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What you might not know about Hyaluronic Acid (but should)

There’s a lot more to Hyaluronic Acid than what meets the eye and we're thankful to Neutriherbs for sharing 4 important facts with us - read on to learn why you should include it in your daily skincare routine.

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There’s a lot more to Hyaluronic Acid than what meets the eye and we're thankful to Neutriherbs for sharing 4 important facts with us - read on to learn why you should include it in your daily skincare routine.

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The annoyance of PIGMENTATION

The perils of pigmentation - so many have it, so many hate it. For this reason we thought we would put together a list of beautiful products that work to get rid of this annoying skin issue.

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The perils of pigmentation - so many have it, so many hate it. For this reason we thought we would put together a list of beautiful products that work to get rid of this annoying skin issue.

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My thoughts on Filorga

Please note, I purchased the products mentioned below and this is not a sponsored post.

Over the past month I have been trying out fairly-new-on-our-site brand, Filorga. Skin care is, of course, such a personal thing but when I found out more about this brand and also saw the response from our customers, I wanted to see what I was missing.

Skin type: My skin is combination although the dry parts are extremely dry making it sensitive too. These products, however, are suitable for all skin.

The 4 products I have been testing are:

At night:
Sleep & Peel

In the morning:
Scrub & Peel Resurfacing Exfoliating Cream (once or twice a week)
Lift Designer Ultra Lift Serum

Lift Structure Ultra Lifting Cream


Sleep & Peel is to be used on its own, on clean skin, each night. Using Sleep & Peel and only Sleep & Peel had me quite alarmed initially. I hate waking up in the morning with skin that feels dry and dehydrated and I was concerned that this would happen but I'm pleased to say, my skin feels great and well nourished every morning. The Sleep & Peel doesn't actually make your skin peel but instead the results you feel in the long-term are as if you had had a peel.

It has a cocktail of 6 hydroxy-acids which I also thought might make my skin react a bit but I have not had any redness. I had slight tingling on my forehead but this is a sign that it is working and nothing to worry about. If you have extra sensitive skin, you can use it every alternate night if you prefer.

I can truthfully say that after nearly 4 weeks my skin is looking and feeling great - sensitivity is down, its looking nourished and overall I have a much healthier looking complexion. My skin also feels really soft! I am going to use this for another month and then take a month break and then do another two months and so on. I also enjoy that it's a very uncomplicated bedtime routine!

The Scrub & Peel Resurfacing Exfoliating Cream is perfect for sensitive skin too. I have to say though that as someone who harps on about the importance of exfoliating, my current trial skin products (listed above) have lessened my feeling of having to exfoliate my skin as much - I guess it is a sign that the Sleep & Peel is working.

The Ultra Lift Serum (have you noticed I've gone for a lot of lift?!) hydrates my skin but also dries quickly and I believe, assists with its sensitivity. It's very calming and perfect for under my daily cream.

Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid in the Ultra Lifting Cream are said to tighten and plump the skin. I have only been trying this cream for the last 7 days and putting it on makes my skin feel 'lifted'. It also feels very nourishing and importantly to me, goes well under my foundation (something I often battle to find!).

In the coming month  when I will take a break from the Lift & Peel, I will start the Sleep & Lift Ultra Lifting Night Cream which, if it is anything like the other Lift products, should be lovely to use too.

Overall: my skin is looking revived, healthy and nourished (despite long work hours and a lack of sleep). If you haven't yet, this is definitely a brand worth looking into. Another important note is that I found with each of these products, a little goes a long way.

Have you tried Filorga? Which products do you use and what difference have they made to your skin, if any?

Let us know!

Happy weekend,
Rachelle

P.s. we are having a special on Filorga's NCTF- Reverse Mat Supreme Multi-Correction Fluid - 50ml and Hydra Filler Mat Perfecting Moisturiser – 50ml

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Please note, I purchased the products mentioned below and this is not a sponsored post.

Over the past month I have been trying out fairly-new-on-our-site brand, Filorga. Skin care is, of course, such a personal thing but when I found out more about this brand and also saw the response from our customers, I wanted to see what I was missing.

Skin type: My skin is combination although the dry parts are extremely dry making it sensitive too. These products, however, are suitable for all skin.

