At last the tide is turning towards natural skincare!

27 May

Thanks to changes in technologies and attitudes, “Love the skin you’re in” is the latest catch cry of the beauty industry, according to Sarah Bristow, Beauty Directory. “The beauty world is moving away from elaborate cover-ups and cosmetic injections and into the skincare sector, focusing on improving the condition of the face itself” Sarah says.

Well…it’s about time! Yay!

A recent study by Euromonitor confirmes the skincare sector is the biggest contributor to absolute growth, making up a quarter of beauty’s total annual revenue, and growth is expected to continue.

On catwalks of the world, many of the looks are now focused on radiant natural skin rather than colour and foundation.

Beauty Directory spoke to a handful of experts from the industry about what this shift means for skincare in 2015.

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“The all-natural look no longer simply relates to the ingredients used in products, but also consumers’ disinterest in going under the knife” Sarah says. Yay…we say! According to data released by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons early this year, cosmetic surgery is on the decline. Yay…we say again!

The article says that non invasive surgery (such as Botox) remains popular. Boo…we say!

Embrace the oil slick

According to Beauty Directory, oils have taken the beauty world by storm, with every major women’s publication far and wide touting the benefits of its use in a daily skincare regime. “Their popularity can be attributed to their intensely hydrating properties and ability to absorb into the skin’s surface better than standard moisturisers. Face oils are particularly effective in treating ageing skin – from your late 30s, the skin’s natural oils decrease, causing wrinkles to appear deeper.”

Lucky we were one of the first with our luxurious Rubifresh Cleansing Oil 3 years ago! Yay us!

Go au naturale
Sarah also says “Just as there is growing interest in what we are putting into our bodies, there is heightened awareness about what’s going on to the skin’s surface”. There is clearly a huge groundswell of support for natural ingredients amongst consumers.

At Rubifresh Natural Skincare, we can’t wait to see the movement of ‘natural’ continue, and even hope the era of Botox will soon be over and we can get on with life!

(article summarised from Sarah Bristow’s Beauty Directory article)

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh Natural Skincare. www.rubifresh.com.au

BASIC POST-WORKOUT SKINCARE ROUTINES

30 Nov

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If exercise is good for us, we would assume it is good for our skin. However, if we do not replenish our skin post-exercise we risk minimising the effect of our exercise, and causing skin problems that could be prevented. With a few basic steps after our workout, we can ensure we match our skin-health to our healthy bodies.

Exercise increases circulation, which in turn improves the appearance of our skin, and aids detoxification and cell renewal – a natural anti-aging benefit. Perspiration helps maintain our body temperature, and stress-releasing exercise such as yoga helps smooth fine lines by encouraging the muscles of the face to relax. For some people, exercise can also aggravate skin conditions if there is a build-up of bacteria, clogged sweat glands or chafing and redness. We need to keep pores unclogged, skin free of bacteria & chemicals, and effectively cleanse our faces after our workout, to reap the benefits of exercise for our skin.

During exercise, our bodies release toxins which can build up as a result of lifestyle factors such as environmental pollution, food additives, smoking, alcohol consumption and chemically laden personal care products. Many of these toxins are released through our skin as we perspire. If we do not wash our faces after exercise, the moisture in our sweat evaporates and we are left with toxin-laden salts on our skin. These can cause irritations and blockages in our pores, and intensify the dehydration caused by exercise. Straight after exercise, splash your face with lukewarm water to wash off surface dirt and perspiration, and help cool the body. The colder the water, the more your body will think it needs to hold onto the heat, so lukewarm water is best for helping the body release the heat.

