Daily Face Wash has always been a very effective cleanser, but we believe it’s now even better thanks to the addition of Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic Acid in case you don’t already know is one of acne’s greatest enemies! Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid whose job is largely to help loosen and dissolve dead skin cells, which if not cleared leads to blackheads and pimples. It penetrates down into the pores which means a deeper cleanse and much better outcomes in terms of reducing acne.
Daily Face Wash is now an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid)/BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) cleanser that includes Glycolic (from sugar cane) and Salicylic Acids (from the Willow Bark Tree). This product is your best chance at helping to control and minimise outbreaks and if used in conjunction with Blemish Gel, the results are even better!
Daily Face Wash is also an ideal cleanser for Rosacea sufferers. Why? Because Rosacea skin types commonly have a build up of dead skin cells which cause blemishes. Using this cleanser regularly is a great way to help prevent these lumps, bumps and blemishes from developing.
Mary is a Rosacea sufferer herself. This is what she had to say about the new formulation:
“I have been trialing the new formulation of Daily face wash for a few months and just love it. As a person with Rosacea and the pimples that often go with the problem I found the gel very effective and gentle. Yay to the new version.”
The key to getting the most out of this cleanser is to leave it on your face for one minute. This gives the AHA’s and BHA’s enough time to do their job with loosening dead skin cells effectively. Tip – An easy way to get your minute in is to cleanse your face first when in the shower then while you wait clean the rest of your body. That generally takes around one minute, then you can rinse your face thoroughly.
Magnesium is an amazing muscle relaxant. I already knew this however, on a recent skiing trip I was so pleased at just how quickly magnesium worked to relax my aching thighs and sore neck muscles from the many skiing tumbles!
Early into the trip I had my Magnesium roller bottle circulating throughout the group who were also suffering various aches and pains with many genuinely surprised at the instant relief received.
There is no doubt, I don’t think I would’ve been able to get through six days of back to back skiing without my Magnesium!
So how does Magnesium work to relax muscles? Low magnesium results in lactic acid build up, so by topping up my Magnesium I was able to avoid any lactic acid build up. (Lactic acid is produced in muscles as a result of high intensity exercise which causes )
Magnesium is also vital in regards to muscle contraction. Ryan Hass from Livestrong explains it perfectly when he says,“ Magnesium directly interacts with your muscle tissue through a process called ion transportation. When magnesium contacts your cell membranes, it bonds with specific receptor sites that open up the cell membrane and allow other mineral ions to enter, such as calcium and potassium. These ions help regulate muscle contractions and ease muscle tension.”
MiSMo combines magnesium and MSM (source of organic Sulphur) in a powerful pain relief formulation called Magnesium Gel Forte with MSM. MSM is also well known for its pain relieving qualities and reducing any inflammation. The two minerals work very well together and was just what we needed on our recent trip. (I took the Magnesium Gel Forte with MSM roller bottle, a very handy size for traveling.)
Magnesium and MSM can help with any form of exercise whether it is a jog, a workout session at the gym, a game of tennis or even a day of gardening. All of these could benefit greatly from a dose of magnesium and MSM to help revive your muscles and get you back to a pain free day that you are able to enjoy.
Pimples and acne are difficult to contend with on a daily basis. Not only just from a product standpoint but in severe cases, self-confidence among other things can also be affected.
When dealing with these skin issues there are a couple of ways to go about it and in most cases just like our belief when dealing with pain, the best way is to tackle it both internally and topically.
In regards to internally, there are certain supplements that you can consider to help strengthen the immune system and can assist with a healthy and smooth complexion. These include Vitamin C, Zinc, and Essential Fatty Acid supplements.
There has also been very strong research that demonstrates the connection between good gut health and skin health. For example, “ A recent study (from 2010) showed clinical improvement of acne symptoms over a twelve-week period when the patients consumed Lactobacillus-fermented milk.”*
There is a great deal more of this type of research to indicate that a regular dose of a good quality probiotic can help to improve acne. In addition, you can also get your daily dose of probiotics from certain food sources too like Kimchi and pickled/fermented food e.g sauerkraut, so it is worth exploring these options further if you’re interested.
So let’s get to using products topically on your face. It’s important to use products that won’t strip your natural oils, as this will only make things worse and not better. Lack of moisture is often found in problem skin so it’s essential you use products that help to keep skin hydrated also. Keeping bacteria at bay and reducing inflammation are also very necessary in these particular skin conditions.
