Tag Archives: anti-ageing

Fresh is Best

24 Nov

 

Just as fresh food is best for our bodies, so too are fresh ingredients best for our skin. But WHY?

It is fairly well known that the fresher we eat our food (especially vitamin and mineral packed fruit & veg), the bigger the dose of those vits & minerals our bodies receive, and the better our bodies can process them due to their superior texture, moisture and flavour. This is not only about providing the body with essential nutrients to function, but also about building the body’s own ability to maintain itself in a healthy state. A fresh, healthy diet helps build immunity, protect against aging, increase energy so we can stay active, increase joint function and organ function, and a whole host of other cool things.

Our skin is no different. A healthy outer layer not only looks great and feels great, it also helps protect our bodies from nasties entering the bloodstream…creating a cycle where healthy skin maintains its own youthfulness.

Our skin is actually designed as our first line of defence, with many built in strategies for keeping nasties out, thereby doing its part in maintaining a healthy body. However, depending on a whole host of factors (chemical load, age of skin, temperature, enzymes, size of molecule, location on the skin and more) it has been shown that up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up in the bloodstream. The obvious advice is therefore to only choose natural skincare products & ingredients that can help build both skin and ‘whole body’ health.

The other important factor, however, is FRESHNESS. Natural ingredients used at their freshest help load up the skin with maximum skin-loving vitamins and minerals (many of which come with great scientific evidence), as well as helping to build the skin’s ability to maintain its own youthfulness.

Get some freshness and feel the difference today!

Rubiwomen is written by Ms Tristan Fahey, Owner/Founder of Rubifresh Skincare. We only use the freshest, natural ingredients in our products.

 

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.

The Magic of Chamomile

5 Nov

If someone asked you the question – “what is chamomile good for?”, you’d probably say that it is good for relaxing you before bed. You would, of course, be correct, but do you know why, and did you know that it’s benefits go way beyond bringing on sleep? It’s powerful benefits have encouraged us at Rubifresh Skincare to include it as an ingredient in several of our products. Read on to find out more…

Chamomile has been used since ancient times by the Egyptians (as a fever reducer) and by the Greeks (as an ulcer cure). It is a flowering plant which looks like a tiny sunflower, but is mostly white. It’s active substances are many.

Now, I happen to be a big fan of chamomile tea. As a bit of a…thinker…I often find it difficult to get sleepy, so each night I have my cup of chamomile tea and it really does seem to make a difference. Not everyone agrees, however there seems to be good evidence to support this herbal gem. In two studies published in 2009 (“Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology”), and in 2012 (“Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine” journal), chamomile was found to significantly reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety (by up to 50%) and lift the mood, as measured on a depression scale. Chamomile contains an active ingredient called APIGENIN, a flavonoid (antioxidants which can guard against health conditions). Apigenin binds to the ‘tranquilizer’ cells within our bodies, which help relax muscles and mildly sedate us.

It’s other benefits include reducing inflammation in the body by inhibiting the release of inflammatory prostaglandins from the white blood cells. This has the effect of reducing inflammation, promoting regrowth of new tisue, and increasing collagen production. You can see the link with natural skincare and anti-aging benefits.  Aging is largely caused by inflammation in the body/skin. There are many triggers to this inflammation, including sun exposure, smoking, drinking, poor diet stress and so on. Chamomile as an ingredient in skincare products, acts to reduce inflammation and assist in the anti-aging process. One of the products we use it in at Rubifresh is in the Men’s After Shave Gel, as a skin calming (anti-inflammatory) ingredient.

Other studies have shown chamomile to be beneficial for improving immune function, healing skin rashes and infections, relieving headaches, and in the possible prevention of cancer. While I am skeptical about the cancer link, the active ingredient APIGENIN has been shown to limit the growth of cancer cells and reduce blood flow to those cells. You never know.

For more information on our range of natural high performance skincare go to http://www.rubifresh.com.au

Or check out the Men’s After Shave Gel here

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