But water alone will not remove the oil based dirt and toxins trapped in the skin’s oily layer. Follow your water wash with a gentle facial cleanser to wash the toxins away, loosen the dead skin cells, and leave clean pores which can breathe, and maximise the effectiveness of our exercise. The most effective way to cleanse is using a cleansing oil. Most commercial cleansers contain surfactants which strip the skin of its natural oils and upset its pH. This can often irritate the skin and actually cause the skin to produce more oil. Soapy, foamy products do not cleanse more effectively, they just indicate a harsh product.  Oil cleansing most effectively removes grime and makeup from deep within pores, and doesn’t strip the skin of vital moisture. Cleansing oils help the skin regulate its sebum production, helping manage the oiliness of the skin. Choose a cleansing oil that contains drawing oils such as olive oil, as well as oils which nourish and replenish the skin.

As exercise increases circulation, it also aids our skin’s shedding process. As we age, our skin needs a little help getting rid of the dead skin cells. A cleanser will start to loosen dead skin cells, but an exfoliator is needed to fully remove these cells. Follow gentle cleansing with an equally gentle face scrub to remove the dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, smooth complexion. Always scrub gently and in a circular motion, and use every 2-3 days (not every day). Scrubbing too vigorously or too frequently can cause too many layers to be ‘rubbed off’, and this can lead to breakouts and irritations.

And finally, rehydrate! Our bodies are predominantly water, and a vast proportion of this is held in the skin. Moisture in our skin performs a number of functions, including a protective barrier, a vehicle for vitamin/mineral transport, and holding the shape (and plumpness) of our skin. During exercise we lose a large amount of water through perspiration. When our skin is dehydrated, it encourages fine lines and wrinkles to form, and skin to sag. Choose a light natural moisturiser that still allows your skin to breathe, and ideally, if you have very dry skin, use a super-hydrating serum under your moisturiser for extra hydration and protection.

So it’s quite simple: cleanse, exfoliate, rehydrate for beautiful post-exercise skin health!

Rubiwomen is written by (Ms) Tristan Fahey, Ownr & Founder of Rubifresh Skincare

Double Cleansing for the most amazingly fresh skin

26 Nov

cleansingsystem limeDespite what we are lead to believe about cleansing the skin, using natural vegetable and nut oils for cleansing is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Oil cleansing has been used in many countries as a recognised face cleansing method. Natural oils, when rubbed in, dissolve impurities, environmental ‘dirt’ and makeup, while providing essential nourishment for the skin.

Even oily skins respond well to oil cleansing, because when rubbed into the skin, the oils trick the sebaceous glands into believing they have produced enough oil, and they stop producing an excess.  Oil based cleansers will also not aggravate acne or cause new break outs because they are very gentle on the skin. Ideally, at night, after the face has been exposed to the grime of the day, we should double cleanse, which involves an oil cleanse first, followed by a light, natural cleanser without sulfates or harsh chemicals, and without animal fats. This can either be a vegetable based cleansing bar, or a cleansing gel which penetrates easily to purify the skin deep down and provide other nourishment the skin needs. Then in the morning, all we need to do is either wash our face with warm water, or give it a light cleanse with our cleansing gel. Squeaky clean, but not stripped dry!

Above all, remember that intense cleansing or scrubbing can worsen skin conditions such as acne and inflammation, and expose the skin to unwanted bacteria.

Always be gentle!

Find out about our 2 step Cleansing System, which includes a beautiful olive oil based Cleansing Oil and a gentle Cleansing Gel at www.rubifresh.com.au

What is that ingredient anyway?

23 Nov

Welcome to Festival of Fresh 2014! To find the answer to your Festival of Fresh question, read on, and contact us through website.

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When we set out to develop our range of natural skincare products (find us at http://www.rubifresh.com.au), we not only committed to exclude any ingredients that were not 100% naturally derived, but also to exclude ingredients with long, complicated names. WHY? Because we believe that keeping your skin youthful, beautiful and healthy should not be difficult or confusing, or complicated with claims you cannot understand.

