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.

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 stratum corneum 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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MSM For Arthritis

Friday, July 18, 2014

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is often referred to as a single disease or one common problem, but in fact it is a term used for over 100 medical conditions that affect our musculoskeletal system. Arthritis occurs specifically in our joints where two or more bones meet.

Problems associated with arthritis include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to joint cartilage (the tissue that covers the ends of bones, enabling them to move against each another) and surrounding structures. These symptoms affect our joints and can create joint weakness and deformities that interfere with daily tasks including driving, walking, cleaning and cooking.

What Causes Arthritis?


Determining the cause of Arthritis can be very difficult there are a number of factors that often contribute to the onset of Arthritis:
Age –As we grow old our cartilage becomes more brittle reduced capacity to repair itself so we are more likely to develop arthritis as we age.
Weight –Joint damage is partly dependent on the amount the joint has to support, excess body weight can lead to arthritis, this is noticeable in the hips and knees that can wear quickly in overweight people.
Injury –Previous joint damage can cause irregularities in the normal smooth joint surface resulting in the formation of arthritis.
Work History –Some people in certain occupations seem to have a higher risk of developing arthritis. These are primarily high demand jobs such as assembly line workers and heavy construction.
Sports –Sports participation can lead to joint injury and then subsequent arthritis.
 

Three Most Common Types Of Arthritis


Rheumatoid Arthritis – is a disease in which inflammation affects the joints and other organs of the body, the inflammation causes pain, heat and swelling to the affected areas. Hands, feet and knees are commonly affected and stiffness in the joints is common. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and inflammation of the joints and results in the restricted movement.
Osteoarthritis – is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the end of the bones, this cartilage is there to help the joint move smoothly and cushions the ends of the bones. The ends of the bones then become unprotected and the joint loses it’s ability to move smoothly. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the joints, which is normally worse after resting or not moving the joint for a while.
Gout – is the formation of small crystals in and around the joint which cause inflammation, pain and swelling. The crystals are made of uric acid which is one of the body’s normal waste products. The body would normally rid itself of excess uric acid through urine, but this elimination does not happen fast enough in people who have gout. Gout is hereditary and some lifestyle factors which may increase your risk of gout include drinking alcohol, dehydration, overweight, and certain foods.

How MSM Relieves Arthritis


According to the foremost expert on MSM, Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., the substance, when taken as a supplement, exerts potent anti-inflammatory activity, it stops pain impulses and improves blood supply. MSM strengthens the collagen and the other connective tissue in the joints which assists in alleviating the pain associated with Arthritis. MSM also allows the body to heal faster by making the tissues even stronger.

Our body's natural response to an injury is to become swollen and inflamed, the anti-inflammatory aspects of MSM helps diminish this pain and makes the joints feel less inflamed.
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The Benefits of Aloe Vera For Our Skin

Friday, July 11, 2014

So what is Aloe Vera and what makes it so good for our skin?


Aloe Vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliacrae succulent family, it grows in dry climates and has been used medicinally for centuries. Aloe Vera is widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries for it’s rejuvenating, healing and soothing properties.

Aloe Vera contains a clear jelly found in it’s thick succulent leaves – a juice which forms a protective barrier over cuts, burns or abrasions so therefore promotes healing. Originally the American Indians would cut an Aloe leaf in half and bandage it onto large wounds because of it’s healing properties and also used it to relief bites and itching.

Numerous studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it definitely possesses many qualities that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions.

5 Benefits of Aloe Vera For Your Skin


Anti-Ageing - The Vitamin C and E in Aloe Vera are vital for healthy skin and help to improve natural firmness, leaving your skin softer and more hydrated

Acne Treatment- Aloe Vera’s antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory properties will help clear and reduce acne, it also contains two powerful hormones that heal and reduce inflammation.