MiSMo has some very targeted and effective products to help combat and control acne naturally.
Daily Face Wash includes Glycolic and Salycilic Acids also known as AHA’s/BHA’s that work together to effectively clear pimples and skin blockages as well as exfoliating dead skin cells. Glycolic Acid is an AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid while Salicylic Acid is a BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid. Specifically, the job of both acids are to loosen the glue that holds dead skin cells on the skin. Loosening and dissolving the skin cells is exactly what you want went dealing with pimples as it also helps to clear oil that has clogged pores which inevitably leads to blemishes.
Blemish Gel is an innovative and unique natural acne treatment. This product includes Vitamins A, B3 and 5 all of which are well known for their effectiveness when it comes to acne. In addition to this, Blemish Gel also includes an ingredient called ac.net. This fantastic botanically derived ingredient has proven anti-acne benefits that include controlling excess oil, inflammation, and most importantly bacteria. You can use this as a moisturiser all over the face or just on the affected areas.
Boost Oil Free Moisturiser is as the name suggests an oil-free moisturiser. It is super light, however, still offers effective hydration to the skin and will also work to soothe and calm any irritations.
New Age Moisturiser with Sunscreen works well if your skin is in the normal range, not oily. This light cream will provide hydration as well as sun protection and the zinc is also calming and healing for pimples.
A suggested MiSMo skincare routine to help combat pimples could look like this –:
Cleanse with Daily Face Wash Morning and Night
Use Blemish Gel on pimples or can also be used as a moisturiser – use morning and night
Boost Oil-free Moisturiser – if you’re wanting to use a moisturiser then apply Boost morning and night also
Alternative to BOOST – New Age with Sunscreen – use after Blemish Gel
Exfoliating regularly can also help
Although if you’re wanting a routine tailored uniquely for yourself then please contact MiSMo to speak with one of our resident beauty therapists. They are always on hand to help with any product recommendations and can help you to make informed choices about what products will work best for you.
*Source; Kim J, Ko Y, Park YK, Kim NI, Ha WK, Cho Y. Dietary effect of lactoferrin-enriched fermented milk on skin surface lipid and clinical improvement of acne vulgaris. Nutrition. 2010;26(9):902-9.
Ti’s the season for Christmas parties and get togethers. If you’re wanting to try a few different looks to get you through the season, here’s a few suggestions:
Rose Mocha Eyes and Lips
Rose Mocha is a pretty base colour for the eyelid at any age. Rose Mocha has a soft brown base, hence the Mocha, but the pink tones show through. When used all over the eyelid as a wash it will become quite translucent and subtle. You can add more in the eye socket for definition.
How to Use
Shake a small amount of eyeshadow into lid. Dip the shadow brush into the minerals and tap off excess. Apply eyeshadow in short strokes rather than drawing long lines. Short strokes will adhere better.
Mix a small amount of water with the eyeshadow and apply to lips. Rose Mocha leaves a pretty pink hue.
This very popular look is a great one to have in your repertoire. It tends to widen the eyes and lift the brow almost.
Using a eyeliner liquid pen start from the inside of the eye and paint as close to your lash line as you possibly can. Start fine and gradually thicken as you go along then get finer again towards the end of the eye, bring the tail up and extend out. You can use the end of your eyebrow as a reference point. Tip – With round eyes you can extend the eyeliner higher towards your brow. With almond shaped eyes you won’t need to take the eyeliner as high.
Smokey Purple Eyes
You can achieve this using the colour Violet in the MiSMo mineral eyeshadow range. Violet is a beautiful shade used regularly by makeup artists on both young and mature age groups. Younger girls love the vivacious rich violet for night use and you simply layer more powder to achieve this look. Soft aubergine is very flattering for a mature lady.
To get the smokey purple eye look –
Step 1: Apply White Pearl over the entire eye lid and also take it up towards your brow bone.
Step 2: Apply Storm from the outer lid in the crease of your eyelid to half way (to the mid line of the brow) and blend with angle brush.
Step 3: Apply Violet on the outer lid of your eye and blend.
Step 4: Add a precise thin line under your eye along the lashline and blend with your brush to give you the smokey effect.
Step 5: Look at both eyes and add or blend where necessary. Tip – Blending is important for the smokey effect.
