How to get the best beauty products for you

How to get the best beauty products for you

In this week's blog, I'm going to explain how you can become your own research assistant to ensure you get the best products for you. If you're wondering why you would need to become your own expert, I would suggest that if you are paying money for products that you put on your skin, you want to be pretty sure they're working and worth what you're paying.

 

Before I explain how you can become your own research assistant, let me briefly explain, in everyday language, how research works because that's the basis of how your beauty products make it to the shelves in the first place. Once you have an understanding of that, you can find out how you can become your own researcher so you get the best products for YOU. 

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How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

How to Resolve a Common Skincare Mistake

Are you making a key mistake with your skincare?

Most of us want to maintain youthful, radiant, clear skin and we use beauty and skincare products to do that. A survey of over 2000 Americans found that on average, women use 12 products (168 separate ingredients) in their beauty and skincare regime every day. Men use less but still average 6 products (85 separate ingredients) daily.

So clearly, we invest a lot in maintaining our skin. But are you making a fundamental mistake when you choose your ingredients (or the products that contain them)?

Are you confusing a common skin condition with your skin type?

A common mistake is that people confuse dehydrated skin which is a skin condition that anyone can have with dry skin which is a particular skin type.

Let's quickly recap - what's a condition and what's a type?

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How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

How to frame yourself in 5 minutes or less

The point of framing your face is to help highlight your eyes and give your face some definition. Andhelp to highlight and compliment your bone structure.

Eyebrows have been in the spotlight for a wee while now. There is a real trend for the super dark, highly shaped and defined eyebrow. That may or may not be the look your going for – that’s ok.

I am going to show you the basics and possibly the most understated look – you can go ahead and add more colour and definition if that’s what you are after.

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10 hot tips to keep your hair healthy

10 hot tips to keep your hair healthy

I'm growing my hair.  It's a bit of an experiment. I've already had to have a mercy cut. You know the one - it was just looking ratty and pretty scruffy.

I've got my hair this long already though - it's taken a bit over 2 years - so I want to actually get it longer so I can decide if it's for me or not. Getting through this in between stage is definitely challenging me.

There are some common stressors for hair and I probably don't do too bad as it happens:

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    A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

    A secret weapon to reduce sun damage

    I know I don't have to tell you about protecting yourself from the sun. Slip, Slap, Slop. The messages about using topical skin protection, wearing a hat, covering up your palest bits are well ingrained, especially for those of us in New Zealand and Australia where melanoma rates are particularly high.

    But then there's the Vitamin D debate - you have to have some sunshine for adequate Vitamin D and bone protection because none of us want fractures as we get older.

    So, here you are once again, balancing on the tight-rope of life. This time, enough sun to give you adequate Vitamin D levels balanced by enough protection to prevent skin cancers.

    Well, interestingly there is a new weapon you can add to your sun protection armament

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    7 Tips for Healthy Body Recycling

    7 Tips for Healthy Body Recycling

    I am currently listening to Yann Tiersen as I am working - I've only just been introduced to his music but I'm in love already. This music captivates my soul. There is a haunting nature about it and as I listen it occurs to me how perfectly all the instruments are in harmony and complementing each other to make a creation that can move me to tears.

    What an amazing display of every instrument doing its job. You just know that each instrument is lovingly played by a musician who will keep it clean, keep it from getting dusty, keep it tuned and generally love it.

    Your body is even more amazing that an orchestra. It is a complex system of organs and functions and cells all working in harmony to create a symphony.

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    FINALLY SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

    FINALLY SOMETHING THAT ACTUALLY WORKS

    Inspired by a recent photo comparison I wanted to quickly touch base.

    I get told all the time that "You've always had good skin" and I am asked often if I can really say that my new regime has IMPROVED my complexion.

    And I often think, 'Yeah, I have always had pretty good skin, and I have always taken care of it. I have always spent money on good products - it is not an area I have spared expense over my adulthood. So then I began the hunt for photos to compare my OLD skin with my NEW skin.

    I find old pictures. I take new pictures. I like to COMPARE. (to myself, with myself)

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    8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

    8 Tips to Help You Achieve Naturally Glowing Skin without make-up

    A 'brow to collar' guide to staying beautiful naturally because we all have those days we just want to get up and go.  These tips will help you go out without make-up and feel confident you look radiant and fresh-faced.

    And even if you do wear make-up, and let's face it, makeup is a great way to highlight your best features, wearing it does not mean that you should neglect properly caring for your skin. Your skin is not only your first line of defense against the outside world, but it is also the first area that the effects of aging begin to show. In fact, the best way to allow cosmetics to enhance your natural beauty is to give your facial features the best chance to shine on their own—starting with the right skin care routine.


    Each part of your face is unique and should be treated as such.

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    Were you a Child Bride?

    Were you a Child Bride?

    Were you a Child Bride?

    I was having a conversation recently and was asked how long I'd been married and when I said 25 years, the person looked a bit shocked and then said 'what, were you a child bride?'

    Had to laugh. No, actually I married in my early 30's.

    Staying Youthful

    I love it when people think I look younger than I am. Who doesn't?

    I have looked after my skin, sort of. I did live in London for 17 years so avoided the harshness of the New Zealand sun!

    I haven't always been great with skin care but since my 40's, I've tried to be better at it.

    Never went for cleanser and toner products as it seemed like too much trouble and I didn't understand the rationale. But have been good with a day moisturizer with sun protection. And I wear a hat or cap in the sun - mostly.

    Products that give you a youthful glow?

    Every year until this one, when we travel to London

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    Jojoba - The Low Down

    Jojoba - The Low Down

    Jojoba is a common ingredient in skin care products, but what is it and what does it actually do?

