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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.

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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YUMMY WINTER SOUP - FOR YOUR SKIN

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!


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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​ 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

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

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 info@mismo.com.au.



 





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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 Mismo.com.au





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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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Stop cramps in a LCHF diet by using Magnesium Gel

Friday, July 10, 2015

STOP CRAMPS IN A LCHF DIET BY USING MAGNESIUM GEL

Most people who decide to follow a low carb, high fat (LCHF) or ketogenic way of eating, experience many beneficial effects, including weight loss, more energy, better mental clarity, stable blood sugar levels, better skin, and a reduction in health issues. A few, however, also experience cramps, sore joints and other symptoms related to a lack of minerals, especially during the “induction” phase when your body adapts to becoming a fat-burner rather than a sugar-burner.

What is LCHF?

If you have yet to hear of the LCHF diet, then you probably will soon. In fact it’s not a temporary weight loss diet, it’s a permanent way of eating which involves, at a basic level, significantly reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing the amount of healthy, natural fats you eat.

Saturated fat was once demonised and blamed for causing heart disease, and for many years we’ve been told to eat a low fat diet. Recently, however, doubt was cast on the reliability of the main study that our entire food pyramid recommendation system is based on, and newer studies are starting to show the benefits of the LCHF diet. Time Magazine even put butter on the cover of one issue in 2014, telling the world that the original scientists were wrong, and that saturated fat is not the enemy. (If you’re looking for something to blame instead, sugar is a good place to start!)

Help me I’m cramping up!

To keep your body in prime condition while eating LCHF, you need to ensure you’re including enough sodium, potassium and magnesium in your diet. Magnesium supplements taken orally can have unwanted digestive side effects, but MiSMo’s Magnesium Gel is applied topically, absorbing through the skin and bypassing the digestive system. It also includes MSM, which is excellent for pain relief.

Prevention is always the best cure, however if you suddenly cramp up during the night, simply apply some Magnesium Gel to the affected area and you’ll have lasting relief very quickly. If you have a cramp in one leg, be sure to apply Magnesium Gel to the other leg too.

It’s also important to make sure that you’re drinking enough water. Add salt to your food for your sodium levels, and for extra potassium eat more avocados, nuts (especially pistachios), dark leafy greens, salmon, and mushrooms.

Other options

MiSMo also sells Magnesium Chloride as a powder, perfect for foot soaks, or creating your own Magnesium Oil.

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Using MSM To Improve Your Yoga Practice

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Using MSM To Improve Your Yoga Practice

The practice of Yoga helps you remain flexible, well balanced and calm, and if you practice Yoga on a regular basis you might be looking for ways to improve your practice. Many people use additional exercise and healthy diet to help keep their bodies in better shape. Others include the addition of supplements. One such supplement that many find beneficial is Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).

Dietary Sulphur

MSM provides you with a supplement of dietary sulphur which is becoming more and more popular for a number of reasons. First, it assists with the management of pain and second many are calling it the beauty mineral as it assists with skin, hair and nail health. Many people are unaware that sulphur occurs naturally throughout the body, but the body cannot produce it on its own. Therefore we need to add it to our diets. Food alone is no longer enough to provide us with sulphur and therefore we have to depend on a dietary sulphur supplement such as MSM powder.

MSM: Nature’s Anti-inflammatory

People who are very active, as well as those who suffer from chronic pain, especially of the joints, have discovered that MSM is nature’s anti-inflammatory. It is very important in the development and maintenance of our tissue and can help excel the speed in which our body recovers from injury.

Yoga puts demands on the body due to the stretching and having strong ligaments and tendons as well as more flexible connective and soft muscle tissue allows you to handle the over-stretching common during your Yoga practice.

Flexibility

MSM keeps muscles flexible while lessening the risk for injury, especially during the deep stretching of asanas. You can easily take MSM in pure powder form, and increase fluidity of movement during your Yoga sessions. You will also experience less stiffness and in the case of pulls and strains you will see a quicker healing process.

How to Take It

You can take MSM every morning dissolved in water.

For general wellbeing the recommended dose is between 2-8 grams daily. 4 g is approximately a level teaspoon. 

Start with about ½ teaspoon in ½- 1 glass water or juice after breakfast. MSM tastes slightly bitter so extra water or juice can disguise the taste. A little hot or warm water helps dissolve the powder quickly. If taking other supplements you can take them now.

We carry a pure MSM powder ideal to aid in your Yoga practice.


