Sleep & Youthful Skin

18 Jul
Rubifresh sleep natural skincare

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Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, getting enough sleep can really impact your health… including the youthful appearance of your skin! We all know what it’s like when we haven’t had enough sleep; those dreaded dark puffy circles under the old eyes, the short temper, the low energy.

Yes, sleep can really make or break your day and not just when it comes to your mood. The term ‘beauty sleep’ isn’t just a clever way to get youngsters to go to bed earlier, it’s actually based on real facts and it’s all to do with keeping age at bay naturally.

Sleep & Youthful Skin – the Facts!

  1. The Human Growth Hormone is responsible for keeping us looking young and sprightly and this hormone really goes to work when we’re asleep – especially in our slow wave sleep cycle.
  2. We actually develop more skin while we’re asleep! This helps us renew and rejuvenate our skin increasing its youthfulness.
  3. ‘Stratum Corneum’ works in two ways; as the skin’s barrier to moisture loss and a defence system against bacterial invasion. When we don’t have enough sleep, the Stratum Corneum struggles to provide that barrier, leading to moisture loss, dehydration and skin that’s susceptible to breakouts.

Other Health Benefits

Besides providing incredible benefits for skin, sleep also allows time and space for our bodies to heal. This means quicker healing for your body and less injuries and illnesses long-term.

Sleep can also make you smarter! That’s right, our mind and body learn and remember new things when we’re asleep. A rested brain is one that is ready for action once you’re awake, not sluggish and cloudy like a brain deprived of zzz’s.

Finally, a lack of sleep over a period of time leads to slow and steady weight gain. Not only is your body missing out on vital rest time but you have more time to be tempted by a midnight snack… or two!

How to Get More Sleep

Sleep is such an easy way to maintain youthful looking skin naturally. It’s often the simple things in life that are most effective and this is one of them. But if you’re one of those people that find it hard to go to bed early or to get to sleep, we have a few handy tips to ease you into dreamland…

  • Enjoy a lovely warm herbal tea before bedtime
  • Banish screens from your bedroom and make sure you have screen-free time before you go to bed.
  • Use the awesome Rescue Remedy Sleep Formula – works like a charm!
  • Try herbal supplements like Valerian that won’t make you feel groggy when you wake up in the morning.

What are your favourite natural sleep remedies?

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The eyes have it – wonderful cucumber!

11 Jul

Cucumber

Known for centuries to reduce eye puffiness, cucumber has so many health benefits for both skin and body. Let’s explore some of those benefits.

Cucumis Sativus – the humble cucumber. High in fibre and super high in water content (about 96%), cucumber in the diet can help the digestive system work more efficiently, and….well….get things moving!

But what we really love here at Rubifresh skincare is its magic abilities for improving the health of our skin. Cucumber is rich in Vit C, which is a very powerful antioxidant, increasing collagen and elastin production, and hence, smoothing out the skin. The ascorbic acid and caffeic acid reduce water retention, and this is why cucumber has been used for centuries to reduce eye puffiness. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, it’s antioxidant and natural silica content helps fade dark circles around the eyes.

As we know, cucumber is easy to come by and worth using fresh on the eyes or in the diet, but if you want to experience the combined benefits of the lovely cucumber and it’s anti-aging partners in crime, grab a luxurious all-natural Rubifresh Eye Gel for an on the go anti-aging refresher. Find it here.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, owner/founder at Rubifresh natural skincare.

Keeping Age At Bay With Antioxidants

4 Jul

While most of us may be able to imagine a day when we can look at ourselves in the mirror and proudly see our ‘happy lines’ as a reflection of a life filled with love and laughter, few of us want to exclaim “oh those deep furrows, wrinkles and sagging skin!” Let’s face it – there are lines and there are lines!

What are wrinkles?

As you age, your skin begins to lose elasticity, moisture and gradually becomes thinner. It also struggles to protect itself from the world around it – from chemicals to harsh weather conditions. So, it needs a little help and this is the moment where some resort to extreme measures like plastic surgery. But thank goodness, there is another way and it’s all about natural ingredients and the antioxidants living and breathing in those ingredients.

What are Antioxidants?

These superheroes protect your skin’s cells from Oxidative Stress! Say, what? Ok, so Oxidative Stress happens when Free Radicals (sounds cool but they’re really NOT) go rampaging around your body causing all kinds of chaos including cell damage. So to counteract this mayhem, we top up our Antioxidants which actually reverse damage and help new cells to grow.

What this means for our skin is that Antioxidants can reverse the signs of aging! In practical terms if you apply products with Antioxidants on board, your skin will become firmer, there will be fewer wrinkles, inflammation and scarring will be reduced and your immune system will be on fire… in a good way.

4 Ways to Fight Free Radicals

1. Healthy Diet

This ticks so many boxes. Not only great for your skin but your whole body will be loving you once you tweak the way you eat. Think about…

  • Reducing processed food
  • Eat fresh fruit and veggies
  • Loads of colour – eat a rainbow!
  • Reduce preservatives/additives

Make it delicious so the change is permanent. No one likes a boring salad! Make it sing by adding nuts, orange pieces or a healthy homemade dressing.