So let’s have a look at some of our amazing ingredients, to see where they come from and what they do…

HYALURONIC ACID – naturally present in human skin & joints, but is depleted as we age. It’s main job in the skin is to transport nourishment to the outer layers of the skin, and to eliminate waste. It also plays a role in helping regulate the life cycle of skin cells. It can absorb 1000x it’s weight in water, making it a super-hydrating ingredient for…

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Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub Customer Review

12 Mar

Wow! I knew this product was good, but just see what our customers thought about Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub when we got 30 of them to independently review this product last month. Made on a moisturising base so it won’t dry your skin, this gentle face scrub contains over 90% organic ingredients, and is 100% natural and chemical free.

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100% said at an overall level they “absolutely loved” (or liked) the product!

90% found it very easy to use, and 85% found it better or significantly better than other scrubs they had tried.

95% loved (or liked) the smell, and 65% loved (or liked) the appearance…..OK, so it does look at little like red clay, which perhaps puts some people off!

84% said it had just the right level of exfoliation (not too harsh, not too creamy)

….AND THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT…..

100% said their skin felt better after using it!

So, to celebrate this fantastic news, and to share the love, we have a super duper offer!

For EVERY ORDER of Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub (95g pack) placed this month, you will receive an ADDITIONAL Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub for FREE. Offer available via the website (www.rubifresh.com.au) til midnight 31st March.

BUY NOW!

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

Colonics for Beautiful Skin?

25 Feb

OK, I must admit to drawing the line on healthy skin WAY before colonics! Call me a prude, call me scared….call me what you will, but don’t call me to book me in for a colonic! However, there is a school of thought about the healthy skin benefits of colonics. So read on….taken directly from Well + Good’s blog.

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Lately we’ve been hearing from more and more women that their glowing skin isn’t just about the radiance-boosting  skin-care serums they’re slathering on—it’s the result of paying attention to a rather different organ.

We’re talking about colonics (and your back door). Practitioners and devotees say that regular sessions with the hose have cleared up their acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and even a single session can produce a glow.

That’s what happened for a New York publicist we’ll call Walden White. After going to a destination spa where colonics were part of the detox cleanse program, “I noticed a healthier glow to my skin,” she recalls. “I also attributed it to the tan I got. But I trusted others when they commented on how bright my skin looked.” She’s been getting them regularly back home in New York ever since.

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Colonic hydrotherapist experts Tracy Piper (at top) and Arul Goldman say a skin-care boost is a bonus side effect of colonics.

Michelle Goldblum, the founder and CEO of a design and marketing agency, had a similar experience after having colonics as part of a cleanse last summer. After a few weekly sessions (along with time in the infrared sauna and the healthy diet), she says, “The results were astounding. By removing all of the toxins from my system and replacing them with essential nutrients, my skin started to glow. It was obvious. People commented and questioned what I was using on my skin. I told them the only reason why my skin looked this way was because of the detox—because of the removal of all of the shit (literally!) from my system.”

But Arul Goldman, founder of the SanaVita Center for Holistic Cleansing in Gramercy Park, says that you don’t need to do a full-on detox to get the results: “Even a person eliminating once a day can get a colonic and have that euphoria, lightness and glowing skin.” She likens the effect to a great cardio workout.

Glow like you do after SoulCycle?

Goldman’s explanation is that “Any fecal matter in the body is toxic, is a poison. It’s like a bag of trash in the summer that’s starting to ferment. That happens in the intestines, and then the toxins sink though the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. And from there, the skin is the largest organic of elimination, so if you’re at all toxic, it’s going to show up there.” (Studies have suggested otherwise, but that’s not stopping clients.)

Tracy Piper, who directs the Piper Center for Internal Wellness in Soho, makes a similar case. “What happens in the colon is directly seen in the skin,” she says. “So when I see a person with chronic acne, to me they are pooping through their skin. That may sound harsh, but it will give people a wake up call as to pay attention to what is going in inside will show on the outside…. The skin is the organ that we see that tells us if we are internally fit, so pay attention as it can save you from longstanding issues later on.”

