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MiSMo Christmas Newsletter

Irene

Welcome to our Christmas newsletter!

This time I’ve included a photo so you can put a face to the voice on the phone or the many emails we receive.

In this issue:

MiSMo and Rosacea including tips for everyone
Christmas Special
Look Younger in just 2 weeks – A lymphatic massage technique by Karie Wagner

MISMO AND ROSACEA

Rosacea is a condition which has received a large amount of press in recent times. There is a good reason for this publicity as so many people of both sexes suffer from Rosacea but don’t have a name they can put to it. The early symptoms are redness on the cheeks, nose and chin which comes and goes. This can be accompanied by acne or lumps and bumps that do not come to anything. Eventually the redness tends to stay and the complexion can be described as ruddy. Capilliaries are often close to the surface and skin is sensitive. For the main part Rosacea affects people in middle age. However, it is being seen in more young people than ever before. For the young ones please take notice of what YOU can do to slow and calm this problem. Often antibiotics are prescribed.

Usually sun damage is associated and it makes the condition worse. You are best not to self diagnose, check with your doctor as your problem may be sun damage alone. There are ways Rosacea can be helped, not cured. Many include easy changes to diet, skin care and make-up.

Diet:

  1. Drink several glasses of water or green tea daily – that’s every day winter and summer.
  2. Add supplements of Essential Fatty Acids to your routine. Ask at your health food shop or pharmacy. They can be Fish Oil, Flax Seed oil or Omega supplements. Alternatively use 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil or flaxseed oil on your salads or morning oatmeal, but that is every day.
  3. Zinc tablets and Cod Liver oil can also help troubled skin. Again ask for help at your local health food shop or pharmacy.
  4. MSM (organic sulphur) can also help relieve skin conditions.
  5. Avoid coffee, alcohol, spicy foods and soft drinks, they are acidic. Mixed alcoholic drinks like rum and coke and other mixes are high in sugar and acidic. Sugar is not good for any skin. It makes you age faster and can cause skin problems and excess weight.
  6. Eat lots of salad, green vegetables, fruit, fish and smaller amounts of lean meat and chicken. Fresh is best.
  7. Avoid white bread, go for wholemeal with grain or wholemeal.

Skin Care:

MiSMo skin care has an excellent reputation with Rosacea sufferers as well as an anti-ageing track record. One of the main reasons for this is that MSM (Organic Sulphur) is good for all skin - not just problem skin. Two other ingredients that help reduce inflammation and redness are Hyaluronic Acid (in our Rejuvenating Gel) and Aloe Vera (in all products).

It is most important to keep skin clean and pores unclogged whether you have Rosacea, Acne or good skin. Never go to bed wearing make-up. It is amazing how fast a clogged pore reacts. Exfoliate at least once a week. I have Rosacea so am familiar with the pitfalls.

Make-up:

The latest trend in make-up is Mineral make-up. The reason for this is that the minerals (powder) sits on the surface of the skin and does not penetrate or clog pores. Most liquid make-up goes into the skin a little and can cause breakouts. A good quality mineral make-up helps calm inflammation and gives full coverage, safely. Mineral make-up is not all the same and many still contain ingredients which cause pore blockage and inflammation (talc is a typical one). Our recommendation is Minerelle mineral make up which is made in Queensland and does not contain any irritating ingredients. The web site is www.minerelle.com.au (as seen on A Current Affair in late October).

All of the suggestions above will benefit all skin types. I guarantee your skin will glow if you put it in to practice. Of course the bonus package will be more energy, a slimmer waist, feeling great about yourself and looking terrific!

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

giftAll orders over $100 placed through the web site by 14th December 2007 will receive a FREE Natural Facial Scrub valued at $32. This can represent a 30% discount on your order and will help your skin glow!

Think about MiSMo Mitts and skin care for Christmas gifts – the recipient will look younger for months.

LYMPHATIC MASSAGE – This works a treat

Look Years Younger in Just Two Weeks!
Karie Wagner (Reproduced with permission)

Did you know that your lymph system is vital to youthful, glowing skin?

Many people are unaware of the importance of the lymph, or even what the lymph system is. The lymph system is a network of vessels running through your body responsible for removing waste and toxins from your cells. Research has proven that a poorly performing lymphatic network can have an adverse effect on the functioning of the body and can drastically affect your health and well being, including the appearance of the facial area.