Step 6: Apply a liquid or pencil liner close to the lash line creating a precise eyeline effect to finish the look. Don’t be afraid to experiment with these looks and have a little fun!
There’s a few reason why you can be experiencing blemishes. Dirt, oil and hormones can all play a part but other factors like leftover sunscreen can also contribute to pimples. With the hot Australian Summers you want to make sure you’re protecting your skin but also not suffering from blemishes as a result of using them.
A great tip straight up is to choose a moisturising sunscreen that includes zinc as the SPF instead of a chemical ingredient. Zinc provides a physical barrier and sits on the top of skin and doesn’t clog as opposed to many chemical sunscreens that contain pimple causing ingredients such as mineral oils and silicone. They just don’t let your skin breath unlike natural sunscreens.
Now even when using a zinc based sunscreen you still need to be vigilant about properly cleansing your face after being out in the sun. If you’re not washing the sunscreen off correctly this can also lead to pimples and blackheads. Cleansing twice can help, with a focus on problematic areas like around the nostrils.
Daily Face Wash is an AHA/BHA Cleanser that can offer a deep cleanse and has a dual purpose of also exfoliating which is a great solution. AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid in this case) which loosen the glue which holds dead skin cells together on the skin. BHA stands for Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid) which dissolve dead skin cells in clogged pores. Together they are a formidable team which really are a cleanser/exfoliator when used in a cleanser or face wash.
If using an AHA Cleanser/BHA then the golden tip is to leave on for 30 seconds to let the AHA’s (Alphy Hydroxy Acids) do their job with loosening the glue that holds the dead skin cells together that lead to pimples.
An optimum cleansing routine should look like this –
1. Always wash your hands before starting to remove any leftover grime and dirt.
2. Wet your face with lukewarm water. Always use lukewarm water never hot or cold.
3. Massage the Daily Face Wash into your face using a circular motion. Spend time on all areas of your face including your hairline, jawline and nostrils too. As suggested above leave Daily Face Wash on your skin for 30 seconds.
4. Remove the cleanser with lukewarm water with your hands or better still a microfiber face cloth. Microfibre face clothsare great for preserving the acid mantle of the skin and if skin is prone to acne, these are perfect as the cloth removes surface bacteria and stimulates blood circulation and regeneration of new cells. Tip – A great one for pre-teens getting them into the habit of using these. Even if they forget to use a cleanser just by using a damp Microfibre Cloth on their face is very effective.
5. Moisturise and or serum
Being aware of removing the daily grime off your face and making sure you follow a good cleansing routine can reduce the incidents of any unwanted breakouts and keep your skin healthy and blemish free.
Have you ever had a cold sore? If it’s yes you’ll be familiar with the first signs; you run your tongue over your lip and there’s a little bump. Did the tingling come first or after you felt the bump?
Cold sores happen for a number of reasons with sun, wind and stress all playing a big role in contributing to a cold sore developing. The most commonly known treatment for cold sores is a topical ointment called “Zovirax” available at your local pharmacy. However, MiSMo has another solution, one that has been tried and tested by owner and founder of MiSMo, Irene McDonald, with great results.
When Irene first felt the tell tale signs of a cold sore on it’s way she applied Cell Soother. And what followed, she said,”was a lovely surprise!”
No real development of the cold sore
Scab was off in 3 -4 days instead of a week or two
Why does Cell Soother work? Because it contains the maximum amount of MSM you can physically use in a gel combined with organic Aloe Vera which is a legend in its own right.
Together these ingredients are:
anti-inflammatories hence reduction or no swelling
accelerate healing at a cellular level
have anti-viral properties
These images were there the result of cosmetic lip tattooing. Cold sores healed very quickly with the application of Cell Soother 4 times daily.
The versatility of Cell Soother is fantastic with so many varied applications. In addition to helping with cold sores, Cell Soother can soothe sunburn, ease the itch and discomfort from mozzie bites, relieve muscle pain, help to fade and reduce scarring, and can also assist, as seen above with the healing process from cosmetic tattooing, just to list a few! It’s a product we think every households should have. Incidentally, Cell Soother was the first MiSMo product and is still fantastic.
MSM a source of Organic Sulphur is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is associated with a number of characteristics, says MD Stanley W Jacob who co-authored the Miracle of MSM, these include:
Loss of function of a particular body part (s)
MSM is able to have an impact on each of these inflammatory characteristics which in turn also reduces any pain associated with the inflammation. As it seems once inflammation is reduced pain is too. MSM can also help as a muscle relaxant which reduces spasms.
