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.
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.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (plant oils extracted from leaves, flowers, and other parts). Each oil has a characteristic scent, and in aromatherapy, the oil is inhaled or used topically on skin for sleep, headaches, and other conditions.
Although essential oils are widely available, it’s important to understand how to use these potent oils. Here are some tips to guide you.
Whether you’re using a diffuser, steam inhalation, spray, or you are simply inhaling a drop or two of an essential oil on a cotton ball, be sure to test a very small amount first because allergic reactions can occur.
A common mistake when using essential oils is to use too much. Usually, one to three drops is all that is needed.
When using essential oils on skin, in a bath or shower, or in an aromatherapy massage, always dilute the oil and be careful not to use too much. Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, and using an excessive amount or applying undiluted essential oils to the skin can result in an overdose.
Although recommended amounts may vary, a typical concentration for occasional use is 1 percent for the body and 0.5 percent for the face (or other delicate skin).
For regular or daily use, 0.5 percent or less is often suggested. Generally, the larger the area (e.g. a body massage) or the more frequent the use, the less concentrated the product should be.
Skin irritation, contact allergy, and burns can occur when using essential oils topically. Always do a patch test when using a new essential oil.
When using a pure essential oil, add one drop in 2.5 milliliters (or 1/2 teaspoon) of vegetable oil and apply it to your arm. If the area turns red or if there is burning or itchiness, wash the area and avoid that oil.
Test aromatherapy skin and hair products, such as lotions, creams, or shampoos, by applying a small dab to your arm.
Precautions and Tips
Be sure to store essential oils out of the reach of children.
Avoid getting essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If you’re blending or working with pure essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves (or latex-free alternatives) from the drug store.
Don’t take essential oils internally. Even small amounts can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested.
Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as bergamot, grapefruit, and other citrus oils.
Overuse of essential oils can trigger a headache or dizziness. Don’t exceed recommended amounts.
If you’re working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.
If you have a medical condition, consult a qualified practitioner before using essential oils. Certain essential oils should not be used by people with health conditions.
People with liver or kidney disease should only use essential oils under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, essential oils are eventually cleared from your body by the liver and kidneys. Using essential oils excessively may injure these organs.
Consult a qualified practitioner if you take any medication, because essential oils may interact with certain medications. For example, essential oils such as chamomile, lavender, and lemon balm may heighten the effect of sleeping pills or sedatives.
Also keep in mind that the safe limit for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established.
If you’re considering the use of essential oils for a health condition, make sure to consult your physician first. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.
Malaysia is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that is worst affected by pollutions such as haze which are commonly caused by slash and burn practice by farmers and peat fires from Indonesia. The other common factor is the car emission since Malaysia has the highest level of car ownership per person in the world and thus, led to the high levels of carbon monoxide pollution in most major cities.
There are many definitions of pollution and basically it is a mix of many different components and elements that are responsible for the changes to our health and skin. It is capable of penetrating through our skin, inducing collagen and elastin breakdown, and also releasing the free radicals. According to the recent study about the link between atmospheric pollution (eg. nitrogen and ozone oxides) and premature skin ageing, people living in populous cities have lower levels of vitamin E and squalene in sebum. The sizes of the particulate matters (PM) in the urban pollution are ranges from 2.5 to 10 microns, which seem to be one of the main threats to skin health which can cause cellular damage, dryness, inflammation and pigmentation.
Anti-pollution skin care has become the growing trend in the beauty industry in recent years. Some of the famous skin care brands, including natural and organic, have released products that can protect our skin from pollutions. One of the main ingredients in most anti-pollution skin care is antioxidant. Some examples of good antioxidants are vitamin C, retinol (vitamin A), vitamin E, resveratrol, coenzymeQ10, niacimide (vitamin B3) and polyphenols. Antioxidants have great many benefits to our skin since it helps to combat free radicals from further damaging our skin cells. Some of the benefits are they can help correct signs of ageing, prevent sunburn, help the skin to repair itself, brighten the skin tone and prevent skin cancer.
There are many great natural anti-pollution skin care products on the shelves, nowadays, that offer basically the protection you need from the pollutants around you such as antioxidant, anti-toxin, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and UV protection. Not only that, these anti-pollution ingredients will also offer the benefit of strengthening your protective skin barrier, increase hydration and repair damaged cells.
