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 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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Benefits of Natural Moisturisers

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

BENEFITS OF NATURAL MOISTURISERS



Moisturising the skin should be a daily ritual. In a perfect world our skin would not need moisturising but outside forces change this.

So what do we need to look for in a moisturiser that suits your skin?

  • Oils to nourish
  • Hydrators to hold moisture in the skin
  • Rejuvenating ingredients to help reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Essential fatty acids that mimic our own oils to increase skin health
Dry skin needs a higher oil content in the cream.

Combination skin with an oily t-zone needs less oil but still requires some oil and hydrators (humectants) to supply and retain moisture.

Oily skin can work well with special formulations that supply moisturising in an oil free form which keep skin hydrated without oiliness.

We hear "dehydrated" skin used constantly especially from sales assistants on cosmetic counters. All skin types can be dehydrated and this can be caused by different factors.

Dehydrated skin is lacking in moisture (water) - not oil. Often dehydration can be remedied simply by drinking more water. Each cup of coffee, tea or alcohol consumed will dehydrate your skin. A glass of water is required to offset each cup you drink of these beverages.

Ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, lecithin or glycerin will increase the moisture content held in your skin and impart a dewy plumped appearance to your skin. 
 Hyaluronic Acid is the king of hydrators but often only found in Serums due to the high cost.

Natural oils including macadamia nut oil contain an oil profile very close to human skin. Jojoba has a similar break up of essential fatty acids although it is technically a wax and not an oil. Sweet almond and Apricot kernel oils are also beneficial to the skin. Skin health is greatly improved when these natural oils are included in Natural Moisturiser formulations.

Research has shown Organic Aloe Vera can increase the rate of regeneration of skin cells by many times when used in a generous quantity. Penetration ability of Aloe Vera is legendary.

Problem skin usually has inflammation present. The mineral MSM is perfect for keeping inflammation under control. MSM is organic sulphur (or sulfur) a nutritional supplement originally developed for arthritis and joint pain. Sulphur is present in every cell of the body.  When included in a moisturiser an easy solution to inflammation is achieved.


Like so many products or ingredients, a side benefit emerged early in the life of MSM, and that is the softening of skin. When taken as a powder supplement skin is softer on the whole body not just the face. It works from the inside out. Maybe we should call it Magic MSM. In my opinion it is.

MSM is the catalyst for the MiSMo range. It brings synergy to the union of natural oils, humectants and anti ageing ingredients. Natural Moisturisers also  require the correct pH, a rarely discussed factor in the formulation of a great cream vs a good cream.

Apply your Natural Moisturiser twice a day for optimum benefits and put on that beautiful face for the world to see.

View Our Range of Natural Moisturisers
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Why Exfoliate Your Face

Friday, February 14, 2014

Why we should Exfoliate?

As we age our skin cell turnover slows down and we end up with dead, dried up, weathered, contact lens shaped skin cells sitting all over our face. This causes a barrier that stops all our delicious serums and nourishing creams penetrating into the deeper layers of our skin, we may as well throw out these little gems as it’s similar to burning wads of cash! What a waste!

 

By Exfoliating

Not only do we encourage penetration of products but we increase blood and lymph flow to encourage waste removal, unclog pores and even out our skin to generate that luminous effect that only the latest  photo shop could create, and by having smoother skin the light reflects off our faces at an angle that promotes its beauty to others. Did I forget to mention by exfoliating we set the clock back many years to when our cells where rejuvenating at a rate of knots.

There are essentially 3 types of exfoliations                               

Physical - cream like emulsion with an abrasive bead.                           

Chemical - using the Alpha Hydroxy Acids & Beta Hydroxy Acids and usually performed in a salon to penetrate the skin deeply.                                       

Enzyme - dissolves the dead skin cells without friction.

When and how to Exfoliate

For home users once or twice a week will do the trick, using circular movements for at least a minute especially around the nose area. For those hard core chemical and enzyme exfoliates it is recommended you visit your nearest salon.

