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.

Are You Using The Wrong Face Cloth?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Most ladies have a lot of tools in our facial cleansing and care toolbox, and one of the most common tools we use is the face cloth. Face cloths help us accomplish a number of cleansing goals, including exfoliating the skin and expediting the facial cleansing process. But did you know that you may be using the wrong type of face cloth?

The Problem With Terry Cloth Face Cloths

The most common type of face cloth on the market today is the terry cloth face cloth. Inexpensive and easily accessible, these face cloths continue to be one of the most popular on the beauty market today. Unfortunately, towelling face cloths become coarse after only a wash or two and can take a long time to fully dry. Because of this, your rough and rugged face cloth may also be loaded with bacteria, both of which may further exacerbate your skin and cause irritation.

In addition to this, regular cloths are only able to pick up a certain amount of dirt and grime from your skin, leaving smaller particles behind. Often they don't work well to remove makeup and you may find yourself rubbing vigorously at the skin which can cause irritation, especially around the eye area.  

The Best Wash Cloths For Your Skin

At MiSMo we encourage all everyone to ditch the terry cloth and to instead use the more modern and technologically advanced alternative: microfiber.

Microfibres are super soft on your skin, easy to rinse out, and they dry quickly. Face cloths made of this amazing material will leave your skin incredibly soft without the irritation which often results when one uses a towelling face washer. The very thin fibres are able to attract tiny particles and keep your face incredibly clean.
Available from MiSMo is an innovative microfibre face cloth which can drastically cut the amount of time you spend cleansing your face. With the MiSMo microfibre face cloth or mitt, all you need to do is add water and you can remove make-up quickly while lightly exfoliating the skin and preserving your skin’s delicate acid mantle. These face clothes can be used hundreds of times, can cleanse arms and legs, and are a must-have for travellers and campers this summer, so you don't have to pack a heap of cleansing products!

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Why Drinking Water is More Important Than You Think

Monday, September 21, 2015

How much water have you had today? The body is comprised mostly of water (brain: 85%, blood: 80%, muscle: 70%) and many of its systems rely on a regular supply to function properly. We can go weeks without food, but only days without any water! Popular drinks such as alcohol, coffee, tea and soft drinks actually steal from the body’s supply of water, so although you may think that you’re replenishing your fluids, if it’s not the clear pure stuff itself then you may be being deceived! Read on below to find out more.

Improve Your Skin

The skin is an organ made up of cells, like any other part of the body. These cells are made up of water, and without sufficient water they will not function properly or at their best. Dry, tight and flaky skin are symptoms of a lack of hydration in your cells. When showing these effects your skin has less resilience and is more prone to lines and wrinkles.

Water is also an essential part of the delivering nutrients to the skin, and removing impurities and toxins from the body, which aids in the reduction of breakouts and acne.

Helps with Weight Loss

Dehydration can trigger false feelings of hunger, so although it sounds unlikely and strange, people can easily confuse thirst with hunger. Drinking adequate water will remove any “thirsty hunger” feelings and prevent you from overeating. If you’re craving a snack, have a glass of water first and wait 10 minutes to see if you’re still hungry or not.

An adequate supply of water is also required in the process of burning calories, to help the body metabolise and burn fat efficiently. Digestion is slowed by a lack of regular water intake and the decrease in fat metabolism can cause you to feel bloated and tired.

For General Health

So remember: soda doesn’t flow in our rivers, springs aren’t the source of alcohol, and it doesn’t rain coffee… the most natural drink is water, and what we fuel our bodies with affects our health and our lifestyle immensely. Replacing as many of your usual beverages as possible with water is likely to improve your health and your appearance. However…

Don’t overdo it

It is actually possible to drink too much water, particularly if you’re forcing yourself to drink regularly when you’re not thirsty. Everything in moderation!


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10 Steps to a More Beautiful You

Monday, September 14, 2015

1. Start an anti-ageing routine now
It’s never too early to start an anti-ageing routine, which along with choosing effective anti-ageing products, means following the rest of the advice on this list! Look out for ingredients such as vitamin C (especially the more stable and effective oil-based form Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate or VCIP), peptides like Matrixyl Synthe 6 and one of the most powerful moisturising ingredients available, Hyaluronic Acid.

2. Never skip the sunscreen
Short term exposures add up, so even if you aren’t sprawled out on the beach soaking up the summer sun, you are outside for a part of almost every day. To make life easier for yourself, choose a moisturiser with SPF protection.

