THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMIN C SERUMS AND YOUR SKIN’S YOUTHFUL GLOW

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Pomegranate Juice contains higher levels of Vitamin C than most fruit     juices, and 3 times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. 

Winter is just around the corner, and while the days are hot, we’ve already had a few light rains. Just as we need to prepare the yard, cover firewood, take down hammocks, and remove outdoor pillows for storage, so we need to prepare our skin for the season ahead.  Soon I’ll be sharing with you my recommendations for an effective fall skincare routine. However, beforehand I’d like to respond to a question that keeps coming up, the answer to which is relevant year-round.  

Pomegranate’s rich nutritional profile protects skin from
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damage and early signs of aging.

We all hear about one ingredient or another as the one most important for the youthful nature of our skin. Different ingredients come into the forefront, grow in popularity and are then replaced by the next best thing. Sometimes it’s Fruit Stem Cell cultures, other times it’s a particular Superfood, Resveratrol or one oil vs. another, Argan, Marula, Prickly Pear or Pomegranate Seed Oil.

Some of these ingredients stand the test of time and one of those is Vitamin C. As it relates to Skincare benefits, it’s often discussed and recommended.

Using a powerful topical anti-oxidant is the most important ingredient for the long term health of our skin. Vitamin C is rightfully considered the king of anti-oxidants by the beauty industry, and has proven to stimulate Collagen and to brighten and smooth skin. As an anti-oxidant however, it can be beaten, both in terms of stability and efficacy.

There is a new generation of anti-oxidants that are more effective in protecting against free-radical damage. One of those is a Red Algae also known as Astaxanthin. It’s one of the most potent antioxidants around.  Unlike other anti-oxidants, including Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, Astaxanthin is very stable, does not break down into Vitamin A, so is ideal for topical skincare. It’s 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than Green Tea Catechins, and 75 times stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid.  

Astaxanthin Seaweed growing along the mountain range at Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
 Astaxanthin Seaweed growing along the mountain range at 
Tien Shan in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

So when I’m asked if our See Me C Repair Serum is the best source of Vitamin C among our serums, the answer is, not quite. We have several Serums formulated with ingredients rich in Vitamin C, and with strong Anti-oxidant properties. They’re each formulated with a different set of ingredients to achieve similar benefits and perhaps different results.

For example if we compare See Me C Repair Serum and our Seaweed and Me Youth Serum we’ll find a different set of ingredients resulting in varying concentrations of nutrients and slightly different action.

n our Seaweed Serum, a very high concentration of Astaxanthin Red Algae is infused in Argan oil which is one of the best sources of Vitamin C in terms of oils. With both ingredients in the same Serum it’s a high potency Vitamin C Serum, but it’s even more important as an overall antioxidant serum overtaking Vitamin C in terms of efficacy against free radical damage. 

Marula Oil – a far more powerful antioxidant replaces Argan Oil in See Me C Repair Serum, alongside Pomegranate Oil- both rich antioxidant oils, effective at fighting free radical damage. The latter Oil is also rich in Vitamin C while also considered the richest source of Punicic acid, whose antioxidant strength is comparable to that of green tea Catechins. 

 

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The Anti-Aging Guide We’ve All Been Waiting For

All of us wish to look younger for longer. And often, our go-to solution for getting rid of signs of aging is to use a wide array of anti-aging products. While the use of anti-aging creams is recommended by experts, you will be surprised to know that the best anti-aging secrets also involve a wide array of factors, including your nutrition and lifestyle.

If you wish to keep skin aging at bay, you may want to know all of the things that you can do to achieve a younger and more flawless looking skin. Well, that is what this guide is for! In this article, we will be covering all the bases-from nutrition to skincare to lifestyle tips-to ensure that you will forever look young.

Anti-Aging Nutrition Tips

Let us start this guide with the most basic yet important factor of an anti-aging regimen of all-nutrition. For your information, what you eat has a great influence on how fast your skin will age. Lucky for you, there are lots of natural anti-aging foods that you can incorporate in your diet to impede the process of aging and even, make you feel younger, and address wide array of skin aging signs such as dark spots, skin dryness, saggy skin, and many others.

These foods include tomatoes, berries, honey, green tea, fishes, yogurt, nuts, avocados, other fruits, and leafy greens. It is said that these types of food contain high amounts of antioxidants that can protect the skin from free radicals that may cause damage and promote aging. In addition to that, they also contain fatty acids which are known to keep the skip soft, smooth and supple (and wrinkle-free!).