2. Reduce Toxins

Find out which chemicals are simply not necessary. Do your research, there’s heaps of natural tips out there on the internet. Try an aluminium-free deodorant or restrict your exposure to UV Rays or X Rays. Avoid smoking and pollutants where you can!

3. Stress Less! 

Easier said than done, right? But there are some things you can do to reduce stress including exercising. Once again choose something you’ll enjoy long-term. Manage your time better, introduce margins for your life. Give yourself wiggle room, space to relax and do things that you really love. And get some good quality sleep.

4. Antioxidants

There’s our superheroes again. Eat and apply your antioxidants every day and you’ll notice the difference. Make sure there’s a variety of these beauties. Why? Read on…

Antioxidant Combinations

On their own, Antioxidants are pretty good but to give them a turbo boost, you need to combine forces. Each Antioxidant impacts the body differently, so combining them will attack those rebellious Free Radicals from all angles, working together to fight those dreaded signs of aging.

We live in a world full of toxins – you just can’t escape them, so this kind of external help is more than necessary to give your skin a healthy, natural glow and reverse those premature wrinkles and fine lines that we all try to avoid.

To make it super-easy, we’ve done all the hard work for you. All Rubifresh products are packed with the right balance of Antioxidants so all you have to do is apply them. And as you layer one product over another, you get the synergistic effect of a variety of antioxidants all working together to manage the aging process. Too easy!

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Natural cleansing

13 Jun

In pursuit of natural skin healthWalking down the supermarket aisle the other day, I decided to take a look at a cleansing product marketed by a global skincare brand. It was called “Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash with Aloe”. One would assume by the presence of aloe, that this product was in some way more ‘natural’ than others. So in the interest of understanding our competitors, I decided to check it out more fully….

This product contains 19 ingredients, and after a little more research I discovered many of these ingredients have been linked to serious illness and other adverse effects on the body. Here’s a few to watch out for and avoid:

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – a detergent which can break down to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Regulated only for use in wash-off products

Potassium Hydroxide – called “caustic potash”, it is a pH regulator used in industrial drain cleaners

DMDM Hydantoin – contains formaldehyde which can cause irritation or allergic reaction despite small quantities….(oh, and it’s link to cancer is proven!)

Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate – a preservative used globally in paint production & wood preservation, acutely toxic by inhalation, risk to reproduction/fertility, strong evidence of neurotoxicity, and possible link to GI or liver toxicity

CI 19140 (yes, that’s actually the ingredient name!) – synthetic yellow dye, banned in Austria and Norway. In the UK it must be labelled “may have an adverse effect on activity & attention in children”. In the US, it must be labelled “may cause allergic reactions such as asthma”.

Need any more evidence? After seeing the extent of the deceit, I am on a personal quest to help people make better healthier decisions around what we call ‘beauty’. We don’t have to compromise our health for good skin. Quite the opposite.

Choose natural. Rubifresh Cleansing Oil has less than half the number of ingredients, and you can understand what all of them are. Just a bunch of beautiful oils that deep cleanse and refresh the skin…naturally.

If you are interested, find it here.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of all natural skincare brand Rubifresh, and passionate advocate for real beauty.

Miraculous Cleansing Tea Tree

31 Mar

Some time ago I had my annual check up at the skin cancer clinic, and I showed the doctor a raised (and growing) brown mark on my leg – I was intrigued, and maybe a little concerned, as it was growing very fast (and it was fairly ugly too!).original leg.jpg Yes, that’s it on the left – ooh!

He asked me if I’d tried tea tree oil before. “Tea Tree!! I love Tea Tree oil” I said. “It is one of the key ingredients in our Rubifresh Cleansing Oil because of it’s deep cleansing properties”, I offered, unsure of why he was mentioning Tea Tree oil when I expected him to freeze this ugly thing off my leg and be done with it.

He went on to explain that this mark on my leg was basically a case of too much sebum production….all gluing itself together to form a lump. He said Tea Tree oil would work on it, acting like a broom to unglue the sebum, and sweep it out – for good! Well this made perfect sense, because we use it in our main cleansing product because it deep cleanses the pores!

So he set me a challenge. Tea Tree oil. 60days. Morning and night. “Just see what happens” he said.

So 7 weeks in, here’s the proof! I am amazed! The brown raised lump on my leg has all but vanished. Got the pics to prove it!now leg Yep, this is it on the left!

If you have never tried our luxurious Cleansing Oil with Tea Tree, don’t delay! This ingredient is amazing, and nothing else will cleanse and ‘unglue’ the gunk in your pores quite as effectively.

Find it here at www.Rubifresh.com.au 

 

Which hand cream would you choose?

