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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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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

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.