Many factors may cause your lymph system to become stagnant or “stuck,” particularly in the facial area. During the day, bad eating habits, a lack of exercise, shallow breathing, stress, headaches and overexposure to pollution will slow the drainage of the lymph and flow of blood. At night, when the body is in a resting state, the lymph drainage of toxins slows down and the waste builds up. An obvious sign of waste buildup in the morning is puffiness around the face, particularly the eye area, as well as a pale skin colour. When the lymph is not active, tone and elasticity are impacted, creating a loose, slack look. Wrinkles are more prevalent, and the skin may lose its vibrant, healthy look. Even blemishes and adult acne may be a result of a sluggish lymph system.

The lymph can be stimulated by frequent facial massage and can have a drastic impact on the look and feel of your skin. When you press or massage any part of your body, circulation is increased in that area. The face responds particularly well to touch, since it is packed with many small sensitive muscles. Facial massage is something that you can easily do yourself with very little effort. In addition to visible results, facial massage relieves tension, relaxes you, and restores energy to your body by stimulating the blood flow.

Anyone with sensitive skin or conditions such as rosacea or broken capillaries will also benefit from facial massage. However, massage should be done gently and more lightly as the skin is more delicate under these circumstances.

When it comes to face care products and the lymph system, essential oils such as Bulgarian rose, lemongrass, ginger, ylang ylang and rosemary effectively help stimulate the lymph. Look for skin care products that contain one or more of these oils.

Facial Massage Technique

The following are facial massage techniques designed specifically to activate your lymph and benefit your face and neck area. Used consistently, you will see visible results in a short time. For more dramatic effects, try the facial massage daily for two weeks.

Note: Always use a hydrating mask or moisturiser to create “slippage.” Massaging dry skin causes unnecessary pulling and stretching.

Step 1. Using the outer sides of your index fingers, briskly massage up and down on the forehead for 30 seconds.
Step 2. Using the tips of your index fingers, briskly massage the sides of your face, from temples near hairline to the bottoms of your ears. Massage for 30 seconds.
Step 3. Using the outer sides of your index fingers and starting at your cheekbone area right beside your nose, “hook up” under each cheekbone and gently “jiggle” your index fingers back and forth. Gradually move down the cheekbone and continue jiggling to the center of the cheekbone, directly below the center of the eye. To complete this step, using the outer sides of your thumbs, hook up under the opposite side of the cheekbones directly under the outside of the eye area. Continue “jiggling” until you have reached the center of the cheekbone.
Note: This area often contains the most stagnant lymph and may feel sore for a few days until it is cleared and flowing freely again.
Step 4. Open your mouth slightly, creating a slackness and a looseness in the hollow directly below your cheekbone. Using the tips of three fingers, gently massage in a circular motion for 30 seconds.
Step 5. Using the undersides of your thumbs, hook up under the jaw line beginning directly below the ears. “Jiggle” the skin with your thumbs, moving down the jaw line until thumbs meet in the center of your chin.
Step 6. Collapse your head to the left, tilting it so that your neck muscles are relaxed on the left side. Using your right hand, hold your four fingers straight and firmly together. Start just under the jaw line of the left side of your face, and slide your hand down the side of your neck and out across your shoulder. Repeat 10 times on the left side. Then do the same for the right side. You may feel the lymph moving and, as a result, a tingling sensation in the neck and arm area.

Typically, a facial massage once per week is recommended. However, as a “jump start” to healthier looking skin with a vibrant glow, you may use the facial massage techniques daily for one to two weeks. Be sure to use a natural moisturising mask like PHP treatment mask or a strong treatment, such as Magnesium Gel Forte to create slippage, as you should not perform the facial massage on dry skin.

I hope this information has been helpful in understanding the importance of and the techniques for effective facial massage. A healthy lymph system can have a phenomenal effect on your health and well being, and can help create beautiful and healthy skin as well!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MISMO!

Last but not least a very Happy and safe Christmas and New Year to all. Many thanks for your support spreading the word about MiSMo. We are becoming a force in the Skin Care world.

Irene McDonald and team

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