Essential oils are highly concentrated, volatile substances. In order to be used safely, they should be diluted in another safe substance, like water, a skin care oil or an unscented lotion or liquid soap. Follow the recommendations in this guide for safe, effective use.
Standard Measurement: 1ml= 20drops
Dilution Golden Rule: 6 drops of essential oil + 1 oz. or 30ml carrier = 1% dilution
*Carriers: Water, Skin Care Oil, Unscented lotion or liquid soap
Simple Ways to Use Essential Oils
Essential Oil Safety
Essential oils are very concentrated. Their safe use requires they be treated with care and respect. The user should be knowledgeable about their properties and actions before any use. Most personal applications require drops rather than ounces.
Whenever you use essential oils, keep these safety tips in mind:
Do not use essential oils undiluted on skin.
Keep in mind that the absorption is increased on damaged skin.
Test diluted essential oils on inconspicous areas before general use.
Use photosensitizing essential oils cautiously.
Consult with a health practitioner before use if pregnant, nursing, suffering from any medical condition, or taking medication.
Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
Keep essential oils away from your eyes.
Do not use essential oils internally.
Follow specific recommendations for dilution based on the person and application.
Mud masks are an ‘in-thing’ in the skin care industry as it provides many benefits for most skin concerns. Most facial mud masks are not just simply ‘mud’ but includes various other premium ingredients which complement the main ingredient to give the best results for your skin.
Here are the 5 amazing benefits of using mud masks:-
1. Deep Cleansing
Our pores are prone to attracting and holding impurities from our surroundings. When mixed with oil and sebum, it will create a favourable condition for bacterial growth. Mud masks are great for deep cleansing our skin to remove these impurities. As it dries, it will absorb the impurities and oil that is buried deep within the pores.
Mud masks can remove dead skin cells by tightening as they dry, allowing dead skin cells to stick to the mask. The dead skin cells are then washed away together with the removal of the mask revealing glowing, radiant and smooth skin.
3. Rich with Minerals and Nutrients
Mud masks are rich in minerals such as sodium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, sulphur and silicon which are beneficial for our skin since our bodies are unable to provide us with it. If we are lacking certain minerals and vitamins, it can lead to a multitude of skin conditions and complaints.
4. Clear Acne and Blemishes
Since mud masks are able to absorb excess oil and sebum, it will clear the pores from bacteria as well; the number one enemy for the formation of acne and blemishes. Regular application of mud masks will prevent clogged pores, thus helping in preventing breakouts.
Mud masks have a tightening effect as it dries on your skin, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles, making them a good anti-ageing agent.
When we say ‘facial mask’, the first thing that comes to mind are the peel-off or clay masks that we usually see in pharmacies or beauty shops. We would like to introduce the Antipodes Natural Aura Manuka Honey Treatment Mask; made from our favourite sweet nectar, honey. Honey is high in glucose, vitamins, and antibacterial properties. Not only that, it also has hygroscopic properties which means that it will draw moisture from its surroundings and keep your skin soft and moisturised. There are many types of honey in the world and Manuka honey is world-renown for its highly antibacterial properties.
Manuka honey is produced in New Zealand due to bees pollinating native Manuka bush flowers and features many health benefits; either by consumption or topical. This honey is one-of-a-kind due to its high natural antimicrobial properties from hydrogen peroxide and an unusual high amount of methylglyoxal (MG). That is why Unique Manuka Factor or UMF is used to grade the quality of manuka honey by measuring its antibacterial prowess.
Antipodes Natural Aura Manuka Honey Treatment Mask has the power to clear skin from blemishes and dark spots while brightening skin for a healthy glow. The powerful antibacterial properties from manuka honey, packed with antioxidant and antiseptic Pohutukawa flowers make it the best combination to combat blemish prone skin. It will clear away acne, moisturise skin and delay signs of ageing. Such powerful benefits for something so gentle on your skin, pretty impressive right? Not only that, it leaves skin feeling soft and supple; you won’t be able to stop touching it! This gentle beauty has been awarded Elle’s Best of Beauty Award for Best Face Mask for Sensitive Skin.
