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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.


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.


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.


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…”

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

THRIFTY THURSDAY – awesome avocado

15 Nov

Like most natural oils, Avocado oil has a structure close to human sebum. It therefore allows the skin to breathe, and to balance itself better than chemical ingredients or synthetic oils.

Avocado oil is a full bodied, light green oil, rich in nutritive and conditioning components Vit A, B1, B2, D and E. It also contains carotene, phytosterols, lecithin, linoleic and oleic acids, and potassium…the so-called youth mineral. It penetrates deeply, improving elasticity by increasing the amount of collagen in the skin. Its superior moisturising effects come from the plant steroids, hence it is useful for dry, dull and mature skin.

In addition, this ‘magic oil’ helps heal scars, minimise spots, eliminate enlargd pores and reduce the effects of sun exposure.

As the oil is found in th fatty pulp, you can actually just rub some fresh avocad on your skin and use as a rejuvenating mask, or use the oil as a rich moisturiser.

If this is not your cup of tea, try Rubifresh Detoxifying Body Scrub with avocado oil. Available at http://rubifresh.com.au/test-category-1/body-scrub.html for $42 for a 260g jar. It will cleanse and detoxify your skin and your body, while ‘giving back’ with rich avoacdo oil to nourish and rejuvenate.

Rubiwomen bog written by Tristan Fahey, owner & founder of Rubifresh skincare


TUESDAY TIPS – hungry for hydration

13 Nov

I love water!

I love drinking it. I love my showers (really hot in winter!). I love swimming in it. I’ve always loved running under the sprinkler (though I did break my nose doing this when I was a kid). I love the rain…..and I know my skin loves water too.

Hydration is one of the best anti-aging habits you can get into – both inside and out.

Our bodies comprise up to 80% water, depending on our age. As we get older, this percentage decreases, and it affects many of our bodily functions as well as our skin. The skin’s surface is able to be kept soft and moist by sebum (all the oily stuff) and a natural moisturising factor (NMF – all the watery stuff).

The role of sebum is basically to form a film that protects our skin from moisture loss. NMF is a mixture of water, amino acids, lactic acid and other minerals that keep the skin moist and supple by attracting and holding water. The water content of the skin’s outer layer is around 30%, and this rises after treatment with certain humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, that boosts the skin’s ability to hold water. The fats/oils within the skin help to preserve this high water content, and provide a waterproof barrier that prevents water loss.

As we age, the skin loses some of it’s intercelluar lipids, and hence, gets drier as the water in our skin evaporates more readily. It is important to drink lots of water (advice varies from 1 – 2L/day) to keep our bodies and skin hydrated from the inside, but also to boost our skins ability to hold onto the water, with ingredients such as hyauronic acid. Rubifresh Anti-aging Moisturiser, Hydrating Body Gel, Eye Gel and 3 anti-aging serums all contain natural hyaluronic acid. You can check them out at http://rubifresh.com.au/test-category-1/

But just as important, is a good barrier to prevent moisture loss. That’s the role of creams, as opposed to gels. A natural moisturiser will protect the skin from moisture loss, and still allow the skin to breathe and carry on it’s normal functions.

So remember….

i) drink lots of water to hydrat from the inside

ii) choose products with boosted humectants such as hyaluronic acid

iii) complete the routine with a good natural moisturiser to protect the skin from moisture loss

Rubiwomen blog created by Tristan Fahey, Rubifresh Owner & Founder.

Check us out at http://www.rubifresh.com.au


3 Oct

When we think of caring for our skin, it is easy to focus on it’s role in communicating our age. Let’s face it, none of us wants to look older than we are! The skin’s role is multi-faceted, providing sensory inputs, emotional expressions, and the more functional roles of protecting us from nasties getting into our bodies, and good things from escaping. Here are some key facts about how the skin works and how best to care for it.