Discover some of our outstanding anti-pollution products which definitely live up to its name:
According to board-certified dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and aid in your skin’s natural regeneration process which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. It can also help to accelerate the collagen and elastin production, keeping skin firm and plump. It also contains a property that inhibits the skin’s melanin production which causes skin discolouration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Due to these multiple benefits vitamin C can bring to the skin, it has been widely regarded by skincare professionals and dermatologists to be one of the most effective and proven ingredients to solve many issues relating to skin ageing and imperfections.
Pure vitamin C powder, also known as ascorbic acid, is the most stable form of vitamin C since it is the most effective in referring its potency and penetrating the skin barrier. However, once exposed to air and water, its efficacy begins to deteriorate rapidly due to oxidation, and this has remained one of the major challenges in applying vitamin C in skincare products. To solve this problem, Trilogy, the leading natural skincare brand from New Zealand, has successfully formulated the real Vitamin C Booster Treatment to deliver an effective vitamin C treatment for consumers who are looking for an effective, fast delivering solution to brighten, rejuvenate and even-up their skin complexion.
Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment provides an intense 2-week topical treatment with 6% high-potency natural vitamin C that is freshly activated when you begin your treatment. Antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C kickstarts the skin’s renewal processes that help improve brightness, pigmentation and skin tone. To ensure the optimal skin benefits, ingredient components are kept separated until you start your treatment. Once activated, fresh vitamin C powder is mixed with hyaluronic acid concentrate to create a booster treatment that helps brighten and smooth skin, while daisy extract illuminates and rosehip oil nourishes.
To further visibly boost your glow, the Vitamin C Booster Treatment can be paired with the new Trilogy Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion which is rich antioxidants and stabilised vitamin C to further enhance the results.
Both Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment and Trilogy Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion are suitable for all skin types and are certified natural. 80% of the participants experiencing an improvement in overall radiance in 2 weeks (Use twice daily).
We all know that sleep is important and most of us love it! The importance of quality sleep is becoming more recognised as our daily lives have become busier and we are more ‘switched-on’ 24/7 with technology and devices.
As you sleep your brain and body has a chance to repair and rejuvenate, your sympathetic nervous system relaxes, melatonin and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) flood your body and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels lower. Wow there is real magic that happens while we sleep!
What does your skin do while you sleep?
Sleep is also a chance for your skin to work it’s magic, it repairs damage from the day (including stressors and pollutants), HGH accelerates skin repair and renewal, between 11pm and 4am cell regeneration can actually double, replacing aged cells.
Your skin is more permeable as well, meaning it is more receptive to topical treatments, the other side to this is the permeability also means the skin can easily lose moisture and hydration overnight.
It is important to optimise your skins repair, regeneration and hydration through the night and that is where our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask comes in.
We developed this amazing product knowing that people are becoming more aware of the importance of sleep – and how this directly impacts how we feel and look, and we wanted to help optimise and support your skin while you sleep for beautiful healthy skin.
Hydrating Overnight Face Mask
Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask is a creamy face mask that deeply hydrates overnight so you wake up to soft, radiant and nourished skin.
Powerful natural extracts help to prevent moisture loss and provide collagen support as your skin repairs while you sleep.
Bor?aline® Expert is a natural extract from the Red Maple and is scientifically proven to fight against the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production.
Powerful natural ingredients boost your skins moisturise for long-lasting hydration.
Peony Extract is a powerful antioxidant and promotes repair and rejuvenation for soft, smooth skin.
Evening Primrose Oil contains omegas and GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which skin requires to stay supple and smooth. GLA helps to trap moisture and prevents water from disappearing from the surface of the skin.
Who is the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask for?
Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask is recommended for people with;
Normal Skin that needing a boost of hydration or is starting to lose elasticity and show signs of ageing.
Dry Skin needing deep hydration and repair.
Mature Skin or skin showing skins of ageing where collagen and elastin support is needed for fighting fine lines and wrinkles.
Travellers to counteract the drying effects of flights, dehydration and climate changes.
People who spend a lot of time outdoors.
Dull or tired skin needing some additional support to repair and rejuvenate.
How do you use the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask?
Complete your usual night-time routine including moisturising.
Smooth the mask generously and evenly over your face gently massaging it in until fully absorbed. Use twice a week, or as desired, for optimum results.
Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask was a huge hit with our external trial group! This amazing product delivers visible results quickly and is beautiful to use.