 

 

 

Natural Face Exfoliator with MSM

Here at MiSMo we are very happy with our New Formulation, a true beautiful silky super gentle exfoliator for your face to remove dead skin cells without harshness, no more dull complexions.

Organic Rice powder from France is a new addition to our ingredient list. This was chosen for its effectiveness without harsh abrasion. The particle is spherical and will not scratch or drag on the skin cells and the rice powder protects the skin barrier unlike other products which cause your skin to become sensitised over time. The rice particle is much finer than the previous bead we used but is just as effective, we also felt that using rice powder is better for our planet and we try to create our products with the best of natures resources and by giving back to her at the same time, no more plastic!. Feel free to use this lovely exfoliator 1-2 times a week to enhance the appearance of your skin. The success is in the feel of your skin after use.

 


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10 Easy Tips for Beautiful Skin

Friday, December 06, 2013

1.  Drink lots of water!  A hydrated body will more easily transport needed nutrients to organs and remove toxins.  This includes your largest organ, your skin!

2.  Remove dirt and free radicals that can clog pores, but using a good Cleanser or Daily Face Wash!  It’s a quick 30 seconds and will prevent blemishes developing.

3.  Use a good moisturiser!  It’s great to hydrate from the inside out, but you also need to hydrate skin from the outside in.  Depending on whether you have dry or oily skin will determine how creamy and hydrating you need your moisturiser to be or whether you require an oil free moisturiser.

4.  Exfoliate 2 – 3 times a week.  Really clear your pores and remove dead skin cells, so the new, healthy and replenished skin cells are more visible.  This will make your skin look more radiant!

5.  Use a mask 1 -2 times a week.  You’ll be surprised at how soft your skin feels afterwards!  It’s a good idea to use a mask on the same day that you exfoliate, so once dead cells are removed, you are giving the skin lots of nutrients for the fresh layer of new skin cells.

6.  The Big 30!  This is when you should start using anti-ageing skin care.  This includes an Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Eye Cream and a good ACE Serum.  Vitamin A in the serum assists in the replication of healthy cells and the removal of dead skin cells.  Vitamin C in the serum aids the repair of damaged skin cells, include sun damage.

7.  Sun protection!  Use a sunscreen when out and about, cover up and wear protective clothing.  Gone are the day of sunbathing for hours on end – have you seen how leathery this makes your skin later in life?  Also instead of looking for sunscreen in your moisturisers, best to look for sunscreen in your foundation.

8.  They say everything in moderation, but really some things should be never.  Don’t smoke.  Period.

9.  Move!  Physical activity not only makes you feel good, but increases oxygen flow around the body.  Your skin will look more healthy and vibrant for it!

10.  Sleep.  Get a bare minimum of 6 hours of quality sleep a night and you’ll avoid those dark circles and bags under your eyes.

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Why choose MiSMo Body Care?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Over 9 years ago Irene, MiSMo Product Developer and Director developed Rosacea.  Unable to find skin care which helped her condition, Irene’s research lead her to take matters into her own hands – literally!  Irene decided to create her own skin care products to help her skin’s condition.  With the assistance of two Australian chemists, a lot of research and testing, MiSMo Skin Care was created.  For the last 9 years, the range has continued to grow and be perfected.

The reason you should choose MiSMo Skin Care products is Irene created Natural products that work!  There is no one more passionate, enthusiastic and thorough about skin care than someone looking to treat their own skin!

Apart from beautiful skin care products to suit a range of skin conditions and skin types, MiSMo offers customer service second to none.  MiSMo has onsite Beauty Therapists at your fingertips to provide you with professional care and advice.  Our orders are sent exceptionally fast, with most customers purporting receiving their items the day after placing their order.  Also offered is a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase!

Other than the reasons above, Irene and her staff CARE!  We care about our customer’s results and experience with MiSMo.  We want to ensure you receive the right products for your skin, which will perform and give you results!

So contact MiSMo today to discuss what you want out of your skin care!  Available Mon-Fri 9-4:30 on either info@mismo.com.au or 07 5309 5513. 

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