In addition to having a balanced diet, it is also important for you to take some supplements so you can make sure that your body will get all the nutrition it needs even as you grow old. Some of the supplements that you should take include collagen and vitamin E as these are the two most important vitamins and substances that our skin needs.

Anti-Aging Lifestyle Tips

Aside from nutrition, your daily habits can also affect the aging of the skin. So one of the natural anti-aging tips that you should know is about changing your lifestyle. Because of this, we must pay attention to what we do on a daily basis. To ensure that your skin will stay as healthy as possible, keep in mind the following tips:

Avoid smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol as these can dehydrate the skin, making the aging process a lot faster.

Get enough quality sleep. It is during our sleep that our body (including the skin) is able to heal and recover. That is why it is important for you to get at least 8 hours of good sleep in a day to ensure that the healing process will not be disrupted.

Avoid being stressed out. We know that stress is a part of our daily lives, but according to studies, chronic stress is the number one factor that may cause signs of aging. That is why you need to take the time to relax and take a break. Maybe go out for a walk or do some form of meditation so you can calm your mind.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

And of course, you need to take good care of skin. That means choosing the right anti-aging products and establishing a good skincare regimen. With that in mind, here are simple ways on how to do that:

Prioritize your eyes.

Keep in mind that signs of aging can first be seen around the eye area (aka wrinkles and fine lines). It is because this sensitive part of the skin is the first to lose its firmness and elasticity. That is why it is always important that you use an eye cream that is gentle on the skin yet contains a wide array of firming and toning ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Squalene, and vitamin K.

 

 

Try out natural homemade remedies.

If you are dealing with dry skin, the best anti-agers to use are anti-aging home remedies as these are free of unwanted chemicals like parabens, petroleums, and other occlusives that may do more harm than good.

One of the best home remedies for dry skin is the avocado-honey mixture. To make this home remedy, place tablespoon of honey with 3 tablespoons of fresh cream and ¼ of an avocado in a blender and puree until it becomes smooth. Apply the mixture to the skin for an hour and rinse off with warm water.

Go for a retinoid.

Want to hit two birds with one stone? A retinoid is what you need as it can help target two signs of aging-wrinkles and clogged pores. This vitamin A derivative was initially used as an exfoliating agent which can unclog pores but eventually, it has been discovered that it can boost the production of collagen which can help improve the look of wrinkles.

Choose the right anti-aging product.

One of the most popular anti-aging tips for the 40s is to use an anti-aging cream. But with the wide array of anti aging creams out there, how would you know which you should choose? Simple. Always take a look at the ingredients label. The best anti-aging ingredients to look out for are Retinol, Vitamin C, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid, Green tea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid and CoenzymeQ10 (CoQ10).

Have a massage or a facial.

Many people think that these two activities are for relaxation but in truth, they can be for health and beauty too. A massage can help boost the circulation of the blood in the skin, making sure that the cells are receiving all the nutrients that they need to stay healthy. Many of us are in an endless search for the fountain of youth, but the harsh reality is there isn’t one. However, there are lots of things that you can do to achieve that eternal glow. With the guide that we have provided, you can surely prevent the appearance of signs of aging now and even, in the near future.

Written by Natalie Bracco for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

How Much Time Should You Spend In The Sun To Get Vitamin D (And Avoid Skin Cancer)

Extract the maximum from the summer without feeling the burn.

The advent of summer, in theory at least, brings with it the glory of sun-filled days filled with barbecues, trips to the seaside and all manner of other enjoyable outdoor pursuits.

It seems churlish to dampen any enthusiasm for that time spent in the sunshine, but as with almost everything, there are health concerns to consider. Chief among which is the time-honoured battle between your vitamin D requirements and the risk of skin cancer.

To make sure you’re getting the balance right, here’s Dr Stephanie Munn, consultant dermatologist from Bupa Health Clinics, with three tips for ensuring you get the perfect amount of vitamin D this summer without risking your skin safety.

The sunshine bank

One of the fantastic things about our bodies is our ability to store excess vitamin D for use at a later date, meaning we can bank enough sunlight during sunny months to see us through the cold snaps. However, we all know the risks associated with too much sun exposure, so it’s about taking a balanced approach. You don’t need to avoid the sun completely, but you do absolutely need to avoid burning. Being in the sun for a short amount of time between 11am and 3pm will give your vitamin D stocks a boost. People with paler skin should aim for a short period in the sun every day for about ten to 15 minutes while those with darker skin will need a little longer.

