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.

Best Vitamin C Serum For Anti- Ageing

Friday, May 30, 2014


Vitamin C

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

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

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

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

Mismo believes vitamin C is a necessity when it comes to anti-ageing so they incorporate it into two of their anti-ageing products, ACE Serum and their Anti-Wrinkle cream. These two products are two components of their Anti-Ageing trio.

Vitamin C is an important nutrient which is a vital component in the body’s production of collagen, these building blocks keep the skin plump and young looking, it is also a potent antioxidant that can help rejuvenate aged skin and skin that has become photo-damaged due to over exposure of ultra violet rays. Over time this exposure causes deep set wrinkles, fine lines, brown marks due to the over production of melanin and loss of collagen and elastin. Think collagen as the frame that holds up the elastin – the bounce in our skin.

Mismo uses an oil form of vitamin C called ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, compared to vitamin C that is in a “water soluble” such as the ascorbic acid found in tablet and powder form. Water soluble vitamin C is very volatile and oxidises causing the vitamin C to change from an antioxidant which is great for the skin into a free radical toxin. Using an oil form of vitamin C ensures that the vitamin C can do its job for 12 – 18 months without oxidising.

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

So what do you get when you apply vitamin C to the skin? Younger looking skin that is for sure. ACE Vitamin C serum is a must use if you suffer from Rosacea or mature skin.

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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 or 07 5309 5513. 

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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. 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. 

Protecting the skin from sun damage and aiding the repair of existing sun damaged cells are two more huge benefits.  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 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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Monday, September 06, 2010


Vitamin A is a favourite ingredient in many skin care products. It is also used in prescription only creams and gels to treat acne and Rosacea.

There is some confusion about Vitamin A and the many forms and strengths available so we will attempt to explain in simple terms.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin which has many important functions in the body. It assists cells to reproduce, is essential for eye health and plays an important role in the immune system.

The role Vitamin A performs is essential for maintaining and repairing skin tissue by promoting the building of new cells and fighting free radicals.

Part of the confusion stems from the fact that some people believe vitamin A is just a topical treatment for acne, which can have side effects. This form of vitamin A is called tretinoin. It is an acid form of vitamin A, available only by prescription.

Tretinoin cream was originally used to treat acne, and it is still used for comedonal acne, a form with many whiteheads and blackheads;

The first studies on sun-damaged skin were done by an American dermatologist more than 30 years ago. These showed that tretinoin, used as a cream, could also reverse some of the signs of ageing.

Those who suffer from Rosacea  generally have a chronic deficiency of Vitamin A so the addition through skin care is a good first step. The inclusion of Vitamins C and E in a product will boost the result.

Names of various forms of Vitamin A:

• Vitamin A. A fat-soluble vitamin essential to the human body.

• Retinoid: A collective term for ingredients derived from vitamin A.

• Retinoic acid: Also known as tretinoin, this is a prescription only vitamin A derivative commonly used to treat acne. Side effects include irritation, dryness, redness, peeling and light sensitivity.

• Tretinoin: Another name for retinoic acid.

• Isotretinoin: A prescription only retinoid derivative used to treat severe acne. Side effects include dryness, sun sensitivity and sometimes eczema.

• Retinol: A retinoid used as a skin revitaliser to treat acne, rosacea and signs of ageing. It can cause dermatitis when used on sensitive skin for a long time or in too high concentrations.

• Retinyl palmitate: A retinoid and skin conditioner which is milder than retinoic acid and has fewer potential side effects.

• Retinaldehyde: A mild retinoid which increases skin thickness without causing irritation.

• Vitamin A palmitate: An antioxidant and skin "normaliser" which helps skin to stay plump, boosts collagen and improves thickness and elasticity.

Vitamin A is keratolytic which means it will remove plugs that block follicles and lead to pimples and acne.

While Retinyl palmitate and Vitamin A palmitate (the 2 forms used by MiSMo) are not as strong as the other forms described above they are still active and deliver visible results. They are also very gentle and do not cause reactions even in sensitive skin types.

The correct mix of Vitamins A, C and E in skin care is ideal because it is skin friendly and penetrates cells. The total combined results far exceed using just one or two vitamins.

PLEASE NOTE: Caution should always be exercised using prescription Vitamin A creams and gels. They are not recommended during pregnancy. Please follow your doctor's advice.

Over the counter skin care products are far milder than prescription lines.

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Anti Aging Serums What's the difference from a Moisturiser

Monday, March 08, 2010


You might wonder why there is a need to use a Serum as well as a Moisturiser and what is the difference?

Serums should do their work below the skin where Moisturisers work in the top layers of the skin and seal in the serum.

