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.

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 apiece 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 cause by many other skin conditions.

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


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.

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As Smooth As A Baby's Bottom

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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Have you heard about the hottest thing in skin care - Hyaluronic Acid?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Hyaluronic acid is known as the ‘king of hydrators’ in the Skin Care Industry.  This amazing ingredient, formulated in the right concentrations brings amazing results, so does your skin care routine include Hyaluronic acid?

Click on the link to see Dr. Oz’s review of Hyaluronic acid:  http://www.drozfans.com/dr-oz-beauty/dr-oz-hyaluronic-acid-cream-teeth-whitening-product-reviews/

MiSMo Body Care uses Hyaluronic Acid in a range of their skin care products, due to its hydrating and plumping properties.  It also softens the skin and evens skin tone. 

Due to Hyaluronic Acid plumping skin cells, it is great in an anti-ageing skin care product to smooth out fine lines.  As MiSMo’s Rejuvenating Gel has a massive 50% Hyaluronic Acid; which is up to 20 times than other skin care companies, we consider our range to be natural cosmeceuticals, containing the highest quality and grade of ingredients.  The Rejuvenating Gel is one of MiSMo’s most popular products.  Marion Farmer, CEO Minerelle, Mineral Makeup

Commented on the Rejuvenating Gel “I wanted to let you know how delighted I am with your serum (Rejuvenating Gel). I am amazed at how quickly the changes have showed up on my skin and my friends are constantly commenting. My skin is more hydrated and softer and the redness has diminished. The serum has now become a vital step in my skin care regime. Occasionally I might forget to use some products, but I won’t ever forget to use my Rejuvenating Gel.”

 

The MiSMo Anti-Wrinkle Cream also has a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid.  Visible results from the MiSMo Anti-Wrinkle Cream include:

  • A fast improvement in your complexion
  • Softer, hydrated and nourished skin
  • More even skin tone
  • Increased elasticity
  • A radiance in the skin
  • Retained moisture in skin

Lastly, Hyaluronic Acid has been included in MiSMo’s newest product, the New Age Moisturiser.  This is a fantastic light day cream, suited to Normal to Oily Skin as well as skin conditions such as Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis and blemish prone skin.  Other active ingredients include 11% MSM and Vitamin B3 which also fight the signs of ageing through visibly reducing fine lines and wrinkles and the evening of skin tone.  Vitamin A included helps to clear pores and strengthen the skin and Olive Squalane mimics natural skin oils to provide great nutrition to the skin. 

Dr. John Glascott of the Jasmine House Cosmetic Laser Clinic has commented on the MiSMo range of products   “MiSMo actually helps reverse the skin's ageing process, not just applying camouflage to hide the problem.”   At MiSMO, we believe this is what skin care is all about and our products reflect this.

Coming into the warmer summer months now, it is especially important that you include Hyaluronic Acid in your skin care regime to ensure your skin is hydrated, healthy and radiant.


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What vitamins are best for the skin?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Although skin care products have a lot of fad ingredients, what should you really be looking for in your skin care and what vitamins get the best results?  It can be difficult knowing what ingredients are in your skin care products due to long winded scientific names, but the basis of what you should look for is very simple.  Vitamins A, C and E cover a good foundation for skin care and improvement.

Vitamin A in the form of Retinyl Palmitate is easily absorbed into the skin.  It is essential in the process of skin cell repair and aids in protecting skin cells from free radicals in the form of air pollution and UV rays.  In terms of improvement to the skin, Vitamin A aids in the building of collagen fibres, so improves skin elasticity and the smoothing of fine lines.  From helping repair damaged skin cells, this vitamin can even skin tone and improve your skin’s radiance.  Commonly Vitamin A has been associated with harsh acne treatment, drying the skin and increasing sensitivity to the sun.  However there are different forms and strengths of Vitamin A.  The form related to acne treatment is tretinoin.  So ultimately, it does pay to know the scientific names of the common vitamins, so you know what to look for on skin care packaging.  For anti-ageing and general skin improvement, look for Retinyl Palmitate.

Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is a stable form of the potent anti-oxidant Vitamin C.  Although again there are many forms of this vitamin, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate is well regarded as being one of the most effective used in skin care.  Like Vitamin A, C supports the production of collagen, so encompasses anti-ageing results through reducing the appearance of lines.  It also protects the skin from sun damage and aids in repairing existing sun damaged cells.  Visible results through the fading of sun spots and the lightening of pigmentation is achieved with Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate.  Vitamin C can also even out skin tone via it’s anti-inflammatory properties, which redness is greatly related to.

It is important to note that depending on the form of Vitamin C, dictates the quantity required for the skin care to be effective.  This ranges between 0.3% and 10%.  Another important factor to look for in skin care products containing this vitamin is that the packaging is opaque and well sealed.  Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate will easily deteriorate in the presence of light and air exposure.

The visible signs of free radical damage to the collagen in the skin include dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.   Anti-oxidants are the key to repair, oxidise and prevent these effects of free radicals.  Other than Vitamin C, Tocopheryl Acetate is a form of Vitamin E and another anti-oxidant.  In fact, Vitamin E is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants.  People don’t naturally produce Vitamin E, it needs to be consumed through diet and topical creams.  Tocopheryl Acetate has the anti-ageing properties of improving lines and making skin appear more radiant through improving collagen bonds.  It again is another protector and repairer of sun damage, which is still all too common in Australia. 

MiSMo’s ACE Serum has produced amazing results for our clients including the following from Gina in Westport, New Zealand:  "Ive put the Vit ACE serum on one hand only...and with only 1 drop of the serum. I am seriously blown away by the results. I even asked my partner and friends if they thought one hand looked better than the other..they all pikced the one I had been using.  This is the first anti-ageing product I have ever used where I've actually seen results!"  

MiSMo conducted this experiment themselves.  The image speaks for itself:

 

The key for any skin care product to actually work and produce visible results like the above is to formulate a cream where ingredients are not only of the required concentration, but also work in synergy with each other.  Through clinical trials and the assistance of reputable chemists, MiSMo has produced an ACE Serum that feels good and will produce these noticeable effects.  Imagine this transformation on your face!

 

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HYDRATING FACE MASK FOR COLD WEATHER

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hydrate and 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 go about it:

  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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Anti Aging Winter Skin Care - Layer

Friday, June 25, 2010

We are used to layering our clothes to suit the seasons. If you want the best results for your skin in winter the solution is exactly the same.

Conditions in  winter are usually dry and cold. Your skin dries out, is irritated, red, burning and doesn't look fantastic. Does this sound like you?

What happens that you can look and feel so bad. The skin behaves differently in dry, cold conditions and  is often subjected to many temperature changes in a day. You start in the house which may be very warm if heated, walk outside to get the paper go to the car, walk to the bus, school or work.

Once in your transport the temperature will change again. Destination cold, indoors warm. You get the drift.

  • The easy way to keep your skin in prime condition in winter is to layer. After cleansing:
  • Apply a serum for hydrating the lower layers of your skin. This ideally be a gel form containing Hyaluronic Acid to replace lost moisture - water not oil.
  • Layer with a vitamin serum in a light oil. Best choices are vitamins C with A and E. This is your protect and repair layer.
  • Finish with a nourishing moisturiser as your sealing layer.

Immediately apply makeup while skin moisturiser is warm and moist. You will see the best finish this way.
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