    Well, we have the low down on everything you need to know about jojoba right here.

    WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

    Jojoba is a shrub that is native to the dry regions of Mexico and the southwestern region of the United States, including the Colorado desert, the Sonoran desert and the Baja Californian desert. Jojoba is also known as goat nut, deer nut, pignut, wild hazel, quinine nut, coffeeberry and gray box bush.

    WHAT IS IT?

    The jojoba shrub, Simmondsia chinensis, grows to 1-2 m and has oval, gray-green leaves and small greenish-yellow flowers. Each of the female plant flower capsules contains one or more seeds that eventually fill the capsule and crack it open leaving the mature seeds to fall to the ground. Jojoba oil is actually an odourless, golden coloured liquid wax that is produced from the seeds of the jojoba plant.

    Unlike other plant oils, jojoba oil is more a liquid wax that is more akin to our natural skin oils.

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    Skin Polishing - the pumpkin solution

    Skin Polishing - the pumpkin solution

    In April I was at a convention and had the opportunity for a free facial skin analysis. They take a photo and then with all sorts of manipulation can tell about age spots, sun damage and other issues. I was happy that I passed with flying colours on most aspects of skin analysis. The only thing that showed up was an accumulation of dead skin cells.

    So, I decided I needed to do something about that. Several years ago, I actually had a microdermabrasion facial which is a skin resurfacing treatment and removes dead skin cells as part of the treatment. I have to say that it was not a relaxing treatment - not painful as such, but certainly not painless and not comfortable.

    I was delighted when I read the information about Polishing Peel - Skin Refinisher, which contains pumpkin enzymes.

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    The Sun and the Skin - The Low Down

    The Sun and the Skin - The Low Down

    Stay informed of the latest advice regarding your skin and sun exposure so you can be confident that your sun exposure is safe and you stay healthy.

    The sun has ultraviolet rays which can damage the skin. However, the body does need to skin to have some skin exposure to make Vitamin D. This blog will make understanding safe sun exposure easier.

    The Basics

    Skin Damage

    The sun damages collagen and elastin fibres in the skin. They respond by releasing enzymes that increase free radicals in the skin and cause more collagen break down. It’s like a vicious cycle
    Ultraviolet or UV rays that damage the skin include both UVA and UVBrays.


    UVA rays

    • Damage deep layers of the skin
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    Anti-oxidants and the Skin. The Low Down

    Anti-oxidants and the Skin. The Low Down

    Be informed about the ingredients you put on your skin so you can confidently choose products that are going to improve the way your skin looks and feels.

    The Basics

    The integrity of the skin’s structure isdue to proteins like collagen and elastin. We all know that with age, our skin structure is less robust, so let’s get the low down on what ages our skin and what anti-oxidants do to help the skin’s integrity.


    So, the following cause skin damage:


    Age

    • With increasing age, there is a reduction in cell turnover and reduced repair so the skin becomes thinner
    • The skin loses some of its natural elasticity
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    Foundation - is yours working with your skin?

    Foundation - is yours working with your skin?

    We hope you like this demonstration that you can reproduce at home to check how if your foundation is working WITH your skin.

    You will remember in our blog Skin123, we talked about the fact that skin is the largest organ and the natural moisturizing factor is made of humectants that absorb water. Many skincare products have occlusive (or barrier) moisturizers in them like mineral oil and other by products of the petroleum industry.

    Petroleum-based moisturizers, like mineral oil, form a barrier on the skin. If you are a baby and want to prevent nappy rash, then a barrier is great. Mineral oil is not very reactive so it is good for sensitive skin and it does prevent moisture loss from the skin. However, it will not add any moisture to skin that is dehydrated, eg. aging skin, skin exposed to air conditioning, central heating etc.

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    Aloe vera - The Low Down

    Aloe vera - The Low Down

    This is the first of our 'The Low Down' series where we delve into the detail of some common ingredients in skin care.

    Aloe vera has been used for centuries for its medicinal and skin care properties. It is commonly used in skin care products because of its emollient (skin softening and smoothing) effects.

    Although the aloe plant looks like plants of the cactus family, it's actually from the lily family. There are over 200 species of aloe vera but only a handful of these have active ingredients. The main Aloe used in products is Aloe barbadensis miller.

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    Does your Cleanser Pass the Litmus Test

    Does your Cleanser Pass the Litmus Test

    So we talked on Skin123 about the importance of the skin as a barrier providing protection - it does this through the 'acid mantle', the slightly acidic layer on the surface of the skin.

    Did you know that many cleaners/soaps are alkaline - they are on the opposite side of the pH scale. Is that important - YES, it is. Changing the pH of the skin interferes with the 'acid mantle' so it can't function properly.

    We are all about working with the body - let's face it, it's a pretty amazing design :-). As such, we are careful to use cleansers that do not disturb the 'acid mantle'. We've done a little experiment that you can reproduce to illustrate our point.

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    Skin 123

    Skin 123

    So, we all want to look as good as we can and looking after our skin is one aspect of that. I know you want to do the best you can for your skin. We all do. But it's confusing. Every moment there is a new 'it' chemical that you must have for this symptom or that.

    We hope to demystify some of that stuff for you in this blog and we will keep adding more useful information in future blogs, so you can make an informed choice when it comes to skin care.

    We will help you choose skin care products that work naturally with your skin to give you fresh, glowing skin that will make you look and feel younger than your years. Who doesn't want to be mistaken for a few years younger?

    ReVamp Solution

    • I want my products to re-hydrate my skin which, with age, has lost some of its natural moisturising function and is starting to look more like a prune than a plum ;-).
    • I want products with as many natural ingredients as possible because I believe that nature is a system that is designed to meet all our needs
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