10 Aug

I normally avoid direct comparisons between brands of skincare because I don’t really believe in the principle of tearing other businesses down. But for goodness sake…when will we see the damage we are doing to our bodies through hidden (or not so hidden) dangerous chemicals?

To illustrate the vast difference between the safety of skincare products, we have created a direct ingredient comparison between Rubifresh (all natural) and Nutrimetics hand creams. This is absolutely NOT about putting down Nutrimetics. In fact over the years I have loved that brand. It is about exposing the dangerous ingredients that find their way into our bodies, and questioning whether we should be willing to continue to flood our bodies with these harmful chemicals.

Rubifresh Hand Cream Ingredients:

Purified water, Coconut oil, Cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate (an emulsifier made from olives), Glycerine (vegetable), Camellia seed oil, Shea butter (certified organic), Cocoa butter, Betaine (from sugar beet), Avocado oil, Pomegranate oil, Tocopherol (natural vitamin E), Calendula oil, Raspberry seed oil, Licorice root extract, Bellis perennis flower extract, Aloe vera leaf extract (certified organic), Xanthan gum (a natural sugar derived from corn), Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Mentha spicata (spearmint) leaf oil, Parfum (natural)

Nutrimetics Hand Cream Ingredients:

Water, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, Butylene glycol*

*Butylene glycol easily penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. It can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives from too many mast skin cells.  Repeated exposure may also lead to sensitivity or skin allergies.  Once an allergic reaction occurs, the body’s immune system remembers the invader and will react negatively each time it comes in contact with the substance. The California Environmental Protection Agency warns against excessive contact as it may have effects including brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. 

Glyceryl stearate, Peg 100 stearate*

*PEGs can be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylene oxide as a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane as a possible human carcinogen. Ethylene oxide can also harm the nervous system and the California Environmental Protection Agency has classified it as a developmental toxicant based on evidence that it may interfere with human development. Other common concerns include: reproductive disorders, carcinogen contamination, proven cancer risk, endocrine disruption, organ system toxicity, and skin irritation.

Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Cetearyl ethylhexanoate, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone*

*Possible eye, lung, and skin irritant

Tocopheryl acetate, Calendula officinalis flower extract, Algae extract, Chondrus crispus (carrageenan), Fucus vesiculosus extract, Algin, Commiphora abyssinica extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Panthenol, Sorbitol, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20*

*Polysorbate starts out as harmless sorbitol, but then it’s treated with carcinogenic ethylene oxide

Carbomer, Trisodium ethylenediamine disuccinate, Methylparaben*, Ethylparaben*

*Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Associated with breast cancer

Diazolidinyl urea, Sodium hydroxide*

*A powerful alkali used in industry for cleaning drains and pipe lines also used in oven cleaners. Known as caustic soda. Workers exposed to steam containing sodium hydroxide have suffered lung damage and an increased risk of throat cancer. 

Fragrance, Citral, Geraniol, Hexyl cinnamal, Limonene, linalool

So just like food ingredients, we need to be paying more attention to the safety of our skincare ingredients. You can find every ingredient listed on our website under each Rubifresh product listing – nothing but naturally derived nourishing ingredients to build skin health. Make the change to natural today. The health of your skin (and your body) depends on it.

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh skincare.

Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

Manage eczema and psoriasis naturally

6 Jul

No, this is not just a pretty flower I picked from my garden. It is Calendula officinalis, or the humble marigold. In the garden its bright and summery and pretty, but on your skin, it is a mircle healer.

Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis (with which I myself suffer), are some of the most common skin conditions in the world, and their incidence is rising. Around 5-10% of the Australian population suffer from atopic dermatits and psoriasis (Syd Uni). Not only do these conditions have cosmetic implications, they have also been linked to cardiovascular disease, obesity and higher morbidity. Common treatments include corticosteroids and coal tar (byproduct of coal processing). Here’s what the medical profession themselves say about these treatments:

“With long-term use of topical steroid the skin may develop permanent stretch marks, bruising, discolouration, or thin spidery blood vessels. Topical steroids may trigger or worsen other skin disorders such as acne, rosacea and perioral dermatitis.” (www.patientinfo.com)

 

“In animal studies, coal tar has been shown to increase the chance of skin cancer.” (www.drugs.com)

So let’s not beat around the bush here. These treatments are NOT a good option for overall health. Enter….the miraculous healer: CALENDULA.

  • Well known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Rich in beta-carotene, flavinoids and courmarin, amongst other amazing microelements
  • Soothes, calms and heals
  • Scientifically proven to be effective in treating radiation dermatitis in cancer patients
  • In ancient cultures, in the American Civil War, and in World War 1, the flowers were applied to cuts and wounds to stop bleeding, prevent infection and speed healing

 

At Rubifresh natural skincare, we use calendula in our Hydrating Body Gel, along with nature’s master-hydrator Hyaluronic Acid. Customers repeatedly come to us with stories of how this product is miraculously healing their skin conditions, many of them having tried “every medical solution known to man” with no effect.
Contact us for more information.
Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder, Rubifresh skincare.