3. Don’t forget your neck, chest and hands
Nobody gracefully sashays into every party wearing long sleeves, gloves and a turtleneck. Make sure you extend all your skin care and anti-ageing love to your neck, chest and hands. In fact, if you have a significant other, you’ve now got an excuse for a free back rub too: “Darling, could you apply this moisturiser for me please…”

4. Don’t cross your legs
Varicose veins are unattractive, and while genetics plays a part in whether you’ll get them or not, avoiding crossing your legs is one thing you can do to help avoid them.

5. Avoid smoking. Quit smoking. Smoking is bad.
Get the idea? Apart from the terrible diseases it causes, its effect on your tastebuds, and the fact that it smells gross, smoking restricts the blood supply to your skin, so you go all wrinkly and old-looking much, much sooner.

6. Stay active
If you exercise regularly you’re increasing the blood supply to your skin and therefore increasing its health and glow, not to mention keeping your body supple and in good condition further into your old age. We all want to be the spritely 94 year old still living at home!

7. Adopt a regular skincare routine
Even if you only wear make-up occasionally, it’s important to cleanse and moisturise your face daily. Adopt a skin care routine to suit your skin type and stick to it. Start with small steps at first so you aren’t overwhelmed and the habit can form. Schedule a weekly pampering session with your favourite face mask and a glass of something relaxing, to give yourself something to look forward to.

8. Remove your makeup before bed
You have pores for a reason – your skin uses them to get rid of pollutants. Leaving your makeup on clogs your pores and can cause acne, and may leave your skin dry and prone to lines. If you’re too tired to cleanse properly, at least wipe the majority off with something like a microfiber cloth, to give your skin a chance to breathe.

9. Feed your body naturally
Natural skin care is all well and good but you’re fighting a losing battle if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods. Avoid processed foods, grains and sugar, and stick to fruit and vegetables, grass-fed meats, and natural fats and oils.

10. Relax!
Stress can cause many unwanted side effects and make you appear both more tired and older than you are. Take a moment now to relax the muscles in your face and jaw – it’s likely that you can release a tension you didn’t know was there. Take stock of how you feel, and if there is an area of your life that is causing you stress, try your best to take a break from it.



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Why MiSMo Doesn’t Use Microbeads

Monday, September 07, 2015

Microbeads are small particles of plastic, some variations hardly visible to the naked eye, which are added to thousands of cosmetic and personal care products throughout the world. They can be made from polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or nylon (check the ingredients!). Sometimes they are added to help exfoliation, other times they are simply there for decoration.

Because of their tiny size, they are not able to be filtered by wastewater treatment plants, and therefore flow freely into our rivers and oceans. Here they are eaten or absorbed by sea creatures, and are passed along the marine food chain until they reach our dinner plate. Microbeads are not biodegradable, and are impossible to remove from our oceans once they make their way there.

A single product can contain over 350,000 plastic microbeads. Worse still, as they travel through our waste water system they attract toxic chemicals like pesticides, flame retardants, motor oil and other industrial chemicals to their surface, and can become up to a million times more toxic than the water around them.


None of the MiSMo range contains microbeads, however they can be found in other brands in exfoliator, face soap, body wash, toothpaste, makeup (to fill your wrinkles with plastic dust – yuck!), lip gloss and nail polish. Many countries are considering bans of products that contain microbeads, and there are a number of online resources devoted to promoting change, where you can search lists of products to find out which contain microbeads and which don’t.


MiSMo Natural Face Exfoliator contains organic rice powder from France, which is a spherical particle that is effective without scratching the skin. It is a gentle exfoliator which can be used daily.

If you are after a deeper exfoliation, choose MiSMo MicroDerm Resurfacing Cream, which contains natural bamboo stem powder (sourced from fast growing, sustainable bamboo trees which are farmed for this use) to provide an effective medium to polish the skin.

 Image of Polyethylene Microbeads in Toothpaste by Dantor

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Go Against the Grain to Improve Your Skin

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

We all lead busy lives with lots of nagging worries that distract us from paying attention to the more subtle messages that our bodies often give us. Your skin is one of your body’s most important messengers, and the condition of your skin will often reflect your stress levels, dietary issues or inner health.

You may notice and respond to the more obvious messages like a sudden acne or rosacea breakout, but if your diet has been the same for many years, you may have accepted your dry skin, fine lines or redness as normal, when in fact your body has been sitting quietly at the back of the class with its hand raised, waiting for you to answer.