Flexibility and Recovery
MSM can help with an increased range of motion due to its ability to create new healthy cells and providing the flexible bond between the cells. Without the proper levels of MSM our bodies are unable to build good healthy cells which leads to problems like loss of flexibility. Having a larger range of motion will help you to get more out of your yoga poses also, allowing the possibility to go deeper into certain poses to get bigger releases.
You will also see less down time from sore muscles with recovery between classes quicker due to MSM’s ability to enhance tissue pliability which encourages speedy repair coupled with its ability to improve and increase circulation in the body.
If pain or lack of flexibility has restricted you from participating in yoga and Pilates why not try a daily dose of MSM to experience the benefits this powerful mineral has to offer. You may even find you have increased energy too, just one of the many extra bonuses you can expect from incorporating MSM into your everyday routine.
We are often asked the question what is the difference between MSM Powder and Distilled MSM, so we thought it might be worth sharing the explanation. While both look and taste the same the difference between the two lies in the manufacturing process.
MSM Powder is manufactured using a crystallisation method called centrifuge (fast spinning method) where crystals are captured on the side of the tank. We still call this MSM Powder because the word “powder” has become synonymous with MSM. Both forms of MiSMo MSM are crystals.
The manufacturing process for Distilled MSM is much more intense, resulting in a super purified product. Distilled MSM goes through a 4 stage distillation process where steam is captured at the very top and impurities fall to the bottom, which ensures the highest purity. This more involved manufacturing process is why the cost is higher for this product.
When we talk about purity in terms of the manufacturing process this refers to the highest quality water of water used and the analysis of the crystals meeting the highest standards possible what is called the Certificate of Analysis. Pure also means NO additives which include the extra little ingredients many companies use to keep the crystals from becoming hard. If your MSM is not perfectly clear when dissolved something has been added – gospel truth.
Something extra to note in regards to MSM, is there are also varying grades. MiSMo MSM is the highest grade – pharmaceutical grade, which is a fantastic point of difference for MiSMo MSM. Both MSM’s are also listed with the TGA.
Your eyebrows frame your face and are quite a significant feature. Unfortunately, eyebrows are often forgotten when it comes to your everyday makeup routine. However, by taking a few extra minutes to include your eyebrows into your routine can make a huge impact on your overall look.
Highlighting your eyebrows can not only help to define them but can also give them depth and dimension, especially if you take it a little further with some contouring. It will also help to fill any gaps and tame unruly brows helping to give a more refined and neat look.
It’s really up to you to decide just how much you would like to highlight your eyebrows, but by simply applying an eyebrow pencil or a brow butter can be all that you need to update and complete your look.
Choosing the right colour to match your own hair colour is also quite important. The idea is for your eyebrows to look as natural as possible and not contrast. Dark hair and grey eyebrows can be improved by using a brown eyebrow pencil. Brown is a great colour to use in this instance as the overall look is much more gentle. You can also use small feather strokes for a soft natural look.
Have you heard of the word glycation? Glycation is a naturally occurring process in which sugar “attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately, AGEs for short).” And basically the more sugar you eat the more AGE’s you create.
AGE’s are damaging for your skin’s health, especially to collagen and elastin. By damage I mean collagen becomes dry and brittle which causes wrinkles and sagging thus expediting the ageing process.
Fortunately, you can take control over glycation by making a few lifestyle changes.
Reduce your sugar intake: This includes reducing consumption of processed foods and browned or caramelised foods. A diet which is more focused on whole and raw foods will help slow the glycation process.
Think of your diet as a rainbow. The more variety in coloured fruit and vegetable you consume the better. Nature is amazing providing different vitamins and minerals according to colour.
Go back to nature by eating whole foods not processed food. Check your plate How much comes from a bottle, packet or can?
Take on weight bearing exercises: With as much as 70% of blood glucose being consumed by our skeletal muscle, it is important for everyone to adopt weight bearing exercises to help decrease insulin resistance.
Drink water: Try to keep up with drinking the recommended 2 litres of water each day to keep skin replenished and hydrated.
Pamper your skin: This includes using sunscreen every day (yes, even in the dead of winter) and gently exfoliating your skin.
When the above steps are followed, a proper skincare regime with products focusing on reducing the affects of AGEs can also have a significant impact on your skin’s health.