assist with pain, from arthritis to fibromyalgia. However many either do not stand up to their claims, or worse, have side effects that are not worth the risk.

While traditional herbal remedies such as Willowbark have been shown to be effective, herbs are not the only natural remedies available. Minerals have also shown to provide relief from pain, and are known to assist with chronic pain including arthritis, muscle and joint pain and back pain.

 


Soothing Magnesium

Magnesium is a natural mineral pain reliever. It plays an important role in your overall health which means that when taken you are not adding any unwanted chemicals into your system. Magnesium can be used in a number of ways to help ease pain, and is especially effective in relieving muscle pain.

Adding Magnesium chloride powder to a hot bath is an effective way to relieve muscle strains, injuries and general tension not to mention offers a nice way to relax at the end of a long day and guarantee a great sleep.

You can learn more about Magnesium Chloride and its benefits here


Cell Enhancing Methyl Sulfonyl Methane

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) certainly does not sound natural. However it is a source of Organic Sulphur, the fourth most plentiful mineral found in the human body.

As we age are bodies are slowly depleted of sulphur which can lead to a number of health issues. We need sulphur as it assists in the transportation of oxygen to assist with cellular regeneration.

A clinical trial published in the journal of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage in 2006 showed that MSM powder is very effective when taken over a long period of time. Just 3 grams twice a day decreased arthritic knee pain substantially after 12 weeks. It is best to take MSM daily and pain will begin to decrease within just a few days of adding it to your daily diet.

Anti-Caking MSM vs Absolutely Pure MSM

Not all MSM powders are created equal. It is very important to purchase a powder that does not contain anti-caking additives. These agents actually block the bioavailability of sulphur to the cells which renders it ineffective.

We carry a completely pure MSM powder free of anti-caking agents for proven effectiveness in relieving your pain. Pure MSM is completely clear when dissolved. Don't accept any less. You can learn more about MSM and the benefits here.

 

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Things That Age Your Neck and Decollete

Friday, October 03, 2014

Common Issues That Age Your Neck And Décolleté

 Heads up ladies. Your neck and décolleté contain looser, thinner skin making them far more vulnerable to wrinkles and sagging. You can apply the most effective skin care products to your face religiously but if you arent applying the same care to your neck and décolleté they might be giving your age away.

 So lets start paying close attention to these areas and provide them with a skin care regime that will keep them from ageing you prematurely.

 Sun Exposure

 Sun damage can cause horizontal bands on the neck from years of day to day sun exposure. These bands are often referred to as necklace lines. Sun damages the elastin and collagen that are required for youthful skin helping skin appear plump and supple. As you lose collagen and elastin fibres due to age and sun exposure, your skin will lose its suppleness and begin to sag and wrinkle.

 Vitamin C teamed with Vitamins A and E are proven to improve the visible signs of ageing making skin appear smoother, toned and helping to even out pigmentation issues such as age spots.

 Smoking

 Smokers tend to age more quickly then non-smokers. Nicotine is the culprit that can prematurely age you as it reduces the amount of oxygen needed in your blood supply for healthy skin and the production of new skin cells. It also leads to further collagen damage this is very noticeable with a loosening of skin at your décolleté as well.

Of course the natural aging process will be working against you as well. The constant movement of your neck and head will stretch your collagen fibers and as you age they will become less and less supple, resulting in lines and sagging. Sagging leads to that dreaded turkey neckwhich is very difficult to hide.

 Hyaluronic Acid

 Skin care products that are rich in Hyaluronic Acid will help combat these issues. This ingredient occurs naturally in your skin, but as you age it begins to decrease. By the time you turn 20 your hyaluronic acid production decreases noticeably. By using a serum or cream that is high in hyaluronic acid you can replace moisture and the elasticity to help avoid the sagging and reduction in plumpness that occur as you age.

 It is never too early to improve your neck and décolleté skin care regime and at MiSMO we offer an excellent line of anti-aging products rich in hyaluronic acid and Vitamins A, C and E.

 The Anti Ageing Trio are fantastic aids to keeping your neck and dec in top condition. Go get them now!

 

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Sleep Your Way To Beautiful Skin

Friday, August 15, 2014
Don't you just love the fact that every night we get to go to sleep and in doing so are also improving our complexion!

We've all looked in the mirror in the morning after a late night and seen the effect it has on our skin.  As I gazed into the mirror with disappointment this morning I was intrigued to find out what actually causes those sagging eyelids and dark circles after a restless night. 

While we are asleep, our body is working hard and our human growth hormone production increases. Our normal release of this hormone is important in healing cells and tissues throughout our body, including our skin.  Not getting enough sleep reduces that crucial repair time and affects our skin.

Our fine lines become more defined, dark circles appear and our complexion turns pale, dull and saggy. Lack of sleep decreases the ability of the stratum corneum otherwise known as our skin barrier which is the outer layer of our skin to recuperate the daily damage it endures. 

The skin barrier has two crucial roles in keeping our skin looking good: It locks in moisture and also prevents micro-organisms from getting in.  Not getting enough sleep affects the skin barrier’s ability to complete it's roles and may lead to dehydration, which makes our fine lines more visible.

To improve our skin's ability to recover overnight we must ensure we complete our night time beauty routines of cleansing, moisturising and use an intense serum to assist our cells to rejuvenate from the days activities. If you haven't tried our super rich ACE Serum then add it to your bed time ritual!

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Environmental Skin Damage

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What is Environmental Skin Damage?