The 4 products I have been testing are:

At night:
Sleep & Peel

In the morning:
Scrub & Peel Resurfacing Exfoliating Cream (once or twice a week)
Lift Designer Ultra Lift Serum

Lift Structure Ultra Lifting Cream


Sleep & Peel is to be used on its own, on clean skin, each night. Using Sleep & Peel and only Sleep & Peel had me quite alarmed initially. I hate waking up in the morning with skin that feels dry and dehydrated and I was concerned that this would happen but I'm pleased to say, my skin feels great and well nourished every morning. The Sleep & Peel doesn't actually make your skin peel but instead the results you feel in the long-term are as if you had had a peel.

It has a cocktail of 6 hydroxy-acids which I also thought might make my skin react a bit but I have not had any redness. I had slight tingling on my forehead but this is a sign that it is working and nothing to worry about. If you have extra sensitive skin, you can use it every alternate night if you prefer.

I can truthfully say that after nearly 4 weeks my skin is looking and feeling great - sensitivity is down, its looking nourished and overall I have a much healthier looking complexion. My skin also feels really soft! I am going to use this for another month and then take a month break and then do another two months and so on. I also enjoy that it's a very uncomplicated bedtime routine!

The Scrub & Peel Resurfacing Exfoliating Cream is perfect for sensitive skin too. I have to say though that as someone who harps on about the importance of exfoliating, my current trial skin products (listed above) have lessened my feeling of having to exfoliate my skin as much - I guess it is a sign that the Sleep & Peel is working.

The Ultra Lift Serum (have you noticed I've gone for a lot of lift?!) hydrates my skin but also dries quickly and I believe, assists with its sensitivity. It's very calming and perfect for under my daily cream.

Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid in the Ultra Lifting Cream are said to tighten and plump the skin. I have only been trying this cream for the last 7 days and putting it on makes my skin feel 'lifted'. It also feels very nourishing and importantly to me, goes well under my foundation (something I often battle to find!).

In the coming month  when I will take a break from the Lift & Peel, I will start the Sleep & Lift Ultra Lifting Night Cream which, if it is anything like the other Lift products, should be lovely to use too.

Overall: my skin is looking revived, healthy and nourished (despite long work hours and a lack of sleep). If you haven't yet, this is definitely a brand worth looking into. Another important note is that I found with each of these products, a little goes a long way.

Have you tried Filorga? Which products do you use and what difference have they made to your skin, if any?

Let us know!

Happy weekend,
Rachelle

P.s. we are having a special on Filorga's NCTF- Reverse Mat Supreme Multi-Correction Fluid - 50ml and Hydra Filler Mat Perfecting Moisturiser – 50ml

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How to correctly apply face oils & serums

The way you apply facial oils and the amount you use is almost as important as the formula itself! When applied correctly, facial oils penetrate quickly and deeply, leaving a smooth and non-greasy finish. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application.

Serums can address needs that aren’t covered by a moisturiser. Moisturiser is meant to protect your epidermis, or your outer layer of skin, while serums address the dermis, the internal portion of your skin responsible for your skin’s support and elasticity. Since serums have a smaller molecular size and higher active ingredient content, it enables them to penetrate deeper, providing nourishment to the underlying structure of the skin. 

 The larger molecular size of moisturisers allows them to seal water into the layers of the skin, keeping it supple, and hydrated. Because active ingredients in serums are more expensive than thickeners in moisturisers, serums are also the costliest product in many skin care lines. But when applied properly, a 1-ounce container of serum should last months.

Wash the Face - First begin with thoroughly cleansed, damp skin. Use lukewarm water and give your face a good wash before applying. Toners also removes excess oils, dead skin cells, and makeup residue that may lurk on the face after washing. It can help prep the skin for optimal serum absorption. Always apply oils after the skin has been washed. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to balance itself faster.

Use the right amount – Dispense 2 drops of facial oil or about a pea-sized amount of oil or serum onto your four fingertips (excluding the thumb), rub fingertips lightly together and gently press oil onto your cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Remember that ingredients are concentrated and a little goes a long way!

Take your time - Apply the product about two minutes after your cleanser (not on wet skin). Quality formulas will disappear and leave no residue. Hydrated cells allow the active ingredient to penetrate better than dried cells.

Seal it up - UV rays and oxygen can cause serums to oxidize. Be sure to tightly close your product after every use.

As for whether a face oil or serum should be used along with a moisturiser, experts agree that oils and moisturisers can be used together. Combined together they boost moisture levels and target specific skin conditions. Moisturisers give the additional emollients that extra dry skin may need.