Moisturise- The Aloe Vera jelly contains is a powerful natural moisturiser and helps hold the moisture in the skin, also great for men as a moisturising after shave lotion

Sunburn- Aloe Vera’s healing properties aid in the reduction of pain and inflammation of sunburn

Nutrients- Aloe Vera contains over 75 nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids that will also help nourish your skin

Mismo’s skin care range contains large amounts of organic Aloe Vera due to it’s amazing skincare benefits and then we have added lashings of other ingredients from nature to really enhance the quality of our products. 
 
Our most Aloe Vera intense product and one of our best sellers is our Cell Soother.
Cell Soother is a combination of MSM and organic Aloe Vera to create an incredible gel formulation. First aid and beauty in a bottle is what Cell Soother offers you!

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Benefits of Magnesium

Friday, July 04, 2014

 What is Magnesium Chloride?

Magnesium Chloride consists of magnesium bound to chloride, produced through the evaporation of saline sea water. After removal of the sodium chloride, the bittern (also known as 'Nigari') remains. This bittern consists mainly of magnesium chloride which contains the ions of both magnesium and chloride, both are required to stimulate digestive enzymes and produce hydrochloric acid in the stomach to absorb the nutrients we eat. Without normal amounts of hydrochloric acid present in the stomach, foods are not digested properly and minerals such as magnesium are not absorbed.

We cannot live without adequate amounts of the mineral magnesium in our bodies. Cell health, growth of cells and cell division are all dependent on the availability of magnesium. This essential mineral maintains normal nerve and muscle function, including healthy functioning of the heart muscle (muscle cramps in calves and feet may also be a symptom of magnesium deficiency).
 
Magnesium is an essential mineral for our health and is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Numerous health benefits of magnesium include detoxification, energy production, transmission of nerve impulses and the growth of strong bones and teeth.

How Will MAGNESIUM Benefit Me?

Magnesium is a mineral that's crucial to the body's function. Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal, bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff -whether it is a body part or an even a mood - is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

What Conditions Can Benefit From Magnesium?


Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:
Headaches Depression Autism & ADD
Muscle Spasms Muscle Cramps  Restless Legs
Insomnia Fibromyalgia  Psoriasis
Acne Mental Health     Sleep
Eczema Asthma  Blood Pressure
Diabetes Osteoporosis  Anxiety

How Do I Take It?


There are two ways to get magnesium into the body, orally (by mouth) and transdermally (through the skin).

Transdermal Absorption Of Magnesium


Magnesium chloride powder and sea salt baths are excellent ways of absorbing magnesium chloride through the skin. Another way is by massaging magnesium chloride oil directly onto the skin. A small amount may be massaged or rubbed into any area of the body. For example, it may be used on the back of the neck and shoulders to treat stress, the legs and feet to work with the lymph system or the abdomen to work with the digestive system.
Magnesium chloride has been found to be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream when applied to the body. This method is a valuable way of absorbing magnesium, particularly for those whose digestive system is compromised by a poor diet or other diagnosed digestive problems and cannot absorb minerals such as magnesium when taken orally.
You may apply a compress using magnesium oil - soak a thin cotton cloth in magnesium oil, wring out and apply to any area of the body (cover with a 'cling wrap' to avoid getting on your clothes). A hot pack helps with absorption.

Oral Consumption of Magnesium


Magnesium tablets can be purchased an taken orally or magnesium chloride powder can be mixed with water and taken orally. The daily recommended amount is approximately 400mg for men 320mg women.
In 1 gram magnesium chloride = 120 milligrams (mgs) elemental magnesium
To dilute Mag chloride for oral use: 1 part magnesium chloride powder to 3 parts pure water.
Dosage: Take 5mls of liquid 3 times a day. This provides approximately 600mgs elemental magnesium. You can add this to a glass of water so it doesn't taste so bad.

