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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.

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.

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.

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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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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Soup For Your Skin

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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.

So I decided to try and come up with some recipes and ingredients that will help keep our skin healthy. Now that it is a little cooler I thought a soup in the slow cooker would be perfect.  If you don't have a slow cooker than 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!

Healthy Skin Soup

Ingredients

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...


Method

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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Best Vitamin C Serum For Anti- Ageing

Friday, May 30, 2014

 

Vitamin C

Again Mismo Body Care has used science with a little help from nature to create its ACE serum, they have done this using synergy in the form of vitamins A, C & E. When put together as a combination these anti-oxidants really are the bench mark when it comes to fighting the signs of aging.

A – Known as the skin vitamin, Mismo when doing its research decided on Retinyl Palmitate because it is a safe form of vitamin A and works on the cellular turn over. In younger skin the cell turnover is much quicker, as we age it slows down and shows up in the form of skin thickness, vitamin A’s job is to quicken it up, to thin the skin out again for that youthful look.

– This vitamin is an anti-oxidant so its job is to repair and encourage new even cell growth, it’s also a melanin inhibitor, over production of melanin shows up in the form of brown patches and freckles, vitamin C encourages a more refined and even skin look, it reduces the appearance of pigmentation and smooths the feel of the skin.

– The topical benefits of vitamin E are that it offers protection to the fat layer in the cell structure, this results in keeping moisturise in the skin. If you take the moisture away from the skin, the skin becomes dry and wrinkled.

 

Mismo thinks that vitamin C is a necessity when it comes to anti-ageing so they incorporate it into two of their anti-ageing products, ACE Serum and their Anti-Wrinkle cream. These two products are two components of their Anti-Ageing trio. vitamin C is an important nutrient which is a vital component in the body’s production of collagen, these building blocks keep the skin plump and young looking, it is also a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged skin and skin that has become photo-damaged due to over exposure of ultra violet rays. Over time this exposure causes deep set wrinkles, fine lines, brown marks due to the over production of melanin and loss of collagen and elastin. Think collagen as the frame that holds up the elastin – the bounce in our skin.

Mismo uses a vitamin C that’s in an “oil state” compared to vitamin C that is in a “water state” such as the ascorbic acid found in tablet and powder form. This type of vitamin C is very volatile and oxidises causing the vitamin C to change from an antioxidant which is great for the skin into a free radical toxin. By choosing an encapsulated form of vitamin C, the vitamin that is in an oil state such as Mismo has done ensures that the vitamin C can do its job for 12 – 18 months without it oxidising.

Mismo also uses vitamin C in its Anti-Wrinkle cream, this cream contains the perfect synergy of A, C and E and has been coupled with hyaluronic acid another very important ingredient in skin care. Hyaluronic acid acts to plump up the skin from underneath acting like a cushion, helping to eliminate fine lines and even out deeper ones and also helps in preventing them in the first place. Hyaluronic acid has been promoted as a "fountain of youth” product.
So what do you get when you apply vitamin C to the skin? Younger looking skin that is for sure.

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How To Apply Eyeshadow

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Basic Eye Shadow Application Guide For The Everyday Girl


Applying eye shadow is really easy and if you know the tricks of the trade then you can't go wrong. It’s about experimenting with colour and finding out what colours you like. Everyone is different so this is only a guide – feel free to let your imagination come alive.

• It’s always a good idea to start with cleansing and moisturising the face before any make up application. This allows for the perfect canvas, you will get a better end result if you do this.

• Identify your skin colour; does it have pink undertones or yellow undertones? Cool colours such as pink, purple, blue, green (with a blue base) suit pink undertones while warm colours such as yellow, orange, red and green with a (yellow base) suit yellow undertones. This is the time when your imagination can come into play.

• Choose three colours (light, medium and a darker colour) and white for contouring. Keeping in mind what you have decided to wear that day and what really suits you, red maybe fashionable but it’s not for everyone.

• Start applying your lightest colour first all over the lid, up to the eyebrow, don’t forget to blend it and taper or feather the edges to soften the line. Don’t apply to the area just under the outer edge of the eyebrow.

• Next apply your medium colour to the lid only, always remember to blend blend blend, and don’t forget to get in to the crease of the eye, use your finger tips if you have to, you want the colours to mix in with each other.

• You will now have to decide if you have “close” or “wide” set eyes. Look at the space between your eyes.

- Is the space bigger than the size of one of your eyes? Yes – you have wide set eyes.
- Is the space smaller than the size of one of your eyes? Yes – you have close set eyes.

Wide Set
Close Set
• For Wide set eyes your focus is to apply your darker colours to the inner edge of the eye.
• For Close set eyes your focus is to apply your darker colours to the outer edges of the eye. Blending is critical, make the colours blend into one another.


• Once you are happy with the result, there is one last step and that is to add the white. This is placed under the eyebrow at the outer edges, this gives the eye contour and definition.


For a night time look why not apply a dark charcoal colour or a black as your darker colour and bring the shadow just under the eye for a smoky sexy look.

You can now add eye liner and your mascara and you’re ready to go.

Congratulations your now ready to go!


Colour suggestions for white; MiSMo white pearl or Highlighter works well.

Green colour eyeshadow on 3rd image: Teal

Image 4:For light colour, Dusk would work well on this style with plum in contour and slate eye pencil for liner

Image 5: Pewter for lid; beige pearl for contour; and eyeliner pen in black



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How To Avoid Dry Winter Skin

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Anyone with dry or sensitive skin knows that when the weather starts to get cold skin dries out and rashes can get worse.  It can be difficult to keep the skin healthy during the colder months, so we thought we would put together some useful tips to help!

Bathing & Cleansing
Who doesn't love a hot shower or bath in the cold, but unfortunately frequent bathing or hot showers can strip your skin of natural oils. Avoid antibacterial soaps, perfumed soaps, and skin care products containing alcohol, Instead use warm water and a mild, fragrance-free soap or moisturising body wash. Limit your showers or baths to no more than 5 minutes, towel dry, and moisturise while your skin is still damp.  For your face choose a gentle natural oil based cleanser that won't strip your skin and dry out your skin. Exfoliate twice a week to eliminate the build up of dead skin cells.

Diet
An essential element in keeping dry skin at bay is to keep the skin well hydrated.  Eat plenty of essential fatty acids particularly the omega-3's which can be found in avocado and oily fish, as well as the omega-6's from nuts, whole grains and flaxseed oil. A supplement such as fish oil or evening primrose oil will also help.

Avoid dehydrating the skin by drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day and reducing your intake of caffeine or alcoholic drinks.

Moisturise
Dry skin problems result when there is not enough water in the skin and the moisture is allowed to escape. For an effective dry skin remedy the simply use of an oil based moisturiser for dry skin will usually take care of most problems. Your normal moisturiser you have been using over the warmer months may not do the same job in the cold, so you may need to look into a richer moisturiser. 

Swap your daily body lotion for an oil, which seems to have a better affinity with our skin, as it is closer in structure to naturally occurring sebum.  

For our complete range of natural moisturisers visit www.mismo.com.au 


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