Time is not the only thing that determines how our skin appears -a lot of elements in the environment effect the way our skin looks including the sun, wind, pollution, heat, cold and smoke.

The sun and other environmental pollutants can cause damage to our skin as they produce free radicals, which causes skin inflammation by breaking down the collagen fibres which results in reduced skin elasticity. Environmental damage causes our skin to age prematurely as our healthy skin cells are being destroyed and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.

Environmental skin damage also results in our skin being dehydrated, dry, red and sensitised.

How CAN WE Protect Against Environmental Skin Damage?


By using products containing antioxidants, what are antioxidants? They are the knights in shining armour using their sword to fight against free radicals! But what are these antioxidants and how can we find them? Well that’s easy, just look for products that contain them – here are the top 5.

• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)
• Retinol (Vitamin A)
• MSM
It doesn’t all come down to skin care either, we’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat!”.

All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants so eat up and make sure you eat all the different colours too. Have you seen the new carrots on the market perhaps the purple ones? Well the reason they are purple is the carrot creates the colour purple to protect its self from the sun and free radical damage, what happens to the purple when you eat the carrot? You absorb the purple “aka the antioxidant”





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A Guide To The Right Make Up Brush

Thursday, August 07, 2014
Brushes here and brushes there, but which ones do I have and which ones should I buy? Here is a list of all the brushes you will ever need. 

There are many different types of brushes out there, some for your face, your eyes and even brows. These make-up tools are vital when it comes to perfecting your look.

Brushes are made from different materials. Some make-up artists wouldn't go past a brush made with sable, goat or badger hair as they claim that they are fantastic in regards to application. If you don’t like the idea of using animal products even though most brush manufacturers are keeping in mind the safety of the animal, by guaranteeing no animal being harmed, you may choose to purchase a brush made from synthetic fibre. Synthetic fibre brushes have come a long way and are just as good, sometimes I think they are even better. The choice is yours.
  Fan Brush – A multi-purpose brush – for mask applications, blush or to highlight cheek bones and remove excess powder.
  Kabuki Brush – For the application of mineral make-up to be used in a circular motion or downward strokes.
  Angled Eye Brush – This brush can be used to define your eyes, used with gel or mineral eyeliners or even along your crease, making it easy to get a more precise line.
  Eye-shadow Brushes
Large – Used to apply eyeshadow or mineral veil to all over lid and upper eye.
Small – Used to apply eyeshadow for highlighting the lid.
  Blush Brush – The most common brush and is a must have for everyone, used for applying blush, liquid foundation and powder foundation.
  Lip Brush – Used to apply lip stick and give more control over your application
  Mascara Wand – Used apply mascara to your lashes. – Tip never pump your mascara as it lets air into your product reducing the shelf life, simply place wand into product and turn.
  Brush sets – An all in case of brushes for the modern girl, containing a foundation brush, blush brush, eye-shadow brushes, angled brush, lip brush and mascara wand. Fantastic for travelling.

Now that we've got that sorted, you should always clean your brushes after every use, if you’re using your brushes on more than one person. This is to avoid cross contamination of bacteria. If however you’re using the brushes on yourself then it’s up to you or at least once a month. It is always a good idea to purchase a special solvent especially made for brushes and follow the directions. Another way to wash your brushes is with shampoo, it’s your preference. Use a small towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. Shape your brushes into how you would like them to look when dry and always dry them on their side.

You can purchase disposable wands if you are using them on other people to avoid eye infections as it’s hard to clean wands and though not relevant to this blog, you can sharpen eye and lip pencils to clean them also.

Good luck with your brush journey and to a world of looking fab!

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Gluten Free Skin Care?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gluten Free Skin Care?


In recent times Gluten Free Skin Care & Make Up has been making headlines. We are getting a number of enquiries as well, so I thought it was time look into this. As it turns out MiSMo skin care and make up range is gluten free (Except for our PHP MASK which contains oats).


Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye flours. Coeliac (British spelling) disease is an auto-immune disorder in which eating gluten results in inflammation in the small intestine. I guess we could assume that if you are a Coeliac you would be unable to use topical products that contain gluten. Many people are gluten intolerant but not Celiac.

So if you need to eat the gluten to get the symptoms, why does skin care and make up need to be gluten free? Despite this fact, a lot of people are having strong reactions to products that are made with gluten, hence the growing demand for gluten free products. Some people even suffer from a form of Coeliac disease that only affects the skin (Dermatitis Herpetiformis).

This is the response from Dr Michael Picco of the Mayo Clinic USA to a question from a Celiac (USA spelling) asking if she needs to use gluten free makeup, skin care and shampoos:

"Gluten-containing skin care products and cosmetics aren't a problem unless you accidentally swallow them. For this reason, avoid using such products on your lips or around your mouth. Also, avoid using gluten-containing dental products, such as certain mouthwashes and toothpastes. If you're uncertain about whether a product contains gluten, check the ingredient list on the product label or contact the manufacturer".

If you have a problem using mascara or eye products, study the ingredients. Gluten based products are sometimes used as binders to hold products together. These ingredients can irritate eyes.

Studies have shown that gluten can be the culprit in causing acne, acne rosacea, eczema, hives, dermatitis herpetiformis, and psoriasis for many with intolerance to this protein. This is an area where much more study needs to be done and is an interesting topic.

While the jury is still out on gluten free skin products it is better to be safe than sorry. One thing to bear in mind is the size of the molecule and the offending ingredients is usually too large to penetrate skin.

If your skin care or make up isn’t agreeing with your skin it might be worthwhile investigating the ingredients to see if it contains any gluten. 


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