100% of trialists said their skin was softer after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask
96% of trialists found their skin was more hydrated after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask
92% of trialists said their skin was healthier after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask
Find out what our trialists are raving about and experience yourself waking up to amazing soft, hydrated and smooth skin!
Fresh. Natural. Exotic. These are just some of the adjectives that describe the fragrances Antipodes uses in its range of natural cleansers, moisturisers and serums.
Our range of fragrances are specially developed by a French-born expert from natural, sustainable plant sources. These include fragrant Bulgarian roses and classic vintage gardenia, as well as the sharp accents of lime and black pepper.
The Antipodes point of difference is using interesting scents in unusual combinations, that also evoke memories of fragrances found in New Zealand nature. The layering and juxtaposition of these scents produces some notable fragrance profiles:
Spearmint and cardamon: A match made in olfactory heaven, this minty fresh scent with a spicy, smoky edge is what makes our Nirvana Hand & Body Wash smell so good.
Jasmine and sweet orange: A key ingredient in our certified organic Divine Face Oil, the rich sweet aroma of jasmine revitalises the mind, body and soul while the citrus kick energises damaged skin.
Lime and patchouli: This crisp but earthy aroma is an essential element of our Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser.
Wild blackcurrant: The invigorating, refreshing scent is an essential part of our protein-packed Joyous Night Replenish Serum.
Lime and black pepper: Exotic and sharp with sweet base notes, sweet lime and black pepper can be found in Namaste Hand & Body Wash.
Vanilla and mandarin: These pure plant fragrances add a clean and spicy fragrance to our Vanilla Pod Hydrating Natural Day Cream.
Ylang ylang: This soothingly sweet perfume is extracted from the bright yellow flowers of the cananga tree and is used in our Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream.
Fig and feijoa: The rich and intense perfume from two of Autumn’s most popular fruits are a perfect fit for our Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream.
Vintage gardenia: Soft and fresh as a summer morning, this classic scent is used in our Delight Hand & Body Cream.
Apple and cardamon: The crisp, spicy aroma of fresh green apple and cardamon lends a refreshing autumnal fragrance to our Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser
There’s nothing quite like finishing off the week, coming home and putting your feet up. Add a bit of skincare to the mix and you have the ultimate Friday night pamper session sorted! The ultimate way to unwind and give your skin a bit of TLC is to apply a face mask, but beware: the days of the single face mask are gone and the age of the multi-masking craze is here.
What is multi-masking?
Multi-masking is the process of applying several different face masks to different parts of the face at the same time to target specific skin concerns. Because your skin concerns can vary, a mix of face masks which are especially formulated to treat different needs are the optimal way to target your skin. If you have dry skin on the cheeks but breakouts on your T-zone, this is the beauty trick for you.
Do products need to be especially formulated for multi-masking?
The short and sweet answer is no! You can use your current masking favourites and apply them as you need to the different parts of your face to whip up a skin pampering mix.
The Trilogy range contains three superstar face masks that you can be used in the multi-masking process. Read on to find out more about them and where they should be applied:
What is it: Dull and dry skin? This superstar has got you. With new super-ingredient L22®, botanical complex Glycablend™ and radiance-boosting Vitamin C, it’s a one stop shop for nourishing, firming and bringing out your glow. Typically worn during the night, Age-Proof Overnight Mask can also be used to nourish and give your skin a boost whenever it needs it.
Where to apply: The drier or lacklustre areas of your face are generally around your eyes and forehead, but can also apply to your cheeks and temples.
What is it: With kaolin clay, evening primrose and rosehip oils, Mineral Radiance Mask is a certified natural, luxuriantly textured and creamy clay mask that offers deep cleansing, impurity drawing and excess sebum absorbing action! Revitalising, energising and purifying, it leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing.
Where to apply: Areas of your skin that tend to be oily or suffer from breakouts. This is typically the T-zone, but can also be on the cheeks, chin or temples.
What is it: Treat stressed-out skin with a serious hydration boost with this luxurious mask. Maqui berry, sweet almond and botanical complex SyriCalm® make up protective, hydrating and calming ingreidnets (while also strengthening the weakened skin barrier for added protection and helping you say goodbye to irritated skin!).
Where to apply: This one is a must for any areas of your face that are dry or irritated. Unfortunately, this can strike any area of your face, so indulge with this nourishing mask to keep calm and carry on.
Yoga expert Lydia Sasse shares on how facial yoga benefits the complexion.
What exactly is facial yoga? How long has it been around?