During this time, aim to have a third of your skin surface exposed, focusing on less sensitive areas like forearms, hands and legs. You will still absorb the necessary rays while wearing sunscreen, but you’ll need to stay out for longer.

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Everybody needs the same amount (10mcg) of vitamin D on a daily basis to maintain healthy bones, but the rate at which we produce the vitamin differs enormously. People with darker skin need more exposure [to the sun] to get the recommended amount than those with very pale skin, who are at greater risk of burning. You’ll also need more exposure as you grow older.

Use of sunscreen, the weather, time of day and a host of other factors mean that it is tricky to gauge whether you’re getting your daily quota. If you’d like a more definitive view of your vitamin D levels, you can get this checked with a simple blood test through your GP or at a Bupa Health Clinic.

Monitor your moles

Recent research by Bupa Health Clinics revealed that only 14% of the population regularly check their moles to see if there are changes. Even worse, only 23% of people have seen a GP or dermatologist immediately when they noticed a change.

A good trick is to take pictures of your moles and then compare them with what you see on your body on a regular basis to check for any change in shape, size, texture or colour. Use the ABCDE rule to know exactly what to look out for.

A – Asymmetry. Do both halves of the mole look the same?
B – Border. Is the edge of the mole uneven or fuzzy?
C – Colour. Is the mole a mix of different shades or colours?
D – Diameter. Is it bigger than 6mm from side to side? (The end of a pencil is about 5mm across.)
E – Evolution. Has the mole changed?

People with a lot of moles and pale skin should have their moles checked by a dermatologist or GP, who’ll recommend when you should come back and how often you should have checks in the future.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

How To Treat Sunburn

Soothe your sore skin faster so you can get back out into the sunshine.

We’re realists here at Coach. We know that we can inform you of the finer points of using sunscreen and which are the best sun creams until we’re red in the face, but at some point you – and, if we’re honest, we – will take our eye off the big blazing fireball in the sky and end up with red faces.

In the UK, the reason is often utter disbelief that the sun will be hot enough to actually burn us. Even in the midst of a savage summer heatwave, Brits take a cavalier attitude towards protecting their skin. Research from Bupa Health Clinics found that 73% of UK adults don’t apply sunscreen in the UK, and 30% say they are less careful about applying sun cream at home than they are when on holiday abroad.

If you are someone who has succumbed to sunburn, then after scolding yourself for being so careless it’s time to consider some treatment options. We asked dermatologist Dr Stephanie Munn from Bupa Health Clinics for her top tips for soothing sunburn. Take it away, Dr Munn.

Stock up on aloe vera

This is a great natural remedy for sunburn. Aloe contains enzymes that reduce inflammation and increase blood flow to damaged tissues, and it also contains antibacterial compounds which assist in avoiding infection.

Using aloe vera to treat sunburn also helps new skin cells form, which encourages the healing process. You can find aloe vera gel in most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Apply a cold compress

Anyone who has suffered sunburn will know your skin can feel hot to touch. To cool it down, place a cold compress, or a damp towel or flannel, on the affected area for 15 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day or when you feel the skin is getting too hot.

By doing this you’ll be soothing the skin and taking some of the heat out of it. When you get home take a cool bath or shower to help relieve the soreness, but remember to pat your skin dry afterwards – don’t make the mistake of rubbing burned skin with a rough towel.

Manage any blisters

Severe sunburn can result in blisters. It’s an indication that you have a second degree burn which is really damaging to the skin. These types of burns can take up to three weeks to heal – the worse the burn, the longer the healing process will take.

Soak the burned area in cool water for a few minutes and take painkillers if you need some relief. If your blisters are small just leave them to heal, but if they are causing you problems it’s best to go to A&E to get them treated.

Cover up

Keep covered up until the burn has fully healed. Wear clothes that cover the skin effectively and make sure the sun’s rays can’t get through the material. Repeat sunburn can put you at a substantial risk of skin cancer and premature skin ageing.

If you have other symptoms, seek help

If your sunburn causes you to feel unwell with symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, dehydration or vomiting, then seek medical help because you could have heatstroke. If you have concerns about your sunburn then it might also help to visit a dermatologist. It’s an especially good idea to get your moles checked if you’ve been sunburned or if you notice a change in them.

Written by Nick Harris-Fry for Coach and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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The Top 5 Natural Skin Care Fixes for Working Moms

Busy working moms often won’t have time to follow a strict beauty regime, but these home remedies offer a great quick fix.