I use it daily to help heal my dry skin. So far so good, been using it for a week and my skin is no longer dry. As far as blemishes is concern, its not totally gone yet but I can see it starting to fade. Slowly, but surely. Would totally repurchase! – Izzaty R.
This mask help reduce my blemish and dark spot! Def will repurchase this mask! I also use juliet brighthening facial wash..excellent combo..must try – Malissa
This mask is amazing. I’m not exaggerating. It soothes my dry, sensitive, atopic skin and gives it moisture, and when I take the mask off, my skin is looking toned, refreshed and glowing. My skin looks brand new, this mask is just so fantastic. The only thing I don’t like about it is the scent – It is too sweet for my liking, and I prefer products without perfume. But that is a minor detail to me and could never make me stop using the mask, since it is so amazing. – hellerenee
Honey has been used since ancient times as a moisturising ingredient in cosmetics. The moisturising properties are due to the major portion of the sugar in honey being fructose, a sugar which picks up water readily and holds on to it strongly. However, honey does a lot more for the health of the skin than just to moisturise it.
The bioactives that honey has been found to have are; stimulating the growth of new blood capillaries in damaged skin tissue; stimulating the production of collagen and other components of the matrix of the skin; stimulating the growth of new epidermal cells on the skin; releasing attached bacteria; stimulating the immune response; and (depending on the type of honey) a potent antimicrobial action. Honey also has excellent antioxidant properties and a potent anti-inflammatory activity.
Honey is being found to give excellent results clearing up acne and eczema/dermatitis, and is being used in a clinical trial to decrease the inflammation resulting from radio therapy for breast cancer (which causes burns to the skin like severe sunburn). Clinical studies have also shown that it gives good results when used on psoriasis, tineas, haemorrhoids (where it decreases itching), seborrheic dandruff and nappy rash.
But don’t expect to get good results if you use just any honey. Honeys can vary by as much as 100 fold in potency of their antibacterial activity. Research at the University of Waikato, following up New Zealand folk knowledge, led to the discovery of the unusual antimicrobial component of Manuka Honey. Other honeys have their antimicrobial activity due to hydrogen peroxide produced by an enzyme that the bees add to the nectar they collect to make honey. This enzyme does not work until honey gets diluted by water (which on unbroken skin will not happen) and if activated by dilution (as would happen in the manufacture of skin cream) its activity destroys itself after a day or two. The antimicrobial component of Manuka Honey is fully active in undiluted honey and remains active indefinitely after dilution. It also has the ability to penetrate intact skin.
Since 1993, The Honey Collection has produced a unique range of skincare products using UMF(R) Manuka Honey as the key ingredient. All ingredients have been selected to compliment and aid the beneficial effects of honey, to repair and revitalise skin tissue, and to help reduce the visible signs of ageing and over exposure to the wind and sun.
The Honey Collection Manuka Magic
A remedial cream for topical skin ailments. Manuka Magic contains UMF 15+ Manuka Honey and has been formulated to help soothe minor skin irritations such as bites, burns, cuts and abrasions.
UMF 15+ Manuka Honey and potent New Zealand manuka oil are blended with skin repairing and moisturising properties of carrot and wheatgerm oil. Plantain and calendula soothe and nourish the skin. This product is recommended for minor topical skin ailments such as burns, sunburn, cuts, abrasions and other minor skin irritations, helping to restore skin to good health.
Independently backed by science, Manuka Magic has been clinically proven to reduce wounded fibroblast skin cells by up to 54% within 72 hours.
Apply twice a day to the affected area, morning and night.
A serum was not part of my daily routine for many years and it wasn’t until we developed our own that I discovered what a good serum can do for your skin.
We have recently launched our new Enhanced Formula Serums and when we were looking at our formulas we realised just how packed with amazing natural active ingredients they are. That’s when we came up with the tag-line ‘Not all serums are created equal’ – some can be a bit light weight on the actives but not so in our case.
A serum is often seen as a luxury item with skincare but if you have any specific skin concerns or challenges it is an addition that can make all the difference.
Our serums are concentrated treatments, they have been designed to penetrate deeply into the skin layers, meaning you only need a small amount to see great results.