A good way to determine if your skin really is in its prime condition is to make some small dietary adjustments for a fortnight or so, and take a few minutes each day to pay proper attention to the way your skin is reacting (and if it reacts well, keep up with the changes!). There is a growing realisation in the community that sugar is no good for you, however another food worth avoiding in your quest for better skin is grains.

It’s one of the harder things to avoid in our current society, where bread, cakes, pasta and rice dominate the landscape of available foodstuffs and grain derivatives lurk hidden in the ingredient lists of processed foods, however many people are finding that their skin, health and energy levels are all improved once they stop eating grains.

Why is this the case? Grains contain Phytic Acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper. Your body needs these minerals to function optimally, and if you’re taking supplements but still eating grains, then you may not be receiving the benefits you were hoping for.

A lot of grains also contain gluten, which can damage the microvilli in your small intestine, decreasing your ability to absorb nutrients and causing your intestinal walls to become leaky. This can create many unwanted digestive symptoms.

Another issue is the spike in insulin production that grains cause. The production of insulin is important for processing glucose and storing nutrients, however with the high levels of carbohydrates that we consume these days, our bodies can’t cope with the insulin requirement. (This process also leads to a build-up of fat in your stores, if you need any more incentive to kick grains to the curb!)

All of these aspects affect your complexion, as the body uses the skin to release built-up waste (via breakouts) and when being fed with grains, struggles to find the necessary nutrients and minerals to keep it in prime condition. So we end up with dryness, more fine lines, pimples, redness or dermatitis, or even that dreaded phrase from friends, family or colleagues: “Oh, you look so tired!”

So do your skin a favour and experiment with your diet. Try removing grains and see what happens. There are plenty of resources and recipes on the internet if you’re unsure what to eat instead of your sandwich or fried rice; a good place to start is to simply google for recipes from the paleo or low carb communities. But importantly, listen to your own skin and make the changes that it needs.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

It's certainly the weather for it this weekend - so drawing to the end of winter we thought you might like to see this great winter soup recipe again, it will keep you warm - and give your skin a gorgeous healthy glow.

Soup For Your Skin

So the saying goes that 'Beauty Is Only Skin Deep', but the importance of our skin is a lot deeper. We often only think of our skin as an outer layer, but the skin is our largest organ and has many important functions. For example, the skin plays a key role in protecting the body against pathogens and excessive water loss, it's other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the production of vitamin D folates. For these reasons it is essential to keep our skin healthy.

Healthy Skin Soup

If you don't have a slow cooker then just use a large pot on the stove top.

If you can get your veggies from the local farmers market or organic market even better!


4 Medium Tomatoes

1 Cup Broccoli

1 Cup Chick Peas

1 Cup Sweet Potato

1 Cup carrots 1 Cup Lentils

1 Cup Pumpkin

1/2 Cup Quinoa 1 Cup Zucchini

3 Cups Water

1 Teaspoon Cumin

4 Chillies

Before Cooking...


1. Soak your fresh chick peas (or you can used tinned ones) and lentils overnight in water

2. Roughly chop up all the vegetables, and combine with water, cumin, chick peas, lentils and quinoa in your slow cooker or on the stove top.

3. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 6 hours, or 3 hours on high. If using a pot on the stove top simmer for 2 hours.

The Finished Product....

Skin Benefits of These Ingredients

Tomatoes -Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene: the red pigment which not only gives them their bright red colour, but also stimulates skin circulation.
Sweet Potato - Their high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene means sweet potatoes are a skin super food. The substances on many pricey skin-care products like retinol and retinoic acid are actually derived from Vitamin A. Plus beta-carotene combats the free radicals which result skin ageing.
Quinoa-high levels of magnesium promote skin elasticity and regenerate skin cells, while vitamin B2 (riboflavin) builds up connective tissues and is integral to cell reparation
Chickpeas-The manganese in chickpeas helps skin cells produce energy and fights wrinkle-causing free-radical damage and they also contain large amounts of folate - a B vitamin that skin cells need in order to repair damage from sun and toxins.
Pumpkin -Pumpkin’s orange colour is from carotenoids, wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward ageing, it is also filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin.
Carrot - Carrots are high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A inside the body. It helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun's harsh rays.
Broccoli -This cruciferous veggie is high in antioxidants, including vitamins C and E. The vitamin C in broccoli aids in collagen production and keeps your skin healthy and supple, while vitamin E protects your skin cell membranes and guards against UV radiation damage.