Organic beauty products are on the rise, with recent research suggesting the market will be worth $22bn by 2024. No surprise there: the benefits of natural skin care are known the world over, with mainstream brands such as Lush and Body Shop leading the trend in the global market. In 2017 alone, there has been an estimated 10% growth in sales in the USA. Now, most fashion bloggers and beauty gurus reach for the natural aisle in favor of toxin-heavy and potentially damaging products.

This growth in popularity is partly down to current beauty trends. A full eyebrow has been all the rage since Lily Collins and Cara Delevingne rose to fame, and now beauty brands such as Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills offer a wide range of makeup to get the look. But all that pruning and preening takes time, and so it’s no surprise consumers have turned to natural remedies such as castor oil to get hassle free, naturally thick brows.

Don’t stop there! Natural skin care and beauty products can help you to glow from within without spending hours in front of the bathroom mirror. Let these five natural skin cares fixes help you…

Cucumber water

You read right! Water is essential if you crave a clearer complexion. H2O helps to keep wrinkles at bay by providing skin cells with the fuel they need to repair themselves. The essential drink will also flush away impurities and toxins that can cause breakouts. Add cucumber for a healthy dose of nutrients and vitamins, and you’ll glow like a goddess within no time at all.

Greek yogurt

Probiotic yogurts are already a staple on your shopping list. Now beauty brands such as Korres are bringing the foodie trend to their own natural skin care range. If you’re stuck for cash, the good news is you can knock up a face mask at home using Greek yogurt, honey as an antiseptic, and bananas as a fantastic source of antioxidants. Mash them together and hey presto! Just remember to wash it off properly when you’re done.

Floral cleansing water

Rose water and chamomile are big features on the natural skin care scene, thanks to their plumbing and replenishing properties. If you’ve skipped out on your water intake or simply want to give your skin an added boost, there’s a natural solution. Add some rose petals to room temperature water and distill for a few hours before you wash up before bedtime. Your skin will love you for it!

Castor oil

Traditionally used to aid digestion, castor oil will make your hair grow thick and fast when applied topically. Many beauty gurus have smeared this natural product on their brows, to get the Delevingne look without resorting to drastic measures. Give it a try!

Apple cider and baking powder

This powerful concoction isn’t recommended for sensitive skin, but if you can tolerate the mixture, it will help to scrub away the most stubborn of blackheads. That’s because apple cider helps to open pores and address toxicity levels, while baking powder acts as a natural exfoliant. Have fun, pop-a-holes!

Do you have more natural skin care and home remedy tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Written by Emily Green for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

 

The Truth About Remarkable Organic Beauty Companies!

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The skincare industry is going through momentous changes. The internet has paved a path for companies like Rosemira–a one-woman operation working out of a converted garage, and yet, with her austerity comes creativity based on knowledge and inspiration–the clear proof evident in the quality results and popularity.

Seeing the change, the corporate world is trying to adapt–old companies in new clothing, large non-organic skincare companies pretending to be small and organic are flooding the ever-growing holistic skincare market, trying to cash in but doing so haphazardly at best. Their formulas are sub-par, the ingredient quality is poor and expensive ingredients, if any, are found in low concentration.


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There’s also a slew of skincare entrepreneurs entering the market who aren’t formulators. They purchase a base formula available from a myriad of contract manufacturers, then sell it under their name, as if it’s a new product. They make up a cute story about how they were sick and couldn’t find a good product, so they came up with their own, but that is highly suspect. There’s nothing innovative or unusually effective in these formulas. These companies make the bulk of new companies in today’s market.

The good news is that there are good companies that have joined the ranks of organic formulators using the best ingredients in proper measurement to create exquisite products. They’re still a small percentage of the market but their presence, like Rosemira, is growing and securing their rightful duty to provide the best formulas. Their prices are sometimes higher, but considering the quality and results, well worth the few extra bucks.

Rosemira enjoys educating our clients as to the validity of the products they choose to purchase. Do you want to purchase a low-grade Rose Hydrosol Toner with no essential oils or any other ingredients added, or would you rather spend a little more on Rosemira Roses in Bloom Hydrating Toner–the combination of Red Rose Hydrosol, rare White Rose Hydrosol, Neroli Hydrosol and choice essential oils?


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My take is that the experience women have when using hi-end products, the energy involved in creating them, the quality of workmanship and ingredients used, the originality of the formulas, and the resulting healing benefits are well worth the price.