What can serums help with?
My favourite serum at the moment is the Radiance Boost Facial Serum, if my skin is looking and feeling a bit dull or stressed then I use this and love what it does – instant softness and a radiant glow.
The Radiance Boost Facial Serum is also designed to help with;
Uneven skin tone and/or pigmentation
Tired Skin Our Renewal Advance Serum was formulated to help with;
Fine lines and wrinkles
Loss of Elasticity
Signs of Ageing
Poor Skin Texture
How to use our serums?
– Watch the video below
We recommend that you use your serum at a minimum as part of your evening skincare routine. Your body rejuvenate and repairs as you sleep – including your skin. For optimum results we also recommend incorporating it as part of your morning routine, it will then also provide antioxidant protection throughout the day.
Saying that, everyone is individual, and some people use a serum 1-2 times a week, some only when they feel they need it, and that’s fine as well. It depends on what results you are looking for and what works for you.
I hope you enjoy our beautiful serums as much as I do!
This is a blog post by Sarah Cowan (Managing Director, The Herb Farm)
The beauty of the rose extends far beyond its place in the garden.
For centuries, this flower has been a well known ingredient for skin care especially for those with dry, sensitive and matured skin. This is why it should come as no surprise that The Herb Farm uses rose absolute as a key ingredient in their normal (including sensitive) skincare range, despite the fact that rose oil is the most expensive botanical oil in the world as it takes 60,000 roses to produce one ounce of rose absolute.
How is rose oil helpful to your skin? Read more to find out!
Protecting & Nourishing
Rose oil is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help protect and regenerate cellular membrane and skin tissues, keeping the skin in top condition.
Calming & Healing
Thanks to the rose oil’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe skin sensitivity when applied on the skin. A patch test is recommended to those with very sensitive skin.
When applied, rose oil blends with your skin’s natural oil to leave it nourished, softened and protected from the environment, which in return improves skin elasticity and creates a youthful complexion.
The aroma therapeutic scent of rose calms and soothes the mind, creating an extra pleasant experience.
The Herb Farm Normal (including sensitive) Range
The Herb Farm uses rose absolute as a key ingredient in its normal (including sensitive) skincare range. It includes the
TNS Skin Lab, have exclusively launched New Zealand skincare brand The Herb Farm in Malaysia.
“We are really excited to bring our truly natural skincare products to Malaysia and be partnering with TNS Skin Lab”, said Sarah Cowan, Managing Director of The Herb Farm. “At our farm in clean, green New Zealand, we handcraft our highly effective natural skincare products and are now sharing one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets with the people of Malaysia”.
Terry Loh, Director of TNS Skin Lab, added that “we are both proud and excited to bring The Herb Farm to the Malaysian market, it is a pure and ethical brand that is as close to nature as one can get, coming from clean and green New Zealand which has a very strong international reputation for producing some of the best natural skincare products money can buy.
‘’We have tried and tested the products over an extended period of time, and found them to be well made and packaged, delightful to use, and most importantly very effective for their stated purposes. This is really a first class premium natural skincare range in every sense.”
Cowan, a former international model, knows the importance of using skincare which delivers lasting results while caring for the health of your skin. “All our products have been formulated by my mother Lynn Kirkland. She has drawn on over 30 years of wisdom to create products which bring traditional knowledge and innovation together for healthy and radiant skin”.
The Herb Farm was founded in 1993 by Herbalist Lynn Kirkland with a vision and passion to share the amazing healing and beautifying properties herbs and nature have to offer. Lynn was joined in the business by daughter Sarah Cowan in 2006 and The Herb Farm is a New Zealand market leader in natural skincare.
The Herb Farm’s uncompromising values in delivering only 100% natural products to its customers is ensured by handcrafting all products on-site at their destination in rural Manawatu (North Island). Local and international visitors can visit The Herb Farm and experience its beautiful gardens, café, retail shop and beauty retreat.
