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.

​ 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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Find the Skin Care that's Perfect for You

Friday, May 29, 2015

How many times have you invested in a skin care product only to find that after a week or two it just isn't right for you?  You might experience break outs, have an allergy, not like the fragrance or the feel of the product. 

MiSMo offers an effective line of skin care products with an excellent trial kit offer perfect to let customers experience the product first hand before investing in larger sizes.

 

Excellent Size

One of the best things about the MiSMo trial pack is the size. The samples are 7ml providing enough product to really get the full experience and introduce the products into your skin care regime. With 7ml you will be able to try the product for 10 to 14 days. It is also the perfect size to take along on a trip.

WHAT YOU GET

MiSMo Trial Pack

Contains 7 ml each of :Natural Face Cleanser, Natural Face Exfoliator, Cell Soother, New Age Moisturiser, Nourishing Cream, Rejuvenating Gel 

Acne and Oily Skin Trial Pack

Contains 7 ml each of :Daily Face Wash, Microderm Resurfacing Cream, Blemish Gel, BOOST, New Age Moisturiser with natural sunscreen

Anti Ageing Trial Pack

Contains 7 ml each of :Rejuvenating Gel, A.C.E. Vitamin C Serum, Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Personalised Regime

We provide you with the recommended personal skin care regime so you get the best results. The recommendations are based on a number of factors including age, skin type and even special considerations such as acne or rosacea.  

Everything you need for 10 to 14 days of beautiful skin care and seeing which of our natural skin care products work best for you.

Get your MiSMo trial kit today!

 

 


 



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A-C-E Vitamin C Serum a hit with Supermodel Bambi

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bambi Northwood Blyth Recommends

MiSMo A-C-E Vitamin C Serum On “The File”

 

Have you ever wondered what keeps supermodels like brunette beauty Bambi Northwood Blyth looking stunning? Bambi recently mentioned the importance of keeping skin hydrated for a great complexion on The File, and recommended MiSMo A-C-E Vitamin C Serum to her fans and followers.

 

Bambi’s Advice

Bambi advises, “The MiSMo ACE Serum is great for the skin, keeping it hydrated and protected, especially after some days in the sun”. MiSMo A-C-E Vitamin C Serum contains a number of ingredients including Vitamin C which works miracles when combined with Vitamins A & E. Together the trio of vitamins work to combat sun damage an important aspect of beauty especially for models. Expected to bare their face, neck, hands and other areas of the body, models depend on serums such as this to improve the texture of their skin while offering better tone and added firmness.

More about the Serum

MiSMo’s A-C-E Vitamin C Serum uses Vitamin C because it has plenty of research to back up excellent results when it comes to repairing ageing skin as well as protecting it from further damage. It combines two all important services for women looking to perfect the look of the skin by correcting sun damage and offering a highly effective anti ageing treatment.

It is also excellent for treating the signs of rosacea. Many women swear they look younger after just a few weeks of using the serum.

A-C-E Vitamin C Serum and Mineral Makeup –Made for Each Other

A-C-E Vitamin C Serum is the ideal base if you wear mineral makeup as it contains a fine, light oil ideal to keep mineral makeup in place. It’s like a magnet for mineral makeup so your look remains flawless and natural all day long. This is especially important if you have troublesome dry skin. It is not as much of a problem if you have naturally oily skin which will often do a good job of holding the makeup on its own.

Anti-oxidants

Let’s not forget about the all important results we can see by applying essential anti-oxidants to protect your precious face from sun, wind and UV rays. A-C-E Vitamin Serum is easy and pleasing to apply as it comes in a fine oil form without any added fragrance.

When experts like Bambi stand behind a product you know it’s got to be good!


 

Source:  

http://the-file.com/profile/bambi-northwood-blyth/

 

 



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5 Common Beauty Myths that can harm your skin

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Five Common Beauty Myths That Can Harm Your Skin

 Throughout the ages we have tried to find beauty secrets that will keep us more youthful and attractive. However some of these secrets are no more than myths that can actually damage your skin.

 Here are five common skincare myths that can do more harm than good:

1.         Dry Skin Equals Wrinkly Skin: Dry skin is not what causes wrinkles. It is actually a breakdown in collagen. Believing this myth often causes people to over moisturise with the wrong types of products, which can lead to blemish breakouts. Instead, to combat wrinkles you have to look for products that will improve the production of collagen.

2.         Petroleum Jelly Grows Eye Lashes: This is a myth that can really wreak havoc with smooth skin. Not only is it not true and will do nothing to improve the length of your lashes, it will also cause puffiness to your eyes and add those nasty little white heads that, without the right skincare product, are difficult to remove.

3.         Use Ice to Shrink Pores: Although they do say a splash of cold water in the morning can help shrink pores, using ice to shrink pores can cause plenty of damage. In fact, both very hot and very cold water can actually cause broken capillaries. These unsightly little veins are far harder to hide than large pores which can be lessened with a number of skin care products and mineral makeup. Large pores are inherent to your skin type and cannot be removed.

4.         Your Age Determines Your Skin Products: Age is not a skin typeper se, yet unfortunately many people choose products based on their age. Your skin type such as oily, dry, or combination is a better determining factor on what types of products you should be using. If you have oily skin, too heavy or oily a formula can lead to breakouts. Likewise, sensitive skin can react to formulas with too many ingredients. Look at the ingredients and consider your skin type just because you are over fifty really shouldnt be an influencing factor.