Facial yoga is part of the Sukshma vyayama yoga tradition which is also know as the yoga of micro-movements. It is part of a lineage of yoga that focuses on bringing heightened awareness to where we hold our stress in our body and face, so that we can learn to release that tension and gain greater control over our muscles. Face yoga is one element of this and it involves simple repetitive physical movements of the facial muscles.
What are some of the known benefits to our faces if we practise facial yoga?
Unlike the rest of our body; the skin on our face is attached directly to the muscles below without a padding of fat in-between. This means that when the muscles of our face atrophy from lack of use and age they begin to sag and then drag the skin of our face down with them: resulting in some of the “typical” signs of aging such as sagging eye lids, pouches under the eyes, hollowed cheeks and jowls around the neck.
With regular practice facial yoga teaches us to tone and plump those muscles which in turn leaves the skin covering them; smoother, pumper and with less obvious wrinkles.
You will also learn the places that you typically hold tension in your face for example, furrowed Brow, clenched jaw or tight neck and learn how to undo those patterns: which can result in less tension headaches, better posture and less teeth grinding. A lot of the facial yoga poses also involve benefits to the skin quality itself such as increased lymphatic drainage, circulation and collagen production resulting in more youthful looking, glowing skin.
Here’s some facial yoga you can try at home!
The Cheek Pat
Benefits: Boosts circulation and tones the cheeks
Directions: Take a large inhale and puff up both cheeks until they are full of air. Holding the cheeks to full capacity rapidly pat each cheek with the palms of your hands for 30 seconds.
The X and O
Benefits: Tones the muscles of the cheeks
Directions: Repeat the letters X and O out loud for thirty seconds. This will force the muscles of your cheeks to contract and relax repeatedly.
Benefits: Plumps and defines the lips and tones the cheeks
Directions: Pucker your lips into an exaggerated kiss. Place your index finger on the centre of your lips and then simultaneously push your lips into your finger and your finger into your lips, providing resistance. Hold for 30 seconds.
The Puppet Face
Benefits: To minimize the lines from nose to mouth
Directions: Smile and press your fingers into the lines between the mouth and nose. Lift the muscles up and press into the area for resistance. Repeat 20-30 times
Benefits: Firms up the forehead, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and release forehead tension.
Directions: Make large ‘C’ shapes with your thumbs and index fingers and place them on your face around your eyes, with the index fingers curling over the eyebrows and the thumbs resting on the cheek bones. Open your eyes wide and look up. Start to pull down with the index fingers whilst simultaneously trying to raise your eyebrows. Maintain this resistance for 2 seconds then repeat 3 times. Finally hold and resist for 10 seconds then rest.
The Eyelid Flutter
Benefits: Tones the skin around eyelids and eyebrows and helps to improve lubrication of the eyes.
Directions: Place your fingers gently, pointing inwards towards your nose, on your cheekbones. Look upwards and begin to flutter your upper eyelids rapidly for 30 seconds. Close your eyes and rest them for 3 breaths then repeat.
ABOUT LYDIA SASSE
Lydia did her first yoga class in the Himalayas when she was a little girl and loved it.
Yoga has been a life long pursuit, but to give her a greater understanding of how the body works, and why it sometimes doesn’t, Lydia has also trained as a Bowen therapist and completed a diploma in physiology and anatomy.
Having spent the last decade working with children and pregnant mums,she decided that working as a pre and post natal yoga teacher was the next step.
Lydia passionately believes that practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy and beyond, strengthens both the mind and body in preparation for labour, and paves the way for a more balanced and healthy life for you and your child.
More recently lydia has started sharing her love of health and wellness with people in the workplace, she gives wellness coaching workshops and classes within corporate settings. She has developed a yoga for your classroom series that she teaches in schools around the country to train primary school teachers how to deal with emotional and self regulatory issues in the classroom to make it a more friendly place for everyone.
Lydia has specialized in a lot of the more unique areas of yoga and has a love of yoga for the face and eyes. She wants to move away from the idea that the body and head are seperate entities and just as we exercise our body, so too, we should exercise our faces. She teaches yoga for your face and skin workshops and talks, which look at the health of your skin from without and within. In her regular yoga classes and workshops she like to focus on yoga for the organ body.
Lydia has recently launched a health and wellness podcast with her friend and health-food store owner Finn Murray that is set outside in areas of natural beauty around ireland. You can find it on youtube or podcast app @Wanderingintowellness