Should you wish to add a moisturizer, wait another three to five minutes before application. Moisturisers help restore the keratin protein back to the skin, so they generally have a higher pH. If you put on your serum then immediately put on your moisturiser, it can somewhat decrease the effectiveness of your serum.

This pattern allows distribution of oil/serum to the largest surface areas of the face. Follow with gentle, upward strokes to evenly distribute the oil onto the skin, including the neck and decolletage area.

Lastly, you may include the lips. If your skin needs more moisture, repeat.

Swiping over lips and nose will also work with your favourite moisturiser – just be sure to use a tiny 1/2 pea size for moisture.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

 

Information by Francesca Canzano-Franklin, Owner Philosophia Botanica

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The way you apply facial oils and the amount you use is almost as important as the formula itself! When applied correctly, facial oils penetrate quickly and deeply, leaving a smooth and non-greasy finish. More often than not you’ll see immediate results from the first application.

Serums can address needs that aren’t covered by a moisturiser. Moisturiser is meant to protect your epidermis, or your outer layer of skin, while serums address the dermis, the internal portion of your skin responsible for your skin’s support and elasticity. Since serums have a smaller molecular size and higher active ingredient content, it enables them to penetrate deeper, providing nourishment to the underlying structure of the skin. 

 The larger molecular size of moisturisers allows them to seal water into the layers of the skin, keeping it supple, and hydrated. Because active ingredients in serums are more expensive than thickeners in moisturisers, serums are also the costliest product in many skin care lines. But when applied properly, a 1-ounce container of serum should last months.

Wash the Face - First begin with thoroughly cleansed, damp skin. Use lukewarm water and give your face a good wash before applying. Toners also removes excess oils, dead skin cells, and makeup residue that may lurk on the face after washing. It can help prep the skin for optimal serum absorption. Always apply oils after the skin has been washed. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to balance itself faster.

Use the right amount – Dispense 2 drops of facial oil or about a pea-sized amount of oil or serum onto your four fingertips (excluding the thumb), rub fingertips lightly together and gently press oil onto your cheeks, forehead, chin and neck. Remember that ingredients are concentrated and a little goes a long way!

Take your time - Apply the product about two minutes after your cleanser (not on wet skin). Quality formulas will disappear and leave no residue. Hydrated cells allow the active ingredient to penetrate better than dried cells.

Seal it up - UV rays and oxygen can cause serums to oxidize. Be sure to tightly close your product after every use.

As for whether a face oil or serum should be used along with a moisturiser, experts agree that oils and moisturisers can be used together. Combined together they boost moisture levels and target specific skin conditions. Moisturisers give the additional emollients that extra dry skin may need.

Should you wish to add a moisturizer, wait another three to five minutes before application. Moisturisers help restore the keratin protein back to the skin, so they generally have a higher pH. If you put on your serum then immediately put on your moisturiser, it can somewhat decrease the effectiveness of your serum.

This pattern allows distribution of oil/serum to the largest surface areas of the face. Follow with gentle, upward strokes to evenly distribute the oil onto the skin, including the neck and decolletage area.

Lastly, you may include the lips. If your skin needs more moisture, repeat.

Swiping over lips and nose will also work with your favourite moisturiser – just be sure to use a tiny 1/2 pea size for moisture.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!

 

Information by Francesca Canzano-Franklin, Owner Philosophia Botanica

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Aromatherapy and Essential Oil and how Aromadough and Essential Oils work

Understanding Essential Oils and its Benefits

There are more ill people in our world than ever before. The number of people with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, thyroid issues, lack of energy and various kinds of depression is the highest that it’s ever been in our living history. At the same time people have come to better understand the power of essential oils. This gentle, natural form of plant-based medicine is also growing faster than ever before. The essential oils market is exploding globally and it is absolutely phenomenal. There are currently over seventeen thousand registered case studies for essential oils. We now have empirical evidence that essential oils really work as well as how best to use them. We also understand when not to use them, whom not to use them on as well as the dangers of incorrect application. Many doctors, psychologists and medical professionals have started recommending and prescribing essential oils along with standard medicine. Parents have been using Lavender oil to soothe babies for centuries. Eucalyptus is a common remedy used for runny noses, to ease respiratory systems and for joint pain. These popular oils are now joined by oils such as Frankincense which is showing fantastic results for depression. Turmeric oil is on the rise for its results in treating cancer and Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is getting a lot of attention for its treatment of adrenal fatigue and anxiety.

What is Aromatherapy and what are Essential Oils?

Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses essential oils as well as aromatic plant compounds to improve a person's psychological and physical wellbeing.