The Herb Farm Brand Highlights;
-100% natural skincare products
-Handcrafted at their destination farm in New Zealand
-Utilise the most potent and pure natural ingredients, including their own organically grown herbs
-Luxurious packaging, feel and scent at affordable prices
-Safe and effective for even sensitive skin
-Three skincare ranges offer a solution for all skin types
Seasonal changes, beauty products, stress – these are just some of the factors that can affect sensitive skin and cause flare ups. But what is skin sensitivity and what’s the best way to give sensitive skin some much-needed TLC? Read on!
What is skin sensitivity?
Skin ‘sensitivity’ has become a catch-all term for three distinct types of skin problems; rosacea, contact dermatitis and skin that burns and stings. The common link is inflammation, which is often worsened by chemicals.
What causes sensitive skin?
With skin sensitivity increasingly on the rise, it can be incredibly difficult to narrow down exact causes. Our skin is exposed to stressors such as seasonal change, environmental damage and pollution, and an ever-growing list of potential skin irritants including fragrances, allergies, stress and hormones.
How does sensitivity affect my skin?
Sensitive skin can age more quickly because it contains highly reactive nerve fibres, which weakens its ability to retain moisture and deal effectively with irritants. As the years go by, this damages collagen and elastin fibres, which are the skin’s support proteins that give it structure and elasticity. Research shows that sensitive skin sufferers can develop wrinkles up to three years earlier than people who don’t suffer sensitivity, and firmness can also start to diminish after 10 years or sooner.
For those with sensitive skin, it’s important to use skincare that not only soothes sensitivity but also works to strengthen the weakened skin barrier, for added protection against premature ageing caused by environmental and pollution damage.
Trilogy Sensitive Skincare
Newly reformulated Trilogy Sensitive includes a carefully selected delicate blend of potent pure plant oils and botanical extracts to reduce inflammation, while working to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and increase its protection against modern day irritants.
With antioxidant-rich maqui berry, soothing botanical complex SyriCalm® and Omega-7-rich sea buckthorn, Trilogy Sensitive is certified natural, fragrance free and dermatologically tested gentle skincare that brings peace and comfort to even the most fragile, intolerant and easily irritated complexions. Your skin will love you for it.
What’s the best way to care for sensitive skin?
Highly reactive skin needs a different regime to help provide relief, and reduce redness and inflammation. During times of stress, it’s important to pare back your regime to take care of immediate irritation first and then carefully fortify the skin by adding nutrients and protection. We recommend following Trilogy Sensitive Skin Pyramid:
1. SOS RESCUE – for red, sore, and irritated skin
Very Gentle Calming Serum is our SOS first point of defence rescue serum. Use at the very first signs of irritation for immediate peace and comfort. Formulated to be used during discomfort anywhere and anytime, and help provide ongoing relief.
2. CLEANSE AND PROTECT
Adding a specially formulated cleanser and moisturiser to a sensitive regime is important, as it helps combat dryness which irritates sensitivity, and helps to build up a resistance to external aggressors.
Very Gentle Cleansing Cream delicately cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils, removing all traces of impurities, including make-up.
Very Gentle Moisturising Cream gently hydrates reactive skin to help seal in moisture and soothe and protect the weakened skin barrier from free radical damage.
3. NOURISH & REPAIR
Including treatment products in your routine helps to nourish, fortify and soothe skin in need of extra TLC, and helps target areas that can be otherwise overlooked.
Very Gentle Restoring Oil is our gentlest certified organic beauty oil. 2-3 drops are all you’ll need to help repair and protect skin and help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Face oils have been one of the top beauty trends in recent years. Top dermatologists and skin-care brands have openly stated that face oils are an important staple for a complete skin-care routine.
Some may ask, doesn’t oil cause breakouts? How effective it is for anti-ageing? How to also apply it properly?
The following is a guide that covers common questions and answers to help you discover the true benefits of face oils, which may be your new best friend.
What are face oils?
Face oils are concentrated products made with pure plant oils (and sometimes with other extracts) with multiple skin benefits. They can be used for many types of skin concerns and can be purchased as a single oil or as a combination of different oils. Face oils can be used all year-round, preferably lighter oils in warm weather and heavier oils in colder conditions.
How does it work?