Both practitioners say that generally healthy clients with decent skin and good natural elimination (AKA you “go” often on your own) can see a glow after one session, but to clear up a chronic condition will take more of an investment; Piper recommends at least three sessions close together (once a week), along with—not coincidentally— an elimination diet sans dairy, processed food, sugar, and gluten.

And just as the skin is the first place trouble can appear, says Piper, it’s an early place for improvement: “When you detox, the first place you see the results is in the skin. The color changes, there is a glow, a vibrancy that emits from the skin. It motivates you to take better care of yourself.” And maybe hit the hose in addition to the beauty counter.  —Ann Abel

Have you ever gotten your glow on from a colonic? Or would you? Tell us in the Comments, below!

 Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh natural skincare“real beauty comes from something deep within us, and is reflected in our faces…”

Slowing down the aging process with antioxidants

10 Feb

ImageWe’ve probably all heard of free radicals and their harmful effects on the body’s aging process, but what does it really mean and how can we prevent the damage? Free radicals are damaged cells which are released when oxygen is processed by the body in the natural process called oxidation (the same occurs when you cut an apple and oxygen reacts to turn it brown), and they cause changes in those cells they touch (eg they die – like with rotting fruit, or they might produce new cells to heal a cut). Because free radicals are missing a critical molecule, they go on a rampage to hook up and become complete. In the process, they damage the DNA of cells they touch, which creates the seed of disease. External toxins are free radical generators, speeding up the process of damage.

ANTIOXIDANTS TO THE RESCUE!!!!

Normal cell functions produce free radicals that are kept under control by antioxidants in the foods we eat, but this is not enough to combat the toxins we are exposed to from the external environment – especially if you smoke, drink, or are exposed to sun, pesticides or pollution (OK, so that would be most of us!).

THE 3 BEST WAYS TO BUILD YOUR ANTIOXIDANT STORES

1. FRESH HEALTHY FOOD

Colourful fruits and veges containing beta-carotene, Vit C or Vit E (eg purple, red, blue, orange or yellow fruits/veges) as well as foods containing zinc (oysters (yum!), poultry, red meat, beans, nuts, seafood, grains, dairy) and selenium (red meat, poultry, grains, nuts). And best not to overcook them!

2. VITAMIN/MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS

If you’ re not getting adequate from your diet, or you exercise a lot, you may need to supplement your diet with a good Zinc+C or similar. Great idea to talk to your naturopath about this.

3. ANTIOXIDANT RICH SKINCARE

Oh yes, you knew there’d be a skincare angle! Free radicals are a big factor in the premature aging process as the skin tries to battle both the environmental stresses and the free radicals it is exposed to. It is reported that your skin absorbs up to 70-80% of what you put on it (depending on the source of data), so topically applied antioxidants are really critical for your skin to build it’s resistance to environmental stresses and damage, and to supplement the antioxidant protection that good food can provide. There are several well-documented antioxidant ingredients for skincare, but at Rubifresh Natural Skincare, we use pomegranate oil and natural Vit E in almost every product. You can search for them in the ingredients on our website here.

COMING SOON…

We are feverishly developing a range of Premium Facial Treatment Oils, one of which will be an ultra rich antioxidant booster, containing green tea and grape seed, along with our usual heroes – Vit E, pomegranate. If you are keen to try, and to keep up to date with launches and specials, join our facebook page or sign up on our website.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder, Rubifresh Natural Skincare.

Terrific Tea Tree

28 Nov

tea treeTea Tree oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic, but is gathering interest due to some new research that highlights additional benefits.

Pure tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tea tree plant (not the tea plant…though it was used by 18th century sailors to make tea that smelled like nutmeg). Today, it is a natural essential oil used straight, or in skincare preparations, for it’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-infammatory actions.

Tea tree oil should never be swallowed as it is too strong for the gut lining, and can cause rashes, stomach ache, diarrhoea, vomiting or even hallucinations.

Recent research reveals it’s potential in the control of Golden Staph, and in the significant inhibition of the growth of highly agressive cancer tumours in mice.