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Why Choose An Oil Free Moisturiser

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First, let's discuss oil-based moisturisers: Dry skin needs to be ‘occluded’, which in simple terms means that your skin needs something to prevent water from evaporating from its deeper layers, and this is why we use oil in moisturisers as it is a really great sealant. 
But if you have oily skin or acne, you don't want a moisturiser that has a lot of heavy oils, which is why you should go with an oil-free version. Oil-free moisturisers use ingredients that work the same way oil does, they occlude the skin (provide a barrier) to help seal in moisture. They don't feel as heavy as oil-based moisturizers. Oil-based and oil-free moisturisers also use ingredients called humectants, which pull moisture from the environment instead of sealing in moisture.

The main reason we would choose an oil-free moisturiser is because the our skin is already oily or pimples and acne are a problem, or because we want to avoid mineral oils or animal products.

Oil-free moisturiser is facial moisturizer that does not contain any oil products, common oil used in facial moisturisers include mineral oil, plant oils, coconut oils or animal oils. The oil acts as an emollient to help seal moisture into the skin, and also helps to make the skin feel soft and smooth.

Otherwise, oil-free moisturiser is often exactly the same as other types of moisturiser. Other water-binding ingredients help to keep moisture in the skin, and these may be ceramides or hyaluronic acid. Moisturisers may also contain ingredients to soothe the skin, as well as antioxidants and alpha-hydroxy acids to help repair damage caused by the sun or other environmental factors.

For people with sensitive skin, or who often find their skin to be oily or greasy as the day goes on, oil-free moisturiser can be a great choice for a daily skin treatment.

Those who suffer from acne and pimples are best to avoid oil on the face as oil can clog pores and lead to even more spots.

Very dry skin will probably not respond well to oil-free moisturiser. In that case, it might be a good idea to purchase a richer moisturiser that does contain one of the oils mentioned above, particularly jojoba oil, macadamia oil or olive squalane oil. These are excellent choices for softening dry skin that may even be red or peeling; in addition, dry skin does not tend to be as acne-prone as oily skin, so that is usually less of a concern.

Some people choose to use an oil-free moisturiser in the summer months, and a heavier, more hydrating moisturiser in the winter months to combat dry winter air.

Mismo has an excellent oil free moisturiser that is very popular with men, as they don’t often like the feel of a heavy oil based moisturiser. BOOST is a genuine "Oil Free Moisturiser". We rely on wonderful ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, German Camomile, Calendula, Vitamin B5, Organic Aloe Vera and MSM to create an exquisite blend you will love using every day. They provide full hydration and moisturising without oil. The anti aging results are tremendous. Unlike most companies, MiSMo uses lashings of these ingredients.
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Treating Teenage Acne

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Acne Vulgaris – aka Teenage acne is very common in the Western World, 80 - 90 percent of teenagers suffer with some degree of Acne Vulgaris, some teenagers will suffer to the point of losing their confidence. When children reach their teenage years and start to become adults, androgens such as testosterone (hormones) are released. This revs up the hormones causing changes to the body including the over production of sebum (oil) within the skin, causing the skin follicles to become blocked, inflamed, dead skin cells become like glue blocking pores and trapping bacteria within and on the skin, leading to acne (blockages of the hair follicles).

Acne Vulgaris can be recognised by pimples with pussy heads, pimples that are red lumps and pimples that are under the skin often called blind pimples, black heads and white heads. This can be located all over the face, chest and back. Some teenagers will have more oil glands in their T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and the acne can be more prevalent there, lots of teenagers experience acne on their chest and back only so looking after that area too is beneficial.

Acne Vulgaris can be treated with the use of the correct skin care regime, it’s important to be aware of cleansing and moisturising morning and night especially at night to remove makeup, sweat and debris from the skin. At this time of life the last thing teenagers want to do is clean their skin but it’s really important and needs to be encouraged. There will be a few teenagers that might need extra assistance from a doctor for a topical medicated cream to be added to the regime if their acne is very extreme.