Face oils contain high levels of essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9) and are also known as lipids. Lipids are an important element to maintain and replenish the hydration and nourishment levels of the skin. As we age, we produce lesser lipids, dehydrating our skin and making it more prone to wrinkles and other skin problems.
This is when face oils play their important role; when directly applied to the skin, face oils are absorbed into the top layers of the epidermis- protecting, maintaining and balancing the skin’s lipid barrier. By replenishing the lipids that we have lost due to natural factors like ageing, dry conditions and extreme temperature, we enable the skin to do what it does naturally – retains moisture and fights against environmental damages. Face oils can also penetrate into the deeper dermis layer of the skin to repair, renew and rejuvenate skin cells, and improve overall skin conditions, thus making them the most effective and ideal anti-ageing solution.
Are face oils suitable for all skin types?
Face oils are ideal for all types of skin. Dry and dehydrated skin shows sign of ageing faster than hydrated skin. Face oils prevent dryness and make the skin stronger to withstand wrinkle formation. While it may seem counter-intuitive to apply oil onto oily or sensitive skin, using face oils can actually be extremely beneficial for those with these skin types. The key to balancing oily skin is to control sebum production, which is what face oils can help to do because they are packed with essential fatty acids that balance and hydrate our skin, thus signalling our skin to slow down the production of lipids, resulting in less oily, calmer and clearer skin.
If one suffers from sensitive skin, some face oil can really help with calming, soothing stressed skin and reducing skin inflammation. The vital point here is to use the right oil for your skin type.
How to choose the right oil for your skin?
Pay attention to the ingredients list because it will reveal a lot about the quality and effectiveness of the face oil. The best oils are rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants which are able to deliver micronutrients to deeper layers of the skin where they work to repair free radical damage, boost collagen and elastin, and greatly improve the overall quality of the skin. Usually, face oils will utilize the botanical names of their ingredients to show which oils are present in their formulation (e.g. rosehip oil, argan oil, avocado oil, chia seed oil, grape seed oil, carrot seed oil etc.).
Face oils which contain fragrances, perfumes, synthetic ingredients, palm derivatives and animal by-products should be avoided. The extraction method is also important; cold pressed, steam distilled or CO2-extraction are preferred to solvent-extracted oils. In addition, choose face oils based on their therapeutic properties; you might consider carrot seed, rosehip or black currant oils for anti-ageing and jojoba for breakout prone skin. Reading the ingredient label is worth the effort if you are looking to maximise the benefit of face oils.
Generally, all good face oils contain a very high concentration of essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9), plus vitamins and anti-oxidants. Omega 3 is lighter and best for anti-inflammation and sensitive skin, omega 6 is suitable for repairing skin cells and disorders, while omega 9 is best for intense hydration.
When and how to use facial oils?
The best ways to get results from your face oil to is put about 2 to 3 drops onto the tips of your fingers and rub them gently to warm the oil up. Then, lightly pat or massage the face oil evenly on to your face and neck in an upward circulation motion. Apply after toner or serum to allow more even and effective absorption, followed by a moisturiser for added hydration and protection.
The above basic knowledge will allow you to use face oils intelligently and to confidently include them as an essential in your skincare routine, always consult your beauty advisor at TNS Skin Lab to select the most suitable face oil for your particular skin type and condition to get the best results.
‘Clean’, ‘green’ and ‘natural’ are more than buzzwords when it comes to beauty products. These terms are not interchangeable. Due to misinformation and ‘greenwashing’, it is now more important than ever to educate ourselves and wise up to what exactly these terms entail, as well as what they have to offer.
‘Clean’ products are free of toxic ingredients, both natural and man-made. These include parabens, phthalates, talc, and formaldehyde – to name a few. Their focus will be to formulate products using ingredients which are proven to be safe. The shift towards ‘clean beauty’ are driven by a few factors. An obsession with wellness and detoxification, both in terms of diet and products, is fueling a demand for stripped-back, ‘clean’ ingredients. Consumers are becoming more knowledgeable about possible irritations caused by synthetic ingredients in fragrances and preservatives and are reading labels more carefully. The second factor is the rise in sensitive skin. Dermatologists are reporting a growing phenomenon of sensitised skin caused by increased exposure to pollution, stress and digital aggressors. Skin sensitivity has become the new buzz topic, ahead of anti-ageing, driving a shift towards caring for skin with natural and honest ingredients.