As you can see, I’m passionate about this. I don’t like people encroaching on my field of expertise if they’re not experts like myself or better than me. Doing so makes my life as a small manufacturer ever so difficult as I keep my production honest with the high standards required in this competitive field.


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On a positive note: 2017 was the best year yet for Rosemira, and 2018 will rock.
May your year be filled with all health, purpose and skincare goodies.

With utmost love and gratitude,

Mira

Introducing Revolutionary Emerging Skincare Products

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It’s fair to assume we all agree on how quickly 2017 zipped by. Here we are, again, at the dawn of a new year, 2018.
At Rosemira, the holidays are in full swing and we’ve been very busy fulfilling your orders. As you know, we make everything fresh, and I’ve been in my workshop 14 hours a day making new batches of the most popular products–the favorite part of my work. I’ve also released several new products with little fanfare. The commercially proper way to launch a new product is to advertise beforehand and create an expectation. I’m not quite that savvy, but once a product has been successfully tested, I then yell from the rooftops, “This potion is really great.”
Allow me to exalt three products I’ve recently formulated. The detailed info may not be as interesting to you as it is to me, that’s fine, just know they’re miraculous and you should definitely try them. Your skin type doesn’t matter.  You’ll reap the benefits whether you have oily or dry/mature skin, suffer from Rosacea or acne, or any of the myriad skin afflictions I treat daily.


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Blue Bliss Beauty Balm

Deep Moisture / Deep Cellular Anti-Aging

Introducing Blue Bliss Beauty Balm. Some of you have been using it and are as in love as I am. A potent facial balm, it’s been formulated to enrich the skin and entice our senses. The carefully chosen ingredients – Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Marula, Baobab and Yangu Oils, the superfood Maqui Berry, alongside essential oils of Immortelle, Lavender, Ravensara, Rose Geranium, Frankincense, Myrrh and Blue Tansy collaborate to create an ideal product to deeply moisturize and rejuvenate dry and dull skin. It also calms inflammation and soothes irritated skin.


Shawna: “I ran out of Rosemira products and used another top quality product for almost two weeks.  I soon noticed my skin was getting wrinkled and dry quickly. I visited Mira at her shop and she gave me the Emergency treatment my skin needed to get back to where it was and repair some of the backward slide. Her new creation is Blue Bliss Beauty Balm, the Anti-aging concentrate. Immediately my skin drank it in and felt better! Within days it looked moisturized and nourished!”


 

Seaweed & Me Youth Serum

Fine Lines, Deep Wrinkles

One of three Serums in our  new collection of Anti-Aging “Super-Serums”, Seaweed & Me Youth Serum proves that miracles do exist, especially when it comes to wrinkles.  The ingredients are stellar: Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, Brazilian Buriti Oil, flowers of Helichrysum and Blue Malva infused in Jojoba Oil unite to create beauty paint in a bottle. A seaweed with anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities, Astaxanthin Red Algae is known as “Nature’s Most Potent and Beneficial Antioxidant”, and is 550 times stronger an Antioxidant than Vitamins C and E. The resulting Serum rejuvenates and improves your skin’s moisture level — a truly multi-tasking product.

Diane: “I received a sample of this Seaweed & Me Youth Serum, and I loved it to the very last drop! 🙂 The texture is different from any other serum I’ve tried, because of the seaweed — it is slightly granular. It also smells lovely”

Dragon’s Blood Antioxidant Serum

Firm & Repair

This Serum is second in our “Super-Serum Collection”. Intrigued by Sacha Inchi Seed Oil and Dragon’s Blood Tree Sap — precious oils from the Amazonian Rainforest, I’ve formulated a highly reparative Serum for all skin types and especially sensitive skin. Add Macadamia Nut Oil – a skin protective oil rich in Palmitoleic acid, and the highly moisturizing, anti-aging Apricot Kernel Oil, alongside an array of anti-aging essential oils including Rose Damascene, and the result is a truly outstanding serum –  pure healing in a bottle. This summer I took my first vacation in quite a while on the beach in Tulum.  I under-estimated the sun’s power and sustained a serious sunburn on my first day.  Dragon’s Blood Antioxidant Serum and Alluring Jasmine Body Butter saved my skin from what I believe could have been permanent scars. I’m grateful to nature’s sacred ingredients and am delighted to share this lovely serum with you.

Mariee: “Exceptional, like all other Rosemira products!”