Essential oils are the pure essence of a plant. They are in essence plant based compounds that have gone through a distillation process. The very best that the plant has to offer is extracted in such a way that it brings benefits to the person using it in a safe manner. Essential oils are also called volatile oils, and these volatile oils evaporate in the air. Distillation separates the water soluble and fat soluble compounds. Essential come from the root word "quintessential" which actually means from the essence of something and they represent the life force or an essence of a plant. Drawing the oils out harnesses the healing powers of the plant.

 Essential oil molecules are some of the smallest molecules in the world and can penetrate the blood brain barrier in humans when some chemotherapies can’t. They are also transdermal which means they can penetrate your skin and move into your bloodstream. Be careful of confusing essential oils with products that have synthetic ingredients and have no benefits. Synthetic ingredients are frowned upon in aromatherapy. How to spot them? They can be listed as a ‘fragrance or perfume oil’ on the label of the product. 

How do Essential Oils and Aromadough work?

Essential oils are inhaled, ingested or applied topically. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs work like this; the natural constituents, the naturally occurring chemicals, supplies a therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example or smelling peppermint oil to relieve a headache. Essential oils really promote health in the body in a natural way.

Essential oils that are applied to the skin i.e. topically, are absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin. Never apply neat essential oil directly to the skin without diluting it into a carrier oils such as coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil.

Aromadough is a perfect vehicle to get essential oils into your system. Your skin is absorbing the essential oils as well as the massively beneficial coconut oil into the skin on your hands as you play with it. You are also breathing in the essential oil molecules every time you smell the dough.

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Understanding Essential Oils and its Benefits

There are more ill people in our world than ever before. The number of people with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, thyroid issues, lack of energy and various kinds of depression is the highest that it’s ever been in our living history. At the same time people have come to better understand the power of essential oils. This gentle, natural form of plant-based medicine is also growing faster than ever before. The essential oils market is exploding globally and it is absolutely phenomenal. There are currently over seventeen thousand registered case studies for essential oils. We now have empirical evidence that essential oils really work as well as how best to use them. We also understand when not to use them, whom not to use them on as well as the dangers of incorrect application. Many doctors, psychologists and medical professionals have started recommending and prescribing essential oils along with standard medicine. Parents have been using Lavender oil to soothe babies for centuries. Eucalyptus is a common remedy used for runny noses, to ease respiratory systems and for joint pain. These popular oils are now joined by oils such as Frankincense which is showing fantastic results for depression. Turmeric oil is on the rise for its results in treating cancer and Holy Basil, also known as Tulsi, is getting a lot of attention for its treatment of adrenal fatigue and anxiety.

What is Aromatherapy and what are Essential Oils?

Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine that uses essential oils as well as aromatic plant compounds to improve a person's psychological and physical wellbeing.

Essential oils are the pure essence of a plant. They are in essence plant based compounds that have gone through a distillation process. The very best that the plant has to offer is extracted in such a way that it brings benefits to the person using it in a safe manner. Essential oils are also called volatile oils, and these volatile oils evaporate in the air. Distillation separates the water soluble and fat soluble compounds. Essential come from the root word "quintessential" which actually means from the essence of something and they represent the life force or an essence of a plant. Drawing the oils out harnesses the healing powers of the plant.

 Essential oil molecules are some of the smallest molecules in the world and can penetrate the blood brain barrier in humans when some chemotherapies can’t. They are also transdermal which means they can penetrate your skin and move into your bloodstream. Be careful of confusing essential oils with products that have synthetic ingredients and have no benefits. Synthetic ingredients are frowned upon in aromatherapy. How to spot them? They can be listed as a ‘fragrance or perfume oil’ on the label of the product. 

How do Essential Oils and Aromadough work?

Essential oils are inhaled, ingested or applied topically. Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs work like this; the natural constituents, the naturally occurring chemicals, supplies a therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example or smelling peppermint oil to relieve a headache. Essential oils really promote health in the body in a natural way.

Essential oils that are applied to the skin i.e. topically, are absorbed into the bloodstream through your skin. Never apply neat essential oil directly to the skin without diluting it into a carrier oils such as coconut, grapeseed, sweet almond oil or apricot kernel oil.

Aromadough is a perfect vehicle to get essential oils into your system. Your skin is absorbing the essential oils as well as the massively beneficial coconut oil into the skin on your hands as you play with it. You are also breathing in the essential oil molecules every time you smell the dough.

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