‘Green’ products are made sustainably and will not harm the earth through their manufacturing or recycling, ensuring its business practices are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible. The rise in green products comes as no surprise as we are all striving to reduce pollution and waste. Being environmentally responsible has never been higher on our agendas.
‘Natural’ products source their ingredients from nature; utilising botanical oils, extracts and butters, natural salts and everything in between. The classic definition of natural skin care is based on using botanically sourced ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients. Truly natural brands will usually strive to be clean (not all natural ingredients are safe!).
Many brands will adopt two or more of the above principles, but it is imperative we understand the differences between the three so that we are able to make informed decisions.
Manuka Honey is a complex honey that goes far beyond simple table honey, it is only produced in New Zealand and is considered by some as Nature’s Best Food. Manuka honey is used as a natural ointment for wounds of all kinds. It has been hailed as a go-to germ fighter in an age of resistance to conventional antibiotics. Proponents also claim that Manuka honey can treat other conditions from acne to sinus issues.
Manuka Bees get to work each year collecting the pollen from the Manuka plant and creating the honeycomb that gives us our Manuka Honey. It has been the focus of extensive scientific research evidencing remarkable natural properties that set it apart from other kinds of honey and make it so highly prized throughout the world. Genuine New Zealand Manuka Honey are officially graded by an UMF Rating system.
What is UMF?
Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) is a grading system for genuine Manuka Honey. This rating system is maintained by the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA). The UMF grading system uses the most comprehensive and transparent test currently available for Manuka Honey. It appraises natural markers found in Manuka Honey to assure its purity and quality. Every batch of UMF Manuka Honey undergoes the UMF grading system (testing laboratory). The key markers (Leptosperin, Dihydroxyacetone, Methyglyoxal and Hydroxymethylfurfural) must be presented and the UMF grading is based on the combined levels of these key markers. The higher the UMF rating, the higher is the therapeutic potency of the honey.
How to Identify Genuine UMF Manuka Honey?
Genuine Manuka Honey is packed and labelled made in New Zealand. It has the UMF licensee’s brand name and the license# stated on the label. This license guarantees consumers that they are buying genuine Manuka Honey. It is verified by the official UMF certificate which states the test results for the batch# shown on the jar label. The official UMF certificate presents all 4 laboratory test results (Leptosperin, Dihydroxyacetone, Methyglyoxal and Hydroxymethylfurfural). The UMF number refers to the level of anti-bacterial property in the honey at the time of packaging. The higher the UMF number, the more potent is the Manuka Honey. Therapeutic grade manuka Honey only starts from UMF10, all the way to UMF20+. The colour of higher UMF levels of Manuka Honey tends to be darker and has a more distinctive taste.
Key Benefits of Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is acidic and has a pH of between 3.2 and 4.5. The acidic properties inhibit the growth or destroys microorganisms such as bacteria, virus and fungus. Therefore, Manuka Honey is well-known with its wound healing effect.
Manuka Honey can also help to strengthen the immune system and is effective against all kinds of infections. Its antibacterial and anti-viral properties can reduce inflammation and clear infections that can cause sickness & discomfort. Manuka honey can also improve digestion and ease stomachache as it contains a pre-biotic. It has been found to be an effective therapy for digestive disorder such as acid reflux, gastric, diarrhea and ulcers. Finally, Manuka Honey is also commonly regarded as a good energy booster.
Unknown to many people, Manuka honey also has a bunch of skin benefits in addition to its health benefits. It is very effective for skin barrier protection to maintain a healthy and blemish-free skin.
Firstly, it helps to improve skin’s appearance especially acne prone skin that has breakouts. It can balance skin’s pH level and remove dead cells to keep the skin clean. Its anti-bacteria and anti-inflammatory effect can reduce inflammation and irritation and heal existing pimples and clear up blemishes on skin. It also calms and reduces redness on face by soothing the skin.