5.         Oily Skin Does Not Need Moisturisers: Moisturisers are intended to provide water and a protective seal, not more oil. A good water-based moisturiser provides hydration as well as a protective barrier ideal for oily skin.

Being aware of the harm these myths can cause will help you care for your skin more effectively.

At Mismo our skincare formulas have been developed using facts-based information to create premium products from only the very highest grade ingredients. Learn more here

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Sleep Your Way To Beautiful Skin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Hydrate Your Dry Winter Skin

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

HYDRATING MASK TO KEEP YOUR SKIN IN TOP CONDITION



In cold, dry weather moisture escapes from your skin much faster than in summer. Cold and dry means low humidity, often made much worse by heating.

When your skin feels tight or hot it is usually dehydrated. Remember dehydration is lack of moisture (water).

An easy way to rehydrate your precious face, neck and decolletege is to apply a Hydrating Face Mask weekly for an anti ageing pick-up.

Think about what you'd like to achieve. 

A GLOWING COMPLEXION



For this you need to:

  • -Restore moisture levels
  • -Increase oil levels
  • -Remove toxins
  • -Make skin very soft and velvety
  • -Condition your skin to accept serums and moisturisers more readily 
  • -Skin Rejuvenation
There is a very easy way to reach all the goals above. Apply MiSMo PHP Treatment Mask weekly or whenever you feel like a boost. Dry skin is a regular problem in winter so let's deal with it.

Important ingredients to achieve all requirements are:

-Hyaluronic Acid which holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in water
-Pure natural oils to lubricate the skin
-Oatmeal and Kaolin Clay to remove toxins
-Manuka honey for moisturising
-MSM and Aloe Vera for penetration and skin health

How to: Cleanse, exfoliate (best, but not essential if time is short), apply PHP Treatment Mask to face, neck and chest. Leave for about 7 minutes or as much time as you have. Remove with a moist cloth. 

ADD SOME LUXURY LIKE A BEAUTY SALON:  Apply a pump of A-C-E Vitamin Serum first.

Don't forget your hands. They show your age long before your face simply because we look after the face. Hands are on display all the time and exposed to sun, wind, washing up solutions and soap many times a day.

These are good reasons to treat your hands regularly. How to treat your hands:

  1. -Exfoliate
  2. -Apply a serum - A-C-E Vitamin C serum is perfect
  3. -Apply about a teaspoon of PHP Treatment Mask
Leave on for about 5 minutes and then massage in circular movements. You will find the Mask "rolls off" taking extra dead skin cells with it. Lightly rinse and apply your favourite hand cream. Beautiful plumped, soft hands will be the order of the day.

**Tip**   Using A-C-E Vitamin C serum daily will rejuvenate your hands and reduce unsightly age spots. Vitamin C is magic for reducing pigmentation.

Add a weekly Mask to your routine for Anti Aging Treatments.
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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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Dry Skin Or Dehydrated Skin?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin? 

 Discover the difference and glow


The term “dehydrated skin” has taken on a life of its own in recent years. Dry skin and dehydrated skin are very different conditions.

Most beauty counter assistants at a department store will tell you your skin is dehydrated. It seems to have been a standard practice for years and has to be the best sales pitch of all times.

How many times have you been sold over-rated products based on how bad you felt after having your skin pronounced "Dehydrated" with a solemn shake of the head?

Equipment used by beauty therapists helps confirm an initial visual diagnosis by the therapist whether the skin is dry, normal or oily type. From this point a diagnosis of dehydrated may be made. Any skin ‘type’ can be dehydrated. A magnifying lamp is a piece of equipment used by beauty therapists to help accurately analyse the skin. Cleansed skin is required to perform an accurate assessment.

A beauty counter assistant with no tools is not in a position to judge skin dehydrated. The customer is often wearing make-up which makes a diagnosis more difficult.

There is a vast difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin condition and means skin is lacking in oil (lipids). Dehydrated skin is lacking in moisture (water) and can be caused by many other skin problems.

Oily skin, as well as dry skin can be dehydrated.

Dehydrated skin is directly affected by the fluid intake of a person. If fluid intake is not correctly maintained daily dehydrated skin will result. Drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol will exacerbate dehydrated skin.

Other skin problems such as excess keratinisation (excessive dead skin cells), impaired lymphatic system and accelerated skin ageing can also be caused by dehydrated skin.

Weather conditions directly affect hydration of the skin. In summer when humidity is higher water loss through the skin is minimized. In winter water loss (trans- epidermal water loss) is much greater.

Dehydrated skin can be improved quickly by increasing water intake and with the use of quality skin care containing humectants and glycoaminoglycans (or GAG’s for short). These ingredients include glycerin, sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Urea and Hyaluronic Acid.

The king of hydrators is Hyaluronic Acid is also known as Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronan. The beauty of this ingredient is that it can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Because Hyaluronic Acid is naturally present in the skin it is a huge bonus to be able to supplement skin topically.

MiSMo Rejuvenating Gel will help improve dehydrated skin tremendously.

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