All that said, much of this research is in it’s early days, but what we do know is it’s powerful cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties in skincare formulations. If you are so inclined grab some olive oil (great for cleansing) and a few drops of tea tree oil, and make a homemade cleanser. If you can’t be bothered, and want the real deal, try our Rubifresh Cleansing Oil, which contains both olive oil, and lemon tea tree plus a whole bunch of other cleansing and nourishing oils to deep cleanse and rebalance the skin for the ultimate (not stripped dry) squeaky clean.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder Rubifresh Natural Skincare. Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au

Exfoliation without the drying

26 Nov
Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub

Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub

In our 4 year journey to understanding beauty, skin, and all things natural, we have discovered many amazing things about how to optimise the beauty that nature gave us. Things about our skin, about ingredients, and many other fascinating aspects of beauty and skincare.

One of the stand-outs is the impact exfoliation has on the prevention of aging on our skin. When we are young, our skin renews itself every 30days or so. Once we are over 40, this process of renewal takes more like 60days! So we need some extra help shedding the layers of dead skin cells which cause dullness and uneven skin tone, and make it more difficult for us to maintain that youthful glow.

Enter the exfoliator or scrub!

Many scrubs actually strip the skin dry as they exfoliate. Rubifresh Daily Face Scrub was purposefully created from an organic moisturising base, using gentle clays and pumice, to ensure both a gentle scrub and avoidance of drying on the skin. Most people would use it 2-3 times a week, but due to its gentleness, it can be used on certain skin types daily. Whenever you choose a scrub or exfoliator, make sure you choose a gentle one and only scrub 2-3 times a week unless you have quite oily skin.

Our Face Scrub contains delicious cranberry and mint, alongside the clays and pumice, and will leave the skin refreshed as well as exfoliated. Due to it’s popularity, we are thinking of creating a range of scrubs, which perform slightly different functions. Let us know what you think. 

Skin Lightening with Licorice

21 Nov

licoriceWe all know how YUMMY licorice is to eat (not too much guys, it will give you the runs!), but did you know that licorice root has been used for centuries for it’s amazing nutritional and medicinal benefits? It has been reported to be commonly used in the treatment of asthma, athlete’s foot, body odour, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, dandruff, tooth decay, gout, heartburn, viral & fungal infections, psoriasis and arthritis, plus inflammation of the digestive tract. The amazing benefits of licorice root extract lie in it’s many healthy components, including flavonoids, volatile oils, plant sterols, coumarins, glycosides, asparagine, and glycyrrhizic acid.

But what does the research say?

Firstly, the glycosides have been shown to act as an expectorant and anti-inflammatory agent, breaking down the mucus of a cold or flu.

Secondly, the glycyrrhizic acid promotes adrenal function which regulates stress hormones, and the asparagine (an amino acid) helps maintain equilibrium of the nervous system, making licorice root a great support for depression or chronic fatigue.

It has also been shown to boost immunity by increasing the levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical, and have a beneficial action on the liver which can help reduce irritation/inflammation of the digestive tract.

But at Rubifresh Skincare, we use it as a skin lightening agent, so what does the research say about that?

Licorice root has been reported amongst the top 12 skin lightening ingredients (including synthetic ones!), and is one of the few naturally occurring ones. It has been found that the component GLABRIDIN prevents UVB-induced pigmentation and inhibits tyrosinase activity (a precursor to melanin). It has a depigmenting effect greater than hydroquinone, and is responsible for the dispersion and removal of melanin.

SO…if you suffer from uneven- or hyper-pigmentation, try making up a cup of licorice root tea, cool it and use it as a face wash (untested!)….or if you want something a little more luxurious, try our Pigmentation Serum which contains licorice root extract, plus two other natural skin lightening ingredients to boost it’s action.

Rubiwomen is written by Tristan Fahey, Owner & Founder Rubifresh Skincare.

Find us at www.rubifresh.com.au