Secondly, It is also a powerful humectant due to its sugar component. This makes it a very effective ingredient in moisturizers, as it attracts moisture from the air and binds it to the skin to give skin cells intense hydration. Hydrated skin is the key to healthy skin!
Finally, Manuka Honey also contains loads of antioxidants thus making it an effective anti-aging ingredient. Antioxidants protect the skin against cell scavenging free radicals and help the skin repairs itself. It also keeps the skin moisturized to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How to Consume Manuka Honey?
For health benefits, it is advisable to consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of Manuka honey every day to get its utmost benefits. There are a few ways to consume manuka honey: you may eat it straight or add it to foods or drinks. For one who is suffering from sore throat, you may take Manuka honey with warm water and lemon juice to experience its soothing effect and ease the symptoms. It is not advisable to take manuka honey with boiling liquids as the heat will take away all its antimicrobial properties.
If you would like to include manuka honey into your daily meal plan, you may consider spreading it onto a slice of bread or adding it into yogurt. Tea drinkers can also add a spoonful of manuka honey into morning cup.
For skin benefits, look for New Zealand skincare products that use Manuka Honey as the main or major ingredient. Make sure that the product contains Manuka Honey of at least UMF12+ rating, and manuka honey appears near the top of the ingredients list and not in the bottom half.
Possible Side Effects of Manuka Honey
If one is allergic to bees, then he should not be using manuka honey as it might cause a risk of allergic reaction. There is also a risk of blood sugar increase as honey is high in natural sugar. Therefore diabetic patients should only consume with physician instruction only. People who are under medication treatment should consult a doctor before consuming it as manuka honey has effects on certain chemotherapy drugs and interactions with various other medicines. Mayo Clinic, U.S. does not recommend giving honey to infants under the age of one due to the risk of infant botulism, a type of foodborne illness.
Eye creams, especially tend to be under scrutiny as products that may not be necessary for daily use. Truth is, eye creams are extremely necessary and a great product to use to keep the skin around your eyes healthy.
The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more sensitive, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles.
It isn’t rare to have someone ask if you are tired, due to puffiness around your eyes. When you are tired, dark circles might also be something that appears under your eyes. This area of our skin also reacts badly to any skin care products that are subpar. Using bad ingredients may cause irritation or inflammation that results in hyperpigmentation. While too much sun exposure is bad for all skin, it is especially bad for the under eye area.
The Rationale For Using Eye Cream
It may seem like eye cream is not much different from moisturizers that are used on the rest of the face. Using moisturizer may seem sufficient to keep the eye area from wrinkling or puffing; however, eye creams do have some differences that make them worthwhile.
Many moisturizers caution users to avoid the eye area when using. Moisturizers can contain chemicals that may be harmful to the eye area and many contain fragrances and preservatives that can irritate eyes as well. Eye creams are specifically formulated to be used in the eye area, making them safer and more beneficial.
Some eye creams have stronger ingredients and work better than a moisturizer can. Eye creams are also formulated to reduce puffiness and dark circles, while moisturizers need to handle the entire face and are less specialized.
We all know that eye is the window of the soul, it is also the thinnest skin area that can easily exposed our age. Hence, I am concern on a good eye care since I stepped into my 30’s. I have tried a lot of eye care products andTrilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Eye Concentrate is by far the best one I’ve tried.
Trilogy has reformulated theirAge-Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate to includes jojoba derived super-ingredient L22® which mimics the lipid profile of your skin at 22 to support a firmer, more youthful appearance. Potent botanical complex Glycablend™ is proven to reduce collagen breakdown, while caffeine from coffee extract helps brighten and increase microcirculation for dark circles. Also with hydrating hyaluronic acid and CoQ10 to strengthen the delicate skin around the eye.
We like thatTrilogy Age-Proof CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate comes with a cooling metal applicator to reduce puffiness. It is also easy to use, just gently sweep applicator across under-eye area and tap excess with fingers. The eye concentrate in silky texture made it easy to absorb into the skin. I like the soothing sensation when apply it.
The best part? The puffiness and dark circles under my eyes are gone after using it for 2 weeks.