Serums come in various forms, water based gels, oils, creams. They are concentrated formulations aimed at targeting specific problems, usually lines and wrinkles, but it could be acne, dry or oily skins.

All Serums should contain at least one "active" ingredient. An active ingredient will be a concentrated specialty ingredient that actually does something to improve your skin. Better quality serums often contain 2 or even 3 of these special additives.

The price of Serums is usually high due to the cost of specialised active ingredients.

I'm fascinated by the ads on TV and radio recently selling an anti aging serum that removes lines and wrinkles within about 3 minutes - for about 8 hours. Boy this is Cinderella in real life. I bought one of these products a year or so ago but find it unpleasant to use - it makes my skin itch really badly.

Now it is a great dinner party amusement. Apply on the men because they have no makeup on and it has to be applied to clean skin. Years disappear before your eyes. If you are going to an event that lasts only a few hours you will get away with the youth but how embarrassing when the lines reappear as the day goes by!

Now the "Real" serums will work on your skin all day and night and you will notice the improvement in your complexion.

Active ingredients to look for are:

Hyaluronic Acid
Vitamin C in oil form VCIP (Ascorbyl Tetra Isopalmitate)
Matrixyl™ Synthe 6® (not Matrixyl - it's not as potent these are peptides)
Vitamins A and E

Each of the above active ingredients work in different ways to improve your  youthful looks.

How your skin will benefit from Anti Ageing serums:

  • A more plumpled, smooth, firmer appearance
  • More elasticity
  • Less pigmentation
  • Clearer skin tone
  • Diminishing of lines and wrinkles
  • Healthier skin
A good Moisturiser imparts nutrition which works more on the upper layers of the skin and enhances the effectiveness of Serum. Moisturiser also seals in the Serums which penetrate deeper than Moisturizers.

Layering skin care products is an accepted practice by beauty therapists and it takes very little time. The effort is certainly worth it.

You will know your skin care is working when friends and relatives comment and they do take notice!

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Serums and their Anti Aging Benefits

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Looking after your skin can be a complex affair. To give your skin the best possible outcome, treatment goes beyond the usual cleanse, tone and moisturise regime of the past.

There is a huge range of skin care products on the market today and we will try to help explain the best way to choose your star items.

Serums are the latest additions to the beauty world and offer all sorts of tempting improvements from smoothing wrinkles to reducing pigmentation marks. Can this really happen you ask? Yes they can go a long way towards these goals.

An important point to remember is that serums are not moisturisers. Serums usually contain concentrated, active ingredients designed to perform specific tasks. Small molecules are selected to ensure deeper penetration and  absorption.

A good serum is an excellent bonus to add to your skin care routine especially if you have a particular area of concern. Serums are generally used after cleansing and need to be sealed by a moisturiser. They are another layer of skin care well worth the effort and a little extra expense.

The many benefits of serums are they can deposit nutrients, vitamins and minerals deeper in the skin so problems such as dull, lined, uneven skin tone and dryness in the complexion can be addressed. More intense treatments can be given very easily.

Ingredients or features to look for in serums include Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C and E and Peptides.

Hyaluronic Acid is top of the list and is known as the King of Hydrators. Skin is very commonly dehydrated especially as we start to age. As collagen and elastin deposits reduce, lines form. This is where Hyaluronic Acid comes to the fore, plumping skin, adding moisture lost  from environmental damage and aging. HA is the missing link of elastin and collagen. Now you can provide that ingredient topically.

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are antioxidants critical to use for protection from free radicals during the day. Vitamin C can help reduce pigmentation and prevent further development. Vitamin C also helps strengthen capillaries and even skin tone.

Vitamin C is best used in an oil form because it is very stable and non irritating. Many soluble  forms of Vitamin C oxidise quickly and lose their efficacy. They can also be irritating on some skins.

Retinol and Vitamin A stimulate natural cell renewal and thickening of the epidermis.

When purchasing a Vitamin C serum the best formulations contain Vitamins A, C and E in an oil form.  Your skin then receives maximum protection and sun damage can be improved. Uneven colour tone and light pigmentation will also improve.

Peptides are a new generation in anti aging actives. They are synthesised from Amino Acids and are readily accepted by the skin. Several peptides have been developed to carry out different jobs but Matrixyll™ Synthe 6®, a signal peptide seems to have the best results at this time. These tiny peptides signal the skin to stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin, hence smoother skin.

Hyaluronic Acid and Matrixyl™ Synthe 6® work well together and give excellent results quickly. It is not just the combination of ingredients but percentages and molecule size that is vital in formulating serums.

For best results look for all the ingredients listed above and a more youthful appearance can be expected.

Read more about MiSMo serums - Rejuvenating Gel and ACE Vitamin C Serum

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