Sources:

http://www.rawguru.com/6-amazing-superfoods-to-enhance-your-yoga-practice.html

http://www.myyogamagazine.com/ym/Health/Superfoods/tabid/91/ItemId/96/Default.aspx

 


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​ Chocolate Doesn't Cause Acne - And Other Myths

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Chocolate Doesn't Cause Acne - And Other Myths

Acne is often thought of being a young people’s problem, but many adults in their 20s, 30s, and beyond continue to suffer from this frustrating condition. Why is this?

While the jury is still not entirely out on what may be causing your acne, there are some myths out there that must be debunked so that those suffering from this often embarrassing condition can shift their focus on probable solutions.

Myth #1: Chocolate Doesn’t Cause Acne (But Your Diet Might)

Numerous studies were performed throughout the 60s and the 70s which tried to prove or disprove the link between chocolate and pimples. Their findings: there is no connection. Chocolate does not cause acne, however the diet that you have today might.

A recent study observed the diets of over 200 people and found that those who consumed these foods were far more likely to have moderate to severe acne:

Sugary foods

•Dairy products

•Unhealthy fats

Those involved in the study also consumed less fish. This has led many researchers to believe that omega 3 fatty acids may have something to do with maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Myth #2: Don’t Use Sunscreen

Skipping wearing sunscreen is the worst thing you can do if you want to maintain young and radiant skin. That said, there are two types of sunscreens with which those with skin sensitivities should familiarise themselves:

•Chemical sunscreens

•Physical sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens contain –you guessed it –chemicals, such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. These two chemicals are known to be skin irritants and can cause inflammation, thus worsening your acne. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain zinc oxide. Zinc oxide can actually help treat you acne and kill the bacteria which is causing it. Before you head outside, be sure to put on the right sunscreen!

Myth #3: Do Not Wear Makeup If You Have Acne

Those who have acne do not need to stop wearing makeup. What they should do, however, is be more conscientious about the products they are choosing to put on their skin. Some more oily and heavier products can clog the pores and cause pimples, but they will not ultimately cause acne.

Here’s some better news: if you choose the right products, makeup can actually help treat you acne. Mineral foundations, for example, contain a number of ingredients like silica and zinc oxide which are able to absorb oils which would otherwise be clogging up your pores.

When used in conjunction with a proven acne-fighting products containing pure MSM (such as MiSMOs Acne and Oily Skin Trial Pack), your acne can be completely manageable in a matter of weeks if not days.

To see our range of mineral makeup, why not visit Mismo Mineral Makeup

 

 

References:

http://www.mismo.com.au/solving-skin-problems-like-rosacea-and-acne

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20826624_6,00.html

 

 


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MSM - PAIN RELIEF FOR YOUR FOUR-LEGGED BEST MATE TOO

Thursday, June 25, 2015

 MSM Provides Pain Relief For Pets

Have you noticed your older dog or cat is walking more slowly? Or hesitating to jump up on the bed or sofa to snuggle like they once did? This can be a sign they are having issues with their joints. If you are concerned your pet is having mobility issues due to pain, Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) has been widely acclaimed by vets and horse studs as an excellent option to aid in equine health care and pet ailments such as arthritis.

Horse’s Friend

Although it is not widely known, MSM has for  many years been used as a food supplement in both the equine and pet industry in the United States. MSM has been used to prevent and soothe back pain in horses that experience discomfort when moving, hair loss, sores around the area of the saddle and bruising. Horses with symptoms of back pain have shown signs of improvement, and improved recovery times, when given MSM.

Growth above the knee known as epiphysitis can be caused by a high protein diet in growing horses. MSM can be used to relieve issues such as these while assisting in the reduction of inflammation and increasing blood circulation.

Other issues that MSM can relieve in horses include Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis and arthritis.

Arthritis in Pets

MSM is believed to assist in restoring healthy joints in humans and pets. Pets are unable to tell us when they are in pain and we can watch for signs they are suffering. However, as MSM is a totally safe organic sulphur it can easily be used as a preventative approach to help avoid them suffering altogether. MSM blocks pain and also reduces inflammation. It enhances the activity of cortisol which is a body’s natural hormone that acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Further health benefits of MSM for your pets include:

  • Antioxidant to help reduce the production of cancer causing free radicals.  Improved energy, skin and healthy coat.
  • Your pet deserves the best care and preventative measures to keep them comfortable. MiSMO offers an MSM supplement that can assist in reducing pain and inflammation for a healthier, happier pet. 

     
  • Detoxification to allow better elimination of waste products and better absorption of needed nutrients
  • Allergies can be alleviated by providing a natural block from allergens
  • Parasites such as roundworms and Giardia can be prevented as the MSM acts as an antiparasitic
  • Risk for diabetes can be reduced as MSM provides sulphur to improve cellular glucose uptake to promote healthy blood sugar levels

  • Show your best friend some love and get them onto a daily dose of MiSMo's MSM too.




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