Ways to avoid Acne Vulgaris

• Cleanse face, (chest and back if need to) morning and night, followed by an oil free moisturiser.
• Apply a pimple gel to blemishes only.
• Wash hair daily and keep it off your face.
• Avoid touching your face.
• Cleanse and moisturise after sporting activities where sweating is common.
• Though there have been many articles relating to acne caused by certain foods this is only speculation not fact, a good wholesome diet of fruit, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains can however do wonders for the body especially the skin, giving it a healthy dewy glow.

The good news is that Acne Vulgaris does eventually settle and fades as your child grows older and the oilier the skin the less it will age in later years which is a huge consolation.
Mismo has developed a range especially for teenagers.

Daily Face Wash

A face wash free of fragrance, oils and soap that foams up to allow the easy removal of dirt, grime and especially makeup. Daily Face Wash has the added ingredients of Lactic and Glycolic acids to loosen the glue that holds the dead skin cells to the face. If you are wearing make up it’s a good idea to cleanse twice, first to remove the make up and second to cleanse the skin.

Boost Oil Free Moisturiser

If you don’t moisturise your skin the body sends a message to the brain to produce oil to the area you’ve just cleansed as oil is needed to lubricate and protect it. In teenagers this can mean huge amounts are produced making the cleansing treatment redundant and blocking the pores all over again. Boost is a light moisturiser that is perfect for oily skins; this product does not contain oils but nourishes the skin with Organic Aloe Vera for hydration with the added bonus of Hyaluronic Acid to hold the water in the skin. The body is more than satisfied with this scenario and carries on and produces oil in smaller amounts when needed.

Blemish Gel

Blemish Gel contains special acne fighting ingredients of ac.net this ingredient unclogs the pores that cause acne, clearing the skin without drying or irritating, Organic Aloe Vera to sooth, Vitamin B3 to kill bacteria, Vitamin B5 to break down the pore plug that causes the blockage and Vitamin A to control and heal breakouts. Blemish gel can be used as a spot treatment or an all over face moisturiser for very acne prone skins.
Mismo uses large percentages of actives in their products so they work, really work. Many of the brands you see on television work too, but they work by rapidly drying the skin out because when you get rid of the oil you get rid of the acne. If you continually dry out the skin, you age it, think dried up sponge without moisture compared to a wet sponge. We have many teenagers using out anti-acne trio with amazing results.

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Benefits of MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What is MSM?

Methyl Sulfonyl Methane is a natural organic form of sulphur, an essential element we need every day for good health and relief from many of today’s health problems. Organic sulphur is the third largest nutrient found in the human body, and is also an ingredient found in meat, dairy products and vegetables.

Benefits Of MSM


Joint & Muscle Care
According to the foremost expert on MSM, Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., the substance, when taken as a supplement, exerts potent anti-inflammatory activity, stops pain impulses and muscle spasm, and improves blood supply. MSM strengthens the collagen and the other connective tissue in the joints, it also allows the body to heal faster by making the tissues even stronger.

It is an essential nutrient for your joint, bone and muscle health and helps conditions like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Improves Skin, Hair & Nail Health
MSM is necessary for collagen production, as we grow older we do not produce as much collagen which in turn results in wrinkles, saggy skin, dry and cracked skin. The sulphur provided by MSM produces large quantities of collagen and keratin, which is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. 
 
MSM is known as the ‘Beauty Mineral’ for skin, hair and nails, sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen. MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues. MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health and dramatically reduce the signs of ageing.

Detoxification
One of MSM’s most significant benefits is that it enhances the permeability of your cell membranes, this allows increased absorption of nutrients and speedier expulsion of excess fluids and toxins. Therefore detoxifying your cells of toxic waste products and enabling your body to better utilise the nutrients you are consuming. It has been widely reported that many health practitioners working with MSM state that it is the most powerful detoxifying supplement they have ever worked with.

Increased Energy Levels
As a result of the increased permeability of the cells, your body requires less energy to deal with the accumulation of toxins. This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing. Digestion is the biggest energy requirement of the body – we spend 70-80% of our energy is spent on digestion , MSM increases the absorption of nutrients therefore our energy expenditure on digestion is vastly reduced.

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