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.

Environmental Skin Damage

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What is Environmental Skin Damage?

Time is not the only thing that determines how our skin appears -a lot of elements in the environment effect the way our skin looks including the sun, wind, pollution, heat, cold and smoke.

The sun and other environmental pollutants can cause damage to our skin as they produce free radicals, which causes skin inflammation by breaking down the collagen fibres which results in reduced skin elasticity. Environmental damage causes our skin to age prematurely as our healthy skin cells are being destroyed and age spots, fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear.

Environmental skin damage also results in our skin being dehydrated, dry, red and sensitised.

How CAN WE Protect Against Environmental Skin Damage?


By using products containing antioxidants, what are antioxidants? They are the knights in shining armour using their sword to fight against free radicals! But what are these antioxidants and how can we find them? Well that’s easy, just look for products that contain them – here are the top 5.

• Vitamin C
• Vitamin E
• Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)
• Retinol (Vitamin A)
• MSM
It doesn’t all come down to skin care either, we’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat!”.

All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants so eat up and make sure you eat all the different colours too. Have you seen the new carrots on the market perhaps the purple ones? Well the reason they are purple is the carrot creates the colour purple to protect its self from the sun and free radical damage, what happens to the purple when you eat the carrot? You absorb the purple “aka the antioxidant”





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Even Cleopatra Would Love MiSMo Mineral Makeup

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Even Cleopatra Would Love Mismo Mineral Makeup

Mineral makeup is from ancient times possibly as far back as 3000 BC, minerals where taken from the earth, pulverised with a pumice stone and ground down into fine particles, they where then used for skin decoration. Back then they’d never heard of chemicals, fillers or nasty parabens. Only raw natural ingredients were available and they certainly used them.

In the 1970’s mineral makeup made its come back and now has been around for years, Mineral makeup - this decades “buzz” word is everywhere you go right now, supermarkets, big department stores, pharmacies and the like. As we move through this age we are becoming more health conscious and we are questioning what we are putting in and on our bodies. It can be very confusing as to which brand to buy and then you have to wrap your brain around the ingredient list.

Mineral makeup is available as loose powder, pressed powder in compacts and liquid. The most pure form is always loose powder.

When choosing a mineral makeup it’s not necessarily what’s in the makeup that’s important, but it’s deciphering what’s not in the makeup. You’ll want to know what nasties are included in your little pot of joy and even when you read the words are you up with the scientific lingo.

What to watch for are ingredients such as:

  • -Talc, known to clog pores

  • -Bismuth-Oxychloride (a known irritant that causes acne and makes skin itch)

  • -Parabens used as preservatives. The trouble with parabens is there is a definite causal link to some cancers, definitely one to avoid

  • -Mineral oil a petrochemical made from crude oil, dyes and artificial fragrance

Mismo Mineral Makeup has been researched with the intention of offering a product that’s safe to use and one we can feel proud of.  Containing a list of natural ingredients it’s a true pure product and has many benefits:

  • -as a natural sun protectant

  • -supplies nutrients to heal acne and other skin conditions

  • -it won’t clog your skin

  • -water resistant

Here’s a list of our ingredients and how they help your skin:

  • -Kaolin clay – known as china clay and is great for sun protection, absorbs fats from the skin, refines pores and help clear up breakouts.
  • -Magnesium Myristate – An earth mineral with disinfecting properties and supports the inter-cellular matrix (holds skin together to keep bacteria out and moisture in) aids slip and adhesion.
  • -Titanium Dioxide – A UVA & UVB ray blocker and great for sensitive and rosacea effected skin types, makes makeup water resistant.
  • -Zinc Oxide - Another sunscreen that calms irritation, great for healing.
  • -Iron Oxide – Natural and safe to use colours, and there are heaps of them.
  • Serecites – Aids adhesion and shine which reduces the appearance of fine lines

MiSMo doesn’t contain mineral oils that are disastrous for acne prone skins and there are no nasty side effects because this mineral make up doesn’t contain any chemicals or preservatives.

Application

Mineral makeup is so versatile and can be applied dry with a brush – best for oiler complexions or mixed with our ACE serum to create an oil based formulation suitable for dry skins or mixed with one of our moisturisers for a lovely creamy consistency that glides over your skin for a dewy look.

It’s all possible you can feel marvellous while looking after your skin and not to mention you’ll look sharp doing it.

Before & After – Amazing Coverage of Scars & Pigmentation

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Sunscreen and MiSMo

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

With summer approaching sunscreens keep coming up. Why doesn't MiSMo have sunscreen in Moisturisers or why don't we have our own is often mentioned and these are fair  questions.

Mismo products penetrate deeply in the skin and that is where they work. Sunscreens on the other hand are a surface barrier. If we add sunscreen to products they will minimise the effect of moisturising - their primary purpose.

Sunscreens are tested by authorities at 2mg per sq cm. You can imagine how that dilutes a quality moisturiser. Apply sunscreen over moisturiser if necessary.

If you  use makeup daily, then drive or catch transport to work in an indoor office why would you use sunscreen on your face as a matter of habit. Any make up will create a physical barrier.

Between 60 and 70% of Australians are now Vitamin D deficient. A small amount of sunlight daily is essential for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis. Early morning or late afternoon when the sun's rays are not so strong is the ideal time.

The most common sunscreens added to day moisturisers are of a group which often cause irritation or allergies. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays which can create free radicals which in turn mean more lines and wrinkles.

Many of our clients are people with Rosacea, sensitive skin and skin damage and we need to look after them. Mismo is about nurturing and calming skin.

Titanium and Zinc are also used in sunscreens are a physical barrier to UV radiation and reflect rays. These ingredients are quite benign and don't cause the irritations of chemical sunscreens. We recommend looking for sunscreens containing Titanium and Zinc. They are not so common but are freely available.

Quality Mineral makeup is still our preferred choice for sun protection for the face and neck. Hats and sunglasses need to be a part of your wardrobe to retain youthful looks and smooth skin.


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