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​ How Sugar Is Ageing Your Skin

Monday, August 10, 2015

 How Sugar Is Ageing Your Skin

“Glycation”has become a buzzword in the beauty industry and it is gaining a lot of attention from laymen and skin care professionals alike. We have all heard about how this process is ageing us from the inside out, but many of us do not understand exactly what this process is.



A Quick Explanation of the Glycation Process

Simply put, glycation is the negative effect of consuming too much sugar. When we consume too much sugar, protein molecules will cross-link with sugar molecules which then creates new harmful sugar proteins. These proteins are called advance glycation end products, otherwise known as “AGEs”.

The problem with AGEs is that the human body perceives them as being foreign invaders. Because of this, our bodies will immediately begin to produce antibodies which cause then cause inflammation which is often visible on our skin. When the AGEs are fully formed, they then begin to also attack the dermal collagen and elastin in our skin, which expedites the ageing process.

What You Can Do To Stop Glycation

Fortunately we can take control over glycation by making a few lifestyle changes. First and foremost:

Reduce your sugar intake: This includes reducing our consumption of processed foods and browned or caramelised foods. A diet which is more focused on whole and raw foods will help slow the glycation process.

•Stop smoking: We all know that smoking is horrible for our skin. Now those who smoke have yet another reason to quit.

•Take on weight bearing exercises: With as much as 70% of blood glucose being consumed by our skeletal muscle, it is important for everyone to adopt weight bearing exercises to help decrease insulin resistance.

•Drink water: Try to keep up with drinking the recommended 2 litres of water each day to keep skin replenished and hydrated.

•Pamper your skin: This includes using sunscreen every day (yes, even in the dead of winter) and gently exfoliating your skin.

When the above are followed, a proper skincare regime with products focusing on reducing the affects of AGEs can make an individual appear to be years younger in as little as 4 weeks.

At MiSMo we offer a variety of products which help combat glycation as well as other contributors to ageing, such as UV rays and free radicals.

We are particularly proud to offer our Australian-made A-C-E Vitamin C Serum which is designed to detoxify the skin while also providing superior protection against the elements.

For more information on how our products can help your skin, we invite you to contact us today on (07) 5309 5513.


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​Our Top Skin Care Tips For Your Troubled Skin

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Our Top Skin Care Tips For Your Troubled Skin

When you suffer from skin issues it can be difficult to keep up your confidence, but by making improvements to your daily skin care ritual you can see improvements to your complexion. Here are the products we recommend for your skin care woes:

Sensitive, Rosacea, Psoriasis

If you suffer from sensitive skin your complexion can appear dry and ruddy. Likewise, when caring for conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis it is very important to use a skincare regime that will reduce irritation and redness to soothe and calm eruptions.

•Wash twice daily with either Natural Face Cleanseror Daily Face Wash 
•Use Natural Face Exfoliatoronce a week, gently
•Apply Rejuvenating Gelmorning and night
A-C-E Vitamin C Serumnightly (morning too in cold or very dry weather)
New Age Moisturiser each morning for oily to normal skin types. If you have dry skin, we recommend Anti Wrinkle Cream or Nourishing Cream AM and PM
PHP Treatment Maskonce a week to hydrate


Acne-prone skin can range from simple blemishes now and then to full blown out cyst type eruptions. By keeping your skin well cleansed and paying attention to ensuring you are washing your face both morning and night you can remove oils and grime that will clog pores and lead to further eruptions and break outs.

It is also important to take cues from your skin and when it feels or appears more irritated avoid using exfoliating products. However when skin is improving and is free of irritation exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells that can add to the clogging of pores.

Daily Face Washand Blemish Gel in the morning and evening
Exfoliator 2-3 times a week as long as your skin is not very irritated
BOOST morning and night for oily skin or New Age Moisturiserfor combination skin. Teenagers only need Blemish Gelas young skin is usually oily enough without any additional moisturisers.


Eczema can be particularly uncomfortable and therefore being cautious with the products you use is key.

Cleanser, Rejuvenating Geland Nourishing Creammorning and night
PHP Treatment Maskonce a week for hydration

If you follow these skin care tips you will see improvements to your complexion for clearer, more comfortable skin that looks and feels great!