To have healthy glowing skin, trouble free skin, it is important to maintain a strong skin barrier function. When skin barrier is healthy, it will keep moisture in and kick free radical out.
WHY IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SKIN CARE STEP TO TAKE CARE OF SKIN BARRIER FUNCTION?
Our skin barrier is the outermost layer of our epidermis. Its function is to protect our skin from external bad elements, and keep our internal skin pores properly hydrated and clear.
Without a strong skin barrier function, it is impossible to keep our skin clean, clear, hydrated and healthy, we will suffer from overly dry or oily skin, dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, blocked pores, rough and damaged skin, problematic skin and all sorts of skin surface problems.
Our skin will also suffer from over sensitivity and poor absorption and unable to absorb the benefits of nutrients from more powerful anti-aging skincare products, and worse still experience negative reactions and effects from using such products!
Only people with healthy skin barrier function can enjoy the benefits of advanced skincare products and enjoy good youthful skin complexion!
To do this, our skin barrier needs to be properly moisturized, able to retain hydration, always clean and clear, and has the ability to defend itself against external attacks by free radicals, pollutants and UV rays.
Proper cleansing, toning, exfoliation, masking, hydration, moisturisation, and protection with antioxidants and sunscreen are all critical skincare steps to keep our skin barrier function strong and healthy!
Basic Skin Care Routine
Step 1: Cleansing
Use a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil and makeup. This is an essential step as it lowers breakout and acne problems.
Step 2: Toning
A toner should be alcohol-free as it can make your skin excessively dry. It hydrates your skin and tightens the skin pores to give you perfect texture before you apply any layer makeup.
Step 3: Moisturizing
Choose a moisturizer according to your skin type to maintain or balance water and oil level. This also makes your skin fresh and young. Choose day and night cream for a youthful healthy skin.
Follow these simple steps in the day as well as nighttime. If you are heading out in sun, do not forget to apply sunscreen lotion to block UV rays. Sun blocking moisturizer should be of at least 30 SPF and is to be applied in rich quantity 30 minutes before stepping out in sun. In addition, the lotion should be re-applied after every three hours, as one layer protects you for three hours. Here is an additional tip, intake Vitamin C in a rich amount because that will fight against UV rays more effectively than any sunscreen.
At night, just add a few more things to your routine and avoid use of sunscreen at night. Use spot reduction lotions or if your skin is tanned, you can apply de-tan treatment. Nighttime is the best time to get rid-off any skin problem if you do it in a right way. More importantly, put an under eye cream and a lip balm for proper care.
These simple steps will ensure that your skin retains its youthful charm for a longer period.
Different Skin Type will need different products recommendations based on different ingredients benefits requirement. Contact us if you need any consultant! We do provide you FREE product sample to try on before purchasing.
What’s the difference between a water-based and an oil-based serum? Can I use them together? Should I use them in a specific order? Which one is better for my skin condition? We get asked these questions all the time. Here is everything you need to know about getting your daily shot of youth with Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum and protect your skin using Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum.
Water based vs Oil based
Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum is a water-based serum. This means the formula is lighter on the skin, less moisturising and more quickly absorbed. The antioxidants from boysenberries, acai, coffee berry, kiwifruit and Vinanza Grape are soaked up by the skin fast, so there is no need to wait after applying, before moving on to your next product.
Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum is an oil-based formula. It is more viscous, moisturising and slightly slower to absorb than a water-based formula. Because it is oil-based, it helps to balance oil production on the skin and also combat dryness. This makes it great for both oily and dry skin types. The formula provides a light barrier against harmful pollution particles, even as it brightens and improves it.
Can I use these serums together?
Yes! Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum and Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum work beautifully together. By using both serums together, the antioxidant properties of both formulas are enhanced, leading to even better protection against oxidative stress on the skin, as well as helping to lighten and brighten your complexion like never before.
In what order should I use them?
Always use Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum first. The quickly absorbed, water-based formula absorbs swiftly into the skin, paving the way for Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum’s oil-based, light natural barrier to be applied on top. By using the oil-based formula second, skin is cocooned in protective moisture for all-day hydration, and can more easily absorb the nutrients from both formulas.
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