The skin’s natural pH is around 5-5.5 – slightly acidic – forming an ‘acid mantle’ which allows the survival of ‘good bacteria’ on the surface of the skin, protecting it from pathogens. For this reason, if we use harsh soaps and cleansers (many of which are strongly alkali), we not only dehydrate the skin, but we also strip away the acidic protection and open the skin up to nasties which can cause irritation and damage. Always choose skincare products that are pH balanced to maintain this protection. (All Rubifresh products have been created according to this principle).


One of the functions of the skin is the excretion of toxins. It is our largest organ – with a total surface area of about 1.8m2 in an adult. Unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and poor skincare routines can all play a part in clogging the skin and reducing its ability to eliminate toxins. Keeping our skin clean and healthy assists this process, and the best way to do this is to regularly cleanse (preferably with oil – see our previous blog post on oil cleansing). Rubifresh Cleansing Oil is a combination of oils that cleanse and draw dirt out of the skin, and oils that nourish.


The skin naturally regenerates itself to maintain a fresh, healthy outer surface, and bright complexion. When we are young, the skin renews itself every 2-4 weeks, shedding dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. As we age, this process slows, so that in our 40s and 50s it can take more like 60days. This is partly why older skin tends to look duller and less ‘fresh’. So our skin needs some help, and exfoliating using a gentle scrub is how we remove these dead skin cells, allowing the bodies own anti-aging processes to do their work. Beware of harsh granules and too much scrubbing. Use a gentle (preferably natural) scrub every 2-3 days. The Rubifresh range includes both a men’s and a women’s Daily Face Scrub, both of which are created on a moisturising base to minimise dryness, and contain natural exfoliating granules which are gentle to the skin.


Today there are some really effective, well-researched natural active ingredients that can nourish, moisturise, hydrate, smooth, lighten the skin and so much more. We know through scientific evidence that many of the chemicals we have traditionally used on our skin can cause serious harm – many of them have now been associated with various forms of skin irritation or cancer. Most natural ingredients which have been approved for use in skincare will not only avoid these potential risks, but will nourish your skin and help it to build it’s own anti-aging defenses. It’s not unlike how we manage our diets. How amazing, if we can help the skin maintain it’s own youthfulness! Look for natural products which contain some good oils (such as avocado, macadamia, camellia, jojoba etc) and active ingredients. Rubifresh uses natural actives that are documented to smooth fine lines, super-hydrate, depuff and lighten the skin. Look for these active ingredients across our range.


While gels and serums are important for penetration of active ingredients, cream based products (lotions, creams, moisturisers) are important for keeping the good stuff in. A cream will form a barrier to prevent moisture loss, and along with this, will help the skin perform it’s other function of controlling the loss of salts, hormones and other precious nutrients. Choose a natural moisturiser with the consistency/richness that is right for your skin. Some prefer a richer texture, others a lighter consistency. The Rubifresh range includes a men’s and a women’s natural moisturiser, lighter in texture (though a rich night cream is coming!), with anti-aging ingredients that have been documented to smooth fine lines and super-hydrate dry skin.


Many chemical or synthetic cosmetic ingredients are now well documented for their association and risk of skin irritation, damage and cancer. We can no longer ignore such evidence, especially when it is not necessarily the most effective route to youthfulness and skin health anyway. Testimonials spontaneously received from Rubifresh customers demonstrate a wide variety of skin benefits, almost immediately. Some of these include better skin tone, more even skin colour, absence of dryness, reduced fine lines, and the ‘healing’ of ecsema and other skin irritations. There is proof! Natural is better for your skin, better for your overall heath, and better for the planet!


Despite all-natural ingredients, and well formulated quality products, some skincare will not feel right for your skin. You need to test and trial products to see how YOUR skin reacts, and choose what’s right for you. Rubifresh offers a ‘Trial Pack’ which contains a generous sample size of each product in the women’s range so you can try risk free. It contains $160 worth of product and sells for only $99, so it’s a small price to pay to see what works on your skin without huge commitments and wasted products in your bathroom cabinet.

Check out the full range of men’s and women’s products at http://www.rubifresh.com.au or email us at info@rubifresh.com.au