To enquire about any of the Mismo range of quality skincare products, our friendly team welcomes your call today on 07 5309 5513, or you can email us anytime at


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9 Amazing Health Benefits of MSM

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


9 Amazing Health Benefits of MSM

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a highly beneficial supplement that contains 34% sulphur. When we were hunters and gatherers we used to get enough sulphur in our diets as we ate fresh, raw vegetables and fruit that we found growing naturally.

Unfortunately today we have become shoppers and reheaters which means we are losing the sulphur we naturally acquired through processing and cooking. Even food storage, and washing and drying, will reduce the amount of natural occurring MSM which means we have to depend on supplements to get the sulphur we need.

MSM is the richest source for organic sulphur available offering EIGHT amazing health benefits including:

  1. Replacing your body’s store of sulphur daily creating protein for tissues, cells, hormones, enzymes, and antibodies.
  2. Assisting the pancreas in insulin production which is needed to help maintain proper blood sugar levels.
  3. Detoxifying by aiding in building strong cell walls with proper balance to remove toxins from your body that literally suffocate cells and also cause them to swell. This can lead to pain, muscle soreness and allergy symptoms.
  4. Helping to reverse the hardening of your arteries allowing them to remain elastic so blood vessel tissues function properly to effectively manage blood flow.
  5. Keeping your complexion smooth and more youthful. It also makes your hair smooth and shiny as it aids in collagen production. It can help reduce scars and remove the toxins in your skin for a healthy glow and reduction in the signs of ageing.
  6. MSM helps fight against parasites trying to attack your stomach by competing for receptor sites so that the parasites have nowhere to live and are then naturally flushed out.
  7. MSM can reduce allergy symptoms as it can bind to mucous membranes to strengthen the natural block to keep allergens away. It also helps flush toxins such as allergens out of your system which can eliminate free radicals. As mentioned, your strengthened cells will also have improved cell permeability.
  8. Combining MSM and Vitamin C also improves the production of connective tissue and healthy cells. They work together with MSM improving flexibility and Vitamin C improving cell regeneration.
  9. You will have stronger cell walls ready to absorb nutrients better.

At MiSMO we have pure MSM that will provide you with organic sulphur of the highest quality. It is shipped in a double locked bag to keep it intact and does not contain any anti-caking ingredients to take away from its effectiveness.

To learn more, or to order yours today visit us at

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MSM a Cure for Adult Acne?

Monday, July 20, 2015

How MSM May Cure Adult Acne

Acne is considered to be something which only affects our youth, but the fact is that millions of adults still suffer acne even well into their 50s. One study from the University of Alabama Birmingham in the United States found that over 50% of women in their 20s suffer from adult acne, and 42.5% of men do. In their 50s, over 15% of women and 7.3% of men are still suffering from adult acne.

How Adult Acne Differs From Teen Acne

Teen acne is fairly easy to spot: teens will have numerous tiny bumps, whiteheads and blackheads spotting their facial skin. The areas most commonly affected are the forehead and around the chin, where there also being occasional bouts of acne on their chest and back.

Adult acne is a different story. Adult acne is largely centred around the lower part of the face, such as around the jawline and the mouth. The pimples and other deep nodules that we experience as adults are also larger and more pronounced than what may have been experienced during our teen years, making them all the more obvious and more difficult to cover up and conceal.

Adult Acne: Going Beyond “Dirty Skin”

One of the worst and most common misconceptions about acne is that the acne is the result of having poor hygiene. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, frequently cleaning one’s skin can actually aggravate the acne and make the symptoms worse.

So how do you treat adult acne? Many in the health community believe that pimples and acne which occur around the chin and mouth area are due to a hormonal or nutritional imbalance. One of these imbalances may cured by MSM.

What Is MSM?

Also known as Methylsulfonylmethane, this naturally occurring compound has had numerous reported health benefits for well over 30 years. Since MSM has been studied, it has been found to help improve the health of human hair, joints, tissues, and skin.

So how does MSM help acne?

For one, it is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. Those who take MSM will notice a reduction in the size of the cysts and nodules which those who deal with adult acne regularly suffer from.

The other benefit is that MSM has been proven to help soften the skin and improve its permeability. This is crucial for those who suffer from acne, as an increase in permeability means clearer pores and the easier expulsion of toxins from the skin. Your skin stays more aerated, nourished, and unblocked.

For those looking for a cure for their adult acne and wanting regain confidence, try an all-natural and trusted MiSMO MSM to improve the health of your skin.

MiSMO is proudly an Australian company.


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